Tuesday, May 8, 2001

Briefly

In the Tank

Small business, love it or leave it
For about nine years, physical therapist Leah Davis worked at hospitals. Now, as owner of Kinetic Physical Therapy, she drives a van to her patients' homes or meets them at gyms, pools and offices.

Early signs point to slower tour season
ANCHORAGE - A slowing U.S. economy is expected to bring fewer tourists to Alaska this summer.

Business Profile

Business Profile

Small business, love it or leave it
For about nine years, physical therapist Leah Davis worked at hospitals. Now, as owner of Kinetic Physical Therapy, she drives a van to her patients' homes or meets them at gyms, pools and offices.

In the Tank

Briefly

Early signs point to slower tour season
ANCHORAGE - A slowing U.S. economy is expected to bring fewer tourists to Alaska this summer.

Obituary

Around Town

Around Town

Around Town

Around Town

Obituary

Fitness expert pedals to prevent deaths by AIDS
Worldwide, 19 million people have died of AIDS and 34 million are infected, according to a group raising money for research. With African countries such as Botswana reporting a 20 percent infection rate, raising funds to halt the disease has gained new impetus.

Stabbing suspect has history of mental woes
ANCHORAGE - The man accused of stabbing four elementary school students Monday in Anchorage has been talking about killing children for years, according to testimony by two psychologists during a 1999 court hearing.

Legislature 2001: Bill unlinks HESS budget, abortion
The budget for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will not hinge on whether a court forces the agency to pay for elective abortions after all.

Senate backs hate crime bill
State senators approved a bill Sunday that would waive juveniles to adult court if they're charged with committing certain hate crimes. Senators, however, refused to add sexual orientation to the list of factors that could trigger the provision.

Senate may not revive alcohol bill this year
A legislative package on drunken driving has stalled in the state Senate.

Panel strips funding for JDHS fix-up
A Senate panel has decided Juneau can wait another year for state money to renovate Juneau-Douglas High School.

Senate backs hate crime bill
State senators approved a bill Sunday that would waive juveniles to adult court if they're charged with committing certain hate crimes. Senators, however, refused to add sexual orientation to the list of factors that could trigger the provision.

House panel OKs funds for lobbyists pushing oil drilling
Arctic Power, the nonprofit group lobbying to open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, would receive $2 million under the House Finance Committee version of the state public works budget.

Lawmakers hash out last-minute deal as midnight deadline looms ... Education bills approved, board appointee falls
The state House today unanimously passed a bill to delay the high school competency test to 2004. If the Senate concurs with House amendments to Senate Bill 133 by midnight and the measure becomes law, next year's seniors will not have to pass the reading, writing and math test to get a diploma.

Fitness expert pedals to prevent deaths by AIDS
Worldwide, 19 million people have died of AIDS and 34 million are infected, according to a group raising money for research. With African countries such as Botswana reporting a 20 percent infection rate, raising funds to halt the disease has gained new impetus.

Legislature 2001: Underage drinking law headed to governor
A bill that reinstates criminal penalties for minors who repeatedly consume alcohol is on its way to Gov. Tony Knowles.

Rescue team brings man down from Mt. Roberts
An Anchorage man, 40, stranded during a hike down Mt. Roberts, was rescued about 2 a.m. Sunday - almost eight hours after tumbling to a "very precarious position" on a ledge.

Senate sinks cruise ship bill
A special session of the Legislature on cruise ship pollution now looks likely.

Senate sinks cruise ship bill
A special session of the Legislature on cruise ship pollution now looks likely.

Panel strips funding for JDHS fix-up
A Senate panel has decided Juneau can wait another year for state money to renovate Juneau-Douglas High School.

Man stabs 4 children at Anchorage school
ANCHORAGE - Four children were stabbed in the neck this morning by a man who was later subdued by police at an Anchorage elementary school.

Briefly

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire and hospital officials and state troopers reported...

Correction

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Forum targets seniors who want to stay independent
Doing the laundry, going to the bank and shopping for food can be daunting tasks for those who use a walker and have limited energy.

Correction

Court upholds fed takeover of fisheries
SAN FRANCISCO - The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed its landmark 1995 Katie John ruling in a case that led to federal takeover of subsistence fishing in most Alaska waters.

House rejects Senate changes to cancer bill
The House of Representatives, in a stinging 40-0 rebuke to the Senate, has refused to accept a Senate-approved sunset clause in a bill providing coverage for breast and cervical cancer treatment for uninsured women.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Briefly

Man stabs 4 children at Anchorage school
ANCHORAGE - Four children were stabbed in the neck this morning by a man who was later subdued by police at an Anchorage elementary school.

Forum targets seniors who want to stay independent
Doing the laundry, going to the bank and shopping for food can be daunting tasks for those who use a walker and have limited energy.

Rescue team brings man down from Mt. Roberts
An Anchorage man, 40, stranded during a hike down Mt. Roberts, was rescued about 2 a.m. Sunday - almost eight hours after tumbling to a "very precarious position" on a ledge.

Stabbing suspect has history of mental woes
ANCHORAGE - The man accused of stabbing four elementary school students Monday in Anchorage has been talking about killing children for years, according to testimony by two psychologists during a 1999 court hearing.

House panel OKs funds for lobbyists pushing oil drilling
Arctic Power, the nonprofit group lobbying to open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration, would receive $2 million under the House Finance Committee version of the state public works budget.

Court upholds fed takeover of fisheries
SAN FRANCISCO - The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed its landmark 1995 Katie John ruling in a case that led to federal takeover of subsistence fishing in most Alaska waters.

Legislature 2001: Bill unlinks HESS budget, abortion
The budget for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will not hinge on whether a court forces the agency to pay for elective abortions after all.

Legislature 2001: Underage drinking law headed to governor
A bill that reinstates criminal penalties for minors who repeatedly consume alcohol is on its way to Gov. Tony Knowles.

House rejects Senate changes to cancer bill
The House of Representatives, in a stinging 40-0 rebuke to the Senate, has refused to accept a Senate-approved sunset clause in a bill providing coverage for breast and cervical cancer treatment for uninsured women.

Officials grapple with housing for convicts
A city plan to incarcerate misdemeanor offenders with the state has Gastineau Human Services worried about the offenders' ability to retain jobs and housing and the agency's ability to staff its community service programs.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire and hospital officials and state troopers reported...

Briefly

Officials grapple with housing for convicts
A city plan to incarcerate misdemeanor offenders with the state has Gastineau Human Services worried about the offenders' ability to retain jobs and housing and the agency's ability to staff its community service programs.

Lawmakers hash out last-minute deal as midnight deadline looms ... Education bills approved, board appointee falls
The state House today unanimously passed a bill to delay the high school competency test to 2004. If the Senate concurs with House amendments to Senate Bill 133 by midnight and the measure becomes law, next year's seniors will not have to pass the reading, writing and math test to get a diploma.

Senate may not revive alcohol bill this year
A legislative package on drunken driving has stalled in the state Senate.

A vile demonstration in the pope's presence
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: Syrian President Bashar Assad on Saturday offered a vivid, if vile, demonstration of why he and his government are unworthy of respect or good relations with the United States or any other democratic country.

Cervical, breast cancer coverage facts
The diagnosis of cancer profoundly affects the involved person physically and emotionally. In addition, family and friends feel the emotional impact of a diagnosis of cancer. For those of us who have been through this experience, any discussion of it is particularly poignant, difficult and emotional.

Transportation update
On May 17, there will be a final public meeting on the Area Wide Transportation Plan (AWTP) prior to submittal of that plan to the Planning Commission and the Assembly. Some disturbing rumors are floating around. I hope these are only rumors and that public input at the May 17 meeting will be constructive. In the event that the rumors have substance I believe the following should be made known to the public. Unfortunately, for medical reasons I will be unable to attend the May 17 meeting.

Alcohol tax hike still makes sense
The following editorial appeared May 4 in the Anchorage Daily News: A decision Wednesday by the House Republican caucus to block any alcohol tax hike this session is abominable on two counts. First, it was made in a private meeting of elected officials with no public scrutiny or input. Second, it was a needless capitulation to the alcohol industry.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. It gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Court-ordered anarchy
The recent action by U.S. District Judge James Singleton in response to an Alaska Loggers Association lawsuit has overturned the Tongass Land Management Plan (TLMP), and this curious ruling is guaranteed to keep Southeast Alaska in legal turmoil for years.

A tourist calls home
"Hi, it's me. Yeah, we made it. Beautiful place, exotic people. Got off the cruise ship, and a gaggle of eco-goofballs accosted me, waving protest signs. 'Welcome, and thanks for coming,' they said, 'but your cruise ship just trashed the planet on its the way up. Now go spend some of your expensive vacation time talking to my legislator about it.' "

Cervical, breast cancer coverage facts
The diagnosis of cancer profoundly affects the involved person physically and emotionally. In addition, family and friends feel the emotional impact of a diagnosis of cancer. For those of us who have been through this experience, any discussion of it is particularly poignant, difficult and emotional.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. It gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Why argue about cruise ships?
The other day during a discussion about the cruise ship industry, someone asked me why I was so down on the cruisers. My response that I was not totally against the industry was viewed with disbelief, an event that caused some reflection.

Alcohol tax hike still makes sense
The following editorial appeared May 4 in the Anchorage Daily News: A decision Wednesday by the House Republican caucus to block any alcohol tax hike this session is abominable on two counts. First, it was made in a private meeting of elected officials with no public scrutiny or input. Second, it was a needless capitulation to the alcohol industry.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Keep the hands at 10 and 2 - not 1-800
They weave. They wander. They swerve. They suddenly slow down for no apparent reason, and then accelerate as if roaring into the straightaway on a NASCAR track.

Keep the hands at 10 and 2 - not 1-800
They weave. They wander. They swerve. They suddenly slow down for no apparent reason, and then accelerate as if roaring into the straightaway on a NASCAR track.

Never a dull moment
The cruise industry claims support for all the bills, while the legislators they influence refuse to hear the bills of record and propose more bills to slow the process down.

A vile demonstration in the pope's presence
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: Syrian President Bashar Assad on Saturday offered a vivid, if vile, demonstration of why he and his government are unworthy of respect or good relations with the United States or any other democratic country.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Never a dull moment
The cruise industry claims support for all the bills, while the legislators they influence refuse to hear the bills of record and propose more bills to slow the process down.

Whirlwind controversy
After reading Alice Randall's viewpoint on the hullabaloo surrounding her novel, "The Wind Done Gone," in Sunday's Empire, I feel compelled to provide background information clarifying Randall's motivation behind penning her editorial.

A tourist calls home
"Hi, it's me. Yeah, we made it. Beautiful place, exotic people. Got off the cruise ship, and a gaggle of eco-goofballs accosted me, waving protest signs. 'Welcome, and thanks for coming,' they said, 'but your cruise ship just trashed the planet on its the way up. Now go spend some of your expensive vacation time talking to my legislator about it.' "

Why argue about cruise ships?
The other day during a discussion about the cruise ship industry, someone asked me why I was so down on the cruisers. My response that I was not totally against the industry was viewed with disbelief, an event that caused some reflection.

Spread the word
Tourist season is officially open again, amidst hail, snow, rain, wind and daytime highs in the 40s.

Court-ordered anarchy
The recent action by U.S. District Judge James Singleton in response to an Alaska Loggers Association lawsuit has overturned the Tongass Land Management Plan (TLMP), and this curious ruling is guaranteed to keep Southeast Alaska in legal turmoil for years.

Transportation update
On May 17, there will be a final public meeting on the Area Wide Transportation Plan (AWTP) prior to submittal of that plan to the Planning Commission and the Assembly. Some disturbing rumors are floating around. I hope these are only rumors and that public input at the May 17 meeting will be constructive. In the event that the rumors have substance I believe the following should be made known to the public. Unfortunately, for medical reasons I will be unable to attend the May 17 meeting.

Whirlwind controversy
After reading Alice Randall's viewpoint on the hullabaloo surrounding her novel, "The Wind Done Gone," in Sunday's Empire, I feel compelled to provide background information clarifying Randall's motivation behind penning her editorial.

Spread the word
Tourist season is officially open again, amidst hail, snow, rain, wind and daytime highs in the 40s.

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Olympic Invite
Olympic silver medalist Chad Carvin, a 15-time U.S. national champion, speaks to swimmers from six Southeast swim clubs during a workout this weekend as part of Glacier Swim Club's Olympic Athlete Invitation Swim Meet held Friday through Sunday at Augustus G. Brown Swim Pool in Juneau.

Olympic Invite
Olympic silver medalist Chad Carvin, a 15-time U.S. national champion, speaks to swimmers from six Southeast swim clubs during a workout this weekend as part of Glacier Swim Club's Olympic Athlete Invitation Swim Meet held Friday through Sunday at Augustus G. Brown Swim Pool in Juneau.

Local Scoreboard
SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS Here are the leaders of the Fifth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby as of 8:41 a.m. on Friday, May 4. The derby closes at 7 p.m. on May 31, and the top 30 fish will earn cash or merchandise prizes. The standings include the rank, angler's name, weight of the fish, date caught (earliest fish turned in breaks ties) and which of the three weigh stations was used.

Two synchro swimmers earn medals
Two members of Juneau's Aurora Knights synchronized swimming team earned medals at the West Zone Region A 2001 Intermediate Regional Championship meet held April 28-29 in Hillsboro, Ore.

Local Scoreboard
SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS Here are the leaders of the Fifth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby as of 8:41 a.m. on Friday, May 4. The derby closes at 7 p.m. on May 31, and the top 30 fish will earn cash or merchandise prizes. The standings include the rank, angler's name, weight of the fish, date caught (earliest fish turned in breaks ties) and which of the three weigh stations was used.

Two synchro swimmers earn medals
Two members of Juneau's Aurora Knights synchronized swimming team earned medals at the West Zone Region A 2001 Intermediate Regional Championship meet held April 28-29 in Hillsboro, Ore.

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard

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