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Wednesday, May 9, 2001

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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

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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.

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

Obituary

Thank you

Mother's Day weather - paradise every year
I was at the nursery Monday evening, the wind was whipping through at about 50 knots, plastic flapping and big trees wavering as if about to take off. I wondered if I was in the right place, or even on the right planet.

Around Town

Pet of the week

Eagles, Ravens come together for wellness
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Health Promotion department is launching its Third Annual Eagle vs. Raven Walk Contest. The contest is designed to promote health by encouraging 30 minutes of daily physical activity and walking per day.

Mother's Day weather - paradise every year
I was at the nursery Monday evening, the wind was whipping through at about 50 knots, plastic flapping and big trees wavering as if about to take off. I wondered if I was in the right place, or even on the right planet.

Around Town

Eagles, Ravens come together for wellness
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Health Promotion department is launching its Third Annual Eagle vs. Raven Walk Contest. The contest is designed to promote health by encouraging 30 minutes of daily physical activity and walking per day.

Obituary

Around Town

Pet of the week

Thank you

Around Town

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.

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.

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.

State board to consider child-care regulations
FAIRBANKS - Regulations up for consideration by the state Board of Education would require that all childcare workers in licensed facilities be fingerprinted for a nationwide background check.

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.

Man charged with stabbing lashes out in courtroom
ANCHORAGE - A man charged with attempting to murder four elementary school children by slashing their throats with a filet knife lashed out Tuesday at his court arraignment.

Eight winning tickets in Nenana Ice Classic
NENANA - Eight winning tickets named 1 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Tuesday as the time the ice would go out on the Tanana River.

Ship bill battle left unsettled
Gov. Tony Knowles has called a special session of the Legislature for May 21 to take up a cruise ship pollution bill that passed the House but stalled in a Senate committee.

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.

JDHS to get funding for fixes after all
Juneau's roller coaster quest for state money to fund a $13 million high school renovation project ended at a high point Tuesday after Democrats and Republicans brokered a last-minute deal on school funding.

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JDHS to get funding for fixes after all
Juneau's roller coaster quest for state money to fund a $13 million high school renovation project ended at a high point Tuesday after Democrats and Republicans brokered a last-minute deal on school funding.

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 at a glance
Actions in the final days of this year's legislative session include...

Correction

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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.

Legislature OKs cancer, VPSO bills
Alaska lawmakers got a little tougher on drunken driving and reached a compromise on a funding program for uninsured breast and cervical cancer patients before adjourning Tuesday night. They also expanded the Village Public Safety Officer program.

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 at a glance
Actions in the final days of this year's legislative session include...

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.

Eight winning tickets in Nenana Ice Classic
NENANA - Eight winning tickets named 1 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Tuesday as the time the ice would go out on the Tanana River.

Correction

State board to consider child-care regulations
FAIRBANKS - Regulations up for consideration by the state Board of Education would require that all childcare workers in licensed facilities be fingerprinted for a nationwide background check.

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

Man charged with stabbing lashes out in courtroom
ANCHORAGE - A man charged with attempting to murder four elementary school children by slashing their throats with a filet knife lashed out Tuesday at his court arraignment.

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.

Ship bill battle left unsettled
Gov. Tony Knowles has called a special session of the Legislature for May 21 to take up a cruise ship pollution bill that passed the House but stalled in a Senate committee.

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.

Legislature OKs cancer, VPSO bills
Alaska lawmakers got a little tougher on drunken driving and reached a compromise on a funding program for uninsured breast and cervical cancer patients before adjourning Tuesday night. They also expanded the Village Public Safety Officer program.

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.

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

Auto shop project becomes showpiece at motor exhibition
The upcoming Classic, Custom and Antique Auto and Cycle Show will feature 37 cars and trucks, 10 to 12 motorcycles, some loving care and a lot of hard work.

Auto shop project becomes showpiece at motor exhibition
The upcoming Classic, Custom and Antique Auto and Cycle Show will feature 37 cars and trucks, 10 to 12 motorcycles, some loving care and a lot of hard work.

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

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

Nursing provides care, offers opportunities
As the nation celebrates National Nurses Week, please take this opportunity to thank a nurse you know. This year's theme, "Nurses are the True Spirit of Caring," reflects the many ways in which nurses have consistently delivered quality patient care and advocated for their patients despite the challenges of a turbulent health care system.

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.

There is a pattern
In response to Cindy Smith's Letter to the Editor (Empire, May 6), I firmly stand by my "diatribe" regarding the governor's weak resemblance of concern in the area of racism, discrimination and hate crimes. My impressions are not just based upon recent events, but I remember some behaviors on his part when he was the mayor of Anchorage. There is a pattern here.

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.

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.

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.

More help than required
Sen. John Cowdery has applied flawed logic to proposed cruise ship regulations that are acceptable to the governor, to an overwhelming majority of the House membership, to a likely majority of the Senate membership and to the cruise ship industry.

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.

Steam-powered
If Mr. Rorick is so concerned about the SUV gas consumption, or consumption in general, maybe he should be down at the docks when the cruise ships come in and tell them to stop, as they stock about three-fourths of a million gallons and burn most of it on the trip to and from Alaska.

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.

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

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.' "

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.

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

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.

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.

It's your money
President Bush has outlined his plan for an expanded "missile defense" system, calling for reductions in nuclear weapons on the one hand (though keeping enough such weapons to destroy our world) and moving money from nuclear weapons into the Star Wars program with the other.

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.

Second-hand smoke
I know a student at school who suffers from asthma. Whenever we go somewhere we have to make sure that the building is smoke-free because even the slightest scent of smoke may trigger an asthma attack, hospitalization and even death! Even though the cigarette companies say smoking is not dangerous, it kills thousand of people each year suffering from some form of horrible cancer. Each of these people experienced some form of smoke in their lives.

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.

Nursing provides care, offers opportunities
As the nation celebrates National Nurses Week, please take this opportunity to thank a nurse you know. This year's theme, "Nurses are the True Spirit of Caring," reflects the many ways in which nurses have consistently delivered quality patient care and advocated for their patients despite the challenges of a turbulent health care system.

More help than required
Sen. John Cowdery has applied flawed logic to proposed cruise ship regulations that are acceptable to the governor, to an overwhelming majority of the House membership, to a likely majority of the Senate membership and to the cruise ship industry.

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.

It's your money
President Bush has outlined his plan for an expanded "missile defense" system, calling for reductions in nuclear weapons on the one hand (though keeping enough such weapons to destroy our world) and moving money from nuclear weapons into the Star Wars program with the other.

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.' "

There is a pattern
In response to Cindy Smith's Letter to the Editor (Empire, May 6), I firmly stand by my "diatribe" regarding the governor's weak resemblance of concern in the area of racism, discrimination and hate crimes. My impressions are not just based upon recent events, but I remember some behaviors on his part when he was the mayor of Anchorage. There is a pattern here.

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.

Second-hand smoke
I know a student at school who suffers from asthma. Whenever we go somewhere we have to make sure that the building is smoke-free because even the slightest scent of smoke may trigger an asthma attack, hospitalization and even death! Even though the cigarette companies say smoking is not dangerous, it kills thousand of people each year suffering from some form of horrible cancer. Each of these people experienced some form of smoke in their lives.

Steam-powered
If Mr. Rorick is so concerned about the SUV gas consumption, or consumption in general, maybe he should be down at the docks when the cruise ships come in and tell them to stop, as they stock about three-fourths of a million gallons and burn most of it on the trip to and from Alaska.

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.

Local Scoreboard

Sports in Juneau

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.

Boozer to stay at Duke
It's been a little over a month since Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Carlos Boozer helped lead the Duke Blue Devils to the NCAA national basketball championship. Now Boozer wants a second title.

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.

Crimson Bear baseball heads to Kayhi for five
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team should be feeling pretty good about their chances to repeat as Region V champs after a successful series in Sitka last week.

Crimson Bears softball team hosts weekend games
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team is ready to put last weekend's disappointment behind as the Crimson Bears host their only home games this weekend.

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard

Crimson Bears softball team hosts weekend games
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team is ready to put last weekend's disappointment behind as the Crimson Bears host their only home games this weekend.

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.

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: King Salmon Derby Standings
SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS

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.

Boozer to stay at Duke
It's been a little over a month since Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Carlos Boozer helped lead the Duke Blue Devils to the NCAA national basketball championship. Now Boozer wants a second title.

Crimson Bear baseball heads to Kayhi for five
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team should be feeling pretty good about their chances to repeat as Region V champs after a successful series in Sitka last week.

Local Scoreboard: King Salmon Derby Standings
SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS

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