Saturday, May 10, 2003

GCI quarterly revenue up from last year
General Communication Inc. reported its first-quarter revenue rose 5 percent, gaining profits of $2.6 million over the $2.2 million earned during the same period last year

Paying our own way
Rep. Eric Croft and his colleagues in the Legislature continue to attempt to make their constituents dependent on government programs.

Bypassing the bypass
During the last few days, Channel Construction has been running enormous dump trucks through the residential area between Lena Point and Auke Rec, and through the rec area, instead of using the new road, the bypass, which was designed especially to prevent this sort of traffic in a residential area and in the rec area.

Remember purpose of Longevity Bonus
As I recall, the Longevity Bonus Program was originally intended primarily as an award to the pioneers over the age of 65 who had been in Alaska for 30 or more years for enduring the hardship of those early years in developing Alaska.

Women's right to informed choice
Informed consent laws form the foundation for all ethical medicine. The Patient's Bill of Rights has been a standard in hospitals since 1972, brought about in response to the demands of consumer health advocates.

Getting it right
Kudos on the well-written article by Dave Ringle and Kevin Henderson in Wednesday's Empire ("Share the road: safe cycling, driving").

Correcting misinformation
The ADEC decision to not hold a public hearing for the proposed changes to the pesticide regulations is wise.

Woman cited after driving into bus' path
A woman, 30, was cited for failing to yield after driving her 1989 Isuzu Trooper into the path of a school bus at 2:36 p.m. Wednesday on North Douglas Highway.

Photos: Breaking trail
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School eighth-graders take out a tree for a new path behind the school. Students have been working on the project as part of their science class. The city plans to pave the trail to make it handicapped-accessible.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Photo: Frisbee in the sun
Juneau-Douglas High School student Whitney Rickards attempts to catch a Frisbee during a PE class Thursday at Cope Park.

Juneau families get word from Iraq
When 1,000 soldiers from the Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade parachuted into Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq a week into the war, two Juneau boys were among them.

Proposal: Parents, students could pay $100 for truancy
Bonnie Lanz, the Juneau School District's truancy tracker, sometimes shows up at the foot of a truant student's bed on a school morning, holding a backpack and offering an on-time ride to class.

AroundTown
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Lessons in safety at sea
A fishing vessel safety and drill instructor course will be offered by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association in Juneau on Wednesday, May 15.

A few words from my mother
Mother's Day gives us the opportunity to once again visit with the spirit that brought us into the world, the heart and soul of our lives and the source of all we have become.

'Understanding': about healing cancer in the Native community
Sylvia Montero understands cancer better than most of us. As a community health aide in Alaska for over 15 years, Sylvia watched as cancer gained a foothold among Alaska Natives until it became the leading cause of death within that population. Sylvia's relationship with the disease became more personal when she was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago.

FYI
Births

Brigham Young grads
Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, awarded degrees to two Juneau-Douglas High School graduates at the April Commencement.

Thank a foster parent
May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month. Take a moment to recognize foster parents that you know.

Thank you
...for the help; ...for the donations; ...for the generosity; ...for caring about Charlotte

Joining the Marines
Alec Haralovich of Juneau has enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.

Dela Paz, Furuness to marry
Christina Carrillo dela Paz and Samuel John Furuness of Juneau announce their plan to marry at 4 p.m. May 24, 2003, at Chapel by the Lake.

Photo: A lot of bird
Joe Paine holds an injured eagle that flew into his yard in the Lemon Creek neighborhood on April 19. He turned over the eagle to the Juneau Raptor Center.

Cancer group celebrates life, honors caregivers
The Southeast Alaska Cancer and Wellness Foundation is hosting Celebration of Life Cancer Survivors Walk and Caregivers Luncheon on Saturday.

Need performers for summer park concerts
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is scheduling its summer Concerts in the Park. The slots are going fast, organizers said, but performers and emcees are still needed.

Letter carriers will pick up donated food Saturday
The National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service, the United Way, and the AFL-CIO will collect nonperishable food on Saturday, May 10, for distribution to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank in Juneau.

ASAA votes to kill Class 5A proposal
After hearing opposition from the schools that made the proposal, the Alaska School Activities Association decided a school sports size-reclassification measure it passed last year maybe wasn't such a good idea after all.

Kids' Rotary Park Run draws 36 participants
Thirty-six local youths took advantage of the great weather last Sunday and participated in the Kids' Rotary Park Run.

Juneau runners head to Haines
This weekend's Haines Invitational track meet will be short on teams, but long on competition. The Juneau-Douglas High School track squad is traveling to Haines today for the two-day event, which will feature just three teams - the Crimson Bears, the host Glacier Bears and the Petersburg Vikings. A few runners from Gustavus and Yakutat also may take part.

Crimson Bears head to Ketchikan, P.O.W.
After struggling in its first road trip of the season, the defending state champion Juneau-Douglas High School softball team felt its confidence eroding. Then the Crimson Bears won all six games on their second trip.

Crimson Bears stay undefeated this year
It took a lot more work than planned, but the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team remained undefeated on the season with a 12-10 victory over the Ketchikan Kings and a 9-2 victory over the Sitka Wolves on Thursday at Sitka's Moller Field.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Seventh Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 5:39 p.m. on Thursday, May 8.

Juneau boys, girls soccer squads slap Palmer
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams won their respective games against Palmer on Thursday to open a three-game swing through southcentral Alaska.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

O'Brien, Schick, Clark lead Glacier Swim Club
Kyle O'Brien won seven events, Cody Schick won six and Auri Clark earned five individual titles to lead Glacier Swim Club swimmers at the Olympic Swimmer Invitational held last weekend at the Augustus G. Brown Pool.

Native corp. invests in auto-sharing business
Bristol Bay Native Corp. has invested $1 million in a car-sharing service based in Seattle.

Ferry's second trip to Dutch Harbor delayed
UNALASKA - The state ferry Tustumena was stuck at the dock in Homer with a mechanical problem Thursday instead of heading for Dutch Harbor.

Ceremonial hammer comes home
SITKA - Ownership of Katlian's Hammer, a Tlingit chief's weapon used in battles with Russians about 200 years ago, has been returned to Sitka's Kiksadi clan.

Professors win award
FAIRBANKS - Three University of Alaska Fairbanks professors have been honored for their decades of service to the university, and each will get a check for $10,000.

Budget: Roads in, ferries out
The state would spend $5 million for the Juneau Access Project and another $5 million to begin studying a second crossing to Douglas Island under the public works budget bill being debated in the Senate Finance Committee.

Murkowski gets behind sales tax
Gov. Frank Murkowski has given his support to a plan for a statewide sales tax that would double during the summer tourist season.

Health troubles cut into Democrats' numbers
Three House Democrats - a quarter of the 12-member House minority caucus - were in the hospital Thursday.

Stowaway sentenced to community service
ANCHORAGE - An Oregon man has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for stowing away on an Alaska state ferry.

Legend turns big bear into monster
ANCHORAGE - A massive grizzly has taken on mythical proportions since it was killed in Prince William Sound 19 months ago.

Ketchikan deals with two false SARS alarms
ANCHORAGE - Ketchikan General Hospital tested its SARS isolation procedures after two patients showed some SARS virus-like symptoms.

Yacht runs aground on B.C. coast
A 105-foot commercial yacht carrying 10 passengers and six crew members from Seattle to Juneau for the start of the cruise season ran aground on the British Columbia coast Thursday.

Photo: Salmon celebration
Josie Keene tries to keep dry as the rainbow trout she is carrying tries to swim free Tuesday during the Kenai Peninsula Salmon Celebration at Johnson Lake campground in Kasilof.

Photo: New can bears up
The Alaska Zoo's black bear Zayk attempts to open a new version of a bear-resistant trash can on Wednesday in Anchorage. After wres

Prison bills on hold during governor's office review
Rival bills to build a large prison are on hold as Gov. Frank Murkowski's administration takes a look at corrections issues.

This Day in History
In Alaska

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, an article in Sunday's Empire incorrectly reported that Sen. Fred Dyson's informed consent bill is House Bill 30. The bill is Senate Bill 30.

The Swamp
Cartoon by Toe

Runaway dreams and flying lawn chairs
Bridget Carpenter's new play, "Up (The Man in the Flying Lawn Chair)," started with two images, three years before she wrote the first page.

Events celebrate birds who come from afar
Juneau bird-watchers are preparing to celebrate the American redstart, the yellow-rumped warbler, the rufous hummingbird and all the other birds that pass through the area on trips to their southern wintering grounds.

Fairbanks author to sign book at Bear's Lair, Hearthside
Former Fairbanks elementary educator Cherie Stihler will sign her first book, "The Giant Cabbage: An Alaskan Folktale," at Hearthside Books' Nugget Mall location and the Bear's Lair in the downtown Senate Building.

Perseverance presents 'Macbeth,' holds auditions
Perseverance Theatre's Young Shakespeare Training Company, a group of middle-school actors, will present "Macbeth" at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at the University of Alaska Southeast's Egan Library.

Case & Draper: Recording history on film
Photographers William Case and Horace Draper realized the importance of history.

What's Happening
Arts and Entertainment in Juneau This Week.

Before pensions, fraternal groups took care of Juneau
In the 1920s, about 3,000 people lived in the Juneau-Douglas area. One-tenth of the population, almost 300 people, belonged to the International Order of Oddfellows.

Surviving the tyranny of the sun
When I was about 15, it was the rage for girls at my high school to consume a diet of Snackwells cookies, fat-free yogurt, and diet pills, all washed down with multiple Diet Cokes.

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