Friday, May 21, 2004

Doctorow embarks on a new literary adventure
On a leisurely spring afternoon, author E.L. Doctorow sits for an interview in his office at New York University, a professorial figure with his high forehead and soft beard, his wry smile fitting for a man who always seems to be debating how much he's willing to tell.

New school doesn't equal better education
I was dismayed to learn the Assembly was sponsoring a resolution supporting a new high school at Dimond Park.

Ah, the beauty of Valley haze
I just love viewing the glacier and the neighborhood's flowers blooming through the blue smoke of the Valley.

Gas sellers charge what you'll pay
I read with interest the article, "Gas prices take a hefty jump, likely to go higher," in the Juneau Empire.

School delay is costly
As you consider your vote at the May 25 election regarding the new high school, please think beyond today or the next five years.

School is crowded
We are the parents of two children who were born in Juneau and who have had the good fortune to be educated in the Juneau public school system.

Drive carefully for kids
Not a moment goes by that I don't think of my son, Skyler Lee Kim.

High school is unwieldy
There comes a time when an institution gets so big that it becomes inflexible to the needs of people, unable to make changes when necessary, and impersonal.

To be president, and stupid
I had an interesting encounter with a young man in uniform.

Cover contraception
Our present state of women's health care is intolerable. Over half the United States' population is women, yet the domination of our state and federal government by older, white men allows it.

Money doesn't mean better education
Throwing money into education doesn't necessarily mean education will improve.

Reasons to oppose new school
I vote yes on Proposition 1 because I believe building a second high school will do no good to our community and us students.

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

Juneau team to make a different kind of mountain film for the Banff festival
Juneau has more than its share of people who climb mountains, both in Alaska and around the world.

Bird lovers move on after fire
A week and a half after Carlene and Barry Shaw lost some 20 exotic birds when their house caught fire on Mother's Day, they're planning a new start.

How the new Mendenhall Valley high school got to this point
Voters first approved a new Mendenhall Valley high school, then to cost $50 million, as a package with $13 million in renovations at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Correction
Due to an editing error, the article in Wednesday's Empire about food service at Juneau-Douglas High School did not include the full name and title of Principal Deb Morse.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reports

New state money spares teacher cuts, covers retirement funds
New state funding for education means the Juneau School District won't lay off teachers next school year for lack of money.

Charter school seeks more funds
The Juneau Community Charter School, founded by parents, may be an "adopted child" in the school district. But the Juneau School Board should treat it more like its "birth children" - the regular elementary schools, charter school parents say.

School district may seek bonds for maintenance
Voters in the fall city election may be asked to approve up to $28.52 million in bonds to cover deferred major maintenance at Juneau schools.

New Valley high school: What's a voter to do?
On May 25 voters will decide once again whether they want to build a high school at Dimond Park.

Fairweather launch set back 1 week
Stringent safety training requirements and the grounding of the state ferry LeConte have delayed the Juneau launch of the state's new fast ferry Fairweather by about a week, according to the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Troopers arrest suspect in Maggie Wigen case
Nearly 14 months after Margaret "Maggie" Wigen was found dead near her Tenakee Springs home, Alaska State Troopers on Thursday arrested the man they say raped and killed her.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

If ballot measure passes, what next?
If voters approve a ballot measure May 25 to block construction of a high school at Dimond Park, the city will have to figure out what to do with $18.15 million in bonds that have been sold but not spent.

Photo: Egan Drive collision
Two teenage drivers were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital after their cars collided at about 2:20 p.m. at Egan Drive and Willoughby Avenue.

Bergman seeks to open a bar despite protests
The Bergman Hotel's plans to reopen a bar are on hold after state officials denied a liquor license application because of its proximity to the Juneau Community Charter School.

Photo: Autograph alley-oop
Juneau-Douglas High School alumnus Carlos Boozer Jr., who plays professional basketball with the Cleveland Cavaliers, tosses an autographed basketball to waiting fans Thursday while shooting a commericial at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Howell and Obermiller to marry
Jennifer Howell of Juneau and Albert Obermiller of Marysville, Wash., will be married at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 29, 2004, at Lost Mountain Ranch in Sequim, Wash.

Two longtime friends bicycle the world
They start their morning together but then don't see each other until dark.

Thank you
Messages of thanks

Cesar and Kendrick to wed
Amelia Lauren Cesar and Benjamin Kendrick of Seattle will be married on May 22, 2004, in West Palm Beach, Fla.

FYI
Vital statistics and legal announcements.

When you wish upon a star, it makes no difference who you are
Have you ever wanted to make a wish upon a star?

Clemens to receive juris doctor degree
Aaron Clemens will receive a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2004.

Neighbors Digest
Events and reports in the community.

Colleen (Roguska) Colson
Former Juneau resident Colleen Laverne (Roguska) Colson, 77, died April 30, 2004, at her home in Prescott Valley, Ariz.

Evelyn E. Pasquan
Longtime Juneau resident Evelyn E. Pasquan, 76, died Jan. 11, 2004, at her home.

Nora M. Nye
Former Juneau resident Nora M. Nye, 90, died March 29, 2004, in Hollister, Calif., surrounded by family.

Building the new high school makes good financial sense
Opponents of the new high school say we can't afford to build and operate another school. I believe we can.

Church, states in the NW: Things are different here
Throughout life I've been without anything I'd call religion, but have been fascinated by it and especially its cultural and communal traditions.

Boys face West Anchorage in quest for repeat state title
After losing all but four players off its state championship team last year, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team.

Bears off to state meet
Juneau-Douglas High School track and field coach Scott May had to scramble earlier this week.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sporting events in Juneau.

Softball seniors set for last home games
When Rachel Barril made the Juneau-Douglas High School varsity softball squad as a freshman, it was her skills on the field that did the talking.

Juneau kickers await state
Juneau senior Greta Thibodeau, left, celebrates a goal by teammate Nicole Lupro, right, during a game against visiting Palmer on April 16.

Juneau kickers win state openers
It wasn't the prettiest game the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team has played this season.

Sitka in town for four games
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team hopes to take a commanding lead in the race for a state tourney berth with its home series against Sitka this weekend.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau.

Southeast state track and field qualifiers
State track and field meet qualifiers from Southeast Alaska.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Eighth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby standings.

Persistence pays off for Crimson Bear catcher Dillon
Chris Dillon spent the last two baseball seasons in the background, making his Juneau-Douglas High School teammates better.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings in the Eighth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby

Girls beat Dimond in OT thriller
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Greta Thibodeau was behind the bleachers, leaving her lunch behind.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Photo: Proof of oil spill
U.S. Coast Guardsman Rick Hasenstab holds a young, oil-covered mew gull Monday, as fellow crewmembers on board the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Storis clean it using mild dish soap and warm water.

Alaska Digest
Events across the state.

LeConte repairs to be worked out in Ketchikan
Towed behind a tugboat, the state ferry LeConte arrived at the Ketchikan Ship Yards for repairs on Thursday morning, said state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nona Wilson.

Gas tops $5 a gallon in some rural villages
So you think your gasoline is expensive? Some rural Alaskans are paying as much as $5 per gallon, with $6 a gallon on the horizon.

Flood threat receding, along with glacier; officials look to prevent problems
The immediate threat to the Situk River - renowned for its steelhead fishing - and the Yakutat economy from an advancing Hubbard Glacier appears to have passed.

Democrats, Republicans hold state conventions
Alaska Democrats and Republicans are holding their state conventions this weekend, with the spotlight on the U.S. presidential campaign and partisan issues.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state.

Prairie Winds perform 20th century material
Back in 1996, when the Illinois wind quintet Prairie Winds was forming and looking for a name, it didn't have to look much further than Oak Park's historic Unity Temple.

18th Annual Juneau Jazz & Classics Schedule
Calendar of events in the festival.

JDU heralds spring with Vivaldi
Once Juneau Dance Unlimited artistic director Eckhard Heidrich settled on the music of Antonio Vivaldi for his ballet company's spring show, he had to decide how he wanted to split up the work.

Castro returns to Alaska to start festival
It's been years since blues guitarist Tommy Castro has played in Alaska. The last time, he remembered, was a short stint at a blues bar in Anchorage around the time he formed his band in 1991.

movies where & when
Calendar of movies in local theaters.

L'Ecole: Farewell to Capito, Dalman
Juneau dance company L'Ecole de Ballet usually performs "The Nutcracker" every year during Thanksgiving weekend. But this year, the company decided on a spring show to honor two girls who have been with the troupe for more than 10 years.

The Swamp
Cartoon by Toe

what's happening
Upcoming shows and concerts.

briefly
Arts events in brief.

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