Sunday, June 17, 2001

Around Town

Around Town

Just your average hummingbird
In the minuscule realm of hummingbirds, rufous hummingbirds are pretty average.

Kiss of the hummingbird
Few people know hummingbirds as intimately as Bill Calder. He's held thousands of them in his hand, where the birds lie still except for the pulsing of their iridescent breasts. He's felt the brush of their wings, like eyelashes fluttering against his skin.

Kiss of the hummingbird
Few people know hummingbirds as intimately as Bill Calder. He's held thousands of them in his hand, where the birds lie still except for the pulsing of their iridescent breasts. He's felt the brush of their wings, like eyelashes fluttering against his skin.

A recipe for success
Throughout the day 50 to 100 different hummingbirds stop by Bob Armstrong's diner. The secret is in the strong nectar he brews for them, which is 40 percent sugar. The flower nectar hummingbirds drink in the wild is usually about 25 percent sugar, said hummingbird expert Bill Calder.

A recipe for success
Throughout the day 50 to 100 different hummingbirds stop by Bob Armstrong's diner. The secret is in the strong nectar he brews for them, which is 40 percent sugar. The flower nectar hummingbirds drink in the wild is usually about 25 percent sugar, said hummingbird expert Bill Calder.

Just your average hummingbird
In the minuscule realm of hummingbirds, rufous hummingbirds are pretty average.

Tourism plan reaches out
The city wants to know what local residents think about the future of tourism in Juneau. And it plans to use some unique methods in the search for an answer.

Who owns AEL&P?
Alaska Electric Light and Power has been a privately owned utility since it was founded in 1893 by Willis Thorpe, who sold it three years later to four miners, including John Parker Corbus and Adam Corbus.

Will California's energy crisis affect Juneau?
As Californians endure forced blackouts in the midst of that state's energy crisis, Juneau residents while away the kilowatt hours outside the reach of the West Coast's power problems.

Rabinowitz dies at 74 of cancer
A pillar of Alaska's legal system has died. Former Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court Jay Rabinowitz of Juneau died of cancer Saturday afternoon at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

Rabinowitz dies at 74 of cancer
A pillar of Alaska's legal system has died. Former Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court Jay Rabinowitz of Juneau died of cancer Saturday afternoon at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

Ketchikan may spend $150,000 on timber battles
KETCHIKAN -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has tentatively agreed to spend $150,000 to help the Alaska Forest Association with future legal bills.

Juneau's hydropower at a glance
Juneau relies on hydropower from four plants, particularly the Snettisham Hydroelectric Project, which supplies most of the town's electricity.

Tourism plan reaches out
The city wants to know what local residents think about the future of tourism in Juneau. And it plans to use some unique methods in the search for an answer.

Knowles faces Katie John pressure
ANCHORAGE -- When Gov. Tony Knowles announced his decision to appeal the Katie John subsistence ruling last year, he called it his "clear responsibility, even in the face of a difficult political battle."

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

Norton appoints Pearce
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton has named state Sen. Drue Pearce to serve in the newly created position of senior advisor for Alaskan affairs in Washington D.C.

Ketchikan borough opposes consolidation
KETCHIKAN -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has gone on record opposing the city of Ketchikan's petition to consolidate the two governments.

Ketchikan may spend $150,000 on timber battles
KETCHIKAN -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has tentatively agreed to spend $150,000 to help the Alaska Forest Association with future legal bills.

Who owns AEL&P?
Alaska Electric Light and Power has been a privately owned utility since it was founded in 1893 by Willis Thorpe, who sold it three years later to four miners, including John Parker Corbus and Adam Corbus.

Knowles faces Katie John pressure
ANCHORAGE -- When Gov. Tony Knowles announced his decision to appeal the Katie John subsistence ruling last year, he called it his "clear responsibility, even in the face of a difficult political battle."

Court shoots down random drug tests
ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that the random drug testing policy for Anchorage firefighters and police violates the state constitution.

Analysts see patterns in exit exam results
ANCHORAGE -- A passing grade in geometry gives an Anchorage student only a 50-50 chance of passing the state high school math test, considered the hardest of three tests Alaska students must pass to earn diplomas, a recent study shows.

Analysts see patterns in exit exam results
ANCHORAGE -- A passing grade in geometry gives an Anchorage student only a 50-50 chance of passing the state high school math test, considered the hardest of three tests Alaska students must pass to earn diplomas, a recent study shows.

Norton appoints Pearce
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton has named state Sen. Drue Pearce to serve in the newly created position of senior advisor for Alaskan affairs in Washington D.C.

Juneau's hydropower at a glance
Juneau relies on hydropower from four plants, particularly the Snettisham Hydroelectric Project, which supplies most of the town's electricity.

Ketchikan borough opposes consolidation
KETCHIKAN -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has gone on record opposing the city of Ketchikan's petition to consolidate the two governments.

Court shoots down random drug tests
ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that the random drug testing policy for Anchorage firefighters and police violates the state constitution.

Will California's energy crisis affect Juneau?
As Californians endure forced blackouts in the midst of that state's energy crisis, Juneau residents while away the kilowatt hours outside the reach of the West Coast's power problems.

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

Relevant words
Congratulations to the Juneau Empire for publishing John Flicker's far-sighted June 14 commentary. Flicker correctly emphasizes the far-reaching tragedies resulting from human overpopulation.

Credit where due
On behalf of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Juneau (MADD) Juneau Chapter, I wish to express appreciation and admiration for the long and intense work of Rep. Norman Rokeberg and his staff on House Bill 4. Rep. Rokeberg made the establishment of .08 blood alcohol content as the drunken-driving threshold one of his top priorities and played a major role in its successful passage.

Credit where due
On behalf of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Juneau (MADD) Juneau Chapter, I wish to express appreciation and admiration for the long and intense work of Rep. Norman Rokeberg and his staff on House Bill 4. Rep. Rokeberg made the establishment of .08 blood alcohol content as the drunken-driving threshold one of his top priorities and played a major role in its successful passage.

Bombs away ... at last
This editorial appeared in Friday's Los Angeles Times: For at least two years the people of Puerto Rico have tried everything from begging to protesting to make the U.S. government stop the Navy's 60-year-long bombardment of Vieques, a small island nearby. The Navy's response has always been that there's no other place on Earth as good as Vieques for simulating land, sea and air battles with inert bombs.

Room for public participation in interchange design
As a final action prior to adopting the Area Wide Transportation Plan (AWTP), the Transportation Steering Committee (TSC) chose to delete the reference to "construction" of Egan Drive interchanges. The AWTP, as adopted by the TSC, includes "design" of interchanges but does not include "construction" of these facilities.

A tourism master plan with some real promise
Oh sure, you're thinking, yet another master plan destined to collect dust after months of public hearings, hard work and expense. Before you summarily pass this one off as more of the same, take a moment to consider the merits of what the City and Borough of Juneau envisions for its, or rather our, Tourism Management Plan.

He would have believed anything I told him
Father's Day serves to remind me that my son has been a better son to me than I have been to my father and my father has been a better father to me than I have been to my son. As the weak link in the threesome, I'm grateful for their patience and understanding.

Getting it right
The other day I had occasion to drive through the construction zone at the McNugget intersection. The extensive work at this site is proceeding nicely with minimum disruption considering the scope of the work and the construction activity being undertaken. The state of Alaska and the City and Borough of Juneau have worked cooperatively to improve this key transportation hub and elected to relocate overhead utility lines below the ground, a feature that will improve the look of the area.

Bombs away ... at last
This editorial appeared in Friday's Los Angeles Times: For at least two years the people of Puerto Rico have tried everything from begging to protesting to make the U.S. government stop the Navy's 60-year-long bombardment of Vieques, a small island nearby. The Navy's response has always been that there's no other place on Earth as good as Vieques for simulating land, sea and air battles with inert bombs.

Room for public participation in interchange design
As a final action prior to adopting the Area Wide Transportation Plan (AWTP), the Transportation Steering Committee (TSC) chose to delete the reference to "construction" of Egan Drive interchanges. The AWTP, as adopted by the TSC, includes "design" of interchanges but does not include "construction" of these facilities.

Getting it right
The other day I had occasion to drive through the construction zone at the McNugget intersection. The extensive work at this site is proceeding nicely with minimum disruption considering the scope of the work and the construction activity being undertaken. The state of Alaska and the City and Borough of Juneau have worked cooperatively to improve this key transportation hub and elected to relocate overhead utility lines below the ground, a feature that will improve the look of the area.

Creatively fooling around with renewable resources
From the beginning of time, I remember, my Grandma mowed her lawn the same way every week. Back and forth across the yard in neat rows. I came to the mowing business late in life, resigned to the tradition of a dull but tidy routine. Then one day, some wonderful person, possibly one who knew diddly about it, said that it's good for the grass to change the pattern and go in a different direction each time you mow. It was a moment for me like the one where the Wizard of Oz switches to color.

Creatively fooling around with renewable resources
From the beginning of time, I remember, my Grandma mowed her lawn the same way every week. Back and forth across the yard in neat rows. I came to the mowing business late in life, resigned to the tradition of a dull but tidy routine. Then one day, some wonderful person, possibly one who knew diddly about it, said that it's good for the grass to change the pattern and go in a different direction each time you mow. It was a moment for me like the one where the Wizard of Oz switches to color.

Relevant words
Congratulations to the Juneau Empire for publishing John Flicker's far-sighted June 14 commentary. Flicker correctly emphasizes the far-reaching tragedies resulting from human overpopulation.

Supreme Court got it right on Bible class ruling
The Supreme Court ruled wisely this week that if the Boy Scouts and other clubs can use public schools for meetings, children's Bible classes should have equal access to the schools as well.

He would have believed anything I told him
Father's Day serves to remind me that my son has been a better son to me than I have been to my father and my father has been a better father to me than I have been to my son. As the weak link in the threesome, I'm grateful for their patience and understanding.

Supreme Court got it right on Bible class ruling
The Supreme Court ruled wisely this week that if the Boy Scouts and other clubs can use public schools for meetings, children's Bible classes should have equal access to the schools as well.

A tourism master plan with some real promise
Oh sure, you're thinking, yet another master plan destined to collect dust after months of public hearings, hard work and expense. Before you summarily pass this one off as more of the same, take a moment to consider the merits of what the City and Borough of Juneau envisions for its, or rather our, Tourism Management Plan.

Team Road Rage breaks race record
HAINES -- Their team may be called "Road Rage," but after Saturday's Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay the three riders on the Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, team had no reason to be angry.

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: Juneau Softball
Standings from the Juneau Softball Association through June 13.

Team Road Rage breaks race record
HAINES -- Their team may be called "Road Rage," but after Saturday's Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay the three riders on the Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, team had no reason to be angry.

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: Juneau Softball
Standings from the Juneau Softball Association through June 13.

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