Sunday, November 25, 2001

Ownership of Alaska land powers Eskimo activist
Rage and frustration drove Etok - Charles Edwardsen Jr., an Eskimo from Barrow - to haunt the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., repeatedly telling officials that the Russian sale of their Alaska Territory had nothing to do with ownership of Eskimo land. He was partially inspired by his father, who organized the first union strike and picket line north of the Arctic Circle.

In the stacks
This week is more new fiction!

Vendors come from far, wide for city market
According to his business card, Dean Snook of Houston, Alaska, is a "wood wizard." His magic is put toward producing boxes and miniature dressers of all types or, as he sometimes tells customers, "wrapping wood around space."

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

Officials, public grapple with city's port security
In many Southeast Alaska communities, the downtown dock is a sidewalk, picnic area and concert venue. For some towns, it also is a security risk. As the U.S. Coast Guard, communities, cruise lines and the public grapple with a changing security climate after Sept. 11, dock access has been hot topic in Southeast. Local officials say they hope to improve security and maintain public access.

Powwow Dancers
Malcolm Yepa, left, a member of the Black Eagle Singers of Jemez Pueblo, N.M., and Richard Williams of the Auke Kwan Tribe of Juneau perform during an intertribal dance at the Gathering of the Tribes powwow.

Around Town
Today

President Bush thanks local man for sketch
Two tears made a connection between Harold McKinley Sr. of Juneau and President Bush. As he was listening to the news broadcasts of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, McKinley was finishing a sketch with colored ballpoint pens.

Assembly approves 60 percent aircraft tax cut
The Juneau Assembly unanimously approved an ordinance Friday that will reduce property taxes on commercial planes and helicopters by about 60 percent.

Comforting consumption; giving that feels good
Uncertainty retains its psychological grip on many Americans, residents of Juneau included - but less so if the day-after-Thanksgiving shopping rush is any indication.

My Turn: Are there enough brave lawmakers?
After the five years that the Legislature has been cutting the cost of state operation, Alaskans are complaining about reduced services. People with children want more money, not less, for schools. Fishermen and game guides want more protection and research on their resources, not less. Southeast Alaskans want more ferry service, not less. Interior Alaskans want more road maintenance, not less.

Word Of Mouth
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Sports In Juneau
Today, Nov. 25

Indiana outlasts Texas for third in Shootout
David Diggs scored 15 points, hitting all five of his 3-point shots, to spark Marquette to a 72-63 victory over Gonzaga to win the Great Alaska Shootout. Diggs, who had scored only 15 points total in Marquettes first two games, came off the bench to match that in the championship. Gonzaga (3-2) led most of the first half behind Zach Gourde, who hit all six of his first-half shots.

'Reality' producers get taste of Alaska
Producers of a new reality TV show based on the notion that Alaska has plenty of attractive bachelors looking for marriage had hoped for a taste of winter. They got it.

Wasilla shooter kills 3, himself
A 24-year-old Wasilla man shot a trooper, his two children, and himself Saturday after a dispute with his girlfriend, Alaska State Troopers reported.

UAS grant to help Head Start teachers further their education
Head Start teachers seeking to further their education will get a helping hand from a $325,000 federal grant recently received by the University of Alaska Southeast.

State Briefs
Blood donations up in Alaska; Anthrax ruled out in Juneau mail carrier; Skater's Cabin rehab contract awarded

Medicaid changes stop state from double-dipping for funds
Federal changes in programs that buy health insurance for low-income Alaskans have ended the state's heretofore legal method of double dipping into federal Medicaid funds. The changes will cause a $18.7 million shortfall in next year's state budget.

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