Monday, November 26, 2001

In the stacks
This week is more new fiction!

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.

Group report: Place fast ferry in Lynn Canal
A fast vehicle ferry should replace the Malaspina in Lynn Canal and the Alaska Marine Highway System should move to a "hub and spoke" system in the northern Panhandle, linking small towns directly to Juneau, according to a study released today.

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

Police talk man out of jumping from building
A man is in psychiatric care today after threatening to jump from a three-story apartment building Sunday morning. Around 1 a.m. Sunday, the man was seen on the roof of the building screaming and threatening to jump. Police blocked a portion of Second Street for an hour as crisis negotiators tried to coax the man down from the roof of the Colonial Apartment Building.

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.

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

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.

Few people have applied for Glacier Bay money so far
Fewer than two dozen people have applied for compensation for lost income from commercial fishing closures in Glacier Bay, according to the National Park Service.

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."

Juneau students take their talents on tour
The enthusiasm was evident in Lorrie Heagy's classroom at the Juneau Community Charter School last week. Props were positioned, lines were learned and people placed where they needed to be, all in preparation for the first public performance of a play every student had a hand in creating.

Around Town
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Around Town
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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.

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.

Dorothy Annabelle DeBoer
Longtime Southeast Alaska resident and Juneau educator Dorothy Annabelle DeBoer died Nov. 19, 2001, in Bellevue, Wash.

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.

Deficit is everyone's problem
News that Alaska's budget crisis gets deeper with the latest downturn in the oil markets was as predictable as the change of the seasons. What state leaders planned would be a $474 million deficit this year now looks more like $750 million. This doesn't change the fundamental problem - it just turns up the heat.

A hopeful lesson
In the childhood memories of many adults alive today, the great evildoer, the Osama bin Laden of a half-century ago, was whoever stood atop the Soviet Union's Communist Party. Some days no one knew. We awaited the Kremlin's next military parade to see how party leaders, bulky and dark in their ominous overcoats, lined up on the parapet in the Moscow gloom.

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.

Sports in Juneau
Wednesday, Nov. 28

Marquette leaves Alaska with Shootout title
The Marquette Golden Eagles were all business last week during their seven-day adventure in the 49th state. There were no trips to see glaciers, no heli-skiing atop pure powder snow. All the guys could manage were a few snapshots of the Chugach Mountains from the team bus.

Boozer powers Duke
A month ago, Mike Krzyzewski said No. 1 Duke could develop into the best passing team he's ever coached. The coach had a much different view following a 104-62 victory over Portland on Sunday night, saying his team lacks cohesiveness and doesn't communicate well on the floor.

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.

Sports In Juneau
Today, Nov. 25

Gruening helps Broncos upset No. 25 Huskies
Tammy Annas scored 21 points to lead Santa Clara to a 71-56 victory over No. 25 Washington in the championship game of the Seattle Times Husky Classic on Saturday night.

'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.

State Briefs
Conference studies state's needs; Man killed, woman injured in Ft. Yukon snowmachine accident; Man triggers four-car crash; Anchorage hospital launches $3.2 million remodel of neonatal unit; INS had ordered massage parlor owner deported in early 1990s

Forest remains closed to snowmachines
Southcentral Alaska's Chugach National Forest remains closed to snowmachines because there's not enough snow, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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

Officials report 125 flu cases in Alaska
State health officials are reporting about 125 Alaskans sick with influenza, more encounters this early in the flu season than in recent years.

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.

Frozen Chena River doubles as an ice bridge for Alaska drivers
Leave it to Alaska drivers to use the frozen Chena River as a shortcut instead of taking more circuitous asphalt routes.

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.

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