Friday, December 1, 2000

Finding some late-night fun and laughter in Advent
How many times did Ed McMahan make that long, drawn-out, "Heeerrrrrre's Johnny!" to introduce Johnny Carson? It became a trademark, to be aped and emulated by most subsequent late-night TV talk show announcers. It was also the signal that some fun and laughter would be on the way. For some strange reason, all this came to mind while I was reflecting about Advent.

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Weddings

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Thank you

Around Town

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Thank you

Finding some late-night fun and laughter in Advent
How many times did Ed McMahan make that long, drawn-out, "Heeerrrrrre's Johnny!" to introduce Johnny Carson? It became a trademark, to be aped and emulated by most subsequent late-night TV talk show announcers. It was also the signal that some fun and laughter would be on the way. For some strange reason, all this came to mind while I was reflecting about Advent.

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Weekend Best Bets
Once or twice a month in Juneau in the winter local museums or art galleries will host receptions for new art exhibits. These are great - a chance to get together with friends and look over new works of art, meet artists and indulge in some snacks and beverages. Artists are usually more than happy to talk about their work and offer insight into their techniques and creative process. It's entertaining, especially if you go with art-loving friends. It's also a great way to meet people.

Time for the Juneau Christmas bird count
Draw a circle 15 miles in diameter, pick a day with minimum hours of daylight and high likelihood of miserable weather, then go outdoors and count every bird you see.

Obituaries

Weekend Best Bets
Once or twice a month in Juneau in the winter local museums or art galleries will host receptions for new art exhibits. These are great - a chance to get together with friends and look over new works of art, meet artists and indulge in some snacks and beverages. Artists are usually more than happy to talk about their work and offer insight into their techniques and creative process. It's entertaining, especially if you go with art-loving friends. It's also a great way to meet people.

Around Town

Time for the Juneau Christmas bird count
Draw a circle 15 miles in diameter, pick a day with minimum hours of daylight and high likelihood of miserable weather, then go outdoors and count every bird you see.

Novelist's work explores mystery in the Bush
Sometimes to get better, a writer needs to give up.

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Gallery Walk
Lynne Parker's sculptures may be the only art pieces on display for Gallery Walk that have been beaten with a hammer, smeared with acid and burned with an acetylene torch.

Actor pays tribute to one of Alaska's great artists
Sydney Laurence, one of the grand masters of Alaska painting, is coming back from the dead.

'The 6th Day' has a sense of humor; too bad the ending is so botched
Who can save the world faster than Arnold Schwarzenegger? Two Arnold Schwarzeneggers.

Gallery Walk
Lynne Parker's sculptures may be the only art pieces on display for Gallery Walk that have been beaten with a hammer, smeared with acid and burned with an acetylene torch.

'Men of Honor' a good, old-fashioned movie
As its title suggests, "Men of Honor" resembles a political speech delivered by a candidate who's determined to win.

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Ron DeLay: School exec and singing dog

'Men of Honor' a good, old-fashioned movie
As its title suggests, "Men of Honor" resembles a political speech delivered by a candidate who's determined to win.

Actor pays tribute to one of Alaska's great artists
Sydney Laurence, one of the grand masters of Alaska painting, is coming back from the dead.

Novelist's work explores mystery in the Bush
Sometimes to get better, a writer needs to give up.

'The 6th Day' has a sense of humor; too bad the ending is so botched
Who can save the world faster than Arnold Schwarzenegger? Two Arnold Schwarzeneggers.

Ron DeLay: School exec and singing dog

Elton wins powerful seat
Democrats have elected Sen. Kim Elton of Juneau to serve on Senate Finance one of the most powerful committees in the state Legislature.

City ponders roundabout as cure to traffic ills
The city is looking at a $500,000 roundabout to cure some of the traffic ills that continue to plague the Marine Way and parking garage intersection downtown.

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

Mail carrier who goes the extra mile
Talk to residents of First, Second or Third streets, and you soon learn that one of the small advantages of living on Juneau's Starr Hill is Conrad.

Sides spar over fairways
Duffers and citizens concerned about the effects of duffers on the environment had a go at each other during Thursday night's marathon Juneau Planning Commission hearing.

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Skagway trolls for winter business
Skagway, which makes most of its money in the summer, hopes to generate business in the winter through a new Web site.

Study: Alaska becoming more caring place to live
Alaska is growing more compassionate and is now ranked 10th nationally in that category - a jump from 22nd in 1988 - according to a new index developed by the charitable nonprofit United Way.

Cable company shuffles channels
Local cable subscribers who spent time memorizing the channel lineup will have to do a memory dump and start over.

Sides spar over fairways
Duffers and citizens concerned about the effects of duffers on the environment had a go at each other during Thursday night's marathon Juneau Planning Commission hearing.

Yukon interested, but balks at SE dock
The Yukon Territory still wants access through ports in Southeast Alaska despite recently refusing to pick up options on a dock in Haines and tidelands in Skagway.

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Mother says teen in crash will walk again
The condition of Kenneth "Kenny" Taug, 16, the Juneau youth injured in a collision with a city bus Monday evening, has improved.

Mother says teen in crash will walk again
The condition of Kenneth "Kenny" Taug, 16, the Juneau youth injured in a collision with a city bus Monday evening, has improved.

Totem Creek to pitch golf course plan
Totem Creek will present its case for construction of a golf course a mile past the end of the North Douglas Highway at 5:30 this evening in Centennial Hall's ballroom No. 1.

Elton wins powerful seat
Democrats have elected Sen. Kim Elton of Juneau to serve on Senate Finance one of the most powerful committees in the state Legislature.

City ponders roundabout as cure to traffic ills
The city is looking at a $500,000 roundabout to cure some of the traffic ills that continue to plague the Marine Way and parking garage intersection downtown.

Totem Creek to pitch golf course plan
Totem Creek will present its case for construction of a golf course a mile past the end of the North Douglas Highway at 5:30 this evening in Centennial Hall's ballroom No. 1.

Briefly

Skagway trolls for winter business
Skagway, which makes most of its money in the summer, hopes to generate business in the winter through a new Web site.

Yukon interested, but balks at SE dock
The Yukon Territory still wants access through ports in Southeast Alaska despite recently refusing to pick up options on a dock in Haines and tidelands in Skagway.

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

Cable company shuffles channels
Local cable subscribers who spent time memorizing the channel lineup will have to do a memory dump and start over.

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

Mail carrier who goes the extra mile
Talk to residents of First, Second or Third streets, and you soon learn that one of the small advantages of living on Juneau's Starr Hill is Conrad.

Briefly

Study: Alaska becoming more caring place to live
Alaska is growing more compassionate and is now ranked 10th nationally in that category - a jump from 22nd in 1988 - according to a new index developed by the charitable nonprofit United Way.

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

Juneau nurtures arts
I'm writing as a gracious guest of the community of Juneau, as an intern at Perseverance Theatre, and as an appreciative artist who got a blissful taste of minor celebrity during the run of PT's mainstage production of "Desire Under the Elms." I fly back home to Fairbanks on Dec. 11. Before I left, however, I wanted to extend sincere thanks to the Empire and the entire community for this opportunity to perform, create and stimulate.

Juneau nurtures arts
I'm writing as a gracious guest of the community of Juneau, as an intern at Perseverance Theatre, and as an appreciative artist who got a blissful taste of minor celebrity during the run of PT's mainstage production of "Desire Under the Elms." I fly back home to Fairbanks on Dec. 11. Before I left, however, I wanted to extend sincere thanks to the Empire and the entire community for this opportunity to perform, create and stimulate.

Palestinians would be wise to support Barak
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Abandoned by his coalition partners and backed by only about 30 percent of Israelis, Prime Minister Ehud Barak has agreed to put his political future on the line next spring, two years ahead of scheduled elections.

National election ripe for change
After being inundated with presidential election propaganda for well over a year, much of which was unverifiable, we found ourselves earnestly staring at the television on election day. For some it was to see if their vote ended up in the winning column. For others it was a sigh of relief that once every four years was enough.

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 and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

How can this be?
Gov. Tony Knowles and his extensive crew of public relations specialists should explain how it can be possible that a woman employee at a state department supposed to be dedicated to Health & Social Services can publicly proclaim in a letter to the editor that she has a legally binding No Contact Order against a representative of management in her workplace?

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 and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Improbable cause
The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on Wednesday. There's a saying that the U.S. Supreme Court has never run into a police roadblock it didn't like. Checkpoints to intercept drunken drivers? Sure. Stops to verify the licenses and registrations of motorists? Fine. Highway blockades near the border to snatch illegal immigrants? Those are legal too.

Leading not meddling
Thanks to the Empire for the Nov. 19 article on potential negative impacts to Alaskan fishermen due to salmon-killing dams on the Snake River in eastern Washington.

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 and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Harassment ongoing in some state offices
When Gov. Tony Knowles' deputy press secretary, Claire Richardson, described the administration's sexual harassment policy as being "zero tolerance," she must have been talking about the policy toward staff who work on the third floor of the capitol, certainly not the state employees who work across the street at the Alaska Office Building or other workplaces.

National election ripe for change
After being inundated with presidential election propaganda for well over a year, much of which was unverifiable, we found ourselves earnestly staring at the television on election day. For some it was to see if their vote ended up in the winning column. For others it was a sigh of relief that once every four years was enough.

Palestinians would be wise to support Barak
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Abandoned by his coalition partners and backed by only about 30 percent of Israelis, Prime Minister Ehud Barak has agreed to put his political future on the line next spring, two years ahead of scheduled elections.

How can this be?
Gov. Tony Knowles and his extensive crew of public relations specialists should explain how it can be possible that a woman employee at a state department supposed to be dedicated to Health & Social Services can publicly proclaim in a letter to the editor that she has a legally binding No Contact Order against a representative of management in her workplace?

Harassment ongoing in some state offices
When Gov. Tony Knowles' deputy press secretary, Claire Richardson, described the administration's sexual harassment policy as being "zero tolerance," she must have been talking about the policy toward staff who work on the third floor of the capitol, certainly not the state employees who work across the street at the Alaska Office Building or other workplaces.

Improbable cause
The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on Wednesday. There's a saying that the U.S. Supreme Court has never run into a police roadblock it didn't like. Checkpoints to intercept drunken drivers? Sure. Stops to verify the licenses and registrations of motorists? Fine. Highway blockades near the border to snatch illegal immigrants? Those are legal too.

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 and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Show some sympathy
Death of a loved one is painful for all that have experienced it, whether the loss was a friend, child, spouse, parent or grandparent. This year I and many other community members have had to deal with the loss of three of my peers. The pain that was expressed by family and close friends was unbearable.

Leading not meddling
Thanks to the Empire for the Nov. 19 article on potential negative impacts to Alaskan fishermen due to salmon-killing dams on the Snake River in eastern Washington.

Show some sympathy
Death of a loved one is painful for all that have experienced it, whether the loss was a friend, child, spouse, parent or grandparent. This year I and many other community members have had to deal with the loss of three of my peers. The pain that was expressed by family and close friends was unbearable.

Getting better with age
In a world where ever-increasing attention is given to younger athletes, Ira Rosen has shown age is not a limitation while placing second at the Masters World Powerlifting Championships in Usti Nad Labem, Czech Republic, on Oct. 22.

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Getting better with age
In a world where ever-increasing attention is given to younger athletes, Ira Rosen has shown age is not a limitation while placing second at the Masters World Powerlifting Championships in Usti Nad Labem, Czech Republic, on Oct. 22.

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Not just for boys anymore
For years, the wrestling room was one of the last places where it was still boys-only.

Not just for boys anymore
For years, the wrestling room was one of the last places where it was still boys-only.

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