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Sunday, December 2, 2001

Local homeless population doesn't fit the stereotypes
Most people wouldn't know a homeless person if they walked past him, says a Juneau advocate for the homeless.

Homeless Youth deals with hunger, cold and independence
Nate has been arrested, lost his family and his home, and struggled to find ways to stay warm and find scraps to eat - all by the age of 20.

Prevention -- or politics?
With the Taliban crushed, Daniel Ortega defeated and the bears asleep, Juneau's leftists are now, it seems, free to devote time to propagandizing for socialized medicine and gay rights with plenty of time left over to frighten middle school students all in the guise of celebrating World AIDS Day.

Alaska's resources
I've said for years that Alaska's leaders were blinded by Alaska's resources, that instead of acting like a colony importing finished goods and exporting raw resources Alaska should turn instead to clean, value-added manufacturing because trade favors manufacturers over resource exporters, and because adding value (by education and manufacturing) earns economic rewards.

Adventures in art
Jon and Jona Van Zyle present their work at Rainsong Gallery on Saturday to about 30 children belonging to area Girl Scout troops during a class called "Art Inspiration and Adventure."

School improvement plan to guide the way for JDHS
For the past three years, the Juneau-Douglas High School community has been putting itself under the microscope.

Shooting victim points to husband
The woman shot in a mall parking lot last month is seeking a long-term protective order against her husband, who she believes may have pulled the trigger, she said in court papers.

'Unity Tree' lighting
About 200 Juneau residents attended a "Unity Tree" lighting ceremony Friday evening at Centennial Hall.

Head Start receives mental health grants
The Tlingit and Haida Central Council Head Start program recently received more than $300,000 from two grants to address mental health service needs for infants and young children in Southeast.

Visiting team of four accreditors gives commendations and offers recommendations
The four educators evaluating Juneau-Douglas High School as part of its accreditation process concluded their three-day visit Friday, leaving commendations, suggestions for improvement and a recommendation that the school receive its accreditation.

Fire destroys apartment
Residents of several apartments in a building near the Governor's Mansion were displaced by a fire Friday night, firefighters said, but no one was injured in the blaze.

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

Search called off
Youths fleeing from a stolen vehicle early Saturday morning set off a search for one boy who wasn't accounted for, Juneau police said.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events in the Juneau area

Economy vs. ecology
Bjorn Lomborg, a statistician at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and one-time self-professed holder of "left-wing Greenpeace views," has published a thought-provoking book entitled "The Skeptical Environmentalist."

Quest for freedom continues
The ANB/ANS Convention ended its annual congressional assembly 2001. Again delegates presented important resolutions, most of which passed the floor successfully at the Native village of Kake, the homeland of the Waa-Zee-Nadi Tribe, a member of the ancient Tlingit-Haida Confederation that still occupies the Southeast Panhandle of Alaska.

Cartoon by TOE

Time well spent can be difficult to see
Yesterday I approached a coworker's desk and noticed that she was still, serene and peacefully gazing out at nothing. She noticed it at the same moment and snapped to here and now, registering a moment of embarrassment before attacking whatever was in front of her. She is an energetic worker, motivated enough to be irritating, yet she felt the need to keep in motion. Why do we do that?

Juneau bowler rolls perfect score of 300
This time, Juneau bowler Carmine DiCostanzo knew what to expect as he stepped to the line with a shot to bowl a perfect game of 300 during Wednesday Night Men's Handicap League play at Channel Bowl.

Krehlik medals at Western regional
Juneau-Douglas High School junior Molly Krehlik held on to win a medal Saturday as she placed ninth in her race at the Foot Locker Western Region Cross Country Championships at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Kings win Pilot Invite
The Ketchikan Kings were kings of the mat after winning the team title at the Juneau-Douglas Brandon Pilot Wrestling Invitational, which was held Friday and Saturday at the JDHS main gymnasium.

Alaska 4th highest for fatal injuries to children
Alaska has dropped from first to fourth highest in the nation for fatal injuries to children, but injuries still are the leading cause of death in kids and teen-agers here, according to a new state study.

Procession for a trooper
Anchorage police officer Walt Gilmore salutes a funeral procession through Anchorage for slain Alaska State Trooper Hans Roelle on Friday.

OmegaSea to create new product line
Two months after moving operations to the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park, OmegaSea fish food company is in the midst of another big move.

Wrangell police chief named to national youth board
Wrangell Police Chief Tom Clemons has been named to the National Board of the Junior Police Academy, a nonprofit organization that aims to build stronger relationships between youth and police by giving students an inside look at local law enforcement.

Panel suggests state approve tourism funding
Next year's tourism season will be a disaster unless the Legislature approves millions of dollars in emergency marketing funds, Alaska travel industry leaders said.

Division of Elections receives minimum-wage signatures
A spokeswoman for the state Division of Elections said Friday petitioners for a citizen vote on increasing the minimum wage likely have collected the required minimum of 28,783 registered voters' signatures.

Solutions sought to Native student problems
Participants in the first Alaska Native Education Summit began by discussing low standardized test scores for Alaska Native students, cultural differences that hinder learning, high teacher turnover in rural schools, barriers to Alaska Natives becoming teachers, and other pressing issues.

Eagle count taken in Chilkat preserve
An aerial survey last week found 2,041 bald eagles in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and surrounding areas.

Supreme Court: State may be liable in 1992 plane crash
Families of seven Army National Guard servicemen whose plane crashed into a Juneau mountain in 1992 may be able to sue the state for damages based on the ruling of a sharply divided Alaska Supreme Court in overturning a lower court.

Donation boosts Haines Scout trust to $100K
Haines scout leaders said local scouting programs should have all the money they need for years to come with the announcement this week of a $100,000 donation to a trust fund to finance programs and equipment purchases.

National magazines look at Haines skiing
If the latest batch of skiing and snowboarding magazines are any indication, Haines could be poised for a backcountry boom this winter.

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