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Thursday, December 4, 2003

A word of warning
Parents, especially those who live in a cul-de-sac: Please don't let your children play in the pile of snow that has not been removed. It is extremely dangerous when our snow-removal employees arrive to dispose of the snow bank.

Reasons to oppose road
Reasons to oppose road

New school needed?
There seems to be still some confusion about the new high school. Some people think we need to build the new school simply because if we do not, it would not be possible to receive the 40 percent reimbursement from the government. Others think it is too late to stop the ball rolling. This is absurd.

Speak, don't spit
In response to Katie Hale's "My Turn:" It seems that you have figured out that high school is a learning ground for much more than mere literature or mathematics. It is a place where you learn about yourself - how you define yourself as you accept and reject ideals and mores that may or may not resonate with your developing concept of self, sense of spirit, and ideas of right and wrong.

New no-parking spot
Here's a heads-up for my fellow Juneauites who use the campground for winter skiing/walking: The U.S. Forest Service has apparently decided to make up its Bush shortfalls by putting a no-parking sign on the short strip between the entry to the campground and the parking area for Skater's Cabin.

Road won't solve capital debate
I was very interested to read Ione Ackerman's statement that a road from Juneau to Skagway/Haines would be beneficial to all three towns. If this is so then I would love Ione to spell out these benefits, especially those to Skagway and Haines.

Use it or lose it
While leaving the Gold Town Nickelodeon this weekend after having watched yet another great movie, I thought to myself - as I have many times before - how lucky Juneauites are to live in a community that can appear both insular and diverse, yet at all times is so richly blessed to have such a broad offering of events and entertainment.

An apology to the wolves
To the Alaskan wolf population: Deep is my regret to inform you that another winter is upon us and so brings another murder bill. For over five decades you have managed to survive beneath a blanket of legal poisoning, trappings and executions. But you have always known, and continue to know, private poaching for delight and pelts. Once again the politicians and corporate biologists have skewed the data, skewed the reasoning and have risen another death warrant.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1906, Frank H. Waskey was seated at the first delegate in the U.S House of Representatives from Alaska. He had, however, no voting power in Congress.

Group presents case to ground wolf shootings
ANCHORAGE - Lawyers argued Tuesday in Superior Court over whether a state-sponsored predator-control program allowing hunters to shoot wolves from airplanes should be permanently grounded.

Chamber wins effort to get business-vehicle exemption
The city exempted commercial vehicles from its new motor vehicle registration tax after the Chamber of Commerce lobbied against the move for business reasons, chamber executive director Todd Saunders said. The exemption comes at a time when the business community is trying to repeal or change the current business personal property tax structure.

Thane slide closes 1 lane
A landslide sent part of Thane Road's base slipping to the beach below, reducing traffic to a single land on Tuesday.

Images from another time: Moose encounter
This 1920s photograph shows a Southeast hunter in a close encounter with an adult male moose. Moose are the most common big-game species hunted in Alaska, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Crews clear streets after snow piles up as high as 19 inches in some parts of town
Juneau street crews Tuesday continued to take advantage of a break in the weather to clear away remnants of a snowy November.

Governor's House open today for annual Christmas party
Juneau residents will get a chance to ring in the holiday season with the traditional open house at the Governor's House today.

Plan to protect more than game species
The state regulates the conservation of wildlife species that are hunted and fished, but doesn't have conservation plans to cover nongame animals. That will change when the state Department of Fish and Game develops a nongame wildlife conservation plan - Alaska's end of a bargain with the federal government that has poured $6.8 million into state coffers in the last three years.

Around Town
Today Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

Holiday welcome at the Governor's House
Gov. Frank Murk-owski, first lady Nancy Murkowski and 2,192 of their closest friends gathered Wednesday night at the governor's home for the annual open house to ring in the holiday season.

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

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Station feeds real-time ski conditions to Web report
Skiers and snowboarders at Eaglecrest Ski Area and in Juneau's backcountry no longer have to leave home to find out what snow conditions are like on Douglas Island.

Neighbors Digest
Adopt-A-Family program The St. Vincent de Paul Society would like to announce its annual Adopt-A-Family program. Families needing assistance this holiday season must register in person at the main office at 8617 Teal St. Registration forms are now available through Friday, Dec. 12. SVdP warmly encourages families and organizations to become sponsors and to help grant the wishes of local families in need.

Weddings
Rice, Shaw to marry in January ceremony; Weir, George to wed at Northern Light United Church

Thank you...
... for sponsoring Red Ribbon Campaign

Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School Honor Roll
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School staff is proud to celebrate the students on the honor roll. We encourage each family to celebrate this event and the accomplishments of your child. These students are developing the habits for success! Asterisk denotes all A's.

The fireman mayor - and proud of it
Emery Valentine was Juneau's thirteenth mayor, and the first to be elected as mayor directly by the voters. (The town's first 12 - from1900 to 1917 - were elected by the city council from among their own members, according to a "Juno's Days of Yore" column written by historian Bob DeArmond in April 1986). Valentine served a total of six, one-year terms, from 1908 to1912 and from 1917 to 1919.

Holiday mood
Fresh festoons grace the balustrade atop the Governor's House on Thanksgiving Day.

Pets of the Week!
Pets of the week...Sweet, impetuous Boomer is convalescing; Ebony trickster will allow you to brush him

David Willard
David Willard, 80, died Nov. 30, 2003, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

Louisa Clark
Juneau resident Louisa Clark, 89, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at the Wildflower Court in Juneau.

Robert E. Nyman
Robert E. Nyman, 60, died Nov. 30, 2003, at his home in Juneau.

Lance Arthur Hathaway
Juneau resident Lance Arthur Hathaway, 46, died Nov. 26, 2003, in Juneau.

Smoking ban infringes on our private property rights
When is it time to stand up for your rights? When is enough going to be enough? Well, if you're a smoker or someone who believes in the basic rights of private property owners, then now is the time. The Juneau Clean Air Alliance (JCAA) is planning on introducing a change to Smoking Ordinance No. 2001-40 to the Juneau Assembly that will ban smoking in all private businesses, including beverage dispensary licensed bars which are currently exempt from the current smoking ordinance.

My Turn: Double-talk makes the case for contracting out AMHS
When he was assistant to the commissioner of state Department of Administration between February 1999 and July 2000, Jim Duncan actively negotiated against members of all state unions on behalf of the Knowles Administration, and gained reductions in members' earnings and benefits (particularly in health care).

Nuggets win in rookie redux
DENVER - LeBron vs. Carmelo the sequel was better than the original. It still had the same ending.

Sports in Juneau
Saturday, Dec. 6 • 10th annual Jingle Jog - The 10th annual Jingle Jog, a 5-kilometer run or 1-mile walk, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. Check in at 9 a.m. at the parking lot of JRC/The Alaska Club's Mendenhall Valley location. Cost is $10 in advance or $12 day-of-race for adults, and $3 for kids. Pre-registration is available at JRC/The Alaska Club. Festive wear is encouraged.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Miller third in Seattle Marathon
When Juneau's Shawn Miller arrived at the starting line of the Seattle Marathon on Sunday, he had no idea how he'd finish. Miller was running in just his third marathon - his previous two were victories in the 2002 and '03 Frank Maier Memorial Marathons on Douglas Island - and it was his first major marathon with more than a couple of dozen runners.

Record falls as 100-plus teams enter Iditarod
KNIK - One record has already been set in next year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. For the first time, more than 100 mushers have signed up to run the race of more than a thousand miles from Anchorage to Nome. The official number was 107, but one applicant has withdrawn.

Cavaliers continue to lose on the road
Quentin Richardson scored 25 points, and Corey Maggette had six of his 22 points in the final 1:16 Wednesday night as the Los Angeles Clippers beat Cleveland 90-80 to hand the Cavaliers their 33rd consecutive road loss dating back to last season.

Local Basketball Scores
Local basketball scores

Wake Forest cruises in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Eric Williams scored 25 points and freshman Chris Paul had 20, both career highs, to lead No. 18 Wake Forest to a 100-67 victory over Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night.

Table tennis oasis
As wind whistled and rain rattled the garage door, a truck bay at Alaska Electric Light and Power transformed into a table tennis oasis earlier this week. For more than three years, a small group of dedicated table tennis players has gathered, usually twice a week, at AEL&P headquarters to improve their game, get a workout and have fun.

Sick of second
Over the past six seasons, Hoonah has boasted the most consistently successful small-schools volleyball program in the state. The Braves have made the state finals five times since 1997. But only once - in 1998 - did they win the title. This season Hoonah strengthened its schedule, cracked down on mistakes and enters the Class 1A-2A-3A (West) state tourney with confidence that it can break its Buffalo Bills-like streak and regain the top prize.

Experts: Diabetes likely to rise among Alaska youth
When Ketchikan dietitian Carey Guthrie visits a middle-school classroom to talk about nutrition, she can spot the students most likely to become diabetic.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

State looks into claims cattle herd is neglected
State troopers are investigating a report of neglect filed early Wednesday by a veterinarian regarding cattle removed last week from Chirikof Island, according to Trooper Sven Skille.

Amendment for natural gas project tucked into pending bill
A project to liquefy North Slope natural gas for shipment on tankers would qualify for the same federal loan guarantee proposed for building a natural gas pipeline along the Alaska Highway route.

Report: Sitka wages down, while population is up
A decline in industrial jobs, an aging population, low salmon prices and an increase in lower-paying jobs all have contributed to a decrease in per-capita income for Sitkans, according to a new report.

State adopts exemptions for graduation exams
The state Board of Education has adopted rules that will allow some students who fail the high school graduation qualifying exam to get diplomas anyway. The exemptions would apply to students who move to Alaska within two semesters of graduation, as well as students who have a parent die during the last semester of their graduating year, or suffer a serious illness or injury.

Ketchikan mourns loss of Tlingit elder
A Tlingit elder is being remembered for her contributions in teaching her language and culture. Esther Shea, 86, died on Thanksgiving Day in Ketchikan.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation.

Alaska Digest
Gov. Murkowski takes to airwaves in first anniversary segment JUNEAU - Gov. Frank Murkowski promised full funding for K-12 education next year and additional help for seniors hurt by his veto of the Longevity Bonus program.

What's happening
Upcoming arts and entertainment events in Juneau.

Crafting a Christmas tale
Two years ago, when Theatre in the Rough presented a half-puppet, half-person adaptation of Shakespeare's "Merry Wives of Windsor," actor Zach Falcon joked that his hand-puppet - the character of Justice Shallow - looked a little like Ebeneezer Scrooge. That comment, however offhand, inspired directors Aaron Elmore and Katie Jensen to think about an all-puppet and mask production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

Movies where & when
Local movie times in Juneau.

New exhibit displays objects from past, present Alaska life
The Alaska State Museum will open an exhibit on Friday, Dec. 5, that features hundreds of artifacts and works of art collected over the past decade, including several hundred newly acquired pieces.

Toe cartoon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

List of Gallery Walk shows
Featured shows for this weekend's Gallery Walk in Juneau

Students bring antic play to life
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Alex Swanston had never acted in a high school play before, but when he read "The Man Who Came To Dinner" last spring in Bethany Bereman's acting class, he was encouraged to try out for the lead, Sheridan Whiteside.

Fat Friday
This summer Rob Roys worked with dreams, ghosts and memories - an unconscious obsession that turned into "Scaffolds" - a 50-painting exhibit at the downtown Empire Gallery. Winter finds him channeling the same thoughts - but bigger.

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