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Saturday, December 7, 2002

Road resources
Do you know what it takes to build a car? I do. Two-thousand, two-hundred, forty-five pounds of iron and steel (4,960 pounds of iron ore), 45 pounds of copper (2,600 pounds of copper ore), 140 pounds of aluminum.

Bush's 'loopy logic'
The president continues to subjugate truth to his mission of preparing us for an immoral, unnecessary and illegal first strike against Iraq.

Photo: First chance for hockey
Marc Scholten plays hockey Thursday near Skaters Cabin on Mendenhall Lake. Scholten and a few other hockey enthusiasts took to the ice for the first time this winter.

State signs contract for Metlakatla ferry
A new state ferry that will provide more service between Metlakatla and Ketchikan is under construction. The Alaska Marine Highway System last month signed a contract with Conrad Industries of Morgan City, La., to build a 181-foot ferry. The ship will be able to move 149 passengers and 18 vehicles between the two island communities at an operating speed of 12 to 14 knots, according to the ferry system.

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

Kids learn the art of hunting, survival
Paul Hamby waved a set of polypropylene long underwear in front of a classroom of sixth-graders Thursday at Floyd Dryden Middle School. "Guys, I want you to say it with me, 'hy-po-ther-mia,' " said Hamby, a firefighter and emergency medical technician. "Hy-po-ther-mia," the class sang back.

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

FYI
Births

Maj. Gamble offers service with a smile
Although his camouflaged uniform and the maps and computers that fill his Juneau office suggest the seriousness of his job, Maj. Fred Gamble of the Alaska Army National Guard has a relaxed, cheerful air about him. "My mother always told me to smile, or people will think I'm up to something," he said, a grin stretched across his face.

JPD seeks help in inquiry into sex-abuse claims against priest
The Juneau Police Department on Thursday appealed for the public's help with the investigation of sexual abuse allegations against a local Catholic priest. "This is not us out trying to get Mr. Nash," police investigator Kris Sell said in reference to the Rev. Michael Nash. "But in order to get to the truth, whatever that is, we will need the public's help."

Thank you
...for the generosity; ...for the help;

Library honors
Denise Weltin, an eighth-grader at Alyeska Central, was a winner in the 2002 Children's Book Week Bookmark Contest sponsored by the Juneau Public Libraries.

Advent challenges us to worship and pray
We have begun the season of Advent. It means "to come." It encompasses the four Sundays prior to Christmas. It is an invitation to prepare for the coming of God into the world in the Babe of Bethlehem. The prophets of old foretold His coming. Wisemen following the stars were led to the stable.

Neighbors Briefs
Santa sailings set; Safety during the holidays; Instruments needed

Photo: Teddy turns 100
Mimi Walker's class at Riverbend Elementary School celebrated 100 years of teddy bears in November. Students brought bears from home and made name tags for them.

Irvin William Fleek
Former Douglas resident Irvin William Fleek, 85, died in his home in Walla Walla, Wash., on Nov. 15, 2002.

Home, the center of all living
I was saddened and alarmed by the recent articles in the Empire about the problems with drugs in Juneau. A long time ago one of our children barged into the house after school. "Hi mom. I'm home." But mom wasn't there. Instead she was hanging clothes in the back yard to dry in the spring breeze. When she came into the house she found a weeping lad sitting on the front porch.

State Wrestling Rankings
Here are the state's top-five wrestlers in each weight class for the Class 4A and the Class 1A-2A-3A seasons as ranked by the Web site, http://www.alaskawrestling.com, which is run by Palmer's Eric Wade.

Juneau wrestlers split with Dimond, Service
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team fared well Thursday evening in its first meet against large Anchorage schools in nearly three years. Despite forfeiting in two weight classes - which gave their opponents an extra 12 points from the start - the Crimson Bears defeated host Dimond 36-33 and lost to Service by just six points, 37-31.

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

Ordway Basketball League Standings
Standings from the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's Ordway Basketball League, through games of Sunday, Dec. 1.

State Briefs
Winter Games panel to visit Juneau; Anchorage police shoot suspect; Man dies in Homer boat fire; Anchorage to cut fire training; Man shot, robbed during drug deal

Man found guilty in pipeline shooting
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks jury said today that Daniel Lewis is guilty of all five counts against him in last year's shooting of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Jurors deliberated for almost six hours Thursday and announced just after the Rabinowitz Courthouse closed for the day that they reached a decision and would announce it this morning.

Woman rejects plea bargain in wolf-hybrid case
ANCHORAGE - The first person to be charged under a new law banning the advertisement of wolf hybrids for sale is fighting the state in court. JoGenia Sexton placed newspaper ads for wolf dogs in August. She was to be arraigned in District Court on Wednesday. Just before the hearing began, special prosecutor Jack Schmidt presented her with an offer to accept a reduced fine of $200.

Former Russian Orthodox priest admits to embezzling money from Sitka parish
ANCHORAGE - A former Russian Orthodox priest has pleaded guilty to mail fraud for embezzling money from his Sitka parish. Eugene Bourdukofsky left St. Michael's Cathedral in 1997. but the embezzlement wasn't reported to the FBI until last year.

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