Friday, December 14, 2001

Time to move on
I am wondering what, exactly, was the point of Nina Mollett's My Turn, which argues that the legitimacy of President Bush's election remains "on shaky ground" because of the way in which the Florida recount was resolved.

A matter of perspective
Jim Ayers, Gov. Knowles' chief of staff, says in an Empire interview that "Alaska has lost its soul." The cause he believes is money; then curiously throws in church opposition to same-sex marriage and failure of the Legislature to approve a constitutional amendment regarding subsistence as signs of this problem.

Rebuilding broken trust
To the Demmert family of Angoon who lost a loved one and is still grieving. I would like to apologize for the way things were handled aboard the M/V Aurora in your time of grief. I am a deck officer who works both crews of the M/V Leconte. We are the ones who normally service Angoon and would have been doing so during this sad time if we were not late coming out of the yard period in Ketchikan. I am positive this incredible act of callousness would not have happened aboard the M/V Leconte.

Consider this
Nina Mollett's Dec. 11 piece on the Florida election was read with sad appreciation that at least somebody is getting the word out on the scandal.

Creating a college home
Their schedules aren't written down, but every moment is filled with activity. It could be aiding a homesick resident or a student stressed out by exams, or maybe organizing an intramural basketball game. With 270 residents to look after - each with unique backgrounds and concerns - University of Alaska Southeast housing staffers David Blair and Amy Bridgers face a new set of challenges and rewards every day.

Former Juneau educators help Chugach district win major award
A Southcentral Alaska school district recently won a major award from the federal government for its success, and two former Juneau educators played a role in the district's success.

FYI
Births

Ferry system apologizes to family
Two months after the state ferry Aurora separated a grieving family from the body of a beloved matriarch, the Alaska Marine Highway System has issued a formal apology.

Mock crash: Preparing for disaster
Juneau police arrive as an airplane full of mothers, children and neighbors in the wrong place at the wrong time is engulfed in flames. The bloodied and broken huddle together among the other walking wounded as firefighters and medical staff learn how to walk away from the ones they can't save.

Open house showcases local musicians
The annual holiday open house at the Governor's Mansion attracted a record crowd of cookie tasters and cider sippers on Wednesday - plus bell-ringing, carol-singing entertainers and a traveling volleyball team.

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

Correction
Due to a reporting error, an article in Tuesday's Empire on a benefit slide show about Afghanistan incorrectly identified Deborah Marshall. Marshall is the founder and a board member of the Southeast Alaska Land Trust.

Airport rejects plan to clearcut trees
A controversial proposal to improve safety at the Juneau Airport by cutting a large swath of trees near the floatplane pond is dead. The trees will stay for now.

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

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported the following incidents. (Details on some citations were not available due to police department computer problems):

Local Briefs
Subsistence panel meets Saturday; Bus runs into ditch; Empire photo contest deadline extended; Man dies in Cordova avalanche

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

Assembly: Allow gradual growth in flightseeing
The number of helicopters allowed to land on Juneau's icefield would stay the same for the next two years, with increases allowed in 2004, 2005 and 2006, under a proposal favored by the Juneau Assembly.

Volunteers honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters
Someone to hold your hand - figuratively or literally - can be a big boost when you're growing up.

White, Gist to marry
Gina Mae White and Rex Scott Gist, both of Juneau, will be married in Juneau Dec. 15, 2001.

Monsen, Green to wed
Tania Mae Monsen and R. Andrew Green, both of Juneau, will be married in a ceremony planned for 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at the Glacier Valley Church of God. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. at the Twisted Fish Co.

'King Island Christmas' play brings joy, carries meaning
It was a great privilege to be in "King Island Christmas" this year. I want to express my deep thanks and appreciation to the directors, the cast, the musicians, those behind the scenes, and to each person who participated in the production as well as to those of you who were able to come and watch. As the words of the first song state it truly was "our Christmas gift to you."

Becker, Peacock to wed
Tisa Marie Peacock and Robert Becker, both of Juneau, will be married Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, at Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at DIPAC. Friends, students, teachers and relatives of the couple are invited to attend both events.

Poem: Charlotte Beatrice Brown
Our niece, She is happy in life She is excited to be noticed She never lets a moment pass her by

Thank You
Gastineau's Winter Festival was held on Friday, Nov. 30. There was a huge turnout, and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time. Children had the opportunity to participate in a cake walk, ice fishing pond, throw snowballs at a snowman, ice bowling, decorate sugar cookies, win a turkey in a turkey shoot, make a mitten ornament, a penguin pin and a snowman bookmark.

Neighbors Briefs
City Museum hosts holiday caroling; Hospice offers training; Volunteers needed

Janet Ann Jack Graham
Janet Ann Jack Graham died Nov. 18, 2001, at the Alaska Native Medical Hospital in Anchorage.

Celia Elizabeth Wellington
Longtime Alaska resident Celia Elizabeth Wellington died Dec. 8, 2001, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

The bin Laden tape
In the videotape released Thursday, Osama bin Laden ... allows that he was pleasantly surprised by the (Sept. 11) destruction, for which he seems to take ample credit.

Prisoners in Afghanistan
Though Osama bin Laden and Taliban ruler Mohammad Omar are still at large, thousands of their followers are now prisoners, and the number is likely to keep growing. Many are being held in Kabul and other cities by a mix of Afghan authorities.

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.

Out and About
What's in season and what's going on.

Skis, boots and boards: A review of available equipment
A variety of equipment is available from ski and snowboard shops in Juneau and the Pacific Northwest.

Going for gear
Ed Hansen, a 30-year downhill ski veteran, used to buy his gear in Juneau. Since Adventure Sports closed last January, Hansen has had to search the Web for the lowest prices and contact stores by phone. He admits the biggest problem is fitting for boots.

Skiing at Eaglecrest was definitely worth the wait
The first day on the slopes is always a special time. For many skiers and snowboarders, it marks the true beginning of winter and a glimpse of what is to be expected from the rest of the season.

Snow Report
The status of Alaska and Pacific Northwest ski areas.

Juneau girls open hoops season with win
Before the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team took the floor for Thursday night's season-opening game against the Nikiski Bulldogs, Juneau assistant coach Leslie Knight debated whether or not to have the Crimson Bears open the game in a half-court or a full-court press on defense.

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

2001 Juneau Fast Break/ Rebounders Basketball
Here are the results from the 2001 Juneau Fast BreakRebounders Clubs' Middle School Basketball Tournament, held Dec. 6-8 at Dzantik'i Heeni and Floyd Dryden middle schools.

Eight Bears wrestle into quarterfinals
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team advanced eight wrestlers into the quarterfinals at the fall state wrestling tournament Thursday at Kenai Central High School.

Juneau wrestlers head to state
Riding high, but not too high, from their first Region V title in four years, 17 Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bearss will try to carry their team's momentum to the state wrestling tournament at Kenai Central High School in Kenai beginning today.

Basketball Standings
Standings from the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Ordway Basketball League, 2001-02 regular-season standings through games of Dec. 9.

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

Rodda: Juneau can host Arctic Winter Games
When the towns of Chugiak and Eagle River were awarded the rights to host the 1996 Arctic Winter Games, there were really about five separate communities in the area and sometimes they just didn't get along.

Hoonah, Gustavus spikers on at state
The Hoonah Braves and Gustavus Foxes are both in Anchorage this weekend at the Class 1A-2A-3A (West Region) state volleyball tournament, held today and Saturday at Dimond High School.

Alaska tourism group proposes marketing blitz
The Alaska Travel Industry Association has come up with a plan to combat an expected drop in tourism with an aggressive marketing campaign featuring television, print advertising and direct mail.

Knowles wants more money for oil, gas oversight
Gov. Tony Knowles wants $4.8 million more to strengthen oversight of Alaska's aging oil facilities and streamline new oil and gas exploration.

Governor's child initiatives stress early action
In his annual State of the Child address this afternoon in Anchorage, Gov. Tony Knowles was to call for beefed up efforts to improve health, safety and education for young Alaskans.

Knowles releases '02 budget
In releasing his proposed state budget this morning, Gov. Tony Knowles said he will ask the Legislature to pass a broad-based tax and other revenue-raising measures during the 2002 session.

Pentagon releases bin Laden video
WASHINGTON - Osama bin Laden contentedly recalled the Sept. 11 attacks against America on a videotape released today by the Pentagon, saying the destruction exceeded his estimates and the events "benefited Islam greatly."

State Briefs
Alaska troops to spend holidays in Kuwait; Christmas aid deadline today; Lake Creek Trail open to snowmachines; Gas line planned for Kenai Peninsula

State Briefs
Two men arrested for murder of Anchorage woman; Salmon found in Petaluma, 2,000 miles from home; Alaska Rep. unhappy with highway fund changes; Alaska predicts improved sockeye run; Youth shelter worker charged with abuse

Federal board won't govern SE marine waters
ANCHORAGE - The Federal Subsistence Board has decided it will not govern subsistence fishing in marine waters now controlled by the state.

Afghanistan slides, 'Messiah' among week's top picks
Probably the only Americans in Afghanistan these days are mercenaries, Marines and military advisors. But 25 years ago, before a Soviet invasion, a coup and a couple of civil wars, Dick Marshall and his wife, Chrissie, spent a month traveling through Afghanistan's northern provinces.

What's Where & When
"Hardball," (PG-13) ends tonight, last show at 7 at the 20th Century Twin.

Coyotes, magic and a dance potpourri
T he story of a goose with a dream will be told in dance. Alexei Badrak, ballet master and director for Juneau Dance Unlimited, has modified the children's book "Albert's Play" to create a ballet with 21 short scenes. This weekend, JDU presents a "Winter Dance Concert" including "Albert's Play" and other performances by JDU students. The three performances will be at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the JDU studio.

'Messiah'returns
L ena Simmons first sang Handel's glorious oratorio "Messiah" in West Virginia and subsequently with the Juneau Lyric Opera in 1988.

Local Briefs
Studio art show opens' Fairbanks Fine Arts Camp on two-year hiatus; Arts fellowships available

What's happening
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