Monday, December 17, 2001

Pocket guide could be much better
Since the average children's book now costs $15, "My First Pocket Guide: Alaska" by Carole Marsh is a full-color bargain at $6.95. Packed with lots of facts and figures about the Last Frontier, it would make an excellent stocking stuffer for elementary students.

In the Stacks: Holiday books
These are holiday books (mostly undiscovered gems) that we at the library particularly enjoy pointing out to readers to share with their families.

Delectables at the Governor's
Thousands of people flock to the Governors Mansion every December to meet the first couple and celebrate the annual holiday open house.

Court was partisan
As another person, like Nina Mollett, happy to describe myself as a "democracy partisan," I hope I can answer Richard Schmitz' questions and correct some factual errors in his letter.

Cutting Christmas trees OK - with limits
Juneau residents in search of a Christmas tree need look no farther than the Tongass National Forest or city land - with some restrictions.

Correction
Due to incorrect information provided to the Empire, a Sunday article about Chapel by the Lake listed the wrong time for the Longest Night Service on Dec. 23. The service will begin at 6 p.m.

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

Accident victim changes hospitals
A 7-year-old accident victim remains in serious condition after being transferred to Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle on Sunday. Charlotte Brown is in pediatric intensive care but good spirits, said her uncle Daniel Brown.

Two armed robbers caught after Douglas holdup
Two men are in prison today after allegedly forcing their way into a Douglas Island apartment in what police called a drug-related armed robbery.

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

One more night for 'One King'
Left to right, Melissa Tasser, Meridith Jones, Mackenzie Slater, Heidi Freeman and Tammy Clover (not all shown) perform a dance to the song "Glory to The King" during Sunday's performance of the 29th annual Singing Christmas Tree at the Juneau Christian Center. The final performance for this year's "One King," directed by Honey Bee Anderson, will be at 7 tonight.

Liveaboards face fee hikes
Gwen Place, who lives on the 50-foot Ginger in Aurora Harbor, worries a liveaboard fee increase before Juneau's Docks and Harbors board is too much at once.

Church runs mental health outreach for all
The holidays can be a "mixed bag of emotions," with depression rattling around at the bottom, and Seasonal Affective Disorder skating on top, says Stephen Leader Peg Warren of the Community Christian Counseling Center.

After 6 decades, family is granted deed to homesite
When the U.S. Army took Pete Duncan's Excursion Inlet homesite for a prisoner of war camp in World War II, it built his family a house, a boat and outbuildings a few miles away. "What was missing was a thing called a deed," said Al Duncan, one of Pete Duncan's sons.

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

Charter school up for renewal
In April 1997, the Juneau Community Charter School won a green light from the Juneau School Board to begin operation.

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

My Turn: America needs to be fair in Mideast
First, I would like to say that I am as outraged as any American about the Sept. 11 attacks and I support cleaning out the rat's nest of terrorists in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Around here, the winter solstice is a subtle holiday kick-off
The sun has just about reached its southernmost point in the celestial sphere, our winter solstice, and not a minute too soon. It's pretty dark around here. No wonder we've awarded ourselves a couple of holidays, well-earned, to distract us until we are on the upswing, so to speak, and getting a few more minutes out of the sun each day.

Toe cartoon

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

Assembly strikes accord on flightseeing
The Juneau Assembly deserves praise for taking a position on the issue of helicopter landing tours.

My Turn: Peace in Mideast far in the future
Rob Miller and Lisle Hebert's My Turns in Sunday's Empire discussing America's bias toward Israel and past Israel atrocities contained much fact and truth. However, while Rob and Lisle's positions were definitely insightful, they struck me as also a bit biased. Or perhaps as just not an accurate, complete perspective on the entire Middle East question.

Crisis brings mixed reactions to reporting
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, almost everyone is rethinking his position on almost everything. And that includes the role and performance of the news media.

My Turn: Palestinians don't trust U.S. to broker justice
I apologize to anyone who may be offended by my being critical of Israel, but no person and no country is beyond reproach and when we act like we are, we lose our way. I base my criticism on reports from people who have been to Israel and seen how the Palestinians are being abused by the Israeli government and by the Jewish settlers who are encroaching on Palestinian land with the government's approval.

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

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

Juneau girls claim title in Nikiski Tip-Off
Anna Capacci came off the bench to score all 10 of her points in the second half, helping the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team clinch the championship of the Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday with a 49-36 victory over the Soldotna Stars at Nikiski High School.

At least 42 teams enter the 2002 Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race
FAIRBANKS -- At least 42 mushers have lined up to compete in the 1,000-mile 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Bears take third at state
Heading into the final two rounds at the fall season state wrestling tournament at Kenai Central High School, Juneau held a slim three-point lead over Ketchikan for third place.

Hoonah takes second place in small schools volleyball
The Hoonah High School girls volleyball team couldn't duplicate its state title of 1998 as the Braves lost a 15-2, 7-15, 17-15, 15-8 decision to the Koliganek Huskies on Saturday in the championship game of the Class 1A-2A-3A (West) state tournament at Anchorage's Dimond High School.

Fall Season State Wrestling Tournament
Here are the team results and results of the fifth, third and championship matches at the Fall Season State Wrestling Championships held at Kenai Central High School in Kenai.

Ketchikan Council OKs hydro purchase
The Ketchikan City Council on Dec. 12 unanimously approved the purchase of state-owned hydroelectric facilities, moving a step closer toward the construction of the Swan Lake-Lake Tyee Intertie.

Sitka company builds ferries for NY
The Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York have kicked the Allen Marine Inc. boatbuilding shop into high gear to finish four high-speed ferries for a New Jersey-based commuter ferry company.

GOP poll says public favors ANWR drilling
FAIRBANKS - A new national poll indicates increasing public support for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but drilling opponents say the numbers are the result of a biased survey.

Panel gives up on ANILCA
Collective rights to subsistence hunting and fishing won't be guaranteed in a proposed constitutional amendment establishing a rural priority.

Flightseeing board reps chosen
Former Haines Borough Assembly member and unsuccessful state Senate candidate Tim June got the most votes in the Dec. 4 balloting for a commercial flightseeing helicopter service area board.

Southcentral creeping south
ANCHORAGE - In a shift that's baffled scientists, the earth beneath part of Southcentral Alaska has been inching southward for the past three years.

State briefs
Vehicle theft brings DWI charge; Palmer trailer fire kills one; Massage therapist helps Ground Zero workers; Alaska flu cases rising; Feds awards state $32 million

Glacier meltdown picks up pace
ANCHORAGE - Most of Alaska's glaciers have been shrinking in a meltdown that began at least two centuries ago and appears to be accelerating, according to a new comprehensive study that drew on thousands of historical and scientific sources.

Oil spill dug up
A post-Thanksgiving fuel oil spill at Skagway's Recreation Center resulted in about 84 gallons spilled, said Grant Lawson, director of the city's Public Works Department.

USA Today eagle listing ignores Haines
The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to the largest concentration of bald eagles in North America, was left out of a recent listing of 10 great places to keep an eye on bald eagles published in the Nov. 30 edition of USA Today.

Ketchikan School District has surplus
The Ketchikan School District has about $350,000 more in its budget than anticipated, primarily due to unexpectedly low expenses.

Shellfish growers launch state's 1st geoduck farm
SEWARD - A group of shellfish growers in Southeast Alaska is establishing a geoduck farm. Seward's Qutekcak Shellfish Hatchery last week shipped 30,000 geoduck seed to the shellfish farmers who hope to become the first of their kind in the state.

State Briefs
Students collect clothes for Glory Hole; Parent charged with attacking teacher; Man charged with attempted murder; Murkowski calls for gas line meeting

Alaska fishing deaths drop, but still too high
ANCHORAGE - A new federal safety report says Alaska's commercial fishing industry has made considerable progress in reducing fatalities in boat sinkings, but adds there are still too many deaths involving deck and dock accidents.

New fisheries tech program at Ketchikan
A new University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus program hopes to hatch some graduates in the next few years who are ready to start work in Southeast hatcheries and fisheries.

P&O Princess rejects offer from Carnival
MIAMI - Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise operator, said Sunday that its $4.5 billion offer to merge with P&O Princess Cruises PLC has been rejected by the London-based company.

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