Thursday, December 20, 2001

Tarps are needed
Once again the residents of Juneau are under attack from the "aesthetic police" as the Harbor Board considers a proposal to ban the use of blue tarps or canvas on boats during the summer months, except with harbormaster approval.

Build the road
Here in Wasilla, I look forward to the day when I can drive my car to Juneau, our state's capital.

Holiday spirit at school
I would like to thank the classroom teachers of Auke Bay Elementary School for organizing a short holiday sing-along for the children during the school day on Monday.

Israel protects its borders, safety
In the debate between Israel and Palestine, I would like to state a VERY important fact. According to biblical history, the people of Israel were led out of Egypt by Moses to a land promised to them by God, who instructed Moses through their entire journey of 40 years into what is termed by the Bible "the Holy Land."

Why lobbyists?
When our legislators were campaigning for the offices they now hold, they said we should vote for them because they were the best to represent our needs. We have three legislators with a combined staff of seven, giving us 10 people working in the Capitol during the legislative sessions for the benefit of Juneau

Israel needs security
One of the sought after fruits in dialogue is that it clarifies positions, which appears to be the case in Lisle Hebert's and my recent exchange of ideas about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

Terrorism not justified
I am stunned that so many Juneauites are siding with the "anti-Americans" who view us (and Israel) as "infidels" just because we don't happen to share the same religious beliefs!

Voice your opinion
For those who would like to express their objection to U.S. policy and its lack of balance in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or other topics, I have a suggestion.

Board renews charter school for 6 - not 10 - years
Tuesday's meeting of the Juneau School Board brought bittersweet results for the Juneau Community Charter School.

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

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

Southeast food bank receives gift of space
The Southeast Alaska Food Bank should be up and running at full strength following the New Year's holiday after a local developer donated warehouse space to the charity through April 1.

Local Briefs
Toy drive deadline extended; Alaskan to carry Olympic torch in D.C

Photo: Waiting for 'Rings'
Tony Tengs, left, watches Jana MacInnis, center, and Misty Smith look through a 'Lord of the Rings' fan magazine while waiting in lines for the first showing of the film Wednesday at the 20th Century Twin theater downtown. The movie is the first of three in a long-awaited series based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novels.

Mackie named city lobbyist
The city of Juneau will have a second lobbyist to represent its interests in the state Legislature come January.

Juneau to land more timber receipt funds
Breaking a tie to declining timber harvests, checks containing a boost in federal funding for schools, roads and other projects were in the mail to many Alaska communities today.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, firefighters' response time to a Glacier View trailer park fire was incorrectly stated in the Tuesday Empire. Firefighters were dispatched at 11:16 a.m. and arrived on scene at 11:22 a.m.

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

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

Sudden death spurs workers to study CPR
When a 40-year-old man suddenly collapses on a basketball court and no one can revive him, it's terrifying. "It was the sort of thing you're not equipped to deal with," said a coworker who watched the man collapse and die from a heart attack in October. "There were 30 of us there and nobody had any formal cardiopulmonary resuscitation training. We did what we could. He had friends and family members there, too."

THRHA donates to elders
Employees of the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority shipped 400 pounds of holiday goodies this week to the elders who reside in the Juneau-based nonprofit's eight affordable rental resindences throughout rural Southeast Alaska.

Darkness can offer many valuable gifts
The days grow longer as a new year approaches. From the winter solstice on Dec. 21 we will see a gain in daylight - only minutes more, and yes, barely discernable - but the days will grow longer nevertheless.

Combs, Gelston to wed
Rikki Leigh Combs, Haines, and Aaron Dwayne Gelston, Juneau, will be married at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, at the Travelodge. A reception, which friends and family are invited to attend, will begin at 7 p.m., also at the Travelodge.

Thank You
...for your kindness; ..for all your help; ...for all your work

Where to send cards and donations
Charlotte Brown, 7, who was injured in an automobile accident on Dec. 8, has been moved to Children's Regional Hospital in Seattle. She was able to sit up in a wheelchair for a couple of hours, said her uncle, Daniel Brown of Juneau, but her prognosis has not changed.

Letter: Captain will be missed
"Hugh, come up when you get a chance!" A welcome message heard many times while traveling aboard the Alaska State Ferry System. The familiar voice was from the "bridge" over the public address system and from the Captain, Karl Schoeppe.

Juneau volunteer strives to protect buffalo
Audra Green of Juneau feels passionately that wild animals should be allowed to graze undisturbed. That's the reason Green is spending several months in West Yellowstone with the Buffalo Field Campaign (formerly Buffalo Nations).

Crenshaw, Henderson marry
Chris Crenshaw of Houston, Texas, and Kathy Henderson of Juneau were married in Tombstone, Ariz., on November 6, 2001. Attendants were Caroline Powers, formerly of Juneau, and Harold Dillard.

Melvin L. Flood
Former Juneau resident Melvin L. Flood died Dec. 17, 2001, at his residence in Lakeside, Ohio.

My Turn: Assembly bypasses public flightseeing noise issue
The Juneau Assembly sitting as the committee of the whole (COW), adopted a letter last week asking the U.S. Forest Service to allow over 19,000 helicopter landings on the Juneau Icefield during the next two years. In years 2004-06, the letter asks that landings be allowed to increase by 5 percent a year.

It's time for Arafat to step down
For Yasser Arafat, a moment of personal reckoning is at hand. After a three-month slide into open warfare with Israel ... the hapless Palestinian leader tried to call a halt on Sunday night. Israel must cease its attacks, he said in a televised address. ...

U.S. needs smarter driver's licenses
From the day that three hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, many security experts and members of Congress have urged that the United States develop a national identification system.

My Turn: Israel, United States are close friends
In Mr. Rob Miller's My Turn: "America needs to be fair in Mideast" and in Lisle Hebert's My Turn: "Palestinians Don't trust U.S. to broker justice," in the Juneau Empire of Dec. 16, 2001, Lisle Hebert states: "If I am wrong in this, please prove it to me with fact." Here they are, facts, not a demagogy.

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.

My Turn: Snow-free walkways necessary to enjoy Juneau
Today, Dec. 19, I journeyed from downtown Juneau to the Mendenhall Valley on foot. It was excellent! The sun was gorgeous, and the mountains looked like black bears rustling through the forest after trees had sprinkled snow on their humps. It was a euphoric Alaska trek, and I with a full imagination and vigorous body.

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.

Out and About
In season: Deer (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), mountain goat (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), ducks, geese, brants, swans, snipe, crane (Sept.-Dec.), coyote (Sept.-April), hare (Sept.-April) and brown bear (Sept.-Dec.)

Several avalanche workshops planned by Avalanche Center
The Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center plans several workshops in the coming months.

The route to Eaglecrest
You would never guess by looking at it, but a muskeg- and tree-covered, windswept hill just above the junction of the Perseverance and Granite Creek trails is the birthplace of Eaglecrest, Juneau's recreational ski area. This hill was the site of Juneau's first mechanical ski operation in the early 1930s.

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

Eaglecrest to begin Snowflake Festival
Eaglecrest's annual Snowflake Festival gets underway Saturday and runs through Jan. 6, featuring several activities and contests, including a Christmas Eve celebration, aimed at all age groups.

Project FeederWatch helps track wild birds
Like many holiday visitors, winter birds are also seeking a free meal. Bird feeders provide food for wintering birds when berries, seeds and insects are less available. As a result, people with active bird feeders can collect valuable information on winter bird distribution and abundance, allowing biologists to track large-scale movements and monitor long-term trends.

Duke holds off Kentucky
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mike Krzyzewski put top-ranked Duke's winning streak in Jason Williams' hands."I rode him as hard as a jockey can ride a horse," the Blue Devils coach said. "I just kept calling his number."

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

Basketball Standings
Standings from the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Ordway Basketball League, 2001-02 regular-season standings through games of Dec. 16.

Victory sends Alborn to Olympics
Alan Alborn, an Anchorage man who loves to fly whether in a plane or on skis, filed his flight plan Wednesday.

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

Former champs push Yukon Quest field to 45
The field for the 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race has grown again as the entries of defending champion Tim Osmar of Kasilof, 1988 champ Dave Monson of Manley and veteran musher Doug Grilliott of Willow arrived in the mail at race headquarters early this week.

New funds for Native education
WASHINGTON - The national education bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday greatly expands programs designed to help Alaska Natives do better in school.

Alaska's enormous brown bear continues to grow on the Internet
ANCHORAGE - It was a big bear, its front legs spanning 11 feet from claw tip to claw tip, its skull the size of a beer keg, its paws as big as a man's chest. An Eielson Air Force Base airman shot the record-book grizzly during an October deer hunt in Prince William Sound.

State Briefs
Alaska volcanologist wins international award; Gov. Knowles names new habitat director for state; Fisheries council director resigns; Alaska may already meet new federal student testing requisites; Suspect in critical care after shooting

Businessman may have damaged own shop
ANCHORAGE - Nezar "Mike" Maad and his wife are principal suspects in the damaging of their own print shop for insurance money, a federal prosecutor said.

Princess puts itself up for auction
LONDON - P&O Princess Cruises PLC has changed course and put itself up for auction, announcing today it would give shareholders time to study a $4.4 billion takeover bid from Carnival Corp. that it had spurned in favor of a merger with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

State Briefs
Man charged with shooting fellow passenger; State, Red Dog mine owner reach settlement on violations; Anchorage exceeds federal carbon monoxide standards; Anchorage man gets 75 years in prison for murder; Noatak man charged in ax attack

Medicaid funding boost unlikely this session
FAIRBANKS - Prospects are dimming in Congress for a boost in the federal money that helps Alaska and other states provide health insurance to poor people.

Net shutdown halts Native payments
The U.S. Interior Department has reverted to old-fashioned ways of communicating after a federal judge earlier this month shut down the agency's links to the Internet, including e-mail.

Loren Leman stumps for lieutenant governor
Senate Majority Leader Loren Leman says a resolution to the subsistence controversy and implementation of a long-range fiscal plan probably aren't achievable in the 2002 legislative session.

Ketchikan borough to help shipyard
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has voted unanimously to use its $5 million shipyard development fund as a bond guarantee account to help Alaska Ship and Drydock obtain a federal contract.

Panel calls for cash to spur tours
A state task force has recommended that the Legislature spend $12.5 million to help the tourism industry rebound from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Solstice weekend brings rock duo, dance class
This weekend is a big turning point for Juneau. The winter solstice is upon us, marking the shortest days and longest nights of the year. Night is almost 18 hours long; today the sun came up about 8:40 and set at 3:10. But from here on out the days get longer and longer.

Guest dancer teaches hip hop, jazz workshops
Anthony Manuel, founder of the Seattle-based Fusion Dance Company and a dancer, teacher and choreographer, returns to Juneau to teach capoeira, hip hop jazz and Haitian jazz dance.

Portland rockers return to their Juneau roots
With two members, Gravity and Henry is probably the world's smallest five-piece rock band. Gravity and Henry is guitarist and singer Matt Sheehy and drummer Jarhid Brown. Based in Portland, Ore., the band has played the Pacific Northwest area for the past year and a half. Sheehy and Brown grew up in Juneau and return to play a hometown concert Friday night at the ANB Hall. The all-ages show starts about 8:30 p.m. with an opening set by the Juneau band Motivational Review.

Old friends, new music come together for 'Tropicante'
J uneau guitarist Curt Terrall has brought a bit of South America to Alaska this winter. Terrall shares his passion for Latin music on "Tropicante," a new CD of original music he produced and recorded with Mark Jeleniewski. Jeleniewski, a pianist in Portland, Ore., and Terrall have been friends since the early 1970s when the two were bandmates in Harmony Road, a Portland rock group.

Museum holds caroling party
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is hosting a caroling party Saturday afternoon. All interested singers should show up promptly at 4 p.m. at the city museum. Museum staff will provide copies of easy-to-sing songs. Staffers advise singers to dress warmly and bring a flashlight or a glow stick. The plan is to visit downtown neighborhoods.

Merry TubaChristmas in Juneau
In 1974 musician Harvey Phillips organized an unusual Christmas concert at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. He commissioned composer Alec Wilder to arrange Christmas songs for a tuba and euphonium choir.

Movies Where & When
"Lord of the Rings," (PG13) started Wednesday and shows nightly at 7:10 at the 20th Century Twin, with matinees at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

What's happening
Dance

On a mission to save Christmas
T he CIA has teamed up with Santa this year to save the world from the Grumpsicle. The CIA - Christmas Intelligence Agency - is part of this year's production of "The Grumpsicle," the annual holiday dance pageant put on by the Janice D. Holst School of Dance. The production will be staged twice this weekend, at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday in the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

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