Monday, December 24, 2001

New reference book catalogs Native history
"A Reference in Time" is a major step forward from minor projects such as calendars of Alaska Native history produced in the past. It supplies at least one event for every day of the year, demonstrating that there is, indeed, a rich non-White history in the state.

Holiday Moments
The Juneau Empire offers these holiday memories captured on film by our readers as the conclusion to our Holiday Photo Contest. Thank you to all who entered, congratulations to all who won, and, on behalf of the Empire staff, the best of the season to all our readers.

Over holidays, use designated drivers
As the snow begins to fall, and the festivities of the holiday season are well under way, we begin to think more about the people in our lives.

Snow is plowed well
I just wanted to make a comment about the city snow plowing this year on Behrends Avenue. I have lived on Behrends for 15 years and this is the best job I have ever seen them do.

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

Photo: Christmas toy drive
National Guardsmen Staff Sgt. Terry Anderson, playing Santa, and Spc. Daniel Morris pick up a box filled with toys at Jensen's Home Furnishings store in the Nugget Mall for the annual toy drive that brings a brighter Christmas to local families in need.

Guardsmen sacrifice holidays for public safety
On Christmas Day, Sgt. Fritz Brown would like to be home in the village of Kipnuk, chowing down on dry fish dipped in seal oil. Instead, he'll be spending a 10-hour shift in uniform at the Juneau Airport, keeping travelers safe from terrorists.

Harry Potter, harps, robots and Barbie are hot
Dolls and hammers have been popular with kids since the days of ancient Egypt, but electronic toys are at the top of many gift wish lists for 2001.

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

City begins countdown to smoking ban
The signs already are up at some Juneau businesses. An ad campaign is under way. And training for Juneau's police officers is scheduled next week.

Mother charged with drunken driving in crash injuring children
Two young children remain hospitalized in Seattle today, one in serious condition, following a vehicle crash Saturday night that injured six family members. Police arrested the mother for drunken driving.

Proposed UAS pavillion gets $150,000 grant
A plan to build an outdoor pavilion on the University of Alaska Southeast campus received a major boost last week when it received $150,000 in grants from the Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation.

Federal grant at UAS prepares Alaska Natives to be teachers
Michelle Martin and Ron Guthrie, Natives from Southeast villages, saw teachers from Outside come and go but they never expected to take their place.

National Park Service schedules compensation workshops
Congress closed part of Glacier Bay to commercial fishing in 2000 and is phasing out fishing in the rest of the bay as qualified fishermen retire.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events

Holiday closures
The following is a list of institutions and businesses that are closed or have shortened hours Monday and Tuesday.

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

USFS workers donate food, gifts to Juneau families
Three Juneau-area families will have Christmas dinner and gifts for everyone in the family, thanks to the employees of the Forest Service regional office.

Owners depart but the bread stops here
Fans of from-scratch corned beef hash and homemade hamburger buns need not despair. Barry and Carlene Shaw are leaving BaCar's restaurant after eight years at the favorite downtown eatery, but they are teaching the new cook, Tracy Harmon, how to make everything on the old menu.

Accident victim out of intensive care
Charlotte Brown, the 7-year-old Juneau girl injured in an Egan Drive accident Dec. 8, is now out of intensive care at a Seattle hospital and is nearing the start of rehabilitation, her family reported late last week.

Avis Janice Aamot
Longtime Juneau resident and educator, Avis Janice Aamot, died Dec. 20, 2001, at Shattuck Manor.

Cartoon by TOE

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone.

Juneau, city of hope
This is the season for celebration and giving thanks for the blessings God has bestowed upon us. Christmas is also a time of hope. In our private lives we share this common desire for fulfillment of our goals and ambitions with our families, and in our churches and schools and with humanity in general.

State should consider owning gas pipeline
The value of natural gas as a resource commodity must not be underestimated. The direct economic benefit of natural gas will be equivalent to oil. The added benefits: more reasonably priced energy throughout much of the state, substantial economic growth, diversity and opportunity will add significantly to the real value of natural gas.

State governments: Canaries in the depths of the economic mine
In the economic stimulus debate between the parties, one of the most important issues was unfortunately among the least discussed. The question was the fiscal health of the states and its effect on the services they provide, particularly to lower-income people, who tend to be among the principal victims of recessions. Medicaid, the costliest of those services, is at the center of the issue.

The perfect Christmas tree exists, and can be a fun challenge to buy
I ran into a friend last week who asked why I hadn't written about buying Christmas trees. She was shocked to learn I didn't know a darned thing about it, gave me a few sobering facts to get me started and sent me off to find out more. It is a retail market filled with a giddy range of selection and it all happens very quickly. The purchase tests marriages, budgets and core values. It's a holiday tradition.

Alaska runner leads Griz to Division I-AA crown
Montana's Yohance Humphery, a former Chugiak High School player, kept looking at his commemorative NCAA Division I-AA national championship cap.

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

Endicott leads five Southeast athletes at UAF
Making the jump from high school sports to college can be a daunting task for many young athletes. Making the jump from one of Alaska's smaller schools can be even harder, as the gap might seem like a never-ending chasm for athletes from schools where it may take the entire student body to fill out a roster.

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

Duke: The Yankees of college basketball
If only this were March and it was not December. I'm not a Grinch, mind you. In fact, I love the holiday season. But anyone who watched Tuesday's Duke-Kentucky game had to be thinking that this game would've been perfect if it came deep in the NCAA Tournament and not a few days before Christmas. I can't remember a better played, more intense, more exciting regular season game.

State Briefs
Man killed in avalanche near Hope; Man dies in crash with stolen truck; Man robs Anchorage bank; Troopers stop well-stocked teen

State prisons seek additional guards
Wanted: Men and women willing to work with criminals. No experience needed. Must be at least 21 years old. Background check required. Starting pay: $33,300 a year.

Wrangell Narrows dredging continues
Rock-n-Road Construction has finished lining the dike that will hold contaminated dredge material from the bottom of Wrangell Narrows tidelands.

Nine years for Leprechaun gun burglary
A Nenana burglary that yielded two pistols has led to a federal prison sentence of more than nine years for a man nicknamed "The Leprechaun."

Glennallen man cited for harassing anglers
A Glennallen man has been charged with harassing fishermen during the summer.

November jobless rate holds steady in Alaska
Alaska's unemployment rate held steady at 5.6 percent in November, the same as October, state economists report. The November rate is lower than the 6.1 percent for the same month in 2000.

Nenana school head put on leave
The City of Nenana School District has removed its superintendent.

Adak mail has been slow to arrive since airline collapsed
ANCHORAGE - Since the demise of Reeve Aleutian Airways, people in remote Adak have experienced delays in getting mail, with priority mail occasionally taking two or three weeks to arrive and nonpriority packages a month or more, according to Mayor Agafon Krukoff.

Ketchikan music store closes
After more than a decade in business, the doors to Physical Graffiti , a downtown Ketchikan store, closed quietly but firmly last week.

Photo: Cool vantage point
Christopher Lerma enjoys the pilot's vantage point in a Blackhawk Helicopter delivering Great Alaskan Toy Drive gifts on a recent trip to Kake.

Haines Assisted living building donated
A gift of property to a regional health care organization could provide an assisted-living center for elderly Haines residents.

Fashion without Borders visits Sitka
Two Frenchwomen want to use fashion to change the world. Karen Alletru and Helene Leroyer, both 23, visited Sitka this week to check out the fashions of Alaska for their worldwide charity project "Mode sans Frontieres," or "Fashion without Borders."

Haines markets to Juneauites
The city of Haines will try to lure Juneau residents to the Chilkat Valley this winter.

Crash review yields no clues
An investigation update from the National Transportation Safety Board into an Oct. 10 crash near Dillingham has not revealed a cause.

Septic Service to close in Ketchikan
Marshall Nelson plans to close his Land and Sea Septic Service at the end of December. He has operated the business since 1993, but said that he has become "unhappy with what the future holds for septage disposal in Ketchikan, and I don't like the political climate here for small businesses."

Mount Edgecumbe Hospital scores high on accreditation list
SEARHC's Mount Edgecumbe Hospital earned a score of 91 out of a possible 100 from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

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