Thursday, December 27, 2001

Juneau's smoking law goes too far
Smokers, be prepared, you are about to be the target of the smoke police.

Helicopters marred beach walk
Last July we spent a few days visiting the beautiful city of Juneau and many parts of Alaska. We had a fantastic trip.

Spend wisely
A recent paper by the Alaska Travel Industry Association requests that the state spend $12.5 million right now to address the "extraordinary and profound impacts" of Sept. 11 on the travel industry in Alaska. The forecast for 2002 is "bleak," they assert; businesses may close, and an emergency, state-funded marketing campaign is the only way to avert disaster to the travel industry.

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

Cause of sewage plant shutdown ID'd
State officials have identified a substance that shut down part of the Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant this month as aromatic mineral spirits, but they aren't sure where it came from.

Arts group helps bring Nightcats, Kubla Khan to Juneau
Two Juneau arts groups have been awarded more than $30,000 to bring music and theater to Alaska.

Correction
Waste Management Inc.'s free Christmas tree chipping will not take place on Dec. 29, as printed in Around Town on Monday. The chipping is scheduled for Jan. 5.

Local Briefs
Injured children still in the hospital; Police make arrest in 1998 disappearance

Family who lost its home in fire thankful for help
Since the fire that destroyed her home at Glacier View Mobile Home Park on Dec. 17, Joanne Felipe has found that Juneau is a generous city.

Returning students reflect on college experience in first year
With one semester of college, thousands of miles of travel and a world of new experiences behind them, three members of the Juneau-Douglas High School class of 2001 who returned to town for the holidays spoke to current students last week.

Students seek to preserve flume tales
Built to carry water within, and now carrying pedestrians atop, the Gold Creek Flume has been part of the Juneau landscape for more than a century. Now some local students are hoping to carry on stories about the historic structure to future generations.

Photo: Hockey in the fog
A hockey player guards his goal and watches the game shrouded in fog Wednesday afternoon on Twin Lakes. Another game was scheduled for noon today.

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

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

Surprise - December 2001 was snowier than last year
Last year the total snowfall at the Juneau Airport as of Dec. 26 was 2.3 inches. This December, it is 18.5 inches, according to Dan Byrd of the National Weather Service.

New nonprofit organization offers physical and spiritual healing
Karl Luttig is using the story of the good Samaritan as an example of how he can be a good neighbor in Juneau. On Saturday, he officially opened a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the needy find their way out of poverty.

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

Floyd Dryden announces honor roll
6th grade All A, 4.0

Students earn awards from Native council
The following students have been selected to receive $200 awards from the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's Higher Education Alumni Scholarship Assistance Program.

Pet Of The Week
Mahkah is a 1-year-old medium-hair female torti who is friendly, playful and quiet. She likes to sit on one's lap while being brushed.

Thank You
...for your contribution; ...for the effort; ..for the support; ...for all the help

McCollum, Zellweger marry
Kent McCollum of Petersburg, Alaska, and Shalene Zellweger of Juneau were married in Maui, Hawaii on Dec. 11.

Shrine to hold world peace event
The Shrine of St. Therese will sponsor a World Peace and Human Unity prayer event at the Lodge beginning at 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve and continuing throughout the evening. Participants are invited to stay the night at the lodge.

Hamey, Limm to marry
Jer Hamey of Juneau and Cynthia Limm of Sacramento, Calif., will be married in a ceremony at 5 p.m., Dec. 31 at Holy Trinity Church. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the Hangar Ballroom.

Recycling, chipping for local relief fund
Waste Management Inc. is offering two ways that local households can recycle and keep the roadsides clean. One benefits the local disaster relief fund of the American Red Cross.

Photo: Holiday music
Instructor Chris Fredell, left, and students Ryan Wetherell, center, and Steven Paradis play holiday music during Guitar Club, a 21st Century Grant Activity at Floyd Dryden Middle School. Courtesy of Sheila Degener

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Katrina Alexis McMahon
Juneau resident Katrina Alexis McMahon died Dec. 14, 2001, in Taos, N.M. She was 27.

Agnes W. Larson
Former Juneau resident Agnes W. Larson died Sept. 20, 2001, at the Mapleleaf Care Center in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

My Turn: Foreign policy must be proactive
Calm Juneau contrasts the tempest raging elsewhere in the world, not that Juneau is unaffected by recent events. The tragic murders on Sept. 11, the ensuing economic downturn and threats of further terrorism trouble us all. Due to the paramount importance of future conflicts, I believe we must encourage our leaders to take action far across the globe to secure our safety here.

State government must address issue of long-term fiscal planning
In recent weeks, Gov. Tony Knowles has been saying a lot about his proposed fiscal 2003 state budget and the increases that will be part of it. What he hasn't been saying much about is how he proposes paying for them.

Uprooting illegal hiring
Workers and business leaders alike should cheer the Immigration and Naturalization Service's 2 1/2-year investigation of Tyson Foods' labor practices, an inquiry that concluded last week with a 36-count grand jury indictment of the nation's largest poultry processor. Attacking illegal hiring at the source will prove far more effective than simply rounding up and deporting those who come north to pluck and package chickens.

Take your skiing up a notch with Hilary Lindh
Eaglecrest Ski Area is presenting ski tactics workshops for adults this weekend with Olympic silver medalist Hilary Lindh.

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

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.)

Monitoring Alaska's volcanoes
FAIRBANKS Standing on top of 14,163-foot Mount Wrangell, Guy Tytgat took in the view. The Wrangell-St. Elias Range stretched out all around him.

Alaska group hikes from Florida to Canada
KENAI - When Nikiski's Ray Ford announced he was going to hike from the southern tip of subtropical Florida to the frigid maritime shore of Canada, his family, friends, acquaintances and former classmates all doubted his sanity and his ability.

Crimson Bear girls look to reclaim tourney title
Fresh off its victory in the Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament two weeks ago, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team is ready to make it two tournament titles in a row as the Crimson Bears host the Princess-Capital City Classic this weekend.

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

Column: Prep wrestling season needs to make a change
After another season of significant success, the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team should be thinking of how to improve on its third-place team finish at the fall-season state tournament that featured two individual champions.

Juneau boys open season with Classic
There was some pain in the off-season for Juneau-Douglas boys head basketball coach George Houston. More specifically, the pain came from hanging Sitka's 2000-01 Region V title pennant at the end of the line of flags that trails halfway around the JDHS gymnasium.

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

Column: New program benefits school PE classes, but is it enough?
In the 1980s, the biggest concern in education was "Why Johnny Can't Read." If things continue at their current pace, the biggest concern in 2010 may be "Why Johnny Can't Bend Over to Tie His Shoes."

State tightens restrictions on smoking aboard ferries
Smokers traveling the Alaska Marine Highway may find fewer places to light up under a newly clarified policy. After receiving complaints from some passengers, Alaska Marine Highway System General Manager George Capacci updated the ferry system's smoking policy earlier this month.

Norwegian sends second ship to Haines
Two of Norwegian Cruise Lines' biggest ships will anchor in Haines in 2002, doubling the northern Lynn Canal community's large-ship visits next season.

Royalty gas from North Slope open to bidders through January
ANCHORAGE - The state will begin accepting offers to purchase Alaska North Slope royalty gas, the state Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday.

Doctors prevent woman from donating liver to grandson
ANCHORAGE - Her neighbors were frantically buying their last Christmas presents, decorating the trees, even baking cookies, but Nancy West had other plans to make.

State Briefs
Snowmobiler was high-marking when avalanche hit; Fairbanks man sentenced to four years for sexual assault; Suspect in fatal truck crash flees Native Medical Center; Authorities seek information on woman's suspicious death; Saxman community center projected to open in June

Court: AK seafood companies did not discriminate
SEATTLE - A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's finding that two seafood companies did not discriminate against Filipino and Alaska Native salmon-cannery workers in Alaska.

150 studies launched on sea lion decline
ANCHORAGE - In what may be the most intense, well-funded investigation ever undertaken into a single species, scientists launched more than 150 studies this year to find out why the Steller sea lion population crashed and remains low.

State Briefs
Ketchikan man murdered; Young accident victim improves; Robbery suspects plead innocent; Fairbanks man killed in avalanche; Violence rattles holiday shoppers; Weather hinders Homer power

Juneau arts venues and contacts

McGilvray has gift for coaching singers
A bout ten years ago I was singing and playing banjo in a bluegrass band. My friend Jimmy called up with a breathless recommendation. Jimmy had taken a week-long singing workshop in Fairbanks with this guest instructor and now this teacher was coming to Juneau.

Movies Where & When
"Lord of the Rings," (PG-13) shows nightly at 7:10 at the 20th Century Twin, with matinees at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Vocal fest: mix of polished virtuosos, shy beginners
A t a time when many in Juneau are heading south for a dose of warmth and sunshine, Byron McGilvray is preparing for his annual midwinter pilgrimage to Southeast Alaska.

What's happening
Performances

Winter full of art
Brazilian guitar virtuosos, a New York-based dance company and an Italian opera with Japanese instrumentation sung in English are among more than 75 arts events in Juneau this winter.

New Year's Eve festivities offer Sister I-Live, Baby Naven
Roots, rock and reggae will provide the soundtrack for Juneau's New Year's Eve celebrations.

Poster contest for Sitka Fine Arts Camp
Students in grades six through 12 are invited to submit a design for the 2002 Sitka Fine Arts Camp poster. The winner will receive a $400 scholarship to the 2002 camp in Sitka, and the design will be used on the promotional poster and brochure. Second prize is a $200 scholarship and third prize is $100 scholarship.

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