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Friday, December 28, 2001

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.

Disgusted by vote
I was greatly disgusted by the recent Assembly vote regarding the city's position on helicopter permitting by the U.S. Forest Service. The formal position established by the Assembly favors continued growth in the number of landing permits irrespective of the construction of the recently proposed alternative heliports.

School Board shows leadership
Congratulations to the Anchorage School Board for its recent unanimous decision to adopt an Alaska history requirement. This action took courage and vision. Anchorage students will now have the educational opportunity to explore the state's many cultures, regions, economies and unique history.

FYI
Marriage Licenses

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

GuestHouse Inn changes its name
Aspen Hotels of Alaska announced Thursday that the Juneau GuestHouse Inn & Suites would change its name to Aspen Hotel of Juneau as of today.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Orphaned bear cub bound for Kansas
Topeka, Kan., residents will get a late Christmas present from Juneau soon - an orphaned black bear cub caught in Switzer Creek. The cinnamon-colored, 60-pound cub is now at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage where staff members call him Kris - after Kris Kringle, said zoo director Tex Edwards. The cub will be sent to the Topeka Zoological Park in Kansas in the next couple of weeks, he said.

Actor is the voice of digital characters
Juneau residents may not know John Bevens' face, but if they own a Sony PlayStation, there's a good chance they've heard his voice. Bevens, an actor, voice-over artist and director of two media agencies, grew up in Juneau and Haines. College and work brought him to Arizona, where he has voiced characters and provided narration for three PlayStation releases, including the top-selling "ATV: Off Road Fury."

Harbor fees, rule changes debated
The Juneau Docks and Harbors Board will spend more time discussing proposed rate increases after hearing objections from liveaboard owners and other harbor users Thursday.

Dihle, Grainger to marry
Luke Dihle of Juneau and Patricia Grainger of Taos, N.M., will be married in a ceremony planned for April 27, 2002 at Missoula, Mont.

Trio of new firefighters join Capital City Fire and Rescue
Juneau residents have three additional reasons to feel safe going in to the new year as a trio of new career firefighters joined the ranks of Capital City Fire and Rescue this week. Travis Mead started duty on Wednesday, Jason Tarver on Thursday and Chad Cameron today as the newest members of Juneau's fire department. All three are former volunteer firefighters who completed a rigorous battery of tests and interviews to earn their positions

AAF accepting applications for grant funds
The Alaska Fund for the Future (AAF), a donor-advised fund of the Alaska Conservation Foundation, is accepting grant applications from non-profit groups, individuals, communities, and other entities for grants to be awarded in 2002. AFF promotes awareness and understanding of Alaska and supports preservation of Alaska's natural environment, diverse human cultures and sustainable local economies.

Thank You
...for your efforts; ...for all your help;

Photo: DECA conference
From left to right: Neil Steininger, Maria Melambianakis, Tiffany Wells and Cindy Pastorino. Juneau-Douglas High School students from DECA, an association of marketing students, took part in the Western Region Leadership Conference 2001 in Portland, Ore., in November.

Neighbors Letter
We would like to say thank you for making our annual fund-raiser for the Salvation Army's Adopt-A-Family program a success. None of this would have been possible without you, the citizens of Juneau. Because of your caring and generous hearts, we are able to continue doing this project each year.

Knights provide seminarian support
The Knights of Columbus, Bishop Kenny Council 11757, recently distributed $2,500 in proceeds from their second annual computer raffle in financial support of five seminarians. Four of the five seminarians are studying for the Diocese of Juneau.

Neighbors briefs
Club sets programs; Relay items for sale; Tree chipping slated; Tlingit beading class scheduled; Students earn awards; Juneauites named to OSU honor roll

Timothy G. White
Former Juneau resident Timothy G. White died Dec. 1, 2001, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., after a long illness.

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

Virginia 'Ginny' E. Clark
Former Juneau resident Virginia "Ginny" E. Clark died Dec. 26, 2001, in Petersburg. She was 66.

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.

Global insecurity and AIDS
AIDS is not just a health issue but a national security problem. The disease threatens to devastate economies by sapping productivity. In countries where it runs rampant, according to a recent House committee report, the disease can cripple military and police forces, rendering them unable to fight domestic or foreign foes.

My Turn: Write to Senate Democrats urging them to open ANWR
The long overdue debate in the United States Senate on oil and gas exploration on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge finally began in the first week of December. Along the way, unfortunately, it was temporarily mixed in with other issues.

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.

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.

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

Juneau girls turn to defense to beat Mills
The offense wasn't clicking for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team early in Thursday night's Princess-Capital City Classic opener against the Mills Vikings.

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."

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

Bear boys maul T-Birds
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team took advantage of a young and inexperienced East Anchorage lineup for a stunning 82-56 rout in the first day of the Princess Capital City Classic on Thursday.

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.

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.

Study: Many inmates not treated for substance abuse before prison
Many criminals needed treatment for alcohol or drug abuse but didn't get it before they landed in prison, a new study suggests.

Senator says federal authorities, state must join on village erosion threat
ANCHORAGE - The cost of relocating Northwest Alaska villages threatened by coastal erosion will require federal, state and local cooperation, Alaska U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said Thursday.

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.

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.

State briefs
New charge filed in car shooting; Ketchikan police seek information in beating murder; State signs new credit card deal; Cook Inlet open to all marine traffic

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

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.

Pipeline trial moved to Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE - The man charged with shooting the trans-Alaska oil pipeline will be tried in Fairbanks, not Anchorage, a federal judge has ruled.

Stevens: Mail bills still alive
ANCHORAGE - Legislation to reform Alaska's rural mail system failed to move forward in Congress this year but will be revived next session, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said Thursday.

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.

What's happening
Performances

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.

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.

Juneau arts venues and contacts

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.

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.

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.

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