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Saturday, December 29, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

FYI
Marriage Licenses

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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