Monday, December 31, 2001

In the Stacks
Start the new year with a new understanding of the current world situation. This list is based on one put together by the Englewood Library in New Jersey, with the addition of titles its library doesn't own. Its list, which includes relevant Web sites, can be found at www.englewoodlibrary.org.

Earth not as solid as it seems
Readers who want to know when and where "the big one" might hit should read "Agents of Chaos," an excellent new book subtitled "Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Other Natural Disasters."

What a year
Devastating physical injuries, moving one's home from one part of the world to another, and witnessing tragedy can all shape the future of a life. Four Juneau residents talked about how their lives have been touched in a major way in the last year.

Payouts are shocking
I'd like to comment on the article dealing with monetary awards to the families of victims of Sept. 11, which appeared in the Dec. 21 edition of the Empire. I was shocked at the amounts and absolutely livid upon reading that some of the families considered the awards to be too small.

Have sober drivers
The Juneau Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving urges all of us to make a resolution to be safe this New Year's Eve and take every precaution to prevent drunk driving.

Natives need subsistence herring
Regarding subsistence use on harvesting herring roe on kelp and hemlock branches in the spring in the Sitka area. Local knowledge is very effective. As a result, the Natives should continue to have a reasonable opportunity to manage and harvest roe on kelp and hemlock branches for subsistence for themselves.

Robber of Juneau bank gets 46-month sentence plus payment of restitution
A Juneau man who robbed the downtown branch of Alaska Pacific Bank last April was sentenced to nearly four years in prison last week.

SEARHC clinic scores high in re-accreditation
The Juneau clinic of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has been re-accredited with a score of 94 out of a possible 100 points. "Everyone wants to score in the 90s - it's like getting an A," Administrator Brenda Sturm said.

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

The year of mourning and giving: Juneau, 2001
When terrorist-hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in western Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, the lives of Juneau residents were changed forever.

City postpones Web polls scheduled for January
The city has postponed two Web polls about tourism in Juneau that were slated to start in January.

'01 in the city included fires, rescues, deaths
A sampling of other local nongovernmental news events of 2001.

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

Pedestrian still in Seattle hospital
A man hit by a Capital City Transit bus Friday night is in stable condition today at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Residents resolve to be better, thinner and more successful
Some people avoid the seriousness of making resolutions entirely, but David Ripley makes dozens - and then whittles down the list to a single keeper. "First you think about 50 of them, and then you go to one," said Ripley, 31, owner of a new business, Home Decor World Trade Gifts. "I want to be successful. I want to have more than I had in 2001 - more success but not materialistic, more understanding of life. My resolutions include trying to get rid of gossip."

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

Session move, tourism lead governmental news
Among the top governmental news events in Juneau this year was a renewed effort to move legislative sessions out of Juneau, which local leaders called a de facto capital move attempt.

Around Town
A listing of local non-profit events.

Donald Earl Thompson
Longtime Douglas resident Donald E. (Dux) Thompson died Dec. 20, 2001, at his home in Douglas.

Emma Charlene Ross
Former Juneau resident Emma Charlene Ross died Dec. 26, 2001, at the Round Rock Medical Center in Round Rock, Texas. She was 59.

Marjory Huizer
Longtime Juneau resident Marjory Huizer died Dec. 14, 2001, in Friday Harbor, Wash. She was 80. She is survived by her husband Ed. A full obituary will follow.

Toe cartoon

Indian trusts need intervention
Two years ago, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth gave the government one last chance to begin setting straight the long-abused system under which money is held in trust accounts for hundreds of thousands of Native Americans.

The garage sale of my dreams passes the house unanimously
Like everyone else, I'm starting to put the Christmas things away. As always, the wrapping paper and decorations fluffed up with use and need more space than they just vacated in the hall closet. But that's not the problem.

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.

A year stabbed in the heart
2001 was one bewildering blur, except that it took forever to finish. It started with a presidential inauguration, which followed an election decided by the Supreme Court and which seems about two years ago. Last summer we obsessed about the usual - shark attacks, Britney Spears' navel and a voluble California congressman turning taciturn when a "very close" female intern very mysteriously disappeared.

My Turn: Visit Alaska
Have the vacation of a lifetime by discovering Alaska as a destination, any month of the year!

Kroon leads Warriors over Bears
Sometime within the next couple of years Brittney Kroon will need to have a liver transplant. Still, Wasilla's 6-foot-4 senior center is a major force Alaska's girls high school basketball teams will have to contend with when they play the Warriors.

Local Basketball Scores
Crimson Bears 69, Vikings 39

Alaska's Kemppel becomes first four-time Olympian for U.S. in cross-country skiing
MIDWAY, Utah -- Nina Kemppel of Anchorage won the Nordic Gold Cup on Saturday, becoming the first women's cross-country skier to qualify for four U.S. Olympic teams.

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

Juneau boys go undefeated to win their tourney
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team won its ninth straight Princess Capital City Classic by defeating California's Mills High School Vikings 54-51 at the JDHS main gymnasium Saturday night. On Friday, the Bears crushed California's San Pedro High School, 69-39.

Correction
In Sunday's boys basketball article, Juneau's Curtis Lane was omitted from the Princess Capital City Classic all-tournament team. Lane averaged 13 points during the three games.

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

No. 1 Duke rusty in win over Aztecs
DURHAM, N.C. -- Mike Krzyzewski knows No. 1 Duke doesn't always live up to expectations. That was the case Saturday. The Blue Devils looked rusty after an 11-day layoff but got a career-high 25 points from Mike Dunleavy and 21 from Jason Williams in a 92-79 victory over San Diego State.

Juneau sports highlights 2001
It was a year of victory for some Juneau teams and athletes, while others suffered unexpected and unwanted losses.

Troopers aim to raise child-safety awareness
After a sample of Ketchikan car seats showed none were properly installed, the local Alaska State Troopers are struggling to raise awareness of the importance of child-safety seats.

Appeals court says police must limit hand searches
ANCHORAGE - Police can't order a suspect to open his hand during an investigative stop unless officers fear the hand might hold something dangerous to them, the Alaska Court of Appeals says.

Pharmacist sought
Since September, a search has been on for a pharmacist for Wrangell.

Pipeline spill, paintball shootings, development plans mark Alaska in 2001
ANCHORAGE - The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks increased security efforts in Alaska, as well as attempts to increase national security with a missile defense system partially based in the state.

Bomb threat at Petersburg High
Attendance at Petersburg High School was optional Dec. 18 after a bomb threat was found written on a boys' bathroom wall.

Hatchery for sale: $2 million
KOTZEBUE - Web surfers cruising eBay, the giant online auction site, now can bid serious money on a fish hatchery on the Noatak River.

Location set for new Ketchikan school
A new Ketchikan elementary school will be built off the South Tongass Highway.

Business advocacy group forms
A group of Haines business people unhappy with the Haines Chamber of Commerce are forming a new business advocacy group.

Skagway kids' money goes to Kabul orphans
By raffling a quilt and emptying their pockets, the fourth and fifth graders at Skagway School are doing their part to aid children at an Afghani orphanage.

Ketchikan residents are fans of Grumman Goose
Due to the activities of three men, Ketchikan is a hotbed of Grumman Goose history and preservation. One of them is writer Derek Linder. He's such a big fan, in fact, that he and his friend Chris John are writing a book about the Goose and its role in Alaska aviation.

State Briefs
Businesswoman dies in Mexico; Suspect in fatal crash surrenders; Homer firm gets visitor center contract; Utility wants cost of additive added to bills

Fairbanks seeks funds to entice Germans
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks International Airport officials are asking the Fairbanks North Star Borough to pledge $50,000 to $250,000 to help lure Condor German Airlines back to Fairbanks.

Alaska bars gear up for post-attack New Year's galas
ANCHORAGE - American flags. Fried chicken and apple pie. A rock version of the national anthem. Nearly four months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, some Alaska bars will hail 2002 with patriotic touches in their New Year's Eve celebrations. Some will feature Outside acts and the traditional champagne and party hats.

Man dies in Fairbanks vehicle accident
FAIRBANKS A Fairbanks man was killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident on the Steese Highway on Sunday night, Alaska State Troopers said.

Anchorage wary of Stevens' phys-ed grants
ANCHORAGE - The federal education bill passed last week includes a $50 million grant program to support daily physical education classes in public schools. The measure was included at the request of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

Flu hits Haines
Two cases of influenza A have been confirmed in Haines by doctor Len Feldman. The cases are the first in three years, and have led state and local medical officials to urge residents to get flu shots.

State Briefs
Unalaska woman chooses traditional face tattoo; Christmas gift returns include unwanted dogs and cats; Vandals damage high school

State warns drivers about stiffer DWI law
Alaskans driving home after celebrating too much tonight will have a greater chance of being arrested than those who hit the road under the influence last New Year's Eve.

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