Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Living with a decision
If people think Gov. Frank Murkowski picked his daughter to host a seat in U.S. Senate for any other reason than she is his daughter, then they are extremely gullible.

Lisa Murkowski a good choice
Why are people bickering about Frank's choice for U.S. senator? Is it because Lisa Murkowski isn't a big enough conservative for many of you folks? Is it because you think Frank chose Lisa because she is his daughter? It doesn't matter if she is his daughter, it matters how she will be effective for Alaska.

A man who gave to the community
There are many interesting and deserving people in Juneau who have had a major, positive effect upon this community. One such person is Lenard Sevdy.

Unforgettable experience
We would like to give praise and thanks to the nursing staff and medical team at Bartlett Regional Hospital and Valley Medical Clinic for their astonishing assistance with the recent birth of our first child. They have provided us with a memory that far exceeded our expectations.

MADD supports saturation patrols
With support from the Highway Safety Division, the Juneau Police Department is currently running saturation patrols. These are concentrated enforcement efforts to target dangerous and impaired drivers.

Photo: Snowy day at Eaglecrest
Ron Turley helps his daughter, Amanda, 5, up the rope tow at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Monday.

Life Saving Guards, 1931
The Juneau Salvation Army Life Saving Guards poses for a photo in 1931. The group includes Juneau residents Dorothy Wallace, first row, first person on the left, and her sister Eunice Akagi, back row third from left. Mildred Lesher, center front row, was a Salvation Army officer.

Local news of 2002
Juneau began the year watching the Olympic torch come and go and ended it knowing the Legislature would stay. In between, an ice rink went up, a high school renovation kicked up dust, politicians were elected and defeated, and a tourism plan was developed.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the Nation; In the World...

At last - lower ski runs open
Eaglecrest Ski Area opened Sunday, much to the delight of area boarders and skiers who turned out in the hundreds for a shakedown cruise." By the count from the ticket office, it looks like 400," said Eaglecrest Business Manager Gary Mendivil, counting first-day skiers. "There were a lot of people who just came up as a dry run, you know, you have to find your socks, find your boots, find your gloves."

Body of missing Petersburg pilot found near Admiralty Island
Lawrence "Smokey" Howell, a pilot from Petersburg whose plane went missing during a hunting trip, was found dead on West Brother Island on Monday afternoon. His body was spotted on the beach by a group of deer hunters who knew him. "He was on the beach just below the high tide mark on the northern tip of the island," said David Tracy, Juneau post supervisor for the U.S. Coast Guard. "He was wearing a life jacket."

Photo: Snowboarder in paradise
Sigrid Schelle, 18, snowboards under the Hooter chairlift at the Eaglecrest Ski Area on Monday.

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Missing hunter returns after night on N. Douglas
A pair of gloves meant to keep deer hunter Glenn Powell Jr. warm instead helped lead to a long, cold night in the snow of Douglas Island. Powell, 30, headed out for a day hunt at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the end of North Douglas near Peterson Creek. He spent the night curled up in a porcupine hole while rescue workers scoured hills and scanned beaches. He made it back to safety Saturday morning.

New to snow
Shi Grissom, front, slides down a hill on a sled made of plastic bags as Cindy Lampa waits for her turn Sunday near the Mendenhall Glacier.

This Day in History
In 1894, the Juneau Ferry & Navigation Co. began carrying passengers between Juneau and Douglas Island. The operation continued until the completion of the Douglas Bridge in 1935.

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

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

Photo: Dancing lights
Katharine Leque, left, and Nicole Bavard of the Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team perform the popular Light March on Monday, the last night of the 12th annual Capital City Classic basketball tournament.

Mason B. Bruce
Former Juneau resident Mason B. Bruce, 93, died Oct. 18, 2002, in Puyallup, Wash., following an extended illness.

Betty "Ruth" Saviers
Juneau resident Ruth Saviers, 68, died December 29, 2002, in Portland, Oregon. A full obituary, including information regarding a service, will follow.

Edward Kenneth Haffner
The memorial service time for Juneau resident Edward Kenneth Haffner, who died Dec. 16, 2002, has been changed. The service will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 4, at Smith Hall at Chapel By the Lake.

Betty 'Ruth' Saviers
Juneau resident Betty "Ruth" Posey Saviers died Dec. 29, 2002, in Portland, Ore., where she was receiving medical treatment.

Super Heumann
As the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team prepared to kick off its 2002-03 season, one of coach George Houston's worries was how the Crimson Bears would replace some of their outside shooters who graduated in June. One of the players Houston thought might be able to step into the role of shooting guard was junior Alex Heumann, who led the junior varsity in scoring last year but only scored 12 points in limited varsity time.

Holiday Cup moves into playoff rounds
The Holiday Cup indoor soccer tournament wrapped up round-robin play on Sunday and has moved into single-elimination games. Championship matches will be held on Tuesday.

Capital City Classic
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team dominated Alameda in their Princess Cruises/Alaska Airlines Capital City Classic game Saturday night, winning 94-59.

2002 in review: A year of Crimson Bear championships
For the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears, the year 2002 might as well be called "that championship season." Four Juneau teams earned state titles during 2002, while two other teams took second place in their state tournaments and another was third. The year also saw former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball player reach the pinnacle of his sport when he was drafted by the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, while JDHS graduate Joe Tompkins competed in the 2002 Winter Paralympics as a disabled alpine skier, the Olympic Torch Relay visited town and 30 Southeast athletes competed in the 2002 Arctic Winter Games.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

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

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the score of the Juneau-Wasilla girls basketball game was incorrectly reported in Sunday's Empire. The correct score was Wasilla 66, Juneau 54.

Tale of two halves for Juneau girls
It was the best of halves, then the worst of halves for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team in Monday's finale of the 2002 Capital City Classic. Facing an extremely tough team from Troy High School of Fullerton, Calif., the Crimson Bears jumped out to an early lead and held their own for the first 16 minutes of play. After halftime, the bottom fell out and Troy (11-1) pulled away for a 63-38 victory and the girls Classic title. The Warriors' Amanda Livingston, who will play at UCLA next season and was named tourney MVP, scored 19 points, as did teammate Meghan McGuire.

Fault could cause major earthquake
The Castle Mountain fault, a little-known fault that runs through the Matanuska and Susitna valleys, could produce a strong earthquake, according to a scientific study published this fall. The Castle Mountain fault is smaller than the Denali fault, which ruptured in early November, causing $20 million in damage to Alaska's Interior. But it is similar.

Earthquake, governor's race mark Alaska in 2002
ANCHORAGE - The year 2002 in Alaska was marked by tragedy in the Bering Sea, groundbreaking for a national missile shield, a contentious governor's race and one of the most massive earthquakes in North America.

State launches hunt for new family, youth services director
The Murkowski administration has launched a nationwide search for someone to fill what some call the hardest job in state government: director of the Division of Family and Youth Services.

State Briefs
Suspected bank robber arrested; Chitina buildings added to historic register; Arrest made in car-burning case; Men posing as DEA agents invade Anchorage home

Biologists get a glimpse of the secret lives of moose
Through frolic and mishap, these were very particular moose. One cow took a grand tour around Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, then marched seven miles to the mountains in a one-day trek through Midtown traffic.

Pipeline issue a challenge for Gov. Murkowski
ANCHORAGE - Alaska would collect about $110 million more each year if shipping charges for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline were cut to match a recent decision by state regulators. A lower pipeline charge would also provide a huge boost for new exploration on the North Slope.

AlaskaDigest
Two Alaskans killed in Missouri crash; Grizzly killed; Anchorage police identify body

New limits for bringing guns into Canada
Canada has launched a gun-registration program that aims to register every firearm in the country by Jan. 1. What this means for Alaska gun owners who bring their firearms across the border is complicated, and may involve one or more additional hurdles to clear at customs. "Looks like there are more hoops to jump through," said Gary Jenkins, a Juneau man who hunts up the Taku River in British Columbia.

Murkowski names Campbell military chief
Gov. Frank Murkowski today named Col. Craig Campbell as the new commissioner of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The department oversees homeland security, state emergency services and military divisions such as the Army National Guard, Air National Guard and Naval Militia. The department employs about 4,000 people, including part-time reservists.

Three nominated to replace Murkowski in state House
ANCHORAGE - Three Anchorage Republicans, including veteran lawmaker Eldon Mulder, have been nominated to replace U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the state House. The District 18 Republican Committee also nominated Eagle River resident Nancy Dahlstrom, who nearly defeated Murkowski in the primary, and Government Hill resident Matt Gill, a party volunteer and legislative staffer, at a meeting Monday evening at party headquarters in Anchorage.

Scientists track unusual voyage of fishing boat that ran aground
An abandoned fishing vessel that ran aground on Afognak Island near Kodiak in early November took an unusual five-month journey across the Pacific Ocean, traveling much faster and farther north than expected, say two scientists who study marine currents.

Service jobs skyrocket in last decade
Jobs in Alaska's service sector exploded during the past decade while the number of jobs in industries that produce goods, such as oil and gas, timber, fishing and mining, declined. The growth in service industry jobs includes everything from hospitals and schools to grocery stores and auto body shops, according to the Alaska Labor Department.

Comparison of photos from '40s, today show warming trend on North Slope
Photos of North Slope tundra taken in the 1940s are dramatically different from photos of the same areas taken more than 50 years later. Scientists say that's evidence of a greening Arctic landscape, possibly because of a warming climate.

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