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Friday, August 15, 2003

Hammer vs. Avon lady
Is Skin-So-Soft now the excuse we have for not protecting our children from the elements? Let's oil their little bodies down and send them to school. For the parents with children at Floyd Dryden with an Avon lady this is a no-brainer.

Logging threatening
I've spent five seasons in Southeast Alaska either purse seining or guiding ecotouring trips between Juneau and Sitka and I can't believe that the Tongass is facing another threat from commercial logging.

No innocent little pond
Mr. Dunkel's witty letter ("Avon Calling," Aug. 13) in response to my suggestion about the stagnant pond problem at the football field seemed aimed mainly at my lack of creativity in finding a solution to the problem, and I found his disparaging remarks uncalled for. However, he offered no creative feedback except for the application of Avon's "Skin So Soft" which stinks and doesn't work, according to a former user.

Berners Bay giveaway
I moved to Juneau some 24 years ago, and recall that proposed Forest Service timber sales in the Berners Bay area were an issue even then. Juneau residents who hunt, fish, boat and otherwise recreate in Berners Bay defended the area vociferously. Eventually, the Forest Service's visual resource experts, fisheries and wildlife biologists, recreation experts and forest planners agreed that logging that area was probably not a good idea.

This sounds familiar
I am glad to see the Empire report on the misguided plans of a businessman to place "problem bears" in the concrete wastewater tanks at the defunct Sitka Pulp Mill site (Tanks may house bears, Aug. 11). However, the story misleads the public to believe no choice exists for "problem bears" - they must be killed or imprisoned in the tanks for life.

Highway robbery
I am wondering where the Empire is getting the figures pertaining to the number of parking spaces affected by the new loading zone restrictions downtown.

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

Ships converge for Buoy Tender Olympics
Capt. Scott Bauby's ship took home the trophy in last year's Coast Guard Buoy Tender Olympics, and Wednesday afternoon he took a sledge hammer to a red-hot metal shackle in an attempt to repeat the triumph. Bauby was one of about 250 Coast Guard officers and crew who steamed into Juneau this week to participate in the annual Buoy Tender Round-Up, a week-long event that includes training and some friendly competition. "We attend lots of courses here for training, but the main thing is camaraderie," said Bauby, who commands the buoy tender SPAR, based in Kodiak. SPAR stands for "Semper Paratus, Always Ready," which is the Coast Guard's motto.

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

Learning by doing
Students in Donna May Roberts' class in Shim-al-gyack, the language of the Tsimshian Indians, point to the ground in unison, walk in place, rub their stomachs, make kissy sounds and generally do whatever she says. It looks like an aerobics class, but that's the way Roberts teaches language, and it's becoming an important element in the Native language courses at Sealaska Heritage Institute's Kusteeyi program.

This Day in History
In 1959, a fire gutted the Alaska Plywood Corp. plant in Juneau.

City puts Amalga Harbor renovation project out to bid
At least one state official in Juneau is excited about upcoming improvements to Amalga Harbor endorsed by the city and borough planning commission this week. Tom Donek said he is a fisherman in addition to being access coordinator for the Division of Sport Fish in the Alaska Fish and Game Department. The department will pick up most of the tab for the Amalga Harbor improvements.

Racing car on view Saturday in Valley
A NASCAR racing car will be in town Saturday, partly to promote Cellular One Alaska and partly to raise funds for two Sitka children's kidney transplants. The 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo will be at the Nugget Mall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is the car that Joe Nemechek drives in the Busch Grand National Series races. Nemechek will not be in Juneau.

Correction
An obituary for Norma Nicholas published in Wednesday's Empire included an incorrect address for Cornerstone Home Health. Memorial contributions may be sent to Cornerstone Home Health, 3200 Hospital Dr., Suite 100, Juneau AK 99801.

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

Correction
Due to a photographer's error, the caption to a photo in Thursday's Empire misstated the name of the Sealaska Heritage Institute and did not give the full name of Nora Marks Dauenhauer.

Eaglecrest backers to host berry festival
Friends of Eaglecrest, a newly formed nonprofit organization in Juneau, is hoping for at least two comebacks at the Eaglecrest Ski Area this year. The first, of course, is snow. The second, and one that falls more within range of the group's powers, is the "blue cakes" that used to be served at the Channel Bowl Cafe. "Sunday is our festival day, and the Channel Bowl Cafe is going to come out of retirement for one day to make blue cakes for us," said Debbie Hart, one of the founders of Friends of Eaglecrest.

Photo: Fishing grounds for man and leviathan
Two humpback whales surface near fishermen Monday in North Pass, 22 miles northwest of Juneau at the north end of Shelter Island. The pair were in a pod of about seven whales, which were breaching and putting on a show for fishermen and tourists in the popular fishing ground.

GPS collar lays bare the life of a relocated garbage bear
A bear lurking in the Mendenhall Valley woods holds secrets that Neil Barten is anxious to unlock. The area wildlife biologist for the Alaska Fish and Game Department moved the female black bear at the end of July to the "end of the road" near Echo Cove, after it was captured during one of its Glacier View Trailer Park trash raids.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

FYI
Births; Courts; Judgements; Indictments.

The many powers and blessings of rituals
The young man swallowed nervously, staring with such intensity at his parents that you wondered whether he was desperate for their support or just willing them not to say anything embarrassing in front of the many people gathered for his bar mitzvah. I've seen that stare before at graduations, confirmations, scouts receiving badges, students winning awards, and any other formal ritual requiring a costume that makes young people self-consciously yearn for their jeans and T-shirts. It's a straight-ahead stare that speaks of a mixture of dread and fear of humiliation, yet there's something vitally important hidden behind it - a sense of accomplishment and pride.

China Joe
In Evergreen Cemetery, there stands a headstone for Hi Chung, or China Joe, which calls him "friend and benefactor of the prospector during the early days of the gold rush to the northland," and sums up his character with the accolade, "He lived by the golden rule."

Thank you
... for helping with Tribal Embrace Walk.

Juneau's marine service industry facilities are lacking
Juneau is at the bottom of the totem pole in Southeastern Alaska in the effort it makes to support the marine service industry. "Juneau has the best technicians but the poorest facilities," Jim Geraghty of Maritime Hydraulics told me.

Student recognitions
Honors, Scholarships and Awards.

NeighborsDigest
Lieutenant governor honors Chief John; Adult hockey association now taking registration.

John R. 'Jack' Jewell
Juneau resident John R. "Jack" Jewell, 78, died Aug. 6, 2003, in Seattle, Wash.

Correction
An Empire editorial published on Sunday, Aug. 10, incorrectly identified the court that ruled earlier this summer on the state of Wyoming's challenge to the "roadless rule."

My Turn: Misconceptions about the Roadless Rule
As the comment period draws to a close, misconceptions of the Roadless Rule's effect on our regional economy abound. Empire Publisher Don Smith's recent Roadless Rule editorial is inaccurate and markedly misleading about the effects of the rule on the region's forest uses.

Roads to prosperity
C ongressman Don Young, R- Alaska, told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce earlier this summer, "For every $1 billion invested in federal highway and transit spending that is matched by the state, 47,500 jobs are created or sustained."

Bears face a tougher test against East
If the Juneau-Douglas High School football season was like a play at Perseverance Theater, then last weekend's 64-0 victory over Ketchikan was the sneak preview. The curtain really opens tonight, when the Crimson Bears host the East Anchorage Thunderbirds in their first Cook Inlet Football Conference game of the year. East should have been a state-playoff team last season, but a forfeit loss because of an ineligible player kept the T-Birds home.

Local standings
Area sports standings

Photo: First-time state champs
The Juneau Reign U-13 boys soccer team gathers for a group photo after winning their division at the State Cup in Palmer on Sunday. The Reign were one of three Juneau teams to win state titles and earn berths at next June's Far West Regional Championships in Spokane, Wash.

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

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.

Photo: Three-peaters
The Juneau Jaguars U-15 boys soccer team won its third straight State Cup title last Sunday in Palmer. They - and two other Juneau teams - qualified to play at the Far West Regional Championships next June in Spokane, Wash. The Jaguars are, from left, front row: Brian Croteau, Kelly Newman, Owen Kelley, Eric Choquette, Nils Domke, Bryan Crowder and Jamaal Bailey. Back row: manager Richard Schirmer, Alex Schirmer, Carlo Ebron, Andrew Flansaas, Daryl Lew, Cary Kelly, Kevin Koenig and coach George Crowder.

LocalSportsBriefs
San Marino out of Senior Softball World Series; Eaglecrest Road Race set for Saturday.

In full stride
With just six weeks from the first starting gun to the final finish line, the Alaska high school cross-country running season seems to fly by faster than a pack of runners at the state meet in Palmer.

Cuts, insurance costs put cities in jeopardy
State cuts to municipalities combined with the rising cost of municipal insurance have Southeast communities scrambling to fill gaps in their budgets. Some are facing the threat of dissolving city government altogether. Rising insurance costs and declining revenues also are causing some larger communities to rework their already tight budgets. Kevin Smith, executive director of the Alaska Municipal League Joint Insurance Association, said the cost of municipal insurance skyrocketed in the mid-1980s. This prompted communities in 1988 to create a joint insurance pool that is administered by the Municipal League.

AlaskaDigest
Comedian visits Juneau in quest for presidency; Petersburg hiker turns up during search; Ketchikan moves toward government consolidation; nlet fishermen say fish closures unnecessary; Stryker base to add jobs but pressure resources.

Conference looks at pros, cons of faith-based initiative
ANCHORAGE - Social service providers and religious groups attended a conference Tuesday to discuss President Bush's faith-based initiative and how it might work in Alaska. While conference participants spoke enthusiastically about the initiative, concerns were raised by the Alaska Civil Liberties Union and others that it will lead to the crumbling of the separation between church and state. "Keep the church out of government affairs and keep the government out of church affairs," said Al Sundquist, president of the Alaska chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Prosecutor files kidnapping, abuse charges in airport case
The man accused of snatching a 3-year-old as her mother slept at the Anchorage airport was charged Thursday with kidnapping and sexual abuse of a minor. Anchorage District Attorney Bob Linton filed the charges against Alexander Harry Guest, 38, who had been held on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

Alaskans: Aid program falls short in helping fishermen
A federal assistance program designed for industries adversely affected by foreign trade doesn't meet the needs of Alaska fishermen hurt by the downturn in the fishing industry, Alaskans told federal government officials at a hearing Thursday.

Dutch Harbor fish processor settles air pollution case
A seafood processor operating in Dutch Harbor will pay half of a $105,000 fine to settle air pollution violations. The other half will be suspended as long as Seattle-based Westward Seafoods Inc. complies with the settlement, state environmental regulators said.

Writer gives historic photograph albums to Alaska State Library
Early in the 20th century, John Edward Thwaites, a mail delivery man based in Ketchikan, recorded in photographs the landscape of Alaska coastal towns from Ketchikan to Dillingham.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

Alaska Briefs
Judge disqualifies self in sexual assault case; Engine problem delays state ferry Matanuska; State to seek offshore test wells near ANWR; St. Michael voters go to polls for alcohol status; Fairbanks pays less for gas than Anchorage; More inlet sockeye qualify for brand name

Alaskans receive among highest federal paybacks
For every tax dollar the federal government collected from Alaska in fiscal 2002, it spent $1.91 in the state, according to an estimate by a tax watchdog group.

Angoon guardsman honored for saving life
Randall J. Gamble said he didn't think twice about doing what was needed to save a friend's life eight years ago. Others never stopped thinking about it. "I just reacted," he said from his Angoon home Wednesday, a week after Brig. Gen. Craig Campbell awarded him the Army's Soldier's Medal during a ceremony attended by most of Angoon's residents. The Soldier's Medal was authorized to recognize heroic, life-saving actions by soldiers that involve the voluntary risk of life other than armed conflict with an enemy.

Bearfoot Bluegrass
Bearfoot Bluegrass Band's second compact disc, "Back Home," is scheduled to come out at the band's CD release party, Friday, Aug. 22, at Anchorage's Discovery Theater. If all goes well with the CD production, the group, which has been playing together since forming in their early teens in Cordova, may be able to ship a few copies to Juneau for its 7:30 p.m. show Monday, Aug. 18, at the ANB Hall

Movies where & when
"Open Range," (R) plays at 6:50 and 9:40 nightly at 20th Century Twin, with afternoon matinees at 2 daily.

Unemployed, 25, and heading into the future
I have something to tell you. I'm moving out of Juneau. I've known for months, and I should have said something sooner, but I was having such a good time writing columns about living here, I didn't want it to end. The day this column comes out, it will be my 25th birthday. I'll be freshly unemployed, covered with a week of road grime and screaming down I-5 with the windows open on the way to Portland, Ore.

This Week Briefs
Danny Godinez starts Alaska tour in Juneau; McPhetres to host four-band punk bill

Yahweh versus Baal
Bill Hurr, a 38-year-old employee of the state Division of Juvenile Justice, has been busy. On Wednesday, Aug. 13, his mother arrived in town. On Friday, Aug. 15, he will take his last final this semester for his master's course work in criminal justice administration at the University of Alaska Southeast. And on Saturday, Aug. 16, he will star as Elijah in the Juneau Lyric Opera's Mid-Summer Vocal Festival presentation of "Elijah," Felix Mendelssohn's 1846 oratorio about the biblical prophet and the conflict between the followers of Jehovah and Baal.

What's happening
"Elijah," Mendelssohn's 1846 oratorio, performed by the Juneau Lyric Opera, 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at St. Paul's Catholic Church. Tickets, $14 for adults, $10 for students and seniors at Hearthside Books or the door.

Chemistry brings rock, blues to Alaskan
Ben Roe was the toast of Juneau when the five-piece, Seattle- and San Francisco-based band spent summers in town between 1971 and 1975. The group played at Juneau-Douglas High School, the National Guard Armory and Lemon Creek Correctional Center. It even opened for Led Zeppelin at the Honolulu International Center in 1971. Back in the 1970s, Ben Roe never played a show at The Alaskan Bar.

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