Wednesday, January 8, 2003

Worse than cronyism
Gov. Frank Murkowski's decision to name his daughter Lisa as his successor in the U.S. Senate was ill-advised, impetuous, and smacks of nepotism, which is an even worse institution than cronyism.

Danger to world peace
I agree with Carol Anderson's comments about the need for more balanced coverage of America's orientation to the Iraqi situation, although I clearly disagree about what's been left out. Since the beginning of the debate about the need to pre-empt Saddam Hussein's addiction to weapons of mass destruction and to murder and war, the lack of information passed on to the public about his history and habits have been glaringly absent.

Brushed aside
I am writing in response to the article on Coach Hamey. As a former student at JDHS, I never had the opportunity to have Mr. Hamey as a teacher, nor was I on the basketball team. I still

Remember the good
I'd like to offer a few words of support for Coach Jim Hamey. While I never played ball for him, I have watched his teams over many years.

Apologies for confusion
The Douglas Indian Association Tribal Government postponed the election originally schedule for Jan. 6. The council was working toward the election as quickly as humanly possible.

War lacks justification
I would like to add my voice to the calls for balanced war coverage.

An unbalanced relationship
For years I have been watching Canada's national gun legislation develop into what will ultimately lead to the end of private ownership of firearms. In the good old days we could drive from Juneau to the interior of Alaska through Canada with our firearms without hassle from Canada authorities. Today this has changed and we are now required to pay a fee and to register our guns to travel through Canada to interior Alaska.

Deal with spam problem
Lisa Carlson's Jan. 6 response to my letter about spammers' abuse of the Internet makes my point for me.

Appalling show of bad faith
I will not offer any excuse for the unlawful behavior of Jim Hamey as reported in the Juneau Empire (Jan. 7). To do so would be an insult.

Election farce
The present so-called governing body of the Douglas Indian Association, under the leadership of Dorothy Owen, has once again disrupted the Jan. 6, 2003, Tribal Council election mandated by DIA's constitution and by-laws.

Malodorous cronyism at work
Mr. Harris' comments regarding Mr. Smith's Sunday editorial and the hiring of a new city manager are well taken.

Christmas in January
For Richard Dauenhauer and some other Juneau residents, the holiday most Christians celebrated as Christmas two weeks ago was "just another day." Dauenhauer is a member of the Orthodox Church in America. Today, for the first time in 12 years, Orthodox Christians in Juneau celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ according to the Julian calendar, which places Dec. 25 two weeks after it falls on the Gregorian calendar, the one that designates today as Jan. 7.

Juneau considers funding hazmat team
Juneau is slated to receive a $300,000 federal grant for hazmat equipment, but will need to shell out between $73,000 and $153,000 annually to use it.

This Day in History
In 1959, Ernest Gruening and E. L. (Bob) Bartlett were sworn in as U. S. senators and Ralph Rivers sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives.

City: More info needed on golf course pest plan
The Juneau Planning Commission on Tuesday gave Totem Creek Inc., the nonprofit group attempting to build a golf course in North Douglas, more instructions to refine the project in the works for nearly two decades.

Injured Juneau girl and her nieces form singing group
More than a year after a vehicle accident paralyzed 8-year-old Charlotte Brown from the waist down, she and her family are finding inspiration and spirit in song. While Charlotte was in a Seattle hospital recovering from her Dec. 8, 2001, Juneau accident, many performers - from musicians to clowns - came by to visit and lift her spirits, said her father, Jason Brown.

Douglas tribe calls off election
In the latest manifestation of a leadership dispute in the Douglas Indian Association, the tribal government last Thursday canceled tribal council elections scheduled for Monday, Jan. 6.

Former JDHS coach sentenced for stealing fund-raiser cash
Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball coach James Hamey pleaded guilty in Juneau Superior Court today to stealing $1,000 from the basketball program in November to make the new coach look bad. Hamey, who apologized and said he was "disgusted" by his actions, testified he was motivated by malice and anger at not being able to coach for the school district anymore.

Quakers question schools giving info to military recruiters
At the Juneau School Board meeting Tuesday night, a representative of the Juneau Friends Meeting expressed the Quaker group's concern about a provision of the federal "No Child Left Behind" education act that allows military recruiters to get information about students from schools.

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

Superintendent to leave school district
Juneau is losing its school superintendent to state government. Gary Bader, superintendent since 1999, was appointed today to be chief investment officer of the state Department of Revenue's Treasury Division.

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

Local board looks to catch cookhouse culprits
The board of directors for Gold Rush Days is offering a $500 reward to help catch the culprits who burned down the cookhouse at Dimond Park.

High school meeting rescheduled
The Juneau Assembly Public Works and Facilities Committee meeting originally scheduled for noon today, has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. in the Assembly chambers at City Hall.

AroundTown
Listing of local nonprofit events.

Lunchtime paddle
John Wagner, Sarah Croteau and Liz Brooks paddle Tuesday through Harris Harbor. The trio started out the lunchtime trip in the sun under the power of an electric motor. Then it started snowing and the battery power ran out. They were still happy to get out. "We do this all the time," Croteau said.

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

Chance for expansion in seafood?
You might call it Juneau's hidden industry. State government and tourism are familiar legs of Juneau's economy, but people often forget about the seafood industry, which accounts for $19.3 million in annual payroll to local residents, members of the city's Fisheries Development Committee told the Juneau Assembly on Monday.

Cub Scout presentation
Major Larry Finkhauser, back left, accepts the donations for the Salvation Army from the scouts of Pack 7 and Den Master Terry Jones.

Pets of the week

The new year is poised on the edge of change
Birth, death and rebirth, the episodic cycle plays out on all scales. Minute creatures emerge, die and from their corpses new life arises.

Ward, Lee to marry
Caitlin Murray Ward of Lowville, N.Y., and Kristopher Adam Lee, also of Lowville, will be married in a ceremony planned for July 12, 2003.

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Alaska Civilian Air Patrol awards presented
The Civil Air Patrol's 61st Anniversary/Awards Banquet was held last month at the Baranof Hotel.

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Toleman, Dougherty marry
Britta Kristen Toleman of Juneau and Thomas Edward Dougherty III of Winston-Salem, N.C., were married at Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem on Aug. 3, 2002.

H.D. 'Pete' Meland
Former Sitka resident and state Sen. H.D. "Pete" Meland died Jan. 2, 2003.

Heinz-Peter Sahlender
Heinz-Peter "Pete" Sahlender, 69, died on Nov. 15, 2002, in Lancaster, Calif.

James Parto Vernon
Juneau resident James Parto Vernon, 36, died Jan. 3, 2003, in Juneau of natural causes.

Elsie Pegues
Lifelong Alaskan Elsie F. Pegues, 79, died Jan. 4, 2003, at the Sitka Pioneers' Home, where she had resided since 1998.

My Turn: Going to war is a congressional decision
I have publicly observed that people will see what anti-American activity really is when elements of the federal government show by their actions that they don't believe in the principles and technologies of our democratic republic.

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

Bucks 106, Cavaliers 94
At Cleveland, Ray Allen scored 16 of his 27 points in the third quarter as Milwaukee won for just the second time in six games.

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

Wrestlers tear up the mats in Oregon
Eleven Juneau-Douglas High School wrestlers, competing as a Southeast Alaska club team, secured a second-place finish at the Phoenix (Ore.) High School Christmas Tournament over the holiday break.

Juneau boys embark on tough road trip
Now that the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team is done with this season's Capital City Classic, the Crimson Bears are ready to see how they stack up against some of the state's top teams.

Parents of dead man say trooper overreacted
Attorneys for a man who was shot and killed by an Alaska State Trooper say law enforcement overreacted and they want the FBI to investigate.

State Briefs
Panel makes recommendations for Bartlett board; Anchorage teen dies from injuries after accident; Police investigate death as homicide; Man shot outside Anchorage bar; Police arrest man for beating woman; Man killed in collision of truck, snowmachine

Koyukuk man charged with assault
A man from the Interior village of Koyukuk has been arrested on a sexual assault charge.

Ketchikan wind storm
Dave Miles looks at a tree that missed his tree house but caught the top of his house roof shortly before midnight Sunday evening in Ketchikan.

Judge calls Kenai legislator's omissions trivial
ANCHORAGE - A state Superior Court judge in Anchorage has ruled that Tom Wagoner's election paperwork omissions were relatively trivial. The decision handed down Monday by Judge Peter Michalski clears the way for the newly elected state senator from Kenai to take his seat when the Legislature convenes Jan. 21.

Stevens is Senate president pro tempore
The U.S. Senate has elected Sen. Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican, as president pro tempore.

Alaska Air to serve Adak through federal subsidy
Alaska Airlines has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide jet service between Anchorage and the Aleutian Island community of Adak.

Investigation continues into shooting
Alaska State Troopers are continuing their investigation into the death of an Upper Kalskag boy killed in an accidental shooting on New Year's Eve.

Inventing for Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Richard Martin wanted to build a better poop scoop, and once he did, he reckoned the rest of the world would want one too. "My wife and I own a dog kennel," said Martin, of Chugiak. "The commercially made poop scoops that I used to use lasted a year to six months." With a cut-down antifreeze jug and long poles, he made a scoop and a rakelike device that held up for six years.

Murkowski sworn in as U.S. Senator
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, takes the oath of office alongside Vice President Dick Cheney, during a mock swearing-in ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber on Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D

Court hears arguments on parental-consent abortion law
ANCHORAGE - A state Superior Court judge in Anchorage has begun hearing arguments in a case challenging a state abortion law that requires girls under 17 to get a parent's permission for an abortion.

Major merger: Princess, Carnival
Cruise ship company P&O Princess said today it will join with the world's leader, Carnival Corp., to create a cruise company unrivaled in size, with 65 ships and nearly 100,000 berths.

Holiday anti-DWI campaign: 16 arrests, no fatal incidents
A two-week campaign over the holidays to crack down on drunken driving resulted in 16 arrests statewide, Alaska State Troopers said.

Valdez finally catches up after snow drought with 8-foot dump of powder
Valdez had been in a snow drought for much of the winter, but with more than eight feet of snow in nine days, the Prince William Sound community is back on track to receive its average annual 30 feet of snow.

Contaminated water found in subdivision
Tainted water has been found in the groundwater of the College Road subdivision in Fairbanks, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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