Monday, January 13, 2003

In the Stacks
"100 years of Harley-Davidson," by Willie G. Davidson. From the very first production Harley-Davidson of 1903/04 to the 2002 VRSCA V-rod motorcycle, this book has them all. In addition to a portrait photo and spec sheet for each motorcycle, Davidson shows them in their context: Shots of races, policemen on their Harleys, and motorcycles from the war years mingle with publicity stills and essays on the motorcycle life.

Economic anxiety
President Bush, gearing for reelection, is urging Congress to pass his new tax cut plan. The center of his plan, a corporate dividend tax elimination, he argues, will boost the American economy by stimulating the investor class, and create new jobs.

Taking responsibility
This letter to the Juneau community crosses 50 years of basketball, 40 years of coaching and 30 wonderful and cherished years of friendship. More than any of you, I understand the strains and pressures that arise as basketball coaches and long time teachers ply their trades. My dearest friend has stumbled and it is for us to support him as he has done for so many others over the years.

Recreation vs. education
As a lifelong Juneau resident and graduate of JDHS, I have been aware of the need for a new high school for some time now. As a school bus driver, my awareness of the need is constantly reinforced. I am aware that funding is always the hitch in any project that the city decides on. It can delay the project indefinitely, which grieves me as I'm sure it does others.

Lisa Murkowski well-qualified
Alaska's new Sen. Murkowski, who is a member of our Alaska Federation of Republican Women, comes to the U.S. Senate with years of involvement in the Alaska State House and Republican organizations.

Error in judgment
We were surprised and saddened to read the unnecessary detail you chose to provide in Tuesday's article about coach Hamey. Mr. Hamey's temporary error in judgment, made under very trying medical and emotional circumstances, is far less worthy of your detailed attention than his long and dedicated career.

Wonderful Knight
Concerning the article in Tuesday's paper about coach Hamey's unfortunate actions, I felt the need to express some support for Ms. Knight. I remember her fondly, always joking and laughing. Her accounting class was great fun.

Photo: An invitation to Mother Nature
Paul Swanson, mountain manager for Eaglecrest Ski Area, checks the quality of man-made snow falling on his sleeve Friday. Colder weather over the past week has allowed the city-owned ski hill to make snow around the clock, but Eaglecrest still needs help from Mother Nature before the runs open again.

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

King plan hacks at sports harvest
The burgeoning numbers of nonresident and guided anglers would take the biggest hit when stocks of Southeast king salmon are low, according to a task force's recommendations. But some task force members said the group's plan still punishes Alaska anglers for the large catches by nonresident and guided fishermen. And commercial fishermen have yet to weigh in on whether the plan protects their interests.

Chamber boosts Valley school plan
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce board of directors has passed a resolution urging the Juneau Assembly to support the school district's plan to build $62 million Mendenhall Valley high school, chamber President Jim Scholz announced Friday. "I don't believe there was any resistance at all for moving forward with this project," Scholz said. The district has proposed building a 1,050-student high school at Dimond Park that could open in 2006. The school would be roughly the size of Juneau-Douglas High School and would have an auditorium and two gymnasiums.

SEARHC injects millions into city
The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium contributed more than $44 million in payroll, goods and services to Southeast Alaska's economy in 2001, according to a study released by the McDowell Group today. The organization's economic impact in Juneau totaled more than $12 million.

Photo: Downtown sun
The early morning sun lights up the sky over Harris Harbor on Friday. michael penn / juneau empire

Neighbors dispute state land sale near Ketchikan
Ketchikan residents who live near a parcel of state land that is about to be sold to a private timber company are objecting to the way the University of Alaska handled the sale. But the university says it followed proper procedures in putting the land into private hands - to the benefit of the state and students. The 145-acre wooded property six miles south of Ketchikan went on the market Sept. 8 with a minimum asking price of $129,000. It was part of a larger sale featuring 35 other parcels around the state that were up for competitive bid.

Residents fight to change sex offender laws
Stanley Brown was a parent to beautiful daughters, a janitor for the Juneau School District, a loving husband - and a rapist. He was convicted of victimizing one of his family members, and his crimes sent emotionally crippling ripples through what was, by all appearances, a "normal, happy" family, said his wife, Janet.

This Day in History
In 1979, decrying President Carter's withdrawal of 56 million acres of federal lands in Alaska, Anchorage protesters carried signs reading "Can The Peanut Farmer" outside the Federal Building.

Agencies upgrade Gold Creek to give salmon a chance to spawn
In an effort to restore salmon spawning habitat, boulders and gravel have been added to Gold Creek between the end of its concrete-reinforced section to the point where the creek flows into Gastineau Channel.

Doctors take advanced trauma class
Dr. James Thompson, an emergency medicine physician at Bartlett Regional Hospital, smoothly made the incision in the chest, put his finger in to feel where he was, used a metal tool to open up the space more, and quickly guided a plastic tube into the opening with a clamp. It's a procedure that would be used to drain blood from the chest, blood that was compressing the lungs and making it hard for the patient to breathe.

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

What do you think?
No. Obey the City Charter!

Ramifications of first- and second-rate people
In a small community, folks in charge are under the so-called magnifying glass nearly on a daily bases. In our little town we have gone through some changes in a couple of major organizations.

Toe Cartoon

Error-free citizens, take up your stones
Ever make a mistake in judgment? Ever have a bad day, a short fuse, a sense of exasperation? Have you experienced jealousy? Envy? Resentment? Did you act out those feelings?

My Turn: Legislator is living in a world of euphemisms
I read with great interest Rep. Andrew Halcro's My Turn article attacking pro-lifers for attempting to restrict use of public funds for abortion. He accuses fellow Republicans of passing a bill limiting abortion funding in spite of the fact they knew it was "unconstitutional."

My Turn: National forests must be managed locally
Thanks for reprinting the Ketchikan Daily News editorial on the roadless conservation rule fiat. The rule is biologically, morally, and economically wrong for health of the forests and the nation.

Empire editorial: Thumbs: Some up, others down
Thumbs up to emergency personnel whose skills help save lives more often than most of us know. Thanks, too, to the citizen-witnesses who sometimes put themselves at risk by responding on behalf of accident victims until trained professionals arrive.

Little cabins in the woods ... and the meadow and on the beach
Thanks to generous volunteers, the U.S. Forest Service and the state parks system, seven trail-access, public-use wilderness cabins are within Juneau's boundaries. All are within hiking distance of Juneau's road system and require reservations and a fee for overnight stays.

Spotting Whales
BROOKINGS, Ore. - Bundled up against the wind and rain, Joan Lynch leaned against the fender of her pickup truck to steady herself and trained her binoculars on the Pacific Ocean in hopes of spotting a heart-shaped spout or a flash of flukes from a passing gray whale. "There's a spout almost all the way out," she said in measured tones from her vantage high on Cape Ferrelo, and immediately conversation stopped and four pairs of binoculars focused on the horizon. "Somebody says 'Spout!' and everybody stops talking and starts concentrating."

Out and About
Jan 12: Juneau Alpine Club slideshow/potluck party, 5:50 p.m., 1136 Slim Williams Way. Slides from Prince of Wales and Rainier. Bring a food dish to share. Details: Kim and Barb Turley, 789-7058. Jan. 12: 4-H Nordic Ski Club first meeting, 1:30 p.m., how to wax skis clinic at Mendenhall River School. $6 season membership fee. To enroll, call Jim Douglas at the 4-H office, 465-8749.

Web links
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Crimson Bears finish last at Prep Shootout
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team lost its third straight game after opening the season with four victories, dropping a 57-56 decision to the Lathrop Malemutes in Saturday's seventh-eighth place game of the Alaska Prep Shootout at Anchorage's Dimond High School.

AK race courses in poor condition
One of the warmest, driest winters on record has organizers of Alaska's extreme races hoping for some extreme weather. The Tesoro Iron Dog Snowmachine Race, which was scheduled to start in Fairbanks on Feb. 9, has been postponed for a week because of poor trails conditions.

Cavs break out of slump vs. Sonics
Rashard Lewis was nowhere to be found after the Seattle SuperSonics lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In December, after the Sonics topped the Cavaliers by 13 points, Lewis said that he "didn't want to get overly excited because it was only the Cleveland Cavaliers."

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

Some like it rough
Southeast Showdown middleweight champion Matthew "The Goat" Coppick of Sitka was disappointed when he found out his scheduled main event with state champion Kilty "Krafty Kilty" Hardy of Anchorage wasn't going to take place during this week's Roughhouse Friday boxing event. So Coppick did his best to make Chuck McCracken pay.

Wolf, Cadiente claim wrestling titles
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team lost its third straight game after opening the season with four victories, dropping a 57-56 decision to the Lathrop Malemutes in Saturday's seventh-eighth place game of the Alaska Prep Shootout at Anchorage's Dimond High School.

Column: Heroes are held up to a higher standard
The large, bold letters of the newspaper headline stared ominously back at me. A wave of grief passed through my body - the same feeling you get when you first hear of the death of a close friend or family member. A part of me died the day I read the story. I read on in disbelief: "Kirby Puckett charged with felony sexual assault and false imprisonment." It had to be a mistake. Not the great humanitarian. Not baseball's most lovable player. Not the Roberto Clemente Man of the Year. Not my hero. Not Kirby!

Column: 32 years tarnished, but not forgotten
Like most Juneau residents, I was shocked on Tuesday when I heard former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball coach Jim Hamey had just pleaded guilty to stealing $1,000 from the program because he wanted to make the new coach and school administrators look bad. It was an act of selfish, vindictive rage, and the theft will forever overshadow the good things Hamey did during his 32 years with the school.

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.

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

Scientists present findings on sealife research
Scientists are gathered this week in Anchorage for an ambitious ocean research conference that will provide data on killer whales, sea lions, fisheries, salmon stocks, climate change and the oceanography of the Gulf of Alaska. More than 150 reports and workshops will be presented as part of the Marine Science in the Northeast Pacific symposium.

Fishermen rescued from raft off Kodiak
Five fishermen were rescued from a life raft Saturday night as their boat sank about 75 miles off Kodiak. A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued two of the fishermen before a helicopter crewmember noticed the hoisting cable was frayed. The other fishermen, along with a rescue swimmer, were taken on board the Heritage, a vessel that responded to the Coast Guard's request for help.

Host of new bills filed in advance of Jan. 21 session
It would be more difficult to get an initiative on the ballot, easier for some to get a permanent fund dividend check, and illegal to send anonymous spam e-mail under bills filed by lawmakers Friday. The Legislature returns Jan. 21 to consider hundreds of proposed laws and craft a plan to fund state government for another year.

Man convicted in death arrested again for DWI
A Fairbanks man convicted in the drunken-driving death of a 10-year-old boy has been arrested again on a drunken-driving charge.

Air Guard chief's Qatar assignment extended
What started out as a roughly three-month stint as the commander of about 2,000 active duty, reserve and National Guard troops in Qatar has turned into a six-month deployment for the newly appointed head of the Alaska Air National Guard.

State Briefs
Hunters fined for moose and bear kills; Coast Guard announces cutter for Valdez; Foster parent charged with child porn; Man injured at Chena Hot Springs; Sen. Murkowski to chair water-power subcommittee; Alaskans honor Binkley at memorial service

Steamship Wharf bonds on Assembly agenda
The Juneau Assembly tonight will consider the sale of up to $6.2 million in revenue bonds for the Steamship Wharf-Marine Park project downtown.

UAA program grows Native engineers
ANCHORAGE - A frazzled 51-year old white guy from Chicago who started his career shoveling snow at an Arctic pipeline camp is performing miracles at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Herb Schroeder takes raw talent, adds pizza, a buddy system, forced labor, constant fretting, whatever money he can squeeze out of the oil patch, and creates Alaska Native engineers.

Study looks at migratory secrets of Beluga whales
A summer study found that beluga whales from Point Lay roamed deep into the Arctic Ocean. Two satellite-tracked young whales swam hundreds of miles into almost solid pack ice. A female beluga traveled almost 700 miles before returning to waters near Point Barrow. A male cruised 500 miles northeast.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, Margaret Clabby's name was misspelled in a Sunday article about a University of Alaska land sale in Ketchikan.

Bill would halt 'credit scoring'
A Republican and Democrat are teaming up in the Senate this legislative session on a law that would prohibit an insurance industry practice that sets rates based on credit history. Sen. Kim Elton, a Juneau Democrat, and John Cowdery, an Anchorage Republican, say the use of "credit scoring" - a method of determining home and automobile insurance payments based on one's credit - unfairly discriminates against seniors, minorities, seasonal workers and members of certain religious and ethnic groups.

Utilities want rural power subsidy to be run more tightly
A statewide group of utilities wants state regulators to take a hard look at an electric-power subsidy for rural Alaskans and the rural power producers that receive it. The group, which has members that benefit from the Power Cost Equalization program, has asked the Regulatory Commission of Alaska to demand lower administrative expenses and more electricity for every dollar spent by the program.

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