Monday, January 14, 2002

Didn't he used to be somebody?
When legislator Jay Hammond first ran for governor of Alaska, polls said he had 3 percent name recognition and gave him no chance of winning the race. With typical good humor, he makes fun of this, as well as the fact that having served as governor from 1972 to 1982 seems to have granted him scant face recognition.

In the Stacks
This week: brand new fiction!

Juneau salvage program aids social services
The state Division of Fish and Wildlife Protection oversees a local roadkill salvage program that helps put meat on the table for five Juneau organizations.

Salvaging roadkill: Vehicles kill 700 moose a year and charities save tons of meat for the needy
The moose calf loitered near its dead mother when Billy Dickerson Jr. and his nephew arrived to collect the carcass. Dickerson and Cody Dyer parked their pickup truck near the sports center of Alaska Pacific University in midtown Anchorage. Then they trudged through deep snow and dense woods behind the complex, heading up hill toward the dark form of the fallen cow. Startled, the calf bolted.

Transportation sense
Joe Geldhof's My Turn on the Juneau access project contained few facts and a lot of innuendo. Surprisingly, I agree with his four facts: 1) It is essential that we complete the environmental impact statement. 2) An improved transportation system is vital to all of Southeast Alaska. 3) Unanimous agreement with respect to mode and route is not possible. 4) Juneau needs to unite to improve access to the capital if we want to continue to be the capital.

Journalistic integrity
I'm writing in defense of the "International Criminal" which Mr. Smith mentioned in his editorial, "Tongass, the healthiest forest in North America." Yes, Jake Kreilick was arrested in Borneo, which in the early '90s was losing its rainforest at a disturbing rate.

Local Briefs
Guns lead to drug-related arrest; Car chase brings DWI charge; Contraceptive bill introduced; Swingley top finisher in sled dog race

UAS orients new students
There was an crash course taught on the University of Alaska Southeast campus Friday, only the subject wasn't history, biology or a foreign language - it was the university itself.

Pulltab shop carries on fight against smoking ban
While there's no smoking at Hidden Treasures these days, the pulltab store continues to challenge Juneau's new smoking ban.

Popular Armadillo Tex-Mex Cafe closes its doors
The Armadillo Tex-Mex Cafe closed temporarily in November for remodeling, but announced this morning that it will not reopen. "It was a very hard decision to make," said owner-operator Terry Harvey, 45. "It's really hard to say good-bye. We have been stalling people about reopening. A restaurant is a big commitment for a family to make for all these years."

Looking to Lake Dorothy for more power
A single 4-inch Dolly Varden trout could block development of new hydroelectric power for Alaska's capital city. The proposed project would tap Lake Dorothy, a 3-mile-long, 560-foot-deep, glacier-fed lake on the east side of Taku Inlet.

Motors for two SOB elevators flown in
A helicopter flying low near the Capitol on Saturday morning wasn't a terrorist attack. It was a workhorse taking 500-pound elevator motors to the State Office Building. For about a half hour around 10 a.m., a TEMSCO helicopter hired by the state carried old elevator motors from the roof of the SOB to a flatbed trailer on nearby Telephone Hill, and brought in new ones.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, a Friday Empire article incorrectly reported that Annabelle Nashoanak's children were staying with the woman's mother.

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

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

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

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

Wilbur Skeek Sr.
Lifelong Alaska resident Wilbur Skeek Sr. died Jan. 2, 2002, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Herman E. Slotnick
Herman E. Slotnick, professor emeritus of the University of Alaska, died in Seattle on Jan. 6. He was 85.

James Vincent Cole
James Vincent Cole, 91, died Jan. 3, 2002, at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Diana J. Ostrom
Former Juneau resident Diana J. Ostrom, 60, died Jan. 9, 2002, in Anchorage.

Karl G. Budinger
Longtime Alaska resident Karl G. Budinger died Dec. 26, 2001, in Tucson, Ariz.

Capitol Notebook: It could be ugly; then again ...
"The Legislature is about to descend on you," former Gov. Jay Hammond warned a Juneau audience Friday. So let's brace ourselves for what could be, starting Monday, four months of the most acrimonious public discourse in memory.

My Turn: Montana Creek not yet a sound heliport site
I hope the Assembly and areawide residents will take to heart this vital sentence from the Baker "Alternative Heliport" study: "A proposed solution that reduces noise for 1,000 people, but does so by inflicting an increased noise level on 600 others, would not be a solution at all."

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My Turn: Improving access is common goal
Bob Martin's recent column (Empire, Jan. 9), cranking on my call to restart transportation planning in Lynn Canal is yet another example of dysfunctional politics in Juneau. Mr. Martin elected to flog my opinion piece and concludes his critique with a venerable quote: "Let my people go." My orientation being more new testament than old, I may have missed something in Mr. Martin's criticism but I am convinced Mr. Martin should rethink his Moses role, especially played opposite Tony Knowles cast as Pharaoh.

McDowell study reveals reduced ferry service for Lynn Canal
In January of 2000, Gov. Tony Knowles issued a press release announcing a pledge to accelerate the SE Transportation Plan. "The Southeast Transportation Plan I released last year involved significant changes to the Marine Highway System, including a new generation of fast ferries that operate a level of speed, convenience and frequency never before seen."

Deal with the fiscal gap
A possible fiscal crisis has been looming over the state of Alaska for many years now. But state leaders have been more than willing to let the issue slide rather than face the hard decisions necessary to find a long-term solution.

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Duke in familiar position
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The top scoring team in the Atlantic Coast Conference was looking for anything to get away from the hounding defense thrown up by North Carolina State. Second-ranked Duke found it in Mike Dunleavy.

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

Mighty Mites
Here's a preview of the new show that will be playing several times this season during Juneau-Douglas High school boys basketball games.

Turner leads Juneau skiers in Western Region races
Juneau's Hilary Turner, a freshman skier for the Montana State University Bobcats, posted the top finish of five local skiers at Friday's U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Western Region F.I.S. Tech Series races at Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

Champ is roughed up
After two years of domination in the heavyweight division, Juneau's Russell "Dirt" Stevens must have wondered if anyone in Southeast would be able to challenge him in roughhouse boxing.

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

Sarah Fischer fares well in Eastern Cup
Juneau's Sarah Fischer posted two top-20 finishes over the weekend in the Eastern Cup slalom races held Saturday and Sunday at Cannon Mountain, N.H.

Bridges proposed for Gravina link
Gov. Tony Knowles and Joe Perkins, commissioner of the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, announced Jan. 8 in Ketchikan the state's recommendation for improved access between Revillagigedo and Gravina islands.

Snowmachine accidents kill 3 over weekend
A father and his 13-year-old daughter were killed Saturday while snowmachining near Summit Lake Glacier, southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska State Troopers said.

State Briefs
'Sourdough' Mike dies at 50; Ulmer's Juneau funds top Murkowski's; Cookies on the way

Gas-seller inquiry reveals no wrongdoing
The state Attorney General's Office has found no wrongdoing by Ketchikan gas sellers after a three-month inquiry.

Sitka Tribe members testify in Anchorage
Nearly 20 representatives from the Sitka Tribe of Alaska went to Anchorage Jan. 7 to testify before the Alaska Board of Fisheries about herring harvest issues.

Legislator testifies on redistricting difficulties
ANCHORAGE - Rep. Con Bunde testified this week on how difficult it would be for one legislator to fairly represent a state House district that includes both South Anchorage and Valdez.

Setting the bar lower
Don't be surprised if high school sophomores do better on this spring's exit exam. The state has created a new test that emphasizes basic skills, and is likely to change the passing scores, as well. State education officials say the new test measures essential skills needed in daily life. But some people are concerned that a basic test won't challenge most students and spur them to improve.

Unalaska strip joint opens despite protests by residents
UNALASKA - A strip club has opened in the heart of a heavily Native neighborhood in the Aleutian Islands town of Unalaska despite protests that it is harmful to the community. Mermaids opened for business at 5 p.m. Friday, just as owner Kostas Manolakakis promised.

State Briefs
Anchorage seafood in Sam's Club stores; Pipeline group turns in initiative signatures; Court won't revisit Exxon ruling; Fairbanks man killed in trailer park

Ketchikan maintains reputation for rain
If you think it rained a lot in Juneau last year, consider Ketchikan.

Wrangell captain to pilot new ferry
Wrangell resident Jim McComas will be one of two captains to pilot the new Inter-island Ferry Authority's ship called Prince of Wales. The vessel will run daily between Ketchikan and Hollis on Prince of Wales Island, the IFA's southern route.

Donley: Put cap on state spending
Dave Donley says there must be a real cap on state spending before there's a cap on permanent fund dividends. Donley, Republican co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is touting a proposed constitutional amendment on spending as the first step in building a long-range fiscal plan to fix the state budget gap.

Sitka police lieutenant will not be prosecuted
The state's Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals will not pursue criminal prosecution against Sitka Police Lt. John Baeza, Police Chief Bill McLendon announced Jan. 8 in a news release.

Porter calls for election-year politics to be put aside
The Republican majority in the Legislature voiced uncertainty today about revenue-raising measures that might be taken this year as part of a long-range fiscal plan. The second session of the 22nd Legislature got under way at 10 a.m., with the convening of the Senate. The House followed at 11:08 a.m.

Fiscal plan tops '02 priority list
Juneau's trio of legislators each named the same issue as a top priority this session: passage of a long-range financial plan to pay for state government. But they differed on some elements of a plan proposed by the Fiscal Policy Caucus, led by Rep. Bill Hudson, a Juneau Republican.

Young outpaces others in Congress in missed votes
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Rep. Don Young missed more votes on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last year than nearly every other member of Congress. Alaska U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens also missed more votes than any other senator, while Alaska U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski made most votes.

Spill review looks at clamps on pipeline
ANCHORAGE - Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is reviewing whether it needs to modify clamps used to control potential pipe leaks.

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