Saturday, January 25, 2003

Bordering on religion
Kudos to Gov. Murkowski for taking the helm and disbanding the previous game board. After attending, as well as testifying at the last hearings, presenting sound biological data, and answering questions cloaked in false interest, I left with heavy shoulders and a sad heart.

Not so compassionate
No offense to Bruce Botelho, but maybe it's easy for him and others to put partisanship aside and attend the governors inauguration ball and hobnob and have a good time with the Republicans. For the Alaska Natives in the bush, it's a different story.

Historical error
Thanks for running a picture of the Treadwell cave-in, but as we all know - and as Mary Lou King's June 23, 2002, story, still in your archives, attests - the cave-in was in 1917, not 1922.

Right to life
While reading Thursday's article, "Dueling demonstrations," I had to laugh for lack of a better emotional reaction to the obvious bias the author portrayed. I had hoped to find an equal presentation of two opposing beliefs, giving people the opportunity to form their own opinion on the matter.

This Day in History
In 1979, capital city entrepreneur Chuck Keen threatened to go to court over his proposed tramway to the top of Mount Juneau, wanting local officials to lower wind design requirements from 210 to 175 mph for his proposed $10 million tram and convention center.

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

In search of dimes, hoop time, Webb takes the court
Nine eighth-grade boys turned into a blur of baggy shorts and layups Tuesday night, animating the small gym at the Terry Miller Legislative Office Building. Edd Webb, whistle around his neck, offered advice and encouragement as he watched. "Way to go strong."

FYI
Births

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

Forecast: Snow, snow, more snow
Cold air from the north and moisture from the south will combine to give Juneau significant snow by Sunday morning, forecasters said. National Weather Service forecaster Tracey Ress said the high winds of the past few days should die down by Saturday evening as snow accumulates.

Correction
The caption for a historical photo of the Treadwell mines in Thursday's Empire gave the incorrect year of the mine collapse. It was 1917.

Queen honors Sealaska employee
Bessie Cooley used to get punished for speaking Tlingit. Now, she's receiving an award from the queen of England for using her Native language. On Saturday in Whitehorse, Cooley will accept a Golden Jubilee Medal from the premier of the Yukon Territory, Dennis Fentie, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II. The queen serves as Canada's head of state under its constitutional monarchy.

Falling trees shut down part of trail at Auke Village rec area
Alan and Sheila Degener often walk the path that winds its way through the tall trees of the Auke Village Recreation Area. But they've been more cautious about the eastern end of the trail recently because some of the trees are toppling over. "We didn't come out here for a while because of the trees," Sheila Degener said during a hike earlier this week. About a half-dozen trees, including one almost 80 feet tall and 2 feet thick, have fallen in recent months. More are leaning, some caught up in other trees and a few rooted in soil on the verge of breaking away from a nearby slope.

Satko's Ark
The Satko family came to Juneau not by plane or ferry, but the biblical way - by ark. The vessel, with "Ark" painted across its unusually deep hull, became a legend in Juneau and a news story across the nation in 1940. The pioneering family weathered a storm of criticism from Washington authorities who said the boat was not fit for the seven children aboard. The Satkos also rode a wave of popularity as their supporters helped them continue their journey.

Only love will make the world a better place to live in
Some time ago, as I was reading in my Bible the definition of love found in 1 Corinthians chapter thirteen, I had a revelation. I suddenly realized that the opposite of love is not hate, as I had supposed, but rather selfishness or self-centeredness. Hate is simply a byproduct of selfishness, which is the absence of real love.

'This could be the start of ...'
How shall I start a column that last appeared in the Empire 50 years ago? Perhaps an auspicious opening like "I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills," one of the memorable lines of 20th century literature? How about a more humble beginning, just the intention to report the activity on the Juneau waterfront, a subject that is often overlooked in the more important cataloging of municipal and state affairs.

Neighbors Briefs
Bank donates to Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka; Fishermen's memorial accepting applications; Sealaska Institute taking applications

My Turn: Beware of broadstroking appraisal criteria
Although I don't want to express an opinion favorable or unfavorable on the UA sale of land to ALCAN, or the apparent plans to log this land, I do want to comment on the perceived land value issues.

Juneau Gun Club Trap League Standings
Standings after the second week of shooting in the 12-week Juneau Gun Club Trap League.

Crimson Bear girls earn right to hibernate
When the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team found itself trailing the Colony Knights by eight points after the first quarter Thursday, Juneau coach Lesslie Knight pulled out just the right motivational tool. The threat of an early-morning practice today. "Coach Knight said we better pick it up or else we'd have to get up early," Juneau junior forward Letasha McKoy said.

U.S. team picked for the 2003 World Nordic Ski Championships
PARK CITY, Utah - Five women and eight men, including two-time Olympian Carl Swenson, were named Tuesday to the U.S. ski team that will to compete in the nordic 2003 World Championships. The championships begin Feb. 18 in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

Idita-Rider auction attracts urban adventurers, supports the race
ANCHORAGE - Beverly Nelms sums it up succinctly: "Why would a 67-year-old woman from Texas want to spend a weekend in ice and snow, with dog poop flying in her face?" The answer, she tells unbelievers, is simple. She enjoys Alaska and being part of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. That's why she bids thousands of dollars each year to ride with a musher's sled for the first 11 miles of the 1,100-mile trail from Anchorage to Nome.

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

Juneau Ordway League Basketball Standings
Final 2002-03 regular-season standings from the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Ordway Basketball League. Some teams received a bonus victory for attending the preseason team managers meeting.

Galaxy captain describes multiple disasters on day fish boat sank
SEATTLE - Fire, explosion, men overboard - the skipper of the 180-foot fishing boat Galaxy says he was prepared to handle any one of those things. But Capt. David Shoemaker told a Coast Guard hearing Thursday that his vessel encountered all those crises and more in a short period on the disastrous day last October when it sank in Alaska's Bering Sea.

Birth control group accused
ANCHORAGE - People answering the phone at Planned Parenthood offices in Alaska flouted sexual-abuse reporting laws and in one case urged a caller to lie about her boyfriend's age to help him avoid prosecution, according to defense testimony offered Wednesday in a trial challenging the state's parental-consent law. Now in its third week, the trial pits Planned Parenthood of Alaska against a state law that requires unmarried girls younger than 17 to get a parent's or judge's permission to have an abortion.

State Briefs
Vet says dogs were mistreated for months; Panel supports civil rights resolution; Ketchikan woman pleads guilty to meth charge; Man charged with woman's murder; Three charged in Mat-Su thefts; State to close snow crab season Saturday

Address: More industry, quicker permits
Gov. Frank Murkowski called for increased oil production, streamlined permitting, and a five-year spending plan beginning with controlled state spending in his first State of the State address to the Legislature. In his quest to reduce the permitting time for mining, oil extraction and other resource-development projects, Murkowski said he would make the Department of Natural Resources the lead agency for all state permitting.

Federal bill includes two Alaska riders
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Senate has adopted two riders included in a major spending bill that would bar court challenges to the new trans-Alaska Pipeline right-of-way agreement and a Forest Service decision on wilderness in the Tongass National Forest. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's amendment would insulate the new trans-Alaska Pipeline right-of-way agreement from lawsuits and judicial review.

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