Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Inconsistency of DIA is appalling
The Douglas Indian Association (DIA) has yet again suspended Article III, Section 2 of its own constitution by failing to hold an annual election. The DIA constitution requires an election each year to seat four or five board members to a two-year term in order to maintain a council of nine members.

The cost, spoils of war
National Public Radio recently reported someone's opinion that a war to secure stable, U.S.-favorable leadership in Iraq so that its oil can start flowing to global markets is the most effective economic stimulus package possible for the United States.

Good time, good coverage
Thanks to the Juneau Empire for its coverage of the Inaugural Ball. Having attended several of the balls around the state, the coverage by other Alaskan media outlets has been disappointing.

Issue won't go away
Subsistence has been mentioned since the first Legislature convened. Where has it gone, where is it going? Is it such a bear of an issue that it is in hibernation at all times? Is it a threat to let the indigenous people have the privilege that they have had for the last 10,000 years in Alaska?

Correction
A story about Byron Mallott in Tuesday's Empire incorrectly reported that a blood clot was removed from Mallott's brain.

Photo: Sale of Fireweed
Title Insurance Agency escrow officer Debbie Stephens goes over papers with Thomas Dahl, board president for the Senior Citizen Support Services, center, and Blake Kazama, executive director of the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority, as they transfer the ownership of Fireweed Place to the housing authority Tuesday afternoon.

This Day in History
In 1969, U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel discovered he was alone in the steambath of the Senate gymnasium with the man he defeated in his race for the Senate: Ernest Gruening. According to Gravel, the two sat with their faces buried in magazines and did not speak to one another.

Voters to get say on $60.8 million school
The Juneau Assembly on Monday decided to send local voters a $60.8 million plan for a Mendenhall Valley high school. In doing so, the Assembly approved the Juneau School District's schematic design for the school at Dimond Park, but cut the project budget by 2 percent, to $60.8 million. Voters have approved $48.3 million for the project. An election this spring would ask for approval of another $12.5 million at the most, schools Superintendent Gary Bader said. Under current plans, the school would open in 2006.

This Day in History
In 1925, the City of Juneau purchased its first combination grader and snowplow, costing $1,600.

Police look for a few good men and women
People looking to run toward danger, help the community and thwart the odd problem bear may want to apply to the Juneau Police Department. The department began its latest local and nationwide recruitment effort Jan. 13. Applications will be accepted until March 7, according to its Web site, www.juneaupolice.com.

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

Permitting shift could help Lake Dorothy project
The Lake Dorothy hydroelectric project could get a boost from the governor's proposal to make the state Department of Natural Resources the lead agency for permitting of development projects. Project developers had feared they would not win the support of the state Department of Fish and Game because the hydropower plant would divert water from streams inhabited by eastern brook trout, a non-native fish.

City OKs 2 new docks
Two private cruise ship docks won permits from the Juneau Planning Commission on Tuesday after a discussion about whether they would increase or relieve congestion downtown.The separate projects would be off Thane Road, south of the downtown shopping district. One of the private docks would be near Franklin Dock and serve 32-foot lightering boats from cruise ships at anchor, small cruise ships, day tour boats and yachts. The second dock, called the Jacobsen Dock, could accommodate 960-foot cruise ships at the rock dump.

Mallott recovering from emergency surgery in New Zealand
Former Juneau Mayor Byron Mallott is recovering in a New Zealand hospital after undergoing emergency surgery Saturday evening to remove a blood clot from his brain. Mallott's brother-in-law, Larry Powell of Yakutat, said the surgery was successful and doctors expect a full recovery.

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

Photo: 1913 construction of Salmon Creek Dam
This photograph was taken Sept. 25, 1913, during the construction of the Salmon Creek Dam and Powerhouse. In 1914, in a high valley three miles above the current Bartlett Regional Hospital, Salmon Creek Dam came online.

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

Photo: Digging out
Henry Jebe uses his four-wheel-drive tractor to clear snow off his North Douglas Highway driveway Monday afternoon. Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

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

City seeks funds for Herbert River land
The Juneau Assembly on Monday agreed to prepare a funding ordinance to buy 145 acres of private property near Herbert River and the Boy Scout Camp. The Southeast Alaska Land Trust and other local groups acquired a $553,000 federal grant to purchase the land from Juneau resident William "Shorty" Tonsgard. The funding needs approval from the city and the state.

Gabrielle Vance wins the Juneau School District's Spelling Bee
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School eighth-grader Gabrielle Vance won the Juneau School District's Spelling Bee conducted Thursday at Auke Bay Elementary School. Two students from each of Juneau's six elementary schools and two middle schools participated in the competition. The 16 students ranging in grade level from the third to the eighth grade competed for the opportunity to represent the district at the statewide spelling bee to be held in February in Anchorage.

Presentations focus on trees, shrubs
Rolling and unrolling like decorators' carpet samples the soft white snow exposes and conceals our landscape. Some unseen artist waving a wand performs feats of climatic legerdemain and mud turns to plush, then to glass, then to slush and mud again. Technicolor winter, but really only two colors.

Thank you
Thank you Hoonah for making Gary P. Smith's 40-day dinner a success.

Photo: Back in session
Rep. Peggy Wilson, a Wrangell Republican, center, is congratulated by Rep. Lesili McGuire, an Anchorage Republican, left, and Beth Kerttula, a Juneau Democrat, right, after Wilson took her oath of office ilast Friday n Juneau.

Pets of the week
Annita is a friendly, playful, active black lab puppy. She is just six months old and has been spayed. Annita catches on quickly and is very trainable.

Neighbors Briefs
Alaska State Fire Marshal's Office sponsors grant program workshops; Girl Scout Council receives rural outreach grant

Eva Davis
Hoonah resident Eva Davis died Jan. 27, 2003, at her home in Hoonah with her grandchildren by her side. She was 93.

Eva Davis
Hoonah resident Eva Davis died Jan. 27, 2003, at her residence in Hoonah.

John William Elsner
Longtime Juneau resident John William Elsner died Jan. 25, 2003, at his residence in Juneau.

Suzanne Mae Williams
Haines resident Suzanne Mae Williams died Jan. 27, 2003, in Juneau.

My Turn: Clearcuts can be part of healthy forest
Erik Lie-Nielsen's letter to the editor of Jan. 19 blasted Dick Coose for his earlier guest editorial. The derogatory remarks, however, applied broad-brush generally to foresters, specifically those "suckled at the public teat with the Forest Service." Putting professional in quotes implied that they were not. Further, that "multi-use (presumably multiple use) management then" meant only clear cuts and stumps to Forest Service foresters. Apparently "then" means past.

My Turn: There are absolute lines between good and evil
Ever since the Sept. 11 attacks, I find myself pondering terrorism and the nature of terror. It seems a supreme arrogance on the part of the hijackers to believe so strongly in the evils of the U.S. and the righteousness of their own values to plot, over the course of months, such an act. Our president and his cohorts in D.C. are spending a lot of time thinking about terrorism as well.

My Turn: From outrage to guilt to shame
On Sundays, I like to loll on the couch, slurp coffee, and read the paper from front to back. It usually takes me the better part of an hour, and after the coffee kicks in, I get a good start on the weekly crossword puzzle before my wife starts preparing breakfast. I never peek at the answers until about Thursday, and then only if that particular puzzle cheats by loading up with the names of teeny-bopper pop stars, gay authors, or other such obscure personalities.

My Turn: Selectively applying science to politics
Recent appointments to the Board of Game have caused concern by some members of the public. Remember that five of the seven previous members were temporary appointments due to legislators' (elected by the same majority that elected Gov. Murkowski) refusal to confirm the Knowles appointments. One other term expires March 1.

Cavaliers 104, Clippers 100
At Cleveland, Ricky Davis scored 17 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter and hit the go-ahead jumper with nine seconds left to give Keith Smart his first victory as Cleveland coach.

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

Senate hearing leaves U.S. Olympic Committee's future uncertain
WASHINGTON - Prompted by the U.S. Olympic Committee's leadership crisis, an influential U.S. Senate panel made it plain Tuesday that Congress intends to take a far more direct role in overseeing USOC operations with the aim of fixing a structure and culture that panel members said too often diverts attention from athletes.

East girls lose
After nearly three years, the streak is over. The Chugiak Mustangs girls basketball team defeated the East Anchorage Thunderbirds on Tuesday, 64-48, snapping East's 63-game in-state winning streak.

Dozens of Iditarod fans bid to ride along with mushers at race start
WASILLA - Martin Buser of Big Lake was a bargain at $1,500 when final bidding began in the 2003 Idita-Rider auction on Friday. "This is a four-time champ, you guys, and last year's winner," auction coordinator Deby Trosper told the 89 people vying by phone for a chance to ride in a musher's sled for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 1 in Anchorage.

Sitka girls hand Ketchikan first loss of the season
The Ketchikan girls basketball team was riding high late last week, with an undefeated record and the No. 5 ranking in the first Class 4A state basketball poll. But the Sitka Wolves ended that feeling of ecstasy in a hurry, upsetting the Kings 38-36 on Friday in the first game of a two-game Region V-Class 4A series in Ketchikan. The Kings responded by winning Saturday's game 55-38, but the unbeaten record was gone.

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

Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of Jan. 26. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to the Juneau Empire by school officials and basketball coaches. Overall team records do not include Alaska School Activities Association endowment games, which are not supposed to count in team records.

Middle school wrestling results
Team and top three individual results from the Juneau Middle School Wrestling Tournament, held last Friday and Saturday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The meet featured dozens of wrestlers from Dzantik'i Heeni and Floyd Dryden Middle Schools in Juneau; Schoenbar Middle School in Ketchikan; and Hoonah.

Correction
In a Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball photo in Sunday's sports section, David "Tres" Saldivar III was incorrectly identified.

Labor Department creates grants division
The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development is creating a division to deal with worker-training grants.

Rokeberg backing two permanent fund measures
State Rep. Norman Rokeberg would like to increase the state's share of oil revenues that normally would flow to the Alaska Permanent Fund. Rokeberg, an Anchorage Republican, is sponsoring two pieces of legislation to make portions of the permanent fund available for state government spending. "It's the rainy-day fund, and it's raining," Rokeberg said.

Sponsors of pot initiative sue the state
Backers of an initiative to decriminalize marijuana are suing the state to try to get the measure on the ballot. Ken Jacobus, attorney for Free Hemp in Alaska, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Anchorage Superior Court, arguing the group should be able to get its initiative before voters despite failing to meet state record-keeping rules.

Legislature pays fees for aide's ethics breach
The Legislature will pay nearly $7,000 for legal fees incurred by Senate Republican majority press secretary Ron Irwin as a result of an ethics complaint. The Legislative Council, which oversees much of the Legislature's internal management, voted to pay his legal bills on Tuesday. But the panel will not back an appeal to the state court.

Pro-move group calls for new election
Legislative-move advocates are contesting the results of a failed ballot initiative to move the Legislature from Juneau to Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and are calling for a new election in 2004. Ballot Measure 3 failed by a 2-1 margin statewide in November, but initiative sponsor Alaskans for Efficient Government says the public was not fully informed of the costs of the move.

Board rejects ban on sport fishing for shrimp, crab
SITKA - The state Board of Fisheries on Sunday unanimously rejected a proposal to prohibit sport fishing for shrimp and Dungeness crab. The board has been meeting in Sitka since Jan. 20. Proposal 217 was intended to address what some see as a problem with enforcing laws related to charter-boat operators and lodge owners catching crab and shrimp for their out-of-state clients.

Apartment worker saves hypothermic infant from flooding sink
ANCHORAGE - A maintenance worker looking for the source of a hot-water outage in a South Anchorage apartment building rescued a hypothermic infant from an overflowing bathroom sink Monday morning. The worker also found another child, age 4, on the living room couch and a 20-month-old in a bedroom. The worker couldn't find an adult and so called the property manager. Someone there called police at about 9 a.m.

State Briefs
Experimental gas plant to open soon; 'Gavel to Gavel' changing channels; Rokeberg bill calls for new Capitol; Two more vessels caught fishing in Russian waters; Liquor smugglers would face forfeiture; Light earthquake strikes near Seward; Wuerch files to run again for Anchorage mayor

State Briefs
Snowmachine and cross-country trails ready for use; Panel to vote on Thane docks; Wayward puck leaves legislator in stitches; Murkowski reorganizes corrections; Labor Department creates grants division

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