Monday, February 3, 2003

New audio book titles at the Juneau Library
New books on tape (and one on CD) at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Do what must be done
This (JAMHI) building, to me, will always be the IOOF Building and I hate the fact it might be torn down to accommodate 40 parking spaces (which will probably be for legislative people). This building does have a lot of history attached to it but I realize you can't keep a building for that reason alone.

More than one doctor
I write to express support for the preservation of older buildings in Juneau (i.e., what is now called the JAMHI building on the corner of North Franklin and Second St.), but also to comment on the history of pioneer physicians in Juneau.

Our civil rights
Americans face security vs. freedom issues the like of which have not confronted us in a generation. It appears we are bound in another generation-long effort against an elusive and clandestine enemy. This enemy is determined to strike with stealth from the mass of our population. To counter him, we are told, the federal government must have new powers. Many of those powers strike at the Bill of Rights, a document that for over 200 years has made America the envy of the world.

Parking relief preferred
As a downtown resident who experiences daily first-hand involvement with the critical parking shortage, I wanted to add my two cents worth to the debate surrounding the proposal to convert the JAMHI building to a parking lot.

Mixed feelings about pool
After reading the article about JRC expansion (Empire, Jan. 30), I'm left with mixed feelings. I love the idea of the improved facilities complete with more options for family recreation and the idea of a much-needed pool in the valley makes me consider joining again.

More about clearcuts
I support Mr. Nicolls in his defense of foresters, and second his portrayal of them as highly dedicated professionals (Jan. 29 My Turn). However, I take issue with some of his comments about clearcuts, and would like to offer a slightly different perspective. Clearcutting is an efficient and economic means of harvesting trees, and for regenerating a new forest. If production of wood fiber is your only objective, clearcutting serves well.

Rude memories
I read with interest your article on the city's plans to turn the JAMHI building into a parking lot. Does anyone remember that this building was Dr. Rude's office for many years? I recall when it was white, not yellow. Why they ever changed the color, I will never know! I can remember getting my first shots in that building, as many of Dr. Rude's babies probably can.

Days of '98 in 1938
This photo of an amateur vaudeville show called "The Days of '98 Party" was taken by Trevor Davis on Feb. 3, 1938.

Juneau physician recalls astronaut as a friend who truly enjoyed life
Dr. Laurel Clark, one of seven astronauts to die in the space shuttle Columbia on Saturday, embraced life and heard the music in ordinary things, says Dr. Deb Lessmeier of Juneau, a close friend. The other astronauts called her Floral Laurel, Lessmeier said.

Correction

Alleged thief caught near Switzer
A man is being held in prison today without bail after he was picked up in Switzer Village this morning as a suspect in an alleged vehicle-rifling spree.

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

Will winter ever come? Probably not this month
This winter has been warmer and wetter than normal, and a general outlook issued by the National Center for Environmental Prediction suggests the weather will continue on that track through the end of the month.

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

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

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

Treadwell Arena opens to ice skaters on Thursday
Juneau residents can test the ice at the Treadwell Arena for the first time Thursday. The ice rink at Savikko Park in Douglas will open on Thursday with what city Parks and Recreation Director Kim Kiefer called a "soft" opening, or a chance to work out the bugs before the grand opening later this month.

Anti-death-penalty activist B. Welch to speak in Juneau
When Bud Welch's daughter, Julie, was killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, he began a journey of trying to deal with her loss, he said. The journey began as a metaphor, but now has lead him to 46 states and France, Belgium, England, Russia and Kenya on a mission to abolish the death penalty. This week, the journey brings Welch to Alaska.

Marilyn Ruth Ryan
Former Juneau resident Marilyn Ruth (Vincent) Ryan died Jan. 31, 2003, in Longview, Wash., after a long battle with cancer.

My Turn: Realizing Alaska's potential while resisting neocolonialism
T he Last Frontier." "Land of the Midnight Sun." These are romantic monikers, to be sure; they evoke images of a rugged, uninhabited land, wide-open and ripe for colonization. As the nicknames indicate, Alaska is widely regarded as a numinous land where environmentalists, New Age pioneers, Euro-American feminists and avaricious industrialists can follow in the footsteps of foregoing colonialists and create Brave New Worlds.

My Turn: Experiencing home birth
Last Sunday, I read with interest Melanie Plenda's account of Jadey and Scott Grimmett's surprise home birth.

8-1 vote for Valley school reflects realistic optimism
Even though the Juneau Assembly's approval of a $60.8 million version of a Mendenhall Valley high school was described as a "compromise," it was apparent which of the competing plans came out ahead - the best one.

My Turn: On the agenda: Opening ANWR, security, funding for transportation
As I finish my fourth week as Alaska's junior senator, I have much to tell you. First, my deepest thanks to the many Alaskans who have sent cards and messages welcoming me to my Washington post. My years working in the Alaska Legislature, serving everyone - especially those in Anchorage and Eagle River - certainly prepared me for how wonderfully kind Alaskans are. Still it's surprising and even embarrassing to read the warm words and messages of encouragement to me and my family.

My Turn: Ex-commissioners: Avoid a tragic loss for all Alaskans
As former commissioners of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), with a combined experience spanning 30 years, we urge Gov. Frank Murkowski to keep the responsibility to protect the habitat of Alaska's salmon, trout, and other fish resources within ADF&G and not transfer this authority to the Department of Natural Resources.

My Turn: DIA progressing toward a tribal council election
T he Douglas Indian Association Tribal Government will hold an election of four council members as required in the Tribe's Constitution in 2003. In November 2002, the council publicly announced the intention to hold the election on the first Monday in January as required by the tribe's constitution. A series of events postponed the elective process, but did not stop the election.

Resist funding reductions for independent living program
I have had some time to reflect on Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development Greg O'Claray's proposal to cut his department's spending by eliminating funding for Independent Living Services and other programs benefiting people with disabilities.

Winter Web links

Winter whales and other tales
About two weeks ago, Jan Straley was sailing Sitka Sound, photographing as many as 40 whales feeding in the cold waters near Southeast's outer coast. While many humpbacks have left the region for the winter, the marine mammals she saw still have time to head south to breed in warmer waters.

Out and About

Winter diet pretty slim when you're a moose
How much wood could a cow moose munch if a cow moose could munch wood? Well, moose do munch wood and they munch lots of it during the winter, as a matter of fact. Of course, that's about the only thing moose eat during winter in Alaska, unless they stumble onto the remnants of a vegetable garden or happen onto a hayfield that isn't buried in snow.

Mendenhall Wetlands geese learn to avoid area hunters
Juneau's resident population of Canada geese is settling into its winter routine on the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge. On cold windy days, the large birds hunker down in huge flocks to conserve body heat and energy. Flocks numbering into the hundreds are common at this time of year.

Alaska wildlife is free of chronic wasting disease - so far
Q: I heard some kind of "mad cow" disease that affects deer and elk has devastated herds in Canada and the Midwest. Is this in Alaska? Could it affect moose and caribou? A: Chronic wasting disease has killed elk and deer in the Lower 48 and Canada, and thousands more have been killed to curb its spread. Hunters and game managers are very concerned about the problem. There is no indication yet that this disease has occurred in Alaska, and no evidence at all that it affects moose or caribou.

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.

10 Bears heading to state
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team lost a numbers game during the Region V-Class 4A wrestling tournament Saturday at the JDHS main gym. With grades and injuries forcing several wrestlers to the sidelines, the Crimson Bears only had 12 wrestlers eligible for the region tournament. Juneau advanced 10 of the 12 into the championship finals and had four win region titles. But it wasn't enough to overcome the depth of the larger Ketchikan and Sitka squads, which had 17 and 20 wrestlers, respectively.

Kings upset Crimson Bear boys; Juneau salvages split
Calin Bjur hit a free throw with no time left on the clock to lead the Ketchikan Kings to a 63-62 upset victory over the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team on Friday. On Saturday, the Crimson Bears bounced back to beat the Kings 82-64 to earn a split of the Region V-Class 4A series at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Gym.

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

Cavaliers lose to Trail Blazers
Trail Blazers 114, Cavaliers 95

Returning to Action, Ready to Race
Two weeks after completing a grueling course of chemotherapy, veteran musher DeeDee Jonrowe says she will take on another challenge - running the 2003 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Mackey claims title in Knik 200
Lance Mackey of Kasilof won the Knik 200-Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Sled Dog Race Sunday.

Poor conditions force cancellation of Iron Dog
Add another to the growing list of wintertime events canceled due to warm weather. As a steady rain fell on icy roads Thursday night in Anchorage, the organizers of the Iron Dog snowmachine race met and voted unanimously to cancel this year's race.

Relatives dedicate Flt. 261 memorial
Families of the 88 people killed when an Alaska Airlines flight spiraled out of control and into the ocean three years ago gathered on a Southern California beach Friday to dedicate a bronze memorial to the memory of their loved ones.

Toe

Ex-Fish and Game chiefs slam habitat plan
Five former commissioners of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are urging Gov. Frank Murkowski drop his plans to take away the power over development projects from the Department's Habitat Division.

Turnagain Pass closed to snowmachines
Off-road areas in Turnagain Pass, 60 highway miles south of Anchorage, are closed to motorized use, while areas in Denali National Park and Preserve where snowmachining is normally allowed still have not had enough snow to open to motorized use.

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

Silver Bay Logging files for bankruptcy protection
Wrangell-based Silver Bay Logging has filed for bankruptcy protection, citing depressed lumber prices and increased costs of harvesting federal timber in Southeast Alaska.

This Day in History
 

Snowmachiner opens fire on reindeer at farm; three killed, three others injured
Alaska State Troopers are looking for a man on a snowmachine suspected of using a .22-caliber rifle to fire shots into a herd of reindeer at a farm near Palmer.

Governor appoints ex-lawmaker to lead Dept. of Administration
Former state Senate President Mike Miller will take over leadership of the state Department of Administration, Gov. Frank Murkowski announced Saturday.

Former lawmaker on permafund board
Former Republican Interior lawmaker Steve Frank will serve on the board of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., Gov. Frank Murkowski announced Saturday.

Southeast lawmakers unite to boost region's strength
A newly formed bipartisan caucus of Southeast lawmakers will focus on areas of mutual concern such as transportation, fishing, timber and education, said chairwoman Rep. Peggy Wilson of Wrangell. The eight state lawmakers from Southeast held their first organizational meeting Wednesday.

Man sentenced for crash that killed daughter
Efrem Erofeeff, 27, of Voznesenka, was sentenced Friday to three years in jail with all but a year suspended for negligent homicide and two years in jail with all but six months suspended for assault. He will have to serve a total of 1 1/2 years.

AlaskaDigest
Proposal introduced to shorten sessions; Measure would prevent governor from filling Senate vacancy; Conviction of Bethel teen overturned; Brady appointed to permafund board; Unalaska pet owners decry shootings; Third Mateu murder trial starts Monday.

Murkowski pays for trip on private jet
Gov. Frank Murkowski has reimbursed former Alaska banking executive Ed Rasmuson for a ride home from a Scotland hunting trip in Rasmuson's private jet last month.

Wolf control action may have to wait until next winter
The state could have to wait until next winter to reduce wolf populations, one of Gov. Frank Murkowski's campaign pledges.

Tribute to Iditarod founder
Vi Redington, widow of Joe Redington Sr., stands next to the life-size, bronze memorial statue of her late husband.

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