Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Clean up after your dog
I often walk my dog along Basin Road. It's a dramatic place: Spectacular cliffs interlaced with tumbling cascades, a beautiful clear river and all the hallmarks of a Southeast Alaska rain forest.

How much more are you willing to pay?
I read with interest the letter to the editor by Mr. Paul Zimmerman of Kasilof. Mr. Zimmerman advocates against use of Permanent Fund earnings and against a statewide sales tax to support state services.

All this spending, but no second school?
Oh, this is really disgusting. I cannot believe people are so up in arms over our much-needed new high school. Where was all this flak over the new skating rink? The city can spend millions of dollars on recreation it seems, but when it comes to education it's "oh, no, we can't afford that!"

Story has good ending, but there's a moral
Your story about the return of Tsuga to the Mertls (Jan. 29) was touching, but missed a key point: Why were their dogs being allowed to run at-large in the first place? Loose dogs, especially in tandem, pose a significant threat to wildlife. The dog was found high on Sheep Mountain. We can assume it hadn't ranged that far just to find a spot to relieve itself. Tsuga was reportedly trapped between some rocks. Just what critter had Tsuga cornered when he became caught?

Student growth is not imminent
Frank Rue's letter to the editor perpetuates the misconception that population growth at Juneau-Douglas High School is imminent. Left unsaid is how we can afford to run a new school without the revenues generated by additional students.

Fewer schools was a mistake elsewhere
Having spent a large part of my life in the "Upper One," I understand that most Alaskans "do not care how they do it in the Lower 48, especially California." If that still rings true, then you should not repeat California's past mistakes.

Expect hunters when living near wetlands
In response to Friday's (Jan. 30) front page article "Wetlands neighbors call for nonhunting buffer," I would like to say that hunters have been on the Mendenhall wetlands long before Mr. Wright or any of us built homes near the wetlands.

A less than rosy view of the United States
Eight years ago my wife Nadia and I moved from Juneau, my hometown of 30 years, to Perth, Western Australia, where she was raised. We have made a happy and successful life Down Under, and are now a family with the arrival of our lovely daughter, Aurora. Throughout we have been welcomed and helped along by many Australian friends and neighbors.

Second school not in Juneau's interests
I'm against the building of the new high school. Before you start to think I'm a public-education-hating right-winger, hear me out: The proposed new high school will add huge property tax, sales tax and fund-raising burdens to our community.

Local dog owners launch effort to clean up trails
Some dog owners concerned about their pets being banned from trails in Juneau are starting a movement to adopt and clean those areas.

Winter run
Paula Smedley runs Monday on Thane Road with her dog, Scout.

2004 prediction: Cruise passengers up by 9%
The cruise ship industry in Juneau will continue to grow this year, with an increase of about 9 percent in expected visitors, said Lorene Palmer, president of the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Around Town
Today Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

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

Juneau rush hour
Headlights running along the Egan Drive retaining wall on Tuesday afternoon signal Juneau workers escaping downtown for home.

New dock in the works
Work started Monday on the Jacobsen Dock, a 380-by-60-foot floating dock at the rock dump.

New local businesses with a buzz
Coffee lovers looking for a different place to get a caffeine buzz in Juneau can now choose from something new, something old and something organic.

Correction & clarification
Due to a reporter's error, the article in Sunday's Empire on small fires at Juneau-Douglas High School misstated the date of the latest fire. It was Jan. 28, not Dec. 28.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1939, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ickles demanded imposition of an 8 percent tax on Alaska gold production.

Deadly landslide, 1936
Workers frantically search for survivors after a major landside occurred Nov. 22, 1936, on Franklin Street, killing 15 people.

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

Around Town
Today Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's. Details: Jim, 789-3074.

Bagoyo and Woeber marry
Bagoyo and Woeber marry Marjorie Bagoyo and John David Woeber were married July 3, 2003, by Pastor Paul Beren at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Juneau.

Victory hug
Dominic Bradford, facing camera, the winner of the 15K event in last Saturday's cross-country ski race at Eaglecrest, hugs his wife, Tiffani Fraser, who placed third in the 10K event.

Pets of the Week
Compact model is frisky, not ageist, Tiger's kin may go back to the Mayflower

A workshop is planned for taking care of family
"There are many family members who take care of their parent or grandparent," explains Andrea Ebona-Michel, elderly services coordinator for Central Council of Tlingit Haida.

Neighbors Digest
Children's dental-health fair The SEARCH 14th annual Children's Dental Health Fair will be held Feb. 11. Each year this event gives children ages five and under an opportunity to tour the Dental Clinic.

That road out: What it is, and isn't
What would a road connecting Juneau to the rest of the road system mean to you? I posed the question recently to a sampling of Juneau residents, all of whom were simply citizens. Each answered personally the question of how he or she felt about a road connecting this community directly to the roadways of the continent.

Warren Glenn Price
Kake resident Warren Glenn "Cookie" Price, 53, died unexpectedly Jan. 13, 2004, in Kake.

Raymond Thiemeyer
Juneau resident Raymond Clarence Thiemeyer, 64, died of cancer Jan. 28, 2004, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Yulanda Rae Anderson
Juneau resident Yulanda Rae Anderson, 36, died Jan. 29, 2004, in Juneau.

Valley school may be the most viable option for the long term
Between now and about mid-March there is sure to be real discomfort, if not gnashing of teeth, over the Juneau School District's proposal for a second high school in Dimond Park in the Mendenhall Valley.

My Turn: Jobs highest Murkowski priority
A television producer recently asked me a question. The answer seemed obvious until I gave it some thought: "What is it about having a job that is important to people?"

ASBN State Prep Basketball Poll
ASBN State Prep Basketball Poll

Skiing down a slippery slope
Juneau Ski Club member Kristen Brandner passes a gate during Friday's Super-G race during the Alaska Marine Lines Series Junior Olympic qualifying races at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS • Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska boys volleyball team - The Team Alaska boys volleyball team, which features seven Juneau residents and is coached by Juneau's Phil McMurray, will be playing some of the top Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation men's volleyball league teams from 2-4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-8, at the Gastineau Elementary School gymnasium.

Boozer posts 20th double-double of season
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - A Cleveland Cavaliers player put together an impressive performance on the day he was not chosen to play in the All-Star game.

Bartel, Casey win final AML races
Melinda Bartel and Rory Casey, both of Girdwood's Alyeska Ski Club, claimed victory in Sunday's slalom race at Eaglecrest Ski Area in North Douglas.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Thursday, Feb. 5 • Middle school wrestling - Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School vs. Floyd Dryden Middle School, varsity 3:30-5:30 p.m., JV 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Thomas 46th in cyclocross world championships
Former Juneau cyclist Tucker Thomas finished 46th in the junior men's race Saturday at the Cyclocross World Championships in Pont-Chateau, France.

Tompkins sixth in worlds Super-G
Joe Tompkins of Juneau took sixth place and was the top American in his division during Sunday's Super-G race at the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Ski Championships in Wildschnau, Austria.

Democrats fail at adding benefits to senior drug bill
House Democrats tried unsuccessfully Monday to increase the benefits that would be provided under Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposed senior citizen prescription drug bill.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1939, the "saloon bill," permitting beer, wine, and hard liquor to be sold by the drink, passed the Alaska Senate by a 5-3 vote.

Funding up for salmon project, down for other natural resources
WASHINGTON - President Bush is calling for increased spending for wildfire prevention and salmon restoration, but would cut other spending for natural resources and environmental programs.

Murkowski to address joint session on gas pipeline progress
Gov. Frank Murkowski will appear before a joint session of the Legislature on Wednesday to talk about the state's plans to reach a deal on a natural gas pipeline.

Could Alaska trade forest restoration for money?
Restoration of forests, wetlands and other habitat that offset carbon dioxide emissions by cars and factories could raise million of dollars for Alaska, according to Rep. Ethan Berkowitz, an Anchorage Democrat.

District prepares to answer questions about new school
Citizens' questions about a second high school range from how the school district can afford to run it to whether there are less expensive alternatives to building a new school.

Tax concerns could hold up bill on seafood marketing
Bering Sea fishermen are concerned a bill that would subject them to a marketing tax constitutes taxation without representation.

Teachers: Drop No Child Left Behind
ANCHORAGE - Alaska teachers want the state to ignore the demands of the federal No Child Left Behind law and consequently give up millions of dollars in funding.

Alaska Digest
Man charged with assault of child: JUNEAU - A 25-year-old Juneau man appeared before a Superior Court judge Tuesday on a charge alleging he assaulted a 23-month-old boy last summer.

Boycott stings tour outfits
ANCHORAGE - Some people in Alaska's tourism industry are beginning to feel the hurt from a tourism boycott launched by an animal rights group upset over the state's lethal wolf control program.

House to take up bill that creates tougher requirements for initiatives
House lawmakers are considering perennial legislation to make it more difficult for voter initiatives to get on the ballot in Alaska.

Ice Bowling
Micah Gilliam, 4, participates in a bowling event at the 28th Peninsula Winter Games over the weekend in Soldotna.

Northwest Digest
NOAA receives site prep bids for new center: JUNEAU - NOAA Fisheries has received bids for the new fisheries research center to be built on Lena Point.

Law would set up separate legal system for Native villages
ANCHORAGE - A federal law establishing a commission to draw up a new legal and governmental system for rural Alaska could have a far-reaching impact on the flow of funds to those villages.

Governor urges quick resolution on taxes
Gov. Frank Murkowski is pressing GOP legislative leaders to either pass $100 million in taxes this year or come up with their own plan to close a gaping budget hole.

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