Saturday, February 8, 2003

Salmon summit
The public is invited to attend the "Salmon for Success Summit" Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 10-12, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in downtown Juneau. The summit is hosted by the Tlingit Haida Central Council, the Southeast Intertribal Fish and Wildlife Commission, and the Southeast Conference.

Imprudent policies
Transferring the permitting process currently implemented by the Habitat Division of the Department of Fish and Game to the Department of Natural Resources, mines and roads in Berners Bay, a road to Skagway, a road up the Taku River, predator control from helicopters and planes, exchanging stumped forest for old growth (Cape Fox Land Exchange), and opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration and drilling.

Restore state credibility
All of us who care about, and jointly own, Alaska's fish and wildlife, are poorly served by the Murkowski administration's decision to weaken habitat protection. Whether we appreciate seeing wildlife, harvesting it for food, or making a living as commercial fishermen, hunting-fishing guides, and wilderness and wildlife tour operators, or as suppliers of goods and services to all of the above, all Alaskans have a huge stake in maintaining fish and wildlife habitat.

Police may have a lead in rash of downtown thefts
A former girlfriend may have provided information police need to catch a suspect in thefts from vehicles parked near Merchants Wharf this winter. Police said they received a call recently from a woman who said she had been dating the man responsible for the thefts but recently broke up with him. Police did not release the name of any suspect.

King of the coffee makers
At 6 a.m. any weekday, Aldwyn McCuistion will be wide awake, grinding coffee beans and spinning a dial that makes the milk-foaming wand on his espresso machine scream. "I can tell by the sound within about 5 degrees whether the milk is the right temperature," McCuistion said on a recent morning as he "pulled a shot" of espresso. He was wearing his customary plaid golf cap adorned with a red "panic" button, and bobbing to a Weird Al Yankovic song. "You want it at about 150 degrees for latte, 170 degrees for mocha."

This Day in History
In 1911, the steamer Victoria went on the rocks at Hinchinbrook Island, but was later salvaged.

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

Photos: Songs for celebrating cows
Guitarist Brent Holmes leads Amy Martin's third- grade students, wearing cow crowns, in singing his "cow tunes," which all had a cow theme, Wednesday at Glacier Valley Elementary School. Holmes is an ex-biologist who makes a living recording songs for kids.

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

Fog delays start of state wrestling meet
After a 12-year drought, Southeast Alaska finally earned the right to host a state high school tournament. But Mother Nature is threatening to spoil the party. Fog on Thursday kept most of the teams from reaching Ketchikan for the start of the Class 4A state wrestling tournament, throwing the weekend's schedule into disarray.

FYI
Births

The art of waiting - 1963
This photograph was taken in 1963 by William L. Morriseau at the Juneau Municipal Airport's main waiting room. In the background is the Rie Muñoz mural, "Chilkat Dancers."

Thank you
Gastineau Channel Little League would like to thank all of you who helped make the sixth annual Spaghetti Dinner and Dessert Auction a success.

Neighbors Briefs
Kid safety event Saturday; Bowl for Kids' Sake set

Processing fish is a tough business
What a marvelous business is fishing and fish processing. Mike Erickson is the president of Alaska Glacier Seafoods. The plant is located in a 6,000-square-foot space behind Western Auto in Lemon Creek. In addition to the processing area, the plant contains blast freezers that can freeze 15,000 to 18,000 pounds per day.

Douglass, Griffin to wed
Donna Jane Douglass and Danél Felton Griffin of Juneau, will be married in a ceremony planned for 2 p.m., May 18, 2003, at Emmanuel Baptist Church. A reception will follow at the church. Friends and relatives are invited to attend the wedding and reception.

Photo: Rock stars for a day
Juneau-Douglas High School students Charlotte Bennett, left to right, Jenny Krauss, Tara Bay and Kimberly Allred dress as the rock band KISS on Thursday. Students came to school dressed as rock stars as part of homecoming activities.

Air Force promotion
The U.S. Air Force Reserves is proud to announce the promotion of Juneau resident Sue Horner to Lt Colonel. She completed Air Command and Staff College and was also honored with the Meritorious Service Medal. This recognition is one of the highest awards that the Air Force can bestow.

Academic honors
Dylan M. Hickey of Juneau is listed on the 2002 fall semester dean's list at the University of Dayton, in Dayton, Ohio.

Letter: Try 'Working'
I would like to encourage the people of Juneau to see the latest show at Perseverance Theatre, "Working." It is a musical adaptation of the book of the same name by writer, Studs Terkel.

Edward 'Larry' Kilgore
Longtime Juneau resident Edward "Larry" Kilgore died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 at his home surrounded by family and friends.

My Turn: Biologists, Alaska salmon deserve better
Gov. Murkowski's decision to eliminate the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's (ADF&G) Habitat and Restoration Division (Habitat) seems as inexorable as it is ill advised. The governor is not a pragmatic guy. The governor's recent attack on Habitat during his State of the State address and his Feb. 3 press conference reflects misdirected vindictiveness.

My Turn: Opinions should be supported by facts
Five former commissioners of ADF&G (Rue, Rosier, Collinsworth, Skoog and Brooks) lined up against the bold Murkowski proposal to move part of the Habitat Division from ADF&G to DNR, collectively stating in a recent Juneau Empire letter to the editor: "We fear that sacrificing competent vigilance by ADF&G over critical fish habitat will lead to an unnecessary and tragic loss for all Alaskans."

Yukon Quest Red Lantern Winners
Past Red Lantern Award winners of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a 1,000-mile plus event that goes from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, in even years and from Whitehorse to Fairbanks in odd years. The Red Lantern is given to the last finisher in each year's race.

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

Yukon Quest Past Winners
Past winners of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a 1,000-mile plus event that goes from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, in even years and from Whitehorse to Fairbanks in odd years. Mushers are listed with their winning year and time in days, hours and minutes.

Boozer ready to play Rookie Challenge game
Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball player Carlos Boozer Jr. was angry when he slipped into the second round of the 2002 NBA Draft. Boozer, who attended Duke University and was a third-team all-American last year, had been listed on most of the pre-draft draft boards as a mid- to late-first-round selection. Then, on draft day, Boozer watched as he slipped into the second round before the Cleveland Cavaliers finally selected him with the 35th pick overall and the sixth of the second round.

Dog-mushing FBI agent prepares to hit trail in Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS - Two Rivers musher Bruce Milne has been living a double life - FBI special agent by day, dog musher by night. For the next two weeks, he'll be able to concentrate on only one of those roles while running his third 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race between Whitehorse, Yukon, and Fairbanks.

Success rate: 76% for kids getting off probation
Most Alaska kids who break the law appear to stay out of trouble after they get off probation, preliminary statistics show. But the picture is bleaker for those whose crimes were serious enough to land them in the state's long-term, lockup facilities. Patty Ware, acting director for the state Division of Juvenile Justice, told a legislative committee this week that the state appears to have about a 76 percent success rate after two years with kids leaving its probation system.

AG: Submerged lands critical to sovereignty
The dispute between the state and the federal government over submerged lands in Southeast marine waters is key to Alaska's sovereignty, the state is arguing in a case that will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes gave the opening arguments in the case Monday in Washington, D.C., before a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court

Turning fund into AK muscle
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Frank Murkowski said the $23 billion Alaska Permanent Fund could be used to flex the state's political as well as its financial muscle. Alaska could seek help from companies in the Lower 48 that are part of the permanent fund investment portfolio to lobby members of Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Murkowski said at a press conference this week.

State Briefs
Eaglecrest reopens bunny hill; Island Princess arrival delayed; Man jailed in illegal hunting case;

Defense begins opening arguments in salmon price-fixing lawsuit
ANCHORAGE, - Marubeni Corp., a major defendant in the $1 billion Bristol Bay salmon price-fixing lawsuit, has reached a $25 million settlement in the case, the company announced Thursday. The announcement from Toyko came as opening arguments continued for the other defendants in the case in Superior Court in Anchorage. Marubeni's attorneys, who left the courtroom, had been expected to address jurors Friday.

Palmer teen shot accidentally
PALMER - A 16-year-old Palmer boy died Wednesday evening after he was shot by a friend who has handling a large-caliber handgun, apparently in an accident, police said.

High school principal says priest abused him
ANCHORAGE - A high school principal stepped forward Thursday to say he also was a victim of abuse by a former Anchorage priest.

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