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Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Strand Hunt wins Nenana contract
FAIRBANKS - A Washington construction company has won a $13 billion federal contract to install pollution control equipment at Clear Air Force Station south of Nenana.

'Runway in a trailer' provides lights
Let there be light.: Nowhere is that plea more important than at remote Alaska village airstrips, especially in an emergency.

Home show celebrates its 25th year this weekend
The Home Builders Association of Juneau conducts its 25th home show this weekend, before changing its name to the Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association.

Consider other lands than Berners for swap
Last September Sen. Lisa Murkowski came to Juneau to hear what the public had to say about her Cape Fox Land Exchange bill, legislation that would trade public lands in Berners Bay for scattered parcels of mostly clearcut lands and subsurface rights near Ketchikan.

Simplified poll wording affects the results
In a recent poll taken by the Empire, the question; "Do you agree with the Alaska Board of Game's decision to allow the aerial hunting of wolves near McGrath, intended to increase the moose population?"

Need choice in airlines
I feel it is time for Juneau to get another airline carrier. While Alaska Airlines expands its service down south they seem to forget about those of us living where there is no other choice in airlines.

We own the permafund
Who owns the Alaska Permanent Fund and it's earnings? Read your Wally Hickel. We all do. Equally and without regard to race, age, economic status or political persuasion.

Do the one-time payout with Permafund
I'm writing this correspondence to the issues of the Alaska Permanent Fund. With all the politics surrounding the fund and its billions I think that state representative (who proposed a one-time payout) has the best idea for the people and the state.

Support those who will help wildlife
I apologize as an outsider for getting involved in this, but I just have to get my say. I just read Ellie Archer's letter from your Feb. 5 edition and can only vehemently agree. What is going on up there?

Fact is, we need government and need to pay for it
Mr. Bunde's letter (Feb. 4) in response to Paul Zimmerman (Feb. 2) is disingenuous. His question regarding support for "increasing royalties and severance taxes on those who extract our ... resources" is designed to deflect attention from the real problem that faces Alaskans.

Students deserve benefits of smaller schools
Once again folks are debating whether or not to go ahead and build the second high school. For many of us the debate's over, the decision is made and there are lots of good reasons to proceed. To name a few: it's close to the dense population in the Valley, it will provide community facilities for a host of activities, there will be a genuine campus, it's close to the university and it is needed now.

Repair costs will make road much costlier
Alaska Department of Transportation's construction cost estimates for the Skagway road are unrealistic. A former Alaska DOT planner has stated that a Skagway road cannot be built for $265 million.

Fishing industry is a contributor
I advocate equitable corporate taxes, fair-value royalty payments and progressive personal income taxes to responsibly generate revenues to close our budget gap.

Photo: Sun on Sandy Beach
Walkers on Sandy Beach enjoy the sun Monday on Presidents Day.

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.

City aims to save money by consolidating operations
The Public Works Department has city approval to move ahead with a $15 million plan to consolidate facilities spread throughout Juneau in an effort to save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Sparkling waters
The fishing vessel Phoenix motors into the sun-speckled waters of Tee Harbor on Monday, which was Presidents Day.

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

Wolf on watch
A black wolf watches passing hikers and dogs Tuesday on the shore of Mendenhall Lake.

President of pilot association speaks in Juneau
Visitors flying into Alaska face challenges they might not find in the rest of the country, the president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association said Tuesday.

Corrections
Due to an editor's error, a Web site address was listed incorrectly in a Neighbors press release published Friday.

Couple pleads not guilty to charges in cabbie slashing case
The attorney for the woman charged in the Jan. 7 robbery and slashing attack on cab driver Eric Drake said he is not sure his client is fit to stand trial.

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

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

Juneau honors Peratrovich, celebrates Native traditions
Elizabeth Peratrovich silenced the floor of the Alaska Territorial Senate in 1945 when she shamed legislators into passing an anti-discrimination act.

Neighbors Digest
staff reports

Coleman and Lesh to marry
Catherine Coleman of Mission Hills, Kan., and Joseph Lesh of Gustavus, will be married at 5 p.m., April 24, 2004, at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kan. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the Webster House.

Big Sisters and Little Sisters hang out
Big Sisters Elizabeth Medgyesy and Becky Chambers pose with a group of Little Sisters after a quick yoga practice at the Zach Gordon Youth Center.

Thank you
... for attending our concert

Pets of the Week
Sallie Joe and Norman

Local middle school students compete in regional math contest
A team of middle school "mathletes" from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School won the Southeast Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition on Feb. 7.

William Allen Ruhle
Former Juneau resident William Allen "Bill" Ruhle, 74, died Jan. 27, 2004, in Palm Springs, Calif.

Edward Frank Hubbard
Lifelong Alaskan and Hoonah resident Edward Frank Hubbard, Kaal'aani, Chief Aanyalahaash of Taku Tribe, 73, died Feb. 11, 2004, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Mary Elizabeth Cesar
Juneau resident and lifelong Alaskan Mary Elizabeth Cesar, 86, died at Bartlett Regional Hospital on Jan. 12, 2004.

My Turn: Juneau already offers enough options for non-smokers
In your Sunday editorial (Feb. 8) you state that the time has come for the smoking ban to care for the worker.

Time for legislators to act on conference
Congratulations are in order to those who participated in last week's Conference of Alaskans. In three days, the 55 delegates of all political persuasions from all regions of the state were able to reach consensus on some of the thorniest questions facing the state.

My Turn: Valley high school is not needed and costs too much
The fix has been in on the proposed new Valley school for years. Perhaps that is why recent efforts to revisit the justification for building an expensive and unnecessary new facility have been meet with a mixture of fear, loathing and hysteria within the educational establishment.v

Alaska editorials: Lawmakers should put more money into schools
Nothing better illustrates the urgent need to fix state finances than the funding crises now afflicting school districts throughout Alaska. State funding has long failed to keep pace with inflation, and the bills are finally coming due.

Iron Dogs
Racers make last-minute adjustments as they await their turn at the starting line Monday morning for the 2000-mile Tesoro Iron Dog snowmachine race from Fairbanks to Nome and then on to Big Lake.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS • Gastineau Channel Little League baseball open gyms - GCLL baseball open gyms for kids ages 8-12 will be held at Auke Bay School from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sundays beginning Feb. 21.

Red Wings win on disputed goal
DETROIT - A lack of action in the second period left Manny Legace with a case of the chills.

Local Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of Feb. 15. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to th

ASBN State Prep Basketball Poll
Local scores

Driving upriver
EAGLE - Zack Steer of Sheep Mountain was holding on to his lead Tuesday in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Sitka's Hoosier
When Roderick Wilmont was a freshman playing basketball for Sitka High School, only true hoops aficionados in Southeast Alaska ever saw him play - and they had to get to the gym early to watch the junior varsity or C team game.

Kayhi boys slam Sitka, even series
The Ketchikan High School boys basketball team has been missing a couple of key cogs since early this season.

ASU's record scoring streak ends
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Arizona State's NCAA-record baseball scoring streak ended at 506 games with a 6-0 loss to Oklahoma on Sunday.

Sitka girls split with Ketchikan
Tawny Hoyt only scored four points on Saturday night, but she scored them at the best time for the Sitka High School girls basketball team.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Thursday, Feb. 19 • 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 Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Steer maintains Yukon Quest lead
CIRCLE CITY - Zack Steer of Sheep Mountain kept his lead Monday in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, leaving several competitors behind in the Circle City checkpoint.

Bill would impose tax on gas reserves
The state is reviewing applications to build a natural gas pipeline, but a legislator is worried there might not be an adequate supply of gas.

House GOP split on dividend protection
Republicans in the House of Representatives said Monday that the party is split over the question of enshrining Alaska Permanent Fund dividends in the state constitution.

Bill to inject $180 million into rural roads
The Denali Commission would get $30 million a year for six years to build roads connecting Alaska villages under an amendment approved by the U.S. Senate, Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, announced Monday.

House panel calls for boost in school funding
A legislative committee says the state needs to put about $78 million more into Alaska schools to keep them from having to lay off teachers and cut services next year.

Alaska Digest
Wire reports

Owner of lodge in national park challenges officials over pallets
ANCHORAGE - Lodge owner Doug Frederick wants the National Park Service to make an example out of him.

Stevens: Keep the GOP team in D.C.
Sen. Ted Stevens went to bat for a fellow Republican on Monday, spending much of his annual address to the Alaska Legislature recounting Sen. Lisa Murkowski's achievements.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1968, ARCO and Humble Oil hit oil at Prudhoe Bay.

Alaska's hardcore homeless cope with winter outdoors
ANCHORAGE - Ron Feldhouse draws the line at 45 degrees below zero. Then it's time to sleep indoors.

Governor backs using fund revenue to fill deficit
Gov. Frank Murkowski won't call a special session of the Legislature or introduce any bills based on the conference he assembled last week to discuss the Alaska Permanent Fund and the state's budget gap, he said Tuesday.

Seizures of drugs, alcohol increase after Sept. 11
FAIRBANKS - Police at Fairbanks International Airport are reporting an increase in illegal drugs and alcohol seized from travelers' baggage.

Citizens push for recall
Left to right, John Vinduska, Ed Towpkias and Bill Marks of the Ogan Recall Committee watch Carol Thompson, right, collect the petitions to recall state Sen. Scott Ogan, R-Palmer, at the Office of Elections on Tuesday in Anchorage.

Abortion votes put Sen. Murkowski in hot seat
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Lisa Murkowski's vacillating record on abortion rights is raising questions among critics on both sides of the issue.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the story in Tuesday's Juneau Empire incorrectly identified the University of Alaska campus attended by speakers at the Elizabeth Peratrovich dinner.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

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