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Tuesday, March 9, 2004

Mills don't want Couverden timber
Having read the letter to the editor on Sunday, Feb. 29 by Owen Graham, Alaska Forest Association spokesperson, I immediately thought of the old adage - repeat the lie often enough and it becomes the truth. Mr. Graham states that "timber sales make money unless you charge the timber program with the excess cost of endless NEPA studies, appeals and lawsuits."

Eaglecrest is a bargain to taxpayers
Mary Grove obviously has no idea how very, very important Eaglecrest Ski Area is to many people in Juneau. Let's not focus on how much of a profit Eaglecrest is able to provide the city and be more concerned with what kind of service it provides the taxpayers.

Legislative workers help downtown
I am a legislative aide from Anchorage. The city and borough of Juneau allocates on-street parking passes to legislative offices. My friend and I used one of these passes and parked his car a few blocks from the Capitol. As we got out of the car a Juneau resident approached us. She reprimanded us for parking in the business area of town - even though we had a pass to do so.

Bullying the disabled is another school issue
Karen Quick's letter of March 3 was of interest to me. She rightly expressed how bullying and taunting of students with disabilities is every bit as ugly, hurtful and repugnant as racist incidents of recent notoriety.

Offer healthier foods at school
I was just reading Mary Noble's article on how we Juneau-Douglas High School students don't get the right amount of healthy foods at the high school. Corn dogs, pizza and burritos all for under $2 when a little salad costs more. It's ridiculous to see fattening foods being stuffed into high school students.

Address racism in school and in the home
I really appreciate Mr. Paddock's informational comment he made regarding racism. This has been an ongoing issue in our schools and I believe that it starts at home because that's where values are learned from.

Keep up your howling and tourism boycott
Every now and then very wise decisions at a high level have unintended consequences. Personally, I'm not sure if it was intentional or not, but the recent lift of the aerial predator control ban has had this good fortune. It seems that there is now a boycott of Alaska tourism and Alaska-made products by the knee-jerk animal-rights crowd.

Dogs aren't the problem on trails
I find this whole issue of whining over doggie droppings ridiculous. When my dog and I go walking I take two plastic bags and a pair of rubber gloves. This isn't just for her deposits. The walkers and lazy folks who use the trails are the real derelicts.

Art by Juneau students ranges from cut glass to textiles
It isn't easy to solder together a glass box, or cut certain shapes out of glass, but two Juneau students learned that the hard way can pay off.

Photo: End of the road
Channel Construction's Bill Tonsgard Jr. walks away from a heap of junked cars as John Knull rolls an old tire away during a city-sponsored junk car roundup Saturday. Residents were able to dispose of junked cars on Friday and Saturday for a $75 fee.

City eyes sonar for underwater searches
City leaders told Gene Ralston Monday night he bought himself "a first-class ticket to heaven" and that they are impressed with the equipment he used to recover a body.

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

Christ movie draws crowds
Ten minutes after the conclusion of Thursday night's showing of "The Passion of the Christ" at Glacier Cinemas, homeschooling mother Janice Salsman was still sobbing. Her daughter, Rebecca, was unable to speak. And her son, Jesse, was praising the film as "the most amazing thing I have seen."

Governor moves ferry offices out of Juneau
Transportation Commissioner Mike Barton announced Monday that Gov. Frank Murkowski has approved moving the Alaska Marine Highway System and about 40 Juneau jobs to Ketchikan. The ferry system's administrative offices will move to the largely vacant Ketchikan Pulp Co. administration building near Ward Cove, a four-mile drive from the ferry system's maintenance yard.

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

Juneau officials blast relocation of ferry system
Juneau lawmakers and city officials sent Gov. Frank Murkowski and the state Department of Transportation a swift rebuke Monday, following the announcement that state ferry system administrative offices will move to Ketchikan.

Photo: Waiting out the squall
Gulls line up on the cruise ship dock next to the fishermen's memorial downtown, tucking their beaks into their feathers to stay cozy during a rain squall Monday.

Channel skull find rekindles discussion of local legend
Regardless of whether anyone really saw a giant squid pull George Tonsgard beneath the Gastineau Channel waves nearly a half century ago, some people now see him in pieces of skull found this winter on the muddy seabed.

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

Photo: Kingly catch
Oly Nelson shows off a large brown king crab in the hold of his boat, the Christian. Nelson and his crew brought in about 700 crab they delivered to Taku Fisheries on Monday.

Juneau Color: Juneau pastor goes 'from grace to law to grace'
As he makes the rounds at the Lenten luncheon Thursdays at McPhetres Hall during the Christian season of Lent, Tom Dahl fits the role of a spiritual leader to a tee.

Morris purchases Capital City Weekly
Morris Communications, the parent company of the Juneau Empire, has purchased Capital City Weekly and a monthly boating publication from Renda and David Heimbigner of Juneau. The sale, effective March 3, marked the end of a 24-year run for Renda Heimbigner, who also served as publisher of the weekly.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Juneau's new baby pythons may be herpetological first
It's too cold outside for snakes to live in Alaska, but the weather is fine in Richard Culver's attic. He's been there off and on for 53 days, fussing over 19 green tree python eggs and hoping to become the first to successfully breed them in the state. On Saturday the wait ended, as the young pythons hatched.

City leaders agree to solicit bids on second high school
The Juneau Assembly decided to solicit bids for a second high school Monday after much discussion about whether that would compromise the democratic process of a ballot initiative opposing construction.

Assembly OKs transfer of power from harbor bd.
The Juneau Assembly passed an ordinance Monday night giving the city's Personnel Department a say in the Docks and Harbors Department's hiring and firing in response to ongoing labor complaints.

PBS cartoon aardvark comes to Riverbend
Arthur the Aardvark, a popular figure in children's literature since 1977 and the star of his own PBS program, will appear at KTOO's Ready to Learn workshop, at 7 tonight at Riverbend School.

Beverly Christensen
Beverly Ruth Christensen died Mar. 5, 2004. She was born June 29, 1932. Wife of Albert L. Christensen, she was mother to Don Fowler of Pendleton, Ore., Steve Allen and Ray Allen of Portland, and Carl Christensen and Russell Christensen of Juneau.

My Turn: Marine highway move sensible
I concur that the discussion paper prepared by Pacific Marine Technical Services on moving the headquarters of the Alaska Marine Highway System could have been made public in a more timely manner. I regret that because of logistical reasons it was held up for two weeks and, as a consequence, fueled unnecessary suspicion that there was something to hide. There isn't.

Alaska editorials
Editorials from Alaska newspapers.

My Turn: Timber industry hasn't been honest about decline
At last, the courts have seen through the lies and deception of the Alaska Pulp Corporation (APC), ignored the crocodile tears of mill executives, and exposed the operation for what it was. After APC's Sitka mill shut down in 1993, the Japanese-owned company blamed conservation measures and sued the U.S. government for $8.7 billion, the value of the trees it never logged.

My Turn: Let's bring back public hearings
Public hearings, and your right to tell the government what you think, are becoming things of the past in Juneau. So is your right to hear what other citizens think.

Juneau Gun Club Trap Shooting League
Results from Week Seven of the Juneau Gun Club's trap shooting league.

Race to Nome begins
Rookies and veterans alike got serious Sunday with the restart in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, where some mushers chase the prize money and others the dream of finishing the longest sled dog race in the world.

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.

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.

Swimming with pool sharks
Pool got a bad rap in the musical "The Music Man." There was no trouble with pool this weekend in the Juneau Billiards Association's Red Hook Ale-Capital City Classic pool tournament at the Viking Lounge, as the top players from Southeast Alaska, and even a couple of Lower 48 sharks, met in the top local tourney.

Familiar faces at front of Iditarod
More than 200 hundred miles into the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Bill Cotter gave his team a long rest Monday while he mulled over the nasty bump on his forehead.

Golfers gather in Arizona for Alaskan Open 2004 tourney
More than 100 golfers participated in the Juneau Golf Club's Alaskan Open 2004 last week at the Francisco Grande Resort in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Cavs beat Hawks, move to eighth place in Eastern Conference
LeBron James slumped in a chair in front of his locker, wearing only a pair of boxer shorts and a run-down expression. James had 34 points - his 10th game this season with more than 30 - and made three free throws in the final minute to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Hawks 108-102 Monday night.

Photo: Kicking on the court
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School basketball team form a chorus line on the court prior to the start of Saturday's Senior Night game against Ketchikan.

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state.

Biologists study mystery of Bering Sea jellyfish's ups and downs
They're brainless predators that can grow to the size of basketballs, pulsing on the currents of the eastern Bering Sea. At the height of spring growth, they can become a net-clogging nightmare for fishermen, an armada of translucent globes with 19-foot tentacles and an appetite for fish eggs, plankton and tiny pollock.

Korean market opens to pinks
Alaska pink salmon is set to become a staple in South Korean military rations and school lunches, as an Anchorage businessman prepares to introduce the country to the fish. Kenneth Zong, president of Alaska Marine Seafood Inc., has signed a five-year contract with the Lotte Group, South Korea's fourth-largest conglomerate.

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