Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Notes differences between ferry, planes
My husband returns from Arizona and encounters mechanical problems and does not arrive in Sitka on schedule. He is given peanuts to snack on and a voucher to spend the night in Juneau at an exclusive hotel.

Write, rally Saturday for peace
I think it is interesting to note that since Feb. 5 there have been 44 letters to the editor and/or opinion pieces published in the Juneau Empire that have pertained to a possible war on Iraq.

Student concerned about Alyeska school
I am a concerned fifth-grader. I have been doing home schooling for three years. This is my first year with Alyeska Central School. I was very upset to find out that they might close it down. I love this school.

Still tuned in
Stuart Thompson's My Turn article in Tuesday's Empire, "The Silent Majority's secret," was certainly thought-provoking and contained much truth. However, it may have defeated its own purpose by presenting a half truth as a whole truth. Taken at face value it basically claims the majority of Americans are in the process of throwing away our sacredly won freedoms from apathy and disuse.

Don't limit opportunity for choices in education
I am appalled by Gov. Murkowski's proposal to shutdown Alyeska Central (correspondence) School. I am a student at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School and I take a geometry course using Alyeska's program because it is not offered at DZ.

Liberal report card
In response to the letter, "This is conservatism?," (Empire, March 9) I have prepared my own liberal report card.

Façade of pseudo-superiority
Perhaps Mr. Lyon was right (Empire, March 11) and I may have been a tad too tough (Empire, March 4) with the emotional and touching plea Ms. E. Ferry wrote (Empire, March 3) concerning trees. And maybe I should apologize for not acknowledging that, as Mr. Lyons put it, that Earth is our mother.

Will financial downturn affect state flags too?
Gov. Murkowski's state fudge-it of the budget address left out a couple smaller items. Due to the financial shortfall, Alaska state flags will now be made out of blue plastic tarps, with yellow stickum stars.

Fund match OK'd for Herbert River land
City funding will help put 148 acres of rich coastal wetlands and wildlife habitat near the Herbert River into public hands. The Juneau Assembly on Monday unanimously agreed to provide the entire $254,000 local match required to buy the property from Channel Construction and William "Shorty" Tonsgard. The Southeast Alaska Land Trust and other local groups obtained a $553,000 federal grant for the purchase last year.

Bandage preparation in 1918
This photograph was taken of the Douglas Treadwell Red Cross preparing bandages on March 29, 1918. After the United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, by declaring war against Germany, the Red Cross saw one of its largest periods of growth in the organization's history.

Southeast signing on to Naltrexone research program
A Southeast study started to help alcoholics in Alaska Native communities curb their appetite for booze is attracting interest, according to researchers. One of the study's lead investigators, Dr. Robert Robin with the Yale University School of Medicine, said today that about 80 Alaska Natives throughout Southeast have applied to be part of a research study that couples the drugs Naltrexone, used to decrease alcohol cravings, and Zoloft, an anti-depressant, to combat alcohol abuse. The study is being conducted by Yale and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, a Native health-care provider.

Photos: Stuck in the mud
Mike Curry works to get a chain on his vehicle Monday afternoon before the tide comes in. Curry's daughter, Amanda, 18, left, drove the vehicle under the Douglas Bridge while birdwatching and got stuck in the mud.

This Day in History
In 1969, The State Highway Department completed construction of the winter road to North Slope Oil fields.

Correction
A Tuesday Empire article on the radio program "National Native News" listed the incorrect time for its broadcast on Juneau's KTOO-FM.

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

This Day in History
In 1969, An atomic scientist suggested that the government explore the idea of using nuclear blasts to create an artificial island in the Arctic Ocean as an aid to tap vast oil deposits east of Point Barrow.

Photo: Putting cold weather to good use
Charles Ramos, center, tries to defend against Paul Dzwonowski, left, and Marc Scholten during a lunchtime round of hockey at the northern end of Twin Lakes on Monday. Open water still exists on the lakes and city officials discourage skating.

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

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

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

Shooting survivor drops injury lawsuit
A Juneau woman who accused her estranged husband of shooting her more than a year ago in a mall parking lot is dropping a personal injury lawsuit against him as part of their divorce settlement, according to court documents. Ron and Tuyet Hagerup laid out conditions of a divorce settlement Monday in Juneau Superior Court. In addition to dividing the couple's assets and establishing joint custody of their two young children, the settlement calls for Tuyet Hagerup's personal injury lawsuit against Ron Hagerup to be dismissed.

Pets of the week
Kelo is one of two female ferrets at the shelter who is very playful as well as friendly with people. Among the many companion pets at the shelter is Chelsea, a delightful one-year-old black spayed female dwarf bunny.

Hall Talk: Do you look at your kids before school?
Teenagers wearing baggy pants that show undergarments, spandex-tight clothing, and shirts so short they reveal more than just the bellybutton. Where are we, in a nightclub? I don't think so. These are the kids that walk the halls in schools all over the country. Reality check people! Do you look at your kids before you send them off to school?

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Photo: Chilling out in Juneau
This view of the distant Chilkat Mountains from False Outer Point last Sunday is compelling but doesn't begin to reveal the frigid temperatures that prevailed in the midst of the coldest snap this winter in Juneau.

'Mathletes' win SE regional math match
Two teams and four individuals from Juneau and one team from Ketchikan participated in the Southeast Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition on Feb. 15.

Planned Parenthood seeks nominations for awards
Anchorage - Planned Parenthood of Alaska announces the first annual Alaska Choice Awards honoring individuals, businesses, programs and other entities with a strong commitment to the PPA mission.

Hester E. Shutt
Former Juneau resident Hester E. Shutt, 83, died March 10, 2003, in Williston, N.C. after a long bout with cancer.

Arse V. Credo
Former Juneau resident Arse V. Credo, 87, died March 7, 2003, in Seattle.

Beverly Jane 'Bev' Fry
Former Juneau resident Beverly Jane Fry, 66, died Feb. 10, 2003, in Olympia, Wash., after a battle with cancer.

My Turn: Bigger prisons not the answer
It is clear to me that on a national scale we have failed at criminal punishment and the refurbishment of those human beings who cannot live within the parameters of this society. It just takes a casual look at the statistics or a quick listen to the news media to get a general idea of the magnitude of this failure.

My Turn: Former candidate defends APOC
In 1974, the people of Alaska, in response to non-responding politicians did form by initiative the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC). From that day forward politicians from the major political parties have sought to discredit, underfund and in any other manner do away with APOC. With their finances out in the open for the public to examine it proved more and more difficult for special interests to buy them without a hue and cry from the people. The smoke-filled back rooms got smaller and smaller.

My Turn: The Silent Majority's secret
The American concept of "the silent majority" is quite familiar. Political spectators talk about it and its huge influence on our country all the time. But no one ever says how it got started. Or that government leaders never propose programs to remedy the problems it causes, including the embarrassment of portraying the U.S. as the world's best example of democracy while this condition exists?

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

James gets a second chance to turn Heat up on Cavs
CLEVELAND - Mike James hoped for another chance, and Ricky Davis gave him three. James, who missed a pair of free throws with 25.9 seconds remaining, made two with 0.4 seconds left after being fouled by Davis to lead the Miami Heat to a 77-75 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Douglas Dynasty
Tucked up in a corner of the Juneau-Douglas High School gym is a wooden pennant that reads "DHS SE CHAMPS 53." Besides being one of the few reminders in the building of why there is a "D" in JDHS, the tiny triangle serves as reminder of a basketball feat from a time long past, accomplished by players from a school that no longer exists.

"3"-peat: Lucky years for local teams
A look at the past shows that more often than not, years that end in three have meant good basketball seasons for Juneau and Douglas. Boys' state championships in 1963 and 1973 and a girls state title in 1983 are three of the "3" highlights for Juneau-Douglas High School. And, of course, Douglas High School made it to the state title series in 1953.

Iditarod: Now it's a race
WHITE MOUNTAIN - Norway's Robert Sørlie fought off a spirited challenge from musher Ramy Brooks of Healy, retaking the lead early today in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Sørlie was the first musher into the White Mountain checkpoint, where teams are required to take an eight-hour layover before the 77-mile run to Nome. Sørlie arrived in White Mountain at 7:45 a.m. Brooks arrived at 9:16 a.m.

Metlakatla boys twice knock off Ketchikan
Is it considered an upset if the underdog team wins twice? The Class 3A Metlakatla boys basketball team swept a two-game nonconference series from the Class 4A Ketchikan Kings last weekend to close out the regular-season schedule for both teams. The Chiefs won 70-61 on Friday in Metlakatla, then won again 62-56 Saturday in Ketchikan.

Mushers cross ice and look to Nome
SHAKTOOLIK - Norway's Robert Sørlie had a lead of nearly three hours in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early today as he left the village of Shaktoolik, and headed up the Bering Sea coast. Sørlie left Shaktoolik at 6:33 a.m. today. His closest competitor, Ramy Brooks of Healy, left at 9:22 a.m. They have a 48-mile run across the ice of Norton Bay to the next checkpoint at Koyuk.

Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of March 9. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to the Juneau Empire by school officials and basketball coaches.

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

Region V tournament opens with Class 3A action today
Four of the Region V-Class 3A boys teams have earned votes in the state's basketball poll this year, but after this weekend only two of them will have a chance to play for a state title. The Craig Panthers, Petersburg Vikings, Mount Edgecumbe Braves and Metlakatla Chiefs have picked up poll votes this season, and last year the Wrangell Wolves were ranked as high as No. 2 in the state.

Big game at Treadwell - 1903
Yesterday was a red letter day in the history of Treadwell, though a noticeable large number were affected with the 'blues.' The event was the game of basket ball between the office and store boys. The store and offices were draped with the colors of the opposing forces, and nearly every customer left the building wearing great streamers of ribbon of blue or crimson.

State Briefs
JDHS musical postponed due to renovation delays; Assembly pulls construction noise ordinance; Man arrested on drug-trafficking charge; Hunters find body near Resurrection Trail; Wind storm flips plane, ignites blazes; Bethel man killed on Anchorage street

Habitat permitting proposal panned, supported in hearing
More than 60 people testified in the Senate Resources Committee on Monday evening about an order by Gov. Frank Murkowski to move habitat permitting authority from the Department of Fish and Game to the Department of Natural Resources.

'National Native News' moving to New Mexico
ANCHORAGE - A nationally syndicated Native American radio program is ending its 16-year history in Anchorage and moving to New Mexico. "National Native News," one of Koahnic Broadcasting Corp.'s three nationally syndicated Native American radio programs, will be moved to Albuquerque and consolidated with the national call-in program "Native America Calling."

Lawmakers examine transportation taxes
The Murkowski administration made its case for increased taxes on gasoline and studded tires in the House and Senate Transportation Committees on Tuesday. The gas tax would increase from 8 cents to 20 cents per gallon, and the studded tire tax would institute a $10 surcharge on every studded tire purchased in the state.

Bill cuts state share of alcohol programs
The state would pick up a smaller share of the cost of drug and alcohol treatment and prevention programs under a bill that cleared a Senate committee Monday. The measure is one of more than 20 cost-saving or revenue-raising bills introduced last week at the request of Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Budget raises intertie concerns
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Frank Murkowski's budget would pull out a major financial underpinning of the proposed Anchorage-Kenai electrical intertie by taking back $27 million in interest that's accrued over the past decade on a grant for the project.

Search turns up no trace of brothers aged 8 and 5
ANCHORAGE - A search of a South Anchorage neighborhood has failed to turn up any sign of two young brothers who disappeared Monday, law enforcement authorities said. Malcolm Johnson, 8, and Isaiah Johnson, 5, were last seen between 6 and 7 p.m. Monday walking along the street near their home.

Kenai holds tourism summit
KENAI - About 50 people gathered for a summit last week to discuss ways of making the Kenai Peninsula more of a tourist destination. Participants at the summit Friday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center agreed that a top concern was marketing the peninsula as a tourist destination apart from Anchorage.

Researcher takes a look at what mushers are eating
RUBY - Martin Buser dines on tenderloin steak and butter-drenched shrimp along lonely stretches of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Cali King enjoys turkey dinners with stuffing, gravy, corn and cranberry sauce. Randy Chappel eats beef burgundy, pasta carbonara and cheese tortellini. When it comes to musher fuel, there's no skimping on cravings or calories.

Fish and Game: Domestic processors will handle most of 2003 pink salmon run
Domestic fish processors say they can handle this year's pink salmon runs in Southeast, Prince William Sound and Kodiak - the areas in which foreign processors have expressed interest - according to a capacity survey released today by the Department of Fish and Game. According to the survey, plants in Southeast intend to process 70 million pink salmon. Fish and Game is predicting a Southeast harvest of between 32 million and 55 million fish.

Rep.Young introduces ANWR drilling bill
FAIRBANKS - The U.S. House Resources Committee will consider Alaska Rep. Don Young's bill to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The committee's new chairman, Rep. Richard Pombo, a California Republican, issued a brief statement in advance of Wednesday's hearing, saying protecting "our environment and our energy security" are compatible goals.

State Briefs
Women of Distinction dinner will be held this weekend; NYC-based artist speaks tonight; Tobacco law training offered; Salvation Army buys Anchorage property to consolidate services; Kenai equips police cars with cameras

B.C. claims tighter fish-farming regs; Alaskans skeptical
Salmon farms in British Columbia have been subjected to tighter rules and regulations since the province's administration changed hands a year and a half ago. But Juneau fishermen and some government officials concerned about farmed fish escaping and transmitting disease say they are skeptical of the changes. British Columbia officials say they've taken measures to prevent their fish from escaping and making their way into Alaska waters.

Bush close to winning on ANWR drilling
WASHINGTON - Soaring energy prices and the precarious nature of Persian Gulf oil are boosting the chances Congress will approve oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A showdown is nearing in the Senate on whether to allow drilling in the refuge's coastal plain, one of the Bush administration's top domestic priorities, and both sides say the outcome could hinge on a single vote.

Disrupting flight costs man $38,000
ANCHORAGE - A man from Texas must pay $38,000 to Northwest Airlines for disrupting a flight last November, prompting the crew to divert to Anchorage.

Southeast's next city?
Gustavus is giving incorporation another try. Community members filed a petition with the state to form a second-class city in January, launching a public process that will span months. The town, which is unincorporated, is about 48 miles northwest of Juneau at the entrance to Glacier Bay National Park.

Defense opens in salmon collusion trial
ANCHORAGE - The president of Trident Seafoods testified Monday that no other processor or importer told him what price to pay harvesters in the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. Chuck Bundrant was the first person to testify for the defense in a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of some 4,500 fishermen.

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