Saturday, March 20, 2004

Support wild fisheries
Legislation currently proposed by Sen. Kim Elton provides an opportunity for both locals and visitors to our state to be more aware of the type of salmon they are eating in Alaskan restaurants. SB 282 would require that restaurants indicate on their menus whether the fish they are serving is wild or farmed.

Think outside the box
The reason Juneau is a sinking ship is because many Juneau citizens share the same attitude as that portrayed in a recent letter, describing Juneau as a "little box tourist town that's only future is tourism and seasonal jobs."

City should investigate
Juneau City Manager Rod Swope should be fired immediately if the details of the article "Fluoride Was Cut Off to Clean Effluent" are factual. Mr. Swope showed blatant disregard for the public health in allowing the CBJ Public Works Department to stop adding fluoride to our drinking water without any public notification.

Leave the fluoride out
The chemical engineer in me can see it, sell your toxic waste: Turn a liability into a profit. The aluminum, fertilizer and defense industries have that figured out. They sell fluoride to communities for water "fortification."

Photo: Reeling in a king
Bobby Harris grabs a king crab that his friend, Tony Clark, reeled in off the Auke Bay dock Thursday evening. The two were recently stationed in Juneau with the U.S. Coast Guard. The fishermen released the crab.

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

Juneau Democrats welcome Rep. Kucinich
Juneau Democrats received Rep. Dennis Kucinich enthusiastically on Thursday, as the Ohio congressman expounded on what he called the evils of the Bush administration, U.S. involvement in Iraq and the Patriot Act.

Expert backs Telephone Hill for site of new capitol
Alaska would be best served by a new capitol and Telephone Hill would be a nice location for such a facility, Alan Hantman, the architect for the U.S. Capitol, told officials Thursday in Juneau.

Baby boy born same day as his father, grandfather
Jennifer and Matt Wolcott's newborn son, Morgan, will always have a reason to celebrate his birthday. Morgan was born on March 8 - the same birthday as his father and paternal grandfather.

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal matters.

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

Photo: Sea of herring, 1930s
This photo, titled "An Acre of Herring, Douglas, Alaska," shows the once-prominent herring fisheries of Southeast Alaska during the early 20th century.

Teachers, district reach impasse
The Juneau School District and its teachers reached an impasse in contract negotiations Thursday, the parties said. Federal mediation has been set for March 31.

Peace groups organize vigil on anniversary of Iraq invasion
Exactly one year after U.S. troops invaded Iraq, members of Juneau People for Peace and Justice and the Juneau chapter of Veterans for Peace will gather Saturday at the Dimond Courthouse to read the names of the American soldiers who have died in the incursion so far.

... to Bonita Nelson for all her help with science fair
The 2004 Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair has come and gone. I imagine there are many students, parents and teachers breathing a sigh of relief. The science fair is the culmination of two and a half months of scientific investigation by high school students, along with help from their volunteer adult mentor.

Weir, George marry in Juneau
Heather M. Weir and Russell C. George of Juneau were married in a ceremony on Jan. 10, 2004, at Northern Light United Church. A reception followed at the Moose Lodge.

Photo: Gold ulu winners
Members of the gold ulu-winning Team Alaska men's volleyball squad pose for a photo at the Arctic Winter Games, which was held earlier this month in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Student recognitions
Honor rolls and other achivements by local students.

Market for king, silver salmon stronger
Back at work. I visited Eric Norman, the manager of Taku Smokeries, last Friday, and asked him about the outlook for the coming fishing season. He said that halibut and black cod individual fishing quotas started Feb. 29 and would go to Nov. 15. The entire halibut catch on the Pacific Coast will be 76 million pounds, with most of that in Alaska.

Neighbor Digest
Community news in brief.

... for supporting Sam Jackson medical fund-raiser
On behalf of the friends and family of Sam Jackson, I would like to thank everyone who took part and supported the medical fund-raiser on Jan 30 at the ANB Hall in Juneau. Due to the kindness of many friends and businesses, the function was a huge success. The amount raised totaled around $12,000.

Geneva Pearl Walters
Former Juneau resident Geneva Pearl Walters, 89, died March 16, 2004, in Prescott Valley, Ariz.

Juneau's junk-car eyesores are shipping out for Seattle
In the mountain of smashed cars stacked at Channel Construction for loading on a barge this month, you could see the logistical challenge that a final breakdown presents in a town with no road out. It's a longtime struggle that probably explains the wreck ditched in your neighbor's drive or at the trailhead.

Barrow boys, girls sweep Mount Edgecumbe
Four teams, two schools, same results. The Barrow Whalers got the better of the Mount Edgecumbe Braves to open state tournament play on Thursday at Sullivan Arena, as the Whaler boys beat the Braves 64-44, and the Barrow girls defeated Mount Edgecumbe 55-47.

UAA upsets Colorado College
Trailing by a goal in the second period, the University of Alaska Anchorage scored twice in 50 seconds en route to a 4-1 win over Colorado College in the WCHA Final Five play-in game Thursday.

Hydaburg opens region tourney with 35th straight Class 2A victory
The Hydaburg High School boys basketball team made good on its top billing in the opening round of the Region V-Class 2A tournament on Thursday at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium, as four Warrior players scored in double digits and the two-time defending regional champs rolled past Thorne Bay, 72-38.

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.

Bartlett's defensive pressure too much for Kings
There may yet be a Cinderella title run this weekend at the Sullivan Arena, but the Ketchikan Kings will not be involved. The Region V-Class 4A boys champs wilted Thursday under the extreme defensive pressure of the top-ranked and heavily favored Bartlett Golden Bears, falling 77-42 in the first round of the boys Class 4A state tournament at Sullivan Arena.

SERR-Flannagan's Run
Results from the Southeast Road Runners club's Flannagan's Run races held Saturday in Douglas.

Rahlves right behind Miller among international contenders
Daron Rahlves is plenty familiar with the skier that finished just ahead of him in the World Cup standings. After all, they're teammates. Bode Miller got the most attention as the top U.S. skier on the World Cup circuit with a fourth-place finish in the overall. Rahlves was only 130 points behind in fifth.

Petersburg girls win with strong second half
The top-ranked Petersburg girls basketball team started its state title quest a little slow, but came alive in the second half Thursday to down Dillingham. The Vikings beat the Wolverines 48-30 in the first round of the state tournament at Sullivan Arena.

Bears march into semis
Following the strict regimen of Coach - make that General - Lesslie Knight, the Juneau girls basketball team marched Thursday to its first state tournament victory in five years. The Crimson Bears, who have been following Knight's mandatory daily schedule since arriving in Anchorage on Wednesday, used a strong third quarter to beat the defending state champion Chugiak Mustangs 49-39 at Sullivan Arena.

Redemption close for the Metlakatla boys
Redemption is at hand for the Metlakatla Chiefs. With Thursday's 65-54 win over Nome-Beltz to open the Class 3A boys state tournament at Sullivan Arena, the Metlakatla boys set up a rematch with Valdez - their nemesis and perpetual roadblock - in the tonight's semifinals.

Sen. Therriault proposes permanent fund bonus
Alaskans could get a bonus dividend check just in time for Christmas under a plan offered Thursday by Senate President Gene Therriault. The North Pole Republican is proposing a constitutional amendment be put before voters that changes the way Permanent Fund dividends are calculated.

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