Saturday, March 30, 2002

Douglas wolves
I am a near-third generation Alaskan; my ancestors started in Dawson/Skagway in the late 1890s and then from 1925 to 1946 lived in the Juneau-Douglas area. We spent our summers at the family camp on Admiralty Island, which is now a preserve. I always keep an eye on my family's old home.

Not merely a waste of taxpayers' money
I concur with Lisa Zimmerman's opinion that the Capital Transit bus driver in the "candy bite incident" led to a complete waste of taxpayer funds and "dis-served" the public. However, I do not agree that it was "clearly ... a continuation of a pre-existing feud between the driver and the passenger."

Don't cut back on state parks
So tell me, moms and dads, when you get tight on money, do you close down the back yard and tell the kids they can't play on the swing? Your kids would think you went bonkers. How about you school administrators; if your budget gets tight, do you close down the playground, board up the play equipment, and cancel recess?

Outside accounting firm audits Sealaska
A letter from Jeannie T. Austin in the March 27 Empire suggested the need for an external audit of Sealaska Corp. Notwithstanding the fact that Ms. Austin is not a Sealaska shareholder, I am pleased to report that Sealaska's financial statements are audited every year by independent auditors who ensure that an accurate picture is presented to shareholders. This is an external audit.

No bridge for Ketchikan; no capital for Juneau
This letter is in response to Steve Smeltzer's letter in Tuesday's Empire. He is correct about the ferry used to cross the narrows in Ketchikan, and personally I have taken that ferry on a daily basis for work and honestly it isn't that difficult to walk up and down the ramp. But the bridge is not simply about eliminating the airport ferry. It is about flat, useable land.

Voters who care
It appears that the Knowles/Ulmer Administration's half-fast Department of Transportation may receive half of the fast-track money requested from the Legislature (for increased Alaska Marine Highway System fuel) because the half-fast politically charged Redistricting Board may be required to go back to work after an unfavorable recent Supreme Court decision that already has cost the state $500,000 in legal fees.

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

Juneau family mourns drowned fisherman
Dustin Coby said all his father Jamie Coby ever wanted to do was sit with him on a boat with a line in the water. But Jamie, 38, was alone on his fishing boat early Thursday in Elfin Cove when he fell into the water and drowned."I just wish I had him back," said 10-year-old Dustin. "I just wish God would put him back on his boat and wouldn't have taken him off of it and into the water."

Amy Crook: Battling pollution with science
Aquatic biologist Amy Crook of Douglas isn't used to media interviews longer than five minutes."I am usually the science nerd that is quoted about cruise ships," she said with a laugh.Crook spent many weeks observing discharges on cruise ships and contributing to drafts of environmental studies. She also spent a year and a half dealing with the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Airline resolves musicians' nightmares
Last week, Alaska Airlines made violinist Steve Tada trade his priceless violin's protective case for a cardboard box for a flight from Seattle to Juneau. Tada, the concertmaster for the Juneau Symphony, was not alone in his experience. Local groups such as the Juneau Symphony and the Alaska Folk Festival, and others on the national level, have been concerned about a storm of recent complaints from musicians regarding the treatment of their instruments aboard Alaska Airlines planes.

FYI
Births

Phone workers accidentally shut off 911
Reprogramming public pay phones so people can't rig them to make free local calls caused what may have been a 12-hour outage of Juneau's 911 system Tuesday, officials at Alaska Communications Systems said Thursday.

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

Bears emerging in time for new laws
Secure your gargabe cans - local bears are emerging from winter hibernation. A black bear cub was spotted taking a nap on a warm compost pile at Mile 17.5 Glacier Highway on Wednesday afternoon. Another bear was seen on the side of Mendenhall Loop Road at Nancy Street about 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Port board spurns new panel
Juneau's Docks and Harbors Board on Thursday rejected a proposal to give the Juneau Assembly more power over the downtown waterfront. The board voted 6-1 to table indefinitely a memorandum of understanding with the Assembly to set up a joint Port Development Committee. The new committee - made up of the mayor, three Assembly members and three members appointed by the Docks and Harbors Board - would oversee waterfront planning and development.

Carters earn ministry degrees
Jim and Dorothy Carter received bachelor of ministry degrees, cum laude, on March 15, from Whitehorse Christian Training Center of Juneau, chartered under Shalom Bible College and Seminary.

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and older).

Military Recruits
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class, Blase H. Scranton, son of Mary Nieson-Peters of Juneau and Lucky D. Scranton of Clinton, Mont., is participating in Operation Enduring Freedom while assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu, home ported in San Diego.

Neighbors Briefs
Alaska Travel Industry group offers scholarships; Radio station hopes to replace transmitter, computer; Dancers look for donations

Thank You
... for all the help.

Staying Fit in Juneau
Exercising twice a week at 5 a.m. may sound like torture to the average couch potato, but it's the choice of dozens of Juneau residents who relish a challenge. The regimen is called Heart Zones Performance Training Camp, and it's offered by the Mendenhall Valley location of the Juneau Racquet Club. Camps are limited to 22 people, and there are two nine-week camps operating at a time, said instructor Jessica Menendez. Team A meets from 5 to 7 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday and from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Team B meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and Sunday from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Klawock flattens Kake
The defending champion Klawock Old Totems took one more step toward a repeat in the C Bracket with a 78-64 win over Kake ANB in a loser's bracket game Thursday at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Juneau heads to the dance
Lynden Transport of Juneau earned a spot in Saturday's 2 p.m. women's bracket championship game of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, toppling three-time defending champion Klawock-Prince Of Wales 64-60 Thursday afternoon at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Klawock POWers to win
It wouldn't be a championship game if Klawock-Prince of Wales wasn't playing - at least not a Gold Medal women's bracket championship game. Klawock battled its way through the losers' bracket and back into its fifth straight Premiere Women's Bracket championship game by beating Sitka 74-67 Friday at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym. The women's bracket is in its fifth year, and Klawock won the first four titles.

The Middle School Bracket: Metlakatla claims first title
Metlakatla beat HoopTime of Juneau 84-58 Friday morning in the first middle school bracket championship game in Gold Medal history at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym, finishing the tournament undefeated.

Metlakatla reaches title game of middle school bracket
Metlakatla jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 35-26 victory over Kake on Thursday in the middle school bracket of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School. The victory puts Metlakatla into this morning's inaugural middle school championship game.

The Premiere Women's Bracket: Klawock returns to character
After Thursday's loss against Lynden Transport, Klawock-Prince of Wales was back in character against the Haines Merchants on Friday. With an obvious resolve to make it into today's 2 p.m. women's bracket championship game, Klawock beat Haines 81-54 in Friday's losers' bracket final at the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Arctic Lights reach title game with win over United
After Wednesday's lopsided 56-point victory over Sitka, the Marlintini's Arctic Lights were confident their game was good enough to take them all the way to Saturday's championship game of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's A Bracket.

Anchorage reaches final
Even a highlight-reel night from Tacoma's Devin Jones wasn't enough. The speedy and athletic guard lit up the scoreboard - and the defense of Anchorage's Northwest Strategies - for 40 points on Friday night to claim top individual honors, but top team honors and a title shot went to Anchorage.

The Classic 'A' Bracket: United dethrones Tenakee
Called in as an injury replacement, Greg Freeman was just what United of Anchorage needed. Freeman canned 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while teammate Chris Hamey had a game-high 28 points and seven rebounds to lead United to a 104-96 victory over defending Gold Medal A Bracket champion Tenakee Tribe in Friday night's losers' bracket final at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Haines' D secures W
The Haines Merchants weren't shooting very well at the start of their losers' bracket final game Friday night against Juneau's Reliable Transfer, so they turned on their defense. The Merchants made three steals and forced four other turnovers to key a 12-point run that gave them a lead they never relinquished, as Haines went on to claim a 79-68 victory and a spot in tonight's 8 p.m. Mighty B Bracket championship game against defending champion Huna ANB.

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

Gold Medal Boxscores
CLASSIC A BRACKET

Gold Medal Boxscores
Thursday's winners and losers.

Oldtimers get past Chilkats on second try
The Huna Totem Oldtimers earned another shot at the 57th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's Legendary C Bracket title by defeating the Klukwan Chilkats 78-67 on Friday at the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium. The defending champion Totem Oldtimers avenged a first-round 59-58 loss to the Chilkats and move into tonight's 6 p.m. title game against the Klawock Old Totems.

This time, Huna wins
The last time Huna ANB played the Haines Merchants, Huna came out on the short end of the score as Haines won its third straight B Bracket title in the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament last year. One year later, Huna and Haines met again and this time Huna won 116-97 Thursday afternoon at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym. Huna moves into Saturday's 8 p.m. championship game. Haines plays Klawock-Prince of Wales at 8 p.m. today in the losers' bracket final, with the winner of tonight's game moving on to Saturday's title game.

HoopTime A girls, Hoonah boys win middle school titles
When the HoopTime A Team's offense wasn't clicking, the squad turned to its defense to get the offense started. Margaret Sekona turned four second-half steals into breakaway baskets as HoopTime A beat Sitka Tribe 34-18 and claimed the first title in the inaugural girls middle school bracket Friday afternoon at the 57th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Gold Medal Boxscores

Hydaburg makes title game
The Hydaburg Warriors once were a power at the Class 1A level, winning three boys state titles and reaching the championship game six times in nine years during the mid 1980s and early 1990s. Now they're trying to win their first Class 2A state championship. Hydaburg moved a step closer to the title on Friday night, beating the Bristol Bay Angels, 73-58, to advance to tonight's 9:15 p.m. championship game at Anchorage's Service High School.

The Mighty 'B' Bracket: Klawock ends Haines' reign
After building a 20-point lead midway through the first half, Klawock-Prince of Wales was losing its momentum. The three-time defending B Bracket champion Haines Merchants had chopped the lead to two points twice late in the game, and the Merchants were threatening to steal the game. Just when things looked darkest for Klawock, though, David Nix saved the day.

The Legendary 'C' Bracket: Klukwan returns to title game
The Klukwan Chilkats will take another shot against the Huna Totem Oldtimers in today's Legendary C Bracket championship game at the 56th Annual Gold Medal Tournament. The Chilkats earned a spot in the finals after stopping the defending champion Klawock Old Totems 76-61 on Friday afternoon at the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium. The title game between Klukwan and Huna will tip off at 4 p.m.

State Briefs
2 plead guilty in Douglas theft; Many have yet to apply for PFD; Children name new fast ferries; University president hospitalized; Fuel spills into village well; Fire damages historic home

Eagle R. avalanche traps man for 30 minutes
ANCHORAGE - An avalanche in Eagle River buried a skier for about 30 minutes Thursday evening before his companion was able to dig him out. Two dogs with the pair died. The snow let loose about 5:15 p.m. east of Mile 6.6 Hiland Road, burying John Stroud in about 3 feet of snow. Skip Repetto, who was telemark skiing with Stroud near the 2,000-foot level, used an avalanche beacon and probe to find Stroud, and dug him out with a shovel, said Kip Melling, an avalanche instructor for the Alaska Mountain Safety Center.

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