Monday, April 1, 2002

'Ground Effect' tells the whole story of how Tim got to Alaska
Archie Satterfield has written an eminently readable juvenile novel in the "Gentle Ben" tradition - although small planes take the place of big bears. For the sake of readers who are not aviation buffs, he defines ground effect: "When an aircraft prepares to land on a runway or water, just before touchdown the air trapped beneath the wing creates an air cushion, called the ground effect. While riding on this cushion the aircraft feels like it wants to continue flying. Some people are also susceptible to this phenomenon."

DEC praises BP, Phillips for performance on North Slope
State regulators say two of Alaska's big oil companies are keeping their environmental promises at their North Slope oil fields.

Marine Park plan beneficial overall
I don't consider myself a "C.A.V.E." person, although I do look with healthy skepticism at projects that appear to benefit large, outside-based corporations at the expense of local quality of life, small businesses and the environment. It is just as important for growth activists to recognize that all development projects are not necessarily good, as it is for antis to recognize that all are not necessarily bad.

Bus driver's behavior completely inexcusable
I was appalled to read about the tyrannical bus driver employed by CBJ and his action against Jamilla Glauber. His contempt for the rights and sensitivities of his passengers is blatantly laid out for all to witness.

The best interests of year-round residents
Sunday's paper really helped me sort out the buses, wharf, marine-peoples' park issue, once and for all.

A bit feisty
I know Jamila Glauber as the mother of one of my daughter's fourth-grade classmates. She is refined, articulate, intelligent, a fine parent and an asset to our community.

Reminder needed
Having mulled over last week's article regarding Ms. Glauber and her encounter with the bus driver, I only have one thing to say: The driver needs to be reminded that his position makes him a civil servant, not a civil master.

Incredible spirit of giving
"Kiss Me, Kate," the musical recently performed at JDHS by JDHS students, was exhilarating, fun, delightfully naughty and thoroughly enjoyable. It was clear that the audiences loved the performances and the students loved performing Cole Porter's wonderful musical numbers.

Getting ready for Easter
Sara Judd, 6, pulls a blue-dyed egg out of a bowl with the help of her great-grandmother, Twila Stewart, at the Nugget Mall on Saturday. The Broiler donated 500 hard-boiled eggs to the mall's Easter egg-coloring project. Each child taking part received three eggs to paint.

Girl injured in car accident returns to school
Charlotte Brown saw an angel when she apparently died near Christmas while lying on a cold hospital table in Seattle, far from home. A roll-over accident on Egan Drive on Dec. 8 already had claimed the use of the lower half of her 7-year-old body. While in recovery, she stopped breathing. Her body just stopped trying.

Correction
The advertisement for city meetings that ran in Friday's print Empire incorrectly said a meeting of the Eaglecrest Ski Area board of directors on April 2 has been canceled.

Around Town
Local nonprofit events.

Marine Park-Steamship Wharf plan hits nerve
During the summer, the Steamship Wharf-Marine Park area is a lively part of Juneau's waterfront. Cruise ship passengers search for tour buses, the post office and shopping. Concerts draw crowds on Friday nights. People eat lunch, enjoy the scenery and walk their dogs. Today, that mixture of activities is turning the area into a political quagmire. As the Juneau Assembly considers a slate of changes for the park, its users are at battle.

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

Photo: ... With all the frills upon it
Kelly Windom, property manager for the Mountain View Seniors Apartments, presents a prize Friday to Paula Alden for her Easter bonnet at the downtown Senior Center. Residents and guests were encouraged to parade an Easter bonnet during Friday's lunch.

O'Malley featured at Back Room
Writer Julia O'Malley will be featured at a Juneau Arts and Humanities Council reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Back Room at the Silverbow Inn.

Photo: Coast Guard rite of spring
Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender Elderberry, stationed in Petersburg, load channel marking buoys into a skiff to be placed in the Mendenhall Bar Saturday.

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

Region reacts to hate flyer
The National Alliance, a group the Anti-Defamation League has called the "most dangerous white supremacist group in the country," hand-delivered more than 1,000 flyers to Juneau residents early Sunday, claiming inter-racial sex spreads the HIV virus and advocating America stop its support of Israel.

Small fire doused at Lena Cove
Fire crews extinguished a small ground fire at the Lena Cove Picnic Area about 10 this morning.

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

Correction: Juneau Christian Day Care
Due to incorrect information furnished to the Empire, an article in Wednesday's Neighbors section said that Juneau Christian Day Care had openings. The day care has no openings and has a long waiting list.

Kowanda Gail Leaf
Juneau resident Kowanda Gail Leaf, 63, died Easter morning, March 31, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital of a sudden aneurysm.

Philip C. Edelman
Juneau resident Philip Charles Edelman, 85, died March 26, 2002, in the Juneau Pioneers' Home, after a long bout with Parkinson's disease.

Jamie F. Coby
Douglas fisherman Jamie F. Coby, 38, died on March 28, 2002, in a boating accident near Elfin Cove.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals requires new blood
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has long been an embarrassment. Now it is becoming dangerous. And the only remedy - new judges - is being blocked by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

What our readers really want
In appreciation for the number of e-mails you're sharing and the quality of your comments, let's do this reader feedback thing one more time. Since our last exciting episode, I've heard from Ethan, Elise, Susan I, Susan II, Mike, Jim, Sybil, Jeff, Nancy, MaryAnn, Mary Ellen, Mark, Anne, Linda, Judy and Barbara. Their excerpted comments and summarized suggestions follow in random order.

Toe Cartoon

Capitol Notebook: Most of Legislature's Republicans are not lukewarm on taxes
Thump went the Bible. But the House Republican majority didn't jump. Democrat Eric Croft of Anchorage deployed the Good Book in the ultimately fruitless floor debate Wednesday on the long-range fiscal plan that might never come to pass.

Today's oxymoron is cell phone civility
In Friday's Juneau Empire, syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. resisted the notion he was something of a cultural dinosaur just because he was among the last in America to purchase a cell phone. I cannot evaluate his social taxonomy, but I would like to offer him a few tips on how to avoid turning into a jackass when using his newly acquired device.

The sea claims one of its own
This past Thursday an all too frequent tragedy occurred on calm seas near Elfin Cove. In this part of the world life threatening risks are accepted as a matter of course whether flying or plying the ocean waters.

My Turn: Commercial fishing: the value, danger
The commercial fishing industry is one of the most import and dangerous occupations in Alaska. More families and individuals rely on commercial fishing for jobs and opportunity in Alaska than any other occupation.

Buckwheat Ski Classic results from this year
SKIING:

Out and About
In season: Wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), coyote (Sept.-April) and hare (Sept.-April).

The race with a relaxed pace
Each March, at an isolated parking lot just below White Pass, the Buckwheat Ski Classic brings together two types of competitors - those looking to post a good time and those who just want to have one. Athletes and weekend warriors, families and friends, snowshoers and skiers, Yukoners, Skagwegians and Juneauites - all have gathered for the race for the past 16 years at various sites, most recently on March 23 at Log Cabin, a one-time train stop in Canada about 25 miles north of Skagway.

Snow Report
The status of Alaska ski areas.

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

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

POW! Klawock women do it again
For the fourth straight year, the Klawock-Prince of Wales women walked away from the Gold Medal Tournament with the championship trophy. In a tough game Saturday, Klawock beat Juneau's Lynden Transport, 68-63, at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym. Klawock has won the championship every year since the women's bracket was introduced in 1999.

Arctic Lights overpowers United at end
For all of the offensive fireworks he displayed over the course of the Gold Medal Tournament, it was a shining defensive gem turned in by Nico Harrison that might have topped his highlight reel. In the waning moments of Saturday night's A Bracket championship game, Harrison made a key steal and converted it into a three-point play, thwarting a furious comeback by United of Anchorage and helping vault the Marlintini's Arctic Lights to a 114-109 victory and their first A Bracket championship since 1998.

Huna tops Klukwan with late free throws
Tie game, 2.3 seconds left on the clock, and Louie White of the Huna Totem Oldtimers was going to the free-throw line. After the Klukwan Chilkats called a timeout, White got the ball, took a deep breath, then calmly sank his first shot. Klukwan called another timeout, but White made the second shot.

Huna wins title with Strong effort
Huna ANB reached the championship game of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's B Bracket in five of the past six years, but this time the team was ready for something different. Huna wanted to win a title for the first time since 1997.

Gold Medal Boxscores
Winners, losers and special awards from this week's Gold Medal games

Small schools state tourney brackets set
The Region V-Class 2A runner-up Klawock boys basketball team drew the unenviable task of opening the Class 2A state tournament against the defending champion Point Hope-Tikigaq Harpooners.

Measure would stop annual 'spring forward'
Spring is upon us and soon Alaskans will set their clocks forward an hour to adjust for daylight-saving time. The days get longer and the mornings brighter, but one lawmaker in the Legislature says the adjustment is outdated and unnecessary.

Firefighters rescue fugitive kitten
Fairbanks firefighters couldn't say no to Conny Funderburk's plea to pluck her calico kitten, Mira, from a tall tree.

Valdez: Anacapa begins service with a rescue
Just two days into its duty at Valdez port, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Anacapa received a call from the agency's Valdez Marine Safety Office that the fishing vessel Journeyman was sinking at the Valdez pier.

Ketchikan: City picks bone with dog-powered tours
While a sled-dog team charging through town might be common in some parts of Alaska, it isn't in Ketchikan - and it could become illegal.

Man arrested in Ketchikan murder
A 38-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder in the December beating death of a Ketchikan utility worker.

Hydaburg students enjoy learning in new computer lab
Second- and third-grade students at Hydaburg Elementary are learning to read, write and type at the same time in the school's new computer lab. It has 17 state-of-the-art computers, complete with speakers and headphones for every computer, and color printers, a scanner and a digital camera.

Avalanche near Eagle River takes two lives
Two snowshoers died Sunday when they were buried in an avalanche in Eagle River, Alaska State Troopers said.

Haines: Local author nominated for award
Haines author David LaChapelle has been nominated for a prominent book award from a national alternative media organization.

Metlakatla: School superintendent decides to step down
The superintendent of the Annette Island School District has resigned, citing family difficulties. Dave Dirksen's resignation is effective at the end of the school year.

State Briefs
State buys brake inspection system; UA president had hurt his chest; Alaskans to visit Kamchatka; Student sentenced for sexual assault

Troubles resume with school reopening
Two weeks after the school was reopened in the Northwest Alaska village of Kivalina, educators report a resumption of student misbehavior, including a threat against a teacher, profanity and vandalism.

Knowles turns down firm's request for Russian processors
Gov. Tony Knowles has turned down a Seattle-based company's proposal to bring Russian fish processing boats into Alaska waters to buy salmon this summer. Knowles said the proposal did not comply with a federal law that prohibits foreign fish processing if plants within the state have the capacity and the intent to process all the fish landed here.

Plane crashes at Goose Bay
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of a small plane at the Goose Bay airstrip northwest of Anchorage.

Sitka: Hospital makes timely loan payment
Sitka Community Hospital made its first payment March 21 on the $1 million emergency loan it received from the city.

Alaska Airlines CEO pauses to celebrate history
As Alaska Airlines celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, it continues to operate in the spirit of the state's aviation pioneers, CEO Bill Ayer told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon Thursday.

Foresters undecided about using alien tree species in beetle-damaged areas
State and federal foresters are trying to decide if private landowners on the Kenai Peninsula and around Anchorage should be allowed to use public money to replace beetle-killed spruce trees with non-native trees.

Wrangell: Wilson wins space camp scholarship
Wrangell fourth-grader Peter Wilson recently learned he will attend space camp this summer because of a winning essay he wrote about space exploration. The essay earned him a scholarship to U.S. Space Camp in either Huntsville, Ala., or Titusville, Fla. The contest is sponsored by the camp and IGA stores.

Abiding by ancient laws - with help from air freight
Living without easy access to kosher food is just one of the challenges to following Talmudic law in Alaska, where mukluks outnumber yarmulkes.

Skagway: Local visitor season up for grabs
Bookings for the summer season in Skagway vary from business to business, say local companies.

Redistricting board is broke; forced to ask for funds
The Alaska Redistricting Board doesn't have the money to finish work on a new legislative map ordered by the state Supreme Court. After an expensive legal battle against numerous groups - including top GOP leaders in the state - the board has about $38,000 remaining and a June 1 deadline to complete its work.

State weighs options for new districts
The Alaska Redistricting Board, short on money and time to come up with new legislative districts, remained divided along partisan lines this morning.

Cops link money to bank robbery
A man charged with drunken driving was linked to a bank robbery after authorities found $5,000 in his pockets.

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