Saturday, April 5, 2003

Co-opting the media
All day long the war not only dominates the headlines on television and the newsprint, but also excludes all other concerns. The budgets, health, diplomacy, civil rights, all are either ignored or receive only cursory attention.

Believing in freedom
This letter is regarding the letter "Proud of U.S. Military," published in Wednesday's Empire. Every serviceman and servicewoman thanks anyone with a prayer in their heart and a thought in their mind for the safe return of our troops.

Truth cannot be denied
Reference is made to Carolyn Brown's letter taking the position that there is no relationship between induced abortion and breast cancer. She talks about problems with "recall bias" in studies that result in inaccurate and non-valid findings.

City, Wings to test quieter plane engine
The city and flightseeing operator Wings of Alaska think a turbine-engine Otter would be much quieter than the floatplane engines now in use on Juneau's downtown waterfront. They plan to test their hypothesis next month to be sure. Juneau Assembly members last week agreed to spend $10,000 to bring a turbine engine Otter and a flightseeing noise consultant to town. The city plans to test the Ketchikan plane against the reciprocating-engine Otters that Wings currently uses, said city Lands Manager Steve Gilbertson.

Hospital reviews renovation options
Bartlett Regional Hospital's board of directors on Thursday postponed action on an over-budget hospital renovation project and will ask city attorneys for advice. Cornerstone Construction of Anchorage, the only company to bid on the project, said it could make its staff available to go through its costs in detail with the city, according to President C. John Eng. Cornerstone bid $40.9 million, about $11 million over the hospital's $29.7 million construction budget. The entire project budget is $42 million.

Photo: Camping out in 1930
This photograph was taken in 1930 of local photographer Trevor Davis and two unidentified women on a camping trip. Davis is best known for his photograph "Lights of Juneau," and much of his work can be found at the Alaska State Library.

Corrections
The business profile in Thursday's Empire listed the incorrect last name of the stepson of Sandra Brown. His name is Steven Sabadin.

Former Juneau residents still grieving son shot on Texas road
Last November, former Juneau resident Michael Anderson's truck veered and came to rest near the side of an orange-coned section of U.S. Route 75 in Van Alstyne, Texas, a small town about 40 miles north of Dallas. The truck's engine was running and its headlights lit the roadside as the radio played into the evening. Over the next seven hours, the truck's headlights dimmed and the radio signal faded before anyone stopped and discovered the lifeless body of the 23-year-old driver.

Workers find contaminated soil at city wastewater treatment plant
Contaminated soil at the Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant appears to have come from a leaky diesel heating-fuel line, according to city wastewater utility Superintendent Scott Jeffers. Workers began removing the soil this week. They found the contamination when installing a new ultraviolet disinfection system to treat effluent, Jeffers said.

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

Photo: Standing up for children
Marylu Martin ties a ribbon with her wishes for Alaska's children onto a dreamcatcher constructed Thursday in the Dimond Courthouse Plaza.

FYI
Births

This Day in History
In 1967, nine crewmembers were rescued from the sinking 72-foot Canadian halibut boat, Dollina, off the southwest tip of Kodiak Island.

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

Exploring the Everglades in a book
A trip to the Everglades is just one near-calamity after another in a book created by Juneau elementary school students. "A Week in the Everglades" tells the story of a father and four sons. The 56-page book, written by nine Glacier Valley fifth-graders, combines their studies in science, social studies and English.

Girl Scout dance set
On Saturday, April 5, Girl Scouts of all ages will be attending a father-daughter dance at Riverbend School from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $5 per couple.

A heady experience to dye for
The timer is ticking. Another 20 minutes and the process should be complete, according to my strand test. Instead of getting sunburn in Mexico, I'm frying my hair with Born to be Blonde hair lightening formula and smelling the bitter, nostril-biting peroxide permeating the air of my apartment.

Don't squeeze the state's minimum-wage workers
The Alaska Department of Labor is pushing a new regulation that will allow employers in remote areas of the state to deduct housing and food from a worker's paycheck, even though this results in the wage being below the minimum of $7.15 per hour.

Thank you
...for your help; ...for the support.

Ronald David Gleaton
Juneau resident Ronald David Gleaton, 53, died March 14, 2003, in Seattle.

Jim E. Cashen
Lifelong Juneau resident Jim E. Cashen, 40, died March 23, 2003, while on business in Las Vegas, Nev.

The sun sets on an Empire
Thinking Out Loud: Today marks the end of civilization as we know it. Already you're thinking, "Oh, really? To what does the tom-fool editor refer now?" The war in Iraq? Severe acute respiratory syndrome? The erosion of moral values? None of the above, although they command our attention and fuel our angst to varying degrees.

Resources of Prince of Wales
Mining, fishing and the timber industry have kept Prince of Wales Islanders busy for more than 100 years. Copper mining was so extensive that there was a smelter at Hadley a dozen years before there was an Anchorage. Gold, silver, zinc and lead abound. Marble deposits were worked in the 1920s.

Juneau swimmers compete at NW Age Group meet
Kyle O'Brien led five members of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club at the Northwest Section Age Group Championships held March 21-23 in Federal Way, Wash. O'Brien was the only GSC swimmer to reach the finals, posting a best finish of second place in the boys age 13 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.09 seconds.

Beedle slides in final Telemark races of season
This was not the way Juneau skier Matt Beedle wanted to end the 2002-03 Telemark ski season. Beedle, a member of the U.S. Telemark Ski Association's national team, had problems keeping the ski-side down during the U.S. Telemark Ski Association's national championships on March 14-17 at Crystal Mountain, Wash., and again at the World Telemark Ski Championships on March 22-24 at Big Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Mont.

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

Resolutions protest increasing federal power
Democratic legislators have introduced identical resolutions expressing concern about the federal Patriot Act's effect on civil liberties. The resolutions, filed by Rep. David Guttenberg of Fairbanks and Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis of Anchorage, call on Alaska's congressional delegation to work to change the act.

Opening statements given in Mateu murder trial
Prosecutors and defense attorneys have presented strikingly different portrayals of the relationship between Jose "Che" Mateu and his father, Jose R. Mateu, the man he is accused of killing. Mateu, 20, is on trial for third time in connection with the January 2000 shooting death of his father inside their Ketchikan home. Mateu, whose two previous trials in Ketchikan ended in hung juries, is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence.

Governor takes 'tough on crime' position
Gov. Frank Murkowski outlined a crime package Thursday that calls for fewer plea bargains for child predators, a crackdown on bootleggers, and tightening the state's self-defense laws. "We want the criminals to get the message that they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. We're through fooling around in this state," Murkowski said.

Godfrey files claim against shooter's estate
ANCHORAGE - The widow of former state Public Safety Commissioner Glenn Godfrey wants $2 million from the estate of the woman who shot her husband to death and seriously wounded her last summer. A probate master will consider later this month whether the $2 million claim by Patricia Godfrey can proceed against the estate of Karen Brand, the woman who shot herself after killing Glenn Godfrey and wounding his wife Aug. 3 in the Godfreys' Eagle River home.

State Briefs
Goshawks chase hikers near college; Man pleads in guilty Anchorage killing; Legislators want lab in seafood plant; Flags lowered in memory of judge; Geophysical Institute finds errant rocket

Committee OKs $100 tax on the employed
A plan to impose a $100 tax on almost every person in the state who has a job was given approval Thursday by the Senate State Affairs Committee. The committee also approved a bill that would eliminate the Longevity Bonus Program, which provides some 18,000 seniors with monthly checks ranging between $100 and $250. Senate Bill 137 by Sen. Gary Stevens, a Kodiak Republican, would allow the state to deduct $50 from an employee's first two paychecks, once the employee makes over $1,000. Rep. Peggy Wilson, a Wrangell Republican, has introduced a similar bill in the House.

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