Sunday, April 6, 2003

Fresh from the library oven
Come see what's cooking at the Juneau Public Libraries!

Ballast water blues
Alaska depends on clean marine waters to sustain vital commercial, sport and subsistence fishing opportunities. In addition, maintaining clean water benefits tourism and protects the abundant marine mammals that swim in the waters of Alaska.

Balanced coverage
I just have to respond to Wayne Ward's letter in Friday's paper. Let us see what he is implying. The press, in his view, is controlled by the Bush administration - vast right-wing conspiracy I guess.

A good son lost
I thought Melanie Plenda's article in Friday's Empire about Mike Anderson really captured what a fine person he was. The story brought back memories of the times Mike would visit our house and hit the fridge with the rest of the gang.

Home safe
I have known Helen A. Hanlon for two years and I know she really means everything she says (Empire, April 4), and even though I'm not in the U.S. military I trust her words and understand that she is speaking not only for the others but she is speaking from an American point of view.

Friday afternoon in Baghdad
The front page photo in the New York Times shows a soldier's face reflected in the rearview mirror of the truck he drives.

7 days of music-making
Monday Centennial Hall

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

Mining proposals draw split opinions
Proposals to ease the city's mine permitting rules drew strong opinions Saturday about environmental safeguards, Southeast Alaska's economy and local control. The Juneau Assembly's Lands Committee is considering changes to a city law to make it easier to open and operate a mine in rural parts of Juneau. About 30 people attended a two-hour public hearing about the issue Saturday morning, and the Lands Committee may take action at a meeting Monday, Chairman Randy Wanamaker said.

Photo: Sprucing up
Painter Kent Kleinschmidt uses a manlift Monday in Ketchikan to lift himself to the top of the Tongass Trading Co. in order to reach some decorative trim which is need of a fresh coat of paint.

Keen remembered as businessman, filmmaker, friend
Chuck Keen, a Juneau filmmaker and businessman, died Friday morning in a veterans hospital in Seattle. He was 65. Keen was known to the public for his long, unsuccessful effort to build a tramway on Mount Juneau, and as a documentary and feature filmmaker who brought Hollywood-style premieres to town.

Correspondence school's planned closing concerns School Board
The proposed closing of the state-run correspondence school could help the Juneau School District's budget but would hurt some local students who need personalized attention or help to graduate, according to administrators and School Board members.

Correction
Due to an editor's error, a Teacher Talk column published March 28 was credited to the wrong author. The column about the Dzantik'i Heeni potlatch was written by Devin Jones.

SEARHC celebrates clinic opening
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium held the grand opening Saturday for its new $10 million clinic near Salmon Creek. Officials at the Native-run health care organization said the 32,000-square-foot building allows it to care for more patients. And an approximately $500,000 Indian Health Service grant has paid for equipment, some of which reduces the need to send patients out of town for services.

This Day in History
In 1939, Fred Kubon was elected mayor of Nome. A total of 137 votes were cast.

Workshop schedule
CH - Centennial Hall GH - Goldbelt Hotel NG - National Guard Armory

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

Kenneth Clifford Buzzell
Kenneth Clifford Buzzell, 87, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, in Juneau.

MaryEllen Brown
Juneau resident and longtime Alaskan MaryEllen Brown, 69, died March 20, 2003, in Juneau after a bout with cancer.

My Turn: It's time to go out on a limb. Now!
While Alaska's governor and Legislature grapple with the much-touted state fiscal gap, a more serious economic outcome is looming. It has much to do with Alaska's real economic resource, little to do with logging, mining, tourism or fishing. This other resource contributes twice as many direct jobs as all the above-mentioned natural resource industries combined.

Toe Cartoon

My Turn: Do not tie purse strings to stifle dissent
When did this great nation turn into a place where, if you exercise your freedom of speech, you can be discriminated against? When did political correctness come to mean "don't say anything unless it's the majority view?"

What do you think?
Get rid of it. The environmentalists just use it as another forum to delay projects.

When conditions allow, surfers and kayakers ride the waves near Homer
ANCHORAGE - Yakutat, Kodiak, Montague Island. All of those Alaska surf spots have been discovered and featured in glossy national surf magazines. Consider adding Homer to that map.

Out and About
April 6: Steel plate handgun speed shoot, registration 9 a.m. Divisions for DA revolvers, SA revolvers and semi-autos. Bring 100-plus rounds. Details: www.go.to/jrpc. April 8: Eaglecrest Board of Directors meeting, 5:30 p.m. at DIPAC McCauley Salmon Hatchery Conference Room. Details: 586-5284.

Snow report
• Eaglecrest Ski Area, Juneau: Platter, Ptarmigan and Hooter lifts operate 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The tubing hill operates 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends and holidays.

Skate park paradise
The Pipeline Skate Park is going through its own evolution within the extreme sports revolution. For about a month, the city Parks and Recreation Department facility has been undergoing an internal makeover to help push local skaters to the next level by creating new ramps and opening up the traffic flow.

Here come the hooligan: Springtime arrives in Berners Bay
Spring is here and along with it comes a parade of events along the coast of Southeast Alaska that prepares many species for the months to come. One of those events is the annual spring spawning run of eulachon that occurs in numerous rivers throughout the region.

Kayhi kickers beat Juneau boys for the first time
Going into this weekend's games in Ketchikan, Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer coach Gary Lehnhart noted how in the low-scoring sport, the outcome of a match can turn on a single goal. And that's exactly what happened on Friday night, as the upstart Ketchikan Kings hung close with the veteran Crimson Bears and scored the game's only goal off a corner kick in the 37th minute for a 1-0 win. It was Ketchikan's first-ever victory over Juneau's varsity.

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

Wild and Larson earn second-team all-state honors
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Byron Wild doesn't think he'll have the opportunity to play college basketball, so he appreciated learning Saturday that he'd been voted to the second-team Class 4A all-state team by a panel of sportswriters from around the state. Wild, a 6-foot-5 center-forward, plans to attend Reed College in Portland, Ore., and Reed doesn't have a varsity athletics program.

Border-spanning soccer
Dozens of indoor soccer players from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and Ketchikan have joined their Juneau counterparts this weekend for the annual Whitehorse Exchange tournament. The tournament started as a city-sponsored activity in 1989 as part of a sister-city exchange with Whitehorse; Juneau Soccer Club took the reins starting in 1995 and coordinates the tourney with the Yukon Soccer Association.

As dismal year ends, Cavaliers phone it in
CLEVELAND - There's very little the Cleveland Cavaliers can do about their awful record, the NBA's worst. Now they're trying to stop from losing something more precious than games: fans. Cavs players made phone calls this week to some season-ticket holders, thanking them for their loyalty and asking for patience while the club rebuilds.

Bowling with the champs
It's 1 a.m. - do you know where your kids are? This weekend, if your kids bowl, they were probably at Channel Bowl in Juneau, where more than 200 of the state's top youth bowlers were competing in the 22nd Annual Alaska-Young American Bowling Alliance State Championships.

This season's Cavs won't be the worst
CLEVELAND - Milt Palacio is sorry to see the Cleveland Cavaliers' dismal season nearing an end. Ricky Davis scored 17 points, Cleveland blocked a season-high 13 shots and Palacio sparked a fourth-quarter rally for a 79-76 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night that assured the Cavaliers won't set a new mark for the worst record in franchise history.

State Briefs
Bill would change frequency of spill plan renewals; Boost in business license fee passes committee; Republicans turn back habitat resolution; Elmendorf airmen give Letterman's Top 10; Anchorage man sentenced in wife's death;

Independent-living advocates rally on the Capitol steps
"Put the money back! Put the money back! Put the money back!" was the rally cry Friday of those advocating for the Legislature to restore funding for independent-living services for people with disabilities. The rally aimed to persuade lawmakers to not cut $619,000 from the state budget for Center for Independent Living grants within the Department of Labor.

Legislative roundup
Bills introduced last week:

NPR-A reserves called huge
ANCHORAGE - Anadarko Petroleum Corp. now believes the hydrocarbon potential of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and Foothills regions of the North Slope is as great as the huge Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk fields combined - in the neighborhood of 17 billion barrels of crude. The Houston-based independent now has a goal of boosting crude reserves that will pass through the Alpine production facilities from the current 430 million barrels to a billion barrels.

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