Tuesday, April 6, 2004

Bureau publishes meeting planners guide
JUNEAU - The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau has published its 2004-2005 Meeting Planner's Guide.

Sweet Dream comes true
The menu at Sweet Dream, a tea house that opened March 30 on Old Dairy Road, may look relatively simple: tea, soup, spring rolls and some baked goods. But the cafe's four-page menu reveals that where tea brews, so does complexity.

Timber sale subsidized boaters
The $5.5 million that the Forest Service (FS) spent building roads in the Couverden Sale in 1980 was a subsidy to Juneau boaters, not the timber industry. The boaters objected to the proposed location of a campsite and water-related facilities in the 1980 Tongass Land Management Plan; a favorite boaters hangout was to be used for industrial forestry.

Recall Murkowski
I would like to respond to Bobbie Haffner's letter to the editor dated Monday, March 22, 2004. I agree with all her points in the letter and would like to offer those interested in it a Web site link to recall Murkowski. Yes there is a petition being circulated around Alaska to recall both Gov. Murkowski and Lt. Gov. Leman.

Heartfelt sorrow
As former Jesuit Volunteers who were privileged to serve at KNOM radio in the 1980s and 1990s we extend our heartfelt sorrow to any victims of alleged sexual abuse by KNOM founder Fr. Jim Poole, S.J.

The wrong tax proposals
There are several ideas for taxes to address the state's budget crisis. I believe all of them have some serious flaws.

Strike down tax
After reading "House panel approves $100 tax on Alaska workers" in the March 28 paper, it became clear to me that the House Finance Committee wants to establish an income tax.

JCCS is no Marine Corps
A phone call at 2 a.m. recently was an unexpected voice. I thought it might have been Ernie Mueller, secretary of the Academic Policy Committee at the Juneau Community Charter School. I assumed Mr. Mueller may call to congratulate me on being the first person expelled from the JCCS.

Don't muzzle school councils
Your Sunday (March 28) editorial intrigues me: Your assumption seems to be that site councils will advocate in favor of a new school and that that is somehow nefarious.

Kucinich ends cynicism
Thank you to Christopher Wright for his letter to the editor regarding Kucinich's presence in Juneau in response to Masha Herbst's article, "So, What's the Point?" from March 21, 2004.

Look within to stop racism
Regarding "Time to take steps against racism," Dean Blust, Juneau Human Rights Commission; and "Racism goes both ways," Shaun McMahon, Sitka: I read both of these opinions and they both have merit. Racism does in fact go both directions. It is not just a claim of minorities against the non-minorities and Shaun demonstrates this in a believable manner.

Alaska robbed of public discussion
I'm sure those who elected our present governor are pleased to see that they have chosen a king. King Murkowski and his cronies have robbed the people of Alaska, especially of Juneau, of any discussion about moving the AMHS offices to Ketchikan.

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

Activist fights for dike trail
Laurie Ferguson Craig grew up in Chicago but probably knows the Airport Dike Trail better than anyone in town.

Photo: MADD benefit
Ruth Simpson, left, volunteers Rebecca Easton to bid on a pie at auction Sunday afternoon at the Senior Citizens Center during the MADD Hatter's Tea Party.

Juneau fans work to remove curse on Cubs
The curse plaguing Chicago's National League baseball team is gone, said one local resident whose contributions to removing it made national television.

Ferry system manager resigns
Alaska Marine Highway System General Manager George Capacci, 51, announced his resignation Monday, following a 7 1/2-year stint with the state ferry system.

Deformed beaks spotted in Southeast
A beak deformity first recorded among blackcap chickadees near Anchorage is increasingly sighted in crows in Southeast Alaska, broadening an already mysterious phenomenon.

Supporters of Native-oriented school programs ask for direct district help
Some parents and educators would like to see two successful Native-oriented programs have secure funding and reach more students in the Juneau School District.

Business owners protest smoking ban
Business owners protested a proposed smoking ban for Juneau's bars and restaurants Monday, and the Juneau Assembly decided to delay action on the plan.

Chrome domes for charity
Dept. of Fish and Game employee Chris Lewis, left, gets his head shaved by Jean Lowe as Lori Van Steenwyk shaves her husband Matt's head Friday at the Fish and Game building. Van Steenwyk promised to shave his head if the department raised more than 2,000 pounds of food during its Fish and Game Food Drive.

Grounding second
Brian Blomquist, a city employee with park maintenance, installs second base in a softball field Monday at Savikko Park.

Docks, Harbors employees get wage hikes under new pact
Docks and Harbors Department employees will see pay raises out to 2005 and other changes under a new three-year contract.

Around Town
Today: Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's Restaurant. Public invited. Details: Jim, 789-3074.

Governor's prayer-breakfast attendees urged to love God, neighbors, themselves
The second annual Governor's Prayer Breakfast drew about 100 people to the commons of Juneau-Douglas High School on Saturday morning.

Fish on
Ron Douglas got a bite Monday as he fished for flounder off the Auke Bay dock, but the fish eluded him.

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

Around Town
Today Board Roles and Responsibilities, a training session for nonprofit organizations, 9-11 a.m., Vocational Training and Resource Center, 3239 Hospital Drive. $25. Details: 1-877-834-5003.

Kenneth Lee Green
Juneau resident Kenneth Lee Green, 48, died March 23, 2004, in Juneau. He was born Aug. 20, 1955, in Riverside, Calif. He previously had resided in Gresham, Ore., where he worked in heavy machinery, moving to Juneau in 1989 to be near family.

Josephine Marie Paul
Kake resident Josephine Marie Paul, 82, died March 31, 2004, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Some fluoride opponents are making misleading statements
I have been aware of the controversy over the fluoridation of drinking water since a graduate student in chemistry. I followed this issue through my 35 year career in water and wastewater research, supervision and m

Ketchikan's double standard
This letter is in response to the two articles in last Monday's Empire. Specifically, the "My Turn" and the editorial from the Ketchikan Daily News. In both articles the writers deplore the fact that Juneau is raising a hue and cry about losing 44 Marine Highway jobs to Ketchikan.

Fund trustees don't need a media campaign
Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. officials are correct to drop their plans for a $1.4 million media campaign aimed to drum up support for a change in the way the fund is managed and dividends are calculated.

JDHS boys soccer squad will open its season in Spokane
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team opens the 2004 season this week with its annual trip to Spokane, Wash. The Crimson Bears will play University High School on Wednesday, Ferris High School on Thursday, Mount Spokane High School on Friday and Mead High School on Saturday.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS: Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team community show - The JDHS Dance Team will hold its season-ending community show on Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at the JDHS gym.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS Thursday, April 8 • Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team community show - The JDHS Dance Team will hold its season-ending community show on Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at the JDHS gym.

Bentz uses 'birthmark' to motivate himself, others
MIAMI - Chad Bentz was 19 and a freshman at Long Beach State when he met the man who opened his mind, gave him hope, changed his life.

International event
Six boys soccer teams from the Yukon journeyed south over the weekend for an annual series of games against Juneau Soccer Club squads.

Yukon racers lead the way at 2004 Buckwheat Ski Classic
Yukon skiers dominated the competition at the 2004 Buckwheat Ski Classic, held March 27 at Log Cabin, British Columbia.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports

Bill to allow 'dude' fishing
Move over, ice climbing and mountain trekking. "Dude" fishing may add a new brand of adventure tourism to Alaska.

Stevens gets funds for Arctic games
KENAI - Tucked into the huge national appropriations bill are millions of dollars for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games on the Kenai Peninsula.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

Feds consider coral sites for protection
ANCHORAGE - Federal fishery managers have released a list of ocean sites where commercial fishing might be restricted or banned to prevent damage to coral and other important fish habitat.

Haida war canoe arrives in Hydaburg
KETCHIKAN - A Haida war canoe made by Native students at a Seattle school has arrived in Hydaburg.

This Day in History
In Alaska: In 1940, the sawmill of the Columbia Lumber Company at Sitka was destroyed by fire.

Trawler hits uncharted reef off coast of Kodiak Island
KODIAK - One of the largest research trawlers in the United States will need substantial repairs after striking a reef off the coast of Kodiak Island.

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