Wednesday, April 7, 2004

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.

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

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.

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.

Study fluoride and have a vote
I've been reading the two sides of the fluoride drinking water issue in our morning paper. One side from concerned citizens and the other from health professionals in the community. Who is right? Perhaps to some degree both sides are.

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.

Take from oil, not permanent fund
President Putin has just increased Russia's oil tax to 60 percent. Nigeria's oil tax is 85 percent. Do you think that the sheiks of Kuwait or Saudi Arabia tax any less than 85 percent? Why should they when they too are owner states?

U.S. intelligence should be truthful
Mr. Ray McGovern, retired now after spending 27 years working as an analyst for the CIA, did not mince words last Wednesday at the Juneau World Affairs Council when he explained how George W. Bush, under the guidance of Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and Donald Rumsfeld, distorted CIA intelligence to lie to the American people and to the world for the purpose of starting a war with Iraq.

Don't whine about peace rally
In response to Mr. Richardson's opinion, "Peace rally a bust," March 30, 2004. Maybe your rally was a bust because by far and large, myself included, not many support your opinion. You tortured us, the reader, with six paragraphs of rambling, whining nonsense. Here's a tip. If you want to participate in "peace" rallies, go to the states.

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.

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.

Number 1305: Find a restroom
On Saturday, April 3, around 9:30 a.m., I went to the Mendenhall Glacier to enjoy a lovely morning. The main parking lot was full with people embarking upon some sort of run, so I went to the next parking lot, also very full.

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

Around Town
Today: Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, Tuesday's story about the resignation of Alaska Marine Highway System general manager George Capacci incorrectly stated that Kathy Capacci works at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

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

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

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

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

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.

Board will reconsider school's move
The Juneau School Board will revisit its decision to move the alternative high school to the basement of Harborview Elementary School.

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.

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.

Knowles talks to residents about schools, taxes, Iraq
U.S. Senate candidate Tony Knowles urged a rollback in the Bush administration's education policies as he campaigned in Juneau on Tuesday.

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.

How the garden grows
Lenore Honsinger takes advantage of the good weather Tuesday to rake her garden.

Scientist helped chart Southeast's island maze
When the United States purchased Russian America in 1867, little was known about this vast territory. The Coast and Geodetic Survey set out to remedy that with a series of expeditions.

Dr. Soboleff - a community leader and a man of substance
Before taking a break from writing this past winter, I had not yet written about one of the famous men of Juneau's history. He had his 95th birthday on November 14.

Pets of the Week
Klondike overflowing with love; swims, Neutered Arnold is playful, handsome

Thank you letters
On behalf of Auke Bay School, I would like to extend our appreciation to the many people that helped make our recent Hoe Down on Feb. 20 a success. This is the only fund-raiser the music program has all year, and we are very thankful to the many volunteers who helped this year.

Murderball's a hit but French hot lunch just doesn't cut it
"It's like this, Mom," Shane, our fifth grader, explained after the first couple of days at the Ecole St. Laud. "When I speak French, it's the tape measure being pulled out really slow. When they talk back, it's the tape measure snapping back." He's right - the retractable tape measure sums up the language situation well.

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

Gwendolyn 'Gay' Himes Reynolds
Former Juneau resident Gwendolyn "Gay" Himes Reynolds, 88, died October 31, 2003, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash.

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.

Alaska schools need money, and not just for teaching
An $84.5 million increase in education funding is a lot of money, but money well spent: It is an investment in our most valuable resource, our children. As the chairman of the House Special Committee on Education, I am very proud to say that the state House for 2004 made education its true top priority this year.

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

Empire editorial: Fairweather to cut travel time and costs
A big thumbs-up to Alaska's fast ferry Fairweather and the reception it got from Juneauites upon its arrival at the Alaska Marine Highway System terminal on March 27.

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.

Newcomer leads Marlins over Expos
MIAMI - In a lineup with seven players who started the final game of the World Series, Florida Marlins newcomer Hee Seop Choi made the biggest impact.

Rose's shot has thorns for Cavs
CLEVELAND - Jeff McInnis is nursing two new injuries: a sprained left ankle and some severely damaged NBA playoff hopes.

UConn makes history
NEW ORLEANS - A triple for the women, a double for the school. Connecticut's championship sweep is complete.

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.

Urata, Felix 15th at junior national meet
The 14-year-old duo of Kimiko "Koko" Urata and Sarah Felix combined to take 15th place in the duet preliminaries Saturday at the 2004 Speedo Junior Synchronized Swimming Championships in Clermont, Fla.

Canada wins women's hockey title - again
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - Canada won its eighth women's world hockey championship Tuesday night, beating the United States 2-0 in a game featuring two players from Alaska - goalie Pam Dreyer of Chugiak and defenseman Kerry Weiland of Palmer.

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.

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.

Judge orders pipeline shooter to pay $17 million in restitution
FAIRBANKS - The man convicted of shooting the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and causing a 285,000-gallon crude oil spill has been ordered to pay $17 million in restitution.

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

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.

House nixes cuts to public broadcasting
The House of Representatives has rejected a spending cut that the state's public broadcasting director said would have eliminated all public television service in Alaska outside of Anchorage and Fairbanks.

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

House restores state parks funding
The prospect of state cabin closures and private park management has disappeared with a House amendment restoring $350,000 to the parks budget.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

Murkowski spending plan OK'd in House, heads for Senate
The House approved a fiscal 2005 operating budget on Tuesday that cuts where Gov. Frank Murkowski didn't want to cut, spends more than Senate Republicans wanted to spend and doesn't balance itself.

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

This Day in History
In Alaska: In 1911, the sailing ship Jabez Howes of Columbia River Packers was wrecked at Chignik.

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.

State House grants small cruise ships wastewater exemption
The state House of Representatives voted unanimously Tuesday to partially exempt small cruise ships from a wastewater dumping law passed in 2001.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

House bill would permit casino to open in Anchorage
A casino could open in Anchorage under a bill that popped up in the House on Tuesday.

Mother, children survive plunge off bridge
FAIRBANKS - A mother and her two young children escaped injury after their sport utility vehicle and the U-Haul trailer it was towing crashed through a city bridge railing and fell 20 feet onto the frozen Chena River.

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