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Friday, April 9, 2004

Senate changes tactics on gas line incentives
U.S. Senate leaders have switched tactics for providing financial incentives for construction of an Alaska natural gas pipeline.

Ketchikan seeks veneer mill operator
Wanted: a new operator for a failed veneer plant at Ketchikan's Ward Cove. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has contacted veneer operators in Washington, Oregon and California who might be interested in running the mill it bought after Gateway Forest Products went bankrupt in 2001.

Only race that counts is human
Regarding Shaun McMahon's letter to the editor: I myself am part Irish. And being so, I wanted to ask a few questions in regards to your remarks. First of all you stated "I'm Irish, we've only been considered white for the last hundred years or so." I take it that you are saying the Irish were finally accepted in an elite group that is only slated for the white. I ask why you would even want to be affiliated with a group who looks down on others because they feel you do not meet the standards.

Cut fossil fuels
With Murkowski planning to open oil drilling off of our coastlines, I can't help but feel incredibly frustrated with our elected leaders. Time and time again hasn't the public made it clearly known that we want to, as a nation, move away from burning fossil fuels as an energy source?

Let's ban anything that's unhealthy
By now everyone has heard about the Juneau Clean Air Committee, which is trying to extend the smoke-free workplaces to include all restaurants and bars. Part of their argument focuses on safety in the workplace. I pose this question to you folks: Why stop at smoking?

Reduce oil needs
It looks like the perfect time to start looking at Corporate Auto Fuel Efficacy (CAFE) standards to save money. Having a car that is more fuel-efficient is an easy way to save money every time you go to the pump.

A flat tax is only fair
I totally agree with Gary Miller's letter. From having worked in the seafood processing industry for 15-plus years I have seen he is right. Seasonal workers do save as much as possible and then leave the state for home.

Investigation rife with error
Murder in a town of fewer than 150 people. I would think even a less-than-adequate detective would be able to solve the crime. What resulted in the tragically incompetent investigation of Maggie Wigen's murder is far less than adequate.

A word on motorcycle comments
Only one word comes to mind while reading Pat Eggers' letter to the editor on Thursday, April 1, 2004, on motorcyclists not using "brains." Hater!

Another view
George Haralovich expressed some obviously heartfelt negative views about the Juneau Community Charter School and fourth/fifth/sixth-grade teacher Sheila Keller, in the April 6 Empire. Blessedly, in our country people are free to have their own opinions, and to express them.

Princess putting safety first
Princess Tours is in the process of training its 85 local driver-guides in preparation for the 2004 tour season. These local residents are your friends, neighbors, firefighters, your children's teachers, and others from our community - many of whom have worked for Princess for several years.

Senator explains views
I'd like to briefly respond to Ms. Amelia Budd's letter you ran in the Juneau Empire. I'm encouraged by how involved Alaskans are in the public process. Meeting with constituents is not only an important aspect of my job, but something I've really come to enjoy.

Juneau has a right to a safe airport
This is in reference to your front page Juneau Color article on the dike trail. The dike trail "nature's theater," a manmade dike, evidently has turned into a very special sanctuary for a few people. It is a great place to walk and exercise your dog, thanks to human development.

Tyrants' decisions affect ferry workers
I'm a bid job holder on the M/V Kennicott and recently learned that all bid jobs will become Juneau-originating. This means that roughly half the crew who now originate in Ketchikan (and most are long-time residents) will have to get to Juneau to work.

Ferry system's move is costly
The lost dollars to the Juneau economy will be tremendous. Millions of dollars will be a loss to the Juneau area, the ripple effect of this very stupid idea may not be felt in Juneau for years to come, but believe me, it will be felt.

Spring forward
I am responding to Brandon Loomis' article about why the clocks should go forward one hour in the spring. The reason here in Southeast is an important matter of evening light during the shoulder season when I don't have to turn on the generator, and two hours' separation from our neighbors in Whitehorse and Seattle.

Share burden equally
I am responding to an article regarding violence against Alaska Natives. Violence against any human is sad and unjust. However, one must look at why violence against Natives occurs, although unjustified.

Charter school flies the flag
The Juneau Community Charter School supports displaying the American flag in public schools. Our flag flies in each classroom at the school, the school office and entry way. In fact, with 60 students and five flags, we probably have the highest flag-student ratio in Juneau.

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

Young: State could build road to Kensington mine
Alaska might not get enough money to build a road from Juneau to Skagway soon, but U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, said it could get enough to lay pavement out to the proposed Kensington mine.

Good Friday quake: 'One long terrible night'
When Laury Scandling was 10 years old and living in Anchorage in 1964, schools had the day off for Good Friday, the Friday before Easter. That's why Scandling was at a friend's house and not in school when the second-largest earthquake ever recorded in the world struck Alaska on March 27.

Photo: Signs of spring
Sunny and warm weather allowed Matt Davidson, left, and Drew McDougal to kick off their shoes during the lunch hour on Thursday.

City's deficit may force cuts in bus service
The city would eliminate half-hour morning bus service and increase fare rates - despite ridership increases - as part of budget cutbacks, officials said Thursday.

Photo: Another roadside attraction
Arnie W. Hangar stands on the side of Lena Loop Road while capturing photos of a doe, buck and two young deer Wednesday.

Cedar Park building to become Juneau Jewish center
The Juneau Jewish Community finally has its own place to worship after meeting in homes and other sites over the years. Members hugged each other in joy Wednesday after learning they were the highest bidders to purchase Cedar Park Center from the city.

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

FYI
Births, judgments and other local legal matters.

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

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

Designers seek comments on Mendenhall Valley rec center
Water slides, fireplaces in the library, an indoor track, a toddler playground - those are some of the amenities a proposed city recreation center at Dimond Park could have, architects say.

School board wrestles with funds for advocacy
A proposed Juneau School District policy that would let it spend public money to take sides on a ballot measure is intended to protect the district from potential claims it has broken state election-spending laws, administrators say.

Correction
Due to incorrect information provided to the Empire, a history photograph cutline published Friday, April 2, incorrectly stated that the demolition of the Hotel Juneau took place in 1947. Hotel Juneau was actually demolished in July of 1972 to make way for the state courthouse building.

Photo: Talking science
Danielle Orbistondo, 13, an eighth-grade student at Juneau Christian School, talks about her science project that took first place Wednesday in the school's annual science fair.

A listing of Easter services in Juneau
Local holiday service times.

Hoonah gears up for tourists on May 11
Workers are being hired and the finishing touches put on buildings in Hoonah as developers prepare for Hoonah's first season as a cruise ship destination. The first of 33 ships will arrive in Hoonah May 11, inundating the town of 868 with about 2,200 tourists and bringing in needed tourism dollars.

Correction
An editorial in Wednesday's Empire misstated the cost of the fast ferry Fairweather. The state's $67.9 million contract also covers a second ferry, to operate in Prince William Sound.

... to the Juneau Police
Mothers Against Drunk Driving is grateful for our Juneau Police Department creating the Citizen's Academy.

A beautiful story from Alabama
Since 1963, I've visited Alabama once or twice each year. My wife, Sally, has a farm house there. We think it was built before the Civil War. We learned, as we removed a portion of siding, that it was a log house, built in the same style as nearly all the early colonial homes were built in America, by bringing logs to the building site and then hewing them with a broadax to make long, stout planks.

... for supporting JAHC
The wearable art runway show, sponsored by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, is our primary fund-raiser for our grant and scholarship program.

Doggie Dos: Dogs and wildlife
Kathy Hocker is a naturalist, educator and nature artist who has lived in Juneau for almost 30 years. She has observed and taught about Southeast Alaska wildlife for more than 12 years. Kathy spends many hours each week hiking with her dog, Magpie.

Neighbors Digest
Local community news in brief.

Madden and Wood to marry
Darla Madden of Huron, S.D., and Karen Wood of Latham, N.Y., will be married on the steps of City Hall in San Francisco, Calif., on April 15, 2004.

Photo: Entertaining at the Pioneer's Home
University of Alaska Southeast students, staff, faculty and their family members spent the afternoon of March 27 entertaining the residents of the Juneau Pioneer's Home.

Frank Glade Wright Sr.
Former Haines and Hoonah resident Frank Glade Wright Sr., 78, died April 4, 2004 at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Anna R. Hitchcock
Juneau resident Anna R. Hitchcock, 103, died March 28, 2004, in her bed at Wildflower Court in Juneau on the eve of her 104th birthday.

Exxon Mobil hasn't paid up, but maybe this guy can spot them
A guy who makes $16,000 a year gets liquored up on his four-wheeler and shoots the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. He gets 16 years in prison and, this week, is ordered to pay $17 million for causing a 285,000-gallon leak on the tundra. That's an expensive drunk.

My Turn: Voters must understand POMV plan
For the past six years, the Trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund have advocated for changes to the fund's management system to modernize the fund and inflation-proof its principal into the future. With these goals in mind, the trustees have requested consideration of a percent of market value system similar to that used by most large trusts and endowments across the nation.

Alaska editorial: State head tax would be unfair
It's no surprise that House Finance Committee approval of a $100 head tax on workers Thursday was transparently reluctant. The idea is patently unfair - and onerous for those who can least afford the burden.

My Turn: Dogs need leashes at wetlands to protect migratory birds
II recently helped complete a study of bird use of the Mendenhall Wetlands. The primary objective of this study was to determine areas on the wetlands of special importance to birds. Another objective was to determine what attracted birds to these areas.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

2004 Herb Jaenicke Memorial Badmiton Tournament
Results from the 2004 Herb Jaenicke Memorial Badminton Tournament held March 26-28 at the Mendenhall Valley location of JRC/The Alaska Club.

Grizzlies put Cavs on verge of elimination
The load was a little heavier, but James Posey continued to carry the Memphis Grizzlies. Posey took up the offensive slack of three missing Grizzlies, scoring 35 points Wednesday night in Memphis' 50th win of the season, 92-74 over the reeling Cleveland Cavaliers, whose slim playoff hopes faded even further with the loss.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Juneau boys soccer team opens season with win in Spokane
Despite nearly a complete turnover from its squad that won last year's state championship, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team produced the same result - a win - in its opener on Wednesday.

Registration underway for sixth Yukon River Quest
Adventurous Southeast paddlers are invited to register for the sixth annual Yukon River Quest, a 460-mile canoe and kayak river race that begins on Wednesday, June 23, in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Penny-wise Expos beat Marlins, 3-2
Juneau's Chad Bentz made his debut for the Expos, pitching two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief in the seventh. Bentz allowed one hit, a two-out, two-strike single to Juan Pierre, and threw seven strikes in his nine pitches.

Eaglecrest Challenge
Results from the Juneau Ski Club's Eaglecrest Challenge slalom races held Saturday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Juneau boys outlast Ferris for 1-0 victory
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer squad got outshot and outplayed in Thursday's game against Ferris High School in Spokane, Wash.

Bentz keeps his cool in first outing
If Chad Bentz was nervous before making his major league debut Wednesday, he didn't show it. The 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, a left-handed relief pitcher for the Montreal Expos, entered Wednesday's game against the Florida Marlins with one out in the seventh inning.

Hinkley leads Juneau skiers at Jr. Olympics
Chris Hinkley posted the best finish of any Juneau Ski Club members at the West Region J3/J4 Junior Olympic Alpine Ski Championships held March 18-21 at Sun Valley Resort in Idaho.

Lawmakers propose hate-crimes penalties
An Alaska Senate bill would elevate crimes motivated by prejudice, bias or hate, set minimum sentences for misdemeanor hate crimes and allow civil lawsuits based on discriminatory harassment.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Feds reject challenge of aerial wolf control plan
The U.S. Department of the Interior has rejected a petition filed by a national wildlife group challenging a program in which Alaska hunters shoot wolves from airplanes.

Where fishing and tourism meet
Some commercial fishermen who traditionally looked askance at tourists now want to invite them on board with support for a bill that would authorize short-term crew licenses.

Consultant urges patience in pipeline project
If Alaska's Big Three oil producers move ahead with a $20 billion North Slope natural gas pipeline, it would eclipse any project they have ever undertaken, said the state's chief oil and gas consultant.

Judge strikes down new 'loser pays' law
A Juneau Superior Court judge struck down a new state law intended to make environmental groups pay legal fees in unsuccessful court challenges against the state.

Photo: Eagle's safety nest
Marion Owen / The Associated Press Lanny VanMeter of the Kodiak Electric Association poses next to a power pole in Kodiak outfitted with hoops and triangles designed to keep eagles from landi

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

This Day in History
Highlights from Alaska.

State Senate fails to pass spending cap
An effort to put a state spending cap in the Alaska constitution failed in the Senate on Wednesday. The measure - which some have said is critical to gaining public support for taxes or use of Alaska Permanent Fund spending - fell two votes short of the 14 needed to put a constitutional amendment before voters.

Bill would raise ship wastewater standards in U.S.
A far-reaching federal cruise ship pollution bill introduced in Congress last week effectively would ban all wastewater dumping in the narrow channels of Alaska's Inside Passage. The bill sets shore-distance requirements for dumping and establishes observer programs and a system awarding damages to whistleblowers.

Disabled students able to graduate without exit exam
Alaska high school seniors with disabilities will not need to pass the high school exit exam to graduate this spring. More than 500 students will be affected immediately by an agreement reached Wednesday in a class-action lawsuit that charged that Alaska's exit exam puts disabled students at a disadvantage.

A block of wood and a world of their own
From their cliff-top homestead, four miles northwest of Pelican along the Lisianski Inlet, Eric and Pam Bealer can see 40 miles north, past Glacier Bay to the end of the St. Elias Range.

Briefly
Local arts and entertainment news in brief.

Cartoon: In the Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Meet the guest artists
With the 30th Alaska Folk Festival days away, April 12-18 at Centennial Hall and the Armory, the Empire takes a look at how each of the three guest artists was invited to play.

What's Happening
Upcoming local arts and entertainment events.

Movies: Where & when
Local movie times and showings.

Overlapping Shakespeare and Tlingit traditions
In the library at Glacier Valley Elementary School, roughly 60 fourth- and fifth-grade students have been exploring the ways in which the world of William Shakespeare and the oral tradition of Tlingit legend overlap.

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