Thursday, April 15, 2004

Arctic Slope shareholders want larger dividends, more profits
Shareholders of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation are demanding bigger profits and larger dividends from the billion-dollar company.

Alaska Railroad report: passenger numbers down
Ridership on the Alaska rails fell to a 13-year low last year, according to data released by the Alaska Railroad on Tuesday.

Wake up, America: Pay attention and vote
Let's take a step back and, without taking party sides, evaluate the condition of politics in America today. With another election just around the proverbial corner, I find it necessary to point out a few disgusting truths we all seem to be ignoring.

Jobs help Ketchikan, stay in region
What about the positive impact of the community of Juneau sharing its state-funded jobs with Ketchikan? Ketchikan has had a depressed economy for the past seven years with loss of revenue and loss of people.

EMT/firefighter is no hater
I would like to respond to Chris Heckler's response to Pat Eggers' letter about reckless motorcycle riders. Chris, I've noticed that when most people put the label of "hater" or "phobic" on those they disagree with, it means that the labeler has closed the mind and stopped thinking about the points that have been made. I do hope this is not true in your case.

Find another solution, but keep morning buses
I am also a person that was terribly affected by the lack of transportation in the past. I live off the bus line and had to walk out (about 15-20 minutes) to catch the bus with my toddler on my back, take the bus to Juneau Christian Center for day care, wait another hour for the next bus and then do the same for the return trip. The worst thing for CBJ to do is to cut back service in the morning.

Time for regime change in this country too
Here we are in our magnificence, our indifference, the new Rome, complete with our senators, our political dynasties, our emperors-in-waiting. As the world's only remaining superpower our military can rain death from the skies virtually anywhere in the world.

Ferry label change is a waste
I am sure the residents of Hoonah will feel "connected" to the Aurora, which operates in Prince William Sound. And Wrangell folks will gain a "sense of identity" by having their city's name on a ship that will be taken out of service in a few months. What a waste of $37,000. But then, it makes about as much good business sense as moving the ferry headquarters to Ketchikan, doesn't it?

Encourage responsible dog ownership
I agree with Bob Armstrong that dogs should be "controlled" when walking on the Mendenhall/airport dike trail (and other areas as well). However, I do not think keeping dogs leashed is necessarily the answer. It certainly may be for some dogs, particularly at sensitive times of the year.

Juneau cuts necessities, while paying for extras
Back a few years ago when the entire nation was facing an economic and government budget downturn, when all governments started facing tough choices, Juneau still acted like it was the free-flowing 1990s. We pushed through the ice rink, Eaglecrest services and the waterfront plan, and a cosmetic (but debatably un-educational) readjustment of Juneau-Douglas High School.

Bill unfair to military, students
This letter is being written in response to HB-547, proposed by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer. To withhold the permanent fund dividend from Alaska residents living outside the state due to military call to duty and students in college is very unfair to those Alaska citizens.

Beliefs fuel misunderstanding
I am writing in response to a letter titled "Share Burden Equally" that was just published on April 9, 2004. The author argues that "violence against humans is sad and unjust," but "providing extra services (for Alaska Natives) only encourages racism and increases the burden on the taxpayers ... and is, therefore, the dividing line between peoples."

Congratulations to lesbian couple
My congratulations to the couple flying down to California. I can understand their desire to make the statement. What people do not realize is that this is not going away.

Travel Tales: Experiencing The Belgian Blues
I had been warned about not losing the shirt off my back when traveling overseas, but someone forgot to warn me about not losing the pants off my backside.

Nelson remembered for love of outdoors
Southeast Alaska is emptier this week without Mike Nelson around to teach people about the outdoors, a friend and business partner said Tuesday.

Governor addresses teens on tobacco tax
Anti-tobacco cheerleaders waved pom-poms and passed out smoked salmon as dancing cigarette butts gyrated to the tune of Kool and the Gang's "Celebration" Tuesday during a rally on the steps of the state Capitol.

Photo: Native village, early 1900s
This photo, taken around the turn of the 20th century, shows the Douglas Native village behind railroad tracks that led to Treadwell. A massive fire struck Douglas on Oct. 10, 1926, burning the entire eastern part of town, including the Native village and most of adjoining Treadwell. The village was located at present-day Savikko Park.

Fetal alcohol clinic opens in Juneau
Hundreds of children and adults in Juneau may suffer from fetal alcohol disorders and not know it, enduring short-term memory loss, depression and learning disabilities.

Photo: Another thing to do today
Mike Grimes, an employee of Capital Service, takes a studded tire off a car wheel Wednesday. Not only do Juneau car drivers have to have their federal income taxes filed by today, they also have to have studded tires off of their vehicles. There is no warning or grace period for having studs off your car. Police will issue $100 fines.

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

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.

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

Planners given reduced classroom recommendation
Planners for the new Mendenhall Valley high school should cut about 12 classrooms and a kitchen from the school budget to cover a projected $1.8 million funding shortfall, city officials recommended Tuesday.

This Day in History
In Alaska: In 1938, the steamer Tongass, of the Alaska Transportation Company, arrived in Juneau on her first Alaska voyage.

Glacier dock extension OK'd
Glacier Seafood gained approval Tuesday to build its Auke Nu Cove dock another 35 feet seaward in a plan worked out to protect nearby eelgrass beds.

Committee to decide the future of Juneau 4-H
No matter what University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service decides about its future in Juneau, one thing is clear: Jim Douglas can't be replaced.

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

Photo: The sun, the park and other things
Darrellene Karlson, a student at the University of Alaska Southeast, plays a song of her own composition Wednesday during lunch hour at Marine Park. Karlson won't be performing at the Alaska Folk Festival but will be attending festival jam sessions and workshops like many other musicians in town.

Bus center plan inspires discussion of private parking
Faced with a decision on plans for new downtown bus facilities Tuesday night, city planning commissioners expressed concern for the availability of public parking.

They like math, but it's hard to put it into words
The nice thing about mathematics is ... you don't have to put the answers into words, says one Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School student who competed in a state Mathcounts contest early last month in Anchorage.

By the People Project launches local events
Ten community organizations have joined forces to encourage Juneau residents to learn more and talk more about foreign policy issues that affect them as Juneauites and Americans.

Thank you
... from the shipyard

Spring
A fisheman and his dog troll for spring king salmon last week in Fritz Cove.

On the importance of grieving
Whenever I make a new acquaintance, I often find myself having to demystify the work I do for Hospice & Home Care of Juneau. Not unexpectedly, many people feel uncomfort

Neighbors Digest
Art 'n Garden Fair booth applications The deadline for booth applications for the June 13 Juneau Art 'n Garden Fair has been extended to May 1.

Joseph Judson
Longtime Juneau and Hoonah resident Joseph Judson, 70, died April 10, 2004, in Anchorage.

Wildlife group defends its ads critical of aerial wolf killing
Complaints by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game about recent Defenders of Widlife newspaper advertisements simply don't hold water. Defenders is confident that all information presented in our advertisements about aerial wolf killing is factually correct.

Aerial pesticide spraying permit may harm forests
Imagine picking blueberries on a sunny hillside in August. The trees have been cut nearly 30 years ago, but berry bushes, alder and spruce are growing back all over the place.

Alaska Editorial: Alaska needs Congress to break up the 9th Circuit
Is it possible for a single circuit among the 13 circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals to effectively serve one-fifth of the nation's population? Is it right that a single circuit has nearly twice as many judges as the next largest appellate circuit?

Empire editorial: Partial skateboard ban a reasonable compromise
Thumbs up to the Juneau Assembly for its ban Monday on the use of skateboards and other such recreational devices at the downtown Marine Plaza Park during the times summer tourist traffic is heaviest.

High expectations
When the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team took the field last year the Crimson Bears didn't know what to expect.

JDHS track team sees huge turnout
Some people might think the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team is in a rebuilding year after losing two former state champions and several other key players to graduation. But that's not the case.

'Spring Fever' brings full weekend of soccer
The inaugural Spring Fever soccer series kicks off tonight when the Juneau-Douglas High School girls play Pagosa Springs, Colo., at 7 p.m. at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

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.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS • Juneau Soccer Club U12 girls competitive team tryout - Tryouts for the JSC U12 girls competitive team (born Aug. 1, 1992, through July 31, 1993) will be held on Sunday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Team of destiny
Before they ever played a high school game, coach Colin Barton knew the seniors on this year's Juneau-Douglas girls soccer team were something special.

Seablazers take to the road
Women's hockey in Juneau is about to skate to a new level. The Capital City Seablazers - comprised of 18 local women - will head to Anchorage this weekend for the Alaska State Women's Hockey Tournament. When they set foot on the ice at the Tesoro Sports Centre, the Seablazers will be the first Juneau women's hockey team to play a game on the road.

Spokane games give Bear boys new confidence
Call them the Crimson Bears A.S. - After Spokane. The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team began practicing this season with a near-complete turnover from the starting lineup that won a state championship last year.

Photo: Scoreless inning
Scoreless inning: Montreal Expos relief pitcher Chad Bentz - a Juneau-Douglas High School alum - pitches against the Florida Marlins in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Marlins won 9-0. Bentz pitched one inning and did not allow a hit or walk.

Juneau Parks and Rec Co-Ed Volleyball Standings
The standings through matches of April 4 for the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's 2004 coed volleyball leagues.

Cavs close with a win
Fittingly, LeBron James finished his rookie season on a positive note. The most hyped player to enter the NBA straight out of high school scored his final two points of 2003-04 on a crowd-pleasing dunk with 30 seconds remaining in a 100-90 victory Wednesday night over the New York Knicks.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Eldred Rocks
Eldred Rock Lighthouse keeps watch over Lynn Canal below the towering backdrop of the Chilkat Range on Easter Sunday morning.

Murkowski collects $540,000
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski raised more than $540,000 during the first quarter of 2003. That brought the total for Murkowski's campaign to nearly $2.5 million, she said, with $1.5 million cash on hand.

Premera conversion could send $150 million to Alaska
Alaska could receive $150 million or more for health care if Premera Blue Cross is allowed to convert from a nonprofit to a for-profit company, according to state reports.

Murkowski: Let voters decide on fund issue
As time begins to run out on the Alaska Legislature, Gov. Frank Murkowski called on lawmakers to let voters decide whether to use a portion of the Permanent Fund to balance the state budget.

Democrat-backed oil tax bill gets hearing
A Democrat-sponsored bill boosting oil-production taxes faces opposition from oil companies and skepticism in committee.

Miller enters GOP primary for U.S. Senate
Former state Senate President Mike Miller said Wednesday he will run in the August Republican primary against U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, whose father appointed her to the post when he was elected governor in 2002.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

Homer approves size limit for retail stores
The Homer City Council has voted to fend off a feared invasion of big box stores by setting a size limit on new retail construction.

Visas hard to come by for Japanese roe technicians
KETCHIKAN - Alaska's salmon industry will suffer if Japanese roe technicians can't obtain visas to work in the United States this year.

One member now in college, but Emeralds return for fourth fest
When the Emeralds played the Alaska Folk Festival last year, and received a standing ovation on a Friday night, the Anchorage teens had just released their first compact disc, "The Emerald Edge," and were without fiddle player Martha Leffek.

Briefly
Local entertainment news in brief.

Toe Cartoon: In the Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Eye of the Storm
As the lone full-time member of Fairbanks jam band Gangly Moose to have attended the Alaska Folk Festival, drummer Kliff Hopson has informed bassist John Knetchel and guitarist Dave Parks of the logistical difficulties of the band's 12:15 p.m. Saturday main-stage slot.

What's happening
Upcoming local arts and entertainment events.

Five Buck Fiddle returns with new CD
Fairbanks old-time dance band Five Buck Fiddle (www.fivebuckfiddle.com) will return to the Alaska Folk Festival for its second appearance in three years, this time with its brand-new, 15-song, debut, self-titled compact disc. But the seven-piece string band will be missing its founder and namesake, fiddler Uncle Buck, aka Richard Schoen. A carpenter, he accidentally sliced three finger-tips off his fretting hand two weeks ago in a table-saw accident.

Movies: Where & when
Local movie times and locations.

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