Friday, April 19, 2002

Making a difference
The TV screen showed Dan Rather in a way that I had never seen him. He looked like he had been pulled, pushed out of bed and set in front of the video cameras. The woman I usually rode to work with phoned and informed me she would be late picking me up. My brother and I watched the World Trade Centers crumble, sway and collapse.

Individual responsibility
To tax or not to tax alcohol seems to be the question. I will once again explain the fallacy of the pro-tax group's arguments. Alcoholism is not a social problem; it is an individual problem. The costs of alcohol-related tragedies are not the responsibility of our society; they are the responsibility of the individual.

Valuing children
We United States citizens are among more fortunate humans to live in a nation with unprecedented levels of material prosperity and life work opportunity. This may even be more true for citizens of Alaska. Besides vistas of geographic and natural beauty, we have untapped natural and economic resources.

Giving conservatism an 'ultra' bad name
Reading Vic Kohring's nonsensical claptrap on Tuesday at least gave me an answer to the problem Bill McAllister brought up a couple Sundays ago.

Harebrained proposal
I object strenuously to locating a heliport at Sheep Creek, Dupont or anywhere in the Thane neighborhood area. It is a terrible idea because of the narrow road, the negative effects on one of the most peaceful neighborhoods in Juneau - Thane - and the likely high cost to the public.

Penalizing the poor
Just plain mean. That describes the bill introduced by Alaska Sen. Randy Phillips and passed by the Senate majority. It deprives Alaska's poorest citizens of Permanent Fund Dividends . There is not other way to describe it. It's jut plain mean.

Theft hurts
I would like to take this opportunity to warn all the Juneau merchants that the light-fingered thieves are out stealing again.

Movie mix-up
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council would like to apologize for an error in advertising. JAHC had originally scheduled its monthly film showing for Wednesday, April 17, at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. However, due to the fact that this month's film, "The Man Who Wasn't There," was nominated for an Academy Award in cinematography, JAHC opted to switch formats from the originally scheduled 16 mm to a better-quality 35 mm format.

About the tourism plan
I think the Juneau Draft Tourism Management Plan ("D-TMP") addresses many of the concerns and offers ideas for reconciling the diversity of opinions that exists in our community. I like the plan and hope that we are able to "succeed at both cruise tourism and destination travel - with success being defined on Juneau's terms."

Risks of humor
This is in response to a letter by Jos Govaaro of Ketchikan that appeared in the Juneau Empire on March 29. Govaaro took exception to a letter written by Steve Smellzer to the Empire. I missed Smellzer's letter that presumably objected to the proposed bridge from Ketchikan to its airport.

Don, Lew, Frank all do a great job
I would like to make a few comments on Dee Longenbaugh's My Turn article that appeared in the April 15 paper. In that article, it was said that Juneau, on some sort of livable and tourism scale, was at a "4," which, according to Longenbaugh, was some sort of negative rating. Longenbaugh went on to say negative things about Don Smith, Lew Williams and Frank Murkowski and seemed to imply that these gentlemen were out of step with ordinary people.

No excuse for Sen. Donley's behavior
I have observed the Alaska Legislature in action for more than 35 years, and I thought that I had seen and heard just about everything with regard to bad behavior on the part of our elected officials.

National Day of Prayer
In the wake of tragic events in our country, scores of citizens have turned to their faith for comfort and many have recognized that hope and help must come from a source beyond themselves. "God Bless America" has almost become our nation's theme song. For the first time since the Civil War, on Dec. 4, 2001, the two houses of Congress observed a National Day of Reconciliation, assembling to "humbly seek the blessings of providence for forgiveness, reconciliation, unity and charity for all the people of the United States."

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

Vessel workshop next week
JUNEAU - The National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Coast Guard are sponsoring a workshop about a program that will track some federally-permitted fishing boats in Alaska this summer.

FYI
Births

Former astronaut urges fearless approach to life
For astronauts who traveled to the moon in the 1960s and '70s there was no Plan B if something went wrong.But despite the dangers of space travel, former astronaut and moonwalker Eugene A. Cernan said he never was afraid. "I was apprehensive because we were vulnerable to unplanned circumstances," Cernan told an audience of about 450 people Wednesday afternoon at Centennial Hall. "But I was never afraid because I never considered not coming home."

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

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

Cummins: hub in university wheel
Room 103 of the Novatney building at University of Alaska Southeast is nicknamed "the dungeon" because it doesn't have windows. But the mood is far from dark as laughter erupts from behind a partition in the corner, where Administrative Assistant Karen Cummins sits.

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

Subsistence, economy concern Tlingit and Haida Central Council
Subsistence, the Southeast economy and its own programs are likely to be important topics at the 67th annual General Assembly of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, which has convened in Juneau this week.

Five-hour standoff in Thane ends peacefully
A young man with a loaded gun surrendered peacefully to police Wednesday after threatening to kill himself during a five-hour standoff on Thane Road.Police and Capital City Fire and Rescue closed the last half-mile of Thane about 10:30 a.m. but reopened it after the man handed over his gun around 3 p.m.

Panel denies some social service grants
Twelve Juneau social service programs could lose out on city funding because they filed grant applications late or incorrectly, based on a recommendation from a city advisory panel.The Juneau Social Services Advisory Board reviewed 26 applications from local nonprofit and social services groups earlier this month to determine how to allocate $472,500 in block grants during the upcoming city budget cycle.

Thane and Era ask for more data on heliport
Era Helicopters and the Thane Neighborhood Association have asked the city for more information about a proposed satellite heliport before it decides how to address helicopter flightseeing noise.In an unusual joint letter presented Monday, the two organizations asked the city to thoroughly research how a new heliport might work, how much it would cost and what the impacts might be.

Quilting clases with Bob Coon
Bob Coon, a well-known quilting teacher from Washington state, will be teaching classes April 19 to 21 in Juneau.

Thank You
... for the support; ... for the donation; ... for all the help; ... for the donations;

Juneau native wins award at model U.N. conference
Juneau native Jack Gray, a sophomore political science major at Cedarville University in Ohio, recently earned honorable mention at the collegiate Dayton Model United Nations Conference (DAYMUNC).Gray and junior Colby Mathews teamed up to represent the Philippines, while team members Kimberly Edlund and Timothy Sparks were assigned Ireland.

Program promotes dleen kwat sh.iltin
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has taken the tradition of the Native healer and given it a new twist.The program is called Yaa kudzigeiyi Shaawat, or WISEWOMAN, and it promotes dleen kwat sh.iltin, or healthy hearts and healthy traditions.

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

Parsons and Snapp to be wed
Sitka residents Margaret Ann Parsons and Stephen Farrington Snapp will be wed at 10:30 a.m., April 21, 2002, at St. Peters-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Sitka.

Miller and Lowden wed
Juneau residents Jovon Miller and Matthew Lowden were married in a ceremony March 27, 2002, at the Mendenhall Glacier. A reception followed at Canton House.

Guertin, Bills to marry
Noah Guertin and Jennifer Bills will be married April 30, 2002, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Alfredo 'Fred' P. Yadao and Asuncion 'Asyon' L. Yadao
Longtime Juneau residents Alfredo "Fred" P. Yadao, 88, died April 14, 2002, and Asuncion "Asyon" L. Yadao, 82, died January 13, 2002, in the Philippines.

Celia S. Leonidas
Juneau resident Celia S. Leonidas, 63, died April 17, 2002, in Juneau.

Celia Soriano Leonidas
Juneau resident Celia Soriano Leonidas, 63, died April 17, 2002, in Juneau from dermatomyositis.

My Turn: Human emotions are universal
This Saturday is 4/20. It is significant for several reasons. One, it happens to be the birthday of one of history's cruelest haters: Hitler. Coincidentally or intentionally, it is also the anniversary of the Columbine shootings. It is also the day of a nationwide vigil for peace. Washington, D.C. will see thousands of visitors this Saturday, bringing an intention for peace and the end of suffering to others.

My Turn: Parental involvement improves education
Charter schools, correspondence programs, private schools and traditional home schooling have grown since I first came to the Legislature in 1989 and are now the choice of many Alaskans.

My Turn: Protecting the environment isn't 'extreme'
I really get tired of this polarization between so-called non-environmentalists and so-called environmentalists. It's such a paralyzing stand-off and for what reasons? It's as if caring for the health of the environment were a nasty idea. Shouldn't we all be concerned for the well-being of the planet and do our part locally to protect it and to repair damages done, as we hopefully learn from the mistakes of the past?

My Turn: Recalling Oklahoma City and April 1995
At 9:02 a.m. on 19 April 1995, I was working in Oklahoma City and was on the telephone with our company's insurance agent. As we were talking, there was an explosion - our building rocked and the agent said he had almost fallen out of his chair. We continued talking, speculating what the explosion could have been.

My Turn: Compliments, criticism equally valued
The Postal Service is in the news. I am a member of the Board of Governors and see first hand the reasons why. Each person, each business, each organization in our country looks forward to receiving mail. We deliver to 138 million addresses every day. We carry 207 billion pieces of mail each year - letters, periodicals, catalogs, advertisements and packages.

My Turn: Why celebrate Earth Day?
Human awareness that we share space with all species is expanding. What we do to planet Earth we do to ourselves - literally. We share the same sun, air, water and earth with all life, continually transforming each other's energy into life support.

My Turn: A champion of human dignity and rights
During my childhood grade school days, our teacher would put salt in our mouths for speaking our own Tlingit language in school. I didn't mind the small jail, we could sleep another half-hour, but not the salt instead of studying or listening to our teacher. Anyway, the English language wasn't that easy to digest or even learn away from home, where we spoke Tlingit always.

Bears win twice
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls softball team opened its season on a winning note by claiming a pair of victories Thursday night at Ketchikan High School.

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

Wagner to lead Region V Board
Juneau-Douglas High School activities director Sandi Wagner became the first female to be elected president of the Region V Activities Board at the Region V spring meeting held April 13 in Ketchikan.

Juneau strikers set for big test
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team has been going to Spokane, Wash., for six years now to open the season.This weekend, one of the Spokane teams will be in Juneau for the first time in what is believed to be the first visit to Alaska by a Lower 48 squad since high school soccer began in the mid-1980s.

Juneau girls kick Wasilla
So far in this young soccer season, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls have shown they can hurt their opponents with a variety of scorers.The Crimson Bears got goals from five different players as they beat the Wasilla Warriors 5-1 Thursday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Juneau has now had eight different players score goals as the undefeated Crimson Bears won their fifth straight game

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

Bears set for track season
When the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team heads to Sitka for its season opener this weekend, there will be a lot of new faces among the Crimson Bears including a new coaching staff.But with enough familiar faces on the team, the Crimson Bears are feeling good about their chances to repeat as Region V champions and improve on their finishes at last year's state meet. The Juneau girls tied for 12th last year at state and the boys tied for 14th place.

Minnesota-Crookston bags third Crimson Bear this year
Juneau-Douglas High School winter graduate Bret Russell has decided to join the growing number of Alaska football players headed to NCAA Division II University of Minnesota-Crookston this fall.

Groups sue to stop army from firing on Eagle R. flats
ANCHORAGE - Three environmental groups and the Chickaloon tribe have filed a lawsuit to stop the Army from using the Eagle River Flats firing range and to clean up the unexploded munitions.

State Briefs
Juneau Assembly funds session-move studies; Assembly gives Lena park the Native name Aant'iyeik; Anchorage judge calls activist's political party idea a wisecrack; Shellfish farming bill passes House; Elderly Savoonga man spends two days in snow cave; Glennallen man sentenced for harassing anglers

Knowles signs spill bill defining best technology
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Tony Knowles signed a bill Wednesday that environmentalists claim rolls back a court decision about what "best available technology" means in regulating how oil companies clean up spills. The state Supreme Court two months ago ruled that Alaska environmental regulators were not using a clear definition to enforce a law that requires companies to use the "best" technology in oil spill response plans.

Stevens: Let Natives drill
FAIRBANKS - Sen. Ted Stevens says he will introduce an amendment to allow the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. to drill for oil on its 92,000 acres of land within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. His proposal follows Senate Republicans' inability Thursday to break a Democratic filibuster against opening the wildlife refuge to oil drilling.

House eases burden for marijuana evidence
Law enforcement agents would process a smaller amount of marijuana to assist in prosecuting drug suspects under a bill approved in the House.

Report: Salmon numbers swing with climate
Thousands of years before dams or commercial fishing boats, Pacific salmon experienced huge population swings that coincided with major climate shifts, scientists report.

U.S. Senate rejects oil drilling in ANWR
WASHINGTON - The Senate dismissed a centerpiece of President Bush's energy policy today, denying Republicans a vote on oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge as part of an energy bill. Senate Republicans fell 14 votes short, 54-46, of the 60 needed to break a Democratic filibuster of an amendment, offered by Alaska's senators, to open the wildlife refuge to oil companies.

Super squid in Sitka
A bright-red, 12-foot-long visitor from the deep is providing a great lead-in for Sea Week in Sitka.The massive squid, snagged by Kevin Kambak while longlining for black cod off Yakutat, drew a huge crowd to the harbor Wednesday morning before going on a road trip to local schools.

Senate proposal calls for no increase for university system
FAIRBANKS - The state Senate's operating budget chief has introduced a proposal to give the University of Alaska the same amount of state funds as lawmakers approved last year. But two Fairbanks senators vowed to push for a boost in UA funding despite the proposal unveiled Tuesday by Anchorage Republican Sen. Dave Donley.

Stevens Votes to Open ANWR, Rescue Steel Industry
Juneau Assembly funds session-move studies; Assembly gives Lena park the Native name Aant'iyeik; Anchorage judge calls activist's political party idea a wisecrack; Shellfish farming bill passes House; Elderly Savoonga man spends two days in snow cave; Glennallen man sentenced for harassing anglers

Native leaders ask Congress for Native hunting, fishing priority
FAIRBANKS - Several Alaska Native leaders and a lawyer argued for a Native hunting and fishing priority and more wildlife management agreements with tribes at a congressional hearing Wednesday. The Senate Indian Affairs Committee took testimony on subsistence hunting and fishing issues as part of an oversight hearing.

Cannery worker housing deductions OK'd
The state House narrowly approved a bill Thursday that would let remote seafood plants deduct room and board from workers' pay - even if that means the pay falls below the minimum wage. The House voted 21-13 for the bill after a debate in which supporters argued that the struggling seafood industry needs help. Opponents said that help should not come at the expense of low-wage workers.

Chugach schools lauded by lawmakers
It wasn't that long ago that the tiny Chugach School District in Southcentral Alaska faced problems as fundamental as the three "R's." As early as 1993, students scored rock bottom on national tests, teacher turnover was 55 percent and many parents were absent from their children's academic lives.

Senate restores food safety cut
A key Republican senator said this morning that his caucus wants to maintain the state's food safety and sanitation inspection program at its current level.But as public testimony on the proposed 2003 budget continued before the Senate Finance Committee, there were many concerns expressed about proposed cuts in alcohol treatment.

State Briefs
Troopers find meth lab evidence; Troopers look into Palmer shooting; Fairbanks voters to consider fuel tax; Watchdog for elderly hired;

Citizens pan cuts to programs
Alaska, which might have the worst problem with alcoholism in the nation, shouldn't cut state funds for treatment programs, Juneau residents told the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday.The committee completed more than 10 hours of public testimony on the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Measure plugs loophole in big game hunting law
FAIRBANKS - A bill that seeks to stop nonresidents from hunting big game in Alaska without a guide is headed to the governor's desk. The bill, unanimously passed by the Senate and House, would remove a loophole in existing law that allows nonresidents who become certified as assistant guides to avoid hiring a guide.

From Native art to the Birdman
Juneau's mines and shipwrecks, Native culture, the colorful characters and quirky tales of Juneau's past will be featured in five presentations this month at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. "The Great Mines of Juneau" by historian and author David Stone and city museum curator Mary Pat Wyatt will open the series Monday, April 22.

What's Up With That?
Q: What's with the "No Parking" signs around town, particularly the ones around the Governor's Mansion? Every day and night there are cars and trucks all the way around it just about. I see the parking attendant going around town, but it goes unnoticed there.

'Trojan Women' and the price of victory
The gods were not happy with the carnage. The day after the Trojans pushed a wooden horse into their walled city, Troy was in ruins. The gift from the Greeks was a brilliant trick, inspired by the goddess Athene, and after a 10-year siege the Greeks took the city in one bloody night.

Best Bets: Earth Day and crash courses in local lore
I know every day is Earth day, but Saturday is really Earth Day.Denise Wolvin and folks at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center have put together an impressive program for Earth Day. Events run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the visitor center with shows in the auditorium, booths, guided hikes and games.

Movies where & when
"The Panhandle Picture Show," collection of 15 short films and videos, most by Southeast Alaska filmmakers, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Gold Town Nickelodeon, $7.

Correction
Due to incorrect information supplied to the Juneau Empire, singer Therese Thibodeau's name was misspelled in the April 11 article on "Madama Butterfly."

Performers wanted for park concerts
Juneau - The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council invites performers to participate in the upcoming summer Concerts in the Park series.

Grass-roots creativity and Alaska filmmaking in video fest
Avalanches and eye candy come to Juneau with The Panhandle Picture Show. Described as "a quirky little video festival" by organizers Kim Lehner and Mark Fontenot, the Haines-based contest for short movies screens at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Goldtown Nickelodeon theater.

Violist, violinist win symphony's youth competition
Juneau - Franz Felkl and Nina Schwinghammer are the winners of the Juneau Symphony's 2002 Youth Concerto Competition.

What's Happening
Theater-Opera

Rockers get ready for Battle of the Bands
T his winter the Sonic Death Monkeys took over Joab Cochrane's living room.His daughter Natasha is the band's drummer and Joab said the four sophomore girls are welcome to rehearse at his house. "I'm proud to see them spending as much time as they are," he said. "All these girls are talented, and there's some discipline there."

Local moviemakers featured in festival
Plank House, Juneau photographer Theresa Manzanares first effort at moviemaking, garnered a $500 first prize in The Panhandle Picture Show. Plank House is one of 13 videos that will be screened in succession in the two-hour show, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at the Goldtown Nickelodeon theater.

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