Friday, April 30, 2004

Restaurant chain launches Alaska salmon campaign
KETCHIKAN - East Coast restaurant chain Legal Sea Foods is launching a campaign to extol the benefits of Alaska wild salmon.

The Empire gets it wrong - again
I first met Paulette Simpson when she was a volunteer at Juneau's Gastineau Elementary School and I was an Empire reporter covering education. I remember being impressed with her common-sense approach to Juneau's educational reform and the fact that she was a straight shooter. That was almost 13 years ago.

Simpson is capital advocate
Every active member of the Alaska Republican Party is aware of Paulette Simpson's fearless and tireless advocacy for keeping Juneau as the capital. It is also well-known that many Alaskans advocate a capital move. But with opportunistic backstabbers now striking, I wouldn't begrudge Ms. Simpson if she chose to lay down her sword in this fight, and I'm sure capital move advocates would welcome her withdrawal. Are folks in Juneau, including Rep. Kerttula and Sen. Elton, so confident Juneau can afford to lose Ms. Simpson as an ally?

Men dominate anti-abortion groups
While reading over various news reports on the March for Women's Lives that occurred on Sunday in D.C., I noticed the march counter-protesters mentioned in the Washington Post were predominantly male.

Interior needs Teck-Pogo mine
I am very disappointed in the recent Teck-Pogo appeal to the wastewater discharges permit. In response, on Friday April 23, I wrote letters to the Environmental Protection Agency, Northern Alaska Environmental Center, and Teck-Pogo strongly encouraging all parties to come to the table for mediation as suggested by Gov. Frank Murkowski, rather than forcing a delay with the legal appeal.

Medicare drug plan for seniors doesn't work
One example of how bad Medicare really is occurred recently when, near death, I was refused treatment because of my lack of private insurance. Fortunately, I received life-saving medical care by going to a Veterans hospital emergency room.

Church-state separation is wrong
Mr. Sundquist (president, Americans United for Separation of Church and State-Alaska Chapter) shared his belief that the founding fathers conveyed to us in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution "their belief that absolute separation of church and state is fundamental to the promise that is America." He used all the right words but got it all wrong.

Empire blasts effective insiders Clark, Simpson
Last Sunday's issue of the Juneau Empire - "the voice of the capital city" - blasted Jim Clark and Paulette Simpson, two of Juneau's most experienced and effective anti-capit

Simpson dedicated to keeping Juneau capital
Anyone who would make an issue about Paulette Simpson and her dedication to keeping the capital of our state in Juneau doesn't know Paulette Simpson.

Keep men out of abortion issues
Why are so many men involved in the abortion issue? Bush and company want to legally prevent women from having an abortion without providing any services for them.

Simpson promotes keeping the capital
Over the years I have worked with Paulette Simpson in promoting the retention of the capital in Juneau. Few have put in the amount of time and effort as Paulette or had as much influence across the state in this regard.

Assembly holds the line on spending
The Assembly Finance Committee held the line on funding various city groups Wednesday, but said it would reconsider if it got more money from the state.

Travel: What's the deal? Alaska fishing trips, discounted train tickets among offerings
The week's best bargains around the globe.

Correction
A notice in Wednesday's Neighors section gave the incorrect time span for a reception for the king and queen regents by the Pioneers of Alaska. The reception is Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Montessori: A different way to learn
It was the weekly seminar at the Montessori adolescent classroom downtown, and teacher Dominic Bradford sat quietly and listened.

Teachers: Education is a campaign issue
Some Juneau teachers want education to be an issue in the upcoming U.S. Senate campaign in Alaska. They spoke to a few supporters and others Wednesday night at the downtown library in what was billed as a press conference.

Man who tears up ball fields gets jail time and bill
The man who ripped through Savikko Park fields last week in a pickup apologized Wednesday before getting a jail sentence and a bill to pay for the cleanup.

Investigation leads to sex charges
A Juneau man charged this week with first-degree sexual abuse of a minor also faces a charge of attempted second-degree sexual assault against a woman who told police he molested her as a child.

New directions
Taking advantage of sunny weather, Michael Orelove inks in faded information on a compass and mileage graphic Thursday near the base of the Mount Roberts Tramway.

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

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

City park repairs will cost more money
The city may have to pay at least $15,000 more to complete surface work at Marine Park Plaza after it got bad advice from a building trade organization, city engineer Rorie Watt said Wednesday.

About 75 residents complain of Spuhn Island subdivision plans
Creighton Laurent said he may not have any place to park his vehicle if 36 residential waterfront lots are developed on Spuhn Island.

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

Around Town
Today: Southeast Alaska Native Women's Conference, 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m., ANB Hall.

FYI
Births: On April 11, 2004, a daughter, Sarissa Lane Miller, weighing 8 pounds 12 ounces, to Katrina Lee Miller and Aaron Lindell Miller of Petersburg.

Travel: Swiss Bliss
Have you ever felt like you were in the right place at the right time, almost as if it were destiny? I have, twice. Ironically it happened in the same place, yet three years apart, during completely opposite seasons and thousands of miles from home.

68 Native women gather to get a grip on new education law
The nationwide debate over the No Child Left Behind Act, signed into law by President Bush in 2002, continues in Juneau this week at the Southeast Alaska Native Women's Conference at the ANB hall.

Totem touch-up
Browne Willard III paints a touch-up coat on one of four totems Thursday outside of Dockside Jewelers, Gallery of the North and the Mt. Juneau Trading Post on Franklin Street.

Bean and Hogan
Channcie Jon Bean and Craig Allen Hogan of Juneau will be married at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2004, at the Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at the Juneau Moose Lodge.

Student recognitions
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School staff is proud to celebrate the students on the honor roll. An asterisk (*) denotes all A's.

Reimer and Klein
Tim Reimer and Shanna Klein were married April 10, 2004 in Waterman, Ill., and will be making their home in Juneau.

Hixon, Ross marry in Las Vegas
Jeannette A. Hixon of Yakutat and Troy R. Ross of Newport, Ore., were married in a ceremony held at 2 p.m. April 7 at "A Special Memory Wedding Chapel," in Las Vegas.

Thank you
... for your support: All the family members of Matushka Emily Williams want to thank everyone for all the support, love, prayers and monetary contributions given to all of us during her loss.

Neighbors Digest
staff reports

Rielly, McAdoo to marry
Mattie Rielly and Joshua McAdoo of Juneau will be married at 4 p.m. May 1, 2004, at Mount Roberts Tramway. A reception will follow.

Wildlife at Berners Bay
A raft of sea lions cavorts in Berners Bay waters near the entrance to Echo Cove, as viewed from the deck of the Fair Ann on Wednesday morning.

William 'Bill' Knight
Former Juneau resident William "Bill" Knight died April 25, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nev., after a brief illness.

My Turn: Mandatory labeling could sink Alaska fishing
This Sept. 30 the business of fishing in Alaska is going to crash into an iceberg known as mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL). Beneath what seems like a simple labeling law are new rules that will cost the seafood industry up to $159 million in the first year alone, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

What's funnier than abortion?
O ne of the great privileges of writing a column each Friday is sharing space on this spread with a hep li'l half-bake named Umbert the Unborn.

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.

Pitching for No. 3
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team went through a lot of changes since winning its second straight state championship last season. The infield that had been together for three years - all graduated, with all four players now on college rosters and two of them drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers. The top two catchers - both graduated, along with several other role players from the team.

Floaters upset Cruisers for Tier I title in JAHA playoffs
After finishing third in the regular season, the Alpine Portable Toilet Bowl Floaters pulled off an upset in the playoffs as they won the Juneau Adult Hockey Association's Tier I championship 3-1 over the Royal Caribbean Cruisers on Sunday morning at Treadwell Arena.

Late start no problem for Lunasin
Jason Lunasin always meant to go out for the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team, but something always came up to keep him away.

Sports in Juneau
Soccer referee certification - A three-day, 17-hour U.S. Soccer Federation referee certification course takes place Friday through Sunday, May 7-9, at the Douglas Library.

Juneau sweeps POW in openers
The two-time defending state champion Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team picked up where it left off last season as the Crimson Bears opened the season with a doubleheader sweep of Prince of Wales on Thursday in Craig.

UAF men's hoops coach quits
FAIRBANKS - University of Alaska Fairbanks men's basketball coach Al Sokaitis resigned Wednesday, citing a longtime difference in philosophy with administrators and a breakdown in communication with athletic director Cory Schwartz.

JDHS boys, girls soccer squads continue shutout streak
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams are following a simple plan for success on this week's road trip: Don't let the other team score.

Local Agate
Alaska's top prep track and field times and Juneau Parks and Rec. Co-ed Volleyball Results.

Juneau boys, girls walk over Wasilla
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams were required to wear flat-soled shoes in Wednesday's road games to protect Wasilla's soggy fields.

SeaLife Center's sea lion fattens up
Woody, a resident Steller sea lion at the Alaska SeaLife Center, is packing on the blubber, topping the scales Wednesday at 2,017 pounds - an 800-pound gain since December.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Photo: Land swap
Interior Secretary Gale Norton, at left, and Newtok Native Association president Larry Charles sign a land exchange agreement Wednesday, allowing the village of Newtok to relocate from its site in Western Alaska. Erosion from the Ninglick River is threatening Newtok, forcing its 330 residents to pack up and leave.

Making music
Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, left, and Rep. Cheryll Heinze, R-Anchorage, make music across party lines by playing a drumming duet with a pair of Rhythm Stix during an at-ease Thursday in the House Chambers.

Big game guide recalls bear attack
Scott Newman said he will go back to work as a charter big game guide, despite flashbacks of bones crunching in the jaws of a wounded brown bear while he tried to fire a jammed rifle.

Juneau women among winners of Ice Classic
FAIRBANKS - The pool of Vicki Johnson and Elaine Baughman from Juneau was among those who held winning tickets to this year's Nenana Ice Classic.

House approves government use of permafund
State lawmakers could dip into the Alaska Permanent Fund to help fund state and city governments under a proposal passed in the House of Representatives Wednesday.

This Day in History
In Alaska: In 1913, the bill creating the Alaska Pioneer's Home was approved by Walter E. Clark, Governor of the Territory of Alaska.

State runs out of money for nursing homes
Judy Urquhart and her husband Jay expected a check in the mail Monday from the state for their services running a small assisted-living home in Juneau.

Senate OKs $2-per-pack state tax on cigarettes
The state Senate has approved a bill that would double the tax on cigarettes to $2 a pack. The bill approved Thursday would boost the tax on other tobacco products from 75 percent to 100 percent of the wholesale cost.

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

Beagle survives nose-to-nose encounter with grizzly bear
When Tiffany Morris looked out the window in Anderson and saw her pet beagle, Buddy, standing face to face with a grizzly bear, she couldn't bear to look.

Alaska Digest
Wire reports

Fishermen take long running dispute to federal level
Commercial fishermen exhorted federal subsistence managers to stay out of the long-running dispute over Alaska Peninsula salmon fishing this summer, while subsistence fishermen asked for the exact opposite.

What's Happening
Upcoming local arts and entertainment events.

Briefly
Local arts and entertainment news in brief.

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

Boardwalk Boogie
One night at Rosie's Bar during the lost weekend of the Third Annual Pelican Boardwalk Boogie, Homer Cajun and zydeco band Ray-Jen Cajun earned its reputation as "the seven-hour band." They never left the stage. Not until the music ended, well past 4 a.m.

Hunting the whale; observing the supercomputer
Near his home in Anchorage, at his beloved cross-country ski trails in Kincaid Park, freelance writer Charles Wohlforth notices climate change in those winters when the snow is soggy, more suitable for jogging.

Movies: Where & when
Local movie times and locations.

Preserving knowledge through art
From his home in Pilot Station, or Tuutalgaq, a Yup'ik village of 325 eight miles south of St. Mary's on the Yukon River, 57-year-old artist Patrick Minock has gradually built his reputation as a chronicler of scenes throughout the Lower Yukon. He draws the way people live, the tools they use, the tricks they've learned.

Symphony solos at stake in Sunday youth concerto
Years ago, there was just one winner of the Juneau Symphony's annual Youth Concerto Competition. In 2002, there were two. And last year, there were three.

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