Saturday, May 3, 2003

State's war on wolves
The Department of Fish and Game, the Board of Game and some state legislators are moving at a dizzying pace to launch an all-out war on predators. Proposals to implement predator-control programs throughout the state include killing wolves and relocating brown and black bears in the McGrath area; allowing hunters to shoot wolves from snowmachines in Game Management Unit 16 and in the Nelchina Basin northeast of Anchorage; and allowing members of the public to use land-and-shoot hunting to kill wolves in hunting units 13A, B and E.

P.R. nightmare
My commercial fishing family is especially concerned about impacts to the marketability of wild salmon once the word gets out that the "pristine" salmon habitat of our state has been compromised by aerial application of pesticides.

Support kids
April 24 was Stands for Children Day at the Capitol. The rally was to raise awareness of the high cost of alcohol abuse in the lives of young children. There were children from the ages of 3 and up. The children sang songs and danced, as some children passed out flyers and apple cider to legislators and representatives throughout the Capitol.

Kill all the wolves
So we kill all the wolves, the tourist industry has a fit and boycotts Alaska. We lose 1,000 or 2,000 potential visitors. I consider that collateral damage. Gets rid of vermin also. You have to remember, folks, we are the dominant species on this planet. We do what it takes to protect our game animals and our children. While we're at it, get rid of the local bears that get into our garbage. As humans, we have a deep down ingrained fear/loathing of predators. We do what is necessary to eliminate them. And since when do lower animals have rights?

Don't penalize married people in bonus program
This is in response to income guidelines for the Longevity Bonus. The guidelines, as I read them, would perpetuate the so called marriage tax. If a single person's income limit is $16,000, then two people, whether they are married or not, are double that, or about $32,000. Same with the savings limit. If one person can have a savings account of up to $4,000, then two people can have $8,000.

We're dying as fast as we can, governor
I am 84 years old. My friend who came to Alaska with me 55 years ago is going on 91. Some years ago, when the idea of a longevity bonus was put forth, the idea seemed to be that it would maybe honor people who had lived in Alaska a long time and who were retiring or retired and would find a little bonus like that helpful in making it possible for them to remain in Alaska and do their little bit to contribute to the economy and volunteer a bit of their time and expertise to a country that they really loved. There was no indication that it was to be a welfare program. I don't think many of us wanted welfare.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Man accused of dousing woman with lighter fluid gets 6 months
Timothy Nelson, who police said doused his girlfriend with lighter fluid and threatened to set her on fire, will spend the next six months in prison. Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins granted the girlfriend's request to drop a restraining order keeping them apart. Nelson, 23, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors, on Wednesday before his sentencing.

Correction
Several Empire Around Town calendars listed the "Grandma's Treasures" silent auction and spring brunch on the wrong day. The fund-raiser for the Meals on Wheels and Senior Meal Program is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Senior Center, 895 W. 12th St.

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

Fish price report bill moves in House
A bill passed Thursday in the House Finance Committee would make permanent a law that requires fish processors who sell more than 1 million pounds of salmon a year to submit price reports to the state.

House OKs tax break for new gas production
Companies could get a tax credit for bringing new natural gas on line under a bill that passed the House on Thursday.

Fish and Game names deputy commissioners
Two deputy commissioners have been appointed to the Department of Fish and Game.

Princess Tours president says cruise ship industry struggling
Americans are taking shorter, less expensive vacations, and the Alaska tourism industry needs to cater to that market, Princess Cruise and Tours President Charlie Ball told an Alaska Business Roundtable luncheon audience Thursday. "We need to make our products what travelers want," Ball said, "(and) figure out a way to provide less-expensive products."

Church to give away 20 used bicycles
Members of Resurrection Lutheran Church are hoping the clear weather stays for the weekend, when they plan to give away more than 20 bikes to needy Juneau residents. "Our mission is to give bikes out to kids primarily, but because most of the bikes are donated and some of them are adult bikes, we're also including adults," said Jeff Hill, who is coordinating the bike giveaway for the church.

Photo: Looking into the sun
Nurullah Reynolds looks through a specially filtered telescope to view storm spots on the sun Thursday.

UAS to graduate 179 on Sunday
When University of Alaska Southeast graduates walk onto the Centennial Hall stage Sunday afternoon to receive their degrees, there will be more young people and more full-time students than in the past. And that's what the school needs to sustain its growth and build its programs, administrators said. The university expects to confer 28 master's degrees, 103 bachelor's degrees, 40 associate's degrees and eight certificates at its 32nd commencement ceremony, which starts at 2 p.m.

Photo: Sharing lunch
Russ Brown entices a crow during his lunch break Thursday at the Steamship Wharf.

Working toward a bike for every child
"Every kid should have a bicycle," said Ernie Mueller, retired Juneau public works director-turned-volunteer bike mechanic. He spends his Wednesday afternoons at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, fixing bikes for low-income students and teaching the students to fix the bikes themselves. "I like fixing things, and I like working with my hands," Mueller said.

FYI
Births; Business licenses; Courts; Divorces and dissolutions filed; Judgments.

Youths earn GEDs, learn to build
Five youths, age 17 to 20, recently graduated from a three-month course in advanced construction at the University of Alaska Southeast. The course was funded by an $85,000 state workforce investment grant awarded to the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority.

Thank you
...for contributing; ...for caring; ...for helping.

Art that rocks
Petroglyphs are defined as pictures cut into rock by prehistoric peoples. How old are they? In its 1993 brochure on the rock art of Southeast Alaska, the U.S. Forest Service suggests that they might be very old: "The oldest rock drawings appear to have been made by a maritime people who migrated here as early as 10,000 years ago."

Alaska salmon in pouches or cans
Dick Hand, of the Alaska Seafood Co., has been in business for 16 years. His plant is located in Lemon Creek, right across from the Alaskan Brewery. What a fascinating operation he runs. He started with the idea of putting salmon in plastic pouches, sterilizing them in a retort, just like canned salmon. He has added a canned salmon product, packed in six-and-one-half-ounce cans. Just about all of his production is first smoked, so you get the extra benefit of that special taste.

NeighborsDigest
Heritage institute awards more than $1 million in scholarships; Nursery registration; Sitka High reunion.

Off to kindergarten - a grandma's point of view
While browsing about our town last weekend I stopped in an art gallery and saw a piece of art work entitled, "Off to Kindergarten" and had to smile: We were in that situation with our son 28 years ago, and now he will be in the same boat this coming fall when he gets ready to send his oldest child, "off to kindergarten." I asked the young lady at the desk if she had a card that corresponded to that picture and she said, not yet, but she could envision one developing within a year, maybe.

William John Bell Jr.
Former Juneau resident William John Bell Jr., 59, died April 5, 2003, in Sitka.

Juneau girls let two-goal lead slip
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team held a 2-0 lead on host Colony with eight minutes to play Thursday, but the Crimson Bears let down their guard and the Knights rallied for a 2-2 tie.

Crimson Bears softball team wins two more on trip
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team made short work of its two opponents Thursday night in Fairbanks, ending both games after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule. The defending state champion Crimson Bears knocked off the West Valley Wolfpack 15-0 at West Valley High School, then beat the North Pole Patriots 13-2 at the Interior Girls Softball Association fields in downtown Fairbanks.

Pitchers' duel
One day after winning a sloppy 25-run game over Ketchikan that featured 11 errors, pitching and defense took center stage as the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team claimed a 3-0 victory over the Sitka Wolves on Thursday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Three Juneau pitchers - starter Zach Kohan, reliever Chad Dubois and reliever Sergio Magallanes - combined on a four-hitter as the Crimson Bears improved to 2-0 on the season.

Track team hosts invite
The Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team will get to show off the partially resurfaced Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track this weekend when the Crimson Bears host the Juneau Invitational this afternoon and Saturday morning.

Local golfer gets first hole-in-one
When Juneau resident Frank Gleason hit his first-ever hole-in-one at the Mendenhall Golf Course last Sunday afternoon, it took a while for him to realize what he had accomplished.

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.

Judge dismisses suit against Native corp.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a Native corporation in Goodnews.

Flags lowered for Perdue, Price
Alaska flags were lowered at all state offices Thursday in memory of Alaska Constitutional Convention editor Nadine Price, who died last week.

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

Leader urges U.S. to listen to Canada on AK gasline
Canada will be able to exert pressure on the U.S. government to prevent subsidies for building a natural gas pipeline across Canada to the Lower 48, Northern Development Minister Robert Nault said Thursday. Nault said providing a loan guarantee for the pipeline owners was "a legitimate approach to take."

Bill aims to curb wage hikes
Not a year after lawmakers raised the state minimum wage from $5.65 to $7.15, making it the highest minimum in the country, a bill would strip the law of a provision that increases the wage each year to adjust for inflation. The law was passed last session, and no inflation-adjustment increase has taken place. The adjustment is required to equal either the rate of inflation reflected in the consumer price index or $1 more than the federal wage, whichever is higher. The law requires the adjustment to take place by Sept. 30 of each year.

Leaders protest proposed sales tax
State and local officials are opposing plans to institute a statewide sales tax because of concerns it would hurt consumer spending, prevent voter approval of local sales-tax-funded projects and eliminate local tax exemptions. House Bill 293 would eliminate all local sales tax exemptions, allowing only exemptions set by the state. One of the exemptions left out of the bill could add hundreds of dollars to the cost of big-ticket purchases such as cars and trucks.

Sockeye trial goes to jury May 27
Jury deliberations in the Bristol Bay price-fixing lawsuit will begin May 27, Superior Court Judge Peter A. Michalski decided Thursday. Michalski wrote that in a written order to attorneys as the trial neared the end of its 11th week.

The Swamp
The Swamp cartoon

movies where & when
Movie Schedule

Songs far too relevant
Anchorage songwriter Libby Roderick wrote "Dancing in Front of the Guns" on a January day in 1991. She had been invited to a peaceful protest a few days before the beginning of Operation Desert Storm, and she needed a song. "We're facing the guns again," the track begins. "We have faced them before / Humanity's longing after so many deaths / for something more human than war."

Ensembles showcase the unorthodox, the sonorous
The Juneau Symphony's annual Symphony Showcase allows its musicians a chance to play in small ensembles, the freedom to pick their own pieces and the rare opportunity to play chamber music. So why not select a piece that's a little unorthodox? Flutist Sally Schlichting, French horn player Bill Paulick and kettledrums player Rich Ritter did just that when they chose Ellis B. Kohs' "Night Watch," a quiet mood-and-movement piece written for legendary French horn player Marvin Howe. It's the fourth selection in this weekend's showcase program.

Painting LARGE
The first painting Juneau artist Dorinda Skains ever sold was a 38-foot-tall mural. Her first gallery show, "Introvert Extrovert," isn't quite as towering. It opens Friday, May 2, at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery as part of First Friday. "This is the smallest I like to work," Skains said last week, standing in front of her 4-by-5-foot "Watermelon Lily," in her sunny, Front Street studio. "These others," she said, gesturing at three smaller, surrealistic florals, "are driving me crazy."

When is a personalized license plate a good omen?
I have a confession to make: For more than a few weeks now, I have been staking out the driver of a dark pickup. I think her name is Ann. It all started by accident. I was idling at an intersection on Egan when I noticed I was tailing a pickup with the license plate "ANZTOY." I realized I'd been behind Ann and her toy coming home from Blockbuster, on the way to the gym and pulling into the gas station. Ann, toy and I were traveling in the same circles, yet her identity remained unknown. I became curious.

What's up with that?
Q: Why is Evergreen Cemetery part of the city parks and rec department? Q: While on a walk at the wetlands, I saw a large Evergreen Air plane land at the airport. Do you have any info?

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