Sunday, May 4, 2003

This Day in History
In 1911, Cordova residents shoveled Canadian coal into the harbor to protest federal reservations of Alaska coal lands. The event became known as the Cordova Coal Party.

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

Photo: In hopes of good fortune
Mark Boesser, the Episcopal Church archdeacon for Southeast Alaska, bestows a blessing during the Blessing of the Fleet and Dedication of Names ceremony Saturday at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial on the Juneau waterfront.

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

Everything's coming up primroses
Brighter than Fourth-of-July pyrotechnics, more rain-resistant than a tourist's poncho, able to survive late spring frosts and bloom in the dreariest Southeast summer, the hearty primrose soon may become Juneau's official flower. "You have a plant for all the conditions from sun to shade, gravel to muskeg, that grows from 2 inches to 2 feet tall," said Ed Buyarski, a local landscaper and the president of the American Primrose Society, who has been lobbying the Juneau Assembly to make the flower official. "What more could we ask for?"

Ralph Walter Kriska Perdue
Former Juneau resident Ralph Walter Kriska Perdue, 73, died April 29, 2003, in Fairbanks after an extended illness.

Change the permanent fund to a foundation
Now that Saddam is gone, President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair have decreed that Iraqi oil belongs to the Iraqi people. National pundits cite Alaska's Permanent Fund and its dividends for Alaskans as one way for Iraq to go. George Melloan of the Wall Street Journal isn't keen about Alaska's example. He says giving Iraqi citizens a dividend from their oil might make them lazy and unproductive. (Alaskans resent that inference.)

My Turn: Another veteran's perspective on war
Over the course of the Iraqi conflict I thought I had kept pretty good tabs on the papers' op-ed sections, weekly periodicals, news channels and the constant chatter of radio talk shows. I may have missed some fringe publications out there but up until Mr. Don Douglas' April 27 My Turn column I thought I was as informed as one could reasonably be. Somewhere I dropped the ball.<

Empire editorial: Alaska's budget woes pale by comparison
This legislative season finds all but a handful of states facing budget shortfalls on an historic scale. The crisis is so bad in Missouri that Gov. Holden has ordered every third light bulb in state buildings to be unscrewed to save money.

What do you think?
The right to drive is a privilege, not a right. It is an earned privilege to be awarded upon the demonstration of competence and responsibility.

Toe Cartoon

Lighthouses to log cabins
Had it ever opened, the Igloo City Resort at Mile 188.5 Parks Highway surely would have attracted travelers interested in an offbeat place to stay between Anchorage and Fairbanks. Imagine the appeal: Tourists could have returned home and bragged to friends that they had slept in a real Alaska igloo. Sadly, the faux-ice igloo's owners ran out of money before the hotel was complete. Today the half-built white hulk sits abandoned next to the rest of the "resort" - two small cabins, a wash house, a gas station and a convenience store.

Web Links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

North Douglas: Hot spot for rock jockeys
Fred Wigg stood on his favorite rock at False Outer Point on Wednesday afternoon, anxious for another shot at landing a king salmon. He was surrounded by a handful of other die-hard rock jockeys, explaining how he just lost the last king he hooked when a sea lion snatched it away.

Out and About
May 4: Juneau Yacht Club opening day open house at Norway Point dock, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Details: www.juneauyachtclub.org/ May 4: Juneau Audubon Society bird walk at the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge. Meet at parking lot at end of Radcliffe Road at 8 a.m. Details: ckent@alaska.net. or www.juneau-audubon-society.org./

A day for the birds: May 10 set aside for migrants
Spring brings a sense of anticipation to all those who cherish the Alaska outdoors. Anglers anticipate catching the first king salmon or Dolly Varden of the season, while others anticipate warm weather for gardening, playing softball or hiking the high mountain ridges.

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

Juneau baseball sweeps series
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team had all facets of its game going as the Crimson Bears completed a four-game weekend season-opening series with an undefeated record. The defending state champion Crimson Bears showed off their power, pitching and defense as they closed out the series with a pair of 10-run rule victories - beating the Sitka Wolves 13-1 on Saturday and the Ketchikan Kings 13-3 on Friday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park in their only home games of the season.

Out in front
If the Juneau-Douglas High School track team goes far this season, it'll be the distance runners helping the Crimson Bears go the distance. The Crimson Bears dominated the long runs en route to winning the boys and girls Juneau Invitational titles on Friday and Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Juneau soccer girls win, boys tie on the road
Greta Thibodeau scored two goals to lead the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team to a 6-1 victory over Bartlett on Friday in Anchorage to close out a two-game road trip.

Correction
The Ketchikan vs. Sitka junior varsity baseball score from Thursday's game was incorrectly reported in Friday's Empire due to incorrect information received from the teams. The correct score was Ketchikan JV 7, Sitka JV 2.

Bears are perfect in Fairbanks
After posting a perfect 6-0 record in Fairbanks, the defending state champion Juneau-Douglas High School softball team hopes it can book a second road trip north that will be just as successful. The Crimson Bears closed out their six-game road trip with a pair of 10-run rule victories on Friday, beating the Eielson Raves 13-1 at Eielson High School, then knocking off the Monroe Catholic School Rams 12-1 at the Interior Girls Softball Association fields.

Over the mudflats, through the woods
Why did nearly 100 runners cross the Gastineau Channel? Because it was low tide on Saturday morning and they could.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Seventh Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 1:25 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. The rankings include the angler's name, weight of the fish (in 10ths of a pound), date turned in and what station the fish was turned into. Ties are broken by the earliest fish turned in.

Judges deny request for delay in mayor's election
ANCHORAGE - A panel of three federal judges has denied a request for an order that would have prevented mayor-elect Mark Begich from taking office.

Abortion bill would require 24-hour wait
Abortion doctors would have to give patients information on fetal development, adoption and the health risks of abortion, and patients would have to wait 24 hours before the procedure, under a bill in the Legislature. House Bill 30, sponsored by Sen. Fred Dyson, an Eagle River Republican, also would allow women who have an abortion to sue their doctors for civil damages if they do not provide the information.

Murkowski: Legislature must meet budget targets
House and Senate leaders need to find $100 million more, either in budget cuts or new revenues, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Friday. The Republican governor met with GOP legislative leaders Friday, after the Senate approved its version of the operating budget for fiscal 2004 earlier in the week.

Mining payback gets cold shoulder
A bill that would divert royalties, rents and some taxes paid by mines back to the industry is likely to die in committee for lack of support. Hearings on House Bill 87 were postponed twice last week, and the bill is scheduled to be heard Monday in the House Resources Committee.

State Briefs
Pioneers honor their king and queen; Woods fire extinguished; Education secretary to visit the Bush; Fairbanks boy critical after bike accident; Kodiak Assembly OKs Afognak sale; Amendments clear Ways, Means Committee

Democrats demand protection for dividend
Democrats say they'll demand long-term protection for the permanent fund dividend in exchange for their votes to fund the coming year's budget. They also want the Legislature to ensure there's a dividend this year.

Legislative roundup
Bills introduced last week:

State's founders support unfettered judiciary
The surviving members of the Alaska Constitutional Convention reunited last week to reminisce and remind people of the importance of an independent judiciary.

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