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Tuesday, May 6, 2003

On the Move
Alaska Funding Exchange, a grant-writing and research firm with clients throughout the state, has hired Mary McRae Miller, of as its new chief executive officer.

Three major grocery chains will label farmed salmon
YAKIMA, Wash. - Three major grocery chains will use labels or signs to inform shoppers that color additives are fed to farm-raised salmon to make the flesh pink. "We are going to be labeling packaged products with a 'color-added' label," Brian Dowling, a spokesman for Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway, said last week. "At fish counters, we are putting up a laminated sign indicating the same."

Western Business: Urchins still a stable fishery in Southeast Alaska
KETCHIKAN - Every so often, a fishing boat sidles up to a dock just south of downtown Ketchikan to offload its catch. The harvest isn't salmon or halibut. Nor are there any geoducks, black cod or crab aboard. Instead, the nets swing up to the dock filled with hundreds and hundreds of red sea urchins.

Business Briefs
Free business-crimes prevention seminar; Applications being accepted to summer finance academy; Smart staffing seminar Wednesday;

Let nature work
Interesting ideology put forth by Mr. Smeltzer: Kill all the predators but man. Let diseases kill off our game, instead. I can only wonder at the ecological ignorance of some people.

Havana, not Damascus
While I have been a consistent supporter of President Bush and Operation Iraqi Freedom, I must admit I am concerned over growing talk of taking direct military action against Syria or even Iran.

Analyze costs, benefits of mining ordinance
The advantages and disadvantages of the proposed mining ordinance change have been under consideration for some time. To date, I have not seen or read any economic analysis of the cost/benefit factors.

Wolf harvest is already high
According to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game's Alaska harvest summary records, the number of wolves being killed in our state has increased over the past 25 years by more than 150 percent and now averages close to 1,600 animals per year. This is a direct result of improved hunting equipment, snowmachines and private bounties.

Aerial hunting of wolves is barbaric
I am strongly opposed to shooting wolves from helicopters as a form of predator control. In fact, I am opposed to any kind of aerial hunting. Aside from being both unethical and poor sportsmanship, I personally feel aerial wolf killing is extremely barbaric.

Legalize it
It is becoming increasingly difficult to become filthy rich in America. Slavery was abolished in 1865, although with the proposed elimination of the state minimum wage for anyone under 20, maybe that won't matter as much in the future - we'll just need to switch back to children's sweatshops.

Wolves lack weapons of mass destruction
Since when do lower animals have rights? I don't know the answer to that. I do know that if wolves could speak they would say, "please don't kill me, I'm just doing my thing," or something along those lines. Personally, I'm more concerned for these animals than I am for the supposed threat they create for humans.

In the way of humans
Monday's paper begs the question: What do wolves, caribou and sea otters have in common? Answer: They are all mammals, like us, and all unwittingly stand in the way of human progress and lust for money.

Bills make sense
Regarding aerial wolf hunting, I'm wondering if those opposed have actually taken a look at HB 208 and/or SB 155.

Yakutat is way more than secure
I was pleased to hear on Anchorage TV news that Yakutat, with maybe 650 in-town residents, will have 16 TSA security folks assigned to its airport. That means the feds are willing to spend more than a million bucks a year to keep moose antlers, dynamite underwear and assault steelhead rods from slipping into the cabins of the two Alaska Air flights that pass through Yakutat most days.

Photos: Applause for UAS graduates
University of Alaska Southeast faculty applaud Sunday as students exit the 32nd annual UAS commencement ceremony at Centennial Hall. The university conferred 28 master's degrees, 103 bachelor's degrees, 40 associate's degrees and eight certificates.

Photo: Spuhn Island fox farm, 1933
This 1933 photograph shows the Weschenfelder's fox farm on Spuhn Island, located between Auke Bay and Fritz Cove. The fox farming experience is written about in Ernest Weschenfelder's 1993 book "Pioneering in Alaska: A True Account."

Crash injures three teenagers critically
Two Juneau teens and one from Ketchikan were flown in critical condition to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle early Sunday after the car they were riding in hit a guardrail and flipped about 1:22 a.m. near the intersection of Back Loop Road and View Drive. A fourth victim, the 17-year-old driver, was out of the vehicle and walking around when police and fire officials arrived at the scene. The Juneau teen was treated and released at Bartlett Regional Hospital, nursing supervisor Susan Thompson said.

This Day in History
In 1935, the first contingent of CCC workers for the great Matanuska colonization project rolled into Anchorage at noon aboard the Alaska Railroad.

This Day in History
In 1928, Henry O'Malley, U.S. Commissioner of Fisheries, asked for a decrease in taking and packing salmon for fear of depleting the fisheries.

Season's 1st ship sails into Juneau
Merna Queen stepped off the first cruise ship to dock in Juneau this season and offered a quick assessment of her surroundings: "It's phenomenal," Queen said, as she and three friends from Riverton, Wash., waited to board a bus for a helicopter sightseeing tour.

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

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

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

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

Sea Week opens it up for students
Fourth-graders Alec Brown and Adam Nesheim lugged a bucket of water up the slope from a Mendenhall Wetlands pond, proud of the two fish they had caught. The fish were just the slender, silver, slippery fry of pink salmon, but that beat out for excitement the mosquito larvae and beach flies other students had netted Friday afternoon.

Bartlett offers free anxiety screening
Juneau residents who suffer from anxiety disorders or depression can lead seemingly normal lives without having their disease diagnosed or treated, said Dr. David Kuhaneck. "But they're not as productive as they could be otherwise, and they don't enjoy life in the way that they could otherwise," the Juneau psychiatrist said.

JDHS seniors compete to get the bugs out
Two Juneau-Douglas High School students placed third in a recent state automotive repair contest. Seniors T.J. Mason and Jason Sims might have done even better in the Ford Motor Co./American Automobile Association-sponsored contest at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus April 25 if their computer-testing device hadn't failed.

D. Wayne Tolles
Juneau resident D. Wayne Tolles, 39, died May 2, 2003, in Juneau.

My Turn: Value our limited resources
We've lived in student housing for over a year now; seen lots of students come and go. This week, as students head out, the great Dumpsters return for the end-of-the-semester ritual, and are quickly filled up with unwanted clothes, furniture and other such garbage. Our family anticipates the coming of the Dumpsters, like the black bear anticipates the melting of the spring ice.

My Turn: Develop our own oil reserves now
As Congress continues to debate whether to permit some limited oil development on Alaska's Arctic coastal plain, we must ask whether America is doing everything it can to protect its energy security in the future.

Olympian inspires young swimmers
As her teammates jumped into the Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool's water for a clinic with 2000 Olympian Neil Walker, Glacier Swim Club swimmer Kim Miles couldn't help herself.Miles, 12, stopped by a poolside table where Walker's gold and silver medals were displayed, picked up the gold medal and draped it around her neck.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Seventh Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 6:20 p.m. on Monday, May 5. 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.

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

Conway to play for Kelowna Heat
Rob Conway's pro baseball career as a player seemed over in January, when he was released by the Cook County Cheetahs, an independent minor league team based in Chicago. Conway, a 1996 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, considered a college coaching gig this spring while he waited tables and led youth baseball clinics in Palm Springs, Calif. But his Anchorage Glacier Pilots baseball contacts helped him land a spot back on the playing field.

Gray Hares, Sea Rays claim Juneau Adult Hockey titles
Steve Woods scored two goals and added an assist, as he led the Gray Hares to a 3-2 victory over the Green Hornets in the title game of the Juneau Adult Hockey Association's Tier One tournament that ended April 27 at Treadwell Arena.

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

Taku Oil among the winners in One-Pitch Softball Tournament
Taku Oil outslugged Imperial for a 33-25 victory Sunday in the Men's C Division championship game of the Juneau Douglas Officials Association One-Pitch Softball Tournament.

UAF's top gun
FAIRBANKS - Matt Emmons slowly lifted a bullet from the box and inserted it into the chamber of his .22-caliber rifle. He let out a deep sigh, and his torso settled into his hip joints, visibly shrinking him. His eyelids sank over dark blue eyes as if he was about to fall asleep. His eyes widened, he peered at the target 50 feet away, blinked fast three times, and squeezed the trigger.

Clock running out on new state taxes
House Speaker Pete Kott says the Legislature might run out of time this session before instituting a statewide sales tax. He also said plans for a lottery and electronic gambling machines almost certainly are dead. "With 17 days left in the session it may be a difficult task," the Eagle River Republican said Monday. The last day of this year's legislative session is May 21.

Anchorage man dies in motorcycle mishap
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man died after losing control of his motorcycle while apparently trying to run from police, Anchorage police said Sunday.

State Briefs
Amsterdam's arrival heralds cruise season; Schlueter retires from Coast Guard; Dornan/Douglas memorial fund seeks applications; Some Ice Classic winners have guessed correctly before;

Vetoed abortion bill brought back to life in House, Senate
House Majority Leader John Coghill has introduced a bill that would restrict the use of state funding to pay for abortions for poor women. The bill is identical to one passed by the Legislature last year and vetoed by former Gov. Tony Knowles. The bill would tighten language used by the state to define "medically necessary" abortions, which Alaska is required to pay for out of federal Medicaid funds.

U.S. education secretary gets taste of Bush schooling
TUNTUTULIAK - U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige was not ready to grant Alaska exceptions to sweeping federal education reforms after visiting a rural village Monday, but he did have an assessment of its educators. "Heroic teachers," Paige said, after a little more than two hours at Lewis Angapak Memorial School in Tuntutuliak. "What it does is move you to do all you can to be helpful."

State Briefs
Teens still in hospital, one in serious condition; One fire mopped up, another burns 10 acres; Mining rules scrutinized; Wanamaker recuses self; Seized collies from Alaska moved; Audit says DFYS wastes travel funds

Plastic grocery bags not welcome in many villages
ANCHORAGE - Outside the Western Alaska village of Emmonak, white plastic shopping bags used to start appearing 15 miles from town. They blew out of the dump and rolled across the tundra like tumbleweeds. In Galena, they snagged in the trees and drifted into the Yukon River. Outside Kotlik, on the Yukon Delta, bags were found tangled around salmon and seals. No more. The villages are among at least 30 communities statewide that have banned plastic bags.

Photo: Brown bear in Sitka
Members of the Sitka Volunteer Fire Department and the Search and Rescue team haul away a bear that was shot Monday near the Cross Trail in Sitka.

House to act quickly on bill to ease lobbying law
A bill to relax the state lobbying laws that passed the Senate over the weekend is poised to be on a fast track for a House vote. House Speaker Pete Kott, an Eagle River Republican, assigned the measure to only one committee on Monday - the House Rules Committee, which schedules bills for a floor vote.

Alaska's small airports to get more screeners
ANCHORAGE - A federal government plan eliminating thousands of airport screening jobs nationwide substantially increases the number of screeners at Alaska's small airports. The total number of screeners at Alaska airports will increase to 633 from 471.

Sen. Murkowski working to get coal-power plant loan
FAIRBANKS - Sen. Lisa Murkowski is working on getting a $125 million loan to the state's development agency to rebuild an experimental power plant in Healy.

Experts don't expect West Nile virus to hit Alaska
While health officials are optimistic the West Nile virus won't reach Alaska this year, they are taking precautions and planning for testing as the mosquitos start buzzing again. "It has a lower likelihood of coming up here, but we're going to be looking at it just to make sure," said Louisa Castrodale, an epidemiologist with the Department of Health and Social Service's Division of Public Health.

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