Thursday, May 6, 2004

Cell phones and the plane truth
I was somewhere between San Diego and Chicago, aboard a jet airplane 33,000 feet in the air, when I realized that I had done the unthinkable: I'd left my cell phone on.

Boycott of catch from damaging fisheries sought
Conservation groups bankrolled by a Northern California foundation are preparing a global boycott of seafood from fisheries they consider environmentally damaging.

Empire, Democrats pick on wrong person
Isn't it interesting. Our local state house representative and state senator, both Democrats, take time to criticize a citizen who has done more than any other person in Juneau or the rest of the state to fight capital move efforts and position Juneau as a great capital city.

Gov. not raiding fund
In response to the inflammatory and misleading letter from Erik Lie-Nelsen in Sunday's edition of the Empire, let me assure your readers that the governor and the Legislature are not "raiding" the permanent fund.

Simpson shouldn't blame Empire, Democrats
I was astounded this past week when Paulette Simpson blamed the Juneau Empire, Juneau's Democratic Legislators and the Democratic Party for questioning her poor judgment to get the Voice of the Times to editorialize against then-candidate Bruce Botelho's proposal to build a new capitol building in Juneau.

Dogs can help protect owners from bears
"Wow" is all I can say about Matt Keopple's letter about dogs. I lived in Tenakee Springs, an area that has a very large brown bear population. During summers, the highly productive Indian River vicinity is surrounded by huge 1,000-pound bear sows with cubs and male bears as well.

There's nothing funny about abortion
I am writing today because I find the column headline, "What's funnier than abortion?" written by Brandon Loomis, to be repulsive at the very onset of seeing it and then to read the final line, "Until then, the important thing is that we can laugh about abortion." I am thinking to myself, this is the best an accomplished writer and editor of a newspaper can come up with for a title? That is pretty pathetic.

Reading names on television honors dead
I am shocked and disappointed that anyone could object to reading the names of the brave Americans who fell in Iraq on television. Mr. Johnson calls it a "shame" that "trivializes" the American war dead. Not so. What does trivialize the dead is to reduce them to a body count. It trivializes our fallen to say we should be happy that they are dying in lower numbers than in World War II or Vietnam. Ignoring the names and faces of these men and women reduces them to an accounting entry.

Are we sure ships don't pollute?
The first cruise ship of the season! While I welcome its visitors, I can't help but notice that this is the same ship, the Norwegian Sun, that reported to Washington state officials last year that early one morning it had "accidentally" discharged 40 tons of raw sewage into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Why does Coeur Alaska need bonds?
If it wasn't crystal clear before, here is more proof that Coeur Alaska is trying to cut corners wherever possible on the proposed mine in Berners Bay. This Idaho-based, multinational mining company claims that it is on firm fiscal footing and can pay for the operations of the Kensington gold mine.

Blaming the messenger
The Empire is getting a bad rap. I mean, since when is it bad reportage to cover an item of obvious public interest? The numerous complaints about a recent story in the Empire are a classic example of wanting to kill the messenger.

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

APOC staff nixes advocacy
The staff of the Alaska Public Offices Commission is recommending that the Juneau School District not be allowed to spend money to influence the upcoming election on the Dimond Park high school.

Tee Harbor troll
Boats troll for spring king salmon Tuesday at Tee Harbor. Anglers participating in the spring king salmon derby have the whole month of May to catch the winning fish.

Season's first ship arrives
The 2004 Juneau cruise ship season made its quiet debut Wednesday morning when the Norwegian Sun pulled up Gastineau Channel around 6. The Norwegian Cruise Line vessel, with a capacity of 2,002 passengers and 800 crew members, was the only one in town Wednesday. It won't be followed until the Volendam, a Holland America ship, on Friday. The number of vessels will increase to five daily by the end of May.

Getting ready
Kristin Cadigan, an employee of the House of Russia gift shop on Franklin Street, spent Tuesday folding several thousand T-shirts.

Around Town
Local non-profits events in Juneau

Car show highlights Mustang's anniversary
Alaska is a place where restorers of custom cars work on them in the winter and play with them in the summer, says Jon Gates. His "1964 and a half" Ford Mustang will be on display at the fourth annual Custom Classic & Antique Auto and Cycle Show Friday and Saturday at Centennial Hall. The show features eight Mustangs among the 40 cars and half-dozen motorcycles on display.

Pedestrian dies in truck accident
A man was killed early Wednesday afternoon after being hit and dragged by a heavy commercial truck while trying to cross Glacier Highway at Anka Street in the Lemon Creek area.

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

Avalanche danger soars
With spring warmth in the air, Southeast Alaskans need to take precautions to keep from being buried under snow, according to the director of the Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center.

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

Cruise line upgrades ships for AK standards
Royal Caribbean International cruise lines will add equipment to its ships that will better clean sewage and waste water before it's dumped in the ocean, officials said Wednesday.

Freedom
The Juneau Raptor Center released a juvenile bald eagle named Bob on Tuesday at the Brotherhood Bridge parking lot. The bird was brought to Juneau for rehabilitation after being found in a ditch in Wrangell.

Juneau Digest
staff reports

In France, the little pleasures make a big difference
Many aspects of French culture and custom delight me but none more than the concept of the "petits plaisirs."

Photo partners documented history
Many American towns of a few thousand residents have little by way of photographic record. However, Juneau is fortunate that its early years were documented extensively not only by tourists, prospectors, mountaineers and ethnographers passing through - usually during summer months only - but also by resident photographers, both amateur and professional.

Garrison, Mulkey to marry
Laurel Garrison and Marc Mulkey of Juneau will be married June 5 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. July 17 at the Juneau Moose Lodge.

Thank you
Thanks to all the helpful folks in Juneau

Pets of the week
Phyco handsome, has appeared on TV, Autumn's colors glow

Robert Alan Stevenson
Robert Alan Stevenson, 40, a lifelong Juneau resident known with affection as "Rotten Rob," died May 1, 2004, while on a fishing trip in Berners Bay. He was born December 12, 1963.

Raymond Anthony Bradley Jr.
Raymond Anthony Bradley Jr., 33, died April 27, 2004, in Juneau.

Juneau charter school should support itself
I attended the April 26 Assembly meeting and listened to the impassioned pleas for funding from family members of Juneau Community Charter School students.

Empire editorial: Schools' summer plan is risky, but worth it
The Juneau School District is taking what it says is a new approach to summer school this year. It's one that could benefit those who are allowed to enroll and potentially harm those who are excluded.

SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS
Here are the standings in the Eighth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 1:44 p.m. on Monday, May 3.

Juneau baseball team heads to Sitka
After playing six games in three days last weekend, the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team has a light schedule this week with just four games in two days.

ASAA makes state bigger
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's high school basketball tournaments - for both large and small schools - will be combined into one week-long event beginning in 2006.

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.

Sports in Juneau
Sporting events in Juneau

Crimson Bear soccer teams travel north
The undefeated Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer squads embark today on their last road trip of the regular season.

Slumbering bats awaken for Expos
The Montreal Expos are finally starting to hit. Terrmel Sledge hit his first career homer, Endy Chavez had a three-run shot and Montreal broke out of a season-long slump with a 10-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Anchorage goalie helps Team USA bounce Czechs
The Americans made the home-ice edge disappear again at the World Ice Hockey Championships. The Czech Republic couldn't take advantage of playing at home Wednesday, as the United States defeated the hosts 3-2 in an overtime shootout in the city where the Americans won their first world championship 71 years ago.

Spring King Salmon Derby standings
Standings in the Eighth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 2:43 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5.

Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal wins Magic Johnson media award
Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal won the Magic Johnson Award on Wednesday for his cooperation with the media. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Carlos Boozer of Juneau was one of the nominees for this award.

Rockies top Expos in pitchers' duel
Joe Kennedy gave the Colorado Rockies' new four-man rotation a great start. Kennedy allowed one hit over six scoreless innings and Mark Sweeney hit a two-run double to lead Colorado over Montreal 2-0 Wednesday night - the seventh time in 28 games this year the Expos were shut out.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Governor prods lawmakers
Gov. Frank Murkowski implored senators to approve measures changing management and use of the Alaska Permanent Fund in coming days, and warned of economic hardship if they don't.

Consumer preference for wild salmon on the rise in Oregon
Sitting on his boat, the Dragnet, Loren Dixson had to think back to when his daughter was a baby to remember a time when prices for his salmon were this good.

Bill includes fisheries center funds
The state could begin construction of a University of Alaska School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences in Juneau under a bond package that passed the state House of Representatives early Wednesday morning.

Photo: Downed by an arrow
A young bull moose with a cheap aluminum arrow is treated by state biologists and wildlife officers Monday in Anchorage.

Attorney general: GOP chairman probably violated ethics act
The state attorney general's office said Wednesday it has reason to believe Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich violated the state Ethics Act. In a letter to Ruedrich's attorney, the Alaska Department of Law said it had probable cause to believe Ruedrich performed Republican party work on the job as an appointed state oil and gas commissioner.

Bill letting naturopaths prescribe drugs passes
Naturopaths could prescribe drugs if they collaborate with a medical doctor under a bill that passed the state Senate on Tuesday. The measure would also let naturopathic doctors perform minor surgery.

Rokeberg pushes to relax DWI penalties
A lawmaker who sponsored legislation that cracks down on drunken drivers three years ago is now trying to give some of them a break.

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

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

Alaska Digest
State news in brief

Legislation would revamp coal-bed methane leasing program
Three bills that recently passed the House would rewrite the state's coal bed methane leasing program and replace the fast-track leasing program with more conventional oil and gas leasing.

Yakutat's Hubbard Glacier threatens prime tourist draw
YAKUTAT - Hubbard Glacier is surging forward by up to 12 feet a day and threatening to choke a fiord and flood the world-renowned steelhead stream on which this town depends.

First Friday
Watercolor artist Asha Falcon spent part of her childhood in a log cabin in a small clearing between a circle of trees on Kodiak Island. She painted her first "house image" in 1990. Ever since, the iconic landscape of a home in a clearing has carried some sort of unconscious hold over her.

Perseverance Theatre debuts 'Wait!'
There are clear differences in the ways that Ekatrina Oleksa and Wendy Burger - the character she plays in the new Perseverance Theatre play "Wait!" - were drawn to acting. But the similarities - small towns and stage dreams, geographic constraints and visions of making a difference - make the monologue-driven, 110-minute comedy seem more poignant.

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

Movies: Where & when
Local movie times and locations.

What's happening
Upcoming local arts and entertainment events.

The Presidents throw some new music into the universe
It's a sunny Thursday afternoon in Seattle, five minutes after 5 p.m., and all is momentarily calm in the yard behind Chris Ballew's home and recording studio - The Snack Shack. Ballew, the bass player of the Presidents of the United States of America, and his bandmates need to finish engineering, producing and mixing "Love Everybody," their new album, by Monday. It's the group's first album since 2000.

Over the hill, through the woods
For once, soprano Kathleen Wayne doesn't have to be worried about getting carried away on stage. She's playing 10-year-old Little Red Riding Hood, whose trip to grandmother's house is periodically interrupted with trips to the strawberry patch and showdowns with mocking birds.

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