Wednesday, May 7, 2003

Agency says POW logging would create jobs
ANCHORAGE - A logging sale on east Prince of Wales Island could create about 145 timber jobs, according to Ketchikan-based officials with the U.S. Forest Service. The sale, dubbed Cholmondeley, would provide enough timber to build 2,700 three-bedroom houses, officials said. About 27 million board feet of timber would come from trees cut from the Tongass National Forest, the country's largest national forest.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Honor the voters' will
The desire of some to reduce the population of wolves in this state if enacted into law will violate the voter's will. On the 1996 and 2000 ballots, Alaskans strongly rejected same day land-and-shoot wolf hunting by the public.

ASTF helps kids
It is well known that CPR doubles a person's chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest, yet many people do not know how to perform CPR. This year more than 20 kids were CPR- and first aid-certified as part of sportsman's biology, a new class offered at the high school.

Retain funding for ASTF
As we look ahead to solve our budget woes in Alaska, it needs to be clear what impact the proposals by the Murkowski administration will have on our children. In addition to education funding reductions we are hearing about, there is another source of funding that educates Alaska's youth that most of us do not know about.

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.

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

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

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."

School District, some employees settle with one-year contracts
The Juneau School District has agreed to one-year contracts with its support staff, principals and nonunion central office employees. The contracts increase the district's payments for health insurance, and they allow eligible employees to move up a step on the salary schedule for additional experience.

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

Firefighters extinguish blaze caused by campfire left burning
U.S. Forest Service firefighters Tuesday subdued a Lena Point blaze that started when a campfire was left burning, said USFS fire spokesman David Carr. The federal firefighters, supported by a city tanker truck, dug into the ground Tuesday and cut into smoldering snags in an attempt to keep the fire from reigniting.

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.

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.

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.

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

Pets of the week
Doug may have the black-and-white markings of a tuxedo cat, but he is strictly a sweatshirt kind of guy. Britton is a spayed female, black Lab mix about 18 months old. Bright and energetic, she loves to hike and explore the outdoors.

Disabled veteran from Juneau is skiing the great Rocky Mountains
Susan Macaulay, an Air Force veteran from Juneau, enjoyed the challenge of skiing, and the opportunity for self-development at the 17th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. The Clinic took place the week of April 4, in Snowmass Village, Colo. Established in 1987, the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is the largest event of its kind in the world.

White, Garrison to marry
Roberta Jean White and Michael William Garrison of Juneau announce their plan to marry in Juneau.

Neighbors Briefs
Registration deadline for Co-op Nursery School; Juneau History grant applications due May 15; Zeb Schorr to receive J.D. degree;

Thank you
... For your generosity; ...for the help; ...for volunteering; ...for the space; ...to symphony supporters; ...to Health Fair volunteers; ...for benefit cruise

Photo: Making rain country
Capt. Lynn Ridle of Capital City Fire and Rescue directs a stream of water onto the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park baseball field last Saturday in an attempt to control dust. Dry, windy conditions kicked up so much dust on Saturday that a game between Sitka and Ketchikan high schools had to be stopped several times.

Share the road: safe cycling, driving
Spring in Juneau is a marvelous time. There is no finer setting in which to live, work and relax. As the weather warms, more and more pedestrians and cyclists are enjoying the wonderful setting. One of my motorist friends mentioned that springtime is a time to be alert because so many pedestrians and cyclists require motorists to share the road. My friend also reminded me that cyclists can increase safety by following the basic rules of the road.

George Walter Obert Jr.
Juneau resident George Walter Obert Jr., 65, died Dec. 11, 2002.

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

Carole Ann Sims
Former Juneau resident Carole Ann Sims, 64, died April 26, 2003, at the Ganton Countryside Retirement Home in Jackson, Mich.

My Turn: Public is heard at the DEC
There has been recent discussion in the press of the opportunity for public participation in Department of Environmental Conservation rule making. Some have questioned our interest in public comment. The facts of our recent activities testify to our commitment to seek and listen to those with an interest in our regulations.

My Turn: A struggle to save the life of Pelican's school
I certainly understand the Legislature's efforts to have a smarter, leaner state government.

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.

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

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.

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.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Seventh Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 5:38 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6. 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.

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.

There's no rest for the winning
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team opened its season in grand fashion last weekend, winning four games - two each - over the Ketchikan Kings and the Sitka Wolves during Juneau's only homestand of the year. But the Crimson Bears didn't have much time to savor their four victories. There's no rest for the winning.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Committee objects to Patriot Act
A North Pole Republican and a Fairbanks Democrat want the Alaska Legislature to go on record in favor of changes to the USA Patriot Act. The act, passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, expanded federal authority to engage in surveillance and detention of suspected terrorists. Reps. John Coghill of North Pole and David Guttenberg of Fairbanks say it goes too far.

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.

Committee lops inflation-proofing off minimum wage
The minimum wage would not have to keep up with inflation under a bill that passed the House Finance Committee. The bill that passed the committee on Monday would change a law legislators passed last year that boosted the minimum wage from $5.65 to $7.15 an hour and called for it to rise in the future with the consumer price index. That bill was intended to keep a similar citizens initiative off the ballot.

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.

Education Secretary Paige continues tour through Bush Alaska
SAVOONGA - Not many school administrators can say their offices are larger than their homes. The principal of Savoonga's only school can, but he's not bragging. The lack of housing in this remote St. Lawrence Island village means Dave Bauer has to live at school - in a closet. "I have room for a mattress and a desk and a chair, and that's it," he said.

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."

Coastal districts complain bill weakens local control
Officials in some coastal areas are fighting a bill they say reduces their power to decide how development occurs in their communities. But Murkowski administration officials say they are just trying to fix a program that is overly complex, duplicates other regulations and slows development.

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.

Bill boosts penalties against bootleggers
A bill that would toughen penalties for smuggling alcohol into dry villages was held in the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday after questions were raised about its wording and effectiveness. The original bill, sponsored by Reps. Bob Lynn, Eric Croft, Sharon Cissna and Harry Crawford, would have required the state to seek forfeiture of an aircraft, vessel or vehicle used to transport or facilitate the transportation of alcohol into a dry village. The law already allows that option, but the bill would require it.

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

Fliers dubbed security risks fight no-fly lists
David Nelson, 30, is not a potential terrorist or fugitive, but when he flies on Alaska Airlines, company computers identify him as a suspicious character. Since soon after Sept. 11, 2001, the Juneau retail manager has been unable to check in on the Web or use an electronic ticket. At airport counters from Juneau to Los Angeles, Nelson has seen attendants knit their brows while looking at his passenger record.

Senate panel OKs 15 percent tax on pull tabs
A Senate committee approved a bill to impose a higher tax on pull-tab gambling Tuesday. But the measure only generates about half of what Gov. Frank Murkowski had been seeking. The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee approved a bill to increase the tax on pull-tab proceeds to 15 percent of ideal net receipts. The measure would raise about $9 million.

State Briefs
Governor extends mineral development commission 10 years; Judge calls mistrial after jury deadlocks in third Mateu murder trial; House panel balks at campaign finance bill; Jury clears man of interfering with Alaska Airlines flight crew; Anchorage man survives throat slashing; Anchorage man dies in crash on Seward Hwy.; Troopers identify man who apparently drowned Saturday

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