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Friday, May 7, 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.

Check the facts on eagle preserve
In reading the guest column by ex-governor Hammond in the May 3 edition, I came upon some very misleading so-called facts.

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.

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.

Alaska fishermen benefit from labeling
In his "My Turn" of April 29, Food Marketing Institute Executive Vice President John Block paints a bleak landscape for Alaska's fishing industry under the new country of origin labeling (COOL) law that will take effect Sept. 30, 2004. The picture he paints is incomplete.

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.

Sales tax is unfair fix
Kudos to John Mielke for his "My Turn" article of April 28, 2004.

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.

Few know Coast Guard's sacrifice
There are many in Juneau with some sort of attachment to the Coast Guard.

DIPAC looks to replace cracked tank
The fish, crabs and other sea animals that inhabit the DIPAC aquarium have promoted knowledge of marine life in Southeast Alaska since 1989.

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.

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.

Former corrections officer charged with assaulting inmate
A man dismissed from his job at Lemon Creek Correctional Center last fall now faces a charge of sexually assaulting a female inmate.

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.

Man killed by truck in Lemon Creek identified
Family members of the 61-year-old man killed by a truck in the Lemon Creek area Wednesday remembered him as a popular man who was active in the community.

Around Town
Local schedule of non-profit events.

Silent worship
Attendees at the National Day of Prayer celebration at the Capitol bow their heads in prayer on Thursday.

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.

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

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reports

FYI
Vital statistics and legal annoucements.

School district can't advocate in special election
The Juneau School District is not allowed to spend public money to advocate a position in the upcoming election about building a high school at Dimond Park, the Alaska Public Offices Commission said Thursday.

Extreme tides bring dinner
As Juneau's tide reached its monthly low Thursday, some residents found this week's dinner.

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

Thank you
Messages of thanks.

Neighbors Digest
Events in the community

Good manners begin at home
Do you wish your canine companion had better manners? Would you like a bit more control without dampening your dog's enthusiasm and zest for life?

Emel and Thompson marry
Gail Marie Emel of Juneau and Jay Everett Thompson of Gardner, Mass., were married April 11, 2004, in Lake Tahoe, Nev.

Teaching teaches me more than learning ever did
F our years ago, I heard a simple formula for the key to success in school: Show up.

Epperly and Hansen to wed
Kara Hansen and Peter Epperly of Juneau were engaged on April 18, 2004, and plan to wed in the summer of 2005 in Juneau.

ANS honors Native educators
Thirteen educators were honored May 1 at the Alaska Native Sisterhood's Annual Native Women's Conference.

Fleet blessing
Andrew Krueger / Juneau Empire

Encounters with whales
Thar she blows," is the familiar call of the whale hunter in stories about the sea. But innocent encounters also happen.

Arnoldt and Kussart to marry
Kierke A. Kussart and Matthew C. Arnoldt of Juneau will be married 6 p.m. July 10, 2004, at Glacier Gardens. A reception will follow at St. Ann's Cathedral Parish Hall.

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

Behind the news, its a dog's world
ime for a quarterly report. Three months ago I stepped off the Malaspina and into the Empire's newsroom and your sphere, not fully remembering what peculiar people line these ocean channels.

Act on fund proposals and let voters decide
Gov. Frank Murkowski is pushing Alaska's senators to agree on a fiscal plan before this year's legislative session ends on Tuesday, and he's hinted he could call a special session to keep their noses to the grindstone if they don't.

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.

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.

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.

Sanchez makes most of chance
Cheyenne Sanchez didn't take the field until the game was 29 minutes old, but his impact was immediate for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team.

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.

Juneau softball team ends long break for its first home games
It's been so long since the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team played a game that the Crimson Bears feel as if the season's starting over.

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.

Nanooks lose coach to Princeton Tigers
University of Alaska Fairbanks hockey coach Guy Gadowsky has resigned to take over the program at Princeton.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau

Derby Standings
Standings in the Eighth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby

Juneau track team splits to Kodiak, Haines
The Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team is headed in two directions this weekend - both west and north - for a pair of meets today and Saturday.

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.

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.

Local Sports Results
Juneau sports agate

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.

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.

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.

Unregistered sex offender charged with sexual assault
A man charged with sexually assaulting an elderly Hoonah woman in April was alleged after his arrest to be an unregistered sex offender.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Owl's-eye view
Photo by J. Lavrakas

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.

Public-interest-litigant bill voted down
The state Senate failed to gain the necessary two-thirds majority vote Thursday to overturn a recent court case maintaining Alaskans' rights to public-interest-litigant lawsuits.

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

Senate balks on portion of fiscal plan
Lawmakers in the Senate hit a partisan impasse on Thursday over the first key element of Gov. Frank Murkowski's plan to close Alaska's chronic budget woes.

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.

Alaska Digest
News across the state

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.

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

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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