Thursday, May 8, 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.

Don't increase taxes on rural communities
On May 2, the Empire ran the headline "Leaders protest proposed sales tax." My attention was captured! After reading the article several times, just to ensure I didn't overlook something, I could not believe that one of the primary issues, if not the primary issue, of a state sales tax was not addressed. Namely, the disproportionate tax burden on rural (Bush) communities.

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.

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.

Why risk another tourist boycott with wolf policy?
Is our Legislature in denial of the past as it considers the passage of HB 208 and SB 155? These bills would enable the Board of Game to enact predator control with aerial, one-day, land-and-shoot practices. This practice is so archaic, brutal, and unethical (not giving to fair chase) that in the early 1990s there was a tourist boycott of our state, which promoted initiatives in 1996 and 2000 that ultimately banned aerial, one-day, land-and-shoot practices.

Assembly taps Hartle for city attorney
The Juneau Assembly voted 7-2 Wednesday to promote John Hartle from deputy city attorney to city attorney. Hartle said he planned to accept the job. "We haven't reached an agreement on the details, but really they're just details," he said. "I'm excited and honored. I will try to do a good job."

Alcohol a factor in teen crash
Police said Wednesday they believe alcohol was involved in a car crash early Sunday that left three teenagers hospitalized in Seattle with serious injuries. Juneau Police Sgt. John Boltjes said the investigation is continuing, but it appears excessive speed and alcohol were factors in the crash. No charges have been filed.

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.

Photo: Weekend for chrome and steel
Hugh Dilbeck polishes his 1957 Chevrolet Nomad, which will be shown in this weekend's car show. The Nomad, one of only 6,150 made, was found in a Haines snowbank before Dilbeck restored it. Dilbeck is president of the Juneau Dipsticks, which is sponsoring the car show.

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

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

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.

Photo: Dandelion time
Randy Meyers of Kotzebue walks along the flume looking for birds Wednesday. Sunny weather has triggered the flowering of dandelions.

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

Photo: New high school atrium
John Garvey, a carpenter with Coogan Construction Co., finishes the trim in the new atrium Wednesday at Juneau-Douglas High School. The area has been opened to students to enjoy while work continues.

Nyad: More to life than racing in the Olympics
When Diana Nyad was 16 and about to swim against seven other women for a chance to go to the 1968 Olympics, a fellow 16-year-old gave her the advice that has guided her every day of her life. "She told me to look at the little sliver of fingernail on my pinky finger," Nyad told an audience of more than 500 people at a luncheon Wednesday, looking at her pinky and recalling the life-shaping moment. The girl told Nyad to swim the race with every millimeter of her body, right up to the little sliver of fingernail.

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

Photo: Dog power
Zoe, a 4-year-old Jack Russell terrier-Chihuahua mix, and his owner, Erik Johnson, take in the sights during a walk Wednesday on Seward Street.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Charles 'Chuck' Marlin
Longtime Juneau resident Charles "Chuck" Marlin, 77, died May 6, 2003, at his home 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.

Alfred Horton Sr.
Anchorage resident Alfred Horton Sr., 81, died April 8, 2003, at Alaska Native Medical Center.

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: No income tax on working Alaskans
While I have clearly and consistently opposed reinstating a state income tax, the time seems right to remind Alaskans and their representatives of the reasons for my opposition. The truth is, the so-called "progressive" income tax underlying many fiscal plans would be bad for our economy, working families, and the role I see for state government.

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: Greens Creek Mine and toxic pollution
This winter the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation released a study showing the Greens Creek mine is polluting Admiralty Island National Monument with acid mine drainage. Acid mine drainage poses a serious threat because once it starts it is extremely difficult to stop. Mine pollution continues to be a problem at mine sites that were exploited 2,000 years ago during the Roman Empire.

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

Boozer named to All-Rookie 2nd team
NEW YORK - Rookie of the Year Amare Stoudemire and No. 1 overall draft choice Yao Ming were unanimous choices for the NBA All-Rookie team announced Wednesday. Phoenix forward Stoudemire, who entered the league straight from high school, and Houston center Yao both received the maximum 56 points in balloting by the league's head coaches. Miami's Caron Butler (55 points), Orlando's Drew Gooden (45) and Denver's Nene Hilario (40) also made the team.

Juneau hurlers trounce Kayhi
Zach Kohan teamed up with Matt Greely to throw a three-hitter as the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team knocked off the Ketchikan Kings 7-1 on Wednesday afternoon at Sitka's Moller Field to open a five-game road trip. In the only other varsity baseball game played Wednesday, Ketchikan beat the Sitka Wolves 10-2.

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

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.

Two Juneau runners complete Bloomsday race
Two former Juneau-Douglas High School runners now attending Montana State University finished near the top of the standings in the 45,000-entrant Bloomsday Run held Sunday in Spokane, Wash. Dewey Peacock, 23, finished the 12-kilometer course (about 7.46 miles) in 46 minutes, 22 seconds to finish in 207th place overall. Peacock finished 179th among male runners and ninth for his age. Peacock also was the fastest runner from Bozeman, Mont., (and Juneau).

JDHS kickers go back up north
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls and boys soccer teams have one last chance for a first-hand sizing-up of potential state tourney opponents this week, as both squads leave town today for a three-day swing through Anchorage and the Mat-Su valleys. It's the second trip north in as many weeks for the teams. Both squads went 1-1 against Southcentral opponents last week. "It's nice to get a taste of everyone around the state, because you never know who you'll meet at state," said Callan Janowiec, a senior on the Crimson Bear girls squad.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Seventh Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 3:27 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

State to put up $10 million to build roads
Gov. Frank Murkowski campaigned on a gravel dream: new roads built in far-flung parts of Alaska to open up country to more oil, timber and mining development. Now Senate budget leaders have agreed to provide startup cash. They want to give the governor $10 million in state funds to explore the potential of building roads in areas many Alaskans have never heard of, from the flat tundra of the North Slope to the mountainous rain forest of Southeast.

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.

House joins Senate in trimming program for kids, pregnant women
The state House decided Wednesday night to go along with a Senate plan to reduce the number of people eligible for state health care through Denali KidCare. Senate Bill 105 would roll back the income limits that decide whether a family is eligible for the program. The current income limit is 200 percent of the federal poverty level for Alaska. That amounts to $45,264 for a family of four. Alaska Permanent Fund dividends are not counted as income in the formula.

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.

Bill would allow AK farmers to certify organic produce in-state
The state's organic farmers are pushing a bill that would create a state certification program for organic produce, allowing them to stay in business without obtaining costly certification from the Lower 48. Before this year, farmers could obtain organic certification from the Alaska Organic Association, which has provided inspection and certification since 1999. But a federal law enacted last fall, after the end of Alaska's growing season, requires all produce labeled "organic" to be certified under new national standards.

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.

Increase in vehicle registration nears OK
Registering a motor vehicle in Alaska will be a little more expensive under a bill approved by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday. The committee signed off on House Bill 170, which raises the registration fee for most classes of vehicles by $10 to $15 a year. It also increases title fees by $10.

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

State Briefs
Permanent fund bill calls for amendment; Coastal management program revamped; AK's bond rating at risk; Knowles visits top Democrats in D.C.; House Finance approves rental car tax

Seattle: Cruise ship dumps raw sewage
SEATTLE - A cruise ship released more than 40 tons of raw sewage into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the first case of its kind in Washington state's inland marine waters, officials say. The release occurred early Saturday morning as the Norwegian Sun was northwest of Port Townsend en route to Seattle, state Ecology Department officials said Tuesday. It was reported by the captain and is being investigated by the state agency and the Coast Guard. The ship was in Juneau on Tuesday.

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.

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