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Friday, May 9, 2003

GCI quarterly revenue up from last year
General Communication Inc. reported its first-quarter revenue rose 5 percent, gaining profits of $2.6 million over the $2.2 million earned during the same period last year

Correcting misinformation
The ADEC decision to not hold a public hearing for the proposed changes to the pesticide regulations is wise.

Getting it right
Kudos on the well-written article by Dave Ringle and Kevin Henderson in Wednesday's Empire ("Share the road: safe cycling, driving").

Bypassing the bypass
During the last few days, Channel Construction has been running enormous dump trucks through the residential area between Lena Point and Auke Rec, and through the rec area, instead of using the new road, the bypass, which was designed especially to prevent this sort of traffic in a residential area and in the rec area.

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.

Paying our own way
Rep. Eric Croft and his colleagues in the Legislature continue to attempt to make their constituents dependent on government programs.

Remember purpose of Longevity Bonus
As I recall, the Longevity Bonus Program was originally intended primarily as an award to the pioneers over the age of 65 who had been in Alaska for 30 or more years for enduring the hardship of those early years in developing Alaska.

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.

Women's right to informed choice
Informed consent laws form the foundation for all ethical medicine. The Patient's Bill of Rights has been a standard in hospitals since 1972, brought about in response to the demands of consumer health advocates.

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

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.

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.

Woman cited after driving into bus' path
A woman, 30, was cited for failing to yield after driving her 1989 Isuzu Trooper into the path of a school bus at 2:36 p.m. Wednesday on North Douglas Highway.

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.

Photos: Breaking trail
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School eighth-graders take out a tree for a new path behind the school. Students have been working on the project as part of their science class. The city plans to pave the trail to make it handicapped-accessible.

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.

Photo: Frisbee in the sun
Juneau-Douglas High School student Whitney Rickards attempts to catch a Frisbee during a PE class Thursday at Cope Park.

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."

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

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

Juneau families get word from Iraq
When 1,000 soldiers from the Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade parachuted into Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq a week into the war, two Juneau boys were among them.

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

Proposal: Parents, students could pay $100 for truancy
Bonnie Lanz, the Juneau School District's truancy tracker, sometimes shows up at the foot of a truant student's bed on a school morning, holding a backpack and offering an on-time ride to class.

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.

AroundTown
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Lessons in safety at sea
A fishing vessel safety and drill instructor course will be offered by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association in Juneau on Wednesday, May 15.

A few words from my mother
Mother's Day gives us the opportunity to once again visit with the spirit that brought us into the world, the heart and soul of our lives and the source of all we have become.

Thank a foster parent
May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month. Take a moment to recognize foster parents that you know.

Letter carriers will pick up donated food Saturday
The National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service, the United Way, and the AFL-CIO will collect nonperishable food on Saturday, May 10, for distribution to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank in Juneau.

Joining the Marines
Alec Haralovich of Juneau has enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.

FYI
Births

Thank you
...for the help; ...for the donations; ...for the generosity; ...for caring about Charlotte

Cancer group celebrates life, honors caregivers
The Southeast Alaska Cancer and Wellness Foundation is hosting Celebration of Life Cancer Survivors Walk and Caregivers Luncheon on Saturday.

Brigham Young grads
Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, awarded degrees to two Juneau-Douglas High School graduates at the April Commencement.

Need performers for summer park concerts
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is scheduling its summer Concerts in the Park. The slots are going fast, organizers said, but performers and emcees are still needed.

Dela Paz, Furuness to marry
Christina Carrillo dela Paz and Samuel John Furuness of Juneau announce their plan to marry at 4 p.m. May 24, 2003, at Chapel by the Lake.

'Understanding': about healing cancer in the Native community
Sylvia Montero understands cancer better than most of us. As a community health aide in Alaska for over 15 years, Sylvia watched as cancer gained a foothold among Alaska Natives until it became the leading cause of death within that population. Sylvia's relationship with the disease became more personal when she was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago.

Photo: A lot of bird
Joe Paine holds an injured eagle that flew into his yard in the Lemon Creek neighborhood on April 19. He turned over the eagle to the Juneau Raptor Center.

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

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

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: 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.

Crimson Bears head to Ketchikan, P.O.W.
After struggling in its first road trip of the season, the defending state champion Juneau-Douglas High School softball team felt its confidence eroding. Then the Crimson Bears won all six games on their second trip.

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.

O'Brien, Schick, Clark lead Glacier Swim Club
Kyle O'Brien won seven events, Cody Schick won six and Auri Clark earned five individual titles to lead Glacier Swim Club swimmers at the Olympic Swimmer Invitational held last weekend at the Augustus G. Brown Pool.

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).

Juneau boys, girls soccer squads slap Palmer
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams won their respective games against Palmer on Thursday to open a three-game swing through southcentral Alaska.

ASAA votes to kill Class 5A proposal
After hearing opposition from the schools that made the proposal, the Alaska School Activities Association decided a school sports size-reclassification measure it passed last year maybe wasn't such a good idea after all.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Seventh Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 5:39 p.m. on Thursday, May 8.

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.

Juneau runners head to Haines
This weekend's Haines Invitational track meet will be short on teams, but long on competition. The Juneau-Douglas High School track squad is traveling to Haines today for the two-day event, which will feature just three teams - the Crimson Bears, the host Glacier Bears and the Petersburg Vikings. A few runners from Gustavus and Yakutat also may take part.

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.

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

Crimson Bears stay undefeated this year
It took a lot more work than planned, but the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team remained undefeated on the season with a 12-10 victory over the Ketchikan Kings and a 9-2 victory over the Sitka Wolves on Thursday at Sitka's Moller Field.

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.

Kids' Rotary Park Run draws 36 participants
Thirty-six local youths took advantage of the great weather last Sunday and participated in the Kids' Rotary Park Run.

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

Yacht runs aground on B.C. coast
A 105-foot commercial yacht carrying 10 passengers and six crew members from Seattle to Juneau for the start of the cruise season ran aground on the British Columbia coast Thursday.

Ferry's second trip to Dutch Harbor delayed
UNALASKA - The state ferry Tustumena was stuck at the dock in Homer with a mechanical problem Thursday instead of heading for Dutch Harbor.

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.

Professors win award
FAIRBANKS - Three University of Alaska Fairbanks professors have been honored for their decades of service to the university, and each will get a check for $10,000.

Budget: Roads in, ferries out
The state would spend $5 million for the Juneau Access Project and another $5 million to begin studying a second crossing to Douglas Island under the public works budget bill being debated in the Senate Finance Committee.

Murkowski gets behind sales tax
Gov. Frank Murkowski has given his support to a plan for a statewide sales tax that would double during the summer tourist season.

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.

Stowaway sentenced to community service
ANCHORAGE - An Oregon man has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for stowing away on an Alaska state ferry.

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

Ketchikan deals with two false SARS alarms
ANCHORAGE - Ketchikan General Hospital tested its SARS isolation procedures after two patients showed some SARS virus-like symptoms.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, an article in Sunday's Empire incorrectly reported that Sen. Fred Dyson's informed consent bill is House Bill 30. The bill is Senate Bill 30.

Photo: Salmon celebration
Josie Keene tries to keep dry as the rainbow trout she is carrying tries to swim free Tuesday during the Kenai Peninsula Salmon Celebration at Johnson Lake campground in Kasilof.

Photo: New can bears up
The Alaska Zoo's black bear Zayk attempts to open a new version of a bear-resistant trash can on Wednesday in Anchorage. After wres

Prison bills on hold during governor's office review
Rival bills to build a large prison are on hold as Gov. Frank Murkowski's administration takes a look at corrections issues.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska

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.

Health troubles cut into Democrats' numbers
Three House Democrats - a quarter of the 12-member House minority caucus - were in the hospital Thursday.

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.

Ceremonial hammer comes home
SITKA - Ownership of Katlian's Hammer, a Tlingit chief's weapon used in battles with Russians about 200 years ago, has been returned to Sitka's Kiksadi clan.

Legend turns big bear into monster
ANCHORAGE - A massive grizzly has taken on mythical proportions since it was killed in Prince William Sound 19 months ago.

Native corp. invests in auto-sharing business
Bristol Bay Native Corp. has invested $1 million in a car-sharing service based in Seattle.

The Swamp
Cartoon by Toe

Runaway dreams and flying lawn chairs
Bridget Carpenter's new play, "Up (The Man in the Flying Lawn Chair)," started with two images, three years before she wrote the first page.

Events celebrate birds who come from afar
Juneau bird-watchers are preparing to celebrate the American redstart, the yellow-rumped warbler, the rufous hummingbird and all the other birds that pass through the area on trips to their southern wintering grounds.

Fairbanks author to sign book at Bear's Lair, Hearthside
Former Fairbanks elementary educator Cherie Stihler will sign her first book, "The Giant Cabbage: An Alaskan Folktale," at Hearthside Books' Nugget Mall location and the Bear's Lair in the downtown Senate Building.

Perseverance presents 'Macbeth,' holds auditions
Perseverance Theatre's Young Shakespeare Training Company, a group of middle-school actors, will present "Macbeth" at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at the University of Alaska Southeast's Egan Library.

Case & Draper: Recording history on film
Photographers William Case and Horace Draper realized the importance of history.

What's Happening
Arts and Entertainment in Juneau This Week.

Before pensions, fraternal groups took care of Juneau
In the 1920s, about 3,000 people lived in the Juneau-Douglas area. One-tenth of the population, almost 300 people, belonged to the International Order of Oddfellows.

Surviving the tyranny of the sun
When I was about 15, it was the rage for girls at my high school to consume a diet of Snackwells cookies, fat-free yogurt, and diet pills, all washed down with multiple Diet Cokes.

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