Friday, May 10, 2002

Trapping honest people
As usual the Juneau Empire did not get the story right. Of the four clerks that got cited for tobacco sales only three pleaded guilty. However, all four were convicted. Not only did the clerk from Family Grocer lose his job of 18 years, pensions, benefits and seniority, but was also like the other three fined $300 and a $10 surcharge. It's not hard to believe the clerk from Family Grocer was divested!

Simple solution
Here is the solution to the ongoing problem facing the poor residents of Juneau. Noise seems to be the crux of the problems addressed in the paper and by all the meetings by the Assembly.

Student rights, wrongs
Good for you, Josh Finley, and bad on you, Gary Bader. This incident has nothing with drugs or religion. It was a case of the school being embarrassed by a student who had the guts to stand up for his rights, even though Bader says students have no rights.

A host of hurdles
I can't believe the city is thinking of destroying the Sheep Creek area with a heliport. People from all over Juneau use Sheep Creek for fishing, walks, picnics, bonfires and running their dogs. With good weather just starting I urge city leaders to come to Sheep Creek and see the numbers of people already using this site.

A long reach
So Congressman Don Young doubts the loyalty of those of us who think the military should not be above the law in its treatment of the environment.

Harbor work nears completion
A new launch ramp and expanded parking at Douglas Harbor are open to the public.Work at Douglas Harbor started last year. Improvements include the new double-lane launch ramp, basin dredging, widening of Savikko Road and additional parking for cars and boat trailers. The existing launch ramp will stay open, and the new launch ramp has been dredged to minus 6 feet.

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

Photo: Breaking ground
Construction crews began work on the Treadwell Arena on Wednesday by tearing out the existing tennis courts at the Savikko Recreation Area. The 29,000-square-foot ice rink is scheduled to be completed this fall.

Homeless center closes after running out of funds
A nonprofit organization launched last November with the goal of providing temporary shelter for Juneau's homeless has closed due to a lack of funding.Briefly located in downtown Juneau, the organization known as Harbor of Hope offered a place where the homeless could take cover from the cold and use computers to put them in touch with social service programs.

Nashoanak pleads guilty to assault, drunk driving
Annabelle Nashoanak, accused of seriously injuring two of her children in a drunken-driving accident, pleaded guilty to felony assault and misdemeanor drunken driving this morning in Juneau Superior Court.

Rulon's rules: Wrestler offers tips for success
After defeating Russian wrestling legend Aleksandr Karelin for Olympic gold in 2000, Rulon Gardner performed a memorable cartwheel to celebrate his remarkable victory.Gardner told a crowd at Centennial Hall on Wednesday that he reached that pinnacle by doing "cartwheels through life" - never giving up in the face of doubt and moving forward through adversity.

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

Local Briefs
Event helps MADD youth programs; Forest Service campground opens; State BLM chief takes Washington job

Custom car show features 1913 model
A 1913 sports car will be one of about 40 vehicles on display at the second annual Classic, Custom, Antique Auto and Motorcycle Show this weekend.

FYI
Births

Corrections
Due to an editor's error, the price listed in Wednesday's In the Tank column for a gallon of gas at Taku Fleet was wrong. The correct price as of Tuesday night was $1.519.

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

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

Relief for parched rain forest, power supply
Thick cloud cover and steady rainfall this morning signaled a break from weeks of abnormally dry, cold weather in Juneau. As of 10 a.m. today, the Juneau Airport had measured 0.46 inches of rain in the past 24 hours. The National Weather Service was predicting more rain over the weekend.

Veteran police officer from unlikely roots
Paul Comolli had a paintbrush in his hand at age 4. Barefoot hippie thinkers discussing Nietzsche and the injustice of the Vietnam War chatted at his dinner table while his mother was arrested after staging a sit-in. This is the stuff cops are made of?Comolli, 38, who is in charge of the DARE anti-drug education program for the Juneau Police Department, said he sprang from poor hippies and has come full circle to be a poor but happy cop.

New Native commission vocal on natural resources
The Southeast Alaska Inter-Tribal Fish and Wildlife Commission has been a voice for largely Native communities that will be affected by layoffs in the pink salmon fishery.

Standing in the gap
Each week for more than 10 years, Sherry Patterson, a member of Moms in Touch International, gathered to pray for her children and the schools they attended.

Thank You
... for all the help; ... for all the support; ..for all the work, donations; ... for the contributions

Kowalski, Pukis to wed
Kristen Marie Kowalski and Paul Lloyd Pukis will be married on June 1, 2002.

Alaska Native Sisterhood Camps 2 & 70 hold membership tea
On Sunday April 28, Juneau's local Alaska Native Sisterhood Camps 2 and 70 hosted its second annual membership tea to honor each Camp's life members. Life members are women who have been members of the Alaska Native Sisterhood for 25years and who have reached the age of 65. Camp 2 has 17 life members and Camp 70 has seven.

Pow Wow Club seeks to hold fund-raisers for upcoming events in Kansas and Nevada
The Juneau Pow Wow Club is looking for events in the month of May and June to raise money for the upcoming pow wow scheduled on July 5-7,2002. The Club does Indian fried bread and Indian Tacos.

Lakeman, Kesselring to marry on May 11
Debbie Lakeman and John Kesselring, both of Juneau, will be married at 7 p.m., May 11, 2002, at Glacier Gardens. A reception will follow at Glacier Gardens, and friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding and reception.

Monroe, Mills to wed
Nicole Monroe of Nenana, and Thad Mills of Juneau, will be married in a ceremony on May 18, 2002, at 7 p.m., at the Log Chapel at the Chapel by the Lake. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the reception, which will be held at the Baranof Hotel at 8 p.m.

Brenda Willis-Bruce
Juneau resident Brenda Willis-Bruce died May 5, 2002, in Juneau of cancer.

My Turn: Is there any refuge from this mission?
The NOAA facility access road, and the resulting subdivision, will be directly responsible for the sewage effluent disposal on the South Lena Beach if action is not taken. CBJ is proposing to subdivide land adjacent to the NOAA facility access road and sell off 147 properties that will all connect to the South Lena Beach sewer pipe.

My Turn: Student's take on 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus'
What Joe Frederick did was a bit stupid, but the way authoritarian types at JDHS and in this community forum have been reacting to it far exceeds the original level of stupidity that Joe showed. I talked to Joe about why he did what he did, and he hammered out what has become the AkCLU's standard "freedom of speech, freedom of religion" line.

My Turn: Food safety cuts put public health at risk
Raw sewage standing inches deep on the kitchen floor during the lunch rush. Raw chicken on the counter, oozing blood onto cooked chicken going into salads. A dog using boxes of frozen food stacked in an alley as a fire hydrant. Live birds in cages being "stored" along with food items. While certainly not the norm, all of these conditions - and more - have been found at restaurants and grocery stores in Alaska and corrected because of state inspectors.

Word Of Mouth
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My Turn: JDHS principal was doing her job
An incredible amount of misinformation, both legal and factual, has been spread in the media about the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" incident at JDHS. The district cannot remain silent and allow the public to be misled or Principal Morse to be attacked in the press for doing her job.

Word Of Mouth
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To our readers:
Some members of the community have received e-mail messages that appear to be from Empire staffers and that contain questionable or offensive material. Rest assured these e-mails do not originate here.

Slow start, strong finish
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team started out slow but picked up steam throughout the evening Thursday on its way to a sweep of Southeast rivals Ketchikan and Sitka at Melvin Park.The Crimson Bears beat the Kings, 6-2, to open play and then defeated the Wolves, 10-0, in the nightcap. Juneau is now 12-1 overall.

Letter: Women's bracket fans need to make their voices heard
This year, 2002, saw another successful Gold Medal Tournament with four official brackets: A, B, C and Women's. And, for the first time in 2002, a middle school players event! The Lions can be rightfully proud of their sponsorship of this major Southeast Alaska event. Unfortunately, there may be clouds on the horizon.

Juneau track team to compete in Haines meet
This weekend's Haines Invitational track and field meet will have two different meanings for members of the Juneau-Douglas High School track team.

Juneau soccer teams heading north again
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team will put its unbeaten record on the line this weekend when the Crimson Bears play three teams that competed in last year's state tournament.

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

Juneau boys soccer back on winning track
The nationally ranked Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team got back on the winning track Thursday by claiming a 5-2 victory over the Wasilla Warriors at Wasilla High School.

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

2002 Empire Cup
The standings through the end of April for the 2002 Empire Cup runners series. The Empire Cup is sponsored by the Southeast Road Runners club and the Juneau Empire.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 7:34 a.m. on May 9. The rankings include the angler's name, weight of the fish (in 10ths of a pound), date caught and what station the fish was turned into.

Fluky goal lets Dimond hand Juneau girls first loss
ANCHORAGE -- Dimond High freshman Lydia Cotton said she prayed that her final shot in Thursday's nonconference match against Juneau-Douglas would find its way home.The high, floating ball gave her enough time to recite a Lord's Prayer, and ended with a "Hallelujah!" from the Dimond bench when it cleared Juneau goalkeeper Erin Cottingham and nestled into the back left corner of the net to give the Lynx a 1-0 victory at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Bears share the wealth
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team showed off its depth Wednesday as the Crimson Bears claimed a 14-3 victory over the Sitka Wolves to open a four-game homestand at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.Every Juneau starter had at least one hit, one run scored and one RBI for the game as the Crimson Bears overwhelmed the young Wolves.

Blair makes first marathon an occasion to remember
Abby Blair came to running late in her 22-year-old life.She's quickly making up for lost time. Blair, a 1998 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, ran her first marathon two weeks ago and made it a memorable occasion.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 8:29 a.m. on May 10. The rankings include the angler's name, weight of the fish (in 10ths of a pound), date caught and what station the fish was turned into.

Scandling gets payback as Juneau beats Kayhi
Evan Scandling wanted a rematch with the Ketchikan Kings this weekend.When he got to Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park on Thursday night, Scandling, the pitcher of record in the only loss of the season for the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team, was told Dylan Hickey would be the starter. While warming up in the cold, rainy weather, Hickey's arm stiffened and Scandling was told to get ready.

State briefs
Food-inspection debate starts again; Green Party candidates file; Bill would extend notice on mobile home evictions

Knowles wins business' nod on fiscal plan
Gov. Tony Knowles enlisted business leaders today in his push for a long-range fiscal plan.But Senate Republicans have continued to dig in against major new revenue measures. With just five full legislative days left, Knowles, a Democrat, called a news conference to emphasize the effect that an unresolved $1 billion fiscal gap might have on business investment in the state.

State Briefs
Bush lauds Stevens at senator's fund-raiser; Thieves foiled in theft of Eagle River ATM; Eight arrested in Anchorage purse-snatching case

Phone dispute holds up regulatory commission bill
Alaska's main agency that regulates utilities and phone companies is in danger of being put out of business because of a dispute with the state's largest telephone company, Alaska Communications Systems.The dispute could impact General Communication Inc.'s expansion into the local phone service market in Juneau.

Woman amazed at winning Ice Classic
FAIRBANKS - Mildred Stickman thought someone was playing a joke on her when her phone rang at 11:30 Tuesday night and a woman told her she was one of six winners in the Nenana Ice Classic. Galena resident Stickman, 68, spent a restless night after learning her share would be $50,666.67.

Knowles turns down request for Russian salmon processors
A Southeast Native group, concerned some fishermen won't have buyers for pink salmon this year, wants Gov. Tony Knowles and U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens to find a way to let Russian processors into state waters.The laid-off fishermen would miss out on a fishery that was worth about $27 million in Southeast last year.

Rural law enforcement lawsuit goes to judge
ANCHORAGE - A lawsuit claiming state-funded law enforcement is unconstitutionally inferior in rural areas of Alaska is in the hands of a judge. Two years of paperwork, two weeks of trial and two hours of closing arguments ended Thursday. Anchorage Superior Court Judge Sharon Gleason will decide if law enforcement in mainly Native off-road Alaska villages is so much worse than services available to similar-sized non-Native towns on the road system that it violates the constitution.

Judge approves redistricting plan
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's new redistricting map received final approval from a judge Thursday in what is likely to end a lengthy court battle and months of political wrangling. Districts in rural areas and Southeast were largely untouched.

Atlantic salmon found on Copper River Delta
ANCHORAGE - Federal fish biologists working near the Copper River Delta found for the first time a genetically verified Atlantic salmon swimming in fresh water in that area last year. The fish may have escaped from a commercial salmon farm in British Columbia or Washington state.

Senior housing funding in public works bill
The Juneau delegation is picking up construction and maintenance projects piecemeal through general obligation bonds bills and the capital budget making their way through the Legislature.With less than a week left in the session, Juneau lawmakers are working to include projects for road maintenance, building construction and other funding needs.

Head of travel industry group resigns
ANCHORAGE - Tina Lindgren, president of the Alaska Travel Industry Association, announced Thursday she is resigning. Lindgren said she will step down July 12 to spend more time with her family and focus on other interests.

Chances for a fiscal plan appear to be slim
Democratic leaders in the Legislature all but gave up on a long-range fiscal plan this morning.At a news conference on the minority's priorities in closing out the regular session, key Democrats said they have concluded Senate Republicans won't budge on their opposition to an income tax or use of permanent fund earnings for government.

Elmendorf fuel spill cleanup praised
ANCHORAGE - Cleanup of a jet fuel spill at Elmendorf Air Force Base is nearly complete - an effort that won the praise of state environmental officials.

Legislature asks Washington for a break
The state Legislature is asking Congress to let Alaska and other states spend less money on programs such as welfare and drug and alcohol treatment.

No fast ferries in public works, bonding bills
Fast-ferry service for the Southeast is among Juneau's wish-list items missing in the capital budget and bonds package in the Legislature.Sen. Kim Elton, a Juneau Democrat, unsuccessfully tried to amend a bond bill, Senate Bill 372, in the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday. Elton's amendment would have added a $35 million fast-ferry project for Southeast, but it was voted down, leaving Juneau with no projects in the $160 million bill.

Senate OKs bill that alters financing for campaign ads
The state Senate on Wednesday unanimously endorsed a bill aimed at tightening laws that cover how campaign advertisements can be financed. The measure was pushed by Sen. Gene Therriault, a North Pole Republican, who as chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee worked over the last couple of years on issues of campaign finance law.

Best Bets: Late-night theater and Hawaiian melodies
An imaginary rock singer and a gentleman guitarist highlight the weekend's performances. Perseverance Theatre presents the second of three plays in the spring Midnight Theatre Festival at 10 p.m. Saturday, May 11, with a playreading featuring Jason Hodges' rock 'n' roll-themed comedy, "Athena."

What's Up With That?
Q: What's up with that biohazard site on Thane Road (near where the avalanche came down)? What is buried on top of that hill that is hazardous and is there any danger of its contaminating the shoreline and water below?

A lifetime in photographs
The first photo in "Tenacity: Sam Kimura Retrospective" at the Alaska State Museum is a telling image, a portrait of the artist as a young man. In 1947 Kimura won two Anchorage High School senior class polls - the best dressed and best mannered boy. That's the Kimura that's pictured, and those qualities - fastidious and impeccable - mark his career as a photographer and his artwork.

Movies Where & When
"The Son's Room," (R) Italian film with English subtitles, winner of 2001 Cannes Film Festival Best Picture Award, 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, May 10, and 4, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 12, Gold Town Nickelodeon.

Music of Hawaii in Alaska
The first time Hawaiian slack key guitarist George Kahu-moku came to Alaska he was a journeyman welder on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. That was 1970 and Kahumoku was already an accomplished singer and guitarist in the Hawaiian tradition. More than 30 years later, he's continued to live simultaneously in different worlds - that of his Hawaiian heritage and contemporary America. He's a musician with dozens of recordings to his credit, a farmer, a high school teacher, a published author and an accomplished visual artist.

Exhibits free at Juneau museums Sunday
The Ice Worm Wiggle was a dance craze that didn't quite sweep the nation, but it did enjoy brief popularity in Juneau in 1937. Juneau's celebration of International Museum Day on Sunday, May 12, will include demonstrations of the wiggle, the tectonic tango and exhibits of fine art. The annual event is an open house at the Alaska State Museum, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, the Last Chance Mining Museum and the House of Wickersham. Kids' activities, tours, free transportation between venues, and the opening of summer exhibits highlight the day's activities.

What's happening
Theater

Music review showcases songs of Friedman
Listen to my Heart" is a labor of love for Gwen Morton. Morton and three other singers will present 21 songs by New York composer David Friedman in a musical review opening at 8 p.m. Friday, May 10.

Steel crazy after all these years
Longtime Juneau musician John Knight has just released "Out From the Shadows of Knight," a recording showcasing the pedal steel guitar. On Saturday, May 11, Knight and his band Northern Pacific will play for a CD release party at Henry's Food and Spirits in the Mendenhall Center.

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