Saturday, May 11, 2002

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

FYI
Births

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Word Of Mouth
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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: 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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