Monday, May 14, 2001

Around Town

Around Town

Sea Lions of Berners Bay
A fast-moving pack of 200 to 300 hungry sea lions prowled Berners Bay this spring, hunting together in a manner that has astounded scientists.

Guide to Steller sea lions
Identification: Adults are light brown to blond and appear tan in the water. Two pinnipeds (eared seals) are common in Southeast Waters: harbor seals and Steller sea lions. Sea lions are much larger. Stellers are sometimes referred to as northern sea lions. California sea lions may range north to Southeast Alaska but they are black and about half the size of Steller sea lions.

Sea Lions of Berners Bay
A fast-moving pack of 200 to 300 hungry sea lions prowled Berners Bay this spring, hunting together in a manner that has astounded scientists.

Spawning hooligan: The life of the party
They may be small, but they attract a lot of attention. When the hooligan run in Berners Bay, hundreds of marine mammals and tens of thousands of birds follow.

Guide to Steller sea lions
Identification: Adults are light brown to blond and appear tan in the water. Two pinnipeds (eared seals) are common in Southeast Waters: harbor seals and Steller sea lions. Sea lions are much larger. Stellers are sometimes referred to as northern sea lions. California sea lions may range north to Southeast Alaska but they are black and about half the size of Steller sea lions.

Spawning hooligan: The life of the party
They may be small, but they attract a lot of attention. When the hooligan run in Berners Bay, hundreds of marine mammals and tens of thousands of birds follow.

Obituary
Ernest C. Olmsted

Tracking sandhill cranes
PALMER - You could hear the sandhill cranes coming. Wave upon wave of calls chittered across the valley with tremendous urgency, getting louder with each second. As the sound filled the sky over a Matanuska Valley potato farm, biologist Mike Petrula sat up in his hiding spot under a spruce tree and scanned the field with binoculars for landing cranes.

Kenai wildfire may be 'unstoppable'
KASILOF - Fire experts are warning that no response will be adequate if a wind-blown fire occurs in the Kenai Peninsula's spruce bark beetle country.

Hundreds of bills await next year
Lawmakers passed 103 bills this year, but about 400 more are still sitting in committees waiting for the Legislature to return in January.

Power intertie gets injection of state cash
The Southeast Alaska electrical intertie - a long-range, multi-phase power project intended to connect the region's communities - is getting a boost from the state.

State Briefs
Sweepstakes settlement coming to Alaska; Private prison could go to Kenai voters

Volunteers clean up more than 11 tons of Juneau's trash
Volunteers pulled a dryer from Dredge Lake, bicycles out of the woods and a TV set from under the bridge at the end of Montana Creek Road during the annual spring cleanup Saturday.

Around Town
Today

Briefly

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

Ship spills dirty water into channel
For the second time in nine days, a cruise ship has discharged wastewater illegally.

Trying to take small steps to stop hate
The best way to stop hate is to start small, according to Brian Goldberg, director of the Anti-Defamation League's Pacific Northwest Region office.

Kenai wildfire may be 'unstoppable'
KASILOF - Fire experts are warning that no response will be adequate if a wind-blown fire occurs in the Kenai Peninsula's spruce bark beetle country.

Six JDHS students win state art awards
It was a challenge to keep the overhanging wet clay from sagging, and the blue glaze unexpectedly pooled at the bottom, but the low, broad pot won James Voelckers first place in ceramics at the state high school art competition.

Trying to take small steps to stop hate
The best way to stop hate is to start small, according to Brian Goldberg, director of the Anti-Defamation League's Pacific Northwest Region office.

Obituary
Ernest C. Olmsted

UAF museum planning to double floor space
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum is on the verge of realizing a five-year dream.

Anchorage special session considered
Republican lawmakers frustrated with the governor for calling a special session floated the idea of resisting his plan by calling their own in Anchorage. That would be a first for Alaska.

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

Volunteers clean up more than 11 tons of Juneau's trash
Volunteers pulled a dryer from Dredge Lake, bicycles out of the woods and a TV set from under the bridge at the end of Montana Creek Road during the annual spring cleanup Saturday.

Stores call truce over Copper River salmon
ANCHORAGE - For years, two upscale Seattle grocery stores battled to see which could fly in the first succulent Copper River salmon of the season.

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

Knowles bends on session
Gov. Tony Knowles today offered to delay a special legislative session on cruise ship pollution by up to 17 days to accommodate a personal emergency of a key opponent.

Briefly

Controlling geese the old-fashioned way - raiding nests
ANCHORAGE - Eighty-year-old Buck Delkettie leans over and carefully plucks the still-warm white goose eggs from the nest lined in gray goose down.

Stores call truce over Copper River salmon
ANCHORAGE - For years, two upscale Seattle grocery stores battled to see which could fly in the first succulent Copper River salmon of the season.

UAF museum planning to double floor space
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum is on the verge of realizing a five-year dream.

State Briefs
Sweepstakes settlement coming to Alaska; Private prison could go to Kenai voters

Anchorage special session considered
Republican lawmakers frustrated with the governor for calling a special session floated the idea of resisting his plan by calling their own in Anchorage. That would be a first for Alaska.

Around Town
Today

Six JDHS students win state art awards
It was a challenge to keep the overhanging wet clay from sagging, and the blue glaze unexpectedly pooled at the bottom, but the low, broad pot won James Voelckers first place in ceramics at the state high school art competition.

Controlling geese the old-fashioned way - raiding nests
ANCHORAGE - Eighty-year-old Buck Delkettie leans over and carefully plucks the still-warm white goose eggs from the nest lined in gray goose down.

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

Power intertie gets injection of state cash
The Southeast Alaska electrical intertie - a long-range, multi-phase power project intended to connect the region's communities - is getting a boost from the state.

Knowles bends on session
Gov. Tony Knowles today offered to delay a special legislative session on cruise ship pollution by up to 17 days to accommodate a personal emergency of a key opponent.

Tracking sandhill cranes
PALMER - You could hear the sandhill cranes coming. Wave upon wave of calls chittered across the valley with tremendous urgency, getting louder with each second. As the sound filled the sky over a Matanuska Valley potato farm, biologist Mike Petrula sat up in his hiding spot under a spruce tree and scanned the field with binoculars for landing cranes.

Ship spills dirty water into channel
For the second time in nine days, a cruise ship has discharged wastewater illegally.

Hundreds of bills await next year
Lawmakers passed 103 bills this year, but about 400 more are still sitting in committees waiting for the Legislature to return in January.

Millions for renovation
For a while, it was stormier inside the Capitol than across Juneau's night sky when the Alaska Legislature adjourned minutes before midnight on Tuesday. But storms pass and tempers ease.

As Yogi once said, nothing difficult is ever easy
At the risk of being called a Downtown Liberal, I admit to having lived in Moscow for two years in the decade before the Soviet Union went out of business.

As Yogi once said, nothing difficult is ever easy
At the risk of being called a Downtown Liberal, I admit to having lived in Moscow for two years in the decade before the Soviet Union went out of business.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. It gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Unfortunate fact: Yard moss is bigger than all of us
A lot of people who live in the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska feel compelled to carpet their yards with thick, exclusive, not-from-around-here grass.

Another tourist decides to call home
"Hi, Dorothy, it's me. I just got off the ship in Juneau, and a whole bunch of folks met us on the dock selling things and herding us around like cattle. But, Dorothy, I don't think this is our Kansas farm.

Letter: Campaign expenses
If the APOC pursued Kerttula and Powell with the passion that Kerttula displays for hunting down cruise ships, those two would both be behind something else besides podiums and microphones.

Why we must have testing
Anyone who opposes annual testing of students is an apologist for a broken system of education that dismisses certain children and classes of children as unteachable. The time has come for an end to the excuses, for the sake of the system and the children trapped inside.

Just how strange was this session?
See if you can pick out the false statement about the conclusion of the regular legislative session.

Keys to revitalizing downtown Juneau
Many long term residents have noticed the depressing decline of locally-oriented businesses downtown. Even on Seward Street, one of the last vestiges of what used to be a thriving local business area, empty storefronts appear every couple of months and often stay empty for some time. Here are some suggestions that can help turn it around:

Letter: Unproductive political posturing
It seems that many of the key players in the cruise ship legislation issue are more interested in political maneuvering and/or seeing their name in print than they are in addressing the issue at hand.

Worthy efforts
Thank you to Friends of Aviation and Juneau's flightseeing operators for publishing their newsletter and distributing it to the community. I believe it helps to spell out who the players are and identify what is being done to address issues.

Just how strange was this session?
See if you can pick out the false statement about the conclusion of the regular legislative session.

In the public interest?
The following editorial appeared in The Anchorage Daily News on May 11: Just how weird is this? At the midnight hour, after the 22nd Alaska Legislature had adjourned its 2001 session Tuesday night, Gov. Tony Knowles and the Legislative Republican Majority - chief antagonists in the closing rush - each held press conferences to spin the results.

Letter: Still doing our job
I am writing with a correction to the AIDS ride article in the May 7 edition of the Empire. It was stated that Jessica Menendez is a board member of the organization 4A's, which was "formerly Shanti."

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. It gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Letter: Unproductive political posturing
It seems that many of the key players in the cruise ship legislation issue are more interested in political maneuvering and/or seeing their name in print than they are in addressing the issue at hand.

Another tourist decides to call home
"Hi, Dorothy, it's me. I just got off the ship in Juneau, and a whole bunch of folks met us on the dock selling things and herding us around like cattle. But, Dorothy, I don't think this is our Kansas farm.

Unfortunate fact: Yard moss is bigger than all of us
A lot of people who live in the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska feel compelled to carpet their yards with thick, exclusive, not-from-around-here grass.

Why we must have testing
Anyone who opposes annual testing of students is an apologist for a broken system of education that dismisses certain children and classes of children as unteachable. The time has come for an end to the excuses, for the sake of the system and the children trapped inside.

Millions for renovation
For a while, it was stormier inside the Capitol than across Juneau's night sky when the Alaska Legislature adjourned minutes before midnight on Tuesday. But storms pass and tempers ease.

Keys to revitalizing downtown Juneau
Many long term residents have noticed the depressing decline of locally-oriented businesses downtown. Even on Seward Street, one of the last vestiges of what used to be a thriving local business area, empty storefronts appear every couple of months and often stay empty for some time. Here are some suggestions that can help turn it around:

Letter: Campaign expenses
If the APOC pursued Kerttula and Powell with the passion that Kerttula displays for hunting down cruise ships, those two would both be behind something else besides podiums and microphones.

Worthy efforts
Thank you to Friends of Aviation and Juneau's flightseeing operators for publishing their newsletter and distributing it to the community. I believe it helps to spell out who the players are and identify what is being done to address issues.

In the public interest?
The following editorial appeared in The Anchorage Daily News on May 11: Just how weird is this? At the midnight hour, after the 22nd Alaska Legislature had adjourned its 2001 session Tuesday night, Gov. Tony Knowles and the Legislative Republican Majority - chief antagonists in the closing rush - each held press conferences to spin the results.

Letter: Still doing our job
I am writing with a correction to the AIDS ride article in the May 7 edition of the Empire. It was stated that Jessica Menendez is a board member of the organization 4A's, which was "formerly Shanti."

Crimson Bears in control
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team took a giant leap toward its second straight berth in the state tournament by winning two of three games Friday and Saturday in Ketchikan.

Sports in Juneau
Wednesday, May 16

Juneau boys soccer team knocks off Dimond, Chugiak
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team handed the Dimond Lynx their first loss of the season as the Crimson Bears claimed a 4-1 victory late Friday night at Anchorage Football Stadium. On Saturday afternoon at AFS, the Crimson Bears finished their regular season with a 1-0 victory over the Chugiak Mustangs.

Sports in Juneau
Wednesday, May 16

Crimson Bears sweep another track meet
Led by three individual victories apiece by Jesse Stringer and Adrianna Rodriguez, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track teams turned in dominating performances Friday and Saturday as they easily won the Haines Invitational track meet in Haines.

Local Scoreboard: King Salmon Derby Standings

Sports in Juneau
Sunday, May 13

Local Scoreboard: Tee Harbor Short Course Road

Bear softball unbeatable
Nicole Adair was exhausted but happy after the Juneau-Douglas High School girls softball team closed out its regular season with a perfect record Saturday afternoon at Melvin Park.

Local Scoreboard: Mendenhall Mud Puddle Fun Run

Local Scoreboard: King Salmon Derby Standings

Local Scoreboard: Haines Invitational

Juneau boys soccer team knocks off Dimond, Chugiak
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team handed the Dimond Lynx their first loss of the season as the Crimson Bears claimed a 4-1 victory late Friday night at Anchorage Football Stadium. On Saturday afternoon at AFS, the Crimson Bears finished their regular season with a 1-0 victory over the Chugiak Mustangs.

Local Scoreboard: King Salmon Derby Standings

Crimson Bears sweep another track meet
Led by three individual victories apiece by Jesse Stringer and Adrianna Rodriguez, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track teams turned in dominating performances Friday and Saturday as they easily won the Haines Invitational track meet in Haines.

Local Scoreboard: King Salmon Derby Standings

Bear softball unbeatable
Nicole Adair was exhausted but happy after the Juneau-Douglas High School girls softball team closed out its regular season with a perfect record Saturday afternoon at Melvin Park.

Local Scoreboard: Tee Harbor Short Course Road

Crimson Bears in control
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team took a giant leap toward its second straight berth in the state tournament by winning two of three games Friday and Saturday in Ketchikan.

Local Scoreboard: Mendenhall Mud Puddle Fun Run

Local Scoreboard: Haines Invitational

Sports in Juneau
Sunday, May 13

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