Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Briefly

Company eyes North Slope for Internet data storage center
ANCHORAGE - A newly formed company hopes to tap what Alaska's North Slope has in abundance - isolation, cold temperatures and natural gas - to create a huge Internet data storage center.

In the Tank

Business Profile

Company eyes North Slope for Internet data storage center
ANCHORAGE - A newly formed company hopes to tap what Alaska's North Slope has in abundance - isolation, cold temperatures and natural gas - to create a huge Internet data storage center.

Briefly

Southeast-made ferries in New York
When the owners of NY Waterway were in the market for new ferries to serve New York City commuters, they went to Allen Marine in Sitka.

Southeast-made ferries in New York
When the owners of NY Waterway were in the market for new ferries to serve New York City commuters, they went to Allen Marine in Sitka.

In the Tank

Business Profile

Around Town

Around Town

Around Town

Around Town

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 pitches gas line to panel
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Tony Knowles told members of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission that the time is right to develop Alaska's natural gas resources and build a gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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's spending slowly on the rise
The Republican-led Legislature changed course on state fiscal policy this year, although Democrats said it was at a snail's pace.

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.

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

Air carriers win tax break
Local air carriers got a property tax break Monday after company owners said city assessments on aircraft were unfair.

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

AK Natives identify artifacts for museum
ANCHORAGE - In a Smithsonian warehouse in suburban Maryland last week, five Inupiat Eskimos from Unalakleet puzzled over boxes of ivory charms and figurines that have been in the museum's collection since the mid-1800s.

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

Alaskan acquitted of Balkans murder
ANCHORAGE - A Macedonian court has acquitted an Anchorage restaurateur of all charges associated with the shooting death of another Anchorage resident in Macedonia last fall.

New bridge behind by 9 months
The state is withholding tens of thousands of dollars in pay to an Anchorage contractor who is nearly nine months behind schedule in building a pedestrian bridge across the Mendenhall River.

Repair job delays return of Columbia
The Columbia will stay tied up at Ketchikan's shipyard for an extra month as repairs to the state mainline ferry continue. The change affects a busy summer travel schedule for crew and passengers, according to the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Repair job delays return of Columbia
The Columbia will stay tied up at Ketchikan's shipyard for an extra month as repairs to the state mainline ferry continue. The change affects a busy summer travel schedule for crew and passengers, according to the Alaska Marine Highway System.

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

2nd climber rescued on McKinley
DENALI NATIONAL PARK - A South Korean climber was airlifted off Mount McKinley and relayed to an Anchorage hospital Monday after seeking aid at a medical tent high on Mount McKinley, according to the National Park Service.

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.

Briefly

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.

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.

Knowles pitches gas line to panel
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Tony Knowles told members of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission that the time is right to develop Alaska's natural gas resources and build a gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

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.

2nd climber rescued on McKinley
DENALI NATIONAL PARK - A South Korean climber was airlifted off Mount McKinley and relayed to an Anchorage hospital Monday after seeking aid at a medical tent high on Mount McKinley, according to the National Park Service.

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.

State's spending slowly on the rise
The Republican-led Legislature changed course on state fiscal policy this year, although Democrats said it was at a snail's pace.

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.

Air carriers win tax break
Local air carriers got a property tax break Monday after company owners said city assessments on aircraft were unfair.

Briefly

AK Natives identify artifacts for museum
ANCHORAGE - In a Smithsonian warehouse in suburban Maryland last week, five Inupiat Eskimos from Unalakleet puzzled over boxes of ivory charms and figurines that have been in the museum's collection since the mid-1800s.

Alaskan acquitted of Balkans murder
ANCHORAGE - A Macedonian court has acquitted an Anchorage restaurateur of all charges associated with the shooting death of another Anchorage resident in Macedonia last fall.

New bridge behind by 9 months
The state is withholding tens of thousands of dollars in pay to an Anchorage contractor who is nearly nine months behind schedule in building a pedestrian bridge across the Mendenhall River.

Briefly

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

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.

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:

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.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth 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.

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.

Sad state of harbors and launch facilities
A while back my friend called me up to go fishing. En route to the launch at North Douglas, we discussed the fact that it would be a minus-three-foot tide soon. When we arrived it was blowing northwest with a stiff breeze and swell. The short, temporary

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:

Blatantly insincere
I am not ignorant of political realities - just extremely frustrated with the "political realities" that are foisted off on the people of this state by our elected officials, who seem to view their elected positions and their own actions as privileged rights, rather than genuine responsibilities.

Baffling drug czar choice
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: President Bush's drug czar nominee once told Congress that it should yank all prescription privileges from doctors who recommend medical marijuana for their patients. Monday's Supreme Court ruling, barring doctors from prescribing medical marijuana, would give him authority to act on his convictions. We can only hope that John P. Walters has become less extreme since he voiced his hard-line views to Congress in 1996, when he was a mere Republican drug policy consultant.

A real chance for cruise ship progress
Never mind who blinked - or should not have blinked - partisan gamesmanship, high-stakes bluffs, hissy fits, competing news conferences, lock-outs, "inhumane" this and "no slights of hand" that.

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.

Baffling drug czar choice
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: President Bush's drug czar nominee once told Congress that it should yank all prescription privileges from doctors who recommend medical marijuana for their patients. Monday's Supreme Court ruling, barring doctors from prescribing medical marijuana, would give him authority to act on his convictions. We can only hope that John P. Walters has become less extreme since he voiced his hard-line views to Congress in 1996, when he was a mere Republican drug policy consultant.

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.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth 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.

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.

Sad state of harbors and launch facilities
A while back my friend called me up to go fishing. En route to the launch at North Douglas, we discussed the fact that it would be a minus-three-foot tide soon. When we arrived it was blowing northwest with a stiff breeze and swell. The short, temporary

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.

Blatantly insincere
I am not ignorant of political realities - just extremely frustrated with the "political realities" that are foisted off on the people of this state by our elected officials, who seem to view their elected positions and their own actions as privileged rights, rather than genuine responsibilities.

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.

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.

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.

A real chance for cruise ship progress
Never mind who blinked - or should not have blinked - partisan gamesmanship, high-stakes bluffs, hissy fits, competing news conferences, lock-outs, "inhumane" this and "no slights of hand" that.

Local Scoreboard: Haines Invitational

Juneau's Rosen breaks national lifting records
Ira Rosen dropped down a weight class and broke four national and American record for his age group during the 2001 National Masters Powerlifting Championships held May 5 in Kileen, Texas.

Local Scoreboard: Mendenhall Mud Puddle Fun Run

Two head to U.S. Masters Swimming Championships
Two Juneau residents will be swimming in the U.S. Masters Swimming Short Course (yards) National Championships this weekend in Santa Clara, Calif.

Three Tornado wrestlers win two state titles each
Three members of the Juneau Tornadoes Wrestling Club claimed a pair of state championships each during the Alaska USA State Wrestling Championships held May 4-5 at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. Competition was held in Greco-Roman wrestling on Friday, with freestyle competition held on Saturday.

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: King Salmon Derby Standings

Juneau's Rosen breaks national lifting records
Ira Rosen dropped down a weight class and broke four national and American record for his age group during the 2001 National Masters Powerlifting Championships held May 5 in Kileen, Texas.

Sports in Juneau
Wednesday, May 16

Local Scoreboard

Local Scoreboard: King Salmon Derby Standings

A JV game to remember
Junior varsity teams never get any mention in the newspaper or on the radio, but Saturday night's JV girls softball game bears mention. All players are welcome on a JV team as opposed to a varsity team. You have girls who have been playing ball since they were little Little Leaguers and girls who have never picked up a bat, ball or glove. Second, it is a very short season, and thus hard to get these girls to think like a team, let alone act like one. But the more experienced girls on the JDHS JV team took the newer players under their wings and shared strategies and demonstrated how the game is not only played, but won.

Local Scoreboard: Mendenhall Mud Puddle Fun Run

Three Tornado wrestlers win two state titles each
Three members of the Juneau Tornadoes Wrestling Club claimed a pair of state championships each during the Alaska USA State Wrestling Championships held May 4-5 at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. Competition was held in Greco-Roman wrestling on Friday, with freestyle competition held on Saturday.

Local Scoreboard: King Salmon Derby Standings

Two head to U.S. Masters Swimming Championships
Two Juneau residents will be swimming in the U.S. Masters Swimming Short Course (yards) National Championships this weekend in Santa Clara, Calif.

Local Scoreboard: Tee Harbor Short Course Road

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: Haines Invitational

Local Scoreboard

Local Scoreboard: King Salmon Derby Standings

A JV game to remember
Junior varsity teams never get any mention in the newspaper or on the radio, but Saturday night's JV girls softball game bears mention. All players are welcome on a JV team as opposed to a varsity team. You have girls who have been playing ball since they were little Little Leaguers and girls who have never picked up a bat, ball or glove. Second, it is a very short season, and thus hard to get these girls to think like a team, let alone act like one. But the more experienced girls on the JDHS JV team took the newer players under their wings and shared strategies and demonstrated how the game is not only played, but won.

Sports in Juneau
Wednesday, May 16

Local Scoreboard: Tee Harbor Short Course Road

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