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Thursday, May 16, 2002

On The Move
Bill McAllister has been appointed to host the Alaska's SuperStation news magazine program "Capital Focus."

Busines Briefs
Alaskan Brewing ads wins award; IUOE Local No. 302 to meet

Business Profile: Drew Singh
Title and firm: Drew Singh is manager and head chef at Salmon Creek Lunch Express, 3239 Hospital Dr.

Brewing culture is growing in Homer
HOMER - As beer becomes something of an art form, Homer is establishing itself as a place where connoisseurs can look for a taste unique to the Kenai Peninsula. With one brewery in existence, and another on the way, Homer easily could become the beer capital of the Kenai Peninsula.

Outlook for builders: Busy
It may be early in the construction season, but it looks like Juneau is poised for a serious growth spurt."The outlook is very positive," said Phil Benson, president of the Home Builders Association of Juneau.

'Fran's the one'
In light of my four years as lieutenant governor and, before that, eight as state senator, I am often asked for my thoughts about candidates for Alaska's next governor. And because I have been a registered Republican for some 50 years, my response sometimes comes as a surprise - that I believe Democrat Fran Ulmer is by far the best choice.

Hudson due thanks
So sorry to hear that Rep. Bill Hudson has decided to retire. I can understand his decision after such a trying year. We all owe Bill a vote of thanks and much more for all the hard work he contributed to solve the budget gap.

Legislature is in need of more Democrats
I'm not one who speaks out much on politics. Frankly, I don't get over-concerned about which party controls the Governor's House, the Senate or the House. I have, in the past, voted for members of both parties.

Streamside clearcuts vs. selective thinning
The recent Duck Creek tree-cutting incident, involving local developer Richard Harris, is yet another sad example of poor land stewardship along our ailing urban water bodies. Even sadder is Mr. Harris' attempt at comparing his actions to a Mendenhall Watershed Partnership restoration project on Duck Creek. Mr. Harris' streamside clear-cut and the partnership's selective thinning project are on opposite ends of a very wide spectrum.

Legislature disappoints
It was with great surprise and disappointment that members of the United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters (USAG) learned that the Legislature had not acted on Gov. Knowles' appointments to the State Board of Fish (BOF).

Park place
As I recall, when Fireweed Place was first proposed, the proponents convinced the Assembly to tear down low-income housing and give them all the surrounding land up to Calhoun Avenue and Eighth Street. Now that they're back requesting free money, I suggest the Assembly take back the bench along Calhoun and make it a city park.

Flawed process
The Sheep Creek beach and the Dupont beach, both in Thane, are integral parts of the Thane neighborhood and are recreation areas used by folks from all over Juneau. The wider Juneau community enjoys the hiking, jogging, dog walking, bird watching, picnicking and fishing in both places.

For service to Alaska
Bill Hudson, Arliss Sturgulewski, Ernest Gruening, Jay Hammond, Hugh Malone, Wally Hickel, Bill Egan. One-hundred years from now these statesmen will still be remembered as dedicated public servants who had the best interests of Alaska in their hearts and soul.

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

Photo: Principal's promise
Harborview Elementary School Principal Bob Dye lifts kindergartner Sarah Quigley from the back of a flatbed truck he and teacher Dave Haas planned to sleep in overnight on Tuesday in the school's playground.

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

UAS pavilion meets its fund-raising goal
A campaign to raise funds for an open-air pavilion at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau finished successfully this month.Construction on the Noyes Pavilion should start this fall and be finished by March 2003, UAS Chancellor John Pugh said.

Accused molesters may question girls on the stand
A Sitka couple accused of sexually molesting children has received a visiting judge's permission to cross-examine the alleged victims, who are from 10 to 13 years old, during trial in Juneau Superior Court.Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Michael Thompson, who is presiding over the trial of Cynthia Sky, 40, and Dick Blue Sky, 48, ruled Wednesday that the couple could question the alleged victims.

Photo: Peace officers honored
The U.S. Coast Guard color guard presents the colors at the start of the Peace Officers Memorial Day service Wednesday at the Alaska State Museum commons. Beginning in 1994, May 15 has been designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Since statehood, 37 peace officers have died in the line of duty in Alaska, three in the past year.

New road to fisheries center wins approval
The Juneau Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a new road on the Point Lena Peninsula, to the chagrin of some area residents concerned it will lead to further development.

Forest Service recommends status quo for wilderness in the Tongass
No new areas of the Tongass National Forest would be designated as wilderness based on a recommendation in a draft environmental impact statement released by the U.S. Forest Service today. But officials say the determination isn't final."This is very much just a starting point. We haven't closed the door to the potential of new wilderness recommendations," Forest Service spokesman Dennis Neill said. "It's certainly within the range of alternatives to make those kind of recommendations."

Local Briefs
Celebration seeks volunteers; BLM names new Alaska director

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

Celebrating the Peli-can
People in Pelican now have another place to go.The 163-person community on Lisianski Inlet 70 miles west of Juneau recently installed its first public toilet. Although it's already in use, the new facility will get its official grand opening Friday.

Self-propelled commuters take to roads Friday
Some Juneau commuters will be trading their cars for bikes Friday for Bike to Work Day."It's a great way to get exercise and keep your weight down. It keeps you fit and most of all you're not polluting," said Dennis Harris of the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club, which organizes the annual event. "It's just a way to get people started biking to work for the year, just a way to nudge them."

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

Girls detail alleged abuse at hands of Sitka couple
A Sitka couple accused of sexually molesting children has received a visiting judge's permission to cross-examine the alleged victims, who are from 10 to 13 years old, during trial in Juneau Superior Court.Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Michael Thompson, who is presiding over the trial of Cynthia Sky, 40, and Dick Blue Sky, 48, ruled Wednesday that the couple could question the alleged victims.

Empire's ANWR report honored among Pacific Northwest dailies
Articles about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge written by Bill McAllister and published as "Refuge of Riches," an eight-page special report in the Juneau Empire last July 22, have been awarded first place for comprehensive coverage (single edition) in a contest sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Local Briefs
Guard replaced with private airport security; Alcohol tax hike passes;

Thank You
... for the contributions; ...for all the help;

Meals on Wheels volunteers make a real difference
Meals on Wheels is the term affectionately used to describe the delivery of hot meals to homebound senior citizens. In Juneau it is offered by Southeast Senior Services. The service is a critical piece of the agency's mission to promote the health, independence and quality of life of seniors living in our region.

Spring rains bring dormant perennials back to life
Spring comes slowly, looking around corners to be sure that there is no danger of the cold death. Dormant perennials feel their way to the surface, reaching up into the warmth for the rejuvenating light.The earliest indicators of the returning species give impressions unique to this stage of growth. It is much like a kindergarten class filled with emerging personalities.

Academic Honors
Juneau resident Shawn Rider qualified for the 2002 winter quarter dean's honor list at Southern Oregon

Pets Of The Week
Smudge has such a delightful personality that people come in to the shelter just to see him. Smurf's heart-shaped face is the first clue to this very affectionate and sweet adult male cat. While he came to the shelter as a thin and cold stray, he is now well-fed and smallish to medium in size.

Photo: Hands around the Capitol
Teachers, school employees, parents, legislators and community members circled the Capitol at noon on Saturday, May 4, joining hands in support of adequate education funding.

Neighbors Briefs
Eagles vs. Ravens Walk Contest set; Migratory Bird Day event scheduled; Church to host peace vigil on Thursday

Echo Ranch featured in Christian Camping International publication
Echo Ranch, located on Berners Bay just north of Juneau, received national attention recently as it was featured in the major publication of Christian Camping International/USA.

Photo: VFW presentation
Jim Ruotsala, left, Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Taku Post 5559 in Juneau, presents a certificate of appreciation to Rear Adm. Thomas J. Barret, outgoing Commander of the 17th Coast Guard District for the outstanding assistance he rendered to veterans organizations in the Juneau area. Tim Armstrong, right, former post commander also officiated.

Man wins award, $10,000 for community achievements
Jim Douglas, UAF Cooperative Extension Service agent, recently received the 2002 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Public Service Award and an accompanying check for $10,000.

Eugen Karl Holmstrand
Former Juneau resident Eugen Karl Holmstrand, 74, died May 6, 2002, at his home in Hansville, Wash.

My Turn: Don't accept a flawed abortion premise
Juneau Sen. Kim Elton is quoted in the Juneau Empire as saying that passage of SB 364, which attempts to restrict abortion funding, is "substituting political judgment for medical judgment." I think it is the substitution of legitimate moral values regarding human life for typical secular humanism of liberal Democrats.

My Turn: Scare tactics obscure issues of subsistence
The Alaska Outdoor Council's radio announcements and leaflets contain significant errors and misinformation about the impact of a rural subsistence priority on urban hunters. In fact, both rural and urban hunters and fishermen will be far better off with a state-managed rural subsistence priority than under the current dual management program. The AOC assertion that a rural subsistence priority will eliminate hunting and fishing for urban residents is false.

Juneau and Alaska lose a great statesman
The surprise retirement announcement made by longtime Juneau Rep. Bill Hudson late yesterday leaves the Alaska House with a great deficit in terms of experience and character.

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

Juneau set for track regional
Years of experience, months of training and a season of competition have all come down to this weekend for Southeast track teams, as Juneau-Douglas High School hosts the Region V track championships on Friday and Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Bentz, Staveland throwing heat in minors; Conway still waiting for his season to start
Chad Bentz threw an inning of scoreless relief on Monday as the Brevard County (Fla.) Manatees dropped a 6-5 decision to the Daytona Cubs in the Florida State League.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 9:08 a.m. on May 16. 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.

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

Juneau girls looking to get back on track
After being held scoreless on its road trip to Anchorage last weekend, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team is hoping to get back on track this weekend when the Crimson Bears host the Ketchikan Kings for two games to close out the regular season.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 8:53 a.m. on May 15. 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

Schoenberger to join Kenai Oilers this summer
Garrett Schoenberger was thinking about playing in the Northwoods League in Wisconsin this summer when the call came.The Kenai Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska League were offering a spot to Schoenberger, a 2000 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate who is playing college baseball for Arizona State University. Schoenberger, a catcher, jumped at the chance to join the Oilers.

Juneau softball team heads to Sitka
Now that the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team has clinched a berth in the state tournament, one would think that the pressure would be off this weekend as the Crimson Bears head to Sitka this weekend to wrap up the regular season.

Crimson Bear soccer teams prepare for Kayhi
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team got back on track last weekend, winning three games a week after suffering their only loss of the season.The weekend was capped by a 3-1 victory over the previously undefeated Service Cougars on Saturday in a game between what many soccer fans consider the top two teams in the state.

State Briefs
Flags lowered to honor fallen law enforcement officers; Kake Injury Prevention team honored for water safetyAlaska Airlines offers free tickets to 70-year-olds;

Teck Cominco, NANA hurt by Red Dog losses
ANCHORAGE - The company that runs the Red Dog mine in northwest Alaska expects the operation to lose $40 million to $50 million this year. "It's very significant," said Charlotte MacCay, Teck Cominco's senior environmental officer for Red Dog. "We're losing a lot of money."

Lawmakers extend session
After Rep. Gretchen Guess' fiance was introduced during a House floor session Tuesday, Speaker Brian Porter quipped: "Well, something significant is going to happen today, anyway."Many hours later, with significant work undone, the Legislature took the apparently unprecedented step of voting by a two-thirds margin to extend the regular session two days.

State Senate spurns minimum wage increase
The state Senate on Wednesday rejected a proposed increase in the state's minimum wage. However, Sen. Pete Kelly, a Fairbanks Republican, said he may bring the measure up for another vote today and try to amend it. Also, the Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would let remote seafood processors deduct room and board from their workers' pay even if that drops their take-home pay below minimum wage. That bill also is subject to a reconsideration vote today.

House passes bill on drilling permits, firing ranges
The House passed a bill Tuesday that would undo a unanimous Alaska Supreme Court decision on permitting requirements for oil drilling wastes in Cook Inlet. The bill also would exempt firing ranges from state waste disposal permitting requirements.The measure, sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault, a North Pole Republican, was a response to two lawsuits filed by environmental groups. It passed the House by a 34-3 vote.

Snowmachine license bill passes state Senate
JUNEAU - A bill removing a requirement that people have a license to drive snowmachines and other off-road vehicles passed the Senate on Wednesday.

Senate rejects income tax
The House passed a bill Tuesday that would undo a unanimous Alaska Supreme Court decision on permitting requirements for oil drilling wastes in Cook Inlet. The bill also would exempt firing ranges from state waste disposal permitting requirements.The measure, sponsored by Sen. Gene Therriault, a North Pole Republican, was a response to two lawsuits filed by environmental groups. It passed the House by a 34-3 vote.

Hudson's retirement opens the door for other candidates
Juneau Rep. Bill Hudson's surprise announcement on Tuesday evening that he will not seek re-election has given some potential candidates for the seat little time to make a June 1 filing deadline for the November election.

Rep. Guess makes big decision on House floor
In the middle of a House vote on a bill dealing with constitutional conventions Tuesday, Rep. Gretchen Guess faced the most important question of her life.And it had nothing to do with the bill in front of her.

Senate rejects income tax
The Republican-led Senate rejected an income tax Wednesday by a vote of 18-2, putting the last nail in the coffin of a long-range fiscal plan.All Republicans except Alan Austerman of Kodiak voted against the tax, primarily because they don't believe the public is ready for major new revenue measures.

Senate President Rick Halford says he will not seek reelection
Senate President Rick Halford announced Tuesday night he will not seek another term. "I will not be filing for reelection, Halford said. Ive done my time.

Politicians argue over school construction, funding
Disagreement between Republicans and Democrats over school construction and other education funding was a major reason for the unprecedented extension of the Legislature's regular session, a key lawmaker says."The specific issue is we didn't have a solution that would get three-quarters vote on the authority for expenditure in the budget process," Senate President Rick Halford, a Chugiak Republican, told reporters Wednesday. "That was mostly based on trying to come up with an education package."

Legislature limits Medicaid-funded abortions
The Legislature has approved a bill restricting Medicaid-funded abortions by redefining "medical necessity."The House voted for the bill 23-17 on Tuesday, with five Republicans joining all 12 minority Democrats in voting no.

Canada opposes gas-line credit
WASHINGTON - Canadian officials are mounting a campaign of public criticism to stop a final bill from including subsidies for a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the Lower 48.

State Briefs
Aniak partly evacuated because of Kuskokwim flooding; Sen. Jerry Ward proposes subsistence solution; Ex-Exxon Valdez captain completes sentence

Hudson: It's time to retire
Rep. Bill Hudson, the Juneau Republican who founded the bipartisan Fiscal Policy Caucus, announced on the House floor Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to an eighth term.

What's up with that?
Q: Along the channel side of Egan Drive, midway between Sunny Point and the wetlands viewing platform, there's a small wooden sign about 50 feet off t

Jazz and Classics return
W hen Juneau Jazz and Classics artistic director Linda Rosenthal was looking for a guitarist for this year's festival, Sharon Isbin was at the top of the list. "We're very lucky to have her," Rosenthal said. "We had requests for solo guitar, and for her specifically."

Festival guests
Performers and schedules for the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival.

A 21st-century Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar is straightening his tie for his assassination. "It's a modern presentation, so no togas," said director Anita Maynard-Losh. Nine young actors are swapping Roman armor for camouflage fatigues and trading togas for business suits to stage four performances of "Julius Caesar." The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, in the dance studio at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Movies Where & When
"Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones," (PG) starts Thursday, May 16, and shows nightly at 6:30 at Glacier Cinemas, with second shows at 9:30 Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and matinees at 12:45 and 3:40 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Concerts prepare youth choir for national festival
The Alaska Youth Choir is headed to New Orleans this summer to participate in a national choir festival. This weekend the choir delivers two Juneau concerts featuring songs prepared for the performance at the Crescent City Choral Festival in June.

Best Bets: Weekend fare: Hell's Belles and heavenly guitar
Juneau Jazz and Classics launches 10 days of concerts and workshops Friday night. As if that wasn't enough, Perseverance Theatre has three productions this weekend and Hell's Belles is back to rock Marlintini's.

Exhibit features the state of digital art
An art show highlighting two revolutions opens this weekend. The revolutions have occurred in the art world - in the realms of printmaking and digital reproduction. David Riccio is mounting a show at The Big Picture gallery showcasing state-of-the-art digital printing and traditional printmaking methods. The show opens at with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 17.

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