Friday, May 17, 2002

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

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.

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.

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

Nominees, citizens deserve hearings on confirmation
Petersburg Vessel Owners Association is deeply concerned about the current situation surrounding appointments to the Board of Fisheries. Southeast candidate Gerry Merrigan enjoyed widespread support during the appointment process and in committee hearings.

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.

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).

The essence of sport
The photo Brian Wallace took of Kynde Baun and Zeta Moss (May 12, Empire) was outstanding! Thank you for running it. I don't know either athlete and haven't been closely following these teams' rivalries. However, the photo's content and composition brought an explosive "Yesss!!" to my lips when I saw it.

'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.

Absence of leadership
The so-called leadership in the Legislature is failing to do the job they've been given. I do not see a capacity to lead. Therefore, why are they called the "leadership?" The Legislature has failed to finish the job within the allotted time. This failure will have a ripple effect upon those Alaskans who offer their expertise and most importantly their time to be on boards and commissions.

Deserving of a vote
The Legislature made a mistake in voting to adjourn the joint session without first voting on the three appointees to the Board of Regents and three other state boards. The three regents were appointed one year ago this month. In the ensuing year, all three served with distinction.

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.

Home-schooling works for families
I agree with everything Lowell Thomas Jr., states about Fran Ulmer in his letter (Empire, May 16) about why he feels she's a great candidate for governor. But, there is a problem with Democratic backing of the Department of Education in its refusal to modernize and embrace what is wonderful and what works - and to break away from the monopoly the current failing education system locks the public into.

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

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

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.

Girls detail alleged abuse by couple
For 10 years, two young sisters expected that no one would believe them if they said they were placed in a homemade stockade and forced to act out the sexual fantasies of a Sitka couple accused of molesting them, the girls said Thursday in Juneau Superior Court.

Tlingit student plans to carry on culture
Hans Chester didn't know what he wanted to study when he began at the University of Alaska eight years ago. But in finding his way academically, the 24-year-old from Juneau has found his identity as a Tlingit.Chester, who expects to complete his courses next winter for a bachelor's degree with an emphasis in anthropology, was named Outstanding Student of the Year at the University of Alaska Southeast this year.

Local Briefs
Celebration seeks volunteers; BLM names new Alaska director

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.

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

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.

FYI
Births

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."

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

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.

Budding Photographer
Kasandra Johnston, a 7-year-old Auke Bay Elementary School student, took a photograph that could win an award in the National Parent Teacher Association's Reflections Program.

Academic Honors
At the Sheldon Jackson College Founders Day celebration, 13 students from Southeast Alaska were awarded with scholarships.

Thank you
... for the donations; ...for your kindness

Photo: MADD education
JDHS Youth in Action members Becky Marshall, Naomi Sadighi and Kari Urata join KINY's Chris Burns during a recent "Capital Chat" interview.

Memorial fund seeking applications
The Wythe Dornan and Brian Douglas Memorial Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, will accept applications for funding support until Aug. 9, 2002. The fund offers financial support to organizations and individuals who benefit and enhance the health, education and welfare of individuals in communities in Southeast Alaska.

Simonelli, Lefebvre marry
Nadine Simonelli and David Lefebvre, both of Juneau, were married in a ceremony at 5 p.m. on March 16, 2002, aboard the motor yacht Athena in Newport Beach, Calif.

Simple revelations change life forever
In 1972, shortly after I had recommitted my life to Jesus, I was stepping out of the prayer room at my church and I heard the voice of God. Not an audible voice in my ear, but a very clear and unmistakable voice in my mind.

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

Henry E. Anderson Jr
Former Juneau resident Henry E. Anderson Jr., 71, died May 13, 2002, at his Seward home of natural causes.

My Turn: Collaborative stewardship on the Airport Dike Trail
Living in a state with so much public land we often assume that taking care of it is government's job. But as budgets get cut citizens are becoming more active in maintaining places we use through informal efforts.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Spring King Salmon Derby
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 11:11 a.m. on May 17. 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.

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.

Local Sports Briefs
Juneau middle school archers compete in state, national events; Juneau tennis team wins state title; Tompkins, Olympians to be featured

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.

Juneau beats Sitka in softball
It took awhile for the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team to get going, but once started the Crimson Bears rallied for a 5-0 victory over the Sitka Wolves as they opened a three-day road trip Thursday at Sitka's Blatchley Middle School fields.Juneau, which won its last four games early because of a 10-run mercy rule, didn't score until the fourth inning.

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

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.

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.

Government raises estimates of slope's petroleum reserves
ANCHORAGE - Undiscovered oil and gas reserves on federal lands on the North Slope are much larger than previously estimated, according to a government report released Thursday.

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."

Senate OKs minimum wage boost
The state Senate voted Thursday night to increase the minimum wage in Alaska to $7.15 an hour.The action reverses a vote taken Wednesday, and it means an identical citizens' initiative to raise the wage will not appear on this fall's general election ballot.

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."

Legislative session runs aground
The Legislature went into double-overtime today after its two-day extension of the regular session collapsed about 11:40 p.m. Thursday over the issue of school construction funds. After hours of shuttle negotiations, with delegations or individuals constantly moving up and down the second-floor corridor of the Capitol to disappear behind another closed door, legislators announced that they could not agree on "linkage" that would assure the contemporaneous financing of schools in urban and rural areas.

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.

School construction bill stalls, and with it new Valley HS
A school construction and maintenance funding plan that would have meant a new Valley high school for Juneau and allowed the city to bond for more money to renovate Juneau-Douglas High School stalled Thursday night as negotiations broke down the Senate.House Bill 451 would link school construction projects in cities with those in rural areas.

State Briefs
Tram rides Saturday help charity; Saturday morning march planned for downtown; Climbers hurt in fall on McKinley; Man dies trying to elude police

Photo: End-of-session talk
Senate Republicans huddle in chambers close to midnight Thursday after it became clear the Republican leadership failed to get the necessary votes from Democrats to balance the budget.

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.

Who will be Alaska's governor tops priorities at both party conventions
The state Democratic party will meet in Fairbanks over the weekend while Republicans are convening in Ketchikan. At the top of the agendas for both parties is claiming the governor's seat this fall.

Fairbanks mayor, Assembly declare Tanana flood a disaster
FAIRBANKS - Spring flooding has cost local government and residents an estimated $2 million, and Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Rhonda Boyles wants state and federal aid for repairs.

USFS would add wilderness to Chugach
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Forest Service is recommending that 1.4 million acres of Alaska's Chugach National Forest be set aside as wilderness.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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