Saturday, May 18, 2002

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

FYI
Births

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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