Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Not Arafat, Sharon or the UN
Mary Noble scoffs at Ariel Sharon being called a "man of peace" by George W. Bush. I agree: Sharon is a career soldier whose past actions have, among other things, helped save Israel from "peaceful" Arab armies. I don't agree with his present policies, but Ms. Noble leaves some important things out of her vivid description.

Shameful and shameless
The obstructionists in Alaska's Legislature are disgraceful. You all know who you are - and so do most Alaskans. You serve special interests while the real business of running the state of Alaska is ignored.

Replacing Hudson will not be easy
Crisis occurred at the Liston household recently when water poured into the trusty coffee maker went straight through to the counter and floor.

Hudson is a class act
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bill Hudson for all his service to this state and to our country. Bill's work on the long-range fiscal plan the past two years was one of his crowning achievements.

What's next?
This is in response to the article, "Elton's lone vote against flag resolution," written by Bill McAllister (I like his Capitol Notebook columns, by the way) in the Empire on April 30.

If we remain true
The special session that Tony Knowles has called for has begun. Subsistence will again be considered. I went to a feast at the Andrew Hope Building on Wednesday night, in which some of our distinguished Native leaders, legislators, Fran Ulmer and Gov. Knowles gave passionate speeches for subsistence rights.

Nothing more basic
We appreciate the respect brought to veterans by naming bridges in their honor. However, nothing is more basic than shelter and the Legislature needs to pass our top priority, the Pioneers' and Veterans' Home bill.

A blight no more
Chas Dense, in his letter published May 15, begins with a misperception and ends with a great idea. The misperception is how the "low-income housing" (it was a slum) along Calhoun Avenue was torn down and the land given to Fireweed Place. We didn't want that strip of land.

Valuable school, cherished memory
There are many good schools in our state, but there are few outstanding schools. I'm proud to say that Alyeska Central School (ACS), State Correspondence School based in Juneau, is one of those few.

Resolve undiminished
We thank the Senate for their unanimous vote in support of SB 55, the Pioneers' and Veterans' Home bill in regular session, and ask the House to follow suit with funding included.

Photo: Float your boat
Juneau-Douglas High School students Jaret Reid, left, and Jason Brooks attempt to row their cardboard boat at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool today. The pair was participating in a geometry project with 150 other students who designed and built boats out of cardboard.

McRae remembered as involved, supportive
David McRae, who died Saturday in a motorcycle accident, will be remembered as an active member of the community, helping friends and family and devoting his time to volunteering in the schools.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Schedule for Valley high school still undecided
Work on a new high school in the Mendenhall Valley could begin next summer, or it could be put off while voters consider updated cost estimates, according to various people planning the project.The state Legislature passed a bill Sunday, linked to a statewide general obligation bond vote in November, that would reimburse 60 percent of the new school's debt.

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

Alternate juror believed alleged victims' tales of abuse
As the jury deliberates the fate of a Sitka couple accused of molesting three young girls, an alternate juror said she would have voted for a conviction.The jury began its deliberations about 3 p.m. Monday and had not reached a verdict in the 41-count case by mid-day today.

Police and Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Record highs hit Juneau, state
Juneau broke a weather record Monday, hitting 75 degrees for the first time on a May 20 since officials started keeping tabs on temperatures.In other parts of the state, it got even hotter.

Motorcycle crash kills 37-year-old Juneau man near Tee Harbor
Juneau carpenter David McRae, 37, died Saturday after his motorcycle skidded off Glacier Highway near Tee Harbor.

Assembly OKs JDHS renovation
The Juneau Assembly on Monday awarded a bid to renovate Juneau-Douglas High School over the wishes of some members of a joint school district-city planning team that favored building a new Mendenhall Valley high school first.

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

City plans additional work on port fee
The Juneau Assembly decided not to revisit a new cruise ship passenger fee for port projects on Monday, but will schedule discussions to re-examine the charge.The Assembly approved a new $1.73-per-passenger port development fee two weeks ago after months of discussions with the cruise industry about funding port projects. The revenue is to be used for the Steamship Wharf-Marine Park redesign, a long-term waterfront development plan and preliminary design for a dock extension. The fee took effect May 15.

Photo: Auke Bay sunset
A boat cruises into the sunset toward Auke Bay on Monday night. A record high of 75 degrees was recorded Monday. Temperatures have been abnormally high in Alaska. brian wallace / the juneau empire

Juan MacFarlane, UAS graduate, father of two, killed in fall
Juneau resident Juan MacFarlane died Sunday after he fell from a ladder while painting a house.

David Kent McRae
Longtime local resident David K. McRae, 37, died May 18, 2002, in a motorcycle accident in Juneau.

Madeliene Burnett
Former Juneau resident Madeliene "Woolf" Burnett died May 15, 2002, in Anchorage, due to complications from pneumonia.

Frances Bailey Cameron
Former Juneau resident Frances Bailey Cameron, 88, died May 17, 2002, in Seattle.

Debate subsistence openly
The Special Session On Subsistence - and whatever other unfinished business is still out there - presents an opportunity for the Alaska Legislature to reform, at least briefly, one of its worst habits.

Catch of the day
Above, Arnold Weimer shows off the king salmon he caught Sunday near False Outer Point. The fish weighed 26 pounds, 3 ounces cleaned.

Region V Track and Field Championships
Results of the Region V high school track and field championship meet, which took place Friday and Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

From the Sidelines: Rockets get top draft pick, Bulls second
You could almost hear NBA executives breathing a sigh of relief Sunday after the annual draft lottery when the Houston Rockets were awarded the No. 1 pick in next month's NBA draft.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 20. 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 baseball can clinch with a win
All it takes is one. The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team needs one victory this weekend at Sitka's Moller Field to clinch a spot in the state tournament.

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

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 9:04 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21. 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.

'Phone wars' delay Senate adjournment
The Legislature dragged into the fifth day of a special session today because of Senate inaction on a bill extending the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.Several representatives made it clear that they'd like to reach out and touch Sen. Robin Taylor, a Wrangell Republican. Taylor has added fuel to the "phone wars" waged periodically at the Capitol between Alaska Communications Systems and General Communications Inc.

Climber injured in Denali Pass
A German climber who suffered broken ribs in a fall on Mount McKinley on Friday night was airlifted off the mountain Saturday.

School funds, AK museum expansion win approval
Much was achieved for Juneau in this year's legislative session, according to the local delegation.

Outlook for road-system tourism unclear
Alaska-bound cruise ships are now bringing their streams of visitors north, but that doesn't mean tourist businesses on the road system are humming. Whether this will be a down season or a decent one for Alaska's land tourism isn't yet clear.

Adak ready to pass out of Navy hands
Downtown Adak, once the heart of a distant military base, is ready for discharge to a new civilian life, Navy officials say.

Democrats endorse Ulmer
Delegates to the Alaska Democratic Party endorsed Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer for governor before adjourning their statewide convention Sunday.

Legislature finally adjourns
The Legislature dragged into the fifth day of a special session today because of Senate inaction on a bill extending the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.Several representatives made it clear that they'd like to reach out and touch Sen. Robin Taylor, a Wrangell Republican. Taylor has added fuel to the "phone wars" waged periodically at the Capitol between Alaska Communications Systems and General Communications Inc.

State briefs
Man sentenced in abuse case; Halcro decides not to run again; Anchorage man stabbed after stopping assault; Anchorage woman mauled by dog; Federal grants buy bulletproof vests for law enforcement; Man changes plea in methamphetamine case; Fire damages buses in ship

Aging DC-6 gets new skin, new nose, new job in Bush
A middle-age makeover, complete with a nose job, is giving a lift to an aging workhorse with a new role.

Defense calls no witnesses in Sitka abuse trial
The jury will begin deliberating today in the trial of a Sitka couple accused of sexually abusing three young girls. The defense rested this morning without calling any witnesses or offering any evidence.

Legislature bridges '03 budget gap
Democrats and Republicans alike say they've laid the legislative groundwork for progress next year on closing the state's fiscal gap and ensuring a balanced approach to major school construction projects.

Palmer prosecutor quits after plagiarism charges revealed
An assistant district attorney here has resigned after a school authorities in Vermont discovered she had plagiarized an article three years ago.

Police arrest Anchorage men on rape charges
ANCHORAGE - Two Anchorage men were arrested over the weekend in separate incidents on suspicion of raping women they met at downtown bars.

Fishing group backs Murkowski
The state's top commercial fishing association is backing Republican Frank Murkowski for governor.

Wasilla man dies in shooting
A Wasilla man was shot and killed Saturday night in the parking lot of Gorilla Fireworks on the Parks Highway west of Wasilla.

Group wants to buy bankrupt Ketchikan veneer plant
An Oregon-based timber industry expert and a group of partners are working to buy the veneer mill built by bankrupt Gateway Forest Products before it gets auctioned off piece by piece.

Governor declares Safe Boating Week
Gov. Tony Knowles has declared May 18-31 as Safe Boating Week.

Gray whales fall in numbers since '98
The population of Eastern North Pacific gray whales, which summer in Alaska, has dropped in the past four years from an estimated high of more than 26,000 to less than 18,000, federal researchers say.

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