Monday, May 27, 2002

In the Stacks
All kinds of new non-fiction is hitting the shelves at the public libraries!

Contradictions, conflicts
Brian Johnson's letter in the Thursday's Empire with "three cheers" and very highest praise for Vic Kohring and other Senate Republicans is enlightening.

Drug benefit needed
Members of our community, no matter their age, are at the mercy of high prescription drug costs. To remedy this potentially devastating financial overburden, we must act now and put a prescription drug benefit in Medicare.

Time to rethink
As one who has watched over the years as Fran Ulmer worked with the various stakeholders in Alaska's fisheries, I was distressed to hear United Fishermen of Alaska's endorsement of Murkowski. Ulmer has worked diligently with the diverse groups across Alaska who are primary stakeholders in our fisheries.

No heliport in Thane
What would a Thane heliport actually cost the public? In addition to the cost of acquiring land and air rights, major road improvements will be required, plus extension of sewer and water utilities.

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

Fireweed wants help from the city
As Fireweed Place has struggled to gain financial footing over the past few years, city property taxes have been a sticking point.Since 1995, Fireweed Place has paid $414,000 in city property tax, despite several requests for a "community purpose" exemption. The city assessor and the Board of Equalization last year reduced the assessed property value from $5.9 million to $3.7 million, but a property tax exemption wasn't granted.

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

Foreclosure stalks ailing Fireweed Place
An emergency appropriation from the Alaska Legislature has given Juneau's Fireweed Place some financial breathing room, but the six-figure fix is temporary and doesn't guarantee the downtown housing project's solvency.When the project "designed by seniors for seniors" received $137,000 in emergency funds last weekend, it was weeks away from foreclosure, according to its board of directors.

City museum triples off-season attendance
Between late September 2001 and early May, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum saw a 306 percent increase in visitors over past years for the same period.

Photo: A look inside jazz
Saxophonist Bob Mintzer plays Saturday during a workshop featuring his quartet at the Egan Library of the University of Alaska Southeast.

Dzantik'i Heeni students, teacher prepare for national math contest
Two Juneau students will compete in a national math competition as part of an Alaska team coached by a local teacher.Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School students Logan Spencer and Robbie Sylvester will join Devon Preston of Eagle River and Logan Daum of Fairbanks on the Alaska team, coached by Dzantik'i Heeni teacher Mary Borthwick.

Berners Bay
After a long Alaska winter, Berners Bay is an explosion of life in the spring. Every year in late April or early May, millions of hooligan arrive to spawn in the glacial rivers that feed the bay. For a few short weeks, tens of thousands of predators are drawn to the bay to prey on the oily, nutritious fish. Scientists have counted as many as 1,000 eagles, 800 seals and sea lions and 50,000 gulls in the bay during the hooligan run.

Kathleen M. Fawcett
Memorial and funeral services for Kathleen M. Fawcett will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center.

A Memorial Day reflection
One year ago, we were a nation at peace, but not now. A short year ago, Blue Star Service Banners were lost in the memories of a half-century ago, but not now.

Toe Cartoon

My Turn: Alaska voters are not very likely to turn against Santa Claus
The Alaska Legislature adjourned May 21 - seven days late - for which lawmakers will be criticized. But they quit at an appropriate point. They quit without closing Alaska's fiscal gap between income and expenses, without solving the subsistence issue, without appointing people to fill board vacancies, without offering constitutional amendments - including a cap on spending - and without passing a few other measures that need more scrutiny or are better off dead.

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.

Fish Report
King salmon continue to be caught around North Douglas, Tee Harbor and the Breadline. King salmon also were being harvested at Lizard Head and the Funter Bay area. For the third straight week, Picnic Cove and the Outer Point area were the most productive, followed by the Breadline and Tee Harbor.

Fishing on the rocks
Like clockwork each spring, a fishing village appears on the north shore of Douglas Island at False Outer Point.It's crowded and slippery, with a host of variables that threaten to thwart any angler who snags a big king. But a spirit of camaraderie and a proven track record of fishing success bring people back to the rocky shore year after year.

Big Fish Photos

Out and About
In season: Brown bear (March 15-May 31), black bear (until June 30), freshwater steelhead trout (peaks April-June), cutthroat trout (peaks May-June), freshwater smelt (peaks in May), salt and freshwater king salmon (peaks May-July).

Out in the woods on a search for goshawk nests
On an early April morning, just prior to dawn, a piercing call sounds in the usually quiet rain forest. A pile of grouse feathers is found on a downed log. A hiker is dive-bombed by a large dark bird while walking along a nearby stream. Like any good detective story, finding a Queen Charlotte goshawk nest is all about the clues.

Stuck in the waiting game
If the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby ends next weekend and David Julian is still in the leader's spot, he won't need the service of a barber for a while."I'm just pulling the hair out of my head," Julian said last week. "I don't have much of it left. The stress is terrible."

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

Juneau girls beat Colony, take third
WASILLA -- Stephanie Orsi had never scored a varsity goal before Saturday's third-place game at the state soccer tournament at Wasilla High School.The Juneau-Douglas junior chose a good time for her first score, as Orsi's goal in the second half of Saturday's game gave the Crimson Bears a 2-1 victory over the Colony Knights.

Dimond gets revenge on Juneau
WASILLA -- Eric Donaldson said he was in the right place at the right time, but not for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team.Donaldson, who plays for the Dimond Lynx, lined up for a cornerkick in a different spot than normal. That was all he needed to score the game's only goal as the Lynx upset the defending champion and nationally ranked Crimson Bears 1-0 in the state soccer tournament's title game Saturday night at Wasilla High School.

Baseball Statistics
Friday's varsity game from Sitka's Moller Field

Tupou survives DQ attempt to earn 2nd in shot, 3rd in discus
ANCHORAGE -- This is a shorts story about the state track and field meet. A pair of baggy Adidas shorts, actually, black with three narrow white stripes down each side. A pair of shorts that nearly resulted in the disqualification of defending state champion and top-seeded Juneau-Douglas High School junior Loreen Tupou in the girls discus on Friday afternoon at Bartlett High School.

Juneau completes weekend sweep
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball completed a five-game weekend sweep on Friday and Saturday, beating Sitka once and Ketchikan twice to complete the regular season.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 9:20 a.m. on Saturday, May 25. 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.

Young: Whaling ban can't stop hunt
ANCHORAGE - Eskimo subsistence hunters who depend on bowhead whales will not be stopped by the International Whaling Commission's decision to ban the hunts, according to Alaska's only congressman.

Haines: Chilkoot association hosts Harvard visitors
The Chilkoot Indian Association showed off its assets last week to a group from Harvard University School of Government.

Ketchikan shipyard seeks ship lift funds
The federal Economic Development Administration has given the go-ahead for a grant application that could supply $5 million for a $10 million ship lift at Alaska Ship and Drydock.

State Briefs
Blaze roars near Chena Hot Springs; Armed robber gets seven years; Court throws out drug conviction

Leaky Fort Greely barrels not weapon material
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says 24 leaky World War II-era barrels unearthed at Fort Greely last month apparently contained nothing more exotic than weathered sulfuric acid, not a chemical warfare agent.

Sitka: Two teens arrested in store break-in
Two teen-agers were arrested Monday on charges of second-degree burglary, theft and criminal mischief for a break-in at the Rock Rack on May 5.

High court upholds redistricting plan
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday swiftly rejected the final challenges to the redistricting plan for the Alaska Legislature, issuing a unanimous order affirming the map just hours after oral arguments.

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