Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Seattle emerges as hub for Alaska cruises
SEATTLE - It's not the most glamorous introduction to Seattle for passengers stepping off the Star Princess cruise ship at Terminal 30.Instead of souvenir shops surrounding a quaint dock, visitors are greeted with enormous cranes, barges stacked high with containers and the sights and sounds of an industrial zone. The converted container terminal offers little in tourist comforts beyond the red, white and blue building that the Port of Seattle had built as part of a $16.5 million renovation to prepare the area for cruise ship passengers.

Platinum producer plans summer prospecting in Southeast Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A British Columbia platinum producer plans to prospect in Southeast Alaska this summer for the metal that is almost twice as precious as gold. Vancouver-based Freegold Ventures staked more than 6,000 acres in the Union Bay area 35 miles northwest of Ketchikan in 2000, said company consultant Curt Freeman. Drill tests the following year were interesting enough to attract partners.

Forty tons of doubt
While out dragging my shiny salmon spoon around the other day, I leaned over the side of the boat to quickly wash off an apple in the cool, clean, blue-green waters of Southeast Alaska - something I've done instinctively for over 30 years without a moment's hesitation.

Daughters honor a fighting spirit
As Patricia Lee lay dying, all nine of her children gathered around her bed, took turns holding her one last time and told her it was OK to let go and say goodbye. After a five-year battle with cancer that started in her breast and spread to her brain, spine and liver, Lee died a little over a year ago. Since her death, her children and husband, Roger, have struggled to live without their "rock." Two of the children, Tina Lee, 30, and Tara Lee Mason, 32, decided to honor her spirit by participating in an Avon-sponsored, 26-mile walk for cancer this July in Portland, Ore.

Ex-Assembly member is critical at Johns Hopkins
Longtime Juneau activist and former Assembly member Rosalee Walker was in critical condition Monday night in the Cardiology Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., suffering from pneumonia and congestive heart failure. "Things are looking very optimistic," said Diane Randall, Walker's daughter. "The doctors I spoke to (Sunday) evening said she wasn't going to make it. The doctors said (Monday) morning that she had turned the corner. So she is showing some improvement."

This Day in History
In 1935, the flu epidemic in Barrow was reported practically over after 18 villagers died.

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

Juneau remembers those who served
Valeta Pratt served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years in the 1960s. Two of her sons served in the Air Force as well. One of them died of hepatitis three years ago. "This day is very special to me," Pratt said Monday at the Memorial Day service held by American Legion Post 25 at Alaska Memorial Park. She was one of about 60 people who attended the service, which consisted of a short talk by post commander Jim Ruotsala, a prayer and the ceremonial placement of wreaths on the cemetery lawn while a bugler played "Taps."

Rotary clubs aim to eradicate polio
In September 1994, the World Health Organization declared Alaska, along with the rest of the Western Hemisphere, polio-free. But that didn't stop members of the three Rotary clubs in Juneau, and members of the almost 30,000 Rotary clubs worldwide, from continuing the international organization's efforts to eradicate polio from the entire world.

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

M. Cleone Sylvester
Juneau resident M. Cleone Sylvester, 79, died May 8, 2003, in Juneau.

State Track Meet Results
Results from the 2003 Alaska School Activities Association State Track and Field Championships held Friday and Saturday at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. Results are for the top eight finishers and the results of any other Southeast athletes from Friday's preliminaries.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Seventh Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 3:57 p.m. on Sunday, May 25. The rankings include the angler's name, weight of the fish (in 10ths of a pound), date turned in and what station the fish was turned into. Ties are broken by the earliest fish turned in. The derby closes at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 31.

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

Bears survive elements, opponents
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team faced more than one opponent each time it took the field in Ketchikan last Friday and Saturday, but the Crimson Bears emerged with three wins to end the regular season. Juneau defeated Sitka 9-8 on Friday - while also battling a wicked storm that forced the postponement of a game later that evening. On Saturday, the Crimson Bears fought off fatigue to post a pair of wins - 8-3 over Sitka in the early game, and 6-3 over Ketchikan to conclude the series.

Treadwell Ditch Trail Race
Results of the Southeast Road Runners' Treadwell Ditch Trail Race, held Saturday, May 24 on a five-mile course from Sandy Beach in Douglas to the snowmobile parking lot at the top of Blueberry Hills. Most of the course followed the historic Treadwell Ditch Trail.

State Briefs
JDHS hosts solo and ensemble show tonight; Nickelodeon to screen 'Bend It Like Beckham' for fund-raiser; Man found aboard fish processing boat; More than $650,000 OK'd for storm damage; Changes made in POW deer hunting; Winds push wildfire toward subdivision; Searchers look for overdue walrus hunters

High court rules state is not liable
ANCHORAGE - The state is not liable when a juvenile released from its custody later commits a murder, the Alaska Supreme Court has ruled. The court was asked to consider a negligence case filed by the family of Anchorage cab driver Richard Sandsness, who was killed by 17-year-old Darrel Whitaker seven weeks after Whitaker was released from McLaughlin Youth Center.

Fish and Game picks Kenai subdivisions to be bear-safe models
KENAI - A Kenai neighborhood is being set up to become a bear-safe model for other communities. With help from several organizations, the Valhalla Heights and Shaginoff subdivisions will receive special garbage receptacles to curtail visits from garbage-foraging bears.

DWI argument rejected
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Court of Appeals has shot down a man's argument that he should not be charged with felony drunk driving because his offense occurred before a new state law making his crime a felony went into effect. Friday's ruling involves the case of Eric B. Fowler, 33, who was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated July 4, 2001.

Senate wants review of defense test program
FAIRBANKS - The Senate has reinstated some of the internal review requirements for missile defense testing eliminated by the Pentagon more than a year ago. Senate lawmakers passed a bill Friday with additional provisions in its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2004. The bill now goes to a House-Senate conference committee, where the fate of the missile defense language is uncertain.

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