Against tobacco addiction
As we remember and contemplate the costly sacrifice of lives in defense of our country, let's not forget the daily loss of American lives to a deadly yet insidious enemy: tobacco consumption. This treacherous enemy doesn't wear a beard, won't be targeted by cruise missiles, and actually comes wrapped in a figurative American flag - "Made in America."

Irresponsible bonds
I would like to offer the following regarding the upcoming school bond ballot after having read "Juneau's fiscal future worries city's leaders" in the Sunday paper.

Cover the industry
One day last week I noticed a nice thank you to the cruise ship industry that appeared in the Juneau Empire. One that came from the Juneau Empire itself.

More counterclaims
Once again Mr. Butch comes far short of the facts (DIA counterclaims, Empire, May 23). Looking through the correspondence, I find election dates for May 10, 12, 17, 19 and 27. Pick a day, I'm sure no one will be confused. One of the major reasons the 2001 election failed was because of the electioneering by an employee

Missing Alaska already
I think Mr. Soza's letter (Whose privilege is it, Empire, May 23) is the most thought-out logical argument about graduated driver's licenses seen to date. It is not an emotional response, but rather one that calls for introspection. I appreciate the candor of his statements and favor his equitable viewpoint.

What about Gary?
Gary Paul Smith died Dec. 8, 2002 because of a drunk driver. Yes you can say any sentence can't bring Mr. Smith back, but you can serve justice.

Ready to cut
Gov. Murkowski speaks about the importance of family life in this great state of ours, and yet he holds the scissors in his strong hand ready to cut off the longevity bonuses to our elders who really need the financial help.

Twixt 18 and 21
I write this letter in the hopes that an older and wiser individual will enlighten me. As I am only 18, I think most people agree that I could do with some enlightening. Here's your chance.

Bleeding-heart liberals, please
If the Juneau Empire is going to continue to run columns by Republican politicos with headlines like "Democrats believe Bush will win election," could we please have an occasional column some bleeding- heart liberal?

No more delays for a Valley high school
The time for a high school in the Valley has come and gone, and I feel we should finally get the job done.

Disrespect for seniors
I read with some disappointment the Juneau Empire article on May 23 describing Gov. Murkowski's plan to eliminate the Longevity Bonus as a cost-saving measure.

Teenagers against Hollywood stars pushing tobacco
At 1 p.m. on May 31, the local Teens Against Tobacco Use group joined by supporters will walk together in recognition of World No Tobacco Day. World No Tobacco Day gives us one more opportunity to look at what the tobacco industry is really up to.

Photo: Downtown gardening
Ellen Carlee plants a row of flowers in front of her Calhoun Avenue home Monday.

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

Easing foot traffic woes
A group of consultants is strolling with tourists in Juneau this week in an effort to find a solution to persistent overcrowding on downtown sidewalks. "We are watching the operation and the flow - where people are coming from and going to at peak hours," said Sonia Hennum of Portland, Ore.-based Kittelson & Associates, a transportation and traffic planning firm. "We are interested in the interaction between what we call 'travel modes,' like tour buses and people walking."

Trail money rerouted to roads
Millions of dollars in federal money used in Alaska for trails and roadside parks will be diverted to road construction and improvements under a bill passed this year by the Legislature. Terms of Senate Bill 71 mean expensive trail projects such as the proposed $3.8 million Under Thunder Path, slated to be built in the shadow of Thunder Mountain from the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to the McNugget intersection, could be put on the back burner.

Photo: Dock run
Tanya Nizich, left, and Angie Kemp are accompanied by Archie as they go for an evening run on the cruise ship dock Monday.

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

Klukwan Inc. moving to Haines
Klukwan Inc., the village corporation for Klukwan, a village near Haines, has decided to move its headquarters from Juneau to Haines, company officials said. "We own our own office building in Juneau, we own an office building in Haines and looking at our current corporate needs we decided we didn't need the space in Juneau," said Tom Crandall, president of the corporation.

District promotes Glacier Valley principal to asst. superintendent
Glacier Valley Elementary Principal Bernie Sorenson has been selected to become Juneau's new assistant superintendent of schools. "I am really sad to leave (Glacier Valley) but I am hoping that whatever I learned there, I can take some of that to this new position," Sorenson said.

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

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

New SARS screening policy rejects hotel guest
After spending four days in Alaska last week criss-crossing the state on business, mining executive John Fox and consultant Peter Bosse were ready for a one-night stay at the Westmark Baranof Juneau before heading home. But when they arrived at the hotel last Thursday with reservations made two weeks in advance, the two were turned away as a potential risk for carrying severe acute respiratory syndrome, known as SARS.

Juneau Planning Commission to reconsider mining ordinance
The Juneau Planning Commission will try again next week to act on an ordinance allowing summary approval of changes to existing permits for rural mines. The panel voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of a motion to approve the ordinance as being in compliance with the comprehensive plan. But five commissioners were needed to send the ordinance back to the Juneau Assembly, which asked for the review. Three of the nine commissioners were not at the meeting and two voted against the motion, saying they needed more information.

42.3-pound king salmon leads derby
Thomas Lee caught a big fish Saturday morning. So big, it stands a good chance of winning the Seventh Annual Spring King Salmon Derby and earning Lee $7,000 in cash and prizes. Lee turned in his 42.3-pound, gilled and gutted fish at DeHart's at 11:40 a.m. Saturday. The fish was almost 4 pounds heavier than the previous leader, a 38.6-pound fighter turned in by Al McKinley Sr. on Saturday, May 17.

Due to a reporter's error, a Wednesday Empire article on SARS incorrectly reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends travelers avoid unessential travel to travel alert areas.

Pets of the week
Mica is a young, neutered Lab with some mystery genes mixed in. The result is a beautiful dog with a sweet disposition. Clyde is a young, neutered tomcat with endearing ways. Quiet and still a little shy, he is a former stray.

Neighbors Briefs
Benefit film showing for boys' soccer team; Quilt show wants entries; Old-timers' potluck; Springtime 4-H fair

Student's 'My trip to the dump' wins top prize in writing contest
HOONAH - Hoonah City Schools had its second annual writing contest this spring. Students wrote in the categories of non-fiction, fiction and poetry. Writing is an essential tool that aids in communication and the development of education. When focused on the writing process, students learn to develop ideas using the six writing traits.

Carter, Flatt to marry
Megan Carter and Jason Flatt of Juneau will be married in a ceremony planned for June 14 at 2 p.m. at the Juneau Yacht Club. A reception will follow at the Juneau Yacht Club. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding and reception.

Gatekeepers can provide safety for elderly
The police officer conducted a welfare check on an elderly woman when a neighbor notified him that her water was about to be shut off due to lack of payment. He discovered Sarah, age 84, weak, malnourished and disoriented, living in a home that hadn't been cleaned for months. The policeman contacted Southeast Senior Services (SESS) looking for assistance. The SESS care coordinator went to Sarah's home, provided a comprehensive evaluation of her situation, and made the necessary contacts. After a brief hospitalization due to dehydration, Sarah returned home.

Thank you
... for Pillars of America; ... for the whale watch cruise

Hues, Brown engaged to marry
Elyce Hues of Mt. Angel, Ore., and Jarhid Brown of Juneau will be married on June 21 in a private ceremony in Juneau. A reception will be held on July 5 at Silver Fall Lodge in Oregon.

Matilda S. Dzinchi
Juneau resident Matilda Dzinchi, 94, died May 23, 2003, at the Juneau Pioneer's Home.

Steven Michael Ballew
Former Juneau resident Steve Ballew, 49, died May 23, 2003, at his home in Haines.

Sharon D. Fitzgerald
Juneau resident Sharon D. Fitzgerald, 67, died May 24, 2003, in Puyallup, Wash., after a long illness.

Aaron Eugene Weston
Juneau resident Aaron Eugene Weston, 45, died May 3, 2003, at the Heart Hospital of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.

Empire editorial: Citizens Advisory Board seeks new members
As the Juneau Empire Citizens Advisory Board completes another year, we wish to extend a heartfelt thanks to those whose terms have ended, and also invite local residents who have in interest in serving to apply for the open seats.

My Turn: Beyond bricks and mortar
Big or small, Juneau is about to gain another high school. But, beyond brick and mortar, it's what happens inside schools that makes the biggest difference in the lives of students. Reluctantly, I am willing to support Proposition 1 to build a bigger-than-necessary new school in the Valley. And it's a great idea to approve Proposition 2 to finish JDHS as it can only save us money.

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

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Seventh Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 4:19 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28. 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.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Seventh Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 3:03 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27. 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.

Dredge Lake Mountain Bike Race Results
Results from the Juneau Freewheeler Bicycle Club's Dredge Lake Mountain Bike Race, held Saturday at Dredge Lake Park.

State Soccer Tournament Special Awards
The special awards presented at the Alaska School Activities Association state soccer tournament, held Thursday through Saturday at Wasilla High School in Wasilla and Colony High School in Palmer.

Local Sports Briefs
Rosen breaks records; Burton-Carrillo earns black belt

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

Juneau-Douglas High School Boys Basketball Awards
Awards given to members of the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team during its postseason award banquet on May 13.

Urata, Felix qualify for synchronized swimming nationals
Juneau synchronized swimmers Koko Urata and Sarah Felix qualified for the 2003 Esynchro Age Group National Championships with their performance at a regional competition earlier this month in Portland, Ore.

Hughes school has its first graduate
FAIRBANKS - The Johnny Oldman School in Hughes has its first high school graduate. The entire population of the Athabascan village on the Koyukuk turned out to honor Jimmie Ambrose at the May 20 graduation ceremony. The village has about 65 residents.

Anchorage schools lose more than 1,000 students
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage School District has lost more than 1,000 students this school year, which will reduce its state funding by millions of dollars. The cuts will be particularly hard since the district already is predicting a multi-million-dollar shortfall because of state education cuts.

State Briefs
Governor signs medical parole, SARS bill; Overdue walrus hunters return safely to Gambell; Blaze near Anderson continues; Light earthquake jolts Kodiak Island; Ranger District plans Back Loop Road building; Reservations available for Forest Service shelters; Troopers kill injured bear in North Pole

Four die in plane crash in Denali
ANCHORAGE - Two mountain climbers, a tourist, and a pilot were killed Wednesday when their small plane went down in Denali National Park and Preserve, according to officials with the National Park Service. One of the victims was pilot Keli Mahoney, 35, of Talkeetna, a musher who ran twice in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and twice in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Alaskans spend on Republicans, not Democrats
FAIRBANKS - Alaskans leaned heavily toward Republicans when it came to political donations during the federal elections last year. In fact, they had the highest margin in the nation, according to a recent analysis. Alaskans and Alaska-based political action committees gave 88.2 percent of their total contributions to Republicans while Democrats got 11.6 percent, according to the study by the Center for Responsive Politics. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group analyzes campaign funding.

Crews clean up Prudhoe Bay pipeline spill of oil, gas and water
ANCHORAGE - Crews were cleaning up a mixture of crude oil, natural gas and water Wednesday that spilled from a pipeline in Prudhoe Bay. State regulators and BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. were investigating the spill, which was spotted Tuesday afternoon. Walt Sandel, an environmental specialist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, estimated the spill at 500 gallons, or about 12 barrels.

Goldbelt selling cruise ship unit
ANCHORAGE - Goldbelt Inc., the Juneau-based Alaska Native corporation, is selling its regional cruise ship subsidiary. The corporation, which has several tourism businesses, lost $4.4 million in 2001. Last year, the loss ballooned to $18 million, though $14 million of that was due to the reduction of the market value of its investment in Glacier Bay Cruiseline, according to Gary Droubay, Goldbelt's president and chief executive.

New head prosecutor appointed for state
Anchorage District Attorney Susan Parkes will lead the state's team of prosecutors, Attorney General Gregg Renkes announced Tuesday as he continued to reshape the department and change some lawyers' roles. Parkes will work from Anchorage in her new job as deputy attorney general for the Criminal Division, Renkes said.

Retrial of Nikiski couple begins in animal cruelty case
ANACONDA, Mont. - A Nikiski couple moving their kennel of collies to Arizona arrived at the Canada-Montana border with a trailer full of wet, hungry and cold animals and no dog food, a prosecutor told a jury here Tuesday. "They were driving a beat-up, run-down 1982 Peterbilt truck, dragging a 45-foot trailer stuffed with animals," prosecuting attorney John Coble told the jury of three men and three women.

No one injured in ferry blaze
More than 165 passengers and crew of the state ferry Columbia awoke to news of a fire on board early Wednesday, said U.S. Coast Guard officials. No one was injured in the blaze that started in the electrical center of the ship's second generator around 1:45 a.m., Coast Guard Petty Officer Sara Raymer said Wednesday. The ship has four generators, including an emergency generator, but usually operates on one or two, she said.

Photo: Trout express
Ken Bellows of Air Sitka lands his Cessna 185 on Sitka's Swan Lake to stock it with about 500 rainbow trout Tuesday. Bellows gets special permission to land on the .4-mile-long downtown lake to transfer fish collected by Department of Fish and Game workers on nearby Kruzof Island.

State Briefs
Troopers issue 250 citations for seat belts; Truck kills 18-month-old; Former fugitive pleads innocent to bank fraud; Church replaces troubled priest; Dogs in bad shape before leaving Alaska

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