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Saturday, May 31, 2003

To a safe harbor
We bid thee farewell, the captain and his ship, the F.V. St. Peter. One last voyage to your final resting place in the deep green waters of Southeast Alaska. Bless your ship for all the safe passages through all the storms and gales and rescues from all the stormy seas. You have carried your valuable cargo to a safe harbor. For the John family.

Vote 'Yes' on 1 and 2
I urge "Yes" votes for both high school bonds. My family will not directly benefit from these projects, as our youngest child will graduate in 2004. Having spent numerous hours volunteering at JDHS in recent years, I've experienced the extreme overcrowded conditions. Students, teachers, administrators and parents all tell us overcrowding is a factor in our student dropout rate, a very serious problem at JDHS.

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Douglas tribe elects council
Fifty-seven members of the Douglas Indian Association cast ballots Tuesday to fill all nine of the association's council seats. Official election results had not been released by Thursday afternoon, but the preliminary count seemed to be fairly accurate, said Tony Strong, a Juneau lawyer who supervised the elections.

FYI
Births; Business Licenses; Courts; Divorces and dissolutions; Judgments.

Juneau voters to decide on school bonds
In a special election that concludes Tuesday, voters have an opportunity to approve or reject two bond propositions to fund the renovation of Juneau-Douglas High School and the construction of a new high school in the Mendenhall Valley. So far, absentee turnout has been a trickle. "I'm hoping people will remember to vote, but I'm anticipating the turnout is going to be light," said City Clerk Laurie Sica.

Cruise line to improve waste water management
The Washington state Department of Ecology on Thursday ordered Norwegian Cruise Line to improve its waste water management and establish a system to guard against the accidental release of waste water. The order came after an investigation into the May 3 release of 40 tons of human waste into the Strait of Juan de Fuca by the Norwegian Sun, a ship that docks in Juneau several times this summer.

Coming out of the education closet
Recently someone walked into the Floyd Dryden library, leaned across the circulation counter, looked up at me and asked: "What do I need to do to have your job?" I didn't miss a beat: "I have a master's degree in library and information science from the University of California at Berkeley."

Run, walk or stroll in Relay For Life
The race is on for teams to participate in Juneau's second American Cancer Society Relay For Life. The annual event is slated for July 19 at Dimond Park, near Riverbend Elementary School in the Mendenhall Valley. According to Cheri Kunz, team recruitment co-chairwoman, the event will run from 3 p.m. on July 19 to 6 a.m. on July 20. "Volunteers are needed to form teams of eight to 20 individuals," Nicki Germain, team co-chair said. Cancer survivors Nicki Germain, Pat Yearty and Tish Griffin-Satre are already lining up team members for this year's event. Ruth Johnson, captain of one of three Wells Fargo teams, participates because her mother "has survived three occurrences of cancer and is 77 years strong."

Two local businessmen are kings of the caviar
It's not that easy to get a mention in the New York Times. Of course, if you are famous like Gov. Murkowski and Deidre McDonnell, you get noticed, but for a fish buyer? That's a long pull. I was never written up in the Times and I'm 68 years of age. But Eric Norman, fish buyer of Taku Smokeries, was quoted in the Jan. 15 edition. He was not on the front page, or even in the business pages, but it is still noteworthy to be in the Dining Out section. He wasn't reported to have dined out at a swank New York restaurant. His quote came while sitting in his office on the Juneau dock.

Rock 'n' roll dance to benefit Doctors without Borders efforts
Juneau families can help support international medical relief efforts and have fun by attending a family rock 'n' roll dance from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at McPhetres Hall. The dance will raise funds for Doctors Without Borders, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization that delivers emergency aid to victims of wars, epidemics and natural and human-made disasters. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for kids age 3 to 18, and $15 for a family. Refreshments will be on sale and additional donations will be collected. All proceeds will go to Doctors without Borders.

JuneauDigest
Adult keel boat class scheduled; Teacher's retirement celebration set.

Thank you
...for the support; ..for the hard work.

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

My Turn: High school bonds: Good for education and for taxpayers
Next Tuesday's special election will feature two bonding propositions for our high schools. Voters will determine whether to finish the renovation project at Juneau-Douglas High School and to construct a Valley high school at a similar size to what voters approved in 1999. In 1999, Juneau voters approved a $62 million bond issue to build a high school in the Valley ($49 million) and to renovate JDHS ($13 million). Many people are now questioning why we need more money. It's apparent this community has been caught off guard estimating construction costs. In addition to the two high school projects, recent bid submittals for the NOAA facility and the hospital building came in grossly over estimates. With JDHS, many surprises have surfaced with renovating a 45-year-old structure. Construction of the new high school has been on hold for almost four years, waiting for state matching funds while costs of construction materials have continued to escalate.

My Turn: Randy Wanamaker has harmony of interests
Rather than debate the merits of the proposed mining ordinance changes, several citizens have asserted conflict of interest claims against Assembly member Randy Wanamaker. These citizens claim Mr. Wanamaker has forced through proposed changes to the city's mining ordinance and that he has a conflict as chairman of Goldbelt and as a former mining industry consultant. I have worked with Randy Wanamaker on various employment, permitting and natural resource management issues. I attended a number of hearings on the mining ordinance so it is clear to me these claims are a red herring. The real issue is whether Juneau will have economic development.

Danielle's day
As the only senior for the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team, first baseman-left fielder Danielle Larson has been called upon to be a steadying influence for the young Crimson Bears. With only three upperclassmen on the team - there are two juniors on the squad - Larson's leadership has been critical as the Crimson Bears overcame the loss of six seniors from last year's state championship team to graduation. Juneau lost its first two games of the season, but since then has won 17 straight and put itself into position for another run at the state title.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide 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 8:52 a.m. on Thursday, May 29. 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.

Ketchikan borough seeks state grant to buy cannery
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is applying for a $5 million state grant to buy the Wards Cove Cannery. Borough Manager Roy Eckert said Wednesday the borough planned to apply for two state fisheries economic development grants, one to purchase the Wards Cove Cannery and another, also for $5 million, to build a new community cold storage facility in Ward Cove.

Lisa Murkowski enters long season of fund raising in need of $2-4 million
Lisa Murkowski says she hasn't had a spare minute since taking over as Alaska's junior U.S. senator five months ago. But she says she'll find the time to raise millions of dollars for her 2004 campaign to keep the seat given to her by her father when he became Alaska's governor. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, said she will need $2 million for her campaign. She has $300,000 and hopes to raise $500,000 by the end of June, she said at a Tuesday press conference in Anchorage.

Ferry pulled off route after fire
A fire on the state ferry Columbia has put the ship out of commission while repairs are made to its generators, Capt. George Capacci, general manager of the Alaska Marine Highway System, said Thursday. Capacci said the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Bureau of Shipping won't allow the vessel to resume regularly scheduled service until repairs are made. He said the state hopes to have the ferry running again by Wednesday.

Governor names new top trooper
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Thursday announced the appointment of Col. Julia Grimes as the new director of the Alaska State Troopers. Grimes, a 20-year veteran of the troopers, is the first woman appointed to the position. She will be based in Anchorage.

Biologist: ship likely killed whale
A ship probably struck a humpback whale whose carcass was seen floating near the mouth of Yakutat Bay in mid-May, according to a federal biologist who examined the animal. The whale was struck with enough force to sever its skull from its spine, said Michael Payne, head of protected resources with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Juneau. Payne led an examination team after the whale washed ashore near Icy Bay.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

AlaskaDigest
Wal-Mart not eyeing Kmart building; Bodies of plane crash victims recovered; Coast Guard cutter retired in Kodiak; Prosecutor says pastor may face grand jury; Crews subdue Anderson fire, battle Tok blaze; Man cleared of murder.

Movies where & when
"Matrix Reloaded," (R) plays at 6:45 nightly at 20th Century Twin, with second shows at 9:40 each night, and matinees at 2 p.m. daily.

Hanson's back with a new CD
Songwriter Sarah C. Hanson moved away from Juneau in 2000, but she's coming back Friday, May 30, to sing songs about Fairbanks, her new home. Hanson, 28, an acoustic guitarist, had no idea she would stay in Fairbanks when she visited in the summers of 1999 and 2000.

What's Happening
"In Cahoots," performed by Wild Rumpus Clown Theatre, at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, and Saturday, May 31, at Marine Park. Pay-as-you-will. Will play at the same times the following weekend, June 6 and 7. Details: 463-1571.

Play about cancer to show at ANB Hall
JUNEAU - The Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall will host "Understanding: Step into the Light," a play about cancer, at 7 p.m. Friday, June 6. Admission is free.

On parents and making rhubarb pies
Last weekend I was in my yard picking rhubarb to make a pie when I had this memory flash. I saw my parents in the days when Dad had wide sideburns and Mom wore turquoise rings and bell-bottom Levis. In the vision, which I must have remembered from a photo somewhere, they were my age and newly married, holding beers in a sunny back yard. It would be around four years before they had me, and 20 years before they became enemies.

Where is the apple cake and who stole my underwear?
Roblin Davis, Emily Windover and John Leo - the three Juneau residents who make up Wild Rumpus Clown Theatre - began sketching ideas last fall for their first three-clown performance. They didn't have a plot, but they did have dessert. Windover brought an apple cake for Davis. With the pastry, they also had the prop that serves as an improvisational springboard for "In Cahoots," their acrobatic and equally existential clown performance. The show plays at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31, and June 6 and 7, at Marine Park downtown. Admission is pay-as-you-will, and the show is suitable for all ages.

Pride Week begins Sunday at Silverbow
Juneau Pride Week, the town's fourth annual gay pride celebration, begins Sunday, June 1, with the Juneau Pride Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Silverbow Bakery.

Rock 'n' roll dance benefits Doctors Without Borders
JUNEAU - McPhetres Hall will host a family rock 'n' roll dance to benefit the group Doctors Without Borders from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31.

Spring King Derby ends with dance
JUNEAU - The Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall will host an End of the Spring King Salmon Derby Celebration dance at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31.

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