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Sunday, June 1, 2003

Word games
I guess it all depends on how you define "pristine."

Don't taint mining scrutiny
The current ordinance in Juneau allows for mining development while also providing us with the opportunity to protect our wonderful community.

Vote 'Yes' for kids
As parent's of three children, we are voting "Yes" for Propositions 1 and 2 for high schools. As concerned taxpayers, we want to get Juneau's facilities needs in place while the state's reimbursement and low interest rates are available to improve Alaska's schools. Let's move forward to a bright Juneau future.

Lee wins king derby
Like the winner of any major sporting event Tom Lee has one place on his mind - Disneyland. "It's something that everyone says when they win something, but that's just kind of a joke," he said. On Saturday, Lee won the seventh annual Spring King Salmon Derby, sponsored by Tlingit-Haida Central Council, with the 42.3 pound, gutted and gilled king he caught May 24 near the Shrine of St. Therese. Instead of scouring the seas trying to best his own fish on the final day of the Derby, Lee suited up for the Imperial Saloon in Marlintini's Coca-Cola Softball Tournament.

Volunteers performing summer trails scoop
It's the time of year again: birds are chirping, bugs are buzzing and volunteers are taking to the Juneau trails with gloves, scoopers and plastic bags, removing a winter's worth of weathered dog doo. "We've been doing it as long as 10 years, but the difference now is that we are making it what we hope will be a huge educational campaign, and bringing in a lot of other groups," said Chava Lee, executive director of the Gastineau Humane Society

Photo: Keeping the memory alive
U.S. Army veterans Val Cooday, left, and Crow Smith raise a POW/MIA flag at the start of Alaska Native Memorial Day observances at the Alaska Native Veterans Memorial next to Sealaska Plaza on Friday. Native veterans from World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars and Desert Storm attended.

Some stranded ferry travelers begin heading north today
Several Juneau residents were among the 330 travelers stuck in Bellingham, Wash., after a generator fire sidetracked the state ferry Columbia. Chuck Meacham, headed north with his wife Charli, said they planned to find a hotel room and enjoy the community that's home to the Alaska Marine Highway's southernmost terminal. "I've been in Alaska since 1956, so you kind of learn to roll with the punches," he told The Bellingham Herald.

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

Grads feel ready for a bigger world
If all goes well in their final exams, 366 students will graduate from Juneau-Douglas High School on Saturday. And then they'll scatter. Alex Gagne-Hawes, 18, said he'll work for Juneau Trolley Car Co. this summer, before entering Reed College in Portland, Ore., to study theater production.

This Day in History
In 1904, The first two high school graduates in Alaska received their diplomas in Juneau.

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

My Turn: Insist on waterfront parks, gardens for development
Let's save our Juneau waterfront for parks and gardens! CBJ is planning long-range waterfront development. We'll be stuck with that for 20 years. But semi-independent and generally pro-cruise ship Docks & Harbors set tourism objectives, and declared "diversity of uses," for the waterfront before the public process began. That's what their consultant said. That means people have no real input, the consultant's plan is doomed and all planning money is wasted. Shame on Docks & Harbors.

My Turn: Growing concerns for JDHS Japanese program
As a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, I have found myself looking forward to graduation, counting the days until I can receive my diploma. But before I abandon my ties to JDHS, there is one thing that has been troubling me.

My Turn: Don't spend millions on super-sized school
On Tuesday, a small number of Juneau voters will head to the polls for a special election. The election asks whether local taxpayers are willing to contribute millions more for a new high school in the Valley and even more improvements to the existing downtown high school.

Toe Cartoon

What do you think?
The did the best they could do with the situation that state has. Bringing the state financial situation into order will be painful.

Empire editorial: A diverse vision for Juneau's waterfront
Juneau's character is shaped as much by its waterfront as it is by its status as the state capital. In fact, Juneau has been a seaport longer than it has been a capital. In the first three-quarters of a century, the port of Juneau served as a maritime transit center for floatplanes, steamships, military vessels, barges and fishing boats of all types. Most of the cargo shipped out of town consisted of the product of Juneau's mines and fish processing plants.

Close calls with kings
Fishermen say this year's Spring King Salmon Derby was a reel good time. Even though the seventh annual angling event sponsored by the Tlingit-Haida Central Council ended at 9 p.m. Saturday, the memories and fishing tales will endure for some time. The proceeds from the derby also will leave a lasting impression, providing higher-education scholarships for Native students.

Big Fish photos

Great blues: The elegant, familian Southeast shorebird
Pterodactyls? B-52 bombers? What are these looming, faintly ominous creatures in the sky? They are great blue herons, largest and best known of America's herons, equally at home in Florida's freshwater swamps and along Southeast Alaska's rocky beaches.

Fish Report
King salmon continue to move into the Juneau area and are being caught at many locations. The Breadline/Tee Harbor area continues to produce the highest number of kings, followed by Point Salisbury and the Outer Point area. Slocum Inlet and Doty's Cove also are producing a number of chinook.

Out and About
Ongoing: Trail of Time guided hikes, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Details: 789-6635. June 1: Willette Janes, author of "In the Miner's Footsteps," leads hikers up Perseverance Trail into Silverbow Basin. Meet at the end of Basin Road, 10 a.m. Details: trailmix@alaska.com or 790-6406.

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

Spring King Salmon Derby Results
Here are the final standings in the Seventh Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 9:12 p.m. on Saturday, May 31. 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 closed at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 31.

One-hit weekend
The pressure was on for Juneau-Douglas High School freshman pitcher Hannah Barril after sophomore Ashley Larson opened the Crimson Bears' three-game series with Ketchikan on Friday by throwing a no-hitter, then freshman Alicia Maryott followed with another no-hitter in Saturday's early game. Could Barril match their performances and throw a third no-hitter for Juneau in Saturday's late game?

Rainy relay
More than 120 resilient runners braved an at-times raging rainstorm Saturday morning to complete the 13th annual Sea Coast Relay. Twenty-eight teams - most with five members, some with three or four - completed the five-leg, 21.6-mile course from Eagle Beach to Skaters' Cabin off Montana Creek Road.

Rep. Beth Kerttula
Q: What do you consider your biggest success of the session?

State Briefs
Body of missing Valdez doctor found; Hospitalized mom sees graduation by video; Jewelry store robbery nets nearly 10 years; Former commissioner to lead Anchorage United Way

Sen. Kim Elton
Q: What do you consider your biggest success of the session?

Reflections on the 23rd session
Out of 40 state representatives and 20 senators, three lawmakers - Sen. Kim Elton, Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch and Rep. Beth Kerttula - make up Juneau's legislative delegation. Elton, a Democrat, has served almost a decade in the Legislature, Kerttula, also a Democrat, was first elected in 1998 and Weyhrauch, a Republican, entered this year as a freshman, replacing Republican Rep. Bill Hudson.

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch
Q: Political observers have described this session as one of the most partisan in recent memory. Was that the case?

Governor signs 'folk festival bill' into law
Juneau accountant and Alaska Folk Festival volunteer Jim Grammel said it took months to figure out how much money another volunteer embezzled from the organization that runs the annual spring music event. So when former festival treasurer Jim Demers was convicted of theft, the organization's board of directors tried to collect restitution for the cost of the time Grammel and others put into going through the paperwork.

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