Monday, June 3, 2002

In the Stacks
The kids' summer reading program has started! Come on in to any of the public libraries, load up on books and pick up your game card!

Relatively harmless pursuits of pleasure
Mr. Scott's heartfelt plea to use public land for ORVs touched me deeply.

Losing our best
What a sad day for the state of Alaska when good people choose not to re-file for their legislative seats because of the lack of leadership, the myopic partisanship, and the need to not seek solutions because their constituents don't get the big picture and may not re-elect them.

Truthful allegations
The article, "Probe of Sitka police finds no wrongdoing" (Empire, May 30), while containing some truth, is a misrepresentation of the facts. The fact is that the allegations made by myself and John Baeza were supported; the D.A. agreed that the conduct which had been alleged had in fact occurred (despite the D.A.'s perceptions regarding what fueled the allegations).

It's only fair to let me ride
I love to ride off-road vehicles and I'm sure other people love to too. Everywhere I ride I get yelled at. It's not fair. We need an ORV park and we need one now! Yes ORVs are harsh on the land but what isn't that we build? A few acres can't do too much harm.

Worthy of a vote
In a letter dated May 16, University of Alaska Board of Regents Chair Chancy Croft voiced his displeasure with the Alaska Legislature for not granting three recent regents' appointees, along with appointees to three other state boards, the courtesy of a vote.

DOT sacks 40 workers
Departmental budget cuts and limits on state spending outlined by the Legislature will result in a reduction in services and the elimination of state jobs.More than 40 employees at the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities received notice terminating their employment with the agency Thursday. Department officials blamed the layoffs on a $6.5 million reduction by the Legislature to Gov. Tony Knowles' proposed budget. Thirteen of the 70 jobs cut from the DOT budget are in Juneau.

Mike Race files for seat held by Kerttula
Republican businessman Mike Race filed Friday as a candidate for the House District 3 seat, held for four years by Democratic Rep. Beth Kerttula, who is running for re-election.The filing deadline for the Aug. 27 state primary and the Nov. 5 general election was 5 p.m. Saturday. No new candidates filed for the Juneau legislative seats Saturday, state election officials said.

Early leader hangs on to win spring king derby
David Julian can relax now, and he can afford to visit his mother in Oregon, and he can bring her some smoked salmon.Julian won the top prize of about $8,000 in cash and merchandise in the Spring King Salmon Derby, which ended Friday evening, for a fish he reeled in on May 7. It weighed 41.8 pounds gutted and gilled, and 50.3 pounds in the round.

Channel Drive Park wins trail award
The Channel Drive fishing park near the Douglas Island Pink and Chum hatchery won a state Trails and Recreational Access for Alaska awards for excellence.

Clarification
An article in Friday's Empire about the Juneau Assembly adding funds to social service programs requires clarification.

A new church for St. Paul's
More than 600 march in dedication procession for the new church on Sunday.

Greens Creek mine honored for improvement in safety record
Safety is a high priority at the Greens Creek Mine, which for senior warehouse clerk Arnie Wetzstein means everyone must be conscious of their responsibilities.

Fire causes $1 million in damage
Derek Jenson can fit the contents of his life into a duffel bag after a fire fueled by propane, rounds of ammunition and boxes of memories ripped through Juneau Self-Storage early Sunday.

USFS plans new building on Back Loop Road
A Back Loop Road location has been selected for the Forest Service's new office building.

ASAA recognizes Ron Gleason's contributions
Former Juneau-Douglas High School principal Ron Gleason received a Gold Lifetime Pass from the Alaska School Activities Association last month in recognition of his contributions to high school activities in the state.

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

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

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Public transit center workshop set
The city is sponsoring a workshop Tuesday about a proposed transit center downtown.

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

Golf course moves toward next big hurdle
After four years of environmental surveys and several redesigns of the 18-hole, 200-acre golf course proposed for West Douglas, developers soon may present an updated permit application to the Juneau Planning Commission, city officials say.

Bartlett's mobile mammogram unit wins funding from the state
George Ann Smith knows firsthand the value of Bartlett Regional Hospital's mobile mammography unit to women in Haines.

Leslie M. Flores
Juneau resident Leslie M. Grasiela Flores died May 28, 2002, in Juneau.

Savion-Moon Byron-Thomas Noble-Otis Hansmann
Juneau resident Savion-Moon Byron-Thomas Noble-Otis Hansmann died May 25, 2002, in Juneau.

Earl Thomas Forsythe
Former Juneau resident Earl Thomas Forsythe died May 16, 002.

My Turn: It's not too late to change the system
As our schools end another year I would like to send a heartfelt thanks to the many faculty, administrators, staff, parents and students who have worked tirelessly to provide or take part in a first-class education. Thank-you. Or, in the first language of this place, "Gunalcheesh.

Toe cartoon

My Turn: Alaska prosecutors are dedicated public servants
The role of prosecutors in our criminal justice system has been much in the news lately. As attorney general, I am very proud of Alaska's prosecutors who are dedicated to secure justice on behalf of the state and protect victims of crime.

Boatlessness in the prime of one's life: The meaning
Everything happened all at once. I lived in a four-boat household just a few short days ago. It was a happy household with a rich boat culture among the male residency. Concurrent with the leafing out of the lilacs, some decisions to streamline the household inventory made over the last year all sprouted at once from the conceptual stage and busted their way through to reality.

Totem Creek permit approval approaches its final stages
After years of roadblocks, detours, studies, meetings, and mounting expenditures, the decision on the Totem Creek Golf Course conditional use permit is expected within the next 60 days. Significant progress has been achieved over the past nine months largely due to a greater willingness on the part of the city Community Development Department and the state Department of Fish and Game to deal with the project's outstanding issues in a more collaborative and constructive manner.

Fish report
King salmon continue to move into the Juneau area and are being caught at many locations.

Anglers managing high catch rates for king salmon
A strong run of Taku River king salmon this spring and an early return of hatchery fish are contributing to the best fishing Juneau anglers have seen in years.

Bluebacks return to SE
Blueback fishing is outrageous.I still recall the time I caught and released 100 bluebacks, more commonly referred to as red or sockeye salmon, on Solstice night. Every fly in my box worked that night - including a bare hook with only a bit of thread remaining on it, the rest torn away during battle.

Common-sense living in bear country reduces conflicts
Because of its location in the midst of prime black bear habitat, Juneau has a high degree of overlap between humans and bears, which often has led to bear-human conflicts. This has prompted the city of Juneau and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to take an aggressive role in addressing the source of many of these conflicts - poorly managed trash.

Out and About
In season: 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).

Ensuring stewardship of Juneau trails
Just about everyone recognizes what trails have to offer - recreation, adventure, scenery, wildlife, and solitude - and just about everyone has occasion to use them. But do you know what it takes to provide safe, pleasant trails that serve users with diverse needs? It takes good stewardship, and every trail user can be a good steward.

Spring King Derby Final Standings
Here are the final standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. 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.

Juneau's Williams competes at national tourney
Dean Williams of Juneau recently returned from the United States Tennis Association's National Senior Indoor Championships in Vancouver, Wash.

State Softball Champions return Home
Family and friends of the 2002 state champion Juneau-Douglas High School softball and baseball teams welcome them home Sunday at the airport.

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

Juneau softball holds off Service
ANCHORAGE -- The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team missed its flight home Saturday night.But it was worth it.

Sports in Juneau
Friday-Sunday, June 7-9

Juneau hardballers claim first-ever title
PALMER -- The Crimson Bears had been close before -- close enough to touch, feel and taste a state title -- but in two prior chances, they came up just short.On its third try, the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball claimed its first-ever state baseball title with a 9-3 victory over the Lathrop Malemutes on Saturday at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer.

Auke Rec Short Course Road Race
A quintet of bicyclists passes a viewpoint overlooking Tee Harbor at 19 Mile Glacier Highway on Sunday morning. They were participating in the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club's Auke Rec Short Course Road Race.

Sea Coast Relay draws 128 runners
Saturday's 11th annual Sea Coast Relay drew 128 participants on 28 teams for a run in segments from Mendenhall River School to Eagle Beach.

Sitka: Police shoot at bear that killed dog
Sitka police took two shots at a bear early last Sunday morning after it killed a dog in a wooded Sawmill Creek Road neighborhood. The bear ran into the woods and hasn't yet been located, police said.

Haines: Child-pornography trial delayed
The trial for a 43-year-old Ketchikan man accused of possessing child pornography will be delayed.

Murkowski files to run for governor
FAIRBANKS - U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski filed his paperwork Friday to run for governor in the 2002 election. Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, filed in his hometown of Fairbanks. He was scheduled to meet with Native leaders Friday night before heading back to Washington over the weekend.

Cruise line: Passengers don't like Valdez
Carnival Cruise Lines has wiped Valdez off its books for next year and its eight port calls this year are hanging in the balance.

Fishing industry in crisis
Since before the gold rush or the oil boom, Alaskans have made a living pulling fish from the water and shipping them off to feed the rest of the world. And among all fish, salmon was king.

Air tankers called out again for McGrath fire
ANCHORAGE - Air tankers continued Saturday to dump retardant on an 80,000-acre fire near McGrath that has required some residents of the Interior town to be evacuated.

Petersburg: Longtime liveaboard's boat gutted by fire
Locals and members of the Volunteer Fire Department worked together Monday, May 20, to extinguish a North Harbor fire that consumed "Whiskey Ted" Letcher's 34-foot boat.

3 arrested for assault
Three men were arrested Sunday on charges of assault, burglary and conspiracy to kidnap, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Sen. Stevens makes it official; he's in the race
ANCHORAGE - Ted Stevens has been an Alaska senator for 34 years. He isn't tired of the job yet. The 78-year-old senator, wearing a dark blue tie emblazoned with miniature American flags, formally launched his 2002 re-election campaign Friday before a roomful of about 75 supporters gathered at a downtown Anchorage hotel.

Rejected firefighter applicants sue Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Nine applicants rejected by the Anchorage Fire Department have filed suit, claiming they were improperly denied jobs because the municipality used a psychological screener who posed invasive questions that had nothing to do with firefighter qualifications.

Haines: Holland America adds Haines to 2003 itinerary
Holland America-Westours has added Haines to its itinerary next summer. The 1,266-passenger, 600-crewmember Ryndam is set to make seven full-day Tuesday stops in Haines in 2003, company officials confirmed this week.

Palmer jury convicts mother of killing son in arson fire
PALMER - A jury on Friday found Suzette Welton guilty of murder and arson in a Wasilla house fire that killed her 14-year-old son, Samuel.

Court reinstates price-fixing suit
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court has reinstated a class action lawsuit by Bristol Bay salmon fishermen who accused processors and buyers of conspiring to fix prices in the world's largest salmon fishery.

Sitka: Teen indicted in death of infant
A grand jury on Thursday indicted a 17-year-old accused of murdering an infant last month on three separate charges. Josh S. Rowden originally was charged with one count of first-degree murder for the April 27 death of his girlfriend's son, 7-week-old Adrian Fackrell. A Ketchikan grand jury added two more charges: Second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Major changes in store at Capitol
Sen. Pete Kelly, a conservative Republican from Fairbanks and co-chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, has decided he will not seek re-election.

Kookesh, Wilson face challengers
Differences over the fiscal gap will be at play in three legislative races this year in rural Southeast.

Resort reopens as wildfire subsides
The Chena Hot Springs Resort reopened today after being closed for 10 days by a wildfire that charred 22,000 acres and came within a few miles of the resort.

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