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Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Total lays out plan for oil exploration
ANCHORAGE - Paris-based oil giant Total will soon start drilling on the North Slope, according to the company's Alaska representative. Jack Bergeron, Alaska manager for Total, began the job in January. He told oil field contractors, bankers, equipment dealers and other people at a Petroleum Club breakfast that the company is chasing aggressive targets for increasing its global oil production.

Support for 1 and 2
Approval of School Bond Propositions 1 and 2 will result in two high schools of approximately equal student capacity, approximately equivalent facilities and room for modest population growth without disrupting ongoing educational programs or school boundaries.

Accommodation of lies
Recently Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was quoted in Vanity Fair magazine as saying a huge reason for the Iraq war was to enable Washington to withdraw troops from Saudi Arabia.

Vote 'Yes' today
In 1999 Juneau voted to have two high schools. On Tuesday, Juneau will be voting on the size of the new school and opportunities available to students at both. As a parent, I think Juneau's high schools should be similar facilities of the same size.

Cancun, Cozumel, Belize, Juneau
Regarding the publisher's editorial last Sunday, Juneau's port has been for Juneau business alone.

Richness of subsistence
Subsistence wasn't discussed during the recent Legislature. The governor and Republican leadership speak repeatedly of addressing the "subsistence issue" but haven't yet. It's up to Alaskans to let our leadership know we must understand and address this issue.

Common sense voting
This to urge everyone to vote "Yes" on today for the two bond issues. The time is now to capture the low rates and to replace the sales tax funding for state reimbursement money. The issues have been detailed quite well by the CBJ and the folks putting forth the information on the ballot issues.

Vote 'Yes' on 1 and 2
I am going to vote "Yes" on Proposition 1 and 2 because I think they are good for our kids' education and a good deal fiscally. Together, props 1 and 2 assure Juneau will have two excellent high school facilities of equal stature.

Approve school bonds
Many may already have voted on Propositions 1 and 2 there still seem to be questions regarding the high school. In 1999 the voters approved two separate high schools, design money was appropriated for the JDHS renovation and the Assembly voted in 2001 to go ahead with the renovation before completion of the Valley school.

Revisionist history
Contrary to what publisher Smith had to say in last Sunday's editorial about South Franklin street in the '70s, it wasn't any more of a "... seedy, risky place to be at night" than it is now. It was a real people place to be. People doing real things like getting on and off state ferries. Eating at Taguchi's, City Cafe, and Mike Samora's little gem of a Filipino bistro.

Kennicott hits rock outside Wrangell
The state ferry Kennicott hit a rock early Tuesday outside of Wrangell. No one was hurt, and officials from the U.S. Coast Guard and American Bureau of Shipping began investigating Tuesday afternoon, said Alaska Marine Highway System Capt. Jack Meyers. The ferry was headed to Petersburg with 163 passengers and 56 vehicles. After hitting the rock in Wrangell Narrows at about 4:30 a.m., the ferry continued to Petersburg and then to Auke Bay.

Juneau-Douglas High grad wins Emmy for 'Rugrats'
Former Juneau resident John Holmquist was in the middle of his son's third birthday party at his home in La Crescenta, Calif., when his cell phone rang with news he had been working 13 years to hear. Holmquist and a team of 21 other producers, directors and writers had won an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Children's Animated Program from the National Television Academy.

Voters head to polls on 2 school projects
Polls opened at 7 this morning for today's special school bond election, but turnout was expected to be low. "I didn't even know about it," said Domingo Munoz, a father of three who was chatting with a friend Monday at Big Dipper Ice Cream in the Nugget Mall. "Now that I know, I would probably vote for it."

This Day in History
In 1954, two pigeons were finally removed from the Juneau City Library after taking two fast turns around the fiction section, stopping briefly at the periodicals before perching on a high light fixture. It took two police officers, a librarian, and a length of rope to evict the birds.

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

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

A short history of the school bonds
Last fall, state voters passed a general obligation bond proposition that triggered fund reimbursement of up to 70 percent for urban school construction projects. In 1999, voters passed $62 million in school construction bonds to renovate JDHS and to build a commensurate school in the Mendenhall Valley. At the time, voters agreed to pay for a maximum of 50 percent of the projects, with the state paying the rest.

Road study expands to west side of Lynn Canal
The state Department of Transportation announced plans Tuesday to study building a road up the west side of Lynn Canal to Haines as part of the Juneau Access Project. The Juneau Access Project was restarted by Gov. Frank Murkowski in December to study transportation alternatives between Juneau, Haines and Skagway. The project was shelved in 1999 by former Gov. Tony Knowles, who favored fast ferry service over road construction.

Photo: Fish on
Josh Lehauli fishes for returning king salmon from the top of the railing at the city fishing dock at the Macaulay Hatchery as friends Tevita Talamai, left, Nick West and Norman Zura, right, watch Monday afternoon.

District to see further budget cuts
The Juneau School District needs to carve at least $1.4 million from its $39 million operating budget due to legislative funding cuts for education and negotiated increases in staff and administrative salaries and benefits, Superintendent Peggy Cowan said Tuesday night at the Juneau School Board meeting. The district may encounter further cuts, depending on whether Gov. Frank Murkowski vetoes state education spending measures, she said.

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

Voters pass school bond propositions
Juneau voters passed two ballot propositions to support school construction in a special election on Tuesday. "After five years to get these bonds in line, it's time to put our differences aside," said Assembly member Stan Ridgeway, grinning at the election tallies projected on the wall at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School Tuesday night. "The voters have spoken again and we have to listen to the community."

City Finance Committee forwards budget to Assembly
The Juneau Assembly's Finance Committee voted Monday night to forward a $181 million version of the city budget to the Assembly for consideration, without addressing $700,000 in requests from the Juneau School District, area non-profits and Eaglecrest Ski Area. Finance Committee members pledged to return to the additional requests after a decision from Gov. Murkowski on whether to veto learning opportunity grants to school districts and municipal revenue sharing to Alaska cities.

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

Kennecott hits rock outside Wrangell
The state ferry Kennecott hit a rock early today outside of Wrangell. No one was hurt, and officials from the U.S. Coast Guard and American Bureau of Shipping began investigating this afternoon, said Alaska Marine Highway System Capt. Jack Meyers. The ferry was headed to Petersburg with 163 passengers and 56 vehicles. After hitting the rock in Wrangell Narrows at about 4:30 a.m., the ferry continued to Petersburg and then to Auke Bay.

Photo: 1968 Public Works project
This photograph was taken in 1968 of the Juneau Public Works Department in action. Today, the Public Works divisions include Capital Transit, Fleet Maintenance, Streets, Waste Management, Wastewater Utility and Water Utility.

Middle schoolers no more
Eventually, they will become teachers, doctors, mechanics, actors or any other of the myriad professions society offers. This week, though, they became high schoolers. Floyd Dryden and Dzantik'i Heeni middle schools "promoted" their eighth-graders to the Juneau-Douglas High School class of 2007 in separate ceremonies Tuesday morning. The ceremonies were called promotions rather than graduations because the students' journey is not yet over, said Floyd Dryden Middle School Principal Tom Milliron.

Niemi, Kuzankin to marry
Teri Niemi of Juneau and Shawn Kuzankin of Cordova will be married in a ceremony planned for 6:30 p.m., June 6, at Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at 8 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Nativity Hall, 430 Fifth Street.

Thank you
...for help with the raffle; ...for help with Bike to Work Day

Pets of the week
Sadie is a purebred black Lab, a spayed female who is quiet and well-behaved. Daffy is a fun-loving girl, a short-haired calico. Outgoing, sweet and playful, this youngster has just the right personality to be a family pet.

Neighbors Briefs
Artwork wanted; Petershoare on Dean's list; Museum initiates summer programs; King promoted to captain; Gress graduates

Bach, Lashley to wed
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Bach of Hoonah, and Mr. and Mrs. Randy Lashley of Trenton, Neb., would like to announce the engagement of their children Emily Bach and Curtis Lashley.

Girl Scout horseback camp is saddling up
Attention all girls who will enter grades two through 12 in the fall. Girl Scout Giddyup Horseback Riding Lessons and Trail Rides 2003 is now saddling up. This is a progressive program to learn about horses and horse sense and to take trail rides in the Montana Creek/Dredge Lake area. Each session runs one weekday, Saturday or Sunday for four consecutive weeks. Each class is two hours long.

1918 Spanish influenza put the lid on activity in Juneau
Quarantines of big cities such as Toronto and Hong Kong have been making the news this spring. The little city of Juneau made similar headlines in October 1918 when Mayor Emory Valentine, chairman of the Health Board, J.H. Montgomery and City Health Officer Dr. L.O. Sloane ordered a quarantine Oct. 29 as a precautionary measure against the spread of the virulent Spanish influenza. The reason for the quarantine was the recognition of three cases of the flu on the previous day. Ketchikan had been the first city in Southeast Alaska to see flu, according to the Alaska Daily Empire, and had already been quarantined. Now, in Juneau, people were "requested to keep from congregating in any public place."

Brownie A. Hunt
Juneau resident Brownie A. Hunt, 66, died June 1, 2003.

Rose Vandor
Former Juneau resident Rose Vandor, 86, died May 26, 2003, in an extended care home in Longview, Wash.

My Turn: Finish the job - with facts
Members of the "Finish the Job; Yes for High Schools" Committee visited with hundreds of residents last weekend at the mall, at the grocery store and at the softball tournament held at Dimond Park discussing the merits of Proposition 1 and 2, which will appear on today's special election ballot. I share the bulk of the conversations.

My Turn: Lied to, yeah, but who cares?
The mainstream press is finally bringing to light just how far-reaching the deception of the Bush administration has been. Are we outraged? Demanding impeachment? Why do we accept that George W. Bush is lying to us for our own good like a strict father would do? Why do we accept his lies?

My Turn: Growth and transport investment
Since taking office in December, Gov. Murkowski has consistently advocated for improving our state's economy through transportation improvements. As his chief architect for this undertaking, I would like to offer a few examples of this vision and the work we are doing to see it through to completion.

Sea Coast Relay Results
Results of the Southeast Road Runners' 13th annual Sea Coast Relay, held Saturday on a 21.6-mile course from Eagle Beach to Skaters' Cabin on Mendenhall Lake. The five-leg race drew 28 teams this year.

Brewers select former Dimond pitcher Montalbo
The only Alaska player selected during the first day of the Major League Baseball's entry draft on Tuesday was former Dimond High School right-handed pitcher Brian Montalbo. He was picked with the second selection of the seventh round by the Milwaukee Brewers, the 189th pick overall.

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

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

Juneau baseball team opens vs. Lathrop
After two years of coming so close they could taste it, the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears finally won the state baseball title last year when they beat the Lathrop Malemutes 9-3 in the championship game. The Crimson Bears will open their defense of that title at 5 p.m. on Thursday, when they play the Malemutes in the first round of the state high school baseball tournament at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks. The game will be broadcast in Juneau on KINY radio, 800 AM.

JDHS softball squad seeks its third title in five years
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team won its second state title in four years last season, but this year's Crimson Bears will sport a new look as they defend their championship this weekend in Fairbanks. Juneau only has four players back from last year's state title team - senior first baseman-left fielder Danielle Larson, junior right fielder-third baseman Rachel Barril, sophomore pitcher-first baseman Ashley Larson and sophomore shortstop-center fielder-catcher Jordan Johnston.

Hershey's Track and Field Meet
Results from the local 2003 Hershey's Track and Field Meet, held May 18 at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track. Local youths age 9-14 competed in a variety of running and field events.

Cavs counting on sage Silas to shape LeBron
CLEVELAND - Paul Silas knows better than anyone what is awaiting LeBron James. Silas threw enough elbows in the lane as a player that he knows there's going to be some aimed at James, the high school sensation tabbed for NBA superstardom. "This is a tough league," said Silas, a rugged rebounder for 16 years as a pro. "It's not a boy's league. This is a man's league. He's going to have to grow up right away."

AIDEA may remain owner of Ketchikan shipyard
KETCHIKAN - The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is considering retaining ownership of the Ketchikan Shipyard instead of selling the facility to local governments. AIDEA's board of directors agreed with its staff recommendations to talk with the city of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Gateway Borough about AIDEA keeping the shipyard, at least until a $10 million shiplift project is completed. Ketchikan has separate city and borough governments.

Legislative pay dropped this year
Lawmakers made less money the final two months of this year's legislative session because their daily pay rate went down. On top of their base pay, legislators receive per diem, a payment that is partly to reimburse them for living expenses while they're away from home.

State Briefs
Police investigate sexual assault report; Police investigate reported burglary; Alaska Zoo separates brown, polar bears; Suspected SARS case released from isolation; Hospital moves toward expansion, renovation; State science agency closing down shop; Coast Guard honors rescue swimmer, crew; Longtime university employee retires

Governor signs bill to tighten Denali KidCare eligibility
Gov. Frank Murkowski has signed legislation that could keep about 1,300 children and pregnant women from receiving free health care over the next year, at a savings to the state of about $1.75 million. The bill changes the income level at which families qualify for Denali KidCare, which provides health care for children and pregnant women in families that make too much money to receive traditional welfare but generally don't have health insurance through their jobs. It's paid for with federal and state funding.

Prudhoe Bay oil spill larger than previously reported - by 12 times
ANCHORAGE - An oil spill at Prudhoe Bay is about 12 times larger than originally estimated, according to officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. When oil company BP first reported the spill a week ago, regulators and oil company workers believed about 500 gallons, or 12 barrels, of oil and other fluids including oily water had spilled from a ruptured pipeline.

American Legion post facing loss of liquor license
SITKA - American Legion Post 13 is facing revocation of its liquor license following charges three employees and two patrons sold drugs on the premises, the director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said Tuesday. "We're talking here of selling a laundry list of drugs out of a licensed establishment," said ABC board director Doug Griffin. "A place basically serving as 'drug central' in Sitka."

Montana court finds Alaska collie owners guilty of animal cruelty
ANACONDA, Mont. - An Alaska couple convicted of 180 counts of animal cruelty is expected to appeal the verdict. Jon Harman and Athena Lethcoe-Harman, formerly of Nikiski, face a maximum of six months in jail and a $500 fine on each count.

Davies, Ward among early campaign filers
Two former lawmakers who lost in the 2002 general election have filed papers with the state signaling their intention to again run for office. Former state Sen. Jerry Ward, who narrowly lost in his bid for the Senate District Q seat amid allegations that he didn't live in the Kenai Peninsula district, said he will run again in 2004.

Three black bears stalk hiker on trail south of Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - About a mile north of McHugh Creek, within scent of families barbecuing at one of the most popular highway waysides in Alaska, Jim Leslie believes he had a near-death encounter with three bears. "I've never been so scared in my life," he said. Though the three black bears never got closer to Leslie than about 100 feet, he said their behavior gave him the clear impression he was being stalked. Black bears have been known to do that, though those have almost always been lone bears.

State Briefs
Walker upgraded, moved to semiprivate room; Internet predator gets more than two years; Vehicle registration fees going up; Medical examiner determines doctor's death a suicide; Anchorage planners lose several adult entertainment records

Wayward pelican finds new home in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - A wayward brown pelican has taken up residence here, wowing fishermen with its spectacular plunge-diving fishing skills. Misty Pattison said the pelican has taken to hanging out on the docks at the Knudson Cove Marina. "Someone called me on the radio and said there's a pelican out here, I said 'sure.' I thought they were seeing things," Pattison said.

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