Thursday, June 5, 2003

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.

Weird and plain wrong
Wednesday's Letters to the Editor ran thoughts and questions from Noble, Hebert and Hope. All look at those particular values upheld by a majority of in-power political party members of Alaska and the nation.

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.

Liberal propaganda
All the liberal spin regarding Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz's Vanity Fair interview by Sam Tanenhaus is just that, thrice-spun garbage. This far overblown liberal "scoop" is really in actuality nothing more than a convenient literary sound-bite, a not-quite-accurate retelling of what Wolfowitz really said.

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.

Ideology over humanity
Frustrated with the popularity and success enjoyed by President Bush, Juneau's leftists - judging by Wednesday's editorial page - are now claiming we've been lied to about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

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

Photo: Moving on
Glacier Valley Elementary School Principal Bernie Sorenson receives a hug from fourth-grader Cassie Casipit after school let out for the summer Wednesday. Sorenson is leaving her post as principal to become the assistant superintendent for the Juneau School District.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

Planning Commission OKs ordinances on mining permits
The city Planning Commission on Wednesday night approved two proposed mining ordinances. Ordinance 2003-26 would allow summary approval of changes to existing permits for rural mines. Ordinance 2003-27 would make rural mines that undergo state or federal environmental review allowable uses, barring the city from imposing permitting conditions that are covered by state or federal permits.

Bear sightings drop this season
Fewer bears are getting into people's garbage in Juneau this year, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Juneau Police Department. The decline could be due in part to the high number of bears removed from the area or killed last year, according to Neil Barten, a biologist for Fish and Game.

Photo: Up, up and away
Hans Petaja, 13, lets go and watches a trebuchet launch a water balloon Wednesday in the parking lot of the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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.

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

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

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.

Capturing old sourdough is worth the extra effort
I recently learned a lot from a batch of sourdough pancakes. Easy to prepare, yet based on a sourdough starter that has been nurtured and kept active for a full century, these were powerfully good cakes that satisfied my palate and my taste for history. Sourdough is a food that has evolved from a practical matter of sustenance for whole communities into a tradition kept alive by those who respect the storied practices and gutsy flavors of the past.

This Day in History
In 1917, the cornerstone was laid for the Juneau School building which later became the community college. The site is now a playground.

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

Photo: Dock blaze, 1950
Local residents try to extinguish a fire at Femmer's Dock and Storage in 1950.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Frank Fisher
Juneau resident Frank Fisher, 59, died June 1, 2003, in his home.

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.

My Turn: The mirage of WMDs
It now appears opponents of the invasion of Iraq were correct in their assertion Iraq posed no direct threat to the U.S. Even if the U.S. manages to come up with some hint of evidence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), it should be clear by now, after two months of searching, that Iraq's ability to seriously threaten the U.S. was non-existent.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Ayers, Kohan get the big call
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team had a couple of Major League distractions on Wednesday as the Crimson Bears traveled to Fairbanks so they can defend their state championship. Shortly after the Crimson Bears checked into their hotel, the Milwaukee Brewers called to say they had just selected senior shortstop Joe Ayers with the second pick of the 36th round of the Major League Baseball draft - the 1,059th pick overall.

Marlintini's Coca-Cola Softball Tournament
Results from the 2003 Marlintini's Coca-Cola Softball Tournament, held May 30 through June 1 at Dimond Park.

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.

Greenpeace report calls Tongass 'endangered'; USFS disputes claim
Southeast Alaska's Tongass National Forest is one of 10 endangered national forests, according to a report released this week by Greenpeace and the National Forest Protection Alliance, an environmental umbrella group. The U.S. Forest Service said the report misrepresented the facts. The Tongass spans 16.8 million acres and is the country's largest national forest. About 5.8 million acres are congressionally designated wilderness. About 676,000 acres are available for timber harvest, said Tongass spokesman Dennis Neill. The Forest Service's goal is to sell about 150 million board feet of wood per year.

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.

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.

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.

State Briefs
School district wants refund for lack of security; APOC staff recommends fine for Anchorage assemblyman; Tok fire stays subdued, for now; FCC decision could affect the Kenai Peninsula; Man charged with providing marijuana to teenage shooter

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."

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

Knowles ponders run for Senate
WASHINGTON - Former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles on Tuesday confirmed years of speculation and rumor: He is considering a run for the U.S. Senate. "I'm seriously looking at it," he told an Anchorage Daily News reporter after speaking to a marine conservation group about national ocean policy.

President Bush to let roadless rule stand
WASHINGTON - A temporary rule allowing some road-building in remote areas of national forests will not be renewed, the Bush administration said Wednesday. The decision effectively reinstates a Clinton-era rule blocking development on 58 million acres of federal land, including parts of Alaska's Tongass National Forest. "Our intention is ... to let the interim directive expire," Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey said Wednesday.

Embezzler of state funds faces 212-year sentence
A man who admitted embezzling more than $250,000 from the state Department of Education to support his drug habit has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. Gary Martin, 43, former procurement manager for the state library, was sentenced to four years in prison with 18 months suspended. He also was ordered to pay the state $257,000 in restitution. Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks sentenced Martin at a hearing Friday for crimes committed between 2001 and 2002.

Lawmaker Ferguson of Kotzebue dies of stroke
Former Kotzebue lawmaker and Alaska Native leader Frank Ferguson, who for years quietly wielded power in the Alaska Legislature as a member of the influential Bush Caucus, died Wednesday. He was 63. Ferguson served in the Alaska Legislature from 1971 to 1986, serving four years in the House and nearly 12 years in the Senate, before a stroke forced him to retire.

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