Friday, June 6, 2003

Lied to and mad about it
Now is the time to stand up and shout. Yes, we are outraged. No, Mary Noble, we do not accept George Bush's lies and we will not stand for it. Let's demand not just the impeachment of George Bush, but the removal from office of all his henchmen who are trying to turn our democracy into a fascist state. The affronts of recent events are not falling on apathetic nor ignorant ears in the American public. But that's all the press is reporting. We are not interested in the personal scandals of upcoming presidential election candidates, but that's what is on TV.

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.

A house built on sand
There is no way those holding opposing views can match the spin-craft of the conservative ideologues. The latest example of their through-the-looking-glass rationalizations: George Will tells us that regardless of the true economic impact of Bush's tax cut, these cuts will either win him a second term or so tie the hands of future administrations that future administrations will be unable to reverse the path of slash-and-burn government that this administration has set in place.

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.

Not asking much
Dave Fremming misses the whole point (Word games, June 1). Not many of us so-called un-Alaskan extreme environmentalists are against industry such as logging. What I am against is wholesale clear-cut logging with total disrespect for my business and way of life. All I ever asked for was to please keep it out of my face. Is this too much to ask for Dave? Sealaska continues to clear-cut several acres a week within view of my home fishing lodge and bed and breakfast.

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.

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.

Weeklong baseball clinic offers drills, live games
Juneau kids are gearing up to hit the field for this year's Doyle Academy Baseball School. The weeklong clinic begins Monday and teaches young players the basic skills of the game. "The program breaks down the components so kids can learn the proper techniques," said Ron Wolfe, an instructor for the clinic. "I've coached Gastineau Little League for five years, and I believe this program is the best to teach kids the fundamentals for baseball."

Photo: Casting for kings
Joel Casto, left, swings back on his cast as he and Chris Casey fly-fish for king salmon and Dolly Varden Thursday in Gastineau Channel.

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.

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

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.

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.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Photo: Weather for wading
Taylor Vidic, left, and Deborah Kasberg walk gingerly on the rocky bottom of Mendenhall Lake on Thursday. The pair were playing around Mendenhall Glacier with several other children from their neighborhood.

Judge: School district within rights to take debated banner
Juneau school officials did not violate a student's rights by confiscating a banner during last year's Olympic Torch Relay, a federal judge has ruled. But the former student, Joseph Frederick, will appeal the decision to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said his attorney, Douglas Mertz.

City chastised for pedestrian safety
Saying he was representing concerned downtown businesses, citizens and the tourism industry, Juneau Assembly member Dale Anderson criticized the city Thursday for the lack of downtown crossing guards. "I think the city and borough has flat out not done their job getting this thing done," Anderson said at a Planning and Policy Committee meeting. "It's nonsense that we are 45 days into the tourist season and we don't have kids out there directing traffic."

FYI
Births; Marriage Licenses; Business Licenses; Courts; Judgments.

JuneauDigest
Furniture-making workshop scheduled; Juneau Children's Home reunion set for July 13.

Photo: Teens against tobacco
Local teenagers took part in the Teens Against Tobacco Day march through downtown Juneau on May 31. TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use) marched to protest Hollywood's use of tobacco in films. About 15 teens participated. COURTESY OF RUTH SIMPSON

Thank you
... for walking to save babies; .. for generous students; ... for supporting Floyd Dryden; .. for being a wonderful example; ..for the help; ..for the hard work.

Handle teens in your life with care
Liz Haas decided to leave us six months ago and in that seemingly short time it has been a painful, searching six months for many people who knew and cared about Liz. We played hoops together when she was on the high school team. She had an energy about her that made you stop and take notice. Connecting with Liz was a lesson in something powerful. Six months ago I made eye contact with Liz during the Gallery Walk. Something passed between us that I have been trying to understand or explain for the past half-year. Liz taught this teacher a lesson.

NeighborsDigest
Gagne-Hawes elected to Phi Beta Kappa; Portland grads; Dean's Lists; Sullivan earns scholarships; Forest Service: Dogs must be on leashes; Best buses.

Alaska, Cook, Washington and Gregory
Many people come to Alaska with a specific object in mind. They come to take a job, visit a friend or travel around, to see what James Cook said in 1788, "that they ever knew to be a great land." Some come as a result of a chance encounter. Tom Gregory from New Jersey was visiting Seattle in the early 1950s. While standing on a street corner, waiting for the light to change, he said hello to a stranger beside him, whose name was Terry Axley. Terry owned a boat named the Nellie B. They started to talk and Terry invited Tom to come to Alaska, to work with him as a fish buyer and a packer of salmon for the troll fleet. They started buying at the north end of Prince of Wales Island, for Inar Beyer, who had a company called Northern Products.

Niemi, Kuzakin to marry
Teri Niemi of Juneau and Shaun Kuzakin of Cordova will be married in a ceremony at 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.

Riebe, Leighty to wed
Tiffany DeAnn Riebe of Juneau and Will Waterman Leighty of Juneau will be married in a ceremony at 6 p.m. June 20 at the Renton Community Center in Renton, Wash. A reception will follow at 7 p.m.

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

Carol Rieke Bedford
Juneau resident Carol Rieke Bedford, 76, died May 26, 2003, in a Seattle hospital from pneumonia complicated by cancer treatments and other health issues.

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.

Going the extra distance in support of education
The results of Tuesday's special election provide further affirmation of the community's strong support for education. The money from the two supplemental bond propositions will complete the funding needed to serve Juneau's high school facility needs for the next 20 years and beyond. The passage of the bond propositions says a lot about our community. The long process of arriving at a consensus on these controversial measures was sometimes difficult and polarized. But when it became clear the window of opportunity was running short, all interests came together and worked out compromises.

Juneau softball team stumbles, but stays alive
Errors proved costly for the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team, as the Crimson Bears dropped a 7-6 decision to the Dimond Lynx in eight innings to open the state tournament Thursday morning at Hez Ray Fields. The Crimson Bears won their next two games - crushing the Kodiak Bears 19-2 and blanking the Bartlett Golden Bears 5-0 - to stay alive in the tournament. But Juneau will have to battle through the losers' bracket if it wants to defend its state title today.

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

Local Sports Briefs
First annual Wes Coyner duathlon set for Saturday; Two local golfers post aces at Mendenhall; Wes Coyner Duathlon.

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.

Sitka's state tourney trip is short but sweet
The Sitka High School softball team's first trip to the state tournament was short, but sweet. The Wolves, who were eligible to play last year but didn't because of a conflict with their school's graduation ceremony, won their opener in extra innings, 5-4 over Monroe Catholic School on Thursday at Hez Rey Fields. Sitka lost its next two games to exit the tourney, 6-4 to the Lathrop Malemutes and 7-4 to the Bartlett Golden Bears.

One win, one to go
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team is back in the state championship game. Led by the five-hit, 11-strikeout pitching of Zach Kohan, clutch hitting by the bottom of the batting order and strong defense, the Crimson Bears claimed a 7-0 victory over the Lathrop Malemutes in Thursday's opening round of the state tournament at Growden Memorial Park. Thursday's game was a rematch of last year's championship game, and it was the third straight year Juneau and Lathrop met in the state tournament.

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.

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.

AlaskaDigest
Pool to reopen Sunday; JDHS yearbooks delayed; Computer shuts down grocery store; Couple denies plotting to kill judge, lawyer; Alaskans lured into cash laundering scheme; Four climbers pulled off Mount McKinley; Guide fined for illegal moose hunt; Murkowski signs licenses bill.

Wildlife officers to get new uniforms, but not new duties
State troopers and fish and wildlife officers soon will be wearing the same uniforms, but that doesn't mean their duties will being combined. The Murkowski administration has discussed merging the Department of Public Safety's Fish and Wildlife Protection and Alaska State Trooper divisions. But Public Safety Commissioner Bill Tandeske said the uniform change does not mean the agency has reorganized.

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.

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

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

State looks at merging school districts
Two state agencies are looking at whether Alaska's smallest school districts should be combined with other districts. Gov. Frank Murkowski and Senate Finance Co-Chairman Gary Wilken, a Fairbanks Republican, are pushing the consolidation idea, which is almost certain to be opposed by many of the communities that would be affected.

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.

Skipper's error caused ferry to run aground
A captain's error caused the state ferry Kennicott's accident earlier this week, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said Thursday. "He intended to give an order (to the helmsman) to steer to the right. Instead what he did was give an improper order to steer to the left," said Lt. Cmdr. Joe Paitl with the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office.

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.

Photo: Orphaned seal
Veterinarian Scott Ford holds a baby harbor seal found Thursday at St. Lazaria Island near Sitka. The seal was to be sent to Seward's SeaLife Center. Bev Shamblee, of Charleston, S.C., left, was on a sight-seeing charter when the boat captain was asked by SeaLife Center staff to collect the seal.

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.

Alaska lawmakers pan report on oceans
Alaska's U.S. senators have blasted a private report released this week that makes sweeping recommendations to Congress about how to protect the nation's oceans from pollution, overfishing and coastal development. The 144-page report from the Pew Oceans Commission capped three years of public hearings and deliberation by the 18-member panel of politicians, scientists, fishermen and others, including former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles.

APOC admonishes Gov. Murkowski, Ulmer
Gov. Frank Murkowski's gubernatorial campaign did not collect more than the $20,000 allowed from out-of-state contributors, the Alaska Public Offices Commission ruled on Thursday. But the then-candidate for governor did violate state campaign laws by failing to list the occupation of several donors who gave more than $100. As a penalty, the commission waived a $1,480 fine and plans to send a letter of admonition.

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.

From blotter to best seller
Best-selling suspense author John Sandford, the literary pseudonym of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Camp, has met thousands of police officers. Some he liked, and some he didn't. One thing he has in common with all of them is his love of story. "There are a number of cops who are jerks, but there are a number who are really good guys," said Sandford, 59. "What they have in common with journalists is they collect stories. It's almost like that's what they do."

Movies Where and When
"2 Fast 2 Furious," (PG-13) plays at 7 and 9:30 nightly at 20th Century Twin, with afternoon matinees at 2:10 daily.

Messages from the right side of the brain
In Miah Lager's chalk pastels and Heidi Reifenstein's blind drawings, the right side of the brain is doing most of the talking. The communication is nonverbal, because the left side of the brain controls speech. But the right brain manages to be conversational, relaying its intentions through symbols, emotions, shadow and light. "(Heidi and I) have been talking about how the right brain doesn't have a form of verbal communication, and how this is the way it communicates," Lager said of their new exhibit, "Intuitive Navigation." An opening for the show will be held from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Empire Gallery.

Ths Week Briefs
'Rivers and Tides' shows sculptor's power through nature; City museum plans summer Explorer's program; Time to laugh at the library;

Pride Chorus ends sixth season with benefit
The Juneau Pride Chorus has a few surprises planned for the final two shows of its sixth season. The chorus will perform its first Spanish arrangement ("Yo le canto") and lead its first two audience singalongs (Pat Humphries' "Never Turning Back" and Holly Near's "Singing for our Lives"). All three songs are part of the first program the group has assembled with an overall theme.

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

Bias cuts and bamboo landscapes you can wear
Kodiak Coat Co. owner Bridget Milligan and best friend Brenda Au could visualize the way they wanted a dress to feel. The problem was preparing the perfect pattern. They spent almost five years experimenting with squares and rectangles and the shapeless contours of the ideal fit. Finally, they have their own line of wearable art.

A modest proposal for solving everything
When the Rev. Swift suggested that overpopulated and starving Ireland solve its problem by selling its babies to the rich as edible delicacies, he counted (and was not disappointed) on credulous and humorless Britons to lend his message the public energy that social change requires. Let me assure you, dear readers, that my own modest proposal makes no such presumption about the people of Juneau.

Painting autumn in Umbria
Sitting on a hillside last October in the Umbrian region of central Italy, Juneau attorney Barbara Craver could see the town of Orvieto three miles away. The countryside was green, small and familiar, like Juneau in some way. But there were reds and yellows, autumn hues, thick walls of stone and centuries of history. "It just sparked our imagination," Craver said. "The beauty and its unspoiled nature."

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