Sunday, June 8, 2003

New library books look at the history of words, dressing well and painting cats
Readers, rejoice! On my return from vacation, I was greeted with boxes and boxes of great new books. Here are just a few of the non-fiction titles hitting the shelves this week.

Acquired behavior
I would like to address the Empire's willingness to print such trash (Jesus was actively gay, page C2, May 30) and those who are willing to make the accusation.

It's not the lies
My colleague, Pulitzer Prize winner and Playboy interview subject William Safire, (who is my colleague in the same way ex-NASCAR champion Bill Elliot is my colleague because, once in Georgia, in a Mustang, I exceeded the posted limit whilst overtaking a vehicle on a thoroughfare) wrote in Monday's New York Times that it's OK for the government to lie to us about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq because they found graves of mass burial.

Assembly to consider loading-zone ordinance
If the Juneau Assembly passes a new downtown loading-zone ordinance, parking on the water side of most of South Franklin Street before 11 a.m. could mean a $100 ticket. "I am really concerned about informing the public that this is a really significant penalty," said City Manager Rod Swope. "Most people are used to getting a parking ticket for $20, and now they may find themselves getting a parking ticket of $100 in the new designated loading zone."

Photo: March for Jesus
From left to right, Rachel Everett, 11, and her sisters Sarah 14, and Hannah 9, wave flags and dance to Christian music at Marine Park on Saturday. The three were participating in the 2003 March for Jesus, the third year of the event in Juneau. The march is billed as a worldwide event.

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

Northern Light says goodbye to pastor
After 10 years of serving his congregation, Northern Light United Church Pastor Greg Lindsay will celebrate his last service there at 10 a.m. today. "It's the right time for me to move to another church," Lindsay said. That other church is the First United Methodist Church in Twin Falls, Idaho. Lindsay plans to leave Juneau at the end of June.

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

Possible SARS patient flown from Skagway, hospitalized at Bartlett
A cruise ship passenger was admitted to Bartlett Regional Hospital on Thursday as a possible SARS case, but state medical officials said it is very unlikely she has the sometimes fatal respiratory illness. The woman, whose identity was not revealed by state officials, was medevaced on Thursday afternoon from Skagway to Juneau, where she was admitted to the hospital. She had a fever and a cough, and X-rays showed she had pneumonia, which are among the symptoms associated with SARS, said Dr. Beth Funk, the state medical epidemiologist.

JDHS grads ready to open new doors
Graduation is a door they have opened and will walk through, and it's one of many, state Sen. Kim Elton told the Juneau-Douglas High School Class of 2003 at commencement ceremonies Saturday afternoon. "You'll find it is never the door that defines you. What defines you is whether you will open them," Elton, a JDHS 1966 grad, told 375 graduating seniors and their families in the school gym. " ... Not opening doors, not being curious, standing still - it's never going to work for you because right now the volume of knowledge is doubling every 18 months."

David Walter DeLong
Juneau resident David Walter DeLong, 74, died at home on June 3, 2003, after battling lung cancer.

Chrysantha Kamalani Ka O'hana Bradley
Juneau resident Chrysantha Kamalani Ka O'hana Bradley, 18, died June 5, 2003, in Juneau.

Juan Jose Moser
Juneau resident Juan Jose Moser, 78, died on June 5, 2003, at his home due to complications related to emphysema.

Peter M. Schneider
Juneau resident Peter M. Schneider died May 15, 2003, due to cancer.

Toe Cartoon

Empire editorial: Legislature, governor did 'people's work'
Last fall the voters of Alaska overwhelmingly endorsed Frank Murkowski's vision for the future by electing him governor. Similarly his Republican counterparts in the House and Senate were voted into office because of broad support for the Republican platform, which sets a clear course to return Alaska to prosperity.

My Turn: Trails, roads and highway safety
Gov. Murkowski's strong advocacy for improving our state's economy through investments in the transportation system and infrastructure has a proven history of success. The best example is probably Prudhoe Bay. Revenue from the North Slope oil fields provides almost 85 percent of the money that runs the state.

Mt. Robert Barron foils another summit attempt
I thought for sure we would make the summit this time. After last year's experience, I knew where to go and where not to go to start the climb. Greg Bledsoe, Don Larsen, Christine Schmid and I loaded our kayaks at False Outer Point on North Douglas on the night of May 16 for the short paddle across Stephens Passage to Admiralty Island. It was a beautiful, sunny evening with a light breeze out of the west. It took us an hour and 20 minutes to paddle to Bear Creek, and we arrived just as the sun was setting slowly behind the Chilkat Mountains.

Fish Report
King salmon fishing near Juneau was a little better than average the week of May 25 to June 1, with the average marine boat angler putting in 27 hours before landing a king salmon. That is 10 hours longer than last year. The five-year average is 30 hours.

Remote robotic cameras offer unusual windows on wildlife
Reuben Yost can count the eyelashes on a Steller sea lion 50 miles away. Yost is monitoring a sea lion rookery at Grand Point between Haines and Juneau. One route for a proposed highway up Lynn Canal passes by Grand Point near the Katzehin River, and Yost is tracking sea lions' seasonal occupation of the site for the Alaska Department of Transportation. Reports from pilots flying over the rookery used to be one of his best sources of information. These days, Yost watches sea lions using a robotic solar- and wind- powered camera system set up on the rocks.

Out and About
June 8: Public trap shooting at the Juneau Gun Club on Montana Creek Road, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Details: 789-9844. June 10-11: Skateboard and inline skate clinic at The Pipeline, 2400 Mendenhall Loop Road, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., for ages 6-15, $15. Registration suggested. Details: Zach Gordon Youth Center, 586-2635.

Big Fish Photos

The season that spoiled local sport fishermen
Where are all the Juneau king salmon? That's the question asked by many local anglers this year. Although several seasoned fishermen have had good results, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports a sharp increase from last year in fishing time needed to land a chinook.

Old hike, new sights
About eight years ago, a group of hikers and scientists who had been hiking to the Herbert Glacier for years noticed something sticking out from the silt the glacier deposited as it retreated. "When we first started going back there, Bob Garrison and I saw this ... material sticking out of the bank," said Al Shaw, an amateur geologist who has been hiking to the Herbert Glacier at least twice a year for many years. He and Garrison contacted their friend Mary Ann Parke, a geologist who was working with the Foundation for Glacier and Environmental Research, based at the University of Idaho.

Juneau softball squad rallies in losers' bracket, but falls to Chugiak in championship game
FAIRBANKS - The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team took a long journey through the losers' bracket to reach the championship game of the state softball tournament Friday at Hez Ray Fields.

Wes Coyner Duathlon
Twenty-three racers - 21 individuals, and a pair of two-man teams - completed the first annual Wes Coyner Duathlon on Saturday in North Douglas. The race was held in memory of Coyner, a local athlete who died last July during the U.S. National Duathlon Championships in Carlsbad, Calif.

Crimson Bears battle back, beat Bartlett
FAIRBANKS - At breakfast on Friday morning, several of the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team's seniors mentioned to each other that they'd been playing together since they were in T-Ball and that afternoon's state championship game would be their last time playing as a group. The Crimson Bear seniors closed out their careers together with their second straight title, as Juneau rallied to beat the Bartlett Golden Bears 7-3 Friday afternoon at Growden Memorial Park.

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

Tragedy at Sea
There was a blinding northwest snowstorm blowing, but as the Canadian steamship Princess Sophia headed south from Skagway to Vancouver, B.C., on one of the last runs before the winter of 1918, Capt. J. Locke was interested in setting another speed record. Heedless of the reefs and of the ice floes which still wallowed in Lynn Canal in those years, Capt. Locke ordered full speed.

State Briefs
Pipeline shooter draws 16-year sentence; APOC fines Anchorage Assemblyman, group;

Sophia lingers in paintings, books, video and dive site
Of the four wrecks near Juneau - the Clara Nevada, the Princess Sophia, Islander and the Princess May - the Sophia has captured the most attention, and its memory lingers on in a variety of art forms. Clive Cussler has created a video documentary, "The Last Evening of the Princess Sophia," a documentary shown recently at history and culture workshops offered by the Juneau-Douglas City Museum to tour guides.

State to close DMV offices
ANCHORAGE - The state plans to close seven offices of the Division of Motor Vehicles, including one of two in Juneau, at the end of the month because of budget cuts. The closures include an office in downtown Anchorage, one of three in the city. Lone offices will close in Homer, Sitka, Nome, Delta Junction and Haines.

Bill increases funding formula for education
Gov. Frank Murkowski signed a bill on Friday to increase the state's education funding formula by $32 million, drawing most of the money from a grant program, and said schools largely will be spared from his veto pen. While the governor contemplates $135 million in cuts to balance the fiscal 2004 budget, educators breathed a little easier.

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