Monday, June 9, 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.

Fairbanks company helps nonprofits find funding sources
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks company that helps nonprofits find funding sources helped Bush communities last year raise at least $12 million for computers, after-school programs and even a multipurpose building. The 5-year-old company, Grant Station, provides an online database of 3,000 to 4,000 potential funders. Clients pay $599 a year for access to the information, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Business profile: Andrea Iverson
Title: Chiropractor Iverson offers spinal adjustments through what's called the directional non-force technique, Iverson said. Instead of twisting and cracking the back, as many chiropractors do, she has a gentler approach.

Gov. distant from seniors
I work with seniors as a senior companion. Being a senior companion entails listening and counseling seniors. From my personal observations most are feeling scared - fearful as to what the future may hold for them.

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.

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.

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.

Magazine explores Juneau
Most Juneau residents know the town's basic history, how hard-drinking prospectors Joe Juneau and Richard Harris clambered up Gold Creek more than 120 years ago and found a glittering reward. For those who don't know, a new publication by Alaska Geographic is worth a read. "Juneau: Yesterday and Today" explores the city's rich history, introduces the reader to a few residents and features community fixtures such as Perseverance Theatre. The 96-page book is the second that Alaska Geographic has compiled on Juneau, said editor Penny Rennick. The first, published in 1990, sold out.

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

Local barista deemed among nation's finest
The day before he left Juneau in April to compete in a national barista competition in Boston, Heritage Coffee Co. employee Shane Sewell expected to receive a specially ordered package of four demitasses. Instead, he received two cups intact and the pieces of two others. "It was pretty crazy," Sewell said. "I threw a little tantrum."

Humpbacks and tails of adventure
The tourists were quiet as the purple bus carried them out to the only purple boat in Auke Bay. Their final destination: out to sea for a glimpse of a 50-ton sea mammal. As the bus sped away from the gift shops of South Franklin Street, the sightseers were given a quick tour of downtown on the way to Auke Bay. Their vessel, the 42-foot Awesome Orca of Orca Eco Tours, awaited. The company, owned by Carol Pitts, has been in business for seven years.

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."

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."

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.

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

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:

This Day in History
In 1979, a 5-day-old fire near Delta Junction hopped the Alaska Highway near the Gerstle River and sealed off Canadian traffic to Fairbanks. Damage to the 50,000 acre Delta Barley project was estimated at 12,800 acres.

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

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

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

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.

Toe Cartoon

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.

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.

Big Fish Photos

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.

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.

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.

Cal State-Fullerton tops ASU to qualify for College World Series
FULLERTON, Calif. - Dustin Miller scattered three hits over 7 2/3 innings, and Cal State Fullerton scored all of its runs in the first three innings as the Titans earned a trip to Omaha with a 7-1 victory over Arizona State on Sunday. Miller (9-2) allowed just one run before giving way to Chad Cordero, who pitched the final 1 1/3 innings. Danny Dorn and Kyle Boyer both homered and Shane Costa drove in two runs for the Titans (48-14), who are making their second College World Series appearance in three years.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Big Lake pastor releases statement after shooting that left 2 would-be burglars dead
ANCHORAGE - After six weeks of silence, the Big Lake pastor who shot and killed two men he caught burglarizing his chapel is telling his story.The pastor, Phillip Mielke, shot Chris Palmer, 31, and Frank Jones, 23, in the pre-dawn darkness of April 24 as they rushed toward him on the chapel's stairway - even after he shouted at them to stop, according to a public statement Mielke's attorneys sent Thursday to the Anchorage Daily News, the Frontiersman newspaper and Palmer District Attorney Roman Kalytiak.

Homeland Security official ponders cost
ANCHORAGE - The head of Alaska's new Office of Homeland Security says one big question remains when it comes to protecting the state's infrastructure against terrorists: Who's going to pay? Specifically, says Samuel C. Johnson, who will pay to "harden" Alaska's soft targets and who will pay for added security when the federal government recommends a high-security alert. Johnson's plan at that level calls for sending National Guard troops to protect key sites along the trans-Alaska pipeline at a cost of $200,000 per month.

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.

After 3 years, bane to bugs is back
ANCHORAGE - Customers accused shopowners of hoarding the stuff. Trappers called them unprintable names. Old-time Alaskans moaned their disappointment at the empty store shelves. All this over an ochre-colored powder with a barnyard smell.

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

State Briefs
Man arrested after firing gun in argument; More dogs signed over by collector euthanized; Mother sentenced to life for daughter's murder; Agrium, union workers agree on layoff solution

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.

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