Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Faceless in Virginia
I find the recent ads paid for by the faceless "Americans for Job Security" to be appalling.

Cause and effect
I'm prompted to write by Keith Hermann's letter to the editor in the Empire on June 5. I always thought that the "slower" in "Slower traffic keep right" meant those driving slower than the speed limit should keep right - that if you are driving the limit no one should be passing anyway.

On the fast track
William Eriksen isn't sitting around waiting for his life to start.The 18-year-old graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School on Saturday, married his high school sweetheart Lacey Gibson on Sunday and left to join the Army on Monday night. Eriksen said he was feeling "kind of nervous, sad" on Monday.

Friends of the Flags
Eirik Kellogg and Jim Akins put up the Maine state flag last month on Egan Drive. Friends of the Flags, a local nonprofit group, raises and cares for the 50 state flags that fly between the Douglas Bridge and Marine Park each summer.

Victim of sexual abuse found the courage to tell
"Good girls don't cry when they are touched like adults.""Good girls don't tell." "Natalie," 11, heard the admonishments for years. To her, being a "good girl" required ignoring the fear and nausea rising in her throat when something very bad was happening to her. Finally, she found the courage to tell someone the truth.

100 ticketed for trash violations
Juneau residents who attract bears by ignoring the city's trash ordinance used to get warnings. Since Bob Dilley began working the city's enforcement beat in February, about 100 residents have been ticketed for improperly storing their garbage.

Gottschalks moving to Mendenhall Mall space
The Gottschalks department store will move from the Nugget Mall to larger space formerly occupied by J.C. Penney in the Mendenhall Mall, brokers who handled the transaction announced Monday.The change will increase Gottschalks' store size by about 16,000 square feet and will provide an anchor store for the Mendenhall Mall, said broker John Williams of Juneau Real Estate, which has a contract with J.C. Penney to sublease the space.

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

Equipment failure causes four-day break in phone service to Cohen residents
Telephone service in the Cohen Drive area went out late Friday afternoon because of an equipment failure and was not restored until Monday night, said provider Alaska Communications Systems."It has really scared me because what if I had a heart attack?" asked Cohen Drive resident Terry Quinn on Monday afternoon. "I haven't been able to call my mother in Colorado. My tenant is getting married this week, and there is no way for them to contact their relatives."

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

City breaks up tourism plan
Controversial elements of a draft long-range tourism plan for Juneau will be sectioned off and sent to committees for more work, Juneau Assembly members decided Monday.Deputy Mayor Ken Koelsch said the Assembly needs to adopt the plan, but doesn't want to make decisions without bringing the community along.

Walk inspires competition, pride, health
The annual Eagles vs. Ravens Walk Contest to promote exercise will begin Wednesday with a ceremony at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall on Willoughby Avenue downtown.During the six-week fitness competition participants earn points for every 30 minutes of exercise. The team with the most points by July 24 wins an award.

Rotting Davis Log Cabin faces demolition this week
The Davis Log Cabin in downtown Juneau is slated for demolition this week, a victim of rotting logs and fuel oil tank improvements.

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

Correction
Due to incorrect information from the police, Monday's police blotter said Christian Fletcher was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center after his arrest for drunken driving.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Adrianna Latrice Jordan
Juneau resident Adrianna Latrice Jordan died June 7, 2002, in Juneau.

Patrick Henry Ness
Former Juneau resident Patrick Henry Ness, 65, died May 31, 2002, at Sitka Community Hospital.

Glenna Johnson-Wilde
Former Juneau resident Glenna Johnson-Wilde died May 6, 2002, in Hawaii.

My Turn: Exhibit offered an opportunity for learning
After reading the article about the library exhibit in Friday's Empire, I would like to make a few comments and corrections. Joanna Markell did her usual thorough and fair job of reporting; I don't think the omissions and errors are hers.

My Turn: How much wilderness is enough?
In natural resource management, truth is often as elusive as a Sitka blacktailed deer on a foggy Southeast morning. Once "found," these elusive "truths" are often used to spin tales of impending doom, destruction and despair to the forest and to our communities. It's too easy to draw lines in the sand based on what we know or at least perceive to be the truth.

State fiscal plan needed
Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna, has proposed a novel solution for the Legislature's lack of action on a long-range fiscal plan for the state: Bring lawmakers back to work.

My Turn: Choosing a life of public service
I have heard nothing but praise and admiration from those who had the opportunity to meet with New York Police Officer Rick Mack during his visit to Juneau last week.

Inaugural Anchorage race provides steep challenge
ANCHORAGE - Outsiders out-climbed the best of Alaska in Sunday's inaugural Wolverine Mountain Run. "Basically, the Alaskans got their butts whipped," said Brad Precosky of Anchorage.

Marlintini's/Coca-Cola Softball Tournament
Here are the results from the 19th Annual Marlintini's/Coca-Cola Slow Pitch Softball Tournament, held in Friday through Sunday at Dimond Park in Juneau and Savikko Park in Douglas. There were 22 teams competing in three divisions over the weekend.

A day at the races
The Tribal Renegades huddled together for a quick prayer before they climbed into their Tlingit war canoe for the Gathering of the Canoes races Sunday afternoon at Sandy Beach in Douglas.

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

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

Scientists drill Alaska's depths for clues to climate
Seeking clues into Alaska's climate change since prehistoric times and how it might relate to recent global warming, an international scientific team spent the past month drilling deep into ancient ice high in the St. Elias Mountains.

Alaska to offer lower interest on student loans
This fall, the Alaska Student Loan program is introducing the AlaskAdvantage Stafford Loan, a federally guaranteed loan, and the Alaska Supplemental Education Loan, a new state loan.

Lawsuit filed in drowning death
The family of a Rapid City man, killed when a chartered Southeast Alaska fishing boat capsized, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Sturgis, S.D.,-based company that owned and operated the boat.

Fisherman arrested for drunken boating
A fisherman was charged with boating under the influence after a confrontation with a Coast Guard crew responding to a fire on his boat, the Coast Guard said.

Public assistant head steps down
Jim Nordlund, who served for seven years as director of the state's welfare division, is quitting, the governor's office said today.

Complaint says Ward doesn't live in district
A Kenai resident alleges that incumbent Sen. Jerry Ward does not live in the Nikiski trailer he claims as his new home.Ronald Johnson filed a complaint with the state Division of Elections alleging Ward should be removed from the Aug. 27 primary ballot.

Financial boom eludes Alaska
At the end of America's longest economic boom, Alaska and Louisiana were dead last in a ranking of economic growth, the government reported today.

Hearings planned on regulatory panel
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings this week in Anchorage on reauthorizing the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

Alaska sends trade delegation to S. Korea
A delegation of Alaska business leaders and state officials is in South Korea on a six-day trade mission. The group is led by Community and Economic Development Commissioner Deborah Sedwick and first lady Susan Knowles.

Group seeks fishing halt until price set
KODIAK - The United Salmon Association is asking every salmon fisherman on the island to refrain from fishing until a price agreement is reached with processors.

McGrath fire finally under control
More than two weeks after it began, the McGrath fire that scorched more than 90,000 acres has been tamed.

Historic house destroyed by mistake
A territorial ombudsman is investigating the destruction of the Sewell House, a historic Whitehorse building.

Vandals damage phone cable in Fairbanks twice
Vandals have twice cut a fiber optic cable that provides long distance telephone service to some Fairbanksans, costing the company that maintains the cable more than $100,000, Alaska State Troopers said.

Traditional rattle seized, returned to Southeast
SITKA - After 200 years and an extraordinary journey, a piece of Alaska Native heritage came home last weekend. A traditional Raven rattle, or Yeil Sheishoox, dating back to the early 1800s, returned to Southeast several years after being seized in an undercover operation by the National Park Service.

State Briefs
Panel selects city manager search firm; Plea agreements reached in shooting of Stebbins mayor; Trooper shoots, kills Kaltag man; Godfrey leaving post as public safety commissioner; DOT deputy commissioner retires; Kenai River king sport fishing closed due to weak run; Fort Wainwright soldier found dead in his barracks

Senate OKs bill to save millions on Alaska mail
The U.S. Senate has approved changes to Alaska's bypass mail system expected to save the Postal Service $30 million a year.

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