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Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Dangerous driving
If you exercise on the Juneau roadways be it running, biking, or simply walking hand-in-hand with your child or loved one, be careful and don't think that drivers will always see you, slow down and give you ample space. Be on your guard, it could save your life.

Sensitive but informative
I am writing to thank the Juneau Empire for the coverage given to the very difficult child sexual abuse case involving my family. The newspaper and its employees have been very caring, considerate, sensitive, kept their promises during some very difficult times and given ample coverage.

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.

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

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

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.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, Tuesday's Empire article about a child victim of sexual abuse incorrectly reported one of the girls abused by Cynthia and Dick Sky was placed in stockades.

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.

Mother pleads guilty to being reckless with baby
Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks said at a hearing Tuesday that he wasn't giving up on Eleanor Kaye as he sentenced her to a year in jail for her part in depriving her son of oxygen for nearly an hour.Kaye, 41, pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor reckless endangerment stemming from an offense on Feb. 18. Authorities allege Kaye's then 10-week-old son was taken off of a ventilator by the baby's father, Brian Bevelhymer, 35, who destroyed the ventilator during a drunken tirade at a downtown hotel.

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."

Carrs becomes Safeway today
JUNEAU - Carrs Quality Center officially became Safeway this morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the grocery near Riverside Drive in the Mendenhall Valley.

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.

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

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.

Biz park fumes over gas station
Vintage Business Park occupants are fuming over the Juneau Planning Commission's approval Tuesday night of a four-pump gas station slated for the Safeway parking lot.In a 4-2 decision, the Planning Commission approved a conditional-use permit to build a four-pump gas station and retail kiosk in the northwest corner of the parking lot at the Safeway store, which until recently was called Carrs Quality Center. The gas station would be owned by Safeway Inc.

Mayday call on Tuesday may have been a hoax
Coast Guard rescue crews have called off a search that began Tuesday afternoon in response to a Mayday call that may have been a hoax.The call received at 2:46 p.m. included no information other than the international distress signal "Mayday, Mayday.

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

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.

Anatomy of excellence: Instructor wins award
When Jamie Bursell's students first see a dead body, they get very quiet."People have to go within themselves and find a way to deal with it," said Bursell, whose course in human anatomy and physiology earned her this year's Outstanding Faculty Award at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. The award is granted by the student government, based on nominations by students, faculty and staff.

Coast Guard looking into cruise ships' near miss
The Coast Guard is investigating a reported near miss by two cruise ships entering Juneau harbor Sunday morning.The 867-foot Legend of the Seas was headed for the Juneau cruise ship dock, and the 965-foot Infinity was headed for the Franklin Street Dock when the two came too close to one another, according to what witnesses told the Coast Guard.

It's pine time in Southeast Alaska
Everywhere you look little green fingers of new growth are reaching up, pointing from tips of mugo pines, decorating the ends of shore pines, and most spectacularly adorning those beautiful Japanese black pines growing along McDonald's.The festival of the pine candles is here. All the growth that pines will have in this season is concentrated in a dramatic burst of new tissue.

Academic Honors
Dawn Marie Kostenko graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., with a bachelor of science degree in veterinary technology on May 3, 2002. She was a 1998 JDHS graduate.

Pets Of the Week
Patty is a real sweetie. She is a small domestic long-haired, brown and beige, spayed female. Missy is a solid black, medium haired, spayed female. She is more reserved than Patty and gets along with other cats.

Gearys celebrate anniversary
Daymond and Jenny Geary, pastors of Restoration Grace Outreach Center, are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. They have been in Juneau as pastors for the past 14 years and wish to invite all their friends and family.

Thank you
...for all the help. Recently, more than 100 residents from the Juneau area took part in a walk that saves babies. We'd like to thank them for being true heroes for the tiniest babies.

Student ambassadors ready to take on Europe
They're diplomats - in middle school.From June 11 to July 1, Sierra Angelo, Sara Cohen and Angela Fagerstrom will tour the British Isles with the Alaska People to People Student Ambassador Program.

Flynn, Mitchell marry
Breehia September Flynn of Juneau and Joel Kent Mitchell II of Juneau were married in a ceremony at 4 p.m. on May 11, 2002, at First Baptist Church. A reception followed at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Hodges, Beidler to marry
Kara Marie Hodges of Juneau and Shane Martin Beidler of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, will be married on June 22 in Sherwood, Ore.

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.

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

My Turn: Sixty-six percent of the U.S. got it right
Anchorage is a great city. It shares a singular distinction with Birmingham, Wichita, Los Angeles, Bridgeport, Wilmington, Jacksonville, Chicago, Lexington, New Orleans, Portland (Maine), Baltimore, Detroit, Minneapolis, Kansas City and Billings;

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.

My Turn: Beating back the move initiative
I am dumbfounded by the total lack of concern from our local officials over the serious situation our city is facing regarding moving the Legislature. The article in the May 19 Empire that revealed 54 percent of Alaskans support moving the Legislature should be a cause for action.

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

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.

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.

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

Kirchhoff wraps up collegiate rowing
Rachael Kirchhoff was still in the boat after the women's varsity eight petite final at the NCAA Rowing Championships early this month when it hit her her college, and possibly her competitive, rowing career was over.

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

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.

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.

Little state money approved for anti-terrorism initiatives
In January, Gov. Tony Knowles asked lawmakers for almost $47 million in state funds for homeland security, but he ended the legislative session in May with just a small fraction of that.Maj. Gen. Phil Oates, head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, said the Legislature let the administration spend about all the federal money it could get.

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.

Gas company for Southeast still looking for funds
PETERSBURG - A plan to bring natural gas to over a dozen Southeast Alaska communities faces several hurdles, including finding about $80 million to pay for the project. If the Anchorage-based Alaska Intrastate Gas Co. can find the funding, the project would begin by serving Ketchikan with utility gas, not natural gas.

Judge: No new Tongass sales
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge on Tuesday halted new timber sales in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest until the U.S. Forest Service finishes work on a court-ordered environmental impact study.

Fairbanks man faces eight years in assault on infant
FAIRBANKS - A man charged with injuring his 7-week-old daughter and assaulting his girlfriend will serve up to eight years in prison. Durwanzle Cooper, 26, pleaded no contest Monday to assault charges stemming from incidents in November and February. He also reached a plea agreement in a forgery case.

State Briefs
Pipeline critic calls for citizens oversight panel; Army identifies soldier who died at Fort Wainwright; Heating oil spill reported southeast of Dillingham; ACS ordered to repay $1 million in overcharges; Bush advisers don't like gas line measures in energy bill;

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