Monday, June 18, 2001

Around Town

Around Town

Kiss of the hummingbird
Few people know hummingbirds as intimately as Bill Calder. He's held thousands of them in his hand, where the birds lie still except for the pulsing of their iridescent breasts. He's felt the brush of their wings, like eyelashes fluttering against his skin.

Kiss of the hummingbird
Few people know hummingbirds as intimately as Bill Calder. He's held thousands of them in his hand, where the birds lie still except for the pulsing of their iridescent breasts. He's felt the brush of their wings, like eyelashes fluttering against his skin.

A recipe for success
Throughout the day 50 to 100 different hummingbirds stop by Bob Armstrong's diner. The secret is in the strong nectar he brews for them, which is 40 percent sugar. The flower nectar hummingbirds drink in the wild is usually about 25 percent sugar, said hummingbird expert Bill Calder.

A recipe for success
Throughout the day 50 to 100 different hummingbirds stop by Bob Armstrong's diner. The secret is in the strong nectar he brews for them, which is 40 percent sugar. The flower nectar hummingbirds drink in the wild is usually about 25 percent sugar, said hummingbird expert Bill Calder.

Just your average hummingbird
In the minuscule realm of hummingbirds, rufous hummingbirds are pretty average.

Just your average hummingbird
In the minuscule realm of hummingbirds, rufous hummingbirds are pretty average.

Briefly
Assembly to consider bear statute changes; Anchorage man dies in highway accident

Crews are searching for the Exxon Valdez' long-term effects
Mike Angaiak crouches on his knees on the rocky beach at Snug Harbor, scraping the bottom of a sandy pit with a trowel.

Landslide halts 80 cars, dipnetters in transit
A massive landslide consumed a 100-foot span of the rugged, cliffhanging Copper River Road early Sunday, trapping 80 to 90 vehicles and an unknown number of people in the popular salmon dipnet fishery with no way to get their vehicles out.

Rabinowitz dies at 74 of cancer
A pillar of Alaska's legal system has died. Former Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court Jay Rabinowitz of Juneau died of cancer Saturday afternoon at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

State aims to sell 55K acres
The state is preparing for its largest land sale since the mid-1980s, and this time officials hope to avoid problems of past sales including people who bid but don't pay up.

Ketchikan may spend $150,000 on timber battles
KETCHIKAN -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has tentatively agreed to spend $150,000 to help the Alaska Forest Association with future legal bills.

Crews are searching for the Exxon Valdez' long-term effects
Mike Angaiak crouches on his knees on the rocky beach at Snug Harbor, scraping the bottom of a sandy pit with a trowel.

Tourism plan reaches out
The city wants to know what local residents think about the future of tourism in Juneau. And it plans to use some unique methods in the search for an answer.

Will California's energy crisis affect Juneau?
As Californians endure forced blackouts in the midst of that state's energy crisis, Juneau residents while away the kilowatt hours outside the reach of the West Coast's power problems.

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

Knowles' scorecard: 1 out of 5
Gov. Tony Knowles might not look much like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but his staff says he has a Terminator-like focus on his legislative priorities.

Ketchikan borough opposes consolidation
KETCHIKAN -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has gone on record opposing the city of Ketchikan's petition to consolidate the two governments.

Alaska delegation discloses financial holdings
Alaska's congressman and two U.S. senators last week reported their personal holdings in stock funds, banks and real estate as well as trips funded by special interest groups to Las Vegas, Florida and Europe.

Court shoots down random drug tests
ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that the random drug testing policy for Anchorage firefighters and police violates the state constitution.

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

Will California's energy crisis affect Juneau?
As Californians endure forced blackouts in the midst of that state's energy crisis, Juneau residents while away the kilowatt hours outside the reach of the West Coast's power problems.

Knowles' scorecard: 1 out of 5
Gov. Tony Knowles might not look much like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but his staff says he has a Terminator-like focus on his legislative priorities.

Analysts see patterns in exit exam results
ANCHORAGE -- A passing grade in geometry gives an Anchorage student only a 50-50 chance of passing the state high school math test, considered the hardest of three tests Alaska students must pass to earn diplomas, a recent study shows.

Juneau's hydropower at a glance
Juneau relies on hydropower from four plants, particularly the Snettisham Hydroelectric Project, which supplies most of the town's electricity.

Juneau's hydropower at a glance
Juneau relies on hydropower from four plants, particularly the Snettisham Hydroelectric Project, which supplies most of the town's electricity.

Correction
A statement in Thursday's Empire by the owner of Mendenhall Center that J.C. Penney has closed in Juneau requires some clarification.

Knowles faces Katie John pressure
ANCHORAGE -- When Gov. Tony Knowles announced his decision to appeal the Katie John subsistence ruling last year, he called it his "clear responsibility, even in the face of a difficult political battle."

Chowing down not getting cheaper
To understand why lemons cost more in Juneau than Anchorage but less than in Bethel, look at the usual suspects, beginning with transporation.

Who owns AEL&P?
Alaska Electric Light and Power has been a privately owned utility since it was founded in 1893 by Willis Thorpe, who sold it three years later to four miners, including John Parker Corbus and Adam Corbus.

Number of bear sightings in Juneau down this season
During her five years in Juneau, Anne-Marie Palumbo had never seen a bear. Recently, she saw two.

Norton appoints Pearce
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton has named state Sen. Drue Pearce to serve in the newly created position of senior advisor for Alaskan affairs in Washington D.C.

Landslide halts 80 cars, dipnetters in transit
A massive landslide consumed a 100-foot span of the rugged, cliffhanging Copper River Road early Sunday, trapping 80 to 90 vehicles and an unknown number of people in the popular salmon dipnet fishery with no way to get their vehicles out.

Rabinowitz dies at 74 of cancer
A pillar of Alaska's legal system has died. Former Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court Jay Rabinowitz of Juneau died of cancer Saturday afternoon at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle.

Search on for cause of fire in S. Naknek
State fire marshals began sifting through the blackened ruins of a historic commercial fishing complex in South Naknek on Sunday, seeking the cause of an explosive fire that consumed 35 fishing boats and 16 buildings a day earlier.

Ketchikan may spend $150,000 on timber battles
KETCHIKAN -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has tentatively agreed to spend $150,000 to help the Alaska Forest Association with future legal bills.

Around Town
Today

Tourism plan reaches out
The city wants to know what local residents think about the future of tourism in Juneau. And it plans to use some unique methods in the search for an answer.

Correction
A statement in Thursday's Empire by the owner of Mendenhall Center that J.C. Penney has closed in Juneau requires some clarification.

Alaska delegation discloses financial holdings
Alaska's congressman and two U.S. senators last week reported their personal holdings in stock funds, banks and real estate as well as trips funded by special interest groups to Las Vegas, Florida and Europe.

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

Number of bear sightings in Juneau down this season
During her five years in Juneau, Anne-Marie Palumbo had never seen a bear. Recently, she saw two.

State aims to sell 55K acres
The state is preparing for its largest land sale since the mid-1980s, and this time officials hope to avoid problems of past sales including people who bid but don't pay up.

Who owns AEL&P?
Alaska Electric Light and Power has been a privately owned utility since it was founded in 1893 by Willis Thorpe, who sold it three years later to four miners, including John Parker Corbus and Adam Corbus.

Knowles faces Katie John pressure
ANCHORAGE -- When Gov. Tony Knowles announced his decision to appeal the Katie John subsistence ruling last year, he called it his "clear responsibility, even in the face of a difficult political battle."

Court shoots down random drug tests
ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that the random drug testing policy for Anchorage firefighters and police violates the state constitution.

Analysts see patterns in exit exam results
ANCHORAGE -- A passing grade in geometry gives an Anchorage student only a 50-50 chance of passing the state high school math test, considered the hardest of three tests Alaska students must pass to earn diplomas, a recent study shows.

Around Town
Today

Norton appoints Pearce
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton has named state Sen. Drue Pearce to serve in the newly created position of senior advisor for Alaskan affairs in Washington D.C.

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

Ketchikan borough opposes consolidation
KETCHIKAN -- The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has gone on record opposing the city of Ketchikan's petition to consolidate the two governments.

Search on for cause of fire in S. Naknek
State fire marshals began sifting through the blackened ruins of a historic commercial fishing complex in South Naknek on Sunday, seeking the cause of an explosive fire that consumed 35 fishing boats and 16 buildings a day earlier.

Briefly
Assembly to consider bear statute changes; Anchorage man dies in highway accident

Chowing down not getting cheaper
To understand why lemons cost more in Juneau than Anchorage but less than in Bethel, look at the usual suspects, beginning with transporation.

A tourism master plan with some real promise
Oh sure, you're thinking, yet another master plan destined to collect dust after months of public hearings, hard work and expense. Before you summarily pass this one off as more of the same, take a moment to consider the merits of what the City and Borough of Juneau envisions for its, or rather our, Tourism Management Plan.

Katie John appeal pitfalls
If Gov. Tony Knowles tries to appeal the Katie John case, he will gain nothing except bitterness between the state and the Alaska Native community.

Relevant words
Congratulations to the Juneau Empire for publishing John Flicker's far-sighted June 14 commentary. Flicker correctly emphasizes the far-reaching tragedies resulting from human overpopulation.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

Credit where due
On behalf of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Juneau (MADD) Juneau Chapter, I wish to express appreciation and admiration for the long and intense work of Rep. Norman Rokeberg and his staff on House Bill 4. Rep. Rokeberg made the establishment of .08 blood alcohol content as the drunken-driving threshold one of his top priorities and played a major role in its successful passage.

He would have believed anything I told him
Father's Day serves to remind me that my son has been a better son to me than I have been to my father and my father has been a better father to me than I have been to my son. As the weak link in the threesome, I'm grateful for their patience and understanding.

Room for public participation in interchange design
As a final action prior to adopting the Area Wide Transportation Plan (AWTP), the Transportation Steering Committee (TSC) chose to delete the reference to "construction" of Egan Drive interchanges. The AWTP, as adopted by the TSC, includes "design" of interchanges but does not include "construction" of these facilities.

Supreme Court got it right on Bible class ruling
The Supreme Court ruled wisely this week that if the Boy Scouts and other clubs can use public schools for meetings, children's Bible classes should have equal access to the schools as well.

Letter: In defense of vitamin C
Like many newspapers across the country, the Juneau Empire ran a front page article on Thursday, June 14 suggesting that vitamin C may damage DNA.

Credit where due
On behalf of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Juneau (MADD) Juneau Chapter, I wish to express appreciation and admiration for the long and intense work of Rep. Norman Rokeberg and his staff on House Bill 4. Rep. Rokeberg made the establishment of .08 blood alcohol content as the drunken-driving threshold one of his top priorities and played a major role in its successful passage.

Supreme Court got it right on Bible class ruling
The Supreme Court ruled wisely this week that if the Boy Scouts and other clubs can use public schools for meetings, children's Bible classes should have equal access to the schools as well.

Bombs away ... at last
This editorial appeared in Friday's Los Angeles Times: For at least two years the people of Puerto Rico have tried everything from begging to protesting to make the U.S. government stop the Navy's 60-year-long bombardment of Vieques, a small island nearby. The Navy's response has always been that there's no other place on Earth as good as Vieques for simulating land, sea and air battles with inert bombs.

Bombs away ... at last
This editorial appeared in Friday's Los Angeles Times: For at least two years the people of Puerto Rico have tried everything from begging to protesting to make the U.S. government stop the Navy's 60-year-long bombardment of Vieques, a small island nearby. The Navy's response has always been that there's no other place on Earth as good as Vieques for simulating land, sea and air battles with inert bombs.

A tourism master plan with some real promise
Oh sure, you're thinking, yet another master plan destined to collect dust after months of public hearings, hard work and expense. Before you summarily pass this one off as more of the same, take a moment to consider the merits of what the City and Borough of Juneau envisions for its, or rather our, Tourism Management Plan.

Letter: In defense of vitamin C
Like many newspapers across the country, the Juneau Empire ran a front page article on Thursday, June 14 suggesting that vitamin C may damage DNA.

Getting it right
The other day I had occasion to drive through the construction zone at the McNugget intersection. The extensive work at this site is proceeding nicely with minimum disruption considering the scope of the work and the construction activity being undertaken. The state of Alaska and the City and Borough of Juneau have worked cooperatively to improve this key transportation hub and elected to relocate overhead utility lines below the ground, a feature that will improve the look of the area.

Creatively fooling around with renewable resources
From the beginning of time, I remember, my Grandma mowed her lawn the same way every week. Back and forth across the yard in neat rows. I came to the mowing business late in life, resigned to the tradition of a dull but tidy routine. Then one day, some wonderful person, possibly one who knew diddly about it, said that it's good for the grass to change the pattern and go in a different direction each time you mow. It was a moment for me like the one where the Wizard of Oz switches to color.

Room for public participation in interchange design
As a final action prior to adopting the Area Wide Transportation Plan (AWTP), the Transportation Steering Committee (TSC) chose to delete the reference to "construction" of Egan Drive interchanges. The AWTP, as adopted by the TSC, includes "design" of interchanges but does not include "construction" of these facilities.

Katie John appeal pitfalls
If Gov. Tony Knowles tries to appeal the Katie John case, he will gain nothing except bitterness between the state and the Alaska Native community.

Creatively fooling around with renewable resources
From the beginning of time, I remember, my Grandma mowed her lawn the same way every week. Back and forth across the yard in neat rows. I came to the mowing business late in life, resigned to the tradition of a dull but tidy routine. Then one day, some wonderful person, possibly one who knew diddly about it, said that it's good for the grass to change the pattern and go in a different direction each time you mow. It was a moment for me like the one where the Wizard of Oz switches to color.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

Relevant words
Congratulations to the Juneau Empire for publishing John Flicker's far-sighted June 14 commentary. Flicker correctly emphasizes the far-reaching tragedies resulting from human overpopulation.

He would have believed anything I told him
Father's Day serves to remind me that my son has been a better son to me than I have been to my father and my father has been a better father to me than I have been to my son. As the weak link in the threesome, I'm grateful for their patience and understanding.

Getting it right
The other day I had occasion to drive through the construction zone at the McNugget intersection. The extensive work at this site is proceeding nicely with minimum disruption considering the scope of the work and the construction activity being undertaken. The state of Alaska and the City and Borough of Juneau have worked cooperatively to improve this key transportation hub and elected to relocate overhead utility lines below the ground, a feature that will improve the look of the area.

Sports in Juneau

Team Road Rage breaks race record
HAINES -- Their team may be called "Road Rage," but after Saturday's Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay the three riders on the Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, team had no reason to be angry.

Local Scoreboard: Juneau Softball
Standings from the Juneau Softball Association through June 13.

Sports In Juneau
Friday, June 22

Local Scoreboard: Juneau Softball
Standings from the Juneau Softball Association through June 13.

Sports In Juneau
Friday, June 22

Team Road Rage breaks race record
HAINES -- Their team may be called "Road Rage," but after Saturday's Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay the three riders on the Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, team had no reason to be angry.

Midnight Suns lose to Centralia 9-8
Juneau's American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns lost 9-8 to the host legion squad from Centralia, Wash., Sunday night in a scheduled nine-inning game.

Midnight Suns lose to Centralia 9-8
Juneau's American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns lost 9-8 to the host legion squad from Centralia, Wash., Sunday night in a scheduled nine-inning game.

Sports in Juneau

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