Tuesday, June 18, 2002

City manager astonishes
I read with astonishment City Manager Dave Palmer's statement in the June 16 Empire about the proposal to build a heliport in Thane.He said, "In fact, in the meetings we've had with the folks from Thane, there's general acceptance of the idea that they wouldn't even hear the helicopters. And then the concern shifts to buses on the road."

Private moment
The Empire reached a new low when it published a picture of the grieving mother on the front page of the Sunday paper.

Leave them alone
In response to the article about relocating the Dredge Lake beavers I say let's just leave them alone. Why are we always catering to a few people?

Simple decision
This fall, the Alaska Constitution orders that we be asked if we want a constitutional convention.

Have to wonder
The annual Sealaska meeting is over. Once again the same old directors were put back in place. How?

You have a choice
Don Smith's Sunday editorial is a classic bait and switch. Rather than address the real issue of whether watersheds like Berners Bay, Port Houghton, Point Couverden, and Tenakee Inlet should be logged, Smith attacks the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC).

Four Sealaska board members re-elected
The Sealaska Corp. returned four incumbent candidates to the 13-member board of directors at its 30th annual shareholders meeting Saturday at Centennial Hall.With more than 70 percent of shareholders voting, they elected Gordon James Sr. of Craig and Byron Mallott, Edward Thomas and Rosita Worl of Juneau.

Unity picnic
Eight-year-old Zebadiah Bodine, right, and his brother Kiah, 10, toss a water balloon to each other during a game at a community picnic Sunday at Sandy Beach.

Photo: Humpback feeding time
A humpback whale lunge-feeds in front of kayakers Monday evening near the North Douglas boat ramp. Humpbacks, which are baleen whales, feed on krill, small shrimp-like crustaceans, and various small fish.

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

Juneteenth: Locals celebrate freedom
Freedom comes in many forms, and for the different groups that make up America, it came at different times.

Parades to honor police, firefighters
Police and firefighters from Juneau and New York will bring 2002's "United We Stand" parade theme to life on July 4.

Officials urge caution on local trails
In a rest area off Perseverance Trail and alongside Ebner Falls, a hollow tree stump holds arrangements of mums, carnations and eagle feathers.A picnic table that previously sat precariously near the falls now is in shambles in the woods along the trail.

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

Hall may pose problems for future conventions
Conventions contribute about $8 million to the local economy each year, but issues surrounding Centennial Hall challenge Juneau's ability to draw future convention business, tourism officials say.

Battle for land: Native vet fights for family site
Michael Nelson can remember his ancestors who lived on land that is now part of the Tongass National Forest.

City to swap properties with JAMHI
The city plans to exchange downtown property owned by the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc. for the city's Salmon Creek building. The property downtown would be used for parking.

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

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Corrections
Due to incorrect information given to the Empire, the amount of the Rasmuson Foundation grant for the Treadwell Arena reported in Thursday's paper was incorrect. The correct amount is $434,280.

Go fishing, get paid for it and eat well
And you thought you're living the good life, catching the rays and an occasional king salmon.Four people on a 2 1/2-year fishing trip, served by a gourmet chef, cruised into Juneau this week as part of their cable television show, "Offshore Adventures."

NOAA: Fisheries center to be built despite bids
Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said they are committed to building a fisheries research center at Lena Point, but are evaluating their options after construction bids came in higher than expected."We're re-evaluating what is the best course of action to go forward," said NOAA fisheries program manager John Gorman of Juneau. "Headquarters is fully committed to the project and it's going to be built. It's just a question of how and when."

Amelia Kito
Former Juneau resident Amelia Okegawa Kito, 83, died June 15, 2002, in Sitka.

Lilian C. Skuse
Former Juneau resident Lilian C. Skuse died May 22, 2002 in Victoria, British Columbia.

Brittany Grace Mills
Southeast resident Brittany Grace Mills died June 14, 2002, in Juneau.

My Turn: SEACC is for multi-use national forests
Once again, Juneau Empire Editor Don Smith reveals how little he knows about Tongass management issues. The fact is, his rhetoric does not reflect reality. Smith contends that a key strategy of conservationists is to drive timber operators, sportsmen, vehicles and private owners out of public lands. This is complete hogwash.

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

Fore-d! Tourney recalls former president's visit
For Tom and Koggie File and their Mendenhall Golf Course, June 19, 1990, is an epochal date. It was the day Gerald Ford came to visit. Oh, and a former British prime minister stopped by, too.

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

State Briefs
Ketchikan kids hook barn-door halibut off Knudson Cove dock; New rule could levy fines against residents with bears in garbage; State conducting land lottery; Ft. Wainwright soldier gets nine months for writing bad checks; Comment on public sex triggers attack on Anchorage man;

Disabled cargo ship adrift near Sitka
A 670-foot container ship that has been adrift since losing power Sunday evening was expected to be under way by this afternoon, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

Public TV gets funds for digital equipment
Alaska's public television stations will receive $3 million to buy studio equipment and field gear for production of digital programming.

Haines debate: Hikers don't want carts on mountain
A private developer who wants to build a handicap-accessible, all-terrain vehicle trail across state land on Mount Ripinsky faces opposition from conservation groups.

Orphan sea lion pup making progress at SeaLife Center
Faith has a good appetite, a loud cry and is making marine mammal rehabilitation history in Alaska.

Experts worry glacier may close off fjord
The advancing Hubbard Glacier near Yakutat is precariously close to blocking Russell Fjord, according to scientists who have been monitoring the area in recent days.

Anchorage priest keeps job after abuse charges
ANCHORAGE - A former Catholic pastor accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in Michigan will be allowed for now to keep his job in the Archdiocese of Anchorage, church officials said Monday.

Kodiak fishermen agree on price
Kodiak salmon fishermen began fishing Sunday, ending a five-day stand down after signing a contract Friday with a local processor.

State biologist's shotgun shells triggered fire
ANCHORAGE - State biologists using firecracker shotgun shells to scare off an aggressive moose started a 100,000-acre wildfire in Alaska's Interior last month.

3 brothers die in climbing mishap on side of Denali's Mount Foraker
ANCHORAGE - A climbing accident on Mount Foraker in Denali National Park claimed the lives of three Anchorage-area brothers, the National Park Service said late Monday night.

Coast Guard finds overdue kayaker
A kayaker was found by a Coast Guard helicopter early today after being reported overdue a day earlier, the Coast Guard said.

Analysts: AK missile site won't be a target
Alaskans who see a missile defense system as a high-profile target more than a high-tech security blanket shouldn't worry, according to analysts from a couple of Washington, D.C., think tanks.

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