Wednesday, June 19, 2002

A lesson from Bill
Reading Sunday's editorial, "The Sierra Club and a federal judge deal Southeast Alaska another economic blow," makes me wonder if you actually read Judge Singleton's recent decision, and if you did, if you understood it.

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.

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).

Tuesday's letters, news
To Cate Burnstead: The picture of the grieving mother to which you take offense most likely influenced a vast majority of readers in a different (and perhaps more positive) fashion. It certainly reminded me of human mortality, and caused me to say a few extra prayers for the victim's family, and my own. These kinds of accidents can and do happen to anyone, and I don't think anyone is hurt by being reminded of the fact.

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?

Goldbelt appoints officers at meeting
JUNEAU - The Goldbelt board of directors appointed members to board positions at its reorganization meeting Tuesday. Randy Wanamaker was re-elected chairman, Joe Kahklen was elected vice chairman, Andrea Cadiente-Laiti was elected corporate secretary and Edith McHenry was elected treasurer of Juneau's urban Native corporation.

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.

Locals urge wilderness protection
Testimony at a U.S. Forest Service hearing in Juneau on Tuesday emphasized Southeast Alaska's "rich," "rare" and "primeval" temperate rain forest and centered on greater protection for places such as Berners Bay, the Cowee/Davies watersheds and Port Houghton.

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.

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.

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.

School janitor arrested for sexual abuse
A janitor at Floyd Dryden Middle School, accused earlier this year of sexually abusing a minor, was arrested Tuesday night on charges he sexually assaulted a woman family member.Stanley Brown, 46, was arrested around 9 p.m. at the middle school on charges of second-degree sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault and incest, all felonies. The charges stem from an incident five years ago during which he allegedly had sex with the woman, 52, while she was unconscious.

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."

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."

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:

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

New park near Eagle Beach to be completed in July
The parking lot is paved, the trails are built and the shelters are going in.Construction crews are nearing completion of the Eagle Beach State Recreation Area on the bank of Eagle River near mile 29 Glacier Highway.

Anglers beware: Herring shortfall may get worse
Local businesses that customarily provide herring for Juneau fishermen to use as bait say the shortage experienced last year may worsen this summer."A lot of the suppliers that we've been dealing with have had a very limited amount of bait available to us," said Jerry Gilbertson, co-manager of the meat department at the Alaskan and Proud grocery store. "We have basically been getting about a quarter of what we wanted to get. It's been a very grim year for bait."

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

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

Kits of comfort
When the group of Alaska Native breast cancer survivors meet every month at the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, they talk just like they are sisters, Bobbie Reyes said. "Everyone has to deal with cancer in their own way," said Reyes, a two-time breast cancer survivor. "This lets us know we are not alone."

Yorba, Hammonds marry
Antonio R. (Tonio) Yorba and Melinda Hammonds were married on May 25, 2002, in Wilsonville, Ore. They are 1998 and 1997 graduates of Juneau-Douglas High School.

Academic Honors
Jeffery Fanning is listed on the 2002 spring semester dean's list at the University of Portland. Fanning is a freshman majoring in business administration.

Pets Of The Week
Marshmallow is a strikingly handsome white medium hair neutered male. A petite mackerel tabby spayed feline, Carlie, also is in need of a home.

Thank You
...for all the support and ...for your work.

Volunteer gardeners help make Juneau beautiful
Among our neighbors, unrealized by most of us, there are dozens of volunteers who give of their expertise and labor to help beautify Juneau with flowers and shrubbery.

Hosey, Stanley to wed
Laura Jean Hosey and Ryan Paul Stanley will be married in a ceremony at the Shrine of St. Therese followed by a reception at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the Thane Ore House. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited t

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

Elizabeth K. Green
Juneau resident Elizabeth K. "Betty" Green, 95, died June 16, 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.

Williams set to sell Alaska assets
ANCHORAGE - Williams Cos. announced Tuesday it plans to sell its businesses in Alaska, including the North Pole refinery, convenience stores and stake in the trans-Alaska pipeline. The decision will shed Williams of its Alaska properties, said Jeff Cook, vice president of external affairs for Williams Alaska.

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;

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.

Feds working to overturn whale quota vote
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is seeking to reverse a decision by the International Whaling Commission to block subsistence whaling in Alaska.

State briefs
Foraker unstable at time of brothers' fall; City attorney gets salary boost; Alaska Committee names campaign director

Bill to help open mine gets hearing
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski presented a bill to a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday that would expedite the opening of multi-metal mines about 45 miles northwest of downtown Juneau.

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.

Teams head for injured climbers on Mt. Augusta
YAKUTAT - Two Alaskans injured in a rockslide were stuck on a mountain near Yakutat this morning after rescuers were turned back by fog, clouds and darkness, officials said.

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