Friday, June 22, 2001

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Working toward balance through dreams
"How many of you can tell the future?"

Working toward balance through dreams
"How many of you can tell the future?"

A death too soon
Ken Kadow of Juneau High School's class of 1952 died on June 17. About a month ago he told me that he didn't think that he would make our 50-year reunion, and, as usual, he was right.

Honors and Degrees

Honors and Degrees

Weekend Best Bets
From Perseverance Theatre's "STAR" to Juneau Dance Unlimited's Summer Arts Festival, Juneau's arts-oriented summer camps provide great outlets for creativity - and they're fun for families to watch as well. Two to check out this weekend are JDU's Concert in the Park performance and the Alaska Theatre of Youth's production of "Runaway Fable."

FYI

Weekend Best Bets
From Perseverance Theatre's "STAR" to Juneau Dance Unlimited's Summer Arts Festival, Juneau's arts-oriented summer camps provide great outlets for creativity - and they're fun for families to watch as well. Two to check out this weekend are JDU's Concert in the Park performance and the Alaska Theatre of Youth's production of "Runaway Fable."

A death too soon
Ken Kadow of Juneau High School's class of 1952 died on June 17. About a month ago he told me that he didn't think that he would make our 50-year reunion, and, as usual, he was right.

Summer camp for artists
Four piles of wood form a rough square on the floor of the Juneau-Douglas High School commons.

Mark Kelley wins major award for photo book
Juneau photographer Mark Kelley recently took home the Oscar of the publishing world.

Alaska youth theater takes Aesop's fables to the stage
Twelve-year-old Tamsen Peeples has spent the last three weeks getting in touch with her villainous side.

Calendar

Calendar

Briefly

Briefly

Summer camp for artists
Four piles of wood form a rough square on the floor of the Juneau-Douglas High School commons.

Festival musicians bring anniversary performances from Sitka to Juneau
Ten musicians from the Sitka Summer Music Festival will perform in Juneau this weekend.

Festival musicians bring anniversary performances from Sitka to Juneau
Ten musicians from the Sitka Summer Music Festival will perform in Juneau this weekend.

Mark Kelley wins major award for photo book
Juneau photographer Mark Kelley recently took home the Oscar of the publishing world.

Alaska youth theater takes Aesop's fables to the stage
Twelve-year-old Tamsen Peeples has spent the last three weeks getting in touch with her villainous side.

Locals wrangle over airport trees
Residents on Wednesday night urged the federal government to weigh the environmental effects of clearcutting a 60-acre woodland at the Juneau airport.

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

Locals wrangle over airport trees
Residents on Wednesday night urged the federal government to weigh the environmental effects of clearcutting a 60-acre woodland at the Juneau airport.

Craig opts to sue over legislative redistricting
CRAIG - The Craig City Council voted unanimously Thursday to sue the state over a redistricting plan that would put Prince of Wales Island communities in separate House districts.

False Pass strike continues over prices
ANCHORAGE - A small processor has agreed to pay 55 cents a pound for sockeye salmon to False Pass fishermen, the same price rejected this week by Peter Pan Seafoods, one of two large Sand Point processors in a price war with striking fishermen.

Diocese celebrates 50th anniversary
After surviving two attempts to end it, the Diocese of Juneau is celebrating its 50th anniversary Saturday.

Briefly

Kenai plans vote on private prison
KENAI - The entire nine-member Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is cosponsoring an ordinance that, if passed, will let borough voters in October either open or shut the door on a proposed private prison for the peninsula.

Briefly

Juneau Color: Émigré intent on walking again
Pasha Chernyakov wiggles his legs as he talks, like an active child stuck too long in a chair.

Norton defends choice for special assistant to Alaska
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton on Wednesday defended her choice of Cam Toohey, the former director of a group lobbying to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, to serve as her special assistant for Alaska.

Briefly

High metals levels found near Red Dog mine
ANCHORAGE - Researchers have found elevated levels of heavy metals in moss and soil samples collected along the Red Dog Mine haul road.

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

Firefighters battle season's first big blaze
ANCHORAGE - A wind-blown fire feeding on black spruce and tundra grew to more than 800 acres Thursday in Alaska's Interior as 200 firefighters tried to stop it.

Firefighters battle season's first big blaze
ANCHORAGE - A wind-blown fire feeding on black spruce and tundra grew to more than 800 acres Thursday in Alaska's Interior as 200 firefighters tried to stop it.

Sewage supervisor sentenced
ANCHORAGE - The superintendent of Juneau's wastewater treatment system was sentenced Wednesday for diluting test samples of the discharges from one of the city's treatment plants.

Board approves new school administrators
The Juneau School District has hired a former teacher and state employee as the new principal at Mendenhall River Community School, and chosen a former Angoon principal to be assistant principal at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

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

Kenai plans vote on private prison
KENAI - The entire nine-member Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is cosponsoring an ordinance that, if passed, will let borough voters in October either open or shut the door on a proposed private prison for the peninsula.

False Pass strike continues over prices
ANCHORAGE - A small processor has agreed to pay 55 cents a pound for sockeye salmon to False Pass fishermen, the same price rejected this week by Peter Pan Seafoods, one of two large Sand Point processors in a price war with striking fishermen.

Craig opts to sue over legislative redistricting
CRAIG - The Craig City Council voted unanimously Thursday to sue the state over a redistricting plan that would put Prince of Wales Island communities in separate House districts.

Shrine seeks volunteers to help build labyrinth
Chartres pattern: This is a diagram of an 11-circuit labyrinth pattern like the one to be constructed at the Shrine of St. Therese. It was used in churches in Europe during the Renaissance.

Columbia schedule in limbo
Tension is mounting between the state and a Ketchikan shipyard hired to fix the ferry Columbia, damaged in a fire last year.

District filters obscene sites
The Juneau School District will block access from its computers to obscene Internet sites to be eligible for certain federal funds.

Juneau Color: Émigré intent on walking again
Pasha Chernyakov wiggles his legs as he talks, like an active child stuck too long in a chair.

Columbia schedule in limbo
Tension is mounting between the state and a Ketchikan shipyard hired to fix the ferry Columbia, damaged in a fire last year.

Diocese celebrates 50th anniversary
After surviving two attempts to end it, the Diocese of Juneau is celebrating its 50th anniversary Saturday.

Sewage supervisor sentenced
ANCHORAGE - The superintendent of Juneau's wastewater treatment system was sentenced Wednesday for diluting test samples of the discharges from one of the city's treatment plants.

Shrine seeks volunteers to help build labyrinth
Chartres pattern: This is a diagram of an 11-circuit labyrinth pattern like the one to be constructed at the Shrine of St. Therese. It was used in churches in Europe during the Renaissance.

Board approves new school administrators
The Juneau School District has hired a former teacher and state employee as the new principal at Mendenhall River Community School, and chosen a former Angoon principal to be assistant principal at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Norton defends choice for special assistant to Alaska
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton on Wednesday defended her choice of Cam Toohey, the former director of a group lobbying to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, to serve as her special assistant for Alaska.

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

District filters obscene sites
The Juneau School District will block access from its computers to obscene Internet sites to be eligible for certain federal funds.

High metals levels found near Red Dog mine
ANCHORAGE - Researchers have found elevated levels of heavy metals in moss and soil samples collected along the Red Dog Mine haul road.

Briefly

Give Juneau's teachers a raise
We'd like to encourage members of the Juneau School Board to give our teachers a raise. We all know how much it costs to live in Juneau. In order to keep high quality teachers and give our community's children an excellent education, we need to offer competitive salaries for our teachers that reflect Juneau's high cost of living.

Brother should run Sealaska
I attended the June 9 Sealaska Corp. annual meeting. I got in line for the question-and-answer period. I was ignored by the moderator Rosita Worl until another shareholder pointed out that I, an elder, had waited in line for a long time. Being ignored was an insult. When allowed to speak, I asked Chris McNeil, the president and chief executive officer, "Is Mr. Robert W. Loescher (the former president and CEO) still on the Sealaska payroll?" He said yes. Then I asked him, "How long is Mr. Loescher going to be on the Sealaska payroll?'' He replied one year. Then I asked him why. After all, decisions made during Mr. Loescher's tenure cost Sealaska Corp. $122 million. Then I thought I heard Mr. McNeil say that Mr. Loescher is a consultant for Mr. McNeil. Mr. Loescher being on the Sealaska payroll is absolutely wrong. So I am calling for Mr. McNeil to resign his position immediately.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. It 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. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Summit spinner is also summit winner
In media coverage of the Slovenia summit, President Bush came out unscathed from an important foreign summit. But it appears the real winner in the months to come will be Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Protect bears; enforce the garbage ordinance
As a result of the deaths of two bears, the implementation of Juneau's new garbage ordinance could not go unnoticed Wednesday. Early Tuesday, a police officer fatally shot a female bear that was prowling through a Mendenhall Valley neighborhood. Later Tuesday, the bear's cub was found in a tree near where the sow had been slain. Before the day ended, the state Department of Fish and Game euthanized the cub.

Possible permutations of perversity programming
Fred Allen, a mordantly sophisticated radio performer, died (mercifully, if not causally) just as television was permeating America, in 1956. He warned us: "Imitation is the sincerest form of television." So there will be imitations of "Fear Factor."

Learn to tolerate bears if possible
I believe the police are partially responsible for escalating what should have been a simple, easily solvable problem into one that resulted in the death of a bear cub and its mother. In the most recent case, the mother bear was threatening a person's property (dogs), and the police were right to respond and chase the bear up the tree. At that point, they should have had the dog-owner secure his dogs inside, issued a citation for unsecured garbage (no excuses allowed) and then left. If the commotion has attracted onlookers, direct them to leave as well. The bear will eventually come down, will finish eating the garbage that attracted it and will leave itself.

Live from the scene
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Overheard cell phone conversation: "Bernie? It's me. I'm on the freeway. Listen. I just got a great idea for a fall series. It's like reality TV only faker. OK, we get a crew and camera in a chopper. We fly over a different big city every week. We pick a van out of traffic and just start filming from the air. Wherever it goes, we go. Freeway. Local streets. The mall. We're filming.

Give Juneau's teachers a raise
We'd like to encourage members of the Juneau School Board to give our teachers a raise. We all know how much it costs to live in Juneau. In order to keep high quality teachers and give our community's children an excellent education, we need to offer competitive salaries for our teachers that reflect Juneau's high cost of living.

Can't we do better?
I was shocked to read in Wednesday's Empire that the black bear cub whose mother had been shot was euthanized within 24 hours of the mother's death. The article stated the decision to euthanize had been made by Fish and Game because they had been unable to find a zoo to place the cub.

Learn to tolerate bears if possible
I believe the police are partially responsible for escalating what should have been a simple, easily solvable problem into one that resulted in the death of a bear cub and its mother. In the most recent case, the mother bear was threatening a person's property (dogs), and the police were right to respond and chase the bear up the tree. At that point, they should have had the dog-owner secure his dogs inside, issued a citation for unsecured garbage (no excuses allowed) and then left. If the commotion has attracted onlookers, direct them to leave as well. The bear will eventually come down, will finish eating the garbage that attracted it and will leave itself.

Definitely other alternatives
In regards to Tuesday morning's black bear shootings: I wasn't there, but from reading the articles, talking to others and hearing from my dad (a police officer), it sounds to me like it was a "quick fix." Bears get aggressive - simple fact. So do humans. Do we shoot every human who yells at their dog or gets a little irritated with their neighbor? I understand that the people need to be protected and that the officers had to do what they had to do, but I believe that death is not the only solution we have when dealing with bears that have entered the community.

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. Callers must leave their name and a number at

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. It 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. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Brother should run Sealaska
I attended the June 9 Sealaska Corp. annual meeting. I got in line for the question-and-answer period. I was ignored by the moderator Rosita Worl until another shareholder pointed out that I, an elder, had waited in line for a long time. Being ignored was an insult. When allowed to speak, I asked Chris McNeil, the president and chief executive officer, "Is Mr. Robert W. Loescher (the former president and CEO) still on the Sealaska payroll?" He said yes. Then I asked him, "How long is Mr. Loescher going to be on the Sealaska payroll?'' He replied one year. Then I asked him why. After all, decisions made during Mr. Loescher's tenure cost Sealaska Corp. $122 million. Then I thought I heard Mr. McNeil say that Mr. Loescher is a consultant for Mr. McNeil. Mr. Loescher being on the Sealaska payroll is absolutely wrong. So I am calling for Mr. McNeil to resign his position immediately.

Live from the scene
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Overheard cell phone conversation: "Bernie? It's me. I'm on the freeway. Listen. I just got a great idea for a fall series. It's like reality TV only faker. OK, we get a crew and camera in a chopper. We fly over a different big city every week. We pick a van out of traffic and just start filming from the air. Wherever it goes, we go. Freeway. Local streets. The mall. We're filming.

Protect bears; enforce the garbage ordinance
As a result of the deaths of two bears, the implementation of Juneau's new garbage ordinance could not go unnoticed Wednesday. Early Tuesday, a police officer fatally shot a female bear that was prowling through a Mendenhall Valley neighborhood. Later Tuesday, the bear's cub was found in a tree near where the sow had been slain. Before the day ended, the state Department of Fish and Game euthanized the cub.

Can't we do better?
I was shocked to read in Wednesday's Empire that the black bear cub whose mother had been shot was euthanized within 24 hours of the mother's death. The article stated the decision to euthanize had been made by Fish and Game because they had been unable to find a zoo to place the cub.

Definitely other alternatives
In regards to Tuesday morning's black bear shootings: I wasn't there, but from reading the articles, talking to others and hearing from my dad (a police officer), it sounds to me like it was a "quick fix." Bears get aggressive - simple fact. So do humans. Do we shoot every human who yells at their dog or gets a little irritated with their neighbor? I understand that the people need to be protected and that the officers had to do what they had to do, but I believe that death is not the only solution we have when dealing with bears that have entered the community.

Possible permutations of perversity programming
Fred Allen, a mordantly sophisticated radio performer, died (mercifully, if not causally) just as television was permeating America, in 1956. He warned us: "Imitation is the sincerest form of television." So there will be imitations of "Fear Factor."

Summit spinner is also summit winner
In media coverage of the Slovenia summit, President Bush came out unscathed from an important foreign summit. But it appears the real winner in the months to come will be Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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. Callers must leave their name and a number at

Out and About

Building canoes and self-esteem
"An hour here and there" over a month of classes resulted in a project that could be launched and paddled for Juneau Community Charter School's fourth, fifth and sixth graders.

Fish Report

Wildflower areas
Wildflowers of every size, shape and color bloom profusely around Juneau from early spring to late fall. Watch for them along the road, trails and our parks. Right now lupine are at their peak and particularly abundant. Following are some of the more outstanding areas to view wildfowers.

Wildflower areas
Wildflowers of every size, shape and color bloom profusely around Juneau from early spring to late fall. Watch for them along the road, trails and our parks. Right now lupine are at their peak and particularly abundant. Following are some of the more outstanding areas to view wildfowers.

Out and About

Youths learning on the water
Fun, safety and training are the watchwords of sailing classes offered for the fourth summer in a row by the Juneau Youth Sailing Foundation.

Youths learning on the water
Fun, safety and training are the watchwords of sailing classes offered for the fourth summer in a row by the Juneau Youth Sailing Foundation.

Fish Report

Building canoes and self-esteem
"An hour here and there" over a month of classes resulted in a project that could be launched and paddled for Juneau Community Charter School's fourth, fifth and sixth graders.

Former Juneau resident wins wrestling title
Former Juneau resident Al Gliniecki initially set world records in 1995 for tying cherry stems into knots in his mouth. Gliniecki can still awe people with his dexterous tongue, but now the 42-year-old paramedic has set his sights on tying people into knots.

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay
Results from Saturday's Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay, a 148.7-mile race from Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, to Haines, Alaska. The race featured nearly 1,100 racers on eight-person, four-person, two-person and solo teams.

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Blackhurst hopes to earn berth at World University Games
Carl Blackhurst of Haines realizes he probably won't win the 3,000-meter steeplechase event at the USA Track and Field Outdoor National Championships this weekend in Eugene, Ore. He also thinks it's unlikely he will make the U.S. team for the World Championships in Portugal.

Blackhurst hopes to earn berth at World University Games
Carl Blackhurst of Haines realizes he probably won't win the 3,000-meter steeplechase event at the USA Track and Field Outdoor National Championships this weekend in Eugene, Ore. He also thinks it's unlikely he will make the U.S. team for the World Championships in Portugal.

Former Juneau resident wins wrestling title
Former Juneau resident Al Gliniecki initially set world records in 1995 for tying cherry stems into knots in his mouth. Gliniecki can still awe people with his dexterous tongue, but now the 42-year-old paramedic has set his sights on tying people into knots.

Local Scoreboard: Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay
Results from Saturday's Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay, a 148.7-mile race from Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, to Haines, Alaska. The race featured nearly 1,100 racers on eight-person, four-person, two-person and solo teams.

Post 25 loses two at tourney
The Juneau American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns dropped two more games at the St. Martin's baseball tournament, losing 10-6 to the MVP's from Lacey, Wash., on Tuesday and 5-4 to the College Roundups on Wednesday.

Post 25 loses two at tourney
The Juneau American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns dropped two more games at the St. Martin's baseball tournament, losing 10-6 to the MVP's from Lacey, Wash., on Tuesday and 5-4 to the College Roundups on Wednesday.

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