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Monday, June 24, 2002

In the Stacks
This week I've got some wonderful non-fiction for you!

Is this the end?
I am a troller and have been winter king salmon fishing in Glacier Bay most of my life. I was a crewman and deckhand during the halibut and tanner crab fisheries. I am one of the unsuccessful applicants who was denied a lifetime access permit and for the Glacier Bay Compensation Fund.

World-class facility
Centennial Hall was fairly well packed for Juneau's "Summer Solstice" Symphony on Saturday night and opus connoisseurs, though slighted by the imperfect acoustics as a symphony venue, can be grateful this hall was available for such a popular event.

Foreign flagged
The letter from Paul Wescott is well taken. I wonder how many cruise ship passengers are aware that Carnival Cruise Line has again been fined over the discharge of ballast water. It was determined that special piping and valves have been installed on some of their ships so that fresh water is recorded as being discharged ballast water.

Ultimately, Ulmer
I think I will vote for Fran Ulmer in the upcoming gubernatorial election. My impression of Ms. Ulmer comes mainly from personal contact, small chat, and seeing her make a speech at the subsistence dinner at ANB Hall a few weeks ago, and seeing her make some speeches at different occasions.

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

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

Photo: Distant cousins
A sailboat and the cruise ship Regal Princess pass each other Saturday on Gastineau Channel. The Regal Princess was one of seven cruise ships to dock in Juneau on Saturday, bringing 8,359 passengers and crew to town. brian wallace / the juneau empire

Yakutat residents gauge glacier's impact on town
YAKUTAT - Look at a map on a wall almost anywhere in Yakutat and you'll probably notice some penciled-in revisions that mark the latest progress of local glaciers. The U.S. Geological Survey maps certainly haven't kept pace with the rapidly changing Hubbard Glacier north of town. The advancing tidewater glacier is the closest it has been to blocking Russell Fiord (fiord is the correct but unconventional spelling) since 1986, and local residents are watching carefully. A Russell Fiord-turned-lake could spill into the Situk River and bring changes the community's valuable fisheries.

Fourth of July parade route changes
Floats and marchers in Juneau's Fourth of July parade will take a different route this year.

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

Grant will afford locals easier access to Boy Scout camp
For almost 70 years, people have been exploring the outdoors and learning about nature at a camp in the woods near Eagle River.Soon, more people will be able to get to the George Parks Eagle River Scout Camp, named after a territorial governor, and a nearby beach and point that are popular with hikers.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Wary Yakutat eyes glacier
YAKUTAT - The Hubbard Glacier is a massive, jagged sheet of ice that stretches 76 miles from Canada into Disenchantment Bay near Yakutat. It is North America's largest calving glacier, and its movement is part of a centuries-old geologic drama. These days, a 165-foot gap between the tidewater glacier and the landform of Gilbert Point is attracting attention. If the Hubbard closes the gap, it would turn the 30-mile-long RusseIl Fiord (as fjord is spelled in its name) into a lake and possibly affect local fisheries and Yakutat, a community of 800 people 225 miles northwest of Juneau.

City earmarks money for streets, airport screening
The security screening area at the Juneau Airport, covered sidewalks downtown and improvements to Columbia Boulevard and lower Evergreen Avenue were among the city's top priorities in allocating public works funds this year.

Perseverance launches cross-training workshops
Students are coming from as far away as France to attend Perseverance Theatre's third Crosstraining Summer Writing and Performance Project.Two of the eight classes are filled, but space is available for students interested in directing, playwriting and other topics.

Valley man says shooting bear saved him from mauling
An old-timer from the Valley who has publicly called for the killing of troublesome bears says a friend recently saved him from a mauling by shooting the bear that approached him. Rudy Maier said his friend killed the black bear a few feet from Maier's River Road home on the evening of June 15. The friend, who had seen the bear before it approached Maier, used a rifle that Maier keeps loaded and near his front door, Maier said.

Empire editorial: Welcome back, legislators!
Juneau is always happy to put out the welcome mat for returning legislators.With summer solstice upon us, Juneau has even turned on the lights for you this time around. This extra visit to Juneau should have been unnecessary, but we hope you enjoy your stay, nonetheless.

My Turn: Offenses not limited to one denomination
Like most people, I have watched with dismay the unfolding events of sexual misconduct centered on Roman clergy. I have no doubt the new protocols and procedures that have been adopted will begin to address this problem, but I wonder why the press centered in upon the Roman church?

My Turn: To understand science, preserve old-growth forest
We don't know what makes forest ecosystems tick. We don't know how the numbers of species and their distributions over long time affect the overall characteristics of the forest.

Got thrills? You'll need 'em for the sequel
Wowing your summer company over time takes a little planningHas this ever happened to you? You rush around comparing prices, then proudly drag yourself home to announce to your visiting folks, "Mom and Dad, I booked you on the halibut viewing submarine tomorrow, isn't that exciting?" "Oh Pumpkin," they say, "that sounds a lot like the Crab Crawl we did last year, don't you remember?" Oh man, you've cornered yourself with acts too tough to follow! Where did you go wrong?

Toe cartoon

Treadwell Mine trail gives glimpse of history
The Treadwell Historic Mine Trail just behind Sandy Beach is a great place to glimpse a bit of Douglas' rich mining heritage. The following excerpt from Mary Lou King's "90 Short Walks Around Juneau" is used with the author's permission:There are two trailheads, one on Sandy Beach in Savikko Park at the end of the paved path running between the hill and the log shelter. The second is at the end of St. Ann's Avenue.

4-H club celebrates Father's Day with fly-in fishing trip
Ken Coate saw a dream come true again last weekend.Coate, co-leader of the 4-H Outdoor Skills Club, started the Father's Day Fly-In to build bridges among senior men and youths in Juneau. The 10th annual event took place June 16.

Fish Report
Juneau area marine boat anglers enjoyed yet another better-than-average week of king salmon fishing during the most recent survey of anglers, taking an average of 18 hours to land a king. This is one hour less than last year's 19 hours and less than the five-year average of 21 hours.

Back to the dock
It's not combat fishing yet, but more and more anglers are heading to the dock and shoreline near the DIPAC hatchery in search of salmon.The first fish showed up a few weeks ago, the start of a summer-long run of four species of salmon to the Douglas Island Pink and Chum plant on Channel Drive.

Out and About
In season: Black bear (until June 30), freshwater steelhead trout (peaks April-June), cutthroat trout (peaks May-June), freshwater smelt (peaks in May), salt and freshwater king salmon (peaks May-July).

Fishy photos
Photos of local fisherpersons and their catch.

Squirmin Vermin put up a fight
It was my first summer of work as a biologist in Alaska when I heard the Dolly Varden referred to as "Squirmin Vermin." I was using minnow traps baited with salmon eggs to capture juvenile salmon and I recall how efficient Squirmin were at eating all of the bait as well as any fish they could get in their mouths. I quickly adopted a negative attitude towards Squirmin for compromising my effort.

Anchorage hockey player picked by New Jersey
Anchorage's Jason Ryznar, a power forward who left home at 16 to pursue a hockey career, has been selected by the New Jersey Devils in the third round of the National Hockey League draft.

Quicksilver claims title in Solstice Invitational
The Juneau Quicksilver girls soccer team defeated the Yukon Northern Flames of Whitehorse, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon to win the B Division of the second annual Juneau Soccer Club Solstice Invitational at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Photo: Row, row, row your boat
Matt Kirchhoff, top, and Bryan Bollinger - a varsity rower from Dartmouth College - row their double scull on Gastineau Channel under the Douglas Bridge on Saturday. The Juneau Rowing Club christened a new floating dock at Aurora Harbor on Saturday, and offered visitors the chance to try out rowing.

Hefty catch
Gary Sharp puts a massive king salmon into a net at the docks in Quinhagak in the Kuskokwim Bay area as the first king salmon commercial opening of the season got underway late last week.

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

Change rules in Only Fools Run
If the number of people who showed up for a run/walk fund-rasier on Sunday afternoon is any indication, fools really do prefer to run at midnight.

Jaguars do well in four warm-up matches
The Juneau Jaguars U-13 soccer team finished its four-game warm-up to this week's 2002 Snickers U.S. Youth Soccer Far West Regional in Salt Lake City with a 2-2 record and a shot of confidence.The Jaguars qualified for the tournament by winning a state title last August at the State Cup in Anchorage - the first Juneau boys team to accomplish that feat. They played the top four Utah teams in their age group last week, and beat the second- and third-ranked teams.

Juneau Titans beat XtraTufs for D Division title
The Juneau Soccer Club's second annual Solstice Invitational, which concludes play today at Adair-Kennedy Field, featured 11 teams from Juneau, Ketchikan, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory and Langley, British Columbia.Two games are on today's schedule - a playoff game in the girls' B Division at 9 a.m. and the B Division championship at 1:30 p.m.

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

5 court-martialed for role in deadly fight
Five Fort Wainwright soldiers have been court-martialed for their involvement in a January fight and shoot-out that ended with the death of an Eielson Air Force Base airman.

Sterling man dies in motorcycle accident
A man from Sterling was killed Sunday in a motorcycle accident on the Sterling Highway.

Campaign violations may prompt rule change
In separate decisions, the Alaska Public Offices Commission found arch-rivals Alaska Conservation Voters and the state Republican Party violated campaign laws governing how political parties and some groups can advertise or circulate campaign materials to help or hinder candidates.

Ketchikan: Bail reduced for man accused of murder
A 38-year-old man accused of killing another man on Christmas Eve likely will be out on bail soon.During a hearing on Monday, June 16, Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens approved a third-party custodian for Brock Charles, and lowered the bail posting from $250,000 cash to $25,000.

Ketchikan: Ketchikan boy to represent Alaska at Boys Nation
A Ketchikan boy will represent Alaska for the first time at Boys Nation in Washington, D.C. Alex Ortiz, who will be a senior at Kayhi in the fall, and Service High School's John Hanus will be among 98 boys nationwide to attend the American Legion-sponsored July event in the nation's capital.

Knowles signs 19 bills into law, vetoes one
Gov. Tony Knowles has signed a bill that raises the fine for driving too slowly and vetoed one that would have told voters how often judges are late with decisions.Also signed into law is a bill that lets doctors band together to negotiate with insurance companies. Knowles approved the measure despite objections from two departments within his administration.

Bride dies, groom injured in copter crash after wedding
A 52-year-old bride died early Saturday after a helicopter crashed near the Steese Highway following her summer solstice wedding ceremony at Eagle Summit, Alaska State Troopers said.

Panel focuses on legislative-move costs
The Alaska Committee is preparing to mount a vigorous campaign to defeat the legislative-move ballot initiative, committee chairman Win Gruening told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on Friday."The Alaska Committee feels very strongly that this initiative is nothing more than a cover for a full capital move, and it will eventually cost all Alaskans tremendous amounts of money with really no benefit," Gruening said. "This alone should be enough reason to vote 'no' on the initiative."

Troopers investigate Soldotna burglaries
Alaska State Troopers were investigating a rash of burglaries in the Soldotna area that occurred late Friday or early Saturday.

Sitka: Environmentalists join lawsuit against Tongass timber sales
The Sitka Conservation Society has joined a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service to halt work on a number of timber sales in several Northwest states, including four in the Tongass National Forest.

State Briefs
Calkins, Shoaf named to education board; Alaska in line for anti-terrorism grant; Kodiak CPR class gets real emergency

Court: Judge should not be reprimanded
Longtime Bethel Superior Court Judge Dale Curda admits he made a mistake when he jailed a witness so she would be sober to testify for a trial back in 1995. But the Alaska Supreme Court decided Friday that Curda's error was not so serious that he should be disciplined.

Haines: Cruise line schedule skips Haines in 2003
Norwegian Cruise Lines ships won't be returning to Haines next summer. A company press release touting its 2003 schedule doesn't list Haines on the schedule of either the Norwegian Wind or the Norwegian Sky, the two ships that for the past two seasons have comprised the bulk of Haines cruise ship visits.

Special session gets under way
The Capitol started to come back to life this morning for a special session legislators didn't want.

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