Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Take the test
Thursday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. Getting tested is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and those around you. Locally, Shanti of Southeast Alaska and Juneau Public Health are teaming up to offer free and confidential testing throughout the day.

Fishermen beware
Glacier Bay compensation program was one big smokescreen by the federal government. How much of the proceeds went out of state? How much remained in the state? What amount remained and was paid to the local year round fishermen and deckhands? What are the economic impacts?

Sentence should stand
I read with great concern that there will be a review of the sentencing of Michael Glaser on July 1. For those Juneau residents who don't know, Mr. Glaser drove drunk in April 2000, killed two people and injured another. He was convicted of two counts of second degree murder and one count of first degree assault.

Looking for trouble
You have to be kidding me that because Joseph Frederick told a kid to punch another, and the kid was dumb enough to do it, that Frederick should be held responsible. And the kid that did it might not even be charged?

Fireworks barge can't be taken for granted
The fireworks-loving people of Juneau should be aware of a situation that could change how we enjoy our fireworks show each year. Central to the entire fireworks operation is the barge from which we fire the show. Using a barge allows us to do more than gain center state in our natural amphitheater; it allows us to stay 840 feet away from any people, buildings, or other structures, and 1,680 feet away from any fuel storage areas.

Inhumane treatment
Sunday's article, "Studied to Death," hit a nerve, but I was encouraged to see that wildlife investigators are being forced to confront the ethics of their actions.

Inaction has consequences
The first paragraph of the "Special session" story in Monday's Empire stated that "The Capitol started to come back to life this morning for a special session the legislators didn't want." That comment almost qualifies as an oxymoron.

Facts in dispute
Empire Publisher Don Smith's June 16 Tongass editorial continues to use incorrect facts to support his conclusions. If correct information and a first-hand knowledge of the issues are important to the publisher then there is room for dialogue and debate. Reasonable people can disagree on how much wilderness or logging make economic, social and environmental sense for the Tongass.

Close call on Egan
This is to the older gentleman in the small red car who turned on to Egan Drive outbound from Old Glacier Highway (hospital intersection) between 7-7:30 a.m. Monday. Perhaps you will read this and recognize the situation. We have the privilege of turning right on the red signal only if it is safe to do so. What you did could have been disastrous, causing a very bad chain-reaction, rush-hour accident.

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

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

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

More information needed on armory/gym
Applications to fill wetlands for the joint University of Alaska Southeast-National Guard armory and recreation building are on hold because government agencies want to know more about alternate sites, officials say."Because they've asked for more information, the option is you either slow down the clock or they publish a finding which is probably going to be negative," said Tony Yorba, an architect with Jensen Yorba Lott Inc. The Juneau firm is working with UAS and the National Guard on the project.

Merchants upbeat despite Gottschalks' relocation
Management and tenants at the Nugget Mall were surprised earlier this month to learn that the anchor department store Gottschalks will move to the Mendenhall Mall, but say they are optimistic about the Nugget's future.Gottschalks officials said the move to larger space at the Mendenhall Mall, planned for mid to late July, will allow the store to carry more merchandise in a more comfortable setting.

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

Six survive forced landing
A single-engine plane, carrying six people and flying "on borrowed time" due to a spraying oil leak that covered the windshield, was guided to an emergency landing on a Kupreanof Island beach by a Coast Guard helicopter crew Tuesday afternoon. The pilot of the L.A.B. Flying Service plane and four of his five passengers, who were flying from Kake to Petersburg, suffered minor injuries. The Coast Guard flew them to Juneau where they were treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital and released in good condition Tuesday evening.

Tour boat strikes rock near Haines
The Coast Guard today is investigating why a tour boat struck a charted rock about 14 miles south of Haines on Monday night.No one was hurt or evacuated in the incident, in which the Coast Guard helped pump out the 64-foot Fjordland. The tour boat docked safely in Haines by 9 p.m., the Coast Guard said.

Local Briefs
State adds another day of fishing at stream; Fishing closed near mouth of Auke Creek; Housing open house offered this weekend; Agency slows boaters near humpbacks

HIV testing day raises AIDS awareness
Health activists know who is most likely to catch the virus that causes AIDS. They're hoping Thursday's National HIV Testing Day will help spread that knowledge to those most at risk of catching the deadly disease."I think it's hard for people in Juneau to feel there is a problem here, to hear that there is AIDS in Juneau," said Eileen Wilson, executive director of the health education group Shanti of Southeast. "But we know of 17 people in Juneau with AIDS and that's just people who have utilized our services.

Tomaro, Baird marry
Alicia Marie Tomaro of Juneau and Kristopher William Baird of Chinook, Mont. were married in a ceremony on June 8 in Chinook.

Letter: A capital visit
The wet snow of Eaglecrest Ski Area, the buzz of the downtown gift shops, the salt water waves crash against the docks while the Alaska marble columns stand strong on our state Capitol watching over Juneau on its Main Street perch. These scenes are just a few of many which illustrate the beauty of Juneau.

Patz, Mills wed
Kathryn Elizabeth Patz and Casey David Mills were married May 18 in an outdoor ceremony at the Bradford Brinton Memorial near Sheridan, Wyo. The bride is the daughter of Greg and Deanna Patz of Juneau, and the groom is the son of Leona Mills and Steve Mills of St. Louis, Mo.

Juneau's shrubs are talking
Driving along Egan, where the bridge crosses, there is a flash of color along the street where the "Miss Kim" dwarf Korean lilacs opens. Look behind the medical clinic by the high school, there is a rhododendron that's 12 feet tall. How about the huge rhododendron hedge along the parking lot at the Bill Ray Center?

Thank you
...for all the help; ...for the contributions; ...for all the hard work; ...for all the help; ...for the donations; ...for fixing the road; ...for the help.

Preventing bathroom injuries
Household slips and falls are most common in the bathroom. For older persons, such a fall may be devastating, resulting in a broken arm, wrist or hip. Half of those who suffer a hip fracture are never able to live independently again and one victim in five dies within a year. The good news is that falls can be prevented.

Becker, Kubish to wed
Carolyn Becker of Juneau and Philip Kubish of Tucson, Ariz., will be married Saturday at Northern Light United Church.

DMV offices vie to enlist organ, tissue donors
In a push to increase organ and tissue donations in Alaska, the Juneau and Fairbanks Division of Motor Vehicle offices will face off in a race to sign up the most new donation consent forms by July 31.Driver Services Supervisor Kevin Burchfield is heading up the Juneau team and Field Office Manager Tom Pettijohn is leading the Fairbanks team. To motivate employees to enlist Alaska residents, the winner of the contest will shave his own head.

Photo: Whitehorse hosts exchange
Juneau Assembly members Jeannie Johnson, Frankie Pillifant, Marc Wheeler and Mayor Sally Smith in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, earlier this month during a sister-city exchange. Each year, a delegation from either Juneau or Whitehorse makes a trip across the border to share ideas and promote friendship between the two communities.

Neighbors Briefs
Class of '82 reunion slated for June 28-30; HIV testing available in many locations; JDHS Class of '92 to hold reunion; Housing sought for Pow Wow guests;

Pets Of The Week
Magee is a young and very handsome Siamese mix neutered male with brilliant blue eyes who is a former stray. Natasha is just as sweet and friendly as she is beautiful.

Letter: Excellent work
I want to commend the theater department at JDHS for their Academy Awards ceremony held recently at school. The whole thing was so well organized. There was a cool video of the year's productions, timpani rolls accompanied individual awards, and there were even cute champagne glasses for the punch. But it was the atmosphere there that was so remarkable.

Photo: Relay for Life donation
Wells Fargo Bank Business Maker Ruth Johnson hands a corporate donation to Pat Yearty, Relay for Life's corporate sponsor chairwoman.

Academic Honors
Daniel James Fagnant of Juneau, received a bachelor of science in computer engineering, magna cum laude, from Gonzaga University in a commencement ceremony on May 12. He is the son of Richard and Deborah Fagnant.

Mitchell 'Jr.' Whitney Harrison
Former Juneau resident Mitchell 'Jr.' Whitney Harrison died June 22, 2002, in Kirkland, Wash.

Leone Hall Hanebury
Former Juneau resident Leone Hall Hanebury, 93, died June 7, 2002, in Seattle, Wash.

Eugen Karl Holmstrand
Former Juneau resident Eugen Karl Holmstrand, 74, died May 6, 2002, at his home in Hansville, Wash.

My Turn: With deepest respect, admiration, love
Dear Martin and Ladd, Yep, it's me again. I know we talk a lot, but this time I must put it on paper to share our thoughts with others. I know you won't mind.Michael Glaser wants his sentence reduced. You never met the man, but you know the name. He's the one who killed you both, and injured Steve, while driving drunk April 19, 2000. I've never met him either; I hope I never do, especially on the road.

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.

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

Jaguars lose to Colorado team
Juneau Jaguars boys soccer coach Mark Kelley lost track of the score after watching the defending region champions from Colorado score several goals in the final minutes of Tuesday's game at the U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Championships in West Jordan, Utah.

Rockets get OK, hope Yao wows NBA
NEW YORK - Yao Ming received final clearance today from the Chinese Basketball Federation to play in the NBA, and the Houston Rockets announced that they would select the 7-foot-5 center with the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Juneau Jaguars tie with Hawaii
The Juneau Jaguars couldn't quite hang on for the victory as they wilted under the 100-degree heat, but the Jaguars did hold on for a 1-1 tie with the Hawaii state champions in Monday's first round of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Tournament at the West Jordan Soccer Complex in West Jordan, Utah.

Which team will select Carlos?
Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball star Carlos Boozer Jr. is likely to become the third former Alaska high school basketball picked in the history of the NBA Draft when the draft takes place today in New York City.

NBA waits until second round to call Boozer
Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball star Carlos Boozer Jr. became the third Alaskan to ever be picked in the NBA Draft when the Cleveland Cavaliers selected the junior center-power forward from Duke University in the second round of today's draft in New York City.

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

Historic Treadwell Trails Mountain Bike Race
Results of Saturday's Historic Treadwell Trails mountain bike race held at Sandy Beach in Douglas. The race was sponsored by the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club and the course length was not available.

Reaching for the next level
It's Tuesday, so that means today's stop is Detroit on the Carlos Boozer Jr. tour of NBA cities.Monday's stop was Salt Lake City, for his second visit with the Utah Jazz, and over the past week the former Juneau-Douglas High School star has also worked out with the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets.

Juneau Softball
The standings for the Juneau Sports Association's 2002 softball season through games of Monday, June 24.

State to open lower Kenai to king fishing July 1
ANCHORAGE - The poor run of early Kenai River kings has prompted the state to keep the middle part of the river closed to king fishing through the first two weeks of July.

Police arrest suspect in 2-year-old homicide
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have arrested a suspect in the August 2000 killing of Tina Shangin - one victim in a spate of homicides that sparked fears a serial killer was targeting minority women in the city.

Wasilla woman killed in car crash
WASILLA - A Wasilla woman died over the weekend in an accident on the Glenn Highway when a pickup truck in front of her slowed or came to a stop after a bed slipped from the back, police said.

State Briefs
Ambler man dies after scuffling with VPO; Teacher rescues child from Kuskokwim River; Anchorage Aces offered for sale on eBay

House OKs RCA compromise
Robin Taylor, the combative Republican senator and lieutenant governor candidate from Wrangell, is in the eye of the special session storm at the Capitol.During this morning's floor session, House Speaker Brian Porter, an Anchorage Republican, mistakenly referred to Rep. Richard Foster as "Rep. Taylor," amusing most people in the chamber."Thanks a lot," Foster, a Nome Democrat, responded with a laugh.

Special session: Taylor proposes new commission for 'phone wars'
In a surprise move, Senate Judiciary Chairman Robin Taylor this morning proposed a new Telecommunications Commission of Alaska to handle "phone wars" cases. Taylor, a Wrangell Republican, spent all night with a bill drafter to find a way to remove the Regulatory Commission of Alaska from overseeing rates and interconnections between ACS and GCI, fierce competitors in local telephone service.

Higher insurance could close assisted-living homes
Assisted-living homes providing care and housing for seniors are facing hard times because of insurance costs that in some cases have increased by more than 500 percent within the last year.More than 80 percent of the 153 assisted-living businesses in Alaska consist of smaller mom-and-pop outfits that take in 10 or fewer residents and operate out of a private house.

Daschle, Murkowski side with oil companies on gas-line tax break
FAIRBANKS - Sens. Tom Daschle and Frank Murkowski are promoting a new oil company-sponsored analysis that endorses tax credits for a natural gas line from Alaska to the Lower 48.

Forest scientists say warmer weather is worsening the beetle epidemic
HOMER - Forest scientists who first blamed the beetle epidemic on Alaska's aging forests are giving more and more credit to rising temperatures as an explanation for the unstoppable rampage. "I am personally convinced," said Glenn Juday, a professor of forest ecology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Update: House OKs RCA compromise
Robin Taylor, the combative Republican senator and lieutenant governor candidate from Wrangell, is in the eye of the special session storm at the Capitol.During this morning's floor session, House Speaker Brian Porter, an Anchorage Republican, mistakenly referred to Rep. Richard Foster as "Rep. Taylor," amusing most people in the chamber."Thanks a lot," Foster, a Nome Democrat, responded with a laugh.

Taylor backs off on new commission
For about five hours today, Senate Judiciary Chairman Robin Taylor had a monkeywrench firmly inserted into the gears of the special legislative session.

State Briefs
AFL-CIO endorses Fran Ulmer for governor; 'Passionate Longevity' author speaks tonight; Anchorage teens charged with $500,000-plus in damage; State files $3.6 million lawsuit over 2001 wildfire;

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