Friday, June 27, 2003

Force for good
I thank Mary Noble for writing, because she makes me think. Usually she makes me think she is wrong, and her latest letter is no exception. Her selective presentation of facts makes it sound as though anyone who wants to say the United States is one nation "under God" must be a bigoted jingoist xenophobe racist who sees an "evil" immigrant or godless commie behind every fence post!

Longevity bonus loss
The governor says, "This program does not achieve, in my opinion, its original purpose of rewarding our pre-statehood pioneers." Excuse me, but my parents are still alive and receive it. They are the reason it was set up. Now because of his perception of who is worthy, he is cutting off a payment that my parents based their retirement on! Now they have to figure out how to make up for his misguided, hurtful action.

Bad habits and parenting
My car windshield was shot with a BB/pellet gun Friday night. Disturbingly, the shot was right on target for my face had I been sitting in the car. I have been reading of other vandalism around town of broken windows in houses, office buildings and cars and have heard and seen groups of teenagers roaming around destroying things.

Pleasant surprise
What a pleasant surprise to open the opinion page and find a Horsey cartoon! I have been a fan of his since he drew for the University of Washington student newspaper 30-some years ago.

Ferrying bikes, riders
I would like to thank Capt. Jack Meyers and the Alaska Marine Highway System for all their efforts to make sure the revised ferry schedule took all SE Alaska participants to the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay. All teams made the race and had proper pre-race instructions.

Juneau non-activist also doesn't want highway
A road out of Juneau is, as yesterday's editorial on the subject put it, unappealing to a lady with the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. What the editorial left out is that it is also unappealing to a lot of other people.

Photo: Restoring a totem pole
Bob Banghart readies wooden supports while the Auk Tribe Totem Pole is taken down Wednesday at Centennial Hall. With work by AEL&P employees, the 40-foot pole has moved to Juneau-Douglas High School for restoration and permanent display inside the school's new atrium.

Cajun & cones: New eatery shares ice cream shop space
When Raymond Cooper was a boy in New Orleans, his dad's prowess in the kitchen inspired Cooper to learn to cook. This fall, other dads inspired him to open a restaurant. "It all started at Zach Gordon talking about different cultures and food," said Cooper, a Juneau Youth Services employee who began volunteering with young dads at the Zach Gordon Youth Center when he moved to Juneau in October. While trying to give the young fathers some direction, Cooper found some direction for himself, he said.

This Day in History
In 1969, the Atomic Energy Commission moved 250 sea otters from Amchitka Island in preparation for a one-megaton nuclear test.

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

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

Touring on the Trolleys
Fast and furious" is not an accurate description for Cindy Starter's driving style, as she carefully negotiates the red trolley she drives through traffic, around corners and in between pedestrians. But it's an almost-perfect description of the delivery of her tourist spiel. "On the right we'll be driving by a statue of Joe Juneau you can give him a high five low five any kind of five," she said in one breath, her voice a mix of a robot and an auctioneer.

Vets report largest kennel cough outbreak in 20 years
On a Monday morning a few weeks ago, D.J. Lindsay woke to the sound of her 4-year-old bull mastiff, Cedar, hacking like a cat with a hair ball. "She was choking like something was caught in her throat," Lindsay said. " I actually thought she had a pig ear stuck in her throat, because the neighbor gave her a pig ear the night before." When the coughing persisted, Lindsay took Cedar to the vet and discovered her dog had tracheobronchitis, or kennel cough, a throat infection that can lead to pneumonia.

FYI
Births

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

This Day in History
In 1915, the hottest temperature ever recorded in Alaska was 100 degrees Fahrenheit in Fort Yukon.

Photo: Mining mecca, 1919
This photograph was taken in 1919 and made into a postcard showing downtown Juneau and Gastineau Channel. The channel served as a fishing ground for Tlingit Indians before rumors of gold lured prospectors to the areal in the 1870s.

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

Photo: A net for the next opening
Fisherman Cody Taylor repairs a damaged net at Harris Harbor Thursday. The net was torn in last week's sockeye salmon gillnet fishery in Taku Inlet. Taylor is getting ready for Sunday's opening in Taku Inlet.

Thank you
... to Shee Atika Corporation; ... to Eagle Wings Community Church; ... for the concern and well-wishes; ...for making annual track and field meet a success; ... for helping give Brownie big final hurrah; ... for all who participated in play about cancer

Age, Baker to marry
Deanna Nicole Age of Victoria, B.C. and Bradley Jay Baker of Juneau will be married in a ceremony on July 4 in Victoria, B.C.

Alaska salmon can't be beat
On the Waterfront: The Alaskan fish business is marvelously resilient. When we think it is dying, it comes back stronger than ever. Even farm-raised salmon is having a tough time in the marketplace compared with wild Alaska stocks. The farm salmon use artificial coloring chemicals in the pellet food. This has turned away many customers, because the chemicals may cause retinal damage.

Lorraine, Klei to wed next year
Jaimee Lorraine of Juneau and Ian Martin Klei of Kennewick, Wash., are to be married in a ceremony planned for July, 2004.

Neighbors Briefs
Bicycle race held today; Open invitation for dessert; Ver selected to Sen. Stevens Intern Program; Friends of Juneau Public Libraries select winners; Law firm announces opening of new office

Spreading summer reading mania
Books might be better best friends than dogs. They don't shed or chew up your furniture and they don't need to be fed or walked. They still lift your heart, stretch your mind and entertain you on a rainy day. We are lifelong bibliophiles, and we like to share our passion.

Photo: A busy day in port
Six cruise ships fill Juneau's downtown port Thursday, bringing in an estimated 11,764 visitors for the day. Today, there will be one cruise ship in town, the Dawn Princess, with an estimated 2,850 visitors. Michael penn / juneau empire

John H. Grant
Former Juneau resident John H. Grant, 26, died June 25, 2003, in Santa Rosa, Calif.

My Turn: Alaska's schools see quality for all
For a year our state has intensely negotiated with the federal government over how to implement the most sweeping federal school reform law in history - the No Child Left Behind Act. Fortunately for Alaska, Sen. Lisa Murkowski persuaded U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige to visit some of our most remote schools to show how difficult it is to implement NCLB in Alaska.

Alaska editorial: Juneau activist doesn't want the new highway
Juneau residents think in ways that are different from most other Alaskans. All things considered, folks in Southcentral and Central Alaska believe it would be a good thing if they could hop in a car, truck or motorhome and drive on a highway all the way to the state's capital city. They can't do it now, because no roads connect Juneau to anywhere but Douglas, a community on Admiralty Island just across the Gastineau Channel.

Kake's Anderson selected for Aussie tourney
Kyle Anderson Jr., a high school basketball player from Kake, has been selected to play in the 2003 Down Under Hoops Classic in Australia next month.

At full SAIL in the Kluane bike relay
While many of the more than 1,100 riders in last Saturday's 148.4-mile Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay were racing against the clock or other competitors, for others just finishing the course brought a sense of accomplishment. One group in the latter category was ORCA, an eight-man special needs team from Juneau sponsored by the Outdoor Recreation and Community Access program, which is part of Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL). ORCA featured eight riders - Lee Hagmeier, Lloyd George, Ken Marvin (of Sitka, the only non-Juneau rider on the team), Ed Parish, Melvin Starr, Ray Reed, Mirov Menefee and Leroy George. Hagmeier is blind; the others have developmental disabilities.

Cavs hope LeBron can take club to new heights
CLEVELAND - The years of building excitement, the months of speculation, and the weeks of anticipation climaxed at 7:37 p.m. Thursday night, when the three syllables rolled off David Stern's tongue. Le-Bron-James. Balloons and confetti rained down on hugging and high-fiving masses inside Gund Arena, wine-and-gold No. 23 jerseys were waving inside Madison Square Garden, and the handshakes and smiles circled the Cavaliers' draft war room.

Paddlers set off on Dawson dash
With a dash down Main Street and a splash in the river current, the 33 teams competing in this year's Yukon River Quest canoe and kayak race departed from the starting line in Whitehorse on Wednesday.

Juneau Special Olympians find success at World Summer Games
Juneau's Michelle Boster won her division of the 100-meter dash at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games this week in Dublin, Ireland. Boster is one of two Juneau athletes - Nathan Walsh is the other - competing in the World Summer Games. There are 18 Alaska athletes among the more than 7,000 participants at this year's games, which began June 20 and run through Sunday.

All three Juneau soccer teams fall in tournament
The Juneau Xtratuffs U-13 girls soccer team accomplished more than any previous Juneau team at the Far West Regional Championships, but they were unable to advance to the next round at this week's tourney in Hawaii. After beating a Washington team on Tuesday - the first time a Juneau squad has won at the tournament - the Xtratuffs fell to the Mustang Fury of Northern California 5-0 on Wednesday and were eliminated from tournament play.

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

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

University president gets $100,000 bonus to stay 3 years
ANCHORAGE - University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton will get a $100,000 bonus if he stays on the job three more years, under the terms of his new contract. Hamilton, who will continue to earn an annual salary of $250,000, said in April he would work for a dollar next year if legislators gave the university an additional $10 million. The UA Board of Regents unanimously approved the "contract-completion" award during a meeting June 10 in Fairbanks. Hamilton, a retired Army general, will receive the bonus only if he completes the three-year contract, said Elsa Demeksa of Juneau, the board's vice chairperson.

Sitka man builds a whopper of a wanigan
Robert Kite has been living in the smallest trailer in Sitka. After a bit of remodeling he's preparing to move into the city's largest wanigan. The two-story addition Kite has built onto his 8-by-20-foot trailer in Sollars Trailer Court now gives him a spectacular view of the ocean and Mt. Edgecumbe. It has a skylight, and eventually may have a roof-top garden. "I didn't know how big a place I was building, 'cause I'd never built one," Kite said of the 960-square-foot L-shaped structure alongside his tiny trailer.

State Briefs
USS McClusky to visit Juneau for July 4; Police ID man found dead in Fairbanks; Appeals Court denies heat-of-passion defense; Denali National Park to hold fall road lottery;

Dems call for special session
ANCHORAGE - Minority Democrats in the Legislature have called on the Republican majority to agree to a special session to override Gov. Frank Murkowski's veto of the longevity bonus checks for seniors. House Speaker Pete Kott, an Eagle River Republican, said it is not going to happen. Kott told the Anchorage Daily News he does not believe there is support among Republicans to return to Juneau and trump the governor.

Plane crash kills 2 in White Pass
SKAGWAY - A private Cessna airplane on a flight from Juneau crashed Wednesday on a foggy mountainside in the White Pass, 12 miles north of Skagway, killing both people aboard. The plane settled on a ledge 500 feet above the Klondike Highway at an altitude of approximately 3,500 feet. "We were having lunch in the truck on the road, and Thor (Henricksen) saw him clip the mountain with his wing tip, and we all got out of the truck and heard him crash with a big thud," said Keith Knorr, foreman of the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities' road crew in Skagway. "Ray (Hosford) and I drove to the top of the hill and saw him. Thor went to get emergency rigs up here.

State-subsidized fish plant accused of stealing work
ANCHORAGE - Some small Anchorage and Kenai Peninsula fish processors say Alaska Seafood International is using state subsidies to unfairly compete for contracts to custom pack salmon. The processors say ASI, which operates rent-free in a $50 million factory the state built and owns near the Anchorage international airport, is grabbing work on which their plants have long depended.

Ketchikan airport getting a facelift
KETCHIKAN - Work on the first floor segment of a facelift of the Ketchikan International Airport terminal is nearing completion, said airport business manager Lance Mertz. The airport renovation started about six months ago. "In the first floor we have brand new bathrooms, a new ceiling and lighting, new carpet, a new bag belt, a new location for the commuter airlines, a new revolving door," Mertz said Monday.

State Briefs
Bodies recovered at plane crash site; Juneau man charged with drug offense; Heads up at Exit Glacier; Kachemak Bay spill closes fishing; Parents charged with endangering daughter; Clouds, rain slow fires near Delta Junction

State's top numbers man retires
When state accountant Joe Thomas retires Monday after 27 years in state service, he hopes to trade in his calculator for children's books by volunteering at schools. In his office Thursday, Thomas, 55, reminisced about a childhood spent reading, and laments that children today don't read as much. "I don't ever recall being bored as a kid," he said. "Nowadays I hear 'I'm so bored' all the time."

State increases pipeline checks after BP oil spill
ANCHORAGE - State environmental protection officials and BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. are stepping up North Slope pipeline inspections after a spill blamed on corrosion last month. An estimated 1,500 gallons of crude oil and 4,500 gallons of oily water leaked from a 24-inch pipeline in the Prudhoe Bay oil field where the line passed through a culvert underneath a caribou crossing. The crossing is a gravel mound that allows the animals to traverse pipelines.

Showcase highlights Broadway tunes
Maybe the "Watch out for that tree" line makes the lyrics to "George of the Jungle" seem simpler than they are. Because it doesn't sound as if it would be a tough song for the Juneau Lyric Opera to master. "It seems simple and straightforward, but it's very syncopated," said Sandra Strandtmann, a soprano in the group and a member since 1986. "We all have to be on the same wavelength. That's the one I'm worried about the most, but I know the audience will be the most accepting if it's a little sloppy."

Cuban rhythms
Fresh from the tobacco-growing highlands of Cuba and groggy from air travel, the seven members of Valle Son arrived in Los Angeles this May for their first concert in the United States and first-ever trip to the country. The next day, they flew to New Mexico. They met Hollywood star Julia Roberts. She invited them back to her home. Saxophonist Livian Hernandez Sanchez was impressed but not surprised.

Sitka Summer Music Festival musicians to perform in Juneau
SITKA - As the 2003 Sitka Summer Music Festival summer series ends its 32nd season, violinist Paul Rosenthal, joined by colleagues Eugene Osadchy, Rainer Moog and Philippe Djokic, will come to Juneau for one final concert, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 28.

The Juneau Volunteer Marching Band Returns
Every year since 1976, the Juneau Volunteer Marching Band has practiced during June, performed in the Fourth of July parades, then vanished until the next summer. "We appear, then we disappear, like Brigadoon," said co-founder Bill Ruddy, 65, a Juneau lawyer and a trumpet player for the last 54 years. This year's season is no different, just a little more active, with five performances between Sunday, June 28 and Friday, July 4.

What's happening
Valle Son, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Elks Lodge. Tickets are $15 and available at Hearthside Books, Rainy Day Books and The Observatory. Free Latin dance lessons begin at 8 p.m. Juneau Volunteer Marching Band, 3 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at Marine Park; noon on Monday, June 30, at Dimond Court Building; noon on Thursday, July 3, at Marine Park; at Juneau and Douglas Fourth of July parades.

Movies where and when
"Alex and Emma," (PG-13) plays at 7:15 and 9:30 nightly at 20th Century Twin, with matinees at 2:10 and 4:30 daily.

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