Saturday, June 28, 2003

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.

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: 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.

FYI
Births

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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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