Thursday, July 3, 2003

State chilly to fry machine maker
ANCHORAGE - Representatives of a Pennsylvania company proposing an Alaska factory to build a patented french fries vending machine were told Monday the building they want already has a tenant. Mike Barry, chairman of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, said a South Anchorage fish processing plant desired by the company already is occupied by Alaska Seafood International, and that will not change as long as ASI doesn't violate its lease.

Icicle fined for Seward waste
ANCHORAGE - Icicle Seafoods will pay an $85,000 fine for violating the federal Clean Water Act at its Seward processing plant, the company and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. The Seattle-based company also agreed to halve the amount of fish waste it annually discharges into Resurrection Bay, from 10 million pounds to 5 million. Icicle's problems surfaced in 1999 when dive surveys, an EPA inspection and the company's own reports revealed that an underwater pile of fish waste exceeded the legal size limit, said Robert Grandinetti, an EPA compliance officer. Instead of being an acre or less, the pile measured about 1.4 acres, he said.

Another chance to pull garlic mustard weeds
The Alaska Soil and Water Conservation District, U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry (USFS), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Cooperative Extension Service, and Juneau Invasive Plants Action (JIPA) would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who volunteered at the invasive weed pulling events held on May 18 and June 21.

Let customers decide where to shop
I was appalled at reading a recent My Turn column (Empire, July 1) authored by a former president of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce suggesting or implying that being in a retail business in Juneau is a birthright that should be bestowed upon the family by consumers.

Happy for couple
I was very surprised to see that Kathy Wurth was the lucky lady to finally snag that Bobby Swanson and wanted to be among the first to publicly offer my best wishes to that happy couple.

Competent, compassionate care
On Tuesday, our 11-month daughter, Genevieve, suffered a febrile seizure due to a sudden high fever while vacationing and visiting my sister, Tara, and her family here in Juneau. We were on a glacier trek with North Star Trekking when this happened and she was in my sister's care. She was at Our Backyard when she began seizing and became unconscious. The owner, Christy and a patron, Margo, a CNA, acted quickly in calling 911 and assisting my sister in caring for Genevieve. Several EMTs arrived and provided prompt and thorough care before transferring her to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Road grit
According to a recent poll in the Juneau Empire, 61 percent of the respondents believe the ferry system is a reliable form of transportation. A year ago when asked in a similar poll, "How would you like to see Southeast Alaska transportation addressed?" only 44 percent voted for a road. That is not a majority. This road would spend federal dollars and I do not think $300 million to $500 million of federal money needs to be spent on 65 miles of road. I told a schoolteacher in Georgia the story and she laughed. When I told her that it was her tax dollars she stopped laughing. So you see, Anchorage is not the only place that could find better uses for this money.

Jury awards $1 million for home loss
A Juneau couple whose home was destroyed in 1998 by a portion of Fritz Cove Road that collapsed on it was awarded a settlement from the state of almost $1 million Friday. After five hours of deliberation, the jury determined the state was responsible for the collapsed road and therefore liable for the damage to the home of Clair and Brenda Markey. "We alleged that because it was a public road that damaged the private property, that it is damage caused by the state of Alaska," said the Markeys' attorney, Tom Findley.

This Day in History
In 1954, a fire caused $50,000 damage to the Aleutian Bowling Lanes in Anchorage.

Photo: 'Lights of Juneau,' 1925
Taken in 1925, this photograph looks out across the Gastineau Channel at the "Lights of Juneau" and the Alaska-Juneau gold mine. The A-J mine was built in 1916 and became one of the largest gold mines in North America.

Beware, you're in goshawk territory
Early Sunday morning, Phoebe Rohrbacher, 17, and Meghan Salveson, 19, were running on the Treadwell Ditch Trail when they heard a goshawk's screech echoing from the spruce trees. Moments later, the raptor swooped down and beaned Salveson's scalp with its talons. She felt blood trickle down her neck.

Photo: Practice makes perfect
Guest dance teacher Roger Dillahunty works with Jessica Ballentine, 8, left, Tanya MacKinnon, 11, Riley Goldrich, 7, and Sacha Anderson, 7, right, as they practice at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School for their finale of the Summer Fine Arts Camp held by Juneau Dance Unlimited. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Dance Unlimited studio.

Juneau, Douglas pick their parade grand marshals
Retired Superior Court Judge Tom Stewart has been on the sidelines watching Juneau Fourth of July parades since he was 2 or 3 years old. On Friday, he will make his debut appearance in the march through town, where he will be honored with the title of parade marshal and chauffeured through the streets in the back seat of a convertible.

Correction
Due to a typist's and an editor's errors, Tuesday's commentary by David Mallet incorrectly referred to the cost of "apprehension, persecution and punishment" of criminals. The reference should have been to "prosecution" instead of "persecution."

Reifenstein donation helps establish dialysis center
Since Pat Reifenstein's husband, George, died from emphysema in 1999, she's been trying to decide what she could do to help the people of Juneau remember him. This year she decided to donate $200,000 to Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation to start a dialysis center in the Mendenhall Mall. She hopes it will help keep his memory - and dozens of people with kidney failure - alive. "George loved Juneau," Reifenstein said. "I decided the best thing to do was to try to thank this city and hospital and in turn do some good for a very needy population of folks that have to be on dialysis."

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

Parades, fireworks and more scheduled events
Juneau and Douglas Fourth of July and related events.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Parades: good for walkers, bad for drivers
Juneau residents hoping to drive in downtown Juneau and Douglas on Friday, July 4, can expect delays and detours for most of the day, according to Juneau police. To lessen traffic, free bus service will be provided between Juneau and Douglas for most of the day.

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

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

Kathy Wurth, Bob Swanson to wed
Bob Swanson and Kathy Wurth are pleased to announce their wedding. It will be at 3 p.m. July 6 at Skater's Cabin. Friends and family are invited.

Student Recognition
Kaitlyn Shaw named to Randolph-Macon dean's list; Linfield College grads;

Pets of the week
Jessie is very friendly and just a little shy. Her black-and-white tuxedo coat has fancy detailing down the back. Jackel is an active, playful, one-year-old black Lab mix. He is not only neutered and housebroken, but has graduated from obedience school.

Karpstein, Hunter to marry
Heather Karpstein of Juneau and Adam Hunter of Hartland, Wis., were engaged on May 13 to be married on June 12, 2004, in Juneau.

Weston, Anderson marry
Brandy Weston of Juneau and James Anderson of Sandy, Utah, were married on May 17 at Logan Temple in Logan, Utah. All are invited to a wedding reception in their honor from 3 to 5 p.m. on July 5, at Auk Rec in the large pavilion.

Fourth of July celebration was a high time in old Alaska towns
Fourth of July in the early days of Alaska was celebrated with earthy gusto. In Juneau, it was a particularly high time because it was one of two or three days off miners were given each year - a rare opportunity to enjoy a full day of leisure. For many, this was the most important holiday of the year - a time for exuberance and energy, with few religious overtones or constraints.

Lorraine, Klei to wed
Fred and Jody Schmitz are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jaimee Lorraine of Juneau, to Ian Martin Klei of Kennewick, Wash.

Neighbors Briefs
Violence impact training; Alaska's First Lady hosts piano recital; Scholarships granted; Kids' book clubs; Page graduates; Noreen receives degree; Robus on dean's list

Thank you
... for the gift; ... for being there; ... for the support; ... for the help; ... for the support

Lois May Spicer
Juneau resident Lois May Spicer, 83, died June 27, 2003, in her home.

Lauris Sanford Parker
Juneau resident Lauris "Larry" Sanford Parker, 84, died June 27, 2003, in Bellevue, Wash.

My Turn: Nation's Founding Fathers were thinkers and subversives
I was happy to read Guy J. Crockroft's first line of his letter last week thanking me for making him think, but acknowledging he often disagreed with my opinions. I was disappointed when I got to the end of his letter about the Pledge of Allegiance, because I actually didn't find much critical thinking in it.

My Turn: Independence Day is a good time to recall those who preserve liberty
From time-to-time, vessels painted in the standard "haze gray" of the U.S. Navy travel to Juneau. Juneau has become a welcoming and pleasant liberty port for some of the warships of our nation and our nation's allies. In the last decade, or so, the USS Merrill, USS Bradley, USS O'Callahan, USS George Phillip, USS Camden, USS Thach, USS Alaska and the USS John Young have visited Juneau. This year the USS Stethem and USS McClusky will visit Juneau. Vessels from the Canadian Forces naval contingent are frequent visitors to Juneau.

My Turn: Juneau in the rearview mirror
A little more than 20 years ago I packed up my truck, hitched a small sailboat on trailer to it, and drove to Juneau from Anchorage to take a position as a legislative aide for the representative for the university district where my stepmother still lives. I sold my downtown publishing business, kissed my wife goodbye, and embarked on an adventure that has now come full circle.

Chad Bentz earns first Class AA victory
Chad Bentz of Juneau has been having an outstanding season so far for the Harrisburg (Pa.) Senators of the Eastern League, the Class AA team for the Montreal Expos. But it took until Tuesday for Bentz to earn his first victory at the Class AA level.

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

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Permanent fund earns enough for dividend
ANCHORAGE - It will be smaller, but it will be there. State officials say the spring stock market rally lasted long enough to preserve a mainstay of the state's economy and many residents' pocketbooks - Alaska Permanent Fund dividends. Earlier this year, the dividend was in doubt because of Wall Street's long losing streak. But speaking after the stock market closed Monday, the day the dollars had to be counted, fund officials said the oil-wealth savings account earned enough to pay a dividend.

Hatchery harvest lower than last year
The spring troll season ended this week with a low hatchery harvest and a 15 percent drop from last year in the number of participating fishermen, according to the Department of Fish and Game. As the summer season began Tuesday, some predicted the number of fishermen would remain lower than average. Spring troll fishermen caught about 34,000 salmon in the season that ended Monday, said Brian Lynch, the salmon troll fishery management biologist for Southeast. About 36 percent of those were hatchery salmon, which are not subject to the U.S.-Canada Pacific Salmon Treaty Agreement. The treaty determines the number of kings that can be caught in Southeast Alaska waters. Some of those wild salmon are returning to Canadian rivers.

State Briefs
Dog owners warned about fireworks; Peterson announces candidacy for Assembly; Snagging salmon banned at Auke Creek shore; Interior officials warn of fireworks danger; Juneau's June rainfall more than normal

Murkowski signs tire tax, nuisance-wildlife bills
Gov. Frank Murkowski signed six new bills into law Tuesday, ranging from a tax on tire sales to a measure to regulate nuisance wildlife. The new tax on tires charges $2.50 for regular tires and an additional $5, for a total of $7.50, for studded tires sold in the state.

New rules issued for port, ship security
WASHINGTON - Thousands of U.S. ports and ships will have to toughen security against the threat of terrorism under rules issued by the Homeland Security Department on Tuesday. Much of the cost will be borne by the maritime industry. Some 10,000 ships and 5,000 coastal facilities will be required to assess their vulnerabilities, hire and train security officers and purchase security equipment. The nation's 361 ports will have to establish security committees, draft security plans and hold training drills and exercises.

ASTF funds projects before disbanding
As one of its last acts, the board of the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation decided to use its remaining money to partly fund some projects. The foundation was able to fund a 2003 request from a shellfish hatchery in Seward and partly fund a 2003 commitment to Alaska InvestNet, a Juneau-based nonprofit organization that helps Alaska entrepreneurs link up with venture capital investors.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

AlaskaDigest
Mark Begich sworn in as Anchorage mayor; Comment period ends on Greens Creek draft EIS; City rejects hazardous material team grant; Marine Park Plaza celebrates grand opening; False killer whale sighted near Juneau in May.

Young announces his candidacy
U.S. Rep. Don Young said he will seek a 17th term as Alaska's lone member in the U.S. House of Representatives. Young, a Republican first elected in 1973, poses an enormous obstacle to anyone seeking the office. "There will be someone who will replace me someday. The good Lord will reach down someday and pluck me up or the devil will reach up and grab me. I don't know which one it's going to be," he said. "As long as I stay well, I'm going to keep doing it."

Tongass may move to 10-year timber sale contracts
Timber companies that log the Tongass National Forest could bid on 10-year sale contracts if the forest becomes exempt from the roadless rule. Current sales typically run three to five years. Last month, the state and the U.S. Forest Service reached an out-of-court settlement that temporarily exempts the Tongass from the Clinton-era rule, which prohibits timber harvesting and road-building within about 58 million acres of the 192-million-acre national forest system. About 9.6 million acres of Southeast Alaska's 16.8-million-acre Tongass have been designated roadless.

Troopers raid Native pulltab operation
ANCHORAGE - Authorities have raided a pulltab operation owned by the Native Village of Barrow, fueling a long-simmering dispute between the state and village leaders who say they have a federal right to conduct gambling without an Alaska gaming permit. Alaska State Troopers and a gaming compliance investigator seized 2,500 pounds of pulltabs, a cash register, business records and other items Monday from the tiny wooden building housing the operation. Troopers said the state has received complaints about illegal gambling conducted by the Eskimo tribal group.

State official says ex-military dump could be dangerous
FAIRBANKS - A state Department of Natural Resources official says he believes chemical weapons testing equipment will be found at a former military dump site near Fort Greely. Robert Layne's assessment contradicts the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' characterization of the site as being mostly household waste. "All the debris on the site indicates testing equipment," said Layne, the agency's land manager for contaminated sites.

Annual Beaded Bag show: Oldest bag in show dates back to 1820
Spirit Beads owner Salty Hanes was surprised to receive 14 chain-mail bags this month when she put out a call in April for submissions to her store's 13th Annual Beaded Bag Show. She was even more surprised to discover two of the chain-mail bags - one each from Juneau residents Donna Mayfield and Judy Sherburne - appear to be "sister bags."

Movies where & when
"Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," (R) plays at 7 and 9:30 nightly at 20th Century Twin, with afternoon matinees at 2 daily. Additional weekend matinee at 4:30 p.m.

Mr. McFeely makes a special delivery to Juneau
Since the first episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" aired on Pittsburgh's KQED-TV in 1967, Mr. McFeely, "the speedy delivery man," has provided a quick counter-rhythm to Rogers' deliberate, thoughtful pace. "Fred (Rogers) just thought it was contrapuntal," said David Newell, who's played McFeely from the beginning. "The program is going at a certain pace, and then McFeely rushes in and it's almost like music." Though Rogers died from stomach cancer Feb. 27, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" is still playing on PBS stations. It's the longest-running children's television program on PBS, and the public broadcast network has committed to showing it for years to come. The show airs in Juneau at noon weekdays on KTOO.

What's happening
Douglas Beach Dance, 4-8 p.m., Friday, July 4, Savikko Park Field No. 4. Featuring bands Trip Station X, Moses Cain and III. Mr. McFeely and Purple Panda of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 3, at the Marine Park Plaza Grand Opening and Community Celebration. For more information, contact Susan at 586-6472.

Wisconsin Slim: He shook 'em on down then done left town
Wisconsin Slim, aka Joel Bergsbaken, moved to Juneau in 1996 with two backpacks and a bicycle. When he moves to Bellingham, Wash., on July 8 with his girlfriend, Nicole Davidson, he will pack three guitars, some sound equipment and a surfboard into his car. "Those are the things that I wouldn't barge if you paid me," Slim said.

When drama knocks, don't answer the door
It all started on Friday the 13th when this black Lab I was dog-sitting had diarrhea in the back of my pickup truck. I was about to take it for a walk and I think I was even whistling when I opened the back hatch. Then, the Lab leapt out and my eyes fell upon the heinous, putrid mess. A half dozen buckets of bleach water later, the mess was gone, but a black cloud had rolled in and parked itself over my head. I felt meanness well up in me like acid reflux.

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