Monday, July 8, 2002

Keep the parade moving
I swear every year that I will not march in the band for the Fourth of July parade. I spent most of this year's parade composing this letter and I'm damned mad.

Oppose trading good public land for stumps
Trading Alaska wildlands, prime recreational lands in Juneau residents' backyard, for clear cuts, jeopardizing water quality and salmon returns, is the most ridiculous proposal I have heard yet. This is the kind of garbage Sen. Murkowski is dishing out in his recently introduced bill, the Cape Fox Land Entitlement Adjustment Act, which legislates a land exchange between corporations and the Forest Service.

Don't treat families as collateral damage
This ongoing tit-for-tat between Empire publisher Don Smith and "alert reader" K.J. Metcalf regarding the Tongass issue is leaving me a little dizzy.

Thane is wrong place
There are a few places near downtown Juneau for runners to get their daily workouts in a safe and pleasant environment. Thane Road is one of them.

My brother, my hero
My brother Joseph Sardo and his wife Mary were honored as Douglas' Grand Marshals at your Fourth of July celebration and parade.

Noise plan needed
Although I live 20 miles from Thane I disagree with the proposal to establish a heliport there. Remote heliports are not the solution to the noise problem in Juneau. We need a comprehensive and realistic noise management plan.

Grateful student
Recently there has been some public discussion regarding the continuation of correspondence schools in Alaska. I am a high school senior at Alyeska Central School (ACS), the correspondence school.

A tragedy difficult to understand, accept
On behalf of the staff and students of Philomath High School and community, I wish to thank the people of Juneau for all your assistance in the recent passing of one of our own, Terry Selby.

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

Twin Lakes walk offers tour through solar system
Joggers and trail walkers might find themselves toning their knowledge of celestial bodies along with their legs soon as the Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium finishes its "Planet Walk" project at Twin Lakes.The group, which promotes astronomy-related projects in Juneau, has called on community organizations to paint on the paved trail at Twin Lakes the planets of the solar system.

Decision stands not to collect accounting fees from Demers
A Juneau man convicted of stealing about $13,000 from the Alaska Folk Festival won't have to reimburse the nonprofit group for time volunteers spent documenting his crime.The Alaska Supreme Court recently decided not to hear the case of Jim Demers, who was convicted of felony theft and falsifying business records. As a result, the former folk festival treasurer will not be required to pay $5,000 to cover some 200 hours of work volunteers put into reviewing the organization's books after the theft was discovered.

Tongass National Forest celebrates 100th birthday
Tongass National Forest celebrates 100th birthday

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

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

Father of injured children pleads guilty to misdemeanor in drunk-driving case
A man accused of handing his estranged wife liquor shortly before she drove the family Suburban into a retaining wall, seriously injuring two of their four children who were in the back seat, pleaded guilty to one count of reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, in Juneau Superior Court on Friday.

Correction
Due to a typographical error, a Sunday Empire article on reimbursement of money taken from the Alaska Folk Festival contained conflicting information.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Feeling the spirit at pow wow
Jeffrey Barnett waved a hawk feather over a seashell that cupped burning sage, and wafted the smoke over his regalia of bones and beads and his painted face.Barnett, a Cherokee from North Carolina who moved to Juneau in March, was preparing to dance Saturday, the second day of the three-day Gathering of the Tribes Pow Wow 2002 at Centennial Hall.

Martha Mae Hubbard
Longtime Douglas resident Martha Mae Hubbard died July 3, 2002, in Juneau.

Empire editorial: A legislative move has costs
History and common sense tell us nothing unites people who share common interests and geography more than does an external threat.Are we willing to pay attention to the lessons of history applied to our lives today?

My Turn: Where dogs have more rights
My wife and I recently took in a 15-year-old who was in an abusive home situation. Always suspicious that some abuse was happening, we were horrified to hear this young man detail out to us years of torment and cruelty. This young man also suffers from a physical condition that needs surgery, a condition that was exploited during the abuse.

My Turn: Isn't a third of Tongass in wilderness enough?
The U.S. Forest Service staff in Alaska did an excellent job compiling forest facts while completing an supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) evaluating roadless areas in Tongass National Forest. The U.S. district court ordered the roadless review for potential wilderness designation in resolving a suit brought by environmental organization.

Toe cartoon

Being an alert reader requires a lot of work
With so much in print these days, a person really has to apply oneself to be considered well read. Newspapers, magazines, newsletters and journals compete with a huge volume of educational non-fiction books and insightful novels. Not to mention the Internet. There aren't enough hours in the day to read it nor enough brain cells to absorb it. We have to be selective.

Out and About
In season: Freshwater steelhead trout (peaks April-June), cutthroat trout (peaks May-June), salt and freshwater king salmon (peaks May-July), halibut and rockfish (peaks June-Sept.), sockeye, pink and chum salmon (runs June to Sept., peaks in July), coho salmon (June-Nov.), Dolly Varden (June-Aug.), bear viewing at Pack Creek (June-Sept., peaks July and Aug.), and freshwater northern pike (peaks July-Aug.), 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).

Row, row, row the channel
Thirteen months ago Toy Campbell called up a complete stranger about his newspaper advertisement, urging him not to sell his rowing boat. The result, roughly a year later, is the Juneau Rowing Club, an active organization with a new float dock and nearly 90 people on its mailing list.

Oystercatchers abound in Southeast
Wheee-whee-whee-whee! Some time when you're trolling, drifting or paddling through Southeast's inland waters you may be startled by a series of loud, high-pitched, whistle-like calls.

Big Fish Photos

Fish Report
Juneau area marine boat anglers continue to enjoy outstanding king salmon fishing. Most of the kings sampled in the most recent creel survey came from the terminal harvest area that includes Auke Bay and Fritz Cove, where it took an average of 10 hours to land a king. This compares to 30 hours last year and the five-year average of 24 hours. A few king salmon also were picked up south of town and along the backside of Douglas Island.

Perseverance Trail lets us take a walk through history
Despite some hazards, Perseverance Trail is among the most popular paths in Juneau.Built as an access road to the Perseverance Mine in Silver Bow Basin around 1885, the trail carried miners and equipment up until 1921. Evidence of past mining operations include adits, rail tracks, diversion pipes and rock-lined flumes.

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

Paddling to victory
The One People team couldn't have asked for a better performance in its first batch of Tlingit war canoe races Saturday at Twin Lakes.Having paddled together for just one month, One People claimed victory in the men's and coed races while its women's team tied for second. The women's race went to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) team. The races were held in conjunction with the three-day Gathering of the Tribes Pow Wow 2002 event at Centennial Hall.

Miller claims third straight Governor's Cup
Shawn Miller looked beat when he crossed the finish line to win his third straight title in Saturday's 25th annual JRC-The Alaska Club Governor's Cup five-kilometer race.Miller staggered a little bit, then closed his eyes as he tried to recover from the race. But a minute later, Miller was breathing normal again and appeared ready to run another race.

North Douglas Highway Time Trial
Results from an informal, 10.14-mile time trial along the North Douglas Highway, held Friday night by the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club.

Correction
In Sunday's sports story about the Tlingit war canoe races, it was incorrectly reported that the Tribal Renegades won the men's title at June's Celebration 2002 races at Sandy Beach.

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

Ketchikan: Charter school renewal bid approved
After a three-month delay, the state Board of Education and Early Development in June approved a 10-year renewal application for the Ketchikan Charter School. However, the school still is waiting for local approval of a wall at its new home.

State Briefs
Fishermen sue over Kasilof sockeye escapement; Soldotna company awarded contract for Challenger Center; Knowles vetoes coastal trail planning bill;

Food stamp policies spark lawsuit
Two Togiak women and a Native organization have filed a class action lawsuit claiming the state is illegally denying, terminating or reducing food stamp benefits for families expected to get money from Bristol Bay fishing.

Elections office says Sen. Ward lives in Nikiski
Incumbent state Sen. Jerry Ward is a resident of Nikiski and the new Alaska Senate District Q and is eligible to run in the Aug. 27 Republican Party primary, according to the director of the Alaska Division of Elections.

Petersburg: Two utility board members resign over lack of rate study
Don Koenigs and Tom Stearns of the Petersburg Utility Board tendered letters of resignation to the City Council on Monday. They resigned after the Council's recent vote not to appropriate $30,000 for an electrical rate study. A rate study has not been conducted since 1986.

Small-town trial could be among many to come in rural Alaska
It was a little like having a trial in your living room. As defense attorney Bill Satterberg addressed the jury during the recent trial of Larry Wholecheese in Nenana District Court, two jurors in the front row stretched out, their feet resting against the legs of the attorney's table and chair.

Search continues for missing plane
A pilot and his passenger remained missing Sunday after their plane failed to return from a short trip on the July 4 holiday, according to the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center.

Kuskokwim opens for subsistence
Jimmie Port of Bethel was so excited to hear the entire Kuskokwim River in Western Alaska was reopened to subsistence fishing that he drifted for salmon instead of going to church.

Anchorage man dies in motorcycle crash
An Anchorage man was killed when he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding while going around a curve, police said.

Ketchikan: Episcopal rector to move
After 16 years as rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Ketchikan, the Rev. Gary Herbst is headed back home to Texas.In 1986, Herbst moved from hot, dry Jasper, Texas, to cool, wet Southeast Alaska. In his small office in the back of the Ketchikan Seamen Center on Wednesday, Herbst reflected on his time in Alaska's First City.

Sitka: Assembly gives preliminary OK to pay increase
Assembly members approved an ordinance on Tuesday, June 25, that increases their pay by 400 percent. The proposal was in the consent agenda the Assembly approved early in the meeting without discussion.

Ketchikan: Logger clown remembered
The recent accidental death of Terry Selby while performing at a logging event in Juneau cast a shadow over this year's Ketchikan Timber Carnival, held last week.

Ketchikan: Somewhere the sun is shining
It didn't rain on Ketchikan's parade this year. Rain on Thursday morning let up just before the island's annual Independence Day festivities began. People lined the streets along Tongass Avenue to watch the 2002 Kids Parade and the Fourth of July parade, which kicked off the day's events that included a timber carnival and a rubber duck race in Ketchikan Creek.

The draw of Kenai
SEWARD - Sure it's a cliche. But legend has it that the highlight of Alaska's Independence Day celebration started as a bar bet.And when you see the muddy, bloody runners dragging themselves over the finish line after scrambling up and down Mount Marathon in Seward, it makes sense that the first people to conceive of this outrageousness likely were drunk. What it doesn't explain is why hundreds of apparently sober people choose to put themselves through this high-altitude endurance test.

Zoo bears get chance for fishing glory
The 50 rainbow trout darting through the bear pool were supposed to outrun Ahpun and Oreo. But it didn't exactly work out that way.

Haines borough/city consolidation ahead in early tally
HAINES - Pro-merger supporters were prevailing as Haines officials tallied results of a election to consolidate the city and borough.

Ketchikan: Intertie moves ahead
A transmission line linking two Southeast Alaska hydroelectric projects is moving ahead as planned.

Man sentenced in sex abuse case
A North Pole man convicted of attempting to sexually abuse his young daughter has been sentenced to 212 years in prison.

Haines: Camera takes close-up look at nesting eagles
Ever wondered what eagles do all day, but don't have the time to scout nests and spend hours watching the raptor in the wild through a pair of binoculars?

University sets new Internet record
In the world of network engineering, winning the Internet2 Land Speed Record gets you noticed.

Southeast commercial fisherman rescued from boat fire
A commercial fisherman lost his boat and his season's earnings in a fire Friday morning in Keku Strait near Kuiu Island, about 140 miles south of Juneau.Kim Peterson, 43, a fisherman from the Craig area, was treated Friday afternoon at Bartlett Regional Hospital for smoke inhalation and released.

Man charged with girlfriend's murder
An Anchorage man has been charged with first-degree murder in the strangling death of his girlfriend Friday night, police said.

Kenai Peninsula growing older
As the population of the Kenai Peninsula grows larger, it also is growing older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Close to home
A sockeye salmon jumps from the water Friday while trying to navigate the Russian River Falls near Cooper Landing.

Special Olympics pays Stevens $715K
Ben Stevens, the son of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, was paid more than $715,000 for three years of work as chief executive of the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games, held last March in Anchorage.

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