Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Just my opinion
In my letter that was run as a My Turn on Sunday, I expressed opinions that were mine, and not of the agency for which I work for. It was a mistake and quite inappropriate for me to list the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association at the end of my letter as my employer.

Different questions
An article in last night's paper stated that a "city study suggested that new heliports at Dupont and Montana Creek would be the best way to reduce flightseeing noise."

At last, news
Thank you for finally writing a story that is worthwhile reading. The story about Trecie, the malamute, proves a point that there are a lot of wonderful caring people in the world who will help any animal in distress, including each other.

Get parade moving
Right on, Ron Maas! There is nothing more annoying to either participants or observers than a parade that doesn't move. Two observations I have heard repeatedly from people since the Fourth: 1) The marching band is their favorite part of the parade; and 2) the parade was too slow.

Sincerest apologies
As the director of SAGA, I need to make it clear that the views expressed by our administrative director in Sunday's paper under the My Turn section do not reflect those of the organization.

One possible disadvantage
I enjoyed the Juneau Fourth of July parade, but the wait for its arrival at my Egan Drive location was interminable. Also, several times, long gaps between some units made me think that the parade had ended. To cure timeliness and unit spacing problems in future Juneau parades I offer this suggestion.

Out of touch
As much as I like the Public Safety Employees Association Political Action Committee (PSEA-PAC) members, they are wrong to endorse Fran Ulmer for governor. I am a correctional officer, past board member and legislative liaison.

Entertaining the angels
It is early morning, one week from Terry's death. I am sitting in our home in Philomath wondering how to thank all of you for your wonderful care of our family last week and in years previous.

A fine line traveled
I am forwarding a letter to you at the request of the widow of Terry Selby, the gentleman who died recently in the tragic accident during Gold Rush Days. In my 30 years of working with major newspapers, TV and radio around the country, I cannot remember a time when a publication handled a tragedy like this one with more professionalism.

Incredibly unfair
I agree with the comments of the last two days about the parade. Whatever the reason for all the stops and long delays during the parade, the end result was incredibly unfair for the audience and the participants.

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

Stores stung in tobacco compliance operation
Three retail clerks face stiff penalties after police busted them for selling tobacco to minors during a sting operation over the weekend.Clerks from Uncle Artie's Gifts downtown, the Big Dipper ice cream shop and Reymel Oriental Store, both in the Mendenhall Valley, were cited by police Sunday afternoon.

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

New dock proposed
A private developer plans to build a dock at the rock dump that could accommodate new, larger cruise ships.Jacobsen Trust, composed of a local family that owns land at the rock dump south of downtown, is applying for local, state and federal permits for the dock.

Assembly irons out tour plan wrinkles
The Juneau Assembly resolved several sticky issues Monday in a long-range tourism plan, but the makeup of the entity that would implement the plan remained under review.The plan gives the city direction in marketing tourism, reducing flightseeing noise and managing downtown congestion, among other topics. The city started work on it in spring 2001. Assembly committees have spent the past several weeks ironing out some of the more contentious details, such as the location of heliports.

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

Convicted arsonist gets 20 years for burglaries
A man who has spent more time in prison than out is looking at another 20-year stretch at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center for stealing survival equipment and a jar of coins. Baard Walker Foss, 29, pleaded guilty in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday to two counts of first-degree burglary, a felony.

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

Photo: Making the rounds on Bike Day
Alex Martin, 10, left, David Simons, 6, center, and Jacob Stevens, 6, ride their bicycles around the Glacier Valley Elementary School parking lot Tuesday afternoon on Bike Day at the Rally summer activity program.

Family rescues dog from chute in Glory Hole
After spending more than three days trapped in a rock chute deep in the Glory Hole on Douglas, the Fraser family's dog has come home."Right now she's under my daughter's bed, sleeping," said Richard Fraser, a local contractor, on Monday. "(She's) not feeling real confident, but she'll come around."

Planning Commission wants to look at priorities
The Juneau Planning Commission wants to set up a meeting with the Juneau Assembly to prioritize backlogged city projects.Dale Pernula, community development director, presented a list of 22 potential city improvement, planning and code revision projects for 2002-03 at Tuesday's regular Planning Commission meeting.

Vigil brings diverse people together
Balbir Singh Sodhi was shot and killed Sept. 15, 2001, in Mesa, Ariz., in a shooting spree officials said targeted victims because of their race. Sodhi, who belonged to the Sikh religion, wore a long beard and turban, a look many believe characterizes someone of the Muslim faith. "Wearing a turban and Punjabi suit is part of our lifestyle," said Mukhya Khalsa, Juneau resident and Sikh. "Ninety-nine percent of people wearing turbans are Sikh, not Muslim."

Thank you
... for all the help.; ...for your contributions.; ...for the tour.; ...for the help.; ...for the generosity.

Humane society awarded grant
The American Humane Association announced that the Gastineau Humane Society of Juneau is one of 10 animal welfare organizations nationwide to receive a grant from the Meacham Foundation Memorial. The Gastineau Humane Society received a $3,000 grant to fund the remodeling of the society's cat room.

Student honored
Alexander Gagne-Hawes, a junior at Juneau-Douglas High School, was selected for recognition from Glacier Valley Rotary as "Student of the Month" for April. Gagne-Hawes was nominated for the high school recognition by the World Language Department and Library.

Pets Of The Week
Marmalade is a short hair, spayed, black and white female who is a former stray. She has a friendly, easy going and playful personality. Marmalade gets along well with other cats and would make an ideal family pet.

Carlson, Van Kirk wed
Michelle Dawn Carlson and Brian Charles Van Kirk, both of Juneau, were married at 3 p.m. on May 26 at the Chapel By The Lake. A reception followed at Glacier Gardens.

Academic Honors
The academic achievements of Juneau resident Corey Denton were recognized recently by the University of New Hampshire's College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Hilda Marie 'Sue' Lea
Former Juneau resident Hilda Marie "Sue" Lea died June 22, 2002, in Port Angeles, Wash.

Robert M. 'Bob' McCormick
Lifetime Douglas resident Robert M. "Bob" McCormick, 68, died July 4, 2002, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Wash.

Linda L. Millsap
Fourth generation Alaskan Linda L. Millsap, 53, died July 9, 2002, in Juneau after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Robert M. 'Bob' McCormick
Lifetime Douglas resident Robert M. "Bob" McCormick, 68, died July 4, 2002, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Wash.

Hilda Marie 'Sue' Lea
Former Juneau resident Hilda Marie "Sue" Lea died June 22, 2002, in Port Angeles, Wash.

Techwit: Digital dieting is NOFUNS
Right now your coffee maker is talking to your alarm clock wanting to know, "Is it time to start brewing yet?" Your refrigerator is talking to your leftovers to make sure they are cool enough. Depending on your income level, your home security system may be on high alert ready to call the cops, and the CCC (Clothes Coordinator Custodian) built into your full-length mirror may have just sent you a voice message through your radio telling you not to wear the striped shirt with the plaid coat.

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

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

Juneau West makes most of opportunities
Petersburg pitcher Jacob Madsen limited the Gastineau Channel Little League's Juneau West All-Stars to just one hit Tuesday afternoon during the District II Minor (age 9-10) Little League Baseball Tournament at Miller Fields.So Juneau West had to find other ways to win.

Empire Cup Running Series Point Standings
Here are the standings through June 30 for the 2002 Empire Cup running series, which is co-sponsored each year by the Southeast Road Runners Club and the Juneau Empire.

Local Sports Briefs
Seven local karate athletes receive black belt promotions; Three come up aces at hole-in-one contest

Juneau East opens tourney with win
Three times Wrangell took leads against Juneau East in Monday's opening round of the District II Minor (age 9-10) Little League Tournament at Miller Fields.But the Juneau East players weren't worried. They felt the game was still within their grasp.

Douglas Two-Miler
Results from Thursday's Douglas Two-Miler running race held as part of the Douglas Fourth of July celebration. Due to a clock malfunction, times are not available. Also, youth results were split from the adults so the overall finish order has been lost.

North Pole girl dies following shooting mishap
FAIRBANKS - A 16-year-old North Pole girl died after being shot in the head by a 27-year-old man authorities say was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

Alaska authorities dispute GAO call for oil cleanup standards
WASHINGTON - Alaska officials say there's little need to worry about potential multibillion-dollar cleanups from oil and gas drilling in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve, since they might not happen for 50 years.The state's optimistic outlook contrasts with the advice of congressional auditors issuing a report today that says the Interior Department should give oil and gas companies specific requirements for cleaning up any damage.

Knowles signs 27 bills and vetoes two
Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law more than two dozen bills Monday, changing a plethora of rules and regulations affecting topics from commercial salmon fishing to a scooter not yet on the market.But Knowles vetoed a bill to revise future constitutional conventions and another that would have made it more difficult for local governments to consolidate.

North Pole man charged with murder in girl's death
FAIRBANKS - A North Pole man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl.Alaska State Troopers originally believed that Ernest Elizardo, 27, accidentally shot Jenny Cullen in the head early Monday morning while he was handling his .357-caliber revolver after drinking alcohol. But after further investigation, troopers said they're not convinced the shooting was unintentional.

State Briefs
Coast Guard looking into yacht fire; Troopers: Seward party gets out of control; Anchorage man tells police he strangled his girlfriend; Bald eagle shot near Wrangell is recovering; Coroner: Driver who killed Alaska teacher was drunk; Elections division rules in favor of Rep. Vic Kohring;

Kodiak murder divides family
ANCHORAGE - When Carlos Medina was an up-and-coming businessman in Kodiak's Filipino community, one of his smaller ventures was a food booth at the annual crab festival selling barbecued pork on a stick. He called the food stand Mommy's Heart, after his departed mother, who had raised Carlos and 11 other children back in the Philippines.

Two die in small-plane crash near Mount McKinley
ANCHORAGE - A pilot and a friend were killed when their small plane crashed in a pass near Mount McKinley, officials said Monday.

State lab testing hundreds of fish for contaminants
ANCHORAGE - The king salmon was no monster, weighing less than 8 pounds when it was plucked out of the Kuskokwim River last week. But after it was sliced, diced and mashed into salmon pulp, after it was washed in acetone, hydrochloric acid and toluene, after a mere wisp of the former predator was run through an atomic absorption spectrometer, heated to 2,400 degrees centigrade and pierced by a beam of light, Ron Grimm could safely say it was clean.

DWI laws meant to deter, but are drunken drivers getting the point?
Tough new laws aimed at curbing drinking and driving went into effect last week, with changes ranging from increased fines to vehicle forfeiture.But while the Legislature intended for the new statutes to punish and prevent drinking and driving, many in the legal community say the public is still unaware of such laws passed a year ago.

Bush aims aid at tribal colleges
FAIRBANKS - President Bush has signed an order asking federal agencies to provide more help to tribal colleges, including those in Alaska.

State Briefs
Judge hears arguments in legislative move case; Knowles appoints UA regents; Diomede faces whale fine; Testimony conflicts in cities' case against Exxon;

Army backs off Fort Richardson expansion
ANCHORAGE - After making inquiries about expanding Fort Richardson into a mountainous section of Chugach State Park, the Army is backing off because of a cool reception from state officials.

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