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Thursday, July 10, 2003

BP to halt production at Badami
FAIRBANKS - BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. will halt production Aug. 1 on the Badami oil field, a once-promising North Slope site about 25 miles east of Prudhoe Bay. Expected to yield 30,000 barrels of oil a day, production at Badami slowed to 1,300 barrels a day in recent years and the oil giant decided to cut its losses.

Price is high when shopping locally
I am writing in response to all the letters regarding shopping locally. As a single mother of two, let me set a few things straight about shopping locally.

We are conservationists
Mike Chambers' article about the effort to ban hunting of black bears with the use of bait stations was interesting and informative. I don't know why he finds the mix of conservationists and hunters to be odd, though.

Read more about it
The recent letters from Mr. Crockroft and Ms. Noble impelled me to point out that Empire readers and all Americans have some wonderful opportunities to read many of the papers of our Founding Fathers and draw their own conclusions.

Express route needs hospital stop
I am a big fan of Capital Transit, but I would like to know why there is only local bus service to the hospital area.

Applying best practices
On behalf of the Alaska Travel Industry Association's Juneau Chapter, I would like to note the efforts put toward the Tourism Best Management Practices program.

Former state workers can find good jobs
It always surprises me that you don't hear much about the new employment opportunities that follow the initial shock of state employee downsizing. It's true that no one likes the anxiety and uncertainty of the job hunt, but, realistically, qualified people will find employment in the private sector.

Spare the wildflowers
We are so angry, a deep breath is needed before we tell about the Department Of Transportation's needless attack on wildflowers.

Land-and-shoot not in wildlife's interest
Against public opinion, Gov. Frank Murkowski has signed a bill allowing wolves to be hunted and killed from airplanes.

Finance Committee funds nonprofits, provides for schools
Faced with too many budget requests Tuesday night and not enough money to fund them, the Finance Committee of the Juneau Assembly chose to fully fund some area nonprofits and to provide partial funding to the Juneau School District. "(Nonprofits) create the tax base," said Assembly member Dale Anderson. "If we have no tax base we can't support our community. Without a tax base, without income generating a sales tax revenue, we are lost." Perseverance Theatre, the Juneau Economic Development Council, Juneau Jazz and Classics and the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA) will receive a total of $174,800.

Clarification
An article in Sunday's Empire on Thursday's Marine Park Plaza grand opening celebration failed to identify the funding source for the $6.1 million project.

North Carolina man dies in climbing fall
State troopers on Monday recovered the body of a North Carolina man who died Saturday in a climbing accident on the Juneau Icefield. Troopers on Tuesday morning identified the deceased as Jeffrey Sutton, 29, an Army captain from Fayetteville, N.C., who was transferring to the U.S. Coast Guard. Officials at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville confirmed a Jeffrey Sutton was stationed there but provided no other information. According to a trooper statement, Sutton and Army Capt. Arleigh William Dean, 29, of Juneau were climbing the west Taku Tower at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when Sutton's rope was cut on a rock as he was about a third of the way down. He fell to the tower base.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events

Photo: Juneau waterfront, 1940
This colored postcard shows the Juneau waterfront and ships in 1940. During this time, Juneau's waterfront housed saloons and brothels, cold storage buildings, marine supply outlets, warehouses, fish processing facilities and various military installations.

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

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

Corrections
Due to a reporter's error, Wednesday's Empire article about a private fast ferry incorrectly reported the home towns and committee affiliations of two sources.

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

JUMP film festival returns with lessons in grammar, creative uses for a husband
The minute-long movie "Grammar" begins in a field in Lemon Creek. Greg Chaney is wearing a Viking helmet, squatting in a field and chewing grass. He is playing the role of a bull. The bull represents a noun in "Grammar," a digital short about sentence structure. Greg's son Connor, 12, wrote, directed and edited the story, one of 25 short movies playing in the Third Juneau Underground Motion Picture Film Festival. The festival opens at 7 p.m. today. Festival entries will be shown again at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Silverbow's Back Room. Admission is free. Past festivals packed the house quickly.

Planning Commission rejects DOT's Douglas Bridge plan
The Juneau Planning Commission voted 4-4 Tuesday night to reject the state Department of Transportation's plans to make renovations to the Douglas Bridge and nearby intersections to help ease traffic congestion. The commission's split decision sends a recommendation to the Juneau Assembly not to move forward with the project. "With a vote to not recommend approval, the planning commission did not agree with our project," said DOT project planner Chris Morrow.

This Day in History
In 1934, the permanent town of Anchorage was started on lots sold by the Federal government.

Photo: A jump for joy
Taking advantage of Tuesday's sunny weather, Ashley Montoya, 13, jumps from the city's floating dock in front of Marine Park as her friends Cassandra Jerue, 13, center, and Brook Delgoto, 13, swim.

Photo: Visiting steamship, 1930
This photograph of the S.S. Prince George of the Canadian National Steamship line was taken in 1930. This was one of the steamships that visited Juneau's waterfront and was regularly greeted by the famous Patsy Ann (1929-1942), a deaf bull terrier who has been memorialized with a statue downtown.

Friends remember Mr. Fourth of July
Though former Juneau Mayor Larry Parker did not spend his last few Fourth of Julys in town, those who remember him still associate him with the holiday's festivities. Parker, who died a week before Independence Day at the age of 84, was a founding member of Juneau's July 4 fireworks committee, and was involved in the pyrotechnics for more than 50 of the celebrations.

Bear breaks into home
After spending the Fourth of July weekend in Tenakee Springs, Cathy and Juan Muñoz and their daughter, Mercedes, returned Monday to find the back door of their Starr Hill home unhinged. Inside, muddy paw prints streaked the walls, mini-blinds were mangled and a 50-pound bag of dog food lay disemboweled on their living room floor. Alongside the dog food sat a sizable deposit of fresh black bear scat. "It looked like the house had been vandalized," said Cathy Muñoz, co-owner of the Ad Lib shop and a former Juneau Assembly member. "The bear literally ripped the door off its hinges."

Becker, Germain to marry
Kristy Becker and Greg Germain of Juneau will be married in a ceremony planned for Nov. 22 at the Northern Light United Church.

ASAP may help soften blow to some seniors who are losing Longevity Bonus
Eligible seniors will receive their final Longevity Bonus checks in August 2003. With that check, they will receive information about a new program called the Alaska Senior Assistance Program (ASAP). The ASAP is not a replacement for the Longevity Bonus, but it will help soften the blow to some seniors who are losing the bonus.

Parks, Cunningham marry
Sarah Parks of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Trent Cunningham of Juneau were married in a ceremony on June 20 at the Seattle Washington Temple.

Neighbors Briefs
Marine Park shelter rentals transferred; Newborn screening program dedication; Pesticide license classes; Goldpanning results are in; Library prizes; Derr leaves ASHNHA

Student recognition
Weaver graduates; Messing earns degree; Turner honored; Smiley on honor roll; Thomas-Garrigues honored; Rider receives Schneider Merit Award; Ann Northrip inducted into Psi Chi at Linfield; Noreen graduates cum laude with bachelor's; Juneau residents named to East Oregon dean's list; Davis ends wilderness emergency medical technician course; Shine awarded bachelor of arts in English; Weston makes Western State dean's list; Blake Rider makes UAF chancellor's list; Tanna Peters honored; Bauer on dean's list; Barril, Burnett enrol at Universal Technical

Cadiente, Baxter to marry
Christa Cadiente and Corey Baxter of Juneau will unite in marriage at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 11, at Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow immediately at the ANB Hall.

Photo: Bridget Cove sunset
Shorebirds are silhouetted by the setting sun at Bridget Cove last April. The Chilkat Mountains are in the distance. Low tide exposes large areas of sandy and rocky flats at the cove, along with several stream channels that are hidden when the water is higher.

Pets of the week
Ren is a small dog, a purebred border collie. She is a well-behaved 7-year-old with a sweet disposition. Tucker is a cuddler and a lap-sitter who never met a person or a cat he didn't like.

Thank you
... for library prizes; ...for raptor center gift; ...for help with the car rally

Kaplor, Fortwengler to wed
Karen Ann Kaplor of Kent, Wash., and Kevin Alexander Fortwengler of Kent, Wash., will be married in a ceremony at 4 p.m., July 19, at Skater's Cabin in Juneau. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 5100 Glacier Highway.

Ruth Lokke
Ruth Lokke, 80, died July 5, 2003, while at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Fred C. Morgan Sr.
Juneau resident Fred C. Morgan Sr., 90, Neechg a Raven from the Takdeintaan Clan, died July 2, 2003, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Midsummer Night 10K and One-Mile Run
Here are the results of the Southeast Road Runners club's Midsummer Night 10-Kilometer and One-Mile Run, held Tuesday night at False Outer Point in North Douglas.

King James reigns in pro hoops debut
ORLANDO, Fla. - LeBron James dominated the competition to the delight of his audience, then eyeballed the scoreboard for his own satisfaction. With 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists Tuesday night, the most talked-about high school draft pick in NBA history thrilled a huge crowd that waited several hours to see him make his pro basketball debut. But he said what he'll remember most is the outcome of this summer league game - Cleveland Cavaliers 107, Orlando Magic 80.

A sunny night run
It was a hot time for a Midsummer Night 10K run. With the temperature above 70 degrees and only a few clouds in the sky, nearly 80 runners showed up for a rare night race hosted by the Southeast Road Runners club Tuesday night at False Outer Point. There was a 10-kilometer race (6.2 miles) for the older runners, and a one-mile race for the kids and some adults.

Juneau East beats Juneau West 14-4 in district tournament
The Juneau East All-Stars from the Gastineau Channel Little League knocked off their Juneau West GCLL counterparts 14-4 on Wednesday in the District 2 (Southeast) Age 9-10 Little League Tournament in Wrangell. Brendan Daugherty broke a 4-4 tie in the fourth inning with a two-run triple and scored two runs to lead a balanced Juneau East offense. Andy Lawson and Devan Neal both scored three runs for Juneau East.

Blind musher signs up for 2004 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
BEND, Ore. - A high-ranking official with the Iditarod sled dog race said a sight-impaired musher from Redmond should be allowed to compete in the 2004 race.

Corrections
In a story about the Midsummer Night 10K Race that ran in Wednesday's Juneau Empire sports section the first name of second-place finisher Geoff Williamson was misspelled.

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

Minus crowd, James not as sharp in second game
ORLANDO, Fla. - It wasn't in front of 15,000 fans and it was a loss, but LeBron James' star continued to shine. Even as the Orlando Pro Summer League returned to its usual home inside the fanless and emotionless Magic practice facility after Tuesday night's charged atmosphere at the T.D. Waterhouse Centre, James delivered more impressive play Wednesday.

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

Princess Tours adds Whittier after tax dropped
ANCHORAGE - Princess Tours has reached an agreement that will bring tens of thousands of cruise ship passengers to Whittier next summer. The move follows the Whittier City Council's decision in April to repeal a cruise-ship head tax and exempt Princess from other fees. The cruise and tour company, based in Santa Clarita, Calif., will reroute four ships to Whittier that stop in Seward. The vessels, carrying about 2,000 passengers each, will make 36 stops in Whittier between May and September.

Appeals court rejects borough hiring preference ordinance
ANCHORAGE - A North Slope Borough law giving Native Americans preference for borough jobs has been rejected by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In a decision released Tuesday, a three-judge panel ruled that the law violates the Alaska Constitution's guarantee of equal protection. The decision affirms a decision by U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick, who heard the case in Fairbanks.

Knowles will run for U.S. Senate in 2004
Democrat Tony Knowles, a two-term Alaska governor and former mayor of Anchorage, will run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2004, he said. In a long-anticipated announcement, the 60-year-old Knowles said Alaska needs a strong voice in both political parties defending the state in Washington, D.C. Knowles is seeking the seat now held by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Anchorage Republican appointed by her father, Gov. Frank Murkowski, last year after he took office and resigned his Senate seat.

Lawmakers divert Bush funds to bigger cities
A Murkowski administration proposal to parcel out $14.7 million in one-time federal funds to local communities was dramatically changed by a legislative committee on Wednesday. The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee voted to take nearly $3 million from Bush communities and give to generally larger communities that stood to lose under a proposed formula. Anchorage will receive $5.2 million, which is $1.3 million more than the administration had proposed. Juneau will get $184,000 more than originally proposed and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough would receive about $211,000 in additional funding.

State Briefs
Aerospace firm plans to build facility in Kenai; Troller sinks near Kruzof Island; Police chief demotion protested with manure; Body may be missing Florida woman; Eagle River woman dies in motorcycle wreck

State Briefs
Body found after troller sinks near Sitka; Fairbanks police chief demoted to sergeant; Trial begins for man who doused protesters; Anchorage Assembly rejects panhandling ban; Anchorage man faces counterfeiting charge; Report says Anchorage police need improvement

Haines, Skagway want private ferry
The communities of Haines and Skagway are mounting a campaign to bring a private fast ferry system to Lynn Canal, a move the towns' officials say is in response to inadequate service. Officials in the two communities said they are frustrated with unfulfilled promises by the state to provide Lynn Canal communities with fast ferry service to Juneau. "We're fed up with the Department of Transportation," said Jan Wrentmore, a business owner in Haines who serves on the Haines Lynn Canal Transportation Committee.

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