Sunday, July 14, 2002

In the Stacks
Here are some more new summer reading suggestions for kids from the Juneau Public Libraries!

Plain and simple message
"New DWI laws catching many offenders by surprise?" The ultimate cost of drunk driving is injury or death resulting from choosing to drink and then to drive.

On the big screen
When fliers were circulated a few months ago from JUMP Society, I was curious about the implication of a local film fest. I jumped for joy having attended this event. I'm still not certain which was more fun - seeing the films or watching the reaction of people in attendance.

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

Conference report: Marine science is more than science
Aquatic and marine educators from the Pacific Northwest, meeting in Juneau this weekend, learned there's more to their subject than science. It's art, math, geography and culture, participants said."When teachers are using the salmon lifecycle in their classes, everyone thinks science," U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service educator Laurel Devaney told some conference participants Friday at Centennial Hall.

Forest Service weighing options
For Kay Greenough, the velvet curtains inside Centennial Hall are beginning to look all too familiar.A Juneau resident since 1965, she has attended many U.S. Forest Service hearings over the years about the Tongass National Forest. Last month, the question centered on whether certain areas should be recommended for wilderness designation. "This is like a bad dream in a lot of ways. Some day I won't have to be in this room, looking at these green curtains," she said. "It's very disheartening to have to come back and say, 'I think Berners Bay is important.' "

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

Ronald J. Kutz
Former Juneau resident Ronald J. Kutz, 74, died July 9, 2002, in Seattle, Wash. due to severe complications related to an accident on June 12, 2002.

Ronald J. Kutz
Former Juneau resident Ronald J. Kutz, 74, died July 9, 2002, in Seattle, Wash. due to severe complications related to an accident on June 12, 2002.

Empire editorial: Commitment provides benefit
Just about anything that burns fuel produces smoke, including cruise ships. Areas surrounded by mountains tend to trap that smoke, including Gastineau Channel.But there's less smoke in the air because one of the companies bringing cruise ships to town invested time and money into an alternative power system aimed at lessening emissions.

The spirit in sit
Many, many years ago, when I began to get some notoriety as a writer, I asked Harvey Milton, a Tlingit elder, if he knew any stories about glaciers and their relationship with our people. His reply was that he wasn't going to tell me anything because I would write about it and get rich. I never pursued it after that.

Fish Report
Juneau area marine boat anglers once again enjoyed a good week of king salmon fishing. Most of the king salmon are being caught in the terminal harvest area that includes Auke Bay and Fritz Cove. In the most recent survey, it took 16 hours to land a king.

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.), 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).

Big Fish photos

Mount Roberts Trail work moves uphill
A few years ago the Empire published an article called "Thousands of Footprints." It described the changes taking place on Mount Roberts after the tram began lifting thousands of people into the subalpine zone.Areas that had experienced light usage by hikers over the years were threatened by the inundation of people into the fragile environment. It told of the efforts of a group of volunteers called Mount Roberts Stewards to lessen the impact of those footsteps - minor side trails blocked, twine fences erected and visitors spoken to about their experiences.

Big fish on a little line
While trolling around Auke Bay in early April, two University of Alaska Fairbanks fisheries students hooked into an unforgettable battle that landed them a halibut nearly one third the size of their aging boat.

Humpy heyday
It was early July along the Juneau roadside. My arm burned with fatigue and my back was stiff as a board as my fishing partner and I fought bugs, slippery rocks, and of course, fish while we inched our way closer and closer to the century mark for released fish that day.

Halibut catch rate better than 2001
Area halibut fishermen had a great first week of July.According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, it took an average of five hours to land a halibut in the Juneau area that week, up from 28 hours at this same time last year.

Juneau East claims title
The longer he stayed in the game, the more battered and bruised Juneau East starting pitcher Dylan Baker became.But Saturday's game at Miller Fields was for the District II Minor (age 9-10) Little League Baseball championship, so Baker figured he could take a couple of blows for the team.

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

'Whale whisperer' teaches orca to trust humans
SEATTLE - The orphan orca from Canada who strayed into busy Puget Sound last winter charmed locals for months, splashing and playing off the Vashon Island ferry dock.But beneath the playful exterior lay concerns about the whale's health and her future. And when experts decided to capture her, nurse her back to health and release her to her pod, they called on "whale whisperer" Jeff Foster.

Ketchikan: UAS gets grant for shipyard training
The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan has been awarded a half-million-dollar federal grant to develop and assess a training and education program at the Ketchikan Shipyard.

Ketchikan: Two principals hired
The Ketchikan School Board on Wednesday voted unanimously to hire Barbara Roberts and Lester McCormick to replace outgoing principals at White Cliff Elementary School and Houghtaling Elementary School.

Cook Inlet fishing-boat accident claims Soldotna teen
ANCHORAGE - A 14-year-old Soldotna boy died early Friday after a commercial fishing skiff capsized in Cook Inlet.Alaska State Troopers said Samuel Gammon was working as a crewmember on the 22-foot boat.

Conquering Mt. McKinley
Two Russians used ropes and sleds to dead-haul themselves up the highest mountain in North America and become the first paraplegics to summit Mount McKinley.In going where no other paraplegics have gone before, Grigory Zarkov and Igor Ushakov in June joined a growing number of mountaineers scaling Mount McKinley to make a point, said Roger Robinson, lead mountaineer ranger for Denali National Park and Preserve about 140 miles northwest of Anchorage.

Haines: Borough assessor steps down
After six mayors, five borough clerks, and 15 years on the job, borough assessor and land manager Dan Turner is stepping down.

Orca orphan travels home
ABOARD THE CATALINA JET, British Columbia - An orphaned killer whale that strayed into Puget Sound last winter and won hearts for her troubled species across the continent was finally headed for home Saturday.After a false start Friday - barnacles on the hull of her catamaran transport cut its top speed from 40 to 17 knots - the 2-year-old orca was lifted out of her pen by crane and settled into a blue, water-filled box for the 400-mile trip to Johnstone Strait, near the north end of Vancouver Island.

AIDEA board continues to explore purchase of Ketchikan veneer mill
ANCHORAGE - Bankrupt Gateway Forest Products' defunct veneer mill in Ketchikan could be resurrected, under an effort by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority.The authority's board voted Friday to try to assemble a deal to buy the closed mill, despite concerns that agency staff also is looking into buying an adjacent closed sawmill.

Ketchikan: Humane Society marks anniversary
The Ketchikan Humane Society reports having placed 35 dogs with families that otherwise might have joined the 500 or so abandoned animals the Ketchikan Gateway Borough's Animal Protection Department puts to sleep every year.

Solar-powered fence keeps bears out of smokehouse
DILLINGHAM - While the sight of a brown bear in the wild can be awe-inspiring, the sight of a furry thief in your smokehouse filled with drying salmon can be downright discouraging.Just ask Anuska Olson. She and her husband, Hjalmar, have spent their entire lives in the Dillingham area, and too many times have unwillingly donated their family's fish to an ursine robber.

Ketchikan: Former cop can do CWS in Oregon
A former Ketchikan police sergeant convicted in April of criminal trespass will be able to serve his community work service in Oregon rather than Ketchikan, as originally ordered by the court.

State Briefs
Plane recovered from channel; State certifies Haines merger vote; Man faces 75-year sentence for murder; Knowles signs veterans bill

Petersburg: Sen. Ted Stevens reports on priorities
At a July 5 no-host luncheon, U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, 78, reported on his congressional priorities of the last term, answered questions from some of the four dozen locals present, and discussed his bid for reelection.

Kuskokwim subsistence decision reversed
ANCHORAGE - The Federal Subsistence Board last week reversed a decision it made in late June that reduced sportfishing time on the lower Kuskokwim River, saying it had not adequately justified its earlier decision.

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