Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Defer the decision
The Assembly has decided to defer a decision on the tourism management plan and to request additional comments on parts of it. The committee may report back to the Assembly as late as October 2002.

Corporate welfare
A bill (SB 2222) before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee would cheat Alaskans and the American public out of high-value Tongass National Forest land. While Sen. Murkowski may have good intentions, the Cape Fox Land Entitlement Adjustment Act is a corporate give away.

Stevens' pay well deserved
As the former area director of Juneau's Special Olympics Alaska program, I would like to comment on Barbara Williams' letter regarding the salary paid to Ben Stevens, director of Special Olympics World Winter Games, which were held in Alaska during the winter of 2001.

Let the process work
As a Douglas resident I have followed the issue of siting a new heliport carefully since my neighborhood will be effected by its location. Douglas residents already are exposed to a lot of aircraft noise, thus I am sympathetic to Thane residents' concerns about the location of the new heliport in their neighborhood.

NTSB: '01 crash pilot was using restricted drug
Pilot overconfidence caused by a prescription drug may have doomed six people aboard a tour plane that slammed into a rock wall in the Davidson Glacier pass near Haines last year, according to a report released today by the National Transportation Safety Board.The report is a summary of facts found during the NTSB's year-long investigation into the July 30, 2001, crash of the Piper Cherokee Six plane, operated by L.A.B. Flying Service of Haines, that killed one Canadian and four German tourists as well as the pilot.

Juneau duathlete dies during competition
Wes Coyner was introduced to duathlon late in life, but the sport quickly became his passion as he won three national age-group titles and represented Team USA in three world championship meets.On Sunday morning, Coyner, 74, died doing what he loved.

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

NYC fireman recalls Sept. 11 devastation
When the World Trade Center crashed down Sept. 11, the impact of its falling material crushed everything underneath it, pushing it below ground and packing it together. As New York City firefighter Joe Sardo tried to dig through the rubble to find survivors, he felt devastated and helpless.

City may halt dock project
Juneau Assembly member Randy Wanamaker asked the city on Monday to finish a comprehensive waterfront plan before approving permits for new dock construction downtown.Wanamaker asked City Attorney John Corso to prepare an ordinance or resolution imposing a temporary moratorium on new dock construction. The ordinance or resolution will come back to the Assembly for more discussion.

Gottschalks reopens at new location
Gottschalks opened its doors for the first time today in the 36,400-square-foot space formerly occupied by J.C. Penney in the Mendenhall Mall.Corey Lancaster, a former commercial fisherman, was waiting this morning for the store to open so he could get an employment application.

Ridgeway to seek Juneau Assembly seat
Juneau School Board member Stan Ridgeway will run this fall for a Mendenhall Valley seat on the Juneau Assembly.Ridgeway, who is serving his second term on the Juneau School Board, filed a notice of intent this week with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, allowing him to raise money and campaign for the open District 2 seat.

Correction
Due to incorrect information provided to the Empire, Greg Brown's grandson was misidentified as Michael Glacier in Friday's Juneau Color article.

Man allegedly holds woman captive for 5 hours
A man accused of raping and holding captive a former girlfriend at a downtown hotel for nearly five hours Thursday has been charged with felony sexual assault and jailed on $10,000 bail.Harold Mills, 46, was arrested Friday night after his former girlfriend, 27, whose name is not being released, accused him of raping her.

Photo: The price is right
Fisherman Greg O'Claray, left, helps Rik Pruett bag a few coho salmon at Aurora Harbor on Monday afternoon. O'Claray made his first fishing trip with a recently bought power troller, named Shedoni II, around Yakobi Island.

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

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

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

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

My Turn: Murkowski land swap is dirty deal for Alaskans
As a longtime Juneau community member I am appalled by the proposed Cape Fox Land Exchange, the latest backroom maneuver by Sen. Murkowski to help Kensington mine cut corners and costs at the public's expense. Coeur Alaska, owner of the Kensington gold mine, has an approved operating plan but they want to cut corners to maximize their profits.

My Turn: School is out, but quest for solutions goes on
While schools close for the summer, there is no such break in the quest to solve serious problems eating away at the edges of our education system. In some of our communities, long-simmering troubles are boiling to the surface in conflicts that baffle and shock many Alaskans.

Juneau Freewheelers' End Of The Road race
Results from the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club's End of the Road Race held Saturday from the Shrine of St. Therese to Echo Cove and back along the Glacier Highway. The race was held in steady rain to light showers, and the course measured 32.5 miles.

Seniors in title showdown
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars may have lost the in-game home run derby to the Stikine Pilots, but Juneau won where it counted as the GCLL All-Stars claimed an 18-6 victory Monday in the District II Senior (age 15-16) Little League Baseball Championships in Petersburg. Stikine, which is a combined team from Petersburg and Wrangell, hit four homers in the game to Juneau's three as both teams took advantage of the short, 270-foot temporary fence at Mort Fryer Field.

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

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

Letter: My hero
Wes Coyner was my hero - the ultimate athlete, the ultimate person, the guy I want to be. (Yes, even 54-year-old men can have their heroes.)My guy begins running in his mid-60s, after being ranked nationally in racquetball into his early 60s. He places second in his age group in the Boston and Seattle marathons before turning to duathlon competition, where he promptly becomes the national champion, ranked in the top five internationally, and voted an All American for his age group.

Orphan killer whale swims free in native waters
HANSON ISLAND, British Columbia - An orphan killer whale was tagging along with members of her birth pod today, a day after she return to her native waters from a months-long stay in Puget Sound.The 2-year-old, 12-foot-long orca was not intermingling with the eight other whales but she stayed within calling distance, said John Ford, a whale expert with Canada's Department of Fisheries.

State briefs
Crewman recovering after rescue at sea; Orphaned bear cub goes to Denver Zoo; Hiker dies while crossing river; Eight sentenced in drug ring case

Grasshoppers scouring fields in Matanuska Valley
ANCHORAGE - Gardeners and farmers along the Matanuska River in Palmer say the biggest plague of grasshoppers in more than half a century is scouring their fields."There's places where you look at the ground and they just completely cover it," said Ted Pyrah of Pyrah's Pioneer Peak Farm. "When you drive across or walk across, the whole ground is alive."

Oil execs warn against industry tax hikes
ANCHORAGE - Alaska oil industry executives are urging Alaska politicians to look elsewhere for solutions to the state's fiscal gap.A parade of oil industry executives spoke Monday to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, saying the next governor and Legislature should erase the looming threat of higher taxes or royalties on oil and gas produced in the state.

Alaska priest is stripped of his duties
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage priest who once abused a 15-year-old boy in Michigan has been stripped of his authority to be a minister.Bishop Carl Mengeling of Lansing, Mich., announced Monday he was "withdrawing the faculties," the official permission to exercise ministry, from the Rev. Timothy Crowley.

UAF animal research station resumes tours
FAIRBANKS - The public once again will be able to visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks animal research center, which was closed last summer because of the threat of foot-and-mouth disease.Starting Tuesday, the Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station will resume its guided tours.

State salary adjustment bill vetoed
Salary adjustments that compensate state employees for the higher costs of working in rural areas will remain at their current levels for non-union employees for at least another year.A bill vetoed last week by Gov. Tony Knowles would have brought geographic pay differentials for non-union employees in line with those represented by unions.

Body found near missing girl's home
ANCHORAGE - The body of a young girl was found in South Anchorage on Monday, just blocks from the home of missing teen-ager Delaney Zutz, Anchorage police said.

Eagle recovering after tumbling from skies
ANCHORAGE - An American Bald Eagle is recuperating in Anchorage after it and another eagle apparently tumbled from the skies high over Valdez.

Feds interview workers exposed to radiation
FAIRBANKS - Don Lowell remembers Amchitka Island rocking like a boat in stormy seas when a 5-million ton nuclear device exploded deep within the Aleutian chain in 1971.

State briefs
Former Juneau, Douglas residents to meet in Seattle; Sitka writer to lecture at Bread Loaf event; Alaska fire crews head south; State requires waterfowl guides to register;

Four people die in floatplane crash in Chigmit Mountains
ANCHORAGE - The wreckage of a floatplane that vanished Friday has been found and the pilot and all three passengers are dead, officials said. Alaska Air National Guard Maj. Mike Haller said a Civil Air Patrol plane spotted the aircraft Sunday evening. The wreckage was found near Lake Clark Pass in the Chigmit Mountains, about 120 miles west of Anchorage.

Environmentalists sue DEC over spill permits
FAIRBANKS - Four environmental organizations have sued the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, alleging permits are being illegally granted to the oil industry based on inadequate assumptions about oil spills.

Man found beaten to death in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - A 33-year-old man found dead underneath the Steese Highway Bridge early Sunday morning was beaten to death, Fairbanks police said.Robert Frank Jr., a transient with family in Venetie, was killed by multiple blunt force trauma to the head, according to the state medical examiner's office.

Haines government transition begins
Haines residents are one election away from having one local government.In an election certified last week, voters supported consolidating the Haines city and the Haines borough into a new, home-rule borough. The next step is for residents to elect a new mayor, borough assembly and school board on Oct. 1.

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