Thursday, July 17, 2003

Hunting and a predator control program
Please allow me to dispel confusion and continued misunderstanding on the effects of Senate Bill 155, an act relating to predator control programs recently signed into law by Gov. Murkowski.

Do-re-mi dough
Interviewed on the KTOO television program "Currents," on Nov. 30, 1994, Marshall Lind, then chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast, spoke of a fiscal shortfall which might necessitate reduction in the university's music faculty.

Stop 'land-and-shoot'
The people of Alaska have twice voted to revoke "land-and-shoot" wolf killing in the last seven years, but certain state officials want wolves killed in order to boost moose and caribou herds for hunters.

At the bridge?
At article in the June 13 Empire indicates that $22 million has been allocated for studies for a Ketchikan bridge and a further $230 million will be appropriated to build it. A total of $250 million.

Sounding good
I have heard people say that living in Juneau is like living in a jewel box. I agree. If Juneau is a jewel box, then CrossSound is a rare and beautiful gem. I don't think people realize the depth and richness of their programs and projects.

Stop, thief
Did you hear about the new Mastercard commercial being filmed in Juneau? It is a really good one and it goes something like this.

Support Eaglecrest
We urge the City and Borough of Juneau to continue to support Eaglecrest. Our property taxes are being well spent. Eaglecrest is our greatest winter asset, and because of borough support, skiing is affordable. During the winter, Eaglecrest provides a place to exercise outside at a superior ski area which is run by dedicated staff.

Touched to tears
What a beautiful story (Children's Home Remembered, Empire, July 15). I was so touched by the generosity of these two people it brought tears to my eyes.

Missing pilot didn't know plane was low on fuel
The pilot of a plane that crashed in Icy Strait near Gustavus last weekend didn't know he was out of fuel when the plane went down, his wife said Tuesday from Salt Lake City. Gary Ostler, 49, remains missing along with his son, Christopher Ostler, also of Salt Lake City, and his two brothers-in-law, Gordon Moses, 24, and Adam Moses, 18, of Lindon, Utah. The family in Utah fears the worst for the Moses brothers, Christa Ostler, their older sister and the pilot's wife, said Tuesday. She said she holds out more hope for the other two missing men, although she is aware the Coast Guard suspended its search for all four Monday evening.

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

This Day in History
In 1969, Anchorage area residents watched live television coverage of the launch of Apollo 11, through a mobile satellite ground station installed for the occasion by the Department of Defense.

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

Identification sought on skeletal remains
Juneau police are hoping an autopsy Tuesday leads to the identification of human skeletal remains that were found Sunday in a ravine about 100 yards south of the Crest Condominiums on Vista Drive. The bones were found by a jogger cutting through the woods at the end of a nearby trail, according to Sgt. John Boltjes. He said there were no obvious signs of foul play. Although the body may have been there for only a few months, many of the bones were scattered by animals, he said. The remains have been sent to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Anchorage.

Examiner: Remains belong to Douglas man
Bones found in a ravine near Vista Drive Sunday were identified Wednesday as the remains of Thomas Everett Gardner, who has been missing from his 1789 Douglas Highway apartment less than a mile away since March 10, Juneau Police reported. The Office of the Medical Examiner in Anchorage made the identification through dental records, according to Juneau Police Sgt. John Boltjes. He said the nearest relative also was notified by Anchorage authorities Wednesday. Gardner, 42, was discovered missing after a bus driver for the Tlingit-Haida Head Start program went to his residence to ask why his 5-year-old daughter had not been to preschool for a few days.

Trading resources for tourism
HOONAH - About 15 years ago, Hoonah's seine fleet was the largest in Alaska. The fishing was plentiful and the prices were high. Business also was good for the loggers who came to town in the 1970s. These days, the town of 900 has only two seiners. The flagging timber market has caused the local logging company to reduce its staff to 80 people, down from about 200 in the 1990s. Hoonah Mayor Alf "Windy" Skaflestad predicts logging will all but stop within five years, a casualty of market conditions and environmental protections on the Tongass National Forest. He says he'd like to be optimistic about a resurgence in the fishing and timber industries, but feels he has to be practical.

This Day in History
In 1948, an extra charge of $10 at the house of Mayme Crystal in Anchorage caused a gun fray. One man was hospitalized and two women were charged with operating a bawdy house.

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

Glacier bear shot in Thunder Mountain Park
Bears are part of the landscape around the Thunder Mountain Trailer Park, area residents said Wednesday after Juneau Police had to kill one bruin that went too far. The glacier-colored black bear that was put down by a police officer around 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Mendenhall Valley neighborhood was the first urban bear that had to be destroyed in the Juneau area this year, said Neil Barten, area wildlife biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He judged the bear to be 2 years old, weighing about 120 pounds.

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

Photo: Selling the summer catch
Louis Hagstrom displays two Dungeness crabs aboard his fishing boat, Cricket, on Wednesday in Harris Harbor. Hagstrom has a 75-pot permit and plans on selling crab throughout the summer and fall crab seasons.

Committee seeks halt to waterfront growth
City officials might be creating a plan for waterfront development with their right hand while letting development continue unchecked with their left, say members of the Juneau Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. The committee this week presented the Juneau Assembly with a request for a moratorium on the permitting and developing of all intertidal, subtidal and near-shore projects between the Douglas Bridge and the little rock dump until the Juneau Waterfront Development Plan has been completed.

Martin, Tokuoka to marry
Haley Emma Martin of Hoonah and Matthew Dean Tokuoka of Kalae, Molokai, Hawaii, will be married in a ceremony at 5 p.m. on Aug. 2, 2003 at Glacier Gardens. A reception will immediately follow.

Cummins celebrate 50th
Juneau residents Jim and Natalie (Rucker) Cummins will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on July 26 at the Church of the Nazarene, 3220 Mendenhall Loop Road. Following a reception from 1-3 p.m., there will be inspirational singing and reflection of their life together from 3-5 p.m.

Kinky Character
Without collectors like Lloyd "Kinky" Bayers, the history of Juneau would be sadly lacking. Bayers' outstanding information file and photograph collection, now entrusted to the Alaska State Library, was years in the developing. He also collected books, which were donated by his mother to local libraries after his death.

Neighbors Briefs
Final meeting today before Survivors Walk; Kraft Foods, Fred Meyer support Juneau youth; Program manager will relocate to Bethel; Helping Hands will hold benefit dinner next month

Children win in weekly drawing
Every week the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries sponsor a drawing for kids who come into the library to borrow items. Local businesses have generously donated prizes.

Marjorie Doogan
Former Douglas resident Marjorie Doogan, Sister Mary Kevin of Saint Ann, 83, died July 11, 2003, at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, B.C.

Jason M. Skan
Juneau resident Jason M. Skan, 26, died on July 12, 2003, at Bartlett Memorial Hospital.

Louise Shattuck
Longtime Juneau resident Louise Shattuck, 89, died on July 14, 2003, in Juneau.

My Turn: Don't leave Sitka out of the mix
The configuration of the Alaska Marine Highway System is in flux. Since the early days of statehood, the AMHS has been a vital component in serving the transportation needs of the Southeast, Southwest and Prince William regions of our state. Since the ferry system was established, altered transportation needs, increased operational costs, changing demographics and an aging fleet of ferries ensure that change is inevitable.

My Turn: Sales tax vs. income tax vs. dividend loss
Some Fat Cats, fearful an income tax will skim off much of their cream, would instead ladle milk from your dividends into the fiscal gap. Ironically, to do so would simply foster more spending, which they assert they deplore. Do you think for a moment if dividends go, those dollars instead will be saved? Of course not. They'll simply be spent as politicians rather than you think best. Much pressure to cut excessive government costs will be gone.

Champions crowned in state amateur golf tournament
ANCHORAGE - James Conley shot a final round 80 Sunday to win his seventh state amateur golf title. Dustin Fox, 21, a junior at the University of Nevada, posted the lowest 72-hole score in the Alaska State Amateur golf tournament with a 304. But Conley, 40, an Anchorage police officer, was declared State Am titlist because he shot the lowest four-round total by an Alaskan. He said his title should come with an asterisk because his 306 wasn't the lowest 72-hole total.

Empire Cup Standing
The Empire Cup standings through races of July 8 (the Midsummer Night 10-Kilometer and One-Mile Runs). The Empire Cup is a season point series cosponsored by the Southeast Road Runners Club and the Juneau Empire.

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

Photo: Opening the games
Stuart Grant, left, and Elizabeth Rexford carry the torch during the opening ceremony of the 42nd annual World Eskimo Indian Olympics on Wednesday evening in the Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks.

Juneau claims top seed in Junior tourney
Juneau's Gastineau Channel All-Stars beat Ketchikan 11-3 on Tuesday night to claim the top seed in the best-two-of-three-game championship series for the District 2 Junior Division (Age 13-14) Baseball Tournament at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Juneau finished the round-robin portion of the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record, while Ketchikan took the second seed with a 3-1 mark.

Juneau Majors stay undefeated
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars had to battle from behind, but they rallied for an 11-7 victory over Wrangell on Wednesday to stay undefeated in the Major Division (Age 11-12) Little League Baseball Tournament in Ketchikan. The GCLL All-Stars were still feeling the high from Tuesday's victory over Ketchikan, and it impacted the team in the first couple of innings against Wrangell, Juneau manager Chris Monagle said.

Photo: Stanley, I Presume
New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez, who grew up in Anchorage, hoists the Stanley Cup during a parade in Anchorage on Tuesday. Each player on the Stanley Cup champion team is allowed a day with the trophy, so Gomez brought it home to Anchorage.

Juneau gives game away
Pitcher Joe Kohan was one out away from throwing a complete-game shutout when things turned for the worse for Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars. Ketchikan rallied to tie the score in the top of the seventh inning, sending the game to extra innings where Ketchikan won 5-4 in 10 innings to open the best-two-out-of-three-game championship series Wednesday in the District 2 Junior Division (Age 13-14) Little League Baseball Tournament at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

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

Thanks for helping with our golf tournament
The American Red Cross would like to express its appreciation to Shattuck and Grummett Insurance, the sponsors of our recent golf tournament.

Military releases missile defense impact report for Valdez, Kodiak
FAIRBANKS - The scenic impact of a 25-story radar dome and platform stored in Valdez would be minimal because of the existing trans-Alaska oil pipeline terminal, the military has concluded. Valdez is under consideration for storing the radar equipment between missile defense tests. That assessment of the proposed "sea-based X-band radar" is contained in a final environmental impact statement on a portion of the missile defense testing system. The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency released the document last week.

ConocoPhillips says stance on LNG remains the same
ANCHORAGE - A ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. executive told board members of the new state gas pipeline authority that its view of shipping liquefied natural gas from Alaska remains the same. Joe Marushack, ConocoPhillips' manager for North Slope gas commercialization, said it doesn't look any better now than it did in 2001, when the company led an industry consortium that spent $14 million researching an LNG project, according to the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

Public comment period begins on proposals for roadless rule
The U.S. Forest Service is taking comment on proposed rules that would exempt the Tongass and Chugach National Forests from the roadless rule. Last month, the state and the U.S. Forest Service reached an out-of-court settlement that temporarily exempted the Tongass from the Clinton-era rule, which prohibits timber harvesting and road-building within about 58 million acres of the 192-million-acre national forest system. About 9.6 million acres of Southeast Alaska's 16.8-million-acre Tongass have been designated roadless.

State Briefs
Construction worker dies from fall injuries; Juneau-Douglas picnic Sunday in Seattle; Pilot had fuel truck waiting but didn't stop; Rare tern spotted south of Fairbanks

Former oil company president to head natural gas authority
ANCHORAGE - A former oil company president and head of the state's natural resources department has been appointed to head the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority. Harold Heinze, 60, the former president of Arco Alaska, was named chief executive officer of the authority at a meeting of the board of directors in Anchorage on Monday.

Losing the longevity bonus
For some of the state's 18,000 seniors who receive longevity bonuses, August's final check may mean fewer trips in the future to see family in the Lower 48. For others, loss of the monthly income may mean moving to the Lower 48 because they can't afford to stay in Alaska. Since its creation in 1972, the Longevity Bonus Program has provided Alaskans 65 and older with monthly checks of up to $250.

State Briefs
Construction worker in critical condition; Assembly increases parking fines; Two assistant principals appointed; Attorney says man who stabbed wife 24 times wasn't trying to kill her

Man mauled by bear in critical condition
ANCHORAGE - A man who was mauled by a brown bear near the Russian River early Tuesday remained in critical condition one day after the attack. Daniel Bigley, 25, remained hospitalized Wednesday at Anchorage's Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Borough reaches agreement over veneer plant
KETCHIKAN - An out-of-court settlement agreement was reached in a lawsuit the Ketchikan Gateway Borough filed against Gateway Forest Products and the Ketchikan Pulp Company. The Borough Assembly approved the settlement 6-0 Monday night. Under the agreement, the borough will take control of the pulp company's Connell Lake dam and pipeline to Ward Cove. The annual maintenance cost of the dam and pipeline is estimated at between $50,000 and $100,000, said Assistant Borough Manager Steve Corporon.

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