Roadless areas need protection
The Tongass and Chugach National Forests, with their spectacular snow-capped mountain landscapes, glaciers and verdant old-growth forests of giant Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and red and yellow cedar are unique among all the national forest lands of the country. Their rivers, streams and lakes are the spawning and rearing areas for the abundant salmon that are harvested annually in both the commercial and sport fisheries that are critical to the economy of Southeast Alaska.
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.
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.
Seniors deserve better
I cannot imagine what it would be like to live in our state of Alaska without seniors citizens. We are supposed to respect and uphold the livelihood of their well being because they deserve every penny of it.
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.
Greenpeace - as in nonviolent
While I usually pass on taking notice of your editorials, mostly because I know that you and I are on opposing sides in most issues, I feel the need to comment on your presentation of Patrick Moore in last Sunday's paper.
Did you hear about the new Mastercard commercial being filmed in Juneau? It is a really good one and it goes something like this.
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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.
KTOO will be off the air as it moves equipment; Tribal Embrace Walk event to be held July 26; Church to celebrate its 10th anniversary Sunday.
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
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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.
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.
Births; Courts; Judgments; Indictments.
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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.
City eyes change in awarding contracts
Juneau Assembly members will soon consider putting a charter change on the ballot that would allow the city to authorize alternative processes for awarding construction bids.
A credit with an Alaska State Library photo of Lloyd "Kinky" Bayers in Wednesday's Neighbors page should have noted it came courtesy of Jim Ruotsala. An article about seniors and the longevity bonus in Thursday's Empire should have noted Juneau Senior Center lunches are not always free. A suggested donation of $3 is paid by most seniors, although the fee is waived for those who cannot pay.
Police & Fire
Reports by Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.
Epperly and Pletan to marry
Bobbi Jean Epperly of Juneau and James J. Pletan of Fairbanks will be married at a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on July 25 at Glacier Gardens in Juneau.
Awards, honors, interns and graduations.
Pets of the week
Sparky and Rags
Credit union breaks ground on its new Valley building
Alaska State Employees Federal Credit Union celebrated the ground-breaking for its new building July 11 at Vintage Business Park, next to the Mendenhall Post Office. The new building will house the relocated administrative offices and a new Valley branch, with drive-through service and 24 hour ATM machine.
Baxters celebrate 60th today
Fred and Jirdes Baxter will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in a reception from 3 to 8 p.m. today at 1702 Douglas Highway. The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren request that friends and family attend. No gifts please.
Is something rotten here?
There are problems in the fish business. The price of salmon is too low. The fishermen are not paid enough. I was told by one local gill netter that some buyers are not taking pink salmon, and the fishermen interpret recent Fish and Game regulations as giving them the right to throw away round pink salmon after they are taken out of the net. Doug Mecum, the head of Alaska commercial fisheries, says that is not so, and the wanton waste statute is still the law in Alaska.
Conjuring up some front porch magic
Creaking back and forth in a swing suspended from front porch rafters, gazing out over garbage can tops in the neighbor's yard, I conjure up a grandchild who might ask me questions. "Granny, where did the rain go? Why are there mosquitoes?" Oh, I conjured up the front porch too.
Geldhof and Cross to wed
Katja Geldhof of Juneau and Michael Cross of Quincy, Calif., will be married in a ceremony planned for 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 1, at Point Bonita Lighthouse at the Golden Gate National Recreational Area in California. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. on Aug. 3, at the Leona Lodge in Oakland, Calif. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the reception.
Judy A. Martin
Former Juneau resident Judy A. Martin (Thayer), 59, died July 15, 2003, in her home in Graham, Wash.
Longtime Juneau resident Louise Shattuck, 89, died on July 14, 2003, in Juneau.
Former Douglas resident Marjorie Doogan, Sister Mary Kevin of Saint Ann, 83, died July 11, 2003, at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, B.C.
My Turn: Creative interpretations
I read with great interest the exchange between Mary Noble and Guy Crockroft regarding the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Newdow v. U.S. Congress. As a law student with a particular interest in First Amendment jurisprudence I cannot, in good conscience, allow Mr. Crockroft's creative use of Supreme Court opinions in his July 8 letter ("Religious freedom comes from Christian heritage") go unchallenged.
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.
My Turn: In praise of a compromise
A fter reading about some folks' concerns regarding the community's apparent divisiveness on most issues, I would like to say: "Don't worry; be happy." All is well on the middle ground, where most of us take refuge or make a stand. Divisiveness is the domain of a vocal minority of extremists.
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.
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.
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Jones wins age-group points title at state swim meet; Richert earns silver medal in ESPN Great Outdoor Games; Mountain Rescue Runners holding organizational meeting.
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.
Ketchikan earns unintentional win
It was the one time Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars pitcher Clae Baker didn't want to throw a strike. With a tie score, a man on second and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the GCLL All-Stars decided to issue an intentional walk to Ketchikan batter Kenny Pearson, one of Ketchikan's more dangerous hitters. On the second pitch, Baker was called for a balk, sending runner Trevor Norton to third.
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Juneau Majors clinch top seed in district tourney
With a chance to clinch the top seed in the District 2 Major Division (Age 11-12) Little League Baseball Tournament, Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars didn't leave any doubts when they played Haines in round-robin pool play Thursday in Ketchikan.
Rowing club to host first regatta
For more than two years, the Juneau Rowing Club has worked to connect local scullers and improve their access to local waters. On Saturday, the club will take another step forward when it hosts its first regatta on Gastineau Channel.
Photo: Cute baby Olympics
Jalene Jackson-Voyles, 7 months, and her grandmother, Toni Lee Jackson, both of Copper Center, smile for the crowd during the Native Baby Contest on Thursday at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics at the Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks. The outfits worn by the children and their escorts show the skin, fur and bead sewing skills of Native women, not to mention the opportunity to show off their newborn children.
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.
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.
This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.
Plane crash survivors tell their tale
Hoping to coast his out-of-gas, twin-engine Cessna to the airstrip in Gustavus, pilot Gary Ostler peeked through the clouds to find himself surrounded by cold waters roughly a mile off the Southeast Alaska coast. Yet instead of panicking, Ostler, 49, of Salt Lake City, ordered his five passengers - all family - to unbuckle their seat belts and open the plane doors.
Senate fund-raising campaign revs up
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has filed documents confirming she has raised $934,000 for her campaign. Murkowski filed a summary Wednesday of her fund-raising efforts through June 30 with the Federal Election Commission. A detailed listing of donors is pending.
Headlines from around the state.
Pygmy sperm whale makes rare venture into northern waters
A small-toothed whale found dead this month on a beach near Yakutat is the northernmost documented observation of a pygmy sperm whale on the Pacific Coast of North America.
Tourist charged with sexual assault
A 28-year-old cruise-ship passenger faced a Juneau judge Thursday after he was accused of sexually assaulting another passenger on his cruise.
Fishermen to receive $1,100 each in aid
About 1,800 Alaska salmon fishermen who have been hit hard by the decline in the state's salmon industry will receive checks for $1,100 each, the Murkowski administration said Thursday.
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.
Governor will not reverse cuts to small towns
Gov. Frank Murkowski could have ignored a legislative committee vote that took nearly $3 million in federal funds from rural communities. But the administration will instead wait until October when additional federal funds become available to fix the shortfall.
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
UAS to host Bread Loaf lectures, reading and play
JUNEAU - University of Alaska Southeast will host a series of lectures, readings and a play in conjunction with this year's visit from the Middlebury (Vt.) College Bread Loaf School of English.
Filipino author brings epic tales to Juneau
Author Artemio Guillermo believes many Filipino tribal tales are as adventurous and wild as Greek epics, such as Homer's "The Iliad." Guillermo has pulled many of these Filipino legends into a book called "Epic Tales of the Philippines." "Each of these epic stories is different, and they show the suspense of the Filipino people," Guillermo said.
"Three Way River," directed by David Hunsaker, 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, Saturday, July 26, Thursday, July 31, Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2, at University of Alaska Southeast's Noyes Pavilion. Fashion show, a fund-raiser for the National Avon Breast Cancer Association, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 19 at The Sandbar & Grill.
Funny cards capture funny stops 'On The Road To Tok'
Computer programs such as Photoshop may have changed the science behind Jeff Brown's collage-style funny postcards, but they haven't changed the basic premise. "You still have to tell a joke somehow," said Brown, program director for KTOO-FM. "You have to make people laugh or look."
The world of canine self help: Why my dog is on Paxil
Sure, there have been other dogs. Take Ben, an intrepid Airedale from my early childhood who consented to wear a doll bonnet and ride in a red wagon. Or Jack, a dog from my teenage years who smelled vaguely like fried chicken and preferred to chew expensive leather. They were family dogs, lolly-tongued goofballs who lapped down their kibble with drooly vigor and never really came when called. Then, I met Stella.
88 keys divided by six hands
Japanese composer Kiyoshi Furukawa had two obvious issues when he was commissioned two years ago by the CrossSound music festival to write a piece for six hands, or three players at the same time. As a two-handed player, how could he think in terms of six hands? And how could he express his idea in a way that was challenging, but coherent? "Three people make a community; it's a different type of conversation," said Furukawa, an associate professor at the Tokyo National University for Fine Art and Music.
Movies where & when
"Terminator 3," (R) plays at 7 and 9:30 nightly at 20th Century Twin, with matinees at 2 p.m. daily and additional Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:30 p.m.
Doggy do's and doggy don'ts
Next time you get the urge to wrap your arms around Fido's fuzzy body and give him a little squeeze, stop and think: Does Fido understand what I'm doing? No he doesn't, says animal behaviorist Patricia McConnell. In fact, hugging in dog culture is a faux pas.
Sandbar hosts fashion show to fight breast cancer
JUNEAU - The Sandbar & Grill will host a fashion show fund-raiser at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 19. The evening's proceeds will go to the National Avon Breast Cancer Association.