Saturday, July 20, 2002

No redeeming qualities
I have just read the My Turn by Dana Owen (Tuesday's Empire) regarding the Murkowski land deal and as a former resident of Auke Bay I am greatly disturbed. This deal seems to be dealt from the bottom of the deck and has no redeeming qualities.

Save the frosting
The response from New York in regards to my letter was very informative. I do not doubt that Mr. Stevens did a fine job. He was paid to do a fine job. According to the article, $715,000 for salary and bonuses. For a part-time job?

No longer a believer
I used to have a lot of respect for the press, but that has dramatically dropped in the last six weeks when I have seen bias on the part of the media that a year ago I would not have believed! Since June 1 many of us have tried repeatedly to get the Juneau Empire and the Anchorage Daily News to print an honest, truthful story about what was happening to our communities and why it was happening.

Preserve independence
I don't have a big problem with the sentiment expressed in Thursday's unattributed editorial, other than in the end the writer seemed almost to encourage capitulation rather than "let's fix what is wrong" with this system foisted off on us by the federal courts.

Airport moves security checkpoint
Travelers departing from Juneau Airport next week will find a new, two-lane security checkpoint and shorter lines upstairs, airport officials said.The new security screening area will replace the current security checkpoint and keep long, winding lines of people away from the stairs, according to airport Manager Allan Heese.

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

Locals respond to latest scandal
Some local Catholics are backing the Diocese of Juneau's decision to remove a priest who admitted more than a decade ago to sexual indiscretions with young girls in Haines and Ketchikan.The Rev. Javier R. Gutierrez was removed from his duties as a priest Wednesday night when allegations of kissing, groping and uttering innuendo to several young girls in the Juneau Diocese between 1983 and 1988 were taken up during the first meeting of the diocese sexual abuse review board.

Corrections
The Around Town column in Thursday's Empire incorrectly listed a MADD victims meeting for July 23. The meeting will take place at 6:30-7:30 July 30 at McPhetres Hall at Fourth and Gold streets.

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

FYI
Births

Ex-Juneau priest loses ministry
ANCHORAGE - A former Southeast Alaska priest has been stripped of his ministerial duties over sexual improprieties involving a teen-age girl at the Haines parish in the late 1980s.The Rev. Javier R. Gutierrez, ordained for the Diocese of Juneau in 1983, was permanently removed from his duties under a recommendation this week by the diocese's new sexual misconduct review board, Juneau Bishop Michael Warfel said Thursday.

Andersen, Mahoney to marry
Kristanne Elizabeth Andersen and Daniel Thomas Mahony of Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, recently announced their engagement.

Student to attend global leaders conference
Juneau resident Tally Israelson has been selected to attend the Global Young Leaders Conference from July 28 to Aug. 8 in Washington, D.C., and New York City.The GYLC is a leadership development program for secondary school students from around the world who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. Israelson will be among 350 outstanding scholars from around the world to attend the conference.

Thomas, Nibbe wed
Megan Thomas of Juneau and Luke Nibbe of Fayetteville, Ark., were married in a ceremony on March 21, 2002, at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. A reception will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at Eaglecrest Lodge. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the reception.

Healthy Choices
L indsay, 23, has had an eating disorder since she was 14, and used to go to a support group in Bellingham, Wash., until the group's facilitator quit."So I got the members' numbers and we started meeting on our own," said Lindsay, who asked that her last name not be used.

Holy Trinity presents alternative approach to church school
JUNEAU - Holy Trinity Episcopal Church will host Andy Rosanne, a founding member of Godly Play, the Montessori approach to church school, with a potluck dinner and two workshops.

Congratulations
Congratulations Jack Suson Schmidt for passing the Alaska Bar Exam and to your new job as an assistant district attorney for the state of Alaska in Anchorage. We are proud of you!

Aparezuk, Schlosser to wed
Mary Aparezuk of Juneau and Jeremy Schlosser of Sebastopol, Calif., will be married in a ceremony planned for 3:30 p.m. on July 27 at the Chapel by the Lake. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding ceremony.

Academic Honors
Andrew N. Dietrick of Juneau was named to the Oregon State University Honor Roll. He is a senior studying mechanical engineering.

Red Cross donation
Mike Dalessi, from left, Gary Rohweder, Nancy Woizeschke, Brian Lingle, Dale Anderson and Beth Chapman hold a $4,000 check to the Southeast Alaska Chapter of the American Red Cross from the Juneau branch office of Salomon Smith Barney.

Source of pride
The Juneau Pride Chorus of daughters, sisters, lovers and grandmothers, under the lively and spirited direction of Leslie Wood, made beautiful music over the Memorial Day weekend at the GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses) Choruses Western Regional Festival in Seattle.

My Turn: Plan for Kensington mine is environmentally responsible
The Kensington gold project returned to the news when Sen. Frank Murkowski introduced SB 2222, the Cape Fox Land Entitlement Adjustment Act of 2002.This bill would consolidate Cape Fox, Sealaska and Tongass National Forest surface and subsurface estates and simplify Forest Service boundaries. It would also simplify Coeur Alaska's efforts to reopen the Kensington gold project 45 miles north of Juneau.

Juneau's Richert competes in Great Outdoor Games
During the week, Cal Richert can usually be found in his Juneau cubicle at the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska, pushing paper while Muddy Waters plays on his tape player.But sometimes Richert's office is about 100 feet up a pole, where he pushes a saw. By day, Richert is a forester/natural resource manager for the local Native organization. During his off hours, he's a competitive lumberjack.

No reason to be nervous
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars had a big case of nerves when they opened the State Major (age 11-12) Little League Softball Tournament on Thursday at Melvin Park.Escaping a first-inning jam, though, helped the GCLL All-Stars shake off the nerves as they cruised to a 7-0 victory over Anchorage's Abbott-O-Rabbit Little League in the opener of their best-of-three-game series.

Juneau Seniors beat Ketchikan to earn state berth
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Senior (ages 15-16) Baseball All-Stars are settling in for an extended stay in Petersburg after beating Ketchikan, 6-4, on Thursday to win the District II title and earn a berth in the state tourney."It was an awesome game," manager Bill McCauley said. "You had two teams with championship hearts."

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

Stevens seeking millions for state
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Ted Stevens emerged from a long day Thursday in the Appropriations Committee room with spending bills that contain millions for Alaska projects and programs.Stevens, an Alaska Republican, met with reporters and looked over a list as he provided a quick summary of Alaska items in the bills the committee passed.

Ballot measure could change way Alaska elects officials
When voters go to the polls to choose a candidate during the primary election Aug. 27, they also will vote on a ballot measure that totally would restructure the way officials are elected.Called "preferential voting" or "instant runoff voting," the measure would allow voters to choose each candidate on the ballot in order of preference.

Drug officers storm wrong N. Pole home
FAIRBANKS - Kara Goodale was watching television Tuesday afternoon when she saw men dressed in white suits and gas masks pointing assault rifles through the window of her house near North Pole."They looked like storm troopers," said Goodale, 51. "All I saw was these assault rifles and I thought, 'Oh my God,' and headed to the other room and ducked behind the freezer. Next thing I know is a barrage of men, or storm troopers, ran into the house."

Whaling commission to discuss Eskimos' quota
BARROW - The International Whaling Commission will conduct a special meeting this fall to discuss reinstatement of the bowhead quota for Alaska Eskimo whalers, according to the president of the Barrow Whaling Captains Association."The IWC is planning to reconvene in October or November to hold an intercessional meeting to try and re-establish the quota," Eugene Brower told the Arctic Sounder.

State Briefs
Seafood workers injured in crash; Trial set for accused harasser;

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