Monday, July 21, 2003

From 'Sinister Pig' to Spock: Libraries stock up on new books-on-tape
F or all you book listeners out there, this week's column highlights selections from the new shipment of books-on-tape we've just received at the Juneau Public Library. (Next week will be all about books on CD.)

Places worth saving
Our court system has lost touch with reality when it comes to America's national forests. When Judge Clarence A. Brimmer struck down the 2001 Roadless Rule last week, he argued that the rule unlawfully designated wilderness. The previous administration came to its decision on the Roadless Rule after 18 months of public hearings from over 600 areas of the United States.

Live long enough to vote
I probably should update my recommendations to my fellow seniors in the area who have just lost up to $3,000 (or as couples, $6,000) a year from their projected income (i.e. seniors who have just experienced an immediate cut-off of the longevity bonus).

Subsistence regulations
Thanks for your article on the cover of the July 13 Outdoors section, "Subsistence fishing not just for Alaska Natives." Most of the information in the article was helpful and informative, although some was dated.

'Opposition' is the public
A recent Empire article details Sen. Stevens' efforts to limit appeals of Tongass timber sales to within 30 days of the announcement of a sale.

Conservation concerns
I think it's a red herring for Lew Williams and Tom Abbott to aggressively criticize Elizabeth Arnold for the technical errors in her report on the Tongass. Her interview reveals a substantially more sophisticated understanding of the issues on the Tongass then either Lew or Tom presented.

Greenpeace propaganda
Greenpeace was found guilty of "deliberate use of falsification" and using an emotional scene in its propaganda film against seal hunting which "is undoubtedly false" (Oslo Municipal Court May, 1992) in neutral Norway.

Masquerading as truth
Here's comment on the current controversy over "faulty" intelligence being used and promoted by the executive branch. "Thou shall not bear false witness," one of the Ten Commandments, is a citizen tool for measuring the worth of national public officials today. It's not that officials sometimes lie - we all do that. It's not that officials sometimes allow their biased guesses to masquerade as truth - we all do that, too.

Willful ignorance
Your July 13 editorial ("Greenpeace founder rejects group's doctrine") identifies Patrick Moore as a "founding member" of Greenpeace. However, you neglected to tell your readers that he left the organization in 1985 and that, since 1991, he has been a shill for the timber industry. As an advocate of clearcutting, he is hardly an "environmentalist" or a credible voice of reason in the logging debate.

This Day in History
In 1939, a fire consumed the Haines Power Plant, the post office, and a theater. The Chilkoot Barracks provided emergency electric power to Haines.

Learning 'Twelfth Night' in four weeks
A colorful pile of scarves, seriously rumpled paperback copies of "Twelfth Night," and two rapiers and a dagger cover a table in McPhetres Hall downtown as a dozen youths sit in a circle on the floor.

Local construction has its ups and downs
The city has issued more building permits this year by June than it had in the same time frame in 2002 or 2001, but the total value of the construction is significantly less this year than in the last two years. It's a statistical ambiguity that mirrors the differing opinions among contractors, union members and city officials on the strength of Juneau's construction season so far this year.

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

Cruise security was looking for woman who said she was sexually assaulted
A cruise-ship security officer was trying to locate a woman while she allegedly was being sexually assaulted in another passenger's cabin last week, according to Juneau court records. Guillermo Orozco, 28, a Mexican citizen who resides in Mexico's Yucatan region, appeared Thursday in Juneau District Court on a charge of first-degree sexual assault. Juneau District Judge Peter Froehlich ordered him to be held in the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond.

Photo: Relay for Life
Tuula Marquardt, right, and Pat Yearty hold a banner and lead cancer survivors in the first lap at Dimond Park on Saturday as part of the Second Annual Relay For Life. The fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society started Saturday afternoon and continued through 6 a.m. Sunday.

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

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

Clinic message: Be of good cheer
When they're young, say, 11 years old, would-be cheerleaders find it hard to say why they want to do it. But an experienced cheerleader, such as Sara Clauder, speaks of learning responsibility and how to manage her time and spend it wisely. She cheered for the Juneau-Douglas High School basketball and football teams for four years. "Just being in any kind of sport makes you concentrate so much more," she said Saturday at a cheerleading clinic in the Glacier Valley Elementary School gym for 16 youngsters.

Alaskan Brewing honored in competition
The North American Brewers Association awarded the Alaskan Brewing Co. two gold medals and one silver medal during a brew competition held in June in Idaho.

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

This Day in History
In 1969, Gov. Keith Miller declared "Lunar Landing Day in Alaska" and gave state workers the day off in celebration of Apollo 11's successful landing on the moon.

Beer-swigging snails and rose-hungry porcupines
Six years ago, Tom and Nelda Stewart built their house on the side of a muddy slope north of Auke Bay. After years of care and hard work, they've transformed the soggy hillside into a home for fruit trees, herbs, shrubs and perennials. While working to shape the land at their home at 13930 Glacier Ave., the couple has competed with soil erosion, horsetail weeds, dandelions, banana slugs and a porcupine with an appetite for roses.

Larry Parker
A memorial service for Larry Parker will be held at Chapel by the Lake at 4 p.m. July 26.

Toe Cartoon

Empire editorial: Shop locally
It's now official. The National Bureau of Economic Research issued a news release this week proclaiming the U.S. recession ended in late 2001. According to the report, the national economy is on a slow rebound with unemployment still running high but Gross Domestic Production (GDP) expanding at a steady pace.

What do you think?
CBJ save money? What have you been sniffing? At least, it ought to be spent wisely. How about paving Brotherhood Bridge?

Remote town of Hyder offers Southeast's best bird viewing
Part of the adventure of bird watching involves traveling to new areas to see birds that do not occur where you live. Alaska's best-known birding destinations are in the western and northern areas of the state, and include places such as Attu Island, the Pribilof Islands, Gambell, Nome, Barrow and Prudhoe Bay. In Southeastern Alaska, the premier birding location is the small and little-known town of Hyder.

Out and About
July 20: Public trap shooting at the Juneau Gun Club on Montana Creek Road, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Details: 789-9844. July 21-25: Intro to sailing course for ages 10-11, Juneau Youth Sailing Foundation, 1-4:45 p.m., $115. Details: 789-3546 or www.juneauyouthsailing.org/.

Fish report
King salmon fishing for Juneau-area marine boat anglers is slowing down. During the most recent creel survey, it took 42 hours to land a king salmon, up from 16 hours the previous week. The five-year average is 71 hours per king salmon. Last year it also took 71 hours to land a king. Most of the king salmon that were sampled were taken from the terminal harvest area that includes Auke Bay and Fritz Cove. A few other kings were caught near Point Retreat.

Big Fish Photos

Pushing beyond Perseverance Trail
The initial value of the Perseverance Trail, built by miners at the end of the 19th century, was measured in the amount of gold it allowed to be carried from the mines in the Silverbow Basin to Juneau. The trail's current value is harder to measure, but arguably it has increased with work done by Trail Mix crew members and volunteers who began expanding the trail last summer. The fruits of the organization's labor, and of many years of planning by city and state park authorities, are the extra miles of trails that were officially opened to the public last week.

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

Guv's Cup racers have a ball
Just about everyone who ran in Saturday's 26th annual Governor's Cup race had a ball. Danny Tomaro had three. Tomaro, a Wisconsin resident visiting Juneau this weekend to attend a wedding, completed the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) course from Dimond Courthouse downtown to Salmon Creek while "joggling" - running and juggling three balls.

Knik holds on to beat Ketchikan
This time, Ketchikan came out on the short end of a close game. After winning two nailbiters over Juneau to claim the District 2 crown, the Ketchikan All-Stars Junior Division (age 13-14) Little League baseball squad fell to the District 1 champion Knik All-Stars of Eagle River 3-2 on Saturday to open state tourney play at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Sports Briefs
Cavaliers finish 2-4 in summer league; JDHS swimmers earn national honors; Coxe wins Alaska prone rifle title

Wheelchair racers begin Ultra Challenge
FAIRBANKS - The 19th annual Midnight Sun Ultra Challenge for wheelchair and handcyclist racers got under way Saturday. Handcyclist Kim Prussia is entering the 267-mile race from Fairbanks to Anchorage for the first time. "The Alaska factor brought me," Prussia said with a laugh. "The distance almost kept me away."

Knik in state title game
When North Pole jumped out to a three-run, first-inning lead, the Knik All-Stars didn't panic. Knik scratched out a run here, a couple of runs there, and rallied to beat North Pole 6-4 Sunday in the Alaska State Junior Division (Age 13-14) Little League Baseball Tournament at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. "We knew there was a lot of game left," said Zack Morse, who drove in the game-winning run with a double in the top of the seventh inning, the game's only extra-base hit.

Juneau Seniors shut out Kenai in state opener
A pair of overpowering pitchers and experience in previous state tournaments helped Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars get off to a big start in the opening game of the Alaska State Senior Division (Age 15-16) Little League Softball Tournament. Ashley Larson struck out eight hitters and allowed one hit through the first four innings, then reliever Alicia Maryott struck out five hitters and allowed two hits over the last three frames as Juneau claimed an 8-0 victory over Kenai on Sunday at Melvin Park.

Photo: Goal oriented
Nicole Johnston kicks at a suspended target in the finals of the two-foot-high kick at the World Eskimo Indian Olympics on Friday at the Big Dipper Arena in Fairbanks. Among the women in the event, Johnston had the highest kick.

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

Local rowers take to Gastineau Channel for inaugual regatta
David Crosby hadn't competed in a rowing race in nearly 40 years. Glenn Miller dug out an old Michigan State crew team jersey he said he hadn't worn in about 25 years. Heather Haugland had only been rowing once since she rowed for Harvard-Radcliffe College. Several local rowers shook the dust off some long-unused skills to compete in the Juneau Rowing Club's inaugural regatta on Saturday. A dozen rowers, many of them former college oarsmen and oarswomen, competed in Saturday's races, where the athletes competed in single sculls or double sculls rigged for one person over a 2,000-meter course on Gastineau Channel.

Juneau Majors still unbeaten
Geoffrey Craig picked up the victory on the mound and Jon Davis hit a grand slam home run as Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars beat Petersburg 14-3 on Saturday to conclude the round-robin pool-play portion of the District 2 Major Division (Age 11-12) Little League Baseball Tournament in Ketchikan with an unbeaten record.

Auke Rec To End Of The Road Race
Results from the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club's Auke Rec to the End of the Road Road Race, a 53-plus-mile cycling road race held Saturday from the Auke Bay Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Terminal to Echo Cove and back to the totem by the Auke Recreation Area.

State Briefs
Coast Guard pulls man from water; June unemployment increases slightly; Anchorage man found dead at Kenai dock; Time for annual count of Anchorage geese; Fairbanks jury convicts driver of manslaughter; Pipeline plans shutdowns

Scientists find prehistoric 'fish lizard' in Southeast
KETCHIKAN - A team of paleontologists researching marine invertebrates near Kake made an unexpected find earlier this month: a 220-million-old marine reptile called an ichthyosaur. The discovery, along with a recently rediscovered ichthyosaur specimen on Gravina Island near Ketchikan, could help shed light on how Southeast Alaska formed over time, scientists say.

State Briefs
Bill would create national heritage area; Court of Appeals considering pot case; Predator control in McGrath may be working; Thieves take the cake; French trio to go on horseback from Valdez to Fairbanks; Girl dies weeks after auto accident

Reds have Kenai businesses seeing a lot of green
KENAI - When the reds come in, businesses that cater to anglers see green. July generally brings a hearty group of Alaskans to the Kenai and Kasilof rivers' personal-use fisheries to pull in their limit of sockeye salmon. The result is a gold mine for area businesses selling merchandise for dipnetting.

Intertie gets $2.5 million from federal government
New federal funding for the Southeast Intertie Project will help developers plan the Petersburg-Kake leg, and allow them to finish planning the Juneau-Hoonah leg and begin construction, said Corry Hildenbrand, vice president for energy resource development at Alaska Electric Light and Power Co. The project, estimated to cost $320 million, would connect Southeast Alaska's isolated power systems. The Juneau-Hoonah section is intended to replace diesel-generated energy in Hoonah and at the Greens Creek Mine on Admiralty Island with hydroelectric energy by transmitting lower-cost power generated in Juneau to those areas. Hoonah and the mine are dependent on stand-alone diesel generation, as is Kake.

Ferry system offers one-day getaway as part of anniversary
The Alaska Marine Highway System is planning three more National Scenic Byway Designation ceremonies, the unveiling of a commemorative work of art and a one-day getaway as part of its National Scenic Byway Sailabration and 40th Anniversary Celebration. On Sunday, July 27, the ferry Kennicott will depart from Auke Bay on its regularly scheduled trip south. Once the vessel is under way, ferry system manager Capt. George Capacci will officially designate the newest member of the fleet as part of the Alaska Marine Highway Scenic Byway.

Atlantic salmon found teeming in creek near Olympia, Wash.
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Several hundred juvenile Atlantic salmon have been spotted in a Thurston County creek near a commercial hatchery that breeds the nonnative species for fish farms, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife says. Concerns about Atlantic salmon colonizing Pacific Northwest streams at the expense of native fish have worried biologists and fishing interests as the salmon-farming industry has grown explosively in recent years.

Denali Commission shift could cause some villages to die
ANCHORAGE - A federal agency that funnels hundreds of millions of dollars into rural Alaska construction projects is considering a subtle policy shift that could determine which villages survive and which don't. The proposed policy spells out benchmarks the Denali Commission will use to determine whether a village qualifies for new facilities and at what level.

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