Monday, July 22, 2002

In the Stacks
A large box of books on tape and CD arrived this week - here are just a few titles on tape! Look for books on CD next week.

Nugget stolen, pawned, gone
Interesting article on Juneau's pawn shops. A few years ago we had to deal with one of the pawn shops. We were out of town and when we arrived home we found that our house had been broken into. Later, we discovered our gold nugget was missing.

Putting Alaska first
The recent letters from the supporters of Fran Ulmer and Wayne Ross that Frank Murkowski would better serve Alaska by remaining in the Senate should be seen for what they are - a sad attempt to deflect the campaign from the issues.

Soon you'll wonder
Alaskans confused about the state's new primary election system should consider a few facts before deciding whether they like it or not.

Collaborative process needed for tourism
While the Assembly has made many decisions regarding the Juneau Tourism Plan, a key one is still under consideration by the Human Resources Committee. This decision regards the structure, composition and functioning of the body that will advise the Assembly on tourism policy.

Man trapped on Mt. Juneau ledge after fall
Angel Varela was stuck between a sheer drop and a rock face when Juneau Mountain Rescue crews found him clinging to a ledge in a ravine on the side of Mount Juneau early Sunday morning.Varela sustained only minor injuries, including a fractured right leg, when he tumbled about 60 feet down the mountain around 7 p.m. Saturday, according to Capital City Fire and Rescue.

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

'Prairie Home' host visits capital city
Chalk up another spotting in Juneau's annual summer celebrity hunt. Garrison Keillor, host of "A Prairie Home Companion," was in town earlier this month. Keillor, whose jovial voice and good-hearted humor are familiar to listeners of the long-running public radio show, dropped by downtown's Observatory bookstore July 13.

A lodge with a view
They came hoping to see a bear. They saw two, up close and in action.Shutters clicked and camcorders whirred as the mother black bear, trailed by a crying cub, approached the barbecue pit at the Taku Glacier Lodge.

Photo: Moose Lodge carnival winnings
Cousins Gerald Austin, left, and Corvin Austin show off the stuffed toys they won Saturday while attneding the Moose Lodge Charity Carnival at Dimond Park.

Eight decades on the river: The history of the Taku Glacier Lodge
What began as a mine doctor's tent city getaway is one of Juneau's longest-lasting tourist attractions.In 1923, Dr. Harry C. DeVighne, who worked for the Alaska-Juneau Gold Mine, built a log-cabin lodge and set up sleeping tents for a hunting and fishing outpost he called the Twin Glacier Camp. He and his visitors traveled by boat, watching the tides to bring people and supplies over the water highway's many sandbars.

Expatriate Alaskans meet in Seattle for small-town reunion
Janis Jorgenson Rountree took a trip to Seattle but ended up on memory lane Sunday at the Juneau-Douglas Picnic.Soon after arriving, the Juneau shopkeeper was reminiscing about kindergarten teachers with a classmate she hadn't seen in a decade. It was a typical moment at the 60th annual picnic, a gathering of past and present Juneau residents held in a Seattle park.

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

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

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

Gardening as a community
In the early years of Juneau's community garden, the earth was rocky and hard, full of tree roots, packed down by years of use by motorcyclists and golfers.But thanks to loads of sand, mulch and a healthy dose of brewer's grain from Alaskan Brewery, the soil grew rich. Today, flowers and vegetables spill out of plots, tumbling over the sides of raised wooden beds in explosions of color.

Correction
The Associated Press, in a news brief printed in Friday's Empire, erroneously reported the name of the fishing company that owned a Bering Sea trawler on which a man last August was accused of sexually harassing a National Marine Fisheries Service fisheries observer.

Assembly mulls over $15 million in bonds
The Juneau Assembly is considering a $15 million general obligation bond proposition for the October ballot to fund city harbors, water and sewer improvements and the Eaglecrest Ski Area.The idea is scheduled for more discussion at meetings next month. The measure would need to be finalized in August to go on the ballot for the city's Oct. 1 election, according to city staff.

Work on fisheries center road begins this week
A city contractor starts work on a new Lena Point road this week as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to evaluate the best way to build a new fisheries center there.Work on the NOAA fisheries center was to have started this month, but the low bid on the project was $6 million higher than the $36 million construction cost estimate.

Cancer survivors invited to Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life participants will take to the track July 27 at Dimond Park to show support for those affected by cancer."Everyone has been touched with someone who has had cancer," relay participant Stan Ridgeway said. "I wanted to do something for a good cause."

Lloyd K. 'Buck' Smith
Lloyd K. "Buck" Smith died July 18, 2002, in Elfin Cove.

Lloyd K. 'Buck' Smith
Lloyd K. "Buck" Smith died July 18, 2002, in Elfin Cove.

Better not to put off what probably won't kill you today
It's early evening, the office cleared out over an hour ago. You're tired, but feel good about getting a rash of odds and ends cleaned up. You hoist your swollen ankles up onto the corner of your desk and reach for your day planner. "Let's see what torture tomorrow has in store for me," you say, letting out a big sigh.

My Turn: Why don't they understand the concept of 'no more'?
Two judges on the Ninth Circuit of Appeals attracted a loud negative reaction when they ruled that the pledge of allegiance is unconstitutional for school recitation because of the two words in it: "under God." They are rethinking their decision before they get reversed again by the U.S. Supreme Court, standard procedure for the Ninth.

Techwit: Martha, distance ed and a captive audience
I once heard someone say, "I wouldn't mind traveling if it didn't mean having to go somewhere." Thanks to the Internet, that problem's been solved, especially in terms of getting an education. Students all over the world are using computers to log on and learn from their living rooms, a phenomenon called "distance education," or "distance ed" for short. These days it's as commonplace as not going to the library.

Empire editorial: Thumbs, paws and fins up for ...
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School students Sarah Ginter and Jon Saceda whose proposal that the city lower bus fares for youths was adopted last week. Kids ages 6-18 may buy a one-way ticket for $1 (down from $1.25) and a one-month pass for $10 (down from $18). Kudos, too, to Capital Transit for supporting the proposal and to the Juneau Assembly for approving it unanimously last Monday. It's a great way to encourage kids to use public transportation.

Toe cartoon

Targeting safety
Juneau gun enthusiasts will have an opportunity to learn about firearm safety and receive a free kit including a cable-style gun lock when the Project HomeSafe Firearm Safety Tour mobile classroom rolls into Juneau on July 28 and 29.

Two trails explore Outer Point area
Outer Point Trail - with its magnificent old-growth forest, old beaver pond, diverse muskeg and wildlife-rich beaches - is a favorite trail for many Juneau hikers. Nearby, the new Rainforest Trail makes a breathtaking passage through magnificent trees before reaching the beach.

Out and About
In season: Salt and freshwater king salmon (peaks May-July), halibut and rockfish (peaks June-Sept.), sockeye, pink and chum salmon (runs June to Sept., peaks in July), coho salmon (June-Nov.), Dolly Varden (June-Aug.), bear viewing at Pack Creek (June-Sept., peaks July and Aug.), and freshwater northern pike (peaks July-Aug.).

Fish Creek Pond: A snaggers' paradise
Mike Merlow stood at the edge of Fish Creek Pond, holding a twitching lightweight rod and reel. The fish at the end of his line rose out of the water and performed, short-dancing on its tail before plunging back into the drink with a loud "slap."

Fish Report
Juneau area marine boat anglers are experiencing some of the best coho salmon and halibut fishing in years. The excellent catch rates for these species are coming on the heels of an outstanding king salmon season.

Fish Photos

Exploring local healing plants
Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow ... gasp ... ohhhh, owwwwwwww!I just smacked the webbing between my thumb and finger with my hammer - so hard I blank out momentarily from shock! This painful accident happened several years ago while putting together a kitchen cart. A few moments passed, and my partner, who had been putting together another cabinet, asked with deep concern, "Are you going to be OK?"

Cleveland Cavaliers Season Schedule
Here is the 2002-03 season schedule for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who drafted former Juneau-Douglas High School star Carlos Boozer Jr. on June 26 with the 35th pick of the NBA Draft. Cavaliers general manager Jim Paxson told the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal on Thursday that he's confident Boozer, a second-round pick, will make the team.

Juneau Majors claim state title
Defense cost Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars a game on Friday, so Saturday the All-Stars went back to basics.Nearly flawless defense - combined with strong pitching and a homer from Sasha Frye - helped the GCLL All-Stars claim a 4-1 victory over Abbott-O-Rabbit of Anchorage in the third game of the state Major Division (age 11-12) Little League softball tournament at Melvin Park. Juneau only made one error Saturday, an inconsequential bobble in the sixth inning.

Youth is served at Ben Blackgoat Trail Run
In a race dedicated to the memory of a young runner, it was appropriate that many of the participants to cross the finish line in Saturday's Ben Blackgoat Memorial Perseverance Trail Run were kids - kids running for fun, for the joy of the sport.

Wet weather scrubs state LL softball tournament
Rain washed out Sunday's second game of the state Junior Division (age 13-14) Little League softball tournament at Melvin Park, preventing Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars from clinching a spot in the Northwest Division tournament this weekend in Idaho.

Juneau Juniors win a thriller
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars needed an extra inning to win Saturday's opening game of the state Junior Division (age 13-14) Little League softball tournament.

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

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

Local Softball Scores
MAJOR (AGE 11-12) SOFTBALL

East beats West in Little League Majors
Juneau East got the best of Juneau West, 5-3, on Saturday in their game at the District II Majors (ages 11-12) Little League baseball tournament in Wrangell.Juneau East is now 6-1 and has concluded round-robin play in the tourney. Juneau West is now 5-1 and will face Ketchikan today in its final round-robin match. Both teams will move on to elimination round play on Monday.

Petersburg: Tremblay drafting SEIS letter of support
At Monday's city council meeting, Councilor Bill Tremblay reported his progress in drafting a letter expressing the council's support for the Forest Service's preferred alternative in the Tongass Land Management Plan Revision Draft SEIS. This alternative protects existing wilderness areas but slates no new land for protection.

Slumping dollar helps exporters
ANCHORAGE - The sinking dollar is lifting the fortunes of some Alaska exporters.While the weaker dollar means less buying power for companies that import foreign goods, it is good news for companies in the business of exporting Alaska commodities such as fish, fertilizer and minerals. When foreign currencies strengthen, it means buyers in Tokyo, London, Seoul or Frankfurt can buy more U.S. goods with each yen, pound or euro.

Shishmaref residents vote to move their village
ANCHORAGE - Residents of the island village of Shishmaref have voted overwhelmingly to move their community to escape the violent storms that have eroded huge chunks of shoreline.Residents of the community about 600 miles northwest of Anchorage voted Friday. The unofficial count released by village officials Saturday was 161-20 in favor of moving.

Hundreds mourn violent death of 13-year-old Anchorage girl
ANCHORAGE - More than 500 mourners packed Anchorage Grace Church on Sunday to remember Delaney Zutz, 13, who was found murdered last week in woods near her South Anchorage home.The slain teen-ager was laid to rest later Sunday in Angelus Memorial Park on Klatt Road.

Harbor waste proves deadly for Seward gulls
SEWARD - The Alaska SeaLife Center rehabilitation department was abuzz with the sound of hair dryers - and the smell of damp feathers.Huddled beneath the warm air stream were sea gulls in various stages of disrepair following their rescue by SeaLife Center and harbor staff from the depths of waste barges beneath the two fish cleaning stations in the harbor.

Weather, wolves threaten caribou
FAIRBANKS - Alaska's only woodland caribou herd is on the brink of extinction and there isn't much biologists can do to save it because the herd resides in a national park and preserve.Since 1988, the Chisana Caribou Herd has declined from about 1,900 animals to just 300 due to a domino-like effect of severe winters followed by a major drought and now anchored by hungry wolves.

State Briefs
AK unemployment up slightly; Coast Guard helps whale; Pepper spray causes evacuation; Man dies in highway rollover; Wildfire threatens Elliott Highway; Coast Guard rescues boaters; Archive looks to expand; Man pleads innocent to murder

State Briefs
Tourism conference volunteers needed; Tourism association has new president; Missing boy's body found on Kuskokwim;

Community thinks about how to spend a windfall
Elfin Cove is so small that it behooves the community council to hold meetings in the summer, when it can be sure of a quorum of seven. But the fishing village and tourist spot soon will get about $577,000 in federal funds to spend as it likes.Elfin Cove, 70 miles west of Juneau on Chichagof Island, is one of seven Southeast communities that will share about $3 million in compensation for the phaseout of commercial fishing in Glacier Bay.

Skagway: Graves restored in Native cemetery
Among the headboards in the Native Cemetery in Dyea are those of Sophia, Mabel and Julia Matthews. The white wooden markers and crib (small fence around the grave) stand crooked while grass and bush creep around and almost cover the structures.

Skagway: Recreating Gold Rush is no picnic
The sight of the Canadian flag blowing in the alpine breeze of the Chilkoot Pass was a welcome sight for the five Canadian stampeders participating in History Television's "Quest for Gold."

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