Tuesday, July 24, 2001

New look for old lounge
The Viking Lounge recently underwent an expensive facelift and, so far, the bar's new look seems to be paying off.

Business Profile: Andy Engstrom
Andy Engstrom is the owner and operator of Capital City Windows, now in its fifth season in Juneau.

On The Move
USKH adds engineering designer: USKH, an Alaska architectural, land surveying, planning and multidisciplinary engineering firm, has added Kevin Linebarger to its Juneau office as a civil engineering designer.

Prospector completes remodel
The owners of the Prospector Hotel downtown have completed a million-dollar interior renovation.

Thwarting our base impulses
No one can argue with the reality that an older generation can provide insight into resolving the internal and external conflicts that confront those younger. Chances are pretty good an identical situation has been reconciled by those older.

The meaning of words
It was with great dismay that I read your report of Judge Collins' decision regarding this issue. I am a shareholder of Huna Totem Corp. and was raised in Hoonah.

Transportation shortcomings
I recently was an independent traveler to Juneau, from the afternoon of June 28 until the night of June 30. By "independent traveler" I mean I was traveling alone and was without transportation. I chose to travel this way in order to see more of the sights and culture of Alaska. I thought it would be more affordable as well.

Entertaining suggestion
Entertainment is the Borg of the 21st century - resistance is futile: You will be assimilated. It has long been observed that politics is merely the entertainment branch of industry, and all are aware of the slide of the news into infotainment.

Dangers of Baranof Island
Contrary to some news stories about the large group that just attempted to cross Baranof Island, there is no trail across the island, only a trail from Medvedje Lake to another lake about four miles in. The sizable glacier on Mount Bassie was left off the USGS topo maps and all other maps. I informed USGS of this and received a letter acknowledging the error and saying it will be corrected if new maps are made. No new maps have been made since the 1960s. That glacier is breaking up and has become more dangerous to cross. People crossing snow-covered, crevassed glaciers should be roped up.

Briefly

Ketchikan families rescued
A pleasure boat burned to the water and sank near Ketchikan on Sunday morning, but five adults and five children were rescued safely.

Assembly nixes Lena Pt. overpass
Juneau Assembly members on Monday turned down a proposal to build an overpass favored by Lena Point neighbors to alleviate traffic from proposed fisheries research centers.

Police arrest suspect after attempt to rob pedestrian
A visitor to Juneau kicked his way out of an attempted robbery Sunday.

Correction

Released sex offender back in jail
Convicted child molester Jack Leck II is in prison again.

Around Town

9 saved from burning boat; baby set afloat in ice chest
Members of a Ketchikan family saved their baby by putting him in a cooler when their boat caught fire and sank Sunday.

News Briefs
City plans meeting on turnaround; Harriman group arrives this week; Cruise line unveils power system; Ketchikan consolidation losing; Veco CEO injured in crash

Juneau to get its own millennium tree grove
All the other state capitals have one thing in common - a millennium tree grove. Now Juneau will have one, too.

Autopsy: Ship killed humpback
A biologist who conducted an autopsy Sunday of the female humpback whale discovered floating off Point Gustavus on July 16 concluded it died from head injuries, probably from a collision with a cruise ship.

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

Copter plucks 4 from island
Two men and two women were rescued from Herbert River early this morning after their raft overturned and stranded them on an island.

Ex-director pans site for new labs
Lena Point residents are not the only locals with qualms about a $50 million fisheries center planned for that neighborhood.

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

Committee OKs $21 million for federal fisheries center
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee this month approved $21 million for the Lena Point fisheries center - the last chunk of money needed to fund construction of the $50 million federal complex. The $21 million appropriation still needs approval by the full Senate and the House, which has approved $5.8 million for the project.

Ramping up
A Trucano Construction crane on Friday lifts a gangway into place on the fishing dock under construction on Channel Drive, next to DIPAC hatchery. The dock is part of the Channel wayside enhancement project, aimed at offering safer parking and more convenient access to the water for sports fishermen. The Alaska Department of Transportation plans to open the dock to the public by the end of this week.

Worker enters guilty plea for sexual coercion
The state has dropped four charges of sexual assault in exchange for an admission by a former employee of a local halfway house that he coerced an inmate into not talking about the alleged sexual relations.

Around Town

Five boaters rescued near Amalga Harbor
Five people who abandoned a swamped 20-foot Bayliner just before it capsized near Gull and Bird islands on Sunday afternoon were rescued by a good Samaritan, the Coast Guard said today.

Julia Hudert
A Mass in memory of Julia Hudert will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. July 28, 2001, at the Cathedral of the Nativity. Rosary will be said 15 minutes before the Mass and a reception will follow. All friends of the family are welcome to attend.

Patricia Isabelle Parker
Former Juneau resident Patricia Isabelle Parker, 71, died July 17, 2001, in her home in Anchorage.

Not a normal vote
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: House supporters of campaign finance reform have begun anew the laborious process of pressing for an unobstructed up-or-down vote on their bill.

Word of Mouth

Bare cupboard
The president's tax cut has begun to limit his ability to deliver even on his own campaign promises. The House the other day passed a version of his proposal to give "faith-based" organizations a larger role in delivering social services. It included a provision to let non-itemizers deduct charitable contributions just as generally higher-income itemizers do.

Keeping things safe is about to get tougher
When you buy a baby crib, an infant car seat or a child's toy, it ought to be safe. Too often it's not. And the federal agency in charge of strengthening product safety in America is at risk of being seriously weakened.

My Turn: Redistricting earns bad name, legal action
I was recently invited to appear on Capital Focus to participate in a discussion about the recently adopted state redistricting plan. Also participating in the discussion were Redistricting Board members Julian Masion and Michael Lessmeier and former Hickel administration Reapportionment Board Member Avrum Gross.

Juneau drops state softball opener
Raquel Ranger has had Juneau's number over the years. She continued her domination in another venue Monday night at Melvin Park.

Sports In Juneau

Quicksilver take second place in USA camp
Dylan Hickey, the outstanding pitcher in last month's state high school baseball tournament, has been declared ineligible to play American Legion baseball for Juneau's Post 25 Midnight Suns.

Letter: Deserving better
I eagerly waited for an article on the great success of the JSC Quicksilver U14/15 girls soccer team at USA Cup in Minnesota. I was disappointed to find the article on the back page of the sports section above the Bridge column.

Juneau Seniors edge Valdez
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars weren't happy with their performance the first time they played Valdez in the Alaska State Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League Baseball Tournament at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Hickey declared ineligible to play Legion baseball
Dylan Hickey, the outstanding pitcher in last month's state high school baseball tournament, has been declared ineligible to play American Legion baseball for Juneau's Post 25 Midnight Suns.

State Little League tourney postponed
Heavy rains washed out games from the Alaska State Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League Baseball and Softball Tournaments on Sunday, forcing a postponement in both tournaments taking place in Juneau.

Sports in Juneau

Juneau East edges Sitka in Majors tournament
Chris Hinkley struck out 11 batters Sunday afternoon to lead the Juneau East Major Division All-Stars to a 5-4 eight-inning victory over Sitka in the first game of the District 2-Southeast Major Division (age 11-12) Little League Baseball Tournament's best-of-three playoff series at Petersburg's Sandy Beach Park.

Juneau Juniors win state softball title
Ashley Larson and Arika Lindsey combined to throw a three-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks as they led Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Junior Division All-Stars to an 8-1 victory over Knik of Eagle River on Sunday at Anchorage's Abbott-O-Rabbit Seifke Field.

Record number of climbers try McKinley
ANCHORAGE - The 2001 climbing season wrapping up on Mount McKinley is already assured of its place in history.

Cruise lines give $75,000 to GOP after judge lifts donations cap
ANCHORAGE - Corporations are donating more money to state political parties in the wake of a federal judge's ruling that legalized so-called soft money contributions.

State Briefs

Dead orca had high levels of poison
ANCHORAGE - A killer whale that was stranded and died last summer outside Cordova was carrying high levels of industrial poisons in its body, offering yet more evidence that pollutants produced thousands of miles away continue to accumulate at the top of Alaska's marine food chain.

Man pleads no contest in paintball hate crime
n Wiseman admits to videotaping attack on Alaska Natives

Man pleads no contest in paintball hate crime
One of three young men charged in a paintball attack on Alaska Natives pleaded no contest Monday in District Court to three counts of misdemeanor assault.

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