Wednesday, July 25, 2001

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

What was she thinking?
Why would any sane being suggest that we have Capital Transit run a bus to the glacier (Letter to the Editor, July 23). Is there some reason why the citizens of Juneau should pay for this person's travel here in town?

No place to go
I ask the help of my fellow residents of Juneau in a matter of charity. A growing number of people, in active disease of alcoholism and other forms of drug slavery are within our community, with virtually nowhere to stay, and we have few resources aimed at offering them hope that healing might be a real possibility.

A community danger
I am writing to voice my concern for our community and our children. On July 4, Jack Leck II was released into our community. On July 20, he was picked up for violating his parole. After Mr. Leck's release in 1996, he was re-arrested for violation of parole in 1997. There is a pattern occurring, and one that is escalating.

Save the whales, fishermen
I think I have a solution to the emerging Glacier Bay cruise ship crisis. This remedy will better protect whales, air quality and park asthetics while providing economic benefit to the residents of Icy Strait and nearby neighbors.

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.

Around Town

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.

Correction

Around Town

Rotary district governor spells out plans
Douglas resident Wanda Cooksey was recently appointed Governor of District 5010 of Rotary International for 2001-2002. The district covers Alaska, the Yukon Territory of Canada, and Siberia and the Far East of Russia.

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.

Climber injured in three-story fall
A man who was climbing a metal storm drain on an exterior wall of the downtown Elks Lodge this morning fell 30 feet onto a concrete sidewalk, suffering severe injuries, police said.

Turnaround eases congestion; city plans next phase
Rose Harris has been keeping an eye on traffic in the city's new turnaround in front of the Marine Park Garage.

Garden variety
Pictured is Pam and David Bergerson's garden in Juneau in a photo taken earlier this week. The Southeast Master Gardeners are sponsoring garden tours on Aug. 4 and 5 at locations around Juneau.

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

Pet of the week

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

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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.

Amateur radio operators help save four lives
Just a month after practicing emergency communications skills, members of the Northern Southeast Amateur Radio Emergency Services and Juneau Amateur Radio Club helped rescue a fellow ham operator.

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.

Coastie murdered on St. Paul
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of the commanding officer of the Coast Guard's communications station on St. Paul Island.

Moose Lodge charity carnival scheduled for this weekend
Fans of midways and games of chance, start your engines. The Moose Lodge Charity Carnival is coming to town again, sponsored by the first Moose Lodge in Alaska.

Police and Fire

Power switch cleans up ships
Charlie Ball, president of Princess Tours, looked like a modern-day Thomas Edison as he flipped the switch Tuesday on a cleaner way to run his company's ships.

Rose scent is direct line to emotional memory
I love roses; I have always loved them and can right now close my eyes and conjure up the aroma of a rose covered arbor that shielded us from passing eyes. Sweet and slow, soft and subtly strong, the delicate invasive tendrils wend their ways up the nostrils, exciting nerves and stimulating olfactory senses. The message goes directly to the part of the brain dealing with emotional memories bypassing all verbal interpretation.

Myths about ANWR development
During my 35 years in Alaska, I have always been considered a "Greenie." However, when it comes to oil development in ANWR, I am an enthusiastic advocate. Aggressive action by environmentalists in the 1970s fostered responsible development on the North Slope. I have visited there many times and seen it first hand.

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.

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.

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.

The concept is encouraging
The following editorial appeared in Tuesday's San Jose Mercury News: President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin may have found a way to avoid an imminent head-on collision over the 30-year-old Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Their idea is to tie Bush's plan to test and deploy a missile defense system to Putin's proposal to reduce substantially each side's nuclear missile stockpile.

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.

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.

Sports in Juneau

Juneau Seniors take state
When Juneau pitcher Kyle Lanz severely sprained his right ankle the day before the start of the Alaska State Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League Baseball Tournament, the Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars thought the injury would have a negative impact on their run for the state title.

Sports In Juneau

Post 25 dips into bag of tricks to beat Fairbanks
Juneau's American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns blew a lead to Service in a 7-6 loss on Sunday in Anchorage, but bounced back to beat Fairbanks 5-4 in 11 innings Tuesday in Fairbanks.

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.

Juneau Majors beat Sitka to claim District 2 crown
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Majors Division All-Stars waited until the fifth inning to break up a pitchers' duel, but then exploded for six runs as the All-Stars blanked Sitka 6-0 to claim the District 2-Southeast Majors Division (age 11-12) Little League Baseball Tournament championship Tuesday in Petersburg.

Errors cost Juneau state softball crown
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars almost pulled off an incredible comeback Tuesday night, but came up a few inches short in a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Dimond-West in the series-clinching second game of the Alaska State Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League Softball Tournament at Melvin 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.

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.

Stolen Tlingit artifacts returned to Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan's Native community welcomed lost artifacts home Monday with singing, dancing and the beating of drums.

Teen charged in arson death of mom
ANCHORAGE - A Soldotna teen-ager has been indicted on charges of setting her home on fire and killing her mother in September 1999.

Court grants delay in Katie John case
The state attorney general's office was granted a 60-day extension, until Oct. 4, to appeal the Katie John subsistence case to the U.S. Supreme Court, the governor's office said Tuesday.

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