What's up with that?

The Empire ponders Juneau's puzzles, unravels its mysteries and contemplates its conundrums.

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2002

Q: Is KINY going to carry Cleveland Cavaliers games next season, now that Carlos Boozer is with the team? Are they still going to carry Duke games now that Carlos has left?

A: "We've done some preliminary talking with Cleveland - maybe a game a week - but we haven't gotten any confirmation that we can get it," station owner Dennis Egan said.

Egan said the logistics of snaring the Cavaliers' broadcasts from satellite appear somewhat complex, but the station hopes to know in the next couple months whether or not it can happen.

Unfortunately for TV viewers, Cleveland is one of two NBA teams - Atlanta is the other - that will have no nationally televised games during the regular season next season.

Neither ABC nor ESPN nor TNT will offer up the Cavaliers to a national audience - maybe because they went 29-53 last season. Hopefully Carlos can get them back on the winning track, and back on TV screens from Key West to Barrow.

Duke games will not be broadcast on KINY next season. Egan said a listener poll conducted by the station earlier this year came back with about 90 percent of people against carrying Duke games now that Carlos has moved on to the pros.

Egan said broadcasting the Duke games while Boozer was playing was relatively easy due to an outer-space coincidence.

"It was a weird thing," he said. "Duke was on the same satellite that we get ABC from."

Q: There's a clock visible when you're going through the drive-through at the Valley McDonald's that counts down. What does it keep track of?

A: Bill Laliberte, one of the owners of the two Juneau McDonald's restaurants, said you're probably seeing the clock that reminds the restaurant staff to wash their hands.

"Every hour we require that our employees wash their hands," he said. "It's a countdown timer."

Laliberte said there's also a clock that keeps track of the time customers have been waiting in the drive-thru lane. That information helps to diagnose slow points in service so fast food can be served even faster.

More on rogue sewer grates and Capitol (and it is -ol) Avenue by e-mail from former Juneau resident David Argetsinger, now of Medford, Ore.:

"Most of the cast iron manhole covers and sewer gratings for cities in Alaska were made by Olympic Foundry in Seattle. They, no doubt, also made covers for King County projects. About 15 years ago they went bankrupt. ... The 'King County' cover was either shipped in error or was all that was left in the yard when they went broke. We frequently get the leftovers in Alaska because the vendors know we won't return them. In either case, the contractor in Juneau paid the foundry for the lid so it was never really the property of King County. ...

"Capitol Avenue was known, for a long time, as 'Pipeline Alley.' In the early '50s it was not paved because a pipeline from the flume above Gold Creek was buried there to provide water to the turbine at the power plant, north of where the tank farm was on Willoughby.

"When it was finally paved, someone with a sense of humor in the city engineer's office probably named it 'Capitol Avenue.' The spelling with the 'o' is how I remember it. In order to amuse the tourists, it ought to be changed back to its original name - 'Pipeline Alley.' That would better represent the character and purpose of the street."

Thanks to all the readers who have been sending along their great "What's Up" questions by phone and e-mail. We're working on them as fast as we can, and we look forward to receiving even more as the summer goes on.

Andrew Krueger is still waiting to discover the identity of "R.C." of roadside fertilizer fame, and can be reached at akrueger@juneauempire.com.

To get the crack What's Up With That research team to work for you, send questions or comments to whatsup@juneauempire.com, or call Andrew or Mel at 586-3740.

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