Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Fishing families know who can help them in election
Upon returning to Cordova following a month's absence for my commercial fishing season in Bristol Bay, I was interested to learn that we have yet another "advocate" for our fishing interests here from outside of our industry and community: Lauren Padawer with Eyak Preservation Council.

Nagging questions
Sen. Murkowski's Senate Bill 2222 would trade away approximately 12,000 acres of national forest land from the area of Slate Creek Cove, Lower Slate Lake, and Lion's Head Mountain in Berners Bay. In exchange, the public would gain mostly cutover or subsurface private land near Ketchikan.

Qualified as governor
The issues facing Alaska voters this year go deeper than how big the dividend will be, where the Legislature will meet, and the alternative voting election system referendum. I hope citizens will think ahead about how the choices we make will impact their grandchildren.

Thanks for the laugh
I just saw the photo of Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer holding a pistol and trying to portray herself as a advocate of firearms ownership. If she truly supported the Second Amendment, she would leave the Democratic Party and disassociate from those powerful Democratic senators like Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who are trying to take away our right to bear arms.

A need for a driving refresher course
While driving in Juneau, I have noticed the majority of people behind the wheel do not know the most basic fundamental rules of the road, i.e., how to drive. Drivers fail to realize that the left lane on the highway is reserved for passing traffic, and should not be used for slower drivers.

4 men uninjured after jumping off bridge
Four Juneau men were charged with disorderly conduct after jumping off the Douglas Bridge early this morning.Curtis Davis and Harry Williams, both 22, Michael Guthrie, 18, and Shaun Guthrie, 19, jumped off the center of the bridge on the south side at 5:56 a.m., the Juneau Police Department said. Though they were chilled by the water, none of the men was injured in the jump, police said.

Former car dealer indicted
A former Juneau consignment used-car dealer and his sales manager were indicted Monday by a federal grand jury in Anchorage on multiple charges of defrauding their customers.Curtis McQueen, owner of the defunct McQueen Motors on Glacier Highway, was charged with 14 counts of mail and wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Eagle's nest ensnared by mix of interests
An eagle's nest perched in a precarious tree along North Douglas Highway is the focus of a tangle of biological interest, government regulations and local concern. In mid-July a mudslide near False Outer Point washed out the hillside supporting a tree that held the nest of seven eaglets. The eaglets were taken to repopulate eagles on an island off the California coast, which ruffled some of the birds' human neighbors. Meanwhile, the partly uprooted nest tree, covered by eagle-habitat protection laws, cannot be removed, creating a potential danger to passing motorists.

Coast Guard officer picked for flag rank
Capt. Richard Houck, a Coast Guard officer stationed in Juneau, has been slated to receive a flag officer position.Houck is serving as chief of staff for Alaska, which is the Coast Guard's 17th District. The Coast Guard has announced he will be promoted to rear admiral in the upcoming months, pending congressional approval. He will continue with his current duties.

NOAA cancels Lena Point bids
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has canceled a bid solicitation for an over-budget fisheries research center planned for Lena Point as it continues to evaluate its options.NOAA decided on Tuesday to cancel the bids so contractors wouldn't be left "dangling" as federal officials regrouped, said Sheela McLean, a public affairs officer for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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

Photo: Fly me to the moon
A Wings of Alaska floatplane flies down Gastineau Channel as the moon sets behind Douglas Island on Tuesday.

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

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

Fires set near Floyd Dryden
Firefighters and police officers put out five small fires set by vandals near Floyd Dryden Middle School this morning.A police officer on patrol at around 1 a.m. spotted smoke coming from the Adair-Kennedy football field. He found two trash cans aflame on the bleachers and a car tire burning beneath the stands. The officer also discovered a flaming trash can near the school and an additional trash can that had been torched but had burned itself out.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events

Dyea cleanup continues
The city of Skagway plans to remove thousands of cubic yards of material from West Creek in nearby Dyea after a landslide and flood there last week.The Skagway City Council on Thursday will consider making a $250,000 emergency appropriation from the town's reserves to begin removing boulders and other material from West Creek as soon as possible, Skagway City Manager Bob Ward said.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the name of the buoy tender Sweetbrier was misspelled in Sunday's article on Rear Adm. James Underwood.

Floatplane pilot says wind affected landing
A federal agency investigating a floatplane that capsized in the Gastineau Channel earlier this month said a hard landing preceded the partial separation of the plane's right float.The five-passenger de Havilland Beaver, operated by Wings of Alaska, landed in the channel near Juneau Harbor at about 8:50 a.m. on July 12, turned on its side and sank.

College, law students participating in Sen. Stevens intern program arrive in Washington
WASHINGTON - Alaska college and law students participating in Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' intern program have arrived in Washington, D.C. The students were selected by Stevens to participate in the program, which provides first-hand experience working in the federal government through various legislative projects and assignments.

Pets of the week
Marshmallow is a strikingly handsome white, medium hair, neutered male. Timber is a shorthair white-and-orange, neutered male who is quiet and friendly.

Ramirez, Marks to wed
Jim Marks and Kathy Dennis announce the engagement of their daughter, Jocelyn K. Marks, to Luis E. Ramirez, the son of Esperanza Ramirez-DeLaCruz. A September wedding is planned.

It may be about time your plant changed its lifestyle
At your local Cooperative Extension Service Office in Juneau we get daily inquiries about sick or insect-ridden plants. Most often the gardener wants to know what kind of spray or chemical is needed to treat the problem. It is all too easy for us to give the quick answer that the customer is looking for. Spray chemical X for insect Y, chemical Q for disease Z. Everything will be OK. All is right with the world. But is it?

Photo: Waiting for low tide
A young brown bear stations itself behind several stalks of grass last week between the U.S. Forest Service's Berners Bay cabin and the cabin visitors' means of getting home. The bruin in fact didn't wait for the outgoing tide to leave the boat high and dry. It opted instead to munch on some rye grass along the beach and then ambled off into the forest.

Davidson, Lockhart to marry
Kacy Davidson of Jackson, Mich., and Toby Lockhart of Juneau will be married in a ceremony planned for 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, at Chapel by the Lake Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. at the Chapel by the Lake. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding and reception.

Thank you
On May 1, almost 500 people, mostly students, attended Juneau's third annual Law Day activities in the Dimond Courthouse and in the Capitol.

Angle R. Peterson Sr.
Services for longtime Juneau resident Angle Rock Peterson Sr. will be held Wednesday.

William 'Bill' F. Meehan Jr.
Former Juneau resident William "Bill" F. Meehan Jr. died July 26, 2002, at home in Arlington, Wash.

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

Seniors sweep in Tuesday's games
Juneau's Seniors (age 15-16) baseball and softball teams cruised to easy victories in their respective Northwest Division tournaments on Tuesday, sending each into championship games.In Missoula, Mont., the Seniors baseball team defeated the Idaho state champions from Boise, 10-2, on a complete-game three-hitter by pitcher Matt Greely. They will face Hawaii in the championship round today.

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

Seniors softball wins vs. Oregon
Juneau's Seniors (age 15-16) softball team picked up a win Monday in the Northwest Division tournament in Oak Harbor, Wash., defeating the Oregon state champions, 7-1.The Seniors baseball team fell to Hawaii, 12-2, on Monday at their Northwest Division tourney in Missoula, Mont.

Weather clears for rescue of stranded climber
A helicopter was able to reach a climber stranded on a mountain near Petersburg on Monday, but recovering the body of his partner appears unlikely.A trooper with the Division of Fish and Wildlife Protection said loose boulders near the body of climber Marc Springer pose too great a risk to attempt a recovery.

Murkowski, Ulmer lead in fund raising
ANCHORAGE - The two candidates considered the leading contenders to be Alaska's next governor have jumped ahead of the pack in the race to collect and spend campaign donations.In a campaign finance report filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission on Monday, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer says she has raised nearly $900,000 and spent more than half that in her bid to move up to the governor's mansion this fall.

Experts: Arctic Natives should help in research
FAIRBANKS - The world's leading researchers on Inuit and Eskimo societies, gathering in Anchorage this week, will address the notion that Native people of the Arctic should be collaborators in research, not merely subjects.The biennial Inuit Studies Conference runs from Thursday through Saturday at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Doyon awarded Denali Park contract
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Native regional corporation Doyon Ltd. has been awarded a contract to provide bus, retail and food services in Denali National Park and Preserve.The award marks the first time an Alaska Native corporation has been awarded the concession in the park.

Baha'is: Primary voids vote
The new voting structure for Alaska primary elections, requiring voters to choose a ballot from one of six political parties, could leave as many as 4,000 followers of the Baha'i faith without a voice in the August election.The Baha'i faith, which stresses equality, unity and an individual search for truth, prohibits involvement in partisan politics. There are about 200 Baha'i members in Juneau and 4,000 in Alaska, representatives of the faith said.

Senate panel approves Berners Bay land trade
The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today approved a bill by Sen. Frank Murkowski that would allow Native corporations Sealaska and Cape Fox to trade about 3,000 acres of land near Ketchikan for 2,600 acres of U.S. Forest Service land near Berners Bay in Juneau.

Ex-Anchorage police officer gets six-month jail sentence
ANCHORAGE - A former Anchorage police officer, convicted of trying to convince his underage girlfriend to lie about sex, has been sentenced to six months in jail.William "Chris" Goldberg also was fined $2,500 and was placed on probation for five years at his sentencing hearing Monday in Anchorage District Court.

Open door melts ice sculptures
FAIRBANKS - The staff at the Fairbanks Ice Museum is being extra careful coming and going these days.

State briefs
Police charge two in morning burglary; Senate panel approves money for heliport study; Fuel spills outside old laboratory near Barrow; IRS announces tax relief for Alaska residents; Grand jury indicts doctor and nurse on fraud charges; Quakes shake parts of Alaska; Kmart cuts hours at stores once open 24 hours; Fairbanks woman dies in house fire; Man convicted of having home meth lab; Horse shot, killed two days after purchase

State may cancel Kenai fall brown bear hunting
ANCHORAGE - The state Department of Fish and Game is expected to close the Kenai Peninsula's fall brown bear hunt, due to an unusually high number of killings of bears in defense shootings and traffic accidents.

State Briefs
Ketchikan troopers find meth lab; Tennessee man offered Ketchikan borough manager job; Umphenour appointed to seafood marketing board; Body of fisherman recovered; Musher disqualified in 1997 enters Yukon Quest; Body found in Cook Inlet identified as missing man; Teen-ager held in assault of child

CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-3028
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING