Saturday, August 2, 2003

Buy Alaska means additional revenue
KENAI - If Alaskans spent an additional 10 percent on Alaska-made products, it would mean an additional $700 million in additional revenues for Alaska businesses. Bridget McLeod, program director for the Buy Alaska program, told the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that Alaskans now spend $7 billion on products from outside the state.

Egan autobahn?
I must respond to Heather Gardner's letter to the editor (July 29). Calling people "reprobates" for having the "audacity" to drive South Franklin when the tourist are in town?

Uncompromising governor
The problem with "Our Captain" is that he wants the people of lesser means to pick up as large, or larger share of the tax burden, as the wealthy.

Still not a freeway
In fear of confusing poor Juneau drivers beyond their limits, I've put off writing this letter for years. Egan Drive is not a freeway. The signs saying "slower traffic keep right," need to be removed.

Junker accountability
The added fee for garbage of $1.40 for the next year to help with the disposal of junk cars is a noble idea, but it does not address the situation. In the first place once the fee (tax) is in place, these things never seem to go away.

Pink salmon 101
I just finished reading Allan Engstrom's letter in regards to the governor's "failure" in not allowing Russian processors to operate in Alaska waters. I've seen a couple other pieces in other publications of a similar nature recently. An independent in-depth look at the economics of pink salmon might make for an interesting and timely piece in your publication.

Trashing Alaska
After pedaling a bicycle around Alaska in '74, '77, '80, '83 and again this summer, I submit this notice to Alaskans: Many of your citizens turn pristine wilderness into automobile junk yards. Others create trash heaps along rivers and lakes.

FYI
Births

This Day in History
In 1968, several hundred reindeer stopped all airplane traffic at the Nome airport. Herders had to drive the caribou the full length of the runway to get them back in the tundra.

Angoon murder stirs reminders in Tenakee
Tuesday's arrest in the Angoon killing of Richard "Buddy" George Jr. reminded Tenakee Springs residents of the unsolved murder that occurred in their small Southeast Alaska community four months ago. "We don't talk about it much anymore," Mayor Shelly Wilson said Thursday of the unsolved slaying of 19-year-old Maggie Wigen. But the young woman who was found in a shallow grave April 1 has been the subject of some "coffeehouse chat" this week, Wilson said.

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

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

Gardener's paradise
Judy and Jim Hauck have been toiling in their North Douglas garden among 10-foot delphiniums, candy red currants and winding tendrils of snap peas for nine years, but they've never seen a year like this. "It's probably the best gardening year ever," said Judy Hauck, kneeling in her yard Thursday afternoon. "Just about everything's done really well." Juneau has been warmer and drier than average this summer, according to Kimberly Vaughan of the National Weather Service's local office.

Balovich and Mattern to wed
Nicholas Charles Balovich, son of Russ and Sue Bushnell of Juneau and the late Charles Balovich, is engaged to marry Jessica Marie Mattern, daughter of Ron and Julie Mattern of Bismarck, N.D.

How would you spend one million dollars?
What would you do if you had to spend exactly a million dollars? Buy a vacation home? Travel around the world? That is the task assigned to some fifth graders in the school district's Extended Learning program. But there's a catch. The project they choose must benefit the community, not just family and friends.

Chemicals keep farmed salmon in the pink
Not only does farm-raised salmon have no taste, recent studies reveal it is impregnated with chemicals. The producers use canthaxanthin and the more expensive astaxanthin to create the pink or red color in the flesh of the fish.

Thank you for cheerleading clinic
Thank you to the girls that helped put on the cheerleading clinic Saturday at Glacier Valley School: Michelle Workman, Liz Clauder, Sarah Clauder, Niki Clauder, Andriea Workman, Lexi Olson and Michaela Hessie.

Neighbors Briefs
Lieutenant governor awarded; Summer Reading Program winners

A group of 50 dedicates new addition to Amalga Meadows
About 50 people gathered Sunday afternoon to help the Southeast Alaska Land Trust and its partners dedicate the Herbert River Wetlands, a new addition to the Amalga Meadows Natural Area Park. Mayor Sally Smith cut the ribbon to open the area as SEALTrust Director Diane Mayer thanked the many people who played a role in the project's success.

Dohrn and Schultz marry
Karim Schultz of Las Vegas, Nev., and Dan Dohrn of Boise, Idaho, were married at a ceremony on July 4 in Las Vegas. Both the bride and groom are 1992 graduates of Juneau-Douglas High School.

A revealing census
When the 12th U.S. Census was conducted in 1900, the largest cities in Alaska were Nome, Skagway and Juneau - all associated with economic booms from recent gold rushes. Gold had enticed thousands to Alaska, and some of them stayed. So many remained that the population of the state doubled between 1890 and 1900, with most of the increase occurring during the summers of 1898, 1899 and 1900.

Ellen Winkelmann Morrissett
Former Juneau resident Elizabeth Ellen Winkelmann Morrissett, 82, of Boulder, Colo., died Saturday, July 19 at her home.

Vernon S. Akin
Juneau resident Vernon S. Akin died July 10, 2003, in Juneau. He was in his 80s.

My Turn: President popular in spite of his policies
President Bush's spinmasters are right when they say the Democrats are making a mountain out of a molehill by criticizing Bush for his unfounded allegation that Iraq was trying to buy uranium from Niger in order to make nuclear weapons. They are unintentionally right since many other things undermine Bush's credibility and here are a few.

Capitol City Soccer League Standings
Through July 29

Cavaliers give GM new deal, new title
CLEVELAND - Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Jim Paxson received a contract extension and a promotion on Thursday. As part of the new multi-year agreement announced Thursday by Cavaliers owner Gordon Gund, Paxson was promoted to team president.

Local runners prepare for their marathon weekend
Runners from Juneau will be joined by guests from at least 13 states on Saturday morning as they compete in the 12th Annual Frank Maier Memorial Marathon and the Douglas Island Half-Marathon races. The Frank Maier Marathon is the only Juneau race held over the official 26.2-mile marathon distance. While small in comparison to big-city marathons that draw thousands of runners, the Frank Maier Marathon does attract athletes from other parts of the country.

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

Local Sports Briefs
McConnochie, Jeans second in Tour of Whitehorse; Coxe, Bradley lead Juneau Rifle & Pistol Club match

Disc golf tourney set for Sunday
The Juneau Disc Golf Association held its inaugural tournament last month - and the participants had such a good time that they're doing it all over again. The JDGA is holding its "Second of the First" Open tourney Sunday at the Dimond Park course in the Mendenhall Valley.

Marketing funds hang on naming committee
About $8 million in federal funds is burning a hole in the pocket of a new Alaska seafood marketing board, but the money can't be distributed until board members are appointed, according to the nominee for the board's executive directorship. Bill Hines, an international coordinator at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, has been nominated to head the new Alaska Fisheries Marketing Board. His confirmation, and the appointment of nine other board members, awaits approval by the U.S. commerce secretary.

Delta Junction sues Army over high-tech training site
FAIRBANKS - The Interior city of Delta Junction has filed a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Army from building a high-tech training facility too close to neighborhoods. Fairbanks attorney James DeWitt asked for a permanent injunction in U.S. District Court in Fairbanks on Tuesday to halt plans for a Stryker Brigade training facility. Strykers are the Army's new armored vehicles. Their maneuverability and high-powered technology are expected to bridge the gap between heavy armor and light infantry.

Anchorage economy better than forecasted
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage's economy is shaping up better than forecasters had thought it would this year, thanks in part to greater-than-anticipated strength in services industries such as health care, banking and business consulting. The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. raised its forecast for job growth, predicting 2,100 new jobs this year, up from a forecast in January of 1,750. About 1,800 will be services job, the AEDC predicted.

State Briefs
Man faces kidnapping, sexual assault charge; Car hits bicycling child; Coast Guard called after woman falls off ship; Veterans groups back Palmer home; High water sweeps away another cabin; Rehabilitated sea lion pup on her own again; Monegan gets two new deputy chiefs

State eliminates 88 jobs this year
Alan Love, one of 88 state workers who lost their jobs to budget cuts this year, spent Thursday closing up the state chemistry lab in Juneau. After working at the lab for 17 years, four as the lab's director, Love, 62, and other state employees' jobs ended June 30, the last day of the 2003 fiscal year. For the next few months, Love will hold a temporary position with the Department of Environmental Conservation until he finds work elsewhere or retires.

Sen. Murkowski wins commitments to help education, social services in Bush
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said that three Cabinet secretaries have committed themselves to a new initiative to improve education and social services in the Bush. The program, called the Alaska Project, arose from a conversation she had with Education Secretary Rod Paige after he visited rural Alaska with her in May, the senator said.

Movies where & when
"The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," (PG-13) plays at 7:15 and 9:40 nightly at 20th Century Twin, with afternoon matinees at 2:15 daily and additional Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:40.

Why I don't want to move to Hawaii
I started hating this town one day about a month ago when it was raining so hard my windshield wipers couldn't keep up. I was hungry, and I didn't want to go to one of the two restaurants I always go to. I wanted something exotic - a bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup, or risotto, or even a crispy salad that didn't somehow end up costing me, like, $25.

KBJZ-LPFM hosts dance party at top of Mount Roberts
JUNEAU - Sunshine Productions and KBJZ-LPFM disc jockey Genius will host Jam-A-Tram, a dance party, at the top of the Mount Roberts aerial tram from 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

Applications sought for arts residencies
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska State Council on the Arts is accepting applications for its Artists in Schools residency program.

Funnyman David Levesque comes to town
JUNEAU - As a comic, David Levesque may be best known for playing classical stringed instruments with giant, foam rubber hands.

What's happening
Jam-A-Tram, dance party for KBJZ-LPFM, at the top of the Mount Roberts tram, 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9. $25 in advance, $35 at door, $30 for VIP tickets. Details: 586-3941 or listen to 94.1 FM.

STAR takes journals to the stage
When you're 10 years old, it's difficult to convey the concept of war, much less the need for a spiritual anchor. The nine students in Perseverance Theatre's youth production of "Godspell" seem to have the subject matter under control, even though they've had only a little more than three weeks to prepare.

It's a clown's world; we just live in it
Before you run out and buy clown makeup and a fuzzy, rubber clown nose, it's a good idea to make sure clowning is for you. This week is a good time to find out. The Juneau Joeys, which has about a dozen members, will celebrate National Clown Week from Friday, Aug. 1, to Thursday, Aug. 7, with a series of events around town.

Ferry Fairweather needs artwork
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Council on the Arts is seeking two-dimensional artwork to decorate the Fairweather, a new fast ferry on the Alaska Marine Highway System.

First Friday
Sitka professional watercolor artist Sandra Greba can relax when she paints florals. Birds are a different story. "Flowers are more forgiving," said Greba, co-owner of Hannah's Bed and Breakfast in Sitka. "You get a petal slightly off, and it's just curled a little bit different. You get a birds' beak off, and it doesn't work."

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