Tuesday, August 6, 2002

'No' preference
On Aug. 27, the voters will be asked to vote on only one ballot measure - whether or not Alaska should change to a "preferential voting" system.

Move legislative sessions north
My name is Mark Chryson, I am the chairman of the Alaskan Independence Party. But you missed out on the party membership of the other sponsors of the movement. Am I getting special treatment or are you just afraid that this bear will bite you?

Hope is alive
Most sincere thanks to Perseverance Theater's STAR Program and director Nancy Buttenheim for her courageous and beautiful production of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.

Ignore Berkeley
With the utmost of sincerity, I beg you not to print any more stories about laws, ballot measures or ordinances from Berkeley, Calif.

Keep it up
I enjoyed reading Kadashan's thoughts about chance in the Sunday paper. I have some thoughts of my own for Kadashan.

Photo: Late summer splash
Karen Klein and her daughter, Asha Bittenbender, 5, take a cooling run through the shallows Monday at Sandy Beach. The weekend featured hot sun and a high in Juneau on Monday of 77 degrees. Weather predictions are for cooler and damper conditions.

Photo: Raising the rink
Coogan Construction staff work Monday beneath the newly erected metal frame of the Treadwell Arena ice rink at Savikko Park in Douglas. The 29,000-square-foot facility, expected to cost about $3.5 million, is slated to be ready for skaters later this year.

Garbage law limited by privacy concerns
Part of the city's trash and bear control ordinance is proving difficult to enforce because of concerns about private property rights, but police say they're still able to issue tickets.

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

Assembly adopts tourism policies
The Juneau Assembly put four pages of tourism policies into effect Monday after a debate over industry limits and growth.The move marked the near-end of more than a year of work on a long-range tourism management plan for Juneau. The Assembly still is accepting public input on the makeup of a new committee, tentatively called the Juneau Tourism Partnership, that will implement the plan.

Juneau test averages rise
Juneau elementary and middle school students' state benchmark test score averages continued to improve this year with the district-wide averages besting state averages.

Police and Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Building a community at Polaris House
In the living room of Polaris House, a center for Juneau residents with mental illnesses to gather and volunteer, people talk, comfort each other and share their stories.

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

Boy rescued after jumping into channel
Stephen Hansen, 14, couldn't see the boy being carried past Sandy Beach by the Gastineau Channel current late Monday night, but he could hear his desperate cries for help in the dark.The boy, 12, who was picked up by rescuers, was treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital for mild hypothermia and was home by midnight in good condition, hospital officials said.

Malfunction halts Statendam cruise
Mechanical problems forced Holland America to cancel this week's cruise of the Statendam.The ship had a generator malfunction a few hours after leaving Vancouver on Sunday and had to be towed back to port. After a technical team assessed the problem Monday, Holland America decided it was impossible to complete the repairs in time to continue the cruise, said David A. Giersdorf, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Holland America Line in Seattle.

NOAA to city: Center is iffy; cancel road
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking the city to halt work on a road to a proposed fisheries research center at Lena Point.The federal agency canceled a bid process for the project last month after the low bid was higher than expected. NOAA is evaluating whether to reduce the size of a Lena Point center or upgrade the current National Marine Fisheries Service lab at Auke Bay.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Hazel Beach
Former Juneau resident Hazel Mary Beach, 75, died July 18, 2002, in Anchorage.

Donna J. Garrison
Longtime Juneau resident Donna J. Garrison died Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. Services are tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. A full obituary will follow.

Alaska editorial: Greens turning forests into an ugly brown
The huge forest fires that raged in July in western states and in Alaska finally have put a national spotlight on the big Washington, D.C., environmental lobbies, revealing policies that have cost millions and millions of dollars and wasted millions of acres of prime timberland.

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

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

Juneau East falls in Western Regional opener
The Juneau East Majors (age 11-12) Little League baseball team got off to a rough start in Western Regional play on Sunday, falling to the Washington state champions, 9-2, in San Bernardino, Calif.

Fast time, sweet reward
A decision made on a whim has resulted in an all-expense-paid trip to a chocolate wonderworld for Juneau's Daniel Turner.Daniel, 10, a student at Harborview Elementary School and the son of Steve Turner and Sheila Corey, has qualified to compete in the 50-meter dash at the 25th annual Hershey's Track and Field Youth Program North American Final Meet later this week in Hershey, Pa. He earned the trip based on his winning time at the local qualifying meet on May 19.

Candidates head to the Interior
Candidates for Alaska's top offices are headed to the Interior to campaign for the Aug. 27 primary.

Federal health secretary pledges support for Alaska
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson committed his federal agency to do more for Alaska during a weekend tour of the state.

State program puts welfare recipients on job search
Five years after the state launched a welfare reform effort, it is revamping how it works with needy families to untangle the cumbersome and sometimes ineffective welfare bureaucracy.

State Briefs
Continental jet makes emergency landing in Juneau; Treadwell Mine Trail may be expanded; Police await blood test results in van accident case; Haines man drowns in gravel pit pond

Climber recalls grim wait for rescue
LAYTON, Utah - With his friend's body 50 yards away, Mike Anderson spent 72 hours in freezing weather, waiting to be rescued from the East Ridge of Devil's Thumb in Alaska."I was confident that I would be picked up, but you always have that doubt," he said. "I was worried that days would turn into weeks."

Man dies after falling, hitting head on wall
A 21-year-old man died early Sunday after he fell and hit his head on a cement wall, Anchorage police reported.

Akiak teen charged with attempted murder
ANCHORAGE - An Akiak teen-ager has been charged with attempted murder in the weekend shooting of a man who caught him breaking into a bingo hall, Alaska State Troopers said.

Interior wildfires flare up
Smoke so thick that even firefighting aircraft couldn't do their work layered the middle and western Tanana Valley on Sunday as high temperatures across the region sent existing wildfires racing across the landscape.

Willow's Rep. Masek lying low during primary campaign
ANCHORAGE - State Rep. Beverly Masek has virtually vanished from the campaign less than a month before a key primary election.Masek, a Willow Republican, has yet to make a campaign appearance in her Matanuska-Susitna Borough district. Her opponents say they've seen no sign of her on the campaign trail.

4-year-old drowns in lake
A 4-year-old boy drowned Sunday night while on a family picnic at Jewel Lake Park near 88th Avenue in Anchorage.

Murkowski backs off Ulmer debate
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Frank Murkowski has backed out of a gubernatorial candidate forum this week in Fairbanks. Murkowski had said he would appear at the Tanana Valley State Fair on Thursday, facing off against Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, the top Democrat in the race.

12-year-old wins with big cabbage
Visitors to the Tanana Valley State Fair this weekend were wowed by the size of the cabbage 12-year-old Erica Olson had in her wheelbarrow.

Godfrey's widow recovering
Patti Godfrey, critically wounded in a weekend shooting that killed her husband, a retired Alaska commissioner of public safety, is recovering in an Anchorage hospital after undergoing 12 hours of surgery.

Firm wants to build pipeline for Montana tribes
Alaska-based Arctic Slope Regional Corp. wants to design and build the Fort Peck, Mont., tribes' new water pipeline as part of a joint venture project.

Wildfires sending smoke into Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Fires throughout the Interior continued to burn, sending thick smoke into Fairbanks and prompting an air quality warning from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Berry patch is pure rapture for Fairbanks 'Berry Lady'
FAIRBANKS - Rapture for Helenmarie Matesi is a sunny day in a thick blueberry patch, picking the juicy, vitamin-rich fruits for the long winter ahead."I have always been nuts about berries," says Matesi, who is known as "the Berry Lady" at the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, where she works in the food and nutrition education program. "I'm a forager, a natural forager."

Mechanical woes stall Statendam
A power failure delayed the Holland America cruise ship Statendam at least a day and may cause it to skip several port calls this week, including Juneau.

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