Wednesday, August 7, 2002

Fran for governor
I've read Dr. George Brown's letter of July 30, and I agree wholeheartedly with all the things he says in support of Fran Ulmer for governor.

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?

Bear balderdash
In the police blotter I frequently read accounts involving people driving while under the influence of alcohol. I'm grateful to Cindy Cashen, and people like her, who donate their time to protect the public from drunk drivers. Thank you Cindy and MADD.

An inappropriate place for preference
The idea of ranking one's favorite books or the best movies of the year recognizes the need to evaluate one's personal preferences based on experience. It's fun and generates party conversation.

Small cruise ship returns to service after flu outbreak
Glacier Bay Cruiseline kept one of its small cruise ships, the Wilderness Discoverer, in port this week after 18 passengers and crew on a previous voyage came down with flu-like symptoms."It's not uncommon for some flu or bug to show up at some time in the season on a boat, whether it's brought on by the passengers or the crew members, and in a close environment like that for there to be some transmission," said Glacier Bay Cruiseline President Greg Dronkert. "This is the first one we've seen of this magnitude.

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.

Juneau's Captain Nemo
Cal C. Giordano has been building a homemade submarine in a garage near Juneau Airport since late June. Recently he took the 20-foot craft, made from an industrial buoy and a large propane tank, for a test float in Auke Bay. "And I came home with a Coast Guard escort," Giordano said, chuckling. "I didn't have my AK (boat registration) numbers yet."

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

City Assembly may disband Women's Council
The Juneau Assembly might disband the Juneau Women's Council because of a lack of applications, but members say local women still have issues that need attention.The nine-member women's council has four vacancies and lacks a quorum to meet, according to Deputy City Clerk Beth McEwen.

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.

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

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

Corrections
An editorial in Sunday's Empire stated, "Voters have the option during the general election of choosing a party in order to get a ballot and then voting on the measure and leaving the other choices blank." The reference should have been to the primary election, not the general election.

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

Food bank takes stock at new location
After operating out of numerous locations around Juneau, the Southeast Alaska Food Bank has opened its doors at a new, permanent location."This is long overdue," said Ritchie Sonner, chair of the food bank board of directors. "We've been so transient for so long. It's just nice to feel like we're here. We're home. It's very exciting."

Junos celebrate anniversary
Cliff and Heather Juno celebrated their first anniversary on Aug. 4. Their wedding took place in Tacoma, Wash.

Thank you
... for firefighter support; ... for support of a life

Pets of the Week
Allie is a beautiful short hair spayed female Calico who is described as being a wonderful cat with her friendly, quiet and cuddly demeanor. Skelter is a short hair, black, spayed female who has been Allie's companion for four years.

Corsette, Holmberg to wed
Katina Corsette and Marty Holmberg will be married Aug. 10, 2002, in a ceremony at Resurrection Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at Eaglecrest Ski Lodge.

Breastfeeding possible for busy moms
I continued my discussion with Debi Ballam, RN, IBCLC, about breastfeeding and how she supports local women in their efforts. One support group she facilitates is Baby Parent Time. This group meets weekly on Thursdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of the administration building at Bartlett Regional Hospital. This popular group supports new parents through the challenges of baby's first year.

Honors
Jack Unzicker, a 1993 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, has been selected as one of 80 musicians who received a full scholarship to study and perform at the Henry Mancini Jazz Institute during the summer of 2002 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Williams, Foruria to wed
Georgianna (Annie) Williams and Matthew Foruria, both of Juneau, will be married in a private ceremony Aug. 9, 2002, on a chartered catamaran in Juneau. A reception will follow after the ceremony on the catamaran.

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.

Kirsten Pileberg Orbin
Longtime Juneau resident Kirsten Pileberg Orbin died Aug. 4, 2002, in Juneau.

Ella G. Lee
Longtime Douglas resident Ella G. Lee, 72, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

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.

My Turn: Leave old-growth watersheds alone
How lucky are we? We live in the Tongass National Forest, a temperate rain forest, one of the most beautiful, pristine, amazingly rich and diverse places on the planet, geologically and biologically. This is our home. Don't we have the responsibility to preserve the balance of our natural inheritance?

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.

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

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

Aloha dreams: Juneau soccer teams aim for Hawaii
Six Juneau soccer teams are in Fairbanks today for the start of the 2002 State Cup tournament, and hopes are high for the players to build on success they earned in last year's event.Three boys squads - the U-13 Riptide, U-14 Jaguars and U-15 Orcas - and three girls teams - the U-13 XtraTufs, U-14 Titans and U-15/16 Quicksilver - are representing Juneau at this year's tourney, which begins today and runs through Sunday.

Cavs sign Carlos to two-year deal
Carlos Boozer is now officially in the NBA.Boozer, a former Juneau-Douglas High School and Duke University basketball star, signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers today at Cleveland's Gund Arena. The Cavaliers picked Boozer in the second round of the NBA Draft on June 26, with the 35th overall selection.

Capital City Soccer League
Standings as of Aug. 5

Majors lose to Hawaii squad
The Juneau East Majors (age 11-12) Little League baseball team wound up on the losing end of a dominating pitching performance Tuesday as it fell to the Hawaii state champs, 8-1, in the Northwest Regional tourney in San Bernardino, Calif.Kurt Tanabe pitched a complete-game one-hitter for his Waipahu, Hawaii, team. He threw 11 strikeouts in the game.

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.

Japan may block U.S. moves on Alaska Eskimo whaling
TOKYO - Japan's top whaling official indicated today that Tokyo would block U.S. attempts to reinstate a five-year whale hunting season for Alaska Eskimos.

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.

Abandoned wells could cost millions to fix
FAIRBANKS - The state says the U.S. government has not properly maintained abandoned wells left from federal exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska decades ago. Officials on each side say the problem could cost millions to fix.Two of the wells have released crude oil and gas into the environment, and state officials fear more leaks will occur if the wells are not repaired. The federal Bureau of Land Management says it started working on the problem last year by inspecting and counting the wells.

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.

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."

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.

Cancer rate grows among Alaska Natives
ANCHORAGE - Fifty years ago, almost half the death certificates for Alaska Natives listed tuberculosis as the killer and cancer was rare.The tables have turned. Alaska Natives now have a 30 percent higher risk of dying from all cancers than do white Americans, according to two recent reports published in the journal Alaska Medicine and a 30-year report tracking cancer among Alaska Natives from 1969 to 1998.

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

State briefs
Ranger boat open house Sunday; Authorities catch fugitive; Borough to back $5 million bond; Boat burns; fishermen rescued; Ellis reappointed to Western states panel; Petitioners aim to dump food tax

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."

Couple files suit against cruise line
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Two cruise ship passengers who say their holiday was ruined after an outbreak of a flu virus aboard a Holland America ship have filed suit against the company.Beverly and Larry Jones of Duncan, British Columbia, seek to have their lawsuit encompass several hundred passengers who contracted the Norwalk virus last week during a return trip from Alaska to Vancouver aboard the Ryndam.

Kenai gas expansion protested
KENAI - A proposal by Unocal and its partners Marathon Oil Company and Cook Inlet Region Inc. to expand natural gas production at the Swanson River Field in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has drawn a challenge from a coalition of conservation groups.

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