Thursday, August 7, 2003

Tribes look to develop tourism before others do
CHANDLER, Ariz. - American Indian tribes should develop their own tourism businesses or they risk nonnative businesses encroaching on tribal land, said participants at an Indian tourism conference Tuesday. Rory Majenty, director of tourism for Arizona's Hualapai Tribe, said tourists will visit tribal lands whether or not tribal businesses are prepared.

CIRI settles fight with critics
ANCHORAGE - Cook Inlet Region Inc. has settled a bitter legal fight with two of its loudest critics. Attorneys for Anchorage-based CIRI and independent directors Robert Rude and Harold Rudolph inked a settlement last week that dissolves all allegations on both sides.

Altruistic on somebody else's time and dime
Alaska's legislative majority will certainly love Rory Schneeberger's comments (July 28) urging our educators to ignore declining pay standards in favor of teacher altruism.

Opposes state sales tax
In the July 25 Juneau Empire the governor's spokesman, John Manly, explained that the governor is opposed to an income tax because, he said, "You are taking away money that one person earned to provide services that another person thinks they need."

Get rid of junkers
I didn't know Poindexter was in town. The idea that law-abiding members of the community should pay for the abuses of those who dump their junk cars along the Juneau road system and in the Kmart parking lot is absurd.

Applauds law-abiders
On May 7 the chief of police sent every alcohol-license holder in Juneau a warning letter telling him or her about upcoming compliance checks. Everyone had fair warning, but when they then do the checks the first thing they do is complain that everyone is in compliance; that all the stores cheated - not one word of congratulations you passed, but you cheated.

How to drive safely
In following the various comments about the traffic problem on Egan I can, in part, agree with both sides of the fence. After all arguments, it comes to this, taking note of your surroundings and the other drivers around you.

On swimming safety
As a concerned parent I am writing this letter in hopes that the Augustus Brown swimming pool will take action in providing safety for our children while at the pool. After speaking with other parents I have found this to be a recurring issue and I would hope that it is resolved before a child drowns. My daughter has been in the preschool class and been caught twice near drowning.

Cost of Valley school rises $2.1 million
The proposed Mendenhall Valley high school needs $2.1 million more, a team of city and school district officials say. In bond measures in 1999 and this year, Juneau voters allotted $60.8 million for what is now planned as a 1,050-student school at Dimond Park. But the project's planning team voted unanimously Tuesday to add $2.1 million to the budget.

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

This Day in History
In 1969, the city of Nome announced its intention of suing the state of Alaska for unpaid property taxes

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

Church builds strength after pastor's life-threatening illness
For three months last year, members of Bethany Baptist Church were sheep without a shepherd. Their pastor, John Bigelow, was in Seattle, receiving a new liver and having his colon removed. While Bigelow fought a serious illness that brought him close to death, all the members of the church community thought they could do was pray.

Tenakee residents unhappy about timber sale
A recently approved U.S. Forest Service timber sale involving 936 acres of the Tongass National Forest near Tenakee Springs has some residents concerned about the fate of subsistence food-gathering in the area. "Our hackles are up a little bit," Tenakee resident John Wisenbaugh said Tuesday. "One part of the sale road goes into an unroaded area that's very important to the community for subsistence hunting and fishing."

Photo: SS Northwestern, 1916
This photograph turned postcard shows an ice-covered SS Northwestern in 1916. The Northwest Steamship Company vessel was built in 1889 in Chester, Pa., and was originally named the Orizaba.

Added school funds spare summer program
The extra money the Juneau schools received from the city in July will save four teachers' jobs. It also will allow students who aren't meeting state standards in English and math to take free summer courses in those subjects. The Juneau School Board officially approved a revised operating budget of about $40.77 million Tuesday. It incorporates the $305,900 the Juneau Assembly granted in late July to fund the schools up to the new state-set maximum of local contributions.

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

This Day in History
In 1969, nearly half of the 29 Alaskan sea otters transplanted to the Washington coast from pending nuclear testing areas on Amchitka Island died after less than a week in their new home.

School board seeks answers about Alyeska
The Juneau School Board said Tuesday it wants some questions answered before it considers incorporating the state correspondence program Alyeska Central School as a charter school. Alyeska, the only state-run correspondence school, was given one year beginning in July to arrange for the program to be taken over by a school district or shut down. Last school year, the Juneau-based program had an enrollment of about 1,100 students.

Photo: Night light
The aurora borealis arcs across the sky above Fritz Cove and Auke Bay early Wednesday morning, as daylight starts to wash away the show. Visible much of the night, the northern lights peaked in activity around 2 a.m. and featured curtains, waves, arcs and multi-colored, pinwheel-like displays.

City cracks down on loading zone violations
Since 13 downtown parking spaces became morning loading zones two weeks ago, traffic enforcement officers had been issuing warning tickets to drivers who park illegally in the new zones.Beginning Monday, the city's attitude toward people who park in loading zones changed. It can be described in five words: No more Mr. Nice Guy. "Up until this point, I told the (Juneau Police Department) chief, 'Let's just ease into this, let's just issue warnings,'" City Manager Rod Swope said Tuesday. "Well, over 100 warnings have been issued to residents parking in loading zones."

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

Corrections
Due to a reporter's error, Wednesday's Empire article on Alyeska Central School incorrectly spelled the name of Alyeska teacher Lynda Sanders.

Airport Expansion: Environmental impact statement not ready for public comment
The Juneau Airport will likely expand into surrounding wetlands to meet Federal Aviation Administration standards for runway safety zones, according to city officials. "We recognize we are going to be impacting wetlands and we anticipate finding a mitigating solution that takes those impacts into account," said Allan Heese, Juneau's airport manager. The Federal Aviation Administration has prepared a draft environmental impact statement for the expansion of runway safety zones at the airport into surrounding wetlands, but agency officials do not know when it will be available to the public for comment.

MacFarlane, Bryson to marry
Christine Suzanne MacFarlane of Juneau and Wade Nathan Bryson of Nashville, Tenn., will be married at a ceremony at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 at Glacier Gardens. A reception will follow at the Hangar Ballroom.

Baxter, Simones marry
Catherina L. Baxter, daughter of Fred J. Baxter and stepmother Janet Burleson Baxter, was married to Tyler Simones of Plymouth, N.H., on June 20 in Waitsfield, Vt.

Neighbors Briefs
Rotary exchange program; Vocational fall session; Senior assistance; Seniors invited to lunch; Suicide prevention;

Jones, Danberg to marry
Maureen Lameesa Jones and David Michael Danberg of Juneau will be married in a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Aug. 16 at the Church of the Nazarene. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the Travelodge Hotel. Family and friends are invited to attend the ceremony and reception.

Thank you
... for the care; ... for help with cruise

Johnson, Mesdag will wed
Julia Johnson and Mark Mesdag of Juneau will be married in a ceremony at 2 p.m. on August 9 at Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. at Eaglecrest. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding and reception.

Local car enthusiast invited to show 1939 classic at Pebble Beach
Juneau designer and classic car enthusiast Bill Spear has been invited to show his 1939 American Bantam Roadster at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this year. The California event, widely considered the worlds' most prestigious classic-car meet, is set for August 17. Invitees regularly include internationally known collectors such as Ralph Lauren and Jay Leno, both of whom have won best-of-show trophies in recent years.

Pets of the week
Annie full of energy, love; Reformed vagabond is good to hang out with

Ruth W. Schmitz
Juneau resident Ruth W. Schmitz, 83, died July 8, 2003, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Local Sports Briefs
Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team holding tryouts; Four aces recorded at Mendenhall Golf Course; Peacock wins Sitka's Alpine Adventure Run; Former Ketchikan woman leads California baseball team to title

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

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the Senior Division Little League softball story in Wednesday's paper incorrectly reported the state tourney finish of last spring's Juneau-Douglas High School varsity softball squad. That team finished second at the state tournament.

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

Seniors come up one short
The magical run of the Juneau Senior girls softball squad wound up one run and one win short of the World Series. The Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars lost a 1-0 pitchers' duel to San Marino, Calif., on Wednesday in the Western Region Senior (age 15-16) Little League Softball Tournament championship in Butte, Mont.

Juneau soccer teams go undefeated to open play at the State Cup
Juneau soccer squads got off to a great start at the 2003 Alaska State Cup tournament in Palmer. The five local teams in action Wednesday finished 4-0-1 in their openers at the tourney. Tournament winners qualify to travel to the 2004 Far West Regional Tournament in Spokane, Wash. next June.

Senior girls one win from World Series
One more win, and the Juneau Senior girls softball squad will have the chance to become Louisville sluggers. The Gastineau Channel Little League Senior All-Stars advanced to the finals of the Western Regional Senior (age 15-16) Little League Softball Tournament in Butte, Mont., on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Snow Canyon Little League of St. George, Utah. Juneau will play San Marino, Calif., at 11 a.m. ADT today, with the winner earning a berth in next week's Senior Softball World Series in Jeffersontown, Ky., a suburb of Louisville.

State Briefs
Van hits two boys riding single bicycle; Murkowski signs credit scoring bill; Leman rejects anti-tax ballot initiative; AKCLU warns of filters on library computers; Anchorage considers trail patrols

Dems attack GOP laws via initiatives
Democrats in the Legislature began the initiative process Wednesday in an attempt to short-circuit laws passed by majority Republicans. Democrats submitted petitions to Lt. Gov. Loren Leman for two initiatives dealing with campaign finance limits, lobbying and congressional vacancies. "They have a tendency to ignore us on the minority side so we are going to go straight to the people," said Rep. Harry Crawford, an Anchorage Democrat.

Alaska health officials see upswing in sexually transmitted diseases in 2002
For two years running, Alaska has had the highest chlamydia rates in the country - and the numbers are increasing, according to the state Division of Public Health. The epidemiology section of the state Division of Public Health said 3,805 cases of the sexually transmitted disease were reported in Alaska in 2002 - a 40 percent increase over cases reported in 2001. The state also reported an upswing in gonorrhea rates, showing 642 cases in 2002, a 41 percent increase over 2001.

Forest Service cuts programs to fund privatization studies
WASHINGTON - The Forest Service is cutting some programs in order to divert the operating money to pay for unexpectedly expensive studies on what agency functions might be shifted to private companies. Forest Service spokesman Joe Walsh said it's not yet clear what will be cut, or how the cuts will affect Alaska.

Congress has two months to jostle for position on energy policy bill
WASHINGTON - With Congress out of town for August and then likely focused on spending bills through September, a two-month game of positioning on a final national energy policy bill has begun. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, said last week that he has no doubt that a joint House-Senate conference committee will produce a final version. Republicans have the majority in the committee and they want a bill, Stevens said, so there will be no repeat of protracted, unsuccessful conference efforts last year.

Bishop apologizes for priest's advances
ANCHORAGE - A molestation accusation against a Bethel priest has been resolved after a published apology in regional newspapers, but authorities are still investigating the matter. The alleged victim accused the 89-year-old priest, the Rev. Henry Hargreaves, of making "inappropriate advances" toward her April 15. The victim, who has asked to remain unnamed, is in her 60s.

State Briefs
Ketchikan advances cruise ship head tax; Murkowski again says no to Russian vessels; Bear incidents cause camping closure; Airmen unharmed in crash near Alaska Range

Kansas firm negotiating with Williams
FAIRBANKS - The state is negotiating with a potential buyer of state royalty oil for use at the Williams refinery in North Pole, Gov. Frank Murkowski said. Flint Hills Resources of Wichita, Kan., is negotiating with Williams to purchase its refinery and other assets in Alaska, Murkowski announced this week.

State selects $244 million option for Ketchikan bridges
KETCHIKAN - The state has selected a $244 million option with two high bridges as its preferred alternative for access to its island-bound airport. That's a change from the state's previous preference for linking Ketchikan, on Revillagigedo Island, to the airport on Gravina Island.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski holds economic forum in Juneau
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is sponsoring a regional Economic Forum at Centennial Hall today from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The forum is one of many Murkowski is holding throughout the state in an effort to improve the state's economy. Due to time constraints, the session will not allow time for comment from the floor, according to a press release.

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