Friday, August 8, 2003

Experimental gas-to-liquid plant in Nikiski up and running
An experimental BP plant in Nikiski designed to turn natural gas into a liquid is finally up and running. The $86 million gas-to-liquids, or GTL, plant will test secret technology that could eventually help bring massive global stores of so-called stranded gas, such as that on the North Slope, to market. The estimated 35 trillion cubic feet of North Slope gas is stranded for lack of a long and expensive pipeline to carry it out.

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."

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.

FYI
Births; Courts; Judgments.

Juneau police to be first in Alaska to experiment with Segway scooter patrols
Ten Juneau Police officers soon may inspire some double takes when they hit the streets on Segway Human Transporter vehicles. Assistant Chief Greg Browning said the department will provide a consumer report of sorts for law enforcement agencies. It will be the first in Alaska to experiment with the battery-operated, two-wheel scooters.

Peterson, Smith, Stone seek city slots
The filing period for October's municipal election begins in one week, and so far three candidates have filed paperwork with the Alaska Public Offices Commission indicating they plan to raise campaign funds. Mayor Sally Smith will seek reelection. David Stone, vice president for consumer affairs with Alaska Electric Light & Power, will run for Assembly for District 1 and the seat held by Ken Koelsch. School Board member Daniel Peterson will run for the District 2 seat held by Dale Anderson. Koelsch and Anderson said they are not ready to announce whether they will seek re-election.

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.

Food Network series focuses on Juneau beer and seafood
Staring at her face in the mirror of a small makeup compact while sitting in The Alaskan Hotel and Bar on Wednesday, Sandra Pinckney could have been one of the regulars. Could have been, except for the lights, the video camera panned close on her face and the script proclaiming the merits of Alaskan Smoked Porter sitting on the bar next to her.

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.

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

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."

Photo: Relief from the heat
Eric Fagerstrom, 10, takes a plunge Thursday into Auke Lake. Fagerstrom was on a family outing enjoying the warm weather.

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.

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

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

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.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

Koester and Arenson to wed
Rozlind Melody Koester of Juneau and Nicholas Arthur Arenson of Gig Harbor, Wash., will be married in a ceremony on Aug. 24 in Bellingham, Wash.

Thank you
... to those who helped out with Woeber wedding

NeighborsDigest
Walk honors sobriety; Airport reconstruction; Bible school starts Sunday; MASST seeking recruits; Market vendors needed.

Fishing is a deeply rooted part of Alaska's history
On July 23, 1792, Joseph Ingraham, of the vessel Hope, was trading on the Northwest Coast. The most sought-after fur was that of the sea otter. For two decades, from 1790 to 1810, about six to 10 Bosto

Photo: Harbor lights
The cruise ship Norwegian Sun sets Juneau Harbor ablaze with its lights Tuesday before setting sail down Gastineau Channel.

New book delves into world of Hasidic missionaries
There are just 3,000 Jews living in Alaska's 570,374 square miles, but Yossi and Esty Greenberg are there to serve them - leading services, throwing Hanukkah parties, flying deep into the bush to train a young man for his bar mitzvah.

Toner and Branter to marry
Marijo Toner of Juneau and Steve Brantner of Juneau will be married in a ceremony planned for 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at the Juneau Yacht Club. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding and the reception.

John R. 'Jack' Jewell
Juneau resident John R. "Jack" Jewell, 78, died Aug. 6, 2003, in Seattle, Wash.

Gilbert Demmert
Kake resident Gilbert Demmert, 53, died July 26, 2003, in Pahrump, Nev.

My Turn: Minor impact to wetlands
Having a fully accessible airport is likely a case of our not being able to have our cake and eat it too. As most of us realize, the possibility of a very small bit of the wetlands surrounding the airport being used to make the facility much more fully functional and accessible has been on the horizon for years. Over a decade ago Alaska politicians were advertising a more accessible capital in the not-too-distant future, and all of us Juneauites were certainly pulling for it, but there always seemed to be a gap between what was expected and what it was going to take to make it happen.

My Turn: Defang the income tax
The Municipal League and many Alaskans seem to favor a tax on income over sales. However, until most voters are convinced an income tax hurts them less than alternative means of bridging the fiscal gap, legislators will not touch the issue with a 20-foot pole (make that 40-foot for the governor). To do otherwise might invite recall.

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 Riptide dim Northern Lights SC
Colin Flynn scored four goals and Sam Greely added three to power the Juneau Riptide U-14 boys soccer team to a 7-1 rout of the Northern Lights Soccer Club Dynamo on Thursday at the Alaska State Cup tourney in Palmer.

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

Playing for October
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team will put a new offense and two new quarterbacks on display tonight when the Crimson Bears take the field for their season opener against the Ketchikan Kings.

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.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide 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.

SportsBriefs
Local cyclists hit area roads for Tour of Juneau; Treadwell Twosome Traverse runs Saturday.

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.

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.

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.

AlaskaDigest
Saturday block party to shut down street; Bidding lively for ferry; Anchorage airport project should be done next summer; and other headlines.

Police seeking relatives of American man killed in Yukon
Royal Canadian Mounted Police have not been able to locate relatives of a man who was fatally struck by an out-of-control car last month as he sat waiting for a bus.

Interior officials claim state biased in funding road projects
The state Department of Transportation has ignored Interior Alaska road needs in favor of Southcentral communities, elected officials told the agency this week. Interior legislators and local officials on Wednesday lambasted DOT Commissioner Mike Barton, charging that the Interior continues to get shorted when it comes to receiving federal road money distributed by the state.

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.

Photo: Appetite for victory
Donielle Lewis, right, finishes a pie during a pie-eating contest Tuesday evening at the Tanana Valley State Fair in Fairbanks. Kristen Koch, left, also competed in the event. The two 11-year-olds were beat out by contestants with greater appetites.

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

Bankrupt foundation puts ferry Kalakala on the auction block
The Kalakala, a piece of maritime history that was part of Puget Sound's colorful ferry fleet from 1935 to 1967, will be auctioned on Sept. 13 by the group that was attempting to restore it.

Murkowski holds economic forum, fund-raiser
Sen. Lisa Murkowski told representatives of the timber, fishing, mining and tourism industries Thursday to work together on infrastructure needs of the region to help improve the state's struggling economy.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation.

Knowles declines office space from rival Murkowski
Former Gov. Tony Knowles has rejected an offer by Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski to let him use a spot in her office so he can help convince a dozen Senate Democrats to support oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Land trade triggers protest
About 30 protesters, holding signs and chanting slogans against a deal affecting Berners Bay, pressed Murkowski to hear their concerns. Murkowski is sponsoring a bill to allow the Interior Department to trade land near Berners Bay to Sealaska Native Corp. and Cape Fox Native Corp. in return for land near Ketchikan. Sealaska is the Southeast Alaska regional Native corporation. Cape Fox is a village Native corporation in Saxman.

University looking for berries for health study
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is studying berries - raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, even cloudberries and crowberries - trying to learn how helpful the state's berries are to human health.

Experiments on paper and plywood
Juneau artist and University of Alaska Southeast student Brad Ponack doesn't think he can paint well. But in the past year, he's figured out how to use paint to suit his art. Since taking two silk-screening courses taught by UAS professor Alice Tersteeg, Ponack has been experimenting with line drawing, color theory and transferring his art on to various media.

Dysfunction and despair: Tabor works on kids album
Local songwriter Buddy Tabor has recorded songs about death, pestilence, loneliness and disease since the early 1980s. Releasing an album for children is the next logical step. "Somebody at one of my concerts in March or February said I should have a children's record," Tabor said. "His 10-year-old said, 'I don't think so Daddy. After the first song, all the kids would be crying.' "

State fair starts Aug. 13 in Haines
Juneau bands Contra Public and Peabody's Monster, and Juneau salsa dancer Heather Haugland, will appear on the main stage during the Southeast Alaska State Fair, Aug. 13 to 17, in Haines.

Of mice and men
Genji League is a 30-year-old network administrator in Juneau with a wife, Mia, a son, 4, and a daughter, 6 months. He ran for mayor nine years ago and finished second. He's finishing up his bachelor's degree in liberal arts with a math emphasis at University of Alaska Southeast. When League finds time to play one of his favorite fighting games on his personal computer, he's known as (on7or7!on, or Contortion.

What's happening
"Godspell," directed by Kevin Gilbertson, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9; "We're All Stories," directed by Gene Tagaban, shows at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. All shows at Perseverance Theatre. $8 kids, $12 adults at Hearthside Books.

Movies where & when
"Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life," (PG-13) plays at 7:10 and 9:30 nightly at 20th Century Twin, with afternoon matinees at 2:15 daily and additional Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:40.

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