Monday, August 12, 2002

In the Stacks
Here are just a few of the stellar DVDs that are heading to a library near you!

New equipment to cut mine's cyanide use
New equipment at the Fort Knox gold mine is expected to cut cyanide use by 25 percent and enhance gold recovery.

Kenai Native corporation struggling with finances
Overdue financial reports reveal Kenai's Native corporation is nearly broke.

Consider parenting factor in test scores
I am writing in response to the article "Juneau test averages rise" featured in last Monday's edition of the Juneau Empire. Why is one school testing higher than another?

Knowles: Murkowski's comments an 'outrage'
I've vowed to overlook outrageous political rhetoric this campaign season. But I can't let go unanswered Frank Murkowski's attack on Alaska's law enforcement professionals and eight years of supporting victims, protecting women and children, and punishing criminals.

A better Game Board
It is time for the Alaska Board of Game to become responsive to the general public, not just the special-interest hunting and trapping groups.

Alaskans shouldn't harm fellow Alaskans
As Alaskan Independence Party chairperson, Mr. Chryson's letter in Tuesday's Empire carries a bit more weight than the average card-carrying member. I presume he is speaking for the membership as a whole, independent of any personal bias or self-interest.

Second choice may be better than first
The League of Women Voters and an assortment of usually sensible people of all political stripes have recently written in opposing a preferential voting system.

Keep a prescription diary
You might think that falls and mental confusion are just a part of growing old, but are they? Older Americans use prescription drugs three times as much as other people and frequently use several different medications for different health problems.

Senate candidates differ on gap, local economy
Candidates for the Juneau state Senate seat differed on issues such as the state fiscal gap and the local economy at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon Friday.

Two indicted in $1 million blaze
Two men were indicted by a Juneau grand jury Friday on arson charges stemming from a $1 million fire that destroyed a Juneau Self-Storage building on Commercial Blvd. on June 3.

Juneau loses power for an hour
Electric power went out in Juneau for about an hour midday Saturday when something temporarily broke the connection from the transmission line from the Snettisham hydroelectric plant, AEL&P officials said.

Black widow spider hitches a ride to Juneau
Jim Douglas is frequently called upon to identify spiders, insects and plants. The Alaska Cooperative Extension agent has reassured scores of people over the years that the spiders they've captured are not poisonous. But last week it was a different story.

Vets remember a brother
Most of the six men who laid a wreath at the Archie Van Winkle memorial near the south end of South Franklin Street on Thursday didn't know him, but he's their brother.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Election provides voters preview of legislative races
No candidate in Juneau's three legislative races faces a primary battle in the Aug. 27 vote. And only two of the four races to represent other Southeast communities give voters a choice of primary candidates.

Power failure sends Ryndam to Auke Bay
Ryndam passengers woke up to views of Auke Bay instead of Glacier Bay this morning after a power outage left the cruise ship temporarily adrift in Lynn Canal.

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

Parents must register Juneau students for school
The Juneau School District is reminding parents that all students must register for school.

Teen suspects charged in school burglary
Two suspects nabbed by police Sunday morning at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School allegedly spent several hours hatcheting doors, breaking windows and stealing more than $500 in cash.

Spider bites send two to hospital
Four days after a spider bit him in his sleep in early July, Paul Schmid was in the emergency room for treatment of the swollen and festering bite wound. Three weeks later he was back at the hospital, receiving antibiotics for a second bite.

Filing period opens today for city candidates
Candidate filing for three seats on the Juneau Assembly and two seats on the Juneau School Board opened today.

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

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Jane Stewart
Jane Stewart, a resident of Juneau since 1946, died at the Juneau Pioneers' Home on Aug. 9, 2002.

My Turn: Juneau should facilitate NOAA project
The discussion about the whether or not construction of the new NOAA fisheries laboratory at Point Lena should take place would be amusing if the topic were not of vital importance to Juneau's future.

Cartoon by TOE
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Empire editorial: NOAA project must move forward
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's unexpected decision to cancel the bid process for the Lena Point project has created a good deal of chaos. Despite conflicting information reported in the newspaper this week, construction continues on the access road.

Out of the Woods: It's August: Don't expect much more than civil
Perhaps you haven't noticed, but everyone around you is tense, edgy and drinking triple-shot coffee drinks at all hours of the day. And it's August. Coincidence?

Fish Report
Harvest rates for coho salmon continue to be better than average in the Juneau area.

Davies Creek: A rough hike to a spectacular view
The way may not be easy, but if you don't mind getting a little wet and you have an extra pint of blood to spare to the mosquitoes, finding the Davies Creek Glacier is well worth the struggle.

Out and About
In season: King and Dungeness crab, halibut and rockfish (peaks June-Sept.), king, sockeye, pink and chum salmon (runs June to Sept., peaks in July), coho salmon (June-Nov.), freshwater brook trout (peaks Aug.-Sept.), Dolly Varden (June-Aug.), bear viewing at Pack Creek (June-Sept., peaks July and Aug.), freshwater Northern pike (peaks July-Aug.), deer (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), mountain goat (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May).

Big Fish Photos
Reader-submitted fish photos

Paragliding can be a high-altitude experience
Exiting from the Mount Roberts Tram car I don my large pack, careful not to slam it into some tourist, and take off for the usual launch area, about a 15-minute hike from the tram. The large pack draws attention and the inevitable questions having to do with a long camping trip.

Finding value in Juneau's Salmon Derby experience
How much is a fish really worth? In answering this question one must consider many factors, for many values can be placed on a single fish.

Protecting the Paths
Four major local trails have been spruced up this summer in a move that may give local outdoors enthusiasts new reasons to revisit old stomping grounds.

'Panners win NBC World Series crown
Blake Gill, a shortstop from Louisiana State, went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs Sunday night, leading the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks to their sixth National Baseball Congress World Series title with an 8-3 victory over the defending champion Anchorage Glacier Pilots.

Treadwell Twosome Traverse
Results of the Treadwell Twosome Traverse, held Saturday on the Treadwell Mine Trails near Douglas.

2002 Tour of Juneau: An Alcan Triple Crown
Tour of Juneau newcomer Scott Stevens left no doubt about his claim to this year's Tour title Sunday, breaking away from the pack at the end of the road race for a convincing victory in the third and final stage.

Hail Ernie! Juneau wins!
One play erased a wealth of mistakes for the Juneau-Douglas High School football team in its season-opening 8-6 victory over the Kenai Central Kardinals in a non-conference game Saturday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Democrats for governor: Ulmer, Lemke and Beasley
Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer faces two political longshots in the Democratic primary race for governor, giving her time to focus her efforts on a general election run against the likely Republican nominee, U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski.

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

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

Three Juneau Soccer teams reach State Cup finals
The Juneau Soccer Club Xtratuffs U13 girls, Riptide U13 boys and Jaguars U14 boys teams won their semifinal games Saturday and advanced to today's championship games in the Alaska State Youth Soccer Association's State Cup tournament in Fairbanks.

Stevens storms to Tour of Juneau lead
This year's Tour of Juneau three-day stage race cycling event has featured some new twists - a new hill-climb course and format, a slightly longer individual time trial and a first-time entrant from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, who is dominating the field.

Three Juneau soccer teams book tickets for Hawaii
Three Juneau Soccer Club teams won titles in Sunday's championship games of the Alaska State Youth Soccer Association's State Cup tournament in Fairbanks.

Tuluksak man charged with attempted kidnapping
A Tuluksak man Adolph Lott, 26, was charged last week with attempted kidnapping.

Soldotna teen killed in Sterling Highway crash
A 17-year-old Soldotna boy was killed in a head-on collision on the Sterling Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

Pastor completes unicycle trek for Inuit
The rubber tread on the huge wheel was worn, but the humble unicycle tire took Lutheran pastor Lars Clausen across America in his effort to help the Eskimos to whom he once ministered.

They ate the evidence
Tracing the final hours of the giant king salmon stolen from Seafood Producers Co-Op in Sitka and secretly cut up into fillets, police say they know what happened to the heisted fish: it went to a party.

Soldotna eyes ban on smoking in restaurants
The city of Soldotna is considering a ban on cigarette smoking within its restaurants, following the lead of Anchorage, Juneau and Barrow.

Most primary races solo
Political consultant David Dittman says Alaska's Aug. 27 primary reminds him a little bit of the old-style Soviet elections.

Navigating via the Web
In a state where vast distances, rugged terrain and sudden changes in weather make flying a constant challenge, Alaska pilots are enthused about a new tool to help them see beyond the horizon.

Murkowski: Capital shouldn't be moved
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, like Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, is opposed to moving the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and also wants the capital to remain here.

University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher takes a close look at particles in wildfire smoke
When smoke from wildfires blew into Fairbanks last week, researcher Glenn Shaw couldn't resist. He had to study it.

Teens charged with murder of woman
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the homicide of a woman whose burned body was found Thursday near Girdwood.

Mayor takes anti-move message on the road
Juneau Mayor Sally Smith took her anti-capital move message on the road in Southeast this week, warning that the entire region will be hurt if the Legislature moves north.

Metlakatla: Pole-raising caps 'Sobriety Celebration'
Capping a five-day "Sobriety Celebration," the Metlakatla Indian Community raised a 36-foot totem Tuesday before a crowd of about 300 people.

Police: Note gives no reason for Godfrey shooting
Anchorage police have acknowledged they found a note written by Karen Brand before she fatally shot retired Commissioner of Public Safety Glenn Godfrey, critically injured his wife and then killed herself.

Haines: Long-running tiff with municipality ends
A former Haines resident's four-year legal battle with the City of Haines ended with a ruling in the municipality's favor in the Alaska Supreme Court.

Homeowner thwarts robbery, but shoots own finger
An 81-year-old man thwarted a robbery in his home Saturday, wounding one of the intruders but also his own finger.

Democrats for governor: Ulmer, Lemke and Beasley
Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer faces two political longshots in the Democratic primary race for governor, giving her time to focus her efforts on a general election run against the likely Republican nominee, U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski.

Four Republican candidates battle to lead the state
In the Aug. 27 primary, an Anchorage attorney and two political newcomers will find out how they stack up against Frank Murkowski.

Support for veterans
Malvin D. Larkin, who served in the Army, sings a song Friday during the 10th annual Veteran's StandDown at Fort Richardson in Anchorage.

Ketchikan: Blueberry feted
Hundreds gathered on Main Street in Ketchikan a week ago Saturday in celebration of the blueberry.

Storm sends ship to port
A storm hitting Southeast Alaska drove at least one cruise ship to seek safe harbor.

Sitka: Good communication, teamwork save hunters
The rescuers in a mission to aid two hunters stranded near the top of Bear Mountain say they brought more than a couple of grateful people down from the mountainside.

Stevens pushes consolidation of threatened villages
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens says it is likely to cost as much as $1 billion to relocate 10 coastal Alaska villages threatened by erosion and that's more money than he's likely to get from the federal government.

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