Tuesday, August 13, 2002

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

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.

A golden internship
This summer I was lucky enough to become Greens Creek Mine's Human Resources Summer Intern. Before this summer the "gold" mine in Juneau's backyard was a mystery to me. Over the past two months I have joined the 270 employees who wake up at 4 in the morning to catch the 5 a.m. boat to Admiralty Island.

We want to help
Polaris House sincerely thanks Genevieve Gagne-Hawes, Brian Wallace and the Juneau Empire for the wonderful article on our clubhouse. It feels good to get such great community recognition.

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.

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?

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.

2 School Board members opt out
Expressing disappointment and frustration, Juneau School Board members Carolyn Spalding and Deana Darnall say they will not seek re-election now that their three-year terms are expiring.The 10-day filing period for the Oct. 1 municipal election began Monday and will end on Thursday, Aug. 22. As of midday today, no one had filed to run for the two vacant School Board positions, according to the city clerk's office.

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.

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.

Suspects in building arson, theft enter innocent pleas
Two men accused of setting the June fire that destroyed a self-storage building and caused more than $1 million in damage pleaded innocent today to felony arson charges in Juneau Superior Court.Cricencio "Chris" Bagoyo III, 23, and Michael Blevins, 22, were arraigned on one count each of first-degree arson, a felony.

Photo: Big water on the Mendenhall
Abe Al-Khalisi, an Alaska Travel Adventures river raft guide (with oars), navigates high water Monday on the Mendenhall River with a raft of tourists from the cruise ship Sea Princess.

Local Briefs
Another suspect nabbed in school burglaries; Haines state fair starts tomorrow; Weed pull snags garlic mustard

Wind-felled tree injures man
A Gustavus man was seriously injured Monday when a tree, knocked over by high winds, struck him while he was walking with friends on a beach in Glacier Bay National Park.Meanwhile, gale winds in Skagway turned back two cruise ships Monday, as a short but intense storm moved over Southeast Alaska.

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

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

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.

Charting another latitude
Twenty-five years ago, Keil and Moretta Rieger purchased a small gift shop on Franklin Street. They built it up, changed its name to Latitude 58 and kept it open year-round, holding fast to their original goal of being a store for Juneau residents first. Now, as sale signs fill the windows and items from merchandise to display cases are spoken for by customers, they're preparing to retire.

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

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.

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

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Robert M. Lowe Jr.
Former Juneau resident Robert M. Lowe Jr. died Aug. 11, 2002, in Eugene, Ore.

My Turn: We are doing the right thing with funds
While the recent announcement by NOAA that it was rejecting the high construction bids was a setback, there are plenty of opportunities to keep the Lena Point project on track. The fact remains that Lena Point is an excellent location to serve the needs of NOAA and the University of Alaska.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

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.

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.

O'Brien breaks 2 records at zones
Kyle O'Brien of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club broke two Alaska records last weekend while competing at the Western Zone meet at the University of Southern California's McDonalds Pool in Los Angeles.The zone meet featured the top age group swimmers from 11 western states competing on 17 state or regional teams. Besides Alaska, the other states with teams were Washington, Oregon, California (with six regional teams), Hawaii, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

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

'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.

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

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.

Empire Cup Running Series Point Standings
Here are the standings through July 31 for the 2002 Empire Cup running series, which is co-sponsored each year by the Southeast Road Runners Club and the Juneau Empire.

Phelps breaks American record in 200 IM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Michael Phelps shattered the American record in the 200-meter individual medley Monday on the opening day of the U.S. National Swimming Championships.Phelps, of Baltimore, finished in 1 minute, 58.68 seconds, to break the U.S. mark of 1:59.77 set by Tom Dolan in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Finland's Jani Sievinen set the world record of 1:58.16 in Rome in 1994.

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.

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.

Knowles appoints child welfare panel
Gov. Tony Knowles pre-empted a federal audit of the state's child welfare system on Monday by creating a panel of his own to make recommendations to the next governor.The 16-member Commission on Child Protection will be expected to make recommendations by Oct. 1 on improving the state's child protection services.

New chamber focuses on Native businesses
WASHINGTON - American Indian businessmen from 16 states have created a nationwide chamber of commerce promoting economic development among the historically disadvantaged group.

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

Other parties offer unique views of the state's future
Libertarian, Green and Republican Moderate gubernatorial candidates say they offer visions of Alaska's future the other parties don't.

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.

Battling for the AIP
Voters who complain about lack of choice must envy the 773 Juneau residents who belong to the Alaskan Independence Party.They get to choose among six candidates - some quite outspoken - running for the AIP nomination for governor in the Aug. 27 primary election.

Poor chum run closes Yukon to subsistence
FAIRBANKS - Subsistence fishermen in Interior and Western Alaska are once again facing the prospect of empty fish racks after state and federal biologists announced Monday that subsistence fishing in the entire Yukon River drainage will be closed due to a poor chum salmon run.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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