Friday, August 16, 2002

Running in the red
The salmon are having a good season, with fewer nets and lines to dodge on their way to the spawning grounds.The fishermen who bother to go out also are finding it easier to fill their holds, with less competition for the best spots. But with prices low, many fishermen haven't bothered.

System aims to make paying multiple medical bills easier
Freda Rogers and Jo Dahl are trying to ease the most painful part of most doctor visits - paying the bills.Over three years the Juneau women developed a system for individuals to track and manage their medical bills and health insurance. Now they're turning it into a business.

Business Briefs
Haines A&P closed, but Juneau OK; College bookstore spruced up at UAS; Ready to gas up; Slimmed-down sub eater to visit Juneau; NOAA employees receive award; Cole named forest management director; State workforce grants available; Bank gives to charity; ABDC renews fisheries contract

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Alaska seafood gains praise from national stores, others
KENAI - A movement to promote the sale of sustainable fish has identified Alaska wild salmon and halibut as among the top choices that fish consumers should be buying.Sustainable fish are those harvested in a way that does not jeopardize the survival of the species or the integrity of the ecosystem.

Salmon branding program helps establish learning curve
KENAI - In its first year, the Cook Inlet Salmon Branding program helped establish a learning curve for program officials."It was a tremendous success in terms of identifying what it's going to take to improve the commercial salmon industry," Kenai Peninsula Borough Business Development Manager Jack Brown said Tuesday.

Business Profile: Mary McRae Miller
Title and company: Owner, M3 Biographical Information: Miller was born in Haines, then moved to Juneau and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1990. She earned a degree in geography from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and worked three years at the Juneau Economic Development Council, before starting her own business.

Wilderness has value
Incredible. At a time when the federal budget is back in deficit and the government is piling up more debt for our children, the U.S. Forest Service wants to dig the hole deeper in the Tongass National Forest.

Alaska's wilderness is unique, important
I wanted to contact you regarding the Alaska Board of Game. As a lover of wildlife, I realize there are also other opinions, but all opinions should be represented on the Board of Game.

Closed primary results in confusion
The Alaska State Legislature passed a law requiring all political party primaries be closed. This means that persons registered in one of the six official political parties of Alaska will be required to use only that party's ballot in the upcoming primary election.

Too confusing
In the Aug. 27 primary election Alaska voters will be asked to vote on Proposition. 1. If it passes, Alaska's voting system will radically be changed.

Action is with Republican Party
The Alaska Republican primary is where the action is on Aug. 27. Twenty-two of the 31 contested primary races are on the Republican ballot. The other five primary ballots are either nearly blank or at least mostly void of contested races. The Division of Elections has not omitted anyone - no one filed for most offices on the other five ballots.

Parade difficulties
I have been a member of the Juneau 4th of July committee for a combination of 18 years. I have seen a lot of changes through these years. Some were very good, and others were sheer lousy.

MacKinnon is right
John MacKinnon's My Turn in the Aug. 13 Juneau Empire was right on the mark. Our interim city manager rightly argues that the City and Borough of Juneau should continue work on the Lena Point access road for the new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration facility.

FYI
Births

Corrections
Due to incorrect information provided to the Empire, the name of Jonathan Cohrs was misspelled in an article Tuesday about a man injured by a falling tree.

Handy defibrillator saves tourist's life
A defibrillator had been at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center one week when it saved someone's life.Without it a man who collapsed suddenly on a Grayline bus tour to the glacier Saturday afternoon might not have made it home to Maryland. The bus driver started cardiac pulmonary resuscitation and called for help.

Woman helps Venezuela school bloom
For Juneau's Lindsey Bloom, who started a school in rural Venezuela last winter, necessity was truly the mother of invention."We didn't have paper or pencils or crayons," Bloom, 22, said. "All we had to work with was a room and some white chalk, so we had to get creative." She and her students - who numbered about 80 - used the objects they found around them. Cardboard boxes "were a dream down there," Bloom said. In the eager hands of her students, they were cut up and transformed into items from books to Valentines.

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

Juneau Assembly audio now available online
JUNEAU - Audio of Juneau Assembly meetings is now available online. KTOO FM, which broadcasts regular Assembly meetings live, is now posting the audio files on its Web site, www.ktoo.org, said station manager Bill Legere. The city provided funding for the station to stream and archive legislative hearings on the Internet this year and it made sense to extend the service to the Assembly, he said.

Eagle Beach park opens
Juneau's newest park opened Wednesday near Eagle River, but it comes at a price.People using the Eagle Beach State Recreation Area will be charged $5 to park. Those leaving their cars and trucks nearby on the side of Glacier Highway and walking in can skip the fee.

Photo: Nugget Falls recreation
David Wink, 11, and his dog, Roscoe, cool off in a pond next to Nugget Falls in front of the Mendenhall Glacier on Thursday afternoon.

Hunter shoots unusual white deer
Two Hoonah hunters couldn't believe their eyes earlier this week when a white rock in the road turned out to be a Sitka black-tailed deer. Aaron Bitz, 16, shot and killed the rare white deer Monday in a brushy muskeg off a road in the Game Creek Valley about 15 miles out of Hoonah.

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

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

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

Buoy-tender roundup tests skills
Six Coast Guard buoy tenders from around Southeast Alaska are in town this week for the annual Buoy Tender Round-Up, an event many described as a week of classes, competition and camaraderie."This is one of the few times that all of us get together," said Lt. Cmdr. John Moriarty. "We can share ideas, rekindle old friendships."

Man who kicked uncle to death gets four years
What a defense attorney called a "freakish accident" has put a Haines man in prison for the next three years for kicking his uncle in the liver, causing his death.Robert Skulka, 36, was sentenced Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court to six years in prison with two years suspended and three years of probation for the Sept. 17, 2001, incident in Haines. Skulka has been lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center since the event and will receive credit for time served.

NOAA official: Agency still looking at options for center
An official with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the agency is looking at "a couple of options" in regard to a new fisheries research center in Juneau, although Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski said he's been told the site will be built at Lena Point. Construction of a $51 million NOAA fisheries lab was to have begun this summer. NOAA canceled the bid process last month after construction costs exceeded estimates. The agency decided instead to analyze whether to downsize the Lena Point facility or upgrade the current Auke Bay lab.

Lend-lease memorial receives $500,000
The campaign to build the Alaska-Siberia Lend-Lease Memorial recently received a $500,000 boost in the form of an appropriation from the U.S. Congress.The money will allow work to continue on the project, said Alaska-Siberia Research Center Director Alexander Dolitsky of Juneau. A design by Juneau sculptor R.T. Wallen has been selected tentatively for the memorial, which will be placed in Fairbanks to commemorate the efforts of Americans and Russians on the home front during World War II.

Wildes connect Juneau parents to Thai children
After their children were raised and away from home, Henry Wilde and his wife Anita thought their days of starting a family were over - but they had only just begun.Beginning in 1985 they would help start five more families, pairing orphans in Thailand with couples in Juneau. The Wildes have lived off and on for more than three decades in Bangkok, where Henry, 75, has worked as a physician at the U.S. Embassy and now teaches medicine at Chulalongkorn University.

Case's celebrate anniversary
Daren L. Case and Clynda A. (Luloff) Case celebrated their one-year anniversary on Aug. 12, 2002. Their wedding ceremony was held on a beautiful Sunday at Adlersheim Lodge.

Blackwell, Boozer marry
Cindy Nicole "CeCe" Blackwell of Durham, N.C., and Carlos Austin Boozer Jr. of Juneau and Raleigh, N.C., were married in a ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Cleggs Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Timberlake, N.C.

Pass the potatoes, please
Potatoes were baked into cakes and grated over halibut for the Juneau Garden Club potluck on Aug. 8.Fifteen Garden Club members brought an equal number of spud-based dishes to the Potato Potluck. "We just decided that it's one crop that a lot of the Garden Club members grow," said Garden Club President Vivian Meyers.

Thank you
...for all the help; ...for the contribution; ...for your commitment.

Glenn Godfrey Sr.
Lifetime Alaska resident Glenn Godfrey Sr., 53, died Aug. 3, 2002, in his Eagle River residence.

Patricia 'Patti' June O'Neill
Longtime Juneau resident Patricia 'Patti' June O'Neill died Aug. 14, 2002, in Douglas.

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

Blanche Beitz
Longtime Juneau resident Blanche Beitz, 100, died Aug. 13, 2002, at the Shattuck Manor Assisted Living Home in Juneau.

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: Reasons for guarded optimism
We Alaskans have reason for significant but guarded optimism. We can be optimistic based upon our resource economy - oil, gas, minerals, timber, fish, tourism - all of which may provide opportunities for generations to come. We can be optimistic based upon our strong work ethic, our cultural diversity and our collective can-do spirit, intangibles which will ultimately define Alaska and its people.

My Turn: In support of RALLY for the children
It has been my distinct honor and privilege to work for the last two summers with the children and professionals who make the Juneau School District's RALLY such a wonderful program. When it comes to attempting to cause positive change for the future, this activity program experience far surpasses anything I have ever done.

Juneau joins neighbors to support 'no action' alternative
Tomorrow is the deadline for public comment on the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) prepared by the U.S. Forest Service for wilderness recommendations on the Tongass.

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

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

Phelps sets U.S. national meet record in 200 fly
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - World record-holder Michael Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly in a meet-record time of 1 minute, 54.86 seconds Wednesday at the U.S. national swimming championships.Phelps' swim was the third-best time ever in the event. He set the world record of 1:54.58 last year. He is the only swimmer in history to break 1:55 in the event more than once.

Bear runners find future is now
This year's Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country team is a group that combines a successful past with a very bright future.The Crimson Bears, who open their season Saturday in Anchorage with the Bartlett Relays, return a number of seniors from last year's girls and boys teams, which took third and eighth places at state, respectively.

Alaska All-Time Prep Football Leaders
The single-season Alaska all-time high school football leaders, as compiled by the Anchorage Daily News through the 2001 season. Season totals include playoff games.

Bears seek revenge
The last time the Juneau-Douglas High School football team played the Dimond Lynx, the Crimson Bears were heavily favored as they'd just won the first Cook Inlet Football Conference regular-season title in school history and carried a 13-game home winning streak into the first round of the state playoffs.But the Lynx, who finished fourth in the CIFC during the regular season, eliminated Juneau from the playoffs as Dimond claimed a 31-0 victory en route to its second straight state championship.

Alaska High School Football Standings
Through games of Aug. 10

Phelps sets world record in 400 IM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Michael Phelps and Erik Vendt shattered the world record in the men's 400-meter individual medley Thursday, but only Phelps would enjoy the victory.Phelps, of Baltimore, edged Vendt by less than two-tenths of a second, finishing in 4 minutes 11.09 seconds at the U.S. national swimming championships. Vendt's time was 4:11.27 seconds, still well-ahead of American Tom Dolan's former world mark of 4:11.76 in the event.

Lt. governor's contest attracts Alaska activists
Ernie Hall heads groups addressing state budget problems. Diane Benson writes about Native civil rights struggles. Al Anders pushes for legalizing marijuana. Daniel DeNardo alleges fraud in the student loan system.Beyond their activism, what they have in common is their desire to be Alaska's lieutenant governor, who oversees elections and works with the governor.

State Briefs
Hood, Sanford file for Assembly; Storm floods Chilkoot Trail; State jobless rate up in July

Anchorage police took 48 minutes to reach Godfrey home
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have disclosed that it took 48 minutes to find the home of former Public Safety Commissioner Glenn Godfrey the night Godfrey was fatally shot.Anchorage Police Chief Walt Monegan said Thursday the delay was caused by a problem with the department's 911 emergency system.

Republicans charge Democrats with spending violations
ANCHORAGE - The chairman of the Republican Party of Alaska filed a formal complaint Thursday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, charging state Democrats with sloppy accounting and improperly sending party money to candidates.The Democrats' response to the allegations by Randy Ruedrich: categorical denial.

U.S. Forest Service offers loggers three-year extensions in Southeast
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Forest Service is offering loggers in Southeast Alaska three-year extensions to existing timber contracts to give companies time to ride out one of the worst timber markets in recent times.The federal agency decided after reviewing lumber prices and economic conditions in the Tongass National Forest that several logging companies were likely to default on timber sales unless given more time to cut, said George Doyle, rural community assistance coordinator for the Forest Service in Petersburg.

Poll: Voters still oppose moving the Legislature
Alaskans still want to know the price before they agree to pay for legislative sessions to move away from Juneau.In answer to an opinion poll last week, frequent voters gave a resounding "No" to the legislative move, and a "Yes" to being told the costs before they are asked to vote on it again. Almost as many hadn't read, heard or seen any coverage of the issue.

Glacial dam cracks open
ANCHORAGE - The dam formed by the advancing Hubbard Glacier in southeastern Alaska sprang a giant leak Wednesday, releasing a torrent of water and ice from 70-square-mile Russell Lake.The National Weather Service in Yakutat has issued a special marine warning for Disenchantment Bay near Yakutat until further notice. Mariners should not approach the Disenchantment Bay area, the agency said today.

Annual farm tour boosts products grown in Alaska
DELTA JUNCTION - Gov. Tony Knowles said he made a phone call that could catapult lettuce from Alaska's fields into stores.Knowles said he called Sam Duncan, president and CEO of Fred Meyer Corp. in Oregon, to ask why the giant retailer was no longer selling Alaska lettuce. Knowles told him that Alaska agriculture needs his support. Knowles said Duncan was willing to help.

Cruise lines urged to fight viruses by cleaning more
ANCHORAGE - State and federal epidemiologists are urging cruise-ship companies to aggressively sanitize and disinfect their vessels to prevent viruses from spreading among passengers.After a series of viral outbreaks sickened hundreds of cruise passengers this summer, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the Alaska Division of Public Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued new guidelines.

State briefs
Group proposes initiative to protect permanent fund; Man sentenced to 10 years in child's beating death case; Hospital nurses authorize strike; Troopers shoot aggressive bear in Girdwood; University's Alexander named to policy job; Sterling woman charged with animal cruelty

Photography sought for Alaska Positive show
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Museum is accepting submissions for Alaska Positive, a biennial show of Alaska photography. Entries must be received at the museum by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.

What's Happening
Concerts

The golden years of SE aviation
Juneau author and aviation historian Jim Ruotsala calls the tail end of the Great Depression and World War II the golden years for aviation in Southeast Alaska.Ruotsala has written "Alaskan Wings: Aviation in Southeast Alaska 'The Golden Years' 1935-1946." Hearthside Books is hosting a book-signing with the longtime Juneau resident from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the store in the Nugget Mall.

Best Bets: Films and song dominate week's lineup
Movies and music, separate and together, are among the highlights for the coming week.I have enjoyed the CrossSound performances more and more each year. Last year the music, experimental and adventurous as always, was presented with a playful spirit that helped make it accessible.

Movies where & when
"Enigma," (R) ends Aug. 15, last shows at 7 and 9:20 p.m. at Glacier Cinemas.

Singing pictures: The marriage of sight and sound
"The Eternal Return" Music by C. P. First Video by Matt Marello of New York

What's up with that?
Q: Just past Skaters Cabin on the shore of Mendenhall Lake, there is a locked gate to a beach that is used by the raft companies for the Mend

CrossSound 2002: Singing Pictures presented at Centennial Hall
People hear with their eyes, guitarist Les Paul once said.Paul, who invented the electric guitar in the late 1940s, found people were far more receptive to his music when his newfangled guitars looked conventional rather than experimental. Like Paul, the organizers of the annual CrossSound music festival are well aware that live music has a powerful visual component, and this year's event features a 16-foot movie screen as prominently as the performance stage.

Old-time music, songs of the West
The Fiddlin' Foresters first performance of hand-clappin', foot-stompin' old-time music was at Smokey Bear's 50th anniversary. The band's next performance is in Juneau with Teddy Roosevelt.The old-time quartet is the U.S. Forest Service's musical envoy to the nation. The band is touring Southeast Alaska with Keith McGough, an actor who portrays Roosevelt, the 26th president. The free performance Friday at Chapel by the Lake is part of the Forest Service's celebration of the creation of the Tongass National Forest.

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