Saturday, August 16, 2003

No innocent little pond
Mr. Dunkel's witty letter ("Avon Calling," Aug. 13) in response to my suggestion about the stagnant pond problem at the football field seemed aimed mainly at my lack of creativity in finding a solution to the problem, and I found his disparaging remarks uncalled for. However, he offered no creative feedback except for the application of Avon's "Skin So Soft" which stinks and doesn't work, according to a former user.

Logging threatening
I've spent five seasons in Southeast Alaska either purse seining or guiding ecotouring trips between Juneau and Sitka and I can't believe that the Tongass is facing another threat from commercial logging.

Highway robbery
I am wondering where the Empire is getting the figures pertaining to the number of parking spaces affected by the new loading zone restrictions downtown.

Berners Bay giveaway
I moved to Juneau some 24 years ago, and recall that proposed Forest Service timber sales in the Berners Bay area were an issue even then. Juneau residents who hunt, fish, boat and otherwise recreate in Berners Bay defended the area vociferously. Eventually, the Forest Service's visual resource experts, fisheries and wildlife biologists, recreation experts and forest planners agreed that logging that area was probably not a good idea.

Correction
Due to a photographer's error, the caption to a photo in Thursday's Empire misstated the name of the Sealaska Heritage Institute and did not give the full name of Nora Marks Dauenhauer.

Photo: Fishing grounds for man and leviathan
Two humpback whales surface near fishermen Monday in North Pass, 22 miles northwest of Juneau at the north end of Shelter Island. The pair were in a pod of about seven whales, which were breaching and putting on a show for fishermen and tourists in the popular fishing ground.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

Racing car on view Saturday in Valley
A NASCAR racing car will be in town Saturday, partly to promote Cellular One Alaska and partly to raise funds for two Sitka children's kidney transplants. The 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo will be at the Nugget Mall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is the car that Joe Nemechek drives in the Busch Grand National Series races. Nemechek will not be in Juneau.

FYI
Births; Courts; Judgements; Indictments.

City puts Amalga Harbor renovation project out to bid
At least one state official in Juneau is excited about upcoming improvements to Amalga Harbor endorsed by the city and borough planning commission this week. Tom Donek said he is a fisherman in addition to being access coordinator for the Division of Sport Fish in the Alaska Fish and Game Department. The department will pick up most of the tab for the Amalga Harbor improvements.

The many powers and blessings of rituals
The young man swallowed nervously, staring with such intensity at his parents that you wondered whether he was desperate for their support or just willing them not to say anything embarrassing in front of the many people gathered for his bar mitzvah. I've seen that stare before at graduations, confirmations, scouts receiving badges, students winning awards, and any other formal ritual requiring a costume that makes young people self-consciously yearn for their jeans and T-shirts. It's a straight-ahead stare that speaks of a mixture of dread and fear of humiliation, yet there's something vitally important hidden behind it - a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Student recognitions
Honors, Scholarships and Awards.

Juneau's marine service industry facilities are lacking
Juneau is at the bottom of the totem pole in Southeastern Alaska in the effort it makes to support the marine service industry. "Juneau has the best technicians but the poorest facilities," Jim Geraghty of Maritime Hydraulics told me.

China Joe
In Evergreen Cemetery, there stands a headstone for Hi Chung, or China Joe, which calls him "friend and benefactor of the prospector during the early days of the gold rush to the northland," and sums up his character with the accolade, "He lived by the golden rule."

Thank you
... for helping with Tribal Embrace Walk.

NeighborsDigest
Lieutenant governor honors Chief John; Adult hockey association now taking registration.

Bears face a tougher test against East
If the Juneau-Douglas High School football season was like a play at Perseverance Theater, then last weekend's 64-0 victory over Ketchikan was the sneak preview. The curtain really opens tonight, when the Crimson Bears host the East Anchorage Thunderbirds in their first Cook Inlet Football Conference game of the year. East should have been a state-playoff team last season, but a forfeit loss because of an ineligible player kept the T-Birds home.

Local standings
Area sports standings

Photo: Three-peaters
The Juneau Jaguars U-15 boys soccer team won its third straight State Cup title last Sunday in Palmer. They - and two other Juneau teams - qualified to play at the Far West Regional Championships next June in Spokane, Wash. The Jaguars are, from left, front row: Brian Croteau, Kelly Newman, Owen Kelley, Eric Choquette, Nils Domke, Bryan Crowder and Jamaal Bailey. Back row: manager Richard Schirmer, Alex Schirmer, Carlo Ebron, Andrew Flansaas, Daryl Lew, Cary Kelly, Kevin Koenig and coach George Crowder.

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.

LocalSportsBriefs
San Marino out of Senior Softball World Series; Eaglecrest Road Race set for Saturday.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

AlaskaDigest
Comedian visits Juneau in quest for presidency; Petersburg hiker turns up during search; Ketchikan moves toward government consolidation; nlet fishermen say fish closures unnecessary; Stryker base to add jobs but pressure resources.

Alaskans receive among highest federal paybacks
For every tax dollar the federal government collected from Alaska in fiscal 2002, it spent $1.91 in the state, according to an estimate by a tax watchdog group.

Prosecutor files kidnapping, abuse charges in airport case
The man accused of snatching a 3-year-old as her mother slept at the Anchorage airport was charged Thursday with kidnapping and sexual abuse of a minor. Anchorage District Attorney Bob Linton filed the charges against Alexander Harry Guest, 38, who had been held on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

Writer gives historic photograph albums to Alaska State Library
Early in the 20th century, John Edward Thwaites, a mail delivery man based in Ketchikan, recorded in photographs the landscape of Alaska coastal towns from Ketchikan to Dillingham.

Dutch Harbor fish processor settles air pollution case
A seafood processor operating in Dutch Harbor will pay half of a $105,000 fine to settle air pollution violations. The other half will be suspended as long as Seattle-based Westward Seafoods Inc. complies with the settlement, state environmental regulators said.

Alaskans: Aid program falls short in helping fishermen
A federal assistance program designed for industries adversely affected by foreign trade doesn't meet the needs of Alaska fishermen hurt by the downturn in the fishing industry, Alaskans told federal government officials at a hearing Thursday.

Bearfoot Bluegrass
Bearfoot Bluegrass Band's second compact disc, "Back Home," is scheduled to come out at the band's CD release party, Friday, Aug. 22, at Anchorage's Discovery Theater. If all goes well with the CD production, the group, which has been playing together since forming in their early teens in Cordova, may be able to ship a few copies to Juneau for its 7:30 p.m. show Monday, Aug. 18, at the ANB Hall

Movies where & when
"Open Range," (R) plays at 6:50 and 9:40 nightly at 20th Century Twin, with afternoon matinees at 2 daily.

Unemployed, 25, and heading into the future
I have something to tell you. I'm moving out of Juneau. I've known for months, and I should have said something sooner, but I was having such a good time writing columns about living here, I didn't want it to end. The day this column comes out, it will be my 25th birthday. I'll be freshly unemployed, covered with a week of road grime and screaming down I-5 with the windows open on the way to Portland, Ore.

This Week Briefs
Danny Godinez starts Alaska tour in Juneau; McPhetres to host four-band punk bill

Yahweh versus Baal
Bill Hurr, a 38-year-old employee of the state Division of Juvenile Justice, has been busy. On Wednesday, Aug. 13, his mother arrived in town. On Friday, Aug. 15, he will take his last final this semester for his master's course work in criminal justice administration at the University of Alaska Southeast. And on Saturday, Aug. 16, he will star as Elijah in the Juneau Lyric Opera's Mid-Summer Vocal Festival presentation of "Elijah," Felix Mendelssohn's 1846 oratorio about the biblical prophet and the conflict between the followers of Jehovah and Baal.

What's happening
"Elijah," Mendelssohn's 1846 oratorio, performed by the Juneau Lyric Opera, 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at St. Paul's Catholic Church. Tickets, $14 for adults, $10 for students and seniors at Hearthside Books or the door.

Chemistry brings rock, blues to Alaskan
Ben Roe was the toast of Juneau when the five-piece, Seattle- and San Francisco-based band spent summers in town between 1971 and 1975. The group played at Juneau-Douglas High School, the National Guard Armory and Lemon Creek Correctional Center. It even opened for Led Zeppelin at the Honolulu International Center in 1971. Back in the 1970s, Ben Roe never played a show at The Alaskan Bar.

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