Monday, August 18, 2003

New books explore subjects as diverse as wine, music, war
Here's more brand-new nonfiction at the Juneau Public Library.

Possible Williams buyer has tarnished environmental past
ANCHORAGE - A Kansas company that Gov. Frank Murkowski says is interested in buying the Williams Alaska Petroleum oil refinery in North Pole has a record of major environmental violations in the Lower 48. Officials with Koch Industries Inc. of Wichita say the company is now an industry leader in cutting pollution, making clean fuels and maintaining safe workplaces.

More enforcement
I have had many close calls on the freeway in the last year. I follow the speed limit, slow down when it is raining, I won't drive in the winter because it is to dangerous and I know I don't do well in the snow, and unfortunately not many drivers are as cautious as I am.

More moorage for locals
I have examined the Long Range (20-year) Waterfront Plan options for the City & Borough of Juneau and have given considerable thought to my responses.

Should issue overshadow good?
Many of us in Southeast remember Archbishop Frank Hurley. He was a breath of fresh air carrying to Alaska the spirit of Vatican II. Once I heard him tell the Juneau Rotary Club, "When Rome finds out what I am doing, I will already have done it."

Who'd tax obesity?
I write in regard to Timothy Inklebarger's report in the Aug. 12 Empire on the ordinance to double local tobacco taxes.

Glory Hole update
I thought I should let you know what has happened at the Glory Hole since I appeared here a couple of week ago. First of all, a lot of really nice Juneau people called to offer their services to help me on Sundays.

A tad miffed
It's awfully nice of John Grinter, from Seattle, to spend five "seasons" (summers) in Southeast "fishing and ecotouring."

Ketchikan pet project
Ward Cove, Alaska, near Ketchikan, is the site of the former Ketchikan Pulp Company. It is geographically one of the best deep water, naturally protected bodies of water on the west coast of North America.

Fair is fair
If a plumber goes broke at plumbing, why doesn't he receive any government assistance? If a carpenter goes broke or has a bad year, can he receive free training for another trade?

Juneau man who visited Florida diagnosed with West Nile virus
ANCHORAGE - A possible case of West Nile virus has been detected in a Juneau man who apparently picked up the disease in Florida. It's not the first time someone in Alaska has been diagnosed with the virus, but it's the first time a resident has been, according to the state Section of Epidemiology. The man was not identified. Dr. Louisa Castrodale said Friday that Alaska has yet to record a human or animal case of locally acquired West Nile virus, and the latest case does not increase that risk.

Correction
A story in Thursday's Empire about municipal insurance incorrectly reported Kevin Smith as saying that the cost of insurance represents 94 percent of Manokotak's budget and one-third of Tenakee Springs' budget.

Photo: A good day
Louis Jurgens, captain of the fishing charter boat Brody, cleans 12 silver salmon Saturday at the Auke Bay harbor. The fish were caught by Alan and Cindy Ertle and their sons Justin, Eric and Adam. The Ertles are from Corvallis, Ore.

Photo: A break in the bluster
Sailboats glide through the glittering waters of Gastineau Channel on Sunday. The recent wet and blustery weather calmed and provided a pleasant afternoon for outdoor activities.

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

Photo: Easing into a new home
Erik Chadwell, left, and Scott Carrlee assist in installing the 40-foot Auk Tribe totem Friday in the atrium of Juneau-Douglas High School. Working deliberately and cautiously, and making use of a multitude of hoists and safety lines, the crew worked into the weekend to install the recently refurbished creation of Ketchikan carver Nathan Jackson.

This Day in History
In 1880, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris camped in the present site of Juneau and found gold prospects 29 days after leaving Sitka.

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

Tlingit culture camp prepares kids for school
The young children, led by teacher Kitty Eddy's voice and her fingers, chanted in unison as they counted in English from one to 100, pausing to stretch out the nines - "thirty-niiiiine" - before gathering speed on the next set of numbers. Then they counted, with the same vigor, the numbers in Tlingit. The school year hasn't begun yet, but about 20 students who are entering or who have been in the Juneau School District's two Tlingit-oriented classrooms at Harborview Elementary attended a free two-week culture camp that ended Friday.

This Day in History
In 1826, Sir John Franklin "discovered" Prudhoe Bay.

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

Photo: Getting down in Ketchikan
Brian Bartow of Grants Pass, Ore., left, begins his descent in the quarterfinal speed pole climb over Cal Richert of Juneau last week in the Iron Jack and Iron Jill World Championships in Ketchikan. Bartow led the field of 10 contestants in the speed pole event after the first day of competition.

City: Bus driver didn't discriminate
Juneau's city attorney has sought dismissal of a lawsuit claiming the city and its bus system has discriminated against an Arab-American woman since a March 2002 incident involving a candy bar. "She cannot show a deliberate and intentional plan to discriminate based on some unjustifiable or arbitrary classification," City Attorney John Hartle wrote in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of Jamila Glauber.

A Weaver's tale
The intricacies of Kay Parker's weaving life are evident as one looks around her shoreside house, scattered with in-progress examples of ancient Native ravenstail robes, bibs and bags of her own handiwork. "I've always been interested in handwork," said Parker. "I've always knitted and sewed and spun and done those things." A ravenstail weaver for 13 years, Parker experiments with new weaving patterns and ideas, helps produce the quarterly newsletter "Raven's Tale," presides over the Ravenstail Weavers' Guild and teaches ravenstail courses at the University of Alaska Southeast.

City establishes new recycling plan
The city has contracted with a new company to recycle white office paper, but businesses and government agencies will have to deliver it to the recycling center at the Lemon Creek landfill. White-paper recycling in Juneau ended about four months ago, when Gastineau Human Services decided to get out of the recycling business. The nonprofit's service was subsidized with a $25,000 city grant, and it picked up white office paper, newspapers, magazines and catalogs at businesses and government offices in Juneau.

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

Juneau Briefs
Juneau man charged with sexual assault; Man stabbed early Saturday; Man arrested on rape charges

Floyd Epperson
Former Juneau resident Floyd Epperson, 95, died on Aug. 14, 2003, at the family home in Juneau.

Glenn Warren Stickel
Former Juneau resident Glenn Warren Stickel, 58, died at his Orange, Calif., home Aug. 7, 2003, of pancreatic cancer.

What do you think?
To our readers: Last week's poll question, "Should Congress authorize a land trade involving the federal government and the Sealaska and Cape Fox Native corporations that could make land near Berners Bay available for use by the Kensington gold mine?," presumed that approval of the proposed land swap would, in fact, make land near Berners Bay available for use by the Kensington gold mine.<

Toe cartoon

Empire editorial: No Child Left Behind report card coming up
In the coming week, the Juneau School District will receive a report card from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development ranking how its schools are performing against the standards of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The report measuring the 2002-03 school year is going to show that some Juneau schools did very well and some not meet the standards for adequacy.

First-time fishing: some hints for a child's first angling experience
I'd planned a few times to take my 9-year-old friend, Pyke, out fishing this season, but I kept putting it off for just the right day. Finally, on a recent Thursday, the weather, tides and even the coho were cooperating. A child's first fishing experiences can be great fun or a terrible bore. If you want that child to be your fishing partner in the years ahead, it's important to plan that trip to include a fair share of success. Here are a few pointers.

The joys of 'watching' the birds with your ears
Epiphanies are rare in life but all the more precious because of that. And sometimes they occur when our eyes, or, in my case, ears, are opened to something that was there all the time.

Big Fish Photos

Out and About
Aug. 20: Parks and Rec Wednesday hike. For age 18 and older. No dogs or firearms. Details: 586-0428. Aug. 20: Juneau Disc Golf Association weekly Wednesday doubles. 6:30 p.m. at the Dimond Park Disc Golf Course. $2 entry fee. Details: J.D. Brown, 463-3353.

Golden Memories
When Linda Egan won the Golden North Salmon Derby in 1991, she received $10,000, a champagne bucket and a "man-sized belt buckle." The prize was not as glamorous as the brand-new cars that were given away as prizes in the early years of the event, but it was worth the 20-some years Egan fished in the derby with her husband, Dennis, and their two children before placing, she said. Since the derby began in 1947, a number of changes have marked the fishing contest.

Personal locator beacons go on shelves at REI
SEATTLE - They don't come cheap and they're on the bulky side, but personal emergency locator beacons now are available nationally for hikers, mountain-climbers, cross-country skiers, cyclists and backpackers. Manufactured by ACR Electronics of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the beacons are on sale at some Recreational Equipment Inc. stores. REI operates 66 retail stores in 24 states.

Fish report
Halibut remain abundant in Juneau-area waters. It took the average angler seven hours to land a halibut in the most recent survey. The five-year average is eight hours and last year it took five hours to land the flatfish. The hotspots for halibut were around Poundstone Rock, Vanderbilt Reef, Lynn Sisters and St. James Bay. Areas around south Shelter Island and Aaron Island also produced halibut. Halibut will continue to be locally abundant until the end of August.

Crimson Bear runners finish sixth at Bartlett
A group of five Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country runners finished sixth at Saturday's Bartlett Relays in Anchorage. The Crimson Bear five covered the course in a combined time of 1 hour, 2 minutes, 20 seconds. The top team, from Chugiak High School, finished in a combined time of 1:00:34 - just 10 seconds ahead of the second-place team from Service. The third-place team from East Anchorage finished in 1:00:51, trailed closely by Dimond in 1:00:57.

A long night for Juneau
When fans arrived at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park for Friday night's high school football game between the East Anchorage Thunderbirds and the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears, the talk was about East's duo of quarterback Derek Laws and wide receiver Casey Flair, the state's leaders at their respective positions last year. But when fans left after Juneau's 42-18 victory in the Cook Inlet Football Conference opener for both teams, the talk was all about the Crimson Bear pair of C.J. Keys and Brian Felix, who combined for five touchdowns and 436 yards of offense as Juneau ended an eight-game losing streak against CIFC teams dating back to the 2001 season.

Derek Gibb in Korea for World University Games
Derek Gibb moved one step closer to his ultimate dream this weekend when he arrived in Daegu, South Korea, for the World University Games. Gibb, a 1999 Petersburg High School graduate who will be a senior at NCAA champion Auburn University, eventually wants to swim in the 2004 Athens Olympics and hopes the World University Games experience will help him make the U.S. Olympic Team.

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

Eaglecrest Road Race
Shawn Miller outran his nearest competitor by nearly three and a half minutes Saturday in the Southeast Road Runners' Eaglecrest Road Race. It took Miller 32 minutes, 36 seconds to make the five-mile uphill run along Fish Creek Road to the Eaglecrest Ski Area lodge. Second-place finisher Hiram Henry covered the course in 35:57.

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

A.G. gives thumbs down to cruise ship voter initiative
Attorney General Gregg Renkes is recommending that a wide-sweeping voter initiative to impose taxes and stringent regulations on cruise ships in Alaska waters should be rejected. Renkes said the initiative violates the so-called "single subject rule," a state prohibition against legislation on varied topics. It also could create a conflict with federal law and a state constitutional provision against dedicated funds, he said in a memo to Lt. Gov. Loren Leman on Friday.

Euthanasia for pets - a new concept for the last frontier
EMMONAK - Soon after Peter Jones heard the shotgun blast outside his Emmonak home, he saw his year-old puppy, Floppy, stumbling toward the bank of a nearby stream. It would take a second shot to kill the husky-mix after it collapsed at the water's edge. Residents of the Western Alaska village had been warned that police would be shooting strays - a longtime practice in rural Alaska to control a sometimes burgeoning population. Jones, 52, said his family was devastated.

Man survives brown bear attack in Hyder
KETCHIKAN - A man walked away from a brown bear attack near Hyder last week after a hiking companion hit the animal in the head with rocks. John Rowan and Joel Barrett of Hyder encountered the brown bear sow and two large cubs Wednesday afternoon when they were exploring the west side of Salmon River near Hyder, said Paul Larkin, Hyder unit manager for the U.S. Forest Service. Hyder is about 75 air miles northeast of Ketchikan on the Canadian border.

Report says Fort Wainwright toxins not a health risk to area residents
FAIRBANKS - A federal agency has concluded that residents near Fort Wainwright have not had enough exposure to toxins to cause health problems, despite widespread contamination at the base. The report released last week is the culmination of an assessment that began in 1990, when Fort Wainwright was declared a Superfund site, said Sue Neurath of the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Adak OK'd for missile defense system radar
ANCHORAGE - Adak, in the western end of the Aleutian Islands, was chosen for a $900 million radar system as part of the national missile defense system, military officials said Friday. Adak was among six sites considered for the Sea-Based X-Band radar system. It was chosen because of its quality infrastructure and far western and northern location, said Rick Lehner, spokesman for the Missile Defense Agency in Arlington, Va. The other sites were Everett, Wash.; Valdez, Alaska; Port Hueneme, Calif.; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and the Marshall Islands.

Alaska Briefs
Local man jailed after downtown attack; Clerk certifies consolidation petition; Acoustic basses needed; Cruise passengers report illness

Fairbanks biologist takes on baiting ban
ANCHORAGE - A Fairbanks hunter has filed a complaint in Superior Court to halt an initiative drive by proponents of a bear-baiting ban. Retired state wildlife biologist Wayne Heimer said he resents the idea of managing the state's fish and game by voter initiative. Proponents of the ban say they've collected half the signatures needed to put their initiative on a statewide ballot next year.

Court says public has right to see municipality's internal papers
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that the Homer City Council erred when it refused to turn over internal documents to local residents who opposed the city's efforts to annex new territory. The ruling Friday affirms the public's right to see how municipal governments make some decisions.

Former North Pole supervisor charged with theft of services
FAIRBANKS - A former North Pole utilities supervisor is accused of allowing a city employee to help him build his new house on city time and failing to pay for six months worth of city water and sewer services. Randy Johnson, who was fired Tuesday, is facing criminal charges. Johnson, 48, was placed on paid administrative leave in June after being indicted on two felony counts of theft of services and four misdemeanor charges of official misconduct and tampering with public records.

Mat-Su voters may decide dock plan
ANCHORAGE - Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents likely will vote on an $11.5 million dock expansion at Point MacKenzie. The Borough Assembly had planned to make a decision on the issue, but then the state rejected the borough's approach to shouldering its share of the costs because it didn't involve a popular vote.

Vietnamese refugee reflects on the new life he built in Alaska
KODIAK - Two years and six months ago, Tieu Tran received a phone call from his employer. It was the 25th anniversary of the day he started work at Alaska's Kodiak Island Borough School District. The district wanted to recognize his loyalty. Tran, now 62 and retired from his job as a school custodian, remembers exactly when the call came.

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