Monday, August 19, 2002

In the Stacks
This week's focus is on new fiction! Enjoy!

Alaska needs Fran Ulmer
Fran is the leader Alaska needs now! Fran Ulmer is the candidate I've been waiting for. No one in government in the past 20 years has shown more concern and involvement in the fishing industry than Fran.

Protect Tongass watersheds
Which neighbors is Don Smith referring to in Friday's editorial, "Juneau joins neighbors to support 'no action' alternative" on the Forest Service's Wilderness Plan?

No preemptory strike
With the talk in the air about our military options for Iraq, I wish to voice my opposition to preemptory military action against Iraq. For us to be the aggressor goes against what our country is all about.

Bears did not create 'garbage-bear' problem
In response to "bear or human" in which Adel Chapman writes, "which is really the problem?" I would like to expand on that perception. For too many years we have attributed the "bear" problem either to garbage and/or humans.

You should know all about fisheries facility
I have been reading articles written about the Point Lena fisheries facility. With each article I keep waiting for the rest of the story to appear. Reasons why it should be built are in print nearly every night, but what about the reasons why it should not be built?

Not enough
Being a salmon fisherman, I was recently obliged to accept a NMFS data collection contractor onto my small boat for a 48-hour gillnet opening.

AOC-PAC supports Taylor
Cited by a recent University of Alaska study as being among the top 10 most politically influential organizations in the state, the Alaska Outdoor Council is proud of our work in support of the outdoor heritage of Alaskans.

Republicans: How to make choices
On Aug. 27 we will go to the polls to select the candidates that go forth to the general election in November. For us Republicans, we have some good candidates to choose from out there. But how are we supposed to choose which candidate is for us?

Half-baked views
Our legislators voted for the new closed primary (HB 193) claiming it was because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of the Democratic Party in California.

The importing thing: Get out the vote
Get out the vote. How do we get more people to vote? How do we get more Natives to vote? How do we get more young people to vote? How do we get more low-income people to vote? How do we get more "disenfranchised" people to vote?

100 years of the Tongass
The Tongass National Forest of today started as a mouthful. The Alexander Archipelago Forest Reserve, created by President Theodore Roosevelt on Aug. 20, 1902, was the predecessor to the Tongass. While the name may have been wordy, the reserve came at the request of a president interested in resources and conservation. Shortly after taking office, Roosevelt asked George Thorton Emmons, an authority on Alaska and a collector of Native art, for his suggestions on a possible forest reserve in Alaska. Emmons's 16-page report led to the new reserve, which included Prince of Wales, Zarembo, Kuiu, Kupreanof and Chichagof islands. The reserve was later incorporated into the Tongass.

A place for remembering Judge Rabinowitz
Landscape Alaska workers, left to right, Dave Lendrum, David Pierce, Mark Harmon and Margaret Tharp plant a birch Saturday next to the Dimond Court House. The Juneau Bar Association is sponsoring the planting of a grove next to the courthouse in memory of Former Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court Jay Rabinowitz, who died in June 2001.

City wrestles with tourism committee
The Juneau Assembly wants a collaborative partnership between community members and local businesses to oversee tourism planning, but is struggling with how to create one.So far, the Assembly has looked at a committee with split industry-public representatives tentatively called the Juneau Tourism Partnership, a cross-agency network of established groups called the Juneau Tourism Network, and hybrid of the two.

Cruise ship discharge investigated
The U.S. Coast Guard and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation are investigating eyewitness reports the cruise ship Ryndam discharged a brown substance into the water while docked in downtown Juneau on Saturday evening.

Sighting a 'spirit' bear
When a white bear crossed the path of Juneau photographer Pat Costello on Friday, he understood why the Canadians named such bears after spirits and ghosts.

Race seeks to unseat Kerttula
Democratic incumbent Beth Kerttula and Republican opponent Mike Race will face off for a third time in the race for the state House seat representing downtown Juneau, Douglas, Lemon Creek and the Juneau Airport area.

Photo: What, me worry?
A black bear loiters on Capitol Avenue on Saturday, apparently unaware that earlier in the week three of his kind were nabbed in a trash bust, drugged and deported to distant, unnamed parts. brian wallace / the juneau empire

The race to replace Bill Hudson
Two political newcomers - one Democrat and one Republican - are vying for the seat being vacated by Rep. Bill Hudson in House District 4.

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

Harley-riding reservist brings flags to Capitol
Mike Angelastro rolled his 2001 Harley Ultra Classic off the ferry from Skagway on Thursday night and rode into town as a man on a mission. In his saddlebags he carried five flags to be raised over the Capitol in a small ceremony the following morning.

Tongass timeline
1902: President Theodore Roosevelt establishes the Alexander Archipelago Forest Reserve by presidential proclamation on Aug. 20.

Police search for possible rapist in Marine Park case
Police said today the case against an unknown man who may have raped a woman in Marine Park on Saturday morning is "very thin," since the woman apparently blacked out during the attack.

Outlying area's pet problems often Juneau's
Officially, animal control in the village of Kake comes from the barrel of the public safety officer's gun. And in a town the vet rarely visits, the many dogs and cats that aren't neutered or spayed have become, as Mayor Paul Reese puts it, "very prolific." Luckily for the town's unwanted animals, Irving Sheldon and his wife Janet, have been housing, feeding and finding homes for wayward pets for the past 25 years.

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

A letter to Washington, D.C.
In 1906, Gifford Pinchot, the head of President Theodore Roosevelt's forestry program, sent Frederick E. Olmsted, the assistant chief in charge of general inspection, to examine the Alexander Archipelago Forest Reserve and report on the possibility of creating new reserves. At that time, William Langille, an Oregon mountain guide and forester, was administering the reserve for the government.

Car hits teenager on scooter
Police are looking for the driver of a white sports car that struck a 15-year-old boy riding a scooter Saturday night.

Season's outlook: not berry good
If Demeter, the rotund Greek goddess of the harvest, wants to fill her cornucopia in Juneau this fall, she probably should just go to Costco.Crops of fruits and vegetables from berries to broccoli may be smaller, later, and in some cases, nonexistent due to a harsh spring and a dark, wet June and July, said Tom Heutte, a plant expert at the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Alaska."Let's just call it the year without a summer," he said.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events

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

Helena Becker
Former Juneau resident Helena Becker died Aug. 8, 2002, at her home in Haines.

Correction
The editorial in Sunday's Empire mistakenly referred to state Rep. Jim Whitaker as Bill Whitaker.

Toe Cartoon

Empire editorial: Kensington mine project: a good fit for Alaska's future
In a My Turn column on Thursday, Fairbanks state Rep. Bill Whitaker issued a thoughtful, although guardedly positive analysis of Alaska economic fortunes. His message recalled the "collective, can-do spirit" of the pioneers, settlers, and entrepreneurs who built a society and an economy out of the intrinsic riches of the land that would become the state of Alaska.

My Turn: Learning to listen with the heart
When I learned that an Israeli and a Palestinian human rights worker would be traveling together on a West Coast speaking tour sponsored by The Compassionate Listening Project of MidEast Citizens Diplomacy, I jumped at the idea that they might be able to come to Juneau. If these two individuals could make such a journey together, then there is still hope for that troubled region of the world - a region that holds such a special place in the hearts of so many of us.

Rational minds must prevail
Ketchikan - probably other communities in Southeast Alaska too - is just a little tired of being "there" for Juneau when it doesn't seem like Juneau is "here" for us when we need it.

Southeast Alaska gulls put on a show at Sheep Creek
Late summer brings great excitement to Southeast Alaska when spawning salmon return to their natal streams. If you take time to visit one of these spawning areas, there's a great show to watch as gulls and other birds congregate in great numbers to feed on the dead and dying fish. One year in August, Bob Armstrong sat for two hours in the parking area near the DIPAC hatchery at Sheep Creek, where hordes of chum and some pink salmon crowded the stream, excavating nests, depositing eggs and covering the eggs with gravel.

Beware of the curse of the banana
Note: This is a true fishing story. The names have been changed to protect the foolish, but everything else is told exactly as it happened.Bill and Jake left the North Douglas boat ramp on the last day of the 2001 Golden North Salmon Derby. The weather was fine, the water was calm, derby tickets were validated and both fishermen were feeling like luck was going to be on their side that day.

Family Fishin'
Longtime Golden North Salmon Derby participant Carlene Nore remembers being "drug out" fishing by her parents at a very young age. So it's no surprise she's taken her own children out "since they were babies.""We just like to go out there and fish and see our friends and family who are out there," Nore said. Nore, her husband and their three kids are among the many families hitting the water as a group during Territorial Sportsmen's 56th annual derby, which begins Friday. Some are intent on fishing to win, while others treat the event as more of a floating picnic with prizes.

Fish Report
Anglers searching for chinooks continue to take longer than usual to catch a king.It took an average of 123 hours to land a keeper king during the most recent survey in the Juneau area. Last year, it took 111 hours to land a keeper. The five-year average is 79 hours. The few kings that are being harvested are mostly coming from the backside of Douglas Island and North Pass.

Big Fish Photos
Anglers searching for chinooks continue to take longer than usual to catch a king.It took an average of 123 hours to land a keeper king during the most recent survey in the Juneau area. Last year, it took 111 hours to land a keeper. The five-year average is 79 hours. The few kings that are being harvested are mostly coming from the backside of Douglas Island and North Pass.

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).

Dimond cuts Bears
ANCHORAGE - A close friend's wedding kept Dimond High School football coach Duncan Shackelford from the sidelines of Saturday night's Cook Inlet Football Conference game against the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears.Just as well. Shackelford probably saved himself a few gray hairs.

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

Gibb looks to build on showing at nationals
Even though he posted some of the top finishes ever by an Alaska swimmer at the U.S. national championships, Derek Gibb wanted more.Gibb, a 1999 Petersburg High School graduate whose family now lives in Juneau, finished 10th in the 50-meter freestyle, 24th in the 100 free and 28th in the 100 backstroke at the five-day meet that ended Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He also swam for the Auburn Aquatics 400 free relay team that took fifth place.

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

A dream within reach
Two-mile swims, 20-mile runs and bike rides up to 200 miles long have all built up to one day for Juneau residents Jessica Menendez and Robert Wysocki.

JDHS cross-country runners finish ninth at Bartlett Relays
A Juneau-Douglas High School cross country relay team of Wesley Dinnan, Molly Krehlik, Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, Jayci Hayden and Gabe Hayden took ninth place at the Bartlett Relays, posting a combined time of 62 minutes, 45 seconds Saturday at Anchorage's Bartlett High School.

Juneau JV blanks Ketchikan varsity, 20-0
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity team's defense bent about as much as it possibly could, but didn't break as the Crimson Bears JV claimed its second straight shutout victory with a 20-0 decision over the Ketchikan varsity Saturday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. "Our defense is doing good," Juneau linebacker Naash Richey said. "We had our best week of practice," Juneau defensive back Angelo Katasse added. "We have the subs to go with our defense this year, so everyone's fresh. But we couldn't have done it without our line."

Godfrey remembered as good leader, family man
ANCHORAGE - Those who knew him said that, more than anything else, Glenn Godfrey was a joy to be around. Hundreds of people considered him a friend. The state's law enforcement community looked up to him. He had faith in God and cherished his four children and dozen grandkids more than just about anything. Understandable, then, that when his son, Glenn Godfrey Jr., sobbed during his tribute to his dad, there were few other dry eyes inside the Anchorage Baptist Temple on Friday afternoon.

Sitka flushes out school rats
With a few weeks to go before children return to their classrooms, the Sitka School District believes it has flushed out the rodent problem at Baranof Elementary School.

Record coho wins Seward derby
No one could beat Shirley Baysinger's catch after all. The 22.24-pound fish caught last week is the largest of the 47-year history of the Seward Silver Salmon Derby, which ended Sunday.

Haines business is down from last year
Although U.S. Customs reports that mid-season highway traffic into the Chilkat Valley is up more than 15 percent over last year, many Haines businesses are wondering where those visitors are.

2 candidates running solo, running hard
The primary election for Juneau's state Senate seat Aug. 27 may be seen as a warm-up match between Democratic incumbent Sen. Kim Elton and Republican challenger Cathy Munoz. But the two already are campaigning hard for the Nov. 5 general election.Munoz is in a slight lead in campaign contributions with $50,816 to Elton's $47,418.

Lost highway
Traffic stops Friday near Mile 345 on the Dalton Highway, where the rain-swollen Sagavanirktok River washed out the roadway.

60 years for drug, prostitution charges
Bruno Bordonici of Fairbanks has received a 60-year term in federal prison after he was convicted of 96 felonies, mostly charging that he used a Fairbanks massage parlor as a front for prostitution and cocaine sales.

State Briefs
Man missing from Norton Sound tugboat; Sitka woman named head of Pioneers' Home; Soldier indicted on attempted murder charge; Fire, explosion injure Prudhoe Bay worker; Fishermen look at healthy increase in crab quota; Woman dies in Gambell house fire; Oil-dumper sentenced to jail

Hunter missing near Angoon
Efforts to find a 21-year-old hunter who went missing Sunday morning from a campsite eight miles northeast of Angoon continue today as the Coast Guard joins in an air search.

Man shoots grizzly at Russian River
A fisherman shot and killed a sow grizzly as she charged him in the early morning darkness Saturday on the banks of the Russian River.

Missile site milestone
Iron workers Chad Morris, left, and Ian Miller, with Central Welding, tighten bolts as they construct one of the metal liners for the missile silos of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Validation of Operational Concept test site Thursday afternoon at Fort Greeley.

West Nile virus could strike Alaska
Alaska's high latitude and cold weather may not protect residents from the typically temperate-dwelling West Nile virus.

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