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Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Politics and oil
The oil companies in Alaska pay a royalty, which is a fixed amount based upon how much oil is recovered at the wellhead. The oil companies have nothing to do with how the federal and Alaska state governments divide the royalty. The Prudhoe Bay oil field royalty is split 10 percent to the federal government and 90 percent to the Alaska state government. This was the royalty split agreed to at statehood.

How to resist
Alaskans have an especially strong responsibility to critically engage the issues around the new Star War" programs, especially National Missile Defense (NMD). From our Juneau perspective, so far it has mostly appeared that the Bush administration's NMD developments at Fort Greeley, and related work at Shemya and Kodiak, have been welcomed for the jobs they bring.

Head's on straight
I have known Loren Leman for 44 years. We attended the same small school in Ninilchik. (He was a few years behind me!) I am well acquainted with his parents, and have watched his performance in Juneau for many years.

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.

Think big
Thank you to the thoughtless person who nailed Republican campaign signs on the trees back on Basin Road and the entrance to the Perseverance Trail.

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?

Save the white bear
I would like to show my support for Pat Costello and his fight to save the spirit bear from becoming someone's trophy merely for its unique colored hide. I read the article (Empire, Aug. 19) where Fish and Game said they would not protect this bear because they lack the manpower.

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.

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.

Insanity defined
My first acknowledgment of history and politics was feeling intense heat radiate out from the statehood bonfire set ablaze on the Park Strip here in Anchorage. I was 8 years old.Over the years, I've paid attention to state and local politics and have become what some refer to as a "super voter." I've voted, seen, and met many candidates and politicians.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Search continues for missing Angoon hunter
Divers from Juneau today will search the mouth of Hasselborg Sound, 12 miles east of Angoon, in an effort to find an Angoon man missing since Sunday morning.Walter Jack Jr., 21, left his camp at Salt Lake near Mitchell Bay for a hike, wearing a sweatshirt and light clothing and carrying his shotgun sometime early Sunday morning, said his father, Walter Jack Sr. The younger Jack was with four friends on a hunting trip.

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.

Adair-Kennedy track surface work begins next week
The news is sweet for Juneau's fleet feet.After some delay, installation of a new rubberized surface on the track at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park is set to begin on Monday, according to city project engineer Mike Krieber. The work will be done by Southwest Recreational Industries, a Texas-based firm.

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.

$15 million bond package proposed
Juneau voters will see a $15 million bond proposition for harbor projects and water and sewer improvements on the October ballot.The Juneau Assembly on Monday voted 6-3 to place the measure before voters Oct. 1. The bulk of the money would go to harbor projects, including $3.25 million for a commercial-vessel loading facility at Auke Bay, $3.5 million for Douglas Harbor, and $2.5 million for Aurora and Harris harbors downtown.

Juneau canoe team proves its mettle at gathering
As the first Alaska canoe team to participate in Tribal Journeys, an annual gathering of canoe teams and people from around the Pacific Northwest, Juneau's One People felt slightly out of place.That changed when they issued an open racing challenge to the other teams and found themselves racing the Makah whalers, whose members spend a portion of every day on the water.

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.

Vehicle accident sends 5 to hospital
Police are investigating the cause of a two-vehicle accident and subsequent fire Monday night that sent five people to the hospital.Marijo Toner, spokeswoman for Bartlett Regional Hospital, said two of the five patients remain in the hospital today in fair condition while three were sent home Monday in good condition.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events

Ruth Budbill
Former Juneau resident Ruth Budbill died Aug. 12, 2002, in Washington.

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

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.

Alaska editorial: Easy to say 'no' to capital move
In Alaska politics, statewide candidates have good reason to oppose measures that would move the capital or Legislature out of Juneau. Going all the way back to the first capital-move vote in 1960, no pro-move candidate has been elected governor. Too many people outside Southcentral Alaska feel threatened by the idea.

Sonner leads four Juneau women in Seattle triathlon
Ritchie Sonner led four women from Juneau competing in Sunday's Danskin Women's Triathlon Series race in Seattle.

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.

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

Swingley takes on a new Quest
FAIRBANKS - Doug Swingley may have retired from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race last year, but not from competitive mushing.The four-time Iditarod champion is taking on a new challenge: the Yukon Quest. On Monday, Swingley became the 20th musher to enter the 2003 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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

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.

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

State will add tests to meet federal school requirements
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's education officials will have to expand existing state tests or add new ones to meet federal education legislation signed by President Bush in December.The new guidelines require states to give science exams at select grade levels and a high school test that gauges students' skill levels in reading and math.

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.

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.

Two Republicans in District 5 primary vie to face Kookesh
Republicans from Craig and Cordova are running for the right to challenge state Rep. Albert Kookesh, an Angoon Democrat and three-term member of the state House of Representatives. Craig Mayor Dennis Watson, a fisherman, and Cordova City Council member Gary Graham, a pilot and restaurant owner, are facing off in the Aug. 27 GOP primary race for House District 5. What's called the Southeast Islands District includes coastal communities from Metlakatla to Cordova, including Skagway, Haines, Angoon, Tenakee and Hoonah.

Battle is on for biggest Senate district
The candidates vying to represent rural Southeast residents in the state Senate have very different approaches to running Alaska's government.Democratic incumbent Georgianna Lincoln of Rampart, who has served 12 years in the state House and Senate, wants government to have a better chance of serving Alaskans. She said that's been hard due to recent reductions in funding and services.

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.

Soldotna twins with disabilities star in documentary
SOLDOTNA - Documentary filmmakers from Oregon have spent the past five years filming a remarkable Soldotna family with quadriplegic twin girls.The result, a 53-minute program called "Normal for Us," aired nationwide recently on public television stations. Fritz and Cindy Miller, parents of the twins, seem mystified by the attention and the emotions provoked by copies of the documentary they have loaned to friends.

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.

State and Local Briefs
Police charge 16-year-old in girl's murder in Anchorage; Slash and smash antics land Juneau man in jail; Etheridge, Collins file for Assembly seats; Square named for Manila; Women's Council to continue; Two people charged with murdering man in Nome

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