Friday, August 22, 2003

Tough crowd
In response to Mr. Lowry's letter on the postal service let me relate something that occurred years ago when I lived in North Pole.

Half mass times velocity
All of this discussion about speed on the Egan autobahn is a subterfuge to distract us from the real issue. What the police should be monitoring is kinetic energy, not speed.

Responding to need
I wish to acknowledge and thank the administration's commitment to the Senior Assistance Program and the speed with which it has funded all the 11,000-plus applications received. The actual needs proved far greater than anyone could have imagined and the numbers far greater than any would have dared to project. The speed of the response is reassuring, for in this generous act, the administration has shown it, too, agrees that no one in need should ever be left behind. It's a beginning that is welcomed.

Photo: Welcome home
Linda Rusaw rushes to welcome her son, Spc. Will Rusaw, 22, home Wednesday night after his return from 1012 months in Iraq with the 30th Infantry. Rusaw, a 2000 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, is returning to Juneau for the first time in three years. "I'm just going to enjoy my leave and get back and ready to go train," said Rusaw, who will be home for 20 days before returning to Fort Stewart in Georgia.

FYI
LIfe events in Juneau.

Rules define when, where anglers can fish
If the 57th Golden North Salmon Derby has a golden rule, it involves having a good time and turning in even smaller king and coho for the scholarship fund, Susan Listberger, this year's derby publicity chair, said. But anyone looking to win the derby will have to play by a set of rules.

This Day in History
In 1954, the Lost River Mine near Seward unloaded 183 tons of tin in Seattle, the largest shipment ever taken from a U.S. tin mine.

Stray shots from wetlands prompt hunting permits
Waterfowl hunters must be permitted by the state before hunting in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge this year because of complaints about stray gunshots hitting nearby homes in recent years. The permit requirement is an effort by the state Department of Fish and Game to educate hunters about the housing developments near the refuge.

High school renovation is close to completion
Juneau-Douglas High School, in the midst of major renovations, should be ready for students when classes start next Wednesday, but some work will continue after school or on the weekends, city and school officials said. "We'll be operable and substantially complete," city project architect Gary Gillette said of JDHS on Wednesday. "In some cases, there may not be carpet on the floor. They'll just wait for a long weekend, pull out the furniture and carpet it." JDHS Principal Deb Morse said some classrooms' furnishings haven't been moved in yet, but will be by the start of school. The nurse's office and a computer-assisted drafting room won't be ready until a few days after school starts, but other rooms have been prepared for those functions, she said.

Revving up for the 57th derby
More than 2,500 people are expected to hit the waters for the 57th Golden North Salmon Derby this weekend, including a teenager who will be trying to bring in the biggest fish for the third straight year. "A lot of people forget that in 2000, I came in third place," Ryan Beason, now 14, said this week after returning from a commercial fishing trip with his father.

Sweets for the sweet
In an edible version of Shakespeare's "sweets for the sweet," the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council has scheduled a dessert auction as one of the attractions accompanying its fund-raising salmon bake on Aug. 30. Local homemakers, experienced amateur bakers, and professional chefs are all contributing to the event in a veritable sugar extravaganza. The all-you-can-eat salmon, chicken and barbecued pork dinner will be held at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Aug. 30. Door prizes including boxes of Girl Scout cookies will be part of the fun.

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

Girl Scout Council Recipes
Gregg's Lemon Pie; Killer Ginger Cookies; Tiramisu; Samoa Kiss Brownies

Greenpeace ship headed to Juneau, denied dock space
Representatives of the environmental advocacy group Greenpeace will stop in Juneau today as part of a public relations campaign against logging in the Tongass and Chugach National Forests.

Photo: Inspiration for a totem, 1935
Taken in 1935, this photograph shows Auke Lake during the winter. According to Auk Kwaan legend, Auk-da-shaw lived beneath what is now Auke Lake, said Rosa Miller, an Auk Kwaan elder.

City library's display policy, location of case stir debate
The July arrival of a $1,700 display case at the downtown library marked the beginning of a new, public display policy for nonprofit groups at the library. But the case, purchased by the Juneau Public Libraries, has sat empty since it was installed in a corner of the adult reading room. That frustrates some community members who have argued against the new policy and the location of the case in the library.

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

Sternwheeler in Southeast for first time in 100 years
The Empress of the North may not have tennis courts or pools or a 24-hour buffet table, but operators of the sternwheeler, which made its debut docking in Juneau on Wednesday, hope the ship's old-time riverboat feel will give it a special niche in Alaska's cruise industry. "We don't want to show them just the beauty of Alaska, but also its history," the ship's captain, Bob Wengel, told some Juneau residents, including Mayor Sally Smith, at a reception on the boat. "This is the best way to see Alaska. It really is," he added.

Assembly to consider Phase 2 of Dryden upgrade
Some teachers at Floyd Dryden Middle School will start the school year Wednesday with butcher's paper and newsprint for whiteboards, but the school's current renovations will be substantially complete, school officials and contractors said. The 30-year-old school in the Mendenhall Valley is undergoing a $5.4 million renovation that compressed two summers worth of work into one, with a bit left over this fall. The state is paying for 70 percent of the project.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

Photo: Douglas musicians, 1910
This photograph of the Douglas Island Band was taken in 1910, just eight years after the city of Douglas was incorporated with Juneau. In 1881, the town of Douglas was established as a mining community. Before that, Douglas had also been referred to as "Edwardsville," presumably after an early resident and miner, H.H. Edwards.

Cartographers: putting us in our place
We have a cartographer in Juneau. I say that with respect. Since men first traveled beyond the places of their birth to discover new lands and experience strange places, they not only wrote of their encounters but they made maps. When the explorers first came to Alaska, often one of their assignments was to chart the coast. Tsar Peter, when he sent Vitus Bering to determine whether Asia and America were separate continents in 1728, tersely told him to make a landing on the new land, obtain detailed information, draw a chart and bring it back to St. Petersburg.

Student recognitions
Hudson, Petershoare named to dean's list

Randolph, Ostman to marry Saturday
Amy Randolph of Juneau and Johnse Ostman of Juneau will marry on Aug. 23, 2003. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the reception, which will follow at 4 p.m. at Eaglecrest Lodge.

A marathon thank you
Many thanks to the people and businesses that made the 12th Annual Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half Marathon our best success ever. 135 runners from four Alaskan cities, 15 other states, Canada and Australia completed the race, with many out-of-state runners traveling to Juneau specifically to run here.

NeighborDigest
Juneau Co-op Nursery School takes applications.

Reflections from the story of Jonah and on choosing a vocation
On the first day of my college Hebrew class, the professor, an ancient linguistics Ph.D. with white hair that grew sparsely on his head and abundantly in his ears, gathered us around him and told us the old Hebrew story of Jonah and the whale. Jonah, Professor Hanson said, was a man afraid of what he was supposed to do with his life. News of his vocation frightened him so much that he ran away. And then the whale swallowed him, and Jonah was glad to be able to hide for awhile.

Thank you
... for your donations

Peter John Sr.
Peter John Sr., Saaxaa of the Was'hineidi Clan, 76, died on Aug. 17, 2003, in Juneau.

My Turn: Dream team: Ted and Tony
Some politicians quoted in the press have recently raised concerns that the power of Sen. Ted Stevens might somehow be diminished if former Gov. Tony Knowles is elected to the U.S. Senate. As one who has known, worked with and followed the careers of these talented and dedicated individuals, I think the two would make a strong, effective team for Alaska.

Bears ready to feast on some Moose
When the Juneau-Douglas High School football team hosts the Palmer Moose tonight, the No. 2 Crimson Bears will have a pretty good idea about what's coming.

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

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.

Local Scores
ALASKA HIGH SCHOOL

Bear runners strong at Bartlett; will head to Kayhi this weekend
Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country runners Carly Craig, Tyler Dinnan, Wesley Dinnan, Tristan Knutson-Lombardo and Greta Thibodeau joined forces to take sixth place at last Saturday's Bartlett Relays in Anchorage. The Crimson Bear quintet covered the 2-mile course in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 25 seconds - the sum of their individual times. A team from Chugiak High School won in 1:00:34. The event featured water hazards, hay bales and logs on a muddy course.

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

Chignik salmon fishermen say they're better off under co-op
ANCHORAGE - Commercial salmon fishermen participating in the Chignik co-op report that they are better off financially, according to a University of Alaska Anchorage research report. The Chignik fishery last season switched to a system in which most of the 100 seiners stopped competing against one another and agreed to fish cooperatively. The new system allowed many of the Chignik fishermen to mothball most of their boats and deliver fresher fish to the docks for higher prices with less expense.

New ship initiative floated
Sponsors of a wide-ranging cruise ship ballot initiative plan to submit a revised version of the proposal to the state today, just two days after the original was rejected by Lt. Gov. Loren Leman. Based on a recommendation by state Attorney General Gregg Renkes, Leman denied certification of the initiative Tuesday because the proposal was not confined to a single general subject. Renkes also noted that a provision of the initiative could establish a dedicated fund, which is in violation of the Alaska Constitution.

Photo: Emigrating to Indiana
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Verena Gill gives a comforting scratch to Nerius, a 2-month old walrus, this week at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Nerius is en route from the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward to his new home at the Indianapolis Zoological Society.

Alaska Briefs
David Stone files to run for Assembly; Senior aid program draws 11,000 applicants; Caribou quota reduced; Murkowski turns down Greenpeace invitation; Stevens: Bridge, railroad expansion top priorities

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state.

Man discovers explosives under porch of new home
A man clearing out a Fairbanks home he recently purchased found a bag of explosives under the porch, authorities said. A bomb squad from Eielson Air Force Base detonated about 12 pounds of explosives early Wednesday morning.

282 Alaska schools fall short of federal standards
ANCHORAGE - State Education Commissioner Roger Sampson said Wednesday that 282 schools in Alaska - nearly 58 percent - failed to make adequate yearly progress under federal standards set out in the No Child Left Behind Act. But Sampson urged parents to review why their child's school may be on the list. It might be because just one segment of the school population did not meet a standard required by law, he said. "There are some very high performing schools that did not make adequate yearly progress," Sampson said. "They are some of our best schools. Even our best schools can improve."

ACS misses deadlines in $92 million state contract for network overhaul
Alaska Communications Systems Inc. has run into snags with its $92 million, five-year contract to overhaul the state's telecommunications network, the company recently told federal regulators. State officials say ACS has missed some deadlines specified in the contract, which became effective in April 2002, but refused to provide specifics.

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

Cosmic bowling
Channel Bowl has new lights, new paint, new approaches and a new sound system. But aside from the cosmic-themed exterior, there's another difference that longtime bowlers are noticing. "The oil holds up a lot better on the synthetic lanes than it used to," said Tim Powers, 19, an employee at the lanes with a high game of 238, a high series of 590 and an average of 170.

When you know the notes to sing...
Charmian Carr, who played Liesl Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music," has seen the audience-interactive "Sing-A-Long Sound of Music" more than a dozen times as a guest emcee. She was flattered the first time she saw someone dressed like her, at her first screening in 1999 at London's Prince Charles Theatre. But the best costume she's seen is a fan in San Francisco covered with black plastic goats, a tribute to Julie Andrews' song "The Lonely Goatherd."

What's happening
Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council Salmon Bake Fund-raiser, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, at Gold Creek Salmon Bake. Singers will be admitted free, although parents who accompany them will be charged $25. All interested in performing, call Girl Scout choir director Kathy Buss, at 586-1710 before Aug. 26.

And the geek shall inherit the Earth
In another time and place I worked in the company of a geek (which is a kind of ersatz typewriter repairman that came into being when evolution de-selected the Selectric) who, having stumbled into a discussion about the Founding Fathers, allowed proudly as how the country was, after all, "invented by dumb guys."

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