Friday, August 24, 2001

Tales of pioneer conservationists
Juneau naturalist Rich Gordon remembers when he was threatened with a beating one night after a public meeting because of his work to protect the Mendenhall Wetlands.

Concert blends unusual combo of sounds
CrossSound 2001 returns to Juneau this weekend with new music and instruments - such as the kayagum and the pipa.

Calendar

Entertainment Briefs
Council offering grants for artists; Visiting artist offers painting workshop

Responding to Landscape
When Juneau artist Devita Stipek Writer paints the rush of water in Gold Creek or a storm breaking on Horse Island, she doesn't try to reproduce the scene.

What are they really marching for?
The article titled "Marching to put food on the table" (Aug. 22 Empire) once again brought the Native-subsistence issue to the forefront of community awareness. All of the quotes from the Native population, however, failed to address the question that titles this letter. What are they really marching for?

It gets even sillier
Everybody knows the old saying about how the beating of a butterfly's wing in Brazil can cause a hurricane in Texas. Now we have our very own local version. The way I understand the logic, if the city Assembly doesn't approve a zoning variance in Juneau, the voters in Fairbanks will vote to move the legislative session to Wasilla. It gets even sillier. According to Lew Williams, the people of Wrangell are in danger of voting to move the legislative session if we don't stop whining about an ill-conceived gold mine in Canada.

The capital move card
It's sad to see that our beleaguered mayor was compelled to throw a bone to the tax and spend, road-at-all-costs zealots who have recently taken over the pages of the Juneau Empire, but it's not that surpassing.

Don't blur the air
"Watering down" our forests may keep them green, but "watering down" the proposed smoke-free ordinance will leave a harmful haze blurring not only our health but also our confidence in the Assembly.

Tourism message line 'complaints'
I recently had the opportunity of reviewing a summary of the Tourism Message Line and I would like to share some of my observations.

Weekend Best Bets
For many people, this weekend the last weekend of August marks the end of summer. The salmon derby is over, school starts next week and the Juneau Community Garden Harvest Fair is Saturday.

Gardeners gather summer bounty for harvest fair
Plots at Juneau Community Garden are bursting with crops from garlic to chocolate mint, from peas to cauliflower, just in time for the ninth annual Harvest Fair on Saturday.

New technology to make airport safer
The federal government envisions a day when a snowplow driver at Juneau Airport will know if he is on a collision course with aircraft by turning to a computer screen in his vehicle.

City mulls tax breaks for local manufacturers
Karl Mielke is one of three employees at Alaska Bullet Works, a Juneau business that has been manufacturing high-performance bullets since the early 1990s.

Plunge on slope takes teen's life
Searchers who recovered the body of a New Jersey teen-ager from the slopes of Mount Juneau speculated the young hiker fell 150 to 200 feet and died of head injuries.

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

AROUND TOWN
Events in Juneau

City candidates list
List of people who have filed to run for election

Four add names to city slate
Candidates for three open seats on the Juneau Assembly will face competition on the Oct. 2 ballot, while two incumbent School Board members will run unopposed.

FYI
On the Public Record

Visiting teen found dead on Mount Juneau
A team of 10 rescue workers was climbing the Basin Road side of Mount Juneau this afternoon in an effort to reach a teen-ager who failed to return to his cruise ship before it sailed Wednesday night.

Schools, teachers tentatively agree on contract
The Juneau School District and the teachers' union reached a tentative agreement Wednesday night on a new, two-year contract that includes pay increases.

Deadline nears for completing GED
People who are seeking a GED diploma have only a few months left to pass all five tests before the format changes, forcing those with one or more remaining tests to start over.

From city cop beat to carpentry
Tom Wehnes traded in his dress blues for dresser drawers, and wears woodchips where a badge once was.

Around Town

Juneau search turns up heroin, pot
The Southeast Alaska Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested a man Thursday afternoon after a search of his home turned up narcotics and more than 30 marijuana plants.

McDowell group backs fast ferries
Marine transportation consultants are recommending the use of fast vehicle ferries and passenger shuttles to provide regular, predictable service in the northern panhandle and the upper Lynn Canal.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Thank you letters:
The Juneau Garden Club wishes to thank all involved in hosting the State Garden Clubs' Convention 2001. For a theme we chose "Artists of the Earth." Applause to Juneau's wonderful community of gardeners, our own artists of the earth for contributing to the rich interplay of natural and tended landscapes found here.

Living and Growing Column
This week as I reflected on the difficult and divisive question of subsistence in our state, I found myself meditating on the story of Ahab and Naboth. In this Old Testament story from the First Book of Kings, a man named Naboth owned a vineyard that was beside the palace of Ahab, the king of Samaria. The king wanted Naboth's vineyard and said to him, "Give me your vineyard to be my vegetable garden, since it is close by, next to my house. I will give you a better vineyard in exchange, or, if you prefer, I will give you its value in money."

Mel Brady
Melvin Bruce Brady died Aug. 20, 2001, in Wrangell.

Myron Ray Bain
Longtime Juneau resident Myron Ray Bain died Aug. 2, 2001, while on vacation in Idaho and after a short battle with cancer.

My Turn: Right of comment, speech extends to all
So, in rounding up the usual suspects, we find that the people to blame for the current capital move environment are one teacher and two Assembly members.

Outside editorial: Helms going out on top
The following editorial appeared in Thursday's Charlotte Observer:

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

My Turn column: Reinforce the forests' roadless rule decision
The Bush administration is on the wrong road. The Roadless-area Conservation Rule, as it was written into the Federal Register in January 2001, was a major step in the right direction for conservation. There are two major schools of thought when it comes to forests. One views the forest as a crop to be harvested like fields of wheat. The other sees the forest as a living ecosystem and an essential part of the web-of-life. There is no question into which group the Bush administration falls. The re-opening of the Roadless-area Rule is the Bush administration sharpening its scythe by the light of the harvest moon.

My Turn column: A sweetheart deal for 'friends of Ted?'
It is extraordinarily unusual for the government to turn over millions of dollars of public assets to a small group of private individuals. That is why Sen. Ted Stevens has to draft special legislation to assist the Alaska Lighthouse Association in its attempt to raid 1,495 acres of your land adjacent to the Point Retreat Lighthouse on Admiralty Island. The Juneau Empire has given superficial coverage to this issue, but so far they have not asked the pertinent question: Just who are these people and why is Senator Ted being so gosh darn nice to them?

Being sign aware
n When it comes to tracking, forget the 'broken twigs' myth of Western novels; using all your senses makes every hike a full-body experience

Hunting clinic to offer fowl tips
If Elmer Fudd had attended a waterfowl hunting clinic like the one offered Saturday, he might have been dining on roast Daffy Duck.

Shrimp serve as secret bait in favorite fishing spot
My husband Earle and I had been fishing the Kenai river for a couple of days, taking our fish to the freezer places which dot the highway each night.

Out and About

Fish report
Fishing in the Golden North Salmon Derby was extremely popular with anglers last week. The weather was great for fishing, and a nice 33.9-pound king won the derby.

Sports In Juneau

Larson finds volleyball enlightenment abroad
A year ago, Aaron Larson had never played organized volleyball. But Wednesday, after returning from a recent European volleyball tour, Larson is enamored with the sport.

Bears host only home meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School cross country team will host its only home meet of the year Saturday at the Treadwell Mine Trail in Douglas, with the gun scheduled to go off at 10 a.m. for the girls race and 10:45 a.m. for the boys race.

JRC tennis tournament postponed
Due to lack of participation, the Southeast Alaska Singles Tennis Championships were postponed until April according to Hassan Bani Saaid, director of tennis at the Juneau Racket Club.

Alaska State Football Polls
Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on by high school coaches and compiled by the Anchorage Daily News.

Juneau heads north to play West Anchorage
The Juneau-Douglas High School varsity football team heads north with something to prove when the Crimson Bears take on the West Anchorage Eagles at noon Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Off-campus teens anger Anchorage residents
A coalition of Anchorage residents is asking the school district to keep high school students on school grounds all day.

Ex-Colony teacher pleads to sex charge
A former teacher at Colony High School in Wasilla pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of fourth degree sexual assault of a minor.

90-year-old hikes to save wife's life
Bob Buzby hiked for three hours, wading glacier-fed creeks several times in high-top leather slippers, to find help for his injured wife who fell off a four-wheeler Sunday.

State Briefs
Federal rights commission meets in Alaska; Toddler dies in apartment fire; Two injuries reported in plane crashes; Fairbanks man sentenced for car shootings

State sued over initiative wording
The sponsors of a measure to move the legislative session to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have filed a lawsuit against the state over ballot language summarizing the initiative.

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