Tuesday, August 27, 2002

'To put it bluntly ...'
I am a resident of the Douglas apartment building where the Dumpster-raiding bear was trapped Tuesday morning.

IRV will pass
Is it $175,000 to install the software in the current system, or is it $1,750,000 to upgrade equipment and remaining equipment?

No longer trapping
In my letter that was printed on Aug. 22, I stated that I hunted and trapped with my father in the '50s and '60s. I would like to make it clear that I no longer trap as indicated in the statement that was appended at the end of my letter.

For Frank and Robin
In this Tuesday primary election, I encourage all naturalized citizens and registered voters across Alaska from every country of origin to vote and thank those who have helped us during the past and the present.

Ill-advised timber sale
The Forest Service proposes a large timber sale at Point Couverden, an area very heavily used by Juneauites recreating there.

A positive force
I encourage every voter to consider Loren Leman for lieutenant governor.

Le bear abroad
The Empire and Mr. Costello might like to know that the "Spirit Bear" story made it here to France.

Flaming van
A van is fully engulfed in flames on the beach near the Thane Ore House on Sunday afternoon.

Teen wins derby - again
It was an unprecedented year for the 56th annual Golden North Salmon Derby. Unofficially, 2002 saw the first two-time champion, winning in back-to-back seasons, in a year that brought in more "scholar-fish" by the end of the second evening than all of last year's event.

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

Correction
A headline in Thursday's Empire Business Spotlight section erred in describing KTNL-TV. KTNL broadcasts on channel 24 and hopes to be on cable TV in the near future.

Voters scarce at polls
Election officials at three voting locations around Juneau say voter turnout was unusually low this morning."This is probably the lowest we've ever seen," said Stuart Sliter, Douglas precinct chairman. Sliter, who has worked as an elections official for more than a decade, said the precinct representing Douglas historically has had one of the highest turnouts in the Juneau area.

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

School board candidates down to 8
High school student Carl Brodersen, whose Juneau School Board candidacy application was held pending his voter status last week, has been certified to run in the Oct. 1 municipal election.

Group aims to reduce hunter-homeowner conflicts
City workers took a chain saw to dead wood on Friday, quickly tearing down a snag favored by hunters who have fired steel birdshot toward homes on the Mendenhall Peninsula."That's part of the problem. We consider it to be an attractive nuisance because it's relatively close to the residences," said Carl Schrader, area habitat biologist with the state Department of Fish and Game, as he helped scatter pieces of the old tree. "It's facing outward toward the residences instead of inward toward the refuge."

Ocean panel studies Alaska water policies
Alaskans bragged about fisheries management to the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy last week, and the commissioners took notes.

Glue, pencils stockpiled as school readies to start
Across Juneau, Elmer's glue and No. 2 pencils are being purchased and lunch boxes are being called into service after a summertime hiatus as about 5,400 students prepare to start another school year on Wednesday.There are a few things schools want students and parents to be aware of before heading to the classroom.

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

U.S. Forest Service seeks comment on Couverden timber sale
The U.S. Forest Service is planning a timber sale that would harvest about 25 million board feet of timber from Point Couverden. If approved, it would be the first such sale harvested in the Juneau area in the past decade, according to the agency.The timber sale project is about 30 air miles west of Juneau on the south Chilkat Peninsula along Icy Strait. Part of the area was logged in the late 1980s and early 1990s by Alaska Pulp Co. The sale would cover about 1,500 acres of land, targeting hemlock and spruce.

Eagle hitches brief ride on tramway
A juvenile eagle picked the wrong wire to land on, when it flew into a Mount Roberts Tramway cable Sunday. "It was really exciting, probably a once in a million event," said Kenny Kasselder, tramway operations and maintenance manager.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Frank A. Brown
Longtime Southeast Alaska resident Frank Allen Brown died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, in Juneau.

Alexandria 'Xan' Woods
Juneau resident Alexandria "Xan" Woods died Aug. 22, 2002, at her home.

George J. Mayeda Jr. and Geraldine Nellie (Mayeda) Bledsoe
A duel memorial service for George John Mayeda Jr. and Geraldine Nellie (Mayeda) Bledsoe will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the ANB Hall.

Correction
The last four sentences of Sunday's Empire editorial inadvertently were omitted.

Late addition leads to Nifty Fifty title
The plan before Sunday's Nifty Fifty Relay was to rearrange the top teams so there would be three or four equal squads at the front of the pack.

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.

Turner takes seventh at Hershey's meet
Daniel Turner, the Juneau 10-year-old who earned a trip to compete in the Hershey's Track and Field Youth Program North American Final Meet in Pennsylvania earlier this month, made the most of his sweet journey.

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

Capital City Soccer League Standings
The 2002 final regular-season standings for the Capital City Soccer League, through games of Aug. 24. The CCSL playoffs open Wednesday and will run through Sept. 19.

Wysocki and Menendez complete Ironman Canada
Juneau's Robert Wysocki and Jessica Menendez both achieved their Ironman goals Sunday, crossing the finish line together at the Ironman Canada triathlon in Penticton, British Columbia.

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

Juneau riders find success at Whitehorse horse show
Eight Juneau equestrians traveled to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, last month to compete in the Yukon Horse and Rider Association's 23rd annual Summer Horse Show.The event, held July 19-21, featured 93 events covering halter, dressage, jumping, Western, English and Gymkhana. In addition to the Juneau contigent, five of whom were members of the Thunder Mountain 4-H Club, there were horses and riders from Whitehorse, Dawson City, Yukon Territory, and Atlin, British Columbia.

New ballot irks voters
If absentee voters are any indication, people going to the polls Tuesday will be irritated about Alaska's first six-ballot primary.

Alaska wants its charities to get more from gaming
ANCHORAGE - For years, nonprofits in Alaska have turned to charitable gaming as an easy way to finance their good deeds.In the past decade, however, the money-raising got a lot easier as managers and operators took charge of the business, bundling multiple permits into large, coordinated operations. Charities turn over their paperwork and wait for the checks to start arriving.

State Briefs
Anchorage man killed in motorcycle crash; Chenega Corp. gets $300 million contract; Wasilla boy killed in gun-cleaning accident;

Troops to Teachers program opens office at Elmendorf
ANCHORAGE - An office aimed at helping retired military personnel become teachers opened last week at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

Blast spurs shut off of 150 wells
BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. plans to shut down and test about 150 North Slope oil wells in response to an explosion that seriously injured a worker earlier this month.

Ted Nugent stumps for Ross
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Wayne Anthony Ross is getting some fund-raising help from rocker Ted Nugent.

Akhiok shareholders to get $200,000 each
Shareholders of a small Native corporation on Kodiak Island are each about to receive $200,000, tax free.

Murkowski says he'll boost mining
Republican candidate for governor Frank Murkowski says the state should help build roads to open remote mining areas, including one near Juneau.

Report: Genetically modified fish could pose danger
FAIRBANKS - Genetically modified fish from farms eventually could present "considerable" environmental risks, according to a federal science panel.The National Research Council devoted several pages to fish in a report on biotechnology it released last week. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested the report in response to controversy over genetically modified foods.

Knowles declares Western Alaska fishing a disaster
Western Alaska fishing communities suffering another poor salmon season will get state aid after Gov. Tony Knowles declared the entire region an economic disaster area for the fifth time in six years.

Several races to be won Tuesday
Partisan voters in Tuesday's closed primary will decide eight legislative races around the state long before the final vote in the November general election.

GOP mailing spurs 5% party switch
A mail campaign aimed at Libertarians, Republican Moderates and Alaskan Independence Party voters encouraged hundreds to flee their parties to cast ballots Tuesday in the GOP primary, said the head of the state Republican Party.

Alaska Committee awards media contract
Phase two in the media campaign to keep the Legislature in Juneau will begin in the next few weeks under the direction of Anchorage-based public relations firm Northwest Strategies.The Alaska Committee, the Juneau group working to block the legislative-move initiative, told the Juneau Assembly on Monday that meetings with Northwest Strategies will begin this week to devise a media campaign that will run up to the Nov. 5 general election.

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