Tuesday, August 28, 2001

In the Tank

Business Profile

Paradise lost and found
Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures is here by accident and sheer will, said co-owner Steve Bowhay, and it stays open for the same reasons.

Briefly

On the move

How'd they do that?
One of the highlights of the Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures tour is the upside-down trees used as planters.

Some more equal
The framers of the Alaska Constitution were not fools, but dreamers, believing that all Alaskans are equal, regardless of race. Subsistence is the right of all Alaskans who actually need it. It is a necessary supplement of food stores for many people, urban and rural.

Equal rights
I applaud Patrick McGonegal for speaking out on Native issues. In the "politically correct" atmosphere of today, Patrick runs the risk of being labeled a racist or anti-Native. This tactic generally works to silence all who might not agree with those Natives who are diligently working to enhance their position in our society.

Discredited Democrat
Democrats in denial just won't admit that their soiled reputation could possibly be linked to any capital move issue. Recently Kim Metcalfe wrote that not more than a hundred people in Juneau would be in favor of a capital move. However, in 1994, more than 800 of her fellow Juneau residents did vote in favor of moving the capital - probably hoping that people like her would move with it.

My smoke still rises
Well, folks, here we are in the year 2001 and the controversial subsistence issue is still unresolved. Thanks to Katie John to have had the courage to dispute the rules regulating subsistence fishing rights for Alaskan Natives.

Crossing a line
Ginny Fay's Aug. 26 Letter to the Editor crossed the line of common sense and perhaps state law.

Only a little better contract
Friday evening I received my copy of the tentative contract for teachers in the Juneau School District. In light of the August 16 Empire front-page article describing all the raises that city employees have received this year, I was expecting a contract that would compare to those of other CBJ workers.

Road will mute critics
My compliments to your mayor, Sally Smith, for urging continued progress for a road between Juneau and Skagway.

Hard sell ahead
I am curious as to how Juneau is going to win back any support from its Southeast neighbors .

Knowles' legacy
Since statehood, every Alaska governor has sworn to "support and defend the constitution of the State of Alaska." Only one man, Tony Knowles, has knowingly broken that solemn pledge for plainly political reasons.

Around Town
Today

Close encounters with bears
The city's Ad Hoc Urban Bear Committee can go back to work under an order from Juneau Mayor Sally Smith today. The change comes as community members express worries about children chasing bears in the Lemon Creek area.

School starts for teachers long before students arrive
The school year starts Wednesday, but classroom activities have been on the minds of some teachers since June. From beginners to veterans, those who want everything to start off right have been setting up their classrooms since early August.

Briefly

Boat skipper dies at helm
A commercial fishing boat captain became unconscious and died and his crew had to abandon ship late Saturday night in Hawk Inlet 20 miles southwest of Juneau.

Knowles: No appeal of lawsuit
Gov. Tony Knowles announced Monday that he will not appeal the Katie John subsistence case to the U.S. Supreme Court, immediately prompting one Republican opponent to call for the governor's impeachment.

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

New students, new principals get set
Freshmen filled the stands at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym Friday morning and called out "eee," "aah" and "oh" before they realized they were being induced into singing "Old McDonald Had a Farm."

Jim Scholz withdraws from Assembly race
Candidate Jim Scholz withdrew today from the race for the District 2 seat on the Juneau Assembly and endorsed fellow candidate Randy Wanamaker.

Two power outages hit over weekend
Unrelated power outages around lunch time on Saturday and Sunday inconvenienced Juneau and forced motorists to maneuver through major intersections without the guidance of traffic lights.

Around Town

Teachers' contract offers two years of raises
The proposed contract for Juneau's teachers offers pay increases of at least 4.5 percent in the first year, and 4 percent on average in the second year.

Accused sex offender sentenced to 2 years
An accused sex offender was ordered to serve about two years of prison time Monday, although he maintained he did not commit a sexual assault.

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

Bridge named after Zharoff
Fred Zharoff, former state senator from Kodiak, is being honored by having a bridge named after him. Zharoff died on Feb. 6 at age 57.

Shirley 'Tina' June DeMayo
Former Juneau resident Shirley June DeMayo died Jan. 18, 2001, in Idabel, Okla.

June Irene Randall
June Irene Randall, a 28-year local resident, died Aug. 22, 2001, in Juneau.

Curtis Gordon Shattuck
Pioneer Juneau resident Curtis Gordon Shattuck died Aug. 24, 2001, surrounded by his family.

Celebrate Russia's freedom
A decade ago, the fate of the Soviet Union's reforms - and, therefore, the world - lay in doubt as hard-liners launched the infamous August coup.

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

My Turn: Venting it's not just for the left anymore
Here is some advice for pro-business crusaders Kappler, Johnson and Skinner, and cheerleader-publisher Smith. It comes from that greatest of anti-Communist crusaders, Richard M. Nixon:

Juneau gets religion, again, as threat looms
The following editorial appeared in Voice Of The (Anchorage) Times on Aug. 25: Once again Juneau is getting religion. It does it every time there is a movement afoot to move the capital or relocate the Legislature. This time it's the latter proposal that has the Juneau merchants and local political leaders beating the drums for an old-time revival meeting in a big tent filled with loud music and loud orations. Hallelujah, y'all come.

Perception of us can make a difference
I remember 30 years ago a Juneau that was smaller, less global and warmer in spirit. Those with opposing political views were nice to each other and folks used to wave at each other. However, one thing that never seems to change is the capital move issue. Anchorage has, in all my life, harbored capital move feelings among a good chunk of their constituency since statehood.

Word of Mouth

White House, Congress must find the center
Early in the Bush administration, speculators suggested that the White House was tacking rightward when appointing conservatives like John Ashcroft and pushing tax cuts as a first issue so the president could turn later to the center. If that was indeed the strategy, then the moment has arrived for the president to define and claim a center-right position.

Juneau slides two spots in state's football polls
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team slipped two places in the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Football Coaches Polls released today, dropping from third last week into a tie for fifth place.

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Sept. 1

Monagle, Cumlat named co-MVPs
Two Juneau-Douglas High School senior boys basketball players -- forward-guard Ryan Monagle and guard Julius "Junior" Cumlat -- shared co-Most Valuable Player honors at the Wayne Morgan Basketball Camp held Aug. 13-17 at Long Beach State University in California.

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

'Missing Toenails' claim Nifty Fifty Relay
Sunday's inaugural running of the Nifty Fifty Relay was a comedy of errors for the three-man team known as Missing Toenails. But that didn't keep it from winning the 50-kilometer (31-mile) relay race from Sunshine Cove to Skaters' Cabin.

Sports in Juneau

Haines voters to face 2 copter issues on ballot
Haines residents should see two helicopter-related measures on the ballot this October, but whether they will help resolve the community's debate about helicopter skiing and tour flights is up in the air.

State fair feels ripple from virus outbreak
PALMER - Visitors to the Alaska State Fair are being kept back from livestock as an extra precaution against an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease similar to the one that occurred in Britain over the past year.

State Briefs
Second trip to view Arctic Rose yields more clues to accident; Kenai woman sentenced for assisting in rape of girl

Contractor begins prep work for missiles at Fort Greely
ANCHORAGE - A contractor for the Army began clearing land at Fort Greely on Monday for an anti-ballistic missile site.

Knowles drops Katie John case
Gov. Tony Knowles announced today that he will not appeal the Katie John subsistence case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which immediately triggered a call for his impeachment.

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