Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Better alternatives
Shame on whoever was responsible for killing the black bear in Douglas. Who has the right to decide that this bear should be shot to death? Did we the people in Douglas get to vote on this? No, we did not.

Words that echo
After reading the Empire's Aug. 18 editorial, I had to wonder how Don Smith knows so much about the corporate, operational integrity of Coeur? And of the Green's Creek operation and of plans for the proposed Kensington/Jualin operation? Where does he get all his amazing information, and incredible environmental sureness and confidence?

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?

Hunters can help
How many others noticed in last Tuesday's paper that the article about a New York bear killing an infant was on the page next to the first of the Letters to the Editor to save the "white" bear?

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.

Ryndam spill estimate jumps to 40,000 gallons
The cruise ship Ryndam discharged more partially treated wastewater - about 40,000 gallons - into Juneau's harbor on Aug. 17 than earlier thought, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and company officials.

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

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.

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.

School doors open for first day
At first there doesn't seem to be much connection between the politicians who ended their primary races Tuesday and the Juneau first-graders who started school today, strapped to over-sized backpacks, and who left the shelter of their parents' embraces to sit in a "family group" at Gastineau Elementary.But what children at Gastineau learn about citizenship on the first morning of school might be good advice for legislators who have been slugging it out over taxes and values in the primary election, the incumbents who have so far failed to build consensus around a fiscal plan, and, for that matter, any adult who can't get along with others, according to Paige Merriam, a first-grade teacher room at Gastineau.

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.

China delegation awaits visas for Juneau
Juneau will adopt a Chinese sister city this weekend, if Uncle Sam doesn't get in the way.Four officials from the city of Mishan, on the northeastern border of China, have plane tickets to Juneau, but their visa applications seem to be stuck in the U.S. consulate, said interim City Manager John MacKinnon.

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."

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.

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

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.

Judge: Robber's plea agreement is a steal
A man accused of storming two Douglas homes earlier this year, mask-clad, gun in hand and demanding money, will spend the next three years in prison.Cameron O'Neil, 22, was sentenced today in Juneau Superior Court to five years in prison with two years suspended and three years' probation.

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

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

Thank you
...for the help and support; ...for your support.

In pursuit of the Nagoon berry
When Jeremy Neldon, my guru of all things forageable in Southeast Alaska, presented me with a jar of his homemade Nagoon berry jam a few years back, I was intrigued. Always a berry fan, I set out to learn what I could about this elusive fruit, but to no avail. No cookbook or culinary encyclopedia I could find contained any mention of it.

Landscape patterns and social responses
Arguing from the specific to the general always carries a burden of uncertianity, but it is so attractive. I wonder if the landscape we experience is so powerful that it shapes our social organizations, or are we as social beings the cause of the landscapes.

Shaw wins child development award
Lorainna Shaw of Juneau has been awarded a child development associate (CDA) credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children.

Day, Nalan to marry
Angela Day of Juneau and Ken Nalan of Skagway will be married in a ceremony planned for Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at the former Marie Drake Middle School. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. at Marlintini's. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding and reception.

Photo: Rafting trip
Big Sister Charlotte Tom and her Little Sister, Julia, participate in a Big Brothers Big Sisters August group activity. Alaska Travel Adventures treated Big Brothers/Big Sisters to a Mendenhall River rafting adventure on Aug. 17.

Pets of the week
Georgie is a delightfully happy 10-month-old black and white spayed female who in spite of a minor defect in her right rear paw is active, energetic, friendly and very playful. Cleo is a beautiful 1-year-old spayed female tiger tabby who is quiet, very mellow and affectionate.

Hospice training prepares volunteers
Hospice and Home Care of Juneau will begin its fall 2002 In-Home Volunteer Training on Sept. 24. It will provide an opportunity for interested individuals to learn effective and compassionate ways of supporting terminally ill people and their families during one of life's most challenging transitions. With both experiential and educational components, the training will explore participants' personal experiences with illness, death, loss, grief and healing, as well as teach the hands-on skills needed to support those facing end-of-life issues.

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.

Stella Martin
Juneau resident Stella Martin died Aug. 26, 2002, at her home in Juneau.

The effects of second-hand spoke
Being subjected to other people's smoke in public is bad enough, but other people's private drivel? Intrusive cell phone chatter is known in the medical community as "second-hand spoke" and is widely believed to cause everything from itchy scalp to emotional distress. Like second-hand smoke, it's your health risk even though it's someone else's fault.

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.

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

It's in the cards: Local man draws Boozer bounty
When he's had a couple of extra bucks the last few years, George C. Messerschmidt has been going down to Collector's Hideaway to buy a few packs of sports trading cards.Messerschmidt, a fourth-generation Juneau resident and disabled veteran, said he buys the cards as a hobby, and an investment.

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.

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.

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

Nenana short on cash for dorm loan
FAIRBANKS - The Nenana City School District will fall short of the money needed for one of two payments this year on a federal loan used to build a dormitory for high school students.

Republicans nearly halfway to control of state House
ANCHORAGE - Some of the faces changed Tuesday, but Republicans already hold nearly half the seats they will need to keep control of the state House.Two incumbent Republicans will stay home, but barring losses in write-in campaigns, the GOP starts the general election season controlling 10 seats in the 40-member house. They will need to win 11 more to maintain their majority.

Candidates: Meaning of primary results uncertain
The six candidates running for a seat in Juneau's legislative delegation - all of whom ran unopposed - are ready to kick their campaigns into high gear for the Nov. 5 general election.Though primary elections in the past have given an idea of how candidates would do in the general election, many legislative hopefuls are saying the vote tallies this year may be obscured by the new six-ballot primary.

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.

Political heavyweights coast to primary wins
ANCHORAGE - Republican U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski and Democratic Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer claimed their places at the top of their tickets Tuesday, easily winning over lesser-known opponents in Alaska's primary election.With nearly 90 percent of votes counted, Ulmer had 25,598 votes, or 92 percent, of the Democratic vote. Her closest contenders, Michael Beasley and Bruce J. Lemke, each garnered less than 5 percent.

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.

Runoff proposal dies instantly
ANCHORAGE - Backers of instant runoff voting say they will try again after their ballot initiative lost by close to a 2-1 margin in Tuesday's election.With about 90 percent of Alaska's 446 precincts reporting, 64 percent of voters had rejected the measure, also called preferential voting, which called for adopting a method of balloting used in few other elections nationwide.

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.

Leman wins close fight in lt. gov. race
ANCHORAGE - Loren Leman apparently has won a tight Republican primary race for his party's nomination for lieutenant governor.With nearly 90 percent of votes counted, Leman, the state Senate majority leader, had 29 percent of the lieutenant governor's vote. He held a lead of about 1,400 votes over Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin, with 27 percent of the vote. Sen. Robin Taylor followed with 23 percent, and former House Speaker Gail Phillips had 19 percent. Paul R. Wieler was a distant fifth with 2 percent of the vote.

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.

Primary knocks out House speaker candidate, another still hanging
ANCHORAGE - One Republican lawmaker hoping to be the next speaker of the state House lost her primary battle Tuesday while another held onto a narrow lead in a district much changed by reapportionment.House Majority Leader Jeannette James lost her re-election bid against fellow conservative Rep. John Coghill for House District 11 in North Pole. James announced plans to seek the 40-member House's top post during her campaign against Coghill, son of a former lieutenant governor who won by a 54-46 percentage spread.

State Briefs
Pilot killed in floatplane crash near Dillingham; Man convicted of killing ex-wife, her friend in December 1998; Cruise ship briefly loses propulsion near Juneau; Pair sentenced for stealing from Stony River tribal council; Interior school closed after one year due to lack of students; Mat-Su teachers reach tentative contract agreement

Primary election results
The following lists statewide and regional preliminary totals in Tuesday's statewide primary election, based on 400 of 446 precincts reporting. Winners of each party's race, who will face off in the Nov. 5 general election, are in bold type.

Study shows tourists in 2001 spent $1.4 billion in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Tourists spent $1.4 billion in Alaska, or about $1,166 each, during the 2001 season, according to a study by the state Department of Community and Economic Development. It said about 1.2 million people came to Alaska during the year.It was the first such study since 1993, when the state found that 861,000 visitors spent $598 million, or about $694 each.

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

Senior legislators easily win races
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, who brought in hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds for Alaska projects during the past three decades, won Tuesday's Republican primary.Another senior legislator, U.S. Rep. Don Young, ran unopposed on the Republican ticket.

Primary at a glance
The following are results of some of the contested and local elections in Tuesday's primary.

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