Thursday, August 29, 2002

In the Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening.

A dedication to crafts
From an old warehouse containing a couple of dead buses and a tractor, Linda Lane has re-created the Craft Carousel.

Company gets Nenana gas license
The state has issued a seven-year exploration license to Colorado-based Andex Resources to look for natural gas in the Nenana basin.

Palm Springs gets Alaska - with a bit of a twist
Palm Springs is about to get a taste of Juneau, with a twist. Juneau restaurateur Murray Damitio is opening a branch of the Twisted Fish in the desert town in October. The new restaurant will feature fresh Alaska seafood and Alaska beer on tap.

Smith named exec at Mammoth Equities
Carlton Smith has been named vice president of capital markets for Mammoth Equities, a California-based real estate firm.

Business Profile: Thuy Mai
Title and company: Owner, Thuy Mai Skincare & Cosmetics of Paris

New Builders Plaza holds grand opening
The new Builders Plaza is holding a grand opening celebration Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Timely timber sale
Good news from the Forest Service. A timber sale is in the works for the Couverden area.

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.

Matter of concern
Negative campaigning has already begun. I received a letter signed by Tim Grussendorf making wild insinuations about Bruce Weyhrauch's campaign contributions.

N. Douglas ridership
"The Transit Development Plan" meeting held Aug. 7 will affect all bus riders. We know this plan has been scrapped to be redone.

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?

Pollution penalties
I am saddened to know that our waters are being polluted due to lack of judgment.

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?

A tour through flower towers
At Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures, where uprooted trees become gardens and a flooded streambed is transformed into a sprawling trail of ponds and creeks, even the boardwalks seem to be part of nature.

Royal Caribbean says it will resume cash gifts to nonprofits
Royal Caribbean cruise line will resume its cash donations to nonprofits in Southeast Alaska, but will not give at the level it did before Sept. 11, said John Fox, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise spokesman.

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

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

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

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.

8 appeal helicopter landings
A controversial U.S. Forest Service decision that sets the number of helicopter landings on the Juneau Icefield for the next five years has been met with eight appeals.

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.

School bus company may be sold to Illinois outfit
The local business that has bused Juneau students for 54 years may be sold to a large Illinois-based company that lost its contract with the Anchorage schools in part because of inconsistent service.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Harold A. Nevers
Longtime Juneau resident Harold A. Nevers died at his summer home in Eagle on Aug. 26, 2002.

My Turn: Closed primary may have strengthened participation
The day after Alaska's first primary election using six ballots, early returns reveal a resounding triumph for voters.

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
A forum for readers to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone.

Word of Mouth
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My Turn: Cruise ship practices need more scrutiny
The recent dumping of partially treated sewage in Juneau's harbor by the M/V Ryndam underscores the need for vigorous monitoring and improved law enforcement.

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

Seeking the perfect fit
The nucleus is there, but the season won't be a success unless the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team can find some complementary parts.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Ulmer says abortion will be key in governor's race
Democratic candidate for governor Fran Ulmer says abortion will be a distinguishing campaign issue between her and Republican candidate U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski.

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.

Primary protest: Two parties sue to block new closed-ballot system
Green and Republican Moderate party officials filed a lawsuit today in an attempt to throw out the closed-primary system that irked so many voters on election day.

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.

Hoonah man survives plunge down waterfall
A fisheries technician was swept down a 25-foot waterfall and left clinging to a boat hung up on a rock for 2 1/2 hours as torrents of water swept past him before he was finally rescued.

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.

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.

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.

Cruise ship air emissions drop; wastewater discharges mixed
The cruise ship industry has reduced smoke stack emissions in Alaska, although progress on wastewater treatment has varied this year, according to a mid-season report from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Is Arnold maturing - or simply aging?
Arnold Schwarzenegger's first meaty movie role - 1970's "Hercules in New York," later released as "Hercules Goes Bananas" - graced us with the only truly comprehensible Arnold in cinematic history: He was, mercifully, dubbed, and it never happened again.

What's Happening
Concerts

Teri Tibbett: A singer's life in Alaska
Exactly 26 years to the day after she first stepped off the ferry in Juneau, singer and guitarist Teri Tibbett will take the stage at the Back Room for a musical celebration of her life in Alaska.

Best Bets: Art films and a tour of the solar system
Music, movies and a short trip through the solar system are among the best bets this weekend.

What's up with that?
Mt. Roberts Tramway, Juneau Street Maps, POW/MIA Flag

Season for the Arts
This fall will offer more dancing and fewer concerts in the capital city. A half-dozen concerts ranging from country to classical will be staged, but the renovation project at Juneau-Douglas High School has closed the city's best venue for large concerts until at least March 2003.

The Swamp

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