Wednesday, September 4, 2002

23 Alaskans lose jobs in Consolidated Freightways closure
The bankruptcy filing and shutdown of Consolidated Freightways this week means the loss of 23 jobs in Alaska and a scramble among remaining freight companies for the customers left behind.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Alaska Native wireless case
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of a group of Alaska Native corporations seeking to protect their disputed licenses to operate wireless phone businesses in major U.S. markets.

Overkill and excess
I write in support of my neighbors objecting to the Bush Administration's conduct of the War on Terrorism.

Winning strategy?
It's called education? They lower the bar until the product passes inspection. It's a good thing for the rest of us that the same technique is not applied to airplanes, or cars, or bridges.

Couverden Timber Sale still fleeces taxpayers
On July 23, the Forest Service published in the Federal Register its intent to cut an estimated 25 million board feet of timber in its proposed Couverden Timber Sale, about midway between Gustavus and Juneau.

Open voting
It is a great privilege to live in a free country where individuals have the right and the civic responsibility to vote. I was dismayed when I went to cast my vote in last week's primary election; it was a thoroughly confusing process.

Convicted child abuser's weapons trial begins
Convicted Sitka child molester Dick Blue Sky goes on trial today on a weapons charge, one of two remaining charges in a nearly 50-count indictment against him.

University opens with largest-ever enrollment
Students who filed into classrooms this morning to begin the fall semester at the University of Alaska Southeast could be part of one of the largest student bodies in the institution's history, according to UAS Dean of Students and Enrollment Management Paul Kraft.

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

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

Sister cities learn from each other
Many Juneau tourists take home a fish or two. The delegation from Mishan, China, wants the whole hatchery.

Hood quits, endorses Ridgeway
Dixie Hood withdrew as a candidate for the District 2 Juneau Assembly seat Tuesday, throwing her support to Stan Ridgeway in the race against Don Etheridge.

Wet, dry extremes add up to average rainfall
The driest spring in Juneau's recorded weather history was followed this year by the third wettest July and the second wettest August, according to the National Weather Service.

State building wins OK despite bidder's protest
The Juneau Planning Commission last week reaffirmed its decision to allow a state storage building to be constructed in a Lemon Creek industrial zone. But a losing bidder on the project said the decision raises the question of whether the commission takes too much liberty with existing zoning ordinances.

Man injured in highway accident
Police believe a man reported lying unconscious on Glacier Highway over the holiday weekend was the victim of a hit-and-run driver.

Ferry system celebrates scenic byway designation
Starting this week, the Alaska Marine Highway System is celebrating its designation as a National Scenic Byway with special ceremonies, discounted fares and a roundtable discussion in Juneau.

School Board OK's more charter school funds
Against the recommendation of its superintendent, the Juneau School Board voted Tuesday night to provide an extra $10,000 to the Juneau Community Charter School to help cover a deficit in the school's budget for next year.

Lands Committee gets new direction on Lena Point
The Juneau Planning Commission is directing the city's Lands Committee to adjust its proposal for the Lena Point subdivision in an attempt to appease land owners in the area.

Chinese delegation arrives in capital city after delays
A delegation from Mishan, China arrived in Juneau on Monday morning.

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

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

Dance contest
Billie-June Tonsgard holds up a gold medal after the first round of contests at the Dance Educators of America national competition held this July in Las Vegas.

Thank you
...for all the help.

Crabb, Jenkins wed
The families of Gary L. Jenkins II and Rachel M. Crabb invite family and friends to a potluck reception to celebrate the marriage of Gary and Rachel. The couple was married in Fairbanks on Aug. 24.

Pets of the week
Animals available for adoption at the Gastineau Humane Society

Where do new plants come from?
I've just returned from one of the most enjoyable and inspirational events of my year, the Far West Show. This annual unveiling of the new plant varieties offered by the wholesale nursery industry is a chance to talk to the specialists in the many fields that nursery people and landscapers work in.

A salmon notebook: Tricks and tips for fresh or frozen salmon
With a lucrative coho run concluded, many people now are lucky enough to have freezers full of silver salmon. Others, who might not have gone out, will probably be receiving a share of the bounty from their fishing friends.

High-performance quilters
Many quilters create about two or three quilts a year. A group of volunteers at Resurrection Lutheran Church, though, have put together more than 1,200 quilts since they began quilting together in 1991, and they've been getting more efficient with practice.

Howard 'Howie' Kenneth Croken
Former Juneau resident Howard "Howie" Kenneth Croken, 90, died Feb. 18, 2002 in Bellevue, Wash.

Glen Scott Kramer
Juneau resident Glen Scott Kramer died Aug. 29, 2002, in Juneau.

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

My Turn: King crab catastrophe in the making
I remember a time when you could not fish for king crab in the waters surrounding the Juneau area. While many of the "smart guys" at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game point to disease as the cause for the depletion of king crab, anyone with a grain of logic could see that it was commercial over-harvest that decimated the crab population.

State's debt rating outlook
Alaskans may not care how they do it Outside, but some folks Outside care about how we do it here.

Sports in Juneau
A service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Alaska State Football Polls
The Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls.

JYFL Score
Scores

Sports in Juneau
A service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Man enters plea in ax attack
A man charged with killing one of his roommates with a hatchet and injuring another in an attack one year ago has changed his plea. Lamar Gathers, 23, pleaded no contest Tuesday to first-degree murder and first-degree assault.

Knowles agrees to appoint new student regent for University
Gov. Tony Knowles has agreed to appoint a new student to sit on the University of Alaska Board of Regents before his term ends Dec. 2.

Ulmer campaign barnstorms through Railbelt
Democrat Fran Ulmer took a detour from her quest for governor while in the Railbelt last week to autograph an outhouse.

Worker found dead in trash compactor
Anchorage police said a worker at a Midtown McDonald's restaurant was killed Sunday in the restaurant's trash compactor in an apparent suicide.

Point Possession becomes part of Kenai refuge
Point Possession on the Kenai Peninsula has been sold to the federal government and will become part of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Baby drowns near Sitka
A baby drowned Tuesday morning near Sitka.

Electrical problems hound Columbia
A generator failure and switchboard problem plagued the state ferry Columbia over the weekend, prompting emergency repairs and some schedule changes, according to the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Youth charged with shooting father, daughter with pellet gun
A teen-ager accused of firing a pellet gun on a father and his 4-year-old daughter has been charged with felony assault, Kenai police said.

Giant cabbages steal the show at state fair
Excitement runs high as the crowd packs the bleachers. It's raining and many people zip their jackets. It's fair time again in Alaska. Folks left standing huddle round the cattle barriers separating onlookers and contenders.

Names of helicopter crash victims released
Alaska State Troopers have recovered the bodies and released the names of two men killed late last week in a helicopter crash.

Snack shelter
Judy Hoyt, Teri Davenport, under umbrella, and Harold Davis take time for nourishment under rainy skies during a visit this weekend to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.

Strong turnout expected for Alaska's convention season
Most Alaska event organizers expect the upcoming convention season to be a good one, despite concerns stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Host of political program quits
The moderator of a widely watched political debate program aired in Juneau on KTOO-TV has resigned amid complaints from Republicans.

Legislative move is fair game
Advocates of keeping the Legislature in Juneau headed into the belly of the beast last week, traveling to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer to persuade Alaskans to vote no on the upcoming ballot measure.

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