Friday, September 5, 2003

Physician, heal thyself
The headline on Chris DeWitt's My Turn is "Debate issues without insults and hypocrisy," but the very first paragraph refers to "extremist puppet-masters." Physician, heal thyself!

Decision is victory for constitutional rights
The recent decision of the state appellate court to finally recognize the constitution of Alaska, instead of political pressure in the case of State v. Noy is admirable.

An observation about creeks, industry, salmon
Mr. Piccolo states in his letter of Sept. 3 "wild salmon are not fully compatible with development, and that we simply can't have both," or something to that effect. I live 200 miles north of Anchorage, and was raised there in the late '50s and early '60s.

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

Photo: Delivering the catch
David Axelson and his daughter, Lindsay, 20, ice up their catch on the Viking on Thursday at the Taku Smokeries ice house as a cruise-ship tender passes in the background. The Axelson family was waiting to unload 58,000 pounds of gillnetted salmon.

Fish plant slated for Auke Nu Cove
The Alaska Glacier Seafoods Co. plans to build a new plant in Auke Bay this winter because the current facility is "bursting at the seams," company president and founder Mike Erickson said.

Life on the road
For the women of Harriet's Harriers, the Klondike Road Relay is life. The team is at once a social circle, motivating force, support group and temporary respite from the everyday grind. And over the past 12 years, for better or worse, the race has been an annual axis around which revolve the team members' ever-changing lives. "I've seen this group grow as a really supportive team, seeing each other through births and deaths and marriage and divorce," said Margie Thomson, who brought together a group of friends to form the team 12 years ago.

The Weight of War Stories
Before the United States went to war with Iraq in late March, Sgt. Lui Fenumia'i spent three months in Kuwait training on his unit's Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The training was routine and dull, and the soldiers were getting on each other's nerves living in such close quarters.

Metcalfes stage annual relay run reunion
When you run for the Metcalfes + Friends Klondike Road Relay team, there's a special kind of motivation to finish your leg. A gaffe during your run, and you could end up in the eternal annals of family lore. Since 1990, Juneau's Metcalfe family has had a reunion of sorts every September on the road from Skagway to Whitehorse.

Cruise line group analyzes impacts in Alaska
The cruise industry contributed $595 million to Alaska's economy through direct purchases in 2002, according to a study commissioned by the International Council of Cruise Lines.

Water, sewer fees may rise 32-37%
Juneau residents and business owners will see their highest water and sewer bills ever under a rate-increase plan recommended for approval during a Juneau Assembly work session Wednesday night. The plan would raise the monthly water and wastewater bill for about 7,750 unmetered residences from $58.50 to $77.52, a 32.5 percent jump. Several hundred apartments and businesses billed via water meters face increases of 34 percent. And the Alaskan Brewing Co., the community's largest water user and wastewater discharger, will see a hike of about 37 percent.

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

UAS enrollment coming close to last year's record
Enrollments so far this fall at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau are short of last year's record-high year, but approaching it, officials said. The fall semester began Tuesday, but students continue to register as particular courses start. Students can add or drop courses for two weeks. The number of full-time students enrolled at the Auke Lake campus on Tuesday was 607, down from 641 on the first day last fall, said Paul Kraft, dean of students and enrollment management. The number of part-time students Tuesday was 1,256, about the same as the 1,267 part-timers last year.

Planners suggest tourism solutions
Transportation planners offered a variety of alternatives Thursday night at Centennial Hall to ease tourism congestion on South Franklin Street.

Correction
Due to an editor's error, a caption in Friday's Empire misidentified Chief Aanyalahaash, who is standing in the far right of the photo. Chief Kowee is sitting on the left. The man in the center is unidentified.

This Day in History
In 1971, in the worst single plane accident in the history of American aviation at that time, an Alaska Airlines 727 jet crashed 1,000 feet below the summit of a 3,500-foot mountain 21 miles west of Juneau.

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

Humpback whales create their own tools for feeding
Humpback whales in Southeast Alaska may be unique among humpbacks in creating enduring social bonds, researchers say. The associations, which can last for decades, help members of the endangered species communally hunt herring during the summer in a technique called bubble net feeding. Bubble net feeding is a form of tool-using behavior, said Dr. Fred Sharpe, a whale researcher who will give a multi-media presentation on the topic at 7 p.m. Friday at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

Photo: Tide Gauge Painting
The students are wearing Personnel Flotation Devices provided by the U.S. Coast Guard's "Kids Don't Float" program. The students received a lesson on marine safety prior to going down to the Marine Park floating dock to paint the number on the tide gauge.

Thank you
Notes from your neighbors

Darus and Lindell marry
Abbey Lindell of Juneau and Christopher Darus of Cleveland, Ohio, were married on Aug. 16, 2003, in Estes Park, Colo., outside the Rocky Mountain National Forest.

Student Recognition
Cook receives award

Wilder and Stoll to marry
Tim Bryon Stoll and Susan Jeanne Wilder will be married in a private ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, in Juneau.

FYI
Births, Courts, Inditements, and Judgements

The faithful old-timers
He graduated from Georgia Tech. His name was Art Berthold. He was a fish buyer in Icy Strait in the 1950s and 1960s, where his boat, the Fern II, was a well known sight. Other men working in this famous fraternity were Gil Bixby buying troll salmon on the Elfin III and Ike Cropley on the Phoenix II.

NeighborDigest
Face painting, children drawing, and rotary

Eleanor Jean Durling
Juneau resident Eleanor "Peggy" Jean Durling, 66, died Aug. 23, 2003, in Juneau after a battle with cancer.

Lorraine T. Gliniecki
Juneau resident Lorraine Theresa Gliniecki, 71, died Aug. 27, 2003, in Juneau.

Howard Beaver
Juneau resident Howard Beaver, 72, died Aug. 30, 2003, in Juneau.

Donna Lee Tonsgard
Juneau resident Donna Lee Tonsgard, 54, died Aug. 29, 2003, in Juneau.

My Turn: Yes, there is a forest holocaust
U nable to afford the $2,000-a-plate dinner at the Chiles Center last month in Portland, I missed my golden opportunity to thank President Bush for his comments about the state of forest health in Oregon and around the nation. The following day, after flying over the Deschutes National Forest, President Bush declared it a "holocaust." And I agree 100 percent with our nation's ecologically minded leader.

My Turn: Debate issues without insults and hypocrisy
As you read this letter, the USFS is beginning to tally the comments it has received from the public regarding the proposed changes to the Roadless Rule, exempting the Tongass and Chugach National Forests from the rule. It will be a daunting task, as they will undoubtedly have to sort through thousands of mindless form letters and e-mails the extremist puppet-masters always manage to generate.

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

Gustavus trio completes Chilkoot Trail marathon
Gustavus runners Michelle Sebern, Dave Lesh and Steve Wilson have all run in past Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relays - races that touch on the spirit of miners' journeys during the Klondike Gold Rush.

Photo: On the Road Again
On the road again: Juneau senior outside hitter Julie Heard makes a dig as teammate Karla Dunivin covers during last weekend's Juneau Jamboree. The Crimson Bears play in Sitka this weekend.

Crimson Bears hit the road
When we last saw the Juneau-Douglas High School football team, the Crimson Bears were licking their wounds after suffering their first loss of the season.

Empire Cup Standings
The standings through Sept. 1 in the 2003 Empire Cup. The Empire Cup running series is co-sponsored each year by the Southeast Road Runners Club and the Juneau Empire. There are two races left in this year's series.

Canisius replaces Houston in Great Alaska Shootout
ANCHORAGE - Canisius is replacing Houston in the men's field for the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, Steve Cobb, athletic director at the University of Alaska Anchorage, said Wednesday.

Local scores
Area Sport Scores

Defending the crown
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys swimming and diving team took some unexpected hits over the summer, but the goal remains the same for the defending state co-champion Crimson Bears. The Juneau boys, who tied with Soldotna for the team championship, still expect to contend for another state title, even if a family move and health problems took away the two swimmers who combined to win three individual events for the Crimson Bears last season. The Juneau girls tied for fifth at state last year (with Colony) and they're looking to move up in the standings.

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

Other JDHS teams leave town for events
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team isn't the only Crimson Bear sports program on the road this weekend.

Senate energy leader weighs options on opening ANWR
The chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee wants a national energy bill to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Mother turns salvaged whale into soldier's care package
ANCHORAGE - Stuck in the dusty Iraqi desert, soldier Jared Wallace wrote to his mother about the suffocating 110-degree heat and asked for a care package. "He said, 'Mom, please send some of your homemade canned meat,"' said D.J. Blatchford of Nikiski. Blatchford will pickle meat from one of four beluga whales that died after 46 were stranded near Girdwood last week, pack the glass jars in bubble wrap and send them to her son, a team leader for the Army's 82nd Airborne Division.

Photo: Pioneer Home's 90th anniversary
The Pioneer Home in Sitka, shown here last month, celebrated its 90th anniversary Tuesday.

This year's permanent fund dividend to be announced Sept. 24
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. will announce the amount of the 2003 dividend at its annual meeting Sept. 24.

Alaska Briefs
Man hurt in gas line fire; Douglas Bridge plan consideration delayed; Few pay after Anchorage posts deadbeat list; Two injured after driving into wire; Oil exploration license offered in Bristol Bay; Three die in plane crash; 1 arrested, 1 sought in attempted drowning

Fairbanks assembly keeps Solie as presiding officer despite DWI charges
Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Rick Solie will continue to preside over assembly meetings while he fights charges of driving under the influence.

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state.

Alaska could lose more than 100 AmeriCorps jobs
ANCHORAGE - More than 100 full-time AmeriCorps-funded jobs in Alaska could be lost next year without a $100 million infusion from Congress, supporters of the program said. The loss has prompted some Alaska Americorps workers and former workers to head to Washington, D.C., as part of a national lobbying effort to rescue the national work service program. The loss of funding will cost 116 full-time jobs in Alaska. Local program directors say it will undercut matching private donations and grants and will interfere with efforts to recruit new members.

Gallery finale features 12-plus artists
For most of the past two years, downtown Juneau's Empire Gallery at 235 Second St. has been a haven for risk-taking artists. But now a pizzeria plans to lease the space from the Juneau Empire and is waiting approval of a liquor license. This month's Empire Gallery show, "Abstract & Mixed Media Exhibit," a combined exhibit with at least 12 Juneau artists, will open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. It's being billed as the space's "Season Finale" and could be the final Empire gallery show. The exhibit will run through September.

This week
Overview

Seeking Perfect Balance
Belorussian pianist Alexander Tutunov's perfect program has a little bit of everything. He starts with Bach to set the mood. He moves through the romantic and contemporary period to challenge, but not demand too much. The perfect plan is like art itself, which is how Tutunov arrived at his efficient 60-minute lineup for his solo show, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. Tickets are available at Hearthside Books and at the door.

This Week
Please e-mail calendar items, press releases or story ideas to korry.keeker@juneauempire.com. The deadline for calendar listings is Thursday the week before the publication date.

What's happening
An evening with pianist Alexander Tutunov, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. $18 adults, $15 students and seniors, $10 children. Tickets at Hearthside Books or the door. For information call the Juneau Symphony, 586-4676. "Belly Fusion: An Evening of Middle Eastern Flavors, Rhythms and Motions," 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at The Back Room at the Silverbow. Call 586-4146 for more information.

First Friday
A s a runner, skater, hiker and kayaker, Juneau artist Lea Vose, a lifelong athlete, has always been interested in muscle tone and strength.

This Week in Brief
Concerts, Dance, Exhibits, Events, NIght Life, and more

Seeking Perfect Balance
Belorussian pianist Alexander Tutunov's perfect program has a little bit of everything. He starts with Bach to set the mood. He moves through the romantic and contemporary period to challenge, but not demand too much.

Blues This Week
JUNEAU - Since Andy Koch formed the Badd Dog Blues Society in Bellingham, Wash., in 1995, his rotating cast of players has expanded to include some of the top blues players in northwest Washington state.

First Friday: Nudes, driftwood and pearls
As a runner, skater, hiker and kayaker, Juneau artist Lea Vose, a lifelong athlete, has always been interested in muscle tone and strength. Her first solo Juneau show, "Color, Embodied," captures motion and musculature with an unpredictable acrylic palette ' sometimes representational, other times surreal. The show includes nudes, profiles and abstractions.

Movies This Week
"Open Range," (R) ends Thursday, Sept. 4; last shows at 6:50 p.m. at 20th Century Twin.

Movies where and when
"The Order," (R) plays at 7:15 p.m. starting Friday at 20th Century Twin, with evening shows at 9:30 Friday and Saturday, and afternoon matinees at 2 and 4:15 Saturday and Sunday.

From the Fire of Morocco to the Ice of Juneau
As a 12-year-old in Morocco, Mostapha Beya was called Picasso because everyone thought he was crazy and no one understood his art.

Music in brief
Badd Dog BluesSociety comes to Marlintini's Lounge; Silverbow gets ready for 'Belly Fusion'; Alaska Youth Choir holds Choral Festival

Whale Rider This Week
JUNEAU - "Whale Rider," the audience-award winner this year at the Toronto and Sundance film festivals, opens Friday, Sept. 5, at the 20th Century Theatre.

From the Fire of Morocco
As a 12-year-old in Morocco, Mostapha Beya was called Picasso because everyone thought he was crazy and no one understood his art. Beya was just happy to see his paintings hung on the wall of his school in Rabat, the nation's capital on the northwest tip of the African continent. Now 31, Beya has a 9-month-old son, he's joining the U.S. Army next month as an Arabic translator aide and he calls Alaska - 3,000 miles from his desert country - home. He still considers himself crazy, but people seem to understand his art.

'Whale Rider,' 'Winged Migration' play downtown
JUNEAU - "Whale Rider," the audience-award winner this year at the Toronto and Sundance film festivals, opens Friday, Sept. 5, at the 20th Century Theatre. The movie takes place in present-day New Zealand and stars Keisha Castle-Hughes, who plays Pai, a 12-year-old Maori girl who knows that her dead twin brother was the intended chief of her village. Pai is raised by her grandparents in accordance with traditional Maori culture, but she eavesdrops on classes her grandfather teaches to the boys in the village and learns the ways of men.

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