Sunday, September 7, 2003

Plenty to read if a young adult
Young-adult books have a wide range of appeal, and, while some middle-schoolers will find some of our titles right up their alley, the target audience is the high-school and adult reader. Typically, young-adult books contain more mature themes and more complex plots than juvenile chapter books.

Not a nation of conquest
I am a Marine forward-deployed in Djibouti, Africa. My home is Juneau. I read Glen Ray's letter to the editor (Sept. 3) and it stuck to my soul the way the heat sticks to everything else about me here in Djibouti. There is little comfort I can offer Glen Ray except through validation of the same conviction your son has that what he is doing is right and true.

Don't need three lanes on Douglas Bridge
Juneau's latest teapot tempest is shaping up nicely. We seem intent on arguing how to reconfigure the Douglas Bridge in a manner that borders on the absurd.

Supports Botelho
Bruce Botelho is running for mayor! That's the best political news to hit this town in awhile. He is the right person for the right job at the right time.

He stands corrected
I heard from a forestry expert who pointed out some problems with some of my statements in my letter of Sept. 3.

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

Photos: Falcons free
Juneau Raptor Center volunteer Sam Buck, 12, releases Natasha, a merlin falcon, at the overflow bus parking at the Mendenhall Glacier on Saturday. Natasha was found on the side of the road in Haines about two months ago and brought to the center.

Woman charged with Angoon killing can't locate defense lawyer
The woman accused of killing Richard W. "Buddy" George Jr. in Angoon in July had a question for the judge in court Friday. Denni R. Starr, 22, charged with second-degree murder, wanted to know what was supposed to be going on. She couldn't ask her attorney. No defense attorney had shown up. Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks ordered the Office of Public Advocacy, which represented Starr at previous hearings, to show cause why it shouldn't be held in contempt for failing to represent Starr.

This Day in History
In 1952, the S.S. Princess Kathleen ran aground and sank 18 miles north of Juneau, eight miles from where the Princess Sophia went down in 1918.

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

Bear thunders into arctic entryway
The local state wildlife biologist has told Juneau police officers he would support shooting the bear that broke into a Mendenhall Valley arctic entryway early Friday. "Nobody's preaching the wholesale removal of bears," said Neil Barten of the state Department of Fish and Game. But a few bears continue to cause problems while avoiding Barten's traps. He said he told police he would back them 100 percent if they had to shoot those bears.

Needed state, federal authorizations
The Lake Dorothy Hydro project must be found consistent with standards of the Alaska Coastal Management Program before the following state and federal authorizations may be issued.

A new source of power
In a "last resort" effort to mitigate the impact of a proposed hydroelectric plant on 3,000 brook trout, developers of the Lake Dorothy project have agreed to pay the state $70,000 to restore aquatic habitat around Juneau. The mitigation plan accepted by Lake Dorothy Hydroelectric Inc. moves the state's regulatory review of the $34-million power project nearer completion. Once the project's developers satisfy the concerns of several state agencies, licensing by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is virtually assured, according to Sandy Harbanuk, a project review coordinator for the Alaska Coastal Management Program. Construction could begin in three to fours years with power being generated by 2009 or 2010.

Hydro developers to pay $10,000 for fish habitat
In addition to the $70,000 Lake Dorothy Hydroelectric Inc. will give the state for habitat restoration, it will make a $10,000 contribution to the Southeast Alaska Land Trust, to protect federally managed fish species. SEALTrust is a Juneau-based nonprofit organization that purchases land for conservation and monitors conservation easements. "We have a separate account that holds those fees and when we have a conservation project where we need some money to purchase valuable conservation lands or a conservation easement on those lands we can tap this compensation fund," said Diane Mayer, executive director of the SEALTrust.

Parents, schools work through some inconveniences to get kindergartners home early
Although the Juneau School District eliminated early afternoon buses for kindergartners, parents have found ways to get the children home, school officials said. Still, it wasn't without some inconvenience, parents said. "Things are going really well," said Harborview Elementary Principal Kathi Yanamura on Thursday. The school year began for kindergartners Tuesday. They attend classes for about two-thirds of the normal elementary-school day.

Joan Terry Comerford
Former Haines resident Joan Terry Comerford, 87, died on Aug. 31, 2003, at the Pioneers' Home in Sitka.

My Turn: City was accommodating
There continues to be some concern and misinformation on the part of some of our citizens regarding the hospitality that was extended to Greenpeace by the City and Borough when the vessel Esperanza was in Juneau. Every courtesy was extended to Greenpeace while they were here.

Toe cartoon
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What do you think?
I tend to drive 60-ish in good weather and low traffic. When traffic is heavy, I go as fast as the rest of the pack; I believe that this is safer than being the slowpoke in the pack. When driving in inclement weather I drive as fast as feels safe given the quality of my vehicle and the accessories (4x4, studs) it is equipped with.

Fish report
The local coho salmon run continues to be strong. During the most recent creel survey, anglers took three hours to land a silver salmon. This compares with four hours last year, which also is the five-year average. Coho salmon are abundant in area waters and the hot spots to fish for them are False Point Retreat, North Pass and the backside of Douglas Island.

Beaver ponds: Nuisance or sanctuary for young salmon?
Beavers excel at making dams and that can lead to flooding of roads, property or trails, such as the ones near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Anyone who has spent time fishing and exploring the streams around Southeast Alaska has witnessed first-hand the ability of beavers to alter a stream. Dams built by beavers and subsequently, the ponds created by them, have claimed more than one dry boot and have angered property owners nationwide.

Plying the Great River
The Tlingits called it Great River. The name still fits. The Stikine River drains 20,000 square miles, runs 400 miles, is North America's fastest-flowing navigable river and is one of the few remaining free-flowing rivers. Historically, the Stikine served as a transportation corridor for Natives and gold seekers. Today it offers an unusual experience for Southeast kayakers and canoeists - the opportunity to move quickly on the water without paddling.

Out and About
Sept. 7: Public trap shooting at the Juneau Gun Club on Montana Creek Road, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Details: 789-9844. Sept. 11: John Hudson of Friends of Berners Bay presents images and human and natural history of the bay, Juneau Audubon Society meeting, 7:30 p.m., Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Juneau escapes with win
ANCHORAGE - Another weekend, another episode of Cook Inlet Football Conference theatre. Playing the protagonists were nearly every offensive skill-position player either fifth-ranked Juneau-Douglas or unranked Service put on the Anchorage Football Stadium turf Saturday afternoon. The antagonists? Anyone on defense.

Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay
Partial team results from the 21st annual Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay, a 10-stage, 110-mile running race from Skagway, Alaska, to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. The following results list the top three teams in each of the race's eight divisions, with Southeast Alaska-based teams in bold.

Juneau boys top field at Palmer Invite
The Palmer Invitational cross-country running meet is generally considered the season's best preview of the state championships. If that's the case, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys cross-country running team may be on track to win its first state title since the 1995 season. Running on the same Michael Janecek Trails course at Palmer High School that will host the state meet later this month, the Crimson Bears overcame a slow start to win the Palmer Invitational's Class 4A boys varsity race on Saturday.

Juneau volleyball, swim teams sweep in their events
The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team opened its season with a sweep of the Ketchikan Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Ketchikan's Mike Smithers Pool. The Crimson Bear volleyball team also opened its season with a sweep, as the Bears took a pair of matches from the Sitka Wolves on Friday and Saturday at Sitka High.

Familiar faces
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory - One of the many joys of spending time on the Klondike Road Relay course is seeing familiar faces at every checkpoint along the way. And familiarity reigned at the finish line of the 21st annual Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay on the banks of the Yukon River, as six of the race's eight divisions had repeat champions on Saturday.

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

Alaska Briefs
Dock repairs, bridge plan before Assembly; Three injured in boating accident; St. Paul man sentenced in Coast Guard killing; Haines ordered to reformulate layoff plan;

Parent charged with harassing soccer player
ANCHORAGE - A former Division of Agriculture chief and soccer dad has been charged with harassment and misdemeanor assault after he allegedly tackled, then pulled the shorts and underwear off an 11-year-boy at a soccer practice in Palmer in June.According to documents filed by the prosecutors in Palmer District Court in Palmer, Mark A. Weaver, 53, was helping coach at the time. His son played on the team.

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