Monday, September 8, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Connecting disabled with the right job
When Bill Kozlowski began receiving disability benefits in 1996, he, like many disabled people, wanted to work.

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

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.

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.

Photo: Fun raiser
Fun Raiser

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.

Photo: Model landscape
PHOTO:glacier painting.eps

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

Ranger keeps cool during bear encounters
One day about 10 years ago, Harry Tullis got up, went to work and was charged by a 700-pound grizzly bear.

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.

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.

Around Town
Today

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Peter Bryan McDowell
Juneau resident Peter Bryan McDowell, 64, died Sept. 3, 2003, in Juneau.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Crimson Bear swimmers sweep at Ketchikan Invite
They've been swimming for most of their lives, but this weekend they made their debuts.

Sports calender
Friday, Sept. 12

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
ANCHORAGE - A minor flaw in state hunting regulations could lead to a major upheaval in the ongoing dispute over subsistence.

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;

Critics: Sitka bear zoo facing numerous hurdles
JUNEAU - Hunting guide Les Kinnear's plan to turn a disused Sitka pulp mill into a zoo for problem brown bears has plenty of detractors.

Preservation group at odds with Army
ANCHORAGE - Site Summit operated for 20 years above Arctic Valley Road in Anchorage with an around-the-clock crew and a mission to blast Soviet bombers from the sky.

Efforts end to find crash wreckage, women's remains
ANCHORAGE - Efforts have ended to recover the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into the Arctic Ocean near Barrow three weeks ago with two women aboard.

Fund cuts may hurt job-retraining group
A Ketchikan-based organization that helps struggling commercial fishermen obtain training for work in the maritime industry may be in dire straits due to decreased federal funding.

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