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Monday, September 15, 2003

Library adds to its collections of kids' series
We've stocked up on our series chapter books: even more Hank the cowdog, "Magic Tree House", Marvin Redpost, Junie B. Jones, Cam Jansen and "The Unicorn's Secret" series books are on the shelves for all you fans. Tomie DePaola continues his autobiography for kids with "Things Will Never Be the Same," and Walter R. Brooks' great pig detective, Freddy, has returned to our shelves after a long hiatus.

Sign sends wrong message
I recently noticed that De-Harts in Auke Bay has a sign in front of the liquor store urging boaters to stock up on Coors products (indicating beer) prior to launching their boat. I urge De-Harts and the distributor to evaluate this message. One may think that as long as the operator does not drink everything is OK. However, keep in mind that every boating accident or emergency quickly turns into survival situation and will require everyone on board to respond, especially if something happens to the operator.

Bridge decision typical of approach to problems
The Assembly's decision on Sept. 8 to support controversial changes to the Douglas Bridge is a good example of the "throw money at it" approach to local problems. Don't think creatively, don't look at what other communities have done and don't think outside the box. Just spend money until the problem goes away.

What exactly is a small business?
Regarding business license fees quadrupling from $50 for a two-year license to $200: I just had to write on behalf on the "small" businesses in ourstate. Apparently our legislators and especially our governor, need some clarification on what constitutes a "small" business. I consider it fairly accurate to state that the majority ofpeople considerthe aforementionedto be a locally owned business such as a retail store with10-20 employees. The increase of $150 may be an irritant but will probably not cause a small business owner to lose a night's sleep.

Trail system a blessing
Among the many blessings of living in Alaska's capital, our wondrous trail system surely ranks right up there. Some of the trails are very old (from "time immemorial," as the saying is). Some are quite recent. Some I shall never walk again but they remain inwardly. Of the newer trails, the one I know best and value most I call River Trail (although I am trying to learn the proper Tlingit name). It enables me to start out on my bike from Auke Bay along Back Loop and then return home through Brotherhood Park. It's just great.

Borscht Bound
In preparation for the end of the season, Pamela Bergeson clears out the potato bin in her yard Sunday off Mountainside Drive. She was collecting the potatoes for borscht. Bergeson said the summer kept her busy tending crops of peas, beans, cabbage and beets, but admits that she is glad fall is here.

Uncontested candidate raises most
State fund-raising reports show that David Stone, the only uncontested candidate for the Juneau Assembly, has raised the most so far in the Oct. 7 city election. Stone, vice president of consumer affairs for Alaska Electric Light & Power, is the lone candidate for District 1 and has raised $8,430 and spent $2,316. Contributors include a manager of Coeur D'Alene Mining, which plans to open the Kensington Gold Mine at Berners Bay, the director of Bartlett Memorial Hospital, and the director of Catholic Community Service.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported: Drunken driving: • Christopher Prindle, 32, was arrested at 3:30 a.m. Saturday near Nowell Avenue on a charge of drunken driving. He was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Photo: Dedication
Fran Houston of the Auk tribe, right to left, leads Goldie Barr, Mary Pat Wyatt and Jeannie Johnson out of the Juneau-Douglas High School atrium Saturday after the JDHS commons opening and totem pole dedication. Commissioned by the 1980 Juneau Centennial Committee to celebrate contributions of the Tlingit people to Juneau, the 40-foot pole in the background was carved by Nathan Jackson of Ketchikan and ereted outside Centennial Hall. Noting some deterioration during a restoration project in 2000, Jackson recommended it be moved indoors. It was brought to the JDHS atrium and painted by Jackson and his wife, Dorica, this summer.

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

Around Town
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Eagle's release celebrates new raptor homesite
Dusty the eagle jerked his hooded head up, as if searching for the sky, when volunteers from the Juneau Raptor Center removed the pillowcase that covered him Saturday afternoon at Brotherhood Bridge. They carefully transferred the young female bird - who had been found this June in Haines with a deep puncture wound in her chest - to Juneau Mayor Sally Smith, who held Dusty against her for a steadying moment before flinging out her arms.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive. They can also be faxed to 586-3028 or e-mailed to the newsroom clerk at nrclerk@juneauempire.com

Corrections
A calendar listing in Thursday's "This Week" section of the Empire mistakenly listed shows today and Sept. 21 for the Perseverance Theatre play "The Mommy Dance." Sunday shows are 6 p.m. Sept. 28 and 2 p.m. Oct. 5 only.

Eaglecrest to remain focused on the community
Management at the Eaglecrest Ski Area will try to increase the number of skiable days at the area in the winter and raise the amount of revenue entering the area in the summer months. But the area will not resort to selling alcohol or privatizing the operation, representatives of the area told the Juneau Assembly finance committee last week.

This day in history
In Alaska • In 1834, Alfred P. Swineford, Alaska's second governor, was born in Ohio. • In 1871, A 32-ship whaling fleet from New England was abandoned at Wainwright Inlet when ice cut it off from open water. The 1,200 crew members used whale boats to reach safety at Icy Cape. No lives were lost.

Finding a heritage
Mara Early may have the short, slight stature and dark hair and eyes that characterize most Koreans, but for all practical purposes, she is white, she said. "Politically I am of color and I can identify with that, but at the same time, I didn't know what that meant," said Early. Early, a senior at Southern Oregon University, was brought to Juneau by her parents, Sharon and Dennis Early, when she was three months old.

Treadwell reopens for skating
Skaters who want to get a jump on winter sports can return to the ice Monday when the Treadwell Arena reopens for the winter season after a four-month summer schedule that included basketball, tennis, inline skating and roller hockey. The summer season was the first for the Douglas arena, which opened in February.

Empire Editorial: Lack of affordable housing darkens Juneau's future
A key litmus test for any community is the degree to which affordable housing can be sustained. For a variety of reasons Juneau has become one of the most expensive places in the United States to live.

This week's question
President Bush has asked for $87 billion more to fight terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Should Congress approve funding?

Last Week's Poll
Last week's question: What do you think? Do you support the state's plan to add an alternating-direction third lane on the Douglas Bridge?

What do you think?
A shared 7 1/2 -foot-wide pathway is too narrow for the bridge. It doesn't take much intelligence to foresee an accident on that path followed by a lawsuit followed by the city and state paying. ... We should be encouraging and facilitating alternative transportation and the use of healthy modes at every available opportunity. I think having a third lane, one that ran one way during one period and the other during other periods would be entirely too confusing; chances are that it would lead to accidents from people inadvertently using the lane in the wrong direction.

Toe Cartoon

Photo: On the hook
Coho catch: Blake Thedinga caught this 19-pound coho off the back side of Douglas Island on Aug. 28.

Critter cam reveals bear's-eye view
On a brushy hillside in the wilds of Chichagof Island, five excited scientists watched a brown bear cub reach out her paws and pull down a devil's club stalk. Her mouth appeared to be just inches away as she gingerly nibbled off the berries. "She's very delicate with her lips," said state bear researcher LaVern Beier.

Focused on fowl
W hen most people in Juneau hunker down in their homes during the wet fall season, duck hunters brave the cold and rain to hang out in the Mendenhall Wetland State Game Refuge in hopes of shooting a meal. But it's not always the chance of acquiring dinner that brings hunters to the refuge. "It's a kind of heritage thing for me," said Art Dunn, who has hunted in Juneau for 20 years and still owns the shotgun his great-grandfather used to shoot ducks in Michigan.

Fishing after a hurricane
I was afraid we'd have to cancel the Juneau Alaska Billfish Association's annual tournament this year because of Hurricane Ignacio. Fishing during a hurricane was not the issue; if the hurri

Out and About
Sept. 14: Public trap shooting at the Juneau Gun Club on Montana Creek Road, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Details: 789-9844.

Kayaking all the way to Haines
T hursday night, July 24, just past 8 p.m. three kayakers - Bill Scheding, Sharon Buis and me - started paddling our ladened kayaks in the quiet waters of Echo Cove, destination Haines.

FISHING REPORT
Coho salmon continue to be abundant in local area waters. During the most recent creel survey, it took anglers three hours to land a silver salmon. This compares with three hours last year, and the five-year average of four hours.

Energetic vibe powers Juneau past Ketchikan
With smiles on their faces and a spring in their collective step, an exuberant young Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team swept Ketchikan on Friday and Saturday to remain undefeated for the season. "We try to keep our attitude high," senior Karla Dunivin said after Friday's match. "It helps with every aspect of the game."

Juneau beats Bartlett in tighter game than score shows
Juneau beats Bartlett in tighter game than score shows. At first glance, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team's 35-8 victory over the defending state champion Bartlett Golden Bears on Friday night might appear to be a blowout. But No. 2 Juneau's last home game of the season - and possibly the last Cook Inlet Football Conference game to be played at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park - was much closer than the final score.

Sports in Juneau
Saturday-Today, Sept. 13-14 • Juneau-Douglas High School tennis - Juneau Junior Singles Championship: The new Crimson Bears tennis team hosts this tournament from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the Mendenhall Valley location of JRC-The Alaska. Club. This is the first event hosted by the team and is open to high school and middle school-aged players with tennis experience. Registration is due by 3 p.m. on Friday, and there is a $10 entry fee per event (boys singles, girls singles and mixed singles divisions). Info: JDHS coach Amra Remsburg, 789-2181 (work) or 790-3142 (home).

Juneau Junior Singles Championships
At right: Bryan Crowder serves up a shot during the first set of the boys doubles final on Sunday in the Juneau Junior Singles Championships, the first tennis tournament hosted by the new Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team. Devon Kibby and Nathan Woodring teamed up to beat Crowder and Spencer Miller, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 for the title.

Sports in Juneau
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 19-20 • Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving - Juneau Invitational: The Crimson Bears host the other Southeast teams for their only home meets of the season, time TBA on Friday and Saturday at the Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool.

Kibby wins two titles in Juneau Junior Singles Championships
Devon Kibby claimed titles in boys singles and boys doubles during the Juneau Junior Singles Championships Saturday and Sunday at the Mendenhall Valley location of JRC-The Alaska Club. The tournament was the first event sponsored by the new Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team.

Crimson Bear runners sweep title in Wrangell
Junior Megan Bush just started running for the Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running team, but she is already having a heck of a season. Bush has run just two high school races in her career - and she's won them both. Bush won her second race on Saturday as she led the Crimson Bear girls to the title at the Wrangell Invitational. The Juneau boys also won on Saturday, giving the Crimson Bears a sweep of the team crowns.

Feds to fund salmon commission
WASHINGTON - The State Department has agreed to spend $600,000 from other accounts to help keep the Pacific Salmon Commission afloat until money becomes available in the new fiscal year, a spokesman said Friday.

Alaska Briefs
One dead, one missing after boat capsizes JUNEAU - One man is dead and his brother missing after a boat carrying family members capsized in Hoonah Sound, the Coast Guard said Sunday. Three brothers and their father were in a skiff setting crab pots when a line became entangled in the boat's propeller. The boat capsized Saturday night, the Coast Guard said.

Alaska Briefs
Juneau man slashed in late-night melee JUNEAU - A man was treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital for stab wounds early Saturday, following a fight in a parking lot of a Mendenhall Valley apartment complex, police said.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1885, Alfred P. Swineford took office as the second governor of the District of Alaska. • In 1913, Cordova residents formed the Alaska Good Roads Club with the goal of promoting a road from Fairbanks to Chitna.

Rep. Young expects gas 'user-fee' delay
WASHINGTON - Rep. Don Young of Alaska says he is still pushing for an increase in the national gasoline tax to support an ambitious transportation construction bill.

Coal-bed methane proposals raise a certain stink in the Valley
PALMER - Until last week, Becky Washburn didn't know what coal-bed methane was. Then Washburn got word of town hall meetings in Big Lake and Palmer to talk about plans to drill for methane gas trapped in coal seams from Talkeetna to Chickaloon beneath both public and private property. If the plans are carried out, methane, which is also the main component of natural gas, would be sold to utilities in the area.

Denali Commission slated to receive additional funding
ANCHORAGE - The Denali Commission last year received nearly $100 million for public works projects in rural Alaska.

Couple join calving herd to better grasp ANWR debate
ANCHORAGE - Imagine an incessant whining of mosquitoes, caribou hair so pervasive it sticks to food and covers clothes, days on end trapped in a tent sharing a single sleeping bag, not enough sleep, not enough food, months without a shower. Not many backpackers would seek such a trip. But for two Canadian adventurers, the main point of a grueling five-month journey across snow and tundra was to live as much like caribou as possible.

Hot-tub, sauna fabricator gains renown as chairman of the boards
ANCHORAGE - Mark Gould was born 200 years too late. He's a throwback to the 1800s, when boys apprenticed themselves for years to master coopers to learn how to make strong barrels and casks for shipping trade goods. "I'm in it for the lifestyle," Gould said, as he enthusiastically described what goes into making his wares, from hot tubs to room-sized saunas to water tanks.

ANWR denizen
This undated photo of a Dall sheep was taken in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Museum-goers in San Francisco will soon get an uncensored look at the Alaska wilderness photos that ignited a minor uproar when the exhibition was held in an out-of-the-way gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in the nation's capital this spring. The new exhibit features 49 photos of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - 19 million acres of pristine wilderness at the center of a fierce debate between environmentalists and the Bush Administration.

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