Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Else named to board of directors
JUNEAU - Laura Else, owner of the commercial boarding facility Pet Nanny's Place in Juneau, has been elected to the American Boarding Kennels Association's board of directors. Else will represent Region 10 on the board, which includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

Knapp's experience will make him an outstanding mayor
Dick Knapp will make an outstanding mayor. Throughout his career with the U.S. Coast Guard, as DOT Commissioner in Gov. Sheffield's administration, in the private sector, and most recently as chair of the Juneau Harbor Board, Dick Knapp is highly regarded as a strong, decisive, no-nonsense leader.

Botelho poses potential for serious problems
As a lifelong Alaskan, I've had the pleasure of living in Juneau for the past two years continually, and lived here seasonally as a legislative aide for many years before that. Bruce Botelho's mayoral candidacy poses the potential for serious problems were he elected. Meaning no disrespect to Mr. Botelho personally, he served for eight years in the most divisive gubernatorial administration in Alaska's history. By holding onto the office of attorney general at the end of the Hickel administration without ever being reconfirmed, he angered and offended many legislators.

Thanks from Princess
Every year about this time Princess Tours runs an advertisement that recognizes and thanks our employees for providing our visitors with such positive and memorable Juneau experiences. Don't be surprised if you recognize your friends and neighbors on the list. This summer Princess employed over 110 local residents including high school and college students, teachers and retirees.

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.

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.

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

Around Town
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Photo: Fighting Fires, 1915
This 1915 photograph shows one of Juneau's early hook-and-ladder fire trucks, along with firefighters and members of their families.

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.

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.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported: Domestic dispute: • Police arrested a 25-year-old man on a charge alleging domestic-violence assault at 7:55 p.m. Sunday near Long Run Drive. The man was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

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.

Judge approves pretrial release of murder suspect
The woman awaiting trial on charges of killing Richard "Buddy" George Jr. in their Angoon home left jail Monday for the first time since her July 29 arrest. Denni R. Starr, 22, faces second-degree murder charges in George's July 26 death. George died from a knife wound in the back.

This day in History
In Alaska • In 1901, Professor Leonard, the aeronaut, performed acrobatic feats on a horizontal bar suspended from a large balloon over the Bering Sea near Nome. • In 1947, bidding was opened by the U.S. Forest Service on 1.5 billion cubic feet of timber in the Ketchikan area. This was part of a plan to establish five or six large paper mills in Alaska.

Back on the Ice
Skaters, left to right, Alex Marvel, Ryia Waldern and Anthony Lazaro enjoy the ice during the Treadwell Arena's open-skate session Monday, the first day of ice skating at the rink this season.

Around Town
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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 Bears slip a position
Another week, another team ranked No. 1 in the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Football Coaches Poll. The Chugiak Mustangs jumped from the fourth spot to No. 1 in the poll released on Monday, becoming the fourth team to hold the top spot in the poll this season. In this topsy-turvy high school season, it's fitting that teams with two losses hold the top two spots in the state's large-school team's poll.

Waiting for his call
For the last two weeks, Chad Bentz of Juneau has been hanging with friends in Williamsport, Pa., relaxing after a successful season as a relief pitcher with the Harrisburg (Pa.) Senators, the Class AA minor league team for the Montreal Expos. Bentz had hoped to be among the players called up to the majors when teams expanded their rosters to 40 players on Sept. 1. Teams look at top prospects when rosters expand, trying to see who's ready to take the next step. But the Expos, who are owned by the 29 other major league teams, didn't call up any prospects this year.

Football Poll
ALASKA STATE FOOTBALL POLLS Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on by high school coaches and compiled by the Anchorage Daily News. The poll lists each team with first-place votes in parentheses, records through games of Sept. 13, total poll points and previous rank in the poll. Points are awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis. Large schools coaches vote only in the large schools poll, while small schools coaches vote for small schools.

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, 6 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool. Saturday, Sept. 20 • Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running - Region V Championships: The Crimson Bears host the Region V Championships, which decide which runners advance to the state meets, for their only home meet of the season. The Class 1A-2A-3A girls race is at 11:30 a.m., followed by Class 4A girls at 12:15 p.m., Class 1A-2A-3A boys at 1 p.m. and Class 4A boys at 1:45 p.m., with all races at the Treadwell Trails course in Douglas.

KLONDIKE TRAIL OF '98 INTERNATIONAL ROAD RELAY RESULTS
Complete team results and partial individual results from the 21st annual Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay, held Sept. 5-6 on a 10-stage, 110-mile course from Skagway, Alaska, to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Time and space constraints prevent the Empire from publishing complete individual results, but they eventually will be posted on the Sport Yukon Web site, http://www.sportyukon.com. Results courtesy Don Inverarity and Sport Yukon.

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.

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.

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.

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.

State cancels $92 million ACS contract
The Murkowski administration has ended a $92 million contract with Alaska Communications Systems Group to provide telephone services for the state.

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.

Medic wins medal for mountain rescue
FAIRBANKS - An Army medic awarded a medal for courage is quick to credit the pilots who flew him to a dangerous rescue. Staff Sgt. Ken Greenleaf was awarded the Soldier's Medal for braving severe weather and terrain on Dec. 7, 2002 to rescue an injured snowmobiler on a mountain ridge near the Gulkana Glacier.

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.

Proposed King Cove road settlement spurs controversy
ANCHORAGE - A proposal for settling a dispute over a road link for King Cove has run into turbulence, with environmental groups saying it goes too far and village residents complaining that it doesn't go far enough. Residents of King Cove, an Aleut fishing village of 750 on the Gulf of Alaska coast, want a road to nearby Cold Bay for medical, economic and social reasons but can't have it. Roads are prohibited in Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, which lies between the two communities. Conservation groups fear that if Congress allows a road through Izembek, roads through other wilderness areas will follow.

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.

Eagle, Alaska Airlines jet collide near Petersburg
A collision between Alaska Airlines Flight 65 and a bald eagle Sunday killed the bird and delayed about 50 passengers traveling between Southeast Alaska, Anchorage and Seattle, Alaska Airlines officials said. The flight, which leaves Seattle most days around 8 a.m., stops in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg and Juneau before landing in Anchorage around 3 p.m. It was grounded in Petersburg shortly after noon Sunday.

Seasickness refund deal drums up tour business
ANCHORAGE - A Prince William Sound marine tour company has found an eager audience for its guarantee - no seasickness. "We get an awful lot of business because of it," said Brad Phillips, owner of Phillips' Cruises & Tours, the only day-cruise company in Alaska that advertises an anti-seasickness guarantee.

Alaska Briefs
Man indicted after alleged airport threats WRANGELL - A Ketchikan man remained in jail Monday, more than a week after his arrest alleging a terrorist threat at the Wrangell Airport. Richard A. Tice, 38, was indicted Friday by the grand jury in Juneau on a felony charge of terroristic threatening and a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree assault alleging a threat against a federal security officer.

Man presumed dead after boat accident
A Sitka man who disappeared Saturday night during a boating accident in Hoonah Sound was presumed dead by Sitka authorities Monday. Jim Decker, part owner of J&J Mechanical in Sitka, disappeared beneath the waves near the west end of Peril Strait, a little more than 40 miles north of Sitka, police reported. His brother, Ken Decker Jr., of Bellingham, Wash., was found dead after the accident, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

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