Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Native corporation considers huge power plant in Bethel
An ambitious project that would put a coal-fired power plant in Bethel, string electric lines across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and add wind generators along the Bering Sea coast could dramatically cut power costs in dozens of Western Alaska villages, says a new study financed by the state.

Correction
Thursday's Empire Business Spotlight page's Business Profile of Roy Freeburg contained an error.

Berners Bay giveaway
I think the Berners Bay land giveaway is a bad idea because only a select few will benefit. Why don't we have a way that everyone can benefit?

Government as business
I cringe every time I hear a candidate for office say government should be run like a business. Chuck Collins' words to that effect before the Chamber of Commerce last Friday show a basic misunderstanding of the nature of the job he's running for. We have a representative form of government. I don't work for members of the Assembly, they're supposed to work for me - or at the very least listen to my opinions.

Outside influence
I'm writing in response to Lew Williams' column, "Following the Enviros' Money Trail." I suggest everyone visit the Web site http://www.opensecrets.org and look to see what kind of influence is being peddled - Outside money being spent right here in Alaska, yep, Outside money, influencing what goes on in our state!

Time for a change
As a longtime Alaskan, I have been most disappointed at the general decline of business opportunities and fiscal health in our beloved Alaska during the Knowles-Ulmer administration.

Tell the truth
Thanks for your article ("You may already be on a watch list," Sunday's Empire).

USFS, 'happy people' rule
At a meeting in Gustavus on Sept. 11, Juneau District Ranger Pete Griffin faced a group of local residents who were very critical of the Forest Service's plan to cut some 25 million board feet of timber in its proposed Point Couverden Timber Sale.

Republican for Ulmer
I am a Republican who supports Fran Ulmer for governor. I firmly believe she is the best candidate for Juneau, Southeast Alaska, and rural Alaska villages. Anchorage, Fairbanks, and central Alaska will be well governed while other communities' needs are also prioritized. Fran Ulmer is a governor for all of Alaska.

Freedom and security
As Benjamin Franklin is often quoted as saying, those who would give up freedom for security deserve neither freedom nor security.

Whatever it takes
I am supporting Merrill Sanford for CBJ Assembly because he supports education and Juneau's kids!

Avoid extremists
The extremists in the Republican Party continue their cynical attempts at dominating the political landscape in Alaska.

Universal enemies
I am deeply opposed to a war against Iraq. Daily I grow more alarmed and outraged at Bush's calls for war. His bullying and tough posturing at the United Nations are an embarrassment to all of us. Don't let his rhetoric about the axis of evil persuade you that Iraq is our enemy.

Harassing good citizens
Thanks you for your interest regarding Larry Musarra (Empire, Sept. 11 and 15). He is my nephew (my deceased brother's son). He is one of the finest young men you could ever hope your daughter to meet and marry. He put himself through college and joined the Coast Guard and became an active member, giving service to his country.

Lemmingville?
I found your column of Sept. 15 very informative - and very scary.

Specifics are missing
Having been involved in numerous public policy discussions with Alaskans of all political parties about the future of our state, I have heard the consistent cry for leadership.

Free press
Thank you for printing this article ("You may already be on a watch list," Sunday's Empire).

Boosting airport security
Hal Daugherty and Mike Winters were among 45 new airport security screeners sworn in Saturday at a ceremony at the Federal Building.

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

Frankie Pillifant vies for District 1 Assembly seat
During her first term on the Juneau Assembly, Frankie Pillifant pushed improvements to Capital Transit and a long-range tourism plan.

District 2 Assembly: Ridgeway would focus on Mendenhall Valley
The Juneau Assembly needs to pay more attention to Mendenhall Valley residents and projects, according to Stan Ridgeway, a candidate for the District 2 seat."Three years ago we voted to build a new high school in the Valley that has been meeting a lot of opposition from our Assembly," he said. "I think the Assembly has done a good job in a lot of respects improving our community downtown and in Douglas and I think it's time the Valley got a little of that attention."

Juneau Jewish Community observes Yom Kippur
Forgiveness from God, forgiveness from others, honesty in the corporate world and peace in the Middle East were the themes this year as the Juneau Jewish Community celebrated Yom Kippur on Sunday and Monday in the Northern Light United Church.Rabbi Hillel Gamoran of Seattle officiated the services for the holiday, among the holiest in the Jewish year.

District 2 Assembly: Don Etheridge pushes jobs in the community
Don Etheridge said his decision to run for re-election to the District 2 Juneau Assembly seat is rooted in a desire to provide more jobs."One of my biggest goals to make sure we put people to work," said Etheridge, a business agent and lobbyist with the Alaska State District Council of Laborers. "This time for the first time in eight years, my union hall for the laborers was empty. ... I just want to look at other ways of creating more jobs and more income for our community."

Merrill Sanford vies for District 1 Assembly seat
As a veteran of the Juneau Planning Commission, Merrill Sanford sees the value of the city's boards and commissions.

Correction
Sunday's Empire editorial incorrectly implied Juneau residents still could register to vote in the Oct. 1 city election.

Police investigate shooting of Kmart theft suspect
Police are investigating the weekend shooting of a Juneau man accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from Super Kmart in late March, the man's attorney said today.

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

Study to begin on mine plan
The U.S. Forest Service will gather ideas this week on the issues that should be included in a new environmental study of the proposed Kensington gold mine.

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

Local Briefs
School time capsule before School Board; Police find weapon at shooting scene; In-person absentee voting underway

Around Town
Llistings of local nonprofit events.

Sunday accident
Emergency crews worked to extricate two 19-year-old women from their vehicle after it struck a rock wall and a telephone pole Sunday afternoon at Irwin and 12th streets near Cope Park.

Stella Mae Dodson
Juneau resident Stella Mae Dodson died Sept. 16, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

My Turn: Fulfill the dream of a road to Juneau
Thank you Ken Koelsch, for your leadership in passing the resolution by our Assembly supporting the completion of the Juneau Access EIS. I also wish to thank the other four Assembly members who had the courage to stand up for Juneau and be counted. This should have been a slam-dunk resolution passing with all members support.

Following the enviros' money trail
A coalition of environmental organizations, one headed in Alaska by a former top aide to Gov. Tony Knowles, has targeted Alaska salmon for catch reductions.

Correction
Sunday's Empire Outdoors page's Out and About column contained an error. Swans are not in season for hunting.

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

Alaska State Footabll 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. 14, total poll points and previous rank in the poll.

Suspensions, injuries to key players deplete Washington State lines
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State coach Mike Price has suspended two key players indefinitely for breaking unspecified team rules, which could mean more playing time for a pair of linemen from Alaska. Price said Sunday he suspended defensive tackle Rien Long and offensive tackle Billy Knotts for an incident that occurred after No. 16 Washington State's 25-7 loss at sixth-ranked Ohio State.

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

Klondike 'Trail of '98' International Road Relay - 2002 Final Results
Here are the complete team and top individual results of the 2002 Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay, a 10-stage, 110-mile relay held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7, between Skagway, Alaska, and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. There were 129 teams in this year's relay - the 20th time it has been held. Some teams were given 300-, 600- or 900-second penalties for making substitutions during the race; penalties are noted and included in final team times.

Alaska officials work on West Nile virus program
ANCHORAGE - Alaska public health officials are working with other state, federal and local agencies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a statewide West Nile virus surveillance program.No cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been reported in people or animals in Alaska. Officials are developing the statewide surveillance program as a precautionary measure, said Louisa Castrodale, an epidemiologist with the state Department of Health and Social Services.

Police investigate death of Fairbanks woman
Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found behind a recreational facility.

History group, old-timers meet
Hundreds of old-timers and history buffs will converge here this week for two conventions. The Pioneers of Alaska and the Alaska Historical Society will each meet Thursday through Saturday.

Alaska governor's race loses another candidate
Dawn Mendias is dropping out as the Republican Moderate Party candidate for governor.Family commitments won't allow an active campaign, Mendias said. She is caring for two grandchildren, ages 13 and 8, while her son attends school, she said. Mendias, 58, of Chugiak, ran unopposed in her party's primary.

Gov. Knowles promotes transportation improvements made during his tenure
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Tony Knowles touted the accomplishments of his administration, including transportation upgrades and salmon habitat improvements, in a farewell address to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.One of Knowles' major goals when he took office eight years ago was to improve the state's transportation system, he said in a speech Monday. Long, bumpy miles of Alaska's major highways were narrow, unsafe and unpaved. Airports needed overhauling, and the ferry system needed faster vessels.

Murkowski pitches more roads, rail if elected Alaska governor
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski is laying out a far-flung vision of new roads and railroads across Alaska he says he would pursue if elected governor.

Co-op ordered to pay lawyer fees over board suit
The Matanuska Electric Association has been ordered to pay $100,000 in attorney fees for a case in which the co-op board refused to seat the winning candidate after an election.

2 face charges in theft of king salmon
The fish was only worth about $100, but at an estimated 93 pounds, the king salmon was one of the largest ever brought in here.

Soldotna approves funds to fight tax exemption
The Soldotna City Council has voted to spend $10,000 to fight a proposed Kenai Peninsula Borough sales tax exemption on nonprepared food items, and to coordinate with the city's Chamber of Commerce on the "education" effort, with the chamber planning to kick in a like amount.

Girl dies after ATV accident
A girl from the village of Ambler died of head injuries after a weekend accident involving two all-terrain vehicles, Alaska State Troopers said.

Sitka Democrat concedes race
Denny Pearson will take on incumbent state Rep. Peggy Wilson in November after winning a close race for the Democratic nomination.

Regents lukewarm to tuition increase
University of Alaska officials are moving away from a hefty tuition increase proposed by President Mark Hamilton.

Miners want access to Alaska Range
FAIRBANKS - Mining companies are pressing the state to take possession of more than 200,000 acres of federal land in the Alaska Range to develop mineral deposits in the area, 160 miles south of Fairbanks.In recent years mining companies have explored the area bordered by the Denali Highway. The area is believed to have deposits of platinum, palladium, copper and nickel.

Haida Corp. poised to take 63 acres near Sitka
SITKA - A Native village corporation on Price of Wales Island is about to receive about 63 acres of national forest land in Sitka Sound, the U.S. Forest Service said.The Haida Corp. requested the land on Siginaka Islands and the Silver Point and Cobb Island areas as part of the Haida Land Exchange Act of 1986.

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