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Wednesday, September 17, 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.

Consultants: Demand, price have to be part of gas plan
Alaska has more to consider than building a $2 billion treatment plant on the North Slope or an 800-mile pipeline to a terminal in Valdez if it wants to sell liquefied natural gas in the California market, consultants say. There are the questions about how much gas the market needs, who will supply the gas and what would happen to the price if too much new gas goes to California.

Open house for info about teacher contract
Parents of Juneau's approximately 1,600 high school students are invited to attend the annual Juneau-Douglas High School Open House tonight to meet their children's teachers.

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.

Berners Bay is too special to trade
One of the nice things about living in a town the size of Juneau is that we meet people with different opinions whether we like it or not. With so many viewpoints on so many topics we have plenty to keep us busy during the long winters. Another nice thing about Juneau is that we live so close to Berners Bay. It's a place where we can find common ground, because it's a place that we all care about. Nearly everyone I know has had a wild adventure in Berners Bay - either hunting, fishing, camping, kayaking, or sitting in a boat watching the eulachon run. These experiences are possible because the land is publicly owned and open for multiple uses.

Dick Knapp is great
Dick Knapp will make a great mayor for Juneau. I've known Dick for about 20 years, since he was Admiral in the Coast Guard, as commander of the 17th District. Dick has continuously been active in community affairs. Currently he is serving our community on the Harbor Board.

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.

School open house
In the past I have participated in many Juneau school open houses. These have never been required as they occur long after the school day is finished, but most teachers donate the extra time to meet the hard-working parents of our students. I enjoy talking to parents and filling them in about the classes I teach, as well as gaining valuable insight about their children's needs. This year however I will not be in attendance during JDHS's open house.

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.

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.

Teen's sexual abuse case goes to jury
Jurors were scheduled to begin deliberating a teenager's sexual assault case today after hearing the alleged victim say she didn't want to describe the "bad thing" the defendant did to her. Scott Ellis was 17 in February when he was charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and ordered to be tried as an adult because of the severity of the charge.

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.

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

Juneau Access among top DOT projects
The state Department of Transportation laid out plans for dozens of new roads in Southeast Tuesday, putting the Juneau Access project among its top projects. Tom Briggs, deputy commissioner for the Department of Transportation, Gary Paxton, DOT's Southeast region director, and Capt. George Capacci, general manager of the Alaska Marine Highway System, laid out the new transportation plans at the 46th annual meeting of the Southeast Conference.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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.

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.

Sen. Murkowski to hold town meeting
Juneau residents will have an opportunity Saturday to share their views on a land trade that would put federal land near Berners Bay into the hands of Native corporations. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Tuesday said she would hold a 212-hour town meeting at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall downtown to hear local comments on the trade.

Police to continue pot investigations
Make no arrests, but confiscate the marijuana. Those are the instructions from Attorney General Gregg Renkes to law enforcement officials after a state appellate court ruling that makes it legal for people to possess up to four ounces of pot in their homes.

Photo: Sheep Creek Mine 1920
This postcard shows the Sheep Creek Mine buildings, part of the large Alaska-Gastineau Mining Company mill, as they looked in 1920. This "town," which is now known as Thane, was called Sheep Creek before being renamed around 1911 after Bartlett Thane, the general manager of Alaska-Gastineau Mining Company. At the apex of its mining production, the small mill town had 421 residents.

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.

Photo: Light Work
Doug Long, a journeyman electrician for Alaska Electric and Controls, digs out an old electric junction box so it can be replaced Tuesday. Long and other workers were preparing to install street lights along Egan Drive near Aurora Basin. The state Department of Transportation project started in July and is improving lighting on a mile-long stretch of the highway between the Douglas Bridge and Norway Point. The 58 new lights should be installed in about three weeks, the company said.

Photo: Clear skies
City Parks and Recreation Department worker Ben Patterson trims the lawn at Marine Park on Tuesday as the cruise ship Statendam pulls up to the dock. Clear blue skies put a crisp fall feeling in the air during the day and brought frost to some areas of the borough at night.

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. Deadline is noon two days prior to the event.

Dennis, Cadiente to wed
Trisha M. Dennis and Carl D. Cadiente Jr. of Juneau will be married in a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 at Glacier Valley Church of God. A reception will follow directly at the Travelodge hotel.

Hues, Brown marry
Elyce Renee Hues of Mt. Angel, Ore., and Jarhid Allen Brown of Juneau were married in a ceremony officiated by Steve Brown, the groom's uncle, on June 21 at Auke Village Recreation Area.

NeighborsDigest
Headlines about your neighbors.

Recalling Kiska, the battle that never was
As 1st Lt. Tom Stewart struggled down the cargo net in full battle gear to the landing craft below, he knew to expect 75 percent casualties on the beach. Stewart's boat was part of the first wave of soldiers assaulting the last Japanese stronghold in Alaska - Kiska Island, in the Aleutian chain. Their assigned beach lay beneath a 4,000-foot volcano. The date was August 15, 1943.

PSA project wins Girl Scouts Silver Award
A handful of local Girl Scouts, all members of Troop 8, learned to deal with images flashing by at a speed of one-eighteenth of a second in order to win a prestigious Silver Award. Their chosen project was producing two public service announcements or PSAs - one 30 seconds in length and one just 15 seconds. Both promote scouting, suggesting that, as members, girls in their teens will have fun, travel and master skills that can shape their futures.

My Turn: Gov. Murkowski and the Legislature are causing harm to many Alaskans
This past session Gov. Frank Murkowski and the Legislature's majority called for "sacrifices" from children, seniors, workers, disabled Alaskans and those who seek treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse. At the same time they gave tax breaks to Alaska's largest corporations, increased the money lobbyists and wealthy donors could give to politicians, and sided with those who wanted to scale back Alaska's minimum wage. The governor and members of his party recently have written to praise the results of the 2003 legislative session. I wish I could feel so good about those results.

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.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

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.

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.

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.

Wrangell Invite results
The results from the Wrangell Invitational high school cross-country running meet held Saturday in Wrangell.

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.

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.

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state

Heroic dog recognized again for saving its owner last year
Shadow, a dog that saved its owner from an attacking grizzly bear near Skwentna last year, will fly to Los Angeles this month to receive another award for canine heroism. Don Mobley was gathering firewood on a sandbar of the Nakochna River when he found himself between a grizzly sow and her cub. The sow growled and charged. Mobley, convinced he was about to be mauled, ran.

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.

Young says TSA not meeting expectations
U.S. Representative Don Young said he regrets setting up the Transportation Safety Administration, the federal agency with the task of screening airline passengers. "If I had to do it over again, I probably would not have passed the TSA bill, because they did not do as I thought they would do," Young told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and other Alaska media. "All they did was put a new shirt on a bunch of people and went back to the old technology."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world

Bethel Native organization claims immunity
A Bethel Native organization told the Alaska Supreme Court on Monday that it has the same kind of legal immunity that federal and state governments have, which means it cannot be sued if it does not want to be. The Association of Village Council Presidents said two families who claim their children were injured while participating in programs run by the association cannot file negligence claims in state court unless AVCP waives its immunity, which it has refused to do.

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