Friday, September 19, 2003

Coastal forest companies say industry needs overhaul
A drastic overhaul of British Columbia's coastal forest industry over the next 10 years is crucial to stopping its downward spiral, say the heads of its three biggest companies. Senior executives from Weyerhaeuser, Timberwest and Interfor outlined a proposal Wednesday for redirecting the industry, including a "modern" collective agreement with labor, retooling existing mills and increasing the amount of lumber remanufactured into specialty products.

Contracts signed to ship Alaska coal to Korea
Alaska coal will sail on freighters to South Korea again starting next week after shippers and a Healy coal producer completed details of a contract. The agreement followed months of negotiations to restore an 18-year business relationship.

Congress may boost Slope gas with incentives
Congress may encourage North Slope natural gas owners to offer Native corporations and other Alaskans an ownership share of a proposed pipeline to the Lower 48. Language to do so was included in a draft of the national energy bill released earlier this week by a conference committee. The proposal would not require gas owners to share ownership but rather expresses the "sense of Congress" that they should.

Photo: Marking the close on Wall Street
Bob Storer, executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., bangs the gavel Wednesday after ringing the New York Stock Exchange closing bell.

Bond proposition a good deal for schools
If you had a chance to remodel your house and have the state pick up 70 percent of the cost would you do it?

About the ACS contract
It was right before the last election for governor that then commissioner of administration Jim Duncan announced privatization of state Information Technology services would give "more bang for the buck" from ACS.

Haven't retired yet
An article in the Empire in July discussed my last time to hold 4-H camp and many folks assumed my retirement was imminent. I will not retire until June 30, 2004.

Eaglecrest should go to Tennessee
I've often thought the Eaglecrest advisory board should look at Ober-Gatlinburg In Tennessee's Great Smokey Mountain National Park. Ober refers to on the mountain, whereas Gatlinburg is the city below.

Cape Fox bill not in public's best interest
The logic behind the Cape Fox land exchange bill that Sen. Lisa Murkowski is currently pushing in Congress seems to go against the best interest of the public, both local and widespread.

Addressing teachers
Dear teachers: This is what I, a parent, would like to see in your new contract: Year-round school with possibly three breaks in the year; a.m. and p.m. class schedules, particularly in the high school; apprentice programs for teens; private lessons available throughout the entire day in the schools in music, dance, swimming, jumprope, art, culture, etc.; privatization of many teaching positions; cafeterias with real hot lunches. Parentswho homeschool already have these perks.

Offended about possible flat tax increase
Thanks for the alert about the water and sewer rate hike. The proposed total bill is actually $85.40 monthly. This exceeds my electric bill and garbage bills combined - and I heat with electricity in the summer. It is 200 percent higher than current Sitka rates.

The salmons' struggle
Recently, Marty Caress wrote from Cantwell to comment on the compatibility of wild salmon with industry and real estate. He was commenting on Jack Piccolo's My Turn. He mentioned Ship Creek in Anchorage as an example of a stream that supports salmon even though the land around it has been heavily developed.

Juneau needs to vote yes on Proposition 2
On Oct. 7 Juneau voters will have the opportunity to approve much-needed renovation of both Floyd Dryden Middle School and Harborview Elementary School. Proposition 2 authorizes $6,945,000 in general obligation bond debt for the purpose of renovating, upgrading and general improvements to these two buildings. Phase II of the Dryden project provides for completion of the renovation of Juneau's oldest middle school. Anyone who has been in Harborview understands the urgency in replacing plumbing piping.

Observer sees fragile ecosystem
I read with grim fascination the letter submitted by Lisa Hoffercamp (Sept. 11, 2003, surprised to hear about Erickson's new plans) with respect to Erickson's Alaska Glacier processing plant planned for AukeNu Cove.

Sad about Berners Bay
Berners Bay is one of Juneau's most popular recreation areas and an important commercial salmon fishery, as well as a valued cultural, historical and spiritual place for the Auk Kwaan.

Around Town
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FYI
Life Events

Photo: Juneau from the air 1939
the Juneau waterfront and main part of town as it was in 1939.

Photo: Racking Rockfish
T aku Fisheries and Smokeries workers were busy processing rockfish, black cod, halibut and silver salmon Thursday.

New federal timber sales approved for land near Wrangell Island, Ketchikan
The Forest Service has approved the harvest of about 44 million board feet of timber in sales near Wrangell Island and Ketchikan. The Madan timber sale would allow the harvest of 26.5 million board feet from about 2,100 acres on the mainland near Wrangell Island. The four-year sale is scheduled to be offered in fall of 2005.

Juneau Empire editors move on for jobs at other media outlets
Juneau Empire Managing Editor Steve Reed is leaving Alaska for an editing job with the Pioneer Press, a 200,000-circulation daily newspaper in St. Paul, Minn. Empire City Editor Ed Schoenfeld also is leaving the newspaper, but not Juneau. Schoenfeld will become regional news director for CoastAlaska, an organization of five Southeast public radio stations.

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

Jury: Teen guilty of sex crimes against child
A jury deliberated about two hours Wednesday afternoon before finding a Juneau teenager guilty of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a 6-year-old girl. Scott Ellis, who was 17 in February when he was ordered tried as an adult, buried his head in his hands and cried when the jury forewoman read the first of the two guilty verdicts. The crime has a presumptive sentence of eight years in prison. Alaska law sets a maximum sentence of 30 years for the offense.

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

Photo: Learning to fight fires at sea
Crew members from the Petersburg-based Coast Guard cutter Anacapa battle a simulated fire Wednesday at the William Hagevig Regional Fire Training Center in Juneau. The school helps prepare crew members for fires at sea.

Juneau brewery: A bastion for traveling beer fans
Tony Hand could tell a visitor to the Alaskan Brewing Co. pretty much anything there is to know about the beer brewing process. But most guests just want to try the beer, he said. "People can come up and try all the beers we have and they don't have to pay for it," said Hand, who joined the brewery as a volunteer in 1989 and has been working there for 10 years. For the past two summers he's worked in the gift shop, selling Alaskan T-shirts, Alaskan pint glasses, soap made with Alaskan beer, Alaskan hats and, of course, all types of Alaskan beer.

State to revamp SE transportation plan
The Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan, once dubbed "a blueprint for the region's transportation future in the coming century," will undergo major changes four years after the plan was completed. The state Department of Transportation announced earlier this week it will revise the plan to reflect the priorities of Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Binkley decides to stay out of race
Fairbanks businessman John Binkley says he wants a Republican senator sent back to Congress next year. He believes he's the best person for the job, but not the Republican with the best chance of getting elected. Binkley announced Thursday he will not seek his party's nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Police seek clues in two shootings
Juneau police continued looking for information Wednesday on shootings reported Tuesday night and early Wednesday. One shooting, near the Juneau Airport, sent a 29-year-old man to Bartlett Regional Hospital with a gunshot wound to his arm. No one was injured in the other shooting, which occurred when one driver shot at another on Egan Drive.

Photo: Day of Prayer
About 85 Juneau-Douglas High School students and home-school students meet at the flag pole outside JDHS on Wednesday morning to say prayers for the schools and teachers and to sing songs.

Teachers pump up pressure on district
Juneau's teachers, working without a contract so far this school year, are stepping up public pressure on the school district. Nonbinding arbitration is scheduled for Oct. 1 to resolve the contract dispute. The teachers' two-year contract ended June 30. Teachers make from $33,591 to $64,694 a year.

McDonald and Laudert wed
Brandilyn Laudert and Joshua McDonald of Juneau were married May 24, 2003, at Lucky Me, a small community on Douglas Island.

Neighbors Digest
Activities happening in the community

Smith and Rice marry
Rosa Smith and Raymond Rice of Juneau were married during a private ceremony on Sept. 6, 2003, in Juneau. A reception will be held at their home Saturday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m.

Photo: New recruits
Juneau-Douglas High School seniors, from left, Brandon Brist, 18, Chris Radach, 17, and Joey Ludlam, 17, are the first three U.S. Marine Corps recruits from JDHS this school year.

Juneau's future: a Performing Arts Center
R ecently, I visited a fortune teller, and I asked her to look into her crystal ball and tell me what she saw. I picked a random date, say 15 years from now, Sept. 19, 2018. The mists swirled in the ball, and suddenly they cleared. There was a big crowd at the Juneau International Airport. Mayor David Stone was there to meet the dignitaries who were coming in from all over the world. Even the president of Brazil was expected to arrive.

Austin and Trisko to marry
Jim Austin and Shelly Trisko will be married at 2 p.m. Sept. 27, 2003, at Christ Lutheran Evangical Church in Juneau.

Teacher Talk: It's not about the run
Thirty-one classroom teachers and administrators traded in their school clothes for running shorts to compete in the 2003 Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay race. The race is made up of 10 legs, with distances ranging from 5.5 to 16 miles. Most of the teams are comprised of 10 runners. Teams start running between 6 p.m. and midnight in Skagway, with the faster teams starting later. Teams run all night finishing Saturday afternoon in Whitehorse.

Kibby Wagenius Robertson
Former Juneau resident Kibby Wagenius Robertson, 48, died Sept. 16, 2003, of multiple sclerosis at her home in Palmer.

My Turn: Berners Bay is too precious a resource to be given away
Here's a simple math question that I'd like to ask: Does 12,000 equal 3,000? The answer is easy, of course. Why, then, is Sen. Lisa Murkowski pushing the Cape Fox Land Entitlement Adjustment Act in Congress? This bill would give as much as 12,000 acres of public land near Berners Bay to private corporations.

My Turn: If given facts rather than lies, Americans will do the right thing
Recently, an old Republican friend, buttonholed me to recommend I come up with a more entertaining topic than my usual diatribe against George

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Bear spikers lose first matches since 2001
All good things eventually must come to an end, and on Thursday the end came for the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team's winning streak. The Crimson Bears lost their first matches since the semifinals of the 2001 Class 4A state volleyball tournament, a string of 25 victories that included an undefeated run through the 2002 season and Juneau's only state title.

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X-C2
Tyler and Wesley Dinnan are unforgiving on the cross-country course. More often than not, they do their fair share of forgiving after the race. The Dinnan twins, 16, sophomores at Juneau-Douglas High School, are enjoying a stellar second season of cross-country running for the Crimson Bears. Their consistency in competition has been mirrored by understandable cases of mistaken identity from fans along the trails.

Crimson Bear spikers head north
The undefeated Juneau-Douglas High School varsity volleyball team heads north today for its first non-Southeast matches of the season. The Crimson Bears (4-0) will play two matches this evening at West Anchorage High School - one against the host Eagles, and the other against the Dimond Lynx.

Crimson Bear swimmers host Juneau Invite
Juneau-Douglas High School sports teams are the ultimate road warriors as they spend most of their seasons traveling to events around the state. That's why there's always an extra energy in the practices before rare home meets.

Bear gridders one win from playoff berth
When the Juneau-Douglas High School football team heads north this weekend, the No. 3 Crimson Bears will have the state playoffs on their minds. The Crimson Bears can clinch their third playoff berth in five years if they beat the unranked - but former No. 1 - West Anchorage Eagles in a Cook Inlet Football Conference game Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium. The varsity game is at noon and will be broadcast locally on KINY radio, AM-800, while the junior varsity teams play at 9 a.m. in a non-broadcast game.

Court hears appeal of rural law enforcement suit
The chronic shortage of public safety officers in rural Alaska means the state discriminates against Alaska Natives, attorneys argued before the Supreme Court. The high court heard arguments Tuesday in a case filed four years ago by several village governments and individual Bush residents in Dillingham.

Hawker: Spend permanent fund on state budget
Alaska needs to take a serious look at funding some state services with Alaska Permanent Fund money, according to the co-chairman of the state House Ways and Means Committee. "When the state's got $25 billion in the bank, and that (capital) has made $2 billion so far this year ... we don't have a fiscal problem. We have a problem of will," said Rep. Mike Hawker, an Anchorage Republican.

Regents approve 10 percent hike in university tuition
The University of Alaska board of regents approved an across-the-board 10 percent increase in tuition for resident and nonresident students in the 2004-05 school year Thursday, along with an additional 10 percent surcharge for nonresident students. Regents also changed the length of time it could take nonresident students to qualify for in-state tuition from one to two years, said Bob Miller, a spokesman for the university system.

Alaska digest
News from around the state

Hammocks hang up Anchorage moose
Itchy to rub antlers and aroused for fall mating season, bull moose have been tangling with hammocks this week. The hammocks are winning.

Alaska Airlines starts to charge for paper tickets, reduces weight limit for luggage
Alaska Airlines passengers who want paper tickets will have to pay a $20 transaction fee starting Oct. 1. The change is part of a package of new rules that will go into effect next month. The airline also will lower its per-bag weight limit from 70 pounds to 50 pounds for checked luggage, but will allow passengers to check three bags rather than two for flights within Alaska, said airline spokesman Jack Evans.

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

Scientists begin 10-year census of the seas
Brenda Konar shoots an anxious glance over her shoulder but keeps chiseling. The Pacific Ocean hasn't gone away. In fact, it's gaining on her. Wedged between slimy boulders, the marine biologist hacks at the crusty stuff clinging to the ragged shoreline of the Kenai Peninsula. Frigid seawater seeps through the duct tape patch on her rubber waders. Her knuckles bleed.

Lawmakers say they may dump Arctic drilling
The White House is easing away from insisting that Congress open an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling after the president was told by lawmakers the issue could doom energy legislation. President Bush, after meeting with legislators involved in the energy talks, said Wednesday he wanted a bill "that will pass both bodies" - the House and Senate. He said the White House would work with those trying to resolve "contentious" issues such as drilling in the Alaska refuge.

Alaska Digest
News from around the state

Photo: Early morning lights
The aurora borealis is in full swing early Tuesday morning, as University Lake in Anchorage reflects the lights.

Study: Spawning fish drop pollutants in some lakes
A new study says some of Alaska's pristine and remote lakes are getting polluted with industrial PCBs through an unlikely source: sockeye salmon. The fish pick up the chemicals in the northern Pacific Ocean and return to the lakes to spawn. Then they die, their bodies releasing the pollutant and raising PCB concentration in the lake sediment more than sevenfold in some cases, researchers conclude in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.

Movies: When and where
Movies: When and where

What's happening
What's happening this week in Juneau

From Russia, with strings
Whether his Moscow Chamber Orchestra is playing in Czechoslovakia or Carnegie Hall or even the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium, music director and conductor Constantine Orbelian has one wish. "As a performer, one has only one thing on his mind, to make an impression on one's audience and to make an emotional experience out of listening to music," said Orbelian, now in his 14th year in the orchestra, in an e-mail from Prague. "I am that way myself. I want to leave a concert hall with a lasting emotional musical impression."

Koot's house band comes to Juneau
Dean Richards and longtime guitarist J.Z. were fed up with the kind of music they were hearing at Chilkoot Charlie's, or Koot's, in Anchorage on off-nights. So they decided to form their own band - Custom Deluxe - with keyboard player Randy Stevens and bass player Monte Pulu.

'Maltese Falcon': One remake that showed originality
As a passionate filmgoer, I couldn't help but feel disheartened a few weeks ago when I searched for a movie to watch and all I found was "S.W.A.T." and Jackie Chan's "The Medallion." Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against Jackie. But this year's end-of-summer fare left even this dedicated optimist feeling deflated.

A range of vocals
Former Juneau resident Jeannette D'Armand likes jazz legends Billy Strayhorn and Ella Fitzgerald, but she doesn't consider herself a "typical jazz scat singer." She likes the theatrics and the fantasy of Kurt Weill too, but her own compositions tend to be more ethereal. D'Armand touches on a little bit of everything - jazz, Broadway and opera. Her mezzo soprano range is just as versatile - somewhere between a soprano and an alto.

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