Saturday, September 20, 2003

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

State footbll standings
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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.

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.

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.

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