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Saturday, September 27, 2003

Empire editorial: The proposal to protect permanent fund has merit
A new proposal put forth by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees to add protections to the fund was endorsed Wednesday by Governor Murkowski. The trustees' proposal is designed to guarantee that there will be a fund for future generations of Alaskans by setting a limit on how much of the fund could be paid out annually and by adding inflation-proofing safeguards.

Empire editorial: Hudson ideal choice for permanent fund board
Distinguished, long-time Juneau State Rep. Bill Hudson was selected by Governor Murkowski to serve a four-year term on the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) Board of Trustees. Hudson served for 14 years in the Legislature, and worked very hard right down to his final days in office to find solutions to the state's fiscal problems. The announcement was made at the annual meeting of the Permanent Fund Corporation in Anchorage on Wednesday night.

Empire editorial: The proposal to protect permanent fund has merit
A new proposal put forth by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees to add protections to the fund was endorsed Wednesday by Governor Murkowski. The trustees' proposal is designed to guarantee that there will be a fund for future generations of Alaskans by setting a limit on how much of the fund could be paid out annually and by adding inflation-proofing safeguards.

Empire editorial: Hudson ideal choice for permanent fund board
Distinguished, long-time Juneau State Rep. Bill Hudson was selected by Governor Murkowski to serve a four-year term on the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) Board of Trustees. Hudson served for 14 years in the Legislature, and worked very hard right down to his final days in office to find solutions to the state's fiscal problems. The announcement was made at the annual meeting of the Permanent Fund Corporation in Anchorage on Wednesday night.

Land swap a terrible deal
On Saturday I attended Sen. Lisa Murkowski's town meeting on Senate Bill 1354. The proposed bill will give up to 12,000 acres of land in Berners Bay to the Cape Fox and Sealaska corporations in exchange for 3,000 acres of their mostly clearcut lands near Ketchikan, plus some subsurface rights. At the meeting I was shocked to see a map of the land in Berners Bay to be traded away. It is nearly 19 square miles of very high-value land, including over nine miles of oceanfront on Berners Bay and Lynn Canal.

Paying the costs in Iraq
When I hear presumably intelligent politicians bemoaning the purported lengthy time it is taking to transfer government in Iraq to the people, I have cause to wonder.

Attack on middle class
I fear the real agenda both here in Alaska's administration and in the Bush White House is to pauperize America's middle class.

Seeking sensible laws
Recently Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes announced that the state would ask the Alaska Court of Appeals to rehear the case of David Noy. On Aug. 29 the Court of Appeals overturned Mr. Noy's conviction for possession of marijuana, apparently for his personal use.

Thanks to Max Mertz
Thanks to Max Mertz for his My Turn column shining a bright light on the dismal job that the present School Board leadership has done planning its budgetary priorities. As an auditor privy to the details of wastefulness at the Juneau School District, he knows better than most what the priorities of the present board have been and how we have come to this contract crisis with Juneau's teachers.

Swap really a rip-off
Dear Senator Murkowski: I am writing to you today regarding S. 1466, the Alaska Land Transfer Acceleration Act. As a commercial fisherman and 20-year resident of Southeast Alaska, I have followed issues related to the Tongass National Forest closely. I have witnessed various proposals by the Alaska delegation in Washington, D.C., to effect changes to forest management. Each time we the American public were told, without exception, that such an approach is needed to stimulate the local economy. Upon closer scrutiny, however, these proposals invariably favor corporations singularly bent on liquidating natural resources, owned by the American public, for the benefit of their private shareholders.

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal matters

ACS proposes rate changes
Alaska Communications Systems will attempt to even phone rates around the state and bring residential rates on par with those around the country with rate changes its proposing to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska this fall, said Mary Ann Pease, vice president of corporate communications for ACS. For residents of North Pole and Fairbanks, residential rates would go down. For Juneau residents, ACS residential rates for local calls would increase by slightly less than $3 a month, from $9.42 to $12.25.

Photo: Save the sand dollars
Esther Bower, 10, left, and Maggie Dunlap, 9, install a sign Tuesday near Sandy Beach in Sitka. The girls were concerned about the welfare of sand dollars and decided to start a campaign to inform the public.

Williams says he's well-versed in financing projects
Dave Williams says he offers the Juneau School Board his experience putting three children through the local public schools, as well as a business degree, experience in financing construction projects and familiarity with financing for health and social services.

Story familiar with schools as a parent and volunteer
Andrea "Andi" Story, a volunteer in the schools and a mother of three schoolchildren, says she would bring knowledge and a parent's perspective to the Juneau School Board.

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

Pot prop may go on '04 ballot
Pro-marijuana advocates got a boost this week when Anchorage Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered Lt. Gov. Loren Leman to accept almost 200 initiative signature booklets rejected in January on "trivial rule violations." The initiative, which would decriminalize private use of marijuana for those 21 and older, could make it on the ballot for the 2004 general election, if certified by the Division of Elections.

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

Schorr offers years of school board experience
Alan Schorr, who has continuously served on the Juneau School Board since 1991, said he brings experience as a policy-maker to the position.

Corrections
Corrections of local stories

Photo: Golden carpet
Ashley Solo, a sixth-grader at Floyd Dryden Middle School, races along the Treadwell Trail, carpeted in cottonwood leaves Thursday afternoon. About 100 middle school students participated in the 11/2-mile race.

Photo: Past fast ferry, 1982
A jetfoil ship, built by Boeing, cruises Gastineau Channel at high speed in August 1982. The ship, brought to Alaska as a fast-ferry demonstration project, sailed Southeast waters for tests, but no ships were ordered. Promoters billed its runs as flights, not sailings.

SEAtrails receives $454,813 for trail maps, promotional materials
SEAtrails received $454,813 in the 2003 Omnibus Appropriations Act under the Public Lands Highways Discretionary Program and has entered into an agreement with the Western Federal Lands division of the Highway Administration and the U.S. Forest Service Alaska Region.

Hibernating for the winter
I want to thank publisher Don Smith and former editor Steve Reed of the Juneau Empire for allowing "On the Waterfront" to appear as a weekly column for the last several months. When I first started, I told them that if they didn't like a particular story to just tell me and I'd send in another one. It is up to the publisher and editor to decide what appears in a newspaper. It is a gift to a writer or a columnist to be able to submit his stories. But in the course of the year they haven't changed a word, or even a punctuation mark.

Neighbors Digest
A digest of community events

Photo: Birds-eye view
The Mendenhall Wetlands are exposed at low tide in this aerial view from Sept. 2002. The Juneau Airport and Egan Drive are at center right, with Fritz Cove, Auke Bay and the Chilkat Mountains visible in the distance.

Thank You: To Ms. Scott for returning my case
I want to thank you very much for return of an eyeglass case lost on Flight 60 a few days ago.

Baxter and Kerr to marry
Michelle Baxter of Auckland, New Zealand, and Jeremy Kerr of Juneau will be married Sept. 27, 2003, at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau. The couple plans on residing in Juneau.

Pets of the Week
Pets available for adoption

House and Judson to wed
Lisa House and Ken Judson of Juneau will be married at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at Skater's Cabin in Juneau. A reception will follow the ceremony.

LaMere and Carpenter marry
Carrie Anne LaMere of Crown Point, Ind., and Keith David Carpenter of Juneau were married on June 27, 2003, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Crown Point, Ind. A reception immediately followed at the historic Hall of Justice in Crown Point where John Dillinger broke out of jail.

Teacher Talk: How one teacher sees the year
Ever since elementary school I have visualized a year as a slightly warped clock. If you take a simple round clock off the wall and spin it like a coin, gravity will eventually take hold. Just before it comes to a stop it will sit suspended in air about 30 degrees from horizontal. A year always appears like this in my head. It doesn't spin but this third dimension helps me to appreciate the rise and fall of time. Since becoming a teacher, the fluid movement of energy now punctuates the scale of my visual year.

William 'Billy' Aceveda
Former Juneau resident William "Billy" Aceveda, 49, died Sept. 22, 2003, in Anchorage.

Empire editorial: The proposal to protect permanent fund has merit
A new proposal put forth by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees to add protections to the fund was endorsed Wednesday by Governor Murkowski. The trustees' proposal is designed to guarantee that there will be a fund for future generations of Alaskans by setting a limit on how much of the fund could be paid out annually and by adding inflation-proofing safeguards.

Empire editorial: Hudson ideal choice for permanent fund board
Distinguished, long-time Juneau State Rep. Bill Hudson was selected by Governor Murkowski to serve a four-year term on the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) Board of Trustees. Hudson served for 14 years in the Legislature, and worked very hard right down to his final days in office to find solutions to the state's fiscal problems. The announcement was made at the annual meeting of the Permanent Fund Corporation in Anchorage on Wednesday night.

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.

Postseason picture muddled going into final game
There are eight possible playoff scenarios that could emerge this weekend from the final Cook Inlet Football Conference games of the regular season, and some of them seemingly take a degree in rocket science to figure out the different tie-breaking formulas. But for the No. 5 Juneau-Douglas High School football team - who play the top-ranked Chugiak Mustangs at 3 p.m. Saturday at Chugiak High School - the playoffs can be simplified to four words.

Alaska high school football standings
Football standings through games of Sept. 20

State awaits Bear runners
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross-country teams are heading into Saturday's state meet in Palmer under very different circumstances. The Crimson Bear boys are traveling north as a marked team, after the squad won the Palmer Invitational - the state's premiere regular-season meet - earlier this month. That victory, accomplished on the same trails as the state championship, squarely placed the Juneau boys on the map as a state contender.

State football playoff scenarios
The different state playoff possibilities for the Cook Inlet Football Conference teams after this weekend. So far, only Chugiak has clinched a state berth while Service and Bartlett have been eliminated. This list does not include the results of Service's non-conference game tonight in Medford, Ore.

Alaska Digest
News from around the state

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

Fairbanks diocese settles sex abuse case
The Diocese of Fairbanks has reached a settlement with one of six plaintiffs in a sexual abuse lawsuit. The plaintiff, identified as John Doe, accepted an offer of $30,000 and attorney fees to end his case involving the Rev. Jules Convert, who has since died.

Shemya testing bypassed in defense plan
Thorough testing will not be conducted on radar on Shemya Island before its deployment in a national missile defense system, a congressional agency said this week. Critics of President Bush's plan to launch a missile defense system by late 2004 said the agency's report shows the administration's goal is unrealistic. Supporters said the lack of a radar test shouldn't be used as an excuse to hamper development of the system.

Man attacked by bear, tapes wounds, drives to hospital
A hunter bitten by a grizzly bear bound some of his wounds with duct tape, then rode his all-terrain vehicle to his pickup truck and drove himself to the hospital. Bill Murphy, 54, was bitten on his shoulder, thigh and buttock in the attack Sept. 17. He had surprised a grizzly cub and its mother on the Permanente trail north of Sutton, which is about 50 miles northeast of Anchorage.

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