Sunday, September 29, 2002

In the Stacks
This week, as promised, is devoted to books on CD!

Merrill listens, leads
I am writing in support of Merrill Sanford, candidate for Juneau Assembly. I have known Merrill for over 10 years through the fire department. He was my fire chief for my volunteer and career positions as a firefighter and paramedic.

Unresolved Native claims
Hey, Frank M., thanks for the information about the land trade in Berners Bay between Cape Fox and Sealaska and the feds. As a shareholder in Sealaska Corp., I have lost maximum participation on anything that our corporation does with our land, including logging as it sustains the corporation with enough cash to keep it above the water.

Pressure source
I think it is about time the city put some real pressure on local vendors to carry bear-proof garbage containers. There was a one-day chance to get a 55-gallon drum on the 28th. Or you could order one online and wait a month for it to get here. These are not viable solutions for our problem.

Rhetorical questions
Friday's headlines in the New York Times quote President Bush as saying in part, in reference to pushing for a hot-war with Saddam Hussein, "After all, this is a guy that tried to kill my dad at one time."

Just stick around
I read the Anchorage Daily News editorial pressing for details from the Murkowski campaign. I would contend that it would be irresponsible for either candidate to lay out a detailed plan for when they take office. First, Murkowski doesn't know who will be on his team in Juneau. Secondly, it would be bad management to dictate to the professionals working in state government as opposed to asking for their input.

'The people have spoken'
It's absolutely frightening to many of my acquaintances to finally understand that communities throughout this country share in one well-defined destiny.

Injustice to Frankie
Don Smith's editorial in Friday's Empire does a gross disservice and injustice to Frankie Pillifant's voting record and views.

Proven leader
I have known and worked with Merrill Sanford for over 20 years and support his campaign for Assembly. Over the years, he has proven himself as a leader and I admire the respect he shows for those around him, as well as the effort he puts into understanding all aspects of an issue.

Campaign issue
How to fund our state government is Alaska's prevailing political problem. The people must challenge our candidates to address this issue. Rhetoric like taxes only as a last resort and somehow protecting dividend checks just does not cut it.

All deserve respect
I was happy to see your article on the JDHS Day of Silence (Empire, Sept. 22). You gave a fair and impartial hearing of the story. Now let a former SE Alaska student tell you her experiences of living life in silence.

Deep Southeast roots
We get the impression from reading the Juneau Empire editorial page that not much is known about Frank Murkowski's Alaska residence. We knew Frank and Nancy as neighbors in Wrangell some 40 years ago.

Eloquently voiced
Regarding the My Turn, "Another Christian point of view," by Mark and Mildred Boesser (Empire, Sept. 26), bravo!

Writing comedy in Hollywood
Doug Eboch hates it when writers cheat, especially in romantic comedies.Eboch, a 1986 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, wrote "Sweet Home Alabama" as his master's thesis in screenwriting at the University of Southern California and then sold the screenplay to a pair of Hollywood film producers.

Photo: Glacier fog
Fog creeps toward the Mendenhall Glacier late last week.

Etheridge denounces 'whisper campaign'
Accusations that Juneau Assembly incumbent Don Etheridge abused political power for personal gain brought counter charges from the candidate Friday that he's been marked by a "whisper campaign." Greg O'Claray, director for legislative and governmental affairs for the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, sent a memo to the union's membership last week that said Etheridge is keeping the tugboat Tagish in the city's harbor against policy and that he tried to pressure Capital City Fire and Rescue to hire two of his relatives.

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

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

A little of Juneau found in 'Sweet Home Alabama'
Alaska's capital city may not be an obvious feature in the romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama," which opens this weekend in theaters across the country, including Juneau. But Doug Eboch, who wrote the movie, said growing up in Juneau proved to be a major influence. Eboch, 34, lived in Juneau in the 1980s and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1986. He then moved to Los Angeles to study film production and screenwriting at the University of Southern California.

Man prepares for self-sufficiency in retirement
A Hoonah man is building a floating greenhouse to feed himself in his retirement and in case violent world events cut off Alaska from its food supply."There are going to be some really strange times these 10 to 20 years," said Greg Garrison. "Our government is putting us in a world of hurt."

My Turn: Sexual orientation is not a choice
Most Americans are committed to democracy and religious freedom and do not want to discriminate unfairly. They realize the injustice of prejudice against persons who have innate characteristics of gender or race. However, these very persons mistakenly consider sexual orientation as a lifestyle choice. They are victims of misinformation.

Toe Cartoon

Empire editorial: Re-elect Don Etheridge to District 2 Assembly seat
Juneau is fortunate to have six well-qualified people willing and able to represent its citizens in the Assembly. Competing for the District 2 seat is one-term incumbent, Don Etheridge, a 43-year resident of Juneau and business agent and lobbyist for the Alaska State District Council of Laborers.

My Turn: Preferred option is the best option
Recently, the completion of the Juneau Access Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has become the focus of renewed public attention and rightfully so. The environmental impact statement process can be confusing, and in regards to this project, perhaps even more so due to delays and controversy. For those reasons, some clarification of the process may help the public discussion.

My Turn: Yes to an EIS, a JDHS, and an October bond
The motion passed by the Assembly on Sept. 9 directed staff to work with the state to complete the environmental impact study for the designated preferred alternative (East side) for Juneau access. The issue is not a new one and has been debated since the mid-'90s.

My Turn: Murkowski's third option
Some people missed stories revealing how Sen. Frank Murkowski proposes solving Alaska's fiscal and economic problems. Missing the news, or ignoring it, are proponents of invoking new taxes or using Alaska Permanent Fund earnings. Murkowski prefers a third option, using Alaska's bountiful resources. It might take a little of all three but Murkowski's option alone benefits Alaskans, reducing the need for the other two.

Our language has nuked itself into common use
Finding the right words to convey a clear message may have been a struggle before, but now you are free to make up what you can't find in our genetically enhanced, grain-fed living language. Everyone using English these days is quite free to try new phrasing, contrast words in clever ways or go boldly with sentence organization. How do we get away with this? There is no one to stop us, apparently, but also, there is a wonderful thing called metathesis.

Deal with the meat now for good eating later
FAIRBANKS - The sooner you cut up a moose, deer, caribou, sheep or other game animal, the better it will taste later on."It's how the meat is taken care of more than anything else," said Virgil Umphenour, hunting guide and owner of Interior Alaska Fish Processors, which also processes game meat in the fall.

Canine companions require supervision on the trail
Trail Mix's 10th anniversary is a good time to reflect on the tremendous amount of work and dedication that has been put into the development of trails in and around Juneau.Our trail system allows individuals of all abilities to access the beauty that surrounds us. It seems, however, that many people think of the trails as their own personal space where they are exempt from the courtesies of community.

Out and About
In season: Black bear (Sept. 1-June 30), brown bear (Sept. 15-Dec. 31, March 15-May 31), deer (Sept. 15-Dec. 31), mountain goat (Sept. 1 or Oct. 1, depending on area,-Nov. 31), moose (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), wolf (Aug. 1-April 30), wolverine (Nov. 10-Feb. 15), ducks, geese, brants, snipe, crane (Sept. 1-Dec. 15), red and blue king crab (Oct. 1-March 31), coho salmon (June-Nov.). (Seasons and limits are more complex than can be detailed here. Always check regulations before heading out.)

All-weather athletes
In autumn, when rain, wind and darkness can sock in Juneau for weeks at a time, many of us store our bikes and hiking gear and head to the gym - or the couch.Not Rob Welton. He pulls on water-resistant tights and overshoes, mounts heavier tires on his bike and revels in the mess. "I'm kind of a biking nut," Welton said. "I don't care if it's raining or windy, it doesn't matter."

Fish Report
Coho salmon fishing slowed in the Juneau area during the most recent creel survey. It took an average of eight hours to land a silver. Last year it took anglers an average of three hours to land a coho. The five-year average catch rate is five hours. Most of the coho were being harvested from Point Retreat, Outer Point and North Pass.

Fish Pictures

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

Bear girls attack with pack
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls cross-country running squad finished in a remarkably tight pack to claim fourth place at Saturday's Class 4A state meet at Palmer High School's Michael Janecek Trails.The Crimson Bear boys placed seventh, led by sophomore Tristan Knutson-Lombardo's ninth-place individual finish.

Alaska High School Cross Country Champions
These are the past Alaska state cross-country running individual and team champions. The state meet was a single classification until the 1985 season, when it was split into two divisions for small schools (Class 1A-2A-3A) and large schools (Class 4A).

Crimson Bears sweep in Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team hoped to avoid a letdown this weekend when it played the Ketchikan King Salmon in a pair of Region V-Class 4A matches Friday and Saturday in Ketchikan.The Crimson Bears were coming off one of their best weekends ever - a weekend where they beat four state contenders in Anchorage and Wasilla - and the Juneau players wanted to maintain that same level of intensity in Ketchikan. Juneau easily swept Ketchikan in early September, but letdowns have been known to happen.

Swimmers dominate in Valdez
The weekend got off to a rough start for the Juneau-Douglas High School swim team, as their flight to the Valdez Invitational was delayed due to mechanical problems.But the Crimson Bears bounced back in a big way to sweep the team titles at the Friday-Saturday meet, which featured some of Alaska's top high school swimming programs.

Crimson Bears 21, Knights 14
Friday's game from Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park

Juneau ends year with a win
The Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park bleachers were nearly empty after Friday night's high school football game, but Juneau-Douglas senior Austen Clair had to make one final run across the field.With the lights shining above, Clair stood on the 50-yard line and surveyed the field, thinking about all the moments he'd spent in practice and games. Clair's red and black face paint was smudged as he savored Juneau's season-ending 21-14 victory over the Colony Knights, ending a season of struggle. The victory halted Juneau's six-game losing streak and came against a Colony team that is bound for the state playoffs.

Ketchikan: Man shoots marauding bear
A black bear that raided a family's outdoor freezer was shot early Monday morning.

Indictment: Man planned to fake death
ANCHORAGE - A federal indictment says a man charged with insurance fraud in the death of his wife originally intended to fake his own death as part of an insurance scam.The indictment, returned Sept. 18 in Anchorage, charges Jay Darling with four counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud for scheming to illegally obtain insurance proceeds.

Owners attempt to sell cabins via essay contest
Brian Johnson is selling his cabin rental and youth hostel business in Haines for the asking price of $200 and 400 well chosen words.And the words don't even have to be spelled correctly. After twice trying to sell their business in Haines by more traditional means, Johnson and his wife, Laura, are trying something completely different. They are holding an essay contest, with the winner taking possession of the rustic property on 2.5 acres.

FAA wants passengers to play bigger role in air safety
ANCHORAGE - That old image of the Bush pilot - Alaska's cowboy of the air - may be getting reined in a bit as safety officials try to cut the death toll in airplane crashes.The Federal Aviation Administration says one reason for Alaska's spotty safety record is the attitude that risk is just part of flying here.

Pro-move group: FRANK fooled backers
The pro-legislative-move group Alaskans for Efficient Government says the organization working to ensure that Alaskans know the cost of moving the Legislature has pulled a "bait and switch" on campaign contributors by referring to the ballot measure as a "capital move." Alaskans for Efficient Government on Friday filed a complaint with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, which oversees campaign contributions, stating that the FRANK Committee has solicited campaign contributions in the Anchorage Daily News and Juneau Empire through ads calling on voters to keep their right to know the cost of a "capital move."

Sitka: Haida rejects Sitka Tribe of Alaska appeal
The Haida Corp. has rejected an appeal from the Sitka Tribe of Alaska to choose other lands than those in Sitka Sound. The corporation says the appeal has came too late.

Petersburg: Residents to vote on six propositions
Voters in Petersburg's Oct. 1 municipal election will have the opportunity to cast a yes or no vote on six propositions approved by the City Council. Four propositions address city tax issues, including a much-debated ordinance that would require travel and adventure services to collect and report the 6 percent city sales tax.

State Briefs
Eielson commander heads to Qatar to lead guard; Worker, children hurt after chlorine leak at pool; Student sexually assaulted at UA Anchorage; Students suspended after videotaped brawls

Fighting for flagstops
From the railroad track, John Strasenburgh's cabin is an hour's walk through the Alaska wilderness. Without the train, it would take him seven hours or more to hike in from the nearest road. "The train is absolutely essential to me," said the 56-year-old retired bank auditor. Strasenburgh and his neighbors depend on the train service that stops for people who wave it down along a remote 55-mile stretch of rail.

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