Tuesday, October 8, 2002

Favors Ulmer for health care
The history of financing American health care can inform Alaskans as they make choices for our next state leaders. While we have become comfortably accustomed to various forms of health care insurance, our grandparents and parents scrambled to stay healthy as best they could afford.

Best choice for Alaska is Fran Ulmer
I have been part of an Alaska fishing family for over 50 years. I understand how important it is to organize our fishing operation for maximum effectiveness. I decide or help decide who will be best for each job, and sometimes that means that not everyone gets to do exactly what he or she wants (including me).

Farmed fish a threat
The Ketchikan Daily News editorial condemning British Columbia for lifting its moratorium on fish farms that you reprinted on Sept. 23 was right on. Farmed fish are a significant threat to wild salmon stocks and a serious economic threat to Alaska fishermen and fishing businesses.

Election winner clarifies plans
I'm writing today with the hope of clearing up confusion about my plans for the future. The issue at hand is whether or not I will leave the School Board early to attend college, forcing me to cut my term short by two years.

Teachers support Ulmer for governor
As a teacher and a parent, my No. 1 concern is for the education, health and well-being of the children of our state. For that reason, I strongly support Fran Ulmer for our next governor. She is a candidate with a plan that benefits families by supporting schools, child care and health.

Proof needed before United States strikes
I listened carefully to a talk by Mr. Scott Ritter, Republican, ex-Marine, and former weapons inspector in Iraq for seven years. He is a wealth of information with actual hands-on experience in war and in Iraq examining factories and sites where weapons had been destroyed. He knows firsthand. President Bush does not have the actual experiences he has had. Mr. Ritter urges all Americans to ask very simple questions of the Bush administration.

Bruin seeks chicken dinner
A Juneau bear took over DeHart's Auke Bay store on Glacier Highway for several minutes Monday as it perused the shelves for its dinner.Police Sgt. Ben Coronell said at about 4:15 p.m. a 150-pound, 2-year-old black bear wandered into the open door of the liquor section of DeHart's. Coronell said the bear may have been attracted to the chicken and potatoes cooking in the store.

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

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

Bear wounded in Dredge Lakes area
A man whose vehicle struck and injured a glacier bear Sunday in the Dredge Lakes area said today he plans to make his third trip into the forest to put the bear out of its misery.The adult bear was struck by a Toyota 4Runner, driven by Jim Beeson, around 5:27 p.m. near Mendenhall Loop Road and Mint Way, said Neil Barten, an area biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. After the bear was struck, it wandered into the woods with Beeson following.

Teen faces felony charges for fiery crash
Juneau prosecutors said excessive speed caused an August vehicle accident - which left a trail of fire along Glacier Highway and sent five people to the hospital - and are holding a local teen-ager responsible.Allan Hughes, 19, is awaiting arraignment on one count of second-degree assault and three counts of third-degree assault, all felonies, stemming from an Aug. 19 vehicle accident.

Alcohol tax pushes prices up
Juneau residents who buy merlot by the bottle or Rainier by the can are seeing the effects of new state alcohol taxes at the cash register.In many cases, price increases are higher than the new taxes. In some instances, the price is the same.

Forest plan sets aside areas for large tour groups
A new U.S. Forest Service proposal would designate 47 spots in northern Southeast Alaska for large commercial tour groups to use.The agency recently released a draft environmental impact statement that would guide commercial recreation on about 5,000 miles of shoreline from South Baranof Island to Skagway. Public comments on the plan will be accepted through the first part of January, according to team leader Bill Tremblay.

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

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

West Coast port lockout strands Juneau fish
Taku Fisheries, a Juneau fish processor, is waiting for 100,000 pounds of frozen black cod stranded in Seattle to be shipped to Asia. Otherwise, Juneau businesses are not feeling many effects of the 11-day-old labor dispute that has halted West Coast shipping.

Milton Robert Nickerson
Juneau resident Milton Robert Nickerson died Sept. 23, 2002, in Juneau.

Moving the Legislature won't make state government better
When Alaskans return to the polls Nov. 5, not only will they be selecting a new governor and lieutenant governor and filling almost all 60 seats in the Legislature, they also will have before them a variety of ballot measures.Among them is Ballot Measure No. 2, which would move all legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. If adequate places for the sessions are not available, the Legislature would meet in Anchorage until facilities were available in the Mat-Su. The measure also repeals the requirements that before the state can spend money to move the Legislature, voters must be informed of the costs, as determined by a neutral commission, and approve all bondable costs of the move.

Alaska editorial: Rural law enforcement an issue for the Legislature, not the courts
Residents of small rural Alaska communities understandably would like to have better police protection. So would a lot of people in Anchorage, where emergency dispatch is badly short-staffed and the city is desperately trying to fill vacancies in police department ranks.

Juneau Invitational Swimming and Diving Meet Results
Results from the Juneau Invitational swimming and diving meets held Friday and Saturday at Juneau's Augustus Brown Swimming Pool. Abbreviations used in individual results are Juneau-Douglas (JDHS), Ketchikan (KayHi), Sitka (SHS), Petersburg (PHS), Craig (CHS) and Haines (HHS).

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

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

Looming budget crunch gets another review
ANCHORAGE - Three panels made up mostly of former politicians agreed Saturday the state does face a real fiscal crisis, and cutting government spending isn't going to cure it. Trouble is, they agreed again, the public isn't convinced. "Until a much higher percentage of the state's residents understand the problem, neither a tax or using permanent fund money is feasible," said Rep. Brian Porter, an Anchorage Republican and the retiring House speaker.

State Briefs
Poll shows move measure losing; Barrow digs out from brutal weekend storm; Knowles nominates Coffey to federal fish board; Nome man found dead in apparent four-wheeler accident; Renovation work begins at Ketchikan airport; Mushing with Jonrowe offered on new eBay site; Help sought in Canadian wildlife slaughter

Illegal black-bear gall bladders, legs found with three Anchorage men on boat
ANCHORAGE - Federal and state wildlife officials are investigating whether three men found in Prince William Sound with black bear gall bladders and legs violated laws prohibiting the shipment of illegally taken game.At least 10 black bears in Prince William Sound were found choked to death in cable snares over the summer. Wildlife protection officers believe they were killed illegally so their gall bladders and paws could be sold as medicine in Asia.

Old Fairbanks safe holds trash, historical treasure
FAIRBANKS - An old City Hall safe opened for the first time in nearly a decade revealed limited financial treasure but a bounty of the historical kind.Last week, Fairbanks city employees gathered around a walk-in storage closet to take a first peek inside a 5-foot-high steel safe that had last been opened sometime prior to 1994, when it was moved from the clerk's office at old City Hall.

President moves toward halting lockout
WASHINGTON - President Bush moved Monday toward forcibly reopening West Coast ports, creating a special board of inquiry to determine the impact of a labor dispute that has brought shipping trade to a virtual halt and is costing the economy an estimated $1 billion a day. The move came hours after contract negotiations between workers and management collapsed.

Alaskans could have no dividend next year
ANCHORAGE - Be careful spending that permanent fund dividend this month. There may not be one next October.Investments in the Alaska Permanent Fund have dropped so sharply that if they don't recover in the next nine months, the 2003 dividend will be exactly zero.

State Briefs
Drive attracts new voters; Kenai bids for Arctic games; FEMA creates citizens council; March for peace in Anchorage; One dead, one missing after ATV flips; Whooping cough cases reported in Homer

FTC takes action against fake Native artwork
ANCHORAGE - An effort to help consumers identify Alaska Native-made products and get people to report fakes has resulted in a handful of investigations by the Federal Trade Commission.Some 950,000 brochures and post cards were distributed in Alaska communities, gift shops, art galleries and on cruise ships this tourist season to help visitors tell genuine Alaska Native arts and crafts from imitations, said Chuck Harwood, FTC regional director in Seattle.

Anchorage bear deaths decline in 2002 season
ANCHORAGE - Just five black bears and one brown bear were killed in Anchorage this year, the lowest number since the early 1990s. With only a few weeks left until bears start digging winter dens, the number of bear complaints also has decreased.

Bush asks court to reopen ports
Shipping line negotiators scuttled a last-minute Bush administration attempt to avoid invoking the Taft-Hartley law to resolve the West Coast port labor dispute, dock workers said today. Longshoremen had accepted the deal offered this morning by Labor Department solicitor Eugene Scalia, agreeing to return to work under a 30-day contract extension and continue talks with a federal mediator, union spokesman Steve Stallone said.

Alaska's most well-known artist, Machetanz, dies at 94
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's most identifiable and honored artist, Frederick Machetanz, died Sunday at Valley Hospital in Palmer. He was 94.In an art career spanning nearly seven decades, Machetanz built a reputation first as an illustrator, then as the last of Alaska's "old masters." He developed an international clientele that paid six figures for his paintings and an even larger fan base that could not afford the originals but eagerly acquired reproductions.

University hosts candidate forum
Statewide candidates pledged to strengthen university and public school funding at a Monday forum held at the University of Alaska Southeast.The forum was organized by the UAS student government and included candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and the state House and Senate seats representing Juneau.

Sen. Murkowski counters attack advertisments
FAIRBANKS - A broadcast ad campaign launched by a soft money-powered political group says Sen. Frank Murkowski voted against federal education spending numerous times in recent years, and they have a list of specifics to back up the claim.But Alaska's junior Republican senator said he actually voted to increase education spending annually in his 22-year U.S. Senate career.

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