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Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Balance ecology and economy
The Transboundary Watershed Alliance and other preservationist groups are up to their old tricks. They seek to stop all development at any cost. Their latest target is the Bradfield Connector road from Wrangell Alaska to Highway 37 in B.C.

Making things happen
During my 33 years of employment with the state corrections system, I had considerable contact with Fran Ulmer as Juneau mayor, state representative and lieutenant governor.

Unqualified support
At this critical period of Alaska history, our beloved state is buffeted with numerous problems requiring tough decisions. Bruce Weyhrauch appears as a refreshing wind clearing up the fog enveloping our state.

Time for a change
I never write letters to the editor but I am making an exception because Juneau needs to make a change. We have the opportunity this year to elect a state senator that will effectively represent our community. In my opinion, Juneau has not been adequately represented in the state Senate these last four years, not because Sen. Elton was in the minority but because he has been unable to develop bipartisan support for issues important to our community.

Elton is effective
After reading some of the letters in the Sunday paper criticizing Kim Elton's effectiveness as a state senator, I feel compelled to provide a different perspective.

A strong voice
As a commercial fisherman for over 20 years, I would urge my fellow fishermen to support and vote for Kim Elton in this November's election. Kim has been in the Legislature for eight years and during this time has been an outspoken and strong advocate for a strong fishing industry. In a legislature, which has been unfortunately dominated by a majority of anti-commercial voices, Kim has been an effective voice for our industry. At no time, has the need been greater for commercial fishermen to have an advocate in the state Legislature.

Selling out our kids
I have been reading your articles on school lunches at JDHS (Empire, Oct. 13). The entire situation is appalling. That our society does not support children more is very shocking. When I went to public schools, between 1948 and 1960, we had gym five days a week, every year. We had nutritious meals served in the school cafeteria. There were no pop dispensers in the halls and although we joked about the Jell-O and the pasta, they didn't sell junk food. It was expected that the community supported the schools so that the schools could offer the children healthy choices. Our dispensers sold apples and milk for between-meal snacks for growing children.

Backroom deal
Let me get this straight, Fran Ulmer's campaign chair, ex-Gov. Jay Hammond, has cut a backroom deal with Uwe Kalenka and his capital move group, Alaskans for Efficient Government, to give them $50,000 (Empire, Oct. 9)! In return, we get Uwe's non-binding word that they won't campaign for this capital move. Isn't this the group that sued Ulmer because her move the legislative wording was too negative?

Quality and passion
After reading letters published in the Oct. 13, edition, I couldn't help but appreciate the good quality and passion each writer exhibited. It demonstrates the importance of participating as a voter to try to get the representative each feels will contribute to the welfare of the people of this state.

Unproductive record
The more I listen to the radio the angrier I get with Frank Murkowski.

Question of priorities
Re your story about the graveyard drug bust (Empire, Oct. 10), although drug abuse is a serious issue, I found Wilson's comment about feeling safe very amusing.

Timber supporter
I have worked to help sustain a timber industry in Alaska for more than 20 years. During this time I have got help from many people, but none have been more supportive of our industry and our communities than Frank Murkowski.

Do yourself a favor
My grandfather, Kelly Lape, moved to Alaska after the depression, and labored as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver - a Teamster, among other things.

For Alaska's resources
Alaska's future is dependent upon leadership that will use responsible means to protect Alaska's resources for sustainable utilization. Our state economy has struggled for nearly eight years due to a lack of leadership and a resource policy that has restricted access rather than promote responsible management and utilization.

Leadership skills
Alaska is at a crossroads. Over the next few years, we must determine how to fund the services Alaskans expect from state government. With declining revenues and no easy solutions on the horizon, Alaska needs a leader who has the skills to bring people together to work out answers to complex problems.

Benefits of teamwork
In the partisan and often divisive climate of the Legislature, Sen. Kim Elton is a genuine bridge builder. He is unfailingly friendly with legislators and staff on both sides of the aisle and works for the best possible legislation.

No charges pressed in pedestrian fatality
The Juneau District Attorney's Office has decided not to press criminally negligent homicide charges against a driver whose car struck and killed a pedestrian last month, police said today.The pedestrian's family says it plans to file a civil lawsuit against the driver, Theodora L. Johnnie, 22. Her pickup truck struck Sophia Harris, 77, on Sept. 27 as Harris was crossing Glacier Highway at a crosswalk near the Super Kmart, police said last month.

PFD time: To spend or not to spend
Florentino Acosta didn't wait for a rainy day to spend part of his family's Alaska Permanent Fund dividends this year.

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

Aircraft test autumn winds of Juneau
A passenger-less Alaska Airlines 737 will make numerous landings at the Juneau Airport during the next few weeks as scientists collect data to help pilots from Juneau to Reno better predict dangerous turbulence and wind shear. Since a 1996 incident in which two flight attendants suffered serious injuries when a jet above Juneau encountered severe turbulence and rolled on its side, scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration and Alaska Airlines have been developing a comprehensive wind hazard warning system.

Labor vet to head unemployment insurance program
An Alaska Department of Labor veteran has been tapped to run the state unemployment insurance program.

Town meeting on legislative move tonight
JUNEAU - Alaska Committee organizers are reminding residents about tonight's town meeting to raise awareness about Ballot Measure 2, the legislative-move initiative on the Nov. 5 ballot.

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

Five Native groups ask for fishing disaster declaration
A coalition of five Southeast Alaska Native groups on Monday asked Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles to declare Southeast Alaska an economic disaster area because of low salmon prices, an influx of farmed salmon on world markets and fleet reductions.Tlingit-Haida Central Council, Sealaska Corp., the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, the Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority and the Tlingit Haida Electrical Authority made the request. The Southeast Conference of Mayors and the City of Hoonah approved similar resolutions in the past month.

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

Where to put the faith
As a U.S. attack on Iraq becomes more likely, interpreting Christ's teachings on peace and justice has become a difficult task for Christians in Juneau and around the United States.Bishop Michael Warfel of the Catholic diocese of Juneau joined the two other Catholic bishops in Alaska, Roger Schwietz of Anchorage and Donald Kettler of Fairbanks, in issuing a letter urging the United States to seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict with Iraq.

Corrections
Due to incorrect information from the Coast Guard, an Associated Press news brief in Sunday's Empire about a boat sinking misspelled the victims' names. They are Mark Thibault of Seward and Pat DiMichele of Moose Pass.

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

Winnifred E. Klinkhammer
Winnifred E. "Fritz" Klinkhammer, 96, died Oct. 8, 2002, at her home in Lynden, Wash.

Juneau could become wilderness area
Ketchikan is known as the First City. Before direct air service to larger towns up north, Ketchikan was the first stop for those traveling to Alaska. It was founded by miners, built by fishermen and timber workers. In the 1930s it was Alaska's largest town. It now subsists mainly on seasonal tourism and fishing, and government payroll. Its resource industries have been neglected or outright fought by government policy and by lobbying of environmental organizations.

Correction
Due to an editor's error, information with a photo in Sunday's Empire Outdoors section was incorrect. Wood frogs are native to Southeast Alaska, not introduced.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events.

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

Man charged with assaults
An Anchorage man suspected of three sexual assaults was arrested Saturday.

By air and by sea
Afternoon light graces the bow of the Inter-island Ferry Authority's ship Prince of Wales last week in Ketchikan, as the Evergreen International mail jet prepares to take off from Ketchikan Airport on Gravina Island. The IFA ferry, which has been in service for one year, serves Prince of Wales Island and travels to Ketchikan each day.

State gets cash for military projects
Two military bills on their way to President Bush for signature contain tens of millions of dollars in Alaska projects.

Judge reconsiders Exxon Valdez award
A federal courtroom in Anchorage is the site of the latest scuffle in the 13-year battle for damages for thousands of Alaska fishermen, communities, businesses and landowners seeking compensation for the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Dog that attacked woman to be euthanized
The owner of a German shepherd that bit a 70-year-old woman while she was walking through a parking lot Oct. 2 has asked that the dog be euthanized.

Alaska weathered lockout squeeze fairly well
ANCHORAGE - Alaska weathered the West Coast dockworker lockout well, thanks to a deal brokered by the state's political leaders and increased truck, barge and air shipments. Almost all available trucks in the state and Washington were pushed into service during the weeklong shipping shutdown that ended Oct. 4 when the Pacific Maritime Association agreed to hire longshoremen to load ships owned by Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc. and CSX Lines LLC.

Man killed, woman wounded in shooting at Anchorage VFW
A 21-year-old man was gunned down in the parking lot of a Muldoon Veterans of Foreign Wars post early Saturday morning, the fourth person to die violently at the hands of another in Anchorage over a six-day period.

Polar bear is wandering far from its oceanside home
FAIRBANKS - Security personnel on the Dalton Highway got a surprise visit recently from a wayward polar bear.The young, skinny bear evidently wandered more than 100 miles down the highway from the Beaufort Sea. That's the farthest inland biologists who study the animals have seen a polar bear travel, said Scott Schliebe of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage.

Impasse holds up Alaska projects
Alaska may miss out this year on funding for projects U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens usually includes in federal spending bills because Congress is at an impasse with 11 of the 13 annual spending bills.

Murkowski lays out four-part fiscal plan
ANCHORAGE - If elected governor, Republican candidate Frank Murkowski says he immediately will order an audit of all state agencies to review their effectiveness.Controlling state spending and jettisoning ineffective programs are two parts of Murkowski's four-part fiscal plan, laid out in a speech Monday at the Petroleum Club in Anchorage.

The great berry heist: Fruit traded for pot
It was unlike anything the village of Emmonak had ever experienced: All over town salmon berries, blackberries and blueberries were disappearing from freezers.

State Briefs
Valley House candidates win endorsements; Two assaults, no suspects; Three arrested on illegal fishing charges; UAA gets NASA space grant

Critics: APOC too slow on election investigations
Last month, Republicans charged the Democratic candidate for governor, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, violated state campaign finance laws when she took a three-hour fund-raising cruise around Prince William Sound.

Teens accused of plotting school murders
Haines police charged one teenage girl and detained another after they allegedly passed notes spelling out how and where they would kill 22 of their Haines High School classmates and teachers.

Denali park to get traffic lights
Two traffic lights are planned for the entrance area of Denali National Park. The lights, to be installed within two years, will be the only traffic lights on the 320 mile stretch of the Parks Highway between Fairbanks and Wasilla.

Teenager charged in homicide
An 18-year-old Anchorage man has been charged in the death of a teenager found shot Thursday in the J.C Penney parking garage.

Whaling commission approves quota for Natives
CAMBRIDGE, England - The International Whaling Commission has agreed to extend U.S. and Russian quotas for bowhead whales, allowing Alaska Natives and the Native people of Chukotka, Russia, to hunt 280 bowheads over the next five years.

Coalition wants oil tanker banned from Prince William Sound
An oil tanker that needed a tow last week because of engine problems was cleared to leave Prince William Sound over the weekend and headed for a West Coast refinery.

2 die in Seward Highway crash
A married couple died Saturday afternoon in a head-on collision near Bertha Creek on the Seward Highway after an oncoming driver reaching for a soda crossed into their lane, Alaska State Troopers said.

SW Alaskans spot huge bird
ANCHORAGE - A giant winged creature spotted in Southwest Alaska in recent weeks has biologists and residents puzzled.

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