Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Critics attack Stevens' fish rider
ANCHORAGE - Legislation by U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens that could give exclusive pollock fishing rights to the Aleut Corp. along the Aleutian chain has come under attack by some commercial fishermen.

State Farm agents host meeting on insurance
JUNEAU - Local insurance agents Reuben Willis and Clif Beadle of State Farm will host an informational seminar on long-term care insurance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Baranof Hotel.

Too many words?
I read Joe Geldhof's letter to the editor published Sunday, Oct. 26, titled "Not speaking for the organization." I think Mr. Geldhof was telling us that he does not speak on behalf of his employer, the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA), when he comments about the cruise ship industry. It sure took him a lot of words to say that, though. I never thought he purported to speak for MEBA in that regard, but understand how people could make such an association.

Some type of traffic control needed
Since the traffic island has been in place and the traffic light installed at Steven Richards and Loop Road, it is definitely easier - and safer - to get out of our neighborhood (we live behind Glacier Valley school) during high-traffic times.

Rebutting arguments for a road
Matt Koepple chastises me for my opinion about a road north from Juneau (Oct. 21). With all due respect to Mr. Koepelle and his unique perspective as a DOT employee, which undoubtedly qualifies him far better than me - and perhaps opens issues of conflict of interest - I wish to point out some flaws in his argument.

State needs to learn fiscal responsibility
At statehood, a major portion of our private property mineral rights were negotiated away. We property owners were told that the state would manage our mineral rights for the benefit of all. We would receive a dividend, much like a stock dividend, to compensate us for loss of this significant right.

Please be more courteous on trails
I must comment on the committee to look into dogs on trails and dogs on trails in general. I walk my dog on the trail along the Mendenhall River three or more days a week year-round. Some of the other dogs we encounter are better behaved than others, but I have never felt myself or my dog in danger from another dog. I cannot say the same for a few inconsiderate bicycle riders.

Time to protest wolf hunting in Alaska
Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski recently approved legislation to allow the resumption of aerial wolf hunting in Alaska.

KATH-TV helped provide local game coverage
As president of the Juneau Youth Football League (JYFL) I would like to respond to Mr. Hope's letter regarding KATH-TV. I can only say one word about KATH-TV and its staff - exceptional.

A voice of agreement
Touche Mr. Tom Milliron. "Amazing Grace" is what I hear from your article in "My Turn" on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Seeking 'fair and balanced' coverage
A Miami Herald editorial and Washington Post news article concerning the Terri Shiavo situation appeared in the Friday, Oct. 24, Juneau Empire. I am somewhat amazed and hungry for "the rest of the story" that my fellow readers should be aware of. Important, basic information was absent amidst numerous paragraphs used to vilify Jeb Bush's recent actions on behalf of Terri Shiavo. There was also adequate page space for extreme opinion expressed by "angered abortion-rights activists."

University diversity
Kaci Hamilton, student body president at the University of Alaska Southeast, can see some similarities between her hometown and Juneau - except there are no bears or glaciers in Jamaica.

Around Town
Today: Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175. Toddler Time, 10 a.m., downtown library. Toddler Time at the Mendenhall Valley library starts at 11 a.m. Details: 586-5303. Toddler Play Group, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., REACH, 3272 Hospital Dr. A playtime for toddlers and class/support group for parents. Helping Children Through Divorce/Separation Workshop, noon-1 p.m., every Monday, Dimond Courthouse, Courtroom "A". Details: 463-4755.

Training provides support for family members of mentally ill
Trish McDonald's daughter has severe manic-depressive disorder, but the disease affects the family, too.

Photo: Icebreaker in port
The Coast Guard cutter Healy, the newest polar icebreaker/research vessel, docked in Juneau on Friday. The 420-foot ship was in town for a regular port call. It had been in the Arctic Ocean doing scientific research and it sets sail today for its home port of Seattle, Wash.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported: Driving while intoxicated: • Veronica Dunnam, 46, was arrested for drunken driving, refusal and reckless endangerment at 1:57 p.m. Saturday near Glacier Highway. He was lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center. • Randal Edenshaw, 22, was arrested for drunken driving at 7:24 a.m. Sunday near Douglas Highway. He was lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center and his car was impounded.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1936, members of the Matanuska Valley Farmers Cooperative Association formed the largest distributor of locally grown produce in Alaska, Matanuska Maid. • In 1949, amidst growing skepticism over the validity of the Fishwheel Gold Strike, 160 miles north of Fairbanks on the Yukon River, a University of Alaska geologist revealed one of the nuggets he examined from the strike was brass and two others were pocket worn.

This day in History
In Alaska: • In 1778, the expedition of Captain James Cook left Unalaska for the Hawaiian Islands, where Cook was killed. • In 1936, the pipeline and bridges at the Sawmill Creek hydro-electric plant in Sitka were washed out. • In 1982, the Aurora I Telecommunications satellite was launched.

Citizens petition to change crossing
Skyler Lee Kim's grandmother presented a petition with about 300 signatures to the city Assembly Monday night seeking changes to an intersection where Kim and another resident were killed in the past three months.

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

Around Town
Today: Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's. Details: Jim, 789-3074. Sewing Circle, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Valley Senior Center. Details: Betty, 789-7236. Life Ring, a support group for women, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Cathedral of the Nativity basement, Fifth and Gold streets. Lunch is provided, all are welcome. Details: Cathedral of the Nativity, 586-1513. Quilting Circle, noon-4 p.m. every Tuesday, Valley Senior Center. Sponsored by the Quilting Resource Center. Details: Betty, 789-7236.

Juneau sewer rates more than double those of Anchorage, higher than Fairbanks
Juneau's wastewater rates as of Dec. 1 will be more than double those in Anchorage and slightly higher than the rates in Fairbanks. Juneau's water rates will continue to be lower than those in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Artificial reef is first in Alaska
People usually don't cheer while watching a boat sink, but Juneau's scuba diving community had reason to celebrate Sunday as they watched the 48-foot motorsailor "Rikki Tikki" slip beneath the waters off Auke Village Recreation Area.

Sylvia Doris Montero
Sylvia Doris Montero, 59, died October 23, 2003, in Juneau. She was born July 31, 1944, in Juneau and spent a lifetime working and traveling throughout Alaska. She held a variety of positions in numerous professions in the fields of health, EMS, and public safety and volunteered her time to many organizations. After she was diagnosed with cancer, she devoted herself to being an advocate, patient educator and role model for Alaska Natives and Native Americans living with cancer.

My Turn: Treatment in family court is not equal
For the last five years my wife and I have been grandparents impacted by a divorce in the family. Few things are more personally draining than custody issues. For most every matrimonial vow summarily dismissed by the courts, there are extended families holding the fabrics together. Divorce touches many more lives than the total accumulation of lawyers, court officials or social workers, and for a much longer time than any one career. Which generation have you turned to in times of crisis? Government has decreed that grandparents are not assured any constitutional legal standing in custody issues, yet in ever greater numbers we are the bridges supporting those single parents.

My Turn: Wealth of memories of Mike's Place keep it alive
The letter of Oct. 17 by Pat Pusich regarding Mike's Place restaurant stirred memories for me. I don't know Pat Pusich, but I do know Rudy and Mary, and several members of the Pusich family very well. When I arrived in Juneau in 1960, Mike's Place and the Baranof dining room were the nicest places in town for dining. There were several other places to eat such as the City Cafe, the PaMarRay, the Northlander Hotel, Percy's and Glover's Spruce Delicatessen, but only two really classy places. If you wanted a special occasion out, or if you had company from out of town, you went to Mike's or the Baranof.

Brunette, Anderson lead GSC in Sitka
Cody Brunette won eight of his 10 individual races, while Cassie Anderson went 7-for-10 in her events to lead the Glacier Swim Club during the October Splash meet held Oct. 10-12 at Sitka's Blatchley Swimming Pool.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS • Learn to skate and figure skating lessons - Registration for these classes takes place from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Nugget Mall. The sessions run for five weeks at Treadwell Arena, for one hour per week. The classes start Nov. 13. Info: Treadwell Arena, 586-0410, or Ken Collison, by e-mail at kcolliso@yahoo.com.

LeBron James alters the NBA landscape in Cleveland, beyond
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Kobe Bryant said he probably will miss the Los Angeles Lakers' season opener against Dallas today, and again lashed out at Shaquille O'Neal.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS: Saturday, Nov. 1 • Juneau Alpine Club - Mount Ben Stewart to Mount Meek traverse, this is a moderate difficulty trek. Please RSVP with the trip leader if you plan to go. Info: Trip leader Kathy Landry, 789-7058.

Alaska Digest
Mayor signs $10 million contract for 911 system ANCHORAGE - The mayor of Anchorage signed a $10 million emergency call system contract that city officials say should prevent police from going to wrong addresses.

Anchorage woman goes to Taiwan to search for missing son
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman is in Taiwan looking for her son, who vanished in May while sightseeing.

ASEA opens contract negotiations
Alaska's largest labor union, the Alaska State Employees Association AFSCME Local 52, will begin negotiations with the state today on long-term labor contracts.

Nome police officer charged with murder of 19-year-old woman
ANCHORAGE - A Nome police officer has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the August slaying of a 19-year-old woman.

Tlingit in Southcentral connects with heritage through art
NINILCHIK - In a small workshop at the back of the Ninilchik Village Cache, the smell of cedar hangs thickly in the air. The ground is strewn with wood chips. Only the sound of rhythmic scraping breaks the silence.

Educators: Deficit of qualified teachers misleading
ANCHORAGE - A recent national ranking that placed Alaska dead last for the number of highly qualified teachers in its schools is misleading and unfair, according to educators and union officials.

Businessmen want to turn Wards Cove into resort
KENAI - In its heyday, Wards Cove operated like a community, bustling with hundreds of people who worked, ate and lived at the cannery on the Kenai River. It closed in 1999, its 35 buildings abandoned like others along the once economically vibrant stretch of riverfront in Kenai. But all that could change this summer.

Alaska Digest
PALMER - A preacher was acquitted Monday of two counts of manslaughter and two counts of criminally negligent homicide in the shooting deaths of two intruders at his Big Lake Community Chapel last spring.

Judge bars taking DNA samplings from sex offenders
ANCHORAGE - The state can not demand DNA samples of convicted sex offenders who have completed their sentences, under a temporary restraining order issued by a federal judge.

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