Tuesday, October 30, 2001

BP pursues methane energy deposits
FAIRBANKS -- BP is launching an effort to map methane gas deposits beneath the North Slope tundra that geologists believe could dwarf Alaska's natural gas deposits.

On the Move
UAS gets a new dean:; First Bank names new manager

Shortage of skills
Construction company owner Terry Miller says young people just don't want to run machines and work with their hands anymore.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Business Briefly
Computer basics seminar offered; AK Brewing issues '01 smoked porter

Business Profile: Cori Hondolero
Title and firm: Cori Hondolero is the owner of Capital Imports.

Skip the petty stuff
Finally, there is a determined environmental and conservation group in Southeast Alaska that presents a clear and positive attitude, is non-critical, doesn't whine or complain, doesn't threaten litigation, and gives a giant effort in both time and resources to be great stewards of our land for the good of the public!

Differences of opinion
Publisher Don Smith and the Juneau Empire give a lot of space to anachronisms like Lew Williams Jr. who would roll back the clock to the '60s, when the big pulp mills controlled 98 percent of the timber industry on the Tongass to the great detriment of the individual loggers. Lew knows better, but he still skews his "facts" in favor of those dead dinosaurs and prays for their return. He gets help from Alaska's congressional delegation, all deeply in the pockets of the resource extraction industries and who never saw a publicly owned acre or preserve they didn't want to mine or drill, or a tree they didn't want to cut unless it was in their own backyard.

More bureaucracy
I guess our local mail service must be going through an anthrax screening process. That would explain why DOT officials hadn't received any Juneau feedback. Maybe I should have hand-delivered the letter I mailed a week ago. And yes, I'm not surprised that no one showed up on a Friday night at 7 p.m. to testify. What I really am surprised about is that no one in DOT ever bothered to communicate with their own bicycle paths and trails coordinator at any time during the development of these regulations. Why not?

Hope for America
America is an eagle. We see this amazing bird creature, with its noble eyes, and gallant wings, and posture that emanates grace, and powerful talons, and we admire it. We look at it as if it were a statue, a relic of the past. But it's alive! It moves only when we move, it is shaped by us. Its structure is laid out from the past, but its breath is what we breathe into it. She can fly!

Not above mediocre
Joel Orelove is my youngest brother. He promised his family that he would retire from a no-win venture like letter writing. As his brother, I want to assure Mr. Ralph Swap, and your readers, that although Joel is at times silly, he is not stupid, nor is he mundane.

Responsible choices
As the snow begins to fall and Halloween unofficially kicks off the festivities of the holiday season, we begin to think more about the people in our lives.

Flawless play
Juneauites have much to be thankful for. Add to the list, this Thanksgiving season, the Theater in the Rough production that opened this weekend at McPhetres Hall. "The Merry Wives of Windsor" by Shakespeare, as reinterpreted by director Aaron Elmore, is an amazing testimony to creativity. The play is flawless. Every actor is strong. Each uniquely designed puppet projects its own persona. The costumes are pure period pieces. The music, set design and lighting work. And what is more, members of the audience all left with smiles on their faces what better recommendation could there be during this time of trouble? The bard would have been pleased.

Wayside kudos
The recently completed Wayside Park constructed by the Department of Transportation along Gastineau Channel just north of the DIPAC hatchery is terrific. The dock, shelter, sidewalks and parking areas in this new wayside park will well serve the public for years.

The demise of timber
I have to respond to Sunday's Lew Williams Jr. My Turn. You, Robin Taylor and the rest of the timber industry cheerleaders always complain about the "outside" environmentalists who are keeping the industry from getting their fair share of the Tongass. You complain, often, that outsiders are trying to, "Kill the Alaska timber industry."

Around Juneau
Poll shows support for larger alcohol tax; State chamber meets in Juneau; Weather cancels dive for evidence

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

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, names were misstated in Monday's Empire article about the annual meeting of the Gastineau Channel Historical Society. It was Dennis Harris who passed around the 1918 wharf passes belonging to his grandfather Homer Nordling and his great-aunt Lois Caroline Nordling. Don Harris showed the postcard in Swedish. Terry Brenner passed around the plat of the Governor's Mansion site.

Poll finds public still wary of taxes, tapping permanent fund
State lawmakers face an ambivalent public as they weigh long-term fixes for the state budget, according to a new poll.

Subsistence group drops urban priority
A draft of a constitutional amendment to create a rural subsistence priority won't include a secondary priority for urban residents, Attorney General Bruce Botelho said today.

Juneau's tourism Web poll is under way
As of this morning, 812 people had participated in Juneau's first round of tourism Web polling, according to Bob Harvey of Egret Communications, who is heading work on the city's tourism plan.

Ghost Walk cancellation may bring trick or treating back to Douglas
For almost half a century, Halloween trick or treating has been rare in Douglas. For 48 of those years, children instead dressed up, played games and bagged treats at the Ghost Walk, a community party at the Mount Jumbo Gym hosted by the Douglas Lions and supported by Douglas firefighters and community donations.

Juneau briefly
Salvation Army seeking gift applicants; Airport: Hold the masks, makeup; Disaster training offered next month; Dates set for Native Celebration

History group attracts attention
What do a turn-of-the-century postcard, a 3-foot spoon and a 1911 blueprint of a land survey of the site of the Governor's Mansion have in common?

Assembly denies Gastineau appeal
Juneau Assembly members on Monday unanimously rejected a right-of-way appeal from Gastineau Avenue residents who say the land above South Franklin Street is unstable.

Around Town
Juneau events

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

New road rules worry biking, running clubs
A set of new state highway-use regulations has local running and cycling club organizers worried about impacts on their events. State officials, however, say the new rules will have minimal impacts.

Wilderness first aid
Instructor Ron Dippold, center, explains why the sling on Gary Ruhm's arm is correctly done on Saturday during a Wilderness first aid class put on by the American Red Cross. Four instructors taught 19 students during the three-day course at Wildflower Court.

Photographer remembered for humor
A distinctive sense of humor and a quiet charm helped longtime Juneau photographer Joseph "Joe" Alexander get his models to relax and show them to good advantage.

Costume competition
Oscar Jones, 3, hangs onto his father, Robert, while waiting for costume judging at Nugget Mall on Saturday. Robert Jones said his son loves jets and decided to be one for Halloween this year.

House fire brings power outage to Valley homes
About 1,200 homes in the Mendenhall Valley lost power early this morning as firefighters put out a house fire.

Around Town
Juneau calendar

City Assembly winners top spending contest
Candidates who spent more than their opponents in Juneau's Oct. 2 city election won seats on the Juneau Assembly, according to information from the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Lloyd Lovaas
Lloyd Lovaas died June 13, 2001, in Seattle.

Joseph William Alexander
Joseph William Alexander died Oct. 26, 2001, at Sunset Homes in Anchorage, of liver failure.

Donald Carpenter
Donald Carpenter died Oct. 22, 2001, in Juneau.

My Turn: To keep our streams healthy, watersheds need protection
The project is environmentally sound. It is a phrase often quoted by supporters of the proposed golf course in the heart of

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth calls

Outside editorial: A war barely begun
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times:

Outside editorial: Why delay air travel safety?
The following editorial appeared in today's Philadelphia Inquirer:

Sitka Invitational wrestling statistics
Results of the Sitka Invitational wrestling tournament held Friday and Saturday at Sitka High School.

Sports in Juneau
Local sports events

Three win wrestling titles at Sitka Invite
Three Juneau-Douglas High School wrestlers claimed individual titles Friday and Saturday at the Sitka Wrestling Invitational.

Sports in Juneau
Juneau sporting events

Arizona's Alaska League connection makes impact in first two games
FAIRBANKS -- Five of the Arizona Diamondbacks starting lineup in the World Series on Saturday had an Alaska connection, including three former North Pole Nicks.

Bears shine for Shrine
Four Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears helped the South Team claim a 28-6 victory over the North Team in the 24th Annual Al Aska Shrine North-South Football Classic held Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Sports Letter to the Editor: Useless policy
Recent proposed Department of Transportation regulations are asking that all athletic events using state highways receive a state permit. I question the logic, the rationale, and

Around the state
Man sentenced in cousin's death; Scientists track seal migration; Railroad repairs fuel tank cars; Truck spills fuel near Kenai River; Man dies in fall at hotel

Around the state
Refueling tankers play larger role following terrorist attacks; One dead, one rescued after boat capsizes near Ketchikan; Boat that lost crewman finds thieves have hit their crab pots

Scientists: Fewer gray whales die in migration
ANCHORAGE -- Scientists say gray whales are no longer dying by the hundreds along their migratory path from Alaska to Mexico.

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