Friday, November 7, 2003

Murkowski tries to drum up business with Taiwan
During a brief visit to Alaska, the president of Taiwan discussed with Gov. Frank Murkowski ways to increase business opportunities. Murkowski said several tentative deals were reached during the 24-hour stay, including the sale of salmon jerky to convenience stores in Taiwan.

Plan being developed to market Interior timber
Foresters are joining forces with economic development officials to develop a plan to market Interior timber. The four-member committee hopes to have a detailed description of harvestable timber on both state and private lands prepared by December, said Northern Regional Forester Chris Maisch.

Mutual fund scandals haven't affected Permanent Fund
A scandal-wracked mutual fund company, Putnam Investments, is managing more than $500 million in stocks for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., but managers are confident the state's money is safe. The Putnam scandal did not affect the state's $26 billion oil wealth savings account and couldn't have, said Bob Storer, permanent fund executive director.

Start with slower speed limits
There was a public discussion on the problem of Loop Rood and Stephen Richards at Glacier Valley School, and during the meeting lots of issues with the intersection came about.

It's what you voted for
I got a chuckle from Crissy Smith's recent letter. She expressed surprise at seeing the new, steeply-increased business license tax and expressed the need to watch the news more closely.

Sitka needs fast ferry more than Juneau
How can Juneau yet again cheat another neighboring town? First it was Ketchikan with not moving this ferry office to the old pulp mill, especially with them having the dry docks in their town. Now it's Sitka, the oldest town in Southeast. Those people don't have a chance of ever getting a road to get cheaper mercantile.

Better traffic lights may help
One idea I have about our stoplights here in Juneau is that they should add one extra light. This would be one yellow blinking light before the regular yellow light to warn drivers to slow down more.

Rural school decisions
Sen. Con Bunde, in a Nov. 3 rebuttal to my letter about Alaska's rural schools, argues that the legislators merely want what is best for Alaska's kids. When you view the school situation through his unique perspective, all the responsibility for school decisions lies everywhere other than the Alaska Legislature.

Unhappy with wolf policy
I am so upset about the plan to slaughter wolves in Alaska. The American people are so hell-bent on making money and at no cost to humanity itself. We continue to rape the land for more housing and more commercial and industry to what - make more money. Then people wonder why the coyotes, wolves, bears and deer are wandering through their beautifully manicured yards killing their cats and dogs, or eating their precious gardens or landscaping.

Driver a lifelong victim
I totally agree with Barbara Taylor on her letter regarding the driver of the vehicle that cost Skyler his life also being a victim. Just one of many victims in the same situation, accidents that were not the fault of the driver. Let us remember them in prayer, too, as we pray for Skyler's family.

Paintball at Kmart?
Couldn't you imagine it - a city-owned paintball park in the old Kmart? Turn all the lights off and wear night vision goggles. Pump up the heavy metal and have black lights. Create a maze of caverns back in the electronics and hardware area. Paintballs, the guns and all the accessories are top dollar these days.

Appalled at wolf policy
I am appalled by the information I have received regarding your wolf kill project. Your state is the keeper of something extremely special and that is the extensive wildlife area you are blessed with. I am shocked that anyone in the 21st century would support a plan to systematically kill wolves because of tourism hunting.

Road would hurt Juneau's neighbors
Some of the recent letters regarding a road to Juneau seem to be gSome of the recent letters regarding a road to Juneau seem to be getting hung up on points that are not really important. Instead of arguing about whether the problem here is newcomers who want to make Juneau like any other town in the Lower 48 or old-timers who are resistant to change, we need to step back and think about what is really good for all the people in Southeast, new arrivals and lifelong residents alike.etting hung up on points that are not really important. Instead of arguing about whether the problem here is newcomers who want to make Juneau like any other town in the Lower 48 or old-timers who are resistant to change, we need to step back and think about what is really good for all the people in Southeast, new arrivals and lifelong residents alike.

Sport hunters score
Who benefits most from the aerial wolf control proposals passed by the Board of Game? Some true subsistence users may benefit, but the real winners are Anchorage and Fairbanks sport hunters. All hunters are subsistence hunters by Alaska law, but most are sport hunters by true need. My husband hunts, but we both know it would be cheaper going to Carrs.

Ferry proves to be unattractive option
I wrote the letter to the editor titled "Visitor believes no road limits tourists' options" and I also read Mr. Nielsen's letter "The road can't be justified by money or convenience," and I have some comments about what he said.

Ban on Ephedra?
I recently read an article stating that the FDA is planning a possible ban on Ephedra due to some negative effects such as heart attacks. I have even heard that some states have already instituted a ban on the sale of Ephedra products.

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal matters.

Williams Express to close
The Williams Express gas station off of Egan Drive at 6585 Glacier Highway will close on Nov. 21. The owners cited competition from local outlets of national grocery store chains that recently opened gas stations.

Family seeks missing poodle
A family in Phoenix, Ariz., is asking a Juneau resident who adopted their missing dog to return it to them. The dog may be dead, said the family's lawyer, Cynthia Buness. But the family still has hope.

Photo: Tie one on for safety
Bev Meuller, right, Monique Barteaux, 15, center, and Steve Allwine tie red ribbons on the antennas of Mazda vehicles at the Mendenhall Auto Center on Thursday to promote Mothers Against Drunk Driving's national "Tie One On For Safety" campaign against drunk driving this holiday season.

Weyhrauch bill would clarify end-of-life wishes
For many, death can be a difficult and taboo subject. But health care professionals say avoiding the topic can leave physicians, family members and loved ones with little direction when making health care decisions for patients who are terminally ill and unable to make decisions for themselves.

Witness says Rowcroft had manager's keys
A woman who said she was afraid to testify against Frank Brian Rowcroft told jurors Thursday he had the Kmart shift manager's keys on the morning that nearly $100,000 disappeared from the store's safe.

Humane Society celebrates 40 years
When an animal comes to the Gastineau Humane Society, it is given a bath, plenty of food, a clean blanket, its vaccinations and a dry place to sleep. It's also given a name.

Fund-raising campaign
People are somewhat sheepish when they ask Dawn Miller, executive director of United Way of Southeast Alaska, if there is a minimum amount they have to give in the organization's payroll deduction fund-raising program.

Salmon harvest report: 173 million fish caught for an ex-vessel value of $195 million
This year's commercial salmon season was the eighth-highest fish harvest since 1975, but ranked 25th in value to fishermen, according to the state Department of Fish and Game.

City may charge registration tax to pay for junk vehicle program
The city may charge vehicle owners a motor vehicle registration tax (MVRT) of $22 every two years to pay for getting rid of junk and abandoned vehicles, the Assembly decided Wednesday.

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

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

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

Residents weigh in on second crossing
Some Juneau and Douglas residents feel a second bridge to Douglas Island is necessary to improve access to emergency services, while others are concerned with the effects of another crossing on the environment and the quality of life on North Douglas. Representatives from the city and the state Department of Transportation documented those thoughts and others Wednesday during two public scoping sessions on the second-crossing project.

Photo: Harbor dock
Harbor Officer Pete Frank works Thursday on installing a deck on one 50-foot section of a permanant floating dock at the ramp by the Juneau Yacht Club. Four sections will make a 200-foot dock to be used by working commerical fisherman and the Juneau Youth Sailing Club. Heavy-duty foam-filled plastic pontoons will allow the dock to stay in place all year.

Former Kmart director concluded theft was 'inside job'
Last year's $100,000 theft from Juneau's Kmart store was an "inside job" that could have been completed in 10 or 15 minutes, a former director of the store testified Wednesday. As Frank Brian Rowcroft, the former security director for the store, stands trial on a first-degree theft charge, another co-worker from the now-closed store testified that she saw him at the store three times in the early hours of March 31, 2002, the morning the money disappeared.

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

Photo: 'Matrix' fanatics
Sandra Galeana, left, and Jana MacInnis stake out their spot Wednesday morning in front of the 20th Century Theatre downtown. The two say being first in line for big movies has become a hobby for them. A local radio host has given them the nickname of the "Clone Queens." They arrived at 6 a.m. for the 7 p.m. showing of "Matrix Revolutions."

Fatal Valley intersection to become a school zone
The state said late Wednesday it will install a school zone by spring at the intersection of Mendenhall Loop Road, Stephen Richards Memorial Drive and Haloff Way. The intersection, one block from Glacier Valley Elementary School, has been the site of two fatal traffic accidents since this summer.

Tlingits bring totem pole back to Angoon
After 95 years, Angoon's lost bear is home. Tlingits reclaimed their bear totem pole from the University of Northern Colorado in October and held a welcoming ceremony Saturday in Angoon. "When we brought it back, we had to welcome it home," Daniel Brown of Juneau said. "It was a happy time to have it back home."

... from Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council
Thanks to the efforts of many people, the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council had a very successful "S'More Salmon" fund-raiser over Labor Day weekend.

... from Resurrection Lutheran Church
The quilting group of Resurrection Lutheran Church thanks Alaska Marine Lines for donating their services by shipping 190 quilts which were sewn for Lutheran World Relief. The quilts as well as sweaters and school-kits will eventually be shipped to third world countries.

Photo: Entertaining supreme officers
Juneau Emblem Club No. 90 recently entertained Supreme Emblem Club President Billie Lee and Supreme Marshal Betsy Walter. The new supreme president and her officers were installed at the national convention, held at the Hilton Hotel in Anchorage earlier this month.

... to the Nugget Mall and its merchants
The Gastineau Humane Society brought the annual Pet Festival back to its traditional time and place this year. On Saturday, Oct. 4, the Nugget Mall graciously opened its doors to many of Juneau's pets and their owners for a fun-filled day of tail wagging, hamster racing, sculpting with dog food and more.

... from Hospice and Home Care of Juneau
During the week of Oct. 20, Hospice and Home Care of Juneau conducted flu clinics at the Juneau, Douglas and Valley Senior Centers and Fireweed Place. We would like to thank the following volunteers who graciously offered their time to help with this project.

... from Southeast Alaska Food Bank
The Southeast Alaska Food Bank would like to thank all of the employees and supporters of KJNO radio for the overwhelmingly successful food drive.

... for advertising designated driving plan
Mothers Against Drunk Driving thanks KTOO and Cabco for advertising safe transportation to and from the Wine Tasting event on Nov. 7. Providing public awareness of a designated driving plan is an essential tool in the prevention of drunk driving. Please thank KTOO and Cabco the next time you use their services.

... for helping us through bereavement
The family of Edward J. Fox would like to thank everyone for their time, donations, and support during our time of bereavement.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

... to the designer of new state credit union
I would like to thank the architect and contractor that designed and are building the new Alaska State Employees Credit Union next to the Post Office in the Valley.

James and Dorothy Carter graduate
The Revs. James and Dorothy Carter graduated from Shalom Bible College and Seminary of West Des Moines, Iowa, and White Horse Christian Training Center of Juneau. Both received a magna cum laude Sacred Degree of Master's of Divinity on Oct. 17, 2003.

Eugene 'Jim' Wood
Former Juneau resident Eugene "Jim" Wood, 79, died Nov. 3, 2003, at his home in Olympia, Wash.

Ev Schoeppe
Ev Schoeppe, 85, died Nov. 4, 2003, at her daughter's home in Juneau.

My Turn: Looking for solutions to traffic problems in Valley
Since 1985 I have been a resident of Juneau, living in the Valley off of Loop Road all of that time. Like many other Valley residents I travel Loop Road every day. Other than Egan Drive, Loop Road has got to be the busiest road in town. So much, we even have three traffic signals on the road with the outlook for another darn one at Valley Boulevard and Loop Road. But this letter is not about traffic signals, but about improving the safety of Loop Road.

My Turn: On 50th Veterans' Day remember price for peace
Long before Sept. 11 had any significance, America and the rest of the world observed Nov. 11 as an important day in history. At 11 o'clock in the morning, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the First World War - then known as the Great War - came to an end.

Juneau Parks and Recreation volleyball standings
Through Nov. 3.

Mite beats hype
The kid from the local high school stole the show - and all LeBron James could do was watch. Tiny Earl Boykins, who grew up in Cleveland, scored all 18 of his points in the second half as the Denver Nuggets ruined James' hyped home debut Wednesday night, 93-89 over the winless Cavaliers.

Life in midair
When Amber Johnson and Lesley Kalbrener jump to make a play during a volleyball match, they have an edge on the competition. As decorated veterans of the Juneau Jumpers jump rope team, leaping is something the two Juneau-Douglas High School players have practiced hundreds of thousands - maybe even millions - of times more than anyone else on the court. And the crossover benefits of jumping rope go far beyond leaving the ground.

Juneau Parks and Rec youth basketball
Standings through Nov. 6.

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

Crimson Bear swimmers dive into state meet
When the Juneau-Douglas High School boys swim team earned a share of the state title last year, the victory gave the Crimson Bears their first swimming state championship in 19 years. The Crimson Bears want a shorter wait between titles this time.

State swim champions and records
The Alaska state high school swim team champions since 1978. Champions from before 1978 are being researched and not all results are currently available. Sections of this list were compiled the Anchorage Daily News and others by the Juneau Empire.

Sports briefs
Short items from Juneau and elsewhere.

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

Board of Game approves aerial shooting of wolves
The Alaska Board of Game on Tuesday approved the state's first program in more than 15 years to shoot wolves from aircraft. Opponents said the plan was inhumane. "This is not something new. The board has been working on this for the last several years," said board chairman Mike Fleagle, who lives in McGrath, near one of the areas targeted because of declining moose populations blamed on wolf predation.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

UA union says it's close to striking
Leaders of a University of Alaska faculty union said Wednesday that contract negotiations were on the verge of collapse although UA president Mark Hamilton offered to enter into arbitration. "We're very close to a strike," said Barbara Harville, chief negotiator for the Alaska Community Colleges' Federation of Teachers, which represents about 315 faculty at rural campuses and community campuses.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

DEC head says enough land is set aside for conservation
The head of Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation says more than enough acres are being managed for conservation, and land set-asides aren't necessary for environmental protection.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Cartoon: The Swamp
Local cartoon by Toe.

Walk this way
Ice breakup, the way that different surfaces work together and collide, is a metaphor for personal development and change. So argues Anchorage art professor Kat Tomka in her new room-sized installation, "breakup III," opening as part of First Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at the Alaska State Museum and running through Jan. 10.

Briefly
Local entertainment news in brief.

Always tell your mother
As "Dusty," the protagonist in the Northern Light Junior Theatre's new production of the "The Night The Forest Cried," 12-year-old Aaron Cohen portrays a sixth-grader who died on Mount Juneau in 1977. The play is a fictionalized account of a real incident, and what makes the role difficult is that Cohen, like many of his castmates and, in fact, Dusty himself, attended Harborview Elementary.

What's Happening
A weekly calendar of arts and entertainment events in Juneau.

Love conquers all in 'King Stag'
When Italian playwright Carlos Gozzi finished writing the "The King Stag" sometime in the 1760s, he purposely left the script bare and open-ended - allowing his cast of great "commedia dell'arte" actors to improvise the dialogue and action. Almost 250 years later, New York writer/actor/director/filmmaker/teacher Richard Toth has completed his own adaptation for an ensemble cast of 14 at Perseverance Theatre.

Movies where & when
Local movie times and locations.

First Friday
Events taking place as part of First Friday.

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