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Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Business Digest
Isadore promoted to GM of Breakwater Inn, Morgan joins firm of Wostmann and Associates

Juneau's paintball community is responsible
After reading Mr. Curtis's letter, I sat back in wondering what brought on such an outburst. Then I wondered what exactly was he trying to say other than to personally slander Mr. Madsen and to offend many other citizens of Juneau?

Thanks to search and rescue teams
Saturday afternoon three adults and six middle schoolers took a short stroll on the new boardwalk trail at the Eagle River Recreation area. The adults stopped for a minute and five of the kids ran ahead out of sight. The kids were sure they knew the way. The adults were sure they were safe on the one-mile handicap-accessible loop trail.

Why aren't dead spruce trees harvested now?
I am a secretary for a small general contractor here in Anchorage. My boss just told me that all construction materials will be hard to find in the near future because California has bought it all up.

Sorry to see that Elkins was dropped
"What?" said the King. "You dare disagree with me? Off with your head!"The above scenario belongs in fiction rather than in the Alaska state government. However, Jim Elkins recently discovered that his political head was cut off merely because he expressed some concern about the Longevity Bonus when speaking to Ketchikan AARP.

Listening to the symphony from afar
Last weekend I had the pleasure of listening to the stunning live performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony by the Juneau Symphony and Chorus. Under the direction of Kyle Wylie Pickett, the Juneau Symphony has reached a new artistic level.

Money better spent on additional ferries
I would like to respond to Charley Larson's letter from last week Thursday. I agree with Mr. Larson that affordability should be a huge consideration when we consider whether to support the Juneau-Skagway road proposal. On the surface it appears taking a ferry trip to Skagway is more expensive than a road trip, but Mr. Larson ignores other costs that should be part of the equation.

Automobile safety is simple: Obey the law
Juneau's dreadful history with deadly automobile accidents has one common denominator: Inattentive drivers. Exclusive of the recent tragedy at Loop Road and Stephen Richards Drive, in my 23 years of driving the streets of Juneau I have witnessed some of the most insane driving anywhere. I have driven such infamously dangerous cities as Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles as well as other large metropolis, but nothing compares to here.

Elkins' honesty was refreshing
How refreshing it was to read that Jim Elkins of Ketchikan candidly admitted that Gov. Murkowski selected him for a legislative seat because "I'm a lifelong Republican" and "I've raised a lot of money for those guys."

We're not gaining enough from metals mining
Economic development is a common "buzz" word among politicians in Alaska as one way to solve our state's financial woes.

Say no to percent of market value proposal
Why do we need the POMV (percent of market value) scheme?

The Glacier in the 1920's
This 1920s photograph shows the Mendenhall Glacier in the background along with a group of glacier-sculpted-rocks that were partially underwater at the time this photograph was taken.

District school-bus changes loom
Next school year, the Juneau School District may have to cut some bus routes or change schools' starting times to balance its transportation budget, a consultant has suggested.

Photo: A taste of fall
Roger Healy watches as his son, Igor, 5, catches raindrops while strolling on the beach near the Mendenhall Glacier on Sunday.

Lost hikers tell of waiting and rescue
Huddled on the frozen ground 312 miles up the Eagle Glacier Trail, five middle-school students spent three hours Saturday evening singing, telling jokes and thinking about what they were going to do when they were warm again.

Correction
A photo caption on the Neighbors page in Friday's Empire misspelled the name of Erich DeLand.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1863, Hudson Stuck, Alaska missionary, mountain climber and author, was born in England. • In 1974, a fast-moving storm with 70 mph winds battered Nome, flooding streets, destroying homes and leaving smaller communities without adequate food and water.

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

Correction
A headline on a brief that ran on Friday's Neighbors page incorrectly stated the name of the organization receiving a $25,000 donation from Wells Fargo Bank Alaska. The organization is the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Foundation.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1897, the Skagway post office was established with William B. Sampson as postmaster. • In 1939, the seventh legal hanging in Alaska occurred in Juneau. Nelson Charles had been convicted of killing his mother-in-law in a drunken rage.

American Legion hosts ceremony to honor vets
In recognition of Veterans Day, American Legion Auke Bay Post 25 will honor those who have fought for their country during a ceremony at 11 a.m. today at the National Guard Armory.

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.

Williams receives achievement award
Wallace "Sandy" Williams credits the good people around him for many of his contributions to the Juneau community.

Speaking of the spokesman
John Manly's job as Gov. Frank Murkowski's press secretary comes with a few perks, but expedited passport renewal apparently is not one of them.

Witness: Rowcroft had key for cash
A second witness testified Monday that Frank Brian Rowcroft had the key to the Kmart cash cage on Easter morning in 2002, when nearly $100,000 was believed to have been taken from the safe at the now-closed Juneau store.

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.

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

Stamping out violence
AWARE Executive Director Saralyn Tabachnick, left, admires a framed copy of a new stamp given to her Monday by Dianne P. Horbochuk, Alaska district manager for the U.S. Postal Service, at the AWARE shelter for battered women and children.

Shirly Jackson
Kake resident Shirly Jackson died Nov. 9, 2003, in Sitka. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Salvation Army in Juneau.

Keeping a holiday project going
For the past seven years the Juneau Yacht Club has furnished Christmas food baskets to a wide variety of deserving clientele of the Salvation Army, Glory Hole, St. Vincent De Paul and the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS: • Cowboy action shoot - A cowboy action shoot will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Hank Harmon Rifle Range. Registration is at 9 a.m. New shooters are welcome; cowboy attire is requested. Info: Evengood Guysmiss (John Barnett), 364-2514.

Cleveland Cavs win second consecutive game
CLEVELAND - LeBron James took his game outside, and he wasn't cold at all. James scored 17 points - all on jumpers beyond 16 feet - and Chris Mihm had 19, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 94-80 win Monday night over the listless New York Knicks.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS:• Raincountry Flyfishers monthly meeting - The Raincountry Flyfishers will hold a regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Mendenhall River School Library. Jon Lyman will give a presentation on the Federation of Fly Fishers and its Alaska Council. He will also discuss the art of bamboo rod construction. New members and visitors are always welcome. Info: Tony Soltys, 789-9159, or Steve Martin, 790-2206.

Correction
In a story on a wrestling meet in Hoonah that ran in last Wednesday's Empire, the year and record listed for Juneau-Douglas High School wrestler Clinton Clark were incorrect. Clark is a sophomore and posted a 5-0 record at the meet.

Photos: Spiking & Swimming
Images from last weekend's Region V volleyball tourney and state swim & dive meet

Veterans Day 8K
The air was chilly and the course icy, but 19 runners braved the conditions to complete Saturday's Veteran's Day 8K race on the Kaxdigoowu Heen Trail along the Mendenhall River.2003

Representation requested on federal panel for subsistence
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Frank Murkowski wants a state representative on the federal subsistence board, a request opposed by groups like the Alaska Federation of Natives.

Grant to help Alaska tribe sell crafts online
PHILADELPHIA - When he attended a child's birthday party in a remote Alaska village one recent summer, researcher Steve Dinero was surprised to find the pinata, pizza and cake that mark children's parties in the Lower 48.

Companies move into producing North Slope's heavy oil
ANCHORAGE - Jason Brink opened a small valve on well 1C-104 and caught globs of bubbly, dark, faintly ruddy gunk in a metal bucket. "Looks more like Play-Doh than oil," said Brink, an engineer for ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc.

Alaska's Green Party wins access to '04 ballot
ANCHORAGE - The Green Party of Alaska has won a temporary court order guaranteeing its candidates space on statewide ballots next year.

Photo: Anxious for snow
Willy the dog is ready to go as musher Peter Bartlett hooks up his sled dogs to a four-wheeler near Willow last week to train his sled dogs for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Bartlett is hoping for a freeze and some snow to so he can begin training with a sled near his Willow home for his third trip up the Iditarod Trail.

Alaska Digest
JAMHI to open housing for homeless veterans JUNEAU - The Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc. has been awarded more than $244,000 in federal grants to open a seven-bed transitional housing complex for homeless veterans.

Alaska Digest
Stevens crab quota bill faces challenge FAIRBANKS - A proposal to guarantee seafood processing companies a large share of Alaska's lucrative Bering Sea crab catch faces a challenge on the U.S. Senate floor this week.

Haines officials: Fast ferry may be a mixed blessing for town
HAINES - Tourism officials in Haines are happy the state's new fast ferry will service their community but they're concerned that its runs may mean fewer trips to a close neighbor - Skagway.

State granted $3.5 million to treat disorders
Alaska has been awarded a $3.5 million federal grant to help the state provide treatment services for people with both substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Drug, alcohol rehabilitation plan puts focus on diet
FAIRBANKS - Audrey Sunnyboy noticed a troubling trend when she entered the drug and alcohol treatment field in 1990.

The process of passing laws through the back door
WASHINGTON - What do lawn mowers, smog standards and Alaska crabs have in common? Each is the subject of an effort in Congress to weaken environmental laws. Each provision is at the top of a wish list of a special interest group in a powerful lawmaker's home state or district. And each lawmaker is trying to win approval of his pet provision by attaching it to legislation that Congress has to pass as it rushes to finish its business for the year and go home for Thanksgiving.

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