Wednesday, November 12, 2003

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.

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."

Ferry advantages
In his letter of Nov. 7, Mr. Mel Adkins bemoans the cost of traveling by ferry to Alaska. Sure, with a vehicle and stateroom it can be spendy, but I think it's all relative to the quality of the experience only a journey by ferry can offer. Taking the ferry is the most relaxing form of travel I know, and I've traveled all over the world.

Thanks for symphony and broadcast
Bravo! Congratulations Kyle Wiley Pickett, Juneau Symphony and Juneau Symphony Choir; the season opener is a stunning success. My granddaughters and I thoroughly enjoyed Saturday night's performance.

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.

Toe cartoon hits the mark
Kudos to Toe for his editorial comic in Sunday's edition. I think we've all been victims to the ruthless enforcers of Juneau's hidden school tax.

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.

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.

Party challenges healthy
Mahatma Gandhi said that the things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice.

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.

Raise money with ORV riding area
The lost tax revenues on not having a place to ride off-road vehicles (motorcycles and three-wheelers) is an example of selfishness and waste. A few people did not like people riding ORVs, so it became illegal to ride in Juneau.

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.

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.

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

New group pushes for better ferries
The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council has helped form a lobbying group to promote better ferry service in the state. Former DOT Southeast Region Director Bob Doll will serve as executive director.

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.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

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.

Diabetic offers reward for stolen meds
The person who rifled a pickup parked outside Western Auto-Marine for 10 minutes Saturday afternoon may have thought the black bag taken was a purse. The 44-year-old man who owns the bag said the big red cross on the bag should have been a clue that it could be a matter of life and death.

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.

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

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.

Honoring Veterans
Juneau tribute to those who served Local veterans: Gary Berry, 64, left, and Harold Wheaton Sr., 85, sing "God Bless America" on Tuesday at the close of Veterans Day ceremonies at the Alaska National Guard Armory in Juneau. Berry served in the U.S. Coast Guard and Wheaton served in the Army during World War II.

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.

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

Around Town
Today: Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380. Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska •In 1912, the steamer Portland, the gold ship that started the Klondike Gold Rush, was wrecked at Katalla. • In 1952, the Juneau Memorial Library was dedicated.

National TV show zooms in on Juneau kids
Juneau youths who help the community will be featured on the national PBS television program "ZOOM" through local affiliate KTOO, station officials said.

Pets of the week
Bob Beautiful markings, nice temperament, does noodle Merlin Likes everybody, behaves well, is low-maintenance

Juneau Women's Health Forum slated
"It's something we need, it's going to be fun, and the food is going to be delicious," explains Eunice Akagi. She's encouraging her friends to attend this year's Women's Health Forum scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 15, at Centennial Hall. Jane MacKinnon looks forward to the health care experts brought in from out of town. "They have some terrific speakers that have up to the minute information," she said.

Thank You
... for help with Riverbend breakfast program

Mine, mine, mine
A clutter of gulls do lunch last week off a city dock after a pair of large crabbers off-loaded their catch and washed their decks down.

Weddings
Jensen, Cooper marry in San Diego

Anniversary
Denny, Bonnie Merritt celebrate 55th

Neighbors Digest
staff and Wire reports The Alaska Capital Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants will hold its monthly luncheon at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Goldbelt Hotel. The Alaska Capital Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants will hold its monthly luncheon at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the Goldbelt Hotel.

William 'Bill' Potter
Former Juneau resident William "Bill" Potter, 65, died June 16, 2003, at his home in Davidson, N.C.

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.

What most Americans didn't get to see on Veterans Day
The most famous American soldier of the Iraqi war is the one who says she didn't fire a shot - her gun jammed - and who feels, yeah, "used" as a symbol of military triumph when it's her comrades and rescuers who deserve the credit.

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.

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

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS: Friday, Nov. 14 • Roughhouse Friday boxing - Event starts at 8 p.m. Friday at Marlintini's Lounge, with a ring girl contest at 9 p.m. on Thursday. Boxers and ring girls are needed. Boxers should call 635-9162 and ring girls call 723-7134 to register. Ticket info: Marlintini's Lounge, 789-0799.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lynch rescuer honored at Veterans Day ceremonies
ANCHORAGE - A soldier credited with helping Army Pvt. Jessica Lynch survive a firefight in Iraq was honored Tuesday at Veterans Day ceremonies.

Nutrition writer calls salmon No. 1 food for athletes
SITKA - Alaska salmon is not only good for you, at least one prominent sports nutritionist also says salmon is the most important food an endurance athlete can eat. Liz Applegate, nutrition editor of Runners' World magazine, has written a column in the November issue calling canned salmon a must in the pantry of any serious athlete, or anyone, for that matter.

Alaska Girl Scouts trap beavers, trigger protests
By RACHEL D'ORO

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