Thursday, November 13, 2003

Lawyers, fish processors get bulk of fish suit settlement
About 4,500 commercial fishermen will receive an estimated average of $2,145 each as part of a $40 million settlement fund generated in the Bristol Bay salmon antitrust case. Lawyers and fish processors will get about three-quarters of the money. As part of an agreement to wrap up the eight-year class-action case, lawyers for the fishermen have agreed not to appeal their May trial loss.

State's e-commerce project draws protests
Web surfers on the Internet have been doing it for years: Finding bargains and buying items with the click of a mouse. Now the state of Alaska is going to try it. The state is getting ready to launch a pilot project to see if e-commerce procurement methods can save millions in administrative costs. The legislator who sponsored the program is hopeful, but the plan has drawn sharp criticism from vendors, union representatives and proponents of the state-supported "Buy Alaska" marketing program.

Capital Chevrolet under new management
Ryan Carter, who moved to Juneau from Missouri in late September, has taken over as general manager at Capital Chevrolet, replacing Rob Skinner, who held the position since February of 2001.

Health forum proves rewarding
Last year I went to the Women's Health Forum held here in Juneau for my first time. I went with a couple friends, which was really nice. It was like the girls' afternoon out - no kids, no men. It was one to two hours of socializing, having lunch and learning. It was great!

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.

Scout organizations key to rescue
I appreciated your dramatic front-page story about the lost hikers. However, the sub-headline is not quite accurate. The SEADOGS did respond, and the fact that search and rescue experts were on the way boosted the confidence of everyone at the scene. But the fact is that the lost children were found by Boy Scout and Cub Scout leaders and parents.

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.

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.

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.

We all need to take precautions
Lately there has been a lot of long-overdue dialogue on the subject of Juneau's drivers and pedestrian safety. I would like to add my two cents' worth.

Letter to school board: Teachers want a contract
An open letter to School Board members, the Juneau School District superintendent and the district negotiation team: We teachers at Floyd Dryden would like to express our deep concern and frustration about working without a contract.

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.

Unions file complaint on fast-ferry contracts
Three Alaska maritime labor unions have filed complaints with the state over the Department of Administration's refusal to negotiate with them individually on employee contracts for the new fast ferry Fairweather.

AmeriCorps's year of cuts to hurt SAGA
Next year's cut of 34 AmeriCorps volunteer positions at the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association likely will be in place for only a year, said Joe Parrish, executive director of Southeast Alaska Guidance Association, or SAGA.

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.

City health plan spurs worker petition
Some city employees surprised by a new policy allowing domestic partners to receive city health insurance benefits are backing a petition opposing the rule.

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

Key witness questions memory in Kmart case
A woman who said last week she gave Frank Brian Rowcroft the key to the Kmart cash cage on the morning the safe was emptied last year said Wednesday that times and dates are hard to remember.

Businessman Garrison remembered for big heart
Well-known local businessman Chris Garrison was found dead at his Starr Hill home Tuesday. He was 58. Garrison was born in Juneau and lived here all his life. He was known for his generosity, sporty cars, political ads and pointed bumper stickers.

Researchers allow non-Natives into study on drug to kick drinking
When longtime alcoholic David Borenin fell off the wagon again a few months after marrying his wife for the third time, she insisted he get help, but none of the treatment centers he could find would help him, he said.

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.

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

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

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.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

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.

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.

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

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

Weddings
Jensen, Cooper marry in San Diego

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.

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.

Anniversary
Denny, Bonnie Merritt celebrate 55th

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.

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

Shirly Jean Jackson
Kake resident Shirly Jean Jackson, 68, died Nov. 9, 2003, in Sitka.

My Turn: Internet tax would be costly for consumers
Within a matter of weeks, everyone who uses the Internet in Alaska is likely to face millions of dollars in new, multiple and discriminatory taxes on Internet access and services.

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.

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.

High school wrestling: Sitka Invitational
Complete results from last Saturday's wrestling tournament at Sitka High School.

Heat defeat Cavaliers
Eddie Jones scored 25 points and Lamar Odom added 14 points and 10 assists, helping Miami become the final NBA team to break into the victory column. LeBron James had 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting for Cleveland, which lost its 26th straight road game since February and failed in its bid for the franchise's first three-game winning streak since April 2002.

Fountain of youth
For the majority of this season's Juneau-Douglas High School varsity volleyball squad, last November was spent recuperating from three months of C Team play. What a difference a year makes.

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.

Two Crimson Bear wrestlers win titles at Sitka Invitational
Juniors Jordan Saceda and Jake Ritter led the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team with individual titles at last weekend's Sitka Invitational.

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

Defense bill includes millions for bases in Alaska
The Senate gave final approval Wednesday to a $401.3 billion defense bill that gives the Pentagon greater control over its civilian work force and eases environmental restrictions on the military.

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

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.

Photo: On foreign soil
Cpl. Steve McCormeck, with Canadian Forces stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base, stands sentry Tuesday at the graves of Canadian soldiers who died in Alaska during World War II.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Slapstick and drama
In the winter of 1995, director Richard Toth was a playwright and actor, living in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and directing at a small repertory theater in the center of the city. He returned to his home in the Bronx for Christmas and decided to visit a bookstore one day. He browsed through the international play section with the vague idea of finding an adaptation to take back to his company in Prague. It was there that he came across "King Stag" and the work of Italian dramatist and satirist Carlo Gozzi.

Movies: Where & when
Movie times at local theaters.

Beyond Heritage schedule of events
Events for the Native arts event that begins Sunday.

What goes into preparing for a concert
As an internationally touring performer, violinist Linda Rosenthal can't attend a concert without paying special attention to the preparation that went into the program. "It's an art unto itself," said Rosenthal, a University of Alaska Southeast professor and the artistic director for Juneau Jazz & Classics.

About the playwright
Carlo Gozzi was born in Venice, Italy, in 1720 and died in 1806. He spent three years in the military after his schooling, then began studying literature.

Have some guitar with your fiddle
When Irish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes met guitarist Dennis Cahill in Chicago in 1985, he was immediately struck by the American's fluency in classical, blues and rock styles. It helped that Cahill, a native of the Windy City, was well-versed in Irish tradition. His parents grew up in County Kerry, Ireland - about 60 miles southwest of Hayes' home in East County Clare.

Beyond Heritage
Ishmael Hope walks around town and rides the bus, and sees a lot of young Natives who have an "amazing amount of creativity." These are the new faces he hopes will contribute to the third annual Beyond Heritage, a four-day festival celebrating Native heritage and contemporary and traditional art. "It's about place-inspired art, and I'm inspired by Juneau," Hope said of the festival, which starts 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at Perseverance Theatre and continues Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 18, 19 and 21.

What's Happening
Calendar of upcoming arts and entertainment events in Juneau.

Briefly
Local arts and entertainment news in brief.

The Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

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