Wednesday, December 3, 2003

An apology to the wolves
To the Alaskan wolf population: Deep is my regret to inform you that another winter is upon us and so brings another murder bill. For over five decades you have managed to survive beneath a blanket of legal poisoning, trappings and executions. But you have always known, and continue to know, private poaching for delight and pelts. Once again the politicians and corporate biologists have skewed the data, skewed the reasoning and have risen another death warrant.

The criminals are here
Once again someone thinks my concerns are about the criminal element in Haines and Skagway. Look at Juneau's population, people. The criminals are here.

Don't understand oil deal
Governor Murkowski has stated numerous times that resource development will solve our budget crisis. If that is so, I do not understand why senators Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski added an amendment to the National Energy Bill that will eliminate both the federal and state payment of oil royalties from any oil coming out of NPR-A.

A word of warning
Parents, especially those who live in a cul-de-sac: Please don't let your children play in the pile of snow that has not been removed. It is extremely dangerous when our snow-removal employees arrive to dispose of the snow bank.

Credit where it's due
Thank you for your recent article highlighting the computer program Fast ForWord that the Juneau School District has implemented to assist children in learning. We are the parents of Thane Reishus-O'Brien, one of the children featured in the article. The reporter, however, did not include the credit Thane's classroom teacher also deserves.

For Skagway, fast ferries are the safest
I fine it odd that recent letter writers discuss Whitehorse crime without knowing anything about it. There is crime in Whitehorse - probably more than in Juneau - because there are many more people in the Yukon out of work.

New no-parking spot
Here's a heads-up for my fellow Juneauites who use the campground for winter skiing/walking: The U.S. Forest Service has apparently decided to make up its Bush shortfalls by putting a no-parking sign on the short strip between the entry to the campground and the parking area for Skater's Cabin.

Partner coverage is not a religious issue
I would like to respond to Mr. Westad's letter concerning domestic partnership benefits as passed by the Juneau Assembly. The city of Juneau, or any other, is a government institution and not a religious institution. The U.S. Constitution separates the two entities. One makes civil law and the other makes religious law. The issue of domestic partner benefits is a civil law with civil rights implications.

Road won't solve capital debate
I was very interested to read Ione Ackerman's statement that a road from Juneau to Skagway/Haines would be beneficial to all three towns. If this is so then I would love Ione to spell out these benefits, especially those to Skagway and Haines.

NorQuest to stop canning humpies
NorQuest Seafoods won't can pink salmon next season, a move that affects about 15 seiners in Southeast and hits on the broader question of markets for struggling salmon fishermen.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1903, the B.M. Behrends Mercantile Company was incorporated in Juneau. • In 1959, Phil Holdsworth, then commissioner of natural resources, said "We'll flood the Bureau of Land Management with applications in the next six months," as the state increased the pace of acquiring the 104 million acres of land granted by the Statehood Act.

Searchers locate two lost hunters
Local rescue teams found two deer hunters who became separated from their partners this weekend in the wilderness.

Chamber wins effort to get business-vehicle exemption
The city exempted commercial vehicles from its new motor vehicle registration tax after the Chamber of Commerce lobbied against the move for business reasons, chamber executive director Todd Saunders said. The exemption comes at a time when the business community is trying to repeal or change the current business personal property tax structure.

City committee eyes funds for new arts center
The Juneau Assembly's Committee of the Whole agreed Monday to consider funding $25,000 toward the first performing arts center in Juneau.

White Gold
The heavy snowfall that hit Juneau over the weekend may have provided gnarly powder for shredding down The Face run at Eaglecrest Ski Area, but to those who operate the facility, it's white gold.

Group presents case to ground wolf shootings
ANCHORAGE - Lawyers argued Tuesday in Superior Court over whether a state-sponsored predator-control program allowing hunters to shoot wolves from airplanes should be permanently grounded.

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

Photo: Douglas minister, 1918
This photograph, taken in 1918, shows the Rev. O.B. Whitmore next to a waterfall in the Juneau-Douglas area.

Images from another time: Moose encounter
This 1920s photograph shows a Southeast hunter in a close encounter with an adult male moose. Moose are the most common big-game species hunted in Alaska, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Panel shaping survey on possible dog restrictions
Capital Kennel Club of Juneau opposes dog-free areas or any other increased regulations, club representative Sue McGregor told the Dog Task Force on Monday. The kennel club's position comes as the task force is working on a survey to the community about how to solve dog and open space issues.

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

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.

Crews clear streets after snow piles up as high as 19 inches in some parts of town
Juneau street crews Tuesday continued to take advantage of a break in the weather to clear away remnants of a snowy November.

Governor's House open today for annual Christmas party
Juneau residents will get a chance to ring in the holiday season with the traditional open house at the Governor's House today.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska: • In 1906, Frank H. Waskey was seated at the first delegate in the U.S House of Representatives from Alaska. He had, however, no voting power in Congress.

Thane slide closes 1 lane
A landslide sent part of Thane Road's base slipping to the beach below, reducing traffic to a single land on Tuesday.

Pets of the Week!
Pets of the week...Sweet, impetuous Boomer is convalescing; Ebony trickster will allow you to brush him

Weddings
Rice, Shaw to marry in January ceremony; Weir, George to wed at Northern Light United Church

Thank you...
... for sponsoring Red Ribbon Campaign

Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School Honor Roll
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School staff is proud to celebrate the students on the honor roll. We encourage each family to celebrate this event and the accomplishments of your child. These students are developing the habits for success! Asterisk denotes all A's.

The fireman mayor - and proud of it
Emery Valentine was Juneau's thirteenth mayor, and the first to be elected as mayor directly by the voters. (The town's first 12 - from1900 to 1917 - were elected by the city council from among their own members, according to a "Juno's Days of Yore" column written by historian Bob DeArmond in April 1986). Valentine served a total of six, one-year terms, from 1908 to1912 and from 1917 to 1919.

Neighbors Digest
Adopt-A-Family program The St. Vincent de Paul Society would like to announce its annual Adopt-A-Family program. Families needing assistance this holiday season must register in person at the main office at 8617 Teal St. Registration forms are now available through Friday, Dec. 12. SVdP warmly encourages families and organizations to become sponsors and to help grant the wishes of local families in need.

Holiday mood
Fresh festoons grace the balustrade atop the Governor's House on Thanksgiving Day.

Mary Ellen Zylinski
Former Juneau resident Mary Ellen Zylinski, 73, died Nov. 19, 2003, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minn.

Louisa Clark
Juneau resident Louisa Clark, 89, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at the Wildflower Court in Juneau.

Robert E. Nyman
Robert E. Nyman, 60, died Nov. 30, 2003, at his home in Juneau.

Smoking ban infringes on our private property rights
When is it time to stand up for your rights? When is enough going to be enough? Well, if you're a smoker or someone who believes in the basic rights of private property owners, then now is the time. The Juneau Clean Air Alliance (JCAA) is planning on introducing a change to Smoking Ordinance No. 2001-40 to the Juneau Assembly that will ban smoking in all private businesses, including beverage dispensary licensed bars which are currently exempt from the current smoking ordinance.

My turn: No thanks, no need for false motivation of 'school spirit'
No thanks, I don't want your school spirit and have no intention of showing my own. I'm tired of school spirit. I'm sick of clapping and screaming. I'm sick of pep rallies. I'm sick of JDHS sweatshirts and fake enthusiasm for a school when truthfully any logic behind school spirit eludes me.

Table tennis oasis
As wind whistled and rain rattled the garage door, a truck bay at Alaska Electric Light and Power transformed into a table tennis oasis earlier this week. For more than three years, a small group of dedicated table tennis players has gathered, usually twice a week, at AEL&P headquarters to improve their game, get a workout and have fun.

Sports in Juneau
Saturday, Dec. 6 • 10th annual Jingle Jog - The 10th annual Jingle Jog, a 5-kilometer run or 1-mile walk, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. Check in at 9 a.m. at the parking lot of JRC/The Alaska Club's Mendenhall Valley location. Cost is $10 in advance or $12 day-of-race for adults, and $3 for kids. Pre-registration is available at JRC/The Alaska Club. Festive wear is encouraged.

Record falls as 100-plus teams enter Iditarod
KNIK - One record has already been set in next year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. For the first time, more than 100 mushers have signed up to run the race of more than a thousand miles from Anchorage to Nome. The official number was 107, but one applicant has withdrawn.

Skagwayan on Syracuse football team
Stan Bush of Skagway went to Syracuse University to learn how to be a sportscaster. He didn't expect to write his own "Rudy" story.

Nuggets win in rookie redux
DENVER - LeBron vs. Carmelo the sequel was better than the original. It still had the same ending.

Wake Forest cruises in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Eric Williams scored 25 points and freshman Chris Paul had 20, both career highs, to lead No. 18 Wake Forest to a 100-67 victory over Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night.

Local Basketball Scores
Local basketball scores

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS: Saturday, Dec. 6 • 10th annual Jingle Jog - The 10th annual Jingle Jog, a 5-kilometer run or 1-mile walk, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. Check in at 9 a.m. at the parking lot of JRC/The Alaska Club's Mendenhall Valley location. Cost is $10 in advance or $12 day-of-race for adults, and $3 for kids. Pre-registration is available at JRC/The Alaska Club.

Report: Sitka wages down, while population is up
A decline in industrial jobs, an aging population, low salmon prices and an increase in lower-paying jobs all have contributed to a decrease in per-capita income for Sitkans, according to a new report.

Petersburg Pilot publishers purchase Wrangell Sentinel
The Petersburg Pilot and the Wrangell Sentinel, two weekly newspapers serving central Southeast Alaska, are now under the same ownership.

Anchorage parks rank high among 6 other cities
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage's parks are getting high marks from consultants hired to help update the city's parks plan. The consultants compared municipal parks here with those in six other cities: Boise, Idaho ; Boulder, Colo.; Duluth, Minn.; Portland, Ore.; Spokane, Wash.; and Vancouver, B.C.

Experts: Diabetes likely to rise among Alaska youth
When Ketchikan dietitian Carey Guthrie visits a middle-school classroom to talk about nutrition, she can spot the students most likely to become diabetic.

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports

Alaska Digest
Gov. Murkowski takes to airwaves in first anniversary segment JUNEAU - Gov. Frank Murkowski promised full funding for K-12 education next year and additional help for seniors hurt by his veto of the Longevity Bonus program.

Haines man competes in heartthrob contest
Luke Hedrick of Haines has stood up to the judgment of Harvard admissions counselors. But that may be a breeze compared to what he'll face next year: the whims of 14-year-old girls.

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