Wednesday, December 25, 2002

Tell city about beavers
So now it's the beavers. Shame on the U.S. Forest Service. I say that as a Forest Service brat, raised by a grandfather who worked with the USFS most of his life and taught his family respect for wild creatures. He must be spinning over this nonsense.

Supports MacKinnon
I, too, must voice my displeasure with the failure of the Juneau Assembly to select John MacKinnon as city manager. They cite city statutes as their justification for ignoring him. Hmmm.

Leave it to beaver
So, the U.S. Forest Service is going to kill some beaver that are threatening a small piece of our recreation. I like seeing what the beaver have been up to. How many tourists or even locals have seen a beaver lodge?

Appreciates article on teachers
I feel like such a sap, lump in my throat and tears running down my face. I just finished reading page C10 of Sunday's paper, the article "Teachers aver some gifts from students are simply priceless," and want to thank you for printing it.

Students want second teen center
We are students at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. We are promoting a new teen "hangout" to be created in the Mendenhall Valley. We feel that if a second hangout were created, then it would not only provide a safe place for teens, but would reduce drug use. The second hangout could be a drug use-free area.

Upcoming session important to Alaska
The state of Alaska has many serious problems looming over it. In 10 years Southcentral Alaska is expected to run out of natural gas used to heat homes, generate electricity, and support businesses. We have a serious fiscal problem that will become a disastrous fiscal debacle within a few years if we don't start dealing with it now.

Photo: Christmas spirit
U.S. Forest Service employee Beth Pendleton stacks donated gifts for delivery to the Juneau AWARE shelter. Specific gifts were donated by employees at the Forest Service's Alaska Regional Office to match wish lists submitted by a mother and her seven children.

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

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

Fish plan includes Auke Bay change
The state's fish stocking plan, which calls for releasing 7.2 million fish into Alaska waters next year, includes a change for Auke Bay in Juneau. The 2003 draft sport fish stocking plan, recently released by the state Department of Fish and Game, makes few changes over the 2002 plan. It covers the release of king salmon, silver salmon, Arctic char, grayling and rainbow trout.

Murkowski: mercy for the beavers
The U.S. Forest Service, after hearing from Gov. Frank Murkowski, decided not to lethally trap a troublesome colony of beavers in the Dredge Lakes area this winter. Betty Seguin, who lives near Dredge Lakes, said the news about the beavers was "wonderful." "When I take my walk today I'll let them know they're safe for another year," she said.

This Day in History
In 1914, the first ore train in the Juneau area operated from the Perseverance Mine to the mill at Thane, south of Juneau.

Photo: Hope for a white Christmas?
Scott Neal, 12, shovels sidewalks for a fee Monday on Front and Franklin streets. There may be a white Christmas: The National Weather Service is calling for a 60 percent chance of snow on Christmas Day.

Psst - Here's what's under Christmas trees
At Gourmet Alaska, it is the Homer Simpson talking beer-can opener. At Annie Kaill's, it's "art, lots of art." And at Hearthside Books it's a magnetic building toy called Geomag. Most stores in Juneau report fairly normal sales this Christmas season. The most popular products, though, are sometimes surprising.

George Jim 'Ka'hook' Brouillette
Juneau resident George Jim "Ka'hook" Brouillette died Nov. 5, 2002.

Alsakan editorial: Bush should revise roadless rule
Ketchikan and other resource-development-dependent communities need President Bush. The Bush administration should revise the roadless rule established by its predecessor. The rule severely harms Alaska's timber industry, which was nearly politicized out of existence in the Clinton era. It also creates a potentially devastating danger to the forests and impedes road construction for other purposes, such as recreation and tourism.

Cavaliers finally win after close calls
CLEVELAND - After a week of near-misses, close calls and blown chances, the Cleveland Cavaliers remembered how to win. "We closed the game out like we're supposed to," Cavs guard Ricky Davis said. Rookie Smush Parker's three-point play keyed an 11-2 game-ending spurt and Davis scored 33 points Monday night, as Cleveland snapped a four-game losing streak with a 74-72 win over the Miami Heat.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Moving on up
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team came oh so close to winning its 12th state championship last year, only to finish the season as the state runner-up. As the Crimson Bears prepare to open their 2002-03 season this weekend, they're looking to move up a spot at the Class 4A state tournament. Even though Juneau lost six players to graduation, the Crimson Bears still have a strong core group of returners that should have Juneau battling with preseason state favorites Wasilla and defending champion Bartlett.

Appeals court upholds Sitka asbestos case convictions
ANCHORAGE - A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the convictions of the owner of an asbestos removal company who flushed chemicals, asbestos and antifreeze down drains that emptied into Silver Bay in Sitka. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Rick Rushing's convictions for violating the federal Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act during the cleanup of a pulp mill, as well as various other sentences imposed.

State Briefs
Sled dogs find new homes for holidays; Most charges dismissed against youth; Trooper director retires; Three die in crash; FNA director steps down; Man whoe gave alcohol to teens in jail again

Lion's share of sea-lion funds goes to Washington
ANCHORAGE - The Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference has released a report on how it distributed $30 million in federal funds among more than 15,000 individuals, businesses and communities. The money is intended to offset revenue lost when commercial fishing was restricted to protect endangered Steller sea lions.

Republicans working to fill Lisa Murkowski's House seat
Republicans in Anchorage are working quickly to fill the state House seat vacated by Lisa Murkowski, who was recently appointed to the U.S. Senate. Murkowski was appointed to the position by her father, Gov. Frank Murkowski, on Friday, leaving open her House seat representing District 18.

Postal Service brings gifts to town after fire
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Postal Service organized a drive to bring Christmas presents to the Norton Sound village of St. Michael, where a post office fire 10 days ago destroyed gifts for dozens of families. "A lot of people had their Christmas presents and COD (packages) destroyed, including our postmaster, who lost presents for her kids," Postal Service spokeswoman Kathy Phillips said in Anchorage.

Feds: State owns submerged land
The federal government conceded recently that Alaska owns much of the lands under saltwater in the Tongass National Forest. But the state and feds are still arguing about who owns the lands under Glacier Bay and certain other Southeast waters. "You have the federal government saying they're willing to do a settlement with the state that acknowledges the state has title to a very large proportion of submerged land lying under the marine waters in Southeast Alaska," said Dave Bedford, director of the Southeast Alaska Seiners Association, of the Tongass concession.

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