Friday, January 10, 2003

Business profile: Philip Fitzgerald
Title and company: Owner, Fitzgerald Woodworking. Biographical information: Fitzgerald, 26, decided to take up carpentry when he was 18 or 19 and a student at the University of Alaska Southeast, he said. He grew up in Juneau - his mother works for KTOO and his father is a professor at UAS - and didn't seriously consider carpentry as a career until he became a full-time student.

Entrepreneur offers cubicle gardens
Andrew Engstrom, owner of the window-cleaning business Capital City Window, began selling partition planters through his new business, Partition-Planters.com, in mid-December.

AlaskaDigest
Counseling available free; Haines releases planner; IRS offers online help.

Soap smooths skin - business thickens it
If Stacie Varner has learned anything in her 17 months of owning a business in Juneau, it's that businesspeople have to be thick-skinned. "Smooth-skinned, but thick," she said. Smooth skin is something Varner, the owner of a handmade-soap company that uses glacial silt as an exfoliant, knows well. Thick skin is something she's acquired after 1 1/2 years in the soap-making business, an industry she said is "really competitive" in Juneau.

Coaches are role models
As an avid and long-time fan of the JDHS boys and girls basketball teams, I feel compelled to comment on the conduct of former coach Jim Hamey.

Hamey worthy of support
Jim Hamey is a legend in Alaska basketball. He's known for his billowing voice, his dry wit, his sometimes-unorthodox coaching style, his knowledge of x's and o's, but most importantly his ability to win and bring home championships while instilling in his players key lessons about basketball and life.

Test of character
As a former player at Juneau-Douglas High School from 1980 to 1982, I feel constrained to respond to the recent indictment of Jim Hamey and the subsequent events after his dismissal as head coach.

Morally unacceptable
It is a little known fact that the rubella vaccine, part of the MMR used here in the U.S., was originally derived from tissue taken from the lung cells of an American fetus deliberately aborted in the 1960s. This vaccine is called RA 27/3 because the rubella virus was isolated from the kidney of the 27th aborted fetus sent to the Wistar Institute in the 1964 rubella outbreak. Other mandatory vaccines that are derived from aborted fetal tissue include hepatitis A, and the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine.

Understandable if not justifiable
For more than 30 years, the Juneau community has been blessed with Jim Hamey's gift for teaching students and basketball players not just about physical fitness and basketball, but about discipline, responsibility and compassion.

MacKinnon for manager
I'm so glad that the "people" have an opportunity to address this issue. The Assembly should be thankful they have someone as qualified as John MacKinnon to place in this position. I understand their dilemma with the wording of the current CBJ ordinance. My understanding is that this ordinance has been on the books since the early 1960s. Maybe it's time to update and/or remove it altogether.

No noise, no fuss
Iraq is a threat to this country because it is building nuclear weapons. North Korea already has them. Iraq won't give the U.N. inspectors access. The inspectors aren't complaining.

Unneighborly neighbors
Regarding Michael Millar's letter published in the Empire on Jan. 7, the Canada-U.S. relationship has been troubling me for a number of years.

To err is human
The face of Juneau has cringed. Coach Hamey and his actions and his emotions and perhaps his fears and his smiles and all else, however, can be summed up with the use of five letters, no gasping adjective needed, just the simple but beautiful word, human.

Man of integrity
I played for coach Hamey and I know him as a man of integrity. He always wanted to do the right thing and he taught that to his players.

Alaska Office Building - the beginning
With the state Capitol in the background and, in front of it, the cube-like building that housed J.B. Burford's office-supply business, the Alaska Office Building - the foreground scaffolding - begins its rise on Main Street in 1950.

Rock test
Kayla Roys tests a rock with her tongue during a free geology and mineral class held Tuesday evening by the Juneau Mineral Information Center. The center's supervisor, Chris DeWitt, told the children's class a novel test for the mineral chrysocolla was to see if it stuck to their tongue. The classes will be held every other Tuesday through April.

Jeep traps woman
A woman pinned beneath a Jeep on a Juneau hillside after a rollover accident Thursday was saved from being crushed when two men held the vehicle up until rescuers arrived.

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

Panel passes plan for new high school
The Juneau Assembly's Public Works and Facilities Committee on Wednesday voted to pass on to the full Assembly the school district's plan for a new high school in the Mendenhall Valley, but recommend that it be scaled back to a cost already approved by voters. The Assembly at its meeting Jan. 27 is expected to consider whether to approve the school district's $62 million plan or send it back to the Juneau School Board for revisions.

FYI
Births, Marriage Licenses, Business Licenses, Courts, Divorces and Judgments.

AroundTown
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Juneau Color: The bird man of Juneau
Jim King is a friend to birds - so much a friend that he's spent most of his life working to protect them.

Wilderness first aid class offered
Positions are available in a wilderness first aid basics course in Juneau. The course uses classroom teaching, practice and role playing to teach how to treat injuries and illnesses when professional help isn't available.

Images from another time: ANB-ANS gathering, 1945
Members of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood gather at an event in November 1945. In the front row from left are Andrew Gamble, Al Widmark and Elizabeth Peratrovich.

GCI changes lineup and raises its rates
General Communication Inc., the only company that provides cable television in Juneau, has announced changes in its stations and rates beginning in February. KIRO, the CBS Seattle-based affiliate that broadcast on cable channel 14, will no longer be carried by GCI. Instead, the company will use KTNL, a CBS affiliate that broadcasts out of Juneau and is operated by Ketchikan TV LLC.

Superintendent Cowan
When Gary Bader steps down at the end of this month, Peggy Cowan will step up. Cowan, assistant superintendent for instruction for the Juneau School District, will become interim superintendent with a strong possibility of taking over the system's top job.

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

Gladziszewski to join permanent fund corporation
Juneau City Tourism Director Maria Gladziszewski will move to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. as its communications director. Gladziszewski will replace Jim Kelly, who retired at the end of November, said Bob Bartholomew, chief operating officer for the corporation.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Stone named new city port director
City Engineering Director John Stone will move down the hall this spring to take a job as the city's port director.

Parents sue after bus-car collision
The families of two boys who were involved in a serious vehicle accident with a Capital Transit bus in November 2000 have filed separate lawsuits against the city, alleging the bus driver was at fault.

Board to decide 'customary trade'
The Federal Subsistence Board will meet Tuesday in Anchorage to develop a final rule for what it considers customary trade. Current regulations allow customary trade of subsistence-harvested fish and wildlife as long as it doesn't become a "significant commercial enterprise," a definition the board said is unclear.

'Buddy platoon' graduation
During a recent ceremony at Fort Benning, Ga., Bunny Mercer placed a blue cord around her son's shoulder signifying PVT Michael Mercer's investiture into the ranks of the infantry.

Kondro, Hynning marry
Karen Mae Kondro and Jacob Jermaine Hynning of Vancouver, Wash., were wed at the First Assembly of God church in Kelso, Wash., on June 29, 2002.

Loesch, Thorsteinson to marry
Jennifer Anne Loesch of Petersburg and Kirk Vincent Thorsteinson of Juneau will be married in a ceremony planned for Aug. 9, 2003, at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Petersburg.

Man from Juneau honored for 25 years of military service
The retirement ceremony for Lt. Col. Robert Isaac of Juneau was held Sept. 10 at United States European Command, Patch Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany. Isaac's 25 years of service in the U.S. Air Force is marked by many accomplishments.

Academic honors
R&M Engineering named Kevin Puustinen, a 1996 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, as the 2002/2003 recipient of the Ralph Migliaccio Scholarship.

'Every season is a time for generosity'
We have just concluded the Christmas holiday season. The familiar story is one of God's generosity revealed to the world in very meager and marginalized conditions. Jesus was born into our circumstances out of God's great love for humankind.

Thank you...
 

James P. Mortell
Former Juneau resident James Patrick Mortell, 45, died suddenly on Dec. 27, 2002, in Anchorage.

Willie Pearl Anderson
Juneau resident Willie Pearl Anderson, 82, died Dec. 14, 2002, in Juneau.

Dorothy B. Ebing
Former Juneau resident Dorothy Belle Ebing died Dec. 14, 2002, on Whidbey Island, Wash., one day before her 89th birthday.

My Turn: Community service has been done
M y daughter is a senior at JDHS and yesterday she sent me the news concerning coach Hamey's sentencing. If Richard Schmitz's comments are true, I am disgusted with the school administrators who were responsible for ousting coach Hamey in this manner as well as the comments by the district attorney.

My Turn: The difference between Iraq and Korea
"What price war with Iraq?" That's the opening question in a Juneau Empire, front-page story entitled: "War: Boon or bane for oil?" It could also be the opening question in another story in the same edition of the Empire entitled: "Iraqi casualty issue rising again." In the first story the "price" refers to the price of oil at U.S. pumps. In the second story it would be the "price" of death and suffering of Iraqi people.

Roughhouse boxing tonight
After winning the middleweight title in the Southeast Showdown last April, Matthew "The Goat" Coppick of Sitka tried his luck on a larger stage.

Wasilla boys hand Juneau first defeat
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team had its chances to beat the Wasilla Warriors during Thursday's opening round of the Alaska Prep Shootout at Anchorage's Dimond High School.

Local Scores
Ordway Basketball Standings.

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

Tompkins second in Huntsman Super-G
Juneau's Joe Tompkins had three clean runs last weekend, which led to his best finishes in three years at the Huntsman Cup disabled ski races in Park City, Utah.

Hamey leads Crimson Bears over Cougars
Bryan Hamey didn't get off to the best start in the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team's game Wednesday night against the Service Cougars. But he finished well, scoring 22 of his game-high 26 points in the second half as the Crimson Bears claimed a 71-59 victory at Anchorage's Service High School.

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.

Alaska Railroad to straighten track
The Alaska Railroad plans about $77 million in capital improvements this year, with some of the biggest projects slated for development in and around Anchorage.

Unruly passenger banned from air travel for one year
An Eagle River man who threatened a flight attendant has been banned from air travel for one year, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.

Police arrest 8 people for drug sales in Unalaska
Authorities in Unalaska arrested eight people Thursday for allegedly selling illegal drugs to an undercover agent.

Russian Orthodox Christmas
A mounted stuffed brown bear at the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak looks over a starring ceremony as carolers from the Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church sing Christmas carols Tuesday on Russian Orthodox Christmas.

Young retains leadership positions
Rep. Don Young, an Alaska Republican, will retain his chairmanship of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and his vice chairmanship of the Resources Committee, it was announced Thursday.

Subsistence proposals accepted
The Federal Subsistence Board is accepting proposals until March 28 on changes to federal subsistence rules for fishing on federal public lands and waters in Alaska.

AlaskaDigest
Johnsen named VP for faculty, staff relations; Bering snow crab fishery set to open; Sen. Murkowski gets committee seats; Anchorage police investigate homicide.

UA land bought for Seldovia landfill
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has approved spending $632,000 to buy land from the University of Alaska for a new landfill in Seldovia.

Cape Fox names new CEO
Cape Fox Corp. has hired the chairman of Alaska Pacific University's Business Administration Department as its new chief executive officer.

Alaska could be North Korea's first target
While the nuclear standoff between the United States and North Korea galvanizes international attention, Alaskans may be forgiven for taking a somewhat parochial interest.

Union eyes worker purchase of Wards Cove plant
Union fish processing workers want to buy one of the Wards Cove Packing Co. salmon plants targeted for closure. The workers of E.C. Phillips & Son in Ketchikan announced their interest Tuesday through the International Longshoreman and Warehousemen Union Local 200, Unit 61.

Man pleads guilty to same-day airborne hunting
An Eagle River man has pleaded guilty to illegally killing a moose on the same day he was airborne.

Snowmachine deaths down in mild winter
Lack of snow around much of the state has meant fewer snowmachine fatalities in Alaska this winter. So far, only two people have died in snowmachine-related accidents. Hudson Sam Jr., 27, of Huslia drowned when his snowmachine broke through the Koyukuk River ice on Oct. 26. Calvin Toal, 31, of Wasilla was killed Monday after the snowmachine he was driving smashed head-on into a pickup near Big Lake.

Opera star originally from Fairbanks nominated for 2003 Grammy Award
Fairbanks' homegrown opera star, Viveca Genaux, has been nominated for a Grammy Award.

3 eyeing post of House majority leader
Three people are eyeing the job of state House majority leader. Republican Reps. Gary Stevens of Kodiak, Lesil McGuire of Anchorage, and John Coghill of North Pole are considering a run for the position, which was left vacant when Lisa Murkowski resigned to become a U.S. senator. Murkowski was elected majority leader by House Republicans in November.

This Day in History
 

Anti-smoking activists dismayed by failing grade
The American Lung Association has given Alaska a failing grade for its efforts to protect its residents from secondhand smoke through smoking bans. The state also earned a C and two Bs in other areas on the first state-by-state tobacco control report card issued by the national group.

British Columbia likely to sell fast ferries for far less than their cost
Three fast ferries are on the auction block and are expected to sell for a fraction of their $292.5 million (U.S.) cost.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the Nation; In the World.

Scholarship Soiree
Women celebrate at last year's Tuxedo Junction fund raiser at the University of Alaska Southeast. This year's event, also a formal fund raiser, is the UAS Winter Scholarship Soiree, which celebrates the opening of the new library wing.

What's up with that?
Q: How were the runs at Eaglecrest named?; Q: Can you remind me of what the wintertime parking rules are for downtown streets?

The real Rory Stitt stands up
Juneau-grown actor-singer-songwriter Rory Merritt Stitt has come a long way from his role as Dr. Frank N. Furter in Perseverance Theatre's 1998 production of "The Rocky Horror Show."

Best Bets: Rory Stitt and Christmas love-handle strategy
There is a vacuum in this newsroom where Riley Woodford used to be. The man knows the arts and entertainment world in this little burg like Martha Stewart knows heirloom tomato varieties. Someone in the Empire advertising department said it right when they heard I was taking over: "Dang, girl, you got some big shoes to fill." I don't suppose it is worth hoping they will be Manolo Blahnik pumps.

Briefly
JUNEAU - Trumpet player Rick Trostel and pianist Lorrie Heagy will play a classical concert at the Aldersgate Methodist Church at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12.

Will rock for food
David Conway, 20, started a record label in his Mendenhall Valley bedroom last summer. This weekend Dave's Bedroom Records will release its first CD and an EP at a concert and canned food drive held at the Elks Lodge.

The Swamp

movies where & when
"Emperor's Club," (PG-13) ends Thursday, Jan. 9, last show at 7 p.m. at Glacier Cinemas.

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