Friday, November 14, 2003

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.

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.

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.

Cook Inlet oil and gas leases win federal agency's approval
A federal agency recommends that the biggest oil and gas lease offering in Cook Inlet in two decades should go ahead next year, as long as tracts along the lower tip of the Kenai Peninsula and Barren Islands are deleted for environmental reasons.

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.

Domestic partners deserve benefits
Kudos to the City and Borough of Juneau for their recent move to offer health insurance to domestic partners of city employees.

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.

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!

Ferry decisions need closer examination
Recent decisions by the state regarding the Alaska Marine Highway need to be re-examined. If adding the fast ferry Fairweather to the system results in the sidelining of the Taku and loss of mainline ferry service in the upper Lynn Canal, along with the loss of regular ferry service between Haines and Skagway, we are shooting ourselves in the foot.

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.

Tourist changes mind, opposes road
When I opened the Empire this morning I was delighted to see Jane's letter. Well, Jane, I never said the ferry was a bad experience. In fact, I enjoyed the trip through the Inside Passage very much.

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.

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.

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.

Workers offer counter-petition on domestic partner benefits
City workers opposed to a petition against health care coverage for domestic partners are countering with their own petition.

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

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

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.

Rowcroft case goes to jury deliberations
Jurors deciding the fate of the man accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from Kmart last year want testimony from two witnesses replayed this morning before returning to deliberations.

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.

Aerial pesticide rules to go into effect
Controversial aerial pesticide spraying regulations that caught the interest of state lawmakers last session will go into effect Nov. 30 over the protests of environmentalists.

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

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

Photo: Taking flight
A bald eagle takes off Thursday from its snow-trimmed tree perch near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

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.

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal proceedings.

Women's health forum aims to motivate lifestyle changes
For the last six years, attendees of the Juneau Women's Health Forum have learned what lifestyle changes they need to make to stay healthy and avoid getting cancer. This year, the women will learn how to implement those changes, said Maureen Longworth, a physician with the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. She helped organize the free forum, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Winter's here
Juneau's first significant snowfall of the season Thursday puts the area on track for a normal winter season compared to last year's drier conditions, National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Tassia said.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

... from the Andrew Gibb Foundation
The Andrew Gibb Foundation thanks the following businesses and individuals for making the Oct. 26 fund-raising dinner and auction successful:

Student recognitions
Honors given to local students, plus other recognitions.

Photo: Boat test
Crewmen from the state ferry Aurora test out an Ambar Marine rescue boat outside Auke Bay during the ferry's Juneau-Haines-Skagway run on Nov. 2. The rescue boat stayed tethered to the ferry during the test.

Photo: Big, little, brothers
"Big Brother" Russ Kelly and his "Little Brother" Seth pose at the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Dance, which was held Friday, Nov. 7.

Bookmark design contest winners to be awarded Nov. 23
The Juneau Public Library will celebrate National Children's Book Week on Nov. 17-23, with its annual Bookmark Contest Awards Ceremony. Come to the downtown library at 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23, and meet the artists. Contest winners will receive gift certificates from the Friends of Juneau Public Libraries Amazing Bookstore and Hearthside Books, as well as laminated copies of their bookmarks. The winning designs will be printed by the Friends of Juneau Public Libraries.

Tibetan monk to speak on his experiences in prison camps
Tibetan monk Palden Gyatso spent 33 years in and out of prisons and labor camps for peacefully protesting the invasion and occupation of his homeland by the Chinese government. All 39 members of his family have been killed since the Chinese takeover in 1959. He was released in 1992 at the age of 61 and immigrated to India.

Paul Edward Mangold
Paul Edward Mangold, 47, died Nov. 10, 2003, in Juneau.

Elijah 'Eli' Sharclane Jr.
Elijah "Eli" Sharclane Jr., 71, died Nov. 11, 2003, in Juneau at Wildflower Court.

Christopher Garrison
Christopher David Garrison, 58, died Nov. 10, 2003, in Juneau.

Sadie Josephine Ramsey
Sadie Josephine Ramsey, 91, died Nov. 11, 2003, in Juneau at the Pioneers' Home.

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.

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
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Cordova edges Petersburg in Class 3A state tourney
When most Southeast Class 3A teams head to the state volleyball tournament, they're usually the great unknowns. Most Southeast schools have limited travel budgets, so few teams outside Region V see them during the regular season. That's why the Cordova Wolverines started booking regular trips to the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza in recent years.

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.

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.

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.

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

Juneau's first sanctioned darts tourney starts today
Darts players from around the state are gathering in Juneau today for the first-ever nationally sanctioned darts tournament in Southeast Alaska. Juneau's Valley Dart League - comprised of eight teams with five to eight players each - is hosting the first annual Southeast Shootout starting this evening and continuing through Sunday at Squire's Rest bar in Auke Bay.

Five and alive
Even though it was a rematch of last year's final, Thursday's Class 4A state tournament opener between the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears and the Bartlett Golden Bears had a decidedly different appearance. But it had the same result, as the new-look Crimson Bears beat Bartlett in five games as Juneau opened its state title defense.

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.

Reward program credited with boosting liquor seizures
Although two recent busts are a mere drop in the bucket of illegal alcohol sales, a reward program is being credited with increasing seizures of bootlegged liquor in rural Alaska.

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.

State Republican leaders push for gambling
A push is underway to bring video poker and a state lottery to Alaska. Republican leaders in the state House are pointing to a new poll as evidence that Alaskans are interested in more gambling, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

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

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

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

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.

Movies: Where & when
Movie times at local theaters.

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

The Swamp
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

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.

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.

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.

Briefly
Local arts and entertainment news in brief.

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

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