Friday, January 3, 2003

New shop has skates, skirts and sticks
Juneau residents who already know a bit about ice hockey and figure skating will appreciate the fact that The Skater's Edge, the new skate shop in the Mendenhall Valley, has wooden and composite hockey sticks, and the Bauer 7000 hockey skate. Those who know nothing about the sport, though, but who are looking to try skating when the Treadwell Arena in Savikko Park opens this winter, might be more impressed that the stores carries used figure and hockey skates for as little as $30, and that the store's owners are determined to welcome as many Juneau residents as possible into the skating world.

Business profile: Gary Lenox
Title and company: Co-owner, Downtown Video

Paradise sold: new owner, same philosophy
Cooking classes, lox and bagels and more vegetarian menu options are in the works for Paradise Bakery, which will re-open with new ownership on Jan. 6. Joan Deering, a Vancouver, British Columbia, native who has lived in Skagway for most of the last six years, bought the downtown cafe and bakery near Steamship Wharf from Buzz and Monica Ritter last month.

On the Move
Alaska Pacific Bank has hired a new assistant vice president and manager of its downtown branch, as well as an assistant vice president and mortgage loan underwriter. Ted Ward moved to Juneau two years ago to work as a relationship manager with Key Bank. He has nearly 25 years of community banking experience, most of which he garnered in communities in northern New York.

Managed forests are good
This letter is in reply to Mr. Erik Lie-Nielson's letter of Dec. 29 titled "National forests belong to all."

Computer spam invades privacy
Anarchy and chaos is the ultimate result of anything left totally uncontrolled.

Lisa M. is prepared for Senate job
Every time I turn around there is someone complaining about Lisa Murkowski's appointment to her father's Senate seat. I ask, "So what?"

Roadless rule bad for SE
A few thoughts about the recently published "national forests belong to all" letter to the editor.

Donna Pierce to return to City Hall
Former Deputy City Manager Donna Pierce will return to her old job and office at City Hall on Monday. Pierce resigned from the position six months ago, citing stress as a factor. After a discussions with Interim City Manager John MacKinnon, she has decided to return full time, she said.

Sentence of deadly drunken driver appealed
The state Attorney General's Office believes a Kenai Peninsula judge's ruling, which sentenced a man to as few as eight years in prison after he killed two Juneau men and permanently injured another in a drunken-driving crash, was too lenient. The state this week asked the Alaska Court of Appeals to review an amended sentence handed down by Kenai Superior Court Judge Jonathan Link last year.

Unlikely friendships made at JYC
"Doug," a teenager from Ketchikan who is incarcerated at the Johnson Youth Center, tried to learn juggling several times before he met Gary Clement two months ago. The center is a state juvenile jail in Juneau that holds youths from around Southeast. "Before, when I tried juggling, I'd do it like three times and give up," said Doug, whose name is being withheld. Clement bought Doug a juggling book, encouraged him to practice, and soon Doug had picked up the skill.

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

Photo: First baby of the year
Ewa Orlikowska and Jack Piccolo had Juneau's first baby of 2003 at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bartlett Regional Hospital. The baby, Marianna Asunta Piccolo, weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces.

State: Add 5 beds to Wildflower Court
The state wants Wildflower Court to add five nursing beds to its nursing home and assisted-living facility in Juneau. In making the recommendation late last month, state Commissioner of Health and Social Services Joel Gilbertson denied a request from Wildflower Court to convert 11 assisted-living beds to nursing-home beds. The private nonprofit facility has 44 nursing beds and 11 assisted-living beds.

State employee faces more allegations of stealing
A Department of Education employee accused of stealing several hundred thousand dollars from the state is looking at even more criminal charges. Gary Martin, 43, has pleaded innocent to all the charges against him. Martin was arraigned on the latest charges Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court.

Photos: Polar bear stampede
Participants in the 10th Annual Polar Bear Dip run into the water at the Auke Village Recreation Area on New Year's Day. Dozens of people and their pets took the plunge into the cold water to welcome in 2003.

This Day in History
In 1966, St. Michael's Greek-Russian Orthodox Church was destroyed by a fire that wiped out much of Sitka's business district.

FYI
Births

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

This Day in History
In 1917, the city of Juneau purchased a new fire engine that was guaranteed to climb any hill while carrying 1,500 feet of hose and eight men.

The governor is amused - 1973
Alaska's first governor, William Egan, was amused by comments made during the Western Governors Conference in September 1973 at Gleneden Beach, Ore. Egan was serving his second term as governor.

Clarification
An article in Thursday's Empire about further criminal charges against Gary Martin did not make clear his job status with the state.

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

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

Sealaska cashes in on casino loan
Sealaska's $14.7 million investment in a California casino has been repaid along with more than $7 million in management fees and interest, officials from the Native corporation said Thursday. Sealaska is the Juneau-based regional corporation for Southeast Natives. It was formed by Congress in 1971 under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Presence often best way to help person in pain
As someone who works for Hospice and Home Care, I am often questioned by people wanting to know how they can help a friend or loved one who is grieving. It's not unusual to feel so overwhelmed by a person's sadness that we walk away from them, "I don't know what to say or do, so I better just leave them alone."

THRHA aids local charities for the holidays
Thanks to an unexpected windfall, a local non-profit agency was able to help local charities meet their holiday goals. Tlingit-Haida Regional Authority (THRHA) employees donated six frozen turkeys to the Juneau-based Glory Hole and more than $300 in holiday toys to the Great Alaska Toy Drive, which distributed the toys to children throughout Southeast Alaska.

Thank you
...for the kindness.

Southeast Alaska Master Gardener class offered through January
The Southeast Alaska Master Gardener Class will be taught Jan. 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22 and 25. The class will be taught at Floyd Dryden School in Room 200. Monday and Wednesday classes are from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class is sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

Photo: Trail scene
Sunlight lingers on a panorama visible last Sunday from a beach on Rainforest Trail, south of Outer Point in North Douglas. In the middle distance is Spuhn Island.

Juneau man wins achievement award
Former Gov. Tony Knowles presented John Dapcevich with a lifetime achievement award on Nov. 18. Dapcevich, a Juneau resident, served in the Territorial Teachers' Retirement System and as a budget analyst in the territory's fiscal and budget management office. He served 10 years as mayor of Sitka and worked with the statehood commission and the Alaska City Mayors' Association. He was also chairman of the Southeast Alaska Democratic Party and the State Central Council of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Pet of the week
This sweet, shy female with big hair is one of three young adult guinea pigs at the shelter. Keesna is a perfect little lady of a cat. She is warm and friendly, playful but well-behaved.

Abell, Kullander marry
Jon Kullander of Juneau married Nicole Abell of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Aug. 10, 2002, at Shore Acres on Lake Champlain in Grand Isle, Vt., the bride's childhood home.

Wigg, Willard to wed
Delila Ann Wigg of Wrangell and Marvin Leslie Willard Jr. of Klukwan are engaged to be married.

Gary D. Nott
Former Juneau resident Gary D. Nott, 61, died Jan. 1, 2003, at his residence in Fremont, Neb.

Frances Stephenson
Former Juneau resident Frances (Messerschmidt) Stephenson died Dec. 1, 2002, in Seal Beach, Calif.

Herbert W. Jaenicke
Juneau resident Herbert William Jaenicke, 69, died Dec. 9, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

Former Kayhi swimmer playing a big role on Seattle U. team
When he transferred to Seattle University last year, Sean Seaver played a major role in the Redhawks claiming the NAIA men's national swimming championship. Seaver, a senior distance freestyle swimmer from Ketchikan, finished second in the 1,500-meter freestyle and took third in both the 400-meter free and 200-meter free races to earn NAIA all-American honors for Seattle. He also helped Seattle's 800-meter free relay team claim a national championship.

Marist claims crown in Kayhi
Tournament most valuable player Kevin Harrison scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Marist Spartans of Eugene, Ore., knocked off the Philomath, Ore., Warriors 63-56 in Monday night's championship game of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic boys basketball tournament at Ketchikan High School.

Photo: Holiday Cup
Dani Barr, left, of The Blast and Elliott Ford of Galaxy battle for the ball during the Holiday Cup Middle School A bracket championship game Tuesday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Table tennis tourney on tap this weekend
Juneau table tennis enthusiasts will have the rare chance to compete in a formal, competitive setting this weekend. The Juneau-Douglas High School Close Up program, which takes students on a trip to Washington, D.C., to learn about American government and history, is holding a table tennis tournament fund-raiser Saturday in the Marie Drake gymnasium. There will be a grand prize of two round-trip Alaska Airlines tickets to Seattle.

Ordway League Standings
Standings for the 2002-03 regular season of the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Ordway Basketball League, as of Dec. 30.

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

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

Timber industry hopes it's on the way up
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's timber industry is so far down it has nowhere to go but up. At least that's what those left in the industry are hoping.

Dahlstrom to fill House seat
Gov. Frank Murkowski chose Nancy Dahlstrom to fill the term of his daughter, Lisa, in the state House of Representatives on Thursday. Dahlstrom, a Republican from Eagle River, narrowly lost to Lisa Murkowski in the primary for the two-year seat. The governor said Dahlstrom's showing in the August primary, in which she lost by only 56 votes to his daughter, shows that she has the support of her district.

Commission's list names possible future boroughs
ANCHORAGE - A state commission says there are eight unorganized regions of Alaska whose economies may be strong enough to support local borough governments. The Local Boundary Commission has released a list of the regions that it says could begin paying for their schools with local taxes.

State Briefs
Woman found dead in truck; Boy killed in accidental shooting; Vandals smash vehicles in Anchorage; Man arraigned for alleged bad checks; Body in canoeing accident recovered; Flags lowered for former senator; Search continues for water for Kenai

Tacoma man charged in death of Fairbanks woman
FAIRBANKS - A 22-year-old Tacoma, Wash., man has been charged with murder and arson in the death of a Fairbanks woman whose body was found last week in a burned apartment. The death has been linked to the Christmas Eve killings of two men in Northern California.

Inquiry clears Anchorage officers in fatal shooting
ANCHORAGE - Authorities say Anchorage police officers were justified in shooting a robbery suspect who died of his wounds. Patrick C. Bailey, 33, pointed a loaded gun at officers when they tried to arrest him Dec. 5, according to the criminal investigation into the incident.

State Briefs
Eaglecrest opens some upper trails; Delta Junction woman gives highway birth; Dividend application enrollment begins; Anchorage police investigate shooting; Salcha residents face rare winter flood; End of coal contract hurts railroad; Trapper pleads guilty to snaring two eagles

Salcha residents keep eye on Tanana River as water recedes
ANCHORAGE - A winter flood watch for the Tanana River in Salcha has been canceled. The National Weather Service dropped the watch Thursday, saying the overflow water has frozen in place and a major blockage in the Tanana has loosened.

Gov. Murkowski appoints Sweeney, Johnson to posts
Sam Johnson, former commander of Elmendorf Air Force Base, was named to head up the state's homeland security efforts. Johnson will serve as assistant commissioner for homeland security and emergency services within the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Gov. Frank Murkowski made the announcement Thursday.

Bogus distress call costs thousands
ANCHORAGE - An unidentified man made what appeared to be a bogus distress call Wednesday, taking the Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers and other law enforcement agencies on a long, costly hunt around Kachemak Bay. The search lasted 13 hours and involved several Coast Guard aircraft, a cutter and more than 40 Coast Guard personnel, the agency said.

What's happening
Concerts

Two potters, one show
W ith a week to go before her show, potter Sue Deems was in full production mode. Her studio in Auke Bay was packed with work in progress and favorite pieces she's saved during her 26-year career as a potter. Bowls, vases, plates, platters and pitchers covered the shelves and workbench. Heat radiated from her fully loaded kiln, melting the glazes that would finish a batch of work for her upcoming show with Tom Meyer.

Movies where and when
"Emperor's Club," (PG-13) starts Friday, Jan. 3, at Glacier Cinemas, shows at 7 nightly, with second shows Friday and Saturday nights at 9:10, and matinees at 1:40 and 4 Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Season for singing
A choir of almost 90 singers formed, performed and disbanded last January, and they're poised to do the same thing again next week. For the past 14 years, Juneau Lyric Opera has put on the Mid-Winter Vocal Festival. The 10-day event gathers singers of all levels from throughout the community for nightly rehearsals and voice lessons. The festival begins Friday, Jan. 2, and culminates in a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at St. Paul's Catholic Church.

Best Bets: Winter options and a writer's swan song
Winter finally came to Juneau this past week. The opportunity to get out in the snow is the best bet for this week. It can disappear overnight, so it's best to seize the moment. I went cross-country skiing at the newly developed trail system at Eagle Beach on Sunday and I can recommend it. It's a well-marked network of routes that is ideal for families and beginning skiers. The trails are flat and easy, and loop through the forests and meadows around Eagle River and Eagle Beach.

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