Wednesday, January 9, 2002

Unwinding: The management of pain and stress
When you've been in pain for days or months and Western medicine isn't gaining on the distress, it's common to turn to "alternative" approaches such as mindful meditation and craniosacral therapy. Once shunned as "charlatanism," as these approaches become more accepted, they are being seen as "complements" rather than "alternatives" to modern medicine, said Elaine Schroeder, a licensed social worker, psychotherapist and educator.

Business Profile: Bob Henricksen
Title and Firm: Robert "Bob" Henricksen is the owner of Henricksen Appraisal Co. He founded the company in 1991.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town.

Banks respond to recession, layoffs
As the downturn in the economy continues, more and more Americans face layoffs. For many in a compromised financial situation, making mortgage payments is the biggest hurdle. However, many mortgage holders, including those operating in Alaska, are eager to help homeowners through difficult times.

Business Briefs
Mountain Gears moves; Dockside Jewelers changes hands; Bookstore has new owners

Take a field trip
I would like to take Don Smith on a field trip, as I have done with so many other writers, journalists and film crews from NPR, PBS, the BBC and many books, magazines and newspapers.

Learning from ski mistake
I was up skiing at Eaglecrest the other day, and heard this story from a patroller. A person had been skiing near the avalanche closure line on East Bowl for a while (the open side). In search of fresh tracks, he decided to go under it, in spite of it being closed for avalanche control work.

Selective truths?
As far as he went, perhaps Don Smith told the truth in his Sunday editorial "Tongass, the healthiest forest in North America."But perhaps he didn't tell all the truth. Perhaps he chose to go a la carte with the truth. Just pick those items off the truth menu that are palatable to you and support the opinion you're expressing.

In energy denial
How can our "energy/nature-abusive" culture insist that "energy/nature-sustaining" cultures live in our civility? The United States may offer its Western education to the world but we don't require international students accept our values. "Thankfully" because an earth "habitable-for-humans" wouldn't support 5-billion living as we do!

Editorial on target
Your Jan. 6 editorial, "Tongass, the healthiest forest in North America," accurately explains the resource situation on the Tongass National Forest and the urgency of restoring science-based management and rebuilding Southeast Alaska's failing economy. Your editorial also applies to many other national forests.

Assembly hears heliport questions
The possible cost of new satellite heliports and how they might affect noise were among the questions raised during testimony before Juneau Assembly members Monday.

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

Kodiak ready for crab harvest
KODIAK - Tanner crab pots will go into Kodiak waters next week again as fishermen get their second chance since 1994 to harvest crabs in two sections of the Kodiak District.

Legislators, staff make their annual migration to the capital city
The ferry Tustumena sidled up to the downtown dock on Tuesday for the first time in 10 years to disgorge about 25 lawmakers and staff.

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

Panel: Rest room plans need work
Most people at a Juneau Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday agreed public rest rooms are needed downtown. But a plan to put them in the pocket park at South Franklin and Front streets received a mixed response.

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

Shooting victim fights for a future
Newlywed Tiffany Stocks heard the whip-smack of the bullet leaving the muzzle of her rifle. She would have caught it mid-air if she could have before it hit its unintended target: her husband, Michael. "I'd seen what a bullet does to a deer," said the 20-year-old Tuesday. "The explosion tears it all apart. And that's what it did to his (right) leg."

Abandoned Juneau horse looks for home
A neglected, one-eyed horse no one wanted to care for is rallying to health and looking for a new home this week following a District Court decision against its former owner. The horse was taken away from Juneau resident Diane Fairbanks on the grounds she abandoned the 25-year-old mare named Cinnamon. Animal control officers found the horse at a Back Loop Road stable Dec. 14, according to court documents.

Assembly looks at term limits for empowered boards
People who serve on Juneau's Planning Commission and empowered boards would be limited to three consecutive terms under a proposal forwarded to the Juneau Assembly on Monday.

Local inventor banks on growth of golf
Thomas Knightlinger put his money where his ideas are, packed the finished product into a big crate, and took off for Georgia and Florida today to see what reactions he gets.

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

Pulltab store tests city smoking ban
A pulltab store's designation of itself as a private club poses a challenge to Juneau's new smoking ban. A new city law that prohibits smoking in stores, offices, most restaurants and other public places in Juneau took effect Jan. 1. The law allows smoking in private clubs, but not in pulltab parlors.

City facing big increase in its insurance rates
Increasing premiums and the depletion of a surplus that subsidized previous years' payments will mean higher insurance costs for the city next fiscal year, possibly by more than four to six times last year's costs in certain areas.

Little League auction seeks just desserts
Gastineau Channel Little League holds its 5th Annual Dessert Auction on Sunday, Jan. 13 beginning at 5:00 p.m. Auctioneer Jim Reid will preside. The league uses the proceeds to support kids in softball and baseball programs.

Young actors needed for theater production
Northern Light Junior Theatre is looking for a few good kids. The theater group is producing "Stone Soup," a drama based on an old folk tale in which a group of starving soldiers enters a village seeking food and water. The inhabitants refuse them. The soldiers cleverly trick them into giving up vegetables and other ingredients, until they create a hearty stew for themselves and the villagers.

Johnston serves on USS Vincennes
Navy Petty Officer Third Class Jarad Johnston of Juneau has spent the holidays half a world away.

Senior Menu
Thursday, Jan. 10: Chili with Beef and Cheese Texas Cole Slaw Juice Cornbread Chocolate Cake

Ode to the Shrine of St. Therese
The parents of Jeffrey Allen Watson (June 18, 1964 - February 23, 2000) dedicated this poem to their son's friends in Juneau and Haines.

Thank you
The Board of Directors of the Juneau Yacht Club wish to recognize the outpouring of community support afforded Racheal McCleod in our recent Christmas food drive.

Science, math proposals sought
The Alaska Science and Technology Foundation is accepting proposals from Alaska teachers, grades kindergarten through 12, to fund innovative science, math and technology classroom projects. Grants of up to $5,000 will be available to promote students in these areas.

Phone number connects seniors to information
In 1989, the Juneau Commission on Aging determined that one of the top needs of Juneau's senior citizens is one place to go, one number to call for information on what's available.

Pet Of The Week
Meghany is a 2 1/2-year-old spayed female lab mix who gets along with other dogs as well as cats!

Program about living in Kaktovik
The Juneau Audubon Society is sponsoring a program called "Life in an Inupiat Village" at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 10, in the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School library.

Homer Dean Lummis
Homer Dean Lummis died Jan. 6, 2002, in Juneau. Services will be held at Northern Light United Church, 400 11th Street, Juneau, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10. A full obituary will run at a later date.

Betty Hurley
Juneau resident Betty Hurley died Jan. 7, 2002, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Wash., after a brief illness.

Squabbling gridlock returns
The blame game has returned full-blown to Capitol Hill, and it's dispiriting to see. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle kicked things off Friday, declaring that President Bush's tax cut was responsible for the current recession. Bush, he said, has created the "most dramatic fiscal deterioration in our nation's history."

My Turn: State must finish Lynn Canal access EIS
Under the guise of supporting access to Juneau in Lynn Canal, Mr. Geldhof is apparently conducting a campaign to kick the props out of any consideration of a hard road link connecting Juneau to the rest of the world (My Turn, Jan. 2). And why shouldn't he? Mr. Geldhof represents one of the ferry system unions, and he was one of the leaders of the fight against the road during the unfortunate vote last year.

My Turn: Empire readers deserve good information
Don Smith's anti-conservation diatribe in last Sunday's Empire is so filled with distortions and unwarranted assumptions that it's difficult to craft a comprehensive response but here it goes.

My Turn: Time to leave fiscal no-man's land
Several years ago there was a refrain from a popular song that went something like this: "They're all out there in no-man's land, 'cause it's the safest place to be." I think that accurately sums up where we Alaskans have been when it comes to tackling the state's increasing budget deficit.

Injuries and disabilities
The Supreme Court this week handed down its latest ruling on the scope of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The case posed the question of when a workplace injury counts as a disability for purposes of the law. The court's unanimous ruling held, in effect, that not all workplace injuries that impede job performance are disabilities.

Crimson Bear boys JV sweeps Hather Invite
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys junior varsity team swept away the competition, winning the Don Hather Invitational in Skagway on Thursday through Saturday against varsity teams from Alaska and Canada.

Juneau JV girls claim Skagway tourney title
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls junior varsity basketball team posted a perfect 4-0 record to win the Don Hather Invitational at Skagway High School.

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

Andrews, Kunibe sweep Millenium Series slaloms
Brandon Andrews and Akemi Kunibe claimed a pair of victories each in the Juneau Ski Club's Millenium Series slalom races Sunday at Eaglecrest Ski Area. These were the first races of the season at Eaglecrest.

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

Joe Tompkins' golden dream lives
After a weekend of Huntsman Cup races he said were full of "skier error," Juneau mono-skier Joe Tompkins said on Sunday he was hopeful but he wasn't sure about his chances of making the U.S. team for the 2002 Winter Paralympics March 7-16 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Juneau's Fischer shows well at Nor-Am Hunter Mountain
Even though she started dead last in two races, Juneau's Sarah Fischer finished in the middle of the pack during four Nor-Am Super Series races over the weekend in Hunter Mountain, N.Y.

BP cutting 20 percent of Anchorage work force
ANCHORAGE - BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. is cutting about 120 of its employees, or 20 percent of the work force at its headquarters here. Employees were told Monday of the company's decision to change "the size and shape of the organization," BP spokesman Ronnie Chappell said. Most workers will know whether they'll be let go by the middle of February, and the cuts will be made within about three months.

State lawmakers consider growing budget for FY 2003
Long-range fiscal issues have loomed so large that, going into the 2002 legislative session, they are overshadowing the next state budget. But even while Gov. Tony Knowles and legislators ponder the big picture, they also have to come up with specific revenues and appropriations for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Election district reapportionment trial begins
ANCHORAGE - A court battle began Monday over whether Alaska's new redistricting plan violates the state constitution. The plan, based on new 2000 decennial Census figures, has been attacked by Republicans as blatantly partisan and by local governments that contend it ignores the realities of their residents.

Board member explains switch in redistricting vote
ANCHORAGE - A member of the state redistricting board testified Tuesday that she changed her position on a key part of the plan after viewing an aerial photograph.

State Briefs
Oregon race promotes mushing; Juneau ambassadors needed for Olympic torchbearers; Kmart denies rumors of failure; UAS holds technology meetings

State Briefs
Fairbanks gives $25K to 9-11 fund; Fish farm invests in better nets; Pipeline shifts, moving anchors; Mother given 7 years for assault; Vandalism suspects suspended

Session-move group to turn in signatures
A group seeking to move the legislative session to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough said it will turn in enough signatures on Thursday to get the measure on the 2002 statewide ballot.

Tumult in the session
Election years always make legislating more complicated, but some lawmakers say the 2002 election could make this session more tumultuous than most.For one thing, many lawmakers in the GOP majority do not know who they are running against this year because a new redistricting plan is still pending before the courts, said House Speaker Brian Porter, an Anchorage Republican.

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