Thursday, January 9, 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.

Election farce
The present so-called governing body of the Douglas Indian Association, under the leadership of Dorothy Owen, has once again disrupted the Jan. 6, 2003, Tribal Council election mandated by DIA's constitution and by-laws.

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.

Remember the good
I'd like to offer a few words of support for Coach Jim Hamey. While I never played ball for him, I have watched his teams over many years.

Appalling show of bad faith
I will not offer any excuse for the unlawful behavior of Jim Hamey as reported in the Juneau Empire (Jan. 7). To do so would be an insult.

Deal with spam problem
Lisa Carlson's Jan. 6 response to my letter about spammers' abuse of the Internet makes my point for me.

Malodorous cronyism at work
Mr. Harris' comments regarding Mr. Smith's Sunday editorial and the hiring of a new city manager are well taken.

War lacks justification
I would like to add my voice to the calls for balanced war coverage.

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.

Brushed aside
I am writing in response to the article on Coach Hamey. As a former student at JDHS, I never had the opportunity to have Mr. Hamey as a teacher, nor was I on the basketball team. I still

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.

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

Chance for expansion in seafood?
You might call it Juneau's hidden industry. State government and tourism are familiar legs of Juneau's economy, but people often forget about the seafood industry, which accounts for $19.3 million in annual payroll to local residents, members of the city's Fisheries Development Committee told the Juneau Assembly on Monday.

Local board looks to catch cookhouse culprits
The board of directors for Gold Rush Days is offering a $500 reward to help catch the culprits who burned down the cookhouse at Dimond Park.

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

Superintendent to leave school district
Juneau is losing its school superintendent to state government. Gary Bader, superintendent since 1999, was appointed today to be chief investment officer of the state Department of Revenue's Treasury Division.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

AroundTown
Listing of local nonprofit events.

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.

Quakers question schools giving info to military recruiters
At the Juneau School Board meeting Tuesday night, a representative of the Juneau Friends Meeting expressed the Quaker group's concern about a provision of the federal "No Child Left Behind" education act that allows military recruiters to get information about students from schools.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Lunchtime paddle
John Wagner, Sarah Croteau and Liz Brooks paddle Tuesday through Harris Harbor. The trio started out the lunchtime trip in the sun under the power of an electric motor. Then it started snowing and the battery power ran out. They were still happy to get out. "We do this all the time," Croteau said.

City: More info needed on golf course pest plan
The Juneau Planning Commission on Tuesday gave Totem Creek Inc., the nonprofit group attempting to build a golf course in North Douglas, more instructions to refine the project in the works for nearly two decades.

High school meeting rescheduled
The Juneau Assembly Public Works and Facilities Committee meeting originally scheduled for noon today, has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. in the Assembly chambers at City Hall.

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.

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.

Douglas tribe calls off election
In the latest manifestation of a leadership dispute in the Douglas Indian Association, the tribal government last Thursday canceled tribal council elections scheduled for Monday, Jan. 6.

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Alaska Civilian Air Patrol awards presented
The Civil Air Patrol's 61st Anniversary/Awards Banquet was held last month at the Baranof Hotel.

Toleman, Dougherty marry
Britta Kristen Toleman of Juneau and Thomas Edward Dougherty III of Winston-Salem, N.C., were married at Knollwood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem on Aug. 3, 2002.

Cub Scout presentation
Major Larry Finkhauser, back left, accepts the donations for the Salvation Army from the scouts of Pack 7 and Den Master Terry Jones.

The new year is poised on the edge of change
Birth, death and rebirth, the episodic cycle plays out on all scales. Minute creatures emerge, die and from their corpses new life arises.

Ward, Lee to marry
Caitlin Murray Ward of Lowville, N.Y., and Kristopher Adam Lee, also of Lowville, will be married in a ceremony planned for July 12, 2003.

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

Elsie Pegues
Lifelong Alaskan Elsie F. Pegues, 79, died Jan. 4, 2003, at the Sitka Pioneers' Home, where she had resided since 1998.

James Parto Vernon
Juneau resident James Parto Vernon, 36, died Jan. 3, 2003, in Juneau of natural causes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wrestlers tear up the mats in Oregon
Eleven Juneau-Douglas High School wrestlers, competing as a Southeast Alaska club team, secured a second-place finish at the Phoenix (Ore.) High School Christmas Tournament over the holiday break.

Local Scores
Ordway Basketball Standings.

Juneau boys embark on tough road trip
Now that the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team is done with this season's Capital City Classic, the Crimson Bears are ready to see how they stack up against some of the state's top teams.

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

Holiday anti-DWI campaign: 16 arrests, no fatal incidents
A two-week campaign over the holidays to crack down on drunken driving resulted in 16 arrests statewide, Alaska State Troopers said.

Stevens is Senate president pro tempore
The U.S. Senate has elected Sen. Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican, as president pro tempore.

Valdez finally catches up after snow drought with 8-foot dump of powder
Valdez had been in a snow drought for much of the winter, but with more than eight feet of snow in nine days, the Prince William Sound community is back on track to receive its average annual 30 feet of snow.

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

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.

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.

Alaska Air to serve Adak through federal subsidy
Alaska Airlines has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide jet service between Anchorage and the Aleutian Island community of Adak.

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.

Parents of dead man say trooper overreacted
Attorneys for a man who was shot and killed by an Alaska State Trooper say law enforcement overreacted and they want the FBI to investigate.

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.

Investigation continues into shooting
Alaska State Troopers are continuing their investigation into the death of an Upper Kalskag boy killed in an accidental shooting on New Year's Eve.

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

Major merger: Princess, Carnival
Cruise ship company P&O Princess said today it will join with the world's leader, Carnival Corp., to create a cruise company unrivaled in size, with 65 ships and nearly 100,000 berths.

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.

Koyukuk man charged with assault
A man from the Interior village of Koyukuk has been arrested on a sexual assault charge.

Ketchikan wind storm
Dave Miles looks at a tree that missed his tree house but caught the top of his house roof shortly before midnight Sunday evening in Ketchikan.

Contaminated water found in subdivision
Tainted water has been found in the groundwater of the College Road subdivision in Fairbanks, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Murkowski sworn in as U.S. Senator
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, takes the oath of office alongside Vice President Dick Cheney, during a mock swearing-in ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber on Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

The Swamp

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."

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