Thursday, January 10, 2002

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Is USFS a dinosaur?
In the Dec. 30 article "Forest Service chief says he wants to end analysis paralysis," the chief of the USFS, Dale Bosworth, states in the article the Bush administration wants to revise the roadless policy; a transportation policy; and a planning process policy.

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.

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!

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.

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."

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.

Local Briefs
Two snowmobile trails closed; North Pole man dies in fall; Free seminar on taxes; Panel considers cruise pollution rules; JDHS Talent Show set for Saturday

Animal cruelty cases on the rise in fall 2001
Animal cruelty and neglect cases investigated by Juneau's Gastineau Humane Society have nearly doubled since September, said Executive Director Chava Lee.

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.

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

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

Airport board decides to rethink controversial tree cutting
The Juneau Airport Board changed position Wednesday and decided to ask the federal government to study a proposal to clearcut trees by the airport's floatplane pond.

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.

City announces relay route for Olympic torch in capital city
When the Olympic Torch Relay comes to Juneau on Thursday, Jan. 24, the torch will wind its way through three sections of town, it was announced today. This will be the first time the Olympic Torch Relay has ever come to Alaska.

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.

Horse case raises questions on animal-disposal rule
A city ordinance regulating the disposal of pets contributed to the plight of a 25-year-old, one-eyed horse and to animal cruelty charges being filed against its owner, a woman told the Gastineau Humane Society on Wednesday night. The woman, who declined to give her name, said Cinnamon's former owner, Diane Fairbanks, who pleaded guilty last week in Juneau District Court to disorderly conduct, should not have been charged. She also criticized the local media for publicizing the case.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Homer D. Lummis
Homer Dean Lummis died Jan. 6, 2002, at his home in Juneau.

Betty Hurley
Editor's note: Due to an omission in the intial publication of the Hurley obituary, it is reprinted in its entirety here.

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

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.

Return of the red ink
President Bush is set to unveil his budget for 2003 on Feb. 4. He has already acknowledged it will contain a commodity missing from federal budgets for the last five years: red ink.

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.

My Turn: Spending caps must precede new state, local taxes
Before talking about new state revenues or even budget cuts, we need every local government paying for a material part of local government. Asking people in Juneau to pay property taxes for Juneau schools, and then pay a statewide tax for schools in Gustavus and Galena where there are no property taxes would be unfair.

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.

Snow dwindles at Eaglecrest
Recent warmer-than-normal temperatures have slowly eroded the snow cover at the base area of Eaglecrest, raising concerns about how long the ski area can continue to operate. Beginning today, the Platter Pull lift will cease operations until adequate snow cover returns, forcing Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School to postpone its ski lesson program for 60 sixth-graders today and Friday. But according to ski area Manager Paul Swanson, Eaglecrest is nowhere near closing the Hooter and Ptarmigan chair lifts.

Snow report
The status of Alaska and Pacific Northwest ski areas.

Out and About
In season: Wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), coyote (Sept.-April) and hare (Sept.-April).

Avalanche prevention not an exact science
TAHOE CITY, Calif. - It's 6:45 a.m. and darker than normal as a thick, moist fog squeezes around the top of Alpine Meadows Ski Resort's Wolverine Bowl. "I've got fire," patroller Rick Hart says as teams of patrollers leapfrog by each other at the crest of the prominent ridge that crowns the area's western boundary.

More snow could bring avalanche danger
The next big snowfall could bring a big avalanche danger. Winter rain has left a slick surface of ice on some slopes. If the next layer of snow comes with a significant drop in temperature, it could slip down mountainsides, endangering outdoors adventurers in its path.

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

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.

Sitka girls back on winning track
The Sitka High School girls basketball team did something it hadn't done in more than two seasons Saturday night. The Wolves claimed their first Region V-Class 4A victory in more than two years when Sitka beat the two-time defending region champion Ketchikan Kings 56-45 Saturday at Sitka High School. On Friday, Ketchikan beat Sitka 49-30 to earn a split of the two-game series.

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.

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.

Correction
In two stories that ran in Wednesday's paper about the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls junior varsity basketball teams winning the titles in Skagway's Don Hather Invitational, the scores of the Haines vs. Skagway boys and girls games were incorrectly reported.

Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of Jan. 8. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to the Juneau Empire by school officials and basketball coaches.

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

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.

Basketball Standings
Standings from the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Ordway Basketball League, 2001-02 regular-season standings through games of Jan. 6.

Roughhouse Fridays features two big matches, no smoking
Roughhouse Fridays will begin its 2002 campaign with two long-awaited main-event fights and a new no smoking policy Friday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Heavyweights Russell "Dirt" Stevens and Jess McCallen will dual in one main event and middleweights Matthew "The Goat" Coppick from Sitka and Gabriel "Steel" Duckworth from Ketchikan will match up in the other.

State Briefs
Alaska travel industry sponsors Olympic hopeful Fletcher; Print shop owner charged with fraud wants trial moved; Troopers identify tools taken from man killed during robbery; Man charged with shooting pipeline seeks delay in trial; BP to replace faulty valve four years after worker complaints

Signatures for move turned in
A group seeking to move the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough made good today on a vow to aim for the November ballot. The group showed up at the state Division of Elections in Anchorage with an estimated 40,000 signatures in support of putting the question to voters.

Hammond, former AFN leader join Ulmer camp
Former Republican Gov. Jay Hammond will co-chair the gubernatorial campaign of Democratic Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, his former employee.

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.

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

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.

AK Airlines adds flights to Denver and Boston
The only major airline flying into Juneau is adding routes from the Pacific Northwest to Denver and Boston. Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, announced a number of additional routes on Wednesday.

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.

Signing for Hammond's second autobiography
Former Alaska Gov. Jay Hammond will be in Juneau this weekend to introduce his new book, "Chips from the Chopping Block: More Tales from Alaska's Bushrat Governor." The 192-page paperback original is a sequel to Hammond's 1994 autobiography, "Tales of Alaska's Bush Rat Governor," which sold more than 25,000 copies.

What's happening
Theater

Movies where & when
"A Beautiful Mind," (PG-13) shows nightly at 7 at Glacier Cinemas, with second shows at 9:50 Friday and Saturday and matinees at 1:30 and 4:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Poetry series begins Monday
J uneau poet Michael Christenson will be featured in the first of a series of monthly poetry readings sponsored by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. Christenson will read at 7 p.m. Monday at the Back Room at The Silverbow Inn. Admission is $5. Juneau poet and writer Peter Claridge is organizing the series.

Classical quartet brings Bach from Brazil
T he four guitarists in Brazil Guitar Quartet cut their teeth on Bach and the classical masters but champion the music of Brazil's own composers.

Acquiring a past before it's too late
O n The Razzle" is like a jack-in-the-box. "Something is popping out at you unexpectedly, something fun," said Terry Cramer, who is co-directing the comedy at Perseverance Theatre with Roblin Davis. The show, with a cast of 16, opens Friday evening for a three-week run at the Douglas theater.

Best Bets: ABC bears, guitar quartet pose tough choice
B ears, Brazilian guitarists and a fast-paced farce are among the entertainment opportunities in Juneau this weekend. I saw the Amsterdam Guitar Trio a few years ago and I was amazed at how good a group of classical guitarists can be. I expect to be equally entertained and inspired by the Brazilian Guitar Quartet on Friday night.

Festival culminates in vocal concert
More than 80 voices will join together Sunday for "Bach To Broadway" the concert finale for Juneau Lyric Opera's MidWinter Vocal Festival.

Southeast sentinels and their stories
T en years after the Clara Nevada sank north of Juneau, the sentinel at Eldred Rock was visited by the dead. The lighthouse at Eldred Rock is one of six built in Southeast Alaska between 1902 and 1906. The quest for northern gold built a shipping industry - and fierce Southeast storms brought shipwrecks. In the storm that sunk the Clara Nevada off Eldred Rock on Feb. 5, 1898, the sea claimed 100 lives and $100,000 worth of gold.

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