In Juneau, Christmas clicked
Most stores in Juneau do not carry bright orange T-shirts with logos of Atari, the now-extinct video game system. Such T-shirts just don't appeal to most of Juneau's consumers. They do appeal, though, to enough people to support www.80stees.com, a Web site that sells hundreds of T-shirts with 1980s kitsch logos. They also appeal to Tom McBrien, an analyst programmer at the Juneau Public Library.
On the Move
Susan Bell is joining partners Eric McDowell and Jim Calvin in ownership of the McDowell Group, a research and consulting firm based in Juneau.
Business profile: Troy Cunningham Brandon Petaja
Title and company: Co-owners, Squires Rest.
Empowerment through Individual Development Accounts
A new economic development tool, Individual Development Accounts, can strengthen our communities by empowering our citizens. The accounts combine financial literacy and personal-skills training with a matched savings account. They enable lower-income people to achieve lasting self-sufficiency through the acquisition of productive assets such as a home or a small business.
Getting a handle on your business taxes
Minimize Your Business Taxes, a seminar hosted by the Juneau Small Business Development Council, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Time out from partisanship
I encourage all Juneauites to participate in the 2003 Inaugural events on Jan. 25. Inaugural celebrations are important rituals in any community, but especially in the community that is the seat of government. As Alaska's capital city, it is Juneau's unique privilege to congratulate and welcome an incoming administration to its new home.
Manage all wildlife for sustainability
In response to Mr. Hendricks' letter (Empire, Jan. 20), "Protect game not predators," why must we protect game to the detriment of predators and protect predators to the detriment of game? I believe that we can protect and manage both for sustainability as mandated in Alaska's Constitution.
Missed but remembered
On the last day of July in 2002, my niece lost her life in an accident on a road in Juneau. We miss her. This month a sign was placed by the DOT sponsored by one of Erica's employers that reads, "Please Drive Safely, in memory of Erica Swiatkowski." I would like to thank Mike Spalding, president of Hummingbird Services and Erica's co-workers and friends for thinking of putting up this reminder, not only to drive safely but also as a reminder of Erica's life.
It couldn't hurt
Is the announced closing of Kmart final? Do you think the corporate office would hear and respond if we were to write letters, asking them to keep the store open?
One driver, one vehicle, one liability coverage
Some would say insurance is a necessary evil. I would be one of those! We do need the service but I question some of the practices. It is refreshing to see a bipartisan bill to eliminate the use of credit scoring to rate auto insurance.
Valley high school vision
I would like to clarify some issues raised by Mr. Good's My Turn in Friday's Empire. The issue the Assembly will vote on Jan. 27 is whether to build the Valley high school as proposed by the School Board, or build a smaller Valley high school. The state money available is for school construction.
City aims to sell W. Juneau center
The city wants to sell the Children's Community Center building in West Juneau after the day- care program inside shut down last year. The Children's Community Center day-care program closed in November after nearly 30 years in operation. The parent organization that ran the center - Workers with Children - had been struggling with debt and staffing issues, board member Shawn Damerval said.
The collapse of the Treadwell mines, 1922
On April 21, 1922, one of the largest disasters in Juneau mining history began to unfold - the collapse of one of the mines at Treadwell. This photograph, taken on April 22 by S.B. Combest, documents the flood that would be the virtual end of most of the Treadwell mines.
Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:
This Day in History
In 1932, Juneau's first bank holdup took place at the B.M. Behrends Bank. The robber was shot and died trying to escape.
Jan. 25 forum promotes being prepared
Juneau residents can learn how to prepare for natural and man-made emergencies at a free all-day forum Saturday. The Cooperative Extension Service, affiliated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is sponsoring "In Time of Need, Securing Alaskan Lives." The new program, to be held also in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Kenai, was spurred by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, officials said.
New Alaskan-owned company now hauling Juneau's waste
Though the trucks still say Arrow Refuse, Juneau's trash has been picked up by a new company since the beginning of the year. Alaska Pacific Environmental Services, a newly formed, Alaskan-owned company, bought the garbage-collection operations in Juneau, Ketchikan, Nome and Dutch Harbor, effective Jan. 1.
Due to a reporter's error, the Jan. 17 FYI section incorrectly stated Michael Roberts had been indicted on charges involving a 14-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. Both alleged victims were 15-year-old girls.
Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:
Separate demonstrations were held on the steps of the state Capitol on Wednesday with abortion-rights groups celebrating the 30th anniversary of legal abortion and anti-abortion groups mourning it. Combined, about 100 people weathered bitter cold and Taku winds for an afternoon anti-abortion rally and an evening abortion-rights rally.
Freight containers catch a few waves
The wind lifted four 10,000-pound freight containers from a docked barge, breaking chains that held them down, and dumped them in Gastineau Channel Wednesday afternoon. The containers eventually beached on Douglas Island. No one was injured, and no boats were damaged.
School board OKs Cowan for supt.
Juneau School District Assistant Superintendent Peggy Cowan will take over as superintendent starting Feb. 1 and will serve until June of 2004, when her contract will be up for renewal, the School Board decided Tuesday night. Outgoing Superintendent Gary Bader, who has been superintendent since 1999, resigned to take a position as chief investment officer with the state Department of Revenue's Treasury Division.
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.
Officials: Skillet of bacon causes house fire
Some slow-cooking bacon left on a stove caused a fire that ripped through a downtown home Tuesday morning, fire officials said. No one was injured in the fire. Capital City Fire & Rescue workers received a call around 9:53 a.m. for a house fire on Alder Street downtown. About 22 firefighters arrived to find smoke belching from the ridge vent on the roof and a from a street-level window of the two-story home, Capt. Pete Hettinger said in a press release.
Storage-building arsonist handed eight years in prison
The second member of a young crime team that burned down a Juneau self-storage facility in June will spend the better part of his 20s in state prison. Cricensio Bagoyo, 23, was sentenced Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court to 12 years in prison with four years suspended and 10 years of probation. He also was ordered to pay restitution. He pleaded guilty in November to felony charges of second-degree arson and second-degree theft.
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.
This Day in History
In 1968, the fast-paced comedy show "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" premiered on NBC TV.
Pets of the week
Kit-Kat is a friendly, big, black and white tuxedo cat. He loves being petted and has been neutered. Annie is a very sweet medium-size black lab mix. She knows how to "sit" and "lie down" and is working on "stay."
Wysocki, Fleischhauer marry
Bob Wysocki and Rose Fleischhauer eloped to Las Vegas, Nev. on Jan. 4, 2003.
Pullen, Edwards wed
The marriage of Karyn Michele Pullen, daughter of Donna C. Boyle of Manahawkin, N.J., and the late Thomas H. Pullen, to Louis L. Edwards III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis L. Edwards Jr. of Juneau, took place on July 20, 2002, on the beach in Ship Bottom, N.J.
Housing First to stop accepting applications for program
Housing First Inc. said recently it will stop accepting applications for its popular assistance program on Jan. 31. Housing First has made 14 loans to low-income home buyers in Juneau this past year, and it anticipates using all its remaining funds within the next three months.
Larsen earns his Eagle Scout rank
As a Boy Scout, Travis Larsen has hiked 155 miles, spent more than 50 nights camping outdoors and contributed more than 70 hours of community service, but his biggest Scouting achievement was earning the Eagle award recently.
Forum helps prepare for emergencies
Are you prepared for winter storms, earthquakes, terrorists? Since the advent of Y2K and now Sept. 11, an increasing number of people are talking about the need for emergency preparedness. Careful planning helps ensure you'll have what you need to be safer and more comfortable until emergency crews arrive.
Photo: Gustavus peace march
Gustavus residents marched for peace on Saturday. Forty-five adults and children and a few dogs walked throught the rain and fog to share stories, readings and song in support of world peace. Courtesy of Tom McCabe
Mary Agnes Secrist
Former Juneau resident Mary Agnes Secrist, 67, died Jan. 7, 2003, at a Fort Worth, Texas, hospice.
George W. Obert Jr.
A 40-day dinner for George W. Obert Jr., who died Dec. 11, 2002, will be held at 4 p.m. on Jan. 24, 2003, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.
Alaska editorials: Board of Game appointments
A few weeks ago we lamented the direction the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Alaska Board of Game has taken the past eight years and, directing the comment toward Gov. Frank Murkowski, said Alaska should be known as a land of plenty.
Techwit: Some gadgets to consider for geezers
The best thing about turning 50 is that you can tell jokes about old people and get away with it. However, rest assured that I would never ridicule the venerable demographic to which I now belong. In fact, let me take a serious moment to wax philosophical about how I hope I meet my own demise. The philosopher Emo Philips put it best when he said, "I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car."
My Turn: Will new high school make a difference?
It should come as no great surprise to voters of Juneau that some teacher leaders in this community are cynical about the prospect of a new high school in the valley. The issue of whether Juneau needs another high school is not a matter of downtown versus the Valley, and to pose it as such is simply divisive.
My Turn: Sorting through the 'heck of a mess' left by the University of Alaska
Locals for Responsible Land Use began as a small group of South Tongass residents concerned about the University of Alaska's questionable sale of a 145-acre parcel of watershed lands and old-growth timber to Alcan Forest Products.
Chugiak ekes out win over Juneau
In wins and in losses, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team has not had many close, down-to-the-wire games this season. And that inexperience may have cost the Crimson Bears on Wednesday night as they fell on the road to the undefeated Chugiak Mustangs, 51-49.
Juneau boys host Service
It's been a long two weeks for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team. The Crimson Bears went back to basics after losing all three of their games in the Alaska Prep Shootout held Jan. 9-11 at Anchorage's Dimond High School, and the practices have been intense with head coach George Houston drilling the team on fundamentals.
Six Crimson Bears undefeated at Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team missed half of its scheduled matches last weekend in Sitka after being fogged in at the Juneau airport, but several Crimson Bears made the most of their limited opportunities.
Alaska State Basketball Polls
Here are the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. The poll lists each team with first-place votes in parentheses, records through games of Jan. 18, total poll points and previous rank in the poll.
DZ hosts middle school wrestlers
More than 100 middle school wrestlers from around Southeast will descend upon Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School this weekend for the Juneau Tournament. About 70 local wrestlers in grades 6-8 - 45 from Dzantik'i Heeni and 25 from Floyd Dryden - are expected to participate in the two-day tourney, along with 16 wrestlers from Hoonah and 18 from Ketchikan.
Texas' Conradt joins '800 Club' with win
AUSTIN, Texas - Eventually, Texas coach Jody Conradt will retire, even though she says that won't happen any time soon. But when she does, Conradt hopes people will remember the things that were even more important to her than a few losses and a whole lot of wins.
Cavs see too much Magic in Smart's coaching debut
CLEVELAND - Keith Smart watched from a new courtside seat, but saw a very familiar game. Tracy McGrady scored 35 points and spoiled Smart's coaching debut with Cleveland, leading the Orlando Magic to a 103-94 win Tuesday night over the Cavaliers.
Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.
Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of Jan. 18. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to the Juneau Empire by school officials and basketball coaches.
Sitka boys claim title at Heritage Christian tournament
The Sitka High School boys basketball team has been undergoing some adjustments this season as new coach Mike Blewett has installed a new offense and made other changes. Last weekend, the Wolves showed their adjustments are working as they claimed the championship in the Heritage Christian School Invitational tournament in Anchorage.
FORT WORTH, Texas - Linda Waggoner was a self-described "small-town girl" from Granbury who hadn't seen much of the world until she met Jody Conradt. To Waggoner, a freshman on Conradt's first University of Texas women's basketball team in 1976, big living would have meant a road trip to Waco. Conradt had other ideas.
Juneau girls head north to Anchorage
Earlier this month, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team improved its conditioning with three weeks of practices and scrimmages. Last weekend, the Crimson Bears built up their confidence with a pair of challenging - but ultimately comfortable - wins over the Dimond Lynx.
Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.
Anchorage survivor rode out deadly B.C. avalanche
CALGARY, Alberta - First there was a loud crack, and then the avalanche came - a 100-foot-wide wall of rock-hard snow that buried seven backcountry adventurers, including snowboard pioneer Craig Kelly and three other Americans. John Seibert of Anchorage said Tuesday he has never seen anything like it in more than three decades of climbing mountains, skiing desolate slopes and kayaking wild rivers.
GOP seeks smaller budget
House majority Republicans said Tuesday they anticipate a flat budget and a spending freeze, and will consider nontax revenue measures this session such as implementing a lottery or selling state land. Similarly the Senate majority caucus said it doesn't anticipate increases in the budget and instead hopes to see reductions.
Woman sues Salvation Army in Alaska after sex assault conviction
ANCHORAGE - An Oregon mother has sued the Alaska division of the Salvation Army, accusing it of allowing a former youth services officer to transfer to Oregon while knowing he had been accused of molesting young boys in Alaska. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Anchorage. In her suit, the Oregon woman says that the Salvation Army in Alaska knew Paul Fanning had molested children here and transferred him to Oregon "as a result of the reports of his sexually inappropriate conduct with children in Alaska."
Environmental activists oppose pipeline amendment
ANCHORAGE - Environmental activists are crying foul over legislation offered by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski that they say would block any legal challenge to the recent right-of-way renewal for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Murkowski filed notice late Tuesday that she and Sen. Ted Stevens, both Alaska Republicans, plan to offer an amendment to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act of 1973. The amendment, which would be attached as a rider to the 2003 omnibus federal spending bill, would eliminate the need for a major federal environmental review for a pipeline right-of-way renewal or extension.
Man jailed for pointing gun at girl; Possible closing of school protested; Troopers investigate connection between deaths; Hotel opens 10 months after fire; Neighbors to pay to clean up junkyard; Police say woman's death was homicide
Baby delivered with phone advice; Grand jury indicts pair on drug charges; Assembly to consider school design Monday; Dyson introduces abortion-consent bill; Gov. Murkowski names Fradley director; New senator picks chief of staff; Ketchikan man indicted on child porn charge
PETA protests Haines park plan
HAINES - Plans to open a wildlife park near Haines have run afoul of the world's largest animal rights organization. Members of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals have been bombarding Haines Borough Assembly members with e-mails asking them to stop filmmaker Steve Kroschel's plans to open a 40-acre wildlife viewing park this summer.
Permanent Fund Corp. drops Gladziszewski
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. has reversed a decision made earlier this month to hire Juneau City Tourism Director Maria Gladziszewski as its communications director. Gladziszewski will continue at her job as city tourism director and said she accepts the decision.
Task force to recommend ways to fix salmon industry
A state task force given the job of fixing Alaska's ailing salmon industry will recommend that the Legislature consider at least a half-dozen bills to help fishermen, processors and communities. The Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force is to present its final report to the Legislature today.
Thank 'South Park' for the comeback of the American musical
Pundits have been penning the obituary of the American musical for three decades now. Apparently, musicals aren't listening. Albert Innaurato, in the New York Times Magazine, is the most recent: "Let's stop pretending that there's any life left in the once-transcendent American musical or any way to revive its bloated corpse given the immense costs, corporate greed and reactionary old guard that now stifle all theatrical creativity."
Amateur talent stars in winter film fest
During recent months nearly 20 locals armed with cameras have created 15-minute films and videos for the Juneau Underground Motion Picture Society's Film Festival, which opens Thursday, Jan. 23, at The Back Room at the Silverbow. Works in the JUMP festival range from polished to pixelated, in styles from animation to adventure sports. Subjects include the saga of a broken Volkswagen Bug, a documentary about the Juneau Sundial project, an Alaska version of "Charlie's Angels" and a climbing drama filmed with teddy bears as the principal actors.
What's up with that?
Q: Every so often a large white utility truck equipped with what looks like revolving radar screens parks at the wetlands viewing park near Lemon Creek and sits there with the screens going round and round. What's up with that?
Best Bets: A ball, a film fest, Super Bowl - isn't this fun?
You know when you hang around a group of people you start picking up their language habits? Like when I was in college l used to shorten words into a college lingo I called "the abbrev," so the library was "the lib" and dinner was "din," as in "What's for din?" The thing about picking up little lingo is you have to be careful not to use it inappropriately outside of the lingo circle of people who also use it. Like you can't ask the waitress at the Fiddlehead "Hey lady, what's for din?" The tricky part is sometimes you pick up the lingo without knowing it, sort of like becoming a carrier of a disease, and then you are in the wrong place when it slips out.
Movies where and when
"Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," (R) starts Friday, Jan. 24, at Glacier Cinemas, shows at 6:50 and 9:10 nightly and matinees at 2:10 and 4:30 Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Travel writer signs book, shows slides about Asia trip
JUNEAU - Erica Warmbrunn, an adventure traveler who wrote a book about riding her bike across Mongolia, China and Vietnam, will show slides at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the downtown library.
Super Bowl party at Marlintini's
JUNEAU - The Tampa Bay Buckaneers and the Oakland Raiders will face off Sunday, Jan. 26, in Super Bowl XXXVII. The game will be broadcast on ABC stations starting at 2 p.m. Alaska time.
Jr. theater presents post-war story
When a representative of the "new regime" steps into an American schoolroom in the aftermath of war, uncertainty and suspicion are slowly erased from the children's innocent minds by a sweet and smiling new teacher - who is as subtle as the serpent in the Garden of Eden. "It's chilling," said J. Althea, who will direct "The Children's Story," a thought-provoking, one-act play presented by Northern Light Junior Theatre.
'Working': Fanfare for the common man
Working," the musical now on stage at Perseverance Theatre, is based on Studs Terkel's collection of essays, "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day And How They Feel About What They Do." In interviews, Terkel has characterized his book as "violent" and "surreal," making it an unlikely source for a Broadway musical. "Working" died on Broadway after a quick 25 performances.
Inaugural events to dazzle this weekend
At a recent pre-Inaugural Ball dress swap, Cindy Cashen floated regally into a meeting of Juneau Republican Women at the Aspen Hotel, wearing stretch velvet and fur. A gaggle of onlookers swooned near the door, someone in the corner made catcalls, another remarked, "Oh, isn't that fun!" "Does it take 10 pounds off? Does it? Does it?" joked the slim Cashen, clipping on dangling beaded earrings. "I think this ball is going to be more fun than I thought, if this is a taste of what it will be like."