Thursday, January 24, 2002

Business Profile: Tracy Harmon
Name and Firm: Tracy A. Harmon is the new chef/owner of what was known for seven years as BaCar's Restaurant. His wife, Mary Frances Roberts, is co-owner.

Billing efficiencies ruffle some Juneau feathers
About the eighth of every month, Juneau residents open their mailboxes to find a handful of utility bills. Recently, however, Waste Management decided to bill customers quarterly - every three months - instead of monthly. This meant that suddenly there was a garbage bill of more than $70 facing the average homeowner. Other utilities, however, do not plan to follow suit.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Getting out a limited edition
There are few businesses that would permit a member of the packaging department to help develop a new product. But that's what happens at the Alaskan Brewing Co., where they not only permit employees to do crossover tasks - they encourage them. For example, Theron Clark, a member of the packaging department, was tapped for the design team for a new limited edition beer, Alaskan Summer Ale.

Business Briefs
Benefits workshop scheduled; Glacier Bay Lodge offers deals; Silverbow scales back dinner service; Cleaners offers new-customer discounts; Dog accessory helps track pets; Comments sought on workplace safety; Travel association seeks participants; Hotline created for Enron investors; A reminder from Alaska Airlines

On the move
Chambers to manage Silverbow Bagels; Dean appointed national sales representative; New career services specialist; CCCS reappoints board members

Benson kin
In my letter published Wednesday, I should have said it was the daughter and granddaughter of Benny Benson, rather than granddaughter and great-granddaughter, who came to Juneau for the Alaska Flag events that took place last week.

Today's 'Our Gang'
As a former member of the Alaska State Employees Association Executive Board, Alma Seward in her recent letter to the Empire presented some reasonable expectations of all ASEA dues-paying members.

Dwelling on the past
The Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce's recent letter paints Ketchikan as a victim of changes in Tongass management. Whether or not we like it, the Tongass National Forest is a marginal player in the global timber market.

These trying times
Your opinion concerning the health of the Tongass is accurate and just. Your vision is more than fair, especially for future generations. In reading between the lines, you know about sustainable yield, crop rotation, the history and science of the Tongass.

Dancing doll spectacle
The recent letter from Alma Seward pointed out some very interesting perspectives on how the Alaska State Employees Association has been making a spectacle of itself under the current business manager and his board of six puppets (two of whom are from Juneau).

Security savings?
We are all familiar with the results of low-balling airport security costs by farming out the task to private contractors who save money by hiring low-cost labor.

Eliminating dissenters
On Jan. 14, I was greeted with an e-mail at work informing me that our ASEA union president had been suspended in an emergency meeting by six members of an 11-member board for - among other things - "Refusals to approve authorized payments of union expenses."

Worthy addition to state song
would like to thank Rep. Carl Morgan for his leadership in sponsoring HB 285, an act adding a second verse to the official Alaska state song, and for his efforts in bringing Benny Benson's granddaughter and great-granddaughter to Juneau for the events last week.

Life is different now
We want to thank each and every one of you in Juneau for all of your unselfish generosity, compassion and support during our time of sorrow. Thank you all for the donations you made in memory of our beloved Evan. Thank you for all of the food, flowers, cards, thoughts, prayers and kind words.

4 more named to carry torch
A mix of "disbelief and excitement and joy" ran through Juneau-Douglas High School senior Chad Culbreath's mind Tuesday when he learned he was a last-minute selection to carry the Olympic torch Thursday in Juneau.

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

Hamilton: Funding UA 'part of answer'
Alaska may face a large fiscal gap, but University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton says legislators shouldn't look at higher education if they want to cut spending.

Torch lights up town
With a crowd of about 150 on hand, the Olympic flame arrived in Juneau this morning for its first visit to Alaska. At 8:30 a.m., the doors to a SkyWest plane opened and SkyWest CEO Jerry Atkins carried the flame off the plane in a miner's safety lantern.

Burger King eyes sites for return to capital city
Burger King is considering opening two locations in Juneau. "We are exploring opportunities there, but nothing will happen for another 18 months," said Laina Hanna, Burger King spokeswoman at corporate headquarters in Miami.

Small avalanche on Thane, shots planned Friday
Small avalanche on Thane, shots planned Friday

School Board reviews '02-'03 calendar
The Juneau School Board got its first look at the proposed district calendar for the 2002-03 school year at its meeting Tuesday evening.

Dad charged in kids' injuries from crash
A man was arraigned Wednesday in Juneau District Court on charges stemming from a December crash that seriously injured two of his four children.

Shock jock on trial for emotional damages
A Juneau woman says lewd comments about her on a nationally syndicated radio talk show in 1998, and harassing phone calls and faxes to her home afterward, caused her to suffer post-traumatic stress, and she wants compensation.

Photo: Abortion decision remembered
The landmark U.S. Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision was celebrated and protested on the steps of the state Capitol on Tuesday.

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

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events

Torch relay comes to Juneau on Thursday
The Olympic Torch Relay will start its 10-mile tour through three parts of Juneau at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Juneau Airport. It will be the first time the Olympic flame has burned in Alaska.

Glory Hole seeks director after Decker lands new job
The Glory Hole, the downtown homeless shelter and dining hall, is looking for a person with compassion and the ability to raise funds and manage staff and volunteers. Joan Decker, executive director since November 1998, is leaving the position at month's end to take a clerical job with the state.

ESL, talented programs top debate on budget
Funding for English as a Second Language and Extended Learning programs topped public concerns voiced Wednesday evening as the Juneau School Board Budget Committee held its first meeting of the new budget cycle.

Correction
A photo cutline in Sunday's Empire incorrectly listed the Tlingit canoe paddlers for the Olympic Torch Relay.

Need for 2nd port drops
A second port for cruise ships won't get as much emphasis in Juneau's long-range tourism plan as previously thought. Bob Harvey, a consultant with Egret Communications who is leading work on the city's tourism plan, told Juneau Assembly members Tuesday that new projections from the cruise industry show the need for a second cruise port has declined.

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

Pioneer Book Committee seeking volunteers
The Pioneer Book Committee has been receiving inquiries about where to buy the book "Gastineau Channel Memories, 1880 to1959." It is available at Hearthside Books for $29.95 (plus taxes and mailing cost when necessary).

Hoonah honors its heroes
The community of Hoonah paid tribute to the "Heroes Among Us" on Jan. 11 during the first home basketball game of the season.

Pet Of The Week
Ricky is a large, handsome, longhaired, gray, neutered male cat who is friendly, playful and easy going.

Thank you
...for all the help

Dean's list
Local college student's who have been named to the Dean's List.

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served this week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over). Meals are served at the Juneau Senior Center .

Howard, Boman to wed
Lisa Marie Howard and Jeffrey Charles Boman, both of Juneau, will be married in a ceremony planned for 2 p.m. Feb. 9, 2002, at the Juneau Christian Center. A reception will follow the wedding at 2 p.m. at the Twisted Fish.

Hall recognized by Rotary
Brenna Hall, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, was selected as January's "Student of the Month" by the Glacier Valley Rotary.

Neighbors briefs
Alzheimer's Agency to hold education and support group; UAS to host women, wellness conference; Gardening class offered

Jeanne Anne Willard
Juneau resident Jeanne Anne Willard died Jan. 18, 2002, in Anchorage.

Bienvenido 'Ben' E. Holganza Sr.
Longtime Juneau resident Ben E. Holganza Sr. died Jan. 19, 2002, in Bellflower, Calif., after a prolonged illness.

My Turn: Honoring those who light the fire within
On Thursday, Alaska's capital city will be visited by the Olympic Flame. This enduring symbol of the Olympics represents the true heart of what the Olympics are all about - "Light the Fire Within." The Olympics bring people from all over the world together to compete on a worldly stage in a "Spirit of Brotherhood."

A trillion here, a trillion there
In just one year, an astonishing $4 trillion of projected surpluses has vanished from the federal ledger, swallowed up by the president's (and Congress') tax-cut package, by spending increases and by the economic downturn. The Congressional Budget Office, which this time last year was forecasting $5.6 trillion in surpluses from 2002 to 2011, now envisions $1.6 trillion instead. For the next two years, CBO says, the federal budget will run in the red.

This time the world will help
The world will not walk away from Afghanistan this time. Secretary of State Colin Powell opened the weekend Tokyo Conference on the ravaged country's future with a $296 million pledge from the United States toward immediate reconstruction costs. Other nations, from Japan to Iran, chimed in with hundreds of millions more.

My Turn: What Mr. Prewitt didn't bother to mention
Frank Prewitt neglected to list his full credentials in his bio following his Jan. 22 article in the Empire. If a used car salesman did what Frank Prewitt just did, he would be fired for his lack of ethics.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

Nordic skiers are hot for Eaglecrest's upper loop trail
When the conditions are right, cross-country skiing feels like flying to Ray Imel. "It's just phenomenal," he said. "You can travel such great distances with relative ease and it's just neat to be able to cruise and cover all that territory."

Juneau has other popular areas for Nordic skiing
Even nonskiers know their work. In addition to their patrolling efforts at Eaglecrest, the Nordic Ski Club brushes and grooms trails at Dredge Lake and at the Mendenhall Lake and campground.

Juneau Alpine Club climbs Bullard Mountain
Five intrepid climbers, one small dog and one rather large black bear met at the East Glacier Trailhead on an early Saturday morning and prepared to climb Bullard Mountain, the Juneau Alpine Club-scheduled hike on this rainy October day.

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

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

Juneau girls claim easy 58-38 victory in road trip opener
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team had all nine players score points as the Crimson Bears cruised to an easy 58-38 victory over the Dimond Lynx on Wednesday in the first game of a four-game road trip to Anchorage.

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.

Big challenge awaits Juneau on road trip
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team has been making things look easy on its own court, jumping out to a 5-0 overall record that includes four blowout wins.

Mount Edgecumbe sweeps Petersburg
The Mount Edgecumbe High School boys basketball team remained unbeaten in Region V-Class 3A play this season after claiming a sweep of a two-game series with the Petersburg Vikings in Petersburg this weekend.

Juneau boys start road trip with big win over No. 2 Lynx
Curtis Lane scored a team-high 19 points to lead the Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team to a 63-60 win over the second-ranked Dimond Lynx on Wednesday in Anchorage.

Region V Standings
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

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

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

Juneau girls head north for four key games
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team will get a chance to see where it stands in relation to the rest of the state this weekend when the Crimson Bears head north to Anchorage for four games tonight through Saturday.

Denton sweeps Winterfest giant slalom races
Heidi Denton won both women's races Sunday in the Juneau Ski Club's Winterfest giant slalom series at Eaglecrest Ski Area. In the first women's race, Denton posted a two-run time of 2 minutes, 0.93 seconds for the victory. Akemi Kunibe again took second place in 2:04.40, while Heidi Reifenstein was third in 2:06.39.

Letter: Coach Harben a hero
In these difficult times, when people are being killed by terrorists, the word hero has really taken on new meaning. The bar has definitely been raised on who we call hero these days. I guess it would probably be more appropriate to talk of respect in light of the state of heroism.

State Briefs
Wasilla teacher motivates kids with 12-foot telescope; Trails open to snowmachines; Democrat Heyworth files for lieutenant governor; Board of Game tightens laws restricting wolf hybrids;

Stevens calls for summit to combat fish farms
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens wants to convene a salmon summit this spring to look for ways to aid an industry hit hard by a glut in cheaper farm-raised fish.

Sun rises in Barrow for 1st time in 2002
ANCHORAGE - Barrow residents on Wednesday saw the sun for the first time since 1:41 p.m. Nov. 18. After almost 66 days of night, the big yellow disc topped the horizon at 1:02 p.m.

Industry groups oppose ship tax
The Alaska Travel Industry Association announced Tuesday it will oppose Gov. Tony Knowles' proposal for a $30-per-passenger cruise ship tax. A spokesman said it's been the long-standing position of the visitor industry that targeted industry taxes are not the solution to Alaska's deficit between income and spending.

State House OKs $1.1 million to lobby for ANWR drilling
The state House today approved spending $1.1 million more this year to push opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. The measure passed 32-2, with two Democrats, including Rep. Beth Kerttula of Juneau, voting against it.

Bill could help drunks get home safely
Drunken drivers and their vehicles could get a ride home if a bill that passed the House on Tuesday has its intended effect. State Rep. Norm Rokeberg, an Anchorage Republican, introduced the bill, which limits liability for taxis transporting drunken drivers' cars. He said he's trying to clear the way for an Anchorage program called "Off the Road" to get off the ground.

Photo: Flag song addition
Connie Davis, left, and Harriet H. Roberts of Alaska Native Sisterhood of Juneau Camp 2 react to a House of Representatives vote to add a second verse to the Alaska State Flag song on Wednesday at the Capitol.

State Briefs
Legislative panel to hear bill to increase alcohol tax; Legislative panel to hear bill to increase alcohol tax; House approves change to Alaska flag song; University reaches agreement with adjunct professors; State gets $365,000 federal grant to promote seat belt use

California police put brakes on woman's taxi trek to Alaska
A Florida woman's turbulent transcontinental taxi trek to Juneau has sputtered to at least a temporary halt after a motel disturbance in Northern California prompted police to detain her for a mental-health evaluation.

Sitka city officials investigate police
Some Sitka city officials are demanding allegations of wrongdoing by the Sitka Police Department and a city employee be investigated by the city as well as by Alaska State Troopers.

Car accident injures Fairbanks legislator
JUNEAU - A state legislator was hospitalized Tuesday evening following a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Egan Drive and Channel Drive at Salmon Creek.

Scientists: 10K gallons of Exxon Valdez oil lingers
ANCHORAGE - Nearly 13 years after the tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound, federal scientists estimate about 10,000 gallons remains buried under the shoreline.

Best bets: Upcoming: Classical concert, updated classic
Winter is the season for arts and entertainment in Juneau. The next couple of weeks offers three concerts, two plays, a couple of dances, a comedy show and several new gallery openings.

Night of comedy offers double header
L ife is funny. Comedian Danny Villalpando has been pointing out for years the quirks and goofiness life brings, on Comedy Central, NBC Friday Night and other television comedy shows. As a stand-up comic, he's performed USO shows from Kuwait to Korea.

A taste of violin and piano
T wo professors at the Peabody Conservatory of Music are leaving Johns Hopkins University for Alaska. It's a temporary displacement. The virtuoso violinist and pianist are touring Alaska as part of the Sitka Summer Music Festival Winter Classics Concert Series. The two will be joined by Juneau violinist Paul Rosenthal for a concert Wednesday night at Northern Light United Church.

Movies where & when
"The Count of Monte Cristo," (PG13) starts Friday and shows nightly at 7:10 at Glacier Cinemas, with second shows at 9:50 Friday and Saturday nights and matinees at 1:10 and 4:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Singing with pride
T here's nothing like singing songs you can really get behind. Corin Whittemore sang with other choirs before she joined the Juneau Pride Chorus, but the material was hard. It wasn't hard to sing; it was hard to take.

What's happening
Theater

'Moby Dick' strikes a contemporary chord
H erman Melville penned an eerily prophetic line in "Moby Dick" 150 years ago. The line jumped out at New York City theater director Leon Ingulsrud as he prepared Perseverance Theatre's adaptation of the novel for an upcoming statewide tour.

Dance features salsa, ballroom music
Two bands will play a dance Saturday night to benefit the Juneau Montessori School. "Hot Salsa, Cool Ballroom" will feature Salsa Borealis playing Latin American music and the Thunder Mountain Big Band playing music for ballroom dancing.

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