Friday, January 24, 2003

Business profile: Troy Cunningham Brandon Petaja
Title and company: Co-owners, Squires Rest.

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.

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.

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.

Right to life
While reading Thursday's article, "Dueling demonstrations," I had to laugh for lack of a better emotional reaction to the obvious bias the author portrayed. I had hoped to find an equal presentation of two opposing beliefs, giving people the opportunity to form their own opinion on the matter.

Bordering on religion
Kudos to Gov. Murkowski for taking the helm and disbanding the previous game board. After attending, as well as testifying at the last hearings, presenting sound biological data, and answering questions cloaked in false interest, I left with heavy shoulders and a sad heart.

Not so compassionate
No offense to Bruce Botelho, but maybe it's easy for him and others to put partisanship aside and attend the governors inauguration ball and hobnob and have a good time with the Republicans. For the Alaska Natives in the bush, it's a different story.

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.

Historical error
Thanks for running a picture of the Treadwell cave-in, but as we all know - and as Mary Lou King's June 23, 2002, story, still in your archives, attests - the cave-in was in 1917, not 1922.

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

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.

Correction
The caption for a historical photo of the Treadwell mines in Thursday's Empire gave the incorrect year of the mine collapse. It was 1917.

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.

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

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
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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.

Queen honors Sealaska employee
Bessie Cooley used to get punished for speaking Tlingit. Now, she's receiving an award from the queen of England for using her Native language. On Saturday in Whitehorse, Cooley will accept a Golden Jubilee Medal from the premier of the Yukon Territory, Dennis Fentie, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II. The queen serves as Canada's head of state under its constitutional monarchy.

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

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.

Dueling demonstrations
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.

Falling trees shut down part of trail at Auke Village rec area
Alan and Sheila Degener often walk the path that winds its way through the tall trees of the Auke Village Recreation Area. But they've been more cautious about the eastern end of the trail recently because some of the trees are toppling over. "We didn't come out here for a while because of the trees," Sheila Degener said during a hike earlier this week. About a half-dozen trees, including one almost 80 feet tall and 2 feet thick, have fallen in recent months. More are leaning, some caught up in other trees and a few rooted in soil on the verge of breaking away from a nearby slope.

In search of dimes, hoop time, Webb takes the court
Nine eighth-grade boys turned into a blur of baggy shorts and layups Tuesday night, animating the small gym at the Terry Miller Legislative Office Building. Edd Webb, whistle around his neck, offered advice and encouragement as he watched. "Way to go strong."

FYI
Births

This Day in History
In 1979, capital city entrepreneur Chuck Keen threatened to go to court over his proposed tramway to the top of Mount Juneau, wanting local officials to lower wind design requirements from 210 to 175 mph for his proposed $10 million tram and convention center.

Forecast: Snow, snow, more snow
Cold air from the north and moisture from the south will combine to give Juneau significant snow by Sunday morning, forecasters said. National Weather Service forecaster Tracey Ress said the high winds of the past few days should die down by Saturday evening as snow accumulates.

Satko's Ark
The Satko family came to Juneau not by plane or ferry, but the biblical way - by ark. The vessel, with "Ark" painted across its unusually deep hull, became a legend in Juneau and a news story across the nation in 1940. The pioneering family weathered a storm of criticism from Washington authorities who said the boat was not fit for the seven children aboard. The Satkos also rode a wave of popularity as their supporters helped them continue their journey.

Only love will make the world a better place to live in
Some time ago, as I was reading in my Bible the definition of love found in 1 Corinthians chapter thirteen, I had a revelation. I suddenly realized that the opposite of love is not hate, as I had supposed, but rather selfishness or self-centeredness. Hate is simply a byproduct of selfishness, which is the absence of real love.

Neighbors Briefs
Bank donates to Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka; Fishermen's memorial accepting applications; Sealaska Institute taking applications

'This could be the start of ...'
How shall I start a column that last appeared in the Empire 50 years ago? Perhaps an auspicious opening like "I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills," one of the memorable lines of 20th century literature? How about a more humble beginning, just the intention to report the activity on the Juneau waterfront, a subject that is often overlooked in the more important cataloging of municipal and state affairs.

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.

My Turn: Beware of broadstroking appraisal criteria
Although I don't want to express an opinion favorable or unfavorable on the UA sale of land to ALCAN, or the apparent plans to log this land, I do want to comment on the perceived land value issues.

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.

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."

Crimson Bear girls earn right to hibernate
When the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team found itself trailing the Colony Knights by eight points after the first quarter Thursday, Juneau coach Lesslie Knight pulled out just the right motivational tool. The threat of an early-morning practice today. "Coach Knight said we better pick it up or else we'd have to get up early," Juneau junior forward Letasha McKoy said.

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.

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.

U.S. team picked for the 2003 World Nordic Ski Championships
PARK CITY, Utah - Five women and eight men, including two-time Olympian Carl Swenson, were named Tuesday to the U.S. ski team that will to compete in the nordic 2003 World Championships. The championships begin Feb. 18 in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

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 Gun Club Trap League Standings
Standings after the second week of shooting in the 12-week Juneau Gun Club Trap League.

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.

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

Idita-Rider auction attracts urban adventurers, supports the race
ANCHORAGE - Beverly Nelms sums it up succinctly: "Why would a 67-year-old woman from Texas want to spend a weekend in ice and snow, with dog poop flying in her face?" The answer, she tells unbelievers, is simple. She enjoys Alaska and being part of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. That's why she bids thousands of dollars each year to ride with a musher's sled for the first 11 miles of the 1,100-mile trail from Anchorage to Nome.

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.

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

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.

Juneau Ordway League Basketball Standings
Final 2002-03 regular-season standings from the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Ordway Basketball League. Some teams received a bonus victory for attending the preseason team managers meeting.

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.

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.

Address: More industry, quicker permits
Gov. Frank Murkowski called for increased oil production, streamlined permitting, and a five-year spending plan beginning with controlled state spending in his first State of the State address to the Legislature. In his quest to reduce the permitting time for mining, oil extraction and other resource-development projects, Murkowski said he would make the Department of Natural Resources the lead agency for all state permitting.

Federal bill includes two Alaska riders
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Senate has adopted two riders included in a major spending bill that would bar court challenges to the new trans-Alaska Pipeline right-of-way agreement and a Forest Service decision on wilderness in the Tongass National Forest. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's amendment would insulate the new trans-Alaska Pipeline right-of-way agreement from lawsuits and judicial review.

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.

Galaxy captain describes multiple disasters on day fish boat sank
SEATTLE - Fire, explosion, men overboard - the skipper of the 180-foot fishing boat Galaxy says he was prepared to handle any one of those things. But Capt. David Shoemaker told a Coast Guard hearing Thursday that his vessel encountered all those crises and more in a short period on the disastrous day last October when it sank in Alaska's Bering Sea.

State Briefs
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

State Briefs
Vet says dogs were mistreated for months; Panel supports civil rights resolution; Ketchikan woman pleads guilty to meth charge; Man charged with woman's murder; Three charged in Mat-Su thefts; State to close snow crab season Saturday

Birth control group accused
ANCHORAGE - People answering the phone at Planned Parenthood offices in Alaska flouted sexual-abuse reporting laws and in one case urged a caller to lie about her boyfriend's age to help him avoid prosecution, according to defense testimony offered Wednesday in a trial challenging the state's parental-consent law. Now in its third week, the trial pits Planned Parenthood of Alaska against a state law that requires unmarried girls younger than 17 to get a parent's or judge's permission to have an abortion.

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.

What's happening
Theater

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."

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