Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Business Profile: Kathlee Wayne
Title and Firm: Kathleen Wayne is the sole proprietor of Kathleen Wayne Voice Studio. She has lived in Juneau for 17 years and sung with the Juneau Lyric Opera for many of them.

Who gets earned income tax credits - and how
For the thousands of Juneau residents who bring home annual paychecks totaling less than $33,000, refunds may be in order. The refund is in the form of an Earned Income Tax Credit.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Carriers' insurance soars
The timidity of travelers about taking to the air since Sept. 11 has been compounded for local carriers by the pinch of rising insurance premiums. Many carriers say they are passing on at least some of that increase to passengers.

On the Move
Elgee earns estate planning certification; Kazama named to Housing Advisory Council

Business briefs
State chamber plans fly-in; Susan's Hallmark to debut special lines; Silverbow dishes up Valentine's dinner; Quilting for a Valentine; Capital Service offers punch card; Seattle teacher conducts yoga workshop; Elderhostel seeks leaders; Junior Ranger program wins award for cruise line; Radiation safety awareness class scheduled; Company named 'Best to Work For'

Counting noises
Only 17,783 landings? Don't make me laugh. That is only one quarter the number should be. And that is not counting the in-flight noise that could be multiplied by two.

Ode to the state budget struggle
When government knowingly spends into insolvency, Surely becomes the time to encourage financial competency!

Carpenter vs. Leykis
What I see is a perfect example of what is infecting the legal system of America. A woman who chose to initiate a derogatory campaign against a radio personality, being given a public forum to pursue a money settlement. Why would a reputable attorney even take a case like this?

The road that connects
Last week residents of Thane expressed concerns related to the siting of a heliport on Thane to members of the Assembly's Planning and Policy Committ

Cynical and moribund
Across the nation and around the world people of honor are being asked to commit to the causes of freedom. In his State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush called for every American to have the dignity of a job and recognize the public employee heroes among us. He said liberty and justice and human dignity are values that the forces of terror cannot diminish.

Abysmal situation
In regards to Alma Seward's position concerning our union, I couldn't agree more. It is apparent that the union's hierarchy has assumed the identity of union. As in what is best for them is what is best for the union. This is the only justification for removing our duly elected president in a "Special Session of the Executive Board."

Correction
An article in Monday's Empire said the cause of a water shortage at a Lemon Creek trailer park was a frozen natural spring.

Assembly: No term limits for boards
People who serve on Juneau's Planning Commission and chartered boards can stay as long as they want.

Farmer to resign from bear panel
As officials plot strategy to deal with this year's bears, the chairman of the Mayor's Ad Hoc Urban Bear Committee announced plans to resign.

Committee offers ideas to boost downtown business
Covered sidewalks, green space and valet parking for legislators are on a list of city recommendations to revitalize downtown Juneau and improve the area around the Capitol. One building could be torn down, while another could be converted to parking.

Photo: Gettin' a kick out of snow
Rob Sliter kicks snow off of his fishing boat, the Seven Seas, at Aurora Basin on Monday. Boat owners will be busy keeping snow off of their boats for the next few days as the forecast is calling for 1-2 more inches of snow today and mixed rain and snow for the rest of the week.

Police locate stabbing victim
A man who suffered more than 20 stab wounds Friday but who checked himself out of a hospital before police were able to interview him thoroughly was located by officers today.

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

Banner canned; free speech rights at issue
Two students have been suspended from Juneau-Douglas High School after being in a group that unfurled a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" as the Olympic torch passed the school last week.

Local Briefs
Baskin-Robbins closes in Valley; Sewer and water problems being fixed

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

Juneau police nab stabbing suspect
Police apprehended a man Monday they say stabbed an acquaintance more than six times Friday night. George K. Shavers, 48, was charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon for the alleged attack near Harris Harbor.

Local Briefs
Assembly moves on Winter Games; Meeting planned on airport wetlands study; School Board hears special ed report

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

Woman says talk show induced fear of assault
A Juneau woman told a jury Monday that she feared being raped after a radio talk-show host talked about her lewdly on the air in July 1998.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events

Thank you
...for all the help; ...for volunteering

Hospice care remains new to many countries
Last April, largely through the generosity and encouragement of my husband, I had the privilege of attending an international hospice conference in London, England. Physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains from 27 countries met to share their knowledge and experiences.

Photo: Harborview Torch Relay event
Maralee Guiher, the Harborview music teacher prepared the school's choir for the Olympic Torch event last week in Juneau.

Teen wins 'Most Talented Miss National'
Being the youngest and least experienced in a pageant can be unnerving, especially if you're "not really a pageant girl," said Madeline "Maddie" Soboleff Levy.

Pet Of The Week
Hilda is a beautiful lustrous gray with white spayed female who loves affection. She is quiet, playful and easy going.

Neighbors Briefs
Call to artists; Bridge Adult service participates in USDA food program; Grants for nonprofits available from CGWA; Charter School to hold fund-raiser

Jack L. Tinsley
Former Juneau resident Jack L. Tinsley, 80, died Jan. 22, 2002, in Westerville, Ohio.

Yvonne Hanson Earl
Juneau resident Yvonne Hanson Earl died Jan. 28, 2002, in Seattle.

Yvonne Michelle Earl
Juneau resident Yvonne Michelle Earl, 35, died Jan. 28, 2002, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle of an aneurysm.

An unnecessary battle
The clash between congressional investigators and Vice President Richard Cheney over Enron is an unnecessary battle for the Bush administration.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

The speech he needed to give
George W. Bush delivered the State of the Union speech he needed to deliver Tuesday night - a delicate balance of wartime resolve and the need to press ahead on other important fronts as well.

Williams knocks off seventh-ranked player
Dean Williams of Juneau played in his first age 85-90 tennis tournament earlier this month and knocked off the seventh-ranked player in the U.S. Tennis Association's rankings.

Gymnastics results
Here are the results from a girls gymnastics meet held Thursday afternoon between the Arete Academy of Gymnastics from Eagle River and the Southeast Alaska Gymnastics Academy in Juneau. The meet took place in Juneau. The higher the level number the higher the skill level.

Juneau Jumpers qualify for world jump rope meet
The Juneau Jumpers rope-skipping team took second place in the senior female division at the USA Jump Rope National Team Trials held Jan. 20 in Santa Clara, Calif., earning a spot in the world championships.

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

Ordway League Standings
Final 2001-02 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.

AML Series opens Thursday
Over 70 of the best young ski racers from across Alaska will converge on Eaglecrest Ski Area on Thursday for four days of racing at this year's Alaska Marine Lines Race Series.

Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of Jan. 26. 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.

Wrangell boys remain unbeaten with sweep
The Wrangell High School boys basketball team remained unbeaten this season after the Wolves swept two Region V-Class 3A games from Mount Edgecumbe over the weekend. Wrangell won 83-52 on Friday and 63-49 on Saturday, with both games at Mount Edgecumbe in Sitka.

Red Dog's new trucks keep tight seal on dust
ANCHORAGE - The company that carries ore from the Red Dog Mine in northwest Alaska is using a new $4.2 million fleet of trucks with tightly covered trailers to reduce the potential of spilling lead and zinc concentrate.

Elton bid to get tourism, fish marketing funds fails
A second Democratic attempt to provide emergency funding for tourism and fish marketing failed on the Senate floor today, even as a $1 million appropriation was tentatively approved to assist the campaign for arctic oil exploration.

Legislative Council to hire consultants for gas line
Two additional consultants would be added to assist a legislative committee studying an industry proposal to build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to the Lower 48 under a plan approved Monday by a legislative panel.

Sitka sorting out claims against cops
Sitka's Assembly will decide next week whether to conduct its own investigation into allegations of police misconduct, the latest chapter in a series of problems plaguing the Sitka Police Department.

Sen. Stevens backs GOP tribal status inquiry
FAIRBANKS - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens says a letter sent last month by Republican legislative leaders to the Interior Department was a legitimate request for clarification of tribal powers in Alaska.

Inquiries tied to murder case
Jessica Baggen had just turned 17. It was May 4, 1996. Her family threw a party at her sister's Sitka trailer home. She told jokes and laughed with them until 1 a.m. when she headed home. She didn't make it.

Minority leader wants Senate joint caucus, too
The Republican and Democratic leaders in the state Senate are reacting very differently to Monday's announcement of a bipartisan House approach to a long-range fiscal plan.

House panel aims to halt rural school aid cuts
With the "urban-rural divide" as a backdrop, a House committee voted this morning for a one-year suspension of the so-called "eroding floor" that has limited state aid increases for 32 rural school districts.

State Briefs
Straw bales make for high-tech insulation in Fairbanks home; Bill to allow visually impaired people to vote unassisted; Hospital may build $25 million psychiatric facility in Anchorage

State Briefs
Anchorage to take subsistence vote in April 2 ballot; Controllers didn't try to stop wrong-way jet to Taiwan; Unocal discovers pipeline leak at Swanson River field

Knowles pitches bills to help veterans
Flanked by veterans of war and fellow Democrats, Gov. Tony Knowles today unveiled a package of bills to assist and recognize vets, declaring 2002 the Year of the Veteran. One of the measures would continue a program for guaranteed finance of veterans' mortgages through the Alaska Housing Finance Corp., Knowles said. The bill would authorize the corporation to sell $500 million in bonds, which would be backed by the mortgage payments.

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