Thursday, January 30, 2003

Fish processing and the Russian connection
With major canneries in Ketchikan, Excursion Inlet, Kodiak Island and Bristol Bay scheduled to close down, the biggest fish story in Alaska this year is how to process the millions of pounds of salmon that have in the past been handled by Wards Cove Packing Co.

'Entrepreneur University Alaska' presentation
Alaska InvestNet and the Alaska Manufacturers' Association will hold the first annual Entrepreneur University Alaska from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Anchorage Downtown Marriott.

Kristin Cox N.D.
Title and company: Owner, Rainforest Naturopathic Medicine

Business owners look for the write stuff
Jane Walters could have put her Mail Boxes Etc. store in Juneau on the market and sold it the same way most business owners do.

Worthy of preservation
This is an answer to the plan by the Assembly to raze the old building at Second and Franklin Streets known locally as the JAMI building.

Camping in clearcuts
In the early years the Tongass National Forest was plagued by something referred to as "innocent trespass." Because there were few foresters to police the forest, many loggers would simply cut what they wanted.

In support of Title IX
I am a member of the Juneau Douglas High School soccer team. I have been playing soccer since I was 6 years old. The reason that I have been playing soccer for so many years is because of Title IX.

The cost, spoils of war
National Public Radio recently reported someone's opinion that a war to secure stable, U.S.-favorable leadership in Iraq so that its oil can start flowing to global markets is the most effective economic stimulus package possible for the United States.

Pitfalls of stereotyping
Mr. John Kato asks, (My Turn, Jan. 28) in reference to the Jan. 19 "What do you think?" column that found 59 percent of respondents do not support an attempt by the United States to use military force to oust Saddam Hussein, "did the column's numbers have some veracity? And, if so, what was driving them?"

Fair shake from new board
Gov. Murkowski is to be complimented for his selection of individuals to serve on the Game Board. The Knowles a

Principle - and peace - before public opinion
I have two very unoriginal thoughts after listening to that incredible piece of demagoguery that was our president's State of the Union address.

Protect Alaska's future
I think everyone will agree Alaska has to develop its natural resources in order to have an economy, but I think Gov. Murkowski is misinformed and mistaken in his so-called "streamlining" plans.

Wanamaker to resign chairmanship of Goldbelt
Randy Wanamaker, chairman of the Goldbelt board of directors, said Wednesday he will resign his chairmanship at the corporation's annual meeting in June.

Photo: Sale of Fireweed
Title Insurance Agency escrow officer Debbie Stephens goes over papers with Thomas Dahl, board president for the Senior Citizen Support Services, center, and Blake Kazama, executive director of the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority, as they transfer the ownership of Fireweed Place to the housing authority Tuesday afternoon.

AroundTown
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Juneau Eats: Pears are the jewels of winter's produce section
Descended from wild pears in Europe and Asia, domestic pears have been under cultivation for the last 3,000 years. Over the centuries, crossbreeding and hybridization have given rise to varieties that are estimated to number anywhere from several hundred to several thousand. Of these, only about one dozen are grown commercially in the United States, and only a handful are likely to appear in Juneau stores this month.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

JRC The Alaska Club announces Valley expansion
Owners of The Alaska Club on Wednesday announced a three-phase expansion plan for the Mendenhall Valley site of JRC The Alaska Club.

Panel postpones action on garbage law
The Juneau Assembly's Planning and Policy Committee postponed revising the city's bears-and-garbage ordinance on Tuesday to gather more input.

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

Assembly continues manager search
Juneau could have a new city manager by April, based on a schedule Juneau Assembly members reviewed on Wednesday.

City seeks funds for Herbert River land
The Juneau Assembly on Monday agreed to prepare a funding ordinance to buy 145 acres of private property near Herbert River and the Boy Scout Camp. The Southeast Alaska Land Trust and other local groups acquired a $553,000 federal grant to purchase the land from Juneau resident William "Shorty" Tonsgard. The funding needs approval from the city and the state.

City OKs 2 new docks
Two private cruise ship docks won permits from the Juneau Planning Commission on Tuesday after a discussion about whether they would increase or relieve congestion downtown.The separate projects would be off Thane Road, south of the downtown shopping district. One of the private docks would be near Franklin Dock and serve 32-foot lightering boats from cruise ships at anchor, small cruise ships, day tour boats and yachts. The second dock, called the Jacobsen Dock, could accommodate 960-foot cruise ships at the rock dump.

This Day in History
In 1969, U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel discovered he was alone in the steambath of the Senate gymnasium with the man he defeated in his race for the Senate: Ernest Gruening. According to Gravel, the two sat with their faces buried in magazines and did not speak to one another.

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

Sculptor of Snow
Mendenhall Valley resident Roland Lumbab reluctantly went outside Monday, his day off, to shovel his driveway. As he cleared off his car, adding the snow to a pile of snow taller than he is, he had an inspiration. Ice scraper in hand, he sculpted the pile into a giant head.

Correction
A story about Byron Mallott in Tuesday's Empire incorrectly reported that a blood clot was removed from Mallott's brain.

Gabrielle Vance wins the Juneau School District's Spelling Bee
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School eighth-grader Gabrielle Vance won the Juneau School District's Spelling Bee conducted Thursday at Auke Bay Elementary School. Two students from each of Juneau's six elementary schools and two middle schools participated in the competition. The 16 students ranging in grade level from the third to the eighth grade competed for the opportunity to represent the district at the statewide spelling bee to be held in February in Anchorage.

Photo: Back in session
Rep. Peggy Wilson, a Wrangell Republican, center, is congratulated by Rep. Lesili McGuire, an Anchorage Republican, left, and Beth Kerttula, a Juneau Democrat, right, after Wilson took her oath of office ilast Friday n Juneau.

Thank you
Thank you Hoonah for making Gary P. Smith's 40-day dinner a success.

Presentations focus on trees, shrubs
Rolling and unrolling like decorators' carpet samples the soft white snow exposes and conceals our landscape. Some unseen artist waving a wand performs feats of climatic legerdemain and mud turns to plush, then to glass, then to slush and mud again. Technicolor winter, but really only two colors.

Pets of the week
Annita is a friendly, playful, active black lab puppy. She is just six months old and has been spayed. Annita catches on quickly and is very trainable.

Neighbors Briefs
Alaska State Fire Marshal's Office sponsors grant program workshops; Girl Scout Council receives rural outreach grant

Suzanne Mae Williams
Haines resident Suzanne Mae Williams died Jan. 27, 2003, in Juneau.

Suzanne 'Suzie' Hepler Williams
Haines resident Suzanne "Suzie" Hepler Williams, 63, died Jan. 27, 2003, in Juneau.

Eva Davis
Hoonah resident Eva Davis died Jan. 27, 2003, at her home in Hoonah with her grandchildren by her side. She was 93.

My Turn: There are absolute lines between good and evil
Ever since the Sept. 11 attacks, I find myself pondering terrorism and the nature of terror. It seems a supreme arrogance on the part of the hijackers to believe so strongly in the evils of the U.S. and the righteousness of their own values to plot, over the course of months, such an act. Our president and his cohorts in D.C. are spending a lot of time thinking about terrorism as well.

My Turn: Clearcuts can be part of healthy forest
Erik Lie-Nielsen's letter to the editor of Jan. 19 blasted Dick Coose for his earlier guest editorial. The derogatory remarks, however, applied broad-brush generally to foresters, specifically those "suckled at the public teat with the Forest Service." Putting professional in quotes implied that they were not. Further, that "multi-use (presumably multiple use) management then" meant only clear cuts and stumps to Forest Service foresters. Apparently "then" means past.

Sitka girls hand Ketchikan first loss of the season
The Ketchikan girls basketball team was riding high late last week, with an undefeated record and the No. 5 ranking in the first Class 4A state basketball poll. But the Sitka Wolves ended that feeling of ecstasy in a hurry, upsetting the Kings 38-36 on Friday in the first game of a two-game Region V-Class 4A series in Ketchikan. The Kings responded by winning Saturday's game 55-38, but the unbeaten record was gone.

East girls lose
After nearly three years, the streak is over. The Chugiak Mustangs girls basketball team defeated the East Anchorage Thunderbirds on Tuesday, 64-48, snapping East's 63-game in-state winning streak.

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. Overall team records do not include Alaska School Activities Association endowment games, which are not supposed to count in team records.

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.

Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race canceled
Warm winter weather has claimed this year's Tustumena 200 sled dog race.

Boys Basketball: Juneau to open region season
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team has tested itself against teams from Anchorage, the Mat-Su valleys, Fairbanks, California and British Columbia.

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

Middle school wrestling results
Team and top three individual results from the Juneau Middle School Wrestling Tournament, held last Friday and Saturday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The meet featured dozens of wrestlers from Dzantik'i Heeni and Floyd Dryden Middle Schools in Juneau; Schoenbar Middle School in Ketchikan; and Hoonah.

Senate hearing leaves U.S. Olympic Committee's future uncertain
WASHINGTON - Prompted by the U.S. Olympic Committee's leadership crisis, an influential U.S. Senate panel made it plain Tuesday that Congress intends to take a far more direct role in overseeing USOC operations with the aim of fixing a structure and culture that panel members said too often diverts attention from athletes.

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

Change of command
Brig. Gen. Craig Campbell takes an oath of office as commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, administered by Gov. Frank Murkowski, during a ceremony Wednesday

Board rejects ban on sport fishing for shrimp, crab
SITKA - The state Board of Fisheries on Sunday unanimously rejected a proposal to prohibit sport fishing for shrimp and Dungeness crab. The board has been meeting in Sitka since Jan. 20. Proposal 217 was intended to address what some see as a problem with enforcing laws related to charter-boat operators and lodge owners catching crab and shrimp for their out-of-state clients.

Sponsors of pot initiative sue the state
Backers of an initiative to decriminalize marijuana are suing the state to try to get the measure on the ballot. Ken Jacobus, attorney for Free Hemp in Alaska, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Anchorage Superior Court, arguing the group should be able to get its initiative before voters despite failing to meet state record-keeping rules.

State song would acknowledge Native boy
Members of the House Community and Regional Affairs Committee were serenaded today with a proposed new verse to the "Alaska Flag Song" that honors the Native youth who designed the state flag.

Bill would regulate home inspectors
A bill that would regulate home inspectors passed its first committee Wednesday.

Board rejects sharing Sitka Sound herring
The state Board of Fisheries voted unanimously Monday against a proposal calling for equal shares among fishermen in the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery.

Mistrial in animal cruelty case
Jurors in the animal cruelty case against an Alaska couple couldn't reach a unanimous decision Wednesday and a mistrial was declared.

Man indicted for alleged sex abuse
A 26-year-old man has been indicted on charges he had sex in August with a 13-year-old North Pole girl he met over the Internet.

Legislature pays fees for aide's ethics breach
The Legislature will pay nearly $7,000 for legal fees incurred by Senate Republican majority press secretary Ron Irwin as a result of an ethics complaint. The Legislative Council, which oversees much of the Legislature's internal management, voted to pay his legal bills on Tuesday. But the panel will not back an appeal to the state court.

Native lawmakers want locals heard
Native lawmakers, responding Wednesday to Gov. Frank Murkowski's State of the State address, emphasized that Natives must participate in decisions involving resource and infrastructure development and their effects on subsistence.

Texas DNA laboratory sued over shipment of remains
An Alaska woman who was horrified to receive her dead father's leg bones in the mail has sued the Texas DNA-testing lab she says sent the package just before Christmas.

This Day in History
 

State Briefs
Experimental gas plant to open soon; 'Gavel to Gavel' changing channels; Rokeberg bill calls for new Capitol; Two more vessels caught fishing in Russian waters; Liquor smugglers would face forfeiture; Light earthquake strikes near Seward; Wuerch files to run again for Anchorage mayor

Registration open for Sitka Fine Arts Camp
Sitka Fine Arts Camp is accepting registration applications for this summer's session.

Juneau Symphony: Multi-media homage to artistic resistance
On the Isenheim Altarpiece painted by 16th century German painter Matthais Grunewald, a symphony of pudgy angels plays for the Madonna as she cradles a glowing newborn Jesus.

Solivan's Saturday concert revolves around family talent
Frank Solivan II will play at Northern Light United Church on Saturday, Feb. 1, in a performance incorporating his mother, Lorene Solivan of Anchorage, and cousin, Megan McCormick of Wasilla.

Gin Blossoms bloom again in Juneau
Ask anyone who was cognizant of popular music during the early 1990s if they remember the Gin Blossoms, and you'll undoubtedly hear "Oh yeah, 'Hey Jealousy!' "

What's Happening
 

Habib Koité
After one of his concerts, Bonnie Raitt once admiringly told West African guitarist Habib Koité, "I'd drink your sweat."

Sitka festival musicians visit Juneau
Touring artists from the Sitka Summer Music Festival will make a stop in Juneau to play a Winter Classics concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Northern Light United Church.

Junior Theatre holds auditions
Northern Light Junior Theatre will hold auditions this weekend for the upcoming play, "Number the Stars."

The Swamp
Cartoon by Toe

The Last Word: Reckoning with Mosley's Socrates Fortlow
Walter Mosley is best known for his Easy Rawlins detective stories - a category I think of as "in-flight" reading: fluff you can focus on even when you're hungry and your ears hurt.

JAHC looking for wearable art
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is taking applications for entries in the annual Wearable Art Extravaganza.

Boyd rides wave of Native music
Working at his modest home in Spokane, Wash., Jim Boyd is recording a seventh album and preparing to leave for gigs in Switzerland. He's also planning a tour with his new band.

Pride Chorus to sell singing telegrams
The Juneau Pride Chorus will offer singing telegrams again for Valentine's Day.

Best Bets: Alaska: Purgatory for musical celebrities?
With a few exceptions there are two types of celebrity musicians you see here in Alaska. First, there are the talented locals you can watch before they get famous like, for lack of a better example, Jewel.

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