Thursday, January 31, 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

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'

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

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.

Fairness for home schooling
There are proposed regulations (Chapter 33 Special Schools, 4AAC 33.420 @state.ak.us) for statewide correspondence study programs that effect home-schooling families across the state of Alaska, nearing the implementation stage (March 4) without public hearings or the knowledge of many home school parents.

Harbor residents deserve more
The proposed rate increases by CBJ docks and harbors are unfair. As currently proposed, the new fee structure raises electric rates 270 percent! Liveaboards and non-liveaboards will pay the same rate. A vessel using a 240-volt, 50- or 100-amp service pays the same price as a small vessel using a 20-amp service.

Dog-owner etiquette
To the Douglas dog owners who insist on letting their dogs run unsupervised through the streets:

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?

Translation situation
Regarding the recent article in the Juneau Empire, "Shock jock on trial for emotional damages," I would like to correct Eric Kueffner, attorney for Alaska Broadcast Communications, licensee of KJNO, when he stated, "We paid them $100,000 to go away... It's a nuisance, but it's the price of doing business."

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.

Kudos for This Week
Thank you for including a weekly section in the newspaper for Arts & Entertainment. What a great addition to the Juneau Empire. I appreciate that you are highlighting local and visiting artists and the events around town.

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.

One man's opinion
I am a 47-year-old male from Seattle. I have listened to Leykis for over six years. He is entertainment, hardly an expert on social commentary. Last I heard, freedom of speech is still alive in this country, regardless of what Ari Fleischer thinks.

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

Shocked in L.A.
To me, happiness is driving home from work on a balmy January evening with the top down, listening to Tom Leykis on the radio.

Facts about Alaska wolves
Wolves den up between January and midJuly. Pups are born in late April and early May. Average litter is four and sometimes as many as six. In summer months pups leave the dens and rendezvous with adults for feeding. By late August they start following the pack.

Douglas wolves trapped
Stories of wolves on Douglas Island were confirmed this week when a trapper brought biologists the pelts of seven wolves he took on the back of the island in recent weeks.

Harborview hero: School celebrates one of its own
Harborview Elementary School teacher Vivian Montoya had been recognized before for being named 2002 Alaska Teacher of the Year. But Wednesday's assembly in her honor at the school included something all previous ceremonies lacked - her extended family of students, colleagues and friends.

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

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

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

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:

Most Thane residents object to heliport
While a majority of Thane residents responding to a recent survey are bothered by flightseeing noise, most also oppose a heliport that officials say would reduce noise in Juneau.

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.

Psychiatrist: Carpenter likely was exaggerating her stress
It's highly likely that a Juneau woman who said a radio talk show triggered severe emotional distress was exaggerating her symptoms, a psychiatrist testified Wednesday.

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.

Mother released from prison pending trial
A woman accused of causing a December drunken-driving accident that seriously injured two of her four children is free today following a judge's ruling Tuesday.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Leila Eileen Truax
Juneau resident Leila Eileen Truax, 80, died Jan. 23, 2002, in Juneau.

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

The kidnapping of Daniel Pearl
Daniel Pearl, an American correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, was doing a dangerous job in unfriendly territory when he went missing last week in Pakistan, presumably the victim of a kidnapping.

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.

My Turn: Fiscal gap hysteria and fund folly
Take about a third of your income and put it in a savings account. Then tell your creditors you can't pay their bills because "that" money's protected and only for free distribution to your family. Can any business or household run this way? No, just Alaska state government.

Word Of Mouth
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Word Of Mouth
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Winter kayaking safety hints
Taking a kayak out for a winter paddle can be very exhilarating but can be fatal without experience, proper equipment and knowledge of the weather.

Winter paddlers find peace, quiet and wildlife
Scott Foster said he'd need a poet's words to describe one of his most recent winter kayaking experiences.

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

A winter whale show to remember
I had scheduled the Mount Troy ski traverse at the December Juneau Alpine Club meeting. At that time there was plenty of snow to be dreaming about making lazy "S" turns down the gently sloped bowl on the west side of Troy.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Juneau girls host Sitka for two
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team has been on the road so long the Crimson Bears have almost forgotten what it feels like to play a home game.

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.

Juneau boys seek revenge against Wolves
The grim reminder hangs just inside the door of Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball head coach George Houston's office.

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.

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.

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.

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

Kapsner again leads state lawmakers in interim pay
A House Democrat from Bethel is again No. 1 among the 60 state legislators for extra pay claimed for work done during the interim between legislative sessions, according to a report by the Legislative Affairs Agency on 2001 compensation.

Biologists predict solid year for Southeast pink salmon fishermen
PETERSBURG - Southeast Alaska fishermen could harvest as many as 30 million to 50 million pink salmon this summer, according to predictions by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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.

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.

House panel OKs tourism marketing
The House Finance Committee on Wednesday approved $6 million in emergency marketing funds for tourism, while rejecting a similar amount for salmon marketing.

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.

Don Young says he missed votes because he was mad at Senate
FAIRBANKS - U.S. Rep. Don Young says he missed House votes in December because he got mad at the Senate and left town early. Young told reporters Wednesday that he left Washington, D.C. on Dec. 6. As a result, he missed 44 votes during the next 13 days before the House adjourned.

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
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

Closed-door budget meeting called first step to agreement
The state House of Representatives - Republicans and Democrats alike - emerged from a closed-door caucus Wednesday without a plan to close Alaska's $1 billion budget deficit.

State Briefs
Body Works closes suddenly; Ketchikan Council member loses seat after absences; Wasilla woman dies in collision; Alaska barge grounded on island, awaiting tugs; Fire leaves family of 12 homeless; Pipeline shooting trial set

Alaskan killed in attack in Philippines
ANGELES, Philippines - Philippine troops today found the body of an American believed to have been killed by gunmen while he hiked with a German friend near the Mount Pinatubo volcano.

Dubliners bring music of the Emerald Island
I t's unusual for an artist to be called mature at 26, but Johnny Connolly is an exceptional musician.

Explorations in paint
Forty years into a career as an artist, art teacher and printmaker, Dan Fruits is still learning how paint. "It's not like I learned how to paint, and now I'm doing it," he said. "I'm exploring. While I paint, I'm learning to paint."

Book as Art
Artemis BonaDea is not a writer, but she fills books with her ideas - beading, painting, stitching and gluing to create books that are themselves works of art.

What's happening
Theatre

Portrait in 3-D
The hunter stands ready, harpoon and knife at hand, in the Alaska State Museum. The hunter is a three-dimensional portrait by Juneau artist Mary Ellen Frank. Combining the talents of seamstress, wood carver, sculptor, tailor and scale-model builder, Frank creates handmade dolls, miniature versions of Alaska Natives.

Movies where & when
"The Count of Monte Cristo," (PG13) 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.

Evolution of books as we know them
Book artist Artemis BonaDea said scrolls - long, rolled strips of paper - served as early "books." But scrolls could be awkward and hunting for a specific passage meant rolling and unrolling back and forth, rather than simply turning a page.

Young Shakespeare training to begin
JUNEAU - Perseverance Theatre plans auditions for the spring semester of the Young Shakespeare Training Program. The program will focus on Shakespeare's historical tragedy, "Julius Ceasar," and will culminate in a presentation of scenes from the play.

Best Bets: Tough choice for music lovers Saturday
Lovers of Irish and classical music will be torn Saturday night, forced to chose between an excellent Irish concert and a stellar performance of the Juneau Symphony.

Actors needed for 'Stone Soup'
JUNEAU - The Northern Light Junior Theatre is looking for extras to play the villagers in the upcoming play, "Stone Soup."

Symphony presents music, images of the cosmos
The Juneau Symphony goes on a world tour this weekend. It's a multi-world tour, actually. After performing music from Austria and Hungary, the symphony plays Venus, Saturn and most of the planets in the solar system.

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