Friday, January 31, 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.

Clearcuts aren't forests
Retired U.S. Forest Service forester Wayne Nicolls chastises me in his My Turn column of Jan. 29 for my public opinion on Ketchikan Assemblyman Dick Coose's role in the waste of public money.

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.

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.

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.

The best I can do
I lived and worked for several years in Egypt and India and I have come to know that being from different cultures, worshipping God differently, speaking different languages do not make us dissimilar.

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

Science fiction horror
I would like to call upon high school teachers who are opposed to a war with Iraq to ask their students to write to President Bush.

Three questions
I am writing in response to the anti-abortion protesters out there when the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade made the news.

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.

Ego, ideology, oil
As President Bush moves America ever closer to war with Iraq, several perplexing questions remain. Why do nations immediately bordering Iraq, including Jordan, Turkey and Iran, implore the U.S. to avoid war?

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.

Who are the vandals?
Instead of spending last Sunday enjoying the Super Bowl, the snow, and the day off, I spent my day dealing with the results of a senseless act of vandalism. Late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, someone broke out two of my car windows.

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?"

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.

Judge to decide if accused can see his children
Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks is deciding whether a man accused of sexually abusing two young relatives can visit his children while he is out on bail.

Ski area to open bunny slope
Eaglecrest Ski Area will open its beginners' hill this weekend, but the rest of the slopes will remain closed.

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

FYI
Births, Marriage Licenses, Business Licenses, Court Records and Judgments.

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.

AroundTown
Listings of local nonprofit events.

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.

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

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

Historic building vs. place to park
The city's plan to turn two downtown buildings into a parking lot is drawing a mixed reaction from nearby residents and businesses.

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.

Around Town
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.

Family portrait (before the rain)
Depicted is the Wetherington family - during better times Wednesday in their Valley yard.

Hotel chain donates $24,000 to Red Cross
Aspen Hotels has contributed $24,000 to the American Red Cross as part of its "Room by Room" campaign that it launched in August.

Learning through play
On any given day at Juneau Co-op Preschool, children are baking gingerbread people, visiting with a corn snake or painting a picture with blueberry juice.

City Museum to hold mask-making class
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is taking registration applications for a mask-making class with Roblin Gray-Davis.

Sandwich Ministries feeds Juneau's hungry
Sandwich Ministries is the calling of Juneau resident Norma Watt. It is, quite simply, making sandwiches for hungry people.

Pruning trees and shrubs - trimming or torture?
When does tree trimming become tree torture? How does tree topping make trees unhealthy and dangerous, in addition to ugly? Why can't pruning turn a large tree into a small one?

'Money Smart' classes set
"Money Smart" classes will be held for five Saturdays, beginning Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Floyd Dryden Library.

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

My Turn: Renewable energy for Southeast
As more houses and businesses become "wired," we will experience a dramatic increase in electricity consumption. Yes, the electronic age is natural resource-intensive!

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.

Preserving Brandon's spirit from the stands
The Juneau-Douglas High School gym will be full of wrestlers, coaches, parents and fans for this weekend's region meet. But there will be someone missing.

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.

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

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

Ready for regions: region V-class 4a wrestling tournament
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team won the Region V wrestling title last season. But the Crimson Bears weren't really sure if they should be listed as the defending champions as they prepared to host this weekend's Region V-Class 4A tournament.

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

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.

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.

Lawmakers grill feds about Bush's schools law
Lawmakers questioned a federal official Thursday about whether President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" education law will work in Alaska.

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.

Salmon task force: Call to help fishermen
Tax breaks for commercial fishermen who invest in new equipment and a $5 million state appropriation for seafood marketing are among 14 pieces of legislation proposed by the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force.

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

Petition to protect state permanent fund rejected
An initiative petition aimed at blocking the Legislature from spending Alaska Permanent Fund earnings on state government was rejected Thursday, Lt. Gov. Loren Leman said.

AIDEA picks director
Anchorage resident and businessman Ronald W. Miller was appointed executive director of the Alaska Industrial Development & Export Authority/Alaska Energy Authority by the board of directors Thursday.

Two more arrested at meth lab
Authorities arrested two men Thursday at a residence with a suspected methamphetamine operation.

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.

This Day in History
 

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.

More geoducks ship out live this season, for higher price
It might be the Year of the Goat, but it's geoduck clams from Southeast Alaska that will be on the menu for many when the Chinese New Year begins Saturday.

Negotiator helps end armed standoff
Alaska State Troopers took a Palmer man into custody Thursday morning after an armed standoff.

Coast Guard suspends search for man
The Coast Guard has suspended a search for a Romanian man who was reported missing early Thursday from a ship in western Alaska.

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

Alaska population grows since census
The latest estimate of Alaska's population has been completed by the state Department of Labor.

State proposes fine for BP explosion
State safety officials have proposed a $6,300 fine against BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. for a North Slope well explosion that critically injured an oil field worker last August.

This Day in History
 

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.

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.

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

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