Wednesday, February 6, 2002

Business Profile: Carrie Graham
Title and Firm: Carrie Graham is sole proprietor of Alaska Reliable Travel Services, which opened in May of last year.

From the heart
Expressing affection is a demanding act, but local retailers try to make it easy for the tongue-tied as Valentine's Day approaches. Just think baskets, said Vina Jennings, co-owner and floral designer at The Chocolate Lily Flowers & Gifts at 8585 Old Dairy Road. With adequate notice, Jennings can put together a basket of live plants "to last like your love lasts," plus an assortment of truffles and Lovers' Champagne Bath Salts.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Getting a piece of the government contract pie
Government work from missile defense contracts to airport design projects to Mom-and-Pop janitorial contracts are available to small businesses - if those businesses have acquired certifications that award them hiring preference.

On the move
Attorney to serve on child-support committee; Mary Kay sellers win cars

Business Briefs
Juneau phone numbers no longer linked to location; Manufacturers' meeting scheduled; Made in Alaska Program schedules workshops; State Farm now a bank, too; Grandma's offers winter rates; Salon offers couples massage; Adams Vacuum expands; InvestNet contact information changed; Written communication workshop offered; Glacier Bay Lodge offers deals;

Ordinary human decency
I find it amusing when I hear Mr. Leykis' supporters refer to his radio program as "refreshing." I listened to about 10 minutes of his program and found it immature and appalling. "Refreshing" - "appalling" - two different points of view - the cornerstone of our democracy.

Taken to the cleaners
Let me get this straight: The president of the United States has received nearly a million dollars from Enron Corp.; the vice president of the United States received a lots of money from Enron Corp.; both of these individuals were in the energy business prior to taking office.

It's a garbage problem
Too often we seem eager to rally round splashy, expensive methods intended to cure ills, rather than taking the often simpler and less expensive actions that can prevent the ills in the first place.

More reasonable folk
In response to Don Smith's "Timberdoodles" editorial on Sunday, I don't know too much about Timberdoodles, but I hear that they are a forest-dependent species that has been pretty much supplanted by Timber Beasts in Southeast Alaska. Timber Beasts thrive in clearcuts (and in the halls of Congress) while Timberdoodles need old-growth forest to survive.

Conservation of energy needed
We need a real energy program in the United States immediately. Our dependency on oil has us leading the world for the production of CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gasses. If only we raised our fuel standards to 40 mpg for cars and light trucks it would produce twice as much gas as drilling the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Wolves thrilled visitors
I recently moved to Alaska after visiting and working here for several years. I moved from a place that used to have grizzlies in numbers rivaling Alaska. Numerous reports describe from 10 to 40 bears feeding on acorns in certain oak groves in the fall.

Symphony chatter
I attended the wonderful performance of the Juneau Symphony on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002.

Honeymoon's over
Regarding Rep. Kohring and his abuse of the per diem and his subsequent My Turn column in the Feb. 5 Empire, if he wants to go on his honeymoon that's just fine, but I feel that he should not do it at the expense of the Alaska residents.

Create a smoking shelter
What's up with this new smoking ordinance? Has who ever come up with this new law forgotten about a well-known phrase "we the people?" As far as I can see, the phrase should be "we the non-smokers."

What if . . .
"Sit on this, you old prune [sound of buzzing vibrator]!" is protected by the First Amendment, but "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" isn't?

Consequences for water and fisheries
I have followed the Tulsequah Mine debacle for several years now. I thank Bill McAllister for his article and wish to add a few things.

Devoted Leykis listener
I am a devoted listener to Tom Leykis. He is an American inner male ego with a multimillion dollar shock jock's mouth and giant paycheck.

Where might this lead?
I must admit to feeling more than a little skeptical when I read about the "bear sanctuary" proposal in Sunday's newspaper. The idea of reconditioning bears as to how they should behave in civilized society seemed at first somewhat wacky. Where might this idea lead?

Animal board's dangerous-dog ruling stands
Louie the dog is still dangerous, according to Juneau's Animal Hearing Board. The board last month unanimously gave the German shepherd-Lab mix another dangerous-dog label after a July incident that left two cats dead in a Mendenhall Valley neighborhood. The dog now lives out of state.

Jury Clears Leykis
A Juneau jury late this afternoon cleared nationally syndicated talk-show host Tom Leykis of the claims made against him by local woman Karen Carpenter, who said comments about her on his show caused her severe emotional distress and violated her privacy.

JDHS builders compete in national contest
A group of students from Juneau has traveled to Georgia to prove designing a home to withstand hurricanes, termites and the warm, humid weather of the Deep South doesn't take them out of their element.

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

District looking for additional funding
The Juneau School District may be able to overcome a budget gap exceeding $1 million over the next two years without cutting any staff or programs - but it's going to take some help from above.

Assembly upholds planning decision for B-and-B
The Juneau Assembly on Monday upheld a Planning Commission decision to allow an Atlanta couple to build a bed-and-breakfast in a residential area near Glacier Highway.

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

Accidents clog Egan Drive this morning
JUNEAU - Several accidents kept Egan Drive clogged, traffic diverted and police busy for nearly two hours during the rush hour this morning.

Local Briefs
Helicopter enviro study delayed; School Board OKs next year's calendar; Board may revise policy on reporting crime; Students present petition against split lunch

Residents hash out subport ideas
Juneau residents shuffled and reshuffled buildings, parks and walkways on paper Tuesday, helping design a waterfront for the future. About 70 people took part in a discussion at Centennial Hall about Juneau's subport and the surrounding waterfront. The state, city and area landholders are partners in a redevelopment project for the area.

New UAS building halfway to completion
One year from now, going to class at the University of Alaska Southeast will be a whole new experience. The $8 million, 25,000-square-foot classroom addition to Egan Library is about halfway to completion, with exterior and structural work largely done and interior work set to begin. The building should be completed by year-end and open when classes begin in January 2003.

Man jailed on rape charge
A man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl last month is in jail on $50,000 bail today. Stanley Brown, 46, is charged with first-degree sexual assault and first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, both felonies, stemming from an alleged incident Jan. 31.

Sex abuse trial under way
A Juneau jury on Monday afternoon began hearing the details of the alleged sexual abuse of a 6-year-old girl.

Shock jock off hook in stress case
Talk-show host Tom Leykis said a Juneau jury's verdict in his favor Tuesday afternoon was a victory for free speech. But one of the actions by the show's production company could be costly. The jury cleared Leykis of the claims made against him by local resident Karen Carpenter, who said comments about her on his nationally syndicated radio show caused her severe emotional distress and violated her privacy.

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

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

'Banner' student suspension put on hold
JUNEAU - The 10-day suspension of Juneau-Douglas High School student Joseph Frederick for displaying a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" last month has been stayed pending an appeal hearing.

Jury takes Leykis vs. Carpenter
A jury of 10 women and two men today were deliberating the civil case brought by Juneau's Karen Carpenter against nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Tom Leykis and his Los Angeles-area production company.

Conquering the gender barrier
For 30 years now, Title IX has advanced the opportunities for female athletes. That fact is being heralded today, the 16th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Juneau has taken narrowing the gender gap seriously, said Sandi Wagner, athletic director at Juneau-Douglas High School for seven years. For example, equality of opportunity was achieved some time ago, but equality of numbers was not.

Academic Awards
Libby MacKinnon, a graduating senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, has been named one of more than 2,600 candidates in the 2002 Presidential Scholars Program.

DeSmet, Burger marry
Mary DeSmet and Greg Burger were married on December 31, 2001, at the home of Thom Pence and Terrea Bennett on San Juan Island, Wash.

Pet Of The Week
Copper is a large 9 month old Rottweiler mix neutered male who is i

Going to Extremes II opens Feb. 8
The City Museum will team up with the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, and go to extremes by exhibiting a "sneak peek" of several wearable art entries for the 2nd Annual Wearable Art Show, "Going to Extremes II," February 8 - 21.

Sears, Larson to wed
Cecilia Sears and John Larson will be married in a private ceremony on Feb. 14, 2002. Family and friends are welcome to join them for a reception at 7 p.m. at the Sandbar.

Neighbors Briefs
Super Shot Saturday; Bereavement support group scheduled; Shakespeare auditions for young actors; Adult coed volleyball officials needed; Student fund-raiser kicks off in Alaska;

Legislature moves forward in support of key industries
Alaska tourism, the state's second largest economic engine, got a show of support from the state House on Monday with the approval of $6 million in emergency marketing money. The $6 million in funds is short of the amount needed to effectively compete with other tourism destination states.

My Turn: Gravina Island, the only way to go
Ketchikan has its back to the wall - literally and economically. The city sits on the west side of Revillagigedo Island. The east half of the island, is the 2.1-million-acre Misty Fjord National Monument that also surrounds the south end of Revillagigedo.

Future for UAS never looked brighter
If you haven't visited the Auke Lake campus of UAS recently, you will be impressed by the transformation taking place. The wrapping has come off the magnificent new classroom wing added to the Egan Library. The first phase of this $8 million project, designed by Jensen Yorba Lott Inc. of Juneau, is nearly complete.

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.

My Turn: Commuting just a little south of Anchorage
Some may get the impression after reading your published article of Feb. 1 that I no longer have my heart in Alaska and no longer have my constituents' best interests in mind because I happen to have a new wife who lives in Oregon.

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

Boozer named Blue Devils' tri-captain
DURHAM, N.C. -- Carlos Boozer, a 6-9, 280-pound center, has been named a tri-captain of the Duke basketball team, head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Tuesday. Boozer joins Jason Williams and Mike Dunleavy as captains for the top-ranked Blue Devils (20-1, 8-1 ACC).

Rehfeld to play for Southern Colorado
Hilary Rehfeld has chosen to accept a partial scholarship to play basketball at the University of Southern Colorado next season. Rehfeld, a 6-foot-1 senior center for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team, made the decision during November's early-signing period. But Rehfeld's signing of an NCAA National Letter of Intent wasn't announced until last weekend.

Juneau skiers shine in AML Series
Juneau Ski Club racers had a strong finish on the final day of the Alaska Marine Lines Race Series, claiming three victories in the slalom at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Sunday.

Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of Feb. 2. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to the Juneau Empire by school officials and basketball coaches.

Local trio of skiers strong in Lower 48
It was a good weekend for two local skiers, while another local skier had a good start but bad finish to his weekend as the Juneau trio competed in meets in the Lower 48.

Craig boys sweep pair from Petersburg
Ryan Hamilton scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Craig Panthers pulled away from the Petersburg Vikings to claim a 68-49 victory on Saturday, giving the Panthers a sweep of their two-game Region V-Class 3A boys basketball series in Craig over the weekend. On Friday, Craig claimed a 62-52 victory.

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

Suit filed to remove Klamath salmon from endangered list
PORTLAND, Ore. - Fresh from a legal victory to remove Oregon coastal coho salmon from the endangered species list, a public interest law firm filed a lawsuit today to remove the same protection for Klamath Basin coho salmon.

Snowmachiners need driver's licenses after all
ANCHORAGE - Snowmachiners and all-terrain-vehicle drivers must have a driver's license to travel on public land, a longtime rule that came as a surprise to officials of two state agencies.

State Briefs
Prisoners find spiritual inspiration; Head of liquor lobby steps down; Pilot killed in crash of Yute cargo plane; Gas producers and pipeline cos. talk

Sitka cops lose 3rd man amid scandal
A Sitka police sergeant Tuesday became the third officer to quit or be fired amid allegations of misconduct within the department. Hours later, the Sitka Assembly voted 5-2 against conducting its own investigation of whether police and city officials violated city policies.

Quake shakes Anchorage, no immediate reports of injuries or damage
Two sharp earthquakes jolted downtown Anchorage early Wednesday, knocking items off shelves, setting off alarms and causing downtown buildings to shudder. But there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Bill to make inflation a factor in school funds
A bill requiring the Legislature to bump school funding to keep up with inflation passed out of its first committee today. House Bill 211 would require the state to increase the base student allocation annually to reflect changes in the Anchorage Consumer Price Index, or CPI.

House approves tourism funds
A bill to spend $6 million in emergency funds to market Alaska to travelers wary of terrorists passed the state House on Monday but faces an uncertain fate in the Senate.

Doctors reattach hand of crewman
SEATTLE - The day after a worker's hand was severed on a fishing boat in the Aleutian Islands, surgeons reattached it and are increasingly hopeful about his chance of success.

Military leaders tout missile defense
Alaska has a significant role in the post-Sept. 11 defense of the United States, according to top military leaders who were scheduled to address a legislative committee in Juneau this afternoon.

Morning earthquakes shake Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Two sharp earthquakes jolted downtown Anchorage early today, knocking items off shelves, setting off alarms and causing downtown buildings to shudder. But there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

State Briefs
Federal money to get the bugs out; Driver's license fees may go up $5; Rape alleged at Coast Guard housing; Beauty may pay off

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