Thursday, February 7, 2002

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

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.

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;

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

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.

Wild Alaska seafood
I appreciate the Feb. 5 Empire editorial by Don Smith, supporting Alaska's commercial fishing industry. And thank you to Sen. Ted Stevens and those state legislators who are raising the awareness of the need to market wild Alaska seafood.

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.

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.

Tongass debate
This is in response to Publisher Don Smith's Sunday editorial.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Talk show lawsuit jury ponders damages
JUNEAU - The jury in the civil lawsuit of Karen Carpenter against radio talk-show host Tom Leykis and production company Westwood One began deliberating on punitive damages at about 11:30 a.m. today.

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

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

Jury gives Carpenter $150,000
A Juneau jury this afternoon awarded Karen Carpenter $150,000 in punitive damages from Westwood One, the Los Angeles-area company that produces the Tom Leykis Show.

Jury still out in sex-abuse case
Jurors today continued deliberating the case of a Haines man accused of molesting a 6-year-old relative. Attorneys gave closing arguments Wednesday morning in Juneau Superior Court in the case against Richard Warren. Warren, 23, was indicted on two counts of felony first-degree sexual abuse of a minor stemming from four incidents in 2000 and 2001.

Photo: Mendenhall Lake skiing
Sue Warner, above, skis across Mendenhall Lake on Wednesday near Skaters Cabin. "The sights are so beautiful, it should be illegal," she said. A 40-to-70 percent chance of more snow is predicted by the National Weather Service for this weekend.

Corrections
A wedding announcement published in Wednesday's Neighbors section was in error. The couple, Cecilia Sears and John Larson, told the Empire today that the announcement may have been a prank. The Empire regrets the error.

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

Cardiologist closes Juneau practice
Dr. Brian Cole has closed his Juneau medical practice less than nine months after opening. Cole, a cardiologist, moved to Juneau from Colorado last year, relocating his medical practice to Vintage Park in the Mendenhall Valley.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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;

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.

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.

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

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.

Susan Bell (Speer) Winchell
Former Juneau resident Susan Bell (Speer) Winchell, 58, died Feb. 4, 2002, in Longview, Wash.

Rosina Staveland
Former Juneau resident Rosina Messerschmidt Schmitz Staveland, 90, died Jan. 25, 2002.

James T. Phillips
Juneau resident James T. "Jim" Phillips, 56, died Jan. 30, 2002, in Juneau.

Goodbye, stimulus
The Senate gave up on an economic stimulus bill this week, with Democrats and Republicans at loggerheads over what such a package should contain.

My Turn: Wolves provide balance to a healthy ecosystem
Living on North Douglas, knowing there were wolves just in my backyard, thrilled me. Yeah, this is Alaska. It doesn't get any better. Recently, I found out our "neighbors" had been unmercifully slaughtered, none spared, and for what reason? Don't some of them deserve to live? No longer can I relax on my deck, imagining a wolf howling through that forest between us.

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.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

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.

Nordic ski clinics planned
JUNEAU - The Juneau Nordic Ski Club is sponsoring a series of classes in skate and classic ski techniques Feb. 22-24 at Eaglecrest. The instructor is Adam Verrier from Anchorage, a world-class skier who was on the U.S. 1998 Olympic team in Nagano as a member of the men's relay team.

Rules of the tubing hill
What you need to know about Eaglecrest's tubing hill:

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

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

New tubing hill catches on at Eaglecrest
When Paul Swanson proposed a tubing hill for Eaglecrest, he figured it would be a good way to get people who don't ski or snowboard up to the city-owned winter recreation area. That happened. But as it turns out, the hill provided an additional activity for people who already come to the slopes.

Great Backyard Bird Count helps nationwide tally
Bird populations are dynamic; they are constantly in flux. Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. The Great Backyard Bird Count, a joint project of National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology, takes a snapshot of North American bird populations.

Women's downhill weekend scheduled
JUNEAU - A two-day skiing workshop for woman of all abilities is planned for Feb. 16-17 at Eaglecrest. The Women's Yes You Can Weekend begins Feb. 16 at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and continues that day until about 4:30 p.m. A similar schedule follows on the 17th.

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.

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.

Juneau girls host top-ranked T-Birds
Practice was over for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team Wednesday night, but sophomore forward Letasha McKoy was strapping on a pair of bulky arm pads to work on a drill with fellow sophomore forward Danielle Larson.

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

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

Alaska State Basketball Poll
Here are the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks

Gruening named player of the week
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Santa Clara University senior guard Caroline Gruening, a 1998 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, was named the West Coast Conference/Rawlings Women's Basketball Player of the Week for her play this weekend against conference opponents Saint Mary's and San Francisco last week.

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.

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).

Bears put a freeze on North Pole
Curtis Lane scored a season-high 24 points as the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team buried the North Pole Patriots 78-52 on Wednesday night in North Pole.

Carnival raises offer to Princess
MIAMI - Refusing to take no for an answer, Carnival Corp. came up today with its fourth hostile offer for P&O Princess PLC in an effort to prevent P&O from merging with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

House panel OKs spending cap
Even while other legislators were voting for new taxes Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a proposed constitutional amendment to tighten the screws on state spending.

Committee approves minimum wage increase
Republicans in the Legislature are trying to limit potential increases in the minimum wage. The House Labor and Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved an increase in the hourly rate from $5.65 to $7.15.

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.

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.

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.

Governor riled over grocery stores' switch to Starbucks
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Tony Knowles has stepped into a brewing coffee war. Knowles fired off a letter and put in a phone call Wednesday to Safeway officials to protest the company's decision to switch from Alaska-roasted coffee to Starbucks at some of its espresso bars in Carrs grocery stores.

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

Processors scale back plans for pink salmon
PETERSBURG - Several Southeast Alaska fish processors are scaling back plans for the upcoming pink salmon season. The change will leave some salmon fishermen without a place to sell their catch.

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.

Booze tax blindsided
A maneuver Wednesday by the House Finance Committee has forced a North Pole lawmaker to loosen his grip on several controversial tax bills he is holding in a separate committee.

State Briefs
Apprentice program teaches new skills; Ice skating offered at Melvin Park; Homecoming 2002 set to begin at JDHS

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.

Beads and stoneware: Neighbors collaborate for show
something unpredictable happens with art at 2200 degrees Fahrenheit.

What's happening
Theatre

Telling a quilt's tale
F or each of the thousands of threads running through the "Soldier's Quilt" at the Alaska State Museum, there are unseen accompanying threads of fact, history, story and legend about its creator and his intriguing life story.

Museum offers sneak peek of wearable art
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is teaming up with the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council for a new exhibit, billed as a sneak preview of the Second Annual Wearable Art Show, "Going to Extremes." The exhibit opens Friday with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the city museum.

Best Bets: This weekend: soldier's tale, bevy of art shows
Galleries are filled with art and there's no shortage of performances in the coming week, but one event stands out: Brett Dillingham's "Quilt: A Soldiers' Story."

Evening pays tribute to the poetry of love
Centuries before a fat, sassy baby with wings and a tiny bow and arrow became an icon of romance, Greeks were writing about love darts and Cupid-like characters.

Jimmy Carter, Wendell Berry contribute to book on ANWR
H ank Lentfer watched a dream become a book in just two months last winter. Monday night, Lentfer will share that book with Juneau in a reading at Hearthside Books.

Movies where & when
"The Royal Tenenbaums," (R) starts Friday and shows nightly at 7 at the 20th Century Twin, with second shows at 9:10 Friday and Saturday nights and matinees at 2 and 4:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Local author pens tale of widowhood
With the average American wife surviving her husband by an average of seven years, widowhood is a familiar situation - sure to become more familiar with the graying of the population.

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