Friday, February 7, 2003

Business profile: Jo Anne Bell-Graves
Title and company: Owner, Cuts Online Salon and Spa

Beds, breakfasts and more
Jeffrey Watts knows his breakfasts, and he knows the hospitality industry. As owner of Alaska Fireweed House Bed and Breakfast, he's using his knowledge to set his business apart from other B-and-Bs in town - and his work is paying off. In a town with more than 40 bed-and-breakfasts, distinguishing one from the others can be a challenge for guests and proprietors. Juneau innkeepers such as Watts have shown innovation in attracting independent travelers.

Restore state credibility
All of us who care about, and jointly own, Alaska's fish and wildlife, are poorly served by the Murkowski administration's decision to weaken habitat protection. Whether we appreciate seeing wildlife, harvesting it for food, or making a living as commercial fishermen, hunting-fishing guides, and wilderness and wildlife tour operators, or as suppliers of goods and services to all of the above, all Alaskans have a huge stake in maintaining fish and wildlife habitat.

Choosing for three
Andrea Danner of Juneau (Empire, Jan. 31) wrote to me ("anti-abortion protesters out there..."), asking three questions:

Salmon summit
The public is invited to attend the "Salmon for Success Summit" Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 10-12, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in downtown Juneau. The summit is hosted by the Tlingit Haida Central Council, the Southeast Intertribal Fish and Wildlife Commission, and the Southeast Conference.

How big is 'huge?'
Aurah Landau's letter regarding Silver Bay Logging's Chapter 11 filing is typical SEACC rhetoric. Silver Bay Logging does have U.S. Forest Service timber sales under contract. Having timber sales under contract does not make them economical to harvest.

Historic building
I would like to cast my vote to keep the I.O.O.F. building intact for the following reasons:

Does anyone care?
This is a final plea to save the old Customs Office turned International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge and now known as the JAMHI Building.

Imprudent policies
Transferring the permitting process currently implemented by the Habitat Division of the Department of Fish and Game to the Department of Natural Resources, mines and roads in Berners Bay, a road to Skagway, a road up the Taku River, predator control from helicopters and planes, exchanging stumped forest for old growth (Cape Fox Land Exchange), and opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration and drilling.

Anticipate progress
Interesting story (Empire, Feb. 5) on the attempts, past and present, to use waste from fish processing for the production of fertilizers and compost. Your reporter and readers might be interested to know, as well, that the Sitka Tribe of Alaska attempted development of a fish waste composting operation a few years ago.

17-year-old boy to be tried as an adult in rape case
A 17-year-old Juneau boy accused of raping a 6-year-old girl in his family will be tried as an adult, in accordance with Alaska law. The teen could spend up to 60 years in a state prison if convicted. Scott Ellis has been charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, an unclassified felony, stemming from alleged events of May and December 2002.

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

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

Fog delays start of state wrestling meet
After a 12-year drought, Southeast Alaska finally earned the right to host a state high school tournament. But Mother Nature is threatening to spoil the party. Fog on Thursday kept most of the teams from reaching Ketchikan for the start of the Class 4A state wrestling tournament, throwing the weekend's schedule into disarray.

This Day in History
In 1988, an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale struck the Kenai Peninsula, with its epicenter 70 miles northwest of Homer.

FYI
Births

This Day in History
In 1911, the steamer Victoria went on the rocks at Hinchinbrook Island, but was later salvaged.

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

Photos: Songs for celebrating cows
Guitarist Brent Holmes leads Amy Martin's third- grade students, wearing cow crowns, in singing his "cow tunes," which all had a cow theme, Wednesday at Glacier Valley Elementary School. Holmes is an ex-biologist who makes a living recording songs for kids.

King of the coffee makers
At 6 a.m. any weekday, Aldwyn McCuistion will be wide awake, grinding coffee beans and spinning a dial that makes the milk-foaming wand on his espresso machine scream. "I can tell by the sound within about 5 degrees whether the milk is the right temperature," McCuistion said on a recent morning as he "pulled a shot" of espresso. He was wearing his customary plaid golf cap adorned with a red "panic" button, and bobbing to a Weird Al Yankovic song. "You want it at about 150 degrees for latte, 170 degrees for mocha."

Correction
Page 1 of Wednesday's Empire directed readers to an article about the Columbia investigation, but listed the incorrect topic. The article published on page A5 focused on collection of debris and looting, not a NASA report about tile problems.

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

Treadwell Arena opens
The Treadwell Arena opened to the sounds of a hockey buzzer and cheers this morning as a enthusiastic crowd of skaters quickly filled the ice. The first skate at Juneau's new ice rink was set aside for those age 50 and up. Douglas resident Pat Spencer was among those who gave it a try.

Alaska Airlines to close Nugget ticket office
Alaska Airlines will close its Nugget Mall city ticket office May 1, airline officials announced Wednesday. The closure is part of an effort to reduce operating costs for the Seattle-based airline, which has suffered in the current economic downtown, along with the rest of the airline industry, officials said.

Police may have a lead in rash of downtown thefts
A former girlfriend may have provided information police need to catch a suspect in thefts from vehicles parked near Merchants Wharf this winter. Police said they received a call recently from a woman who said she had been dating the man responsible for the thefts but recently broke up with him. Police did not release the name of any suspect.

The art of waiting - 1963
This photograph was taken in 1963 by William L. Morriseau at the Juneau Municipal Airport's main waiting room. In the background is the Rie Muñoz mural, "Chilkat Dancers."

Photo: Rock stars for a day
Juneau-Douglas High School students Charlotte Bennett, left to right, Jenny Krauss, Tara Bay and Kimberly Allred dress as the rock band KISS on Thursday. Students came to school dressed as rock stars as part of homecoming activities.

Letter: Try 'Working'
I would like to encourage the people of Juneau to see the latest show at Perseverance Theatre, "Working." It is a musical adaptation of the book of the same name by writer, Studs Terkel.

Thank you
Gastineau Channel Little League would like to thank all of you who helped make the sixth annual Spaghetti Dinner and Dessert Auction a success.

Air Force promotion
The U.S. Air Force Reserves is proud to announce the promotion of Juneau resident Sue Horner to Lt Colonel. She completed Air Command and Staff College and was also honored with the Meritorious Service Medal. This recognition is one of the highest awards that the Air Force can bestow.

Processing fish is a tough business
What a marvelous business is fishing and fish processing. Mike Erickson is the president of Alaska Glacier Seafoods. The plant is located in a 6,000-square-foot space behind Western Auto in Lemon Creek. In addition to the processing area, the plant contains blast freezers that can freeze 15,000 to 18,000 pounds per day.

Academic honors
Dylan M. Hickey of Juneau is listed on the 2002 fall semester dean's list at the University of Dayton, in Dayton, Ohio.

Neighbors Briefs
Kid safety event Saturday; Bowl for Kids' Sake set

Douglass, Griffin to wed
Donna Jane Douglass and Danél Felton Griffin of Juneau, will be married in a ceremony planned for 2 p.m., May 18, 2003, at Emmanuel Baptist Church. A reception will follow at the church. Friends and relatives are invited to attend the wedding and reception.

Edward 'Larry' Kilgore
Longtime Juneau resident Edward "Larry" Kilgore died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 at his home surrounded by family and friends.

My Turn: Biologists, Alaska salmon deserve better
Gov. Murkowski's decision to eliminate the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's (ADF&G) Habitat and Restoration Division (Habitat) seems as inexorable as it is ill advised. The governor is not a pragmatic guy. The governor's recent attack on Habitat during his State of the State address and his Feb. 3 press conference reflects misdirected vindictiveness.

My Turn: Transportation for Southeast
When Sen. Frank Murkowski was running for governor, he pledged to build roads in Alaska to promote economic development. That was one reason he swamped the opposition at the ballot box. Shortly after he was sworn in on Dec. 2, he ordered the Department of Transportation to reactivate the project to access the state capital with a road to Skagway.

My Turn: Opinions should be supported by facts
Five former commissioners of ADF&G (Rue, Rosier, Collinsworth, Skoog and Brooks) lined up against the bold Murkowski proposal to move part of the Habitat Division from ADF&G to DNR, collectively stating in a recent Juneau Empire letter to the editor: "We fear that sacrificing competent vigilance by ADF&G over critical fish habitat will lead to an unnecessary and tragic loss for all Alaskans."

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.

Clutch steal, free throws give Cavs win
CLEVELAND - Milt Palacio, inserted in the starting lineup just before game time, put the Cleveland Cavaliers in the win column. Palacio made a key steal to preserve a one-point lead with 12.2 seconds left, then made two pressure-packed free throws to give Cleveland a 105-102 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

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

Boozer ready to play Rookie Challenge game
Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball player Carlos Boozer Jr. was angry when he slipped into the second round of the 2002 NBA Draft. Boozer, who attended Duke University and was a third-team all-American last year, had been listed on most of the pre-draft draft boards as a mid- to late-first-round selection. Then, on draft day, Boozer watched as he slipped into the second round before the Cleveland Cavaliers finally selected him with the 35th pick overall and the sixth of the second round.

After loss in Ketchikan, Juneau boys look to regroup in pair of Sitka games
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team did some heavy soul-searching after an upset loss in Ketchikan last weekend, and the Crimson Bears hope they bring a new look and attitude into the second half of the season. The Juneau boys will put that new attitude on display this weekend, as they host the red-hot Sitka Wolves in Juneau's annual homecoming games at the JDHS main gym. The varsity games start at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and both Region V-Class 4A games will be broadcast locally on KINY radio, 800-AM.

Dog-mushing FBI agent prepares to hit trail in Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS - Two Rivers musher Bruce Milne has been living a double life - FBI special agent by day, dog musher by night. For the next two weeks, he'll be able to concentrate on only one of those roles while running his third 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race between Whitehorse, Yukon, and Fairbanks.

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.

Juneau wrestlers heading to state tourney at Kayhi
It's been a long time since Southeast Alaska hosted a high school state tournament - in any sport. But this weekend that state-less streak will end as Ketchikan hosts the Class 4A state wrestling tournament on Friday and Saturday at Ketchikan High School's Clark Cochrane Gymnasium. The first round starts at 9 a.m. on Friday, with championship semifinals scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The meet continues on Saturday with consolation bracket matches starting at 9 a.m. The championship finals take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Iron Dog still canceled, despite racers' efforts
ANCHORAGE - Snowmachiners who had hoped to race in the Iron Dog 2000 this year tried without success Tuesday night to get the race's board to reverse its decision to cancel the race.

Juneau girls eager for return to region play; will face Ketchikan this weekend
It's a true homecoming this weekend for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team. After six weeks of playing teams from across the state and the country, the Crimson Bears return to competing against familiar Southeast rivals as they face the Ketchikan Kings in a pair of homecoming games this weekend.

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

Yukon Quest Past Winners
Past winners of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a 1,000-mile plus event that goes from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, in even years and from Whitehorse to Fairbanks in odd years. Mushers are listed with their winning year and time in days, hours and minutes.

Yukon Quest Red Lantern Winners
Past Red Lantern Award winners of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a 1,000-mile plus event that goes from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, in even years and from Whitehorse to Fairbanks in odd years. The Red Lantern is given to the last finisher in each year's race.

Alaska State Tournament Outstanding Wrestlers
The Alaska state tournament outstanding wrestlers since the 1974-75 school year. There was one wrestler picked for the 1974-75 through 1984-85 school years (with multiple winners in 1980-81).

Blame it on the 'Pineapple Express' - Alaska getting unusually warm weather
ANCHORAGE - Typically by February, Alaskans are hoping for a reprieve from winter's cold and snow. But this year, they're seeing a heat wave. Unseasonably warm weather has blanketed the state all week, marking a spike in a winter of above-average temperatures. Patches of brown grass poke through thinning snowdrifts and trees are bare of snow.

Layoffs expected as habitat permitting shifts
The transfer of permitting responsibilities for development projects from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to the Department of Natural Resources will result in layoffs, though it is not yet clear how many, acting Fish and Game Commissioner Kevin Duffy said Wednesday. The Habitat Division currently issues permits for any activities that affect anadromous fish streams or that have the potential to obstruct fish passage. Those responsibilities will be switched to DNR. Other permits issued by the division - those dealing with state game refuges, game sanctuaries and critical habitat areas - will remain under the division's control.

Only in Alaska: Thieves steal roadkill intended for charities
FAIRBANKS - Hundreds of moose are killed by cars and trucks each year on roads in Alaska's Interior. Most end up in the freezers of hungry families, thanks to local charities on call 24 hours a day. The charities send out volunteers any time of day or night to butcher the road-killed moose.

State Briefs
Eaglecrest reopens bunny hill; Island Princess arrival delayed; Man jailed in illegal hunting case;

State Briefs
Bill would ban soft drink sales in schools; Murkowski lauds new tourism venture; FBI seeks fourth man in counterfeiting scam; Grand jury indicts man accused of murder; Judges refuses venue change in Mateu trial; Avalanche closes Seward Highway; Mother charged with helping man rape girl

Palmer teen shot accidentally
PALMER - A 16-year-old Palmer boy died Wednesday evening after he was shot by a friend who has handling a large-caliber handgun, apparently in an accident, police said.

Sen. Murkowski offers her first bills
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced her first three bills this week. All are initiatives her father pursued when he was senator. The first measure would vastly expand the budget of the Denali Commission by allowing it to fund up to $450 million a year in transportation projects.

High school principal says priest abused him
ANCHORAGE - A high school principal stepped forward Thursday to say he also was a victim of abuse by a former Anchorage priest.

Measures would take PFDs for DWIs
Drivers could have their Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks taken away for driving under the influence of alcohol, refusing to take a chemical breath test or driving without automobile insurance under bills introduced on Wednesday. "It occurred to me that of all the problems we've had with drunk driving, the penalties haven't got to them the way they should do, and it seemed to me that one of the obvious ones on top of all the penalties that exist out there now is that they lose their dividend, ..." said Anchorage Sen. John Cowdery, author of the two measures.

Turning fund into AK muscle
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Frank Murkowski said the $23 billion Alaska Permanent Fund could be used to flex the state's political as well as its financial muscle. Alaska could seek help from companies in the Lower 48 that are part of the permanent fund investment portfolio to lobby members of Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Murkowski said at a press conference this week.

Success rate: 76% for kids getting off probation
Most Alaska kids who break the law appear to stay out of trouble after they get off probation, preliminary statistics show. But the picture is bleaker for those whose crimes were serious enough to land them in the state's long-term, lockup facilities. Patty Ware, acting director for the state Division of Juvenile Justice, told a legislative committee this week that the state appears to have about a 76 percent success rate after two years with kids leaving its probation system.

AG: Submerged lands critical to sovereignty
The dispute between the state and the federal government over submerged lands in Southeast marine waters is key to Alaska's sovereignty, the state is arguing in a case that will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes gave the opening arguments in the case Monday in Washington, D.C., before a special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court

Defense begins opening arguments in salmon price-fixing lawsuit
ANCHORAGE, - Marubeni Corp., a major defendant in the $1 billion Bristol Bay salmon price-fixing lawsuit, has reached a $25 million settlement in the case, the company announced Thursday. The announcement from Toyko came as opening arguments continued for the other defendants in the case in Superior Court in Anchorage. Marubeni's attorneys, who left the courtroom, had been expected to address jurors Friday.

Flag song's second verse passes House
The state House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday adding a second verse to the state song to acknowledge Alaska Native culture. Juneau Republican Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, who authored House Bill 45, said the new verse would be a symbol for all Alaskans.

Reading for international 'Lysistrata' project
JUNEAU - A reading of "Lysistrata," an ancient Greek play, will be March 3 as part of The Lysistrata Project, an international theater artists' protest against possible war with Iraq.

What's up with that?
Q: I seem to recall that our current license plates were to be issued in celebration of the Gold Rush for a limited time. After six years, I'm wondering how "temporary" they're going to be.

Buddy Tabor
Be it a fiery plane crash, loss of limb or the simple agony of lonesomeness, there's not much Buddy Tabor can't lay out in the poetry, put to the lilting rhythm of guitar and anoint with mandolin, harmonica and fiddle. "Most people cover up the world. In my music I like to take it and look right at it," he said. "Happy songs depress me."

Best Bets: Eros and art, news coverage and choice
What did you do last weekend? I saw "Chicago," went to the symphony and danced to the Panhandle Crabgrass Revival Band. I had fun, but I admit I also felt guilty. I mean, really, how can you do anything but stay glued to your set, when the news stations suspend all programming to bring us minute-by-minute, Sept. 11-style coverage of the Columbia explosion for an entire day?

Movies where & when
"How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," (PG-13) starts Friday, Feb. 7, and plays at 7:10 nightly at Glacier Cinemas, with second shows at 9:20 Friday and Saturday nights, and matinees at 2:10 and 4:30 Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

This Week briefs
Rock the Casbah at the Silverbow; Mask class offered at the city museum; Museum looking for children's items; Opera looking for props

Art in a sensual world
Sure, Michelangelo's nude sculpture "David" is art, but what about a phallic money clip or a penis-shaped pull toy? Art can be sensual, but what about titillating? Where is the line between Venus and the Victoria's Secret catalog?

What's happening
"Working," a musical, at Perseverance Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 16. Final Sunday show at 2 p.m. Tickets, $17-$22, at the door, Hearthside Books and www.perseverancetheatre.org.

An inside view of life on Walrus Islands
Polly Hessing remembers the night a sleepless visitor to Round Island mistook a singing walrus for an acoustic guitarist. "Walrus vocalizations are very beautiful and unique," she said. "They sound like harps. We actually had a camper come by one night who said, 'Somebody is playing guitar and I can't find out where they are,' It was a walrus."

Hungarian dance workshop set for weekend
Juneau International Folkdancers is sponsoring a Hungarian folk-dancing work-shop with instructors Istan Szabo and Deanne Hendricks from Friday, Feb. 7, to Sunday, Feb. 9.

Downtown arts walk growing each month
This First Friday Art Walk could be the biggest yet, according to organizer Leah Sturgis. "It's so great to see people supporting our arts community and having fun with this," Sturgis said. "Every month more and more people tell me, 'Oh, this is my first time doing this.' "

Folk festival sign-up, backdrop, volunteers needed
JUNEAU - The Alaska Folk Festival is accepting applications for performers who want to play 15-minute sets at this year's festival. The festival, an annual music celebration, is scheduled for April 7 to 13 at Centennial Hall.

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