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Thursday, February 13, 2003

On the Move
Robert Reges, of the law firm of Ruddy, Bradley, Kolkhorst and Reges, plans to leave the firm Feb. 14 and start a new law firm, Reges and Boone LLC.

Romantic Meals
In restaurants across Juneau, couples enjoying a Valentine's Day meal Friday night may be treated to special menus, boxes of chocolates, and roses, depending on where they go. The holiday is one of the busiest days of the year for local restaurants, however, so for those planning an elegant night out, local restaurateurs have one piece of advice: make reservations now.

Venerable bar goes for cool redo
Juneau residents who want to go "clubbing" in the style of young people in cities all over the United States have few options other than staging a private party or heading out of town to a larger city. Jack Tripp, owner of the Viking Lounge Pulltabs and Billiards, set out last July to change that. He plans to open the Back Alley - the result of his vision - on the weekend of Feb. 21.

Business profile: Angelita Rivera
Title and company: Owner, Mommy-N-Me Wear

Business Briefs
Alaska Airlines named leader in technologyConvention planned for bed & breakfast group; Individual development network to hold summit

Bring back herring
Gov. Murkowski has appointed Alan Austerman of Kodiak to be his fisheries policy adviser, probably a good sound choice. I would like to see him address a particular situation that has in my opinion a profound impact on our declining salmon catch by the troll-caught fleet.

Bringing sugar down
Rep. Kapsner just introduced a bill that would ban the sale of drinks that have more than 42 grams of sugar on school grounds. Thanks! The bill is very intelligent, understanding that good education includes a healthy body, and it's currently hard for today's over-busied schoolers to run on the fumes of sugar and caffeine.

Crying wolf and tax breaks
It is difficult for me to believe President Bush and Colin Powell's reports on Iraq for the following reasons: President Bush and his team have painted the war on terrorism in such simplistic terms - Good vs. Evil - an argument that mirrors that of the Muslim fanatics and makes me doubt their intelligence and their sincerity.

First-class status earned
"If a race has no history, if it has no evidence of tradition, it stands in danger of being exterminated." This is a quotation from Dr. Carter G. Woodson when he explained his reasons for starting Negro History Week in 1926. Negro History Week has been expanded to Negro History Month or Black History Month, depending upon which area of the United States one might live.

Bully or protector?
I appreciated the letter from Barbara Kelly that you published on Feb. 10. I agree people must speak out either for or against the war. I have good friends that think we must oust Saddam, and I hope they speak also, but for me ....

Rx for prosperity
There has been a lot of controversy over Gov. Murkowski's decision to move the permitting functions of the Habitat Division of Fish and Game to the Department of Natural Resources. Much of the controversy revolves around speculation the administration will either permit or pursue actions that will devastate our fish and game resources.

Play to win
Barbara Kelly's recent letter moved me to also write and express my convictions about the increasingly likely attack on Iraq. Ms. Kelly is right. We must not remain silent and complacent. There are too many lives at stake.

Too much democracy?
Town meeting was jam-packed Monday evening in support of a resolution that wholeheartedly supports the numerous human rights protected by our Constitution and the Bill of Rights and decries the restrictions that are imposed by the recent USA Patriot Act and others.

I didn't speak up because ...
I would like to have confidence in the president of my country. The fact is, I don't trust George W. as far as I could throw him. This Homeland Security Act is not making me feel secure at all. If you voted for W then let him take your rights away, but I would like to keep mine.

Target the problem
Our Juneau conservatives' exorbitant outlay of public time and money for their crusade to gradually criminalize abortion is misguided. Their current costly device, the parental consent law, is inept because it doesn't target the real problem.

Microwavable salmon is the way to go
Last summer, pink salmon comprised only 3 percent of my gillnet earnings, but were 22 percent of my total catch. At a nickel a pound, pinks average about 25 cents per fish. My thought is that in some cases, the salmon industry should focus on retaining only the pin bone free tail sections posterior of the dorsal.

Felling the giants
Not so long ago, I earned my living as a big time timber cutter throughout Southeast Alaska's island-studded Tongass National Forest. We were paid by the 1,000 board feet or as it's known in the industry, by the "bushel." I worked hard and made nothing but money and muscle for myself.

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

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

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, an article in Tuesday's Empire incorrectly referred to airline service to Pelican. Alaska Airlines does not serve Pelican.

Photo: Firefighters in 1900
Members of the Juneau Volunteer Fire Department pose in 1900, approximately one year after it was organized by a group of local citizens.

This Day in History
In 1935, a jury in Flemington, N.J., found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-death of the son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann was later executed.

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

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

Family's possessions arrive in shambles
When a moving company left Paul and Pascale Hawkins without their belongings for nearly two months, they almost landed a guest appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." The company eventually delivered the shipment, although it included damaged furniture, ruined electronics and a soaked mattress. Despite thousands of dollars of damage, the late arrival was enough to take the new-to-Juneau family off the guest list for an "Oprah" moving-scam episode.

Atrium, commons at JDHS to be ready for Gold Medal
A new atrium and remodeled commons at Juneau-Douglas High School will be open by the end of March, just in time for the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, city officials said Wednesday. The first, most aggressive phase of a massive school renovation is about a month behind schedule because of the complex nature of the project, City Architect Catherine Fritz said. Nevertheless, the new commons and atrium will be ready for Gold Medal games March 23 to 29. The basketball tournament is scheduled during the district's spring break, so students will return to a building transformed, city project architect Gary Gillette said.

City eyes sidewalk obstacles downtown
Juneau Assembly members, in an effort to reduce downtown congestion, are considering a ban on some vending machines, giant stuffed animals and other objects that block the movement of pedestrians on sidewalks. They also are trying to make the city's crossing guard program more effective. The Assembly's Planning and Policy Committee reviewed a draft ordinance Tuesday that would ban obstructions on public sidewalks that have the potential for impeding traffic. The changes will get more discussion at a work session March 3, Deputy Mayor Ken Koelsch said.

Treadwell tracks, 1917
Watson Graybill rides the tracks at Treadwell in 1917, the year of the fateful cave-in that crippled the Treadwell Co. The mine broke mining records and reached capacity in 1915, with more than 2,000 men working above and below ground, producing nearly 5,000 tons of ore daily.

City may increase stream setbacks
The Juneau Assembly paved the way for changes to the city's stream and shoreline setback rules Monday. The Assembly unanimously adopted changes to the comprehensive plan that deal with streamside corridors, lake shorelines, the urban service boundary and stormwater management. The comprehensive plan, last updated in 1996, provides general policy for how the city manages land in Juneau.

Catholic lay group to decide Juneau priest's fate
An advisory board for the Catholic church will meet tonight to discuss sexual abuse allegations against a local priest and his future with the church, Juneau Diocese officials said. The Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People of the Diocese of Juneau, a lay committee set up to investigate sexual abuse allegations within the church, will look at accusations leveled in November against the Rev. Michael Nash of downtown's Cathedral of the Nativity.

Union aims to take in last of nonunionized university staff
A union is seeking to represent the last nonunionized workers at the University of Alaska. Organizers for the University of Alaska Staff United have been collecting employees' signatures since November to petition for an election on whether the union should represent them in collective bargaining.

This Day in History
In 1979, Seventy mph winds and near zero temperatures ravaged Anchorage.

Aaron Bruce earns Eagle Scout rank
Aaron Bruce, 15, was presented the Boy Scout's highest rank of Eagle Scout on Jan. 4, 2003. His National Court of Honor ceremony was held at the Eagle River United Methodist Camp, which is also the site of his Eagle project. Bruce replaced an old footbridge across Saturday Creek near where Juneau's youth use a rope to swing across the stream. Bruce obtained the materials and financing needed to build the new 20-foot bridge by requesting donations from local businesses and individuals.

Personal stories give 'Voice to Sorrow'
One Saturday morning last summer while driving to the airport, I listened to a story broadcast on NPR called "I Know How I Want to Die." It was about a little girl, Liza Lister, who died of leukemia 12 days after her 6th birthday. Liza's mother, Elena, was the narrator. The story was achingly sad, but at the same time, it was also beautiful and awe-inspiring.

Photo: Sunday morning, catching some rays
What appears at first glance to be a scantily clad and dedicated - not to say fanatical - Juneau sun worshipper working at an early-season tan on the NOAA dock downtown, is actually only Oscar, the dummy that local Coast Guard crews employ in their search-and-rescue training exercises.

Pets of the week
Josephine is a medium-size, spayed female husky mix. She has a long and smooth black coat and a nicely masked husky face. Princess is truly a beauty with her long, sable-colored coat and emerald eyes. She is an experienced lap cat and is quiet and undemanding.

Juneau's pruning should improve after class by Cass
The pruning class, given by Cass Turnbull of Plant Amnesty sponsored by the division of Community Forestry and several other agencies, was the most well attended gardening type class I have seen in Juneau. The speaker set the tone for the evening by revealing that the longer she gardened, the less she pruned. She empowered the audience to join her in moving more shrubs than she pruned and killing more than she moved.

Thank you
Back in November, while passing the conjunction of McKinnes and Duck Creek stream, I noticed that several ducks on the shore were watching something in the little pond. I joined them and saw three to six salmon swimming in the little pond.

Linda Nell Cooper
Juneau resident Linda Nell Cooper, 59, died Feb. 8, 2003, in Seattle.

Bill Smith
Longtime Juneau resident Bill Smith, 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, in Juneau.

My Turn: Keep Douglas Bridge safe for everybody
The State Department of Transportation has designed the preliminary engineering report for changes to the Douglas Bridge, which the CBJ Planning Commission has approved. The Freewheelers Bicycle Club has appealed that decision, which will come before a hearing officer hired by the city. Although I'm not a Freewheeler, after reading the engineering report and attending hearings on this issue, as a bicycle enthusiast, I'm extremely concerned about the plan's lack of safety on the bridge for pedestrians, motor vehicles and bicycles.

Alaska editorial: Lisa has the right priorities
Sen. Lisa Murkowski has her priorities straight. The first bill she filed in her new job would provide up to $450 million a year over six years for construction of new roads, ports, docks and trails in Alaska. The bill, co-sponsored by Ted Stevens, would channel the money through the Denali Commission, a state-federal agency patterned after the Appalachian Regional Commission, a road-building authority established to spur development in the nation's 13-state Appalachian area.

My Turn: Concerns with Habitat Division real
The rhetoric regarding permit reform in Alaska has gotten a little overheated. As might be expected, reality probably is somewhere in between the two extremes competing for space on the editorial page.

Juneau's Bicknell scratches from the Yukon Quest
Juneau musher Deborah Bicknell scratched from the Yukon Quest in Pelly Crossing on Tuesday after hearing reports of continued rough trail conditions beyond the checkpoint. Bicknell was the third musher to drop out of the field of 23, which at last report was led by Hans Gatt of Atlin, British Columbia.

Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of Feb. 9. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to the Juneau Empire by school officials and basketball coaches.

Sitka girls go 0-3 in Anchorage
The Sitka High School girls basketball team came close, but couldn't pull off a victory in last weekend's Lady Lynx Prep Shootout at Anchorage's Dimond High School.

Dawson City musher proved himself to be a friend on the trail
FAIRBANKS - While camaraderie is common among mushers competing in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, Dawson City musher Rick Atkinson showed he was a true friend during the 1987 race. That was the year he used mouth-to-muzzle resuscitation to revive a dog that was strangling in Alaska musher Jeff King's team.

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

'02-'03 JDHS Girls Hoops and the Crimson Bear All-Stars
Be sure to take a good look at the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team as it hosts the Sitka Wolves this weekend. Unless you take a trip out of town, it's the last time you'll see the Crimson Bears in action this season. The Crimson Bears round out their home schedule with a pair of games against the Wolves on Friday and Saturday. The varsity games are at 8 p.m. each night, with junior varsity games at 6:15 p.m. and the C teams at 4:15 p.m.

Iditarod restart heads north to Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE - Officials unanimously approved a plan Tuesday to move the restart of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to Fairbanks rather than cancel the entire event because of a lack of snow south of the Alaska Range. "It's the correct decision in light of the present circumstances," Iditarod president Rick Koch said of the unprecedented detour from the historic restart site in Wasilla. "It will provide a safe race trail for dog and human competitors."

Timberwolves 102, Cavaliers 91
At Cleveland, All-Star MVP Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 17 rebounds for his 41st double-double this season to lead surging Minnesota past the struggling Cavaliers.

Pacers 107, Cavaliers 96
At Indianapolis, Jermaine O'Neal scored 28 points and Brad Miller had 25 as the Pacers opened the second half of the season with Ron Artest back in the lineup and coach Isiah Thomas on the sidelines.

Juneau boys head north for mid-term exam
It's mid-term week for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team, which heads north this weekend for a three-game midseason progress report. The Crimson Bears will see three teams that competed in last year's Class 4A state basketball tournament, including two teams they've already played - and lost to - this year.

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

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.e Fairbanks

Leading Yukon Quest mushers reach Dawson City
DAWSON CITY, Yukon - Defending champion Hans Gatt has jumped into the lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race early today. Gatt, from Atlin, B.C., arrived at Dawson City at 11:49 p.m. Alaska Time with 11 dogs running and one carried in his sled basket.

New spending budget compromise keeps some Tongass provisions
WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders have decided to drop language from a massive federal spending bill that would have exempted Alaska from the Clinton administration's roadless ban. But the compromise bill will contain language that would block legal challenges to a forthcoming Forest Service decision on whether to designate any of the Tongass National Forest as wilderness areas. Republicans on Wednesday shaped the final details of a $397.4 billion spending package financing nearly every federal agency and said they would push the compromise through the House today and the Senate by Friday.

Warm winter affecting Kenai Peninsula wildlife
KENAI - The warm winter, with its heavy rainfall and lack of snow, is affecting wildlife on the Kenai Peninsula. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game already is getting calls about bear activity. "We've already had three or four reports of browns out in Ninilchik, but lots of people are calling in saying they've seen tracks," said Jeff Selinger, area Fish and Game biologist.

Board may reverse wolf protection
The state Board of Game decided Tuesday to put lethal wolf control on the forefront of its agenda next month, a move that could turn around eight years of protections for the predators. Board members will take up the issue during a special meeting March 6 in Anchorage where they will consider ways to help moose populations rebound near McGrath, a 400-population Kuskokwin River town 220 miles northwest of Anchorage.

State Briefs
Threat investigated at Labor Department; More U.S. flags stolen; Airport reviews taxi shelter, parking fees; Alaska Air CEO to retire in May; House OKs bill on victims' rights; Lawmakers look at shorter sessions; Three plead guilty in gun theft case

Commissioner meeting ends with blueprint
Gov. Frank Murkowski's commissioners emerged from a three-day cabinet meeting - the first since he took office in December - with a blueprint for how to pursue his ambitions for Alaska. Cabinet members are working on a specific two-year action plan to fulfill some of the goals set out in Murkowski's State of the State speech. The cabinet meeting lasted from Monday to Wednesday and was an opportunity for appointees to hold discussions about the governor's plans.

McCovey oil well abandoned
ANCHORAGE - The Calgary-based company exploring the McCovey oil prospect in the Beaufort Sea has plugged and abandoned an exploration well and decided not to drill a second well to probe the prospect further. Documents filed with the federal Minerals Management Service say the well, drilled by EnCana Corp., was plugged and abandoned Feb. 3.

Delegates defend Tongass measures
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and U.S. Rep. Don Young are defending measures they have put into a massive 2003 federal spending bill that could make more of the Tongass National Forest available to logging. Stevens said environmentalists are distorting the effect of the measures.

Duncan new ASEA business manager
Alaska State Employees Association AFSCME Local 52 has hired former Department of Administration commissioner and state Sen. Jim Duncan to serve as its business manager. ASEA represents between 7,500 and 8,000 state employees and is Alaska's largest state employee union. About 2,000 ASEA members live in Juneau.

Legislator proposes constitution change to cap state spending
A freshman Republican wants to change the Alaska Constitution to place a tight cap on state spending. Rep. Bill Stoltze, an Eagle River Republican, said his suggested constitutional amendment would limit state spending to no more than the amount spent two years earlier. It would take a three-quarters vote of the Legislature to exceed the spending limit, and then lawmakers could exceed it by only 2 percent.

Habitat move order sent to Legislature
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Wednesday gave the Legislature his executive order shifting permitting authority for most development projects from the state's fish and wildlife department to its natural resources agency. The order puts the Department of Natural Resources in charge of weeding out project proposals that would harm water bodies important for anadromous fish such as salmon. It also transfers to DNR the Department of Fish and Game's responsibility to work with private forest landowners and timber owners to protect wildlife habitat. Currently Fish and Game is charged with helping forest and timber owners identify wildlife habitat and design measures for its protection.

State Briefs
MADD tests local liquor stores; Ill senator returns to work; Homer says 'no' to big box stores;

Fishing industry considers petitioning for import relief
Members of the fishing industry are considering petitioning the federal government for financial relief to alleviate the effects of the salmon industry decline. The federal Trade Act of 1974 allows relief for American industries seriously injured or threatened with serious injury by increased imports. Industry members can petition the U.S. International Trade Commission for relief, and the commission in turn may recommend to President Bush measures such as temporary import ceilings or tariffs on imports. The president has the final say.

High-tech buoys help track killer drift nets on high seas
ANCHORAGE - Wasilla pilot and high-tech entrepreneur Tim Veenstra was eating lunch at a marine science conference in Anchorage a few weeks ago when a buoy rang his cell phone from the middle of the Pacific Ocean. "I was the guy jumping up and yelling," Veenstra said. "My first buoy had talked to me."

Shakespeare inside out
If a dusty old copy of "The Complete Works of Shakespeare" got drunk on Jagermeister and had a tryst with the sight-gag-a-minute 1970s movie "Airplane," the offspring likely would be "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)." Theatre in the Rough is producing the rowdy theatrical comedy, which opens this weekend.

12th Banff film fest in Juneau celebrates mountain culture
Even without snow, mountains inspire and motivate people the world over. In Juneau, the mountains inspire paintings, poetry, contemplation and adventure. In Banff, Canada, they inspire movies. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will stop in Juneau for the 12th year in a row this weekend with a three-hour celebration of mountain culture and outdoor adventures in film.

High fashion in Juneau: Beer caps and X-rays
If you look on the back of Sonny and Cher's first album, you will find Juneau seamstress Bridget Milligan's name. She used to make bell bottoms for the pair of popular singers and TV-show hosts in the 1960s. These days Milligan is at work on a creation that revives the styles of Sonny and Cher, using the high-tech, wind-blocking fabric of the new millennium. "Wind-block bell bottoms," Milligan said. "They are so comfortable and so practical and fun to wear. They swish when you walk."

Best Bets: Your scheduler says you are booked
Forget the laundry this weekend - go without underwear if it comes to that. I promise you'll be fine. You also don't need to wash the kitchen floor or, like I usually do for Saturday entertainment, go to Costco, then Blockbuster. Instead, paint your nails, dust off your sling-backs, and take your sweetie out on the town every night from now until Monday. People, there is so much to do, I can barely get my head around it. You definitely need a Palm Pilot to coordinate things, or better yet, your own staff of assistants.

Movies where and when
"Daredevil," (PG-13) starts Friday, Feb. 14, and plays at 7:10 nightly at Glacier Cinemas, with second shows at 9:10 Friday and Saturday nights, and matinees at 1:40 and 3:50 Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Special matinee at 3:50 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, and Tuesday, Feb. 18.

What's happening
"The Vagina Monologues," at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Centennial Hall. Benefit for V-Day Alaska. Tickets, $20, available at the door, Hearthside Books, AWARE, Perseverance Theatre and www.perseverancetheatre.org.

The V-word
Anita Maynard-Losh has something to say to anyone who thinks "vagina" is a dirty word. "Everybody's mother has one," Maynard-Losh announced at a recent rehearsal of Eve Ensler's play "The Vagina Monologues." "The issue isn't the word 'vagina.' The issue is that women are getting beaten, raped and murdered daily."

Chinese culture presentation Sunday
JUNEAU - The Ursa Major Youth Ensemble will perform a short concert, show the film "Mao to Mozart" and hold a discussion about Chinese culture at 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Nickelodeon Theater. The event is a fund-raiser for the group's China tour in June.

Applicants sought for school artists
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Council on the Arts is looking for applicants to the Artists in the Schools program. The program provides funds to schools for two-week artist residencies, teacher in-services and community outreach opportunities. Every school in Alaska may have a resident artist for a minimum of two weeks next year.

For an attack of ignorance, take this
In the 1850s there existed in the United States a political party the members of which were happy to call themselves Know-Nothings. Their claim was that they knew nothing - hence the name - of their stated aim, which was to exclude the foreign-born from political participation. (The astute reader will recognize that the K-Ns are alive and well in modern-day America, and may be observed scratching their ribs and gabbing with their fellow orangutans at "English-only" rallies and Ku Klux Klan meetings.)

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