Thursday, February 14, 2002

Art therapy distinguishes Valley ceramics shop
When Suzanne and Richard Dutson assumed ownership of Sir Ram Ceramics on Jan. 1, they put their mark on the business by changing its name to Wildflower Ceramics.But they had no intention of changing what worked for Sir Ram's previous owner, Diane Biggness: Art therapy. Clients from local therapeutic programs come to the studio to pursue personal projects.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Business Profile: Terry Fagerstrom
Firm and title: Terry Fagerstrom and her husband Darin Fagerstrom are partners in Alaska Hydro-Sports, a business founded two years ago which branched out last November into ski gear. The couple has lived in Juneau all of their lives.

The business of birthdays
When Minerva and Domingo Munoz decided to invite 20 of their daughter Sabrina's friends to celebrate her 10th birthday two weeks ago, they chose to hold it at Bullwinkle's. "It's so much easier for me," said Minerva Munoz, a mother of three who works two jobs - as a customer service representative for Cellular One and in sales at Fred Meyer.

Business Briefs
Establishing Internet marketing presence; Marketing tools to increase summer travel; Business plans beginners' 'pointless' quilt class; Valentine's fitness special offered; Gallery reduces framing costs; Art Department offers pastels class; How to cook seaweed; New berth moves with the tides; GCI announces record revenues; Automatic gratuity policy expands

On The Move
Rusanowski moves on: Janet Rusanowski, longtime assistant director of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, recently accepted a position with Edward Jones investment firm. She will work in Don Hales' office on Front Street.

The justice system
As long as this country has capital punishment, we must make every effort to reduce the danger of wrongful death sentences. The constitution project in Washington, D.C., has created a bipartisan initiative. Members include law officers, prosecutors, judges, prison officials, victim advocates, religious leaders and journalists.

Juneau, state cubicles not the 'real Alaska'
This bear and wolf issue has gotten so far out of perspective that it's become ludicrous. To suggest a wild animal "preserve" in the valley (My Turn, Tuesday's Empire) with bears, wolves, deer and goats that children and tourists stroll through is about the most ridiculous thing to come out of this whole debate.

For all of Alaska
I wish to thank the All-Alaskan Gasline (North Slope to Valdez) supporters and the 42,000 voters who signed the gasline petition and know which project works for Alaskans.

Possible wildlife corridor
The wolf issue on Douglas Island is one hot topic these days, creating polarized view points. Everybody has got an opinion, and wow! There have been some whoppers. We've heard from people completely for the wolves and from people completely against the wolves. We've even heard animated stories of wolves Dumpster-diving, running amok, thick as locusts, eating everything in sight, including us!

Hit-and-run horror
This is to the woman in the small silver sedan who hit the pedestrian in the crosswalk outside the Governor's Mansion Tuesday morning. You hit that boy hard enough to make him flop onto the hood of your car almost to the windshield and rebound onto his back on the pavement.

Blueprint for victory
After hours spent sharpening their skills and perfecting their presentation, five Juneau-Douglas High School students surprised the competition - and themselves - by winning their division in a national home design contest in Atlanta.

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

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

Juneau woman beats out thousands to compete in 'Survivor'
Braving bone-chilling Taku winds, rain that lasts for months and trails that could make a grown man cry Survivor Island would be nothing for Juneau-raised Sarah Jones.

Avalanche knocks out electricity
Cleanup efforts continued this afternoon after an early morning avalanche hit Thane Road, knocking out power citywide, causing a vehicle accident, and stranding some residents on the other side of a 20-foot wall of snow.

Eight timber sales focus of possible injunction
Eight Southeast Alaska timber sales are getting much of the attention in a Juneau federal courtroom this week.U.S. Forest Service officials, timber industry advocates, conservationists and Southeast community leaders were in court today for the second of three days of testimony about a possible Tongass logging injunction.

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

AK Air bounces back after 9/11
Five months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 caused the nation's airlines to curtail service and lay off tens of thousands of employees, Juneau's only carrier, Alaska Airlines, has resumed its full flight schedule - without having to furlough anyone.

Photo: Valentine's preparation
Suzy Good, left, and Michelle Workman stay busy Wednesday preparing Valentine's Day floral arraignments at the A&P market. Good is the speciality foods manager and Workman is the floral and shipping manager. They said the market typically gets a late-afternoon rush of men looking for flowers and candy.

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

School board gives Assembly budget wish list
Identifying specific new programs, their costs and ways the city can make them happen, the Juneau School Board pitched its hopes for the 2003-04 budget to the Juneau Assembly at a joint work session Tuesday evening.

Project Juneau spreads to other Alaska airports
Alaska Airlines has developed technology that allows its pilots to see through fog, dramatically reducing the number of delayed departures and overflights to other cities during periods of poor visibility.

Thank you
... to the doctors and nurses of Petersburg General Hospital; ... for the volunteering; ... for all the help

Group calling for child car seat awareness
Almost half of American children riding in vehicles are improperly restrained or not restrained at all, according to a survey released earlier this month by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign.

Local student studies in Northern Ireland
Justin Anderson, an Earlham College junior and son of Jonathon and Mary Anderson of Juneau, is studying in Northern Ireland this semester as a member of Earlham's off-campus study programs.

Snowman family
Ryan Benson and his mother Kymm built a snowman family to represent their own family earlier this year. From left to right - Ryan, Ambyr, Phil, Kymm and Cameron. Courtesy of Phil Benson

Neighbors Briefs
Forest service meeting rescheduled; Lenten Lunch set on Thursdays; Feb. 11-15 is Condom Week

Pet Of the Week
Koko is a wonderful easy going senior kitty who still has many years to share a comfy sofa with his special person!

Events scheduled to celebrate Black History Month
The 2002 Black History Committee has arranged for five local events to celebrate Black History Month, said committee member and coordinator Sherry Patterson.

True Love Waits rally set
Juneau youth (junior high through high school) join together yearly for a rally to promote sexual abstinence for students. The rally includes music, skits, and student speakers who share their stories on why they have chosen to wait until marriage.

Muriel H. Baker
Juneau resident Muriel H. Baker, 74, died Feb. 10, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

Sheryl A. Gisel Anderson Fiola
Former Juneau resident Sherryl A. Gisel Anderson Fiola, 55, died on Feb. 8, 2002, in Carthage, Mo., of natural causes.

Chuck Melvin Henderson
Juneau resident Chuck Melvin Henderson, 26, died unexpectedly Feb. 8 of natural causes.

William 'Bill' George Meachem
Longtime Juneau resident William "Bill" George Meachem, 54, died Feb. 8, 2002, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after a long battle with cancer.

Chuck Melvin Henderson
Juneau resident Chuck Melvin Henderson, 26, died unexpectedly Feb. 8 of natural causes.

Costa Joseph Alton Sr.
Juneau resident Costa Joseph Alton Sr., 67, died Feb. 10, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

New role for Pakistan
Six months ago, Pakistan was a pariah nation, creator of the Taliban regime in next-door Afghanistan and home to Islamic extremists. On Wednesday Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf visits the White House as the leader of a country moving back toward the international mainstream and preaching moderate Islam. That course will require help and a long-term commitment from the United States.

Iran and the 'axis of evil'
President Bush has stirred up a hornet's nest in Iran by including the Islamic republic in his "axis of evil" trifecta of rogue nations, along with Iraq and North Korea.

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).

Nordic skiing offered at Taku Lodge
On a recent weekend Scott and I, along with local Nordic ski enthusiasts Tim and Maureen Hall, had the unique opportunity to experience one of the best cross-country ski adventures available in Southeast Alaska. On Friday afternoon, we flew with Ward Air in a de Havilland Beaver equipped with skis to Taku Lodge, about 15 miles up the Taku River.

Astronomy buffs seek clear skies over Juneau
Bill Leighty recalls his interest in stargazing began in his childhood, when he spent his summer days contemplating the meaning of the universe and his place in it. "You're just out in the summer and lying in the grass, looking up at the sky and wondering what it's all about," he said. "I think humans have a sense of connectedness to the Earth, and want to understand their place in it."

Nordic ski clinics changed
JUNEAU - The schedule for Juneau Nordic Ski Club classes in skate and classic ski techniques Feb. 22-24 at Eaglecrest has changed.

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

Berry has more bad luck in Yukon Quest
CIRCLE -- The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race and bad luck have become synonymous for Salcha musher Jack Berry the last three years.

Wrangell boys win Kayhi tourney
Freshman Brent Stokes scored eight of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the undefeated Wrangell Wolves to a 68-60 victory over the Craig Panthers in Saturday's championship game of the First City Prep Shootout boys basketball tournament at Ketchikan High School.

Knights ride into town
After dropping two games to two-time defending state champion East Anchorage last week, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team won't find things much easier this weekend.

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.

Glacier Swim Club claims Southeast Championships
Three Glacier Swim Club members claimed their respective age group individual point-scoring titles outright and another tied for a crown, helping to lead the Juneau-based team to the overall title in the Southeast Alaska Championships Feb. 8-10 at Ketchikan's Mike Smithers Swim Pool.

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

Court puts Tongass wood waste permits in question
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to get public comment on as many as 100 logging permits issued mainly to timber companies in the Tongass National Forest.

AFN backs governor's subsistence proposal
Alaska Federation of Natives officials have pledged to get behind Gov. Tony Knowles' subsistence amendment this year.

State briefs
Fred Meyer gas station OK'd; City drops trespass charges against 'banner' student; Cut in child health program faces opposition;

Knowles: Float bonds for gas line
JUNEAU - Alaska would float $17 billion in tax-exempt bonds for a natural gas pipeline to be built on the North Slope under a plan proposed by Gov. Tony Knowles.

State briefs
Fast ferry contract signed; President Bush plans stopover at Anchorage Air Force base; Workshop held on Mideast conflict

Hudson foresees vote on long-range plan
State Rep. Bill Hudson of Juneau said today that he is more optimistic now about the Legislature approving a long-range fiscal plan than he has been in the six years he has been pushing for one.

Report: Mining won't pan out for state
ANCHORAGE - A report commissioned by environmental groups in Fairbanks and Juneau says future development of the state's economy is not likely to come from mining of metals.

Fishermen make plea for marketing dollars
Commercial fisherman Leroy Cabana did not intend to speak at a legislative hearing Wednesday on a bill to spend state dollars to market salmon.

Jury finds Anchorage print shop owner guilty of fraud
ANCHORAGE - A jury declared Nezar "Mike" Maad guilty of federal fraud charges Tuesday following nearly a week of testimony in the Anchorage businessman's trial.

Upcoming PFDs may fall to $850
Weak money markets have chipped away at the Alaska Permanent Fund and if the trend continues, annual dividends paid to Alaskans could dip to $850 in several years, fund officials said Tuesday.

Consolidation bills could help ailing salmon industry
Bills aimed at increasing the efficiency of Alaska's beleaguered salmon industry are moving through the Legislature. The House Resources Committee on Wednesday approved a measure making it less cumbersome for the state to implement a limited entry permit buyback program.

Moose stranded after roof plunge
ANCHORAGE - A young cow moose took a walk on a roof Tuesday and made Anchorage history. The 8-month-old moose crashed through the fiberglass roof of a storage shed at Bell's Nursery and got stuck, dangling 8 feet off the ground for three hours until rescuers got her down safely.

Bill for extra spending sparks conflict between Dems, GOP
As in a bad marriage, the Democratic administration of Gov. Tony Knowles and the Republican leadership of the Legislature continue to have the same argument about budgets.

What's happening
Events around Juneau this week.

Tales of three Alvin Ailey dances
"Isba,"a dance choreographed by Alvin Ailey, opens the evening with richly costumed characters preparing for a royal wedding. "It's quite accessible. It's a very colorful, beautiful, romantic ballet," said Sylvia Waters, artistic director for Alvin Ailey II. "It's about a wedding - like an arranged marriage with a royal couple, with a high priest and high priestess and the royal court. It's kind of mythical."

From the Smithsonian to the city museum
Hand-carved halibut hooks and rusty mining artifacts have replaced the ancient Lydian pottery, African headdresses and oceanic bark cloth that Ellen Carrlee worked with before moving to Juneau.

Best Bets: Bluegrass, punk rock and modern dance
A renowned modern dance company, an alternative rock band and bluegrass, Alaskan style, are at the top of the entertainment lineup for the weekend.

Movies Where & When
"Hart's War," (R) starts Friday and shows nightly at 7 at the 20th Century Twin, with second shows at 9:30 Friday and Saturday nights and matinees at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Auditions announced
JUNEAU - Juneau-Douglas Little Theatre announces auditions for "Listen to My Heart," a musical revue featuring the songs of David Friedman. Friedman, based in New York City, is the composer of "King Island Christmas." He has composed music for Disney movies and contemporary singers.

Explorations magazine seeks submissions
"Explorations," the literary magazine published annually by the University of Alaska Southeast, offers $1,000 to the poet or short story writer for the winning piece. The award for second place is $500, and goes to a different genre than the first place winner. A poem and a short story are each chosen for third place awards of $100 each.

Emotion in motion
Blending modern dance and ballet, ethnic traditions and groundbreaking choreography, the Alvin Ailey II dancers bring emotion to life with motion.

Former Alaskan pens story of early pioneering days
Kansas resident Kathy Slamp has written a book about her childhood in Fairbanks for five post-war years, 1947-1952.

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