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.

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

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

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.

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 ....

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.

Willing to listen?
My wife commented that she is more concerned about what is occurring in Juneau than ever before in our 40 years as Alaskans. I concur.

It's the environmentalists
It's not about fisherman against other natural resource extractors, it's the environmental community that gets in the way. The commercial fishermen of this state have always worked hand and hand with the logging and mining industry, sharing a common bond of survival.

Jobs for Alaskans
I think everybody is forgetting one thing here. There is enough processing capacity without Wards Cove to handle all of Southeast's fish.

McCartheyite tactics
I am an American in favor of letting inspections work in Iraq. The only group of people I belong to includes Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Gen. Anthony Zinni and the Pope.

Level playing field
House Bill 47, which would disallow the use of credit information in insurance underwriting and rating, is being considered in the House State Affairs and Labor and Commerce committees. If passed, this bill (as well as companion bills HB 5 and SB 13) will have the unintended effects of reducing the level of competition in Alaska's insurance market and raising premiums for many consumers.

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.

Blaze destroys man's home in van
Dominique Jean, 46, woke up this morning, started coffee on the stove and made a mental list of things to do today. A few minutes later he was blinking back thick black smoke and struggling to find a way out of his van before fire consumed it and him. Jean said he was making coffee around 7 a.m. on a small propane-powered stove in his van parked on Thane Road near the abandoned A-J Mine. As he lit a match, he didn't realize the tank had sprung a leak and was spewing gas into his van.

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

Due to incorrect information supplied to the Empire, an entry was omitted from Thursday's This Week arts calendar. Panhandle Crabgrass Revival Band is playing at 9 p.m. at The Alaskan Bar on Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15.

Celebrating SE civil rights leader
In 1942, when Connie Paddock came to Juneau as a young woman, she remembers only one restaurant that accepted Native customers. "It was a good thing I didn't have much money to spend," she now says. When an anti-discrimination bill came under fire in the Alaska Territorial Legislature on Feb. 8, 1945, a 34-year-old woman in the public gallery stood up and asked to be heard. It was a time when Alaska Natives were fighting in World War II but weren't welcome in some shops, and their children went to segregated schools.

Pushing for peace
On a Tuesday night a few weeks ago, as television sets and radios across Juneau broadcast the State of the Union address and President Bush pressed the case for a war with Iraq, a small group of people assembled in plastic chairs under the fluorescent lights at Northern Light United Church. "Remember our plan," said K.J. Metcalf, a fit gray-haired man in a sweat shirt and cutoff XtraTuf boots. "As soon as you hear that the bombs are dropping, meet at the courthouse with candles."

Multi-discipline magic: Teacher blends science, music
Music, sea life, salmon marketing, self-esteem and teaching - different passions, one sixth-grade teacher. "I love science, and I love the outdoors," said Belle Mickelson, who began teaching at Floyd Dryden Middle School last fall. "Anything with field trips ... and music too." As she sits in her classroom, a space filled with science posters, music posters, maps, aquariums, musical instruments, a bicycle, a pair of skis, and an oversized stuffed animal, Mickelson appears to be someone who simply wants to help all of her students achieve their full potential.

Officials hope drug bust leads to Juneau dealers
More arrests are expected after a law enforcement task force seized nearly a pound of cocaine in Juneau and took two men into custody this month. The men are thought to be couriers for local drug dealers, officials with the Southeast Alaska Narcotics Enforcement Team said today. SEANET is made up of Alaska State Troopers and police officials from seven Southeast communities.

This Day in History
In 1931, the Federal & Territorial Building, now the Capitol, was dedicated in Juneau.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Lindsey, Benedict wed
Mike and Kari Lindsey of Juneau announce the marriage of their daughter, Nichole Marie Lindsey, to William "Byron" Benedict, son of Jo-Eve Benedict of Juneau.

Benton, Bell marry
Jennifer Ann Benton of Juneau and Brandon Scott Bell of Rochester, N.Y., were married in a ceremony on Nov. 29, 2002, at Maria Lanakila in Lahaina, Hawaii. A reception followed at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea.

Mathletes to compete at regionals
Middle school mathletes from Southeast Alaska schools will compete in regional contests of the national Mathcounts program on Feb. 15 in Juneau and Ketchikan. The competitions have been organized by the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.

Group ministers to Alaska Bush missionaries
KENAI - Missionaries stationed in the Alaska Bush face a difficult task, and with the added rigors of isolation and the lack of everyday conveniences the burnout rate can be high. To combat that, a Kenai-based group has been building a missionary program that ministers to, well, ministers. Arctic Barnabas Ministries is a nondenominational organization that provides moral support to evangelical Christian missionaries and pastors, and their families working in the Alaska Bush and rural areas of the Canadian Yukon and Russia.

The case for car seats
Blair Ramsdell, her boyfriend and their children had just entered the merge lane at Egan Drive's Vanderbilt Drive intersection Dec. 4 when their car was rear-ended and pushed into traffic. "We got T-boned and swung around again, hit in a head-on collision and back into the guard rail," she said. "It was awful." The car was hit in the middle of one side, or T-boned, by a pickup truck in the four-car accident, she said.

Some answer to the call
"Call me Kha Goon Gha, which means crying wolf. My mother, Lizzie Peterson, of Klukwan, said that was how I sounded when I was a baby. I am an eagle of the killer whale clan. I was born in 1939 in Juneau, of a large family, but only my sister, Teresa, and my brother, Ray, are still living here in Juneau. My name is Ron Peterson."

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

William E. 'Bill' Smith
Juneau resident William E. "Bill" Smith, 88, died Feb. 11, 2003, in Juneau.

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

My Turn: A demonstration of peaceful dissent
Over 400,000 votes have been cast so far in a Time (Europe) Magazine online poll asking which country poses the greatest danger to peace in 2003. The United States has received 85 percent of the votes for the most dangerous country, far more than Iraq (8 percent) or North Korea (7 percent). The poll is informal, but these numbers (which include many Americans) reflect a different picture of world opinion than you'd get from watching CNN.

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.

Empire editorial: Elton's record of dissent
This past fall by a narrow margin, Juneau voters returned Kim Elton to the Senate to serve a third term. Sen. Elton won the election fair and square in a very tough race against Republican Cathy Muñoz.

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.

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: Constituents, the Constitution and the Juneau Assembly
A display of hostility by an Assembly member, not the audience, disrupted the CBJ meeting on Monday night. Assembly member Dale Anderson delivered a tongue-lashing to audience members who expressed appreciation for the words of three speakers through their enthusiastic applause.

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.

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

'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.

Yukon Quest teams ending Dawson stay
DAWSON CITY, Yukon - The top teams in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race were preparing to hit the trail again Friday afternoon after taking a mandatory 36 hour layover. Defending champion Hans Gatt of Atlin, B.C., who led the teams into Dawson, was the first musher allowed to leave. He was given a departure time of 12:57 p.m. Yukon Time.

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

Pole fault: Cost of safety grounds high school pole vaulters
Jason Porter climbed into the back of his green pickup truck and pressed his weight forward, tightening the straps that cinch his two pole vault poles. He wrestled the equipment alone, the January wind whipping his face as he wedged the poles between the tailgate and truck bed while his classmates inside Patuxent High School approached the end of another school day.

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.

Letter: Let Tenakee Tribe play
I recently had a discussion with a Lions Club member regarding the selections for this year's Gold Medal basketball tournament. I was informed that the selections were already made and was surprised to find out that the Tenakee Tribe basketball team was not selected.

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.

World-class handball player at JRC
JUNEAU - John Bike Jr., the fourth-ranked professional handball player in the world, will be visiting Juneau this weekend to offer a handball exhibition and clinic. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the JRC/The Alaska Club Valley location at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

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

Juneau fails first midterm
If Thursday night's 68-50 road loss to the Colony Knights was supposed to be one of Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team's midterm games, then the Crimson Bears deserve an F. Juneau, on a three-game road trip to the Mat-Su Valley and Anchorage, fell behind 20-7 in the first quarter and were totally dominated by the Knights, who beat Juneau for the second time this season. Juneau, tied for fourth in the state's Class 4A state poll, really never challenged unranked Colony, trailing by 24 points once in the third quarter and a couple of times in the fourth quarter before the Crimson Bears made a late run to cut the final margin to 18 points.

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.

Inaugural SE Shootout this weekend
JUNEAU - More than 100 youths from Juneau and Haines will take to basketball courts around Juneau this weekend for HoopTime Basketball's inaugural Southeast Shootout. Edd Webb, president of HoopTime and a coach in the basketball program for local middle-schoolers, said this weekend's games are an early season introduction to competition for the players. "It's the first, wake-up tournament of the season for our kids," he said.

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.

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.

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.

State Briefs
Nature program for children offered Tuesday; Man arrested after threatening state worker; Black history celebration Saturday; Eaglecrest bunny hill opens again; Woman sentenced for fatal DWI crash; Man to enter plea agreement in homicide; Man enters plea in abuse of minor; INS sweep nets fewer illegal workers

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.

Congress OKs ANWR funds, bars lawsuits
Congress approved a $397.4 billion spending bill Thursday that contains millions for Alaska projects and has been watched closely by Southeast environmentalists and the logging industry. The bill, which provides funding for every federal agency except the Pentagon, weighed 32 pounds and exceeded 3,000 pages. The package passed by votes of 338-83 in the House and 76-20 in the Senate.

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.

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.

Lobbyist working to sharpen media message for lawmakers
Lobbyist and former Anchorage television reporter Jonathan White is consulting with lawmakers on how to better communicate with the media. White, a registered lobbyist who works as a government relations specialist with the Nerland Agency, has been working as a media consultant for House Republicans and is in discussions with House Democrats to offer the same services. The agreement with House Republicans is valued at up to $5,000.

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.

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

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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