Wednesday, February 20, 2002

On The Move
Home Builders honor two: The Home Builders Association of Juneau presented its two annual awards at a January dinner meeting.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Business Profile: Tanya Belardi
Names and titles: Tanya Belardi, 15, and her brother James, 18, are sole proprietors of The Feed Store, a back-yard business that sells hay, grain and bedding for farm animals and large pets. They occasionally sell equine halters.

Business Briefs
Free tax forum scheduled; Home-buyer education available; Terex acquires Pacific Utility Equipment; Bed-and-breakfast holds contest; Travel Industry group expects trade leads; First National earns high ranking; World Explorer offers second person half off; Alaska USA modifies banking paperwork

Home show changes site, adds entertainment
To get the most out of the 60 booths at the 25th annual Juneau Home Show, visitors will need comfortable walking shoes - and a notebook to keep track of all the latest construction and remodeling ideas. The Home Builders Association of Juneau has moved the show from Centennial Hall to the Mendenhall Center, which organizers said offers them more flexibility.

From bullets to beer
Juneau manufacturers have banded together in an association they hope will encourage more diversity in the capital city's economy. Most manufacturing in the United States is in the Middle West because of the ease of getting supplies and then shipping finished products to all points of the compass, said Lance Miller, executive director of the Juneau Economic Development Council. "You need a critical mass of manufacturing to get transportation going" from an isolated spot such as Juneau, Miller said.

War on terrorism
In a civilized country violence is used only as a last resort as a solution for conflict resolution. The current war on terrorism will never end because the use of violence begets yet more violence. How then, can peace be achieved?

Share the land
In response to the letter about wolves in Gustavus, I have no sympathy for people who chose to live where there is wildlife be it Alaska or Eastern Washington and rattle snakes. These animals live here an you chose to live on their land, learn to share it with them.

The politics of oil
In 1974, Saudi established "OPEC-terms," an oil tax-rate equaling 80 to 85 percent of profits. In 1998 Phillips paid $250 million for drilling rights in Kazakhstan. Their contract allows Phillips to keep about 17 percent of profits. Kazakhstan keeps about 83% percent.

Corporate responsibility
In Sunday's editorial, Don Smith made several erroneous comments concerning a recent report analyzing the role that metal mining plays in the Alaskan economy. Mr. Smith didn't publish an objective article about the report's findings.

A matter of integrity
Don Smith's editorial habit of vilifying people and organizations with whom he disagrees compromises the Juneau Empire's integrity.

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

Douglas residents question golf course's effect on fish
Some North Douglas residents Tuesday questioned the environmental impacts of a proposed golf course on a city-owned wooded wetland area and called for a public vote on the issue.

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

Police say man disconnected baby's oxygen machine
A Juneau man is being held without bail after allegedly disconnecting a 7-week-old baby from its oxygen machine and assaulting the infant's mother Monday night.

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

Activist Winona LaDuke calls for Juneau residents to launch change
Winona LaDuke, the two-time vice presidential candidate for the Green Party, urged a Juneau audience Tuesday night to become politically active to change society. "I myself would like to determine what my future would look like," LaDuke told about 280 people at the Egan Library of the University of Alaska Southeast.

Top honor to Juneau practitioner
Karl Bausler, a clinician who has worked for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium for nearly 10 years, has been named the Indian Health Service Medical Provider of the Year.

Busy venues, tight security
Chevrolet dealers across the United States contributed millions of dollars to train athletes for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and as a reward the biggest sponsors were outfitted with Norwegian sweaters, ski pants and boots, and sent to Salt Lake City to enjoy the results firsthand. Local Chevy dealer Rob Skinner and his wife, Kimberly, were among them, flying to Utah on Feb. 6 and returning Feb. 13.

Juneau School District revises police-reporting procedures
Juneau School District principals will have the duty of calling the police if students commit crimes during the school day, under a policy revision adopted Tuesday by the Juneau School Board.

Fire evicts family from trailer home
The remains of a stuffed kitten lay face down this morning in the ash and snow beneath the broken bedroom window of a burned out home at Kodzoff Acres Mobile Home Park. The trailer's occupants, who included a woman, whose age is unknown, her son, 10, and daughter, 5, were not home during Monday night's fire. Their names have not been released.

Photo: Visions of dessert
Arnold and Lisa Weimer put the finishing touches on a giant snow-cone sculpture on 12th Street on Monday. The National Weather Service predicts snow flurries today with a possible accumulation of 2 inches by evening. There will be more snow tonight and snow showers Wednesday.

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

A stitch in time
A unique lap quilt made by two local women will be raffled off to benefit the Sentinel Island Lighthouse. The two seamstresses are Terry Hoskinson and Judy Regan. "It's a joint effort among us all," said Renee Hughes, who coordinated the project.

Pet Of The Week
"Smudge" has a delightful personality with his mellow, friendly and playful disposition. He gets along well with other cats and would likely do best in an adult home.

There's hope for families affected by Alzheimer's
Just in the past couple of years, tremendous discoveries have been made regarding Alzheimer's Disease. P.E.T. scans offer the possibility of early detection of Alzheimer's and it is hoped that, in the next 5-10 years, a blood test will be developed to diagnose the disease. New drugs such as Aricept, Exelon and Synapton may slow the progression of the disease if it is diagnosed early. Until there is a cure, early diagnosis and treatment are key for the patient and family.

Cancer support group receives $20,000 donation
Juneau's Southeast Alaska Cancer and Wellness Foundation received a $20,000 donation Tuesday from Nancy Murkowski, wife of U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski.

Neighbors Briefs
Backcountry workshop has space available; Register for Little League this weekend; Wheeler elected to Food Service board; Candidates sought to be Miss Teen Alaska; Union holding monthly membership meeting; Poems sought for beer labels; United Way of SE Alaska changes Web address; Military academy nominations

Sharon L. Sanders
Lifelong Juneau resident Sharon Leslie Sanders, 37, died Feb. 15, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

Post-Enron progress
It's been about a month since Enron emerged as a full-blown scandal, but the financial markets are still struggling with the revelation that corporate accounts can be utterly misleading.

Cross talk among allies
Blunt and unpleasant rhetoric has been flying back and forth between the United States and Europe in the past few weeks, at remarkably senior levels of government. President Bush has been publicly chastised by the British, French and German foreign ministers for his description of Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an "axis of evil".

My Turn: S.B. 48 represents a tyranny of the majority over the Bush
Recently, I noticed letters in the Empire concerning the lack of financial responsibility by the unorganized areas of the state to pay for education. Personally, I usually refrain from commenting on school issues due to the fact that my wife and I have no children. However, recent discussions concerning education at the federal and state levels, and the public funding debate have forced my participation in this public topic.

My Turn: A different vision for this country
President Bush is leading the United States toward another military campaign against Iraq. I deplore the rule of Saddam Hussein, but I do not accept the idea that the problem of terrorism justifies a military attack on that country. I am urging the president to look for other non-military and more effective means to meet the challenges posed by Saddam Hussein. War is not the answer to this crisis. Every additional bomb we drop, and every senseless death we cause draws us further away from the path of justice.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

Butteri still holds lead in Yukon Quest
CARMACKS, Yukon Territory -- Peter Butteri of Tok held onto his lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race early today. Butteri was the first musher to leave the Carmacks checkpoint for the 80-mile run to Braeburn. He left Carmacks at 7:47 a.m. Joran Freeman of Two Rivers followed him out of Carmacks at 9:35 a.m.

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

U.S. biathletes get no home-field advantage
SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah -- Kara Salmela stood on the rifle range until all five targets were down Monday morning. It took two extra rounds of ammunition, but the task was completed.

Sitka boys split against Colony
When the Sitka Wolves hosted the Colony Knights for a non-conference boys high school basketball game on Monday, Sitka's Karel Uddipa was held scoreless as the Wolves dropped a 56-51 decision.

Alborn ponders his athletic future
PARK CITY, Utah -- Alan Alborn's gut tells him to keep jumping. His bank account tells him to quit and find a job that pays. His coach won't tell him what to do, but he wants Alborn to keep jumping. His parents probably wouldn't mind telling him to stop jumping, but they'll support whatever he chooses to do.

Juneau man draws two rare baseball cards worth $5,000
It was his 35th birthday and Curtis Sparks was expecting a box of SP Legendary Cuts baseball cards in the mail on Tuesday. So he decided to take a break from work and went home to see if the cards had arrived. The cards were there, and Sparks opened a pack to find a rare Roberto Clemente card that could be worth as much as $3,000 to $3,500. The card is so rare, it's not even listed in the Beckett's Guide to Baseball Cards. The card is No. 2 out of a series of four.

Miller signs football scholarship offer with Minnesota-Crookston
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Jake Miller signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent on Monday to play football for the University of Minnesota-Crookston this fall, becoming the first Crimson Bear to sign a scholarship offer this year.

Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of Feb. 16. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to the Juneau Empire by school officials and basketball coaches.

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

Juneau Masters Swim Club finishes second at state
The Juneau Masters Swim Club posted its best finish ever in the Alaska Masters Swimming Short-Course Yards State Championships, taking second place in last weekend's meet at Anchorage's Bartlett High School Swim Pool.

Lossett named Alaska's Player of the Year
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Robert Lossett has been named Gatorade Alaska High School Soccer Player of the Year, the second consecutive year the honor has gone to a Crimson Bear.

Legislators offer hope for subsistence bill
Key senators offered some hope this morning for a resolution to the long-standing subsistence controversy, although they said the final form of any constitutional amendment probably will differ from the proposal by Gov. Tony Knowles.

State briefs
Sick baby airlifted from Wrangell; Crews safe after two boats sink; Conference seeks entrepreneurs

Murkowski: Stay with resources
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski said this morning that Alaskans must reaffirm that their future lies in natural resources, not in "a dangerous dependence on federal hand-outs."

Ulmer chides opponent's math
When it comes to a long-range fiscal plan, Fran Ulmer suggests that Frank Murkowski needs remedial math. Ulmer, the Democratic lieutenant governor and a gubernatorial candidate, took exception to a no-major-taxes stance Tuesday by Murkowski, the state's junior U.S. senator and likely Republican nominee for governor.

Panel OKs funds to market tourism
The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved $6 million for emergency tourism marketing, but with some strings and budget sleight of hand. The House earlier approved $6 million from the state general fund for the Alaska Travel Industry Association to launch a media campaign aimed at offsetting consumer jitters about traveling post-Sept. 11. That appropriation would add to the state's fiscal gap by lowering the Constitutional Budget Reserve.

Phillips files bill to move Legislature to Mat-Su
A bill to move the legislative session to the Matanuska Susitna Borough was introduced in the Legislature on Tuesday. Sen. Randy Phillips, an Eagle River Republican, introduced the bill to move the Legislature by the start of 2005. Phillips said through a sponsor statement that the bill mirrors an initiative to put the legislative move on the 2002 November ballot.

Supreme Court set to consider sex offender lists
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to consider the constitutionality of Internet registries that list the names of convicted sex offenders who long ago completed their punishment.

Dems take another shot at revising state primary
Democratic legislators want to revisit the state's new system for the primary election, which otherwise will require six separate ballots.

North Star plans 60-bed mental health facility in Wasilla
ANCHORAGE - North Star Behavioral Health System plans to build a 60-bed residential treatment facility in Wasilla for emotionally disturbed children.

Hudson: Tax half of permafund dividend
Rep. Bill Hudson is stirring up an already active revenue pot with a new proposal to tax half of permanent fund dividends.

Fairbanks air carrier seeks $10 million loan
ANCHORAGE - Frontier Flying Service Inc. is asking for a $10 million federal loan to help it recover from the effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The 52-year-old Fairbanks-based company is only the third airline to apply for the government's $10 billion loan bailout offered to airlines to help with losses attributed to the East Coast attacks.

State Briefs
Assembly favors Scholz for Planning Commission; Portland's Anne Weiss to perform; Injured girl coming home after accident; Torgerson won't run again for Senate

Tlingit-Haida to host Native American/Indian tourism conference
The national planning committee of the American Indian/Alaska Native Tourism Association and Alaska Native Tribes met Feb. 14-15 at Centennial Hall to begin preparing for the association's fourth annual tourism conference.

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