Thursday, February 21, 2002

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

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.

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

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

The unmentionable parking problem
Kudos to Sybil Davis and Juneau Arts and Humanities for the Alvin Ailey II dance concert Friday night. I was one of the capacity crowd at the high school auditorium that was captivated by their artistry. Thank you for a great evening.

Old-fashioned methods
It was nice to see coverage of Desa Jacobsson as a potential Green Party candidate for governor (Monday's Empire). As evidenced by 2000 Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Winona LaDuke's speech in Juneau, the Green Party is attracting strong candidates.

Change in whose interest?
As a home-schooling parent in a state correspondence program, I am very concerned about the changes proposed by the Department of Education and Early Development. The new regulations will add hours of burdensome busywork to parents' and teachers' schedules. They will also limit our choice of curriculum. I wonder, what are the reasons for these proposed changes?

Extending gratitude
I would like to thank all the people who have called and written to express concern over my condition after my recent car accident. The outpouring of public support makes me proud to represent such a kind and compassionate community.

Mining in context
I am writing in response to the editorial published on Feb. 17 about my report, "The Role of Metal Mining in the Alaska Economy." Running a critical editorial before first running an objective story on the report itself does not exactly fit the model of a free press seeking to keep the public informed on important public policy issues.

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.

Comedic opportunity
Despite all of the wonderful local arts and drama offerings available, members of the Alaska State Employees Association should not miss a unique opportunity to see a live presentation of the "Our Gang" comedy executive board meeting to be held in Juneau this weekend.

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.

Juneau man arraigned for alleged coke dealing
A 21-year-old Juneau man is being held on $10,000 bail after he was arraigned in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday on a cocaine-dealing charge. Mark Nash is charged with one count of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a felony, stemming from an alleged incident on Feb. 7. Nash is accused of supplying a gram of cocaine via Skagway Air to Lesley Rostron, 21, of Haines.

Airport looks for parking solution
Local officials hope to make the search for rest rooms and parking at the Juneau Airport less challenging. The airport is drawing up plans to build rest rooms inside the departure lounge, airport Manager Allan Heese said. Passengers waiting for planes have to go outside the airport's security checkpoint to find a rest room.

High school dropout rate up slightly
JUNEAU - The percentage of students dropping out of Juneau-Douglas High School increased by 1.23 percent to a total of 112 students last school year, Principal Deb Morse told the School Board on Tuesday.

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

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

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.

City plans redesign of cruise ship area
Bus parking would convert to a pedestrian plaza in a redesign of the Steamship Wharf-Marine Park area presented to the Juneau Assembly on Wednesday. The city is working on a "convertible space" concept for the area between the downtown library and Merchants Wharf, Deputy City Manager Donna Pierce said. The idea is to build a space that can be used for tour bus parking, cruise ship passenger loading and as a pedestrian plaza, she said.

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.

Home show 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.

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.

Cleanup expenses exceed estimates
Cleaning up contaminated soil at the site of a former state ferry building on Glacier Avenue has cost the city and school district $310,000 more than was projected.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Charles Tuell Jr.
Former Juneau resident Charles Tuell Jr., 42, died Jan. 25, 2002, in Fort Smith, Ark.

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

Rita Ann Barclay
Juneau resident Rita Ann Barclay, 56, died Feb. 17, 2002, in Juneau.

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.

Rep. Young's attendance record
Dear Congressman Don Young, For more than two decades you've been the congressman for all Alaska. Your constituents are starting to think you are taking us for granted.

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".

Are there wolves on Admiralty Island?
About 80 people attended a recent Friends of Admiralty Island meeting in Juneau to hear about wolf reports on Admiralty.

Tricks of the Nordic trails
Winter users of the Dredge Lake-Mendenhall Campground-Mendenhall Lake trail system should follow these rules.

Out and About
In season: Wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), coyote (Sept.-April) and hare (Sept.-April).

Snow Report
The status of Alaska ski areas.

Areas open to snowmachiners
Areas open to snowmachine and ATV use when there is sufficient amounts of snow and ice on the ground include portions of the Dan Moller Trail, Lake Creek Snowmachine Route and the east side of Spaulding Meadows.

Snowballing ski trails
A few years ago, Mark Scholten was cross-country skiing down an overgrown path in the gravelly area between Back Loop Road and Mendenhall Lake.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Gatt wins Yukon Quest
WHITEHORSE, Yukon -- Canadian musher Hans Gatt grabbed the lead with a little more than 100 miles to go Wednesday and went on to win the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Juneau boys enter final stretch without Lane
The second-ranked Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team enters the final stretch of its season with two games in Ketchikan on Friday and Saturday. Both games tip off at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast by KINY, 800-AM radio.

Bears host Kings
If the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team has had a nemesis the past couple of years, it's been the Ketchikan Kings.

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.

University leader seeks more funds
Despite a looming fiscal gap, University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton is pitching his case for more state funds for higher education.

Chief justice: Role of the courts changing with Alaska's problems
Diversion programs that focus on treatment rather than jail sentences have worked elsewhere and show promise in Alaska, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe said Wednesday.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

State Briefs
Three appointed to Game Board; Two jailed for giving teens alcohol; Ex-legislator injured in accident

What's happening
Theater

Movies where & when
"Collateral Damage," (R) ends tonight, last show at 7:10 at Glacier Cinemas.

New Ray Troll book infested with sharks
Ray Troll knows sharks. Prehistoric sharks big enough to eat whales and diabolical little sharks that lure predators and then chomp on them.

Satin, silk and dryer hose
Artist Sara Lawson has two words for people delving into the world of wearable art. Spray mount. "3M. Buy stock. It's a very important factor in all this," she said.

Whos' taming who in the musical 'Shrew'?
Kiss Me Kate" could be described as Shakespeare meets Cole Porter at Juneau-Douglas High School - but that would shortchange the dancing. There's plenty of dancing in the high school musical production, which opens Friday.

Class on technique used in soldier's quilt
Juneau quilter MaryAnn Vaughan will lead a quilting class to help students create modern versions of the intricate "Soldier's Quilt" on display at the Alaska State Museum.

Best Bets: A weekend of sharks and art you can wear
A sharkfest hits the Nugget Mall on Sunday afternoon. Hearthside Books is hosting a slide presentation and booksigning by Ray Troll, a shark artist and powerhouse of infectious enthusiasm.

Two-day string workshop offered
A weekend workshop for string musicians of all levels and ages will be offered March 9 and 10. Registration is open now for master classes, coaching sessions and private lessons, sponsored by Juneau Jazz and Classics.

Little Theatre delays musical
"All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten," the Juneau-Douglas Little Theatre musical production that was slated to open this weekend, has been postponed until the fall.

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