Thursday, February 28, 2002

Business Briefs
Tsimshian carver aboard ship; Where's the cash?; Quarterly survey shows relative costs of food; Hotel lowers room rates; Appliqu class offered; South African hair weaver visits Juneau; Renovators offers referrals; Frozen salmon exports are on the increase; Small business solutions and where to get them; Wells Fargo offers DVDs via Netflix for customers

On The Move
Nerland named president of KeyBank's Alaska district.

What makes a house move
utting a house on the market can be divided into two, labor-intensive parts. The first is getting the house ready for listing with an agent. The second is getting the house ready for an open house or a showing. "People consider our job to be advertising and selling their homes, but our real service is spending time and effort in preparation before there is any contract with the homeowner," said Scott Granse, an agent with Re/Max of Juneau.

Business Profile: Shawn M. Hooton
Firm and title: Shawn M. Hooton is the sole proprietor of Seahook Charters of Alaska. Hooton has been a fishing guide for five years, and this is his third year as a fully licensed hunting guide, working with his father, Larry.

Prime drops mean prime time for home sales
Home loans in Alaska rose sharply during the first half of 2001 and continuing drops in the prime rate are expected to propel the trend well into this year.The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. and non-AHFC lenders reported a 31 percent increase in home loans through June 2001, compared to the same period in 2000, according to a report called Project Jump Start 2002, recently issued by AHFC's Department of Planning and Program Development.

Silent majority happy
I was amazed to read the article written by Melanie Plenda last Friday regarding the return of the former police chief. I thought I picked up the Enquirer instead of the local Empire. It read like the reporter had bumped into Andy Capp late in the night at the pub and asked him what he thought of his last work place.

A sad comedy
When I read the ongoing letters to the editor from fired ASEA employee Donn Liston, I finally understand his anger.

Alcohol is a luxury
I don't know what other people in Alaska think but I know we are going to be out of money in the near future. Right now Alaska has to dip into our constitutional budget reserve. If we increase the tax on alcohol by a minimum of a dime a drink we will bring more money into our funds.

Halt the profiles
I have just finished your paper's profile of Uwe Kalenka as one of the supporters of the Legislature move and saw with complete dismay that "This is the first in a series of articles profiling the people behind the ballot initiative to move legislative sessions from Juneau."

Rhetorical device devoid of facts
Cindi Lagoudakis, veteran Forest Service employee and assistant to Pete Griffin, presumed to lecture this community in a recent My Turn article about the ill effects of clearing 200 acres of CBJ land for a golf course.

20 years for rapist
Describing a 2001 sexual assault as the worst example of that crime ever to reach his courtroom, Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks today sentenced Donald Seaman to 20 years in prison for raping a homeless woman over the course of two days last April.

Boat show features tours of cutter
JUNEAU - The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Liberty will be open for public tours this weekend in conjunction with the 23rd annual Juneau Boat Show, sponsored by the Glacier Valley Rotary Club.

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

Corrections
Due to editing errors, an article about the Civil Air Patrol in Wednesday's Neighbors section misspelled the last name of Coast Guard Rear Adm. Tom Barrett. The article also ended in mid-sentence.

Local doctor filmed for documentary
A local orthopedic surgeon, Jon Reiswig, was interviewed Feb. 19 by the Discovery Channel for a documentary about a rare bone disease.Reiswig is a certified densitometrist - a specialist in diagnosing and treating osteoporosis. His clinic performs bone-density screening tests in an effort to prevent osteoporosis-related fractures.

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

Pictures of India
India presented Juneau filmmaker Joel Bennett with cobras, elephants, tigers, lions and vast herds of camels, but its people impressed him the most. "There's this huge pulsating life that goes on 24 hours a day," he said. "People are born, marry, die; there are festivals - virtually every human experience imaginable is happening in front of you in 24 hours."

Planners approve church's tall steeple
The Juneau Planning Commission on Tuesday voted to allow the Juneau Christian Center to add 40,000 square feet to its existing Glacier Highway facility and build a tall steeple, much to the chagrin of the church's residential neighbors.

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

Superintendent upholds 'banner' suspension
JUNEAU - Juneau school Superintendent Gary Bader has upheld the suspension of Joseph Frederick, the Juneau-Douglas High School student who displayed a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" during last month's Olympic Torch Relay.

Boat show caters to broad range of users
Whether you enjoy motoring through the waves at 60 mph or kayaking silently past rookeries, the three-day Rotary Boat and Sports Show at Centennial Hall has something for you.

Fanfare ushers Alaska Air pilot into dawn of retirement
Doug McWhorter picked Flight 73 from Juneau to Anchorage today as his last as an Alaska Airlines pilot, adding one more memory to a lifetime in the sky. After 14 years with Alaska Airlines, McWhorter is retiring. A celebration with family and friends was planned for later today in Anchorage, his home.

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

Para-maybe: City tentatively OKs new paramedic program
An ambulance is called to an accident, a loved one is severely injured, and the person who could save the victim's life on the way to the hospital is on vacation. Capital City Fire and Rescue medical personnel asked the Juneau Assembly's Committee of the Whole on Tuesday to imagine such a scenario, in their effort to get financial backing for a new paramedic program.

Science fair marks decade of discovery
After explaining his project on factors affecting the concentrations of ducks and geese around Juneau, Juneau-Douglas High School freshman Carl Lundquist looked around the storage room, filled with dozens of his peers' posterboard displays for this weekend's 10th annual Capital City Science Fair.

Writer Susan Griffin opens Women's History Month events at UAS
Author and Emmy Award-winning playwright Susan Griffin will deliver a presentation Friday in Juneau, launching a series of Women's History Month events at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Civil Air Patrol aids in Home Land Defense mission
The mission of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is changing dramatically. The tragedy of Sept. 11 not only changed lives forever but it has begun to change the way every emergency service organization in the nation plans and conducts its business. These changes have long reaching effects in our every day lives. Who would have thought our transportation system could be turned into a weapon of mass destruction? The potential for this sort of thing is nearly unlimited in a free and open society like the United States of America.

United Way grant helps feed Food Bank
On Tuesday, the United Way of Southeast Alaska presented the Southeast Alaska Food Bank with a check representing a grant of $21,800 at the Juneau Rotary Club meeting at the Baranof Hotel. The check was accepted by Food Bank treasurer Laraine Derr, who provided details of the Food Bank's current project - raising a new building. The grant is a very significant one, Derr said.

Bishop Nikolai to be installed in Sitka
His Grace, the Right Reverend Nikolai, Bishop of Sitka and Alaska, will be officially installed as the ruling bishop of the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Sitka and Alaska on March 4 and 5 at St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Sitka.

Dean's List
Aimee N. Bodron, a junior at the State University of New York at New Paltz, was on the dean's list for carrying a 3.5 or greater GPA for her third and fourth semesters. For the current semester Aimee is participating in a Latin American Studies Program at the Universidad Espiritu Santo in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Pet Of The Week
Ricky is a large gray neutered male who has been waiting for his forever home for a long time. This handsome kitty is so very friendly, easy going and playful and is said to get along with both dogs and cats.

Neighbors Briefs
Sitka to host hazardous materials workshop; Tlingit Haida Youth Leadership Pageant accepting applications; Mayor to celebrate Dr. Seuss; Art work accepted for Juried Exhibition; Scholarships available;

Henry Charles Brown
Longtime Juneau resident Henry Charles "Charlie" Brown, 71, died Feb. 23, 2002, at Providence hospital in Anchorage following a brief illness.

Richard L. Edenso
Richard L. Edenso, 51, died unexpectedly at home this week.

Floyd Leon Guertin
Former Juneau resident Floyd Leon Guertin, 88, died Feb. 20, 2002, in Fallbrook, Calif., where he and his wife Josephine have lived for the past 25 years.

Elizabeth J. Magnuson
Former Juneau resident Elizabeth J. Magnuson, 78, died Feb. 19, 2002, in Fairbanks of cancer and diabetes.

My Turn: Father's view of a free-speech 'experiment'
A group of approximately 20 Juneau-Douglas High School students conducted a civil liberties experiment in testing their First Amendment Right to freedom of assembly, expression and speech. The students were off of school property and unfurled a banner that read: "Bong Hits for Jesus" as the Olympic torch runner passed by. The sign was intended to be controversial, funny, and a test of politically protected speech.

'Carnivore' eats privacy
We are familiar with the warnings: There are terrorists on U.S. soil still plotting our destruction, and the only way to thwart them is to give up a lot of our privacy. Let the government tap our phones and open our mail - whatever it takes .

Fish as food for Alaskans
It was during his successful campaign for governor in 1994 when Tony Knowles first made popular the statement: "The most important fish is the one on Alaska's dinner table." A variation of that theme has been used countless times since.

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.

My Turn: Some tests are faulty measures of intelligence
I have recently come across a rather disheartening statistic: 100 percent of students on free or reduced lunches at a particular local school have failed Alaska's benchmark exam.

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.

Airborne at Eaglecrest
The young woman sped down the hill, targeted an orange line marking the middle of a rising wedge of sculpted snow and launched her snowboard. Airborne, she pulled up her knees, twisted and straightened her board, then landed smoothly on the downhill slope below. "It's kind of a rush," said Jessie Herman-Haywood during a break in the action at Eaglecrest Ski Area's new terrain park. "If you feel comfortable in the air, it's a rush."

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.

Nathan Hall revisited
Does anyone remember the name Nathan Hall?It's a name that should flash in every skier and snowboarder's mind as they race around a blind curve or launch over a lip when they cannot see the landing area. Remember yet?

Cyclist invents way to ride in winter, sells it
ANCHORAGE - Simon Rakower has almost single-handedly made winter cycling into a cool thing to do. Rakower is the owner of All Weather Sports in Fairbanks, inventor of the double-wide Snow Cat bicycle rim, and the technical support expert for Alaska's Iditasport, known worldwide as the ultimate winter bicycle race, a sort of Tour de France of the tundra.

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

No. 1 Bears start final countdown
The countdown begins at seven. Seven games remain in the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team's season if the Crimson Bears are to realize their goal of finishing the season without losing another game. The countdown includes the Region V and Class 4A state tournaments.

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

Class 5A tabled until April
ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska School Activities Association board did not embrace a sweeping reclassification proposal during its annual late-winter meeting this week.

Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of Feb. 23. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to the Juneau Empire by school officials and basketball coaches.

Skagway boys take fourth, girls fifth in Tok Invitational
The Skagway High School boys basketball team fell behind by eight points in the first quarter, but roared back to claim a 92-59 victory over the Minto Lakers in the fourth-sixth place game Saturday at the Tok Invitational in Tok.

Juneau girls close out season in Sitka
After a couple of weekends in which the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team had its ups and downs, the Crimson Bears played some of their season's best and most consistent basketball to sweep two games from then-No. 3 Ketchikan last Friday and Saturday.

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

Correction
A clerical error with the national McDonald's All-American Games office resulted in a name being omitted in a Feb. 18 Juneau Empire sports story about local players being nominated for the McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Games.

State briefs
Now, that's an independent traveler; Blame sun for satellite disruptions; Ferry adds stops in Kake for athletes in late March; Measure would let more retired teachers return; Watch for thin ice on South Twin Lak

Native corporation seeks end to funding for conservation group
ANCHORAGE - The Kaktovik Inupiat Corp. is urging foundations to stop funding a nonprofit conservation group that opposes oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The local Native corporation, which represents the North Slope village of Kaktovik, sent a letter in January to foundations that support the Alaska Wilderness League.

Gov. Knowles says Daschle supports gas line incentive
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle has agreed to support financial incentives to spur development of an Alaska natural gas pipeline, Gov. Tony Knowles said Wednesday.

Warming may lead to Arctic shortcut
ANCHORAGE - For centuries, explorers have dreamed of sailing through Arctic passages as a shortcut between Europe and Asia. The dream of navigating the Northwest Passage and the Northeast Passage has never been closer to reality, said Lorna Knaus, chief executive officer of Pacific Rim Board of Trades.

Legislative-move kingpin Uwe Kalenka no stranger to conflict
Though not officially a sponsor of the initiative to move legislative sessions from Juneau to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Uwe Kalenka spearheaded the campaign to get the measure on the 2002 ballot and has cast himself as spokesman.

Plan unites ferries and state rail
State Sen. Jerry Ward proposes to help solve the state ferry system's budget problems by coupling it with the Alaska Railroad and giving the new system 500,000 acres of state land. But officials from the ferry system and the railroad don't like the idea.

Cruise tax added to fiscal draft
A $30 cruise ship head tax was added Wednesday night to a proposed billion-dollar-plus package to close a deficit in the state budget.But a subcommittee of the bipartisan Fiscal Policy Caucus decided to hold off on proposing a general increase in the corporate income tax rate or specific oil and gas hikes. Some members strongly argued that other large businesses should be in the mix.

New fish oil-diesel blend could benefit rural villages
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's groundfish harvest may energize more than the coastal economy if a unique demonstration of Bering Sea fish power works out.

State Briefs
Ketchikan men face child-porn charges; Business seminar focuses on financing; Foreigners warned of job scams; Deadline looms for McNeil permits

Session-move bill not entirely to one sponsor's liking
James A. Nelson sponsored a ballot initiative to move the legislative session from Juneau to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, but he is not the measure's most ardent cheerleader. Although he likes the idea of lawmakers meeting closer to his Anchor Point residence near Homer, the Mat-Su is not his first choice for an alternate site. Nelson would rather have a nomadic Legislature that meets in different cities each session.

Caucus ponders taxes, earnings
The bipartisan Fiscal Policy Caucus is facing a crossroads on using its potential clout to move the Legislature toward a long-range fiscal plan. The plan, as it was being refined this morning, could include an income tax and a draw from permanent fund earnings that would eat into inflation-proofing of the principal - two likely explosive elements that caucus members acknowledged won't boost their re-election campaigns.

Best Bets: Soulful bluegrass to small classical ensembles
This weekend offers fine music, free workshops and a final chance to see two exhibits at the Alaska State Museum. On Friday night, singer, songwriter and multi-nstrumentalist Frank Solivan II performs at Northern Light United Church. He's just released a CD of songs and tunes, and he'll be featuring his original music and music from the CD.

Beyond making art
There's more to art than making art. This week, sculptors, potters, painters and printmakers from Tom Manning's and Jan Neimeyer's art classes at JuneauDouglas High School are sharing the road taken by professional artists. Working with the JuneauDouglas City Museum, they're preparing an exhibit for the museum's gallery. The show opens with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the city museum.

Movies where & when
"The Other Side of Sunday," (Not Rated) Norwegian comedy-drama with English subtitles, shows 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium, Juneau Arts and Humanities Council film.

Musical acrobatics and intimate chamber ensembles
Fast and scary contraptions. They're not dangerous toys - they're musical compositions. The four contraptions are horn and flute duets composed by Bach - Jan Bach, the contemporary horn virtuoso, not J.S. Bach, the late genius. Bill Paulick and Sally Schlicting will perform the contraptions this weekend at the Juneau Symphony Showcase, an annual event at which symphony musicians trade the large orchestral ensemble for performances in smaller, more intimate groups. Six ensembles will play.

What's happening
Concerts

Women pioneers in the Juneau community
"Women of the 20th Century - Gone but Not Forgotten," a presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Alaska State Museum, will launch Women's History Month events in Juneau.

Solivan back from Nashville with new CD
A violin and a fiddle may be the same instrument, but to musician Frank Solivan II there is a world of difference between them. "I'm a fiddler, not a violinist," he said. "I played violin in the UAA Symphonia - I could do it, but I realized I loved playing fiddle more than violin."

Series features playwright and poet
JUNEAU - Nita Nettleton will be the featured writer Tuesday night at "Between The Lines," the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council's monthly poetry series.

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