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Friday, February 28, 2003

Show gives boaters a peek at dreams
Weekend warriors, recreational fishermen and island hoppers will have a chance this weekend to see the newest gear for water sports. The Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary Club Boat and Sports Show will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Centennial Hall.

Business Briefs
Friendly Planet starts scholarship; New label designed for Alaskan Amber; Alaska Pacific Bancshares earnings up;

On the Move
Elgee, Rehfeld, Mertz and Barrett CPAs has hired Debbie Dombroski, a licensed certified public accountant with more than 15 years of accounting experience.

Business profile: Ginger Blaisdell
Title and company: Owner, Dockside Jewelers.

A friend saved
On Feb. 23, I was returning to downtown Juneau on Egan Drive. Between Lemon Creek and the Vanderbilt Interchange, my station wagon stopped dead, and I pulled over to the side of Egan Drive. As I got out of the car, my little dog sneaked out the door beside me, and ran out on to the freeway.

Big brother moves in
The Empire has taken the misguided editorial position that the USA Patriot Act should not be a community-wide concern in Juneau. The paper quoted with approval the sentiment that giving the government the power to violate civil liberties is OK because the government, in its benevolence, won't really use those powers.

Great or gangrene?
Recently there have been several letters regarding a mandatory identification check on anyone purchasing alcohol. Government mandates are often ridiculous or difficult to implement. Case in point, the No Child Left Behind legislation that is not viable or particularly useful in Alaska's Bush communities.

Consolidate at Kmart
A month ago when I heard of the changes happening in Alaska an idea came to mind. After presenting the idea to many people, including, street maintenance and utility workers, small and large business owners and a few of our representatives, I received only positive feedback.

Who supports whom?
Bush trumpets news: 92 million Americans will receive an average tax cut of $1,083 under his new Republican plan. Sounds pretty good? It is good, if you are in the top 1 percent of tax filers.

Respect alternative school
I am a senior at the alternative high school, Yaakoosge Daakahidi. The reason I am outraged is because my school is a part of JDHS but we are totally left out in the blue. Our schools have no involvement.

Choose peace
How is it that Bush can "respectfully disagree" with the many, many Americans who took to the streets to protest his war? Isn't the definition of a representative government one that actually represents the will of the people?

Apocalypse soon
This Texas Ranger we are saddled with clearly thinks he is sheriff of the world. What does he care what the people of the world think?

For more information...
I want to thank everybody who helped with the forum on Alaska's fiscal future at Centennial Hall in Juneau on Feb. 20 sponsored by Alaska Common Ground and the League of Women Voters.

MADD about MacKinnon
MADD's Juneau Board will miss Juneau's departing manager, John MacKinnon. Mr. MacKinnon worked with us on several projects, which could not have been possible without his support. The public bus DUI warning signs? We have John to thank for them.

Different natural resources
It may be true that the political appeal of the right is its all-consuming intensity, which disregards any spurious matters of inconsequence to the agenda it brings forth, but is that tunnel-focus on the matter of the moment the one that matters most to voters?

Naive Neville, Juneau's left
In light of current events, it appears that the Juneau left would absolutely adore Neville Chamberlain if he was around today.

Juneau woman lands ride in Iditarod
For most Alaskans at this time of year, a $1,300 trip might be a week in Puerto Vallerta. For Juneau resident Nancy Woizeschke, it means snow flying in her face, bouncing over trail ruts and a jostled view of Anchorage over the tails of 16 sled dogs Saturday as she participates in the Idita-Rider program.

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

GHS inmate gets two years for attempted rape
A developmentally disabled former half-way house resident accused of attempting to rape another half-way house inmate will spend the next two years in prison. Ryan Robert Hendrickson, 24, was found guilty of one felony count of attempted sexual assault earlier this week and was sentenced today by Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks.

Taking the chicken challenge
Remember the "Pepsi Challenge" commercials in which soft drink consumers tasted Coke and Pepsi side by side? I recently took the chicken challenge. I roasted a mass-produced chicken and a free-range one and served them side by side to a group of friends. The comparison was illuminating - the free-range bird was markedly superior in taste and texture.

This Day in History
In 1979, The strongest earthquake in seven years, measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale, struck 120 miles northeast of Yakutat.

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

New charges for man in lighter-fluid case
New charges have been added in the case of a man who allegedly doused his girlfriend with lighter fluid and threatened to set her on fire earlier this month. Police said the alleged attack may have been drug-induced. Timothy Nelson, 23, was arraigned on a felony charge of third-degree assault and misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

Corrections
Due to incorrect information provided to the Empire, a brief article in Monday's paper about a forum on violence listed Michael James of Juneau-Douglas High School as a panelist. Amy Truax of JDHS spoke at the event.

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

Photo: Sorting crab
Steve Haggerty, dock foreman for Taku Smokeries/Fisheries, sorts brown king crab after it was offloaded at the Taku Smokeries/Fisheries dock Wednesday from the fishing vessel Kesia Dawn. "We're not setting the world on fire but the season is good," said Troy Gibson, skipper of the Kesia Dawn.

FYI
Births

Photo: Screaming eagle
A bald eagle takes flight after watching brown king crab being offloaded at the Taku Smokeries/Fisheries dock on Wednesday.

Church hostage-taker back in court
A man who held hostage members of the Juneau Pentecostal Church nearly two years ago was back in court on new charges Thursday. James Onstott, 63, appeared in Juneau Superior Court on a petition to revoke his probation from a prior conviction. He also was arraigned on a misdemeanor harassment charge.

This Day in History
In 1892, Auke Tlingit Chief Kowee died at the age of 75. He was credited with guiding Joe Juneau and Richard Harris to the original gold discovery near what is now Juneau.

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

John Moore, 74, was 'best baritone' Juneau ever saw
On a morning not too long ago, a thin, white-haired woman named Mary Moore put on a cassette in the small den where her husband used to pass his days. All at once that old honey voice came spilling out of the speakers. "Georgia, no peace I find, an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind."

Convenience store ordinance stalls
A proposed city ordinance that would give neighborhood convenience stores more leeway to expand stalled in committee Wednesday. After more than a year of work, the Juneau Assembly's Public Works and Facilities Committee was unable to agree on revised rules for convenience stores in residential areas.

Neighbors Briefs
Airport daily parking rates to increase; Safari Club International offers scholarship; Cancer group approves grant for screenings;

Photo: Scrabble match
In the foreground Lucas Arnold, left, and David Abad play the championship match in Floyd Dryden's 21st Century Grant Scrabble Challenge.

Thank you
...for your kindness; ...for the work.

Workshop explores spiritual dimension of health and healing
Thursday, March 6, Juneau residents will have an opportunity to participate in a workshop exploring spirituality and healing. Growing numbers of medical practitioners and people of all faiths are taking a fresh look at the relationship of spirituality and prayer to health, well-being and healing.

Academic honor
Jessica Fern Miksell was inducted into the Beta Gamma Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Brigham Young University-Idaho last week.

On the salmon hot seat
Let's talk numbers, of fish counts and forecasts. I recently met with Herman Savikko, of the Department of Fish and Game. He is a member of a third-generation Douglas family. He's 49 and has worked for the Department for 23 years, starting in Bristol Bay as a fish counter.

AMHS, UAS announce recruiting partnership
Students considering attending the University of Alaska Southeast who want to check out one of the campuses can travel for less if they take the Alaska Marine Highway System. The CamPass, a partnership announced this month between UAS and the AMHS, will give prospective students for any of the university's three campuses a 50 percent discount on passenger ferry tickets.

Local churches celebrate Lent
JUNEAU - The Juneau Cooperative Church Council will hold weekly Lenten lunches from 12-1 each Thursday beginning March 6 to April 10 at McPheters Hall in downtown Juneau. This is the 36th annual Lenten lunch.

Richard Irving Congdon
Anchorage resident Richard Irving Congdon, 93, died Feb. 21, 2003, at Immaculate Conception Home in Anchorage.

My Turn: Language police need locking up
I refer here to an article in the March issue of the Atlantic Monthly, "The Language Police," by Diane Ravitch. zDiane Ravitch is a historian of education and research professor of education at New York University. The glossary excerpted here will appear in her new book, "The Language Police," to be published in April by Knopf.

My Turn: 2003 - Year of the Alaska child
For a long time Alaska has been all talk and no action. We talk about children first, about making them our priority and yet when we look at the real picture, our children are not coming first. We speak of civil liberties and constitutional rights; all the while we are robbing our children, our very future, of the most basic and fundamental right. The right to be safe.

Crimson Bears aim to secure top region spot
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team has proven its Region V-Class 4A dominance at home this season. Now the Crimson Bears have to show what they're made of on the road. The Crimson Bears travel to Ketchikan this weekend for a pair of games against the Kings. Juneau (11-5 overall, 4-0 region) needs just one win to clinch the top seed and a first-round bye at next month's region tourney, but the Crimson Bears are looking to dominate the Kings (11-5, 3-3) both nights.

Department of Homecourt Security
With the final home games of their high school careers set for this weekend, the six seniors on the Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team were more animated than usual during practice on Wednesday night. The Crimson Bears host the Ketchikan Kings at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, the last two times seniors Joe Ayers, Sterling Henderson, Bryan Hamey, Byron Wild, Nik Hura and Kolt Garvey will get to play in front of a home crowd at JDHS. Not only will it be their final homecourt appearance, but a sweep this weekend means Juneau can clinch the regular-season Region V-Class 4A title and a first-round bye in the region tournament March 12-15 in Ketchikan.

Juneau C teams split with Yakutat varsity
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls C basketball teams hosted the Yakutat boys and girls varsity squads for a game apiece Wednesday, with mixed results.

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

Juneau Gun Club Trap League Standings
Standings after the seventh week of shooting in the 12-week Juneau Gun Club Trap League.

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.

Iditarod Start List
ANCHORAGE - Sixty-four mushers are entered to run in the 2003 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which has its ceremonial on Saturday in Anchorage and its official restart on Monday in Fairbanks.

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

Queens of the hill
When Sarah Fischer and Hilary Turner were growing up they were the best of friends. They shared a love of skiing, spending long hours racing for the Juneau Ski Club. But between her sophomore and junior years in high school, Fischer left Juneau-Douglas High School to transfer to Rowland Hall-St. Marks, a private school in Salt Lake City. Turner, who is two years younger, stayed at JDHS, and the two friends drifted apart as they only saw each other when Fischer came home to Juneau for the holidays and the summer.

USFS: No new wilderness in the Tongass
The U.S. Forest Service is recommending no new wilderness areas be created in the Tongass National Forest after two years of work on a court-ordered wilderness study. Alaska Regional Forester Denny Bschor said the decision released today will keep wilderness at current levels in the Tongass.

State Briefs
Life of salmon task force extended; Ogg recommended to replace Gary Stevens; Alaska Air Guard troops activated; Troopers discover marijuana operation; Stony River man missing after accident

Disability activists lobby state Legislature for funding
About 100 people from across the state descended on the Capitol on Wednesday to lobby for better funding of programs for people with developmental disabilities. Members of the Key Campaign, a coalition of advocacy groups, rallied on the front steps of the Capitol at noon and then headed inside the building to talk with lawmakers.

Military presents missile defense plans for Alaska
ANCHORAGE - The Defense Department's Missile Defense Agency wants to increase testing around the Pacific basin, including expanding the state's Kodiak Launch Complex. The plans, presented Tuesday at a hearing in Anchorage, include expansion of the Kodiak facility so two interceptors could be fired simultaneously at targets launched thousands of miles away.

Lawyers may determine permanent fund dividends' fate
ANCHORAGE - The principal of the Alaska Permanent Fund can't be touched, even to pay dividends, under the Alaska Constitution. But just how you define "principal" could determine whether this year's dividends will be slashed, or maybe not paid at all. As a result, the audit committee of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. wants an opinion from the state attorney general on the issue.

Moose getting testy in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - After being chased by dogs, dodging traffic and eating frozen wood all winter, moose in Fairbanks are start getting a little testy."They're getting ornery," said Tony Hollis, a technician at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Fairbanks who handles moose calls for the agency. "They're low on (fat) reserves and the food they're eating is not very good."

Tongass wilderness Q&A
Q: What is wilderness? A: In general, people have different opinions about what wilderness is. The federal Wilderness Act of 1964 defines wilderness as "an area where the Earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." Wilderness has outstanding opportunities for solitude and low-impact recreation and may contain "ecological, geological, or other features of scientific educational, scenic or historical value," according to the act.

State seeks title to more lakes, rivers
Bodies of water numbering in the thousands, tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands, flow through this state. No one knows exactly how many, and it's also not clear who owns each one. To settle that question, the state is beginning a push to obtain title to all of its navigable waters. "When Alaska became a state, we automatically got title to lands under navigable waters, with some exceptions. But nobody has ever sat down and figured out exactly where all those are," said Dick Mylius, a natural resource manager for the state Department of Natural Resources' division of mining, land and water.

Hooper Bay takes action to prevent more suicides
HOOPER BAY - The Bering Sea village of Hooper Bay has been rocked by two suicides and two attempts within a week. The village survived even a worse spate of suicides five years ago, but officials are hoping an aggressive counseling campaign will prevent more this time.

State Briefs
City attorney to step down; Police nab alleged vehicle burglar; Driving into the drink; Bill would give state a share of damage awards; Lawmaker proposes measure legalizing roadside memorials; Concert benefits Afghan women; Fish Board makes no changes in Chignik salmon co-op

Fairbanks parade death lawsuit settled
FAIRBANKS - Lawyers have reached a settlement in the lawsuit filed over the death of a 15-year-old boy who was crushed by a truck pulling a float during Fairbanks' Golden Days parade in July 2001.

Iditarod set to start in different, snowier city
ANCHORAGE - Snow is a rarity in Anchorage these days except for occasional dirty piles scattered about. Yet organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race say they'll be ready for Saturday's ceremonial start downtown. The real competition begins Monday in Fairbanks, one day late and more than 200 miles north of the traditional restart site in Wasilla just north of Anchorage. Because of an extremely warm winter, organizers revised the route, which will be 70 miles longer than the traditional 1,100-mile Iditarod.

House trims funding request for ANWR lobbying effort
The state House has agreed to give a nonprofit lobbying group $1.1 million this year to try to convince Congress to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. That's about a third of the $3 million Arctic Power requested and less than the $2.8 million the House Finance Committee approved.

Archeology lecture series starts
JUNEAU - The U.S. Forest Service will present a series of free hour-long lectures on archeology as part of a regional archeology meeting during the week of March 3. All presentations begin at 7 p.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Virtual sculpture exhibit on Web site
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Museum recently posted two new exhibitions on its Web site: "Rescued and Reincarnated" by North Pole artist Carol Hilgemann, and "... is this not an urgent matter" by Anchorage artist Dan Mohr. Both exhibits were on display at the museum and closed earlier this month.

Locally written play capitalizes on Nordic humor
Can yuppie coffee, lutefisk and a Finnish bowling team save a church from bankruptcy? It's hard to say. But the proceeds from "The Blizzard of Oslo," a play that contemplates that very question, will certainly help pay for heat, lights and the mortgage at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.

Grand finale to Black History Month
Black Awareness Association members Sherry Patterson, Michelle Monts and Claudia Paige sat at Paige's kitchen table earlier this week, cracking jokes and hot-gluing together Marti Gras masks for this weekend's Blue and Black Ball, the final event of Black History Month in Juneau. "I got to figure out that glue gun," said Monts, looking sideways at the plastic gun in one hand, holding sparkling ribbon in the other.

Replacing silence with truth
Velma Wallis, the author of the popular Alaska Native books "Two Old Women" and "Bird Girl," received news that her brother Barry was in intensive care while she was on a book tour in 1996. By the time Wallis arrived at the hospital, her brother couldn't speak because he was on a ventilator. "I was shocked to find out that he had full-blown AIDS and he wasn't going to make it," Wallis said.

Excerpts from 'Raising Ourselves'
Our existence in the village was quiet. We were as languid as the smoke that drifted out of our stovepipes. But in between the long periods of peace there was conflict and violence.

Movies where and when
"The Recruit," (PG-13) starts Friday, Feb. 28, and plays at 7 nightly at Glacier Cinemas, with second shows at 9:20 Friday and Saturday nights, and matinees at 2:20 and 4:30 Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Whalen Turner book group organized
JUNEAU - Juneau Public Libraries is holding a book group in preparation for a visit from Megan Whalen Turner, an author of popular books for young adults. The group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Mendenhall Valley library.

Anti-war reading of 'Lysistrata' Monday
JUNEAU - Juneau actors will read the Greek play, "Aristophanes' Lysistrata: A Woman's Translation," at 8 p.m. Monday, March 3, at the Gold Town Nickelodeon. The reading will be part of the worldwide Lysistrata Project in which 679 communities across the country and the world will stage readings in opposition to a U.S.-led war with Iraq.

What's happening
"The Blizzard of Oslo," at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 4212 Mendenhall Loop Road.

Juneau Folkdancers bring tango expert to town
An Argentine tango workshop with teacher Percell Rivere St. Thomass will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Elks Lodge downtown. The workshop will continue through Sunday, March 2. An evening dance with instruction and ballroom music also will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1.

Young artists' exhibit opens
JUNEAU - The Fourth Annual Juneau-Douglas High School Art Show, opening this weekend, will feature mixed-media cityscapes, thrown pottery, figure sketches and bottle-cap dresses along with other works created by local youths. The show opens at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Joe Page debuts with new band
Anchorage-based bluegrass mandolinist Joe Page will play with the band Silver Creek at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1, at The Alaskan Bar. This weekend's performance will be a debut for Silver Creek, Page said. The band will pick and strum intricate bluegrass instrumentals with banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin, while singing in three-part vocal harmonies. Though the configuration of musicians may be new, none of the musicians are new to playing in bluegrass bands, Page said.

Best Bets: This weekend's diet: tangos, bluegrass
I don't know about you, but I am on a diet. Actually, over the last few months, I've been on about six different ultra-hip diets, including wheat-free, dairy-free, wheat-free/dairy-free, low glucose, protein and "Diet for Your Blood Type." I looked into Weight Watchers, but then I read this entry in the online chat where some woman was beside herself jonesing like a crack addict for gummy bears. I don't have that kind of will power.

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