Friday, March 1, 2002

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

See you in court
I am writing this letter to add my comments to the previous letters detailing the questionable practices by the state of Alaska and the state unions, ASEA, GGU, Local 71.

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.

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.

Don't fix - or move - what's not broken
I hear all sorts of dumb reasons for moving the legislative session, but here are just a couple of questions I'd like to have answered:

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.

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.

Juneau woman endures 1st 'Survivor' show
America watched a Juneau woman battle rough seas, hot sun and her own stomach on the first episode of the reality TV series "Survivor: Marquesas," which aired Thursday night on CBS. Juneau-born Sarah Jones, 24, vied for the chance to be the sole survivor among 16 demographically diverse castaways on a deserted South Pacific island. She lives in Newport Beach, Calif., and is an account manager for a clothing company and a free-lance photographer.

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.

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

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.

Moore gets more than most out of student life
"Life is only as good as what you make of it," says Juneau-Douglas High School senior Sarah Moore. And in sheer diversity and scope of activities, few Juneau students have made more out of life than Moore. Computer whiz, science-fair champion, senior producer of "Bear Tracks" - Moore has a hand in most aspects of classes, activities and day-to-day life at the high school. She's even taking auto shop this semester for the fun of it.

Local Briefs
City public works director to retire; Fairbanks Police find suspected meth lab

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Corrections
Due to a reporting error, the date for the Frank Solivan II concert was incorrectly listed in the "This Week" events calendar. Solivan will perform at 7:30 tonight at Northern Light United Church.

FYI
Births

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

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

Haight, Ireland wed
Mandy Ireland and Glenn Haight, both of Juneau, were married in a private ceremony on Feb. 11, 2002 at Amalga Harbor in Juneau.

Juneau federal employees to be honored
Five Juneau Federal employees will be honored at the 29th annual Juneau Federal Employee of the Year luncheon on Wednesday, March 6 in the Treadwell Room at the Westmark Baranof Hotel. Each year the Juneau Federal Executive Association sponsors a luncheon to honor the Juneau Federal Employee of the year. Employees are nominated by their supervisor which is then forwarded to a citizen selection committee.

Juneau Community Charter School student Connor Chaney competes in Storytelling Olympics
Bonnie Chaney arranged a little surprise for her son Connor, 10. "The first words I heard out of her mouth were, 'You're going to California!' " Connor said. Without telling her son, Bonnie had submitted a videotape of Connor's reciting "The Cremation of Sam McGee" to the National Youth Storytelling Olympics, and Connor had been chosen out of several hundred entrants as one of 12 national finalists. "I didn't even know I was entered in this one," Connor said.

Plans underway for annual Relay For Life
Summer may officially be a few months away, but that hasn't stopped area volunteers from making plans for the first American Cancer Society Relay For Life in Juneau.

Rennick, Fletcher to marry
Juneau resident Nathan Fletcher and Christine Rennick of Vernon, B.C., will be married March 16, 2002, in Moscow, Idaho.

Neighbors Briefs
Fishermen's Fund council to meet; Local veterinarian on Iditarod medical team; Teen health fair set for March 7; Scholarships available for conference

Spirituality helps maintain sobriety, prevent addiction
By failing to take advantage of the power of spirituality in the prevention and treatment of chemical addictions, our mental health system is less effective than it might be.

Elaine Hakkila Wurster
Former Juneau resident Elaine Hakkila Wurster, 53, died Feb. 28, 2002, in Tonto Verde, Ariz., after a long battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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.

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.

Mary M. Jackson
Juneau resident Mary M. Jackson, 73, died Jan. 30, 2002.

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.

My Turn: Golf course process has been open
The opponents of the proposed golf course apparently are willing to go to any lengths in foisting their opposition to the project on the rest of us. These now seem to include misstatements of fact, half-truths, and character assassination. The My Turn column by Cindy Lagoudakis is the most recent example.

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.

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
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Snow Report
The status of Alaska ski areas.

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.

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

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?

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."

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.

Virginia upsets No. 3 Duke, 87-84
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Keith Jenifer, of all people, helped Virginia put some hope back into a quickly disintegrating season. In a game the Cavaliers had to have, they overcame a 12-point deficit with seven minutes and beat No. 3 Duke 87-84 Thursday night, despite a career-high 33 points and 10 rebounds from Duke center Carlos Boozer of Juneau.

Last Roughhouse Fridays before Southeast Showdown
Area roughhouse boxers have one last chance to prove themselves before April's Southeast Showdown at tonight's Roughhouse Fridays event at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Boxing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Finding their range
John Hill took a breath, slid an arrow into the notch on his bow, drew back the string and aimed at a target across the Floyd Dryden Middle School gym. Hill slowly exhaled, then released the string. The arrow took flight across the room, then smacked into one of the 20 targets lined up at various distances across the room. "Zing!" ... "Thwack!"

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Swingley set to defend Iditarod title
ANCHORAGE -- Defending champion Doug Swingley is confident and matter of fact without sounding boastful when he talks about his chances for an unprecedented fourth consecutive victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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.

State Briefs
Boo the dog saves owner; Loyal dog guides searchers; Knowles picks judges; Bishop Hurley has surgery

Caucus marches on toward taxes
Members of the bipartisan Fiscal Policy Caucus remained resolute about a long-range budget-balancing plan this morning despite a new public opinion poll showing a majority of Alaskans opposing most broad-based taxes or use of permanent fund earnings.

Sealaska plant to shut down
Alaska Native-owned TriQuest-Puget Plastics in Vancouver, Wash., says it will halt production in April and close in June. Tri-Quest is owned by Sealaska, the Juneau-based regional Native corporation for Southeast, and Arctic Slope Regional Corp., the northern Alaska regional Native corporation headquartered in Barrow.

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.

Session move backer wants access
One of the sponsors of a ballot initiative to move legislative sessions from Juneau to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough won't say much about his life. Robert Monson of Anchorage refused to reveal much about himself in telephone and e-mail interviews conducted in recent months. But like initiative spokesman Uwe Kalenka and cosponsors Mark Chryson and James Nelson, Monson said a move to the Mat-Su would increase accessibility.

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.

One legislative-move sponsor active in politics
As chairman of the Alaskan Independence Party, Mark Chryson is the most politically active sponsor of the initiative to move legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. And he has his party's blessing to push the measure. "That's part of the AIP platform is to move the capital," Chryson said.

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.

Feds: New education bill offers Alaska flexibility
New federal education rules will be flexible to meet Alaska's unique schooling needs, a high-ranking federal official told state legislators and administrators during her visit to Juneau this week.

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

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.

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.

What's happening
Concerts

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.

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."

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.

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.

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