Wednesday, March 13, 2002

On The Move
Ramiel voted VP of B&B Association: Jill Ramiel, owner of Juneau's Silverbow Inn, Bakery and Catering, was elected vice president of the Bed & Breakfast Association of Alaska at the group's semiannual retreat in Homer earlier this month.

Plumbing the mysteries of Form 1040
With the deadline for filing federal income tax returns looming on April 15, wage earners who have not yet confronted Form 1040 need to do so.

Business Profile: Lisa Greenough
Title and firm: Lisa B. Greenough is an investment representative with Edward Jones, an investment firm founded in 1871. The company has more than 8,000 branches, all with direct links to the major stock exchanges. Its first Juneau office opened in 1996.

Business Briefs
Tlingit-Haida schedules grant-writing workshop; Getting the message to the marketplace; Asbestos abatement class offered; Marine Highway discounts for drivers; Soundproof windows among new products; Tourism-related scholarships available; Cruise adopts mystery writers theme; Banking history published

Downtown business group homes in on area issues
Founded in 1986, the Downtown Business Association embraces the mission of promoting commerce in downtown Juneau. "The association includes a board of people who own businesses in the downtown area," said Valerie "Val" Fremlin, marketing coordinator for the association. The association differs from the Juneau Chamber of Commerce in that the chamber has a more borough-wide focus, Fremlin said. It differs from Destination Juneau in that it promotes business downtown year-round, while Destination Juneau's members are more tourism oriented.

Assembling it all for that perfect day
The second annual Bridal Fair sponsored by the Baranof Hotel and The Wedding Shoppe and Boutique is scheduled for March 22 in the Treadwell Room of the Baranof, 127 N. Franklin St.

All the way to heaven
Joseph Frederick clearly has a little too much time on his hands and apparently likes to push people's buttons. Readers should ignore his ridiculous antics, and maybe he'll find something more productive to do with his time.

Slowly adapting
I read with great interest the recent My Turn by John Mielke, former mayor of Skagway, on the proposed state cruise ship passenger fee. Mr. Mielke resides in a major cruise ship port, yet a few statements he made do need correction and clarification.

Protecting kids
I write in support of Sen. Bettye Davis' bill to prohibit school staff from recommending drugs to control children's behavior problems, reported March 5 in the Empire. I've wondered why school staff thinks their psychology training qualifies them to practice and dispense medicine - apparently this is the thought.

Gun refresher course
Kadashan's article in the Sunday Empire, "To change or not to change," was of great interest. The Alaska Native Brotherhood, or ANB, has a long and illustrious history of fighting for Native equality, in a white-dominated society.

Missing Greg
If you go to the Mendenhall Post Office on a daily basis, you were sometimes fortunate to go to the middle station at the counter. There a kind and friendly fellow, with a quiet sense of humor, greeted you. Sometimes our mailboxes were too full to receive more mail, and a package notice was tucked among the other many items.

An awesome task
Kadashan's article in the Sunday Empire, "To change or not to change," was of great interest. The Alaska Native Brotherhood, or ANB, has a long and illustrious history of fighting for Native equality, in a white-dominated society.

Inconsistent school discipline policies
I have always considered myself lucky to live in a town that attracts broad-minded people. Recent comments published in the Empire have forced me to reconsider my views.

Sitka Wolves howling over JDHS column
A satirical column in the Juneau-Douglas High School student newspaper comparing a Sitka basketball loss to child abuse and rape has caused a outcry in that city and has led JDHS officials to apologize to their Sitka counterparts. The anonymous column, a fictional piece recounting a Juneau victory over the Sitka girls' basketball squad, appeared in the February issue of the J-Bird on a page traditionally reserved for satire and humor, but not clearly marked as such.

JDHS student arrested on warrant
Joseph Frederick, the twice-suspended Juneau-Douglas High School student, was arrested Monday on a warrant for failure to comply with his probation from an underage drinking conviction last summer. Frederick's lawyer described the arrest as "continued harassment" of the teen-ager.

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

Juneau ponders hosting 2006 winter games
A committee of Juneau residents and city officials is assessing whether the community is capable of hosting the 2006 Arctic Winter Games, a sports competition for youths from northern regions. The Arctic Winter Games Ad-Hoc Bid Committee will see whether it is feasible to hold the games here and, if so, prepare a bid, said committee chairman and Juneau Assembly member Jim Powell, at the group's first meeting Tuesday.

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

Tourist mall in slide zone wins city OK
The hopes of people living near a proposed tourist mall, planned for a downtown landslide hazard zone, slipped as the Juneau Planning Commission tentatively approved the project Tuesday night.

Photo: Return from crabbing
Adam Sahnow of Douglas works with buoys aboard the fishing boat Savage on Tuesday at the Juneau Marine Services float. Sahnow and his crew mates returned to Juneau after crabbing in Frederick Sound for golden king crab.

Local Briefs
Gun club plans Cowboy Shoot; Traps need tags near Interior houses

Latest tourism survey: "Mixed reviews" for 2002
Bookings for 2002 are a mixed bag, Alaska tourism businesses reported in a recent survey for the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Alaska tourism industry has been concerned that fewer people will travel because of the economic downtown since Sept. 11 or fears of terrorism.

Public urination earns 20-day sentence
A man accused of urinating in public in downtown Juneau, an offense that usually garners a citation from police, will be in prison for the next 20 days. Daniel Trapp, 42, pleaded no contest in Juneau District Court on Monday to a charge of disorderly conduct stemming from an offense of Feb. 7, when he urinated against a store front on South Franklin Street, authorities said.

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

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

Correction
Due to an editor's error, Reggie Schapp, quoted in Sunday's Empire article on the tourism bookings, incorrectly was referred to as a male.

Pet Of The Week
Lucky is a beautiful female Siamese mix who is looking for an indoor-only home. She is declawed and would prefer not to live with other cats or dogs.

Brush up on piloting techniques before good weather starts
People become pilots for many reasons. Some take up flying because they have dreamed of flying forever, some because they see it as a possible way to earn a living. For others it is an ego thing. Most pilots fly because they love airplanes and the thrill of sliding through the sky as effortlessly as the birds they emulate. Some pilots are fortunate enough to have their own aircraft. Some rent or have a friend from whom they can borrow an aircraft. A lot of money and effort goes into the process of acquiring the coveted pilot certificate. Why, then, is it that once a pilot certificate is acquired, dust is allowed to accumulate on the certificate that took so long to come by.

Empire's Fry wins national award
Last year, reporter Eric Fry thumbed through a history textbook with a 1953 Buick Skylark on the cover. Inside, he was inundated with images of Super Mario Brothers, King Kong and other icons of American pop culture, accompanied by sparse chunks of narrative.

Getting Fit, sitting down
A two-hour meeting that combines exercise, sharing stories and lunch is giving some of Juneau's older women a new lease on life. The Chair Fitness Group program for Native women was developed in January 2001 by Juneau SEARHC health educator and certified fitness instructor, Andrea Ebona-Michel. It meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at Cropley House, the Tlingit & Haida Family Services house on Willoughby Avenue next door to the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. It is co-sponsored by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Health Promotion Department and the Tlingit & Haida Family Services programs.

Thank You
... for all the help; ...for all the help

Neighbors Briefs
Free workshop for home builders, buyers; Discovery Southeast set auction and dinner fund-raiser; Adventure camp to start March 23; Girl Scout cookies now on sale; Coast Guard women's group to hold auction; Women's History Month set at the City Museum

Leader honored
Students from Jennifer McCarty's third-fourth grade class at Glacier Valley Elementary School perform at a school assembly honoring Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich on Feb. 22.

Margaret H. Bergquist
Juneau resident Margaret H. Bergquist, 78, died Feb. 27, 2002, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

Greg John Conrad
Juneau resident Greg John Conrad, 49, died March 2, 2002, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle.

My Turn: Please forget it's an election year and give us a plan
Every paper over the last month or so has stated two things: We have a budget deficit problem, and the constitutional budget reserve (CBR) will be depleted shortly if we don't come up with a solution. Luckily though we have what seems to be about a hundred different solutions, put forth by everyone from the governor, to some guy who was within earshot of a reporter.

My Turn: Words of advice for Rep. Kohring
State Rep. Vic Kohring's My Turn (Empire, March 7)) was flat out wrong and deserves a correction. Kohring's entire premise was based on his mistaken claim about appointments to the Redistricting Board. He claimed the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court supposedly participated in a conspiracy with Gov. Knowles to draw election boundaries favorable to Democrats. Problem is Vic got his facts wrong.

Legislative move is a distraction
Think we'd get better government if we moved the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough? Don't bank on it. The initiative to require a move to Mat-Su is a distraction from more important issues facing the Legislature this session and election season: the state's budget shortfall and a constitutional amendment for a rural subsistence priority.

My Turn: Assembly passes buck to Thane residents
While City Manager Dave Palmer recently said "it's too early to rule any options out," that is exactly what he and the Assembly have done by limiting alternatives for a new heliport to two Thane locations. As a resident of Thane, I am concerned about the negative impacts a heliport would have on this neighborhood and am looking for better leadership from city officials.

My Turn: Empire failing in its free press role
The government was never interested in the correction of my Medicaid billing errors but rather, in our first contact I was told, "We are going to make an example out of you." Their tactics included extensive and detailed threats against my wife.

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: Insurance rates: Credit where credit is due?
Some phrases make a person cringe. "Male pattern baldness" is especially chilling to me. "Your insurance premium is being adjusted" makes others shudder.

My Turn: Southeast's prosperity will likely boost Anchorage's
"Beware of the Ides of March!" was the soothsayer's warning to Julius Caesar before he was murdered on March 15, 44 B.C. Americans later associated March 15 with the deadline for paying federal income taxes. That deadline was later moved to April 15 for individuals. But businesses and corporations still must have their income taxes to the federal and state governments by March 15.

Sitka boys win first Region V-4A game
The defending Region V-Class 4A champion Sitka High School boys basketball team claimed its first victory of the season in league play Friday night, beating the Ketchikan Kings 59-50 in Sitka.

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

Boozer call inspires Juneau boys before region tourney
The top-ranked Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team needs little help heading into the week's Region V-Class 4A tournament. But the team got a little help from a former Crimson Bear on Tuesday when Carlos Boozer, a 1999 JDHS graduate, spoke to co-captains Ryan Monagle and Junior Cumlat.

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

Juneau hosts Region V tournaments
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls basketball teams will get to sit back and watch the first two days of the Region V-Class 4A and Region V-Class 3A tournaments this weekend before the Crimson Bears take to the floor for their tourney openers on Friday night.

Norwegian earns Iditarod's top rookie honors
NOME -- At nearly every checkpoint along the trail, the two rookie mushers from Norway arrived and left within minutes of each other -- and sometimes simultaneously. Their dog teams rested side by side. Finally, on Tuesday evening, Robert Sorlie shook his traveling partner in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and arrived in Nome in ninth place to claim top rookie honors.

Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of March 9. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to the Juneau Empire by school officials and basketball coaches. Overall team records do not include Alaska School Activities Association endowment games, which are not supposed to count in team records.

One game makes or breaks the season for Juneau girls
It all comes down to one game on Friday night. If the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team wins its Region V-Class 4A playoff game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the JDHS main gym, the Crimson Bears will not only win the region title but they'll earn their first berth in the Class 4A state tournament in three years. Lose, and the season's over.

Duke's Williams heads up All-America team
The 2001-02 AP All-America team is a throwback to the days when high-profile college basketball programs were usually led by upperclassmen.

State Briefs
Flags lowered for former Craig legislator Charles M. Jones; Ketchikan nurses approve their first hospital contract; Two men may have frozen to death; Accused child molester loses appeal in state court

Proposals call for doubling shellfish farming in Alaska
The number of shellfish farms in Alaska could more than double under proposals moving through the Legislature. Two Kenai Peninsula lawmakers are pushing bills to require the Department of Natural Resources to identify 90 new sites to grow shellfish.

Stevens has substantial cash for campaign
FAIRBANKS - Sen. Ted Stevens has raised substantial cash to help finance his re-election campaign this year. The Stevens for Senate committee had $1.44 million in cash at the end of December, according to figures in a summary faxed to the Federal Election Commission late last month.

State Briefs
Police find owner of stolen artifacts along trail; Retired police officers return to job to help with shortage; Disabled to get more privacy while casting their ballots; Beistline becomes Alaska's next U.S. judge

Knowles: House budget cuts are extreme
Gov. Tony Knowles scolded House Republicans on Monday for proposing $90 million in budget cuts that he said are intended to "inflict pain" as a way of building public support for a long-range fiscal plan. "You shouldn't have to punish Alaskans to do your job," the Democratic governor said in a news conference called during the Legislature's mid-session break.

Southwest Alaskan finds purpose in carving, culture
BETHEL Vernon Bavilla was at a crossroads in his life. He had just been released from prison after serving a three-year sentence for attempted sexual abuse of a minor. His wife was divorcing him. He'd been thrown out of his house. He needed a job and a reason to stay away from the alcohol that had been the source of so much trouble in his life.

UA president receives award for supporting freedom
ANCHORAGE - University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton has received national recognition by scholars for his support of academic freedom. Hamilton's support of free speech throughout the UA system inspired the award he received from the National Association of Scholars on Sunday night.

Rural residents face reduced power subsidy
BETHEL - Tracy Rischer spent several nights last winter huddled up in blankets in a dark home because her electricity had been cut off. The 59-year-old woman lives in Quinhagak, a coastal community 75 miles south of Bethel. She's one of the rural residents throughout Alaska who have difficulty managing the high cost of electricity every month. And this winter her bills may be even higher because state Power Cost Equalization funds have been reduced again, by 20 percent.

UAF team puts clean car engine in snowmachine
FAIRBANKS - A team at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has mounted a small car engine, complete with catalytic converter, in a snowmachine to compete against clean snowmobile designs from engineering students at 15 other universities. It's a refined version of the machine the students entered last year in the Clean Snowmobile Challenge, held annually in Jackson, Wyo. The competition, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers, is intended to promote development of practical low-emission snowmachines.

Ulmer authorizes pipeline referendum
JUNEAU - Voters may decide in November whether to authorize the state to build and operate a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez.

Oral historians record and then protect Alaskan's words
FAIRBANKS - Sit down at one of two desktop computers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks library and you can hear voices from the past come to life. Project Jukebox, part of UAF's Oral History Program, blends digitized recordings with historic photographs, maps, text and sometimes video clips.

Knowles starts European trip to promote tourism
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Tony Knowles was joined by 20 state and business leaders Tuesday for a one-week trip to England and Germany to promote Alaska tourism, seafood and energy development.

Buser wins his fourth Iditarod title
NOME - Martin Buser cruised down Front Street behind a team of 10 dogs today to claim his fourth victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, finishing the race in record time. With the temperature a chilly 11 degrees, a crowd lined the street to welcome him to this Gold Rush town on the edge of frozen Norton Sound.

Fairbanks man charged with abusing infant daughter
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man was arrested today, accused of stuffing so much toilet paper down his infant daughter's throat that it had be surgically removed.

ANWR: How many jobs will it produce?
WASHINGTON - Pitching the president's energy agenda, Interior Secretary Gale Norton told a farm group in Arkansas last week that oil drilling in an Arctic wildlife refuge would produce more than 700,000 jobs.

Cruise execs optimistic about 2002
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Cruise lines are rebounding after suffering a slew of cancellations and lower bookings following the Sept. 11 attacks and the economic slowdown. Speaking at the industry's annual Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention on Tuesday, several executives said they're optimistic about the industry's future.

Alaska gas not factored into national need
ANCHORAGE - Gas consumption in the United States is likely to rise 48 percent by 2020, but Alaska gas isn't being counted on to help meet that demand, according to a senior official with the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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