Thursday, March 13, 2003

Business profile: Stephanie Allison
Title: Certified Public Accountant

Home show will cater to just about everybody
The Home Builders Association of Juneau will hold its 24th annual home and remodeling show this weekend at the Mendenhall Center. More than 70 booths will exhibit information on buying, selling, financing or remodeling a home, said Jill Herrick, the executive officer of the HBA.

The journey from dream to DVD
The first film Patrick Race made, when he was about 12, showed two clay balls morphing into a pair of hands. The film was made with stop-motion animation, meaning Race, with the help of his father, shot one frame at a time, subtly manipulating the clay with each shot. "Video was always a hobby," Race said. "It was something that I really liked doing, and it's still that way. It's still something I really enjoy."

Pristine, wild environment
The Forest Service's announcement that there would be no further wilderness designated in the Tongass National Forest is an affront to the public. About 175,000 people submitted written comments encouraging the Forest Service to designate more wilderness areas in the Tongass.

March for peace Saturday
We want our voices added to the many people worldwide who are speaking against our government's threat to invade Iraq in spite of the fact that most of the world does not believe such a war would be justified.

Façade of pseudo-superiority
Perhaps Mr. Lyon was right (Empire, March 11) and I may have been a tad too tough (Empire, March 4) with the emotional and touching plea Ms. E. Ferry wrote (Empire, March 3) concerning trees. And maybe I should apologize for not acknowledging that, as Mr. Lyons put it, that Earth is our mother.

War, peace, Congress, people
I'm with Barbara Kelly (Empire, March 12). I choose peace. Most of my friends choose peace. Everyone I know chooses peace. Even Gen. Franks chooses peace. We may endorse different means to that end, of course, but we're all for peace. Peace is the goal, but President Bush and many Americans favor use of high explosives while Ms. Kelly and many other Americans favor public gatherings, banners and colorful kites.

Write, rally Saturday for peace
I think it is interesting to note that since Feb. 5 there have been 44 letters to the editor and/or opinion pieces published in the Juneau Empire that have pertained to a possible war on Iraq.

Still tuned in
Stuart Thompson's My Turn article in Tuesday's Empire, "The Silent Majority's secret," was certainly thought-provoking and contained much truth. However, it may have defeated its own purpose by presenting a half truth as a whole truth. Taken at face value it basically claims the majority of Americans are in the process of throwing away our sacredly won freedoms from apathy and disuse.

Student concerned about Alyeska school
I am a concerned fifth-grader. I have been doing home schooling for three years. This is my first year with Alyeska Central School. I was very upset to find out that they might close it down. I love this school.

Robin Hood in reverse
I read Laura Johnson's comments in Monday's Empire and shook my head. She is ignoring facts. I have noticed that is characteristic of dogmatic people.

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

Shooting survivor drops injury lawsuit
A Juneau woman who accused her estranged husband of shooting her more than a year ago in a mall parking lot is dropping a personal injury lawsuit against him as part of their divorce settlement, according to court documents. Ron and Tuyet Hagerup laid out conditions of a divorce settlement Monday in Juneau Superior Court. In addition to dividing the couple's assets and establishing joint custody of their two young children, the settlement calls for Tuyet Hagerup's personal injury lawsuit against Ron Hagerup to be dismissed.

Correction
A Tuesday Empire article on the radio program "National Native News" listed the incorrect time for its broadcast on Juneau's KTOO-FM.

Winter strikes fast
The sudden snowstorm that whirled through Juneau overnight, delaying flights and slowing traffic, has some local avalanche experts concerned about possible slides. The heavy snowfall and high winds of the past 24 hours, on top of a layer of ice already on mountainsides, make conditions ripe for a large snowslide, said avalanche specialist Bill Glude with the Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center.

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

Father missing, 5-year-old daughter left alone
Police are asking for the public's help in finding a Juneau man who went missing earlier this week, leaving his 5-year-old daughter alone in their apartment for up to three days. Thomas Everett Gardner, 42, was last seen walking on Douglas Highway in the Crow Hill area and headed toward the Douglas Bridge. Sgt. John Boltjes said a neighbor saw the man walking, either Sunday or Monday, but didn't think anything was unusual since Gardner often walked into town by himself.

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

Renovation lags at JDHS
Construction delays at Juneau-Douglas High School mean a new atrium and remodeled commons area won't be open until mid-April or May, city officials said Wednesday. The Gold Medal Basketball Tournament will take place as planned later this month. Work on the $21 million JDHS renovation project started last summer and the first phase of the project was to have been finished by the end of February. The setback is caused by a number of problems, from late shipments of specialty items to a one-month bidding delay at the start of the project, city project architect Gary Gillette said Wednesday.

This Day in History
In 1969, An atomic scientist suggested that the government explore the idea of using nuclear blasts to create an artificial island in the Arctic Ocean as an aid to tap vast oil deposits east of Point Barrow.

This Day in History
In 1959, the Detroit '59'ers. traveling from Michigan to homestead on the Kenai Peninsula, dwindled from 13 vehicles and 50-plus families to 12 vehicles and 35 people.

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

Correction
Due to reporter's error and incomplete or conflicting information provided to the Empire, a Tuesday article about a drug study involving Natives who are experiencing problems with alcohol contained several errors.

Photo: UAS tour
Marshall Lind, chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and former UAS chancellor, speaks to a group from the Juneau Chamber of Commerce in the new lecture hall in the classroom wing, which was completed recently in the Egan Library at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Thank you
...for the help; ...for laughing; ... for your donation; ...for your help

Planned Parenthood seeks nominations for awards
Anchorage - Planned Parenthood of Alaska announces the first annual Alaska Choice Awards honoring individuals, businesses, programs and other entities with a strong commitment to the PPA mission.

Photo: Chilling out in Juneau
This view of the distant Chilkat Mountains from False Outer Point last Sunday is compelling but doesn't begin to reveal the frigid temperatures that prevailed in the midst of the coldest snap this winter in Juneau.

'Mathletes' win SE regional math match
Two teams and four individuals from Juneau and one team from Ketchikan participated in the Southeast Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition on Feb. 15.

Pets of the week
Kelo is one of two female ferrets at the shelter who is very playful as well as friendly with people. Among the many companion pets at the shelter is Chelsea, a delightful one-year-old black spayed female dwarf bunny.

Hall Talk: Do you look at your kids before school?
Teenagers wearing baggy pants that show undergarments, spandex-tight clothing, and shirts so short they reveal more than just the bellybutton. Where are we, in a nightclub? I don't think so. These are the kids that walk the halls in schools all over the country. Reality check people! Do you look at your kids before you send them off to school?

Helen Marie Peters
Longtime Southeast Alaska resident Helen Marie Peters, 95, died Saturday, March 8, 2003, in Sitka.

Beverly Jane 'Bev' Fry
Former Juneau resident Beverly Jane Fry, 66, died Feb. 10, 2003, in Olympia, Wash., after a battle with cancer.

My Turn: Bigger prisons not the answer
It is clear to me that on a national scale we have failed at criminal punishment and the refurbishment of those human beings who cannot live within the parameters of this society. It just takes a casual look at the statistics or a quick listen to the news media to get a general idea of the magnitude of this failure.

My Turn: Education and poverty - another look
Data on state benchmark tests reveal "students who are living in poverty," (poverty is defined as families who have lived in poverty for two or more generations with an annual income of $14,368 or less,) are the population of students who are not doing well in our schools. This same data reveals that Alaska Native students who do not live in poverty, when compared to Caucasian students, showed no differences in achievement levels.

Haines girls notch first region win of season to open tourney
KETCHIKAN - The Haines High School girls basketball team spent a day and a half on a state ferry to get to the region tourney, then continued cruising to win its first region game of the year. The Glacier Bears rallied from five points down at halftime to knock off the Metlakatla Misschiefs, 55-46, on Wednesday in the opening game of the Region V-Class 3A tournament at Ketchikan High School. The big win came under trying circumstances.

Iditarod: Now it's a race
WHITE MOUNTAIN - Norway's Robert Sørlie fought off a spirited challenge from musher Ramy Brooks of Healy, retaking the lead early today in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Sørlie was the first musher into the White Mountain checkpoint, where teams are required to take an eight-hour layover before the 77-mile run to Nome. Sørlie arrived in White Mountain at 7:45 a.m. Brooks arrived at 9:16 a.m.

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

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

Juneau girls ready to soak up a region title
KETCHIKAN - Great games, loud crowds and loads of school spirit. Renewing old acquaintances and making new friends. The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team is looking forward to soaking in the whole region tournament experience this weekend in Ketchikan as the Crimson Bears seek to defend their Region V-Class 4A and Southeast titles.

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.

Norwegian 'rookie' makes his country proud
OSLO, Norway - Focusing on speed and breaking records, Norwegian firefighter Robert Sørlie made his country proud by becoming the first Norwegian to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. "They're not prepared for this," Christian Engelschjoen, Sørlie's friend and neighbor, said today about the way newspapers and television stations have covered Sørlie.

Region V and State Basketball Champions
Here is a list of the previous Southeast and Alaska high school basketball champions. The Southeast champions listed are the region's champions up until 1984, when the schools were split into separate size classifications.

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.

James gets a second chance to turn Heat up on Cavs
CLEVELAND - Mike James hoped for another chance, and Ricky Davis gave him three. James, who missed a pair of free throws with 25.9 seconds remaining, made two with 0.4 seconds left after being fouled by Davis to lead the Miami Heat to a 77-75 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Wrangell boys upset Mount Edgecumbe
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team has played 22 games this season, eight against Region V-Class 4A teams. But this is the time of the year when those past games don't mean a thing, even though the Crimson Bears posted records of 15-7 overall and 7-1 in region to win the regular-season region title.

Metlakatla boys twice knock off Ketchikan
Is it considered an upset if the underdog team wins twice? The Class 3A Metlakatla boys basketball team swept a two-game nonconference series from the Class 4A Ketchikan Kings last weekend to close out the regular-season schedule for both teams. The Chiefs won 70-61 on Friday in Metlakatla, then won again 62-56 Saturday in Ketchikan.

Region V tournament opens with Class 3A action today
Four of the Region V-Class 3A boys teams have earned votes in the state's basketball poll this year, but after this weekend only two of them will have a chance to play for a state title. The Craig Panthers, Petersburg Vikings, Mount Edgecumbe Braves and Metlakatla Chiefs have picked up poll votes this season, and last year the Wrangell Wolves were ranked as high as No. 2 in the state.

Sørlie, for sure
NOME - Norwegian musher Robert Sørlie won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, fighting wind and cold toward the finish of his more than nine-day trek. The 45-year-old firefighter waved to hundreds of cheering spectators on Front Street early today as he led his eight-dog team to victory at 1:47 a.m. He finished ahead of Ramy Brooks of Healy and three-time Iditarod champion Jeff King of Denali Park. Brooks arrived in Nome at 3:37 a.m. and King crossed the finish line at 9:17 a.m.

The season comes down to one game
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team has played 22 games this season, eight against Region V-Class 4A teams. But this is the time of the year when those past games don't mean a thing, even though the Crimson Bears posted records of 15-7 overall and 7-1 in region to win the regular-season region title.

Bush close to winning on ANWR drilling
WASHINGTON - Soaring energy prices and the precarious nature of Persian Gulf oil are boosting the chances Congress will approve oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A showdown is nearing in the Senate on whether to allow drilling in the refuge's coastal plain, one of the Bush administration's top domestic priorities, and both sides say the outcome could hinge on a single vote.

Budget raises intertie concerns
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Frank Murkowski's budget would pull out a major financial underpinning of the proposed Anchorage-Kenai electrical intertie by taking back $27 million in interest that's accrued over the past decade on a grant for the project.

Search turns up no trace of brothers aged 8 and 5
ANCHORAGE - A search of a South Anchorage neighborhood has failed to turn up any sign of two young brothers who disappeared Monday, law enforcement authorities said. Malcolm Johnson, 8, and Isaiah Johnson, 5, were last seen between 6 and 7 p.m. Monday walking along the street near their home.

Plaintiffs' attorneys challenge Trident documents
ANCHORAGE - Attorneys in a price-fixing lawsuit argued Wednesday about documents showing a processor of Bristol Bay sockeye salmon made slim profits on 220 million pounds of fish. Trident Seafoods calculated that fishermen from 1989 through 1995 earned an average of 53 cents a pound on frozen sockeye sold in Japan, compared to a 7-cent-a-pound profit for the company.

Fierce wind storm causes damage, fans wildfires
ANCHORAGE - North winds gusting to more than 70 mph roared through Southcentral Alaska late Wednesday and early today, spinning debris through the air, knocking out power, damaging buildings and fanning wildfires in Palmer and Anchor Point. In Palmer, firefighters were battling a wind-fanned brush fire near the Alaska State Fair grounds. The fire destroyed at least one building and forced the closure of the Glenn Highway for a time after flames leaped the highway.

Room and board could come out of remote workers' pay
Fish plant workers in remote parts of the state could get smaller paychecks under a rule change proposed by the Murkowski administration. The regulation change would let remote fish and other plants deduct room and board, even if that brings workers' pay below the state's minimum wage. Former Gov. Tony Knowles, a Democrat, vetoed a bill that had a similar effect last year.

Game Board backs wolf, bear control near McGrath
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Game voted unanimously Wednesday to kill wolves and move brown and black bears from a 520-square mile area near McGrath. A final decision on the predator control plan will come from the acting commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game and Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Herbert River land grant approved by the state Senate
Federal funding intended to help the city of Juneau purchase woods and wetlands near the Herbert River was added back into a supplemental spending bill Wednesday in the state Senate. The bill passed today. The U.S. Department of Interior Coastal Wetlands Grant totals $553,000 and was obtained by the Southeast Alaska Land Trust and other local conservation groups to help turn the 148 acres near the Herbert River into public land.

Lawmakers examine transportation taxes
The Murkowski administration made its case for increased taxes on gasoline and studded tires in the House and Senate Transportation Committees on Tuesday. The gas tax would increase from 8 cents to 20 cents per gallon, and the studded tire tax would institute a $10 surcharge on every studded tire purchased in the state.

Game board rejects bear, wolf hunts in Chugach park
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Game has turned down proposals to allow hunting of brown bears and wolves in Chugach State Park. Game board members said more people like to watch wildlife than hunt in the park, which is in Anchorage's back yard. The board also voted down three other proposals Wednesday to expand sheep hunting. Members said the hunts were too controversial.

Kenai holds tourism summit
KENAI - About 50 people gathered for a summit last week to discuss ways of making the Kenai Peninsula more of a tourist destination. Participants at the summit Friday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center agreed that a top concern was marketing the peninsula as a tourist destination apart from Anchorage.

Business fee hike hits snag in committee
A plan by Gov. Frank Murkowski to increase the state's business license fee from $25 to $200 a year was met with skepticism by some Republican lawmakers Wednesday. The fee is collected every two years, raising the amount paid from $50 to $400. Edgar Blatchford, commissioner for the Department of Community and Economic Development, said the fee increase would generate about $8.5 million for the state general fund, which is used to pay for state services.

Fish and Game: Domestic processors will handle most of 2003 pink salmon run
Domestic fish processors say they can handle this year's pink salmon runs in Southeast, Prince William Sound and Kodiak - the areas in which foreign processors have expressed interest - according to a capacity survey released today by the Department of Fish and Game. According to the survey, plants in Southeast intend to process 70 million pink salmon. Fish and Game is predicting a Southeast harvest of between 32 million and 55 million fish.

State Briefs
Still no sign of missing Anchorage brothers; Sen. Ted Stevens fights cuts to essential air service; Body found near Resurrection Trail identified; Boy killed in vehicle collision with moose; Stock designation may cost fishing area

State Briefs
Women of Distinction dinner will be held this weekend; NYC-based artist speaks tonight; Tobacco law training offered; Salvation Army buys Anchorage property to consolidate services; Kenai equips police cars with cameras

U.S. attorney opens Alaska Airlines probe
SEATTLE - Federal authorities have reopened a criminal investigation into the January 2000 crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, the airline's parent company disclosed Wednesday. Alaska Air Group, based in Seattle, made the disclosure in its annual financial report, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Southeast's next city?
Gustavus is giving incorporation another try. Community members filed a petition with the state to form a second-class city in January, launching a public process that will span months. The town, which is unincorporated, is about 48 miles northwest of Juneau at the entrance to Glacier Bay National Park.

Movies where and when
"Daredevil," (PG-13) ends Thursday, March 13, final show at 7:30 p.m. at Glacier Cinemas.

What's Happening
"Winesburg: Small Town Life," presented by Perseverance Theatre, pay-as-you-can at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, opens at 8 p.m. Friday, March 14, shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays at Perseverance Theatre.

History grant applications available
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas City Museum has applications available for students, teachers, organizations and individuals of all ages seeking grants of up to $1,000 for projects that will document, preserve or improve access to the history of the greater Juneau area.

Winesburg: A Small Town Epic
Like a Norman Rockwell vision of a small Midwestern town in the 1920s, in "Winesburg: Small Town Life," the hollyhocks grow tall and the paint peels from the shingled homes, young couples stroll through the graveyard at sunset and men debate politics over checkers at the corner bar. Hidden beneath this exterior, however, townspeople conceal broken hearts, private madness and unrealized dreams.

Best Bets: Should we stay or should we go?
My grandmother, who lived in Alaska for 40 years, was buried in a grassy cemetery in downtown Anchorage in late August 1999. I was 20. I still remember looking out at the Chugach Range as the machine lowered the oak coffin into the earth and promising that I would make my life in Alaska. Someday, I decided, I too would be buried in the family plot.

Student symphony spring concert planned
JUNEAU - The Juneau Student Symphony will present its free Spring Concert at 4:30 Sunday, March 16, in the commons at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Kevin Kuhlke Q & A
"Winesburg: Small Town Life" was completed during Kevin Kuhlke's two-year residency at Perseverance Theatre. Kuhlke, 45, is the chairman of the Drama Department and master teacher of acting and directing at the Experimental Theatre Wing at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. "Winesburg," based on a collection of stories by Sherwood Anderson, is Kuhlke's first play.

Pacific Rim, Asia Forum at UAS
The Juneau World Affairs Council is sponsoring a forum on Asian and Pacific Rim Issues on Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15at the University if Alaska Southeast.

Juneau Dance Unlimited offers bellydance
Juneau Dance Unlimited is currently offering American Tribal Style Bellydancing classes from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday nights at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple.

Juneau Opera sponsors concert, voice and piano master classes
JUNEAU - The Juneau Lyric Opera is sponsoring two performances by Canadian mezzo-soprano Christine Antenbring and pianist Mikhail Hallack at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15 and Saturday March 22 at Aldersgate Methodist Church. Antenbring and Hallack will also teach master classes.

Arts gala for the charter school
The Juneau Community Charter School will host a kid-friendly fund-raising gala beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Performances begin at 7 p.m. The performer lineup will include the Juneau Community Charter School violinists, The Wild Rumpus Clown Theatre, the Juneau Pride Chorus, storyteller Gene Tagaban, and a piano and trumpet concerto performed by Rick Trostel and Lorrie Heagy.

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