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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Wolves: A deadly threat
This is in response to the wolf issue on Douglas Island. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates there are nearly 10,000 wolves in Alaska, which is at or near a historical high. Wolves can wipe out entire populations of animals, as seen in McGrath with moose, for food or entertainment. When not hungry, they tear tongues or haunches out of animals and slowly let them die for nothing better to do.
Tlingit classroom registration opens; Delegation wins business kudos; Young declines resource chairmanship; Hazardous waste date moves
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.
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.
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.
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:
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.
In an article Tuesday about University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Linda McCarriston's poem was published in a University of Alaska Anchorage quarterly. The poem was published in the independent journal Ice-Floe.
Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:
Getting rid of junkers to get more expensive
Juneau's methods of dealing with the annual crop of junked cars are not keeping up with the problem, city environmental and zoning inspector Dan Garcia told the Juneau Assembly Finance Committee on Tuesday.
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.
Photo: A hard-fought win
Metlakatla's Willie Taylor goes high for a layup during Wednesday's game against Petersburg in the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium. Metlakatla won the game 55-53.
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.
School Board hears student banner case
In a Juneau School Board hearing lasting more than four hours Wednesday evening, attorneys and witnesses for Juneau-Douglas High School senior Joseph Frederick and the Juneau School District painted two very different pictures of the student and the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner he held at January's Olympic Torch Relay.
Gun club plans Cowboy Shoot; Traps need tags near Interior houses
City moves to refigure business property tax
The Juneau Assembly's Finance Committee, after hearing from concerned businesses, Tuesday agreed the city needs a "more acceptable" formula for taxing business personal property.
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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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
Greg John Conrad
Juneau resident Greg John Conrad, 49, died March 2, 2002, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle.
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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.
My Turn: Can Alaska break out of Wonderland?
After spending most of his life here, Bengt remains very interested in Alaska even though he now lives in Minnesota. I told him about our Legislature and finances. He asked if we were planning to raise our income tax. I told him that we don't have an income tax any more. He said: "Are they going to raise the sales tax?" I told him we don't have a sales tax either. He asked if we were trying to raise revenue by a state lottery. I told him we don't have that either.
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.
My Turn: J-Bird controversy offers powerful civics lesson
As the mother of the managing editor of the high school newspaper, the J-Bird, I read this publication as soon as it comes out each month. It gives me a view into my son's world - and I usually get a few laughs out of it, too. However, I was not amused by the column entitled "Wolves Beaten Like Old Rug." I questioned my son: Who wrote the column? Why? Why didn't you and the faculty advisor request him to rewrite it, or just leave it out of the paper altogether?
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: 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.
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My Turn: History threatens to repeat with missile defense
Missile defense in Alaska is off and running, well ahead of common sense. The Army Corps of Engineers met with salivating contractors in Fairbanks last month, each prepared to bid on the National Missile Defense deployment at Fort Greely. Hundreds of billions of dollars will be poured into this black hole.
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.
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.
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.
Iditarod champion takes citizenship oath in Nome
NOME -- Iditarod champion Martin Buser took the oath of citizenship Wednesday from a judge in a parka and a polar bear hat at the finish line of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The ceremony was held one day after Buser won the 1,100-mile race from Anchorage to Nome in record time.
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Jonrowe struggles with sick dog, finishes 16th
NOME -- While the crowds in Nome cheered Martin Buser's record victory in the 30th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, another well-known and veteran musher was struggling with a sick dog and desperately trying to hang on to a top-20 finish.
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.
Haines girls learn patience in win
Playing the first game of the Region V-Class 3A tournament, both the Haines and Wrangell high school girls basketball teams had bad cases of the jitters when they hit the court Wednesday afternoon at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.
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.
Alaska State Basketbal 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.
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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.
Chiefs hold off Vikings, 55-53
The Region V-Class 3A boys basketball tournament tipped off Wednesday at the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium with a pair of first-round games that were very different.
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.
Plane makes a belly flop at Fairbanks International
FAIRBANKS - A small commercial plane touched down with its landing gear up Wednesday at Fairbanks International Airport. The flawed landing occurred without warning.
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.
Panel approves sales tax
Revenue-raising measures to close the state's fiscal gap inched forward this morning, even as Alaskans continued to testify overwhelmingly against budget cuts being considered by the House Finance Committee. The House State Affairs Committee approved a bill to impose a 3 percent state sales tax, contingent upon no increase in the state general fund for fiscal year 2003. It would raise an estimated $250 million to $300 million a year.
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.
Game board gives OK to adult-child hunt for moose
FAIRBANKS - The state Board of Game has taken the unprecedented step of establishing a drawing permit for adult-child pairs of hunters on 2,800 acres of the Delta Junction Bison Range. Hunters will be required to wear vivid orange safety vests to stand out during the hunts southeast of Fairbanks.
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.
Vet forms uncommon bond with eagles
ANCHORAGE - Crippled by an amputated wing, caged for 13 years, the eagle's predator eyes warn visitors he is still a wild creature. One Wing, a bald eagle that barely survived the Exxon Valdez oil spill, lives with his mate, The Old Witch, in a big outdoor bird run on Fort Richardson. The pair remain captives because neither can fly and releasing them would be a death sentence.
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.
Bill targets court spill ruling; Outdoors taxes produce millions; Peace Corps bill passes House; Fish council nominee named; New trial set for baby-shaking; Earthquake strikes east of Adak; Board puts off wolf decision
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.
ANWR oil could cut U.S. need slightly
ANCHORAGE - Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling likely would reduce America's dependence on foreign oil in 2020 from 62 percent to 60 percent, according to a U.S. Department of Energy report.
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
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.
Bach on the balalaika
Classically trained but firmly rooted in folk music, Trio Voronezh has played on Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio and in the concert halls of classical music festivals. "They're great musicians. That's apparent from the first note, the first chords that come out of their instruments," said violinist Linda Rosenthal, who heard Trio Voronezh perform in Juneau four years ago.
Movies Where & When
"Grateful Dawg," 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and 4, 7, and 9 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Goldtown Nickelodeon in the Emporium Mall.
Best Bets: History lessons on civil rights to Jerry Garcia
America's very first anti-discrimination bill was passed right here in Juneau in 1945. I just learned that from the "Portraits and Neighbors" exhibit at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. The museum is featuring a small show of paintings and photographs of Juneau folks. It includes weathered faces, younger versions of familiar faces and some of the stories behind the artists.
'Breeks' engaging, literary and accessible
My typical preparation for a review involves reading the play once if not twice, reading the playwright's biography if available, researching her body of work and any past reviews I can dig up. I often stage "unfair" productions in my head - unfair, because I'm not constrained by a budget like Perseverance is - and decide which scenes need to be cut, if necessary, and what my vision of the play will be.
Juneau Student Symphony performs
JUNEAU - The 35 members of the Juneau Student Symphony will feature the music of Telemann, Dvorak and Haydn in a free concert at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Dzantik'i Heeni commons.
Sci-fi musical: mystery mixed with rock 'n' roll
W ith a blast of rockets, geologist Desiree Lear and mine owner Trevor Braiden leave Earth for the mining post of Volitar. Awaiting them on the mineralrich planet are romance, murder and lots of rock 'n' roll.
Women of Juneau photos exhibited
JUNEAU - Juneau women are celebrated in the Juneau-Douglas City Museum's new exhibit, "Pioneers and Neighbors, Portraits from the Permanent Collection." The display includes portraits of Elizabeth Peratrovich and her daughter Loretta, Dale De Armond, Francis Davis and Cecilia Kunz.
Performing 'Winter' for spring gala
W ednesday marks the first day of spring. Beethoven's "Spring" and Vivaldi's "Winter" will be featured at a concert Saturday evening at the cusp of the two seasons. Musicians with the Juneau Symphony, singers from the community and music students from the Juneau Community Charter School will perform the "Spring for the Arts Gala" concert at 7:30 Saturday evening to benefit the school.
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