Business profile: Stephanie Allison
Title: Certified Public Accountant

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."

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.

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.

1984 all over again
In George Orwell's book, "1984," the government of Big Brother created a language, "doublespeak," to explain and legitimize any of its actions. "War is peace" is one example.

About 'drivel'
In perusing such venues for public commentary as the Letters to the Editor section of the newspaper, I am often struck by the seeming dearth of political knowledge in the population. This was driven home with particular clarity as I digested "Democrats playing games," a somewhat prosaic fulmination aimed at those "peaceniks" still hoping for some solution other than war in Iraq.

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.

Legislative blather
I just caught the end of Con Bunde's committee on pulltab sales and the extra tax to be added to tab sales. The Legislature always compares Alaska to other states when trying to impose new taxes. Per capita is their way of comparing us to them.

Lobby law with teeth
It's truly reprehensible for this state's chambers of commerce to be asking for relaxation of the lobbying rules, but certainly not unexpected. For campaign law reform concerning lobbyists to be effective, here's a suggestion for a lobbying law that might be more appropriate.

Get off the boat
Geoff Brandt's letters of March 4 and 12 make some very important points that are hard to argue against. Let's face it. Trees are a renewable resource and could be an important source of much-needed revenues for not only the families that make a living in the logging industry but also for the community and state coffers as well.

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.

There are many options for diplomacy
As the United States careers toward war, the rest of the world is planning and building an infrastructure of peace and justice. The new International Criminal Court (ICC) is swearing in judges in The Hague. The United Nations inspections team is slowly but surely destroying Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

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

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.

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.

This Day in History
Plans were announced for a second group of Detroit residents to travel to Alaska to create a "Little Michigan" in Alaska. According to their leader, they had plans to "move the mountains and spill the glaciers."

Rice likes the ice
The blades of Randy Rice's skates cut soundlessly into the ice at the Treadwell Arena. He weaves gracefully through the whirl of skaters, gliding on one skate, then the other, now forward, now backward. He does a small hop and lands on his right foot, going into a tight spin for a few revolutions before he trips slightly and stops. "Old knees," he said with a grin.

Due to a photographer's error, the caption on a page 1 photo in Thursday's Empire misspelled the name of Mark Stopha.

Juneau expands its bear problem areas
The city is expanding the boundaries of four "bear problem areas" in an effort to keep bears out of garbage-filled Dumpsters. Acting City Manager Donna Pierce issued new boundaries for the four existing bear problem areas on Thursday. Dumpsters in such areas need to have a metal lid or be placed behind a barrier to keep bears out.

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.

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

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 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.

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

Man sentenced to prison for beating Juneau woman
A man with more than 40 convictions will be out of prison in less than a year partly because his latest victim was drunk when he beat her, prosecutors said. Larry Rieger, 45, pleaded guilty Thursday to a fourth-degree assault charge, a misdemeanor, in Juneau Superior Court.

City digs out from storm
A day after a storm that dumped nearly 20 inches of snow on some parts of Juneau, airline flight schedules are back to normal, roads are plowed and avalanche danger has decreased, officials said this morning. Thursday's storm, which brought heavy snow and rain as well as gusting winds to communities from Ketchikan to Haines, paralyzed air travel, delayed school buses, caused events and meetings to be canceled, and raised concerns about avalanches.

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

Old number nine
I love numbers and looking for patterns. I search for them in my own life. I bid a variation of pi on my first house a few years back because I needed to start somewhere and a piece of the pi seemed like a perfectly, irrational, non-terminating, non-repeating significant place to start.

A bounty of fresh halibut in Alaska
Wow! The opening price for halibut was $3 a pound and up. In Homer and Seward some sales went to $3.25. The season opened March 1 and will last until Nov. 15. This is a quota fishery, meaning fishermen can catch fish anytime during the year, when they want, and when they think the market will be best. Each fisherman has a certain number of pounds that can be caught. The price will probably level out, after the initial frenzy of buying at $2.30-2.70 a pound.

Thank you
...for the hard work; ...for the support.

Eriksen named February Rotary student of the month
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Christina Eriksen was selected as February Student of the Month by the Glacier Valley Rotary Club. Eriksen's high school activities have included Student Council, Students for Social Responsibility and Key Club. She has served as National Honor Society president; captain of the Debate Team; Student Council representative to the Mayor's Task Force on Youth; and Link Crew leader for freshman orientation.

Photo: Ati-Athi Celebration
Nelda Stewart,i n the head dress, visited Patti Janicek's Auke Bay Elementary School first-grade class to teach them about the Ati-Athi Celebration that takes place in the Philippines in January.

Photo: Chilkat sunset
The sun sets behind the Chilkat Mountain Range on Wednesday. The clouds were part of the weather front that brought a dumping of snow.

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

My Turn: Fish, wildlife deserve protection
The governor's executive order eliminating ADF&G's Habitat Division is likely to have unintended and unfortunate consequences. The Legislature should stop the move; at least until there can be an objective analysis of the program and how to address any real shortcomings.

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.

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

Douville leads Craig to another state tourney berth
KETCHIKAN - When Ketchikan's Anne Elliott went out, her teammates stepped up. The standout senior player was sidelined with foul trouble for a portion of Thursday's Region V-Class 4A girls tournament game against the Sitka Wolves, but several of the Kings' younger players filled in on offense to lead the Kings to a 55-41 victory at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.

Spring Tennis and Racquetball Tourney
Final results from the 2003 Well's Fargo Spring Tennis and Racquetball Tournament held March 7-10 at the Mendenhall Valley location of JRC/The Alaska Club.

Juneau hoop teams arrive in Ketchikan, but luggage doesn't
KETCHIKAN - The Juneau-Douglas boys and girls basketball teams finally made it to Ketchikan on Thursday afternoon. Their luggage didn't. The Crimson Bears were originally scheduled to leave Juneau on an early-morning flight Thursday, but it was canceled due to the snow.

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.

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.

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.

Juneau Coed Volleyball
The standings from the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's coed volleyball leagues through matches of March 9.

Teammates step up when Ketchikan's Elliott goes out
KETCHIKAN - When Ketchikan's Anne Elliott went out, her teammates stepped up. The standout senior player was sidelined with foul trouble for a portion of Thursday's Region V-Class 4A girls tournament game against the Sitka Wolves, but several of the Kings' younger players filled in on offense to lead the Kings to a 55-41 victory at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.

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.

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

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.

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.

Mushers make their way to Nome
NOME - One day after Robert Sørlie of Hurdal, Norway, claimed victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, mushers continued to make their way to Nome. By midmorning today, 18 teams had crossed the finish line. Among the top teams, John Baker of Kotzebue reached Nome at 5:33 p.m. Thursday to claim 8th place. Ed Iten of Kotzebue finished at 9:07 p.m. to claim ninth place and Sonny Lindner of Fairbanks reached Nome at 10:18 p.m. in 10th place.

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 Winners
The past winners of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, the 1,150-mile race from Anchorage to Nome. Winning mushers are listed with their times in days, hours, minutes and seconds.

Strong fourth quarter lifts Ketchikan boys
KETCHIKAN - When the Ketchikan boys basketball team found itself trailing the Sitka Wolves after three quarters of Thursday's Region V-Class 4A boys tournament opener, Kings senior Calin Bjur dredged up some bad memories. Two years ago, Bjur and Ketchikan were knocked out of the tourney in the opening game by the Wolves, and Bjur remembered what that felt like. "I didn't want to do that again," he said.

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.

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.

Beating the pulltab odds
Gov. Frank Murkowski's plan to raise taxes on charitable gaming would result in fewer winners at pulltab parlors across the state. Senate Bill 102, submitted by the Murkowski administration, would cap the percentage of winning tickets at 72 percent. The percentage of prize payouts now is closer to 80 percent.

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

Senate approves supplemental budget with lobbying funds
A $71.8 million supplemental spending bill to fund natural disaster relief, as well as pay for lobbying Congress to open the arctic refuge to oil exploration, was approved Thursday by the Senate. The spending bill includes $19 million to pay for the past fire season and another $10.7 million for earthquake, flooding and storm damages.v

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.

Trident exec says he knew of no agreement to cut fish prices
ANCHORAGE - A processing company executive said Thursday that he knew of no agreements between processors and importers to reduce prices to fishermen for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. Bart Eaton, a commercial fisherman and Trident Seafoods' executive vice president, also said he couldn't imagine that Chuck Bundrant, the president of Trident, would ever have participated in price fixing.

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.

Anchorage hospital trims 60 jobs
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Regional Hospital is cutting nearly 60 jobs, citing lower-than-expected patient volume. About 30 employees chose to leave their jobs and receive severance packages, which include a cash payment and the option to continue health insurance coverage, said Ed Lamb, the hospital's chief executive officer.

Leman: Murkowski committed to working with rural leaders
FAIRBANKS - Alaska's lieutenant governor told Native leaders in the Interior that Gov. Frank Murkowski is committed to working with rural Alaska and resolving the subsistence issue. Lt. Gov. Loren Leman, speaking before delegates from more than 40 villages, said the governor also is committed to working with rural Alaska to strengthen families and improve education, economic opportunities and resource development.

State Briefs
Puppy rescued, revived in Ketchikan; Celebrate St. Patrick's Day; House panel cuts community schools; Treadwell Arena skate times altered; Game Board proposes land-and-shoot hunting of wolves

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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