Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Small businesses face financial obstacles
I am wondering if the present state administration is aware of what it takes to run a small business in rural Alaska. Here in the real world of rural Alaska where you have to make ends meet without any government assistance, big expense accounts, etc., it can be quite a challenge.

Reconciliation message
When I was in Washington last November I had the opportunity to hear a member of a group called 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows speak about healing from the grief of death of a loved one through the power of reconciliation.

Heartened by Small
I would like to express my appreciation for Ms. Small's letter (Empire, March 17). She was able to put into words exactly what I have felt, but been too frustrated to express in any way that would be acceptable to print in this paper.

The full timber story
The Mackovjak letter of March 6 suggests a lack of understanding of the forest industry. Perhaps Mr. Mackovjak would have a different opinion of Sealaska Corp., if he understood forestry issues.

Simple enough
User fees are more fair to everyone rather than having all pay for the conveniences of a few. The whole idea of taxing is to fund what benefits all. I have no problem paying for the luxury in which I indulge. I'm rather apprehensive, however, about paying for yours. There is a lack of equity in the idea of having government programs subsidize the choices of a few. Yes, choices. It's not like anyone is trying to exclude persons due to handicaps or other circumstances beyond an individual's control. Thus, responsible taxes. But, if you don't need it and you want it then you pay for it.

Eva's small world
I'm hoping Eva Small could explain how launching thousands of cruise missiles toward Baghdad, killing horrific numbers of civilians, and causing a humanitarian catastrophe that will be felt for generations, will, as she puts it, "make the world truly a more peaceful place." Whose world is she referring to? Certainly not ours.

More wars to follow from culture of fear
In his My Turn column on March 16, Ed Hein stated, "I suspect the Iraq war will be just the first of many wars that our country will initiate." Indeed, speaking at the Azores Summit last weekend, President Bush proudly refers to a war with Iraq as "the first war of the 21st century."

Longevity's limits
Hey, Governor, hasn't anyone informed you that senior Alaskans are dying daily, helping you attain your budget goal?

Reach out to others who disagree with you
I just wanted to let folks know that after our exchange in the Empire a while back, Richard Schmitz and I met for coffee. I had fun. We discovered that we both grew up on the East Coast, we like the way people back there drink plain old coffee and are satisfied (I had a latte, he had a mocha... ), and we miss the mixed hardwood forests of that region.

Woman and son burned out of van home
A woman and her son were burned out of their van and makeshift home over the weekend when the engine compartment caught fire.

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

Assembly selects Swope as manager
The Juneau Assembly decided this morning to offer former Assembly member Rod Swope the job of city manager. After nearly three hours of discussion this morning, the Assembly unanimously voted to offer Swope the position because of his experience and background in Juneau, Mayor Sally Smith said. "We thought he had strong management skills from his time with the state and knowledge of local issues," she said. "We felt he could navigate well and objectively. He just stood out."

This Day in History
In 1959, 56 lobbyists were registered in Juneau for the 1st State Legislative session. A "long session" of 70 days was predicted.

Police & Fire
Reports by Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Juneau taxi driver severely beaten, robbed, left bleeding
Police are searching for a suspect or suspects today who severely beat and robbed a taxi driver before stealing his cab and leaving him bleeding on the ground. A man, 45, who drives for Cabco and whose name was not released, was found by a passerby around 10:30 p.m. Monday in the Jordan Creek Center area. He was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital where he was treated for a closed-head injury and general trauma to his head and face, said Marijo Toner, hospital spokeswoman.

Riley resigns as director of Southeast United Way
Citing a changing world that prompted her to reconsider her priorities, Marsha Riley has submitted her resignation as executive director of the United Way of Southeast Alaska to return to New Mexico where her children and grandchildren live. Riley has been in the top position for the social service clearinghouse for more than two and one half years. She moved to Juneau in 2000 after serving as executive director of the United Way for Lee County, N.M.

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

Ready at the front: Juneau residents serve
Michelle Fenumia'i hasn't heard from her husband in three weeks, so she and her 5-year-old daughter Devan must content themselves with photos of Army Sgt. Lui Fenumia'i shaving in the Kuwaiti desert and posing in camouflage with members of his squad. As far as Lisa Viteri knows, her son Spc. Michael Moniak is in the Kuwaiti desert, although she hasn't heard from him since Feb. 27. Spc. Lester Hunt Jr.'s mother Margaret said her son is with the Airborne Infantry in Italy awaiting orders to ship to the Persian Gulf, as is Gloria Cox's nephew, Jesse, an Army mechanic stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. And Pvt. Patrick Wheaton, the son of Pat and Harvey Wheaton, is stationed in Fort Polk, La., and preparing for deployment to Iraq.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Dennis Wayne Reeves
Former Juneau resident Dennis Wayne Reeves, 55, died March 4, 2003, in Anchorage.

Opal 'Bonnie' Eichman
Former Juneau resident Opal "Bonnie" Eichman, 92, died March 4, 2003, in Sequim, Wash.

Ronald David Gleaton
Juneau resident Ronald David Gleaton, 53, died March 14, 2003, in Seattle.

My Turn: Independent public library advisory board is needed now
Controversy continues to stalk the Juneau libraries' display case policy. The latest revision (Feb. 5) by Library Director Carol McCabe of her "no-public access" policy is still unacceptable. Ms. McCabe wishes to maintain the two prominent hallway display cases for library exhibits only.

My Turn: Peace marches bring questions
After watching the peace marches around the country, I have come to the conclusion that this is not a movement for peace, but rather a chance to spew hatred against the Bush administration and the principles it stands for. To those of you speaking out against the war in Iraq, where were you in 1998 when Bill Clinton ordered air strikes against Iraq? Where were you when Clinton prodded NATO to bomb Yugoslavia? Where were you when he ordered U.S. troops to Somalia and Haiti? If you were consistent peace lovers you would have been marching during the Clinton administration also.

My Turn: Right thing done the wrong way
Regardless of the consequences that result from the impending war, the U.S. has suffered and will continue to suffer because of the way in which this war came about. The Bush administration should be held accountable for the damage that it has done to the United States' historic reputation for truth, tolerance and reasonableness.

Tompkins shines at Eastern Regionals
Juneau monoskier Joe Tompkins posted four strong finishes last weekend during the Eastern Regional Disabled Ski Championships at Waterville Valley, N.H., giving him plenty of confidence for the upcoming U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Championships later this month.

Photo: Juneau hockey tournament
Lacey Ingalls, right, of the Juneau Code Red team, leads teammate Willie Dahl, left, on a breakaway during a game Saturday in the Juneau Old-Timers International Invitational, the first hockey tournament at the new Treadwell Arena. Ingalls and Dahl were playing with age exemptions for the age 32 and older event so they could join their parents on the ice. The Juneau Aces won the tournament with a 3-2 victory over Anchorage on Sunday.

Cavs' Davis tries to give himself triple-double
Ricky Davis needed one rebound for a triple-double, and he wanted to do something bold and absurd to get it. After Utah's Scott Padgett scored with 6 seconds left, Davis took an inbounds pass and was ready to attempt a shot at the wrong basket to get his 10th rebound.

Hughes sets state record in NW meet
Paul Hughes of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club paid a small price to set an Alaska Swimming record in the 200-yard breaststroke last weekend. Hughes, a sophomore at Juneau-Douglas High School, was one of two Glacier Swim Club swimmers to compete in the USA Swimming Northwest Sectional Senior Championships that took place March 11-16 in Federal Way, Wash. JDHS senior Jake Kreuzenstein was the other GSC swimmer at the meet, which featured about 800 of the West Coast's top swimmers.

Five Crimson Bear cagers named to all-region squad
Five Juneau-Douglas High School basketball players were named to the All-Region V-Class 4A Teams last weekend at the Region V-Class 3A/4A tournament in Ketchikan. Seniors Joe Ayers, Bryan Hamey and Byron Wild from the boys team and seniors Danielle Larson and Amy Neussl of the girls squad were named to their respective all-region teams.

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

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Flannagan's Run
Results from the Southeast Road Runners club's 20th annual Flannagan's Run, held Saturday in Douglas. There were 1-mile and 5-mile courses, with the 5-mile course being for runners age 14-older only.

In hockey heaven
For more than a decade, pond hockey teams from Juneau would head north for an annual old-timers tournament in Haines Junction, Yukon Territory. The Haines Junction tournament was one of the few times each year the Juneau players got to play at an indoor ice rink, and they even won the tournament in 2000. Before the Juneau players returned home, they always promised to host the next tournament.

UAF wins NCAA rifle championship
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks won the NCAA rifle championship Saturday, the fifth straight for the Nanooks and sixth overall. UAF set records for smallbore competition and aggregate scores at West Point, N.Y. The Nanooks are now within one championship of tying West Virginia's string of six straight national titles from 1988-1993.

Region's 2A teams ready for tourney
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls basketball teams may be up in Anchorage this weekend playing in the Class 4A state tournament. But that doesn't mean the JDHS main gym won't see some intense high school basketball games. Dozens of players from the smaller schools around Southeast Alaska will converge on Juneau for the Region V-Class 2A tournament this Thursday through Saturday at JDHS. The top two boys teams and top two girls teams will earn spots at the Class 2A state tournament March 27-29 at Anchorage's Service High School.

Iditarod Briefs
Jonrowe, Boulding honored as inspirational by fellow Iditarod racers; Dog dies in Iditarod near White Mountain

Fisheries bycatch plan under fire
Environmental groups are criticizing federal regulators for a new national strategy for reducing the dumping of unwanted fish, sea mammals and other creatures in the nation's commercial fisheries.

Photo: Pet reindeer
Carl Emmons drives down Nome's Front Street on Saturday with his pet reindeer Velvet Eyes in the back of his truck. The local plumber adopted the orphaned reindeer, which he jokingly claims thinks she is a dog, from a herd in White Mountain.

Police identify body found near Anchorage port
Anchorage police have identified the woman found dead near the Anchorage port Friday morning.

Senate votes to reroute trails money to roads
Trail improvements and roadside projects would lose funding to road construction and maintenance under a bill passed in the Senate on Monday. Senate Bill 71 by Sen. Ben Stevens, an Anchorage Republican, would decrease the amount of federal money going into the state's Trails and Recreational Access for Alaska program.

Photo: Icy golf
Joe Guziak, from Dallas, Texas, drives the ball on the frozen Bering Sea near Nome on Saturday during the Bering Sea Ice Classic golf tournament. The annual tournament, held during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race raises money for the Bering Sea Lions Club scholarship program.

Seniors rally against longevity bonus cut
ANCHORAGE - About 100 senior citizens turned out at the Anchorage Senior Center on Monday night to criticize Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal to eliminate the state's longevity bonus program. Longevity bonuses, started in 1972, are monthly payments of up to $250 to Alaska's senior citizens 65 and older. Ending the bonus program June 30 as the governor suggests would save $47 million, a big chunk of the $189 million the governor wants to cut in state programs this year.

Colorado man dies in fall into Matanuska Glacier crevasse
A Colorado man was killed when the snowmobile he was riding plunged into a crevasse on the Matanuska Glacier. Michael Yount, 43, of Loveland, Colo., was touring the glacier with his wife Sunday afternoon when the accident occurred.

Teens suffer leg wounds in shooting
Three teenagers were shot and wounded in the leg during a shooting at a mobile home park in Midtown Anchorage on Saturday night.

Packed and ready, Alaska Guard waits for action
Salcha resident Liz Beyer has two sets of bags packed. One contains a uniform in desert browns, the other holds a green camouflage suit. "I've got my bags packed and I'm waiting for a phone call," Beyer said. "I'm really surprised that we're still here."

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

Ketchikan man charged with attempted murder
A 46-year-old man faces charges of attempted murder after an incident Friday in which he tried to fire a rifle at another man after a dispute over tobacco, according to Ketchikan police.

Telemarketer exemption fee plan dropped by committee
Freedom from telemarketers should be free of charge, according to the House State Affairs Committee. The committee approved a bill by Rep. Hugh Fate, a Fairbanks Republican, to create a list of Alaskans off-limits to phone solicitors, but amended the bill to cut out a provision that would charge people $5 a year to subscribe to the list.

Four elected to Doyon board
Four members have won election to the board of the Doyon Ltd. Native corporation. The corporation held its annual meeting Friday and chose Ethan Schutt, Mike Irwin, Robert Brean and Florence Carroll for the board.

State Briefs
Ice sculptures suffer in deep freeze; Ogg chosen to replace Gary Stevens in House; DIA reports election results; Police say missing brothers likely abducted; Vandals cut brake lines on 50 buses

Correction
Sunday's Empire editorial mistakenly referred to Ernesta Ballard as the commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources. She is the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. Tom Irwin is the commissioner of DNR.

State game board targets Cook Inlet wolves
After approving a predator control plan targeting wolves and bears around McGrath, and then proposing land-and-shoot wolf hunting in the Nelchina Basin, the Alaska Board of Game set its sights on wolves across Cook Inlet from Anchorage.

Coal mine renews talks with Koreans
Efforts are under way to help Usibelli Coal Mine regain a major long-term sales contract with South Korea's Hyundai Merchant Marine. Loss of the contract last summer meant the Healy-based coal company reduced its work force by 30 percent. Jobs also were lost at the Alaska Railroad freight terminus in Seward.

Tree clearing in park draws Anchorage suit
The city of Anchorage has filed a lawsuit against a Hillside property owner who officials say mowed down spruce, birch and other trees in a municipal park.

Bear roamed from Anchorage to Kenai Peninsula
An Anchorage garbage bear completed a hazardous journey south to the Kenai Peninsula, including a crossing of treacherous Turnagain Arm, before dying sometime last year. According to a tracking collar the male bear wore, the bruin crossed 2 1/2 miles of the middle of Turnagain Arm, an ocean inlet with sticky mudflats and strong tidal currents that has caught and killed other large animals trying to get to the other side.

Alaska educators struggle with Bush requirement
If President Bush's new school standards had taken effect this year, principal Andy Haviland of White Mountain School would be in trouble. And he'd have plenty of company in rural Alaska.

Five state unions sign tentative pacts
Five of the 12 bargaining units representing state workers have signed tentative contract agreements, Gov. Frank Murkowski said today. The five are: separate Public Safety Employees Association bargaining units, representing state troopers and correctional officers; Public Employees Local 71, representing labor, trades and crafts employees; Alyeska Central School Employees Association, representing staff at the state correspondence school Murkowski has proposed shutting down; and the Mt. Edgecumbe Teachers Association, representing faculty at the state-run boarding high school in Sitka.

Anchorage man charged in shooting
A man was charged with assault, weapons misconduct and possession of cocaine early Sunday after allegedly shooting a gun downtown at several people, Anchorage police said.

Northwest Territories expects gas line
WHITEHORSE, Yukon - The premier of the Northwest Territories says the Canadian war for the natural gas pipeline is over and he's won. A year ago, Premier Stephen Kakfwi and then-Yukon Premier Pat Duncan were pushing for a pipeline in their respective territories.

Lobbyist bill morphs
A new version of a bill aiming to overhaul lobbyist regulation laws was introduced Monday in the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Lesil McGuire, an Anchorage Republican and chairwoman of the committee, offered a substitute to her earlier proposal that would have given lobbyists 40 hours a month with legislators before having to register with the state. Lobbyists now must register with the Alaska Public Offices Commission - the state agency that regulates lobbyists - after spending more than four hours with lawmakers within a 30-day period.

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