Wednesday, March 20, 2002

On The Move
Licensed real estate agent Janice Lobaugh was recently honored to represent the state of Alaska at the International Coldwell Banker convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Women work out for comfort, not competition
Encouraging women to exercise takes a gender-focused approach that is non-judgmental, comfortable and friendly. "People have associated exercise in the past with competition," said personal trainer Fran Polumsky, a University of Alaska Southeast professor and retired physical education teacher working for the Juneau Racquet Club. "But it's not competitive here unless you elect to do tennis or racquet ball.

Web sites - global sellers
Whether a business Web site contains four or 400 pages, it's a way to make instant contact with customers anywhere and everywhere. Companies can showcase a dozen different maple trees, distribute stock market research or describe a range of paddle fans without tying up a salesperson - or even hiring a salesperson. Dozens of customers can access product specifications simultaneously, with no waiting in line or waiting for business hours to begin.

Business Briefs
Alaska Tanker achieves SQE certification; Juneau resident joins Longaberger Company; Cookout recipes feature Brew Crew; Mark your calendars for October; Nominations sought for TRAAK awards; Search on for outstanding older worker; Engineers union to meet; Spring for prizes at Nugget Mall; More exhibitors at Bridal Fair; Tax credit programs extended through 2003;

Business Profile: Gene Collins
Title and company: Gene Collins is partner with his wife, Bea, in Mr. Color, a resurfacing firm that has been operating in Juneau since 1998. The couple lived in Juneau once before, from 1973 to 1990. They founded Mr. Color in Salem, Or.

Understanding how, why
As evidenced by the last week's publications, Rep. Vic Kohring continues to have real difficulty understanding how and why the reapportionment board did its work. I would like to suggest two possibilities; first, he should look in a mirror, assuming his office/bedroom has one.

Personal attacks put readers' trust at risk
With regard to the editorial concerning the deckover project (Tuesday's Empire), I must say I am surprised. As a major source of information for community projects, the Empire is going to lose a lot of its credibility if it starts openly supporting one side of an issue or another. Especially when such support includes such mud-slinging as was included in the editorial in question.

What's good for the cruise lines
Three years ago, in the summer of 1999, the city fathers scuttled plans for creating more parking for tourist buses by decking over space at Marine Park. Plans for the project were scratched in the face of widespread opposition from the public.

Growing ice rink costs
Once again the people of Juneau And Douglas are being treated like a bunch of fools by our Assembly and by the various committees involved with the Douglas Ice Rink Project.

Let's talk about disinformation
Don Smith yesterday accused Kim Metcalfe-Helmar of orchestrating a disinformation campaign. He said that her ad in the Sunday Empire should have clearly stated who paid for it. Looking through the paper today I see lots of ads, only one clearly states who paid. I for one had no illusions that the city paid for that ad, it made its point too clearly.

Cruise industry helps Skagway thrive, Chip
Many of us here got a good laugh while reading Chip Thoma's March 13 letter to the editor. John Mielke is absolutely correct, Skagway has been able to thrive due, in part, to the cruise ship industry. Maybe Mr. Thoma's failed attempt to shill his way through Skagway's prosperity (driving a tour bus) has left him bitter and envious. The "tourist gold" doesn't litter our streets, you actually have to work for it!

Inflammatory editorial
Once again, as too many times before, I am appalled at Tuesday's hopelessly inflammatory editorial. Who are you, Don Smith, to say that Kim Metcalfe Helmar and Ray Preston don't speak for me on the subject of decking over Marine Park? I am saying to you right now that on this subject they definitely do speak for me.

Local briefs
UA offers trade show at Centennial Hall; Forest Service issues wood product grants

Saving Cinnamon
When animal control officials rescued Cinnamon in December, the horse was an emaciated, unwanted, one-eyed, 25-year-old oddity standing in a manure-filled stall. People heard of her story through the news media. For a while, everyone wanted Cinnamon. Offers from animal rescue leagues and animal lovers poured in to the Gastineau Humane Society, where Cinnamon was kept. Recently, offers have dwindled and the cost of Cinnamon's care is mounting. Humane Society officials said they may be unable to keep the mare much longer.

Students hope devil's club salve is winning remedy
Kami Wright and Amanda Padron already have learned how devil's club salve stands up to modern medicine. Now they'll put it to the test against the rest of the country.

Photo: Young rocket scientists
Above, Gastineau Elementary School fourth-graders Sabrina Munoz, left, and Brock Schatz on Tuesday blow on the fins of their model rockets to dry the glue holding them in place.

City passes lid law
The days are numbered for bear-attracting Dumpsters with plastic lids in Juneau. Under an ordinance unanimously approved by the Juneau Assembly on Monday, many of the city's large trash containers will need metal lids or secure enclosures. The new law is designed to keep bears out of problem Dumpsters with easily opened lids, City Manager Dave Palmer said.

School budget OK'd
JUNEAU The Juneau School Board unanimously approved on Tuesday a budget plan for fiscal years 2003 and 2004 that will now be sent to the Assembly.

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

City creates panel to look at smoking ban impacts
The seven faded gray stools inside the Players Choice pulltab shop on South Franklin Street have held fewer players since the start of the year, according to manager Janet Dick. She attributes a decline in business to a city smoking ban that took effect Jan. 1. "We have less customers coming in throughout the day," she said. "Smokers don't come in and sit like they normally do. It's just hit and run."

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

Correction
In Wednesday's edition of the Empire, the article on Harborview Elementary School students' "Million Dollars" projects contained a quote that Cornerstone, a shelter operated by Juneau Youth Services, can house only four or five youths a night. It actually offers 12 beds. Also, the correct name of the student in the accompanying photograph is Shea Wilcox.

If I had a million dollars...
Give a Juneau kid a million dollars, and what will you get in return? If they're in Sue Baxter's class at Harborview Elementary School, it could be a youth shelter, a new Eaglecrest Ski Area chairlift or improved wheelchair access around town. Those were a few of the dozen ideas presented Monday by Baxter's fifth-grade advanced math class as the culmination of a project in which the students were given a fictional million dollars to spend to improve Juneau.

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

Ice rink price increases by $500,000
The Juneau Assembly accepted a $2 million bid for Juneau's first indoor ice rink Monday, but the city will have to find about $500,000 to cover increasing costs, officials said. The Assembly approved a $1,989,000 bid submitted by Coogan Construction to build the nearly 29,000-square-foot Treadwell Arena in Savikko Park in Douglas. But fluctuating costs drew fire from Assembly member Dale Anderson, who voted against the bid award.

Juneau woman in critical care after Spokane truck accident
Shannon Cogswell, 19, of Juneau is "holding her own" in a hospital after her pickup slid head-on into a semitrailer on a busy Washington interstate highway Monday evening, her mother said today. Cogswell is in critical condition at Spokane's Sacred Heart Hospital with head injuries and burns.

Community helps family build Habitat home
When Alfred Votion applied to Habitat for Humanity, he hoped to get a home for himself, his son and his foster son. He didn't know he'd get friends, too. Votion's family moved into their new home on Kanat'a Street in the Mendenhall Valley last month after he and volunteers, mostly women, spent about a year and half building it.

Photo: Abandoned building fire
Firefighters put out a small fire about 6 p.m. Monday in an abandoned building at 340 Village St. Firefighters, concerned about the structural stability of the house, which also burn

School board upholds decision on student banner
The Juneau School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to uphold the suspension of a Juneau-Douglas High School senior for holding a banner reading "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" during the Olympic Torch Relay in January. In a written decision, the board affirmed Joseph Frederick's 10-day suspension. Frederick's father, Frank Frederick, said this morning that he plans to pursue the case in the court system. "The school district has a lot of litigation in front of them," he said.

City staff trains to respond to terrorism
Some city, state and federal employees are undergoing training this week in Juneau to respond to weapons of mass destruction such as bombs and biological warfare.

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

Academic Awards
Six Juneau residents received academic honors from the University of Idaho for the fall 2001 semester.

Pet Of the Week
Beatrice is a beautiful short hair gray and black female tabby who is a former stray from the Douglas area. She is quiet and playful but somewhat shy until she gets to know her person.

'Awakening from Grief' shows that happiness is at end of painful journey
In his book "Awakening From Grief," author John E. Welshons writes, "We live in a culture which has sought to protect us from sadness. But we live in a world where sadness is inevitable. So we have a problem. Every time someone has said to you, 'Don't cry. Be strong. Keep a stiff upper lip. Don't think about that. Let's talk about something more pleasant. Here, have a drink, you'll feel better,' they have taught you not to grieve."

Neighbors briefs
Opera to GO! presents class; Macaulay to represent Juneau; Host an international student; Applications accepted for Mrs. Alaska-America Pageant; Tax help available for middle and low-income taxpayers

Photo: Big Brothers Big Sisters ribbon cutting
Mayor Sally Smith, right, cuts the ribbon as Big Brothers Big Sisters executive director Mark Wheeler helps her to officialy open the renovated Big Brothers Big Sisters offices on Seward Street.

Pioneers of Alaska organize schedule for next two years
Founded by gold miners, the Pioneers of Alaska has more than 8,000 members statewide. "It's a big organization and we hold a Grand Convention every year," said Juneau member Betty Hunt, currently serving a three-year trustee position with the group.

Thank you
... for the support; ... for the help; ... for the support.

Eva Mae Nygard
Former Juneau resident Eva Mae Nygard, 95, died March 11, 2002, in Port Angeles, Wash.

Today's letters raise good questions
Thanks to all who found time to respond to yesterday's editorial. The letters on today's opinion page raise lots of good questions and this space is the appropriate place to provide answers.

Steamship Wharf/Marine Park project moves forward despite disinformation
Despite the efforts of Citizens Against Virtually Everything (C.A.V.E.) booster Kim Metcalfe Helmar, the Alaska Steamship Wharf/Marine Park project is moving forward.

Proofreader's lament: 'It looked OK to me.'
Never presume. Take nothing for granted. Don't let your guard down. Because the clich is true: What can go wrong will go wrong. Not every time, just sooner or later. Sooner or later is often enough. The masses cry out for proof. Proof I got. Check out yesterday's Empire.

My Turn: Knowles' spending increase is wrong
One of the classic maneuvers in budgetary politics is the "Washington Monument defense," in which bureaucrats urged to reduce expenses respond by targeting beloved icons of government, whose loss outrages citizens and motivates them to protest the cuts. It's a cynical dodge that's at the heart of the Knowles/Ulmer administration's response to Alaska's budget challenges.

Coed Volleyball
Standings from the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's 2002 coed volleyball league, through matches of March 17.

New York Rangers sign UAF's Andrews
FAIRBANKS -- Less than a week after playing his final hockey game for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bobby Andrews has signed on with the New York Rangers.

Southeast Road Runners Flannagan's Run
Results from the Southeast Road Runners club's Flannagan's Run held Sunday in Douglas. There were two courses, for a one-mile race and a five-mile race.

Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of March 16. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to the Juneau Empire by school officials and basketball coaches.

Juneau girls ready for first state trip in 3 years
In some ways, the pressure is off for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team. After missing the last two Class 4A state tournaments, the Crimson Bears won a spot in this weekend's tourney by beating Ketchikan 47-28 Friday in the Region V-Class 4A championship game.

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

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

Mendes claims women's giant slalom title
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. -- Jonna Mendes of Heavenly, Calif., won't have much time to celebrate her national title in the giant slalom. Mendes won the women's giant slalom at the U.S. Alpine Championships for the second straight year Monday, and immediately began preparing for surgery on her right foot.

Juneau Golf Club Arizona Results
Results from a Juneau Golf Club-sponsored event held March 9 at the Francisco Grande Resort in Casa Grande, Ariz. The tournament is an annual travel event for Juneau Golf Club members and there were 102 participants.

Region V-Class 2A tourney opens Thursday in Ketchikan
Now that the Region V-Class 4A and Region V-Class 3A tournaments are over, the region spotlight switches to the small schools. The Region V-Class 2A tournament opens Thursday morning at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Gym. The girls championship game is at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, followed by the boys title game at 7 p.m. The top two boys teams and top two girls teams from the region tournament will advance to the Class 2A state tournament March 28-30 at Anchorage's Service High School.

Letter: Win at all cost takes over Gold Medal
Before I toot my horn, I always thought that I have been a useful and a productive citizen of our community. Teaching fundamentals of the game to our children for many years had me always remembering our culture's code of ethics (respect).

Beware of the Crimson Bears
Unbelievers beware of the Crimson Bears. The team nobody, but themselves, believed could go all the way this year is making its final charge towards the state title. The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team begins the first round of the Class 4A state basketball tournament with a 9:45 a.m. Thursday matchup against the Colony Knights.

Legislators seek to increase their budgeting power
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday approved two constitutional amendments that would encroach on budgetary prerogatives of the executive branch. The committee also discussed a proposed constitutional amendment on taxes.

Ogan remains in critical condition
The House of Representatives held a moment of silent prayer on Monday for Rep. Scott Ogan, who remains in stable but critical condition today after suffering a heart attack Saturday at home.

House panel taps permanent fund earnings
Another state revenue ball got tossed in the air this morning as the House State Affairs Committee approved the use of $200 million annually from permanent fund earnings for government operations. But Senate President Rick Halford suggested shortly afterward that the proposal might be dead on arrival in that chamber.

Bill toughens hate crime penalties
A proposed measure that would prosecute juveniles for felony hate crimes automatically in adult courts has gained Senate approval and is making its way through the House. Senate Bill 169, which would apply to minors over the age of 16, faced staunch opposition Monday in the House Judiciary Committee from juvenile justice and criminal justice officials. It passed the Senate last year.

Slow Alaska drivers could face higher fines
Driving too slowly could cost more than driving too fast under a bill that passed the state Senate on Monday. The Senate voted 17-1 in favor of a bill to increase the fine for drivers who have let five or more cars stack up behind them from $30 to $200.

State Briefs
Out with the old, in with the new; Juneau-Douglas high school teacher's sabbatical approved; Bill clarifies compensation for sexual assault victims;

Hudson at odds with GOP leaders
Rep. Bill Hudson of Juneau openly chastised the House Republican leadership Tuesday evening for attempting to block serious discussion of an income tax. Earlier in the day, according to three observers, he hinted that the friction could be enough to force his departure from the Republican caucus.

State briefs
Paintball shooters hit pedestrians; Kivalina school reopened; Wolf-hybrid alerts Fairbanks family; UA adjuncts approve contract

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