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.

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.

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.

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.

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;

Suggestion for the Empire
I was planning to be quiet for at least a week but today I write in response to Don Smith's recent diatribe concerning his fellow citizens' efforts to speak their voice as the constitution permits.

Marine Park trees are worth saving
I remember when Marine Park was built, I think about 1978 or '79. I worked for Parks Maintenance then and everyone was really excited about the new trees. We all worked really hard to get those trees to take and to grow.

Muzzling public debate
Don Smith, the publisher of this newspaper, exacerbates a divisive issue - the future of Marine Park - by writing a trash opinion piece. If the qualities of reactionary, ignorant and mean-spirited shock radio can be translated into print, Smith has done it.

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.

Missing the point
In response to yesterday's co-letter writers from Skagway, I have no quarrel with this historic town or its residents. I enjoyed my two summers working there, 16 years ago.

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.

Tired of the diatribes
I would like to respond to Don Smith's editorial about the Steamship Wharf Project, the deckover. I'm tired of the diatribes and rabid comments. The ad Mr. Smith refers to could in no way possible allude to being a CBJ ad. Where's the City Seal or other imagery associated with a city notice?

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.

Descending to new depths
Thanks to you and the staff for providing Alaska's Capital City with a good newspaper. I've noticed lots of changes over the past year that have improved the Empire for all of us who subscribe faithfully year after year.

Feel free to harangue
In response to Don's second tirade about the Marine Park, I made no mention of my position on the project. I was upset with how Don addressed those who disagreed with him. It is hard to tell which is more disturbing, the tone of his remarks or the fallacy of their content.

Fix the tailpipe
I find it difficult to understand how children on school buses can be exposed to such a tremendous volume of diesel exhaust fumes as mentioned in the letter published Monday.

Who's bending the facts?
To the publisher: I was stunned to read your ad hominem attack in Tuesday's paper on Kim Metcalfe Helmar and Ray Preston. Whatever you think of their views, it is outrageous to make a personal attack on these folks - both are long-time (longer than you!) residents who care deeply about our community.

Waterfront project is well-planned growth
Our city Assembly, mayor and especially our city government staff are all to be commended for the excellent job they have done in building up and improving our downtown business district and waterfront area. When I first moved to Juneau in 1972 from the waterfront capital city of Annapolis, Md., I was dismayed when I tried to find Juneau's downtown waterfront.

Only one ground rule
I am certain that Empire Publisher Don Smith had an important message to convey in his editorial regarding the city's plans for the Steamship Wharf/Marine Park Project. Unfortunately, the message got lost in the din of the insulting and condescending language he used in the editorial.

Wasteful spending
It's time we all find a way to fund the state, as well as our city, without putting more tax on our backs. Yes, read our lips, no more tax. We are tired of the waste going on in state and local government. We are being taxed to death and shame on our leaders for wanting more tax money for the answer.

Local Briefs
DZ students win state math event; Juneau seeks funds for heliport study

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

Juneau dissects cost of ice rink
The concrete slab under the ice at the Treadwell Arena will require twice as much steel rebar than earlier thought. The metal building over it will be about 1,500 square feet bigger. And labor costs have gone up in the past year. Those factors and others helped drive the total cost of an indoor ice rink planned for Savikko Park in Douglas from a $3 million estimate last year to between $3.4 million and $3.5 million today, according to information presented to Juneau Assembly members Wednesday.

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.

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.

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

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.

Idaho-based airline wins Juneau FedEx contract
Empire Airlines has won the FedEx shipping contract for Juneau, and will station a Fokker-27 here, according to Tom Komberec, president and CEO of the Idaho-based airline.

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 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."

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.

Photo: UA trade show
University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Marshall Lind talks to students involved with the 4-H Club, including Rocki Hanscom, left, during the University of Alaska System's Trade and Career Fair at Centennial Hall on Wednesday.

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.

Juneau 'Survivor' out but not down
"Survivor" castaways may have given a Juneau woman the boot during Wednesday's episode, but it just may get her foot in the door for a better future. Juneau-born Sarah Jones, 24, was one of 16 contestants chosen to spend 39 days on a deserted island in the South Pacific for the CBS reality television show "Survivor: Marquesas."

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.

Class to provide Native language overview
A new summer course at the University of Alaska Southeast will offer a wide-ranging overview of Alaska's indigenous languages. The three-credit class, Anthropology 393: Alaska Native Languages, is being offered as a cooperative effort between the university and the Sealaska Heritage Institute. It will run from May 20 to July 3.

Convict charged with '96-97 sexual abuse of minors
A Juneau inmate serving time for sexually assaulting adults now faces charges for alleged sexual offenses against young girls. Victor Austin, 42, was served an arrest warrant Monday at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center for two counts of felony first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and four counts of felony first-degree indecent exposure stemming from alleged incidents in 1996 and 1997.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

'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."

Maryanna S. Little
Former Juneau resident Maryanna S. Little, 83, died March 15, 2002, in Petaluma, Calif.

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.

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: Alternatives needed for cases like Yates'
Recently, a Texas court sentenced Andrea Yates to life in prison for the murder of her five young children. The jury rejected her not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity defense despite compelling evidence that she suffered from severe mental illness. To many of us the verdict carried a shock nearly as heart wrenching as the deaths of her children.

Warm embrace of 'Outside'
Six months and a continent away, residents of the 49th state remembered Sept. 11. Sled dogs in red, white and blue booties pranced down Anchorage's 4th Avenue at the start of the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. New York Port Authority policeman David Lim, who survived the collapse of the World Trade Center towers but lost his K-9 partner, a yellow Lab named Sirius, rode the first sled out. And under the spruce arch that marks the finish line in Nome, Swiss-born musher Martin Buser last week claimed his fourth victory - and took the oath to become a U.S. citizen.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

Photo: Giving Colony Knightmares
Juneau's Junior Cumlat (10) dribbles to the hoop as Colony's Clay Hotchkiss defends this morning during Juneau's 51-38 victory in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena.

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.

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.

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.

Duke's inside job begins with Boozer
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- As 3-point shooters go, Duke center-forward Carlos Boozer is, well, irrelevant. He has tried one 3-pointer in his career, and it didn't go well, missing against North Carolina in Duke's final game of the regular season. This does not have coach Mike Krzyzewski losing sleep.

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.

Juneau boys advance at state tourney
ANCHORAGE -- The Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears shook off some first-game tournament jitters and came away with a 51-38 win over the Colony Knights today.

Juneau athletes take part in Alaska's ulu haul
Team Alaska has taken a commanding lead in the ulu count after the first four days of the Arctic Winter Games, which are taking place this week in the communities of Nuuk, Greenland, and Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada (on Baffin Island).

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).

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.

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

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.

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.

At 35 victories and counting, how great is this UConn team?
STORRS, Conn. -- Geno Auriemma has been peppered with questions. At 35-0, is this Connecticut team his best yet, or was it the 1995 unbeaten NCAA champs? How does this edition compare to Tennessee's 39-0 squad in 1998?

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.

Kwanlin Dun First Nation wants $60 million
WHITEHORSE, Yukon - The Kwanlin Dun First Nation wants at least $60 million for all Yukon First Nations to prepare for a proposed natural gas pipeline along the Alaska Highway.

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;

Sales tax faces Southeast opposition
Roxane Lee of Petersburg doesn't want a 3 percent state sales tax stacked on top of the local 6 percent take on retail sales. "Adding 3 percent could be devastating to many, many communities, forcing people to shop elsewhere, including the Internet," Lee told the House Finance Committee this morning, speaking on behalf of Petersburg merchants.

State Briefs
Man injured when falling steel beams crush vehicle; Alaskans win teaching awards; Police join missing-children telephone alert system;

Education department will amend rules for home-school programs
State education officials said Wednesday that proposed regulations for statewide correspondence programs were amended after the agency received comments from concerned parents. But the amended rules will not be available until the state Board of Education meeting on April 5-6 in Juneau, Deputy Education Commissioner Ed McLain told lawmakers on the Administrative Regulation Review Committee.

Alaska must decide how to apply sulfur fuel rule
ANCHORAGE - Alaska will have to decide by the beginning of next month how a new ultra-low sulfur rule for diesel fuel will be implemented in the state.

Bill to change buyback law for fishery passes House
A bill aimed at making it easier to buy back commercial fishing permits cleared the House on Wednesday. Rep. Drew Scalzi, a Homer Republican, proposed the measure as a tool to improve efficiency in Alaska's troubled salmon fishing industry.

The long arm of the law nabs 16-year Alaska fugitive
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska fugitive has been caught in California, nearly 16 years after he skipped out on robbery charges in Anchorage.

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.

Cocktail waitress takes readers to Mars
Bobbi McCutcheon works two jobs: One as a cocktail waitress at the Hangar on the Wharf for two days a week, and the other as a serious writer who makes time in her life for literature. After tiring of the rigmarole involved with finding an agent and selling a book, McCutcheon recently self-published a science-fiction novel, her first book, "Father Mars, Mother Earth."

What's happening

Wit, humor lighten harrowing biography
Randle Glass called his autobiography "A Soft Shoe on Snow," but "Dancing with Death" might have been more accurate. Glass grew up outside Anchorage. He first ran away from home when he was a teen-ager after his religious-zealot mother smashed his Dave Clark Five record and lectured him for the thousandth time about Satan.

Best Bets: Weekend holds Barlow, bears, comedians
The next week is loaded with events and many of the best are free. Songwriter, guitarist and singer Kim Barlow will perform at a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Egan Library at the University of Alaska Southeast. It is likely that members of her group, the Glacial Erratics, also will share the stage.

Movies Where & When
"The Sting," (PG) 8 p.m. Saturday at the Back Room Cinema at the Silverbow Inn.

Entertainment Briefs
Renaissance Fair at UAS; Photography show at Lyle's; Guest tenor offers voice master class

Art of the State
U sing gut and seaweed, copy machines and whale bones, oil paint and trade beads, Alaska's artists have created a show of contemporary art representing a wide range of approaches. The "All Alaska Juried Art Exhibition" opens Friday at the Alaska State Museum, with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The show features work by some of Alaska's best-known fine artists as well as Alaskans who are new to artistic expression.

Comedy doubleheader features Bevins, Palisoul
There's a fine line between laughing at someone and laughing near someone. Comedian Danny Bevins walks that line. Bevins' winning performance at the San Francisco Comedy Competition addressed stereotypes without perpetuating them, and Bevins was willing to make himself the butt of his jokes.

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