Thursday, March 27, 2003

Tourism bookings slow - for some
As bombs fall in Baghdad and the value of 401(k) retirement savings plans fall in the United States, businesses in Alaska's travel industry are waiting to see how bookings this summer will be affected by the political and economic climate. "The prognosis is filled with angst," said Alaska Travel Industry Association President Ron Peck. "All we can hope for is that the war gets over quick."

Techwit: Airport security should add consumer-friendly features
In many ways these are not very humorous times. In particular there's nothing funny about increased airport security. But there might be ways to make it more useful and pleasant for everyone.

Business profile: Diane Bowes
Title and company: Owner, Artemis Enterprise

Business briefs
The first Capital City Business Symposium will be held April 22.

Apology and prayer
I want to express a sincere apology for having offended several people after writing an article (Empire, March 17) that came across attacking and adversarial. I do believe in expressing one's personal opinions, however, as a Christian, I do not believe it is appropriate to tear others down.

Divine appointment?
Art Chance made some interesting points in his letter of March 26 ("The lefties are reveling"). I respect his opinion. But the way in which he ended his letter was pompous and unnecessarily vitriolic.

Reroute the road
So our governor has ordered that DOT/PF reopen the Juneau Access E.I.S., is spite of many Juneauites' objections and the objections of most Haines and Skagway citizens.

Self-proclaimed 'patriotic rant'
After reading Mr. McGonegal's letter, I cannot agree with the majority of his sentiments and am saddened to think a citizen of this country would purposely insult our armed forces. By likening their actions to a incident that is widely considered a purely racially motivated brutal attack on a human being (whether or not that was the case), I believe he has disgracefully done just that.

Supporting our troops like supporting LAPD
"Support our troops." This is a phrase I have heard from both sides of the fence. Those in favor of the war throw this in as added fuel for their "patriotic" rants. Unfortunately, many people who were originally against the war are also now using this phrase in a strange about-face.

Visit Iraq, see a dictator
Mr. McGonegal needs to spend a month or two in Iraq with the current regime knowing who and what he is. I imagine with his viewpoints he could replace Odai, the currently absent son of Saddam. When they are done with him, he can face the people shredders, oops that's plastic shredders, that the people of Iraq have had to face.

The lefties are reveling
I wholeheartedly support President Bush and the war to eliminate the barbarian regime in Baghdad. Twelve years of appeasement and political correctness brought on this war. I don't buy the revisionist, leftist line of "had George H.W. Bush finished the job, we wouldn't be here."

It's patriotic to question
What exactly does Geoff Harben want? In his letter of March 25, he complains about the "political whine during recent months" - then in the next breath says "the time for comment is before the event." That's a pretty "damned if you do or damned if you don't" criticism to throw at someone.

A place of peace
When world events thousands of miles away tear at our conscience, we tend to turn on the TV and tune into the radio as if this will bring us understanding and comfort, but the minute details of life at war, both accurate and inaccurate, reported hour after hour offer little consolation and answer few questions.

Time to listen
Cowardice: A lack of courage or resolution. Over the last few months I have seen the tensions and debate over national issues wreak havoc among our community.

Local group plans to send packages to Juneau soldiers
When Lynn Bartlett's son Brent was stationed in Kosovo in 1999, she rounded up all of her friends and relatives and asked them to send packages to him. They filled boxes with hand sanitizer, boot socks, silly string, playing cards, and dozens of other items. The packages proved so popular that when Brent's company left and another company took its place, Bartlett and some co-workers sent $600 worth of donated items to soldiers they had never met.

City scrutinizes access to new Steamship Wharf
As construction workers revamp the Steamship Wharf-Marine Park area downtown, city officials are working on a way to balance use by buses and people when it opens. The city is adding park space and a bus staging area convertible to a pedestrian plaza to the waterfront between the downtown library and Marine Park. The perimeter of the area is scheduled to open in May, with the convertible plaza to open by July 3, city Port Director John Stone said.

State restarts Juneau Access study
After spending more than three years in project purgatory, the environmental study that could result in the construction of a road linking Juneau and Skagway or enhanced ferry service in upper Lynn Canal has been resurrected by the state Department of Transportation. Gov. Frank Murkowski supported road construction in last fall's election and in December directed DOT to complete the draft environmental impact statement for the Juneau Access Project.

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

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

Gold Town Nickelodeon's days may be numbered
After bringing independent films to Juneau for five years, the Gold Town Nickelodeon movie theater has fallen on hard times and may not recover. "The last couple of months we have just been hammered," said manager Lisle Hebert. "It's been pretty bony ... We've had a lot of films with a lot less attendance."

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

Belly dancers and blood screeners
Massage therapists, representatives from fitness centers, accupressurists, naturopathic doctors, sleep-disorder specialists, dietitians, community health professionals, Red Cross volunteers, midwives and doctors will be among those gathering at this year's Juneau Public Health Fair to promote better health. The 23rd annual fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Centennial Hall. Belly dancers and presenters from the Juneau Raptor Center will be there to entertain people waiting for blood screenings, body-fat measurements and hearing and site tests.

Grand jury indicts 4 on drug charges
Police are searching for a 28-year-old man who was indicted last week on charges of dealing methamphetamine. Daemon Vergo was indicted by a Juneau grand jury on March 21 on five counts of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison for each count. A warrant was issued for his arrest that day.

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

NOAA to build at Lena Point
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will build a scaled-down fisheries research center at Lena Point in Juneau, agency officials said Tuesday. NOAA canceled bids on the Lena Point project last summer when the construction costs came in $6 million over budget. During the past nine months, officials reviewed options for Lena Point and the existing federal fisheries lab at Auke Bay.

Thank you
...tour operators; ...for the support; ...for the donations; ...for the inspiration; ...for the work; ...for the contributions;

Photo: Spring ice
Unconvinced by last Sunday's moderating temperatures, a frozen creek near the North Douglas Highway continues to insist it is winter.

The gift of care
February marked the beginning of my fiftieth year of life. The first 48 years were spent living at home with my mother, who died two years ago this month at the age of 82. I was the single, childless daughter who never left home. Except for the time I was traveling or vacationing, my mother was a part of my everyday for all those years.

Hotel history: Remembering the Occidental on Front Street
The Occidental Hotel opened in Juneau's second decade with amenities rare for buildings in town during that period - each of its 25 rooms boasted hot and cold running water. Built in 1892 on Front Street, across from where the Sealaska Plaza parking lot now sits, it was owned by John Olds and Morris Orton. In addition to the plumbing, hotel facilities included a billiard room, a reading room, a dining room, bar and kitchen.

Pets of the week
Samson is a mellow house dog who loves children, adults, other dogs and cats. He is a big guy, a rottweiler/mastiff mix. Sunkist is a sweet, red-haired girl with freckles on her nose.

Taking control, creating a focus
These are designing times, while the ground is thawing. And as the days get long enough to have some afterwork time, and before the "on the ground" work commences, we remake our rooms, our homes and the outside spaces we call our yards. They all serve to provide us with the settings for our lives. The way these spaces work together determine if we are content with our places or if we continually feel uncomfortable.

Mary Ellen Brown
Juneau resident and longtime Alaskan MaryEllen Brown, 69, died March 20, 2003, in Juneau after a bout with cancer.

Richard George Dalton Sr.
Hoonah resident Richard George Dalton Sr., 84, died March 20, 2003, at the SEARHC Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Elsa Lundell Mahan
Former Douglas resident Elsa Lundell Mahan, 85, died Thursday, March 20, 2003, in Seattle.

Lela Susan Copenhagen
Juneau resident Lela Susan Copenhagen, 57, died March 21, 2003, at Bartlett Regional Hospital due to complications related to diabetes.

Heather Ann Merkel
Former Juneau resident Heather Ann Merkel died March 15, 2003, in Bolivar, Mo., as a result of congestive heart failure.

My Turn: Forest Service builds legacy on clearcuts
I read with sadness, and frustration, Forest Supervisor Tom Puchlerz's op-ed (March 9) attempting to explain his failure to recommend any new wilderness in the remaining undeveloped drainages of the Tongass. In his op-ed, Mr. Puchlerz quotes the late, great Aldo Leopold and refers to him as a visionary.

My Turn: Where is Tongass justice?
I am Ya-Yan-No-Goo, Wanda Hit of the Chookaneidi Clan, descended from the people of Glacier Bay. This land has sustained our people since time immemorial. I am not a child and have walked this land for half a century.

My Turn: Message from the peace vigil
Upon hearing that the bombing campaign against Iraq was beginning, a group of peace activists held vigil last week for five days at the Dimond Courthouse plaza. I was one of the people who was moved to spend many hours there, hoping to remind the people of Juneau that when the bombs fall, people die.

My Turn: Iraq will emerge free, like Japan and Germany
It is interesting being in Russia on business and watching European TV. I watched Iraqi television show a male and a female U.S. soldier bravely answer such loaded questions as "Why do you come to kill Iraqi people." These young defenders of freedom were perhaps only 20 years old and obviously fearful.

Alaska editorial: End Green gravy train
A bill now pending before the Legislature could remove a significant impediment to investment in Alaska by the mining industry. Existing state law actually encourages lawsuits by green groups trying to block mineral development. When individuals or companies file lawsuits and lose, they can be forced to pay the attorney fees and other legal expenses of the party they unsuccessfully sued - even if that party is the state.

My Turn: Freedom is a right that everyone has - and it's not free
I read with significant disgust Patrick McGonegal's letter "Supporting our troops like supporting LAPD." Mr. McGonegal is correct that the military is voluntary, however, his characterization of President Bush as a "dictator" is absolutely inaccurate as is his claim that the military's orders are illegal.

Raptors halt Cavs' win streak
TORONTO - The Toronto Raptors finally beat the NBA's worst team. Morris Peterson scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half as the Raptors ended a three-game losing skid with a 89-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

Coed Volleyball
The standings from the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's coed volleyball leagues through matches of March 23.

Unwelcome mat
Precision passing, dazzling defense and stand-out shooting by defending champion Marlintini's Arctic Lights of Juneau helped earn them an 87-66 victory over Tacoma, Wash., Wednesday night in the opening round of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's Classic A Bracket. "It went pretty good. We did a lot of substituting and keeping people fresh, that was our game plan," Marlintini's coach-guard Ethan Billings said. "I'm pretty happy with how things went."

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

Haines eliminates Kake Tlingit Heat
The Haines Merchants nailed their last 11 free throws in Wednesday's late-night game as they eliminated the Kake Tlingit Heat from the Mighty B Bracket of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament with a 106-94 win. Haines led by 13 points, 81-68, with eight minutes left in the game, but Kake twice closed the gap to six points before Haines was able to pull away by making its free throws. Haines had just come off a 1-for-7 streak from the line before hitting its final 11 shots.

Haines Merchants start long road back
The Haines Merchants have been down this road before. When Haines won three straight championships in the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament's Mighty B Bracket from 1999 to 2001, the Merchants lost a game early in the tournament and then had to rally their way back through the losers' bracket to win the title. Haines started another trip through the losers' bracket late Tuesday night with a 118-81 victory over the Klukwan Young Guns. The Merchants are hoping this trip through the back side of the tournament leads to another title.

Key free throws clinch win for Klawock-P.O.W.
It's a mantra for coaches everywhere: "Make your free throws." Missed free throws early in Wednesday's Mighty B Bracket game came back to haunt Yakutat ANB, which was eliminated by defending runner-up Klawock-Prince of Wales, 79-77 in overtime, in losers' bracket Gold Medal action at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Midnight Suns baseball squad ties, wins to start Arizona trip
The Juneau Midnight Suns baseball team tied and won its preseason openers at the Flying Dog Invitational early this week in Peoria, Ariz.

Alborn retires from ski jumping
ANCHORAGE - Champion Anchorage ski jumper Alan Alborn announced his retirement from the U.S. Ski Team this week. Alborn, 22, said knee problems are forcing him to leave the sport that gained him five national championships, two Olympic appearances and the U.S. jumping record of 221.5 meters. His knee required surgery last fall and has been a source of pain for more than a year.

Wise made Gold Medal history
At this year's Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, six women's teams - including perennial leaders Lynden Transport and Klawock-Prince of Wales - are vying for a title. Twenty years ago, a single woman started that ball rolling. In the 1983 Gold Medal tournament, Hoonah's Jodi Johnson - now Jodi Wise - became the first woman to play in a tourney game when she came off the bench for her hometown team.

Sitka Tribe boys eliminate Dzantik'i Heeni with win
Elmer Diaz scored 14 points to lead the Sitka Tribe boys to a 38-26 victory over Dzantik'i Heeni in middle school bracket action Wednesday at the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School. The victory kept Sitka Tribe's hopes for a title alive, while it also eliminated Dzantik'i Heeni.

Juneau Little Leaguers at Arizona camp
A group of Gastineau Channel Little Leaguers is in Scottsdale, Ariz., this week to attend the ABC baseball camp, taught by current and former Major League Baseball players and scouts. The players have workouts and training sessions during the day, and attend college or major league spring training games at night.

Huna Totem Oldtimers send Kake ANB home
Two more teams were eliminated from the Legendary C Bracket on Wednesday at the 57th Annual Gold Medal tournament, leaving just four teams left to battle for the title. The Huna Totem Oldtimers ran away from Kake ANB, 94-78, in the afternoon game, while Yakutat ANB clobbered Angoon ANS, 104-75, to set up today's 1 p.m. losers' bracket matchup between Huna and Yakutat. The Klukwan Chilkats and the Klawock Old Totems will battle for a shot the title game at 6:30 p.m. today in the winners' bracket.

Klawock rolls
The Klawock Old Totems and the Klukwan Chilkats will face each other for a shot at the Legendary C Bracket title game after both teams cruised to victory Tuesday at the 57th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament. In the afternoon winners' bracket game, Klukwan rolled over Kake ANB 78-62, and in the night game, Klawock outlasted Yakutat ANB 91-82. The Old Totems and the Chilkats will play Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the semifinal game. Kake was slated to play the Huna Totem Oldtimers today at 1 p.m., and Yakutat plays Angoon ANS at 6:30 p.m. in losers' bracket games.

Gold Medal Boxscores
CLASSIC A BRACKET

Angoon 49ers - early 1950s
First Gold Medal team from Angoon: The Angoon 49ers pose for a picture taken in the early 1950s at the old Fifth Street high school gym in Juneau. This was the first Gold Medal team from Angoon and they called themselves the Angoon 49ers because they were old-timers at the time.

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.

Cavs, Boozer avenge All-Star antics
CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Cavaliers remembered the way Jason Richardson embarrassed Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Carlos Boozer during All-Star weekend. Boozer had 19 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and a career-high seven assists as the Cavaliers won consecutive games for the first time this season, beating Richardson and the Golden State Warriors 124-103 Tuesday night.

Kake women use heart - not height - to beat KIC
Lacking height, the Kake LAB women relied on heart - and some dazzling shooting - instead to eliminate the bigger Ketchikan Indian Community squad from the Premiere Women's Bracket of the 2003 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament on Wednesday morning.

Gold Medal Boxscores
MIGHTY B BRACKET

Sitka Tribe rolls over Hoonah; HoopTime girls also advance
Everybody on the Sitka Tribe roster scored at least four points, keeping their team undefeated in the girls middle school bracket of the Gold Medal Tournament with a 53-15 victory over the Hoonah Braves on Tuesday morning at Juneau-Douglas High School. Sitka Tribe will play in Thursday's 9 a.m. winners' bracket final against the HoopTime 7th Graders, who beat Kake 27-3 on Tuesday. Sitka and HoopTime are guaranteed to finish no worse than third place in the tournament.

Lynden women turn the tables on Klawock-P.O.W.
In a rematch of last year's Premiere Women's Bracket title game and what looks to be a preview of this year's final, Lynden Transport of Juneau upset four-time defending champion Klawock-Prince of Wales 65-58 in the second round of Gold Medal action Tuesday night at Juneau-Douglas High School. "Both teams played such good defense that neither could get going offensively," Lynden coach Jer Hamey said. "It was one of those games where it was gonna come down to the end and ... we were able to come out on top."

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

Missing Anchorage brothers found dead
ANCHORAGE - Two young brothers who disappeared from their Anchorage neighborhood two weeks ago have been found dead in a pond half a mile from their home. Authorities recovered the bodies of 8-year-old Malcolm Johnson and his 5-year-old brother Isaiah from the partially frozen pond Tuesday evening. The surrounding area was searched soon after the boys vanished March 10. Authorities received a phone tip from a woman who found a child's shoe floating at the edge of the pond, Police Chief Walt Monegan said. A fire department dive team found the bodies about six feet under the ice.

Proposed education cuts running afoul in the House
House Republicans are split on a plan by Gov. Frank Murkowski to cut millions in spending for Alaska schools. House Speaker Pete Kott, an Eagle River Republican, said many in his majority caucus are opposed to Murkowski's plan to cut $20 million from K-12 grants and funding for local busing. "I think there is enough importance put on K-12 education that most of the members I am talking to are going to be supportive of keeping it" in the budget, Kott told the Anchorage Daily News.

Committee puts brakes on studded-tire bill
A bill to impose a $10 fee for new studded tires stalled in the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday amid opposition from some lawmakers and those affected by it. The committee heard testimony from tire dealers and others in the industry who would be required to collect the $10 per tire fee on new studded tires. All were opposed to the measure.

Murkowski pitches budget proposals to legislators
Gov. Frank Murkowski is pitching his budget, both inside and outside the Capitol. Murkowski met behind closed doors Wednesday with the House Republican caucus for almost two hours. His commissioners and other staff are fanning out around the state to explain the plan to community groups. And the governor has purchased 30 minutes of television time to talk to Alaskans on Sunday.

Bill would cut local say on coastal development
Communities would lose control in approving state and federal development that affects coastal areas, under a bill that passed out of the House Fisheries Committee on Wednesday. House Bill 191, filed at the request of Gov. Frank Murkowski, would give the Department of Natural Resources the final say in permitting projects within the state's 33 coastal districts.

State Briefs
Rally set in support of U.S. troops, Bush; PFD applications due Monday; Raptor center holds open house; Harbor Board considers loading facility site; Haines voters repeal tour tax; House approves fish transport bill

Fertilizer-plant bill may cost Alaska more than $11 million
ANCHORAGE - A bill that would help the Agrium fertilizer plant on the Kenai Peninsula could cost the state more than $11 million in lost revenue. Rep. Mike Chenault, a Nikiski Republican, is sponsoring House Bill 57. The bill is expected to move from the House Finance Committee next week, meaning it could soon be up for a vote of the full House.

State lawmakers hear testimony on tobacco bill
Lawmakers in the House Community and Regional Affairs Committee heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would change the legal age to buy tobacco products from 19 to 21.

State Briefs
Bill would stop minimum wage inflation proofing; More charges for shooting defendant; Coast Guard rescues overturned fisherman; Trailer burns, no injuries

Jazz man in the Pacific Northwest
If you happen by Tula's Jazz Club on Second Avenue in Seattle's Belltown late in the evening, you may encounter alto saxophonist Mark Taylor as he blows a mellow improv line, conjuring the spirits of Cannonball Adderley or Charlie Parker. "The way I play saxophone, it's a mixture of anything from bebop from the '40s and '50s all the way up to original compositions and more free jazz or modern jazz," Taylor said from Seattle in a recent phone interview.

Cheeseburgers in Paradise
Forget the Grand Canyon, Hawaii or Mexico. When Alaskans go on vacation, Nick Jans thinks they should go to Unalaska. "Where else in the world can you stand in one place on a World War II pillbox and look at a huge industrial sprawl, turn one way and look at an archeological site, turn another and see a Burger King?" Jans asked. "There can be a terrible junkyard and 10 feet away you're walking in a field of wildflowers."

Movies where & when
"Hunted," (R) ends Thursday, March 27, final show at 7:30 p.m. at Glacier Cinemas.

'Alaska Reads' survey finds Harry Potter still an Alaska favorite
For the second year in a row, Alaska students said their favorite books are the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, according to the results of the "Alaska Reads" survey conducted by the Alaska State Literacy Association.

Concert for community solidarity
Local musician Jane Roodenburg has organized "Shine the Light: A Concert for Peace, Fun, Joy and Justice" at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Northern Light United Church.

What's happening
"Shine the Light: a Concert for Peace, Fun, Joy and Justice," with performers Jane Roodenburg, Patricia Hull, Grace Elliot, Albert McDonnell, Jeff Brown, Susan Clark, Martha and Jim Stey, Wild Rumpus Clown Theatre, Brett Dillingham, Sean Tracey and Maridon Boario, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Northern Light United Church. Free. Potluck treats welcome.

Bets Bets: Spring break: live music and movies
It's spring break, and if you are reading this right now it means you are probably not 1) surrounded by beach balls, reclining in an aquamarine swimming pool with your pink tankini on 2) sipping a Starbucks latte at an outside table as you watch well-dressed city people pass by 3) shopping at the Gap for a nice, crisp pair of cropped cargo khakis. For all of that, my friends, I am truly sorry.

'A Scoop of the U.S.A.' ice cream naming contest
In celebration of its 75th birthday, Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream is challenging kids ages 8-14 to invent new ice cream flavors that represent their home states. Young people are encouraged to submit suggestions for flavors that pay tribute to the heritage and distinctive qualities of their home states.

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