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Thursday, April 3, 2003

Business profile: Sandra Brown
Title and company: Owner, Salon 2211

Foundation seeks ways to deliver fresh Alaska salmon
ANCHORAGE - When Alaska Peninsula fishermen experimented with sending fresh salmon to Boston last year, they discovered that the most expensive step in the journey was the first. Moving a sockeye south to Beantown cost 92 cents per pound. Nearly two-thirds of that expense, 60 cents, paid for moving the fish from Sand Point to Anchorage.

Inside plants produce outsized benefits
Though Juneau's outdoor planting options are limited by the short growing season, the large amount of precipitation and the lack of light, indoor plants can thrive here. Juneau residents Teresa Busch and Suzanne Sakewitz know that, and they have started a business to bring plants to Juneau's offices and homes. "People have this feeling that plants don't do as well here because it's dark," said Busch, who started The Plant People, an interior landscaping business, with Sakewitz in September. "But you can grow dwarf citrus trees inside, you can grow banana trees - and even get some of them to produce. Suzanne has a passion for passion flowers right now, because you can watch them grow and they purify the air so much."

Medical contingency
In just over a month, the first of many cruise ship passengers and crew will arrive in Juneau on a floating petri dish. If you are one of the local residents who contracted the Norwalk virus last year, you probably have considered the potential threat posed to this community by the rapidly spreading severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus.

Correspondence success
I have been a student at Alyeska Central School for five years, and have always felt privileged to be using the program. Even though I will be going to the regular high school next year, I was very disappointed when I heard that ACS might be closed.

No tourist attraction
It's spring again and time to freshen up a bit. When does the permit for the vehicle junkyard located halfway to the glacier on Loop Road run out?

Another dead end
As the debate goes on where to locate an access road for Juneau, some folks keep bringing up the idea of "going up the Taku." I own a cabin on the river, but I am not crying "not in my back yard." However, I want to offer several reasons why the Taku River Valley is not a viable alternative for a road out of Juneau based on today's technology.

Proud of U.S. military
In Sunday's paper Mary Grose of New Zealand wrote a letter telling us how upset she was with Patrick McGonegal's March 26 letter. That was the one entitled "Supporting our troops like supporting LAPD." That letter upset me, too.

Not American values
One thing about Iraq should be pretty clear now. We are not just liberating Iraq from Saddam Hussein and his cronies. The entire population of Iraq is not welcoming us with open arms. All the Iraqi troops are not just collapsing and surrendering.

ACS is a good school
I am writing because our Governor wants to close Alyeska Central School. He thinks it costs too much money to operate. I don't want him to close the school because many students that don't live in big cities use ACS.

Panel: Don't ban dogs on N. Douglas trail
Fido may get to stay on the Rainforest Trail. The city's Parks and Recreation Committee on Tuesday objected to plans to ban dogs on the North Douglas trail, suggesting the proposal be sent to the city's Trails Working Group for more study. The city's Parks and Recreation Department had planned to ban dogs on the Outer Point-area trail starting May 1 to protect wildlife and habitat.

Photo: Anti-smoking tattoos
Ruth Simpson, left, a drug and alcohol counselor, draws a temporary tattoo today on the arm of Juneau-Douglas High School student Katie Monagle. The event was sponsored by Teens Against Tobacco Use.

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

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

This Day in History
In 1935, Pacific Alaska Airway began their Juneau-Fairbanks service.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the name of a Department of Environmental Conservation employee in an article about a fuel tank spill in Wednesday's Empire was misspelled.

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

Photo: Duck reflection
A male mallard duck preens as his image is reflected in the melting ice of the Rotary Park pond along Riverside Drive on Tuesday.

For the love of lamb try roasting it two simple, different ways
I have a friend, we'll call her Ms. Mostly Meatless, who claimed to have a particular distaste for lamb. You may know people like Meatless - it's not that she is a vegetarian, she just doesn't usually go for red meat. In Meatless' world of chicken breast and fish filets, lamb seemed to represent all that could be distasteful about red meat.

Community and youth forum set for Friday
Since the Juneau Mayor's Task Force on Youth began 10 years ago in the wake of a teen suicide, more services and opportunities for young people have become available. But the use of illegal drugs by Juneau youths remains above the national average, according to a report from the panel. The task force will hold a community meeting Friday afternoon and evening at the Marie Drake gym to create recommendations to direct the group in the next decade.

Oil spill cleanup may cost family thousands of dollars
Kevin Conrad was at home when the stand holding his 275-gallon heating-oil tank collapsed, spilling 220 gallons of fuel onto his lawn, his neighbor's lawn and the street in front of his Mendenhall Valley house. Conrad has been home for a month, receiving worker's compensation after injuring his back at his job operating a Bobcat utility machine for Waste Management. He has 10 mouths to feed, including his wife, Christy, who takes care of their six children and two foster children, ranging in age from 2 to 11 years old. His home is now being warmed by electric heat, which he uses as a backup. Conrad also has impending spill cleanup bills in the thousands of dollars and some enduring soreness at what he says was too little help from state and local authorities.

Photo: Thanksgiving in March
Rep. Kelly Wolf, left, Rep. Lesli McGuire, and Rep. Carl Morgan pose for a picture while serving food at the Elks Club in Juneau during the Thanksgiving in March Benefit Dinner for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank last weekend.

SEACC argues against road up Lynn Canal
A road from Juneau to Skagway would be dangerous in the winter, harmful to habitat and too expensive, according to a conservation group that aims to prevent it from being built. The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council presented a slide show and guest panel Tuesday night at Centennial Hall to make the case for enhanced ferry service over road construction.

This Day in History
In 1973, The First Annual Iditarod Sled Dog Race ended with 22 mushers completing the run from Anchorage to Nome, with Dick Willmarth finishing first.

Correction
Due to incorrect information provided to the Empire, an article on child abuse in Tuesday's paper gave the incorrect year for child abuse statistics in Alaska.

Juneau woman found in Tenakee grave
Though officials will not confirm the identity of a body found partially buried in the Tenakee Springs woods Tuesday, friends and family of a 19-year-old Juneau woman who disappeared March 26 say it is her body and she was murdered. After five days of searching, volunteer rescue teams found a body around 10 a.m. Tuesday, partially buried in a shallow grave in the woods behind the Tenakee Springs School. They believe it is Maggie Wigen, who split her time between Juneau and Tenakee, residents said. Tenakee is about 50 miles southwest of Juneau and has a population of around 100.

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

Kmart to shut doors April 13
Juneau's Super Kmart will shut its doors for good Sunday, April 13, nearly three months after the Kmart Corp. announced plans to close it and the four other Kmart stores in the state. "We're down to the point where if you see something and you like it, you should go ahead and buy it," said Debbie Saddler, the store's general manager. She was unable to give specific numbers for how much of the Kmart inventory has been liquidated since the store's closure was announced Jan. 14.

Suspect in Wharf thefts faces multiple charges
A man accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of items from vehicles faces more charges from a Juneau grand jury and is a suspect in nearly 10 other pending theft cases. Sheridan Scott Stringer, 34, already faced a felony theft charge filed by police in connection with more than $2,000 worth of climbing equipment stolen from Juneau Mountain Rescue member Steve Handy's van in January. A Juneau grand jury Friday determined the state presented enough evidence to indict Stringer on additional charges.

Food-basket program shuts down
A local provider of food for the poor closed its doors this week but is seeking a new location. St. Martin's, which is independent but affiliated with the St. Vincent de Paul charities, lost its donated space near the airport at Dreams TFC Inc., a nonprofit service agency for children that closed last month.

Hospital expansion bid $11M over budget
City officials are regrouping after the sole bid for a long-planned expansion and renovation at Bartlett Regional Hospital came in $11 million over budget Wednesday. Cornerstone Construction of Anchorage submitted a $40.9 million bid on the project, more than $11 million over the $29.7 million construction budget. Cornerstone was the only company to bid. The entire project is budgeted at $42 million.

Swineford's inventory
After the United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, many politicians and citizens Outside criticized it as "the national refrigerator" - refusing to believe it had any value at all. It would take lecture tours by missionaries such as Sheldon Jackson and books by enthusiasts such as Alfred Swineford and Judge James Wickersham and others to convince the general populace that it was worth populating and developing.

Pets of the week
Joan is an 8-month-old black Lab mix, very mellow for a puppy. Although she has not had a lot of training, she is eager to learn and easy to train. Delilah is a beautiful, silky black cat with a white bib and whiskers. She has been declawed and spayed.

Thanksgiving in March will help feed needy for one year
A $1,000 legislator-made apple pie and two $2,000 dinners with the Murkowskis at the governor's mansion were among the top money-makers at this year's "Thanksgiving in March" fund-raiser for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank, held March 29 at the Elk's Lodge. "The legislators have really just bent over backwards to help us raise money for this, and it's wonderful," said Thyes Shaub, finance chairwoman for the food bank's board of directors.

The first glimpses of spring 2003
There is nothing as exciting as another spring, bursting open the grave, returning life to the sere and frozen world, and the emergence of the early blooming perennials. Long before leaves on tree or shrub, before seed can sprout or even grass turn green, the earliest perennials are sending up their flowering stalks to take advantage of any opportunity to get a leg up on the competition.

Thank you
The Alaska Youth Choir held its annual raffle drawing on March 1. Once again the citizens of Juneau stepped up to the plate and delivered-- by purchasing raffle tickets and donating prizes and services for our raffle and the raffle award dinner.

Stanley Elwood Reddekopp
Juneau resident Stanley Elwood Reddekopp died March 30, 2003, aboard a commercial fishing vessel in Southeast waters.

Jim E. Cashen
Lifelong Juneau resident Jim E. Cashen, 40, died March 23, 2003, while on business in Las Vegas, Nev.

Forrest E. Shepard
Juneau resident Forrest E. Shepard, 38, died March 20, 2003, at his home in Juneau.

My Turn: Still reason to speak up
In reference to Mr. Harben's letter to the editor of March 25, I would like to clarify a few things: Protesting this illegal war is called dissent and the last time I checked one could still do so, though I have my doubts about how long we will be able to continue to have this basic freedom so dear to us all. There is a long history of dissent in this country - much of it justified - the Mexican War, the Civil War on both sides, the Spanish-American War and Vietnam, to name a few.

My Turn: Finding it a privilege to serve
I'm concerned about the letters that accuse our leadership of conducting an illegal and immoral military campaign against Iraq. Let's not forget how we arrived where we are today. We are in the implementation stage of our national security strategy. This strategy was in concept and draft form for the past decade, and only since October 2001 has it become the national security posture of the United States.

My Turn: Trouble right here and it begins with 'G'
We have a government that we need to be afraid of. All in the name of war and security we citizens of this great country have been lied to and have had our democracy and freedom taken away. The U.S.. Patriot Act has done that and Congress is not willing to give us back our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights - afraid to go against George W., even though George W. and each member of Congress pledged to uphold the Constitution and the Bill of Rights when they took office. They have not done so.

My Turn: It's time to save our children
I'm writing in response to Mr. Gardinier's letter, "Smart kids, not smart bombs." How fitting that he should open with a quote from a famous World War II general and ex-president. The quote says to me that even career military men recognize the suffering war brings to innocent people. He obviously did fight a war and did his job well. No one likes war, it's the choice of last resort.

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

Juneau's Tompkins shines at nationals
Juneau monoskier Joe Tompkins closed out the 2002-03 disabled alpine ski season with one of his best finishes ever at the U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Championships held last week at Big Sky Resort, Mont.

From the Sidelines: Cavs fan gives Boozer an April Fool's surprise
Cleveland Cavaliers fan David LaRue needed an edge for his April Fool's Day "HORSE" game against rookie power forward Carlos Boozer. LaRue won the right to play Boozer in the game of HORSE by winning a silent auction earlier this year at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards dinner, but LaRue hadn't played basketball since he was a schoolboy at Catholic Central in Steubenville, Ohio.

Juneau boys, girls soccer squads to open in Ketchikan
Many local residents may have grumbled about shoveling their driveway or brushing off their car after Monday's burst of snow. The Juneau-Douglas High School soccer squads had to clear an entire field.

Slope stylin'
Last year, Chauncey Sorenson spent most of his winter in the Lower 48 competing in slopestyle snowboarding events. This winter, a lack of funds kept Sorenson home in Juneau working at a pizza parlor, so he jumped at the chance to compete when Eaglecrest Ski Area decided to host its 'Adios, El Niño' slopestyle ski and snowboard competition on Sunday. Sorenson was able to put his experience competing in the Lower 48 to use, dominating the inaugural slopestyle event at Eaglecrest.

Artest's antics fail to distract Pacers
CLEVELAND - As only he can, Ron Artest turned an otherwise boring blowout into another blowup. Al Harrington scored 24 points, and Artest was up to his usual antics - pushing players, drawing a technical and enraging the crowd - while leading the Indiana Pacers to a 103-82 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

Midnight Sun boys go 3-1-1 in Ariz.
The Juneau Midnight Suns baseball team closed out its preseason road trip to the Flying Dog Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., last week with a pair of come-from-behind victories over the Jesuit Crusaders of Portland, Ore., and the Fairview Knights of Boulder, Colo. The two victories gave the Midnight Suns a 3-1-1 record for the trip, with the only loss coming to the Heritage Eagles of Littleton, Colo., the top-ranked Class 5A team in Colorado in the preseason poll run by the Rocky Mountain News.

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

Alaska Railroad reports 2002 as profitable year
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Railroad says 2002 was a profitable year despite a drop in revenue.

Canada considers lifting ban on B.C. offshore drilling
ANCHORAGE - The Canadian government is planning to hold public hearings and conduct a scientific review that could reopen offshore oil and gas drilling along the British Columbia coast. The decision is good news to economic development boosters, particularly in the province's northern reaches near the border with Alaska.

Infant murder trial begins in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - A Ketchikan teenager is on trial for the death of his girlfriend's infant son last year. Opening statements were presented Tuesday in the case against 17-year-old Josh Rowden, charged as an adult with first- and second-degree murder and manslaughter in the April 2002 death of 7-week-old Adrian Fackrell.

White House proposes changes in salmon protection to boost logging
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is proposing changes to its salmon protection strategy to make it easier to log Northwest forests. A draft environmental impact statement released Wednesday would eliminate requirements that block timber sales and other projects unless officials can show they would not harm fish.

Begich leads Wuerch in race for Anchorage mayor; runoff is expected
ANCHORAGE - Former Assembly member Mark Begich was the top vote-getter in Tuesday's mayoral election in Anchorage, but whether he can avoid a runoff remains to be seen. Begich had a significant lead over incumbent Mayor George Wuerch and former Mayor Rick Mystrom in a field of 11 candidates.

State may allow herbicides on Southeast Alaska clearcuts
ANCHORAGE - The state is proposing regulations that could allow a Native-owned logging company to spray alder-killing herbicides on Southeast Alaska clearcuts to help speed the reforestation of cedar and spruce, which are cash crops. Klukwan Inc., however, would have to ensure that no herbicides drift within 200 feet of a public drinking water source.

Texas firm's exploratory wells yield mixed results
ANCHORAGE - The first round of exploratory drilling on the North Slope by a Dallas-based oil company has yielded mixed results. Pioneer Natural Resources Co. said Monday all three wells it drilled in shallow water northwest of the Kuparuk oil field struck sandstone filled with oil but the sands were "too thin to be considered commercial."

1 percent for art targeted for cuts
State funding for art in public places could be on the chopping block this legislative session. Members of the House State Affairs Committee today heard testimony on a bill that would relieve the state of its responsibility to dedicate 1 percent of funding for construction of public buildings to works of art for display in those facilities.

Murkowski takes helicopters out of mix in McGrath
Gov. Frank Murkowski won't allow state employees in helicopters to kill wolves as part of a predator control program around McGrath. Putting Department of Fish and Game employees in the air to shoot wolves was at the top of a list of options recommended by the state Board of Game, which wants the state to kill wolves and relocate bears around McGrath to improve the number of moose there.

House GOP revives ANWR drilling
WASHINGTON - The House is moving swiftly to enact energy legislation, hoping to revive a proposal for oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge and, in a boon to farmers, expand the use of ethanol as a gasoline additive. Both provisions were included Wednesday as separate committees crafted key parts of the energy legislation. Lawmakers said they expected an energy bill to be voted on by the full House, possibly as early as next week.

State Briefs
Southeast chinook salmon quota increased; Auke Bay traffic meeting Thursday; House passes PFD bill broadening eligibility; Senate OKs teacher housing bill; Back-to-back quakes jolt Interior; Three teens accused of setting fire at Palmer dairy complex; Woman charged with bringing alcohol to Anaktuvuk Pass

Gas pipeline legislation progresses
Action in Congress this week is helping to move along the development of a natural gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to the Lower 48, according to the governor, Alaska's congressional delegation and oil companies. A financial incentive package for oil companies to build the pipeline is slated to be added to energy legislation being developed by the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources committees, according to Chuck Kleeschulte, spokesman for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. The Senate Finance Committee approved the package Wednesday morning.

State Briefs
Mining ordinance comment set Saturday; Third trial of man accused of killing father begins; March was wetter than usual; Kohring wants to gives tax decision to voters; JDHS Dance Team offers clinic, show; House creates committee to tackle fiscal issues; Kenai Peninsula teachers ratify contract

Bill would delay driver's licenses for teenagers
Alaska teenagers ready to hit the road with their first unrestricted driver's license would have to wait an extra year under a bill under consideration by the Legislature. The graduated driver's license bill by Juneau Republican Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch establishes a three-tiered system for when, where and with whom teens can drive.

Barachois
As the story goes, when Louise Arsenault, fiddler for the Acadian band Barachois, snuck her father's fiddle from under his bed, she knew she could play it before she even put the bow to the strings. "She was only 7, and she just played right there," said Helene Arsenault-Bergeron, Barachois keyboardist and spokeswoman. "Here, music is just something that is in you. ... We absorbed it from our parents."

Movies Where & When
"View From The Top," (PG-13) ends Thursday, April 3, final show at 7:20 p.m. at Glacier Cinemas.

Folk Fest No. 29
Long-time Southeast folk musician Andy Ferguson, who plays a dozen instruments in half-a-dozen bands, likens Juneau's folk festival tradition to an enormous beast that comes out every April. "If nobody organized folk fest, it would probably happen anyway," he said. "It is so huge, the stage is burgeoning."

Best Bets: Folk fest, the symphony and Wojo's mojo
Here's a little folk fest highlight I forgot to mention in my article: Detective Stan Wojciehowicz. That's right, Max Gail, the actor who played "Wojo" on the 1970s' hit sitcom "The Barney Miller Show." He's a piano-playing singer/songwriter who lives in L.A. now. He'll be playing a 15-minute set at the folk festival next Thursday, April 10. There were no Barney Miller re-runs on "Nick at Nite," and I was, like, fetal in the 1970s, so Wojo didn't ring any bells at first. Luckily, my pal Collette Costa remembers.

Juneau Symphony turns 40
Av Gross was in his 20s in 1963 when he played his violin in the Juneau Symphony's first concert. He remembers the concert was held in the Juneau-Douglas High School band room. The musicians played Richard Wagner's overture to the Opera "Tannhauser." "It was much less professional then," Gross recalled. "I can't believe we played the Wagner - it must have been simplified."

What's Happening
"Music in the Museum," a pre-folk festival public jam session with musicians from River of Life, Happy to Be Here, and the Bluegrass Reunion Students, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Fourth and Main Streets. Details: 586-3572. The 29th Annual Alaska Folk Festival, with weekday evening concerts from 7 to 11 p.m. Monday, April 7, to Sunday, April 13, from 7-11:30 p.m. Details: www.alaskafolkfest.org.

First Friday
For this weekend's show of artwork organized in opposition to the United States-led war in Iraq, Mark Daughhetee submitted a photo of a man with his head completely buried in sand. "The image was actually inspired by the first Gulf War, but today it seems more appropriate than ever," Daughhetee wrote in an e-mail about the photograph. "The sand refers to the venue for this war and the former."

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