Thursday, April 4, 2002

On The Move
Speedy Glass recently announced that Keith Imel has accepted the management position at the Speedy Glass branch in Juneau.

Business Profile: Robert Koenitzer
Name and Firm: Robert S. "Bob" Koenitzer is sole proprietor of Sculpt Alaska. "Sculpting started as a hobby for me and is now turning into a business," Koenitzer said. He has produced paddles and masks in wood, as well as silver bracelets. In the last couple of years, he turned to stone work.

Business Briefs
Downtown Tesoro modernizes pumps; Making the most of marketing dollars; Deadline soon for 2003 vacation planner; Seminar on FMLA and ADA acts; Reducing stress in your life; U.S. Chamber honors Rep. Don Young; Credit union receives Children's Miracle Network award; Princess launches Star on West Coast; 2001 timber safety awards announced;

Firm is more than beach freight
Paul Weltzin has carved out such a life of challenge and adventure on the high seas that he considers himself a citizen of the Pacific as well as a resident of Juneau. "A lot of people that operate remote depend on people like me," Weltzin said.

Boat security services help keep vessels on the go
The American dream of the "on the road" experience, even when that road is salt water, is simply to gas up and go. No fuss, no muss. No flooded cabins, no frayed lines, no broken windshield wipers.

Promote tolerance
It greatly disturbs me that on Easter Sunday flyers were distributed promoting racial discrimination toward people of color

Time goes forward
It seems that the C.A.V.E. group doesn't realize that time goes forward and not backward. South Franklin cannot revert to the sawmill, the Juneau Cold Storage, the Coca-Cola plant, the Metcalfe Sheet Metal Shop, the Warner's Machine Shop, the City Cafe being open 24 hours a day, the many beer parlors or the red lights hanging on the cabin porches.

Instrumental assistance from guv, airline, paper
The Juneau Symphony was very much concerned about, and involved in, the recent problems that local and visiting musicians have had trying to carry musical instruments on board Alaska Airlines' flights. On behalf of the symphony, I want to commend the Juneau Empire for its balanced story in last Friday's paper on the resolution of the problem.

Rules are rules
The rules set down by our government apply to people of all colors, races and ethnic backgrounds. And yes, they do apply to people who are nice and who have kids in school with yours.

Sealaska still needs audit
This is a response to a letter from Chris McNeil in the March 29 Empire. I knew his response would not support a shareholder-supported external audit of Sealaska Corp. I am married to a Sealaska shareholder and have children who are descendant of shareholders, notwithstanding, the message is more important than the messenger.

Daylight-saving time beats the options
The recent articles regarding a Kenai-based effort to eliminate daylight-saving time and Joann Jackinsky's (Kasilof) erroneous letter requesting support recalled some interesting events.

Rules for everyone
I am writing to defend the slandered bus driver. He is getting crucified daily for enforcing the city's bus rules by Jamila Glauber and her cronies. I have ridden on the city buses before and a no-food sign is clearly posted inside the bus.

Profiling our prejudices
I have been following the candy bar on city bus incident from the Juneau Empire online while attending school in Tacoma, Wash., and I agree that Matt Wolcott is absolutely correct that the rules apply to everyone. However, sometimes punishment for breaking those rules is dealt differently to different individuals.

Marine Park compromise
For what it's worth, I've been trying to come up with a compromise situation to accommodate both esthetics and practicality in the Marine Park plan. If the city acquired the Sealaska lot next to the library, the buses could stage against that side of the library, out of sight, yet close and practical.

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

Orcas in our midst
Orcas coming into the channel is "something we would expect at this time of year, but it's not something we can predict," said Ron Berg, deputy regional director for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Author and storyteller Bruce Coville in Juneau
A presentation about reading, imagination and writing by author Bruce Coville packed the Ketchikan library Tuesday night. Coville will be in Juneau this weekend to give three presentations Saturday and Sunday at the downtown library.Ketchikan Youth Services Librarian Charlotte Glover said Coville visited two Ketchikan elementary schools Tuesday and students brought their parents to the library Tuesday night for more.

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

Local Briefs
City to buy museum property; Accused sex abuser pleads innocent

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

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

City sued to open cruise line meetings
Juneau resident Dennis Harris is going to court to force city meetings with the cruise industry to be open to the public. Harris filed a lawsuit against the city in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday, asking that meetings between city officials and representatives from the North West CruiseShip Association be held in Juneau "at a time and place that is accessible to the public."

Harborview gets new principal
Longtime Juneau educator Kathi Yanamura was selected Wednesday as the next principal of Harborview Elementary School. "I'm just thrilled," she said this morning of her first principal's job. "I don't think I've been this excited (since) my first teaching job.

Principal finalists meet Harborview community
Three finalists to take over as principal of Harborview Elementary School met with the school community this week for the final round of discussions and interviews.Educators Kathi Yanamura of Juneau, Joseph Krause of Flint, Mich., and Patricia Newman of Bakersfield, Calif., are seeking their first principal position. They attended a reception Monday and participated in public interviews on Tuesday.

Juneau's sales leveled off last year
After sizable gains in retail sales during much of the past decade, Juneau's economy may be leveling off, according to city data. Some businesses, such as car dealerships and restaurants, posted sales gains last year. But others, such as hotels and furniture stores, sold less. Gross sales in Juneau topped $1.22 billion in 2001, up 0.09 percent from the year before, according to totals compiled by the city from 3,330 merchants.

Assembly speaks out against state's proposed sales tax
The Juneau Assembly on Monday expressed opposition to the 3 percent state sales tax proposed by the state House of Representatives in its attempt to develop a long-range fiscal plan. Juneau has a 5 percent sales tax that funds general operations, roads and other public works projects. Of that, 1 percent is permanent while voters regularly have to renew discretionary 3 percent and 1 percent sales taxes, City Finance Director Craig Duncan said.

School staff OKs reduced insurance coverage
Increased insurance costs have led the Juneau School District's support staff to accept diminished coverage for the next year. Last month the Juneau School Board learned insurance costs for support staff were going to increase dramatically starting April 1 due to higher-than-expected claims over the past year. In response, the board increased the district's monthly insurance contributions from $496 to $550 per employee per month to cover part - but not all - of the difference.

Local Briefs
Buck named to public works post; Reiswig, Lobaugh featured in art show

Photo: Math winners
The Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School MATHCOUNTS team of, from left, Ben Grammel, Nicky Miller, Logan Spencer, Robbie Sylvester and Coach Mary Borthwick, placed first in the state MATHCOUNTS competition held last month in Anchorage.

Neighbors Briefs
4-H sets running program and Garden plots available

Green House follows a consumer-oriented model
The Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc. recently re-named its drop-in facility, Green Doors. The new name, Green House, was adopted when the facility incorporated as a separate, non-profit corporation. Green House is part of a new wave in mental health treatment, a consumer-directed surge that is washing up a treasure of member-run clubhouses modeled on The Fountain House model in New York City.

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

Pet Of The Week
Mordecai is a very sweet 6-month-old black and brown tiger kitty. He gets along well with children, other cats and probably dogs.

Elder housing group begins project
A new elder housing program has begun after months of planning by the Tlingit and Haida Indians of the City and Borough of Juneau. Based on a recent comprehensive survey of Juneau elders, the local council extensively discussed the needs of its senior citizens.

Randy Eichholtz
Juneau resident Randy Eichholtz died March 28, 2002, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Jack Nicholas Trambitas
Longtime resident Jack Nicholas Trambitas, 82, died March 28, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital after a long bout with Parkinson's disease.

State sales tax hurts municipal autonomy
On Monday night the Juneau Assembly joined other Southeast Alaska communities in taking a firm position against the proposed 3 percent statewide sales tax. The sales tax measure was proposed by House Finance Committee to help close the state's fiscal gap by $200 million.

HB 304 preserves PFD, closes gap
Amid the various revenue generating plans currently under consideration is House Bill 304 entitled "Percent of Market Value (POMV) of permanent fund." This bill has a number of worthy attributes. The bill contains features that would contribute significantly to closing the fiscal gap and may provide the best hope yet of preserving the permanent fund dividend at an acceptable level.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

Interview with the orca
RR: Hey fans, sports director Robbie Reluke here from your All Slime, Some Crime, All the Time, Seldom Live, 24/7 syndicated satellite-fed Voice of the Great Southeast, K-P-U-F, broadcasting from the rocky shores of Gastineau Channel where our very special guest this afternoon is none other than Orc - that's right, the Big O.

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

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 soccer team Spokane bound
Late Tuesday afternoon, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team was enjoying just its third practice on the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park football field.

Juneau wins soccer opener in Spokane
Despite not yet having had a full-field practice, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team opened its season on Wednesday with a 4-0 victory over Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Wash. Lewis and Clark is considered one of the top teams in Spokane, and the Tigers already had five games under their belts when Juneau arrived in Spokane Wednesday. The Crimson Bears handed the Tigers their second loss of the season after L&C opened with four straight victories.

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

Title belts on the line in Southeast Showdown boxing
Three championship belts will be up for grabs as the roughhouse boxing season culminates with the Southeast Showdown this weekend.The Southeast Showdown is a two-day, bracketed tournament of roughhouse boxing that takes place tonight and Friday night at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Tickets are $35 and $50, good for both nights, and boxing starts about 7:30 p.m. each night.

Kenai bids for 2006 Arctic Winter Games
KENAI - The Kenai Peninsula Borough is bidding to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games. The borough is one of four regions of the state looking at hosting the 2006 Arctic Winter Games. Others are three-time host Fairbanks, Juneau-Douglas and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The last time the Arctic Winter Games took place in Alaska was 1996 in Chugiak-Eagle River.

Informed consent bill sparks debate
The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill this morning that would require doctors to give women information on fetal development and on health risks reportedly associated with abortion before terminating pregnancies.The "informed-consent" bill was attacked by pro-choice advocates as an attempt to intimidate women out of exercising their constitutional right to abortion.

Diesel sulfur levels to drop
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has declined to seek an exemption from a new nationwide standard lowering sulfur content in diesel fuel.It did request a one-year extension for rural areas, which are expected to experience a greater financial impact by implementation of the new rule. The extension request awaits approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Legislators love 'West Wing,' but not its ANWR episode
A recent episode of the television show "West Wing" raised the hackles of a number of members of the Alaska Legislature.They penned a letter to the show's producer, Aaron Sorkin, asking for equal time.

State briefs
Alaska stamp unveiled in Juneau; Juneau man named DCED deputy commissioner; Providing booze to minors could become felony; Anchorage man faces charges in 1999 slaying of wife; Alyeska to eliminate about 150 jobs in next few months

Senate passes bill that could shrink services
Longevity bonuses and assistance to the poor, elderly and foster parents could be reduced under a bill that passed the state Senate on Wednesday.Lawmakers call it a tool to preserve programs in tough fiscal times. Social service officials see it as a way for lawmakers to make cuts to programs serving the neediest Alaskans without the political fallout.

Young searched at Anchorage airport
ANCHORAGE - Workers at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport selected Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young to be searched before he boarded a flight to Fairbanks. "There I was with my boots off and my belt buckle off," Young said, demonstrating his spread-eagle stance Tuesday to members of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.

Sales and income tax hybrid floated
A long-range fiscal plan remained stalled in the House today, but a new push is being made for including an alcohol tax increase.An ad hoc committee of three Republicans and three Democrats has held a handful of negotiating sessions in the past seven days, since a proposed income tax was defeated on the House floor and a sales tax bill was returned to the Rules Committee.

Candidates talk fish at first debate
KODIAK - If it had to do with fish, it was fair game for debate at the first gubernatorial candidate forum of the political season. Five Alaskans who want to be governor sounded off on topics from subsistence to farmed fish to ways to aid the state's ailing fishing industry at the forum sponsored by United Fishermen of Alaska and the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce.

Owners: Use Exxon Valdez in Alaska
SEATTLE - The company that owns the tanker Exxon Valdez has argued before a federal appeals court that the ship should be allowed to return to Alaska's Prince William Sound, where it spilled 11 million gallons of oil in 1989.

State Briefs
Welfare update approved by House; Providing booze to minors could become felony; Drivers license fees to go up under digital ID bill; Anchorage voters want subsistence amendment; Rep. Scott Ogan's medical condition improving; University president Mark Hamilton released from hospital

Bill to cut social services headed to Senate floor
The Senate was poised to take up a bill today that makes automatic cuts in some social service programs when funding isn't available.Senate Bill 182 would reduce the amount of benefits paid to Alaskans over a 12-month period when the Legislature does not fully fund certain formula programs.

Braving the elements for art
Nine Juneau artists sit in the sun-drenched foyer of the Fiddlehead Restaurant on Saturday morning, discussing where they are going to paint that day. Propped on the bench opposite them sit several bright pastel vistas enclosed by frames and glass. The painters have met this way every Saturday for two years, but this meeting will be unique.

The many faces of love
The struggle for love, the depiction of love and the glory of love will be explored at "A Community of Speakers, Writers and Thinkers" in Juneau this weekend. "This year the theme is love - not just a romantic happily-everafter love. It's love in all of its manifestations," said Sue Koester, who organized the third annual humanities forum at the University of Alaska Southeast. "The conference is for the entire community, not just the UAS community. We try to seek people as panelists who have life experiences and professional experience."

What's Happening
Concerts

Best Bets: Next 2 weeks offer chance to gorge on music
Between the Juneau Symphony, Trio Arthur Grumiaux, Paul and Melissa Zahasky and the Alaska Folk Festival, the next couple of weeks have turned into a musical extravaganza, with concerts virtually every night. The Zahaskys have been playing music together for almost 20 years. I first saw them at the folk festival in the mid-1980s and I've always enjoyed their performances. They perform only once or twice a year. Paul's guitar playing is beautifully complemented by Melissa's violin, and they both sing well.

Movies Where & When
"The People vs. Larry Flynt," (R) 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Back Room Cinema at the Silverbow Inn.

The sounds of Europe come to Juneau
A French street dance, a Russian dictator, American jazz and the voices of the cello, violin and piano served to inspire Debussy, Shostakovich and Beethoven.The three European composers will be featured Saturday, April 6, in "Europe and Beyond," a concert by the Juneau Symphony. Beethoven's unusual "Triple Concerto" will showcase the talents of three guest artists, members of the Belgian chamber group Trio Arthur Grumiaux.

Celebrating the Arctic landscape in photos
R obert Glenn Ketchum spent 25 years photographing the landscapes of the world before turning his lens on the Arctic in 1994.He's since returned 10 times to the circumpolar regions to photograph Arctic landscapes. The Alaska State Museum is featuring 50 of Ketchum's color photographs in "Arctic," an exhibit opening Friday, April 5. A reception with the artist will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Soul and Speed
Lightning fast fiddlework and soulful flute playing have given Irish musician Frankie Gavin an international reputation. Gavin has played with Keith Richards in Jamaica, the Rolling Stones in London and next week he plays with Alaskans in Juneau. Gavin is the guest artist for the upcoming Alaska Folk Festival, which begins Monday night, April 8, at Centennial Hall.

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