Friday, April 4, 2003

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."

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

Believing in freedom
This letter is regarding the letter "Proud of U.S. Military," published in Wednesday's Empire. Every serviceman and servicewoman thanks anyone with a prayer in their heart and a thought in their mind for the safe return of our troops.

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.

Truth cannot be denied
Reference is made to Carolyn Brown's letter taking the position that there is no relationship between induced abortion and breast cancer. She talks about problems with "recall bias" in studies that result in inaccurate and non-valid findings.

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.

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.

Co-opting the media
All day long the war not only dominates the headlines on television and the newsprint, but also excludes all other concerns. The budgets, health, diplomacy, civil rights, all are either ignored or receive only cursory attention.

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.

Former Juneau residents still grieving son shot on Texas road
Last November, former Juneau resident Michael Anderson's truck veered and came to rest near the side of an orange-coned section of U.S. Route 75 in Van Alstyne, Texas, a small town about 40 miles north of Dallas. The truck's engine was running and its headlights lit the roadside as the radio played into the evening. Over the next seven hours, the truck's headlights dimmed and the radio signal faded before anyone stopped and discovered the lifeless body of the 23-year-old driver.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo: Standing up for children
Marylu Martin ties a ribbon with her wishes for Alaska's children onto a dreamcatcher constructed Thursday in the Dimond Courthouse Plaza.

Hospital reviews renovation options
Bartlett Regional Hospital's board of directors on Thursday postponed action on an over-budget hospital renovation project and will ask city attorneys for advice. Cornerstone Construction of Anchorage, the only company to bid on the project, said it could make its staff available to go through its costs in detail with the city, according to President C. John Eng. Cornerstone bid $40.9 million, about $11 million over the hospital's $29.7 million construction budget. The entire project budget is $42 million.

Workers find contaminated soil at city wastewater treatment plant
Contaminated soil at the Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant appears to have come from a leaky diesel heating-fuel line, according to city wastewater utility Superintendent Scott Jeffers. Workers began removing the soil this week. They found the contamination when installing a new ultraviolet disinfection system to treat effluent, Jeffers said.

City, Wings to test quieter plane engine
The city and flightseeing operator Wings of Alaska think a turbine-engine Otter would be much quieter than the floatplane engines now in use on Juneau's downtown waterfront. They plan to test their hypothesis next month to be sure. Juneau Assembly members last week agreed to spend $10,000 to bring a turbine engine Otter and a flightseeing noise consultant to town. The city plans to test the Ketchikan plane against the reciprocating-engine Otters that Wings currently uses, said city Lands Manager Steve Gilbertson.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

This Day in History
In 1967, nine crewmembers were rescued from the sinking 72-foot Canadian halibut boat, Dollina, off the southwest tip of Kodiak Island.

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

Corrections
The business profile in Thursday's Empire listed the incorrect last name of the stepson of Sandra Brown. His name is Steven Sabadin.

FYI
Births

Photo: Camping out in 1930
This photograph was taken in 1930 of local photographer Trevor Davis and two unidentified women on a camping trip. Davis is best known for his photograph "Lights of Juneau," and much of his work can be found at the Alaska State Library.

Don't squeeze the state's minimum-wage workers
The Alaska Department of Labor is pushing a new regulation that will allow employers in remote areas of the state to deduct housing and food from a worker's paycheck, even though this results in the wage being below the minimum of $7.15 per hour.

A heady experience to dye for
The timer is ticking. Another 20 minutes and the process should be complete, according to my strand test. Instead of getting sunburn in Mexico, I'm frying my hair with Born to be Blonde hair lightening formula and smelling the bitter, nostril-biting peroxide permeating the air of my apartment.

Exploring the Everglades in a book
A trip to the Everglades is just one near-calamity after another in a book created by Juneau elementary school students. "A Week in the Everglades" tells the story of a father and four sons. The 56-page book, written by nine Glacier Valley fifth-graders, combines their studies in science, social studies and English.

Girl Scout dance set
On Saturday, April 5, Girl Scouts of all ages will be attending a father-daughter dance at Riverbend School from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $5 per couple.

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

Ronald David Gleaton
Juneau resident Ronald David Gleaton, 53, died March 14, 2003, in Seattle.

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.

Resources of Prince of Wales
Mining, fishing and the timber industry have kept Prince of Wales Islanders busy for more than 100 years. Copper mining was so extensive that there was a smelter at Hadley a dozen years before there was an Anchorage. Gold, silver, zinc and lead abound. Marble deposits were worked in the 1920s.

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: 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.

The sun sets on an Empire
Thinking Out Loud: Today marks the end of civilization as we know it. Already you're thinking, "Oh, really? To what does the tom-fool editor refer now?" The war in Iraq? Severe acute respiratory syndrome? The erosion of moral values? None of the above, although they command our attention and fuel our angst to varying degrees.

Beedle slides in final Telemark races of season
This was not the way Juneau skier Matt Beedle wanted to end the 2002-03 Telemark ski season. Beedle, a member of the U.S. Telemark Ski Association's national team, had problems keeping the ski-side down during the U.S. Telemark Ski Association's national championships on March 14-17 at Crystal Mountain, Wash., and again at the World Telemark Ski Championships on March 22-24 at Big Mountain Resort in Whitefish, 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'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.

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.

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

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.

Juneau swimmers compete at NW Age Group meet
Kyle O'Brien led five members of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club at the Northwest Section Age Group Championships held March 21-23 in Federal Way, Wash. O'Brien was the only GSC swimmer to reach the finals, posting a best finish of second place in the boys age 13 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.09 seconds.

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

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.

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.

Opening statements given in Mateu murder trial
Prosecutors and defense attorneys have presented strikingly different portrayals of the relationship between Jose "Che" Mateu and his father, Jose R. Mateu, the man he is accused of killing. Mateu, 20, is on trial for third time in connection with the January 2000 shooting death of his father inside their Ketchikan home. Mateu, whose two previous trials in Ketchikan ended in hung juries, is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence.

Committee OKs $100 tax on the employed
A plan to impose a $100 tax on almost every person in the state who has a job was given approval Thursday by the Senate State Affairs Committee. The committee also approved a bill that would eliminate the Longevity Bonus Program, which provides some 18,000 seniors with monthly checks ranging between $100 and $250. Senate Bill 137 by Sen. Gary Stevens, a Kodiak Republican, would allow the state to deduct $50 from an employee's first two paychecks, once the employee makes over $1,000. Rep. Peggy Wilson, a Wrangell Republican, has introduced a similar bill in the House.

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.

Resolutions protest increasing federal power
Democratic legislators have introduced identical resolutions expressing concern about the federal Patriot Act's effect on civil liberties. The resolutions, filed by Rep. David Guttenberg of Fairbanks and Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis of Anchorage, call on Alaska's congressional delegation to work to change the act.

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.

Governor takes 'tough on crime' position
Gov. Frank Murkowski outlined a crime package Thursday that calls for fewer plea bargains for child predators, a crackdown on bootleggers, and tightening the state's self-defense laws. "We want the criminals to get the message that they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. We're through fooling around in this state," Murkowski said.

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.

Godfrey files claim against shooter's estate
ANCHORAGE - The widow of former state Public Safety Commissioner Glenn Godfrey wants $2 million from the estate of the woman who shot her husband to death and seriously wounded her last summer. A probate master will consider later this month whether the $2 million claim by Patricia Godfrey can proceed against the estate of Karen Brand, the woman who shot herself after killing Glenn Godfrey and wounding his wife Aug. 3 in the Godfreys' Eagle River home.

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

State Briefs
Goshawks chase hikers near college; Man pleads in guilty Anchorage killing; Legislators want lab in seafood plant; Flags lowered in memory of judge; Geophysical Institute finds errant rocket

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.

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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