Friday, April 5, 2002

Litter everywhere in Juneau
Juneau has another garbage problem that is overshadowed by the bear garbage problem. It is one that can be easily controlled by everyone who lives here and won't cost much more than some time to resolve and some thought to prevent. I'm talking about the litter that can be found along roadsides, trails, on the city streets, in the parks, along the waterway and generally anywhere people go.

Improve Marine Park
I wish to voice my support for the Marine Park/Steamship Wharf improvements as depicted in the March 31 edition of the Juneau Empire.

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.

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.

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.

Judge kills suit against city meetings
A judge has denied a Juneau man's request to open meetings between the North West CruiseShip Association and city officials to the public.The city is sending Assembly member Dale Anderson, city Port Director Joe Graham, Docks and Harbors Board Chairman Loren Gerhard, city engineer Joe Buck and Deputy City Manager Donna Pierce to Vancouver, British Columbia, on Monday to meet with representatives of the association.

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

FYI
Births

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.

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.

Photo: Derelict-boat sweep
Brad Rider jumps off a derelict wooden boat as employees of the city's Docks and Harbors Department work Thursday to clean up the beach south of the rock dump along Thane Road. The department plans to burn the boats next week.

Plan calls for new tours, forum
An annual community tourism forum, more downtown events, a floatplane museum and new tours to attract multi-day visitors are suggestions in a draft long-range tourism plan for Juneau released this week.Over the past year, the city has worked with consultants Egret Communications and KPMG on the document. A citywide Web poll about the plan starts Monday, according to Bob Harvey of Egret Communications, team leader for the project.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Ciri helps UAS keep high-tech edge
Twenty years ago, while still a teen-ager, Michael Ciri turned heads as he lugged a state-of-the-art portable Osborne computer to his classes at what was called the University of Alaska Juneau.A few new campus buildings and a school name change later, an old Osborne gathers dust in Ciri's office, where he continues to be at the leading edge of technology at the University of Alaska Southeast. Now 37, the school's regional director of information technology services has spent more than half his life on campus.

Juneau Housing Trust seeking applicants for housing model
Two nonprofit groups, Juneau Housing Trust and Housing First, have collaborated to create home-ownership opportunities for low- to moderate-income households or households with a single income. As their first project, they are building Treadwell Prospect, four attached homes in Douglas.

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and older).

Factory supervisor contributed to Normandy invasion
In her prime, Anna Hitchcock supervised hundreds of seamstresses turning out parachutes for the 1944 Allied Invasion of Normandy. The parachutes were produced in the mill town of Lowell, Mass., by converted textile factories that had previously been making soldiers' uniforms.

God offers us peace in times that are scary and uncertain
On the first Easter evening, the gospel of John tells us that the disciples had locked themselves in a room out of fear. Even though Mary, Peter and John had witnessed the empty tomb and Mary had talked to the Risen Lord herself, the disciples were nevertheless trapped in fear, grief, and guilt.

Winter damage offers chance for gardening thrills
Energy concentrates in tiny nodes, it pours out of the sky onto the frozen land and little by little, the occupants respond. They emerge from the sluggish torpor of dormant life and tentatively extend feelers to see if it is finally safe to begin exposing tender tissues to the elements. Buds swell on trees, crocus flowers spot the landscape, and even occasional daffodils can be seen. We begin again interacting with our cultivated brethren and sisters.

Neighbors Briefs
Week of the Young Child set; Sealaska seeks volunteers; Juneau Soroptimists honor award recipient

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.

Cliffton Melzo
Juneau resident Cliffton Charles Melzo, 27, died April 2, 2002, in Juneau.

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.

State should get value for Alaska's oil
In 1974, Saudi Arabia established "OPEC-Terms," a tax equaling 85 percent of the profits the oil companies received from the sale of OPEC oil, plus a 20 percent royalty. (Royalty is oil government keeps.)

Alaska State Basketball Polls
Here are the Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, as voted on by statewide sports reporters and compiled by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Juneau boys win again in Spokane
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team won its second game over one of the top teams in Spokane, Wash., claiming a 1-0 victory over previously undefeated University High School on Thursday afternoon.

Yukon Quest denies protest by Freeman
FAIRBANKS -- Two Rivers musher Joran Freeman won't get an apology or the return of his $1,000 entry fee from the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

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

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

Yakutat, Kake girls win 2A state openers
In a last-minute upset, Kake High School's unranked girls basketball team defeated second-ranked Point Hope-Tikigaq 56-53 Thursday at the Class 2A state tournament at Service High School in Anchorage.

DQ highlights SE Showdown
In roughhouse boxing action that saw more gripping and grabbing than demonstrations of the sweet science, the highlight of the first night of the Southeast Showdown was the unexpected disqualification of one of Juneau's top heavyweight fighters Thursday at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

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.

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.

State briefs
Winds send roof sailing; Man pleads guilty to fake call; House objects to attack ads

University of Alaska wants 'altitude' in its future
Twenty-five supporters of the University of Alaska system came to Juneau earlier this week to lobby the Legislature for $16.9 million in additional funds and to brag about what the system has to offer.Three chancellors took their lobbying to the joint weekly luncheon of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

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.

Emergency tourism marketing funds again in doubt in Senate
A proposal to give $2 million to the state's tourism industry for an emergency marketing campaign is again in doubt in the state Senate.Senate Rules Chairman Randy Phillips, an Eagle River Republican, said Thursday the funding will be eliminated from a "fast track" supplemental bill now in his committee.

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

Updated: Knowles calls special session
Buoyed by Tuesday's vote in Anchorage favoring a constitutional amendment on subsistence, Gov. Tony Knowles announced this morning that he is calling the Legislature into special session next month to consider a rural priority for the taking of fish and game for personal and community use. The special session, which will be the sixth on subsistence, is set to begin immediately after the adjournment of the regular session, now scheduled for May 14.

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 Legislature to consider 'do-not-call' list legislation
Some lawmakers are tired of telemarketers making unsolicited phone calls in the middle of dinner.A bill by Anchorage Democratic Rep. Harry Crawford and cosponsored by several others would strengthen current "do-not-call" laws that fall short of keeping salesmen from calling people at home.

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.

Lieberman objects to review of report on ANWR wildlife
FAIRBANKS - Sen. Joseph Lieberman says he objects to the Interior Department's decision to take another look at a report that found oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge could harm caribou populations.

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.

Home-schooling regs draw mixed reactions
Changes to proposed rules for the state's public correspondence school programs, presented at a state Board of Education work session on Thursday, are drawing sharply divided responses from parents and school officials."I was very pleased that the department (of Education) listened to our comments," said parent Pam Eberhardt of Juneau, who has two children enrolled with Galena-based Interior Distance Education of Alaska. "I feel like they rewrote (the regulations) in a way that's more understanding of the unique characteristics of home schooling."

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.

FCC to return millions to Native partnerships
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Native partnerships that bid on wireless telephone frequencies last year will get 85 percent of their multimillion dollar investments back while the U.S. Supreme Court considers a dispute over the auction.

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.

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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