Monday, April 7, 2003

Fresh from the library oven
Come see what's cooking at the Juneau Public Libraries!

Profitability seminar offered
JUNEAU - Juneau businesspeople are invited to attend a seminar on increasing profitability through customer service Tuesday, April 22.

New look for Canton House
Celebrating 20 years in the restaurant business in Juneau, the Canton House reopened March 27 with a new look, new chefs and an expanded menu. "The restaurant was originally (current owner Gino Kuang's) father's, so this is kind of in honor of the 20 years of effort that he put in previously," said Canton House manager Heather Howard. Kuang works as the head chef in the restaurant.

Brewing company adds tanks
JUNEAU - Two new tanks, one with a 400-barrel capacity and one with a 1,300-barrel capacity, were installed at the Alaskan Brewing Co. in late-March, company officials said.

Business profile: Shahram Talaei
Title and company: Owner, Rainforest Detailing

War isn't peace
As an anti-war activist I have been appalled at all of the irony and hypocrisy I have been hearing lately. "Collateral damage," "friendly fire," and my favorite, "Fight for Peace." Dropping bombs to bring peace to Iraq - it's just not adding up for me.

Home safe
I have known Helen A. Hanlon for two years and I know she really means everything she says (Empire, April 4), and even though I'm not in the U.S. military I trust her words and understand that she is speaking not only for the others but she is speaking from an American point of view.

A good son lost
I thought Melanie Plenda's article in Friday's Empire about Mike Anderson really captured what a fine person he was. The story brought back memories of the times Mike would visit our house and hit the fridge with the rest of the gang.

Lack of moral values
Recent action by Republican legislators to cut funding for independent living centers, which assist many Alaskans with disabilities, presents two issues: fiscal and moral.

Balanced coverage
I just have to respond to Wayne Ward's letter in Friday's paper. Let us see what he is implying. The press, in his view, is controlled by the Bush administration - vast right-wing conspiracy I guess.

Friday afternoon in Baghdad
The front page photo in the New York Times shows a soldier's face reflected in the rearview mirror of the truck he drives.

Ballast water blues
Alaska depends on clean marine waters to sustain vital commercial, sport and subsistence fishing opportunities. In addition, maintaining clean water benefits tourism and protects the abundant marine mammals that swim in the waters of Alaska.

Thank you, sir
Thank you very much, Capt. McDermott, for your sacrifice to serve me and mine as well as the rest of your country both in word and in deed.

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

Correspondence school's planned closing concerns School Board
The proposed closing of the state-run correspondence school could help the Juneau School District's budget but would hurt some local students who need personalized attention or help to graduate, according to administrators and School Board members.

Workshop schedule
CH - Centennial Hall GH - Goldbelt Hotel NG - National Guard Armory

This Day in History
In 1958, an earthquake, centered about 150 miles north of Fairbanks, measured up to 8.5 on the Richter scale. There was no reported damage.

Mining proposals draw split opinions
Proposals to ease the city's mine permitting rules drew strong opinions Saturday about environmental safeguards, Southeast Alaska's economy and local control. The Juneau Assembly's Lands Committee is considering changes to a city law to make it easier to open and operate a mine in rural parts of Juneau. About 30 people attended a two-hour public hearing about the issue Saturday morning, and the Lands Committee may take action at a meeting Monday, Chairman Randy Wanamaker said.

Inquiry leads to new claims against priest
A Juneau Catholic lay committee's investigation of sexual abuse allegations against a local priest has turned up credible but less serious accusations of "inappropriate behavior" from other former parishioners, the diocese said in a statement released Sunday. The new claims made against the Rev. Michael Nash will be forwarded to a Vatican committee, which will decide his future in the church, local Catholic officials said.

Keen remembered as businessman, filmmaker, friend
Chuck Keen, a Juneau filmmaker and businessman, died Friday morning in a veterans hospital in Seattle. He was 65. Keen was known to the public for his long, unsuccessful effort to build a tramway on Mount Juneau, and as a documentary and feature filmmaker who brought Hollywood-style premieres to town.

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

SEARHC celebrates clinic opening
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium held the grand opening Saturday for its new $10 million clinic near Salmon Creek. Officials at the Native-run health care organization said the 32,000-square-foot building allows it to care for more patients. And an approximately $500,000 Indian Health Service grant has paid for equipment, some of which reduces the need to send patients out of town for services.

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

Photo: Sprucing up
Painter Kent Kleinschmidt uses a manlift Monday in Ketchikan to lift himself to the top of the Tongass Trading Co. in order to reach some decorative trim which is need of a fresh coat of paint.

This Day in History
In 1939, Fred Kubon was elected mayor of Nome. A total of 137 votes were cast.

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

From bluegrass band to festival planning
Watching Maridon Boario thump on her stand-up bass in a Juneau bar, complementing the Panhandle Crabgrass Revival Band's tight bluegrass harmonies with a light soprano, it's hard to believe that she's not from southwest Virginia's blue hills. Hard to believe, perhaps, that she's also a lyric opera soprano who has sung roles such as Hansel in Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" and Lady Guinevere in Lerner and Lowe's "Camelot."

7 days of music-making
Monday Centennial Hall

Photo: Clinic opening
Kenneth Brewer, president of Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, addresses the crowd at the grand opening ceremony of the new SEARHC Juneau Medical Center on Saturday. Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

Tenakee residents feared worst after teen disappeared
TENAKEE SPRINGS - This is a village where everyone knows one another - and one another's business. A lot of people knew part-time resident Maggie Wigen, but whoever killed the teenager last month and buried her body is a mystery. With no one arrested as of Sunday and no suspect named by law enforcement agencies, it would be presumptuous to conclude Wigen, 19, was killed by someone she knew. But it does seem likely.

Correction
Due to an editor's error, a Teacher Talk column published March 28 was credited to the wrong author. The column about the Dzantik'i Heeni potlatch was written by Devin Jones.

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

Kenneth Clifford Buzzell
Kenneth Clifford Buzzell, 87, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, in Juneau.

Toe Cartoon

What do you think?
Get rid of it. The environmentalists just use it as another forum to delay projects.

My Turn: Social programs are under attack
While America is transfixed watching the war in Iraq on TV, the Bush administration is proceeding here at home with an under-the-cover-of-war political attack on the poor, the young, the old and minorities. This administration is slashing social programs that assist the weakest and most disenfranchised segments of our society. Worse still, this hatchet job is being done in order to finance record tax cuts that will primarily benefit the wealthiest Americans.

My Turn: Do not tie purse strings to stifle dissent
When did this great nation turn into a place where, if you exercise your freedom of speech, you can be discriminated against? When did political correctness come to mean "don't say anything unless it's the majority view?"

My Turn: It's time to go out on a limb. Now!
While Alaska's governor and Legislature grapple with the much-touted state fiscal gap, a more serious economic outcome is looming. It has much to do with Alaska's real economic resource, little to do with logging, mining, tourism or fishing. This other resource contributes twice as many direct jobs as all the above-mentioned natural resource industries combined.

My Turn: Pesticides and salmon on the golf course
Concerns about pesticide use, its impacts on water quality, and dramatic changes to the rainforest close to town continue to make the proposed golf course on Douglas Island a troubling project for local conservationists.

When conditions allow, surfers and kayakers ride the waves near Homer
ANCHORAGE - Yakutat, Kodiak, Montague Island. All of those Alaska surf spots have been discovered and featured in glossy national surf magazines. Consider adding Homer to that map.

Here come the hooligan: Springtime arrives in Berners Bay
Spring is here and along with it comes a parade of events along the coast of Southeast Alaska that prepares many species for the months to come. One of those events is the annual spring spawning run of eulachon that occurs in numerous rivers throughout the region.

Skate park paradise
The Pipeline Skate Park is going through its own evolution within the extreme sports revolution. For about a month, the city Parks and Recreation Department facility has been undergoing an internal makeover to help push local skaters to the next level by creating new ramps and opening up the traffic flow.

Out and About
April 6: Steel plate handgun speed shoot, registration 9 a.m. Divisions for DA revolvers, SA revolvers and semi-autos. Bring 100-plus rounds. Details: www.go.to/jrpc. April 8: Eaglecrest Board of Directors meeting, 5:30 p.m. at DIPAC McCauley Salmon Hatchery Conference Room. Details: 586-5284.

Snow report
• Eaglecrest Ski Area, Juneau: Platter, Ptarmigan and Hooter lifts operate 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The tubing hill operates 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends and holidays.

Indoor soccer players break down boundaries
It isn't often in Juneau that an offsides call in soccer can be considered an "international incident." Last weekend, girls indoor soccer teams from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, joined teams from Juneau and Ketchikan here in the Capital City for three days of games in the annual Whitehorse Exchange tournament.

Buckwheat Ski Classic
Results from the 2003 Buckwheat Ski Classic, held March 22 at Log Cabin, British Columbia, north of Skagway. There were three ski race lengths for adults, a 5-kilometer ski race for children, and a 5-kilometer snowshoe race.

As dismal year ends, Cavaliers phone it in
CLEVELAND - There's very little the Cleveland Cavaliers can do about their awful record, the NBA's worst. Now they're trying to stop from losing something more precious than games: fans. Cavs players made phone calls this week to some season-ticket holders, thanking them for their loyalty and asking for patience while the club rebuilds.

Glacier 10K, 1-Miler
Results from the Southeast Road Runners club's Glacier 10-kilometer and 1-mile races. The races were fund-raisers for the Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running and track and field teams. The courses were near Mendenhall Glacier.

Wild and Larson earn second-team all-state honors
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Byron Wild doesn't think he'll have the opportunity to play college basketball, so he appreciated learning Saturday that he'd been voted to the second-team Class 4A all-state team by a panel of sportswriters from around the state. Wild, a 6-foot-5 center-forward, plans to attend Reed College in Portland, Ore., and Reed doesn't have a varsity athletics program.

Local skiers find ways to get to Buckwheat
It took some extra effort and a extra-large dose of Skagway hospitality, but a number of Juneau residents overcame transportation travails last month to ski in the 2003 Buckwheat Ski Classic.

Call him 'Senator' Bentz
HARRISBURG, Pa. - You hear about his abilities through the coaches. You read into his successes through the statistics. You know he is, by the accounts of the scouts, on his way to the major leagues. Yet, you watch Chad Bentz of Juneau throw a baseball and you almost miss the obvious.

This season's Cavs won't be the worst
CLEVELAND - Milt Palacio is sorry to see the Cleveland Cavaliers' dismal season nearing an end. Ricky Davis scored 17 points, Cleveland blocked a season-high 13 shots and Palacio sparked a fourth-quarter rally for a 79-76 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night that assured the Cavaliers won't set a new mark for the worst record in franchise history.

UConn, Tennessee make date for women's final
ATLANTA - Her right ankle was aching, her back was sore, her game was off. Diana Taurasi wasn't about to let those annoyances stand in the way of another trip to the women's national championship game.

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

Border-spanning soccer
Dozens of indoor soccer players from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and Ketchikan have joined their Juneau counterparts this weekend for the annual Whitehorse Exchange tournament. The tournament started as a city-sponsored activity in 1989 as part of a sister-city exchange with Whitehorse; Juneau Soccer Club took the reins starting in 1995 and coordinates the tourney with the Yukon Soccer Association.

Bowling with the champs
It's 1 a.m. - do you know where your kids are? This weekend, if your kids bowl, they were probably at Channel Bowl in Juneau, where more than 200 of the state's top youth bowlers were competing in the 22nd Annual Alaska-Young American Bowling Alliance State Championships.

Kayhi kickers beat Juneau boys for the first time
Going into this weekend's games in Ketchikan, Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer coach Gary Lehnhart noted how in the low-scoring sport, the outcome of a match can turn on a single goal. And that's exactly what happened on Friday night, as the upstart Ketchikan Kings hung close with the veteran Crimson Bears and scored the game's only goal off a corner kick in the 37th minute for a 1-0 win. It was Ketchikan's first-ever victory over Juneau's varsity.

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

State Briefs
Bill would change frequency of spill plan renewals; Boost in business license fee passes committee; Republicans turn back habitat resolution; Elmendorf airmen give Letterman's Top 10; Anchorage man sentenced in wife's death;

NPR-A reserves called huge
ANCHORAGE - Anadarko Petroleum Corp. now believes the hydrocarbon potential of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and Foothills regions of the North Slope is as great as the huge Prudhoe Bay and Kuparuk fields combined - in the neighborhood of 17 billion barrels of crude. The Houston-based independent now has a goal of boosting crude reserves that will pass through the Alpine production facilities from the current 430 million barrels to a billion barrels.

Legislative roundup
Bills introduced last week:

House bill would institute $2 million lottery twice-a-year
A bill introduced Friday in the state House of Representatives would create a twice-a-year state lottery that could have cash payouts of about $2 million. House Speaker Pete Kott, an Eagle River Republican who introduced the bill through the Economic Development, International Trade and Tourism Committee, said he hopes the lottery will help ease the state's fiscal woes.

Independent-living advocates rally on the Capitol steps
"Put the money back! Put the money back! Put the money back!" was the rally cry Friday of those advocating for the Legislature to restore funding for independent-living services for people with disabilities. The rally aimed to persuade lawmakers to not cut $619,000 from the state budget for Center for Independent Living grants within the Department of Labor.

Alcohol tax boosts programs, but not as much as some want
Sporting a "dime-a-drink" button, Matt Felix was among a handful of activists who sat through meeting after meeting of the Legislature for two years, pushing a boost in the state's alcohol tax. Felix, who heads the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in Juneau, hoped the money would eliminate waiting lists for treatment and pay for a comprehensive statewide treatment and prevention system.

Governor eyes pull-tab funds to cover health insurance costs
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Frank Murkowski has a new proposal in which he wants to take money from pull-tab games and use it for the state's matching funds for nonprofits and to pay for increased state employee health insurance costs. Murkowski earlier had proposed eliminating the small grant program. He said Friday he was glad he found a way to fund the program.

State Briefs
Blackhawk crew sends out anti-drug message; Drivers in training; Alaska seafood closer to earning organic label; Testimony continues in Ketchikan murder case; Group takes over former Wards Cove plant

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