Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Business profile: Tim Bradley
Title and company: Owner, Tim's Woodworks

Historic bar in Ketchikan closing its doors
KETCHIKAN - It was the last last call at the Fo'c's'le Bar on Saturday night. Owner Jamie Elkins, the third generation of his family to run the business, says Ketchikan's oldest bar is closing. Neither Elkins nor his regulars want the bar to close, he said. "We've been having a few bad years, and I've still got some debts to get taken care of," said Elkins. "The customers don't want it to close, but there's not enough business to go around, and people's drinking habits have changed."

On the Move
Kramer joins JCVB; Lawrence joins Baxter Bruce & Sullivan

Supreme Court decision could affect Exxon Valdez judgment
FAIRBANKS - A U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting the size of jury awards in civil cases could affect the $5 billion judgment still pending in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case. Dave Oesting is an Anchorage attorney representing more than 30,000 commercial fishermen, Natives and other people hoping someday to collect the Exxon award. He said the ruling was worrisome but ultimately might not factor very heavily.

Collaborating for better customer service
With competition from the Internet, big box retailers and catalogs, Juneau businesses must raise their standards for customer service, said Jackie Stewart, director of the Juneau Small Business Development Center. She and 10 other business organizations and private businesses have come together to hold the first annual Capital City Business Symposium on Tuesday at the Vocational Training and Resource Center on Hospital Drive. The topic of the first symposium will be "Profiting through customer service excellence."

Protesters, loggers face off over Homer clear-cut
HOMER - Police were forced to separate demonstrators and loggers after a Native corporation went ahead with clear-cutting on 14 acres in the heart of Homer. The disturbance occurred Sunday as Cook Inlet Region Inc. of Anchorage began cutting trees off the land in response to city officials considering a new rule regulating land clearing.

From the front
I'm writing from the sands of southern Iraq. Just wanted to take a minute to tell your readers about some special people back home in Juneau who have been supporting this Marine Lt. Col. throughout her tour of duty with Operation Iraqi Freedom.

False savings
Supporters of maintaining the State Boarding School at Mount Edgecumbe better start getting in touch with their legislators!

Golfing Juneau style
I read Alan Munro's article on the future golf course. He is misleading his readers about this having been a concern of his since the 1980s.

7,000 years of antiquities
The New York Times on Saturday quoted Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld as saying: "It's untidy. And freedom's untidy. And free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things."

Protection from predators
I read Mr. Sonneman's letter today, and I can't believe that any one would consider it sexist to try and put an end to sex crimes. Or that it is racist to try and finally address the violence that haunts many living in rural Alaska.

Among our ancestors
As I was walking home today, I caught something in the corner of my eye shining in the morning sun. I was passed Lawson Creek and almost to Crow Hill, and although I walk this route regularly, I had never noticed this before. I cut into the trees above Gastineau Channel and realized I had stumbled upon an old Russian graveyard.

Stereotyped and upset
I just finished reading Julia O'Malley's article "What an East Coast college didn't teach me" (Empire, April 11). I actually read through it several times and each time, I got more upset about the way in which Julia judged me and stereotyped me.

This Day in History
In 1938, The steamer Tongass, of the Alaska Transportation Company, arrived in Juneau on her first Alaska voyage.

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

Photo: On his own
A male bald eagle named Fletcher is released at the Brotherhood Bridge Park. Members of the Juneau Raptor Center released two eagles on Saturday.

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

Court mulls over protected speech
The questions of what constitutes protected speech and what determines a school event are two issues emerging as a Juneau free-speech case winds its way through federal court. Joseph Frederick was an 18-year-old Juneau-Douglas High School senior last year when he and others, including nonstudents, displayed a banner on a sidewalk across from the school during the passing of the Olympic Torch Relay in late January. The banner read, "Bong hits 4 Jesus."

Planning Commission imposes 50-plus conditions on golf course
More than 50 conditions the Juneau Planning Commission imposed on the golf course slated for West Douglas aim to answer residents' and environmental agencies' concerns. The conditions were laid out in a staff report issued by the city Community Development Department and approved April 8 at the commission's regular meeting. They cover the preconstruction, construction, operation and maintenance of the project. They also cover the wildlife, habitat and pest management; parking and lighting; hillside development; and bonding. The conditions also contain two advisory sections addressed to the Juneau Assembly.

Know your place
Knowing that the Strait of Hormuz separates the Arabian Peninsula from Iran was the winning edge for Juneau home-school student Ryan Wetherell in the state geography bee last week. That's quite a feat, studies suggest. National Geographic, which sponsors state and national bees, said only 17 percent of young American adults surveyed last year knew where Afghanistan is. One out of 10 couldn't find the United States on a map.

Panel OKs Patriot Act resolution
The Juneau Assembly's Human Resources Committee on Monday approved a resolution that asks Congress to review the USA Patriot Act and related counterterrorism legislation for consistency with fundamental civil liberties. The resolution, requested by Juneau Citizens for the Defense of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, will go to the full Assembly on April 28.

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

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

Boarder Patrol
Scott makes ski and snowboard goggles. Burton makes snowboards. Scott Burton, a Juneau snowboarder with no relation to either company, made Eaglecrest history when he became the first snowboarder on the Eaglecrest Professional Ski Patrol. "I used to tell people that my family was part of the Burton company when I was a kid and they'd be like 'Oh, really?'" Burton said. Now, he relies on other methods to make people admire him.

Photos: Skim boarding at Sandy Beach
Kevin Almlie skim boards along the waterline Monday afternoon at Sandy Beach. Almlie and his sister, Traci, discovered skim boarding on a trip to Mexico and are now making boards for their friends to enjoy the sport.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the day given for the Capital City Business Symposium in an article in Monday's Empire business section was incorrect.

Who gets to decide what a 'real man' is?
Remember the "Superman" television show from the '50s? Actor George Reeves looked like your dad. But when Hollywood filmed Superman movies in the 1980s, the hero had bulging muscles. When Humphrey Bogart brandished a gun in the 1930s, it was small. But over time, guns in movies grew, from Charles Bronson's to Clint Eastwood's to Sylvester Stallone's.

Photo: Spring fishing
Buz Melin casts a flyline off the rocks at False Outer Point on Monday morning as fishermen troll nearby. The spring weather is drawing fishermen out, but Melin and fishing friend Dom Walsh reported seeing no fish Monday.

Next step for golf course?
The Juneau Planning Commission's approval last week of a West Douglas golf course signaled the start of yet more land negotiations. The commission last week unanimously approved a conditional-use permit for an 18-hole, 200-acre golf course at the end of North Douglas Highway. Nonprofit developer Totem Creek Inc. has wrangled with some government agencies and members of the public for several years about the project's design and environmental impacts.

Bringing home one of China's daughters
As 14-month-old Ava Min toddled across the carpet of her sunlit home in Auke Bay, her mother, Sherri Brown, described how the little girl was wrapped in blankets and abandoned near a hotel in China's Guangdong Province when she was only a week old. "In China there is a one-child law, it's illegal to abandon your children and boys are your retirement. You can see that it gets complicated," Brown said, as Ava Min climbed on her lap, spewing a discourse of baby babble. "The adoption plan there is that you wrap little girls up and leave them with a bottle where they will be found immediately."

Duane Vincent Buell
Juneau resident Duane Vincent Buell, 59, died April 7, 2003, at his home in Juneau.

Elwood Kenneth Larsen
Former Juneau resident Elwood "Ken" Kenneth Larsen, 78, died April 6, 2003, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

My Turn: Tourists and the worldwide threat of SARS
By now everyone has heard something about SARS or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. This disease has created worldwide travel alerts and has caused deaths mainly in China and Canada. More cases and related deaths are being reported every day. In the U.S., 116 cases have been reported from Seattle to Florida. SARS is an airborne virus thought to be related to the common cold, has no cure, and is considered a global contagious threat.

My Turn: Reasons to chase little white ball
I would like to thank Mr. Munro for stereotyping me perfectly and goading me into entering his honorable zone of entertainment, the "letter to the editor" zone.

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

Pistons clinch East's top seed by beating Cavs
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Rick Carlisle couldn't watch as his Detroit Pistons won the Eastern Conference. Detroit clinched the No. 1 seed in the East on Monday night, escaping with an 89-88 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers when Smush Parker missed a dunk at the final buzzer.

Juneau track teams sweep Sitka Invite
The youngsters led the way for the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team, helping the Crimson Bears claim the boys and girls team titles at the Sitka Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Sitka High School. In the girls half of the meet, Juneau scored 108 points for the victory. The Crimson Bears were trailed by host Sitka with 69 points, Ketchikan with 29 and Mount Edgecumbe with two.

Letter: An apology from Ketchikan
We fighters from Ketchikan want to apologize to Juneau boxing fans for what happened. There's no excuse for it. (Editor's note: He's referring to Friday's Southeast Showdown, when the Ketchikan fighters left before the finals after Gabe Duckworth of Ketchikan broke out a window).

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

Begich avoids mayoral runoff in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A count of 4,505 absentee and questioned ballots from the April 1 mayoral election Monday resulted in former Assemblyman Mark Begich having 18 votes more than the minimum required to avoid a runoff.

State Briefs
Troopers ID human remains near Wasilla; Fairbanks man indicted on sexual assault charge; Whale migration to Alaska is under way; Regulators: Limited spring subsistence hunts aren't legal

Bristol Bay village rallies around its soldiers
ANCHORAGE - With two native sons serving in Iraq, the Bristol Bay village of Togiak is sending what it can to make them comfortable - letters, baby wipes and dried fish. But the akutaq will have to wait until Cpl. Mariano Peters and Pvt. Everett Arnariak return home to the village of 800 people. Village elders had asked if they might send the popular Yup'ik dessert - a mixture of Crisco, sugar and berries, said Kristy Kritz, who is coordinating the care packages for the Togiak Traditional Council.

Gasoline tax may be limited to road use
A proposal by Gov. Frank Murkowski to raise the gas tax from eight cents to 20 cents a gallon is getting a makeover as it works its way through the state House of Representatives. The proposal, which is expected to raise an additional $41 million annually, already has been amended in the House Transportation Committee by Willow Republican Rep. Bev Masek.

Interior secretary: Limit wilderness areas in Alaska
WASHINGTON - Interior Department Secretary Gale Norton has told the federal Bureau of Land Management to limit its consideration of new wilderness designations for public land in Alaska. "I instruct BLM to consider specific wilderness study proposals in Alaska, as part of any new or revised resource management planning effort, if the proposals have broad support among the state and federal elected officials representing Alaska," Norton said. "Absent this broad support, wilderness should not be considered in these resource management plans."

State Briefs
City approves JAMHI demolition bid; Bill would allow for kids-only fisheries; Union files grievance over Habitat changes; Wildlife viewing fee bill debated in House; Woman injured in crash with three bison; Wasilla man dies in snowmachine crash

Senator asks Congress for funds to kick-start intertie
Developers working on the Southeast Intertie Project want to begin planning the power transmission lines from Petersburg to Kake and continue construction of the line that will stretch from Juneau to Hoonah, but they need more money. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski requested $15.5 million in federal funds for those projects last week, but it's unlikely the full appropriation will be granted, said Murkowski spokesman Chuck Kleeschulte. "This is a difficult year," Kleeschulte said Monday.

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