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Wednesday, April 24, 2002

On The Move
Gretchen Garrett, a specialist in marketing, public relations, special event promotion and web site design, has joined Heritage Coffee Co. as its vice-president and director of marketing.

Young entrepreneur takes over downtown food carts
A day on the cart starts early - at about 8:15 am in a small kitchen off of Seward Street in downtown Juneau where tomatoes and lettuce need to be chopped, sauce dispensers filled, patties counted and famous guacamole prepared according to a secret recipe.

Business Profile: Michael Leamer
Title and firm: Michael S. Leamer is sole proprietor of Left Brain Creative.

Business Briefs
ESB named Champion Ale; Business center hosts customer service seminar; Fenton Art Glass signing set; Costa Rica honors Heritage Coffee;

Cruise ship visitors slated to top 700,000
More than 700,000 cruise ship passengers are scheduled to tour, shop and gaze at Juneau this year, based on pre-season projections from the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau.The cruise season kicks off 2 p.m. April 30 with the arrival of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sky and ends at 10 p.m. Sept. 25 with the departure of Celebrity Cruises' Mercury. By summer's end, 718,633 cruise ship passengers and 315,038 crew members are scheduled to visit on 39 ships, according to JCVB totals.

Insulted, not paranoid
This week I received a letter from a hospital in Lake Charles, La. It was a bulk mail survey, asking if my daughter received good care at their ER. It was not bulky or overposted. It wasn't leaking white powder or ticking, but somehow it aroused the suspicion of the postal inspector in Lake Charles. On the back was stamped "OPEN FOR INSPECTION OF CONTENTS," and over the original seal was a USPS seal.

Thanks from fan of local sports photos
The front page of your April 17 sports section inspired me to write this long-overdue fan letter to the Empire and photographer Michael Penn. His stunningly beautiful shot of Juneau's Laura Flynn breaking away to set up her game-winning goal is a superb study in athletic grace, balance and concentration. The perfect moment and composition is completed with the blurred image of the Colony defender.

More inspired
I remember Franklin "Shkane" Williams at Mt. Edgecumbe High School. I am very proud of his article and his explaining the fundamental principles embodied by the Founding Fathers of the Alaska Native Brotherhood.

Mean enough to be recalled?
"Just plain mean" was such a mild term (Letters to the Editors, April 19). It should be closer to high treason against the people they represent.

Emblematic of our resolve
This Sunday as I strolled passed the S.O.B toward the Governor's Mansion, I saw an Earth Day surprise: An urban clear cut! There, above the sidewalk clinging to the mossy rocks, were sappy stumps where a formerly quaint young stand of spruce had been.

Peaceful demonstration
Thanks to Mary Noble for writing a heartfelt My Turn in Friday's paper and getting the word out about the peace gathering downtown on Saturday.

Rough recommendation
I want to recommend Theatre in the Rough's production of "The Trojan Women." The lighting and stage design are magical. The choreography and costumes are beautiful.

An open forum
Thanks to the Juneau Empire for cultivating the input of citizens. That you have such a great influx of submissions is proof of your success. I personally believe that Alaska's most serious problem is that its citizens are not sufficiently involved.

A healthy concept
The laudable concept of identifying and establishing human, living, cultural treasures from within our own community is a concept that Juneauites might wisely adopt, for the entire community at large.

Time to reflect
As I watched the sun set, I asked myself, "What happened?"When I was a child growing up I dreamed of becoming a baseball player or a construction worker and living out the American dream, owning a house with a wife and children running about.

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

Airport short-term parking reopened
The short-term parking lot at the Juneau Airport will reopen Monday, the first time since the Federal Aviation Administration imposed a 300-foot parking ban around airports after the Sept. 11 attacks.But people using the lot will have to allow their vehicles to be searched and pay $1 extra in fees. Drivers should be prepared to open vehicle trunks, truck canopies, large enclosed containers or van backs, the airport said.

Local students to learn the value of volunteering
Hundreds of Juneau students will leave school Friday to learn an important lesson - the value of community service. Students in grades seven through 12 will participate in National Youth Service Day, spending time assisting local charities and the city on a number of projects.

Schulz: Human rights linked to U.S. security
Like the rest of the country, William F. Schulz did not anticipate terrorists would hijack three commercial airliners and crash them into the World Trade Center Towers and the Pentagon last September.But as executive director of the human rights organization Amnesty International, Schulz knew human rights abuses left unchecked in other countries eventually would affect the United States.

Used-car dealer closes shop
McQueen Motors, a Glacier Highway consignment used-car sales lot, is empty and for sale after its owner vacated the business and left town last week, said property owner Tom Kohann.The closure and owner Curtis McQueen's departure come amid allegations by the FBI that he underpaid vehicle owners and pocketed the difference.

Hovel or haven?
The U.S. Forest Service cabin at Limestone Inlet, about 24 miles south of Juneau, has seen better days. Vegetation is taking over and the corrugated metal walls show signs of age. Built in 1977 as temporary quarters for timber crews, the cabin is in disrepair. The Forest Service is scheduled to tear down the structure in mid-May, but the agency wants to hear from the public first, Juneau District Ranger Pete Griffin said. While uninhabitable by most standards, the cabin could provide shelter to boaters trying to escape rough weather in Stephens Passage, he said.

Bids for JDHS way over budget
McQueen Motors, a Glacier Highway consignment used-car sales lot, is empty and for sale after its owner vacated the business and left town last week, said property owner Tom Kohann.The closure and owner Curtis McQueen's departure come amid allegations by the FBI that he underpaid vehicle owners and pocketed the difference.

High school bids well over budget
The city won't immediately award a contract to renovate Juneau-Douglas High School because the three bids opened Tuesday are over budget, city officials said."We're going to have to come up with more money, or we're going to have to scale back our project," the city's chief projects engineer, Rosemary Matt, told bidders Tuesday afternoon in Juneau Assembly chambers.

Juneau man on trial, victim still missing
The trial of a Juneau man accused of bludgeoning and stabbing an acquaintance more than 20 times earlier this year begins today - without the victim. George Shavers, 48, was indicted by a Juneau grand jury earlier this year on charges of felony first-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and felony tampering with evidence.

Local Briefs
JDHS renovation bids due today; Consumer protection added to car dealer bill

Photos: The little mollusk
Aquarium Manager Rich Mattson dresses Abby Bowman up as a clam during a presentation on Monday at DIPAC. Bowman was learning about mollusks with her Juneau Christian School classmates. About 500 area second-graders are visiting DIPAC's Sea Week program, "What Makes a Mollusk?"

Social service agencies protest grant rejections
Nine Juneau social service agencies whose funding requests have been rejected are asking Juneau Assembly members to increase spending for the city's block grant program and to score grant applications on their merits.The city's Social Services Advisory Board declined to review nine applications for city block grant funding this month because the applications were filled out incorrectly. Specifically, board members said the needs statements in several of the rejected applications were longer than the required one page.

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

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

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

Hospice and Home Care begins 'Good Grief Walk'
On Wednesday, May 1, Hospice and Home Care of Juneau will begin its weekly "Good Grief Walk," an hour-long hike along the Twin Lakes Trail for those who have suffered a loss, past or present. Social worker, Jamie McLean, began the Good Grief Walk last spring and is pleased to be starting her second season of walking and talking.

Thank You
...for the donations; ... for the effort.; ... for the show; ...for the support; ...for all the effort; ... for all the help; ...for the volunteering.

Pet Of The Week
James is a 3-year-old neutered male gray/beige tiger medium-haired handsome guy. He is friendly and easygoing, yet prefers a one-on-one relationship.

Photo: New equipment
Tia Rose Morin, 4, sits in front of new dental equipment purchased by the Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation. The $8,000 special pediatric X-Ray and processor are used in the operating room for children with special medical issues and those not served on a regular basis.

Neighbors Briefs
Emmanuel Baptist to hold open house; Parks Department now accepting vendor permits applications; Golf Club to hold annual meeting; Smiley participates in art exhibition; May 1 designated as Law Day in U.S.

Alaska Ford dealers set up scholarship program
JUNEAU - Alaska Ford dealers have announced a new scholarship program, "Ford Country Scholars," that provides financial assistance to Alaska youth committed to following careers that support rural life.

Empire reporter wins writing award
JUNEAU - Winners of the annual Southam Awards for excellence in sailing communication were announced recently in Miami. The $5,000 cash grand prize was won by Paul Lagasse of Silver Springs, Md., whose article, "Taking It To the Wind," beat out 89 other entries in a variety of categories.

Gardeners preparing for Southeast gathering
People Outside assume that we continually suffer under the weight of snow, are washed away by hurricane-strength storms or bemused by brain numbing winters. The thought that we in Southeast Alaska have one of the best gardening climates in the world is too strange for them to believe. Our long cool moist growing season gives us an incredible advantage when it comes to color longevity of bloom and rapid establishment of perennial color.

Robert Louis Jernberg
Former Juneau resident Robert Louis Jernberg, 95, died April 4, 2002, in Kirkland, Wash.

Charles W. Kidd
Former Juneau resident Charles W. Kidd, 86, died April 21, 2002, in Lancaster, Pa., after a short illness.

Charles E. Judson
Lifelong Juneau resident Charles E. "Jud" Judson, 82, died Tuesday, April 23, 2002.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

My Turn: Envision new 'American Dream'
I speak from the vantage point of being the granddaughter of immigrants, those who came to this country at the beginning of the last century, I'm guessing largely due to what we have come to call the "American Dream." That dream grew naturally and innocently enough in response to experiences of great hardship for countless people from many countries, and they journeyed here on the strength of that dream, for themselves and for their children, that life should, and could, be better than what they had known before.

Recognition for jobs well done - on deadline
I'd like to visit with you about last Sept. 11 and put it in the context of last Saturday night. The broader focus - pretty much all of 2001 - will follow. We're just journalists here at the Empire. Not smarter than you. Subject to the same temptations and emotions.

Sharing the knowledge
Marcus Schaufele was sweeping the floor, then laying out mats a half hour before the Capital City Judo Club met Tuesday night at Riverbend Elementary School.On April 13, Schaufele won the title in the age 35-39, 81-kilogram (178.2 pounds) division at the USA Judo National Masters Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. But Tuesday night, he was back in Juneau teaching his students.

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

KTOO Day One Race
Results from the Southeast Road Runners club's KTOO-Day One Race held Saturday in downtown Juneau. There were two events, a five-kilometer fun run and a one-mile race.

Bears earn national rankings
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team expected to receive some notice after sweeping a pair of games from national power Ferris of Spokane, Wash., 2-0 and 3-0 over the weekend.But not like this.

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

Coed Volleyball
Final standings from the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's 2002 coed volleyball league. Standings for some teams include an extra win for attending the preseason rules meeting.

Grant to help fund sewer projects
ANCHORAGE - A $23.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the state continue to supply rural Alaska with safe water and sewer systems. The agriculture money, along with another federal grant expected this year from the Environmental Protection Agency, will be matched with state funds and used on water and sewer projects in 22 villages from Beaver to Pilot Point.

Fee increase would pay for new licenses
State lawmakers are considering increasing the fees for driver licenses and identification cards to generate revenue and pay for more sophisticated licensing technology.A statement from bill sponsor Rep. Pete Kott, an Eagle River Republican, said the current technology used to produce licenses was developed in the 1950s. He also said Alaska is one of the last four states that has not implemented more tamper-proof forms of identification.

State-owned pipeline plan passes House
JUNEAU - A bill calling for possible state ownership of a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope passed the House on Monday. The measure would require the Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines to prepare a report by January 2004 on the feasibility of such a state-owned line.

U.S. Senate OKs tax credits to push gas pipeline ahead
FAIRBANKS - Sen. Frank Murkowski won unanimous U.S. Senate approval Tuesday to grant federal tax credits to North Slope natural gas producers. The measure, co-sponsored by fellow Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, is expected to encourage construction of a gas pipeline to the Lower 48.

State Briefs
Squid making waves at University of Washington; Fairbanks man gets 99 years in prison for killing woman; Man enters plea in Sutton killing; State sets up Web site to recruit teachers; State conducts FAS survey

Senate panel seeks tighter abortion rules
The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill Tuesday tightening the rules for state funding of abortions.Senate Bill 364 is a response to some lawmakers' frustration with a Supreme Court decision requiring the state's Medicaid program to pay for medically necessary abortions for poor women.

Support grows for fourth amendment to restrain spending
Yet another proposed constitutional amendment to tighten state budgeting is gaining legislative support.The Legislature could require the governor to submit a list of budget priorities under an amendment advanced by the House State Affairs Committee this morning.

Flu hits Anchorage school students
ANCHORAGE - State health officials say what appears to be a second flu outbreak has sickened Anchorage school children. All cases are limited to Anchorage, state virologist Don Ritter said, but the flu may spread. Children ages 10 to 15 have been hardest hit, he said.

Telephone competition at stake?
"Phone wars" could be coming to the Legislature again, according to General Communication Inc.The battleground might be a bill reauthorizing the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, which oversees telephone, electric, gas, water, sewer and garbage utilities, among others.

Knowles calls for fiscal vote
Gov. Tony Knowles said this morning that he will push both houses of the Legislature to vote on a revenue-raising package.While not explicitly threatening vetoes or a special session, the governor said in an interview that the public would be poorly served if the state's fiscal gap isn't addressed in a "meaningful" way.

Gas-line tax break moving quickly
JUNEAU - A measure giving up to $500 million in tax breaks for construction of a natural gas pipeline is moving quickly through the House. Rep. Pete Kott, R-Eagle River, is sponsoring the bill, which would exempt a natural gas pipeline from local and state property taxes while it is being built and for the first two years of operation. It would also exempt it from sales taxes.

State Briefs
Eagle to be released at Brotherhood Bridge; District to conduct support staff study; Board requests land for school use; Quake shakes Adak

Repairs on fire-damaged oil platform could take until May
ANCHORAGE - The Cook Inlet oil platform damaged by a weekend flash fire could be out of service until mid-May, according to Unocal Corp. Federal safety regulators are investigating the cause of Saturday's fire, which injured four workers and shut down one-fifth of the inlet's oil production.

New income tax plan on table
ANCHORAGE - A $23.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the state continue to supply rural Alaska with safe water and sewer systems. The agriculture money, along with another federal grant expected this year from the Environmental Protection Agency, will be matched with state funds and used on water and sewer projects in 22 villages from Beaver to Pilot Point.

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