Thursday, May 2, 2002

The business of plants
While most of Juneau was skiing and sledding, Cindy Bowhay was planting her garden.Bowhay, who owns and manages Glacier Gardens Yard Doctor with her husband Steve, started planting seeds at the end of December. Now, as the rest of town turns to gardening, Bowhay has plants ready, selling them retail at her nursery on James Boulevard and wholesale at local stores such as Fred Meyer.

Business Profile: David Summers
Title and firm: David Summers is the owner of The Bowl Store, featuring products from the Great Alaskan Bowl Co.

Business Briefs
Killer Whale Week Cruise features Keiko researcher; Customer service workshop offered tonight; Small business seminar; Alaska Women's Yellow Pages go online

In the Tank
A look at Juneau gas prices as of Tuesday evening

Keeping the bank on your side during bad times
Has your company lost money? Have you changed the financial structure of your company so that it is not meeting bank requirements for leverage, working capital or some other financial ratio? Is your loan officer second-guessing your every move? Your line of credit coming due and you are worried the bank may not renew? What must you do to maintain your credit until you can turn your company around?

More about wolves
This is in response to the information I put in my first commentary on wolves. It has been compiled by Fish and Game wolf biologists in Southeast Alaska and the Interior.

Legislators listening to liquor lobby too much
The liquor industry, led by outside distillers, has spent over $300,000 to hire the most influential lobbyists, conduct questionable push polls, and organize against the dime-a-drink excise tax increase proposed by Rep. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dave Donley. Meanwhile, every poll I have seen or heard about says that somewhere around 70 percent of Alaskans support this tax increase.

The best of care
Sometime back I read an article where a family had voiced dissatisfaction with the service given at Wildflower Court.I thought of this for some time and feel that I must tell the other side of the story.

The educational theater
As spring announces the reality of my second year working full time as a substitute teacher in the Juneau School District - while taking classes at the University of Alaska toward K-8 certification - I'm struck by the quality of the many who strive to provide the tools and understanding for Alaska children and youth. A product of Alaska public education myself, I took school for granted as a kid.

Protect ancestral lands from Murkowski's bill
As the tribal leader of the Auk Kwaan, the original settlers of Juneau, I am writing to express our outrage at Sen. Murkowski's introduction of the Cape Fox Land Entitlement Adjustment Act of 2002. This bill allows Cape Fox Corporation from Saxman to exchange private timberlands near Ketchikan for public lands near Slate Lakes, in the Berners Bay watershed, north of Juneau. This is the very same area where Coeur Alaska, operator of the Kensington gold mine, hopes to save money by dumping its mine tailings.

Block Hubers confirmation
Residents of the Kenai Peninsula, on behalf of the residents of the state of Alaska, need your help in stopping the confirmation of Brett Huber of Soldotna to the Alaska Board of Fisheries. We, the residents of the Kenai Peninsula, know him and have worked around him and feel strongly that he is not appropriate for the board for the following reasons.

In opposition to catch-and-release
All of you that consider fishing for food to be as Alaskan as motherhood and apple pie should contact your legislators ASAP. Brett Huber, a current Knowles' appointee to the Board of Fish, stands to be confirmed by your legislators within the next few days.

Avoid more government if income tax is added
The "Fair Tax Plan" is unfair. The proposed income tax plan taxes the lowest income workers the highest percentage of their earnings. But it would be good for the Alaska economy. There would be a new tax commissioner and his or her staff, new tax agents in all major cities in Alaska and their staff.

A work in progress
Congratulations to the Empire staff for the awards you all received! How rewarding to have so many folks from the Empire be recognized for the fine work that they do.

Juneau Assembly panel wants to award JDHS renovation contract
A Juneau Assembly panel put the city on track Wednesday to fund a higher-than-expected bid to renovate Juneau-Douglas High School. But school district officials are concerned the money will come out of other school projects.The Assembly's Public Works and Facilities Committee voted Wednesday to draft an ordinance that will increase the renovation project's budget to meet the current low bid.

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

Merchants cited for tobacco sales to minors
Four local businesses could lose their tobacco-sale licenses following an undercover "sting" operation targeting stores selling cigarettes to minors.Police and the state Department of Health and Social Services today announced they sent teen-agers younger than 19 into local businesses to attempt to buy cigarettes from Feb. 20-24. The legal age to buy tobacco in Alaska is 19.

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

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

Ship launches season
The arrival of the season's first cruise ship and its 2,000 passengers began to provide answers to the questions many locals have had on their minds since last September: Will they come and will they spend?"We thought since we got such a deal on our tickets we could afford to be a little more extravagant in town," said Jon Hanson of Puyallup, Wash., who came to Alaska on the Norwegian Sky with his wife Glenys to celebrate their 33rd wedding anniversary.

Taliban-held missionaries spread word of 'new life'
Dayna Curry was on her way to a meeting when she was surrounded by Taliban soldiers with guns and whips.It was Aug. 3 when she was imprisoned with fellow Christian aid worker Heather Mercer for "preaching Christianity" in Kabul, Afghanistan. The two showed a film about Jesus after a local family asked them questions about their faith, Curry said.

Closing a career in public works: Ernie Mueller retires
With two days left on the job, city Public Works Director Ernie Mueller was grappling with a mudslide on Gastineau Avenue."I was concerned about getting water to the folks who didn't have it. The road we can deal with," he said, returning to his office after a trip downtown Monday morning. "There's never a dull moment in this business. There's always something happening."

Photos: Goldilocks on trial
Goldilocks, played by Shelley Travis of the Public Defender's office, gives her testimony in the Goldilocks and the Three Bears mock trial Wednesday at the Dimond Courthouse.

Submerged fishing boat survives raising from Gastineau Channel floor
After spending nearly eight months at the bottom of Gastineau Channel, the 43-foot Cherokee Maid was raised from the depths on Tuesday and beached near Thane Road.The fishing vessel sank during a storm last September off Norway Point, where it was moored at a private buoy. It settled on the channel bottom, with its mast visible at times protruding from the water.

City's boat tax tabled
The city won't impose a property tax on boats, at least for now. But Juneau Assembly members want to look at a plan to tax vehicles and boats purchased outside of Juneau. After three meetings with boat owners this spring, Assembly member Frankie Pillifant said a subcommittee charged with looking at boat tax issues recommended no taxes be imposed. If boats are to be taxed, it should be done fairly, she said.

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

Pet of The Week
Spud is an affectionate, 2-year-old neutered male. His blue eyes stand out from his solid white short-haired coat. Spud plays with other cats and would be good with older children and adults. He also likes to sit on your lap while being brushed.

Academic Honors
Academic honors from local college students.

Glory Hole donation
Members of the sixth grade student council at Floyd Dryden Middle School present Lance Young, executive director for The Glory Hole, with a check earlier this month. The council raised $338 from bake sales at the school.

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

Neighbors Briefs
Church to hold marriage seminar; Asthma Awareness Day set at hospital; Savikko Park facilities closed; After-Prom Party set at racquet club

Science award
Matthew Wendel, left, accepts an award from Rik Pruett. Mt. Juneau-Gastineau Lodge #21 of the Free and Accepted Masons of Alaska, participated in judging the Capital City High School Science Fair for an independent award.

Rhododendron desirable in any garden
The most desired landscape plant in our area is the rhododendron; this garden icon is on almost every list for almost every yard, and no wonder. Strong looking, reliably hardy, and evergreen without having needles, these plants are also endowed with glorious flower trusses in reds, pinks, lavenders, purples, blues, whites and in warmer conditions there are even good yellows.

John Charlie Flory
Juneau resident John Charlie Flory, 82, died April 26, 2002, in Juneau.

Charles Everett 'Jud' Judson
Lifelong Juneau resident Charles Everett "Jud" Judson died April 23, 2002, in Juneau.

My Turn: Public funds and state employees have value
As a nine-year Alaska resident and an eight-year state employee, I feel compelled to respond to ridiculous and offensive comments put forth by Mr. Morin (Letter to Editor, April 29) suggesting that Rep. Victor Kohring is actually on to something by proposing that the state of Alaska can nibble its way to reducing the budget deficit to the tune of $1 billion (give or take a few hundred million depending of the current price of oil).

Peace and prosperity require freedom
Recently I attended the International Halibut Commission meeting in Anchorage. As I listened to testimonies about allocation, conservation and enhancing the resources I was reminded about an article I read in U.S. News and World Report several years ago entitled "10 Billion for Dinner, Please."

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: The more tourism issues change ...
The final draft of the Juneau Tourism Management Plan is a bold plan. The executive summary includes a grandiloquent "vision statement": "A healthy and vibrant tourism sector generating business opportunities and employment for Juneau citizens, protecting Juneau's heritage and cultural values and its natural resources, and making a positive contribution to the community's quality of life."

Juneau soccer, softball teams heading up north
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team will be carrying some extra baggage when it makes its first road trip north for games in Palmer and Anchorage this weekend.This will be the first road trip since the Crimson Bears found out they earned a pair of national rankings early last week, and it will be Juneau's first trip north as the defending state champions. That may make Juneau a marked team.

Batter up!
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team is loaded with confidence as it prepared to open its season today Ketchikan.The Crimson Bears have won the last two Region V titles, and this year there are several returners who spent a summer playing together on Juneau's first American Legion team in a decade.

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

Kayhi catches Crimson Bears
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball teams hopes for an undefeated season fell by the wayside as the Crimson Bears dropped their season-opener Wednesday night, losing 12-7 to the Ketchikan Kings at Ketchikan's Norman Walker Field.

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

Crimson Bears struggle to score in their first game as a nationally-ranked team
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team dominated play, but it took awhile to find the net before the Crimson Bears claimed a 2-0 victory over the Palmer Moose on Wednesday night at Palmer High School's Machetanz Stadium.

Crimson Bears get ready for Juneau Invite
After a better-than-expected performance last weekend at a five-team meet in Anchorage, the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team gets a chance to show off for the home crowd this weekend when the Crimson Bears host the Juneau Invitational at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Crimson Bear girls claw Moose, look ahead to Thunderbirds
Erin Flynn scored twice as the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team stayed undefeated on the season with a 3-0 victory over the Palmer Moose on Wednesday night at Palmer High School's Machetanz Stadium.

Juneau softball splits two in Anchorage
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team lost one it had a chance to win and won a game it could have lost in the opening two games of the Crimson Bears' six-game road trip to Anchorage.

ASAA reunites wrestling season
ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska School Activities Association this week eliminated wrestling's split seasons and moved forward on a plan to add a fifth classification for basketball and volleyball.

'Historic day' in the House
The House of Representatives was expected today to approve four revenue-raising bills that ultimately could come close to filling the state's $1 billion fiscal gap.The bills would reinstitute a personal income tax after a hiatus of 22 years, use more than $600 million of permanent fund earnings for government operations and increase the alcohol excise tax.

House OKs measure to limit claims on small-plane insurance
Legislation placing caps on punitive damages awarded as a result of airplane accidents passed the House on Tuesday.The weight of an airplane and number of seats would determine the amount a person could recover under the bill by Rep. Andrew Halcro, an Anchorage Republican.

Republicans block efforts on alcohol-tax vote
Senate Republicans beat back an effort to send a dime-a-drink alcohol tax increase to the floor for a vote Wednesday, despite claims of widespread support for the measure.Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis, an Anchorage Democrat, invoked a procedural move that would have forced the bill to the floor after being stalled in the Senate Rules Committee since March 15.

Senate panel seeks independent ferry authority
The Alaska Marine Highway System would be severed from the state Department of Transportation and given a land selection of 500,000 acres as a funding base under a bill passed by the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

Veterans, Knowles pushing hard on legislation
Leaders of veterans groups said Wednesday they will launch "an aggressive assault" to get legislators to act within the next two weeks on a package of veterans' bills Gov. Tony Knowles is pushing.

Woman wins retrial in her son's death
FAIRBANKS - A Superior Court jury has ruled in favor of a former Fort Yukon homeowner who charged her housing authority with being responsible for a 1995 house fire that caused the death of her 3-year-old son.

State opens gas, oil bids in North Slope, Cook Inlet areas
ANCHORAGE - A Canada company active in Mackenzie Valley natural gas exploration helped set a record Wednesday for most oil and gas acres leased in a single sale in Alaska.Petro-Canada (Alaska Inc.), a wholly owned subsidiary of Petro-Canada of Calgary, Alberta, was the busiest bidder at Alaska's North Slope Foothills areawide oil and gas lease sale, in which companies paid nearly $10.3 million for 197 tracts covering 1.12 million acres.

New cash source for JDHS repairs?
Juneau has some hits and misses in proposed construction and maintenance projects unveiled in the House Finance Committee on Tuesday.As part of the first state general obligation bond issue in 20 years, the committee would provide $2.7 million to cover a higher-than-expected bid for renovation of Juneau-Douglas High School. But the proposed new valley high school, at about $27.9 million, isn't included.

State Briefs
Armed men steal medical marijuana; Senate approves coastal zone bill; Brown bear spotted near Anchorage park; Thieves steal ATM machine, but get no cash from it

Bill seeks 'level playing field' in land takings
State transportation officials are trying to head off legislation they say would generate more lawsuits when private land is sought for public projects.

Photo: Budget discussion
Reps. Eldon Mulder, an Anchorage Republican, left, and Bill Williams, a Saxman Republican, center, talk with Rep. John Davies, a Fairbanks Democrat, after the first conference committee on the fiscal 2003 budget Wednesday at the Capitol.

State Briefs
Assembly to review city tourism plan; State wants B.C. fish farm moratorium continued; Young's bill aims to arm airline pilots; Senate approves bill to force governor to chose priorities; Juneau attorney to head state's criminal law agency; Ice Classic winners will share $304,000 jackpot

Moments of connection
Anchorage artist Carol Crump Bryner will display her new paintings May 3 through May 31 at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery. An opening reception will be held there from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3.

Spring studio art sale includes work by seven artists
JUNEAU - Seven artists are collaborating for a spring studio art sale to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5. This is fourth year artists Lisa Blacher and Nell McConahey have organized and hosted the annual show.

Kaleidoscope view: Poet Fiona Campbell reads her work
As a child in Eastern Washington and Canada, Fiona Kathleen Natalie Campbell wrote plays for the neighborhood kids to perform. Campbell has been writing since she was 5 and in recent years has concentrated on poetry. Campbell is the featured reader Tuesday evening, May 7, at the final event of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council's winter literary series, "Between the Lines." Her presentation is titled "Kaleidoscopic Views."

Best Bets: Hit country band, 'Trojan Women' play this week
Salsa, Trojans and a top 40 country band are among the entertainment opportunities this week.This is a good weekend to catch "The Trojan Women," the Theatre in the Rough production at McPhetres Hall. The play is beautifully done, a very accessible version of an ancient Greek story. I've loved Greek mythology and history since I was a little kid. "The Trojan Women" captures all the elements - the magic, the archetypal characters, the epic battles, and the tricks and foibles of those capricious gods.

Movies Where & When
"Spider-Man," (PG13) starts Friday, May 3, and shows nightly at 6:50 at Glacier Cinemas, with second shows at 9:20 Friday and Saturday, and matinees at 1:50 and 4:20 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Art and entertainment events this summer
Summer in Juneau brings Concerts in the Park, Juneau Jazz and Classics and a wealth of arts opportunities for youth. This summer arts calendar offers a look at some of the workshops, art shows, museum exhibits and performances in store in coming months.

'Kubla Khan': dream play that shoots the moon
Whenever I think about doing a theatrical version of the life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, (which has been surprisingly often, lately) I think of it in terms of a comedy - a musical comedy, to be precise.

Pride Chorus performs Saturday
JUNEAU - The Juneau Pride Chorus will give a concert Saturday, May 4, to showcase the songs they will perform in a few weeks at a regional choir festival in Seattle.

What's up with that?
Q: I know that many TV and radio stations aro

Shenandoah headlines concert
Church On Cumberland Road," "Sunday In the South" and "Next to You, Next to Me" are among the 13 No. 1 hits Shenandoah scored in its 18-year career as a country western band.

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