Friday, May 3, 2002

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.

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.

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.

Zoe's concerns
I live on Thane Road. I have lived in my house since I was 2 months old. I will be 10 years old next week. I hope the city doesn't put a heliport on Thane Road! I love to walk my new puppy Roxie to Sheep Creek beach, but I couldn't if there was a heliport. I couldn't ride my bike or walk to my friends' houses because the road would be too busy to walk on.

Undeniable legacy
I was delighted to read the thoughtful, high-minded My Turn contribution of Michael Kron (Empire, May 1), noting from out of state how out of touch with reality so many Alaskans appear to have become.

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.

Budget survey ready
Did you know that more than half of Juneau's citizens favor using the CBJ "Rainy Day Account" before taxes are raised, and three-fifths favor using the account before city services are cut? Twice as many citizens favor an increase in user fees over increased taxes to fund existing services, while only one-fifth favor a reduction of services.

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.

Stars for a night: JDHS prom
Spotlights, a long red carpet, trees sparkling with lights, and paparazzi will greet students attending the Juneau-Douglas High School Junior/Senior Prom on Saturday, organizers said.The prom's theme is "Glitter, Glam and Glitz," and the idea is to treat the students like Hollywood celebrities, said Staci Ignell, president of the junior class, which sponsors the prom.

Local Briefs
Robber sentenced to two years; Mulder to run against Lisa Murkowski

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.

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.

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

DA to retry accused stabber
Juneau's top prosecutor said Thursday that he would take his chances with another 12 jurors in a second attempt to win an assault conviction against George Shavers, accused of stabbing a friend more than 22 times earlier this year.Shavers, 48, was convicted last week of felony tampering with evidence, a charge that carries a maximum of five years in prison. The jury deadlocked on a felony first-degree assault charge stemming from the Jan. 26 incident.

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.

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.

FYI
Births

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

Board OKs hike in fees at harbor
The decision to increase rates at Juneau's harbors for the first time in 15 years has some users worrying it's the beginning of a trend.The Docks and Harbors Board, which establishes fees and rates for public docks and harbors in Juneau, voted unanimously Thursday night to approve higher liveaboard charges, labor rates, and towing, storage and cruise ship lightering fees.

Juneau man helps rebuild Balkan media
After spending more than two years in Croatia and Bosnia, Charlie Northrip says the newly democratic countries are striving to break a long history of government-controlled media.Northrip, the former head of Juneau's KTOO-FM and TV, left for the Balkans in 1999 to help countries in the region establish reliable, independent print and broadcast media outlets.

Neighbors challenge heliport
A draft long-range tourism plan for Juneau includes recommendations for decreasing downtown congestion, boosting high-value destination travel and improving community-business relations. But an assumption that a heliport will be built in Thane is bringing opposition from neighbors.

Learning the little things about life in America
Rosa Fonseca's American experience is all about the details.How people talk, how they act, how they interact - nothing escapes the eye of Fonseca, an English teacher from Brazil who is studying at the University of Alaska Southeast. Fonseca already is fluent in English, but she's learning how to live and communicate in America.b

Photo: Day of Prayer
Pastor Steve Olmstead, top left, of Chapel by the Lake, speaks to about 150 people Thursday in front of the Capitol for the annual Day of Prayer observances. After prayers and singing hymns, the day's prayer events continued at Centennial Hall.

Academic Honors
Adam Duane Orford, son of Michael and Rebecca Orford, is graduating summa cum laude from Arizona State University on May 10, 2002. He has earned a bachelor of arts degree in Italian, with a minor in music. He is also a recipient of the ASU A

Rhoden, Dorn marry
Beth Rhoden and Jim Dorn of Juneau were married in a ceremony on March 30, 2002, on South Maluaka Beach in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii. A reception followed at The Old Lahaina Luau.

Richards, Merrick wed
Kelly Mary-Thomas Richards and Augustine Joseph Merrick II were married on Feb. 16, 2002, at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau.

Neighbors Briefs
Blessing of the fleet set for Saturday; Group to hold education rally; 4-H club to hold its annual tree sale; 2002 charity walk set for May 10

Posey, Kibby wed
Lori Posey and Roger Kibby were married at a private ceremony on March 7.

Photo: May Day in Juneau
Harborview Elementary School students Brian O'Sullivon, left, Jack Sherwood, center, and Ariel Lyon, right, wheel around the May Pole on Wednesday along with other fourth and fifth-graders from the school. The event was held at the behest of Adrienne Bosworth, a Harborview student, who wanted to celebrate May Day.

Photo: Jumpin' event
The Juneau Jumpers team will perform at 7 p.m. today at the Glacier Valley Elementary School Gym

Church's duty is to hear, tell the truth
It is a commitment of the Episcopal Church in Alaska and in the United States that the church will be a safe place; that when you walk through the doors you are in a holy space, a sacred space, a safe space. It should be a place that is safe for our children, our elders, women, men, the abused, the violated, the persecuted, the disenfranchised, the hurting - and even for those who have no particular problem on a given day. In short, it is for everyone.

Robert K. Strasser Jr.
Juneau resident Robert King Strasser Jr. died April 30, 2002, in Seattle after being struck by an automobile.

My Turn: Tonnage tax is better than port project partnerships
The dysfunctional nature of Juneau politics is obvious to anyone observing the discussion over whether to rebuild Marine Park. A project worthy of consideration has floundered over financing.

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."

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."

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 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.

Juneau softball gets good Service
ANCHORAGE -- In her first high school pitching start, Service freshman Heather Lyons threw five innings of no-hit ball, struck out 13 batters and went 3-for-4 at the plate, driving in a run in the process.

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.

Spring King Salmon Derby
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as of 10:22 a.m. on May 2. The rankings include the angler's name,

Boys soccer escapes with win
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team turned to a play it calls "Margaret" to claim a 3-2 victory over the East Anchorage Thunderbirds, winning on a goal by Travis Croteau in the game's final minute Thursday night at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Juneau upends Sitka, 9-4
Dylan Hickey, who had minor surgery on both feet two weeks ago, went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored as the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team claimed a 9-4 victory over the Sitka Wolves on Thursday afternoon at Ketchikan's Norman Walker Field.

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.

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

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.

Girls soccer ties last year's state champs
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team suffered the first semi-blemish to its unbeaten record on Thursday, as the Crimson Bears tied the defending state champion East Anchorage Thunderbirds 1-1 at Anchorage Football Stadium.

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.

'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.

Photo: Arguing for an income tax
Rep. Jim Whitaker, a Fairbanks Republican, center, explains Thursday at the Capitol why his amendment allowing Alaskans' state income tax bill to be deducted from their Alaska Permanent Fund dividend would not eliminate the federal income tax on the dividend.

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.

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.

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

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
Fire in Echo Cove area is contained; Alaska history requirement blocked; Guides plead guilty to illegal taking of game; Prince William Sound boater gets lost, found

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.

New plan may close fiscal gap
A House-approved package of $900 million in alcohol and income taxes and permanent fund earnings was dubbed "the good, the bad and the ugly" this morning by Senate President Rick Halford.There might be floor votes in the Senate but there's no chance that a $250 million income tax or the use of more than $600 million in permanent fund earnings will be approved this year, said Halford, a Chugiak Republican, and Senate Finance Co-Chairman Pete Kelly, a Fairbanks Republican.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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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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