Wednesday, May 8, 2002

On The Move
Anita Maynard-Losh, formerly the education director at Perseverance Theatre, has been promoted to associate artistic director. Her new duties will include overseeing and expanding all education and training programs, providing artistic support for rehearsals and to visiting directors, representing the theater statewide and nationally, as well as some office supervisory duties.

Business Profile: Chris Dickrell
Title and firm: Chris Dickrell is the co-owner of Caribou Cafe.

Cashmere, silk, alpaca and more in downtown Juneau
After six years, Paititi Woolens is reopening as Invisible World at 369 S. Franklin St. in downtown Juneau. Stuart Cohen originally opened his shop in 1985. He closed in 1996, citing rising rent as one of the reasons. His training in art history, his love of travel and his interest in textiles - plus rejection of his latest manuscript by 17 publishers - spurred him to try his hand at retail again.

Business Briefs
Art retreat for mothers; Cha expands into second store; Development center offers seminar; Program offered to assist low-income homebuyers; Travel group launches resident specials program; Anchorage business honored during National Small Business Week; State participates in Tokyo's 'Alaska Products Fair'; BBB is now accessible online

In the Tank
Juneau's gas prices as of Tuesday night

Cruise provides college funds
While many high school graduates will get material gifts for their graduation, William Eriksen and Ryan Sis will receive the gift of opportunity.After working for several summers on the Adventure Bound, a 56-foot tour boat that takes day-long excursions to Tracy Arm, Eriksen, 18, and Sis, 17, are getting the chance to collect all of the profits from the boat's Mother's Day cruise. The money will help put the teen-agers through college.

Avoiding age discrimination in lending
Here is a true story about a 70-something couple, owners of a profitable seasonal business. They needed $40,000 to start their season. Their company had been dragged into litigation and when the case was finally dismissed, their cash was almost gone.

Textbook for the future
Imagine a world where humankind is considered part of the environment and our elected leaders consider the needs of the commons when making decisions. Imagine a world where neither unbridled communism or capitalism reign. This is the world described in Wally Hickel's new book, "Crisis in the Commons: The Alaska Solution."

Astonishing actions
Angry letters to the editor have correctly noted that Bill McAllister's coverage of the Legislature is not traditional reporting. In fairness to McAllister, it's not possible to adequately convey the astonishing actions of that feckless body by mere description. Were I to attempt to report the actions of the Legislature, I might resort to a column composed entirely of passages from Kafka, Orwell, Shelly, Dickens and Machiavelli.

Blame Daschle and the caribou
When you get a chance, please send a letter thanking Sen. Daschle for saving the caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR.) Essentially his pro-environmentalist stance has signed the death warrants of an untold number of our service people who will sacrifice their lives hoping to stabilize a region vital to our national interests.

Moving the problem doesn't solve it
The Juneau Assembly's effort to put a heliport in the Thane neighborhood is very unfair and divisive. We realize the Assembly has received a great deal of pressure from our community to do something about excessive noise generated by tourist-related aircraft activity. We also realize that politically this is not an easy thing for them to do. Moving the noise from one neighborhood to another is neither fair nor effective.

Sharon is not a 'man of peace'
President Bush has called Ariel Sharon a "man of peace," a man whose record of peace dates far back in the 1950s. This is the same Ariel Sharon who led the massacre of approximately 70 villagers at the West Bank village of Qibya in 1953.

Happy ending
Thanks to the crew of the Ginny III. When our mast snapped off at Point Hilda on Saturday, a spectacular day of sailing came crashing down on us.

Help the cause
Outraged over the Legislature's endless efforts to tax you, cut your services and raid the Permanent Fund? Fed up with legislators who won't demand oil companies pay what our oil is really worth? Thinking about running for office?

Apples, oranges and the First Amendment
I would like to respond to the letter from Mr. Paul Grant of the AkCLU.Mr. Grant, I am not as gifted as you may be with the use of words. So forgive me if I speak in plain and simple terms. Surely you are not blind to right and wrong.

Sealaska loses $21 million
Sealaska Corp. is reporting a $21 million loss for 2001, marking the second multimillion-dollar loss for the regional Native corporation in two years.In 2000, the corporation, which was formed in 1971 under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, reported a loss of $122 million. In 2001, it lost $21 million on revenues of $146 million, cut 12 staffers at its Juneau headquarters, discontinued several business ventures and saw the resignation of President Robert Loescher.

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

Litter patrols aim to pick Juneau clean Saturday
Hundreds of volunteers are scheduled to rid Juneau of litter this weekend in an annual city-wide cleanup.Litter Free Inc. traditionally organizes the cleanup effort the Saturday before Mother's Day, said John Logan, president of the nonprofit group. Families, Boy and Girl Scouts, service groups and other volunteers get into the act. More than 2,100 students and teachers will get a head start Friday.

Bear cub rescued by health center workers
Three employees from the Juneau Public Health Center rescued a bear cub Tuesday afternoon that appeared to be wounded and without a mother. But it's unlikely the bear will find a home, state biologists say.

Tour plan comments focus on heliports
People concerned about a proposal to move helicopter flightseeing operations to the Thane area or near Montana Creek in the Mendenhall Valley dominated a public hearing Tuesday about a long-range tourism plan for Juneau.The Juneau Assembly expects to wrap up work on a draft tourism plan next month. The document addresses tourism marketing, downtown congestion, flightseeing noise, downtown business revitalization, and ways the community can better collaborate on tourism issues. Tuesday's hearing was the second in less than a week.

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

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

City OKs new cruise ship fee
The Juneau Assembly on Monday decided to charge cruise lines $1.73 per passenger for port projects, but the issue of financing future port development isn't settled completely.The Assembly has been in discussions with the cruise industry for months about how to pay for port improvements. Until Jan. 1, cruise ships paid a tonnage fee. As a replacement, some Assembly members preferred to negotiate with the cruise lines on a project-by-project basis.

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

Trees next to Duck Creek cut without permission
The city is mulling its enforcement options after discovering Tuesday that a developer violated environmental protection rules by cutting down trees next to a salmon stream in the Mendenhall Valley.Developer Richard Harris cut down several large trees and "quite a few" smaller trees within 25 feet of Duck Creek at a site where Glacier Highway meets Dunn Street, said Dan Garcia, the city's environmental zoning inspector.

Academic Honors
Juneau resident Harmonie Sorrell is one of 47 students in the United States and Canada to receive this year's $1,000 R. Robert Dale Scholarship from Moose International, Inc., to further her higher education at a college or university.

Photo: Spelling bee contestants
Kristina Paulick, a sixth-grade student at Floyd Dryden Middle School, won the Juneau District Spelling Bee Feb. 20. Along with runner-up Maya Pisel from Harborview Elementary School, she traveled to Anchorage on March 11 and 12 to participate in the Anchorage Daily News State Spelling Bee.

Pet Of The Week
Tommi is a 2-year-old neutered male who has an adorable way about him. He is an affectionate guy who likes to be brushed. He is playful with other cats and would probably do well with kids.

Art exhibition winners
Juneau-Douglas High School student Atsuko Chikashita won best of show at the 2002 All-State Art Exhibition in Fairbanks for this Eskimo doll she made.

Thank You
...for all the help; ...for the support; ...for the kindness; ...for the participation

Neighbors Briefs
MS group fund-raiser scheduled for May 11; Silent auction fund-raiser set; Sitka to host tobacco-free camp; Rotary scholarship applications available; Fish Creek Road getting upgrades; Letter carriers to pick up donated food; Sealaska needs more volunteers

Photo: Meeting Madden
Steve Brown and Lee Guillemette of Hoonah Trading, 147 Front St., Hoonah, meet longtime Ace Hardware spokesman and former NFL coach John Madden at Ace's spring convention in Dallas in late March. Brown was among the several thousand Ace retailers who attended the convention to view the latest in home improvement products and merchandising concepts.

Push-up champions
Push-up champions Spc. Michael Garcia and PV2 Alexis Landvatter relax in the Army's front leaning position. Both Garcia and Landvatter, Juneau members of the Alaska National Guard, maxed the push-up event in the Army physical fitness test.

World language students win awards at state contest
Thirteen Juneau-Douglas High School world language students - four French, seven Japanese and two Spanish - participated in the State Declamation Contest in Anchorage on April 13. The students took part in several competitions, and every Juneau student earned at least one award.

Harry A. Bremner
Juneau resident Harry A. "Skinka" Bremner died May 2, 2002, in Juneau.

My Turn: Child abuse often part of domestic violence
April is child abuse awareness month and for good reason. From July 1, 2000, to June 30, 2001, Child Protective Services in Alaska received 17,457 reports of harm. On an average day, workers at the Division of Family and Youth Services (DFYS) receive 48 calls of concern about harm to children statewide.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

My Turn: Where is the political leadership?
I have been an Alaska resident since 1966, and a resident of Ketchikan since 1989. I have experienced the economy of our state in good times and bad. The economic well being of Ketchikan, Juneau and all of Southeast, is in crisis.What we need, now more than ever, is effective leadership from our elected officials. Sadly, that, we do not have.

My Turn: Natural-gas line incentive bill must be fair
Most Alaskans would agree to give industry a tax incentive if they could be assured it translated into Alaska jobs, a growing economy and sharing the benefits when assuming some of the risks.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 8:15 a.m. on May 8. The rankings include the angler's name, weight of the fish (in 10ths of a pound), date caught and what station the fish was turned into.

Humbler Crimson Bears set for series
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team learned a valuable lesson during its season-opening weekend in Ketchikan.Brimming with overconfidence, the Crimson Bears entered last weekend thinking they could go undefeated and that none of the other Southeast teams were able to compete with them. So, in the season's first game, Juneau committed four errors and lost to Ketchikan 12-7 to end the dreams of an unbeaten season.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported on the derby's Web site as of 9:43 a.m. on May 7. The rankings include the angler's name, weight of the fish (in 10ths of a pound), date caught and what station the fish was turned into.

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

JD softball prepares to take care of business
After a successful swing through Anchorage that left the Crimson Bears with a solid standing in the state, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team opens its only home series of the season on Thursday."It's a weekend of just taking care of business," Juneau coach Kari Monagle said. "I've been coaching long enough to know that any team on any day can beat you. I want to make sure we take care of the games we're supposed to take care of."

Kids Rotary Park Run
Results from the Southeast Roadrunners club's Kids' Rotary Park Run held on Sunday. There were three courses available, featuring one, two or three laps around the duck pond.

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

Alaska to probe insurance practice of 'credit scoring'
State officials will investigate the insurance industry's practice of determining insurance payments based on personal credit history.The practice, known as "credit scoring," uses a combination of a person's driving record, claim history and credit history to produce a score. The score is used to tell how likely someone is to file a claim and sets the cost of an insurance policy.

Senate approves measure tightening rules on abortion
The GOP-controlled Senate is poised to pass a bill that tightens rules for abortions. Senate Bill 364 was expected to go to the floor for a vote today after Democrats were able to stall a vote Monday.

House action delayed on gasoline tax break bill
The House delayed action Monday on a bill that would give tax breaks to builders of a proposed North Slope natural gas pipeline.The bill was returned to the House Rules Committee, a move that generally means there are not enough votes for a bill to pass.

Accused woman's boyfriend says he didn't know details of insurance plan
ANCHORAGE - The boyfriend of a Wasilla woman accused of murdering her son said he was unaware that Suzette Welton had made him trustee of life insurance policies she took out on her two boys.

State Briefs
Six ticket holders win Ice Classic; Forest officials issue fire warning; Two arrested in Anchorage shootout; Senate approves measure requiring longer highway use

House attempts to lower insurance costs
The House approved a bill Tuesday aimed at lowering insurance costs for small businesses, self-employed people and nonprofit groups.The bill would have the state help set up an insurance pool small entities could join.

Alaska history bill failing
Legislation requiring school districts to make Alaska history part of their high school curriculum appears to be dead.A House-Senate conference committee on a bill addressing both the history requirement and compulsory attendance ended in deadlock this morning.

Final Senate panel approves alcohol tax
The alcohol tax is now in the mix of legislation that's subject to barter and compromise in the final days of the session.The Senate Rules Committee this morning approved an increase in the excise tax that translates into a per-drink total of 10 cents, raising beer by 6.7 cents, wine by 6.5 and hard liquor by 5.6.

State won't appeal judge's ruling in English-only case
ANCHORAGE - The Knowles administration won't ask the Alaska Supreme Court to keep the state's English-only law on the books. But Alaskans for a Common Language, the group that put the issue on the ballot, will. Dillingham Superior Court Judge Fred Torrisi ruled in March that the law unduly restricts opportunities for free expression and violates the rights of citizens to receive information and ideas.

Senate OKs limits on abortion funding
The Republican-controlled Senate passed a measure on Tuesday that would place greater restrictions on state-funded abortions.Senate Bill 364 seeks to restrict Medicaid funding for so-called "therapeutic abortions," or those that relate to the mother's psychological health.

Ice Classic tripod may move soon
FAIRBANKS - Residents of Nenana awoke Monday to find open water above and below the Nenana Ice Classic's wooden tripod, the first evidence surface ice is weakening after a cold, snowy spring.

State shows progress in personal income
ANCHORAGE - Alaska ranked fourth best among states for personal income growth in 2001, according to new figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce. That's a big turnaround from two years ago, when Alaska came in dead last.

State Briefs
Juneau man wins public service award; Southeast lingcod limits imposed; Senate approves pool insurance for small air carriers; Ogan returns to legislative duties

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