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Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Business profile: Toni Fagg
Title and company: Owner, Divine Appointment Beauty Services: People who want thicker, longer hair can benefit from the hair-extension services Fagg offers, she said. Fagg has devised a system for attaching real or synthetic hair to her clients' real hair, giving them longer locks that last up to four months.

Haida coffee shop gets legal help in Starbucks fight
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The owners of a small coffee shop on the Queen Charlotte Islands have lined up a prominent lawyer to defend them in a trademark-infringement suit filed by coffee giant Starbucks. Vancouver lawyer Joe Arvay has agreed to defend HaidaBucks Cafe against the Seattle-based company, which claims the aboriginal owners are violating copyright and creating confusion in the marketplace by using a name similar to its own.

ACS sells most of yellow pages business
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. has raised about $118 million to pay down its debt by selling off most of its directory business. The owner will be a new company, called ACS Media, that had its initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday. ACS is keeping 12.6 percent of the new firm and its president is taking the helm.

Peninsula carvers find their niche building special carousel
KENAI - A handful of woodcarvers here are helping keep the memories of fine-crafted carousels alive by making a brand-new carousel. It will be open to everyone at Hansen's Custom Carving just outside Soldotna on the Sterling Highway. Unlike carousels of the past, however, the unique peninsula attraction will feature things Alaskan: a caribou, a grizzly bear, a moose, a walrus and possibly a Dall sheep and a musk ox.

Vicious, loathsome
I am puzzled by your choice of Outside editorial in Friday's (9 May) Empire. I hope it was only meant to demonstrate just how low a political attack can get. When the editor of the Augusta Chronicle imagines he can see inside Sen. Robert Byrd's and Rep. Henry Waxman's heads and find there a desire for "something to go terribly wrong in America - a collapsed economy or another terrorist attack," he is engaging in not only character assassination but the depths of irresponsibility.

Revise Longevity Bonus
The politically possible time to lop off the Longevity Bonus has passed. Butchering should have been done when it, along with the original dividend program, was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court for basing payments on durational residency.

Statewide sales tax will widen rural-urban divide
A few years ago when they were pinching funding for Bush schools and opposing a state subsistence priority for rural Alaskans, urban Republican legislators scoffed at the notion of a growing "rural-urban divide."

Sales tax will help schools
The push for the statewide sales tax is growing hotter. Gov. Murkowski is touting the 2 to 4 percent tax. The House is looking to pass something, if they can. Unfortunately, it looks suspiciously for show.

Out of touch
The governor stated in his "My Turn" column of May 8, "Loading additional taxes on Alaska's most productive citizens is simply bad economic policy." This was in defense of his support for a sales tax rather than an income tax. I disagree with his opinion about a state income tax being unfair.

Photo: Tapping out territory
A red-breasted sapsucker taps away at a parking sign Saturday in the University of Alaska Southeast parking lot. Woodpeckers sometimes tap on metal signs to announce their territory.

Photos: A day for appreciating Juneau
Brian Wharton, third from left, holds his son, Benjamin, 3, as Benjamin blows bubbles at the Nature Center at the top of the Mount Roberts Tramway on Saturday during Juneau Appreciation Day.

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

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

Photo: Rally for education funding
Anatoly Khmelev, "Mr. K" to his physical education students at Auke Bay Elementary School, sniffs a carnation during a teacher's rally Saturday on the Capitol steps. "A Mother's Day Wish: Adequate Funding for Education" was the name and theme of the rally.

This Day in History
In 1962, the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center opened.

This Day in History
In 1926, Juneau's first concrete paving began, from Seward Street to the Alaskan Hotel.

Assembly hears public testimony on mining ordinance
Representatives from the Greens Creek Mining Co. and the Kensington Mine Project asked the Juneau Assembly Monday night to make an expedient decision on the fate of the proposed mining ordinance. If the Assembly adopts the ordinance, both projects would be spared the process of applying for a city permit.

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

Camp blends Native lore, science, serious canoeing
Anna Buchanan said paddling the last in a line of canoes was hard work. But by the end of a weeklong canoe trip near Hoonah last summer, "I was in the front," the middle school student said happily. Camp W.A.T.E.R., a three-week summer camp that blends Native knowledge, Western science and some serious canoeing, is still looking for applicants.

Summer classes mean catching up or getting ahead
If past practice is an indication, about one of 12 Juneau public school students will spend part of their summer in class. Nearly all will be there because they weren't meeting the district's standards in the core subjects of reading, writing or math. "You'd categorize the students as being struggling learners, so our focus is to help students meet the core," said Kimberly Homme, the district's Summer Connection principal.

Of secrets and devil's club juice
In the tidy kitchen of her assisted-living apart- ment in Juneau, Flo Kenney, 69, brews potions - devil's club juice for fatigue and caribou leaf salve to soothe tennis elbow or, even, to heal flesh rent by a black bear's claws. "It's a big pharmacy out there - there's roots and plants," Kenney said. "People don't talk about it anymore. Kids go to the grocery store and spend $7 on cough syrup."

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

Steamship Wharf work nears completion
The Steamship Wharf-Marine Park construction project should be complete by July 3, and 58 new boat slips will be installed in the Douglas Harbor by next summer, city officials said. As the city works with a planning firm to develop a vision of waterfront projects for the next 20 years, some public and private projects permitted by the city are continuing as planned.

Photo: Ice rink transformed
Dean Williams returns a forehand to Brian Lupro while taking advantage Monday of the new tennis court at the Treadwell Arena. The arena has been converted from an ice rink for the summer and is open for tennis, basketball, inline skating and inline hockey.

Photo: Walking for cancer
Cancer survivors Trish Satre and Rep. Carl Gatto, a Palmer Republican, lead the National Cancer Survivor's Day Walk on Saturday morning in downtown Juneau.

Amended street obstruction ordinance passes
On a 7-2 vote after hours of public testimony and debate, the Juneau Assembly approved a city ordinance Monday night that addresses tourist season congestion downtown by prohibiting some sidewalk obstructions. The ordinance prohibits downtown businesses from placing obstructions such as trash cans, vending machines, sandwich board signs or large stuffed animals on sidewalks.

Shoes of church's bellringer hard to fill
SITKA - Sunday mornings won't sound the same after Sasha Hartman moves away this week. For the last two and a half years, Hartman has been the bell- ringer at St. Michael's Cathedral. But Hartman is moving to Spruce Island near Kodiak. The Orthodox church has yet to find a replacement.

James Edward Myrick
Former longtime Juneau resident James Edward Myrick died Thursday, May 8, 2003, at Providence Hospital in Everett, Wash.

My Turn: Beware of the war machine
K en Dunker, in his recent My Turn, said that the troops are "overall educated, well-trained and squared away individuals." Surely he knows the disproportionate number of minority individuals and those from low socio-economic backgrounds (with no other real option) who are recruited to serve in the military. And, let's just grant Mr. Dunker his premise that they are "squared away" individuals when they enter. Are they when (if) they return to us?

My Turn: Alaska's seniors are a $2 billion industry
It really doesn't make much sense, does it? Here Gov. Murkowski runs for office on a platform of economic development and, within a month of taking office, tells the Legislature to cripple an industry that generates billions of dollars of revenue for the state each year. (And, yes, that's right - we're talking billions with a "B.")

My Turn: Think trees: celebrate Arbor Day
Arbor Day is an annual observance celebrating trees in our lives and promoting tree planting and care. Arbor Day is celebrated in Alaska on the third Monday in May. On this day, reflect on the beauty of trees but also think about the benefits trees provide in our neighborhoods.

My Turn: A graduated drivers license program will save lives
Years ago, before there were computers, kids were taught how to drive by a trusted adult. Sadly, that's not the case nowadays for many teenagers. They leave the DMV with that priceless piece of plastic and very little driving knowledge.

Local Sports Briefs
Floyd Dryden students hit the bullseye in archery tourney; Hershey's Track and Field Meet set for May 18

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Seventh Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 3:19 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. The rankings include the angler's name, weight of the fish (in 10ths of a pound), date turned in and what station the fish was turned into. Ties are broken by the earliest fish turned in.

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

Mud, Sweat and Gears
There were spills and chills during the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club's "Mud, Sweat and Mother's Day" mountain bike race held Sunday at Dimond Park. The first break in Juneau's unusual stretch of nice weather meant a the few hardy riders who showed up for the race were greeted by a blustery wind and a temperature about 15 degrees colder than what they'd experienced in recent days.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Seventh Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 3:19 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. The rankings include the angler's name, weight of the fish (in 10ths of a pound), date turned in and what station the fish was turned into. Ties are broken by the earliest fish turned in.

Source: Cavaliers ask Knicks for permission to speak with Van Gundy
CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Cavaliers asked the New York Knicks for permission to talk to Jeff Van Gundy about being their next coach, a source said Monday. Van Gundy, who abruptly resigned last season as coach of the Knicks and remains under contract with the club until July 31, is at the top of the Cavs' wish list, the NBA source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Juneau boys upend Service
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team ended its final road trip of the regular season in winning fashion late Saturday, as the Crimson Bears edged the Service Cougars 2-1 in a fast-paced game with a few unusual twists. The Crimson Bears (9-3-1 overall) got on the board first, in the eighth minute of the game. Senior Axel Thibodeau got his head on a corner kick, and then senior Kalon Wright knocked the ball to the ground, one-touched it and shot it past the Service goalkeeper.

Dean savors national championship
Three years ago, Josh Dean had never played an organized game of rugby in his life. On May 4, the Air Force Academy junior from Juneau became a national champion.

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

Bears clinch state berth
Even though the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team was missing half its roster, the defending state champion Crimson Bears clinched a return trip to the state tournament with a 10-1 victory over Prince of Wales on Monday night in Craig. Juneau, which has yet to play a home game this season, had five key players return home after the Crimson Bears swept three games from Ketchikan over the weekend. Juneau coach Dave Massey said the players wanted to keep up with their academic work, not because they're struggling but because they want to stay on the honor roll. The Crimson Bears will have missed seven of the last 10 school days when this road trip is over.

Regulators inspect ship that dumped 40 tons of sewage
SEATTLE - State regulators have examined the sewage system of a cruise ship that earlier this month dumped more than 40 tons of human waste into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Department of Ecology is reviewing samples taken from the Norwegian Sun to determine whether penalties should be imposed, agency spokesman Larry Altose said Monday. The investigation is expected to take several weeks.

State Briefs
Assembly passes truancy ordinance; Assembly hears mining ordinance testimony; Wellness challenge registration begins; House eliminates funds for community schools; Bill to end adverse possession passes Senate; Murder trial begins;

Appeals court mulls role of dealer in drug death
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Court of Appeals is pondering whether a person who sells drugs to someone who ends up dead of an overdose should be held responsible to some extent for that death. On Wednesday, the three-judge appeals court returned the case of Shaun Whitesides to a Ketchikan judge with instructions to collect more information and send it back to them.

Bill nails fraudulent PFD filers
People who file fraudulent permanent fund applications would stand a greater chance of being punished if a new bill passes the Legislature. House Bill 205, which the House approved Friday, would allow the Department of Revenue to impose a $3,000 fine on people it determines have submitted fraudulent applications. Under current law, if the state takes a person to court for permanent-fund fraud, the court may assess a fine of up to $5,000, but the department itself cannot impose a fine.

Photo: Capitol rap session
Reps. Ethan Berkowitz, an Anchorage Democrat, left, and Beth Kerttula, a Juneau Democrat, discuss one of the bills the House was to vote on Monday at the Capitol.

Psychiatrists: Impacts of gambling are already present in Alaska
KENAI - Alaska may not have racetracks and casinos, but the state isn't free of the social impacts of gambling, say psychiatrists who study gamblers' behavior. Municipalities and nonprofit organizations can run bingo parlors, sell pull-tabs or hawk lottery tickets on such natural events as breakup on the Tanana River. Such activities may seem innocuous, but betting, periodically reinforced by winning, can grow to pathological addiction for some.

Playful, inventive spectacled eiders astonish scientists
SEWARD - Only a few weeks after 12 young spectacled eiders settled into their new aviary at the Alaska SeaLife Center, researchers tossed them a pair of colored ping-pong balls. Would they shy away? Pick one color over another? To the astonishment of the biologists, the six male and six female adolescents scrambled around the tanks, splashing and batting, struggling to knock the balls into the drain.

DNA data bill aims to help cops
Legislation to expand the state's DNA database to include genetic material from all convicted felons would put Alaska in line with national trends, but civil libertarians worry the information could be misused in the future. The database, in operation since 1996, includes information on convicted felons who have committed burglary or crimes against a person, such as assault or sexual assault. Under House Bill 49, people convicted of crimes such as felony shoplifting or felony driving while intoxicated also would be included.

State Briefs
Stevens denies pressuring Smithsonian; Man with famous name wins drug case appeal; Awards of doctoral degrees increase at UAF;

Bill reroutes some permanent fund money to state operations
In future years, eligible Alaskans are likely to see smaller Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks - but no more than a $20 reduction - under a bill set to pass the Legislature. Dividends will decrease by less than $1 in 2005 and about $20 by 2012 under House Bill 11, which received preliminary approval by the Senate on Monday. The proposal, authored by Anchorage Republican Rep. Norm Rokeberg, takes 25 percent of mineral lease royalties paid into the permanent fund and sends it to the general fund, which pays for state government.

Gov. Murkowski pans latest predator-control legislation
Gov. Frank Murkowski opposes the latest version of a bill aimed at allowing wolf killing to save moose. The latest draft of Sen. Ralph Seekins' predator control bill is "unacceptable" because it would cut the governor and administration out of much of the process of designing and implementing such a program, the governor said.

Sales tax gaining steam
The state could begin implementing its first year-round statewide sales tax under a bill that passed the House Ways and Means Committee Monday. The proposal would implement a 3 percent year-round sales tax that would phase in over the next six years. The tax would go into effect next January. The state Department of Revenue said the tax will raise at least $300 million a year.

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