Friday, May 24, 2002

On The Move
Brian McKiernan was recently hired as director of national accounts for Glacier Bay Cruiseline. He will be in charge of all new business development programs for the company, as well as expanding its national accounts program.

Above and Beyond
Composed of more than 37 glaciers, the Juneau Icefield is a big tourist attraction. And with the advent of a new tour company, people can spend more time exploring Juneau's back yard."We're going for the independent traveler and local market," said Sean Janes, president of Above and Beyond Alaska, a newly formed, employee-owned business. "(They're) people who are interested in spending a little more time up on the icefield than the typical cruise ship passengerm who spends only a few hours."

Business Briefs
Airport Travelodge wins award; Petro Marine buys Klawock Delta Fuels; Alaska USA offers new online services

In the Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening.

Couple reopens a Haines tradition
Former Juneau residents Jeff Butcher and his wife, Shannon, are renovating their new purchase, the Hotel Halsingland in Haines, just in time for the tourist season."It's a beautiful hotel," said Jeff Butcher. "It's one-of-a-kind and has overwhelming character."

Business Profile: Shar Fox
Title and firm: Shar Fox is an acupressure therapist and practices craniosacral therapy at Wellspring Inc. Health Care Center, 2231 North Jordan Ave.

Juneau's economic engine is changing
Why are we here? Anyone who lives through two months of rain sooner or later starts with that question. The economic system that fuels our community is intrinsically linked to this fundamental idea: Why are we here?

Mentors connect
We were honored by the Juneau Empire's recent article about our graduation from the University of Alaska Southeast. We'd also like to share another success story. All three of us have been involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters school mentoring program while in college. While each of us got involved for different reasons, we share one common wish: To make a difference in the life of a child.

Painfully obvious
It became painfully obvious, while as a spectator for the sputtering end to our 22nd Legislature, that the negotiating tactics, or lack thereof, by the close-minded adversaries of Alaska's welfare procrastinated the session to its sputtering completion.

Assembly action
On Monday, May 20, the Assembly voted to approve the renovations at Juneau-Douglas High School. They did not postpone, table or agree to reconsider.

Close to my heart
I first came to know Juan MacFarlane as a young child amongst the boat families at Aurora Harbor in the early 1980s. He was hard to miss. Having a problem with his legs, he wore a pair of heavy leather shoes with a long metal rod attached to each. You could often hear him as he clunked up and down the docks playing.

Cut Kohring's job
In response to Rep. Kohring's article in the Empire, I hope the first unnecessary government job that is cut is his. I'm sure his salary could help fund at least one "feel good program" that would educate our children about social injustice and slick politicians.

Kohring is right
Three cheers for Vic Kohring and the other Senate Republicans. The vast majority of Alaskans are opposed to ever-larger government (remember the 83 percent vote against tapping the permanent fund). I completely agree with Mr. Kohring's assertion that the government, "... is a bloated Leviathan..." that must be reined in.

Drink responsibly
The good news this Memorial Day is that drunk-driving fatalities during the holiday weekend are at an all-time low, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The 31 percent decline in drunk-driving fatalities since 1982 compares favorably to record decrease in drunk-driving fatalities throughout the year.

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

City social service grant plan revised
New recommendations from city's Social Services Advisory Board would add city grant funding to five social service programs and take away assistance from six others.Gastineau Human Services, Alaska Legal Services and the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc. lost funding in the panel's second grant review. The Juneau Boys and Girls Club, Shanti, Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, REACH and Southeast Alaska Independent Living gained funding in the second set of recommendations.

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

Photo: Cleaning up the Village
Jessie Schoonover, an employee of Tlingit and Haida Indians of the City and Borough of Juneau, cleans up junk Thursday in the neighborhood known as the Village, near the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Tlingit and Haida staff and local volunteers helped in the effort.

Gustavus residents fear lack of float may sink local businesses
Some Gustavus residents fear they will be unable to load and unload their boats, causing local businesses to suffer, if the state is unable to repair the town's broken float by June 1.

Local Briefs
Spring King Derby standings change; Windfall Lake trail undergoing repairs

Correction
Due to an editor's error, a headline in Wednesday's Neighbor's section incorrectly referred to a "transplant recipient." The correct term is "transplant candidate."

Photo: Scout cruise
Captain Mikko Polley, third adult from the left, stands with members of Cub Scout Pack 6, from Chapel by the Lake, on the Allen Marine vessel Cape Aialik in Auke Bay.

Drowned man remembered
For years Dana White watched ships pass him by - writing down their dimensions, documenting the lives of those on board, memorializing their existence with inky permanence and capturing for posterity what he loved about the sea.

FYI
Births

Photo: Busy Painters
Debbie Reifenstein and little sister Heather paint during a Big Brothers/Big Sisters group activity at the Boys and Girls Club earlier this month.

Marvin: From victim to victor
Gail Marvin said she still feels hands on her throat, even though she hasn't seen her attacker for nearly four years. In 1997, Marvin and her two young children escaped from almost three years of domestic violence meted out by her then live-in boyfriend. Despite lingering physical and emotional damage, Marvin, owner of The Cutting Edge Hair Salon downtown, has gone from surviving off food stamps to building a flourishing business. She's gone from victim to victor.

City debates passenger-fee spending
Funding for a heliport study, the city's long-range tourism plan, trails and a boat-loading facility is undecided as Juneau Assembly members debate the best way to spend this year's passenger fee revenue.The city collects $5 per cruise ship passenger "to address the impacts caused by the marine passenger ship industry," according to city code. The city expects to see about $3.5 million in revenue this year and sets aside about 25 percent for general government services.

Body found at mine campsite
Police are trying to identify an elderly man whose partially decomposed body was recovered Thursday evening at a campsite on Mount Roberts above South Franklin Street.Police responded to a campsite near the Alaska-Juneau gold mine ruins around 7 p.m. after a person walking through the area reported seeing a body. Police found the remains of the man, who they believe was in his 70s, near an area where it appeared he had been camping.

Whale vs. plane brings fame
Sixties pop art icon Andy Warhol once predicted everyone would get 15 minutes of fame. For former Empire reporter Kathy Dye, that time comes this week as one of her articles is featured in a nationally syndicated column by Miami humorist Dave Barry.

Woman found in Gold Creek identified
Police continued their investigation today into the death of a 39-year-old woman whose body was found in Gold Creek late Tuesday afternoon.Family members identified the body of Kathleen Michelle Fawcett on Wednesday afternoon. Roberta Fawcett, Kathleen's mother, said she needed time to make burial arrangements before she could discuss her daughter's death.

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

Photo: Boat repair
Fisherman Coy Taylor patches holes in his boat, Tar Baby. Taylor and other fishermen took advantage of the 2-foot tide on Wednesday and put their boats on the Harris Harbor grid. They worked on their hulls in preparation for the upcoming fishing season.

Assembly resurrects tonnage fee
Juneau Assembly members are considering a plan to replace a 1-week-old, $1.73 cruise ship passenger fee with a modified version of the city's old tonnage fee to pay for port development projects this year.

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

City eyes switch in ship fees
Juneau Assembly members are considering a plan to replace a week-old, $1.73-per-person cruise ship passenger fee with a modified version of the city's former tonnage fee to pay for port development projects.After hearing objections from private dock owners and the cruise ship industry, the Assembly's port dues subcommittee Thursday asked city staff to prepare a tonnage-fee resolution that would be used for specific projects and exempt private dock users. It would replace a $1.73 passenger fee that went into effect May 15.

Kondro, Hynning to marry
Karen Kondro and Jacob Hynning, both of Vancouver, Wash., will be married in a ceremony planned for 4 p.m. on June 29, 2002, in Kelso, Wash.

Growing Church Community
Father Tony Dummer is glad people do not have to stand outside St. Paul's Catholic Church anymore during mass. To accommodate the growing number of parishioners, St. Paul's has constructed a new church at the corner of Egan Drive and Mendenhall Loop Road to replace the current structure there. Two priests will be ordained in the new building May 31 and a dedication mass June 2 will celebrate its opening.

City Museum now open for summer hours
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is open for summer hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $3. For those 18 and younger, admission is free.

Froehlich honored as Volunteer of the Year for program
Judge Peter Froehlich has been voted the Volunteer of the Year for a youth program by Juneau Community Schools.

Academic Honors
Juneau resident Rebecca Christine Hall has accepted membership in Golden Key International Honour Society and was individually honored during a campus ceremony at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Behrends, Heiman to marry
Leah Behrends of Fredericksburg, Texas, and Michael Heiman of Juneau will be married in a ceremony on May 30, 2002, at LBJ Park in Stonewall, Texas.

Thank you
...for the support; ...for all the help; ...for the participation.

Ellen M. Frobese
Former Juneau resident Ellen M. Frobese, 93, died May 18, 2002, in Sequim, Wash.

Patricia Ann Lee
Juneau resident Patricia Ann Lee died May 21, 2002, after a long illness.

Dana Lee Joseph White
Juneau resident Dana Lee Joseph White died May 18, 2002, in Juneau.

Andrew James Johnnie Sr.
Andrew James Johnnie Sr. died May 20, 2002, in Juneau. Memorial and funeral services start at 6:30 p.m. today at the Tlingit-Haida Community Building on Hospital Drive, followed by a potluck.

My Turn: Retaining the beauty of our town
If the city of Juneau does not wake up, soon there will be no more Juneau as we know it. Life is hard in Juneau. Our unique charm and beauty are the result of the incredibly hard work of citizens, past and present, combined with our natural gift of water, mountains and a northern rainforest.

Surviving the high-tech classroom
If you're a techno-terrified teacher, an average day can be fairly intimidating. As you watch kids sashay into your classroom with everything from wristwatch-size TVs to wireless computers that allow them to talk behind your back, you yearn for retirement. Then one day comes the "gift" you've been dreading: three hours a week in your school's computer lab whether you want it or not, allowing you to really show your students how little you know about the age you're living in. But, there's no need to panic.

Juneau reigns in Sitka
In a cold, driving rain at Sitka's Moller Field, the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team used a strong pitching performance to outduel Sitka on Wednesday, 9-1.Crimson Bear pitchers Evan Scandling, Zach Kohan and Greg Smith combined for a three-hitter to shut down the Wolves. On offense, Juneau did not have many hits but took advantage of 12 walks issued by the Wolves' pitchers.

Southeast State track Meet Qualifiers
Athletes from Southeast who qualified for this weekend's state track and field meet Friday and Saturday at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

Lena Loop and Kids Kilometer
Results from the Nugget Alaskan Outfitter's Lena Loop and Kids Kilometer races, held Saturday at the Lena Beach Picnic Area. There was a one-kilometer kids run and a five-kilometer race

Juneau clinches state berth
It's official. The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team secured a spot in the state tournament on Thursday after defeating Ketchikan, 5-0, in Sitka."We're all excited about going to state," Juneau coach Jim Ayers said. "It was our clear goal."

Crimson Bears ready for state track meet
When she arrived at last year's state track and field meet, Loreen Tupou was a first-year thrower who'd never hurled the discus farther than 100 feet.Tupou was Juneau-Douglas High School's only state champion at last year's state meet, throwing a then-school record 110 feet, 10 inches.

Juneau boys beat East to open title defense
WASILLA -- There were times during the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer teams 5-1 victory over the East Anchorage Thunderbirds where the Crimson Bears didn't play with a lot of grace or poetry of movement.

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

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

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 23. 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 Briefs
Juneau's Menendez, Wysocki complete California Half Ironman triathlon; Crimson Bears boys basketball team wraps up season with awards night<

JDHS Baseball Crimson Bears 5, Kings 0
Friday's varsity game from Sitka's Moller Field

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 11:07 a.m. on Friday, May 24. 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.

Juneau girls defeat W. Anchorage, 4-2
WASILLA -- The first and last five minutes of a half can make or break a soccer game, and the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team used those minutes to beat the West Anchorage Eagles 4-2 during Thursday's opening round of the state soccer tournament at Wasilla High School.

SE Conference studies ferry system structure
Although the Legislature recently found $20 million to restore the Marine Highway Fund, the Southeast Conference is proceeding with a study of how the management of the ferry system might be changed to ensure financial viability over the long term."That extra $20 million won't last them too long," said Loren Gerhard, executive director of the private, nonprofit organization that advocates for transportation needs in the Panhandle. "I think it buys them a couple of years."

State Briefs
Marine Highway System specials begin June 2; Rural mail plan advances in Congress; State closes nine parks;

ACLU appeals gay benefits case to state Supreme Court
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Civil Liberties Union appealed a lawsuit Wednesday to the state Supreme Court in an effort to get benefits extended to gay couples working for the state or the Municipality of Anchorage.

Lobbyist convicted of wire fraud
KETCHIKAN - A U.S. District Court jury Wednesday found lobbyist Geoffrey Bullock guilty of three federal wire fraud charges. He was found innocent of two other charges.

Native whale hunt could end by 2003
SHIMONOSEKI, Japan - A tradition dating back millennia, the Eskimo whale hunt, could be outlawed in the United States because of a measure passed at the urging of Japan to punish the U.S. government for its opposition to commercial whaling.

Seafood plant retools for big rush
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Seafood International will shut down for two weeks next month to retool in advance of an expected rush of big orders, chief executive Russell Schreck said.

Family files suit in air crash
ANCHORAGE - Relatives of two people killed in a crash at the Dillingham airport in October have filed suit against PenAir, Cessna Aircraft and the estate of the dead pilot.

State Briefs
Falling tree kills Dall Island logger; Anchorage prosecutor to head new crime victims rights office; Fires burn near Kalskag, McGrath, Fairbanks; Woman says two men raped her in Anchorage

Judge gives printer 6 months for fraud
ANCHORAGE - Businessman Nezar "Mike" Maad was sentenced Thursday to six months in federal prison for bank and wire fraud. Maad's attorney said he plans to appeal the sentence.

Panel kills new whale-quota bid for Alaska Natives
SHIMONOSEKI, Japan - Whaling officials today rejected a U.S. request to allow Alaska Eskimos to hunt whales, threatening a tradition dating back thousands of years that still feeds many Eskimos.

Knowles plans for interim members of unfilled boards
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Tony Knowles has no intention of allowing the state Board of Fisheries to finish out the year with only four of seven seats filled, his spokesman said Thursday.

Fairbanks man convicted of sexual assault
FAIRBANKS - A 38-year-old Fairbanks man pleaded no contest Wednesday to sexually assaulting his 17-year-old live-in baby sitter. Prosecutors offered William Jones a chance to plea to a reduced charge after a trial ended with a hung jury last month. Under the deal, he faces up to five years in prison.

The warmth and darkness of a mezzo-soprano
Liesel Fedkenheuer has sung with opera companies and performed at vocal recitals all over North America, but said Juneau is one of the most interesting places she has been. "Cape Cod was neat, and New York is always thrilling, but it's been incredible here," said Fedkenheuer. "It's beautiful."

Invisible guitars
Not many bands routinely are accused of hiding backup musicians offstage. When m•pact takes the stage Sunday for the final Juneau Jazz and Classics concert, the five band members will be emptyhanded. The guitar solos, horn parts, drums and bass lines - every sound will be created vocally.

Best Bets: Some of jazz's best in Juneau this week
In the eyes of some Juneau musicians, one of the greatest drummers on the planet is coming to Juneau this weekend.Peter Erskine is part of the Bob Mintzer Quartet. Although his name may not be a household word, there are probably few people in Juneau who haven't heard his music.

Chamber music, shipwreck tales on cruise
The third annual Lighthouse Cruise sponsored by the Gastineau Channel Historical Society will take to the water Saturday, June 1. The cruise includes live music, lunch, lectures and special programs on the shipwrecks and history of Juneau-area waters.

Gustavus author to present reading
JUNEAU - Sally Lesh will share stories of her 42 years in Gustavus and read from her book "Lunch at Toad River" at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at the downtown public library.

A look inside the jazz quartet among Jazz & Classics events
Juneau Jazz and Classics heads into its second weekend with a topnotch jazz quartet, a gifted soprano and an a capella jazz-pop quintet taking the Juneau stages.

What's Up With That
Q: What's up with the new large tower on Mount Robert Barron - the large mountain on Admiralty Island named after that young geologist who drowned? Is it for airport safety or just telephone communications? It is quite tall and easily visible from Auke Bay.

A window inside the music
Juneau is invited to a musical conversation. Saxophonist Bob Mintzer won't simply be playing music Saturday night - he'll be having a musical discussion with three other virtuosos. It will be passionate and lively, sophisticated and straightforward, and each will offer his own insights in the language of music.

Movies where & when
Beginning May 26, Gross Alaska Theaters will go to its summer schedule, with two shows every evening and matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

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