Monday, June 2, 2003

New downtown stores inspired by sun and stars
The Inner Garden and Del Sol, two stores that have opened in downtown Juneau in recent months, may not have much in common, but they do share the same inspiration: celestial objects. In addition to selling handmade gifts and art, Shawn Hatt Cohen, owner of The Inner Garden, gives astrology readings and teaches classes on the subject. She also makes bags with designs from the night sky. "Some of my inspiration is from the heavens," Hatt Cohen said.

On the Move
Amy Cockerham has been hired as an account executive with the Anchorage-based public relations firm Bernholz and Graham Inc.

Alaska- and Colorado-based labs to merge
JUNEAU - Northern Testing Laboratories Inc., a Fairbanks-based environmental laboratory, has announced plans to merge with Thornton, Colo.-based Analytica Group, also an environmental laboratory.

Business profile: Larry Buzzell
Title and company: Owner, B.E.P. Company

Don't taint mining scrutiny
The current ordinance in Juneau allows for mining development while also providing us with the opportunity to protect our wonderful community.

Vote 'Yes' for kids
As parent's of three children, we are voting "Yes" for Propositions 1 and 2 for high schools. As concerned taxpayers, we want to get Juneau's facilities needs in place while the state's reimbursement and low interest rates are available to improve Alaska's schools. Let's move forward to a bright Juneau future.

Trails, not roads
The recently passed state legislation rerouting trail project funds to road construction is a sorry example of Alaska's leaders marching boldly toward the past. While other states celebrate the tremendous economic and practical transportation benefits of bicycle trails, Alaska is impudently road building its way back to the 19th century. How incredibly myopic.

Won't get fooled again
This June 3, in the special municipal elections, I'm voting "No" on both bond propositions. I say enough is enough. Why are we in need of these bond propositions? To complete what was started, overcrowding in the high school? Can't be true. We just put $20 million into the current high school. Twenty million dollars can build a lot of classrooms. So, what did we get?

Your kids will thank you
I would like to urge all voters to go to the polls on June 3 and vote "Yes" for Propositions 1 and 2, but my letter is directed specifically to parents who have children attending Auke Bay, Riverbend, Mendenhall Valley and Glacier Valley schools.

Word games
I guess it all depends on how you define "pristine."

No man of the people
The doctors in Washington say they have found a heart in Mr. Murkowski; the only question now is, does it have any feeling? As I read the continuing saga of proposed budget cuts, I am amazed to read the outcome of our political process.

Photo: Keeping the memory alive
U.S. Army veterans Val Cooday, left, and Crow Smith raise a POW/MIA flag at the start of Alaska Native Memorial Day observances at the Alaska Native Veterans Memorial next to Sealaska Plaza on Friday. Native veterans from World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars and Desert Storm attended.

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

Grads feel ready for a bigger world
If all goes well in their final exams, 366 students will graduate from Juneau-Douglas High School on Saturday. And then they'll scatter. Alex Gagne-Hawes, 18, said he'll work for Juneau Trolley Car Co. this summer, before entering Reed College in Portland, Ore., to study theater production.

This Day in History
In 1959, The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced that construction would start in Unalakeet on the first high school to be operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in a native village in Alaska.

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

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

This Day in History
In 1904, The first two high school graduates in Alaska received their diplomas in Juneau.

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

Jacobs on Canada walkabout
In the Australian bush, adolescent aboriginal boys prove themselves by journeying through the desert alone for six to eight months in an ordeal known as "walkabout." If they survive, they are hailed as men on their return. Kevyn Jacobs is neither adolescent (he's 35) nor aboriginal (he's from Kansas). But on Tuesday he will set out on his own walkabout, a journey on foot from Skagway to Canada's Atlantic coast.

Volunteers performing summer trails scoop
It's the time of year again: birds are chirping, bugs are buzzing and volunteers are taking to the Juneau trails with gloves, scoopers and plastic bags, removing a winter's worth of weathered dog doo. "We've been doing it as long as 10 years, but the difference now is that we are making it what we hope will be a huge educational campaign, and bringing in a lot of other groups," said Chava Lee, executive director of the Gastineau Humane Society

Luthier marks 20 years
The String Shop has a fresh, slightly spicy smell: part wood and part dandelion wine, which owner Jim Hanes likes to make in his limited spare time. The rest of his time, apart from occasional walks, gardening and reading, is spent inside the yellow building on Third Street, repairing broken bridges, cracked necks and other violin and guitar casualties.

Lee wins king derby
Like the winner of any major sporting event Tom Lee has one place on his mind - Disneyland. "It's something that everyone says when they win something, but that's just kind of a joke," he said. On Saturday, Lee won the seventh annual Spring King Salmon Derby, sponsored by Tlingit-Haida Central Council, with the 42.3 pound, gutted and gilled king he caught May 24 near the Shrine of St. Therese. Instead of scouring the seas trying to best his own fish on the final day of the Derby, Lee suited up for the Imperial Saloon in Marlintini's Coca-Cola Softball Tournament.

Some stranded ferry travelers begin heading north today
Several Juneau residents were among the 330 travelers stuck in Bellingham, Wash., after a generator fire sidetracked the state ferry Columbia. Chuck Meacham, headed north with his wife Charli, said they planned to find a hotel room and enjoy the community that's home to the Alaska Marine Highway's southernmost terminal. "I've been in Alaska since 1956, so you kind of learn to roll with the punches," he told The Bellingham Herald.

What do you think?
The did the best they could do with the situation that state has. Bringing the state financial situation into order will be painful.

Speaking of leadership
Alaska lawmakers have adjourned and gone home. But the lawmaking year won't end until July 1 when Gov. Frank Murkowski will have made his promised cut in state spending with line-item vetoes. Some observers said before the session that the Republican-led Legislature would rubberstamp what the Republican governor proposes. Not so. The governor didn't get his gasoline tax increase, his visitor fee, or his seasonal sales tax.

My Turn: Insist on waterfront parks, gardens for development
Let's save our Juneau waterfront for parks and gardens! CBJ is planning long-range waterfront development. We'll be stuck with that for 20 years. But semi-independent and generally pro-cruise ship Docks & Harbors set tourism objectives, and declared "diversity of uses," for the waterfront before the public process began. That's what their consultant said. That means people have no real input, the consultant's plan is doomed and all planning money is wasted. Shame on Docks & Harbors.

My Turn: Don't spend millions on super-sized school
On Tuesday, a small number of Juneau voters will head to the polls for a special election. The election asks whether local taxpayers are willing to contribute millions more for a new high school in the Valley and even more improvements to the existing downtown high school.

Toe Cartoon

My Turn: Growing concerns for JDHS Japanese program
As a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, I have found myself looking forward to graduation, counting the days until I can receive my diploma. But before I abandon my ties to JDHS, there is one thing that has been troubling me.

Empire editorial: A diverse vision for Juneau's waterfront
Juneau's character is shaped as much by its waterfront as it is by its status as the state capital. In fact, Juneau has been a seaport longer than it has been a capital. In the first three-quarters of a century, the port of Juneau served as a maritime transit center for floatplanes, steamships, military vessels, barges and fishing boats of all types. Most of the cargo shipped out of town consisted of the product of Juneau's mines and fish processing plants.

Fish Report
King salmon continue to move into the Juneau area and are being caught at many locations. The Breadline/Tee Harbor area continues to produce the highest number of kings, followed by Point Salisbury and the Outer Point area. Slocum Inlet and Doty's Cove also are producing a number of chinook.

Big Fish photos

Great blues: The elegant, familian Southeast shorebird
Pterodactyls? B-52 bombers? What are these looming, faintly ominous creatures in the sky? They are great blue herons, largest and best known of America's herons, equally at home in Florida's freshwater swamps and along Southeast Alaska's rocky beaches.

Close calls with kings
Fishermen say this year's Spring King Salmon Derby was a reel good time. Even though the seventh annual angling event sponsored by the Tlingit-Haida Central Council ended at 9 p.m. Saturday, the memories and fishing tales will endure for some time. The proceeds from the derby also will leave a lasting impression, providing higher-education scholarships for Native students.

Out and About
Ongoing: Trail of Time guided hikes, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Details: 789-6635. June 1: Willette Janes, author of "In the Miner's Footsteps," leads hikers up Perseverance Trail into Silverbow Basin. Meet at the end of Basin Road, 10 a.m. Details: trailmix@alaska.com or 790-6406.

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

Rainy relay
More than 120 resilient runners braved an at-times raging rainstorm Saturday morning to complete the 13th annual Sea Coast Relay. Twenty-eight teams - most with five members, some with three or four - completed the five-leg, 21.6-mile course from Eagle Beach to Skaters' Cabin off Montana Creek Road.

One-hit weekend
The pressure was on for Juneau-Douglas High School freshman pitcher Hannah Barril after sophomore Ashley Larson opened the Crimson Bears' three-game series with Ketchikan on Friday by throwing a no-hitter, then freshman Alicia Maryott followed with another no-hitter in Saturday's early game. Could Barril match their performances and throw a third no-hitter for Juneau in Saturday's late game?

Jump starter
HILLSDALE, Wyo. - It started out as just another one-on-one game between two farm boys. But this one, on a warm spring day nearly 70 years ago, changed the world of basketball. As usual, 13-year-old Kenny Sailors was being dominated by his older, taller brother, Bud, as they battled on the dirt next to a windmill supporting a homemade wooden backboard and netless rim. Bud was 6-foot-5 and one of the tallest players around, while Kenny was four years younger and nearly a foot shorter.

Spring King Salmon Derby Results
Here are the final standings in the Seventh Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 9:12 p.m. on Saturday, May 31. 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. The derby closed at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 31.

Source: Cavaliers reach agreement to hire Paul Silas
Paul Silas will be the new coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers after reaching agreement with the team on a long-term contract, The Associated Press learned Sunday. The deal was being finalized Sunday, according to two sources with knowledge of the talks who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

Local cyclists finish Auke road race
Two dozen local cyclists persevered through wet and windy conditions Sunday morning to complete the Juneau Free wheelers' Auke Rec Long Course Road Race. Chris Chiles edged John McConnochie by half-a-wheel to claim victory in the race with a time of 1 hour, 34 minutes, 43 seconds.

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

Governor signs 'folk festival bill' into law
Juneau accountant and Alaska Folk Festival volunteer Jim Grammel said it took months to figure out how much money another volunteer embezzled from the organization that runs the annual spring music event. So when former festival treasurer Jim Demers was convicted of theft, the organization's board of directors tried to collect restitution for the cost of the time Grammel and others put into going through the paperwork.

Battle heats up for control of most profitable Native group
ANCHORAGE - The battle is heating up for control of Alaska's most profitable Native corporation, Anchorage-based Cook Inlet Region Inc. Shareholders are poised to elect five new directors at the company's June 7 annual meeting in Soldotna. People on either side of CIRI's internal feud are waging intense campaigns to win votes, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Sen. Kim Elton
Q: What do you consider your biggest success of the session?

Appeals court: 99 years is too harsh for trooper's murderer
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Court of Appeals has directed a Superior Court judge to reconsider the 99-year sentence for second-degree murder he imposed on John Phillips, who killed former Juneau resident and Alaska State Trooper Bruce Heck in 1997.

Reflections on the 23rd session
Out of 40 state representatives and 20 senators, three lawmakers - Sen. Kim Elton, Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch and Rep. Beth Kerttula - make up Juneau's legislative delegation. Elton, a Democrat, has served almost a decade in the Legislature, Kerttula, also a Democrat, was first elected in 1998 and Weyhrauch, a Republican, entered this year as a freshman, replacing Republican Rep. Bill Hudson.

Japanese warplanes arrive in Alaska
ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - Six tiny, white lights floated in the western sky after Tuesday's ruddy sunset. The motes grew larger and, one by one, touched down on the far end of the runway. The descending whine of the jet engines caught up with the twin-tailed fighters as they rolled past. Even in twilight, the eye-grabbing Hinomaru, or "sun-circle," emblazoned on the jets sides confirmed to the few witnesses that history was being made.

Rep. Beth Kerttula
Q: What do you consider your biggest success of the session?

Anchorage authorities link fire to woman's disappearance
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have connected an arson at a vacant duplex to the disappearance of a young woman, but aren't saying how or why. Friday's announcement about the disappearance of 21-year-old Bethany Correira came two days after the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said that someone intentionally set the fire.

State Briefs
Body of missing Valdez doctor found; Hospitalized mom sees graduation by video; Jewelry store robbery nets nearly 10 years; Former commissioner to lead Anchorage United Way

State Briefs
Tok wildfire slows, but is still a problem; Vandals strike again; Bears being relocated away from McGrath; New food program operating in Fairbanks; Ex-scout leader accused of sexually abusing young girls; Goose disrupts power in Anchorage

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch
Q: Political observers have described this session as one of the most partisan in recent memory. Was that the case?

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