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Tuesday, June 3, 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.

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.

Total lays out plan for oil exploration
ANCHORAGE - Paris-based oil giant Total will soon start drilling on the North Slope, according to the company's Alaska representative. Jack Bergeron, Alaska manager for Total, began the job in January. He told oil field contractors, bankers, equipment dealers and other people at a Petroleum Club breakfast that the company is chasing aggressive targets for increasing its global oil production.

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

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

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.

Cancun, Cozumel, Belize, Juneau
Regarding the publisher's editorial last Sunday, Juneau's port has been for Juneau business alone.

Support for 1 and 2
Approval of School Bond Propositions 1 and 2 will result in two high schools of approximately equal student capacity, approximately equivalent facilities and room for modest population growth without disrupting ongoing educational programs or school boundaries.

Approve school bonds
Many may already have voted on Propositions 1 and 2 there still seem to be questions regarding the high school. In 1999 the voters approved two separate high schools, design money was appropriated for the JDHS renovation and the Assembly voted in 2001 to go ahead with the renovation before completion of the Valley school.

Vote 'Yes' on 1 and 2
I am going to vote "Yes" on Proposition 1 and 2 because I think they are good for our kids' education and a good deal fiscally. Together, props 1 and 2 assure Juneau will have two excellent high school facilities of equal stature.

Common sense voting
This to urge everyone to vote "Yes" on today for the two bond issues. The time is now to capture the low rates and to replace the sales tax funding for state reimbursement money. The issues have been detailed quite well by the CBJ and the folks putting forth the information on the ballot issues.

Vote 'Yes' today
In 1999 Juneau voted to have two high schools. On Tuesday, Juneau will be voting on the size of the new school and opportunities available to students at both. As a parent, I think Juneau's high schools should be similar facilities of the same size.

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.

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.

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

Photo: Fish on
Josh Lehauli fishes for returning king salmon from the top of the railing at the city fishing dock at the Macaulay Hatchery as friends Tevita Talamai, left, Nick West and Norman Zura, right, watch Monday afternoon.

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

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.

Juneau-Douglas High grad wins Emmy for 'Rugrats'
Former Juneau resident John Holmquist was in the middle of his son's third birthday party at his home in La Crescenta, Calif., when his cell phone rang with news he had been working 13 years to hear. Holmquist and a team of 21 other producers, directors and writers had won an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Children's Animated Program from the National Television Academy.

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

City Finance Committee forwards budget to Assembly
The Juneau Assembly's Finance Committee voted Monday night to forward a $181 million version of the city budget to the Assembly for consideration, without addressing $700,000 in requests from the Juneau School District, area non-profits and Eaglecrest Ski Area. Finance Committee members pledged to return to the additional requests after a decision from Gov. Murkowski on whether to veto learning opportunity grants to school districts and municipal revenue sharing to Alaska cities.

A short history of the school bonds
Last fall, state voters passed a general obligation bond proposition that triggered fund reimbursement of up to 70 percent for urban school construction projects. In 1999, voters passed $62 million in school construction bonds to renovate JDHS and to build a commensurate school in the Mendenhall Valley. At the time, voters agreed to pay for a maximum of 50 percent of the projects, with the state paying the rest.

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.

Voters head to polls on 2 school projects
Polls opened at 7 this morning for today's special school bond election, but turnout was expected to be low. "I didn't even know about it," said Domingo Munoz, a father of three who was chatting with a friend Monday at Big Dipper Ice Cream in the Nugget Mall. "Now that I know, I would probably vote for it."

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.

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

Rose Vandor
Former Juneau resident Rose Vandor, 86, died May 26, 2003, in an extended care home in Longview, Wash.

Brownie A. Hunt
Juneau resident Brownie A. Hunt, 66, died June 1, 2003.

My Turn: Finish the job - with facts
Members of the "Finish the Job; Yes for High Schools" Committee visited with hundreds of residents last weekend at the mall, at the grocery store and at the softball tournament held at Dimond Park discussing the merits of Proposition 1 and 2, which will appear on today's special election ballot. I share the bulk of the conversations.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Hershey's Track and Field Meet
Results from the local 2003 Hershey's Track and Field Meet, held May 18 at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track. Local youths age 9-14 competed in a variety of running and field events.

Cavs counting on sage Silas to shape LeBron
CLEVELAND - Paul Silas knows better than anyone what is awaiting LeBron James. Silas threw enough elbows in the lane as a player that he knows there's going to be some aimed at James, the high school sensation tabbed for NBA superstardom. "This is a tough league," said Silas, a rugged rebounder for 16 years as a pro. "It's not a boy's league. This is a man's league. He's going to have to grow up right away."

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.

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.

Wayward pelican finds new home in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - A wayward brown pelican has taken up residence here, wowing fishermen with its spectacular plunge-diving fishing skills. Misty Pattison said the pelican has taken to hanging out on the docks at the Knudson Cove Marina. "Someone called me on the radio and said there's a pelican out here, I said 'sure.' I thought they were seeing things," Pattison said.

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.

Prudhoe Bay oil spill larger than previously reported - by 12 times
ANCHORAGE - An oil spill at Prudhoe Bay is about 12 times larger than originally estimated, according to officials with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. When oil company BP first reported the spill a week ago, regulators and oil company workers believed about 500 gallons, or 12 barrels, of oil and other fluids including oily water had spilled from a ruptured pipeline.

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.

AIDEA may remain owner of Ketchikan shipyard
KETCHIKAN - The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is considering retaining ownership of the Ketchikan Shipyard instead of selling the facility to local governments. AIDEA's board of directors agreed with its staff recommendations to talk with the city of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Gateway Borough about AIDEA keeping the shipyard, at least until a $10 million shiplift project is completed. Ketchikan has separate city and borough governments.

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.

Montana court finds Alaska collie owners guilty of animal cruelty
ANACONDA, Mont. - An Alaska couple convicted of 180 counts of animal cruelty is expected to appeal the verdict. Jon Harman and Athena Lethcoe-Harman, formerly of Nikiski, face a maximum of six months in jail and a $500 fine on each count.

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

State Briefs
Police investigate sexual assault report; Police investigate reported burglary; Alaska Zoo separates brown, polar bears; Suspected SARS case released from isolation; Hospital moves toward expansion, renovation; State science agency closing down shop; Coast Guard honors rescue swimmer, crew; Longtime university employee retires

Three black bears stalk hiker on trail south of Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - About a mile north of McHugh Creek, within scent of families barbecuing at one of the most popular highway waysides in Alaska, Jim Leslie believes he had a near-death encounter with three bears. "I've never been so scared in my life," he said. Though the three black bears never got closer to Leslie than about 100 feet, he said their behavior gave him the clear impression he was being stalked. Black bears have been known to do that, though those have almost always been lone bears.

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