Thursday, June 6, 2002

Business Profile: Edwell John Jr.
Title and firm: Edwell John Jr. is an A+ system support specialist and president and CEO of Admiralty Computers.

Learning at Uncle's House
In Tlingit culture, when boys were about 10 years old, they were turned over to their maternal uncles who taught, trained and disciplined them. Ha Kaak Has Ka Hidi, which means "Our Uncles' House," is the official name of the Vocational Training and Resource Center at 3239 Hospital Drive."What better facility to give honor to our uncles than to name this building after our uncles for the teaching and discipline of the nephews," said Archie Cavanaugh, VTRC director and manager of higher education.

In the Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening

Business Briefs
Huna Totem holds annual meeting; Western Auto sponsors giveaway; Permanent fund selects new equity manager; Seafood industry revs up for summer hires;

Shared space at local salon means triple service
Three personal care businesses have converged in one space at 11806 Glacier Hwy. in Auke Bay. Hairdresser Sally Burnham, owner of Custom Cuts II since 1992, has moved her business from Industrial Boulevard and taken on two subleasers, Zeela Bryn Mauer and Patricia Hoek.

Bagels, beer, bullets, coffee and fish
So I'm having a great cup of morning coffee and eating what is sure to be one of the best bagels in the world, when I realize I am holding economic prosperity in my hand. Juneau is fortunate to have local businesses that produce, among other things, excellent bagels, the best beer in the state, and world class smoked salmon, and coffee.

Educator for Fran
As a retired teacher, I am voting for Fran Ulmer because she believes in a strong educational system. Preparing children and young adults for successful lives is a priority for Fran. Recently our schools have had trouble meeting the educational needs of our children because of inadequate funding. Our teachers are some of the lowest paid in the nation.

Prosecutor imperfection
I write in response to the June 3 My Turn, "Alaska Prosecutors are dedicated public servants," by Attorney Gen. Bruce Botelho. It's natural for him to defend his people and their good works. But though his words go down like fine wine from some very flowery, heart-strumming rhetoric, consider the following observations.

If it wasn't for us
Thank you for dropping off the newspaper at Floyd Dryden Middle School so we can learn, and know what's going on in the world. My dad reads the paper almost all the time. If it wasn't for you, my dad wouldn't be my dad.

Egan Drive protocol
All up and down Egan Drive are signs that say "Slower Traffic Keep Right." To me, this means "Keep right except to pass." I think most drivers don't consider themselves to be "Slower Traffic" so they feel free to drive in any lane at any time without paying any attention to other traffic.

An important program
Thanks for running the story on the Legislature's funding of half of the necessary costs to replace Bartlett Regional Hospital's mobile mammogram unit. When the need was brought to the attention of Senate Finance Committee member and Majority Leader Loren Leman, he agreed to insert the funding into the Capital Budget with the understanding that the hospital would be able to seek matching funds from other sources.

Go Murkowski
It's the political season again and the air probably won't start to clear until next winter. Still I want to try to shine a light on one thing that has generated enough smoke to blot out the sun. United Fishermen of Alaska's endorsement of Frank Murkowski for governor is the voice of the man on the docks, not a plot by a few conspirators.

Crime and punishment
I am the mother to one of the child victims in the Sky case. I was told by the district attorney's office in Juneau the sentencing hearing for the Skys will be Aug. 19. I was also told that this is the perfect time for Sitka and all of Southeast Alaska to pull together.

Eleven candidates vie for four Sealaska board seats
Sealaska shareholders will elect four new members to the board of directors and discuss the corporation's financial future at an annual meeting on June 15 at Centennial Hall.Four incumbent board members and seven challengers are vying for the four open positions on the 13-member board. The terms are for three years.

Almost 2,000 expected to attend Celebration
One thousand years ago Natives from the Copper River migrated to the Yakutat area, bringing their dances to the people living on the coast, says Yakutat elder George Ramos.This week, Ramos and the Mount St. Elias Dancers from Yakutat will bring their songs and dances to Juneau for Celebration 2002, continuing an ancient tradition of sharing culture.

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

Celebration '02 begins
More than 1,000 dancers in regalia crowded Willoughby Avenue at 8:30 this morning, ready for the procession to Centennial Hall to open Celebration 2002. Hugs and handshakes gave the gathering the mood of a family reunion. Robert Davis from Sitka stood outside ANB Hall and eyed the crowd with a smile.

Photo: So, what are they good for?
Wolf Dostal inspects the day's catch after a recent successful family fishing trip.

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

Guiding forces behind '02 grads
Madeline Soboleff Levy found her history classes at Juneau-Douglas High School so interesting that she might teach the subject herself.As about 370 seniors, the largest high school graduating class in Juneau's history, prepare for commencement Saturday in the school's gym, a few students paused to look back, often to remember a teacher who was influential, or just friendl

Fund-raiser Saturday for MacFarlane girls
JUNEAU - A garage sale, bake sale and breakfast will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10300 Glacier Hwy., to raise money for the daughters of Juan MacFarlane, who died May 19 in a fall.

Bids to build NOAA center higher than expected
After hearing residents' concerns, the Juneau Planning Commission agreed Tuesday to slow down development of the new subdivision slated for Lena Point.The fear that raw sewage would run alongside homes and into nearby water sources topped the concerns aired by nearly 50 residents of the 85-home Lena Point subdivision at a commission Committee of the Whole meeting.

Celebration seaweed contest highlights traditional food
Black seaweed - laak'ask - has been a valuable resource for the Native people of Southeast Alaska for thousands of years. Alaska families have developed their own methods for drying and flavoring the nutritious wild food. Friday afternoon, it will prove to be a particularly valuable resource for three people who provide three judges with the tastiest sample of laak'ask.

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

Photo: In memory of a twin
Anna Brown Ehlers explains the design on a Chilkat blanket she was working on Wednesday in the lobby of the Sealaska building. Ehlers said the blanket is a memorial to her late twin sister. Many of Ehlers' weavings are used by local Tlingit dancers during Celebration.

St. Paul's Consecration
St. Paul's Catholic Church was built in 1962 at 9055 Atlin Dr. in the Mendenhall Valley. The church started in Juneau as a mission and became a parish in 1972.

Academic Honors
Carolyn Detjen of Juneau is among more than 1,200 St. Olaf College students who were recognized for academic achievement at the college's annual Honors Day convocation May 3.

Lena Pt. subdivision held up over fears about sewers
After hearing residents' concerns, the Juneau Planning Commission agreed Tuesday to slow down development of the new subdivision slated for Lena Point.The fear that raw sewage would run alongside homes and into nearby water sources topped the concerns aired by nearly 50 residents of the 85-home Lena Point subdivision at a commission Committee of the Whole meeting.

'Today' travel guru studies AK ship waste
"The travel detective" snooped around the Juneau cruise ship dock Wednesday.When it comes to marine pollution, Alaskans already know who did it and who's doing better

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

Correction
Due to an editor's and a reporter's error, an article in Tuesday's Empire incorrectly referred to Goldbelt's long-term debt when it should have referred to the interest on Goldbelt's long-term debt.

JDHS seniors aiming to be vocal
Dorothy Freeman-Wittig, 17, hopes Juneau-Douglas High School will be the platform from which she launches a musical career. She plans to study music performance and education, and perhaps minor in chemistry, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

DA drops assault charges in stabbing case
The district attorney's office has dismissed felony assault charges against a man accused of stabbing a friend more than 20 times earlier this year during an argument over who was the "real" Alaskan, authorities said in Juneau Superior Court today.

Photo: Balloon parade
Thomas Keeffe, 4, leads a parade of balloon-bedecked children during Tuesday evening's Lynn Canal sightseeing trip aboard the state ferry Malaspina. Juneau magician Jeff Brown, who entertained children on the sailing, made balloon hats and connected the children with more balloons before they marched around the ferry.

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

The leaves are back in Southeast Alaska
Soft green pixels appear, slowly closing off distant views and focusing our gazes on closer ones, the leaves are back. The gradual obscuring of dramatic perspectives of lake, slope and shore become once again more intimate ones of devil's club, elderberry and alder. The season opening event is finally in full swing.

Caring for our children who are grieving
At Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, our services are not just for those who are dying. We also provide support for families and caregivers, and offer extensive bereavement programs for anyone who has suffered a loss. Bereavement support is an integral part of hospice care and we are always striving to better serve those in need.

Neighbors Briefs
JDHS baccalaureate ceremony set; Items needed for annual garage sale; Native program to hold classes; Celebration 2002 parade scheduled

Academic Honors
Carolyn Detjen of Juneau is among more than 1,200 St. Olaf College students who were recognized for academic achievement at the college's annual Honors Day convocation May 3.

Photo: Saying goodbye
Alaska Army National Guard soldiers say their goodbyes to the civilian security staff at the Juneau Airport. The two organizations have worked together since last October to provide increased security for travelers.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

There ought to be a law
Here are some things I've been thinking about for a some time. It comes from my understanding, somewhat, about things that are contained in the Declaration of Independence that many people - more so politicians and lawyers, aren't paying too much heed to.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

My Turn: Myths, falsehoods about guns, ammo
Melanie Plenda's reporting on Sunday's fire at the Juneau Self-Storage was interesting and entertaining, too bad it contains so many myths and falsehoods about what happens when ammunition "cooks off" in a fire. I suppose it isn't her fault, even some firefighters are unfamiliar with the phenomenon.

Southeast Road Runners Sea Coast Relay
Results from the 11th annual Sea Coast Relay race, held Saturday on a 21.7-mile course from Mendenhall River School to Eagle Beach. The relay featured five legs of from three to five miles each. 22 five-person teams, one four-person team and five two-person teams competed in the race.

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

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

Champions at the mansion
Gov. Tony Knowles shakes the hand of Juneau-Douglas High School softball player Rae Walker on Wednesday at the Governor's Mansion.

Three Alaskans selected in Major League Baseball draft
After 50 rounds and 1,482 picks, just three Alaskans were selected during Major League Baseball's 2002 First-Year Player Draft held Tuesday and Wednesday in New York City. None of the Alaskans selected came from Southeast.

State Briefs
City port director to step down; Ketchikan votes to keep school boat afloat; Delta Junction man sentenced for assaults; Man gets 25 years for rape;

Knowles to unions: Keep loading Alaska-bound ships
ANCHORAGE - With less than a month before a West Coast longshoremen's contract expires, shipping companies operating in Alaska are girding for a possible strike or work slowdowns. Gov. Tony Knowles, meanwhile, has asked the longshoremen's union to continue loading Alaska-bound ships if a strike occurs.

Bill would turn 'roadless rule' into law
WASHINGTON - A Clinton administration ban on logging and road-building in a third of the nation's federal forests would become law under a bill introduced by Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., and 173 other House members.

Kohring faces challenge to his residency
Rep. Vic Kohring, who owns houses in Alaska and Oregon and rents living space from his parents, will again have to answer questions about where he's living these days.Kohring, a conservative Republican who moved from his new home near Wasilla to avoid a primary fight with a fellow GOP incumbent, is the subject of a complaint filed with the state Division of Elections.

Update: Knowles vetoes Medicaid abortion bill
Gov. Tony Knowles vetoed a bill today that would have redefined "medically necessary" abortions under the Medicaid program.Knowles and Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, who is a Democratic candidate for governor, said that the bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature last month is an unconstitutional encroachment on the right to privacy of poor women.

Alaska Native veterans seek 160-acre allotments
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Native veterans are urging Congress to pass a bill that would allow each Native veteran of the Vietnam War to select 160 acres of federal land.

Group calls for session move costs
The nonprofit citizens' group trying to move legislative sessions out of Juneau wants a commission to study the costs now, not later.Alaskans for Efficient Government has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Tony Knowles for what they say is his failure to appoint the so-called FRANK Commission.

Report rips FAA spending in Alaska
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska division of the Federal Aviation Administration bought expensive computer monitors and a security system that didn't work while repeatedly asking branch offices to find more ways to spend money, according to a government report.

Knowles vetoes abortion bill
Gov. Tony Knowles vetoed a bill today that would have redefined "medically necessary" abortions under the Medicaid program.Knowles and Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, who is a Democratic candidate for governor, said that the bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature last month is an unconstitutional encroachment on the right to privacy of poor women.

State briefs
More kings available near town; Man pleads guilty in robbery; Flags lowered for J. Hurley; Board OKs teachers contract

FBI prepares for attack on pipeline
ANCHORAGE - The FBI is sponsoring a field training exercise to practice for a potential terrorist strike along the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and at the Valdez Marine Terminal.

Terzis' town of strangers
Jane Terzis got to know her subjects through her paintings. For three years, the painter asked strangers she encountered around the world for permission to take their pictures. When the oil portraits - created from blurred copies of the photos - were complete, she mailed each of her subjects a copy.

Movies where & when
"Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," (PG-13) starts Friday, June 7, and shows nightly at 6:50 at Glacier Cinemas, with second shows at 9:10 and matinees at 1:50 and 4:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Best Bets: Celebration adds art to music, dancing
Celebration 2002 offers three days of dancing, art, singing and spectacle in celebration of Native culture. Dance groups are primarily from Southeast Alaska, but groups also are coming to Juneau this weekend from Hawaii, Canada, Anchorage, Kodiak and Washington state.

Camps offer kids array of arts opportunities
Janice Holst's students have 20 days to put on a show. And that means everything from writing the play to hiring actors to play the parts. "I'm amazed at what kids can come up with," said Holst, whose summer dance academy culminates in the performance of a play inspired by a popular favorite.

New sounds at the Sitka Summer Music Festival
After 31 years, the Sitka Summer Music Festival is still hitting new notes.This summer, the 13-concert series will resound with the sounds of Beethoven, harp music and a new 9-foot participant - a Steinway grand piano purchased and shipped to Sitka just less than a month ago.

Concerts in the Park start Friday
For the past 16 summers, Juneau residents have gathered in Marine Park on Friday nights for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council's Concerts in the Park.

What's up with that?
Q: It seems like I remember reading not too long ago that because of the amount of credit card fraud, businesses were supposed to no longer print receipts that gave your entire credit card number and expiration date on them. Instead, they were supposed to update their equipment so that your credit card number is blocked (XXXX XXXX XXXX 0001).

What's happening
Events and exhibits around Juneau.

Ivory carver demonstrates craft at state museum
Inupiat ivory carver Charles Pullock from Nome will spend almost a week in Juneau and will demonstrate carving at the Alaska State Museum.

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