Friday, June 7, 2002

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.

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

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.

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

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

Cheap shots
By now, Empire readers have come to expect mean-spirited ax grinding whenever perennial correspondent Donn Liston puts pen to paper. His letter of June 4 certainly didn't disappoint anyone. Mr. Liston's comments usually need no response, but I'd like to correct the latest inaccurate information he provided regarding employee layoffs in the Department Of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF).

To grow wise
Good times are this weekend. Celebration 2002 is going on, and there is plenty of fun. The dancing, while fun to watch, and for me, to participate in, is just incidental. The real stuff is in interacting and socializing, or simply observing. Good people are all over the place, from all over.

Fair estate tax
Between now and the end of June, Sens. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) will offer an amendment to permanently repeal the estate tax.

Hard time adapting
As I sit here looking out my window watching the trees fall and listening to the radio I hear one of our respected leaders speak. He is speaking about Celebration 2002 and he mentions how important the land is to our Native people.

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.

Waterfront conversion
I am a student at the Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School. I have been following the plans and ideas for the reconstruction of the Marine Park waterfront. I was quite skeptical at first. As a resident of the Marine View Apartments, I didn't want to hear the noise from construction at all hours.

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.

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.

Biologists ship out bear hooked on garbage
State biologists captured a Dumpster-diving black bear Thursday on Douglas Island and relocated it, the first such action in Juneau this year.Department of Fish and Game Assistant Biologist Polly Hessing said the 180-pound male bear was a frequent visitor to Dumpsters near a condominium complex in the Lawson Creek area. A trap was set Wednesday night and the bear was found inside Thursday morning.

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

Gay exhibit: Pride and prejudice?
The artist who created a gay pride exhibit for the downtown public library says changes made in the display trampled his rights and neutralized his intended challenge to homophobia and bigotry.The city library director says the exhibit never would have been displayed if the library staff was homophobic. She urged citizens to view the exhibit and judge its content for themselves.

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.

Exhibit policies spark discussion statewide
Controversy over library exhibits is nothing new in Alaska, where displays and policies in Anchorage and Fairbanks have been challenged in recent years.Disagreement about a Gay Pride Month exhibit now up at the Juneau Public Library echoes free-speech battles in Fairbanks and Anchorage, but each community has a different library exhibit policy.

Photo: Passing on tradition
Tlingit cultural standard-bearer David Katzeek and leader of the Shungukweidi Clan Dancers leads a dance Thursday during Celebration 2002 at Centennial Hall. Katzeek has been instrumental in preserving the Tlingit language and many other aspects of Native culture.

FYI
Births

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

Celebration: A chance to learn culture
Dance groups from Alaska, Canada, Hawaii and the Lower 48 descended on Juneau this week for the music, dance and Native culture of Celebration, but the trip might not have happened for some without the help of local organizations.

'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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Varied paths lead to success in high school
High school has stretched into five years for Jamie Siirila, 18, but she never considered quitting. She'll join about 370 other graduating seniors Saturday at Juneau-Douglas High School's commencement.After freshman year at JDHS, Siirila took time off to have a baby, did a year of independent study and spent three years at the alternative high school, YaaKoosge Daakahidi, catching up on her credits.

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.

Neighbors Briefs
Douglas decoration contest judging set for Wednesday; Girl Scouts offer summer programs, fall early registration; Ministry presentations offered next week

Welch, Keaton to wed
Crystal Welch and Josh Keaton will be married at 3 p.m., June 16, 2002, at His Ministry in Mantua, Ohio. A reception will follow at the Knights of Columbus, and friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding and reception.

Shirey, Potts marry
Gina Shirey of Juneau and Mark Potts of Juneau were married in a ceremony on May 10, 2002, in Ketchikan.

Gold Medal gives back
For 56 years the Juneau Lions Club has been sponsoring the annual Lions Gold Medal Basketball Tournament in Southeast Alaska. The tournament has grown into a prestigious sporting event that attracts teams from throughout the communities of Southeast Alaska.

Seven Early Scholars graduate
Eighty people gathered at Mike's Place on May 15 to celebrate the achievements of seven Early Scholars students, all of whom are graduating JDHS seniors. The seven students are: Ben Mallot, Christina Wigg, Curtis Lane, Erika Miller, Michael Petershoare, Kyle Barril, and Maddie Levy.

Living and Growing
Since Judy Collins popularized the song in the early 1970s, "Amazing Grace" has become one of the most well known songs in America. Not only is it sung in churches, but it has found its way into pop concerts, sing-alongs by campfires and even the folk festival. Sentimentally, it is a favorite.

Celebration parade to be held Saturday; traffic, parking altered
On Saturday, June 8, 2002, the Celebration 2002 Grand Procession Parade will begin at 8 a.m. at the Mt. Robert's Tramway parking lot on South Franklin. The parade will proceed along the following streets: South Franklin Street to Front Street; Front Street to Main Street; Main Street to Egan Drive; Egan Drive to Willoughby Avenue; and Willoughby Avenue to Centennial Hall.

Pets of the week
Akela is a beautiful medium hair male. He is 2 years old and declawed. Bagheera is solid black with a white spot on his chest. He is 2 years old and declawed.

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: The future of wildlife on Douglas
As a consultant with long professional experience in SE Alaska, it took little time assessing the values of North Douglas's Peterson Creek watershed to convince me that I was looking at one of the natural gems of the Juneau area. This beautiful little creek with its numerous low-gradient tributaries is full of fish. Its watershed contains some of the most luxuriant forests and wetlands anywhere in northern Southeast.

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.

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.

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.

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

2002 Empire Cup
The standings through the end of May for the 2002 Empire Cup runner series. The Empire Cup is sponsored by the Southeast Road Runners club and the Juneau Empire.

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

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.

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.

2 plead guilty in murder-for-hire
ANCHORAGE - Two Anchorage residents pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that they plotted to kill federal officials and a witness scheduled to testify against them.

Funds sought for vet wings at elder homes
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski is proposing up to $16 million for the state to allow veterans to stay in Alaska Pioneers' Homes.Murkowski amended a Senate bill Thursday to allow the state to capture federal funds for veterans to be housed in the state's six assisted-living centers, the Republican senator said in a press statement.

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.

Poll: Two-thirds against legislative move
A new opinion poll shows that the pending legislative-move initiative would have been defeated in a landslide had it gone before voters last month.Almost two out of three registered voters were against it, according to the results released this morning by the FRANK Committee.

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.

Renovated ferry Columbia returns to service after fire
The state ferry Columbia is back in operation after completing the final phase of $20 million in overhauls.The Columbia, almost exactly two years to the day since it was sidelined by a switchboard fire, sailed southbound from Ketchikan on Wednesday on its first revenue-producing run of this year.

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.

State Briefs
Poor reception for bill requiring Native contracts in parks; Golf course raises cash for kids; Bill extends notice on evictions

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

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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