Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Business profile: Andrea Iverson
Title: Chiropractor Iverson offers spinal adjustments through what's called the directional non-force technique, Iverson said. Instead of twisting and cracking the back, as many chiropractors do, she has a gentler approach.

Governor selects gas authority
Gov. Frank Murkowski has named seven people to the Alaska Natural Gas Authority that was created by a citizens' initiative last fall. The authority members will be John Kelsey of Valdez; Andy Warwick of Fairbanks; Bob Favretto of Kenai; and David Cuddy, Dan Sullivan, Scott Heyworth and Warren Christian of Anchorage.

Native corporations see growth in 2001
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Native regional corporations saw large increases in revenues and net profits in 2001 compared to the previous year, according to recently released data. The report issued by the Association of ANSCA Regional Corporation Presidents/CEOs showed that 12 Native regional corporations in Alaska had gross revenues of $2.7 billion, up from $2.3 billion in 2000 and $2 billion in 1999, according to the Journal of Commerce.

Fairbanks company helps nonprofits find funding sources
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks company that helps nonprofits find funding sources helped Bush communities last year raise at least $12 million for computers, after-school programs and even a multipurpose building. The 5-year-old company, Grant Station, provides an online database of 3,000 to 4,000 potential funders. Clients pay $599 a year for access to the information, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

'Radical' beliefs?
As usual, Richard Schmitz' letter regarding us "radical leftists" was heavy on slur and light on fact. I'd like to list my beliefs and invite Richard, or anyone else, to tell me what is radical about them:

Teens Against Tobacco Use
On May 31, I had an opportunity to observe some outstanding Juneau young people as they participated in World No Tobacco Day.

Safe and grateful
As a 2003 JDHS graduate, I wanted to take a moment to shine light on all those involved (organizers, volunteers, donors, etc.) in putting on the Safe Graduation Party.

Gov. distant from seniors
I work with seniors as a senior companion. Being a senior companion entails listening and counseling seniors. From my personal observations most are feeling scared - fearful as to what the future may hold for them.

17-year-old seeks abuse charges against ex
A middle-aged Juneau man is facing 17 felony charges alleging he carried out a clandestine and illegal sexual relationship with a girl who was 14 when the affair started. The girl, now 17, told the Empire on Monday that she pursued charges against the man earlier this month because he ended their three-year relationship. Frederick L. Wigg, 48, a motor route carrier for the Juneau Empire, was arraigned Monday in Juneau Superior Court on three counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, seven counts of unlawful exploitation of a minor and seven counts of possession of child pornography, all felonies.

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

Magazine explores Juneau
Most Juneau residents know the town's basic history, how hard-drinking prospectors Joe Juneau and Richard Harris clambered up Gold Creek more than 120 years ago and found a glittering reward. For those who don't know, a new publication by Alaska Geographic is worth a read. "Juneau: Yesterday and Today" explores the city's rich history, introduces the reader to a few residents and features community fixtures such as Perseverance Theatre. The 96-page book is the second that Alaska Geographic has compiled on Juneau, said editor Penny Rennick. The first, published in 1990, sold out.

Photo: Putting up a parking lot
A heavy equipment operator loads a truck with the remains of Colonial Apartments behind the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc. building at the corner of Second and Franklin streets Monday.

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

City OKs budget, despite $500K gap
The Juneau Assembly passed a $195 million budget Monday night, despite a $500,000 hole created by Gov. Murkowski's line-item veto pen Monday morning and unfilled requests from the school district and nonprofit organizations. "We've been a very reasonable community, and we're going to go back in and figure it out and balance our books," said Assembly member Jim Powell, who chairs the Finance Committee. "It's just too much and too late to calculate this before June 15."

Humpbacks and tails of adventure
The tourists were quiet as the purple bus carried them out to the only purple boat in Auke Bay. Their final destination: out to sea for a glimpse of a 50-ton sea mammal. As the bus sped away from the gift shops of South Franklin Street, the sightseers were given a quick tour of downtown on the way to Auke Bay. Their vessel, the 42-foot Awesome Orca of Orca Eco Tours, awaited. The company, owned by Carol Pitts, has been in business for seven years.

Goldbelt hopes for upswing in SE's tourism industry
Goldbelt Inc., the urban Native corporation for Juneau, is doing as well as any other business in Southeast Alaska's tourism industry, company officials told shareholders at the corporation's annual meeting Saturday. "The shareholders seem to understand the economic condition we've been operating under for the last couple of years," said Randy Wanamaker, outgoing chairman of the corporation's board of directors.

This Day in History
In 1979, a 5-day-old fire near Delta Junction hopped the Alaska Highway near the Gerstle River and sealed off Canadian traffic to Fairbanks. Damage to the 50,000 acre Delta Barley project was estimated at 12,800 acres.

Photo: New crossing guard patrol
City crossing guard Sandra Viola, center, trains Drew Gruening, left, and Benicia Boyd on the finer points of being a downtown guard Monday. The city plans to have six crossing guards on duty every day through the tourist season.

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

This Day in History
In 1956, KINY-TV signed on the air as Juneau's first television station.

City approves speedier mine-permit process
Work on the Greens Creek Mining Co.'s tailing expansion could begin in January, four to eight months ahead of schedule, because of a mining ordinance the Juneau Assembly passed Monday night. The ordinance allows summary approval of changes to existing permits for rural mines, and its passage coincided with the last day of the public comment period on Greens Creek's draft environmental impact statement.

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

Local barista deemed among nation's finest
The day before he left Juneau in April to compete in a national barista competition in Boston, Heritage Coffee Co. employee Shane Sewell expected to receive a specially ordered package of four demitasses. Instead, he received two cups intact and the pieces of two others. "It was pretty crazy," Sewell said. "I threw a little tantrum."

Devils dance with Cup
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Never has the Stanley Cup felt more at home than in the New Jersey swamp. The Devils, riding the greatest home-ice advantage in NHL playoffs history and a goal from one of the unlikeliest Game 7 stars ever, ended the Anaheim Mighty Ducks' remarkable postseason run and won the Cup with a 3-0 victory Monday night.

UAF student wins world shooting event
FAIRBANKS - Jamie Beyerle, who will be a sophomore at the University of Alaska Fairbanks this fall, won the gold medal in the women's 50-meter, three-position shoot at the International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup in Zagreb, Croatia, this past week.

Co-workers go the distance to honor their retiring friend
ANCHORAGE - As her final day with the Anchorage School District neared, Mary Marsolais warned her colleagues not to plan any retirement luncheons or going-away parties. And though the 65-year-old woman weighs all of 98 pounds, Marsolais is not to be taken lightly. She says what she thinks, she means what she says, and even though she seems to punctuate every sentence with a joke, she is a no-nonsense woman.

Cal State-Fullerton tops ASU to qualify for College World Series
FULLERTON, Calif. - Dustin Miller scattered three hits over 7 2/3 innings, and Cal State Fullerton scored all of its runs in the first three innings as the Titans earned a trip to Omaha with a 7-1 victory over Arizona State on Sunday. Miller (9-2) allowed just one run before giving way to Chad Cordero, who pitched the final 1 1/3 innings. Danny Dorn and Kyle Boyer both homered and Shane Costa drove in two runs for the Titans (48-14), who are making their second College World Series appearance in three years.

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

Iditarod rejects Gerald Riley for 2004 race
ANCHORAGE - Board members of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Friday met in an executive session before rejecting a bid by former champion Gerald Riley to run in the 2004 race.

Iditarod turns down bid from blind teen
ANCHORAGE - A legally blind Oregon teenager's bid to run the 2004 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was squelched Friday when board members failed to approve special accommodations for disabled competitors. The ITC board postponed indefinitely a decision on a proposal to accommodate disabled mushers on an individual basis ruled out any special consideration for 18-year-old Rachael Scdoris, of Redmond, Ore.

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

State Briefs
Man arrested after firing gun in argument; More dogs signed over by collector euthanized; Mother sentenced to life for daughter's murder; Agrium, union workers agree on layoff solution

Homeland Security official ponders cost
ANCHORAGE - The head of Alaska's new Office of Homeland Security says one big question remains when it comes to protecting the state's infrastructure against terrorists: Who's going to pay? Specifically, says Samuel C. Johnson, who will pay to "harden" Alaska's soft targets and who will pay for added security when the federal government recommends a high-security alert. Johnson's plan at that level calls for sending National Guard troops to protect key sites along the trans-Alaska pipeline at a cost of $200,000 per month.

Alaska Republicans oust party attorney who holds controversial positions
ANCHORAGE - The Republican Party of Alaska has replaced its longtime attorney, Ken Jacobus. While praising his 15 years of service, party co-chairman Randy Ruedrich said many of the issues that interest Jacobus these days "might be seen as being in conflict with our principles."

Governor signs bills on drug programs, natural gas
Business-license fees are going up, the state's contribution to some drug and alcohol treatment programs is going down, and it should become easier to develop shallow natural gas resources. Those are among the effects of nearly a dozen bills Gov. Frank Murkowski signed into law late last week.

After 3 years, bane to bugs is back
ANCHORAGE - Customers accused shopowners of hoarding the stuff. Trappers called them unprintable names. Old-time Alaskans moaned their disappointment at the empty store shelves. All this over an ochre-colored powder with a barnyard smell.

Deal may open up land to logging
About 300,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest formerly closed to timber harvest could be available for logging under a settlement between the U.S. Forest Service and the state of Alaska. Conservationists are decrying the move. Monday's out-of-court settlement resolves a 2001 state lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the parent agency of the U.S. Forest Service. The state sought to halt implementation of the roadless rule in the Tongass and Chugach national forests. The Clinton administration-era rule prohibits timber harvesting and road-building within about 58 million acres of the 192-million-acre national forest system. About 9.6 million acres of Southeast Alaska's 16.8-million-acre Tongass have been designated roadless.

Woman loses $50,000 in garage sale teddy bear
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman is hoping someone returns a teddy bear sold at a church garage sale that she says had $50,000 sewn inside - money she borrowed for her husband's cancer treatment. Wan Song and her husband came to Alaska 12 years ago from Korea. They have three boys, the oldest in college. Her husband, Inhong Song, worked as a restaurant cook until he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He had surgery in December.

State Briefs
Hunters bag two relocated bears; Boat crash kills young man from North Pole; Prince of Wales car crash leaves 5 injured; Police seek woman in string of burglaries; Man charged with firing shots into bar ceiling; Anchorage woman arrested for hit-and-run

Big Lake pastor releases statement after shooting that left 2 would-be burglars dead
ANCHORAGE - After six weeks of silence, the Big Lake pastor who shot and killed two men he caught burglarizing his chapel is telling his story.The pastor, Phillip Mielke, shot Chris Palmer, 31, and Frank Jones, 23, in the pre-dawn darkness of April 24 as they rushed toward him on the chapel's stairway - even after he shouted at them to stop, according to a public statement Mielke's attorneys sent Thursday to the Anchorage Daily News, the Frontiersman newspaper and Palmer District Attorney Roman Kalytiak.

Murkowski slashes cash for cities
The Murkowski administration announced Monday it will save $37 million in the state budget this year by cutting funding to municipalities. Chief of Staff Jim Clark said Gov. Frank Murkowski will use his line-item veto to cut funding for the Municipal Revenue Sharing Program, Safe Communities programs and capital matching grants.

Bush administration to let states seek relief from roadless rule
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration said Monday it will propose a rule change allowing governors to seek exemptions from a policy blocking road-building in remote areas of national forests. The plan to amend the so-called roadless rule - adopted in the final days of the Clinton administration - comes just five days after a top official said the administration would let the rule stand.

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