Thursday, June 13, 2002

Locally milled lumber finds market
With only hand tools and a chainsaw, Ken Leghorn and a friend assembled a 12-by-14-foot log cabin on Shelter Island in two weeks.Like several Juneau residents, Leghorn ordered a materials package from Icy Straits Lumber in Hoonah that included all the Sitka spruce heartwood timbers needed for the cabin.

Business Profile: Rhonda Mann
Title and firm: Rhonda Mann is general manager, which includes production and sales management, of White Oak Broadcasting of Alaska Inc., which owns KFMG MAGIC 100.7 and KSRJ STAR 102.7, at 3225 Hospital Dr., Suite 103, in Juneau.

On the Move
Karen Schmitt, dean of career education at the University of Alaska Southeast, has been named interim dean of business. The appointment, Schmitt said, was to provide academic leadership for business programs.

Business Briefs
Former Empire publisher named director of news service; Oliver's Trophies moves to new location; Artists co-op elects officers, moves; Glacier Bay Cruiseline partners with Voyager Holdings

In the Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening

Finding a good fit between worker and environment
Work had become painful for Shawon Hicks. After injuring his back years ago, the senior stylist at Cuts Online was experiencing pain on the right side of his lower back while he worked.To educate employees about safety and ergonomics in the workplace, Cuts Online owner Jo Anne Bell-Graves hired Karen Schanz, a chiropractor, to visit her shop last week. Hicks was excited about the results.

Juneau's role as a regional center
In recent days, Juneau's streets were alive with proud Celebration 2002 participants in their colorful regalia. About 2,000 people attended Celebration this year, many of whom came from neighboring communities. While they were in Juneau, these neighbors spent money on hotel rooms and restaurant meals, went shopping, went to the doctor or dentist, and used banks and other services available here.

Dangerous driving
If you exercise on the Juneau roadways be it running, biking, or simply walking hand-in-hand with your child or loved one, be careful and don't think that drivers will always see you, slow down and give you ample space. Be on your guard, it could save your life.

Sensitive but informative
I am writing to thank the Juneau Empire for the coverage given to the very difficult child sexual abuse case involving my family. The newspaper and its employees have been very caring, considerate, sensitive, kept their promises during some very difficult times and given ample coverage.

Ask the right question
In his recent My Turn article, Tongass Forest Supervisor Tom Puchlerz poses the question, "How much wilderness is enough?" The question many of us who work, play, and use the fish and wildlife resources dependent on healthy forests are more interested in, "how many acres of clearcuts and miles of logging roads are enough?" Over 500,000 acres of clearcuts and nearly 5,000 miles of timber roads sound like enough.

Anatomy of excellence: Instructor wins award
When Jamie Bursell's students first see a dead body, they get very quiet."People have to go within themselves and find a way to deal with it," said Bursell, whose course in human anatomy and physiology earned her this year's Outstanding Faculty Award at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. The award is granted by the student government, based on nominations by students, faculty and staff.

Carrs becomes Safeway today
JUNEAU - Carrs Quality Center officially became Safeway this morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the grocery near Riverside Drive in the Mendenhall Valley.

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

Fugitive nabbed on sex abuse charges
A man wanted for alleged sexual abuse of a girl in Juneau and who has been on the lam in Mexico for three years is being held on a $25,000 bail today.Jose Garcia-Lopez, 40, was indicted last week by a Juneau grand jury on five counts of felony first-degree sexual abuse of a minor stemming from incidents of 1990 to 1998.

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

Pulltab operators claim smoking ban costs them money
Pulltab parlor owners say they're down on their luck since the city banned smoking in their establishments at the beginning of January. At the city's Smoking and Charitable Gaming Task Force meeting on Wednesday night, parlor owners said bars are siphoning off their customer-base because patrons are allowed to smoke there.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, Tuesday's Empire article about a child victim of sexual abuse incorrectly reported one of the girls abused by Cynthia and Dick Sky was placed in stockades.

Passenger fees marked for noise, marine park
Efforts to address flightseeing noise and a planned Marine Park-Steamship Wharf redesign project will get a good portion of the $3.5 million in passenger-fee revenue the city expects to receive this year.The money comes from a $5 cruise ship passenger fee that is intended "to address the impacts caused by the marine passenger ship industry," according to city code. About 25 percent of the revenue - or $872,800 - will go to general government services.

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

Grant tops off ice-rink funding
The Treadwell Arena is getting a $424,280 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation - the final piece of funding needed to complete the ice rink in Douglas, city officials said. "We should be set," Parks and Recreation Director Kim Kiefer said. "The total cost with the capital outlay is about $3.5 million. Of that, we've raised about 38 percent with non-city sales tax or property tax money."

Mayday call on Tuesday may have been a hoax
Coast Guard rescue crews have called off a search that began Tuesday afternoon in response to a Mayday call that may have been a hoax.The call received at 2:46 p.m. included no information other than the international distress signal "Mayday, Mayday.

Group seeks to teach young summer sailors
The Juneau Youth Sailing Foundation hopes the combination of half-day, two-week classes, three new boats and a youthful lead instructor will encourage more kids to get out on the water this summer."We're really blessed with all the outdoor opportunities here in Juneau, and sailing is one of those great opportunities," said JYSF trustee and instructor Jay Ginter. "It's a great recreational outlet."

Mother pleads guilty to being reckless with baby
Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks said at a hearing Tuesday that he wasn't giving up on Eleanor Kaye as he sentenced her to a year in jail for her part in depriving her son of oxygen for nearly an hour.Kaye, 41, pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor reckless endangerment stemming from an offense on Feb. 18. Authorities allege Kaye's then 10-week-old son was taken off of a ventilator by the baby's father, Brian Bevelhymer, 35, who destroyed the ventilator during a drunken tirade at a downtown hotel.

Biz park fumes over gas station
Vintage Business Park occupants are fuming over the Juneau Planning Commission's approval Tuesday night of a four-pump gas station slated for the Safeway parking lot.In a 4-2 decision, the Planning Commission approved a conditional-use permit to build a four-pump gas station and retail kiosk in the northwest corner of the parking lot at the Safeway store, which until recently was called Carrs Quality Center. The gas station would be owned by Safeway Inc.

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

Photo: Eagles vs. Ravens Walk
Annual walk: Participants in the 4th Annual Eagles vs. Ravens Walk Contest walk along Egan Drive on Wednesday afternoon after a kick-off ceremony featuring dancers and speakers at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Victims talk to bishops
A Juneau woman today urged the nation's Roman Catholic bishops to adopt a zero-tolerance policy to fight sexual abuse in the church.Paula Gonzales Rohrbacher, who was abused by a seminarian while growing up in Portland, Ore., was one of four victims chosen to address a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting on clerical sex abuse this morning in Dallas.

Coast Guard looking into cruise ships' near miss
The Coast Guard is investigating a reported near miss by two cruise ships entering Juneau harbor Sunday morning.The 867-foot Legend of the Seas was headed for the Juneau cruise ship dock, and the 965-foot Infinity was headed for the Franklin Street Dock when the two came too close to one another, according to what witnesses told the Coast Guard.

Pets Of the Week
Patty is a real sweetie. She is a small domestic long-haired, brown and beige, spayed female. Missy is a solid black, medium haired, spayed female. She is more reserved than Patty and gets along with other cats.

Hodges, Beidler to marry
Kara Marie Hodges of Juneau and Shane Martin Beidler of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, will be married on June 22 in Sherwood, Ore.

Thank you
...for all the help. Recently, more than 100 residents from the Juneau area took part in a walk that saves babies. We'd like to thank them for being true heroes for the tiniest babies.

Gearys celebrate anniversary
Daymond and Jenny Geary, pastors of Restoration Grace Outreach Center, are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. They have been in Juneau as pastors for the past 14 years and wish to invite all their friends and family.

It's pine time in Southeast Alaska
Everywhere you look little green fingers of new growth are reaching up, pointing from tips of mugo pines, decorating the ends of shore pines, and most spectacularly adorning those beautiful Japanese black pines growing along McDonald's.The festival of the pine candles is here. All the growth that pines will have in this season is concentrated in a dramatic burst of new tissue.

Student ambassadors ready to take on Europe
They're diplomats - in middle school.From June 11 to July 1, Sierra Angelo, Sara Cohen and Angela Fagerstrom will tour the British Isles with the Alaska People to People Student Ambassador Program.

Academic Honors
Dawn Marie Kostenko graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., with a bachelor of science degree in veterinary technology on May 3, 2002. She was a 1998 JDHS graduate.

Flynn, Mitchell marry
Breehia September Flynn of Juneau and Joel Kent Mitchell II of Juneau were married in a ceremony at 4 p.m. on May 11, 2002, at First Baptist Church. A reception followed at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Glenna Johnson-Wilde
Former Juneau resident Glenna Johnson-Wilde died May 6, 2002, in Hawaii.

Ruth L. Nelson
Longtime Juneau resident Ruth L. Nelson died June 2, 2002, in Kent, Wash.

My Turn: High-speed Internet, TV for rural Alaska
Alaska is one of our nation's jewels, with its vast wilderness, snow-capped peaks and rugged terrain. While many Alaskans live in the state's three largest cities, thousands of others live in distant areas within Alaska's 586,412 square miles.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

My Turn: Beating back the move initiative
I am dumbfounded by the total lack of concern from our local officials over the serious situation our city is facing regarding moving the Legislature. The article in the May 19 Empire that revealed 54 percent of Alaskans support moving the Legislature should be a cause for action.

My Turn: Sixty-six percent of the U.S. got it right
Anchorage is a great city. It shares a singular distinction with Birmingham, Wichita, Los Angeles, Bridgeport, Wilmington, Jacksonville, Chicago, Lexington, New Orleans, Portland (Maine), Baltimore, Detroit, Minneapolis, Kansas City and Billings;

Kirchhoff wraps up collegiate rowing
Rachael Kirchhoff was still in the boat after the women's varsity eight petite final at the NCAA Rowing Championships early this month when it hit her her college, and possibly her competitive, rowing career was over.

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

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

Juneau soccer keeps national ranking
Even though it lost the state championship game to the Dimond Lynx, 1-0 on May 25, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team didn't fall out of the national rankings.Instead, the Lynx, who hadn't been ranked all season, joined the Crimson Bears in the final Student Sports Boys Spring Soccer Fab 50 poll of the year.

Juneau's Rivera 159th in ill-fated Ironman Utah
Juneau's Tracy Rivera wasn't worried when he saw how choppy the Utah Lake water was before last Saturday's ill-fated Ironman Utah Triathlon. In fact, Rivera thought the 30-40 mph winds and choppy water might work to his advantage.

Little state money approved for anti-terrorism initiatives
In January, Gov. Tony Knowles asked lawmakers for almost $47 million in state funds for homeland security, but he ended the legislative session in May with just a small fraction of that.Maj. Gen. Phil Oates, head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, said the Legislature let the administration spend about all the federal money it could get.

Electric company official slams state regulatory agency
The Alaska Regulatory Commission is plagued by delays and a reluctance to make final decisions in cases affecting the state's utility customers, an electric company official said Wednesday."We don't believe we are getting good value for the regulatory practice that's being conducted by the RCA," said Joe Griffith, general manager of Chugach Electric Association.

State briefs
Coast Guard heads to scene of possible sinking; Nordlund named Ulmer's statewide campaign coordinator; Windfall Lake construction continues, affects parking; Head of science foundation announces resignation; Captain pleads guilty to obstructing investigation; Drug agents seize 906 marijuana plants in Kasilof; Army says soldier likely died of natural causes; U.S. magistrate: It's not illegal to act like a jerk;

Complaint filed against issue ads
Alaska's campaign watchdog agency is considering whether to investigate if GOP gubernatorial candidate Frank Murkowski is linked to issue ads aimed at his opponent.An Anchorage resident filed a complaint with the Alaska Public Offices Commission to ask for an investigation. The allegations are being evaluated, a commission spokeswoman said.

Judge: No new Tongass sales
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge on Tuesday halted new timber sales in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest until the U.S. Forest Service finishes work on a court-ordered environmental impact study.

Oregon firm eyes Ketchikan shipyard
KETCHIKAN - While Alaska Ship and Drydock pushes for an extension to operate the Ketchikan Shipyard, an Oregon-based company is exploring the possibility of taking over the facility if the contract is not renewed.

State Briefs
Pipeline critic calls for citizens oversight panel; Army identifies soldier who died at Fort Wainwright; Heating oil spill reported southeast of Dillingham; ACS ordered to repay $1 million in overcharges; Bush advisers don't like gas line measures in energy bill;

Businesses say Kenai River king salmon closure will hurt
KENAI - Rick Giannini of Liverpool, N.Y., traveled to the Kenai Peninsula with friends to celebrate their 50th birthdays by catching Kenai River kings. To their dismay, they found that Kenai kings were no longer available. "We went into the gas station to buy our (king) salmon stamps, and we saw the headline in the newspaper," Giannini said Tuesday.

Gas company for Southeast still looking for funds
PETERSBURG - A plan to bring natural gas to over a dozen Southeast Alaska communities faces several hurdles, including finding about $80 million to pay for the project. If the Anchorage-based Alaska Intrastate Gas Co. can find the funding, the project would begin by serving Ketchikan with utility gas, not natural gas.

ExxonMobil wants reduction in $5 billion damages award
ANCHORAGE - ExxonMobil Corp. filed a motion Wednesday in federal court seeking to reduce a $5 billion punitive damage award from the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill. ExxonMobil spokesman Tom Cirigliano said the company is following up on a decision by a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last November.

Fairbanks man faces eight years in assault on infant
FAIRBANKS - A man charged with injuring his 7-week-old daughter and assaulting his girlfriend will serve up to eight years in prison. Durwanzle Cooper, 26, pleaded no contest Monday to assault charges stemming from incidents in November and February. He also reached a plea agreement in a forgery case.

Raven's Tail: Keeping tradition alive
W hen excavators found a lump of mud-covered cloth in the ground at Castle Hill in Sitka and gave it to Janice Criswell, she was surprised to find it was a fragment of a Raven's Tail robe."I was just stunned," said Criswell, an artist, Raven's Tail weaver and basket weaver. "All the old examples are somewhere else."

Museums offers advice for objects damaged by fire
JUNEAU - It may be possible to salvage photographs, books, textiles, art, family heirlooms and other objects damaged in a recent storage unit fire.

Call for artists for juried art show
JUNEAU - Alaska artists are invited to submit entries for a regional art show sponsored by the Port Townsend Arts Commission and Friends of the Arts Fourth Annual Juried Art Competition. Work in two- and three-dimensional form, including photography, is eligible.

Best Bets: Oscar nominees and Skagway rock
A festival of short films and a visit from out-of-town musicians provide indoor entertainment this weekend in the capital city. As we approach the summer solstice, 20-hour days provide ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

Success in seattle
A concert at Benaroya Hall in Seattle and three standing ovations punctuated a memorable season finale for the Juneau Pride Chorus.The chorus joined 28 other choral groups from the western United States for a choir festival May 25 in Seattle. The Juneau singers also performed an outdoor concert May 26 at the Seattle Folklife Festival.

Underage talent
At 20, Lahna Deering can't legally buy a beer. But that hasn't stopped her from performing at bars and clubs around Alaska. She just brings her mother along for the ride. "She's my parent or my chaperone support system," Deering said. "She loves it. She definitely loves coming and loves hearing everyone play, and it's comforting seeing her there."

What's up with that?
Q: With all the sediment flowing into Gastineau Channel from the Mendenhall River, Lemon Creek and other streams, is it going to completely close off one day? It seems to be awfully close to filling in around the airport and North Douglas.

What's happening
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Movies where & when
"The Bourne Identity," (PG13) starts Friday, June 14, and shows nightly at 6:50 at Glacier Cinemas, with second shows at 9:20 and matinees at 1:50 and 4:20 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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