Friday, June 14, 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

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.

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.

Protect Berners Bay
This letter is in response to Mr. Tom Puchlerz's My Turn in Sunday's paper. I appreciate his letter suggesting that the door is not closed for some type of permanent protection for portions of the remaining forest.

Enthusiasm for the arts
This letter from your suburb down south is delayed in writing but nonetheless underscores my enthusiasm for the arts community Juneau.

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.

Alaska's brain drain
In a recent article printed by the Anchorage Daily News, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer disputed the fact that Alaska's youth are leaving Alaska. According to University of Alaska President Hamilton, "almost 60 percent of Alaska's high school graduates who go on to higher education leave Alaska to attend college in the Lower 48 and most of them never return."

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."

ASMI director to end her stint pushing fish
When many people retire, they plan to travel more. Barbara Belknap hopes to travel less.When Belknap, 54, finishes up next month as executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, she will end five consecutive years of being on the go with "a stable of suitcase

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.

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."

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

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

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.

Dredge Lake area beavers targeted
Beaver dams in the Dredge Lakes area are impeding fish runs and flooding trails and spawning areas, says the U.S. Forest Service. After years of trying to punch holes in the rodent architecture, officials now plan to remove some of the beavers.Two mounds of sticks, each about 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide, are piled next to a small beaver dam in the holding pond between the Mendenhall River and Moose Lake, north of Back Loop Road.

Three file for Assembly seats
Although the city's filing period is two months away, three Juneau residents have given notice they plan to run for Juneau Assembly seats this fall.Assembly members Don Etheridge and Marc Wheeler plan to run for re-election, and therapist Dixie Hood also says she will run.

FYI
Births

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.

Plan ups helicopter landings
The U.S. Forest Service is holding the number of helicopter landings allowed on the Juneau Icefield steady through 2004, but will allow 5 percent increases in 2005, 2006 and 2007, the agency announced today.Juneau District Ranger Pete Griffin said the arrangement will give the community time to find a way to reduce flightseeing noise. He hesitated to call the decision a compromise, describing it instead as a balance.

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.

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.

Gard, Pincolini marry
Tiare Gard of Juneau and Gabriel Pincolini of Reno, Nev., were married in a ceremony on June 8, 2002, at Tamaraks Beach, Pyramid Lake, Nev. A reception followed at Silver Peak Restaurant and Brewery. Friends and relatives of the couple attended the wedding and reception.

Smith honored by child-care group
Rondi Smith of Juneau has been awarded a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children. The credential was awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., which represents the early childhood profession.

Sale and breakfast raise almost $9,000 for MacFarlane girls
Juneau resident Dave Willson donated his old pickup, complete with keys and the title, to Auke Bay Co-op Preschool to raise money for the daughters of Juan MacFarlane, who died May 19 in a fall.

Softball tournament raises $3,250 for heart patient
A benefit softball tournament May 25 and 26 raised $3,250 for Ray Bradley Jr., who has an enlarged heart condition that requires him to travel to doctors in Anchorage and Seattle. Bradley is on the waiting list for a heart transplant."I felt good," Bradley said. "It was nice to see everybody out there and everybody was having fun. The sun was out that Saturday and everybody was having a good old time."

Teaching by Example
When Betty Kausch dons her robe and beard, children know it's time to sit down and listen to a Bible story."The women in my congregation made it for me," Kausch said. "My congregation really supports me." Kausch, who turns 78 on Saturday, is a volunteer at the Rally of Faith Vacation Bible School Day Camp Program, a series of nine week-long day camps that run until Aug. 9 at Faith Lutheran Church and School in Juneau.

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

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.

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.

Jones leads Juneau swimming contingent at Pacific Rim Classic in Washington
JUNEAU Kristin J. Jones posted eight top-10 finishes as she led four members of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club at the Pacific Rim Classic, a long-course meters age-group swim meet held last Friday through Sunday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Juneau Special Olympians travel to 2002 Summer Games in Anchorage
JUNEAU Twenty-six Juneau athletes are traveling to Anchorage today to participate in the 2002 Special Olympics Alaska Summer Games.

Junior Golf hosts One Club Championship
Will Landes is poised to go where few Alaskans have gone before.Landes, who just graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School, is an avid golfer who is heading to Arizona State University this fall to study golf course management and to try to turn his passion into a career.

Kluane-Chilkat kicks off 10th ride
The Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay has grown quite a bit since its humble beginnings in 1993, when it featured 36 teams and about 160 cyclists.

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.

Small fleet of sailboats set for Around Admiralty race
A new champion will be crowned when a small fleet of sailboats competes this week in the Around Admiralty Island "Spirit of Adventure" sailing race.

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.

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.

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.

Regulators defend their agency to Senate panel
Officials with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska defended their agency's performance in Senate hearings Thursday.The commission was the subject of a two-day Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Anchorage as legislators consider whether the commission should be reauthorized. The matter will be taken up June 24 in a special legislative session.

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;

DNR approves expansion of the True North gold mine
FAIRBANKS - The Department of Natural Resources has approved the expansion of the True North gold mine north of Fairbanks. The agency also said Wednesday that the mine's existing haul road does not hurt winter tourism.

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.

Report: DFYS falls short of federal standards
ANCHORAGE - An analysis by the state Division of Family and Youth Services finds that nearly a quarter of Alaska children who suffered abuse or neglect between 1998 and 2000 were hurt again within six months. The department's self-assessment comes as federal officials prepare to conduct a review of the state's child-protection agency.

State Briefs
Coast Guard responds to sinking fishing vessel; Man charged with assaulting friend with rake; Freshwater drainages to open Saturday

Juneau woman believes bishops listened
Paula Gonzales Rohrbacher wanted America's Roman Catholic bishops to think of a person, not a statistic or a lawsuit, when they debated a new policy on clerical sexual abuse. So she became that person.The Juneau woman said she met as many church leaders as she could before she addressed the meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Thursday in Dallas.

Bishops move away from zero tolerance
DALLAS - America's Roman Catholic bishops were backing away today from a sex abuse policy that would automatically oust molesters from the priesthood, focusing instead on stripping clergymen of their authority.

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.

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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