Thursday, June 20, 2002

Business Profile: Haydar Suyun
Title and firm: Haydar Suyun owns Talisman Rugs at 255 Marine Way.

Commercial fishing's importance to Juneau
Often overshadowed by other economic sectors in Juneau, the commercial fishing industry is alive and makes significant contributions. In 2000 there were 520 limited-entry permit holders and 412 crewmembers living in Juneau who fished halibut, crab, black cod, salmon and other species. These local permit holders had ex-vessel landings valued at over $10.3 million. Gear types represented in Juneau include troll, gillnet, seine, longline and pots.

Business Briefs
Sitka's WhaleFest looking for vendors; Alaskan Brewing receives honors at World Beer Cup; IUOE to hold meeting, elect officers; Glacier Bay Cruiseline cuisine honored in national magazine;

Travel agencies strive to survive
Months after major airlines stopped paying commissions to travel agencies for flight bookings, Alaska Airlines announced June 3 it would follow suit.The practice began with Delta's March 14 announcement that it wouldn't pay commissions. Most major airlines dropped commissions immediately, but Alaska Airlines waited to ensure that the decision would benefit the company.

In The Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening.

Miners' Mercantile Mall touts new Saturday market
Almost 10 years ago, Kathleen Soga chaperoned her daughter Chelsea Martin and three other fourth-grade girls on a class ferry trip to Haines, and luckily she brought a skein of yarn and hooks to keep them busy on the trip."They each crocheted a scarf," Soga said. "Chelsea just picked it up and started from there."

A lesson from Bill
Reading Sunday's editorial, "The Sierra Club and a federal judge deal Southeast Alaska another economic blow," makes me wonder if you actually read Judge Singleton's recent decision, and if you did, if you understood it.

Bureaucrat habitat
I cannot express my opposition to the proposed construction of an industrial/office complex by the U.S. Forest Service, in my neighborhood on the Back Loop Road, strongly enough.

Pat on the back
Would someone please help me, I am very confused. It seems that what I read and hear from so called "environmentalists," is that Alaskans are intent on destroying Alaska and its wildlife habitat. But when I look around me I see nothing but good management by the people that live here.

Tuesday's letters, news
To Cate Burnstead: The picture of the grieving mother to which you take offense most likely influenced a vast majority of readers in a different (and perhaps more positive) fashion. It certainly reminded me of human mortality, and caused me to say a few extra prayers for the victim's family, and my own. These kinds of accidents can and do happen to anyone, and I don't think anyone is hurt by being reminded of the fact.

Anglers beware: Herring shortfall may get worse
Local businesses that customarily provide herring for Juneau fishermen to use as bait say the shortage experienced last year may worsen this summer."A lot of the suppliers that we've been dealing with have had a very limited amount of bait available to us," said Jerry Gilbertson, co-manager of the meat department at the Alaskan and Proud grocery store. "We have basically been getting about a quarter of what we wanted to get. It's been a very grim year for bait."

School janitor arrested for sexual abuse
A janitor at Floyd Dryden Middle School, accused earlier this year of sexually abusing a minor, was arrested Tuesday night on charges he sexually assaulted a woman family member.Stanley Brown, 46, was arrested around 9 p.m. at the middle school on charges of second-degree sexual assault, third-degree sexual assault and incest, all felonies. The charges stem from an incident five years ago during which he allegedly had sex with the woman, 52, while she was unconscious.

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

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

Locals urge wilderness protection
Testimony at a U.S. Forest Service hearing in Juneau on Tuesday emphasized Southeast Alaska's "rich," "rare" and "primeval" temperate rain forest and centered on greater protection for places such as Berners Bay, the Cowee/Davies watersheds and Port Houghton.

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

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

New park near Eagle Beach to be completed in July
The parking lot is paved, the trails are built and the shelters are going in.Construction crews are nearing completion of the Eagle Beach State Recreation Area on the bank of Eagle River near mile 29 Glacier Highway.

District knew of janitor's sex abuse charges
Juneau School District officials allowed a janitor to resume his work in the schools for the summer despite pending charges of sex crimes against a minor, they said today.Stanley Brown, 46, was arrested in February and charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and first-degree sexual assault, both felonies, stemming from an alleged incident in January. He is accused of forcibly having sex with a 16-year-old female family member while he was drunk.

Goldbelt appoints officers at meeting
JUNEAU - The Goldbelt board of directors appointed members to board positions at its reorganization meeting Tuesday. Randy Wanamaker was re-elected chairman, Joe Kahklen was elected vice chairman, Andrea Cadiente-Laiti was elected corporate secretary and Edith McHenry was elected treasurer of Juneau's urban Native corporation.

'Amazing' Juneau family featured on TV's 'Good Morning America'
Because of their commitment to search and rescue with trained dogs, Juneau residents Bruce and Judy Bowler will represent the "amazing family" in Alaska for a "Good Morning America" series profiling all 50 states.

Pets Of The Week
Marshmallow is a strikingly handsome white medium hair neutered male. A petite mackerel tabby spayed feline, Carlie, also is in need of a home.

Academic Honors
Jeffery Fanning is listed on the 2002 spring semester dean's list at the University of Portland. Fanning is a freshman majoring in business administration.

Volunteer gardeners help make Juneau beautiful
Among our neighbors, unrealized by most of us, there are dozens of volunteers who give of their expertise and labor to help beautify Juneau with flowers and shrubbery.

Kits of comfort
When the group of Alaska Native breast cancer survivors meet every month at the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, they talk just like they are sisters, Bobbie Reyes said. "Everyone has to deal with cancer in their own way," said Reyes, a two-time breast cancer survivor. "This lets us know we are not alone."

Yorba, Hammonds marry
Antonio R. (Tonio) Yorba and Melinda Hammonds were married on May 25, 2002, in Wilsonville, Ore. They are 1998 and 1997 graduates of Juneau-Douglas High School.

Hosey, Stanley to wed
Laura Jean Hosey and Ryan Paul Stanley will be married in a ceremony at the Shrine of St. Therese followed by a reception at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the Thane Ore House. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited t

Thank You
...for all the support and ...for your work.

Elizabeth K. Green
Juneau resident Elizabeth K. "Betty" Green, 95, died June 16, 2002, in Juneau.

My Turn: Who pays to monitor cruise ships?
Associated Press reporter Cathy Brown opens her June 16 article, "Cruise lines deal to skirt tax," by implying that cruise ships "float by Yakutat ... en route to Hubbard Glacier." As it happens, Hubbard Glacier, Disenchantment Bay, is within the City and Borough of Yakutat. Cruise ships travel several miles into the borough and park in front of the glacier, much as they enter Glacier Bay to allow passengers to view the wilderness in that area.

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

Juneau duo heads to national competition
Koko Urata and Sarah Felix are taking themselves to new heights by mastering their control of the depths.Urata and Felix, both 12, will travel to Seattle later this month to compete in the 2002 Esynchro Age Group Synchronized Swimming Championships, an event expected to draw 1,100 participants ages 12 to 19.

U.S.-Great Britain Friendship Golf Tournament
Results of the 12th annual U.S.-Great Britain Friendship Handicap Golf Tournament, benefiting the local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 54 golfers participated in the tournament, held on the nine-hole, par 27 Mendenhall Golf Course.

Bill to help open mine gets hearing
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski presented a bill to a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday that would expedite the opening of multi-metal mines about 45 miles northwest of downtown Juneau.

State Briefs
Man arraigned in 1993 slaying of brother; Fairbanks man sentenced for indecent viewing; Godfrey plans to take job at Koniag Inc.; INS agrees to en-route inspections for British Columbia cruise ships; BP to clean out abandoned pipeline; Illegally mailed rifle discharges at postal distribution center; Knowles signs veterans memorial bill

Southeast nonprofit hatcheries don't expect to break even
PETERSBURG - None of Southeast Alaska's three nonprofit hatcheries expect to earn enough money this season to pay for operations. Returns of chum salmon to release sites should be about average, but lower prices are expected to force at least two of the hatcheries to dip into reserves.

Knowles vetoes campaign bill
Gov. Tony Knowles on Wednesday vetoed a campaign-expenditure bill that he said failed to crack down on "gutless" Outside attack advertisements.Knowles, a Democrat, also called on Republican gubernatorial candidate Frank Murkowski to "come clean" about any relationship he has with a Virginia group that has run television ads critical of the administration's management of the state economy.

Williams Alaska considers offer for state operations
FAIRBANKS - Williams Cos. said it has received one unsolicited offer for its Alaska operations and expects more. The company announced Tuesday that it would sell its North Pole refinery, gas stations and stake in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline in an effort to raise cash to shore up its balance sheet.

Family says brothers killed on Foraker loved climbing
ANCHORAGE - Kathi Strawn sat in the living room of her Eagle River home Tuesday with its brightly colored quilt on the wall and her dead sons' recovered climbing gear on the carpet and considered a question put to her: How is she going to get through the loss of three children in a single fall on Mount Foraker? "Our religion, our faith is what is keeping us together," she said. "There is eternal life for those who are worthy. When we get to the other side, they'll be there."

Ketchikan sailor spots racing sailboat stolen in mid-race
KETCHIKAN - Thanks to the sharp eyes of a Ketchikan sailor, a Washington man will be reunited with his stolen sailboat. Local yachtsman Jim Dahl said he immediately noticed a Santa Cruz 27 docked Saturday at the city's Casey Moran Float. He said there was only one of that type in Ketchikan.

Williams set to sell Alaska assets
ANCHORAGE - Williams Cos. announced Tuesday it plans to sell its businesses in Alaska, including the North Pole refinery, convenience stores and stake in the trans-Alaska pipeline. The decision will shed Williams of its Alaska properties, said Jeff Cook, vice president of external affairs for Williams Alaska.

Climber rescued from Mount Augusta
YAKUTAT - An injured climber was rescued Wednesday after he was caught in a rockslide on Mount Augusta, but bad weather kept rescuers from getting to a second climber.

State briefs
Foraker unstable at time of brothers' fall; City attorney gets salary boost; Alaska Committee names campaign director

Dispute ends over Denali mine claims
FAIRBANKS - A dispute over some of the remaining privately-owned mining claims within the borders of Denali National Park has ended in federal court. Both sides in the lawsuit that pit the Kantishna Mining Co. against the Interior Department have agreed to drop their appeals of U.S. District Court Judge James Singleton's verdict.

Teams head for injured climbers on Mt. Augusta
YAKUTAT - Two Alaskans injured in a rockslide were stuck on a mountain near Yakutat this morning after rescuers were turned back by fog, clouds and darkness, officials said.

Randy Phillips stepping down from Senate post
EAGLE RIVER - Republican Sen. Randy Phillips, the longest-serving lawmaker currently in the Legislature, will not seek re-election this year. Phillips, who has been in the Legislature for 26 years, notified the state Division of Elections on Wednesday that he was dropping out of the race.

Feds working to overturn whale quota vote
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is seeking to reverse a decision by the International Whaling Commission to block subsistence whaling in Alaska.

Summer pops for the solstice
This weekend, the Juneau Symphony and the Thunder Mountain Big Band are aiming for the top of the pops. The groups will perform together at Symphony Solstice, the symphony's second summer pops concert. They'll alternate sets and play a number together, performing music that includes waltzes and classics by artists such as Duke Ellington.

Movies Where & When
"Sum of All Fears," (PG13) ends Thursday, June 20, last shows at 7:10 and 9:50 p.m. at Glacier Cinemas.

Summer singing workshops with Joyce Parry Moore
JUNEAU - Classically trained singer Joyce Parry Moore will teach a pair of two-day workshops for beginning and intermediate singers. The workshops will be Wednesday, June 26, and Thursday, June 27, at McPhetres Hall in Holy Trinity Church, at Fourth and Gold streets.

Best Bets: Alpine, angling offer best outdoor options
Solstice is upon us with the longest days of summer. There's plenty of music and art indoors but the real action is outside. The alpine ridges are covered with wildflowers. Fat marmots and nesting ptarmigan hold court above 1,000 feet as the snow recedes to patches and gullies. The male ptarmigan are still mostly white - they retain the "winter" plumage into the summer, drawing attention away from the perfectly camouflaged females blending in with the ground cover.

Open mike with house band at Imperial
JUNEAU - The Imperial Saloon is starting an open mike Thursday nights beginning June 20.

Bread Loaf program includes play, lectures
JUNEAU - "To Reign in Hell," a new play by Juneau writer David Hunsaker, will be part of the Bread Loaf School of English summer program this year.

What's up with that?
Q: What's up with Tom Churchill, the weather guy on FM 100.7? He's on day and night - is he a computer voice?

What's happening
Events

Microbeads and chain mail
More than 150 years ago, European women used hair-thin needles to create intricate beadwork with impossibly tiny beads. The 11th Annual Beaded Bag Show will feature a purse adorned with such beadwork, one of two dozen beaded bags included in the show. Bead artist Salty Hanes, owner of Spirit Beads, is sponsoring the show of antique and contemporary bags. The show opens at noon Friday, June 21, at Spirit Beads, 217 Fifth St.

Chronicling a solo trip with the multitudes
Jennifer Hahn spent 72 days kayaking between Ketch-ikan and Bellingham, Wash. It was a solo trip, but Hahn, a naturalist, writer and wilderness guide, said she was not alone. "I was never in solitude," she said. "I was in multitude. I had no human companions, but I always had company. The humpback, minke and gray whales, orcas, groups of cormorants, even barnacles were my companions. It's a matter of how you define them."

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