Friday, June 21, 2002

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."

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;

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

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.

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.

Promote democracy
The election this year is the most powerful since statehood. I write to petition area business owners and managers (including the Empire) - who serve the public with lounges, waiting areas or common areas - to come to the defense of the democratic process in a simple non-partisan way.

Protect our children
I want to thank the Empire for having the courage to cover stories regarding predators in our midst. Their willingness to protect the identity of the victims is very much appreciated.

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.

Don't accept stumps
While Timothy Inklebarger's article in Wednesday's Empire, "Bill to help open mine gets hearing," provided a fair representation of the issues surrounding Sen. Murkowski's Berners Bay land exchange, he missed a couple of key points.

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.

New cruise fees advance
After months of negotiations with the cruise industry, a Juneau Assembly panel on Thursday approved two cruise-ship-passenger fees to help pay for dock projects.If approved by the full Assembly at its July 1 meeting, the proposal, by the Assembly's Port Dues Subcommittee, would charge $2.18 per passenger for vessels using city docks and facilities, and 18 cents for those using non-city docks and facilities.

Advocate for disabled talks from experience
When faced with adversity in life, sometimes it's easier to do what you're told and keep your mouth shut. For Cheryl Hull, that's never been an option.From her days as a schoolgirl challenging segregation in Wyoming to her more recent battle advocating for Alaska seniors with disabilities, Hull has spent more than five decades not keeping her mouth shut.

New dog-to-work day raises some hackles
For some state employees, the dog days of summer just aren't what they used to be.In a recent proclamation, Gov. Tony Knowles dubbed today, June 21, "Take Your Dog to Work Day." The announcement cited the benefits of pets in the workplace, but was careful to note the announcement "does not change any existing restrictions regarding pets in public buildings."

Camp teaches students the Forest Service way
Students swat absent-mindedly at mosquitoes, watching with interest as fisheries biologist Don Martin of the Juneau Ranger District wades into Peterson Creek to give them a lesson on stream ecology."It's like tea," Martin said, gesturing down at the shallow brown water. "It's just dark enough to make the water actually collect sunshine."

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

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

Planning to be flexible
The Rev. John Bigelow's beeper went off Wednesday, putting him on edge. The only people who know the number are from the University of Washington Medical Center, and a call could mean a trip to Seattle for a liver transplant. It was a false alarm.Bigelow is first on the "A" blood-type list for a liver transplant, and must constantly be ready to take a last-minute flight to Seattle for surgery.

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

'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.

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.

FYI
Births

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

'Bong' banner man takes another legal hit
A man suspended from high school for touting the benefits of marijuana is wanted in court for encouraging the random beating of another student.Joseph Frederick, 18, who graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School this year, has been charged with two counts of fourth-degree solicitation of an assault, a misdemeanor, stemming from an April 16 incident.

Spots available at summer 4-H camp
Going to summer camp is easy and affordable at the Juneau 4-H summer camp. This camp is open to all kids ages 9 to 12. You need not be a member of 4-H to attend. This year's camp will be held the week of July 8, 28 miles out of town at the Eagle River United Methodist Youth Camp.

Thank You
...for all the help; ...for the paper.

Juneau students score high in academic talent search
Jurgen Rieselbach has always had a head for numbers.That skill came in useful when the 11-year-old participated in The John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth's nationwide talent search. Jurgen, then a student at Riverbend Elementary School, scored first place among Alaska fifth graders in both the math and verbal categories.

Academic Honors
Hilary Turner of Auke Bay accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and will be honored during a campus ceremony this fall at Montana State UniversityBozeman.

Canul, Shelley to wed
Rista Canul and Aaron Shelley, both originally from Juneau, will be married Saturday, June 29, 2002, at the Cathedral of the Nativity in Juneau.

Longtime Alaska Airlines pilot retires
At around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Capt. James Doman piloted his last flight out of Juneau.Doman, 59, has been a pilot with Alaska Airlines since 1969. He began making flights to Juneau and the rest of Southeast Alaska in 1970, and lived in Juneau from 1971 to 1975.

Sanbei, Kelly to marry
Julie Sanbei and Thane Kelly of Juneau will be married at 7 p.m. on June 21 in Auke Bay. A reception will follow at the large Auke Rec shelter. Friends and relatives of the couple are welcome.

Jewells celebrate anniversary
Jack and Dollie Jewell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 22. Family and friends are invited to join them from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Buoy Deck, 345 Egan Drive.

The little engine that couldn't
Through a set of unfortunate circumstances, a vehicle, whose outward appearance was good, but whose motor was bad, temporarily ended up in our parking lot. Because of a little engine that couldn't, there was a lack of mobility and ability for the vehicle to function.

David T. Lofstrom
Former Juneau resident David T. Lofstrom, 38, died June 18, 2002, in Lynnwood, Wash., following a long battle with Goodpasture's Syndrome.

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: Inappropriate to reduce killer's sentence
April 19, 2000, was the worst day of my life. I lost one of my best friends, a person who for more than 20 years was my advisor, my mentor, my confidant, and who was simply fun to be around. That was the day a drunk driver killed Martin Richard, one of my closest friends, and Ladd Macaulay, and seriously injured Steve McGee.

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.

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.

Juneau Jaguars head to regional tournament
As they've stayed up late this month to watch the U.S. soccer team make its memorable run through the 2002 World Cup, members of the Juneau Jaguars U-13 soccer team have been getting ready to make their own mark on a larger stage.

Photo: Soccer at the Solstice
Robbie Sylvester, right, and Sungie Mussara battle for the ball during the older boys' friendly match on Thursday afternoon at the Juneau Soccer Club's second annual Solstice Invitational at Adair-Kennedy Field.

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.

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.

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.

State Briefs
Repair work closes trail to Windfall Lake; Watch for runners Sunday in the Mendhenhall Valley; Harvard grants award to Chickaloon school; Knowles signs drunken-driving bill, 20 other measures; American Museum finds remains of Barrow Natives

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.

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.

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."

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.

ACS boss testifies regulatory actions threat to service
The head of the state's largest phone company said actions of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska threaten consumers' access to quality phone service over the long-term.The company's chief rival said the commission is performing well, and doing away with it will not solve any problems companies may have with the agency.

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.

Anger mounts over park, road closures
The Knowles administration is under increasing pressure to reverse park and road closures that it says were required by legislative budget cuts.

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

Ulmer says she'll put families first
In what she said would be the first of several speeches and position papers on state issues, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fran Ulmer on Thursday called for inflation-proofing of the state education funding formula.Outlining a campaign theme of "families first," Ulmer, the lieutenant governor for the past seven and a half years, also proposed a system for rating child-care centers and empowering the state to negotiate with drug companies for more affordable prices.

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.

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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