Thursday, June 27, 2002

Some Juneau stores still pulling all-nighters
When Super Kmart Center this month cut its daily business hours to 18 from 24, it became another example of a Juneau business unable to stay open all day and night."We found the (Juneau) market over time didn't support a 24-hour store," Kmart spokeswoman Julie Fracker said. "We let it go as long as we could."

Business Profile: Kathleen Wiest
Title and firm: Kathleen Wiest owns Raven Clayworks, a pottery studio.

New lodge on Colt Island
If you took Four Seasons Marine and Tours' three-hour cruise and ended up stranded on Colt Island, you'd be in much better shape than Gilligan.After three years of providing wildlife cruises to tourists in Juneau, the company has added a lunch stop at Orca Point Lodge, a newly-built day lodge on Colt Island, 11 miles southwest of Juneau in Stephens Passage.

In the Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening.

Business Briefs
Fred Meyer gas station opens in August; Alaskan Brewing gets approval for state safety program; Saturday Market seeks vendors; NTL receives excellence award from U.S. Small Business Administration; Alaska Air adds fee for unaccompanied minors

Sentence should stand
I read with great concern that there will be a review of the sentencing of Michael Glaser on July 1. For those Juneau residents who don't know, Mr. Glaser drove drunk in April 2000, killed two people and injured another. He was convicted of two counts of second degree murder and one count of first degree assault.

Take the test
Thursday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. Getting tested is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and those around you. Locally, Shanti of Southeast Alaska and Juneau Public Health are teaming up to offer free and confidential testing throughout the day.

Why the surprise at parks closing?
I had to stifle a laugh at the picture in Wednesday's Juneau Empire of Palmer Rep. Scott Ogan pointing at the sign he ripped off from a state park in his home district, and dragged down to Juneau for the special session. I had to stifle the laugh because the whole episode is so ludicrous it really isn't funny.

Facts in dispute
Empire Publisher Don Smith's June 16 Tongass editorial continues to use incorrect facts to support his conclusions. If correct information and a first-hand knowledge of the issues are important to the publisher then there is room for dialogue and debate. Reasonable people can disagree on how much wilderness or logging make economic, social and environmental sense for the Tongass.

Fishermen beware
Glacier Bay compensation program was one big smokescreen by the federal government. How much of the proceeds went out of state? How much remained in the state? What amount remained and was paid to the local year round fishermen and deckhands? What are the economic impacts?

Dot com version
Following Wednesday's NBA draft the cleveland.com Web site has listed future Cleveland Cavalier Carlos Boozer Jr.'s high school as Douglas (Juneau, Alaska).

Where's the spirit?
What's happening to the spirit of Juneau? I've seen many changes in Juneau throughout the years, some good and some bad. I lived and worked in Juneau for 25 years.

Fireworks barge can't be taken for granted
The fireworks-loving people of Juneau should be aware of a situation that could change how we enjoy our fireworks show each year. Central to the entire fireworks operation is the barge from which we fire the show. Using a barge allows us to do more than gain center state in our natural amphitheater; it allows us to stay 840 feet away from any people, buildings, or other structures, and 1,680 feet away from any fuel storage areas.

Take the long view
Don Smith's recent pro-logging editorial sounds like the viewpoint that was common in the Pacific Northwest in past decades when management plans for national forests were being developed without sustainable jobs and conservation in mind.

Clear and present danger
It should be clear that our war on terrorism has many fronts; but what may not be fully understood is that this threat also exists in our own back yard. Specifically to which I'm referring is the recent ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has in-effect banned our nation's Pledge of Allegiance from all public schools under its territorial jurisdiction, of which Alaska is included.

Local Briefs
Bush approves flooding assistance; Agencies to study erosion near bay

HIV testing day raises AIDS awareness
Health activists know who is most likely to catch the virus that causes AIDS. They're hoping Thursday's National HIV Testing Day will help spread that knowledge to those most at risk of catching the deadly disease."I think it's hard for people in Juneau to feel there is a problem here, to hear that there is AIDS in Juneau," said Eileen Wilson, executive director of the health education group Shanti of Southeast. "But we know of 17 people in Juneau with AIDS and that's just people who have utilized our services.

Hospital workers to see pay hikes over 3 years
Bartlett Regional Hospital and the union local that represents many of its employees have reached agreement on a new contract that will increase staff pay during the next three years.The hospital's board of directors on Monday unanimously approved the three-year contract with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Alaska Local 200, Health Care Unit 2201. A majority of the bargaining unit members who voted earlier this month also agreed to the contract.

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

Local Briefs
State adds another day of fishing at stream; Fishing closed near mouth of Auke Creek; Housing open house offered this weekend; Agency slows boaters near humpbacks

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

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

Six survive forced landing
A single-engine plane, carrying six people and flying "on borrowed time" due to a spraying oil leak that covered the windshield, was guided to an emergency landing on a Kupreanof Island beach by a Coast Guard helicopter crew Tuesday afternoon. The pilot of the L.A.B. Flying Service plane and four of his five passengers, who were flying from Kake to Petersburg, suffered minor injuries. The Coast Guard flew them to Juneau where they were treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital and released in good condition Tuesday evening.

Merchants upbeat despite Gottschalks' relocation
Management and tenants at the Nugget Mall were surprised earlier this month to learn that the anchor department store Gottschalks will move to the Mendenhall Mall, but say they are optimistic about the Nugget's future.Gottschalks officials said the move to larger space at the Mendenhall Mall, planned for mid to late July, will allow the store to carry more merchandise in a more comfortable setting.

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

Preventing bathroom injuries
Household slips and falls are most common in the bathroom. For older persons, such a fall may be devastating, resulting in a broken arm, wrist or hip. Half of those who suffer a hip fracture are never able to live independently again and one victim in five dies within a year. The good news is that falls can be prevented.

Tomaro, Baird marry
Alicia Marie Tomaro of Juneau and Kristopher William Baird of Chinook, Mont. were married in a ceremony on June 8 in Chinook.

Academic Honors
Daniel James Fagnant of Juneau, received a bachelor of science in computer engineering, magna cum laude, from Gonzaga University in a commencement ceremony on May 12. He is the son of Richard and Deborah Fagnant.

Becker, Kubish to wed
Carolyn Becker of Juneau and Philip Kubish of Tucson, Ariz., will be married Saturday at Northern Light United Church.

Juneau's shrubs are talking
Driving along Egan, where the bridge crosses, there is a flash of color along the street where the "Miss Kim" dwarf Korean lilacs opens. Look behind the medical clinic by the high school, there is a rhododendron that's 12 feet tall. How about the huge rhododendron hedge along the parking lot at the Bill Ray Center?

Pets Of The Week
Magee is a young and very handsome Siamese mix neutered male with brilliant blue eyes who is a former stray. Natasha is just as sweet and friendly as she is beautiful.

Neighbors Briefs
Class of '82 reunion slated for June 28-30; HIV testing available in many locations; JDHS Class of '92 to hold reunion; Housing sought for Pow Wow guests;

Patz, Mills wed
Kathryn Elizabeth Patz and Casey David Mills were married May 18 in an outdoor ceremony at the Bradford Brinton Memorial near Sheridan, Wyo. The bride is the daughter of Greg and Deanna Patz of Juneau, and the groom is the son of Leona Mills and Steve Mills of St. Louis, Mo.

Photo: Whitehorse hosts exchange
Juneau Assembly members Jeannie Johnson, Frankie Pillifant, Marc Wheeler and Mayor Sally Smith in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, earlier this month during a sister-city exchange. Each year, a delegation from either Juneau or Whitehorse makes a trip across the border to share ideas and promote friendship between the two communities.

Letter: A capital visit
The wet snow of Eaglecrest Ski Area, the buzz of the downtown gift shops, the salt water waves crash against the docks while the Alaska marble columns stand strong on our state Capitol watching over Juneau on its Main Street perch. These scenes are just a few of many which illustrate the beauty of Juneau.

Letter: Excellent work
I want to commend the theater department at JDHS for their Academy Awards ceremony held recently at school. The whole thing was so well organized. There was a cool video of the year's productions, timpani rolls accompanied individual awards, and there were even cute champagne glasses for the punch. But it was the atmosphere there that was so remarkable.

Thank you
...for all the help; ...for the contributions; ...for all the hard work; ...for all the help; ...for the donations; ...for fixing the road; ...for the help.

Photo: Relay for Life donation
Wells Fargo Bank Business Maker Ruth Johnson hands a corporate donation to Pat Yearty, Relay for Life's corporate sponsor chairwoman.

DMV offices vie to enlist organ, tissue donors
In a push to increase organ and tissue donations in Alaska, the Juneau and Fairbanks Division of Motor Vehicle offices will face off in a race to sign up the most new donation consent forms by July 31.Driver Services Supervisor Kevin Burchfield is heading up the Juneau team and Field Office Manager Tom Pettijohn is leading the Fairbanks team. To motivate employees to enlist Alaska residents, the winner of the contest will shave his own head.

Eugen Karl Holmstrand
Former Juneau resident Eugen Karl Holmstrand, 74, died May 6, 2002, at his home in Hansville, Wash.

Leone Hall Hanebury
Former Juneau resident Leone Hall Hanebury, 93, died June 7, 2002, in Seattle, Wash.

My Turn: With deepest respect, admiration, love
Dear Martin and Ladd, Yep, it's me again. I know we talk a lot, but this time I must put it on paper to share our thoughts with others. I know you won't mind.Michael Glaser wants his sentence reduced. You never met the man, but you know the name. He's the one who killed you both, and injured Steve, while driving drunk April 19, 2000. I've never met him either; I hope I never do, especially on the road.

My Turn: Prevention, rehabilitation and alternative sentencing
A recent report, "Cutting Correctly: New Prison Policies for Times of Fiscal Crisis," by the Justice Policy Institute, highlights states and communities that are responding to fiscal crises by closing prisons or downsizing correctional systems. It outlines strategies that budget-strapped states and cities can employ to reduce correctional costs while maintaining public safety.

Carlos goes to Cleveland
Before the first pick was announced in Wednesday night's NBA Draft telecast on TNT, former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball star Carlos Boozer Jr. appeared in a commercial for EA Sports and said, "Hello, I'm Carlos Boozer and I'm in the game."It just took longer than expected for Boozer to actually get picked to join the game.

NBA waits until second round to call Boozer
Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball star Carlos Boozer Jr. became the third Alaskan to ever be picked in the NBA Draft when the Cleveland Cavaliers selected the junior center-power forward from Duke University in the second round of today's draft in New York City.

Juneau Softball
The standings for the Juneau Sports Association's 2002 softball season through games of Monday, June 24.

Which team will select Carlos?
Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball star Carlos Boozer Jr. is likely to become the third former Alaska high school basketball picked in the history of the NBA Draft when the draft takes place today in New York City.

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

Rockets get OK, hope Yao wows NBA
NEW YORK - Yao Ming received final clearance today from the Chinese Basketball Federation to play in the NBA, and the Houston Rockets announced that they would select the 7-foot-5 center with the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Jaguars lose to Colorado team
Juneau Jaguars boys soccer coach Mark Kelley lost track of the score after watching the defending region champions from Colorado score several goals in the final minutes of Tuesday's game at the U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Championships in West Jordan, Utah.

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

State Briefs
African Children's Choir performs tonight; Refuge managers say Sterling burn a success; Helicopter rolls over on Yanert Glacier; More delays expected at Windfall Lake trail; Stevens to chair hearing on universal service; Anchorage TV stations not yet ready to go digital;

Alaska leaders condemn court decision on pledge
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's congressional delegation and leading candidates in the governor's race condemned the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the Pledge of Allegiance.

Congress protests pledge ruling
WASHINGTON - In an extraordinary show of defiance, virtually the entire Senate showed up for a morning prayer today, heads bowed behind their desks, to affirm that the United States is "one nation under God," after a federal appeals court declared the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional.

Legislative overtime bill up to $300,000
Lawmakers have spent at least $300,000 this year going into extra innings.Wednesday marked their 10th day beyond the 121-limit on regular legislative sessions. The Legislative Affairs Agency estimates each extra day of work costs about $25,000 and travel to and from Juneau adds another $50,000.

AK senators may regain leadership
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Sens. Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski could once again chair key committees if Republicans regain control of the Senate after the November election.

Taylor backs off on new commission
For about five hours today, Senate Judiciary Chairman Robin Taylor had a monkeywrench firmly inserted into the gears of the special legislative session.

Board refuses to shut out anglers
ANCHORAGE - This year's return of king salmon on the Kuskokwim river appears strong enough to meet subsistence needs and spawning goals, fisheries biologists say.

State Briefs
Ambler man dies after scuffling with VPO; Teacher rescues child from Kuskokwim River; Anchorage Aces offered for sale on eBay

RCA gets 1 more year
A one-year extension of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska apparently concludes the work of the 22nd Legislature.Lawmakers adjourned early this morning after passing the RCA bill, which was revised substantially throughout the day Wednesday.

Special session: Taylor proposes new commission for 'phone wars'
In a surprise move, Senate Judiciary Chairman Robin Taylor this morning proposed a new Telecommunications Commission of Alaska to handle "phone wars" cases. Taylor, a Wrangell Republican, spent all night with a bill drafter to find a way to remove the Regulatory Commission of Alaska from overseeing rates and interconnections between ACS and GCI, fierce competitors in local telephone service.

Daschle, Murkowski side with oil companies on gas-line tax break
FAIRBANKS - Sens. Tom Daschle and Frank Murkowski are promoting a new oil company-sponsored analysis that endorses tax credits for a natural gas line from Alaska to the Lower 48.

Alaskan dies after harpooned whale tips boat
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska Eskimo died Wednesday after a harpooned whale flipped his whaling boat and he struck his head.Melton Ozenna, 41, was hunting with his older brother and two of his brother's children about 20 miles southwest of their home on Little Diomede Island when the accident occurred.

Movies where & when
"Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones," (PG) ends Thursday, June 27, last shows at 6:30 and 9:20 p.m. at Glacier Cinemas.

What's happening
Concerts

Anchorage museum seeks artists
JUNEAU - Artists are invited to apply to show their work at the Anchorage Museum of History & Art. Applications for solo exhibitions for the 2003 to 2005 exhibition seasons are available now. The deadline for submission is Aug. 31.

Barn dance set to celebrate July 4
JUNEAU - The Juneau Contradancers present the annual prefireworks barn dance Wednesday evening, July 3.

Moved to dance
Before Gwynenn Taylor Jones was 8, she attempted a double flip and broke her arm. To save her from further injury, her mother thought it best to sign her up for gymnastics classes."I thought I was Nadia Comaneci," Jones said. "I was always jumping up and down and taping myself on the tape recorder."

Best Bets: From feminist comedy to Beethoven quartets
F eminist comedy, the birth of modern skate culture, Beethoven quartets and a barn dance are among the entertainment opportunities in Juneau this week.

What's up with that?
Q: Who's behind that "I (heart) R.C." cut into the grass along Glacier Highway between Auke Bay and Lena Point?

Beethoven in the bay
O n the heels of the most successful festival in years, musicians with the Sitka Summer Music Festival head to Juneau for a cruise concert Saturday.Heather MacLean, director of the Sitka festival, said attendance was excellent this year. "We've sold out every single concert," MacLean said. "It's amazing."

Ancient technology spurs modern art
Inspired by a 600-year-old fish trap uncovered on Montana Creek, Juneau artists Janice Criswell and Steve Henrikson created a life-size fish trap - complete with a school of salmon - as a piece of art. The fish trap mobile has been installed in the commons area at the entrance to the new Craig High School, funded by Alaska's Percent for Art Program. Sixteen salmon swarm before the trap's opening, 15 to 20 feet in the air.

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