Friday, June 28, 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 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

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.

Coeur achieves compliance with NYSE listing requirements
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. announced June 25 the New York Stock Exchange has removed the company from its "watch list" and now considers Coeur a "company in good standing" in relation to the NYSE's continued listing standards.

In the Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening.

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

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.

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.

Fireworks danger
This is a letter I've been intending to write for many years.

Misplaced priorities
I have never claimed to understand politics, but, for the life of me I cannot understand how the governor and Legislature can appropriate millions of dollars, without any accountability, to an organization whose cause was politically hopeless from the get-go (Arctic Power; $3 million in the current fiscal year, $6 million since 1993 in state money), and yet that same governor and Legislature cannot come up with $186,000 to keep our parks opened up.

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).

Taylor, pals pretend not to understand?
It looks as though the added consumer cost and destabilized labor markets wrought by the business conglomerations that have deflated our middle class - almost to extinction! - since the hey-day of Reaganomics will not be so easily reconciled.

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.

Herring over-harvested
I noticed the article about the herring shortage. The general view seems to be that the "competition for bait from commercial fisherman in the Lower 48 frequently were cited as possible causes" Aw c'mon.

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.

Frederick fails to show up at arraignment for assault
Joseph Frederick, accused of encouraging the random beating of a Juneau-Douglas High School student, missed his Thursday arraignment at Juneau District Court.

Davis cabin to be torn down soon
Contractors plan to demolish the Davis Log Cabin in downtown Juneau in the next couple of weeks, officials said Thursday.

Police and Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

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

Steve Merli: Dancing with the devil's club
Steve Merli helps people take their first step in the forest and their last breath on Earth.

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

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

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
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Harbor board, Assembly set up panel to boost collaboration
The Juneau Assembly and the city's Docks and Harbors Board decided Thursday to collaborate on port development projects.

Academic honors
Marissa Jeanine Florendo graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. on April 20, 2002.

Juneau group folds cranes for peace
Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atom bomb was dropped Aug. 6, 1945, on Hiroshima. Though she was safe from the bomb at the time, she was not immune to its effects and developed leukemia at the age of 10.

Vocational Service Award Winners
The 2002 Vocational Service Awards were given at a Juneau Rotary luncheon at the Baranof Hotel.

Remembrance Day scheduled
State flags will be lowered July 3 in remembrance for Drunk Driving Victims Remembrance Day.

Big Brothers Big Sisters recognized for agency growth
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska will receive a Top 2002 Agency Growth award this week at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America annual conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Weekday summer Mass offered at Shrine of St. Therese
The Rev. Deogratias Biabandi is a visiting pastor with the Diocese of Juneau this summer at the Shrine of St. Therese. Father Deo, as he is often called, will offer Mass at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 1:30 p.m. on Sundays in the Shrine Chapel.

Rieger, Birnbaum wed
Kyla Moretta Rieger of Juneau married Stephen Michael Birnbaum of Chino Hills, Calif. on June 22, 2002, in Woodinville, Wash.

Juneau Arts Council awards scholarships
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council Scholarship Program awards scholarships every May to Juneau students who have applied and auditioned for these competitive scholarships.

FYI
Births, Marriage Licenses, Business Licenses, Court Records and Judgements and Divorces.

Thank You...
...for supporting JA

Officer honored
Juneau Police Sgt. Kevin Siska was presented with an "Outstanding Service" award by Juneau Crime Line president Bob Kanan on April 10.

Marion Ray McConnell
Former Juneau resident Marion Ray McConnell, 80, died May 2, 2002, in Renton, Wash.

Word of Mouth
A forum for readers to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone.

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.

My Turn: Correct choice for the Tongass
This is to comment on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for the Tongass National Forest Plan Revision. The choice of the No-Action Alternative as the preferred alternative is the correct choice for a number of reasons.

Rainball returns for 27th year
Since 1976, Rainball has been the tourney that gets Juneau softball teams to play at the top of their game.

Softball tourney set for June 28-30
Gold Rush Days and the 27th Annual Rainball Invitational Softball Tournament will both be held in Dimond Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 28, 29 and 30.

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

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.

Boozer: 'It may be a blessing in disguise'
One day after being picked by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the NBA Draft, former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball star Carlos Boozer Jr. said he's excited about playing for the Cavs.

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

Juneau Jaguars eliminated in Region IV soccer tourney
The Juneau Jaguars U-13 soccer team was eliminated from play in the U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Championships in West Jordan, Utah, on Wednesday with a 5-2 loss to Marin United of Northern California.

Letter: A clarification and thank you for Tlingit canoe races story
Thank you soooo very much for the article about the Tlingit canoe races (that ran in the June 10 issue of the sports section). It again re-enforced why we do our traditional paddling.

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 will send Hoonah fawn to Alaska Zoo
A fawn that has been cared for by people in Hoonah this week may be on its way to the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage next week, state wildlife officials said.

Museum hold hovercraft exhibit
A model of the hovercraft used to haul mail on the lower Kuskokwim River is being featured in an exhibit at the postal museum in Washington, D.C.

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;

Critics blast crab-quota shares for processors
Crab vessel owners and conservationists asked Congress on Thursday to reject a plan to give processors quota shares in the lucrative Bering Sea crab fishery.

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.

INS relaunches cruise ship inspections
The Immigration and Naturalization Service has reinstated inspections of some Victoria, British Columbia-based cruise ships traveling to Southeast Alaska.

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.

Man pleads no contest on fire
The man blamed for unintentionally starting the fire that burned roughly 23,000 acres and four cabins near the end of Chena Hot Springs Road last month has pleaded no contest to illegal burning.

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.

Denali Park accepts entries for road lottery
Denali National Park will begin accepting entries for its annual road lottery on July 1.

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.

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.

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.

June 30 is named Alaska Salmon Day
The Alaska State Legislature approved a Legislative Resolution during the 2002 legislative session designating June 30, 2002, as Alaska Salmon Day.

11 named to panel to tackle salmon industry troubles
State lawmakers have named an 11-member task force to try to solve the commercial salmon industry's many woes.

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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