Thursday, July 11, 2002

On the move
Jilneth LLC, owner of the Silverbow Inn, Bakery and Restaurant, announced the promotions of Denise Chambers and Anthony Lundstrom.

Business briefs
Jones hosts career seminar, broadcast; Silverbow Bakery celebrates five years; Glacier Bay Cruiseline announces 2003 itineraries; Glacier Gallery moves, assumes new name, focus; Architect Jensen marks 25 years with company; Housing authority to host senior HUD official

Home builders push for time to resolve conflicts
Legislation may be introduced in the Alaska Legislature next session that advocates say would benefit home builders and home owners by requiring them to try to resolve conflicts about defects in new houses before filing lawsuits.But home owners' advocates in states where similar legislation has been passed warn Alaska consumers to be very careful.

In The Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening.

Business Profile: Roy Johnston
Title and firm: Roy Johnston is owner of Wildfire Paintball Outfitters.

Building homes and opportunity
Andrew Hope says the Young Alaskans Building Affordable Housing Program enabled him to get his GED, make money for college and learn valuable career skills.

Just my opinion
In my letter that was run as a My Turn on Sunday, I expressed opinions that were mine, and not of the agency for which I work for. It was a mistake and quite inappropriate for me to list the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association at the end of my letter as my employer.

Different questions
An article in last night's paper stated that a "city study suggested that new heliports at Dupont and Montana Creek would be the best way to reduce flightseeing noise."

Sincerest apologies
As the director of SAGA, I need to make it clear that the views expressed by our administrative director in Sunday's paper under the My Turn section do not reflect those of the organization.

At last, news
Thank you for finally writing a story that is worthwhile reading. The story about Trecie, the malamute, proves a point that there are a lot of wonderful caring people in the world who will help any animal in distress, including each other.

Entertaining the angels
It is early morning, one week from Terry's death. I am sitting in our home in Philomath wondering how to thank all of you for your wonderful care of our family last week and in years previous.

Incredibly unfair
I agree with the comments of the last two days about the parade. Whatever the reason for all the stops and long delays during the parade, the end result was incredibly unfair for the audience and the participants.

A fine line traveled
I am forwarding a letter to you at the request of the widow of Terry Selby, the gentleman who died recently in the tragic accident during Gold Rush Days. In my 30 years of working with major newspapers, TV and radio around the country, I cannot remember a time when a publication handled a tragedy like this one with more professionalism.

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

Photo: Making the rounds on Bike Day
Alex Martin, 10, left, David Simons, 6, center, and Jacob Stevens, 6, ride their bicycles around the Glacier Valley Elementary School parking lot Tuesday afternoon on Bike Day at the Rally summer activity program.

Planning Commission wants to look at priorities
The Juneau Planning Commission wants to set up a meeting with the Juneau Assembly to prioritize backlogged city projects.Dale Pernula, community development director, presented a list of 22 potential city improvement, planning and code revision projects for 2002-03 at Tuesday's regular Planning Commission meeting.

What was the holdup?
Despite 50 fewer acts and a shortened route, the Juneau Fourth of July parade was more than 30 minutes longer this year than last year, coming in at about two hours.The pace has prompted criticism from some participants and spectators.

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

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

New dock proposed
A private developer plans to build a dock at the rock dump that could accommodate new, larger cruise ships.Jacobsen Trust, composed of a local family that owns land at the rock dump south of downtown, is applying for local, state and federal permits for the dock.

Convicted arsonist gets 20 years for burglaries
A man who has spent more time in prison than out is looking at another 20-year stretch at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center for stealing survival equipment and a jar of coins. Baard Walker Foss, 29, pleaded guilty in Juneau Superior Court on Tuesday to two counts of first-degree burglary, a felony.

Glory Hole adds cyber cafe and concession stand
Add a concession stand and cyber cafe to the list of services Juneau's downtown homeless shelter offers.The Glory Hole, which is run by the Juneau Cooperative Christian Ministry, opened the new ventures on South Franklin Street to the public last week. Executive Director Lance Young said the goal is to raise funds for the Glory Hole and offer its clients work experience.

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

Thank you
... for all the help.; ...for your contributions.; ...for the tour.; ...for the help.; ...for the generosity.

Academic Honors
The academic achievements of Juneau resident Corey Denton were recognized recently by the University of New Hampshire's College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Student honored
Alexander Gagne-Hawes, a junior at Juneau-Douglas High School, was selected for recognition from Glacier Valley Rotary as "Student of the Month" for April. Gagne-Hawes was nominated for the high school recognition by the World Language Department and Library.

Carlson, Van Kirk wed
Michelle Dawn Carlson and Brian Charles Van Kirk, both of Juneau, were married at 3 p.m. on May 26 at the Chapel By The Lake. A reception followed at Glacier Gardens.

Humane society awarded grant
The American Humane Association announced that the Gastineau Humane Society of Juneau is one of 10 animal welfare organizations nationwide to receive a grant from the Meacham Foundation Memorial. The Gastineau Humane Society received a $3,000 grant to fund the remodeling of the society's cat room.

Vigil brings diverse people together
Balbir Singh Sodhi was shot and killed Sept. 15, 2001, in Mesa, Ariz., in a shooting spree officials said targeted victims because of their race. Sodhi, who belonged to the Sikh religion, wore a long beard and turban, a look many believe characterizes someone of the Muslim faith. "Wearing a turban and Punjabi suit is part of our lifestyle," said Mukhya Khalsa, Juneau resident and Sikh. "Ninety-nine percent of people wearing turbans are Sikh, not Muslim."

Pets Of The Week
Marmalade is a short hair, spayed, black and white female who is a former stray. She has a friendly, easy going and playful personality. Marmalade gets along well with other cats and would make an ideal family pet.

Linda L. Millsap
Fourth generation Alaskan Linda L. Millsap, 53, died July 9, 2002, in Juneau after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Marjory 'Micki' Johnson
Former Juneau resident Marjory "Micki" Johnson, 91, died July 4, 2002.

Phyllis Lundell Eadie
Former Douglas Island resident Phyllis Lundell Eadie, 86, died May 23, 2002, at Park Shore Retirement Home in Seattle, Wash.

Marjory 'Micki' Johnson
Former Juneau resident Marjory "Micki" Johnson, 91, died July 4, 2002.

Phyllis Lundell Eadie
Former Douglas Island resident Phyllis Lundell Eadie, 86, died May 23, 2002, at Park Shore Retirement Home in Seattle, Wash.

My Turn: Alaska is highest in prescription drug cost
We have just concluded our annual celebration of our nation's hard-won and dearly held freedoms. Now it's time for our nation's elderly to be granted their freedom from the financial ruin or lack of proper medical care that all-too-often accompanies the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs.

Anchorage businessman makes offer to purchase bankrupt Aces hockey team
ANCHORAGE - A new offer to buy the bankrupt Anchorage Aces would keep Alaska's only professional sports team in Anchorage.Duncan Harrison, owner of Alaskan Automotive Distributors, is heading up a group offering almost $1.9 million for the team, current team owner Mike Cusack Jr. said Wednesday.

Juneau West remains unbeaten
Pitcher Aaron Cohen and catcher Vincent Isturis were comparing their war wounds after helping lead their Gastineau Channel Little League Juneau West All-Stars team to an 8-3 victory over the Juneau East All-Stars in the District II Minor (age 9-10) Little League Baseball Tournament on Wednesday at Miller Fields.

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

Local Sports Briefs
Seven local karate athletes receive black belt promotions; Three come up aces at hole-in-one contest

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

Juneau West makes most of opportunities
Petersburg pitcher Jacob Madsen limited the Gastineau Channel Little League's Juneau West All-Stars to just one hit Tuesday afternoon during the District II Minor (age 9-10) Little League Baseball Tournament at Miller Fields.So Juneau West had to find other ways to win.

Army backs off Fort Richardson expansion
ANCHORAGE - After making inquiries about expanding Fort Richardson into a mountainous section of Chugach State Park, the Army is backing off because of a cool reception from state officials.

State Briefs
Judge hears arguments in legislative move case; Knowles appoints UA regents; Diomede faces whale fine; Testimony conflicts in cities' case against Exxon;

Haines developer is denied vehicles on mountaintop
HAINES - A developer hoping to take tourists on gas-powered vehicles up a trail to the Mount Ripinsky summit will not have the bird's eye view he hoped.Instead, Dale Mulford, who has spent about $20,000 completing a fifth of a proposed 5-mile trail up the mountain from his own property near Haines, will have to follow a ban on motorized tours handed down by the state Department of Natural Resources.

Kodiak murder divides family
ANCHORAGE - When Carlos Medina was an up-and-coming businessman in Kodiak's Filipino community, one of his smaller ventures was a food booth at the annual crab festival selling barbecued pork on a stick. He called the food stand Mommy's Heart, after his departed mother, who had raised Carlos and 11 other children back in the Philippines.

State lab testing hundreds of fish for contaminants
ANCHORAGE - The king salmon was no monster, weighing less than 8 pounds when it was plucked out of the Kuskokwim River last week. But after it was sliced, diced and mashed into salmon pulp, after it was washed in acetone, hydrochloric acid and toluene, after a mere wisp of the former predator was run through an atomic absorption spectrometer, heated to 2,400 degrees centigrade and pierced by a beam of light, Ron Grimm could safely say it was clean.

Bush aims aid at tribal colleges
FAIRBANKS - President Bush has signed an order asking federal agencies to provide more help to tribal colleges, including those in Alaska.

Anti-move campaign kicks off
Concerned that many Alaskans aren't aware of the upcoming ballot measure to move the Legislature, the Alaska Committee has hired a Washington, D.C., public relations firm to run radio ads across the state.Voters in the Nov. 5 general election will be asked whether they want to move legislative sessions from Juneau to the Mat-Su Borough, and to repeal the requirements that before the state can spend money to move the Legislature, the voters must know the total costs as determined by a commission, and approve a bond issue for all bondable costs of the move.

House panel approves fish processor quotas
FAIRBANKS - The U.S. House Resources Committee has approved language that would allow fish processing companies to obtain a set share of the annual harvest in the North Pacific but nowhere else in U.S. waters.The committee approved the processor quotas Wednesday in a bill that would extend the 26-year-old Magnuson-Stevens Act, which governs commercial ocean fishing.

North Pole man charged with murder in girl's death
FAIRBANKS - A North Pole man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl.Alaska State Troopers originally believed that Ernest Elizardo, 27, accidentally shot Jenny Cullen in the head early Monday morning while he was handling his .357-caliber revolver after drinking alcohol. But after further investigation, troopers said they're not convinced the shooting was unintentional.

AIDEA may purchase veneer plant to avert foreclosure
KETCHIKAN - A financially troubled veneer plant here may find renewed life under new management.The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is considering purchasing the mill operated by Gateway Forest Products to head off an auction Tuesday.

Researchers use cat food to attract crabs
KODIAK - A National Marine Fisheries Service crab research scientist said time recently spent on the research vessel Atlantis was a dream come true.Brad Stevens took part in the three-week voyage paid for by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Ocean Exploration. The trip, which began in Astoria, Ore., on June 22 had diverse objectives, including exploration of underwater mountains, called seamounts.

State Briefs
Man sentenced for toilet paper assault on baby; Chitina dipnetting slow on the Fourth of July weekend; Hensley named presiding judge of third district; Lewanski named superintendent of Chugach State Park; Park Service identifies woman killed in crash; Ketchikan police investigating student hazing allegations

Will market for North Slope gas exist by 2020?
FAIRBANKS - An upcoming North American gas study will offer four scenarios under which Alaska natural gas might be developed, according to state Sen. John Torgerson.The worst-case scenario - and the most likely of the four - forecasts that North Slope gas will not enter the market until after 2020, Torgerson said, citing a preview of a Cambridge Energy Research Associates study.

Session-move supporters change their argument in state court
A group suing Gov. Tony Knowles to force a study of the costs to move the Legislature changed its argument in Anchorage Superior Court on Wednesday and now is asking the court to say the group is legally right to get the costs beforehand.Ken Jacobus of Anchorage, the attorney for Alaskans for Efficient Government, the group that brought the lawsuit, said a judgment showing that the governor should have appointed a panel to study the cost before the election could keep the issue alive even if voters reject the initiative in the fall election.

Best Bets: From Hunsaker's 'Hell' to homemade videos
In the wake of the Fourth of July events, the upcoming weekend might seem a little quiet. However, with the opening of a new play, a performance by a great classical artist and the premiere of almost 20 short videos by local moviemakers, it's anything but.

To Reign in Hell
The mythical women Lilith, Persephone and Sedna are emerging from their milleniums-old Hebrew, Greek and Inuit traditions to see the light of the 21st century. Juneau writer David Hunsaker has created "To Reign in Hell," a one-woman play featuring Los Angeles actress Kim Gillingham. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, July 11 through 14, at the University of Alaska Student Activities Center. The free performances are part of the Bread Loaf School of English summer program.

World-class pianist to perform in Juneau
An emergency appendectomy derailed virtuoso pianist Mack McCray's first trip to Juneau in 2001, but this time he's determined to see the show go on. "I'm an artist that - throughout my career - I've never canceled," McCray said. "Maybe three times in my life I've had to cancel and that was due to some kind of an emergency beyond my control. I think it's important to honor commitments."

UAS plans Native art courses
JUNEAU - Northwest Coast art classes offered by the University of Alaska Southeast aim to give students a taste for Alaska's traditional styles, said Alice Tersteeg, a professor of art at UAS.

What's happening
Events

Amateur video makers showcase their stories
This weekend, Juneau's amateur moviemakers will explore the stories that can be told in 15 minutes. That quarter-hour time limit is the only entry requirement for Juneau's first home video festival, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Silverbow Back Room.

Movies where & when
"Men In Black II," (PG-13) shows nightly at 7 and 9 at Glacier Cinemas, with matinees at 1 and 3:40 Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

What's up with that?
Q: I was walking around the corner from Fourth Street to Calhoun by the Juneau-Douglas City Museum recently, when I happened to look down and, much to my surprise, saw an ordinary sewer grate stamped with the not-so-ordinary-in-Juneau phrase, "Prop. of King County."

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