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Friday, July 12, 2002

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.

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

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

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.

In The Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening.

Beyond comprehension
Regarding the $715,000 paid to Ben Stevens, as bad as it sounds, I will never donate money to a really good cause such as this one again. The idea that $715,000 is paid to one person from a charity fund is beyond my comprehension.

Parade woes
I also want to register my complaint about the length and pace of the Fourth of July parade. The stopping and starting was grueling. We were there with our 86-year-old father, who finally had to give up and get in the car.

Trash cans for the bike path
As one of the folks who participated in the spring cleanup, I'm dismayed to see how quickly the trash is reappearing along the bike path on the loop road. Rather than simply whining about it, I have a suggestion.

Prison politics
Ken Kreitzer's recent letter, "Union out of touch with members, when it backed Ulmer for Governor" is analytically flawed and fails to demonstrate an understanding of the privatization movement. I suggest that he revisit economic theory. He will find that privatization is a right-wing conservative concept.

Princess plugs into electric boiler to rid skies of smoke from its ships
Thanks to a new electric boiler on land, the oil-burning boiler on Princess Cruise Line's Sun class ships can shut down when they come to town, making for cleaner skies in Juneau."It's eliminated the smoke," said Princess superintendent Ken Gillespie, who helped oversee the boiler project. When the ships are in port, "We don't have any engines running."

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

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

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the performance time for Dave Hunsaker's play "To Reign in Hell" was listed incorrectly in Thursday's This Week section.

City plans face-lift for Green Acre, Riverwood
The city plans to rebuild roads, add sidewalks and an underground storm drain system, and improve street lights in two Mendenhall Valley subdivisions over the next six years.The Riverwood and Green Acres subdivisions, across Riverside Drive from Dimond Park, were developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s with an inadequate storm drainage system, city officials said. Over time more of the land was built on. There are 268 homes there now.

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

Reaching for the culture and the children
Just minutes after Greg Brown's student dancers received a standing ovation at Celebration 2002, he was preparing to take a break. His students were preparing to get back to work."Everybody was giving fives," said Brown, the cultural specialist at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, of his students' reaction during the early-June Native cultural festival in Juneau. "Everybody was so happy. They were asking, before Celebration was over, 'When are we going to practice again?' "

FYI
Births

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

Former Juneau Orthodox priest honored by state
A priest who served several years at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Juneau is being honored for his work.The Rev. Michael J. Oleksa, who serves as dean of St. Innocent Orthodox Cathedral in Anchorage, will receive an award for distinguished service to state government during the National Governors' Association 94th Annual Meeting in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday.

$1 million blaze in storage unit looks like arson
Police and fire officials have refocused efforts to determine the cause of the fire that destroyed more than $1 million in property at a self-storage unit near Lemon Creek last month, investigators say.Juneau police officer Kris Sell said investigators began to take another look at the fire last week based on tips from "credible sources" that the fire may have been set intentionally.

Plane flips on channel
A Wings of Alaska floatplane capsized in Gastineau Channel near the mouth of Gold Creek this morning shortly after landing in Juneau Harbor. The plane's only occupant, pilot Jim Williams, who apparently was uninjured, was rescued by Wings employees who rushed to the floatplane in a skiff. Williams had piloted the five-passenger de Havilland Beaver from the floatplane pond at the Juneau Airport to Juneau Harbor, where he planned to taxi to the staging dock behind Merchants Wharf.

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.

Prophetic conference to feature visiting minister
The River of Glory Church will host a prophetic conference at Centennial Hall with Rev. Dick Mills Sunday through Tuesday, with meetings at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Praise and worship will be led by Dead 2 Self, a visiting band from West Lafayette, Ind. There is no charge for the meetings and everyone is welcome to attend.

Gastineau rebuild is a piece of work
A two-year city project to reconstruct one of downtown Juneau's older streets is on schedule with roughly four months of work remaining.Work on Gastineau Avenue started last year and street closures have changed daily life for many residents. Contractor Arete Construction of Juneau has replaced underground water and sewer utilities and added a new storm water drainage system, according to city project manager Joe Castillo. Gastineau will be repaved from Second Street to the end, he said.

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.

Juneau garden tour scheduled
The Master Gardeners are sponsoring garden tours on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, at more than a dozen locations around Juneau. Tours will be conducted from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. Gardeners will be available at each location to talk with those on the tour. Tickets for the tour will cost $10.

Will the Roman Catholic Church survive the abuse scandal?
The press is openly asking these days whether the Catholic Church can survive the current crisis of child sexual abuse by priests. Others are likely asking if it should survive, given the horror stories that seem to keep coming from everywhere, almost daily. Abuse is not just a Catholic problem, of course, nor is deviant behavior limited to the church. It's a human problem. Some of us seem to have the capacity to be unspeakably cruel, especially to people who are weak and vulnerable.

Three churches hold vacation Bible school in July
JUNEAU - Three local churches will host a vacation Bible school entitled "God's Great Gallery: Exploring God's Wonderful Works" from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday July 19. A family potluck barbecue will be held Friday evening.

Bradley raffle generates 18 winners
A raffle for Ray Bradley Jr., a Juneau man on a waiting list for a heart transplant, raised $3,720. Sponsored by the Juneau Youth Football League, the raffle had a total of 18 winners at the drawing June 28.

Panning winners
Joel Orelove took home the first place trophy in the gold panning competition at Juneau Gold Rush Days. Orelove has not entered a gold panning contest since 1998 when he won the state championship.

Thank You
...for the help; ...for your participation; ...for all your work.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Ketchikan stays in running for title game
The Ketchikan All-Stars desperately needed a victory when they took the field against the undefeated Gastineau Channel Little League Juneau West All-Stars on Thursday night at Miller Fields.Ketchikan couldn't afford a loss, which would eliminate it from contention for a spot in Saturday's noon championship game of the District II Minor (age 9-10) Little League Tournament. A Ketchikan loss would clinch a spot in the championship game for Juneau West and for idle Juneau East.

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.

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.

State briefs
Work set for Mount Roberts Trail; Construction to begin on fast ferry; Lauded Indian film showing this week; Poll workers get raise

Seven legislative candidates bow out of August primary
Several legislative candidates left the primary this week, but enough will hang around to make a lot of noise before voters go to the polls on Aug. 27.Seven candidates officially notified the state Division of Elections on Wednesday that they would be dropping out of the race this year. The move will streamline some of the cluttered races but won't diffuse some messy primary fights between Democrats and Republicans.

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.

Bear attacks woman in Petersburg
ANCHORAGE - An Oregon woman escaped with bite and claw wounds Wednesday after a mauling by a black bear that stalked her for more than an hour along a trail in Petersburg.Kristy L. Abbott, 27, of Harrisburg, Ore., was treated for scrapes and puncture wounds on the back of her legs at Petersburg Medical Center and was released.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

What's happening
Events

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.

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