Thursday, July 18, 2002

Southeast Furniture Warehouse looks to expansion
Southeast Furniture Warehouse will move to a new, 15,322-square-foot building on Anka Street near Costco, company President Chris Jensen said.The new building will offer more showroom space than the current store on Shaune Street. Construction should be complete by December, Jensen said.

In the Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening.

Business Profile: Ron Stone
Title and firm: Ron Stone owns Hangnails, at 8585 Old Dairy Rd., Suite 101.

Business Briefs
Edward Jones program aggressively recruits women; Evergreen Resources plans coal test wells near Delta;

Interning at The Fund
Part of the reason Matthew Wood chose to attend the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau was because he had heard about the Alaska Permanent Fund internship program."I knew about the program before I even came up here," said Wood, who is from Oregon. "I had been planning for two years to go for this."

Lobbyist attends D.C. small-business summit
Juneau resident Thyes Shaub, state lobbyist for the National Federation of Independent Business, attended the 2002 NFIB Small Business Summit last month in Washington, D.C.

Partisan paternalism
With his veto of geographical differential pay considerations for state employees in rural Alaska not represented by unions, Gov. Tony Knowles has once again demonstrated the strategy of dichotomy this administration has promoted so forcefully - management-controlled unions against workers, urban dwellers against rural, privileged against poor, Democrats against Republicans.

Voting booth awaits
This November, the Alaska Constitution orders that we be asked if we want a constitutional convention. Alaskans should think about why asking this every 10 years is a distinct part of the Constitution. Far from being mere lip service to the supreme sovereignty of the people, it can be a very basic tool to protect that sovereignty.

Best 30,000 anywhere
I had the delightful opportunity to spend a little time with Michael Orelove of the Juneau Planetarium recently, as he worked on the planetarium's project to paint information about our solar system at Twin Lakes.

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

Father pleads guilty to one assault charge
A father accused of destroying his infant son's breathing monitor pleaded guilty Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court to a felony assault charge and may serve about a year in prison.Brian Bevelhymer, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault.

Bike cops patrol Valley at night
The Juneau police are sending late-night bike patrols into the Mendenhall Valley to curb a recent rash of thefts.Lt. Jerry Nankervis said the police this summer began putting bike-riding patrol officers in the Valley after midnight to dissuade would-be "car-hoppers," thieves - usually groups of teens - who rifle vehicles, looking to steal.

Correction
A thank you letter on the Empire's Neighbors page Wednesday misspelled the last name of Richard and Veronica Dalton.

Corrections
In an article in Tuesday's Empire about the removal of the Rev. Timothy Crowley from the ministry, The Associated Press, relying on information from the Archdiocese of Anchorage, erroneously reported the age of the boy abused by the priest in Michigan. The boy was 11, not 15, the diocese said.

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

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

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

Juneau to honor Coyner, fallen duathlon champ
Three memorial events will take place next week to honor the life of three-time age group national duathlon champion Wes Coyner, who collapsed and died Sunday just short of the finish line at the 2002 Duathlon National Championship meet in Carlsbad, Calif. Coyner, 74, was a 32-year resident of Juneau who worked as a political lobbyist and served as the chief of staff for Gov. Bill Egan in the 1970s. He was a racquetball club professional for nearly 20 years, and over the past four years he competed in the run-bike-run duathlon events which became Coyner's passion.

Local dog to meet the nation in new line of greeting cards
As a puppy, Briz was rescued by construction workers from the woods near Angoon. As an adult dog, Briz is repaying the life-saving favor by serving in search-and-rescue missions.This unusual life story landed Briz, a female mixture of herding breeds, a slot as one of 12 animals featured on a new line of greeting cards called "Rescue Stories."

Photos: Housing ceremony
Blake Kazama, left, executive director for the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority, and Pete Crandall, president of Juneau's Wells Fargo Bank, give each other a high five Wednesday after the ceremonial raising of a wall for a house being built in the new Ha'anee' Hittee subdivision in the Mendenhall Valley.

Men in skiff free whale
When Pat Volmer saw a humpback whale in trouble, he acted.Volmer, caretaker at the Taku Glacier Lodge, was rounding Point Salisbury on his way up the Taku River on Saturday when he saw a whale spout in the distance. Drawing closer, he saw that the animal was tangled in the ropes from two crab pots, which were dragging behind it.

Sled dogs make icefield new home to adventure
Thousands of feet above Juneau an ancient icefield is home to majestic mountains, dozens of glaciers and, during the summer months, a camp of Alaskan huskies waiting to take sightseers on the ride of their lives.From May to September, trips to the Juneau Icefield through Juneau Flightseeing Tours include an aerial tour of four glaciers by helicopter, followed by a dog sled tour guided by veteran mushers.

Downtown Egan traffic plan altered
The state has revamped a traffic plan for Egan Drive downtown between Whittier and Main streets to keep four vehicle lanes and to allow left turns onto Willoughby Avenue.An earlier plan reduced the number of traffic lanes on a section of Egan from four to two and eliminated a left turn from Egan onto Willoughby.

City trims bus fares to spur kids to use Capital Transit
Young people in Juneau will pay less to ride a city bus starting next month.Under a plan unanimously approved by the Juneau Assembly on Monday, the price of a one-way trip on the bus for kids will drop from $1.25 to $1. The cost of a one-month youth pass will be $10, down from $18 for what was called a student pass.

Smathers, Nizich to wed
Ginger Vicki Smathers and Anthony "Tony" Francis Nizich will be married on July 20, 2002, at the Chapel by the Lake. The bride is the daughter of Judy and Brad Smathers and the groom is the son of Rosalie and Mike Nizich.

Dryden, Peterson to marry
Sarah Elizabeth Dryden of Toronto, Canada, and Scott Lee Peterson of Juneau will be married at 6 p.m. on July 20, 2002, at the conservatory of Casa Loma in Toronto. A reception will immediately follow in the library of Casa Loma.

Pets Of The Week
Smurf is an ideal family cat. He is a gray shorthair, neutered male with a very friendly, easygoing and affectionate personality. He will eagerly jump on one's lap and gently nudge one's chin. He gets along with dogs as well as cats.

Photo: Dance competitors
Janice D. Holst dancers, June Tonsgard and Aszli Skrzynski, keep warm by can-can dancing during the July 4 parade as prospector Jack Marshall enjoys the scenery from the deck of a cabin produced by Icy Straits Lumber of Hoonah.

July is peak time for soil amending
This is what the Irish have called a "fine soft day," and a better climate for transplanting I have never seen. This calm saturation without flooding is just what the plant doctor orders, and the soil temperatures are perfect. All the conifers have flushed, candles are opening and the soft tips on the beautiful hemlocks glow like the newly frosted tips of my 10-year-old son's hair. Irises flowering, bog orchids in bloom, and the whole town glowing with color and aroma - it is a delight to survey the landscape.

Remembering the forgotten mourners
There is a group of people that is often overlooked when we talk about the bereaved - those who have been grieving for many years. I would like to honor four of these people by sharing their stories with you.

Academic Honors
University of Idaho officials have announced the names of 1,946 students who made the dean's list for the spring semester. The following Juneau undergraduates earned a GPA of 3.3 or better on 14 or more graded credits:

Thank you
...for your caring.

Alaska editorial: Additional voter responsibility
It is ironic that something intended to benefit the public and streamline a process tends, instead, to have the opposite effect. Such is the case, it seems, with the state's new primary voting system.

Ketchikan ties series with Juneau Seniors
The District II berth in the state Senior (ages 15-16) Little League baseball tourney comes down to today's game between Juneau and Ketchikan. Ketchikan beat Juneau, 8-7, on Wednesday in Petersburg to knot the teams' best-of-three series at one game apiece.Ketchikan countered a four-run Juneau outburst in the top of the third with seven runs of their own in the bottom half, and then held off the Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars the final four innings for the win.

Seniors one win from state
Juneau moved within one win of the state Senior (ages 15-16) Little League Baseball tourney on Tuesday with a 7-3 victory over Ketchikan in the first game of their best-of-three District II championship series in Petersburg.

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

Juneau cyclists complete Seattle to Portland ride
Ten Juneau cyclists were among the nearly 8,000 who participated in the 2002 Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic last weekend.Bob Wysocki, Jessica Menendez, Joe Sorenson, Bernie Sorenson, Dani Jo Sorenson, Cheryl Levitt, Michele Schindler, Chris Chiles, Drew McDougal and Rob Welton made the trip for the 200-mile ride, with all but Welton attempting to complete the trip in one day. Seven of the riders were able to meet their goal.

Sidelines: Carlos Sr. learns the price of fame
Last month, former Juneau-Douglas High School and Duke University basketball player Carlos Boozer Jr. was selected 35th in the NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team is coached by John Lucas, a star for the Maryland Terrapins in the 1970s - when Carlos Sr. was playing basketball there.

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

Boozer heads to summer league
Life has been busy for Carlos Boozer Jr. since he was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the NBA Draft on June 26. This weekend, Boozer will make his first appearances in a Cavaliers uniform.

Primary rules irk AK voters
Alaska's new primary election system has created a dilemma for Ronnie Rosenberg.Rosenberg counts herself among the majority of Alaska voters who don't belong to any of the state's six recognized political parties. But on Aug. 27 she'll have to ask for one of their ballots in order to weigh in on a nonpartisan citizen's initiative also before voters.

Two Rivers grizzlies show no fear of people and dogs
FAIRBANKS - A sow grizzly bear and her two curious yearling cubs are still making the rounds in the Two Rivers neighborhood east of Fairbanks, and a state wildlife biologist said the cubs will be killed if the three bears don't move on.While the bears haven't threatened anyone since they showed up in a subdivision 10 days ago, they have entered several dog lots and yards while ignoring repeated scare-off attempts, said biologist Don Young of the state Department of Fish and Game.

State briefs
Body found in Port of Anchorage; Alaska to receive funds to help offenders; New airport plan spares park; UAA receives $110,000 from Commerce Department

Officials: PFD may be $1,550
FAIRBANKS - The 2002 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend will be about $1,550, but fund officials say the near $300 decline from checks last year cannot be blamed on the volatile performance of the current stock market.That's for the payout next year. State Department of Revenue Commissioner Wilson Condon said the dividend likely will be even lower next year.

Ketchikan borough buys mill to end auction
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan Gateway Borough officials sealed a last-minute deal to buy a defunct veneer mill, bringing an abrupt end to an auction in progress.

Knowles says Steese Highway will stay open
CIRCLE - The Steese Highway will remain open this winter after all. Gov. Tony Knowles, at the end of a trip to visit the affected communities of Central, Circle, and Circle Hot Springs, said he will order the Department of Transportation to fund winter maintenance on both the road and the Circle Airport and let the Legislature next year deal with the added expense in a supplemental budget.

Thieves make off with trophy-sized salmon in Sitka
SITKA - This time, the one that got away was every bit as big as they said it was.In a stunning turn on a whopper of a fish tale, one of the biggest king salmon ever caught in Southeast waters has gone missing - apparently taken from a fish plant Tuesday night, just hours after it was brought to the dock by the commercial trollers who caught it.

Kivalina residents say mine pollutes water
ANCHORAGE - Residents of Kivalina have filed notice that they plan to sue Teck Cominco for $88 million in damages stemming from alleged water-quality violations at the Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska.

State Briefs
Feds designate $1.8 million for Juneau airport; Mariners should watch for orcas; Ketchikan borough manager candidate withdraws; Body of Wainwright man recovered in small lake; Anchorage police say body is that of missing girl; Six air forces gather for joint exercises in Alaska; Jury sides with ExxonMobil in cities' oil spill lawsuit

GOP recruiting to settle races
Republican Party of Alaska officials want you - provided, of course, that you are like them.The state Republican Party has begun targeted mailings to registered Libertarians, Republican Moderates and members of the Alaskan Independence Party encouraging them to switch their party affiliation.

What's up with that?
Q: I would like to know what's up with the mystery boat out at the public float at Auke Bay. I believe the name of the boat is the Cyclops. It is a very large sailboat and appears, disappears then

Movies where & when
"Like Mike," (PG) ends tonight, last show at 6:30 at Glacier Cinemas.

What's Happening
Concerts

Best Bets: Weekend brings Solivan, salmon festival
W hile the upcoming weekend is a quiet one, it still offers a concert by a respected artist and several opportunities to get out of the house and experience Alaska.Musician Frank Solivan II will play at Northern Light United Church on Saturday, July 20. Solivan, who plays acoustic music ranging from bluegrass and country to jazz and swing, was here earlier this year for a solo show. This time he'll be joined by his 16-year-old cousin, Megan McCormick, a prodigy guitar player, and his father, Frank Solivan Sr., who plays guitar and banjo.

String ensemble's musical journeys
On a brief break from Brahms and Bach, the teen-age members of the Ursa Major string ensemble shot pool, snacked and laughed. Moments later, they returned to their seats, lifted their instruments and brought the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 to life.

Concerts in the Park named in honor of Bruce
JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council's long-running Concerts in the Park series will be renamed Friday, July 19, to honor the memory of board of trustees member Brenda Willis Bruce.

Summer offers skein of beading classes
When Salty Hanes was a child, she was given a bead loom. She did the best she could with it, but when she cut her creation off the loom, all the beads fell off. Over the next few decades she had plenty of opportunities to refine her beading skills.

Olympia Dukakis gives a glimpse of the acting life
On July 25, Juneau residents will have a chance to go inside the actor's studio with Academy-Award winning actress Olympia Dukakis. Dukakis will give a lecture, "A Life in the Theater," at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday at the 20th Century Twin Theatre downtown. Following the lecture, Perseverance Theatre Artistic Director Peter DuBois will interview Dukakis and moderate a question-and-answer session with the audience.

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