Thursday, July 25, 2002

Proposed funding measure appropriates $20 million to Alaska seafood marketing
A major Senate appropriations bill includes $20 million to market Alaska seafood.The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved the bill, which funds the departments of Commerce, Justice and State. It will go to the full Senate for consideration.

On The Move
Elgee, Rehfeld and Funk, a Juneau CPA firm, announced the addition of four full-time employees.

ATIA charity walk raises $175,000 for local organizations
JUNEAU - The Alaska Travel Industry Association's Third Annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk on May 10 raised $174,599 for 100 Alaska charities. The VICW started in 2000 in Anchorage and has since grown to include Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan.

Business Profile: Dennis Travis
Title and firm: Dennis Travis owns Glacier Cycles at 9328 No. 48 Glacier Hwy.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Opportunity for Income
After 15 years in the boat charter business, Keith Stephens decided to drop everything and work at his network marketing business full time."I sold my entire business in April of last year because (network marketing) was doing better than that was doing," said Stephens, an independent associate for Usana Health Sciences, a network marketing company. "And I was really busy in that charter business; I was doing about 1,000 people a summer."

Not wondering why
Randy Ruedrich, chairman of the Republican Party of Alaska, in his letter to the Juneau Empire, stated that the new primary system deprives no one of freedom of choice. He failed to address the issue of the many of us who are registered as nonpartisan, and who indeed have been deprived of our freedom of choice in the primary elections: The freedom to vote, regardless of party, for the individuals we feel best suited to each office.

A bigger problem
I would like to reply to part of Bud Curtis' good letter yesterday about the cruise ship pollution. Because I live off of South Franklin, I see one big cause for the pollution that doesn't seem to be recognized very often. When the big ships are in, the vehicle traffic increases radically.

Fish farms, foreign markets
The commercial salmon fishing industry is society's only food staple that remains wild. This year, salmon farms have flooded the market and severely undercut prices. Many independent fishers are now working not for profit but in hopes of making their boat payments.

A better place
I believe Alaskan voters will recognize the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of Fran Ulmer in November. Frank appears to be old, tired, and wanting to come back to Alaska to rest up after doing little for us in the past.

Blue diesel haze
If it's the slightest bit overcast outside, do you realize that for the entire day, each day, downtown is covered in blue diesel smog from cruise ships? I'm tired of looking at it every day from across the channel on Douglas Island. It's gross and it's nasty. I don't even want to go downtown when the cruise ships are in because I personally don't want to breathe it.

Dyea gauges flood damage
Dyea resident George D'Amico was trying to get his two dogs away from an encroaching flood early Tuesday morning when suddenly he was standing in thigh-deep water."It sounded like freight trains going by," he said. "I went from dry feet up to mid-thigh in water in about 15 seconds. That's when I put my canoe on the porch and decided if the water came into my house I'd get into the canoe and paddle to Skagway."

University totem pole heads home to Angoon
GREELEY, Colo. - The totem pole that gave the University of Northern Colorado its mascot is being returned to Natives in Angoon.The 15-foot totem pole with a bear on top, nicknamed "Totem Teddy," has been the center of rallies and campus pranks.

Juneau family reunited with son
There were tears and smiles Saturday as a Juneau family welcomed home a son and brother who has been serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan since January. Spc. Michael Moniak, 22, was among the members of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Ky., who provided security at military airfields in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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

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

Dyea Road re-opens after flooding subsides
Residents and visitors were allowed back into Dyea on Tuesday afternoon after an early morning flood prompted officials to evacuate the community north of Skagway.The Dyea Road was reopened at 3 p.m. Tuesday and residents were allowed back into their homes, Skagway City Manager Bob Ward said. The West Creek Road and West Creek bridge on the far end of the West Creek valley remained closed this morning.

Former custodian pleads guilty to sex assault charge
A former custodian for the Juneau School District admitted to giving a family member "knockout drops" to have sex with her while she was unconscious, prosecutor Rick Svobodny said during the man's change-of-plea hearing Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court.Stanley Brown, 46, pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault stemming from an offense sometime between 1997 and 2001, during which he had sex with an adult family member while she was unconscious. According to court records, he videotaped the incident.

Glacier blocks Russell Fiord
The Hubbard Glacier near Yakutat has blocked the entrance to Russell Fiord with gravel, rock and other material, officials said Tuesday.The advancing glacier gradually has been constricting the flow of water between Disenchantment Bay and Russell Fiord this summer, turning the 39-mile-long fjord into a lake. What was a gap of water between the glacier's edge and Gilbert Point, the nearest point of solid land, is now filled by the glacier's rocky moraine, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Faith Duncan said.

Fishing boat sinks after collision with tender
The Coast Guard is investigating a vessel collision Tuesday night in Lynn Canal in which a boat sank. No one was hurt in the incident.In heavy fog a 51-foot fishing tender, the Ola Jean, collided with a 35-foot commercial fishing boat, the Riptide, 20 miles north of Juneau near Point Whidbey.

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

Clarification
Due to a reporter's error, Wednesday's article on voter registration didn't make clear that voters can register for the Nov. 5 general election up to 30 days before it.

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

Young Juneau poet wins place in literary anthology
Mercedes Metcalf the daughter of Rob and Marianne Metcalf, submitted a poem to a contest that was held for young poets earlier this year. Her poem was selected from thousands of entries as one of the top 10 in her grade division.

Noble honored for outstanding work with National Guard
For enduring a most rigorous inspection of his company supply area, Sgt. Robert Noble of the Alaska National Guard was awarded the Army Achievement Medal by Brig. Gen. Stephen Korenek during a recent ceremony at the subport in Juneau.

Juneau Youth Court offers glimpse of alternative legal system for teens
An example of youth justice at work will happen Saturday when members of the Juneau Youth Court sponsor a presentation from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Dimond Court House.

Pets of the week
Portabella is a portly tuxedo cat in need of a home. She is a 3-year-old spayed shorthair, who exudes an aura of peace. Rival is a neutered male shorthair, who is declawed.

Academic Honors
Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Noora Parish, daughter of David Parish of Juneau and Deborah Sogge-Kermani of Hardin, Mont., received a bachelor of arts degree in history from Whitman College during a May 19, 2002, commencement ceremony.

Thank you
... for your support; ... for your help;

Shutt, Sparks wed
Elizabeth Shutt of Juneau and Ryan Sparks of Kansas City, Kan., were married on May 18, 2002, in Juneau at the Chapel by the Lake log cabin. A reception was held afterward at Glacier Gardens.

Great Tlingit Canoe Race
J uneau teams took home three out of of four trophies from the Kake Dog Salmon Festival on Saturday.One People women's team of Juneau won first place in the Great Tlingit Canoe Race with a time of 11 minutes, 6 seconds. The team's time for the 3-mile course in the ocean was only 1 minute behind the winning men's team. The captain was Crystal Fields.

Ada Mangsol Winther
Longtime Juneau resident Ada Mangsol Winther, 80, died July 20, 2002, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Wash.

Donald J. Hitchcock
Former Juneau resident Donald J. Hitchcock died May 13, 2002, in Federal Way, Wash.

My Turn: Election registration deadline nears
Alaska has made many positive changes to its election system over the last eight years. The only one I don't support will make its debut in the Aug. 27 primary - that's the closed primary law requiring six separate party ballots, one for each of the recognized parties.

My Turn: Federal largesse comes with a price to Alaskans
With the recent completion of the legislative session, our elected representatives have returned home proclaiming that state expenditures have been reduced and fiscal responsibility restored. What they didn't say is that overall state spending has increased because state agencies have been granted authority to accept and expend more federal dollars.

My Turn: Avoid bridge changes that disenfranchise bicyclists
The following comments relate to the proposed project to eliminate the bike lanes on the Douglas Bridge and to construct a roundabout at the Douglas-North Douglas intersection.

My Turn: Let's deal with the facts on the Kensington Mine
I love living in Juneau. One of the many reasons is that in a very short time I can be where there is no human presence, where I can have the illusion that this is how it looked the first time anyone ever saw this country. I am also aware, however, that to live here we have to have an economy that provides jobs.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

Juneau Empire working to improve delivery service
The Juneau Empire always has worked to provide reliable, timely delivery service to subscribers. Since we traditionally depended upon a legion of youth carriers to deliver your daily paper on contract, delivery service has been only as good as the carrier covering your neighborhood at any given time.

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

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

Frye sizzles as Juneau tops Washington
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Major (age 11-12) All-Stars advanced in Northwest Division softball tournament play on Tuesday with a heartstopping 4-3 victory over the Washington state champions in Eagle Point-White City, Ore., near Medford.

Letter: A big thanks for a new sport
On July 20-21, the paintball community of Juneau experienced an organized, safe and successful paintball scenario game.

Douglas Island Field Events
Results of the 2002 Douglas Island Field Events, held on the Fourth of July at Savikko Ballfields near Sandy Beach.

GCLL All-Stars romp to title
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars trounced Kenai 15-2 in a game called five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule on Tuesday to win the state Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League baseball tournament in Petersburg.

More PFD lawyers to be hired in wake of WorldCom losses
ANCHORAGE - The board of trustees for the Alaska Permanent Fund is planning to hire more lawyers because of the WorldCom scandal.

Ulmer goes off road for support in the Bush
MANLEY HOT SPRINGS - Democrat Fran Ulmer has taken her campaign off the road in an effort to shore up essential votes in Bush Alaska.A boat trip down the Tanana and Yukon rivers last week took the lieutenant governor to this small mining town where no gubernatorial candidate has set foot in 20 years.

Voter registration deadline on Sunday
Alaska residents have until Sunday to register to vote or change their party affiliation for the upcoming primary and general elections.Voter registration forms can be picked up at the Juneau and Douglas public libraries, the state Division of Motor Vehicles, and the Division of Elections regional office.

WorldCom Inc. scandal hurts GCI
ANCHORAGE - General Communication Inc. expects to write off $10 million to $20 million as bad debt because of WorldCom Inc.'s bankruptcy filing.WorldCom, the country's second-largest telephone and data services company, owns a 10 percent stake in GCI and provides 17 percent of the Anchorage company's revenue.

Knowles names 5 to Board of Game
Gov. Tony Knowles named five people, including a Juneau man, to the state Board of Game on Tuesday, filing spots left vacant when the Legislature rejected a slew of earlier appointments.

Retiring Coast Guard commander to head ASMI
ANCHORAGE - A search committee for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has chosen a retiring Coast Guard commander to be the institute's new executive director.

Judge rules calculating move costs can wait
An Anchorage Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that certification of a ballot initiative to move the legislative session from Juneau to the Mat-Su Borough does not require the appointment of a commission to study the costs prior to the Nov. 5 election.Alaskans for Efficient Government, the group pushing the initiative to move the session and which brought the lawsuit against the state, argued that a commission to determine the move's costs should have been appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles to avoid two elections - one to approve a session move and another to approve the costs.

State Briefs
USCG responds to flooding vessel; Troopers investigate stabbing on ship; DEC OKs Kodiak soil remediation plant

State Briefs
Jonrowe diagnosed with breast cancer; Teen-ager killed in Anchorage collision; Coast Guard rescues four from life raft;

Ulmer poll claims advances in race against Murkowski
Fran Ulmer's campaign says its candidate has narrowed the gap in the governor's race.

Lt. governor candidates seek ways to stand out
PALMER - Candidates in the crowded field for lieutenant governor are working to stand out from the pack.They spoke Wednesday at a candidates forum sponsored by the Palmer Chamber of Commerce. The real battle is among the five candidates seeking the Republican party nod in the Aug. 27 primary. All other candidates at the forum are running unopposed.

Knowles asks committee for gas line help
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Tony Knowles has pleaded Alaska's case for helping a natural gas pipeline to the U.S. House and Senate members serving on a conference committee deciding the fate of a national energy bill.

National study gauges arts spending in Juneau
Out of five Alaska cities included in a national economic study, Juneau ranked second behind Homer as having the highest total nonprofit arts industry spending per capita.

Of masks & merchants
Like the clap of hands, a count sounds across Perseverance Theatre's main stage."And one ... and two ... and three ..." With each beat, a child enters, moving slowly, exploring the planes of the stage, climbing, ducking and peering before slowly flitting away into the wings.

Movies Where & When
"Mr. Deeds," (PG-13) ends Thursday, last shows at 7 and 9 p.m. at the 20th Century Twin.

Best Bets: Out-of-town artists perform in series
In a new twist, this weekend the Concerts in the Park series is bringing in some out-of-town talent.Chef Marko and Connie Leaverton, performance artists from Austin, Texas who have toured together for many years, will each perform a show this Friday at Marine Park.

What's up with that?
Q: Is KINY going to carry Cleveland Cavaliers games next season, now that Carlos Boozer is with the team? Are they still going to carry Duke games now that Carlos has left?

What's happening
Concerts

'Fancydancing' to success
Former Juneau resident Gene Tagaban, an Alaska Native who was raised in Juneau and moved to Seattle two and a half years ago, has found success starring in Native author Sherman Alexie's new film "The Business of Fancydancing."Alexie said Tagaban, a first-time movie actor, was ideal.

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