Friday, July 25, 2003

Retail leakage
I am a wholehearted supporter of shopping locally, supporting a real human being (who may be my neighbor), and doing my part to prevent "retail leakage." However, I am discovering that shopping locally is a hard endeavor for me, primarily because I can't find what I am looking for in Juneau.

Save the skateboarders
I like watching the skateboarders at Marine Park; I walk down to the docks on a sunny day, looking forward to seeing them. I like people-watching as well, but I have noticed that it takes a lot more practice and skill to ride a skateboard. I think the skateboarders should consider putting out tip jars.

At the bridge?
It does my heart good to read Mr. McIntosh's article of July 16. As a Ketchikan homeowner I can only guess where all the money to build the bridge will come from. I only hope I can sell my home before the Ketchikan Gateway Borough nicks me for more tax money.

Save the forest
As a resident of Tenakee Springs, I am very disappointed with the U.S. Forest Service's plan to exclude the Tongass National Forest from the national roadless rule. The roadless rule protected huge swathes of intact wildlands in Tenakee Inlet that are used and valued by hunters, commercial fishermen, guides, bikers and campers.

Honor for elders
How like pigeons our elders have now become. Like pigeons, the needful ones will now have to gather at the feet of the elected to wait for the feeding that is about to begin. Crumbs will be thrown, not because the elected favor pigeons, but because their action will look good long enough to get them beyond this delicate moment in time. Longevity, after all, is about time.

FYI
Births; Courts; Judgments; Indictments.

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

Open-air theater at UAS opens tonight
Since the late 1980s, former Juneau resident-turned-philanthropist Lily Noyes has been looking for a way to name a building after her late husband, former Alaska commissioner of roads and Alaska National Guard Adjutant Gen. John Noyes.

One local soldier home, many more still in Gulf
Juneau resident Bill Williams can breathe easy now that his daughter, Spc. 1st Class Vanessa Williams, is back on American soil after seven months in the Persian Gulf. Other Juneau families pass the days less happily, as guerilla attacks claim soldiers' lives daily and it's still anyone's guess when they are coming home. Williams was at Hunter Airfield in Savannah, Ga., when his daughter, 22, arrived there last week from Iraq.

City signs contracts with 2 percent raise
The city and the union representing about half its employees have reached a contract agreement covering the next two and a half years. City Manager Rod Swope said the new contracts increase employees' pay by 1.25 percent the first year and by 0.75 percent the second year. The value of the increases total 2.08 percent over the life of the contract, according to a statement released by the city. The new contracts take effect July 1. Swope said the city's price tag for the new contracts works out to about $250,000 for the first year and about $300,000 for the second year.

40 years as a glacial gathering place
The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center provides extensive information about the natural history of Juneau's most accessible glacier and the surrounding Tongass National Forest. But when it was built in the early 1960s, the center met some more basic needs. "It was a place where people could get warm, dry and go to the bathroom," said Pamela Finney, public affairs director for the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska.

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

This Day in History
In 1969, Atlantic Richfield, BP Oil Corp. and Humble Pipeline Co. announced plans to investigate constructing a 2,600-mile pipeline to carry Alaskan oil from Puget Sound to the eastern seaboard.

Man celebrates Hussein deaths with free coffee
To celebrate the death of Saddam Hussein's two sons, a Juneau resident treated patrons of Jordan Creek Coffee to drinks Wednesday. "He just came in here with the sign and said 'I'd like to buy them an Americano or a cup of coffee,' " said Misti Hogberg, owner of the coffee shop in the Jordan Creek Center. The sign featured black-and-white photos of the sons and encouraged customers to ask about the "R.I.P. Special."

Correction
Due to incorrect information provided to the Empire by the city, Thursday's article on a new collective bargaining agreement reported that city employees' pay would increase by 0.75 percent in the second year of the contracts. The pay will increase by 2 percent starting Jan. 1, 2005.

Montessori middle school in the works
A group of Juneau parents intends to start a Montessori program for seventh- and eighth-graders this fall. The Juneau Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a conditional-use permit to put the school in a room in the Articorp building on Harris Street downtown, the same building that houses Juneau Community Charter School. The class would start with 15 students, said the organizers, the nonprofit Southeast Alaska Friends of Montessori.

Photo: Fireweed fly-by
Fireweed comes into bloom.

City seeks business proposals for Eaglecrest off-season
In an attempt to get Eaglecrest Ski Area out of debt, the city is soliciting proposals from local businesses with ideas to use the facilities during the off-season.

Giving back: Young cancer survivor wants to help others
When Michelle Palmer sat in a Seattle hospital's waiting room for children, none of the other kids had hair and she wondered what she was doing there.

Student recognitions
Four students awarded scholarships; Chapman attends Chapter Chair Institute; Dougherty receives divinity degree; Vick enlists in Army delayed program.

Skinner donates $10,000 to United Way
The United Way of Southeast Alaska is pleased to recognize Capital Chevrolet as its first $10,000-level donor and the first member of the national Alexis de Tocqueville Society in Southeast Alaska.

Thank you
... for prayers and positive thoughts; to Shattuck and Grummett Insurance; to businesses and artists for donations.

Come see the World
You thought you had it rough. But what if you were sailing on one of these great ships that come into the harbor every day and there were only about thirty other passengers aboard. Even if you could use the swimming pool or the tennis court who would you play with? Who would you say hello to in the morning? It would be mighty lonely. Such a ship arrived Saturday night and departed Sunday at 11 p.m. It is called the World, home-ported at Nassau.

Photo: Quite a hike
Hikers begin descending the many wooden steps and boardwalks of the Gavan Hill Trail recently with the city of Sitka visible in the distance.

Limp and Bricker wed
Sarah Limp of Fair Grove, Mo., and Roger Bricker of Springfield, Mo., were married in a ceremony on May 23, 2003, in Springfield, Mo. A wedding reception followed on June 7 at Washita Baptist Church in Farmington, Mo.

NeighborsDigest
Wright wins bronze in national competition; CAP dinner and reception to be held Saturday; Community invited to celebrate new addition.

Loretta B. Schaefer
Juneau resident Loretta Barbara Schaefer, 89, died July 21, 2003, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

Julie Lisa Reel
Juneau resident Julie Lisa Reel, 43, died July 19, 2003, in Anchorage following a lengthy illness.

Victor M. Johnson
Hoonah resident Victor Mitchell Johnson, 50, died July 20, 2003, in Hoonah.

Richard Henning
Juneau resident Richard "Rick" Vernon Henning, 69, died July 21, 2003, in his Juneau home after a long battle with cancer.

Julie Reel
Juneau resident Julie Reel, 43, died July 19, 2003, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage.

My Turn: Middle class wouldn't call it 'voluntary'
The venerable Jay Hammond has spoken. Better to accept additional user fees, or, as a last resort, state sales and income tax (or any combination thereof) rather than have our Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks garnished for purposes of supporting government expenditures.

Seavey first Alaskan to win USA Wrestling title
FARGO, N.D. - The state that is home to Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America, has finally reached the summit of USA Wrestling. Dallas Seavey of Sterling became Alaska's first cadet or junior national champion in any division Monday night. He defeated Garrett Scott from a traditional state power - Pennsylvania - in the 125-pound cadet Greco-Roman championship match at the Fargodome.

Floridian wins Ultra Challenge
After finishing second twice, Scott McNeice came out on top Thursday, winning the men's handcycle division of the Midnight Sun Ultra Challenge wheelchair and handcycle race.

Mt. Roberts race set for Saturday
The annual Mount Roberts Tram Race will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the lower tram station, 490 S. Franklin St. Check-in will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the station.

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

Photos: Local athletes do well on the road
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars and United Airlines Open.

Ketchikan Juniors claim state title
The Ketchikan All-Stars think they perform better when their backs are against the wall. Ketchikan rallied back from the losers' bracket to claim the Alaska State Junior Division (Age 13-14) Little League Baseball Tournament crown, beating Knik 6-2 in Wednesday's if-necessary game to win the double-elimination tournament. The victory was just another in a series of close calls that had Ketchikan's Chris Loughman saying the team had "battle scars" earlier in the tournament.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Fairbanks' Whitaker opts out of 2004 House race
Fairbanks Republican Rep. Jim Whitaker, who is running for mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, says he will not seek another term in the House of Representatives even if he loses the mayoral election. The next election for representatives is in 2004.

AlaskaDigest
Cloudy water returns; Coast Guard gives up search for Yakutat man; Legislature lacks votes for special session.

Extraordinary efforts for extraordinary cabbage
Scott Robb gives his giant cabbages all a plant could possibly want: good soil, water, regular fertilizing and, on hot days, air conditioning. That's right. Air conditioning.

Stranded rafter's signal fire burns 1,000 acres
A rafter stranded on the banks of an eastern Interior river lit a signal fire Tuesday that has grown to more than 1,000 acres.

Man charged with killing wife claims self-defense
ANCHORAGE - A man accused of killing his wife by stabbing her 43 times took the witness stand Tuesday and said it was self-defense. Isaiah Wallner said his wife, Brenda, also had a knife the morning of May 22, 2002, when harsh words in the couple's apartment kitchen escalated to fatal violence.

Photo: Free Parking
Free parking: A trailer looks for a spot to park Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of the vacant Fairbanks Kmart.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

Cities to push income tax
Despite repeated statements by Gov. Frank Murkowski that he will not institute a state income tax, Alaska cities are planning to push for it as part of a long-range fiscal plan next year in the Legislature.

State Briefs
Police seek witnesses to fatal accident; Rosalee Walker leaves Johns Hopkins hospital; North Slope mayor charged with DUI; Troopers nab suspect in Seward slaying;

JAHC awards annual scholarships
JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council awarded $8,615 worth of scholarships to Juneau students who applied and auditioned in the spring.

Movies where & when
"League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," (PG-13) plays at 7:15 and 9:40 nightly at 20th Century Twin, with afternoon matinees at 2:15 daily and additional Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:40.

Three stories, three beasts and the women they loved
Last winter, Juneau screenwriter David Hunsaker sat down to read Betsy Hearne's "Beauty and the Beast: Visions and Revisions of an Old Tale," retellings of the classic motif collected from various cultures. He was intrigued by three common themes: the presence of cross-cultural love affairs, the power of love and patience to tame the beast, and the vilification of the unknown. It proved to be fertile ground for a script. Hunsaker's new play, "Three-Way River," combines three myths: Appalachia's "Whitebear Whittington," Russia's "The Glass Mountain" and the Tlingit story of "The Woman Who Married a Bear." All three are merged with the Beauty and Beast motif.

What's happening
William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," directed by The Bare Bones Shakespeare Ensemble and presented by Nancy Buttenheim, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Friday, July 25, Saturday, July 26, and 5 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at McPhetres Hall. Audience members under 13 are asked to bring a cushion and sit on the floor. $5; proceeds go to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau Support Services for Grieving Children.

Punk rock canned food
The four members of Juneau punk band Johnny Football Star collected 300 cans of food when they set up an all-ages concert at The Elks Lodge in January. They brought in 200 more cans at a show in March. They'll give the food drive one more shot at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, when they headline a four-band bill at The Elks Lodge downtown with like-minded punk bands Lifted and Down For The Count, plus What Remains, the solo, alter ego of JFS bassist and singer David Conway.

Camp Damp returns to Methodist camp
JUNEAU - The Juneau contra dance community will host Camp Damp, its annual dance weekend, Friday, July 25, to Sunday, July 27, at Eagle River Methodist Camp.

Stitt returns for summer concert
Juneau's Rory Merritt Stitt is 26, has two albums and finished his first cross-country tour of the United States this spring. Still, he's waiting, or searching, for something. "I feel like I'm having a quarter-life crisis," said Stitt, who now lives in Portland, Ore., and comes back to Juneau on Saturday, July 26, for an 8 p.m. show at Northern Light United Church.

JDU hosting summer dance camp for kids
JUNEAU - Juneau Dance Unlimited is accepting registrations for its dance camp, 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 4, to Friday, Aug. 8.

Building the Latin Jazz Project
The first night of the Juneau Latin Jazz Project - July 19 at Mike's Place restaurant in Douglas - came off better than co-organizer Turiya Mareya expected. "We went and made a flier and put them up in just a few days, and the show was packed," said Mareya, who is also the group's pianist, flutist and bass clarinetist. "Everybody had a ball."

Alaskan Bar hosts songwriters' challenge
JUNEAU - Write a song about the Alaskan Hotel & Bar and win $100. Or write the best song of the night - about anything - and win $300. It sounds simple, but it's not when you consider the level of talent expected for the South Franklin Street bar's first Original Songwriter's Challenge at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26.

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