Friday, July 26, 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.

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

Compensation not windfall
As a commercial fisherman in the throes of adjusting to new restrictions on my personal economic potentials, I object to the Empire's characterization of Glacier Bay compensation as windfall. Unearned pennies from heaven are windfall; gambling winnings are windfall.

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.

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

Juneau woman recovering from auto collision
A Juneau woman who suffered serious head injuries in a vehicle accident in Washington state this spring is back home and hard at work on rehabilitation.Shannon Cogswell, 19, was driving west along Interstate 90 near Spokane on March 19 when she hit a patch of ice and lost control of her Mazda pickup, authorities said.

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.

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

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.

Dukakis on art and attitude
Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis grew up with a chip on her shoulder, determined to prove that the daughter of Greek immigrants could be a success.Dukakis, 71, spoke to about 200 people Thursday night at the 20th Century Theater downtown. She spent several days in Anchorage and Juneau this week, part of an Alaska trip sponsored by the AARP, a nonprofit organization that advocates for Americans 50 and older.

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

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.

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

Citizens weigh in on bridge plan
Proposed road improvements on and near the Douglas Bridge were received with some approval and some skepticism Thursday night at an open house held by the state Department of Transportation.Chris Morrow of DOT gave two presentations and held a four-hour open house to address residents' concerns and solicit their responses.

Mukhya Khalsa: Living the Sikh life in Juneau
Mukhya Khalsa began learning Kundalini yoga in California when she was 16, and by the time she was 18 was practicing the Sikh dharma, the lifestyle of Sikhism. "The master of Kundalini yoga was a Sikh, so eventually a lot of us students were like, 'You wear this turban, what is your religion?' " Khalsa said. "He started telling us stories and it just felt right; there was just this click there for a lot of us. A lot that we do in Kundalini yoga segues real nicely with being a Sikh."

FYI
Births

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.

Academic Honors
Rebecca Blasco graduated magna cum Laude from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., on June 21. She received a bachelor's degree in English, and was awarded honors from the English Department. She is a 1998 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School.

Clark, Schijuens to marry
Meilani Alanna Clark of Juneau and Alexander Henricus Cornelis Schijuens of Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, will be married July 27 in Gustavus.

Jesus' love has the power to change lives
I don't find living the way of Jesus easy, but I do find it a great and challenging adventure that continually opens up new vistas. In relationship with Himself, Jesus opens up the greatest adventures of life. To all who would seek to live as His followers He gives the great command: "Love one another, as I have loved you," John 13:34. It may sound easy, but living it out is demanding.

Safety First aims to prevent accidents
I have been writing this column for several years now and I would like to think that all the area pilots know who I am and what I do to earn my bread and butter. This article was first written in 1996 and so I decided that it was time to revisit this subject. This column is primarily written for pilots and passengers in an effort to increase aviation safety. Yet, the column is read by nonpilots who frequently comment on its content. So it is about time that my readers found out that the safety program does more than write articles

O'Brien, Brooks to marry
Shawnda O'Brien and Kevin Brooks, both of Juneau, will be married in a private ceremony Aug. 2. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to a reception at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, at Sandy Beach.

Thank you
...for all your help; ...for the donations; ...for the support; ...for your kindness; ...for the flags; ...for the contributions.

Toon, Helm to wed
Martha Toon and Jim Helm will be married on Saturday, Aug. 3.

McConkey, Smith marry
Michelle Loraine McConkey was married June 24 to Travis Wayne Smith. Capt. Michael Nute performed the marriage at The Church of the Nazarene in Sitka.

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.

My Turn: Closing free markets turns fishermen into sharecroppers
Granting exclusive processing rights to big corporations seems pretty backward to fishermen from Alaska to New England. Massive fish processing companies are pushing Congress to give them exclusive rights to control fish markets. The idea is promoted under different names, such as crab rationalization, the two-pie system and processor quota shares.

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: Do our presumptions harm the wildlife?
I began this article to thank the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for their quick removal of the eaglets from the endangered nest tree above the hillside shift on North Douglas on July 19.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Iffy foul leads to Juneau Majors defeat
A fouled-up foul call sparked an Oregon rally on Thursday, sending the Juneau Majors (age 11-12) softball team to a 12-4 loss at the Northwest Division tourney in Eagle Point-White City, Ore.The Alaska state champs are still alive in the double-elimination tourney, and will face Washington tonight. Juneau beat Washington, 4-3, in a dramatic win on Tuesday.

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

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.

Coho subsistence shut down on 3 rivers
The Federal Subsistence Board has halted new coho salmon subsistence fisheries on the Taku, Alsek and Stikine rivers, but a state subsistence fishery on the Alsek will continue.

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

State Briefs
Police need public's help to solve arson; Stevens backs bill to keep USCG role; Ross would prefer woman on ticket; Nearly 172 people on cruise fall ill;

ACS to cut almost 90 jobs due to 2nd-quarter earnings
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Communications Systems says it posted disappointing second-quarter earnings and is beginning plans to restructure, including phasing out close to 90 jobs.ACS posted a $3.6 million profit in the second quarter, compared with a $2.8 million loss a year ago. Revenue rose to $92.5 million from $81.5 million in the same period last year. But the company said its cash-flow measure was well-below what it had predicted.

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

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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