Thursday, August 1, 2002

On The Move
Teacher starts home school program: Joy Shier, formerly a second-grade teacher at the Juneau Christian School, has founded Raven Correspondence, a local branch of Fairbanks' Yukon-Koyukuk School District. The home school program enables parents to be their child's own teacher, Shier said.

Business Profile: Chelsea Martin
Title and firm: Chelsea Martin owns Creative Crochet, a home-based business that can be reached at 789-1286.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town.

Taking their fish directly to the people
As prices from processors drop, some of Juneau's commercial fishermen say they're approaching customers directly.With brightly colored signs on the roadside and loads of fresh fish sold directly to local supermarkets, fishermen hope to recoup what they feel their catch is worth by going straight to the buyer.

Business briefs
Nominations sought for industry awards; DJ named as editor for popular forum; First National among most secure banks; Alaska Pacific Bank to pay cash dividend

Nagging questions
Sen. Murkowski's Senate Bill 2222 would trade away approximately 12,000 acres of national forest land from the area of Slate Creek Cove, Lower Slate Lake, and Lion's Head Mountain in Berners Bay. In exchange, the public would gain mostly cutover or subsurface private land near Ketchikan.

A need for a driving refresher course
While driving in Juneau, I have noticed the majority of people behind the wheel do not know the most basic fundamental rules of the road, i.e., how to drive. Drivers fail to realize that the left lane on the highway is reserved for passing traffic, and should not be used for slower drivers.

Thanks for the laugh
I just saw the photo of Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer holding a pistol and trying to portray herself as a advocate of firearms ownership. If she truly supported the Second Amendment, she would leave the Democratic Party and disassociate from those powerful Democratic senators like Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who are trying to take away our right to bear arms.

Medicare cuts costly
Congress must focus on a key threat to Alaska's 40,000 Medicare beneficiaries access to health care services. Steep cuts in Medicare reimbursement for physician services mean that fewer beneficiaries will be able to access physicians' services when necessary.

Stay the course
I listened to Wednesday morning's radio piece (KTOO-FM) on the Empire's decision to switch to a morning publication - a change that will eliminate job opportunities for youth, but bring us coverage of Assembly meetings and our box scores several hours sooner each day.

Only in Alaska
In November I will be in Juneau on my way to Haines to photograph eagles for two weeks. This is an annual vacation for me. I have been planning this for the past year and I have spent thousands of dollars on new equipment. It is hard to explain but I get a great deal of pleasure from photographing the eagles.

Gail's been there
We think Gail Phillips is the best choice for lieutenant governor in this year's race. Her record shows her dedication to Alaska's issues; also her ability to get things done within the sometimes difficult bureaucratic system.

Around Town
Today

NOAA cancels Lena Point bids
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has canceled a bid solicitation for an over-budget fisheries research center planned for Lena Point as it continues to evaluate its options.NOAA decided on Tuesday to cancel the bids so contractors wouldn't be left "dangling" as federal officials regrouped, said Sheela McLean, a public affairs officer for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Floatplane pilot says wind affected landing
A federal agency investigating a floatplane that capsized in the Gastineau Channel earlier this month said a hard landing preceded the partial separation of the plane's right float.The five-passenger de Havilland Beaver, operated by Wings of Alaska, landed in the channel near Juneau Harbor at about 8:50 a.m. on July 12, turned on its side and sank.

Coming home on a medium income
Standing in the living room of his family's new home in Douglas, Shane Timothy gestured out the window at the sprawling view of Gastineau Channel."It's really pretty when the cruise ships leave at night with the lights," Timothy said with a smile.

Dyea cleanup continues
The city of Skagway plans to remove thousands of cubic yards of material from West Creek in nearby Dyea after a landslide and flood there last week.The Skagway City Council on Thursday will consider making a $250,000 emergency appropriation from the town's reserves to begin removing boulders and other material from West Creek as soon as possible, Skagway City Manager Bob Ward said.

Motorcycle crash kills Juneau woman
Ryan Kitka said when his fiancee, Erica Swiatkowski, smiled, she lit the room and he just knew she was "it" for him.But around 2 p.m. Wednesday a motorcycle accident on Egan Drive took Swiatkowski's life and dimmed the light for Kitka.

Photo: Fly me to the moon
A Wings of Alaska floatplane flies down Gastineau Channel as the moon sets behind Douglas Island on Tuesday.

Wrong-way driver causes Glacier Hwy. accident
Police said they are investigating whether a man who drove his truck the wrong way on Glacier Highway today, causing a two-vehicle accident, had been drinking.According to police, the 23-year-old man, whose name is not being released pending possible charges, drove a 1980 Toyota truck into oncoming traffic around 1:24 a.m. today near Glacier Highway and Auke Lake.

Fires set near Floyd Dryden
Firefighters and police officers put out five small fires set by vandals near Floyd Dryden Middle School this morning.A police officer on patrol at around 1 a.m. spotted smoke coming from the Adair-Kennedy football field. He found two trash cans aflame on the bleachers and a car tire burning beneath the stands. The officer also discovered a flaming trash can near the school and an additional trash can that had been torched but had burned itself out.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the name of the buoy tender Sweetbrier was misspelled in Sunday's article on Rear Adm. James Underwood.

4 men uninjured after jumping off bridge
Four Juneau men were charged with disorderly conduct after jumping off the Douglas Bridge early this morning.Curtis Davis and Harry Williams, both 22, Michael Guthrie, 18, and Shaun Guthrie, 19, jumped off the center of the bridge on the south side at 5:56 a.m., the Juneau Police Department said. Though they were chilled by the water, none of the men was injured in the jump, police said.

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

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

Coast Guard officer picked for flag rank
Capt. Richard Houck, a Coast Guard officer stationed in Juneau, has been slated to receive a flag officer position.Houck is serving as chief of staff for Alaska, which is the Coast Guard's 17th District. The Coast Guard has announced he will be promoted to rear admiral in the upcoming months, pending congressional approval. He will continue with his current duties.

Stabber stuck with year in prison
A man accused of stabbing an acquaintance earlier this year during a drunken brawl was sentenced Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court to a year in prison for disposing of the knife used in the stabbing.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events

Pets of the week
Marshmallow is a strikingly handsome white, medium hair, neutered male. Timber is a shorthair white-and-orange, neutered male who is quiet and friendly.

Photo: Waiting for low tide
A young brown bear stations itself behind several stalks of grass last week between the U.S. Forest Service's Berners Bay cabin and the cabin visitors' means of getting home. The bruin in fact didn't wait for the outgoing tide to leave the boat high and dry. It opted instead to munch on some rye grass along the beach and then ambled off into the forest.

Thank you
On May 1, almost 500 people, mostly students, attended Juneau's third annual Law Day activities in the Dimond Courthouse and in the Capitol.

College, law students participating in Sen. Stevens intern program arrive in Washington
WASHINGTON - Alaska college and law students participating in Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' intern program have arrived in Washington, D.C. The students were selected by Stevens to participate in the program, which provides first-hand experience working in the federal government through various legislative projects and assignments.

Davidson, Lockhart to marry
Kacy Davidson of Jackson, Mich., and Toby Lockhart of Juneau will be married in a ceremony planned for 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, at Chapel by the Lake Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. at the Chapel by the Lake. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding and reception.

Ramirez, Marks to wed
Jim Marks and Kathy Dennis announce the engagement of their daughter, Jocelyn K. Marks, to Luis E. Ramirez, the son of Esperanza Ramirez-DeLaCruz. A September wedding is planned.

It may be about time your plant changed its lifestyle
At your local Cooperative Extension Service Office in Juneau we get daily inquiries about sick or insect-ridden plants. Most often the gardener wants to know what kind of spray or chemical is needed to treat the problem. It is all too easy for us to give the quick answer that the customer is looking for. Spray chemical X for insect Y, chemical Q for disease Z. Everything will be OK. All is right with the world. But is it?

Terry David Renner
Former Juneau resident Terry David Renner died June 24, 2002, in Tavares, Fla.

William 'Bill' F. Meehan Jr.
Former Juneau resident William "Bill" F. Meehan Jr. died July 26, 2002, at home in Arlington, Wash.

Seniors sweep in Tuesday's games
Juneau's Seniors (age 15-16) baseball and softball teams cruised to easy victories in their respective Northwest Division tournaments on Tuesday, sending each into championship games.In Missoula, Mont., the Seniors baseball team defeated the Idaho state champions from Boise, 10-2, on a complete-game three-hitter by pitcher Matt Greely. They will face Hawaii in the championship round today.

Magical runs end for Juneau teams
After reaching championship-round play, Juneau's Seniors (age 15-16) softball and baseball teams both ended their seasons on Wednesday as runners-up in their respective Northwest Division tournaments.

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

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

Capital City Soccer League
Final standings as of July 30

Senate panel approves Berners Bay land trade
The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today approved a bill by Sen. Frank Murkowski that would allow Native corporations Sealaska and Cape Fox to trade about 3,000 acres of land near Ketchikan for 2,600 acres of U.S. Forest Service land near Berners Bay in Juneau.

Virus cancels cruise
SEATTLE - The Holland America Line canceled today's departure of the Ryndam on a seven-day Alaska cruise because of a virus that has sickened more than 400 people over the last two trips.The gastrointestinal ailment, described as a Norwalk-like virus, affected 165 passengers and nine crew members on the July 18 week-long cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Alaska and back.

State Briefs
Gun club sponsors campaign event; Canadian man gets two years for smuggling drugs; Fairbanks man sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter;

Fairbanks police say shooting of soldier was justified
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks Police Chief James Welch says a preliminary police investigation indicates one of his officers was justified in fatally shooting a Fort Wainwright soldier after a high-speed chase early Saturday.

Doyon awarded Denali Park contract
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Native regional corporation Doyon Ltd. has been awarded a contract to provide bus, retail and food services in Denali National Park and Preserve.The award marks the first time an Alaska Native corporation has been awarded the concession in the park.

South American penguin found in Alaska waters
KETCHIKAN - A Southeast Alaska fisherman came up with a novel item in his net recently - a Humboldt penguin.Fishing vessel captain Guy Demmert told KRBD radio in Ketchikan that the crew pulled up the penguin with some fish on July 18 about noon near Noyes Island off the coast of Prince of Wales Island.

Open door melts ice sculptures
FAIRBANKS - The staff at the Fairbanks Ice Museum is being extra careful coming and going these days.

Ulmer unveils fiscal projects
ANCHORAGE - If elected governor, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer said Wednesday, she would lead Alaska into a new age of prosperity by pushing for a natural gas pipeline, revamping the fishing industry, supporting the state university system and expanding airport businesses.

State may cancel Kenai fall brown bear hunting
ANCHORAGE - The state Department of Fish and Game is expected to close the Kenai Peninsula's fall brown bear hunt, due to an unusually high number of killings of bears in defense shootings and traffic accidents.

State AG set to probe Norwegian Cruise Line
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska attorney general's office said it will investigate whether the Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd. committed any illegal activity in Alaska waters.In its $1.5 million plea agreement Wednesday with federal prosecutors, Norwegian admitted lying to the U.S. Coast Guard about dumping oily waste off the Florida coast and keeping false logbooks to cover it up.

State Briefs
Ketchikan troopers find meth lab; Tennessee man offered Ketchikan borough manager job; Umphenour appointed to seafood marketing board; Body of fisherman recovered; Musher disqualified in 1997 enters Yukon Quest; Body found in Cook Inlet identified as missing man; Teen-ager held in assault of child

Movies where & when
"Signs," (PG-13) starts Friday and shows nightly at 6:50 and 9:10 at Glacier Cinemas, with matinees at 1:50 and 4:10 Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

No more Explorations
Explorations, the annual literary journal affiliated with the University of Alaska Southeast, published its final issue this month. The journal featured writing from around the world and has been in circulation for 21 years."It is a very ambitious undertaking that we built from nothing and it would be impossible to hand off to someone as a baton," said Art Petersen, one of Explorations' two founding editors. "It was determined it would be best to retire the magazine and let the next generation of faculty and students build a new magazine to fit their vision and philosophy."

Best Bets: 'Merchant of Venice' opens this weekend
Shakespeare, hot old-time music, original songs and the masked dances of entropy take the stages in Juneau this week."The Merchant of Venice," and "Entropic Discombobulation"open this weekend and promise to be highly entertaining. The two productions are performances by students in Perseverance Theatre's STAR program, dedicated students who are serious about theater.

Entertainment Briefs
City museum receives money for children's exhibits; Tlingit language courses offered; Photography workshop offered;

The state of his heart
It's been 26 years since Michael Maas was speechless, and he wants to be speechless again."Speechless Again" is the title of Maas' new CD, a collection of 13 songs he composed, performed and recorded in Juneau. Maas, 27, is performing a concert of his original music at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the Back Room at the Silverbow Inn. Drummer Tom Meyer and bassist Lincoln Farabee will accompany Maas, and songwriter Jason Messing will also perform a short set of his music.

What's happening
Concerts

What's up with that?
Q: There are two creeks - one on Douglas Island named "Kowee" and the other near the end of the road 30 miles north of downtown named "Cowee." They are obviously two different creeks, but what's up with these two names being so similar?

Toppish featured at Camp Damp
JUNEAU - Scottish and English country dancing, contra and square dancing will be featured at Camp Damp, the Juneau contra dance group's annual weekend dance camp. Camp Damp begins Aug. 2 and will feature the guest dance band Toppish.

Blasting Art
Juneau's newest public art installation was created with imagination, compressed air and 800 pounds of fine sand.Haines artists Donna Catotti and Rob Goldberg sandblasted the windows of the new Alaska Marine Highway building at mile 7 Glacier Highway, etching cavorting orcas, eagles on the wing and a cruising ferry into the glass.

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