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Thursday, August 8, 2002

Business briefs
Kake Foods nominated as tribal 'showcase business' for summit; Era offers online reservations

Fair air
Alaskans sell their fish, timber, oil, even the water. And now the air.A creative Juneau entrepreneur has figured out how to package and market the stuff we all breath for free. Like Pet Rocks and Florida Sunshine, the magic is in the packaging. For $7 to $9, tourists can bring home a pressurized can of pure Alaska Air in one of four flavors, Mountain, Ocean, Glacier or Forest. For the true Alaska experience, the cans recommend refrigeration before use.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town.

Alaska carpet goes south for recycling
Instead of hitting the landfill, more than 12 tons of carpet from the Federal Building in Juneau is heading south to be recycled.The effort is a cooperative project between Juneau businesses Roper and Son and Northland Services, and Georgia-based C&A Floorcoverings, which offers carpet-recycling services.

Business Profile: Kelly Stoinich
Title and firm: Owner, Kelly's Hair Studio.

Dogs running deer?
I spend much of my summer on South Douglas Island, the Lucky Me area where I have a cabin. The 14th of July I hear dogs barking in the woods behind my cabin. The next day two beautiful Irish setters with collars and tags came bounding out of the woods through my yard and down to the beach where they ran 300 yards and back into the brush. Both dogs looked "greyhound thin" and would not stop at a call or whistle. It was obvious to me that they were wild or semi-wild and were participating in an age-old pursuit of running deer.

Fran for governor
I've read Dr. George Brown's letter of July 30, and I agree wholeheartedly with all the things he says in support of Fran Ulmer for governor.

An inappropriate place for preference
The idea of ranking one's favorite books or the best movies of the year recognizes the need to evaluate one's personal preferences based on experience. It's fun and generates party conversation.

Five-year-olds get it
It is amazing that an organization dedicated to informed voting such as the League of Women Voters should come out against a sensible voting reform like instant runoff voting (Ballot Measure 1 on the primary ballot Aug. 27). In all fairness, it appears that only the Alaskan League is against IRV.

Bear balderdash
In the police blotter I frequently read accounts involving people driving while under the influence of alcohol. I'm grateful to Cindy Cashen, and people like her, who donate their time to protect the public from drunk drivers. Thank you Cindy and MADD.

Tobacco sales mean accountability
This letter is in response to Friday's Empire article on local tobacco merchants complaining about fines for illegal sales.

Why fix what works?
The Aug. 27 primary will include Ballet Measure 1, which proposes that Alaska adopt "preferential" voting. This system is unnecessary, confusing and expensive.

Avoiding seniority disaster in Senate
The Ulmer campaign has been aggressive in sending out the message that we must keep Frank Murkowski in Washington, D.C., to retain Alaska's seniority. Even a few Republicans have fallen for it. The argument is complete hogwash and a vast disservice to Alaskans. Ulmer is desperately trying to win the gubernatorial election at any cost.

Enjoys bear reports
While I do appreciate programs like MADD and have contributed to such, I don't see what point Mr. Barrick is trying to make by equating the bear problem with human social problems.

Coast Guard rescues stranded boaters near Admiralty
Marilyn Hillman's new heart beats so strongly it kept her awake the first few nights after her heart transplant surgery. Her old heart, the one that had been through five open-heart surgeries, had a soft, swishing sound, like a washing machine, she said. "It was barely pumping," said the 45-year-old heart transplant patient from Hoonah. But the new one she received June 11 pounds steadily.

Juneau journalists capture national awards
Former Juneau Empire reporter Bill McAllister, staff photographer Michael Penn and designers and editors at the newspaper were awarded second place in a national journalism competition for a report on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.The Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors presented awards during its annual conference Aug. 2-4 in Washington, D.C., to journalists across the nation for excellence in state government coverage in the fields of print, broadcast and wire service reporting.

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

Photo: Summer cruise on Gastineau Channel
Julia Ruthford adds a bit of color to an otherwise gray day Wednesday as she windsurfed Gastineau Channel. Ruthford estimated her maximum speed to be more than 25 mph as she took less than two minutes to cross the channel near DIPAC.

Waterfront redesign set for bids
The Marine Park-Steamship Wharf redesign is scheduled to go out to bid Friday, but the project probably won't be finished before the start of next year's tourism season.The Juneau Assembly earlier this year approved a proposal to add bus staging, a convertible plaza and green space to the area between the downtown library and Merchants Wharf. Plans initially called for the project to be finished by May 15, but city Engineering Director John Stone said the city's design team thinks July 1 is a more feasible target.

Ketchikan accident kills 2 girls
KETCHIKAN - A violent collision between a compact car and a pickup truck Tuesday afternoon killed two teen-age girls and injured four other teens and a young man.The driver of the 1988 Honda Accord, Courtnie Tuinstra, 15, and one of her two passengers, Chelsea Palmer, 15, were pronounced dead at Ketchikan General Hospital.

Hoonah woman gets a new heart
Marilyn Hillman's new heart beats so strongly it kept her awake the first few nights after her heart transplant surgery. Her old heart, the one that had been through five open-heart surgeries, had a soft, swishing sound, like a washing machine, she said. "It was barely pumping," said the 45-year-old heart transplant patient from Hoonah. But the new one she received June 11 pounds steadily.

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

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

Small cruise ship returns to service after flu outbreak
Glacier Bay Cruiseline kept one of its small cruise ships, the Wilderness Discoverer, in port this week after 18 passengers and crew on a previous voyage came down with flu-like symptoms."It's not uncommon for some flu or bug to show up at some time in the season on a boat, whether it's brought on by the passengers or the crew members, and in a close environment like that for there to be some transmission," said Glacier Bay Cruiseline President Greg Dronkert. "This is the first one we've seen of this magnitude.

City Assembly may disband Women's Council
The Juneau Assembly might disband the Juneau Women's Council because of a lack of applications, but members say local women still have issues that need attention.The nine-member women's council has four vacancies and lacks a quorum to meet, according to Deputy City Clerk Beth McEwen.

Juneau's Captain Nemo
Cal C. Giordano has been building a homemade submarine in a garage near Juneau Airport since late June. Recently he took the 20-foot craft, made from an industrial buoy and a large propane tank, for a test float in Auke Bay. "And I came home with a Coast Guard escort," Giordano said, chuckling. "I didn't have my AK (boat registration) numbers yet."

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

Food bank takes stock at new location
After operating out of numerous locations around Juneau, the Southeast Alaska Food Bank has opened its doors at a new, permanent location."This is long overdue," said Ritchie Sonner, chair of the food bank board of directors. "We've been so transient for so long. It's just nice to feel like we're here. We're home. It's very exciting."

Corrections
An editorial in Sunday's Empire stated, "Voters have the option during the general election of choosing a party in order to get a ballot and then voting on the measure and leaving the other choices blank." The reference should have been to the primary election, not the general election.

Pets of the Week
Allie is a beautiful short hair spayed female Calico who is described as being a wonderful cat with her friendly, quiet and cuddly demeanor. Skelter is a short hair, black, spayed female who has been Allie's companion for four years.

Williams, Foruria to wed
Georgianna (Annie) Williams and Matthew Foruria, both of Juneau, will be married in a private ceremony Aug. 9, 2002, on a chartered catamaran in Juneau. A reception will follow after the ceremony on the catamaran.

Thank you
... for firefighter support; ... for support of a life

Breastfeeding possible for busy moms
I continued my discussion with Debi Ballam, RN, IBCLC, about breastfeeding and how she supports local women in their efforts. One support group she facilitates is Baby Parent Time. This group meets weekly on Thursdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of the administration building at Bartlett Regional Hospital. This popular group supports new parents through the challenges of baby's first year.

Corsette, Holmberg to wed
Katina Corsette and Marty Holmberg will be married Aug. 10, 2002, in a ceremony at Resurrection Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at Eaglecrest Ski Lodge.

Junos celebrate anniversary
Cliff and Heather Juno celebrated their first anniversary on Aug. 4. Their wedding took place in Tacoma, Wash.

Honors
Jack Unzicker, a 1993 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, has been selected as one of 80 musicians who received a full scholarship to study and perform at the Henry Mancini Jazz Institute during the summer of 2002 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Ella G. Lee
Longtime Douglas resident Ella G. Lee, 72, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

John C. Tippin
Former Juneau resident John C. Tippin, 73, died July 27, 2002, in Anchorage.

Donna J. Garrison
Longtime Juneau resident Donna J. Garrison died Aug. 2, 2002, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

Kirsten Pileberg Orbin
Longtime Juneau resident Kirsten Pileberg Orbin died Aug. 4, 2002, in Juneau.

My Turn: Leave old-growth watersheds alone
How lucky are we? We live in the Tongass National Forest, a temperate rain forest, one of the most beautiful, pristine, amazingly rich and diverse places on the planet, geologically and biologically. This is our home. Don't we have the responsibility to preserve the balance of our natural inheritance?

My Turn: Do the right thing with public funds
A world-class NOAA/NMFS/ UAF research facility would be prestigious for Juneau if it's done right. The recent news stories about insufficient funds for this project may be a blessing in disguise.

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

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the manager of the Juneau Quicksilver U-16 girls soccer team, Leslie Houston, was misidentified in a Wednesday Empire article. Houston is the team's manager; Doug Badilla is the team's coach.

Successful season winds down
The Juneau East Majors (age 11-12) baseball team bowed out of the Northwest Regional tournament in San Bernardino, Calif., this morning after a 9-0 loss to the Montana state champions.Juneau East fell to the Oregon state champs on Wednesday evening, 4-0.

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

Millays make tourney a family affair
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - A sense of nostalgia swept over Mark Millay when he arrived last week at Al Houghton Stadium for the 2002 Little League Regionals.At age 12, Millay represented Alaska as part of the Juneau All-Star team in the 1975 Western Regional Tournament in San Bernardino. Now, at 39, Millay is back in San Bernardino - this time as a coach.

Cavs sign Carlos to two-year deal
Carlos Boozer is now officially in the NBA.Boozer, a former Juneau-Douglas High School and Duke University basketball star, signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers today at Cleveland's Gund Arena. The Cavaliers picked Boozer in the second round of the NBA Draft on June 26, with the 35th overall selection.

Majors lose to Hawaii squad
The Juneau East Majors (age 11-12) Little League baseball team wound up on the losing end of a dominating pitching performance Tuesday as it fell to the Hawaii state champs, 8-1, in the Northwest Regional tourney in San Bernardino, Calif.Kurt Tanabe pitched a complete-game one-hitter for his Waipahu, Hawaii, team. He threw 11 strikeouts in the game.

Aloha dreams: Juneau soccer teams aim for Hawaii
Six Juneau soccer teams are in Fairbanks today for the start of the 2002 State Cup tournament, and hopes are high for the players to build on success they earned in last year's event.Three boys squads - the U-13 Riptide, U-14 Jaguars and U-15 Orcas - and three girls teams - the U-13 XtraTufs, U-14 Titans and U-15/16 Quicksilver - are representing Juneau at this year's tourney, which begins today and runs through Sunday.

Capital City Soccer League
Standings as of Aug. 5

Quicksilver ties defending state champs
The Juneau Quicksilver U16 girls soccer team needed extra time to claim a 1-1 tie with the Alaska Goldstrikers '87 of Anchorage during opening-day action Wednesday at the Alaska Youth Soccer State Cup in Fairbanks.The Goldstrikers beat Juneau 3-1 in last year's championship game and had won the last three meetings between the two teams.

Abandoned wells could cost millions to fix
FAIRBANKS - The state says the U.S. government has not properly maintained abandoned wells left from federal exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska decades ago. Officials on each side say the problem could cost millions to fix.Two of the wells have released crude oil and gas into the environment, and state officials fear more leaks will occur if the wells are not repaired. The federal Bureau of Land Management says it started working on the problem last year by inspecting and counting the wells.

State briefs
Ranger boat open house Sunday; Authorities catch fugitive; Borough to back $5 million bond; Boat burns; fishermen rescued; Ellis reappointed to Western states panel; Petitioners aim to dump food tax

Tribal-group funds will help Whittier reopen clinic
ANCHORAGE - Whittier will reopen its medical clinic with the help of a remote tribal health organization.The Eastern Aleutian Tribes received federal grant money to turn the town's clinic into a community health center.

Environmentalists want more of Tongass closed
Environmentalists on Wednesday asked a federal court to reinstate a 1999 Forest Service decision, since overturned by a judge, that put 18 areas of the Tongass National Forest off limits to logging.The original decision protected an additional 234,000 acres of the Tongass from logging and other development.

Japan may block U.S. moves on Alaska Eskimo whaling
TOKYO - Japan's top whaling official indicated today that Tokyo would block U.S. attempts to reinstate a five-year whale hunting season for Alaska Eskimos.

State's airport policy could kill federal funding
ANCHORAGE - The state's failure to maintain several rural runways could threaten federal funding for all of Alaska's airports, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.State Department of Transportation and Public Facilities officials said the Legislature's failure to fund the agency's requested budget will require the closing of about 18 rural airports. Five of the airports, however, have received federal funds for improvements in recent years, under a promise the runways would remain open at least two decades from receipt of the money, according to FAA officials.

Kenai gas expansion protested
KENAI - A proposal by Unocal and its partners Marathon Oil Company and Cook Inlet Region Inc. to expand natural gas production at the Swanson River Field in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has drawn a challenge from a coalition of conservation groups.

Murkowski: Overhaul public safety system
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski laid out an ambitious plan Wednesday to overhaul Alaska's public safety system if he is elected governor.Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, would appoint more accountable leaders to achieve his goal, he said at a luncheon with the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce. He said making Alaska a safer place would be his administration's highest priority.

Cancer rate grows among Alaska Natives
ANCHORAGE - Fifty years ago, almost half the death certificates for Alaska Natives listed tuberculosis as the killer and cancer was rare.The tables have turned. Alaska Natives now have a 30 percent higher risk of dying from all cancers than do white Americans, according to two recent reports published in the journal Alaska Medicine and a 30-year report tracking cancer among Alaska Natives from 1969 to 1998.

Court orders rewording of move measure
The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that ballot language for an initiative to move the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is "potentially misleading" and directed minor changes to the wording.Alaskans for Efficient Government, the group behind the session move, brought the lawsuit against the state and Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer in August 2001. It said the state's explanatory summary of the ballot measure, which is printed on the Nov. 5 general election ballot, was biased.

State Briefs
Alaska Airline jet returns safely to Boston after engine problem; Alaska receives $8.2 million in rural grant money; Ketchikan Borough Assembly fires clerk; Oil spill trustees revise injured species list; Man completes nationwide quest for dessert

Couple files suit against cruise line
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Two cruise ship passengers who say their holiday was ruined after an outbreak of a flu virus aboard a Holland America ship have filed suit against the company.Beverly and Larry Jones of Duncan, British Columbia, seek to have their lawsuit encompass several hundred passengers who contracted the Norwalk virus last week during a return trip from Alaska to Vancouver aboard the Ryndam.

Bearfoot Bluegrass band teaches 2-day workshop for kids
The young members of the Bearfoot Bluegrass band have more musical experience than many musicians twice their age. As teen-agers they toured the Western United States for two summers as a professional bluegrass band and recorded a CD. The band is currently on a 100-day tour of the country, with a stop in California to make a second recording.

Movies Where & When
"Men In Black 2," (PG-13) ends Aug. 8, last shows at 7:10 and 9:20 at Glacier Cinemas.

Juneau unplugged
Acoustic guitarist Lynn Patrick could use a musical category called "uplifting."Her original compositions have elements of jazz, bluegrass and folk, and her new CD features all instrumental music. She flatpicks country guitar and fingerpicks in open tunings, which leaves pigeon-holers at a loss for an easy definition for her style.

Original sound of music
The Damnations may be one of the few bands that worked hard to get dropped by a major recording company.The Austin, Texas-based quartet, founded in 1994 by sisters Amy Boone and Deborah Kelly, puts a high value on independence. They avoid labeling themselves, preferring to let their songs define them.

What's up with that?
Q: I'm excited to see all the work that's being done out at Eagle Beach, but I'm still waiting for the potholes to be fixed on the little gravel loop road that goes to the Eagle Beach picnic shelter. Could you please find out if any of the funds for park improvements will go toward helping that little road and its sorry state?

What's happening
Concerts

Best Bets: Weekend brings solid stage performances
August often means dog days for the Juneau arts scene, with little more than karaoke and the occasional bar band for entertainment. This week is an outstanding exception, with three out-of-town musical acts performing and two stage productions at Perseverance Theatre.

Jazz funk band plays two bars
JUNEAU - The Danny Godinez Band, jazz-funk-rock quartet from Seattle, is touring Alaska this month and will perform twice in Juneau.The Danny Godinez Band plays Wednesday, Aug. 14, at The Alaskan and Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Hangar.

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