Friday, August 9, 2002

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

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

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.

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.

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.

An open forum
I write to thank readers of the Juneau Empire for taking the time to read the letters and commentary from Bertrand Adams Sr., Ishmael Hope, and the many other contributors, like myself.

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

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.

Professionals needed
Emily Wescott's June 17 article, "Hall may pose problems for future conventions," should have read "Hall services pose problems for conventions."

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.

A ridiculous concept
I'm unsure just how many 5-year-old children Ms. Pate has raised or been around, but as the mother of three, and the grandmother of more, I can tell you firsthand no 5-year-old (or 45-year-old) will be satisfied or complacent when their flavor of choice, candy of choice, or shirt of choice is unavailable. Nor should they be.

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.

Bus route changes put to the public
People who catch a ride on Capital Transit in the future could find shorter trips from the East Mendenhall Valley, more express service between Centennial Hall and the Nugget Mall, and a new route downtown.But they might have to call Care-A-Van for a ride from North Douglas and have a hard time getting a ride from the West Mendenhall Valley.

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.

Two indicted for arson
Two men were indicted by a Juneau grand jury Friday on arson charges stemming from a $1 million fire that destroyed a Juneau Self-Storage building on Commercial Blvd. on June 3.

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.

Coast Guard rescues 6 boaters on Admiralty
The Coast Guard rescued six stranded boaters and a Labrador retriever named Lucky in good condition from Admiralty Island shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday.A seventh boater, Michael Stitt, 29, of Seattle, who was rescued from the island by a float plane Thursday morning, said no one was injured when two boats carrying him and six others were overtaken by waves Wednesday nigh

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

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.

The squatter king
Jason Layton, the caretaker of the Thane Public Campground, knows squat.Not only has he made a life of living wherever his camper lands and calling it home, but he has turned it into an entrepreneurial endeavor and an exercise in humanity. Faced with homelessness more than once since landing in Juneau, Layton said he had to squat- or take up residence on public or private property without the owner's permission - in order to stay in the place he loved.

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.

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

SEARHC receives grant to help city's homeless
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has received a federal grant of $440,000 to provide free health care to Juneau's homeless people.The grant, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was awarded last week, said Ken Brewer, SEARHC president and CEO.

FYI
Births

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.

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

Academic Honors
Juneau-Douglas High School graduates Caroline B. Gruening, Tracy Kelton and Michael A. MacKinnon all received degrees from Santa Clara University on June 15, 2002.

Travel group awards scholarships to three Southeast students
The Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) awarded $10,000 in scholarships to three Southeast students, Jacob Sullivan of Hoonah, Kelsey Korpela and Erik Anderson of Juneau. The scholarship program offers assistance to promising students in order to help create a well-prepared tourism work force and perpetuate tourism's high resident-hire rate, currently 78 percent.

Ignells celebrate anniversary
Elmer and Ramona Ignell are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception hosted by their family from 3 to 6 p.m., Aug. 11, at the fellowship hall of Northern Lights United church.

Church's Rally of Faith day camp in final week
Faith Lutheran's Rally of Faith Vacation Bible School Day Camp is in its last week, The camp is run by a different volunteer group each week.Beginning in June and ending Aug. 16, the camp is for all children ages 4 through 12. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, children learn Bible stories, participate in activities, crafts and games, and are served snacks and lunch.

Thank you
...for your generosity; ...for your kindness; ..for your help.

Floyd Dryden donation
This spring the Floyd Dryden Middle School Student Council raised funds for two local charities. Through a weekender, Dryden students supported the Juneau Special Olympics Track Team. Through a coin drive, Dryden students supported the M.A.D.D. Youth Program.

Crabb, Jenkins to marry
Rachel May Crabb, of Fairbanks, and Gary L. Jenkins II, of Juneau, will be married Aug. 24 in Fairbanks. A reception will follow. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to a local potluck reception at Auke Bay Bible Church (11970 Glacier Highway) at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Bausman, Walsh wed
Nyree Bausman of Erie, Ill., and Richard Walsh of Juneau, were married in an outdoor ceremony July 29, 2002, in Pensacola, Fla., at the Japanese Gardens of The Zoo. A reception followed in air-conditioned comfort at the same location.

Enlistments
Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice Edward Bomberger II, son of Diana E. Leatherberry of Juneau and Edward F. Bomberger of Ashland, Ore., recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J.

Kay Wilhelm Davidsen
Former Juneau resident Kay Wilhelm Davidsen, 92, died July 29, 2002.

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.

My Turn: Preferential voting costly, complicated
As if the new closed primary voting system won't be enough to thoroughly complicate Alaska elections, a largely untested voting process that threatens drastic changes to the way we vote will appear on this August's primary election ballot.

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.

Bears begin anew
One year after posting the best record in school history, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team enters the 2002 season with a lot of questions to be answered.The Crimson Bears open their schedule against the Kenai Kardinals on Saturday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park, with the varsity game at 8 p.m. and the junior varsity at 5 p.m. Even though Saturday's varsity game is non-conference, Juneau will be able to use it to answer some of the questions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Juneau Riptide now 4-0 at state
The Juneau Soccer Club Riptide U13 boys team stayed undefeated and clinched a spot in Saturday's semifinals after posting two victories on Thursday and winning again this morning in the Alaska State Youth Soccer Association's State Cup tournament in Fairbanks.

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

Juneau inks AWG proposal deal
The City of Juneau signed a contract with Anchorage marketing firm Mad Dog Graphx to develop materials for Juneau's bid to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games.The $37,000 contract was signed Wednesday. The contract is to help Juneau prepare its required bid packet in time for the Oct. 15 deadline.

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

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.

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.

No drugs, alcohol found in woman who killed Godfrey
ANCHORAGE - Investigators said Karen Brand apparently did not have drugs or alcohol in her body at the time she shot former Public Safety Commissioner, Glenn Godfrey, and his wife, Patti.Toxicology results from Brand's autopsy were released Thursday by Anchorage police.

Accused pipeline shooter sentenced in unrelated case
FAIRBANKS - The man convicted of shooting a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline has been sentenced for an unrelated conviction stemming from a break-in at a Fairbanks U-Haul business last September.Daniel Lewis was sentenced Thursday in state Superior Court in Fairbanks to 3 1/2 years in prison. Lewis had also been convicted of stealing a safe from the building and driving off with a truck.

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.

Murkowski, Ross exchange 'friendly' barbs at forum
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski and Anchorage attorney Wayne Anthony Ross acted more like old bantering buddies Thursday than serious rivals in the Republican race for governor.The two traded friendly barbs throughout a candidates forum and luncheon sponsored by the Anchorage Republican Women's Club. Murkowski, considered the front-runner in his party, faces Ross in the Aug. 27 primary.

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.

Yakutat wants state to plan flood response
Yakutat residents are asking for state help to stave off what could be an economic disaster caused by the advance of the Hubbard Glacier.Last month, the glacier pinched off the entrance to Russell Fiord and turned it into a lake that has risen more than 52 feet.

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

State Briefs
Cruise ship hit by illness leaves Vancouver; Tour of Juneau bike race on tap this weekend; Auditions set next week for Juneau opera; Corpse set ablaze near Girdwood

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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