Thursday, August 22, 2002

Looking for a job? Neatness, spelling do count
Tips for applying for a first job: Without a resume or references, getting the first job is one of the hardest. The key is to present well what you do have, according to Sue Luckey, who has hired many teen-agers for their first jobs at Super Bear Supermarket.

On The Move
The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau has hired Jamie Allenbaugh-Letterman as convention services manager.Her responsibilities include coordinating catering, transportation, accommodations and registration services for groups meeting in Juneau.

Business Profile: Thomas Wehnes
Title and company: Owner, Wehnes & Sons

In the Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening

Child-labor law
State and federal laws overseeing child labor are designed to make sure children are safe and not being overworked. Jobs that could be dangerous, such as operating heavy equipment or using sharp tools, are prohibited. Children under 14 may work only as newspaper carriers, entertainers, baby sitters, and other odd jobs in private homes. The restrictions loosen as they grow up.

Entry level - part of growing up
Some of Sue Luckey's new hires get rides to work from mom and need to be taught how to tie a tie. If they get behind in homework, they have to quit.But then, they're only 14, the starting age for bagging groceries at Super Bear Supermarket and this is their first job, said Luckey, the store's front-end manager.

Juneau cable station to offer CBS programming
CBS fans could be switching channels soon to find their favorite shows on Channel 24.That's where Juneau's newest television station, KTNL, begins broadcasting CBS programming this week as a network affiliate. Within two to three months KTNL expects to be on GCI cable as the only CBS station in Juneau, replacing KIRO from Seattle.

For instant runoffs
On Aug. 27, Alaska voters will have the opportunity to empower themselves by voting for Ballot Measure 1 adopting Instant Runoff Voting (IRV).

We should rejoice
I would like to bring to the attention of your readers an opportunity to intervene on the behalf of a rare and exquisite animal - the solitary white "spirit" black bear - which lives near Juneau (Empire, page one, Monday).

Proud of Gail
Over the last 30 years I have seen first hand the difference Gail Phillips has made for Alaska.

Ethical hunting
Are any Juneauites concerned by the outrages treatment, by some, of the local wildlife? One "trapper" exterminated the wolves on Douglas Island! One "hunter" boasts of killing the last brown bear on Douglas Island and another tells of saving a shell by power boating up to a swimming deer and clubbing it to death. Other "hunters" cut the back straps out of several deer and dumped the carcasses along the north highway.

Protect rare bear
The white bear recently seen near Juneau, whether a "spirit" bear, a white black bear, or light-colored glacier bear, is extremely rare and need to be treated as such. You don't have to be a biologist to see that. What an awesome creature to allow to live and perpetuate its genetic code, potentially creating greater diversity in the future bear population around Juneau.

Out of touch?
Does your incumbent for state office favor the "closed primary"? To find out, go to the "Watchdog Page" on the Alaska Voters Organization web site (http://www.akvoters.org/). There you will find how legislators voted on HB 193, the bill which closed all party primaries within our state.

Cheaper and easier
While I haven't watched commercial television in a decade, I have some friends who do. They inform me that the governor has made a commercial appeal imploring us to invite our friends to Alaska.

Not real hunters
The wanton waste of wildlife in the Juneau area sickens me. I have also heard many negative and even derogatory comments by tourists and those in the tourism industry regarding the "un-Alaskan" and "totally unsportsman" behavior of the so-called "hunters" in Juneau.

Party poopers
I'm a 74-year-young lady and have voted in every election since I became 21 years of age. This year will be the first primary election that I will miss voting in. Along with a lot of other people, I feel that, if I cannot vote for the candidate that I feel is best suited for the position, regardless of their political party, then why bother.

Back on track
During this year's gubernatorial campaign, some people have asked me why Frank Murkowski would want to switch from serving Alaska as senator to serving Alaska as governor. Even after I've given them my answer, it was obvious a few still weren't convinced I was telling them "the whole truth."

Non-response is non-issue
As briefly as possible, I feel I need to clarify and respond to yesterday's Empire article about the recent burglary and vandalism problems here at the Shrine of St. Therese.

Political parties and public funds
Political party leaders now explain that a primary is for party members and unaffiliated "political guests" to select each party's candidates for the general election. They suggest it is only fair that believers in a party platform should select their standard bearers. Thus, primaries just serve each party's private interests and should be closed.

Shrine: Recent burglaries not investigated by police
Police did not investigate eight recent burglaries and vandalism at the Shrine of St. Terese because the shrine's caretaker didn't know of any possible suspects, the caretaker said.Jody Liliedahl, caretaker for the religious shrine on Glacier Highway near Amalga Harbor, said today the shrine was burgled at least eight times between July 24 and Aug. 13. Each time, money was stolen and property was damaged, Liliedahl said.

Correction
An article in Wednesday's Empire on burglaries at the Shrine of St. Therese misspelled the shrine's name.

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

Four file for School Board seats
Bob Van Slyke, Julie Morris, Steve Kikendall and Jeremy Kerr have submitted their names as candidates for the Juneau School Board.A Juneau-Douglas High School senior, Carl Brodersen, said he was gathering signatures today in order to meet the 4:30 p.m. filing deadline.

AEL&P CEO steps down
A family dynasty ends today as Bill Corbus retires from the presidency and day-to-day management of Alaska Electric Light and Power, the company his forefathers bought in 1896.The AEL&P board of directors met this morning to make official a plan they'd agreed to 18 months ago, appointing Timothy McLeod as the new president and general manager.

Downtown tourist hit by van
A 65-year-old tourist who was struck by a van and trapped beneath its wheels on South Franklin Street Wednesday afternoon was in serious condition at a Seattle hospital today.Marian Noe, of Olympia, Wash., sustained head, chest and arm injuries and is being treated at the Harborview Medical Center, said Kristin Foley, a hospital spokeswoman.

Morris, Van Slyke file for school board
With one full day left to file for local office, the Juneau School Board had no takers for two open seats as of this morning.School board incumbents Deana Darnall and Carolyn Spalding said last week they won't run for re-election. While no one has filed for the School Board, people have picked up applications, Deputy City Clerk Beth McEwen said.

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

JDHS: Ready for students, open for construction
Classes will start as scheduled Aug. 28 at Juneau-Douglas High School, despite the hollowed-out shells where lockers use to be, exposed ceiling grids and ongoing construction.As part of a $20 million renovation, the school is getting a new atrium and commons area, lockers, windows, elevator, and communication systems. Upgrades to classrooms and the auditorium also are a part of the work.

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

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

City targets Franklin St. jaywalking
Giant stuffed animals on South Franklin Street could become an endangered species if the Juneau Assembly decides the critters are forcing pedestrians off crowded sidewalks and into the busy thoroughfare.The Assembly's Planning and Policy Committee is reviewing ways to limit jaywalking and improve safety in the South Franklin Street corridor. Assembly member Ken Koelsch said he's noticed more pedestrians walking in the street instead of on the sidewalk this summer.

No candidates for school board seats ... yet
With one full day left to file for local office, the Juneau School Board had no takers for two open seats as of this morning.School board incumbents Deana Darnall and Carolyn Spalding said last week they won't run for re-election. While no one has filed for the School Board, people have picked up applications, Deputy City Clerk Beth McEwen said.

District plans for more security at Dzantik'i Heeni
To deter vandalism at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, the Juneau School District may install a fence, motion-sensitive lights, and security cameras hooked up to computers, and will assign a custodian to work through the night.Windows were broken at the school four times this summer, and intruders entered at least twice, said school Principal Les Morse. Police have taken four young people into custody on charges related to one or more of the incidents, and are looking for more suspects.

Protecting your privacy with shrub layer, flowerbed
Oh it's great to go away, and it's so good to come home. We had the chance to go for a summer vacation, and we took it. Two weeks in the south of France, with a couple days in Paris, and a visit with the grandparents in California; sun, great food and wine, and a view into another world. We talk about tourism, and rightly so, but these folks have had people knocking at their doors for two thousand years, and their landscape shows how they deal with it.

A fresh tomato is easily the world's most perfect fruit
One morning last September, while on vacation in Los Angeles, I stumbled upon the weekly Farmer's Market in Hollywood. Ready for breakfast, I pondered the oranges, peaches and berries until I was stopped short by a cart piled high with tomatoes of many colors and sizes. I selected a round bright yellow specimen about the size of a baseball and ate it raw on the spot, its sweet juices dripping off my chin. It was the perfect summer snack.

Academic honors
Kimberly V. Race of Juneau was awarded a $1,600 Gertrude Laurance Scholarship for the 2002-03 school year at Eastern Washington University. This scholarship was established to award outstanding students majoring in elementary education.

Group patrols Derby
The Juneau Civil Air Patrol will be flying safety patrol over the Salmon Derby grounds during the Derby. If you need help you can contact the pilots on marine band channel 16, steer your boat to the left in tight circles, or wave brightly colored clothing in the air as CAP craft passes over.

Strumfeld, Morley married
Jennifer R. Strumfeld and Steven E. Morley, both of Juneau, were married in a ceremony at 3 p.m. July 20, 2002, at the Gustavus Inn in Gustavus.

Middle East peace activists to speak
Israeli and Palestinian peace activists were scheduled to speak in Juneau this week, but only the Israeli made it through the heightened security.The Palestinian, Hisham Sharabati, will speak by teleconference after being turned back by Immigration and Naturalization Services in Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Pets of the week
Both of these lovely short-hair spayed female felines have been waiting for their own special families for several months. They are about 2 years old, litter-box trained and former strays.

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

Photo: Juneau quilt
Catherine Stevens, Sen. Ted Stevens, former Gov. Walter J. Hickel and Lily Stevens pose with the patriotic quilt crafted for Alaska's senior U.S. Senator by Juneau's Capital City Republican Women.

Blanche Beitz
A memorial service will be held for Blanche Beitz at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, at the Elk's Lodge. Beitz died Aug. 13, 2002, in Juneau.

My Turn: The ebb and flow of nature
I am a lifelong resident of Juneau whose father hunted and trapped this area from 1936 to 1972. I began trapping and hunting with him at the age of 8 (1955) and have continued hunting through today. Most of this time has been spent on the mainland south of Juneau, Douglas Island and Admiralty.

My Turn: Troubling aspects of building a heliport
For the current fiscal year, the Juneau Assembly has appropriated $500,000 to conduct a feasibility study for the construction of a new heliport in the Thane area. The second Baker study, acting on instructions from the city, has identified two prime sites for a new heliport, viz. one at the end of Montana Creek Road, and one at Dupont, 1 1/2 miles beyond the end of Thane Road.

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

Alaska High School Football Standings
Through games of Aug. 17

Bears look to stop Cougar running game
Before losing to Dimond 13-9 last Saturday, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team had a chance to see what's on this weekend's schedule.The Crimson Bears scouted the undefeated Service Cougars' 53-21 rout over the East Anchorage Thunderbirds, a game that was 46-0 when the Juneau players left midway through the third quarter. The Cougars ran for 406 yards against East, with two players gaining more than 100 yards each and a third with 89. Service also had three players score two touchdowns apiece.

Arctic Winter Games announces events lineup for 2004 games in Alberta
The Arctic Winter Games International Committee announced Tuesday the events lineup for the 2004 games in northern Alberta.

Marathon man
It's not every day a group of high school runners is able to probe the mind of an Olympic gold and silver medalist.On Tuesday afternoon, several members of the Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running team had that opportunity, as they picked up some pointers from Frank Shorter, the 1972 Olympic gold medalist and 1976 silver medalist in the marathon.

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

Democrats allege Stevens conspiracy
Both Democrats running for the right to face Ted Stevens in November's general election say the state's senior U.S. senator is out to get them.In his campaign material, Frank Vondersaar of Homer calls himself "a political prisoner of Stevens and his criminal co-conspirators" since 1986. Theresa Nangle Obermeyer of Anchorage also calls herself a "political prisoner" and claims Stevens "jailed me for 29 days" in 1996, the first time she ran against the Republican U.S. senator.

Miles, Greene battle in Dem primary
The two candidates running in the Democratic primary for the U.S. House of Representatives are basing their platforms on issues including public transportation, nuclear missile defense and renewal of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.Dae Miles of Fairbanks and Clifford Mark Greene of Juneau ran against each other two years ago in a three-way primary with Frank Vondersaar, this year's Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Masek returns to the campaign trail
After being absent from the campaign trail for most of the summer, Republican Rep. Beverly Masek is trying to make up for lost time.Masek, a two-term incumbent from Willow facing criticism for being absent from the Legislature and her district, is now working to win enough support to fend off a Republican challenger in Tuesday's primary.

Alaska airports to gain dozens more screeners
FAIRBANKS - Federal officials expect to hire dozens of passenger and luggage screeners at Alaska's largest airports. The boost reflects a nationwide trend that has airlines concerned about where the costs will land and airport managers wondering where they will put all the people.

Green standard-bearers battle it out
Green Party members have no party candidates to vote for in most races, but in the battle for U.S. Senate, they have two choices.Green candidates Thomas Higgins and Jim Sykes face off in the primary Aug. 27 for the chance to go up against the popular incumbent, Republican Ted Stevens, in November.

State Briefs
Coalition wants new studies of trans-Alaska pipeline; Eielson guard unit returns; Fishing permit broker sentenced in scam;

State Briefs
USCG renews search for hunter; Coast Guard helps punctured boat; Some downtown streets to be closed; Accused sex offender arrested; James wants to be House speaker; Fairbanks celebrates new bishop

Leaks in abandoned pipeline, crude oil sheens hamper pipeline cleanup
ANCHORAGE - An abandoned Cook Inlet pipeline sprung several leaks while it was being pressurized by cleanup crews.

Green, Libertarian candidates challenge Young
One candidate wants government to do more to support sustainable, environmentally sensitive development. The other wants government to do less - period.Russell deForest is the Green Party's candidate for the U.S. House seat held by Republican Rep. Don Young. Rob Clift is the Libertarian Party candidate.

Ulmer education plan ups funding
ANCHORAGE - Under Fran Ulmer's education plan, school districts would be in line for more money and would have more time to figure out how to spend it.As for students, Ulmer said, they need more time in school. Lt. Gov. Ulmer, the Democratic gubernatorial front-runner in the primary next week, outlined a four-part plan for improving education in the state and acknowledged it would require spending more money.

Officials warn against giving food to sea lions
KODIAK - Wildlife officials are warning people not to feed Kodiak's Steller sea lions in what they say is a worsening problem."Feeding most animals, whether a deer or dolphin or sea lion, teaches the animal that people are a source of food. By feeding them, we are training them to eat from us," said Brent Pristas, special agent with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries enforcement. "They will expect food from us and could get aggressive if not fed."

Newcomer takes on senior statesman
In his first run for elected office, Sutton resident Mike Aubrey says Alaska needs a new vision.Aubrey, 50, faces 34-year incumbent Ted Stevens, 78, in the Aug. 27 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. Aubrey is unemployed but has worked in construction most of his life and most recently for Chickaloon Health Services as a transportation coordinator and health education instructor.

Young hand-shaking way toward re-election
After 30 years in Congress, Don Young wants Alaskans to know he's still "fired up" about being their representative."I love the job and I love the state," Young, 69, said in a recent telephone interview. "This is the most fun anybody could have."

Workshop brings Argentina's social dance to Juneau
Last winter's waltz weekend led to this summer's tango tea.A tea and dance Sunday afternoon will culminate a three-day tango workshop this weekend, led by Richard Powers and Angela Amarillas, dance instructors from Stanford University. The Juneau International Folkdancers group brought Powers and Amarillas to Juneau in January for a well-attended cross-step waltz workshop.

Student symphony performs
JUNEAU - The Juneau Student Symphony will perform two free concerts, Friday, Aug. 23, at noon at the State Office Building and at 6:30 p.m. at Marine Park.

Youth choir launches auditions
The Alaska Youth Choir returned to Juneau tanned and smiling after performing at the Crescent City Children's Choir Festival in New Orleans earlier this summer. The group is preparing for the upcoming season and auditions will be held Aug. 27, 28 and 29 at Northern Light United Church.

Bearfoot Bluegrass: A young old-time sound
By the time the five members of Bearfoot Bluegrass turn 21, they'll have two CDs under their belt and performances at scores of concerts and festivals across the American West. The Bearfoot Bluegrass band takes the stage Friday in Juneau, wrapping up a 100-day tour of seven states. This is the second summer the Anchorage- and Cordova-based group has toured the West, and the members have learned more about the realities of being professional musicians than many players twice their age.

Inside the Tango
Knife fights and lost loves. Prostitutes, playboys and toughs. This is the stuff of tangos. The tango is Argentina's gift to the world. It is a dance and a style of music, born in the bordellos of Buenos Aires early in the last century when the Argentine capital was wealthy and flourishing. The songs are heartfelt, melancholy ballads and the dance is intimate and close, considered risqué in the early days.

Book-signing with author Carol Crane
JUNEAU - Children's author Carol Crane will sign her new release, "L is for Last Frontier: An Alaska Alphabet," between noon and 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Hearthside Books downtown.

What's up with that?
Q: Sometime within the last year or so I contacted the Empire with a query about that ratty-looking building at 307 S. Franklin (i.e., what's to become of it?). I found out that the owners live in the Netherlands so I wrote them a letter. It was courteous and pleasant, asking what their plans were for it, explaining that the entire street had been renovated with the exception of their building, and it was an eyesore.

What's Happening
Concerts

Best Bets: Dance from Argentina and music from Kentucky
Sultry tangos, driving rock, zippy breakdowns and the high, lonesome sound of traditional bluegrass provide music and dancing for Juneau this weekend. The Bearfoot Bluegrass band performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the ANB Hall. Last spring this band played an outstanding set at the Alaska Folk Festival. The five-piece group features two fiddle players, three-part harmonies and original music as well as traditional bluegrass songs.

Movies where & when
Gross-Alaska Theaters will begin its fall and winter schedule Sunday, Aug. 25, with only one evening show Sunday through Thursday and two evening shows Friday and Saturday.

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