Thursday, August 28, 2003

KeyBank investing $5 million in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - KeyBank is spending $5 million over the next 18 months to expand its presence in Alaska, executives for the Cleveland-based bank said. "We're not doing that in every market that we do business in, and it's in direct response to the statistics we've seen relative to job growth, population growth and the need for financial services here," Patrick Swanick, KeyBank's retail banking president, said Tuesday.

Stirring memories
As July 16 passed, during an all-too-infrequent visit to Juneau (which, by the way, I always refer to as my hometown), I picked up a copy of the Juneau Empire. This stirred up old memories, such as selling papers for 10 cents a copy and, during the late 1920s, vying to be the first paper boy to board the occasional steamships. This often meant jumping aboard before the gangplank was in place.

Ashamed, embarrassed
I was so pleased to be a part of the 100-plus people who gathered on the dock Sunday evening in anticipation of visiting the Esperanza. We were excited but we also were ashamed and embarrassed that our city had been and was treating these people so shabbily. They had to struggle to find water, fuel and, of course, were denied dock space. They were arrogantly dismissed as a non-entity in the Juneau Empire.

New tax unfair to smokers
The upcoming vote on an extra tax on a pack of cigarettes is to help the city toward securing its federal or state funding for social services programs. So in order to secure the funding, the city once again looks at the minority of people who smoke and says, "let's tax them more for their habit!"

Keep tabs on politicians
Rep. Croft said it right! All of you who lost your longevity bonus, all the kids who have less spent on them for the classroom, all the special needs kids waiting for months or years on a list trying to get diagnosis or care, all the prevention programs in the schools that have been cut from lack of funding, etc. Now you see where the money went.

Greenpeace using up fuel
It is hard to imagine the amount of fossil fuel that is being used by the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza to tour Southeast Alaska. I'm sure they will be protesting North Slope and ANWR oil exploration and production as they top off their tanks with tens of thousands of gallons of JP, bunker or diesel fuel.

In defense of local dining
I feel compelled to respond to Ms. Horton's letter on Aug. 25. Her broad-brush criticisms of the restaurants in Juneau are likely a result of a very offensive dining experience. Hopefully, although we share in the industry's imperfections, it was not in one of our restaurants.

Totally dishonored
Thank you to the city of Juneau for allowing the Greenpeace ship tie up at the city dock on Sunday. Our city showed its open friendly attitude that makes me proud to be a citizen.

Photo: Tatoosh sighted
The Tatoosh, a 300-foot yacht, was tied up Tuesday at the Southeast Alaska Lighterage barge near the state ferry terminal. The Power & Motoryacht Web site described the vessel in 2002 as the world's 11th largest yacht. The New York Times reported in September 2001 that the yacht had been built by telecommunications mogul Craig McCaw, who sold it to Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen for $100 million. The yacht carried two helicopters, a 40-foot speedboat and a sailboat and has a swimming pool, the Times said.

Filling an important niche
Being without a permanent shelter does not mean a person should go without basic health care, according to the staff of a new downtown medical and dental clinic that opened Monday to treat Juneau's homeless population.

Repaired tour boat returning to service
The Orca Enterprises whale-watching fleet could be back in full force today after a carbon-monoxide problem on one of its boats sent eight people to Bartlett Regional Hospital on Sunday for treatment. Capital City Fire and Rescue transported eight people from the Auke Bay Harbor on Sunday. Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Daniel Buchsbaum, an investigator for the Marine Safety Office, said the passengers were treated and released.

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

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

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

Cohen will run for Board again
Juneau School Board President Chuck Cohen said Tuesday he will run for re-election. So far, Alan Schorr, an incumbent, and Dave Williams have been certified by the city to run for the School Board. Williams, who was certified Tuesday, is an administrator with the state Department of Health and Social Services who has put three children through the Juneau public schools.

Correction
Wednesday's story on the opening of the medical and dental clinic for homeless people in Juneau neglected to state the address of the clinic.

Corrections
Two corrections.

This Day in History
In 1903, 200 passengers landed at Seward from the Santa Ana and the day became known as Founders Day.

Horse stable? Not in these backyards
Juneau planning commissioners said they support the idea of a horse-riding business, but they unanimously rejected a proposal Tuesday to stable 40 horses on Mendenhall Loop Road beginning next spring.

Former state AG to run for Juneau mayor
More than a decade after completing his first term as Juneau mayor, former state Attorney General Bruce Botelho filed Wednesday to run for a second term. Outgoing Mayor Sally Smith said she would not run in the Oct. 7 election and endorsed Botelho. Botelho, 54, will face Dick Knapp, 74, former commissioner of the Department of Transportation. Other candidates also could file before today's 4:30 p.m. deadline.

Photo: Going up
Members of the Tongass Tribe help lift and pull carver Israel Shotridge's Sun Raven Totem Pole into place Saturday in Ketchikan. The pole now stands in front of the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus' Robertson Building. This is the third Sun Raven Totem Pole raised in the area.

Schools reopen as renovation stays on course
Juneau-Douglas High School and Floyd Dryden Middle School were ready for students Wednesday, the first day of the school year, despite ongoing construction.

Photo: Signs of the past
Juneau Parks and Recreation Department workers, Jose Islas, left, and Tony Mauk, install signs with information on the historical downtown district. Thirteen signs, painted by the Juneau Historical Society, will hang in various locations downtown.

Police & Fire
Reports by Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Photos: No fish story
Above, Jarod Winnen, left, high-fives his brother Jesse after reeling in a 33.2-pound king salmon Saturday afternoon between Shelter and Admiralty islands during the 57th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby. Jarod, a 28-year-old structural engineer in Sherwood, Ore., who was born and raised in Juneau, placed second in the Derby, two pounds behind Vickie Perry's 35.2-pound king. Jarod's other brother, Schyler, is at far right. At right, Jesse Winnen, Peter Metcalfe, Jarod Winnen and Schyler Winnen pose with Jarod's prize king.

NeighborsDigest
Meetings, announcements, applications and awards.

Pets of the week
Kit-Kat and Doc need a home.

Thank you
... to the Hangar on the Wharf

Saceda, Morrissette to marry
Rachelle Saceda of Juneau and Tracy Morrissette of Hood River, Ore., will be married at 2 p.m. on Oct. 11, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem, Ore. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. at the Cascade Hall on the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.

Eckholm, Airhart wed in Montana
Kristin Eckholm of Juneau and Travis Airhart of Missoula, Mont., were married in a ceremony on June 14 at the Missoula Children's Theatre in Missoula.

Eleanor Durling
Juneau resident Eleanor "Peggy" Jean Durling, 66, died Aug. 23, 2003, in Juneau after a battle with cancer.

Marie Fox Shakespeare
Former Douglas resident Marie Fox Shakespeare, 87, died May 10, 2003.

Leota O'Keefe
Longtime Juneau resident Leota Elizabeth O'Keefe, 88, died Aug. 4, 2003, from natural causes.

Barbara L. Williams
Former Kake resident Barbara Louise Williams, 64, died Aug. 16, 2003, in Seattle.

My Turn: Limiting our choices
Our governor demonstrates his definition of democracy in his approach to Alaska politics by first eliminating the public voice of the people in how the Tongass National Forest will be designated, so that we will not get in his way - a fine example of leadership in a democratic country like America, and the great state of Alaska.

My Turn: How to alienate passengers
Alaska Airlines announced on July 28 a change in its baggage weight policy, which, according to the company, is intended to reduce workplace injuries. Beginning Oct. 1, passengers with bags weighing 51 to 70 pounds will be charged a $25 excess baggage fee, while those with bags weighing 71 to 100 pounds will be charged a $50 fee. Items weighing in excess of 100 pounds cannot be carried as baggage. This policy is a big red herring designed to get the airline's hands deeper into passengers' pockets.

My Turn: On civic duties and our cherished rights
In the past few days, readers of the Juneau Empire have been subjected to lies and fallacies about Greenpeace, our visit to Southeast Alaska, and timber issues in the Tongass. There is not enough room on this page to respond to each of these falsehoods, so I will focus on a few key points.

Nate Strong takes his game south, way south
Nate Strong's life has gone in several directions since he led Huna ANB in its loss to the Haines Merchants in the Classic B Bracket title game of the Gold Medal basketball tournament in March.

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

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Bear runners head to Sitka
Trails lined with totems and tall trees await Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country runners Saturday as they travel to the Sitka Invitational. The Crimson Bears will get their first look at this year's Sitka Wolves squad at Saturday's meet, which will be held on a course in the Sitka National Historic Park. Sitka did not travel to last weekend's Southeast season-opening Ketchikan Invitational, where the Crimson Bear boys and girls dominated their respective races. Juneau sophomore Tyler Dinnan won the boys' race, while Crimson Bear senior Greta Thibodeau claimed the girls' title.

Natural Gas Authority asks state for $3 million to accelerate pipeline project
The Alaska Natural Gas Authority is asking the Murkowski administration for $3 million to pursue supplying gas to a Mexican project. The authority's chief executive officer, Harold Heinze, said the money would be used to accelerate engineering, timing and marketing plans for a pipeline project from the North Slope to Valdez. The authority, set up by voters in last fall's general election, is looking at supplying a project proposed by Sempra Energy of San Diego.

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation.

UA makes offer to one faculty union
ANCHORAGE - The University of Alaska has made its "last, best" offer to one of its faculty unions, according to the UA vice president for faculty and staff relations. But Alaska Community Colleges' Federation of Teachers president Bob Congdon said negotiations will continue. He also took issue with claims made by UA vice president James Johnsen in a letter to union members. "It just isn't accurate on its face," Congdon said Wednesday.

UFA petitioning for aid for salmon harvesters
Alaska salmon fishermen who can prove they have suffered economic loss due to farmed salmon imports may be able to apply for as much as $10,000 in federal aid this year.

Army shows off new training area
ANCHORAGE - There's a new 1,800-square-foot house going up at Fort Richardson, but the Army doesn't expect any permanent tenants. By next June, bullets will be whizzing inside as soldiers use the seven-room "shoot house" to learn how to clear a building of enemy combatants.

Haines featured travel destination in NY Times
When Michelle Glass, tourism director for the Haines Borough, came to work Monday, one of the first e-mails she sent was to a public relations firm she sometimes works with in Anchorage. "I sent them an e-mail asking how much we would have had to pay for media coverage like that," said Glass.

Alaska Briefs
Woman found in ditch beaten, assaulted; Two wrecks, six cars, in 10 minutes; Businessman charged with tax violations; Ship passenger charged with assaulting boy; Aggressive bear closes Glacier Bay campground

Pigs to test future site for bear sanctuary
SITKA - Sitka is better known for fishing than farming, but a local group has started raising pigs. Six young pigs were flown to the Southeast community last week from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The pigs arrived in large dog kennels. The pig project is intended as a stepping stone for Kootznahoo, Fortress of the Bears, a group that hopes to raise bears.

Special Guest opens for Everclear
Special Guest, a five-piece Juneau band formed over the past six weeks specifically for Everclear's show, will open. The group was unnamed when the tickets - "Everclear with Special Guest" - were printed. Members decided to stick with that name. "It's definitely rock 'n' roll with a hint of punk and a little bit of a groove, funk influence," said lead singer Jason Maroney. "Basically its uptempo, bounce-out-of-your-seat type of stuff."

Alone and uncool in a new town
Exactly two weeks ago, I was on the deck of the ferry Matanuska winding by the green edge of Douglas Island. As Juneau passed out of sight, a warm breeze blew across the ferry deck, and it had that crisp fall edge. I felt cozy and secure like I wanted to cook a pork roast or buy a new sweater. But all that coziness ended pretty quickly about three days later when I drove out of the last mountain pass in British Columbia and I saw the heat bending the air above the asphalt. I was in the Lower 48 and fall was months away. You can't even buy sweaters here this time of year and no one under 30 makes pork roast.

For those about to rock
O m Johari, lead singer for the all-female AC/DC tribute band Hell's Belles, has lived in Seattle for most of her life. But Juneau, where she spent five of her formidable teenage years, will always be her hometown. "The years that shape what you end up doing in your 20s is all the stuff that happened to you in your teens," Johari said. Johari, now in her early 30s, spent her 20s playing in punk and metal bands in Seattle. She formed Hell's Belles in 2000 with former lead guitarist Amy Stolzenbach. Since then, the group has become one of the most well-known bands on the West Coast.

What's happening
Everclear and Special Guest, doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Centennial Hall. Under 21 must be accompanied by a legal parent or guardian. Tickets $33.50 for general admission, $38.50 for reserved seating; available at Marlintini's Lounge and Capital Records. After-concert party at Marlintini's.

Movies where & when
"Open Range," (R) plays at 6:50 nightly at 20th Century Twin except Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30 and 31; also plays at 9:40 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, with afternoon matinees at 2 Friday, Aug. 29, and 1:30 and 4:15 Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30 and 31. There will be a special matinee at 6:50 Monday, Sept. 1.

Everclear rises again
S ince Art Alexakis formed Everclear in Portland, Ore., in 1991, the band's trajectory has been almost as turbulent as Alexakis' often manic-depressive lyrics. The group had a regional indie following for years before 1997's "So Much For The Afterglow" - behind the hit songs "I Will Buy You A New Life" and "Father Of Mine" - went double-platinum. Everclear vanished for two years, as Alexakis took care of personal issues. The group re-emerged in 2000 with a two-album concept project, "Songs From an American Movie, Volumes 1 and 2," documenting Alexakis' divorce. Then, a little burnt-out by the songload and the poor sales of "Vol. 2," it seemed to vanish again.

'Idol of the Masses' plays Centennial Hall
In person, April Boy Regino looks unassuming with a baseball cap and a shaggy long-in-back haircut. In the Philippines, he is called "Idol ng Masa" or "Idol of the Masses." His songs - a mix of pop, rhythm and blues, love standards and traditional Filipino music - are so omnipresent, he is also known as "The Jukebox King."

Lockhart, Dilley, Junior to perform at Silverbow
JUNEAU - Guitarists Josh Lockhart and James Junior and pianist Liz Dilley will play at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Silverbow. The show costs $5 at the door. Their unnamed band, together for the past month, performs all original songs written by Lockhart and Dilley. This is their first public show.

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