Friday, August 30, 2002

In the Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening.

A dedication to crafts
From an old warehouse containing a couple of dead buses and a tractor, Linda Lane has re-created the Craft Carousel.

Company gets Nenana gas license
The state has issued a seven-year exploration license to Colorado-based Andex Resources to look for natural gas in the Nenana basin.

Palm Springs gets Alaska - with a bit of a twist
Palm Springs is about to get a taste of Juneau, with a twist. Juneau restaurateur Murray Damitio is opening a branch of the Twisted Fish in the desert town in October. The new restaurant will feature fresh Alaska seafood and Alaska beer on tap.

Smith named exec at Mammoth Equities
Carlton Smith has been named vice president of capital markets for Mammoth Equities, a California-based real estate firm.

Business Profile: Thuy Mai
Title and company: Owner, Thuy Mai Skincare & Cosmetics of Paris

New Builders Plaza holds grand opening
The new Builders Plaza is holding a grand opening celebration Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

N. Douglas ridership
"The Transit Development Plan" meeting held Aug. 7 will affect all bus riders. We know this plan has been scrapped to be redone.

Timely timber sale
Good news from the Forest Service. A timber sale is in the works for the Couverden area.

Pollution penalties
I am saddened to know that our waters are being polluted due to lack of judgment.

Abortion as political fodder
As a long time Alaska Republican I have opposed those ideologues in the party who insist that one or two issues would be litmus tests of membership.

Matter of concern
Negative campaigning has already begun. I received a letter signed by Tim Grussendorf making wild insinuations about Bruce Weyhrauch's campaign contributions.

No time for a strong partisan in Senate
As a retired state employee and one who has always been involved in political issues, I am dismayed over the state employee action committee (EPIC) making political endorsements without talking to or interviewing all potential candidates.

Works in Sitka
I want to thank Marc Wheeler for suggesting that Juneau tourism should look into David Crislip's collaborative leadership and processes.

Used car dealer and manager plead innocent
A former consignment used-car dealer and his former sales manager pleaded innocent to federal charges alleging they swindled their customers.

City panel opposes moratorium on dock
A new city port development committee, meeting for the first time Thursday, recommended against imposing a moratorium on new dock construction in downtown Juneau.

Cancer fund-raising races expect to draw hundreds
More than 600 runners and walkers are expected to hit the pavement and trail this Saturday in runs to raise awareness of and funds for breast and prostate cancer.

A tour through flower towers
At Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures, where uprooted trees become gardens and a flooded streambed is transformed into a sprawling trail of ponds and creeks, even the boardwalks seem to be part of nature.

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

8 appeal helicopter landings
A controversial U.S. Forest Service decision that sets the number of helicopter landings on the Juneau Icefield for the next five years has been met with eight appeals.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

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

SE loses Native leader
Stella Martin is being remembered today by the community she dedicated her life to helping.

Royal Caribbean says it will resume cash gifts to nonprofits
Royal Caribbean cruise line will resume its cash donations to nonprofits in Southeast Alaska, but will not give at the level it did before Sept. 11, said John Fox, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise spokesman.

UAS geologist Connor rocks on
Cathy Connor, a Juneau geologist and teacher, looks at our Southeast rocks and sees their stories - cinnamon trees and erupting volcanoes, advancing ice and ancient lakes.

School bus company may be sold to Illinois outfit
The local business that has bused Juneau students for 54 years may be sold to a large Illinois-based company that lost its contract with the Anchorage schools in part because of inconsistent service.

Valley HS cost increases
The proposed high school in the Mendenhall Valley will be more expensive and smaller than originally projected, but it may not cost local taxpayers more than they have agreed to pay already, said architect Paul Voelckers.

Around Town
Listings of local non-profit events.

Chinese visit to Juneau canceled
Officials from Mishan, China, will not make it to Juneau this weekend to finalize a sister city relationship.

Soccer champs
Members of the Juneau Jaguars U14 soccer team are: Front row (L-R): Joardan Savland, Cary Kelly, Nils Domke, Kanaan Bausler, Eli Bruce, Andrew Flansaas Seond row: Carlo Ebron, Daryl Lew, Jamaal Bailey, David Wrightson, Owen Kelley, Kelly Newman, Eric Choquette, Bryan Crowder Back Row: Mark Kelley (head coach), George Crowder (assistant coach) The team earned "back to back" State Cup Championships in 2001 and 2002.

Academic Honors
The University of Idaho has awarded over 9,000 cash and tuition scholarships worth $11 million to more than 5,000 students, who may attend UI for the 2002-03 academic year.

Thank you
...for all the help.

FYI
Births, Marriage Licenses, Divorces, Business Licenses and Court Records.

Rorem, Owen to wed
Larry Mathew Owen and Angela Elizabeth Rorem, both of Juneau, will be married in a ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.

Divorce recovery seminar slated
Growing Through Divorce, a six-week recovery seminar and divorce support group, will begin Monday, Sept. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Restoration Grace Outreach Center. Divorced and separated persons are welcome to attend.

A trip through the solar system
Volunteers from various nonprofit organizations and schools in Juneau, led by Marie Drake Planetarium volunteer Michael Orelove, have spent sunny days this summer painting a walkable solar system on the Twin Lakes walking trail.

Day, Nalan to marry
Angela Day of Juneau and Ken Nalan of Skagway will be married in a ceremony planned for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at the former Marie Drake Middle School.

Juneau Community Gardens sets annual Harvest Fair
The Juneau Community Garden Association will host its 10th annual Harvest Fair from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Burning Man celebration set
The 6th annual Alaskan Burning Man celebration will take place this Sunday at the False Outer Point parking area, North Douglas.

Hospice and Home Care offers training
Hospice and Home Care of Juneau is offering its fall training for In-Home Volunteers beginning Tuesday, Sept. 24. Interested applicants must pre-register by Sept. 12.

Habitat schedules garage sale
A garage sale to benefit Habitat for Humanity will be held this weekend.

Stella Martin
Lifelong Alaska resident Stella Martin died Aug. 26, 2002, in Juneau.

Harold A. Nevers
Longtime Juneau resident Harold A. Nevers died at his summer home in Eagle on Aug. 26, 2002.

Steven Sincic
Steven P. Sincic died at Point Baker, Prince of Wales Island, on Sept. 5, 2001.

Michael 'Lurch' Adams
Longtime Juneau resident Michael "Lurch" Adams died at his home Monday, Aug. 26, 2002.

Geraldine Nellie Bledsoe
Former Juneau resident Geraldine Nellie Bledsoe (Mayeda) died Aug. 18, 2002, in Redding, Calif.

Shirley Davis Mowrey
Shirley Davis Mowrey died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at her home in Santee, Calif.

My Turn: Closed primary may have strengthened participation
The day after Alaska's first primary election using six ballots, early returns reveal a resounding triumph for voters.

Word of Mouth
A forum for readers to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone.

My Turn: Cruise ship practices need more scrutiny
The recent dumping of partially treated sewage in Juneau's harbor by the M/V Ryndam underscores the need for vigorous monitoring and improved law enforcement.

My Turn: All benefit from all-Alaska pipeline
The All-Alaska gasline project will be on the November general ballot. It is titled Ballot Measure 3.

Crimson Bears take on top-ranked Bartlett
After losing to the state's second-ranked Service Cougars last weekend, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team will have to step things up a notch when the Crimson Bears travel to Anchorage to play the Alaska's top-ranked team.

Bears host Southeast runners
The performance of the Juneau-Douglas High School cross country team at last weekend's Sitka Invitational was, literally, near perfect.

Seeking the perfect fit
The nucleus is there, but the season won't be a success unless the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team can find some complementary parts.

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

Alaska High School Football Standings
Through games of Aug. 24

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

Lawsuit alleges advocates cheated clients
A lawsuit has been filed that alleges former employees of a private agency for people who can't manage their own affairs cheated clients out of money.

State education board considers new exit exam scores
If the state Board of Education adopts new passing scores for Alaska's High School Graduation Qualifying Exam, more sophomores will pass.

Ulmer says abortion will be key in governor's race
Democratic candidate for governor Fran Ulmer says abortion will be a distinguishing campaign issue between her and Republican candidate U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski.

Sheffield leads Democratic group backing Murkowski
Former Democratic Gov. Bill Sheffield and several other Democrats say Republican U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski should be the state's next governor.

Green Party candidate for governor withdraws from race
The Green Party of Alaska lost its candidate for governor today.

State calls on Nabors to mediate labor dispute
State Labor Commissioner Ed Flanagan is urging Alaska's dominant oil well drilling contractor to agree to mediation in a long-running contract standoff with its unionized workers.

Army to require hunters to register their guns
Hunters on military land will be required this year to register their guns with the Army.

Anchorage man charged with identity theft
A federal grand jury has indicted an Anchorage man on charges that he stole the identities of prisoners and dead people in order to collect tax refunds.

Hoonah man survives plunge down waterfall
A fisheries technician was swept down a 25-foot waterfall and left clinging to a boat hung up on a rock for 2 1/2 hours as torrents of water swept past him before he was finally rescued.

Primary protest: Two parties sue to block new closed-ballot system
Green and Republican Moderate party officials filed a lawsuit today in an attempt to throw out the closed-primary system that irked so many voters on election day.

Cruise ship air emissions drop; wastewater discharges mixed
The cruise ship industry has reduced smoke stack emissions in Alaska, although progress on wastewater treatment has varied this year, according to a mid-season report from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Two die in helicopter crash in wilderness near Ketchikan
Two people are dead after a helicopter crashed into a lake 30 miles east of Ketchikan, Alaska State Troopers said.

Ulmer and Murkowski present visions of health care
Fran Ulmer and Frank Murkowski laid out their plans for health care in Alaska on Thursday.

Is Arnold maturing - or simply aging?
Arnold Schwarzenegger's first meaty movie role - 1970's "Hercules in New York," later released as "Hercules Goes Bananas" - graced us with the only truly comprehensible Arnold in cinematic history: He was, mercifully, dubbed, and it never happened again.

What's Happening
Concerts

Teri Tibbett: A singer's life in Alaska
Exactly 26 years to the day after she first stepped off the ferry in Juneau, singer and guitarist Teri Tibbett will take the stage at the Back Room for a musical celebration of her life in Alaska.

Best Bets: Art films and a tour of the solar system
Music, movies and a short trip through the solar system are among the best bets this weekend.

What's up with that?
Mt. Roberts Tramway, Juneau Street Maps, POW/MIA Flag

Season for the Arts
This fall will offer more dancing and fewer concerts in the capital city. A half-dozen concerts ranging from country to classical will be staged, but the renovation project at Juneau-Douglas High School has closed the city's best venue for large concerts until at least March 2003.

The Swamp

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