Thursday, September 12, 2002

Family Birth Center hires new midwife
The Juneau Family Birth Center has hired midwife Jennifer Sanford.Sanford, her husband, Jeffrey, and their children, Evan and Kyle, are from Las Cruces, N.M.

Capital Records to close Valley store, concentrate on its downtown location
Capital Records, Juneau's only independent full-service music store, will close its Nugget Mall location at the end of the month, said store owner Rob Cohen.Cohen said he will re-focus his energies on his downtown location.

Business Profile: Roy Freeburg
Title and company: Field supervisor, C&C Steamway Services.

In the Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening

Under one roof
After 19 years of building homes in Juneau, Kelly Stephens, president of Superior Builders, decided he wanted to make the process easier.Stephens, with the help of his parents, Loren and Darlene Stephens, who started Superior Builders in 1962, opened the Builders Plaza in May. The 17,600-square-foot building is behind Valley Lumber on Crest Avenue and was designed for businesses in the building industry.

BP donates building for nonprofits
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's nonprofits and education groups have been handed a building worth $7.1 million to use free of charge.

Process ignored
After listening to the City and Borough Assembly of Monday, I feel deeply disturbed. Not only was the public process ignored, but also the majority opinion expressed by the public in a vote on the Juneau preferred alternative (marine access) was completely disregarded.

Five did the right thing
Thank you to the five courageous Assembly members who voted to put Juneau in favor of the EIS for improved access. The five members who deserve our support for their leadership and fulfillment of their elected duties are Deputy Mayor Ken Koelsch, Randy Wanamaker, Dale Anderson, Jeanie Johnson and Don Etheridge.

Fran supports keeping capital in hometown
Fran Ulmer has worked hard to help make Juneau the best capital city it can be. Let's make one thing perfectly clear: Fran Ulmer supports keeping the capital in Juneau. She's lived here for 29 years, raised her family here, and devoted countless hours to serving the people of Juneau.

The best of intentions
I acknowledge that Ken Koelsch and his press gang rammed a midnight road resolution through the Assembly with the best of intentions. The issue was too important for the niceties of public process and the respect for the public they signify. After all, even though Juneau voted against the road, it was close, and we're all damn sick of it so they just had to bring it up again (no wait, that makes no sense).

Freedomless places
The Assembly voted on a proposal to support completion of Juneau road access environmental impact study. They did this without any public comment or input. I was unable to exercise my right to voice my support or concerns. The public should know those that would undermine a public process. This serious offense leads us down a dangerous path.

Remembering 09-11-01
When I awoke a few days after Sept. 11 to the sound of a jet taking off from the Juneau Airport, it was as if everything was the way it should be. Later at work, when I saw and heard my first floatplane and helicopter in over a week of silence, it validated what I had felt earlier. I had long ago associated the sound of helicopters and planes with freedom.

No time for talk
There was no "public process" when the governor unceremoniously confiscated the EIS road funds for other purposes. Why is it that some Assembly members find that it is now necessary to have a public debate?

Smoky haze
Yesterday, 11 September, was notably a day of special remembrance and reflection. Unfortunately, most citizens living, working, and visiting in the downtown area will also remember this particular 11 September as one with a morning filled with an unsettling and unsightly smoky haze.

Quid pro quo?
Is our government a business? It seems so, with Assembly member Koelsch and four others using the handy quid-pro-quo mechanism in the last major Assembly vote regarding road access. We'll scratch Anchorage's back, voting on a road, while they scratch ours, keeping the Capital-move dog on a leash.

Fived showed courage
Congratulations to Assembly members Koelsch, Etheridge, Johnson, Anderson and Wanamaker for showing courage as leaders. Their support of the resolution calling for completion of the EIS for the Juneau Access project with a preferred alternative of a road up the east side of Lynn Canal is the action needed to keep Juneau as Alaska's capital

Damaging spectacle
Once again, Don Etheridge joined Koelsch & Company in steamrolling over public opinion and avoiding the possibility of public input. On Monday night he voted to promote the road into Juneau, in spite of the citizen vote preferring improved ferry service. Furthermore, he would not even delay the discussion and the vote one week so that there would be an opportunity for a public hearing on the matter.

Vacation access
Finally some wisdom coming out of Juneau. For years we have wanted to drive to Juneau for a vacation. There are thousands more in Alaska that would make the drive for a vacation in our capital city.

Road has nothing to do with moving the capital
Those who are convinced the capital-move efforts would be put to rest if only Juneau had a road might ask themselves why no one has ever suggested moving the capital to Haines. Haines, after all, has a road and would be the cheapest possible place to move the capital.

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

Airport study delayed
A federal study that evaluates new development and safety projects at the Juneau Airport is taking longer to complete than earlier thought.August's scheduled release of a draft environmental impact statement has been delayed until February. A final decision is expected in September 2003, Ken Wallace, project manager with SWCA Inc., told the Juneau Airport Board on Wednesday.

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

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

Wildflower Court aims to switch to nursing beds
Wildflower Court, a nursing home and assisted-living facility in Juneau, has asked the state for permission to convert all of its beds to serve people who need nursing care.The state will hold a public hearing on the application from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Juneau Public Library downtown.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the last name of Juneau clinical psychologist Destiny Sargeant was misspelled in Tuesday's Empire.

Schoonover admits to burglary, not to rape
A man accused of breaking into a woman's home last year and sexually assaulting her pleaded guilty to reduced charges Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court.Ora Schoonover, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary, a felony, stemming from an offense of Nov. 17.

Capital city encounters a year of security changes, challenges
Passengers at the Juneau Airport navigate remodeled screening checkpoints and parking lots. State ferry travelers show photo identification. And people walking along the dock downtown encounter occasional detours.One year after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, security in Juneau is tighter. And along the city's docks and at the airport, new procedures are visible.

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

Ex-guardsman on FBI watch list
Larry Musarra's trouble with the FBI began in late June, when the retired Coast Guard lieutenant commander, his wife Linné and their 12-year-old son Tim, who is developmentally disabled, checked in at the Juneau Airport. They were on their way to Portland, Ore., where Tim would attend a special school. At the Alaska Airlines electronic check-in kiosk, Musarra typed in his confirmation code and the machine displayed a message asking him to see an attendant.

Juneau recalls events 1 year later
At the Village Barbershop, crew cuts never go out of style and a walk-in customer, waiting for his $14 trim, may peruse a copy of Easy Rider Magazine with a leggy blonde sitting astride a muscled Harley on the cover. There, over the buzz of a vintage pair of clippers, cowboy-booted barber Joe Shepherd reflected on the eve of Sept. 11. "I was in bed when I heard about it (last year), and at first I thought it was a small plane, so I didn't get up." "No need to sober up for that," quipped the barber next to him, his client chuckling in the chair.

Remembering the unforgettable
People mourned, celebrated, dared to hope, reached out and knew they weren't alone as they remembered Sept. 11, 2001, during two memorial services in Juneau on Wednesday.Nearly 200 people including firefighters, police, members of the U.S. Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers huddled around a granite monument commemorating servicemen and women who died Sept. 11 as well as local law enforcement personnel. The Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary Club used the midday ceremony as a way to thank local authorities as well as dedicate the monument, a permanent fixture at Riverside Rotary Park.

Nurse, Ochs marry
Adam D. Ochs and Cleo P. Nurse were married in a private ceremony on March 29 in San Diego, Calif.

Staying in contact with the FSS is important in an emergency
Every year at this time it seems that I write about weather and the related problems that are associated with weather. It goes without saying that weather this year has been less than great. There seemed to be an inordinate amount of rain this summer, which continues to fall as I write. Though this is an important subject for pilots another equally important issue is raising it's ugly head. What does the pilot who is caught away from their home airport do in the event of a national emergency?

Thank you
...for everyone's help

Why grow fickle bulbs in Southeast Alaska?
What is there about hiding these little eggs in the garden that appeals to us all so much? Why would we dig up our flowerbeds, lift the carefully grown perennials and bury these fleshy little buds in the soil we have so lovingly prepared? Who, in their right mind would continue to perform an act that pays off so irregularly?

Dore, Israelson wed
On Aug. 24, Tyler Israelson married Kristina Dore. The groom is the son of Ted and Sunny Israelson. The bride is the daughter of Jack and Terri Gregson.

SEARHC Foundation gives first grant
The SEARHC Foundation, a nonprofit corporation founded in 2001 to help cover the growing cost of health care in Southeast Alaska, gave its first grant on Monday to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium."This is a big step for SEARHC," said Ken Brewer, president of SEARHC and member of the SEARHC Foundation board of directors. "We're fulfilling a wish that we made three years ago when we realized that we weren't fulfilling the health care needs of Native Southeast Alaskans."

Pets of the week
Suzie is a lovely short hair female tabby who is a former stray from the Lemon Creek area. Maria is a medium hair, black, spayed female who is a former stray from the Amalga Harbor area.

Corn: Late summer delight
Corn enjoys an almost mythical status in the history of civilization in the Americas. Grown by the native Americans of Mexico up to 7,000 years ago, the cultivation of corn had spread long before Columbus arrived and found it growing in Hispaniola.There are five major varieties of corn grown. Among them are: dent corn, which is used mainly as fodder for livestock; flour corn, which, as its name suggests, is ground into flour and meal; and the glorious snack popcorn.

Walter Liddle Jack Jr.
Walter Liddle "Nagoodi" "Sielak" Jack Jr., also known as B-Boy, recently died in Angoon. His body was found in Mitchell Bay on Sept. 6, 2002. The date of his death is unknown because he was missing for 19 days.

MaryAnn Wentz
Life-long Alaska resident MaryAnn Wentz died Sept. 6, 2002, at her home.

Minda Bautista Quiño
Juneau resident Minda Bautista Quiño died Sept. 8, 2002, in Juneau.

Raymond F. Gliniecki
Juneau resident Raymond Francis Gliniecki died Sept. 5, 2002, in Juneau.

My Turn: Let Juneau voters decide
Who runs this town? I'll start this letter with the opening paragraphs from an article in Tuesday's Empire: "The Juneau Assembly on Monday voted 5-4 in favor of completing a Juneau access study and its preferred alternative - a road into Juneau. "Deputy Mayor Ken Koelsch said he presented the motion at the end of Monday's meeting because of a pending legislative session-move vote and concerns about Juneau's isolation in the days leading up to the anniversary of Sept. 11.

Empire editorial: It is time to send a strong, unified message to Alaskans
The CBJ Assembly's action to support completion of the Juneau Access Environmental Impact Study (EIS) has placed the issue of "the road" squarely on the front burner.At a time when Juneau should be seeking long-term strategies to fortify its status as the state capital, it is unfortunate that the community is so rudderless when it comes to making the necessary decisions for its greater good.

Empire editorial: Anniversary offers opportunities
A year and a day ago, it might have been hard for many Americans to understand President Franklin D. Roosevelt's expression of concern in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor. "Overconfidence and complacency are among our deadliest of all enemies," he said.

Good takes root in the ashes
Today, as we revisit the horrible and indelible images of a year ago, the pain of the loss is as real now as it was then. Our nation has changed in many ways over the past year. Looking past the deep and abiding wound our country suffered on that day, we should also reflect on the positive things that have taken root in the ashes of ruin.

State Footabll Leaders
The individual high school football leaders in the state through games of Sept. 7, as compiled by the Anchorage Daily News.

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

Alaska High School Football Standings
Through games of Sept. 7

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

Crimson Bears seek end to their bad luck
It seemed like Friday the 13th came a week early for the Juneau-Douglas High School football team.Not only did the Crimson Bears suffer their fourth straight loss last Friday - a 24-14 defeat to the West Anchorage Eagles, who hadn't won in more than four years - but Juneau also lost four starters to injuries.

Juneau man 270th in USA Triathlon nationals
Heath Jabs of Juneau finished 270th overall in the USA Triathlon National Age Group Championship held Aug. 31, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.Jabs, 29, covered the 1.5-kilometer swim, 40K bike, 10K run course in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 17 seconds - a time that included a two-minute penalty in the bike leg for drafting - and finished 49th in the men's age 25-29 division. Without the two-minute penalty, Jabs would have finished in a tie for 239th place overall.

Alaskans remember attacks a year later
ANCHORAGE - Alaskans marked the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with ceremonies, processions, prayers and flowers.Communities around the state observed a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. today to mark ceremonially the time the first of two commercial jets struck the World Trade Center in New York last year. American Airlines Flight 11 struck the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, at 8:46 a.m. EST, four hours ahead of Alaska time.

Couple settles bingo suit for $400K
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage couple running one of Alaska's biggest bingo operations has paid the state $400,000 to settle civil fraud charges accusing them of bilking charities out of profits.Mark and Sue Griffin were accused by the state in 1998 of squeezing excessive rents and management fees from nonprofit groups, which by law are supposed to benefit from bingo and pull-tab games. A trial was scheduled to begin next month.

Alaskans remember with flags and flowers
ANCHORAGE - Alaskans commemorated Sept. 11 with quiet remembrances of heroes lost and preparations for possible follow-up attacks that never came.Federal military installations remained on a higher than normal alert but reported no unusual activity. Activity also was routine for Alaska State Troopers, the trans-Alaska pipeline, the Coast Guard and airports.

Alaska's homeland security czar works on communication
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Homeland Security Commissioner Drew Dix says his office is trying to develop techniques to condense cumbersome intelligence data into information people throughout the state can quickly and easily interpret. "There's lots of information that's being collected across the country and it's being sent to us in raw data form," Dix told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. "What we're trying to do is provide people with useful one-liners of what they need to know."

Tribal hunting rules stalled
FAIRBANKS - Efforts to give Alaska Native tribes the authority to manage seal, walrus and whale hunting appear to have stalled for another year in Congress.The House Resources Committee held its last official markup session of the year today and amendments to the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act were not taken up, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

BP Exploration's GTL plant misses startup
KENAI - BP Exploration Alaska Inc.'s gas-to-liquid plant in Nikiski failed to meet its startup goal, but officials aren't worried.BP had wanted the $86 million plant to produce its first barrel of synthetic fuel by April. But the plant fell prey to the normal pitfalls any new startup might encounter.

State Briefs
Alaska Zoo gets rare snow leopards; Sitka couple faces drug charges; Sockeye price-fixing case set for trial; Academy student accidently shoots himself; Zutz murder suspect to remain in adult jail; Quakes rattle Kodiak, Cook Inlet; Anchorage OKs tax break for building

Murkowski, Ulmer favor road study
With the support of the Juneau Assembly and gubernatorial candidates Fran Ulmer and Frank Murkowski, completion of the environmental impact statement for a road connecting Juneau with the rest of Alaska's highway system could be in the works.The Juneau Assembly on Tuesday voted 5-4 in favor of a motion urging the state to complete an environmental impact statement and its preferred alternative of a road connecting Juneau and Skagway.

State Briefs
State warns of PSP danger from Excursion Inlet mussels; Princess to unveil smaller cruise ship; State looks to recoup firefighting costs; Minto man stabbed at camp;

Norton: No need for citizen panel for pipeline
FAIRBANKS - Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton says a citizens' panel to oversee the trans-Alaska oil pipeline is not needed."What I've heard from the Interior (Department) people in Alaska is that the new proposal duplicates some of things we're already doing with public input," Norton told reporters Tuesday. "They feel that working through the existing processes would be better than creating a new process."

Singers wanted for memorial concert
Juneau Lyric Opera singers past and present are welcome to sing in the chorus for Jane Stewart's memorial service. Stewart, who died in August, was an enthusiastic arts advocate in Juneau for many years and one of the founders of Juneau Lyric Opera.

Movies where & when
"Pluto Nash," (PG-13) ends Thursday, Sept. 12, last show at 6:30 p.m. at Glacier Cinemas.

Best Bets: A requiem, a quest and classical guitar
B ob Dylan wrote about knockin' on heaven's door, but Gabriel Faure wrote about getting in.Faure's Requiem is one of the highlights of this weekend's arts and entertainment offerings. The arts are picking up and this weekend three concerts, a barn dance, a live-action role-playing game and a studio art show mark the kind of opportunities available throughout the fall.

What's happening
Concerts

Questers face the dark knight
Actors and ananchronists will transform Treadwell into a realm of mystery and imaginary danger this weekend. A game of Quest will be played Saturday amid the ruins of the historic mining town of Treadwell, just south of Douglas, and along the forested trails inland of Sandy Beach. Bill Thompson of Juneau organized a group of volunteers to stage the role-playing game, which is based loosely on the computer game Quest. The event is free and open to the public.

Labor of love brings music to life
Juneau musician Bruce Simonson has assembled a choir of two dozen singers and more than a dozen musicians to bring the music of Bach, Mendelssohn and Faure to the community. The two free concerts are a labor of love for Simonson, who is conducting as well as producing the performances. Simonson said music serves as antidote and inspiration in difficult times and he hopes this music might provide some solace for those who may be sad or introspective around the anniversary of Sept. 11. He said it's also an opportunity to simply experience truly wonderful chamber music on its own terms.

What's up with that?
Q: What's up with all the flags that are flying from the Juneau Yacht Club? There are lots of them. Are they from other yacht clubs? I noticed that the German flag was flying there until recently.

Open studio, show by Rick Clair
JUNEAU - Juneau artist Rick Clair is hosting an open house and art show this weekend. "It's an on open studio show," Clair said. "I'll have some new originals, some prints and larger canvases.

A unique style and an unusual guitar
Classical guitarist Paul Galbraith arrived with 26 strings the last time he performed in Juneau. Galbraith performed in January with his group, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet. He's returning to the capital city without his fellow musicians and their three six-string classsical guitars for a concert Sunday night showcasing his talents as a soloist on his unique eight-string guitar.

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