Friday, September 13, 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.

Be realistic
Putting or not putting a road out of Juneau has been going on for years. What we really need to focus on is the cost of construction and upkeep. Who is going to pay for it?

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.

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.

Legislated math won't balance state's budget
I would like to comment on a certain argument that keeps cropping up in a legislative races. It has been championed in the past by Bill Hudson, and now seems to be a mainstay of Cathy Muñoz. It basically goes: "The Republicans are in the majority, so we need to elect a Republican from Juneau or else no one will listen to our concerns."

For no better reason
Paul Berg, in his letter to the editor of Sept. 8 (Crossing to Fran) begins with: "As a lifelong Republican..."

Act of favoritism
I would like to express my disappointment regarding the Murkowski camp's decision to ignore our requests for their candidate to join our live televised gubernatorial debate. It came as quite a surprise to our newsroom when his debate schedule was announced (by e-mail) that KIMO (KJUD JUNEAU) was not included, though Alaska's Superstation made requests as early as July to accommodate his Senate and campaigning schedule.

Road rage
I thought we voted against a road out of town already. Now our home newspaper publisher, and a very simply majority of the Assembly and some other influential types are saying we will have that road, like it or not, or else the capital will surely migrate north or another terrorist attack will force us all to swim Lynn Canal to escape Armageddon and most likely against a minus tide, in the dead of winter.

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.

Right decision sometimes contrary to public voices
Patrick McGonegal's My Turn (Thursday's Empire) implies that voters should decide critical issues facing the Assembly. We should all remember that we do not have a democracy, where the public votes on every issue. We have a democratic republic wherein we elect decision makers and trust them to make decisions based on all the information available.

Access this
Mr. Glotfelty, of the North Pole Alaska Independence Party, wants to vacation in Alaska's capital, but he doesn't want to fly, ferry in, or swim. Only a road will do. Furthermore, he asserts that if we continue to "stonewall," his party will move the capital someplace he can vacation in.

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

Consider age, health
At Gustavus it is against the law to use your four-wheeler to take out a moose. You are supposed to be able to get permission to use your four-wheeler if you are in poor health. I am 83 years old, the same age as the pope. I have a heart pacemaker. I have other health problems but if those two won't do the job nothing else would help.

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.

Attn: Maxwell Smart
In response to the story about Larry Musarra (Wednesday's Empire), anybody who works for or near the government knows that with the highly sophisticated way they have of hiring only the best and smartest people for any given job without regard to race, color, creed, or political consideration.

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.

Worthy effort
I want to express my gratitude and admiration to JPD and Alaska Fish & Game officers for the prompt, safe and responsible manner in which they conducted themselves here at Creekside Park (aka Lemon Creek Manor) Trailer Court during the observation, containment and humane capture of one sow black bear and her three cubs during their repeat visit here recently. I am so happy with the outcome!

Good food page
Good job on the new food page. The improvements are noticeable and appreciated. I especially enjoy Ben Bohen's column with new ideas for local products. Please continue his column.

Not reason enough
At this time, I do not see any need for a war with Iraq. Saddam Hussein would be a threat to the United States only if (1) he has weapons of mass destruction; (2) he is able to deliver those weapons to the U.S.; and (3) he is willing to sign his own death warrant by participating in an attack on the U.S. that might be traced back to him.

Dad gets 4 years for cutting off baby's breathing monitor
A man who destroyed his infant son's breathing monitor because it wouldn't stop beeping was sentenced Thursday in Juneau Superior Court to four years in prison.Brian Bevelhymer, 35, pleaded guilty in July to one count of third-degree assault, a felony, stemming from an offense of Feb. 18.

Basement fire causes $25K in home damage
The family living in a Mendenhall Valley home that caught fire Thursday evening was displaced but uninjured by the blaze.Around 6 p.m. Capital City Fire and Rescue responded to the fire on Chelsea Court near Back Loop Road after an off-duty Alaska State Trooper saw heavy smoke coming from the house, said fire Capt. Jerry Godkin.

Armory, UAS center clears permit hurdle
The Juneau Planning Commission approved a conditional-use permit this week for a building that will house a University of Alaska Southeast recreation center and a National Guard armory.The 54,000-square-foot building will be constructed near the UAS Auke Lake campus on land between student housing and Auke Bay Elementary School. The facility will include a gymnasium, kitchen, locker room, classrooms, indoor track, a student lounge for the recreation center, and office space for the armory.

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:

Juneau horses to get West Nile shots
With more than 3,000 cases of West Nile virus documented in the United States, including in Montana and Wyoming, veterinarians with the Southeast Alaska Veterinary Clinic are recommending horses in Juneau be vaccinated for the virus.Dr. Barb Deyell, a veterinarian at the clinic, said authorities do not know for certain whether the West Nile virus poses a threat to Southeast Alaska horses.

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.

FYI
Births

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.

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

Photo: Rare bear rambling
A glacier bear looks for a way out of Robert Bishop's backyard Monday on Dogwood Lane in the Mendenhall Valley. The bear wandered in the yard for about 10 minutes until it found its way onto the street and ran to Duck Creek for shelter. Glacier bears, with their silvery coats, are a rare color phase of the black bear.

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

From edibles to equity
Whether it's a knife to cut vegetables or a manual to write a business plan, Deborah Marshall has spent her life in Alaska giving people tools.As a founder and former owner of Juneau's Fiddlehead Restaurant, as director of Alaska InvestNet, a nonprofit organization focused on helping entrepreneurs finance their business goals, and as a foster grandparent to an 8-year-old boy, Marshall has found satisfaction in making changes in her own backyard.

Marks, Ramirez to marry
Jocelyn K. Marks and Luis E. Ramirez, both of Juneau, will be married in a ceremony planned for 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002, at the Northern Light United Church. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at Chinook's Restaurant at the Goldbelt Hotel. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding and reception.

Neighbors Briefs
Group celebrates 10th anniversary; Women's retreat set; 'Operation Christmas Child' schedules first meeting on Saturday;

Thank you
...for the help; ...for the generosity.

Academic honors
Sharon Malaby has been named to Portland State University's dean's list by carrying a grade point average of 3.83.

Day care wins $5,000 grant
The day care at the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Juneau received a $5,000 grant last week to improve the society's services to low-income youth.

Photo: Icefield training
On an unusually sunny day in August, Lt. Col. Tim Koeneman (right), commander of the Alaska National Guard's 3rd Battalion, and Lance Miller, executive director of the Juneau Economic Development Council, visited Camp 17 to discuss possible training activities on the Juneau Icefield.

Organizing against an attack
Nearly 50 people gathered Tuesday at Northern Light United Church for a discussion about seeking peace with Iraq. The meeting was a roundtable discussion on the options available to Juneau community members who are concerned about the current U.S. political and military stance towards Iraq.

Cook, Janes to wed
Rebecca Beth Cook and Sean William Janes, both of Juneau, will be married on Sept. 14, 2002, in a ceremony at the Orca Point Lodge on Colt Island.

Joseph Bennett Sr.
Juneau resident Joseph Charlie Bennett Sr. died on Sept. 9, 2002, at his home in Juneau.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Crimson Bear runners head to Petersburg meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running team will travel to the Petersburg Invitational this Saturday - the last regular-season event before next week's Region V meet in Ketchikan.The Crimson Bears will be sending a mix of varsity and junior varsity runners to the Petersburg meet, as coaches Guy Thibodeau and Merry Ellefson try to sort out the final places on the varsity rosters for the region meet.

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.

Alaska High School Football Standings
Through games of Sept. 7

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

Crimson Bear spikers get set for Wolves
When Sitka High School volleyball coach John Franceschini compares his team to the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears, he sees teams playing at two different levels.He sees Juneau as a squad needing just a little bit of fine-tuning before it's ready to compete with the elite teams in the state. Franceschini's Wolves, on the other hand, feature several inexperienced players needing to get more varsity matches under their belts before they can compete at the same level as the Crimson Bears.

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."

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."

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

Kodiak man convicted of fraud
ANCHORAGE - A federal jury Thursday convicted Richard R. Blankenship of Kodiak of tax fraud.The jury found him guilty on six counts of failing to file a tax return, four counts of mailing threatening letters to several people including state judges, and attempting to cash a phony draft.

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.

City to return funds seized from boy's bank account
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage municipal clerk threatened to resign Thursday unless the Anchorage Assembly returned nearly $700 seized from a 6-year-old boy's savings account.By early afternoon, clerk Greg Moyer got the word: the money will be restored to David Antunes' Wells Fargo bank account. The $672.34 was to have gone toward paying some of the attorney fees of the boy's uncle, Robert W. Hayes, an Assembly candidate who unsuccessfully sued the city and Moyer last spring over an election dispute involving the winning candidate, Brian Whittle.

Lawmakers put some gas-line provisions in federal energy bill
FAIRBANKS - Congressional negotiators approved some Alaska provisions for the federal energy bill, but natural gas line tax credits and Arctic refuge oil development remained unresolved.

State Briefs
Forest Service cuts Tongass budget to pay for fires; Subaru found sunk in channel; Mat-Su teachers approve contract

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.

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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