Friday, September 20, 2002

On the Move
To reflect recent changes in its corporate structure, Haight & McLaughlin Inc. has changed its name to Haight & Associates Inc. Barry Begenyi and Maureen Sams, professional engineers in Alaska, have been promoted to associate positions.

The Klondike's new treasure
In 1898, Dyea, a Gold Rush town eight miles from Skagway at the beginning of the Chilkoot Trail, had some of the finest lodgings in Alaska. Kathy and Fred Hosford, proprietors of the recently opened Chilkoot Trail Outpost, would like the town to have that distinction again.The Hosfords, who have spent most of their lives in Alaska, bought land in Dyea three years ago to build a bed-and-breakfast. They hosted their first guests in April, and officially completed the lodge June 12.

Business Profile: Darleen McNaughton
Title and Company: Darleen McNaughton, owner and operator, House of Gifts.

In the Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening

Snowfree Video to add sewing machines to usual inventory
Faced with challenges in one industry and opportunities in another, Snowfree Video plans to shift part of its business to sewing machines.Frederick Hoskinson, who started Snowfree Video on Seward Street with his wife, Terry, 20 years ago, said changes in the video equipment industry have made it difficult for small retailers to survive.

Business center plans seminars
The Juneau Small Business Development Center will hold two seminars in October for those interested in starting a business.

Fran best for families
I'm beginning to think about how I was raised and how children are being raised in Alaska and America. Parents who believe that they are creating a person, rather than guiding a human, I believe begins the process of a child's split from reality. A child who fantasizes, and plays, has absolutely no false grasp of reality, and all the better if playing continues into adulthood.

The 'Dubya Doctrine'
The U.S. Constitution clearly states that only Congress can declare war. President Truman, ignoring the supreme law of the land, sought authorization from the United Nations to send the U.S. military into Korea. Three presidents followed that precedent and sought authority from SEATO (a U.N. subsidiary) to send our troops to Vietnam.

Nominally more
It pays to read the fine print. I recently learned more about the definition of the word "nominal," which my dictionary says means "insignificant, trifling." The CBJ Treasury Billing Office sent a letter describing the options we residents of Juneau have to pay our real property tax bills. One of the options is to pay by credit card. The letter says "There will be a nominal fee to make a credit card payment by phone or Internet."

Political resolution best
I am very disturbed by the warmongering rhetoric that is coming from the Bush Administration and the lack of balance in media coverage. I am totally opposed to a pre-emptive attack on Iraq. It is violation of international law. Iraq has not aggressed against us. The danger of Iraq attacking our interests or those of Israel would increase greatly by such action on our part.

Fran's plan is best
The debate over spending illustrates why Fran Ulmer is the best choice for governor.What is the critical infrastructure we need to compete successfully in the global economy, now and in the future?

Worthy principles
Unlike Will Metcalf, I did not cringe when Assembly candidate Chuck Collins presented himself as a hard-working business person who could put his considerable skills to work in the service of our community. First of all, Mr. Collins did not say that "government should be run like a business."

Grand giveaway
Let's suppose your neighborhood has a beautiful piece of wild and natural public property, abounding with trees, flowers, animals, fish, fresh air and clean water. It is a delightful area and you love taking your kids and visiting friends and relatives out to enjoy this place.

For a strong Alaska
There are crucial issues facing our great state of Alaska in the upcoming election for governor. While I do not claim to have all of the answers, I have taken the opportunity to review the positions of the leading candidates for this office.

Bad news bears
I would like to stress my concerns and anger to the Juneau Empire for advertising Juneau's rare bears. About three weeks ago on the front page was the alias "spirit bear" and just this week the "rare glacier bear." Why don't we put a target on their foreheads, take a picture of that, and put it on the front page of the Empire.

Not just here
On Sept. 11, 2002, a poem was written by a little girl here in the United States. It said that although our nation has been attacked we still stand strong with our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and best friends forever. We are united, we are hopeful, we are determined and we will not run. If we fall we will pick each other up. Our faith has not been weakened and our love has not dwindled.

Change of scenery
Forget the pea-brained thoughts of putting in an escape route road to the outside world. Some people come to Juneau because it cannot be driven to. It is for this reason Juneau still has the old-style of paying for gas after pumping. I'm sure a road out of town will change this policy to "pay before pumping" and bring all the related crimes like "grand theft auto" etc. A road out of town is the same progress which has turned the downtown into what it has become, Disneyland.

Scenic roadway
Last winter-spring several new utility poles were put up past the former end of the line on the North Douglas Highway (just short of the boat ramp parking area) on the uphill side.

Curtail spending
During the Palmer Fair an informal poll was taken at the Libertarian Party booth. The question was: How would you solve the state's "fiscal crisis"?

School Board: Morris also seeks better parent-board relations
When Julie Morris, a 42-year-old mother of five, didn't think the newspaper gave her enough information about what the new high school would look like, she went down to City Hall and gave the plans a once-over. Now that she's heard the school will cost $10 million more than originally planned, she's going to have a look at the budget."You can't just 'mess up' $10 million - something, somewhere went wrong," Morris said, sitting at her office cubicle at the state Division of Public Assistance, where she works as an assistant to the director. "Things need to be more open, so the public knows what's going on."

Photo: Autumn leaves
A couple walks hand in hand Wednesday past the Marshall seedless ash trees that are showing fall colors in Marine Park. Marginal soil conditions cause these trees to be the first to lose their leaves in the fall, according to the city parks staff.

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

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

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

Marijuana legalization group brings effort to Juneau
An office space that has sprouted up in downtown Juneau is the new headquarters of a group aiming to legalize marijuana through a statewide ballot initiative.In a storefront space at 217 Seward, a sign on the door quotes former Gov. Jay Hammond: "It's hypocritical to punish users of marijuana while legally sanctioning the use of alcohol." A freshly painted mural of marijuana leaves emblazons the front window.

School Board: Muldoon wants more money for at-risk students
Will Muldoon, 18, a self-defined former "fringe kid" who attends Yaakoosge Daakahidi alternative high school, decided to run for the Juneau School Board because he feels the system doesn't do enough for kids like him."I don't think important programs like the CHOICE program and Yaakoosgé get enough representation," Muldoon said. "I'm 18 and I'm ready to get started (working for more representation)."

School Board: Kerr worries about overcrowding, students' innocence
Jeremy Kerr, a Catholic youth minister, probably would have waited until next year to run for the Juneau School Board if a priest hadn't dared him to file."My boss, Father Tony (Dummer) out at St. Paul's said, 'You're a good kid, you have all these good ideas, but I don't think you're really going to do it,' " Kerr said. "I was like, 'OK, all right,' the gloves had been thrown."

School Board: Kikendall wants more vocational/technical classes
If you ask him, Steve Kikendall will tell you he's not the type to bother with the pretense of removing his ball cap when going indoors. And, now that he is campaigning for the Juneau School Board, he wears his Tyler Rental cap, with a blue "Kikendall for School Board" button on it, everywhere he goes. "Half the people think my name is Steve Tyler, because of Tyler Rental," he said, gesturing at his cap.

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

A different perspective can bring change to our lives
Perspective, the way we look at things, can have a profound impact on our actions and on our state of happiness.Imagine this scene: An employee, George, grants a loan to his friend and co-worker Claire. Claire is unable to repay the loan on time. For a while George accepts Claire's excuses as the loan becomes months overdue. Ultimately, in frustration, George takes her to small claims court and wins the full amount of the loan, with interest and court costs. Claire promises to pay the judgment and pleads with George for more time, but in short order George proceeds to attach Claire's property.

Neighbors Briefs
Helping Hands seeks volunteers; Area campground closures announced; Museum offers free winter admission; Bookmark contest now taking entries; Groups can earn Money by cleaning; Charter school taking applications

An incentive for civic responsibility
Imagine if every college student around the country was given the responsibility of orchestrating a civic project. Just imagine the spectrum of learning if each student dedicated a single day of their college career to executing a project of their interest to help strengthen their sense of community. It would be a positive endeavor for the students, the universities and communities across the country if a national public service program became a requirement for receiving a college diploma.

Thank you
...for the hard work; ...for the help; ...for the gift

Photo: Sportsmanship winners
Juneau Soccer Club's Juneau All Stars are pictured after winning the boys' U12 Pele Award at the recent 2002 Zane Cup U11, U12 state championships in Anchorage.

An age to be honored
At an age when most people are happy to be done with work, Jim Tyner, 74, can't seem to get enough of it."It's interesting. It keeps your mind nimble and pays for the grub," Tyner said. "When I was a young a sailor I fritted away my money on wild women and booze - that's what most sailors do, you know - so I don't really have a choice now," he laughed.

Myrna Lura Peters
Former Juneau resident Myrna Lura Peters, 73, died Sept. 6, 2002, at her home in Shell Knob, Mo.

Catherine 'Kitty' Gair
Former Juneau resident Catherine "Kitty" Gair, 89, died Sept. 13, 2002, at her home in Wasilla.

Marilyn McKinnon-McArdle
Former Juneau resident Marilyn McKinnon-McArdle, 58, died Sept. 8, 2002, in Tucson, Ariz.

My Turn: A road is the only logical choice
Thank you to the five Assembly members that voted to support completion of the Juneau Access EIS! They voted to continue the public process that was derailed by the Knowles-Ulmer administration in an autocratic decision.

Crimson Bear gridders to face T-Birds
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team can be forgiven if the players take a wrong turn and head toward the East Anchorage sidelines during their game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.Standing on the East sidelines will be three former Juneau coaches, which will give this week's Cook Inlet Football Conference finale for the Crimson Bears a hometown feeling. This is Juneau's last chance to win a CIFC game this season, with only next weekend's non-conference home game against the Colony Knights remaining on the schedule.

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

Juneau swimmers bound for Sitka meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School swim team is nearly halfway through its 13-week season, but many Crimson Bear swimmers are still waiting to compete in their first meet of the fall.A lot of new faces will be making the trip to the Sitka Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Juneau's second competition of the season. Since the team can only take 22 of its 40-plus swimmers and divers to road meets, Crimson Bear coach John Wray said the Juneau squad going to the Sitka will be almost entirely different than the one that travelled to Petersburg on Sept. 6-7.

Juneau spikers sweep at Bartlett
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team went north to see where it stood against the best teams in the state.If the Crimson Bears continue play the way they did in claiming a 15-5, 15-8, 15-7 sweep over the Bartlett Golden Bears on Wednesday night at Anchorage's Bartlett High School, the Crimson Bears will do very well indeed this season.

Alaska High School Football Standings
Through games of Sept. 14

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

Alaska High School Football Leaders
The individual high school football leaders in the state through games of Sept. 14, as compiled by the Anchorage Daily News. Statistics are for reported games only through Week 6.

Alaska Swimming Top 16 Times
Here are Alaska's top 16 times in each event for the 2002 high school swimming season. This list is compiled by Juneau-Douglas High School swim coach John Wray and is through meets of Sept. 14. It includes all reported meets.

Juneau volleyball sweeps at Wasilla
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team remained perfect on the season after claiming a 15-6, 15-9, 15-4 sweep over the defending Class 4A state champion Wasilla Warriors on Thursday night in Wasilla.

Juneau X-C squad runs to Region V meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running team has been far out in front of its Region V-Class 4A rivals since the Crimson Bears' feet first hit the trails this fall.But that doesn't matter now that the season has reached its final lap. The Crimson Bears will be running with state berths on the line at the Region V meet Saturday in Ketchikan.

Lawmaker accused of improper campaign spending
ANCHORAGE - A former state lawmaker and his brother have accused state Sen. Dave Donley of using campaign and office funds to pay for personal expenses.Former Democrat Rep. David Finkelstein and his brother Michael filed a complaint Tuesday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission against the Anchorage Republican.

Man faces term of 25 years for fatal DWI crash
ANCHORAGE - A drunken driver who injured two people and killed a child in a fiery Parks Highway crash last year has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and first-degree assault, according to a plea agreement presented Thursday in Anchorage Superior Court. John Knauss, 43, will be sentenced to 25 years in prison if Judge Michael Wolverton accepts the plea deal.

Forest Service offers assistance with road, ferry upgrades
CRAIG - U.S. Forest Service officials Wednesday offered to help Southeast Alaska community and business leaders find new federal forest dollars for highway upgrades and ferry links.Speaking Wednesday in Craig at the annual meeting of the Southeast Conference, Alaska Deputy Regional Forester Steve Brink offered ideas to leverage federal money for road and ferry improvements.

State Briefs
Republican Moderates and Dems change candidates; GOP accuses state's largest newspaper of biased reporting; It's official: State releases primary results; Time capsule opening awaits decision; Alaska couple's truck ransacked in Whitehorse

Mayors ask for fishing disaster declaration
CRAIG - The Southeast Conference of Mayors on Wednesday decided to ask Gov. Tony Knowles to declare Southeast Alaska a disaster area because of the collapse of the salmon market this summer.Metlakatla Mayor Victor Wellington, who has been a commercial fisherman for 45 years, introduced the proposal because of this summer's low salmon prices, he said. The state has made disaster declarations because of low salmon returns in Western Alaska, but ignored Southeast fishermen, he said.

B-and-B offers bear viewing - but do guests want it inside the house?
FAIRBANKS - Barbara Claspill advertises "a view of the wilderness" to potential guests at her Stampede Road bed-and-breakfast.The wilderness opened the door and walked inside early Saturday.

New Kivalina teachers quit, citing threats
ANCHORAGE - Two new teachers have left the Kivalina school since classes started last month, citing threats of physical harm from students and disagreements over teaching philosophy.The complaints arose less than seven months after school district officials took the unusual step of shutting down the school in the Northwest Alaska village in response to teachers who said they were verbally and physically intimidated by students.

State Briefs
Police seek youths in theft ring; Regional organizations oppose session move; Labor group opposes moving Legislature; Troopers investigate death of Alakanuk woman; Anchorage hotel shut down in bankruptcy case; Anchorage pioneer Oro Stewart dead at age 85; State fair nets thousands of pounds for recycler

Scientists spot rare northern right whale
ANCHORAGE - For the first time in more than a century, a northern right whale calf has been sighted in the eastern North Pacific Ocean. Scientists say the calf offers hope that the world's most endangered whales may yet escape extinction.

West Nile virus case turns up in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Alaska has confirmed its first reported case of West Nile virus, in a 77-year-old man from the Chicago suburbs who is hospitalized in Anchorage.Officials with the Alaska Division of Public Health said Wednesday the man was bitten by an infected mosquito in Illinois and is not contagious. The man's name was not released.

SE leaders back ferry changes
CRAIG - The Southeast Conference on Thursday supported a restructuring of the management of the Alaska Marine Highway System without indicating a preferred option.The regional organization, which formed more than 40 years ago to encourage the development of a state ferry system, reviewed possible changes to the ferry system's management during its annual meeting in Craig this week. Members include business and community leaders from Southeast Alaska.

Fish and Game, timber industry at odds over culverts
ANCHORAGE - The timber industry and the state Department of Fish and Game appear to be headed for a showdown over how best to protect streams that produce trout, grayling, Dolly Varden and other species.The timber industry is balking at some state requirements for permits to build logging roads across streams.

Kivalina sues Red Dog Mine, citing water woes
ANCHORAGE - An arm of the northwest Alaska village of Kivalina filed suit against operators of the Red Dog Mine on Thursday, claiming the mine violates the federal Clean Water Act.The suit filed in U.S. District Court by the Kivalina Relocation Planning Committee said Teck Cominco's own required reports at the world's largest zinc mine show that it systematically violates its federal water permit.

Movies where & when
"XXX," (PG-13) ends Thursday, Sept. 19, last show at 7 p.m. at the 20th Century Twin.

Best Bets: Top choices: Moving pictures - and those on canvas
Juneau artist Dan DeRoux is debuting a score of new paintings, the fruition of a year's work, at a one-night-only show Friday at the Hangar on the Wharf. DeRoux is an accomplished painter with three decades of experience as an artist. His work is full of imagination, color and subtle and not-so-subtle references to classical art. Rather than stage a gallery or studio show, he's setting up the Hangar Ballroom as a gallery. The show and reception are short and sweet, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Theater season's theme: Go big
A special presentation of "The Vagina Monologues" is among the productions in store for Perseverance Theatre's upcoming season. Eve Ensler's hit play, "The Vagina Monologues," will be produced this winter as a special event. Following one performance in Juneau, director Anita Maynard-Losh and the three-person cast will tour the show through a half-dozen Alaska villages.

What's Happening
Theater

Fall series: From literary tourism to crab reproduction
• Sept. 20: "Literary Tourism and the Victorian Woman Author," Alexis Easley, assistant professor of English at UAS and Pamela Parker, associate professor of English, Whitworth College.

Pride Chorus invites women to join
JUNEAU - The Juneau Pride Chorus invites women who enjoy singing to attend the group's September and October rehearsals. Chorister Corin Whittemore said women can attend three or four of the upcoming rehearsals for fun, and stay for the season if they enjoy singing with the group.

Performer features works of int'l poets
Fern Davye of Arizona, who performs the poetry of a range of international, contemporary poets, will take the stage at the University of Alaska Southeast on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Davye will perform at 8 p.m. in Hendrickson 113 and admission is free.

The man behind the walrus faces
Dan DeRoux brought the world's religious leaders together this year.He also flooded a desert, put a screaming monkey in a cardboard box and staged a dozen Degas ballerinas on the shore of the Bering Sea. The Juneau artist is known for juxtaposing landscapes and characters on canvas, creating colorful and sometimes bizarre paintings. DeRoux is debuting 20 new paintings at a one-man, one-night-only show from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the Hangar Ballroom.

What's up with that?
Q: I've been on the state ferries a number of times, but I just completed my first trip on the Kennicott. That big car elevator at the back of the ship looks impressive, but I can't figure out just what purpose it is supposed to serve. Also, there were little boxes scattered on the walls of the ship that said "Detex Watchclock." What do they do?

Bringing Mae West back to life
Two lonely souls meet at the grave of their idol, where they've come to pay tribute on the anniversary of her death. "Dirty Blonde," opening Friday at Perseverance Theatre, follows the relationship of Jo and Charlie, devoted fans of film and stage icon Mae West. The play also traces West's life, from her early years as a young vaudevillian upstart to wisecracking sexy film star to the lonely isolation of her later years.

Evening at Egan showcases UAS talent
Like Elvis fans headed to Graceland, devotees of writers such as Charlotte Bronte traveled Victorian England to pay tribute at the homes of their literary idols. "It's almost as if they were religious shrines," said Alexis Easley. "Visitors would take relics, bits of wood or grass, home to cherish. This is how important these poems and novels were to people in the 19th century."

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