Thursday, October 10, 2002

Married on the Mendenhall
Finding the proverbial "something blue" wasn't a problem when Greg Morger and Maura Rabbette came to Juneau in September to get married. The couple flew to the top of the Mendenhall Glacier and were married on a deep-blue ice pack that took their breath away. "It was the best color blue I've ever seen in my life," said Morger.

Business briefs
Local chiropractor honored by group; Chamber of Commerce to hold annual meeting; Alaskan Brewing wins two medals at American competition

Business Profile: Seong Kim
Title and Company: Owner and operator of Seong's Sushi Bar and Chinese take-out.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Justin McDonald leaving TAKU-105
The host of TAKU-105's morning programming will leave the radio station Friday.Justin McDonald, who also serves as the station's program director, will take a position as operations manager of KBYR-AM 700 in Anchorage.

AK Air system expands across U.S.
WASHINGTON - Federal officials are expanding a navigation system developed by Alaska Airlines that will let planes fly closer together, prevent crashes into mountains and, perhaps, become part of a system to prevent hijackers from flying planes into buildings or other structures. The Federal Aviation Administration will establish the automated system at San Francisco International Airport next month, and plans to eventually deploy it at other airports. Many commercial aircraft already have the equipment required to use the system.

Murkowski has better school plan
Fran Ulmer's campaign is doing its best to make you believe she has a detailed education plan. I've read it: she doesn't.

Without a doubt
Over the past few months I have been dealing with Cathy Muñoz. I have been very impressed by her deep grasp of issues vital to the community as well as her deep and undivided compassion toward the plight of the Filipinos.

Extreme tactics
Opponents of Fran Ulmer are using some of the most baseless, extreme tactics to vilify their opponent that I have seen in my 24 years in Alaska. Frank Murkowski is apparently steadily slipping in the polls as he continues to avoid the issues and throws out unfounded ideas based on ideology rather than common sense. But to slur longterm and hard-working Alaskans as the SAFE campaign is doing is stooping too low to save their candidate.

Muñoz will be effective
I am going to vote for Cathy Muñoz for the state Senate, because I think she has a better chance to be an effective senator than the present incumbent. She will be in the majority, with a good opportunity to serve on important committees such as the finance committee. Cathy previously served as finance chairwoman on the Juneau Assembly. The incumbent as a member of the Senate minority failed to get confirmed to serve on the finance committee.

Prefers Murkowski on education
Frank Murkowski is the man for the job as governor of Alaska. He is behind superior education and cares for Alaska's children by supporting the full funding of K-12 schools to meet and exceed state benchmarks, as well as holding schools and students accountable for student learning.

Ulmer a strong boss
If you don't want to put in a full work day, don't work for Fran Ulmer. I worked for her in the late 1970s and I've never had a tougher, more ethical boss.

Need more debates
Mike Doogan's article in Sunday's Anchorage Daily News sets out good reasons why Murkowski is now trailing Ulmer in the omnipresent polls. And he goes still further when he correctly analyzes that the Murkowski team's wild attempt to link Ulmer to some "ugly" environmentalist agenda is just not working.

Murkowski's road plans look to the future
Republican gubernatorial candidate Frank Murkowski has suggested long-range surface transportation planning that includes an expanded highway system.

Planners need to listen more
This evening I attended the tail end of the Juneau Planning Commission public hearing to allow adjacent property owners to present their views on a proposed seafood processing plant to be build in Auke Nu Cove, immediately adjacent to the ferry terminal. Unfortunately, I had another meeting I had to attend earlier, so I missed much of the public input and had no opportunity to offer mine (I'm a resident within the affected area). What I did hear disturbed me a great deal.

Support Muñoz
I would like to tell everyone what a wonderful opportunity you have on Nov. 5 to put Cathy Muñoz in place as your senator. She would be the shot in the arm that Juneau needs. It is very important that Juneau be represented with majority members, and Cathy fits the bill nicely.

Not closing
South East Alaska Medical Suppliers (SEAMS) and Cornerstone Home Health would like to make it clear that neither agency is closing. SEAMS has been serving our region's need for home medical equipment and supplies, including oxygen for nearly 11 years. Cornerstone has been providing home health care services for over five years.

War leads to more war
A week ago President Bush let slip that his intentions about Iraq come at least in part from a family grudge, Hussein being "a guy that tried to kill my dad."

Schools should foster debate
Thursday's Empire quoted School Board member Chuck Cohen as expressing deep concern over what might happen if a "significant majority" of students and teachers believed in and participated in a "Day of Prayer."

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

Photo: Fresh snow
Glacier Valley Elementary School students cross the Mendenhall Loop Road footbridge Wednesday under clearing skies and fresh snow on the Mendenhall Towers in the background. michael penn / the juneau empire

More funds for Tlingit language immersion
An ongoing Tlingit language immersion effort run by a Juneau-based nonprofit group has won another large federal grant.The Sealaska Heritage Institute program is receiving $864,000 from the U.S. Department of Education's Alaska Native Education Program. The institute was awarded a $446,000 grant from the federal Administration for Native Americans in September.

Photos: Harmonies for fall
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School Men's Chorus sing their final note during a Fall Choral Celebration concert held Tuesday night at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons.

Valley HS funding hinges on statewide voter OK
A new Mendenhall Valley high school could be on the horizon for Juneau if a statewide school construction and maintenance bond measure is approved by voters in the Nov. 5 general election.The city would be reimbursed up to 70 percent of the cost of construction of the school if the measure is approved.

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

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

Fish plant slated for Auke Bay
A Lemon Creek fish-processing plant is expanding and will move its operations to Auke Bay.The Juneau Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a conditional-use permit allowing Alaska Glacier Seafoods to build a 7,000- to 8,000-square-foot facility on its land near Auke Nu Cove near 11.5 mile Glacier Highway.

Photo: Autumn leaves
Fall leaves by Centennial Hall.

Theatre in the Rough wins arts honor from governor
Juneau's Theatre in the Rough has been recognized as one of Alaska's outstanding arts organizations in the 2002 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities.The annual awards acknowledge the contribution of arts scholars, artists and arts organizations to the people of Alaska. In recent years the awards have been extended to the humanities as well. Six arts awards and three humanities awards are given.

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

Study: Tour dollars drop this season
Tourism in Alaska was greatly affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and by the unusually bad economy that has persisted throughout the 2002 tourism season, researcher Eric McDowell said today.McDowell, a partner in the Juneau-based research firm the McDowell Group, spoke at the Alaska Travel Industry Association convention and trade show at Centennial Hall. The convention continues through Thursday. The nonprofit ATIA works with the state to market tourism.

Toking teens face felonies in graveyard grab
Police arrested several teenagers on felony drug charges early Wednesday at Evergreen Cemetery. Parents of some of the teens say police overreacted and violated their children's rights.A boy, 16, and a girl, 14, were arrested on charges of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a felony. A girl, 15, also was arrested and charged with two counts of fourth-degree misconduct.

Photo: Bluegrass club
Instructor Belle Mickelson gives Bluegrass Club members tips on playing the guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and bass. The Bluegrass Club is a 21st Century Grant after-school activity at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Prepare your trees and shrubs for the changing weather
Looking up at fresh snow on Thunder Mountain, every ounce of my will directed at rolling it back uphill, I realize the end of summer is at hand. Leaves are blazing with color, those that still remain on the trees anyway, and the shrubbery is turning now too. Oranges and reds, bright yellows and burgundies, and occasional purples show on the lower foliage. Leaves, mined for their nutrients before being discarded, fall, as the plant kingdom prepares for the next season.

Alaska's Junior Miss competition dates announced
The 2003 Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship Program, a franchised arm of America's Junior Miss, will be held in Soldotna from Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2003. This annual competition is part of a nationwide endeavor to reward high school senior girls for their accomplishments.

Thank you
I would like to thank the following people and organizations for their assistance in range improvements over the past several years.

Living in the mystery of death
I recently received an e-mail from the Zen Hospice in San Francisco. It contained a copy of an article from the San Francisco Chronicle titled, "On His Own Terms, S.F. Coach Nate Lewis Lives Out His Last Days in Peace at Zen Hospice." When this message came, I was preparing for our current volunteer training, and thinking about the question, "What do we mean we talk about someone dying a 'good death?' "

Pets of the week
Mars is a 6-month-old flame point neutered male Siamese mix with blue eyes. He is friendly, very playful and likes everyone. Thelma is a sleek, elegant, petite short-hair, 10-month-old, spayed, black female with brilliant golden eyes.

Lee, Wheeler to wed
Tessa Lee, daughter of Roger and Patricia (deceased) Lee and Philip W. Wheeler, son of Sandra Fleek and Gordon Wheeler, will marry at 2 p.m. on Oct. 12 at Northern Lights United Church. Tammy Lee-Beam will be the matron of honor. Matt Mahoney will be best man. Travis McCain and Hayden Garrison will be ushers. Caitlyn Lee will be the flowergirl and Ryan Lee will be the ring bearer.

Jensen, Cole marry
Justina Eileen Jensen, daughter of J.R. and Cathy Jensen and Bonnie Walsh, and Corey James Cole, son of Lynn Van Kirk and Wayne Cole, were married Aug. 31, 2002.

Joe Gary Dabney
Douglas resident Joe Gary Dabney died Sept. 24, 2002, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Gene M. Hickey Jr.
Juneau resident Gene M. Hickey Jr., 68, died Sept. 4, 2002, at his home.

My Turn: Maybe Southeast Alaska should become its own state
There appears to be a great deal of anxiety about the upcoming vote regarding the move of the Legislature. How many times this has come up for a vote and how much money has been spent by both sides of the issue attempting to have their position heard? Who knows how many more times this issue will come up and how much more money will be spent.

Adult Volleyball League Standings
Here are the standings through Oct. 6 for the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation men's and women's adult volleyball leagues.

Kayhi to host state wrestling tourney
It's been a long time since the state wrestling tournament took place in Southeast Alaska - so long ago that current high school seniors hadn't even been born yet.But that streak will this season, when Ketchikan High School hosts the Class 4A state tournament on Feb. 7-8, 2003. The Alaska School Activities Association accepted Ketchikan's bid to host the tournament during ASAA's fall board meetings last week in Anchorage.

Boozer scores 6 in first game in the NBA
ALBANY, N.Y. - Rodney Rogers had a better debut than Dikembe Mutombo for their new team, scoring 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to lead the New Jersey Nets past Cleveland 93-85 Wednesday night.Rogers, signed as a free agent over the summer by the defending Eastern Conference champions, made two big plays late in the game. First, he drew an offensive foul on Darius Miles to keep the Nets ahead by five points, then grabbed an offensive rebound and hit two foul shots for a 91-84 lead.

Empire Cup Standings
The final point standings for the 2002 Empire Cup running series. The Empire Cup running series is co-sponsored each year by the Southeast Road Runners Club and the Juneau Empire.

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

Crimson Bears get ready to bump and JIVE
It's been a month since the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team played a match on its home court, and the undefeated Crimson Bears can't wait to show off for their local fans.The Crimson Bears will host the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza - also known as the JIVE Tournament - this weekend, so Juneau's volleyball fans will have plenty of time to catch up. Action starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and continues at 9 a.m. on Saturday at both the JDHS main and auxiliary gyms. The semifinals are set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday at both gyms and the championship match at 8 p.m. Saturday at the main gym. All of Juneau's matches will be in the main gym.

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

Tour association makes new marketing plan
The Alaska Travel Industry Association announced plans today to improve its marketing efforts by creating a distinct image for advertising Alaska and by being more accessible to people planning trips.The plan, which acknowledges increasing competition from remote travel locations and declining growth in the Alaska travel industry, will include an aggressive program to find potential customers and motivate them to request Alaska trip-planning information, ATIA officials said.

Dock workers return to jobs
SEATTLE - Longshore workers were back on the job and working at a normal pace at Puget Sound's two major ports today after the court-ordered end of the West Coast port lockout.

Bill collectors seize 5 percent of Alaska dividends
ANCHORAGE - Bill collectors will grab about 5 percent of Alaskans' permanent fund dividends this year, according to the state Department of Revenue.The state transferred the bulk of $911 million in permanent fund dividends into bank accounts via direct deposit Wednesday and the rest will be mailed later this month.

Board takes up Denali wolves buffer zone
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Board of Game meets Thursday and Friday to decide whether wolves that stray out of Denali National Park and Preserve onto state land should continue to be protected.The Game Board more than two years ago created a protective buffer zone for wolves that wander out of the park, where hunting and trapping is not allowed. The buffer prohibits wolf hunting and trapping on 72 square miles of state land bordering the northeast corner of the park.

Government vs. NextWave
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court debated Tuesday whether the government was out of line when it seized unused wireless licenses from a young company that promised to provide better, cheaper cell phone service.The Federal Communications Commission and NextWave Telecom Inc. have been battling over the airwaves slices since the New York company won them in an auction in 1996, then filed for bankruptcy protection before paying for them.

State Briefs
Counterfeit bills in Ketchikan; Fairbanks nixes snowmobile ban; Storm pushes barge on beach

Pro-move group goes inactive at ex-Gov. Hammond's request
The group advocating moving the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough or Anchorage has changed its Alaska Public Offices Commission campaign status to inactive for the 2002 election at the request of former Gov. Jay Hammond.

State commits more cash to ailing plant
ANCHORAGE - The state again has come to the rescue of a fish factory in South Anchorage, agreeing to pour up to $2.5 million into the venture.So far, the Great Alaskan Seafood Co., formerly known as Alaska Seafood International, has been a bust since it began in the late 1990s in a building erected with $50 million in state money.

Summer ferry ridership goes up
Better marketing and the return of the state ferry Columbia likely contributed to an increase in summer ridership on the Alaska Marine Highway System, the system's general manager said.The number of passengers traveling on state ferries increased 6 percent in the summer compared to last year's season, from 170,055 people in 2001 to 179,647 in 2002, according to the AMHS. The number of vehicles carried on ferries increased by 4 percent and cabin use increased by 7 percent. The numbers run from May 1 to Aug. 31.

Hammond: Focus on the fiscal gap
Alaskans would lose their permanent fund dividends for good and the state eventually would raid the fund itself without a plan to deal with the state's financial problems, according to former Gov. Jay Hammond.At a press conference Tuesday in downtown Juneau, Hammond said if nothing is done to fill the budget gap, which threatens to exhaust the Constitutional Budget Reserve in the next few years, the Legislature will be forced to dip into Alaska Permanent Fund earnings.

State Briefs
Bear shot near Lena Loop; Anchorage man charged with murder; Police investigate woman's death as homicide; Flags lowered for Machetanz; Outdoors author dies on wildlife shoot; Jonrowe fund-raiser brings in $27,000; Nikiski man charged with sexual crime; Man pleads guilty to abuse

With dividends in hand, Alaskans head to stores
ANCHORAGE - Annie Slater, human calculator, performs math on demand, a talent that served her and her kids well Wednesday afternoon."If you buy 'Monsters Inc.,' you'd have $80 left," she told 7-year-old Josh. "If you bought this, you'd be buying it totally on your own, because your brother doesn't want it."

Bio-weapons tested in state
WASHINGTON - The United States secretly tested chemical and biological weapons on American soil during the 1960s, newly declassified Pentagon reports show.The tests included releasing deadly nerve agents in Alaska and spraying bacteria over Hawaii, according to the documents obtained Tuesday.

Divers rescue AK eagle off California
CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - A bald eagle trying desperately to stay afloat amid the waves of the Pacific Ocean was rescued by two divers who saw the bird about to go under.The Alaska-born eagle, set free last month as part of an effort to reintroduce the species to the Channel Islands, is recovering at the Ojai Raptor Center, said Patty Perry, who works at the nonprofit facility.

Worker safety is a matter of contention at ports
Union leaders call it "working safe" - making sure every safety rule at the ports is followed to the letter. For their part, company officials say those are just code words for dockworkers slowing down and gumming up their operations.As the International Longshore and Warehouse Union prepared to go back to work as early as tonight, following a lockout at 29 West Coast ports, the distinction between working safe and working slow still loomed as a potential source of trouble.

What's up with that?
T his week we continue our look at the stories behind North Douglas place names with a mountain honoring a man who led a remarkable life.

Movies where & when
"Banger Sisters," (R) ends Thursday, Oct. 10, last show at 6:50 p.m. at Glacier Cinemas.

Juneau author looks at Alaska's heroes
The turboprop jet was on fire when Gilbert Pelowook woke up. "He was the first to become conscious after the crash," writer Nancy Ferrell said. "He started dragging people out of the plane. It could've exploded at any moment." Ferrell called Pelowook's rescue of 19 people one of the greatest stories she encountered writing her new book, "Alaska's Heroes: A Call to Courage." The book tells of the recipients of the Alaska Award for Bravery-Heroism. Ferrell will sign copies of her 12th and latest book from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Hearthside Books in the Nugget Mall.

Best Bets: Week offers smorgasbord for movie lovers
This is unofficially Juneau Motion Picture Week. Juneau has enjoyed a movie renaissance in recent months, and this week there are 14 different films showing, counting the JUMP Film Festival as one event. Glacier Cinemas is even featuring two alternative movies, the Japanese film "Warm Water Under a Red Bridge" and the skateboarding documentary "Dogtown and Z Boys."

Tracking friendship and the rare blue bear
Juneau wilderness guide Lynn Schooler has rafted in Iceland and the Andes and trekked through Cambodia and Vietnam. But it was a powerful friendship, not adventure, that compelled him to write about his life. Schooler woke at 3:30 or 4 a.m. every morning for a year and a half to work on "Blue Bear: A True Story of Friendship, Tragedy and Survival in the Alaskan Wilderness." His writing in the early hours before starting his "real work" paid off this spring.

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The Art of Early Juneau
Beauty drew her to Juneau and love kept her here. London-born artist Frances Brooks Davis came to Juneau in 1891 in search of inspiration and adventure and stayed for the rest of her life. Her oil paintings and drawings document Juneau's earliest days as a frontier town and capture the people, the rivers and glaciers, the landscapes and seascapes of the region.

Great bookends and neglected gems
People are sometimes intimidated by classical music, and that's something Miles Hoffman hopes to eliminate. Hoffman, a violist and a musical commentator for National Public Radio, brings his group The American Chamber Players to Juneau for a concert Sunday. "It's like gardening or cooking, or football or baseball," Hoffman said. "The more you know about a subject the more levels for appreciation that are available. That's why they have color commentators with football. But not knowing about cooking doesn't mean your enjoyment of a meal is any less."

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