Friday, October 11, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Garbage and bears
Our class has concerns about garbage and bears. Once a wild bear eats garbage from people they are never the same. All people should know that bears and garbage don't mix.

Need taxes for stability
Alaska's budget deficit has been out there for years.It's a consequences of the roller-coaster and cyclical variations of oil tax revenues upon which the state depends, isn't it? A basic approach to resolve the highs and lows in state revenues beyond just cutting spending might be to have a more stable, alternate tax revenue source to balance out the bad times.

Constant war hype
As I hear the constant media hype detailing, over and over, the Republican administration's final preparations for starting a killing-war, I'm reminded of two ironic adages: "Everyone is out of step except Johnny," and, "Do as I say, not as I do."

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.

Take action to fill gap
How to solve the fiscal gap? Alaska's governor, Legislature, people, and media must unite. Alaska is wealthy. We can design two constitutional amendments that complement each other. One helping when oil is high, the other functioning best when the Alaska Permanent Fund has good earnings. High oil has a negative effect on the market. Low oil prices nurture market growth.

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.

Too busy in Washington
I am gravely disappointed in the votes of Rep. Young, Sen. Murkowski, and Sen. Stevens, passing the resolution that authorizes the use of force in Iraq.

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.

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.

Past vs. future
In the Oct. 9 Empire, former Gov. Sheffield is quoted as saying he believes Sen. Murkowski's service as commissioner of economic development in the 1960s makes him more knowledgeable about Alaska's economics than his opponent.

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."

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

Bridget Smith: Sharing Alaska with China
Bridget Smith traded potato salad, humpback whales and the card game Uno for feng shui, chopstick lessons and friendship over the summer.An e-mail brought the Juneau resident to a massive, pastel-colored boarding school on the edge of the Yellow Sea. Her sister-in-law, a teacher in Micronesia, sent news of an English-language summer camp for Chinese students.

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.

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

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

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

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: 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

Photo: Autumn leaves
Fall leaves by Centennial Hall.

Correction
The Business Spotlight article in Thursday's Empire on weddings on the Juneau Icefield mistakenly attributed information on the number of weddings to Tom Stewart.

FYI
Births

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.

Honors
Jonathan Lunasin of Juneau has been selected to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence and Diplomacy (NYLF/DID) from Oct. 22 to Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C.

Thank you
... for all the help; ...for your support.

Oktoberfest raises funds for SE lighthouse group
A German buffet, music and dancing will help raise money for the nonprofit group restoring the Five Finger Lighthouse south of Juneau.The Oktoberfest celebration will be Saturday, Oct. 12, at Mike's Place restaurant in Douglas. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the Juneau Lighthouse Association event. Tickets are $35 and are available at both locations of Hearthside Books. Advance purchase is recommended.

Neighbors Briefs
Juneau church to host workshop; Accountants to meet; Sitka WhaleFest set

Babysitting certification
Several youth earned their babysitting certification after completing a week-long Babysitting Certification Course taught by Girl Scouts. The course covered safety, responsibility, emergency training, diapering and age-appropriate play.

Girl Scouts seek memorabilia for 90th anniversary celebration
The Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council (TAGSC) will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouts in the United States (GSUSA) with a community celebration at 4:30-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Fujioka, Hill marry
Kerry Ann Fujioka of Juneau and Andrew William Hill of Philomath, Ore., were married in a ceremony on Jan. 5, 2002, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Seattle, Wash. A reception followed at the Museum of Flight.

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

John Olsen
Former Juneau resident John Olsen died July 18, 2002, while vacationing in Denali National Park.

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.

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.

Seven Bears make all-CIFC second team
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team wasn't able to place anybody on the first-team all-Cook Inlet Football Conference squad announced Thursday, but the Crimson Bears did have nine players who were honored in voting among CIFC coaches Wednesday night at East Anchorage High School. Seven Crimson Bears earned second-team all-CIFC honors, with two others earning honorable mention status.

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

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.

Alaska State Football Playoffs
The brackets for the 2002 Alaska State Football Playoffs, which opened on Friday, Oct. 4.

Kodiak attack
Mistakes by Juneau and a couple of big plays led the Kodiak Football League All-Stars to a 14-0 victory over the Juneau Youth Football League All-Stars during Thursday night's preliminary game of the Junior Division (age 11-12) State Invitational Tournament. The JYFL All-Stars lost three fumbles and threw an interception, while Kodiak used a 22-yard pass from Nick Bishop to Gilbert Saravia and a 47-yard end-around run by Saravia to set up a pair of touchdowns in Thursday's opener of the two-game series.

Cavs fall to Pistons; Carlos scores two
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Richard Hamilton scored 17 points in his home debut and Chucky Atkins added 18 points in the Detroit Pistons' 85-80 exhibition victory over Cleveland on Thursday night.

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

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.

Alaska Swimming Top 16 Prep 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 Oct. 5. It includes all reported meets.

State Briefs
Former Marine pleads no contest in man's drowning; Body of shooting victim found; Police seek info on stolen items; Problem shuts down tanker in Prince William Sound; Mat-Su school district, staff agree on contract; Kenai gives emergency volunteers borough tax break

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.

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.

Stevens may seek weapons hearings
FAIRBANKS - Details of a dozen chemical and biological weapons testing programs at Fort Greely were released Wednesday, including one in which soldiers in protective suits walked through contaminated areas.Sen. Ted Stevens is considering calling for congressional hearings to learn more about chemical and biological weapons tests the Army conducted near Fort Greely in the 1960s.

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

Activity sputters at West Coast ports as longshoremen return
LOS ANGELES - Dockworkers at West Coast ports were back on the job moving cargo but weren't always doing it fast enough to satisfy their employers, setting the stage for a potential court battle if things don't pick up quickly.

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.

Trustees move more money into stocks
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Permanent Fund will move three-quarters of a billion dollars out of its bond investments and put that money into the stock market, the Alaska Permanent Fund board of trustees decided Thursday.

Alaska Game Board weighs viewing and hunting of Denali Park wolves
ANCHORAGE - A buffer to protect a wolf pack that occasionally strays outside Denali National Park and Preserve is working well, but another pack is under pressure from hunters and trappers, the Alaska Board of Game was told Thursday.

Time for a perma-fund endowment?
ANCHORAGE - A ban on tapping the principal of the Alaska Permanent Fund, now enshrined in the state constitution, could be eliminated under a proposal backed by some of the fund corporation's trustees. They want the fund to work more like an endowment, with a maximum of 5 percent allocated to dividends and other purposes.

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.

Happy Valley hunter bags monster moose
ANCHORAGE - Danny Presley trudged for miles through ankle-deep mud, stopping every few feet to hand-saw a spindly spruce tree as rivulets of rain poured from the rim of his white Stetson. He didn't complain. Presley had just bagged the bull moose of a lifetime in the Tustumena backcountry of the Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Refuge. Its rack eclipsed any he had seen before, and its sheer bulk posed problems.

Democrats resurrect Murkowski bank suit
The Democratic Party of Alaska and a Native corporation in Nome this week accused Republican gubernatorial candidate Frank Murkowski of mismanaging funds while serving as president of the Alaska National Bank of the North in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Murkowski, a U.S. senator, denied the charges.

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."

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.

What's happening
Theater

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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