Thursday, October 17, 2002

Phone firms lock horns
Juneau residents have had a choice in local phone service since spring. But officials from General Communication Inc., the new provider on the block, believe competition has been hindered because its customers are having difficulty getting phone service installed through Alaska Communications Systems. GCI leases part of ACS's local network as a result of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, which was passed by Congress to increase competition in the telecommunications industry and secure lower prices and better service for consumers.

On the Move
ACS Wireless has hired Diana Spann to be its statewide customer service manager.

Features proliferate, costs slump
The two providers of local residential phone service in Juneau are relying on their accessories to lure customers to their companies.The cost of basic local phone service may be pretty much the same now that General Communication Inc. is competing with Alaska Communications Systems to provide residential phone service to Juneau residents. GCI began offering local service last spring.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Business Profile: Linda Deyette
Title and Company: Assistant general manager, Glacier Restaurant

Business briefs
Business center to host seminar on record keeping; Awards given for service to disabled; AFN convention boosts Anchorage

A rare opportunity
On Nov. 5 many of us have the privilege of being able to vote. I am writing to encourage all of you who are qualified to do that and for a gifted candidate. As an educator I have spent time each election year teaching children the importance of that voting privilege and why they too should vote some day. As for now the rest of us have to show them why it is important.

Cathy a true public servant
It is a great pleasure to write in support of Cathy Muñoz for Senate. Cathy is a woman who has shown a longterm commitment to Juneau. Her impeccable character already has shown itself by her outstanding abilities on the Assembly. Cathy has strong leadership qualities.

Not-so-spiffy buildings
A more detailed view of the various ballot issues facing Alaska voters in November can be found at: www.gov.state.ak.us/ltgov/elections/02.Thinking about bonds, some seem to believe that a "bond" is either a close relationship or a gift from the "government." Yeah, I wish!

Reconciler, healer
In my life I have known few people who had the gift of standing firmly and passionately for what they believe while at the same time able to listen attentively and compassionately to those who hold entirely opposite points of view.

Lawsuit-happy society
I'm not sure if this is a cause or symptom of the problem with the legal system in the U.S. Here is someone who believes another person is not necessarily at fault and shouldn't be punished, but they sue anyway to get money. If they are not seeking punishment, the only reason for a suit is to profit from a tragic event.

No stronger voice
I have known Cathy Muñoz's family for more than 50 years, and Cathy all her life. In the 1950s and '60s, I ran a fish-buying station in Angoon for her grandfather. In the '80s, I ran fish packers for the family business in Yakutat and Bristol Bay. I worked with the family for 32 years. Cathy's grandfather, Elton Engstrom, was a fish buyer. As many old timers will tell you, he was the closest friend the fisherman ever had.

Mine boat to the rescue
On Oct. 8, the F/V Avalon hit a rock and sank in the mouth of Hawk Inlet. The skipper got a mayday off and vessels from near and far came to the rescue as they always do in this area of sea travel. But one crew went above and beyond the usual call of duty and that was the workers at the Greens Creek Mine.

Expensive lesson
Recently another student (DZ middle school) took my son's glasses from his backpack, broke the case, and literally ruined a good pair of reading glasses. He found the glasses the next day when checking the lost and found box. The glasses were on the floor in between the lost and found box and the wall.

Honest leadership
Recently there was an Ulmer/Hall television ad that attacked Frank Murkowski on his vote in the Senate on privatization of the Social Security program. Having been a state employee myself for over 20 years, and very familiar with state programs, attacking that vote would be humorous if not so serious.

Filling Hudson's shoes
Juneau has been an excellent hostess to the seasonal migration of the Legislature. And Juneau has been well represented in that body by Bill Hudson. From my perspective, and I have been employed in just about every segment of the workforce; private sector, city, state, local and federal - including more than 12 legislative sessions - Rep. Bill Hudson has served us with incredible distinction.

Amazingly effective
I worked with Cathy Muñoz helping establish and operate the Juneau Community Charter School. She strongly supports quality education and cultural diversity. Perhaps the most significant quality of Cathy's that I observed working with her has been her consistent positive manner, good nature and engaging style.

Recycled promises
No one should be surprised that Frank Murkowski would believe he can build his super projects without concerns about funding. He is a banker. He will simply borrow the money from your Permanent Fund divided.

Beyond reproach
My name is Kin.zei of the Kaagwaantaan/Wolf clan. I am writing in support of Fran Ulmer for governor. Fran also carries the Tlingit name of Kin.zei. She is an adopted Kaagwaantaan on the request of my mother, the famous master Chilkat blanket weaver Jennie Thlunaut, who is no longer with us.

A supporter of the fishing industry
Alaska's independent fisherman are fortunate to have a gubernatorial candidate who considers commercial fishing one of Alaska's most important industries. Fran Ulmer has worked tirelessly during her time as lieutenant governor to promote, champion and learn from Alaska's commercial fisherman. As governor, she will bring a wealth of expertise, experience, and keen insight to bear on the challenges currently facing Alaska's fisheries.

Deal with Saddam now
I have mixed feelings about the current push to invade Iraq. The reasons given for this war appear to mask a hidden agenda. Bush wants to eliminate Saddam and the risk he represents in supplying terrorists with the means to attack either through chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. Yet behind all of these claims lies the politics of oil.

Mystery bird
Don't laugh. Here in Sitka, when my husband and I were doing our volunteer stint cleaning up the local Halibut Point Recreation Site, we sighted two birds that this article (Empire, Oct. 15) describes.

A new concept?
I attend Haines High as a senior and I am friends with one of the girls and her family (Teens accused of plotting school murder, Empire, Oct. 14). I believe that this whole incident has been blown completely out of portion. I realize that this is happening due to recent incidents.

Negative campaign?
I've known Annette Kreitzer for two years and have never known her to be dishonest, but her le

Sudden skedaddle
I don't blame Fran Ulmer's main gubernatorial opponent for suddenly skedaddling out of Alaska and canceling all his public debates with her this week supposedly in order to bring an already dead energy bill back to life.

The best choice
It is my pleasure to write this letter on behalf of Cathy Muñoz, candidate for Juneau's seat in the Alaska Senate. Cathy is a long-term Juneau resident, with deep roots in this community and is a member of a notable family with a long history of public service. She is well established here as a successful downtown business owner, and she is also a nurturing and supportive wife and mother.

Tireless worker
During her tenure on the Juneau City Assembly, Cathy Muñoz was a tireless supporter of Bartlett Regional Hospital, and an active proponent of the hospital's role as a regional health care facility.

86-year-old pedestrian fatally injured
An 86-year-old man died from injuries sustained after being struck by a car Wednesday night as he tried to cross Mendenhall Loop Road near Tongass Boulevard. Lloyd Dedrick, who worked as a paper carrier for the Empire, was pronounced dead at Bartlett Regional Hospital. No charges are pending against the 45-year-old woman who drove the car, said police Sgt. Ben Coronell. Police did cite her for failure to show proof of insurance.

Photo: Buoy removal
U.S. Coast Guard member Mike Lombardo, left, detaches buoys from chains as crew mates Raymond Attaway, David Quigley and Scott Self bring in the last of the Mendenhall Bar buoys for the winter season on Wednesday.

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.

Voters to decide whether to keep two Juneau judges
Besides casting their ballots for politicians in the general election Nov. 5, Juneau voters will decide whether to keep Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins and District Judge Peter Froehlich on the local bench.Juneau voters also will join the statewide electorate in choosing whether to keep Walter Carpeneti of Juneau on the state Supreme Court and David Mannheimer on the state Court of Appeals.

EPA says planning commissioner broke law
Juneau Planning Commissioner Jody Vick violated the federal Clean Water Act by placing fill in tidelands near his Douglas home this summer without federal permits, officials said.Vick also failed to get a required city grading permit, according to city officials. But Vick said he just was trying to stabilize a run-down bank of dirt and rock on Gastineau Channel and beautify an area along First Street for public use. He said he didn't realize he needed permits for the work.

Leaders battle against move apathy
Organizers of Juneau's campaign against a legislative session move, worried that local residents are apathetic and overconfident, launched a get-out-the-vote effort at a town meeting Tuesday. "We have an opportunity to make something bad go away and all we have to do is pick up a ballot and vote accordingly," Rep. Bill Hudson told the crowd of about 100 people at Centennial Hall. "Doing nothing means that you may be doing something that will drastically hurt you."

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

School Board taking shape after change in three seats
Along with the routine post-election tasks of electing new officers and swearing in new board members, the Juneau School Board made plans Tuesday night to fill a seat vacated by member Stan Ridgeway, who was elected to the Juneau Assembly.The board will advertise this week for applicants interested in serving on the panel until the next election. Applicants should submit a letter of interest to Superintendent Gary Bader's office. The board's executive committee will review the applications and make a recommendation.

Photo: Youth center totem
Master Tlingit carver Michael L. Beasley installs a new 7-foot-tall house post depicting the "Tlingit Uncle" on Wednesday at the Johnson Youth Center. Beasley spent about 14 weeks carving the cedar totem for the facility.

Reading with a purpose
Fifteen years ago a group of women in their 20s, 30s and 40s came together at the now defunct Women's Resource Center to discuss books written by women. The group, which now consists of women in their 40s, 50s and 60s, still meets on a monthly basis, and is one of the longest-running book clubs in Juneau. "One of the reasons why people joined is because they wanted a life of the mind," said Terri Lauterbach, one of the four members of the original group who are still members. She now hosts the group's monthly meetings in her house.

Neighbors briefs
Open House set at senior center; Volunteers needed; Women's chorus seeks members

Easy to be Green
When thinking of greens, one tends first to envision pedestrian varieties of lettuce, like iceberg or Romaine. But a trip to area grocers can reacquaint cooks with lettuce's more hearty and exotic cousins, cooking greens like kale, turnip greens, and collards, that have all the crunch of iceberg and a far better tolerance of heat. Linda Cohen, a chef at Rainbow foods, prepares greens daily for the store's lunch buffet, recently she gave an interview on cooking greens.

The time of the moss approaches
Colors flood across the landscape as weather systems swirl with the change of season. The living landscape recognizes the shift and prepares for the next few months of darker, colder weather. The reaction of trees and shrubs is to collect their earnings and store them away. They take the accumulated sugary wealth of their summer's work, and bury it down below the soil line, letting empty leaves fly away.

Thank you
...for your kindness; ...for the contributions.

Pets of the week
Kovu is a very large, medium -hair orange, declawed, neutered male who has a wonderful easy going personality. Kovu's beautiful fur requires regular grooming.

Academic honors
Luke Fanning of Juneau has been selected as an E-Scholar at the University of Portland for the 2002-03 school year. Fanning is a senior majoring in life science.

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

My Turn: Prop C has projects for UA in Southeast
Most of the attention on Proposition C, the education bonds on the Nov. 5 ballot, has focused on the K-12 schools statewide. That much needed work is reason enough to support Proposition C, but University of Alaska projects provide even more reasons to support the proposition.

Who should be Alaska's next governor?
It's not often in politics that important questions have simple answers. But with the choices available to voters this year, the question of who should be Alaska's next governor has a clear answer: Frank Murkowski.

No rest for weary Juneau volleyball team
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team didn't get much of a chance to savor its victory in last weekend's Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza (JIVE Tournament).The undefeated Crimson Bears headed north early this morning for a match against East Anchorage High School tonight. Juneau then goes across town to play in the Service-Dimond Tournament on Friday and Saturday, a tournament so large it has matches scattered at three different schools for the varsity level, and seven schools with the junior varsity and C team brackets.

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

Cleveland loses another one
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Vince Carter scored 19 points, and Jelani McCoy added 18 as the Toronto Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 93-76 in an exhibition game Tuesday night.

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

Dispatcher error delays response to shooting
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage police dispatcher's mistake on a 911 call resulted in an hourlong delay in the response to a fatal shooting last week, police and city officials said Wednesday.

Candidates tussle over taxes, roads
ANCHORAGE - Candidates in the race for governor sparred over issues from plowing snow to the state seal in debates Tuesday in Kenai and Anchorage.At a noon forum at the Riverside House in Kenai, Fran Ulmer, the Democratic nominee, took a jab at the Republican-controlled Legislature that cut funding for highway transportation to help bridge the state's fiscal gap. The cuts forced the Knowles administration to close the Ninilchik road maintenance station.

Newest Alaska Airlines ads boost northern imagery
ANCHORAGE - Walruses sunning themselves may not be the first image conjured up by the mention of a Mexican beach, but it's the picture Alaska Airlines is using to tout its trips south of the border.The Seattle-based carrier has launched a national advertising campaign that focuses on the company's Alaska roots.

Haines reacts to murder plot claims
Some Haines residents are surprised two "nice" and "normal" girls from their 115-student high school stand accused of plotting to kill at least 22 of their classmates and teachers.The girls' names were not released to the public. But some people in the northern Lynn Canal community of about 2,800 know the identities of the two students taken from Haines High School by police Friday afternoon.

State could lose millions in Medicare payments
ANCHORAGE - Alaska stands to lose $10 million in Medicare payments to physicians by 2005 unless Congress intervenes, according to the American Medical Association.Jim Jordan, executive director for the Alaska State Medical Association, said Tuesday such a loss would threaten access to health care for the elderly.

Appeals court sides with Wards Cove in sablefish case
ANCHORAGE - An appeals court sided Tuesday with a Seattle-based commercial fishing company that argued it was eligible under federal regulations to harvest both sablefish and halibut.

State Briefs
Bush signs law to transfer Adak base to Aleuts; Director named for science and technology foundation; Saxman council candidate gives up after tie; Alaska motorist killed in Yukon accident; Seldovia officials grapple with budget crunch; Anchorage Assembly wants ex-candidate to pay legal fees;

State Briefs
Police search for driver; Murkowski heads back to Washington, D.C.; Sitka Seafoods closes its Yakutat plant; Two moose killed by same truck; UAF students charged with impersonating firefighters

Officer kills grizzly in hotel hallway
ANCHORAGE - A bear well known to oil field workers is dead after wandering into a hotel in the North Slope outpost of Deadhorse.The 700-pound male grizzly entered the Prudhoe Bay Hotel through a door Monday evening, climbed a flight of stairs and looked for food in hotel rooms. North Slope Borough Officer Don Grimes shot the bear twice after it began walking down the narrow hallway toward him.

Gubernatorial candidates face off over budget
ANCHORAGE - Gubernatorial candidates Republican Frank Murkowski and Democrat Fran Ulmer sparred over the state budget, subsistence and oil development in a debate via phone link Wednesday. Lt. Gov. Ulmer sat on the podium at the Hotel Captain Cook, where Commonwealth North held the debate. The Republican U.S. senator joined the debate by teleconference from Washington. A place for Murkowski, who returned to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to meet with congressional Republicans about an energy bill, was occupied by a large color photograph propped up before a microphone and speaker.

Poll shows Ulmer and Murkowski nearly even
ANCHORAGE - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fran Ulmer has closed the gap between her and Republican rival Frank Murkowski, according to a poll released late Wednesday.Lt. Gov. Ulmer, who trailed Murkowski by 20 percent in polls last spring, is now about even with the Republican contender, according to a poll commissioned by KTUU-TV Channel 2 in Anchorage.

At least 143 caribou killed by avalanche last winter
ANCHORAGE - At least 143 caribou were killed in a devastating avalanche in the Kenai Mountains last winter, according to a biologist who helped count the skulls."It's the only incident I've ever heard of where so many animals from such a small herd were taken out," said Rick Ernst, a biologist and pilot for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Student loan rates at all-time low
Alaska student loan interest rates are the lowest they have ever been thanks to a new state program, said Diane Barrans, executive director of the state Commission on Postsecondary Education. "I do believe at this time the federal loans that we are offering are the lowest in the country," Barrans said.

What's happening
Concerts

Bellamy Brothers
Twenty six years after the Bellamy Brothers hit the charts with their first top 40 hit, "Let your Love Flow," the duo is still going strong. The brothers roll into Juneau this weekend with a five-piece band for a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Hall. Country singer and songwriter Wayne Carson will open the show. This summer the band released a new CD, "Redneck Girls Forever," which featured the single, "Over the Line." The album's title is reminiscent of the brother's No. 1 song from the early 1990s, "Redneck Girl."

Opera To Go receives $5,000 grant
JUNEAU - The Juneau nonprofit group Opera to Go has received a $5,000 grant to help produce "The Turn of The Screw." The opera will be performed in Juneau in February and is based on Henry James' classic Victorian ghost story.

Belly dancing workshop with guest artist
JUNEAU - Dance instructor Amaya from New Mexico will teach a weekend belly dancing workshop Oct. 17 through Oct. 20 at the American Legion Hall in Auke Bay. The workshop is sponsored by the Juneau Middle Eastern Dance group Daughters of the New Moon.

Show creates new season for flowers
Flowers have long ago disappeared from Juneau's gardens and forests, but four artists are doing their part to keep some color alive this fall. An art exhibit called "Flowers Before the Frost" opens Friday at Gallery Art and Framing, featuring the work of Tony Pope, Marion Simpson, Alice Tersteeg and Carole Baker.

Best Bets: Celebrating the venerable, reshaping a classic
Juneau is enjoying the full onslaught of the fall arts and entertainment season. The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is offering its biggest event of the year next week, and films, art exhibits and musical opportunities abound.

Movies where & when
"Tuxedo," (PG-13) ends Thursday, Oct. 17, last show at 6:30 p.m. at Glacier Cinemas.

Jay Thomas performs in Juneau
JUNEAU - Musician Jay Thomas, who plays trumpet, fluegelhorn, saxophone and flute is joining Juneau's Thunder Mountain Big Band and Rainlight Jazz Quartet for performances Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20.

What's up with that?
Q: Why aren't there any topless and/or bottomless dancing bars in Juneau? In fact, why aren't there any in Southeast (now that the one in Ketchikan has been closed for three ye

Musicians play tribute to doyenne of the arts
Jane Stewart put singers, actors, dancers and musicians on Juneau's stages for more than 40 years. "She was involved in practically everything musical in this town," said Mary Watson, a lifelong Juneau musician and a piano teacher who took her first lessons from Stewart in the late 1950s.

New twist on Dance Classic
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council's biggest event of the season, the Australian Dance Theatre, almost fell apart last week. "Talk about a community that has stepped up to the plate at the last minute," said arts council director Sybil Davis. Despite a few snags, the dance company will perform as scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 23, thanks to a cadre of volunteers and local businesses that have offered to donate materials and labor to build a dance floor on the stage at Centennial Hall.

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