Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Business Digest
JUNEAU -The Juneau Small Business Development Center will present a seminar on financing a business from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. "Financing Your Business" will bring together information on sources of financing for local small businesses. Participants will come away with clear ideas on whether grants, bank loans, loan guarantee programs or investors are appropriate for their business and how to go about getting the funding they need, the center said.

Tell a marketer how you feel
I love all the flap over telemarketing because everyone gets to watch two essential democratic freedoms duke it out: one person's freedom of speech vs. another person's right not to be bothered by it.

OK, listen up: The subscription forget
WASHINGTON - An e-mail offered a wonderful opportunity for the Interior Department's 70,000 employees. "The Secretary's Alaska Field Office and the Alaska offices of MMS (Minerals Management Service) and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) have purchased a bulk subscription to the electronic version of Petroleum News for all Interior employees," said the note Friday from Camden Toohey, a special assistant to Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton, based in Anchorage.

Writer believes Pilgrim family gets unfair rap
Regarding your Oct. 12 article "Road Leads to Standoff:" I have lived in McCarthy for the last 26 years. Since the Pilgrim family moved here two years ago I have gotten to know these warm-hearted neighbors. Many hours of quality time spent with Papa, Country Rose and their children over numerous cups of coffee have enabled me to get a glimpse of what is in their hearts. Superintendent Candelaria is quoted as saying "The Pilgrims are not what they appear. They will give you this simple, homespun, Christian, living-off-the-land act, but it doesn't ring true." How many hours of quality time has Mr. Candelaria spent with this family? Not one! Therefore, I do not think this superintendent is qualified to judge this family. He doesn't really know them. If he had truly wanted to know the Pilgrims, If he had approached them in honesty - not with slanderous unfounded rumors - I know this family would have freely come forth with the same openhearted and helpful spirit they have displayed towards me.

Tobacco tax is discriminatory
Attention smokers: Would you support a business that discriminated against you? That refused to serve you because of the color of your skin, or your religious preference? Then why do you support a government that is blatantly discriminating against you because of a choice you decided to make?

UA spews P.R.
The University of Alaska Statewide administration's lavishly funded P.R. machine has spewed much biased information about 14-month-old contract negotiations between UA and the 300-member Alaska Community Colleges' Federation of Teachers, but after Jim Johnsen (one of UA President Mark Hamilton's many highly paid vice presidents) misled a student journalist recently, we had to correct the record.

Support domestic violence awareness
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. When AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies) was founded 25 years ago there was very little public discussion of the extent of violence against women in Alaska or in this country. Shelters like AWARE now exist all over the country and provide a safe haven for abused women and their children, counseling, advocacy, and community education (the phone number is (907) 586-1090; e-mail aware@alaska.com).

Forest bill benefits only timber industry
Hey Alaska: Congress back in D.C. is trying to blow smoke through our eyes as they cut a deal with timber industry allies and the Bush administration. This bad bill is called the "Healthy Forests Initiative" and all it's going to do is leave the Chugach, Tongass and other public lands up in smoke, our communities at risk and cost taxpayers more money.

Airline personnel need to show courtesy
I have been flying with Alaska Airlines for 25 years and used to be a very satisfied customer. The flight attendants were helpful and personable. The pilots were, and continue to be, excellent. In the past two weeks I've flown on eight flights with Alaska Airlines. I have come to the sorry conclusion that service and common courtesy from Alaska Airlines flight attendants is a thing of the past. I phoned Alaska Airlines consumer affairs and asked the job description of a flight attendant (did it involve more than safety?). I was told they are not "obligated" to help me or any passenger. I'm not impressed. What's wrong with civility or even respect?

Health problems not a 'burden' or 'stigma'
In response to Alan R. Munro's remarks: I am not "burdened" by illness, I carry no "stigma," nor do I assign either term to anyone. To do so is unconscionable.

There needed to be an Alaska view of standoff
As an Alaskan, I was heartsick over your Sunday article, "A bulldozer runs through it." It is bizarre that you would choose to get your news about Alaska from the Washington Post. The reporter obviously has no sense of Alaska, its lands, issues, or people, nor will any of his uninformed readers back in D.C. I was with reporter Blaine Harden on his visit to the Pilgrim Family where we were treated to the best wilderness experience Alaska has to offer, something to really treasure.

Tobacco tax recovers costs to society
Attention smokers who complain about Juneau's new cigarette tax (see Shockley's letter to the editor on Oct. 20): You're in denial. That's understandable, because denial is a classic symptom of addiction. There are few drugs (and certainly none of them legal) more addictive than nicotine. Nevertheless, we need to confront you yet again with reality.

Park Service, not family, the probem
Blaine Harden's article "A bulldozer runs through it" is a frightening example of how the media can mislead readers.As an Alaskan I find it almost laughable that the National Park Service considers a wilderness family dangerous because they carry guns. Frankly, I find the content ofthis article lacking in factual information. I've met and talked to the Pilgrim family. They are good people.

Today in History
In Alaska: • In 1903, a joint commission ruled in favor of the United States in a boundary dispute between the District of Alaska and Canada. • In 1909, the Alaska Central Railroad was sold to Mr. Receiver Laberee. • In 1930, a midget golf course opened on the second floor of the Goldstein Building in Juneau. • In 1959, the city of Juneau proposed construction of a new state legislative and court building and offered to donate the land.

Catholics celebrate Year of Rosary
Members of the Diocese of Juneau undertook a physical and spiritual pilgrimage this weekend, as they dedicated the day chapel at St. Paul's Catholic Church as a shrine and blessed an icon created to mark a holy year dedicated to the rosary in the Catholic Church.

Forecast: 'Mild winter' could feel snowier
Juneau may be in store for a mild winter, but it may seem cooler and snowier to residents who have grown accustomed to very mild winters, the National Weather Service says.

Photo: Glacier view
Outdoor enthusiasts walked the trails and enjoyed the sunshine Monday at the Mendenhall Glacier.

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

Web site works to promote Native artists
Tommy Jimmie Sr. put away his wood-carving tools more than 15 years ago, but he is coming out of retirement thanks to a new Web site that markets Native art. "I just want to get back to carving," said Jimmie, 75. "I figure I'm just as good an artist as those other guys out there."

Around Town
Today: Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175. Toddler Time, 10 a.m., downtown library. Toddler Time at the Mendenhall Valley library starts at 11 a.m. Details: 586-5303. Toddler Play Group, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., REACH, 3272 Hospital Dr. A playtime for toddlers and class/support group for parents.

This Day in History
In Alaska:• In 1954, the Federal Communications Commission granted permission to AT&T to build twin underwater communications cables between Port Angeles, Washington and Ketchikan at a cost of about $13 million. • In 1973, Angoon residents approved the acceptance of $90,000 in U.S. reparations for the bombardment of the Southeast Alaskan village by the U.S. Revenue Cutter Corwin in October of 1882.

Life under the sea - a ruling passion
For Annette Smith, scuba diving isn't just a hobby or a simple distraction from a busy workweek. Smith, 50, who recently made her 842nd dive in just six years, says it's an obsession.

Boy dies in bike accident
A 10-year-old boy killed while crossing a street on his way to school Monday morning left his Mendenhall Valley campus in "sadness and shock," the principal said. Skyler Lee Kim was a popular and friendly fifth-grader, said Glacier Valley Elementary School Principal Ted Wilson. "He was friends with anyone and everyone."

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

Around Town
Today: Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:10 a.m. every Tuesday, Henry's. Details: Jim, 789-3074. Sewing Circle, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Valley Senior Center. Details: Betty, 789-7236. Life Ring, a support group for women, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Cathedral of the Nativity basement, Fifth and Gold streets. Lunch is provided, all are welcome. Details: Cathedral of the Nativity, 586-1513.

Power spike in Gustavus causes costly damage
A power spike at the Gustavus Electric Company last week caused thousands of dollars in damage to electrical equipment for some residents of the small town near Glacier Bay National Park, prompting some to complain about the company's service and prices. Dick Levitt, the company's owner, said the spike is the first of its kind during his 20 years of ownership.

Workshop teaches women how to use wits, unusual weapons in self-defense
Participants in a self-defense workshop at the AWARE shelter last weekend learned anything can be a tool in protecting yourself. Even a bag of ripe plums.

My Turn: Reward good teachers by basing pay on merit
Ms. Audap's letter regarding the Juneau School District's lack of support for teachers is well written, and persuasive. She obviously loves what she does and probably does it well. No doubt she would do well in being assessed by her administrators, fellow teachers and students. And she should be paid accordingly. No doubt about it.

My Turn:Road to Skagway will benefit Juneau residents the most
T his is in response to Erik Lie-Nielsen's letter on Oct. 15 about a road to Skagway. I have to say Erik isn't informed about all the impacts a road would have on Juneau. Yes there are people who choose to fly for convenience's sake, but there are others that would choose to drive for the sake of saving money and there are many other benefits a road would provide.

Boozer's comfort, efficiency levels up
CLEVELAND - On the outside, Carlos Boozer was contrite and humble every night during his rookie season. His smooth, workmanlike style of play and his easygoing approach in the locker room made it appear as if he was taking it all in stride. But in reality, his insides were churning. Sometimes he felt like beating his chest and screaming, reminding everyone who was right and who was wrong.

Cavs spoil O'Neal's surprise return
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Shaquille O'Neal made a surprise return to the lineup and was his usual erratic self at the free throw line as the Los Angeles Lakers lost 102-87 to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. After missing three games because of a bruised left heel, O'Neal told coach Phil Jackson he was ready to play just a few minutes before tipoff.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS: • Juneau Soccer Club registration - Registration for JSC's 2003-04 season is underway. Youth of all skill levels are invited to develop their soccer skills and love of the game through training and competition. JSC programs are open to youth in grades 4-12. The club is on the Web at www.juneausoccer.org. Info: Noel Shima, 789-1525, or Leslie Houston, 364-2657.

Swim Results
PETERSBURG INVITATIONAL: Results from the Petersburg Invitational high school swimming and diving meets held Friday and Saturday at the Petersburg Swim Pool.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Building a program
KETCHIKAN - This fall, U.S. Coast Guard medic Kevin Vandelac took the helm of the state's lone independent and most geographically isolated football program - a team that hasn't won a game in its five years of existence. "This has to be the hardest job in the state," Vandelac said. "With everything - the number of players, this field, the lack of support, no one else has it like this."

Crimson Bears make all-state football squad
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team just completed the best season in its history, and on Sunday some of the Crimson Bears reaped the rewards. Seven Juneau players were selected to the all-state first team and three players earned spots on the second team after voting Sunday morning by the state's football coaches. The selections involved seven Crimson Bears, with three players earning spots on both the offense and defense.

Report: Alaska's teachers fall behind others
WASHINGTON - Alaska reported only 16 percent of its teachers as being "highly qualified" under standards laid out by the federal No Child Left Behind act. But the state has until the 2005-06 school year to meet the standards, and most teachers in the state have not yet had the opportunity to take the tests that establish mastery in the subjects they teach, administrators in Alaska said.

Investigators narrow suspect list in Nome slaying
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Trooper investigators are down to a short list of suspects in the killing of Sonya Ivanoff, a young woman found shot to death in Nome two months ago.

State Briefs
Two men found dead in Fairbanks home FAIRBANKS - Two men were discovered killed in a Willow Street home Saturday evening. Fairbanks police officers Sunday afternoon had not released names or how the men died on the community's north side. However, Rick Taylor, who lives nearby, told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that his uncle, Ron Long, was one of the victims. The other was Long's friend, Mark Chambers, Taylor said.

Pioneer in national conservation movement dies at 101
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Conservationist Margaret "Mardy" Murie, considered by many the mother of the modern conservation movement, has died. She was 101. Murie, who was instrumental in enacting the Wilderness Act and creating the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, died Sunday at her ranch in Grand Teton National Park. She was to be laid to rest during a private family ceremony, with a public memorial planned at The Murie Center on her ranch later this year. No dates were immediately announced.

Anchorage welcomes AFN delegates
ANCHORAGE - The 38th Annual Alaska Federation of Natives Convention is expected to bring about 4,500 delegates and other participants to Anchorage later this month.

Leman: State won't appeal pot initiative
ANCHORAGE - An initiative to decriminalize marijuana in Alaska may end up on the 2004 ballot after all. The state will not appeal a court order to reconsider nearly 200 petition booklets that were invalidated by state elections officials, Lt. Gov. Loren Leman said Monday. The state's decision was influenced by weighing the cost of appealing the court order against the risk of losing.

Alaska Digest
North Pole recipient of homeland security grant FAIRBANKS - North Pole might not appear to be a likely terrorist target, but the Interior town is considered vulnerable enough to warrant a $557,400 grant from the Alaska Division of Homeland Security. Factors such as the nearby Williams Oil Refinery, the city's location between Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base and heavy train traffic bring many vulnerabilities to the community, said Tod Chambers, training officer with the North Pole Fire Department.

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