Tuesday, October 23, 2001

The business of healing
Three local business owners are selling only one product in their downtown office: Healing. Donna and Larry Daigle and Marie Helm are Christian Science practitioners who offer prayer counseling as a cure for physical, emotional and mental ailments at Solutions Through Prayer, located in a small office on Front Street. However, this product comes at a price everyone can afford, they said. According to Helm, healing through prayer works by keeping thoughts centered on spiritual qualities comprising a person's physical, mental and emotional makeup. By concentrating on positive qualities inherent to the client and helping the client understand why God loves him or her, Helm said prayer manifests itself physically and healing happens.

Business Profile: Wanda Hudson
Title and firm: Wanda Hudson is part owner of Juneau Fence and Fabrication, with friend Judy Dozier. Hudson also owns Hudson Apartments, formerly Dana Apartments, in the Lemon Creek area.

On the Move
Law firm moves: Faulkner Banfield, a Juneau law firm, has moved to One Sealaska Plaza, Suite 202. It was previously located at 302 Gold St.

Seminars teach marketing basics
JUNEAU -- The Small Business Development Center is sponsoring two seminars this month to help business owners market their products and balance their books.

In the Tank
A weekly look at gas prices around town

Continuing needs
Since the events of Sept. 11, all our hearts have gone out to the people of New York and of Washington, and we have, quite rightly rushed to support the recovery efforts in those cities. But all too often (as pointed on KTOO's Sat

Yielding a false conclusion
As has often been correctly stated (and demonstrated) recently, "freedom isn't free ..." It comes at a terrible price sometimes. One of the more incidental burdens imposed on a free society is the responsibility to air completely any number of inane opinions, no matter how far from reality some of them may stray.

Article appreciated
I just want to thank you for your article in last Thursday's paper regarding the Southeast Alaska World Language Festival. As reported in your news story, the festival has been around a long time and was, as usual, a great success. Students studying French, Spanish, Russian, and Japanese had a grand time and made excellent progress with their language skills. Juneau teachers worked their derrieres off organizing the festival, visiting teachers had the extra load of bringing students, and all of us planned and presented a variety of immersion workshops.

Educate yourself
I sympathize with Emy Abad's horror at seeing a man die in front of his eyes. There are indeed no words to adequately describe the impact that such a tragedy has on anyone present. I speak from experience, having been present (and involved in the attempt to save the life of the person who passed on), not once, but on three separate occasions over 25 years. I had trouble sleeping for days afterwards each time.

A fair chance
I feel compelled to answer Mr. Davidson's (Southeast Alaska Conservation Council) question about "professional" management of the Tongass National Forest. No, Mr. Davidson, I do not support 50-year guaranteed timber contracts, haphazard logging of watersheds and ignoring impacts on fisheries, wildlife and communities as you seem to suggest. What I am referring to is acting Regional Forester Steve Brink will provide professional leadership and management of the national forests in Alaska in the form of education and experience along with his team of hydrologists, fish-wildlife, timber resource and other personnel.

Renewable forests
What does a Yamaha concert piano have in common with a cedar deck? Or a string of violins have in common with a rustic log home? Or a Gibson guitar with a commercial fishing boat? They are all wood products produced from Alaska trees logged from cle

What if it stayed?
We recently read the My Turn article by Virginia and Bob Palmer, "What if fisheries lab stayed in Auke Bay?" that appeared in the Oct. 2 Empire. This is an excellent article, which deserves serious thought and consideration.

Peace and prosperity
Bromidic? Cockamamie? Naive? You know, Doctor d'Armand, I really don't care to hear another man's sentimental perspectives on issues of war or democracy. Talk about commonplace, banal, clich, prosing: (yes, I had to look up "bromidic") "We Owe our Heroes"? No, sir, we owe our children!

Credit union lends a hand
Last February, Angela Perez was on the brink of financial ruin. A full-time mother with a full-time job, she was the sole supporter of five children and a commercial fisherman husband, who was staying at home with the children at the time. Her weekly paycheck was the family's lifeline, so when Perez was forced to miss a week of work because of an extended child custody case in Ketchikan, the situation became serious.

High water undercuts Jordan Ave. bridge
Temporary repairs began today on the Jordan Avenue bridge over Jordan Creek, near the Jordan Creek Center in the Mendenhall Valley.

Murkowski to run for governor
. Sen. Frank Murkowski announced this morning that he will run for governor next year.

Harborview donation on its way
For the past month students at Harborview Elementary School have been nickel-and-diming - for a good cause. In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, fifth-grade classes at Harborview and upper-grade students in the Montessori program began collecting coins in school and around the community to aid relief efforts in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. At an assembly Monday, the students sent their collective effort - estimated at about $1,000 - on its way to those in need.

Report: Gender wage gap narrows slightly
The wage gap between the sexes is shrinking in Alaska, but women continue to earn significantly less than men in all industries, age groups, geographic areas and most occupations, according to a new state report.

Juneau, Anchorage health spas to merge
An Anchorage fitness firm will merge with the Juneau Racquet Club, which plans to change local facilities.

Around Town
Juneau events

Preparing for next summer's tourists
With six months before the next cruise ship arrives and Sept. 11 changing the course of international events, tourism industry officials are doing their best to gauge what next summer might look like in Juneau.

Murkowski to run for governor
. Sen. Frank Murkowski announced this morning that he will run for governor next year.

Christmas comes early
Kristin Hock, left, and Darla Orbistondo, right, and Orbistondo's daughter Cassie, 9, package presents to be sent to the Russian Far East as part of Operation Christmas Child on Monday at Chapel by the Lake. Mary Carson and her son, Alek, 12, background, organize the gifts.

Habitat's First Ladies' project dedicated
JUNEAU Alfred Votion figures he has put 1,000 hours of sweat equity into his new house, and he's not sorry about a minute of it, he said Sunday during the official dedication of the structure.

Diver finds skull fragment downtown
A five-inch portion of a human skull was found by a recreational diver on Monday morning, police said.

GED test revision may mean starting over for some
To keep up with modern times, the General Educational Development test is getting its first overhaul since 1988.

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

Federal Building sample tests negative
JUNEAU -- A sample of powder taken from a U.S. Coast Guard office last week has tested negative for anthrax.

Juneau bishop to head Fairbanks Diocese
JUNEAU -- The Most Rev. Michael W. Warfel now has two dioceses in his pastoral care.

Security concerns
The U.S. Coast Guard, the city and the state are evaluating whether Juneau's downtown dock will be open to the public while cruise ships are in port next summer, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Marsha Delaney said.

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

Obituary: Jimmie Campbell
Jimmie Lewis Campbell died Oct. 1, 2001, in Arco, Idaho.

Outside editorial: Take advantage of our diversity
The following editorial appeared in today's Dallas Morning News:

Outside editorial: Airline safety and politics
The United States has taken a number of steps to improve airport security since Sept. 11. President Bush has used $3 billion in emergency money granted by Congress to deploy the National Guard and sky marshals. The Federal Aviation Administration has been working to toughen baggage regulations and screening of passengers. But the most crucial issue federalizing airport security workers is being threatened by House Republicans and the White House. Their reflexive opposition to expanding the size of government endangers desperately needed reforms.

My Turn: Foreign policy does not always reflect ideals
Some people blame terrorism on pure evil. Conservatives may feel this way because conservatives accept evil as a part of human nature and try to enforce rules of behavior that will keep evil under control. To conservatives, human nature is predictably egoistic and self-serving. Society's role is to harness that egoism so that it can be utilized as a motor while keeping it from tearing society apart. Selfishness, as argued by the conservative Ayn Rand, is valued as a virtue that, when one brilliant person follows his or her own self-interest, will uplift us all.

My Turn: New safety, security measures in place at Juneau Int'l Airport
Travelers will notice a number of changes and beefed-up security measures at Juneau International Airport. Changes and regulations outside the airport terminal include:

Five Juneau players named to first-team all-state football team
Juneau-Douglas High School football players Brett Fairchild and Zac Campbell were surprised on Sunday to receive phone calls telling them they'd both won special awards as part of the All-State Football Teams.

Sports in Juneau
Sports events

Alaska State Football Playoffs statistics
The schedules for the Alaska State Activities Association's large and small schools state football playoffs.

Juneau finishes in middle of pack in tourney
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team played well enough to finish in the top half of the field at the 24-team Service-Dimond Tournament held Friday and Saturday in Anchorage.

Sports in Juneau
Sports events

Around the State
Man killed by snowmachine; Lodge owner convicted of violations; Two Napaskiak children missing; Officials looking for copter in Inlet

Fairbanks man charged in weekend rampage
FAIRBANKS -- A Fairbanks man is accused of ramming seven vehicles during a drunken rampage in a stolen pickup truck.

Organizers of popular seafood event look beyond Alaska
The Alaska Symphony of Seafood is about to conquer a new frontier outside the state.This winter, the popular contest for new food products based on Alaska-caught fish will be held in "a large metropolitan area" in the Lower 48, said Marc Jones, executive director of the private, nonprofit Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, sponsor of the event. The city won't be selected for another couple of weeks, he said.

Helicopter wreckage remains submerged
ANCHORAGE -- Crews were able to hear an electronic signal being sent from a helicopter that crashed last week in a snow storm, but the wreckage and likely the bodies of two victims remained submerged.

Alaska Native stories carry lessons for life in a harsh land
ANCHORAGE Vera Metcalf learned about her Siberian Yupik world from stories told during long winter nights nestled in a bed covered with reindeer hides, listening to the voices of her mother and father.

Panel to look at teacher shortage
ANCHORAGE -- Rich Kronberg got a big raise 20 years ago when he moved from New York to Anchorage for a job as a special education teacher. If he moved back today, he'd get another.

Man killed in Dalton Highway rollover
FAIRBANKS -- A 56-year-old Anchorage man was killed in a single-vehicle accident on the Dalton Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

Russians want international Bering Strait park
ANCHORAGE -- A group of Russians is promoting an international park that would span the Bering Strait.

River threatens historic roadhouse
DELTA JUNCTION In the early 1900s, weary travelers would pause at the log-hewn Rika's Roadhouse for a hot meal and break from the rigors of wilderness Alaska.

State rejects would-be ferry builder
The state has weeded out one of three shipbuilders competing for a contract to build two fast ferries, including one slated to run between Juneau and Sitka.

Governor's race takes shape quickly
The 2002 race for governor, which quickly gelled over the weekend, will give Alaskans a clear choice and maybe a close contest, according to a variety of observers.

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