Wednesday, October 24, 2001

In the Tank
A weekly look at gas prices around town

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rm w/vu, bassets
There is snow on the ground in Anchorage, which means winter is here and soon I will pack up and move to Juneau for the legislative session. I love my job as a legislator. The only difficulty I have is leaving behind my home and my two basset hounds.

Oppose public land giveaway
The article was good in the Sunday paper dealing with the Point Retreat Lighthouse on the northern end of Admiralty Island National Monument. The problem was well-phrased, "should a historical preservation group (private) or the federal government (public) control the land (public) around the Admiralty Island lighthouse."

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.

Ticket to ride
Finally, a letter that exposes Ms. Chris Joy for what she is a radical feminist without the slightest idea of what she is talking about! I wholeheartedly support the comments ma

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

Stop the killers
Sometimes you see a writer that just seems so mean-spirited. The Taliban issue is not masculine and destructive on the U.S.' part, or misguided aim, agenda, or flawed origin. In excess of 6,000 people were bombed in innocence, and they told us they were going to do it again. Ms. Joy hasn't seen the discussions with the Northern Alliance and the U.S. on their past I feel those discussions would help others to see they're acknowledging their history and mistakes. Can you say this for the Taliban? It's over a safety issue to this location that troops are in that location.

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

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.

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.

Around Town
Juneau events

Golf course delayed
The golf course slated for North Douglas has hit another snag in its efforts to get a city permit, and the developers are crying foul.

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

Juneau briefly
Wheeler to head Big Brothers, Sisters; Special Olympians bowl Sunday; Police: Skull was from a man; Fire Marshal: Container fires are suspicious

Area foster parents desperately needed
Fall is not a season friendly to kids in dysfunctional families, experts at the state Department of Health and Social Services say.

MacKinnon enjoyed his 12 years serving on Juneau Assembly
John MacKinnon walked out of his last meeting at Juneau's Assembly chambers Oct. 15 with his nameplate in his back pocket. It had labeled his desk at City Hall for the last 12 years. First elected to the District 2 Assembly seat in 1989, MacKinnon won re-election in 1992, 1995 and 1998. He was ineligible to run again this fall because of term limits.

Anderson makes bid for governor

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

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.

Student gets thank you from New York
Expressing a heartfelt thank-you sometimes brings unanticipated rewards.

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.

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.

Around Town
Juneau events

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

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

Cathy Munoz ends her six years on the Juneau Assembly
For Cathy Munoz, a decision to step down from the Juneau Assembly this fall doesn't mean a break from city politics. She is turning her efforts to the Alaska Committee, which works to keep the capital and the Legislative session in Juneau. She also wants to work on other regional issues such as the Alaska Marine Highway System.

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

Former resident earns juris doctor
Angela Marie "Bean" King received a juris doctor degree from the University of Denver School of Law on May 12, 2001. She is a 1994 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate. Angela received an associate's degree from San Juan College in Farmington, N

Thank You Letter ...for all your help
This summer I completed my Boy Scout Eagle Rank Public Service Project by replacing a foot bridge at the Methodist camp. In addition to thanking the Boy Scouts and friends who helped with the actual construction, I would like to thank the following businesses for their interest, assistance and contributions to this project:

Pet of the Week
Buddy is a large handsome male neutered tabby who is friendly with an independent nature. He would like nothing more than to get out of the confinement of his kennel and help you deal with rodents and spiders. Buddy has been accustomed to the outdoors. To adopt this energetic fellow, visit the Gastineau Humane Society at 7705 Glacier Highway or call 789-0260.

King graduates salutatorian
Andrea Jo King graduated salutatorian from Farmington High School in New Mexico on May 22, 2001. She is a 1994 Harborview Elementary School graduate. She is the 2001 New Mexico high school discus cham

Perkins, Grey marry in San Diego
Carly Ann Perkins and Melvin Charles Grey were married July 21, 2001, in the San Diego Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Is yucky stuff growing in the corners?
Mold is often a, forgive the pun, growing problem for Alaska homeowners, especially in the fall, when increasing dampness seems to inspire its growth under sinks and in corners of unventilated closets.

Auto fund-raiser
Organizers of the first annual Classic, Custom and Antique Auto and Cycle Show, a fund-raising event held in Juneau last May, presented a check for $6,000 to Juneau-Douglas High School activities last week at the JDHS auto shop. From left, JDHS principal Deb Morse, auto show founder Stan Ridgeway, Travis Croteau, auto shop teacher Steve Squires, Calvin Compton, and JDHS assistant principal Dale Staley. The second annual auto show is scheduled for May 10 and 11, 2002.

Neighbors Briefs
Parent potlucks set for today at JDHS; Birth control study needs participants; Historical Society to hold annual meeting

Two local residents honored for their work on human rights
The late Terry Pegues and high school health teacher Nancy Seamount were honored by the Juneau Human Rights Commission at its fourth annual awards event.

Obituary: Donald J. Schultz
Donald J. Schultz died Oct. 21, 2001, in his home in Juneau after a battle with cancer.

Obituary: Dwight W. Dean
Long-time Juneau resident Dwight W. Dean died Oct. 23, 2001, in Juneau. A full obituary and plans for a celebration of his life will be published at a later date.

My Turn: The history of how we get into wars
In all the discussion of the U.S. "war against terrorism" that has appeared on the opinion page of the Empire, little or no attention has been paid to the continuing relationship between Osama bin Laden and certain elements of the U.S. fina

Empire Editorial: Participate in online tourism poll
As promised, Juneau citizens are just a few days away from being able to participate directly in the first of five online polls associated with the City and Borough of Juneau's Tourism Management Planning Project. Although a bit overdue, the polling will begin 7 a.m. Saturday.

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.

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.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth calls for Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001.

Bursell leads local runners at Humboldt Redwoods Marathon
John Bursell of Juneau was the top Alaska finisher at the Humboldt Redwoods Marathon held Sunday in Weott, Calif.

Sports in Juneau
Sports events

Crimson Bears host four nights of matches
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team will get an overdose of its sport this weekend as the Crimson Bears host four straight nights of varsity matches and a weekend junior varsity/C team tournament.

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.

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.

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

Around the state
Bank cuts Permanent Fund CDs; Troopers investigate jail death; Man stabs bulldog in dog attack

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.

Eskimos ask IRS to look at group opposed to ANWR drilling
ANCHORAGE -- Eskimos living in the only village inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against a group opposed to drilling for oil in the Alaska refuge.

Alaska Science and Technology Foundation hurt by earnings drop
ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska Science and Technology Foundation is cutting its operating budget and deferring approval of new grants, due to a drop in earnings from its endowment.

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.

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