Thursday, October 24, 2002

Commission hears more phone service complaints
ANCHORAGE - Consumers voiced their frustrations about phone service and Alaska's two largest phone companies offered clashing explanations at a hearing Tuesday before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

Business Profile: Marjorie McKeown
Title and company: Owner and operator, Alaska Pure Mountain Spring Water.

Juneau Job Center hosts employer summit
Employers at a meeting with the state Juneau Job Center said they would like to have more of a say in how the center deals with issues facing them.The Juneau Job Center, part of the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, hosted its first employer summit Oct. 17 at Centennial Hall. About 40 local employers discussed with staff of the job center what it can do to help businesses that hire in Juneau.

Hooked up, but not tied down
Larry Glackin would like to make it easier for Juneau residents to take an afternoon off work.His company, Ice Communications Inc., is poised to offer broadband wireless Internet service in downtown Juneau, Lena Point, and most of Douglas. The company hooked up its first customer in Juneau on Oct. 15.

Companies fined in illegal dumping case
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge fined four maritime companies $5 million Wednesday for their role in an ocean pollution conspiracy involving oil dumping from cargo ships that regularly transport goods from Alaska to Asia, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Anchorage.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices as of Wednesday evening

Business briefs
JCVB offers travel packaging seminar and workshop; McConnochie at minority home ownership meeting; Rainsong Gallery is moving

Empire bias
Re: "Cathy helped bilingual education" (Empire, Oct. 22), I wonder why the writer of this letter, Allan D. Engstrom, didn't bother to identify himself as being Cathy Muñoz's brother?

A famous analogy
I read Gregg Erickson's letter defending Sen. Elton and attacking Republicans with utter amazement at his disregard for the truth. In his defense of Sen. Elton, he said that Sen. Adams had been denied a seat on the Senate Finance Committee two years earlier.

The best choice
Fran Ulmer is our best choice for governor. She will ensure our schools have resources to provide the education our children deserve.

Demonstrated success
I am a recent graduate of UAS-Juneau. I advocated with my fellow students to get full funding for the University of Alaska. I want to thank Sen. Kim Elton for his role in securing money for the University. That funding has resulted in meeting the needs of Juneau students with more academic programs, a mental health counselor (we had none until this year), new classrooms via the library addition (we attend most classes in renovated trailers), and a recreation center.

Fran impresses
I first heard Fran Ulmer speak at an Alaska Visitor Association convention held in Skagway in the early '90s. At that time she was in the House of Representatives. She not only spoke at the event, but also sang. I remember being very impressed with both her singing and her speech.

Repeatedly rambling
The debate shown on television Tuesday night was a terrific opportunity for the viewing audience. This broadcast provided all Alaskans with another occasion to see the two leading gubernatorial candidates in action, observe their significant differences, and reasonably decide which candidate has the ability to best serve Alaska and those who live here.

Friends of fishing?
I have noticed with interest a campaign issue that has come up for discussion - particularly in letters to the editor and some political ads - concerning close associates of Fran Ulmer.

Bruce won't tolerate workplace harassment
I have worked side by side with Bruce Weyhrauch for two years on issues of "no tolerance for harassment" in state government. If you vote for Bruce Weyhrauch you will be voting for an honest-to-God "no tolerance for harassment" work place in state government.

Vote: Protect women's reproductive rights
Fundamentally, freedom means having a choice. If protecting a woman's right to choose among reproductive options is important to you, please vote for Fran Ulmer.

Images and action
On April 12, 1990, Frank Murkowski joined four other U.S. senators in Iraq for a meeting with Saddam Hussein. Their purpose was to help Saddam find ways of improving his image in America. This image was understandably poor. Two years earlier Saddam had launched a well publicized campaign of genocide against the Kurdish minority living in his country, resulting in the deaths of some 100,000 unarmed Kurdish men, women and children.

Muñoz for education
I have gotten to know Cathy by volunteering for her campaign, and now I consider her a friend - but that isn't why I think she'll be a great state senator.

What an opportunity
As an artist, a mother, an educator and an Alaskan, I want to express my admiration and gratitude for the strong, moving voice with which our lieutenant governor, Fran Ulmer, inspires us.

Elton for education
I want to say "Thank you" to Sen. Kim Elton for everything he's done for education in Juneau. I know he was right in the middle of all the fights over the foundation formula and made sure that Juneau got the money we needed. He's done a great job for us.

Honorable, effective
Bruce Weyhrauch, candidate for House District 4, will make an exceptional legislator. I have worked with Bruce for many years on fishing issues and other important issues.

Land grant benefits
In the governor's race, education for me is the key. And, I look for performance in a candidate, not rhetoric.

Assessing the debate
During the gubernatorial debate held last night in Fairbanks between candidates Fran Ulmer and Frank Murkowski, one of the attending reporters asked Fran why any liberals would vote for her, given her stand on issues like missile defense and ANWR. She proceeded to state her appeal to folks regardless of whether they consider themselves liberal or conservative. Nice answer, and true enough, but here it is straight: Why wouldn't they, given the alternative?

Full-time legislator
The best road in the world won't improve access to the Legislature if our legislators are not approachable and responsive to their constituents. I have known Kim Elton for over 20 years and if there is one trait that characterizes Kim and his approach to public service, it is a willingness to listen.

Alaska needs Murkowski
Have you decided how you will vote for governor? If so, are you firm in that decision? If you're not sure, then please give what I have to say some thought.

Majority of problems
Cathy Muñoz and Bruce Weyrauch keep saying Juneau needs a member of the majority in the Legislature. After watching those majorities, I don't think Juneau wants or needs a member. The group they want to join is the one supporting massive state budget cuts, and which would lay off state employees by the hundreds.

Time to ante up
It is now the end of the season. Although it was not one of the best seasons, for those that persevered through the end, there were some nice cohos to be caught. Furthermore, there was a record number of king salmon to be caught. Now I would urge you all to dig into your pockets and pay your Alaska Trollers Association (ATA) membership dues.

For vision and drive
I'm a lifelong Juneau resident. My family developed land in the Valley and Lemon Creek area back in the 1960s.

Supporting resource development
Alaskans have been blessed by the strength of our federal delegation. For years, our leaders in Washington have battled to preserve our rights and our ability to support ourselves through resource development.

For progress, action
I am worried about the future of Alaska's economy. We have a huge fiscal gap, our revenue from oil will eventually run out, and soon there will be no more money left for Alaska's children. If we can no longer fund Alaska's schools, our workforce will rapidly decrease. Right now, we need legislators in Juneau who are willing to work together and make compromises in order to move forward.

Correct and courageous
For a candidate who is pledging in her campaign to bring us all together, Cathy Muñoz certainly seems to have attracted vitriolic supporters. Monday's "Character, integrity" letter attacks Sen. Kim Elton for "having voted against the flag desecration resolution."

Integrity needed
I am very disappointed with the way Cathy Muñoz has run her campaign. Juneau deserves better from its political candidates.

Fran understands fisheries
We've all been exposed to Fran and Frank's positions on major issues. Here are a few comments on less discussed items.Fran has been active and accessible to fishery leaders in this state. Last January, she was a keynote speaker at the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council annual meeting where she declared her interest and appreciation for marine science and desire to bridge the gaps between science, resource dependent people and government.

Participate by voting
A republic is founded on the input of citizens who elect representatives to make decisions for them in local, county, state, and federal assemblies. Voters also decide how dollars will be spent and provide guidelines for elected officials.

Present in Alaska
I was driving to a meeting the other day and heard Fran Ulmer on a live radio call-in show. Folks were calling in with tough and challenging questions. As I continued to listen to the way in which Fran Ulmer addressed the issues I was struck by her intelligence and communication skills.

An excellent candidate
We have known Cathy Muñoz for many years and have great respect for her ability to work with diverse groups of people. While serving on our local Assembly she always followed through with answers to questions and promptly returned phone calls. She is also very good at seeking out information from people involved in a project if she needs more knowledge on the subject at hand.

A proven record
I've read the letters and ads noting that Sen. Kim Elton was not appointed to the Senate Finance Committee by the majority. Kim joins some elite company.

Leverage federal funds
Sen. Murkowski has put forth his vision of building a modern transportation system in Alaska. The senator's transportation plan would allow Alaska's economy to grow and would connect this state to the rest of the nation. It is a vision that citizens ought to be able to drive to Juneau, and a vision that will increase commerce, trade and tourism.

Rep. Young advocates Juneau road projects
During a quick campaign stop in Juneau on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Don Young said he opposes moving legislative sessions away from the capital and said road access is the key to thwarting future move efforts. Young, a Republican, faces Democrat Clifford Mark Greene, Libertarian Rob Clift and Green Party candidate Russel deForest in the Nov. 5 general election. Pollsters, however, predict Young, a 15-term incumbent and 10th highest ranking member of the U.S. House, is guaranteed re-election.

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

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

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

Fog maroons hundreds of travelers
Heavy fog has forced 350 travelers to extend or delay trips throughout Southeast Alaska this week, Alaska Airlines spokesman Jack Walsh said today.Karen Lechner, a Juneau resident who hoped to fly to Boston today, first attempted to get from Juneau to Seattle on Wednesday.

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

Absentee voters get head start on election
With 13 days left before the general election, Alaskans who are unable to be in their voting precinct on Election Day already are casting their ballots.The Alaska Committee, which is fighting a ballot initiative to move the Legislature to Anchorage or the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, is urging Juneau residents to vote early via absentee ballot to ensure they make it to the polls to defeat Ballot Measure 2.

Correction
The caption for a photograph on the front page of Monday's Empire of participants in a youth program misstated the sponsors and omitted a participating organization.

Race: Build new Capitol on Telephone Hill
Some local leaders are reluctant to discuss a plan by Republican State House District 3 candidate Mike Race to build a new Capitol in Juneau while the community faces a battle to keep the Legislature here.Race, who owns a real-estate business, came out strongly this week in support of rejuvenating a plan from the early '90s to build a new Capitol on Telephone Hill, a small neighborhood next to the State Office Building downtown.

Learning to be heard
Brooke Leslie, 17, has trouble finding teenagers in her home town of Wrangell who are interested in their Native culture and heritage.Brandon Johnson, 18, and Lydia Henry, 15, of Yakutat, believe many youths in their village would like to know more about Native culture, but the two said adult leaders in Yakutat are unreceptive to the students' ideas.

Pets of the week
Reggie is a 1-year-old cream-orange neutered male who is quiet, shy and rather independent. Shenia is a grey-brown spayed female Tabby who has a very sweet and gentle personality. She is friendly and affectionate and a great lap-sitter.

Pilots should be prepared to fly in the harsh winter weather
October is a month of change. The tourists are gone and the shops that cater to them closed. The kids have been back in school and are deep into their winter routine. Our weather is getting colder and we are getting out the winter clothing. Oil in the car needs to be changed, and speaking of oil what about winterizing the airplane.

Thank you
...for the hard work.

Lecture focuses on marine life
"Marine invertebrates in medicine" is the topic of Friday's Evening at Egan free lecture at 7 p.m. in Egan Library on the University of Alaska Southeast campus.

New tougher and greener grasses for a wider world
Grass, in the form of a closely trimmed sheet of green, is our most widely used form of landscaping. It is treasured and coddled like a national obsession, the amount spent on lawn care is tremendous. Fertilizers are presented with moss control, or as weed and feed, or winterizer, or with insect control or with crabgrass preventer or organic foods derived from poultry feathers or fish waste.

Schmidt, Polasky wed
Kelley Schmidt of Lindstrom, Minn. and Nick Polasky of Juneau were married in a ceremony at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Lindstrom, Minn., on Sept. 7, 2002.

In the harsh autumn, nothing beats butternut squash
I can think of no vegetable better than butternut squash to satisfy appetites piqued by the cold winds of fall. The satisfying starchiness of this squash is harmoniously balanced by its velvety texture and its earthy flavor, with notes of almonds, sage and pumpkin. Even the warm orange color of the butternut is appropriately autumnal.

Emma Rose Gress
Former Juneau resident Emma Rose Gress, 80, died of cancer Oct. 19, 2002, at her home in Meridian, Idaho.

Alaska editorial: Road surest way to defeat capital move permanently
Along with some familiar names on the November general election ballot will be a familiar question - should the Legislature be relocated to Southcentral? Alaska voters have seen this initiative appear, in one form or another, five times since statehood. Of the five times it has come to a vote, it has been rejected, essentially, every time. The one time a full-blown capital move was approved - in 1974 - it was effectively killed four years later when voters overwhelmingly refused to approve the nearly $1 billion cost of the relocation.

My Turn: It's time for new ideas and change
Peter Nakamura has it right that fiscal planning should be realistic but he is wrong if he believes the Knowles-Ulmer tax and spend model is working.We've had eight years under this plan and the impact to salmon sales, lumber and pulp manufacture, and mining has been devastating. It does little good to invent a parachute for state government if we leave the private sector and municipal governments to crash and burn.

My Turn: Conservationists support Murkowski
For those who treasure the opportunity to hunt, fish, view and responsibly conserve Alaska's fish and wildlife, Frank Murkowski is the only choice for governor.Frank has shown strong support for the values that once made Alaska an outdoor Mecca - state management, active management of fish and game, decision making founded on science, and support for public access.

My Turn: It's time for new ideas and change
Peter Nakamura has it right that fiscal planning should be realistic but he is wrong if he believes the Knowles-Ulmer tax and spend model is working.We've had eight years under this plan and the impact to salmon sales, lumber and pulp manufacture, and mining has been devastating. It does little good to invent a parachute for state government if we leave the private sector and municipal governments to crash and burn.

My Turn: For these reasons, we will march peacefully
A year ago, Congress hastily passed the USA Patriot Act and permanently altered the landscape of civil liberties in the United States. Although supporters argued that it would deter and obstruct future terrorist assaults on Americans, critics of the bill, including legal scholars, historians, immigrant rights advocates, civil libertarians and city councils throughout the nation, have questioned its effectiveness and its constitutionality.

My Turn: How 'great' have the last 8 years been?
If you are like most voters, you are not registered with either of Alaska's major political parties but identify yourself as "non-partisan" or "undeclared." It would follow, then, that the way you vote is determined less by ideology than by your view of candidates and your personal stake in the election.

My Turn: Fat cats fear taxes more than dividend loss
The governor's race may hinge on whom voters believe will best protect dividends. Each candidate says they will. How? There are three ways.

Cavs 'Smush' Lakers, 102-101
SAN DIEGO - Rookie Smush Parker hit a 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 102-101 exhibition victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

Banged-up interior line keeps Cougars rolling
PULLMAN, Wash. - Ask Jason Gesser about his record-setting success this season and he'll quickly point to some very broad shoulders. Washington State's interior offensive line has been checkered by injuries, yet has kept the wolves - and Bears, Trojans and Cardinal - away from Gesser and his sore rib cage.

GCLL recognizes efforts of players and volunteers
Gastineau Channel Little League held its recognition barbecue and annual meeting last Sunday, recognizing the efforts of volunteers as well as the teams that advanced to tournaments.

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. 19. It includes all reported meets. Diving scores are not available.

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

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

Juneau spikers to host Sitka
When the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team won last weekend's Service-Dimond Invitational Tournament, the Crimson Bears showed they can play at a level above the best teams in the state.With the Sitka Wolves coming to town this weekend, Juneau will try to maintain its finely honed edge as the teams close out the Region V-Class 4A regular season. The varsity matches will start about 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights at the JDHS main gymnasium, following the C Team matches at 4:15 p.m. and the junior varsity at 6 p.m.

Juneau Youth Basketball Standings
Standings from the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation youth basketball leagues, through games of Oct. 22.

GOP majority expected to shrink
ANCHORAGE - For a decade, Alaska's ship of state has tilted right, with Republican majorities calling the shots in both the House and the Senate. The tilt was so distinct the last two years, Republicans could override vetoes without crossover help from Democrat colleagues.

Alaskan among the missing after Bali attack
ANCHORAGE - A woman who grew up in Eagle River is missing and feared killed in the bomb attack at a Bali nightclub nearly two weeks ago.Megan Heffernan, 29, a college teacher in South Korea, joined four friends on a quick four-day vacation at Bali's Kuta Beach the weekend of Oct. 12, her mother said Tuesday. They went scuba diving during the day that Saturday. Then the two men in the group went back to their hotel rooms. Heffernan and two girlfriends went shopping at about 11 p.m. Saturday.

Voters again asked about a Constitutional Convention
ANCHORAGE - Voters again on Nov. 5 will be asked this question: "Shall there be a Constitutional Convention?"As required by the original framers of the Alaska Constitution, the question has appeared every 10 years on the ballot, and each time voters have said no except in 1970 when it was approved by a narrow margin. That decision was later nullified by the Alaska Supreme Court because of what was determined to be misleading ballot wording.

Kake schedules runoff election
Kake voters will get another chance to choose a new School Board member next month after discussions about confusing instructions on last month's city ballot.The Kake City Council on Tuesday certified the community's Oct. 1 election results and will schedule a runoff election between Patti Handy and Cheryl Evan for one open seat on the Kake School Board, Mayor Paul Reese said.

Murkowski won't raise oil-company taxes
ANCHORAGE - Republican Frank Murkowski pledged not to raise oil-company taxes if he's elected governor."That will be the first thing I oppose," he told employees of Conoco Phillips on Wednesday. "We want to provide incentives."

Murkowski, Ulmer debate fiscal gap
FAIRBANKS - Facing off twice in Fairbanks on Tuesday, the two leading candidates for governor held fast to their strikingly different approaches to bringing state spending and income closer together.Republican Sen. Frank Murkowski called Democrat Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer's approach to the state's fiscal gap "a tax plan" while Ulmer said Murkowski's refusal to consider taxes endangers the state's economy and Alaska Permanent Fund dividends.

State Briefs
Burned boat may have sunk; World Plus head gets more time; Ketchikan shipyard wins ferry bid; Ketchikan court runs out of jurors for murder trial; Man pleads innocent to fraud; Salmonella outbreak strikes Elim

Voters to decide state ownership of gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE - A longshoreman is heading an effort to have the state build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez, saying Alaskans have waited too long for big oil to do it.Ballot Measure 3 would set the wheels in motion for a state-owned natural gas pipeline.

State Briefs
Fog delays Juneau flights; Meeting to focus on collaboration, tourism; Southeast Conference staff shifts; Holland America exec to head Providence Health System; Anti-war protest planned for Saturday; Anchorage driver killed in trucking mishap

Rescue swimmer helped injured in boat fire
ANCHORAGE - From the air, Coast Guardsmen in a C-130 airplane could see three fires burning on board the 180-foot fishing boat Galaxy. Two injured seamen were trapped atop the pilothouse on the stern and three more on the bow.

Powerful earthquake jolts much of Alaska
PALMER - A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 rocked parts of Southcentral and Interior Alaska early today, experts at the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said.Major damage is unlikely from the quake, which occurred at 3:27 a.m. Alaska time about 85 miles south of Fairbanks and 170 miles northeast of Anchorage, but it jarred residents in both cities and as far as 350 miles away, seismologist Bruce Turner said.

Battle of the islands
Voters in most small Southeast communities will choose between incumbent Rep. Albert Kookesh of Angoon and newcomer Gary Graham of Cordova when they cast ballots Nov. 5.House District 5 lines were changed to reflect statewide population shifts, so Cordova and several Prince William Sound villages are now in the district that goes as far south as Metlakatla and includes Angoon, Hoonah, Tenakee, Haines and Skagway.

Ulmer opposes quotas for processors
ANCHORAGE - Gubernatorial candidate Fran Ulmer is opposed to granting seafood processors a guaranteed share of the catch of crab and other species.Ulmer this week said she would push the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to reverse its stand on processor shares in the Bering Sea if she is elected.

Fiscal gap dominates Anchorage debate
ANCHORAGE - Both candidates in the race for governor were on the defensive Wednesday night as they again tackled the state's gap between revenue and spending in a televised debate.While Democrat Fran Ulmer dodged the pro-tax label put on her by Republican opponent Frank Murkowski, Murkowski speculated that unexplored oil prospects could yield huge amounts of new revenue to close the gap.

Plan targets pike in the Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE - The Soldotna Creek drainage has yielded more than 250 pike since an experimental netting program began in May.The project is part of a broader state and federal effort to size up the extent of the Kenai Peninsula's pike problem.

Movies where and when
"Transporter," (PG-13) ends Thursday, Oct. 24, last show at 7 p.m. at the 20th Century Twin.

Silk and Swordplay
Shakespeare's "King Lear" can be a daunting play for actors. But that changed one night for actor and director Aaron Elmore, as he and other members of Theatre in the Rough rehearsed the Shakespearean drama. In the scene being rehearsed, King Lear and his daughter were verbally sparring. Beneath the grandiose pageantry of a royal family the human frailties emerged.

What's up with that?
Q: There's a little tiny community (looks like about four houses, and I also see a pickup truck, which makes me wonder if there's a road) about halfway between the old Treadwell community and Marmion Island. Are those private residences? Is there a road? How about a hiking trail out to see them? Any story behind why folks chose to build out there?

Best Bets: Autumn concert and two classic dramas
Strong-willed women and bullheaded men are featured in two plays opening this weekend in Juneau. A concert and an Israeli film are also in the offing.The Juneau Symphony launches the fall season Saturday night, Oct. 26, with a concert at Centennial Hall. The symphony's principal flutist Sally Schlichting will be featured in Reinecke's Flute Concerto. The concert will also include Mozart's "Don Giovanni" Overture and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade."

'Monologues' to tour in campaign to fight violence against women
Perseverance Theatre is seeking three women for "The "Vagina Monologues." The play by Eve Ensler was an off-Broadway hit in the late 1990s and will be produced this winter by the theater. The production, an addition to the regular season, is scheduled for mid-February and will include two performances in Juneau and a four-week tour of Alaska.

What's happening
Concerts

Symphony for the season
Juneau residents don't have to wait for Halloween to hear stories of ghosts and pirates and other dangerous adventures. The Juneau Symphony will take care of that Saturday night during its first performance of the 2002-03 season. Maestro Kyle Wiley Pickett will direct the symphony in renditions of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" Overture, Reinecke's Flute Concerto, and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade." He chose the pieces because they lend themselves well to the Halloween season, he said.

Glutton: A wolverine by any other name
With 65 percent of Americans now qualifying as tubs-o'-lard, gluttony seems to have become less a deadly sin than a national goal. And it's with this national unity of purpose in mind that we take it upon ourselves to investigate the origins of that gorgeous word, "glutton."

Young players stage ancient drama
Sometimes sticking up for a brother can get a girl killed. Antigone, the heroine of Sophocles' classic play, defies her family and the law of the land to do what she believes is right. This weekend Perseverance Theatre's Young Shakespeare Training Company brings the Greek drama "Antigone" to life in Juneau.

JDU meeting and recital Sunday
JUNEAU - Juneau Dance Unlimited will have a short dance recital and a general membership meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. There is no charge and the public is invited.

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