New organic regs sprout changes in Juneau stores
From the small, locally-owned Rainbow Foods natural grocery store to the larger, national retailers such as Fred Meyer, grocery stores in Juneau are gearing up to comply with new federal organic food regulations. The rules for organic certification don't even allow organic and nonorganic foods to be washed in the same sink, let alone displayed in the same bin. With penalties of up to $10,000 if food represented as organic is contaminated with nonorganic compounds, stores in Juneau are taking the regulations seriously.
Business Profile: Lisa Ibias
Title and company: Owner, Alaskan Dames/Gents Consignment Shop
In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town
Cruising to a different future
The Huna Totem Corp. and Koma Sales Co. LLC hope the draw of an old cannery and a new Native cultural center will convince major cruise lines to incorporate a Hoonah cruise stop in their Alaska itineraries. The Point Sophia Development Co. LLC, a joint venture between Huna Totem and Koma Sales, announced last week its plans to develop a cruise ship port at the site of the former Hoonah cannery, 1 1/2 miles northeast of Hoonah and 22 miles from Glacier Bay National Park.
Business workshop; Norman is sales agent
On a new quest
I would like to thank my family, friends and the 1,251 Alaskans who voted for me for governor. In seven short weeks of campaigning at a cost under $400, I received more votes than the other candidates per dollars spent. This is fiscal restraint.
Quality of life issue
I am writing to you in response to the article regarding the possible development of the Berners Bay region by the Kensington Mine and Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. I am concerned about the fact that this development may pose a serious environmental risk to the recreational, economic and intrinsic values of this unique place.
Why not drive friendly?
I am in awe at the level our Juneau drivers have dropped to. Is it the fact that it is getting darker earlier and everybody is in a rush to get home? I would have thought that with the departure of the tourists and seasonal residents, the road would be less congested and driving improved.
Fulfill campaign promises
Congratulations to the Republicans, who truly prevailed in the general election. We now have Republican Frank Murkowski running our state, a Republican-controlled Alaska Senate, and another supermajority for the Republicans in the Alaska House of Representatives. If these candidates live up to their campaign promises, we will see a good future for our state.
Faulting the effort
Tumult, shouting; captains, kings; letters, editor. Here are two suggestions for the next campaign. First, the last time so many letters to the editor ran in the Empire, Nimbus was occupying Nimbus Plaza, and writing letters to you was the only way most people thought they had to get rid of it. Nimbus now has a fine home at the Subport and there have to be other and better ways to elect a candidate.
Make way for emergency vehicles
What do you do when you are on the road and you see a flashing blue light coming up behind you? I have been a resident in Juneau for years and in all the time I have been here, I have never seen anyone in this community pull over for the workers and volunteers of Capital City Fire and Rescue (CCFR).
Bull riding in Alaska
I am disappointed that our esteemed publisher, Don Smith, insists on taking such a simplistic view of politics and economics. For two Sundays in a row he irresponsibly blames our economic stagnation on the Knowles-Ulmer Administration. The governor could only propose a budget with economic policies, the Legislature then slashed the budget to fit their partisan views and the final gut-cutting product reared its ugly head every May.
Mayor Sally Smith, Win Gruening, and the entire Alaska Committee deserve maximum thanks for their tireless efforts to defeat Ballot Measure 2 on Nov. 5.
Game Board discussion is source of pride
I recently had a remarkable experience, and one that makes me proud of my fellow Alaskans. I observed several days of public testimony and the deliberations of the Board Of Game on a large number of proposals affecting Southeast. The Board took extraordinary care to be sure they understood the implications of each proposal and carefully questioned each person testifying.
Let's work together
Congratulations to newly elected Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski and to Murkowski supporters.
Acknowledging the effort
I wanted to thank the Juneau Empire for its part in the recent election.
A wonderful thing happened to me last weekend. I had purchased a purse at Gottschalk's several days earlier and made an honest attempt to convince myself that I really needed it, and that it was not too large for me. Good sense prevailed however, and I returned the purse to the store for credit.
Hundreds of local children voted Tuesday; Fog, wind cause overflights; City secures wharf bonds with $5 fee;
Local children wanted Ulmer as governor
If Juneau's children ran the state, Fran Ulmer would be governor. About 1,600 children voted in the Juneau Kids Voting project, in which kids go to mock polls with their parents on Election Day.
New member appointed to School Board
The Juneau School Board on Tuesday appointed former board member Paul Gulyas to fill the vacancy created by Stan Ridgeway's election to the Juneau Assembly. The board advertised the opening after Ridgeway's victory in the Oct. 1 election. Gulyas, former School Board member Sunny Israelson, Steve Kikendall and Julie Morris sent in letters of interest.
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.
Sentenced to learn
For the any of the 20 or so teenage inmates "on the unit" at Johnson Youth Center's treatment facility, every morning begins on a narrow bed in a 4-by-8-foot cell waiting to hear the click of the doors being unlocked, a sign that they can go to class. At Johnson Youth Center, skipping school is a punishment, not a reward. "For many of the kids, school is the best part of their day, and in that respect it is an ideal teaching situation," said Johnson Youth Center teacher Jo Dahl. "One the other hand, I never know who is going to be in class. If you can't come to class, you have to stay in your room, and I slide the homework under the door."
Game Board protects wolves on Douglas
The state Board of Game decided Tuesday to protect wolves on Douglas Island from hunters and trappers. But the board, in the 6-0 vote, said some of the island's wolves could be hunted or trapped if their population reaches at least seven, or if hunters' harvest of deer falls off drastically when wolves are on the island.
Juneau Airport plans expansion
The Juneau Airport is considering a $5 million, 14,000-square foot terminal expansion to accommodate new security equipment and allay a loss of office space. Under a new federal law, all airports will be required to screen checked bags for explosives by the end of the year. In Juneau, the airport plans to rearrange the downstairs lobby to add four to six detection machines and the Transportation Security Administration staffers who go with them, airport Manager Allan Heese said Wednesday.
Photo: Orcas in the channel
Three members of a pod of four orcas cruise through Gastineau Channel on Monday afternoon. The whales swam into the channel as far as DIPAC hatchery.
Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:
Weyhrauch to fill Rep. Hudson's seat
In the race to replace House District 4 Rep. Bill Hudson, Republican candidate Bruce Weyhrauch defeated Democrat Tim Grussendorf by almost 10 percentage points in Tuesday's general election. Incumbent Democratic lawmakers Sen. Kim Elton and Rep. Beth Kerttula maintained their seats in the Legislature. Elton will serve his second term in the Senate and Kerttula her third term in the House.
Bonds for harbors and roads win OK
A bond package approved by voters Tuesday will help fix harbors in Juneau and elsewhere in Southeast Alaska. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, 68 percent of voters approved the $226.7 million transportation bond package, with 32 percent opposed.
Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:
Voters OK bonds funding new Juneau school
A bond package that will help fund a high school planned for the Mendenhall Valley was approved by Alaska voters Tuesday. The measure also will provide money for a University of Alaska Fairbanks fisheries center at Juneau's Lena Point and University of Alaska Southeast classrooms in Sitka and Ketchikan.
Gifford, Bradshaw to wed
Shannon Katherine Gifford and Donald Allan Bradshaw will marry March 16, 2003, in Glen Burnie, Md.
The tales trees can tell us
Drifting off the limbs and branches, this season's leaves drop and reveal several layers. The most obvious is at the landscape level, where vistas we haven't seen since May are visible again. Drive out towards Tee Harbor and see the other shore, look out at the Shrine of St. Thereseor even down at the beach at Auke Rec. The curtains have been drawn back again and the next act is opening.
Parent information sessions set
Juneau Montessori School presents "In Support of the Child," a four-week series of parent information discussions led by Sharlyn Berning. She is a Juneau Montessori toddler community teacher.
Alaska awarded planning grant for child mental health
The Alaska Department of Health and Human Services Section of Maternal, Child and Family Health has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for planning appropriate mental health services for Alaska's children up to six years of age.
JDHS sets college fair on Thursday
The Juneau-Douglas High School College Fair will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, during school and during a 5 to 6:30 p.m. session at the JDHS gym.
HoopTime Basketball seeks board members
HoopTime Basketball, an AAU boy and girls youth basketball league, is recruiting people to serve on the board of directors. Seats are open for two-year terms.
Photo: Naming ceremony
Participants gather by the new sign during a naming ceremony of Manila Square next to the Red Dog Saloon on Saturday. The area south of the saloon to the roundabout was renamed Manila Square in honor of the contributions of the Filipino Community of Juneau.
...for your committment.
Photo: Making a difference
Photo Juneau girl scouts Molly Nelson, left, and Bekah Peterson load the donated blankets and warm clothes they collected from Juneau residents. They went door to door collecting the items as a project on "Make a difference day."
Pets of the week
Jasmine is a medium-size terrier-lab mix. Friendly, fluffy Winston would be a great family cat.
Amy Williams Ebona Nelson
Longtime Juneau resident Amy Williams Ebona Nelson died Nov. 2, 2002, in Juneau.
Empire editorial: Juneau dodges capital move, confirms leaders new and old
Congratulations to the winners in yesterday's election. Beth Kerttula, Bruce Weyhrauch, Kim Elton and Frank Murkowski won their respective races fair and square. Fran Ulmer, as predicted, won in Juneau and can take pride in the valiant fight she conducted in her quest for the governor's office.
Juneau spikers head to region tourney
This has been an incredible, undefeated season for the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team. But as incredible and undefeated as the season has been, it won't mean much if the Crimson Bears don't win this weekend's Region V-Class 4A title at Sitka's Mount Edgecumbe High School.
Cavaliers send Lakers to record depths in blowout victory
CLEVELAND - Darius Miles couldn't help himself. Caught up in the euphoria of a home-opening win over the Lakers, one of the newest Cavaliers spoke his mind. "We're going to put on a show every night," Miles told the Gund Arena crowd. "We're going to surprise the world." Well, they've already stunned the Lakers.
Three Juneau wrestlers earn perfect records at first meet of the season
Three Juneau-Douglas High School wrestlers finished undefeated at the team's first meet of the season, held last weekend at Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.
Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.
Detjen takes the lead
During the middle of the first half of St. Olaf College's women's soccer game against Augsburg College last Wednesday in Northfield, Minn., Juneau's Carolyn Detjen swooped in from her position at left forward and knocked in the rebound of a St. Olaf shot that hit the goalpost.
Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.
Veterans mortgage bonds OK'd
JUNEAU - Alaska voters on Tuesday approved a bond measure that would give veterans lower interest rates when they buy homes.
Alaska pipeline expected to restart this morning
ANCHORAGE - The slow process of restarting the trans-Alaska oil pipeline began this morning, according to pipeline officials. The line that carries about a sixth of the nation's oil production was shut down Sunday in the wake of a magnitude 7.9 earthquake that moved the line up to seven feet in places, but did not cause any leaks. Tanker loading at Valdez could resume as early as Thursday.
3 indicted on kidnapping charge; Homer City Manager Drathman resigns; National Guardsmen rescued by Coast Guard
Statewide turnout less than 50 percent
JUNEAU - Turnout in Tuesday's statewide election was 43.4 percent. In Juneau, turnout was about 52 percent.
Alaska voters retain all judges
JUNEAU - Voters statewide returned 16 judges to the bench by a 2-1 to 3-1 margin. Alaska judges are appointed by the governor, but retained in periodic elections.
Fairbanks woman named teacher of the year
FAIRBANKS - A drama and choir teacher at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks is Alaska's new teacher of the year for 2003. Alicia Lewis was notified today by state Education Commissioner Shirley Holloway that she had been selected from among four finalists by a panel of educators, parents and administrators.
Photo: Eye on the elections
Natalie Hebden-Taylor, a journalism student at the University of Alaska Southeast, keeps in touch as she watches election results Tuesday night at Centennial Hall's Election Central. michael penn / the juneau empire
Couple gets more than simulation at quake display
ANCHORAGE - To learn more about their adopted community of Anchorage, Susan and Jerry Wortley decided Sunday to visit the Alaska Experience Theatre and its earthquake simulation auditorium. So when a magnitude 7.9 earthquake shook up Anchorage and much of the rest of the state, they thought it was all part of the show. "We got our money's worth," Jerry Wortley said.
Ballots flown to pipeline crew
FAIRBANKS - Crews working to get the earthquake-idled trans-Alaska oil pipeline running again got to cast their ballots Tuesday, thanks to some extra work by elections officials. Tom Godkin, the state Division of Elections acting election supervisor for Region 3, was at work until 3 a.m. Tuesday packaging 150 absentee ballots.
Oil flowing again after earthquake
ANCHORAGE - Tankers in Valdez were expected to resume loading crude oil today after Wednesday's resumption of trans-Alaska pipeline operations. Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. shut the pipeline down for 66 hours after Sunday's 7.9 magnitude earthquake south of Fairbanks. About 300 people worked to restart the 800-mile pipeline Wednesday morning and no leaks were detected, said Alyeska spokesman Mike Heatwole.
Session move initiative dies
With Juneau voters leading the way, Alaskans statewide rejected by a 2-1 margin a ballot initiative Tuesday that would have moved legislative sessions from the capital city to Anchorage or the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Just over 67 percent of the state's voters chose "no" on Ballot Measure 2 in the general election. In Juneau, the total was 96 percent against the move.
Murkowski, Knowles begin the transition
ANCHORAGE - The day after his decisive victory, Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski began the process of taking office. The day started with a phone call from the Bush White House - at about 4 a.m. Alaska time - and then a conversation with Gov. Tony Knowles, a Democrat who is leaving office after eight years.
Murkowski beats Ulmer 3-2
ANCHORAGE - Republican Frank Murkowski, who has been Alaska's junior senator for 22 years, rolled to victory Tuesday to become Alaska's next governor. In what some expected to be a close race, the former Fairbanks banker beat Democratic Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer of Juneau by a 56-41 percentage margin.
Election changes face of legislative leadership
ANCHORAGE - Big changes in legislative leadership will come in January as a result of Tuesday's election and retirements. "It is, maybe, a new guard coming in," said Anchorage Republican Rep. Con Bunde, who is moving to the Senate.
Voters OK initiative for natural gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE - Voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative Tuesday that would open avenues for a state-owned natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez. With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, the measure was winning by a margin of 61 percent to 39 percent.
Students bring guns to school; Quake reported in North Pacific; Man suffers burns from power lines
Young, Stevens easily win re-election to Congress
ANCHORAGE - Two members of Alaska's Republican congressional delegation coasted to re-election victories Tuesday, easily besting a crowded field of lesser-known and underfunded challengers. U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, who has built a reputation of securing millions in federal funds for Alaska, took 78 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
Two powerful Republicans lose, but GOP retains Senate control
ANCHORAGE - Republicans held on to a majority in the state Senate on Tuesday as two familiar GOP faces and one veteran Democratic lawmaker were sent packing. Anchorage Sen. Dave Donley, co-chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, was upset by Democrat Hollis French. Nikiski Sen. Jerry Ward was defeated by Republican Moderate Tom Wagoner, the small party's first election victory.
Kenai couple charged with cruelty to dogs, cats
SHELBY, Mont. - A man and woman from Kenai were charged with animal cruelty after U.S. border authorities seized their truckload of malnourished dogs and sick cats at the Port of Sweet Grass near here. More than 170 dogs, most of them collies, and 10 sick cats were being housed at the Shelby fairgrounds and tended by volunteers.
Vote totals on various races
GOP wins 27 of 40 state House seats
ANCHORAGE - Buoyed by the defeat of a Fairbanks incumbent and a strong showing in Alaska's largest city, Republicans won 27 seats in the state House of Representatives and easily kept control of the 40-member body. The only incumbent to lose was Fairbanks Democrat Joe Hayes, who is completing his first term. He was defeated by businessman Jim Holm, the son of a former legislator and a Republican National Committee member.
Loving the spoken word
When Jim Weiss was a child, his father entertained Weiss and his younger brother with stories taken from classical literature and history. Weiss fell in love with the stories and the art of storytelling, and as an adult he happily entertained family and friends, acting out each character and creating distinctive voices.
Movies where and when
"Abandon," (PG-13) ends Thursday, Nov. 7, last show at 7 p.m. at the 20th Century Twin.
Bishop Kenny auction Nov. 9
JUNEAU - The eighth annual Bishop Kenny auction benefiting Perseverance Theatre will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Twisted Fish restaurant.
Best Bets: Tips for losers, winners and the election-weary
I am writing this on Election Day. Every single race is a nail-biter and though it is geeky to admit, I am a political junkie. For the last few weeks, I have been mainlining political news coverage as my principal source of entertainment. When you read this, it will be Thursday, and the election will be over, votes tallied, finito. Like more than a few of you, my mood may darken depending on how things turn out.
Ski film 'Storm' showing
JUNEAU - The Eaglecrest Ski and Snowboard school is sponsoring two showings of Warren Miller's new film, "Storm," Thursday, Nov. 7.
Where's 'What's Up With That?'
Q: Where is the What's Up With That column this week?
Is it OK to shoot a horse for laughs?
In all of American culture, there is no single individual more devoted to owning his own moron than the person of cow - as cowboys would be known if political correctness were applicable to them. Of course, it isn't - applicable, I mean - since there is no culture to the handling of cows. One is a peasant, rides a horse and shovels out stables. The culture part comes in when the "cowboy" or "cowwoman" enters fiction and, in particular, movies.
Museum offers kids beading class
JUNEAU - Salty Hanes of Spirit Beads will teach a children's beading class from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. The class is a kickoff for the family beading circle, which also begins this weekend from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the museum.
Through story, Ishmael Hope looks toward the future of Native culture while trying to honor and show respect toward the past. "What I'm trying to create is a high level of communication," said the 20-year-old Inupiaq and Tlingit member of the Kiks'adi Clan. "Communicating with the imagination, with the body. To discover and rediscover play. To discover and rediscover the actual physical sensation of dream and story."