In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Mores named to ins. agents board
Peter Mores has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of the Alaska Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Association. The nomination was made during the AIIAB's convention in Sitka on Oct. 13-15.

SBDC marketing seminar offered
"Creating a Powerful Marketing Plan," a Juneau Small Business Development Center seminar, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Business Profile: Erin Howell
Title and company: Co-owner, with her husband, Brent, of Coin-op Laundry and Showers.

Power-equipment engine service shop opens in the Valley
Juneau residents have another option for servicing their power equipment. Josh Moeser, a factory-authorized technician for Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki power equipment, opened Southeast Cycle Works in October.

Loose lips
A few weeks ago a friend related to me her experience of overhearing a local physician discuss in public a patient's case over his cell phone. My friend was appalled that such an ethical breach had occurred. I nodded my agreement and thought nothing more of it. About a week later I, too, was a party to such a situation.

'Still the best choice'
It has been a wonderful journey. My travels have taken me from my home in Central to Galena, the western part of Alaska down to Marshall over to Tyonek on the Cook Inlet. In the East from Deltana to Eagle, Northway, Tok, Glennallen, to Chitina and McCarthy. From Cordova to Haines, Tenakee Springs to Craig, to the rain forest of Annette Island and the beautiful village of Metlakatla, the last community of Alaska. To all the great Alaskans I have had the pleasure to meet and hear their stories, it has to be said that the Alaskan spirit is alive and well, proof of that was this election that brought out the best of what we as Alaskans want and stand for.

Retrograde forces
Thank you for Chris Behnke's comments in the Empire (Nov. 10). He is clearly passionate about our country and region. It is obvious that his views run counter to the prevailing "if you ain't fer it, you're a traitor" attitude in today's USA.

Inaccurate portrayal
The article by Julia O'Malley, "Sentenced to learn," which appeared in the Nov. 7 edition of the Empire, articulated the quality education that residents of the Johnson Youth Center receive while detained for delinquent behavior. I was quite pleased to see that the educational program was portrayed as effective in the treatment of delinquent youth.

UAS professor helped with Kosovo elections
A few weeks ago University of Alaska Southeast Professor Jonathan Anderson was in Prizren, the second-largest city in Kosovo, supervising ballot-counting in the country's second municipal election since it became free of Serbian occupation. Anderson was selected as one of 150 American election supervisors who joined supervisors from Europe in an effort to ensure fair democratic elections in Kosovo. He will give a lecture about his experiences at noon Thursday in Room 104 of the UAS Egan Library.

Park Service wants ideas on backcountry use
The National Park Service will hold a meeting Tuesday in Juneau to gather ideas on how the backcountry should be managed in Glacier Bay National Park and two other parks.

Charges split between pair accused of $1 million arson
One of the young men accused of starting a June fire that destroyed a Lemon Creek self-storage building won't face a felony arson charge, under a plea agreement. But prosecutors said a second suspect is expected to plead guilty to arson. The fire destroyed 280 storage units at the Juneau Self-Storage facility, caused more than $1 million in damage and endangered the lives of several firefighters who nearly fell into the burning building when its roof collapsed.

Local runner dies in Connecticut kayak accident
Thomas Casey, who over the course of a few summers in Juneau became an integral, much-admired and much-loved part of the local running community, is presumed drowned after failing to return from a kayak trip off the Connecticut shore.

Photos: High-altitude hikers
Stephani Joy Griffin, Don Larsen and Bill Forrest of the Juneau Alpine Club descend toward the Mendenhall Glacier after a successful climb to the summit of Mount Stroller White on Monday.

Airport board OKs use of Taku Room
The Juneau Airport Board on Wednesday approved the use of the Taku Room as office space to accommodate upcoming security-related changes.

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

Police and Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

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

Speakers object to library display policy
A proposed policy that would restrict Juneau Public Libraries' display cases to library use only drew unanimous opposition from patrons at a Friends of the Library meeting Tuesday. But the current policy, which allows the public to co-sponsor library displays, didn't win much support, either.

A light at the end of the fairway
A proposed West Douglas golf course has advanced another step in the planning and review process. City Planner Oscar Graham updated the Juneau Planning Commission on Tuesday on the status of the golf course slated for 190 acres of a 400-acre plot of city land near Peterson Creek. The 18-hole course is being designed and developed by Totem Creek Inc., a local nonprofit organization formed to develop the course.

Waterfront construction
Jeff Trucano, left, and Rick Withrow attach cables to cement girders at Steamship Wharf on Wednesday. Statues of Patsy Ann and the gold miners have been moved off site and stored by the city for the winter.

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

Trees memorialize beginning, ending of life
One truth is that people are born, opening the door to life on Earth and taking their place in the web. Another sadder truth is that people die. The holes they leave behind in the fabric of our lives are raw, sore, empty places we can't bear to think of, but can't ever forget. To welcome newborn we dance and sing, establish trust funds or plant trees. In memorium of our lost we carve stones, build monuments, swear vengance or tell stories and some of us plant trees.

Photo: Making paper
Tasha Malalang, right, dries her sheet of handmade paper on felt while Tanya Malalang adds bits of embroidery thread to give her paper a colorful look during the final stages of papermaking.

Jacobson, Logan marry
Anna Jacobson and Dr. David Logan of Juneau were wed in a ceremony on Oct. 3, 2002, on the Carnival Victory.

Internet ingredient sources for foodies of the frozen north
This time of year, many of us consider it an occasion to treat others and ourselves to the best of the best when it comes to holiday meals. In a town the size of Juneau, this sometimes means ordering by phone or the Internet to find that exquisite something to make your holiday dinner complete.

Pets of the week
Molly is a medium-size, black Lab mix with long hair. Energetic and full of fun, she'd love a family with youngsters to play ball with her. Kevin wants a home with lots of toys and someone to play with.

Cutter Liberty crew to begin Southeast Alaska blanket, food and coat drive
Throughout November, the crew aboard cutter Liberty will conduct a food, coat and blanket drive to benefit families in Southeast Alaska communities. Donation boxes will be placed at several local businesses. Any blankets, coats or non-perishable food items will be gratefully accepted.

Neighbors briefs
Lions Club to hold barbecue; ANB, ANS officers elected; JYFL selects raffle winners; Food basket program scheduled; Bazaar set at Douglas Community United Methodist Church

Miller, Muhle wed
Karleen Jamae Miller and Chad Adam Muhle exchanged wedding vows Sept. 28, 2002, at Christ Lutheran Church in Columbus, Neb. The Rev. John Nelson Jr. officiated.

Hailey Ananda Austin
Juneau resident Hailey Ananda Austin died Nov. 8, 2002, in Juneau.

Richard T. 'Dick' Gummow
Former Juneau resident Richard T. "Dick" Gummow, 97, died Oct. 27, 2002, in Auburn, Calif.

Roberta 'Bobbie' Dooley Dimond
Former longtime Douglas resident Roberta "Bobbie" Dooley Dimond died Nov. 11, 2002, at the Grangeville Rehabilitation Center in Grangeville, Idaho.

Focused for state
Like the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl, the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team has come close to winning the state tournament time and time again. But the ultimate prize - a state title - has always remained just out of reach. It's happened to the Crimson Bears 15 times over the last 14 years. But there is something different about this year's squad. The Crimson Bears are undefeated, regional champions and a favorite to claim the Class 4A state crown.

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.

Local runner dies in Connecticut kayak accident
Thomas Casey, who over the course of a few summers in Juneau became an integral, much-admired and much-loved part of the local running community, is presumed drowned after failing to return from a kayak trip off the Connecticut shore.

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

Wrestlers third at Wrangell tourney
Individual titles won by Sungie Musarra, Jake Ritter and Robert Vicario helped the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team to a third-place finish at last weekend's Tom Sims Invitational at Wrangell High School.

Crimson Bear football team honors 12 during annual awards banquet
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team honored twelve players during its annual awards banquet Monday night at ANB Hall.

Roughhouse returns on Friday
A new season of Roughhouse Friday boxing kicks off Friday night at ANB Hall with a Southeast champ facing an powerful out-of-town contender.

Artest paces Pacers in 20-point victory over Cleveland
INDIANAPOLIS - Ron Artest takes pride in shutting down the other team's top scorer. He never really got a chance against Cleveland. Artest scored 22 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 95-75 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who benched leading scorer Ricky Davis early in the game Tuesday night.

Cardinal Bear
Joe Ayers, one of the leaders of last spring's Juneau-Douglas High School state championship baseball team, signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play baseball at Stanford University next school year.

Adult Volleyball League Standings
Here are the final standings for the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation men's and women's adult volleyball leagues. First-place teams are division champions.

Sen. Stevens honors Paul Wellstone
Sen. Paul Wellstone's death evoked difficult memories for Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, whose wife died in a plane crash in Anchorage in 1978. Congress reconvened for its lame-duck session on Tuesday with speeches from Stevens and other Senate colleagues of Wellstone. The Democratic Minnesota senator died Oct. 25 in a plane crash near Eveleth, Minn., with his wife Sheila and daughter Marcia. Three campaign staff members and two pilots also perished.

University of Alaska tuition to jump 10 percent
ANCHORAGE - University of Alaska students at the three main campuses will see tuition increase 10 percent starting next fall. Directors of campuses outside Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau will have the option of requiring smaller increases.

All-Alaska gas line faces uncertain future
The backer of a ballot measure calling for construction of an all-Alaska gas pipeline route says $3 million to $5 million is needed to get the project on track.

Galena man sentenced for standoff
A Galena man was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday on charges stemming from a 10-hour armed standoff with Alaska State Troopers and police nearly a year ago.

High court wades into complex sex-offender registration cases
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is considering challenges to state sex offender registries that help the public keep tabs on paroled offenders living or working nearby. Justices are reviewing laws in Alaska and Connecticut, which like all other states have sex offender registry laws named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl kidnapped, raped and killed in 1994 by a convicted sex offender who lived in her neighborhood.

Group seeks federal protection for orcas
Eight conservation groups are asking the federal government to list killer whales in Prince William Sound as depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Dillingham man killed in ATV accident
A Dillingham man was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident Tuesday. Alaska State Troopers said James John Odomin, 48, was riding his all-terrain vehicle in Chignik Lake on Tuesday afternoon when he crashed the vehicle into a house.

Native corps. to get refund from wireless investment
Sealaska and two other Alaska Native regional corporations will get back the millions of dollars they invested in a wireless telecommunications venture with AT&T Wireless.

Unocal to get rid of 59 jobs in Anchorage, Kenai
ANCHORAGE - Unocal Alaska is cutting 59 jobs in Kenai and Anchorage and closing its Kenai office, in a move to increase the profitability of its Cook Inlet operations.

Murkowski to hold town meetings
Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski is calling on Alaskans to participate in a series of town meetings that will examine areas of interest to the state, according to transition team spokesman John Manly. The meetings will review the areas of public safety, education, revenue, human resources, natural resources and transportation. Findings will be compiled at a final meeting and forwarded to the new administration, Manly said.

Village Aviation switches to cargo
Market changes and increased regulation of the airline industry forced Village Aviation owner Don King to make a tough decision for the future of his company.

Jury selection begins in pipeline shooting case
Attorneys for both sides of the trial of alleged trans-Alaska oil pipeline shooter Daniel Lewis have voiced concerns that the case may have already been decided in the media.

Nursing home data goes online
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's nursing homes generally compare favorably to those in other states, according to federal data released Tuesday. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it is posting up to 10 measures of quality for individual nursing homes online to help people select a home and to encourage homes to improve. The information comes from the homes themselves in reports to the federal government.

Anchorage firm rolls out a high-tech courtroom
An Anchorage firm is helping put high-tech equipment into the state's courtrooms - and even provides a courtroom of its own to practice in.

Kenai Peninsula flooding raises concerns about culverts
KENAI - When last month's flooding washed out sections of Kenai Peninsula roads, many area residents found themselves isolated and stranded - much like juvenile salmon can be cut off from their homes by impassable highway culverts. The flooding heightened awareness of a growing concern among some who believe culverts across the state don't adequately protect anadromous fish such as salmon.

Barrow to host Kivgiq dance celebration
Barrow will again host a traditional Native dance celebration, North Slope Borough Mayor George Ahmaogak announced Wednesday.

State Briefs
Magnitude 4.7 aftershock reported south of Fairbanks; IRS seeks refund recipients; Report backs coastal route for Anchorage trail; Sitka man wins award for cultural contributions; Body washes up on St. Lawrence Island; Anchorage bank robbed; Members to vote on Valley Hospital expansion

Native playreading, performance set
"Beyond Heritage: Native Playreading and Performance Festival," a joint project of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and Perseverance Theatre, is being coordinated by Ishmael Hope, will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, at Perseverance Theatre.

'Sound of Music' opens Friday
History, drama, suspense and music all are part of "The Sound of Music," a Northern Light Junior Theatre performance opening Friday. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 15, 16, 22 and 23, and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 16 and 23. A sing-along performance will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.

30-plus authors at book signing
JUNEAU - Hearthside Books will host a multi-author book-signing at its Nugget Mall store from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. The signing is a celebration of Alaska authors, with more than 30 local and Southeast writers and their books in attendance, said Susan Hickey, one of Hearthside's owners.

Best Bets: Try throat singers, family drama and 'Spaceship Earth'
Friends, it is November in Juneau, here's your best bet: Use your accumulated leave time to go to Mexico and surf. If you are stuck here this weekend with the wind a howlin' and the rain a pourin' and the darkness apocalyptically increasin,' you can be like me and eat tuna casserole in your pajamas in front of PBS or you can go see the Tuvan throat-singers.

Throat singing nomads tour Alaska
Like a nomadic sheep herder wandering the countryside, the throat-singing quartet Huun-Huur-Tu is traveling throughout the United States on a tour that ends in Alaska, including a show Friday, Nov. 15, in Juneau. Originating out of Tuva, a Central Asian region nestled between Mongolia and Siberia, the heritage of "xoomei," or throat singing, is one of Asia's oldest oral traditions, where a single vocalist produces two distinct notes.

Tennessee in Alaska
If language is the vehicle, than Tennessee Williams' language is a classic Cadillac - elegant, smooth, powerful and timeless. Williams' play "The Glass Menagerie" will open at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Perseverance Theatre. "I think language is the vehicle for the story," said director Peter DuBois. "Each word is carefully chosen. There's not a wasted word in the play."

What's up with that?
What's Up With That has accumulated a mini-backlog of street sign-related inquiries, so we asked Juneau streets superintendent Mike Scott for some help in deciphering some cryptic signs:

What's happening

Movies where & when
"Knockaround Guys," (R) ends Thursday, Nov. 14, last show at 7 p.m. at the 20th Century Twin.

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