Friday, November 15, 2002

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.

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.

For the dreamers
I have to agree with Mr. Plosay (Juneau access, Empire, Nov. 12). If you have ever flown to Haines or Skagway or taken the ferry to these communities, you will notice the difficulty of the terrain.

Thanks for putting education first
As co-chairs of the Education First Committee, we want to thank the more than 114,000 Alaskans who voted for Proposition C. This issue was not only about maintaining school facilities; it was also a measure of the value we place on education and the future of our youth.

'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.

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.

The rest of the story
Pat Costello's front page photo of the mountain goat looking down over our city from Mount Juneau must have been sent south to many relatives and friends validating again why we live in this rainforest.

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

Macaulay estate gets settlement
The estate of Ladd Macaulay, a founder of Juneau's DIPAC hatchery killed by a drunken driver in 2000, has settled a lawsuit against a bar and a liquor store that allegedly sold the driver alcohol shortly before the crash. The defendants don't admit they sold liquor to the driver.

Correction
The gas prices on Thursday's Empire Business Spotlight page incorrectly listed the price for Fisherman's Bend. It is $1.56.9.

From Kansas to Juneau - volunteer to director
For much of his life Lance Young believed life is hell and then you die. Faced with the personal demons of depression, homelessness and dependency on drugs and alcohol, Young said it took going through hell to realize what heaven is. As director of the downtown homeless shelter the Glory Hole, he has had first-hand experience in what many of the clients deal with on a daily basis.

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.

FYI
Births

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

New inter-island ferry restaurant shuts down
PETERSBURG - Travelers on Southeast Alaska's new ferry run between Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island had raved about the gourmet meals offered on board by former Juneau restaurateurs. But the Inter-island Ferry Authority has run into a snag. The restaurant has pulled out just nine months into a five-year contract, saying there wasn't enough business to justify the venture.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Juneau student learns about elections
As a Kids Voting reporter for the general election this year, I was assigned to write a post-election print piece on my observations and experiences at election central. Kids Voting reporters like me were able to shadow newspeople from newspapers and radio stations, interview candidates, broadcast live reports on Kids Voting results and write pieces for both types of media throughout the day on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Local veteran honored
For his six years service as chairman of the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council, long-time Juneau resident Pat Carothers has been awarded the Alaska Legion of Merit. Carothers, who served for 36 years with the U.S. Marine Corps and veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the conflict in Vietnam, accepted the award at a ceremony in Anchorage on Oct. 2. Maj. Gen. Phillip E. Oates presented the award.

Students reflect on U.S. veterans and their importance to America
Southeast Alaska Disabled American Veterans sponsored an essay contest entitled, "What Veterans Mean to America." Juneau students from the third, fourth and fifth grades were asked to research some of our country's history, talk to veterans and write an essay explaining why veterans are so important to America and why should they be remembered on Veterans Day.

Women's Health Forum set at Centennial Hall
The 2002 free Women's Health Forum is scheduled for 11:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Centennial Hall. A free lunch will be served. There will be two guest speakers and it is being produced by local SEARHC physician Dr. Maureen Longworth. Bartlett dietician Linda Wild will present a cancer prevention diet.

Neighbors Briefs
Accountants to meet at T.K. Maguire's; Even Start offers free preschool program; Donations for Nowlin being taken

First-time student, adult voter go to the polls
When did you start voting? I started this election as a middle schooler with Kids Voting. Guo Hua Xia started voting this election, too. Xia had to wait until he was middle-aged. He is from Shanghai, China, and became a U.S. citizen two years ago. Xia has helped me learn why voting is important.

Jones, Boman to wed
Meridith Jones, daughter of Doug and JoAnn Jones, and Andy Boman, son of Walter and Peggy Boman, will be married Nov. 27, 2002, in Hawaii.

Roberta 'Bobbie' Dooley Dimond
A funeral Mass for former Douglas resident Roberta "Bobbie" Dooley Dimond will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Cathedral of the Nativity with the Rev. Michael Nash officiating.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Veteran's Day 8K
Results of the Southeast Road Runners' Veteran's Day 8-kilometer race, held Saturday, Nov. 9 on the Kaxdigoowu Heen Trail along the Mendenhall River.

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.

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.

Juneau spikers chug past Chugiak at state
ANCHORAGE - As the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team watched the early matches of the Class 4A state volleyball tournament Thursday at West Anchorage High School, the Crimson Bears saw opening-round jitters claim several favored teams. The first two Class 4A regional champs to play in the tourney lost, and a third 4A region winner fell later. Underdog teams also defeated two of the three regional champs in the Class 3A tournament.

Petersburg, Mt. Edgecumbe falter in Class 3A tournament
ANCHORAGE - Thursday's opening round of the Class 3A state volleyball tournament was a bad case of hurry up and wait for the Petersburg Vikings. Slated to play the second match of the day against Heritage Christian Schools, Petersburg arrived early during the tournament-opening Seward-Valdez match at West Anchorage High School. When Seward won the first two games, Petersburg warmed up and was ready to play, only to have to sit and wait as Valdez rallied to win the match in five games.

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.

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

Juneau Parks and Rec. Basketball Standings
2002-03 regular-season standings as of Nov. 10 from the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Ordway Basketball League.

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

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.

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.

Skagway vows to sue state
Skagway is taking its battle to form a borough to court and the state's lawmakers. The state's Local Boundary Commission in September unanimously denied the city of Skagway's petition to become a borough. At 443 square miles, the new borough would have been the same size as the existing city and would have provided the same services, according to the request.

State Brief
Barrow man dies after stabbing; Man robs Anchorage credit union; JDHS kicks off canned food drive; ANWR activists end trek to D.C.; Board maintains MD's suspension; Members OK Mat-Su hospital deal;

Pipeline safety bill passes Congress, goes to president
WASHINGTON - Legislation designed to significantly improve the safety and security of the nation's natural gas and fuel pipelines cleared Congress today and was sent to the president for his signature.

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.

Murkowski releases list of possible successors
ANCHORAGE - Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski has released his short list of choices to replace him when he resigns from the U.S. Senate next month. The list, with more than two dozen names, includes a wide selection of people from his daughter to a retired archbishop.

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.

New APOC regs require soft-money disclosure
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Public Offices Commission has adopted a regulation requiring political parties to disclose where they got "soft money" donations and how they spent them. Thursday's decision comes after an election marked by the spending of millions of dollars in soft money by the state Democratic and Republican parties and by independent groups from within and outside Alaska.

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.

Lead count in rifle team's blood halts use of firing range
FAIRBANKS - Youth shooting programs at the Tanana Valley Sportsmen's Association shooting range have been halted after 10 members of the Lathrop High School rifle team were found to have high concentrations of lead in their blood. Lead levels in the team members ranged from 17 to 37 micrograms per deciliter. The normal level is less than 10 micrograms in children.

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 Borough ponders tax increase on fishing charters
HOMER - The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is considering a plan to tax charter fishing businesses on a daily, per-passenger basis. The plan would eliminate tax advantages for selling charter packages to groups.

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.

Lawyer says couple innocent of cruelty
GREAT FALLS, Mont. - The lawyer for an Alaska couple says they will plead innocent to charges of misdemeanor cruelty for crowding 170 dogs and 11 cats into a tractor-trailer without food or water for a week.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Theater

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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