Thursday, November 21, 2002

Business Profile: Hassan Bani Saaid
Title and company: Director of tennis, JRC/The Alaska Club

Business briefs
DeeDee Jonrowe signs deal with Taco Bell; Alaskan Brewing releases porter package; Alaska Pacific has record earnings; Loggers raze salmon-stream banks

Station wins award
JUNEAU - The Alaska Broadcasters Association has awarded KFMJ, Ketchikan's locally owned commercial radio station, with a Goldie award for radio excellence.

The pampered diner
Sheryl Sutton likes to cook and host dinners in her downtown apartment. With a big feast such as Thanksgiving, though, being a graceful host and an excellent cook can be overwhelming. So Sutton, like some other Juneau residents, is taking advantage of the service of a local business to lessen the stress of cooking and hosting a Thanksgiving meal.

A great photographer and a good person
I just read about the death of my good friend Paul Helmar. Many times over the years since I have known him he went out of his way to help me. From fixing my cameras, to catching halibut. One time as I was heading up to photograph Gov. Hickel's state of the state address my camera jammed. I stopped by Paul's shop on Second Street and told him about my situation. Paul handed me his Nikon with a telephoto lens and told me to bring it back tomorrow. Next day I returned his camera and mine was fixed for no charge.

Looking for Alaska
I am looking for Alaska, my enemy. I was hoping that one of you folks in Juneau might have seen it.

With the mainstream
Like all other lockstep Americans, I support more wars against Iraq-Saddam Hussein. This is no time to hide in Bushes. I realize Homeland Security Act violates Constitutional Rights of many U.S. citizens. So?

Constituent viewpoint
Murkowski's Berners Bay giveaway, and his enormous university land grab passed the Senate late last night. Both of these bills are a raw deal for Alaskans. The two bills together lock up well over 500,000 acres of public land. Treasures like Berners Bay will be taken from local folks and handed over to corporate interests for industrial resource extraction.

A place to process fish
For the past two days, as I look out my sliding glass doors from my Auk Nu Condo, there have been two harbor seals lazily swimming in the cove. This is part of the reason we all live where we do, the peace and quiet and wildlife. Unless the Assembly reverses the decision to put a fish processing plant in our cove, and finds a better place for this operation, they will be taking away our right to this peace and quiet and wildlife.

Who cares what U.S. allies think?
Unlike Mr. Fagnants, I couldn't care less what Europeans, Canadians or Australians think of my country's foreign policy or its solution to the current problem of Iraq. I will accept criticism from our equals - and no country he named falls into that category.

Child molester serves less than 10 months for crimes
A man originally accused of raping a young female family member for almost 10 years will be out of jail and on his way back to Mexico after serving less than six months in jail. Jose Garcia-Lopez, 41, recently pleaded guilty to a felony charge of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and was sentenced to 10 months in prison. Garcia-Lopez has been incarcerated since his arrest in June. With time off for good behavior, he is expected to be released before the end of the month and be deported to Mexico.

Long-time Juneau photographer dies
A downtown photo-shop owner who documented the construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and shot portraits of Alaska government leaders died this week.

City manager search hits a bump
Some applicants for the city manager's job have pulled out because of a perception the Juneau Assembly has decided to hire John MacKinnon, Mayor Sally Smith said Wednesday. On the advice of consultant Chris Hartung, the Assembly will consider on Dec. 13 whether to interview MacKinnon, a former Assembly member who has been serving as interim city manager, at a later date, she said.

JDHS renovation making progress
After spring break in March, Juneau-Douglas High School students will return to a partially transformed school. The largest phase of the school renovation will be complete, some classes will be moved into new rooms and the revamped commons area will be operational and full of light. "It is just going to give a heart to the school I think we've never had," said JDHS Principal Deb Morse as she surveyed the renovation progress, perched on a board in the unfinished frame of the large atrium window during a Wednesday tour.

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

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

Valley school plan OK'd
The Juneau School Board unanimously approved the schematic design for the new Mendenhall Valley high school Tuesday night. The design now goes before the Juneau Assembly for final approval. "We've passed on the schematic with some suggestions," said School Board President Chuck Cohen. "If we continue to move in a reasonably prompt manner we may have this school open in August '06."

Photos: Getting ready for World AIDS Day
Above, Juneau-Douglas High School freshmen Tessa Haralovich, center, Kabil Ed, left, Jonathan Maki, and Eli Wray, right, cut red ribbons after school Tuesday in preparation for World AIDS Day on Dec. 1. Next week the students will be passing out the ribbons to commemorate those who have died of AIDS as well as those who are still fighting the disease.

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

Local manager named one of '40 under 40'
Juneau businessman Jim Scholz, 38, has been chosen by the Alaska Journal of Commerce and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce as one of Alaska's top 40 professionals under the age of 40. Scholz and 39 other businesspeople around the state were honored with a ceremony and banquet hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce in Anchorage on Monday.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, an article in Tuesday's Empire said drug defendant Gary Martin had been fired from his job with the state Department of Education. A department spokesman said Martin was removed from his position as an administrative manager.

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

Pets of the week
This little, stray kitten was crying for her mother when gentle Jimbo stepped in. The big, white, neutered male bachelor started washing the kitten's face and purring reassuringly. The two have become inseparable. They are being offered for adoption as a pair.

Meyers, Hopper wed
Lynn Meyers of Spokane, Wash. and Thad Hopper of Juneau were married July 30, 2002, in an evening ceremony at Bozarth Mansion in Spokane.

Thank you
...for the support.

Lush foliage is a surefire way to beat winter blues
The cold drives all the tender species into shelter. Orchids and azaleas, oranges and figs, cactus and euphorbias all get pulled back into the house. Bonsai trees are wrapped and placed in sheltered places and potted Japanese Maples are half buried and mulched with chipped up evergreens.

Humans can heal with rituals
As we move toward the holidays, I am reminded of the rituals that accompany the season. Many I cherish; some leave me cold. Christmas music playing at Fred Meyer the day after Halloween seems nothing short of cynical. Still, those same songs played quietly in a candle-lit room on Christmas morning sound sacred. I think the difference lies in the intent.

Tea party scheduled for Cathy Cuenin
There will be a "thank you" tea party for Cathy Cuenin on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Valley Senior Center, 2 to 4 p.m. Cathy has been a nurse and counselor in Juneau for many years, most recently at Riverbend Elementary School.

Supporting 'The Sound'
The kids take the stage. But behind the scenes at any youth theater production, parents take care of much of what's needed to put the show together. Northern Light Junior Theater Director J. Althea recruited dozens of parents and other community volunteers to put "The Sound of Music" on stage at Northern Light United Church. The musical opened Nov. 15 and shows three times this weekend, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Sidney Delman Greenewald
Former Juneau and Hoonah resident Sidney Delman Greenewald, 56, died Nov. 5, 2002, at his home in Renton, Wash.

My Turn: The end of a remarkable run
The election of Frank Murkowski as governor ends a remarkable run for Alaska's Big Three - Murkowski, Ted Stevens and Don Young. Sens. Stevens and Murkowski and Rep. Young have been Alaska's sole representatives in Washington for 22 years, a feat unmatched by any delegation since the U.S. Constitution was amended to provide for the direct election of senators in 1913.

My Turn: Alaska's next senator
Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski will be making one of the most important decisions of his political career, and Alaska's future, in the next few weeks. The person he selects to go to the U.S. Senate could be representing Alaska for years, building seniority, negotiating with senators, congressmen and the president, and working to protect the interests of our state well after our new governor has completed his work in Juneau.

My Turn: Berners Bay shouldn't be sacrificed
It was a surprisingly clear sky last Saturday as I sat in the Forest Service cabin in the northeast corner of Berners Bay, watching a small commercial fishing boat check crab pots along the opposite shore of the bay. It was mid-afternoon and the setting sun cast its last rays on the fresh snow of Lions Head Mountain.

Cavaliers action
At Houston, Cuttino Mobley scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Rockets never trailed after the opening minutes.

Top of the World Classic tips off in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Al Sokaitis may be the only college basketball coach in America who frets when there's not enough snow for his basketball tournament. At the Top of the World Classic, host University of Alaska Fairbanks likes to give teams a taste of what it's like to live in the north by exposing them to mushing, curling and ice carving. So far, only a dusting of snow has touched Interior Alaska.

Juneau Youth Basketball Standings
Standings from the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation youth basketball leagues. Standings reflect games through Nov. 20.

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

Correction
Due to incorrect information provided to the Empire, the listing of Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling results in Thursday's paper contained an error.

Juneau takes team title at Kayhi
Juneau wrestled the team title away from Kotzebue at last weekend's All Schools Wrestling Tournament in Ketchikan. The Crimson Bears finished with a 4-0 team record in the tournament, held Friday and Saturday.

Southeast, Yukon swimmers converge on Juneau for ABC Invitational meet
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School boys swimming team, fresh from claiming a share of the state title earlier this month, led local swimmers at the ABC Invitational swim meet held last weekend at the Augustus Brown Pool.

Wrestling in Pilot's memory
Two years have passed since an auto accident claimed the life of Juneau-Douglas High School wrestler Brandon Pilot, but his memory is still very much alive as the current high school team prepares for this weekend's Brandon Pilot Invitational meet. "Brandon Pilot - that's the first thing they look at, the thing that's most important to them," Juneau wrestling coach Bob Mahon said of his team going into the meet. "It's important to the kids, especially the ones that wrestled with Brandon."

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

Man sentenced to 26 years for shooting at trooper
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man was sentenced to 26 years in prison for shooting at an Alaska State Trooper last December.

5 killed in crash on Seward Highway
ANCHORAGE - Five people were killed Tuesday when a tractor-trailer truck crossed the center line and smashed into a van taking prisoners to Seward, Alaska State Troopers said.

New count leaves Nov. 5 elections results unchanged
Republican Tim Worthen still trailed Democrat Gretchen Guess for Senate District J in Anchorage after absentee and questioned ballots were tallied Tuesday. In one of the closest legislative races in the state, Worthen nearly halved the lead Guess previously held and trailed by only 47 votes.

Wrangell newspaper celebrates 100 years of publishing in Alaska
KETCHIKAN - The Wrangell Sentinel celebrated its 100th anniversary Wednesday, making it the longest continuously operating newspaper in the state. The newspaper has survived 11 owners, the Depression, a gold rush, downturn in the timber industry and two fires since it began printing on Nov. 20, 1902.

AIDEA writes off $91.3 million
ANCHORAGE - A state agency is writing off $91.3 million it invested in two huge development projects that failed to make money. The board of The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority approved an audit Tuesday that writes down about half of its $50 million investment in Alaska Seafood International, a struggling seafood plant in South Anchorage. The agency also took a write down of about half of the $125 million it sank into the Healy clean-coal plant, which operated for a brief test period and has been mired in problems even since. A write down is official recognition of a loan or investment that won't be recovered.

State backs away from changing rules for disabled
ANCHORAGE - The Knowles administration has dropped plans to revamp the state's home and community-based care program for the disabled, leaving the thorny issue to the incoming administration of Frank Murkowski. Dozens of people testified against changes in Medicaid rules at a Nov. 13 public hearing. Parents, foster parents and others said the proposal would hurt Alaska's efforts to keep severely disabled people out of institutions, where care costs more.

Permanent fund spokesman Kelly set to retire
Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Communications Director Jim Kelly has announced his retirement following 17 years with the corporation that manages the state's oil-wealth savings account. As communications director, Kelly works as a liaison between the permanent fund corporation, the Legislature, the governor, the media and the public.

Hiker finds meth lab components
FAIRBANKS - A person walking in a wooded area found what local drug investigators suspect is a medium-sized methamphetamine lab stored near Mile 342 of the Richardson Highway, according to Alaska State Troopers. Local agents of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration were first notified by the walker, said Trooper Sgt. Ron Wall of the statewide drug enforcement unit.

State Briefs
Man accused of soliciting sex from Juneau teenager; Decoy fix on the way; Anchorage man indicted on rape charges;

Sen.-elect Wagoner accused of failing to disclose interests
KENAI - Two Kenai Peninsula voters have filed suit contending Sen.-elect Thomas Wagoner failed to disclose business and financial interests as required by state law when he filed in May to run for the seat from Senate District Q. If plaintiffs William Grimm and Merrill McGahan of North Kenai prevail in the case filed Monday, the Kenai Peninsula Senate seat election could be overturned and the victory handed to incumbent Republican Sen. Jerry Ward, who lost the election.

State Briefs
Berners Bay land trade passes Senate; Assembly approves archery range funding; Mendenhall Boulevard to get new stop signs; Ice jam causes flooding in Salcha; Wasilla woman faces charges for running over man; Troopers name new head of criminal investigation bureau; Gov. Knowles names trade rep for China

Legislative session move failed in 36 of 40 districts
Of the state's 40 legislative districts, 90 percent voted against the legislative move initiative on the Nov. 5 ballot, according to new results released this week. State Division of Elections spokeswoman Virginia Breeze said all absentee and questioned ballots have been counted, and the state review board is working to certify the final count. Certification should be completed by Nov. 29, she said.

Teacher at Christian school charged with sexual abuse
ANCHORAGE - A teacher at a private Southcentral Christian school was arrested and charged with three counts of sexual abuse of a minor. Brion Williams, 28, who was athletic director at the Heritage Christian School in south Anchorage, was being held Tuesday in the Anchorage Jail.

Murkowski announces cabinet appointments
Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski announced several cabinet appointments for his administration during a press conference today in Anchorage. Gregg Renkes, who has served as Murkowski's chief of staff and chief counsel in Washington, D.C., and as this fall's campaign coordinator, was appointed attorney general.

Canadian band throws CD release party
The Canadian band Vedanta has been living in a trailer in the Mendenhall Valley and playing Metallica covers at Marlintini's Lounge for five weeks just to get the chance to unleash its own hard rock songs on Juneau. Vedanta is holding a CD release party at 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Marlintini's.

An American voice
A wayward husband, a baby granddaughter and country western singer George Strait are all featured in poet Luci Tapahonso's most recent book, "Blue Horses Rush In." Tapahonso, a storyteller and award-winning writer and teacher, will present her work at 7 p.m. Friday at the Egan Library at the University of Alaska Southeast. UAS English professor Jim Hale called Tapahonso's visit the premiere event in the Evenings at Egan series this year.

Movies where & when
"Spirited Away," (PG) ends Thursday, Nov. 21, last show at 6:30 p.m. at Glacier Cinemas.

What's happening
Theater

'Menagerie' plays up humor amid the darkness
Tennessee Williams' "Glass Menagerie" is on everybody's list - the Royal National Theatre' 100 most significant plays of the century (No. 25), the American Theater Critics Association's top American plays (No. 5), even the English Department of the Neue Kantonsschule of Aarau, Switzerland's list of best plays (No. 11).

Beautiful tools
As the shavings piled up before the aspiring carvers, the rich smell of yellow cedar filled the room. Saturday afternoon, Native artist Donald Gregory showed 14 students at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum how to fashion an ancient and effective Tlingit tool - the hand-carved halibut hook.

Best Bets: Poetry and shooting among the options
Shotguns, poetry and Native culture are among the recreational and artistic opportunities awaiting Juneau folks this weekend.

How much can you gorge and still be pious?
Christmas is my favorite holiday because, among its other qualities, it is long, running as it does from Halloween to New Year's Eve. In some parts of the world Christmas may last through the white sales of January and even into February's George-Washington's-Birthday midnight-madness specials.

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