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Friday, November 22, 2002

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Helmar: Craftsman, father, husband, neighbor, friend
Paul Helmar and I met in Fairbanks during the early 1970s when he was doing a photo documentary of the trans-Alaska pipeline project. I have always liked Paul's funky view of the world, have admired his care and craftsmanship with a camera, and have benefited from his sharing of his detailed knowledge about the mechanics of great photography.

Protect Berners Bay
With Murkowski as governor and with the Republicans controlling almost everything governmental, we are bound to keep hearing the refrain: "The environmentalists are trying to lock up Alaska."

Stop for school buses
I am a school bus driver and I am writing because I am appalled by the number of drivers that have run straight through the red flashing lights of school buses while drivers were loading and unloading children. It is an almost daily occurrence. Is a few moments of inconvenience worth the risk of injury to our children?

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.

On behalf of wolves
I heartily commend the Alaska Board of Game for its recent decisions on behalf of current and future wolf populations on Douglas Island and a similar recent decision in regard to the wolves of the Denali Park area.

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?

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

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.

Able to relate
Thursday night, I went to see the wonderful presentation by Gene Tagaban and his "fellow presenters." His performance covered tobacco addiction, but also reached out to a broader perspective of a healthy lifestyle.

Educators in action
This week, Nov. 17-23, is the 81st annual observance of American Education Week - a time for saluting our public schools and the relationships between teachers, students and parents. I want to invite parents and family members to visit Juneau classrooms and see our children engaged in learning.

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.

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

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.

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

Abuse accusations against priest referred to police
The Juneau Catholic diocese has received a written accusation of sexual abuse of a boy by a priest between 1979 and 1982 and will ask law enforcement authorities to investigate, Bishop Michael Warfel said today. The accused priest, the Rev. Michael Nash of the Cathedral of the Nativity, denied the accusations in a written statement to the Empire. "They are not true," he said.

Land-swap, UA bills die in U.S. House
A land-exchange measure involving property near the Kensington gold mine and Berners Bay died today as Congress adjourned for the year. The exchange, involving the Juneau-based Native corporation Sealaska, passed the U.S. Senate earlier this week. A separate measure that passed the Senate but not the House would have given the University of Alaska a land grant of up to 750,000 acres.

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

Student writes for Teen People
Last year in a last-minute decision, Summer Dorr, then a 20-year-old University of Alaska Southeast student, sent a magazine correspondent application to Teen People magazine in New York City. "It was due like the next day," Dorr said. "I actually turned it in late."

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.

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.

FYI
Births

4-H set up pets club
The 4-H program will start a new 4-H pets club.at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 at Floyd Dryden Middle School. The club will be led by Becky Hinmanof the Gastineau Humane Society.

Photo: MADD program
MADD's Youth in Action Jaclynne Logan, JPD Asst. Chief Greg Browning and Sergeant Troy Wilson "tie one on" with MADD's red ribbon.

Humans are on the trail of a pure consciousness
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." In this famous line from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus asks his listeners to maintain a pure consciousness. If we can assume that "see" means being somehow directly aware of God, what is the "purity" needed for this?

Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School students take field trip to Admiralty
More than 120 seventh- and eighth-graders from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School's Spruce House classrooms took a field trip to Admiralty Island on Nov. 1. Greens Creek sponsored the trip aboard the Four Seasons Marine boat the Admiralty Wind. Spruce House teachers used to outing to teach natural history, place names and local geography. Students looked at a beaver dam, a beach and other areas on the east side of the island by Young Bay.

Hagen, Carlton marry
Stephen Paul Carlton and Heather Marie Hagen were wed on Oct. 10, 2002, in Kauai, Hawaii. The couple held a reception for friends and family after returning from their honeymoon.

Juneau commemorates National Tree Trust record
Only dedicated Alaskans would plant a tree in the northern rainforest in the middle of November, but Juneau Mayor Sally Smith and John See of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources did just that. "We're taking part in a coast to coast commemoration of The National Tree Trust's astounding milestone - 10 million trees planted across the United States since 1990," said See, urban and community forestry coordinator for Alaska's Department of Natural Resources.

Thank you
...for the generosity; ...for the help; ...for your efforts.

Paul Joseph Helmar
Juneau resident Paul Joseph Helmar, 61, died Nov. 19, 2002, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle from complications following heart surgery.

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.

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

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."

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.

Photo: Making waves at the Capitol
Gov. Tony Knowles met with the state champion Juneau-Douglas High School boys swimming and diving team at the Capitol Building on Thursday. The Crimson Bears tied with Soldotna for first place at the state meet, held in Anchorage on Nov. 8-9.

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.

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

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

Juneau's Gibb to swim against world's best
Former Petersburg High School swimmer Derek Gibb, a Juneau resident who now swims for Auburn University, will be competing against the top swimmers in the world this weekend during the FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Cup races at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

State Wrestling Rankings
Here are the state's top-five wrestlers in each weight class for the Class 4A and the Class 1A-2A-3A seasons as ranked by the Web site, http://www.alaskawrestling.com, which is run by Palmer's Eric Wade.

Falling down at the Top
Nebraska's Nate Johnson (4) tries to pass the ball as he falls to the floor in front of Centenary's Rickey Evans (5) during the first half of their Top of the World Classic tournament game Thursday in Fairbanks.

Alaska State High School All-Time Top 12 Swim Times
The top 12 all-time Alaska high school swim times through the 2002 state meet held Nov. 8-9 at Anchorage's Bartlett High School. This list was started by former Juneau-Douglas High School swim coach Mike Miller, with the most recent updates compiled by current Juneau coach John Wray.

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 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.

Denali Dreams: Making it in the soap business
ANCHORAGE - Two Anchorage women who started a soap-making business part-time at home are now awash in success.

State Briefs
Murkowski town meetings next week in Juneau; Salcha flooding recedes; 6-year-old boy dies when dresser falls;

Plane diverted to Anchorage after passenger threats
ANCHORAGE - A Boeing 747 en route from Minneapolis to Tokyo was diverted to Anchorage on Thursday and searched by bomb-sniffing dogs after an unruly passenger claimed to be a terrorist, according to the FBI.

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.

Legislative leaders praise Murkowski
ANCHORAGE - The new speaker of the House and the new Senate president said Thursday that having Frank Murkowski as Alaska's next governor will be good for resource development. Under the Murkowski administration, a new message will be sent - one that hasn't been realized in the past eight years under Democrat Gov. Tony Knowles, said Rep. Pete Kott, an Eagle River Republican chosen to be House speaker.

Bill allows non-Natives to aid whalers
FAIRBANKS - Native hunters from Alaska's coastal villages could ask non-Native boat operators to help haul whales to shore in emergencies, under legislation that passed in the final hours of the U.S. Senate session and now goes to the president.

Botelho closes gasoline probe
Attorney General Bruce Botelho closed a three-year investigation of Alaska's petroleum industry after finding "insufficient evidence" of price fixing. A two-page report into gasoline price spikes between 1995 and 1998, sent to the governor's office on Thursday, announced the investigation would end. The report recommended the state Department of Law should continue to monitor gasoline prices in Alaska.

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.

Drunken driving deaths up last year
WASHINGTON - The number of drunken driving deaths in the United States rose last year after holding steady during most of the 1990s, Mothers Against Drunk Driving said Thursday. Alaska was among the states that received the lowest grades. There were 17,448 drunken driving deaths nationwide in 2001, up from 16,572 in 1999, the last time MADD conducted it's "Rating the States" survey.

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.

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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