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Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Small market, higher costs blamed for gas prices in Alaska
Alaska's gasoline prices are not dropping at an equal pace with falling crude prices. Local refiners and retailers blame the state's small market and high costs that they say contribute to higher prices than those in the Lower 48.

in The Tank
A look at gas prices around town

On The Move
Johnson fills Forest Service post; Education center adds clerk; Thomas joins Anchorage office;

Alaskan takes post with national housing board
Daniel R. Fauske of Anchorage was named recently to the Board of Directors of the National Housing Development Corp. NHDS was founded to help preserve more of the nation's at-risk affordable housing stock in response to the affordable housing crisis across the United States.

Business Briefs
BaCar's owners will move to new ferry; Holiday high tea served in the Gold Room; How to get your name on the train; Office Plus opens storefront location; Anniversary cookbook edition goes on sale; A primer on going into business; Princess redesigns cruise insurance plans

Rubbing it away
Jo Anne Bell Graves considers massage "preventive medicine" and "the best workout if you can't go work out." Massage stimulates the lymph system, the metabolism and breaks down cellulite, she said.

Massage terms and styles
Here are some of the kinds of massage practiced in Juneau, with definitions and practitioners.

Business Profile: Valerie DeLaune
Title and Firm: Valerie DeLaune is the sole proprietor of Alaskan Acupuncture & Massage.

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

Group report: Place fast ferry in Lynn Canal
A fast vehicle ferry should replace the Malaspina in Lynn Canal and the Alaska Marine Highway System should move to a "hub and spoke" system in the northern Panhandle, linking small towns directly to Juneau, according to a study released today.

Few people have applied for Glacier Bay money so far
Fewer than two dozen people have applied for compensation for lost income from commercial fishing closures in Glacier Bay, according to the National Park Service.

Around Town
Today

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

Juneau students take their talents on tour
The enthusiasm was evident in Lorrie Heagy's classroom at the Juneau Community Charter School last week. Props were positioned, lines were learned and people placed where they needed to be, all in preparation for the first public performance of a play every student had a hand in creating.

Police talk man out of jumping from building
A man is in psychiatric care today after threatening to jump from a three-story apartment building Sunday morning. Around 1 a.m. Sunday, the man was seen on the roof of the building screaming and threatening to jump. Police blocked a portion of Second Street for an hour as crisis negotiators tried to coax the man down from the roof of the Colonial Apartment Building.

Goldbelt wants to work with Coeur if mine comes on line
If the Kensington gold mine planned for 45 miles north of downtown Juneau becomes a reality, Goldbelt Inc. wants to be involved, officials said.

Mishap victims thank anonymous helpers
The Lewallen family was discussing dinner plans the evening of Nov. 2 as they drove inbound on Egan Drive toward Fred Meyer for some groceries.

'Tis the season
Christmas lights on the Governor's Mansion went on for the first time this season Monday evening. The decorations, based on a design by Dianne Lindback, were put up by the Department of Administration in eight days and will remain on display at least until Russian Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7. The governor's annual open house will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 12.

Dorothy Annabelle DeBoer
Longtime Southeast Alaska resident and Juneau educator Dorothy Annabelle DeBoer died Nov. 19, 2001, in Bellevue, Wash.

Sylvan B. Breiland
Sylvan Barton Breiland died Nov. 1, 2001, in Juneau.

Deficit is everyone's problem
News that Alaska's budget crisis gets deeper with the latest downturn in the oil markets was as predictable as the change of the seasons. What state leaders planned would be a $474 million deficit this year now looks more like $750 million. This doesn't change the fundamental problem - it just turns up the heat.

A hopeful lesson
In the childhood memories of many adults alive today, the great evildoer, the Osama bin Laden of a half-century ago, was whoever stood atop the Soviet Union's Communist Party. Some days no one knew. We awaited the Kremlin's next military parade to see how party leaders, bulky and dark in their ominous overcoats, lined up on the parapet in the Moscow gloom.

Humans, no; human cells, yes
A Massachusetts company's claim that it has cloned human embryos will revive a congressional debate that for several months has been dormant.

My Turn: Quality local art still plentiful
I am writing in response to Alan Munro's letter regarding the unfortunate closing of Portfolio Arts Gallery. Portfolio Arts was a special mix of quality local and Alaska Native art, a balance of old and new, a gallery with an open mind to a variety of styles and media.

Sports in Juneau
Wednesday, Nov. 28

Boozer powers Duke
A month ago, Mike Krzyzewski said No. 1 Duke could develop into the best passing team he's ever coached. The coach had a much different view following a 104-62 victory over Portland on Sunday night, saying his team lacks cohesiveness and doesn't communicate well on the floor.

Marquette leaves Alaska with Shootout title
The Marquette Golden Eagles were all business last week during their seven-day adventure in the 49th state. There were no trips to see glaciers, no heli-skiing atop pure powder snow. All the guys could manage were a few snapshots of the Chugach Mountains from the team bus.

Gruening helps Broncos upset No. 25 Huskies
Tammy Annas scored 21 points to lead Santa Clara to a 71-56 victory over No. 25 Washington in the championship game of the Seattle Times Husky Classic on Saturday night.

Protecting vast Alaska-Canada border a daunting task
Hyder is a tiny dot at the extreme southern corner of Alaska's panhandle lying next to Canada. At the headwaters of the Portland Canal, it's an international cul-de-sac where the line between the countries is blurred.

North Slope mayor warns bond bill hurts ANWR efforts
North Slope Borough Mayor George Ahmaogak is looking for allies in the oil industry to help derail a legislative proposal that would limit his borough's taxing powers.

Forest remains closed to snowmachines
Southcentral Alaska's Chugach National Forest remains closed to snowmachines because there's not enough snow, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Frozen Chena River doubles as an ice bridge for Alaska drivers
Leave it to Alaska drivers to use the frozen Chena River as a shortcut instead of taking more circuitous asphalt routes.

Officials report 125 flu cases in Alaska
State health officials are reporting about 125 Alaskans sick with influenza, more encounters this early in the flu season than in recent years.

Feds look at changing subsistence rules on cash sales of harvest
Louie Wagner is keeping a close eye on proposed new federal regulations governing the sale of subsistence foods. If adopted, the rules would allow cash sales of subsistence harvests, within limits.

State Briefs
Conference studies state's needs; Man killed, woman injured in Ft. Yukon snowmachine accident; Man triggers four-car crash; Anchorage hospital launches $3.2 million remodel of neonatal unit; INS had ordered massage parlor owner deported in early 1990s

It's official: DOT settles ferry claims
In what they called vindication for the Alaska Department of Transportation, state officials on Monday announced the formal settling of all claims arising from construction of the state ferry Kennicott.

State Briefs
Teens arrested in shooting of Stebbins mayor; Expert: Chaotic seas surrounded Arctic Rose; Sterling writer of children's books dies at 86; Brink named deputy regional forester

Lawmakers lose Katie John fight
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a bid by Republican lawmakers to intervene in the Katie John subsistence lawsuit, dashing the GOP's hopes of ever winning the case.

Russian, Alaska salmon getting smaller
Salmon from two rivers in Alaska and Russia have shrunk in size in what scientists say could be a decades-old fight for food in the Gulf of Alaska.

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