Wednesday, November 28, 2001

in The Tank
A look at gas prices around town

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Better bear plan
It is disappointing that we haven't been able to make better progress in our efforts to live with bears here. More than that, we are shamed for not being better stewards. The Nov. 18 editorial is further proof that we, myself included, more often lack the ability to change unless forced to.

City bus riders increase
Ridership increases tied to Capital Transit's new half-hour schedule have continued this fall, even with a departure of summer visitors, says Transit Manager John Kern.

Free parking for holiday shoppers
JUNEAU - The city is offering free parking at the Marine Parking Garage downtown through New Year's Day. The benefit began after Thanksgiving.

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

Accreditation team visits JDHS this week
There are thousands of exams taken in Juneau-Douglas High School each year. This week, the school itself is being put to the test. In one of the final steps of a three-year-long accreditation process, a team of educators is visiting JDHS today through Friday to assess the findings of the school's self-evaluation and school improvement plan.

Two plead guilty to assaulting a Juneau cab driver
Two defendants pleaded guilty Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court to assaulting a local cab driver but said they had a reason for the attack.

Photo: Leveling for a playing field
The Alaska Marine Highway building on Glacier Avenue downtown was demolished by Channel Construction on Tuesday. The building was constructed in 1940 and housed several different territorial and state agencies during its 61 years of existence. An athletic field for Juneau-Douglas High School is scheduled to be built on the site within a few years.

Birth center offers classes to help women in labor
Mandy Bixby experienced months of morning sickness and severe joint pain when she was pregnant with her first child. But she heard about a technique that relaxes the expectant mother and now is teaching it to others.

Photo: Watching a master
Rick Beasley, right, carves a tribal lands trail marker on a spruce log at Riverbend Elementary School on Tuesday while Carolyn Kelley's first-grade class looks on. Beasley, a master Tlingit carver, is giving carving demonstrations at the school. After completion, the carving is scheduled to be dedicated Dec. 14.

'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.

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

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.

Around Town
Today

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.

JDHS students honored at ceremony
Ten Juneau-Douglas High School students received Student Recognition awards last week in a ceremony at the school library.

Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School Honor Roll
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School staff is proud to celebrate the students on the honor roll.

Pet Of Week
Kia is an 8 month old husky mix spayed female who is an outstanding dog. She is friendly, energetic, playful and gets along with other dogs.

Jablonski, Murphy marry
Tammy Lou Jablonski and Joseph Murphy were married Oct. 10, 2001, at Fireweed Place in Juneau. Attendants were Marc and Sue Horner.

Neighbors Briefs
CASA seeks advocates for youth; Charter School holds 'Magic Fall Raffle'; Van Zyles offer workshop to girls; Juneau grad Kirchoff wins scholarhip; Lovett earns Army Commendation medal; UAS professor co-edits new book

Therapists can help seniors to live fully with low vision
One in six adults older than 45 years of age is affected by low vision. Low vision is defined as a visual impairment severe enough to interfere with the independent completion of activities of daily living, but with some useful residual vision.

Thank You
...for your help at the fund-raiser; ..for your support; ..for your time and aid; ..for the help with the raffle

Southeastern Alaska seniors help themselves and others
People who tell us that volunteering is good for our health mean it literally! They are referring not only to our mental health and self-esteem, but to our physical health as well.

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

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.

Mr. Putin's business disputes
When the management and highly regarded journalistic team of Russia's NTV television network was forced out earlier this year, spokesmen for Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed he had nothing to do with it; the takeover of the only television network to report critically on his government, they said, was the result of a common "business dispute."

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: A different dose of common sense
Juneau Empire Publisher Don Smith recently wrote that the airport controversy needs a dose of common sense. This is true. That is why so many people are concerned about the chainsaw approach being taken to the airport safety issue. Let's look at the facts.

Juneau wrestlers add meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School varsity wrestling team will compete against Valdez in a dual meet at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Marie Drake gym.

Sports in Juneau
Today, Nov. 28

Steidel, McGrath win Seattle Marathon
Uli Steidel, a graduate student at Washington, won his third consecutive Seattle Marathon and Joan McGrath of New Westminster, British Columbia, won her second women's title.

Duke bedevils No. 7 Iowa
Facing its first top 10 opponent of the season, Duke made easy work of No. 7 Iowa on Tuesday night, beating the Hawkeyes 80-62 in the first night of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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.

Marine weather broadcasts to triple area coverage
The U.S. Coast Guard and the National Weather Service plan to triple the area in Alaska in which mariners can receive continuous weather reports on VHF radios.

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.

Rare sea turtle found on SE beach
Kirt Marsh of Petersburg was walking along a rocky beach on southern Admiralty Island recently when he came upon a very odd "rock."

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.

Legislative move backers say they have the signatures
A group pushing a measure to move the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has more than enough signatures to get the question on the 2002 ballot, according to a spokeswoman.

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

State Briefs
Commission: Convenience stores may expand in residential areas; Winds in Juneau should diminish; Anchorage man arrested for leaving child locked in car; Another reason to read the paper; Palmer high school teacher sentenced for sexual abuse; Funeral, fund set for slain trooper; Saxman man charged with stabbing of older brother

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.

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.

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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