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Wednesday, December 12, 2001

On The Move
Begenyi awarded professional engineer license; Morrison named tribal relations manager; Licensure attained, pursued at Juneau firm

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Business Profile: Bill Pence
William "Bill" Pence, professional land surveyor, is partner with Peter Hildre, professional engineer, in the firm of Toner Nordling & Associates. Hildre has been with the firm since 1981 and was named Engineer of the Year in 1998 by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Business Briefs
Holiday hours at Nugget Mall; University store holds sale; Christmas book special offered; Family Travel changes location; Holiday turkey dinners offered; Harry Potter panels on sale; Alaska berry book discounted; Divers get free air; Snowshoes designed for women; Sitka man on commerce list; Troll fishery responds to supply; Miners' conference dates set; Mining calendar available

From sleighs to Snoopy, windows declare the season
At Napa Auto Parts, elves carry wrenches, pliers and battery cables. At Channel Bowl, a reindeer holds an armload of snowballs and throws them at bowling pins. These are just two of the painted window designs Anne Pittman of Admiral Signs created for customers. North Star Signs and Create-A-Vation also are among the businesses painting windows to create seasonal advertisements or illustrations.

Home health assistance gets homier and friendlier
A change in state regulations that went into effect Oct. 1 loosened requirements regarding personal care assistance, resulting in more choices for those who need aides in the home.

GCI acquires Rogers American Cablesystems
General Communication Inc. has closed a transaction with the Canadian firm of Rogers Cable Inc. to acquire 100 percent of the stock of Rogers American Cablesystems, an Alaska cable television producer. The acquisition was effective Nov. 19.

News that never grows old
I have a few comments on Mr. Sonin's remarks. William Blake was perspicacious, but not American. (Johnny Depp is American, however.)

Respect experience of hospital board members
The CBJ's Human Resources Committee exercised extremely poor judgment in removing Dr. Breffleih and Donna Herbert from the hospital board last week. In today's health care environment an in-depth knowledge of the regulatory environment and technical issues facing hospitals is not just valuable to the sound management of a hospital, it's critical.

Leveraged in faith
Attorney General John Ashcroft, in his defense of anti-terror tactics to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Dec. 6, unwittingly reproached himself while only restating the predominant attitude in America today. It is one dominated by traits that have weakened fortitude in these United States since my father's "Great Generation" led us to a position of world leadership.

Mendenhall sewage plant compromised by solvent
Operations at the Mendenhall sewage treatment plant are returning to normal today after an estimated 50 gallons of solvent were discharged illegally into the system Monday evening.

Assembly works out Auke Bay park plan
A waterfront park in Auke Bay is one step closer to reality under a funding proposal outlined at a Juneau Assembly work session Monday.

Local Briefs
Airport considers electronic tickets for parking; ACS disconnects some e-mail customers; Panel proposes name for bypass park

Photo: Houses for the open house
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School eighth-grader Jake Miller hands Life Skills teacher Jodie Buck his finished gingerbread house as his classmates prepare to have their picture taken with their sugar-coated constructions.

Accident victim still in critical condition
Normally, all of Jason Brown's children would have been wearing their seat belts.

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

Christmas food, toys and cheer
One Juneau area mother isn't asking for much this Christmas. When she filled out a wish list of gifts for her family to be provided by a St. Vincent de Paul Society sponsor group, she listed only "a happy day" next to her name.

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

Photo: Charity basketball
Dwight Hicks, a San Francisco 49er Super Bowl Champion and four-time Pro-Bowler, signs an autograph for Kaleb Tompkins during the half-time break Monday night at the JDHS gymnasium in a Pro Sports Celebrity and Hollywood All-Star charity game sponsored by the Juneau Elks Club.

Ohler: Schools must change
In a world marked by anxiety about technology, teachers will be the heroes who help people use it wisely, says Professor Jason Ohler. For years, Ohler, a professor of educational technology at the University of Alaska Southeast, has put forth his ideas in lectures and academic journals and books. Now Ohler has embodied them in the recently published novel, "Then What?"

City panel outlines alcohol, substance abuse suggestions
Juneau needs a community coalition to address alcohol and substance abuse issues, the Mayor's Task Force on Sobriety told Juneau Assembly members on Monday.

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

Influenza hits Juneau
Flu season has begun in Juneau, but not everything you think is flu, is. "Since Nov. 28, we have had 11 emergency room flu diagnoses," said Marijo Toner, communications manager for Bartlett Regional Hospital.

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

Phillips says road necessary for Juneau
As lieutenant governor in a Murkowski administration, Gail Phillips said she would support construction of a road linking Skagway and Juneau as a means of securing the capital and legislative sessions in Southeast.

Robber may get 4 years for $5
A $5 robbery could mean four years in prison for a Juneau man. Thomas Evan, 27, accused of robbing two boys of $5 in Susan B. Anthony coins, pleaded guilty to felony coercion Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court. The charge stemmed from an Aug. 13 incident where he threatened two teen-age boys with bodily harm if they did not give him their money.

Show features Afghanistan in better times
Dick Marshall saw Afghanistan without guns, land mines or Taliban militia.At 7:30 Thursday night, Marshall will present slides and talk about his month-long, 800-mile trip through Afghanistan in 1976.

Neighbors briefs
Free legal workshop offered; Relay for Life meeting set; Fund set up for fire victim

Tollini, Hansen to marry
Tania Marie Tollini of Ukiah, Calif., and Jeffrey Todd Hansen of Juneau will be married Dec. 15, 2001, in Redwood Valley, Calif.

Letter: Simple acts of kindness
How do you measure kindness? In what units of measure can you quantify or even acknowledge this indescribable thing? Is it something born of compassion? Empathy? Concern? I wonder because I think I have experienced (and continue to do so) this indescribable thing.

'United We Read' set for Dec. 14
First Lady Susan Knowles plans to join in the Read for 2002 "United We Read" campaign held by the Scholastic Book Clubs. On Dec. 14, at noon, she will join students and teachers around the world in reading for 2002 seconds (33 1/3 minutes). She will read to 55 students at Gastineau Elementary School in Douglas, and challenges all schools in Alaska to participate. The program is designed as a celebration of the power of reading to delight, comfort and connect children.

Miller, Howell to marry
Erin Miller and Brent Howell, both of Juneau, will be married Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. A reception will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Parish Hall.

Thank you
...for all the help; ...for the hard work; ..for volunteering, donations; ...for your contribution; ...for your help; ..for the contributions and work ; ..for assisting our family; ..for your generosity and help; ..for all the hard work

Students create gingerbread houses
Students in Life Skills Foods classes at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School recently completed making gingerbread houses, many of which will be on display today at the Governor's Mansion open house.

Lindoff, Sharclane wed
Roxanne Jeanette Lindoff and Jason Earl Sharclane, both of Hoonah, were married Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001, at the United Pentecostal Church in Hoonah. A reception followed at the Icy Straits Lodge.

Thank you for your kindness
The staff and residents of Wildflower Court would like to thank the Aldersgate Crusaders for their extraordinary gifts in the form of eight brilliantly crafted lap quilts.

Pet Of The Week
Blue, who is named after his blue eyes, is a large 9 month old neutered male husky/malemute mix who is very smart, energetic and playful. He is also good around other dogs.

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My Turn: Florida election claims still shaky
A year ago today, the Supreme Court took the matter of choosing our president out of the people's hands. The day they ordered the recount to stop was a nightmare for some of us. We are not necessarily "Gore partisans," as the New York Times labeled us. We are democracy partisans.

U.S. vs. Zacarias Moussaoui
The indictment of Zacarias Moussaoui for conspiracy in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks is an encouraging sign that the enormous criminal investigation that followed the attacks is making progress.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

Taking stock during tough times
Today marks three months since everything changed.The events of Sept. 11, primarily, along with travel, war, mail and anthrax, secondarily, have caused many of us to take stock. What is important?

Just say no, Rep. Condit
No one ever accused Rep. Gary A. Condit, D-Calif., of sensitivity and discernment in his dodging of public accountability over his "very close" relationship with and the disappearance of Washington intern Chandra Levy.

Taking stock during tough times
Today marks three months since everything changed. The events of Sept. 11, primarily, along with travel, war, mail and anthrax, secondarily, have caused many of us to take stock. What is important?

My Turn: Bible makes ultimate science statement
Several months back a series on evolution was presented on PBS-TV (Sept. 24-27). I would like to comment on several aspects of the presentation. So there is no confusion as to my intention by this article, it is to propose evolution not be taught in our public school system.

Tompkins finishes 34th at Hartford Ski Spectacular
Joe Tompkins, a U.S. Disabled Ski Team member from Juneau, finished well off the lead during the Hartford Ski Spectacular giant slalom race held Friday at Breckenridge Ski Area in Breckenridge, Colo.

Juneau's Glacier Swim Club takes seventh at state age-group meet
Juneau's Glacier Swim Club took seventh place in the team standings at the 2001 Speedo/Alaska Swimming Age-Group Championships held Friday through Sunday in Fairbanks. The meet was for swimmers age 14-younger who had met qualifying times earlier in the season.

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

Juneau girls open season in Nikiski
After two years of watching Ketchikan represent Region V-Class 4A at the state tournament, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team is ready to book its own trip this season.

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

State economy continues its slow growth
ANCHORAGE - While the Lower 48 has sunk into a recession, the Alaska economy continues to grow, although at a slow pace.

Audit alleges possible fraud at state agency
A new audit says the state Division of Senior Services may have committed fraud by inappropriately allocating $120,000 in Medicaid dollars.

State Briefs
Juneau cat's TV debut delayed; Woman removed from Alaska Airlines flight to Juneau; BP plant to use fuel cells; Juneau man named deputy commissioner of department; Aurora researcher honored; Williams executive dead at 58; Subsistence board mulls over several fishery proposals; Diesel fuel spilled in Deering; Wasilla man pleads no contest to sex abuse; Man arrested for alleged sexual assault; Anchorage dentist has license suspended

Phillips Petroleum to reduce Alaska spending
ANCHORAGE - Phillips Petroleum plans to spend $807 million in capital projects for its Alaska oil business next year, down $18 million from this year's budget.

Telecommunications contract signed
State officials and officers of Alaska Communications Systems are hailing a contract that makes Alaska the first state to turn over all of its telecommunications operations to the private sector.

Budget includes Alaska missile defense test sites
FAIRBANKS - New missile defense testing sites in Alaska appear to be on track for inclusion in the Defense Department's annual spending bill.

Council sets groundfish quotas and advances crab issues
ANCHORAGE - A federal fisheries council Monday cut the 2002 harvest of groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska, but kept on an even keel on the allowable catch for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.

FBI investigation into Alaska hate crime leads to bank fraud arrest
ANCHORAGE - A Syrian-born businessman who received thousands of dollars in support after someone spray-painted "We hate Arabs" and broke equipment at his business days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was arrested Tuesday on bank fraud charges.

Senators balk at Native wireless deal
FAIRBANKS - Two U.S. senators are raising objections to a proposed deal that would let three Alaska Native corporations keep control of wireless telephone radio frequencies purchased in January.

State Briefs
Board opens Kenai Peninsula waters to subsistence fishing; State, feds agree on Adak cleanup; Park service plans $22 million information center for Denali

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