Tuesday, January 4, 2005

Business Digest
Reports of the local business community.

Family of man who died in fight sues Northway bar for $1 million
FAIRBANKS - The family of a man who died in a fight is suing a Northway bar for serving a patron long after he became intoxicated and allowing other patrons to buy him drinks.

A lesson in responsibility
I have to answer Danielle Arreola's recent letter (Empire, Dec. 30). Although I'm sure Mr. Guillen is everything his family and friends have stated, let's look at the facts.

Poor reasoning in police shift change
I read with interest the chief of police's decision to move patrol from a 12-hour shift to an eight hour shift.

Way to go, INS
Good job, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Proposed land sale unfair to locals
While many support the variety offered by Home Depot and Wal-Mart, we should keep in mind that locally owned businesses provide far more positive impact on the local economy.

Welcome, Home Depot
I find it amusing some local businesses who compete with Home Depot are again attempting to sideline their arrival.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Juneau teenager pleads guilty to assault after high-speed chase
A Juneau teenager said Monday that police drove into his vehicle after a high-speed chase last fall, but agreed to plead guilty to a felony charging him with assaulting the officer.

Citizens group works to improve bus system
Although Capital Transit was named the best small transit system in the nation by the Community Transportation Association of America in 2003, some residents say Capital Transit doesn't deserve the award and needs fundamental changes.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

Froehlich to retire after 15 years on bench
Judge Peter B. Froehlich said he has seen very few bad people come before him during the last 1512 years.

Photo: For the tsunami victims
Donna Perrin, left, and Carol Anderson of the Juneau People for Peace and Justice staff a table at A&P on Sunday so that shoppers can make donations to a tsunami relief fund. Donations will be going to the International Red Cross.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Photo: It's a new year
Members of the Juneau community are treated to fireworks Saturday night at the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Photo: Darlene, we're not in Fresno anymore
Darlene Young and Gary Paglierani, friends from Fresno, Calif., who are touring Southeast Alaska, admire a mushroom-shaped iceberg Monday on Mendenhall Lake.

Juneau teachers recount Thailand tsunami's horror
Early on the morning of Dec. 26, Juneau teachers Craig Mapes and Kathleen Wiest decided to take one last look around Karon Beach on Phuket Island, Thailand, before flying inland, back to Bangkok.

Police launch new protest of shift change
Juneau police officers are ready to take their frustrations to the street.

Juneau task force asks city for curbside recycling
Sondra Stanway has received more than 20 holiday catalogs within the last couple of months. Recognizing that Juneau has a trash problem, she decided to do something about it.

Physicals may cost cabbies jobs
When Jason Morrow tired of being laid off from his chef's position at the end of each tourist season, he and his wife used their Alaska Permanent Fund dividends to buy a used police car and converted it into a taxicab.

Jeanette Ruth (Brookman) Wells
Longtime Juneau resident Jeanette Ruth (Brookman) Wells, 71, died Dec. 24, 2004.

Patrick S. Campbell
Former Juneau resident Patrick S. Campbell, 52, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2004, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska.

Lynne Louise Wunsch
Longtime Juneau resident, Lynne Louise Wunsch, 56, died Dec. 26, 2004, at her home of lung cancer.

Melissa Liane Lewis
Former Juneau resident Melissa Liane Lewis, 36, died Dec. 14, 2004, surrounded by family and friends in Seattle, after being diagnosed with cancer in July.

Katherine Williams Beckett
Former Juneau resident Katherine Williams Beckett, 57, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004.

Outside editorial: State lawmakers should pay their way for needed travel
It may be legal for Alaska legislators to accept valuable travel from Outside companies or even foreign governments, but it's not prudent. Alaska lawmakers have the money; if the trip is important enough to take, they should pay for it.

Grizzlies keep Jazz singing the blues
Now more than a month removed from the resignation of Hubie Brown, the Memphis Grizzlies are finally starting to come together.

My Turn: CIFC's travel ultimatum for Juneau is a 'bunch of manure'
After I read the article in the Juneau Empire about the Cook Inlet Football Conference giving Juneau-Douglas High School the ultimatum, pay up or get out, I thought what a bunch of manure.

A new year, but Jazz face same struggles
Tracy McGrady prefers a fast-paced offense, and it showed against the Utah Jazz.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

My Turn: Something had to be said
As president of the Juneau Youth Football League (which handles all the football and cheer programs from age 8 to high school).

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Elmendorf airman moonlights as rapper
Elmendorf Air Force Base officials recently found out one of their airmen has been living a double life - after his photo appeared on the cover of Air Force Times.

Photo: Petersburg Polar Dip
Mark Tuccillo, right, helps his daughter Adrienne Tuccillo out of the water with the help of Coast Guardman Jonathan Tracy, left, during the annual New Year's Day Polar Dip in Petersburg on Saturday.

This Day in History
On this day in Alaska....

NorthwestDigest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Town in Southcentral is facing growing pains
The town of Butte northeast of Anchorage is going through a transformation accompanied by an unprecedented growth in population.

Industrial logging ban sought
Greenpeace identified Alaska's coastal rain forest as the rarest forest type on Earth and deserving of the most protection from logging and road building, in a report it released Monday.

Labor spat could tie up Fairweather
The Alaska Department of Transportation plans to take the fast ferry Fairweather out of service at the end of the month unless it can come to an agreement with three unions over worker contracts, officials announced.

Group drops request for exemption to Canada cow ban
The Alaska Farm Bureau has tabled plans to seek an exception to the federal ban on Canadian cattle imports, but the head of the group said Monday it's not because a second case of mad cow disease has been confirmed in that country.

Family of man who died in fight sues Northway bar for $1 million
The family of a man who died in a fight is suing a Northway bar for serving a patron long after he became intoxicated and allowing other patrons to buy him drinks.

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