Tuesday, January 15, 2002

Memories con queso
Every Saturday when I was little, those nacho chips and unforgettable salsa beckoned us to the Dillo's door. At first I was afraid to try anything but the nachitos, with just cheese and beans.

City to meet with cruise industry
JUNEAU - City officials plan to meet with cruise industry executives in Seattle on Friday, Mayor Sally Smith said.

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

Local Briefs
Guns lead to drug-related arrest; Car chase brings DWI charge; Contraceptive bill introduced; Swingley top finisher in sled dog race

Steamship Wharf and park project under review
Plans to redesign the Steamship Wharf-Marine Park area downtown won't be in place this summer, although some changes could be finished by 2003, city staff members said.

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

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

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

Fred Meyer intends to add gas station
Juneau's Fred Meyer store plans to open a gas station that can handle up to 10 vehicles at a time. The Portland, Ore.,-based retailer, part of Kroger Co., posted a notice in the parking lot last week that it intended to add the station, called a Fred Meyer Fuel Stop, to its location at 8181 Glacier Highway.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, a Friday Empire article incorrectly reported that Annabelle Nashoanak's children were staying with the woman's mother.

Traveler survey provides visitor profiles
A new survey conducted by the Juneau research firm McDowell Group answers questions about who comes to Alaska and what they want. The survey provides an extensive database of traveler information that can be customized to provide visitor profiles for specific markets.

Pulltab shop carries on fight against smoking ban
While there's no smoking at Hidden Treasures these days, the pulltab store continues to challenge Juneau's new smoking ban.

Business briefs
Ferries switch from Pepsi to Coke; Bank contributes to pavilion campaign; Donation covers start-up kits; Applications open for partnership grants

Popular Armadillo Tex-Mex Cafe closes its doors
The Armadillo Tex-Mex Cafe closed temporarily in November for remodeling, but announced this morning that it will not reopen. "It was a very hard decision to make," said owner-operator Terry Harvey, 45. "It's really hard to say good-bye. We have been stalling people about reopening. A restaurant is a big commitment for a family to make for all these years."

Diana J. Ostrom
Former Juneau resident Diana J. Ostrom, 60, died Jan. 9, 2002, in Anchorage.

David Arnold Israelson
Former Juneau resident David Arnold Israelson died Jan. 13, 2002, in Yakutat.

DeWiley Holeman
Former Juneau resident DeWiley Holeman, 86, died Jan. 7. 2002, in Longview, Wash.

Outside editorial
The bold televised address by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf over the weekend has been measured first by its impact on India, which has massed a half-million troops on Pakistan's border and threatens to go to war.

Deal with the fiscal gap
A possible fiscal crisis has been looming over the state of Alaska for many years now. But state leaders have been more than willing to let the issue slide rather than face the hard decisions necessary to find a long-term solution.

My Turn: Improving access is common goal
Bob Martin's recent column (Empire, Jan. 9), cranking on my call to restart transportation planning in Lynn Canal is yet another example of dysfunctional politics in Juneau. Mr. Martin elected to flog my opinion piece and concludes his critique with a venerable quote: "Let my people go." My orientation being more new testament than old, I may have missed something in Mr. Martin's criticism but I am convinced Mr. Martin should rethink his Moses role, especially played opposite Tony Knowles cast as Pharaoh.

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

Duke in familiar position
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The top scoring team in the Atlantic Coast Conference was looking for anything to get away from the hounding defense thrown up by North Carolina State. Second-ranked Duke found it in Mike Dunleavy.

Sarah Fischer fares well in Eastern Cup
Juneau's Sarah Fischer posted two top-20 finishes over the weekend in the Eastern Cup slalom races held Saturday and Sunday at Cannon Mountain, N.H.

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

Democrats want new revenues this session
Democratic legislators are expressing more urgency than Republicans about the state's long-term fiscal gap. Reacting to the Republicans' emphasis on passing a new constitutional limit for state spending, about a dozen Democrats on Monday said that new revenue must be raised this year to avert a fiscal collapse in two years, when budget reserves are projected to run out.

Inter-island Ferry Authority launches inaugural service
KETCHIKAN - A seven-year-old dream became reality Sunday when the Inter-island Ferry Authority's 196-foot ship Prince of Wales plied the waters between Ketchikan and Hollis three times.

Leader of state employees' union suspended by board
ANCHORAGE - Saying he had engaged in "conduct imminently dangerous to the welfare of the local," the executive board of ASEA-AFSCME Local 52, one of Alaska's largest state employee unions, has suspended its president.

Photo: Session begins
Sen. Randy Phillips, Republican of Eagle River, center, gives a high five to Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Flag Corps member Paige Poor outside Senate chambers during the first day of the second session of the Alaska State Legislature on Monday at the Capitol.

State Briefs
House hears second verse of Flag Song from Youth Choir; Cancer measure proposed by Gov. Tony Knowles; Legislative committee hires gasline consultant; Marine Highway opens downtown office; Anchorage murder trial begins

Snowmachine accidents kill 3 over weekend
A father and his 13-year-old daughter were killed Saturday while snowmachining near Summit Lake Glacier, southeast of Fairbanks, Alaska State Troopers said.

Former Sealaska general counsel dies
Former Sealaska General Counsel Bruce Keizer died in Seattle early this week.

Porter calls for election-year politics to be put aside
The Republican majority in the Legislature voiced uncertainty today about revenue-raising measures that might be taken this year as part of a long-range fiscal plan. The second session of the 22nd Legislature got under way at 10 a.m., with the convening of the Senate. The House followed at 11:08 a.m.

Anti-terrorism plan examined
Gov. Tony Knowles filed a package of anti-terrorism bills Monday and his top military advisor spent today defending it before lawmakers. Maj. Gen. Phil Oates told a legislative committee today Alaska has taken steps to bolster state defenses against terrorist threats but it needs to do more to ensure public safety.

Spill review looks at clamps on pipeline
ANCHORAGE - Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is reviewing whether it needs to modify clamps used to control potential pipe leaks.

Fiscal plan tops '02 priority list
Juneau's trio of legislators each named the same issue as a top priority this session: passage of a long-range financial plan to pay for state government. But they differed on some elements of a plan proposed by the Fiscal Policy Caucus, led by Rep. Bill Hudson, a Juneau Republican.

Young outpaces others in Congress in missed votes
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Rep. Don Young missed more votes on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives last year than nearly every other member of Congress. Alaska U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens also missed more votes than any other senator, while Alaska U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski made most votes.

State Briefs
Anchorage seafood in Sam's Club stores; Pipeline group turns in initiative signatures; Court won't revisit Exxon ruling; Fairbanks man killed in trailer park

Plane crash near Haines kills pilot
JUNEAU - A Skagway Air Service plane crashed this morning north of Haines, Alaska State Troopers said. But it's unclear whether the pilot, who may have been the only person on board, was injured or killed, Coast Guard officials said.

Saving the salmon industry
ANCHORAGE - Looking for ways to revive Alaska's ailing salmon industry, the state Board of Fisheries approved a dramatic change in the way one of the state's major salmon fisheries operates.

Unalaska strip joint opens despite protests by residents
UNALASKA - A strip club has opened in the heart of a heavily Native neighborhood in the Aleutian Islands town of Unalaska despite protests that it is harmful to the community. Mermaids opened for business at 5 p.m. Friday, just as owner Kostas Manolakakis promised.

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