Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Business Profile: Josh Moeser
Name and Firm: Josh Moeser is partners in a new Juneau business, Southeast Cycle Works, with his wife, Kate Kokotovich. Kokotovich, who has years of experience in accounting, will keep the books for the repair and maintenance business.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

The recovery plan
Put together by the Alaska Travel Industry Association, the Alaska Tourism Industry Crisis Recovery Plan cites a Dec. 1 survey of Alaska businesses that shows a sharp decline in bookings compared to 2000. The survey showed a 34 percent drop in motorcoach travel, a 46 percent drop in RV rental, a 39 percent drop in cruise ship travel, and a 30 percent drop in airline travel. The survey was conducted by GMA Research.

Business briefs
Structuring debt and equity; Seminars for entrepreneurs; Live-above-work condos built; Air carriers plan trade show; Bank donates to two colleges

Life insurance: Making sure in unsure times
What if you went to work one morning and never came home again? Nightmares of that possibility have hit commercial pilots, flight crews, mail handlers, frequent fliers and others in past months. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 seem to have focused wage-earners' attention on mortality and turned life insurance into a hot commodity, especially for those with minor children, according to those in the business.

Tourism: Asking for help
On Jan. 30, the halls of the Legislature will be packed with representatives of the state's visitor industry, who will fly to Juneau en masse to plead for relief from the economic downturn that followed closely on the heels of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Reform needed
Thank you for your two articles in Monday's paper dealing with politicians.

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.

A little help, please
I'm writing with a curious inquiry. I am an English novelist currently working on my third novel, some of which is set in Alaska. I visited the state in 1992 for a couple of months and the experience has stayed with me.

Accommodating smokers
According to a memo distributed by the Facilities and Planning section of the state, the Division of General Services is proposing to build a building for smokers to smoke outside of the Alaska Office Building in Juneau.

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.

Hearing on gasoline station at Fred Meyer put off until Feb. 12
The Juneau Planning Commission has postponed a hearing on the proposed gas station at Fred Meyer from Jan. 22 to Feb. 12 so that city staff can review concerns about pedestrian safety and potential petroleum runoff.

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

Juneau GI en route to Afghanistan
When airplanes commandeered by terrorists struck the World Trade Center in New York, a Juneau family with a son in the Army felt the reverberations. "The first thing," said Lisa Viteri, Michael Moniak's mother. "The first thing I thought of was Michael."

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.

Symposium to discuss Southeast tourism
Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer will kick off the second "Working Together: Tourism in Southeast Alaska" symposium on Jan. 29 at Centennial Hall. The symposium will run for three days.

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.

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

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

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

Local Briefs
Police catch fleeing teen-ager on foot; Child recovering from injuries

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

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

Pet Of the Week
Beast is a handsome sturdy neutered male who appears to be a Maine Coon mix. He has a lovable personality, is mellow and gets along with other cats.

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

Thank you
...for all the help

'Come and See that I am Beautiful': Women try to put human face on Palestinians and dispel stereotypes
Two women are visiting Juneau this week to raise consciousness about two Middle Eastern cultures. The women are Bonnie Toland of Boston and Lina Haramy of Jerusalem. Toland, 24, was born in Juneau and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1995. After teaching Italian at Boston University, she decided to work for organizations in Boston that help bring awareness of Arabs and Palestinians to Americans.

Neighbors Briefs
Coast Guard group offers scholarship; Murphy awarded service medal; University earns training grant

Hornal, Kohring wed
Tatiana Borisonova Hornal and Victor Heinz Kohring were married Nov. 25, 2001, at Grace Bible Church in Portland, Ore.

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

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

Putin's media blindness
Like most leaders, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin knows what a thorn in the side a free press can be. What he apparently has yet to learn is that democracy cannot exist absent the pain of public scrutiny.

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.

Mitchell to ski in Winter X Games
Former Juneau resident Calvin Mitchell will be representing the United States in the Skier X event at this year's ESPN Winter X Games VI in Aspen, Colo.

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

A week-long celebration of the Olympic spirit
The following is a list of some of the events happening in Juneau this week in celebration of the Olympic Torch Relay's first visit to Alaska.

How the torchbearers were nominated
When the Olympic Torch Relay comes to Juneau on Jan. 24, the 45-50 Alaskans who will carry the torch each will have gone through a multi-level national nominating process before their selection.

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

Fun facts about the Olympic torch
Here are some facts and figures about the Olympic torch.

Support runners are 'Guardians of the Flame'
Although the white-suited torchbearers will carry the Olympic flame through Juneau on Jan. 24, there will be another group of runners in the Olympic Torch Relay.

The torch's route through Juneau has 3 segments
When the Olympic Torch Relay comes to Juneau on Thursday, Jan. 24, the torch will wind its way through three sections of town - the Mendenhall Valley, Lemon Creek and downtown Juneau. This will be the first time the Olympic Torch Relay has come to Alaska.

Alaskans carry the torch Outside
While most of the attention will be directed at the Olympic Torch Relay's historic first visit to Alaska on Jan. 24, it will not be the first time Alaskans have carried the Olympic flame.

Region V Standings
The Region V basketball standings through games of Jan. 12. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to the Juneau Empire by school officials and basketball coaches.

The Olympic Torch Relay comes to Juneau
Juneau Mayor Sally Smith said it was a nice summer day more than a year ago when two people walked into her office and asked if they could make a presentation about the Olympic Torch Relay. Smith said she called City Manager Dave Palmer into her office, and the two members of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee spent about four hours describing the Olympic Torch Relay and how cities can host a visit by the Olympic flame. Then the two committee members, who already had looked around the town for a day before visiting Smith, asked if Juneau would like to be the first Alaska city to host a visit by the Olympic Torch Relay. Smith said it took her and Palmer all of about 15 minutes to confirm Juneau's interest.

Ketchikan wins Lady Kings Invite
The Ketchikan High School girls basketball team claimed the title in its own Lady Kings Invitational after claiming a 78-41 victory over the North Pole Patriots on Saturday at Ketchikan's Clarke Cochrane Gym.

Alaska's Olympic torchbearers come to Juneau
Following are Alaska's torchbearers and edited versions of the letters nominating them. The names of the nominators were not released.

Looking back at the birth of the state flag
Seventy-five years ago this month, schoolchildren across the territory of Alaska took up their crayons, pens and paints and went to work on an icon. It was a dark time for Alaska and Gov. George Parks challenged the children to create a symbol for the territory, a rallying point for self-government and for eventual statehood.

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.

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.

Troopers say more than one weapon fired in shooting
FAIRBANKS - An Eielson Air Force Base airman was killed Sunday after military personnel and civilians went to a mobile home to exact revenge for a fight involving soldiers the night before, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

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

Redistricting trial heats up
ANCHORAGE - A member of the Alaska Redistricting Board said some board members were governed by a hidden agenda put forth by special interest groups in approving a new political map for Alaska.

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.

Pilot's remains recovered
Authorities today recovered the body of a Skagway Air pilot whose plane crashed Tuesday morning near Haines. The body is being flown to Haines for identification, authorities said.

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.

Native self-government agreements signed in the Yukon Territory
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory - Hundreds gathered here Sunday for the official signing of the land claim and self-government agreements for the 410 members of the Taan Kwachan Council.

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.

State Briefs
Mom pleads innocent in assault on her daughter's teacher; Wilderness Society names Huffines as Alaska director; State troopers bust marijuana operations in two towns; Fairbanks school superintendent Holt to retire at end of June

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.

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.

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

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