Thursday, January 17, 2002

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.

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.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

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.

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.

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

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.

letter to the editor
I want to publicly and sincerely thank Juneau School District Superintendent Gary Bader and his staff for hosting a follow-up meeting of folks who attended

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

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.

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

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."

City and pulltab operators near tax agreement
The city is close to agreement with two Juneau pulltab operators to collect roughly $450,000 in outstanding sales tax.

Sex offender gets nine years in prison
An unrepentant, twice-convicted sex offender will spend about nine years in prison under terms of a sentence handed down Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court.

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

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.

Heliport hearing today
The Juneau Assembly is having a hearing about a city-sponsored alternative heliport study today.

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.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Lemon Creek intersection gets new traffic light
Workers have been installing traffic signals this week in the Lemon Creek area at the intersection of Glacier Highway and Anka Street, the road leading to Costco.

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

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.

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).

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.

'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.

Thank you
...for all the help

Robert J. 'Bob' Simon
Longtime Alaska resident Robert J. "Bob" Simon died Jan. 13, 2002, in Juneau.

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.

Out and About
In season: Wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), coyote (Sept.-April) and hare (Sept.-April).

Ambassadors of safety
Skiiing can be one of the most enjoyable things to do on snow, but what happens if something goes wrong during a run down Eaglecrest's slopes? Fortunately, Eaglecrest's experienced ski patrollers will not be far away to lend assistance to skiers and snowboarders in need of help.

outdoors briefs
Eaglecrest weekend features torch parade; Haines snowmachine race this weekend; Fly fishing workshop offered

Living in a vertical world
Mountain goats are one of Alaska's most interesting animals. Not a true goat at all, but a descendent of the goat-antelope family from Europe, they came to North America over the Bering Strait land bridge during the last ice age.

Snow report
The status of Alaska and Pacific Northwest ski areas.

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.

Juneau girls hoopsters set to invade Ketchikan
It's been three weeks since the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team saw action and the Crimson Bears are anxious to hit the floor again this weekend.

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.

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.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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
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

Board member wanted redistricting map to fix rural problems
The chairwoman of the Alaska Redistricting Board testified Wednesday that she wanted the state's new voting map to fix problems affecting rural Alaskans.

Anchorage voters may be polled on subsistence
The subsistence issue may wind up on the ballot in April -- but only in Anchorage.

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.

State of the State
Carrying through on his promise to propose another long-range fiscal plan, Gov. Tony Knowles on Wednesday reaffirmed his support for a personal income tax and called for a cruise ship head tax and increased alcohol taxes.

Fairbanks gallery owners watch for thieves
A pilfering patron of the arts has been making opening nights at Frairbanks' Well Street Art Co. expensive events for gallery owner and artist David Mollett. In the past four months, three pieces of art have been stolen during Friday night art openings.

Shelter for smokers goes up in smoke
The state health department has killed a proposal to build a shelter by the Alaska Office Building for its employees who smoke.

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.

Photo: Legislative reception
Alaska Rep. Eric Croft, Democrat of Anchorage, right, enjoys a quiet moment with his daughter, Shannon, 3, son, Burke, 11 months, and wife, Joanna, during the 17th Annual Community Welcome Reception for the 22nd Alaska State Legislature Tuesday at Centennial Hall.

Alaska lawmakers override four vetoes
Lawmakers in the Republican-dominated Legislature on Wednesday approved four bills vetoed by Democrat Gov. Tony Knowles last year.

Conference explores national energy demands
A one-day conference in Anchorage on Jan. 25 will focus solely on the oil and gas industry.

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.

Full Text of Gov. Knowles' State of the State speech
Full Text of Gov. Knowles' State of the State speech

'Over-the-top' gas line inches forward
To the consternation of Alaska legislators, a Houston- and Calgary, Alberta-based energy consortium is moving ahead with a project that would bring North Slope natural gas to market via a pipeline under the Beaufort Sea.

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.

JDLT holds try-outs for musical
JDLT holds try-outs for musical

Best Bets: Weekend holds Scottish lore, salsa, surreal film
Bass and bagpipes, crabgrass, salsa and "Waking Life" are in store for the weekend.

Celebrating the Spirit of Scotland
Burns has become a kind of patron saint of Scotland, and Burns Night is a celebration of Burns, Scotland and all things Scottish. On Burns night Saturday, kilts will be worn, bagpipes will be played and haggis will be tasted.

On Stage: 'Razzle' not the typical Perseverance fare
On Stage: 'Razzle' not the typical Perseverance fare

KTOO seeks talent for Live Day
Live Day, KTOOFM's annual celebration of community talent, will be Saturday, Jan. 26.

Waltz expert teaches basics to latest craze
Waltzing conjures up visions of the ballrooms of Vienna and grand parties in ante-bellum mansions. This weekend, a master of the dance will lead a three-day workshop on waltzing, from the basic steps to the latest ballroom dance styles.

What's Up With That?
The Empire ponders Juneau's puzzles, unravels its mysteries and contemplates its conundrums.

Arts council holds drama workshop
Drama Shop, a theater workshop for youths in grades five through eight, begins Friday at the Gruening Park Rec Room.

Bringing the bass into the spotlight
Murphy's concert features music composed specifically for the bass

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