Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Business Profile: Tracy Harmon
Name and Firm: Tracy A. Harmon is the new chef/owner of what was known for seven years as BaCar's Restaurant. His wife, Mary Frances Roberts, is co-owner.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

On the move
Chambers to manage Silverbow Bagels; Dean appointed national sales representative; New career services specialist; CCCS reappoints board members

Billing efficiencies ruffle some Juneau feathers
About the eighth of every month, Juneau residents open their mailboxes to find a handful of utility bills. Recently, however, Waste Management decided to bill customers quarterly - every three months - instead of monthly. This meant that suddenly there was a garbage bill of more than $70 facing the average homeowner. Other utilities, however, do not plan to follow suit.

Business Briefs
Benefits workshop scheduled; Glacier Bay Lodge offers deals; Silverbow scales back dinner service; Cleaners offers new-customer discounts; Dog accessory helps track pets; Comments sought on workplace safety; Travel association seeks participants; Hotline created for Enron investors; A reminder from Alaska Airlines

Getting out a limited edition
There are few businesses that would permit a member of the packaging department to help develop a new product. But that's what happens at the Alaskan Brewing Co., where they not only permit employees to do crossover tasks - they encourage them. For example, Theron Clark, a member of the packaging department, was tapped for the design team for a new limited edition beer, Alaskan Summer Ale.

A real discussion
Last week in his "State of the State" address, the governor discussed his ideas for funding the state budget, many of which were met with healthy criticism. It seems that the governor feels an income tax is the best way for us to address our budget shortfalls, but I disagree.

These trying times
Your opinion concerning the health of the Tongass is accurate and just. Your vision is more than fair, especially for future generations. In reading between the lines, you know about sustainable yield, crop rotation, the history and science of the Tongass.

Worthy addition to state song
would like to thank Rep. Carl Morgan for his leadership in sponsoring HB 285, an act adding a second verse to the official Alaska state song, and for his efforts in bringing Benny Benson's granddaughter and great-granddaughter to Juneau for the events last week.

Eliminating dissenters
On Jan. 14, I was greeted with an e-mail at work informing me that our ASEA union president had been suspended in an emergency meeting by six members of an 11-member board for - among other things - "Refusals to approve authorized payments of union expenses."

Life is different now
We want to thank each and every one of you in Juneau for all of your unselfish generosity, compassion and support during our time of sorrow. Thank you all for the donations you made in memory of our beloved Evan. Thank you for all of the food, flowers, cards, thoughts, prayers and kind words.

Security savings?
We are all familiar with the results of low-balling airport security costs by farming out the task to private contractors who save money by hiring low-cost labor.

Photo: Abortion decision remembered
The landmark U.S. Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision was celebrated and protested on the steps of the state Capitol on Tuesday.

4 more named to carry torch
A mix of "disbelief and excitement and joy" ran through Juneau-Douglas High School senior Chad Culbreath's mind Tuesday when he learned he was a last-minute selection to carry the Olympic torch Thursday in Juneau.

Glory Hole seeks director after Decker lands new job
The Glory Hole, the downtown homeless shelter and dining hall, is looking for a person with compassion and the ability to raise funds and manage staff and volunteers. Joan Decker, executive director since November 1998, is leaving the position at month's end to take a clerical job with the state.

Torch relay comes to Juneau on Thursday
The Olympic Torch Relay will start its 10-mile tour through three parts of Juneau at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Juneau Airport. It will be the first time the Olympic flame has burned in Alaska.

Juneau School Board slated to consider next year's calendar
The Juneau School Board will hear the first reading of a proposed district calendar for next school year at its meeting tonight, starting at 6 p.m. at the district office, 1208 Glacier Ave.

School Board reviews '02-'03 calendar
The Juneau School Board got its first look at the proposed district calendar for the 2002-03 school year at its meeting Tuesday evening.

Photo: Auke Bay harbor work
Carpenters Shaun Hartsock, front, and Carson Cargill are plumbing a wall that was just raised. Channel Construction is building the harbor office and visitor reception area at Statter Harbor which will cost $605,000. The project will in

Need for 2nd port drops
A second port for cruise ships won't get as much emphasis in Juneau's long-range tourism plan as previously thought. Bob Harvey, a consultant with Egret Communications who is leading work on the city's tourism plan, told Juneau Assembly members Tuesday that new projections from the cruise industry show the need for a second cruise port has declined.

Correction
A photo cutline in Sunday's Empire incorrectly listed the Tlingit canoe paddlers for the Olympic Torch Relay.

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

Mixing old and new; do traditions still hold true?
Devil's club may be better known today for the wicked wounds it can inflict, but Amanda Padron and Kami Wright have found that when its healing powers are compared to hydrocortisone, the modern medicine just doesn't cut it.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events

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

Thank you
...for all the help

Pioneer Book Committee seeking volunteers
The Pioneer Book Committee has been receiving inquiries about where to buy the book "Gastineau Channel Memories, 1880 to1959." It is available at Hearthside Books for $29.95 (plus taxes and mailing cost when necessary).

Pet Of The Week
Ricky is a large, handsome, longhaired, gray, neutered male cat who is friendly, playful and easy going.

Dean's list
Local college student's who have been named to the Dean's List.

Hall recognized by Rotary
Brenna Hall, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, was selected as January's "Student of the Month" by the Glacier Valley Rotary.

Hoonah honors its heroes
The community of Hoonah paid tribute to the "Heroes Among Us" on Jan. 11 during the first home basketball game of the season.

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

Neighbors briefs
Alzheimer's Agency to hold education and support group; UAS to host women, wellness conference; Gardening class offered

Howard, Boman to wed
Lisa Marie Howard and Jeffrey Charles Boman, both of Juneau, will be married in a ceremony planned for 2 p.m. Feb. 9, 2002, at the Juneau Christian Center. A reception will follow the wedding at 2 p.m. at the Twisted Fish.

Donald Earl Thompson
Services for Donald Earl Thompson, a longtime Juneau resident who died Dec. 20, 2001, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at the Elks Club.

Prison costs more than the Baranof - why?
Like a carefully designed tapestry, the problems of subsistence, declining revenue and billion-dollar deficits are manageable only when seen as the sum of their parts. One worn part of the tapestry, in bad need of repair, is the skyrocketing cost to house prisoners in Alaska.

State services require financial support
Things were very different in 1969 on my arrival to Alaska. I departed after providing five years of medical service.

My Turn: Honoring those who light the fire within
On Thursday, Alaska's capital city will be visited by the Olympic Flame. This enduring symbol of the Olympics represents the true heart of what the Olympics are all about - "Light the Fire Within." The Olympics bring people from all over the world together to compete on a worldly stage in a "Spirit of Brotherhood."

This time the world will help
The world will not walk away from Afghanistan this time. Secretary of State Colin Powell opened the weekend Tokyo Conference on the ravaged country's future with a $296 million pledge from the United States toward immediate reconstruction costs. Other nations, from Japan to Iran, chimed in with hundreds of millions more.

Word of Mouth
A forum for readers to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone.

Region V Standings
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

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

Jeff King wins 6th Kuskokwim 300
Jeff King won the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race early Monday for an unprecedented sixth victory in the race.

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

Alaska qualifies four more for Olympic Team
Four more Alaskans punched their tickets for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics on Monday, as they were named to the U.S. Nordic Ski Team.

Mount Edgecumbe sweeps Petersburg
The Mount Edgecumbe High School boys basketball team remained unbeaten in Region V-Class 3A play this season after claiming a sweep of a two-game series with the Petersburg Vikings in Petersburg this weekend.

Juneau girls head north for four key games
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team will get a chance to see where it stands in relation to the rest of the state this weekend when the Crimson Bears head north to Anchorage for four games tonight through Saturday.

Big challenge awaits Juneau on road trip
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team has been making things look easy on its own court, jumping out to a 5-0 overall record that includes four blowout wins.

State House OKs $1.1 million to lobby for ANWR drilling
The state House today approved spending $1.1 million more this year to push opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. The measure passed 32-2, with two Democrats, including Rep. Beth Kerttula of Juneau, voting against it.

Strong winds blow cargo units off CSX Lines' dock in Kodiak
Strong winds tore through Kodiak over the weekend, shutting down power and blowing three empty 40-foot refrigerator cargo units at the CSX Lines dock into the water.

Pentagon could spend millions in Alaska for missile system
The Department of Defense may spend up to $250 million on missile defense work in Alaska during the next two years, according to information released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Sitka city officials investigate police
Some Sitka city officials are demanding allegations of wrongdoing by the Sitka Police Department and a city employee be investigated by the city as well as by Alaska State Troopers.

Alaska pilots feel pressured to fly
Pilots for small air carriers in Alaska say they are pressured to fly under unsafe conditions and that companies with crash records have poorer safety practices, according to two recently published studies.

Industry groups oppose ship tax
The Alaska Travel Industry Association announced Tuesday it will oppose Gov. Tony Knowles' proposal for a $30-per-passenger cruise ship tax. A spokesman said it's been the long-standing position of the visitor industry that targeted industry taxes are not the solution to Alaska's deficit between income and spending.

GOP majority pans tour funding
The governor's plan to fast-track $20 million in funding for tourism and fish marketing has little support from legislative budget writers.

Stevens calls for summit to combat fish farms
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens wants to convene a salmon summit this spring to look for ways to aid an industry hit hard by a glut in cheaper farm-raised fish.

Winter kayaking trip turns into fight for life
A young couple, close to death from hypothermia, found themselves trapped beneath a sea cliff on an island in Kachemak Bay last week after their kayak flipped in strong gusts.

Scientists: 10K gallons of Exxon Valdez oil lingers
ANCHORAGE - Nearly 13 years after the tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound, federal scientists estimate about 10,000 gallons remains buried under the shoreline.

Police search for owners of artifacts found beside trail
Police are trying to figure out how ancient artifacts, apparently from Latin America, came to be dumped alongside a snowmachine trail in Peters Creek, north of Anchorage.

Bill could help drunks get home safely
Drunken drivers and their vehicles could get a ride home if a bill that passed the House on Tuesday has its intended effect. State Rep. Norm Rokeberg, an Anchorage Republican, introduced the bill, which limits liability for taxis transporting drunken drivers' cars. He said he's trying to clear the way for an Anchorage program called "Off the Road" to get off the ground.

Car accident injures Fairbanks legislator
JUNEAU - A state legislator was hospitalized Tuesday evening following a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Egan Drive and Channel Drive at Salmon Creek.

State Briefs
Legislative panel to hear bill to increase alcohol tax; Legislative panel to hear bill to increase alcohol tax; House approves change to Alaska flag song; University reaches agreement with adjunct professors; State gets $365,000 federal grant to promote seat belt use

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