On The Move
Rusanowski moves on: Janet Rusanowski, longtime assistant director of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, recently accepted a position with Edward Jones investment firm. She will work in Don Hales' office on Front Street.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Business Profile: Terry Fagerstrom
Firm and title: Terry Fagerstrom and her husband Darin Fagerstrom are partners in Alaska Hydro-Sports, a business founded two years ago which branched out last November into ski gear. The couple has lived in Juneau all of their lives.

The business of birthdays
When Minerva and Domingo Munoz decided to invite 20 of their daughter Sabrina's friends to celebrate her 10th birthday two weeks ago, they chose to hold it at Bullwinkle's. "It's so much easier for me," said Minerva Munoz, a mother of three who works two jobs - as a customer service representative for Cellular One and in sales at Fred Meyer.

Art therapy distinguishes Valley ceramics shop
When Suzanne and Richard Dutson assumed ownership of Sir Ram Ceramics on Jan. 1, they put their mark on the business by changing its name to Wildflower Ceramics.But they had no intention of changing what worked for Sir Ram's previous owner, Diane Biggness: Art therapy. Clients from local therapeutic programs come to the studio to pursue personal projects.

Business Briefs
Establishing Internet marketing presence; Marketing tools to increase summer travel; Business plans beginners' 'pointless' quilt class; Valentine's fitness special offered; Gallery reduces framing costs; Art Department offers pastels class; How to cook seaweed; New berth moves with the tides; GCI announces record revenues; Automatic gratuity policy expands

For all of Alaska
I wish to thank the All-Alaskan Gasline (North Slope to Valdez) supporters and the 42,000 voters who signed the gasline petition and know which project works for Alaskans.

Venturing out
I have been involved with NAMI Juneau for a while, and intend to get more involved due to the self-empowerment I'm starting to experience. I'm very excited for the Polaris House to open to empower myself more.

Possible wildlife corridor
The wolf issue on Douglas Island is one hot topic these days, creating polarized view points. Everybody has got an opinion, and wow! There have been some whoppers. We've heard from people completely for the wolves and from people completely against the wolves. We've even heard animated stories of wolves Dumpster-diving, running amok, thick as locusts, eating everything in sight, including us!

Home-school changes
I am greatly concerned by the new home-school rules proposed. They seem to be designed to take our freedom of choice as home- school parents away. As I am sure you realize, the main reason most of us home school is the control of the quality and content of our curriculum.

Rails to roads
Why not stimulate the economy, put displaced workers back in the productive mainstream, alleviate the economic strains of entitlement and rebuild our nation's crumbling infrastructure, all in one fell swoop?

Hit-and-run horror
This is to the woman in the small silver sedan who hit the pedestrian in the crosswalk outside the Governor's Mansion Tuesday morning. You hit that boy hard enough to make him flop onto the hood of your car almost to the windshield and rebound onto his back on the pavement.

Wake up, look around
I have been working on commercial boats for 10 years, and it seems to me it's a dying breed. Our federal government has already taken away the logging industry. May I remind you, people of Alaska, it put a great many people out of work. Now the Alaska government is going after the commercial fishing fleet.

City to focus on Thane-area heliport first
The city will study the possibility of putting a new heliport at Dupont or Sheep Creek in Thane before exploring other locations, the Juneau Assembly agreed Monday.

Juneau woman beats out thousands to compete in 'Survivor'
Braving bone-chilling Taku winds, rain that lasts for months and trails that could make a grown man cry Survivor Island would be nothing for Juneau-raised Sarah Jones.

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

Black History Month is time to 'reflect on a rich history'
Black History Month will be celebrated in Juneau with events ranging from storytelling to gospel singing and a ball. "Basically, Black History Month is a reflection of the contributions that Black Americans have made to American society, from music to medicine to inventions," said Ernest Monts, who works in materials management at Bartlett Regional Hospital and is a member of the 2002 Black History Committee.

Logging hearing starts Wednesday in Juneau
Juneau will host a court hearing this week on the harms of logging and not logging Tongass roadless areas.

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

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

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

City bear plan gels
More stringent garbage law enforcement, public education and a crackdown on plastic Dumpster lids are on the city's agenda as bear season approaches, staff members said Monday.

Project Juneau spreads to other Alaska airports
Alaska Airlines has developed technology that allows its pilots to see through fog, dramatically reducing the number of delayed departures and overflights to other cities during periods of poor visibility.

School board gives Assembly budget wish list
Identifying specific new programs, their costs and ways the city can make them happen, the Juneau School Board pitched its hopes for the 2003-04 budget to the Juneau Assembly at a joint work session Tuesday evening.

AK Air bounces back after 9/11
Five months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 caused the nation's airlines to curtail service and lay off tens of thousands of employees, Juneau's only carrier, Alaska Airlines, has resumed its full flight schedule - without having to furlough anyone.

Events scheduled to celebrate Black History Month
The 2002 Black History Committee has arranged for five local events to celebrate Black History Month, said committee member and coordinator Sherry Patterson.

Local student studies in Northern Ireland
Justin Anderson, an Earlham College junior and son of Jonathon and Mary Anderson of Juneau, is studying in Northern Ireland this semester as a member of Earlham's off-campus study programs.

True Love Waits rally set
Juneau youth (junior high through high school) join together yearly for a rally to promote sexual abstinence for students. The rally includes music, skits, and student speakers who share their stories on why they have chosen to wait until marriage.

Thank you
... to the doctors and nurses of Petersburg General Hospital; ... for the volunteering; ... for all the help

Neighbors Briefs
Forest service meeting rescheduled; Lenten Lunch set on Thursdays; Feb. 11-15 is Condom Week

Snowman family
Ryan Benson and his mother Kymm built a snowman family to represent their own family earlier this year. From left to right - Ryan, Ambyr, Phil, Kymm and Cameron. Courtesy of Phil Benson

Pet Of the Week
Koko is a wonderful easy going senior kitty who still has many years to share a comfy sofa with his special person!

Group calling for child car seat awareness
Almost half of American children riding in vehicles are improperly restrained or not restrained at all, according to a survey released earlier this month by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign.

Costa Joseph Alton Sr.
Juneau resident Costa Joseph Alton Sr., 67, died Feb. 10, 2002 at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

Chuck Melvin Henderson
Juneau resident Chuck Melvin Henderson, 26, died unexpectedly Feb. 8 of natural causes.

Sheryl A. Gisel Anderson Fiola
Former Juneau resident Sherryl A. Gisel Anderson Fiola, 55, died on Feb. 8, 2002, in Carthage, Mo., of natural causes.

Muriel H. Baker
Juneau resident Muriel H. Baker, 74, died Feb. 10, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

My Turn: Where are bears and wolves to live?
I wish to add my voice to those of Tom Lee, Mark Farmer and others who have expressed outrage over the senseless slaughter of the Douglas Island wolf pack. During 60 years of hunting and fishing, I've never trapped but I've observed some disgusting hunting operations.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

New role for Pakistan
Six months ago, Pakistan was a pariah nation, creator of the Taliban regime in next-door Afghanistan and home to Islamic extremists. On Wednesday Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf visits the White House as the leader of a country moving back toward the international mainstream and preaching moderate Islam. That course will require help and a long-term commitment from the United States.

Who's really indignant?
No fewer than 11 congressional committees are competing to investigate Enron, and the 248 members of those committees are staging their own micro-contests to see who can sound most outraged by the scandal. Democrats and Republicans alike profess themselves appalled by the company's conduct, as well they might be.

Berry has more bad luck in Yukon Quest
CIRCLE -- The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race and bad luck have become synonymous for Salcha musher Jack Berry the last three years.

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

Alaskans given marching orders for Olympics biathlon
MIDWAY, Utah -- Let's hope Spc. Jeremy Teela of the U.S. Army is good at following commands, because here are his marching orders for Wednesday's sprint race at the Winter Olympics:

The Region V basketball standings through games of Feb. 9. Standings are for all three Region V classifications and were reported to the Juneau Empire by school officials and basketball coaches.

Glacier Swim Club claims Southeast Championships
Three Glacier Swim Club members claimed their respective age group individual point-scoring titles outright and another tied for a crown, helping to lead the Juneau-based team to the overall title in the Southeast Alaska Championships Feb. 8-10 at Ketchikan's Mike Smithers Swim Pool.

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

Freeman moves to front of Yukon Quest pack
FAIRBANKS -- Peter Butteri was the first Yukon Quest musher to reach Slaven's Cabin early today, while Joran Freeman jumped ahead of the pack, becoming the first to leave.

Local Basketball Stats
Scores and stats from this weekend's basketball games.

Wrangell boys win Kayhi tourney
Freshman Brent Stokes scored eight of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the undefeated Wrangell Wolves to a 68-60 victory over the Craig Panthers in Saturday's championship game of the First City Prep Shootout boys basketball tournament at Ketchikan High School.

No clear direction on Alaska's fiscal plan
Recent moves on a long-range fiscal plan have put to rest any lingering notion that this legislative session has a script. Vastly different levels of urgency about the state fiscal gap were expressed this morning by some House Republicans and the Senate's Republican leaders.

Alaska cop punches way to Golden Gloves title
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police officer Pearl Turney laid down the law in Tacoma, Wash., last month and she used her fists to do it. Turney came back from Washington with a new Golden Gloves leather jacket with a championship patch for winning the district's 156-pound women's boxing title.

Congressional audit delays plan for Chugach National Forest management
ANCHORAGE - A congressional audit has delayed final revision of the management plan for the Chugach National Forest, which borders Prince William Sound in Southcentral Alaska.

AFN backs governor's subsistence proposal
Alaska Federation of Natives officials have pledged to get behind Gov. Tony Knowles' subsistence amendment this year.

Knowles: Float bonds for gas line
JUNEAU - Alaska would float $17 billion in tax-exempt bonds for a natural gas pipeline to be built on the North Slope under a plan proposed by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Jury finds Anchorage print shop owner guilty of fraud
ANCHORAGE - A jury declared Nezar "Mike" Maad guilty of federal fraud charges Tuesday following nearly a week of testimony in the Anchorage businessman's trial.

GOP budgets target state agencies
Operating budgets filed by House and Senate Republicans would approve full funding of state employee contracts but make agencies absorb part of the cost. The GOP budget bills filed Monday show reductions to departments that equal the state general fund amount required to fully fund the contracts, worth $39.4 million in state and federal dollars.

Upcoming PFDs may fall to $850
Weak money markets have chipped away at the Alaska Permanent Fund and if the trend continues, annual dividends paid to Alaskans could dip to $850 in several years, fund officials said Tuesday.

State Briefs
Exemptions for exit exam takers planned; Jury deliberates fate of Anchorage printer; State troopers investigate homicide in Pilot Point; Fairbanks man charged in police standoff

Moose stranded after roof plunge
ANCHORAGE - A young cow moose took a walk on a roof Tuesday and made Anchorage history. The 8-month-old moose crashed through the fiberglass roof of a storage shed at Bell's Nursery and got stuck, dangling 8 feet off the ground for three hours until rescuers got her down safely.

State briefs
Fred Meyer gas station OK'd; City drops trespass charges against 'banner' student; Cut in child health program faces opposition;

Bill for extra spending sparks conflict between Dems, GOP
As in a bad marriage, the Democratic administration of Gov. Tony Knowles and the Republican leadership of the Legislature continue to have the same argument about budgets.

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