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Tuesday, March 6, 2001

Briefly

Briefly

Walking shoes for longtime shoe repairman?
A downtown businessman has his fingers crossed that he's changing his career, although some of his Second Street neighbors half hope the deal doesn't go through.

Business Profile

Expert says ecotourism is growing
Ecotourism is taking a larger share of the visitor industry worldwide, but it's not clear how much Alaska is profiting from the trend.

In the Tank

Business Profile

Expert says ecotourism is growing
Ecotourism is taking a larger share of the visitor industry worldwide, but it's not clear how much Alaska is profiting from the trend.

Walking shoes for longtime shoe repairman?
A downtown businessman has his fingers crossed that he's changing his career, although some of his Second Street neighbors half hope the deal doesn't go through.

In the Tank

Obituary

Around Town

Around Town

Obituary

Around Town

Around Town

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

Ditch trail, snowslide center garner grants
Recent grants mean the Treadwell Ditch Trail will be improved, the Ernest Gruening State Historical Park will gain interpretive signs and the Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center will be better equipped for classes and emergencies.

Iditarod's 'little athletes' fascinate local veterinarian
About 30 veterinarians donate time as trail docs for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Juneau's Elizabeth Wolfe has been one of the pack since 1994.

Floor hockey takes desert nations to Special Olympics winter games
ANCHORAGE - Isa Ahmed is not quite sold on the idea of eating turkey.

Iditarod's 'little athletes' fascinate local veterinarian
About 30 veterinarians donate time as trail docs for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Juneau's Elizabeth Wolfe has been one of the pack since 1994.

City protests liquor licenses at eatery, bar
The city may object to the renewal of two local liquor licenses because the holders haven't passed a fire inspection yet and one owes sales taxes. But the businesses still have time to satisfy the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board before they lose their licenses.

Ditch trail, snowslide center garner grants
Recent grants mean the Treadwell Ditch Trail will be improved, the Ernest Gruening State Historical Park will gain interpretive signs and the Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center will be better equipped for classes and emergencies.

Briefly

Sitka fire kills two in their trailer home
A man and a woman who recently moved to Sitka were the apparent victims of a fire in their trailer on Monday.

Briefly

Committee seeks to be referee on reg disputes
Rep. Lesil McGuire says she's making "a conservative attempt" to resolve a balance of powers issue that has been controversial in Alaska for more than a quarter of a century.

City protests liquor licenses at eatery, bar
The city may object to the renewal of two local liquor licenses because the holders haven't passed a fire inspection yet and one owes sales taxes. But the businesses still have time to satisfy the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board before they lose their licenses.

Fishermen fight farmed fish imports
A group of commercial fishermen is leaning on the federal government to restrict imports of farmed salmon from Chile into the United States.

Sitka fire kills two in their trailer home
A man and a woman who recently moved to Sitka were the apparent victims of a fire in their trailer on Monday.

Special Olympics World Winter Games launched with opening ceremonies
ANCHORAGE - Under a fanfare of trumpets and the gaze of celebrities, family members and spectators, more than 2,400 athletes and coaches marched into Anchorage's Sullivan Arena on Sunday night for opening ceremonies of the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Floor hockey takes desert nations to Special Olympics winter games
ANCHORAGE - Isa Ahmed is not quite sold on the idea of eating turkey.

Committee seeks to be referee on reg disputes
Rep. Lesil McGuire says she's making "a conservative attempt" to resolve a balance of powers issue that has been controversial in Alaska for more than a quarter of a century.

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

Fishermen fight farmed fish imports
A group of commercial fishermen is leaning on the federal government to restrict imports of farmed salmon from Chile into the United States.

Archery targets all ages in Juneau
Archery is a family affair for Nick Yurko and Taylor Flannigan. Taylor, 3 1/2, and Yurko, her grandfather, 59, are among those practicing with bows and arrows Wednesday nights at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Special Olympics World Winter Games launched with opening ceremonies
ANCHORAGE - Under a fanfare of trumpets and the gaze of celebrities, family members and spectators, more than 2,400 athletes and coaches marched into Anchorage's Sullivan Arena on Sunday night for opening ceremonies of the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Archery targets all ages in Juneau
Archery is a family affair for Nick Yurko and Taylor Flannigan. Taylor, 3 1/2, and Yurko, her grandfather, 59, are among those practicing with bows and arrows Wednesday nights at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

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

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

Assembly's lack of knowledge
The headline on the front page of the Empire on Feb. 27 stated: "Tee Harbor lodge wins 2nd chance before city."

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. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Heartily offended
I have decided to come out in the open (and not hide behind Word of Mouth) to publicly denounce the insulting statement of our mayor about senior citizens who are receiving tax exemptions. For the city officials' information, although I have a tax exemption card, I usually use it only when I am short of cash. Like the other seniors in this beloved city, I was heartily offended by the mayor's derisive statement.

Word of Mouth
Changes in the works: 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. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. - Editor

Assembly's lack of knowledge
The headline on the front page of the Empire on Feb. 27 stated: "Tee Harbor lodge wins 2nd chance before city."

Turn warnings into prevention
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: There is no magic policy wand that schools can wave to absolutely prevent what happened Monday - a 15-year-old boy accused of spraying gunfire in a suburban San Diego high school, killing two people and wounding 13.

Bush death-tax plan has merit
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on March 2: President Bush has proposed a phase-out of the estate tax over 10 years, a controversial measure that has been attacked by Democrats as nothing more than a revenue giveaway that would benefit only the rich.

Scoring extra points
A headline on the front page of the Feb. 28 Empire read "Senior tax break eyed; Exemptions for elderly... may be dropped to raise city revenues." A headline on the front page of March 2 Empire read "City may help pay for quieter aircraft; Ordinance would give tax break to outfits that invest in quieter aircraft."

Government to government decree just isn't happening
It has been more than five years since an executive order came out of the White House decreeing all governments to work with tribes on a government to government (g2g) basis. For years it was as if the other governments didn't even care about that g2g order. They acted like if they ignored it long enough, it would go away. The governor of Alaska even coughed up a million dollars to fight against the tribes.

Heartily offended
I have decided to come out in the open (and not hide behind Word of Mouth) to publicly denounce the insulting statement of our mayor about senior citizens who are receiving tax exemptions. For the city officials' information, although I have a tax exemption card, I usually use it only when I am short of cash. Like the other seniors in this beloved city, I was heartily offended by the mayor's derisive statement.

Woefully out of context
Last Wednesday night the Assembly Finance Committee met to deliberate issues concerning local tax revenues as recommended by Mayor Egan's Task Force on Fiscal Policy. While I spoke for nearly

Government to government decree just isn't happening
It has been more than five years since an executive order came out of the White House decreeing all governments to work with tribes on a government to government (g2g) basis. For years it was as if the other governments didn't even care about that g2g order. They acted like if they ignored it long enough, it would go away. The governor of Alaska even coughed up a million dollars to fight against the tribes.

Word of Mouth
Changes in the works: 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. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. - Editor

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. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Woefully out of context
Last Wednesday night the Assembly Finance Committee met to deliberate issues concerning local tax revenues as recommended by Mayor Egan's Task Force on Fiscal Policy. While I spoke for nearly

Turn warnings into prevention
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: There is no magic policy wand that schools can wave to absolutely prevent what happened Monday - a 15-year-old boy accused of spraying gunfire in a suburban San Diego high school, killing two people and wounding 13.

Scoring extra points
A headline on the front page of the Feb. 28 Empire read "Senior tax break eyed; Exemptions for elderly... may be dropped to raise city revenues." A headline on the front page of March 2 Empire read "City may help pay for quieter aircraft; Ordinance would give tax break to outfits that invest in quieter aircraft."

Bush death-tax plan has merit
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on March 2: President Bush has proposed a phase-out of the estate tax over 10 years, a controversial measure that has been attacked by Democrats as nothing more than a revenue giveaway that would benefit only the rich.

King leads mushers into Finger Lake
ANCHORAGE -- Jeff King of Denali Park was the first musher through the tent checkpoint of Finger Lake today as leaders in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began their long climb toward Rainy Pass.

Duke bedevils North Carolina without Boozer
Missing their inside presence, the Duke Blue Devils stayed outside and made ACC history.

Gebhardt leading Iditarod front-runners
ROHN ROADHOUSE, Alaska -- Paul Gebhardt of Kasilof was leading the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race today as front-runners cleared the towering Alaska Range and made their way across a bumpy, 93-mile section of the Farewell Burn.

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Gebhardt leading Iditarod front-runners
ROHN ROADHOUSE, Alaska -- Paul Gebhardt of Kasilof was leading the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race today as front-runners cleared the towering Alaska Range and made their way across a bumpy, 93-mile section of the Farewell Burn.

Duke bedevils North Carolina without Boozer
Missing their inside presence, the Duke Blue Devils stayed outside and made ACC history.

Sports in Juneau

King leads mushers into Finger Lake
ANCHORAGE -- Jeff King of Denali Park was the first musher through the tent checkpoint of Finger Lake today as leaders in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race began their long climb toward Rainy Pass.

Sports in Juneau

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