Profitability seminar offered
JUNEAU - Juneau businesspeople are invited to attend a seminar on increasing profitability through customer service Tuesday, April 22.

Business profile: Shahram Talaei
Title and company: Owner, Rainforest Detailing

Gains in other Alaska industries offset seafood employment losses
KENAI - Alaska's salmon industry saw more jobs disappear last year along the Gulf of Alaska, continuing a trend that has seen a 38-percent decline in seafood industry employment there over the past eight years.

Brewing company adds tanks
JUNEAU - Two new tanks, one with a 400-barrel capacity and one with a 1,300-barrel capacity, were installed at the Alaskan Brewing Co. in late-March, company officials said.

New look for Canton House
Celebrating 20 years in the restaurant business in Juneau, the Canton House reopened March 27 with a new look, new chefs and an expanded menu. "The restaurant was originally (current owner Gino Kuang's) father's, so this is kind of in honor of the 20 years of effort that he put in previously," said Canton House manager Heather Howard. Kuang works as the head chef in the restaurant.

Conflicts of interest
The Juneau Assembly's Lands Committee wants to change the current mining regulation ordinance that is working very well.

Waste of public funds
Reading Sue Schrader's diatribe over the development of the Juneau golf course is troubling. She is using every tool the law provides to first impede and finally prohibit the development of what could be one of Juneau's finest recreational opportunities.

Lack of moral values
Recent action by Republican legislators to cut funding for independent living centers, which assist many Alaskans with disabilities, presents two issues: fiscal and moral.

War isn't peace
As an anti-war activist I have been appalled at all of the irony and hypocrisy I have been hearing lately. "Collateral damage," "friendly fire," and my favorite, "Fight for Peace." Dropping bombs to bring peace to Iraq - it's just not adding up for me.

Thank you, sir
Thank you very much, Capt. McDermott, for your sacrifice to serve me and mine as well as the rest of your country both in word and in deed.

Searching for scapegoats
Mr. Fremming's My Turn on Sunday loudly urges us to "go out on a limb and challenge the environmentalists." I hear the sound of sawing behind us on the limb that Alaskans sit on together.

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

Photo: Clinic opening
Kenneth Brewer, president of Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, addresses the crowd at the grand opening ceremony of the new SEARHC Juneau Medical Center on Saturday. Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

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

Panel OKs easing up of mining law
The Juneau Assembly's Lands Committee on Monday approved changes to the city's mining law to make it easier for mines to open and operate in rural Juneau. The committee unanimously approved a draft ordinance that would ease city permitting in rural areas of the Juneau borough. Under the proposal, a new rural mine would be considered an allowable use and wouldn't be subject to permitting conditions that are covered by federal or state environmental reviews. The proposal also would allow the city's community development director to give "summary approval" to changes at an existing mine.

This Day in History
In 1881, the Harrisburgh post office was established. It was renamed Juneau the following January.

Juneau reservist called up for 'Enduring Freedom'
Jamie McDermott retired his Marine Corps uniform in 2001 after 11 years of active duty. He wanted to raise his children in Juneau and spend more time with his family, so he kept a commission in the Marine Corps Reserves and took a civilian job with the Coast Guard, conducting intelligence work related to homeland security. He didn't expect to get called up.

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

From bluegrass band to festival planning
Watching Maridon Boario thump on her stand-up bass in a Juneau bar, complementing the Panhandle Crabgrass Revival Band's tight bluegrass harmonies with a light soprano, it's hard to believe that she's not from southwest Virginia's blue hills. Hard to believe, perhaps, that she's also a lyric opera soprano who has sung roles such as Hansel in Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" and Lady Guinevere in Lerner and Lowe's "Camelot."

Photo: Award in Iraq
Gen. Tommy Franks, left, commander of the U.S. Central Command, shakes hands with Sgt. Lucas Goddard, a 2000 Sitka High School graduate, after decorating him with the Bronze Star in An-Najaf, Iraq, today. Goddard, the son of Kathi and Nick Goddard of Juneau, is with the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division.

Due to an omission in information provided to the Juneau Empire, a schedule for this week's 29th Annual Alaska Folk Festival, published in Sunday's Inside section, left out information about Thursday night's dances.

Tenakee residents feared worst after teen disappeared
TENAKEE SPRINGS - This is a village where everyone knows one another - and one another's business. A lot of people knew part-time resident Maggie Wigen, but whoever killed the teenager last month and buried her body is a mystery. With no one arrested as of Sunday and no suspect named by law enforcement agencies, it would be presumptuous to conclude Wigen, 19, was killed by someone she knew. But it does seem likely.

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

This Day in History
In 1958, an earthquake, centered about 150 miles north of Fairbanks, measured up to 8.5 on the Richter scale. There was no reported damage.

Resident spends night unnoticed outside sr. home
A woman who lives at the Juneau Pioneers' Home spent Saturday night on the ground outside the building after falling Saturday morning, said Dwight Becker of the Alaska Division of Senior Services. "We think it happened at about 10:30 in the morning on Saturday," said Becker, the agency's program coordinator for assisted living licensing. "She apparently fell and ended up being found the next day, Sunday, we're not sure what time yet. It appears she had spent all day Saturday until the next day out in the yard, and that can be pretty serious."

Wigen murder investigation includes search in Juneau
Alaska State Troopers on Monday said they have served search warrants in Juneau and Tenakee as part of the investigation into the murder of a 19-year-old woman whose body was found April 1 in a shallow grave in Tenakee. Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson declined to comment on why a warrant was issued in Juneau after Maggie Wigen's body was found in Tenakee and she was last seen alive in the small town 50 miles southwest of the capital city. He also would not say whether troopers have a suspect in the murder.

Inquiry leads to new claims against priest
A Juneau Catholic lay committee's investigation of sexual abuse allegations against a local priest has turned up credible but less serious accusations of "inappropriate behavior" from other former parishioners, the diocese said in a statement released Sunday. The new claims made against the Rev. Michael Nash will be forwarded to a Vatican committee, which will decide his future in the church, local Catholic officials said.

Donald Robert Kemp
Former Juneau resident Donald Robert Kemp, 62, died March 4, 2003, of a heart attack during a flight to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. from his home in Decorah, Iowa.

My Turn: Pesticides and salmon on the golf course
Concerns about pesticide use, its impacts on water quality, and dramatic changes to the rainforest close to town continue to make the proposed golf course on Douglas Island a troubling project for local conservationists.

My Turn: Social programs are under attack
While America is transfixed watching the war in Iraq on TV, the Bush administration is proceeding here at home with an under-the-cover-of-war political attack on the poor, the young, the old and minorities. This administration is slashing social programs that assist the weakest and most disenfranchised segments of our society. Worse still, this hatchet job is being done in order to finance record tax cuts that will primarily benefit the wealthiest Americans.

Local skiers find ways to get to Buckwheat
It took some extra effort and a extra-large dose of Skagway hospitality, but a number of Juneau residents overcame transportation travails last month to ski in the 2003 Buckwheat Ski Classic.

Indoor soccer players break down boundaries
It isn't often in Juneau that an offsides call in soccer can be considered an "international incident." Last weekend, girls indoor soccer teams from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, joined teams from Juneau and Ketchikan here in the Capital City for three days of games in the annual Whitehorse Exchange tournament.

Call him 'Senator' Bentz
HARRISBURG, Pa. - You hear about his abilities through the coaches. You read into his successes through the statistics. You know he is, by the accounts of the scouts, on his way to the major leagues. Yet, you watch Chad Bentz of Juneau throw a baseball and you almost miss the obvious.

Happy to be a champion
It's been more than a week now since the Auburn University men's swim team claimed the NCAA title. Many things around campus have started to return to normal for the Tigers. Even the rain has helped wash the strands of toilet paper out of the two trees in front of Toomer's Drug Store following Auburn's traditional "Rolling of Toomer's Corner" after any big victory.

Buckwheat Ski Classic
Results from the 2003 Buckwheat Ski Classic, held March 22 at Log Cabin, British Columbia, north of Skagway. There were three ski race lengths for adults, a 5-kilometer ski race for children, and a 5-kilometer snowshoe race.

Letter: Hoonah's Gold Medal fans
I must compliment Hoonah on its great fans at Gold Medal. It's a real treat to get to play in front of them even when you are on the other team. Numerous, smiling and yelling, they sure make the game fun and exciting. Good job, Hoonah fans. You should go to the Forest Service and cheer for Chicken Creek considering what Sealaska is going to do to it.

Glacier 10K, 1-Miler
Results from the Southeast Road Runners club's Glacier 10-kilometer and 1-mile races. The races were fund-raisers for the Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running and track and field teams. The courses were near Mendenhall Glacier.

Huskies one win away from improbable repeat
ATLANTA - After Connecticut claimed its second NCAA women's basketball championship in three seasons last April, it seemed that the Huskies might have to live off that triumph for a while before returning to the Women's Final Four.

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

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

UConn, Tennessee make date for women's final
ATLANTA - Her right ankle was aching, her back was sore, her game was off. Diana Taurasi wasn't about to let those annoyances stand in the way of another trip to the women's national championship game.

State Briefs
Blackhawk crew sends out anti-drug message; Drivers in training; Alaska seafood closer to earning organic label; Testimony continues in Ketchikan murder case; Group takes over former Wards Cove plant

House bill would institute $2 million lottery twice-a-year
A bill introduced Friday in the state House of Representatives would create a twice-a-year state lottery that could have cash payouts of about $2 million. House Speaker Pete Kott, an Eagle River Republican who introduced the bill through the Economic Development, International Trade and Tourism Committee, said he hopes the lottery will help ease the state's fiscal woes.

Governor eyes pull-tab funds to cover health insurance costs
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Frank Murkowski has a new proposal in which he wants to take money from pull-tab games and use it for the state's matching funds for nonprofits and to pay for increased state employee health insurance costs. Murkowski earlier had proposed eliminating the small grant program. He said Friday he was glad he found a way to fund the program.

Medicaid changes would bump some out of health care
A Senate committee Monday proposed saving about $2 million next year by providing health care to fewer pregnant women and children. The Health Education and Social Services Committee did so by amending a bill to put tighter limits on how much money a family can make and still qualify for Denali KidCare.

Alcohol tax boosts programs, but not as much as some want
Sporting a "dime-a-drink" button, Matt Felix was among a handful of activists who sat through meeting after meeting of the Legislature for two years, pushing a boost in the state's alcohol tax. Felix, who heads the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in Juneau, hoped the money would eliminate waiting lists for treatment and pay for a comprehensive statewide treatment and prevention system.

Bill: Drivers would lose licenses for fatal crashes
In 1994, 19-year-old Palmer resident Micah Campbell lost his life in an auto accident when an oncoming vehicle crossed the double yellow line to pass another car, pulled into his lane and caused a head-on collision. The 17-year-old driver of the oncoming vehicle survived and was given 300 hours of community service as punishment for killing Campbell and another person who was in the car.

Court won't reconsider decision on roadless rule for forest
BOISE, Idaho - The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals won't reconsider its December decision upholding the Clinton administration's roadless rule that banned logging and road construction on a third of federal forests. The San Francisco-based court refused Idaho's petition to submit the ruling of a three-judge panel to the full court. The denial was issued last Friday without comment.

State Briefs
House Finance sends larger budget to floor; Murkowski signs bill to spur talks on pipeline; Blackhawk visit to Juneau rescheduled; Douglas Golf Course may be OK'd tonight; Wildlife Society chapter meets in Juneau; Federal panel approves Alaska crab plan

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