Alaska Digest

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Vehicle windshields smashed downtown

JUNEAU - Four people reported their vehicles' windshields broken Sunday within a few blocks of each other downtown.

Police, who had taken a call at 10:58 a.m. from a woman who said her car had been vandalized near West 11th Street, began receiving calls of smashed windshields in the area at 2:57 p.m.

First, a man reported that the windshield of his 1994 Chevrolet truck was broken sometime overnight near A Street. Financial loss was estimated at $750.

A man reported at 3:25 p.m. that the windshield of his 1990 Chevrolet was broken sometime overnight near B and Ninth streets. Financial loss was estimated at $700.

A woman reported at 3:43 p.m. that the windshield of her Subaru Justy was broken sometime overnight near 11th Street. Replacement cost was estimated at $750.

Another woman reported at 3:56 p.m. Sunday that there were several cracks in the windshield of her 1996 Saab, which she had parked near 10th and B streets. Financial loss was estimated at $750.

Sunday afternoon in the Mendenhall Valley, one person reported vandalism to a vehicle. A man reported at 2:19 p.m. that a taillight on his 1986 Nissan pickup truck was broken out while it was parked near Slate Drive.

Cooperative Extension to take public comments

The Cooperative Extension Service State Advisory Council will hold a public comment session to discuss the future of 4H programing in Juneau.

Jim Douglas, the current cooperative extension and 4H officer for Juneau, will retire in July after 20 years of employment with the service. The Cooperative Extension Service, a program of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has no plans to fill Douglas' position.

"Right now, the way our budget is constructed, to fill that position with existing resources would mean taking resources from another program," said Tony Nakazawa, director of the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service.

The service employs 30 people throughout Alaska; its two positions in Juneau include Douglas' position and a home economist.

Nakazawa's office and the University of Alaska have received several letters from Juneau residents concerning the loss of Douglas' position. Douglas organizes volunteers and handles the logistics of many 4H clubs in Juneau. He also helps run the master gardener program.

"There's a lot of support for the work that Jim is doing out there, but he's a pretty talented guy," said Nakazawa.

The Cooperative Extension Service's 10-member advisory council will listen to public comment from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Douglas Room of the Baranof Hotel. Those wishing to address the council should arrive by 11:15 a.m.

Business symposium to start next week

Members of Juneau's business community will have a chance to learn about marketing and management at the second annual Capital City Business Symposium to be held on April 22 and 23 at Centennial Hall.

Kent Burnes, a small business consultant from California, will speak at the symposium on marketing, management and customer service. The symposium will feature 11 business workshops as well as a trade show and a harbor cruise with the Southeast Alaska legislative caucus.

Burnes, who has given presentations in Sitka and Kodiak, will provide information especially useful to small businesses, said Todd Saunders, who runs the Small Business Administration office in Juneau.

"He really is a specialist on small business issues," Saunders said "So for those small, one-, two- or three-person operations, he's got a good perspective."

Burnes has advised several small businesses on how to compete with large retail chains that move into a community. He will give advice on small business management as well as marketing and customer service.

The trade show will feature 19 companies that provide services or products for small businesses.

The cost of the two-day event, which includes lunch on the first day, is $95 before April 16 and $115 after April 16. The harbor cruise will be $30.

The event is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Juneau Small Business Development Center, the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club, the Juneau Job Center and the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on the event, visit www.capitalcitybusinesssymposium.com or call 586-1737, ext. 106.

Senators question need for Rampart bulldozer

FAIRBANKS - Some members of the state Senate are finding that a $100,000 request for a bulldozer for the Yukon River village of Rampart is a symbol of pork-barrel spending.

"That's one of those things that I think that people would say, 'Well, gee, isn't there a more pressing need than that piece of equipment at that cost?"' said Senate President Gene Therriault, R-North Pole.

But for Rampart Village Council member Jim Orrison, the bulldozer represents a chance to make the tiny Bush community a better place to live for its 26 year-round residents.

"They give Anchorage money, they give Fairbanks money, they give everybody else money," he said. "Why can't they give money to Rampart to help a little town survive?"

Sen. Georgianna Lincoln, D-Rampart, said the bulldozer is needed for clearing brush off the roads, and for helping pull boats and fish wheels out of the Yukon River. Orrison said the roads are rutted in summer and unplowed in winter.



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