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Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2006

New food cart offers tacos and burritos

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The Flying Taco, a new food cart, has rolled into downtown Juneau.

The menu consists of beef or vegetarian tacos and burritos, and a "burrito in the buff" for those who don't want the tortilla, fudge brownies and drinks. All dishes are made from scratch; featured ingredients include natural beef (no hormones or antibiotics), organic beans and rice and freshly made salsas.

Owner and operator Cheryl Cook has lived in Juneau 14 years and has considered opening her own business for a long time. Originally from San Diego, she says she wants to offer Juneau something similar to the taco stands available in Southern California.

"The Flying Taco isn't a Mexican restaurant. We have some good Mexican food in Juneau already," Cook said.

She serves tacos and burritos that are a mix of California and Alaska styles: "The fresh and healthy of California, with the quickness you need on a wet, windy day in downtown Juneau," Cook said.

Located by the Courthouse Plaza, the Flying Taco is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or longer.

Labor council elects two new officers

The Juneau Central Labor Council has elected two new officers.

Pete Ford, Southeast regional manager of the Alaska Public Employees Association/American Federation of Teachers, is the new president, taking over from Max Mielke of Plumbers No. 262. Mielke stepped down to devote more attention to apprenticeship programs.

The new vice president is Ben Goldrich of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association. Tim Sunday of the Teamsters Local 959 will continue to serve as secretary and treasurer.

The labor council is comprised of unions representing both public and private sector employees. It has worked on retirement issues, the creation of jobs with living wages, apprenticeship training programs, and project labor agreements.

The labor council is the local presence of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, but is broadening its membership eligibility in response to organizing and representational challenges. It now has special provisions to invite and encourage the participation of non-AFL-CIO employee organizations that are committed to employee representation and service.

• Business Digest is compiled by Empire reporter Andrew Petty. If you know of any businesses opening, closing or relocating, or of other business-related news, please contact him at

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