Sunday, May 20, 2001

Around Town

Around Town

Doomed to boom
Surrounded by an endless forest of black spruce, Delta Junction on the Alaska Highway barely scratches out a living. Farming is marginal. The nearby Army base is closing. Plans to build a private prison fell through.

State, conservation groups design tourism business labeling program
ANCHORAGE -- To advertise its backpacking and rafting trips in the Brooks Range, Arctic Treks, a Fairbanks company, has relied on its Web page and word-of-mouth, both low-budget ways of finding high-dollar clients.

Doomed to boom
Surrounded by an endless forest of black spruce, Delta Junction on the Alaska Highway barely scratches out a living. Farming is marginal. The nearby Army base is closing. Plans to build a private prison fell through.

State, conservation groups design tourism business labeling program
ANCHORAGE -- To advertise its backpacking and rafting trips in the Brooks Range, Arctic Treks, a Fairbanks company, has relied on its Web page and word-of-mouth, both low-budget ways of finding high-dollar clients.

Shrews -- or mice? -- raiding Anchorage homes in big numbers
ANCHORAGE -- Shrews are at the bottom of Anchorage's latest wildlife debate. Or is it mice? Either way, pesky critters are invading a noticeable number of homes.

Shrews -- or mice? -- raiding Anchorage homes in big numbers
ANCHORAGE -- Shrews are at the bottom of Anchorage's latest wildlife debate. Or is it mice? Either way, pesky critters are invading a noticeable number of homes.

Juneau family preserves historic land at Excursion Inlet
A Juneau family has created a conservation easement to protect about 90 acres of prime wildlife habitat on Excursion Inlet, and will deed a Native cemetery there to a Tlingit clan whose ancestral homelands included the area.

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

City, GHS work on recycling solutions
Gastineau Human Services and the city are working on a proposal to revive recycled paper pickup services in Juneau.

Fixing child care worries
Child care providers say they're less concerned about being put out of business by new state regulations after hearing this week from officials at the Department of Education and Early Development.

City, GHS work on recycling solutions
Gastineau Human Services and the city are working on a proposal to revive recycled paper pickup services in Juneau.

Young makes move to boost Coast Guard budget
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Don Young's Transportation Committee has given the U.S. Coast Guard a massive budget increase that could allow more fishing law enforcement work in Alaska.

Seafood plant to ramp up for operations in July
ANCHORAGE -- Alaska Seafood International could be producing packaged fish products by early July, according to the company's new chief executive.

Seafood plant to ramp up for operations in July
ANCHORAGE -- Alaska Seafood International could be producing packaged fish products by early July, according to the company's new chief executive.

Juneau family preserves historic land at Excursion Inlet
A Juneau family has created a conservation easement to protect about 90 acres of prime wildlife habitat on Excursion Inlet, and will deed a Native cemetery there to a Tlingit clan whose ancestral homelands included the area.

Fixing child care worries
Child care providers say they're less concerned about being put out of business by new state regulations after hearing this week from officials at the Department of Education and Early Development.

Young makes move to boost Coast Guard budget
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Don Young's Transportation Committee has given the U.S. Coast Guard a massive budget increase that could allow more fishing law enforcement work in Alaska.

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

Discovering the spirit of sport and the wily saxifrage
I was in the airport recently, waiting to meet someone and standing near the polar bear. From there I had a good view of another stuffed bear, the one inside the secure area. I tried to ignore them, but couldn't. They bug me and I'll tell you why. They are either sport trophies or dead bears, depending on how you look at them. Provocative, isn't it? Perhaps that makes them art.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Action needed to protect coastal waters
Four and a half million gallons of pollution - human waste and wastewater from kitchens, sinks and laundry. That's enough to fill the Juneau Augustus Brown swimming pool 22 times. And that's what will be dumped unregulated into Alaska's coastal waters EACH DAY the Alaska Legislature delays action on a cruise ship pollution bill.

Discovering the spirit of sport and the wily saxifrage
I was in the airport recently, waiting to meet someone and standing near the polar bear. From there I had a good view of another stuffed bear, the one inside the secure area. I tried to ignore them, but couldn't. They bug me and I'll tell you why. They are either sport trophies or dead bears, depending on how you look at them. Provocative, isn't it? Perhaps that makes them art.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Fair Internet tax law needs Stevens' support
Alaskans love to do their shopping via catalogues and the Internet. E-commerce is burgeoning and its effect on local sales is beginning to be felt. Most of our local merchants are feeling the crunch, while a few are capitalizing on the new opportunities that e-commerce presents in marketing their goods and services to new customers. Competing in this new arena makes good business sense. The issue is with taxation.

Dealing with farmed fish
The following editorial appeared in Saturday's Washington Post: The ecosystem may or may not be ready for the first genetically engineered salmon, but the regulatory system emphatically is not. It is stuck in the legacy of decisions about biotech regulation made in the mid-1980s, when food was food, drugs were drugs and a lot of people thought most biotech products were going to be microbes. The creatures and products that have come along instead -- corn that makes its own pesticide, animals that make drugs, goats that carry a spider gene and make silk --are straining that simple model.

Dealing with farmed fish
The following editorial appeared in Saturday's Washington Post: The ecosystem may or may not be ready for the first genetically engineered salmon, but the regulatory system emphatically is not. It is stuck in the legacy of decisions about biotech regulation made in the mid-1980s, when food was food, drugs were drugs and a lot of people thought most biotech products were going to be microbes. The creatures and products that have come along instead -- corn that makes its own pesticide, animals that make drugs, goats that carry a spider gene and make silk --are straining that simple model.

Action needed to protect coastal waters
Four and a half million gallons of pollution - human waste and wastewater from kitchens, sinks and laundry. That's enough to fill the Juneau Augustus Brown swimming pool 22 times. And that's what will be dumped unregulated into Alaska's coastal waters EACH DAY the Alaska Legislature delays action on a cruise ship pollution bill.

Fair Internet tax law needs Stevens' support
Alaskans love to do their shopping via catalogues and the Internet. E-commerce is burgeoning and its effect on local sales is beginning to be felt. Most of our local merchants are feeling the crunch, while a few are capitalizing on the new opportunities that e-commerce presents in marketing their goods and services to new customers. Competing in this new arena makes good business sense. The issue is with taxation.

Region V Track and Field Championships
Final results from the Region V high school track and field championships held Friday and Saturday at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track.

Local Scoreboard:

Juneau sweeps region track titles
Six Juneau-Douglas High School tracksters claimed 11 individual titles, pacing the Crimson Bears to a sweep in the Region V Track and Field Championships held Friday and Saturday at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track.

Juneau sweeps region track titles
Six Juneau-Douglas High School tracksters claimed 11 individual titles, pacing the Crimson Bears to a sweep in the Region V Track and Field Championships held Friday and Saturday at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track.

Juneau lefty something special
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The 9-year-old boy was watching a baseball game with his parents on television at their Juneau home, when he noticed something unusual taking place on the screen.

Region V Track and Field Championships
Final results from the Region V high school track and field championships held Friday and Saturday at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track.

Crimson Bears take third at state
ANCHORAGE -- An exhausted Juneau-Douglas High School softball team ran out of gas one game shy of the championship game at the state softball tournament this weekend at Cartee Fields in Anchorage.

Crimson Bears take third at state
ANCHORAGE -- An exhausted Juneau-Douglas High School softball team ran out of gas one game shy of the championship game at the state softball tournament this weekend at Cartee Fields in Anchorage.

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: King Salmon Derby Standings

Local Scoreboard:

JDHS baseball team wins fourth straight
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team finished its regular season on a high note, defeating Ketchikan 10-6 on Friday and going on the beat Sitka 3-1 on Saturday to give Juneau a four-game winning streak heading into the state baseball tournament on June 1-2 in Palmer.

Local Scoreboard: King Salmon Derby Standings

Juneau lefty something special
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The 9-year-old boy was watching a baseball game with his parents on television at their Juneau home, when he noticed something unusual taking place on the screen.

JDHS baseball team wins fourth straight
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team finished its regular season on a high note, defeating Ketchikan 10-6 on Friday and going on the beat Sitka 3-1 on Saturday to give Juneau a four-game winning streak heading into the state baseball tournament on June 1-2 in Palmer.

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