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Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Business Profile

Anchorage air-cargo carriers to lay off 36 pilots, workers
ANCHORAGE - Two air-cargo carriers are laying off 36 pilots and other workers in Anchorage, citing the economic slowdown in the Lower 48 and parts of the Far East.

Anchorage air-cargo carriers to lay off 36 pilots, workers
ANCHORAGE - Two air-cargo carriers are laying off 36 pilots and other workers in Anchorage, citing the economic slowdown in the Lower 48 and parts of the Far East.

In the Tank

In the Tank

Business Profile

Company seeks license to look for gas, oil in Nenana Basin
FAIRBANKS - An unidentified company is asking the state for an oil and gas exploration license in the Nenana Basin in what is the first significant interest in the area in two decades.

Company seeks license to look for gas, oil in Nenana Basin
FAIRBANKS - An unidentified company is asking the state for an oil and gas exploration license in the Nenana Basin in what is the first significant interest in the area in two decades.

Adding value by drying lumber
Icy Straits Lumber Co. in Hoonah hopes dry kilns will take its manufacturing operations over a value-added hurdle.

Adding value by drying lumber
Icy Straits Lumber Co. in Hoonah hopes dry kilns will take its manufacturing operations over a value-added hurdle.

Thank you

Briefly

DFYS thanks foster parents, families
On Friday, May 25, staff of the local and regional Family and Youth Services offices and the Alaska Foster Parent Training Center hosted a luncheon for foster parents and families in the Juneau area.

Around Town

Anniversaries

Pet of the week

Thank you

Obituaries

It's time to hold hands with devil's club
The expanding plant world reaches out with new growth in all directions. Devil's club's swelling tips begin to open into individual leaves, and they are their most friendly to humans. The soft new spikes are laid along the ribs of the leaf buds and can be stroked as if they were paws. Not a hint of thorniness, as long as we respect the direction of growth, and such a feeling of having one's hand in the tiger's mouth.

Around Town

Around Town

It's time to hold hands with devil's club
The expanding plant world reaches out with new growth in all directions. Devil's club's swelling tips begin to open into individual leaves, and they are their most friendly to humans. The soft new spikes are laid along the ribs of the leaf buds and can be stroked as if they were paws. Not a hint of thorniness, as long as we respect the direction of growth, and such a feeling of having one's hand in the tiger's mouth.

Obituary

Obituaries

Pet of the week

Anniversaries

Around Town

Briefly

DFYS thanks foster parents, families
On Friday, May 25, staff of the local and regional Family and Youth Services offices and the Alaska Foster Parent Training Center hosted a luncheon for foster parents and families in the Juneau area.

Obituary

Design launched for city ice rink
Juneau's Ice Skating Working Group greeted a new mission last week. After years of searching for project funding, group members began to tackle the possibility of spending it.

Angoon students stir up interest in Tlingit classes
Three Angoon teen-agers who researched Native language immersion programs for a school project have sparked an interest in forming a Tlingit program at the Admiralty Island community's school.

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Hefty hatchery chum run boosting region's economy
Douglas Island Pink and Chum pumped nearly $40 million into the Southeast economy in 2000, according to a new study commissioned by the Juneau-based private nonprofit fish hatchery.

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Sewage super to step down
The city's wastewater utility superintendent plans to resign in the wake of pollution violations at the Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant, according to city officials.

Correction

Holed yacht to lose 2 weeks on water
Repairs to the Alaskan Song, the charter yacht that ran onto submerged rocks and started flooding May 24 south of Angoon, will run between $40,000 and $80,000.

Building containers that bear up
With the city about to crack down on residents who don't keep their trash away from bears, residents are gearing up with new containers that rival Fort Knox in security.

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Correction

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

Building containers that bear up
With the city about to crack down on residents who don't keep their trash away from bears, residents are gearing up with new containers that rival Fort Knox in security.

Murkowski not ready for defeat on ANWR battlefront
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski soon will relinquish his role as head of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and hand the reigns to a senator opposed to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Lower Yukon has youngest population in United States
ANCHORAGE - In the rural villages that dot the flat, treeless wetlands of the lower Yukon River, as many as half the residents are children.

Holed yacht to lose 2 weeks on water
Repairs to the Alaskan Song, the charter yacht that ran onto submerged rocks and started flooding May 24 south of Angoon, will run between $40,000 and $80,000.

Caribou's late arrival may cost calves' lives
BARROW - Time may be running out for calves of the Porcupine caribou herd, which makes the journey from northern Canada to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge every spring.

Sewage super to step down
The city's wastewater utility superintendent plans to resign in the wake of pollution violations at the Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant, according to city officials.

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

Private prison plan advances
Gov. Tony Knowles has signed a bill allowing the state to lease private prison space on the Kenai Peninsula.

Avalanche hits Gold Creek area
Under the influence of 60-degree temperatures, Mt. Roberts sent an avalanche down to clog Gold Creek on Monday afternoon.

Report: All share blame in near miss at airport
A communication breakdown is to blame for an incident two years ago when an Alaska Airlines jet carrying 58 people nearly collided with a snowplow at the Juneau Airport, according to a final report by federal investigators.

Lower Yukon has youngest population in United States
ANCHORAGE - In the rural villages that dot the flat, treeless wetlands of the lower Yukon River, as many as half the residents are children.

Design launched for city ice rink
Juneau's Ice Skating Working Group greeted a new mission last week. After years of searching for project funding, group members began to tackle the possibility of spending it.

Caribou's late arrival may cost calves' lives
BARROW - Time may be running out for calves of the Porcupine caribou herd, which makes the journey from northern Canada to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge every spring.

Hefty hatchery chum run boosting region's economy
Douglas Island Pink and Chum pumped nearly $40 million into the Southeast economy in 2000, according to a new study commissioned by the Juneau-based private nonprofit fish hatchery.

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

Briefly

Avalanche hits Gold Creek area
Under the influence of 60-degree temperatures, Mt. Roberts sent an avalanche down to clog Gold Creek on Monday afternoon.

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

Murkowski not ready for defeat on ANWR battlefront
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski soon will relinquish his role as head of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and hand the reigns to a senator opposed to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Report: All share blame in near miss at airport
A communication breakdown is to blame for an incident two years ago when an Alaska Airlines jet carrying 58 people nearly collided with a snowplow at the Juneau Airport, according to a final report by federal investigators.

Private prison plan advances
Gov. Tony Knowles has signed a bill allowing the state to lease private prison space on the Kenai Peninsula.

Angoon students stir up interest in Tlingit classes
Three Angoon teen-agers who researched Native language immersion programs for a school project have sparked an interest in forming a Tlingit program at the Admiralty Island community's school.

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

Special session agenda
The following editorial appeared May 24 in the Anchorage Daily News: Alaska lawmakers have one job to do when they convene in special session on June 7. They should pass House Bill 260 to regulate cruise ship discharges into the state's air and water.

Hope supplied by one man, his convictions
It is not everyday that we see the example of a person who puts aside his or her own best interest to do what is right for the country. Last week Sen. James M. Jeffords of Vermont exemplified courage and clarity of spirit by declaring independence from the Grand Old Party to become an Independent.

In the public interest
When public lands and public resources are given to private developers, the public has a right and responsibility to protect its interests. In addition to encouraging responsible community development, those interests include aesthetics, water quality, and fish and wildlife habitat.

Heliport site sounds like a done deal
With regard to the latest study underway to identify potential new heliport sites, it is clear that the dice are loaded. Although there is nothing in writing, it is the contractor's understanding (also reported in the Empire) that a prime component of the contractor's job is to identify one prime site north of town and one south of town.

Hope supplied by one man, his convictions
It is not everyday that we see the example of a person who puts aside his or her own best interest to do what is right for the country. Last week Sen. James M. Jeffords of Vermont exemplified courage and clarity of spirit by declaring independence from the Grand Old Party to become an Independent.

Special session agenda
The following editorial appeared May 24 in the Anchorage Daily News: Alaska lawmakers have one job to do when they convene in special session on June 7. They should pass House Bill 260 to regulate cruise ship discharges into the state's air and water.

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

Fore! a golf course
I'm not a golfer, yet. I have jokingly had two fun-filled days laughing at my attempts in years past. I'm a 52-year-old grandma that would love to do it again, on a regular basis, the right way.

Big broom due at FBI
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Nearly four years before the FBI arrested Robert P. Hanssen on charges of spying for Moscow, it got a tip that he had compromised the bureau's computer security system. The source was former FBI agent Earl Pitts, who pleaded guilty in 1997 to spying for Russia and was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Juneau should have a golf course
I hate golf, as do most folks, especially avid golfers after a tough round. My mother's major disappointment with me has to do with the fact that I never took up golf, a game that was and remains her passion.

A high stakes game
From the date of the announcement of Sen. Jim Jeffords' decision to declare himself an "Independent," I have been troubled by the whole issue, and the (printed version) public perceptions about what this means to the American political scene, let alone the American public.

An unwanted airport security experience
As a professional photographer, I often travel through Juneau's International Airport. Having just returned from photographing a large group of school kids in Valdez, I must report a problem concerning the behavior of Juneau security personnel.

Juneau should have a golf course
I hate golf, as do most folks, especially avid golfers after a tough round. My mother's major disappointment with me has to do with the fact that I never took up golf, a game that was and remains her passion.

Fight the good fight
Assuming you intend to provide an open marketplace of ideas, Empire readers need to see more articles by great conservative writers like Thomas Sowell, George Will, Cal Thomas and Tony Snow, centrists like Bill O'Reilly and political cartoons by someone other than the often mean-spirited lefty Mike Luckovich. Instead of fuming feminist Ellen Goodman, why not occasionally print Linda Chavez or Phyllis Schafly?

Heliport site sounds like a done deal
With regard to the latest study underway to identify potential new heliport sites, it is clear that the dice are loaded. Although there is nothing in writing, it is the contractor's understanding (also reported in the Empire) that a prime component of the contractor's job is to identify one prime site north of town and one south of town.

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

An unwanted airport security experience
As a professional photographer, I often travel through Juneau's International Airport. Having just returned from photographing a large group of school kids in Valdez, I must report a problem concerning the behavior of Juneau security personnel.

In the public interest
When public lands and public resources are given to private developers, the public has a right and responsibility to protect its interests. In addition to encouraging responsible community development, those interests include aesthetics, water quality, and fish and wildlife habitat.

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

Fore! a golf course
I'm not a golfer, yet. I have jokingly had two fun-filled days laughing at my attempts in years past. I'm a 52-year-old grandma that would love to do it again, on a regular basis, the right way.

Big broom due at FBI
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Nearly four years before the FBI arrested Robert P. Hanssen on charges of spying for Moscow, it got a tip that he had compromised the bureau's computer security system. The source was former FBI agent Earl Pitts, who pleaded guilty in 1997 to spying for Russia and was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

A high stakes game
From the date of the announcement of Sen. Jim Jeffords' decision to declare himself an "Independent," I have been troubled by the whole issue, and the (printed version) public perceptions about what this means to the American political scene, let alone the American public.

Fight the good fight
Assuming you intend to provide an open marketplace of ideas, Empire readers need to see more articles by great conservative writers like Thomas Sowell, George Will, Cal Thomas and Tony Snow, centrists like Bill O'Reilly and political cartoons by someone other than the often mean-spirited lefty Mike Luckovich. Instead of fuming feminist Ellen Goodman, why not occasionally print Linda Chavez or Phyllis Schafly?

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the leaders of the Fifth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby as of 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, May 30. The derby closes at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, and the top 30 fish will earn cash or merchandise prizes. The standings include the rank, angler's name, weight of the fish, date caught (earliest fish turned in breaks ties) and which of the three weigh stations was used.

Local Scoreboard: State Track and Field Championships
Final results from the Alaska state track and field championships held Friday and Saturday at Palmer High School's Machetanz Field track. Results are for the top six in each event (those who scored team points), plus other Southeast results are noted. Those athletes who finished beyond eighth place did not advance past the preliminaries and times are from those heats.

Sports in Juneau

Lloyd Curie cut by WNBA's Minnesota Lynx
Former Juneau-Douglas and Sitka high school basketball player Andrea Lloyd Curie was released by the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx on Sunday, but her basketball career may not be over.

Local Scoreboard: Juneau Softball
Standings from the Juneau Softball Association through May

Local Scoreboard: Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the leaders of the Fifth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby as of 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 29. The derby closes at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, and the top 30 fish will earn cash or merchandise prizes. The standings include the rank, angler's name, weight of the fish, date caught (earliest fish turned in breaks ties) and which of the three weigh stations was used.

Local Scoreboard: Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the leaders of the Fifth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby as of 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, May 30. The derby closes at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, and the top 30 fish will earn cash or merchandise prizes. The standings include the rank, angler's name, weight of the fish, date caught (earliest fish turned in breaks ties) and which of the three weigh stations was used.

Cold swimmers raise money for new clinic
Ten divers and six brave swimmers took a dip in the frigid waters of the Icy Straits May 12 to benefit the new Gustavus Clinic. The swimmers brought thousands of dollars in pledges to the Clinic.

Local Scoreboard: Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club Results
Results from the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club's Dredge Lake mountain bike race held Saturday at Dredge Lake. The event was six laps around the course, for a total of 17 miles.

Local Scoreboard: Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club Results
Results from the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club's Dredge Lake mountain bike race held Saturday at Dredge Lake. The event was six laps around the course, for a total of 17 miles.

Lloyd Curie cut by WNBA's Minnesota Lynx
Former Juneau-Douglas and Sitka high school basketball player Andrea Lloyd Curie was released by the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx on Sunday, but her basketball career may not be over.

Blackhurst takes second at nationals
Carl Blackhurst of Haines fell short of his national championship dreams, but the Adams State University senior did finish second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event at the NCAA Division II national championships held Friday night in Edwardsville, Ill.

Blackhurst takes second at nationals
Carl Blackhurst of Haines fell short of his national championship dreams, but the Adams State University senior did finish second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event at the NCAA Division II national championships held Friday night in Edwardsville, Ill.

Local Scoreboard: State Track and Field Championships
Final results from the Alaska state track and field championships held Friday and Saturday at Palmer High School's Machetanz Field track. Results are for the top six in each event (those who scored team points), plus other Southeast results are noted. Those athletes who finished beyond eighth place did not advance past the preliminaries and times are from those heats.

Cold swimmers raise money for new clinic
Ten divers and six brave swimmers took a dip in the frigid waters of the Icy Straits May 12 to benefit the new Gustavus Clinic. The swimmers brought thousands of dollars in pledges to the Clinic.

Sports in Juneau

Sonner sets state masters swim records
Ritchie Sonner of Juneau broke two Alaska state masters swimming records while competing in the 2001 Short Course Yards National Masters Swimming Championships held May 17-20 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Local Scoreboard: Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the leaders of the Fifth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby as of 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 29. The derby closes at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, and the top 30 fish will earn cash or merchandise prizes. The standings include the rank, angler's name, weight of the fish, date caught (earliest fish turned in breaks ties) and which of the three weigh stations was used.

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: Juneau Softball
Standings from the Juneau Softball Association through May

Sonner sets state masters swim records
Ritchie Sonner of Juneau broke two Alaska state masters swimming records while competing in the 2001 Short Course Yards National Masters Swimming Championships held May 17-20 in Santa Clara, Calif.

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