Business Profile: Curtis Hopson
Title and firm: Curtis Hopson is proprietor, with wife Chantana, of Chan's Thai Kitchen at 11820 Glacier Hwy.

Business briefs
Knowles honors Alaska exporters; Cellular One enhances coverage; Local firm wins audit contract

The power of demographics
I have two seemingly unrelated questions. What is the potential for new industry in Juneau, and why can't I meet any single women? Recently published 2000 census figures (available at the state of Alaska, and city of Juneau Web pages) shed some light on the answers.

In The Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening

City rental housing tight
Veronica Shaffer used to spend 40 percent of her monthly income on rent. At $700 a month for a one-bedroom apartment with no washer, dryer or utilities included, Shaffer found rental rates unreasonable.Her pets were not happy either. After months of searching, the apartment was the only place where she could keep her dog and cat.

Mother and daughter put new slant on barbershops
Alana Hein did not tell her mother that when she was at barber school in East Los Angeles, she saw a man pull a knife on a woman for cutting his hair too short."The teachers would warn us about former students they've had who got shot in a drive-by shooting because they cut someone's hair wrong," said Alana. "People here are much nicer."

Something fun, risky and exciting needed
What we need in Juneau is an ATV park. The best option right now is an ORV park out at North Douglas, approximately 1 mile up Eaglecrest Road on the west side. Down this road, there is a rock pit, and about 15 acres of clear-cut. The Tongass National Forest ORV Planning Committee selected this area because it has less impact to soil, wildlife and vegetation than other areas. This area is isolated, and is partially developed.

Back to the drawing board
One thing baffles me about the heliport debate. All parties seem to agree that flightseeing noise is a serious problem. So, rather then simply relocating the problem from North Douglas to the Thane neighborhood, as the Assembly currently proposes, wouldn't it make sense to reduce the source of the problem?

Thanks to vets
To all the veterans who served in war or peace time, thank you. With Desert Storm and Sept. 11 people rally around the flag. Yet all veterans have heard the snide remarks about being stupid, or a loser for serving their country.

Participatory democracy
This letter is in defense of voting and, separately, having a constitutional convention. Id be honored by my neighbors brief attention.

Confusion understandable
I must respond to Mr. Lie-Nielsen's assault on my character. His letter got one thing right, my position as director of the Business Assistance Center of the Juneau Economic Development Council. As such, I work daily with business owners and prospective owners in Southeast to help them to be more successful. It should not be surprising then, that I might advocate for free enterprise.

In a world of change
With the latest USFS wilderness evaluation study of wildlands and wilderness areas of the Tongass, the public perhaps for the last time of this era has a chance to reassess our Alaska relationship and dependence on wilderness lands.

Attempt the impossible
Douglas Adams once wrote, "Anyone who is capable of getting themselves ... (elected) should on no account be allowed to do the job."

Theft upsetting
I discovered over the weekend that someone has come to the Evergreen Cemetery and dug up all the "snow on the mountain"

In favor of waterfront improvement project
I am writing to show my support for the new Marine Park Waterfront Improvement Project. I think it will be a great benefit for the tourism industry and will also bring the community together. I was born and raised in this somewhat small town and have found myself completely bored, more often than not, wishing there was something more fun and interesting to do.

Build it soon
As a high school student in Juneau I was very excited and nervous when I first read about the Steamship/Marine Park improvement plan in the Empire on March 31.

Speak up now
The Assembly is soliciting comments on the draft of the Tourism Management Plan. However, many disenchanted citizens have chosen not to participate in the tourism planning process! The cruise ship safety valve strategy (page 125) could be used to consider an alternate destination within Juneau. This would be quite a long-range plan.

Assembly working through details of port fees
Juneau Assembly members are giving North West CruiseShip Association members time to work out a port-funding arrangement as the city revises a passenger fee for dock projects.Over the past several months, city officials' support has bounced between funding port projects through a tonnage fee, a passenger fee and negotiated contracts with the cruise industry. The Assembly adopted a $1.73-per-passenger fee earlier this month, but restarted discussions after private dock users threatened legal action.

The Nut Files: Students look for evidence of flying squirrels
For years, scientific publications have denied their existence. Despite sightings and a perfect habitat, officials never have changed the books. But earlier this month, students from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School trekked into the woods of Douglas Island to see if the truth was out there - about the elusive flying squirrel.

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

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

Planning Commission wants changes in city's tourism blueprint
City planning officials are expressing concerns about the final draft of the Juneau Tourism Management Plan.The plan, a document that lays out a long-range plan for future tourism developments in Juneau, is slated for adoption by the Juneau Assembly once it receives input from local governing boards and commissions.

Local hero still fighting side effects of cancer
Almost 20 years after winning a five-year battle with cancer, Caje Holst still is fighting the side effects from experimental treatments that saved his life.Holst, a former Juneau resident, was active in cancer research telethons that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the 1980s. While attending Juneau-Douglas High School he also remained active in gymnastics and wrestling despite the loss of a leg to cancer.

Money slated for schools, public safety
Juneau Assembly members on Wednesday approved a slate of new spending requests that total $1.4 million over two years.

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

Photo: 'Q' makes an appearance
Actor John de Lancie speaks with Danette Mae-Nugent on Wednesday at the Juneau Mac Users Group picnic at Auke Rec. De Lancie is best known for his role in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Voyager" as "Q," the omnipotent mischievous being.

Photo: Auke Bay deer
A Sitka black-tail deer feeds on fresh green plants near the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on Tuesday. Deer are attracted to the succulent new growth, which is high in protein and will help build up tissue and fat reserve, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Matt Kirchhoff.

Assembly may boost tax rates
The Juneau Assembly is considering a plan to increase the property tax rate and dip into reserves to fund a $1.4 million increase in the city's budget over the next two years.Assembly members spent nearly five hours Wednesday working thorough a list of funding requests. The proposal would add money for the Juneau School District, the police and fire departments, the Juneau Economic Development Council and arts groups.

Learning to live without mom
Kathleen Fawcett made sure her son Sterling, 7, never would lose his way in the world. In the course of their daily hikes, she taught him that mountains have names, that he could live off the fruits of the forest and how to be a man. His latest lesson may be harder to learn - how to live without her.

Local Briefs
Remains tentatively identified; Tour guidelines renewed

Tlingit classroom increases enthusiasm
Students dressed as flowers, birds and berries filled Harborview Elementary School's Tlingit Language and Culture Classroom on Tuesday night.The classroom's year-end play, "The Great Táay (Garden) Party," told the story of a girl named Amy who journeyed through the forest and across the beach searching for food. The children mixed Tlingit and English easily, counting, singing and dancing with enthusiasm.

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

Everyone speaks landscape language
Any doubt that landscape is a universal language was erased when the bus full of Auke Bay fifth-graders slid past the baseball field in Sitka last week. The sight of the field, with its gloriously green outfield, brought forth groans of ecstasy, gasps of pleasure and a universal inhalation just prior to the chorus of "Oh look, real grass."

Pets of The Week
Dexter is a black and white, 2 year old neutered male. He is declawed and an indoor cat. Dexter is very sweet and playful. Timber is a bicolor, white and orange domestic short-haired, neutered male. He has beautiful blue eyes. Timber is quiet and at first meeting shy, but then he is very friendly.

Teen honored by magazine for 'inner beauty'
Haines resident Ann Hansen, 14, believes the female sex is underrepresented in the population of world leaders."The world would be a better place for girls if half of our leaders were women to represent the half of the population that's female," said Hansen in New Moon Magazine.

Thank you
...for making us feel at home; ...for your support; ...for the help; ... for all the help.

Hoonah children celebrated in school writing contest
Creative writers come in all ages from kindergarten to fifth grade at the Hoonah City Schools.Students entered a creative writing contest with categories such as Animals, Poetry, Out of this World, and Humor. There were winners in each category plus for best illustration, writers' choice and best of class. One grand winner was selected from all the entries.

Esther Grace Kassner
Juneau resident Esther Grace (Childs) Kassner, 89, died May 27, 2002, at the Juneau Pioneers Home.

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.

My Turn: New harbor rates represent loss
I recently received a supplementary bill for $54.60 from the Harbor Office. This increase, on top of other flat-rate increments over the past seven years, has raised the annual moorage bill for my 18-foot skiff by 78 percent from $277 to $492. Only this class of stall, comprising 98 of 864 in town, has been targeted for a fee increase. Why were the smallest boat owners singled out now and other users let off? More specifically, what does the Harbors Board hope to gain?

My Turn: The young and restless caucus
A lot of political shoes will drop at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, when the deadline passes for candidates to file to run for all 40 seats in the Alaska House of Representatives and 17 of 20 seats in the Alaska Senate.

Spring King Salmon Derby
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 8:16 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29. The rankings include the angler's name, weight of the fish (in 10ths of a pound), date caught and what station the fish was turned into.

Hershey's Track and Field Meet
Results from the Hershey's Track & Field Meet, held May 19 at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track. 87 boys and girls, ages 9-14, participated in the event. The meet was run with the help of 28 volunteers.

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

Softball looking strong for state
Offensively strong and defensively sound, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team is looking to make an impact at the state tournament in Anchorage this weekend."Physically we're one of the strongest, if not the strongest, team I remember seeing," coach Kari Monagle said. "We have depth in pitching, depth in defense of people who can play different positions. We have pretty strong bats."

Spring King Salmon Derby
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 8:25 a.m. on Thursday, May 30. The rankings include the angler's name, weight of the fish (in 10ths of a pound), date caught and what station the fish was turned into.

State baseball title in reach for Crimson Bears
The state title that eluded the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team last season is once again in reach."This is what you really do this for - to see these kids play under pressure," Crimson Bears head coach Jim Ayers said. "The magic is being able to play fundamental baseball under pressure."

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

Lancaster says he won't run for State House again
KENAI Rep. Ken Lancaster, a Republican from Soldotna who was a key member of the Legislature's Fiscal Policy Caucus, will not seek re-election.

Ulmer makes it official
ANCHORAGE - Fran Ulmer became an official candidate for governor Wednesday by turning in her paperwork and a $100 check at the Division of Elections office. Minutes later, businessman Ernie Hall filed for his candidacy for lieutenant governor - the position Ulmer now holds - even though the two say they are not running as a team.

Wildfires growing despite hundreds of firefighters' efforts
ANCHORAGE - Fueled by black spruce and fanned by hot windy weather, wildfires continued to devour thousands of acres across Alaska.

Cruise pollution report behind the times
A national report on cruise ship pollution issued by an environmental group today is largely a case of "been there, done that" for Alaska.The Ocean Conservancy, formerly The Center for Marine Conservation, is calling for tougher federal regulations and beefed-up enforcement capability in regard to wastewater discharges and air emissions in the marine environment.

Legislature puts off school labels
ANCHORAGE - State education officials have been given a two-year delay in establishing a labeling system meant to grade Alaska public schools.

Poll says 54 percent back legislative move
A new poll shows a majority of Alaskans favor a ballot initiative to move legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough or to Anchorage.But the pollster didn't read respondents a key part of the ballot language. That part explains the initiative would repeal the existing requirement for costs of the move to be determined by a commission and approved by voters.

State briefs
Cooler weather slows spread of wildfires in Alaska; Knowles signs coastal zone bill; Mother dies, children injured in Anchorage car crash

Mulder won't seek re-election
Anchorage Republican Eldon Mulder, one of the most powerful members of the Legislature, announced today that he will not be a candidate for re-election.Mulder, 44, the House Finance Committee co-chairman and chief budget writer in that chamber, said he has concluded his young daughters need a stable year-round environment instead of being relocated to Juneau for four months every year.

State briefs
Juneau police chief takes the reins; Body of missing Ruby girl recovered; Autopsy indicates man died in accident; Engineer pleads guilty in freighter pollution case; Troopers crack down on Alaskans ignoring seat-belt law

Probe of Sitka police finds no wrongdoing
SITKA - An investigation of the Sitka Police Department has found no criminal misconduct, despite allegations earlier this year that the department broke the law dozens of times.

Pipeline firms ask for halt in permitting
ANCHORAGE - A group of pipeline builders has asked the state to stop the permitting process for a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48, saying they cannot move ahead until producers of Alaska's vast gas reserves commit to the estimated $20 billion project.

What's up with that?
Q: What's up with the new stoplights going up on Glacier Highway around the Nugget Mall and the Juneau Airport? It seems like they have been taking forever to get installed. When are they going to be turned on?

Movies Where & When
"Promises," (not rated) 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. Juneau Arts and Humanities Council film, documentary about seven Israeli and Palestinian children ages 9-13 living in Jerusalem; in Arabic, Hebrew and English, with subtitles.

What's happening

Best Bets: Top films: From mideast to a modern 'MacBeth'
This weekend we're sandwiched between Juneau Jazz and Classics, which wrapped up Sunday, and Celebration 2002, which starts next weekend. Two films and a variety show of music are the highlights this weekend.

Paintings by Alaska master donated to state museum
Three paintings by renowned Alaska artist Sidney Laurence have been acquired by the Alaska State Museum and will be on display this summer. One painting depicts the rolling surf of an Alaska seascape, another a sourdough outside a cabin in summer and the third is a landscape featuring Denali.

This Week Briefs
Wizard of Oz carnival kicks off 'The Daring Days of Reading'; Volunteer marching band seeks musicians; Jesse Manibusan in town for free concert; Pride Day events

Inspired by tradition
Native artist Clarissa Hudson took influences from Hawaii and Jamaica, the Seminole and her own Tlingit heritage to create "Copper Woman," a regalia dance outfit that won Best of Show at the Sealaska Juried Art Show.

New book documents Celebration
As a child in Juneau in the 1960s, Samuella Samaniego pored over art books in the Juneau Public Library. Now a fine-art and commercial photographer, she's about to see a book of her own work on the shelves of Alaska's libraries.

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