Wednesday, June 27, 2001

In the Tank

New road toll bites into business in Whittier
Brenda Tolman, owner of Log Cabin Gifts in Whittier, knows business has been down since the state started charging a toll to drive through the tunnel to Whittier. Her coin-operated reindeer food dispenser tells her so.

Slow season for Juneau builders and remodelers
The 2001 building season is turning out to be slower than usual for some local contractors.

Slow season for Juneau builders and remodelers
The 2001 building season is turning out to be slower than usual for some local contractors.

Business Profile

Business Profile

In the Tank

New road toll bites into business in Whittier
Brenda Tolman, owner of Log Cabin Gifts in Whittier, knows business has been down since the state started charging a toll to drive through the tunnel to Whittier. Her coin-operated reindeer food dispenser tells her so.

Obituary

Flowers relish the summer, as do humans
Once the first daisies open, summer is here. They know by the change in night length that spring has passed into summer and the long light-filled days will be shorter each time. They relish this time, the months of flowering and fruiting, as do we humans. We have waited for these warm, bright, fish- and fun-filled weeks throughout the winter and spring, and now is the payoff.

Thank you

Weddings

Around Town

Around Town

Pet of the week

Pet of the week

Weddings

Obituary

Honors and Degrees

Around Town

Anniversaries

Flowers relish the summer, as do humans
Once the first daisies open, summer is here. They know by the change in night length that spring has passed into summer and the long light-filled days will be shorter each time. They relish this time, the months of flowering and fruiting, as do we humans. We have waited for these warm, bright, fish- and fun-filled weeks throughout the winter and spring, and now is the payoff.

Thank you

Obituary

Around Town

Anniversaries

Honors and Degrees

Obituary

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

Blaze guts valley home
A Mendenhall Valley home was gutted by fire Monday afternoon, causing up to $150,000 damage.

Crews fight to keep fires away from Parks Highway
FAIRBANKS - Two giant wildfires continued to burn on the Tanana Flats as crews worked to contain them and winds shifted to drive the flames eastward and away from the Parks Highway.

Contractors may have ignited fires in Interior
FAIRBANKS - Contractors working on the route for Golden Valley Electric Association's Northern Intertie may have been responsible for starting two wildfires that have burned more than 170,000 acres on the Tanana Flats south of Fairbanks.

21 bills become state law
Gov. Tony Knowles signed 21 bills into law Monday, including a measure repealing term-limit pledge laws and a bill requiring convicted burglars to submit to DNA testing.

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

Kenai processors short on staff for slime line
KENAI - With the commercial fishing season beginning in Cook Inlet, Kenai Peninsula processors are worried they won't be able to handle the flow of fish because of a shortage of workers.

No sign of the times
Two of the main routes into town, the ferry terminal and the airport, usually sport signs that say, "Welcome to Juneau" and then list the governor's and the mayor's names.

Briefly

Burst hose spills fuel into Auke Bay
About 400 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into Auke Bay on Tuesday morning when a 2-inch flexible hose connection in a pipeline burst at Andrew's Marina at Fisherman's Bend.

City OKs plans for commercial use of trails
Juneau's Assembly endorsed a list of recommendations about commercial use of local trails at a meeting Monday.

Initiative: PFDs for Peace Corps
A Fairbanks graduate student is proposing a ballot initiative to restore Alaska Permanent Fund dividends to Peace Corps volunteers.

Gold Rush-era cache found near Delta Junction
FAIRBANKS - Two tins of LaMont's Improved Crystallized Egg bearing testimonials from Mrs. General Custer. Two dog collars. A cleaning kit for a .30-caliber rifle tucked inside a rusty baking soda can touting the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. A hand-forged hook. A newspaper clipping that expounds on the ornamental domes on the new Brooklyn Bridge added in 1896. A small plate-glass mirror.

Repairs set for school roofs
Two Juneau school buildings should have new roofs by the start of school this fall.

Briefly

No sign of the times
Two of the main routes into town, the ferry terminal and the airport, usually sport signs that say, "Welcome to Juneau" and then list the governor's and the mayor's names.

21 bills become state law
Gov. Tony Knowles signed 21 bills into law Monday, including a measure repealing term-limit pledge laws and a bill requiring convicted burglars to submit to DNA testing.

Repairs set for school roofs
Two Juneau school buildings should have new roofs by the start of school this fall.

Gold Rush-era cache found near Delta Junction
FAIRBANKS - Two tins of LaMont's Improved Crystallized Egg bearing testimonials from Mrs. General Custer. Two dog collars. A cleaning kit for a .30-caliber rifle tucked inside a rusty baking soda can touting the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. A hand-forged hook. A newspaper clipping that expounds on the ornamental domes on the new Brooklyn Bridge added in 1896. A small plate-glass mirror.

Initiative: PFDs for Peace Corps
A Fairbanks graduate student is proposing a ballot initiative to restore Alaska Permanent Fund dividends to Peace Corps volunteers.

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

Haines considers helicopter skiing
As consultants work on a long-range tourism plan and assess alternative heliports in Juneau this summer, Haines residents also are discussing helicopter-related issues.

TV show looks at Begich crash
Tonight, the History Channel re-examines one of the state's greatest unsolved mysteries in "Alaska's Bermuda Triangle."

Douglas Harbor upgrade underway
For boaters who use Douglas Harbor, parking and access improvements couldn't come sooner.

Kenai processors short on staff for slime line
KENAI - With the commercial fishing season beginning in Cook Inlet, Kenai Peninsula processors are worried they won't be able to handle the flow of fish because of a shortage of workers.

Contractors may have ignited fires in Interior
FAIRBANKS - Contractors working on the route for Golden Valley Electric Association's Northern Intertie may have been responsible for starting two wildfires that have burned more than 170,000 acres on the Tanana Flats south of Fairbanks.

Crews fight to keep fires away from Parks Highway
FAIRBANKS - Two giant wildfires continued to burn on the Tanana Flats as crews worked to contain them and winds shifted to drive the flames eastward and away from the Parks Highway.

Burst hose spills fuel into Auke Bay
About 400 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into Auke Bay on Tuesday morning when a 2-inch flexible hose connection in a pipeline burst at Andrew's Marina at Fisherman's Bend.

Briefly

Briefly

Blaze guts valley home
A Mendenhall Valley home was gutted by fire Monday afternoon, causing up to $150,000 damage.

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

City OKs plans for commercial use of trails
Juneau's Assembly endorsed a list of recommendations about commercial use of local trails at a meeting Monday.

Douglas Harbor upgrade underway
For boaters who use Douglas Harbor, parking and access improvements couldn't come sooner.

Haines considers helicopter skiing
As consultants work on a long-range tourism plan and assess alternative heliports in Juneau this summer, Haines residents also are discussing helicopter-related issues.

TV show looks at Begich crash
Tonight, the History Channel re-examines one of the state's greatest unsolved mysteries in "Alaska's Bermuda Triangle."

Sparing garbage bears
As Juneau bear expert and state biologist Neil Barten explains, in most cases a bear in someone's garbage is not a public safety issue.

Assembly could do more for teachers
A letter appeared in last Thursday's paper from Assembly members Marc Wheeler and Jim Powell, urging the School Board to give Juneau teachers a raise. As a former School Board member, I certainly agree that our local teachers are of the highest quality and deserve a pay raise, if this can be done without negatively impacting the quality of education provided to our children. However, our assemblymen base their argument on several erroneous and misleading facts, and neglect to include other relevant facts. I would like to clear the record.

Kudos for garbage bear resolution
My hat's off to the city for finally being courageous enough to put the responsibility for the garbage bear problem where it belongs, on the makers of the garbage. It is appalling that we would kill a mother bear and her cub to make up for bad choices on the part of humans. Dogs should not be left out where they are at risk. Garbage should not be left out to draw the bears in. Finally the law is getting some teeth in this matter, and I am thrilled.

Keeping status quo on campaign finance
It's understandable why friends of campaign finance reform expressed delight at this week's Supreme Court decision on the subject, narrow in scope as it was.

Kudos for garbage bear resolution
My hat's off to the city for finally being courageous enough to put the responsibility for the garbage bear problem where it belongs, on the makers of the garbage. It is appalling that we would kill a mother bear and her cub to make up for bad choices on the part of humans. Dogs should not be left out where they are at risk. Garbage should not be left out to draw the bears in. Finally the law is getting some teeth in this matter, and I am thrilled.

Editorial roundup

Assembly could do more for teachers
A letter appeared in last Thursday's paper from Assembly members Marc Wheeler and Jim Powell, urging the School Board to give Juneau teachers a raise. As a former School Board member, I certainly agree that our local teachers are of the highest quality and deserve a pay raise, if this can be done without negatively impacting the quality of education provided to our children. However, our assemblymen base their argument on several erroneous and misleading facts, and neglect to include other relevant facts. I would like to clear the record.

What are we celebrating on Independence Day?
On July 4, Americans can take great pride in the vision of the Founding Fathers. These men created a land conceived in liberty and devoted to the rule of law.

Sparing garbage bears
As Juneau bear expert and state biologist Neil Barten explains, in most cases a bear in someone's garbage is not a public safety issue.

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 which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Is the missile defense a 'rush to failure?'
At a Washington, D.C., cocktail party in March filled with Pentagon officials and defense contractors, one conversation turned to scuttlebutt that the Bush administration might try to deploy a missile defense system by 2004. That would be at least two years faster than the already-rushed Bill Clinton plan, which the brass and military testers agreed was "high risk."

In this era, no sympathy for Berenson
It is sad to see Lori Berenson's picture in the news and conclude that an old activist standard needs rewriting: "The times, they have a' changed." Timothy McVeigh changed them when he blew up the federal building in Oklahoma. They changed because we are weary of violence in the name of idealism and because the U.S. relationship to the world has changed.

Respect the process
In a recent letter, Mark Wheeler and Jim Powell, City and Borough of Juneau areawide assembly members, stated their support of Juneau teachers and urged the board of education to grant teachers a raise with the additional $650,000 the district is to receive from the state.

Keeping status quo on campaign finance
It's understandable why friends of campaign finance reform expressed delight at this week's Supreme Court decision on the subject, narrow in scope as it was.

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 which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Editorial roundup

In this era, no sympathy for Berenson
It is sad to see Lori Berenson's picture in the news and conclude that an old activist standard needs rewriting: "The times, they have a' changed." Timothy McVeigh changed them when he blew up the federal building in Oklahoma. They changed because we are weary of violence in the name of idealism and because the U.S. relationship to the world has changed.

What are we celebrating on Independence Day?
On July 4, Americans can take great pride in the vision of the Founding Fathers. These men created a land conceived in liberty and devoted to the rule of law.

Respect the process
In a recent letter, Mark Wheeler and Jim Powell, City and Borough of Juneau areawide assembly members, stated their support of Juneau teachers and urged the board of education to grant teachers a raise with the additional $650,000 the district is to receive from the state.

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 which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

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 which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Is the missile defense a 'rush to failure?'
At a Washington, D.C., cocktail party in March filled with Pentagon officials and defense contractors, one conversation turned to scuttlebutt that the Bush administration might try to deploy a missile defense system by 2004. That would be at least two years faster than the already-rushed Bill Clinton plan, which the brass and military testers agreed was "high risk."

Correction

Juneau soccer teams sweep Solstice Invite
Juneau youth soccer teams claimed the titles in all three divisions of the Solstice Invitational Soccer Tournament, which ended Sunday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. The three-day tournament brought together 190 middle-school age soccer players from Ketchikan, Juneau and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Five past champs sign up for Iditarod
WASILLA -- Five past winners are among 51 mushers who signed up Saturday on the first day to register for next year's Iditarod.

Local Scoreboard: Only Fool Run at Midnight
Results from Friday night's Only Fools Run at Night five-kilometer fun run at Centennial Hall. No results are available from the one-mile walk portion of the event, which was a fund-raiser for the Alaska office of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Juneau soccer teams sweep Solstice Invite
Juneau youth soccer teams claimed the titles in all three divisions of the Solstice Invitational Soccer Tournament, which ended Sunday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. The three-day tournament brought together 190 middle-school age soccer players from Ketchikan, Juneau and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Local Scoreboard: Baseball & Softball standings

Local Scoreboard: Baseball & Softball standings

Five past champs sign up for Iditarod
WASILLA -- Five past winners are among 51 mushers who signed up Saturday on the first day to register for next year's Iditarod.

Conway signs pro deal
Rob Conway of Juneau went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored in his professional baseball debut Tuesday, leading the the Cook County (Ill.) Cheetahs to an 8-0 victory over the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Kings in a Frontier League game in Crestwood, Ill.

Conway signs pro deal
Rob Conway of Juneau went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored in his professional baseball debut Tuesday, leading the the Cook County (Ill.) Cheetahs to an 8-0 victory over the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Kings in a Frontier League game in Crestwood, Ill.

Sports in Juneau

Correction

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: Only Fool Run at Midnight
Results from Friday night's Only Fools Run at Night five-kilometer fun run at Centennial Hall. No results are available from the one-mile walk portion of the event, which was a fund-raiser for the Alaska office of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Sports in Juneau

CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-3028
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING