Tuesday, July 17, 2001

In the Tank

Buisness briefs
Sales to benefit breast cancer research; Local company offers salmon soap; Evergreen wins air contract to Adak

New downtown business organizes survey data
For entrepreneurs who have difficulty summarizing data, Dorothy Beasley's home business, Midnight Sun Office Support, makes it easy.

Business Profile
Title and firm: Rusty Martin-Powers, 37, president and co-owner, The Plumbing & Heating Co. His brother, Mark Powers, 33, is co-owner.

Wells Fargo takeover complete
After more than 80 years, Wells Fargo is back in Alaska. Originally a delivery company, Wells Fargo came to Alaska in 1883 when it opened seasonal offices in a few Southeast ports including Juneau. By 1911, the famous stagecoach company had expanded to 40 offices throughout the state, but left Alaska in 1918 when the federal government took over its delivery business.

An Egan freeway vote
Stop the freeway? What freeway? Tonight, the Assembly will probably approve the Area Wide Transportation Plan (AWTP), after three years and $250,000 of hard work. The biggest plan item is $86 million to build five "grade-separated interchanges" - freeway overpasses - at the major Egan intersections, converting Egan Drive to a freeway, to accommodate 40 percent more traffic by year 2020, and to make Egan safer.

More pulltab baseball
Deputy Mayor John MacKinnon's letter to the editor (July 13) regarding the pulltab tax delinquency was very interesting. His baseball analogy doesn't make sense to me. But since he's used the baseball analogy, I will use it, too.

Letter: Study global warming
Apparently in an effort to bolster Mr. Bush in his reversal of his campaign promise to curtail carbon dioxide emissions, Malcolm Wallop and George C. Landrith brand those of us who are concerned about global warming as eco-radicals.

We should care
I just read a New York Times article (July 15) on "How Bush Took Florida: Mining the Overseas Absentee Vote," which reports how the Bush campaign bent rules, ignored Florida state laws, threatened canvassing board members with bogus laws and argued out of both sides of their mouths to accept ballots without postmarks (some of which were cast after the election) in Bush-leaning counties, and then argued conversely to uphold Florida state law and reject ballots without postmarks in pro-Gore counties when it would benefit Bush.

State's new deterrent is definitely for the birds
The loss of a raven to a downtown Juneau skybridge about a month ago inspired building managers to take action and install deterrents.

Abandoned Anchorage tarantula waits for chance to be reunited with owner
ANCHORAGE - A Mexican red leg tarantula has been in limbo since its owner, on his way to a new job, left the spider at an airline ticket counter.

Around Town
Today

A campsite of one's own
Campers staying at the city's Thane Public Campground may grumble about the nettles and the dog food-eating bears, but most make the best of it.

Wharf dredging wins OK
A proposal to dredge the North Steamship Wharf received unanimous approval from Juneau's Assembly on Monday after it was defeated in a tie vote two weeks ago.

City eyes transit for the future
Imagine driving from the Mendenhall Valley to downtown Juneau without stopping. On and off ramps would replace traffic lights. Pedestrians and bicycles would have better access.

A man in search of miracles
Sara Kveum didn't seek out Sunday's Fire of God revival in Centennial Hall to be healed of her cerebral palsy.

Juneau transportation plan highlights

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

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

Study cites ferry demand
Communities in northern Southeast want more frequent ferry service to Juneau and longer stops here, according to a Juneau consultant hired by the state to study ways to improve the Alaska Marine Highway.

Some shareholders seek to dissolve Huna trust
Some shareholders of Huna Totem Corp. are pressing a lawsuit in Juneau Superior Court this week that could allow shareholders to opt out of a $42 million trust.

Around Town

Television success is sweet for Juneau cat named Sugar
Judy Nelson and Sugar have hit the big time. Nelson, a Juneau woman, was reunited with her cat Sugar through a series of strange coincidences last Thanksgiving. Their story, reported in newspapers nationwide, caught the attention of producers at the Lifetime Network, a cable TV channel geared toward women. Several weeks ago, they gave Nelson a call.

City drives transit plan forward
The Juneau Assembly decided Monday to ask the state to develop plans and construct interchanges on Egan Drive, but its discussion about the city's Area Wide Transportation Plan isn't over.

Sealaska institute offers immersion in Tlingit, Haida
Sealaska Heritage Foundation is offering its Sealaska Kusteeyi Institute for the third summer in a row. Kusteeyi means "culture."

James Eric Mayer

Patrick Robert West

Stephanie Jo Smith
Stephanie Jo Smith died July 5, 2001, on the Seward Highway.

Mildred 'Beckie' C. Capp
Former Juneau resident Mildred C. Capp died June 23, 2001, in her home in Washington.

My Turn: Who is really behind the Hudson Institute?
On Sunday, the Empire ran an article by Dennis T. Avery praising a recent television special by ABC's John Stossel on high-tech agriculture. Mr. Avery is certainly entitled to his warm opinion of Mr. Stossel's work but your readers should know he is hardly a disinterested observer.

An Egan freeway vote
Stop the freeway? What freeway? Tonight, the Assembly will probably approve the Area Wide Transportation Plan (AWTP), after three years and $250,000 of hard work. The biggest plan item is $86 million to build five "grade-separated interchanges" - freeway overpasses - at the major Egan intersections, converting Egan Drive to a freeway, to accommodate 40 percent more traffic by year 2020, and to make Egan safer.

We should care
I just read a New York Times article (July 15) on "How Bush Took Florida: Mining the Overseas Absentee Vote," which reports how the Bush campaign bent rules, ignored Florida state laws, threatened canvassing board members with bogus laws and argued out of both sides of their mouths to accept ballots without postmarks (some of which were cast after the election) in Bush-leaning counties, and then argued conversely to uphold Florida state law and reject ballots without postmarks in pro-Gore counties when it would benefit Bush.

Politics, vote counting always go hand-in-ballot
You can educate voters. You can buy better voting machines and service them more often. But as the latest probe into Florida's infamous presidential election shows, you'll never separate politics and vote counting.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received.

A real vote in the House
The following editorial appeared in Sunday's Washington Post: There was a moment in the House last week when the parties seemed close to agreement, not on campaign finance reform itself, but on the terms for debating it.

My Turn: Compelled to set the record straight
A guest editorial, "A positive step forward for the state's finances," reprinted in the Empire from Alaska Newspapers Inc. on July 3, contained numerous misleading statements regarding state budgeting and legislation sponsored by the Senate Finance Committee. As co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee I am compelled to set the record straight.

More pulltab baseball
Deputy Mayor John MacKinnon's letter to the editor (July 13) regarding the pulltab tax delinquency was very interesting. His baseball analogy doesn't make sense to me. But since he's used the baseball analogy, I will use it, too.

Pavitt, Midnight Suns roll over East Anchorage
Lopaka Pavitt pitched a three-hitter as Juneau's American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns beat East Anchorage 9-2 on Sunday at Kosinski Fields in Anchorage.

Sports In Juneau
Thursday, July 19

Sports in Juneau

Local Scoreboard: Nick Frangos memorial
Results from the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club's Nick Frangos Memorial Group Ride and Race, held Sunday over a 24-mile out-and-back course from the Douglas Bridge to False Outer Point and back along the North Douglas Highway. The finishers are listed with the name, age, gender and time. Sunday's race was a make-up event after rain and poor road conditions washed out the original July 7 scheduled date.

Scholes, Graves win Nick Frangos Memorial race
The lead pack of the Nick Frangos Memorial Group Ride and Race stayed together until the end of the 24-mile cycling race Sunday along the North Douglas Highway, meaning the race was coming down to a final sprint.

Knowles sounds out compromise on subsistence
Gov. Tony Knowles spent last week talking with Native and legislative leaders, trying to sell a compromise proposal that would affect the appeal of the Katie John subsistence case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Plane crash kills four near Bettles
FAIRBANKS - Four people died Sunday afternoon after their plane crashed south of Bettles, about 180 miles northeast of Fairbanks.

Air Force to replace nuclear generators
FAIRBANKS - The U.S. Air Force plans to remove 10 nuclear-powered generators from Burnt Mountain, about 200 miles northwest of Fairbanks and 50 miles south of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Firefighters rescue man and his dog from tar pit
FAIRBANKS - Rescuers had to use a little ingenuity to free a man and his dog after they became stuck in a North Pole tar pit.

Police say teen drove into cop car deliberately
ANCHORAGE - Robert Esper deliberately drove a Chevrolet Blazer into Anchorage Police Officer Justin Wollam's police cruiser, causing a crash that killed four people, police said Monday.

News briefs
Man charged in roommate's killing; Shipyard union election delayed; Murder suspect enters plea

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