Wednesday, July 18, 2001

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.

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.

In the Tank

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

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.

New threats to resources
For every step forward we make in protecting our public resources there are new threats of selfish exploitation of corporate gain.

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.

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.

Pet of the week
Samantha is a 3-year-old black, medium-hair, spayed and declawed female. She is described as a very nice cat with her quiet, mellow disposition. Samantha would be an ideal companion in an adult home. To adopt, see this delightful kitty at the Gastineau Humane Society, 7705 Glacier Highway. Phone 789-0260.

Around Town
Today

Barnes' celebrate 50th
Donald and Anita Barnes are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversay. The family will gather at the Shrine of St. Therese for the occasion.

July is the time for the beautiful spiraea clan
Midsummer signals are sent and received, preparations are made for the fullness of the summer flowering shrubbery, and the first indicators are the massive flowering of the big spiraea clan. The most numerous locally is the archingly branched, white-crowned Snowmound. Every year this shrub sends people into a tizzy as they scour local nurseries and plant sales, asking each other "What is that big beautiful bush across from Sealaska in the CBJ parking lot?"

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

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

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Assembly OKs funding for building study

Icefield tours may change
The number of helicopter tour landings on Juneau Icefield glaciers could range from none to 31,000 annually in five years under a set of alternatives proposed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Memories of son inspire cyclist's nationwide mission
Ray Brook has embraced a humanitarian mission that will see him bicycling tens of thousands of solitary miles in 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces before the end of 2001. Because he's 60 and plans to ride in a total of 60 states or provinces and visit 60 Rotary Clubs, he's nicknamed his bike trip "60 Cycle."

Peters, Wheaton plan wedding
Jazmine Peters and Kevin Wheaton, both of Juneau, will marry in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. July 20 at Skaters' Cabin in Juneau.

Doogan, Sheridan to marry
Joy Elizabeth Doogan of Juneau and Richard Alan Sheridan of Eugene, Ore., will be married in a ceremony planned for 6 p.m. July 21 at Glacier Gardens.

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.

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.

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.

Pilot didn't put gas in plane
A private pilot landed his plane on North Douglas Highway and substantially damaged his aircraft because he forgot to put gas in the tank, according to a final report by federal investigators.

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.

Floyd Dryden students get HIV education
"AIDS can't happen to me" is not something that you will be hearing from most seventh grade students at Floyd Dryden Middle School. Earlier this year, the Wolf and Voyager teams, taught by Angela Lunda, Diana Saiz, Mary Capobianco and Sarah Kinneen, invited more than 40 high school students into their classrooms to teach their students about the realities of HIV and about the benefits of abstaining from sexual involvement. The students in these two teams received a month-long HIV education unit, taught by both JDHS peer educators and by middle school teachers.

Around Town
Today

Hood gets civil activist award
Juneau therapist Dixie Hood has been named citizen activist of the year by the Alaska Civil Liberties Union Foundation.

Election district suits filed
At least three towns and one borough have followed through on threats to challenge a redistricting plan the GOP calls anti-Republican.

Searchers find wreckage of Arctic Rose in Bering Sea
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Coast Guard investigators confirmed Wednesday they have located the wreckage of the fishing vessel Arctic Rose, which sank in the Bering Sea last April with 15 people aboard.

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.

Clayton Gale Fleek
Lifelong Alaskan Clayton Gale Fleek died July 14, 2001, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

The legacy of Katharine Graham
Great moments call for great efforts, a lesson that will be one of the longstanding legacies of Katharine Graham.

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.

Flag issue divides even patriots
We don't need a constitutional amendment to protect our flag. But Congress has yet to get the message. The U.S. House is scheduled to begin debate today on House Joint Resolution 36, the first step in the process of adding a 28th amendment to the Constitution. The goal is to override a 1989 Supreme Court ruling that said flag desecration is political speech protected by the First Amendment.

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.

Real Rx benefits needed
Urging Medicare recipients to use drug-discount cards to save money on prescriptions could buy President George W. Bush some time on the politically volatile issue of high-cost medication. It may even save seniors a little money. What it won't do is eliminate the need for a real - and really costly - Medicare prescription-drug benefit.

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.

In Zimbabwe, a free press is a luxury
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Geoff Nyarota's newspaper has been bombed twice this year.

Deregulation, road to monopoly; consumers beware
One day last week the business section in my favorite newspaper featured two stories. Together, they form a snapshot of where American business is trending.

Sports in Juneau

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.

Midnight Suns split series with Kenai
Juneau's American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns split two games with Kenai, losing 7-6 on Monday and easily winning 9-1 on Tuesday to bring their record to 12-9 overall and 5-2 against Alaska's American Legion teams.

Sports In Juneau
Thursday, July 19

Juneau heads to title game in Juniors tourney
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Junior Division All-Stars broke up a no-hit bid in the sixth inning and went on to claim a 2-0 victory over Petersburg in a pitchers' duel Monday at Sitka's Moeller Field.

One Juneau squad undefeated in Majors tourney
The Juneau East Majors All-Stars knocked off Wrangell 10-0 Tuesday night to improve to 3-0 so far in round-robin pool play at the District II-Southeast Majors Division (age 11-12) Little League Tournament in Petersburg.

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

Bettles crash pilot had a passion for travel
FAIRBANKS - The doctor who piloted a floatplane that crashed about 50 miles south of Bettles on Sunday was known as a safe pilot who would take friends on short sightseeing trips to nearby lakes.

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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.

Man dies after being pinned by equipment
FAIRBANKS -- A Fairbanks man died Tuesday afternoon in an accident that occurred while he was working on a landscaping project.

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.

ANWR bill gets through committee; future uncertain
WASHINGTON - A bill that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling cleared its first congressional committee Tuesday, but the measure's future is far from certain.

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