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Tuesday, August 14, 2001

From Navy ship to tour boat
For one Southeast tour boat fleet, it took Bill Clinton's signature to get its boats on the water and open for business.

Business Briefly
Business news digest

Empire hires new circulation director
Abandoning the sun and warmth of North Carolina wasn't a problem for the Juneau Empire's new circulation director, Tom Gilligan, because he was coming home.

Business Profile
Title and firm: Juneau resident Lynne Wunsch owns and operates Awesome Options Wig Salon with business partner Sue Ogden.

ON THE MOVE
What's going on in Juneau's business community

Article inaccurate
Thursday's Empire article on the latest capital move attempt gives a troubling and inaccurate account of the issues facing Southeast Alaska communities and Juneau's role in the region's economic well being.

Article inaccurate
Thursday's Empire article on the latest capital move attempt gives a troubling and inaccurate account of the issues facing Southeast Alaska communities and Juneau's role in the region's economic well being.

Let's get serious
As the beginning of the school year nears, I wish to focus my energies on preparing my learning environment for the arrival of students. This focus has been splintered by the fact that teachers do not have a contract.

Consider light rail
I'd like to thank the Empire's publisher, Don Smith, for adding more information to the discussion on the light rail for Juneau. Mr. Smith apparently knows more about light rail than I do as "a misinformed writer." When I attended a light rail meeting a year ago at Centennial Hall, a light rail authority from Portland said that the Aspen light rail project was still alive.

Williams a gentleman
I thank Paulette Simpson for her comments on my "My Turn" criticizing Mr. Lew Williams of Ketchikan for his stance on developing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She said I was doing a great disservice to Juneau by personally attacking Mr. Williams. I thought about it, so on Aug. 9 I phoned Mr. Williams. He was very kind. He said he'd been in this business since 1946 and had a thick skin: "Don't worry about it," he told me.

We're not Aspen
Like Empire Publisher Don Smith, I spent another part of my life managing a Colorado newspaper (same town, in fact; different decade) and I commuted to Aspen constantly on "Killer 82." To compare Juneau with that playground of billionaires is just silly.

Munoz opts against running for 3rd term
Juneau Assembly member Cathy Munoz said today she won't seek re-election this fall so that she can focus on preventing a capital move. She said she also wants to give other people a chance to serve.

Local Briefs
Clear skies reveal meteor shower; Diver's body recovered near Ketchikan; Man indicted on two murder charges

Around Town

Haines voters to decide on helicopter tour limits
The question of whether to regulate commercial helicopter tours in the Haines Borough will be on the ballot this fall.

Taku flood does scant damage
A warning for minor flooding issued for the Taku River south of Juneau on Thursday did not result in catastrophe for recreational users.

Inmate makes plaques for elders
Lemon Creek Correctional Center inmate William Branlund is trying to put a history of substance abuse behind him and take a new path.

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

Record high
Jake Haas takes advantage of this week's warm weather to launch from a rope swing into the water Monday afternoon at Sunshine Cove. Monday's high of 79 degrees set a new record, according to the National Weather Service. Today's high temperature is expected to be 75 to 80.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported

Buoy tenders gather in town
JUNEAU Six buoy tenders from the United States and Canadian Coast Guards are training in Juneau this week.

AROUND TOWN
Happenings in Juneau

Pilot died of blunt force injuries
JUNEAU Pilot Chad Beer died of "multiple blunt force injuries" when his plane crashed, the acting medical examiner said Monday. Beer was an LAB Flying Service pilot who piloted the plane that went down on Davidson Glacier on July 30, killing five passengers and himself.

Man arrested on robbery charges
Police have arrested a man suspected of robbing two teen-agers early Sunday morning on a path near Stephen Richards Memorial Drive.

New plane technology aims to cut air deaths
Seven years ago commercial pilot Jimmy Wright was flying near Angoon when he apparently lost control of his plane in a snow squall and crashed on a beach.

Help sought for girl's medical bills
Fund-raising efforts are under way to help the family of Ashley Herrin, the 17-year-old girl injured in a rollover accident on Aug. 3 near Mile 21 Glacier Highway.

Ships in port Wednesday
Ships, passengers and crew

Taplin faces civil suit
The family of Harry Carlson, a federal biologist who died from injuries suffered during a hit-and-run accident, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the driver, Joel Taplin.

Hope for Knowles' summit?
Gov. Tony Knowles probably could use a little help from David Copperfield.

Washington group lends a hand to Glory Hole
When the youth group from the First Church of the Nazarene in Spokane, Wash., flew out of Juneau early this morning, its members left behind medical supplies, toiletries, vanloads of food and a small storage building.

Knowles' summit goals
Three points from the governor

Search teams find lost hiker
A signal fire helped lead searchers to a local hiker who ran out of trail Sunday in the mountains behind downtown Juneau.

Two file bids for city seats
Two candidates officially entered the race for Juneau Assembly on Monday, the first day to submit nominating petitions to the city.

Obituary: Genevieve Ruth Rusher
Former Juneau resident Genevieve Ruth Rusher, 82, died Aug. 3 at the Sitka Pioneers' Home.

Want to pay for a bridge? See Don
If Ketchikan wants a bridge to its airport, the community has only to decide where. Congressman Don Young, R-Alaska, says he will get the money for it.

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.

Aspen - the Juneau light rail connection is on the wrong track
The consideration of light rail as a mass transit option for Juneau remains in the Area Wide Transportation Plan. The plan calls for future study of mass transit options including light rail, along with examination of other options such as expanded bus service, etc.

Census data reveals transportation trends
As Juneau weighs its priorities and thinks about implementation of the Area Wide Transportation Plan, our decision makers should carefully consider future trends. These trends are clearly defined by data contained in the just-released Census Supplemental Survey.

Smith wins Tour of Juneau
Gary Smith of Sitka wasn't too worried when Dan Harrington of Haines made a move about 16 miles into Sunday's final stage of the Tour of Juneau, then Tony Jacobsen of Juneau joined Harrington on the breakaway.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Sports happenings

Sports In Juneau
Friday, Aug. 17

Juneau Jaguars claim title in state cup soccer
The Juneau Jaguars, a U13 boys team, became just the second Juneau Soccer Club team to win a title in the Alaska State Cup soccer tournament, beating Northern Lights Soccer Club of Anchorage 3-1 in Sunday's championship games in Anchorage.

Duhon, Bell lead U.S. to gold
Duke's Chris Duhon and Troy Bell of Boston College combined for 11 3-pointers Sunday to lead the United States to an 89-80 victory over Croatia in the championship game of the World Basketball Championship for Young Men.

State Briefs
Former college head wins promise; Neighborhood loses beetle-killed trees; Three injured in Steese Highway rollover

Archaeologist unearths rare Native artifact
The Museum of the Aleutians summer archaeological dig took an exciting turn last week when a visiting archaeologist unearthed what is believed to be the first effigy of its kind ever found in the Aleutians.

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