Wednesday, August 15, 2001

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

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

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

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.

Violating the wall
At most newspapers, it's the editor or the editorial page editor that writes the editorials and edits the paper, and the publisher who runs the business side of the newspaper's operations, selling advertising and paying the bills.

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.

Mine helps Canada at expense of Alaska
In his recent My Turn, Mr. Lew Williams asserts that we should support blasting roads through productive Alaska watersheds, including a road up the Taku River, to serve Canadian mining companies.

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.

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.

Editorials are divisive
In regard to publisher Don Smith's string of editorials lambasting light rail, transportation demand management and other creative ways of dealing with Juneau traffic problems, I suggest Don spend some time in Seattle.

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.

AROUND TOWN
Happenings in Juneau

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.

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.

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.

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

City bear committee is back
In response to continuing bear problems in Juneau neighborhoods, the city's Ad Hoc Urban Bear Committee officially will return next week. Mayor Sally Smith plans to put the panel back to work at Monday's Assembly meeting.

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.

Around Town

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.

Accused child molester pleads out to lesser charges
Sexual abuse charges have been dropped as part of the state's plea agreement with twice-convicted sex offender George Miyasato.

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.

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

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.

Ships in port Wednesday
Ships, passengers and crew

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.

15 hours of hiking and no trail in sight
Since his arrival in Juneau in April, Jack Cameron had gone hiking many times. Saturday's hike with two co-workers from a downtown jewelry store seemed like more of the same for this self-described "avid hiker."

Knowles' summit goals
Three points from the governor

Reiger, Ridgeway file for local office
Lemon Creek resident Tony Reiger and School Board member Stan Ridgeway today filed to run for local office.

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

Heat wave may make weather record toast
The Mendenhall Glacier looked fit for a postcard Tuesday, but tourist Rita Peters was training her camera on something else. The visitor from Florida was snapping photos of a dozen people swimming in Mendenhall Lake, as evidence for folks back home.

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

The sweet aromas of summer are here
This is the season of sweet aromas; wafting about gardens, leaking out of rose-covered fences, sliding across waiting traffic and turning hea

Weddings
Deborah Rakos and Eric Eriksen, both of Juneau, were married in a ceremony on July 7 at Chapel by the Lake. A reception followed at the Baranof Hotel.

Thank you
...for helping Girl Scouts

Pet Of The Week
Otis is a year-old neutered male lab mix who is friendly, energetic and obedient. He loves to play, swim and be outdoors.

City strollers
These black-tailed deer made an appearance last week along Egan Drive near Fred Meyer. Police herded them along a fence until they jumped over it and crossed Old Glacier Highway.

How they do it Outside
Chris Smith straightens the line on his pole as he fishes for white bass and wipers beneath a blistering sun last week at Cedar Bluff Reservoir, an approximately 10-mile-long lake about 40 miles southwest of Hays, Kan.

Neighbors Briefs
Salmon bake to benefit young people; Senior housing; Reading kids win

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

Learning to receive
The November day my partner fell from a roof to his death. It started to snow; just like any November day, just like the bottom hadn't fallen out of the world when he freefell off that roof, crashed to earth and continued through to the other side.

Elsie Glen Osborne
Longtime Juneau resident Elsie Glen Osborne, 78, died peacefully and with her family by her side, on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, at her home.

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

Pro-business attitude needed to keep capital
On Thursday, Aug. 9, Dan and Carol Johnson, owners of the Competitive Edge, and Lorene Kappler, co-owner of Kappler Computer Services, met with the Chamber of Commerce Board to share our concerns about the economic future of Juneau.

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.

Sports In Juneau

Treadwell Twosome Traverse Run
Results of the Treadwell Twosome Traverse, held Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running team's Sandy Beach trail.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Sports happenings

Slide washes down Ranier
A surge of water, possibly from a melting glacier, washed rocks and trees down the side of Mount Rainier and onto roads and raised the level of the Nisqually River.

State Briefs
Committee evaluates shooting distance; Panel to discuss hospital heliport; Orchestra director files suit

D.A. calls for jail time for man involved in hate crime
The Anchorage District Attorney's office has recommended a man who videotaped his brother and another boy shooting paint balls at Alaska Natives should receive some jail time and perform 1,500 hours of community service.

Anchorage leaders want changes to smoking study
Two Anchorage Assembly members want to make changes to a proposed study on the economic impact of a smoking ban that took effect Dec. 31.

Subsistence summit begins
Gov. Tony Knowles' summit on subsistence began this morning with the task of finding a long-term solution to Alaska's lengthy fight over subsistence hunting and fishing rights.v

Hearings examine issues surrounding gas pipeline
A task force is meeting in Fairbanks to consider issues surrounding the building of a proposed natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

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