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Tuesday, August 21, 2001

Piecing together a business for quilters
Sarena Mahle is handing out cards announcing the arrival of a healthy-sized 842-pound, 168-inch, bouncing long-arm sewing machine and the birth of her new business.

Business Profile: Paul Curry
Title and firm: Juneau resident Paul Curry owns and operates Southeast Extinguisher Services with his wife, Yvette.

Business Briefs
Car dealer to host torch relay; Local real estate agent to speak in Sitka; City rejects plan to adopt seasonal sales tax; Two processors agree to salmon settlement

On The Move
Three to join UAS: There are three new faces in the University of Alaska Southeast's career center in Juneau.

Lead or follow
It is with great disappointment I read your editorial favoring more highway infrastructure for Juneau. The old argument that Americans won't give up their cars is, I believe, shortsighted. It is exactly this thought that has created the terrible situations that face many cities such as Atlanta and Seattle. The congestion, road rage, parking and expenses are all contributing nationwide to a a desire for alternatives.

The message from Fairbanks
I have been attending chamber of commerce lunches regularly in three Alaska communities for 15 years. Some have been better than others, some have been much better than others.

Set-up or cover-up?
On Aug. 5, the Empire ran a front page story about city funds being used to pay legal fees for Andy Bronson, the wastewater utility superintendent who pleaded guilty to violating the federal Clean Water Act.

Tune in to Southeast
It has been interesting to see how the comments of a strongly pro-development former publisher from strongly conservative Ketchikan have shaped the debate over why Juneau is currently not highly thought of in Southeast Alaska.

The art of disagreement
Healthy disagreement and debate are hallmarks of democracy and we've seen some lively discussion about the future of Juneau lately on the opinion page of the Empire. However, Rob Skinner's My Turn crosses the line of civility in its vituperative and unsupported personal attacks on Assembly members Marc Wheeler and Frankie Pillifant.

Returning the favor
I would like to publicly thanks those folks, who, on the evening of Aug. 15, at about 5 p.m., on Vanderbilt Hill, stopped to offer assistance to what no doubt looked very much like a situation needing help.

Smoke travels
A recent letter to the Empire mentioned smokers' rights as a rationale not to pass the Smoking Ordinance now in front of the City Assembly.

No time to point fingers
The Legislative Move Initiative circulating up north is not about who resides in Juneau, their beliefs or business practices. Moving the capital (piecemeal or all at one time) is purely about economics and until the Legislature funds every needy school, road, ferry, piece of railroad track and other important state infrastructure concerns - Alaska simply doesn't have the money to indulge a bunch of politicians who are more concerned about where they work, than what they do for Alaskan residents.

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

Tours above the tree line
The combined city tour and alpine walk offered by Gastineau Guiding Co. shows off Juneau to good advantage from sea level, tram level and alpine level.

Local Briefs
Truck dislodges boat on Egan Drive; Bear cub enters Juneau house; Royal Caribbean execs to meet public; Alaska Natives to take to streets

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

Man injured and dog killed in vehicle fire
A man who was living in his car was injured and his dog killed during a vehicle fire early this morning in the parking lot of Fred Meyer.

Around Town
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Around Town
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Federal grant aims to help students meet state standards
The state Department of Education hopes a federal grant of nearly $800,000 will help secondary students meet standards in reading and help schools develop effective ways to teach it.

Survey may help preserve Wickersham
Plaster and lath are separating on the second floor of Juneau's Wickersham House, but a nearly completed survey may open new doors to funding for the historic, 101-year-old residence.

Local Briefs
Assembly approves outreach effort; Assembly panel considers lighting measure; Six rescued after boat flips near Juneau; Chugiak teacher killed in plane crash

Lighthouse transfer includes 1,505 acres
A proposal to convey federal land at the historic Point Retreat Lighthouse on Admiralty Island to a nonprofit group is drawing ire from some local residents, but the Alaska Lighthouse Association says it has no plans to develop or drastically change the property.

Bonds back before voters
Juneau voters will weigh in this October about whether to separate bond authorization for two high school construction projects.

An unusual urban tale of two bears and a dog door
Suzanne Maxson and her daughter Annie had a series of shocks Saturday afternoon when a black bear snacked in their dining area and at least one other wanted to join in.

Calmer cruise waters
The cruise ship business is smoother sailing in Juneau this summer. There are some ripples, but few waves.

Beason's fish hold up
The final minutes seemed like hours as Ryan Beason anxiously waited for the signal gun to go off, ending the 55th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby.

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Richard A. Capelle
Juneau resident Richard A. "Rick" Capelle died at home Aug. 4, 2001.

Mary Abella Egsgaard
Mass will be celebrated for Mary Abella Egsgaard at 1:30 p.m., Aug. 21, 2001, at St. Paul's Church. An interment at the Alaskan Memorial Park Mortuary & Crematory and a gathering at the Filipino Community will follow the Mass.

Frances Elizabeth DeRoux
Frances DeRoux, 81, died Aug. 14, 2001, in her home in Juneau.

My Turn: Producers should drop 'over-the-top' pipeline
As co-chairs of the Governor's Natural Gas Policy Council, we've spent the past six months talking with Alaskans about a proposed natural gas pipeline. Gov. Tony Knowles has declared "my way is the highway" and has detailed a host of benefits to Alaskans of building a natural gas pipeline along the Alaska Highway, from jobs for Alaskans and gas for communities to revenues for public services.

My Turn: Road, Tulsequah mine development notes
State Sen. Robin Taylor and State Rep. Peggy Wilson, Wrangell Republicans, are back from meetings with government officials in British Columbia with good news. The British Columbia Liberal Party is interested in the Bradfield Canal Road and is encouraging the Tulsequah mine development. "Liberal" in B.C. means the opposite of "liberal" in the United States.

My Turn:No fed bureaucracy needed for Alaska gas
BP, Exxon and Phillips have asked Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski to submit a bill to the U.S. Senate to federalize Alaska's natural gas and negate our state's rights to develop our own gas project. Sen. Murkowski said he will schedule hearings before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chaired by Sen. Bingaman, (D) N.M.

Some good news for families
Sometimes it seems like the only news about today's young people is bad news. Violence, drugs, delinquency and the general breakdown of the American family are familiar themes.

The wrong scoreboard
The administration and congressional Democrats are having a silly argument about the budget. It's not the underlying issue that's trivial but the method of keeping score.

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.

Crimson Bears place third at Bartlett Relays
The Juneau-Douglas High School cross country team opened its season with a third-place finish at the Bartlett Relays on Saturday.

Sports In Juneau
Friday, Aug. 24

Espera, Box team up to win duathlon
Rey Espera and Steve Box work well together on the water. Sunday, they showed they can also work well together on land as they teamed up to win the Capital City Fish-On Duathlon. Espera handled the running duties and Box was the cyclist as the pair completed the two-mile run and 15-mile bike course at False Outer Point in 56 minutes, 46 seconds, more than four minutes ahead of the next finisher.

Photo: National champions:
LARRY SMITH / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Alaska State Football Polls
Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on by high school coaches and compiled by the Anchorage Daily News.

Espera, Box team up to win duathlon
Rey Espera and Steve Box work well together on the water. Sunday, they showed they can also work well together on land as they teamed up to win the Capital City Fish-On Duathlon. Espera handled the running duties and Box was the cyclist as the pair completed the two-mile run and 15-mile bike course at False Outer Point in 56 minutes, 46 seconds, more than four minutes ahead of the next finisher.

Sports In Juneau
Friday, Aug. 24

Juneau third in first poll
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team picked up one first-place vote and 22 points to take third place in the initial Anchorage Daily News-State Coaches Football Poll released today.

Understaffed for oil spills?
The supervisor in the state office that oversees the cleanup of hazardous spills in northern Alaska says a reorganization of his agency six years ago has led to some spills not being cleaned up properly and others not investigated.

New TV show focuses on Alaska bachelors
Alaska men looking for love have a cupid in Hollywood toiling on their behalf.

New effort to rename mountain Denali
The Tanana Chiefs Conference has launched another effort to restore the original Athabascan name to the tallest peak in North America.

Alaskans, Canadians talk pipeline
A delegation of Alaska lawmakers is touring Western Canada to talk with Canadian government leaders about a proposed natural gas pipeline.

Very high and dry
The 60-foot sailboat Dreadnought sits high and dry after running aground on a shoal in Rocky Pass, about 27 miles southwest of Petersburg, on Saturday.

New Arctic science research center in the works
Plans are in the works to replace Barrow's aging Arctic Research Facility with a new state-of-the-art science center.

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