Wednesday, August 22, 2001

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

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

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

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.

Rhubarb
Although domesticated rhubarb is nicknamed "pie plant," Juneau cooks have found it cooks up well in all sorts of dishes.

Not feeling good
I used to applaud the Point Retreat Lighthouse Association for its initiative to rebuild the Point Retreat Lighthouse for its historic value.

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.

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.

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.

Candadian miners or Alaskan fishermen?
I am curious why Lew Williams (recent My Turn columns) and Sen. Robin Taylor support a Canadian mine on a major Taku River tributary and do not recognize that the real value of the Taku is its productive fisheries. Does the senator represent Canadian miners or Alaskan fishermen?

Passing the buck
Last night a bear stopped by my trailer long enough to open one of my trash containers and take something out.

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.

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.

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

Around Town
Today

Sears opens appliance store in Valley
Sears Home Appliance made its Mendenhall Mall debut Tuesday. Though the official grand opening is slated for early September, the authorized Sears dealer has opened for business.

Mayor revives road debate
Mayor Sally Smith confirmed Tuesday that she has asked Gov. Tony Knowles to support completion of an environmental impact statement on Juneau access, a necessary step before a road could be built to Skagway.

Protesters picket NOAA project site
About a dozen Juneau residents picketed a meeting at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Auke Bay lab on Tuesday afternoon, urging federal officials and congressional staffers not to build a $50 million fisheries research center at Lena Point.

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.

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.

Correction
A story in Tuesday's Empire about a vehicle fire incorrectly said the Gastineau Humane Society boards cats.

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

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

Around Town
Today

Marching to put food on the table
For a while on Tuesday the sun broke through the clouds, and tourists emerged from shops to watch Alaska Natives take to the streets in a rally for subsistence rights.

Minority subsistence report filed
Alaska can solve its subsistence dilemma without creating a privileged class and trampling on the civil rights of urban residents, said a group of delegates to Gov. Tony Knowles' panel studying the issue.

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

Gilmore, Adams marry
Victoria Gilmore of Durango, Col., and Marvin Adams of Juneau were married in a ceremony on June 1 at Great Falls, Mont.

Rieger, Graziano wed
Traci Lynn Rieger of Juneau married Gregory William Graziano of Warren, Penn., on July 28 in Eugene, Ore. The couple met in January 1999 while Rieger was the Promotion Director for Arizona State Athletics.

Thank You
...for help with National Kids' Day ...for Habitat help

Without maintenance, the garden disappears
The planted landscape is similar to wild places; if it is just let go. Trees will grow independently until they begin to enter each other's space, shrubs will spread into an understory, and groundcovers will get shaded out as the canopy closes over them.

Carlson, Nelson Marry
Betty Carlson and David Nelson, both of Douglas, were married on July 1 in a ceremony on an Allen Marine catamaran.

Pet Of The Week
Pearl is a large, black, declawed and spayed female who has been observed to be friendly, easygoing and quiet.

Feature Photo: Nishiokoppe kids
Students from Nishiokoppe Middle School in Japan visited Juneau recently. On Aug. 12 they met some pen pals from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School at the Mount Roberts Tramway.

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).

Neighbors Briefs
Patz is ROTC graduate; Football league meets; Locals graduate; Shot clinic offered; Small-pool closure

Donald Frank James Sr.
Juneau resident Donald Frank James Sr. died Aug. 20, 2001, in Mount Edgecumbe.

David G. 'Turkey Dave' Bruce
Former Juneau resident David G. "Turkey Dave" Bruce died Aug. 19, 2001, at his home in Hulah Lake, Okla.

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.

My Turn: A pivotal opportunity for positive change
As a community, Juneau truly has much to offer; an incredibly scenic location with unparalleled recreational opportunities, community spirit, low crime, excellent electronic infrastructure and sustainable hydro-power with the second lowest rates in the state.

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.

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: Drilling in ANWR: Do the numbers add up?
I want to carve the fluff off the debate over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I want to skin the issue down to its bones. Let's start by tossing aside the conflicting scientific reports about the effects of drilling on caribou and polar bears.

DOT's credibility takes a hit in IFA dispute
The Inter-island Ferry Authority was established in 1997 by communities of Coffman Cove, Craig, Klawock, Petersburg, Thorne Bay and Wrangell. Born out of dissatisfaction with the poor service provided by the Alaska Marine Highway System in the Southern Panhandle, the IFA has produced a plan to meet transportation needs at reasonable costs.

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.

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.

Sports In Juneau
Friday, Aug. 24

Sports in Juneau
Friday, Aug. 24

Letter: XtraTufs made fine showing
The Juneau Soccer Club XtraTufs traveled to Anchorage to play in the Alaska State Cup soccer tournament that took place August 8-12. They are a group of 18 11-year-old girls who will be sixth graders this coming school year.

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.

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.

Journal duped on suicide account
The distinguished Journal of the American Medical Association says it got duped into publishing a medical student's phony account of an elderly Alaska villager walking onto the frozen Arctic Ocean to commit suicide.

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.

State Briefs
FAA airport safety meeting on Thursday

Court nixes more beluga protection
Cook Inlet beluga whales will not join the endangered species list.

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