Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Attacks hamper halibut market
ANCHORAGE The East Coast terrorist attacks have sent cross-continent ripples through the Alaska seafood industry, hurting the halibut fishery in particular.

On the Move
Juneau lawyer becomes Russian arbitrator: Juneau attorney William G. Ruddy, a senior partner in the Juneau firm Ruddy, Bradley, Kolkhorst & Reges, has been appointed arbitrator for the Far East Arbitration Tribunal for Foreign Trade and Other Economic Disputes and the Marine Arbitration Commission.

Downtown shops feel ripples from East Coast attacks
Irina Siegrist of downtown's Grandfather Frost gift shop said her customers changed after the terrorist attacks on the East Coast two weeks ago today.

Center to hold financing seminar for small businesses this week
JUNEAU The Juneau Small Business Development Center will hold a seminar discussing sources of financing for smaller businesses.

Business Profile: Jill Ramiel
Title and firm: Jill Ramiel, president and co-owner of the Silverbow Inn, Silverbow Bakery, Silverbow Catering and The Back Room Restaurant and Cinema, all in the Messerschmidt Building downtown.

Paid her dues
I am writing in support of Dixie Hood for the district 2 Juneau Assembly seat. The district 2 race this year poses a problem because all thre

All are areawide
According to the city clerk, all candidates are elected on an areawide basis, and serve all members of the community. Even though you filed for a specific seat, all voters vote the same ballot.

Area worth preserving
I would like to express my concern about the proposed North Douglas golf course. I wish that anyone who has the opportunity would go see the area where the course is proposed to be built. I have spent much of my 28 years in Southeast Alaska in the woods, and have gotten an opportunity to see a wide variety of areas across Southeast Alaska. I think the Peterson Creek watershed in which the course is proposed (not to be confused with Peterson Creek at 25 mile Glacier Highway) is one of the most spectacular. The watershed is a mix of different habitats, from well-drained forests of large spruce to wetlands with lush green vegetation. I have seen quite a bit of wildlife in the watershed, including bears, deer, river otters, kingfishers and eagles. On two occasions recently, I saw goshawks right where they are planning on putting the course.

End it now
I am 46 years old and a full-time civilian technician for the Alaska Army National Guard as a helicopter mechanic. As a requirement of my full-time job, I revert to a sergeant in the Guard for weekend drills an

A better way
If any good is to come out of the terrible tragedies of Sept. 11, we must treat each other with compassion. Now is not the time to argue and fight amongst ourselves, even when we strongly disagree with each other. One of the greatest things about being American is that we can disagree with each other.

Not justly aggrieved
Those who conceived and carried out the attacks of Sept. 11 leaned over our backyard fences in the weeks before to chat with us about the weather. They smiled at the clerk bagging their groceries. And, they researched the flight characteristics of a 757. Theirs was a mission of such conviction, of such fervor and righteousness that they saw their American neighbors, saw the grocery clerk, and saw our sons and daughters, not as "collateral damage" in a battle waged against an army, but as primary targets in a holy war that knows no morality. It is not the work of honest and justly aggrieved souls to cunningly exploit their neighbor's open gate so to enter with a smile and kill his wife and children. This is not the sign of a "grievance unanswered." It is the act of barbarians.

Valuable addition
I have had the pleasure of knowing Clancy DeSmet his entire life. As a teacher in the Juneau Schools for 25 years, I feel an added sense of pride in knowing that our school system has contributed in the formation of the character and integrity of this fine young man.

Government friendly
Some in the busine

How power corrupts
Let's assume that a recent Empire letter writer is correct that Juneau needs to be more "government friendly" in the face of any in the business community who say it needs to be more "business friendly" to stave off an upcoming attempt to move the capital.

Heartening articles
I would like to thank the Empire for publishing Genevieve Gagne-Hawes's columns from New York City. In a paper filled with cold data, disturbing pictures, calls to war, and bickering opinions, it's

Bear infestation
I am writing in regards to bears. Last night my brother couldn't get out of his house at Switzer Village until this bear finished eating the garbage. He said that he tried scaring it away by yelling and that it was starting to attack.

Candidate forums Wednesday
JUNEAU Candidates in the Oct. 2 city election will appear before two groups Wednesday.

AROUND TOWN
Events in Juneau

Sea-Tac Airport 18th in traffic, sixth in security violations
SEATAC, Wash. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is 18th in passenger traffic but sixth in the nation in number of security problems, according to Federal Aviation Administration data.

Ill wind tips semi
Crews try to right a grocery tractor-trailer tipped over by a gust of wind Monday afternoon on Vanderbilt Hill Road. The Alaska Marine Lines truck, driven by a 45-year-old man from Reliable Transfer, was pulling groceries for Fred Meyer, according to Capital City Fire and Rescue. No one was injured.

City selects route for fisheries center road
The city has picked the route for a road it would like to see built to a proposed fisheries research center at Lena Point and it is not a route favored by many residents.

POLICE AND FIRE
Police and fire activity

Candidates take stands on second crossing, light rail
While all of the candidates running for the Juneau Assembly support either studying or building a second crossing connecting Juneau and Douglas Island, they hold different opinions about light rail.

Man arrested after bomb joke
A traveler was arrested in his hotel room today after making what police called a terrorist threat at the Juneau Airport on Sunday.

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

Correction
Original filings with the Alaska Public Offices Commission showed total campaign debts of $15,586 in 30-day, seven-day and 10-day reports. Amended reports filed by the Powell campaign in December 1998 showed total debts of $37,779 in those reports.

Otter pup due for move to the big city
The orphaned baby sea otter found near Hoonah two months ago soon will be on his way from Seward to Vancouver, British Columbia.

Top picks for heliports: Dupont, Montana Creek
An alternate heliport study prepared for the city recommends local helicopter companies move flightseeing operations to Montana Creek in the Mendenhall Valley and Dupont, south of Thane.

Heliport plan stirs discussion
Juneau residents are beginning to evaluate what new heliports could mean to flight noise in the community but say more work is needed before changes are made.

Panel clears Mulder in cruise ship case
State Rep. Eldon Mulder used "poor judgment" in pushing a bill relating to the cruise ship industry at a time when his wife was employed by its lobbyist, but he did not violate ethics rules, a state panel concluded.

Deadbeat dad gets 10-day jail sentence
A Juneau business owner who refused to pay child support the past nine years will spend 10 days in jail for the crime.

New Outer Pt. trail geared to tour groups
People who would rather scan the view than watch their footing will find it easier to walk the latest trail built in the Outer Point area of North Douglas.

AK Airlines tries to fill its seats
Regional carrier Alaska Airlines reports its operations are running smoothly under stricter security guidelines imposed in the wake of the terrorist attacks two weeks ago.

AROUND TOWN
Juneau community calendar

Obituary: William 'Bill' Tompkins
William "Bill" Tompkins died Sept. 21, 2001, in Juneau, after a bout with cancer.

Obituary: William Frederick Jackson Jr.
William Frederick Jackson Jr., 49, died Sept. 18 in Haines.

Obituary: William Fredrick Jackson Jr.
William Fredrick Jackson Jr., 49, died Sept. 18 in Haines. Memorial services will be held in Haines on Tuesday, Sept. 25. A full obituary will run at a later date.

Outside editorial: American people will decide country's economic fate
Wall Street's strong rally Monday salved some of the sting of last week's dreadful stock-market performance its worst in 60 years and reminded us that we are key players in the country's economic recovery.

My Turn: The reluctant sheriff unlocks the rifle cabinet
Herein contains how I have processed the events of Sept. 11 and come to terms with individuals who believe that America is justly reaping what it has sowed. Yes, America defends our own national interests. Yes, American foreign policy is often hypocritical and naive. Yes, America's leaders have blundered and committed misdeeds.

My Turn: Juneau already said 'no more'
To the Forest Service EIS question "should there be more helicopter flightseeing in Juneau," the Forest Service need look no further than the 1998 McDowell Group "Community Opinion Survey" prepared for CBJ's Tourism Advisory Committee.

My Turn: Why preach to the converted on their turf?
On Tuesday, Sept. 18, I and others attended or listened in on KTOO to a community forum reflecting on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on New York and Washington D.C. The forum's panel was impressive with a half-dozen community leaders including Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, Mayor Sally Smith, Sen. Kim Elton and Rep. Beth Kerttula.

My Turn: Important questions about our new war
I am as upset about the hijackings and destruction as anyone. I am glad that we are using all of our powers to bring the perpetrators to justice. I hope it happens soon and that justice prevails. I am al

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth for Tuesday

Guest editorial: Air safety worth the price
The following editorial appeared in the The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Sept. 23:

My Turn: Not perfect but still the most free nation
As a pilot, I blame the FAA for their unwillingness to respond to problems before they become a crisis. Since the 1970s, the FAA has known that cockpit doors were incapable of stopping a determined attacker. Thirty years later the same doors are still being approved for use. Anyone heard of titanium or Kevlar?

My Turn: Growing citizens for tomorrow
Congratulations to the Juneau Empire and writer Ann Chandonnet for spotlighting the power of youth in civic life. A recent Empire article reported the success of Hoonah teenagers who petitioned the government and received permission to gather sea gull eggs on Middle Pass Rock, a traditional Tlingit practice.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Sports around town

Petersburg Invitational Swim Meet Statistics
Results from the Petersburg Invitational high school swimming and diving meets held Friday and Saturday at the Petersburg Swim Pool. Results listed are for the top six finishers in each event, plus any other Juneau swimmers.

Crimson Bears still No. 1 in state poll
Despite playing and winning some close games in recent weeks, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team retained the top spot in the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Football Coaches Polls released earlier today.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Sports in Juneau

Reward offered in hate crime
ANCHORAGE Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch pledged the city would raise $10,000 in reward money for information leading to those who tore apart Mike Maad's printing business on Saturday and spray-painting "We hate Arabs" across one wall. The money also will be used to assist in creating a fund to help pay Maad's uninsured losses, including some payroll costs.

Dealing with urban needs may be key to subsistence plan
ANCHORAGE Meeting the needs of urban subsistence hunters and fishermen is emerging as a key element in the search for a solution to the state's subsistence dilemma.

Alaska Airlines to receive $100 million in aid
ANCHORAGE Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon, are in line to get about $100 million under a federal aid package for airlines.

Anchorage vandals attack Arab shop
ANCHORAGE Vandals smashed several hundred thousand dollars in computers, presses and other equipment at a printing company owned by a prominent Arab-American businessman and scrawled anti-Arab graffiti on a wall, Anchorage Police Chief Walt Monegan said.

Beluga whale takes detour up Yukon
FAIRBANKS A wayward beluga whale swam more than 400 miles up the Yukon River from Norton Sound, made a sharp turn north at the Koyukuk River and was last spotted about 145 miles upstream heading for Allakaket.

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