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Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Business Profile

Will the label carry clout?
Alaska has invested heavily to ensure the sustenance of its fishery. Now, it could be poised for a big return.

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Will the label carry clout?
Alaska has invested heavily to ensure the sustenance of its fishery. Now, it could be poised for a big return.

Business Profile

Romanian gymnastics team gives up two all-around medals
SYDNEY, Australia - Romania has returned its remaining two medals in the Olympic women's all-around gymnastics competition to protest Andreea Raducan's loss of her gold medal for taking cold medication containing a banned substance, Romanian national television reported today.

German museums return more than 80 artworks to Jewish heirs
BERLIN - Two German museums returned more than 80 artworks today to a Jewish art-lover's heirs decades after they first sought compensation for a collection seized by the Nazis.

Romanian gymnastics team gives up two all-around medals
SYDNEY, Australia - Romania has returned its remaining two medals in the Olympic women's all-around gymnastics competition to protest Andreea Raducan's loss of her gold medal for taking cold medication containing a banned substance, Romanian national television reported today.

German museums return more than 80 artworks to Jewish heirs
BERLIN - Two German museums returned more than 80 artworks today to a Jewish art-lover's heirs decades after they first sought compensation for a collection seized by the Nazis.

Obituary
Former Juneau resident Merrill Hughes, 65, of Anchorage died of natural causes Sept. 14, 2000, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after being medivaced to Fairbanks from a moose hunting camp.

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Obituary
Juneau resident Julia B. Gingras died Sept. 20, 2000.

AROUND TOWN

AROUND TOWN

Obituary
Former Juneau resident Merrill Hughes, 65, of Anchorage died of natural causes Sept. 14, 2000, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after being medivaced to Fairbanks from a moose hunting camp.

AROUND TOWN

Obituary
Juneau resident Julia B. Gingras died Sept. 20, 2000.

Sales tax to cover schools to sewers
Proposition 1 asks voters to renew for five years the temporary 3 percent sales tax that runs out June 30, 2002.

Rolled truck injures 9-year-old pedestrian
A 9-year-old boy is in critical condition and undergoing an operation for a head injury at a Seattle hospital today after being struck by a pickup Sunday night.

State to take ferry plan back to cities
The Alaska Department of Transportation wants one last round of public feedback to firm up the newly amended Southeast Transportation Plan, a package that includes eight new shuttle ferries and a substantial change in travel options for the public over the next five years.

Tee Harbor split over new resort
Carol Bodenhamer said a commercial resort facility planned for North Tee Harbor will ruin life as she's known it there for 19 years.

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Sales tax to cover schools to sewers
Proposition 1 asks voters to renew for five years the temporary 3 percent sales tax that runs out June 30, 2002.

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

Child hurt in crash remains in coma
A 9-year-old Juneau boy injured in a vehicle rollover Sunday is in serious condition at a Seattle hospital today.

Search for tourist cost $63K
The miffed cruise ship passenger who decided to fly home to Michigan because she felt like a fashion victim cost the government a pretty penny in search costs.

Prop 5 calls for cut in flightseeing
Ballot Proposition 5, if passed, would have the city ask the U.S. Forest Service to reduce over a three-year period the number of Juneau Icefield landing permits it issues to the level of 1994.

Correction
Due to reporting error, the Empire identified Judith Clarke as a police officer in a Sunday article about a cat rescue. Clarke is actually an animal control officer.

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

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

JDHS students quiz candidates
The high school graduation exam, the Pledge of Allegiance and a crowded high school were among the concerns Juneau-Douglas High School students voiced to Juneau School Board candidates at a forum Monday.

Rolled truck injures 9-year-old pedestrian
A 9-year-old boy is in critical condition and undergoing an operation for a head injury at a Seattle hospital today after being struck by a pickup Sunday night.

Prop 5 calls for cut in flightseeing
Ballot Proposition 5, if passed, would have the city ask the U.S. Forest Service to reduce over a three-year period the number of Juneau Icefield landing permits it issues to the level of 1994.

New school theater may not answer city's needs
The proposed high school at Dimond Park will include an auditorium, but it's not certain how much a new venue will help community groups solve their booking problems.

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

Child hurt in crash remains in coma
A 9-year-old Juneau boy injured in a vehicle rollover Sunday is in serious condition at a Seattle hospital today.

Tee Harbor split over new resort
Carol Bodenhamer said a commercial resort facility planned for North Tee Harbor will ruin life as she's known it there for 19 years.

Correction
Due to reporting error, the Empire identified Judith Clarke as a police officer in a Sunday article about a cat rescue. Clarke is actually an animal control officer.

Briefly

State to take ferry plan back to cities
The Alaska Department of Transportation wants one last round of public feedback to firm up the newly amended Southeast Transportation Plan, a package that includes eight new shuttle ferries and a substantial change in travel options for the public over the next five years.

New school theater may not answer city's needs
The proposed high school at Dimond Park will include an auditorium, but it's not certain how much a new venue will help community groups solve their booking problems.

JDHS students quiz candidates
The high school graduation exam, the Pledge of Allegiance and a crowded high school were among the concerns Juneau-Douglas High School students voiced to Juneau School Board candidates at a forum Monday.

Search for tourist cost $63K
The miffed cruise ship passenger who decided to fly home to Michigan because she felt like a fashion victim cost the government a pretty penny in search costs.

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Letters
I am writing in support of Maridon Boario as write-in candidate for city assembly. Although it may be a disadvantage that Maridon is not on the ballot, I think that it is admirable that she wants to give voters a choice. I think it is often unfortunate when a candidate runs unopposed, or tries to buy their way into office. Voters need choice.

Letters
I hate to correct Rosalee Walker, one of the best sixth-grade teachers in the history of Capital School, but Hannibal and the elephants crossed the Alps in 218 B.C., not 247 B.C. It's probably true, however, that modern road-construction techniques are better than Carthaginian ones.

Letters
I write in support of Proposition 2, which if approved will renew the temporary 1 percent sales tax and raise an estimated $29 million over the five-year life of the tax. The money raised will provide matching funds for school improvements, the Bartlett Regional Hospital expansion project and the Treadwell Arena.

Faking art doesn't pay
The following editorial appeared in today's Anchorage Daily News: A story out of Juneau confirms what many observers have suspected. The souvenirs in local shops that say "Made in Alaska" may have been made in Indonesia or China. Or if they were made in Alaska, they weren't made by Native artists, as buyers are lead to believe.

Letters
So a road's gonna cost $230 million. Or maybe it's $300 million. Or even $500 million! Since we're going to indulge ourselves in fantasy at the polls soon, pretending that someone is actually going to give us hundreds of millions of dollars, is a road the best fantasy we can come up with? Let's try to dream up some better ideas for our 300,000,000 fantasy dollars:

Letters
As a curator and anthropologist studying Alaska Native art, I'm writing in response to Riley Woodford's excellent article (appearing in the Fairbanks News-Miner Sept. 18) about the problem of gift shops passing off cheap replications of Alaska Native art as the real thing.

Letters
In 1954, in Seattle, at the old "Merchandise Building" at Second and Virginia (in the basement), Bob Arwine had a small ceramics factory, willed to him by his mother. He was a manufacturer's representative for Swank and other men's accessories. He served all of Alaska with his "route" and combined this with the ceramic merchandise we made for Alaska, when I worked there as a silk-screener.

Letters
In 1954, in Seattle, at the old "Merchandise Building" at Second and Virginia (in the basement), Bob Arwine had a small ceramics factory, willed to him by his mother. He was a manufacturer's representative for Swank and other men's accessories. He served all of Alaska with his "route" and combined this with the ceramic merchandise we made for Alaska, when I worked there as a silk-screener.

Letters
At a time when so many people seem torn about "access" to Juneau, I am writing to voice my concern about "access" to local government.

Letters
Why are Juneau people all over the map on what is the right or acceptable amount and quality of everything? I think many people here don't appreciate the diversity in Juneau's population. Other communities may claim more ethnic, religious and political groups, but Juneau has a very broad spectrum of "what is right."

A surprise in the name of good sportsmanship
There is not much that takes us by surprise anymore. We used to be awed by space flight; computers; the discovery of the Titanic; and the endurance of the house of cards known as the Soviet Union.

Letters
The cost of medical care will rise in Juneau if Bartlett Regional Hospital includes their proposed new medical service, the Emergency Room (ER) "fast-track" in their Project 2005. BRH is proposing this expansion, despite a declining ER census and stalled population growth.

Letters
Juneau voters should be asking all candidates for public office questions about their beliefs and philosophies. Additionally, candidates should be evaluated by an examination of their track record.

Letters
On election day, in the privacy of the polling booth, voters will express their preference for "enhanced ferry service" or a road as the best long-term improvement for access to Juneau.

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 and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Letters
Probably to no surprise Juneau's mayor will probably win with less than 50 percent of the vote. It is time to put our present system on antique road show. A small town like Hoonah and cities like Anchorage and Fairbanks have runoff elections and it is time Juneau joins the 21st century.

Faking art doesn't pay
The following editorial appeared in today's Anchorage Daily News: A story out of Juneau confirms what many observers have suspected. The souvenirs in local shops that say "Made in Alaska" may have been made in Indonesia or China. Or if they were made in Alaska, they weren't made by Native artists, as buyers are lead to believe.

Letters
As a curator and anthropologist studying Alaska Native art, I'm writing in response to Riley Woodford's excellent article (appearing in the Fairbanks News-Miner Sept. 18) about the problem of gift shops passing off cheap replications of Alaska Native art as the real thing.

Letters
So a road's gonna cost $230 million. Or maybe it's $300 million. Or even $500 million! Since we're going to indulge ourselves in fantasy at the polls soon, pretending that someone is actually going to give us hundreds of millions of dollars, is a road the best fantasy we can come up with? Let's try to dream up some better ideas for our 300,000,000 fantasy dollars:

Letters
I write in support of Proposition 2, which if approved will renew the temporary 1 percent sales tax and raise an estimated $29 million over the five-year life of the tax. The money raised will provide matching funds for school improvements, the Bartlett Regional Hospital expansion project and the Treadwell Arena.

Letters
Juneau voters should be asking all candidates for public office questions about their beliefs and philosophies. Additionally, candidates should be evaluated by an examination of their track record.

Letters
The "build a road to Skagway" folks just won't give up, will they? If enough Juneau folks vote for it, we'll have to get it. Nevermind that Haines and Skagway have resoundingly voted NO. Nevermind that Gov. Knowles has voted for more ferries instead of a road. Never mind that the ferry system is ready to build more ships.

Letters
I am writing in support of Maridon Boario as write-in candidate for city assembly. Although it may be a disadvantage that Maridon is not on the ballot, I think that it is admirable that she wants to give voters a choice. I think it is often unfortunate when a candidate runs unopposed, or tries to buy their way into office. Voters need choice.

Letters
I find it completely mind-boggling that as Gov. Knowles advocates "jobs for Alaskans," Department of Labor employee Kim Metcalfe-Helmar has now openly and publicly questioned whether or not we really need any more jobs in Juneau.

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 and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Letters
Probably to no surprise Juneau's mayor will probably win with less than 50 percent of the vote. It is time to put our present system on antique road show. A small town like Hoonah and cities like Anchorage and Fairbanks have runoff elections and it is time Juneau joins the 21st century.

Letters
At a time when so many people seem torn about "access" to Juneau, I am writing to voice my concern about "access" to local government.

Letters
On election day, in the privacy of the polling booth, voters will express their preference for "enhanced ferry service" or a road as the best long-term improvement for access to Juneau.

Letters
I hate to correct Rosalee Walker, one of the best sixth-grade teachers in the history of Capital School, but Hannibal and the elephants crossed the Alps in 218 B.C., not 247 B.C. It's probably true, however, that modern road-construction techniques are better than Carthaginian ones.

Letters
The cost of medical care will rise in Juneau if Bartlett Regional Hospital includes their proposed new medical service, the Emergency Room (ER) "fast-track" in their Project 2005. BRH is proposing this expansion, despite a declining ER census and stalled population growth.

A surprise in the name of good sportsmanship
There is not much that takes us by surprise anymore. We used to be awed by space flight; computers; the discovery of the Titanic; and the endurance of the house of cards known as the Soviet Union.

Letters
Why are Juneau people all over the map on what is the right or acceptable amount and quality of everything? I think many people here don't appreciate the diversity in Juneau's population. Other communities may claim more ethnic, religious and political groups, but Juneau has a very broad spectrum of "what is right."

My turn
Our family, friends and employees have watched the flightseeing initiative develop over the past several months. It was sold to Juneau voters primarily as something that would stop the unregulated growth of the helicopter industry. We believe that those who sponsored this initiative and some who signed the petition may not be aware of the devastating effect this initiative would have on our family business.

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 and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

My turn
The polarization between those forces wanting less pollution and better tourism management and those making their money off tourism can only be resolved by the people through the initiative process. The lack of commitment by certain assembly candidates further illustrates the need for citizen intervention. Rather than campaigning on platforms of how to solve this sticky issue, they prefer to talk about compromise, attitude, forgetting the past and more planning.

Letters
In 1954, in Seattle, at the old "Merchandise Building" at Second and Virginia (in the basement), Bob Arwine had a small ceramics factory, willed to him by his mother. He was a manufacturer's representative for Swank and other men's accessories. He served all of Alaska with his "route" and combined this with the ceramic merchandise we made for Alaska, when I worked there as a silk-screener.

Alaska really is different
The following editorial excerpt appeared Sunday in the Voice of The (Anchorage) Times: These gorgeous autumn days, in which Mount McKinley in all its majesty can be seen in stunning splendor from as far away as Anchorage, are a reminder that the feds still don't understand that Alaska is not Kansas or any other state.

My turn
Our family, friends and employees have watched the flightseeing initiative develop over the past several months. It was sold to Juneau voters primarily as something that would stop the unregulated growth of the helicopter industry. We believe that those who sponsored this initiative and some who signed the petition may not be aware of the devastating effect this initiative would have on our family business.

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 and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Letters
In 1954, in Seattle, at the old "Merchandise Building" at Second and Virginia (in the basement), Bob Arwine had a small ceramics factory, willed to him by his mother. He was a manufacturer's representative for Swank and other men's accessories. He served all of Alaska with his "route" and combined this with the ceramic merchandise we made for Alaska, when I worked there as a silk-screener.

Alaska really is different
The following editorial excerpt appeared Sunday in the Voice of The (Anchorage) Times: These gorgeous autumn days, in which Mount McKinley in all its majesty can be seen in stunning splendor from as far away as Anchorage, are a reminder that the feds still don't understand that Alaska is not Kansas or any other state.

Letters
The "build a road to Skagway" folks just won't give up, will they? If enough Juneau folks vote for it, we'll have to get it. Nevermind that Haines and Skagway have resoundingly voted NO. Nevermind that Gov. Knowles has voted for more ferries instead of a road. Never mind that the ferry system is ready to build more ships.

Letters
I find it completely mind-boggling that as Gov. Knowles advocates "jobs for Alaskans," Department of Labor employee Kim Metcalfe-Helmar has now openly and publicly questioned whether or not we really need any more jobs in Juneau.

My turn
The polarization between those forces wanting less pollution and better tourism management and those making their money off tourism can only be resolved by the people through the initiative process. The lack of commitment by certain assembly candidates further illustrates the need for citizen intervention. Rather than campaigning on platforms of how to solve this sticky issue, they prefer to talk about compromise, attitude, forgetting the past and more planning.

Juneau JV knocks off Ketchikan
Brandon Pilot scored a pair of rushing touchdowns late Saturday night as the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity football team claimed a 27-14 victory over the winless Ketchikan varsity in Ketchikan.

Local Scoreboard

Mulloy returns to UAF after Olympic experience
FAIRBANKS -- Melissa Mulloy missed the first two and one-half weeks of school at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, but she had a good excuse.

Mulloy returns to UAF after Olympic experience
FAIRBANKS -- Melissa Mulloy missed the first two and one-half weeks of school at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, but she had a good excuse.

Take three today for ACS vs. Sitka football game
The Sitka Wolves and Anchorage Christian Schools Lions are hoping the third time's a charm for their oft-postponed football game.

Local Scoreboard

Juneau JV knocks off Ketchikan
Brandon Pilot scored a pair of rushing touchdowns late Saturday night as the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity football team claimed a 27-14 victory over the winless Ketchikan varsity in Ketchikan.

Take three today for ACS vs. Sitka football game
The Sitka Wolves and Anchorage Christian Schools Lions are hoping the third time's a charm for their oft-postponed football game.

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