Tuesday, October 2, 2001

Federal, state funds help JEDC kick-start businesses
The Juneau Economic Development Council recently received help from several government agencies to infuse more than $500,000 into the Southeast economy, with special help from the city of Juneau.

State chamber changes convention dates
JUNEAU The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled its annual convention and business trade show for Oct. 30 through Nov. 1.

Farmed fish pinch processor
Juneau's largest seafood-processing company is seeing more of the region's fish sales lost to salmon farms.

Business Profile: Miah Lager
Title and firm: Miah Lager, who recently became the cobbler and manager of Family Shoe Repair in downtown Juneau.

State offers economic development grants
JUNEAU The state Department of Community and Economic Development is offering mini-grants for economic development to small communities and organizations.

On the Move
Mortgage Co. gets new branch manager: Vickie Perry, former mortgage loan originator with Residential Mortgage, was recently promoted to branch manager of the company's Juneau branch, which serves all of the Southeast.

Generation next
I came to Juneau five years ago from Ketchikan in order to attend University of Alaska Southeast. Shortly thereafter, I met Clancy DeSmet. Clancy was also a student at UAS and what struck me right off the bat about him was his intelligence, compassion and integrity. I have been proud to call him a close friend since then.

Deserving better
I come from a family of journalists. My editor-grandfather won the Associated Press award for writing the best editorial in the nation when President McKinley was assassinated in

Student nutrition
I remain astonished the Juneau public school system does not have a cafeteria style hot breakfast and lunch program.

Yellow journalism
Enough is enough! Three years ago Assemblyman Jim Powell's campaign for re-election mistakenly reported each of its expenses at the time its bill was received, rather than at the time the expense was contracted. This was in violation of the Alaska Public Offices Commission's rule which requires expenses to be disclosed on the date they are accrued, even if, in the absence of a bill, the campaign must estimate what the cost will be. The rule is a complex one, and APOC has stated that many candidates make the same mistake.

Go somewhere else
I marvel at times at what the city feels is its need to get involved to correct a problem where there is no problem. As they ponder what to do about second-hand smoke mostly in bars and restaurants, they admit they want to pass an ordinance they don't know how to enforce. Bars and restaurants are about the only public places that a person who smokes can do so, with the exception of their own home. You can't smoke in city, state or federal buildings. I see no one smoking at the malls, grocery stores or most businesses for that matter. If you don't smoke and want to go to a particular restaurant where smoking is permitted, then don't go there, leave the government out of it. Complain to the owner about his policy, if they get enough complaints they will change their policy. I don't go to a certain restaurant downtown because of poor service should we force the city to enact a Good Service Ordinance forcing all business to give good service? I would hope not. If you don't like the atmosphere, go somewhere else. There are plenty of bars, restaurants or whatever that will meet one's needs, but leave government out of this one.

Easily understood
I want to thank Chuck Collins for his plain and simple answers to the questions at Friday's chamber forum for candidates. Chuck, your answers were straight, truthful and from the heart, unlike your opponent Jim Powell, who said he had to be careful in choosing his words. Your positions were easily understood. All I got from the opponent was, "I want to be clear that I don't want to be clear."

Peace for land
In reply to Alexander Dolitsky's statement that I made various historical and statistical errors in the My Turn I wrote on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict I would like to say:

What would Jesus do?
In the past few weeks I have heard God's name used quite often, but I have rarely seen Jesus quoted, nor heard the question "What would Jesus do?" The following are the words of Jesus from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible:

Enforcement question
In Sunday's edition you published another missive from Chris Joy. Ms. Joy seems a bit confused and angry with men, a sex of which I am a member. Ms. Joy states that "women should n

Your job may depend on it
The time has come to choose who will be our new representatives on the Assembly. Your decision is critical to our community in terms of the direction Juneau moves. Will we foster an environmentally sound, business-friendly community? The choice will be made in the voting booth Tuesday.

Produce something positive
Thank you to Laurie Craig for her well-written comments in Sunday's My Turn. Although I've not spoken with her on the subject of the recent tone of comments in the Empire regarding a possible

Let us join together
I think Tony Rieger has it right when he says, "There are those in the community who want it their way. If you are not 100 percent for them (and their proposals), they accuse you of being 100 percent against them. And, that you will therefore be responsible for losing the capital." Evidently, according to Empire Publisher Don Smith those of us who support improved ferry service rather than a road up the Lynn Canal have "inward-looking vision for Juneau" that "fuels a statewide perception of isolationism that inhibits our chances of keeping the capital." Such a characterization distorts the meaning of everything I have said during this Assembly campaign.

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

Around Town
Juneau events

Park lifts restrictions in whale waters
JUNEAU Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve has lifted the 10-knot speed limit and mid-channel course restriction in Lower Bay whale waters.

Key changes in city's smoking ordinance
* Bar-restaurants: The ordinance banning smoking will not apply to bars with a full beverage dispensary license and a restaurant designation until the license is sold or transferred. City officials said the exemption will apply to five Juneau businesses.

University organizes first Day of Caring
JUNEAU Faculty, staff and student volunteers are being sought at the University of Alaska Southeast to participate in the first United Way Day of Caring. University teams will work at local nonprofit agencies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Lunch and T-shirts will be provided.

Assembly OKs anti-smoking law
Most Juneau restaurants, offices and stores have three months to go smoke-free under an ordinance approved by the Juneau Assembly on Monday, although some restaurants with bars will be exempt.

Around Town
Juneau Events

Flags at half staff for former legislator
JUNEAU Gov. Tony Knowles ordered state flags be flown at half staff through today for former legislator Dora Sweeney, who died Sunday at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. She was 94.

Knowles orders security review
FAIRBANKS In response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Gov. Tony Knowles is asking a state panel to re-evaluate three critical areas of Alaska security.

Southeast tribal college to organize
JUNEAU The first annual meeting of the Southeast Alaska Tribal College is scheduled for Friday in Juneau.

Fewer absentee voters show up at city polls
Absentee voting for Tuesday's city election is slower than last year, according to City Clerk Laurie Sica.

Onstott sentenced in gun incident at church
A man who brandished a gun and threatened to kill himself during a church service in April was ordered Monday to serve 18 months of a four-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

Clarification
The new Rain Forest Trail between False Outer Point and Outer Point, described in a Sept. 24 Empire article, is the only Outer Point trail that will be used by commercial groups. The public may use it, too, but should expect to encounter commercial groups. The established Outer Point Trail now will be limited to use by the general public only.

City decides to buy valley land for library
The Juneau Assembly on Monday voted to purchase land in the Mendenhall Valley for a new library or other public purpose, although the issue could come back for reconsideration.

Benefit event for Sept. 11th Fund
JUNEAU A local benefit is scheduled for the Sept. 11th Fund, begun by United Way and the New York Community Trust to benefit families of those killed or injured in the attacks of Sept. 11.

Phillips to run for governor
HOMER Former House Speaker Gail Phillips announced today that she wants to be Alaska's next governor. But the Homer Republican will drop out and instead run for lieutenant governor if U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski steps into the race.

Closure of airport dike trail under discussion
The Airport Dike Trail, which runs atop an earthen tide barrier erected between the Mendenhall Wetlands and the Juneau Airport, may be closed for security reasons.

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

September was warm, wet and windy
JUNEAU If you thought September was damp, you're right.

Assembly to vote on smoking ban
JUNEAU The Juneau Assembly is scheduled to vote on an ordinance at a meeting tonight that would ban smoking in many more public places.

Assembly considers library land proposal
JUNEAU The Juneau Assembly will consider a proposal tonight to purchase land in the Mendenhall Valley for a future public library.

Voters head to the polls
Volunteer Loren Rasmussen, left, helps Carrita Morris with her city ballot this morning at the Lower Mende

Visitors center moves from log cabin
The visitors center in downtown's Davis Log Cabin has moved to a new location after 15 years on Seward Street, prompting some nearby merchants to wonder whether they will lose business next season.

Obituary: Dora M. Sweeney
Dora M. Sweeney died Sept. 30, 2001, in Juneau. At her request, no memorial services will be held. A full obituary will be printed at a later date.

Eric Lloyd Chilton
Eric Lloyd Chilton died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, in Juneau.

Outside editorial: Tearing at the terror web
Bravo! Bloody good! Danke Schoen! Merci!

My Turn: Threatened by West's commercial values
I am writing in response to the letter of Lisle Hebert which appeared as a My Turn on Sept. 26. In his letter Mr. Hebert identifies the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the basis for the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. He suggests that we cut off aid to Israel to force a solution, believing that, "the Palestinian issue has long been the fire that keeps Arabia boiling... ." While I believe there are several factual errors in Mr. Lisle's letter, space doesn't allow me to list and respond to them. I will, however, deal with his primary point.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth

My Turn: Don't mistake military might for wisdom
It baffles me how hard presidential hopefuls campaign for what has to be one of the most stressful and, at times, terrifying jobs in existence. When President Bush awoke on Sept. 11 he had no way of knowing the challenge and horror of his hard won job would leap beyond comprehension.

My Turn: What if fisheries lab stayed in Auke Bay?
Virginia Palmer

Empire Editorial: Collins gets the edge for Area Wide Assembly seat
Jim Powell is making a run for his third term on the Assembly against political newcomer Charles M. "Chuck" Collins. A review of the two candidates is a study in contrasts. Powell is a seasoned politician hailing from a family with a deep political background. Jim's wife, Beth Kerttula, is our state representative, and CBJ Assembly member Frankie Pillifant is a first cousin to Beth.

Alaska State Football Polls
Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on b

Juneau hosts Dimond on Saturday
It's official. The Juneau-Douglas High School football team will host its first-ever home playoff game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. The Crimson Bears will play the defending state champion Dimond Lynx.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau
Sports events

Coyner finishes fifth in two world duathlon meets
After taking fifth place in his age group in a pair of world duathlon championship races last month in Europe, Wes Coyner returned home to Juneau last week with a list of goals for next year's world championships.

Juneau drops to No. 2 after upset loss to Service
ANCHORAGE -- Saturday was the type of day that makes being a high school football fan so darn much fun.

Suspect in 1986 hijacking gets hearing in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE A Jordanian man accused of hijacking an American airliner in Pakistan 15 years ago made a brief appearance in an Anchorage courtroom Monday before he was whisked back onto a government airplane headed for the nation's capital.

Court ends feud over debris, Bible verses
An unneighborly feud between a Ketchikan couple and an Oregon woman who owned rental property below their hillside home went all the way to the Alaska Supreme Court.

Kenai votes on private prison
Voters go to the polls on the Kenai Peninsula on Tuesday to decide whether to prohibit a private prison in the area. Meanwhile, Haines Borough residents will voice their opinions on heli-skiing.

Bear attack raises insurance questions
FAIRBANKS An insurance agent in Cincinnati had a hard time believing a bear caused $7,400 in damage to Jim Geier's truck.

Talkeetna murder charge dismissed
ANCHORAGE A murder charge has been dropped against a Talkeetna area man whose wife was fatally shot last month.

Eruptive Russian volcano spews lava
ANCHORAGE A volcano in the Russian Far East shot an ash plume to 38,000 feet and dumped hot rock and ash down its flanks, the Alaska Volcano Observatory said.

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