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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Not well thought out
It is my understanding that the airport is going to close the dike trail as a security measure.

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

Take courage
Even in Russian we have not enough words to express our deepest grief about victims of the terrible events in New York and Washington on Sept. 11.

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

Human chain
It is interesting that the airport now feels that it must close the airport wetlands trail for "security reasons." Does this mean they've given up on the "bird" excuse?

Voters: Renovate high school
By a nearly 7-1 margin, voters on Tuesday agreed to let the city sell bonds to renovate Juneau-Douglas High School.

Cheapest security
As a resident of the airport neighborhood and daily trail user, I am protesting closure of the trail dike trail that allows access to the Mendenhall Wetlands Wildlife Refuge.

Respecting our differences
I noticed a flyer for an upcoming class at UAS this weekend. "Fostering Safe Schools by Reducing Homophobia" is an excellent opportunity for our community and school leaders to learn more ways in which to create safe school environments.

A trail of beauty
I am very concerned about the possible closure of the airport trail. There should be public meetings about this issue especially because so many people and canines derive so much pleasure from this trail.

Safe, open trail
It would be a sad day to see the Airport Trail closed. It is one trail that I've heard many women say they feel safe walking because it is very open.

Trail invigorates
Please take a moment to remember why we have chosen to live in Juneau. Is it for its beauty, its freedom, its clean air and water, for the safe neighborhoods for ourselves and children, and for the availability of recreation and work opportunities at our doorstep?

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:

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

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

Powell nips Collins in closest city race
While a close margin of victory is familiar for newly re-elected areawide Assembly member Jim Powell, he said the negative tone of this fall's race was unexpected and unfortunate.

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

School Board incumbents win re-election
Running unopposed, Juneau School Board members Mary Becker and Stan Ridgeway were re-elected by area voters Tuesday.

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.

Fires damage van, contents
Capital City Fire and Rescue responded to fires in a shipping container behind the Super Bear Supermarket in the Mendenhall Center on Monday night and Tuesday morning, according to the fire department.

J. Johnson wins District 1 seat 3-2
Real estate broker and Juneau Airport Board member Jeannie Johnson said she is pleased with the results of her District 1 Assembly win Tuesday, but would have liked a bigger turnout.

2001 municipal election results broken down by precinct
Douglas Assembly areawide Chuck Collins 191 Jim Powell 236

Local Briefs
School calendar revised; Bomb joke suspect allowed to leave; Quarry blast triggers calls to police; JDHS ramp construction pushed back

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Around Town
Juneau Events

Wanamaker defeats District 2 opponents
Randy Wanamaker largely attributes his victory in the District 2 Assembly race to door-to-door campaigning.

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.

Neighbors Briefs
Junior Achievement seeks volunteers; Museum volunteers; Lodge dog company; Americorps seeks volunteers; Downtown flags taking the winter off

City engineering hosts six interns
The City and Borough of Juneau Engineering Department employed six interns for the 2001 summer season.

Bulb time means real pleasure for the future
Somewhere leaves are gently turning colors and softly drifting down. Here they are being wrenched off the branches and sent twisting away into the sky by g

Olson, Nelson marry
Josephine Olson and Bruce Nelson were married Sept. 13 in Juneau.

Chop Gully dangers marked by new signs
Sign Pro and the Juneau Mountain Rescue Team have put their heads together and come up with warning signs for the flume trail to caution unwary hikers about falling rocks and crumbling shale in the area.

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).

Thank You
...for the kindness

Pet Of The Week
Sheldon is a 2-year-old neutered and declawed male who will come to you, get on your lap and purr.

University faculty member assesses kelp biomass
Mike Stekoll, Ph.D., a faculty member in chemistry for both the University of Alaska Southeast and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, recently received a $340,000 grant from NASA.

Dora M. Sweeney
Dora M. Sweeney died Sept. 30, 2001, in Juneau.

Georgia Ann Archuleta
Georgia Ann Archuleta died Sept. 28, 2001, in Juneau.

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

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

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

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.

Congratulations to all who choose to serve
Now that the speeches, debates, campaign ads, door-to-door visits, and news coverage of our local election are over, we can reflect on the experience.

Keeping your trust, trusting your judgment
I decided to let the local election run its course before commenting on the Empire's Sept. 27 article about the criminal histories of the candidates.

Sports in Juneau
Sports events

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.

Pursuing golden dreams
Joe Tompkins is the kind of guy who wears his dreams on his sleeve, or at least on his back bumper where his license plate reads, "SKI 02."

Sports In Juneau
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 5-6

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.

Federal probe blames state for Columbia fire
A fire on board the state ferry Columbia likely was sparked by a faulty connection or a foreign object in the ship's main switchboard, according to federal investigators.

Kenai private prison defeated
Kenai Peninsula Borough residents voted overwhelmingly against a plan to proceed with a private prison project and Haines Borough residents voted for the managed use of helicopters for tourism in municipal elections Tuesday.

Gas producers say Alaska pipeline makes little sense
Although lawmakers and the Bush administration say a proposed Alaska natural gas pipeline is critical to the country's energy security, major producers Tuesday told Congress the $17 billion project makes little sense considering the highly volatile, and currently low, gas prices.

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.

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

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.

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