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Tuesday, October 16, 2001

On the Move
Attorney to speak at Vancouver meeting: Chrystal Sommers Brand, who recently opened her own legal practice in Juneau, was invited by the American Bar Association to speak during a meeting of the Family Law Professional Organization.

Quality concerns making Japanese buyers wary of most Alaskan shrimp
Commercial shrimpers in Southeast are being warned to maintain quality or Japanese buyers won't be interested in purchasing Alaska shrimp.

Business Profile
Title and firm: Andr J. Votion Sr. is co-owner of Tejano Corner Espresso Bar & Grill in the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall on Willoughby Avenue.

Big Kmart gets bigger and adds more hours
A set of ratchets, some shoes and a pound of beef may soon be on a typical list for Juneau residents heading out to shop at the new Super Kmart.

Sitka real estate conference set
The 2001 Real Estate Conference will be held Oct. 25-27 at the Westmark Shee Atkia in Sitka.

Alaska's commercial fishermen come up with marketing plan
After years of losing a grip on domestic and Japanese markets, Alaska's commercial fishermen are now determined to fight for a fair market share for their wild salmon.

Super Kmart brings 200-plus new jobs to Juneau
The Juneau Super Kmart, formerly Big Kmart, has hired more than 200 new employees to staff its expanded superstore, the store's director said this week.

Library land
In 1983, library supporters lobbied hard for and voters approved a temporary sales tax increase, part of which was designated for the purchase of a library site in the Valley. Those three acres have been taken over by the new Dimond High School site. The library is owed a replacement.

Simply asking questions
I must respond to Ms. Metcalfe's extremely negative and divisive letter in the Oct. 10 Empire. I consider myself a "political moderate" in most instances - I vote for the individual not the party. I am also a small business owner-operator and a land owner in the Juneau Borough.

Outside observation
When I visited Juneau during July of last year, I was struck by the majesty and splendor of the region.

Dale, Marc made good points
I recently read both "My Turn" columns by Dale Anderson and Marc Wheeler regarding land purchases and thought both were well-written, however, with a very different point of view. I thought both columns were pretty good.

Breeze In backer
As a resident of Douglas for over 20 years and a daily commuter across the bridge, I whole-heartedly support the Breeze In's desire to expand. I applaud and endorse the expansion of the Douglas Breeze In. If it is anything like the Valley Breeze In, it will be an asset to our town.

Pin power
Thank you for the wonderful article that Ann wrote about our daughter, Kerri Powers, and the American flag pins that she has been making to raise funds for the Engine 54-Ladder 4 fire station in New York City.

Disservice to all
You did us all a disservice by publishing the letter from Mr. Nelson on Friday. That kind of vitriolic personal attack should have been filtered out.

Rhetorical hysteria
Reading Dale Anderson and Jeff Troutt's editorial writings in the Sunday Empire pertaining to the library land issue neatly illustrates some of the obvious problems in Juneau's contemporary political environment. Too many decisions are based on personality instead of the merits.

What does this tell us?
The Wheeler and Metcalfe articles in the Oct. 10 Empire concerning the politics of CBJ land acquisition reminds us of the benefits of a free press and of a newspaper willing to provide a public forum.

New events slated for territorial anniversary
Juneau will have a new way of celebrating Alaska Day on Thursday. Planners hope this will be an annual event as part of Alaska Democracy Week.

City buys valley acreage possibly for new library
The city will buy 2.6 acres of land in the Mendenhall Valley, but whether a new library is built on the site remains under discussion.

Juneau anthrax tests: All negative
Nasal swabs taken from six Juneau state workers have tested negative for anthrax, according to final results by the state public health laboratory.

Olympic Torch Relay stops in Juneau for the first time
Five Juneau residents and two former residents are among the group of 30 Alaskans named last week to carry the Olympic torch during the 65-day, 13,500-mile 2002 Olympic Torch Relay, which comes to Alaska for the first time.

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

CHOICE program offers at-risk students help at JDHS
In the community of 1,700 students at Juneau-Douglas High School, one size cannot always fit all.

Around Town
Today

Around Town
Today

Enforcing Juneau's garbage ordinance
Juneau residents need to decide what level of garbage enforcement is needed in dealing with urban bears, Police Chief Mel Personett said Friday.

Update: Six locals test negative for anthrax
The superintendent of an Alaska school district says probably coffee creamer, not anthrax, puffed out of an envelope his office sent to a state agency in Juneau.

Ground Zero flags raised
The distance between Juneau and the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in New York City seemed to shrink this morning.

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

Harbor, launch ramp improvements on the way
Juneau harbor users will see launch ramp improvements at North Douglas, Douglas and Amalga harbors by spring, although changes won't completely alleviate parking woes, city Port Director Joe Graham said.

Matthew Wayne Hall
Matthew Wayne Hall died Oct. 10, 2001, in Juneau.

Rima R. Allen
Rima Ramona Allen died Oct. 8, 2001, 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. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

My Turn: Taxpayer-subsidized logging is poor forest management
The future of the Tongass National Forest - the largest and wildest national forest in the United States - hangs under a dark cloud. The U.S. Forest Service, driven by Alaska's congressional delegation and their pals in the timber industry, has greatly accelerated timber planning in Tongass Roadless Areas.

My Turn: Editorial questions for the Empire
The Empire's Oct. 7 editorial (or "publisherial") appeared to be chiding residents of Juneau who have complained that the Opinions Page is divisive.

$1 goes a long way
It's almost like a plot twist out of "The West Wing." The White House whiz kids, as crises hiss all around them, devise a savvy political strategy that has the added value of being the right thing to do.

A man for all nations
The United Nations has regained a large measure of credibility under the leadership of its secretary-general, Kofi Annan. Friday both the organization and its chief received deserved recognition, being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Skagway Invitational Wrestling Results
Results of the Skagway Invitational wrestling tournament held Saturday at Skagway High School. The round-robin tournament featured wrestlers from Juneau-Douglas (J-D), Hoonah (H) and Skagway (S) high schools. No team scores were kept for the tournament.

Sports In Juneau
Thursday, Oct. 18

Sports in Juneau
Thursday, Oct. 18

October Splash
The top three finishers in each event of the October Splash swim meet, sponsored by Juneau's Glacier Swim Club and held Friday through Sunday at the Augustus G. Brown Swim Pool.

State Briefs
Second container van burns on Saturday; Haines-area eagles found to be healthy

Farmed salmon are showing up again in Alaska waters
High numbers of escaped farmed fish are showing up along the coast of British Columbia and a few dozen of the Atlantic salmon have been turned in to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game after they were captured in state waters.

State Briefs
Police response fell short in man's death; Funds collected for former resident; Woman medevaced after vehicle crash

Koelsch new deputy mayor; Powell heads finance
Emergency planning should figure into the work of several Juneau Assembly committees in the months ahead, Mayor Sally Smith said Monday as she announced new leadership assignments.

Local governments want say in road projects
The Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Alaska Municipal League say state highway officials are trying to dilute local governments' influence on the design of state-funded construction projects.

SE stress managers to help New York police
Five residents of Southeast Alaska have been requested to report to New York City to help police officers deal with stress in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Man charged with shooting pipeline no stranger to trouble
Ask neighbors, acquaintances and family about how Danny Lewis went wrong and they all say the same thing: Things never went right.

Environmentalists want injunction lifted
Environmentalists on Monday asked a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel to lift an injunction against a rule that would have restricted logging and road building on a third of national forest lands.

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