Wednesday, October 17, 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Flag etiquette
Public displays of loyalty and patriotism are certainly appropriate during these trying times. But let's try to do it correctly.

Could be worse
We paid sales tax for five years for a library site.

Opinions should withstand scrutiny
The first uniquely American jurisprudence was Peter Zenger's acquittal. The foundation of our history and culture is the right to believe, express, and publish as we please.

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.

Save our planet
I appreciated Kathy Dye's article, "3 Vets' Views on War," appearing in Sunday's paper. The personal accounts of Juneau war veterans Mr. Anderson, Mr. Wahto and Mr. Armstrong were engaging and I deeply respect their collective heroism, brotherhood and the "stark raving terror" they survived.

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

Peace, life, hope
My family grew up in Juneau. Recently I visited my son, Todd Nottingham, wife Alice and three young granddaughters in Bainbridge Island, Wash.

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.

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.

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.

Welcome Brink back
This is in response to the My Turn column by Pat Veesart in the Oct. 16 edition concerning management of the Tongass National Forest. Pat uses fear tactics and name calling, ("the largest and wildest national forest ... hangs under a dark cloud and Steve 'never saw a road he didn't like' Brink, Region 10 interim Regional forester") in an attempt to falsely alarm the public.

Photos: Sending out dividends
Napoleon Cuanzon, left, and John Schauwecker watch Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks being stuffed into envelopes as they calibrate an insertion machine on Tuesday at the State Office Building.

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.

State boosts mail security
State mail clerks are donning gloves and using different procedures to open envelopes in the wake of anthrax scares across the state.

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

Around Town
Today

3 USCG reservists called up
When Wesley Jansen mustered out of the U.S. Coast Guard in 1999, he never expected to be called "seaman" again.

Around Town
Today

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.

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

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.

Armory funding clears hurdle
Federal funding for a new National Guard armory in Juneau is one step closer after a congressional conference committee approved $7.5 million for the project on Tuesday.

Local man loses $1,000 in scam
A local man is seeking justice from a fraudulent loan company that he says promised him money to pay his bills but took his savings instead.

Thank You
...for your dedication; ...for your love and support; ..for helping CHOICE; ...for all the help; ..for the support; ..for your kindness

Pet Of The Week
Kia is a 6-month-old malemute mix spayed female who is a wonderful dog with a great smile.

Neighbors Briefs
Alaska Day tour set of state Capitol; JKC schedules a Sunday pool session; Sitka college plans degree program

Photo: Building donation
Roy Geist, left, and his son Joseph position metal girders where the front door of the new food bank will be located. Geist is donating the metal-framed building on Crazy Horse Drive.

Red Cross holds its annual meeting
The Southeast Alaska Chapter of the American Red Cross held its annual meeting Sept. 25.

Winter busy time for landscaping
Almost every day now, somebody asks me if I'm all buttoned up and ready for the winter, the supposition is that landscape season is over and all we have to do is wait for the spring.

David Saldivar Jr.
David D. Saldivar Jr. died Oct. 14, 2001, in Juneau.

Rima R. Allen
Rima Ramona Allen died Oct. 8, 2001, in Juneau.

Matthew W. Hall
Matthew Wayne Hall died Oct. 10, 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.

Civil service no secure fix
Airport security legislation was unanimously approved by the Senate last week but faces adamant opposition from House Republicans who oppose putting federal employees in charge of airport security.

$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.

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.

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.

Juneau volleyball team hits the road
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team swept through its competition at the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza (JIVE tournament) on Oct. 5-6.

Sports In Juneau
Thursday, Oct. 18

JYFL hosts inaugural junior league tourney
The Juneau Youth Football League will kick off its year-end festivities with the inaugural Junior League State Football Tournament on Thursday through Saturday.

Sports in Juneau
Thursday, Oct. 18

Letter: JIVE tourney was enjoyable
After watching the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza (JIVE) hosted this past weekend (Oct. 5-6) by the high school volleyball team, we felt compelled to write.

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.

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

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.

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.

State Briefs
Hikers warned about bears; School Board elects officers; New refund policy at ski area; Assembly OKs tax changes; Pipeline suspect pleads innocent; Man accused of rape at sea

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.

Security gaps found at Anchorage airport
Government agents testing security at Anchorage's international airport last year penetrated security at least eight times over a month, sneaking bombs through X-ray machines and strolling unnoticed into restricted areas.

Group to build N. Pole home
Ground was broken Tuesday at the first Habitat for Humanity home site in North Pole.

Alaska Air strengthens doors on cockpits
Alaska Airlines has begun reinforcing cockpit doors with a tough locking mechanism and bullet-resistant Kevlar, a fabric used in protective police vests, officials said.

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