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Wednesday, October 31, 2001

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Business Profile: Cori Hondolero
Title and firm: Cori Hondolero is the owner of Capital Imports.

On the Move
UAS gets a new dean:; First Bank names new manager

BP pursues methane energy deposits
FAIRBANKS -- BP is launching an effort to map methane gas deposits beneath the North Slope tundra that geologists believe could dwarf Alaska's natural gas deposits.

Business Briefly
Computer basics seminar offered; AK Brewing issues '01 smoked porter

Shortage of skills
Construction company owner Terry Miller says young people just don't want to run machines and work with their hands anymore.

Differences of opinion
Publisher Don Smith and the Juneau Empire give a lot of space to anachronisms like Lew Williams Jr. who would roll back the clock to the '60s, when the big pulp mills controlled 98 percent of the timber industry on the Tongass to the great detriment of the individual loggers. Lew knows better, but he still skews his "facts" in favor of those dead dinosaurs and prays for their return. He gets help from Alaska's congressional delegation, all deeply in the pockets of the resource extraction industries and who never saw a publicly owned acre or preserve they didn't want to mine or drill, or a tree they didn't want to cut unless it was in their own backyard.

Honorable intentions
There has been a lot of misinformation recently about the Alaska Lighthouse Association and the Point Retreat lighthouse, and I thought that your recent article helped to put the issues in perspective.

Not above mediocre
Joel Orelove is my youngest brother. He promised his family that he would retire from a no-win venture like letter writing. As his brother, I want to assure Mr. Ralph Swap, and your readers, that although Joel is at times silly, he is not stupid, nor is he mundane.

Wayside kudos
The recently completed Wayside Park constructed by the Department of Transportation along Gastineau Channel just north of the DIPAC hatchery is terrific. The dock, shelter, sidewalks and parking areas in this new wayside park will well serve the public for years.

More bureaucracy
I guess our local mail service must be going through an anthrax screening process. That would explain why DOT officials hadn't received any Juneau feedback. Maybe I should have hand-delivered the letter I mailed a week ago. And yes, I'm not surprised that no one showed up on a Friday night at 7 p.m. to testify. What I really am surprised about is that no one in DOT ever bothered to communicate with their own bicycle paths and trails coordinator at any time during the development of these regulations. Why not?

Skip the petty stuff
Finally, there is a determined environmental and conservation group in Southeast Alaska that presents a clear and positive attitude, is non-critical, doesn't whine or complain, doesn't threaten litigation, and gives a giant effort in both time and resources to be great stewards of our land for the good of the public!

Open house aims to trace family histories
Researching the family tree used to be limited to leafing through dusty records, deciphering weathered headstones and combing the attic.

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

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

The 'S' Files - a weekend of the paranormal in Skagway
It's late Friday afternoon, and a walk up Broadway reveals tourist shops emptied, closed and boarded up until next summer. A cold wind blows, the sky is darkening and light shines out from the windows of the handful of still-open businesses, housed in historic false-front buildings. Boots thump along the planks of the wooden sidewalks. The sound of a barking dog carries along a side street.

House fire brings power outage to Valley homes
About 1,200 homes in the Mendenhall Valley lost power early this morning as firefighters put out a house fire.

Symposium livens Skagway's winter
Ghosts, witches and all things out of the ordinary took center stage in last weekend as the city hosted the second annual Abduct and Release Paranormal Symposium.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, names were misstated in Monday's Empire article about the annual meeting of the Gastineau Channel Historical Society. It was Dennis Harris who passed around the 1918 wharf passes belonging to his grandfather Homer Nordling and his great-aunt Lois Caroline Nordling. Don Harris showed the postcard in Swedish. Terry Brenner passed around the plat of the Governor's Mansion site.

Assembly panel OKs tax-break extension for manufacturers
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee on Tuesday agreed to extend an ordinance that exempts local manufacturers from some property taxes. But the panel voted against expanding the provisions to businesses with 50 employees or more.

City to evaluate five possible library sites
The list of possible sites for a new Mendenhall Valley library grew Tuesday at a Juneau Assembly work session. Assembly members asked staff members to bring back more information about five site options for a new Mendenhall Valley library. They are Dimond Park, Vintage Business Park, the current Mendenhall Center location, Faith Lutheran Church and Goldbelt land along Mendenhall Loop Road.

Around Town
Juneau events

Around Town
Today

Photographer remembered for humor
A distinctive sense of humor and a quiet charm helped longtime Juneau photographer Joseph "Joe" Alexander get his models to relax and show them to good advantage.

Juneau's tourism Web poll is under way
As of this morning, 812 people had participated in Juneau's first round of tourism Web polling, according to Bob Harvey of Egret Communications, who is heading work on the city's tourism plan.

Juneau briefly
Salvation Army seeking gift applicants; Airport: Hold the masks, makeup; Disaster training offered next month; Dates set for Native Celebration

Poll finds public still wary of taxes, tapping permanent fund
State lawmakers face an ambivalent public as they weigh long-term fixes for the state budget, according to a new poll.

Assembly denies Gastineau appeal
Juneau Assembly members on Monday unanimously rejected a right-of-way appeal from Gastineau Avenue residents who say the land above South Franklin Street is unstable.

City Museum sets November events
Finding Family: Tips on Writing and Researching Family History is November's Special Saturday program at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The public is invited free of charge to drop by the City Museum and chat with local experts about writing and researching family history.

Thank You
...for your support; ..for your work; ...for your kindness; ...for the participation; ...for your thoughtfulness

Pet Of the Week
Sampson is a handsome neutered male who is quite mellow and independent. He has been described as a "lap" cat.

First snow brings many questions
Snow, and so early sent my phone into frenzy. Dozens of people asking what to do about winterization, is it too late to plant their bulbs (no,) what do they do about the shrubs they bought and have not planted (plant them,) can they still plant apple trees or Bleeding Hearts, (yes) and what about the Lilac Leaf Miner (clean up the leaves).

Photo: A show of hands
Auke Bay kindergartners, from left, Michael Shilling, Amber South, Ali Eason, Kathe Tallmadge, Nick Stewart and Kyle Short show their hands in front of a banner held by parent Steve Eason and kindergarten teacher Jennifer Challen at Auke Bay School last week.

Letter
I recently hired Wesley Jansen as an Animal Service Officer for the Gastineau Humane Society and the citizens of Juneau. Wesley was responsible for the welfare of all of Juneau's companion animals, and for the safety of Juneau's public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Neighbors Briefs
SAIL offers training for disabled Alaskans; Flu shot clinics set for November; Kantola completes kayaking course; Jubilee to discuss All Saint's Day; Halloween stressful, dangerous for pets

Lloyd Lovaas
Lloyd Lovaas died June 13, 2001, in Seattle.

Donald Carpenter
Donald Carpenter died Oct. 22, 2001, in Juneau.

Joseph William Alexander
Joseph William Alexander died Oct. 26, 2001, at Sunset Homes in Anchorage, of liver failure.

My Turn: To keep our streams healthy, watersheds need protection
The project is environmentally sound. It is a phrase often quoted by supporters of the proposed golf course in the heart of

Deadline for first Tourism Poll nears
The first web poll on tourism has so far seen 944 respondents, including 835 registered voters and 109 students. City staff worked quickly to resolve a couple of glitches Saturday morning, which prevented access to the polling form. City Manager Dave Palmer and his staff have been busy fielding questions on technical issues and concerns about eligibility to participate.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth calls

My Turn: America needs to encourage democracies in Middle East
I want to thank Lisle Hebert for his thoughtful piece ("Foreign Policy Does Not Always Reflect Ideals," Oct. 23) on the relationship between U.S. foreign policy and the tragic events of Sept. 11.

Outside editorial: Why delay air travel safety?
The following editorial appeared in today's Philadelphia Inquirer:

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: Be aware of environmental health dangers; work to protect children
For most people, children's health means caring for their growing bodies by immunizations, nursing them through the inevitable colds, coaxing them to eat their vegetables, and limiting their Halloween treats.

Sports in Juneau
Local sports events

Sports In Juneau
Friday, Nov. 2

More than a coach
Reilly Richey's first day as a coach for the Juneau-Douglas High School football team was one to remember, but for all the wrong reasons.

Three win wrestling titles at Sitka Invite
Three Juneau-Douglas High School wrestlers claimed individual titles Friday and Saturday at the Sitka Wrestling Invitational.

Roughhouse boxing begins season Friday
The haymakers will be flying once again at 7 p.m. Friday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall as another roughhouse boxing season gets underway.

Sitka Invitational wrestling statistics
Results of the Sitka Invitational wrestling tournament held Friday and Saturday at Sitka High School.

Empire Cup Standings
Here are the final standings in the 2001 Empire Cup Runners Series, which is co-sponsored by the Juneau Empire and the Southeast Road Runners club.

State Briefs
Anchorage airport guards begin inspecting all arriving vehicles; UAF Native language program receives $1 million federal grant; IRS urges people to act quickly to claim returned rebate checks

Around the state
Man sentenced in cousin's death; Scientists track seal migration; Railroad repairs fuel tank cars; Truck spills fuel near Kenai River; Man dies in fall at hotel

Terrorism threat brings about temporary highway checkpoint
Gov. Tony Knowles ordered state civil defense workers to set up a temporary checkpoint along the Dalton Highway to scrutinize traffic near the 800-mile trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

Fishing group wants support
Alaska's largest commercial fishing group wants the state to make sweeping changes to help the industry stave off the effects of plummeting salmon prices.

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