Tuesday, November 6, 2001

Bullish about tourism
Tourism officials painted a somewhat hopeful picture of the 2002 travel season last week when they discussed safety measures and changes for cruise ship and air travel.

Business Briefs
Indoor climbing gym opens Friday; State chamber announces annual awards; Shell returns to Alaska with lease bids

A new look at a railroad from Alaska to the Lower 48
Combining an Alaska Railroad extension with energy and communication projects could make construction more feasible, supporters say.

Business Profile
Sasha Soboleff

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Mr. Smith should read his own paper
I was disappointed by Mr. Smith's editorial on Sunday. Discussing the tourism poll that is in progress in Juneau, Mr. Smith wrote: "The results of the first online tourism poll are in and the good news is that there appears to be common ground for Juneau's tourism economy to work socially and environmentally." I believe the first step toward solving a problem is to recognize that there is indeed a problem that needs to be solved.

Massive roundup
I strongly support the commentary in Sunday's Empire by Cal Thomas, titled "Deport those who don't belong here." Some of my friends, who side with the civil liberties groups, don't agree with racial profiling and deportation, but things have changed since Sept. 11. The only possible way to drastically reduce future terrorist attacks, immediately, is to remove all immigrants (that are here on visas and passports from terrorist nations) from our streets as quickly as possible! I am a compassionate and caring person, but I'm not willing to sacrifice the safety of "loved ones" to avoid offending non-American citizens who could have potential terrorist ties. Their countries certainly don't condone all the rules and regulations pertaining to civil rights and political correctness. As Cal Thomas said, a "massive roundup" is indeed needed ... otherwise, it will be like "finding needles in a big haystack" as these horrible acts of terror continue on an on-going basis.

Who do we send?
Laurie Tinney and Cal Thomas want to deport everyone who doesn't belong here. What do we do, load them in rail cars and send them to Canada or Mexico?

I would have made sure
In response to the woman who so rudely approached me at the theater Saturday night, smiling, while your words conveyed a contrary message, it is sad that you find the happy babbles of a child disruptive.

Out of fear?
The commentary by Cal Thomas on Sunday scared me, and the supporting letter in Monday's paper confirmed that fear.

Culture, art, spirit
November is National Native American Heritage Month, as declared by the U.S. Congress. At first one may wonder, what's the importance of selecting a random month to celebrate a culture? Random or not, though, for me it means more energy and celebration of the people I belong to. It means more reveries and revelations, more of soft, calm excitement in my mind.

From the front
Thank you to all my fellow shipmates and servicemen of the other branches; who are serving during the "Enduring Freedom" operations in the Middle East who are from Juneau, Alaska.

Diamond dreams
On Aug. 17, 2001, I had a dream that I was riding in a dark sedan in an unfamiliar large city. Buildings began to fall over, and I saw a plane hit a tall building and knock it down. One of the destroyed buildings contained mostly young people. My car mates and I were terrified. So many people dying, and surely these crashing buildings would crush us.

Two arrested in Juneau for assault
JUNEAU -- A man and a boy were arrested for allegedly assaulting and pulling a gun on two women in a local motel room early Sunday morning.

Juneau cops help officers at Ground Zero
Juneau police officer Kim Martin knows the stress cops and emergency-services workers face in the line of duty.

A place of healing: Gastineau Human Services builds sweat lodge
A 9-foot dome insulated with chunks of carpet and located near a junkyard may not seem like a grand achievement. But for the clients of Gastineau Human Services, it is a dream come true.

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

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

Retirement affects businesses, creates careers
For their kids, grandkids and new immigrants, the baby boomers' retirement will be a career opportunity. For the businesses and organizations they retire from, it could be a challenge.

Aurora puts on stunning display
Monday evening's northern lights towering columns of pink, red, green and white may be just one of the striking displays in the night sky this winter.

Seniors' income, benefits bring Alaska more than $1 billion a year
Retirees may no longer work but they still get paid, making them a valuable part of Juneau's economy. "If you just look at retirement benefits, we're talking $20 million to $30 million a year," said Lance Miller, executive director of the Juneau Economic Development Council. "If you view it that way, it's a sector. It's a whole industry."

Federal money to power SE projects
A new round of federal funding should advance hydroelectric projects in Hydaburg, Hollis and Gustavus, along with Southeast ethanol research.

For some retirees, leaving work doesn't come easy
At 82, Lazzette Ohman still works part time cataloging photos for the U.S. Forest Service. She started there in 1980 at an age when many people retire.

Chamber honors Baxter, Egan for contributions to community
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce gave its highest honors to former Juneau Assembly member Fred Baxter and former Mayor Dennis Egan over the weekend.

Around Town
Today

Around Town
Juneau calendar

Local Briefs
Meeting to focus on wharf proposal; Forum seeks input on high school test

Corrections
An Associated Press article in Monday's Empire incorrectly identified the home state of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. He is from South Dakota.

City working on bioterrorism plan
The city is training its employees, taking stock of its equipment and updating its emergency response plan in the wake of terrorist attacks and recent anthrax scares.

Assembly backs off land buy
The Juneau Assembly flipped position Monday and took the first step toward de-appropriating funds to purchase land from Faith Lutheran Church for a library or other public purpose.

Aging Alaska: Is the state ready for boom in seniors?
IAs the state prepares to care for the largest generation of elders ever, many wonder whether Alaska can use the wisdom of all those years to help families provide and pay for the services needed.

Allen Joseph Donnelly
Allen Joseph Donnelly died Oct. 28, 2001, in Anchorage.

Jezzabelle Rose Nashoanak
Jezzabelle Rose Nashoanak died Oct. 31, 2001.

Dwight W. 'Bill' Dean
Dwight W. "Bill" Dean died on Oct. 23, 2001.

Outside editorial: A biological imperative
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times:

Keeping crime down
Nationally, 2000 was the ninth consecutive year of dropping crime rates. Rape, robbery and assault remained near already-low levels, and the murder rate dropped to its lowest point in 35 years. Changes in law enforcement and sentencing no doubt contributed to the declines, but demographics also are a key factor.

My Turn: Fight tobacco, oil partnership which is promoting addiction
We interrupt our regularly scheduled sense of decency for the following heart-breaking news bulletin: a huge tobacco company is spreading disease across our state with help from Williams Alaska Petroleum, Inc. and Tesoro Alaska.

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.

Word of Mouth
I would just like to have everybody thank their paper carriers for the great effort they put out on Oct. 31 with the customer appreciation edition of the Empire. I saw my carrier lugging around a very heavy bag in very bad weather, and the least we can do is say thank you to them. So don't forget to recognize the effort that they make.

Sports in Juneau
Sports events

Region V Swimming
Results of the Region V swimming and diving championships held Friday and Saturday at Blatchley Middle School Pool in Sitka. Exact swimmers were not available for the relays, but all eligible relay swimmers were listed.

22 Juneau swimmers make state
The waiting game ended for the Juneau-Douglas High School swim and dive team Monday as the Alaska School Activities Association announced the remaining qualifiers for this weekend's state swim and dive meet at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

Zuniga leads Bears wrestlers at Hoonah meet
Freshman Jon Zuniga was the most outstanding wrestler for the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team at the Hoonah Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Hoonah.

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Nov. 10

State counts its supply of antibiotics to fight anthrax
ANCHORAGE A survey of pharmacies in Alaska indicates there's enough antibiotics to treat almost 15,000 Alaskans for five days if they're exposed to anthrax. National stockpiles would have to be tapped after that.

Stevens, Young seek rural mail changes
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young of Alaska want to redesign the way mail is handled in the Bush.

Around Alaska
Native educator Effie Kokrine dies; Cell phone charge on Assembly agenda; Game Bd. member won't seek new term; Man held for assault damages jail cell; No home confinement in paintball incident

Murkowski, Ulmer split jobs from stumping
ANCHORAGE -- Two leading candidates to be Alaska's next governor are taking extra care with their travel plans these days.

ANWR delays energy bill
WASHINGTON A dispute over oil drilling in an Arctic wildlife refuge is blocking energy legislation and prompting the White House to link the debate to national security and the September terrorist attacks.

Cleanup health claims probed
Workers who suspect they suffered serious health problems from helping clean up the 11-million-gallon Exxon Valdez oil spill are being asked to come forward.

State Briefs
Western Alaskans seek new jobs; Biologists to track Kenai caribou; Alaskan named to census panel

Urban subsistence gets another chance
A committee appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles has returned to the concept of a second priority for subsistence uses of fish and game. It would allow urban residents who traditionally have practiced subsistence to participate after a rural preference has been satisfied, as well as recognizing longtime subsistence users whose villages have become urbanized.

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