Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Roof rot
Nearly 100 homeowners, most in West Juneau, are dealing with rotting roofs that could cost more than $100,000 each to replace.

New Trophy shop staffer creates Native designs
Juneau Works has pulled off another match, resulting in a new product for a local business. Oliver's Trophies & Engraving is now offering original Southeast Alaska Native art designs for its gold pans, medals, plaques, sculptures and traditional trophies. The designs are the work of Jerome "Jerry" Eldemar, a new employee who was hired at the instigation of Linni Esther of Juneau Works, an jobs program helping the disabled.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Business briefs
Pharmacy owners retire; Renovations close Armadillo temporarily; Red Dog remodels; SBDC mailing Seminar; Flags cleaned for free; Eight complete construction training

On The Move
Wostmann announces new staff: Wostmann and Associates, a computer programming consulting firm in downtown Juneau, recently hired two new programers.

Business Profile
Title and firm: Mike Collins, partner with son Daniel in Grizzly Products, a new product line at Archery Outfitters.

A lost Art
I am struck by the profound hypocrisy of Knowles' labor relations henchman Art Chance writing publicly about the need for courtesy by public employees.

Rules of the road
I am sure everyone agrees with Art Chance that airport security personnel ought to treat passengers with courtesy. I also happen to think that airline and security personnel are doing what they can right now to ensure the safety of Mr. Chance, and a few others, while working under a great deal of pressure.

Things have changed
I appreciate Mr. Cornwell's comments in Sunday's Empire but disagree that it would cost more to deport aliens (who are from the current terrorist nations) than to use those resources to fight terrorism as they live among us.

Some courtesy, please
I am well into seven digits in cumulative Alaska Airlines miles, and I have always felt pretty safe in the extortionary skies. Other than some, oh, so Yuppie, Anchorage-to-Seattle flights, I have always contented myself with the obvious fact that the general run of passengers was far more dangerous than any wannabe terrorist. That said, I am now afraid.

Time for Auke Bay park
The city has recently improved the Auke Bay Boat Harbor, expanding parking, widening the access road and landscaping. However, the harbor is not a place for a resident to leisurely stroll to the waterfront to enjoy the view. A park sharing the nearby waterfront would expand the use of the waterfront to everyone.

Church land ideal for new library
I have been amazed at the recent action by the Assembly with regard to the purchase of a site for a new Valley library. I had no idea one could "deappropriate" (is there such a word?) money appropriated for that purpose. I thought the issue was settled and thought it was a good decision and I'll tell you why.

The right thing to do
The beautiful houses on Starr Hill are a joy to look at. But now when I see them, it reminds me that the people in the homes where I live are suffering.

Not weapons training
The letter from Ed Hein in the Nov. 9 Empire decrying handgun instruction at Floyd Dryden is a perfect example of alarm raised by inaccurate reporting and unfortunate photo selection to attract attention rather than for effective illustration.

USFS priorities
In the Nov. 11 Juneau Empire, the U.S. Forest Service is quoted as saying that the road to Auke Bay Recreational Area will not be plowed, sanded or de-iced this winter.

Juneau prepares to take part in next year's Olympic Torch run
Juneau will make the local segment of the 2002 Olympic Torch relay run as Alaskan as possible, carrying the flame by canoe on part of its route and posing runners in front of Mendenhall Glacier.

Support group helps local women
A coffee klatsch atmosphere and the opportunity to master new skills have proved a workable combination for a Juneau women's support group.

Local Briefs
Powder from airliner tested; Divers recover bones where skull was found; Woman blocks alleged burglar in shed; Forum set on school bullying; Ship job program here on Thursday

Around Town
Today

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

Around Town
Today

Local Briefs
Shooting victim remains stable; 25th smokeout set for Thursday; Coast Guard seizes Korean trawler; Anchorage police seek Bush applicants; Redistricting fight costs considered

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

Sailor serves on U.S. carrier in Arabian Sea
A Juneau sailor is serving on the USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier acting as a staging base for air assaults on Afghanistan. Robert D. Rogers, 27, has been on the carrier since January 2000 and is assigned to the ship until October 2003.

Alternative heliport issue up for discussion by Juneau Assembly
Juneau Assembly members plan to lead a community discussion about alternative heliports this winter. The issue has been assigned to the Assembly's Planning and Policy Committee, chairman Dale Anderson said. Results of a new heliport study will be combined with the city's long-range tourism plan, due out this spring, he said.

Robert William Cowling
Robert William Cowling died Nov. 9, 2001, in Juneau.

My Turn: Increase in tourism should accomodate local concerns
Publisher Don Smith's editorial column in Sunday's Empire described numerous economic and social problems in Hawaii as a result of a substantial downturn in tourism activity following the September terror attacks. Undoubtedly Hawaii has and will continue to experience negative economic and social impacts if tourism in the 50th state continues to flounder.

My Turn: Industry faces extreme challenges
I would like to comment on John Weedman's letter in Sunday's newspaper. I respect Mr. Weedman's opinion. Concerning the enhancement of existing facilities to better service the cruiseship industry, I assume he is reacting to the new 32-foot wide section that will widen the north end of the Old Ferry Dock.

Digital democracy and partisan parochialism
Alaska, of course, is known for its spectacular scenery and wildlife. It's also making a name for itself as a leader in "electronic government," announced Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer in a visit to Kenai last week. That may surprise those who think of the "Last Frontier" as a place where old ways prevail and "new" ways are at least a decade behind the times.

American Flight 587
Again, it was around 9 a.m. eastern time, with bright blue skies over New York City, when word came of yet another American Airlines jetliner crash. In the high-alert atmosphere of post-Sept. 11, the possibility of a horrid reprise leapt to every mind: Would another jetliner smash down somewhere in a few minutes, and then still another?

State Swimming and Diving Championships
Friday's swimming preliminaries, top eight finishers advance to Saturday's finals

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Nov. 17

Juneau wrestlers take second at ACS Invitational
Despite not having any individual champions, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears took second place Saturday night in the state's biggest fall season high school wrestling tournament, the Anchorage Christian Schools Invitational held Friday and Saturday at ACS.

Veterans' Day Run
Here are the results of the Southeast Road Runners' 8K Veterans' Day Run held on Nov. 10, 2001.

ACS wrestling Invitational
Results from the Anchorage Christian Schools Invitational wrestling tournament held Friday and Saturday. The top six place winners in each weight class are listed, as well as the records of all other Southeast wrestlers at the meet.

Boys will be volleyball players
On Saturday and Sunday, the Juneau Boys' Volleyball Club hosted three teams from Whitehorse in the Juneau Invitational Boys' Power Volleyball Tournament at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gymnasium.

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Nov. 17

Pot bill closer to 2002 ballot
A ballot measure seeking to legalize marijuana has cleared its first major hurdle, but it's unclear whether sponsors have enough time to put the question to voters in 2002.

Knowles launches bid to counter terrorism
Gov. Tony Knowles wants to spend about $100 million to beef up defenses against potential terrorism attacks and to set up a state Office of Homeland Security.

Neighborhood struck by plane was reeling from Sept. 11 losses
The middle-class Queens neighborhood hit by today's plane crash was already reeling from the loss of scores of residents in the World Trade Center disaster, many of them firefighters.

Dismal summer sockeye run predicted for Bristol Bay
The forecast for Bristol Bay reds doesn't look promising. Alaska's largest and most valuable salmon fishery is expected to produce an extremely low commercial sockeye salmon catch next summer, according to government and university forecasts to be released today in Seattle.

Redistricting fight costs considered
Members of the state's redistricting board are worried the panel will run short of money to defend the plan. Challenges to the plan are scheduled to go to trial Jan. 14 in Anchorage. Last week, the board met and voted 3-2 to commit $300,000 to extend a contract providing legal services to the panel.

Officials: Indications are plane crash caused by accident, not terrorism
Federal safety officials concluded a month ago there was an unsafe condition in the type of engine that powered an airliner that crashed in New York City, and started moving toward tougher inspections.

Jet crashes in New York
An American Airlines jetliner en route to the Dominican Republic with 255 people aboard broke apart and crashed moments after takeoff today from Kennedy Airport, setting homes ablaze. There were no known survivors aboard the plane and at least six people were missing on the ground.

State Briefs
Alaska snow heads to Puerto Rico; Bears charge Juneau family; State honored for repatriation; Quake strikes near Attu Island

State Briefs
Rocket destroyed after launch; Knowles wants more school funds; Kayak teacher dies during lesson

Alaska may alter welfare reform
More than four years after state leaders shook up Alaska's welfare system, they are looking at overhauling it in ways that could mean more help to parents working at low-wage jobs but harsher treatment for those who refuse to look for work.

Alaska in line for more federal rural sanitation money
Alaska may get more federal money next year for plumbing in rural Alaska homes. A joint House-Senate committee last week approved an agriculture spending bill that includes $24 million for rural Alaska water and sewer projects. That's in addition to $40 million in another bill approved by Congress last week and brings the federal total to $9 million more than was approved last year.

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