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Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Disaster loans available to Alaska businesses
Small Alaska businesses are now eligible for federal economic injury disaster loans stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Under renovation: Red Dog expands souvenir business; Cookhouse Restaurant closed
After losing seven parking spaces, including handicapped parking, to construction of the Marine Way turnaround, Don Harris said he decided to let his Cookhouse Restaurant "die a natural death."

Business briefly
Alaska Renovators opens storefront, expands; Alaska General Store moves; Seminar offers marketing guidance; Juneau unemployment rate up; Chiropractor gives military discount; Morris to acquire fishing magazines; Top passenger ports are in Southeast Alaska; Coeur announces net income for third quarter

Business Profile: Dana Ruottinen
Title and firm: Dana Ruottinen is a hair stylist who was recently rehired by First Impressions Hair Salon.

Low prices hurting Alaska, Yukon mining industry
WHITEHORSE, Yukon -- Low prices for minerals have led to a big drop in mine production and exploration spending in both Alaska and the Yukon this year, according to geologists.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Revisit the road
I do not know what the statistical probability of an aircraft-bird strike causing an accident at the Juneau Airport is but I support Steven Schlaffman's (even though I do not know him) idea for ROAD (Reduce Our Airport Dependency).

On the contrary
Chris Joy's letter titled "Cheers for the left" is absolutely laughable! What cave do you live in, Ms. Joy? Are you not aware of what's been going on? Maybe you have set yourself apart from the attacks we suffered on Sept. 11 because you didn't lose any loved ones. Or, maybe you don't care about the abuse of women in Afghanistan since you don't live there. It wasn't us that started the war in Afghanistan ... even though we intend to finish it.

Fantasy vs. reality
Since the events of Sept. 11 the Empire has run several letters from Chris Joy, all of which carry the same simpering, contemptuous tone. Her basic premise apparently is to expand problems through the condemnation of resolve. Through her lines I see a disoriented liberal whose agenda has been compromised due to a shift of public opinion in the arena of nationalistic pride. Suddenly the pandering of special interests has dramatically declined while sensible priorities take the stage. Thus, she is beside herself because we have decided to spend our resources on getting even with those who started this, and there is little that she and her troop of ideologues can do to stop it. Beyond her funky world we now find ourselves adjusting to unfamiliar logic that generally occurs naturally with reality. We shatter the myth of hate and by definition, return it to its orginal form, forgotten perhaps two generations ago. This is America and indeed we are permitted to hate. That's right, hate any society that is hell-bent on killing every one of us and we will hate them with absolutely no regard for their race, creed, or state of affairs. They have worked tirelessly to achieve enemy status and now they find themselves in the red zone. In short, they are about to eat it.

Reduce probabilities
Don Smith, in his Sunday editorial, is right on the mark in identifying this new terrorist threat from birds. Someone needed to say it. Now, I know that anyone with some rationality knows that it is not all birds that need to be quelled.

Around Town
Juneau events

One wrong makes many rights
A mistake in Skagway made it possible for Juneau's AWARE shelter to provide 120 winter boots to victims of domestic violence.Tim Bourcy, mayor of Skagway and owner of Packer Expeditions, accidentally purchased 120 pairs of boots for his company that he could not use. When he tried to return them, he found the manufacturer had gone out of business. Not knowing what to do, Bourcy talked to his accountant. "It would take quite a while for me to sell 120 pairs of boots in Skagway," he said. His accountant mentioned Juneau's Footwear for Families program, founded by Ray Vidic.

Around Juneau
Food needed for Thanksgiving baskets; Scooter rules to get more discussion

Medallions to honor cooperation between U.S., Russia
A Juneau-based organization backing a memorial of U.S.-Russia cooperation during World War II wants to honor those who have helped promote unity between the two nations and it's starting at the top.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Costello resigns from mayor's bear committee
Urban bear advocate and photographer Pat Costello has resigned from the mayor's Ad Hoc Urban Bear Committee, citing inaction by city government.

Poll backs managing tourism
Seventy-eight percent of the people responding to Juneau's latest tourism Web poll think it is appropriate for the city to manage the benefits and impacts of tourism.

Assembly unanimously approves manufacturing incentives
The Juneau Assembly on Monday unanimously approved new tax breaks and water rates for manufacturers, allowing larger businesses to take advantage of city incentives. But water rates might be up for more discussion.

Princess unites with Royal Caribbean in $6 billion deal
LONDON -- P&O Princess Cruises PLC is merging with Miami-based Royal Caribbean Ltd. in a deal worth about $6 billion that creates the world's largest cruise ship company in an industry hurt by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Local Briefs
Arrest made in assault case; Fanshaw timber sale meeting tonight; Marie Drake meeting Tuesday; BLM plans cleanup on Mayflower Island

Correction
Due to an editing error, community events scheduled for today were listed as Sunday events in Sunday's Empire Around Town listings.

BLM plans cleanup on Mayflower Island
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is planning to conduct an environmental cleanup project and facility upgrade at its Juneau Mineral Information Center.

My Turn: Sept. 11 Fund donations are reaching the attack victims
Juneauites have given an unprecedented amount of money in response to the attacks on Sept. 11. Nearly $30,000 has passed through United Way of Southeast Alaska to help victims and families of the horrible tragedy. Fo

Mental illness matters when the issue is concealed weapons
In the fall of 1998, a clerk in an Anchorage store noticed a man who was completely soaked, with water dripping off him. The clerk asked if he needed help. Timothy Wagner replied that he needed to soak out the chemicals that had been injected into him, or else the chemicals were going to kill him. He also said a computer chip had been implanted in his head. What he didn't say was that he was carrying a concealed weapon in his briefcase.

Outside editorial: Telling the story
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:

Sports In Juneau
Sunday, Nov. 25

Sports in Juneau
Sunday, Nov. 25

Crimson Bears tie for title in Ketchikan meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team earned a three-way tie for first place at the Bill Weiss Great Alaskan Challenge on Friday and Saturday in Ketchikan.

Quicksilver honored
Members of the the Juneau Quicksilver U14 girls soccer team -- which took second place in its division at the Schwan's

Butler beats Washington for Top of the World Classic title
Darnell Archey hit a 3-point shot with 57 seconds left to give Butler its first lead of the second half and the Bulldogs defeated Washington 67-64 Sunday night to win the Top of the World Classic.

Soldotna police chief featured on cable series
SOLDOTNA Police Chief Shirley Warner says she's honored by her choice as one of the subjects of a television series on women in law enforcement. But she says it's a little intimidating as well.

Barrow residents see sun for last time this year
The sun set on Barrow on Sunday for the last time this year. The sun won't rise again until Jan. 23, according to the National Weather Service Office in Barrow. Donovan Price, manager of the Barrow office, said the sun rose Sunday at 12:43 p.m. and set 58 minutes later.

Judge: State doesn't have to offer benefits to gay partners
An Anchorage judge has ruled the state of Alaska and the city of Anchorage do not have to extend benefits to gay or lesbian partners of employees and retirees.

BP's GTL plant near completion
KENAI -- The gas-to-liquids demonstration plant British Petroleum is building in Nikiski is expected to start producing in February or March, according to Steve Fortune, engineering manager for the $86 million project.

Abortion ruling win for parents, supporters say
Supporters of a law requiring minors to get permission from a parent or judge to get an abortion are claiming a small win after an Alaska Supreme Court ruling last week.

Court decision could mean more rural trials
A decision by the Alaska Court of Appeals could result in more criminal trials being held in small towns around the Alaska Bush instead of Fairbanks or Bethel, the only places in the sprawling Fourth Judicial District that have sitting Superior Court judges. The same reasoning would apply to other regions of the state.

Herring behavior could show link to Exxon Valdez spill
New imaging technology shows that Pacific herring rise to the surface of Prince William Sound at night to gulp down air. Scientists say the discovery could be the missing link between the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and the population crash of the once-plentiful fish. Herring are caught by commercial fishermen and eaten by larger fish and marine mammals.

Rent hike shuts down Eagle River museum
ANCHORAGE A rent hike is forcing a natural history museum in Eagle River to close its doors.

State sends salmon to Nome families hit hard by poor runs
ANCHORAGE -- The state is sending almost 10,000 pounds of chum salmon to Nome families following another disastrous year for Norton Sound subsistence fishermen.

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