Wednesday, November 21, 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

Briefly

Gilles Apap and the Colors of Invention
Gilles Apap is dedicated to not killing music.

L'Ecole de Ballet's 'Nutcracker'
The snowflakes and flowers, the cossacks and clowns join the Sugar Plum Fairy in "Nutcracker."

Calendar

Gathering of the Tribes powwow presents drum dance group
Fancy dancing, hoop dancing and Thanksgiving dinner are planned for the Gathering of the Tribes Mini Pow Wow this week.

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.

The last word
I'll tell you what's laughable, Ms. Tinney and Mr. Gillette: what's laughable is democracy-tooting Americans who under all the peace and free speech and justice rhetoric really support unethical, equally deranged, violent and ruthless means to maintain American power and control in world matters. What's really laughable is that Americans have neither the conscience nor courage to look their own government in the eyes and demand an alternative to bloodshed and war.

Don't change what works
Once again the Alaska Native Brotherhood, Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp Convention has come and gone. Many issues were discussed and tabled. One topic in particular that has caught my attention, and certainly my concern, is to make changes to the Alaska Native Brotherhood, Alaska Native Sisterhood Constitution.

More ways to help
Thank you for running the story about the footwear that was donated to AWARE. Ray Vidic, as you noted, is the founder of Juneau's Footwear for Families Program. Ray has had a key role in the Upgrades for Cancer Program. The Upgrades for Cancer Program is a program where people can turn in their upgrades to help a cancer patients obtain better air fare rates. Twelve upgrades will help a cancer patient receive 75 percent off of a full-fare ticket. The ticket is a no-restricted fare so the cancer patient can travel when there is a need.

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.

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.

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

Tofu or not tofu - that is the question, for some
A Juneau woman is among the winners of a nationwide Thanksgiving Day essay contest by a well-known animal-rights group.

Local support abounds for victims' families
Since the terrorism of Sept. 11, Juneau has been busy working to do good and express sympathy for victims' families and survivors.

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.

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

Sharing at Thanksgiving
Juneau's mayor often carves the first turkey at the community Thanksgiving dinner sponsored by the Salvation Army. But when Dennis Egan was mayor, he had problems cutting the ceremonial slice.

Around Town

Man accused of felony sexual assault, felony burglary is freed on $20,000 bail
A man accused of breaking into a woman's home and sexually assaulting her is free on $20,000 bail.

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

City staff instructed to concentrate on Dimond Park for new library location
The city will reconsider Dimond Park as a site for a new Mendenhall Valley library before looking at other locations.

Restaurant offers Thanksgiving dinner
Jovany's Restaurant is offering a free Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, said Nenita "Nita" Soriano who co-owns the restaurant with her husband Al.

'Dangerous dog' to get more review
Conflict between dogs and cats is nothing new, but things get complicated sometimes.

Native leader on the mend
When Bob Loescher resigned as CEO and president of Sealaska Corp. in January, he was in the worst health of his life.

Governor wants $17 million more annually for ferries
State officials say they want nearly $17 million more annually to restore ferry operations to the service level that existed before the Columbia fire.

Around Town
Juneau events

Weddings

Neighbors Letter
Despite the stiff winds, the work crew for FRIENDS OF THE FLAGS was able to take down the 50 states flag display on Egan Drive downtown this past Sept. 29. This ends the 24th continuous season that the flags have flown over the Capital City of Alaska.

Peace throughout the world is inevitable
"For thousands of years, good people around the world have been searching for peace", said Keith Hermann, during a recent seminar at Centennial Hall, entitled "The Promise of World Peace". "Despite the current trend towards war", he continued, "a lasting global peace is finally within reach. Not only is peace possible, it is inevitable, and the signs are all around us."

Teen-age dating violence: Can this be love?
"Your boyfriend is sooo sweet, Ashley. He must really love you. Calling you all the time, and always checking up on you, my boyfriend isn't that concerned about me and what I'm doing. But you look so depressed, what's the matter with you?"

Obituaries

Declaring cessation in hostilities
With luck, I remember my favorite Benjamin Franklin quotation today or early tomorrow so that I have no excuses for my Thanksgiving Day behavior. More often, the witticism resurfaces around Jan. 2, when it's too late to do any good.

We have another reason to be thankful
Maybe, if you are sufficiently obsessed with obscure rock songs, you recall a holiday ditty called "Christmas in Jail" by the Youngsters.

Thanksgiving after trauma
This year, Thanksgiving has a special meaning. The horrific events of the fall have caused many of us to draw closer to friends and family, and to remember how precious life is, and how easily it can be taken away.

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

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

Ball State rolls UCLA; Duke next
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Ball State beat Top Five teams on consecutive nights, and now the Cardinals go after No. 1.

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.

Nizich settles into starting role for UAA
It's only three games into University of Alaska Anchorage women's basketball season, and sophomore Tanya Nizich's role has already changed.

Sports in Juneau
Sunday, Nov. 25

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

Sports in Juneau

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

Around the State

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.

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.

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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