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Wednesday, December 5, 2001

State develops seafood niche market in Korea
The Division of International Trade & Market Development recently announced the results of a two-year campaign to introduce Alaska seafood to deluxe hotels in Seoul, capital of South Korea, and other Korean cities.

Business Profile: Lonnie Khmelev
Title and firm: Lonnie A. Khmelev, 24, is the owner of Affordable Auto Sales, a Lemon Creek area car lot. His partner is Jeremiah Beedle, 22.

Business Briefs
BaCar's restaurant to stay open; New billiards parlor debuts; A primer on going into business; Learn how to minimize taxes; Sears store now offers contract sales; Rainbow stocks Chanukkah accents; Shop posts winter hours; Hotel association changes name; Conference scheduled for Anchorage; Japanese magazine features Alaska salmon

Native payrolls fuel part of Southeast's economy
Native corporations created by the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act have a decided impact on Southeast's economy - especially in rural areas. Despite layoffs and financial problems, the corporations continue to provide jobs for hundreds of the region's residents.

Deck the halls
Charlie Detjen paints and sells Ukrainian Easter eggs, but some of what he sells end up on Christmas trees. "I tailor them for the Alaska market and the Christmas market, so I do birds and whales and puffins and Alaska scenes, and whatever seems to be hot," he said.

Pipeline builders knew it wasn't bulletproof
The people who built and approved the trans-Alaska oil pipeline knew before it was done that a bullet from a hunting rifle could punch a hole through the half-inch metal. That possibility drew little concern, however, because officials also concluded the pipe itself could be quickly repaired and was impossible to completely guard from sabotage anyway, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Monday.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town.

Confusing the issue
I am very curious where Mr. Schmitz got his figures that he quoted in Sunday's letter about Shanti. If the "CDC" he referred to is indeed the Centers for Disease Control, then he would see that there is a whole section on the CDC Web site devoted to the importance of school-based programs being critical for reaching youth before behaviors are established.

Into the briar patch
I was quite amused when I read the article about Joe Geldhof's road compromise. For all these many years that the road issue has been discussed, I do not remember Mr. Geldhof or any of his anti-road cohorts ever using the word "compromise." I did not think that the word was in their vocabulary since they always behaved as though everything had to be done their way or no way.

Bears, bugs and drunken drivers
Sometimes I wonder about the priorities established by our Juneau government. A case in point is the so-called "bear problem." Some people seem to go bananas if they see a bear, but if there is a problem it's human hysteria, not a bear problem.

Utter contempt
A letter from Charles Cardwell asks "Why attack Shanti?" The final paragraph of the following letter, from Shanti Executive Director Eileen Wilson, clearly answers that question.

Why attack Shanti?
"Juneau leftists" are not the only ones, it seems, with time on their hands for propagandizing. I have to wonder, though, why attack Shanti? Maybe it was the film, "Chocolat Babies?" I can't speak about the film, but the worst you could say is that, possibly, Shanti made a bad choice for raising money; surely that would hurt them a lot worse than anyone else.f

Local Briefs
IFA gets money for second ferry; Snowfall may lead to Eaglecrest opening

Photo: Snow slide
Dyann Myers and her 3-year-old son, Kevin, enjoy a quick ride on fresh, dry snow Monday afternoon at Twin Lakes. More snow is in the forecast this week. michael penn / the juneau empire

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

Local agencies need help with food bank closed since November
Local nonprofit agencies helping the needy are in need of some help themselves since the Southeast Alaska Food Bank stopped distributing food Nov.1.

Forum asks teens how Juneau can help its youth
What would happen if every adult in Juneau went back to school for a day to experience what students face on a daily basis? Doing so could help improve the lives of Juneau's youth, according to some participants at a forum discussing ways the community can better assist its youth.

Board approves plan to change space at Harborview
The Juneau School Board has approved Superintendent Gary Bader's plan for reassigning programs from the Marie Drake building to Harborview Elementary School.

Assembly mulls city appointments
Juneau Assembly members reappointed three people to the Planning Commission on Monday, but will spend more time discussing appointments to the Bartlett Regional Hospital board of directors.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Shooting victim gets protective order
A business owner who was wounded by a gunshot while walking to her car in the Nugget Mall parking lot last month has received a protection order against her husband.

Assembly cancels Valley land purchase
The Juneau Assembly on Monday de-appropriated funds to purchase land from Faith Lutheran Church, but the debate might not be over.

Calls waiting: Phone competition to begin
Competition in local phone service will start in Juneau next month, says Ronald Duncan, president of Anchorage-based General Communication Inc.

Seniors evacuated during fire at center
A 93-year-old woman was treated at a hospital and residents were forced out of their apartments following a fire at the Juneau Senior Center on Tuesday.

Woman gets 45 days for forging Egan's name
A woman accused of signing former Mayor Dennis Egan's name to checks and depositing them in her checking account was sentenced Monday in Juneau Superior Court to 45 days in prison.

Bonnie Brae sewer project nearly complete; suit dropped
A project connecting the Bonnie Brae Subdivision to the city's sewer system is nearly complete, and a citizen's lawsuit filed to compel North Douglas sewer improvements has been dismissed.

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

Heavy snow predicted
The National Weather Service today predicted as much as 14 inches of snowfall locally by Thursday night.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Top Cover Christmas concert set for Thursday
Rock and roll Christmas music, traditional holiday favorites and pop hits will be featured in a concert Thursday night courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.

Photo: Giving tree
Erica DeGrote looks back at a Christmas tree after selecting children for whom to buy a gift at the Nugget Mall on Tuesday. The fourth annual foster child Christmas Sharing Tree is on display at the mall. Gifts must be unwrapped and delivered to Hearthside Books by Dec. 19.

Road north still divides community
The business and environmental communities remain distrustful of each other in the wake of a proposed compromise on a road north of Juneau.

Photo: Drumming for charity
Lauri Walton drops money into a Salvation Army kettle Tuesday after shopping at the Nugget Mall as Wayne Fu drums for support of the organization.

Photo: Home burns
A fire this morning heavily damaged a mobile home at Sprucewood Park off Stephen Richards Drive. No one was inside at the time, and no injuries were reported, officials said. The blaze appeared to have started in the kitchen, Glacier District Volunteer Fire Chief Max Mielke said.

Pet Of The Week
Hank is an 8-month-old neutered male black lab mix. This energetic dog loves to run, play and fetch. He gets along with other dogs.

Room to love and grow
Margaret and Lester Hunt may not have enough room at their dinner table - but there's plenty of room in their hearts. Although their table won't seat seven, the Hunts are adopting five lively young boys. James, 13, and Lee, 12, are siblings from Juneau who have lived in the Hunt home since June 7, 2000. Alex, 12, Lester Allen, 11, and Bobby Rae, 10, are brothers from Texas who arrived June 11, 2001.

Neighbors Briefs
Group to hold holiday dinner for seniors; Weaving display set at Mendenhall Glacier; Society shares stories and memories; Shelves brim with holiday items; Family conference slated for this week; Birth Center holds support group

Thank you
...for all your help; ..for your donations; ..for your support

Little Flower Cabin scheduled for dedication
The Little Flower Cabin, just completed and available now for reservations by individuals, couples, families or small groups, will be dedicated by Bishop Michael Warfel on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 1-3 pm.

Kenneth Paul Parker
Former Southeast Alaska resident Kenneth Paul Parker died Nov. 15, 2001, in Laguna Beach, Calif.

Jackson Horton Hammond
Jackson Horton Hammond died Nov. 25, 2001, in Juneau.

Jimmie Lewis Campbell
Jimmie Lewis Campbell died Oct. 1, 2001, in Arco, Idaho.

John E. 'Jack' Schmitz
Jack Schmitz died Nov. 10, 2001, in Bellingham, Wash.

My Turn: Bipartisan plan is best for businesses and workers
It's no secret that the business community and labor unions often don't see eye-to-eye on most issues. The devastating terrorist attacks Sept. 11 united business and labor behind the twin goals of bringing justice to the perpetrators of this heinous crime and getting our economy moving again.

Facing the economic facts
Every day that the stimulus package now stalled in Congress doesn't pass makes it less urgent that it ever pass. Recessions last an average of 11 months. The country fell into a slump in March, the official recession-certifying panel proclaimed last week. Already, eight months have gone by.

Enron's fall
Enron's collapse is by some measures the largest bankruptcy in history, and the list of victims will be long. Shareholders have already seen the value of their stock evaporate. Banks that lent to Enron will lose millions. Most unfairly, employees who now risk joblessness may also lose their retirement security, since many had 401(k) retirement plans invested overwhelmingly in Enron stock. But there might just be a silver lining in Enron's implosion, for it may bring an overdue revolt against conflicts of interest at stockbrokers and audit firms.

Sports In Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Sports In Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Olympic torch starts trek to Salt Lake
Muhammad Ali sent the Olympic torch on its two-month journey to the Winter Games in Salt Lake City after a welcoming ceremony today in the last U.S. city to hold the games.

Eielson personnel deployed in wake of attacks
Eielson Air Force Base personnel are seeing their first large deployment since the Sept. 11 attacks, but Air Force officials are not giving any details about where they've been sent or what their duties are.

Joe Geldhof pitches road compromise
Joe Geldhof says a road could be built to increase access to Juneau. But Geldhof, a Juneau attorney who fought against the road alternative on last year's municipal ballot, doesn't want the road to go from the current terminus at Echo Cove up to Skagway.

State Briefs
Tourism planning meeting tonight; TV show features Glacier Bay; Anthropologist speaks on patriotism and the land; Volunteers needed to wrap gifts; UNICEF gifts available through Saturday at Nugget Mall; Senate panel approves labels on foreign seafood; Salvation Army sued by families of abuse victims; FCC gives rural residents Internet option through schools

Ayers to leave Knowles' office
Jim Ayers, chief of staff to Gov. Tony Knowles for seven years, announced today that he will resign effective Jan. 4.

Commission criticizes Canada salmon farms, recommends reforms
Alaska fishermen are lauding a report out of Canada that criticizes the farmed salmon industry in British Columbia and recommends reforms to protect the environment.

UAF receives grant for Native health
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is getting $11 million over the next five years to look at how behavior, genetics and nutrition affects obesity, specifically in Alaska Natives. The research also will look at how obesity is related to diabetes and heart disease.

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