Home health assistance gets homier and friendlier
A change in state regulations that went into effect Oct. 1 loosened requirements regarding personal care assistance, resulting in more choices for those who need aides in the home.

Business Briefs
Holiday hours at Nugget Mall; University store holds sale; Christmas book special offered; Family Travel changes location; Holiday turkey dinners offered; Harry Potter panels on sale; Alaska berry book discounted; Divers get free air; Snowshoes designed for women; Sitka man on commerce list; Troll fishery responds to supply; Miners' conference dates set; Mining calendar available

GCI acquires Rogers American Cablesystems
General Communication Inc. has closed a transaction with the Canadian firm of Rogers Cable Inc. to acquire 100 percent of the stock of Rogers American Cablesystems, an Alaska cable television producer. The acquisition was effective Nov. 19.

Business Profile: Bill Pence
William "Bill" Pence, professional land surveyor, is partner with Peter Hildre, professional engineer, in the firm of Toner Nordling & Associates. Hildre has been with the firm since 1981 and was named Engineer of the Year in 1998 by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

On The Move
Begenyi awarded professional engineer license; Morrison named tribal relations manager; Licensure attained, pursued at Juneau firm

From sleighs to Snoopy, windows declare the season
At Napa Auto Parts, elves carry wrenches, pliers and battery cables. At Channel Bowl, a reindeer holds an armload of snowballs and throws them at bowling pins. These are just two of the painted window designs Anne Pittman of Admiral Signs created for customers. North Star Signs and Create-A-Vation also are among the businesses painting windows to create seasonal advertisements or illustrations.

Respect experience of hospital board members
The CBJ's Human Resources Committee exercised extremely poor judgment in removing Dr. Breffleih and Donna Herbert from the hospital board last week. In today's health care environment an in-depth knowledge of the regulatory environment and technical issues facing hospitals is not just valuable to the sound management of a hospital, it's critical.

Repercussions for captain required
I am writing regarding the recent incident where the FV Aurora's captain decided to not take aboard a casket in Sitka en route to Angoon. I am upset that this whole incident has gone by without repercussion.

Leveraged in faith
Attorney General John Ashcroft, in his defense of anti-terror tactics to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Dec. 6, unwittingly reproached himself while only restating the predominant attitude in America today. It is one dominated by traits that have weakened fortitude in these United States since my father's "Great Generation" led us to a position of world leadership.

No chance for change?
Gee, its not even winter solstice yet and the pagan-games have begun. Judging by his editorial in Sundays paper, Don Smith has been listening seriously to someone whos not really all that happy with our mayor and certain ones on the Assembly for wishing to infuse the venerable good old boy system with some, perhaps too liberal, new blood?

Airport releases plan to limit wildlife hazards
The Juneau Airport wants to clearcut a woodland by the floatplane pond and fill some wetlands to discourage wildlife near the airstrip, according to a list of proposals released by airport staff.

Girl in critical condition after weekend crash
A 7-year-old girl is in critical condition and on a respirator today after she was ejected from a vehicle Saturday afternoon during a two-vehicle accident that sent 14 people to the hospital.

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

Local Briefs
Airport considers electronic tickets for parking; ACS disconnects some e-mail customers; Panel proposes name for bypass park

Photo: Charity basketball
Dwight Hicks, a San Francisco 49er Super Bowl Champion and four-time Pro-Bowler, signs an autograph for Kaleb Tompkins during the half-time break Monday night at the JDHS gymnasium in a Pro Sports Celebrity and Hollywood All-Star charity game sponsored by the Juneau Elks Club.

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

Photo: Basket of beads
Hailey Quinto, left, and Kaitelyn McDonald contemplate collections of beads at a crafts table during Saturday's Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Christmas Bazaar at McPhetres Hall downtown.

City panel outlines alcohol, substance abuse suggestions
Juneau needs a community coalition to address alcohol and substance abuse issues, the Mayor's Task Force on Sobriety told Juneau Assembly members on Monday.

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

Assembly works out Auke Bay park plan
A waterfront park in Auke Bay is one step closer to reality under a funding proposal outlined at a Juneau Assembly work session Monday.

Accident victim still in critical condition
Normally, all of Jason Brown's children would have been wearing their seat belts.

Show features Afghanistan in better times
Dick Marshall saw Afghanistan without guns, land mines or Taliban militia.At 7:30 Thursday night, Marshall will present slides and talk about his month-long, 800-mile trip through Afghanistan in 1976.

Photo: Houses for the open house
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School eighth-grader Jake Miller hands Life Skills teacher Jodie Buck his finished gingerbread house as his classmates prepare to have their picture taken with their sugar-coated constructions.

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

Influenza hits Juneau
Flu season has begun in Juneau, but not everything you think is flu, is. "Since Nov. 28, we have had 11 emergency room flu diagnoses," said Marijo Toner, communications manager for Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Juneau man on the front
Lance Cpl. Bryce Collins of Juneau is part of the battle against the Taliban and al-Qaida in southern Afghanistan. "It's scary. We watch the news every day for hours," Gayle Collins said today about her son, a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate.



Taking stock during tough times
Today marks three months since everything changed.The events of Sept. 11, primarily, along with travel, war, mail and anthrax, secondarily, have caused many of us to take stock. What is important?

Just say no, Rep. Condit
No one ever accused Rep. Gary A. Condit, D-Calif., of sensitivity and discernment in his dodging of public accountability over his "very close" relationship with and the disappearance of Washington intern Chandra Levy.

Taking stock during tough times
Today marks three months since everything changed. The events of Sept. 11, primarily, along with travel, war, mail and anthrax, secondarily, have caused many of us to take stock. What is important?

Salt Lake's nice recovery
The mountains of the Wasatch Front east of Salt Lake City are buried in new snow, the torch is making its way across the country and personal dramas abound as the 2002 Olympic Winter Games approach.

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

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

Tompkins finishes 34th at Hartford Ski Spectacular
Joe Tompkins, a U.S. Disabled Ski Team member from Juneau, finished well off the lead during the Hartford Ski Spectacular giant slalom race held Friday at Breckenridge Ski Area in Breckenridge, Colo.

Juneau's Glacier Swim Club takes seventh at state age-group meet
Juneau's Glacier Swim Club took seventh place in the team standings at the 2001 Speedo/Alaska Swimming Age-Group Championships held Friday through Sunday in Fairbanks. The meet was for swimmers age 14-younger who had met qualifying times earlier in the season.

State wants lawsuit on Bush police protection thrown out
ANCHORAGE - State officials want a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by rural communities and Alaska Native groups that alleges state discrimination through inadequate police protection in villages.

Council sets groundfish quotas and advances crab issues
ANCHORAGE - A federal fisheries council Monday cut the 2002 harvest of groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska, but kept on an even keel on the allowable catch for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.

New air routes could protect small planes
The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing more than a dozen new air routes over Anchorage to safeguard small planes from potentially deadly jet turbulence.

Telecommunications contract signed
State officials and officers of Alaska Communications Systems are hailing a contract that makes Alaska the first state to turn over all of its telecommunications operations to the private sector.

State Briefs
Doctor's license suspended; Inquiry questions GCI cable bid; Teen dies after soccer practice; Retired trooper, son die in accident; Ketchikan murder trial set for January; Airport drill set for Thursday; Lockup fund-raiser targets disease; Lockup fund-raiser targets disease; Coast Guardsman dies while hiking; Fisheries panel OKs seabird protection; New FEMA director named

State economy continues its slow growth
ANCHORAGE - While the Lower 48 has sunk into a recession, the Alaska economy continues to grow, although at a slow pace.

Tourist bookings drop, but not as much as feared
A survey of Alaska's tourism industry shows advance bookings for next summer's visitor season are down by an average of 23 percent, far below the expected overall drop of 40 to 60 percent.

State Briefs
Juneau cat's TV debut delayed; Woman removed from Alaska Airlines flight to Juneau; BP plant to use fuel cells; Juneau man named deputy commissioner of department; Aurora researcher honored; Williams executive dead at 58; Subsistence board mulls over several fishery proposals; Diesel fuel spilled in Deering; Wasilla man pleads no contest to sex abuse; Man arrested for alleged sexual assault; Anchorage dentist has license suspended

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