Tuesday, December 18, 2001

Travel agents: Feel free to vacation almost anywhere
Alaskans were among those hesitant about traveling after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. "In fact, business came to a complete halt for a good three weeks; the phone didn't ring," said Juneau travel agent Kristen Josserand of Alaska Travel & Tours. "It was sad. But things are picking up now, and people are still planning to go out of the country in 2002."

Leaseholder, Mendenhall Center search for anchor tenant
If you're paying several hundred thousand dollars a year in rent - and not occupying the space - you want to get out of the deal ASAP.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Business Briefs
Bakery prepares holiday goods; Tram pass discounts offered; Red aurora print sells out; Cabins available for cruise on Mexican Riviera; State expands online license renewals; Employment Security Division awarded $1.6 million business grant; Two boat shows scheduled for Seattle; Selling tool for travel agents; Wostmann wins groundfish system contract; Private trams access homes on hills

Business Profile: Cyndi Isaak
Title and Firm: Cyndi Isaak is the founder and owner of Cyndi's Cruise and Travel.

Court was partisan
As another person, like Nina Mollett, happy to describe myself as a "democracy partisan," I hope I can answer Richard Schmitz' questions and correct some factual errors in his letter.

Nothing justifies terrorism
In the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedy, the Empire has published a number of letters critical of Israel, as well as American policy toward Israel. I am deeply troubled by the mixture of fact and fiction in these letters and the implication that the killing of Americans and Israelis is somehow justified by these policies.

Fundamentalists don't want peace
I'd like to respond to Jody Liliedahl's letter and then, respecting your new policy against filibusters, pipe down.

City revives wharf, park plan
Juneau Assembly members on Monday restarted plans to upgrade the Alaska Steamship Wharf and nearby Marine Park to give people and buses more room.

Charter school up for renewal
In April 1997, the Juneau Community Charter School won a green light from the Juneau School Board to begin operation.

Correction
Due to incorrect information provided to the Empire, a Sunday article about Chapel by the Lake listed the wrong time for the Longest Night Service on Dec. 23. The service will begin at 6 p.m.

Local Briefs
Assembly OKs land purchase; Police still looking for robber of teen; JDHS library stays open over recess; Assembly's letter to USFS draws fire

Assembly reappoints Bartlett board incumbents
The Juneau Assembly unanimously reappointed three incumbents to the Bartlett Regional Hospital Board of Directors on Monday, with a promise of more discussion about term limits for people who serve on city boards and commissions.

One more night for 'One King'
Left to right, Melissa Tasser, Meridith Jones, Mackenzie Slater, Heidi Freeman and Tammy Clover (not all shown) perform a dance to the song "Glory to The King" during Sunday's performance of the 29th annual Singing Christmas Tree at the Juneau Christian Center. The final performance for this year's "One King," directed by Honey Bee Anderson, will be at 7 tonight.

Two armed robbers caught after Douglas holdup
Two men are in prison today after allegedly forcing their way into a Douglas Island apartment in what police called a drug-related armed robbery.

Cutting Christmas trees OK - with limits
Juneau residents in search of a Christmas tree need look no farther than the Tongass National Forest or city land - with some restrictions.

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

Fire victim seeks help from community
Joe Harris and Phil Kestersen were passing traffic. They were going too fast, then too slow. "Oh God, Oh God, Oh God," Harris said. "That's all I could think. I could see the smoke from my trailer from Fred Meyer. I knew we were too late. Where there's smoke there's - it means it's gone.

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

Juneau's former 'Mr. Music' dies in Ohio
Melvin "Mel" Flood, former conductor of the Juneau Symphony and founder of the Mel Flood Big Band, died of brain cancer Monday in Lakeside, Ohio. He turned 60 on Dec. 5.

Fire destroys trailer, strands family
A family of four is looking for permanent shelter and help from the community today after a fire gutted its trailer home Monday morning.

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

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

Accident victim changes hospitals
A 7-year-old accident victim remains in serious condition after being transferred to Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle on Sunday. Charlotte Brown is in pediatric intensive care but good spirits, said her uncle Daniel Brown.

Priscilla A. Suson
Juneau resident Priscilla A. Suson died Dec. 15, 2001, at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Crisis brings mixed reactions to reporting
Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, almost everyone is rethinking his position on almost everything. And that includes the role and performance of the news media.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

Joy of giving, D.C.-style
Like most of us, Congress is waiting till the last minute to decide what to give this holiday season. Oh, lawmakers know they want to drop an economic stimulus package down the nation's chimney, but they just can't agree on the specific gifts their bounteous bundle will contain. At risk of deflating the joy of giving that is sweeping Washington, here's a Grinch's list of presents we hope Santa will dump with extreme prejudice from the stimulus sleigh.

My Turn: Peace in Mideast far in the future
Rob Miller and Lisle Hebert's My Turns in Sunday's Empire discussing America's bias toward Israel and past Israel atrocities contained much fact and truth. However, while Rob and Lisle's positions were definitely insightful, they struck me as also a bit biased. Or perhaps as just not an accurate, complete perspective on the entire Middle East question.

At least 42 teams enter the 2002 Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race
FAIRBANKS -- At least 42 mushers have lined up to compete in the 1,000-mile 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Hoonah takes second place in small schools volleyball
The Hoonah High School girls volleyball team couldn't duplicate its state title of 1998 as the Braves lost a 15-2, 7-15, 17-15, 15-8 decision to the Koliganek Huskies on Saturday in the championship game of the Class 1A-2A-3A (West) state tournament at Anchorage's Dimond High School.

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

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

Juneau woman added to list of Olympic torchbearers
Ethel Lund of Juneau has been added to the list of people who will carry the Olympic torch when the Olympic Torch Relay makes its way to Juneau on Jan. 24.

Company ordered to pay fishing crews more for harvest
ANCHORAGE - American Seafoods Co., the largest operator of Bering Sea fishing ships, should pay crew members an extra $1.86 million for work during last winter's pollock season, a federal judge in Seattle has ruled.

State briefs
Vehicle theft brings DWI charge; Palmer trailer fire kills one; Massage therapist helps Ground Zero workers; Alaska flu cases rising; Feds awards state $32 million

Alaska fishing deaths drop, but still too high
ANCHORAGE - A new federal safety report says Alaska's commercial fishing industry has made considerable progress in reducing fatalities in boat sinkings, but adds there are still too many deaths involving deck and dock accidents.

GOP poll says public favors ANWR drilling
FAIRBANKS - A new national poll indicates increasing public support for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but drilling opponents say the numbers are the result of a biased survey.

Gov. Cayetano wants Jones Act exemption for Hawaii cruise ships
HONOLULU - Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano said Monday he will ask Sen. Daniel Inouye to introduce legislation granting an exemption from the federal Jones Act to allow foreign-built cruise ships to operate between U.S. ports in Hawaii and Alaska.

Southcentral creeping south
ANCHORAGE - In a shift that's baffled scientists, the earth beneath part of Southcentral Alaska has been inching southward for the past three years.

Shellfish growers launch state's 1st geoduck farm
SEWARD - A group of shellfish growers in Southeast Alaska is establishing a geoduck farm. Seward's Qutekcak Shellfish Hatchery last week shipped 30,000 geoduck seed to the shellfish farmers who hope to become the first of their kind in the state.

Glacier meltdown picks up pace
ANCHORAGE - Most of Alaska's glaciers have been shrinking in a meltdown that began at least two centuries ago and appears to be accelerating, according to a new comprehensive study that drew on thousands of historical and scientific sources.

P&O Princess rejects offer from Carnival
MIAMI - Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise operator, said Sunday that its $4.5 billion offer to merge with P&O Princess Cruises PLC has been rejected by the London-based company.

Murkowski: Develop resources, build road
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski stressed pro-development themes Monday in his first trip to Juneau since declaring his candidacy for governor.

Juneau projects on Knowles' wish list
A spending package unveiled by the governor includes money for a host of Juneau projects, including a new National Guard armory, extension of the North Douglas sewer project and expansion of the Alaska State Museum.

Carnival in hostile bid for Princess
MIAMI - Carnival Corp. launched a $4.4 billion hostile bid Monday to buy Britain's P&O Princess Cruises PLC, which has already agreed to a merger deal with Royal Caribbean Ltd.

State Briefs
Yacht Club collects record amount of food baskets; Suspect critical after being shot Monday by trooper in Fairbanks; Ketchikan votes to approve hydroelectric sale

Panel gives up on ANILCA
Collective rights to subsistence hunting and fishing won't be guaranteed in a proposed constitutional amendment establishing a rural priority.

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