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Wednesday, December 19, 2001

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

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

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.

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

Tarps are needed
Once again the residents of Juneau are under attack from the "aesthetic police" as the Harbor Board considers a proposal to ban the use of blue tarps or canvas on boats during the summer months, except with harbormaster approval.

Build the road
Here in Wasilla, I look forward to the day when I can drive my car to Juneau, our state's capital.

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.

Israel protects its borders, safety
In the debate between Israel and Palestine, I would like to state a VERY important fact. According to biblical history, the people of Israel were led out of Egypt by Moses to a land promised to them by God, who instructed Moses through their entire journey of 40 years into what is termed by the Bible "the Holy Land."

Voice your opinion
For those who would like to express their objection to U.S. policy and its lack of balance in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or other topics, I have a suggestion.

Israel needs security
One of the sought after fruits in dialogue is that it clarifies positions, which appears to be the case in Lisle Hebert's and my recent exchange of ideas about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

Why lobbyists?
When our legislators were campaigning for the offices they now hold, they said we should vote for them because they were the best to represent our needs. We have three legislators with a combined staff of seven, giving us 10 people working in the Capitol during the legislative sessions for the benefit of Juneau

Terrorism not justified
I am stunned that so many Juneauites are siding with the "anti-Americans" who view us (and Israel) as "infidels" just because we don't happen to share the same religious beliefs!

Holiday spirit at school
I would like to thank the classroom teachers of Auke Bay Elementary School for organizing a short holiday sing-along for the children during the school day on Monday.

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.

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.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, firefighters' response time to a Glacier View trailer park fire was incorrectly stated in the Tuesday Empire. Firefighters were dispatched at 11:16 a.m. and arrived on scene at 11:22 a.m.

Mackie named city lobbyist
The city of Juneau will have a second lobbyist to represent its interests in the state Legislature come January.

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

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

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

Board renews charter school for 6 - not 10 - years
Tuesday's meeting of the Juneau School Board brought bittersweet results for the Juneau Community Charter School.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Sudden death spurs workers to study CPR
When a 40-year-old man suddenly collapses on a basketball court and no one can revive him, it's terrifying. "It was the sort of thing you're not equipped to deal with," said a coworker who watched the man collapse and die from a heart attack in October. "There were 30 of us there and nobody had any formal cardiopulmonary resuscitation training. We did what we could. He had friends and family members there, too."

Thank You
...for your kindness; ..for all your help; ...for all your work

Darkness can offer many valuable gifts
The days grow longer as a new year approaches. From the winter solstice on Dec. 21 we will see a gain in daylight - only minutes more, and yes, barely discernable - but the days will grow longer nevertheless.

Where to send cards and donations
Charlotte Brown, 7, who was injured in an automobile accident on Dec. 8, has been moved to Children's Regional Hospital in Seattle. She was able to sit up in a wheelchair for a couple of hours, said her uncle, Daniel Brown of Juneau, but her prognosis has not changed.

Crenshaw, Henderson marry
Chris Crenshaw of Houston, Texas, and Kathy Henderson of Juneau were married in Tombstone, Ariz., on November 6, 2001. Attendants were Caroline Powers, formerly of Juneau, and Harold Dillard.

Combs, Gelston to wed
Rikki Leigh Combs, Haines, and Aaron Dwayne Gelston, Juneau, will be married at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, at the Travelodge. A reception, which friends and family are invited to attend, will begin at 7 p.m., also at the Travelodge.

Letter: Captain will be missed
"Hugh, come up when you get a chance!" A welcome message heard many times while traveling aboard the Alaska State Ferry System. The familiar voice was from the "bridge" over the public address system and from the Captain, Karl Schoeppe.

Juneau volunteer strives to protect buffalo
Audra Green of Juneau feels passionately that wild animals should be allowed to graze undisturbed. That's the reason Green is spending several months in West Yellowstone with the Buffalo Field Campaign (formerly Buffalo Nations).

THRHA donates to elders
Employees of the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority shipped 400 pounds of holiday goodies this week to the elders who reside in the Juneau-based nonprofit's eight affordable rental resindences throughout rural Southeast Alaska.

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

My Turn: Israel, United States are close friends
In Mr. Rob Miller's My Turn: "America needs to be fair in Mideast" and in Lisle Hebert's My Turn: "Palestinians Don't trust U.S. to broker justice," in the Juneau Empire of Dec. 16, 2001, Lisle Hebert states: "If I am wrong in this, please prove it to me with fact." Here they are, facts, not a demagogy.

It's time for Arafat to step down
For Yasser Arafat, a moment of personal reckoning is at hand. After a three-month slide into open warfare with Israel ... the hapless Palestinian leader tried to call a halt on Sunday night. Israel must cease its attacks, he said in a televised address. ...

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.

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.

Former champs push Yukon Quest field to 45
The field for the 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race has grown again as the entries of defending champion Tim Osmar of Kasilof, 1988 champ Dave Monson of Manley and veteran musher Doug Grilliott of Willow arrived in the mail at race headquarters early this week.

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

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

Basketball Standings
Standings from the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Ordway Basketball League, 2001-02 regular-season standings through games of Dec. 16.

Duke holds off Kentucky
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mike Krzyzewski put top-ranked Duke's winning streak in Jason Williams' hands."I rode him as hard as a jockey can ride a horse," the Blue Devils coach said. "I just kept calling his number."

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.

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

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.

New funds for Native education
WASHINGTON - The national education bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday greatly expands programs designed to help Alaska Natives do better in school.

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.

Medicaid funding boost unlikely this session
FAIRBANKS - Prospects are dimming in Congress for a boost in the federal money that helps Alaska and other states provide health insurance to poor people.

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.

Loren Leman stumps for lieutenant governor
Senate Majority Leader Loren Leman says a resolution to the subsistence controversy and implementation of a long-range fiscal plan probably aren't achievable in the 2002 legislative session.

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.

Ketchikan borough to help shipyard
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has voted unanimously to use its $5 million shipyard development fund as a bond guarantee account to help Alaska Ship and Drydock obtain a federal contract.

Princess puts itself up for auction
LONDON - P&O Princess Cruises PLC has changed course and put itself up for auction, announcing today it would give shareholders time to study a $4.4 billion takeover bid from Carnival Corp. that it had spurned in favor of a merger with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

State Briefs
Man charged with shooting fellow passenger; State, Red Dog mine owner reach settlement on violations; Anchorage exceeds federal carbon monoxide standards; Anchorage man gets 75 years in prison for murder; Noatak man charged in ax attack

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