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Sunday, November 2, 2003

In the Stacks: Nonfiction titles to tide you over
Whether you're already longing for spring or waxing up your skis in anticipation of winter, there are new nonfiction titles just for you.

Students for strike vote
As full- and part-time students at the University of Alaska Southeast, we are writing in support of the ACCFT teachers throughout the state in their decision which authorized a strike.

Visitor believes no road limits tourists' options
As a two-time visitor to Juneau and from a tourist's point of view, you people really need a road to the outside world. The ferry's a pain in the butt and, let's face it, if you're not fishing or hiking there's not really much to do here for tourists. So I can see why there's only 30,000 people here.

Juneau's rules of the road need changing
Regarding Jason Soza's letter, in which he states "trying to beat a light is not always a mistake" - I see a big difference in having to make a judgment call to beat a yellow light and trying to beat a red light.

Stevens' effort is anti-democratic
Senator Stevens has shown once again that he has little respect for our courts of law. This week he pushed through a law that will severely limit the ability of federal courts to rule on timber sales on the Tongass National Forest.

Appalled at Stevens' rider
I am appalled at Senator Stevens' recent anti-public, anti-Tongass actions in Congress. The senator is pushing through a rider on this fall's Interior Appropriations bill that will prevent individuals and communities from filing legal challenges to Tongass logging sales more than a month after the Forest Service's final administrative decision on a sale.

Valley intersection most dangerous spot in Juneau
On Tuesday I and several hundred motorists watched yet another person leave the intersection in an ambulance in view of the little boy's flowers.

Reflective clothing a good safety measure
Could you possibly add something in the Juneau Empire bringing some safety suggestions to the attention of parents with children walking/riding along Mendenhall Loop Road?

Soldiers need support when they return home
What are the warning signs that a person is suffering from depression, post traumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts or something like Gulf War Syndrome?

Sympathy lies with victim
I'm replying to Michelle Johnson's outburst about my letter. I am not pointing fingers at the driver. People are blaming the boy for crossing the street and that's unfair. If you read the article the day after the accident, the boy's grandmother says it's a dangerous intersection.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

DOT to base fast ferry in Juneau
Alaska's new fast ferry Fairweather will be based in Juneau instead of Sitka as earlier planned, according to the state Department of Transportation. The 235-foot ferry, set to begin operating in May 2004, originally was to be housed in Sitka and make daily trips back and forth to Juneau.

Photo: A time for giving
Emilyanne Lohrey, 9, stacks wrapped shoeboxes full of gifts at Chapel By The Lake on Saturday as part of Operation Christmas Child. Juneau will ship an estimated 1,500 to 1,700 boxes of gifts aimed at boys and girls ages 2 to 14 who live along Russia's eastern coast. This is the sixth year Juneau area churches and residents have participated in the event.

Eaglecrest eyes sales tax for more revenue
Supporters of Eaglecrest Ski Area may ask for a special nine-month 1 percent sales tax to raise revenue for the struggling facility.

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

Taking on a new school: Who would pay for it?
As the Juneau School District approaches a deadline to apply to take on a statewide correspondence school with hundreds of students, Juneau Assembly members have raised concerns about the financial impacts.

Caregivers provide love and service
The hours are long and irregular, the demands are psychologically and physically tiring, and the pay is nonexistent. But most people who hold this job don't even acknowledge the fact that they're working.

My Turn: Stevens has long history of trouble with Natives
To read what Ted Stevens said in a recent Anchorage Daily News front-page article, I wonder if he believes what he's saying. He makes himself sound like Mister Goodbar bestowing many gifts onto Alaska Natives, when in fact he has over a 30-year legacy of systematically taking away our rights and natural resources through the very same legislation that he brags about passing on the Natives' behalf.

Toe Cartoon
Local cartoon by Toe.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Southeast Wild: Eagles gathering early this year
Bald eagles of the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve stand perched once again to play center stage in one of nature's extraordinary exhibitions. This year eagles are gathering even earlier and in greater numbers, thanks to an abundant salmon run. At the peak, up to 3,500 birds will congregate along a small stretch of the Chilkat River known as the Council Grounds. The gathering of bald eagles is the focal point of the annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival, scheduled this year Nov. 12-16 in Haines.

Out & About
Upcoming outdoor events in Juneau.

Polo with a paddle: Kayak polo popular in Alaska
Kayak polo is just what it sounds like: water polo played in kayaks. Teams of five-on-five zip around a pool chasing a water polo ball while trying not to flip in a tippy whitewater kayak. The sport is popular in Fairbanks and many places around the world, but organized games had not gotten established in Anchorage until recently. The games in Anchorage are run by the Alaska Kayak Academy. Eight people showed up each of the last two game days.

A Saturday hike: Frogs, umbrellas and psychotherapy
The Grandmother Tree stands tall and wide beside the Dan Moller Trail. The tree's size and location make it a logical rest stop for hikers on their way to the Dan Moller Cabin or the ridges beyond on the backbone of Douglas Island. Geraldine Straty has lost count of the number of times she has hiked the Dan Moller Trail in the past 25 years. However, hiking new trails isn't the reason Straty and eight others left the comforts of home on a rainy day recently to lace up books, load up packs and join up with the Juneau Parks and Recreation Saturday hike.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Correction
In the season preview for the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team that ran in Thursday's Empire, the class year was wrong for 215-pound wrestler Tim Katasse due to incorrect information given to the reporter. Katasse is a junior.

Crimson Bears swamp Region V competition
As the Region V Swimming and Diving Championships neared the midpoint of Saturday's finals at Ketchikan, Juneau-Douglas High School coach John Wray gathered the members of his girls team together. At the time, the Crimson Bears were still being challenged by the Ketchikan and Petersburg girls. But as the diving board was being rigged for the next event at Mike Smithers Memorial Pool, Wray gave a pep talk - and his team responded.

Bentz inches closer to big-league dream
Juneau's Chad Bentz received an early Halloween treat on Thursday - a treat that moved him a step closer to fulfilling his major league dream. The Montreal Expos added Bentz and two other minor league players to their 40-man roster on Thursday. Most teams added players to their 40-man rosters late in the regular season, when rosters expand from 25 to 40 players in September. But the Expos were the only team not to bring up any minor league players, citing cost.

Region V swimming and diving championship results
Results from the Region V Swimming and Diving Championships held Friday and Saturday at Mike Smithers Memorial Pool in Ketchikan.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Court reinstates Nenana woman's lawsuit
A federal appeals court reinstated the lawsuit of a Native woman who says she was unfairly passed over for a classroom-aide position when the job was given to a non-Native. Susan Holz's lawsuit against the Nenana City Public School District had been dismissed by a lower court judge, who found that the district was immune from lawsuits under the 11th Amendment because it is an official "arm of the state."

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Domestic politics: Fairbanks Assembly tries meeting at home
Four members of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly are accused of violating local law after meeting in private at a new member's house. "There's a real public trust issue here," said Assembly member Cynthia Henry, who brought the matter up Thursday before the Assembly.

Diving partner recounts accident
A Ketchikan diver who drowned early this week while commercial fishing was using new gear. Michael R. Anderson, 33, and dive partner Lawrence Carson III, 32, were in 35 feet of water in Clarence Strait when Anderson removed his diving mask for some reason, losing his air supply.

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