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Saturday, August 24, 2002

A growing economy
In his Sunday editorial endorsing plans for the Kensington mine, Publisher Don Smith writes that the Southeast economy "has lost 4,000 jobs over the last decade." This is wrong. Southeast Alaska's annual average non-agricultural employment in 2001 was 36,350, up by 7 percent from 1992.

Irony abounds
How ironic that Libertarian candidate for U.S. House of Representatives Rob Clift believes that government's only function should be to protect citizens' rights and property.

On behalf of Filipinos
I want to thank the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly members en bloc for a resolution and adoption dedicating Manila Square in honor of Juneau's Filipino community on Aug. 19. This recognition honors those that have been here in the past and the present.

Black and white
I am writing in support of protecting the recently reported white bear in Juneau. Matt Robus, deputy director of the state Department of Fish and Game's Wildlife Conservation Division, is quoted "We manage wildlife by populations, not by individual animals." This makes perfect sense.

Police explain response to shrine burglary report
Police did not investigate eight recent burglaries at the Shrine of St. Therese because the caretaker reporting the crimes didn't request an officer and because he had no suspects, police said.

Correction
The gas price for Fred Meyer published in Thursday's Business Spotlight was incorrect. It should have been $1.59.9.

White bear gets a break
The state Board of Game made an emergency finding today protecting white-colored black bears from hunting in the Juneau area until the panel considers a permanent regulation in November. The bear-hunting season opens Sept. 1 and lasts through June 30. The board met by teleconference in an emergency session to hear a request from Juneau photographer Pat Costello that white-colored bears, such as one he saw in Juneau last week, be exempt from being hunted.

Derby's hopeful early birds go after the big one
Some boaters headed to the harbors early this morning to prepare for the first day of the 56th Golden North Salmon Derby.In Douglas, where two of the three last winners were weighed in, skiffs, cabin cruisers and small yachts began threading their way out of the harbor minutes after validation of tickets began at 7:30 a.m. Once in Gastineau Channel, they joined a line of cruisers and trollers from downtown harbors headed to the grounds south of town.

Religious schools offer different opportunities
Prayer in school is a given, not a controversy, for the four private Christian-based schools in Juneau. The teachers say the schools erase what is an unnatural separation of students' academic and spiritual growth.

Updated: Could teen-ager repeat history with double win?
JUNEAU - The Washington woman struck by a local tour van and trapped beneath its wheels downtown Wednesday is still in serious condition today in a Seattle hospital.

Remote cannery holds fond memories for workers' children
To hear the reminiscing at a reunion last week, Hawk Inlet cannery was as much summer camp as work camp.Juneau Natives who spent their childhood summers at the cannery on Admiralty Island from 1915 to 1960 remembered it as an idyllic spot.

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

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

Concern grows about official bear shootings
Some locals are wondering whether garbage-eating should be a crime punishable by death.Two garbage bears, one in Douglas and one in Switzer Village near Lemon Creek, were shot recently after the state Department of Fish and Game trapped them. Neil Barten, a wildlife biologist for Fish and Game, said those were the only two bears shot this summer. Four others were relocated.

5 more aim for School Board
Seven candidates are certified to run for two open Juneau School Board seats, and two more candidates are awaiting certification of their paperwork, city officials said today.Thursday was the deadline to file to run for the School Board and three open seats on the Juneau Assembly in the Oct. 1 city election. Seven candidates have filed for the Assembly.

FYI
Births

'We the People' on the march
Politics, prayers and Native pride were prominent at We The People, a march and rally in downtown Juneau on Thursday. Native recognition and subsistence were at the heart of the event."We hunt and fish not for sport, but to feed ourselves," said Frank White, leader of the Wolf house of Hoonah. "We do not hang the heads of animals, or the fish, on the walls of our living rooms."

Tourist still in serious condition
JUNEAU - The Washington woman struck by a local tour van and trapped beneath its wheels downtown Wednesday is still in serious condition today in a Seattle hospital.

Kindness to others lies in the realm of spirit
Recently, a coworker and I were talking about a situation we'd noticed in our workplace. We were both fairly new on the scene and we were amazed at how one person's negativity could set the tone for the entire work place. This person was not in a managerial position so her power to control others was not dictatorial but rather her negative attitude seemed to bring others down. Everyone had let her black cloud of negativity rain on their parade.

Photo: Award-winning quilt
At the Haines Fair, Kallie Mae Jacobsen hugs the quilt she designed. Jacobsen sewed the quilt top entirely herself. The actual quilting was done by her and a group of female relatives who helped complete the item before fair time.

Carbonetti, Bellevue marry
Alyssa Carbonetti of Castro Valley, Calif. and Mike Bellevue of Castro Valley, Calif. were married in a ceremony at 1 p.m. on July 21, 2002, at Elliston Vineyards in Sunol, Calif. A reception followed at 2 p.m. at Elliston Vineyards Event Room.

Miller, Muhle to marry
Karleen Jamae Miller and Chad Adam Muhle, both of Omaha, Neb., announce their plans for a Sept. 28 wedding at Christ Lutheran Church in Columbus, Neb.

Photo: 2002 Alaska State Soccer Cup Champs
After finishing as runners up in the 2001 tournament, the Juneau Soccer Club U13 girls team won the 2002 Snickers Alaska State Cup Tournament held Aug. 7-11 in Fairbanks. They will represent the state of Alaska at the Snickers Far West Regional Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii, from June 23-28, 2003.

Neighbors briefs
Helping Hands sets annual auction; Charter school taking applications for opening; Sept. 11 vigil set

Bakker, Standerwick wed
Anne Bakker and Doug Standerwick announce their marriage in an outdoor ceremony Aug. 10, 2002 at Bartlett Lodge on Cache Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.

Parent-run nursery taking applications for semester
The Juneau Co-op Nursery School is now taking applications for the Fall 2002 semester for children who will be between the ages of 20 months and three years by Sept. 15, 2002. JCNS is a parent-run nursery school program located in the basement of the Northern Lights United Church at 400 11th Street in Juneau.

Isidro Marcha Abella
Juneau resident Isidro Marcha Abella died Aug. 21, 2002, in Juneau.

Eileen V. Hansen
Juneau resident Eileen V. Hansen died April 3, 2002, in Arizona.

Alexandria Joan Woods
Juneau resident Alexandria Joan Woods died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, in Juneau.

My Turn: Red Dog Mine lawsuit protects jobs
Alaskans want good jobs developing Alaska's ample natural resources and at the same time, demand protection of our clean air and water. The state of Alaska and the operators of the world's largest zinc mine - Red Dog near Kotzebue - reached that careful balance when the state issued an air quality permit to allow an expansion of the mine.

My Turn: The difficulty of being independent or non-partisan
Back in the early days of statehood, I followed in my father's footsteps and proudly voted for the man, not the party. I, like my father, felt independent of politics. I had no idea back then that when I voted for the man, I got the party philosophy that came with the man. I was nave about political party caucuses that determined how each elected official would vote on any particular issue.

Runners seek answers at Sitka Invite
Ask Southeast cross-country coaches or runners to size up this year's Region V competition, and more often than not they'll reply, "It's an unknown."Entering a season with a lot of turnover among top runners, Southeast teams will get their first opportunity for a first-hand assessment this afternoon as they gather for the Sitka Invitational. Region V-Class 4A schools Juneau-Douglas, Ketchikan and Sitka will be joined by a field of smaller schools including Kake, Craig, Metlakatla, Yakutat, Wrangell and Petersburg.

Capital City Soccer League Standings
The standings of the Capital City Soccer League through games of Monday, Aug. 19.

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

State Football Leaders
The individual high school football leaders in the state through games of Aug. 17, as compiled by the Anchorage Daily News. Statistics are for reported games only.

State Briefs
Committee to pay redistricting legal fees; Officials pull out of search for Angoon man; No one injured as youth ignites family garage; Hobo Jim fan creates fund to replace stolen guitar; Nome students start school a week late

Company officers indicted in waste dumping
ANCHORAGE - Five more people have been indicted by an Anchorage federal grand jury for their roles in an ocean pollution conspiracy involving oil dumping from cargo ships that regularly travel in Alaska.

4 file suit for more time on absentee ballots
ANCHORAGE - A Talkeetna homesteader and three other Alaskans filed suit Thursday seeking more time to receive and send in absentee ballots.The public interest lawsuit was filed in Anchorage Superior Court on behalf of Judy M. Price and three others who said the window of opportunity for voting absentee is too narrow and that hazardous conditions prevent rural voters from picking up or mailing in ballots.

Ulmer: State will need new taxes
KENAI - Democrat Fran Ulmer has set herself apart from other candidates in the governor's race by declaring that new taxes will be needed to solve the state's budget crisis.The other candidates at an hour-long forum in Kenai on Wednesday rejected that idea, reported the Anchorage Daily News.

NorQuest Seafoods official floats cold-storage idea
KETCHIKAN - A Norquest Seafoods official is floating the idea of a community cold storage in Ketchikan as a way of helping the struggling seafood industry in Alaska.

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