Thursday, August 31, 2000

Milosevic plans to include Kosovo in Yugoslav elections
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia - Caught between the United States and European powers, Kosovo s chief U.N. administrator consulted with Western diplomats Thursday on President Slobodan Milosevic s surprise plans to allow Kosovo Serbs to vote in Yugoslav elections.

Milosevic plans to include Kosovo in Yugoslav elections
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia - Caught between the United States and European powers, Kosovo s chief U.N. administrator consulted with Western diplomats Thursday on President Slobodan Milosevic s surprise plans to allow Kosovo Serbs to vote in Yugoslav elections.

Pet of the week

AROUND TOWN
Today

Obituary
CLARENCE "PETE" PETERSON

Awards, honors and graduates
Rebecca Blasco of Juneau has been named to the dean's list at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., for the spring semester.

Thank you

Landscape alaska
It may seem premature, even cowardly, to begin talking about planting fall bulbs while late summer flowers have still to open, but here we are and the time is now, so let's go on. Bulbs are Southeast Alaska's crowning glory; nowhere else have I ever seen the stunning colors last so long, or be greeted with such joy.

Pet of the week

Obituary
CLARENCE "PETE" PETERSON

Landscape alaska
It may seem premature, even cowardly, to begin talking about planting fall bulbs while late summer flowers have still to open, but here we are and the time is now, so let's go on. Bulbs are Southeast Alaska's crowning glory; nowhere else have I ever seen the stunning colors last so long, or be greeted with such joy.

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AROUND TOWN
Today

AROUND TOWN

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AROUND TOWN

safety first
By PATRICIA MATTISON

Thank you

safety first
By PATRICIA MATTISON

Awards, honors and graduates
Rebecca Blasco of Juneau has been named to the dean's list at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., for the spring semester.

Arts profile
Tone color: Musician and music teacher Julia Bastuscheck is the principal violist with the Juneau Symphony and also plays with the Nimbus Ensemble.

Crossing borders through music
The soloist glides her bow across the two silk strings of her erhu, drawing the music of China from across the sea. Behind her, a violinist echoes the motion. A mandolin joins in. Then from center stage, a delicate woman plucks notes like Japanese haiku from a 13-stringed koto.

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Crossing borders through music
The soloist glides her bow across the two silk strings of her erhu, drawing the music of China from across the sea. Behind her, a violinist echoes the motion. A mandolin joins in. Then from center stage, a delicate woman plucks notes like Japanese haiku from a 13-stringed koto.

Arts profile
Tone color: Musician and music teacher Julia Bastuscheck is the principal violist with the Juneau Symphony and also plays with the Nimbus Ensemble.

Anchorage band blends hip hop and reggae
The high-energy dance music of hip hop reggae flies into Juneau this weekend with the group First Trax from Anchorage.

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Anchorage band blends hip hop and reggae
The high-energy dance music of hip hop reggae flies into Juneau this weekend with the group First Trax from Anchorage.

Kake seeks emergency funds to replace dam
Now that water is running from the taps in Kake again, town officials want to ensure they won't go dry.

Two men injured in plane crash
ANCHORAGE - Two men conducting research for the state Department of Fish and Game were injured Tuesday night when their plane crashed on the Alaska Peninsula about 50 miles northeast of Port Moller.

Man dies in crash
A Sitka man died this morning when his small plane hit a hangar on takeoff at the Juneau Airport.

CORRECTION
Due to a reporting error, the Empire's Wednesday article about road tar on cars gave the wrong first name of the owner of a car wash company. His name is Shawn Tucker. The name of the car wash was also incorrect; it is Chilly Willy's. Teresa Tucker was also misquoted; she was referring to road chemical trucks in winter rather than asphalt tack trucks in summer.

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Man dies in crash
A Sitka man died this morning when his small plane hit a hangar on takeoff at the Juneau Airport.

School superintendent hired as independent contractor
ANCHORAGE - Schools Superintendent Bob Christal became an independent contractor instead of an employee under a precedent-setting move by the school board this week. Monday's decision allows Christal to increase his income by taking retirement pay at the same time.

Alaska gets D on gun laws to protect kids
A national gun control group has again given Alaska a D minus for failing to properly protect children from guns.

CORRECTION

Two drop out of city race
Two candidates for the Juneau Assembly called it quits Wednesday - Teamsters union business agent Tim Sunday and computer technician Sam Dapcevich.

School superintendent hired as independent contractor
ANCHORAGE - Schools Superintendent Bob Christal became an independent contractor instead of an employee under a precedent-setting move by the school board this week. Monday's decision allows Christal to increase his income by taking retirement pay at the same time.

State OKs hike in power rates
Most Juneau residents will see slightly higher electrical bills next month.

City seeks stronger water rules
The city Community Development Department wants Juneau to develop rules to reduce the pollution and sediment that runs off land into streams and makes it difficult for fish to survive.

Gun owners say new law is simpler
Reactions to Alaska's revised handgun law are mixed, but generally favorable.

Two men injured in plane crash
ANCHORAGE - Two men conducting research for the state Department of Fish and Game were injured Tuesday night when their plane crashed on the Alaska Peninsula about 50 miles northeast of Port Moller.

Longtime local priest dies at 81
Father Innocent, who served for many years in Juneau as the priest at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, died Aug. 26 in Staten Island, N.Y. He was 81.

City seeks stronger water rules
The city Community Development Department wants Juneau to develop rules to reduce the pollution and sediment that runs off land into streams and makes it difficult for fish to survive.

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POLICE AND FIRE

Traffic worries new school's neighbors
Neighbors of the proposed high school at Dimond Park want the city to slow or reduce traffic on adjacent Riverside Drive.

Kake seeks emergency funds to replace dam
Now that water is running from the taps in Kake again, town officials want to ensure they won't go dry.

Union members angry over firing
Some members of the state's largest public employees union are trying to oust their business manager.

Scam suspect to change plea
ANCHORAGE - Anthony Kesler, the North Slope Borough's former chief of staff who is accused of running a phony charity, has asked to change his not-guilty plea, the Attorney General's office said Tuesday.

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POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Traffic worries new school's neighbors
Neighbors of the proposed high school at Dimond Park want the city to slow or reduce traffic on adjacent Riverside Drive.

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Union members angry over firing
Some members of the state's largest public employees union are trying to oust their business manager.

Longtime local priest dies at 81
Father Innocent, who served for many years in Juneau as the priest at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, died Aug. 26 in Staten Island, N.Y. He was 81.

Panel named to reshape districts
A five-member board that will draw new legislative boundaries after the census has political, geographic and racial balance, according to observers.

Gun owners say new law is simpler
Reactions to Alaska's revised handgun law are mixed, but generally favorable.

Scam suspect to change plea
ANCHORAGE - Anthony Kesler, the North Slope Borough's former chief of staff who is accused of running a phony charity, has asked to change his not-guilty plea, the Attorney General's office said Tuesday.

State OKs hike in power rates
Most Juneau residents will see slightly higher electrical bills next month.

Drivers upset paving work is coating cars
Educator Zina Higgs got herself transferred to a Mendenhall Valley elementary school so she could avoid driving downtown. But when she returned from vacation last Wednesday, she couldn't avoid making the trip.

Two drop out of city race
Two candidates for the Juneau Assembly called it quits Wednesday - Teamsters union business agent Tim Sunday and computer technician Sam Dapcevich.

Alaska gets D on gun laws to protect kids
A national gun control group has again given Alaska a D minus for failing to properly protect children from guns.

Panel named to reshape districts
A five-member board that will draw new legislative boundaries after the census has political, geographic and racial balance, according to observers.

CORRECTION
Due to a reporting error, the Empire's Wednesday article about road tar on cars gave the wrong first name of the owner of a car wash company. His name is Shawn Tucker. The name of the car wash was also incorrect; it is Chilly Willy's. Teresa Tucker was also misquoted; she was referring to road chemical trucks in winter rather than asphalt tack trucks in summer.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

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Drivers upset paving work is coating cars
Educator Zina Higgs got herself transferred to a Mendenhall Valley elementary school so she could avoid driving downtown. But when she returned from vacation last Wednesday, she couldn't avoid making the trip.

Real Alaskans won't hesitate to reject a road
Proof that Juneau is a dysfunctional political town was delivered when the assembly voted to add an advisory question regarding access to the local ballot this fall. Great! We will now debate a topic and vote on an issue that is meaningless.

Real Alaskans won't hesitate to reject a road
Proof that Juneau is a dysfunctional political town was delivered when the assembly voted to add an advisory question regarding access to the local ballot this fall. Great! We will now debate a topic and vote on an issue that is meaningless.

Crossing the line of politics and religion
Sen. Joe Lieberman on Monday called the United States "the most religious country in the world." Some people in Bhutan or the Vatican might quibble with the ranking, but the general point is well taken: America is a country where faith flourishes. More than that, it's a country where many faiths flourish, usually without interfering with each other or with those who choose not to worship at all. Tolerance combined with religiousness, rather than religiousness alone, is what makes this country the envy of so many people around the world. And it's that spirit of tolerance that is endangered when politicians stray too far across a line that separates politics from religion. The line shifts from time to time; it is, inevitably and properly, ill-defined; but it matters a great deal nonetheless. It's our sense that Mr. Lieberman, Democratic candidate for vice president, has crossed it in recent days and though he's not the first to do so in this election year he ought to scurry back.

Word of mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

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Word of Mouth gives read

Wen Ho Lee singled out, based on race
Justice may yet prevail for Wen Ho Lee. After spending eight months in solitary confinement for allegedly mishandling classified information, the former Los Alamos laboratory scientist has been tentatively granted bail. While Lee's case still awaits a November trial, he has raised disturbing allegations that the government uses a racial profile when investigating espionage.

Candidate debate will allow voters to judge
T he following editorial appeared in today's edition of the Washington Post:

Showing off salmon was not about subsistence
I am the person who was mentioned in Tuesdays article "State Slaps Guides Wrist." I apologize to anyone who is offe

Word of mouth
Word of Mouth gives read

School district works at keeping energy costs down
Patty Zimmerman ran an advertisement for her campaign in the Aug. 16 edition of the Jun

Demanding service from starved agencies
We have become a spoiled nation with zero tolerance for forest fires, tires that fail, pla

Word of mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

A proper wlecome
Being new to Alaska, I decided that Monday would be a great day for photo opportunities and who knows, maybe my first bear.

Wen Ho Lee singled out, based on race
Justice may yet prevail for Wen Ho Lee. After spending eight months in solitary confinement for allegedly mishandling classified information, the former Los Alamos laboratory scientist has been tentatively granted bail. While Lee's case still awaits a November trial, he has raised disturbing allegations that the government uses a racial profile when investigating espionage.

Crossing the line of politics and religion
Sen. Joe Lieberman on Monday called the United States "the most religious country in the world." Some people in Bhutan or the Vatican might quibble with the ranking, but the general point is well taken: America is a country where faith flourishes. More than that, it's a country where many faiths flourish, usually without interfering with each other or with those who choose not to worship at all. Tolerance combined with religiousness, rather than religiousness alone, is what makes this country the envy of so many people around the world. And it's that spirit of tolerance that is endangered when politicians stray too far across a line that separates politics from religion. The line shifts from time to time; it is, inevitably and properly, ill-defined; but it matters a great deal nonetheless. It's our sense that Mr. Lieberman, Democratic candidate for vice president, has crossed it in recent days and though he's not the first to do so in this election year he ought to scurry back.

Candidate debate will allow voters to judge
T he following editorial appeared in today's edition of the Washington Post:

A proper wlecome
Being new to Alaska, I decided that Monday would be a great day for photo opportunities and who knows, maybe my first bear.

School district works at keeping energy costs down
Patty Zimmerman ran an advertisement for her campaign in the Aug. 16 edition of the Jun

Showing off salmon was not about subsistence
I am the person who was mentioned in Tuesdays article "State Slaps Guides Wrist." I apologize to anyone who is offe

Demanding service from starved agencies
We have become a spoiled nation with zero tolerance for forest fires, tires that fail, pla

Sports in Juneau
Today, Aug. 31 Capital City Soccer League Men's Tournament: Games to be announced at Sandy Beach and Melvin Park. Info and bracket: http://home.gci.net/~ccsl.

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau
Today, Aug. 31 Capital City Soccer League Men's Tournament: Games to be announced at Sandy Beach and Melvin Park. Info and bracket: http://home.gci.net/~ccsl.

Split personality
The Juneau-Douglas High football team will be a bit short-handed for Friday's game against Lathrop, as 17 second- and third string players are traveling to play a separate varsity game in Sitka on Saturday.

Split personality
The Juneau-Douglas High football team will be a bit short-handed for Friday's game against Lathrop, as 17 second- and third string players are traveling to play a separate varsity game in Sitka on Saturday.

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