Sunday, September 9, 2001

Where a logging ban and local hopes collide
From a float plane high above Gravina Island, the crowns of spruce, hemlock and cedar interlock in a canopy unbroken, a forest thick, green and very old.

A grammar lesson
You published, 7 September, a letter from an English teacher. It contains this sentence: "He seems to think teachers are only 'teaching' when they are in the physical presence of students." Ah, the placement of that frisky little word "only"! In the teacher's statement, it implies that teachers do something other than teach when they are in the physical presence of students. Here is the syntax which probably states the teacher's meaning more accurately: He seems to think that teachers are teaching only when they are in the physical presence of students.

Minor adjustments needed downtown
This is a constructive comment in general. The improvements at the intersection of South Franklin Street and the Public Library Parking Garage have received "thumbs up" from both tourists and residents.

The city's proposed smoking ordinance at a glance
What would the smoking ban cover?

Ships in port
Ships in port for the coming week

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

Housing authority receives federal grant
JUNEAU The Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority has received $172,500 to prevent substance abuse and crime among young people who live in its 545 units of low-income housing in 15 Southeast communities.

Smoking ban vote scheduled Monday
Shortly before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the bingo players inside the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall are waiting for the game to start. The table between Rebecca Nelson and her sister is filled with cups of steaming coffee, bingo "throwaways" and colored daubers. As the two joke with each other, a tendril of smoke curls from Nelson's cigarette in a nearby ashtray.

Hudson mulls lump permanent fund payout
Sen. Jerry Mackie retired from the state Legislature in 2000, but a controversial bill he filed before his departure has a political life of its own.

Tuesday is tango night in Juneau
JUNEAU Dance teachers aboard a Tango at Sea cruise will come ashore Tuesday evening to teach the tango in Juneau.

AROUND TOWN
Events in Juneau

Tlingit-Haida takes Head Start into child-care homes
Tlingit-Haida Head Start is accepting applications from family child-care home providers to deliver Head Start services to children in their care.

Holiday gift operation gears up
Operation Christmas Child plans to send shoe boxes of holiday presents to the Russian Far East this year, and hopes Juneau will show its traditional generosity.

LeConte adds stops in September
JUNEAU The state ferry LeConte has added stops in Haines and Skagway on Sept. 20 to accommodate traffic on that route, the Alaska Marine Highway said.

Big Brothers director takes new job
JUNEAU After five years as director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tony Newman is stepping down to take a state job.

A teacher for many of Juneau's generations celebrates at 95
Retired teacher Elizabeth "Betty" Green will celebrate her 95th birthday Wednesday in the same house she's lived in since 1944, surrounded by former students some the children of former students.

Obituary: Alice E. 'Kandi' Bryson Crouse
Alice E. "Kandi" Bryson Crouse died Aug. 8, 2001, in New York state.

My Turn: Give those impacted by noise consideration
At the Juneau Empire Citizens Advisory Board meeting I attended in July, I stated that the Empire has the opportunity to unite or divide this community; to build it up or tear it down. You can bring our town together to seek common ground or you can increase the divisiveness of many issues we face.

My Turn: Schorr's view of teachers seriously skewed
I am not prone to writing letters to the newspaper, but Alan Schorr's My Turn was so disturbing it requires rebutting.

My turn: Embrace a new definition of 'community'
Community discourse on capital-legislative move efforts seems focused on where Juneau has positioned itself since the 1994 capital move election. As a former Juneau Assembly member, current president of Southeast Conference and a member of the Alaska Committee, I am directly involved with these issues and feel compelled to share some recent experiences and current perceptions.

In Dawson City, follow the outhouse to the bridge
What does Juneau have in common with Dawson City in Yukon Territory? As well as a mining history, fondness for historic structures and coffee and an emphasis on tourism, we share a chronic road issue. We and they have chosen to use a ferry to cross the water from our communities to the larger world. We have Lynn Canal, they have the Yukon River.

Empire editorial: Assembly to consider Tongass resolution
Monday evening the Juneau Assembly will consider a resolution calling for re-examination of the Roadless Policy as it applies to the Tongass National Forest. The Roadless Area Conservation Rule, published Jan. 12, 2001, was a final, carele

Juneau girls sweep swim meets
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls swim team swept to victories in its opening two meets of the season Friday and Saturday at Sitka's Blatchley Pool, while the Crimson Bear boys took third place on Friday and second Saturday. The Ketchikan boys swept their two meets.

Juneau runners sweep Ketchikan Invitational
Perfection. The Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country team was only one runner from nearly achieving this feat this weekend.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Sports events for the coming week

SATURDAY'S JYFL SCORES
Scores from JYFL

Undefeated and playoff bound
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team remembered all too well the feeling of not being in last year's state playoffs, despite a record that matched two of the Cook Inlet Football Conference teams that qualified.

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