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Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Grave concerns about striking against Iraq
I have grave concerns regarding the impending military invasion of Iraq to replace a repressive regime.

Represent everybody
Since bringing my family to Alaska several years ago, I've voted in every election that I can remember - until this last one.

Schedules were tight
The major party politicos are out and about, strategizing, building their war chests and other familial support groups. On infrequent occasion, I get to go to one of these rally functions. The food is great, and there are folks I can visit with, plus I may even get to ask a question, though it may run small risk of ruffling or heaven forbid, even fray at some of those in attendance. Take for instance, a question I asked about drilling for oil in ANWR.

Demand answers
All this discussion of war with Iraq worries me. I worry that Americans have a sanitized view of war.

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

University of Alaska considers tuition hike
FAIRBANKS - Tuition at the University of Alaska would increase by up to $38 a credit hour under a proposal from university administrators.The plan, to be introduced to the university Board of Regents at its meeting this week, proposes increasing undergraduate and graduate tuition 10 percent during the 2003-2004 school year and another 10 percent the following year.

Juneau plans Sept. 11 remembrances
Juneau residents will observe the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with prayer, moments of silence, memorial services and other public gatherings on Wednesday.

Tourism rebounds
Tourists waited until the last minute, but they still came to Juneau this summer.

Students stay cool during renovation
Things are settling into a routine at Juneau-Douglas High School despite exposed pipes on the ceilings, the occasional din of a jackhammer and traffic jams in the halls.

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

In split decision, Juneau Assembly backs road north
The Juneau Assembly on Monday voted 5-4 in favor of completing a Juneau access study and its preferred alternative - a road into Juneau.Deputy Mayor Ken Koelsch said he presented the motion at the end of Monday's meeting because of a pending legislative session-move vote and concerns about Juneau's isolation in the days leading up to the anniversary of Sept. 11.

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

Getting through the day
Images of jets crashing into buildings and bodies falling limply from the smoke and flames show on the TV screen and in our heads. We experience heart palpitations and the fear and hurt that our nation is violated and we, its people, are vulnerable.These physical, mental and emotional manifestations plagued many on Sept. 11, 2001. Juneau clinical psychologist Destiny Sargeant said people should expect to experience something similar on the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Armonte Lamb
Juneau resident Armonte Lamb died Sept. 9, 2002, at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., due to complications following knee surgery Aug. 15, 2002.

Gene Hickey
Juneau resident Gene Hickey died Sept. 4, 2002, at his home in Juneau.

Techwit: Beware eternal darnation
Heck is for people who don't believe in gosh.

My Turn: We know what we are getting
The recent letter to the editor by Mr. Swap questioned the political endorsement practices of epic, the Employees Political Information Committee of the Alaska Public Employees Association/AFT. It was implied that epic's actions are not in the best interest of the membership. This is not true.

Haines Invitational
Results from the Haines Invitational cross-country running meet held Friday at Haines High School. The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race featured the varsity teams from Haines and Skagway, plus the junior varsity team from Juneau-Douglas High School.

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

Alaska State Football Polls
Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on by high school coaches and compiled by the Anchorage Daily News.

Petersburg Invitational Swimming and Diving Results
Results of the Petersburg Invitational High School swim meets held Friday and Saturday at Petersburg High School.

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

2 plead guilty to firearms theft
Two men charged with stealing guns from a police officer's private car last year pleaded guilty to a federal firearms theft charge in U.S. District Court on Friday.

Alaska Supreme Court decides wards can sue conservators
A recent Alaska Supreme Court decision allows an Anchorage woman to sue the state Office of Public Advocacy, alleging case workers improperly managed her money.

State to replace memorials on roads
The Alaska Department of Transportation plans to remove roadside memorials for people killed in traffic accidents and launch a program to erect their own signs along highway rights of way.

Photo: Education bond
Arliss Sturgulewski, right, talks about the education bond, Proposition C, during a news conference in Anchorage, as Education First co-chairs Carol Comeau, center, and Mark Hamilton listen. Proposition C, which will be on the November 2002 general election ballot, asks voter to approve a general obligation bond of $236.8 million for education.

Autumn stroll
Phil and Maxine Sampson walk Saturday along the Creamers Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge Farm Road Trail in Fairbanks.

Lower-48 turtle shows up in Homer
An alligator snapping turtle found in a pond near Homer will die if it's not adopted as a pet, according to state wildlife officials.

Feds face huge Pribilof cleanup
ANCHORAGE - More than 100 years of government occupation has left Alaska's Pribilof Islands an environmental mess.The federal government now is facing an estimated $100 million cleanup bill for two of the five tiny islands in the Bering Sea, 800 miles west-southwest of Anchorage.

Murkowski to keep state race out of federal office
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, the Republican nominee for governor, says he will not respond to campaign questions from reporters while in congressional buildings.

Group of Canadians recreates Gold Rush journey
WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory - Five Canadians have concluded a three-month trek to recreate the Gold Rush of 1898 from Dyea, near Skagway, to Dawson City.The five then spent time looking for gold around Dawson before the trip's official end Sept. 2.

Record-breaking geese
Canada geese gather last week in the fields of Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks.

BP reactivates Prudhoe Bay oil wells
ANCHORAGE - BP has begun putting dozens of Prudhoe Bay oil wells back into production after testing to see whether they presented a danger to workers.The company had shut down 137 wells after an explosion and fire on Aug. 16 that seriously injured oil field worker Don Shugak.

Woman cited for attracting bears
A Two Rivers musher who left bags of dog food in her yard, attracting a family of grizzly bears, has been cited for creating a nuisance.

Lisa Murkowski holds onto state House seat
Rep. Lisa Murkowski, an Anchorage Republican seeking to be Alaska's next speaker of the House, apparently has sealed her narrow re-election victory.

Lost hunter's body found
The body of an Angoon hunter missing for more than three weeks is on its way to Anchorage today after it was recovered in the water near Mitchell Bay on Friday.

Green Party fills out its candidates slate
The Green Party of Alaska announced today its selection of candidates for the governor and lieutenant governor's races, following the withdrawal of Green Party gubernatorial candidate Desa Jacobsson last month.

Knowles creates anti-terrorism task force
Gov. Tony Knowles created a 25-member state Task Force on Homeland Security on Monday that includes mayors of several cities and members of key industries.The governor also proclaimed Sept. 11 as Patriot Day and asked Alaskans to observe a moment of silence on Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. Knowles joined with President Bush in ordering state and national flags to be flown at half-staff and the governor asked for a moment of silence and prayer at 8:46 a.m. Alaska Time to commemorate the first attack on New York City.

Sea patrols watch Alaska waters since Sept. 11
ANCHORAGE - Elite squads of anti-terrorist maritime police embarked on a new mission in Alaska last September.The officers, called sea marshals, load their guns and don bulletproof vests and orange float coats marked U.S. Coast Guard in bold white letters.

State Briefs
Murkowski, Ulmer to debate in October; Assembly awards Steamship Wharf redesign contract; Assembly accepts John MacKinnon's manager application; Couple to be sentenced for sex abuse in Sitka; Coast Guard sends 2 boats back to port

Judge affirms trapping decision
A Superior Court judge has upheld a Tok jury's decision to award damages to a trapper who claimed biologist Gordon Haber broke state law by freeing an injured wolf he trapped in 1997.

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