Tuesday, September 11, 2001

It's time to reduce flightseeing
Coming during a terrible season of flightseeing noise, Don Smith's endorsement of flightseeing operators is particularly galling. Some of his points could be agreed on, but most are misrepresentations. He is egregiously inaccurate in asserting that flightseeing operators have "responsibly addressed the concerns of local residents."

Land and money
The Alaska Native Land Claims Act has been mentioned in recent letters. I being one of the recipients of this act would like to share some facts that you writers should be aware of.

It's not a technical exercise
I was perplexed by John B. d'Armand, DMA's (?) letter criticizing a high school English teacher for the grammatically incorrect placement of the word "only" in a letter to the editor.

Counselors prepared at local schools
Juneau's schools are open today, with counselors and psychologists prepared to talk to students upset about the terrorist attacks in the United States. But attendance is down, and absences will be excused, officials said.

Juneau woman witness to attacks
I watched the North tower of the World Trade Center crumble. It looked like tinsel falling to the ground, silvery specks filtering down through a cloud of brown smoke. On the radio in a nearby car, the reporter covering the scene was screaming incoherently, almost crying.

Local worship services scheduled in wake of attacks
A list of Juneau churches with special services scheduled today.

Around Town
Today

Assembly candidates swap views on issues
Jeannie Johnson highlighted her skills as a mediator and negotiator as Tony Reiger spoke of building bridges and consensus at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce candidate forum Friday.

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

Shock, worry, hatred and prayer: Juneau reacts to attacks
Mostapha Beya, 29, recently immigrated to the United States from Morocco. He moved to Juneau 25 days ago after staying briefly in New York and Washington, D.C. This morning's attacks were a grim reminder of the kind of religious conflicts he lived with in northwest Africa.

Local Briefs
Scooter collision injures boys; Forum on homelessness set; Tuesday is tango night; Nine survive crash near Cordova

Cabbie assaulted, robbed downtown
A local cab driver, 31, was assaulted and robbed in the city parking lot at Main Street and Egan Drive early Sunday, police said.

Black bear trapped, killed in Valley
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game caught and destroyed a bear last week in the Mendenhall Valley. The male black bear was trapped on Columbia Boulevard early Thursday.

A fjord by any other name
Few are drawn to Tracy Arm by the name. If tour boat skippers required their destinations to have a descriptive name as a selling point, they'd all head for Glacier Bay.

Local memorials
The Cathedral of the Nativity and Northern Light United Church are both holding noon-time services today in response to the terrorist attacks in New York and DC.

Terrorist fears ground planes, close Juneau's Federal Building
Planes stayed on the ground, the Federal Building closed to the public and law enforcement agencies were on alert today in the wake of terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

Opening ANWR is good for Alaska
Exactly how many jobs would be created by opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling? It depends on whom you ask.

My Turn: A free ticket, a pittance, and vilification
Juneau is a thriving arts community: a non-profit community theater, a lyric opera, a community orchestra, a youth choir, five museums, four libraries, three bookstores, three specialty bookstores, four movie venues, a dance troupe, historical societies, musicians, artists, poets; folk fest fund-raisers, gallery openings, open mikes and arts in the parks, in addition to Alaska's largest professional theater, all packed into a town that elsewhere couldn't support half of our craft shows.

My Turn: Alaska voters tired of political posturing
In choosing to forego an appeal of the Katie John case, Gov. Knowles made a courageous decision to stand on moral principle rather than pander to political whim or expediency. His decision was not an easy one.

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. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

Alaska high school football standings
Through games of Sept. 8

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.

Precautions taken in various U.S. states in the wake of the terrorist attacks
VIRGINIA: Navy installations throughout Hampton Roads, home of the worlds largest Navy base, placed under an increased security condition called Threatcon Charlie. Threatcon Charlie is implemented when an incident occurs or when intelligence is received that some form of terrorist action is imminent.

Little Diomede residents may move
The 150 residents of Little Diomede Island are considering moving their entire community to the mainland.

Construction likely to clash with major arms treaty
It hardly seems the stuff of geopolitical significance: In forested flatlands about 100 miles from Fairbanks, contractors are taking down 135 acres of fire-scorched spruce and birch trees on a closed military post.

Apparent terrorist attack rocks Washington
A plane crashed on the helicopter landing pad adjacent to the Pentagon this morning less than an hour after two planes crashed into the World Trade Center in an apparent terrorist attack.

Day of terror in N.Y., Washington
Two aircraft slammed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center on Tuesday, causing one to collapse, while another aircraft hit part of the Pentagon. The Pentagon, the West Wing of the White House and the Capitol building were being evacuated. In addition, the FAA grounded all civilian aircraft nationwide. President Bush called the tragedies "an apparent terrorist attack on our country."

757 Goes Down In Somerset County
A Boeing 757 passenger jet reportedly crashed in Somerset County, Pa., Tuesday morning. Officials at Somerset County Airport confirm the crash of a plane just north of the airport about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Seatac, other Washington state airports secure
Airports, military bases and public buildings throughout Washington state boosted security Tuesday after the worst terrorism attacks in the nation's history devastated New York City's World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

World Reacts With Revulsion to U.S. Attacks
World leaders reacted with revulsion Tuesday to the aircraft attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and on the Pentagon in Washington.

Alaska military bases placed on high alert following terrorist attacks
Military bases in Alaska were placed on high alert Tuesday and the FBI was coordinating with other federal agencies following a series of terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.

World Trade Center collapses in terrorist attack; D.C. hit by coordinated attacks
In a horrific sequence of destruction, terrorists crashed two planes into the World Trade Center and the twin 110-story towers collapsed Tuesday morning. Explosions also rocked the Pentagon and the State Department and spread fear across the nation.

Missile defense protest turns into impromptu forum
A protest of the proposed national missile defense system turned into a forum Saturday as protesters mingled with residents who back the project being built at Fort Greely, an Interior Alaska Army base otherwise targeted for closure.

7:50 am: World Trade Center collapses in terrorist attack; D.C. hit by coordinated attacks
In a horrific sequence of destruction, terrorists crashed two planes into the World Trade Center and the twin 110-story towers collapsed Tuesday morning. Explosions also rocked the Pentagon and the State Department and spread fear across the nation. The fate of those in the skyscrapers was not immediately known. Authorities had been trying to evacuate the 50,000 people who work in the twin towers, but many were thought to be trapped.

Holland America drops Valdez stops
Holland America will drop Valdez from its 2002 port of call list. The company said it has not found a way to show off what Valdez has to offer passengers, said Paul Allen, vice president for Alaska Cruise Tours.

Oil pipeline goes on alert
The company that operates the trans-Alaska oil pipeline said security was heightened today in the wake of coordinated terrorist attacks on the East Coast, but was tight-lipped about how it was protecting the 800-mile line.

No threats made toward state, but federal security tight
Military bases in Alaska were placed on high alert today and the FBI was coordinating with other federal agencies following a series of terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Arafat horrified by terror attack; Palestinians celebrate in streets
Thousands of Palestinians celebrated Tuesday's terror attacks in the United States, chanting "God is Great" and distributing candy to passers-by, even as their leader, Yasser Arafat, said he was horrified.

Juneau airport closed for day; local federal offices implement emergency policies
No flights are traveling to or from the Juneau Airport today.

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