Thursday, September 13, 2001

The burden of 'Proof'
"Proof" is still in its first run on Broadway, which makes the play's opening at Perseverance Theatre Friday night something of a near miracle.

Student symphony seeks young musicians
The Juneau Student Symphony is offering beginning musicans of all ages the opportunity to play in a full symphony.

Entertainment Calendar
What's happening in Juneau this week

Burda: Living a clown's life
Twenty minutes of clowning in 1970 changed Don Burda's life.

Proof: Love, math and mystery
Things are not always as they seem in "Proof," a brand-new play opening Friday at Perseverance Theatre. But one message is clear: mathematicians rock.

A consensus builder
An important consideration facing the Juneau-Douglas voters is whether an Assembly candidate will be able to help renew Juneau's traditional ties to the rest of Southeast Alaska. Based on my six years of experience as the president and CEO of Goldbelt, Inc., I know that Randy Wanamaker will be an effective advocate for Juneau.

In favor of peace
I read Tuesday's Empire front-to-back. I have seen only snippets of the terrorist aftermath on television, and not the initial plane crashes into the World Trade Center towers. My limited exposure to television broadcasts I count as a blessing in terms of forming my own opinions and visions for peace and resolution. I cannot begin to describe my dismay with public opinion, radio newscasts, neighbors and even friends in favor of immediate strikes and declarations of war. I want to clarify a few points in favor of peace and changes in American foreign policy.

Get involved in schools
Mr. Alan Schorr's interest and concern for our school district is admirable. He should be commended for his role in the future of our schools through his participation on the school board. As a school counselor, I thank Mr. Schorr for his recognizing the need for lowering class size and noticing that our modern schools play a greater role than just reading, writing and arithmetic.

A plea for fairness
In the aftermath of the unbelievable tragedies yesterday, we feel an immense need to do something. From listening to the "man on the street" interviews on TV and radio, these needs run the gamut of wanting to bomb someone to giving blood to help victims.

Too close to home
Amazing how something so far away can hit home to us. I sat in disbelief as the events of Tuesday unfolded. I kept thinking that if the numbers they were initially reporting were true, then it would be like the entire population of Juneau being extinguished I didn't learn until late Tuesday night about the safety of my brother who works at the Pentagon. He was finally able to make contact with his wife and my father almost 13 hours after the explosion.

Heartfelt from first-graders
I am a first grade teacher at Mendenhall River Community School. I came to school numb and was not sure what I would say to a group of 6-year-olds who had seen the news but did not understand the implications of what they had seen.

Same goals, different paths
Ms. McKenna's personal attack on me is unfortunate. She not only distorts what I wrote but apparently fails to grasp my message. For example, I never wrote teachers "work a mere 4.5 hours a day." What I did write, in the context of criticizing the short contract day/year, was that teachers "average about 4.5 hours daily of classroom instruction" and given the short year there is not adequate time for instruction. This is fact. However, it even gets better. Apparently I insinuated teachers "don't care about my students, that I hardly work each day and that I don't deserve a salary commensurate with other public sector workers...." I never stated or implied any such thing. However, I must note that I have yet to meet many of the one-third of our public sector workers with salaries around $7,000/month. I apparently don't move in the right circles.

Tolerance must be maintained
Like everyone in this nation must be, my family and I are absolutely horrified and sickened by the senseless, cowardly and barbaric attacks of terrorism that befell New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. Our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers go out to all of the victims and their families. I, too, had family involved. A cousin of mine who was in WTC Tower 1 when the first plane hit. Much to my relief, she made it out and is alive and well, though the fireman who escorted her out is believed to be among the dead after the collapse of WTC Tower 2.

Fears and insecurities
In the thick of things, forgive me if I say anything irrational or anything that offends you. My name is Ishmael Hope. I am a Tlingit and Inupiaq man. Today something terrible happened.

Accounts collect for victims, aid agencies
JUNEAU Alaska Pacific Bank has set up an account to collect donations to help families of the World Trade Center attack victims. Contributions can be made at three Juneau branches: 301 N. Franklin St., 2094 Jordan Ave. and 11800 Glacier Highway, in Auke Bay. They also can be mailed to WTC Families' Relief Fund at the Jordan Avenue branch. Alaska Pacific branches in Hoonah, Yakutat, Sitka, Wrangell and Ketchikan also will take donations.

Air service ban strands travelers and fish
Stuck on a mountaintop and running out of supplies, at least four people are still waiting for their flight to arrive.

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

Local woman escapes Trade Center hotel
Juneau nurse Ruth Perez-Matera was taking a shower in the Marriott Hotel across the street from the World Trade Center on Tuesday when the building shook and her mother saw a body fall outside a window of their room.

Flight allowed for blood samples
ANCHORAGE Some of the only aircraft to fly in Alaska on Wednesday were military jets. Air Force pilots flew over Anchorage, the trans-Alaska oil pipeline terminal in Valdez, and other locations deemed critical installations.

Memorial event Friday at Centennial Hall
JUNEAU City officials plan a community memorial event Saturday to remember and honor those killed, injured or affected by Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

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

In memory of those lost
The American flag flies at half-staff over a totem pole at Ketchum Flying Service in Anchorage today in honor of the victims in Tuesday's terrorist attacks. Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles ordered all state flags to be flown at half-staff.

Local Briefs
Elderly cruise ship tourist still missing; School Board OKs teachers' contract

4,700 missing in New York
NEW YORK The ghastly toll of the terrorist attack on the nation's largest city came into focus today, as more than 4,700 people were reported missing in the devastation of the World Trade Center.

Knowles offers search dogs
JUNEAU Gov. Tony Knowles offered search and rescue dogs trained in wilderness rescue to New York and Virginia officials for help in the recovery of victims.

Alaskans adjust work, lives to cope with ban on flying
Dozens of Juneau residents are stranded within Alaska and Outside due to the grounding of flights nationwide, but they're not complaining.

Fairbanks woman escaped Trade Center
FAIRBANKS A woman who grew up in Fairbanks was one of the survivors who made it out of the World Trade Center complex alive Tuesday.

FAA gives OK for Alaska Airlines to resume flights
Alaska Airlines planned to resume flights in and out of Juneau today, depending on the weather.

Smoke and chalk drawings: New York City starts picking up the pieces
There's still smoke rising over the city. From the New York University campus, it looks like the cloud has reached all the way to the lower Manhattan streets where I stood Tuesday and watched the towers burn.

Search suspended for missing man
JUNEAU State troopers called off the search for the cruise-ship passenger reported missing on Mount Roberts by his wife Monday.

Federal Building reopens, dock security tightened
Things are returning to normal in Juneau after a terrorist attack on the East Coast prompted some emergency closures Tuesday. But nothing is the same.

Heightened security
U.S. Army military police search cars entering Fort Richardson Army Base in Anchorage today after the military in Alaska went to the highest security level due to the Tuesday attacks in New York and Washington. Alaska's emergency services are on a heightened standby, Air traffic in Alaska was suspended, stranding passengers trying to leave the state and hunters in remote areas.

Around Town
Today

Storm cuts power, blocks road
JUNEAU Power was out to more than half of Juneau on Wednesday night and this morning in two separate incidents related to high winds. Trees toppled onto power lines in the Lemon Creek area, and a branch was torn off a tree and blown onto lines in the Mendenhall Valley.

Juneau prays for victims - and peace
As weight of Tuesday's tragedy played out hour by hour, many Juneau residents turned to faith and prayer.

Stranded Chinese passengers in Anchorage had children working in World Trade Center
ANCHORAGE -- Three elderly passengers boarded a China Air Lines flight from New York City to Taipei early Tuesday as perfect strangers.

Juneau residents worry about friends, relatives on East Coast
Juneau resident Paul Helmar is dealing with the loss of three relatives killed in Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Teachers' contract negotiations leave behind hard feelings
A long and rancorous negotiation with Juneau's teachers, begun in February and spilling over into letters in the newspaper, ended in a burst of bad feelings as the School Board approved a contract Tuesday.

Theaters feel ripple effects of attacks
Movie theaters across America depend on a well-coordinated network of couriers and air transportation to distribute films. That network has been crippled in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Passengers fought to thwart terrorists
In the final moments of United Airlines Flight 93, Jeremy Glick told his wife to take care of their newborn daughter and have a good life because he and a few passengers were going to storm the cockpit to try to prevent a terrorist attack on the nation's capital.

Permanent fund OK, so far
JUNEAU The custodian bank for the Alaska Permanent Fund and one of the fund's money managers were forced to relocate from offices near the World Trade Center on Tuesday.

What's open for business
* Alaska Airlines planned to resume some local flights this afternoon. The first seats will go to those booked on today's flights.

Certification classes slated for musical healing
Singing and playing music to create a beneficial, healing environment is the purpose of Music for Healing and Transitions Program, which will offer classes in Juneau beginning in October. Registration deadline is Sept. 19.

Late-summer bloomers brighten the landscape
The great mystery of why things are as they are instead of some other way is always with us. We wonder at the sequence of flowering times: Why are there still shrubs and perennials opening blooms as the season heads towards dormancy?

Letters
On behalf of our cross-country team, coaches and parents who recently traveled to Alaska, we want to give a big thanks to your coach, Guy Thibodeau, your athletic director, Sandi Wagner, and your cross-country team and entire community for their hospitality while we were in Juneau. Our Alaska experience was very rewarding, and the two days we spent with you in Juneau were really great!

Feature Photo: Bravo, on with the show
Singing, dancing students performed at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium Sunday night following two days of intensive workshops provided by Bravo, an arts-oriented cable TV channel, and GCI, Juneau's cable TV company.

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

Pet Of The Week
Scooter is a tuxedo (black/white), neutered and declawed male who has been waiting for that special family for a long time who will share their laps with him.

Neighbors Briefs
Rie Munoz donates print; Salmon Bake-Off winners; MCMA to hold meeting; Association to meet; Volunteers meeting

To what end?
The world changed yesterday. As America and the world try to grasp the magnitude of what happened yesterday morning, we all share in the horror, sense of loss and anger. Terrorists rely upon randomness and surprise to demoralize and humiliate.

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.

Awash in a cold shower of reality
You want answers, comfort and encouragement. So do I. But today I'm awash in a cold shower of reality.

Outside editorial: Ensuring safety in the skies
There is a striking disparity between the great majority of Americans, who expressed shock and disbelief that terrorists could so easily employ four passenger jets as instruments of carnage on Tuesday, and aviation security experts, many of whom said they were not at all surprised that America's aviation safety systems could be violated.

Divers clean up Auke Rec on Saturday
There's more trash than treasure underwater and on Saturday Juneau divers will clean some of it up.

Hunters go after waterfowl
Since the days of home-made bows and arrows, hunters have counted on a little sport and a full stew pot during duck migration season.

SE duck bag limits clarified for 2001
Overall, duck bag limits for Southeast are seven per day, 21 in possession. However, these totals may include no more than one canvasback daily, three in possession.

OUT AND ABOUT
Outdoors calendar for the coming week

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
SPORTING EVENTS FOR THE COMING WEEK

Local sports affected by attacks
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team will not host its scheduled matches against Ketchikan this weekend, while the football team is playing a waiting game to see if it can travel to Palmer to play Colony on Saturday. The Juneau cross country team, though, does plan to run in its meet at Skagway on Saturday.

Sports In Juneau
Friday, Sept. 14

Federal officials trying to accomodate Bush Alaska's aviation needs
The Federal Aviation Administration is trying to make provisions for some flights into Alaska's Bush country despite a national ban on civilian air travel, an official said.

Alaskans respond to attacks with increased security, donations
As the shock of East Coast terrorism sunk in Tuesday, Alaskans responded with increased security measures and accommodations for people whose lives had been affected by the blast.

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