In the Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening

On the Move
To reflect recent changes in its corporate structure, Haight & McLaughlin Inc. has changed its name to Haight & Associates Inc. Barry Begenyi and Maureen Sams, professional engineers in Alaska, have been promoted to associate positions.

The Klondike's new treasure
In 1898, Dyea, a Gold Rush town eight miles from Skagway at the beginning of the Chilkoot Trail, had some of the finest lodgings in Alaska. Kathy and Fred Hosford, proprietors of the recently opened Chilkoot Trail Outpost, would like the town to have that distinction again.The Hosfords, who have spent most of their lives in Alaska, bought land in Dyea three years ago to build a bed-and-breakfast. They hosted their first guests in April, and officially completed the lodge June 12.

Business center plans seminars
The Juneau Small Business Development Center will hold two seminars in October for those interested in starting a business.

Snowfree Video to add sewing machines to usual inventory
Faced with challenges in one industry and opportunities in another, Snowfree Video plans to shift part of its business to sewing machines.Frederick Hoskinson, who started Snowfree Video on Seward Street with his wife, Terry, 20 years ago, said changes in the video equipment industry have made it difficult for small retailers to survive.

Business Profile: Darleen McNaughton
Title and Company: Darleen McNaughton, owner and operator, House of Gifts.

Honored, not branded
Kudos on articles (Musarra on watch list, Empire Sept. 11 and 15) with the guts to say it as it is. Hopefully, more and more journalists will rise (from the dead?) to defend what our nation is about: Freedom, guts, and the compassion to do what is right.

Fran best for families
I'm beginning to think about how I was raised and how children are being raised in Alaska and America. Parents who believe that they are creating a person, rather than guiding a human, I believe begins the process of a child's split from reality. A child who fantasizes, and plays, has absolutely no false grasp of reality, and all the better if playing continues into adulthood.

Threat from within
Thank you for free press writings. I feel strongly about my country's freedom and would enlist to fight for it if necessary even at 57 years old, but never thought I would have to worry about it coming from within.

Worthy principles
Unlike Will Metcalf, I did not cringe when Assembly candidate Chuck Collins presented himself as a hard-working business person who could put his considerable skills to work in the service of our community. First of all, Mr. Collins did not say that "government should be run like a business."

Bad news bears
I would like to stress my concerns and anger to the Juneau Empire for advertising Juneau's rare bears. About three weeks ago on the front page was the alias "spirit bear" and just this week the "rare glacier bear." Why don't we put a target on their foreheads, take a picture of that, and put it on the front page of the Empire.

Change of scenery
Forget the pea-brained thoughts of putting in an escape route road to the outside world. Some people come to Juneau because it cannot be driven to. It is for this reason Juneau still has the old-style of paying for gas after pumping. I'm sure a road out of town will change this policy to "pay before pumping" and bring all the related crimes like "grand theft auto" etc. A road out of town is the same progress which has turned the downtown into what it has become, Disneyland.

Suspicious names
Read your column on how Lt. Cmdr. Musarra got on some murky federal watch list entirely likely because of his Arabian name.

Curtail spending
During the Palmer Fair an informal poll was taken at the Libertarian Party booth. The question was: How would you solve the state's "fiscal crisis"?

Grand giveaway
Let's suppose your neighborhood has a beautiful piece of wild and natural public property, abounding with trees, flowers, animals, fish, fresh air and clean water. It is a delightful area and you love taking your kids and visiting friends and relatives out to enjoy this place.

Political resolution best
I am very disturbed by the warmongering rhetoric that is coming from the Bush Administration and the lack of balance in media coverage. I am totally opposed to a pre-emptive attack on Iraq. It is violation of international law. Iraq has not aggressed against us. The danger of Iraq attacking our interests or those of Israel would increase greatly by such action on our part.

Fran's plan is best
The debate over spending illustrates why Fran Ulmer is the best choice for governor.What is the critical infrastructure we need to compete successfully in the global economy, now and in the future?

Many misstatements
In a recent opinion piece (Empire, Sept. 16), Lew Williams presented many misstatements about Alaska's state-based conservation groups.

Embarrassing conduct
I write to honor you for reporting embarrassing and unfit conduct by the federal government concerning the "FBI Watch List."For those who grew up after the Communist witchhunts of the '50s and the oppression of anti-war protesters during the Vietnam war era, the coming weeks and months should be an unforgettable education.

TV disappoints
It was disappointing to see an Anchorage TV news director make public his displeasure at learning he can't moderate a gubernatorial debate this fall. Media and politics are both competitive enterprises, and you can't always get what you want. A few additional facts might put the matter in better perspective.

War is no answer
I want to express my opposition to an invasion of Iraq by the United States. From the relative safety and comfort of our homes it is difficult to imagine what an invasion of Iraq would really mean. To untold numbers of innocent Iraqi people, it would mean death and destruction; it would mean the death of sons, fathers, daughters and mothers, and the destruction of homes, schools and public facilities.

Could it happen to me?
You can't imagine how astounded I was to read about my nephew, Larry Musarra, being on a terrorist list. Thank God my brother, his dad, has passed away. I can't imagine how heartbreaking this would have been for him. Here is one of the finest young men I know, having served his country faithfully for 23 years now having to be harassed by his own government because of his name.

Mine area land swap foments criticism
Some Juneau residents are concerned the environmental study for a mine near Berners Bay won't consider the impacts from a proposed trade of nearby national forest land to private companies.Coeur Alaska, owner of the proposed Kensington mine 45 miles north of downtown Juneau near Berners Bay, has submitted an operating plan it says is cheaper and has less impact on the environment than a previously permitted plan.

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

Marijuana legalization group brings effort to Juneau
An office space that has sprouted up in downtown Juneau is the new headquarters of a group aiming to legalize marijuana through a statewide ballot initiative.In a storefront space at 217 Seward, a sign on the door quotes former Gov. Jay Hammond: "It's hypocritical to punish users of marijuana while legally sanctioning the use of alcohol." A freshly painted mural of marijuana leaves emblazons the front window.

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

Photo: Progress on the ice rink
Work progresses Tuesday on the Treadwell Arena ice rink at Savikko Park in Douglas. The arena is expected to be complete before the end of the year. brian wallace / the juneau empire

Move would strike Juneau where it hurts
CRAIG - The pain would be swift, driven first by the loss of 380 jobs in Juneau connected to the state Legislature. Assuming the capital is next, 5,000 total jobs, 8,000 residents and $175 million in annual payroll would follow.The region would feel the blow, primarily through its transportation system. Airline, ferry and barge prices would increase. The frequency of service would decline.

School Board: Kerr worries about overcrowding, students' innocence
Jeremy Kerr, a Catholic youth minister, probably would have waited until next year to run for the Juneau School Board if a priest hadn't dared him to file."My boss, Father Tony (Dummer) out at St. Paul's said, 'You're a good kid, you have all these good ideas, but I don't think you're really going to do it,' " Kerr said. "I was like, 'OK, all right,' the gloves had been thrown."

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

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

School Board: Cornwall: Better services for disabled students
Louise Cornwall, 35, has no children of her own, but said she considers children's welfare her life work.A respite worker for REACH who provides support to disabled children and their parents, Cornwall decided to run for the Juneau School Board because she feels children and families, especially disabled children and their families in the Juneau School District, are being overlooked in the system. Politics and bureaucracy seem to obscure what is really going on, she said.

School Board asks Assembly to fund bond ads
he Juneau School Board voted Tuesday night to send the Juneau Assembly a resolution supporting the passage of a general obligation school bond package on the November ballot. It also asked the Assembly to pass a similar resolution of support and appropriate $25,000 to a group called Education First that is campaigning for the passage of the bond measure.

The type of gun found at the scene of a shooting reported in a news brief report in Tuesday's Empire was incorrect. Police found a .22-caliber rifle.

SE Conference considers alternate ferry management
CRAIG - The Southeast Conference is exploring ways to turn management of the state-run ferry system over to an authority or a board of directors.The conference of local government and business leaders from Southeast Alaska spent much of Tuesday discussing significant changes to the Alaska Marine Highway System. About 225 people are attending the group's annual meeting in Craig this week.

Photo: Autumn leaves
A couple walks hand in hand Wednesday past the Marshall seedless ash trees that are showing fall colors in Marine Park. Marginal soil conditions cause these trees to be the first to lose their leaves in the fall, according to the city parks staff.

School Board: Kikendall wants more vocational/technical classes
If you ask him, Steve Kikendall will tell you he's not the type to bother with the pretense of removing his ball cap when going indoors. And, now that he is campaigning for the Juneau School Board, he wears his Tyler Rental cap, with a blue "Kikendall for School Board" button on it, everywhere he goes. "Half the people think my name is Steve Tyler, because of Tyler Rental," he said, gesturing at his cap.

School Board: Brodersen worries about student representation
Carl Brodersen, 18, is a straight-A student with top Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, who uses SAT words such as "preponderance" with the frequency many other people his age use the word "like."Though he probably could get a scholarship to more than one Outside college, he says he'll stay in town for the next three years after he graduates from Juneau-Douglas High School in the spring if he is elected to the Juneau School Board.

Juneau Pride Chorus looking for members
The Juneau Pride Chorus is looking for women to sing with like-minded women. The group is seeking new members to join it every Friday, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Resurrection Lutheran Church at 740 West 10th Street.

Neighbors briefs
Accountants to meet; ERA donates funds to UAA scholarships; Arts and crafts fair participants needed; Paris named MADD youth coordinator

Sealaska Heritage Institute wins $600,000 for language programs
The Administration for Native Americans has awarded a grant to Sealaska Heritage Institute for Native language immersion programs in Southeast Alaska. The funding bodes a major step forward for SHI's Tlingit language program, said SHI President Rosita Worl. "This is a significant step toward perpetuating Native languages - a priority for the institute," Worl said.

Tree forts combine with the wild world in Southeast Alaska
Look at any landscape scene, a photo, a painting, or the one right outside your window, and the main elements of the picture are likely to be trees.They are the dominant plant forms on our planet, not that they are the most numerous, the most widespread or the most successful in all conditions.

Academic honors
The Grand Camp of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood has awarded scholarships to approximately 200 students enrolled in college and vocational education classes.

Pets of the week
Calico is a beautiful mature, medium-hair spayed and declawed tabby. She needs and dotes on lots of attention and wants to be near her person rather than held. Zach is a most wonderful shorthair neutered male tuxedo kitty. He has a great personality and is very friendly, playful, curious and affectionate.

Smith, Woodruff to marry
Jordan Smith of Wichita, Kan., and Dusty Woodruff of Juneau will be married in a ceremony at 7 p.m., on Oct. 12, 2002, at Central Church of Christ in Wichita, Kan.

Herbert Leroy Godfrey
Juneau resident Herbert Leroy Godfrey died Sept. 16, 2002, in Juneau.

Catherine 'Kitty' Gair
Former Juneau resident Catherine "Kitty" Gair, 89, died Sept. 13, 2002, at her home in Wasilla.

My Turn: Other Musarras on watch list
Even though I was the first, and continue to be harassed (as well as Ann, who has our name by marriage), I haven't gone any further than to call the FBI in Washington, D.C., and to write to Sen. McCain (whom I may add, has never responded to my letter). My first reaction was that I was on the list due to: Our name, which is Arabic in origin or the fact that I had worked in Saudi for nine years.

My Turn: The other September anniversaries
The anniversary of last September's attack on American institutions is occupying the politicians and press to a degree surpassed only by the events themselves. As we remember the victims of those terrorist acts, we would do well to ponder also a couple of other September anniversaries, of events largely forgotten in the U.S., but which carry greater significance in the Arab and Muslim worlds than Sept. 11, 2001.

Word of Mouth
It's quarter till 10 and there is no paper yet, and there is no answering machine on your phone. Same thing was true last week. This kind of thing has been going on for two months. You're going to lose a lot of customers, including me.

My Turn: Situation 'kind of ridiculous'
I read with great interest and with some disbelief the story written by Julia O'Malley about my beloved nephew Lawrence Musarra (Empire, Sept. 11).There couldn't be a more patriotic family than ours. Although my father (Larry's grandfather) was born in Sicily, once he came to America, he considered himself an American. Even when my father had about nine children he tried to join the Navy during World War II, only to be rebuffed because of the number of dependents he had at the time.

Juneau swimmers bound for Sitka meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School swim team is nearly halfway through its 13-week season, but many Crimson Bear swimmers are still waiting to compete in their first meet of the fall.A lot of new faces will be making the trip to the Sitka Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Juneau's second competition of the season. Since the team can only take 22 of its 40-plus swimmers and divers to road meets, Crimson Bear coach John Wray said the Juneau squad going to the Sitka will be almost entirely different than the one that travelled to Petersburg on Sept. 6-7.

Crimson Bear spikers head north
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team spent the last two weekends seeing where it stood in Region V-Class 4A action.Now, after sweeping four region matches by lopsided margins, the Crimson Bears are headed north to see how they match up against some of the state's top teams.

Juneau spikers sweep at Bartlett
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team went north to see where it stood against the best teams in the state.If the Crimson Bears continue play the way they did in claiming a 15-5, 15-8, 15-7 sweep over the Bartlett Golden Bears on Wednesday night at Anchorage's Bartlett High School, the Crimson Bears will do very well indeed this season.

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

Cavs deal for Palacio after Cleaves fails his physical
CLEVELAND - A week after trading for Mateen Cleaves, the Cleveland Cavaliers sent the point guard back to Sacramento on Tuesday after he failed his physical.Still hoping to shore up their backcourt, the Cavs traded a future second-round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns for guard Milt Palacio.

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

Dow jeopardized this year's permanent fund dividends
ANCHORAGE - Eligible Alaskans will receive a permanent fund dividend of about $1,550 in October, but for a brief time in July it looked like the state wouldn't be able to make the payment.A plunging stock market had temporarily wiped out the fund's reserve account, where investment profits go. Under state law, only this account can be tapped for dividends, not the fund's massive principal.

Fish and Game, timber industry at odds over culverts
ANCHORAGE - The timber industry and the state Department of Fish and Game appear to be headed for a showdown over how best to protect streams that produce trout, grayling, Dolly Varden and other species.The timber industry is balking at some state requirements for permits to build logging roads across streams.

West Nile virus case turns up in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Alaska has confirmed its first reported case of West Nile virus, in a 77-year-old man from the Chicago suburbs who is hospitalized in Anchorage.Officials with the Alaska Division of Public Health said Wednesday the man was bitten by an infected mosquito in Illinois and is not contagious. The man's name was not released.

Forest Service offers assistance with road, ferry upgrades
CRAIG - U.S. Forest Service officials Wednesday offered to help Southeast Alaska community and business leaders find new federal forest dollars for highway upgrades and ferry links.Speaking Wednesday in Craig at the annual meeting of the Southeast Conference, Alaska Deputy Regional Forester Steve Brink offered ideas to leverage federal money for road and ferry improvements.

State Briefs
Republican Moderates and Dems change candidates; GOP accuses state's largest newspaper of biased reporting; It's official: State releases primary results; Time capsule opening awaits decision; Alaska couple's truck ransacked in Whitehorse

New Kivalina teachers quit, citing threats
ANCHORAGE - Two new teachers have left the Kivalina school since classes started last month, citing threats of physical harm from students and disagreements over teaching philosophy.The complaints arose less than seven months after school district officials took the unusual step of shutting down the school in the Northwest Alaska village in response to teachers who said they were verbally and physically intimidated by students.

Groups dispute Greens Creek Mine bond
An environmental group claims a $24.4 million bond required to be posted by the operators of the Greens Creek Mine on Admiralty Island is inadequate to cover future cleanup costs at the site.Kennecott Greens Creek Mining Co. officials said the bond would be adequate for cleaning and monitoring the site, but said the bond issue is between the environmental group and state regulators.

Lawmaker accused of improper campaign spending
ANCHORAGE - A former state lawmaker and his brother have accused state Sen. Dave Donley of using campaign and office funds to pay for personal expenses.Former Democrat Rep. David Finkelstein and his brother Michael filed a complaint Tuesday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission against the Anchorage Republican.

Mayors ask for fishing disaster declaration
CRAIG - The Southeast Conference of Mayors on Wednesday decided to ask Gov. Tony Knowles to declare Southeast Alaska a disaster area because of the collapse of the salmon market this summer.Metlakatla Mayor Victor Wellington, who has been a commercial fisherman for 45 years, introduced the proposal because of this summer's low salmon prices, he said. The state has made disaster declarations because of low salmon returns in Western Alaska, but ignored Southeast fishermen, he said.

State Briefs
Rep. Moses suffers stroke; Mount Veniaminof volcano stirs; Anchorage man pleads guilty to drug conspiracy charges; Mat-Su adopts land-use controls

Movies where & when
"XXX," (PG-13) ends Thursday, Sept. 19, last show at 7 p.m. at the 20th Century Twin.

Evening at Egan showcases UAS talent
Like Elvis fans headed to Graceland, devotees of writers such as Charlotte Bronte traveled Victorian England to pay tribute at the homes of their literary idols. "It's almost as if they were religious shrines," said Alexis Easley. "Visitors would take relics, bits of wood or grass, home to cherish. This is how important these poems and novels were to people in the 19th century."

Theater season's theme: Go big
A special presentation of "The Vagina Monologues" is among the productions in store for Perseverance Theatre's upcoming season. Eve Ensler's hit play, "The Vagina Monologues," will be produced this winter as a special event. Following one performance in Juneau, director Anita Maynard-Losh and the three-person cast will tour the show through a half-dozen Alaska villages.

What's Happening

Fall series: From literary tourism to crab reproduction
• Sept. 20: "Literary Tourism and the Victorian Woman Author," Alexis Easley, assistant professor of English at UAS and Pamela Parker, associate professor of English, Whitworth College.

Pride Chorus invites women to join
JUNEAU - The Juneau Pride Chorus invites women who enjoy singing to attend the group's September and October rehearsals. Chorister Corin Whittemore said women can attend three or four of the upcoming rehearsals for fun, and stay for the season if they enjoy singing with the group.

Performer features works of int'l poets
Fern Davye of Arizona, who performs the poetry of a range of international, contemporary poets, will take the stage at the University of Alaska Southeast on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Davye will perform at 8 p.m. in Hendrickson 113 and admission is free.

The man behind the walrus faces
Dan DeRoux brought the world's religious leaders together this year.He also flooded a desert, put a screaming monkey in a cardboard box and staged a dozen Degas ballerinas on the shore of the Bering Sea. The Juneau artist is known for juxtaposing landscapes and characters on canvas, creating colorful and sometimes bizarre paintings. DeRoux is debuting 20 new paintings at a one-man, one-night-only show from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at the Hangar Ballroom.

What's up with that?
Q: I've been on the state ferries a number of times, but I just completed my first trip on the Kennicott. That big car elevator at the back of the ship looks impressive, but I can't figure out just what purpose it is supposed to serve. Also, there were little boxes scattered on the walls of the ship that said "Detex Watchclock." What do they do?

Bringing Mae West back to life
Two lonely souls meet at the grave of their idol, where they've come to pay tribute on the anniversary of her death. "Dirty Blonde," opening Friday at Perseverance Theatre, follows the relationship of Jo and Charlie, devoted fans of film and stage icon Mae West. The play also traces West's life, from her early years as a young vaudevillian upstart to wisecracking sexy film star to the lonely isolation of her later years.

Best Bets: Top choices: Moving pictures - and those on canvas
Juneau artist Dan DeRoux is debuting a score of new paintings, the fruition of a year's work, at a one-night-only show Friday at the Hangar on the Wharf. DeRoux is an accomplished painter with three decades of experience as an artist. His work is full of imagination, color and subtle and not-so-subtle references to classical art. Rather than stage a gallery or studio show, he's setting up the Hangar Ballroom as a gallery. The show and reception are short and sweet, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday.

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