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Saturday, September 21, 2002

The 'Dubya Doctrine'
The U.S. Constitution clearly states that only Congress can declare war. President Truman, ignoring the supreme law of the land, sought authorization from the United Nations to send the U.S. military into Korea. Three presidents followed that precedent and sought authority from SEATO (a U.N. subsidiary) to send our troops to Vietnam.

Nominally more
It pays to read the fine print. I recently learned more about the definition of the word "nominal," which my dictionary says means "insignificant, trifling." The CBJ Treasury Billing Office sent a letter describing the options we residents of Juneau have to pay our real property tax bills. One of the options is to pay by credit card. The letter says "There will be a nominal fee to make a credit card payment by phone or Internet."

Scenic roadway
Last winter-spring several new utility poles were put up past the former end of the line on the North Douglas Highway (just short of the boat ramp parking area) on the uphill side.

Not just here
On Sept. 11, 2002, a poem was written by a little girl here in the United States. It said that although our nation has been attacked we still stand strong with our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and best friends forever. We are united, we are hopeful, we are determined and we will not run. If we fall we will pick each other up. Our faith has not been weakened and our love has not dwindled.

For a strong Alaska
There are crucial issues facing our great state of Alaska in the upcoming election for governor. While I do not claim to have all of the answers, I have taken the opportunity to review the positions of the leading candidates for this office.

School Board: Morris also seeks better parent-board relations
When Julie Morris, a 42-year-old mother of five, didn't think the newspaper gave her enough information about what the new high school would look like, she went down to City Hall and gave the plans a once-over. Now that she's heard the school will cost $10 million more than originally planned, she's going to have a look at the budget."You can't just 'mess up' $10 million - something, somewhere went wrong," Morris said, sitting at her office cubicle at the state Division of Public Assistance, where she works as an assistant to the director. "Things need to be more open, so the public knows what's going on."

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

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

School Board: Muldoon wants more money for at-risk students
Will Muldoon, 18, a self-defined former "fringe kid" who attends Yaakoosge Daakahidi alternative high school, decided to run for the Juneau School Board because he feels the system doesn't do enough for kids like him."I don't think important programs like the CHOICE program and Yaakoosgé get enough representation," Muldoon said. "I'm 18 and I'm ready to get started (working for more representation)."

Thank you
...for the hard work; ...for the help; ...for the gift

An incentive for civic responsibility
Imagine if every college student around the country was given the responsibility of orchestrating a civic project. Just imagine the spectrum of learning if each student dedicated a single day of their college career to executing a project of their interest to help strengthen their sense of community. It would be a positive endeavor for the students, the universities and communities across the country if a national public service program became a requirement for receiving a college diploma.

An age to be honored
At an age when most people are happy to be done with work, Jim Tyner, 74, can't seem to get enough of it."It's interesting. It keeps your mind nimble and pays for the grub," Tyner said. "When I was a young a sailor I fritted away my money on wild women and booze - that's what most sailors do, you know - so I don't really have a choice now," he laughed.

Photo: Sportsmanship winners
Juneau Soccer Club's Juneau All Stars are pictured after winning the boys' U12 Pele Award at the recent 2002 Zane Cup U11, U12 state championships in Anchorage.

A different perspective can bring change to our lives
Perspective, the way we look at things, can have a profound impact on our actions and on our state of happiness.Imagine this scene: An employee, George, grants a loan to his friend and co-worker Claire. Claire is unable to repay the loan on time. For a while George accepts Claire's excuses as the loan becomes months overdue. Ultimately, in frustration, George takes her to small claims court and wins the full amount of the loan, with interest and court costs. Claire promises to pay the judgment and pleads with George for more time, but in short order George proceeds to attach Claire's property.

Neighbors Briefs
Helping Hands seeks volunteers; Area campground closures announced; Museum offers free winter admission; Bookmark contest now taking entries; Groups can earn Money by cleaning; Charter school taking applications

Marilyn McKinnon-McArdle
Former Juneau resident Marilyn McKinnon-McArdle, 58, died Sept. 8, 2002, in Tucson, Ariz.

Myrna Lura Peters
Former Juneau resident Myrna Lura Peters, 73, died Sept. 6, 2002, at her home in Shell Knob, Mo.

My Turn: A road is the only logical choice
Thank you to the five Assembly members that voted to support completion of the Juneau Access EIS! They voted to continue the public process that was derailed by the Knowles-Ulmer administration in an autocratic decision.

Alaska High School Football Standings
Through games of Sept. 14

Juneau X-C squad runs to Region V meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running team has been far out in front of its Region V-Class 4A rivals since the Crimson Bears' feet first hit the trails this fall.But that doesn't matter now that the season has reached its final lap. The Crimson Bears will be running with state berths on the line at the Region V meet Saturday in Ketchikan.

Crimson Bear gridders to face T-Birds
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team can be forgiven if the players take a wrong turn and head toward the East Anchorage sidelines during their game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.Standing on the East sidelines will be three former Juneau coaches, which will give this week's Cook Inlet Football Conference finale for the Crimson Bears a hometown feeling. This is Juneau's last chance to win a CIFC game this season, with only next weekend's non-conference home game against the Colony Knights remaining on the schedule.

Alaska Swimming Top 16 Times
Here are Alaska's top 16 times in each event for the 2002 high school swimming season. This list is compiled by Juneau-Douglas High School swim coach John Wray and is through meets of Sept. 14. It includes all reported meets.

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

Alaska High School Football Leaders
The individual high school football leaders in the state through games of Sept. 14, as compiled by the Anchorage Daily News. Statistics are for reported games only through Week 6.

Juneau volleyball sweeps at Wasilla
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team remained perfect on the season after claiming a 15-6, 15-9, 15-4 sweep over the defending Class 4A state champion Wasilla Warriors on Thursday night in Wasilla.

Man faces term of 25 years for fatal DWI crash
ANCHORAGE - A drunken driver who injured two people and killed a child in a fiery Parks Highway crash last year has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and first-degree assault, according to a plea agreement presented Thursday in Anchorage Superior Court. John Knauss, 43, will be sentenced to 25 years in prison if Judge Michael Wolverton accepts the plea deal.

B-and-B offers bear viewing - but do guests want it inside the house?
FAIRBANKS - Barbara Claspill advertises "a view of the wilderness" to potential guests at her Stampede Road bed-and-breakfast.The wilderness opened the door and walked inside early Saturday.

State Briefs
Police seek youths in theft ring; Regional organizations oppose session move; Labor group opposes moving Legislature; Troopers investigate death of Alakanuk woman; Anchorage hotel shut down in bankruptcy case; Anchorage pioneer Oro Stewart dead at age 85; State fair nets thousands of pounds for recycler

Kivalina sues Red Dog Mine, citing water woes
ANCHORAGE - An arm of the northwest Alaska village of Kivalina filed suit against operators of the Red Dog Mine on Thursday, claiming the mine violates the federal Clean Water Act.The suit filed in U.S. District Court by the Kivalina Relocation Planning Committee said Teck Cominco's own required reports at the world's largest zinc mine show that it systematically violates its federal water permit.

Scientists spot rare northern right whale
ANCHORAGE - For the first time in more than a century, a northern right whale calf has been sighted in the eastern North Pacific Ocean. Scientists say the calf offers hope that the world's most endangered whales may yet escape extinction.

SE leaders back ferry changes
CRAIG - The Southeast Conference on Thursday supported a restructuring of the management of the Alaska Marine Highway System without indicating a preferred option.The regional organization, which formed more than 40 years ago to encourage the development of a state ferry system, reviewed possible changes to the ferry system's management during its annual meeting in Craig this week. Members include business and community leaders from Southeast Alaska.

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