Tuesday, September 21, 2004

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Politics behind Berners land swap
U.S. Senate candidate Lisa Murkowski discovered the hard way that "doing it wrong" is no guarantee for success in Washington, D.C. Sen.

Vote for Knowles
As my mind starts flying in the Senate Race, I am already tiring of weak and misleading comments that are coming from the Republican camp. Their current message seems to be "stick with the team that can bring the most pork." This is possibly one of the worst arguments ever for keeping a member of Congress in their post.

Bush must go
Sept. 8th's PBS evening news show spoke hard truths about the war in Iraq.

Many thanks for stalling land swap
Wednesday's walk-out by Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee Democrats Bingaman and Johnson understandably left Sen. Murkowski outraged, as their departure effectively placed yet another bullet in the slow-to-die Cape Fox Land Exchange bill.

Taxi for disabled a welcome addition
I was a cab driver from August 1999 to February 2001 for Taku Taxi and then Metro Taxi.

Murkowski understands
After a little pondering it is easy to come to the conclusion that Lisa Murkowski is the only candidate running for U.S. Senate to vote for. Please compare Lisa Murkowski with all other candidates running for the Alaskan U.S. Senate seat and the choice is clear.

Live-aboards have real options
The Sept. 17, Empire front page article "Live-aboards lose electric heat nightly" highlights a drawback of retrofitting the electric system in an active harbor.

The plaque of war
I spent Tuesday evening meditating with friends around a table on which 1,000 candles were set. The candles represented the men and women and children killed and injured in the bloody Iraq war.

Proposal favoring tourists over dogs
The recent article on the banning of trails rings a little hollow.

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

Researchers say small is better, but with a purpose
A lot of research has shown that small high schools have higher academic achievement, fewer dropouts and more engaged students than do large schools. Small high schools are particularly effective for students who are ethnic minorities or from low-income families.

Latest Dimond Park HS cheaper
Local voters on Oct. 5 will take one more swipe at the issue of whether smaller or larger high schools are better for students.

Study assumes district can count on more money from state
A critical assumption in an accountant's study of operating costs is that the state will give more money for schools at a rate that matches the rising costs of salaries, benefits, heating fuel and other unavoidable expenses.

Perseverance Theatre to undergo $1.1 million renovation, expansion
Perseverance Theatre wants to bring a higher level of acting to Juneau with its plans for physical and artistic improvements to the theater in Douglas, Artistic Director PJ Paparelli said Friday.

Correction
A reporter incorrectly stated the title of Teri Tibbett's book in an article that appeared in Thursday's Empire. The title is "Listen to Learn."

Icy Strait Point project means business
When this village's inaugural cruise ship season ended Sunday, 32 ships filled with tourists had come and gone and Native Tlingit residents said their lives had changed forever.

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

Can city afford another school?
For the second time in five months, Juneau voters will decide whether to build a second high school whose affordability is a matter of debate.

'Affordable' housing isn't to many in Juneau
Kate Arriola was excited when she saw the banners of the annual Juneau Affordable Home ownership fair at Nugget Mall on Saturday.

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Elizabeth Ellen "Betty" Harris
Services will be held on Wednesday September 22, 2004, at 7 p.m. at the Northern Light United Church.

Evelyn Navorro
Evelyn Navorro died on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004. A full obituary will follow, and a service is pending.

Rikki Leeann Hudson
Rikki Leeann Hudson died Sept. 13, 2004, in Port Protection after falling off a floathouse barge and drowning.

Carolina Abella Hermano
Juneau resident Carolina Abella Hermano, 87, died Sept. 17, 2004.

My Turn: Beware state's plan for roads and what it will do to ferries
Currently, any single road plan includes at least one ferry (from Katzehin to Haines), possibly a second (from Katzehin to Skagway) and maybe a third (if Berners Bay is left unroaded).

Empire editorial: Troubling report card
Alaska got an "F" for affordability in its annual review by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education this year. We're not sure that on the bell curve it's fair to flunk this state when a full-time resident undergraduate at the University of Alaska Southeast can cover tuition and fees for less than $2,000 a semester. However we will agree that the trends that led to the mark are troubling.

My Turn: The human face of fetal alcohol syndrome
The human face is diverse, complicated, wonderful and engaging. In one another's faces we see the emotions of life. We want to put a human face on children, adults and families living with the pain of a disability that is misunderstood and 100 percent preventable. Many families in Juneau suffer hurtful and unnecessary blame because a human face is not put on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Alaska editorial: Remember POMV at dividend time
This editorial appeared in Sunday's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Boozer signs with new sports agent
Utah Jazz power forward Carlos Boozer has signed a representation contract with CSMG Basketball and noted agent Henry Thomas.

Juneau JV girls claim victory in Petersburg
Isabel Bush claimed the title by 39 seconds over teammate Carly Craig as they led the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity girls cross-country running team to victory in the Petersburg Invitational-Jack Eddy Classic held Saturday in Petersburg.

Southeast Road Runners action rehab 10k and 1-miler
Results from the Southeast Road Runners club's Action Rehab 10-kilometer and 1-mile races held Saturday at Auke Recreation Area.

JYFL Scores
Juneau Youth Football League lower division scores from the weekend games held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-18, at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park football field.

ADN/Alaska state coaches 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.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

UAA suspends hockey player
The University of Alaska Anchorage will suspend for four games a hockey player charged with assault against a teammate last week.

Former UAF shooter aims for the gold in Paralympics
Former University of Alaska Fairbanks shooter Dan Jordan is going for Paralympic gold this week in Greece.

Pat's wins women's CCSL title
Pat's Douglas Inn claimed the women's championship in the Capital City Soccer League, knocking off Seventh Heaven 2-0 in the title game held Sept. 8 at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park football field.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and world.

Seminar to prepare Alaskans for high costs of long-term care
Alaska is the most expensive state in the nation for long-term health care, and the public is invited to learn more about planning for it at a seminar Thursday in Juneau.

Alaska fishing industry takes a new look at benefits of value-added products
Behold the lowly humpy and dogfish, all dressed up as salmon Benedict with dill havarti and grilled salmon Caesar salad.

Governor to protest fisheries intervention
As congressional reform of U.S. ocean policy looms, Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski is expected to testify today in Washington, D.C., to defend Alaska's management of its fisheries.

University scientists discover new habitat
The discovery of Alaska's newest underwater habitat - and possibly a new marine species - began with a runaway sieve.

Fin whale may be first seen in Sitka in 60 years
A large baleen whale sighted in Sitka Sound may be the first fin whale in the area since commercial whaling in Alaska inside waters was halted more than 60 years ago, a marine biologist said.

Photo: For public service
Assistant Attorney General Keith Levy, right, presents lawyer Art Peterson with the Jay Rabinowitz Public Service Award on Friday at the Baranof Hotel. The award is given by the Alaska Bar Foundation to "an individual whose life work has demonstrated a commitment to public service in the State of Alaska." Peterson is the second to receive the award.

This year's dividend check drops to $920
The Alaska Permanent Fund dividend this year is $919.84, Department of Revenue Commissioner Bill Corbus said Monday night.

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state.

Corrections
Due to a typist's error, a letter to the editor supporting Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Monday's Empire misidentified the writer, Jody Vic.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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