Monday, September 24, 2001

They were told not to be themselves
Stories abound, in Alaska and elsewhere, of Native American children forced to attend boarding schools far from their village homes, punished for speaking their own language. These are not old stories; some people who experienced them are well under retirement age.

In the Stacks
These books are an fascinating perspective on life here in Alaska throughout the ages. (They are not new, but I'm on vacation so there isn't anything new going out on the shelves this week at the library.)

Building a healthy house
Alaskans are investing in a new home concept that curbs indoor air pollution

Clearing the air
The Health Home project grew out of the American Lung Association's commitment to promote lung health.

Health house at a glance
What makes a Health House? For a house to meet those specifications, it must be designed and built with a holistic perspective.

Historic reality
I would like to recognize Chris Joy for her opinions. As Americans, we are all entitled. After reading her letter and the subsequent responses I felt compelled to provide an opinion.

End it now
I am 46 years old and a full-time civilian technician for the Alaska Army National Guard as a helicopter mechanic. As a requirement of my full-time job, I revert to a sergeant in the Guard for weekend drills an

Government friendly
Some in the busine

Correcting some errors about Powell letter
Earlier this week I wrote a letter detailing the findings of the Alaska Public Offices Commission with regard to assembly member Jim Powell's 1998 re-election campaign. I stated that Mr. Powell was charged with failing to report $25,131 in accrued expenses and paid expenditures. That figure was wrong.

A better way
If any good is to come out of the terrible tragedies of Sept. 11, we must treat each other with compassion. Now is not the time to argue and fight amongst ourselves, even when we strongly disagree with each other. One of the greatest things about being American is that we can disagree with each other.

Bear infestation
I am writing in regards to bears. Last night my brother couldn't get out of his house at Switzer Village until this bear finished eating the garbage. He said that he tried scaring it away by yelling and that it was starting to attack.

Paid her dues
I am writing in support of Dixie Hood for the district 2 Juneau Assembly seat. The district 2 race this year poses a problem because all thre

Not justly aggrieved
Those who conceived and carried out the attacks of Sept. 11 leaned over our backyard fences in the weeks before to chat with us about the weather. They smiled at the clerk bagging their groceries. And, they researched the flight characteristics of a 757. Theirs was a mission of such conviction, of such fervor and righteousness that they saw their American neighbors, saw the grocery clerk, and saw our sons and daughters, not as "collateral damage" in a battle waged against an army, but as primary targets in a holy war that knows no morality. It is not the work of honest and justly aggrieved souls to cunningly exploit their neighbor's open gate so to enter with a smile and kill his wife and children. This is not the sign of a "grievance unanswered." It is the act of barbarians.

Feel, think, do
I offer a short message to those who acquired post-graduate degrees in the '60s in the social-so-called-sciences in language commensurate with your intellectual attainments. If you have difficulty with this, the library has dictionaries.

Man arrested after bomb joke
A traveler was arrested in his hotel room today after making what police called a terrorist threat at the Juneau Airport on Sunday.

The view from New York City: It's not over yet
Nearly two weeks after the terrorist attacks, the signs remain - on the sides of buildings, taped to street lamps, hanging from fences and memorial walls throughout the city. Some even make an appearance in the subways.

AROUND TOWN
Events in Juneau

Panel clears Mulder in cruise ship case
State Rep. Eldon Mulder used "poor judgment" in pushing a bill relating to the cruise ship industry at a time when his wife was employed by its lobbyist, but he did not violate ethics rules, a state panel concluded.

Correction
Original filings with the Alaska Public Offices Commission showed total campaign debts of $15,586 in 30-day, seven-day and 10-day reports. Amended reports filed by the Powell campaign in December 1998 showed total debts of $37,779 in those reports.

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

POLICE AND FIRE
Police and fire activity

Top picks for heliports: Dupont, Montana Creek
An alternate heliport study prepared for the city recommends local helicopter companies move flightseeing operations to Montana Creek in the Mendenhall Valley and Dupont, south of Thane.

Book censorship is often good publicity
Several years ago, the Juneau Public Library received several requests to pull the book "Heather has Two Mommies" from the shelves.

Around Town
Today

New Outer Pt. trail geared to tour groups
People who would rather scan the view than watch their footing will find it easier to walk the latest trail built in the Outer Point area of North Douglas.

Fund-raising for terrorism victims
In communities large and small, Alaskans are opening their hearts - and their wallets - to help the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Eight deer carcasses left next to Glacier Highway
A hunter selected the best cuts from eight deer last week, then left the rest to rot alongside Glacier Highway. Fish and Wildlife Troopers found the carcasses in a pullout at 22 Mile Thursday morning. Now the troopers are looking for the hunter who wasted the 150 pounds of venison.

Witchcraft fears fuel Harry Potter book ban
Harry Potter may be phenomenally popular worldwide, but there are some who consider the fictional young sorcerer a menace to society.

Obituary: William Fredrick Jackson Jr.
William Fredrick Jackson Jr., 49, died Sept. 18 in Haines. Memorial services will be held in Haines on Tuesday, Sept. 25. A full obituary will run at a later date.

A way to exhibit athletic ability without costly equipment
For many years, I thought spitting was a guy thing, specifically an older guy thing. My father spit occasionally and very efficiently, certainly not for recreation. The rest of my family only resorted to it in emergencies, like reacting to a bug in the mouth or a direct hit with a dog's tongue. It was OK to spit as a medical treatment.

Transportation at center stage of SE Conference
The decision to proceed with Southeast Conference this week in Prince Rupert, B.C., was a difficult one in light of the catastrophic events of last week.

My Turn: A former New Yorker's religious perspective
As I watched the service at the Episcopal Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul (commonly called The National Cathedral), I was struck by the collision of church and state forming an uncomfortable alliance.

Guest editorial: Air safety worth the price
The following editorial appeared in the The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on Sept. 23:

My Turn: Reduce exposure to secondhand smoke
Retired after a very long career as a physician and public health specialist, I find it extremely difficult to remain silent on issues with significant impacts on the health and longevity of my fellow Alaskans.

My Turn: Express concerns about local flightseeing noise
It is very difficult to even think about local issues in light of the tragic events of the past week. However, the window for comment on the Forest Service Helicopter Landing Draft EIS is rapidly coming to a close. The importance of community response to this document cannot be overstated.

My Turn: Not perfect but still the most free nation
As a pilot, I blame the FAA for their unwillingness to respond to problems before they become a crisis. Since the 1970s, the FAA has known that cockpit doors were incapable of stopping a determined attacker. Thirty years later the same doors are still being approved for use. Anyone heard of titanium or Kevlar?

Bear swimmers sweep two meets in Petersburg
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams both claimed a pair of victories in the Petersburg Invitational swim meets Friday and Saturday at the Petersburg Swim Pool.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Sports around town

Sports In Juneau
Friday, Sept. 28

Crimson Bears still No. 1 in state poll
Despite playing and winning some close games in recent weeks, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team retained the top spot in the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Football Coaches Polls released earlier today.

Juneau spikers sweep pair in Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team took awhile to get going Friday night against the Sitka Wolves, but rallied to claim a 16-14, 15-1, 15-2 sweep to open the Region V-Class 4A season for both teams at Sitka High School.

Juneau claims CIFC title
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team was eerily silent as it filed into the Floyd Dryden Middle School band room Friday night.

Crimson Bears sweep Region V running crowns
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls and boys ran away with the Class 4A team titles at the Region V cross country meet in Sitka on Saturday, winning behind dominating performances by Jesse Stringer and Hilary Young, who both claimed individual crowns.

Proposals filed to loosen up on beer, pot laws
Marijuana use would be legal and restrictions on beer makers would be lifted under proposed ballot measures filed with the state by separate groups.

Alaska teens aren't rushing to sign up
Recruiters are finding that the mood of teen-agers who might otherwise jump at the chance to serve their country is reflecting the general mood of the public after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11: They're scared and indecisive.

State Briefs
Copter landings comment deadline extended; Fetal alcohol syndrome summit scheduled

Alaska Airlines to receive $100 million in aid
ANCHORAGE Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon, are in line to get about $100 million under a federal aid package for airlines.

Beluga whale takes detour up Yukon
FAIRBANKS A wayward beluga whale swam more than 400 miles up the Yukon River from Norton Sound, made a sharp turn north at the Koyukuk River and was last spotted about 145 miles upstream heading for Allakaket.

Anchorage vandals attack Arab shop
ANCHORAGE Vandals smashed several hundred thousand dollars in computers, presses and other equipment at a printing company owned by a prominent Arab-American businessman and scrawled anti-Arab graffiti on a wall, Anchorage Police Chief Walt Monegan said.

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