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Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Not a lifestyle
I feel sad and disappointed in Chapel by the Lake's decision to withdraw support for the JDHS Day of Silence. I do not believe that homosexuality is always a choice or "lifestyle." Some people are born gay.

Dangerous streets
I would like to know what exactly the City & Borough of Juneau plans to do about the pedestrian traffic in the Lemon Creek Area, now that someone has died.

It's about oil
The path that George Bush is proposing in regard to a preemptive attack on Iraq is very troubling. He claims this will increase our country's security, but Saddam Hussein has every incentive now to hold his fire. If we attack Iraq, we become the aggressor and give him every justification for fighting back.

Perfect example
In my wildest imagination I could not come up with a better candidate for governor of Alaska than Fran Ulmer!

To avoid any misunderstandings
Your reporter's interview and resulting article graciously allowed a forum for my views to be expressed as a school board candidate. However, a few statements have led to some misunderstandings that I would like to clarify.

Candidate reception, forum here Wednesday
The League of Women Voters of the United States is celebrating its 82nd anniversary this year.

Behind Fran
My perception of Fran Ulmer and her record is that she has been a strong supporter of keeping Juneau as our capital, and an equally strong supporter of our ferry system. I think she is an excellent candidate for governor.

Do the math
I wish to thank Kathleen Metcalfe for reminding me about opensecrets.org. For if I had not visited the site I would not have found out that while she has a great source for campaign information, she does not have a clue how to read the information presented.

'Chickenhawks' beat the drums for war
When Vice President Dick Cheney spoke to the VFW convention last month, pitching for an attack on Iraq, I wondered how many other veterans were annoyed by the implied message that veterans favor this renewed war.

Good for Alaska
In a state the size of Alaska, issues are often different from place to place. In Southeastern Alaska we have suffered a progressively worsening economy for the past eight years, largely the result of restrictions on harvesting our timber, and falling prices on salmon.

Hard-working Assembly member
Frankie Pillifant has made life in Juneau better for our family, and that is why I am supporting her re-election to the Assembly.

Promote understanding
I read with interest the story on Sunday's front page about the Day of Silence observance at JDHS. The two churches that have proposed changing the Day of Silence to a Day of Respect are unintentionally providing an example of the type of behavior for which the Day of Silence is organized.

Dangerous drivers
A quick traffic quiz relating to the recent power outage in Juneau.

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

Candidates: No dock moratorium
Most candidates for Juneau Assembly oppose a moratorium on new dock construction downtown, favoring the existing permitting process instead.

Correction
Juneau School Board candidate Julie Morris

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

Feds allow Juneau Airport to drop vehicle searches
Picking up and dropping off travelers at the Juneau Airport is easier since the city-owned facility received a waiver excusing it from performing searches of vehicles using short-term parking.

Photo: Saxman sunset
Totem poles are silhouetted against a sunset Wednesday evening in Saxman, near Ketchikan.

UAS reaches out through projects
University of Alaska Southeast student Kean Nuttall got down and dirty while picking up litter Saturday during the second annual Day of Caring, learning firsthand how much trash is dumped along Juneau's roadsides.

Fast food finale
The front door and windows of the KFC and Pizza Hut fast-food restaurants at 6555 Glacier Highway post a closed sign Monday. The joint business opened in the mid-1990s in the Williams Express service station and convenience store building near Switzer Creek.

Correction
Juneau School Board candidate Carl Brodersen

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

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Bonds would fund harbors and sewer improvements
A vote next week could alleviate congestion at Statter Harbor in Auke Bay, replace old sewer and water lines in Douglas and extend water lines to North Tee Harbor. The projects are part of a $15 million general obligation bond package that will be on the Oct. 1 city ballot. But whether the timing is right will be a question for local voters.

Picture foils faux photographer
A picture may be worth $15,000 and three years behind bars for a man who lost his wallet on the Douglas Bridge.Joseph Harris, 76, is awaiting trial on three counts of indecent viewing or photography, a misdemeanor, after photographs of nude, unconscious women were found in a wallet he had lost, according to court records.

Weather delays power-line repairs
Low clouds and fog this morning slowed repairs of electrical power lines downed by a Saturday landslide near Limestone Inlet.

City close to settling its final pulltab case
The city is close to an agreement with a Juneau pulltab operator to collect $247,360 in outstanding sales taxes.The city met with representatives from the Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 2 on Monday about collecting back taxes and is close to settling the case, Interim City Manager John MacKinnon said Monday.

Candidates split over 'day of silence'
Juneau School Board candidates are split over whether they would support the Day of Silence, a student-led event meant to promote tolerance toward gay students.Candidates Carl Brodersen, Bob Van Slyke, Jeremy Kerr, Will Muldoon and Louise Cornwall said they would support such an event. Candidates Julie Morris, Steve Kikendall and Bonn Trinidad were in favor of a broader "Day of Respect" that would not focus on homosexuality. The eight candidates are running for two School Board seats in the Oct. 1 city election.

Truck accident kills 77-year-old
Police are investigating a weekend traffic accident that killed a pedestrian on Glacier Highway.

Andres Aquino Cadiente Sr.
Longtime Juneau resident Andres Aquino Cadiente Sr. died Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, in Juneau.

My Turn: Alaskans for Better Access reactivates
We are talking about "The Road" again. I said I was not interested in such talk after the 2000 municipal election - until I saw significant change in the factual and political situation. Well, things have changed.We now know that the state plans no improvement in ferry service for Lynn Canal until 2008 at the soonest. We didn't know that in 2000. This "improvement" will be to replace the 88-car Malaspina with the 35-car fast ferry. Still just one run a day to or from Juneau.

B.C.'s bad idea
The cat's out of the bag. And, thanks to British Columbia, more farmed fish will be escaping the farm. Our provincial neighbor has lifted its long-standing ban on new fish farms, adding even more capacity to the existing industry along the British Columbia coastline.

My Turn: Don't dilute Day of Silence - come out
My brother graduated from a small Catholic high school in Maine. This summer he attended his 20-year class reunion. He called and told me he took his boyfriend to the reunion and introduced him as such. No one seemed to look twice. One of his classmates attended with her "college roommate" and introduced her as such.

Alaska State 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.

Adult Volleyball
The standings through Sept. 22 of the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's 2002 men's and women's adult volleyball leagues.

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

Gibb joins World Univ. Games team
This is a busy time of the year for Derek Gibb, who has a full schedule of classes and two workouts a day for the Auburn University swim team.But the 1999 Petersburg High School graduate, whose family now lives in Juneau, had to add another item to his list of things to do today - pick up a passport application.

Region V Cross Country Meet
Results of the Region V-Class 4A cross country meet held last Saturday on a 5-kilometer/3.1-mile course in Ketchikan. The top five runners for each school count toward the team total, with first place earning one point, second place two points and so on. All runners from the top two teams, as well as any other individual finishers in the top 10, qualified for the state meet this Saturday in Palmer.

Juneau hosts Little League conference
More than 100 Little League volunteers, officials and administrators from six Western states were in Juneau this past weekend for the Division 1 Little League Conference at Centennial Hall.The conference featured three days of meetings about issues including player safety and getting Little League results online. But the conference served another important function, said J. Allan MacKinnon, president of Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League, which hosted the event.

Southeast Road Runners Action Rehab Races
Results of the fourth annual Action Rehab 10-kilometer and 1-mile races, held Saturday beginning and ending at the Auke Village Recreation Area:

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

2 seek job as mayor of Denali Borough
Two Borough Assembly members are facing off in the race to be the next mayor of the Denali Borough.

Teen killed in ATV crash near Chevak
A Chevak teen died over the weekend from injuries suffered in an ATV accident, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Man enters plea to bear charges
A Juneau man pleaded no contest last week to three charges connected to a brown bear hunt near the Endicott River in spring 2001.

State Briefs
Snettisham power still down; Assembly introduces school bond campaign measure; Body recovered from British Columbia crash site;

Strolling the streets of Pelican
A couple strolls down Pelican's main boardwalk Sunday, when about 80 visitors from Juneau made a day trip to the Chichagof Island town aboard the ferry LeConte.

APOC takes up soft money regulations
The Alaska Public Offices Commission took on the issue of soft money in political campaigns Monday by considering new rules forcing disclosure and sanctioning a soft money group that ran ads critical of Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer.The commission, Alaska's campaign finance watchdog agency, agreed to consider new rules requiring state political parties to divulge how they spend campaign contributions aimed at party-building expenses.

Correction
Murkowski's quote

Kids accused of terroristic threats
Three Homer elementary school students are accused of making terroristic threats, including talking about using guns and other weapons to take over their elementary school.

Polar bear shot in Barrow after returning to neighborhood
A polar bear was shot and killed after it was spotted in Barrow for the second time in recent days.

Lt. gov. candidate late paying taxes
Ernie Hall, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, has a pattern of paying his city property taxes late.

Alaska companies gear up for PFD spending spree
ANCHORAGE - Companies large and small are gearing up for a retail whirlwind beginning in October when Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks are issued.James Krasnican, co-owner of Alaska Bush Service with his wife Hyun, shops at Costco every day to fill and mail orders of food and household items across the state.

Sea reptile fossils found near Eureka
Fossils of a large extinct marine reptile have been uncovered in a rugged area near Eureka, the first discovery of these ancient creatures in the region, according to a scientist at the University of Alaska Museum.

Honoring the ferries
Pelican Mayor Kathie Wasserman presents a painting of Pelican to Capt. George Capacci, general manager of the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Kotzebue to vote on sale of alcohol
Alcohol is back on the ballot in Kotzebue, where voters will have another shot at allowing bars and liquor stores to open for the first time in nearly 15 years.

2 die in Matanuska accidents
Two Anchorage men died in separate accidents in the Matanuska Valley, Alaska State Troopers said.

Investigator: Dismiss Murkowski complaints
An Alaska Public Office Commission investigator has recommended dismissing campaign finance complaints against the Murkowski for Governor campaign and a Virginia group that ran critical television ads targeting Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer and Gov. Tony Knowles.

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