Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Fatal conditions
I agree with Tiarra Hauf's letter that changes are urgently needed at the Kmart area. The section of road between the Williams Express highway exit and the Kmart stoplight is posted at 40 mph.

Good ol' boys
It's great to know the good-ol'-boy system is alive and well in Juneau. Please don't make the same mistake I did last time by casting a vote for Don Etheridge for Assembly.

Political manipulation
In the book "Nuremberg Diary," author Gustave Gilbert reports the notorious Nazi Hermann Goering as saying, "Voice or no voice the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

Silence is violence
I read with interest Ms. O'Malley's article regarding the JDHS Day of Silence and positions taken by School Board candidates regarding the event, one which recognizes the silence and discrimination experienced by high school students who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT). I walked with the students, parents, faculty and friends at the Day of Silence in Juneau last April.D

United Way made it possible
Last Saturday more than 100 students, faculty and staff from the University of Alaska Southeast volunteered for a variety of community projects as part of our second annual Day of Caring. In addition to thanking all who participated, I want to acknowledge that this program and all that we accomplished was made possible only through the efforts of our local United Way.

The wrong message
Juneau will get to vote on the legislative move twice. The first vote will be Oct. 1. The Assembly you elect will send a clear message to the rest of Southeast Alaska. There are probably a lot of people in Juneau who are not aware that Marc Wheeler was very active in environmental organizations whose efforts were to restrict resource-based industries in Southeast.

Heart-check time
In reading Mary-Lou Gervais' My Turn, I find I have to comment. The Day of Silence, she tells us, "Made everyone think about their role in perpetuating homophobia in our schools." Sadly enough, it seems to have made a couple of people consider how else they might aid in the effort.

Comments clarified
This is my first run at public office and I will make verbal blunders like the one I made at the JDHS candidate forum regarding the Day of Silence. I wish to clarify my comments. (I told the students that I support student-led initiatives, and this includes student-led prayers at commencement ceremonies and the prayer at the flagpole. It is important for them to raise awareness of issues and make positive changes in society.

Public land giveaway
The bottom line is that Murkowski's bill S.2222 decides for Juneau residents that we will give away 12,000 acres of prime forest, exceptional wildlife habitat, traditional, and recreational public lands in Berners Bay for 3,000 acres of abused logged off lands way down near Ketchikan! What kind of sense does this make?

'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.

Voting is vital
Over the past four or five years, Ketchikan has been economically decimated and devastated. Many, many people have lost their jobs and moved out of the state. As a result, our population and tax base have been declining. It is with sad hearts that we watch many young families as well as older, established families leave for greener pastures (jobs) and more viable futures (jobs).

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.

What would Jesus say?
This is in response to the article that appeared in Sunday's paper concerning the two churches that feel that The Day of Silence at the Juneau-Douglas High School is inappropriate. I find it rather reassuring that our youth, the young people that we are so concerned about, are reaching out and finding compassion for other human beings and not passing judgment because of someone's sexual orientation.

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.

Saber-rattling
I find President Bush and Vice President Cheney's saber-rattling approach to foreign policy hypocritical and perplexing since both of these self-proclaimed patriots successfully evaded active military duty during the Vietnam war.

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.

Reject political posturing
General Conventions of the Episcopal Church have affirmed that homosexual people are children of God and are entitled to full civil rights. Members of the church have pledged to address the issues of youth suicide and runaway-throwaway youth, especially as these result from conflict over sexuality, sexual identity, and sexual orientation.

Dignity, respect, fairness
I was very disturbed to read in the Empire that certain church leaders are trying to take away from high school students their right to stage a Day of Silence as a way of speaking out against the mistreatment of homosexuals.

Day of Silence is a student-led event
When actually serving on the School Board, one rather quickly learns their own personal morality has little to do with deciding whether students can have a Day of Silence. The courts have consistently indicated that students have strong rights to free speech (or in this case free speechless).

'Troublesome' bear killed in Switzer Creek
Alaska Department of Fish and Game workers on Tuesday trapped and killed a black bear that had been breaking into freezers in the Switzer Creek area.Neil Barten, area wildlife biologist with Fish and Game, said the 250-pound male bear was between 12 and 15 years old. The animal wasn't a good candidate for relocation, he said.

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

KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant closes
An inability to meet industry standards and an impending lease renewal led to the closure of the KFC-Pizza Hut restaurant at 6555 Glacier Highway, according to the restaurant's owners.Vincent Voss, vice president of Anchorage-based Kurani Inc., said the company signed a seven-year lease on the space.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing 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.

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

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.

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.

Dryden remodel downsized
Renovation of Floyd Dryden Middle School will have to be scaled back or done in two phases, the Juneau School Board Facilities Committee determined Tuesday.The committee forwarded a scaled-back $5.3 million Dryden renovation plan to the full School Board, which is expected to send it to the Juneau Assembly for approval in mid-October.

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.

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

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.

Andres Cadiente: A life woven into Juneau's fabric
Andres Cadiente left the Philippines in 1929 for a new life halfway around the world. He spent most of it in Juneau, raising nine children and developing a reputation as an outstanding chef and a leader of the Filipino Community.Cadiente died Friday in Juneau at the age of 97. He leaves 25 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Locals ponder war and peace at Iraq forum
A Juneau forum on Tuesday night about Iraq brought up the same concerns being played out around the world as the Bush administration seeks congressional authorization to use force to oust Saddam Hussein."We don't have proof that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, and we're not being consistent with our U.S. foreign policy," said Tia Anderson after the forum, which was led by a group of high school students called Dialogos and held at the University of Alaska Southeast.

4 fisheries agents honored for their work in the skies
Four federal fisheries enforcement agents in Alaska who normally protect fish and marine mammals spent two months last year protecting airline passengers, buttressing the air marshal program. Air marshals, armed anti-hijacking agents known only to the flight crews, have been around since 1985, but their role increased considerably after the Sept. 11 attacks. Their exact numbers are classified, but The Associated Press has reported since Sept. 11 the force grew from 32 into thousands.

Subport planners seek public input
Juneau residents will get another chance to look over plans to redesign the subport area downtown at a meeting Thursday.The city, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office, the state and other area landholders are developing plans to add a marina, housing, retail and commercial space, parks, plazas, a seawalk, parking and other buildings to the subport area downtown. The project covers an area from Gold Creek to the Goldbelt Hotel.

Photo: New school opening
Construction workers open up the Egan Drive side of Juneau-Douglas High School as part of the first and most intrusive phase of a $20-million renovation.

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

Changing colors of autumn light up SE landscape
Slowly passing from higher elevations to the lower ones, the shifting colors of the oncoming season are like burning embers igniting neighboring forests. The rich reds and purples against golden orange and true yellows show another side of the wild world. Polarizing filters make otherwise invisible details plain, infra-red or ultra violet lenses show hidden aspects of bland backgrounds, and the fall colors make startling displays in formerly subdued spaces.

Pet of the week
Genie is an elegant Himalayan mix who is exceptionally affectionate and friendly. She loves people and gets along with other cats.

Carpenter, McVay to wed
April Carpenter and Lance McVay will marry Friday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. The ceremony and reception will be at the Juneau Yacht Club.

A Good Apple
Though Juneau is far from the rolling, golden orchards and bountiful roadside stands of New England's apple country, apples, from Sansa to Golden Delicious, are in season and well-priced in local stores right now. Chef Linda Cohen, who is known for the innovative, health-conscious apple-combinations she prepares for daily lunches at Rainbow Foods, gave this interview on the fruit that keeps the doctor away.

Thank you
...for the contributions; ...for your kindness.;

Neighbors Briefs
Cub Scouts get organized on Thursday night; Environmental workshop set; Birth Center to host support group for new parents

'Buddy patrol'
CAMP DENALI - Young men sprawl in the folding chairs lined up in front of the massive American flag on one wall of the Alaska National Guard Armory on Aug. 28. They are straddling one of those "before" and "after" moments, that momentary pause when life-changing events happen. This is the last stop before the 41 of them climb onto the bus for the airport and then take a plane to Fort Benning for basic training.

Academic Honors
Erika Xanthe Carls, daughter of Becky and Mark Carls, graduated June 2 from Gustavus Adolphus College in St.Peter, Minn. Erika received a B.A. in biology, magna cum laude, with a 3.84 GPA.

Leonard Ralph Gray
Juneau resident Leonard Ralph Gray, 40, died Sept. 21, 2002, in Anchorage at the Alaska Native Medical Center.

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.

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.

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.

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

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:

Correction
In a photo of Juneau Youth Football League PeeWee Division action that ran in Sunday's paper, the player making the tackle for the Seahawks was incorrectly identified. The player making the tackle was Matthew Maka.

Alaska Swimming Top 16 Prep 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. 21. It includes all reported meets.

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.

Sitka Invitational Swimming Results
Results from the Sitka Invitational swimming and diving meets held Friday and Saturday at Sitka's Blatchley Swim Pool. On relays, teams are allowed to list up to eight names on their entry forms but only four are allowed to swim in the events. The names of the four actual swimmers are not available for all relay teams.

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.

Juneau divers are jumping for joy this season
This season's Juneau-Douglas High School diving squad is enjoying something it never had in Southeast last fall - opponents.After spending last season diving against themselves in region meets, the Crimson Bears now have a squad from Petersburg as competition. But with 11 divers on the team - the most in recent memory - Juneau is still the dominant force in Region V.

PFD trims Alaska's income gap
ANCHORAGE - Alaska has the smallest gap between rich and poor of any state, in part due to permanent fund dividends.Figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that while the gap between rich and poor grew by about 3.1 percent nationally during the 1990s, it barely budged in Alaska during the decade. The findings are based on household income data gathered during the 2000 census. The Census Bureau measured the gap by using a statistical formula used by economists to measure disparity of income.

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.

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.

Revenue boss seeks PFD change
Calling the formula used to determine Alaska Permanent Fund Dividends arcane, Revenue Commissioner and fund Trustee Wilson Condon on Tuesday called for inflation-proofing the fund and using earnings to help pay for state services.The speech at the Juneau Rotary Club luncheon marked the kickoff of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.'s annual meetings and the completion of Condon's eight-year term as revenue commissioner.

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

DEA bolsters its presence in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is beefing up its presence in Alaska to crack down on the increasing flow of illicit drugs into the state and to curb manufacturing of illegal substances.

State Briefs
Zaandam sailing extends cruise ship season; Bear-resistant trash barrels on sale; GOP alleges Democrats made improper loan; Penney resigns post on federal fishery council; Teacher of the Year finalists named

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