Wednesday, September 27, 2000

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Will the label carry clout?
Alaska has invested heavily to ensure the sustenance of its fishery. Now, it could be poised for a big return.

Will the label carry clout?
Alaska has invested heavily to ensure the sustenance of its fishery. Now, it could be poised for a big return.

Researchers use a computer to study dynamics of crowd panic
Mob stampedes have killed thousands of people in recent years, but they are usually explained in terms of psychology. Now, European scientists say they can predict and prevent crowd panic via computer simulations using the laws of physics.

Romanian gymnastics team gives up two all-around medals
SYDNEY, Australia - Romania has returned its remaining two medals in the Olympic women's all-around gymnastics competition to protest Andreea Raducan's loss of her gold medal for taking cold medication containing a banned substance, Romanian national television reported today.

Romanian gymnastics team gives up two all-around medals
SYDNEY, Australia - Romania has returned its remaining two medals in the Olympic women's all-around gymnastics competition to protest Andreea Raducan's loss of her gold medal for taking cold medication containing a banned substance, Romanian national television reported today.

Researchers use a computer to study dynamics of crowd panic
Mob stampedes have killed thousands of people in recent years, but they are usually explained in terms of psychology. Now, European scientists say they can predict and prevent crowd panic via computer simulations using the laws of physics.

Names
Graduations, honors and enlistments.

AROUND TOWN

Thank you

Obituary
Former Juneau resident Merrill Hughes, 65, of Anchorage died of natural causes Sept. 14, 2000, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after being medivaced to Fairbanks from a moose hunting camp.

AROUND TOWN

AROUND TOWN

Pet of the week
Gussie is a 2-year-old spayed female rottweiler.

AROUND TOWN

Weddings

Landscaping in Alaska
Hundreds of years ago the muskeg meadow next to the Auke Bay school was beachfront. Ten thousand years ago it was underwater, as was most of the Mendenhall Valley. Any area that has underlying strata of Blue Clay was once ocean floor. Gradually the land rises, the sea retreats and the tidal estuaries become drier and drier.

Landscaping in Alaska
Hundreds of years ago the muskeg meadow next to the Auke Bay school was beachfront. Ten thousand years ago it was underwater, as was most of the Mendenhall Valley. Any area that has underlying strata of Blue Clay was once ocean floor. Gradually the land rises, the sea retreats and the tidal estuaries become drier and drier.

Thank you

Names
Graduations, honors and enlistments.

Obituary
Former Juneau resident Merrill Hughes, 65, of Anchorage died of natural causes Sept. 14, 2000, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after being medivaced to Fairbanks from a moose hunting camp.

Weddings

Pet of the week
Gussie is a 2-year-old spayed female rottweiler.

Correction
Due to reporting error, the Empire identified Judith Clarke as a police officer in a Sunday article about a cat rescue. Clarke is actually an animal control officer.

JDHS students quiz candidates
The high school graduation exam, the Pledge of Allegiance and a crowded high school were among the concerns Juneau-Douglas High School students voiced to Juneau School Board candidates at a forum Monday.

Correction
Due to reporting error, the Empire identified Judith Clarke as a police officer in a Sunday article about a cat rescue. Clarke is actually an animal control officer.

Pilot in fatal crash lost license due to accidents
A Sitka pilot killed in a Juneau Airport crash last month lost his license in 1991 because of two previous accidents.

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

Schools might get hot lunches
The Juneau School Board tentatively approved plans for a large kitchen at the proposed Dimond Park high school during a work session Tuesday night.

JDHS students quiz candidates
The high school graduation exam, the Pledge of Allegiance and a crowded high school were among the concerns Juneau-Douglas High School students voiced to Juneau School Board candidates at a forum Monday.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and Alaska State Troopers reported...

Sales tax to cover schools to sewers
Proposition 1 asks voters to renew for five years the temporary 3 percent sales tax that runs out June 30, 2002.

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Sales tax to cover schools to sewers
Proposition 1 asks voters to renew for five years the temporary 3 percent sales tax that runs out June 30, 2002.

City's top crime worry: speeding
Speeding, substance abuse, litter and poor lighting are the top crime issues concerning Juneau residents, according to a survey conducted by the Juneau Community Policing Project.

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Kensington permit wins extension
The Juneau Planning Commission extended Coeur Alaska's large mine permit to develop the Kensington Mine and continued action for Thunder Mountain Minerals in its effort to obtain a small mine permit for a placer mining operation at Tuesday's meeting.

Child hurt in crash remains in coma
A 9-year-old Juneau boy injured in a vehicle rollover Sunday is in serious condition at a Seattle hospital today.

Prop. 2 pays for hospital expansion
The largest part of ballot Proposition 2, which asks voters to renew the city's temporary 1 percent sales tax for five years, would fund major changes at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Tee Harbor split over new resort
Carol Bodenhamer said a commercial resort facility planned for North Tee Harbor will ruin life as she's known it there for 19 years.

Rollover victim remains stable
Accident victim Jeremy Nelson, 9, remains in serious condition, but there are positive indications for his recovery, his mother said today.

State to take ferry plan back to cities
The Alaska Department of Transportation wants one last round of public feedback to firm up the newly amended Southeast Transportation Plan, a package that includes eight new shuttle ferries and a substantial change in travel options for the public over the next five years.

Commission nixes Tee Harbor resort
Despite support from the city Community Development Department, a conditional use permit for the development of a Tee Harbor resort was denied at Tuesday's Juneau Planning Commission meeting.

Search for tourist cost $63K
The miffed cruise ship passenger who decided to fly home to Michigan because she felt like a fashion victim cost the government a pretty penny in search costs.

Rollover victim remains stable
Accident victim Jeremy Nelson, 9, remains in serious condition, but there are positive indications for his recovery, his mother said today.

Search for tourist cost $63K
The miffed cruise ship passenger who decided to fly home to Michigan because she felt like a fashion victim cost the government a pretty penny in search costs.

Prop. 2 pays for hospital expansion
The largest part of ballot Proposition 2, which asks voters to renew the city's temporary 1 percent sales tax for five years, would fund major changes at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Tee Harbor split over new resort
Carol Bodenhamer said a commercial resort facility planned for North Tee Harbor will ruin life as she's known it there for 19 years.

Kensington permit wins extension
The Juneau Planning Commission extended Coeur Alaska's large mine permit to develop the Kensington Mine and continued action for Thunder Mountain Minerals in its effort to obtain a small mine permit for a placer mining operation at Tuesday's meeting.

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

Schools might get hot lunches
The Juneau School Board tentatively approved plans for a large kitchen at the proposed Dimond Park high school during a work session Tuesday night.

Child hurt in crash remains in coma
A 9-year-old Juneau boy injured in a vehicle rollover Sunday is in serious condition at a Seattle hospital today.

City's top crime worry: speeding
Speeding, substance abuse, litter and poor lighting are the top crime issues concerning Juneau residents, according to a survey conducted by the Juneau Community Policing Project.

State to take ferry plan back to cities
The Alaska Department of Transportation wants one last round of public feedback to firm up the newly amended Southeast Transportation Plan, a package that includes eight new shuttle ferries and a substantial change in travel options for the public over the next five years.

Pilot in fatal crash lost license due to accidents
A Sitka pilot killed in a Juneau Airport crash last month lost his license in 1991 because of two previous accidents.

Commission nixes Tee Harbor resort
Despite support from the city Community Development Department, a conditional use permit for the development of a Tee Harbor resort was denied at Tuesday's Juneau Planning Commission meeting.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and Alaska State Troopers reported...

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Letters
Have you noticed that when Gov. Tony Knowles takes a position contrary to popular opinion on any given issue he justifies it based on what other politicians might do if his approach is not taken?

Letters
I hate to correct Rosalee Walker, one of the best sixth-grade teachers in the history of Capital School, but Hannibal and the elephants crossed the Alps in 218 B.C., not 247 B.C. It's probably true, however, that modern road-construction techniques are better than Carthaginian ones.

It's past time for some peace and quiet
In mid-August of last year I attended a hearing in Douglas conducted by a committee of the Juneau Docks and Harbors Board. The meeting was for ERA Aviation to present its proposal to lease the "Little Rock Dump" from the city and receive public testimony. It was a memorable night.

Letters
I was very disturbed to receive the news that the Juneau School Board made the decision to make pledging allegiance to the United States flag optional! To what flag do the Juneau School Board and the children in their district pledge allegiance: China's, Iran's, Russia's, Cuba's?

A surprise in the name of good sportsmanship
There is not much that takes us by surprise anymore. We used to be awed by space flight; computers; the discovery of the Titanic; and the endurance of the house of cards known as the Soviet Union.

Letters
Judging from the Empire's front-page headline, "Mayoral race takes on bears," the four mayoral candidates represent an interesting cross-section of leadership styles and priorities. On the bear issue specifically, Sally Smith seems otherwise occupied with "tax reduction issues," Patty Zimmerman appears similarly pressed with "money making" concerns and Jamie Parsons doubts even the existence of bear-proof containers.

Letters
Imagine no more duct tape holding the gym floor together and no more students getting wet from leaking ceilings. Imagine a school built in 1972 renovated to serve for another 25 years of useful life.

Letters
Imagine no more duct tape holding the gym floor together and no more students getting wet from leaking ceilings. Imagine a school built in 1972 renovated to serve for another 25 years of useful life.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Gore's loose lips
The following editorial was published in Tuesday's USA Today: What's the harm in a little hyperbole? Al Gore is quickly finding out. The vice president's looseness on details, whether talking drug prices, oil supplies or lullabies, threatens to make him his own worst enemy.

Letters
So a road's gonna cost $230 million. Or maybe it's $300 million. Or even $500 million! Since we're going to indulge ourselves in fantasy at the polls soon, pretending that someone is actually going to give us hundreds of millions of dollars, is a road the best fantasy we can come up with? Let's try to dream up some better ideas for our 300,000,000 fantasy dollars:

It's past time for some peace and quiet
In mid-August of last year I attended a hearing in Douglas conducted by a committee of the Juneau Docks and Harbors Board. The meeting was for ERA Aviation to present its proposal to lease the "Little Rock Dump" from the city and receive public testimony. It was a memorable night.

Letters
At a time when so many people seem torn about "access" to Juneau, I am writing to voice my concern about "access" to local government.

Proposition 2 provides many benefits
Having been associate with Bartlett Regional Hospital for the past 25 years, as a former employee, board member, for many years a volunteer and just this summer an inpatient off and on for 20 days, I would urge the residents of Juneau to vote for Proposition 2.

Letters
Judging from the Empire's front-page headline, "Mayoral race takes on bears," the four mayoral candidates represent an interesting cross-section of leadership styles and priorities. On the bear issue specifically, Sally Smith seems otherwise occupied with "tax reduction issues," Patty Zimmerman appears similarly pressed with "money making" concerns and Jamie Parsons doubts even the existence of bear-proof containers.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Gore's loose lips
The following editorial was published in Tuesday's USA Today: What's the harm in a little hyperbole? Al Gore is quickly finding out. The vice president's looseness on details, whether talking drug prices, oil supplies or lullabies, threatens to make him his own worst enemy.

Let them eat cable
The following editorial appeared in Washington Post: Between January and July this year, the 13 local TV stations owned by General Electric, the corporate parent of NBC, ran 15,819 political ads and pocketed $23.5 million. Over the same period, Rupert Murdoch's Fox stations ran 14,532 political ads and earned $9.2 million. Now that the campaign is heating up, both companies are raking in money at an even-faster rate. And yet despite profiting so much from this barrage of sound bites, NBC's flagship broadcast channel is not going to carry the first presidential debate, which could have brought more-substantive election information to their viewers. Fox's broadcast channel isn't going to carry any of the debates. Both companies offer instead their cable channels, which are available only to paying subscribers and which reach far fewer voters.

Proposition 2 provides many benefits
Having been associate with Bartlett Regional Hospital for the past 25 years, as a former employee, board member, for many years a volunteer and just this summer an inpatient off and on for 20 days, I would urge the residents of Juneau to vote for Proposition 2.

Letters
In a front page story Sept. 21 on another lamentable bear killing by Juneau police, State Fish and Game biologist Polly Hessing seems to be criticizing the police for protecting people. She is quoted: "We encourage people to come here to see our spectacular wildlife. Do we want to have the reputation of killing that wildlife?"

Letters
I am writing in support of Maridon Boario as write-in candidate for city assembly. Although it may be a disadvantage that Maridon is not on the ballot, I think that it is admirable that she wants to give voters a choice. I think it is often unfortunate when a candidate runs unopposed, or tries to buy their way into office. Voters need choice.

Letters
John Lucas was generous in choosing to open the books of Wings of Alaska in his effort to explain the importance of their summer tourism operations to their year-round economic viability. Hopefully he will continue to engage the dialogue by responding to the following questions raised by his Sept. 24 My Turn:

Letters
At a time when so many people seem torn about "access" to Juneau, I am writing to voice my concern about "access" to local government.

Letters
John Lucas was generous in choosing to open the books of Wings of Alaska in his effort to explain the importance of their summer tourism operations to their year-round economic viability. Hopefully he will continue to engage the dialogue by responding to the following questions raised by his Sept. 24 My Turn:

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Letters
I am writing in support of Maridon Boario as write-in candidate for city assembly. Although it may be a disadvantage that Maridon is not on the ballot, I think that it is admirable that she wants to give voters a choice. I think it is often unfortunate when a candidate runs unopposed, or tries to buy their way into office. Voters need choice.

A surprise in the name of good sportsmanship
There is not much that takes us by surprise anymore. We used to be awed by space flight; computers; the discovery of the Titanic; and the endurance of the house of cards known as the Soviet Union.

Letters
So a road's gonna cost $230 million. Or maybe it's $300 million. Or even $500 million! Since we're going to indulge ourselves in fantasy at the polls soon, pretending that someone is actually going to give us hundreds of millions of dollars, is a road the best fantasy we can come up with? Let's try to dream up some better ideas for our 300,000,000 fantasy dollars:

Letters
Have you noticed that when Gov. Tony Knowles takes a position contrary to popular opinion on any given issue he justifies it based on what other politicians might do if his approach is not taken?

Letters
I was very disturbed to receive the news that the Juneau School Board made the decision to make pledging allegiance to the United States flag optional! To what flag do the Juneau School Board and the children in their district pledge allegiance: China's, Iran's, Russia's, Cuba's?

Let them eat cable
The following editorial appeared in Washington Post: Between January and July this year, the 13 local TV stations owned by General Electric, the corporate parent of NBC, ran 15,819 political ads and pocketed $23.5 million. Over the same period, Rupert Murdoch's Fox stations ran 14,532 political ads and earned $9.2 million. Now that the campaign is heating up, both companies are raking in money at an even-faster rate. And yet despite profiting so much from this barrage of sound bites, NBC's flagship broadcast channel is not going to carry the first presidential debate, which could have brought more-substantive election information to their viewers. Fox's broadcast channel isn't going to carry any of the debates. Both companies offer instead their cable channels, which are available only to paying subscribers and which reach far fewer voters.

Letters
In a front page story Sept. 21 on another lamentable bear killing by Juneau police, State Fish and Game biologist Polly Hessing seems to be criticizing the police for protecting people. She is quoted: "We encourage people to come here to see our spectacular wildlife. Do we want to have the reputation of killing that wildlife?"

Letters
Juneau voters should be asking all candidates for public office questions about their beliefs and philosophies. Additionally, candidates should be evaluated by an examination of their track record.

Letters
I hate to correct Rosalee Walker, one of the best sixth-grade teachers in the history of Capital School, but Hannibal and the elephants crossed the Alps in 218 B.C., not 247 B.C. It's probably true, however, that modern road-construction techniques are better than Carthaginian ones.

Letters
Juneau voters should be asking all candidates for public office questions about their beliefs and philosophies. Additionally, candidates should be evaluated by an examination of their track record.

Local Scoreboard

Take three today for ACS vs. Sitka football game
The Sitka Wolves and Anchorage Christian Schools Lions are hoping the third time's a charm for their oft-postponed football game.

Mulloy returns to UAF after Olympic experience
FAIRBANKS -- Melissa Mulloy missed the first two and one-half weeks of school at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, but she had a good excuse.

Local fishing tails off as summer comes to end
Sport fishing effort in the Juneau marine boat fishery continues to drop off as more people are switching to hunting or pulling their boats out for the season. However, anglers still venturing out in pursuit of coho are encountering some success.

Mulloy returns to UAF after Olympic experience
FAIRBANKS -- Melissa Mulloy missed the first two and one-half weeks of school at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, but she had a good excuse.

Third time's a charm as Sitka blitzes ACS
It was worth the wait for the Sitka High School football team.

Take three today for ACS vs. Sitka football game
The Sitka Wolves and Anchorage Christian Schools Lions are hoping the third time's a charm for their oft-postponed football game.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Local Scoreboard

Local fishing tails off as summer comes to end
Sport fishing effort in the Juneau marine boat fishery continues to drop off as more people are switching to hunting or pulling their boats out for the season. However, anglers still venturing out in pursuit of coho are encountering some success.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Third time's a charm as Sitka blitzes ACS
It was worth the wait for the Sitka High School football team.

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