Thursday, September 27, 2001

Entertainment Briefs
Tuxedo Junction set for Saturday; Visual artists invited to submit for show; Planetarium offers first show

Free talks cover art to brown bears
Radicals in petticoats and the caves of Southeast Alaska are among the nine topics slated for the Evening at Egan Fall Lecture Series.

Return of the Drummers
When the African drumming and dance group WOFA performed in Juneau three years ago, Shar Fox signed up for a drum workshop. Her teachers, she discovered, spoke no English and she doesn't speak French or the Guinean dialect Soso.

Capturing subtlety in watercolor
Juneau artist Alice Teersteg has temporarily abandoned the bold and strong in favor of the delicate and subtle.

Entertainment Calendar
Movies

What makes wisdom?
I made this inquiry of a friend: "Precisely when does one grow wise?" Wine cures. Milk clabbers. Fruit ripens. Eagles and bears (and other critters) grow "smarter" and more cautious. But what about folk?

A way to respond
Most of us are struggling to find ways to respond to the tragedy of Sept. 11. I am inspired by the numbers of people around the country and, indeed, the world who are acknowledging their feelings - grief, rage, fear - but are nonetheless working to respond out of a different place, one of compassion, courage, reflection and care. I pray these efforts bear fruit.

Solidarity is possible
Should we go to war? Will we? I have no clue. I have no idea. Before I speak any more, let me say that the only certainty I have is that any one who postures an ideal with absolut

Powell listens
Jim Powell has done a fine job on the CBJ Assembly, and he'll have my vote next week. Over the past six years he has worked hard for the community and has proven himself as an excellent public servant.

Forms of terror
Today everyone's attention is directed toward the terrorist actions against the WTC towers and the Pentagon building. Good. We all need to be involved against terrorism.

Unsafe on Egan
I am dismayed at the lack of police units on Egan Drive during the lunch hour, or even during the drive in to work in the morning.

Neighborhood support
As a member of the Thane Neighborhood Association, I would like to personally and publicly thank Jim Powell for the support and encouragemen

America inspired
The events of Tuesday, Sept. 11, shall forever be remembered. This day will henceforth mark a catastrophic disaster; the moment when the unthinkable become a reality; the moment that America in all her beauty was savagely violated.

Vote for Chuck
Betsy Fischer, John Bishop and others make good points about the Collins v. Powell areawide Juneau Assembly race.

No more land of plenty
Grandchild of the Brown Bear speaks:

Powell for neighborhoods
Jim Powell has spent six years representing the people of Juneau on our Assembly and while I have not always agreed with every decision he has made, there are few Assembly members who have worked as hard as he has. Jim puts everything he has into the job.

Worst possible site
I was dismayed by the support expressed for the proposed golf course during the candidate forum Monday night. Only Dixie Hood expressed

Clancy is a leader
Just over three years ago, Clancy and I sat down at a table to outline a campaign strategy that will be remembered at UAS for years to come. Little did we know that our nifty slogans and clever rhymes would lead us in the directions we have each taken.

Cash infusion
Recently, Bill Hudson released a "trial balloon" idea of a one-time payout of $15,000 or so in exchange for a moratorium on Permanent Fund Dividends for 10 years or so.

Never forgiven
Thank you Betsy Fischer for accurately pointing out Powell and Kerttula's campaign expense reporting violations. I am dismayed, but not surprised by the lack of coverage and comment from this community on the

Safety pros converge for Juneau symposium
Centennial Hall might be the safest place in town for the next couple of days.

Lutheran church celebrates 75 years of service in Juneau
Resurrection Lutheran Church celebrates its 75th anniversary this weekend with a workshop, a special service and a banquet.

Around Town
Today

City adds bill-paying options
JUNEAU Beginning this week, Juneau's city government is accepting credit card payments over the phone or Internet. Payments can be made for real property tax, business personal property tax, utilities, sales tax, ambulance fees, and several other city services.

Around Town
Juneau community calendar

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

Trash plant: a boon to region?
Kake Tribal Corp. is looking for trash.

Deal may be cut in airport bomb threat case
Prosecutors are looking for a resolution in the case of a man accused of terroristic threatening at an Alaska Airlines counter in Juneau earlier this week.

Jewish community fears vandals on holy day
Some people in Juneau's Jewish community are worried this Yom Kippur about a resurgence of anti-Semitic graffiti after it hit Juneau shortly before another Jewish holiday.

Four in the running for city development post
Four finalists for the city's Community Development Department director position shared insights into their leadership styles Tuesday before a panel of assessors from the department and a group of city employees and interested citizens.

Clarification
A Wednesday Empire brief reported the city treasurer's office is taking payments over the phone and via the Internet.

Juneau gets sneak preview of flu season
It's not flu yet. But the coughing and sneezing heard in Juneau is a preview of the influenza season, which already may have begun elsewhere in Alaska.

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

Heliports bring tradeoffs
For residents of Thane and Montana Creek, a proposal to build heliports near their neighborhoods would mean balancing increased traffic with community-wide changes in flightseeing noise.

Last ships of the season
The ships Veendam, Norwegian Sky and Regal Princess light up the downtown harbor Tuesday, the last day of the 2001 cruise ship season. Cruise ships brought about 640,000 tourists to the capital city this year, about the same number as last year.

Three city candidates have alcohol convictions
Three candidates for the Juneau Assembly have been convicted of alcohol-related violations in the past, and each says he has learned from the experience.

Air Safety
We as a species are adventurers, takers of risk, thrill seekers. Bungee jumping, for instance, was never a high on my list of priorities. But to some daredevils, traveling to the ends of the earth for the ultimate thrill of the highest most dangerous jump, is where it's at.

Wedding: Roberts, Harmon to marry
Mary Frances Roberts, of Wauwatosa, Wis., and Tracy A. Harmon, of San Diego, will be married in a ceremony planned for 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, aboard the Allen Marine catamaran, followed by a reception at 6 p.m. at the Travelodge. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding and reception.

Pet of the Week
Dutch is a young, adult, neutered, gray/cream, male, tabby shorthair who especially enjoys a relaxed moment on top of his favorite cat tree. Otherwise, this delightful kitty is energetic, playful and friendly. Dutch is ready for a family that will give him plenty of space. To adopt this fine fellow, visit the Gastineau Humane Society, 7705 Glacier Highway. Phone 789-0260.

Adults and families invited
Although the Zach Gordon Youth Center is intended primarily for youth, it is also available for adult and family use at particular hours.

...for all the help for Tim Wood
To the crew and passengers aboard the Taku, Sept. 6, northbound from Petersburg to Juneau. In particular, to Dr. Rodney and Mindy Anderson, Dr. Mark Tuccillo and the unnamed crew and officers (you know who you are) that helped with comfort, transport and radio-phone calls ... To all the passengers who waited, without complaint, until Tim Wood was off loaded in an ambulance at Juneau ... To our onshore medical people in Juneau, including Auke Bay Fire and Rescue and EMT unit, Dr. Urata at Valley Medical (and any and all who assist him), the Bartlett Emergency and EMT unit that brought him home.

Hospice News: Grieving and growing
September 11th began like any other day with my clock radio signaling the arrival of 5a.m. Awakened, I lay quietly, pinned to the mattress by the darkness and the early hour. When I finally became aware of the voice on the radio it was not Bob Edwards talking about U.S. unemployment rates, it was a man from the BBC babbling almost incoherently about a building on fire and smoke and the World Trade Center. But wait! Another building has been bombed! No! It is not a bomb; it's a jet!! A JET HAS CRASHED INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER TOWER! Still listening to the radio, I got up and dressed and left the house. By the time I arrived at the lodge where I work, the Pentagon had also been hit. I moved around the kitchen, dazed. It wasn't until the men sat down to eat and I told them, "The World Trade Center and the Pentagon have been hit by hijacked planes," that the reality of what had happened that morning hit me like a blow to the stomach. We turned on the television and watched the plane hit the tower over and over again, and tried to make sense of a scene very much like one we've seen a thousand times in Hollywood action films, but never never in real life.

New officers
The Taku toastmasters had their annual Passing of the Gavel for the upcoming club year on July 16. Officers elected were, from left, Sandra Herrera, sergeant-at-arms; James Bibb, vice president, membership; Linda Snow, treasurer; Lind

Obituary: George Herbert Converse
George Herbert Converse died Sept. 23, 2001, in Port Angeles, Wash.

Outside editorial: Life-and-death jobs
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times:

My Turn: Emergency preparedness efforts underway for Juneau
The recent terrorist attacks on the United States have caused many people to ask how prepared are we to handle major disasters and emergencies. From government to the individual citizen, we all have a responsibility to be prepared when disaster strikes.

Word of Mouth:
I'd like to thank City Clerk Laurie Sica and her staff for providing for the first time ever an absentee voting site in the Mendenhall Mall next to the library. Thanks a lot!

My Turn: Israeli-Palestinian conflict explodes at our door
Our reactions to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington have been shock, anger, grief and revenge. Why we were attacked is seldom asked. Those who connect our foreign policy and the explosion of Arab hatred toward us have had their patriotism impugned.

My Turn: Theater can be political without being partisan
We wish to respond to Richard F. Schmitz's well-written article, My Turn: Why preach to the converted on their turf? (Sept. 25 Empire).

My Turn: Challenging others to do the right thing
Richard Whittaker passed away last week. An attorney, Alaska legislator, city councilman, journalist, commercial diver, Dick did many things and accomplished much in his life, but I will remember him for his passionate commitment to social justice, and most of all for his friendship and unyielding loyalty.

Russia still inconsistent
President Vladimir Putin's announcement of Russian support for U.S. military operations against Afghanistan this week represented a significant step by his government toward cooperation with the West - larger, even, than it might appear at first to many Americans.

Fish Report
Coho fishing in the Juneau area improved significantly last week. It took anglers an average of three hours to land a silver. The previous week, it took an average of six hours. The five-year average catch rate for coho salmon is also six hours. Last year at this time, it took 13 hours to put a silver in the boat.

Early morning brings salmon, trout and memories on the Kenai
Five of us sat in the boat at 3 a.m. with hands stuffed into pockets for warmth on a clear night showing a million stars. And waited.

Signals of changing seasons easy to recognize in Juneau
When the seasons change in Alaska, you know it. When we first came from California 30 years ago, we left behind a pretty much one-season country. It had an average temperature of 68 degrees.

Out and About
What's in season, what's going on and what's in the woods

'Tying Nun' casts for converts
Sister Carol Anne Corley, the Tying Nun, is a fly-fishing whiz looking to teach children a great lifelong habit.

Hunters find late season brings good things to those who wait
The animal had been down more than 20 minutes by the time his brothers arrived. But Brett Bostian's story rolled off his tongue as if he were still wrapped up in the event.

Crimson Bears head south for Kayhi matches
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team started slowly last weekend in its first match at Sitka, but closed on a dominating roll to sweep both matches.

Sports In Juneau
Friday, Sept. 28

Sports Briefs
Quick sports news

Man sentenced for disturbing ancient grave
A self-described amateur archaeologist who pleaded guilty to disturbing a 1,400-year-old Alaska Native gravesite was sentenced to three months in prison by a federal judge on Wednesday.

Oil spills during pipeline restart
ANCHORAGE As much as 1,200 gallons of oil may have spilled during a routine restart of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, according to regulators who oversee the 800-mile line.

Knowles names new head of social services
Gov. Tony Knowles picked a deputy commissioner of the Department of Health and Social Services to head the agency when outgoing Commissioner Karen Perdue leaves in October.

Court wont block Northstar oil field
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a challenge to the development of the Northstar oil field in the Beaufort Sea.

U.S. Senate OKs armory funds
Long-sought funding for a new National Guard armory in Juneau has come within reach.

Judge won't force subsistence case appeal
ANCHORAGE A state judge won't order Gov. Tony Knowles to appeal the Katie John subsistence case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Industry: Gasline won't pay
Oil companies looking into the feasibility of building a natural gas pipeline from Alaska's North Slope to the Lower 48 say the project is too pricey.

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