Fairbanks firm builds mats to protect tundra from rigs
ANCHORAGE - Lots of innovative ideas have gone from scribbles on cocktail napkins to reality.That's the case with a new composite mat designed to stabilize drill rigs and protect North Slope tundra from the crush of the 2.5 million-pound machines.

Turning to peaches for profit
In T.S. Eliot's famous poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," the speaker asks, "Do I dare to eat a peach?" referring to the risks people take when they dive into something unknown.Texas-born entrepreneur Jason McCowan, 28, has eaten this proverbial peach, in a business sense, by selling them. So far, the result of his business risk has been all sweetness.

In the Tank
Juneau gas prices as of Wednesday evening

Business Profile: Amy Green
Owner and sole employee of Baby Brella, a cloth diaper and baby accessory business.

Marc works for SE communities
Juneau residents are very fortunate to have Marc Wheeler working for them on the CBJ Assembly. I have had the pleasure of watching Marc get the Big Brothers Big Sisters program started here in Ketchikan.

Share the expense
As a property owner who the Assembly is asking to fund harbor and sewer improvements by voting for the bond issue on Oct. 1, I would like to suggest an alternative source for funding for these projects, a source that does not unfairly impact the business and property owners in the same way this proposed increase in property tax would, a source that would take the burden of funding these improvements away from the business and property owners and share that responsibility with the entire citizenry of Juneau.

Applauding Christians
First of all, I must applaud those Christians who have taken action and stood up for what they believe in. Too many Christians have taken a lukewarm approach to too many things, this subject being one of them. The gays and lesbians of Juneau don't want us to push our views of their conduct onto them, and we Christians don't want their views pushed onto us. It is a never-ending cycle.

For a strong economy
Merrill Sanford is a reasonable man. He will bring a common sense approach in addressing issues through the local government process.

Not really a choice
I read the article about the Day of Silence with interest since there are many parallels to my life. I applaud the guts it took to put this on at the high school. It shows that we have come a long way since I attended high school. I remember the fear I felt every day I walked into school of being found out that I was gay, and the repercussions that it carried.

Endorsement correction
We would like to correct an error that occurred in a campaign advertisement for Don Etheridge in the Sept. 18 edition of the Empire. A draft letter was sent to Mr. Etheridge and was printed as a campaign endorsement from the Tee Harbor neighborhoods.

Corporate endorsement?
Yesterday, Don Smith recommended that we vote for Chuck Collins rather than Marc Wheeler. I'm sure today and Sunday he will have more endorsements. I suspect that most of us know this, but it bears repeating. The Juneau Empire is owned by Morris Communications and Don Smith is their employee.

Sanford serves the public
What do we want from those we elect? I hope those we elect will listen to our concerns and vote on city issues based on what they hear from us, the citizens they represent.

Marc stands out
My grandmother taught me that deeds are a better measure of a person than are mere words.

Basis for concern
Does it bother anyone that:The U.S. Congress is about to give the president a blank check empowering him to invade any country he feels is, or could be, a threat to "U.S. interests" while the Democratic side of Congress lays on its back, wagging its tail, as this administration initiates a new, belligerent foreign policy which, if duplicated by any foreign government, would rightly be labeled rogue, imperialistic, and a clear threat to world peace?

What if
My math teacher at St. Frederick High School in Louisiana was nothing like Mary-Lou Gervais, at Juneau-Douglas High School (Empire, Sept. 24). But wow, what if she had been?

Letters well said
Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated two recently published letters to the editor under the My Turn heading. The first was written by Rick Shattuck and was titled "A road is the only logical choice" and was published last Friday.

Spouting junk
I am very sorry to see a priest speak such obvious wrongs against our Lord's word. Being gay is not a given from God, it is a choice. It is not excused nor allowed by God nor should it be. It has, is and always will be an abomination to Him as it does not promote a loving atmosphere nor a stable one for society nor children.

Fran's economic plan
With Alaska's pending fiscal crisis, Fran Ulmer will help us on the way to a balanced economy. Fran's future for Alaska is based on more than just selling raw resources, or buying unspecified promises. Fran is energetic, youthful and smart. She remembers who you are and looks you in the eye.

It's the law
I am a fifth-grader at Auke Bay Elementary School and I am concerned about garbage bears. I am bothered by people leaving their garbage out a day or two, or even a week before garbage pickup. Most of these bears are habituated so people don't concern them.

Not trying to offend
This is in response to the "What would Jesus say?" letter. The fact that you even reference God as being gay is wrong! If you've even read the Bible God says "a man shall not lie with a another man" for that is sin. It also says "judge not less ye be judged first."

Moving forward
The municipal election on Oct. 1 is extremely important and will have a huge impact on Juneau's future. The question is whether we are going to move forward as a community or stay mired hip deep in good old boy politics. In my opinion, Don Etheridge has voted against the interests of working women and men. It's time for a change.

For the people
I work in the city of Haines where I choose to live instead of sowing my royal oats in the big cities of America. I like many other Natives and longtime residents of Alaska depend on subsistence food to help survive our notorious long winter months.

Tolerance needed
I feel that changing the Day of Silence to a day of respect is just another way to undermine much needed focus on how our society still condones discrimination and mistreatment of homosexuals. Not only is discrimination and harassment tolerated, but often encouraged against homosexuals.

Bad legislation
I am strongly opposed to Sen. Murkowski's attempts to derail the full process of the Forest Services' Tongass Wilderness Review EIS. It is a matter of bad public leadership to remove the public from a public process.

Representative government
Recent letters to the editor vilifying those Assembly members who voted to support public notice and opportunity for comment have been disheartening. Our form of government requires public process on all decisions that are made, especially the hard ones.

The price in Thursday's In the Tank listings for gasoline purchased at Douglas Depot was incorrect. The correct price was $1.659.

Family remembers life of Sophia Harris
Sophia Harris never bragged about the good things she did for people, but the recipients of her generosity and seemingly endless supply of banana bread knew. They feel it even more now that she's gone.


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

Ice rink milestone: Concrete poured at Treadwell Arena
The concrete surface for future down-to-the-buzzer goals and graceful triple axels materialized Thursday at the Treadwell Arena in Douglas.About 30 concrete finishers, with an audience looking on, spent nine hours smoothing about 300 cubic yards of concrete over a network of rebar and black refrigeration pipes. The super-flat structural slab eventually will be covered with an inch of glossy ice, giving Juneau its first indoor ice rink.

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

Board hopefuls take positions on drug testing
At a League of Women Voters forum Wednesday, candidates for the Juneau School Board took varied positions on random drug testing for high school students involved in after-school activities.Louise Cornwall, Julie Morris, Steve Kikendall and Bob Van Slyke said they supported random testing. Carl Brodersen was opposed to random testing, saying it was an invasion of privacy without probable cause that a student was using drugs. Interviewed later, Jeremy Kerr and Will Muldoon said they supported testing with some conditions, and Bonn Trinidad said he supported testing.

Candidate spending rises as election nears
With less than a week until the Oct. 1 city election, Juneau Assembly candidate Merrill Sanford is leading the race for campaign cash.As of Sept. 21, Sanford had raised $19,177 in his bid for the District 1 Assembly seat and spent $6,662, according to a report filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission this week. Eighty contributors gave less than $100.

Handy: Giving back through rescues, recovery
People scattered, scared, mangled, broken - Steve Handy and the rest of Juneau's Mountain Rescue team bring them home."You see the wreckage of a plane and no footsteps coming from it," Handy said. "You just put up a barrier. You put a film over your eyes and mind and buckle down - you can freak out later."

Photo: Breaking ground
Steve Landvick, project developer, left, and Dan Austin, general manager of St. Vincent de Paul, break ground Wednesday for Channel View Apartments at 345 Gastineau Ave.

4 icefield appeals rejected
The U.S. Forest Service has affirmed a decision allowing future increases in helicopter landings on the Juneau Icefield.Steve Brink, the agency's deputy regional forester for natural resources in Alaska, backed a decision from the Juneau Ranger District this summer that keeps the number of permitted landings at 19,039 in 2003 and 2004 and allows 5 percent annual increases in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In doing so, he ruled against four appeals asking for cuts in landings because of flightseeing noise.

Musarra: Travel a bit easier; but still on FBI list
A retired Coast Guard officer who received considerable media attention last month because his Arabic-sounding name was on an FBI list of suspected threats to airline security says he's still having trouble getting on planes, but can check in at the Alaska Airlines e-ticket kiosks. "Still nobody's come forth to say this is a mistake," said Larry Musarra, a retired lieutenant commander who was born in New Jersey and who is not Arabic. "But something must have happened because I did the Web check-in, finally."

Federal screeners are on the job at Juneau Airport
The federal government took charge of the passenger-screening checkpoint at the Juneau Airport on Tuesday, although the average traveler probably won't notice, officials said.Kathy Mathews, the new stakeholder liaison for the Transportation Security Administration in Juneau, said the new federal screeners replaced Alaska Airlines screeners at 4 a.m. on Tuesday. The changeover went smoothly, she said.

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

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

Our experience and knowledge of God are not 'one size fits all'
Our experience and understanding of God is not "one size fits all!" Several years ago one of my favorite seminary professors suffered through the sudden death of his beloved wife of many years. He went to the student body and announced that he had lost all faith. Rather than discredit him for his loss of faith a fellow professor said, "It's OK; we will have faith for you." In time the grieving professor learned from his fellow teachers and students of the gift of their faith drawing him back to God and to the people who loved him.

Academic honors
Darcey Jean Miller, daughter of Creighton and Kathleen Miller, former residents of Juneau, graduated from The Creative Center on June 2, 2002. She was one of the seven honor students in her class.

Neighbors Briefs
Girl Scout recruitment night set; Grant applications available

Thank you
...for all the help; ...for the hard work

Saturday's Affordable Housing Fair offers information, classes
Realtors, nonprofit housing groups, banks and housing developers will offer free information and advice at this weekend's Affordable Housing Fair.The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nugget Mall.

A bridge to well-being
The Bridge Adult Day Center room in the downtown Juneau Senior Center is a bright place. The window shades are open, plants sit on the sills and on desks in the room, the fluorescent lights leave no corner of the room in the dark. Even the smiles on the faces of the clients and staff are bright. "It saved my life, this place," said Lib Maloch, 87, who has been attending the senior day-center for five years.

Sophia Harris
Juneau resident Sophia Harris, 77, died Sept. 21, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau after an automobile accident near Switzer Village Mobile Home Park.

Peter Ray Olivit
Peter Ray Olivit died Sept. 21, 2002, in Gustavus.

Vera Armonte Lamb
Longtime Juneau resident Vera Armonte Lamb died Sept. 9, 2002, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Wash.

My Turn: A move at what cost?
It's been said before that government would be much more efficient if it were run like a business. If you believe that, take a close look at Ballot Measure 2 in November and ask yourself if buying a new office building for a business that lost a billion dollars the year prior is a sound financial decision. Most accountants would find it hard to make those numbers work. I've already given up trying.

Empire editorial: Collins is the best choice for Juneau's future
Juneau businessman Charles M. "Chuck" Collins came very close to unseating incumbent Jim Powell last fall in his first quest for a seat on the Assembly.As with last year's race, Collins presents a strong contrast to his opponent, incumbent Marc Wheeler. Wheeler's record on the Assembly will show a reserved approach to business development and tourism growth with strong advocacy for more public process and study on long-standing community projects and issues.

Empire editorial: Merrill Sanford for District 1 Assembly seat
Merrill Sanford, a 54-year resident of Juneau, would bring deep experience, maturity and knowledge of public process to the Assembly. He is a former fire chief and veteran of the planning commission. This experience will be invaluable to the work of the Assembly. The make up of past Assemblies has often included one or more members with planning commission experience.

My Turn: Another Christian point of view
We would like to respond to Sunday's front page article about the high school Day of Silence (in concert with the national observance by that name), recognizing the silence gays and lesbians must practice to avoid discrimination. Personally, we are glad the Day of Silence happened and hope it will happen again.

Alaska High School Football Standings
Through games of Sept. 21

Juneau-Valdez dual swimming meet canceled
JUNEAU - Thursday's dual swim meet between Juneau-Douglas and Valdez high schools was canceled due to difficulties with the Crimson Bears' flight out of Juneau on Thursday morning.

Hoping for one more win before hibernation
This hasn't been the best of seasons for the Juneau-Douglas High School football team.The Crimson Bears have only won once this year as they've struggled with heavy turnover due to graduation and an injury bug that's still claiming players. But the Bears hope they can take some of the sting out of a painful season by beating the Colony Knights this weekend.

Alaska High School Football Leaders
The individual high school football leaders in the state through games of Sept. 21, as compiled by the Anchorage Daily News. Statistics are for reported games only through Week 7.

Crimson Bear runners head to state
In cross-country running, speed counts for a lot. But in a close race, strategy - knowing where to use that speed - can make a big difference.Good strategy comes from knowing the course well, and familiarity with the Michael Janecek Trails in Palmer has the Juneau-Douglas High School team feeling confident going into Saturday's state meet.

Juneau volleyball squad heads to Kayhi duel
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team made the statewide impression it wanted last weekend when the Crimson Bears won four matches in Anchorage and Wasilla against some of Alaska's toughest teams.

Cross-Country Running past Alaska high school team champions
Year Girls Boys

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

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

Cavs send Lamond Murray to Raptors
CLEVELAND - Lamond Murray wanted out, and the Cleveland Cavaliers granted the disgruntled forward his wish Wednesday.Murray, who had been asking the Cavs to trade him for months, was dealt along with a second-round draft pick to the Toronto Raptors for center Michael Stewart and a future first-round pick.

Pilots union blames Alaska Airlines, FAA
SEATTLE - The airline pilots union is blaming what it calls a profit-seeking culture at Alaska Airlines and lax oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration for setting the stage for the January 2000 crash of Flight 261 that killed 88 people.

Sitka man sentenced in theft of big salmon
SITKA - One of two men charged with stealing a giant king salmon from a seafood processor has been fined and ordered to perform 150 hours of community work service.Luke R. Lowe, 24, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass and misdemeanor theft and was fined $500.

2002 humpy harvest average for Southeast
PETERSBURG - About 44 million pink salmon were harvested in Southeast Alaska this season, putting the catch in the midrange for the 10-year average, but prices were low.About 280 boats, or about 100 fewer than average, delivered pinks during the season.

State Briefs
Anchorage man arrested in beating death of baby; U.S. House approves Adak land transfer; Body of missing Nome man found; Dead woman's husband charged with insurance fraud

Man caring for 4 children charged in baby's death
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man charged with killing his 2-month-old daughter, was jobless and staying at home caring for four children while their mother was having an affair with a jail inmate and leaving the family's trailer home for periods of time, according to charging documents.

Poll shows Ulmer in lead
For the first time since the beginning of the election season, poll numbers are showing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fran Ulmer in the lead over Republican opponent Frank Murkowski. The GOP candidate's campaign said its polls show Murkowski far ahead of Ulmer. The Ulmer poll - released Wednesday by Anchorage pollster Ivan Moore Research and Washington, D.C.,-based pollster Lake, Snell, Perry and Associates - put Ulmer ahead of Murkowski by almost 3 percentage points

Ulmer disputes ad's claim she's against ANWR drilling
ANCHORAGE - Fran Ulmer says an Alaska group airing a soft money issue advertisement on television is trying to mislead voters about her stand on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.A spokesman for Supporting Alaska Free Enterprise says there's nothing misleading about it.

Native conference on tourism kicks off Saturday
Several hundred people from around the United States and Canada are expected to attend the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Conference from Saturday through Tuesday in Juneau."Opportunities for Creating Partnerships" is the theme for the conference co-hosted by the Tlingit-Haida Central Council and the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council of Lac du Flambeau, Wis.

Dividend amount is $1,540
Every eligible man, woman and child in Alaska will receive a permanent fund dividend of $1,540.76 this fall.A total of $911.42 million will be sent to Alaskans in the form of a dividend this year.

State Briefs
State flags lowered in Juneau for Andres Cadiente Sr.; Snettisham power restored to Juneau; Southeast Conference hires intertie coordinator; Deadline looms for voter registration; Anchorage man sentenced to probation in assault

Noted Interior roadhouse in Central goes to new owners
FAIRBANKS - For the second time in six years Jim and Sandy Crabb have sold Crabb's Corner, a well-known roadhouse in the mining enclave of Central.This time the Crabbs are hoping they're done for good.

Perseverance's 'Dirty Blonde': Risqué Business
The smash Broadway hit "Dirty Blonde," Perseverance Theatre's season opener, is a modern love story mixed with a mash note to Mae West, all wrapped in a camp romp served up with glitz and verve. Mae West began performing in vaudeville at age 5, but didn't become famous until later in life, much like the author of "Dirty Blonde," Claudia Shear, who turns 40 this year.

Movies where & when
"City by The Sea," (R) ends Thursday, Sept. 26, last show at 7 p.m. at the 20th Century Twin.

What's up with that?
Q: I saw one of the ships anchored in the channel about July 17, discharging water out of the area adjacent to the anchor chain. The ship was at anchor at the time. Were they offloading ballast or what?

Trading with the Tlingits
When the Spanish first arrived in Southeast Alaska in 1774, they found the Tlingits and Haidas were sophisticated trading partners working a vast, well-established trading network. "Through Spanish Eyes: Spanish Voyages to Alaska, 1773-1792," historian and anthropologist Wallace Olson's new book, documents a number of encounters with the Native people of Southeast Alaska.

How the Tlingits discovered the Spanish
Wallace Olson has opened a window to the Southeast Alaska of the late 1700s, when the Spanish explorers - who thought they owned this land - first met the Tlingit and Haida who lived here. Olson, a retired University of Alaska history and anthropology professor, spent the past decade learning Spanish, traveling to Spain and Mexico and studying dozens of handwritten journal entries by the captains, officers and scientists who first explored this region.

What's happening

Rod Stewart tribute show on Saturday
JUNEAU - Singer Kenny Kaos will deliver an evening of the music of Rod Stewart at 8 p.m. Saturday night at Marlintini's Lounge.

Grants for artists available
JUNEAU - Applications for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council's annual grant programs are available. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 11.

Best Bets: From Mae West to a folk-music master
John McCutcheon, "Dirty Blonde" and crabgrass music are the best bets for the weekend.McCutcheon, a talented songwriter who plays a dozen instruments well, performs Sunday night at Northern Light United Church.

In search of songs
John McCutcheon is ready for rain. They're fining people for using too much water near his drought-ridden home in Virginia. But that's not the only reason the singer-songwriter is eager to return to Juneau. He's also in search of songs.

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