Friday, September 28, 2001

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.

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

Weekend Best Bets
African drummers and dancers kick off the weekend with a performance tonight. There's something for a variety of tastes and ages in the coming week in Juneau.

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

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.

Sour grapes
In regard to the disparaging comments made about me by former Mayor Dennis Egan on his Thursday "Problem Corner" radio show concerning my editorial comments at www.JuneauBears.com, I have a couple words for Dennis: chill out.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Don't be surprised
Many debating the smoking ban in Juneau are apparent hypocrites. They are portraying themselves as something they are not.

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?

Public's need to know?
I read your Sept. 27 article, "Three city candidates have alcohol convictions," with wonder.

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.

Goal: big government?
The latest digest of Southeast Alaska's economy has been released to the members of the Southeast Conference on Sept. 19 by the McDowell Group. It depicts Southeast economic trends from 1990 to 1999.

Legal fees?
I would like to know why $100,000 was billed to the CBJ by an Anchorage law firm in order for our sewage treatment operator to plead guilty.

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.

Around Town
Today

Candidates cautious about heliports
Candidates for the Juneau Assembly say new information about alternative heliports in Juneau is a step in the right direction, but see a need for more discussion before changes are made.

City candidates spend less on 2001 election
With four days until the Oct. 2 city election and this month's terrorist attacks factoring into campaigns, candidates for the Juneau Assembly are spending less than anticipated.

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.

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.

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

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

FYI
Births

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

Around Town
Today

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.

Juneau woman finds her calling helping victims of disasters
Lana Tolls came to Juneau to help people in need but found she needed Juneau, too.

Thank You
...for Trail Mix auction help; ..for a successful food fest

Neighbors Briefs
Time is running out; Victims Advisory Committee; Halibut for Humanity; Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center winter hours

Photo: Building affordable housing
Scott Kensinger and Nolan Reid work Monday on construction of the first four units of the Treadwell Prospect, a new affordable housing project on Crow Hill in Douglas.

City Museum showcases Juneau beadwork
Showcase of Juneau Beadwork, an exhibit of Juneau bead artists with selected pieces from the City Museum's collection, opens Oct. 6 and runs through Dec. 1 at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Juneau Senior Health Fair to be held in October
The Senior Health Fair is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 5, at the Juneau Senior Center located at the Mountain View Apartments. This event is free for everyone in the community. If you are over 60, or know of someone who is, we urge you to attend.

Loretta Mae Knightlinger
Loretta Mae Knightlinger, 69, died Sept. 26, 2001, in Juneau.

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: Historic, religious, ethnic issues of global terrorism
In his my turn, "Israeli-Palestinian conflict explodes at our door," in the Sept. 26 Empire, Lisle Hebert made various historical and statistical errors that may lead the public to a divisive conclusion on the matter.

My Turn: The reasons behind why I fly the flag
The events of Sept. 11 caused me to rethink so many things, as have most of us. I am a child of the '60s. At the dawn of the new millennium I wished to show my support for all those people who died, and all of their families, by some outward, tangible sign.

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.

Time to weigh choices for CBJ Assembly
The candidates you choose next Tuesday to serve on the Assembly will guide Juneau through a watershed period. The challenges facing the next Assembly are extraordinarily great, as Juneau comes to grips with the issues of balance between quality of life and measured growth, access, saving the capital, and crafting master plans for our future.

My Turn: Political opportunism requires a response
The column by Richard Schmitz that ran in the Empire Sept. 25 is a "fixer-upper" and I have some fixing to do.

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.

My Turn: A better approach to airline security
I disagree with some opinions voiced in the guest editorial published in Tuesday's 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.

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

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

Juneau runners head to state
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross-country running teams may not be the favorites in Saturday's Class 4A state championship races at Palmer High School, but both teams are strong darkhorse contenders.

Alaska State Football Leaders
Top performers in Alaska high school football through games of Sept. 22, as compiled by the Anchorage Daily News. The leader stats include statistics from all games reported, but a few games are missing.

Sports In Juneau
Friday, Sept. 28

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.

Crimson Bears seek perfection
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team can clinch its first undefeated regular season in school history with a victory over the Service Cougars at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Anchorage Football Stadium. But the winning hasn't come easy.

Sports In Juneau

Murkowski threatens to stall for energy bill
Sen. Frank Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, is threatening to stall Senate business unless Democratic leaders agree to proceed with an energy bill.

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.

Alaska Airlines to resume D.C. flights
Alaska Airlines said it will resume service Oct. 8 to Washington, D.C., with one daily flight to Dulles International Airport.

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.

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

State Briefs
Weapons sales normal in Juneau; 'New norm' in Juneau Airport vehicle traffic; Man pleads no contest to rapes

Stabbing suspect to enter plea
Jason Prit-chard, the man charged with four counts of attempted murder for allegedly stabbing children at an elementary school in May, has agreed to plead no contest, prosecutors say.

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.

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.

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