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Sunday, September 28, 2003

Library offers not just books; it has DVDs and videos, too
The public libraries have a large collection of fun and educational videos and DVDs for children. Though they are shelved with the adult titles, the ones meant for kids are easy to pick out - just look for items with pink labels. Don't forget - if you are looking for movie reviews and ratings - every public library has movie review guides available in the reference section.

Hearing unfair to Natives
It's 3 a.m., the stars above are shining and I'm wondering, why am I still awake? Following the conclusion of Saturday morning's public meeting concerning the Berners Bay land exchange, I fled the ANB Hall as if I had some place to be. Strange thing though, as fast as I fled I'm still there, but here, in the wee hours ... wondering.

Make visitors pay share
Dear Assembly Members: You will be contemplating a substantial water and sewer rate increase at your Oct. 6 meeting. I recommend that you consider an option to raising local resident and business rates. During the summer season, Juneau sees an increase in daily population of between 5,000 and 10,000 people or more, most of whom are traveling aboard cruise ships. Many of those visitors use our water and sewer facilities while in port.

Back the other 'nice guy'
Dave Fremming's letter supporting Dick Knapp was refreshing as a well-written opinion without the rancor and inanity we so often see on this page. In this case, I do agree with Dave that we have two fine candidates for the position as mayor. I also agree that Bruce Botelho is one nice guy. I consider him a friend even though we've had only occasional contact over the years.

Go see 'Mommy Dance'
I have to admit that I was slightly apprehensive about Perseverance Theatre's current production of "The Mommy Dance." Not to stereotype fellow moms, but I asked myself: Can one woman so busy being a mom have any energy left to reach the high level of the sensational theatre that we have come to expect from this organization?

Concerned about litter
Imagine your child walking to Riverbend School and just tucked away in the bushes nearby is a large pile of broken beer bottles along with blankets and a pot pipe. This and other like items were found in a recent effort to clean the Duck Creek-Riverbend area. In just two short hours nine college students and one faculty member retrieved 250 pounds of refuse.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Photo: Lena Park dugout project
Paul Dick and and Robert Minch of the Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club nail together a new dugout Saturday morning at Lena Ball Field. Four new covered dugouts have been added to the field as part of the Rotary Centennial Project. The Rotary Centennial in 2005 will showcase service projects in 30,000 communities worldwide.

Juneau GI injured on Iraq patrol
Spc. Josel Carrillo, a former Juneau-Douglas High School soccer player, was seriously injured last week in Iraq, his family said. Carrillo's mother, Remy, received the news in a phone call from the U.S. Army casualty center on Friday. Carrillo, 21, was injured Thursday evening. The casualty center staff told Remy Carrillo that her son was injured while on patrol in Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, when a trash can blew up. Josel Carrillo serves in the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

Judge: Wellness Court graduate shows that change can come about
The last time Gabriel Katzeek was arrested, he didn't imagine the judge would someday give him a power tool along with his sentence. Juneau District Judge Peter B. Froehlich smiled when later asked about the gift. During a hearing Thursday, he referred to Katzeek's four-month probation sentence as a "formality."

Botelho: Build new Capitol; Knapp: Idea could backfire
Mayoral candidate Dick Knapp is against building a new Capitol backed by revenue bonds. He says it could backfire and cause Juneau to lose its position as the state capital. His opponent, Bruce Botelho, is willing to take the chance. Knapp, who has never been elected to public office, is squaring off against Botelho, who first held the mayor's job in the late 1980s. The winner of the Oct. 7 election will succeed Mayor Sally Smith, who declined to run for a second three-year term.

Hear our words
Study German or French in school and you can look forward to a European trip as a reward and an opportunity to further develop language skills in the real world. "Unfortunately, there's not a Tlingit-speaking world for us to go to," said Roy Mitchell, a sociolinguist at the Sealaska Heritage Institute. "We're trying to do the next best thing, which is make one ourselves."

Recall issued for all Segway scooters
Segway scooters, touted as almost untippable when unveiled two years ago, are being recalled. It turns out they don't work so well when the batteries get low - riders have fallen off and been injured. Late this summer, Segways showed up on the steep streets of downtown Juneau. Local police had received a grant to give them a trial in the community.

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

Edith R. Mihelich
Former Juneau resident Edith R. Mihelich, 100, died Sept. 21, 2003, in Seattle of Parkinson's disease.

My Turn: Send your dollars today
It boggles my mind how middle-class voters continue to support government policies of welfare to the well-off. I am not sure what they are thinking. Do they think someday they will be rich, too, and want to ensure their own benefits? Or do they feel genuinely sorry for those with the burden of being millionaires? The reasoning truly escapes me.

Empire Editorial: Strength in numbers and the Southeast Alaska way
Southeast Alaskans are known for their hearty, resourceful, independent way of life. This part of the world offers unmatched vistas, ever-changing weather and character-building challenges not found anywhere else.

My Turn: Now's the time to re-evaluate plans to build new high school
Recently in this space, the Juneau School District's independent auditor explained that the upcoming school budget deliberations would start with a deficit of nearly $3 million. Further, he explains that it is unrealistic to expect the state or the city to bail the district out of this deficit. Dramatic cuts will mean fewer teachers. (At an average cost of $50,000 per teacher, $3 million represents 60 teaching positions).

Wildlife notebook: 'Alaska Tracks': A lifetime of outdoor wisdom
The brown bear was ready to charge, so Earl Callihan shot to the side of the bear, not to kill it, but to discourage it. The bear charged anyway, running at the Southeast Alaska trapper like a racehorse. The bear pulled up short and after a tense, close-range stare down, the encounter on a remote Southeast beach ended peacefully. Callihan's experience is one of a score of stories on the CD "Alaska Tracks: Featuring Earl Callihan."

Out & About
Outdoor events in Juneau

Fish report
Coho salmon fishing in the Juneau area continues to be above average. Recently it took Juneau area anglers four hours to land a coho. Last year it took an average of eight hours to land a silver salmon and the five-year average is six hours. Coho salmon are abundant in area waters now. The hotspots were around Lena Point and Point Louisa.

Photos: On the hook
The Juneau Empire's Outdoors page is looking for photographs of big salmon, halibut and other fish you've caught this year or last in the waters of the northern Panhandle.

Angler's Angle: Fishing reels need maintenance at the season's end
Most quality fishing reels will last a lifetime if they are kept clean and lubricated. A little maintenance is especially important at the end of the season so that corrosion does not build up over the winter. Here are a few tips to make sure your reels are ready to go when the kings arrive in April.

Hiking in the rain
Unfortunately, I'm a slow lesson learner. For example, how many times have I sat inside looking out at the rain and thinking, "It's too wet to go for a hike!" The other day, hopefully proving I can still learn, I looked out the window at the rain ... and went hiking anyway. Since this was a pretty quick decision, I didn't call anyone to join me. Anyway, they probably would have looked out the window also and said, "No thanks. It's raining too hard."

Crimson Bears sweep in Fairbanks
The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team used a balance of youth and experience to claim a pair of swim meet sweeps this weekend in Fairbanks. On Friday, it was the youngsters leading the way for the Crimson Bears as freshmen Kacey Klein, Amanda Jones and Kyle O'Brien won events to lead the Juneau girls to a 99-72 victory over North Pole and the Juneau boys to a 102-52 decision at North Pole High School.

Crimson Bears meet goal; will play in October
Ascending to the No. 1 ranking among state large schools football teams apparently is a ticket to trouble, and Saturday afternoon another poll powerhouse took a tumble. The fifth-ranked Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears smothered top-ranked Chugiak, 31-7, to not only secure the Cook Inlet Conference's top seed in the state quarterfinal playoffs, but also make the Mustangs the fourth No. 1 team to get smacked down this season.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Juneau volleyball squad secures top seed in Region V
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball squad secured the top seed for November's Region V-Class 4A tournament with a sweep on the road in Ketchikan on Friday and Saturday. The Crimson Bears beat Kayhi 25-10, 25-22, 25-20 on Friday and 25-17, 25-15, 25-12 on Saturday to improve to 6-0 in the region, and 6-3 overall in best three-of-five matches. Juneau swept the Region V-4A season series with the Kings.

Thibodeau leads Bear girls to third
Senior Greta Thibodeau closed out her prep running career with a ninth-place finish - and sophomore Jordan Harvey ran a blistering PR to finish 13th - as the Juneau girls finished third in the team standings at Saturday's Class 4A girls cross-country state championship race in Palmer. "The girls just ran a great, great race," Juneau coach Guy Thibodeau said. "Jordan Harvey was unbelievable, and Greta improved again this week."

Champions! Juneau boys win their first-ever state X-C crown
The buzz started softly, as Juneau-Douglas High School junior Tristan Knutson-Lombardo started picking off runners to move from 15th, to 10th, to fifth place on successive laps at Saturday's state boys Class 4A cross-country running championship race in Palmer. It grew as Crimson Bear sophomore Tyler Dinnan hung close to the leaders to finish 14th. And when Juneau's Wesley Dinnan, Ray Huebschen, Isaac Milligan and Tim Davin crossed the finish line in order - 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd - the noise created by the Crimson Bears reached its crescendo. Juneau had reached its loftiest goal. The Crimson Bear boys had won their first-ever state cross-country team title.

State cross-country running championships
Results from the Alaska School Activities Association/First National Bank state cross-country running championships held Saturday at the Michael Janecek Running Trails at Palmer High School. The course was 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).

Alaska high school cross country champions
These are the past Alaska state cross-country running individual and team champions.

Rep. Young is top recipient of campaign funds from road lobby
Alaska Rep. Don Young received more money from the highway and road-building lobby for his congressional campaigns than any other member of Congress over a six-year period. Young received $314,000 from groups and individuals in the road lobby - $100,000 more than anyone else got, according to a new report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, which analyzed 1997-2002 campaign contributions.

Ask Alaska proprietor denies fraud
An Anchorage tourism owner who closed down over the summer leaving vacationers in the lurch has denied in court papers charges of fraud and unfair and deceptive trade practices. Jennifer Christensen, president of Ask Alaska Travel & Tours, faces two consumer protection lawsuits by the attorney general's office and several small-claims cases, and is the subject of a criminal investigation by the Anchorage Police Department.

Photo: Salmon munchies
Lawyer Brett Gibson holds packages of dog treats produced on his assembly line last week in Anchorage. Gibson, 36, founded Arctic Paws in 1997. The business makes Alaskan Salmon Yummy Chummies, semi-moist dog treats from whole Alaska pink salmon that have a fishy smell only a dog could love.

This Day In History
This day in Alaska; in the nation; in the world

Alaska Digest
News from around the state

Governor airs new television show
It's a far cry from Hollywood and their ratings are yet to be seen, but Gov. Frank Murkowski is airing a half-hour television show each week on cable and rural television stations. Murkowski said the program will be topical, and during a press conference on Friday he invited journalists to judge the program for themselves.

Father, son challenge legality of Fairbanks school drug policy
An attorney for a North Pole student expelled for refusing to take a drug test has asked a federal judge to order the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District to revise its drug and alcohol policy. Attorney Don Logan said the policy is unconstitutional, and he hopes to persuade U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline to order the school district to make several changes.

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