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Saturday, September 29, 2001

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Around Town
Today

FYI
Births

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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: 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.

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

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: 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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