Saturday, September 30, 2000

Study: More U.S. women receiving inappropriate breast cancer treatment
LONDON - The proportion of women with early-stage breast cancer receiving incorrect treatment in the United States has nearly doubled in the 1990s, increasing from 12 percent in 1989 to 22 percent by 1995, a new study says. The reason is the growing popularity of lumpectomy, where doctors cut out only the cancerous part of the breast instead of removing the whole breast, and the failure of some doctors to carry out important follow-up treatments, said the study, published this week in The Lancet medical journal.

Study: More U.S. women receiving inappropriate breast cancer treatment
LONDON - The proportion of women with early-stage breast cancer receiving incorrect treatment in the United States has nearly doubled in the 1990s, increasing from 12 percent in 1989 to 22 percent by 1995, a new study says. The reason is the growing popularity of lumpectomy, where doctors cut out only the cancerous part of the breast instead of removing the whole breast, and the failure of some doctors to carry out important follow-up treatments, said the study, published this week in The Lancet medical journal.

Briefly

Briefly

Living and growing
On March 26, 2000, Seattle's famed Kingdome -- home of Seattle's Seahawks, Mariners, and at times, the Super Sonics -- was destroyed. Maryland-based Controlled Demolition Incorporation was hired to do the job of imploding the 25,000-ton structure that had marked Seattle's skyline for two dozen years.

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Best Bets
The final weekend of September brings some good music to Juneau and heralds the start of a season filled with good entertainment.

Living and growing
On March 26, 2000, Seattle's famed Kingdome -- home of Seattle's Seahawks, Mariners, and at times, the Super Sonics -- was destroyed. Maryland-based Controlled Demolition Incorporation was hired to do the job of imploding the 25,000-ton structure that had marked Seattle's skyline for two dozen years.

FYI

Thank you

Thank you

Weddings

Best Bets
The final weekend of September brings some good music to Juneau and heralds the start of a season filled with good entertainment.

Weddings

AROUND TOWN

AROUND TOWN

Farmer's withdrawal reshapes city race
The remaining mayoral candidates are now paying more attention, says ex-candidate Mark Farmer which was the point.

Boy injured in crash slowly recovering
Jeremy Nelson, the 9-year-old pedestrian injured in a rollover accident Sunday, remains in a drug-induced coma in a Seattle hospital, his mother said.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Prop. 4 gives residents chance to change charter
Ballot Proposition 4 asks Juneau voters if they want to bring into existence a commission to look at the city charter and, possibly, to recommend changes.

Parsons' ties in question
Mayoral candidate Jamie Parsons serves as an advisor to Holland America Line, Alaska Airlines and Key Bank - roles he says he never considered to be conflicts of interest as a candidate or elected official.

Boy injured in crash slowly recovering
Jeremy Nelson, the 9-year-old pedestrian injured in a rollover accident Sunday, remains in a drug-induced coma in a Seattle hospital, his mother said.

Juneau Color
Susan Horst has looked at life from both sides now.

Suit aims to hold up phone competition
Juneau is on the verge of being approved for competition in local phone service.

Suit aims to hold up phone competition
Juneau is on the verge of being approved for competition in local phone service.

Farmer's withdrawal reshapes city race
The remaining mayoral candidates are now paying more attention, says ex-candidate Mark Farmer which was the point.

Prop. 4 gives residents chance to change charter
Ballot Proposition 4 asks Juneau voters if they want to bring into existence a commission to look at the city charter and, possibly, to recommend changes.

Fast ferry makes demo run
A demonstration run of a fast ferry between Juneau and Sitka on Thursday showed the vessel could make the trip in the advertised four hours each way and navigate Sergius Narrows with minimal discomfort for passengers.

Fast ferry makes demo run
A demonstration run of a fast ferry between Juneau and Sitka on Thursday showed the vessel could make the trip in the advertised four hours each way and navigate Sergius Narrows with minimal discomfort for passengers.

CORRECTION
Due to a reporting error, the name of Boardwalk Bight was spelled "Bite" in Wednesday's Empire.

CORRECTION
Due to a reporting error, the name of Boardwalk Bight was spelled "Bite" in Wednesday's Empire.

Juneau Color
Susan Horst has looked at life from both sides now.

Capital city woman joins cancer walk
Staci Stevens of Juneau is the only Alaskan participating in a 60-mile California walk to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Capital city woman joins cancer walk
Staci Stevens of Juneau is the only Alaskan participating in a 60-mile California walk to raise funds for breast cancer research.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Parsons' ties in question
Mayoral candidate Jamie Parsons serves as an advisor to Holland America Line, Alaska Airlines and Key Bank - roles he says he never considered to be conflicts of interest as a candidate or elected official.

Letters
As a third-year high school student at JDHS, I am concerned with Proposition 3 on the upcoming ballot. Though I will be graduating with the class of 2002 (granted I pass the "exit exam") there are important issues that are being overlooked by these bonds, and will have a great impact on future high school students.

Letters
My wife and I went to the Perseverance Thursday night. When I got home I read Michael Christensen's review of the play "Wit" in the Empire. He got it right. Anyone who realizes that his or her own future might just possibly, sooner or later, involve progressive illness, loss of important parts of our daily lives, and death should see this show. That should be nearly everybody.

Campaign finance reform worth trying
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: Proposals to contain the corrupting influence of campaign money have a way of surfacing when politicians see advantage in them, and then fading before anything gets done. Bill Clinton loved to grandstand on the issue, even as he stopped at nothing to fill his campaign coffers and never put serious pressure on Congress to pass a reform bill. Al Gore called for campaign finance overhaul back in March, hoping to woo the independents who had flocked to Sen. John McCain in the primaries.

Editor's Note
A letter from an Anchorage reader in Wednesday's Empire incorrectly said the Juneau School Board made reciting the Pledge of Allegiance optional for students. In fact, and as the Empire reported at the time, it is state law that makes reciting the pledge optional.

Letters
We are writing in support of Proposition 2. We support this temporary 1 percent sales tax because, as physicians who care for patients at Bartlett Regional Hospital, we are aware of the importance of a modern, well-equipped hospital to our community.

Letters
My wife and I went to the Perseverance Thursday night. When I got home I read Michael Christensen's review of the play "Wit" in the Empire. He got it right. Anyone who realizes that his or her own future might just possibly, sooner or later, involve progressive illness, loss of important parts of our daily lives, and death should see this show. That should be nearly everybody.

Letters
I'm a JDHS student and I support the ice rink because of all the people I know say that Juneau is boring.

Letters
The headline in Sunday's Empire boldly proclaimed "Road-Ferry Vote a Matter of Politics." That's right. And that's why if you want a road out of Juneau, it's critical you vote for it on Tuesday.

Letters
The headline in Sunday's Empire boldly proclaimed "Road-Ferry Vote a Matter of Politics." That's right. And that's why if you want a road out of Juneau, it's critical you vote for it on Tuesday.

Letters
Regarding Karla Hart's response to a My Turn I wrote, our (Wings of Alaska Airlines) expenses are accrued based on revenue flight hours and charged to the month the flights actually occur. All aircraft expenses for downtown and other summer operations are accrued by Sept. 30 even though the actual maintenance, insurance, lease and capital costs may occur during the winter. The winter cash outlay exceeds well over $1 million, but only the $460,000 loss stated is associated with winter operations.

Letters
Juneau has had a couple of flightseeing-free days in the past week, and the silence has been deafening. The contrast in quality of life at my home on North Douglas could not be more pronounced. I have been keenly anticipating the end of the 2000 tourist season since early summer. This anticipation is due entirely to the constant din of helicopter and fixed-wing traffic that blankets the residential and business corridors during daylight hours. Tourist-related air traffic has shown steady and significant growth during my five years in Juneau. I hear the "Juneau din" in my home and at work. I hear it while hiking on the local trails. I am saddened to see the tourist season covering a larger portion of the calendar with each successive season. The local citizens can no longer claim any portion of the fairer months for their own.

letters
We really need someone like Dan Peterson on our school board. He's attended the Juneau School District for 13 years and is now a senior attending JDHS. He's been in the district long enough to know first hand the problems and issues that are facing our schools today. Dan also supports the building of a new high school and renovation of JDHS. As another student attending JDHS, I desperately think we need to build a new high school. The halls are crowded with people pushing their way from class to class, garbage cans are scattered about catching water that leaks from the ceiling, and the building needs to be painted.

Letters
I am a junior at JDHS and am writing in regard to the new road proposal for the upcoming elections. Besides the fact that the cost to build and maintain a road would be great and the danger of avalanches would be high, I oppose the road for other reasons. I have lived in Juneau all of my life and feel that our isolation is something that makes us unique. The fact that we are so isolated makes traveling even more special.

Letters
Juneau has had a couple of flightseeing-free days in the past week, and the silence has been deafening. The contrast in quality of life at my home on North Douglas could not be more pronounced. I have been keenly anticipating the end of the 2000 tourist season since early summer. This anticipation is due entirely to the constant din of helicopter and fixed-wing traffic that blankets the residential and business corridors during daylight hours. Tourist-related air traffic has shown steady and significant growth during my five years in Juneau. I hear the "Juneau din" in my home and at work. I hear it while hiking on the local trails. I am saddened to see the tourist season covering a larger portion of the calendar with each successive season. The local citizens can no longer claim any portion of the fairer months for their own.

Letters
I recently experienced a life-threatening medical emergency. The EMTs who responded to the 911 call saved my life. The dedication, skill and compassion they exhibited has made a lasting impression on me. I have a new appreciation for the services provided by police dispatchers, police officers and emergency medical personnel.

Letters
I appreciated the spirit of Bob Deering's thoughtful comments the other day regarding how to better spend the half-billion dollars it will ultimately cost for our 65 miles of asphalt to Skagway. But what absurd suggestions! Second crossing to Douglas Island? Light rail? Schools? Ports? Museums? Theaters?

Letters
I'm a JDHS student and I support the ice rink because of all the people I know say that Juneau is boring.

Letters
When I first heard of the idea to build a road out of Juneau, I thought it was a great idea. My thinking was focused on easier access to and from Juneau. I didn't take into consideration all the factors that must be considered if a road was to be built. Now, the idea of building a road out of Juneau isn't quite as glamorous as I thought.

Editor's Note
A letter from an Anchorage reader in Wednesday's Empire incorrectly said the Juneau School Board made reciting the Pledge of Allegiance optional for students. In fact, and as the Empire reported at the time, it is state law that makes reciting the pledge optional.

Letters
I've lived in Juneau for four years, which may not qualify me for an opinion on the road issue. But I did grow up in a rural, isolated town where the Road Agent was the most powerful person in town. He built or improved a road when and where he wanted. But even our infamous road warrior was called upon to justify his public works in economic terms.

Letters
Regarding Karla Hart's response to a My Turn I wrote, our (Wings of Alaska Airlines) expenses are accrued based on revenue flight hours and charged to the month the flights actually occur. All aircraft expenses for downtown and other summer operations are accrued by Sept. 30 even though the actual maintenance, insurance, lease and capital costs may occur during the winter. The winter cash outlay exceeds well over $1 million, but only the $460,000 loss stated is associated with winter operations.

Letters
I am a junior at JDHS and am writing in regard to the new road proposal for the upcoming elections. Besides the fact that the cost to build and maintain a road would be great and the danger of avalanches would be high, I oppose the road for other reasons. I have lived in Juneau all of my life and feel that our isolation is something that makes us unique. The fact that we are so isolated makes traveling even more special.

letters
We really need someone like Dan Peterson on our school board. He's attended the Juneau School District for 13 years and is now a senior attending JDHS. He's been in the district long enough to know first hand the problems and issues that are facing our schools today. Dan also supports the building of a new high school and renovation of JDHS. As another student attending JDHS, I desperately think we need to build a new high school. The halls are crowded with people pushing their way from class to class, garbage cans are scattered about catching water that leaks from the ceiling, and the building needs to be painted.

Letters
I disagree with the idea of stopping all tourist flightseeing after 5 p.m. and on Saturdays. I believe that if we stop the flightseeing on Saturdays we are not being fair to the people who visit on that day. Just because they get here on one certain day doesn't mean they shouldn't enjoy the beautiful scenery around Juneau. It isn't really their choice what day they come to Juneau and they should have the same choice of activities as everyone else.

Letters
I respect the truth and people who can be counted upon to tell it.

Letters
As a third-year high school student at JDHS, I am concerned with Proposition 3 on the upcoming ballot. Though I will be graduating with the class of 2002 (granted I pass the "exit exam") there are important issues that are being overlooked by these bonds, and will have a great impact on future high school students.

Letters
I've lived in Juneau for four years, which may not qualify me for an opinion on the road issue. But I did grow up in a rural, isolated town where the Road Agent was the most powerful person in town. He built or improved a road when and where he wanted. But even our infamous road warrior was called upon to justify his public works in economic terms.

Letters
It seems that so often when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance, "liberty and justice for all" is forgotten and instead we focus on "I pledge" and "under God." We forget what is being given to us in return for our pledge: liberty and justice. How can we fail to hold up our end of the bargain but still accept free education, a Permanent Fund check, and all the rights listed in the Constitution? Yet even as we refuse to say the pledge, the United States continues to hold up its end of the bargain, and we continue to accept it. It's not hard to conclude that something's not right.

Letters
I disagree with the idea of stopping all tourist flightseeing after 5 p.m. and on Saturdays. I believe that if we stop the flightseeing on Saturdays we are not being fair to the people who visit on that day. Just because they get here on one certain day doesn't mean they shouldn't enjoy the beautiful scenery around Juneau. It isn't really their choice what day they come to Juneau and they should have the same choice of activities as everyone else.

Letters
I recently experienced a life-threatening medical emergency. The EMTs who responded to the 911 call saved my life. The dedication, skill and compassion they exhibited has made a lasting impression on me. I have a new appreciation for the services provided by police dispatchers, police officers and emergency medical personnel.

Letters
It seems that so often when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance, "liberty and justice for all" is forgotten and instead we focus on "I pledge" and "under God." We forget what is being given to us in return for our pledge: liberty and justice. How can we fail to hold up our end of the bargain but still accept free education, a Permanent Fund check, and all the rights listed in the Constitution? Yet even as we refuse to say the pledge, the United States continues to hold up its end of the bargain, and we continue to accept it. It's not hard to conclude that something's not right.

Letters
As a voter in next Tuesday's election, I would like to know if PeggyAnn McConnochie agrees with Errol Champion's attack on Mark Wheeler and SEACC in the Tuesday night letters to the editor.

Letters
As a voter in next Tuesday's election, I would like to know if PeggyAnn McConnochie agrees with Errol Champion's attack on Mark Wheeler and SEACC in the Tuesday night letters to the editor.

Letters
I appreciated the spirit of Bob Deering's thoughtful comments the other day regarding how to better spend the half-billion dollars it will ultimately cost for our 65 miles of asphalt to Skagway. But what absurd suggestions! Second crossing to Douglas Island? Light rail? Schools? Ports? Museums? Theaters?

Letters
When I first heard of the idea to build a road out of Juneau, I thought it was a great idea. My thinking was focused on easier access to and from Juneau. I didn't take into consideration all the factors that must be considered if a road was to be built. Now, the idea of building a road out of Juneau isn't quite as glamorous as I thought.

Letters
I respect the truth and people who can be counted upon to tell it.

Campaign finance reform worth trying
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: Proposals to contain the corrupting influence of campaign money have a way of surfacing when politicians see advantage in them, and then fading before anything gets done. Bill Clinton loved to grandstand on the issue, even as he stopped at nothing to fill his campaign coffers and never put serious pressure on Congress to pass a reform bill. Al Gore called for campaign finance overhaul back in March, hoping to woo the independents who had flocked to Sen. John McCain in the primaries.

Letters
We are writing in support of Proposition 2. We support this temporary 1 percent sales tax because, as physicians who care for patients at Bartlett Regional Hospital, we are aware of the importance of a modern, well-equipped hospital to our community.

BP to sponsor UAF's Top of the World Classic
FAIRBANKS -- BP is teaming up with the University of Alaska Fairbanks to sponsor the Top of the World Classic preseason college basketball tournament.

Former Alaskan runner gets shot at Olympic 4x100 relay
SYDNEY, Australia -- Not even former Alaska resident Passion Richardson expected to run in the Sydney Olympic Games.

Juneau runners seek state titles
All season long, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys cross-country running team felt it had enough quality runners to challenge for a state championship.

Juneau runners seek state titles
All season long, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys cross-country running team felt it had enough quality runners to challenge for a state championship.

Lende leads Haines in drive for small-school girls crown
All season long, Haines sophomore Sarah Lende has been so far ahead of the field she really hasn't been pushed during Southeast high school cross-country running meets.

Former Alaskan runner gets shot at Olympic 4x100 relay
SYDNEY, Australia -- Not even former Alaska resident Passion Richardson expected to run in the Sydney Olympic Games.

Paralyzed UAF player to coach hockey
FAIRBANKS -- The last time Erik Drygas saw a high school hockey game was 1993. He was playing in it as a member of the Lathrop High School hockey team.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Lende leads Haines in drive for small-school girls crown
All season long, Haines sophomore Sarah Lende has been so far ahead of the field she really hasn't been pushed during Southeast high school cross-country running meets.

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Crimson Bears look to handle business at hand
As the Juneau-Douglas High School football team prepared for tonight's regular-season finale against the West Anchorage Eagles, the Crimson Bears weren't too concerned about their slim possibilities for making the state playoffs.

Crimson Bears look to handle business at hand
As the Juneau-Douglas High School football team prepared for tonight's regular-season finale against the West Anchorage Eagles, the Crimson Bears weren't too concerned about their slim possibilities for making the state playoffs.

BP to sponsor UAF's Top of the World Classic
FAIRBANKS -- BP is teaming up with the University of Alaska Fairbanks to sponsor the Top of the World Classic preseason college basketball tournament.

Paralyzed UAF player to coach hockey
FAIRBANKS -- The last time Erik Drygas saw a high school hockey game was 1993. He was playing in it as a member of the Lathrop High School hockey team.

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