Sunday, September 30, 2001

In the Stacks
Lots of new fiction is coming out of the workroom this week! Here are a few of the new titles:

Women with ideas of their own
For many, the image of the American West has been dominated by male characters real and fictional, ranging from Jesse James to Geronimo, from George Custer and Gary Cooper to John Wayne.

Chauffers to Safety
Drunks, chronics, homeless or the forgotten - whatever their name, Eddie Quinto is going to help them whether they want it or not.

For the future
I've watched Randy Wanamaker work with our kids, first on the school board and most recently as a member of the Riverbend Elementary School Site Council.

Library legacy
I am aware that on Monday, the city will consider buying a much-needed permanent site for the CBJ public library valley branch.

There will be justice
As surely as there is life, liberty and opportunity in America and the will of Americans to protect these rights there will be justice.

Wanamaker 'can-do'
Andy Wanamaker is a "can-do" kind of person. He is just what Juneau needs in this period of stagnation we're in. Our school population is decreasing, our economy is slowing and some folks want to take away the Legislature, an important part of our economic engine.

Time to choose
I have followed the recent letters concerning the proposed golf course on Peterson Creek on North Douglas. This, like all controversial issues regarding natural resource development, really boils down to a question of values.

Support Jeannie
Voters evaluate candidates by their positions on a range of popular issues. Most candidates melt in a blur of conformity by election day.

Farewell, Portfolio Arts
I'm sure it has somehow gone unnoticed in the rush of all other things, but one of the really premier art galleries in Juneau has been forced to close its doors!

Experience plus judgment
I would like to write in support of Randy Wanamaker for the District 2 Assembly position. While both other candidates are also good people, Randy is the only one with experience in economic development and environmental technology, both of which are relevant to the Assembly work.

Campaign to divide
I have been a successful small business owner for 23 years with clients on six continents. As a citizen, my interests most often lie with national and international issues.

Support transportation
Transportation and the freedom to travel. Critical for our nation, critical to our state and critical to our community. Howard Weed's Sept. 17 letter was right on target. So was Mayor Sally Smith when she urged the governor to repent and support the completion of the Juneau road access EIS.

Terrorism stranded new adoptive parents in China
When you have a newly adopted toddler in your arms, all you want to do is get home quickly and safely.

Around Town
Monday, Oct. 1

City candidates mull over golf course proposal, costs
While candidates for Juneau Assembly say a golf course in Juneau is a good project, none want to see the city help pay for it.

Juneau students learn about NASA
For most people, the term "NASA" conjures images of the space shuttle, satellites and other things speeding through the solar system. Students at three Juneau schools, however, now know the many ways the "space" agency impacts everyday lives.

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

My Turn: Troubling trend toward uncivil discourse
At the Aug. 8 meeting of the Juneau Empire Citizens Advisory Board, our group of about 15 citizens received a verbal report on the status of efforts to move the capital. During this meeting, publisher Don Smith stated that he did not want the Empire to become a negative force in the threat of losing the capital.

Jeannie Johnson for Assembly, District 1
Two very solid candidates are vying for the District 1 Assembly seat. Tony Reiger and Jeannie Johnson have more in common than they have differences on the issues at hand. This will make the chore of picking one over the other very difficult for voters as both candidates have solid viewpoints on what's important to Juneau's future.

ANWR energy needed now more than ever
Alaska's last major disaster, the Exxon Valdez oil spill in March 1989, killed congressional approval for oil drilling on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

My Turn: Follow the way of the woman and mother
Considering the viewpoints of the patriotic, vengeful Father in all manner of government, media and editorial these days, I leapt at the opportunity to express the philosophy of the American Party of Women.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

Post-equinox appetite syndrome: eat, den
Recently, while we were all sleeping, the sun tiptoed across the equator and day and night everywhere were briefly about the same length. Not quite everywhere at the same time, but in a slow westward motion.

Middle School Cross Country
Results from a middle school cross country meet held on Thursday at Juneau's Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Service upsets Juneau
It wasn't easy being Service High green this season. At least it wasn't until Saturday. The Service Cougars football team finished a forgettable season with an unforgettable win, knocking off the top-ranked Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears 7-0 at Anchorage Football Stadium on Saturday.

Sports In Juneau
Today, Sept. 30

Juneau volleyball team sweeps Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team had an easy time beating Ketchikan on Friday night, but Saturday it was a different story as the Kings pushed the Crimson Bears to five games before Juneau pulled out the victory at Ketchikan High School's Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.

Crimson Bear girls finish in third at state
Led by a ninth-place finish from senior Hilary Young and an 11th from junior Heidi Denton, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls cross country team claimed third place in the Class 4A state championships Saturday at Palmer High School.

Alaska State Cross Country Meet
Results from the Alaska School Activities Association's state cross country championships held Saturday on the Michael Janecek Trails at Palmer High School. The three-loop course is five kilometers (3.1 miles) long.

Report faults ship's officers
When a crewman's hot water kettle set fire to a cabin on board the Holland America Line cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam 16 months ago in Glacier Bay, officers and crew members rushed to take action.

Borough of Haines receives $1.355 million Rural Development loan for library construction
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program is lending $1.355 million to the Borough of Haines for construction of a new public library. The remainder of the $2.5 million needed to complete the project comes from matching state grants, foundations and local sources, a news release from Rural Development's Palmer office said.

Fairbanks, Anchorage airports to get help from National Guard
The Fairbanks International and Ted Stevens Anchorage International airports have already announced they will use members of the Alaska Army National Guard to enforce security, but the Juneau Airport is still in the process of discussing the idea.

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