Friday, October 1, 2004

Committees take up gas pipeline incentives
Members of the U.S. House and Senate have begun negotiations on a bill containing tax incentives for a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

Committees take up gas pipeline incentives
WASHINGTON - Members of the U.S. House and Senate have begun negotiations on a bill containing tax incentives for a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

School decision is crucial
There might be a tendency by many, as we head into yet another vote for a new high school, to shrug the issue off with a "here we go again." Please don't. It is a decision much too important to take lightly or be underinformed on. This is our final shot at taking advantage of the state's generous offer to cover 70 percent of construction costs. While my reasons for continued strong support of this are too many to list here, I would like to highlight a few points.

Don't let Sealaska sell your vote
I had submitted a letter to the editor directed to the landless Sealaska shareholders.

Don't let Sealaska sell your vote
I had submitted a letter to the editor directed to the landless Sealaska shareholders. I had recommended remaining on the political fence and negotiating a settlement in your best interest. This idea was soundly rejected by Sealaska's designated landless representatives, the Southeast Alaska ANCSA Landless Acquisition Coalition Incorporated (SAALACI). The legislative draft they've produced for the landless reads like a "Christmas wish list," and has no chance of passing. Meanwhile the landless are watching perhaps their best opportunity in 33 years pass them by.

How many deaths are enough?
When do we say "that's enough?" Fifteen days ago I mentioned in a letter to the editor that 1,007 American soldiers had been killed in Iraq since the start of that war. As of today the number is 1,053.

A yes vote means more teachers
Want more teachers in the school? Vote yes to build the new high school.

How many deaths are enough?
When do we say "that's enough?" Fifteen days ago I mentioned in a letter to the editor that 1,007 American soldiers had been killed in Iraq since the start of that war.

Pushing decisions into the shadows
I am disgusted with the commissioners of fish and game and environmental conservation. The latest in a string of industrial-strength boondoggles from these two is an agreement to not voice dissent over controversial development issues. The commissioner of fish and game, the one person ultimately responsible for protecting, managing, sustaining and improving our prized fish and game riches is on record as "comfortable with that process."

Pushing decisions into the shadows
I am disgusted with the commissioners of fish and game and environmental conservation.

Land swap is real horse pucky
A highly eloquent Lisa Murkowski recently described the Democratic response to her hand-me-down land swap bill as "absolute horse pucky." After my first reaction of humor at her ruffled condition, I was struck by the irony of her statement. While she may choose to address the media using language a third-grader could understand, to behave as though her constituents cannot decipher horse pucky from special interest pork is insulting.

Speak out for resources
It's too bad that Alaska's leaders still aren't seeing the forest for the trees.

Put the school in Kmart
When I hear about what the new high school will cost and when it will be ready, I cannot help but think that we are selling out our children's education and time waiting for the cure-all new school.

Reid's ideas in tune
I have been reading with interest the Assembly candidates' responses to questions from the media.

Land swap is real horse pucky
A highly eloquent Lisa Murkowski recently described the Democratic response to her hand-me-down land swap bill as "absolute horse pucky."

An election of values
Municipal elections this year give us an opportunity to vote our values. My own values encompass a concern for our children and their future in this community and for quality of life in Juneau. Jeff Bush shares these values. His opponent, Jeannie Johnson, voted against funding for a Valley library (Ordinance 2001-20 (AB)); she voted against increasing funding for education by $677,200 (the Assembly's only non-vote); and she voted against encouraging balance and diversity on Juneau's volunteer boards and commissions (Resolution No. 2130). Jeff Bush will be a positive vote for these important issues.

A yes vote means more teachers
Want more teachers in the school? Vote yes to build the new high school.

School decision is crucial
There might be a tendency by many, as we head into yet another vote for a new high school, to shrug the issue off with a "here we go again."

Reid's ideas in tune
I have been reading with interest the Assembly candidates' responses to questions from the media. While waterfront issues and road systems must be considered, one response that struck me as in tune with the immediate times, as well as the future, was Mr. Reid's thoughts regarding the downtown parking predicament, and wasted city revenues on renting scattered office space within the municipality. I agree with his thoughts regarding the future use and (dare I say wise ) purchase of the abandoned Kmart building.

An election of values
Municipal elections this year give us an opportunity to vote our values. My own values encompass

Put the school in Kmart
When I hear about what the new high school will cost and when it will be ready, I cannot help but think that we are selling out our children's education and time waiting for the cure-all new school.

Speak out for resources
It's too bad that Alaska's leaders still aren't seeing the forest for the trees. Gov. Murkowski is touting the dismissal of a lawsuit that challenged poor logging and management practices on the Tongass. In reality, this decision marks a sad day for Southeast Alaskans who care about their home. The lawsuit's outcome would allow plans to go forward for six timber sales that will cause problems for many Alaskans who depend on the forests and waters of their homeland.

Peters offers managerial experience
Bill Peters is making his second run for the Juneau School Board, having lost last year by a handful of votes.

Around Town
Today

Incumbent has a classroom perspective.
Mary Becker, a six-year member of the Juneau School Board who taught for 30 years, said she'll bring valuable perspective to the panel if re-elected.

Woman killed in crosswalk
Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

Assembly candidates show differences
Juneau Assembly candidates clashed over taxes, building heights and city expenses Wednesday in a forum that served as write-in candidate Sybil Davis' campaign debut.

Photo: Outer Drive, circa 1970
An aerial view of the construction of Outer Drive, which was later named Egan Drive after the late Gov. Bill Egan. When the workers connected the road, Twin Lakes was formed.

Photo: Shot in the arm
Alaska Health and Social Services Commissioner Joel Gilbertson receives a flu shot from Anchorage Pioneers' Home staff nurse Janet Sumner on Tuesday

Alaska Digest
Judge orders 517,000 ballots reprinted

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

Women to rally for national domestic issues
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Travel: Pueblos & Canyons
Courtesy of Don Harris

Proposals to reduce subsistence fail to win support from panel
Proposals to reduce subsistence harvest of some Southeast Alaska fish provoked controversy and failed to win support from an advisory panel Thursday in Juneau.

Photo: Sons and soldiers
Heather Bunnell, far right, owner of Photographic Endeavors Gallery & Portrait Studio, positions the Demmert family Wednesday before taking their photo in her studio.

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

Photo: Outer Drive, circa 1970
An aerial view of the construction of Outer Drive, which was later named Egan Drive after the late Gov. Bill Egan.

Brown bear sow charges duck hunter in the Valley
Two brown bear sows with cubs are frequenting the Dredge Lakes area and one of the sows charged a duck hunter on Sunday.

Woman killed in crosswalk
A 35-year-old woman died Tuesday night after being struck by a pickup while walking in a west Juneau crosswalk, police said.

Debate: 4 more years or time for a change?
John Kerry summed up President Bush's plan for Iraq in four words - "More of the same" - and thus neatly laid out the choice facing voters Nov. 2: Stick with the incumbent or take a leap of faith with a newcomer.

Photo: Sons and soldiers
Heather Bunnell, far right, owner of Photographic Endeavors Gallery & Portrait Studio, positions the Demmert family Wednesday before taking their photo in her studio. Bunnell has been donating her services to help support local National Guard soldiers who have been called up for service in Iraq. Fred Meyer has donated the photo processing of the photo packages. The Demmert family includes, back row from left, brother, Ivan; mother, Sandy; and father, Reggie; and front row from left, brother, Spc. Paul; sister, Regina; and brother, Pvt. Billy. Paul and Billy Demmert ship out for duty Friday.

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

Peters offers managerial experience
Bill Peters

Correction
Due to an editor's error, a Wednesday story on an alleged sexual assault mistakenly identified the person whom a 33-year-old woman reportedly gave a black eye and a bruised right hand. The story should have stated that the recipient of those injuries was Rodney Jackson, who was charged in the case.

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

Photo: Shot in the arm
Alaska Health and Social Services Commissioner Joel Gilbertson receives a flu shot from Anchorage Pioneers' Home staff nurse Janet Sumner on Tuesday, as First Lady Nancy Murkowski stands by with an adhesive bandage. Both Gilbertson and Gov. Frank Murkowski got their shots to kick off the state's 2004 flu vaccination program.

Photo: Studying up on business
Keynote speaker Kent Burnes gives a lecture titled "Outrageous Customer Service" during the 2nd Annual Capital City Business Symposium on Thursday at Centennial Hall.

Travel: Pueblos & Canyons
New Mexico is the "Land of Enchantment" and Arizona is the "Grand Canyon State."

Healing traditions from Tibet to Alaska
With the ceremonial blowing of two long dung-chen horns at 12:17 p.m. Thursday, seven monks from India's Drepung Loseling Monastery began the four-day process of creating a colored sand mandala in the Alaska State Museum to invoke the power of Akshobya, the ancient Buddha of all-knowing.

Women to rally for national domestic issues
Women will gather Saturday in Juneau for a rally to speak out about domestic issues that they say are virtually ignored on the national political scene.

Fatal crash revives calls for traffic sign
Police interviewed the driver of the truck that killed a Juneau woman Tuesday night and continued the investigation Thursday to decide whether any criminal charges are warranted, Police Capt. Tom Porter said Thursday.

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

Brown bear sow charges duck hunter in the Valley
Two brown bear sows with cubs are frequenting the Dredge Lakes area and one of the sows charged a duck hunter on Sunday.

Grant writer and planner wants change
LaVonne Garvey wants to serve on the Juneau School Board because people want a change, she said.

Healing traditions from Tibet to Alaska
michael penn / juneau empire

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

Debate: 4 more years or time for a change?
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - John Kerry summed up President Bush's plan for Iraq in four words - "More of the same" - and thus neatly laid out the choice facing voters Nov. 2: Stick with the incumbent or take a leap of faith with a newcomer.

Correction
Due to an editor's error, a Wednesday story on an alleged sexual assault mistakenly identified the person whom a 33-year-old woman reportedly gave a black eye and a bruised right hand.

Incumbent has a classroom perspective
Mary Becker

Assembly candidates show differences
Juneau Assembly candidates clashed over taxes, building heights and city expenses Wednesday in a forum that served as write-in candidate Sybil Davis' campaign debut.

Around Town
Today

Photo: Studying up on business
Keynote speaker Kent Burnes gives a lecture titled "Outrageous Customer Service" during the 2nd Annual Capital City Business Symposium on Thursday at Centennial Hall. The two-day conference focused on how to make small businesses successful, as well as other topics such as low-cost advertising, recruiting employees, e-commerce and marketing to tourists.

Fatal crash revives calls for traffic sign
Police interviewed the driver of the truck that killed a Juneau woman Tuesday night and continued the investigation Thursday to decide whether any criminal charges are warranted, Police Capt. Tom Porter said Thursday.

Construction looms for research center
At least 30,000 yards of soil and tons of crumbled rock will be removed by December to make room for the $51 million marine research station at Lena Point by December.

Construction looms for research center
At least 30,000 yards of soil and tons of crumbled rock will be removed by December to make room for the $51 million marine research station at Lena Point by December.

Bikers fill ward with toys
Courtesy of Southeast Alaska Panhandlers M/C

Mickelson and Baillie wed
Melanie Mickelson of Juneau and Rick Baillie of Hayden, Ind., were married at 3 p.m. Aug. 14, 2004, in St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Spokane Valley, Wash.

Thank you
Courtesy of Ruth Simpson

FYI
Statistics of Juneau

Elton on hiatus until next spring
It's wonderful to be able to write freely. The Bill of Rights protects this privilege. In Article One it says that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of the press.

Elton on hiatus until next spring
It's wonderful to be able to write freely.

Student recognition
Juneau's Christy Keller receives Eastern Washington Scholarship

Mickelson and Baillie wed
Melanie Mickelson of Juneau and Rick Baillie of Hayden, Ind., were married at 3 p.m. Aug. 14, 2004, in St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Spokane Valley, Wash.

FYI
Births

Student recognition
Outstanding actions of present and former Juneau students.

Neighbors Digest
Fire department looking for recruits

Thank you
Courtesy of Ruth Simpson

Thompsons renew vows
Jonathan Bryce Thompson and Ana Karina Taquia Thompson will renew their vows on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at the Church of the Nazarene.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Bikers fill ward with toys
Courtesy of Southeast Alaska Panhandlers M/C

Bikers fill ward with toys
The Southeast Alaska Panhandlers M/C hosted the 10th Annual Toy Run on Sunday, Sept. 19, once again filling the toy boxes on the pediatric ward of Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Thompsons renew vows
Jonathan Bryce Thompson and Ana Karina Taquia Thompson will renew their vows on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at the Church of the Nazarene.

Jamie Donald Olson
Jamie Donald Olson

Mike Squartsoff
A 40-day party for Douglas resident Mike Squartsoff will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3, 2004, at the Tlingit-Haida building. Squartsoff, 72, died Aug. 24, 2004, at his home.

Mike Squartsoff
A 40-day party for Douglas resident Mike Squartsoff will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3, 2004, at the Tlingit-Haida building. Squartsoff, 72, died Aug. 24, 2004, at his home.

Jamie Donald Olson
Jamie Donald Olson, 28, died Sept. 11, 2004.

Empire editorial: Fresh perspectives are the best choices
Voters on Tuesday will have three chances to send someone new to the Juneau Assembly, and in two cases they should seize it.

Empire editorial: Fresh perspectives are the best choices
Voters on Tuesday will have three chances to send someone new to the Juneau Assembly, and in two cases they should seize it.

They're in possession of troubling intelligence
It's sad commentary on our democracy that lost in all the heated debate over a war on terror has been a war much closer to home, waged on the personal freedoms that made America America.

My Turn: Options exist for airport expansion
Reports about transferring 18 acres from the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge to the airport are being oversimplified - needlessly - into another us-versus-them battle. Wildlife versus aircraft safety, some say. This is an unjust characterization of a very complex issue.

My Turn: Options exist for airport expansion
Reports about transferring 18 acres from the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge to the airport are being oversimplified - needlessly - into another us-versus-them battle.

They're in possession of troubling intelligence
It's sad commentary on our democracy that lost in all the heated debate over a war on terror has been a war much closer to home, waged on the personal freedoms that made America America.

Alaska High School cross country champions
These are the past Alaska state cross-country running individual and team champions. The state meet was a single classification until the 1985 season, when it was split into two divisions for small schools (Class 1A-2A-3A) and large schools (Class 4A). Champions from the single-classification years are listed with the Class 4A winners.

Juneau girls look to move up from third place
MICHAEL PENN / JUNEAU EMPIRE

Alaska high school football standings
Through games of Sept. 25

Alaska prep swimming top 16 state times
Here are Alaska's top 16 times for the 2004 high school swimming season.

Juneau girls look to move up from third place
By coach Merry Ellefson's calculations, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls cross-country running team has flown or driven 6,060 miles and spent 15 nights on the road this season.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network state football poll
Here is the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network's high school football poll, as voted on by statewide radio broadcasters and other media. The poll lists each team with records through games of Sept. 25 and previous rank in the poll.

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.

Alaska prep swimming top 16 state times
Here are Alaska's top 16 times for the 2004 high school swimming season. This list is compiled by Juneau-Douglas High School swim coach John Wray and is through meets of Sept. 25. It includes all reported meets, but is missing results from the Sept. 11 dual meet between West Valley and North Pole. First names are not available for all athletes. Corrections and missing meet results should be sent to Wray at jwray@hisea.org.

Sports in Juneau
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MICHAEL PENN / JUNEAU EMPIRE

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.

Playoff bid on the line for Crimson Bears
BRIAN WALLACE / JUNEAU EMPIRE

Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network state football poll
Here is the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network's high school football poll, as voted on by statewide radio broadcasters and other media.

Long road to recovery
Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

Alaska High School cross country champions
These are the past Alaska state cross-country running individual and team champions.

Long road to recovery
For months, Megan Treston's life was measured not in minutes, hours or days, but in degrees.

Crimson Bear boys seek repeat title
As he gets ready for his first state meet, Juneau-Douglas High School senior cross-country runner Greg Frank has been picking up some tips from his older brother, Chris, a former Crimson Bear runner.

Playoff bid on the line for Crimson Bears
In past years the Juneau-Douglas High School football team has had to rely on convoluted tiebreaker formulas to figure out if they had a chance to make the state playoffs.

Alaska high school football standings
Through games of Sept. 25

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Rep. Young becomes latest victim of no-fly list
Alaska Airlines earlier this month thought Donald E. Young, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, might be Donald Lee Young, a person on the government's no-fly list, and told him he couldn't board his Anchorage-to-Seattle flight.

Rep. Young becomes latest victim of no-fly list
WASHINGTON - Alaska Airlines earlier this month thought Donald E. Young, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, might be Donald Lee Young, a person on the government's no-fly list, and told him he couldn't board his Anchorage-to-Seattle flight.

GOP imports volunteers from Outside to help Sen. Murkowski
ANCHORAGE - Volunteers organized by the National Republican Senatorial Committee will be imported to Alaska for the last weeks of the Senate campaign, part of a final push by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski to gain an edge over former Gov. Tony Knowles.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

This Day in History
In Alaska

This Day in History
In Alaska

Alaska Digest
Coast Guard suspends search for missing plane

Proposals to reduce subsistence fail to win support from panel
Proposals to reduce subsistence harvest of some Southeast Alaska fish provoked controversy and failed to win support from an advisory panel Thursday in Juneau.

GOP imports volunteers from Outside to help Sen. Murkowski
Volunteers organized by the National Republican Senatorial Committee will be imported to Alaska for the last weeks of the Senate campaign, part of a final push by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski to gain an edge over former Gov. Tony Knowles.

State won't appeal ruling that forces change of ballot
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's lieutenant governor says he will comply with a judge's order to reprint and redistribute all 517,000 ballots with just over a month to go before the Nov. 2 election.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world.

State won't appeal ruling that forces change of ballot
Alaska's lieutenant governor says he will comply with a judge's order to reprint and redistribute all 517,000 ballots with just over a month to go before the Nov. 2 election.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world.

movies where & when
"Resident Evil: Apocalypse," (R) last show at 6:50 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at 20th Century Twin.

what's happening
theater

The Mystical Arts of Tibet
Part One (50 minutes)

First Friday
Juneau's Todd Mosher began painting five years ago as a way to extract himself from an extended period of grief.

'Oil on Ice' documentary to play at Nickelodeon
Courtesy of "Oil ON Ice"

The Mystical Arts of Tibet
Concert, Saturday, Oct. 2

Mystical Traditions
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Mystical Traditions
One look at the jubilant snow lion in The Mystical Arts of Tibet's Senggey Garcham dance, and you begin to wonder.

First Friday
Courtesy of Devita Writer

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

Briefly
News of local arts

movies where & when
Locations and showtimes in Juneau.

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