Monday, October 2, 2000

Mask going to space
n Tlingit art to be on shuttle launching this week for space station

Knowles signs order recognizing 227 tribes
By MARY PEMBERTON

Opponents of World War II Memorial site file suit
WASHINGTON - Opponents of placing a World War II memorial on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial asked a federal court Monday to block construction, arguing that government officials had not complied with the law.

Opponents of World War II Memorial site file suit
WASHINGTON - Opponents of placing a World War II memorial on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial asked a federal court Monday to block construction, arguing that government officials had not complied with the law.

Knowles signs order recognizing 227 tribes
By MARY PEMBERTON

Mask going to space
n Tlingit art to be on shuttle launching this week for space station

Obituary
Earl Case

Around Town

Around Town

Obituary
Earl Case

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the wrong information was given for Jim Heaton's background in an artist profile in Thursday's Empire Preview section. Heaton's grandmother was Navajo, but he was born on a Hupa reservation in California.

High court won't hear Exxon case
WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court refused today to free Exxon Mobil Corp. from having to pay $5 billion in damages for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, the nation's worst ever.

High court won't hear Exxon case
WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court refused today to free Exxon Mobil Corp. from having to pay $5 billion in damages for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, the nation's worst ever.

Parsons raises most among candidates
Candidates for seats on the Juneau Assembly, including the mayor's office, raised at least $62,300 by Sept. 23, according to reports filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. They spent at least $46,690 by that date.

All-woman work force raises Habitat home
Before giving the count of three to raise the 1,500-pound wall lying flat on the subfloor Saturday, lead carpenter Linda Orr gave some last-minute instructions.

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

Group suggests solutions to local crime concerns
Residents are coming up with solutions to Juneau's top crime problems as pinpointed in a June survey.

Group suggests solutions to local crime concerns
Residents are coming up with solutions to Juneau's top crime problems as pinpointed in a June survey.

Briefly
Search suspended for Skagway hiker

Feasting for a good cause
Local chefs and entrepreneurs share recipes and advice about edibles to be offered at

Candidates' signs break city, state law
Campaign signs advertising would-be lawmakers' names cover the landscape at every election. They also display some candidates' ignorance of city ordinance and state statute or a willingness to flout them.

Hiker still missing near Skagway
JUNEAU -- No signs of the missing hiker were found near Skagway Friday, according to Demetra Lavrakis, editor of the Skagway News.

Group trying to keep wildlife initiatives
Opponents of a measure that would bar wildlife management decisions from the ballot say the issue is not one of animal rights but of voters' rights.

Intruder case remains under investigation
JUNEAU -- Police have not turned up any solid leads in the investigation of the intruder who entered a young girl's bedroom the morning of Sept. 15 in the Mendenhall Valley.

Hiker still missing near Skagway
JUNEAU -- No signs of the missing hiker were found near Skagway Friday, according to Demetra Lavrakis, editor of the Skagway News.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the wrong information was given for Jim Heaton's background in an artist profile in Thursday's Empire Preview section. Heaton's grandmother was Navajo, but he was born on a Hupa reservation in California.

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

Road, flight fans lead money race
n Road backers, flight ban opponents have more than 2-to-1 edge

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

Group trying to keep wildlife initiatives
Opponents of a measure that would bar wildlife management decisions from the ballot say the issue is not one of animal rights but of voters' rights.

Free screenings to help people identify depression
Many people have trouble telling the difference between fleeting sadness, normal grieving and clinical depression.

Free screenings to help people identify depression
Many people have trouble telling the difference between fleeting sadness, normal grieving and clinical depression.

Orelove gets rock in a hard place
Juneau's Michael Orelove has nearly succeeded at his latest quest, getting a chunk of Mt. McKinley into a famous Chicago rock collection.

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

Snettisham wages war on fish virus
A federal grant has helped reduce the chances of disease sweeping through young hatchery fish intended for a growing and lucrative commercial sockeye salmon fishery near Juneau.

Briefly
Search suspended for Skagway hiker

Candidate proposes ideas to cut cruise waste
Southeast Senate candidate Tim June has proposed new monitoring initiatives to assure the cruise ship industry comply with wastewater discharge regulations.

Correction
The following information was not included in the camera-ready pages provided to the Empire by the League of Women Voters for Sunday's City Election Guide. League volunteers prepared the pages, which were not edited by the Empire.

Road, flight fans lead money race
n Road backers, flight ban opponents have more than 2-to-1 edge

Orelove gets rock in a hard place
Juneau's Michael Orelove has nearly succeeded at his latest quest, getting a chunk of Mt. McKinley into a famous Chicago rock collection.

Intruder case remains under investigation
JUNEAU -- Police have not turned up any solid leads in the investigation of the intruder who entered a young girl's bedroom the morning of Sept. 15 in the Mendenhall Valley.

Candidates' signs break city, state law
Campaign signs advertising would-be lawmakers' names cover the landscape at every election. They also display some candidates' ignorance of city ordinance and state statute or a willingness to flout them.

Feasting for a good cause
Local chefs and entrepreneurs share recipes and advice about edibles to be offered at

Snettisham wages war on fish virus
A federal grant has helped reduce the chances of disease sweeping through young hatchery fish intended for a growing and lucrative commercial sockeye salmon fishery near Juneau.

Parsons raises most among candidates
Candidates for seats on the Juneau Assembly, including the mayor's office, raised at least $62,300 by Sept. 23, according to reports filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. They spent at least $46,690 by that date.

All-woman work force raises Habitat home
Before giving the count of three to raise the 1,500-pound wall lying flat on the subfloor Saturday, lead carpenter Linda Orr gave some last-minute instructions.

Correction
The following information was not included in the camera-ready pages provided to the Empire by the League of Women Voters for Sunday's City Election Guide. League volunteers prepared the pages, which were not edited by the Empire.

Candidate proposes ideas to cut cruise waste
Southeast Senate candidate Tim June has proposed new monitoring initiatives to assure the cruise ship industry comply with wastewater discharge regulations.

Letters to the editor
As the CBJ election nears, there is a ballot question that could set up more sales tax funds dedicated to particular purposes. So voters may want to know the two main reasons why Alaska's constitution writers opposed state-dedicated funds.

Teens in print
I wanted to express my delight at seeing six of my hard-working students' letters in Friday's paper.

Letters to the editor
In the article "Parsons' ties in question" you neglected to mention Jamie Parsons' most influential of all advisory committee seats: The Juneau Empire Community Advisory Board. He has volunteered for years to give helpful input to this very newspaper, including such insights as to the value of eliminating Word of Mouth, keeping factual news stories clean from opinions and increasing local interest stories. If his role here were known, what would people think?

Hospitable lodge worth preserving
After reading Ken and Michelle Ward's Taku Lodge story in the My Turn column, I felt inclined to add this:

Letters to the editor
I have read and reread your Sept. 29 article titled "Jamie Parsons' Ties in Question" regarding Jamie's perceived conflict of interest between running for mayor and also serving on Holland America's community advisory board. As he pointed out in the interview, the main function of that advisory board, and that of Alaska Airlines', is to dispense allocated funds to worthy groups in the community. The vote of how to dispense these funds is not determined by one person, but by the whole board. It would seem to me that, after your research on this article, you might have read between the lines and seen that the comments by Hoskinson are more likely those of someone looking for headlines to promote an agenda.

Planned coincidence
The nine member lines of the Northwest Cruise Ship Association are trying to send us a message with the constant reminders of their monetary gifts.

Tax cap may wither
The following editorial appeared in Saturday's edition of the Voice of The (Anchorage) Times: All things considered, the prospect is that people in Anchorage -- and maybe all of Alaska -- are too content to put a 10-mill cap on property taxes.

Which is gas guzzler?
In a recent Word of Mouth it was said that the increasing price of gas made flying or taking the ferry a less expensive way to travel than by driving a highway. Here's the straight scoop on fuel costs.

Letters to the editor
I'm a junior at JDHS and I am writing on behalf of Proposition 6. The people of Juneau have said that they would like another way out of town besides by plane or ferry. They've also heard some of the pros and cons of making the road. The people are aware that the road will be expensive and time consuming, but they will have the freedom to leave at any time they would like.

Marc supports jobs
I have known Marc Wheeler for several years, and I was very honored when he asked me to chair the committee to elect him to the Juneau Assembly.

Letters to the editor
I would like to tell voters about my father Jamie Parsons and why he's the ideal candidate for mayor.

The price of our economic well-being
The passage of ballot initiative 5, which places severe restrictions on helicopter flightseeing operations and opposes consideration of satellite heliports, will jeopardize our position as a valued place to visit, and in some manner will effect the economic security of many of us in Juneau.

Letters to the editor
Much controversy in this year's school board race has been directed at Dan Peterson, the first high school student to run for a seat on the school board. While there have been questions raised about Dan's worthiness, as someone who has worked with Dan in the past two years of my high school career, I would say without a doubt that he is ready to serve on the school board. He has experience with dealing with the community, the skills and attitude to get jobs done, a creative and thoughtful mind, and the time and energy to serve on the school board.

Fill the woodshed
Conservationist. Environmentalist. Nice handy labels but lacking in any real information about the person. If you must hang one of these on me, I will opt for conservationist.

Letters to the editor
I am a student at JDHS and I'm writing about the road out of Juneau. I am against the road mostly because they say it would take about 10 years to build and that's a long time. By the time the road would be built I wouldn't care anymore. I would like to see the money go to something useful for our town, like an ice rink or and off road park for trucks and ATV's or other ideas. We need something "fun" and "cheap" in Juneau.

Road vision
Did you ever wish that you could go grayling fishing in the morning, or maybe just go somewhere that it isn't raining? With a road you could.

Letters to the editor
As a long-time Juneau resident, I have seen and experienced on many occasions the importance of having a strong, viable health care community. Bartlett Regional Hospital has long been an essential piece of the Juneau community, providing much-needed services to both residents and visitors. Being able to get excellent health care services at home rather than having to leave town adds to quality of life in Juneau.

Realtor or tycoon?
I've noticed the Empire repeatedly refers to PeggyAnn McConnochie as a "business woman." Why not "Realtor" or "tycoon?"

Letters to the editor
I am a junior at the high school. Last week we met the mayoral candidates, the people running for the assembly and the school board, and some community members to listen to them discuss the propositions that they are representing.

Mark's concern genuine
Mayoral candidate Mark Farmer stepped out of the mayoral race, declared his support for one of the strong candidates remaining in the race, and thus cleared the way for the two leading candidates to enjoy an invigorating contest.

Letters to the editor
What if I like Juneau as it is? What if I'm able to adjust to the available schedules of ferries and flights in and out of town? What if I'd rather not have a road opening the door to anyone and everyone who's capable (or not) of driving an automobile? What if I don't want to supplement the wealthy so they can have faster ferry service which I won't be able to afford? What if I don't want more flights up and down the channel, up and down the Mendenhall Valley and over the mountains, glaciers and waterways? What if the idea of squeezing more cruise ships into the months between May and September does not appeal to my analog mentality?

Road to Hawaii
Like a few of my friends and neighbors, I envision a road out of Juneau. It just makes sense. But at what cost to Juneau and our Southeast neighbors?

Word Of Mouth
Calls will remain anonymous, and opinions will be published if they meet the editor's standards of good taste. The number to call is 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Problem-solver
I want to add my strong endorsement of PeggyAnn cConnochie for the areawide seat on the Juneau Assembly.

Letters to the editor
Last Friday's edition of the Juneau Empire contained both a headlining article and a letter to the editor that beg further comment.

Road will hog cash
It seems to me that a troubling aspect of the debate over the access to Juneau issue is that the road proponents are missing their target audience completely.

Letters to the editor
I am a junior at the high school. Last week we met the mayoral candidates, the people running for the assembly and the school board, and some community members to listen to them discuss the propositions that they are representing.

Twists and turns
Of course all those highway engineers want the highway to Skagway. They're HIGHWAY engineers, not MARINE engineers.

Letters to the editor
In response to Barbara Kalen's letter of Sept. 25, I was the regional engineer for Department of Transportation and Public Facilities when the department built the road out of Skagway. There were very few people in Skagway that did not want the road and certainly they were not concerned about RV parks. My perception is that Juneau has more RV spots than Skagway has today and Skagway has a road!

In the guise of an explanation
I have been restraining myself for several months from public comment about Betsy Fischer's continuous personal attacks on individuals simply because they exercise their right to free speech and publicly express their concerns about the effects of industrial tourism on our community.

Letters to the editor
I would like to thank Mark Regan for his gracious compliment to me as a teacher (Empire, Sept. 26). Just the fact that he took time to research for facts related to something that I wrote makes me very proud of him. No one should take everything that they read or hear at face value. Check the information before you form an opinion. I wish that Mark would encourage some of his friends to practice the same type of activity before they promote misleading information to the public.

Road worthy of consideration
When I ran for office three years ago, two of the major issues were a new high school and the need for information about a road linking Juneau to the rest of the state. We have dealt with the high school but the road is another matter.

Letters to the editor
While at the mall today I had the opportunity to speak with several folks running for local offices. After reading a front page story in last night's Empire, in which I learned 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, I was reminded by a friend, and longtime Juneau elementary school teacher, of another situation where Mr. Parsons' definition of a "conflict of interest" was at odds with what many people who care about children in Juneau believed.

Easily disturbed
In regards to Proposition 5, it makes no difference where we go in the world or what activities we are part of, there is an impact on the residents' idea of peace and quiet.

Tax cap may wither
The following editorial appeared in Saturday's edition of the Voice of The (Anchorage) Times: All things considered, the prospect is that people in Anchorage -- and maybe all of Alaska -- are too content to put a 10-mill cap on property taxes.

Prop 2 support
I would like to add a note of support for Proposition 2 that includes upgrades for Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Letters to the editor
Maridon Boario is to be commended for running a low-cost campaign that speaks to the issues. She has motivated a newly politicized segment of the population to help carry her grassroots common sense message to the citizens of Juneau. She has tirelessly made herself available to the public and has knocked on a good portion of our town's front doors thoughtfully answering every question posed to her. In stark contrast to her entrenched good ol' boy yes-man opponent, Maridon doesn't act like she is owed anything and has demonstrated time and time again that she is articulate, intelligent, sincere and open-minded.

Hats off to Mark
Hats off to Mark Farmer for joining Sally Smith. I was glad to hear him announce that he was withdrawing from the race for mayor and throwing his support to Ms. Smith.

Letters to the editor
I have read and reread your Sept. 29 article titled "Jamie Parsons' Ties in Question" regarding Jamie's perceived conflict of interest between running for mayor and also serving on Holland America's community advisory board. As he pointed out in the interview, the main function of that advisory board, and that of Alaska Airlines', is to dispense allocated funds to worthy groups in the community. The vote of how to dispense these funds is not determined by one person, but by the whole board. It would seem to me that, after your research on this article, you might have read between the lines and seen that the comments by Hoskinson are more likely those of someone looking for headlines to promote an agenda.

Road to die for
The supporters of a road into Juneau from Haines have a well-financed campaign and signs all over town.

Letters to the editor
This letter is to correct the thoughtless and exaggerated assertions Mr. Champion made about Marc Wheeler in Tuesday's paper. It may be politically convenient to lambaste Mr. Wheeler as "opposed to any form of development, whether it be mining, tourism, fishing, logging, transportation systems or any endeavor that would create jobs" due to his previous work at SEACC, but it is erroneous.

Advisory vote is a starting point
Alaskans who have been to Juneau are far more likely to have a favorable impression of our community and to be supportive of retaining the capital here. Alaska Committee polling research also shows that a road connection to Alaska's capital is important to a significant percentage of voters in the railbelt.

Letters to the editor
I would like to submit 10 reasons why Marc Wheeler deserves to win this contested assembly race. It has been by pleasure to know Marc Wheeler for the past five years and I would attest that he has all the personal qualities that a prudent citizen might wish for their decision-maker to have.

This is still one dangerous road
The executive summary of the Juneau Access Study that was presented to the public in a scooping secession in 1994 stated, "The purpose of the study was to prepare an engineering analysis, together with alternatives as a preliminary step in the subsequent preparation for an Environmental Impact Statement.

Letters to the editor
Hello, I'm a JDHS student writing about my concerns to Proposition 2. I really do not feel the need to have a new ice rink.

The price of peace and quiet is too high for Juneau
By Lorene Kappler

The price of peace and quiet is too high for Juneau
By Lorene Kappler

Election shifts city's partisan balance
T uesday's election will leave Juneau with three fewer Democrats and one more Republican on the city assembly and school board.

Letters to the editor
As a long-time Juneau resident, I have seen and experienced on many occasions the importance of having a strong, viable health care community. Bartlett Regional Hospital has long been an essential piece of the Juneau community, providing much-needed services to both residents and visitors. Being able to get excellent health care services at home rather than having to leave town adds to quality of life in Juneau.

Empire endorsements
If anyone doubts we live in interesting times, consider the local election campaign season that concludes Tuesday. Voters are asked to conssider important transportation issues; whether to continue to tax themselves to provide for schools, hospital expansion and recreational facilities; to limit the byproducts of tourism; and to select the best people to represent our collective interests.

Letters to the editor
Maridon Boario is to be commended for running a low-cost campaign that speaks to the issues. She has motivated a newly politicized segment of the population to help carry her grassroots common sense message to the citizens of Juneau. She has tirelessly made herself available to the public and has knocked on a good portion of our town's front doors thoughtfully answering every question posed to her. In stark contrast to her entrenched good ol' boy yes-man opponent, Maridon doesn't act like she is owed anything and has demonstrated time and time again that she is articulate, intelligent, sincere and open-minded.

Empire endorsements
If anyone doubts we live in interesting times, consider the local election campaign season that concludes Tuesday. Voters are asked to conssider important transportation issues; whether to continue to tax themselves to provide for schools, hospital expansion and recreational facilities; to limit the byproducts of tourism; and to select the best people to represent our collective interests.

Letters to the editor
In the article "Parsons' ties in question" you neglected to mention Jamie Parsons' most influential of all advisory committee seats: The Juneau Empire Community Advisory Board. He has volunteered for years to give helpful input to this very newspaper, including such insights as to the value of eliminating Word of Mouth, keeping factual news stories clean from opinions and increasing local interest stories. If his role here were known, what would people think?

Teens in print
I wanted to express my delight at seeing six of my hard-working students' letters in Friday's paper.

Letters to the editor
Since 1972, Floyd Dryden Middle School has not had a major renovation. The identified improve- ments are necessary for safety and to add years of future use to the building.

Marc supports jobs
I have known Marc Wheeler for several years, and I was very honored when he asked me to chair the committee to elect him to the Juneau Assembly.

Letters to the editor
I am a Juneau-Douglas High School student and I am against building a road from Juneau to Skagway because of money, maintenance, avalanches, and animal and land conservation.

Letters to the editor
It is appalling that in order to justify endorsing one candidate you found it necessary to trash the reputation of another. Jamie Parsons has lived in, worked in and most of all, unselfishly contributed to this community for 28 years. Juneau is a better town for Jamie's presence.

Letters to the editor
This letter is to correct the thoughtless and exaggerated assertions Mr. Champion made about Marc Wheeler in Tuesday's paper. It may be politically convenient to lambaste Mr. Wheeler as "opposed to any form of development, whether it be mining, tourism, fishing, logging, transportation systems or any endeavor that would create jobs" due to his previous work at SEACC, but it is erroneous.

Planned coincidence
The nine member lines of the Northwest Cruise Ship Association are trying to send us a message with the constant reminders of their monetary gifts.

Letters to the editor
I'm a junior at JDHS and I am writing on behalf of Proposition 6. The people of Juneau have said that they would like another way out of town besides by plane or ferry. They've also heard some of the pros and cons of making the road. The people are aware that the road will be expensive and time consuming, but they will have the freedom to leave at any time they would like.

Which is gas guzzler?
In a recent Word of Mouth it was said that the increasing price of gas made flying or taking the ferry a less expensive way to travel than by driving a highway. Here's the straight scoop on fuel costs.

Letters to the editor
I would like to submit 10 reasons why Marc Wheeler deserves to win this contested assembly race. It has been by pleasure to know Marc Wheeler for the past five years and I would attest that he has all the personal qualities that a prudent citizen might wish for their decision-maker to have.

The price of our economic well-being
The passage of ballot initiative 5, which places severe restrictions on helicopter flightseeing operations and opposes consideration of satellite heliports, will jeopardize our position as a valued place to visit, and in some manner will effect the economic security of many of us in Juneau.

Letters to the editor
What if I like Juneau as it is? What if I'm able to adjust to the available schedules of ferries and flights in and out of town? What if I'd rather not have a road opening the door to anyone and everyone who's capable (or not) of driving an automobile? What if I don't want to supplement the wealthy so they can have faster ferry service which I won't be able to afford? What if I don't want more flights up and down the channel, up and down the Mendenhall Valley and over the mountains, glaciers and waterways? What if the idea of squeezing more cruise ships into the months between May and September does not appeal to my analog mentality?

Fill the woodshed
Conservationist. Environmentalist. Nice handy labels but lacking in any real information about the person. If you must hang one of these on me, I will opt for conservationist.

Letters to the editor
Hello, I'm a JDHS student writing about my concerns to Proposition 2. I really do not feel the need to have a new ice rink.

Road vision
Did you ever wish that you could go grayling fishing in the morning, or maybe just go somewhere that it isn't raining? With a road you could.

Letters to the editor
It is appalling that in order to justify endorsing one candidate you found it necessary to trash the reputation of another. Jamie Parsons has lived in, worked in and most of all, unselfishly contributed to this community for 28 years. Juneau is a better town for Jamie's presence.

Realtor or tycoon?
I've noticed the Empire repeatedly refers to PeggyAnn McConnochie as a "business woman." Why not "Realtor" or "tycoon?"

My turn
Being a 17-year-old kid who isn't old enough to vote, and who doesn't have much voice in local issues, I have the tendency, like most kids my age, not to care. New school, ice rink, new road, doesn't matter; I won't be around for it anyway.

Mark's concern genuine
Mayoral candidate Mark Farmer stepped out of the mayoral race, declared his support for one of the strong candidates remaining in the race, and thus cleared the way for the two leading candidates to enjoy an invigorating contest.

My turn
Being a 17-year-old kid who isn't old enough to vote, and who doesn't have much voice in local issues, I have the tendency, like most kids my age, not to care. New school, ice rink, new road, doesn't matter; I won't be around for it anyway.

Road to Hawaii
Like a few of my friends and neighbors, I envision a road out of Juneau. It just makes sense. But at what cost to Juneau and our Southeast neighbors?

Letters to the editor
I would like to tell voters about my father Jamie Parsons and why he's the ideal candidate for mayor.

Problem-solver
I want to add my strong endorsement of PeggyAnn cConnochie for the areawide seat on the Juneau Assembly.

Letters to the editor
Last Friday's edition of the Juneau Empire contained both a headlining article and a letter to the editor that beg further comment.

Road will hog cash
It seems to me that a troubling aspect of the debate over the access to Juneau issue is that the road proponents are missing their target audience completely.

Letters to the editor
I am a Juneau-Douglas High School student and I am against building a road from Juneau to Skagway because of money, maintenance, avalanches, and animal and land conservation.

Twists and turns
Of course all those highway engineers want the highway to Skagway. They're HIGHWAY engineers, not MARINE engineers.

Letters to the editor
Since 1972, Floyd Dryden Middle School has not had a major renovation. The identified improve- ments are necessary for safety and to add years of future use to the building.

In the guise of an explanation
I have been restraining myself for several months from public comment about Betsy Fischer's continuous personal attacks on individuals simply because they exercise their right to free speech and publicly express their concerns about the effects of industrial tourism on our community.

Letters to the editor
Much controversy in this year's school board race has been directed at Dan Peterson, the first high school student to run for a seat on the school board. While there have been questions raised about Dan's worthiness, as someone who has worked with Dan in the past two years of my high school career, I would say without a doubt that he is ready to serve on the school board. He has experience with dealing with the community, the skills and attitude to get jobs done, a creative and thoughtful mind, and the time and energy to serve on the school board.

Road worthy of consideration
When I ran for office three years ago, two of the major issues were a new high school and the need for information about a road linking Juneau to the rest of the state. We have dealt with the high school but the road is another matter.

Letters to the editor
In response to Barbara Kalen's letter of Sept. 25, I was the regional engineer for Department of Transportation and Public Facilities when the department built the road out of Skagway. There were very few people in Skagway that did not want the road and certainly they were not concerned about RV parks. My perception is that Juneau has more RV spots than Skagway has today and Skagway has a road!

Easily disturbed
In regards to Proposition 5, it makes no difference where we go in the world or what activities we are part of, there is an impact on the residents' idea of peace and quiet.

Letters to the editor
As the CBJ election nears, there is a ballot question that could set up more sales tax funds dedicated to particular purposes. So voters may want to know the two main reasons why Alaska's constitution writers opposed state-dedicated funds.

Prop 2 support
I would like to add a note of support for Proposition 2 that includes upgrades for Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Letters to the editor
I would like to thank Mark Regan for his gracious compliment to me as a teacher (Empire, Sept. 26). Just the fact that he took time to research for facts related to something that I wrote makes me very proud of him. No one should take everything that they read or hear at face value. Check the information before you form an opinion. I wish that Mark would encourage some of his friends to practice the same type of activity before they promote misleading information to the public.

Hats off to Mark
Hats off to Mark Farmer for joining Sally Smith. I was glad to hear him announce that he was withdrawing from the race for mayor and throwing his support to Ms. Smith.

Letters to the editor
I am a student at JDHS and I'm writing about the road out of Juneau. I am against the road mostly because they say it would take about 10 years to build and that's a long time. By the time the road would be built I wouldn't care anymore. I would like to see the money go to something useful for our town, like an ice rink or and off road park for trucks and ATV's or other ideas. We need something "fun" and "cheap" in Juneau.

Road to die for
The supporters of a road into Juneau from Haines have a well-financed campaign and signs all over town.

Letters to the editor
While at the mall today I had the opportunity to speak with several folks running for local offices. After reading a front page story in last night's Empire, in which I learned 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, I was reminded by a friend, and longtime Juneau elementary school teacher, of another situation where Mr. Parsons' definition of a "conflict of interest" was at odds with what many people who care about children in Juneau believed.

Advisory vote is a starting point
Alaskans who have been to Juneau are far more likely to have a favorable impression of our community and to be supportive of retaining the capital here. Alaska Committee polling research also shows that a road connection to Alaska's capital is important to a significant percentage of voters in the railbelt.

This is still one dangerous road
The executive summary of the Juneau Access Study that was presented to the public in a scooping secession in 1994 stated, "The purpose of the study was to prepare an engineering analysis, together with alternatives as a preliminary step in the subsequent preparation for an Environmental Impact Statement.

Word Of Mouth
Calls will remain anonymous, and opinions will be published if they meet the editor's standards of good taste. The number to call is 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Election shifts city's partisan balance
T uesday's election will leave Juneau with three fewer Democrats and one more Republican on the city assembly and school board.

Hospitable lodge worth preserving
After reading Ken and Michelle Ward's Taku Lodge story in the My Turn column, I felt inclined to add this:

Juneau takes care of business vs. West
But Crimson Bears lose state playoff berth on tie-breakers after Saturday's games in Anchorage

Allred takes fourth in small schools race
Ella Allred of Haines closed out her high school career with her third straight top-five performance in the state Class 1A-2A-3A cross-country running meet Saturday on Skyview High School's Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna.

Sports in Juneau

Allred takes fourth in small schools race
Ella Allred of Haines closed out her high school career with her third straight top-five performance in the state Class 1A-2A-3A cross-country running meet Saturday on Skyview High School's Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna.

Crimson Bears struggle at state
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys cross-country running team entered the Class 4A state meet Saturday at Skyview High School's Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna thinking they had a legitimate shot to win the team title.<

Crimson Bears struggle at state
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys cross-country running team entered the Class 4A state meet Saturday at Skyview High School's Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna thinking they had a legitimate shot to win the team title.<

Sports in Juneau

Juneau takes care of business vs. West
But Crimson Bears lose state playoff berth on tie-breakers after Saturday's games in Anchorage

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