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Friday, October 3, 2003

Bev will be missed
I just want to say how true it is that Bev Dorsher will be truly missed. Everytime I would run into her, wherever it was, she always had a smile and we would catch up on all the news of Juneau, and how busy she had been helping here and there.

Looking for answers
Why is it that teachers do not yet have a contract? Why is it that the work teachers do is not valued by the school board? Why is it that teachers are so disrespected?

Value, cost of 'prep time'
I am a primary teacher and I love my work. I love the children and their families. I love the interaction with other educators. However, I would like to be a part of a district where teachers' work is valued. "Prep time" for me, as a primary teacher, is the time allotted in my contract in which to fully prepare for educating the 25 6- to 8-year-old children in my class for the eight subjects that I am held accountable to teach.

'Mommy Dance' shines in Juneau
I had seen "The Mommy Dance" in Anchorage, but the Perseverance Theatre's current production knocked my socks off!

Backing Botelho
I'll be voting for proven leadership in the upcoming mayoral election and that's why I'll cast my ballot for Bruce Botelho. I had the pleasure of working closely with Bruce for many years. I've seen him carefully listen to all sides of issues, find common ground when it was available and stand up for principles when it really mattered.

Help out the Glory Hole
Our neighbors are in trouble and they need our help. While many of us hunker down in our homes and offices and shops as winter approaches, some of our neighbors will be stuck outside, hungry, lonely, with no place to hide from the wind and rain. Well, actually, they do have a warm place where they can find food, friends and safety, but starting in October, they won't be able to go there between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. That's because this safe haven, the Glory Hole, doesn't have enough money to keep its doors open during the middle of the day.

Knapp understand's Juneau's place
Voting is sometimes agonizing because our choices may include more than one candidate we know and admire. We see them at grocery stores, arts and sports events, and work alongside them for good causes. After careful consideration, I have decided to vote for Dick Knapp because this is Juneau's opportunity to elect a mayor with such a remarkable range of important qualifications and who is results-oriented.

Supporting tobacco tax
About three weeks ago, at the last Health Fair, a mother came up to me at one of the tables looking for help. She had seen one of the tobacco prevention messages on TV and decided to take their advice about talking to your kids. She asked her 8-year-old son what he thought about cigarettes.

Knapp a fresh face
I was born in Juneau and have lived here my entire life. Juneau is a great place to live and has been good to me and I don't plan to leave anytime soon. I have enjoyed the opportunities I have had and, like most, want to give something back to the community. There are many ways to do this and one is to be involved in government. I have always lacked the courage to be in the political arena myself, but it is refreshing to have someone like Dick Knapp step up to the plate.

Tax alcohol, not tobacco
I am sick to DEATH of hearing about how taxing smokers is a good thing. I don't understand this - it is a fact that people who drink and drive kill a lot more people every year than a smoker does, but you don't see them jacking up the tax on achohol do you?

The budget shell game
I'm not sure why Max Mertz, the independent auditor, is the one highlighting the needs of the School District budget instead of the district finance director or district business manager, but I'm glad that the budget is up for discussion.

Highlighting differences
The easiest letter I could write to the editor would be to highlight the differences between Dan Peterson and Dale Anderson. Instead, I want to go on recordhighlighting the strengths of a candidate for city assemblylike Dan.

Plea for safe water
I've been a teacher at Harborview School for 15 years. Last year I was in a classroom that did not have a sink or drinking fountain. Faced with the issue of dehydration for my students and myself, I personally bought bottled water for the year. The 60-some students in my room each day either had personal cups or drank from the paper cups available.

Knapp is the right choice
I have known and worked with Dick Knapp throughout his career in Alaska. He is an outstanding leader, who combines intelligence, humor and basic fairness to get results. Dick Knapp's resume includes a broad range of experience in both the public and private sectors.

Right ideas for Iraq
Brilliant article by M.S. Belknap regarding Iraq reconstruction. As a veteran of Vietnam I saw first-hand the corruption that this kind of war brings in to play. The people of Iraq do not need $20 billion dollars as much as they need to have the reconstruction process turned over to the Iraqi people. I am sure they could accomplish much more for much less and be more on target as to what is needed.

$14.5 million in federal funds to boost Native school programs across the state
The office of Sen. Ted Stevens announced this week that $14.5 million in federal funds will go to Native education programs in Alaska. In Juneau, the money will help expand a Tlingit-oriented elementary school program, continue a popular science summer camp that has a Native focus and provide home educational and social services to preschoolers.

Photo: Harnessing the wind
Craig Ahrens, left, watches his son, Dirk, 25, maneuver a parafoil Tuesday in the Mendenhall Wetlands. Although temperatures have been unseasonally mild, Dirk Ahrens still has his mind set on snowfall when he plans to use a larger parafoil for downhill snowboarding. Parafoils are large sails that can pull people across fields and even lift them off the ground if enough wind power is available.

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

FYI
Births, judgments and other official matters.

Photo: Headed for Kosovo
Alaska National Army Guardsmen Master Sgt. Kelly Kohnen, left, and Blackhawk helicopter crew chief Art Honen say farewell as Honen prepares to board a flight Wednesday at the Juneau Airport.

State presents traffic plans for Auke Bay
Circular roadways, additional sidewalks and a bypass road around Auke Lake are among the state Department of Transportation's preliminary plans for transportation upgrades in the Auke Bay area. DOT presented the plans to more than 50 people Thursday night at the Chapel by the Lake and is asking residents to submit comments within the next few weeks.

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

Christenson files as write-in in mayoral race
A Juneau resident, whose proposals include a marijuana tax and special city currency, filed as a write-in candidate for mayor Thursday. Michael Christenson, 42, is running for the seat under the Blue Moon Party. He is not familiar in political circles but is known in the court system. Christenson was charged with felony driving while intoxicated in September 1993 in Juneau after three prior DWIs in Minnesota, he said in an interview Thursday. Christenson was sentenced to two weeks at Gastineau Human Services and nine months to the Juneau Recovery Hospital, he said. He says he no longer drinks alcohol.

Photo: Autumn canopy
Evelyn Bavard walks along 10th Street near the Egan Drive intersection Thursday morning under a colorful canopy of fall foliage.

Correction
Due to a photographer's error, the caption under a photo about National Guardsmen in Thursday's Empire misspelled the name of Art Honea.

Last try to resolve contract founders
A last-ditch offer by the Juneau School District on Wednesday morning was rejected by the teachers union as a step backward and the parties entered into nonbinding arbitration for the rest of the day, union officials said in the late afternoon. Teachers who demonstrated Wednesday said they are serious about a strike. Dozens of teachers waved signs along Egan Drive near the Douglas Bridge and at the district's central office on Glacier Avenue.

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

Alaska, Canada to create energy association
The state of Alaska and three northwest Canadian provinces are in the early stages of forming a trade association dealing with energy, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday. Murkowski spoke to the Far North Oil and Gas Forum in Calgary, Alberta, earlier this week and met with the premiers of the Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory to discuss energy issues and the proposed Alaska gas pipeline.

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

Corrections
Corrections from earlier issues

Photo: View from Stroller White
Jason Anderson, Tim Arness and Obie Davis take a break Tuesday high above the Mendenhall Glacier. The group enjoyed a sunny climb to the summit of Mount Stroller White.

Rescue crew plucks hiker off ledge with helicopter in one of two rescues
A Juneau man was rescued Wednesday night from a 3,000-foot ledge above Snowslide Gulch and Gold Creek by a TEMSCO helicopter that hovered next to the cliff, Alaska State Troopers said. Hiker Ken LaFavour, 45, called troopers on his cell phone at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, said trooper Sgt. Steve Hall. Bruce Bowler of the SEADOGS called Mitch Horton, the base manager and a pilot at TEMSCO Helicopters, who agreed to try to take LaFavour off the cliff or at least leave him supplies to stay the night.

House committee approves proposed land trade in Berners Bay
A U.S. House committee has approved a bill for a complicated land trade proposal that opponents fear will spoil the aesthetic and recreational value of Berners Bay, north of Juneau. Others support it in part because it would allow land near the Kensington gold mine to be developed to support the mining operation.

SEACC study focuses on money lost in timber sales
The U.S. Forest Service loses money on taxpayer-subsidized timber sales and should focus its energy on creating jobs in the seafood and tourism industries instead, according to a report the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council issued this week. The report, "Taxpayer Losses and Missed Opportunities," uses Forest Service data to back up SEACC's opposition to timber sales and the manner in which the Tongass National Forest is logged.

Photo: Autumn canopy
Evelyn Bavard walks along 10th Street near the Egan Drive intersection Thursday morning under a colorful canopy of fall foliage.

... for supporting the Titans
The Juneau Soccer Club Titans U15 Girls Team would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who helped make their trip to Palmer for the State Cup Tournament in August possible.

Photo: 'Betty's' in training
Members of the "Alaska Betty's" walking group train Monday for an upcoming three-day, 60-mile breast cancer awareness walk in San Diego, Calif.

Walker and Roop marry
Mindy Joy Walker and Joshua James Roop both of Post Falls, Idaho, were married on Sept. 20, 2003.

Caregivers need help, too, and there's support available
Margaret, a working woman in her 40s, checks on her mother twice a day, takes her shopping, cleans her house, handles her bills, and constantly worries about her mom who is 75 and growing more forgetful.

Teacher Talk: Voting is free, simple and a responsibility
Each day in my high school American and World History classes, the student leader reads an item from the newspaper column "Today in History." As it happened, today, Sept. 29, is the day in 1789 when the United States established its first regular army. "Yeah, so what?" you might say. A standing army is something we Americans have been able to take for granted for the last 214 years. But, as I challenged my students, can you imagine fighting the toughest military power in the world with a bunch of rag-tag enlisted volunteers from far-flung communities who, despite their leader's entreaties to the Congress, were perpetually underfed, underclothed, underhoused and underpaid?

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

Jameson Marley Eves
Jameson Marley Eves was born and died Sept. 26, 2003, in San Francisco, Calif.

Mary Barricklow
Juneau resident Mary Barricklow, 91, died Aug. 23, 2003, at the Juneau Pioneer's Home.

My Turn: Land trade is a bad deal
Misconceptions about the Berners Bay land exchange are cropping up in Juneau like devil's club. Jerry Reinwand's recent column about the land swap is the latest example. Reinwand says that even though it's a bum deal for the public, the land swap should go through because it rights wrongs done to Southeast Alaska Native village corporations. Given our government's history with Alaska's Native peoples, such assertions always deserve serious consideration. Regarding this proposed exchange, Reinwand's argument rings hollow.

Empire Editorial: Anderson remains best choice for District 2 seat
The two contenders for the District 2 Assembly share many common views but differ greatly in their approach to keeping city government on course. Dale Anderson is a 54-year old financial consultant seeking a second term on the Assembly. He is also the owner of Anderson Gallery and has served as commissioner of the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. He also served as a legislative assistant on the state House Finance Committee.

Empire editorial: Voters to decide five of seven school board seats
Voters will have a field of 12 candidates to consider for the five open seats on the seven-member Juneau School Board.

My Turn: Need for land swap to fulfill ANSCA promises
Jerry Reinwand's My Turn with respect to the proposed Cape Fox, Sealaska land swap with the US Forest Service struck a responsive chord with me.I was land and engineering officer with Sealaska, and in that capacity assisted the Southeast village corporations in making land selections as authorized by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).A number of villages were faced with serious problems in making land selections, including Klukwan, Kake and Haidaburg, as well as Saxman, which is the village associated with Cape Fox.

My Turn: Tough issues face the district
We would like to thank the 10 new candidates running for school board seats in Tuesday's election. We appreciate their willingness to support teachers, create a positive atmosphere for students, target populations who are disenfranchised and find creative ways to increase funding.

Alaska high school football standings
Standings through games of Sept. 27.

Alaska state football playoffs
The brackets for the 2003 Alaska State Football Playoffs, which open on Friday, Oct. 3.

Bears get a second shot against Lynx
If this were golf, it would be called taking a mulligan. The top-ranked Juneau-Douglas High School football team will get a chance to avenge one of its two regular-season losses when the Crimson Bears host the Dimond Lynx in the first round of the state playoffs. Game time is 7 p.m. Saturday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Five Bear players honored by ASBN
Five Juneau-Douglas High School football players were named to the 2003 Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network's All-Cook Inlet Football Conference Team, which was released Tuesday. The all-star team honors the top players in the Cook Inlet Football Conference, as selected by the staff members and game announcers for ASBN. The network broadcast 20 CIFC games on KINY AM-800 radio in Juneau and on KTZN AM-550 radio in Anchorage this season.

This weekend's JIVE features more teams than previous years
JIVE is back, bigger and better than before. The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team hosts the 13th annual Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza starting today and concluding Saturday.

Next generation
It won't be surprising if Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball coach Dale Bontrager knows just how to get the best play out of sophomore setter Katie Monagle over the next few years. He's seen her type before. Monagle, who will be playing for the Juneau JV squad at this weekend's Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza (JIVE), is the first second-generation player to be coached by Bontrager, one of a trio of longtime coaches currently guiding the Crimson Bears.

Alaska high school state football champions
High school state football championship game results over the years and Juneau playoff results.

Southeast swimmers head to Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School swim team will send a small crew of 18 swimmers and divers to Sitka this weekend for the Sitka Invitational swim meets at Blatchley Pool. The Crimson Bears aren't sending their entire team because several members went north to Fairbanks last weekend, and Juneau coach John Wray said he wants them to have time to catch up on their studies.

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.

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 swimming top 16 prep times
Alaska's top 16 times for the 2003 high school swimming season.

Alaska pipeline, taxes stall energy legislation
A disagreement over tax incentives for building a proposed $20 billion natural gas pipeline in Alaska stalled energy legislation Wednesday. At the same time, Democrats complained they have been given virtually no say in writing the bill. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., chairman of the energy talks, said a big difference remained between House and Senate Republicans over energy taxes. One disagreement involves how much the public should pay for building the Alaska pipeline.

New Hampshire picked as Libertarian mecca
A group of libertarians planning to bring 20,000 liberty-minded Americans to a "free state" has selected New Hampshire for its revolution, a supporter said Wednesday. New Hampshire, whose motto is "Live Free or Die," beat out nine other finalists as the battleground for what members of the Free State Project call the biggest experiment in democracy since the Revolutionary War. Alaska was among the other states considered.

State says video gaming not as profitable as projected
Legalized video gambling would bring in far less money to the state than proponents suggest, according to the state Department of Revenue. The department recently took a close look at a proposal to legalize video gambling in bars and clubs, and says the state wouldn't get a dime the first year, because of all the startup costs. Then, once video gambling had a few years to become an established part of Alaska's bar scene, the state might get $30 million a year from the machines.

This Day in History
This day in Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

State, feds ponder pursuit of more claims for oil spill
No decision has been made about pursuing additional claims against Exxon Mobil for damage in Prince William Sound from the Exxon Valdez oil spill, state and federal legal officials said Wednesday. A consent decree in damage lawsuits filed after the 1989 spill contains a reopener clause that allows the state and federal government to pursue other claims - up to $100 million - for injuries unknown when the settlement was reached in 1991.

Alaska Digest
News from around the state

Alaska calls for Do-Not-Call list
Alaska is joining other states in urging a federal appeals court to allow the national Do-Not-Call registry to go forward.

Ogan resigns as consultant due to conflict of interest
State Sen. Scott Ogan, a Palmer Republican, has resigned as a public relations consultant to Evergreen Resources Inc., which is planning a controversial natural gas exploration project in the Matanuska-Susitna area. Critics accused Ogan of having a serious conflict of interest when he accepted the $40,000-a-year job with the Denver-based company after sponsoring a bill creating a shallow-gas leasing program.

State, ACS agree on $3.5 million settlement
State officials have reached a $3.5 million settlement with Alaska Communications Systems Group to end a failed telecommunications contract, they said Wednesday. Under the agreement, ACS will reimburse the state for $4.3 million in pre-billed charges along with another $1.1 million. The state will purchase $1.9 million in equipment already installed under the agreement.

This Day in History
This day in Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Alaska Digest
News from around the state.

What's Happening
Arts and entertainment events in Juneau this week.

Movie review: 'Sept. 11' connects, but flails in middle
It takes 133 12 minutes until Japanese director Shohei Imamura makes the finest point of the 134-minute movie "September 11." "There is no such thing as a holy war," he says, through the guise of a golden python.

Other First Friday art exhibits and events around town
Highlights of the monthly First Friday event in Juneau.

Of cell phones and immortal words
When William Shatner invented the cell phone, I said to myself, "At last! A portable and non-intrusive instrument that will make possible the efficient transmission of important thoughts and feelings that might otherwise have gone unsaid." Which is not to say that Mr. Shatner did that, i.e., transmit important thoughts and feelings. No. In fact he used the instrument primarily to call a cab or, as he put it, to have himself "beamed up."

Classic tale with a SE twist
Ketchikan illustrator Evon Zerbetz had a moral quandary as she was working on her linocut artwork for Juneau author Neal Gilbertsen's children's book "Little Red Snapperhood." She didn't want to put a hat on a fish. "I had no problem putting an apron on the mom, but I didn't want to cover (Little Red's) dorsal fins," Zerbetz said. "Once the hat had a live element to it, I decided to make the tassel into a green squid, and then it became a character in itself. The squid could open doors and get into a little trouble, and that was the most fun part of the book." The squid-hat is one of many small details in Zerbetz and Gilbertsen's book, released earlier this year through WestWinds Press, a company in Portland, Ore.

Theater Review: A one-woman play and a tale of two moms
Perseverance Theatre's advertisements for "The Mommy Dance" claim the play is for moms, people who know moms and people who have moms. But the promotion didn't have any sort of warning for one age group that could be critically affected by viewing Jill Bess' performance: 20-something young women who might someday become mothers. I happen to fall into that category and, after watching Bess for two hours talk about the crying, the messes, the loss of independence and the worry that accompanies motherhood, I came close to changing my mind about this whole baby thing.

First Friday: Mountains, snowboarding, nudes and pinwheels
For 10 years, Juneau artist and museum curator Ken DeRoux has kept a tattered original copy of John Ruskin's 1857 book "Modern Painters of Modern Beauty" lying in his studio. The book, a gift to DeRoux from a friend, is as much about painting as it is about art, science, geology and mountaineering. He hasn't read it, but he has turned to it for inspiration. "From time to time I'd leaf through it, and little bits of it have made it into paintings in the past," said DeRoux, a Juneau native and third-generation Alaskan known in town for his landscapes. His new exhibit, "The Ruskin Series," reflects parts of the book.

Movies: Where & when
Movies showing in Juneau this week.

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