Thursday, October 4, 2001

Museum features beaded artwork
A beaded tunic, a raven headdress and beaded moosehide mittens will be among the artwork displayed at an new exhibit opening this weekend at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Two-day show features watercolors, fiber arts
Art inspired by the natural landscape of Southeast Alaska will be featured in a show this weekend.

Capt. Perfect appears flaws and all at arts council gallery
It's chaos in Tall City. A group of vicious villains and nefarious ne'er-do-wells have the city in their grasp. It's time to call Captain Perfect to the rescue.

School for lovers
Fluffy dialogue, period wooing in period costumes and lovely arias - who could ask for anything more in a comic opera?

Entertainment Calendar
Movies

Simplistic finger-pointing
When I read Dave Fremming's letter to the editor in the Sept. 28 Empire, it saddened me to see so much unwarranted finger-pointing directed at Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC).

Voters: Renovate high school
By a nearly 7-1 margin, voters on Tuesday agreed to let the city sell bonds to renovate Juneau-Douglas High School.

Baloney, math, trust
Congratulations to all the municipal candidates who won on Tuesday. Congratulations also to the candidates who did not win. Win or lose, we are lucky to have such a wonderful group of civic-minded citizens in our community.

Human chain
It is interesting that the airport now feels that it must close the airport wetlands trail for "security reasons." Does this mean they've given up on the "bird" excuse?

Best trail
I am writing to voice my concern over rumors that the airport is planning to close access to the Mendenhall Wetlands Dike Trail due to security reasons.

Not well thought out
It is my understanding that the airport is going to close the dike trail as a security measure.

Heavily used trail
It would be a shame if the airport dike trail was closed to the public. I use it often and see many people out there enjoying it at all times of the year.

A trail of beauty
I am very concerned about the possible closure of the airport trail. There should be public meetings about this issue especially because so many people and canines derive so much pleasure from this trail.

Respecting our differences
I noticed a flyer for an upcoming class at UAS this weekend. "Fostering Safe Schools by Reducing Homophobia" is an excellent opportunity for our community and school leaders to learn more ways in which to create safe school environments.

Safe, open trail
It would be a sad day to see the Airport Trail closed. It is one trail that I've heard many women say they feel safe walking because it is very open.

Trail invigorates
Please take a moment to remember why we have chosen to live in Juneau. Is it for its beauty, its freedom, its clean air and water, for the safe neighborhoods for ourselves and children, and for the availability of recreation and work opportunities at our doorstep?

Let's be sensible
I am writing in response to reading about the closure or thinking about the closure of the Airport Trail.

Cheapest security
As a resident of the airport neighborhood and daily trail user, I am protesting closure of the trail dike trail that allows access to the Mendenhall Wetlands Wildlife Refuge.

Take courage
Even in Russian we have not enough words to express our deepest grief about victims of the terrible events in New York and Washington on Sept. 11.

Take voting seriously
Pathetic! A voter turnout of 24.9 percent is simply pathetic! You may say the election was not a "big one" so it doesn't matter if I vote or not.

Wanamaker defeats District 2 opponents
Randy Wanamaker largely attributes his victory in the District 2 Assembly race to door-to-door campaigning.

City reduces speed limit on north Riverside Drive
Drivers will need to slow down on the north end of Riverside Drive, one of the main through streets in the Mendenhall Valley.

School Board incumbents win re-election
Running unopposed, Juneau School Board members Mary Becker and Stan Ridgeway were re-elected by area voters Tuesday.

Local Briefs
School calendar revised; Bomb joke suspect allowed to leave; Quarry blast triggers calls to police; JDHS ramp construction pushed back

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

Learning the art of fatherhood
"You got goggles?" somebody asks when the diapering demonstration is about to begin. There is spontaneous applause when Brent Hopson successfully diapers Ian, 10 days old.

Fires damage van, contents
Capital City Fire and Rescue responded to fires in a shipping container behind the Super Bear Supermarket in the Mendenhall Center on Monday night and Tuesday morning, according to the fire department.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the Oct. 2 On the Move listings in the Empire's Business Spotlight page misstated the law firm of Baxter, Bruce, Brand P.C.'s specialties.

Powell nips Collins in closest city race
While a close margin of victory is familiar for newly re-elected areawide Assembly member Jim Powell, he said the negative tone of this fall's race was unexpected and unfortunate.

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

2001 municipal election results broken down by precinct
Douglas Assembly areawide Chuck Collins 191 Jim Powell 236

Around Town
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Around Town
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Local Briefs
Local election counts continue; Tourism plan meeting tonight; School district to buy calculators; Elfin the sea otter heading south

J. Johnson wins District 1 seat 3-2
Real estate broker and Juneau Airport Board member Jeannie Johnson said she is pleased with the results of her District 1 Assembly win Tuesday, but would have liked a bigger turnout.

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

Bulb time means real pleasure for the future
Somewhere leaves are gently turning colors and softly drifting down. Here they are being wrenched off the branches and sent twisting away into the sky by g

City engineering hosts six interns
The City and Borough of Juneau Engineering Department employed six interns for the 2001 summer season.

University faculty member assesses kelp biomass
Mike Stekoll, Ph.D., a faculty member in chemistry for both the University of Alaska Southeast and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, recently received a $340,000 grant from NASA.

Pet Of The Week
Sheldon is a 2-year-old neutered and declawed male who will come to you, get on your lap and purr.

Neighbors Briefs
Junior Achievement seeks volunteers; Museum volunteers; Lodge dog company; Americorps seeks volunteers; Downtown flags taking the winter off

Olson, Nelson marry
Josephine Olson and Bruce Nelson were married Sept. 13 in Juneau.

Thank You
...for the kindness

Chop Gully dangers marked by new signs
Sign Pro and the Juneau Mountain Rescue Team have put their heads together and come up with warning signs for the flume trail to caution unwary hikers about falling rocks and crumbling shale in the area.

Dora M. Sweeney
Dora M. Sweeney died Sept. 30, 2001, in Juneau.

Georgia Ann Archuleta
Georgia Ann Archuleta died Sept. 28, 2001, in Juneau.

Skyscrapers held hostage?
Among the ideas emerging from the attack on the World Trade Center is that skyscrapers are a form of building whose time has now passed: Build low, goes this reasoning, so as not to court more terrorism.

My Turn: More than one book on Mideast history
As human beings trying to cope with the terrible tragedies of Sept. 11, we are in need of explanations. Yet in our search to understand, we must be cautious not to reach simplistic conclusions - easy answers that mislead, cause divisiveness, and even hatred.

Keeping your trust, trusting your judgment
I decided to let the local election run its course before commenting on the Empire's Sept. 27 article about the criminal histories of the candidates.

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. Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified.

Congratulations to all who choose to serve
Now that the speeches, debates, campaign ads, door-to-door visits, and news coverage of our local election are over, we can reflect on the experience.

Last chance to stock up
With winter quickly approaching, time is running out for Juneau anglers to top off their freezers with fish to get them through the long, cold, dark months.

Fish Report
The Juneau area personal use red and blue king crab winter season in Section 11-A began Monday. The winter season will remain open through 11:59 p.m. March 31, 2002, unless closed earlier by emergency order.

Out and About
In season: King and dungeness crab, halibut and rockfish (peaks June-Sept.), coho salmon (June-Nov.), deer (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), mountain goat (Aug.-Dec., depending on area)

Fall migration pressing onward
With the passage of the fall solstice, bird migration begins to be more urgent as winter creeps down from the mountains and Arctic latitudes.

Hauling two years' worth of moose meat
A little bit past King Mountain, we pulled off the road into a small grove of trees and bushes. (Actually, the trees up there are more like bushes than trees.)

Alaska State Football Playoffs
The schedules for the Alaska State Activities Association's large and small schools state football playoffs.

Alaska State Football Polls
Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on b

Bears host 11th JIVE tourney
After several road trips, the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team finally gets to play in front of its home crowd this weekend as the Crimson Bears host the 11th annual Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza on Friday and Saturday at the JDHS gym.

Pursuing golden dreams
Joe Tompkins is the kind of guy who wears his dreams on his sleeve, or at least on his back bumper where his license plate reads, "SKI 02."

Sports In Juneau
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 5-6

Younger Bear swimmers, divers head to Ketchikan
With most of its top swimmers staying at home, a young Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team travels to Ketchikan for back-to-back meets on Friday and Saturday.

Juneau boys volleyball squads do well in Whitehorse tourney
The Juneau Boys Volleyball Club (JBVC) sent two teams to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, over the weekend where they participated in Whitehorse's informal "Early Bird" pre-season tournament.

Alaska High School Football Standings
Through games of Sept. 29

Sports In Juneau
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 5-6

Crimson Bears earn top CIFC honors
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team enjoyed some of the spoils of their first Cook Inlet Football Conference title as the Crimson Bears claimed three of the six special honors during the all-CIFC voting and coaches' meeting held Wednesday night at East Anchorage High School.

Alaska High School Top-10 Swim Times
Alaska's top-10 high school swim times for the 2001 season through meets of Sept. 29, as compiled by Glacier Swim Club coach Gary Crowe of Juneau.

Haines helicopter votes remain close
One advisory vote to allow helicopter tourism and another that could end up limiting it both appear to be passing, creating a potentially confusing situation.

BP to pay $36 million in back taxes to state
BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. agreed to pay the state $36 million to settle back taxes for Atlantic Richfield Co., which it bought last year, the governor's office said Wednesday.

Photo: New proof of marriage
Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer unveils the new Alaska heirloom marriage certificates during a news conference Wednesday in Anchorage.

Kenai private prison defeated
Kenai Peninsula Borough residents voted overwhelmingly against a plan to proceed with a private prison project and Haines Borough residents voted for the managed use of helicopters for tourism in municipal elections Tuesday.

No cruise ship initiative for now
Backers of a statewide ballot initiative to impose taxes and additional environmental regulation on the cruise ship industry have decided to hold off until state regulators and lawmakers have time to take additional action.

Federal probe blames state for Columbia fire
A fire on board the state ferry Columbia likely was sparked by a faulty connection or a foreign object in the ship's main switchboard, according to federal investigators.

Ketchikan next in line for prison pitch
With a private prison proposal soundly defeated by Kenai Peninsula Borough voters, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough may be poised to seek the facility.

Justice OKs redistricting plan over Aleut objection
The U.S. Department of Justice approved Alaska's 2001 redistricting plan this week, finding it doesn't dilute the overall political clout of Natives.

Gas producers say Alaska pipeline makes little sense
Although lawmakers and the Bush administration say a proposed Alaska natural gas pipeline is critical to the country's energy security, major producers Tuesday told Congress the $17 billion project makes little sense considering the highly volatile, and currently low, gas prices.

$23 million to go to bay fleet
The National Park Service is ready to give out $23 million to people who have been harmed by commercial fishing closures in Glacier Bay. But the expected recipients say they'd rather be fishing.

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