Saturday, October 4, 2003

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

FYI
Births, judgments and other official matters.

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?

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.

... 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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