Friday, October 5, 2001

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

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.

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

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.

Entertainment Calendar
Movies

Illusion of security
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

A loud bark
I thank Betsy Fischer for her clarification regarding Jim Powell's campaign finance violations, but the question I never heard Assemblyman Powell answer, and I think he should now answer, is "if the rules were so complex, why were not all of the other candidates fined for the same violation?"

Time of need
Philosophers! Prophets! Heroes! Leaders! We need you. Pacifists! Soldiers! Patriots! Dissenters! Veterans! Protesters! We need you. Diplomats! Speakers! Poets! Artists! Flag-bearers! Anarchists! We need you.

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

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.

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.

Keep it open
President Bush tells us we should return to our normal activities. The Juneau Airport authorities propose closing the Airport Wetlands Trail. What's next?

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).

Support a road
I believe there needs to be an access road out of and to Juneau. I would like to ask your support in achieving this goal.

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.

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.

Sources of hate
We were shocked and saddened to hear about the recent anti-Semitic vandalism that occurred in Juneau. This occurred within the context of other recent anti-Semitic acts occurring throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Cooking for the governor
Being chef to Gov. Tony Knowles and first lady Susan Knowles is as laid back as salmon steaks on the griddle, according to Stefani Marnon, who has held that position for the past two and a half years.

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.

National Guard to add to airport security
The Juneau Airport will get a contingent of the Army National Guard as added security in a few days. Meanwhile, curbside loading and unloading of travelers and their luggage has resumed and the nearby dike hiking trail remains open.

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.

Around Town
Today

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

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

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

Long-range tourism plan to answer locals' questions
Familiar topics such as cruise passenger volumes, flightseeing noise and congestion will be a part of Juneau's long-range tourism plan. So will marketing Juneau to noncruise passengers and how the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks could change the visitor industry.

Around Town
Today

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.

Poetry theater spurs students toward better language skills
In his own words, Nile Stanley takes poems "from the page to the stage."Classic or modern, humorous or serious, long or short, any poem is fair game for Stanley to transform from the written word to an animated performance. And by introducing "poetry theater" into grade schools, he said, students can reap benefits ranging from better reading comprehension to improved public speaking.

Living and Growing
On Sept. 11, I was to make a presentation on "Things we can control and things we cannot control." I had planned on talking about things like teen-age sons, the weather, and how long Lou Pinella leaves Norm Charlton on the mound as just a few examples of the many things I cannot control.

Neighbors Briefs
Parks and Rec department wants several volunteers; Submissions requested for a community events calendar; United Way to hold benefit event for the Sept. 11th Fund; University supporters sought for Edith R. Bullock award

One license needed every year, every dog
Sanitary disposal of pet waste and leashing of pets seem to be allotted more jaw time than one of the most basic topics, licensing pets.

School Calendar
School Calendar Oct. 8 - Oct. 12

Thank you
... for helping Ashley; ..for help with Juneau Cares; ...for help with trees

Photo: End of the season
Commercial fisherman Dave Gibson on the left and commercial diver Jake Ritter take advantage of the off-season by knee boarding Monday on Auke Lake.

LaFavour, Allington to marry
Reva LaFavour of Bellevue, Wash. and Roger Allington of Juneau will be married Sunday, Oct. 28 at 12:30 p.m. in a ceremony at Northern Light United Church in Juneau. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall at the church.

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.

My Turn: Unrealistic restrictions in ridiculous places
I held a job for 10 years on "the hill" working for both Republicans and Democrats, for both the Legislature and the administration. I managed to do so only by listening to the advice of my husband who always said, "Honey, it's OK to have an opinion; it's even OK to have a strong opinion; but the world doesn't need to know your opinion so, to keep a job, keep your opinion to yourself!"

Follow the money: Obscure transfer system needs global attention
On any day, a terrorist somewhere in the Middle East could go to a hawala dealer with instructions to send money to an associate in the United States. The dealer, in coded communication, would contact his counterpart in the United States, who would provide money from his cache to a person here.

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.

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. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

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.)

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)

Correction
The Cook Inlet Football Conference honors story appearing in Thursday's Juneau Empire was missing several names because incomplete information was given to the newspaper. A complete list of the All-CIFC teams follows below.

Alaska High School Football Standings
Through games of Sept. 29

Crimson Bears host first state playoff game
The Juneau Youth Football League has come a long way since it was run out of the back of a pick-up truck.

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.

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.

Empire Cup Standings
Here are the standings of the Southeast Road Runners club's Empire Cup runners series through the end of September. Please see the note at the end if corrections are needed.

Sports In Juneau
Today-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.

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

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.

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.

Juneau wrestlers open season at Mount Edgecumbe
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling season gets underway today in Sitka at the Mount Edgecumbe Invitational.

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.

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.

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.

Pipeline pierced by bullet
Spill cleanup continued near a damaged section of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline today, a day after a bullet pierced the line, causing the worst spill in the pipeline's history.

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.

State faces bioterrorism questions
The state is advising Alaskans not to stockpile antibiotics, buy gas masks or push for certain vaccines to protect themselves against potential biological or chemical attacks.

$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.

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

Voters elect new mayors in Skagway, Kake
Skagway and Kake each got a new mayor, and taxes were approved in Hoonah and Kake, in Tuesday's municipal elections in Southeast.

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.

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