Saturday, October 5, 2002

Register now
The Kids Voting program wants to remind young people who have recently turned 18 years of age and residents new to Alaska to be sure to register to vote for the general election.

Curious students
Our fourth-grade class is studying the regions of the United States. We would like people to send us postcards showing us your state. It would be great if you could write a short note on it telling us about the different land forms and special places of interest your state has.

Mom's the best
Last week, publisher Don Smith wrote some words about my mother that were untrue. He wrote that Frankie Pillifant was unable to compromise. Well, that's a lie if I ever saw one! One should not think that way about someone, put it in writing, and enclose it in a box and make thousands of copies and send them out to the citizens of Juneau.

Stay the sword of war
President George W. Bush has requested authorization from Congress for a unilateral preemptive military attack on Iraq, with the object of overthrowing the government of that country. We look upon this circumstance with profound sorrow and dismay.

Postal service inadequate
I only get to the Federal Building post office once in a blue moon. Today was one of those days and to my surprise there was a TV screen with news blasting away and the screen was so that the one employee working could watch it. All other windows were closed. One other person was handling getting packages for people. It all moved at a snail's pace.

Get out and vote
This community should be very concerned with its recent deplorable voting record. Currently, there are 24,011 registered voters in Juneau. In all practicality, that number is probably more likely around 21,000 since the registered voter rolls haven't been updated for a while. Nevertheless, only 7,431 Juneauites bothered to vote in this past Tuesday's municipal election.

Opposes war in Iraq
The gay and lesbian issue seems to be a hot button for a lot of folks. I can only hope that the churches and locals who are so opposed to the Day of Silence are also engaged in the effort to create a peaceful and just solution in Iraq, as an alternative to waging war.

FYI
Births

Locations stay open for last-minute voter registration
Sunday at midnight is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 5 general election, and students at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School will be staffing booths around town all weekend signing people up.The Alaska Committee, the group dedicated to keeping the Legislature and the capital in Juneau, also is working to get Juneau residents registered so they can vote against Ballot Measure 2, which would move legislative sessions to the Mat-Su Borough.

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

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

Good to be home: Juneau man returns from Afghanistan, Kosovo
If Juneau's isolation played a role in Mike Dunayski's decision to join the U.S. Army, it may have played an even bigger role in his decision to come back.Dunayski spent two years based in Germany, with service in Kosovo and Afghanistan.

City OKs bid for games
Juneau's bid to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games will be in the mail soon.The Juneau Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution supporting Juneau's bid to host the winter sports competition and cultural gathering in 2006. The circumpolar games bring together about 2,000 competitors and spectators from Alaska, Canada, Russia and Greenland every two years.

Photo: Lights off for good
The neon light for Taco Time is shut off after the fast-food restaurant closed over the weekend. The business, at the corner of Seward and Front streets, was owned by Tracy and Eric Forst. Subway, recently sold to Wade Bryson, remains open.

Hospice merges with Catholic social services
Hospice and Home Care of Juneau says it will merge with Catholic Community Service in an attempt to streamline services and cut costs.The nonprofits recently voted to make HHCJ a separate division of CCS, according to a joint press release.

Photo: United Way thermometer
Volunteer Zach Ziegenfuss, puts the 2002 United Way Goal Thermometer in place at Costco. Other volunteers Niall Johnson, from left, Judy Baxter and Bob Head, help supervise the installation.

JDHS graduate gets promotion
President Bush signed an order on Sept. 12, promoting Todd Brooks to the grade of lieutenant colonel. in the United States Air Force Reserve. Brooks, 40, was born in Juneau and received his entire primary and secondary education in here. He graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1979, obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Hawaii in 1983, and a master of science degree from the University of Southern California in 1987.

Achievement programs send business workers back to school
Across Alaska kids of all ages have headed back to school. At the same time, many business people are preparing to do the same, as Junior Achievement volunteers.

Neighbors Briefs
Floyd Dryden fund-raiser set; Dog obedience meeting slated

Thank you
We appreciate the election workers who staffed the polls for the Municipal Election on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and know there would be no election without them. The next time you see them, please say a special thank you to these Juneau residents who gave up their day to ensure we all can cast our ballot.

Students to compete in rocketry competition
Several Juneau-Douglas High School students plan to compete in a nationwide rocketry competition sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry this spring.Loren Parker, 18, a senior at JDHS, said he, Niel Steininger, 18, and David Liliedahl, 17, will participate in the competition if they are able to raise the $160 entry fee. The fee includes a handbook for making model rockets, an electronic altimeter, a computer design and flight simulation program and a copy of the "Handbook of Model Rocketry".

Right conduct can ensure a better society
I watched the television with my family the other day. There was an action movie playing. The dialogue was excited. It was a steady stream of foul, crude epithets that shocked me as it reverberated off the walls of my home. Equally distressing was the fact that the "action" was very violent and "well depicted" maiming and bloodletting. When asked, my kids told me they had not paid attention to the foul language.

Marion Ewer Kelly
Juneau resident and longtime Pelican resident Marion Ewer Kelly died Oct. 1, 2002, in Juneau.

James 'Jim' N. Lynk
Juneau resident James "Jim" N. Lynk died Sept. 29, 2002, of cancer at his residence.

Empire editorial: Local voter apathy boosts chances of capital move
Voter apathy in Juneau makes the capital move a greater possibility. The following scenario is offered for the benefit of the 12,000 voters who decided not to participate in last Tuesday's local election.Juneau's fate will be decided in 32 days as voters around the state weigh in on whether to move the Legislature to the Mat-Su Borough.

My Turn: Southeast needs to look at ferry system operations and funding
Southeast Conference was formed over 45 years ago as a citizen's advocacy group to lobby for the formation of the Alaska Marine Highway System. While the Conference's regional role has expanded into other economic and regional infrastructure development over the years, advocacy for an effective public marine transportation system remains a primary role.

Alaska High School Football Leaders
The individual high school football leaders in the state through games of Sept. 28, as compiled by the Anchorage Daily News. Statistics are for reported games only through Week 8.

The Doubles Championships
Here are the championship match results from The Doubles Championships tennis tournament held Sept. 27-29 at the Valley location of JRC/The Alaska Club.

Cary goes from walk-on to starter at NAU
When Matt Cary went to college, one of his prime considerations in picking a school was he wanted was a chance to play football.Cary has turned that chance into a starting spot on the Northern Arizona University offensive line, where he plays left guard for the Lumberjacks. NAU (3-1), which plays in the Big Sky Conference with defending national champion Montana, is ranked No. 12 in The Sports Network Poll and No. 13 in the USA Today Poll for NCAA Division I-AA.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Alaska State Football Playoffs
The brackets for the 2002 Alaska State Football Playoffs, which open on Friday, Oct. 4.

Alaska High School Football Standings
Through games of Sept. 28

State Briefs
Assembly meeting canceled; Whaler dies when boat capsizes; Last respects paid to priest;

USCG: Security measures a boon for Alaska
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard's increased emphasis on national security is good news for Alaska because it means more boats in the water and more emphasis on safety as well, the agency commandant said Thursday.Adm. Thomas H. Collins, head of the Coast Guard since May 30, said the agency's security mission does not diminish its traditional roles of search and rescue, marine safety, environmental protection and enforcement of fishing treaties.

State to add up bill for DFYS proposals
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Tony Knowles has directed state agencies to figure out what it would cost to put in place the dramatically expanded services for troubled families that the Governor's Commission on Child Protection recommended this week.

Senate committee OKs UA land grant
FAIRBANKS - A Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would give the University of Alaska up to 500,000 acres of federal land.

Homer doc offers camera to swallow, peek at intestines
HOMER - At $1,800 a pop, you don't want to take two of these pills and call your doctor in the morning. But taking just one of them could save your life. A physician in the fishing town of Homer is offering the pill.It's not a vitamin, medicine or herbal remedy. The "M2A" is actually a still camera covered in a digestible capsule. Once swallowed, it travels through the digestive system and sends back images from the small intestine.

Study: St. Lawrence residents have high levels of PCBs
ANCHORAGE - Residents of Saint Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea show high levels of PCB contamination, according to a four-year study.The study, released Wednesday, found that Native hunting and fishing families who camp near a Cold War Air Force site on the island have nearly 10 times as many toxic PCBs in their blood as average Americans.

Mediator tries to reopen ports as pressure for intervention increases
SAN FRANCISCO - West Coast dockworkers and shipping companies returned to the negotiating table today while business turned up pressure on the White House to intervene and end further economic damage caused by a lockout at all 29 ports."The president is going to have to do what he feels necessary. We're going to continue to focus on these negotiations and get ourselves a contract," Jim Spinosa, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, said as he headed into the negotiating session.

Dems file complaint against senator
Democrats allege GOP candidate for governor Frank Murkowski is hiding thousands in campaign expenses by using credit cards.A Murkowski spokesman dismissed the complaint and said the campaign is preparing detailed records for the state agency overseeing candidate spending.

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