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Monday, October 8, 2001

A civilized approach
My next-door neighbor opened his garage door last night to let his dog out. Two bear cubs came in, and Mama tried to follow. It was quite a ruckus.

Path to police state
Closure of the airport dike trail is now being considered, purportedly due to recent terrorist attacks. As a regular user of the trail and a pilot with a plane on the field, I believe this is a nothing more than an attempt by a bureaucratic agency with its own agenda to take the decision-making process out of the public realm and into its own hands under the guise of "public safety."

Security for you
On Sept. 11, thousands of innocent people lost their lives to an outrageous terrorist attack on our country. The attacks could have been worse and may not be over. Following these attacks, our government, trying to protect us from further harm, ins

Vengeance is not ours
Hey everyone, suddenly we're flush! Billions of dollars changing hands gestures of goodness, wealth and deceit: a $300 tax refund for every American; $40 billion instantly allocated for war and victim reparations; a $365 billion defense budget, $250 million in Afghani aid. Also announced, new lower gas prices nationally. Only, is anyone sure George knows how to balance a checkbook? I've heard a lot of talk about digging in, being patient, that the war on terrorism could last decades, and bolder: that it will be covert and deadly. I shake my womanly head in disgust.

On with life
Betsy Fischer's most recent letter-writing campaign has raised a lot of questions for me, too. What is her agenda? What is the root of her personal dislike for Jim Powell? When is she going to get on with her life?

Successful hunt
Having left Juneau over 10 years ago, I had forgotten the generosity and hospitality that is so prevalent here. Mike Higgs and I started up the Taku for some moose hunting on Friday, Sept. 29. After a tangle with a sand bar, our outboard jet suffered from overheating that could not be corrected readily. Bill Corbus and this paper's publisher graciously hauled us into the Taku Lodge where we were greeted with five star hospitality. As a past resident of Juneau, I realize that many locals do not know the jewel of a wilderness experience that the lodge offers. Combined with the gourmet meals and setting in front of a glacier, Kenny Ward offers an experience that should not be overlooked. Our trip continued Saturday, and after another encounter with a sand bar we were again traveling at half speed when Bill Corbus again came to our rescue with the aid of Gordon Hallum who housed us and provided better transportation for our hunt. We did not take a moose, but we had a remarkably successful hunt! Thanks to all who provided this Alaskan hospitality.

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

Juneau reaction: Praise, caution
Juneau resident Sarah Asper-Smith was in Manhattan on Sept. 11 watching the World Trade Center burn when a jet hit the second tower.

Community development director named
JUNEAU City Manager Dave Palmer today announced Dale Pernula of Moscow, Idaho, will be Juneau's new Community Development Department director.

Books: Suspense on Alaska's high seas
A review of "Coming Back Alive: The True Story of the Most Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Ever Attempted on Alaska's High Seas" by Spike Walker (St. Martin's Press, hard cover, 268 pages, $24.95.)

Around Town
Juneau Events

Final election count shows no changes
JUNEAU A final count of ballots in Tuesday's city election showed no changes in the outcome of the races.

Correction
The profile of chef Stefani Marnon of the Governor's Mansion printed in Friday's Empire gave the wrong date for her arrival in Juneau. She came here in 1997.

Perseverance to charge schools
Juneau's public schools will have to start paying a dollar a student for Perseverance Theatre's InReach education program after the school district last week turned down the theater company's request for some free use of school facilities.

Juneau teen-ager raises money for families of N.Y.C. firefighters
While many Americans felt powerless to act following the events of Sept. 11, Kerriann Powers turned her feelings into a pin-making enterprise and raised $3,400 for New York City survivors.

What you can do to avoid attracting bears
* Sort trash and keep food in a separate can. Bears are opportunistic and if they have to work too hard they'll find an easier meal. They may knock a can over and paw at it but if they can't open it and don't get much encouragement from odors they will move on.

City gets out of the business of killing bears
Two weeks ago an irate citizen summoned Juneau police because a bear was in his neighborhood. When officers arrived he demanded they shoot the bear on the spot. He was furious they wouldn't.

Why the bear problem hasn't been solved
Five months after passage of a city law meant to keep garbage out of reach of bears, violations are rampant, enforcement is rare and educating the public remains more goal than reality.

The evolution of Juneau's bear problem
A timeline of recent bear action in Juneau

Around Town
Today

A night on bear patrol
The stark evidence of a bear's visit was apparent near medical offices on Hospital Drive before dawn one recent morning.

United Way kicks off SE campaign
Because of the ease of giving through automatic payroll deductions, some contributors call United Way "one-stop shopping" for region charities.

The 28 member agencies of United Way of SE Alaska:
United Way list

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

Obituary: Robert E. Emerson
Capt. Robert "Kingfisher Bob" Emerson died Oct. 5, 2001, in Juneau.

Obituary: Dorothea C. Eide
Dorothea C. "Dot" Eide died on Sept. 20, 2001, in Federal Way, Wash.

Obituary: George Converse
George Herbert Converse died Sept. 23, 2001, in Port Angeles, Wash.

Obituary: Rosemary J. Reynolds
Rosemary J. Reynolds died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001, in Apple Valley, Calif.

Obituary: Samuel Tyler
Samuel Wesley "Sam" Tyler died Sept. 14, 2001, in Sweet Home, Ore.

Outside editorial: Bin Laden makes case for strong U.S. strikes
The words of George W. Bush and Tony

Word of Mouth
Returning from out of town and going through the mail, I was dismayed when I saw the election results. However, when I went out to the yard to take down the political signs, I thought "shall

My Turn: We should be preparing for lean times
Last Monday evening your Assembly voted 6-3 to spend $430,000 of your money to purchase a parcel of land at the intersection of Egan Drive and the Mendenhall Lo

Empire editorial: A community divided
The election generated a lot of talk about division in the community. Since our editorial page serves as a high profile waypoint for airing out public opinion and commentary, some have pointed the accusatory finger at the newspaper. A couple of letter writers have even gone so far as to blame the newspaper and its publisher for creating the division.

My Turn: What if there was no one to help?
What's the hardest thing you've ever done? There are so many ways to answer that question. For me, at 49 and rising at 3:26 a.m.

Debating across a widening chasm
This is about John and James, residents of a distant town, and how the events of Sept. 11 have driven them apart. I offer it as a mirror to our community and maybe our souls.

Nettleton Column: Those baggage carousel blues are mostly black
Standing around at the baggage pickup area in the airport is always a combination of restless expectation and dread. As the first few bags appear and are unclaimed to go around and around, many of us begin thinking of all the reasons our bags have not appeared. They should have because we boarded last and our bags should have been first out, but they aren't and it isn't fair. Pointless logic is only engaging for a short time, then we simply study the strangers' bags that trundle past. Ninety-six percent of the bags are black or a shade of green or blue so dark as to be indistinguishable from the black ones. Why is that?

Crimson Bears dominate JIVE
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team said it was excited to play its first home games of the season in this weekend's Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza, and they gave their fans a lot to cheer about.

Sports in Juneau
Sports events

Young Juneau swimmers show improvement at Ketchikan meet
By taking a skeleton crew of younger swimmers to Ketchikan this weekend, the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears didn't expect to win the team titles of the Ketchikan Invitational swimming and diving meets held Friday and Saturday at Ketchikan's Mike Smithers Swim Pool.

Sports in Juneau
Local sports events

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.

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

Dimond crushes Juneau, 31-0
The dream season of the Juneau-Douglas High School football team turned into a nightmare Saturday night as the Crimson Bears dropped a 31-0 decision to the defending state champion Dimond Lynx in the first round of the state football playoffs at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Football statistics: Lynx 31, Crimson Bears 0
Saturday's playoff game at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park

Council cuts catch to protect sea lions
SEATAC, Wash. Next year's commercial harvests of Alaska pollock, cod and mackerel would be cut by at least 5 percent under conservation measures proposed by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Lawmakers seek OK to appeal John case
JUNEAU The Alaska Legislative Council has asked the U.S. Supreme Court for permission to appeal the Katie John subsistence case.

Alyeska slows spill on pipeline
ANCHORAGE A temporary clamp has stopped the leak in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, and officials late Saturday expected the pipeline to resume operations this morning after a permanent fix was made.

Grand jury indicts Haines man for murder
JUNEAU - A Haines man has been indicted by a Juneau grand jury for murder stemming from his alleged involvement in the beating death of his uncle.

Legislature can sue redistricting board
ANCHORAGE The Alaska Legislature can sue to challenge the plan that redraws the state's political boundaries, a Superior Court judge said Friday.

Trans-Alaska pipeline back in service after repairs
FAIRBANKS Crude oil resumed flowing through the trans-Alaska oil pipeline Sunday after workers welded over a bullet hole in the line that caused 285,600 gallons of oil to spew onto the Alaska wilderness.

U.S. military campaign brings few security changes in Alaska
Few new visible security measures are expected at Alaska airports and public safety agencies following the military strikes in Afghanistan.

State board OKs expansion of testing in grades 5 to 9
ANCHORAGE Students in grades five through nine will be required to take achievement tests even though several members of the state Board of Education called the tests useless.

Well-known walrus turns up alive
SOLDOTNA -- "Wally" the walrus is not dead after all.

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