Monday, October 9, 2000

Fairbanks girl one 10 Harry Potter winners
A Fairbanks girl is one of 10 winners of an essay contest sponsored by the American publisher of the wildly popular Harry Potter series. Sarah Brown will fly to New York next week to meet with author J.K. Rowling. Alaska and Hawaii writers were originally excluded from the contest. After protests from Alaskans, including the mayor of Ketchikan, the exclusion was dropped.

Fairbanks girl one 10 Harry Potter winners
A Fairbanks girl is one of 10 winners of an essay contest sponsored by the American publisher of the wildly popular Harry Potter series. Sarah Brown will fly to New York next week to meet with author J.K. Rowling. Alaska and Hawaii writers were originally excluded from the contest. After protests from Alaskans, including the mayor of Ketchikan, the exclusion was dropped.

Around Town

Obituary
Robert A. "Bob" Hinman, 72, of Juneau, died Sept. 22, 2000, in Wenatchee, Wash., after a long battle with cancer.

Around town

Obituary
Robert A. "Bob" Hinman, 72, of Juneau, died Sept. 22, 2000, in Wenatchee, Wash., after a long battle with cancer.

Around Town

Around town

Inside out

Inside out

Healing in motion
Steve McGee barely remembers the crash. He saw a flash, perhaps a color.

Healing in motion
Steve McGee barely remembers the crash. He saw a flash, perhaps a color.

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

Reactions mixed to delaying statewide graduation exam
Juneau-Douglas High School student Henry Johnson isn't convinced future employers will wonder whether he knows the Pythagorean theorem. But last week he joined other juniors statewide in retaking all or part of the new high school graduation exam.

Jacobsson fasting again to spur murder inquiries
Subsistence activist Erica "Desa" Jacobsson is fasting again, this time to prompt further investigation into the recent deaths of six Anchorage women, five of whom were Native.

Subs short at school
Juneau-Douglas High School teacher Laury Scandling had a busload of students ready to go on a retreat when she was told there wasn't a substitute teacher for her other class.

Trans-gender inmate claims abuse
A Lemon Creek Correctional Center inmate serving time for robbery alleges she is suffering indignities and prejudice because prison authorities won't acknowledge her changed -- or changing -- gender.

Woman charged with theft from nonprofit organization
A Juneau woman has been indicted on one charge of theft and 20 charges of fraud against a local nonprofit Native council.

Kake land swap bill heads to Clinton
A bill headed to the desk of President Clinton is key to the economic revival of Kake Tribal Corp., which filed for bankruptcy a year ago today.

Young musicians bring lessons to Juneau
Timothy Fain and Adam Neiman were featured soloists performing with world-class symphonies before they were old enough to drive. While he was still a teen-ager, Japanese marimba virtuoso Makoto Nakura was described as "superhuman" by one critic.

Straw prices skyrocket, putting pinch on mushers
FAIRBANKS - Alaska mushers could face a pricey winter when it comes to finding bedding and insulation for their dogs.

Pollster says ANWR survey results misstated by group, congressman
FAIRBANKS -- The day after Al Gore and George W. Bush debated whether to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a congressman stood on the floor of the U.S. House and delivered what would no doubt be surprising news for many Alaskans.

Smith, ferry option maintain narrow leads
Sally Smith has it. When the polls closed last Tuesday, about 1,200 questioned and 100 mail-in absentee ballots remained to be counted and deemed valid. Those votes were reviewed by the city's Data Processing Review Board Friday night and City Clerk Laurie Sica posted the results on the city's Web site at 6:30 p.m.

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

Pollster says ANWR survey results misstated by group, congressman
FAIRBANKS -- The day after Al Gore and George W. Bush debated whether to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a congressman stood on the floor of the U.S. House and delivered what would no doubt be surprising news for many Alaskans.

Briefly

Briefly

Congress to finish up cruise line, fishing bills
WASHINGTON - This week will be crucial for Alaska as Congress takes up issues ranging from cruise ship pollution to a vessel buyout for crab fishermen.

Brown bear mauls man on Kodiak Island
KODIAK - A 53-year-old man was reported in stable condition at a Kodiak hospital after being mauled by a brown bear over the weekend.

Kake land swap bill heads to Clinton
A bill headed to the desk of President Clinton is key to the economic revival of Kake Tribal Corp., which filed for bankruptcy a year ago today.

Teens win chance to solo with symphony
After winning in their age groups at the Juneau Symphony's youth competition Sunday, music students Megan Bush, 14, and Niko Hoskins, 17, will perform as soloists with the symphony this winter.

Young musicians bring lessons to Juneau
Timothy Fain and Adam Neiman were featured soloists performing with world-class symphonies before they were old enough to drive. While he was still a teen-ager, Japanese marimba virtuoso Makoto Nakura was described as "superhuman" by one critic.

Subs short at school
Juneau-Douglas High School teacher Laury Scandling had a busload of students ready to go on a retreat when she was told there wasn't a substitute teacher for her other class.

General election features wide range of candidates, issues
And now comes the other election.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Smith, ferry option maintain narrow leads
Sally Smith has it. When the polls closed last Tuesday, about 1,200 questioned and 100 mail-in absentee ballots remained to be counted and deemed valid. Those votes were reviewed by the city's Data Processing Review Board Friday night and City Clerk Laurie Sica posted the results on the city's Web site at 6:30 p.m.

Reactions mixed to delaying statewide graduation exam
Juneau-Douglas High School student Henry Johnson isn't convinced future employers will wonder whether he knows the Pythagorean theorem. But last week he joined other juniors statewide in retaking all or part of the new high school graduation exam.

Woman charged with theft from nonprofit organization
A Juneau woman has been indicted on one charge of theft and 20 charges of fraud against a local nonprofit Native council.

General election features wide range of candidates, issues
And now comes the other election.

Teens win chance to solo with symphony
After winning in their age groups at the Juneau Symphony's youth competition Sunday, music students Megan Bush, 14, and Niko Hoskins, 17, will perform as soloists with the symphony this winter.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Straw prices skyrocket, putting pinch on mushers
FAIRBANKS - Alaska mushers could face a pricey winter when it comes to finding bedding and insulation for their dogs.

Congress to finish up cruise line, fishing bills
WASHINGTON - This week will be crucial for Alaska as Congress takes up issues ranging from cruise ship pollution to a vessel buyout for crab fishermen.

Brown bear mauls man on Kodiak Island
KODIAK - A 53-year-old man was reported in stable condition at a Kodiak hospital after being mauled by a brown bear over the weekend.

Jacobsson fasting again to spur murder inquiries
Subsistence activist Erica "Desa" Jacobsson is fasting again, this time to prompt further investigation into the recent deaths of six Anchorage women, five of whom were Native.

Trans-gender inmate claims abuse
A Lemon Creek Correctional Center inmate serving time for robbery alleges she is suffering indignities and prejudice because prison authorities won't acknowledge her changed -- or changing -- gender.

A forum for viewpoints, including the other side
Twice last week the Empire heard from readers who complained specifically that we had published expressions of opinion contrary to their own.

Brass shouldn't do endorsements
When senior retired military people endorse a presidential candidate as some 85 of them, including five former service chiefs, reportedly plan to do for the George W. Bush campaign it marks a major step toward politicizing the American military.

Wheel o' thanks
I'd like to thank all those who made my election to the Juneau Assembly possible. Your efforts showed the effectiveness of a grass roots campaign. Without all the time, hard-earned money and volunteer labor you gave to the campaign, Tuesday night's results would have been much different. Your hard work showed that shoe leather and elbow grease can win out over well-financed campaigns.

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 and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Proud of Kim
Now that the election in Juneau is over I must comment on what I consider was one of the meaner campaigns in Juneau's history. In my 39 years of living in Juneau (1941-71 and 1981-90), I witnessed many and participated in more that a few campaigns.

Statewide tax cap is a ridiculous idea
Some people say the vote on the tax cap initiative is about money. I believe it is about community. The small amount of money individuals save on their property taxes will come at a high cost to our community. It will mean no new high school. It will reduce opportunities in employment, recreation, education and the arts. It will take control over local decisions away from Juneau's citizens.

Empire story 'trash'
The hatchet job the Empire did on Jamie Parsons' reputation was the most base, inaccurate and despicable action I have seen in my lifetime. This man has given more time, effort and thought to the welfare of our community than any other single person in this town. He served Juneau for the good of Juneau for 28 years and never once took credit for the hundreds of accomplishments he personally produced for us. Jamie Parsons is the most honest, open and honorable person anyone could hope to know.

Proud of Kim
Now that the election in Juneau is over I must comment on what I consider was one of the meaner campaigns in Juneau's history. In my 39 years of living in Juneau (1941-71 and 1981-90), I witnessed many and participated in more that a few campaigns.

Grass roots abuse
The polls indicate that sentiment for and against the statewide "Tax Cap" initiative is about even, and that Southeast Alaskans seem to favor it slightly more than folks up north. Even though I understand any individual's frustration with high property taxes, if you are thinking of voting for this measure in November, I urge you to reconsider.

Failing the test
The following editorial appeared in Saturday's Voice of The (Anchorage) Times: It's no wonder parents and the general public are confused about educational standards in Alaska schools.

Supreme Court threatens the disabled
Once again, the state of Alabama is in the spotlight as a symbol of discrimination and as a die-hard defender of states' rights. But this time the battle is over the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Supreme Court threatens the disabled
Once again, the state of Alabama is in the spotlight as a symbol of discrimination and as a die-hard defender of states' rights. But this time the battle is over the civil rights of people with disabilities.

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 and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

A forum for viewpoints, including the other side
Twice last week the Empire heard from readers who complained specifically that we had published expressions of opinion contrary to their own.

Arrogant assertions
What did Kim Metcalfe-Helmar have in mind in her My Turn of Oct. 3 when she said, "An economy built on service-sector jobs is not what I think is best for our kids" -- a new Microsoft hub in Juneau? Even Bellevue-Redmond has more service-sector jobs than software engineers. Let's face reality. Everything I have read indicates that the largest sector of employment growth in the 21st century will be in the service industries. It is arrogant of Kim to presume that Juneau will be different from the rest of the United States in this respect, and that "her kids" won't be working any "service-sector" jobs. Mecalfe-Helmar's remarks seem to dismiss the service-sector jobs as if they don't matter. Further, I don't believe the seasonal work provided by the tourism industry is in any way inhibiting our ability to attract "white-collar" industry. On the contrary, it could be laying a better foundation for it.

Arrogant assertions
What did Kim Metcalfe-Helmar have in mind in her My Turn of Oct. 3 when she said, "An economy built on service-sector jobs is not what I think is best for our kids" -- a new Microsoft hub in Juneau? Even Bellevue-Redmond has more service-sector jobs than software engineers. Let's face reality. Everything I have read indicates that the largest sector of employment growth in the 21st century will be in the service industries. It is arrogant of Kim to presume that Juneau will be different from the rest of the United States in this respect, and that "her kids" won't be working any "service-sector" jobs. Mecalfe-Helmar's remarks seem to dismiss the service-sector jobs as if they don't matter. Further, I don't believe the seasonal work provided by the tourism industry is in any way inhibiting our ability to attract "white-collar" industry. On the contrary, it could be laying a better foundation for it.

Retirement anxiety in the prime of life
As many of our contemporaries are doing, my husband Jerry and I are preparing for retirement. Just saying this is still hard for me. I never thought I would be in a position to retire. I always assumed I would work until I dropped dead. Or until someone dragged me from the workplace and put me in a home where I would share cat food with strangers. Jerry has confided that he never thought he would live this long. The real surprise is that we have a retirement to plan for. Who would have thought that we would ever accrue enough credit in anything to draw from it. We keep waiting to wake up and see that it was all a joke. While we wait, statements keep coming in from our retirement system that assure us we will retire. It would seem prudent to make some plans.

Empire story 'trash'
The hatchet job the Empire did on Jamie Parsons' reputation was the most base, inaccurate and despicable action I have seen in my lifetime. This man has given more time, effort and thought to the welfare of our community than any other single person in this town. He served Juneau for the good of Juneau for 28 years and never once took credit for the hundreds of accomplishments he personally produced for us. Jamie Parsons is the most honest, open and honorable person anyone could hope to know.

Vote yes on Ballot Measure 1 this fall
On Nov. 7, the citizens of Alaska will be asked to vote on the important issue of how the wildlife resources are to be managed.

Wheel o' thanks
I'd like to thank all those who made my election to the Juneau Assembly possible. Your efforts showed the effectiveness of a grass roots campaign. Without all the time, hard-earned money and volunteer labor you gave to the campaign, Tuesday night's results would have been much different. Your hard work showed that shoe leather and elbow grease can win out over well-financed campaigns.

Routine domestic violence screenings can be a life-saver
A woman came into an emergency room in a large metropolitan hospital complaining of a sore throat. She was treated and released. She was not screened for domestic violence. It didn't occur to anyone to screen someone with such an obscure complaint. Several months later she was killed by her partner in a domestic violence-related homicide. Could screening for domestic violence have prevented her death?

Vote yes on Ballot Measure 1 this fall
On Nov. 7, the citizens of Alaska will be asked to vote on the important issue of how the wildlife resources are to be managed.

Brass shouldn't do endorsements
When senior retired military people endorse a presidential candidate as some 85 of them, including five former service chiefs, reportedly plan to do for the George W. Bush campaign it marks a major step toward politicizing the American military.

Grass roots abuse
The polls indicate that sentiment for and against the statewide "Tax Cap" initiative is about even, and that Southeast Alaskans seem to favor it slightly more than folks up north. Even though I understand any individual's frustration with high property taxes, if you are thinking of voting for this measure in November, I urge you to reconsider.

Failing the test
The following editorial appeared in Saturday's Voice of The (Anchorage) Times: It's no wonder parents and the general public are confused about educational standards in Alaska schools.

Retirement anxiety in the prime of life
As many of our contemporaries are doing, my husband Jerry and I are preparing for retirement. Just saying this is still hard for me. I never thought I would be in a position to retire. I always assumed I would work until I dropped dead. Or until someone dragged me from the workplace and put me in a home where I would share cat food with strangers. Jerry has confided that he never thought he would live this long. The real surprise is that we have a retirement to plan for. Who would have thought that we would ever accrue enough credit in anything to draw from it. We keep waiting to wake up and see that it was all a joke. While we wait, statements keep coming in from our retirement system that assure us we will retire. It would seem prudent to make some plans.

Statewide tax cap is a ridiculous idea
Some people say the vote on the tax cap initiative is about money. I believe it is about community. The small amount of money individuals save on their property taxes will come at a high cost to our community. It will mean no new high school. It will reduce opportunities in employment, recreation, education and the arts. It will take control over local decisions away from Juneau's citizens.

Routine domestic violence screenings can be a life-saver
A woman came into an emergency room in a large metropolitan hospital complaining of a sore throat. She was treated and released. She was not screened for domestic violence. It didn't occur to anyone to screen someone with such an obscure complaint. Several months later she was killed by her partner in a domestic violence-related homicide. Could screening for domestic violence have prevented her death?

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 and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

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 and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Skyview sweeps Juneau for JIVE
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team was a much improved team this weekend, even if it didn't end the way the Crimson Bears wanted it to.

Local Scoreboard: Football

Local Scoreboard: Swimming

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Juneau girls unbeaten after Sitka swim meets
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls swim team kept their undefeated record intact this weekend during the Sitka Invitational swim meets Friday and Saturday at Blatchley Pool in Sitka.

Alaskan impact felt in playoffs
When the New York Mets needed a pitcher to close out their National League playoff series with the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, the Mets turned to one of the many players with Alaska League ties in this year's playoffs.

Local Scoreboard: Football

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Local Scoreboard: Swimming

Alaskan impact felt in playoffs
When the New York Mets needed a pitcher to close out their National League playoff series with the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, the Mets turned to one of the many players with Alaska League ties in this year's playoffs.

Local Scoreboard: Ski results

Juneau girls unbeaten after Sitka swim meets
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls swim team kept their undefeated record intact this weekend during the Sitka Invitational swim meets Friday and Saturday at Blatchley Pool in Sitka.

Local Scoreboard

Local Scoreboard

CIFC honors three Bears
Three Juneau-Douglas High School football players earned first-team honors when the Cook Inlet Football Conference announced its all-CIFC teams on Friday.

Skyview sweeps Juneau for JIVE
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team was a much improved team this weekend, even if it didn't end the way the Crimson Bears wanted it to.

CIFC honors three Bears
Three Juneau-Douglas High School football players earned first-team honors when the Cook Inlet Football Conference announced its all-CIFC teams on Friday.

Local Scoreboard: Ski results

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