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Thursday, October 9, 2003

Kadashan misses the mark
Kadashan ought to be ashamed of himself. His Oct. 5 editorial unapologetically insinuates that atheists are somehow incapable of good. This is an absurd claim that can only come from a person too ignorant of the facts to realize that atheists can be every bit as decent and moral as anybody else. In fact, given the string of clergy members who are now going to prison for abusing children, I'd say a strong argument could be made that atheists have the upper hand when it comes to "decency" and goodness.

Paying the price for vandalism
When my wife first noticed the broken windows on Juneau-Douglas High School's new atrium on Monday morning during our drive to work, I shrugged them off as accidents, thinking maybe some construction-related mistake must have caused them to break or some other improbable thing like that. Call me an optimist.

Egan not a race track
To the fine gentleman in the silver Toyota pickup who felt it his divine right to swerve in and out of traffic on Egan Drive, offering the "California Howdy" signs to those impeding his race to be the first to the coffee maker this morning: This is Juneau, not California.

Teachers are not creating a 'product'
After reading Mr. Hale's article, "I support the teachers, but...," I felt the pain of so many of our Alaskan educators and administrators. Mr. Hale, you imply that teachers' salaries are to be based on the "product they produce." With all due respect, the public classroom is not a factory. Our children are not products. They are human beings and it is not the job of the teacher to "produce" quality product. That's your job and the job of every single parent and guardian.

I support the teachers, but...
I read with interest the letter "My Turn: Invest in teachers, not buildings" by Sara Hannan and though I do agree with smaller classrooms, year-round school, and more teachers, I must say I do not support the typical "teacher" attitude of "giveeverything to us." The idea that a $5,000 budget item for a new furnace should be redirected into teacher raises or benefits, the idea that the school exists for the teachers is misdirected.

Please help drill team
I would like to address the cancellation of this year's Juneau-Douglas drill/dance team tryouts. I wanted to let you all know how the people in our school are affected by this postponement. I have been going to the drill team clinics since I was five years old and many of my friends have, too. Many of the girls at Juneau-Douglas High School were really looking forward to drill team tryouts. However, there is a problem. We need some coaches to go on with this year's tryouts. We know that the school district is trying their hardest to find a coach. We all hope that if some of you who are cut out to be a coach for the drill team would really come and help.

Why do people destroy?
Senseless killings, random acts of violence, religious murders, invasions and waste of resources are daily fare these days. Ever wonder why? I know each situation has its own unique reasons where both sides have very logical sounding arguments.

Missing cartoon's meaning
As someone who has always enjoyed John Corso's quick wit, I was surprised that he either didn't get the point or took offense at Gary Trudeau (Doonesbury) having his cartoon president express doubts about his own military service record when compared to that of General Wes Clark because "the Guard is a joke."

Juneau Co-op Preschool is a community asset
I appreciated your recent article about preschool teacher and yoga instructor Rhonda Gardinier. My children have attended Juneau Co-op Preschool for the past four years and Rhonda is a great example of the caliber of the teachers there.

Why do people destroy?
Senseless killings, random acts of violence, religious murders, invasions and waste of resources are daily fare these days. Ever wonder why? I know each situation has its own unique reasons where both sides have very logical sounding arguments. But I'm looking beneath that, deep inside us all at the pre-dispossession human beings have to decide issues of the day with the application of force, almost always leading to destruction of something or someone. What makes us go there so quickly and easily? After careful consideration, I think throughout human history right and wrong has been determined by who was stronger physically and better positioned. I know, you're shocked. But as simple as that sounds, I believe it has deeper implications.

Kadashan misses mark
Kadashan ought to be ashamed of himself. His Oct. 5 editorial unapologetically insinuates that atheists are somehow incapable of good. This is an absurd claim that can only come from a person too ignorant of the facts to realize that atheists can be every bit as decent and moral as anybody else. In fact, given the string of clergy members who are now going to prison for abusing children, I'd say a strong argument could be made that atheists have the upper hand when it comes to "decency" and goodness.

Police: It's difficult to catch noise violators
Local police aren't insensitive to people bothered by loud car stereos, a department spokesman said. But finding violators zooming down Egan Drive is difficult "unless we are just lucky," Juneau Police Capt. Tom Porter said. The city Lands Committee is looking into the city's noise ordinance after taking complaints from two residents. Both focused their complaints on car stereos that boom from the vehicles. One referred to them as "boom cars."

Four of five School Board seats settled
Voters on Tuesday filled four of the five open seats on the Juneau School Board, but the fifth seat was too close to call. The clear winners on Tuesday were Andrea "Andi" Story with 4,882 votes, Phyllis Carlson with 4,054 votes, Julie Morris with 2,928 votes and Rhonda Befort with 2,926 votes. But William Peters, in fifth place with 2,536 votes, barely led Alan Schorr, who had 2,532 votes.

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

AroundTown
Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club weekly meeting, 7 a.m., The Prospector Hotel. Details: 789-4354. Airport Board Finance Committee meeting, 9 a.m., Taku Room of the Juneau Airport. Details: 789-7821. Storytime, 11 a.m., Douglas library. Details: 586-5303. Litter Free, Inc. meeting, noon, Mendenhall Library. Details: John, 789-5601, or Laurie, 790-4768. "Sharing Our Secret Carrot Recipes," a Juneau Garden Club potluck, noon, Valley Senior Center. Details: Carolyn, 789-9724. Baby-Parent Time, noon-1:30 p.m., Bartlett Regional Hospital administration building classroom. For parents and their infants up to 1 year old.

College student defeats Anderson
Dan Peterson, a 21-year-old college student, took the District 2 Assembly seat from incumbent Dale Anderson in Tuesday's general election. The tally was 4,308 for Peterson and 3,419 for Anderson, according to unofficial voting results.

Changes in bears tied to less accessible garbage
The Sitka area wildlife biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said he doesn't doubt a Tenakee Springs man was legally justified in shooting two brown bears in August. Phil Mooney said he is sure the man, who was not identified, acted in defense of life or property, as state law allows, in the community about 45 miles southwest of Juneau. He said the reason the case isn't closed is that one of the required reports explaining the man's justifications hasn't reached his office.

Botelho wins mayor's race
Bruce Botelho is back. He defeated opponent Dick Knapp for Juneau mayor with an unofficial vote tally of 4,436 to 3,821 in Tuesday's city election.

As they say in Vicenza, in cod we trust
VICENZA, Italy - From the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, Italy produced renowned explorers, travelers and navigators who awoke the appetites of Europeans for trade and conquest. Marco Polo, from Venice, brought tales of the court of Kubla Khan, not to mention diamonds and rubies stuffed in the hems of his coat. Christopher Columbus, from Genoa, discovered a whole new world and later, Amerigo Vespucci, a Florentine, mapped it and gave his name to two continents.

Voter turnout in Juneau drops from 49 to 35 percent since 2000 election
Voter turnout was down in Tuesday's city election compared to 2000 when the races for mayor and Assembly were tighter, according to unofficial vote tallies. Nearly 35 percent of registered voters cast ballots Tuesday, compared to 49 percent in 2000.

Voters pass tobacco tax by nearly 2-to-1 margin
Tobacco tax proponents exhaled a sigh of relief Tuesday night as voters overwhelmingly approved an ordinance that could raise up to $300,000 annually for the city. The ordinance, passed by an almost 2-to-1 margin, will implement a flat 30-cent tax on cigarettes. Now smokers pay a 6 percent excise tax on cigarettes, about 15 cents per pack. It also doubles the excise tax on all other tobacco products from 6 percent to 12 percent. The ordinance takes effect Jan. 1.

Red Dog mine case to be argued before U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing the Red Dog mine case today in a proceeding Alaska state officials say is an important states' rights issue. The state is appealing a U.S. District Court ruling that forced the Red Dog mine to use expensive anti-pollution technology in its power generation. The state filed a lawsuit more than two years ago when it was unable to reach an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on clean-air rules associated with the addition of a new diesel generator at the mine. It lost an appeal in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1914, a speed-limit law with a top speed of 8 mph was put into effect in Juneau. • In 1959, Gov. William Egan publicly opposed Alaskan House Majority Leader Peter Kalamarides' suggestion that the capital be moved from Juneau.

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

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

Photo: Perseverance mine
This early 20th century photograph shows the Perseverance Mine in the Silver Bow Basin, above downtown Juneau. After being sent back to the area for a second time by Sitka engineer George Pilz, Richard Harris and Joseph Juneau climbed Snow Slide Gulch at the head of Gold Creek in 1880 and looked down into Quartz Gulch and Silver Bow Basin. They found an area rich with gold.

Survey says Juneau split on road debate
Juneau residents are divided over whether to build a road to Skagway or improve Lynn Canal ferry service, according to a study released this week by the State Department of Transportation. Haines and Skagway overwhelmingly support improved ferry service, according to the poll conducted this summer by the Juneau-based McDowell Group.

Election Results
Precient results for the Oct. 7, 2003, municipal election

Voters approve school renovation bonds
Juneau voters approved by a nearly 2-to-1 margin on Tuesday $6.945 million in bonds to finish the renovation of Floyd Dryden Middle School and replace rusty water pipes at Harborview Elementary School. Of the votes counted Tuesday night, 5,249 voters said yes to the bonds, and 3,002 said no. The count included absentee ballots cast through Sunday.

Voter turnout in Juneau drops from 49 to 35 percent since 2000 election
Voter turnout was down in Tuesday's city election compared to 2000 when the races for mayor and Assembly were tighter, according to unofficial vote tallies. Nearly 35 percent of registered voters cast ballots Tuesday, compared to 49 percent in 2000.

Walk to school
Teacher's aide Brian Felix, far right, escorts a group of Gastineau Elementary School students as they walk to school from Savikko Park on Wednesday morning. About 155 students and 32 adults at four Juneau schools - Gastineau in Douglas, Riverbend and Glacier Valley in the Mendenhall Valley, and Harborview downtown - participated in International Walk to School Day. It was sponsored by the Juneau Safe Kids Coalition and is intended to promote physical activity and pedestrian safety.

Learning early about gun safety
Handled with care: Juneau Police Officer Matt Torok, left, demonstrates safe gun-handling skills to Floyd Dryden Middle School student Brandon Shaw on Wednesday during a hunter education program at the Juneau Gun Club range. More than 200 sixth-graders from Floyd Dryden Middle School traded math class for firearm safety instruction and protractors for .22-caliber hunting rifles this week.

Hoonah vets, circa 1945
Hoonah soldiers who served in World War II pose for a photo in about 1945. The small village sent more than 50 men to serve in the conflict. "Many of the men who went to war were attending school at Wrangell Institute when the war started," veteran Amos Wallace said. Left to right, are (front row) Phil James, James Williams Sr., William (Buster) Davis, Charlie Sumdum, Adam Greenwald, Richard Dalton Sr., Al Anderson, Wallace, (back row) Kelly St. Clair Sr., Leo Houston Sr., Frank Wright Sr., Richard Bean Sr., Charlie Marvin, Edwin Lindoff, George Mayeda and Bill Horten.

Neighbors Digest
Upcoming community events.

... for supporting the arts at Auke Bay School
On Sept. 10, Auke Bay School held it's first ever Pies and Pottery Silent Auction to raise money for the arts. The outpouring of enthusiasm and participation from our community for this fund raiser was overwhelming. Beautiful platters and vases were donated by local artists. Close to 100 desserts were created and donated by our school community.

...from the health fair
On Saturday, Sept. 20, faculty members from the University Alaska Southeast Dr. Seon Chun and Jennifer Brown, along with Dawn Miller and Lisa Peters from United Way, assisted Alaska Health Fair Inc. during the "Day Of Caring." This annual event, sponsored by United Way Southeast is yet another reminder of how fortunate we are to live in a community surrounded by so many people who care about the well being of their neighbors.

Beauty queen loves the physical contact
Skye is friendly and easygoing. Her medium-length, black coat is so soft that it's hard to resist petting her again - and again. Fortunately, this gentle, spayed female enjoys the attention. She's a beauty queen who wins the "Miss Congeniality" award from both people and cats.

... from the Glory Hole
The Glory Hole wishes to publicly thank University of Alaska Southeast instructor Honey Smith and three of her students - Ian, Brandon and Adam - for all their hard work on our behalf during the United Way's annua

Photo: Post-season
A view of the downtown library and Mount Roberts Tram last week from the seasonably roomy waters off the Steamship Wharf.

... for community help
After each JDHS cross-country meet, the team and coaches make it a point to sit in a circle and share what we call "appreciations." That is, we take the time to tell one another why we care about each other. The student's comments are varied and might be, "I appreciate Wesley for supporting me when I race," or "I appreciate Jordan for helping me with my homework on the ferry trip home."

Southeast Sagas: Buying the 'icebox' got Seward little credit
Probably every eighth-grader in the state knows who William Henry Seward is and how this former presidential candidate is involved with Alaska's history. However, in his own time, the 1867 purchase of Alaska from the Russians for which he was responsible was often discounted as an achievement. Many, in fact, considered the new territory an embarrassment. This fact can be seen in contemporaneous sources, including the substantial biographical article written by Henry Cabot Lodge and published in Harper's Weekly in May 1884. (The article is now part of the "Cornell Making of America" collection at the Cornell University Library.)

Evely Henkins
Juneau resident Evelyn Henkins, 85, died Sept. 26, 2003, in Juneau.

Election reflections
T he first order of business is to congratulate the winners: Juneau's new (renewed) mayor Bruce Botelho; Assembly members David Stone and Dan Peterson; School Board members Julie Morris, Andi Story, Phyllis Carlson and Rhonda Befort.

In Arnold, conservatives are embracing wrong man
California's recall - a riot of millionaires masquerading as a "revolt of the people" - began with a rich conservative Republican congressman, who could think of no other way he might become governor, financing the gathering of the necessary signatures. Now this exercise in "direct democracy" - precisely what America's Founders devised institutions to prevent - has ended with voters, full of self pity and indignation, removing an obviously incompetent governor. They have removed him from the office to which they re-elected him after he had made his incompetence obvious by making most of the decisions that brought the voters to a boil.

My Turn: Campaign finance reform - again
Political campaigns in Alaska have become alarmingly expensive. In 2002, two primary opponents in a race for a state house seat spent over $110,000 each. A close state senate race saw the opponents spend nearly $190,000 each. Sen. Ben Stevens raised $131,000 - even though he had no opposition. The 2002 governor's race cost each major party candidate nearly $2 million. The 2004 U.S. Senate race frontrunners are seeking to raise $3-4 million each.

Juneau Parks and Rec volleyball standings
Standings through Oct. 6.

Cavs beat Hawks, improve to 2-0 in NBA preseason
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - LeBron James had six points, three rebounds and three assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 83-80 in a preseason game Wednesday night. James played 30 minutes, shooting 3-of-7 from the field. His shots included an airball and a one-handed breakaway dunk that left the sellout crowd at the Asheville Civic Center buzzing.

East Glacier Trail Tangle
Results from the Southeast Road Runners Club's East Glacier Trail Tangle 10-kilometer race held Saturday on the East Glacier Trail. This was the last Empire Cup race of the year.

Swimming
Here are Alaska's top 16 times for the 2003 high school swimming season. This list is compiled by Juneau-Douglas High School swim coach John Wray and is through meets of Oct. 4. It includes all reported meets, but is missing results from the Sept. 5 dual meet between West Anchorage and Chugiak. First names are not available for all athletes. Corrections and missing meet results should be sent to Wray at jwray@hisea.org

Sports in Juneau
Today, Oct. 9; Juneau Youth Football League - Junior Division Playoffs, championship game: No. 1 seed vs. No. 2 seed, 7 p.m. at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park football field (Note: This game has been rescheduled from Oct. 8 due to the state high school football playoffs).

Juneau volleyball team traveling to Sitka for weekend tournament
Four Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball teams will head to Sitka on Friday and Saturday for the 2003 Small Schools Tournament.

Alaska karate camp attracts more than 130
The Juneau Shotokan Karate Club celebrated its 20th birthday by hosting this year's Alaska Shotokan Karate Camp in late September. The week-long camp attracted more than 130 athletes, with about half coming from the Juneau area. Most of the other campers came from clubs in Anchorage, Eagle River and Fairbanks, but there were other karate enthusiasts attending from California, Missouri, Australia and Juneau's sister city of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

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

Upcoming UAA-UAF hockey games will be broadcast in Southeast
Hockey fans in Southeast will be able to watch Alaska's only in-state collegiate hockey rivalry on television Oct. 10-11. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks will host the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves in the first two games of the Governor's Cup, the four-game series pitting Alaska's two college hockey teams against each other. The games are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.

This Day in History
This day in Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Judge: Parties may offer joint primary ballot
Political parties may join together on a common primary ballot, according to a ruling by an Anchorage Superior Court judge. Judge Mark Rindner ruled in favor of the Green Party and the Republican Moderate Party, which sued to negate a state law approved in 2001 that kept them from appearing on the same primary ballot with other parties.

Hoonah vets, circa 1945
Hoonah soldiers who served in World War II pose for a photo in about 1945. The small village sent more than 50 men to serve in the conflict. "Many of the men who went to war were attending school at Wrangell Institute when the war started," veteran Amos Wallace said. Left to right, are (front row) Phil James, James Williams Sr., William (Buster) Davis, Charlie Sumdum, Adam Greenwald, Richard Dalton Sr., Al Anderson, Wallace, (back row) Kelly St. Clair Sr., Leo Houston Sr., Frank Wright Sr., Richard Bean Sr., Charlie Marvin, Edwin Lindoff, George Mayeda and Bill Horten.

This Day in History
In Alaska • In 1914, a speed-limit law with a top speed of 8 mph was put into effect in Juneau. • In 1959, Gov. William Egan publicly opposed Alaskan House Majority Leader Peter Kalamarides' suggestion that the capital be moved from Juneau.

Photo: Day for dividends
Sheryl John checks out a vehicle being offered during a Alaska Permanent Fund dividend sale Friday at a car dealership in Anchorage. Alaskans who signed up for direct deposit will receive this year's dividend of $1,107.56 today.

Whitaker wins Fairbanks race
In local elections around the state, Alaskans chose new mayors and decided such matters as taxes, smoking in public and access to alcohol. New mayors were elected Tuesday in Fairbanks, Juneau, Nome and, possibly, in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, which was still processing hundreds of absentee and questioned ballots.

Two people killed in bear attack in Katmai
Every summer for the last 13 years, Timothy Treadwell fled Malibu, Calif., for the wilds of Alaska, where he lived among dozens of grizzly bears. He photographed the bears, slept near them and crawled into their dens when they were off fishing for salmon. In the words of one friend, "he became feral." On Monday, Treadwell, 46, and his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, 37, both of Malibu, were found dead in the remote Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, the victims of a bear mauling, according to the National Park Service and Alaska State Troopers.

Alaska Briefs
Man charged with sex crimes against girl, 10. JUNEAU - A 38-year-old Juneau man faced a judge this week on five counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Russel Griffin was released from the Lemon Creek Correctional Center Tuesday after posting $10,000 bail. The charges allege sexual activity with a pre-teen girl on five occasions between Aug. 26 and Oct. 6.

Audiotape records fatal bear mauling
Timothy Treadwell can be heard desperately fighting off a brown bear on a three-minute audiotape of the fatal mauling that claimed his life and that of his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, in Katmai National Park and Preserve earlier this week, Alaska State Troopers disclosed Wednesday. The Malibu couple had been camping in a remote corner of the 4-million-acre park on Alaska's southwest coast for several days to observe the bears. Treadwell, 46, was a self-taught bear expert who frequently described his adventures with the animals on television and in schools.

Alaska Digest
News from around the state.

The Swamp
Cartoon by Toe

Snakes, cockroaches and one blood
It's been a year of contrast for world music mezzo-soprano Lila (pronounced Leela) Downs, a product of contrast herself. In March, she became the first Latin woman to perform an Oscar-nominated song at the Academy Awards when she sang "Burn It Blue" from the soundtrack to "Frida" with Brazilian legend Cateano Veloso.

what's happening
Events in Juneau

briefly
Television stand-up comedians Kyle Dunnigan and Juston McKinney will appear at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Marlintini's Lounge. Tickets are $12. Dunnigan is one of the newest cast members on "Cedric the Entertainer," which airs Wednesday nights on Fox. He trained with the improv sketch groups Groundlings, Chicago City Limits, Some Assembly Required and Population Ten, then played the role of Johnny Fame on MTV.

A station apart
Nobody is paid to work at KBJZ. The station doesn't advertise, doesn't solicit donations from listeners and acquires most of its music from what volunteer DJs bring to the studio.

The importance of being low-power
KBJZ-LPFM went on the air for the first time Oct. 4, 2002. About a week later, a few days before Columbus Day, the Morning Madame debuted her morning show. Since then, the Madame - Juneau resident/performer/fisher Collette Costa - has held down the 6 a.m.-noon shift Mondays through Fridays. The show may not always be live, but it always starts with "Wake Up Everybody" by Teddy Pendergrass and includes 40 minutes of comedy in each of the first two hours.

A trumpet in violin's clothing
Juneau's Rick Trostel is the principal trumpet player in the Juneau Symphony, a music teacher at Harborview Montessori and an instructor for almost 70 students at his Thrush Hill music studio. Still, he feels conspicuous when he picks up his instrument of 33 years.

movies where & when
Movie schedule

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