Saturday, October 11, 2003

Good news: There's still a Dance Drill Team
Good news everyone! The JDHS Dance Drill Team is alive and well and has a full slate of coaches. Tryouts were postponed - not cancelled. Tryout training clinics will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, from 1-4 p.m. at Marie Drake; Monday, Oct. 13, from 7-9 p.m. at Harborview; Tuesday, Oct. 14, and Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 7-9 p.m. at Marie Drake. Tryouts will be held beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Marie Drake.

An injustice in Iraq
The Iraqi War was premised on ties between Al-Quaeda and Saddam Hussein and the existence of weapons of mass destruction. U.S. State Department, CIA and Pentagon officials, the United Nations, world diplomats, arms inspectors and world religious leaders warned that those premises were, at minimum, shaky. They are now being increasingly questioned by the American public and their elected officials.

Seeking true campaign finance reform
I view the ongoing campaign finance and lobbying disclosure controversies as merely the consequences of many citizens allowing themselves to be treated like political quadriplegics.

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

25,000 public comments pour in on roadless rule
The U.S. Forest Service has received about 25,000 comments on a proposal that would exempt the Tongass National Forest from the roadless rule temporarily, Alaska Region spokesman Ray Massey said Thursday. The comment period on the proposed regulation closed last month. Comments are being analyzed as the agency's ecosystems planning staff works on recommendations to send to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which will make the final determination.

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal happenings.

Group mounts effort to recall Murkowski
Following the success of the California recall, Alaskans in Anchorage, Fairbanks and the Kenai Peninsula are meeting this weekend in Talkeetna to craft language for a ballot initiative to recall Gov. Frank Murkowski. Soren Wuerth, 38, a former chairman for the Alaska Green Party and an Anchorage activist who has worked on various initiatives for more than a decade, called Murkowski morally bankrupt for policy decisions he's made since taking office last year. Murkowski spokesman John Manly said the group has no legal grounds for recalling the governor.

Nurse describes life in Iraq since U.S. attack
Most of the Juneau residents who attended a speech Thursday night about post-war Iraq were familiar with the tales of chaos, hunger and other bleak conditions they heard from Seattle nurse Gerri Haynes. In the words of one attendee, Haynes was "preaching to the choir." The nurse spent two weeks in Iraq last spring during her fourth trip to the country, and the report she gave at Thursday's event, sponsored by the Juneau World Affairs Council, was non-combative but strongly critical of the Bush administration and the war in Iraq.

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

Photo: Salmon Glacier
Salmon Glacier, located north of Hyder, emerges from low clouds and fog in early September.

Neighbors Digest
Community-related news in brief.

Teacher Talk: Recognizing teachers' impact on young people
While growing up in California, I didn't have many of the luxuries that today's students have, but I did have excellent teachers who helped me throughout my school years, pushing me to achieve my best. Economically, my family would have been considered disadvantaged. Ethnically I am Irish, German and Native American. My parents focused rightly on raising seven children to be productive adults. They didn't have the energy necessary to attend parent meetings, conferences or band performances, but they did take pride in my achievements and encourage me to do my best.

... for supporting disc golf
The Juneau Disc Golf Association would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for supporting the development of the Dimond Park Disc Golf Course.

... for benefit luncheon
The elegant Ladies in Red Luncheon benefiting the Armed Forces Emergency Services Program was a great success.

... helping fight cancer
On behalf of the American Cancer Society and the Juneau Relay for Life Committee, we want to offer our heart felt thanks to everyone for their contribution to the 2nd Annual Relay for Life.

Student recognition
Army Reserve Pfc. Katrina J. Hotch has graduated from basic military training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo.

My Turn: Cape Fox land bill: Justice for Alaska Natives now
As former president of Sealaska Corp., I've seen many emotional arguments against development, sometimes made just as passionately as the complaints against the proposed land exchange involving Sealaska and the Cape Fox Village Corporation of Saxman. That doesn't mean that the complaints are accurate, fair or just.

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

Bears expect aerial attack from Lathrop
Two of the state's top high school football players will be on display tonight when the top-ranked Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears take on the No. 5 Lathrop Malemutes in the state football semifinals. The Crimson Bears (7-2) bring junior running back Brian Felix, who has rushed for 1,661 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. Meanwhile, the Malemutes (7-2) feature senior quarterback Brock Graziadei, who has thrown for 1,871 yards and 31 touchdowns, with just five interceptions. Game time is 6 p.m. at Anchorage Football Stadium, and the game will be broadcast on the radio locally on KINY AM 800.

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.

Runaway success
Brian Felix doesn't appear remarkable when he is standing, in street clothes, with a group of other students from Juneau-Douglas High School. His chiseled physique hidden by loose-fitting clothes, Felix doesn't look extremely large and sometimes he even appears smaller than his listed 6-foot-0, 196 pounds. Instead, Felix comes across as kind of quiet and shy, but with a quick grin as he rides his scooter to school. It's when he puts his pads on and steps onto the football field that Felix sets himself apart from the rest of his peers. A junior, this year Felix has put together the best season a running back has ever had for the top-ranked Crimson Bears.

Alaska high school state football champions
Past statewide winners, plus Juneau playoff results.

Tribes blast Stevens' remarks
Tribal advocates want an apology from Sen. Ted Stevens, saying he made racist remarks while explaining attempts to prevent Alaska tribes from receiving certain federal grants. Stevens, an Alaska Republican, said last week that the tribal sovereignty movement was a threat to the state.

Man accused of stealing thousands with fake checks
A California man is accused of stealing the identity of an Anchorage man and swindling thousands of dollars from businesses in the victim's name. Albert A. Bachelier III, charged with numerous felony counts, told Anchorage police he dug through trash bins at a state Division of Motor Vehicles office and other places around town to get the records to assume another identity and create fake checks, according to charging documents filed in court this week.

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

Airlift supplies family fighting Park Service
Volunteer pilots have begun flying winter supplies to a family in Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve that is embroiled in a fight with the National Park Service. Papa Pilgrim and his wife and 15 children have been unsuccessful in getting a Park Service permit to use the road leading to their back country cabin. Friends and a group called the American Land Rights Association now have begun to assemble donations and willing pilots to make the trip.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Photo: Competing in the Humpy 500
Golden King Salmon, driven by Austin Roberts, left, and the Sports Fisher, driven by Thor Stenfjord, await the start of their race with their pit crews behind them last Saturday in the annual Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Humpy 500 Go-Cart race.

Haida travel to museums to collect remains
Archeologists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries believed looting graves was the right thing to do because aboriginal peoples, such as the Haida of the Queen Charlotte Islands, were thought to be dying out. Museums wanted to chronicle their history and fate for posterity. But the Haida didn't die out and for the past eight years they have been successfully negotiating with museums in North America for the return of their ancestors' remains. This weekend, a delegation of 30 Haida travels to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago for the return of about 140 bones, skulls and some nearly intact bodies.

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