Saturday, October 12, 2002

Garbage and bears
Our class has concerns about garbage and bears. Once a wild bear eats garbage from people they are never the same. All people should know that bears and garbage don't mix.

Take action to fill gap
How to solve the fiscal gap? Alaska's governor, Legislature, people, and media must unite. Alaska is wealthy. We can design two constitutional amendments that complement each other. One helping when oil is high, the other functioning best when the Alaska Permanent Fund has good earnings. High oil has a negative effect on the market. Low oil prices nurture market growth.

Too busy in Washington
I am gravely disappointed in the votes of Rep. Young, Sen. Murkowski, and Sen. Stevens, passing the resolution that authorizes the use of force in Iraq.

Past vs. future
In the Oct. 9 Empire, former Gov. Sheffield is quoted as saying he believes Sen. Murkowski's service as commissioner of economic development in the 1960s makes him more knowledgeable about Alaska's economics than his opponent.

Need taxes for stability
Alaska's budget deficit has been out there for years.It's a consequences of the roller-coaster and cyclical variations of oil tax revenues upon which the state depends, isn't it? A basic approach to resolve the highs and lows in state revenues beyond just cutting spending might be to have a more stable, alternate tax revenue source to balance out the bad times.

Constant war hype
As I hear the constant media hype detailing, over and over, the Republican administration's final preparations for starting a killing-war, I'm reminded of two ironic adages: "Everyone is out of step except Johnny," and, "Do as I say, not as I do."

FYI
Births

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

Correction
The Business Spotlight article in Thursday's Empire on weddings on the Juneau Icefield mistakenly attributed information on the number of weddings to Tom Stewart.

Bridget Smith: Sharing Alaska with China
Bridget Smith traded potato salad, humpback whales and the card game Uno for feng shui, chopstick lessons and friendship over the summer.An e-mail brought the Juneau resident to a massive, pastel-colored boarding school on the edge of the Yellow Sea. Her sister-in-law, a teacher in Micronesia, sent news of an English-language summer camp for Chinese students.

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

Thank you
... for all the help; ...for your support.

Babysitting certification
Several youth earned their babysitting certification after completing a week-long Babysitting Certification Course taught by Girl Scouts. The course covered safety, responsibility, emergency training, diapering and age-appropriate play.

Fujioka, Hill marry
Kerry Ann Fujioka of Juneau and Andrew William Hill of Philomath, Ore., were married in a ceremony on Jan. 5, 2002, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Seattle, Wash. A reception followed at the Museum of Flight.

Honors
Jonathan Lunasin of Juneau has been selected to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence and Diplomacy (NYLF/DID) from Oct. 22 to Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C.

Girl Scouts seek memorabilia for 90th anniversary celebration
The Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council (TAGSC) will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouts in the United States (GSUSA) with a community celebration at 4:30-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Oktoberfest raises funds for SE lighthouse group
A German buffet, music and dancing will help raise money for the nonprofit group restoring the Five Finger Lighthouse south of Juneau.The Oktoberfest celebration will be Saturday, Oct. 12, at Mike's Place restaurant in Douglas. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the Juneau Lighthouse Association event. Tickets are $35 and are available at both locations of Hearthside Books. Advance purchase is recommended.

Neighbors Briefs
Juneau church to host workshop; Accountants to meet; Sitka WhaleFest set

John Olsen
Former Juneau resident John Olsen died July 18, 2002, while vacationing in Denali National Park.

Seven Bears make all-CIFC second team
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team wasn't able to place anybody on the first-team all-Cook Inlet Football Conference squad announced Thursday, but the Crimson Bears did have nine players who were honored in voting among CIFC coaches Wednesday night at East Anchorage High School. Seven Crimson Bears earned second-team all-CIFC honors, with two others earning honorable mention status.

Cavs fall to Pistons; Carlos scores two
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Richard Hamilton scored 17 points in his home debut and Chucky Atkins added 18 points in the Detroit Pistons' 85-80 exhibition victory over Cleveland on Thursday night.

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

Alaska Swimming Top 16 Prep Times
Here are Alaska's top 16 times in each event for the 2002 high school swimming season. This list is compiled by Juneau-Douglas High School swim coach John Wray and is through meets of Oct. 5. It includes all reported meets.

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

Kodiak attack
Mistakes by Juneau and a couple of big plays led the Kodiak Football League All-Stars to a 14-0 victory over the Juneau Youth Football League All-Stars during Thursday night's preliminary game of the Junior Division (age 11-12) State Invitational Tournament. The JYFL All-Stars lost three fumbles and threw an interception, while Kodiak used a 22-yard pass from Nick Bishop to Gilbert Saravia and a 47-yard end-around run by Saravia to set up a pair of touchdowns in Thursday's opener of the two-game series.

State Briefs
Former Marine pleads no contest in man's drowning; Body of shooting victim found; Police seek info on stolen items; Problem shuts down tanker in Prince William Sound; Mat-Su school district, staff agree on contract; Kenai gives emergency volunteers borough tax break

Happy Valley hunter bags monster moose
ANCHORAGE - Danny Presley trudged for miles through ankle-deep mud, stopping every few feet to hand-saw a spindly spruce tree as rivulets of rain poured from the rim of his white Stetson. He didn't complain. Presley had just bagged the bull moose of a lifetime in the Tustumena backcountry of the Kenai Peninsula Wildlife Refuge. Its rack eclipsed any he had seen before, and its sheer bulk posed problems.

Time for a perma-fund endowment?
ANCHORAGE - A ban on tapping the principal of the Alaska Permanent Fund, now enshrined in the state constitution, could be eliminated under a proposal backed by some of the fund corporation's trustees. They want the fund to work more like an endowment, with a maximum of 5 percent allocated to dividends and other purposes.

Stevens may seek weapons hearings
FAIRBANKS - Details of a dozen chemical and biological weapons testing programs at Fort Greely were released Wednesday, including one in which soldiers in protective suits walked through contaminated areas.Sen. Ted Stevens is considering calling for congressional hearings to learn more about chemical and biological weapons tests the Army conducted near Fort Greely in the 1960s.

Democrats resurrect Murkowski bank suit
The Democratic Party of Alaska and a Native corporation in Nome this week accused Republican gubernatorial candidate Frank Murkowski of mismanaging funds while serving as president of the Alaska National Bank of the North in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Murkowski, a U.S. senator, denied the charges.

Activity sputters at West Coast ports as longshoremen return
LOS ANGELES - Dockworkers at West Coast ports were back on the job moving cargo but weren't always doing it fast enough to satisfy their employers, setting the stage for a potential court battle if things don't pick up quickly.

Alaska Game Board weighs viewing and hunting of Denali Park wolves
ANCHORAGE - A buffer to protect a wolf pack that occasionally strays outside Denali National Park and Preserve is working well, but another pack is under pressure from hunters and trappers, the Alaska Board of Game was told Thursday.

Trustees move more money into stocks
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Permanent Fund will move three-quarters of a billion dollars out of its bond investments and put that money into the stock market, the Alaska Permanent Fund board of trustees decided Thursday.

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