In the Stacks: New children's DVDs at Juneau libraries
As promised, this week is devoted to children's DVDs! Remember, even though all DVDs sit on the shelf together, you can quickly pick out the ones meant for children by looking for DVDs with pink spine labels.
Juneau needs an effective senator
You have to give Kim Elton credit - for the $45,000 he sought in the FY03 budget to help underwrite Juneau's effort to attract the 2006 Arctic Winter Games. Give him credit and pat him on the back for that, but when he implies or says that he's responsible for a new high school in the Valley, for JD High School renovation, new UAS classrooms, the university library, or the National Guard Armory, he just doesn't get credit for those things.
Excited to serve
Thank you Juneau and Douglas for your support in my recent successful campaign to become an Assembly member. I couldn't have done it without you, and I am very excited to work with each and everyone of you for our community.
Frank has a plan
Frank Murkowski has presented a much-needed plan for road, rail and ferry projects to aid social and economic growth in Alaska.
For Fran and PFDs
I'm voting for Fran Ulmer for many reasons, not the least of which is fiscal. Like the almost 600,000 other Alaskans who are now receiving their permanent fund dividend checks, I enjoy this "free money." But this money is in danger of going away - to pay for state government.
This year's local Senate race isn't about voting Democrat or Republican, it's about voting for the most effective representation for our capital city. Cathy Muñoz has really impressed me while serving two terms on the Assembly. As the finance chair on the CBJ, she oversaw the largest property tax reduction in 20 years.
Keep Fran in Juneau, Frank in Washington
I have lived in Ketchikan for 25 years; I married here, raised a family here. During the past nine years I have worked for the Alaska Marine Highway System and have watched, with dismay, the erosion of the vital services and jobs this system has provided Alaskans since 1963.
Unhealthy foods support healthy sports at JDHS
Soda may cause tooth decay and Frito pie may contribute to students' obesity, but school officials say the money earned selling junk food is essential to pay for school activities - from cross-country running to the video club.Juneau-Douglas High School receives $75,000 from the Juneau School District every year for activities, but that doesn't cover the cost of school-sponsored activities for close to 900 students, which is probably more than $1 million yearly, according to Assistant Principal Laury Roberts Scandling.
Frito pie is part of a bigger picture
According to school nurse Barbara Walker, since Frito pie became available at Juneau-Douglas High School, students have been asking for Tums to calm the gastrointestinal storm caused by eating it.But the health cost of a diet high in sugar, fat and salt is more than a bellyache, especially for sedentary students. It is obesity, one of the country's most pervasive and expensive health concerns, according to Kathleen Wayne, dietitian and program coordinator for child nutrition with the state Department of Education and Early Child Development.
Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:
Lunch at JDHS: hip vs. healthy
Adults may doubt the allure of Frito pie, but when some students at Juneau-Douglas High School encounter a pile of corn chips covered with canned chili and topped with a steaming squirt of processed cheese, they find it irresistible."I'd rather have something that tastes good than something that is healthy," said Kyle Deloach, 15, as he munched his second chili-chips-and-cheese pie in a week, washing it down with a swig from a 20-ounce orange soda during a recent lunch period.
Town meeting set on legislative move
JUNEAU - Juneau residents are invited to a town meeting Tuesday about a ballot initiative that would move legislative sessions to Anchorage or the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.
E. Fern Freeman
Juneau resident E. Fern Freeman died Oct. 8, 2002, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.
Empire editorial: Tireless on behalf of peace
The announcement on Friday that former President Jimmy Carter had won the Nobel Peace Prize probably generated mixed feelings in Alaska. Seldom have a majority of Alaskans found themselves in agreement with the peanut farmer from Plains, Ga.
My Turn: Sometimes we need to go back to move forward
I have been giving some serious thought about candidates convincing voters that their manifesto is the one that will be healthier for Alaska. We have individuals, and special interest groups, who think a candidate is the one whom we should vote for because that particular character will do such and such for our benefit. We have proponents who want to keep the capital where it is, others would like it moved.
My Turn: Proposition C is the right thing to do
Recent news of the Permanent Fund's depleted earnings reserve account, and the possibility that there could be no dividend next year, is having a profound effect on Alaskans. We used to listen to debates about Alaska's fiscal gap and think to ourselves this, too, shall pass. The possibility of losing our dividend makes it real.
My Turn: Declare your civic liberty!
Does public demonstration of political senility or lack of sense by some elected officials and state employees bother you? Puzzled why the Legislature gets deadlocked despite the best efforts of people? Then consider this. The Nov. 5 elections shall ask Alaskans: Shall there be a Constitutional Convention?
Out and About
In season: Black bear (Sept. 1-June 30), brown bear (Sept. 15-Dec. 31, March 15-May 31), deer (Sept. 15-Dec. 31), mountain goat (Sept. 1 or Oct. 1, depending on area,-Nov. 31), moose (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), wolf (Aug. 1-April 30), wolverine (Nov. 10-Feb. 15), ducks, geese, brants, snipe, crane (Sept. 1-Dec. 15), red and blue king crab (Oct. 1-March 31), coho salmon (June-Nov.).
Chasing the harvest moon in a kayak
It was getting dark and a steady rain beat down on the car as we pulled up to the Douglas Boat Harbor. The two kayaks on my roof were rapidly filling with water.
(almost) Invisible amphibians
Richard Carstensen has a job his sixth-grade nephew would envy. He gets to wander through the muck looking for frogs, toads and newts. Carstensen, Bob Armstrong and Mary Willson are part of a Discovery Southeast team under contract to study Juneau amphibians and their habitat for the state Department of Fish and Game. Discovery Southeast is a Juneau-based nonprofit nature education group that works in local schools.
Outdoors Web Links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.
Many Southeast runners compete in Portland and Twin Cities marathons
Bill Elberson of Ketchikan won the men's age 55-59 age group during the Portland Marathon held Oct. 6 in Portland, Ore.Elberson, 55, who finished 150th overall, completed the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 6 minutes, 33 seconds to lead 19 Southeast runners in Portland. The Portland Marathon featured more than 8,000 competitors.
Kodiak wins Cap City All-Star Classic
Bill Chimpalee kicked a 22-yard field goal in the second overtime to help the Kodiak Football League All-Stars beat the Juneau Youth Football League All-Stars, 9-6, in the Capital City All-Star Classic on a rainy Saturday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. The kick gave Kodiak a sweep of both games in the series for Junior Division (age 11-12) all-stars. On Thursday, Kodiak blanked Juneau 14-0.
Juneau jubilant at JIVE
It's been a cause of concern that the undefeated Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team had rarely been tested as it cruised through the season.So the Crimson Bears were more than happy when the Chugiak Mustangs took them to four games in the championship match of the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza - also known as the JIVE Tournament - on Saturday night at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.
UAF, UAA split weekend college hockey series
ANCHORAGE - Kelly Czuy scored twice and Alaska Fairbanks defeated Alaska Anchorage on Saturday 4-0 to gain a split of a two-game series in nonconference collegiate hockey action.
Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.
Coin toss settles Valdez City Council race; Appeals court overturns attempted-murder conviction; Man arrested in Anchorage shooting; Coast Guard suspends search for missing boaters; Anchorage security guard accused of stealing;
Ketchikan: Feds give education grants
The U.S. Department of Education recently approved several grants for Alaska programs, including projects in Ketchikan, Metlakatla, Wrangell and Prince of Wales Island communities.
Petersburg: Board puts off talk about student rules
The Petersburg School Board avoided discussion of the high school's No Way List policy Tuesday night, saying the topic would be better addressed during a policy review of student regulations, which board members said won't take place until this winter.
Former UAF basketball player sentenced to 5 years
FAIRBANKS - A former basketball player at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been sentenced to spend more than five years in prison.
House candidates discuss road, economic development at forum
Making Juneau more accessible to the rest of the state, capturing funding for local projects, and strengthening relationships with its Southeast neighbors were some of the main topics at Friday's candidate forum at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Two candidates each are running for the two state House seats representing Juneau.
Teacher's dogs are therapy for disabled students
KENAI - The kids in Teresa Owens' class don't do a lot of running and jumping. But that doesn't mean they don't have their own brand of fun.Owens teaches special education at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary. The five students assigned to her intensive-needs class have a range of disabilities, both physical and mental. Some come to class in wheelchairs and move only with the help of teachers and aides. Some stare toward the ceiling, displaying varying degrees of autism and often ignoring other people.
Game board extends wolf buffer
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Game added 55 square miles of protection for wolves around Denali National Park and Preserve on Friday. The vote was unanimous.
Sitka: Harassment claim settled out of court
A lawsuit against the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and its president was settled out of court last month before a civil trial scheduled for Sitka began.