Monday, October 14, 2002

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.

For Alaska's resources
Alaska's future is dependent upon leadership that will use responsible means to protect Alaska's resources for sustainable utilization. Our state economy has struggled for nearly eight years due to a lack of leadership and a resource policy that has restricted access rather than promote responsible management and utilization.

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.

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.

Do yourself a favor
My grandfather, Kelly Lape, moved to Alaska after the depression, and labored as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver - a Teamster, among other things.

Selling out our kids
I have been reading your articles on school lunches at JDHS (Empire, Oct. 13). The entire situation is appalling. That our society does not support children more is very shocking. When I went to public schools, between 1948 and 1960, we had gym five days a week, every year. We had nutritious meals served in the school cafeteria. There were no pop dispensers in the halls and although we joked about the Jell-O and the pasta, they didn't sell junk food. It was expected that the community supported the schools so that the schools could offer the children healthy choices. Our dispensers sold apples and milk for between-meal snacks for growing children.

Time for a change
I never write letters to the editor but I am making an exception because Juneau needs to make a change. We have the opportunity this year to elect a state senator that will effectively represent our community. In my opinion, Juneau has not been adequately represented in the state Senate these last four years, not because Sen. Elton was in the minority but because he has been unable to develop bipartisan support for issues important to our community.

Leadership skills
Alaska is at a crossroads. Over the next few years, we must determine how to fund the services Alaskans expect from state government. With declining revenues and no easy solutions on the horizon, Alaska needs a leader who has the skills to bring people together to work out answers to complex problems.

A strong voice
As a commercial fisherman for over 20 years, I would urge my fellow fishermen to support and vote for Kim Elton in this November's election. Kim has been in the Legislature for eight years and during this time has been an outspoken and strong advocate for a strong fishing industry. In a legislature, which has been unfortunately dominated by a majority of anti-commercial voices, Kim has been an effective voice for our industry. At no time, has the need been greater for commercial fishermen to have an advocate in the state Legislature.

Effective representation
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.

Backroom deal
Let me get this straight, Fran Ulmer's campaign chair, ex-Gov. Jay Hammond, has cut a backroom deal with Uwe Kalenka and his capital move group, Alaskans for Efficient Government, to give them $50,000 (Empire, Oct. 9)! In return, we get Uwe's non-binding word that they won't campaign for this capital move. Isn't this the group that sued Ulmer because her move the legislative wording was too negative?

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.

Unproductive record
The more I listen to the radio the angrier I get with Frank Murkowski.

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.

Timber supporter
I have worked to help sustain a timber industry in Alaska for more than 20 years. During this time I have got help from many people, but none have been more supportive of our industry and our communities than Frank Murkowski.

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.

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

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.

Labor vet to head unemployment insurance program
An Alaska Department of Labor veteran has been tapped to run the state unemployment insurance program.

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.

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

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
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

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.

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

PFD time: To spend or not to spend
Florentino Acosta didn't wait for a rainy day to spend part of his family's Alaska Permanent Fund dividends this year.

E. Fern Freeman
Juneau resident E. Fern Freeman died Oct. 8, 2002, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

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?

Toe Cartoon

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.

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.

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.

Outdoors Web Links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Correction
Due to an editor's error, information with a photo in Sunday's Empire Outdoors section was incorrect. Wood frogs are native to Southeast Alaska, not introduced.

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.).

(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.

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.

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.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events.

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

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.

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.

Dog that attacked woman to be euthanized
The owner of a German shepherd that bit a 70-year-old woman while she was walking through a parking lot Oct. 2 has asked that the dog be euthanized.

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.

Teens accused of plotting school murders
Haines police charged one teenage girl and detained another after they allegedly passed notes spelling out how and where they would kill 22 of their Haines High School classmates and teachers.

By air and by sea
Afternoon light graces the bow of the Inter-island Ferry Authority's ship Prince of Wales last week in Ketchikan, as the Evergreen International mail jet prepares to take off from Ketchikan Airport on Gravina Island. The IFA ferry, which has been in service for one year, serves Prince of Wales Island and travels to Ketchikan each day.

Teenager charged in homicide
An 18-year-old Anchorage man has been charged in the death of a teenager found shot Thursday in the J.C Penney parking garage.

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.

Coalition wants oil tanker banned from Prince William Sound
An oil tanker that needed a tow last week because of engine problems was cleared to leave Prince William Sound over the weekend and headed for a West Coast refinery.

State Briefs
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;

Man killed, woman wounded in shooting at Anchorage VFW
A 21-year-old man was gunned down in the parking lot of a Muldoon Veterans of Foreign Wars post early Saturday morning, the fourth person to die violently at the hands of another in Anchorage over a six-day period.

Denali park to get traffic lights
Two traffic lights are planned for the entrance area of Denali National Park. The lights, to be installed within two years, will be the only traffic lights on the 320 mile stretch of the Parks Highway between Fairbanks and Wasilla.

Man charged with assaults
An Anchorage man suspected of three sexual assaults was arrested Saturday.

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.

Impasse holds up Alaska projects
Alaska may miss out this year on funding for projects U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens usually includes in federal spending bills because Congress is at an impasse with 11 of the 13 annual spending bills.

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.

State gets cash for military projects
Two military bills on their way to President Bush for signature contain tens of millions of dollars in Alaska projects.

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.

The great berry heist: Fruit traded for pot
It was unlike anything the village of Emmonak had ever experienced: All over town salmon berries, blackberries and blueberries were disappearing from freezers.

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.

Judge reconsiders Exxon Valdez award
A federal courtroom in Anchorage is the site of the latest scuffle in the 13-year battle for damages for thousands of Alaska fishermen, communities, businesses and landowners seeking compensation for the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

2 die in Seward Highway crash
A married couple died Saturday afternoon in a head-on collision near Bertha Creek on the Seward Highway after an oncoming driver reaching for a soda crossed into their lane, Alaska State Troopers said.

Critics: APOC too slow on election investigations
Last month, Republicans charged the Democratic candidate for governor, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, violated state campaign finance laws when she took a three-hour fund-raising cruise around Prince William Sound.

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