Monday, October 15, 2001

Simply asking questions
I must respond to Ms. Metcalfe's extremely negative and divisive letter in the Oct. 10 Empire. I consider myself a "political moderate" in most instances - I vote for the individual not the party. I am also a small business owner-operator and a land owner in the Juneau Borough.

What does this tell us?
The Wheeler and Metcalfe articles in the Oct. 10 Empire concerning the politics of CBJ land acquisition reminds us of the benefits of a free press and of a newspaper willing to provide a public forum.

Demonizing diminishes us
Mr. Anderson's attackers, and some opponents of development, choose to engag

Dale, Marc made good points
I recently read both "My Turn" columns by Dale Anderson and Marc Wheeler regarding land purchases and thought both were well-written, however, with a very different point of view. I thought both columns were pretty good.

Disservice to all
You did us all a disservice by publishing the letter from Mr. Nelson on Friday. That kind of vitriolic personal attack should have been filtered out.

Around Town
Events in Juneau

Enforcing Juneau's garbage ordinance
Juneau residents need to decide what level of garbage enforcement is needed in dealing with urban bears, Police Chief Mel Personett said Friday.

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

'Rough mission' celebrates 20th
Facilities for the homeless have come a long way since the 1970s, when Wino Alley was a South Franklin Street fixture.

Tale of Arctic ordeal features leadership, scandal
Review of "Abandoned: The Story of the Greely Arctic Expedition 1881-1884" by Alden Todd, with introduction by Vilhjalmur Stefansson (University of Alaska Press, 323 pp., paper, $22.95, or $35.95 cloth).

Brown bear attacks, tosses Hoonah hunter
A Hoonah man was tossed into the air by a brown bear on Thursday afternoon, but he escaped with a wound to his right leg just below the hip, from a canine tooth.

CHOICE program offers at-risk students help at JDHS
In the community of 1,700 students at Juneau-Douglas High School, one size cannot always fit all.

Man charged with 8 counts of lewdness
A West Juneau man was arrested Friday morning at his home after police investigators caught him fondling himself, police said.

Ground Zero flags raised
The distance between Juneau and the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in New York City seemed to shrink this morning.

Three vets view war
When four jets plowed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field Sept. 11, some of Juneau's war veterans saw the terrorist attack differently than most people. They saw the tragedy through the lens of their wars.

Harbor, launch ramp improvements on the way
Juneau harbor users will see launch ramp improvements at North Douglas, Douglas and Amalga harbors by spring, although changes won't completely alleviate parking woes, city Port Director Joe Graham said.

Rockin' on
Jessica Israels, left, Danan Healy, center, and Samantha Hammer sing a medley of songs from the '60s as Lt. Col. John Clanton conducts the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus during a Friday noon concert at Centennial Hall. The band performed for two full houses in Juneau as part of their Alaska Tour 2001.

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

Distance education: Taking the body out of 'student body'
The professor wears a microphone and an earpiece, looks into a television camera, watches for computer messages and listens for phone calls.

2002 summer ferry reservations open Monday
JUNEAU -- The state ferry system will start taking reservations for summer 2002 on Monday, one of the earliest openings for bookings, officials said.

Around Town
Today

New events slated for territorial anniversary
Juneau will have a new way of celebrating Alaska Day on Thursday. Planners hope this will be an annual event as part of Alaska Democracy Week.

Update: Six locals test negative for anthrax
The superintendent of an Alaska school district says probably coffee creamer, not anthrax, puffed out of an envelope his office sent to a state agency in Juneau.

Obituary: Margaret Rae Kalin Justice
Margaret Rae Kalin Justice died Oct. 7, 2001, in Juneau after a long illness.

Matthew Wayne Hall
Matthew Wayne Hall died Oct. 10, 2001, in Juneau.

My Turn: Editorial questions for the Empire
The Empire's Oct. 7 editorial (or "publisherial") appeared to be chiding residents of Juneau who have complained that the Opinions Page is divisive.

Go for a mental shopping spree with your PFD
Go for a mental shopping spree with your PFD

Outside editorial: The limits of reassurance
Word of additional possible anthrax cases Friday made a jittery nation more so. It also gave new force to calls for the Bush administration to do a better job of reassuring Americans. What was the point of raising alarms without telling us how to b

My Turn: Growing citizens for tomorrow
When the world is safe for democracy, will democracy itself be safe? Our security has been threatened and that has made us more aware than ever of the freedoms we often take for granted.

Word of Mouth
I would like to thank the four individuals who rounded up my small black dog at Fred Meyer on Wednesday. He must have escaped my car as I was loading packages. As I retraced my steps trying to locate him I made a quick stop at the Gastineau Humane Society. Much to my surprise and relief, he had already been safely deposited there. You turned my afternoon from one of frantic searching to one of joyous relief. Thank you for your time, patience and caring. You are an example of the fine people who live in this city.

My Turn: Agreeing to disagree with some civility
Since when must elected Assembly members surrender precious First Amendment rights and the privilege to express an opinion in the local newspaper?

Freeman contributed much through the Legislature as well as his outboard shop
It has been Oral Freeman Week in Alaska. The admired Ketchikan community and state leader died Oct. 6, at age 85, in his chair behind the counter at Alaska Outboard, where he had offered outboard, political and personal advice since 1955.

A man for all nations
The United Nations has regained a large measure of credibility under the leadership of its secretary-general, Kofi Annan. Friday both the organization and its chief received deserved recognition, being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Juneau boys pull off upset in Anchorage
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys swimming and diving team claimed an upset victory over two of the top teams in the state, edging the defending state champion Dimond Lynx and the host Service Cougars in a tri-meet Friday at Anchorage's Service High School.

Sports In Juneau
Thursday, Oct. 18

Local runners hit Outside marathons
Tracy Rivera of Juneau was the top Southeast runner to finish the Portland Marathon, taking 149th place overall in the 26.2-mile run held Sept. 30 in Portland, Ore.

Sports in Juneau
Sports events

JDHS swimming statistics
Local sports stats

Farmed salmon are showing up again in Alaska waters
High numbers of escaped farmed fish are showing up along the coast of British Columbia and a few dozen of the Atlantic salmon have been turned in to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game after they were captured in state waters.

Pipeline shooting suspect indicted
FAIRBANKS -- The man accused of shooting a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline Oct. 4 was indicted Friday by a Fairbanks grand jury.

Haines economy weathers loss of cruise ship traffic
HAINES -- A pair of business indicators shows the Haines economy is doing better than some had expected, given this summer's sharp downturn in cruise ship dockings.

State Briefs
Second container van burns on Saturday; Haines-area eagles found to be healthy

Local governments want say in road projects
The Fairbanks North Star Borough and the Alaska Municipal League say state highway officials are trying to dilute local governments' influence on the design of state-funded construction projects.

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