Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Balance ecology and economy
The Transboundary Watershed Alliance and other preservationist groups are up to their old tricks. They seek to stop all development at any cost. Their latest target is the Bradfield Connector road from Wrangell Alaska to Highway 37 in B.C.

Lawsuit-happy society
I'm not sure if this is a cause or symptom of the problem with the legal system in the U.S. Here is someone who believes another person is not necessarily at fault and shouldn't be punished, but they sue anyway to get money. If they are not seeking punishment, the only reason for a suit is to profit from a tragic event.

Cathy a true public servant
It is a great pleasure to write in support of Cathy Muñoz for Senate. Cathy is a woman who has shown a longterm commitment to Juneau. Her impeccable character already has shown itself by her outstanding abilities on the Assembly. Cathy has strong leadership qualities.

Honest leadership
Recently there was an Ulmer/Hall television ad that attacked Frank Murkowski on his vote in the Senate on privatization of the Social Security program. Having been a state employee myself for over 20 years, and very familiar with state programs, attacking that vote would be humorous if not so serious.

Elton is effective
After reading some of the letters in the Sunday paper criticizing Kim Elton's effectiveness as a state senator, I feel compelled to provide a different perspective.

No stronger voice
I have known Cathy Muñoz's family for more than 50 years, and Cathy all her life. In the 1950s and '60s, I ran a fish-buying station in Angoon for her grandfather. In the '80s, I ran fish packers for the family business in Yakutat and Bristol Bay. I worked with the family for 32 years. Cathy's grandfather, Elton Engstrom, was a fish buyer. As many old timers will tell you, he was the closest friend the fisherman ever had.

Making things happen
During my 33 years of employment with the state corrections system, I had considerable contact with Fran Ulmer as Juneau mayor, state representative and lieutenant governor.

Tireless worker
During her tenure on the Juneau City Assembly, Cathy Muñoz was a tireless supporter of Bartlett Regional Hospital, and an active proponent of the hospital's role as a regional health care facility.

A new concept?
I attend Haines High as a senior and I am friends with one of the girls and her family (Teens accused of plotting school murder, Empire, Oct. 14). I believe that this whole incident has been blown completely out of portion. I realize that this is happening due to recent incidents.

Amazingly effective
I worked with Cathy Muñoz helping establish and operate the Juneau Community Charter School. She strongly supports quality education and cultural diversity. Perhaps the most significant quality of Cathy's that I observed working with her has been her consistent positive manner, good nature and engaging style.

Sudden skedaddle
I don't blame Fran Ulmer's main gubernatorial opponent for suddenly skedaddling out of Alaska and canceling all his public debates with her this week supposedly in order to bring an already dead energy bill back to life.

Expensive lesson
Recently another student (DZ middle school) took my son's glasses from his backpack, broke the case, and literally ruined a good pair of reading glasses. He found the glasses the next day when checking the lost and found box. The glasses were on the floor in between the lost and found box and the wall.

Benefits of teamwork
In the partisan and often divisive climate of the Legislature, Sen. Kim Elton is a genuine bridge builder. He is unfailingly friendly with legislators and staff on both sides of the aisle and works for the best possible legislation.

Beyond reproach
My name is Kin.zei of the Kaagwaantaan/Wolf clan. I am writing in support of Fran Ulmer for governor. Fran also carries the Tlingit name of Kin.zei. She is an adopted Kaagwaantaan on the request of my mother, the famous master Chilkat blanket weaver Jennie Thlunaut, who is no longer with us.

Question of priorities
Re your story about the graveyard drug bust (Empire, Oct. 10), although drug abuse is a serious issue, I found Wilson's comment about feeling safe very amusing.

Not-so-spiffy buildings
A more detailed view of the various ballot issues facing Alaska voters in November can be found at: www.gov.state.ak.us/ltgov/elections/02.Thinking about bonds, some seem to believe that a "bond" is either a close relationship or a gift from the "government." Yeah, I wish!

Quality and passion
After reading letters published in the Oct. 13, edition, I couldn't help but appreciate the good quality and passion each writer exhibited. It demonstrates the importance of participating as a voter to try to get the representative each feels will contribute to the welfare of the people of this state.

Deal with Saddam now
I have mixed feelings about the current push to invade Iraq. The reasons given for this war appear to mask a hidden agenda. Bush wants to eliminate Saddam and the risk he represents in supplying terrorists with the means to attack either through chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. Yet behind all of these claims lies the politics of oil.

Unqualified support
At this critical period of Alaska history, our beloved state is buffeted with numerous problems requiring tough decisions. Bruce Weyhrauch appears as a refreshing wind clearing up the fog enveloping our state.

Aircraft test autumn winds of Juneau
A passenger-less Alaska Airlines 737 will make numerous landings at the Juneau Airport during the next few weeks as scientists collect data to help pilots from Juneau to Reno better predict dangerous turbulence and wind shear. Since a 1996 incident in which two flight attendants suffered serious injuries when a jet above Juneau encountered severe turbulence and rolled on its side, scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration and Alaska Airlines have been developing a comprehensive wind hazard warning system.

Leaders battle against move apathy
Organizers of Juneau's campaign against a legislative session move, worried that local residents are apathetic and overconfident, launched a get-out-the-vote effort at a town meeting Tuesday. "We have an opportunity to make something bad go away and all we have to do is pick up a ballot and vote accordingly," Rep. Bill Hudson told the crowd of about 100 people at Centennial Hall. "Doing nothing means that you may be doing something that will drastically hurt you."

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

No charges pressed in pedestrian fatality
The Juneau District Attorney's Office has decided not to press criminally negligent homicide charges against a driver whose car struck and killed a pedestrian last month, police said today.The pedestrian's family says it plans to file a civil lawsuit against the driver, Theodora L. Johnnie, 22. Her pickup truck struck Sophia Harris, 77, on Sept. 27 as Harris was crossing Glacier Highway at a crosswalk near the Super Kmart, police said last month.

Town meeting on legislative move tonight
JUNEAU - Alaska Committee organizers are reminding residents about tonight's town meeting to raise awareness about Ballot Measure 2, the legislative-move initiative on the Nov. 5 ballot.

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

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

Corrections
Due to incorrect information from the Coast Guard, an Associated Press news brief in Sunday's Empire about a boat sinking misspelled the victims' names. They are Mark Thibault of Seward and Pat DiMichele of Moose Pass.

Voters to decide whether to keep two Juneau judges
Besides casting their ballots for politicians in the general election Nov. 5, Juneau voters will decide whether to keep Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins and District Judge Peter Froehlich on the local bench.Juneau voters also will join the statewide electorate in choosing whether to keep Walter Carpeneti of Juneau on the state Supreme Court and David Mannheimer on the state Court of Appeals.

Where to put the faith
As a U.S. attack on Iraq becomes more likely, interpreting Christ's teachings on peace and justice has become a difficult task for Christians in Juneau and around the United States.Bishop Michael Warfel of the Catholic diocese of Juneau joined the two other Catholic bishops in Alaska, Roger Schwietz of Anchorage and Donald Kettler of Fairbanks, in issuing a letter urging the United States to seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict with Iraq.

School Board taking shape after change in three seats
Along with the routine post-election tasks of electing new officers and swearing in new board members, the Juneau School Board made plans Tuesday night to fill a seat vacated by member Stan Ridgeway, who was elected to the Juneau Assembly.The board will advertise this week for applicants interested in serving on the panel until the next election. Applicants should submit a letter of interest to Superintendent Gary Bader's office. The board's executive committee will review the applications and make a recommendation.

Five Native groups ask for fishing disaster declaration
A coalition of five Southeast Alaska Native groups on Monday asked Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles to declare Southeast Alaska an economic disaster area because of low salmon prices, an influx of farmed salmon on world markets and fleet reductions.Tlingit-Haida Central Council, Sealaska Corp., the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, the Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority and the Tlingit Haida Electrical Authority made the request. The Southeast Conference of Mayors and the City of Hoonah approved similar resolutions in the past month.

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

Neighbors briefs
Open House set at senior center; Volunteers needed; Women's chorus seeks members

Thank you
...for your kindness; ...for the contributions.

Reading with a purpose
Fifteen years ago a group of women in their 20s, 30s and 40s came together at the now defunct Women's Resource Center to discuss books written by women. The group, which now consists of women in their 40s, 50s and 60s, still meets on a monthly basis, and is one of the longest-running book clubs in Juneau. "One of the reasons why people joined is because they wanted a life of the mind," said Terri Lauterbach, one of the four members of the original group who are still members. She now hosts the group's monthly meetings in her house.

Easy to be Green
When thinking of greens, one tends first to envision pedestrian varieties of lettuce, like iceberg or Romaine. But a trip to area grocers can reacquaint cooks with lettuce's more hearty and exotic cousins, cooking greens like kale, turnip greens, and collards, that have all the crunch of iceberg and a far better tolerance of heat. Linda Cohen, a chef at Rainbow foods, prepares greens daily for the store's lunch buffet, recently she gave an interview on cooking greens.

Academic honors
Luke Fanning of Juneau has been selected as an E-Scholar at the University of Portland for the 2002-03 school year. Fanning is a senior majoring in life science.

The time of the moss approaches
Colors flood across the landscape as weather systems swirl with the change of season. The living landscape recognizes the shift and prepares for the next few months of darker, colder weather. The reaction of trees and shrubs is to collect their earnings and store them away. They take the accumulated sugary wealth of their summer's work, and bury it down below the soil line, letting empty leaves fly away.

Pets of the week
Kovu is a very large, medium -hair orange, declawed, neutered male who has a wonderful easy going personality. Kovu's beautiful fur requires regular grooming.

Gene M. Hickey Jr.
Juneau resident Gene M. Hickey Jr., 68, died Sept. 4, 2002, at his home.

Winnifred E. Klinkhammer
Winnifred E. "Fritz" Klinkhammer, 96, died Oct. 8, 2002, at her home in Lynden, Wash.

Juneau could become wilderness area
Ketchikan is known as the First City. Before direct air service to larger towns up north, Ketchikan was the first stop for those traveling to Alaska. It was founded by miners, built by fishermen and timber workers. In the 1930s it was Alaska's largest town. It now subsists mainly on seasonal tourism and fishing, and government payroll. Its resource industries have been neglected or outright fought by government policy and by lobbying of environmental organizations.

My Turn: Prop C has projects for UA in Southeast
Most of the attention on Proposition C, the education bonds on the Nov. 5 ballot, has focused on the K-12 schools statewide. That much needed work is reason enough to support Proposition C, but University of Alaska projects provide even more reasons to support the proposition.

Cleveland loses another one
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Vince Carter scored 19 points, and Jelani McCoy added 18 as the Toronto Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 93-76 in an exhibition game Tuesday night.

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

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

SW Alaskans spot huge bird
ANCHORAGE - A giant winged creature spotted in Southwest Alaska in recent weeks has biologists and residents puzzled.

Alaska weathered lockout squeeze fairly well
ANCHORAGE - Alaska weathered the West Coast dockworker lockout well, thanks to a deal brokered by the state's political leaders and increased truck, barge and air shipments. Almost all available trucks in the state and Washington were pushed into service during the weeklong shipping shutdown that ended Oct. 4 when the Pacific Maritime Association agreed to hire longshoremen to load ships owned by Totem Ocean Trailer Express Inc. and CSX Lines LLC.

Appeals court sides with Wards Cove in sablefish case
ANCHORAGE - An appeals court sided Tuesday with a Seattle-based commercial fishing company that argued it was eligible under federal regulations to harvest both sablefish and halibut.

State Briefs
Police search for driver; Murkowski heads back to Washington, D.C.; Sitka Seafoods closes its Yakutat plant; Two moose killed by same truck; UAF students charged with impersonating firefighters

Polar bear is wandering far from its oceanside home
FAIRBANKS - Security personnel on the Dalton Highway got a surprise visit recently from a wayward polar bear.The young, skinny bear evidently wandered more than 100 miles down the highway from the Beaufort Sea. That's the farthest inland biologists who study the animals have seen a polar bear travel, said Scott Schliebe of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage.

Whaling commission approves quota for Natives
CAMBRIDGE, England - The International Whaling Commission has agreed to extend U.S. and Russian quotas for bowhead whales, allowing Alaska Natives and the Native people of Chukotka, Russia, to hunt 280 bowheads over the next five years.

State Briefs
Valley House candidates win endorsements; Two assaults, no suspects; Three arrested on illegal fishing charges; UAA gets NASA space grant

Newest Alaska Airlines ads boost northern imagery
ANCHORAGE - Walruses sunning themselves may not be the first image conjured up by the mention of a Mexican beach, but it's the picture Alaska Airlines is using to tout its trips south of the border.The Seattle-based carrier has launched a national advertising campaign that focuses on the company's Alaska roots.

Officer kills grizzly in hotel hallway
ANCHORAGE - A bear well known to oil field workers is dead after wandering into a hotel in the North Slope outpost of Deadhorse.The 700-pound male grizzly entered the Prudhoe Bay Hotel through a door Monday evening, climbed a flight of stairs and looked for food in hotel rooms. North Slope Borough Officer Don Grimes shot the bear twice after it began walking down the narrow hallway toward him.

Haines reacts to murder plot claims
Some Haines residents are surprised two "nice" and "normal" girls from their 115-student high school stand accused of plotting to kill at least 22 of their classmates and teachers.The girls' names were not released to the public. But some people in the northern Lynn Canal community of about 2,800 know the identities of the two students taken from Haines High School by police Friday afternoon.

Murkowski lays out four-part fiscal plan
ANCHORAGE - If elected governor, Republican candidate Frank Murkowski says he immediately will order an audit of all state agencies to review their effectiveness.Controlling state spending and jettisoning ineffective programs are two parts of Murkowski's four-part fiscal plan, laid out in a speech Monday at the Petroleum Club in Anchorage.

Candidates tussle over taxes, roads
ANCHORAGE - Candidates in the race for governor sparred over issues from plowing snow to the state seal in debates Tuesday in Kenai and Anchorage.At a noon forum at the Riverside House in Kenai, Fran Ulmer, the Democratic nominee, took a jab at the Republican-controlled Legislature that cut funding for highway transportation to help bridge the state's fiscal gap. The cuts forced the Knowles administration to close the Ninilchik road maintenance station.

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