Tuesday, October 17, 2000

PFD time: Better than Christmas
So, you've received your Alaska Permanent Fund dividend and now comes the wonderful dilemma: What to do with your $1,963.83 windfall.

On the move

PFD time: Better than Christmas
So, you've received your Alaska Permanent Fund dividend and now comes the wonderful dilemma: What to do with your $1,963.83 windfall.

Business Profile

On the move

Business Profile

White House and Congress battle over ergonomics rules
Washington - A decade-long effort to give workers new protections against repetitive motion injuries is coming to a head with the Clinton administration, over the objections of Congress, intent on implementing workplace rules this year.

White House and Congress battle over ergonomics rules
Washington - A decade-long effort to give workers new protections against repetitive motion injuries is coming to a head with the Clinton administration, over the objections of Congress, intent on implementing workplace rules this year.

Around Town

Around Town

Around Town

Around Town

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

Spill cleanup problems could slow oil development
ANCHORAGE - After failing to satisfy state and federal officials in three recent spill cleanup drills, BP Exploration (Alaska) could see the drilling season limited seriously at its new offshore Northstar oilfield.

Carnival faces pollution probe
MIAMI - A cruise company that sends ships to Juneau says it has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury to provide company documents about environmental practices on all its ships.

Briefly

Weaver honored for passing on Chilkat tradition
When Anna Brown Ehlers apprenticed to one of the last traditional Chilkat weavers, her teacher was 92 years old.

Weaver honored for passing on Chilkat tradition
When Anna Brown Ehlers apprenticed to one of the last traditional Chilkat weavers, her teacher was 92 years old.

Obituary
Mabel Anderson, Augusta Clements

Alaska ferry plays the Great Pumpkin
KODIAK - Jack-o'-lantern grins will be seen again along the Aleutian chain this Halloween thanks to the ferry Tustumena and the Alaska Marine Highway System.

City raises fees, makes new ones for construction
Fees for services provided by the city's Community Development Department went up Monday night when the Juneau Assembly authorized the hike - and introduced several new fees.

New ship regs in the works
Intense negotiations continued today in Washington, D.C., on possible new regulations for marine discharges by cruise ships.

New ship regs in the works
Intense negotiations continued today in Washington, D.C., on possible new regulations for marine discharges by cruise ships.

Transition of school services 'smooth'
The transition of some school-related mental health services from the city to a private nonprofit group has been slow, some principals say. But officials at the new provider, Juneau Youth Services, say the changeover was smooth and is nearly complete.

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

Spill cleanup problems could slow oil development
ANCHORAGE - After failing to satisfy state and federal officials in three recent spill cleanup drills, BP Exploration (Alaska) could see the drilling season limited seriously at its new offshore Northstar oilfield.

Briefly

Wolf control program deemed a success
ANCHORAGE - The Fortymile caribou herd has grown so fast in recent years that state biologists have declared a program to sterilize and trap wolves a success. They plan to call it quits after this winter.

Operators, scientists question whale plan
A proposed federal rule to keep boats 200 yards away from humpback whales in Alaska would harm tour companies, some boat owners told regulators. A whale research institute said the proposed rule wouldn't help the whales, either.

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

Students take on election issues
The widest ranging discussion yet held in Juneau on the upcoming state election was conducted Monday before an audience that can't vote.

Bethel family clinic in need of life support
BETHEL -- Poor salmon runs on the Kuskokwim River could spell the end of the Bethel Family Clinic, which has been crippled by the collapse in the fishery and the subsequently slow economy.

Wolf control program deemed a success
ANCHORAGE - The Fortymile caribou herd has grown so fast in recent years that state biologists have declared a program to sterilize and trap wolves a success. They plan to call it quits after this winter.

Families welcome survivors of attack
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Louge Gunn needed a place to lament the death of his son, one of the 17 sailors killed in the USS Cole blast.

Transition of school services 'smooth'
The transition of some school-related mental health services from the city to a private nonprofit group has been slow, some principals say. But officials at the new provider, Juneau Youth Services, say the changeover was smooth and is nearly complete.

Operators, scientists question whale plan
A proposed federal rule to keep boats 200 yards away from humpback whales in Alaska would harm tour companies, some boat owners told regulators. A whale research institute said the proposed rule wouldn't help the whales, either.

Alaska ferry plays the Great Pumpkin
KODIAK - Jack-o'-lantern grins will be seen again along the Aleutian chain this Halloween thanks to the ferry Tustumena and the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Carnival faces pollution probe
MIAMI - A cruise company that sends ships to Juneau says it has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury to provide company documents about environmental practices on all its ships.

Briefly

Students take on election issues
The widest ranging discussion yet held in Juneau on the upcoming state election was conducted Monday before an audience that can't vote.

Bethel family clinic in need of life support
BETHEL -- Poor salmon runs on the Kuskokwim River could spell the end of the Bethel Family Clinic, which has been crippled by the collapse in the fishery and the subsequently slow economy.

City raises fees, makes new ones for construction
Fees for services provided by the city's Community Development Department went up Monday night when the Juneau Assembly authorized the hike - and introduced several new fees.

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

Briefly

Obituary
Mabel Anderson, Augusta Clements

Families welcome survivors of attack
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Louge Gunn needed a place to lament the death of his son, one of the 17 sailors killed in the USS Cole blast.

Dignity in action
The following editorial appeared in today's Kansas City Star: Missouri mourns. An outstanding public servant has fallen.

A place for truth
The Oct. 6 article in the Empire about "grasping the reality of God" was so far out it reminded me of a remark by G.K. Chesterton: "The trouble when people stop believing (i.e. in the God of the Bible) is not that they thereafter believe in nothing; it is that they thereafter believe in anything."

Homes needed
You folks are very active and vocal and you make a difference in this state. You save the trees. You save the whales. You keep the water clean. You keep the air quiet.

Candidates' third time at bat
The resurgence of George W. Bush in the post-debate polls proves that voters tend to remember the music, if not the words, from such recitals. The drama is building for the third and final job interview Tuesday. Some tips:

Candidates' third time at bat
The resurgence of George W. Bush in the post-debate polls proves that voters tend to remember the music, if not the words, from such recitals. The drama is building for the third and final job interview Tuesday. Some tips:

Congress' fuzzy math
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: In the past few years, Congress has funded the government by setting unrealistically low spending limits, breaking them, and then covering the difference by payment shifts and budgetary gimmicks. This fiscal year, Congress has ceased even to pretend to stick to budget discipline. With much of its work still to be done, Congress is on track to appropriate some $630 billion to $640 billion for discretionary spending, nearly $100 billion above the cap it set in 1997.

CBJ taxes are high
Regarding the front page story on how low "our" (state) taxes are, great, but as the man from Deering, N.H., stated, the state figure is misleading. Yes, state taxes are very reasonable.

Words of hate
I was very disturbed and utterly appalled to find the following anonymous comment that the Empire printed in Friday's Word of Mouth:

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

The grass is seldom greener elsewhere
I would like to apologize for a couple of statements in the "My Turn" column in Friday's paper. I made an attempt to resubmit my letter but missed the deadline.

Words of hate
I was very disturbed and utterly appalled to find the following anonymous comment that the Empire printed in Friday's Word of Mouth:

A place for truth
The Oct. 6 article in the Empire about "grasping the reality of God" was so far out it reminded me of a remark by G.K. Chesterton: "The trouble when people stop believing (i.e. in the God of the Bible) is not that they thereafter believe in nothing; it is that they thereafter believe in anything."

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Fish Creek planning
Juneau Parks and Recreation is hosting a kickoff meeting for the Fish Creek Master Plan at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the downtown library conference room. This is a good opportunity to find out what the city has planned for Fish Creek as well as to share ideas about what we would, or would not, like to see happen. Given that Fish Creek is a favorite place for fishermen, bird-watchers, duck hunters, berry pickers, and people who like a pretty place to stroll, this meeting will interest most of the community.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

A great country
The recent discussion about the Pledge of Allegiance brought back some amusing memories.

Dignity in action
The following editorial appeared in today's Kansas City Star: Missouri mourns. An outstanding public servant has fallen.

This one not about to be fooled again
So the city has managed to pass another temporary-permanent sales tax extension. The hospital will get larger, and no doubt so will my bills. The schools will all be restored to showroom condition until it rains and one of the roofs starts leaking. And hallelujah, a new ice rink will be built! Maybe not quite built, but almost built. Maybe not quite almost built, but at least we will have a lot of money in the bank to start thinking about building one.

Local taxes are a local issue
In a couple of weeks, Alaskan voters will decide the fate of the proposed property tax cap initiative (Prop 4). In my view, it is an ill-conceived, dangerous proposal. A snap decision in the voting booth could seriously affect every Alaskan's quality of life for decades to come.

Fish Creek planning
Juneau Parks and Recreation is hosting a kickoff meeting for the Fish Creek Master Plan at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the downtown library conference room. This is a good opportunity to find out what the city has planned for Fish Creek as well as to share ideas about what we would, or would not, like to see happen. Given that Fish Creek is a favorite place for fishermen, bird-watchers, duck hunters, berry pickers, and people who like a pretty place to stroll, this meeting will interest most of the community.

CBJ taxes are high
Regarding the front page story on how low "our" (state) taxes are, great, but as the man from Deering, N.H., stated, the state figure is misleading. Yes, state taxes are very reasonable.

The grass is seldom greener elsewhere
I would like to apologize for a couple of statements in the "My Turn" column in Friday's paper. I made an attempt to resubmit my letter but missed the deadline.

A great country
The recent discussion about the Pledge of Allegiance brought back some amusing memories.

Congress' fuzzy math
The following editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: In the past few years, Congress has funded the government by setting unrealistically low spending limits, breaking them, and then covering the difference by payment shifts and budgetary gimmicks. This fiscal year, Congress has ceased even to pretend to stick to budget discipline. With much of its work still to be done, Congress is on track to appropriate some $630 billion to $640 billion for discretionary spending, nearly $100 billion above the cap it set in 1997.

Homes needed
You folks are very active and vocal and you make a difference in this state. You save the trees. You save the whales. You keep the water clean. You keep the air quiet.

This one not about to be fooled again
So the city has managed to pass another temporary-permanent sales tax extension. The hospital will get larger, and no doubt so will my bills. The schools will all be restored to showroom condition until it rains and one of the roofs starts leaking. And hallelujah, a new ice rink will be built! Maybe not quite built, but almost built. Maybe not quite almost built, but at least we will have a lot of money in the bank to start thinking about building one.

Local taxes are a local issue
In a couple of weeks, Alaskan voters will decide the fate of the proposed property tax cap initiative (Prop 4). In my view, it is an ill-conceived, dangerous proposal. A snap decision in the voting booth could seriously affect every Alaskan's quality of life for decades to come.

Sports in Juneau

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Sports in Juneau

Juneau wrestlers open season in Hoonah
Anthony Manacio IV and Robert Vicario posted undefeated records as the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team opened its season Friday and Saturday at Hoonah High School.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Juneau wrestlers open season in Hoonah
Anthony Manacio IV and Robert Vicario posted undefeated records as the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team opened its season Friday and Saturday at Hoonah High School.

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