Thursday, October 18, 2001

Monsters and the politics of sexuality
"Monsters and Outcasts" is the title of a threepart film series at the University of Alaska Southeast. The films are free and open to the public.

Three artists and an evening of music, theater
T hree performing artists have combined their talents for an evening of theater and music next week at the Goldtown Nickelodeon.

Bringing 'Paradise' to Juneau
bit of Segovia and Sting, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare and Puget Sound will converge in Juneau this weekend when the musical duo Tingstad and Rumbel perform.

Alsop: Helping kids express themselves
M usician and educational psychologist Peter Alsop knows kids are having a hard time dealing with the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He hopes his songs and the information he shares at workshops for educators will make things easier.

Community performance of 'Messiah'
Rehearsals for Juneau Lyric Opera's performance of Handel's "Messiah" start tonight in the Juneau-Douglas High School band room. Performances will be Dec.14, 15 and 16 at Chapel by the Lake.

Arts/Entertainment Calendar
Entertainment events

Nobody more qualified
How very politically correct of you to publish the sophistry of Art Chance among the serious editorial opinions of Empire letter writers. While engaging in his tiresome rhetorical brickbats about people with whom he appears to disagree on ideological grounds, Mr. Chance also happens to be one of the highest ranking labor relations manipulators in the Knowles Administration.

Opinions should withstand scrutiny
The first uniquely American jurisprudence was Peter Zenger's acquittal. The foundation of our history and culture is the right to believe, express, and publish as we please.

A few selective responses
I know you didn't print the outside editorial from the Chicago Tribune just to make me feel better, but it did. This editorial again calls attention to the issue of a push for placing airport security in government hands. Let's hope common sense prevails.

Could be worse
We paid sales tax for five years for a library site.

Misleading article
In the article of Oct. 12, entitled "Glory Hole to create homeless teen shelter," it states that "Teen homeless is mostly rooted in family dysfunction, and we have no treatment for family dysfunction in Juneau." This is far from the truth. Juneau Youth Services has a Family Mental Health Center which deals with youth and family mental health issues up to and including psychiatric needs. Juneau Youth Services also has an emergency shelter, which is staffed with a mental health clinician, who deals with families on an emergency and ongoing basis.

Save our planet
I appreciated Kathy Dye's article, "3 Vets' Views on War," appearing in Sunday's paper. The personal accounts of Juneau war veterans Mr. Anderson, Mr. Wahto and Mr. Armstrong were engaging and I deeply respect their collective heroism, brotherhood and the "stark raving terror" they survived.

Missing TOE
I am missing the social and political commentary cartoons of TOE. I have not seen TOE's work in the Empire in the last several weeks. I was so proud to have impressive local talent in Juneau's newspaper. I know TOE sometim

Peace, life, hope
My family grew up in Juneau. Recently I visited my son, Todd Nottingham, wife Alice and three young granddaughters in Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Welcome Brink back
This is in response to the My Turn column by Pat Veesart in the Oct. 16 edition concerning management of the Tongass National Forest. Pat uses fear tactics and name calling, ("the largest and wildest national forest ... hangs under a dark cloud and Steve 'never saw a road he didn't like' Brink, Region 10 interim Regional forester") in an attempt to falsely alarm the public.

Flag etiquette
Public displays of loyalty and patriotism are certainly appropriate during these trying times. But let's try to do it correctly.

Language festival brings many languages, students to Juneau
Brace yourself for borscht and baguettes. Stand aside for salsa and sushi. The Southeast World Language Festival is returning to town Friday and Saturday.

Audubon academy lessons take flight
Rain was falling at Eagle Beach on Tuesday, but the group of several dozen Harborview Elementary School students, teachers and parents didn't seem to mind. There were too many other things to see.

Correction
Wednesday's Empire story on the calling to active duty of three former U.S. Coast Guardsmen stated that Wesley Jansen worked for the city's animal control. Jansen actually worked for the Gastineau Humane Society. His animal control position will be held open for him when he returns from duty, said Chava Lee of GHS.

Armory funding clears hurdle
Federal funding for a new National Guard armory in Juneau is one step closer after a congressional conference committee approved $7.5 million for the project on Tuesday.

State takes stock of antibiotic supplies
The state is surveying Alaska pharmacies to see if residents in fear of anthrax are hoarding antibiotics and to determine the level of drugs available in the state in case of an outbreak here.

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

Road repairs in Douglas
State Department of Transportation crew members direct traffic to one lane Wednesday on Douglas Highway as they repair a washed-out culvert between John and Nome streets. Traffic was diverted to one lane for several hours as workers filled the hole with rock and dirt.

3 USCG reservists called up
When Wesley Jansen mustered out of the U.S. Coast Guard in 1999, he never expected to be called "seaman" again.

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

Photos: Sending out dividends
Napoleon Cuanzon, left, and John Schauwecker watch Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks being stuffed into envelopes as they calibrate an insertion machine on Tuesday at the State Office Building.

Around Town
Juneau events

Local man loses $1,000 in scam
A local man is seeking justice from a fraudulent loan company that he says promised him money to pay his bills but took his savings instead.

State boosts mail security
State mail clerks are donning gloves and using different procedures to open envelopes in the wake of anthrax scares across the state.

Princess adds one ship to SE lineup
A Princess cruise ship that would have been bound for Europe during next summer's tourist season will sail to Alaska ports instead, said Kirby Day, Princess Cruises spokesman in Juneau.

Around Town
Today

Winter busy time for landscaping
Almost every day now, somebody asks me if I'm all buttoned up and ready for the winter, the supposition is that landscape season is over and all we have to do is wait for the spring.

Pet Of The Week
Kia is a 6-month-old malemute mix spayed female who is a wonderful dog with a great smile.

Neighbors Briefs
Alaska Day tour set of state Capitol; JKC schedules a Sunday pool session; Sitka college plans degree program

Red Cross holds its annual meeting
The Southeast Alaska Chapter of the American Red Cross held its annual meeting Sept. 25.

Thank You
...for your dedication; ...for your love and support; ..for helping CHOICE; ...for all the help; ..for the support; ..for your kindness

Photo: Building donation
Roy Geist, left, and his son Joseph position metal girders where the front door of the new food bank will be located. Geist is donating the metal-framed building on Crazy Horse Drive.

Obituary: Annabelle Roberts
Annabelle K. Roberts died Oct. 13, 2001, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

Obituary: Donald Vent
Donald Ernest Vent died Oct. 3, 2001, in Wasilla.

Obituary: Wayne Mulkey
Wayne Riddell Mulkey died Oct. 15, 2001, in Juneau.

David Saldivar Jr.
David D. Saldivar Jr. died Oct. 14, 2001, in Juneau.

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

Obituary: Edwin John Stier
Edwin John Stier died Oct. 10, 2001, in Juneau.

Word of Mouth
I am still thinking about, troubled over, in fact continuing an exchange earlier this evening with two fellow Americans. Neither agreed with my assertion that freedom is an abstraction, and so is evil, and so is terrorism. Fighting terrorism or evil i

Outside editorial: The FBI can't do it all
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post:

Civil service no secure fix
Airport security legislation was unanimously approved by the Senate last week but faces adamant opposition from House Republicans who oppose putting federal employees in charge of airport security.

Outside editorial: Terrorists panic the House
The following editorial appeared in today's San Jose Mercury News:

Outdoor Calendar
Outdoor events

Festival celebrates Sitka's winter whales
In the summertime, the humpback whales in the waters near Juneau have spellbound visitors and residents alike. Sightings of feeding whales have even been made in Gastineau Channel to the delight of state workers with waterside windows.

Playing in the rapids
Kurt Foley compares whitewater kayaking to skiing down a mogul hill. Joe Powers says running his small boat through swift water and maneuvering it around waves is a bit like skateboarding. Ray Imel equates his kayaking experience to surfing.

Juneau volleyball team hits the road
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team swept through its competition at the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza (JIVE tournament) on Oct. 5-6.

Alaska high school top-20 swim times
Alaska's top-10 high school swim times, plus any other top-20 swimmers from Southeast Alaska, for the 2001 season through meets of Oct. 6. The list is compiled by Glacier Swim Club coach Gary Crowe of Juneau. First names not available for all swimmers and divers.

Crimson Bear swimmers host Juneau Invitational
Over two months have passed since the Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team officially started its season.

JYFL hosts inaugural junior league tourney
The Juneau Youth Football League will kick off its year-end festivities with the inaugural Junior League State Football Tournament on Thursday through Saturday.

Sports In Juneau
Thursday, Oct. 18

Letter: JIVE tourney was enjoyable
After watching the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza (JIVE) hosted this past weekend (Oct. 5-6) by the high school volleyball team, we felt compelled to write.

Bad plane forces Juneau volleyball team to scrub Cordova match
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team had its own version of "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" as it tried to get to Cordova for a volleyball match Wednesday.

Group to build N. Pole home
Ground was broken Tuesday at the first Habitat for Humanity home site in North Pole.

Alaska Air strengthens doors on cockpits
Alaska Airlines has begun reinforcing cockpit doors with a tough locking mechanism and bullet-resistant Kevlar, a fabric used in protective police vests, officials said.

Panel: Alaska salmon can't be called 'organic'
ANCHORAGE Alaska has suffered a major blow in its efforts to win the federal government's official organic label for wild salmon.

Security gaps found at Anchorage airport
Government agents testing security at Anchorage's international airport last year penetrated security at least eight times over a month, sneaking bombs through X-ray machines and strolling unnoticed into restricted areas.

State Briefs
Hikers warned about bears; School Board elects officers; New refund policy at ski area; Assembly OKs tax changes; Pipeline suspect pleads innocent; Man accused of rape at sea

Houston councilman-elect dies
ANCHORAGE A 63-year-old City Council candidate who won a tight election in Houston, north of Anchorage, died of a heart attack the day before he was to be sworn in.

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