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Saturday, October 18, 2003

Who's going to want Kmart building?
Does anyone not remember the story in last week's edition of the Juneau Empire? The story was about the concern over the five windows that were broken again at Juneau-Douglas High School and as taxpayers why we should keep paying for such destruction of private property.

Disabled workers' programs are succeeding
Thanks for reporting on the disabled workers event. Disabled people face many hurdles in finding employment in Alaska and America.

Teachers have heard enough excuses
I am a professional teacher. I have 90-plus units over a BA and 20-plus boxes in my garage filled with school materials that I either bought with my own money or gathered on my own time. I have taught for 15 years, as both a classroom teacher and a specialist. I love teaching children and being a contributing member of my community. I do my best to learn as much as I can about both the subject matter I teach and the art of teaching so that I can meet the diverse needs of the many students I work with. I am 10 years from retirement.

Remembering one fine Southeast restaurant
I wish my parents a wonderful "retirement" now that they have sold one of the finest restaurants that Southeast Alaskahas has ever seen. My parents are Rudy and Mary Pusich, two of the most hard-working and honest parents and business owners around.The "joint," as they would fondly call it, had its best times many years ago we can attest - but they were great times!

Juneau theater shows its first open-captioned film
Diagnosed as deaf when she was 2, Pam Mueller-Guy knows what it's like to watch a movie, not hear any words and ask someone else to explain the action. "I remember doing that to my brothers and sisters when I was growing up, and they didn't want to miss part of the movie," said Mueller-Guy, the deaf services coordinator at SAIL. "So I would go someplace else instead of going to the movies." That's a common problem for the deaf and hard of hearing, and it's why many wait months for a film to come out on DVD, with subtitles, instead of attending a first-run release at the theater.

Around Town
Around Town is a list of upcoming nonprofit events in Juneau.

Corrections
Corrections to articles from Wednesday's Empire.

Second crossing scoping session slated for November
Local analysts are assessing the results of a telephone survey about a possible second bridge from Juneau to Douglas Island, with public scoping meetings on the project scheduled for early November. Meetings will be Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baranof Hotel and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mendenhall Mall, said Alex Cousins with Oregon-based Jeanne Lawson Associates Inc., an Oregon-based consulting firm working on the project.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Soup kitchen becomes sign of the times
The Glory Hole, downtown Juneau's homeless shelter, has many reasons why it will be closed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the rest of the year. But to the shelter's clients, the ones who now spend their days looking for a place to warm up and get a bite to eat, the reasons don't matter. What matters is that one of the main warm places for homeless people in town is unavailable.

Director named for Juneau libraries
Barbara Berg, an 18-year employee of the Juneau Public Library, was named director of the City and Borough of Juneau library system Thursday. "I'm really happy to do this because I have a really good staff here," the North Douglas resident said. "I'm going to rely on them."

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal proceedings.

Photo: Blowing in the wind
James Skrzynski corrals a large tarp buffeted by the wind Thursday. Skrzynski is remodeling his home on Second Avenue in Douglas, and high winds ripped the covering off his work area.

Beck and Marshall to wed
Amber Marshall of Juneau and Jacob Beck of Whangaeri, New Zealand, will be married at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Juneau. A reception will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Juneau Yacht Club. Friends and family are invited.

...for dinner and auction help
Trail Mix Inc. thanks the following companies and individuals for generous donations to the annual fundraising dinner and auction on Sept. 13:

Posters: Kids speak against Violence
More than 100 fifth-graders in the Juneau area designed posters for October Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The theme this year was "Home: A Violence Free Zone," and the contest was sponsored by AWARE, a nonprofit organization which runs Juneau's women and children's shelter.

Teacher Talk: Sharing the joy of nature with children
I just returned from our annual class field trip to the Methodist Camp for the day. My teaching partner and I take both our kindergartenfirst-grade classes every September. I am spent and exhausted, yet exhilarated. There were 50 (yes 50) kindergartners and first graders along with about 20 incredible adult family members, teachers and assistants. We were fortunate enough to have postponed our trip during the dismal September weather we were having, to a day that was sunny and near 60 degrees. Camp doesn't get much better than this.

Neighbors Digest
Community-related news in brief.

Easterphine Riley
Longtime Juneau resident Easterphine Riley, 82, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, in New York, N.Y.

My Turn: Domestic violence programs useful to those who want help
Clearly the whole issue of domestic violence is emotionally charged. Emotions are charged when violence occurs, when family members witness it, or hear about it happening to someone they love. Emotions are charged when victims seek help, when perpetrators are ordered to treatment programs or to jail, or both. Emotions are charged when funds and services are cut. Emotions are charged when any perceived inequity or injustice is discussed regardless of what sides of the issue are present for the discussion.

Channel changes for Bear broadcast
Saturday's state championship football game between Juneau-Douglas and East Anchorage is still going to be shown live on television in Juneau. But for the sake of Notre Dame and USC fans, the channel has been changed from what was originally announced. The state title game, which begins at 1 p.m., will be shown live on cable channel 6 - also known as the Juneau School District channel.

Bear spikers dispatch T-Birds in five games
Another day, another five-game match for the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team. The Crimson Bears were taken to a decisive fifth game for the second straight day, but this time Juneau won as it knocked off the East Anchorage Thunderbirds 17-25, 25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 15-12 Thursday night at East Anchorage High School.

Photo: Lofting over a Laker
Cleveland Cavaliers forward and Juneau-Douglas High School alumnus Carlos Boozer, right, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers defender Stanislav Medvedenko during the second quarter of Thursday's preseason game in Los Angeles. Boozer had seven points and 16 rebounds in the game, but the Lakers won 86-78.

Juneau plays in its first state title game
When the Juneau-Douglas High School football team opened the season, the team's slogan was "Play in October." The Crimson Bears pasted stickers with the slogan on their helmets after every victory, as Juneau went on to win a share of the Cook Inlet Football Conference title and a spot in the state playoffs. After Juneau beat Lathrop 33-18 in last Friday's semifinal playoff game, the Crimson Bears modified the slogan. With a yell of "Win in October!" followed by a chorus of the song "You've Lost That Loving Feeling," the Crimson Bears celebrated their first trip to the state championship game.

Swimmers off to Petersburg
The Juneau-Douglas High School swim team will get its final regular-season tune-up this weekend, as the Crimson Bears travel to a Region V meet in Petersburg. Juneau coach John Wray said 22 swimmers and four divers will head to the Friday-Saturday meet.

Turning a corner
There isn't much in-between with Ryan West. The Juneau-Douglas High School senior has put everything he's got into forging a stellar season for the Crimson Bear football team - an effort rewarded with all-conference honors and a berth in Saturday's state title game. But to reach the ultimate pinnacle, West had to recommit himself to his family, friends, coaches and team after putting all he had into going the wrong direction last year. Following the death of his father in 2001, he got into trouble with alcohol, drugs and the law, and was suspended from football for most of last season.

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

Alaska state playoff results
Brackets for the 2003 Alaska State Football Playoffs, which open on Friday, Oct. 3, plus local and state results from previous playoffs.

Friends recall bear attack victim's passion
Family and friends of a California woman who was killed by a bear last week remembered her Wednesday as someone who was happiest while living in the Alaska wilderness. Dozens of people spoke at First United Methodist Church, recalling with tears the stories Amie Huguenard had told about her travels with her boyfriend, Timothy Treadwell. Huguenard and Treadwell were found dead Oct. 6 after a bear attack on the Alaska Peninsula.

This Day in History
This day in the nation.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state

Student newspaper sues over access to police records
The student newspaper of the University of Alaska Fairbanks is suing the university to obtain campus police records of Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Rick Solie's drunken driving arrest in August. The Sun Star filed its lawsuit after the university denied requests made by the college newspaper, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and KTVF-TV to release the material.

Court sides with state on fishing fees
The U.S. Supreme Court for the second time has refused to hear arguments in a 19-year fight over the higher fees Alaska charges nonresident commercial fishermen. "This is a positive step that will allow the Alaska courts to continue on their way toward resolving this long-standing dispute," said Attorney General Gregg Renkes. At stake is about $50 million in back fees and interest the state may have to pay if the class action lawsuit ultimately tilts against Alaska.

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