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Saturday, October 19, 2002

Still amazed
I wholeheartedly agree with what Kim of F/V Lea wrote about the crew from Greens Creek mine. They made a tireless effort in getting the crew off of the F/V Avalon and gathering lost articles

Concern and understanding
I am a 72-year-old senior citizen employed full-time and still actively involved in observing the political arena and legislation that affects our city and state. I wholeheartedly support Cathy Muñoz for Juneau's Senate seat.

Honor public service
Nov. 5 is just a few weeks away and before the present administration leaves office commendations ought be made for a fantastic, almost surreal, dedication public service departmental employees - guided by gubernatorial appointees, the lieutenant governor and the governor himself - have made over the last eight years.

Vote on subsistence
Frank Murkowski's position on subsistence is as murky as his economic plan. Murkowski wants rural voters to think he supports subsistence rights and white urban Republicans to think he does not. In truth, of course, it is the GOP-controlled Legislature, working behind closed doors, that has blocked a public vote on subsistence for the past eight years. Gov. Knowles and the Democratic minority have fought hard to let the people decide the issue in a fair and open election. An overwhelming majority of Alaskans want a public vote on subsistence.

The reading tragedy
Forty-five percent of the primary grade children in the Juneau school district cannot read or do not read to grade level. A child who enters the fourth grade as a struggling or nonreader will fail.

Leadership and courage
Alaska needs Fran Ulmer's leadership to navigate our path to fiscal solvency. As an ardent champion of responsible development Fran supports opening ANWR and will continue to push for other responsible resource development projects. That's why people whose work depends on development - the carpenters, ironworkers, electrical workers, plumbers and pipefitters unions - are all supporting Fran Ulmer.

Gossip, not murder
I would like to respond to Wednesday's letter from Stephanie Viche. When I was in high school, kids didn't talk about killing other kids, they gossiped about other kids. There were occasional fights between the guys, but they always were friends again. The drugs in our school never consisted of chemicals and those who used drugs were "stoners" and considered outcasts or misfits.

We need Bruce
As a commercial fisherman, public employee and life long Alaskan, I am joining other Juneauites committed to continuing the leadership and legislative integrity by sending Bruce Weyhrauch to the Legislature on Nov. 5.

Honor public service
Nov. 5 is just a few weeks away and before the present administration leaves office commendations ought be made for a fantastic, almost surreal, dedication public service departmental employees - guided by gubernatorial appointees, the lieutenant governor and the governor himself - have made over the last eight years.

Zoned out
I was not going to write in and voice my opinion or make any comments on who I thought would make the best choice for our next governor. However, after Tuesday's debate and Wednesday's Empire article I feel compelled to make comment. For Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer to make a completely rude and demeaning comment about another candidate in the manner she did is unforgivable. How dare she say, "Twilight Zone" when referring to another candidate's challenge (Libertarian Party candidate Billy Toien) of her knowledge of her job? She quite obviously did not know the answer and like a juvenile delinquent struck out verbally in a manner not worthy of any adult, much less a candidate for governor.

Give Cathy a chance
While I am a registered Democrat and usually vote that way, I'm convinced the best choice for this year's local senate race is Cathy Muñoz. I believe Cathy deserves a chance to be our Senator given her performance on the Assembly.

Demonstrated leadership
I first met Fran Ulmer when she served in the 17th Legislature as a member of the House Finance Committee during one of her terms as a state representative for Juneau. I was an aide to the vice chairman of the House Finance Committee and saw first hand her strong leadership abilities. She was always well informed about the issues and she worked tirelessly to get fiscally responsible bills passed that were a benefit to the entire state, not just for the Juneau area. She was a team player and had the respect of other more senior legislators, in addition to her ability to work well with members of the opposing party.

Consensus-builder
When the 23rd Alaska Legislature begins its work this January it will be much changed from the body which preceded it. Juneau has a wonderful opportunity to elect a senator with the vision, drive and personality to be an important part of this new body - a body that will have a big voice in the direction Alaska takes as it faces some serious challenges.

Idaho puts albino moose off-limits to hunters
A group of eastern Idahoans smitten by a white moose have persuaded the state to make the animal off-limits to hunters.

FYI
Births, Marriage License, Divorce, Court

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

Foster: Outdoor enthusiast searches for next adventure
Scott Foster has ascended Mount McKinley twice, kayaked through treacherous weather all around Southeast Alaska, and is about to take the biggest risk of his life - quitting his day job to search for his next great adventure.

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

Challenger center seeks board members
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is recruiting people to serve on the board of directors. Seats are open for one-, two- and three-year terms.

Freeman, Morgan marry
Heidi E. Freeman of Juneau and Aaron D. Morgan of Juneau were married in a ceremony on Aug. 15, 2002, at Walt Disney Worlds Wedding Pavilion in Orlando, Fla. A reception followed at the Grand Floridian Resort.

Senegal pastor to perform services
Pastor Adama Diouf, one of Senegal's foremost Christian leaders, will be performing services and talking at Chapel by the Lake this weekend.

Onset of winter means adapting to, marveling at nature
There it is. Up on the mountain-top. That white stuff - "termination dust" - here one day, gone awhile, then back again. One of these days, it will start creeping lower - and lower - and lower. My office window looks out upon Mount Roberts and gives me a great vantage point from which to observe winter's first tentative touch. How advantageous it is, I think to myself, to be able to see winter coming. It gives me time to prepare, to dig the studded tires out of the back of the garage, to make the appointment to have them mounted and the car winterized, to turn off the hose bibs, disconnect the hose, coil it and store it in the garage (where the tires were, of course).

Everyone sets an example
What's the point of having a dream if you are only going to dream about it? And what's the point of having a goal if you're not willing to sacrifice everything to achieve that goal?

4-H participants win awards
At the recent Centennial 4-H Party and awards program, 4-Hers from Juneau were awarded District Medals and winners of the statewide 4-H Demonstration contest were noted. Two Juneau youth, were awarded the Walt McPherson, 4-Her of the year plaque.

Baldwin, Cassell wed
Robin Denise Baldwin and Wesley Kenneth Cassell were married in a ceremony on Oct. 4, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Thank You
...for your support On behalf of the JDHS girls' volleyball team, I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Carrs-Safeway, Costco, Fred Meyer, Super Bear Supermarket and the many parent volunteers for their donations of time and goods to host the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza (JIVE) team luncheon on Oct. 12. There were many teams from out of town participating and the luncheon was greatly appreciated by all.

AWARE to show film at Silverbow tonight
AWARE will screen "What's Love Got to Do With It?" at 8 p.m. tonight at The Backroom at the Silverbow. This is an event to raise awareness about domestic violence. Domestic violence is the largest cause of injuries to women, exceeding rape, robbery and auto accidents combined.

Evans C. Willard
Evans C. Willard died Oct. 16, 2002, at his home in Haines. He died four days shy of his 71st birthday with family members at his side.

My Turn: Tongass land swap is a boondoggle
With all due respect for the junior senator from Alaska's ardent and longstanding efforts to bring business to Alaska and to create new and high-paying jobs for Alaskans, I sincerely believe the junior senator has a well-documented blind spot when it comes to protecting the environment. The junior senator from Alaska seems not to recognize that clearcutting Alaska's forests on the one hand, and fostering increased Alaska tourism on the other, are mutually exclusive goals. Also, when Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska is involved, the junior senator seems particularly insensitive to preserving what remains of pristine acreage in the Tongass.

Local Scores
Scores from local sports events in Juneau.

A prelude to the big swim meets
One more chance to fine-tune technique, one final occasion to fiddle with lineups, one last opportunity to get experience under the pressure of competition.

Crimson Bears stay undefeated
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team remained undefeated on the season after sweeping the East Anchorage Thunderbirds, 15-1, 15-11, 15-6, during a non-conference match Thursday night at East Anchorage High School.

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.

Judge to reconsider banishing sexual offender from town
The wife of a convicted child abuser believes her husband should come home to Kivalina. This week the Alaska Court of Appeals gave her reason to hope. The court has ordered a judge to reconsider his sentence that banished 44-year-old James Rodney Booth for three years from the northwest coastal village, as punishment for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl from the village.

Bristol Bay king crab fishery brings second-highest price
The Bristol Bay red king crab fishery opened this week in the Bering Sea with the second-highest price ever paid to fishermen. The Alaska Marketing Association, which negotiates prices for fishermen, accepted a price of $6.12 a pound from Unisea Inc. on Oct. 10. The following day, Trident Seafoods posted $6.15 a pound and several other processors matched that price, according to Erling Jacobsen of AMA.

State checks out storm damage to coast
Officials with the state Division of Emergency Services have traveled to Northwest Alaska to inspect damage from a fierce storm that ate away the shoreline of coastal communities last week.

Subsistence fish sales scrutinized
The Federal Subsistence Board is taking public comment on the sale of salmon taken by subsistence fishermen. Since the federal government took over management of subsistence fishing throughout much of rural Alaska, rural residents are allowed to sell small amounts of salmon for cash.

Moose gazing
Vincent Brown, 3, watches a young moose Thursday as the animal eats grass in front of Ridgeway Preschool in Soldotna.

Knowles seeks release of information on biological tests
Gov. Tony Knowles has asked U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to declassify and release all information on nerve and biological testing in Alaska.

Phone users stung by feud
Telephone customers say they've been caught in the middle of bickering by phone companies and are getting bad service as a result. The Regulatory Commission of Alaska ordered a hearing that began Thursday to investigate a recent surge of customer complaints about delays in getting new phone service. The commission told Alaska Communications Systems and General Communication Inc. to provide answers on the issue.

Fish prices spark state emergency
Gov. Tony Knowles declared a statewide economic emergency Thursday for a salmon industry suffering from poor prices.

Jobless rate rises in September
Alaska's unemployment rate rose to 6.3 percent in September, up more than a percent from the figure a year ago, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday.

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