Sunday, October 20, 2002

In the Stacks: New non-fiction
The topic of the week is non-fiction!

Ruling with an iron fist
Imagine America where no one voted. Corrupt politicians would rule Congress, make underhanded deals in an effort to run the country. Oh wait! That's America today! Imagine the world where no one voted, the entire world would be ruled not by a corrupt Congress, but a corrupt dictator, who would run the world with an iron fist.

Reasons for trust
There are many reasons for supporting Frank Murkowski for governor of our great state in November. With the proven leadership experience, proven track record of putting Alaska and Alaskans first, and home-grown family roots in Alaska, there can really only be one choice: Frank Murkowski.

Skills and stature
During my nearly three decades in Fairbanks, I have watched gubernatorial races with considerable interest. I have always looked closely at the candidates and supported the one who had the qualifications to lead our state at that particular time.

Vision for Alaska
Frank Murkowski has a vision for Alaska. He understands that for Alaska's economy to improve we need to develop the infrastructure that will allow it to happen. Gold prices are higher now than they have been in many years.

Ultimately responsible
I am forced to reply to an unfounded statement made by Mr. Prussing in his Oct. 16 letter wherein he asserts that the accident victim's family, if not suing for wrongdoing, must be trying "to profit from a tragic event."

Zero votes at election central
It's Election Day and the candidates waited uneasily at Election Central for the results from the first district to ring in. Tensions were high, but were soon broken by the bizarre, almost taboo numbers that spilled out across the board; zero Murkowski, zero Kerttula.

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

Capital grab then and now
For the sixth time since statehood, voters will go to the polls in November to decide whether Juneau should remain the seat of state government.Although this manifestation of the move effort would send only legislative sessions away from Juneau, opponents of the measure say the rest of state government soon would follow.

Elton, Muñoz face off
Incumbent Democratic state Sen. Kim Elton and Republican challenger Cathy Muñoz sparred over taxes, development projects and building a Southeast caucus Friday at a candidate forum held by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce. Muñoz said she would work toward balancing the budget, improving education funding, returning state jobs to the capital city, and keeping Juneau as the state's capital.

Pro-movers turn to court for support
Without big newspaper endorsements or backing from a broad coalition of politicians or the business community, Alaskans for Efficient Government, the group pushing the legislative-move initiative, has turned to the courts for an edge in the battle for where to house the Legislature. Even if voters decide in November to reject Ballot Measure 2, the group will continue to pursue the move initiative in court, said Alaskans for Efficient Government member Karen Bretz.

Hunters' urban haven
In the middle of Juneau lies something rarely found in a city - 4,000 acres of prime hunting grounds. The Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge is just minutes away from thousands of homes. The waterfowl season makes for a sight that would turn heads in other urban areas - dozens of people wearing camouflage garb and toting shotguns near the local airport.

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

Empire editorial: Vote yes for Proposition C
Proposition C, the $236 million general obligation education funding bond goes before voters on Nov. 5. The bond package applies $170 million toward the $650 million in backlogged rural school projects throughout Alaska. Proposition C also provides $61 million for University of Alaska classroom and facility projects throughout the state and $5 million for the Anchorage Museum.

Is it time for a long winter's nap?
A lot of people are remarking this month about how dark it's getting. We passed the autumnal equinox weeks ago and now, losing minutes each day, are on a slow and steady spiral down, down onto to the dark sofa of winter. It's not just us, Nature's eyelids are getting heavy and she is curling up in a bed of fallen leaves, reaching for a cozy blanket of snow. We all feel like we need a nap.

My Turn: Celebrating clean water
This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Significant progress has been made, but much more needs to be done.

Toe Cartoon

Moose in Southeast Alaska - A case of ups and downs
One of the animals most often associated with Alaska is the moose. Yet here in Southeast we have relatively small populations of moose, and they are grouped in only a few scattered areas. Why is that? To find out I interviewed Neil Barten, area wildlife management biologist at the state Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation, in Douglas.

Out and About
In season: Black bear (Sept. 1-June 30), brown bear (Sept. 15-Dec. 31, March 15-May 31), deer (Sept. 15-Dec. 31), mountain goat (Sept. 1 or Oct. 1, depending on area,-Nov. 31), wolf (Aug. 1-April 30), wolverine (Nov. 10-Feb. 15), ducks, geese, brants, snipe, crane (Sept. 1-Dec. 15), red and blue king crab (Oct. 1-March 31), coho salmon (June-Nov.).

Outdoors Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts include:

Building family memories
For Hal Geiger, taking his son Will out hooter hunting is not necessarily about getting the grouse. Will's now in seventh grade and the two hunt deer together. But Hal Geiger started taking him out when he was about 5, not with the intent of Will actually bagging a bird.

Cavaliers finally win an exhibition game
CLEVELAND - Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 30 points - 20 after halftime - and Darius Miles had 15 points in his home debut for Cleveland, leading the Cavaliers to a 95-91 win Friday night over the Utah Jazz.Karl Malone, who hinted earlier this week that his 18th season with the Jazz could be his last, scored seven before sitting out the fourth quarter.

Ketchikan Invitational
Results of the Ketchikan Invitational swimming and diving meets held Friday and Saturday at the Mike Smithers Pool in Ketchikan. Abbreviations used in individual results are Juneau-Douglas (JDHS), Ketchikan (KayHi), Sitka (SHS), Petersburg (PHS) and Craig (CHS).

Swimmers sweep on Saturday
When it should have been in Ketchikan's Mike Smithers Swim Pool Friday, the Juneau-Douglas High School swim team was stuck in a Juneau fog. But the Crimson Bears finally got on a flight out of town early Saturday morning and rebounded to sweep the titles at the Saturday meet of the two-day Ketchikan Invitational.

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

Bears win Service-Dimond tourney
If they weren't before, the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears this weekend firmly established themselves as the favorites to win this year's Class 4A state volleyball tournament by winning the Service-Dimond Invitational Volleyball Tournament, the largest regular-season event of the year.

Ketchikan: City Council vote bans drag racing within city limits
The Ketchikan City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to ban motor-vehicle racing within city limits.

State Briefs
Officers aboard cruise ship are issued subpoenas; Sanford, Etheridge tops in campaign spending; Boys say they were shot with BB guns; More Alaskans hanging onto PFDs; USFS seeks permit for log transfer facility

Delegation pushes for ANWR, pipeline, Coast Guard funds
The Alaska congressional delegation is pressing hard for the state's interests in appropriations bills being debated in Washington, D.C., according to U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens. But some items on the state's wish list are looking less likely than others, he said. Congress has passed bills for defense appropriations and military construction, but the energy bill that decides the fate of state projects such as opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and construction of a gas pipeline still is in negotiations.

400 women listen to Ulmer address women's issues at Juneau rally
About 400 women crowded into the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Juneau on Saturday afternoon to show their support for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fran Ulmer.Lt. Gov. Ulmer would be the first woman elected governor in Alaska if she wins the Nov. 5 general election.

Skagway: Investigation fails to reveal cause of crash that killed local pilot
The cause of the fatal air crash that took the life of Skagway Air pilot Joel Matthis has not been determined, says National Transportation Safety Board investigator Chris Erickson.

State sends out wrong voter pamphlets to some districts
Regionalized election pamphlets began arriving in voters' mailboxes last week, but about 40 percent of the households initially will receive the wrong version because of an error by the state Division of Elections. The candidates for House and Senate races are incorrect in the mismailed pamphlets. The error occurred when workers neglected to change a computer table to reflect the new election district numbers after redistricting.

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