Monday, October 20, 2003

In the Stacks: DVD and video titles pop up at the library
A little fun, a little education - our non-fiction videos and DVDs have something for everyone.

Tell a marketer how you feel
I love all the flap over telemarketing because everyone gets to watch two essential democratic freedoms duke it out: one person's freedom of speech vs. another person's right not to be bothered by it.

Business Digest
JUNEAU -The Juneau Small Business Development Center will present a seminar on financing a business from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. "Financing Your Business" will bring together information on sources of financing for local small businesses. Participants will come away with clear ideas on whether grants, bank loans, loan guarantee programs or investors are appropriate for their business and how to go about getting the funding they need, the center said.

Park Service, not family, the probem
Blaine Harden's article "A bulldozer runs through it" is a frightening example of how the media can mislead readers.As an Alaskan I find it almost laughable that the National Park Service considers a wilderness family dangerous because they carry guns. Frankly, I find the content ofthis article lacking in factual information. I've met and talked to the Pilgrim family. They are good people.

Writer believes Pilgrim family gets unfair rap
Regarding your Oct. 12 article "Road Leads to Standoff:" I have lived in McCarthy for the last 26 years. Since the Pilgrim family moved here two years ago I have gotten to know these warm-hearted neighbors. Many hours of quality time spent with Papa, Country Rose and their children over numerous cups of coffee have enabled me to get a glimpse of what is in their hearts. Superintendent Candelaria is quoted as saying "The Pilgrims are not what they appear. They will give you this simple, homespun, Christian, living-off-the-land act, but it doesn't ring true." How many hours of quality time has Mr. Candelaria spent with this family? Not one! Therefore, I do not think this superintendent is qualified to judge this family. He doesn't really know them. If he had truly wanted to know the Pilgrims, If he had approached them in honesty - not with slanderous unfounded rumors - I know this family would have freely come forth with the same openhearted and helpful spirit they have displayed towards me.

Airline personnel need to show courtesy
I have been flying with Alaska Airlines for 25 years and used to be a very satisfied customer. The flight attendants were helpful and personable. The pilots were, and continue to be, excellent. In the past two weeks I've flown on eight flights with Alaska Airlines. I have come to the sorry conclusion that service and common courtesy from Alaska Airlines flight attendants is a thing of the past. I phoned Alaska Airlines consumer affairs and asked the job description of a flight attendant (did it involve more than safety?). I was told they are not "obligated" to help me or any passenger. I'm not impressed. What's wrong with civility or even respect?

Tobacco tax is discriminatory
Attention smokers: Would you support a business that discriminated against you? That refused to serve you because of the color of your skin, or your religious preference? Then why do you support a government that is blatantly discriminating against you because of a choice you decided to make?

Writing in support of recalling Murkowski
A recall of Governor Murkowski is the best news I've heard since he entered office. It gives us a glint of hope. I'll signa petition.

There needed to be an Alaska view of standoff
As an Alaskan, I was heartsick over your Sunday article, "A bulldozer runs through it." It is bizarre that you would choose to get your news about Alaska from the Washington Post. The reporter obviously has no sense of Alaska, its lands, issues, or people, nor will any of his uninformed readers back in D.C. I was with reporter Blaine Harden on his visit to the Pilgrim Family where we were treated to the best wilderness experience Alaska has to offer, something to really treasure.

Realities of the big city
Responding to the letter by Ms. Quick, "Who would want the Kmart building," I must say I agree with her.

Catholics celebrate Year of Rosary
Members of the Diocese of Juneau undertook a physical and spiritual pilgrimage this weekend, as they dedicated the day chapel at St. Paul's Catholic Church as a shrine and blessed an icon created to mark a holy year dedicated to the rosary in the Catholic Church.

Forecast: 'Mild winter' could feel snowier
Juneau may be in store for a mild winter, but it may seem cooler and snowier to residents who have grown accustomed to very mild winters, the National Weather Service says.

Unemployment up slightly in September
Unemployment in Alaska was at 6.8 percent in September, about one-10th of 1 percent higher than in August, according to the state Department of Labor. That number, however, is down three-10ths of a percentage point from a year ago.

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

Life under the sea - a ruling passion
For Annette Smith, scuba diving isn't just a hobby or a simple distraction from a busy workweek. Smith, 50, who recently made her 842nd dive in just six years, says it's an obsession.

Today in History
In Alaska: • In 1903, a joint commission ruled in favor of the United States in a boundary dispute between the District of Alaska and Canada. • In 1909, the Alaska Central Railroad was sold to Mr. Receiver Laberee. • In 1930, a midget golf course opened on the second floor of the Goldstein Building in Juneau. • In 1959, the city of Juneau proposed construction of a new state legislative and court building and offered to donate the land.

Around Town
Today: Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175. Toddler Time, 10 a.m., downtown library. Toddler Time at the Mendenhall Valley library starts at 11 a.m. Details: 586-5303. Toddler Play Group, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., REACH, 3272 Hospital Dr. A playtime for toddlers and class/support group for parents.

Boarders and skaters compete at the pipeline
Amid a cloud of reverberating music, skateboarders slammed their boards against the floor of the Pipeline skate park to show their appreciation of good tricks during a competition Saturday. This isn't your dad's golf game with whispering commentators. Twenty-four skateboarders and seven in-line skaters from age 12 to adults paid $10 to compete in the event at the city-owned, volunteer-built skate park off Glacier Avenue, near Egan Drive and Mendenhall Loop Road.

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

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

Photo: Joint center for recreation, readiness
Ginger Bean of Miller Construction of Juneau surveys the site of the joint University of Alaska Southeast Student Recreation Center and Alaska Army National Guard Readiness Center, near the Auke Lake campus on Saturday.

J.R. 'Russ' Gibson
Former Juneau resident J.R. "Russ" Gibson, 86, died Sept. 19, 2003, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Michilina 'Michi' Stephenson
Juneau resident Michilina "Michi" Stephenson, 54, died from complications of respiratory failure on Oct. 8, 2003, at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.

My Turn: The right attitude with mental health
National Mental Health Awareness Week was observed last week in Juneau as local mental health agencies held community open houses at the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, Green House, the Glory Hole and a candle light vigil at Polaris House. Health professionals say many Americans (as great as one in five) are burdened with conditions that affect their mental health, yet relative few acknowledge or seek help.

My Turn: Bob Robertson might have been right after all
R. E. (Bob) Robertson might have been right. The founder of one of Alaska's oldest and most prestigious law firms - Robertson, Monagle and Eastaugh of Juneau - was a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention in 1955-56. He resigned three days before the convention ended because he disagreed with some features and was reluctant to vote against the entire Constitution.

My Turn: Reward good teachers by basing pay on merit
Ms. Audap's letter regarding the Juneau School District's lack of support for teachers is well written, and persuasive. She obviously loves what she does and probably does it well. No doubt she would do well in being assessed by her administrators, fellow teachers and students. And she should be paid accordingly. No doubt about it.

My Turn: $51 from 384 Juneauites would re-open Glory Hole
The folks at The Glory Hole are dreading the return of Juneau's "real" fall weather. So far, Juneau has been blessed with a beautiful October. But what is to come? We are very close to reopening our doors. We've raised enough money to open for two of the remaining 2 1/2 months of 2003. But we don't want to reopen now and close again in December, when the weather is sure to be worse.

Outdoors Digest
Outdoor news in brief.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Off the beaten path
The U.S. Forest Service has a new public service cabin on a popular and historic canoe route and fishing area that follows a series of lakes across Admiralty Island. The log cabin is one of seven cabins and nine shelters available to the public along the route, which was originally developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s. The Territorial Sportsmen originally constructed some of the cabins along the route in the early 1960s, said Mike Dilger, a cabin and trail crew leader for the Forest Service.

Southeast Wild: Glacier visitor center makes a fine fall spot
Now that the tour ships are gone and the good weather is rapidly leaving us, you're probably thinking about all the places you intended to visit this summer but just never got around to. Well, don't panic, it's not too late. Right now is a wonderful time to spend an hour strolling around the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, soaking up what nature still has to offer.

Out & About
Upcoming local outdoor events.

Dream beyond reach
After it was over, and the Juneau-Douglas High School football team had lost in its first trip to the state championship game, it was hard for the Crimson Bears to acknowledge how far they'd come this season. "We set our goals high, and we didn't reach them," disappointed Juneau senior lineman Jimmy Brown said after East Anchorage's 33-15 victory Saturday afternoon at Anchorage Football Stadium. It was East's first state title - and title game appearance - since 1990, the first year of Juneau's football team.

From the Sidelines: Juneau football program earns respect
They came to Anchorage Football Stadium on Saturday with a chance to make history. They're still not sure what conference they'll play in next year, if any. They were the original self-funded team in the state - in any sport - raising their own money because the local school district couldn't afford to add new activities to the budget when the team was formed 14 years ago.

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.

Cavs spoil O'Neal's surprise return
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Shaquille O'Neal made a surprise return to the lineup and was his usual erratic self at the free throw line as the Los Angeles Lakers lost 102-87 to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. After missing three games because of a bruised left heel, O'Neal told coach Phil Jackson he was ready to play just a few minutes before tipoff.

Alaska state football playoffs
The brackets for the 2003 Alaska State Football Playoffs, which opened on Friday, Oct. 3, plus past state and local results.

Crimson Bears make all-state football squad
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team just completed the best season in its history, and on Sunday some of the Crimson Bears reaped the rewards. Seven Juneau players were selected to the all-state first team and three players earned spots on the second team after voting Sunday morning by the state's football coaches. The selections involved seven Crimson Bears, with three players earning spots on both the offense and defense.

Sports in Juneau
NEW CALENDAR ITEMS: • Juneau Soccer Club registration - Registration for JSC's 2003-04 season is underway. Youth of all skill levels are invited to develop their soccer skills and love of the game through training and competition. JSC programs are open to youth in grades 4-12. The club is on the Web at www.juneausoccer.org. Info: Noel Shima, 789-1525, or Leslie Houston, 364-2657.

Juneau third at Service-Dimond
Things weren't looking good for the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team. The Crimson Bears were down two games and trailing in the third Saturday night in the third-fourth place match of the Service-Dimond Invitational. Then sophomore Lesley Kalbrener took charge of the middle.

Juneau swim team sweeps at Petersburg
Juneau-Douglas High School swimmers and divers swept the team titles at Friday and Saturday's meets at Petersburg, the final tune-ups for the Region V meet. The meets offered Crimson Bear coach John Wray his final chance to try out new lineups for relay events before the region meet, which will be held in Ketchikan in two weeks and determines which Southeast swimmers qualify for November's state meet.

Court tosses Greenpeace challenge
Alaska's highest court rejected an environmental group's claims that the state wrongly approved development of the first offshore oil field near Prudhoe Bay. Greenpeace contended that the state made a mistake in February 1999 when it found that BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.'s Northstar project was consistent with guidelines in the state's coastal management program.

Biologist goes after invasive non-native pike in Southcentral
Tim McKinley has declared war on the Kenai Peninsula's northern pike. Using 120-foot gillnets, the biologist with the state Department of Fish and Game has removed about 1,400 pike from East and West Mackey lakes just north of Soldotna.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Investigators narrow suspect list in Nome slaying
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Trooper investigators are down to a short list of suspects in the killing of Sonya Ivanoff, a young woman found shot to death in Nome two months ago.

Senator likes loan-grant split for Iraq
Sen. Lisa Murkowski has joined with a few other Republicans who want to turn half of President Bush's proposed $20 billion Iraq reconstruction grant into a loan. The loan versus grant question has dominated the congressional debate over a supplemental spending bill for the Iraq postwar and reconstruction expenses. The president and most Republicans want all the reconstruction aid to be a grant. Anything short, they say, would slow the money's delivery and send the wrong message.

Anchorage welcomes AFN delegates
ANCHORAGE - The 38th Annual Alaska Federation of Natives Convention is expected to bring about 4,500 delegates and other participants to Anchorage later this month.

Department of Homeland Security recruiting border officers
The war against terrorism isn't limited to New York and Los Angeles, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Mike Milne in Seattle. The agency is looking for up to 40,000 applicants for jobs at land, sea and air ports of entry throughout the country, including Alaska, he said. The current recruitment period is scheduled to run through October if the agency doesn't reach its applications target sooner.

Four Alaska communities report incidents of viral meningitis
Cases of viral meningitis have been reported in four Alaska communities, state health officials said. Four cases occurred in Fort Yukon, two in North Pole, two in Fairbanks and one in Eagle River.

State Briefs
Two men found dead in Fairbanks home FAIRBANKS - Two men were discovered killed in a Willow Street home Saturday evening. Fairbanks police officers Sunday afternoon had not released names or how the men died on the community's north side. However, Rick Taylor, who lives nearby, told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that his uncle, Ron Long, was one of the victims. The other was Long's friend, Mark Chambers, Taylor said.

Opening enrollment at UA reaches all-time high
Opening enrollment at the University of Alaska system hit an all-time high this fall and is expected to climb higher before year's end, UA officials said. Enrollment of full-time students grew 6.3 percent over this time last year and 13 percent in the past two years to a record 16,449, said UA spokesman Bob Miller. Total enrollment of full- and part-time students is 28,961.

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