Monday, October 22, 2001

Peace and prosperity
Bromidic? Cockamamie? Naive? You know, Doctor d'Armand, I really don't care to hear another man's sentimental perspectives on issues of war or democracy. Talk about commonplace, banal, clich, prosing: (yes, I had to look up "bromidic") "We Owe our Heroes"? No, sir, we owe our children!

A fair chance
I feel compelled to answer Mr. Davidson's (Southeast Alaska Conservation Council) question about "professional" management of the Tongass National Forest. No, Mr. Davidson, I do not support 50-year guaranteed timber contracts, haphazard logging of watersheds and ignoring impacts on fisheries, wildlife and communities as you seem to suggest. What I am referring to is acting Regional Forester Steve Brink will provide professional leadership and management of the national forests in Alaska in the form of education and experience along with his team of hydrologists, fish-wildlife, timber resource and other personnel.

No words to describe
A couple of days ago, I witnessed a man die. I remember making eye contact as he passed by me to get a drink of water after playing a game. The next thing, he was on the floor struggling to catch one more breath of life. I saw a him living and dying in front of my eyes. There are no words to describe what I saw.

Educate yourself
I sympathize with Emy Abad's horror at seeing a man die in front of his eyes. There are indeed no words to adequately describe the impact that such a tragedy has on anyone present. I speak from experience, having been present (and involved in the attempt to save the life of the person who passed on), not once, but on three separate occasions over 25 years. I had trouble sleeping for days afterwards each time.

Yielding a false conclusion
As has often been correctly stated (and demonstrated) recently, "freedom isn't free ..." It comes at a terrible price sometimes. One of the more incidental burdens imposed on a free society is the responsibility to air completely any number of inane opinions, no matter how far from reality some of them may stray.

Good luck, Mr. Brink
In his letter, "Welcome Brink Back," Larry Knecht misses the point regarding the return of Steve Brink to the Tongass. Is the "professional" management Mr. Knecht speaks of guaranteed 50-year timb

Debate over Point Retreat
A symbol of Alaska's maritime heritage, the Point Retreat lighthouse near Juneau has been a beacon to travelers for nearly a century. Today, it is at the center of a dispute that squares a historic restoration project against federal land management.

Murkowski to run for governor
. Sen. Frank Murkowski announced this morning that he will run for governor next year.

High water undercuts Jordan Ave. bridge
Temporary repairs began today on the Jordan Avenue bridge over Jordan Creek, near the Jordan Creek Center in the Mendenhall Valley.

Studying art
Conor Lendrum, 11, shows his father, David, his drawings during a basic drawing class held at the Alaska State Museum on Saturday. The three-weekend class is being taught by local artists Cathy Hocker and Jim Fowler and is paid for by a city sales tax grant to the Friends of the Alaska State Museum.

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

Group claims Tongass is 4th most endangered forest
The Tongass is fourth on a list of the 10 most endangered national forests in the country, according to a new report from environmentalists. But the logging industry said the report is based on false assumptions, and the U.S. Forest Service said timber sales on the Tongass are way down.

Habitat's First Ladies' project dedicated
JUNEAU Alfred Votion figures he has put 1,000 hours of sweat equity into his new house, and he's not sorry about a minute of it, he said Sunday during the official dedication of the structure.

Ulmer enters governor's race
After seven years as the state's second in command, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer is ready for the big chair.

Murkowski to run for governor
. Sen. Frank Murkowski announced this morning that he will run for governor next year.

Learning on the way to school
The walk to school: same route, same time, every weekday. It can become so routine that students and their parents don't give it a second thought.

How to make your way in the wilderness
A review of "Participating in Nature: Thomas J. Elpel's Field Guide to Primitive Living Skills" by Thomas J. Elpel (Fourth Edition, 1999, HOPS Press, Pony, Mont., paper, 156 pp., no price listed).

COMTECH canceled
JUNEAU COMTECH 2002, a program of technology seminars scheduled for Feb. 6-8 at Centennial Hall, has been canceled due to the recent world events, organizers said.

Around Town
Events Juneau

Credit union lends a hand
Last February, Angela Perez was on the brink of financial ruin. A full-time mother with a full-time job, she was the sole supporter of five children and a commercial fisherman husband, who was staying at home with the children at the time. Her weekly paycheck was the family's lifeline, so when Perez was forced to miss a week of work because of an extended child custody case in Ketchikan, the situation became serious.

GED test revision may mean starting over for some
To keep up with modern times, the General Educational Development test is getting its first overhaul since 1988.

Report: Gender wage gap narrows slightly
The wage gap between the sexes is shrinking in Alaska, but women continue to earn significantly less than men in all industries, age groups, geographic areas and most occupations, according to a new state report.

Lighthouses and their properties vary around SE
W hile the use and size of land connected with U.S. lighthouses varies, observers say the Point Retreat lighthouse reserve near Juneau is larger than most.

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

Obituary: Jimmie Campbell
Jimmie Lewis Campbell died Oct. 1, 2001, in Arco, Idaho.

Steve Reed: Creating something good from Sept. 11
The fallout from Sept. 11 still swirls like the dust clouds created by the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Like the people who escaped from towering infernos to terra firma, some of us continue to run without looking back.

My Turn: Peace Corps volunteer, permanent Alaskan
I was born and raised in Fairbanks, attended college in Minnesota, and then served as an aide to U.S. Sen. Murkowski. Currently, I am a Peace Corps volunteer in the central highlands of Guatemala.

Nita Nettleton: Try to concentrate on remembering where the sea slugs are
We four million Americans have a lot to remember. In the last 30 years or so, we have complicated our lives exponentially. Take two of the

Outside editorial: Take advantage of our diversity
The following editorial appeared in today's Dallas Morning News:

Empire editorial: Juneau International Airport improvements long overdue
The tragic events of Sept. 11 focused the nation's attention on air safety and security.

Word of Mouth
Since many airlines are stopping serving food, why don't we drop the airline food on the Taliban. That should take care of a number of problems.

My Turn: New safety, security measures in place at Juneau Int'l Airport
Travelers will notice a number of changes and beefed-up security measures at Juneau International Airport. Changes and regulations outside the airport terminal include:

Sports in Juneau
Sports events

Local sports statistics
Local stats

Five Juneau players named to first-team all-state football team
Juneau-Douglas High School football players Brett Fairchild and Zac Campbell were surprised on Sunday to receive phone calls telling them they'd both won special awards as part of the All-State Football Teams.

Alaska State Football Playoffs statistics
The schedules for the Alaska State Activities Association's large and small schools state football playoffs.

JYFL hosts state junior league championship
In recent years, Juneau Youth Football League junior division coach Eddie Brakes took his team to California for a postseason game arranged through the Internet.

Juneau finishes in middle of pack in tourney
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team played well enough to finish in the top half of the field at the 24-team Service-Dimond Tournament held Friday and Saturday in Anchorage.

Southeast swimmers lack kryptonite in meet
Juneau-Douglas High School's Forrest Preston donned a 'Superman' T-shirt around Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool while waiting for his events Saturday at the Juneau Inivitational ... and rightly so.

Sports in Juneau
Sports events

Norton's ANWR portrait faulted
WASHINGTON When a Senate committee asked U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton questions about caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, she sought answers from the agency in her department that runs the refuge.

River threatens historic roadhouse
DELTA JUNCTION In the early 1900s, weary travelers would pause at the log-hewn Rika's Roadhouse for a hot meal and break from the rigors of wilderness Alaska.

Man killed in Dalton Highway rollover
FAIRBANKS -- A 56-year-old Anchorage man was killed in a single-vehicle accident on the Dalton Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

Helicopter wreckage remains submerged
ANCHORAGE -- Crews were able to hear an electronic signal being sent from a helicopter that crashed last week in a snow storm, but the wreckage and likely the bodies of two victims remained submerged.

Russians want international Bering Strait park
ANCHORAGE -- A group of Russians is promoting an international park that would span the Bering Strait.

Jobless increased slightly last month
JUNEAU Unemployment rose by less than a percent in Alaska during September to 5.2 percent as the tourism season ended, the state labor department said Friday.

More Alaska guardsmen called up
ANCHORAGE Part of the Alaska Air National Guard's 168th Air Refueling Wing has been mobilized for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Alaska Native stories carry lessons for life in a harsh land
ANCHORAGE Vera Metcalf learned about her Siberian Yupik world from stories told during long winter nights nestled in a bed covered with reindeer hides, listening to the voices of her mother and father.

Fairbanks man charged in weekend rampage
FAIRBANKS -- A Fairbanks man is accused of ramming seven vehicles during a drunken rampage in a stolen pickup truck.

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