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Thursday, October 23, 2003

Taxationists are in denial, a sure sign of addiction
Attention taxationists who complain about people who don't want to be taxed yet again (see Bart Watson's letter Oct 21): You're in denial. That's understandable, because denial is a classic sign of addiction and there is no substance in the universe more addicting than tax money. Nevertheless, we need to confront you yet again with reality.

Ballots should be recounted by hand
From the Oct. 16 Juneau Empire, attributed to the Juneau city clerk: "...she will recount the ballots by running them through the Accu-Vote machines again..."

Help restore campaign finance reform law
Last year our Legislature overturned a campaign finance reform law. The reforms were passed in 1996 by the Legislature to avoid facing a popular citizens' initiative on the ballot. Now the Legislature has overturned this reform, which was demanded by Alaskan citizens. Through the initiative process, we can restore the campaign finance reform law.

Tobacco taxes aren't discrimination
To those who liken the tobacco tax to discrimination: If you think that a tobacco tax truly amounts to discrimination, you'll never get around it. We get taxed on everything, like it or not. And we'll pay it somehow, like it or not. Should I feel discriminated against because every time I purchase something locally I have to pay a 5 percent sales tax? Should I feel discriminated against because if I buy a house I have to pay property tax? Or that I have to pay an 8-cent tax on every gallon of gasoline I have to buy to drive around? Or what about the alcohol tax?

When are cell phones involved in accidents?
I would like to suggest that the Empire start reporting on cell phone use in connection with vehicle accidents. I have no idea whether the driver in yesterday's fatal accident was talking on a cell phone at the time of the accident (and I hope he wasn't). I have noticed, however, that approximately one-third of the drivers that pass me on Riverside Drive in the mornings when I'm walking with my daughter to the school bus are taking on cell phones.

Forest Service should not ignore public
A recent Juneau Empire headline reads "25,000 public comments pour in on roadless rule." I have several responses to this article. First, while the Forest Service has not yet finished counting the public comments it received this summer on the proposed exemption of the Tongass from the roadless rule, its tally at the time the article was printed was 125,000, not 25,000. This error, whether it resulted from a typo or a miscommunication with the Forest Service, is the kind that the paper should correct prominently, so I was glad that the Juneau Empire noted the correction a few days after the story's publication.

Dialogue helps overcome stigmas
Mr. Malo of Fort Myers, Fla., makes an interestingpoint in Tuesday's Empire. Mind and body are inseparable since one can certainly effect the other.

Donations come in for Kim celebration
Donations have poured in for Saturday's celebration of the life of 10-year-old Skyler Lee Kim, who died Monday morning after being struck by a pickup on his way to school. "All the food and the videotaping was donated," Arlene Crumrine, Kim's maternal grandmother, said Wednesday. Even the program printed for the event is being donated. The service is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium at Glacier Valley Elementary School, 3400 Tongass Blvd., Principal Ted Wilson said.

DOT: Ferry system move under preliminary review
The Alaska Marine Highway System is reviewing a proposal to move its administrative operations from Juneau to Ketchikan, but state Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Tom Briggs said the analysis is "very preliminary."

School Board carries on work on Alyeska bid
The Juneau School Board, meeting Tuesday for the first time with its four new members, unanimously directed the administration to continue to prepare a bid to run the statewide correspondence school.

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

Around Town
Today:Parks & Rec. Wednesday Hike, 9:30 a.m., 27.6 mile Glacier Hwy. No dogs or firearms please. Day of Quilting, Sewing and Good Fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380. Low-Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175.

Planners list optional items for new school
The planned high school at Dimond Park may not include artificial surfaces for the playing field or the running track, 150 additional parking spaces, 350 more bleacher seats in the gym or the longest-lasting surfaces on some floors and walls.

Panel eyes fees for skaters
The city's Skateboard Task Force is considering a skaters' fee to help offset the costs of repairing wear and tear to Marine Park. The task force will discuss a fee, skating code of conduct and the city's skating ordinance at a 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, meeting in Room 224 of City Hall, said Kristi West, who manages the Zach Gordon Youth Center. The fee would apply to anyone who skates in Marine Park downtown.

Fund set up to help Kim's family with expenses
Facing unexpected expenses surrounding the loss of a child, the family of Skyler Lee Kim has set up a fund to accept donations at First National Bank.

This Day in History
In Alaska: In 1949, A gold rush started as reports arrived of pea-sized nuggets found on the Yukon River, 160 miles north of Fairbanks. It was known as the Fishwheel Strike.

AWARE shelter celebrates 25 years
In the 25 years that the AWARE shelter has served women trying to escape domestic violence, new laws and increased awareness have made it easier to prosecute abusers, said AWARE Executive Director Saralyn Tabachnick. But domestic violence remains a problem in Juneau and other Southeast communities, and that's why the 48-bed shelter is still here.

Correction
Due to incorrect information provided to the Empire, the caption to a photograph of bears near the Mendenhall Glacier in Sunday's Outdoors page incorrectly identified the photographer. The photo was taken by Nicole Crewe.

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

Photo:Eagles on the lookout
A pair of bald eagles survey Tuesday's blustery weather at Wayside Park.

Juneau hunter competes on ESPN reality show
Alaskans are renowned for their outdoor prowess, so when ESPN went searching for contestants to star in its outdoor reality show "The Wild Rules," Juneau hunter Chuck Orsborn was a perfect match.

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

Recount: Schorr wins seat by 4 votes
The city's recount of ballots for the Juneau School Board on Wednesday gave Alan Schorr a four-vote winning margin over Bill Peters. The city clerk's office certified the results in the late afternoon. Schorr had a one-vote margin after the official results of the Oct. 7 city election were first certified on Oct. 14. But some voters requested a recount. Schorr finished with 2,879 votes to Peters' 2,875.

Totem is one of oldest originals standing in Southeast
Unlike towns like Sitka and Ketchikan, which have totem parks, Juneau's more than 20 totem poles are spread out around the community - some indoors and some outdoors. Guide books usually give them scant mention and rarely place them on walking-tour maps.

Thanks
... to Rube Crosset... to Arts Council

Neighbors Digest
Soroptimist International of Juneau announces its 2003-04 Women's Opportunity Awards program. The awards are cash grants for women seeking to improve their employment status by seeking additional education or training. The program is designed to assist women who are the primary source of financial support for their families. The women may use the awards to offset any costs associated with gaining higher education, including books, child care or transportation.

Pets of the week
KEGAN Year-old is energetic, plays well with others LITTLE BUDDY Cat has spunk, will make great buddy

A story of Gonakadet and mother-in-law trouble
On p. 70 of Keithahn's Monuments in Cedar, there is a photograph of a petroglyph of Gonakadet carrying a whale. Keithahn believes this to be the earliest representation of the monster.

Skyler Lee Kim
Juneau resident Skyler Lee Kim, 10, died Oct. 20, 2003, in a traffic accident on his way to school. He was born July 2, 1993, in Juneau. He enjoyed kickball, Yu-Gi-Oh cards, riding his bike, spending time with his friends and fishing for "whatever bit his hook." He was a fifth-grader at Glacier Valley Elementary School.

Patrick Francis Mitten
Juneau resident Patrick Francis Mitten, 69, died Oct. 20, 2003, in Juneau.

Edward J. Fox
Lifelong Juneau resident Edward J. Fox, 69, died Oct. 18, 2003, in Juneau. He was born Jan. 19, 1934, to Daisy Fox Hansen and Roy Williams. He worked as a commercial fisherman with his grandfather as a young man, then worked at the Juneau Sawmill and with the federal government.

My Turn: Money obscuring environmental issue
Why is it that when anyone in Alaska raises environmental concerns they are immediately branded as some kind of left-wing environmentalist radical? Can't the citizens of this state have a legitimate and vested interest in its environment without being branded as a radical?

State championship scenes
Juneau wide receiver Mike Winters, left, is tackled by East Anchorage linebacker Joe Lyman, center, and defensive back Ryan Bailey, partially hidden at right, after making a catch during last Saturday's state championship game at Anchorage Football Stadium. East won the game 33-15. It was Juneau's first-ever state title game appearance.

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.

Photo: Slam dunk
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Carlos Boozer dunks against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of Wednesday's preseason game at the Gund Arena in Cleveland. Boozer - a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School - scored 10 points in 21 minutes of play.

Lifetime achievement
Dean Williams' remarkable athletic exploits are well-known and well-recognized around Juneau. This weekend, the 85-year-old avid tennis player will be the toast of the entire region as he is inducted into the United States Tennis Association/Pacific Northwest Section Hall of Fame.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 24-25 • Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball - The Crimson Bears host the Sitka Wolves for a pair of Region V-Class 4A matches, with C team, JV and varsity match times TBA at the JDHS main gym.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Volleyball standings
Volleyball standings through Oct. 20

Governor holds forum on Bristol Bay oil, gas
Gov. Frank Murkowski told a gathering of Native leaders Wednesday that oil and gas exploration would bring good jobs to Southwest Alaska and keep young people from seeking work elsewhere. "Our job in state government is to help your leadership ... achieve what you want," Murkowski said. "Too many of our kids are leaving this state."

Alaska Digest
Juneau School Board names officers; Valdez man charged in mother's death; Man dies after falling off Seattle crab boat; Kasilof woman indicted for boyfriend's murder; Ex-employee settles lawsuit with utility

State rejects Senate vacancy initiative
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman on Tuesday denied certification of a ballot initiative that would require a statewide election to fill vacancies in the U.S. Senate.

This Day in History
This day in Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Three Generations on the Dance Floor
Rep. Reggie Joule, a Kotzebue Democrat, right, dances with his son Reggie Joule, who is holding his 7-month-old son Sakkaaluk Eduardo, during an invitational dance by the Northern Lights Dancers from Kotzebue on Monday, the first day of the Alaska Federation of Natives Elders and Youth Conference in Anchorage. The three-day youth conference precedes the annual Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, which draws Natives from around the state.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Photo: Converging for AFN convention
Lilly Curtis of Anchorage, left, shares a laugh with Isabella Ramoth during the Alaska Federation of Natives Youth and Elders conference Wednesday in Anchorage.

State to appeal abortion decision
The battle over parental consent for teenagers seeking abortions continues with the state's announcement that it will appeal a Superior Court judge's ruling that declared the law unconstitutional.

What's Happening
Upcoming arts and entertainment events in Juneau.

'Secretary' is a masochistic, old-fashioned fairy tale
What is love? Pure chance? Chemistry? A leap of faith, a dark supposition and a deep wish, that one and one could be two? For secretary Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and attorney E. Edward Grey (James Spader) - stars of Steven Shainberg's 2002 "Secretary" - love is at least all these things but more. Mr. Grey is an isolated, Type A lawyer who needs to control his environment, but desperately wants to relinquish his compulsion for trust.

Bringing poetry back
As one of three members of Christian hip-hop stars DC Talk, Kevin Max is often more celebrated for his feather boas and his eccentricities than his love of poetry and British rock. His new wave influences started to show up on 1995's "Jesus Freak" - the fourth of the group's six records. And about the same time, he released his first book of poetry, 1994's "At the Foot of Heaven."

Houston, we have two bronze cougars
Four years ago, San Diego Padres majority owner John Moores and his wife, Rebecca, asked Juneau artist and sculptor Skip Wallen to design two bronze cougars to guard the entrance to the University of Houston Cougars' AthleticAlumni Building. This August, Moores decided he had a problem with the finished cats. "They were too big and too nice," he said.

Briefly
Entertainment news around Juneau in brief.

Creating identity - one paper strip at a time
Years ago, before he was known as "the maskman," Juneau artist Charles Buggs was a fine arts student at Howard University in a course called "Methods and Materials of Art." The class assignment one day: create an art project, for less than $10 in materials, that could be taught to junior high school students. Buggs had a part-time job working in a mail room for the federal government, and one day, in between deliveries, he began to tinker with some paper strips.

Cartoon: The Buck Stops Where

Movies where & when
Movie schedule for local theaters

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