Tuesday, October 24, 2000

Ugly sells well
This year, Halloween may not be pretty.

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Anchorage stores launch war with gasoline prices
ANCHORAGE - Retailers in Alaska's largest city are hoping to entice shoppers by adding cut-rate gas stations to their stores.

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Anchorage stores launch war with gasoline prices
ANCHORAGE - Retailers in Alaska's largest city are hoping to entice shoppers by adding cut-rate gas stations to their stores.

Ugly sells well
This year, Halloween may not be pretty.

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Business Profile

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Around Town

Obituary

Obituary

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AFN tackles wildlife initiative
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Federation of Natives is getting involved in two wildlife-control ballot initiatives on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.

New test spurs elevated focus on literacy
At a time of high pressure on public schools, teachers need a sophisticated knowledge of the brain and how children learn, says Donna Ogle, president-elect of the International Reading Association.

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

Barnes faces tough House race
ANCHORAGE - State Rep. Ramona Barnes and challenger Harry Crawford are polite when they appear in public forums, but the civility disappears during other aspects of their hotly contested race for state House.

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

Ousted labor leader files suit for damages
Donn Liston, former Southeast business agent for the state's largest public employees union, has filed suit against his old employer.

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AFN tackles wildlife initiative
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Federation of Natives is getting involved in two wildlife-control ballot initiatives on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.

Hudson to push for tapping Permafund
When oil prices hit historic lows two years ago, Juneau Rep. Bill Hudson was one of the first lawmakers to push a plan to help fund government with income from the Alaska Permanent Fund. Voters later overwhelmingly rejected the idea of using fund earnings to help balance the state budget, but last session Hudson championed it again.

Ousted labor leader files suit for damages
Donn Liston, former Southeast business agent for the state's largest public employees union, has filed suit against his old employer.

Pit cleanup to cost city $120,000
The city wants to get rid of petroleum-contaminated soil it's been storing at its Lemon Creek gravel pit. The project, put out for bid Monday, will remove and dispose of about 1,650 tons of material at an estimated cost to the city of $120,000.

Grant to expand village services
Non-Native residents in some remote Southeast communities soon will have the same medical care as their Native neighbors.

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

Helicopter rescues hunter stuck on slope near ski area
A stranded hunter stepped onto a hovering helicopter to get out of tight spot in approaching darkness Sunday afternoon on a mountain near the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Snowmachine workshops held around Panhandle
A grant to the Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center is making a set of snowmachine workshops possible in six locations around Southeast.

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Grant to expand village services
Non-Native residents in some remote Southeast communities soon will have the same medical care as their Native neighbors.

Tests: Ship waste has too much bacteria
Ongoing analysis of wastewater discharges from cruise ships continues to show high levels of fecal matter and some heavy metals but no hazardous wastes, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Barnes faces tough House race
ANCHORAGE - State Rep. Ramona Barnes and challenger Harry Crawford are polite when they appear in public forums, but the civility disappears during other aspects of their hotly contested race for state House.

Miller honored for advocacy of cancer research
The Prostate Cancer Research Institute and US TOO, a cancer education and support group, awarded Juneau resident Mike Miller the Unity Award 2000 at an Oct. 13 conference in Long Beach, Calif.

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Helicopter rescues hunter stuck on slope near ski area
A stranded hunter stepped onto a hovering helicopter to get out of tight spot in approaching darkness Sunday afternoon on a mountain near the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Hudson to push for tapping Permafund
When oil prices hit historic lows two years ago, Juneau Rep. Bill Hudson was one of the first lawmakers to push a plan to help fund government with income from the Alaska Permanent Fund. Voters later overwhelmingly rejected the idea of using fund earnings to help balance the state budget, but last session Hudson championed it again.

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

Pit cleanup to cost city $120,000
The city wants to get rid of petroleum-contaminated soil it's been storing at its Lemon Creek gravel pit. The project, put out for bid Monday, will remove and dispose of about 1,650 tons of material at an estimated cost to the city of $120,000.

3rd parties courting Alaskans
Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan are hoping to mine Alaska's rich lode of independent voters for the quirkiest of political coups - beating Al Gore for second place.

Snowmachine workshops held around Panhandle
A grant to the Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center is making a set of snowmachine workshops possible in six locations around Southeast.

Tests: Ship waste has too much bacteria
Ongoing analysis of wastewater discharges from cruise ships continues to show high levels of fecal matter and some heavy metals but no hazardous wastes, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Miller honored for advocacy of cancer research
The Prostate Cancer Research Institute and US TOO, a cancer education and support group, awarded Juneau resident Mike Miller the Unity Award 2000 at an Oct. 13 conference in Long Beach, Calif.

New test spurs elevated focus on literacy
At a time of high pressure on public schools, teachers need a sophisticated knowledge of the brain and how children learn, says Donna Ogle, president-elect of the International Reading Association.

3rd parties courting Alaskans
Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan are hoping to mine Alaska's rich lode of independent voters for the quirkiest of political coups - beating Al Gore for second place.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Governor runs state like Anchorage mayor
How profound of Gordon Warren Epperly to suggest in his Letter to the Editor of Thursday that the sleazy current movement of the capital, and business which should be conducted at the capital, from Juneau is a violation of state law.

Prop 4 is fad diet
What is "No 4?" This is the question my 6-year-old asked as we were riding in our car the other day. She was reading the "No Proposition 4" sign I taped on the window. I tell her it is a ballot question which if adopted would mean no new schools can be built, less money for organizations that provide good services to the public (our non-profits), fewer police, less fire protection, less road repairs, less everything. It would severely limit money now provided to our municipalities. But didn't we just have an election my 10-year-old asked. Well, yes, I explained we just had the local municipal election; this is the federal and state election where we vote on who will be president, who will be our state representatives, and on ballot propositions or questions. Election Day is on Nov. 7.

Coast Guard needs
Your Oct. 17 article, "Russians meet with Coast Guard," provided an informative glimpse at a mission the Coast Guard finds itself taking on more and more often.

Straight talk Al
After reading the article about the house race between Pardee and Kookesh, I'm sure that folks that weren't clear on their choice are very clear now. To say that Kookesh is too involved in Native affairs leaving too little time to represent us non-Native people offends me. As a resident of Skagway I've never been turned away from his office on the hill nor has a phone call ever been ignored. Kookesh has been a good friend to Skagway as well as the rest of his district. He is a strong supporter of PCE, school funding, improved ferry service, and takes a strong stand for what is just for all people in his district.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Caring and competent
I sat next to Rep. Beth Kerttula in the House of Representatives during the last two years. In her first term, she distinguished herself as one of the most effective legislators in the State House.

Landslides ahead
I am writing to ask the new assembly and everyone in Juneau who can help to pay attention to a horrible situation downtown.

Timeout from peace
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: It's hard to fault Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak for declaring a "timeout" in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process and scrambling to form an emergency government with the opposition Likud Party.

Voter initiative process needs to be reformed
The following editorial appeared Friday in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Regardless of the outcome of Ballot Measure No. 1 the proposed constitutional amendment banning initiatives affecting wildlife major changes are needed in Alaska's provision for voter-enacted laws.

'Cheap grace' is easy but not lasting
The central conceit of the new movie "Pay It Forward" is this: Saving the world, or at least your own soul, is pretty easy.

Tax cap proposal is bad medicine
The tax cap proposal is medicine much worse than the ailment it seeks to treat.

Prop 1 takes rights
I have lived in Alaska for over 20 years, and in all my time here I have never known Alaskans to voluntarily throw away their rights. This upcoming election offers us the chance to do just that.

Governor runs state like Anchorage mayor
How profound of Gordon Warren Epperly to suggest in his Letter to the Editor of Thursday that the sleazy current movement of the capital, and business which should be conducted at the capital, from Juneau is a violation of state law.

Protect wildlife and the initiative process
On Nov. 7 I will cast my vote to protect the rights of all Alaskans by voting no on Proposition 1. Proposition 1 aims at removing the power from the people of this state by prohibiting any citizen initiatives on wildlife issues. Regardless if you are a hunter or someone who prefers to watch wildlife, we are all equally harmed by this outrageous attempt to strip us of our rights.

No on Prop 1
As a retired Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist and former member of the Alaska Board of Game, I strongly believe we must keep the voter initiative for wildlife issues. My main reason is that we need a check on the Legislature, which passes and threatens to pass wildlife legislation that benefits only special interest groups and is not good resource management. When the Legislature has a majority that can override a governor's veto, as it does now, one of the few ways to overturn poor wildlife legislation is with a voter initiative.

Prop 1 takes rights
I have lived in Alaska for over 20 years, and in all my time here I have never known Alaskans to voluntarily throw away their rights. This upcoming election offers us the chance to do just that.

Protect wildlife and the initiative process
On Nov. 7 I will cast my vote to protect the rights of all Alaskans by voting no on Proposition 1. Proposition 1 aims at removing the power from the people of this state by prohibiting any citizen initiatives on wildlife issues. Regardless if you are a hunter or someone who prefers to watch wildlife, we are all equally harmed by this outrageous attempt to strip us of our rights.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Let experts decide
Which kind of bridge should we build? An arch bridge, a beam bridge, a suspension bridge, or a cable-stayed bridge? Which engineering principles should we apply? Are you qualified to make these decisions? I know I am not. Bridges are for the public; we all use and appreciate them, yet the methods and means of engineering and constructing a public bridge are appropriately left to those trained in that field.

No on Prop 1
As a retired Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist and former member of the Alaska Board of Game, I strongly believe we must keep the voter initiative for wildlife issues. My main reason is that we need a check on the Legislature, which passes and threatens to pass wildlife legislation that benefits only special interest groups and is not good resource management. When the Legislature has a majority that can override a governor's veto, as it does now, one of the few ways to overturn poor wildlife legislation is with a voter initiative.

Distorted history
As a 21-year Alaska resident and hunter, I take exception to views expressed by the "Ballot box biology" letter of Oct. 19. Contrary to the writer's claim, in the 1996 election the issue was not distorted, but was simply a ban on the practice of same-day airborne wolf hunting, to give the same sporting chance most wildlife is given. It is well-known that same-day airborne wolf hunting is at best unsporting, is not an effective method of wolf control and has been shown to lead to abuses such as aerial wolf hunting.

Tax cap proposal is bad medicine
The tax cap proposal is medicine much worse than the ailment it seeks to treat.

Coast Guard needs
Your Oct. 17 article, "Russians meet with Coast Guard," provided an informative glimpse at a mission the Coast Guard finds itself taking on more and more often.

June boosts economy
Your Friday headline about my race, "Environmentalist, booster of economy vie in Senate race" is inaccurate, prejudicial and unprofessional. In this society, we are labeled by how we make a living, not by our hobbies or passions. How does my 20-year career in the fishing industry and my 20 years as a businessman in the boat-building industry earn me your label?

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

Caring and competent
I sat next to Rep. Beth Kerttula in the House of Representatives during the last two years. In her first term, she distinguished herself as one of the most effective legislators in the State House.

Timeout from peace
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: It's hard to fault Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak for declaring a "timeout" in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process and scrambling to form an emergency government with the opposition Likud Party.

Prop 4 is fad diet
What is "No 4?" This is the question my 6-year-old asked as we were riding in our car the other day. She was reading the "No Proposition 4" sign I taped on the window. I tell her it is a ballot question which if adopted would mean no new schools can be built, less money for organizations that provide good services to the public (our non-profits), fewer police, less fire protection, less road repairs, less everything. It would severely limit money now provided to our municipalities. But didn't we just have an election my 10-year-old asked. Well, yes, I explained we just had the local municipal election; this is the federal and state election where we vote on who will be president, who will be our state representatives, and on ballot propositions or questions. Election Day is on Nov. 7.

'Cheap grace' is easy but not lasting
The central conceit of the new movie "Pay It Forward" is this: Saving the world, or at least your own soul, is pretty easy.

Landslides ahead
I am writing to ask the new assembly and everyone in Juneau who can help to pay attention to a horrible situation downtown.

June boosts economy
Your Friday headline about my race, "Environmentalist, booster of economy vie in Senate race" is inaccurate, prejudicial and unprofessional. In this society, we are labeled by how we make a living, not by our hobbies or passions. How does my 20-year career in the fishing industry and my 20 years as a businessman in the boat-building industry earn me your label?

Straight talk Al
After reading the article about the house race between Pardee and Kookesh, I'm sure that folks that weren't clear on their choice are very clear now. To say that Kookesh is too involved in Native affairs leaving too little time to represent us non-Native people offends me. As a resident of Skagway I've never been turned away from his office on the hill nor has a phone call ever been ignored. Kookesh has been a good friend to Skagway as well as the rest of his district. He is a strong supporter of PCE, school funding, improved ferry service, and takes a strong stand for what is just for all people in his district.

Distorted history
As a 21-year Alaska resident and hunter, I take exception to views expressed by the "Ballot box biology" letter of Oct. 19. Contrary to the writer's claim, in the 1996 election the issue was not distorted, but was simply a ban on the practice of same-day airborne wolf hunting, to give the same sporting chance most wildlife is given. It is well-known that same-day airborne wolf hunting is at best unsporting, is not an effective method of wolf control and has been shown to lead to abuses such as aerial wolf hunting.

Voter initiative process needs to be reformed
The following editorial appeared Friday in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Regardless of the outcome of Ballot Measure No. 1 the proposed constitutional amendment banning initiatives affecting wildlife major changes are needed in Alaska's provision for voter-enacted laws.

Let experts decide
Which kind of bridge should we build? An arch bridge, a beam bridge, a suspension bridge, or a cable-stayed bridge? Which engineering principles should we apply? Are you qualified to make these decisions? I know I am not. Bridges are for the public; we all use and appreciate them, yet the methods and means of engineering and constructing a public bridge are appropriately left to those trained in that field.

Khannouchi wins his Olympics
CHICAGO -- Khalid Khannouchi didn't watch the Olympic marathon. He just couldn't.

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Khannouchi wins his Olympics
CHICAGO -- Khalid Khannouchi didn't watch the Olympic marathon. He just couldn't.

Juneau players claim three spots on all-state football team
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team may not have made the state playoffs this season, but the Crimson Bears were well-represented on the all-state football team announced Sunday.

Juneau players claim three spots on all-state football team
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team may not have made the state playoffs this season, but the Crimson Bears were well-represented on the all-state football team announced Sunday.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

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