Friday, October 24, 2003

Youths need to learn from fatal accident
The day before Skyler was killed my husband was driving in the Switzer Creek area and saw a group of boys playing by the side of the road. One of the oldest boys, maybe high school age, grabbed a younger one and threw him into the road as my husband approached. He slowed down and honked at the boys. They responded with a typical rude hand gesture as he drove by.

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.

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.

Questioning 'local' TV programming
Channel 15 recently was awarded NBC-affiliate status for Juneau, supposedly on the basis of "local ownership."

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.

Why not tax nice clothes next?
The right and wrongs of this tax has been discussed enough. That being said, may I propose that the next "tax target" be "neckties, suits and fine oufits." This way, all us other fisherman, loggers and general slobs can rest easy feeling vindicated knowing this democratic system is indeed working.

Cell phones aren't the only driving danger
In regards to Ms. Thurston's letter on tracking people who have been in accidents to see if they were using their cell phones: How about tracking to see if they were busy applying makeup? How about lighting a cigarette? Drinking coffee? Changing the radio station? Eating?

Grateful for outpouring of local support
On Oct. 20 our family lost Skyler Lee Kim. From the moment of that tragic accident we have felt the arms of this community wrap around us in many ways. Initially I avoided the scene of the accident, but after seeing the newspaper article and the picture I was drawn to that area.

The reality of teachers who are 'behind'
That "Alaska teachers fall behind" story is a non-story. "Behind" what? They are not doing the same job that urban teachers do - one subject to 20 or 30 kids the same age.

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

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.

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.

Juneau boy out of intensive care, community plans fund-raisers
A Juneau boy who spent July, August and September in the intensive-care unit of Children's Hospital in Seattle is out of intensive care and regaining his strength, his mother said Thursday. Andrew Gibb was admitted to intensive care at the hospital on June 29, when he was put on a blood bypass system to compensate for his collapsed lungs. He originally went to Seattle on June 15 because of a high fever that doctors thought might be related to his neutropenic condition, which is marked by a shortage of white blood cells.

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.

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

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.

Conservation groups sue Forest Service
Conservation groups that have vocally opposed timber sales in the Tongass National Forest are filing suit against the U.S. Forest Service over a 10-year timber contract being offered for bid on Prince of Wales Island. The lawsuit was due to be filed Thursday in federal District Court in Juneau, said Aurah Landau, spokeswoman for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. Earthjustice was filing the suit for SEACC, the Sitka Conservation Society, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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

Dog task force addresses problems
The Gastineau Humane Society had logged 63 dog bites for 2003 as of Wednesday, animal control supervisor Capt. Hoyt Stepp said. That is up from 44 bites in all of 2002. The Gastineau Humane Society runs an animal shelter and the city's animal control services.

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

Low-income apartments nearly finished
A downtown 22-unit apartment house for low-income tenants will open in January, says Dan Austin, president of the nonprofit organization Channel View Inc. The 22,000-square-foot Channel View Apartments at 345 Gastineau Ave. will provide one- and two-bedroom apartments for those making less than 60 percent of Juneau's median income.

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal proceedings in the region.

Glory Hole to reopen for daytime hours
Before the Glory Hole began closing during its mid-day hours at the beginning of October, Delores Huber came to the downtown homeless shelter every day for lunch. So when she offered a prayer before Thursday's noon meal, which marked the official reopening of the Glory Hole during its daytime hours, she made it a prayer of thanks. "Thank you, Lord, for the good meal we're having, thanks for the Glory Hole being open, and thank you for everything," Huber said, before digging into a plate of sloppy joes and potato and pasta salads.

Photo: Princess Sophia, Oct. 24, 1918
Taken 85 years ago today, this photograph shows the Canadian Pacific steamer Princess Sophia stranded on Vanderbilt Reef, northwest of Juneau.

...for coaching youths
The Juneau Youth Football League's Junior All-Stars traveled to Kodiak from Oct. 16-19 and captured the junior championship trophy. The parents who traveled with the team saw not only remarkable football but also witnessed the extraordinary leadership and sportsmanship of the All-Stars coaching team, Edd Webb and Charles Fairless. These coaches, along with Tommy Penrose, had only five practices to put together a winning team comprised of players from four teams in JYFL's 11- and 12-year-old category.

Photo: City lights
The lights of downtown Juneau sparkle on a cool fall night late last month, as seen from the upper station of the Mount Roberts Tramway. The white-colored lights illuminating the Federal Building parking lot stand out in contrast to the orange-hued street lights.

... for contributing to KBJZ's 'fun-raiser'
KBJZ 94.1 LPFM would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all the contributors to our outrageously successful "fun-raiser," held on the evening of Friday the 10th.

Nine Eagle Scouts to be honored at banquet
The Boy Scouts of America's Southeast Alaska Area Council has announced the members of its 2003 class of Eagle Scouts. The scouts will be honored at a banquet on Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at Centennial Hall. The keynote speaker for the Eagle Banquet will be Maj. Drew Dix, a Medal of Honor recipient. Dix received the honor in 1968 for exceptional heroism in Vietnam, as a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, and was the first enlisted man to receive the nation's highest military honor.

Teacher Talk: It's all about reading - not just the book
My husband and I had our first major fight when my 200 boxes of books inserted themselves into our marriage. After five months of marriage we were moving from our separate houses in separate Bush Alaska villages to Haines. I was five months pregnant. So he had to move all those books from Alakanuk to Anchorage and from Anchorage to Haines, and finally into our new house. He was, to say the least, irritated, a fact he still reminds me of from time to time when he trips over a pile of books in the living room.

Rider receives BA in anthropology
Shawna Rider, a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, received her bachelor of arts in anthropology from Southern Oregon University on June 14. With a 3.7 grade point average, she graduated cum laude and received a certificate in cultural resource management.

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.

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?

Alaska swimming top 16 prep times
Here are Alaska's top 16 times for the 2003 high school swimming season. This list is compiled by Juneau-Douglas High School swim coach John Wray and is through meets of Oct. 18.

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.

Four Juneau football players to take part in annual Shrine Game
Four Juneau-Douglas High School seniors will be on the field for the 26th annual Al Aska Shrine Temple North-South Classic football game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium. The Crimson Bears making the trip to Anchorage are kicker-defensive back Richard Isett, fullback-linebacker Ryan West, fullback-linebacker Nick West and offensive tackle-defensive end Jimmy Brown.

From many, one
For a trio that share the same grade and the same sport, Juneau-Douglas High School varsity volleyball seniors Julie Heard, Karla Dunivin and Heather Dillon have traveled very different athletic paths to reach this point. Heard is a varsity veteran, Dunivin has made a dedicated drive up through the ranks and Dillon is an eager newcomer to the Crimson Bear squad, which hosts its final home matches of the season today and Saturday against the Sitka Wolves.

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

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.

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.

Stevens to investigate possible phantom villages
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said he plans to ask federal agencies to give him a list of Alaska Native tribes receiving grants so he can determine whether they are eligible for the money. "I've been hearing about phantom villages for a long time," Stevens, an Alaska Republican, said Wednesday. "I have had the allegation before, but no one has been willing to put it in writing for me."

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

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."

Panel: Rural justice system needs work
The justice system in rural Alaska is a patchwork of programs that covers only some communities despite higher-than-average crime rates in the Bush, according to speakers at a daylong summit focusing on rural law enforcement. The gathering, which highlighted successes and failures of the system, was sponsored by the Alaska Federation of Natives, which is meeting this week in Anchorage.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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."

Cartoon: The Buck Stops Where

'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.

Movies where & when
Movie schedule for local theaters

Briefly
Entertainment news around Juneau in brief.

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