Smith: Openly gay, openly funny
Being gay is funny to Bob Smith. Comedian and writer Smith draws on his experiences as a gay man for much of his material. He's spent the past 12 years as a professional stand-up comedian and recently published "Openly Bob," a humorous autobiography.

Artist brings sunflowers to rain country
Artist Dianne Anderson will bring the sun to Juneau this fall. "Sunflowers in Rain Country" and "Sunflower Worship" are two new works Anderson will feature in her upcoming show. Anderson's exhibit opens Friday with oil paintings, collages and etchings on display. A reception from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Big Picture gallery in Lyle's Home Furnishings will open the event.

Play reading retells story of sunken Sophia
The Princess Sophia was jammed on a reef north of Juneau in a pounding winter storm while rescuers waited nearby. They waited too long. They missed their chance to launch a rescue and more than 300 people died - the greatest loss of life at sea in Alaska history.

Entertainment Calendar

A con man, an errant knight & two merry wives
Director Aaron Elmore sprang a surprise on the cast of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" after rehearsals began. Not only would each actor play two parts, the second role would require bringing a four-foot-high puppet to life.

Leaving robots for the road
Comedian Bil Dwyer never envisioned that his career would give him a turn as a robot wrestling announcer.

Curious George has a birthday - his 60th
"This is George. George is a little monkey and all monkeys are curious. But no monkey is as curious as George. That is why his name is Curious George."

Done with you
My stars, there's a radical feminist among us. Quick, debunk her! Call her "stupid," "inane," "ignorant" - anything to shut her up, discredit her, and smooth the ruffled, peacock feathers of mankind, his thoroughbred terror of freedom, liberation, women's superior intelligence, his ultimate inadequacy in the face of 5,000 years of foolish leadership, wastefulness, violence and war.

Ticket to ride
Finally, a letter that exposes Ms. Chris Joy for what she is a radical feminist without the slightest idea of what she is talking about! I wholeheartedly support the comments ma

Docks are an access issue
Closing the city dock. Now there's an idea. The logic seems to be: large numbers of people congregate on cruise ships; large numbers of people are terrorist targets; we must limit access to cruise ships. By extension, maybe we should limit access to the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool, Fred Meyer during December, and Sandy Beach on the Fourth of July.

Rm w/vu, bassets
There is snow on the ground in Anchorage, which means winter is here and soon I will pack up and move to Juneau for the legislative session. I love my job as a legislator. The only difficulty I have is leaving behind my home and my two basset hounds.

Wise land buy
The Assembly is to be congratulated on its agreement to purchase for a "public purpose" land now owned by Faith Lutheran Church at the corner of Egan Drive and Loop Road. It's a wonderful site for a public building, with high visibility at a major intersection.

Oppose public land giveaway
The article was good in the Sunday paper dealing with the Point Retreat Lighthouse on the northern end of Admiralty Island National Monument. The problem was well-phrased, "should a historical preservation group (private) or the federal government (public) control the land (public) around the Admiralty Island lighthouse."

We need a road
Expressing my viewpoint concerning the road to Skagway has been on my mind for some time now. In fact, long prior to our Sept. 11 national tragedy in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. However, I do think that we now have one more reason to get on with building the road.

Stop the killers
Sometimes you see a writer that just seems so mean-spirited. The Taliban issue is not masculine and destructive on the U.S.' part, or misguided aim, agenda, or flawed origin. In excess of 6,000 people were bombed in innocence, and they told us they were going to do it again. Ms. Joy hasn't seen the discussions with the Northern Alliance and the U.S. on their past I feel those discussions would help others to see they're acknowledging their history and mistakes. Can you say this for the Taliban? It's over a safety issue to this location that troops are in that location.

Remembering Dot
I recently learned of, and was saddened by, the death of Dorothea "Dot" Eide. This prompts me to remind Juneauites of what a positive effect she had on a generation of Juneau's children in her role as junior high school secretary in the 1960s.

The big picture
I'm from a small town about 20 miles outside Atlanta, Ga. Daily I choke through urban sprawl. My neighbors and I scratch like rats in a box as politicians and developers plow ancient Indian sites, Civil War battlefields and wetlands.

Public dock access
Sept. 11 has changed how we live and travel in North America, especially in matters of personal and community safety. Alaska has many concerns over the adequate protection of airports and the Trans-Alaska pipeline.

'Peer-reviewed science'
What a perfect poster-child for the Bush Administration's "scornful detachment," seizing any and every opportunity to further its slash-and-burn mentality when positive and progressive politicians genuinely concerned with majority welfare, let down their guard - even for a moment - posted on the front pages of the Juneau Empire and Anchorage Daily News.

Anderson makes bid for governor

Area foster parents desperately needed
Fall is not a season friendly to kids in dysfunctional families, experts at the state Department of Health and Social Services say.

Goldbelt lays off 40 people
By Friday, layoffs spurred by reduced income from tourism will total 40 Goldbelt Inc., employees, including nearly half of the executive staff, corporate officials said Wednesday.

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

Around town

Golf course delayed
The golf course slated for North Douglas has hit another snag in its efforts to get a city permit, and the developers are crying foul.

Tourism Internet polls set to begin Saturday
The first of five city-sponsored tourism Web polls starts this weekend. Computer polling starts at 7 a.m. Saturday and runs through 7 a.m. Thursday at Results will be posted within a few days after the poll closes and will figure into the city's long-range tourism plan. Weekly polling will continue through mid-December with a break for Thanksgiving.

Around Town
Juneau events

Juneau resident seeks girlfriend, finds jail cell
After 14 years as a fugitive, David Tankersley, recently of Juneau, gave up his freedom for love. Tankersley, 49, skipped out on a temporary release from an Oregon prison in 1987. He moved to Alaska, got a job at an electrical supplies plant and fell in love with a former chef at the Alaska Governor's Mansion.

Juneau briefly
Wheeler to head Big Brothers, Sisters; Special Olympians bowl Sunday; Police: Skull was from a man; Fire Marshal: Container fires are suspicious

Student gets thank you from New York
Expressing a heartfelt thank-you sometimes brings unanticipated rewards.

Cathy Munoz ends her six years on the Juneau Assembly
For Cathy Munoz, a decision to step down from the Juneau Assembly this fall doesn't mean a break from city politics. She is turning her efforts to the Alaska Committee, which works to keep the capital and the Legislative session in Juneau. She also wants to work on other regional issues such as the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Emmanuel Baptist gets more space
Emmanuel Baptist Church plans to more than double its size by fall 2002.

MacKinnon enjoyed his 12 years serving on Juneau Assembly
John MacKinnon walked out of his last meeting at Juneau's Assembly chambers Oct. 15 with his nameplate in his back pocket. It had labeled his desk at City Hall for the last 12 years. First elected to the District 2 Assembly seat in 1989, MacKinnon won re-election in 1992, 1995 and 1998. He was ineligible to run again this fall because of term limits.

Juneau job developer thinks outside the pigeon hole
Linda "Linni" Esther, a job developer with Juneau Works, is so good at what she does that she has found employment for more than 100 clients in three years.

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

Auto fund-raiser
Organizers of the first annual Classic, Custom and Antique Auto and Cycle Show, a fund-raising event held in Juneau last May, presented a check for $6,000 to Juneau-Douglas High School activities last week at the JDHS auto shop. From left, JDHS principal Deb Morse, auto show founder Stan Ridgeway, Travis Croteau, auto shop teacher Steve Squires, Calvin Compton, and JDHS assistant principal Dale Staley. The second annual auto show is scheduled for May 10 and 11, 2002.

Former resident earns juris doctor
Angela Marie "Bean" King received a juris doctor degree from the University of Denver School of Law on May 12, 2001. She is a 1994 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate. Angela received an associate's degree from San Juan College in Farmington, N

Perkins, Grey marry in San Diego
Carly Ann Perkins and Melvin Charles Grey were married July 21, 2001, in the San Diego Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Neighbors Briefs
Parent potlucks set for today at JDHS; Birth control study needs participants; Historical Society to hold annual meeting

Two local residents honored for their work on human rights
The late Terry Pegues and high school health teacher Nancy Seamount were honored by the Juneau Human Rights Commission at its fourth annual awards event.

Pet of the Week
Buddy is a large handsome male neutered tabby who is friendly with an independent nature. He would like nothing more than to get out of the confinement of his kennel and help you deal with rodents and spiders. Buddy has been accustomed to the outdoors. To adopt this energetic fellow, visit the Gastineau Humane Society at 7705 Glacier Highway or call 789-0260.

King graduates salutatorian
Andrea Jo King graduated salutatorian from Farmington High School in New Mexico on May 22, 2001. She is a 1994 Harborview Elementary School graduate. She is the 2001 New Mexico high school discus cham

Thank You Letter ...for all your help
This summer I completed my Boy Scout Eagle Rank Public Service Project by replacing a foot bridge at the Methodist camp. In addition to thanking the Boy Scouts and friends who helped with the actual construction, I would like to thank the following businesses for their interest, assistance and contributions to this project:

Is yucky stuff growing in the corners?
Mold is often a, forgive the pun, growing problem for Alaska homeowners, especially in the fall, when increasing dampness seems to inspire its growth under sinks and in corners of unventilated closets.

Obituary: Donald J. Schultz
Donald J. Schultz died Oct. 21, 2001, in his home in Juneau after a battle with cancer.

Obituary: Dwight W. Dean
Long-time Juneau resident Dwight W. Dean died Oct. 23, 2001, in Juneau. A full obituary and plans for a celebration of his life will be published at a later date.

Donald Wade Murray
Donald Wade Murray died Oct. 14, 2001, in Juneau.

Israel's campaign
Israeli forces carried out a major raid on a Palestinian village in the West Bank on Wednesday. It killed at least five people, but Israeli officials said it also resulted in the capture of two of the men responsible for the assassination last week of cabinet member Rehavam Zeevi.

Empire Editorial: Participate in online tourism poll
As promised, Juneau citizens are just a few days away from being able to participate directly in the first of five online polls associated with the City and Borough of Juneau's Tourism Management Planning Project. Although a bit overdue, the polling will begin 7 a.m. Saturday.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth calls for Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001.

My Turn: The history of how we get into wars
In all the discussion of the U.S. "war against terrorism" that has appeared on the opinion page of the Empire, little or no attention has been paid to the continuing relationship between Osama bin Laden and certain elements of the U.S. fina

The 'come hither' call to bring in bucks
Bold or sneaky, raucous or sultry. Deer callers use somewhat different techniques, but most agree that it's a pretty straightforward procedure.

Game Report
Moose hunting in most parts of Southeast Alaska ended last week with the numbers taken at or slightly below those of recent years. Hunting continues in the Yakutat area.

Talking to the animals
The first time he heard a deer call, Fred Hiltner was convinced his buddy was putting him on."I was relatively new to hunting in Alaska and I though he was pulling my leg," Hiltner said.

Out and About
In season: King and dungeness crab, halibut, coho salmon (June-Nov.), deer (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), mountain goat (Aug.-Dec., depending on

Project FeederWatch targets birdwatchers
Bird enthusiasts throughout North America are being asked to count the numbers and kinds of birds that visit their feeders from November through early April.

Eagles congregating in Haines
When Robert Service wrote of "mighty mouthed hollows, plumb full of hush to the brim," "silence that bludgeons you dumb," and "stillness that fills me with peace" in his famous poem "The Spell of the Yukon," he was not at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Council Grounds, witnessing the gathering of the greatest concentration of bald eagles in the world.

Crimson Bears host four nights of matches
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team will get an overdose of its sport this weekend as the Crimson Bears host four straight nights of varsity matches and a weekend junior varsity/C team tournament.

Juneau clinches Region V
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team accomplished one of its season goals Wednesday night, sweeping the Ketchikan Kings, 15-7, 15-2, 15-3, to claim the regular-season Region V-Class 4A title. But the Crimson Bears are looking for more.

Alaska High School Top-20 Swim Times
Alaska's top-10 high school swim times, plus any other top-20 swimmers from Southeast Alaska, for the 2001 season through meets of Oct. 20. The list is compiled by Glacier Swim Club coach Gary Crowe of Juneau. First names not available for all swimmers and divers.<

Sports In Juneau
Today, Oct. 25

State Wrestling Rankings
Here are the state's top-five wrestlers in each weight class for the fall season as ranked by the Web site,, which is run by Palmer's Eric Wade. The rankings are based on head-to-head results and consultation with state coaches.

Local rowers may form club
Local rowers are sending out a survey to gauge interest in a club for residents involved in the sport. "We and others are interested in forming a rowing club in Juneau, with a goal of promoting the sport, and making it more available to people in Juneau by providing shells, convenient launching/storage areas, and free informal instruction," said Matt Kirchhoff.

Bursell leads local runners at Humboldt Redwoods Marathon
John Bursell of Juneau was the top Alaska finisher at the Humboldt Redwoods Marathon held Sunday in Weott, Calif.

Alaska Science and Technology Foundation hurt by earnings drop
ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska Science and Technology Foundation is cutting its operating budget and deferring approval of new grants, due to a drop in earnings from its endowment.

Eskimos ask IRS to look at group opposed to ANWR drilling
ANCHORAGE -- Eskimos living in the only village inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against a group opposed to drilling for oil in the Alaska refuge.

Knowles at AFN calls for subsistence legislation
Gov. Tony Knowles reviewed his accomplishments and called again for subsistence and hate crimes legislation in a speech this morning to the Alaska Federation of Natives.

State briefs
Ghost Walk in Douglas canceled; Three pesticides illegal in Alaska; Dividend checks on schedule; Alaska Airlines adds flight to D.C.; Alaska is healthier, study says; BP to study frozen gas with grant

Around the state
Bank cuts Permanent Fund CDs; Troopers investigate jail death; Man stabs bulldog in dog attack

Annual Native convention focuses on racism and substance abuse
An estimated 3,000 Eskimos, Indians and Aleuts are expected today at the 36th annual convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives.

Audit critical of Vocational Rehab Division
A legislative audit alleged several employees with the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation apparently violated ethics laws.

Committee to go against state pipeline funding
A committee appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles to evaluate state investment in a natural gas pipeline will recommend against the idea unless a compelling and overriding public interest becomes evident.

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