Saturday, October 25, 2003

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

...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.

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.

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.

... 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

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

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."

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.

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