Friday, October 26, 2001

Weekend Best Bets
Halloween weekend is upon us. Many folks will be celebrating on Saturday night, although Oct. 31 actually comes next week. There are activities for kids, a costume barn dance, scary movies and costume parties in bars for grownups. This weekend also brings two nationally-recognized comedians to Juneau.

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.

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.

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.

Entertainment Calendar
Movies

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."

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

'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.

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.

Mutual help required
As I write this letter, representatives from Alaska Ship and Drydock and the Alaska Marine Highway System are meeting in Juneau to resolve claims relating to renovation work on the M/V Columbia. Alaska Ship and Drydock is a vital part of Ketchikan's economic future.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sept. 11, 2001
Close your eyes. Can you still see my face? Or are you corrupted by labels and race?

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.

FYI
Births

Changes at Marie Drake concern public
The Marie Drake building, between Juneau-Douglas High School and Harborview Elementary School, has been a workhorse for those two schools. But now some elementary parents and teachers are concerned about plans to use nearly all of it for high school classes.

Around town
Today

Corrections
Due to incorrect information furnished to the Empire, there were errors in the Neighbors' article of Oct. 24 regarding the "Got Mold? We Can Help!" class. The correct fee for the Nov. 3 class is $40, which includes a brown bag lunch. Coffee is being provided by Valley Sentry Lumber & Hardware. To register, call 465-8749.

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.

Local Briefs
Bschor named regional forester; High winds predicted; Eaglecrest gets snow

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

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.

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

Firefighting is all in the family
Dave and Justin Boddy are more than father and son. They are about to be brothers in the Capital City Fire and Rescue family. Like his father, former Capital City Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Doug Boddy, Capt. Dave Boddy is a firefighter. He said when he was younger the firehouse was like an extension of his own house. Boddy's father didn't talk much about his work and didn't like to bring work home with him. But Dave Boddy said he absorbed the excitement and fulfillment of firefighting from watching his father work.

Around Town
Today, Oct. 26

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

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 www.cbjtourism.com/poll. 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.

Hunter education center slated for Montana Creek
Hunters will have a new education facility with an indoor shooting range by fall of next year, the developers said. The Juneau Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for the 80,000-square-foot facility this week.

Faith in God strengthens and stabilizes life
I believe in God the Eternal Father and in his son, Jesus Christ. I have faith born of personal experience. It is a personal relationship upon which I have learned to rely. When things happen in my life that distort and threaten my personal sense of security, my relationship with God is the one solid, enduring thing I can hold onto while I try to make sense of what is happening.

Posters make center 'dad friendly'
On Wednesday afternoon, the Teen Family Center held an open house to unveil seven posters featuring local teen-age fathers and their children.

Neighbors Letter
After I placed my announcement in your paper regarding the dedication of a chair inscribed "Knockers Up! Love, Gay Dawn," to be placed in the audience section of the Perseverance Theatre, I was pleased to receive so many nice letters from other grieving people also desperate to search out ways to ease their pain.

School Events
Dzantik'l Heeni Middle School 463-1899

Thank You
... for a Day of Caring; ..for all your help; ...for making event successful

In homes with domestic violence, children suffer the most
Johnny was lucky - nobody ever laid a hand on him. He heard all the yelling and screaming, he saw his mother pushed around sometimes. He heard the thump of her body hitting the kitchen floor as he curled up, crying silently, in a dark corner of his bedroom. But no one ever hit him. He wasn't a victim of domestic violence himself. Or was he?

Neighbors Briefs
Halloween rules keep kids safe; Nov. 9 deadline for applications; Help available on bill payments; Lodging sought for performers

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

Timothy Graham 'Tim' Wood
Timothy Graham "Tim" Wood died Oct. 22, 2001, in his home in Juneau after a battle with cancer.

The sobering prospects of war
The Bush administration made it crystal clear from the start of the U.S.-led war against terrorism that this would be a long, complex and costly effort. It surely will.

Simplistic tax bill going nowhere
The best thing about the economic stimulus bill that squeaked through the House of Representatives this week is that it is all but certain to be squished in the Senate.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Crimson Bears dominate Kayhi
After clinching the regular-season Region V-Class 4A title on Wednesday, the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team wanted to avoid a letdown when the Crimson Bears hosted the Ketchikan Kings on Thursday night.

Juneau players to take part in Shrine Game
Four Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears are in Anchorage for the 24th Annual Al Aska Shrine North-South Football Classic that will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

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, http://www.alaskawrestling.com, which is run by Palmer's Eric Wade. The rankings are based on head-to-head results and consultation with state coaches.

Sports In Juneau
Today, Oct. 25

Sports In Juneau
Today, Oct. 26

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.<

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.

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.

Juneau wrestlers to take down Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling squad is in Sitka today to compete in the Sitka Invitational today and Saturday. Almost the entire Crimson Bear squad will make the trip in what will be the first true test of the season for many of the wrestlers.

Photo: Governor at AFN Convention
Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, at left, greets Athabaskan elder Katie John following the governor's address to the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001, in Anchorage.

Boys charged in anthrax hoax
Police have charged a pair of 14-year-old boys with making a false report and harassment in connection with an anthrax hoax last week.

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

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

State Briefs
Ice Classic offers scientific data; Group suing to start new party

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.

Taylor to run for lieutenant governor
Republican state Sen. Robin Taylor said Thursday he will run for lieutenant governor. Taylor, 58, made the announcement in a statement released three days after U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski announced his plan to seek the GOP nomination for governor.

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.

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.

Shipyard debates ferry costs with state
Alaska Ship and Drydock officials say they are encouraged by discussions with the state this week about who is responsible for delays in returning the ferry Columbia to Southeast waters after months of repairs.

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