Saturday, October 27, 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Around Town
Today, Oct. 26

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.

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.

School Events
Dzantik'l Heeni Middle School 463-1899

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

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

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sports In Juneau
Today, Oct. 26

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

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.

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.

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.

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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