Sunday, October 27, 2002

In the Stacks: scary stories
Here are some library staff suggestions for Halloween reading!

Cathy will make a positive difference
I believe in Cathy Muñoz and what she stands for. Cathy is a very well rounded individual who has been involved in local and state politics since childhood.

A supporter of the salmon industry
Those of us in the salmon industry know we are in big trouble. Farmed salmon have literally taken over the market place. Last season was the final straw: The prices were so low that many fishermen couldn't afford to fish and many who did fish had limited markets for their catch. To cap off a disastrous season, Gov. Knowles declared the 2002 salmon season an economic emergency.

Oceana, salmon fishermen 'have common goals'
In a letter published in the Empire on Oct. 23, Richard Schmitz personally attacks me and my organization, Oceana. Oceana's goal (and a personal goal) is to restore and protect our ocean resources, including maintaining viable commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries.

Continuing the Hudson legacy
I've known Bruce Weyhrauch for many years as a my friend and as the attorney for the Southeast Alaska Pilots Association. As a Southeast Alaska marine pilot for 24 years I've been involved in many issues that were debated in our Legislature.

No excuses, Ms. Ulmer
The primary function of the lieutenant governor is to run the elections. It is a job that takes responsibility and attention, but is certainly not to the level of responsibility that it takes to govern all of Alaska. We never had any problems with elections during my term as lieutenant governor.

Senators like ours
My concern is education. We must always ask ourselves: Are we doing enough for our children and grandchildren?

Third-party consequences
In the last presidential election in some states well intentioned voters put their state into the Bush column by voting for a third-party candidate.

Cathy follows through
I am voting for Cathy Muñoz to represent Juneau in the Alaska state Senate.

A display of boorish behavior
I was dismayed by how poorly moderated the Ulmer-Murkowski debate was on Monday, Oct. 21, and found the event excruciating to watch. In my opinion, Mr. Murkowski did not follow the guidelines of the debate and should have been asked to stop speaking every time he strayed from the designated structure of the event.

Treacherous road
The other day Don Young had quite a bit to say about the need to construct a road between Juneau and Skagway in order to save the capital. Anyone who has not yet made up their mind on this issue might want to read an article entitled "Journey to Juneau: By Land It's a Horror Fraught with Moose."

In praise of the effort
I wish to thank certain community members who sacrificed their time and effort to address a potentially divisive issue in Juneau.

Worthy of trust
For me, the most important thing in a candidate is what kind of person he or she is. Kim Elton is the most ethical guy in the world. He'll always tell you exactly what he thinks, even if he knows you may not like it.

Qualities of character
I met Cathy Muñoz when she first joined the Republican Party as a young adult. Cathy demonstrates enthusiasm, dedication, honesty and integrity. Cathy is hard working, and has a very pleasant personality.

Thanks for rejecting 'the political thing'
A recent letter writer noted that Sen. Kim Elton disappointed him by voting against a resolution encouraging Congress to make burning the flag unconstitutional.

Cathy's integrity beyond question
Cathy Muñoz is the choice for the Filipinos in Juneau. For us, party affiliation is not that important, but family is. Cathy is one of our family. She shows compassion for our needs and concerns. She has reached out to our community and shown that she truly cares.

Duck Creek coming back
For the first time in the nine years Wilson Valentine has lived near the headwaters of Duck Creek, he has seen fish in the stream."It was exciting to see because we're all the way at the headwaters, and now there are salmon getting that far," Valentine said.

March for peace draws hundreds
About 350 people marched along Egan Drive near the Mendenhall Valley on Saturday morning to demonstrate against war with Iraq. Some carried signs reading "No more killing," "Not in our name," or held up bamboo poles with large origami birds representing peace. The march coincided with international protests against U.S. efforts to lead a war against Iraq if Saddam Hussein does not comply with numerous United Nations resolutions to disarm, imposed after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990 and lost the Persian Gulf War in 1991.

Cultural program at JDHS guides Natives to further schooling
Certainly, Tlingit ancestors paddling cedar canoes off the shores of Auke Village did not greet each other with the phrase, "What's up, dawg?"But at least 30 Tlingit teenagers in Juneau can rattle off that phrase and two dozen more traditional phrases in Tlingit, thanks to the Tlingit language and culture class they attend weekly at the University of Alaska Southeast as part of the Early Scholars program.

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

Bear snubs cheese pinwheels for bath
A black bear making the rounds in the Thane area apparently prefers cleanliness over fresh-baked cheese pinwheels.Suey Linzmeier, who lives just past Sheep Creek, had heard a bear was causing trouble in her neighborhood. But the news didn't brace her for the shock of finding one in her woodshed at about 2 p.m. Monday.

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

Victoria "Tori" RoseAlynn Wilson
Victoria "Tori" RoseAlynn Wilson, born Aug. 6, 1999, died on October 21 at Children's Hospital in Seattle due to complications from a Cord Blood Transplant.

My Turn: Alaskans cannot afford to gamble on the gas project
On Nov. 5, Alaskans should soundly reject Ballot Measure 3 because it is bad public policy that puts our most important state resources at risk.

My Turn: Disaster declarations too little for industry
I sat in disbelief as I read a quote from Tony Knowles in the Oct. 4 issue of the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Referring to the $180 billion federal farm bill he says, "Why not Alaskan fishermen? Why can't we get national support? We must have national policy that embraces fishermen."

My Turn: More taxes or more business?
While some advocate reinstating the individual income tax or tapping Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to cover the state's fiscal gap, candidate for governor, Sen. Frank Murkowski, says he will seek more business. His plan is to build roads, railroads, ferries and power interties to attract business and provide good jobs for Alaskans. It provides more revenue for the state general fund and the Permanent Fund because there still is an income tax and other taxes upon corporations, large and small.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

My Turn: Better to stick with Bradfield Canal Road facts
As the old saying goes, if you have the facts then argue the facts, if you have the law then argue the law, if you have neither then pound the table. Lorne Sexton's recent letter about the proposed Bradfield Road shows that he has resorted to pounding the table and petty name-calling. Let's step back from his diatribe and look rationally at the facts surrounding the Bradfield Road proposal.

Toe Cartoon

Empire editorial: It's time for a change, elect Frank Murkowski
On Nov. 5 voters will select a governor from six candidates. Libertarian Billy Toien and Green Party candidate Diane Benson, Republican Moderate Ray VinZant and Don Wright of the Alaskan Independence Party join Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer and U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski in the quest for the governor's office.

My Turn: 'Trust me' is no plan for Alaska's future
The Anchorage Daily News recently invited gubernatorial candidates to discuss major issues. Republican candidate Frank Murkowski's response was an extended demonization of Fran Ulmer. His premise: "Alaska's economy is not what it was or what it should be... [We have allowed] Outside forces and burdensome government regulations to slowly strangle the resource-based industries that are the foundation of our wealth."

My Turn: Don't punish all for mistakes of a few
On Thursday, at Cope Park, a Juneau animal control officer gave me a verbal warning that my dog, a 10 year-old well-behaved Labrador, had to be leashed at all times in the park. My dog had been sitting next to me, no more than 10 feet away, chewing a stick. The officer indicated that I would be fined the next time, and that fines would escalate with each event.

Outdoors Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts include:

Fall on the South Fork: Does it get any better?
SWAN VALLEY, Idaho - The giant cottonwoods lining the fabled South Fork of the Snake River are quickly losing their golden autumn sheen, a seasonal event that might disappoint some.

Winter fly fishing grows in the Rockies
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. - Each year more and more people are finding they can catch more than powder during a Colorado winter.

Hello, Dolly: Kenai angler lands world-record Dolly Varden
KENAI - An 18-year-old has landed a world-record Dolly Varden weighing in at more than 27 pounds. "I wanted to go fishing, and I caught this world-record Dolly," said Mike Curtiss of Kenai.

Out and About
In season: Black bear (Sept. 1-June 30), brown bear (Sept. 15-Dec. 31, March 15-May 31), deer (Sept. 15-Dec. 31), mountain goat (Sept. 1 or Oct. 1, depending on area,-Nov. 31), wolf (Aug. 1-April 30), wolverine (Nov. 10-Feb. 15), ducks, geese, brants, snipe, crane (Sept. 1-Dec. 15), red and blue king crab (Oct. 1-March 31), coho salmon (June-Nov.).

Smile, you're on candid bearcam
ANCHORAGE - If you encounter a black bear in Anchorage during the next few weeks, remember not to run or back down. Oh, and one other thing: Smile if you can. That bear might just be taking your picture.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Michigan wins two over Alaska Fairbanks
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Jed Ortmeyer scored in the second and third periods to help Michigan to a 6-2 victory Saturday night over Alaska Fairbanks.

North team wins annual Al Aska Shrine Classic
Led by several members of Bartlett's undefeated state championship football team, the North team claimed a 26-12 victory over the South in the 25th Annual Al Aska Shrine Classic on Saturday afternoon at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Boozer scores two in final preseason game
LOS ANGELES - Rookie center Dan Gadzuric scored 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 104-95 victory Friday night in the last preseason game for both teams.

Crimson Bears go unbeaten
When they first started practicing back in August, the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball players weren't sure how good they'd be this year.This weekend, the Crimson Bears completed an undefeated regular season by sweeping a pair of matches from the Sitka Wolves at the JDHS main gym. Juneau made little work of Sitka - which was missing two key starters - winning 15-1, 15-1, 15-4 on Friday and 15-2, 15-2, 15-7 on Saturday.

Petersburg: DOT changes its mind on project
The state Department of Transportation has backed out of an agreement with the city of Petersburg to convey the Scow Bay Turnaround property to the city in exchange for the city's construction of an airport sewer project.

State Briefs
Workers hope to reopen Sterling Highway today; Four Dryden Middle School students busted on pot charges; Cost of reprinting election books higher than estimated; Medical board suspends Eagle River doctor;

AHFC seeks backing for veterans-home bonds
ANCHORAGE - Alaska voters will go to the polls Nov. 5 to decide whether to back bonds that would give veterans lower interest rates when they buy homes. Voting yes means the state will guarantee up to $500 million in Alaska Housing Finance Corp. revenue bonds.

Haines: Man confesses to 30-year-old arson
Sometimes justice really is blind. Ask Phillip Jackson. He was convicted nearly three decades ago of starting the fire that destroyed the Haines school.

Gubernatorial hopefuls duel at AFN convention
ANCHORAGE - Democrat Fran Ulmer received the loudest applause Friday when she said, unlike Republican opponent Frank Murkowski, she doesn't pretend to have all the answers. Gubernatorial candidates Ulmer and Murkowski volleyed back and forth - with four other candidates weighing in - as they answered questions posed by a panel at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention.

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