Monday, October 29, 2001

Novel treats coming of age in Alaska
Set on the Situk and Ahrnklin rivers, "Where the Mountains are Nameless" is a tale of innocence being lost over the course of a single summer. Several different worlds intersect: traditional Tlingit, modern Tlingit, Bush and city, rich and poor.

In the Stacks
This week, we're featuring all new fiction for Juneau Public Libraries patrons!

Southeast cave reveals clues to ancient Alaska
While exploring a cave in Southeast Alaska a few years ago, Tim Heaton found the leg bones of a large brown bear and a black bear. He expected the bones to be like others in the area - fossils from animals that lived about 10,000 years ago - but these bears were different. Radiocarbon dating showed they lived about 40,000 years ago.

Underground exploration
The cave enthusiasts have left the cold, dank recesses beneath the rain forest of Southeast Alaska. The results of their summer exploration of the underworld of the Tongass are now transferred to notebooks and memories. But the work continues for U.S. Forest Service geologist Jim Baichtal. In the months to come, he will digest the annual research done on the vast, but little-known caves of Southeast Alaska. The latest findings will be incorporated into future timber harvest policy.

Judge for yourself
It is time for the Assembly, Planning Commission, staff and citizens of Juneau to call DOT&PF to be accountable!

Silly statements
Joel Orelove's silly remarks about Sen. Frank Murkowski in Word of Mouth was uncalled for. The senator gave serious thought four years ago about running for governor and decided against it. Also, the senator announced many, many months ago he would make up his mind about running for governor in the fall.

Lighthouse underdogs
Thanks for the article on Point Retreat. I think the Alaska Lighthouse Association is doing a great job.

Responsible choices
As the snow begins to fall and Halloween unofficially kicks off the festivities of the holiday season, we begin to think more about the people in our lives.

Real benefit
I read with interest the article of the Point Retreat lighthouse controversy. I think it's a no-brainer.

Hope for America
America is an eagle. We see this amazing bird creature, with its noble eyes, and gallant wings, and posture that emanates grace, and powerful talons, and we admire it. We look at it as if it were a statue, a relic of the past. But it's alive! It moves only when we move, it is shaped by us. Its structure is laid out from the past, but its breath is what we breathe into it. She can fly!

Responding appropriately
The Empire published a letter recently concerning a fire department response to a tragic event. The members of Capital City Fire and Rescue share in the writer's sadness and extend our sympathies to the family of the man we cared for that night.

Flawless play
Juneauites have much to be thankful for. Add to the list, this Thanksgiving season, the Theater in the Rough production that opened this weekend at McPhetres Hall. "The Merry Wives of Windsor" by Shakespeare, as reinterpreted by director Aaron Elmore, is an amazing testimony to creativity. The play is flawless. Every actor is strong. Each uniquely designed puppet projects its own persona. The costumes are pure period pieces. The music, set design and lighting work. And what is more, members of the audience all left with smiles on their faces what better recommendation could there be during this time of trouble? The bard would have been pleased.

The demise of timber
I have to respond to Sunday's Lew Williams Jr. My Turn. You, Robin Taylor and the rest of the timber industry cheerleaders always complain about the "outside" environmentalists who are keeping the industry from getting their fair share of the Tongass. You complain, often, that outsiders are trying to, "Kill the Alaska timber industry."

Dock access and Joy
I don't know whose idea it was to shut off the city dock to access by the public in the first place but the logic escapes me. Who is being protected from whom? There is a reason it is called a "city, public" dock. It belongs to us the citizens of Juneau not to the cruise ship companies.

Costume competition
Oscar Jones, 3, hangs onto his father, Robert, while waiting for costume judging at Nugget Mall on Saturday. Robert Jones said his son loves jets and decided to be one for Halloween this year.

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

Around Town
Sunday, Oct. 28

City Assembly winners top spending contest
Candidates who spent more than their opponents in Juneau's Oct. 2 city election won seats on the Juneau Assembly, according to information from the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Subsistence group drops urban priority
A draft of a constitutional amendment to create a rural subsistence priority won't include a secondary priority for urban residents, Attorney General Bruce Botelho said today.

JDHS Drill Team back on its feet
The Juneau-Douglas High School Drill Team would like you to know that, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of their demise are greatly exaggerated.<

Ghost Walk cancellation may bring trick or treating back to Douglas
For almost half a century, Halloween trick or treating has been rare in Douglas. For 48 of those years, children instead dressed up, played games and bagged treats at the Ghost Walk, a community party at the Mount Jumbo Gym hosted by the Douglas Lions and supported by Douglas firefighters and community donations.

Photo: It's here, finally
Shanye Howard, 11, left, and Juan Quintanilla, 14, ride their bikes on a snow-covered sidewalk in Douglas on Saturday morning. Estimates of snowfall ranged from a half-inch in some areas downtown to the five inches measure by the National Weather Service in the Mendenhall Valley.

Wilderness first aid
Instructor Ron Dippold, center, explains why the sling on Gary Ruhm's arm is correctly done on Saturday during a Wilderness first aid class put on by the American Red Cross. Four instructors taught 19 students during the three-day course at Wildflower Court.

New road rules worry biking, running clubs
A set of new state highway-use regulations has local running and cycling club organizers worried about impacts on their events. State officials, however, say the new rules will have minimal impacts.

Around Town
Juneau calendar

Around Juneau
Poll shows support for larger alcohol tax; State chamber meets in Juneau; Weather cancels dive for evidence

History group attracts attention
What do a turn-of-the-century postcard, a 3-foot spoon and a 1911 blueprint of a land survey of the site of the Governor's Mansion have in common?

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

Outside editorial: A war barely begun
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times:

Good works, good results
Hired any good employees lately? Juneau businesses that work with Linda Esther of Juneau Works have. Esther has placed more than 100 employees in the workplaces of dozens of local businesses and state and federal agencies one job at a time over the last three years.

Accepting best efforts
First came the death notice. A man only 40 years old, a husband and father, stricken suddenly and fatally. The obituary was proper and correct, yet somehow insufficient. A family and a community share the loss of someone whose life was more than printed words.

My Turn: What? Tongass only 4th most endangered?
The National Forest Protection Alliance - whoever the outfit is, and whatever its expertise - lists the Tongass National Forest as fourth among the 10 most endangered national forests in the nation.

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.

Arizona's Alaska League connection makes impact in first two games
FAIRBANKS -- Five of the Arizona Diamondbacks starting lineup in the World Series on Saturday had an Alaska connection, including three former North Pole Nicks.

Sports In Juneau
Today, Oct. 28

Dedicated to success
Mark Bucat paces the sides of the August G. Brown Swimming Pool hollering instruction aided by hand signals and body language.

Sports in Juneau
Juneau sporting events

Sports Letter to the Editor: Useless policy
Recent proposed Department of Transportation regulations are asking that all athletic events using state highways receive a state permit. I question the logic, the rationale, and

Bears shine for Shrine
Four Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears helped the South Team claim a 28-6 victory over the North Team in the 24th Annual Al Aska Shrine North-South Football Classic held Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Crimson Bears go unbeaten in region
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team completed a perfect season in Region V-Class 4A play with a pair of victories over Sitka on Friday and Saturday nights.

Scientists: Fewer gray whales die in migration
ANCHORAGE -- Scientists say gray whales are no longer dying by the hundreds along their migratory path from Alaska to Mexico.

$1 billion deficit may bring about long-range plan
Most Alaskans seem to agree that the state needs a long-range plan to balance its budget. But nothing is likely to happen until there's a crisis, some say. Opinion polls show general recognition of a budget problem.

New taxes, fund earnings thought to be fiscal solutions
As Dickens said, it's the best and worst of times. Financially, Alaska is in great shape. The state has nearly $27 billion in its two largest savings funds, more than 11 times this year's budget for providing basic state services. That's a mountain of cash - roughly $43,000 per resident - that is unmatched by any other state.

Around the state
Refueling tankers play larger role following terrorist attacks; One dead, one rescued after boat capsizes near Ketchikan; Boat that lost crewman finds thieves have hit their crab pots

State Briefs
Crashed helicopter found; Congress puts off Native hearing; NANA Corp. head to retire; Court upholds mayoral veto

State's terrorism scares continue
Some airplanes in Alaska were grounded for about an hour Friday after a suspicious package was found on Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, near a Federal Aviation Administration building.

Bill targets former military weapons
Language in a U.S. Senate military funding bill that could force people to destroy their old military guns and equipment will be removed before it becomes law, Sen. Ted Stevens said late last week.

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