Thursday, November 1, 2001

An exhibit of fine art landscapes
"Creative seeing" and enormous negatives allow Anchorage fine art photographer George Provost to make awardwinning images.

Preview Calendar
Entertainment and Arts Events

Layers of personal history
Sonya KelliherCombs has secrets, dozens of secrets that will be revealed at the Alaska State Museum.

Scenes from the North
Juneau artist Jim Fowler hit the road last summer to paint the rolling expanses of the Yukon Territory and the vistas of British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.

'Noises Off' wherein we'll find what's up with 'Nothing On'
Split-second comic timing. An impressive set. And lots of doors and sardines.

Honorable intentions
There has been a lot of misinformation recently about the Alaska Lighthouse Association and the Point Retreat lighthouse, and I thought that your recent article helped to put the issues in perspective.

Pavement explanation
I would like to explain some of the issues Roger Allington addressed in his Oct. 28 published letter.

End the bombing
I am in despair watching as our government leads us into a military campaign against Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries in the world. I deplore the rule of the Taliban in that country, and especially its suppression of human rights of women, and want to see a change. I cannot accept the idea that military force can solve the problem of terrorism. I do not know the answers, but I believe we only fall into the same camp as the criminals of Sept. 11 if we choose the path of revenge and killing of innocents.

Every bit as patriotic
I agree with much of what Paul Grant expressed in his Oct. 31 My Turn, "America needs to encourage democracies in Middle East." I agree emphatically with his opinion that we need to " curb our insatiable appetite for oil ." To the degree that we are unwilling to curb our national appetite, and thus feel the need to invest tremendous diplomatic, economic, and military resources in protecting our "oil interests" in Middle East oil-producing countries like Saudi Arabia, we make ourselves more vulnerable to the volatile political, social and economic conditions of those countries.

School achievements
It's time for some good news! For the past two years most of the media focus has been on the High School Qualifying Exam as the measure of success for Alaska's schools. Although Juneau's scores are higher than most, we will not be satisfied until all of our students are meeting the academic standards we have adopted.

Assembly panel OKs tax-break extension for manufacturers
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee on Tuesday agreed to extend an ordinance that exempts local manufacturers from some property taxes. But the panel voted against expanding the provisions to businesses with 50 employees or more.

City to evaluate five possible library sites
The list of possible sites for a new Mendenhall Valley library grew Tuesday at a Juneau Assembly work session. Assembly members asked staff members to bring back more information about five site options for a new Mendenhall Valley library. They are Dimond Park, Vintage Business Park, the current Mendenhall Center location, Faith Lutheran Church and Goldbelt land along Mendenhall Loop Road.

The 'S' Files - a weekend of the paranormal in Skagway
It's late Friday afternoon, and a walk up Broadway reveals tourist shops emptied, closed and boarded up until next summer. A cold wind blows, the sky is darkening and light shines out from the windows of the handful of still-open businesses, housed in historic false-front buildings. Boots thump along the planks of the wooden sidewalks. The sound of a barking dog carries along a side street.

Landmark Bergmann Hotel, restaurant get new owners
Local diners soon will have another place to get a good steak in town, said the new owners of the Bergmann Hotel and Grubstake Restaurant downtown.

'Vote Yes!' backers to be fined
The Alaska Public Offices Commission says supporters of a 1999 ballot measure tried to influence voters with a poll, and will be fined for violating campaign disclosure laws.

Around Town
Juneau events

Officials: City needs strategy to deal with bioterrorism
Juneau residents may feel far removed from recent anthrax scares on the East Coast but public officials are warning that the city is not immune from terrorist attacks and should craft a response strategy.

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

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

Around Town
Today

Politicians, North Slope producers differ on gas bill
Despite the firm support of Alaska's top political leaders for a natural gas pipeline along the Alaska Highway corridor, North Slope producers continue to insist that the so-called "over-the-top" route is less of an economic risk.

Open house aims to trace family histories
Researching the family tree used to be limited to leafing through dusty records, deciphering weathered headstones and combing the attic.

Around Juneau
Recycling helps Red Cross; Ghosts needed insurance; Perseverance stages auction

Teen-age runaway missing since Aug.
A dispute over house rules apparently prompted a local teen-age boy to run away from his Douglas home more than two months ago. The missing boy is James J. Osborne, 16, described as 5-foot 6-inches tall and about 130 pounds.

Symposium livens Skagway's winter
Ghosts, witches and all things out of the ordinary took center stage in last weekend as the city hosted the second annual Abduct and Release Paranormal Symposium.

Letter
I recently hired Wesley Jansen as an Animal Service Officer for the Gastineau Humane Society and the citizens of Juneau. Wesley was responsible for the welfare of all of Juneau's companion animals, and for the safety of Juneau's public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Neighbors Briefs
SAIL offers training for disabled Alaskans; Flu shot clinics set for November; Kantola completes kayaking course; Jubilee to discuss All Saint's Day; Halloween stressful, dangerous for pets

First snow brings many questions
Snow, and so early sent my phone into frenzy. Dozens of people asking what to do about winterization, is it too late to plant their bulbs (no,) what do they do about the shrubs they bought and have not planted (plant them,) can they still plant apple trees or Bleeding Hearts, (yes) and what about the Lilac Leaf Miner (clean up the leaves).

Pet Of the Week
Sampson is a handsome neutered male who is quite mellow and independent. He has been described as a "lap" cat.

Photo: A show of hands
Auke Bay kindergartners, from left, Michael Shilling, Amber South, Ali Eason, Kathe Tallmadge, Nick Stewart and Kyle Short show their hands in front of a banner held by parent Steve Eason and kindergarten teacher Jennifer Challen at Auke Bay School last week.

City Museum sets November events
Finding Family: Tips on Writing and Researching Family History is November's Special Saturday program at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The public is invited free of charge to drop by the City Museum and chat with local experts about writing and researching family history.

Thank You
...for your support; ..for your work; ...for your kindness; ...for the participation; ...for your thoughtfulness

Louis E. Anderson
Louis E. Anderson died Oct. 27, 2001, at his home in West Juneau.

Kathryn S. Walters
Kathryn Susanne Walters died Oct. 28, 2001, in Brookings, Ore.

Walter L. Greaves
Walter L. Greaves died Oct. 10, 2001, in Salt Lake City, Utah, of a cerebral aneurysm. He was vacationing with his family.

Jim C. Primeaux
Jim C. Primeaux died Oct. 27, 2001, in Beaumont, Texas, at the age of 51.

My Turn: America needs to encourage democracies in Middle East
I want to thank Lisle Hebert for his thoughtful piece ("Foreign Policy Does Not Always Reflect Ideals," Oct. 23) on the relationship between U.S. foreign policy and the tragic events of Sept. 11.

Outside editorial sampler
Show business as usual; Security as economic stimulus; If this is stimulus, skip it

Deadline for first Tourism Poll nears
The first web poll on tourism has so far seen 944 respondents, including 835 registered voters and 109 students. City staff worked quickly to resolve a couple of glitches Saturday morning, which prevented access to the polling form. City Manager Dave Palmer and his staff have been busy fielding questions on technical issues and concerns about eligibility to participate.

My Turn: Be aware of environmental health dangers; work to protect children
For most people, children's health means caring for their growing bodies by immunizations, nursing them through the inevitable colds, coaxing them to eat their vegetables, and limiting their Halloween treats.

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.

The joys of photographing nature with a digital camera
After 40 years photographing nature with a 35 mm camera, I decided to see what all the hubbub was about digital equipment.

Breathtaking fun running in the woods, a runner's experience
Not long ago, I took part in my first trail 10K run with the SouthEast Road Runners on the East Glacier Trail. The terrain was rough. The runners were friendly. The overall experience was, well, breathtaking.

Ski sale is Saturday at Centennial Hall
Juneau skiers willingly stand in line for hours waiting to scramble for savings at the Juneau Ski Club's Ski Sale.

Outdoor Calendar
Outdoor events

Roughhouse boxing begins season Friday
The haymakers will be flying once again at 7 p.m. Friday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall as another roughhouse boxing season gets underway.

Local volleyball standings
Standings through matches of Sunday, Oct. 28, from the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's men's and women's volleyball progams.

Sports in Juneau
Local sports events

Sports In Juneau
Friday, Nov. 2

More than a coach
Reilly Richey's first day as a coach for the Juneau-Douglas High School football team was one to remember, but for all the wrong reasons.

Empire Cup Standings
Here are the final standings in the 2001 Empire Cup Runners Series, which is co-sponsored by the Juneau Empire and the Southeast Road Runners club.

Crimson Bears favored to win region volleyball title
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team was undefeated in Region V-Class 4A play for the regular season, but that perfect record won't mean anything when the Crimson Bears open play in the region tournament this weekend in Wrangell.

State Briefs
Anchorage airport guards begin inspecting all arriving vehicles; UAF Native language program receives $1 million federal grant; IRS urges people to act quickly to claim returned rebate checks

Terrorism threat brings about temporary highway checkpoint
Gov. Tony Knowles ordered state civil defense workers to set up a temporary checkpoint along the Dalton Highway to scrutinize traffic near the 800-mile trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

Truck crash spills acid onto tundra
ANCHORAGE -- Response crews in Prudhoe Bay continued today to clean up a spill of nearly 1,700 gallons of a hydrochloric acid mixture.

Lifelong Alaskan, 107, dies in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS Lucy Adams, who lived in Alaska for all 107 years of her life, died Sunday in Fairbanks.

Fishing group wants support
Alaska's largest commercial fishing group wants the state to make sweeping changes to help the industry stave off the effects of plummeting salmon prices.

Judge lets legislators comment in lawsuit
Alaska's Legislature will be allowed to participate in a lawsuit over the state's new political boundaries, but only on a limited basis.

Around the state
Ketchikan truck fire kills man; Judge allows extradition in Alaska pipeline bomb plot case; CSX announces new leader of the Yukon Pacific Corporation; Free bus service targets pollution

Man scuffles with police at airport
KETCHIKAN --A man was arrested after he swallowed what appeared to be heroin during a scuffle with police in an airport terminal, Alaska State Troopers said.

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