Friday, November 1, 2002

SBDC to hold marketing seminar
The Juneau Small Business Development Center will host a seminar "Marketing on a Shoestring" from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Business Profile: Tana Kegler
Title and Company: Owner and framer, Art Matters Art Matters offers full-service custom matting and framing of prints and original art, mirrors, and shadow boxes, which is the framing and matting of three-dimensional objects. The store is located in the Perseverance Glass Co., which is owned by Kegler's husband, Russell. Kegler and her husband opened the frame shop in 1999.

Small-business nominations sought
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for the 2003 Alaskan Small Business Person of the Year award and other awards."Owning a small business is a great American dream," said Frank Cox, SBA's director in Alaska in a statement. "Nominating a worthy small business owner is an opportunity for all of us to acknowledge with pride and gratitude the contributions made by America's small business community to our nation's economic strength and quality of life."

Food cart sees change of ownership and cuisine
The change of season brought about a change in ownership and cuisine for A Moveable Feast, the two food carts on the corner of Third and Seward streets in downtown Juneau.Joon Kim, also known as James, bought A Moveable Feast on Aug. 1, and has been serving udon, a Japanese noodle soup, from one of the carts since the beginning of September.

New Greens Creek exec takes over
Keith Marshall, former general manager of the Greens Creek Mine, has relocated to London to serve as the mining executive for the Diamonds & Gold Product Group of Rio Tinto. Marshall, who joined Rio Tinto in 1991, spent four years as a temporary employee of Kennecott Mineral.

Home-buying still strong in months before Ballot Measure 2
When Steve and Robin Martin decided earlier this year they had outgrown their house in the Mendenhall Valley, the advantages of a larger, custom-built home near Auke Lake outweighed the threat of a legislative move."We like Juneau and we're planning on staying here for a while," Robin Martin said.

For a new Senate majority
Last year I tuned in for the first time to the testimony offered by Alaskans throughout the state on the proposed budget. Overwhelmingly people were opposed to cuts in road maintenance, state parks, mental health services, education, and public safety. Surprisingly, over and over again people expressed that they would pay for these important services.

Beware loss of state jobs
If you are a state employee your job could be on the chopping block if the wrong person moves into the Governor's mansion in December.

Actions speak the loudest
Last Friday, I was privileged enough to watch history occur. I am referring to the first entirely student-sponsored gubernatorial debate in U.S. history. The Alaska Association of Student Governments and Spirit of Youth-cosponsored debate occurred at Bartlett High School in Anchorage and was broadcast live, statewide by KTOO TV.

Responsible leadership
Whoever your choices are in this next election, we all need to vote on Nov. 5. The best way to pay tribute to those victims of Sept. 11 and show your patriotism is to exercise your right to vote. Anyone can put a flag on his or her deck or vehicle, a real American will vote - but who will be your choice for governor?

Avoid empty promises
We need balance in this state. Alaskans need a governor who will do what is best for Alaska and that is why I am voting for Fran Ulmer.

Solutions for the future
I am voting for Kim Elton. He's done a good job for Juneau as a legislator and as a citizen serving in a wide array of jobs. He's been a superb advocate for Alaska's fish and fisheries when he served as the director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

Ineffective majority
I could go on at length about the principled, caring and effective leadership that Sen. Elton has proven over his 12 years in public service as Juneau's Assemblyman, state representative and senator, but I would prefer to speak to a very strange myth that seems to permeate the legislative races.

Crude daytime radio
I threw away my first draft of this letter because I decided that those folks that listen to Rush Limbaugh wouldn't be affected at all by my negative comments about the guy, nor would they understand my embarrassment at living in a community that airs him 15 hours a week.

My thanks and my vote
Addressing Alaska's fiscal gap is the most critical issue facing us as voters and as citizens in the upcoming election. Kim Elton, like Fran Ulmer, understands that solving this crisis will require a multifaceted approach. It is at best naive to assert that some kind of tax will not be required as part of this solution. Kim and Fran, unlike their opponents, have leveled with us about what it will take to put our state's fiscal house in order.

Trustworthy legislator
What a terrible disappointment when I opened Wednesday's Empire. Who ever thought attack ads would come to Juneau like that? Let me be clear: This mudslinging is unwelcome in Juneau. Besides, a legislative record is more than the bills with one's name on them. A legislative record is made up of one's bills, votes, advocacy, and behavior as an elected leader.

Challenge the rules
As a young person who attended the Spirit of Youth gubernatorial debate at Bartlett the other day, I want to express my appreciation to Sen. Murkowski for standing up for the inclusion of other candidates.

Castles in the air
Frank Murkowski repeatedly tells us he has a plan for Alaska's future. The election is almost upon us, however, and Frank has yet to reveal any details.

Time to pull together
Donn Liston's letter Friday supporting Bruce Weyhrauch was more an attack on Sitka than anything else. His reference to a judge (who dismissed his case because of a lack of merit) as being from "backwater" Sitka is shocking.

Carry the legacy
Bill and Lucy Hudson have unselfishly represented Juneau for the past 17 years. My family, our community and our state has benefited because of their service. Bill and Lucy have made it clear that Bruce Weyhrauch will continue to carry that legacy.

Out of the mainstream
On election day, Juneau voters have a great opportunity to lift their community's presence in the Alaska Senate by electing Cathy Muñoz. Cathy is the only candidate in that race who can claim to be a consensus-building moderate capable of working with other Southeast legislators in Juneau's interest.

A good, clean fight
It's a strange thing I've experienced this past month, learning more about state politics and campaigning. I've absolutely have not gotten disillusioned, my naiveté has not been exposed if I've had any, and I've not turned pessimistic toward public service. And Fran Ulmer has become more likable. As the heat of the governor's race turns on, she's as energized and healthy as can be. Amazing.

Unqualified support
I have a feeling there are more than a few people in our community like me who vote in every state election, but for one reason or another, have a hard time fully endorsing a candidate. Often I vote for a candidate based on his or her platform but cannot always vouch for the integrity of the candidate as an individual. Or I will vote for a candidate to oppose the person he is running against.

Judge Froelich shines for justice
I recently read an article in the Empire regarding some local lawyers who were critical of Judge Peter Froehlich. I am not a lawyer. However, for several years I worked as an alcohol-drug counselor dealing primarily with at-risk juveniles.

Ethical and effective
I am writing today in regards to the candidacy of Mr. Bruce Weyhrauch as a representative to the Alaska Legislature from Juneau. Mr. Weyhrauch, as our legal counsel for the state of Alaska has been representing our fishing trade association, the Alaska Crab Coalition (ACC) on matters of importance to Alaskans for the past 10 years.

People, not party
At the start of the campaign season, as a legislative staffer, I made a personal decision to avoid letters to the editor. I even resisted commenting when one letter writer suggested that "Fran Ulmer is an accurate reflection of our community." However, when a Juneau resident chooses to personally attack out-of-town legislators to justify her vote in our local Senate race, I feel compelled to reply.

Tough, brave, committed
I went to Alaska straight after college and lived there for 12 blessed years, and I will never lose my sense of awe of the place. I still say that Juneau, on a sunny day, is a large part of heaven.

Service above and beyond
It is beyond my comprehension that it would be to our favor that our state senator sign on with a Railbelt majority bent on Juneau's destruction.

Thoughtful editorial
Thank you for your thoughtful and realistic editorial on Sunday. Your endorsement of Murkowski for governor is called reality.

No on Ballot Measure 3
Do you want to pay $200 million for a risky project that has already been shown to be difficult to complete? Then vote no on Ballot Measure 3, a gas pipeline development authority.

Character and performance
I will vote for Kim Elton on Nov. 5. I am not in the habit of writing letters to the editor or declaring my political preference. In fact, in my 21 years in Southeast Alaska, I have voted for Republicans and Democrats. On what basis do I choose whom to vote for?

Working for education
A vote for Kim Elton is a vote for us. Elton's No. 1 priority is education. He plans to promote a new high school, and he has helped secure funding for the JDHS renovation. To ensure that the legislative session will stay in Juneau, he plans to improve the Capitol and to lower costs for airplane fares.

Compassion, wisdom, courage
I am voting for Kim Elton because he has the compassion to believe even poor women deserve a choice, the wisdom to know too much fiscal conservatism hurts education.

To help the community
What kind of candidate are you looking for? What about someone who wants to strengthen and rebuild relationships with all Southeast Alaska communities? Bruce Weyhrauch, a family man, is willing to put a lot of effort into making Juneau a better place. He's lived in Alaska for 24 years, and calls Juneau his home. He wants you to love it here, too.

Most capable candidate
Fran Ulmer has been lieutenant governor for many years, so she knows all the right moves. She also knows that the children are the future, and their education and learning environment are very important. She pledges to protect the PFD, saying that it should belong to us, the people.

To restore leadership
A vote for Cathy Muñoz is a vote for a positive change in Juneau's presence in the Senate.

If a road is built, who will come?
I have a question for voters. Once this road is built out of Juneau, who will drive hundreds of miles from across the state in the middle of winter, to "check up on the Legislature?" My answer is no one! After the road is built, the population of the great state of Alaska will watch the Legislature on television just like they do now!

Yes on Prop B
Do you like it when you're driving and you keep hitting potholes in the road, or when you're at the boat harbor, and you're walking on a flimsy dock? These hazards could even be fatal if they are not fixed. If you would like these problems to be fixed, then vote "yes" on Proposition B to fix roads and boat harbors throughout Alaska.

Eleven and voting
I'm 11 and I'm going to the polls on Nov. 5 to vote in the Kids Vote. Kids Vote is a program that is trying to secure the future democracy by educating and involving youth in the election process.

Ballot Measure 1
Why should we change something that is great? We shouldn't but that is what Ballot Measure 1 proposes. Ballot Measure 1 asks whether we should have another convention to change Alaska's Constitution. Right now out constitution states that every 10 years we have to vote on whether or not to hold a constitutional convention.

A real leader
When my work takes me to the capitol building, I am always glad when I reach Sen. Kim Elton's office.

Voting pleasure
The other day I exercised my right to vote early by absentee ballot. It was a pleasure to blacken out the circle next to Fran Ulmer's name.

Separating Ulmer from Knowles
Although I hated Tony Knowles as governor, I'm voting for Fran Ulmer. If you, like me, had been a small commercial fisherman but did not partake in the windfall of Individual Fishing Quotas, you have had a tough time. In fact, while Mr. Knowles was governor the salmon industry has been experiencing one disastrous season after another.

Depth of knowledge
I have known Cathy Muñoz for many years and I am very impressed with her abilities. Her sense of integrity and honesty will be a fresh change for Juneau. Cathy is honest and fair. My experience with Cathy has been that she listens with all her attention and heart. That is very telling about a person and a leader.

Personalities and politics
I'm supporting Sen. Kim Elton because of his strong support for education, veterans and a long-term fiscal plan. Cathy Muñoz is a terrific person, but one must separate personalities from politics.

Juneau will do well
The Valdez Fisheries Development Association would like to strongly recommend to the voters of Juneau Mr. Bruce Weyhrauch for the House Seat recently held by Rep. Bill Hudson. We have been associated with Bruce Weyhrauch since 1988 where he has represented Valdez Fisheries on many different issues.

Compassionate, capable
We've only known Bruce Weyhrauch for less than a year but we've been greatly impressed by both his compassion and his ability.

For children and education
I am a passionate supporter for Fran Ulmer, Alaska's next governor. She brings a depth of knowledge, experience and commitment to the position of governor that is unprecedented and critical to the future of our state. Her lifelong commitment to public service is remarkable, but what impresses me most about Fran Ulmer is her genuine understanding and caring for the needs and demands of Alaska's families and children.

Young Republicans endorse Young, Murkowski, Stevens
The members of Young Republicans-Alaska and the University of Alaska Anchorage College Republicans share a common vision for the future of Alaska. As we begin careers we hope for a state with a stable and prosperous economy that will provide jobs now and for future generations. As we start families we hope for a state with a sound economy that can provide for excellent schools, healthcare and public safety.

Fisheries advocate
From 1996-2000 I had the privilege of working as staff to Rep. Bill Hudson. During this time, I had many opportunities to work with Bruce Weyhrauch on fisheries issues. Bruce is a tremendous advocate of commercial fisheries.

The best candidate
I've known Cathy Muñoz for over 30 years. I can confirm from personal experience and from a longtime friendship Cathy's integrity, loyalty and kindness. This is a woman you can trust.

No legislative session move
Moving the Legislature from Juneau might seem like a good idea to some Alaskans at first glance, but people need to take a longer look. People in favor of Proposition 2 argue that we'd get better government if the Legislature was closer to most Alaskans.

A formidable team
Recently I heard some of a statewide debate by the candidates for governor. Frank Murkowski brought up a point that needs to be repeated. It is that all three of our representatives in Washington are of the same "vintage." It is important for us to begin to build toward some new seniority with one of the positions which would be created by electing Frank to the governor's job.

Vote early, for Cathy
I first met Cathy Muñoz over 10 years ago and found her to be a very sweet and caring individual. Cathy has demonstrated and proven that she is a very hard-working person for her community as a member of the Assembly, through her hard work in founding the Juneau Charter School and the many other contributions she has made to the community.

If Juneau had a road
Access to Juneau has been severely affected by the recent fog. Both airplane flights and ferry service has been hampered.

Policy reversion
If all it takes is a few complaints to get a long-standing tradition of free and open dog walking on local trails negated, I would like to go on record as complaining about the new policy of enforcement.

Elton delivers for Juneau
How lucky can a teacher get? In Juneau's Senate race there are two strong advocates for education running to represent us. Both have strong Assembly records supporting our schools. Both have shown a willingness to get involved and improve our schools, the building block of our future, our economy and our community.

I like Mike
Why should you vote for Mike Race? I don't really know where to start. I could fill this paper from front to back with praise. He's funny, kind, sincere, and a refreshingly genuine person but is that a reason to vote for someone? It should be.

Avoiding Fran
Frank Murkowski is afraid to debate Fran Ulmer on a one-on-one basis! An article in the Anchorage Daily News, (Oct. 26), and a televised debate at the AFN convention makes it very clear.

'Pax' the ammo
In response to Cliff Greene's letter, I would like to say that if the new guard is going to throw down his gun and naively believe that everyone else in the world is going to do the same, then I would rather reach into that powerful purse and brew a strong cup of coffee for the old guard.

Most ludicrous charge yet
Former Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Burton claims that on his watch state employees were dealing drugs out of state offices 30 years ago. If so, he was derelict in his duty to find the criminals and arrest them.

More than a protest vote
I have lived in Alaska 22 years. I vote for the candidate that will best serve Juneau's interests and needs. There have been lots of letters expounding on the virtues of Cathy Muñoz and Kim Elton. I have chosen to support Cathy because I know that she is the best candidate for Juneau.

Why settle for less?
I am writing this as a person who has known Kim Elton professionally and personally for nearly 20 years. I am an Alaska voter who is presently in California taking care of family medical needs but I have been following some of the comments of those who say Kim has been ineffective as a state legislator and feel I must respond from my experience.

Rainy day sunshine
Back in my day I had to walk to school a mile and a half through snow up to my knees, uphill both ways, work after school to help support the family, do my schoolwork by lamplight ... you know the drill. In those days politicians were all upright, honest, serious and above reproach.

UAS needs Elton
UAS is really lucky to have Sen. Elton in the Legislature. He's always supported funding UA at the regent's request funding level, and got money for the new recreation center.

Voting for the local
I was born in and raised throughout Alaska, having lived in Juneau, Fairbanks, South Naknek, Dillingham, and Kenny Lake. My mother was a Bush teacher, overqualified and doomed to roam the vast wasteland of the educational system.

Ulmer for governor
Fran Ulmer is the big cheese from Wisconsin! Voting for Fran Ulmer as governor would be improving children's education, protecting the permanent fund, building our new prosperity, and defending our independence.

Represent the whole
I'm tired of hearing how one person thinks he/she knows what's best for a community. I realize that this is what our system is currently based on, but it defeats the whole idea of community doesn't it? Politicians are elected based on how well their ideas about community issues align with the ideas of the majority of voters, that is, voters who actually vote.

With dignity and respect
A few years ago, at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon debate regarding the growth and management of Juneau's tourism industry, a local political activist asked the question "How many jobs does Juneau need anyway?" Since I knew this person to be an avid Democrat supporter, I contacted several key Juneau Democratic officials and asked if they agreed that Juneau did not need more job opportunities.

Man gets six years for raping family member
Bruises on a 16-year-old girl's arms, damage to her most private places and memories of beer on a relative's breath as he allegedly raped her convinced Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks that a local man deserved six years in prison for his crimes. Brown, 47, a former janitor with the Juneau School District, pleaded guilty in July to second-degree sexual assault, a felony, stemming from an offense occurring sometime between 1997 and 2001. According to court records, he gave an adult female family member, whose name was not released, "knock-out drops," waited until she was unconscious, and then had sex with her while he videotaped it.

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

Fog lifts, flights return
While the fog has not cut Juneau off totally from the rest of the world, it's safe to say most of the mail that has made it in and out of Juneau in the last few days has been electronic."We haven't seen any planes in the last three or four days," said Andy Ritzman, manager of Aero Services, which handles the loading, unloading and distribution of U.S. Postal Service mail from planes at the Juneau Airport to post offices in town.

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

FYI
Births

Correction
Due to an editor's error, a letter in Wednesday's Empire incorrectly listed the hometown of writers Roy and Carla Kyle. The former Juneau residents now live in Boise, Idaho.

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

Foiled fliers take to seas
Disgruntled air passengers, trapped in Sitka because of heavy fog in Juneau, hired a boat Wednesday to get them here.Nearly 60 Alaska Airlines passengers, piled up from different embarkment points in sunny Sitka, some for several days, chartered an Allen Marine Tours catamaran for $60 each.

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

Juneau children warm up for Halloween at Harvest Fair
Wednesday night's Harvest Fair at Northern Light United Church may not have been the most frightening event of the year, but if it was any indication of Juneau's enthusiasm for the holiday, tonight will be a Halloween to remember.The church's youth group organized and ran most of the games at the event. Activities included a cake walk to the soundtrack of last summer's Scooby Doo movie, a fish pond where a princess and a ghost attached candy and games to makeshift fishing poles, face painting, a donut dangle, a ring toss, cookie decorating and a haunted attic.

Photo: Above the fog
Bill Forrest walks a ragged ridge above the foggy Mendenhall Valley during a hike Wednesday up Bullard Mountain. Forrest, Stephani Joy Griffin and Greg Bledsoe, all active in the Juneau Alpine Club, bushwhacked up the sun-drenched mountain after hiking the East Glacier Trail and wading Nugget Creek, spotting goats and ptarmigan along the way.

Postal system may resort to ferry transport
While the fog has not cut Juneau off totally from the rest of the world, it's safe to say most of the mail that has made it in and out of Juneau in the last few days has been electronic."We haven't seen any planes in the last three or four days," said Andy Ritzman, manager of Aero Services, which handles the loading, unloading and distribution of U.S. Postal Service mail from planes at the Juneau Airport to post offices in town.

Bending beams of steel: Artist trades in paint for metal
Meet Lisa Rickey: She's 52, divorced, and has two sons. Her hobbies include traveling and painting. She also enjoys bending 80-pound, 8-foot-long bars of steel.A longtime Juneau-area artist, Rickey used to prefer painting abstracts with oils. Now, she works exclusively with metal. On her way to an undergraduate degree in liberal arts at the University of Alaska Southeast, Rickey is building a 12-foot high, 1,000-pound steel sculpture as a special project.

Photo: Getting into politics
Seventh-graders Lia Heifetz, left, and Lauren Verrelli work on a poster Wednesday for their joint history and language arts project in teacher Jamie Marks' class at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Photo: Pie, anyone?
Dylan and Megan Martin pose Wednesday with a 300-pound pumpkin their father, Ian Martin, carved for Halloween. Martin got the large pumpkin from Super Bear Supermarket, where he is produce manager.

Award-winning rights activist at UAS
Most Americans don't know that commonly available products such as chocolate and the steel used to make automobiles can be linked to slave labor, according to Kevin Bales, the director of Free the Slaves, a human rights organization trying to end slavery worldwide. Bales will speak about contemporary slavery and its social and economic implications Friday at the Egan Library at the University of Alaska Southeast. His talk, "Slavery in the Modern World," starts at 7 p.m.

Rummage sale scheduled
A rummage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church, 10500 Glacier Hwy.

Juneau youth earns Eagle Scout rank
Overcoming obstacles is something that Chad Guertin, 16, is getting used to. A junior in the Juneau-Douglas High School CHOICE program, Guertin was inducted as an Eagle Scout early last month. He earned 21 merit badges and coordinated the installation of a cement patio at an assisted living house in Juneau to earn the promotion.

It's humbling to contemplate all the blessings in our daily lives
A few weeks ago, there were some sea lions out in the cove in front of our house. Usually they head off around the point on their way someplace else, but this bunch stayed around and played for quite awhile. It is one of the amazing things about living in Juneau, all this abundant wilderness right at our doorsteps. Living with wild things can sometimes create problems, such as the number of porcupines hit by cars on our roads and the visits from bears. As a long-time resident, I must admit to a certain amount of amusement at the increasing number of "bear sighting" notices in the police blotter. I sometimes say to myself, "Well, we live in a national forest - what do we expect?"

Is the ballot as valuable as a diploma?
If I decided the requirements for a college degree, I would like to make it mandatory for students who are eligible to vote, to exercise that right during their period of enrollment if they wanted to receive a diploma. I understand that people have the right not to vote; but if the desire to have an influence in choosing the people who will make important decisions that will directly affect your life hasn't been conveyed, then is a college diploma worth the paper it's printed on? Isn't the ballot equally as valuable as a diploma?

Thank you
...for the support; ...for the help.

Never Too Old
When Barbara Cooper first came to Juneau in 1958, the airport was slightly bigger than a shack. Juneau residents had their vacation homes in the Mendenhall Valley and South Franklin Street was a different place "forth, back, in and around," the 95-year-old former teacher said. After a nerve-wracking first flight to Juneau - the plane's engine caught fire halfway here and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Ketchikan - Cooper emerged from the airport and was, in her words, "appalled."

Ramona 'Dolly' McVay
Former Juneau resident Ramona "Dolly" (Nicklie) McVay died Oct. 28, 2002, in her Port Angeles, Wash., home.

Robert V. Blankenship
Juneau resident Robert V. Blankenship died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, in Juneau. A prayer service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Cathedral of the Nativity.

My Turn: Vote 'no' on legislative/capital move
On Nov. 5 you will be asked to approve moving the Legislature from Juneau to the Mat-Su Borough. Ballot Measure 2 will also ask you to repeal the requirement that Alaskans be informed of, and approve, the total costs of a capital move. I hope that you will agree with me that this is a bad idea for the state, and for Southeast Alaska in particular.

Empire editorial: Vote no on Ballot Measure 1
Every 10 years Alaska voters are required by law to visit the question of holding a Constitutional Convention. The Legislature does have the power to call a convention any time it wants but has not found it necessary to do so over the past 30 years.

Empire editorial: Muñoz is best choice for Senate
Voters will have a clear choice in determining who is best suited to represent Juneau in the state Senate. The decision won't be made based solely on character or personality, because challenger Cathy Muñoz and incumbent Kim Elton are both hard-working, big-hearted, principled people. Both candidates deserve and enjoy great popularity and support.

My Turn: Time for AFL-CIO boss to step aside?
Mano Frey, the head of the Alaska AFL-CIO, recently slammed Sen. Frank Murkowski in the Juneau Empire while touting Fran Ulmer as the best choice for governor. Many of us in organized labor support Sen. Murkowski's quest to become our next governor. The reason we support Sen. Murkowski is simple: It's in the best interest of union members and working families throughout Alaska.

My Turn: Hey, Mulder, where's Scully?
I've known Eldon Mulder since he was an aide to Sen. Bettye Fehrenkamp in the '80s and I think he's a great guy. But his recent opinion piece, "Who should be Alaska's next governor?" reads like something out of the X-Files.

My Turn: Ulmer will fight for working families
When you vote Tuesday, I urge you to choose Fran Ulmer as Alaska's next governor.Fran is a fierce champion for jobs and economic growth. As a key partner in creating a pro-business environment to move Alaska forward, she'll keep fighting to make sure Alaska working families and businesses prosper.

My Turn: One of the political season's ironies
Sometimes a politician's position can change depending on who she is talking to.This spring Fran Ulmer told representatives of the United Fishermen of Alaska that, as part of a solution for the subsistence controversy, she supported making changes to ANILCA, the federal subsistence law.

Grappling with change
In more ways than one, it's a new season for the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team. As usual, the Crimson Bears have spent the last few weeks rolling out the mats in the Marie Drake Middle School gym, working to get to competition weight and getting physically and mentally prepared for the road ahead.

Juneau swimmers aiming for state berths at Region V meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School swim team has racked up impressive wins this season against its Southeast competition and top programs from elsewhere in the state.But aside from the confidence instilled by those victories, the Crimson Bears' past triumphs mean little as they compete in the Region V swim meet Friday and Saturday in Petersburg with state meet berths on the line.

Juneau Youth Basketball Standings
Standings from the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation youth basketball leagues, through games of Oct. 29.

Cavs clip Clippers for first win
LOS ANGELES - For one night, Darius Miles made it look as though the Cleveland Cavaliers got the best end of the deal when the Los Angeles Clippers dealt him for Andre Miller.An NBA doormat in recent seasons, the Cavaliers spoiled the Clippers' season opener with a 98-96 victory Wednesday night.

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

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

Correction
In a story that ran on Oct. 25 about former Juneau resident Creighton Miller being inducted into the Chadron State College Athletics Hall of Fame, an incorrect photo was used with the story.

Adult Volleyball League Standings
Here are the standings through Oct. 27 for the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation men's and women's adult volleyball leagues.

4 try for U.S. House seat
Tuesday's general election marks the 10-year anniversary of the last time U.S. Rep. Don Young faced a candidate who succeeded in posing a formidable threat to his seat in Congress. In 1990 and 1992 Young faced off against former Valdez Mayor John Devens. In both elections, Devens trailed Young at the polls by just 4 percentage points.

Gale Norton, Knowles stump for candidates
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton on Thursday touted the benefits of electing Republican Frank Murkowski governor, while Democrat Fran Ulmer enlisted her boss to deny that development has been lacking in the past eight years. Gov. Tony Knowles, the target of criticism by the Murkowski campaign, said Murkowski's claims have bordered on amazing, such as a contention that no roads have been built from scratch under Knowles' administration.

SE projects that would gain from Proposition B
Bond proposition B would allocate $226.7 million for highway and harbor projects statewide. The money would come from general obligation bonds and Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle bonds, or Garvee bonds. The Garvee bonds would be repaid with federal highway funds.

2nd and 3rd largest freight companies in SE to merge
Boyer Barge Lines, the Ketchikan-based company that has provided freight services to southern Southeast Alaska for 35 years, announced this week its merger with Seattle-based Northland Services, the second-largest provider of freight service in Southeast Alaska. The merger will streamline the two companies' service to Southeast Alaska, making them a more formidable competitor to Alaska Marine Lines, the region's top freight transport provider, said Shawn Richardson, general manager for Boyer in southern Southeast.

Incumbent Kim Elton tops fund-raising battle
With less than a week to go before the Nov. 5 general election, local legislative candidates have raised a combined total of more than $367,000.The Alaska Committee, the group fighting the legislative move initiative, has raised about $1.7 million, mostly from the city of Juneau.

State Briefs
Even the Times opposes move; Subsistence input due Friday; Man sentenced in sex abuse case

Measure would fix SE harbors
Originally built in 1939, Harris Harbor in Juneau is showing signs of age. The electrical transformer boxes are rusting. Float 1 has twisted. And users occasionally spot grass growing on the wooden floats between the boats moored downtown. Bond proposition B, which is on the statewide ballot Tuesday, would dedicate $226.7 million in bond funding to highway and harbor projects statewide. About $32 million would go to harbor projects, including $7.1 million to help repair Juneau's harbors.

Alaska businesses unsure about cruise company merger
ANCHORAGE - Alaska tour operators say they're waiting to see how the pending $5.4 billion takeover of Princess Cruises by Carnival Corp. will affect them.

State Briefs
Fog lifts, flights return to Juneau; Game Board meeting delayed; Masek escapes injury in Parks Highway accident; Young eyes future bid as House speaker; Emergency order issued to protect Denali wolves; Court bars Exxon Valdez from Prince William Sound;

Salmon fishermen reconsider taboos to save way of life
ANCHORAGE - With the value of their catches plunging, commercial salmon fishermen are beginning to embrace once-taboo ideas to save their livelihoods. They include a return to fish traps, a hated symbol of corporate and ecological abuse banned when Alaska became a state in 1959. Other ideas include a public buyout of state fishing permits and a shift from competition to cooperation among fishermen in some areas of the state.

Two Cook Inlet oil rigs to shut down
KENAI - Two Cook Inlet Unocal oil platforms will shut down within the next six months as the company reduces its scale.The company is taking a look at how to downsize in an effort to become more profitable, said spokeswoman Roxanne Sinz.

Kasilof man is charged with illegal trapping
A Kasilof man stands charged with illegally trapping along the western edge of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, killing three bald eagles and other wildlife, according to a federal grand jury indictment.

Consultants playing key role in Murkowski, Ulmer campaigns
The leading candidates for governor in Alaska are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on outside experts to help them shape their message at home, campaign records show.The two candidates have spent more than $1.2 million on their media campaigns, much of it going to professionals outside the state. Overall, Republican Frank Murkowski raised $1.5 million and Democrat Fran Ulmer raised $1.3 million from 2001 to Oct. 7, state campaign reports showed. The most recent reports, filed this week, were not yet available.

What's happening
Theater

Best Bets: Halloween events more glam than that fairy suit
Like many who grew up in Alaska, this time of year reminds me of a bitterly cold string of grade-school Halloweens when my mother sent me out dressed like a chubby, runny-nosed Tinkerbell in a "fairy costume" (read: wire-hanger/panty hose wings and ballet tutu) pulled on over a dingy lavender snowsuit. Luckily, this year's Juneau Halloween for grown-ups promises to be much more glamorous.

What's up with that?
Jacob P. Anderson was one of those rare individuals who turned a hobby into his life's work and a lasting legacy. Anderson, who spent much of his adult life in Juneau, had a passion for plants - collecting, studying, describing and cataloging all things floral. By the time he died in 1953, he had amassed an enormous collection of Alaska flora and played a major role in bringing the botany of Alaska into the realm of scientific study.

Looking out Looking in
Looking Out, Looking In," an exhibit of works by local artists Lisa Blacher and Kathy Hocker, will be featured at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery during November.The show of clay vessels, graphite drawings, carved tiles and mixed-media illustrations will open with a reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the JAHC gallery at 206 North Franklin St. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Art from found objects
I t has been said that one man's junk is another man's treasure. For Alaska artists Carol Hilgemann and Don Mohr, that junk is more than simply treasure - it's the basis for a work of art. The Alaska State Museum will showcase "found object art" with solo exhibitions by Hilgemann and Mohr, beginning with an opening reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. Hilgemann will talk about her exhibition at 6 p.m.

Movies where and when
"Red Dragon," (R) ends Thursday, Oct. 31, last show at 7 p.m. at the 20th Century Twin.

Capturing Southeast's extreme talent
W hether surfing off remote beaches in Southeast, skateboarding in Juneau or heli-boarding outside of Haines, you can bet Scott Baxter has one piece of equipment with him - his digital video camera.The fourth generation Juneau resident will be debuting "PAK II: Rendered," the second installment of his Alaska extreme sports video series, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Centennial Hall. The Anchorage Boarderline skateboard and snowboard video "In for Life" will show on the same ticket.

CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-3028
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING