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Saturday, November 1, 2003

Love teaching, but demands increasing
I am an elementary teacher who loves her job! It is the most rewarding, exciting and unpredictable work anyone could ask for. I have 26 (yes, 26) second graders whom I love and care for during the day. We work hard together learning, laughing and trying to get along with each other, as we are all so different. Part of this classroom community is the wonderful, supportive parents who work hard helping me with cutting, pasting, copying and working with individual students on computer projects etc. (I don't know what I'd do without them)!

Stevens' rider shows disrespect
Senator Stevens is again demonstrating his disrespect for public and democratic processes by attempting to push through a rider that would cripple the ability of federal courts to rule on timber sales within the Tongass National Forest.

Unfair to point fingers
Responding to the letter in the paper (Wednesday) by Reggie Cruz: After I read that article I was nothing but angry. How could someone write something like that?

District classified workers deserve break
I have recently read in the paper that the teachers are attempting to receive a 2 percent raise from the Juneau School District. While I think it is okay that they want an increase in their pay, I am left wondering why the backbone of the district, the classified employees, aren't receiving any breaks.

Kmart location would make a great school
Am I the only person in Juneau that thinks that purchasing the Kmart property by Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School and turning it into a high school would be a great idea? Not only would it assist in easing the budget that it would take to create a new high school by offering up a developed property, but it's a great location, offers ample parking, room for a courtyard or track, and is already in a school zoned area. Just a thought.

Safer crossing needed
As a parent that has a child that crosses that intersection to and from Glacier Valley, I would like for DOT to explain: How can a intersection be designed with no regard for those kids going to school?

Alaska Department of Fish and Game anticipates short crab opening
Commercial crab fishermen in Juneau may get just a few days of fishing before the season closes, according to officials at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which is anticipating a three- to four-day red king commercial opening around town. Red king crab season opens Saturday at noon. The state has set a commercial harvest limit of 225,000 pounds of crab for Southeast. The limit for waters around Juneau is 47,000 pounds, said Gretchen Bishop, Southeast shellfish project leader for ADF&G's Commercial Fisheries Division.

Photo: School Supply Donation
Juneau School Board members Mary Decker, left, and Andi Story look at school supplies that were donated by Cellular One to the Juneau School District on Wednesday. Approximately 2,500 school supplies were collected by Cellular One during its "Activate Your School" promotion. Customers who brought in new school supplies for the program were given discounts from the company.

Lecture to cover messengers of environmental justice
University of Alaska Southeast literature professor Susan Lucas will explore the grass-roots movement of environmental justice in "Bad Girls and Bad News: The Female Messengers of Environmental Justice," a 7 p.m. lecture tonight at the Egan Lecture Hall on the UAS campus. Admission is free. The presentation is the eighth in the Evening at Egan fall lecture series.

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

Dialysis center will keep kidney patients in Juneau
When Renal Care Group Alaska opens a kidney dialysis center in Juneau early next spring, the company will be taking a large financial risk. But considering it may keep hundreds of patients in Southeast Alaska with kidney problems from heading south or to Anchorage for treatment, the risk is worth it, said Charlotte Richards, executive director of the Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation.

Man pleads to reduced sex charges involving minor
A 21-year-old Juneau man has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor after facing a felony indictment alleging he had sex with a girl younger than 16. Evan Whitman pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse of a minor at least 16 years old. The September grand jury indictment alleged the girl was about two months short of her 16th birthday when Whitman had sexual relations with her during the summer.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Photo: Totem retrofit
Ellen Carrlee, left, curator of collections for the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, and Alysia McLain, a museum intern, clean lichen, moss and dirt from a totem pole called "Harnessing the Atom" on Thursday. The pole, carved by Juneau resident Amos Wallace in the 1960s, was taken down Wednesday after it started to lean because of rot. The pole will be refitted with a new base before being put back up.

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal proceedings.

Court orders Leman to certify initiative
Voters might get a chance next year to decide whether to call a special election to fill U.S. Senate vacancies, rather than filling the position through gubernatorial appointment. On Oct. 21, Lt. Gov. Loren Leman, based on a recommendation from state Attorney General Gregg Renkes, rejected a proposed ballot initiative to require special elections to fill Senate vacancies.

Photo: United Way fund-raiser
United Way of Southeast Alaska board members Gayle Wood, far left, and Tim McLeod, right, and Judy Baxter, marketing manager for Costco, install the United Way thermometer in the main entrance of Costco. The thermometer indicates how much money is being raised for the United Way fund-raising campaign. This year's goal is $625,000.

Teacher Talk: Using origami instructions to increase literacy
When you were a kid, do you remember folding a paper cup or paper football for lunchtime finger-flicking fun, or perhaps a little game that tells you your fortune? Well, you were essentially doing origami. I have been curious about this ancient art form, and this summer I purchased a basic text in order to try it out and explore its academic value.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

Photo: Aurora borealis
The northern lights illuminate the sky above downtown Juneau on Wednesday night. A massive solar flare, which erupted earlier in the week, was responsible for the aurora borealis.

Glaciers displayed in all their glory
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will open its new exhibit, "The Glory of Glaciers," on Nov. 7, 2003, with a public reception from 4:30-7 p.m. Massive ice is captured through the eyes of artists in this exhibit about local glaciers. From Myron Clark's sublime 1921 painting of Taku Inlet to Jeff Brown's comical 1992 photo, "Cleaning the Mendenhall Glacier," Juneau artists have documented our ongoing fascination with these moving rivers of ice for more than 100 years.

Howard graduates from MCRD
Aaron Howard graduated from MCRD in San Diego on Oct. 17, 2003, on his sister Rebekah's 18th birthday.

Esther Bailey Clark
Juneau resident Esther Bailey Clark, 78, died Oct. 29, 2003, in Juneau.

Wesley D. Hansen
Former Juneau resident Wesley D. Hansen, 84, died Oct. 22, 2003, at his home in Warden, Wash.

My Turn: It's not too late for realistic transportation improvements
Rich Poor, a former transportation official and self-described road advocate, recently authored a thoughtful and conciliatory letter to the editor discussing a compromise regarding access in Lynn Canal. Unfortunately, the maniacal approach the Department of Transportation has adopted with respect to improving access in Lynn Canal appears to preclude a reasoned approach like Poor's to solving long-standing access problems.

Juneau Parks and Rec Basketball
Standings through Oct. 27.

Suns beat Cavs in battle of young NBA stars
Amare and LeBron. First names should suffice for these two young NBA sensations for many years to come. Amare Stoudemire, at 20 two years older than LeBron James, scored 25 points, including a pair of three-point plays in a fourth-quarter run, as the Phoenix Suns beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 95-86 on Thursday night.

Alaska swimming top 16 prep times
Here are Alaska's top 16 times for the 2003 high school swimming season. This list is compiled by Juneau-Douglas High School swim coach John Wray and is through meets of Oct. 25. First names are not available for all athletes.

Juneau swimmers, divers ready for Region V meet
As the Juneau-Douglas High School swim team filed out of practice Wedenesday night, there was a different spirit about the Crimson Bears than there usually is during the regular season.

Divers thrive
Cathy Tide looks younger than her early-30s, and she enjoys shocking people when she tells them she has "a dozen high school kids." Tide's "kids" are the members of the Juneau-Douglas High School diving team she coaches, and they could play a major role in the Region V swimming and diving championships this weekend and an even bigger role in the state meet Nov. 7-8 in Anchorage.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

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