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Saturday, November 3, 2001

Local Briefs
Missing teen found; Man clings to moving vehicle; Holiday food boxes offered to families

FYI
Births

Health practitioner is ever on the job - at work, at home, in the community
Justine Emerson is a mother of three, a nurse practitioner and now a colonel in the Alaska Army National Guard. One thing she doesn't seem to do often, though, is slow down. "I don't think I relax very much," Emerson conceded

Around Town
Today

Fake phone reps scam Juneau
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska is warning Juneau residents to watch out for fraudulent calls from people saying they are AT&T representatives.

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

Cruise head tax still in play
The cruise ship industry says a state $50 passenger head tax would be especially harmful in the aftermath of Sept. 11. But the leading supporter of that tax, Senate President Rick Halford, said that so far he doesn't see any reason to back off.

Tourism poll finds split opinions, common ground
People who responded to the city's first tourism Web poll had mixed opinions about how many cruise ship passengers Juneau can handle.

Wilson new executive director
Shanti of Southeast Alaska, an HIV/AIDS prevention agency, has a new executive director.

Quilting bee raises funds for recycling
A quilt pieced by three Gustavus women to raise money for the Gustavus Recycling Center is featured in the "Quilting Bee" section of the November issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.

School Events
Auke Bay Elementary 463-1775

Thank You
On Oct. 5, 2001, Alaska Health Fair hosted the annual Senior Health Fair at the Juneau Senior Center. Several hundred folks attended and were able to access free health services including height and weight measures, vision screenings, glaucoma screenings, blood pressure checks, hearing tests and bone density information.

Barrett, Furber to wed
Maureen Barrett of Edmonds, Wash., and Jeff Furber of Haverhill, Mass., will be married Aug. 17, 2002, in Lynnwood, Wash.

Be prepared for the storms of your life
The morning this was written, by the light of the streetlight, one could see snow swirling through the air and the house was vibrating and creaking as it was buffeted by the wind. "Aha," I thought, "the first winter storm." I was wrong.

Student visas ripe for reform
Of all the anti-terrorism measures before Congress, an overhaul of the country's inept immigration system - beginning with tighter background checks and monitoring of the whereabouts of foreign students here - is the most obvious and urgent way to provide a long-term deterrent.

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.

Crimson Bears swim to regions
The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving teams begin their quest for Region V titles today and Saturday in Sitka. Today's preliminary events begin at 6 p.m. and continue at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Blatchley Middle School Pool, where 24 Crimson Bears swimmers and five divers will make their charge towards the state meet.

Alaska High School Top 20 Swim Times
Alaska's top-10 high school swim times, plus any other top-20 swimmers from Southeast Alaska, for the 2001 season through meets of Oct. 27. The list is compiled by Glacier Swim Club coach Gary Crowe of Juneau.

Sports In Juneau
Today, Nov. 2

State Briefs
Second murder jury is hung; Reception erupts in fight; Jury finds doctor guilty; Survivors tell of copter crash; Man arrested for shooting; Moose makes off with swing set

Expert to check state Capitol security
The Legislature will hire an expert to survey the Capitol and Terry Miller Legislative Office Building for security vulnerabilities in the wake of national terrorist attacks.

Photo: For excellence of care
Steve Franey, far right, of the American Hospital Association, presents the Circle of Life Citation Award to Jamie McLean, second from left, and Mary Kyle of Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.

Tempers flare as legislators joust over redistricting plan
Tempers erupted on Thursday when a bipartisan panel of lawmakers met to discuss the status of the Legislature's legal challenge to a redistricting plan opposed by Republicans.

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