Sunday, November 3, 2002

In the Stacks
In anticipation of award-winning storyteller Jim Weiss' visit Nov. 8-9, this week's column is devoted to stories on tape for kids.

Spend money wisely
Unless we have development dollars to pay for all the education goals the politicians are professing, there is no way that we Alaskans can afford this. One would believe with all the money we already pay that we would be producing a select group of individuals that are at the top of the scale in the United States.

Cathy cares about kids
I am a fourth-generation Alaskan, as is my husband. I have known Cathy since we attended Juneau-Douglas High School together. Her honesty, integrity and sincerity have always been above reproach and are still unwavering.

Team player, or not
I am supporting Cathy Muñoz for Juneau's Senate seat. Although there are those who claim no benefits are realized in the majority caucus, I disagree with them.

A strong foundation
Why rock? "The wise man built his house upon the rock.... And the house on the rock stood firm."

Cathy's commitment
There is no doubt that tourism is an increasingly important part of Juneau's economy - and that's one major reason why I support Cathy Muñoz for Senate.

A plus for Juneau
I have known Cathy and her family for a long time. I have no doubt that she will be a real asset to Juneau and to Southeast Alaska in her role in the Legislature.

Keep Juneau the capital
Think about this: The Legislative Session moves. Juneau becomes a poor city. Tourist season isn't as full as usual. The population suddenly goes down. Soon, anything that is worth something will no longer have its value. All of this and more could happen if you don't vote "no" on Ballot Measure 2.

Genuine concern for people
Cathy Muñoz represents the views of Juneau. She has a genuine concern for its people, the ability to listen, to work cooperatively with colleagues in problem-solving, and has demonstrated the rare ability to thoughtfully balance Juneau's concerns with what is achievable in the political arena.

Exclusive invitees
During the live debate on KTOO by the House 4 candidates, Bruce Weyhrauch made the most interesting remark: "Bill Hudson did call me and asked me to run, and various - a lot of other people called me to run and I'd be concerned if no one called the person and asked them to run - why are they running?"

Work together
As Lincoln said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Cathy Muñoz understands by working together, our region is strengthened.

Back and forth
I wanted to respond to Jesse Kiehl's personal attack on my credibility. I wrote a letter to the editor crediting his boss, Kim Elton, with securing $45,000 for Juneau's attempts to win the Arctic Winter Games. Kim personally visited the Senate Finance Committee aide responsible for collating those requests and he got that in the budget.

Georgianna's the one
Mac Carter is jaunty and contemporaneous. He said he lived in rural Alaska for 30 years, but I can only account for maybe nine years in Central. Unless he considers Fairbanks rural where he worked in the print shop, maybe the ink fumes got to his memory.

Payback time on Tuesday?
In 1996, Southeast communities and their elected leaders asked the Legislature to adopt a resolution in support of the extension to the USFS contract with Ketchikan Pulp. They did this to preserve jobs and keep their families and economies intact.

Experience counts
Cathy Engstrom Muñoz is the best person for the job! She's got the experience we need. If you take the time to look at her personal and professional accomplishments, I think you'll agree with me.

Take your kids to vote
If nobody voted, America's leaders would be overthrown with brute force. Kings and dictators would rule with an iron fist. The American people would be furious without control of the government. Guerilla units would roam the land looking to take control of the country. Riots would break out everywhere, with rebels fighting for their rights.

Elton has more experience
When I opened my mail a few days ago I had campaign literature from both candidates running for Juneau's single Senate seat. I've met both of these people. They both are longtime Juneau residents and they both seem to be genuinely nice people. When I looked at their campaign literature I'd received that day, however, a clear difference emerged.

Do words match deeds?
If you just listen to the campaign rhetoric of Fran Ulmer and Kim Elton, you will probably vote for them. If, however, your vote represents an informed, honest and realistic evaluation of that rhetoric, you will not.

Devoted to Juneau
I have known Mike Race for over 25 years and during that time he has worn a variety of hats. He has worked among the community serving the fire departments, seniors, pioneers and many organizations. As a business owner, he knows the commitment one must extend to the public and to his own employees.

Don't prove Times right
Julie, Julie, Julie. For a person who thinks the same transportation system that has been in place for 40 years serves Juneau well, you sure missed the boat in your letter about road access to and from Juneau.

Capable, caring candidate
Think with me. What is a leader? There are several definitions, but the nautical one seems applicable to Juneau. For you see, a leader "becomes the instrument to guide others to their proper places" so things are accomplished.

No need to convene
Should there be a constitutional convention? It says under the state constitution that we must give the people a chance to vote on it if we have not had one in 10 years. The decade is up.

Experience counts
My name is Tim Grussendorf, and I am a candidate for the Valley House seat 4. I am running for this seat because I believe I can make a meaningful difference for Juneau. I will be a strong voice for the working class families that are currently under-represented in the Legislature. I will stand up for the working families of Juneau. I am hard working, energetic and ready to serve you.

Pick the best captain
I was driving into work today and stared right at the boathouse with all of the Republican signs next to Egan Drive near the Yacht Club. My immediate reaction was, "Gee, the only sign missing is a happy face poster!"

Democrat for Muñoz
I come from a family of lifelong registered Democrats. This election year, however, I am voting for Cathy Muñoz for Juneau's Senate seat. Politics are politics but people are people, and good ones like Cathy Muñoz are hard to find.

Muñoz is moderate
Jan Beauchamp's remarks of Oct. 29 couldn't be further from the truth. Cathy Muñoz is not a right-wing conservative Republican. If anything, she is a moderate Republican.

Ready to work hard
Do you want to move the capital? I don't. And Bruce Weyhrauch doesn't either! He is a Republican and is running for House District 4. Bruce wants the capital to stay in Juneau. He also supports improving the access to Juneau for those who don't live here.

Record of accomplishment
Cathy Muñoz has our votes on Nov. 5. As a chair of the City and Borough Finance Committee, she oversaw the budget process that fully funded education, established new firefighter positions, completed Treadwell ice rink funding, implemented half-hour bus service, and reduced the levy on private property by .50 mils, the largest decrease Juneau property owners had seen in 20 years!

Good enough for me
When weighing competing gubernatorial endorsements from two of Alaska's ex-governors, don't forget the striking historical contrast in the public records of these two figures.

Corporations and consumption
This is the most important governor election since Alaska statehood. With all the other important issues facing Alaska; renewal or assumption of the oil pipeline, use of the natural gas, land grant school funding, national weapon system, security of the permanent fund dividend, we must be thoughtful and careful in our choice for governor.

The first step
I'm a commercial salmon gillnetter out of Cordova in the summers and I feel that I must take issue with some of the statements made by Sue Aspelund in her My Turn column of Oct. 30. This concerns the National Pacific Fisheries Management Council's recent decision on processor quota shares.

AFL/CIO leader took cue from membership
Once again Greg O'Claray is attacking someone without telling the facts as they really are, but that don't seem to matter to him. In his attack on Mano Frey he is way off base with the facts as Mr. Frey is following the directions given to him by the members of the AFL/CIO.

Economy is top issue
Nov. 5 is fast approaching. The decisions Alaskans make at the polls will position our state's future for decades to come. The governor's race particularly interests me as this high office will either direct the recovery of our economy or will allow the continuation of the downward slide we have experienced during the last eight years.

Not fat cats nor majority
I have watched Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer shake hands and give speeches all over this state. I have watched her sing "God Bless America" at the opening of a small local football game and I find several admirable qualities that distinguish her from Frank Murkowski.

Cathy is all about education
Cathy Muñoz stands for education. Cathy worked diligently for founding Juneau's first public community charter school. As a cofounder of Juneau's first public school, which is now in its sixth year of operation, Cathy was an integral part of its inception.

Working for us
Cathy Muñoz has been very instrumental at improving our transportation systems around Juneau. Cathy worked closely with neighbors to improve safety and reduce speed from 35 to 25 mph along Riverside Drive.

Accomplishments in spite of the majority
It has been quite obviously demonstrated to us over the last couple years that the ideal legislative organization is not a veto-proof Legislature, no matter which party is in the majority.

Make your vote count
When Juneau goes to the voting polls on Tuesday it is imperative that we elect a senator who is capable of crafting and passing legislation on her own. Even more important is having a member of the majority representing Juneau who will be involved in the crafting of important legislation such as budget, transportation plans, and fiscal gap remedies.

Photo: A new square for Juneau
Bonn Trinidad, left, unveils a Manila Square sign during a naming ceremony Saturday for the new downtown square. The area south of the Red Dog Saloon to the roundabout was renamed Manila Square in honor of the contributions of the Filipino community to Juneau.

Catching her breath
Cathy Cuenin first lost her breath five years ago. At the time, she was 48 and running five miles daily to train for the Klondike Road Relay race. One morning she awoke with strange back pain. Later, on the way up a fight of stairs, she inhaled but couldn't pull in enough oxygen. Suddenly, she was gasping. "I went to the ER and I had a collapsed lung," Cuenin said.

Inspiring, involving the next generation
"I'll be at the polls," said Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School eighth-grader Alex Holloway. "I'm going to go vote."Holloway will be one among the thousands of Juneau students who may vote alongside their parents in Tuesday's general election as part of the Kids Voting program.

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

Experimental treatment may help with cancer research
A new trial drug treatment for LAM disease may help bring researchers closer to a cancer cure, according to LAM researcher Frank McCormack, a pulmonologist at the University of Cincinnati Medical School. Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, known as LAM disease, is a rare and potentially fatal lung disease that affects only women, including two Juneau residents.

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

Police won't pursue charges against former Kids Voting treasurer
Law enforcement officials say they will not pursue charges against a man who recently admitted taking more than $2,000 from a Juneau nonprofit group.The board of directors for Kids Voting decided last week not to press charges against Shawn Blumenshine, the group's former treasurer. Blumenshine, 23, admitted in a letter to the board to taking $2,020 from the group's bank account.

EPA looks askance at Kensington Mine's plan
A key element of an affordable way to develop the Kensington Mine may not meet environmental laws, according to a federal agency whose permits are needed to open the mine. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency submitted its concerns in written comments to the U.S. Forest Service, which is preparing an environmental impact statement.

Robert V. Blankenship
Juneau resident Robert V. Blankenship died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002, in Juneau.

Robert A. Rausch
Juneau resident Robert A. Rausch, 73, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday, Oct. 26, near Iowa City, Iowa. He had been hunting pheasant with his brother Clair Rausch, and his Labrador retriever had just delivered a couple of birds to him.

My Turn: Transportation is key to Alaska's economic health
After 11 1/2 years with the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF), the last 7 1/2 of which was served as the deputy commissioner, I recently retired from public service.

Toe Cartoon

My Turn: Frank has a long record of support for Alaska fishermen
I plan to vote for Frank Murkowski for governor and look forward to the positive changes that a Republican leadership will mean for Kodiak and our fishermen.

Empire editorial: Facts burn through fog of outgoing administration's economic legacy
Gov. Tony Knowles, up to now conspicuously absent from the Ulmer campaign, emerged from the fog on Thursday to participate in a press conference at Ulmer's campaign headquarters in Anchorage. While stumping around the state these past few months, Ulmer has been careful to distance herself from her boss.

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.

Techwit: And that's the truth
People hate having their integrity questioned, especially when they're lying. Well, a new technology on the horizon is going to add new dimensions to what it means to have an honest opinion. It's called the Words' Other Real Meaning Interpreter-Translator, or WORMIT for short. It will change your life.

My Turn: Ready to play the road-maintenance game?
The state of Alaska, and in particular the Department of Transportation, is introducing a new game that hundreds of families in the Juneau area get to play. The name of this new game is "No Road Maintenance For You." If you live on one of the selected roads, you get to be a pawn in this game. The rules are fairly complicated but I will try to explain them.

My Turn: After GOP wins, get it right or get out
The Nov. 5 election will be a surprise only if there is not a landslide for Republican candidates from Sen. Ted Stevens, to Rep. Don Young, to Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski, to members of the Alaska Legislature. The figures favor Republicans.

The 'Storm' is coming
Juneau snow enthusiasts better brace for the "Storm." It's expected to hit Thursday night at Centennial Hall with a 100 percent chance of snow. But don't get your shovels and winter coats out just yet. This is Warren Miller's "Storm" - a high-energy, snow-packed film extravaganza sure to get viewers in the mood for the upcoming winter.

Outdoors Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts include:

Annual used ski and snowboard sale gets people in the mood for winter
For nearly half a century, local winter sport enthusiasts have looked forward to the annual ski sale. It has evolved from humble beginnings into the pinnacle pre-season ski event in Juneau. "Ski season doesn't officially start until the ski swap," said ski patroller Sean Edwards.

Out and About
In season: Black bear (Sept. 1-June 30), brown bear (Sept. 15-Dec. 31, March 15-May 31), deer (Sept. 15-Dec. 31), mountain goat (Sept. 1 or Oct. 1, depending on area,-Nov. 31), wolf (Aug. 1-April 30), wolverine (Nov. 10-Feb. 15), ducks, geese, brants, snipe, crane (Sept. 1-Dec. 15), red and blue king crab (Oct. 1-March 31), coho salmon (June-Nov.).

Preseason tune-up: Preparing your body for the slopes
POCATELLO, Idaho - Skiers across the West are watching the skies, waiting for signs of snow. What most don't remember however, is the pain of the first day of skiing. The sore muscles and inability to walk the next day are an all-too common experience at the beginning of the ski season.

Eagles, eagle-watchers converge on Haines
Every fall, American bald eagles gather by the thousands along the Chilkat River in Haines to feast during late salmon runs. Perched solemnly in trees, with dark jackets and white heads, they look like a collection of elderly gents in a London club.On gravel bars in the river, eagles young and old haul big, thrashing salmon from the channels. Adults spar over choice fish and juveniles bob and call to beg from adults. Early snows often lend majesty and a sense of the surreal to the scene.

Juneau All-comers Volleyball Tournament
Results from the Juneau All-Comers Volleyball Tournament held Friday and Saturday at Juneau-Douglas High School. The tournament featured junior varsity and C team

Crimson Bears sweep region titles
Spurred by victories in all six relay events, the Juneau-Douglas High School swim team claimed the boys and girls titles at the Region V swim meet held Friday and Saturday at Petersburg's Melvin Roundtree Memorial Pool. "I planned out what I thought would happen, and the kids exceeded that," Juneau coach John Wray said Saturday.

Treadwell groups set to organize
Years of mandatory weather-dependent, bumpy-ice, fish-net-goal hockey in Juneau are about to come to an end. In just a couple of months, local hockey players - and ice aficionados of all kinds - will christen the smooth surface of Treadwell Ice Arena at Douglas' Savikko Park, giving Juneau its first-ever indoor ice rink.

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

Boozer sees limited action as Cavaliers fall to Suns on Friday
PHOENIX - Shawn Marion had 21 points and 16 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns overcame an awful shooting night to beat Cleveland 78-74 in their home opener Friday night. Marion's 3-pointer, the Suns' first of the season after 14 misses, put Phoenix ahead 73-68 with 1:27 to play. His two free throws with 1:05 to go made it 75-68.

A spectacular spike-tacular
At left: Ambyr Benson of the Juneau Six team makes a pass during a second-round match with Sitka Three during Juneau's All-Comers volleyball tournament this weekend at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Ketchikan: President Bush commends student for patriotic essay
A Ketchikan High School student has received a commendation from President George W. Bush, thanking her for a patriotic essay she wrote about the American flag.Shasta Ann Miller, A Ketchikan High School sophomore, wrote the essay last year for the annual Reflections program. The theme for the contest was "I Hold In My Hand," she said Tuesday, and her essay begins, "I hold in my hand a thread that binds nations.

Thousands in Southeast vote early for Tuesday's election
Voters unable to make it to the ballot box on Tuesday for the general election are turning out in numbers through absentee voting, according to Southeast Elections Supervisor Pam Crowe.As of Friday the Division of Elections had received 3,817 absentee ballots from throughout Southeast. Crowe said the Southeast region sent out about 6,500 absentee ballots last month.

Wrangell: Plane down in fog
That fog can cause its share of trouble was illustrated Oct. 18 when Charles Bateham's small floatplane went down near the mouth of Whiskey Cove shortly after takeoff.

State Briefs
Murkowski hosts rally in Juneau; Off the trail: Iditarod sled dog lost in Juneau; Outhouse makes history in Sputnik sighting; Man who exposed himself gets a year in jail; DNA frees man accused of rape;

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