Sunday, November 4, 2001

In the stacks
This week's offering from Juneau Public Libraries is new non-fiction!

New book sums up purity, value of nature
"American Nature Writing 2002" is the ninth volume in the series founded by editor and writer John Murray. Murray, who formerly lived in Fairbanks, now resides in Denver and has edited numerous nature anthologies including "Out Among the Wolves" and "The Great Bear."

Some retirees still head south
If Sonny Converse had stayed in Alaska three more days, the state would have given him $1,000. But after 62 years in Juneau, he was ready to leave, longevity bonus check or not. "I really liked fishing and hunting, but when you retire you get out of that rain," said Converse, who moved to Sequim, Wash.

Some ill parents brought north by children
For Melinda Cavanaugh, the decision to bring her mom to Juneau was emotional. Cavanaugh's father died in 1998 and her mother, Lotus Pasternak, was bedridden. "At the beginning it was just an emotional reaction," Cavanaugh said. "We didn't really think of anything else."

Many seniors just don't want to leave
Bud Taylor found Juneau was harder to leave than he expected. "I always thought when I retired from the Department of the Interior I'd go back to my home town," said Taylor, who came from Sheridan, Wyo., 40 years ago. "But whenever I go down I can't get back fast enough."

More retirees are making move north
Barney Skiman could have stayed in sunny southern California after his wife died, but he decided to come north. "My daughter convinced me to live with her," said Skiman, 84, whose son also offered him a place in Sacramento, in northcentral California.

Frogs and toads
Let me speak of a subject other than politics and bears. It is good news, too.

Improve the economy
Alaskans hear lots about fiscal plans, but most such plans are "cover stories" for stealing PFDs to fund government, despite our 83 percent "no" vote.

Questions? Call ALA
A lighthouse in our own backyard. How many people can say that? And since we have one so near at hand why, over the past few decades, have so few people been out to visit?

Photo: A close call
Bo Brownfield, top, uses a chainsaw to cut up three spruce trees that blew over onto Ed and Marlyn Carrillo's patio, just missing their home at 7520 Glacier Hwy.

Local Briefs
Two injured in Egan crashes; Speaking out on the state budget; Subsistence group meets this week; Whale death still not resolved

Attack donations squeeze other charities
Over $1 billion has been raised to help the victims of the World Trade Center, the culmination of the most massive giving in the history of American charity, according to published reports.

Around Town
Today

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

Aging by the numbers
Lazzette Ohman stayed in her home state of Alaska because of work, family and friends. Bud Taylor remained after retirement to avoid the pollution and crowds of the Lower 48. Elizabeth Leach moved from the Midwest to be closer to her son after her husband died. Lotus Pasternak's daughter brought her here because she had Alzheimer's disease and needed close care.

Larry Dan Hotch Sr.
Larry Dan Hotch Sr. died Nov. 1, 2001, in Haines.

My Turn: Resolve to change the way we live
John Balzar's excellent column in Thursday's Empire addresses in a meaningful way whether America will have the discipline and fortitude to persevere with efforts to halt the terrorism directed at our citizens and nation. Balzar, by the way, is the former Los Angeles Times bureau chief for the Pacific Northwest and the author of a fascinating book about the Yukon Quest dog race.

Interest strong in first tourism poll
The results of the first online tourism poll are in and the good news is that there appears to be common ground for Juneau's tourism economy to work socially and environmentally. Keep in mind the questions in the first poll were focused on broad general issues and real conclusions won't come until the information-gathering phase is completed and analyzed.

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Nov. 10

Crimson Bears swimmers sweep to region crowns
The Juneau-Douglas High School swim and dive teams swept the Region V swimming meet at Blatchley Middle School Pool in Sitka on Friday and Saturday.

Yukon Quest now has 30 mushers entered
he number of mushers set to run the 2002 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race has reached 30 with the recent entry of five rookies and one veteran, Carrie Farr of Nenana, who finished eighth last year.

Duckworth upsets Stevens
The main event of the "Roughhouse Fridays" season opener Friday night at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall was a classic match pitting speed against power.

Juneau claims Region V-4A volleyball title
The Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears clinched the Region V-Class 4A volleyball championship and a berth at next weekend's Class 4A state tournament with a pair of sweeps over the Ketchikan Kings on Friday and Saturday in Wrangell.

State Briefs
Officer shoots his car; Troopers appoint first female lieutenant; Defense force wants more recruits

Coast Guard, state honor local civilian
Wednesday was a big day for fire training specialist Gaylen Brevik. Not only did he retire. He also was awarded a Certificate of Merit at a U.S. Coast Guard ceremony and had a Juneau street named after him.

Santa is not scared of anthrax in the mail
Letters to Santa Claus mailed to the town of North Pole from all over the world will be opened this holiday season despite the anthrax scare, the U.S. Postal Service said Friday.

Columbia dispute goes to mediation
A mediator will attempt to resolve a dispute between the state and a Ketchikan shipyard operator. Each contends the other owes millions due to delays in returning the ferry Columbia to service last summer.

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