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Monday, November 4, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Promise-keeper
In the pragmatic and often cynical world of politics, it is rare to find a candidate with a strong set of core beliefs that they're willing to stick by. Sen. Kim Elton is one.

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.

No substitute for experience
This year's race for Juneau's Senate seat is a critical one.

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.

To bring Alaskans together
As an Alaska Native who has lived outside Alaska for the last 18 years, but who has nonetheless maintained close ties to my home state, I would like to say that for the first time since leaving Alaska, I wish I were still a resident, so that I could cast my vote for Fran Ulmer.

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.

Real can-do candidate
Having watched Frank Murkowski campaign for governor, I understand why ANWR hasn't been opened. Regarding natural resource development, what passed for "leadership" in decades past has degenerated into an angry, ineffectual blame game with little to offer Alaskans. We are left with a lot of angry handwringing by Jerry Hood, the Voice of the Times, and Frank Murkowski as they pine for the days when mosquito control consisted of dumping barrels of diesel into swamps. They've simply been unable to adapt to today's market in which industry isn't the only player at the decision making table.

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.

Where does Frank stand?
As a commercial fisherman of 30 years, I am writing to express my wholehearted support for Fran Ulmer for governor. Fran Ulmer is the candidate with the vision, knowledge, and experience to lead Alaska's troubled fishing industry into the 21st century.

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.

Anchorage-dominated majority
I am writing to support Kim Elton in the upcoming election. Cathy Muñoz and her supporters thinking joining forces with the majority in the Senate will be helpful to Juneau disturbs me. This majority has already cut state jobs and services to the bone. This is the Anchorage-dominated Republican majority Cathy proudly wants to serve with. Does anyone remember the downturn in the Alaska economy during the '80s?

Membership requirement
I've been watching Juneau's Senate campaign lately, and I felt I had to weigh in.

A road is an opportunity
The letter printed on Thursday, "If a road is built, who will come?" identified a road into Juneau as nothing more than a tourist convenience. Juneau's aristocratic sentiment has traditionally been anti-road. While this may be fine for wealthy families who have a few extra thousand dollars to spend, the rest of us who can't afford expensive round-trip ferry or airline tickets for an entire family have a different opinion.

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.

Fishermen must look deep
Don't get fooled by UFA's endorsement for governor. It's much more about Tony than it is about Frank. In their rush to vent frustration and disappointment with Tony Knowles, UFA didn't even read Fran's response to the questionnaire prior to making their endorsement. They just skimmed the surface. What's done is done. But just because UFA based their endorsement on the past doesn't mean you should. Look below the surface. Make this election about the future of the industry, not the past.

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.

Records dreadful and clear
In raising our children we do not want our good kids to associate with bad kids because we fear that the influences of peer pressure may turn them into even more bad kids. Similarly, in politics we should be careful not to elect good people to a bad caucus for fear that the influence of caucus pressure may in fact turn them into even more bad caucus members.

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.

11th-hour cheap shot
I have some sympathy for the revolving door Juneau Empire publishers and editors of late. These are the guys who blow into Alaska for a couple of years to earn enough stripes in the Billy Morris chain to move up to a "real" newspaper at Georgia corporate headquarters near the Augusta Golf Club. I've also always wanted to play Augusta.

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.

Worthy of trust
I build houses. Not the boxes you keep your stuff in, but hopefully something we both can be proud of. I spend my day, better part of 365 of them, outside in the rain, thinking about what it will take to make each house a better home and how that home can be a successful addition to a neighborhood. I do all this on the come, on spec, in spite of some Railbelt legislator's desire to drive to work. Risking my daughter's Ivy League opportunity with each home, I keep a close eye on the small stuff - I need someone I trust to track the big stuff. I need someone to make my risk worthwhile; someone who can take our neighborhoods and meld them into a community with an appeal that merits a 30-year note on $350,000 home; someone advocating for our community that understands why we live here, our opportunities and our obstacles.

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.

A qualified candidate
Mike Race has my vote on Tuesday. Mike is the kind of guy who will go out of his way to help a fellow human being. To him, Juneau is still a small town. Everyone here is a neighbor, and to him that means more than just sharing a fence. It is impossible for him to walk a block downtown without being stopped several times by folks who are proud to call Mike a friend.

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.

Winners will be us
No matter who wins, congratulations to all the local candidates for the fine races they have run. The winners will be us, the local population, for having such a fine selection to make. I am even a bit surprised that the governor's race has had only a modicum of edgy marketing. As usual, I am a bit disappointed that Don Smith must insert his misguided comments (Sunday Empire editorial) into the fray. He really does need to let the pros do their job.

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. JCCS is a model school program where the arts, music, and foreign language are integrated into the daily school activities.

Honor the state
The only candidate for governor who has felt the pulse of the people is Fran Ulmer. She has been a public servant for 30 years and can communicate with people from all walks of life: fishermen, housewives, politicians, business executives, laborers, rural and bush citizens, city dwellers, the elderly, our children, the limited and the mentally ill. It would honor the state of Alaska to elect her as our next governor.

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?"

Do the right thing
It has been my pleasure to know Fran Ulmer since I arrived in Juneau in 1980. In that length of time, I have only ever been able to say good things about her. She is responsible, articulate, intelligent and thoughtful. As I grow older, I appreciate even more another of her attributes. Fran Ulmer is also a compassionate person. I think the people of this state deserve a governor who wouldn't mind being called kind, and indeed would be proud for the label. Let's do the right thing and vote Fran Ulmer governor of Alaska.

Anti-labor record
Oh spare me, isn't it so obvious why Jerry Hood, current Teamster and former Democratic National Committee member, conveniently switched parties six months ago and got his union to support Murkowski. Hood wants a big job as U.S. senator. Union workers across Alaska shouldn't be fooled by Hood or Murkowski. Murkowski is no friend of labor. He voted four times to allow companies to hire permanent replacements for striking workers. He voted 11 times against raising the minimum wage, and voted nine times to raise his own salary.

Fran knows Southeast
This year, Southeast Alaskans have a chance to vote for a governor who really understands the problems and concerns of Southeast Alaska. So often it seems that Southeast is ignored by those with special interests in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Funding for schools, public facilities, and roads is regularly directed northward by lawmakers with no ties and no concern for Southeast Alaska.

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.

Tim has been there
I urge my fellow commercial fishing families to vote for Tim Grussendorf for state House. Tim has been a commercial fisherman for 23 years and has lived through the tough fishing seasons. Tim knows what needs to be done to save our lifestyle.

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.

Dignified District 4 race
I will have the pleasure of voting for Bruce Weyhrauch for all the superb traits of honesty, intelligence, collaboration, empathy, compassion etc. that readily inspire others to ask for his representation. As a result of his candidacy however, I will face having to find a replacement attorney to assist in bringing justice to problematic labor issues that have been a hallmark of our present administration. At the same time I am heartened to know that Bruce will apply his astute understanding of the political climate as well as his command of strategies and savvy needed to bring ethical justice and a greater good for all.

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

For education
Anyone who knows me knows that one of my top priorities is education. My life in Juneau has been wrapped up in teaching my own children, teaching the students in my classroom and, more recently, working on the School Board for all of Juneau's children. When I look at the candidates, the most important thing I consider is how they stand on educational issues. I feel very comfortable with my decision for governor. I will be voting for Fran Ulmer. In the over 20 years I have known Fran, I have always known her to be honest, approachable and an extremely strong supporter of children and education. During this campaign, I also have learned about her fiscal plan and how that plan will keep our educational system strong. If you feel as I do about the education of our children, please join me in voting for Fran Ulmer.

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

Fran, for the future
If you care about the quality of education for our children, vote for Fran Ulmer. If you care about Alaska's environment, vote for Fran Ulmer. If you care about Alaska's economy, vote for Fran Ulmer. Fran's solutions to the state's most critical challenges have been innovative and effective. Fran is articulate, sincere and effectively works well with people of different backgrounds.

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.

Hurting Juneau's economy
Frank Murkowski will probably cut jobs in Juneau and put important projects at risk with his lack of fiscal direction. He said in his televised debate that he is in favor of "reviewing government" and "trimming inefficiencies." Juneau doesn't need an elected official that needs to take valuable time to "learn the ropes" and then cut Juneau-based state jobs. Fran Ulmer has been fighting for Juneau jobs and leading state and local government on a stable course for 17 years.

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.

Work from the inside
Fellow voters, even Kim Elton and Mike Miller would agree that having our state senator in the majority would contribute substantially more in local spending, jobs and capital improvement projects for Juneau and our neighbors around Southeast than having our sole senator in the minority and excluded from the decision-making process. Given legislative politics, we've lost a lot of opportunities in the last eight years.

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.

Making Juneau better
Sen. Elton is a dedicated public servant and I am voting for Kim Elton because he has done a good job. Sen. Elton is dedicated to Juneau, and has made lifelong decisions that show a commitment to Alaska. Kim Elton votes his conscience, representing the under-represented.

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.

For Ulmer and Elton
There are many fine people running in positions to represent Juneau this year, creating tough choices for most voters. I am voting for Kim Elton in the Senate race. Normally during an election year, I am not compelled to write to the editor, but this year with the endorsements the Empire has made, I would like to add my voice to the fray. It's true that we live in a largely Republican state, making it more difficult for Democrats to win in elections. The situation is made even more difficult when our primary local paper spurns two fine local politicians, Kim Elton and Fran Ulmer, who have greatly benefited both the city and the state.

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.

Open to our views
I've noticed quite a few letters in support of Cathy Muñoz for state Senate and would like to add my voice to the chorus of support for this fine woman. I have known Cathy all of her life - first as her babysitter growing up in downtown Juneau and more recently as a very effective member of the Juneau Assembly and a woman in private business.

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.

Stunning record of service
On Tuesday, Alaskans have the opportunity to exercise the greatest privilege of a free democratic society - to vote in an open election for the choice of our leaders. I believe that Alaska and Alaskans will be best led and best served by electing Fran Ulmer as governor. Fran Ulmer has a stunning record of service to Juneau, Southeast and the entire state of Alaska. She is quick, smart, committed and strong. She knows the issues like no other candidate. She is a consensus builder, a listener and a doer. She is honest, ethical, educated and articulate. She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister and a friend. Fran Ulmer cares about Alaska and she cares about you. Alaska needs Fran Ulmer's leadership. With your vote, Fran Ulmer will be elected the next governor of our great state and her leadership will make us continue to be proud to call ourselves Alaskans. Vote for Alaska. Vote for Fran Ulmer on Tuesday.

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.

Distinguished candidates
I am new to Alaska and to Juneau, and I have spent considerable time exploring the issues in this election. I have discovered that Fran Ulmer is the appropriate choice for our next governor, and that Kim Elton has earned reelection to the state Senate.

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!

For positive action
Dick and I endorse Cathy Muñoz for Senate. Cathy has proven her ability to bring people to the table to work together for positive gain. Cathy fosters good working relationships and she knows that supporting neighboring communities is important economically. Cathy facilitates positive and constructive action on issues that are important to constituents and business. Please vote for Cathy Muñoz for Senate.

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!"

Democratic team
I urge Juneau to vote the Democratic Party ticket this Nov. 5. The Democrats have always led the fight to protect the right of working people to a living wage and a safe work environment, the right of women to have control over their bodies, and the right of children to a quality education regardless of their parent's economic status. These values are the cornerstone of the Democratic Party platform, and we will always stand firm against those who seek to undermine them.

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.

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.

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.

Meaningless slogans
Juneau has a big decision to make on Tuesday. Do we move forward as a community and as a state, or do we fail to deal with the issues that confront us? Frank Murkowski has done nothing in his campaign except spout meaningless slogans and empty promises. If elected he will spend his time representing his rich friends and eliminating Juneau jobs. Murkowski has spent the last few decades in D.C. bowing to special interests because they continually fund his re-election to the U.S. Senate.

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.

Thumbs down
Thumbs down to the Juneau Empire. Not only did our hometown newspaper fail to endorse our hometown candidate, Fran Ulmer, for governor (Oct. 27), Don Smith saw fit to publish yet another editorial Nov. 3) boosting his favorite candidate and again telling untruths about the Knowles-Ulmer administration. I guess that's his right. He gets to use his bully pulpit for whatever purpose he wants, even if it includes spreading misinformation and divisiveness. I hope Juneau residents can see through this arrogance.

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.

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. The other benefit of being part of the team is the ability to hold up legislation that is detrimental to our community, such as capital move measures.

Vote Yes on Ballot Measure C
If voters approve Ballot Measure C on Tuesday, the state of Alaska will reimburse Juneau voters for its share of the second Juneau high school. We will finally have enough funds to build the new school at Dimond Park. If you're looking for one more reason to support Ballot Measure C and the second high school, think about local basketball, volleyball and football.

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.

Voting with confidence
Many people have written to the paper recently in support of candidates on the basis that they "will be in the majority." What this line of reasoning fails to consider is that since 57 of the 60 seats in the Legislature are up for election this year, there is no guarantee as to which party (or parties) will form the majority or what their agenda will be. Regardless of who forms the majority, Kim Elton already knows how to get Juneau's work done, no matter who is in charge.

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.

Candidates of integrity
I cannot imagine better candidates for office than Fran Ulmer and Kim Elton. Both have the highest integrity, have worked tirelessly for Juneau and on all state matters and are committed to resolving our fiscal problems in a way that does not leave Alaskans in jeopardy for the future, even though it entails making hard choices. Fran has been a major force in seeing that the government in the state works as efficiently as possible, spearheading the movement toward state services on the Web, which benefit all Alaskans. I will be voting for both of them on Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

Last-minute push against move
Juneau entered the final stretch today in its effort to defeat a ballot measure to move legislative sessions to Anchorage or the Mat-Su Borough.

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

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

Radio club to expand, improve system
The Juneau Amateur Radio Club is fine-tuning its ability to respond the next time an emergency hits.

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.

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.

Health-care businesses move to Industrial Blvd.
South East Alaska Medical Suppliers and Cornerstone Home Health moved to new office space on Industrial Boulevard last week, making way for Bartlett Regional Hospital's orthopedic staff at the Salmon Creek Professional Center.

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
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

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.

Earthquake vibrates the Valley
The major earthquake that rocked Interior Alaska on Sunday afternoon was felt in Juneau, especially in the Mendenhall Valley and on the water.

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.

Game Board looks at protection for wolves on Douglas Island
Members of the state Board of Game seemed to be searching for a compromise over the weekend as they questioned Juneau residents about a proposal to ban hunting and trapping of wolves on Douglas Island until a population has built up.

Amy Williams Ebona Nelson
Juneau resident Amy Williams Ebona Nelson died Nov. 2, 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.

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

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.

Empire voting recomendations
It's probably a fair assumption that readers of the opinion page have already voted or will likely do so tomorrow. In the off chance someone is reading this who is ambivalent about going to the polls, this message is for you.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

My Turn: Biting the hand that feeds
I am disappointed in Boyd Brownfield. A friend and colleague for many years, he has decided to use his past public service as a deputy commissioner with Department of Transportation and Public Facilities for potential political gain. I will not comment on his political motivation but I must respond to his false accusations regarding the Department of Transportation. Mr. Brownfield pretended to be loyal for the 7 1/2 years he was a deputy commissioner. He heartily supported the administration's policies and showed that by contributing the maximum amount allowed by law to the Knowles-Ulmer re-election campaign in 1998. Now, after being forced to retire in July 2002 because of the Legislature's budget cuts, he has suddenly begun to question the policies he helped to develop, implement and support throughout his tenure.

Toe Cartoon

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.).

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Dean of college rugby
When Josh Dean first arrived at the U.S. Air Force Academy three years ago, he and fellow Juneau cadet Christian Kolden saw a flier advertising the school's rugby program and decided to give the sport a tryout.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

Eagles' new mew
One Wing, right, and his mate, The Old Witch, are shown at the Bird Treatment and Learning Center Thursday in Anchorage, where they are housed in the center's new eagle mew that was dedicated Sunday by traditional Native spiritual leader Kenny Gardner. Dane Ketner built the mew for his eagle scout project. One Wing, a bald eagle rescued after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, will never be released, but blood transfusions from the bird have benefited about two dozenother birds.

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.

Crews rush to fix quake damage
Aftershocks continued to rattle Alaska's Interior today as crews worked to repair highways left with huge gaps from a powerful earthquake that rocked the state.

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.

Man pleads out in porn case
A Ketchikan man has pleaded no contest to one count of possessing child pornography.

Anchorage basks in balmy weather
ANCHORAGE - In a month that often sees skiing, Southcentral golfers are still on the links.

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;

ANB opposes legislative move, Chamber supports school bonds
Endorsements for statewide ballot initiatives and propositions were made in the final days before Tuesday's general election.

Caves raise concerns about SE logging plan
A group of underground explorers wants the U.S. Forest Service to drop plans to log timber on an island west of Ketchikan that's honeycombed with caves.

Alaska earthquake felt in Louisiana
When people saw water sloshing about in ponds, bayous and pools, an earthquake more than 3,000 miles away seemed an unlikely culprit.

Police look for missing hot tubs
Anchorage police are looking for thieves who stole several hot tubs in October.

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