Monday, November 5, 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.

Diamond dreams
On Aug. 17, 2001, I had a dream that I was riding in a dark sedan in an unfamiliar large city. Buildings began to fall over, and I saw a plane hit a tall building and knock it down. One of the destroyed buildings contained mostly young people. My car mates and I were terrified. So many people dying, and surely these crashing buildings would crush us.

Massive roundup
I strongly support the commentary in Sunday's Empire by Cal Thomas, titled "Deport those who don't belong here." Some of my friends, who side with the civil liberties groups, don't agree with racial profiling and deportation, but things have changed since Sept. 11. The only possible way to drastically reduce future terrorist attacks, immediately, is to remove all immigrants (that are here on visas and passports from terrorist nations) from our streets as quickly as possible! I am a compassionate and caring person, but I'm not willing to sacrifice the safety of "loved ones" to avoid offending non-American citizens who could have potential terrorist ties. Their countries certainly don't condone all the rules and regulations pertaining to civil rights and political correctness. As Cal Thomas said, a "massive roundup" is indeed needed ... otherwise, it will be like "finding needles in a big haystack" as these horrible acts of terror continue on an on-going basis.

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

Culture, art, spirit
November is National Native American Heritage Month, as declared by the U.S. Congress. At first one may wonder, what's the importance of selecting a random month to celebrate a culture? Random or not, though, for me it means more energy and celebration of the people I belong to. It means more reveries and revelations, more of soft, calm excitement in my mind.

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?

Mr. Smith should read his own paper
I was disappointed by Mr. Smith's editorial on Sunday. Discussing the tourism poll that is in progress in Juneau, Mr. Smith wrote: "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." I believe the first step toward solving a problem is to recognize that there is indeed a problem that needs to be solved.

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

Two arrested in Juneau for assault
JUNEAU -- A man and a boy were arrested for allegedly assaulting and pulling a gun on two women in a local motel room early Sunday morning.

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.

Federal money to power SE projects
A new round of federal funding should advance hydroelectric projects in Hydaburg, Hollis and Gustavus, along with Southeast ethanol research.

Around Town
Today

Juneau cops help officers at Ground Zero
Juneau police officer Kim Martin knows the stress cops and emergency-services workers face in the line of duty.

Aging Alaska: Is the state ready for boom in seniors?
IAs the state prepares to care for the largest generation of elders ever, many wonder whether Alaska can use the wisdom of all those years to help families provide and pay for the services needed.

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
Juneau calendar

Chamber honors Baxter, Egan for contributions to community
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce gave its highest honors to former Juneau Assembly member Fred Baxter and former Mayor Dennis Egan over the weekend.

A place of healing: Gastineau Human Services builds sweat lodge
A 9-foot dome insulated with chunks of carpet and located near a junkyard may not seem like a grand achievement. But for the clients of Gastineau Human Services, it is a dream come true.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Outside editorial: A biological imperative
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times:

Word of Mouth
I would just like to have everybody thank their paper carriers for the great effort they put out on Oct. 31 with the customer appreciation edition of the Empire. I saw my carrier lugging around a very heavy bag in very bad weather, and the least we can do is say thank you to them. So don't forget to recognize the effort that they make.

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.

Sports in Juneau
Sports events

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

ANWR delays energy bill
WASHINGTON A dispute over oil drilling in an Arctic wildlife refuge is blocking energy legislation and prompting the White House to link the debate to national security and the September terrorist attacks.

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.

State counts its supply of antibiotics to fight anthrax
ANCHORAGE A survey of pharmacies in Alaska indicates there's enough antibiotics to treat almost 15,000 Alaskans for five days if they're exposed to anthrax. National stockpiles would have to be tapped after that.

Murkowski, Ulmer split jobs from stumping
ANCHORAGE -- Two leading candidates to be Alaska's next governor are taking extra care with their travel plans these days.

Around Alaska
Native educator Effie Kokrine dies; Cell phone charge on Assembly agenda; Game Bd. member won't seek new term; Man held for assault damages jail cell; No home confinement in paintball incident

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