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Wednesday, November 7, 2001

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Business Briefs
Indoor climbing gym opens Friday; State chamber announces annual awards; Shell returns to Alaska with lease bids

Bullish about tourism
Tourism officials painted a somewhat hopeful picture of the 2002 travel season last week when they discussed safety measures and changes for cruise ship and air travel.

A new look at a railroad from Alaska to the Lower 48
Combining an Alaska Railroad extension with energy and communication projects could make construction more feasible, supporters say.

Business Profile
Sasha Soboleff

Beating a dead horse
I am responding to Ms. Knuth's letter of Nov. 5, regarding helicopter flightseeing noise in Juneau.

Rounding up the aliens
It was with some disgust that I read Cal Thomas's diatribe about "rounding up the aliens." This is a simplistic response to the worldly threats that challenge our freedoms.

Process rules
I have come across something in my reading that seems to reflect quite perfectly the way in which issues, like building the golf course, are addressed in this town.

From the front
Thank you to all my fellow shipmates and servicemen of the other branches; who are serving during the "Enduring Freedom" operations in the Middle East who are from Juneau, Alaska.

Out of fear?
The commentary by Cal Thomas on Sunday scared me, and the supporting letter in Monday's paper confirmed that fear.

I would have made sure
In response to the woman who so rudely approached me at the theater Saturday night, smiling, while your words conveyed a contrary message, it is sad that you find the happy babbles of a child disruptive.

Who do we send?
Laurie Tinney and Cal Thomas want to deport everyone who doesn't belong here. What do we do, load them in rail cars and send them to Canada or Mexico?

Local Briefs
Meeting to focus on wharf proposal; Forum seeks input on high school test

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

For some retirees, leaving work doesn't come easy
At 82, Lazzette Ohman still works part time cataloging photos for the U.S. Forest Service. She started there in 1980 at an age when many people retire.

$5 billion oil spill award thrown out
SAN FRANCISCO The $5 billion punitive damages award against Exxon Mobil Corp. in the 1989 Valdez oil spill is excessive, a federal appeals court ruled today, ordering a judge to determine a lesser amount.

Retirement affects businesses, creates careers
For their kids, grandkids and new immigrants, the baby boomers' retirement will be a career opportunity. For the businesses and organizations they retire from, it could be a challenge.

Juneau briefly
Assembly discusses cell-phone charge; Dates of tourism polls pushed back; Flu shots offered; Remember to go to school

Seniors plan for the future, then take part in it
Most people hope to be old someday, but few are prepared for it.

Aiming to improve outdoor skills
It was no more than a few dozen feet from the holding area to the Juneau Gun Club range, but for a group of Floyd Dryden Middle School sixth-graders Tuesday there was a lot of ground to cover.

Seniors' income, benefits bring Alaska more than $1 billion a year
Retirees may no longer work but they still get paid, making them a valuable part of Juneau's economy. "If you just look at retirement benefits, we're talking $20 million to $30 million a year," said Lance Miller, executive director of the Juneau Economic Development Council. "If you view it that way, it's a sector. It's a whole industry."

Around Town
Juneau events

Around Town
Today

Aurora puts on stunning display
Monday evening's northern lights towering columns of pink, red, green and white may be just one of the striking displays in the night sky this winter.

Assembly backs off land buy
The Juneau Assembly flipped position Monday and took the first step toward de-appropriating funds to purchase land from Faith Lutheran Church for a library or other public purpose.

Juneau seniors are aging actively, keeping healthy through volunteer work.
The secret of youth isn't an elixir, but an action, and Juneau seniors are taking all they can. "We have discovered one thing about this aging thing," said Ellen Northup, director of the Juneau Senior Center. "It's if you do keep active, whether it's volunteering or working, you do live longer and you live better."

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

City working on bioterrorism plan
The city is training its employees, taking stock of its equipment and updating its emergency response plan in the wake of terrorist attacks and recent anthrax scares.

Subsistence panel OKs amendment
A package of proposed constitution and law changes to resolve the subsistence controversy required compromises from both Natives and commercial fishing interests.

Taxes are on the table for a long-range plan
Juneau residents worked on demystifying the state budget Tuesday night in an exercise aimed at developing a long-range fiscal plan.

Corrections
An Associated Press article in Monday's Empire incorrectly identified the home state of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. He is from South Dakota.

Educator of the Year
Harborview Elementary School kindergarten teacher Debbie Fagnant receives the Outstanding Early Childhood Educator of the Year award at the Southeast Alaska chapter of the National Association for

Thank you letters
...for your contributions; ...for the educational experience

Hospice can provide dignity, relief and peace
Nov. 1 marks the beginning of National Hospice Month. For 2001, the Hospice Association of America and the National Association for Home Care have selected the theme, Hospice: Dignity, Comfort and Inner Peace. This theme emphasizes the core concept of hospice as an interdisciplinary team of experts comprised of physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy and volunteers who provide customized comfort care for individuals who are in the final stages of their lives. Hospice treats the whole patient not just their physical symptoms. It provides psychological, spiritual and emotional support for the patient and their family. Most importantly it allows the patient to be in control of their care, which enables them to maintain their sense of independence and dignity.

Howard, Wilson to wed
Angela Michelle Howard of Juneau will marry Mark Wilson of Lancaster, Texas, on July 12, 2002, in Dallas.

SAIL helps Juneau seniors with physical disabilities
Senior citizens who have been independent and active all their lives face a difficult time of transition when they lose their hearing, vision or freedom of movement due to arthritis. Feelings of isolation or embarrassment may lead these people toward seclusion from others. But there's a better, safer, healthier and happier way to manage such losses.

Commentator from Haines goes national
An article called "Eagle Eyes" in the November-December issue of Coastal Living magazine tells tourists Outside about the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, the annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival and "the endearing small-town quality" of festival events and Heather Lende.

Neighbors Briefly
Performance set at Centennial Hall; Housing needed for drummers, dancers; Otnes graduates basic training; Bay to complete Army course

Pet of the week
Sheldon is a sociable creature and a shelter favorite with his delightful and outgoing personality.

Dwight W. 'Bill' Dean
Dwight W. "Bill" Dean died on Oct. 23, 2001.

Allen Joseph Donnelly
Allen Joseph Donnelly died Oct. 28, 2001, in Anchorage.

Jezzabelle Rose Nashoanak
Jezzabelle Rose Nashoanak died Oct. 31, 2001.

Obituary: Jezzabelle Rose Nashoanak
Jezzabelle Rose Nashoanak died Oct. 31, 2001.

Outside editorial: Americans can handle the truth
The following editorial appeared in today's San Jose Mercury News:

My Turn: Fight tobacco, oil partnership which is promoting addiction
We interrupt our regularly scheduled sense of decency for the following heart-breaking news bulletin: a huge tobacco company is spreading disease across our state with help from Williams Alaska Petroleum, Inc. and Tesoro Alaska.

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.

My Turn: In wake of 9/11, U.S. government still supporting terrorist activities
Since the senseless acts of terror of Sept. 11, I have been unable to subdue the emotions stirring my soul. Not only do I continue to struggle with how our government h

Word of Mouth
For a most entertaining and humorous evening, be sure to see the JDHS production of "Noises Off." The students are to be commended for their excellent performance. It's fast-paced, with good comic timing by all. The last two performances are Friday and Saturday Nov. 9 and 10. Juneau, you don't want to miss this funny play.

Keeping crime down
Nationally, 2000 was the ninth consecutive year of dropping crime rates. Rape, robbery and assault remained near already-low levels, and the murder rate dropped to its lowest point in 35 years. Changes in law enforcement and sentencing no doubt contributed to the declines, but demographics also are a key factor.

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Nov. 10

Sports Correction
Due to an editor's error, a headline in Tuesday's edition misrepresented the number of Juneau swimmers who qualified for the state swim and dive meet. The correct number is 20.

Region V Volleyball Statistics
Final standings and awards from the Region V-Class 4A and the Region V-Class 3A volleyball tournaments held Nov. 1-3 at Wrangell High School. Both tournaments used double-elimination brackets.

Zuniga leads Bears wrestlers at Hoonah meet
Freshman Jon Zuniga was the most outstanding wrestler for the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team at the Hoonah Invitational on Friday and Saturday in Hoonah.

22 Juneau swimmers make state
The waiting game ended for the Juneau-Douglas High School swim and dive team Monday as the Alaska School Activities Association announced the remaining qualifiers for this weekend's state swim and dive meet at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

Sports in Juneau
Local sports events

Region V Swimming
Results of the Region V swimming and diving championships held Friday and Saturday at Blatchley Middle School Pool in Sitka. Exact swimmers were not available for the relays, but all eligible relay swimmers were listed.

Crimson Bear volleyball team heads to state
Douglas -- The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team will face a familiar foe when it plays its opening-round match at the Class 4A state tournament Thursday night at West Anchorage High School.

Stevens, Young seek rural mail changes
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young of Alaska want to redesign the way mail is handled in the Bush.

State Briefs
Western Alaskans seek new jobs; Biologists to track Kenai caribou; Alaskan named to census panel

Cleanup health claims probed
Workers who suspect they suffered serious health problems from helping clean up the 11-million-gallon Exxon Valdez oil spill are being asked to come forward.

Fairbanks borough sued for discrimination
FAIRBANKS A nonprofit is suing the Fairbanks North Star Borough, citing discrimination against the disabled.

Around the state
State rates high in election reform; Officials find dead dogs in Sterling; More hunting for brown bears;

Urban subsistence gets another chance
A committee appointed by Gov. Tony Knowles has returned to the concept of a second priority for subsistence uses of fish and game. It would allow urban residents who traditionally have practiced subsistence to participate after a rural preference has been satisfied, as well as recognizing longtime subsistence users whose villages have become urbanized.

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