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Thursday, November 8, 2001

Preview calendar
Arts and entertainment events

Making a marriage of art and science
James Carpenter part artist, part architect and part engineer brings his vision of art and design to Juneau next week.

The madness of the king
Jealousy may be the enemy of love, but it is the friend of drama.

Bone, oil and fiber
East of Juneau lies a tiny town on a big lake. For sculptor Maureen Morris, quilter Shirley Connolly and painter Linda O'Neill, Atlin is an inspiring place to live and work.

A bit of craziness that aims to benefit art
Clowning and comedy, music and magic highlight "A Crazy Show" Saturday afternoon.

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.

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

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.

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.

Tax cuts for planes, new tax on boats proposed
Juneau Assembly members on Wednesday hammered out a proposal that would decrease aircraft property taxes and implement a new tax on commercial passenger boats.

Around Town
Juneau events

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

Don't pooh-pooh these bears
It's not a joke. Brown bears still are being seen near the Mendenhall Glacier. A sow and her cub have been in the area for about a month, and have bluff-charged hikers on the Trail of Time, said U.S. Forest Service recreation staff officer Ron Marvin. All trails in the area are closed now.

City may get new senior care center
A congressional committee has approved funding for a new adult day-care facility in Juneau.

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

Security measures slow Yakutat mail
Mail is arriving in Yakutat only a few times a week due to increased airline security measures imposed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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.

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."

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

Correction
A list of resources for senior citizens and their families printed in Wednesday's Empire gave the incorrect name for one group. Alaska Legal Services provides legal advice, representation in court and other legal assistance to people 60 or older. Call 586-6425 or (800) 789-6426.

$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.

State senator Leman enters lieutenant governor's race
State Sen. Loren Leman will run for lieutenant governor in 2002.

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

PFD deal extended
The Alaska Marine Highway System is extending its Alaska Permanent Fund dividend special through Nov. 16.

Guidelines proposed for school year
Juneau schools Superintendent Gary Bader has proposed new guidelines for the annual school calendar.

Around Town
Juneau events

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Just a realist
In regard to the response in Tuesday's Empire regarding "deportation," I would be obliged to comment further and answer your questions.

My Turn: WWII memories valuable, available
As we try to mentally prepare ourselves and our children for what our president calls a new kind of war, it's helpful to go back to the last time war appeared on our doorstep here in Alaska World War II.

Empire editorial: Aging population brings new challenges to state
The good news is we're all likely to live longer than the generations before us. And it's getting easier to spend our later years in Alaska.

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.

My Turn: Oil a wild card in city's future
The thought-provoking tourism poll now being conducted online in the community appears to be effectively assessing current local opinions about this issue. An assumption is built into it, however, that should be a great cause for concern.

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

Out and About
Outdoor events

Climbing Indoors
Juneau has a new playground of sorts, one where climbing the walls is a stress-buster, not a sign of tension.

Sports in Juneau
Local sports events

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.

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.

Sports in Juneau
Local sports events

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.

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

Around the State
Pignalberi takes job in Haines; Ketchikan calls loan to veneer mill; Woman to give up neglected dogs; State suspends appraiser's license; Man pleads in fatal crash case; Council OKs Bill of Rights recital

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

Fresh oil persists in areas of Prince William Sound 12 years after spill
ANCHORAGE -- More fresh oil remains in Prince William Sound than anybody would have imagined when the Exxon Valdez ran aground in 1989 in the nation's worst oil spill ever, officials said Wednesday.

Exxon ruling angers Alaskans
While others waded the oil-soaked shores of Prince William Sound following the Exxon Valdez disaster, Patience Andersen Faulkner was knee deep in something much worse.

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