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Saturday, November 8, 2003

Murkowski tries to drum up business with Taiwan
During a brief visit to Alaska, the president of Taiwan discussed with Gov. Frank Murkowski ways to increase business opportunities. Murkowski said several tentative deals were reached during the 24-hour stay, including the sale of salmon jerky to convenience stores in Taiwan.

It's what you voted for
I got a chuckle from Crissy Smith's recent letter. She expressed surprise at seeing the new, steeply-increased business license tax and expressed the need to watch the news more closely.

Appalled at wolf policy
I am appalled by the information I have received regarding your wolf kill project. Your state is the keeper of something extremely special and that is the extensive wildlife area you are blessed with. I am shocked that anyone in the 21st century would support a plan to systematically kill wolves because of tourism hunting.

Better traffic lights may help
One idea I have about our stoplights here in Juneau is that they should add one extra light. This would be one yellow blinking light before the regular yellow light to warn drivers to slow down more.

Sport hunters score
Who benefits most from the aerial wolf control proposals passed by the Board of Game? Some true subsistence users may benefit, but the real winners are Anchorage and Fairbanks sport hunters. All hunters are subsistence hunters by Alaska law, but most are sport hunters by true need. My husband hunts, but we both know it would be cheaper going to Carrs.

Ferry proves to be unattractive option
I wrote the letter to the editor titled "Visitor believes no road limits tourists' options" and I also read Mr. Nielsen's letter "The road can't be justified by money or convenience," and I have some comments about what he said.

Driver a lifelong victim
I totally agree with Barbara Taylor on her letter regarding the driver of the vehicle that cost Skyler his life also being a victim. Just one of many victims in the same situation, accidents that were not the fault of the driver. Let us remember them in prayer, too, as we pray for Skyler's family.

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal matters.

Weyhrauch bill would clarify end-of-life wishes
For many, death can be a difficult and taboo subject. But health care professionals say avoiding the topic can leave physicians, family members and loved ones with little direction when making health care decisions for patients who are terminally ill and unable to make decisions for themselves.

Humane Society celebrates 40 years
When an animal comes to the Gastineau Humane Society, it is given a bath, plenty of food, a clean blanket, its vaccinations and a dry place to sleep. It's also given a name.

Photo: Tie one on for safety
Bev Meuller, right, Monique Barteaux, 15, center, and Steve Allwine tie red ribbons on the antennas of Mazda vehicles at the Mendenhall Auto Center on Thursday to promote Mothers Against Drunk Driving's national "Tie One On For Safety" campaign against drunk driving this holiday season.

Photo: Harbor dock
Harbor Officer Pete Frank works Thursday on installing a deck on one 50-foot section of a permanant floating dock at the ramp by the Juneau Yacht Club. Four sections will make a 200-foot dock to be used by working commerical fisherman and the Juneau Youth Sailing Club. Heavy-duty foam-filled plastic pontoons will allow the dock to stay in place all year.

Witness says Rowcroft had manager's keys
A woman who said she was afraid to testify against Frank Brian Rowcroft told jurors Thursday he had the Kmart shift manager's keys on the morning that nearly $100,000 disappeared from the store's safe.

Salmon harvest report: 173 million fish caught for an ex-vessel value of $195 million
This year's commercial salmon season was the eighth-highest fish harvest since 1975, but ranked 25th in value to fishermen, according to the state Department of Fish and Game.

Fund-raising campaign
People are somewhat sheepish when they ask Dawn Miller, executive director of United Way of Southeast Alaska, if there is a minimum amount they have to give in the organization's payroll deduction fund-raising program.

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

Family seeks missing poodle
A family in Phoenix, Ariz., is asking a Juneau resident who adopted their missing dog to return it to them. The dog may be dead, said the family's lawyer, Cynthia Buness. But the family still has hope.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Photo: Entertaining supreme officers
Juneau Emblem Club No. 90 recently entertained Supreme Emblem Club President Billie Lee and Supreme Marshal Betsy Walter. The new supreme president and her officers were installed at the national convention, held at the Hilton Hotel in Anchorage earlier this month.

... from Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council
Thanks to the efforts of many people, the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council had a very successful "S'More Salmon" fund-raiser over Labor Day weekend.

... for advertising designated driving plan
Mothers Against Drunk Driving thanks KTOO and Cabco for advertising safe transportation to and from the Wine Tasting event on Nov. 7. Providing public awareness of a designated driving plan is an essential tool in the prevention of drunk driving. Please thank KTOO and Cabco the next time you use their services.

... to the designer of new state credit union
I would like to thank the architect and contractor that designed and are building the new Alaska State Employees Credit Union next to the Post Office in the Valley.

... from Resurrection Lutheran Church
The quilting group of Resurrection Lutheran Church thanks Alaska Marine Lines for donating their services by shipping 190 quilts which were sewn for Lutheran World Relief. The quilts as well as sweaters and school-kits will eventually be shipped to third world countries.

... from Hospice and Home Care of Juneau
During the week of Oct. 20, Hospice and Home Care of Juneau conducted flu clinics at the Juneau, Douglas and Valley Senior Centers and Fireweed Place. We would like to thank the following volunteers who graciously offered their time to help with this project.

James and Dorothy Carter graduate
The Revs. James and Dorothy Carter graduated from Shalom Bible College and Seminary of West Des Moines, Iowa, and White Horse Christian Training Center of Juneau. Both received a magna cum laude Sacred Degree of Master's of Divinity on Oct. 17, 2003.

... to the Nugget Mall and its merchants
The Gastineau Humane Society brought the annual Pet Festival back to its traditional time and place this year. On Saturday, Oct. 4, the Nugget Mall graciously opened its doors to many of Juneau's pets and their owners for a fun-filled day of tail wagging, hamster racing, sculpting with dog food and more.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

... from Southeast Alaska Food Bank
The Southeast Alaska Food Bank would like to thank all of the employees and supporters of KJNO radio for the overwhelmingly successful food drive.

... for helping us through bereavement
The family of Edward J. Fox would like to thank everyone for their time, donations, and support during our time of bereavement.

Eugene 'Jim' Wood
Former Juneau resident Eugene "Jim" Wood, 79, died Nov. 3, 2003, at his home in Olympia, Wash.

My Turn: On 50th Veterans' Day remember price for peace
Long before Sept. 11 had any significance, America and the rest of the world observed Nov. 11 as an important day in history. At 11 o'clock in the morning, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the First World War - then known as the Great War - came to an end.

Juneau Parks and Rec youth basketball
Standings through Nov. 6.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Sports briefs
Short items from Juneau and elsewhere.

State swim champions and records
The Alaska state high school swim team champions since 1978. Champions from before 1978 are being researched and not all results are currently available. Sections of this list were compiled the Anchorage Daily News and others by the Juneau Empire.

Crimson Bear swimmers dive into state meet
When the Juneau-Douglas High School boys swim team earned a share of the state title last year, the victory gave the Crimson Bears their first swimming state championship in 19 years. The Crimson Bears want a shorter wait between titles this time.

Life in midair
When Amber Johnson and Lesley Kalbrener jump to make a play during a volleyball match, they have an edge on the competition. As decorated veterans of the Juneau Jumpers jump rope team, leaping is something the two Juneau-Douglas High School players have practiced hundreds of thousands - maybe even millions - of times more than anyone else on the court. And the crossover benefits of jumping rope go far beyond leaving the ground.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

DEC head says enough land is set aside for conservation
The head of Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation says more than enough acres are being managed for conservation, and land set-asides aren't necessary for environmental protection.

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