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Friday, November 9, 2001

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Arts and entertainment events

Weekend Best Bets
Two comedies are your best bets for entertainment this weekend. "Noises Off" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor," two entertaining and upbeat theatrical productions, wrap up in the next few days. Catch them while you can.

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.

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.

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

Reconsider handguns
Wednesday's front-page picture of sixth-graders learning to use handguns in their Floyd Dryden classroom was startling, to say the least. Have we gone mad? Have we already forgotten the horrifying images from Columbine, Santana, Jonesboro, Springfield, and Bethel? Guns should be kept off school grounds, even if they are unloaded.

Where's the money?
I'm really upset. My father used to give regularly to a big name charity till he read about how the president of that charity was taking a one year vacation trip around the world.

Re: the latest wisdom from the left
As if we don't have enough leftists sharing, caring and being frightened here in Juneau already, we can thank the Jesuits for importing one more, in the form of My Turn writer Jackie Forster and her heart.

Support United Way
The Boys & Girls Club of Juneau was very fortunate to be a recipient organization of the United Way Day of Caring on Oct. 6. With the support of UAS Chancellor John Pugh and Lynn Johnson, volunteers Paul Kraft, Greg Wagner, Charles Lindley, Tonya Irving, Dan Buck, Jennifer Scott, Marissa Olson, and Val Joyce donated their time to paint walls and trim at the Boys & Girls Club.

Just don't do it
Dan Travis' view on the review process in Juneau (Tuesday's Empire) is one that needs to be repeated to make sure that everyone understands it.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Correction
Due to a reporting error, a Thursday Empire article on mail delivery problems incorrectly explained federal support for flights to Yakutat.

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

FYI
Births

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.

Montoya is named teacher of the year
Juneau's teacher of the year has been named the top teacher in Alaska. Harborview Elementary kindergarten-first grade teacher Vivian Montoya was presented the award by Gov. Tony Knowles today in Anchorage during the Association of Alaska School Boards convention.

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

Poll mixed on managing cruise tourism
A second city tourism poll shows support for more destination and independent travel to Juneau, but mixed opinions on how to address cruise ship tourism.

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

Local Briefs
Veterans honored in Sunday events; Student symphony performs Saturday; Wharf project gives ships more room; More students showed up in Juneau

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

Woman shot outside mall
A local business owner is in stable condition at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle today after being shot in the head Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of the Nugget Mall, police said today.

Around Town
Today

Theatre in the Rough: a collaboration
When Katie Jensen and Aaron Elmore were growing up, they wanted the same thing. They wanted to be forest rangers. They didn't plan on being Hamlet and Joan of Arc. They never dreamed they'd form a husband-and-wife theater company, produce Shakespeare and build a reputation as a powerhouse team of consummate theater artists with Theatre in the Rough.

Convicted sex offender gets 5 years
A convicted sex offender pleaded guilty Thursday to molesting two children aged 2 and 7 and was sentenced to five years in prison and mandatory sex offender therapy.

Around Town
Juneau events

Kindness spreads after Sept. 11
Have you noticed that in many ways the world in which we live is a kinder world? Since Sept. 11, a wave of kindness has swept across the United States, including our own community. Even now as we find ourselves a nation under siege and waging war on other people, our local communities are experiencing continued acts of kindness.

Neighbors Briefs
Pioneers' Home honors veterans; Llanto named to Dean's List; Bluescast to film infomercial; Diversity group to hold conference

Photo: Boy Scouts plant tree
The Webelos Scouts of Den 9, Pack 6, planted a Serviceberry Tree on the UAS campus as part of their Forestry and World Conservation awards.

Karlson, Lott to wed
Christa Dawn Karlson of Juneau will marry Ervin George Lott, Jr. of Juneau on Monday Nov. 12 at Northern Lights Church in Juneau at 5:00 p.m.

Stay safe on airplanes by being alert on airplanes
"These are the best of times, and the worst of times." We have heard this statement before. Who would have expected the discomfort and concern that Americans are feeling. We are shaken to our very foundations by a faction of hate that we never thought would touch us in our person.

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: 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.

The case of Ashcroft v. Oregon
Whoever pretends to have ready answers to the dilemma of doctor-assisted suicide most likely has not had to confront the reality of a loved one being too sick to live, yet not quite sick enough to die. It's a dilemma that is nearly as hard on the family and society as it is on the patient.

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

Out and About
Outdoor events

Juneau grapplers take on large ACS tourney
Although its season is more than halfway over, the Juneau-Douglas High School varsity wrestling team will see its first big test today through Saturday at the Alaska Christian Schools tournament in Anchorage.

Sports in Juneau
Local sports events

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Nov. 10

Juneau rallies to beat Palmer
Things were looking bleak for the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team when the Palmer Moose scored the first eight points of their opening-round match Thursday night in the Class 4A state tournament at West Anchorage High School.

Petersburg, Craig fall in Class 3A openers
The Petersburg Vikings are notorius for their slow starts in high school volleyball tournaments this season, usually finding a way to win the tourney by coming back through the losers' bracket or winning as the second-seeded team.

Juneau swimmers ride wave to state
Throughout the season, the Juneau-Douglas High School swim and dive team has been gradually building a wave of success. And today, the Crimson Bears hope the wave doesn't break too early as they swim preliminary rounds of the 2001 State High School Swimming and Diving Championships at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

Fairchild, Russell inducted into Hall of Fame
Brett Fairchild and Brett Russell were inducted into the Juneau-Douglas High School Football Hall of Fame during the Crimson Bears' annual awards ceremony at the Juneau Christian Center on Nov. 2.

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

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.

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.

LeConte delayed; service rescheduled
The state ferry system has canceled the published sailings of the LeConte from today through Nov. 14 so a shipyard can make improvements required by the Coast Guard, state officials said today.

Kennicott dispute may be close to settlement
The state of Alaska reportedly faces a comparably minor payment to a Mississippi shipyard in a long-running dispute about construction of the ferry Kennicott.

State Briefs
AFN Elder of the Year a busy man; Beistline nominated to U.S. court; Former DMV clerk pleads to thefts

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