Saturday, November 9, 2002

Concern for health consumers
It is quite admirable that Alaska is keeping up with modern times by licensing tattoo artists and hairstylists. Every one of us wants to reduce the chance of a bad haircut. With licensed tattoo artists we are also increasing the odds that a true artist is creating a work of art that will be enjoyed for many years to come.

Call in to sign out
During this past campaign we handed out hundreds of signs to Bruce Weyhrauch supporters. The day after the election a great effort was made in picking up our signs.

Too valuable a resource
In response to the declarations made by Coeur Alaska Inc. in Sunday's Empire, the new Kensington Mine plan is not an improved plan for the environment. The new plan includes construction of a dam that would contain the billions of gallons of mine waste planned on being dumped into Slate Lake by Coeur Alaska. This polluted lake water could then inevitably travel downstream into Slate Creek. Slate Creek enters Berners Bay.

Honor our heroes
Since 1954 our nation has set aside Veterans Day as a time to honor the commitment and dedication of the thousands of Americans who have served in our armed forces. Today, we once again pay tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom.

Swap gray for green
I believe the poor old dapple-gray donkey is dead! So let us bury her or him with a nice quite service and then get on with life under the young and vibrantly verdant Green Party banner, where the ideas are as totally fresh as a brisk morning hike in the Tongass old growth forest.

Remember the sacrifice
Eighty-four years ago, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I ended. That war was called the war to end all wars. Tragically 21 years after the Armistice, a far more devastating war engulfed the world.

Give changes time
I wonder when people will start realizing that when the state does not have enough income to run government, it must do the same thing that you and I must to keep our checkbook balanced. We start depriving ourselves of things we can probably do without. I think we should insist that our governments do the same until we can find ways to increase our coffers.

City dumps tax for junkers
Juneau Assembly members on Wednesday nixed a motor vehicle registration tax to pay for ridding the city of junk cars, deciding instead to tackle the issue during budget discussions this spring. Under a staff proposal, the city would have tacked a $13 annual fee onto the cost to register a car through the state Division of Motor Vehicles. The money would have paid for a pilot program that would dispose of 800 rundown vehicles a year.

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

FYI
Births

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

White bear gets a pass
The state Board of Game will protect rare white-colored black bears in the Juneau area and educate Mendenhall Wetlands duck hunters about courtesy, rather than close part of the game refuge. The seven-member panel, convening since Saturday at Centennial Hall, closed its biennial Southeast meeting Thursday with consideration of some Juneau, regional and statewide issues. Board member Tim Towarak of Nome was absent.

Dzantik'i Heeni kids take to yoga
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School eighth-graders Mitchell Dunlap and Lauren Haight practice a balance move Thursday during their yoga physical education class.

Correction
Due to a reporting error, times for a presentation and workshops by storyteller Jim Weiss were incorrect in Thursday's edition of the Empire's arts and entertainment sect

Pearce, Davis to marry
Emma Louise Pearce and Gerald Kenneth Davis Jr. will marry Nov. 11, 2002, in Juneau. Friends and family are invited to join them at 12:30 p.m. at Switzer Recreation Hall for the ceremony and reception.

Peel wins P.E.O. grant for continuing education
The P.E.O. sisterhood has been helpful bringing increased opportunities for higher education to local women. Recently, Chapter G sponsored and awarded a grant for continuing education to Nancy Peel. She is attending the University of Alaska Southeast.

Reporting of sex abuse incidents in the church often incorrect
A few weeks ago, a significant number of newspapers around the United States stated that the Vatican had rejected the U.S. Catholic Bishop's norms for protecting children and young people. The norms had come about as a result of a number of incidents in which priests had sexually abused youth. Reporting of these incidents understandably has been quite extensive given the nature of the crime as well as the persons who committed the crime. Still, the reporting often has been incorrect.

Thank you
... thanks for the spooktacular support!; ...for your time.

Antoniadis, Gray wed
Dean Antoniadis of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Tammy Gray, formerly of Juneau, were married on Oct. 18, 2002, at Sunset Beach in Tarpon Springs.

Pastor appreciation also should include long labor of wives
October is traditionally considered to be Clergy Appreciation month. That we need to set aside a month of each year to recognize and appreciate our pastors should remind us that we perhaps do not appreciate the tireless service our pastors perform for our churches and communities.

Sealaska to kick off new lecture series in Juneau
Distinguished Tlingit linguist Jeff Leer will be the inaugural speaker featured at the new Sealaska Heritage Lecture Series, scheduled Tuesday, Nov. 12. The lecture series is a new project by Sealaska Heritage Institute meant to tap expertise of Alaska Native language and culture scholars for the benefit of the public, said SHI President Rosita Worl, who conceived of the project.

Photo: Kids voting
Big Sister Roxy Kohler and Little Sister Carrie volunteer at the KidsVoting booth at the Assembly chambers Tuesday. Courtesy of Jenny Malecha.

Alaska basketball team wins gold at World Senior Games
JUNEAU - The Alaska Nanooks men's basketball team won gold and silver medals in the age 55-plus "B" Division at the Huntsman World Senior Games held Oct. 7-19 in St. George, Utah.

Swimmers hope to make waves at state
ANCHORAGE - The boys half of the state swimming and diving championships this weekend is so close it's like drawing names out of a hat - you could reach in, pull out any team's name and call it the champion.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Third parties don't make the cut
Two of the state's six political parties face the prospect of losing official party status following a poor showing for their gubernatorial candidates in Tuesday's general election. Although the official ballot count will not be completed until Nov. 29, the Green Party and Republican Moderate Party are far from receiving the necessary votes to maintain their spots on the ballot.

State Briefs
Hoonah mourns drowning victim; Police hunt for muggers; Flaming flatbed sparks suspicion; Motorists slip-slide into winter; Alaskan confirmed dead in Bali; Man charged with assaulting baby gets eight years

25 arrested, 44 indicted in big drug bust
ANCHORAGE - Twenty-five people were arrested Thursday in what federal officials are calling Alaska's biggest drug bust, a conspiracy that has resulted in indictments of 130 people in multiple states. U.S. Attorney Tim Burgess said the two-year investigation netted more than 220 pounds of cocaine and $1.6 million in cash.

Wiseman school shuts down because of low enrollment
FAIRBANKS - The Yukon-Koyukuk School District this week closed the Wiseman school, citing low enrollment.

GOP gains improve chance of ANWR drilling
The GOP's tighter grip on Congress will make it easier for ANWR drilling proponents. But advocates as well as critics of drilling for oil on the coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge say the Republican takeover of the Senate doesn't guarantee such a measure would pass.

Ratfish is named after Ketchikan artist Ray Troll
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan artist and fish enthusiast Ray Troll has achieved immortality in the world of ichthyology. A ratfish species found in the waters off New Zealand and New Caledonia in the southern Pacific Ocean has been named in Troll's honor.

Pete Kott chosen to lead House
After days of negotiations following Tuesday's general election, Republican leaders announced today that Eagle River Republican Pete Kott will be the new speaker of the House, a caucus member said. Kott and John Harris, a Valdez Republican, were vying to replace Brian Porter as speaker. Porter, a former Anchorage police chief, did not seek re-election to a sixth term.

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