Sunday, November 11, 2001

In the stacks
This week is new fiction!

Local woman's book honors war hero uncle
"We clear the way" was the motto of the Army Engineers, indicating their assignment: To clear the path so the Infantry could advance safely to the front. During World War II, Combat Engineers laid and cleared mines, provided water supplies, dynamited obstacles including pillboxes, repaired roads and constructed new ones. Their best-known activity was building bridges, often while under enemy fire.

Corps has its roots in Alaska but branches everywhere
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps was founded in 1956 by the Rev. Jack Morris, a Jesuit priest, as a loosely run operation at a boarding school in the Copper River Valley.

Jesuit Volunteers In Service
Eight young men and women have signed over a year of their lives to the community. They arrived Aug. 13, settling into a house in Douglas. They receive free rent, a stipend of $90 a month for food, and bus passes courtesy of the city. In return, they serve nonprofit organizations.

JV alumni often choose to stay in Juneau
When Patrick Minick was finishing up college as a history major in Fort Wayne, Ind., he wanted to spend a year as a Jesuit volunteer - but not on the Last Frontier.

Fact of life
Thank you, Juneau Empire and Kristan Hutchison, for the recent series of articles about aging Alaskans. The articles were based upon factual data and presented in a thought-provoking manner.

An alien idea
Regarding Cal Thomas' Sunday commentary and anyone who feels deporting either "all" illegal immigrants or just all immigrants of Mideast descent is a "realistic" policy. This proposal is neither realistic or moral.

Expect backlash
I was out of town for a couple of days, and have not yet caught up on all the news. Perhaps I've missed something. Last I heard, there were "processes" (a debatable subject in itself) underway to consider restricting public access to the cruise ship dock (or is it our waterfront?) in the interest of "public safety."

Don't drill ANWR
How many times do we have to say it? The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a refuge. A national refuge. As an Alaskan and an American I care about U.S. soldiers and about our country's dependence on foreign oil.

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

Youthful offenders learn to train dogs - and themselves
Four Lab-Rottweiler pups trained in obedience by residents of Johnson Youth Center, the Juneau correctional facility for juveniles, will be available for adoption in four weeks at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Photo: Not Smokey, exactly
A brown bear walks behind a beaver pond and dam near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Saturday. A sow and her cub have been frequenting the area, prompting officials to post signs warning people of the pair.

Local Briefs
Affordable houses for sale; Tax proposal sessions scheduled; City plans more turnaround work; Auke rec road to go unplowed; Drunk driver gets 15 years

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the Empire incorrectly said in "Weekend Best Bets" Friday that there would be a performance of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" today. The play ended Saturday.

Ex-city worker to get $18,000
The city has settled a civil lawsuit with the former supervisor of the Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant who claimed he was fired for assisting a federal investigation into sewer violations.

Woman found shot at mall is listed satisfactory
Tuyet Hagerup, 44, the woman who was shot in the head Thursday in the Nugget Mall parking lot, was in satisfactory condition Saturday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, the hospital said.

Nurse mends emotional wounds after facing terror
Two months ago Ruth Perez-Matera was fleeing for her life as the World Trade Center collapsed behind her. Although the largest terrorist attack in U.S. history did not claim the Juneau woman, the memories of Sept. 11 still haunt her.

Vets give students message of patriotism
The group of 10 came from all branches and many eras of American military service: Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, ranging from veterans of World War II, the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm to those actively serving today.

Around Town
Today

My Turn: Cutting off the wrong feet
Many years ago Sen. Ted Stevens declared (Anchorage Times, May 16, 1977) that running a pipeline across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would be akin to slicing a razor blade across the Mona Lisa. Just a few days ago Sen. Stevens stated that drilling for oil in the refuge is now a matter of national security. It's good that people can change their minds. I only hope the senator will change his again.

Hawaii tourism losses mount
A headline in last Sunday's Honolulu Advertiser proclaimed "Hard times in the Islands." The newspaper devoted an eight-page section to the dire economic situation in Hawaii. The account paints a pretty grim picture of the state's economic prospects. Tourism, the cornerstone of Hawaii's economy, was in the midst of a slump prior to Sept. 11. The days following the attacks saw tourism plummet and then rebound slightly.

Juneau spikers take third at state
After losing to Skyview in Friday's semifinals of the Class 4A state volleyball tournament, having a letdown in Saturday's third-fifth place match was a worry for the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears.

Petersburg finishes sixth in Class 3A tournament
Passing was key for the Petersburg Vikings during the Class 3A state high school volleyball tournament at West Anchorage High School.

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Nov. 17

Swimmers make waves at state
Juneau-Douglas High School swimmers Paul Hughes and Jake Kreuzenstein showed up for the state swimming and diving championships with hair faded to pink after the chlorine in the Bartlett High School Swimming Pool bleached the red die they used on their hair.

Mine's redesign points to startup
Coeur Alaska Inc. says it has restructured its plans for the Kensington mine, a hard rock gold mine 45 miles north of Juneau, to meet environmental objections and reduce costs.

State Sport Fish Division is pushing for a long-term plan
The state Division of Sport Fish wants to know what issues citizens think it should grapple with over the next 10 years. But some anglers say there's no point doing that type of planning apart from the commercial and subsistence fisheries and habitat management.

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