Monday, November 11, 2002

In the Stacks
A travel book is a travel book, right? Not so! The Juneau Public Libraries carry a stunning array of travel guides that cater to just about everyone from hikers to citygoers. Here are some of the series we carry, and a few of the countries they cover:

Keep Alaska first
Congratulations to Gov.-elect Murkowski on your hard fought victory. Also I would like to thank the gentleman from Dillingham, Nels Anderson Jr., for being a statesman throughout this most difficult season. The gracious lady, Fran Ulmer, was also very kind and knowledgeable when touring the state.

An easy choice ahead
I almost got teary-eyed as I wistfully remembered when I was as smart as Chris Behnke, Juneau's adolescent sage (My Turn, Nov. 10). I briefly remembered the halcyon days of sitting cross-legged in the dorm room plotting the overthrow of the running dogs of capitalist imperialism as the sweet smoke of burning draft cards wafted through the summer air. Of course, it was always the sweet smoke of cards bearing the precious 2-S student deferment. The guys with the 1-As that could send your precious little pink behind to Vietnam apparently weren't enlightened enough to burn theirs. That 2-S was proof of our enlightenment and our solidarity with the worldwide proletariat. I almost went looking for some flowers for my hair as I wrote that!

Facilitating responsibility
We wish to thank KTOO for responsibly hosting its recent wine-tasting fund-raiser. KTOO worked with Cabco, the blue taxis, to offer discounted cab fares to and from the wine tasting at the Twisted Fish to encourage participants not to drink and drive.

Reward honesty
In her letter of Nov. 7 concerning the honesty of the people who returned her wallet, Jacque Weyhe was correct in her "elation to know there are such good people in Juneau and the world."

Airport parking
Juneau International Airport would like to remind the public that both the short-term and long-term parking lots at the airport are open and no longer require a search of vehicles.

Campaigning should avoid manipulating fear, prejudice
I write to honor the Juneau-area candidates who campaigned so cleanly, and citizens who participated in the 50 percent voter turnout. Specifically, Juneau candidates' conduct was distinctly different from how the governor's race was conducted.

Rotate legislative sessions
Now that the November general elections have concluded, Juneau's electorate and community leaders are breathing a collective sigh of relief that another attempt to move the capital has been foiled. We are all wondering if this time the issue has been put to bed for keeps.

New library exhibit policy out for review
Juneau Public Libraries is accepting public comment on a draft policy that would set aside library exhibits for library use only. Under the proposed policy, outside groups would not be allowed to sponsor exhibits, but could provide materials. Exhibits would be prepared and mounted by staff members.

A generous dose of Christmas spirit
Christmas is coming. Colorful lights aren't up, the ground's still snow-free, but Operation Christmas Child, a seven-year Juneau tradition, has completed another Christmas-gift drive. "Operation Christmas Child targets kids that really are needy, that don't even normally see a Christmas gift," said Kristen Hock, who has assembled packages for the program for five years.

Halfway-house resident charged with sex assault
A developmentally disabled Gastineau Human Services inmate is being held without bail today at the state prison after allegedly attempting to rape another inmate while she slept in her bed Sunday morning.

Fire forces about 50 out of the Alaskan bar
Fire officials said a Saturday night fire at the Alaskan Hotel and Bar may have been caused by a cigarette tossed into a planter.

Ski-swap spectacular
For nearly half a century, local winter sport enthusiasts have looked forward to the annual ski sale. The sale is a fund-raising event for two nonprofit organizations - the Juneau Ski Club and the Juneau Ski Patrol. For the club, it's a big fund-raiser, but for the patrol, it's the only fund-raiser of the year.

Strings and structure
Whoever originally had the idea of attaching four strings to a hollow wooden box and running a bow across them to make a sound probably never imagined 4-year-olds would pick up such an instrument, let alone make music with it. But given the right direction, even 4-year-olds can make beautiful sounds with a violin, according to Lisa Miles of Juneau, founder of The Heartstring violin studio. She teaches 35 2-to-5-year-olds and one 9-year-old at the studio, and instructs eight advanced violin students at the Juneau Community Charter School.

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

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

Juneau remembers nation's veterans
More than 300 people gathered at Juneau's National Guard Armory today to pay tribute to the country's veterans with prayer, bagpipe music and speeches.

Kinter, Northup honored
The Juneau Human Rights Commission recognized Anne Kinter and Ellen Northup with the 2002 Human Rights Award at the Goldbelt Hotel on Sunday.

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

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

Bertie Mehlenbeck
Longtime Juneau resident Bertie Mehlenbeck died Nov. 4, 2002, in Juneau.

A born-again what?
You have heard the phrase, "I am a born-again Christian." While I might embrace a faith that gives me a blueprint for life, I think the most important time for me was when I took an interest in who I really was.

My Turn: In America, much remains to be done on behalf of veterans
America officially honors her veterans on Monday. Although we take just one day of the year to recognize what veterans have done for us, it is understood that we are in constant debt to those who defended our country's liberty. Those of us in Congress know that this debt we owe can not be entirely paid in parades and memorials, and that we must also provide concrete assistance to veterans.

My Turn: Freedom's deep and sacred price
America was founded over 200 years ago on the concept of freedom and all it embraces. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This pursuit and founding of freedom, however fraught with normal human foibles and problems as it may be, is the highest human political ideal, the most life giving and truest reflection of humanity's best and most caring political vision of itself as a responsible community.

Empire editorial: Stage set for Valley high school
Alaska voters showed strong support for education by passing Proposition C with 59 percent of the vote. In Juneau the margin was greater with 71 percent of votes cast in favor of the bonding proposal. The measure is important to Juneau because it provides for the 60 to 70 percent debt reimbursement needed to secure funding for the proposed second high school in the Valley.

Public speaking can leave you speechless
"Ladies and gentlemen, colleagues, associates, treasured clients, most esteemed board members, fellow delegates, Your Honor, (long pause) I feel compelled to share with you that I have no news, no insight, no conclusions and no clue. I doubt I can answer any questions, and I'll be sitting over there. Thank you."

My Turn: One person's vision of past, present, future
I want to make some comments on our newfound American nationalism. But first, we need some history. How about our approach to the purchase of Alaska when it was Russian America? Imagine the kind of vision that it must have required to purchase Alaska when, at the time, it was deemed a desert wasteland. I seem to remember Sen. Stevens saying similar things about rural Alaska, but imagine the vision!

My Turn: The Road Maintenance Game - Part II
In our first installment we introduced game and how it is played. Now we will introduce you to the players involved and how they might affect the "game."

Toe Cartoon

Learning in Disguise
Two things are certain about what goes on almost every Saturday morning at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center kids' day program: It's as educational as school, and it's more like play than homework. The kids' day program, held from 11 a.m. to noon most Saturdays, is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and often is presented by a Forest Service naturalist. On Nov. 2, Laurie Lamm, a seasonal employee with the Forest Service, talked with kids and their parents about animal feet. The subject was of considerable interest to those in attendance.

Hunters skip chance to take calves for meat
FAIRBANKS - The results are in and it appears Interior moose hunters are not calf killers. That's the message hunters sent to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in the first-year of a two-year experiment on the Tanana Flats in which the state issued permits to shoot six-month-old moose calves.

Out and About
In season: Black bear (Sept. 1-June 30), brown bear (Sept. 15-Dec. 31, March 15-May 31), deer (Sept. 15-Dec. 31), mountain goat (Sept. 1 or Oct. 1, depending on area,-Nov. 31), wolf (Aug. 1-April 30), wolverine (Nov. 10-Feb. 15), ducks, geese, brants, snipe, crane (Sept. 1-Dec. 15), red and blue king crab (Oct. 1-March 31), coho salmon (June-Nov.).

Climbing Olds Mountain
Two events were scheduled on the Juneau Alpine Club calendar one recent October weekend - a moonlight paddle on the Friday night and a run to Point Bishop on Sunday. However, the weather quickly changed the scheduled events. I canceled the moonlight paddle because of the wind and overcast skies and Dave Duntley's run was washed out with the forecast heavy rain and wind gusting to 45 knots. So what else do JAC members do when the weather doesn't want to cooperate with kayaking or trail running? Climb Olds Mountain of course.

Outdoors Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts include:

Juneau boys tie with Soldotna for state swimming team title
ANCHORAGE - There was only one word to describe this year's state swimming and diving championships Friday and Saturday at Anchorage's Bartlett High School Swim Pool - tense.

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

Learning from a pro
Juneau youth and high school baseball and softball players had an opportunity to hone their skills and learn from an experienced pro Friday and Saturday as former professional player Ben Boulware, representing America's Baseball Camp, put on a short camp at Marie Drake gymnasium.

State High School Swim Meet Records
State high school swim meet records through the 2001 state meet. These records can only be broken during the preliminary and final rounds of the annual state meet. This list courtesy of the Alaska School Activities Association.

Juneau girls finish tied for fifth
ANCHORAGE - The Juneau-Douglas High School girls swim team wasn't shooting for a team title in this year's state meet Friday and Saturday at Anchorage's Bartlett High School Swim Pool, but the Crimson Bears still had goals for the meet. "We want to finish in the top five," Juneau senior Weather Potdevin said before the meet.

State Swim Meet Results
Results from Saturday's final round of the Alaska School Activities Association state swimming and diving meet, which took place Friday and Saturday at Anchorage's Bartlett High School Swim Pool. Other Southeast results are given from Friday's preliminaries.

State Swim Champions
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.

Juneau spikers claim region crown
Staying true to the course it has set all season, the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team quickly dispatched Ketchikan on Friday and Sitka on Saturday to win the Region V-Class 4A tournament at Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. With the victories, the Crimson Bears won the region title, earned a trip to the Class 4A state tournament later this week in Anchorage and maintained their perfect record for the season.

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.

Alaska will get disaster aid for earthquake
ANCHORAGE - Alaska will receive federal disaster aid to help recover from the damage caused by Sunday's 7.9 magnitude earthquake.

Anchorage man dies in accident
The pilot of an ultralight aircraft died Sunday morning just after takeoff from the Birchwood air strip, north of Anchorage.

Three survive Merrill Field crash
Three people and a dog survived after their small plane crashed just after takeoff Saturday afternoon from Merrill Field in Anchorage.

State Briefs
Two charged with robbery, car theft early Saturday; Juneau Veterans' Day activities; House positions announced; Tanker loading resumes in Valdez; Big one's aftershocks continue

Game Board faces scrutiny by Murkowski
The state Board of Game, probably convening for the last time in its current makeup, wrestled with ethical as well as biological issues in a meeting that ended Thursday in Juneau. If the Game Board made every decision based only on biology, there'd be no need for the board, said member Julie Maier of Fairbanks. The board sets rules for hunting and trapping on state and private land and some federal lands in Alaska.

GOP control means ANWR more likely
ANCHORAGE - Alaska is in line to see substantial gains from the Republican takeover of the Senate, following Tuesday's elections. The change restores Sen. Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican, to chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee and it gives advocates of oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge what may be their best opportunity to open the refuge to drilling.

Lack of grease, maintenance cited in crash of 261
SEATTLE - A lack of grease, maintenance practices and a design flaw led to the January 2000 crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 that killed 88 people, according to a draft report by federal safety investigators. Parts of the report, prepared by staff at the National Transportation Safety Board, were read to The Seattle Times by an unnamed official close to the investigation for a story in Friday editions.

Rural airports in state are beefing up security
ANCHORAGE - Airports in Alaska's rural communities are part of the new front line in the U.S. war on terrorism, and travelers soon can expect the same scrutiny as they get in big cities. Some scoff at the idea that travelers in Kotzebue, Kodiak, Cordova and 15 other rural communities should get the same treatment as Boston travelers, but not if they've heard Ken Jarman, the U.S. Department of Transportation's security chief for central Alaska.

Alaska Native corporations look to Outside real estate
Faced with the downturn in the stock market, several Native corporations are reconfiguring their moneymaking strategies and looking to Outside real estate opportunities.

Haines: Celebration set to help heal past
A celebration focused on healing the past is being planned for Phillip Jackson, convicted 30 years ago for setting fire to the Haines school - a crime to which another man confessed last month. "Anytime anything happens in the community, it affects everyone. The school fire was such a traumatic event that affected everyone," said George Mark, who along with Heather Lende is planning the celebration, set for 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at the ANB Hall.

Navajo vet tells tale of WWII code talkers
Shortly after the start of World War II, breaking the American military code was like solving a crossword puzzle for Japanese cryptographers.

Haines: Ruling sought on tours in Eagle preserve
Conservationists want a Superior Court judge to decide whether large, motorized commercial tours should be allowed in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Crackdown on Wolf-dogs
Werner Shuster's love affair with wolves began when he was a boy growing up in Yonkers, N.Y., and neighbors owned a timberwolf that became his best friend. His passion has grown into Wolf Country USA, where the 72-year-old Palmer resident keeps 52 wolf-dog hybrids on chains behind 8-foot stockade fencing at his 42-acre spread north of Anchorage.

Ketchikan: KIC members disgruntled, plan tribal court hearing
The feathers have been sent, Native tribal judges are ready, and a group of disgruntled Ketchikan Indian Community members is planning a Nov. 25 tribal court hearing regarding complaints against the tribe's management.

Pipeline withstood quake as designed
ANCHORAGE - The trans-Alaska oil pipeline was designed to withstand an 8.5 magnitude earthquake, but could it? When a team of structural and geo-technical engineers came up with the pipeline design in the early 1970s, they didn't expect it to be tested in their lifetimes. They were wrong.

Voters in 2 Alaska villages loosen alcohol restrictions
The trickle of booze flowing into two rural Alaska villages is likely to increase after voters liberalized their alcohol-control laws.

Village in charge of its tourism destiny
Tourists making a port call at Metlakatla can count on dropping dollars in the Annette Island Tsimshian Indian village.

Ketchikan: Survey: School Board faces difficulties
According to a survey of parents, officials and staff in Ketchikan, the Ketchikan School Board faces an uphill battle to rebuild its relationship with the community.

Wolf sterilization helps caribou
A wolf sterilization program developed in the Yukon is being cited as a key component to helping the recovery of the Fortymile caribou herd, according to the Whitehorse Star.

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