Monday, November 12, 2001

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.

In the stacks
This week is new fiction!

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Some courtesy, please
I am well into seven digits in cumulative Alaska Airlines miles, and I have always felt pretty safe in the extortionary skies. Other than some, oh, so Yuppie, Anchorage-to-Seattle flights, I have always contented myself with the obvious fact that the general run of passengers was far more dangerous than any wannabe terrorist. That said, I am now afraid.

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.

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.

Around Town
Today

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.

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.

Local Briefs
Shooting victim remains stable; 25th smokeout set for Thursday; Coast Guard seizes Korean trawler; Anchorage police seek Bush applicants; Redistricting fight costs considered

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.

Alternative heliport issue up for discussion by Juneau Assembly
Juneau Assembly members plan to lead a community discussion about alternative heliports this winter. The issue has been assigned to the Assembly's Planning and Policy Committee, chairman Dale Anderson said. Results of a new heliport study will be combined with the city's long-range tourism plan, due out this spring, he said.

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

Juneau prepares to take part in next year's Olympic Torch run
Juneau will make the local segment of the 2002 Olympic Torch relay run as Alaskan as possible, carrying the flame by canoe on part of its route and posing runners in front of Mendenhall Glacier.

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

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.

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.

Around Town
Today

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.

Robert William Cowling
Robert William Cowling died Nov. 9, 2001, in Juneau.

Digital democracy and partisan parochialism
Alaska, of course, is known for its spectacular scenery and wildlife. It's also making a name for itself as a leader in "electronic government," announced Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer in a visit to Kenai last week. That may surprise those who think of the "Last Frontier" as a place where old ways prevail and "new" ways are at least a decade behind the times.

My Turn: Industry faces extreme challenges
I would like to comment on John Weedman's letter in Sunday's newspaper. I respect Mr. Weedman's opinion. Concerning the enhancement of existing facilities to better service the cruiseship industry, I assume he is reacting to the new 32-foot wide section that will widen the north end of the Old Ferry Dock.

My Turn: Increase in tourism should accomodate local concerns
Publisher Don Smith's editorial column in Sunday's Empire described numerous economic and social problems in Hawaii as a result of a substantial downturn in tourism activity following the September terror attacks. Undoubtedly Hawaii has and will continue to experience negative economic and social impacts if tourism in the 50th state continues to flounder.

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.

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Nov. 17

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.

Juneau wrestlers take second at ACS Invitational
Despite not having any individual champions, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears took second place Saturday night in the state's biggest fall season high school wrestling tournament, the Anchorage Christian Schools Invitational held Friday and Saturday at ACS.

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 Briefs
Rocket destroyed after launch; Knowles wants more school funds; Kayak teacher dies during lesson

Neighborhood struck by plane was reeling from Sept. 11 losses
The middle-class Queens neighborhood hit by today's plane crash was already reeling from the loss of scores of residents in the World Trade Center disaster, many of them firefighters.

Redistricting fight costs considered
Members of the state's redistricting board are worried the panel will run short of money to defend the plan. Challenges to the plan are scheduled to go to trial Jan. 14 in Anchorage. Last week, the board met and voted 3-2 to commit $300,000 to extend a contract providing legal services to the panel.

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.

Alaska may alter welfare reform
More than four years after state leaders shook up Alaska's welfare system, they are looking at overhauling it in ways that could mean more help to parents working at low-wage jobs but harsher treatment for those who refuse to look for work.

Jet crashes in New York
An American Airlines jetliner en route to the Dominican Republic with 255 people aboard broke apart and crashed moments after takeoff today from Kennedy Airport, setting homes ablaze. There were no known survivors aboard the plane and at least six people were missing on the ground.

Pot bill closer to 2002 ballot
A ballot measure seeking to legalize marijuana has cleared its first major hurdle, but it's unclear whether sponsors have enough time to put the question to voters in 2002.

Alaska in line for more federal rural sanitation money
Alaska may get more federal money next year for plumbing in rural Alaska homes. A joint House-Senate committee last week approved an agriculture spending bill that includes $24 million for rural Alaska water and sewer projects. That's in addition to $40 million in another bill approved by Congress last week and brings the federal total to $9 million more than was approved last year.

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