Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Limited experience distorts vision
Chris Behnke's vision of the past, present and future of America (Empire, Nov. 10) is limited to the experience of a man who has lived on this planet less than 20 years.

Retrograde forces
Thank you for Chris Behnke's comments in the Empire (Nov. 10). He is clearly passionate about our country and region. It is obvious that his views run counter to the prevailing "if you ain't fer it, you're a traitor" attitude in today's USA.

With appreciation for those in the ministry
This month, we are reminded to recognize the efforts of our pastors. I suggest we also recognize the support and efforts of their domestic partners, their husbands and their wives. Too often, their efforts are overlooked.

Grateful after enlightened by Art
Art Chance's excellent ad hominem critique (Empire, Nov. 11) truly put me in my place! What a marvelous piece. I would advise every sold-out Republican ex-hippie to compare it and my former piece and laugh at my silly inferiority and my idealistic uninformed "pretty pink behind," which he seemed so fond of mentioning.

Charges split between pair accused of $1 million arson
One of the young men accused of starting a June fire that destroyed a Lemon Creek self-storage building won't face a felony arson charge, under a plea agreement. But prosecutors said a second suspect is expected to plead guilty to arson. The fire destroyed 280 storage units at the Juneau Self-Storage facility, caused more than $1 million in damage and endangered the lives of several firefighters who nearly fell into the burning building when its roof collapsed.

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

Speakers object to library display policy
A proposed policy that would restrict Juneau Public Libraries' display cases to library use only drew unanimous opposition from patrons at a Friends of the Library meeting Tuesday. But the current policy, which allows the public to co-sponsor library displays, didn't win much support, either.

Juneau honors nation's veterans
More than 300 people gathered at Juneau's National Guard Armory on Tuesday to pay tribute to the country's veterans with prayer, bagpipe music and speeches. "Those young men and women who preserved our freedom, we preserve them in our hearts," said keynote speaker and Coast Guard Rear Adm. James Underwood.

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

Goats amble across Mount Juneau
The rugged cliffs of Mount Juneau have been a draw for mountain goats lately, giving local residents several opportunities to glimpse the sure-footed animals. Juneau photographer Pat Costello spent much of last week watching fog dissipate into crystal-clear afternoons as he headed inside for Alaska Board of Game meetings. After the board protected a white-colored black bear photographed by Costello earlier this year, Mount Juneau finally got the best of him, he said.

Photos: High-altitude hikers
Stephani Joy Griffin, Don Larsen and Bill Forrest of the Juneau Alpine Club descend toward the Mendenhall Glacier after a successful climb to the summit of Mount Stroller White on Monday.

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

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

UAS professor helped with Kosovo elections
A few weeks ago University of Alaska Southeast Professor Jonathan Anderson was in Prizren, the second-largest city in Kosovo, supervising ballot-counting in the country's second municipal election since it became free of Serbian occupation. Anderson was selected as one of 150 American election supervisors who joined supervisors from Europe in an effort to ensure fair democratic elections in Kosovo. He will give a lecture about his experiences at noon Thursday in Room 104 of the UAS Egan Library.

Trees memorialize beginning, ending of life
One truth is that people are born, opening the door to life on Earth and taking their place in the web. Another sadder truth is that people die. The holes they leave behind in the fabric of our lives are raw, sore, empty places we can't bear to think of, but can't ever forget. To welcome newborn we dance and sing, establish trust funds or plant trees. In memorium of our lost we carve stones, build monuments, swear vengance or tell stories and some of us plant trees.

Photo: Making paper
Tasha Malalang, right, dries her sheet of handmade paper on felt while Tanya Malalang adds bits of embroidery thread to give her paper a colorful look during the final stages of papermaking.

Jacobson, Logan marry
Anna Jacobson and Dr. David Logan of Juneau were wed in a ceremony on Oct. 3, 2002, on the Carnival Victory.

Neighbors briefs
Lions Club to hold barbecue; ANB, ANS officers elected; JYFL selects raffle winners; Food basket program scheduled; Bazaar set at Douglas Community United Methodist Church

Cutter Liberty crew to begin Southeast Alaska blanket, food and coat drive
Throughout November, the crew aboard cutter Liberty will conduct a food, coat and blanket drive to benefit families in Southeast Alaska communities. Donation boxes will be placed at several local businesses. Any blankets, coats or non-perishable food items will be gratefully accepted.

Internet ingredient sources for foodies of the frozen north
This time of year, many of us consider it an occasion to treat others and ourselves to the best of the best when it comes to holiday meals. In a town the size of Juneau, this sometimes means ordering by phone or the Internet to find that exquisite something to make your holiday dinner complete.

Miller, Muhle wed
Karleen Jamae Miller and Chad Adam Muhle exchanged wedding vows Sept. 28, 2002, at Christ Lutheran Church in Columbus, Neb. The Rev. John Nelson Jr. officiated.

Pets of the week
Molly is a medium-size, black Lab mix with long hair. Energetic and full of fun, she'd love a family with youngsters to play ball with her. Kevin wants a home with lots of toys and someone to play with.

My Turn: Juneau access and the Information Highway
With all the discussion prior to the elections about which candidate supported the road out of Juneau along Lynn Canal, I thought it might be best to step back and really, truly have some serious dialogue. Where is this road going? The residents of Haines and Skagway have voted against it, as has Juneau on several occasions. The words commonly heard are so constituents can get to town and visit their capital and the legislators, or local residents can get out in time of inclement weather.

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

Crimson Bear football team honors 12 during annual awards banquet
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team honored twelve players during its annual awards banquet Monday night at ANB Hall.

Sports letter
I would like to thank the Juneau Empire and your sports writer Charles Bingham for a great story (Oct. 25 sports section, "Juneau's Creighton Miller to enter alma mater's hall of fame").

Focused for state
Like the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl, the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team has come close to winning the state tournament time and time again. But the ultimate prize - a state title - has always remained just out of reach. It's happened to the Crimson Bears 15 times over the last 14 years. But there is something different about this year's squad. The Crimson Bears are undefeated, regional champions and a favorite to claim the Class 4A state crown.

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

Correction
Due to a layout error, a Juneau-Douglas High School boys swimming team photo cutline on page B1 of Sunday's Juneau Empire gave an incorrect placement for swim team member Kirk Fishel.

Artest paces Pacers in 20-point victory over Cleveland
INDIANAPOLIS - Ron Artest takes pride in shutting down the other team's top scorer. He never really got a chance against Cleveland. Artest scored 22 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 95-75 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who benched leading scorer Ricky Davis early in the game Tuesday night.

Adult Volleyball League Standings
Here are the final standings for the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation men's and women's adult volleyball leagues. First-place teams are division champions.

Special court helps mothers get sober
ANCHORAGE - A new court program is trying to help Alaska mothers get clean and sober so they can reunite with their children. Family Care Court is a small experiment for parents who say they are ready to get clean. Only a dozen will be helped at the start.

Supreme Court hears challenge to Alaska's sex-offender registry law
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Supreme Court hears a case Wednesday challenging Alaska's sex offender registry law. The law is being challenged by a man who sexually molested a young girl 20 years ago. The man, known in court documents as John Doe I, pleaded no contest and served time in prison. Four years after his release the Alaska Legislature created the sex offender registry law.

Kenai Peninsula flooding raises concerns about culverts
KENAI - When last month's flooding washed out sections of Kenai Peninsula roads, many area residents found themselves isolated and stranded - much like juvenile salmon can be cut off from their homes by impassable highway culverts. The flooding heightened awareness of a growing concern among some who believe culverts across the state don't adequately protect anadromous fish such as salmon.

Nursing home data goes online
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's nursing homes generally compare favorably to those in other states, according to federal data released Tuesday. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it is posting up to 10 measures of quality for individual nursing homes online to help people select a home and to encourage homes to improve. The information comes from the homes themselves in reports to the federal government.

Those near epicenter felt the power
MENTASTA LAKE - When the earthquake struck this rural community southwest of Tok in Interior Alaska, 20-foot-tall spruce trees whipped back and forth, slapping the ground on each side like windshield wiper blades. Tree trunks split open. Mountains slumped. Roads buckled and cracks yawned in the earth. Houses rocked and jumped, shattering dishes and toppling TVs. Tap water turned brown, sewer lines broke, oil tanks tuned on their sides.

Sen. Stevens honors Paul Wellstone
Sen. Paul Wellstone's death evoked difficult memories for Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, whose wife died in a plane crash in Anchorage in 1978. Congress reconvened for its lame-duck session on Tuesday with speeches from Stevens and other Senate colleagues of Wellstone. The Democratic Minnesota senator died Oct. 25 in a plane crash near Eveleth, Minn., with his wife Sheila and daughter Marcia. Three campaign staff members and two pilots also perished.

Cordova-area oil project gets support
KENAI - A Kenai-based company is pressing for permits needed to begin exploratory drilling in a part of Prince William Sound that was the site of Alaska's first commercial oil production. Cassandra Energy Corp. recently won the Kenai City Council's support for federal approval of its plans to drill at Katalla, about 50 miles south of Cordova on the eastern side of Prince William Sound.

State Briefs
Veterans honored at Wasilla Wall of Honor; Golf course update tonight; Ketchikan doctor put on probation; 'Northern Exposure' star dies; Vessel thought to have sunk turns up on Afognak beach; Fairbanks man charged with kidnapping; Anchorage woman rescued after fall on Ptarmigan Peak

State Briefs
Magnitude 4.7 aftershock reported south of Fairbanks; IRS seeks refund recipients; Report backs coastal route for Anchorage trail; Sitka man wins award for cultural contributions; Body washes up on St. Lawrence Island; Anchorage bank robbed; Members to vote on Valley Hospital expansion

High court wades into complex sex-offender registration cases
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is considering challenges to state sex offender registries that help the public keep tabs on paroled offenders living or working nearby. Justices are reviewing laws in Alaska and Connecticut, which like all other states have sex offender registry laws named for 7-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl kidnapped, raped and killed in 1994 by a convicted sex offender who lived in her neighborhood.

University of Alaska tuition to jump 10 percent
ANCHORAGE - University of Alaska students at the three main campuses will see tuition increase 10 percent starting next fall. Directors of campuses outside Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau will have the option of requiring smaller increases.

Unocal to get rid of 59 jobs in Anchorage, Kenai
ANCHORAGE - Unocal Alaska is cutting 59 jobs in Kenai and Anchorage and closing its Kenai office, in a move to increase the profitability of its Cook Inlet operations.

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