Saturday, November 16, 2002

Thanks for putting education first
As co-chairs of the Education First Committee, we want to thank the more than 114,000 Alaskans who voted for Proposition C. This issue was not only about maintaining school facilities; it was also a measure of the value we place on education and the future of our youth.

For the dreamers
I have to agree with Mr. Plosay (Juneau access, Empire, Nov. 12). If you have ever flown to Haines or Skagway or taken the ferry to these communities, you will notice the difficulty of the terrain.

The rest of the story
Pat Costello's front page photo of the mountain goat looking down over our city from Mount Juneau must have been sent south to many relatives and friends validating again why we live in this rainforest.

New inter-island ferry restaurant shuts down
PETERSBURG - Travelers on Southeast Alaska's new ferry run between Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island had raved about the gourmet meals offered on board by former Juneau restaurateurs. But the Inter-island Ferry Authority has run into a snag. The restaurant has pulled out just nine months into a five-year contract, saying there wasn't enough business to justify the venture.

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

FYI
Births

Macaulay estate gets settlement
The estate of Ladd Macaulay, a founder of Juneau's DIPAC hatchery killed by a drunken driver in 2000, has settled a lawsuit against a bar and a liquor store that allegedly sold the driver alcohol shortly before the crash. The defendants don't admit they sold liquor to the driver.

From Kansas to Juneau - volunteer to director
For much of his life Lance Young believed life is hell and then you die. Faced with the personal demons of depression, homelessness and dependency on drugs and alcohol, Young said it took going through hell to realize what heaven is. As director of the downtown homeless shelter the Glory Hole, he has had first-hand experience in what many of the clients deal with on a daily basis.

Correction
The gas prices on Thursday's Empire Business Spotlight page incorrectly listed the price for Fisherman's Bend. It is $1.56.9.

Neighbors Briefs
Accountants to meet at T.K. Maguire's; Even Start offers free preschool program; Donations for Nowlin being taken

Women's Health Forum set at Centennial Hall
The 2002 free Women's Health Forum is scheduled for 11:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Centennial Hall. A free lunch will be served. There will be two guest speakers and it is being produced by local SEARHC physician Dr. Maureen Longworth. Bartlett dietician Linda Wild will present a cancer prevention diet.

First-time student, adult voter go to the polls
When did you start voting? I started this election as a middle schooler with Kids Voting. Guo Hua Xia started voting this election, too. Xia had to wait until he was middle-aged. He is from Shanghai, China, and became a U.S. citizen two years ago. Xia has helped me learn why voting is important.

Juneau student learns about elections
As a Kids Voting reporter for the general election this year, I was assigned to write a post-election print piece on my observations and experiences at election central. Kids Voting reporters like me were able to shadow newspeople from newspapers and radio stations, interview candidates, broadcast live reports on Kids Voting results and write pieces for both types of media throughout the day on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Local veteran honored
For his six years service as chairman of the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council, long-time Juneau resident Pat Carothers has been awarded the Alaska Legion of Merit. Carothers, who served for 36 years with the U.S. Marine Corps and veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the conflict in Vietnam, accepted the award at a ceremony in Anchorage on Oct. 2. Maj. Gen. Phillip E. Oates presented the award.

Students reflect on U.S. veterans and their importance to America
Southeast Alaska Disabled American Veterans sponsored an essay contest entitled, "What Veterans Mean to America." Juneau students from the third, fourth and fifth grades were asked to research some of our country's history, talk to veterans and write an essay explaining why veterans are so important to America and why should they be remembered on Veterans Day.

Jones, Boman to wed
Meridith Jones, daughter of Doug and JoAnn Jones, and Andy Boman, son of Walter and Peggy Boman, will be married Nov. 27, 2002, in Hawaii.

Hailey Amanda Austin
Juneau resident Hailey Amanda Austin died Nov. 8, 2002, in Juneau.

Roberta 'Bobbie' Dooley Dimond
A funeral Mass for former Douglas resident Roberta "Bobbie" Dooley Dimond will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Cathedral of the Nativity with the Rev. Michael Nash officiating.

Juneau Parks and Rec. Basketball Standings
2002-03 regular-season standings as of Nov. 10 from the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Ordway Basketball League.

Petersburg, Mt. Edgecumbe falter in Class 3A tournament
ANCHORAGE - Thursday's opening round of the Class 3A state volleyball tournament was a bad case of hurry up and wait for the Petersburg Vikings. Slated to play the second match of the day against Heritage Christian Schools, Petersburg arrived early during the tournament-opening Seward-Valdez match at West Anchorage High School. When Seward won the first two games, Petersburg warmed up and was ready to play, only to have to sit and wait as Valdez rallied to win the match in five games.

Juneau spikers chug past Chugiak at state
ANCHORAGE - As the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team watched the early matches of the Class 4A state volleyball tournament Thursday at West Anchorage High School, the Crimson Bears saw opening-round jitters claim several favored teams. The first two Class 4A regional champs to play in the tourney lost, and a third 4A region winner fell later. Underdog teams also defeated two of the three regional champs in the Class 3A tournament.

Veteran's Day 8K
Results of the Southeast Road Runners' Veteran's Day 8-kilometer race, held Saturday, Nov. 9 on the Kaxdigoowu Heen Trail along the Mendenhall River.

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

Lawyer says couple innocent of cruelty
GREAT FALLS, Mont. - The lawyer for an Alaska couple says they will plead innocent to charges of misdemeanor cruelty for crowding 170 dogs and 11 cats into a tractor-trailer without food or water for a week.

Lead count in rifle team's blood halts use of firing range
FAIRBANKS - Youth shooting programs at the Tanana Valley Sportsmen's Association shooting range have been halted after 10 members of the Lathrop High School rifle team were found to have high concentrations of lead in their blood. Lead levels in the team members ranged from 17 to 37 micrograms per deciliter. The normal level is less than 10 micrograms in children.

New APOC regs require soft-money disclosure
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Public Offices Commission has adopted a regulation requiring political parties to disclose where they got "soft money" donations and how they spent them. Thursday's decision comes after an election marked by the spending of millions of dollars in soft money by the state Democratic and Republican parties and by independent groups from within and outside Alaska.

Skagway vows to sue state
Skagway is taking its battle to form a borough to court and the state's lawmakers. The state's Local Boundary Commission in September unanimously denied the city of Skagway's petition to become a borough. At 443 square miles, the new borough would have been the same size as the existing city and would have provided the same services, according to the request.

Kenai Borough ponders tax increase on fishing charters
HOMER - The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is considering a plan to tax charter fishing businesses on a daily, per-passenger basis. The plan would eliminate tax advantages for selling charter packages to groups.

Pipeline safety bill passes Congress, goes to president
WASHINGTON - Legislation designed to significantly improve the safety and security of the nation's natural gas and fuel pipelines cleared Congress today and was sent to the president for his signature.

State Brief
Barrow man dies after stabbing; Man robs Anchorage credit union; JDHS kicks off canned food drive; ANWR activists end trek to D.C.; Board maintains MD's suspension; Members OK Mat-Su hospital deal;

Murkowski releases list of possible successors
ANCHORAGE - Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski has released his short list of choices to replace him when he resigns from the U.S. Senate next month. The list, with more than two dozen names, includes a wide selection of people from his daughter to a retired archbishop.

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