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Saturday, November 17, 2001

Some hard facts
Contrary to the assertions of Julie Smith, JDHS students aren't "suffering" because an excessive number of students drive cars to school. I'm tired of hearing students whine about parking when taxpayers provide them with adequate free transportation to school every day!

End of discussion
A toy scooter and the Juneau Assembly make the front page of the paper. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. Motorized scooters are no more dangerous than a traditional bicycle. And you have no right to treat them any different. That is it, end of discussion.

Dock or walkway?
Are the downtown docks the property of the cruise ship industry, and their security needs take precedence over the rights of local residents to walk on the docks, or, are the docks the property of local residents and our right to walk on the docks takes precedence over the right of a cruise ship to tie up at the dock? It all depends on how you look at it.

Two arraigned in sex assault case
Two men accused of having sex with a woman while she was unconscious were arraigned Thursday in Juneau District Court.

Around Southeast
SE long-distance service disrupted; Gastineau gains science workshop; Ferry berth added in Ketchikan

Native artisan and art
Florence Marks Sheakley displays some of the beadwork she is exhibiting and selling in the lobby of the Federal Building in Juneau. Sheakley and other artisans will be showing their beadwork, jewelry, silver and woodcarvin

Weekend Best Bets
A conspiracy in the art world could not have contrived a weirder or richer assortment of entertainment in Juneau this weekend.

NOAA fisheries center clears final funding hurdle
Congress has approved the final piece of funding for a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries center planned for Lena Point.

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

Juneau man charged with felony theft, burglary
A former employee of Coastal Helicopters and Juneau Ready Mix was arraigned Thursday in Juneau Superior Court on charges of felony theft and burglary.

Airport, residents have at it over trees
When Juneau Airport Manager Allan Heese looks at a large swath of trees near the floatplane pond, he sees a habitat that attracts deer and birds large enough to pose a serious threat to aviators.

Around town
Juneau events

Correction
The headline for a story in Thursday's Empire on the Kensington mine referred to air quality as an issue that could delay the mine's opening, but the article did not substantiate it. The article should have said that state environmental regulator

Marlene Johnson tends a garden of issues
Between meetings of the University of Alaska Board of Regents, the Governor's Subsistence Leadership Summit and the Sealaska Heritage Institute board of trustees, Marlene Johnson found time last summer to cultivate what might be some of Juneau's largest vegetables.

New terminal berth
Bob Doll, left, director of the Southeast Region of the Alaska Department of Transportation, and Tom Briggs, chairman of the Inter-Island Ferry Authority board of directors, jointly participate in the Ketchikan Ferry Terminal third-berth ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday.

Thorington, Swanson wed
Lynda K. Thorington and Jeffrey P. Swanson were married Oct. 20, 2001, at the Cashmere United Methodist Church in Cashmere, Wash.

Thank you letter
...for your help

Symphony sponsorship
Brian Dunphy, center, public affairs manager for ExxonMobil, prepares to hand over a check to Kyle Wiley Pickett, the music director of the Juneau Symphony, for sponsorship of the Symphony's Nov. 17 American Memories concert. "The pr

Living and growing: It's time to use weapons of mass construction
Kabul has fallen. The Taliban are on the run. The Northern Alliance, aided by massive U.S. air strikes, is advancing on every front. Let's finish the job. It's time to haul out our big guns, weapons that we haven't used very effectively, ever.

Neighbors briefs
Senior Center bazaar set; Toddler music class offered; Storytelling videotapes needed; Eat spaghetti and help Scouts; Volunteer Web site now open; Toddler music class offered

Duck Creek project wins national award
The Duck Creek Watershed Management Project in Juneau has won the 2001 CF Industries National Watershed Award for the project's effective non-regulatory approaches to improve water quality. The project was one of four national winners announced Oct. 30 by the Conservation Fund.

Alaska's resources locked up, unable to aid national security
Miners and mining officials at the recent Alaska Miners Association meeting in Anchorage weren't celebrating like they had struck the mother load. But the war against terrorists might be a good news story for resource development in Alaska, once we get by the death and destruction.

Outside editorials: Reviving Afghanistan; Arsenic, Clinton and Bush
Editorials from the Los Angeles Times and the Akron Beacon Journal

Juneau wrestlers invade Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team hopes its recent success will follow the team to the Ketchikan Invitational beginning today and continuing through Saturday.

Around the state
Alaska's October unemployment rate at 5.6 percent; near record low; Nine Anchorage men indicted on federal drug, gun charges; Judge throws out recall request in Matanuska-Susitna Borough; Man charged with manslaughter in drunken-driving traffic death

Bullwinkle, meet Bambi...
A young moose looks at a Bambi figurine in the front yard of a Jewel Lake home Wednesday in Anchorage. The moose moved through the neighborhood looking for food.

Arctic Village's traditional chief dies at 89
FAIRBANKS The longtime traditional chief of Arctic Village has died at 89.

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