Saturday, November 24, 2001

Weekend Best Bets
Dancers have high-stepped, waltzed and boogied on the old hardwood floor in the ballroom at the Elk's Lodge for almost a century. This weekend, dozens of dancers will stomp, shuffle and slide to the drums and singing of the Gathering of the Tribes.

Not a fun time
At the last Airport Board meeting, one of the members asked aloud, "Why doesn't anyone thank us for keeping the airport trail open?" Consider it done.

Bike rack for JDHS
I have a friend named Daniel Glass. He likes to ride his bike, and he actually wears a helmet. He goes to school on his bike, especially on Bike to Work Day. Back when I went to good old JDHS, I asked him if there was one thing he could change about this school, what would it be? He told me the school needs an adequate bike rack. They have to use unsheltered metal racks at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool next to the high school.

Cessation appreciation; 'can't run' pun fun
Just read "Cessation to hostilities" in the on-line Empire. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one thinking along those lines, and that in particular it was you that saw fit to put those reflections in print!

City charts course for action on bear issue
More staff, a public information campaign, enforcement, stronger Dumpster lids and "rules of engagement" are on the city's radar in planning for next summer's bears, according to Mayor Sally Smith.

Whales of winter show in Juneau
Singing, breaching and feeding, humpback whales have been seen in force lately in waters around Juneau. Tour boat Capt. Larry Dupler said it's not unusual to see whales feeding heavily in Juneau waters this time of year before they head in early December to Hawaii where they mate and give birth.

FYI
Births

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

Holiday sales hunt
Della Koelling and her daughter Kayla, 13, were first in line today, waiting for the 7 a.m. opening of Nugget Mall. But it wasn't their first shopping stop of the morning. "We started at Fred's," Koelling said. "It's a tradition. We go for towels and whatever they have in the paper. Then we get our Nugget Buck (a coupon worth $5 at the mall), hit Gottschalks. We go to the stores Wednesday and scope out everything we want to buy. Our record is 10 minutes from when the door opens to when we check out. It's a sport."

Team sells holiday trees
The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team's annual Christmas tree sale will be held this year from Saturday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Fred Meyer parking lot.

Around Town
Today

Thank you
...for all your efforts; ...for your hard work

Collaborative poems and painting exhibit begins on Nov. 30
"Tell Me What You See: Poems and Paintings by Women," will open with a public reception with the artists from 4:30 - 8 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum located at 4th and Main streets. The show will run through Jan. 5 and is co-sponsored by the University of Alaska Southeast.

'Just war' must meet certain criteria
Five weeks ago, with the concurrence and assistance of a large number of other nations, the United States initiated military action against the Taliban regime of Afghanistan and the Al Qaeda terrorist network it harbors. This commitment of U.S. firepower and troops to the "war against terrorism," has raised the question as to whether there are limits on the use of military force.

UAS student takes her research national
A University of Alaska-Southeast senior traveled to Tucson, Ariz. last month to present her research on the Haines Mission to a meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory.

Neighbors Briefs
Crafts fair scheduled; Christmas bazaar set; Gardening class offered

Filomeno C. 'Fil' Subeldia
Long-time Juneau resident Filomeno 'Fil' Subeldia died Nov. 21, 2001, in Juneau. He was 75.

My Turn: We can be both safe and free
On Sept. 11, our nation's leaders decried the terrorist-inflicted carnage as an attack on America's freedom. The American Civil Liberties Union shares the outrage and sorrow of all Americans over these tragic, senseless attacks.

Time travels
Besides all the food, all the football, all the phone calls to relatives and, today, the seasonal start of all the shopping for that upcoming holiday, Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally a time when our minds drift back to Home, meaning not so much a particular house in our life as a particular place in our time.

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Nov. 24

Texas wins and loses in Great Alaska Shootout
Texas won its first game of the season Thursday night but lost another freshman starter to injury. Behind Chris Owens' 19 second-half points, the Longhorns (1-1) overcame a 14-point first-half deficit and defeated Oregon State 78-68 in opening round action of the Great Alaska Shootout. In Thursday's other first-round game, Gonzaga held off St. John's 65-58.

Basketball Standings
Standings from the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Ordway Basketball League, 2001-02 regular-season standings through games of Nov. 19.

State Briefs
Juneau postal worker put on Cipro as precautionary measure; Five arrested after crime spree; Three arrested in drug sweep

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