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Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Vehicles and bicycles
T. Kelly Corrigan's letter, "Get the bikes out of the bridge roadway," is further evidence of the need to 1) educate motorists and bicyclists about use of the roadway, and 2) the need for roadway users to be more courteous.

Stick with bond vote
I was very distressed to read in Monday's paper that the Assembly would even consider reconsidering how the projects are to be paid for - the projects for which a majority of the voters in the city election approved issuing bonds.

Responsible reporting
Just because someone is a priest now days, it seems he is found guilty. Father Nash had not been investigated, tried or found guilty of anything and you print a front page story about him supposedly raping a young man.

Not wasting anything
I am only in my first semester of secondary education, and in the words of Ken Dunker, my mind is still mostly "mush." This in mind, I still know how to speak, and I hope you will listen. The words of the young should not be so easily discounted. I agree that my experience is limited, and I also agree that it could distort my vision. However, I know I am not blind.

Give legislators a chance
The election is over and our legislators have been selected. This newspaper was full of endorsements and letters of support for the winners. Without exception, Kim Elton, Beth Kerttula and Bruce Weyhrauch have been described as good and solid choices.

Voter turnout in context
An Empire article about the November vote got me thinking: What really was our turnout in Juneau?

Not the Midwest
While crossing the Douglas Bridge on my bicycle last week, I couldn't help but notice the inordinate number of internal combustion driven vehicles crossing it. Now I have heard that some of the operators of these vehicles hail from the Midwest.

Never-ending drug war
Juneau's hazardous methamphetamine labs are reminiscent of the deadly exploding liquor stills that sprung up throughout the nation during alcohol prohibition. Drug policies modeled after alcohol prohibition have given rise to a youth-oriented black market. Illegal drug dealers don't ID for age, but they do recruit minors immune to adult sentences. So much for protecting the children.

Bikes on the bridge
While crossing the Douglas Bridge last week on a typical dark, raining, windy evening, I noticed, thankfully, a person riding on a bicycle right next to my truck. You'd a thought the person, even with all the rain gear on, was out in the middle of a stroll down Sandy Beach.

Too easily labeled
Mr. Kirchhoff, a first semester student at the University of Nevada, Reno, is presently expanding his mind to become a "better person." He has taken me to task (Empire, Nov. 26) for my response (Empire, Nov. 12) to an earlier letter written by a fellow student purportedly doing the same at our own UAS. Allow me to clear up a few misconceptions held by the former.

Eternal enmity
It is heartbreaking to see you publicize, in bold headlines, the vile and uncorroborated allegations against my brother, Father Mike Nash. You have permanently and irreparably damaged the reputation of a good and holy man.

How drugs get into town: by land, sea and air
Coke has come to town on commercial airliners, heroin has come in the mail, and meth has been made right here in Juneau. When it comes to drugs, Juneau is a pretty accessible town. Barge lines and transport companies bring tons of legitimate goods and supplies to town, the Postal Service and package services deliver millions of letters and parcels, and the airlines and ferries bring in thousands of people.

Thanksgiving meals off the beaten path
This Thanksgiving some feastgoers won't be sinking their teeth into turkey meat slow-roasted in the oven. John Wedman, for example, will be dining on deep-fried bird, sizzled to perfection in a 32-ounce pot of peanut oil bubbling in his backyard. "I prefer the deep-fried (turkeys) because the meat doesn't seem to dry out as much," he said. "The interior portion of the birds are juicer and the skin is crispy."

Images from another time
Juneau-Douglas High School students clear debris away from a dead female humpback whale that beached on Admiralty Island National Monument in 1981.

This Day in History
In 1880, Arthur G. Shoup, author of the women's suffrage bill in the first Territorial Legislature, was born in Idaho.

A reason for thanks
The Rev. John Bigelow, pastor at Bethany Baptist Church in Juneau, led a service at Wildflower Court on Friday. It was remarkable not for the Bible lesson or for the singing, but because Bigelow was there, greeting people and wheeling residents in and out of their rooms. Just a few weeks earlier, Bigelow was a patient at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, recovering from a liver transplant, subsequent infection and the unexpected removal of his colon.

Public Market: For Christmas and beyond
Think Christmas. Think buying. Think arts, crafts, chocolate and sweaters. In Juneau, after Thanksgiving, think no further than the Juneau Public Market. Every year for 19 years Peter Metcalfe has rented Centennial Hall to stage a public market la Pike Place Market in Seattle. This year, he and more than 150 vendors, 34 new to the market and five returning after several-year hiatuses, are holding the market again.

Marijuana is smuggled both ways
Marijuana is one drug that is exported from Alaska as well as imported. Most is grown indoors in the Matanuska-Susitna region north of Anchorage. "Alaska marijuana holds the national record for THC content," said Zoran Yankovich of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. "Mat-Su bud is known throughout the West Coast. We've seen it exchanged pound for pound for cocaine in L.A. in operations there."

Citizens: State programs need more funding
Increased funding for state programs was a recurring theme Tuesday night at a town meeting coordinated by the transition team for Gov.-elect Frank Murkowski. More than 100 people turned out to the first of two meetings at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School to give recommendations to the incoming governor on tackling state issues. The second meeting will be held at the school from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Students and officials discuss teen drug use
Like going to the prom or taking SATs, getting drunk or high is a teenage rite of passage, four Juneau-Douglas High School seniors said in recent interviews. "I smoke pot to let go, it is a good way to relax," said a bookish, 17-year-old male student, who admitted to habitual use. "It is the only way I enjoy watching television." The students, a young woman and three young men who spoke on the condition their names not be published, painted a picture of high school life where drinking and smoking marijuana are commonplace, and where harder drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy readily are available.

Fire destroys house, belongings, but spares family
Tess Otness wanted her favorite Raggedy Ann doll - the one that kept away the night and protected the 10-year-old girl from all things creeping in it - before she went to bed Tuesday. The request made her mother cry, realizing the doll was just one of the things lying beneath a charred pile of what used to be the family's house.

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

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

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

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

Juneau charities begin holiday drives
Like the 6-year-old wishing for a pony or the 16-year-old wanting a new car, Lance Young, executive director of the Glory Hole, has high hopes for Christmas this year. "At the very top of my list is a house, so I could have a halfway house for people who are ready to leave the homeless shelter," Young said. "We need transitional housing so that people who can't afford an apartment can live in a house with lower rent. It's the next step in getting back into society."

Shaping Alaska myth
Long before Gore-Tex and polypropylene were the outdoors enthusiasts' uniform of choice and decades prior to the feminist movement, several Alaska women helped shape the myth and reality of life in the Last Frontier.

Neighbors Briefs
MADD seeks volunteers; Museum needs vintage items; Free parking offered

Niemi, Kuzakin to wed
Teri Ann Niemi of Douglas and Shaun Robert Kuzakin of Sitka recently announced their engagement.

Bugayong, Pugh to wed
Myra Carillo Bugayong of Juneau and John Robert Pugh Jr. of Naukati will be married in a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2002, at the Rancho Las Palmas Country Club South Lawn in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

It's Thanksgiving time and we still have planting weather
Here we are, ordering stock for the new season and we're still planting. The ground is mellow and the weather is fine. The hardy azaleas, bred for the far north, still have their leaves and the autumn color is bright. Sitka roses are yellow. The white-flowered Washington hawthorns are even green and our old favorite, Wentworth highbush cranberry, is still bright red.

Thank you
...for your support.

Pets of the week
This group of ferrets now numbers two; the golden one just found a home. The big, black cat called Dax is as friendly as he is handsome.

Liver and onions, Alaska-style
My first week in Juneau, I was presented with a fresh deer liver and the insufficient advice: "eat it soon, or it will spoil." At first, I was stumped. I don't have an aversion to liver. I've enjoyed it in a variety of ways over the years from pork liver ground into paté, to chicken livers with Indian curry and chickpeas, to the fatted goose livers known as foie gras. But this was different.

Betty Walmer
Juneau resident Betty Walmer, 86, died Nov. 25, 2002, in Juneau, after a prolonged illness.

Florence L. Taylor
Former Juneau resident Florence L. Taylor, 94, died Nov. 10, 2002, in Fremont, Calif., following a long illness.

Fairbanks pays tribute to UAF basketball team
FAIRBANKS - The celebration continues.

Seawolves host Great Alaska Shootout
Less than one week after the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks made history by winning their own Top of the World Classic, the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves will try to do the same by winning the Great Alaska Shootout.

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

Leading the pack
It was the kind of night a basketball sharpshooter dreads. University of Alaska Anchorage junior guard Tanya Nizich, a Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, just couldn't find her range during the Seawolves' opener on Monday, Nov. 18, a 53-51 loss to Warner Pacific at the UAA Sports Center.

Kings hand Cavs 11th straight loss
CLEVELAND - Once the shots started dropping for Chris Webber, they hardly stopped. Webber scored 28 points - 20 in the second half - Tuesday night as the Sacramento Kings won their sixth straight, 91-85 over the tumbling Cleveland Cavaliers, who have dropped 11 in a row.

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

BP pulls out of ANWR lobby group
ANCHORAGE - BP is withdrawing from Arctic Power, the lobbying organization that is pushing to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, and suspending its contributions to the group. But that doesn't mean it won't look at drilling in the refuge if the American people decide exploration should be allowed, said Paul Laird, a spokesman for BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.

Driver who abandoned students tells his story
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage school bus driver who walked away from unruly passenger last week has spoken out about his actions. Michael Hilborn said Monday he was frustrated by an alleged lack of support from administrators at North Star Elementary as well as bad behavior from students. Hilborn, 37, turned off his bus along his route on Nov. 20 and walked away, leaving about 18 students to walk home from a busy Spenard intersection.

Conference to air research on Nov. 3 quake in Alaska
FAIRBANKS - Researchers will discuss the Nov. 3 Alaska earthquake at a conference in San Francisco next month. More than 40 scientists will present research on the 7.9 magnitude quake at the American Geophysical Union Conference that opens Dec. 6.

Matanuska farm offers organic turkey option
MATANUSKA VALLEY - Anthony Schmidt is not your typical American poultry farmer. Besides running a little farm within driving distance of a glacier and refusing to inject his poultry with antibiotics or preservatives, he lets his chickens, ducks and turkeys wander around - within limits.

State Briefs
Woman sentenced for assault, DWI; Boy struck by van is in good condition; High winds limit flights in Juneau; Assembly works on lobbyist contracts; State flags lowered in memory of former legislator; Fairbanks man sentenced for choking his wife; Man dies after fight in Dillingham; Aniak man drowns in Kuskokwim River

Report: Close fish farms to save wild salmon
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Salmon farms should be shut down temporarily to prevent a complete collapse of wild pink salmon runs on northeastern Vancouver Island, says a report released Monday. The Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council said the wild salmon are in crisis in the Broughton Archipelago, having decreased from 3.6 million spawners in 2000 to 147,000 this year.

Kenai 'breakaway bolt' inventor travels tough road
ANCHORAGE - Clifford Dent is nearly broke because of his breakaway bolt system for highway sign and light posts. His ingenious fastening invention - able to hold up in hurricane-force winds but snap easily when hit by a vehicle - hasn't made him any money, even though the former Kenai resident thinks it has saved lives.

Ulmer edges Murkowski in spending for governor's race
ANCHORAGE - Gov.-elect Republican Frank Murkowski spent about $13 a vote in his winning bid for governor, while Democratic opponent Fran Ulmer spent about $18.50 a vote. Ulmer slightly outpaced Murkowski in campaign expenditures, spending $1.75 million, while the winner spent $1.73 million, according to reports filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Higher oil prices could help fiscal gap a little
Higher oil prices and a possible war with Iraq will do some, but not much, to buffer the state's fiscal woes, state officials said today. The state is projecting that Alaska North Slope crude oil will average $22 a barrel in future years, as talk of a war with Iraq boosts prices. The long-term average had been $17.50 a barrel.

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