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Monday, December 3, 2001

Homeless Youth deals with hunger, cold and independence
Nate has been arrested, lost his family and his home, and struggled to find ways to stay warm and find scraps to eat - all by the age of 20.

Local homeless population doesn't fit the stereotypes
Most people wouldn't know a homeless person if they walked past him, says a Juneau advocate for the homeless.

Prevention -- or politics?
With the Taliban crushed, Daniel Ortega defeated and the bears asleep, Juneau's leftists are now, it seems, free to devote time to propagandizing for socialized medicine and gay rights with plenty of time left over to frighten middle school students all in the guise of celebrating World AIDS Day.

Explore alternatives
I'm getting pretty tired of the senator from Alaska, my home state, proposing the sell-out of my children's future to pad the pockets of he and his billionaire buddies. But I'm even more remiss with his smug insistence that the majority of Alaskans support this view!

Alaska's resources
I've said for years that Alaska's leaders were blinded by Alaska's resources, that instead of acting like a colony importing finished goods and exporting raw resources Alaska should turn instead to clean, value-added manufacturing because trade favors manufacturers over resource exporters, and because adding value (by education and manufacturing) earns economic rewards.

Visiting team of four accreditors gives commendations and offers recommendations
The four educators evaluating Juneau-Douglas High School as part of its accreditation process concluded their three-day visit Friday, leaving commendations, suggestions for improvement and a recommendation that the school receive its accreditation.

Juneau man pleads no contest to rape charge
A man accused of brutally raping and beating a woman while holding her captive in an abandoned downtown house in April pleaded no contest today to a charge of felony sexual assault.

Photo: Waiting for snow
Chase Gould, 12, practices his snowboarding jumps on the ice Saturday at Twin Lakes. Eaglecrest Ski Area has not opened for the season yet, but frigid temperatures and no snow created ideal conditions for ice skaters on area lakes this weekend. Several inches of snow fell by this morning.

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

Head Start receives mental health grants
The Tlingit and Haida Central Council Head Start program recently received more than $300,000 from two grants to address mental health service needs for infants and young children in Southeast.

Search called off
Youths fleeing from a stolen vehicle early Saturday morning set off a search for one boy who wasn't accounted for, Juneau police said.

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

Shooting victim points to husband
The woman shot in a mall parking lot last month is seeking a long-term protective order against her husband, who she believes may have pulled the trigger, she said in court papers.

Pt. Retreat transfer OK'd
The federal government will convey 1,505 acres of land at Point Retreat to the Alaska Lighthouse Association subject to certain conditions, under provisions of an appropriations bill approved by a U.S. House and Senate conference committee.

'Unity Tree' lighting
About 200 Juneau residents attended a "Unity Tree" lighting ceremony Friday evening at Centennial Hall.

Planners test possible tourism scenarios for capital city
Planners are floating five visions of Juneau's tourism future that range from doing nothing to actively managing the benefits and drawbacks of cruise and destination travel.

School improvement plan to guide the way for JDHS
For the past three years, the Juneau-Douglas High School community has been putting itself under the microscope.

Adventures in art
Jon and Jona Van Zyle present their work at Rainsong Gallery on Saturday to about 30 children belonging to area Girl Scout troops during a class called "Art Inspiration and Adventure."

Fire destroys apartment
Residents of several apartments in a building near the Governor's Mansion were displaced by a fire Friday night, firefighters said, but no one was injured in the blaze.

Around Town
Today

Local Briefs
Couple missing overnight is rescued; Harborview changes before school board; Assembly reviews Planning appointments

Photo: Celebrating name day
brian wallace / the juneau empire

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events in the Juneau area

Cartoon by TOE

Economy vs. ecology
Bjorn Lomborg, a statistician at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and one-time self-professed holder of "left-wing Greenpeace views," has published a thought-provoking book entitled "The Skeptical Environmentalist."

Quest for freedom continues
The ANB/ANS Convention ended its annual congressional assembly 2001. Again delegates presented important resolutions, most of which passed the floor successfully at the Native village of Kake, the homeland of the Waa-Zee-Nadi Tribe, a member of the ancient Tlingit-Haida Confederation that still occupies the Southeast Panhandle of Alaska.

My Turn: Shanti's mission is health education
I would like to thank Mr. Richard Schmitz for his letter concerning Shanti of Southeast Alaska. As sitting president (and a heterosexual male) of Shanti of Southeast Alaska I find his words amusing. He obviously has not done his homework on the subject of HIV/AIDS worldwide or its presence within Alaska.

Israel's weekend of terror
The horrific terrorist attacks by Palestinian extremists against Israelis over the weekend were as terrible as any the country has seen. The deliberate massacre of children who gathered on a pedestrian mall Saturday night in Jerusalem, as well as of the Israeli Jews and Arabs who sat side-by-side Sunday morning on a Haifa bus, offered gratuitous and grisly proof of the implacable inhumanity of terrorism, and the necessity of concerted action by civilized countries to eradicate it.

Time well spent can be difficult to see
Yesterday I approached a coworker's desk and noticed that she was still, serene and peacefully gazing out at nothing. She noticed it at the same moment and snapped to here and now, registering a moment of embarrassment before attacking whatever was in front of her. She is an energetic worker, motivated enough to be irritating, yet she felt the need to keep in motion. Why do we do that?

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

Juneau bowler rolls perfect score of 300
This time, Juneau bowler Carmine DiCostanzo knew what to expect as he stepped to the line with a shot to bowl a perfect game of 300 during Wednesday Night Men's Handicap League play at Channel Bowl.

Krehlik medals at Western regional
Juneau-Douglas High School junior Molly Krehlik held on to win a medal Saturday as she placed ninth in her race at the Foot Locker Western Region Cross Country Championships at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.

Sports In Juneau
Friday, Dec. 7

Boozer leads Duke past Clemson
Duke is looking for a haymaker, but so far the top-ranked Blue Devils have only been able to land jabs. The undefeated Blue Devils got 23 points from Carlos Boozer, 19 from Jason Williams and 15 from Mike Dunleavy in a 96-80 victory over Clemson, which turned the ball over 22 times.

Kings win Pilot Invite
The Ketchikan Kings were kings of the mat after winning the team title at the Juneau-Douglas Brandon Pilot Wrestling Invitational, which was held Friday and Saturday at the JDHS main gymnasium.

Supreme Court: State may be liable in 1992 plane crash
Families of seven Army National Guard servicemen whose plane crashed into a Juneau mountain in 1992 may be able to sue the state for damages based on the ruling of a sharply divided Alaska Supreme Court in overturning a lower court.

Procession for a trooper
Anchorage police officer Walt Gilmore salutes a funeral procession through Anchorage for slain Alaska State Trooper Hans Roelle on Friday.

Wrangell police chief named to national youth board
Wrangell Police Chief Tom Clemons has been named to the National Board of the Junior Police Academy, a nonprofit organization that aims to build stronger relationships between youth and police by giving students an inside look at local law enforcement.

Donation boosts Haines Scout trust to $100K
Haines scout leaders said local scouting programs should have all the money they need for years to come with the announcement this week of a $100,000 donation to a trust fund to finance programs and equipment purchases.

National magazines look at Haines skiing
If the latest batch of skiing and snowboarding magazines are any indication, Haines could be poised for a backcountry boom this winter.

Tulsequah Chief mine back in spotlight
The Knowles administration worries that Alaska's borders aren't secure from acid and toxic metal drainage from a British Columbia mine.

State Briefs
Pioneer environmentalist dies; Victim's rights advocate dies; Robbers injure elderly couple

Kenai group memorializes firefighters with mountain
The Kenai Firefighters Association is honoring firefighters killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York with a memorial mountain.

Division of Elections receives minimum-wage signatures
A spokeswoman for the state Division of Elections said Friday petitioners for a citizen vote on increasing the minimum wage likely have collected the required minimum of 28,783 registered voters' signatures.

Plan may include taxes, PFD cap
More than a third of Alaska's 60 legislators have agreed to use new revenue proposals including a cap on permanent fund dividends, a sales tax and an income tax as a launching pad for coming debates about the state's financial hole

OmegaSea to create new product line
Two months after moving operations to the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park, OmegaSea fish food company is in the midst of another big move.

Some SE towns suffering economic distress
Juneau's economy has been doing fairly well in the past decade, unlike the rest of Southeast Alaska, according to an analysis by a Juneau research and consulting firm.

Eagle count taken in Chilkat preserve
An aerial survey last week found 2,041 bald eagles in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and surrounding areas.

Solutions sought to Native student problems
Participants in the first Alaska Native Education Summit began by discussing low standardized test scores for Alaska Native students, cultural differences that hinder learning, high teacher turnover in rural schools, barriers to Alaska Natives becoming teachers, and other pressing issues.

Munoz announces race for Elton's seat
Former Juneau Assembly member Cathy Munoz announced this morning that she will be a Republican candidate for the state Senate.

Alaska 4th highest for fatal injuries to children
Alaska has dropped from first to fourth highest in the nation for fatal injuries to children, but injuries still are the leading cause of death in kids and teen-agers here, according to a new state study.

Panel suggests state approve tourism funding
Next year's tourism season will be a disaster unless the Legislature approves millions of dollars in emergency marketing funds, Alaska travel industry leaders said.

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