Thursday, December 6, 2001

Shan't he?
As a registered nurse and a parent of two, I have often marveled at the fact anybody can have children but not everybody has the good sense to give their own children the kind of information that is most important to their future. Parental "rights" also assume parental responsibility.

Into the briar patch
I was quite amused when I read the article about Joe Geldhof's road compromise. For all these many years that the road issue has been discussed, I do not remember Mr. Geldhof or any of his anti-road cohorts ever using the word "compromise." I did not think that the word was in their vocabulary since they always behaved as though everything had to be done their way or no way.

A bipartisan effort
On behalf of the 1,000-member Alaska National Guard Enlisted Association, I would like to thank the people who helped secure federal funding for a new National Guard armory in Juneau. The armory issue isn't over, as we still need additional matching funds from the state Legislature, but that's the next phase.

Bears, bugs and drunken drivers
Sometimes I wonder about the priorities established by our Juneau government. A case in point is the so-called "bear problem." Some people seem to go bananas if they see a bear, but if there is a problem it's human hysteria, not a bear problem.

Library land deal
Did anyone else miss the Assembly meeting and decision Monday evening to de-appropriate funds to purchase land from Faith Lutheran and a private landowner for a city library or other public purpose?

Utter contempt
A letter from Charles Cardwell asks "Why attack Shanti?" The final paragraph of the following letter, from Shanti Executive Director Eileen Wilson, clearly answers that question.

Local agencies need help with food bank closed since November
Local nonprofit agencies helping the needy are in need of some help themselves since the Southeast Alaska Food Bank stopped distributing food Nov.1.

Planners say second port and management needed
Juneau's tourism future may require managing cruise and destination travel and building a second port, according to the people working on the city's long-range tourism plan.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, an Empire story on the Tuesday business page about the economics of Southeast Alaska's Native corporations incorrectly stated that Kake Tribal Corp. had a combined income of $1.3 million from Jan. 1 through Oct. 31 of this year.

Bonnie Brae sewer project nearly complete; suit dropped
A project connecting the Bonnie Brae Subdivision to the city's sewer system is nearly complete, and a citizen's lawsuit filed to compel North Douglas sewer improvements has been dismissed.

Road north still divides community
The business and environmental communities remain distrustful of each other in the wake of a proposed compromise on a road north of Juneau.

Heavy snow predicted
The National Weather Service today predicted as much as 14 inches of snowfall locally by Thursday night.

Seniors evacuated during fire at center
A 93-year-old woman was treated at a hospital and residents were forced out of their apartments following a fire at the Juneau Senior Center on Tuesday.

Photo: Home burns
A fire this morning heavily damaged a mobile home at Sprucewood Park off Stephen Richards Drive. No one was inside at the time, and no injuries were reported, officials said. The blaze appeared to have started in the kitchen, Glacier District Volunteer Fire Chief Max Mielke said.

JDHS students create radio show for Juneau's Francophiles
Gastineau Channel isn't exactly the Seine, and there aren't any vineyards clinging to the side of Mount Roberts, but on some Friday nights Juneau radio-listeners can close their eyes and imagine themselves walking down the Champs Elysees.

Photo: Giving tree
Erica DeGrote looks back at a Christmas tree after selecting children for whom to buy a gift at the Nugget Mall on Tuesday. The fourth annual foster child Christmas Sharing Tree is on display at the mall. Gifts must be unwrapped and delivered to Hearthside Books by Dec. 19.

Eaglecrest Ski Area set to open Friday
Juneau didn't get the big dump of snow that was expected, but there's still enough to open Eaglecrest.

Photo: Drumming for charity
Lauri Walton drops money into a Salvation Army kettle Tuesday after shopping at the Nugget Mall as Wayne Fu drums for support of the organization.

Board approves plan to change space at Harborview
The Juneau School Board has approved Superintendent Gary Bader's plan for reassigning programs from the Marie Drake building to Harborview Elementary School.

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

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

FBI investigates local car dealer for mail fraud
The FBI is investigating whether a local consignment used-car dealer underpaid vehicle owners and pocketed the difference.

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

Brown bear mauls Juneau man on Admiralty Island
A brown bear with a cub mauled a Juneau man hunting on Admiralty Island on Wednesday, severely lacerating his face and scalp.

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

Neighbors Briefs
Group to hold holiday dinner for seniors; Weaving display set at Mendenhall Glacier; Society shares stories and memories; Shelves brim with holiday items; Family conference slated for this week; Birth Center holds support group

Room to love and grow
Margaret and Lester Hunt may not have enough room at their dinner table - but there's plenty of room in their hearts. Although their table won't seat seven, the Hunts are adopting five lively young boys. James, 13, and Lee, 12, are siblings from Juneau who have lived in the Hunt home since June 7, 2000. Alex, 12, Lester Allen, 11, and Bobby Rae, 10, are brothers from Texas who arrived June 11, 2001.

Thank you
...for all your help; ..for your donations; ..for your support

Pet Of The Week
Hank is an 8-month-old neutered male black lab mix. This energetic dog loves to run, play and fetch. He gets along with other dogs.

Little Flower Cabin scheduled for dedication
The Little Flower Cabin, just completed and available now for reservations by individuals, couples, families or small groups, will be dedicated by Bishop Michael Warfel on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 1-3 pm.

John E. 'Jack' Schmitz
Jack Schmitz died Nov. 10, 2001, in Bellingham, Wash.

Jimmie Lewis Campbell
Jimmie Lewis Campbell died Oct. 1, 2001, in Arco, Idaho.

Jackson Horton Hammond
Jackson Horton Hammond died Nov. 25, 2001, in Juneau.

Gilbert I. Mixson
Former Juneau resident Gilbert I. Mixson died Dec. 3 in Rincon, Ga.

Patricia 'Bonnie' Fallon
Patricia "Bonnie" Fallon died Nov. 29, 2001, in Juneau of cancer.

Kenneth Paul Parker
Former Southeast Alaska resident Kenneth Paul Parker died Nov. 15, 2001, in Laguna Beach, Calif.

This Week has arrived today
I had hoped to write this column a couple of weeks ago. I had planned to write it for yesterday's paper. Doing it this morning still is a leap of faith - or maybe just the end of my procrastination. Downstairs, the presses have not started. But they will. They always do. This Week arrives today. On schedule.

Another mile toward peace
Winter storms and the threat of famine were apparently powerful incentives for representatives of Afghan ethnic groups to buckle down and reach agreement on an interim government. They succeeded Wednesday at their meeting in Germany, removing one more barrier to aiding families huddled in sleet-covered tents and increasing the prospects of restoring a long-absent peace.

Facing the economic facts
Every day that the stimulus package now stalled in Congress doesn't pass makes it less urgent that it ever pass. Recessions last an average of 11 months. The country fell into a slump in March, the official recession-certifying panel proclaimed last week. Already, eight months have gone by.

The Juneau Christmas Bird Count starts Dec. 15
This year marks the 102st anniversary of the Christmas Bird Count. On Christmas Day, 1900, 27 conservationists in 25 localities, led by ornithologist Frank Chapman, changed the course of history. The group initiated an alternative to the traditional holiday "side hunt," in which teams competed to see who could shoot the most birds. Instead of hunting, the group counted the birds they saw and founded a century-old institution.

Turkey shoot
The Juneau Gun Club's November Turkey Shoot included shotgun games of skill and chance, including trap and a game called Annie Oakley. Another Turkey Shoot is planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 22 at the gun club. For more information, call 789-9844.

New snowmachine, ATV trails sought
The Off Road Vehicle Planning Committee is recommending the city, state and U.S. Forest Service develop new areas for snowmachine and all-terrain vehicle use. The committee includes members of Trail Mix and the Juneau Snowmobile Club.

Out and About
In season: Deer (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), mountain goat (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May), ducks, geese, brants, swans, snipe, crane (Sept.-Dec.), coyote (Sept.-April), hare (Sept.-April) and brown bear (Sept.-Dec.).

Multiple-use Moller
Improvements to a popular West Juneau trail system are aimed at heading off head-on collisions between snowmachines and cross-country skiers. Parts of the Dan Moller and Treadwell Ditch trails were widened and speed restrictions were placed on areas where the two user groups may be in conflict.

Snow report
The status of Alaska and Pacific Northwest ski areas.

Class 5A worries Southeast schools
A proposal to reclassify some of Alaska's high school athletic programs has some Southeast coaches worried about the impact on their teams.

Juneau seeks region title
Juneau-Douglas High School head wrestling coach Bob Mahon gathered his athletes around him on the wrestling mat after their final practice at Marie Drake gymnasium before this weekend's Region V tournament in Sitka.

Duke's defense schools Temple
DURHAM, N.C. -- Top-ranked Duke taught a team that is noted for defense a thing or two about that phase of the game Wednesday night.

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

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

Commission criticizes Canada salmon farms, recommends reforms
Alaska fishermen are lauding a report out of Canada that criticizes the farmed salmon industry in British Columbia and recommends reforms to protect the environment.

Panel says subsistence deadlock shows intolerance
The Legislature should approve a constitutional amendment for a rural subsistence priority and repeal an education law from 1998 that discriminates against rural schools, according to a report released today by the Governor's Commission on Tolerance.

State Briefs
Tourism planning meeting tonight; TV show features Glacier Bay; Anthropologist speaks on patriotism and the land; Volunteers needed to wrap gifts; UNICEF gifts available through Saturday at Nugget Mall; Senate panel approves labels on foreign seafood; Salvation Army sued by families of abuse victims; FCC gives rural residents Internet option through schools

B.C.: Mine must be reopened to clean it up
British Columbia officials say there might be no way to clean up acid rock drainage into the Tulsequah River without restarting a mining operation.

State Briefs
Anchorage twins' robot takes prize; JDHS holds auction for activities; Port security plan under review; Man charged with DWI after crash

UAF receives grant for Native health
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is getting $11 million over the next five years to look at how behavior, genetics and nutrition affects obesity, specifically in Alaska Natives. The research also will look at how obesity is related to diabetes and heart disease.

Enron woes make dent in permanent fund
The collapse of Enron Corp. will have a modest impact on next year's permanent fund dividend, according to the head of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.

Windover may change your mind about clowns
Clowns are just downright creepy to some people. Long before Stephen King created the ultimate scary clown for his horror novel "It," kids and adults alike have been edging away from the costumed comedians with their greasepaint faces and big shoes. My niece was terrified of the clown at her fourth birthday party, and it was her own dad.

Author Jenkins presents Alaska adventure
Peter Jenkins, author of the best-selling book, "A Walk Across America," spent 18 months living in Alaska, traveling from Craig to Barrow in 1999 and 2000. His book, "Looking For Alaska," details his adventures and the stories of the people he met.

'King Island' created out of real collaboration
If you're playing the part of a priest it helps to be a servant of God. Steve Olmstead, pastor at Chapel by the Lake, takes the stage this week as Father Carroll in Perseverance Theatre's "King Island Christmas."

Reincarnated as art
The woman is pretty. You can see that well enough. The two black-and-white studio portraits are maybe 70 years old, curled and splotchy with age. They are hooked up to a device, a sort of Frankenstein's laboratory assemblage of wires and old dry-cell batteries.

What's happening
Theater

'Bad' kids turn good in 'best pageant ever'
Kelly Thomson jumped at his chance to be bad. "I always wanted to play a bad kid in a play and I thought this would be a good opportunity," he said of his role in the play, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." "He picks on other kids, he steals people's lunches - pretty much what his brothers and sisters do."

Museum seeks advisers
The Alaska State Museums, which include the Juneau museum and Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka, are seeking candidates for the museum collections advisory committee. The committee is responsible for approving donations, acquisitions and de-accessions for the museums.

Movies Where & When
"Black Knight," (PG-13) ends tonight, last show at 7:10 at the 20th Century Twin.

Painting photographs and photographing absence
Most oil painters start with a blank canvas. Shar Fox starts with a black-and-white photograph. Fox applies Marshall Photo Oils to her images, building layers of color and tonality. "With some, it would be hard to tell if it's a photograph or a painting," Fox said. "I enjoy that ambiguity."

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