Long-range vision
I was sorry to see Sen. Frank Murkowski so miscast in John Sonin's letter to the editor in Monday's Empire. I have known and worked with Sen. Murkowski for many years, and I can think of no elected official who better fits the description of "public servant."

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.

Getting Rolfing right
I am writing to clear up some misunderstandings about Rolfing that may have resulted from the article on massage that appeared in the Nov. 27 issue of your newspaper.

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.

Should have known better
I'd like to apologize for the divisive nature of my quote in Wednesday's paper regarding the access issue.

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?

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.

Panelists: Math skills multiply success
They came from a wide range of backgrounds including a helicopter pilot, a dance instructor and a budget director. But their message was unified: Math is important in any career.

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.

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.

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.

AWARE offers helping hand to families over the holidays
Christmas can be a difficult holiday to afford. For victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, however, it can be especially hard, advocates say.

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.

Admiralty Island bear attack: 'I was getting killed'
Kenneth Horton will spend months trying to heal wounds inflicted in five seconds by a brown bear on Admiralty Island. But the Juneau man carries no grudge against the sow who mauled him to protect her cub. "I have no hard feelings at all against that bear. It was naturally protecting its baby," said Horton, 52, from a Seattle hospital where he is recovering.

City cuts harbor work over noise
The city has cut early morning work hours at the Douglas Harbor expansion project because of noise complaints, but the contractor hopes to be allowed to work around the clock.

Local Briefs
Public assistance checks misplaced; President of JCVB to leave; Eaglecrest opens with fresh snow; Dan Moller Trail opens to winter use

Photo: New name for mentoring group
Executive Director Marc Wheeler, left, prepares a new sign while Amber Richard moves a ladder into place Thursday as the organization officially changes its name to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska. Board members Matthew Turner and Karen Lechner are in the background

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.

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

Cindy Cashen: Still MADD, but less naive
To Cindy Cashen, the legislative process is "the dance." And she admits she might have stepped on a few toes during her first session as a volunteer lobbyist for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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.

Pregnant women offered chance at 'Great Start'
If you are a pregnant smoker who has relapsed since the Great American Smoke Out of Nov. 15, a new program unveiled on Dec. 4 in New York City offers pregnant women a "Great Start."

Make connections with people through hospitality
When we think of hospitality, we may think of the hotel manager who leaves the light on for tired travelers or the "hospitality industry" where we pay people to be nice to us. Hospitality often involves an attitude of "What can you do for me if I am nice to you."

Church of the Holy Trinity to hold Christmas bazaar
The Church of the Holy Trinity will offer a Christmas bazaar, complete with lunch and craft activities, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at McPhetres Hall, Fourth and Gold streets downtown.

Neighbors Briefs
Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp to hold holiday potluck; St. Paul's sets nativity display; Center to hold tour of homes; Girl Scouts sponsor baking class; Alyeska Central School grad goes to Seattle Pacific University; Sis wins scholarship award; Llanto named to Dean's List

New UAS career ed. dean looks toward expansion
The University of Alaska Southeast's new dean of career education is new to Alaska - but she's used to cold climates.

Thank You
...for Unity Tree help; ...for your generosity

Couple works toward political, cultural,religious reconciliation
Jerry and Lucille "Sis" Levin preach the role of forgiveness in conflict resolution - particularly in the resolution of conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Beadle's celebrate 50th anniversary
Stanley and Pat Beadle are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 15, 2001. A reception will be held at the Juneau Moose Club from 1 to 4 p.m. All friends are invited to come and wish them well.

Agnes 'Peggy' Parsons
Former Juneau resident Agnes "Peggy" Parsons died Dec. 2, 2001, in Mesquite, Texas. She was born in Illinois on May 22, 1934. She lived in Juneau from 1976 to 1987.

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.

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.

Gun-shy on terrorism
Given the seriousness of the terrorist threat and the Justice Department's otherwise aggressive anti-terrorist campaign, Attorney General John Ashcroft's ban against using gun-owners' background checks in these investigations is puzzling. Add to that Ashcroft's long history of attempting to undermine or weaken gun-control laws, and his decision looks like a case of upside-down priorities.

My Turn: Harbor live-aboards oppose big fee hike
I am writing to call all members of the Juneau harbors liveaboard community to a meeting to discuss the planned 86 percent increase in the monthly live-aboard fee. Live-aboards are meeting this Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 in the downtown library conference room to talk about ways to convince the Harbor & Port Authority to take a more honest and reasonable look at the proposed increase.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.).

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

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.

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

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.

Langdon headed for trading block
CLEVELAND -- Trajan Langdon is not a factor in the present for the Cleveland Cavaliers and likely won't be in the future. With that in mind, Coach John Lucas sees no reason to sugar coat anything.

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.

Roughhouse boxing tonight at ANB Hall
Roughhouse Friday boxing hits Juneau once again beginning at 7 p.m. tonight at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

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

State Briefs
Companies donate $4 million to university; Chugach schools win national award

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.

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.

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.

State gap could hit $1 billion
A fiscal calamity for the state of Alaska has crept a year closer with recent drops in the price of North Slope crude oil. The state will exhaust its budget reserve fund in July 2004, Deputy Revenue Commissioner Larry Persily announced this morning.

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.

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."

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.

What's happening

'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."

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."

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.

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