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Wednesday, May 29, 2002

In favor of waterfront improvement project
I am writing to show my support for the new Marine Park Waterfront Improvement Project. I think it will be a great benefit for the tourism industry and will also bring the community together. I was born and raised in this somewhat small town and have found myself completely bored, more often than not, wishing there was something more fun and interesting to do.

Attempt the impossible
Douglas Adams once wrote, "Anyone who is capable of getting themselves ... (elected) should on no account be allowed to do the job."

Speak up now
The Assembly is soliciting comments on the draft of the Tourism Management Plan. However, many disenchanted citizens have chosen not to participate in the tourism planning process! The cruise ship safety valve strategy (page 125) could be used to consider an alternate destination within Juneau. This would be quite a long-range plan.

Back to the drawing board
One thing baffles me about the heliport debate. All parties seem to agree that flightseeing noise is a serious problem. So, rather then simply relocating the problem from North Douglas to the Thane neighborhood, as the Assembly currently proposes, wouldn't it make sense to reduce the source of the problem?

Confusion understandable
I must respond to Mr. Lie-Nielsen's assault on my character. His letter got one thing right, my position as director of the Business Assistance Center of the Juneau Economic Development Council. As such, I work daily with business owners and prospective owners in Southeast to help them to be more successful. It should not be surprising then, that I might advocate for free enterprise.

Participatory democracy
This letter is in defense of voting and, separately, having a constitutional convention. Id be honored by my neighbors brief attention.

Something fun, risky and exciting needed
What we need in Juneau is an ATV park. The best option right now is an ORV park out at North Douglas, approximately 1 mile up Eaglecrest Road on the west side. Down this road, there is a rock pit, and about 15 acres of clear-cut. The Tongass National Forest ORV Planning Committee selected this area because it has less impact to soil, wildlife and vegetation than other areas. This area is isolated, and is partially developed.

National Guard rep asks for support
The Alaska Army National Guard needs Juneau residents and businesses to continue to support citizens who are Guard members by advocating for the facilities and training needed to make the Guard effective in the community.

Tlingit classroom increases enthusiasm
Students dressed as flowers, birds and berries filled Harborview Elementary School's Tlingit Language and Culture Classroom on Tuesday night.The classroom's year-end play, "The Great Táay (Garden) Party," told the story of a girl named Amy who journeyed through the forest and across the beach searching for food. The children mixed Tlingit and English easily, counting, singing and dancing with enthusiasm.

Remembering those who were lost
Juneau Police officers come to attention during the playing of "Taps" at a Memorial Day service sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Monday at Evergreen Cemetery.

Local Briefs
Remains tentatively identified; Tour guidelines renewed

Police and Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Juneau student finds success at int'l science fair
Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Natalie Hale received several honors for her study of mussels at the 2002 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held May 12-18 in Louisville, Ky.

Mother charged with assault back in jail
A Juneau woman accused of showing "extreme indifference" to the life of her 10-week-old baby is back in prison after allegedly violating conditions of her release.

Photo: Auke Bay deer
A Sitka black-tail deer feeds on fresh green plants near the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on Tuesday. Deer are attracted to the succulent new growth, which is high in protein and will help build up tissue and fat reserve, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Matt Kirchhoff.

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

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Local hero still fighting side effects of cancer
Almost 20 years after winning a five-year battle with cancer, Caje Holst still is fighting the side effects from experimental treatments that saved his life.Holst, a former Juneau resident, was active in cancer research telethons that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the 1980s. While attending Juneau-Douglas High School he also remained active in gymnastics and wrestling despite the loss of a leg to cancer.

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

Learning to live without mom
Kathleen Fawcett made sure her son Sterling, 7, never would lose his way in the world. In the course of their daily hikes, she taught him that mountains have names, that he could live off the fruits of the forest and how to be a man. His latest lesson may be harder to learn - how to live without her.

Pets of The Week
Dexter is a black and white, 2 year old neutered male. He is declawed and an indoor cat. Dexter is very sweet and playful. Timber is a bicolor, white and orange domestic short-haired, neutered male. He has beautiful blue eyes. Timber is quiet and at first meeting shy, but then he is very friendly.

Everyone speaks landscape language
Any doubt that landscape is a universal language was erased when the bus full of Auke Bay fifth-graders slid past the baseball field in Sitka last week. The sight of the field, with its gloriously green outfield, brought forth groans of ecstasy, gasps of pleasure and a universal inhalation just prior to the chorus of "Oh look, real grass."

Teen honored by magazine for 'inner beauty'
Haines resident Ann Hansen, 14, believes the female sex is underrepresented in the population of world leaders."The world would be a better place for girls if half of our leaders were women to represent the half of the population that's female," said Hansen in New Moon Magazine.

Hoonah children celebrated in school writing contest
Creative writers come in all ages from kindergarten to fifth grade at the Hoonah City Schools.Students entered a creative writing contest with categories such as Animals, Poetry, Out of this World, and Humor. There were winners in each category plus for best illustration, writers' choice and best of class. One grand winner was selected from all the entries.

Thank you
...for making us feel at home; ...for your support; ...for the help; ... for all the help.

Kathleen M. Fawcett
Juneau resident Kathleen Michelle Fawcett died May 21, 2002, in Juneau.

Esther G. Kassner
Esther G. Kassner, 89, died at the Juneau Pioneers' Home on May 27, 2002.

Word of Mouth
A forum for readers to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

Hershey's Track and Field Meet
Results from the Hershey's Track & Field Meet, held May 19 at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track. 87 boys and girls, ages 9-14, participated in the event. The meet was run with the help of 28 volunteers.

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

State Track and Field Results
Results from the 2002 Alaska School Activities Association/First National Bank state track and field championships, held Friday and Saturday at Anchorages Bartlett High School.

Spring King Salmon Derby
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 8:16 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29. The rankings include the angler's name, weight of the fish (in 10ths of a pound), date caught and what station the fish was turned into.

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

Spring salmon derby standings change
Four of the top-10 Spring King Salmon Derby fish have been caught in the past week. The derby, with cash and merchandise prizes for the top 30 fish, ends Friday.

Glaciers shrink far faster in the last decade
Alaska's glaciers have shrunk by an average total of about 12 cubic miles each year since the 1950s. But in the past decade, the rate of shrinkage has doubled, a team of scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has found.

Lodge survives wind-fueled fire
The Angel Creek Lodge was still standing this morning, despite strong winds that pushed an uncontained wildfire within 500 yards of the structure on Chena Hot Springs Road east of Fairbanks.

Two die in plane crash near McGrath
Two men died when their small plane crashed after taking off from a private airstrip southeast of McGrath, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

Normandy survivors honored
Lt. Donald Cook landed on the ravaged beaches of Normandy in 1944 with an eerie assignment: the 24-year-old was replacing another Lt. Cook, killed the day before, on D-Day.

Wildfires growing despite hundreds of firefighters' efforts
ANCHORAGE - Fueled by black spruce and fanned by hot windy weather, wildfires continued to devour thousands of acres across Alaska.

Photo: Day for crabs
Armed with a pair of scissors, Ryan Seifert, 5, inspects his work Saturday as he snips through the tough shell of a king crab leg to get to the juicy meat inside, during Kodiak's annual Crab Festival.

Aleutians museum hopes to draw military history buffs
During World War II, the severe wet and windy Aleutian weather was the real enemy of thousands of troops stationed on the island chain. For U.S. aviators, the airport weather station in Unalaska was the first line of defense as a source of weather forecasts.

Poll says 54 percent back legislative move
A new poll shows a majority of Alaskans favor a ballot initiative to move legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough or to Anchorage.But the pollster didn't read respondents a key part of the ballot language. That part explains the initiative would repeal the existing requirement for costs of the move to be determined by a commission and approved by voters.

Unconscious climber rescued
A Massachusetts solo climber was rescued Monday on Mount McKinley after European climbers found him unconscious at the 19,500-foot level.

Ulmer camp names press secretary
A TV reporter is taking over as press secretary for the Democratic gubernatorial campaign of Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer.

State briefs
Juneau police chief takes the reins; Body of missing Ruby girl recovered; Autopsy indicates man died in accident; Engineer pleads guilty in freighter pollution case; Troopers crack down on Alaskans ignoring seat-belt law

Budget expected to curb road repairs
Alaskans may face a bumpy ride under the new state road budget transportation officials say is short on funds needed for maintenance.

Pipeline firms ask for halt in permitting
ANCHORAGE - A group of pipeline builders has asked the state to stop the permitting process for a natural gas pipeline to the Lower 48, saying they cannot move ahead until producers of Alaska's vast gas reserves commit to the estimated $20 billion project.

Cruise pollution report behind the times
A national report on cruise ship pollution issued by an environmental group today is largely a case of "been there, done that" for Alaska.The Ocean Conservancy, formerly The Center for Marine Conservation, is calling for tougher federal regulations and beefed-up enforcement capability in regard to wastewater discharges and air emissions in the marine environment.

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