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The tide was low as I walked along the docks Tuesday night, and had a late meal at Pel' Meni's. You could smell the stench of low tide all through town, and when I came home to my apartment, the air was rank with my window open to keep the overheated room cool. It was gloomy, but something exhilarating hung with me.

Intervention required
Through ignorance mankind believes he alone can stand outside the ecosystem: The wise believe mankind must live and direct it from within. The Nobel Peace Prize winner 30 years ago, Norman Borlaug, who once stood outside now stands within (Wall Street Journal, May 13).

Not fun and games
I have always known that Duck Creek Market was a drive-through liquor store and not a grocery store. And, like a lot of little stores throughout the country, are the liquor industry's guise of respectability to sell their product in residential areas. It should be a crime to sell beer and wine on the same premises as bread and milk.

Very confusing
Brian Johnson claims (Empire, May 29) I "assaulted" his character by asking if there are contradictions or conflicts of interest between his job at Juneau Economic Development Council and his "Three Cheers" support of "Sen." Vic Kohring and "other Senate Republicans" (Empire, May 23).

Time for change
In the Empire Letters of May 29, Michael D. Christenson wrote about his proposal to replace the current election system with one based on the jury selection process. I perceive he has been mocked and patronized by authority and professional politicians for his contribution to the public good - reducing him to a bit of sarcasm. But he will have the last laugh!

For caring, sharing
On Saturday, May 25, my father and I brought my 9-day-old son, Savion-Moon, to the Juneau Bartlett Emergency Room. We were there from 4 p.m. until his passing at 7:14 p.m. that evening. We would like to publicly thank each and every person who helped us and my son that evening.

Simple rental economics
I was not surprised by the figures reported in Thursday's article on rental housing. As the duplex owner who rented to the pet-owner featured in the article, I also participated in the DOL rental market survey. For most small property owners like myself, rental rates are governed by basic economics - in the long term it makes no sense to rent out a building for less than it costs.

Hear them, cheer them
I am a mother of one of the members of you Juneau Pride Chorus. I just want to tell the city of Juneau that you can really be proud of the chorus that bears the city's name. I heard them perform in Seattle, and they really brought the house down.

National Alliance strikes again
JUNEAU - Some local residents awoke this morning to hate-sprinkled lawns after members of the National Alliance, a neo-Nazi organization, left fliers in yards in the Mountainside Estates and Lemon Creek areas.

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

Assembly drops tax rate hike
Juneau homeowners won't see an increase in the property tax rate this year, after all.In retooling the city's two-year budget on Thursday, Juneau Assembly members unanimously agreed to crop spending, pull more from reserves and divert school project funds. As a result, the city avoided increasing the property tax rate, Finance Committee Chairman Jim Powell said.

Local man trades life of travel for education
Jay Wakefield believes his relationships with others are some of the most valuable aspects of his life."When you're not with your family, friends make up your family, blood or not," said Wakefield, a bartender at the Red Dog Saloon. "Treat everybody the way you want to be treated and treat your friends like they were family."

Police identify campsite body
Police have identified the remains of the man they found May 23 at a campsite near the Alaska-Juneau gold mine ruins as Ralph Gordon, 69. Police said Gordon was identified Thursday afternoon by his sister, Janet Hess of Hackettstown, N.J. Police said they had difficulty locating Hess and could not positively identify Gordon for a week after he was found at the Mount Roberts campsite

Attorney Bruce Weyhrauch to run for Valley House seat
With the June 1 filing deadline imminent, another candidate has joined the race for Juneau Rep. Bill Hudson's soon-to-be vacated Mendenhall Valley House seat.Republican Bruce Weyhrauch filed for the position Thursday. If he wins the primary, he likely will face Democratic candidate Tim Grussendorf, who announced his candidacy May 15.

Walk inspires hope in those touched by cancer
For Tish Griffin, the Cancer Survivors Day Walk came at the right time. Juneau residents began participating in the National Cancer Survivors Day event five years ago, just as Griffin was diagnosed.

Memorial dedicated to Native vets
"Gitwaaltk," "Gaayhldaa la aaygaa" and "X egaa Kawu" - the Tsimshian, Haida and Tlingit words for warrior - emblazon the white marble headstones displayed at the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans Memorial in downtown Juneau.The memorial also includes three headstones displaying the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian words for courage along with a marble centerpiece reminding observers to "not dwell on their passing but remember their shining spirits that will live on forever."

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


Assembly adds money to social service programs
Juneau Assembly members decided Thursday to boost funding for local social service programs by $215,000 this year with revenues from the city's tobacco excise tax.

Kullander, Crosswhite to marry
Daniel Kullander and Jaimee Crosswhite of Juneau will be married at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at Juneau Christian Center.

Neighbors briefs
Advisory group sets meeting; Council looking for performers

Horton, Mason to wed
Allison T. Horton of Juneau and David M. Mason of Bismarck, N.D., will be married in a ceremony planned for June 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Douglas Island Bible Church.

Enanoria, Myers to wed
William B. Enanoria and Tammy S. Myers of Juneau will be married at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 in Juneau. The wedding and following reception are by invitation.

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

Junior belle
Ashley Sue Rose Murphy, daughter Pat Murphy and Dallas Ingram and granddaughter of Rose Murphy and Kym Ingram, is shown in her Southern Belle dress, which she wore as a participant in the Junior Belle program recently at Cypress Gardens in Florida. The Southern Belle has long been a Cypress Gardens icon and select girls get to experience this 50-plus-year tradition.

Hortons to hold open house for couple
Friends and family are invited to an open house honoring Mr. and Mrs. David and Jennifer Horton from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, at the home of Dee Williams at 12155 Mendenhall Loop Road.

JDHS students honored
Juneau-Douglas High School Student Recognition concluded its 12th year of awards on Tuesday with a ceremony at Egan Library on the University of Alaska Southeast campus.

Sigrun Elizabeth 'Betty' McDowell
Juneau resident Sigrun Elizabeth "Betty" McDowell, 90, died May 28, 2002, in Juneau.

Minimal adjustment needed
For most athletes there's an adjustment period needed when they move up a level.But Juneau's Wade Walter didn't need one when he went from junior college to the NCAA Division I ranks this year with the Belmont University baseball team.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Here are the standings in the Sixth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 7:54 a.m. on Friday, May 31. 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.

State briefs
Salmon derby ends today; Electric-power situation improves; Trails workday, awards Saturday; Food Bank undergoing changes

Subsistence meeting dies after AFN bows out
A meeting aimed at looking for solutions to the state's subsistence hunting and fishing conflict was canceled after the Alaska Federation of Natives decided not to attend.Sen. John Torgerson, a Kasilof Republican, said the meeting was called with only about a week's notice, which was not enough lead time for the AFN.

Photo: New port for wildlife
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican, inspects an African red python skin Wednesday at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage. Stevens participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony designating Anchorage as an official port of entry for fish and wildlife shipments. The snake skin is part of a collection of materials seized by Fish and Wildlife authorities.

Independent committee expected to look at veneer mill dealings
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor Jack Shay plans to go along with the Borough's Assembly on an investigation of the borough's dealings with bankrupt Gateway Forest Products, which built a veneer mill in Ketchikan only to run out of money just as production began.

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