Hard time adapting
As I sit here looking out my window watching the trees fall and listening to the radio I hear one of our respected leaders speak. He is speaking about Celebration 2002 and he mentions how important the land is to our Native people.

Waterfront conversion
I am a student at the Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School. I have been following the plans and ideas for the reconstruction of the Marine Park waterfront. I was quite skeptical at first. As a resident of the Marine View Apartments, I didn't want to hear the noise from construction at all hours.

Fair estate tax
Between now and the end of June, Sens. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) will offer an amendment to permanently repeal the estate tax.

Cheap shots
By now, Empire readers have come to expect mean-spirited ax grinding whenever perennial correspondent Donn Liston puts pen to paper. His letter of June 4 certainly didn't disappoint anyone. Mr. Liston's comments usually need no response, but I'd like to correct the latest inaccurate information he provided regarding employee layoffs in the Department Of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF).

To grow wise
Good times are this weekend. Celebration 2002 is going on, and there is plenty of fun. The dancing, while fun to watch, and for me, to participate in, is just incidental. The real stuff is in interacting and socializing, or simply observing. Good people are all over the place, from all over.

Celebration: A chance to learn culture
Dance groups from Alaska, Canada, Hawaii and the Lower 48 descended on Juneau this week for the music, dance and Native culture of Celebration, but the trip might not have happened for some without the help of local organizations.

Photo: Passing on tradition
Tlingit cultural standard-bearer David Katzeek and leader of the Shungukweidi Clan Dancers leads a dance Thursday during Celebration 2002 at Centennial Hall. Katzeek has been instrumental in preserving the Tlingit language and many other aspects of Native culture.

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

Exhibit policies spark discussion statewide
Controversy over library exhibits is nothing new in Alaska, where displays and policies in Anchorage and Fairbanks have been challenged in recent years.Disagreement about a Gay Pride Month exhibit now up at the Juneau Public Library echoes free-speech battles in Fairbanks and Anchorage, but each community has a different library exhibit policy.

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


Biologists ship out bear hooked on garbage
State biologists captured a Dumpster-diving black bear Thursday on Douglas Island and relocated it, the first such action in Juneau this year.Department of Fish and Game Assistant Biologist Polly Hessing said the 180-pound male bear was a frequent visitor to Dumpsters near a condominium complex in the Lawson Creek area. A trap was set Wednesday night and the bear was found inside Thursday morning.

Varied paths lead to success in high school
High school has stretched into five years for Jamie Siirila, 18, but she never considered quitting. She'll join about 370 other graduating seniors Saturday at Juneau-Douglas High School's commencement.After freshman year at JDHS, Siirila took time off to have a baby, did a year of independent study and spent three years at the alternative high school, YaaKoosge Daakahidi, catching up on her credits.

Gay exhibit: Pride and prejudice?
The artist who created a gay pride exhibit for the downtown public library says changes made in the display trampled his rights and neutralized his intended challenge to homophobia and bigotry.The city library director says the exhibit never would have been displayed if the library staff was homophobic. She urged citizens to view the exhibit and judge its content for themselves.

Neighbors Briefs
Douglas decoration contest judging set for Wednesday; Girl Scouts offer summer programs, fall early registration; Ministry presentations offered next week

Celebration parade to be held Saturday; traffic, parking altered
On Saturday, June 8, 2002, the Celebration 2002 Grand Procession Parade will begin at 8 a.m. at the Mt. Robert's Tramway parking lot on South Franklin. The parade will proceed along the following streets: South Franklin Street to Front Street; Front Street to Main Street; Main Street to Egan Drive; Egan Drive to Willoughby Avenue; and Willoughby Avenue to Centennial Hall.

Living and Growing
Since Judy Collins popularized the song in the early 1970s, "Amazing Grace" has become one of the most well known songs in America. Not only is it sung in churches, but it has found its way into pop concerts, sing-alongs by campfires and even the folk festival. Sentimentally, it is a favorite.

Gold Medal gives back
For 56 years the Juneau Lions Club has been sponsoring the annual Lions Gold Medal Basketball Tournament in Southeast Alaska. The tournament has grown into a prestigious sporting event that attracts teams from throughout the communities of Southeast Alaska.

Seven Early Scholars graduate
Eighty people gathered at Mike's Place on May 15 to celebrate the achievements of seven Early Scholars students, all of whom are graduating JDHS seniors. The seven students are: Ben Mallot, Christina Wigg, Curtis Lane, Erika Miller, Michael Petershoare, Kyle Barril, and Maddie Levy.

Welch, Keaton to wed
Crystal Welch and Josh Keaton will be married at 3 p.m., June 16, 2002, at His Ministry in Mantua, Ohio. A reception will follow at the Knights of Columbus, and friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding and reception.

Shirey, Potts marry
Gina Shirey of Juneau and Mark Potts of Juneau were married in a ceremony on May 10, 2002, in Ketchikan.

Pets of the week
Akela is a beautiful medium hair male. He is 2 years old and declawed. Bagheera is solid black with a white spot on his chest. He is 2 years old and declawed.

My Turn: The future of wildlife on Douglas
As a consultant with long professional experience in SE Alaska, it took little time assessing the values of North Douglas's Peterson Creek watershed to convince me that I was looking at one of the natural gems of the Juneau area. This beautiful little creek with its numerous low-gradient tributaries is full of fish. Its watershed contains some of the most luxuriant forests and wetlands anywhere in northern Southeast.

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

2002 Empire Cup
The standings through the end of May for the 2002 Empire Cup runner series. The Empire Cup is sponsored by the Southeast Road Runners club and the Juneau Empire.

Renovated ferry Columbia returns to service after fire
The state ferry Columbia is back in operation after completing the final phase of $20 million in overhauls.The Columbia, almost exactly two years to the day since it was sidelined by a switchboard fire, sailed southbound from Ketchikan on Wednesday on its first revenue-producing run of this year.

2 plead guilty in murder-for-hire
ANCHORAGE - Two Anchorage residents pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that they plotted to kill federal officials and a witness scheduled to testify against them.

State Briefs
Poor reception for bill requiring Native contracts in parks; Golf course raises cash for kids; Bill extends notice on evictions

Funds sought for vet wings at elder homes
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski is proposing up to $16 million for the state to allow veterans to stay in Alaska Pioneers' Homes.Murkowski amended a Senate bill Thursday to allow the state to capture federal funds for veterans to be housed in the state's six assisted-living centers, the Republican senator said in a press statement.

Poll: Two-thirds against legislative move
A new opinion poll shows that the pending legislative-move initiative would have been defeated in a landslide had it gone before voters last month.Almost two out of three registered voters were against it, according to the results released this morning by the FRANK Committee.

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