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Sunday, June 9, 2002

In the Stacks
Kick off your summer with some good reading! Here are a few more of the great children's books on the shelves at the public libraries.

Service that could make a difference
I wanted to commend Alaska Airlines on a situation that happened Thursday night for a client of mine who also happens to be the pastor of our church. John Bigelow, pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, has been on a liver transplant list for some time. They gave him a beeper and told him to be prepared when a liver becomes available.

Goodbye, Class of 2002
Brian Nowlin and Jesse Stringer arrived for the Juneau-Douglas High School commencement Saturday by scooter, after driving to a parking space on a nearby hill."Just memories," Nowlin said. "Fun times and just having fun." With one foot in childhood and the other in adulthood, Nowlin and Stringer joined about 360 other graduating seniors for the 98th high school commencement in Juneau's history.

Celebration: Making the connections
Toni Welch experienced an epiphany at her first Celebration in 1998."Coming and seeing the dancers, the pride and traditions and togetherness, I was just overwhelmed," she said. "You can be brought up totally aside from the tradition and you come to this and it reaches down so deep inside you - and it's there."

Independent travelers getting rarer
A predicted slowdown in travel to Juneau in the wake of Sept. 11 has left the cruise ship industry unscathed, but may be taking a toll on local businesses that depend on independent travelers. No firm numbers are available yet, but anecdotal evidence from a wide variety of Juneau establishments catering to independent travelers shows a slowdown in bookings and an increase in cancellations for the key summer season of mid-May through mid-September.

Spirit of Celebration
Twelve dance groups participated in the first Celebration in 1982. This weekend almost 50 dance groups from throughout Alaska, western Canada, Washington and Hawaii converged in Juneau to perform at Celebration 2002.

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

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

Toe cartoon

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

The burner controls are just for show
I can't believe I charred the ribs, again. I have been cooking all manner of carrion for many years with a high incidence of success, but I have to say, the new BBQ is giving me a lot of trouble. It's not really new, I think it's been around for more than a year, but I finally got the nerve to start using it recently.

My Turn: Alaska's fish need to have habitat protected
Too often, those of us of us who love to catch fish - commercial, sport and subsistence users, focus on our differences rather than searching for common ground. Now, all of us who care about salmon, trout and steelhead, have an issue we all can agree upon - habitat protection.

Changes that won't require a miracle
As probably is the case within your family, your workplace and/or your classroom, changes at the newspaper sometimes are dramatic and sometimes subtle.As a result there are times when (we hope) you say: "Hey, look at this cool thing the Empire did."

My Turn: Alaskans have a choice on the Tongass
The Forest Service is soon to make big decisions about the fate of the Tongass National Forest that surrounds us. In May the Forest Service began a 90-day public comment period seeking advice on how to manage the remaining wildlands in the Tongass. Now is the time for Alaskans to let their voices be heard.

A better opinion poll provides a better idea of move sentiment
One recent poll suggests we can hang a "For rent" sign on the Capitol because 54 percent of the Alaskans contacted think moving legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough or Anchorage is the thing to do.Another recent poll says 65 percent of Alaskans statewide would vote against moving legislative sessions outside Juneau. Which poll are we to believe?

Pt. Bridget Park offers trail options
Point Bridget State Park was created in 1988 by the state Legislature. This was the culmination of some 15 years of effort by recreationists, conservationists and the Juneau Area State Parks Advisory Board to get a state park for the state capital. Point Bridget State Park trails lead to and through this beautiful and exciting park.

Out and About
In season: Black bear (until June 30), freshwater steelhead trout (peaks April-June), cutthroat trout (peaks May-June), freshwater smelt (peaks in May), salt and freshwater king salmon (peaks May-July).

Basics of black bears and bear hunting
Rules and other information about bear hunting include:

Hatchery kings boost area fishing
Not many people can pull this one off. But if you're lucky and know where to go, you can now reel in four king salmon a day.What's called the terminal fishery opened Saturday. It allows residents and visitors alike to catch more kings in parts of Gastineau Channel, Auke Bay and Fritz Cove. And there's no size limit.

Fish Report
The king salmon fishing in Auke Bay and the Point Bishop area was extremely hot over last weekend.

Big fish:
More big fish caught this spring in Juneau-area waters.

A matter of taste
Mike Nizich had 16 bears in his shop last week.Nizich doesn't have a bear problem. Just the opposite - he's a taxidermist. Spring is the prime season for bear hunting and Nizich has his hands full cleaning, salting and preparing hides for tanning.

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

Juneau Freewheelers Dredge Lake Mountain Bike Race
Results of the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club's Dredge Lake Mountain Bike Race, held on Saturday. Competitors completed two or five laps on the Dredge Lake Trail off Back Loop Road.

Southeast Road Runners Treadwell Ditch Run
Results from the Treadwell Ditch Trail Run, held Saturday on a 5.5-mile course from Sandy Beach in Douglas to the snowmobile trail parking lot at the top of Blueberry Hill. 40 runners completed the race.

Bursell treads well in ditch run
Sticks and stones didn't break any bones, but they did provide challenges for the 40 runners who competed in the Treadwell Ditch Trail Run on Saturday.

Ketchikan: Mother, baby struck in crosswalk
A mother and infant received minor injuries after they were struck in a crosswalk by a motor vehicle in Ketchikan last Sunday afternoon.

Viral illness hits cruise ship passengers
ANCHORAGE - A viral infection that commonly strikes cruise-ship travelers in Alaska has struck again. More than 250 cruise-ship, tour-bus and railroad passengers have reported daylong bouts of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea since Memorial Day.

Study shows Kenai River wetlands shrinking slightly
KENAI - A new federal study indicates the wetlands that support the Kenai River system are drying up - but at a much slower rate than other developed areas of the state and the Lower 48.

State briefs
NTSB: Trooper plane ran out of fuel; Fire damages home; Knowles signs bill aimed at court cases

Klawock: DEC gives spill report
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's Prevention and Emergency Response Program gave a situation report on a home heating oil tank spill that happened on Tlingit Street in Klawock on May 23.

Skagway: Film to be shot on stampeders' route
"The Quest for Gold," the third in a series of historic reenactments for Canada's History Channel, will be shot this summer on the historic route from Dyea to Dawson.

Ketchikan: Man charged in hospital break-in
A 31-year-old man is in custody for allegedly breaking into a drug-storage room at Ketchikan General Hospital and stealing a large quantity of prescription drugs. The break-in occurred between Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1.

Sitka: Sex-contact report forwarded to DA
After investigating reports that a male Mount Edgecumbe High School teacher had sexual contact with two female students, police have forwarded the case to the district attorney's office.

Haines: Single-car wreck prompts probe
Haines police are investigating whether alcohol or excessive speed may have contributed to a single-car rollover that injured two residents last week.

Knowles staff slams stealth-PAC issue ad
The Knowles administration on Friday lashed out against soft money television ads from a Republican-friendly trade group that accuse the Democratic governor of piloting the state's economy into the ground.Americans for Job Security, a Virginia-based nonprofit with Republican ties, paints a false portrait of the state's economy, said Labor Commissioner Ed Flanagan.

Candidates for House agree on priorities
The first local debate of the election season produced more good-natured chuckles than sparks Friday as Republican House candidate Bruce Weyhrauch and Democratic contender Tim Grussendorf found themselves agreeing on issues during a Juneau Chamber of Commerce forum.

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