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Saturday, June 15, 2002

Enthusiasm for the arts
This letter from your suburb down south is delayed in writing but nonetheless underscores my enthusiasm for the arts community Juneau.

Alaska's brain drain
In a recent article printed by the Anchorage Daily News, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer disputed the fact that Alaska's youth are leaving Alaska. According to University of Alaska President Hamilton, "almost 60 percent of Alaska's high school graduates who go on to higher education leave Alaska to attend college in the Lower 48 and most of them never return."

Protect Berners Bay
This letter is in response to Mr. Tom Puchlerz's My Turn in Sunday's paper. I appreciate his letter suggesting that the door is not closed for some type of permanent protection for portions of the remaining forest.

Dredge Lake area beavers targeted
Beaver dams in the Dredge Lakes area are impeding fish runs and flooding trails and spawning areas, says the U.S. Forest Service. After years of trying to punch holes in the rodent architecture, officials now plan to remove some of the beavers.Two mounds of sticks, each about 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide, are piled next to a small beaver dam in the holding pond between the Mendenhall River and Moose Lake, north of Back Loop Road.

FYI
Births

ASMI director to end her stint pushing fish
When many people retire, they plan to travel more. Barbara Belknap hopes to travel less.When Belknap, 54, finishes up next month as executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, she will end five consecutive years of being on the go with "a stable of suitcase

Three file for Assembly seats
Although the city's filing period is two months away, three Juneau residents have given notice they plan to run for Juneau Assembly seats this fall.Assembly members Don Etheridge and Marc Wheeler plan to run for re-election, and therapist Dixie Hood also says she will run.

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

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

Plan ups helicopter landings
The U.S. Forest Service is holding the number of helicopter landings allowed on the Juneau Icefield steady through 2004, but will allow 5 percent increases in 2005, 2006 and 2007, the agency announced today.Juneau District Ranger Pete Griffin said the arrangement will give the community time to find a way to reduce flightseeing noise. He hesitated to call the decision a compromise, describing it instead as a balance.

Teaching by Example
When Betty Kausch dons her robe and beard, children know it's time to sit down and listen to a Bible story."The women in my congregation made it for me," Kausch said. "My congregation really supports me." Kausch, who turns 78 on Saturday, is a volunteer at the Rally of Faith Vacation Bible School Day Camp Program, a series of nine week-long day camps that run until Aug. 9 at Faith Lutheran Church and School in Juneau.

Sale and breakfast raise almost $9,000 for MacFarlane girls
Juneau resident Dave Willson donated his old pickup, complete with keys and the title, to Auke Bay Co-op Preschool to raise money for the daughters of Juan MacFarlane, who died May 19 in a fall.

Thank you
...for all the help; ...for all the support.

Smith honored by child-care group
Rondi Smith of Juneau has been awarded a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children. The credential was awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., which represents the early childhood profession.

Gard, Pincolini marry
Tiare Gard of Juneau and Gabriel Pincolini of Reno, Nev., were married in a ceremony on June 8, 2002, at Tamaraks Beach, Pyramid Lake, Nev. A reception followed at Silver Peak Restaurant and Brewery. Friends and relatives of the couple attended the wedding and reception.

Softball tournament raises $3,250 for heart patient
A benefit softball tournament May 25 and 26 raised $3,250 for Ray Bradley Jr., who has an enlarged heart condition that requires him to travel to doctors in Anchorage and Seattle. Bradley is on the waiting list for a heart transplant."I felt good," Bradley said. "It was nice to see everybody out there and everybody was having fun. The sun was out that Saturday and everybody was having a good old time."

Junior Golf hosts One Club Championship
Will Landes is poised to go where few Alaskans have gone before.Landes, who just graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School, is an avid golfer who is heading to Arizona State University this fall to study golf course management and to try to turn his passion into a career.

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

Small fleet of sailboats set for Around Admiralty race
A new champion will be crowned when a small fleet of sailboats competes this week in the Around Admiralty Island "Spirit of Adventure" sailing race.

Jones leads Juneau swimming contingent at Pacific Rim Classic in Washington
JUNEAU Kristin J. Jones posted eight top-10 finishes as she led four members of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club at the Pacific Rim Classic, a long-course meters age-group swim meet held last Friday through Sunday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Juneau Special Olympians travel to 2002 Summer Games in Anchorage
JUNEAU Twenty-six Juneau athletes are traveling to Anchorage today to participate in the 2002 Special Olympics Alaska Summer Games.

Kluane-Chilkat kicks off 10th ride
The Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay has grown quite a bit since its humble beginnings in 1993, when it featured 36 teams and about 160 cyclists.

Report: DFYS falls short of federal standards
ANCHORAGE - An analysis by the state Division of Family and Youth Services finds that nearly a quarter of Alaska children who suffered abuse or neglect between 1998 and 2000 were hurt again within six months. The department's self-assessment comes as federal officials prepare to conduct a review of the state's child-protection agency.

Bishops move away from zero tolerance
DALLAS - America's Roman Catholic bishops were backing away today from a sex abuse policy that would automatically oust molesters from the priesthood, focusing instead on stripping clergymen of their authority.

Juneau woman believes bishops listened
Paula Gonzales Rohrbacher wanted America's Roman Catholic bishops to think of a person, not a statistic or a lawsuit, when they debated a new policy on clerical sexual abuse. So she became that person.The Juneau woman said she met as many church leaders as she could before she addressed the meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Thursday in Dallas.

Regulators defend their agency to Senate panel
Officials with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska defended their agency's performance in Senate hearings Thursday.The commission was the subject of a two-day Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Anchorage as legislators consider whether the commission should be reauthorized. The matter will be taken up June 24 in a special legislative session.

State Briefs
Coast Guard responds to sinking fishing vessel; Man charged with assaulting friend with rake; Freshwater drainages to open Saturday

DNR approves expansion of the True North gold mine
FAIRBANKS - The Department of Natural Resources has approved the expansion of the True North gold mine north of Fairbanks. The agency also said Wednesday that the mine's existing haul road does not hurt winter tourism.

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