Dobson becomes largest cell service provider in state
Dobson Communications Corp. has become the largest provider of cellular telephone service in Alaska. The Oklahoma City-based company announced Wednesday that it had expanded its operations in that state by completing a swap of wireless properties with AT&T Wireless Services.

Increasing the burden
My son started pre-school this year. In a few more he will be in kindergarten and about a year after that so will my other son. If I have to pick them up from school, how am I supposed to work? I can't afford daycare. And for that matter, what about all the local daycare providers? Are they supposed to pack up all the kids they watch to go get the one or two kindergartners the bus usually drops off? Are we going to end up following the actions of those in Washington where some districts have started charging kids to go to school?

So long and best wishes
I was saddened to read that publication of the Alaska Southeaster is coming to an end. This was an excellent publication with a good variety of articles about the people and history of Southeast Alaska. Dave is a lifelong friend and we were members of the Juneau-Douglas class of 1956.

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Counseling center for abuse closes
Tongass Community Counseling Center, which has served the general public and people referred by courts for the treatment of violence and substance abuse, will close at the end of the month, it announced Thursday. Tongass, which opened about 21 years ago, employed six people and served about 600 clients a year, officials said.

Consulting firm gathers more input on waterfront plan
Milling among dozens of colorful maps in a room at Centennial Hall, citizens took time Thursday to give Miami-based consultant Scott Lagueux an earful on Juneau's future waterfront. Lagueux, with the firm Bermello, Ajamil & Partners, is in the third phase of community meetings in the creation of a plan that will guide the development of Juneau's waterfront for the next 20 years. Lagueux gathered comments from public meetings on Wednesday and Thursday nights, as well as Thursday's all-day question-and-answer session. Another question-and-answer session will be held today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mendenhall Mall, Suite 360.

New Ship for Security
One of the largest ships in Auke Bay today is a sign of changes in homeland security for coastal Alaska. The 110-foot Coast Guard cutter Long Island is visiting Juneau on the way from its former base in San Diego to its new home port of Valdez.

Funding cuts force SERRC to shed staff
The Juneau office for the Southeast Regional Resource Center will lose three full-time employees at the end of this month due to state and federal budget cuts, the nonprofit agency announced Thursday. SERRC also will close its adult education centers in Ketchikan and Klawock, on Prince of Wales Island. The two centers had a total of five full-time employees.

Police & Fire
Reports byJuneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Teenage heart transplant recipient remembered
Ray Bradley has lost 15 family members, including his father and brother, to a genetic heart ailment. But the hardest loss came earlier this month when his teenage daughter Chrysantha died of cardiac arrest. Chrysantha had a heart transplant in 1999 and suffered some setbacks, but appeared to be well in the weeks before her June 5 death at age 18.

Births; Births outside of Juneau; Courts; Judgments.

Nonprofit needs workers to make Flume Trail wider; Girl Scout Council seeks adults with leadership skills.

Thank You
for supporting Tlingit & Haida Valley Head Start.

Pepper: Example of man's best friend
There is no question that dog is man's best friend, as has been attested through the ages. The number of experiences is innumerable. Who has not heard of the dog, who when his friend and master died, lingered at his side until he also weakened and died? In recent times, since the wonder of DNA research has been explored, we know that your tiny, friendly pet is absolutely the same genetic creature as the wild, 100-pound wolf, who lives in the forest and sustains himself by eating the weak and timorous. At one time, this was uncertain and it was thought the dog may have been an offshoot of various ancestral lines of wolf, coyote or wild dog. The only present difference between wolves and dogs, beside their instinct and temperament, is that dogs can digest certain foods, such as vegetables, which wolves cannot.

Photo: Rainforest Trail ceremony
Celebrants cut a plant-decorated ribbon for the official opening of the North Douglas' Rainforest Trail on June 7.

Lelands celebrate one year together
Jennifer Dossman of Ketchikan and Mason Leland of Juneau were married in a ceremony on June 21, 2002, at Whidbey Island, Wash.

Whistler, Gardner marry
Laurie Whistler of Juneau and Doug Gardner of Juneau were married in a Highland wedding on Jan. 18, 2003, at the Northern Light United Church.

Teachers make time for reflection
"There is never enough time in the day." My mother used to groan this at bedtime when we would remember a promise for 20 cupcakes in class the next morning, describe a needed costume for the Thanksgiving play, or ask for a signature on a field trip permission form, which also requested parent drivers. Other than finals week in college, I never quite understood what she meant about the lack of time. And then I became a teacher.

Richard Horn Britt
Juneau resident Richard Horn Britt, 86, died June 18, 2003.

Mary K. Sult
Former Juneau resident Mary K. Sult, 81, died on June 15, 2003, in Eugene, Ore.

Joar Anderssen Savland
Hoonah resident Joar Anderssen Savland, 72, died June 13, 2002, in his sleep.

My Turn: Why governor trimmed some federal funds
Bringing certainty to the state's future finances is a top priority for the Murkowski administration. When we proposed our budget in March, we advised the Legislature and Alaskans of two goals: spend less and reduce the state's reliance on its savings to prop up spending. The latter was extremely important because if we continued "business as usual," our savings would run out in two years. Alaska then would face a $1 billion shortfall - nearly 40 percent of the state's budget.

My Turn: A different set of historical tax facts
Bertrand Adams' memories of his father and of growing up in Yakutat are quite interesting. Unfortunately, the accompanying discussion of the history of the taxing authority of the federal government in his last two columns is so filled with errors as to call into question all of his conclusions.

Rainball softball tourney starts today; Murdoch, Wonser beat field at One-Club; U.S.-Great Britain golf tournament rescheduled;.

Hundreds head north for Kluane
More than 1,000 cyclists - including several hundred from Juneau - will take to the scenic Haines Highway on Saturday for the 11th annual Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Photos: Fun on and off the field
Kirsten Jorgensen, left, of the Juneau Xtratuffs U-13 girls soccer team, looks to get the ball past Dara Pagaduan of Mililani High School during a scrimmage in Honolulu on Wednesday. Three Juneau soccer teams are in Hawaii for the U.S. Youth Soccer Association Far West Regional Championships.

Rookie no more
Carlos Boozer Jr. last visited Juneau two years ago, a college player with lofty aspirations. This week he returned to town, an NBA star looking forward to his second season in the pros. Boozer, a former basketball star at Juneau-Douglas High School and Duke University, now plays for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. He will begin his sophomore season next fall with a new coach - Paul Silas - and in all likelihood with the most-talked-about rookie in years - high-schooler LeBron James, whom the Cavs are expected to select with the top pick in next week's draft.

Due a reporter's error, an article in Wednesday's Empire about a dead gray whale gave the wrong first name for Mike Payne of the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Dead whale still sailing off Douglas Island; Native leader wins Women of Courage Award; Filipino Community Square dedication; Moose stomps poodle; Bear baiting ban initiative petition OK'd.

Weakening winds give fire crews a break
State fire officials said Thursday a 1,500-acre wildfire near Central, 90 miles northeast of Fairbanks, could be fully contained today if Alaska's Interior weather continued to cooperate. Crews, however, were still trying to get a handle on a 23,400-acre fire smoldering toward dozens of recreational cabins along the Goodpaster River northeast of Delta Junction.

This Day in History
In Alaska.

Man accused of traffic murder says he wasn't watching DVD
The 28-year-old Kenai man charged with murder in the vehicular deaths of a couple on the Seward Highway last fall says he was not watching a movie on a DVD player in his pickup when the crash occurred. Erwin "Jamie" Petterson Jr. said little else about the case in a brief telephone interview and referred other questions to his lawyer.

Daughters of the New Moon vs. The Sun
When Kathleen Gamble and Diana Brown formed a belly-dancing troupe in Juneau in 1976, few people in the city could pronounce the name - Banat el Tanuit. Tanuit, the ancient mother goddess worshipped in the fertile crescent of Mesopotamia 25,000 years before Christ, was still represented when they changed the group's name to Daughters of the New Moon in the mid-1980s.

Quiet magic
A irline security can be a hassle for anyone, but try flying around the world with two magic ducks. Matthew "Magic" Morgan, a 30-year-old deaf magician from West Allis, Wis., often doesn't find out whether his best birds can accompany him until a few days before his flights.

The story of two boys named Scott
When I read the New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup, I had this flashback: Fade in to a high school hockey game held under fluorescent lights at Anchorage's old Ben Boeke ice arena. Bartlett and East are tied and the timer clicks away the final minute. Cheerleaders clap their gloved hands and count down, 10, 9, 8. Scott Gomez, No. 11, breaks away, a Bartlett defenseman on his heels, carving across the ice. The crowd stands and bellows.

What's happening
Friday Concerts in Marine Park with Daughters of the New Moon, Thunder Mountain Big Band and emcee Collette Costa. Daughters' performance includes include three choreographed dances by Diana Brown and Kathleen Gamble of Juneau and Morocco of New York City, 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 20.

Juneau stores prepare for Potter mania
Hearthside Books has been getting phone calls from cruise ship passengers who hope to pick up a copy of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" - book five in the seven-part series - when they stop in Juneau. "We've also heard from cruise ship crew members who want a copy," said Debbie Reifenstein, Hearthside co-owner.

Centennial Hall Anniversary Events
Centennial Hall Convention Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21, with a weekend of events for all ages.

Inner Garden brings in light for solstice
Juneau artist Shawn Hatt Cohen thinks the best way to celebrate the summer solstice is to put on an art show with bright, exuberant pieces. That's the rationale behind "Abundant Light," an eight-artist show open from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 20, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at The Inner Garden, Cohen's store at 214 North Franklin St. The show runs through July 12.

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