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Saturday, June 22, 2002

Don't accept stumps
While Timothy Inklebarger's article in Wednesday's Empire, "Bill to help open mine gets hearing," provided a fair representation of the issues surrounding Sen. Murkowski's Berners Bay land exchange, he missed a couple of key points.

Protect our children
I want to thank the Empire for having the courage to cover stories regarding predators in our midst. Their willingness to protect the identity of the victims is very much appreciated.

Promote democracy
The election this year is the most powerful since statehood. I write to petition area business owners and managers (including the Empire) - who serve the public with lounges, waiting areas or common areas - to come to the defense of the democratic process in a simple non-partisan way.

'Bong' banner man takes another legal hit
A man suspended from high school for touting the benefits of marijuana is wanted in court for encouraging the random beating of another student.Joseph Frederick, 18, who graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School this year, has been charged with two counts of fourth-degree solicitation of an assault, a misdemeanor, stemming from an April 16 incident.

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

New dog-to-work day raises some hackles
For some state employees, the dog days of summer just aren't what they used to be.In a recent proclamation, Gov. Tony Knowles dubbed today, June 21, "Take Your Dog to Work Day." The announcement cited the benefits of pets in the workplace, but was careful to note the announcement "does not change any existing restrictions regarding pets in public buildings."

New cruise fees advance
After months of negotiations with the cruise industry, a Juneau Assembly panel on Thursday approved two cruise-ship-passenger fees to help pay for dock projects.If approved by the full Assembly at its July 1 meeting, the proposal, by the Assembly's Port Dues Subcommittee, would charge $2.18 per passenger for vessels using city docks and facilities, and 18 cents for those using non-city docks and facilities.

FYI
Births

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

Advocate for disabled talks from experience
When faced with adversity in life, sometimes it's easier to do what you're told and keep your mouth shut. For Cheryl Hull, that's never been an option.From her days as a schoolgirl challenging segregation in Wyoming to her more recent battle advocating for Alaska seniors with disabilities, Hull has spent more than five decades not keeping her mouth shut.

Planning to be flexible
The Rev. John Bigelow's beeper went off Wednesday, putting him on edge. The only people who know the number are from the University of Washington Medical Center, and a call could mean a trip to Seattle for a liver transplant. It was a false alarm.Bigelow is first on the "A" blood-type list for a liver transplant, and must constantly be ready to take a last-minute flight to Seattle for surgery.

Camp teaches students the Forest Service way
Students swat absent-mindedly at mosquitoes, watching with interest as fisheries biologist Don Martin of the Juneau Ranger District wades into Peterson Creek to give them a lesson on stream ecology."It's like tea," Martin said, gesturing down at the shallow brown water. "It's just dark enough to make the water actually collect sunshine."

Jewells celebrate anniversary
Jack and Dollie Jewell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 22. Family and friends are invited to join them from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Buoy Deck, 345 Egan Drive.

Longtime Alaska Airlines pilot retires
At around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Capt. James Doman piloted his last flight out of Juneau.Doman, 59, has been a pilot with Alaska Airlines since 1969. He began making flights to Juneau and the rest of Southeast Alaska in 1970, and lived in Juneau from 1971 to 1975.

Sanbei, Kelly to marry
Julie Sanbei and Thane Kelly of Juneau will be married at 7 p.m. on June 21 in Auke Bay. A reception will follow at the large Auke Rec shelter. Friends and relatives of the couple are welcome.

Canul, Shelley to wed
Rista Canul and Aaron Shelley, both originally from Juneau, will be married Saturday, June 29, 2002, at the Cathedral of the Nativity in Juneau.

The little engine that couldn't
Through a set of unfortunate circumstances, a vehicle, whose outward appearance was good, but whose motor was bad, temporarily ended up in our parking lot. Because of a little engine that couldn't, there was a lack of mobility and ability for the vehicle to function.

Academic Honors
Hilary Turner of Auke Bay accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and will be honored during a campus ceremony this fall at Montana State UniversityBozeman.

Spots available at summer 4-H camp
Going to summer camp is easy and affordable at the Juneau 4-H summer camp. This camp is open to all kids ages 9 to 12. You need not be a member of 4-H to attend. This year's camp will be held the week of July 8, 28 miles out of town at the Eagle River United Methodist Youth Camp.

Thank You
...for all the help; ...for the paper.

Juneau students score high in academic talent search
Jurgen Rieselbach has always had a head for numbers.That skill came in useful when the 11-year-old participated in The John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth's nationwide talent search. Jurgen, then a student at Riverbend Elementary School, scored first place among Alaska fifth graders in both the math and verbal categories.

David T. Lofstrom
Former Juneau resident David T. Lofstrom, 38, died June 18, 2002, in Lynnwood, Wash., following a long battle with Goodpasture's Syndrome.

My Turn: Inappropriate to reduce killer's sentence
April 19, 2000, was the worst day of my life. I lost one of my best friends, a person who for more than 20 years was my advisor, my mentor, my confidant, and who was simply fun to be around. That was the day a drunk driver killed Martin Richard, one of my closest friends, and Ladd Macaulay, and seriously injured Steve McGee.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

Juneau Jaguars head to regional tournament
As they've stayed up late this month to watch the U.S. soccer team make its memorable run through the 2002 World Cup, members of the Juneau Jaguars U-13 soccer team have been getting ready to make their own mark on a larger stage.

Photo: Soccer at the Solstice
Robbie Sylvester, right, and Sungie Mussara battle for the ball during the older boys' friendly match on Thursday afternoon at the Juneau Soccer Club's second annual Solstice Invitational at Adair-Kennedy Field.

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

State Briefs
Repair work closes trail to Windfall Lake; Watch for runners Sunday in the Mendhenhall Valley; Harvard grants award to Chickaloon school; Knowles signs drunken-driving bill, 20 other measures; American Museum finds remains of Barrow Natives

ACS boss testifies regulatory actions threat to service
The head of the state's largest phone company said actions of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska threaten consumers' access to quality phone service over the long-term.The company's chief rival said the commission is performing well, and doing away with it will not solve any problems companies may have with the agency.

Anger mounts over park, road closures
The Knowles administration is under increasing pressure to reverse park and road closures that it says were required by legislative budget cuts.

Ulmer says she'll put families first
In what she said would be the first of several speeches and position papers on state issues, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fran Ulmer on Thursday called for inflation-proofing of the state education funding formula.Outlining a campaign theme of "families first," Ulmer, the lieutenant governor for the past seven and a half years, also proposed a system for rating child-care centers and empowering the state to negotiate with drug companies for more affordable prices.

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