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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Cyclist photo, story left out importance of wearing a helmet
I was very sorry to see that the Juneau Empire chose to run a photo of a bicyclist who was not wearing a helmet for its story about community values in Wednesday's newspaper.

Give politicians no pity; they rake in under-the-table profits
As the muck continues to ooze from the hole that the FBI dug in Alaska's political money pit, I am amazed at the community support of the accused, as well as those currently in the cross hairs. What are we as taxpayers thinking? Are we thinking?

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Land Use Code violations pile up for the city
A $70,000 truck scale built and operated without proper permits 28 feet from Lemon Creek is a recent example of what city officials described as their difficulty managing enforcement of the complicated Land Use Code.

Sealaska shareholders vote: Descendants and 'Leftouts' OK'd to receive shares
In a historic move Saturday, Sealaska shareholders voted to issue shares to two new groups of Natives - those that are "descendants" and "Leftouts."

Photo: A blessed cross
Bishop Nikolai of the Russian Orthodox Church blesses a new cross Saturday at the Russian Cemetery. The cross replaces a previous one that was destroyed by vandals and marks a revived interest in restoring and looking after the cemetery.

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

Police withhold body's identity, looking for kin
One month after recovering a body from the tide line on Marmian Island, Juneau police cannot locate the next of kin, said Sgt. Steve Hernandez.

Battle of wills led to senior assistance special session
I'm annoyed about Tuesday's special session.

Outside editorial: Rosa Parks Act realizes that laws change, has brave convictions
This editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Empire editorial: An ATV park is fine if riders act responsibly
It's time to give all-terrain vehicle users a safe place to play, and a proposed 15-acre park at Fish Creek Quarry on Douglas Island is a good place to start.

Seething, humming, they want your blood
I confronted pure terror this week.I was walking through a mossy spruce forest when I felt the fear. It started as a crazy, zinging noise, one high note blending into the wilds behind me. Against my better judgment, I stopped.

State officials want wood bison to roam in Alaska again
State game officials want to reintroduce wood bison to Western or Interior Alaska and hope to import dozens in late winter to prepare them for the wild.

Leaving the nest: 'Orphaned' birds don't need a helping hand
If you can't barf up a bug every 20 or 30 minutes, you can't take care of a baby bird.

Lichen: Team workers of the woods
I am a slow learner. At the beginning of my career in biology, I found animals to be fascinating, and plants were just those green things that made perches for birds and whose leaves use up carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Midway along this career, I belatedly discovered, rather suddenly, that plants are actually fascinating too.

Outsiders: Diane Pearson
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Lost and found
"I was just out for a short hike." More often than not, a lot of fatal and near-fatal stories start out with that phrase.

Shoup Bay serenity broken only by seabirds' conversation
The first thing we noticed as we motored into Shoup Bay State Marine Park was the noise. The cacophony of black-legged kittiwake chatter was so loud we had to yell to each other, just an arm's length away, to be heard.

Outdoor Digest
The Tongass National Forest Juneau Ranger District is proposing to construct a fully accessible trail to the base of Nugget Falls within the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. The trail will be located on National Forest system lands and will begin at the Photo Point Trail and continue for 4,000 feet to the base of the falls.

Out & About
Today: 24 Hours of Light Mountain Bike Race, Whitehorse, YT. Details: http://www.velonorth.cal.

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.

Photo: Tuning up the skills
Nick Stewart catches the ball while Travis Duvernay echoes his movement to the left at the final day of 2007 Juneau Baseball Camp on Friday at Miller Field. Reuben Macnaughton, Brian Millke and Thomas Hazel line up for their chance to throw the ball around the horn.

Sports Briefs
Stick Melton recorded his fourth hole-in-one on Saturday at Mendenhall Golf Course.

Alive and kicking
Over the last few weeks, pick-up soccer games sparked the anticipation of one of the town's foremost adult sport seasons.

Juneau's Susan Macaulay captures three gold medals
Juneau's Susan Macaulay racked up three gold medals and one bronze at the 27th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which lasted Tuesday through Saturday in Milwaukee.

Ben Blackgoat Run results

Alaska Digest
Juneau firefighters battled two vehicle fires Friday.

Japanese bombing of Dutch Harbor remembered
In honor of the 65th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, historian and high school history teacher Jeff Dickrell gave a presentation of the events.

Mercury Rises
Far from industrialized, pollution-producing cities and in the pristine environment of Glacier Bay, mercury has more than doubled during the past 15 years, researchers say.

Southcentral fires burn out of control
Forest fires reached homes and cabins near Ninilchik as wild land burning spread across Southcentral Alaska, state fire officials said Friday.

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