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Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Inhumane treatment
Sunday's article, "Studied to Death," hit a nerve, but I was encouraged to see that wildlife investigators are being forced to confront the ethics of their actions.

Close call on Egan
This is to the older gentleman in the small red car who turned on to Egan Drive outbound from Old Glacier Highway (hospital intersection) between 7-7:30 a.m. Monday. Perhaps you will read this and recognize the situation. We have the privilege of turning right on the red signal only if it is safe to do so. What you did could have been disastrous, causing a very bad chain-reaction, rush-hour accident.

Ultimately, Ulmer
I think I will vote for Fran Ulmer in the upcoming gubernatorial election. My impression of Ms. Ulmer comes mainly from personal contact, small chat, and seeing her make a speech at the subsistence dinner at ANB Hall a few weeks ago, and seeing her make some speeches at different occasions.

Inaction has consequences
The first paragraph of the "Special session" story in Monday's Empire stated that "The Capitol started to come back to life this morning for a special session the legislators didn't want." That comment almost qualifies as an oxymoron.

Looking for trouble
You have to be kidding me that because Joseph Frederick told a kid to punch another, and the kid was dumb enough to do it, that Frederick should be held responsible. And the kid that did it might not even be charged?

World-class facility
Centennial Hall was fairly well packed for Juneau's "Summer Solstice" Symphony on Saturday night and opus connoisseurs, though slighted by the imperfect acoustics as a symphony venue, can be grateful this hall was available for such a popular event.

Police and Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

More information needed on armory/gym
Applications to fill wetlands for the joint University of Alaska Southeast-National Guard armory and recreation building are on hold because government agencies want to know more about alternate sites, officials say."Because they've asked for more information, the option is you either slow down the clock or they publish a finding which is probably going to be negative," said Tony Yorba, an architect with Jensen Yorba Lott Inc. The Juneau firm is working with UAS and the National Guard on the project.

City earmarks money for streets, airport screening
The security screening area at the Juneau Airport, covered sidewalks downtown and improvements to Columbia Boulevard and lower Evergreen Avenue were among the city's top priorities in allocating public works funds this year.

Tour boat strikes rock near Haines
The Coast Guard today is investigating why a tour boat struck a charted rock about 14 miles south of Haines on Monday night.No one was hurt or evacuated in the incident, in which the Coast Guard helped pump out the 64-foot Fjordland. The tour boat docked safely in Haines by 9 p.m., the Coast Guard said.

Fourth of July parade route changes
Floats and marchers in Juneau's Fourth of July parade will take a different route this year.

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

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

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Mitchell 'Jr.' Whitney Harrison
Former Juneau resident Mitchell 'Jr.' Whitney Harrison died June 22, 2002, in Kirkland, Wash.

My Turn: To understand science, preserve old-growth forest
We don't know what makes forest ecosystems tick. We don't know how the numbers of species and their distributions over long time affect the overall characteristics of the forest.

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.

My Turn: Offenses not limited to one denomination
Like most people, I have watched with dismay the unfolding events of sexual misconduct centered on Roman clergy. I have no doubt the new protocols and procedures that have been adopted will begin to address this problem, but I wonder why the press centered in upon the Roman church?

Anchorage hockey player picked by New Jersey
Anchorage's Jason Ryznar, a power forward who left home at 16 to pursue a hockey career, has been selected by the New Jersey Devils in the third round of the National Hockey League draft.

Reaching for the next level
It's Tuesday, so that means today's stop is Detroit on the Carlos Boozer Jr. tour of NBA cities.Monday's stop was Salt Lake City, for his second visit with the Utah Jazz, and over the past week the former Juneau-Douglas High School star has also worked out with the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets.

Historic Treadwell Trails Mountain Bike Race
Results of Saturday's Historic Treadwell Trails mountain bike race held at Sandy Beach in Douglas. The race was sponsored by the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club and the course length was not available.

Hefty catch
Gary Sharp puts a massive king salmon into a net at the docks in Quinhagak in the Kuskokwim Bay area as the first king salmon commercial opening of the season got underway late last week.

Change rules in Only Fools Run
If the number of people who showed up for a run/walk fund-rasier on Sunday afternoon is any indication, fools really do prefer to run at midnight.

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

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

Juneau Jaguars tie with Hawaii
The Juneau Jaguars couldn't quite hang on for the victory as they wilted under the 100-degree heat, but the Jaguars did hold on for a 1-1 tie with the Hawaii state champions in Monday's first round of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region IV Tournament at the West Jordan Soccer Complex in West Jordan, Utah.

Quicksilver claims title in Solstice Invitational
The Juneau Quicksilver girls soccer team defeated the Yukon Northern Flames of Whitehorse, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon to win the B Division of the second annual Juneau Soccer Club Solstice Invitational at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Bride dies, groom injured in copter crash after wedding
A 52-year-old bride died early Saturday after a helicopter crashed near the Steese Highway following her summer solstice wedding ceremony at Eagle Summit, Alaska State Troopers said.

Wasilla woman killed in car crash
WASILLA - A Wasilla woman died over the weekend in an accident on the Glenn Highway when a pickup truck in front of her slowed or came to a stop after a bed slipped from the back, police said.

Troopers investigate Soldotna burglaries
Alaska State Troopers were investigating a rash of burglaries in the Soldotna area that occurred late Friday or early Saturday.

Update: House OKs RCA compromise
Robin Taylor, the combative Republican senator and lieutenant governor candidate from Wrangell, is in the eye of the special session storm at the Capitol.During this morning's floor session, House Speaker Brian Porter, an Anchorage Republican, mistakenly referred to Rep. Richard Foster as "Rep. Taylor," amusing most people in the chamber."Thanks a lot," Foster, a Nome Democrat, responded with a laugh.

Police arrest suspect in 2-year-old homicide
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have arrested a suspect in the August 2000 killing of Tina Shangin - one victim in a spate of homicides that sparked fears a serial killer was targeting minority women in the city.

State Briefs
AFL-CIO endorses Fran Ulmer for governor; 'Passionate Longevity' author speaks tonight; Anchorage teens charged with $500,000-plus in damage; State files $3.6 million lawsuit over 2001 wildfire;

Campaign violations may prompt rule change
In separate decisions, the Alaska Public Offices Commission found arch-rivals Alaska Conservation Voters and the state Republican Party violated campaign laws governing how political parties and some groups can advertise or circulate campaign materials to help or hinder candidates.

State to open lower Kenai to king fishing July 1
ANCHORAGE - The poor run of early Kenai River kings has prompted the state to keep the middle part of the river closed to king fishing through the first two weeks of July.

Sterling man dies in motorcycle accident
A man from Sterling was killed Sunday in a motorcycle accident on the Sterling Highway.

Higher insurance could close assisted-living homes
Assisted-living homes providing care and housing for seniors are facing hard times because of insurance costs that in some cases have increased by more than 500 percent within the last year.More than 80 percent of the 153 assisted-living businesses in Alaska consist of smaller mom-and-pop outfits that take in 10 or fewer residents and operate out of a private house.

Forest scientists say warmer weather is worsening the beetle epidemic
HOMER - Forest scientists who first blamed the beetle epidemic on Alaska's aging forests are giving more and more credit to rising temperatures as an explanation for the unstoppable rampage. "I am personally convinced," said Glenn Juday, a professor of forest ecology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Court: Judge should not be reprimanded
Longtime Bethel Superior Court Judge Dale Curda admits he made a mistake when he jailed a witness so she would be sober to testify for a trial back in 1995. But the Alaska Supreme Court decided Friday that Curda's error was not so serious that he should be disciplined.

Special session gets under way
The Capitol started to come back to life this morning for a special session legislators didn't want.

5 court-martialed for role in deadly fight
Five Fort Wainwright soldiers have been court-martialed for their involvement in a January fight and shoot-out that ended with the death of an Eielson Air Force Base airman.

House OKs RCA compromise
Robin Taylor, the combative Republican senator and lieutenant governor candidate from Wrangell, is in the eye of the special session storm at the Capitol.During this morning's floor session, House Speaker Brian Porter, an Anchorage Republican, mistakenly referred to Rep. Richard Foster as "Rep. Taylor," amusing most people in the chamber."Thanks a lot," Foster, a Nome Democrat, responded with a laugh.

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