Tuesday, July 2, 2002

Selby gave joy
As a witness to the tragedy at the Gold Rush Days, I was given the opportunity to once again give thanks for my life and all of its bounties. Along with my wife and daughter and hundreds of others I squinted skyward for a precious few minutes as a man, Terry Selby, entertained us with his humor, bravery and skills.

Lectures in democracy
I find it ironic that a president who won office by means of a sleazy and (at best) questionable court decision, without so much as a plurality of the electorate, should be calling for the replacement of Yasser Arafat, a leader who was elected by a clear majority of the voters.

Personal responsibility
July Fourth is a good time to reflect and recommit to keeping ourselves and our families out of harm's way. "Most people think dramatically, not quantitatively," noted American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Democracy needs you
This fall, with 91 percent of all major Alaska elective offices affected, chance has given us the most powerful election since statehood.

Respected educator
I taught with Terry for seven years at Philomath High School. He was a dear friend. I want to thank you for your sensitive coverage. You captured Terry's spirit beautifully.

Renewable forest with trees in rows
In reference to Sunday's editorial, I applaud your willingness to stand up for what is right.

Selby sorely missed
On behalf of the students of Philomath High School Oregon forestry program, in particularly my son Sebastian Macnab and my daughter Corrie Macnab, I want to let you know at Gold Rush Days how sorry I am that you had to witness Mr. Selby's tragic death at your festival.

After logging, then what?
In response to Don Smith's Sunday editorial where he referred to me as, "An alert reader ..." who pointed out a couple of factual errors in his Tongass editorial, yes, Mr. Smith, there was a number of errors and thank you for owning up to two of them. How about the others?

Great dangers in mixing church, state
I cannot think of one good reason for state-sponsored expressions of piety. A religion that believes it needs the help of the state has lost its faith.

One of the good guys
I want to thank you for a very well done article. I was a student of Terry's for four years, and a friend for the past eight. He was one of the neatest guys I ever met. I am impressed by your insight into a man that you probably never met, or at least only briefly.

Send bill to Sen. Taylor
A bill in full for the costs for the special legislative session just concluded should be sent directly to Sen. Robin Taylor.

Local Briefs
Almost 80 entries sign up for July 4 parade; Washington man recovering from shooting

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

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Experts: Safety gear failed Selby
An equipment failure probably caused the death of logging performer Terry Selby, Juneau police said today.

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

Panel seeks study of Thane heliport
A Juneau Assembly committee says the city should develop alternative heliports in phases and study the feasibility of a new heliport in the Thane area as part of a long-range tourism plan.The recommendation came during a Planning and Policy Committee work session Monday on the draft tourism plan. It goes against requests from Thane residents who have asked Assembly members to remove specific language in the plan referring to a heliport in Dupont, south of Thane, or Sheep Creek in the area.

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

Drunk driver's jail time cut
A Kenai Peninsula judge has reduced the sentence for the man whose drunken driving resulted in the deaths of two Juneau men and serious injury to a third local man.Kenai Superior Court Judge Jonathan H. Link on Monday reduced Michael J. Glaser's sentence to 22 years with nine years suspended. Glaser had appealed Link's original sentence, which was 55 years in prison with 33 years suspended.

Assembly approves extras for high school
The Juneau Assembly on Monday unanimously approved a set of budget transfers that will allow additional renovation work at Juneau-Douglas High School to proceed.By moving money from other school district construction and repair projects, the city will be able to fund nine components not included in the renovation work that was funded previously. Some of the budget items had been earmarked for JDHS improvements but not transferred into the project until now, City Architect Catherine Fritz said.

Corrections
Due to a proofreading error, Terry Selby's last name was misspelled in the last paragraph of Monday's article about his death.

In the face of death
People who witnessed logger clown Terry Selby's fatal accident at the Gold Rush Days Celebration on Sunday may experience nightmares, eating difficulties and withdrawal, local psychologists say.Several hundred people who had gathered to watch Selby's popular show saw him fall to his death from atop a pole. Many were parents with young children.

Navy ship joins Juneau for Fourth
Sailors from the Navy ship USS John Young will join Juneau's celebrations during the Fourth of July weekend.The 563-foot destroyer reaches Juneau on Wednesday morning and leaves Saturday. While in town, its crew of 350 will offer tours of the ship, help with a community service project and participate in Independence Day celebrations.

Performer dies in fall
Terry Selby, a logger clown from Oregon, fell to his death from atop a 90-foot-tall log during his midday performance Sunday at the Gold Rush Days Celebration at Dimond Park. Several hundred people, including Selby's 14-year-old son, were in the audience at the time of the fall.

George John Mayeda Jr.
Former Juneau resident George John Mayeda Jr., 52, died June 28, 2002, in Oneida City, N.Y.

My Turn: Extraction industries threaten fish habitat
Regrettably, the United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) must have gotten tired too soon while swimming upstream in search of the perfect political spawning bed for important Alaska fishing issues this fall.

Scholes sprints to win Frangos Memorial
Terry Ward appeared to have Sunday's Nick Frangos Memorial Bike Race and Group Ride won when he pulled ahead of the lead pack as it crested a hill about 200 yards from the finish line near the Douglas Bridge.

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

2002 Rainball invitational softball tournament
First, second, and third-place teams from the 27th annual Rainball Invitational Softball Tournament, held Friday through Sunday at Dimond and Savikko Parks.

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

Juneau Jumpers claim four titles
Members of the Juneau Jumpers teamed up to claim four U.S. grand national jump rope titles during the 2002 national championships held June 21-23 in Orlando, Fla.

Juneau synchro swim duo places 8th at nationals
The Juneau synchronized swimming duo of Sarah Felix and Koko Urata placed eighth in the nation among 12- and 13-year olds with their duet at the 2002 Esynchro Age Group Championships in Seattle on Monday.Felix and Urata, both 12, earned a score of 63.630; the winning pair from Walnut Creek, Calif. scored 70.553. There were 41 duet teams in their age group.

Stevens tucks half a million dollars into bill for wilderness huts in Alaska
Tucked into a $19 billion bill the Senate Appropriations Committee passed last week is a half-million dollars to build a network of wilderness huts in Alaska.

Judge nixes motion to break up co-op
Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins denied a motion from commercial salmon fishermen to break up a vessel cooperative at Chignik.

White House opposes tax credit for gas line
Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said the Bush administration objects to a tax credit for the proposed Alaska natural gas line.

State briefs
Assembly approves new port dues; Smith named public safety commissioner; Knowles signs minimum-wage bill;

New law lets cities charge for excessive police calls
Cities can charge property owners a fee for excessive police calls under a bill signed into law this morning by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Feds: System to help children must change
The leader of a federal review team said Alaska must improve its system to protect children from abuse and do more to work with troubled families.

Advancing glacier turns fjord into lake, threatens fishery
Russell Fiord near Yakutat is now a lake as the gap between the advancing Hubbard Glacier and land has narrowed to less than 50 feet.

French priest who served Western Alaska dies at 77
A French priest who spent much of his life in western Alaska serving Native villages has died.

Cruise ship rules topic of meeting
Proposed regulations for cruise ship wastewater discharges will be discussed at a public meeting Tuesday.

Rangers concerned about age, experience of climber who died
ANCHORAGE - The solo climber who fell to his death on Mount McKinley early Sunday was a 61-year-old Canadian whose age, experience and equipment had raised concerns among Denali National Park mountaineering rangers.Michael Heck of Whitevale, Ontario, died falling 1,000 feet down an icy slope as he descended from 18,200-foot Denali Pass, the National Park Service said Monday

Alaska worker deaths drop by 50% in 1990s
ANCHORAGE - Worker deaths in Alaska declined by about 50 percent during the 1990s. But with a death rate triple the national average, Alaska remains the most dangerous place to work in the nation, according to a study released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

McKinley claims first climber since 1998
A solo climber fell to his death early Sunday while descending Mount McKinley, the National Park Service said.

WorldCom problems lower GCI stock prices
Troubled WorldCom Inc. holds a 10 percent stake in Anchorage-based General Communications Inc. and provides 16 percent of the Alaska company's revenues.

Pipeline cleaning halted due to leak
Crews halted plans to clean an abandoned oil pipeline in Cook Inlet on Sunday because of a leak in the pipe, a BP project manager said. The pipeline had periodic oil leaks and produced a 1.5-mile-long sheen in Cook Inlet last year.

Top BP official says North Slope gas not competitive
Conditions still aren't right for bringing North Slope natural gas reserves to market, according to BP chief executive Lord John Browne.

Pearl Harbor relived
Ground-based pyrotechnics explode as a replica Japanese bomber flies overhead during a re-enactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor during the Arctic Thunder 2002 open house and air show Sunday at Elmendorf Air Force Base. The Japanese Zero fighters, Val dive bombers and Kate torpedo bombers are replicas built from the frames of World War II American-built AT-6 Texan and Valtee BT-13 aircraft. The planes were reconstructed for the movie "Tora! Tora! Tora!" and were used in the film "Pearl Harbor."

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