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Tuesday, July 3, 2001

Small-claim miners prepare for rule changes
WASHINGTON - Small miners working federal claims in Alaska have until September to obtain bonds to cover any potential costs of restoring the land should their mines close. But debate over that rule and other new mining regulations continues.

Business Profile
Douglas Eckland recently signed papers to assume ownership of Capital Embroidery, a specialty business that has been owned by Carol Dana.

Business Profile

Business Profile

In the Tank

Tours with perspective
Al Barrill explains his Tlingit regalia while working as a host on a tour boat running to Tracy Arm. Cory Mann tells the Big Dipper legend aboard trolley and bus tours of Juneau. Nyna Fleury talks about Native names for trees while running van tours of Craig and Klawock.

Tours with perspective
Al Barrill explains his Tlingit regalia while working as a host on a tour boat running to Tracy Arm. Cory Mann tells the Big Dipper legend aboard trolley and bus tours of Juneau. Nyna Fleury talks about Native names for trees while running van tours of Craig and Klawock.

Small-claim miners prepare for rule changes
WASHINGTON - Small miners working federal claims in Alaska have until September to obtain bonds to cover any potential costs of restoring the land should their mines close. But debate over that rule and other new mining regulations continues.

Native tours offered around Southeast Alaska
These are some of the Southeast Alaska businesses that offer Native tours:

In the Tank

Tours with perspective
Al Barrill explains his Tlingit regalia while working as a host on a tour boat running to Tracy Arm. Cory Mann tells the Big Dipper legend aboard trolley and bus tours of Juneau. Nyna Fleury talks about Native names for trees while running van tours of Craig and Klawock.

Native tours offered around Southeast Alaska
These are some of the Southeast Alaska businesses that offer Native tours:

Around Town

Around Town

Obituary: Julia Hudert

Fourth of July Schedule
The following are events scheduled as part of Juneau's Fourth of July festivities

Obituary

Obituary: Julia Hudert

Obituary

Around Town

Fourth of July Schedule
The following are events scheduled as part of Juneau's Fourth of July festivities

Around Town

Letter: Don't be misled about organic farming
If you read the opinion column of Sunday, June 24, entitled "What the extra money for 'organic' buys," you may have found its comparisons between conventional and organic farming of dairy cows unusually biased and somewhat incredible. I sure did.

Letter: Dike trail concerns
I worry each day before I take my walk on the dike trail at the airport that the trees on the perimeter will have been cut down and the habitat of many birds and animals destroyed.

Letter: Steps to survival
Years ago, while teaching in rural Alaska, I had the good fortune of learning about survival tactics in unforgiving environments.

Letter: Drainage Problems
Myself and a number of neighbors have water drainage problems in the Mendenhall Valley due to the lack of adequate drainage.

Stevens: Time to run is now
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, on a visit to Juneau during a swing through the state, told reporters this is the time for Alaska's other U.S. senator, Frank Murkowski, to run for governor if he's going to do it.

Gov. Knowles signs off on $7.4 billion in budget bills
Starting Sunday, Alaska began spending more money on education, law enforcement, public health and various other programs and projects.

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

Gov. signs tougher DWI limits
Relatives and friends of people who died because of drunken drivers lowered the Alaska flag to half-staff this morning at the Dimond Courthouse, across the street from the Capitol, in the first observance of Drunk Driving Victims Remembrance Day.

July 4th festivities - not all made in the U.S.A.
WASHINGTON - This Fourth of July, the beer you drink and the hot dogs you sear are most likely American - but the Stars and Stripes you wave could well be from Taiwan, and the fireworks you explode almost certainly are from China.

July 4th festivities - not all made in the U.S.A.
WASHINGTON - This Fourth of July, the beer you drink and the hot dogs you sear are most likely American - but the Stars and Stripes you wave could well be from Taiwan, and the fireworks you explode almost certainly are from China.

Haines debates limits on heliskiing season
Haines officials are figuring out the next step in addressing helicopter access issues, particularly as they relate to helicopter skiing.

Filipino groups prepare for the 4th
Juneau's Filipino Community continues a 60-year history of spirited participation in Fourth of July festivities Wednesday by assembling three floats, rehearsing dancing and drumming groups, and preparing a free lunch.

4.3 magnitude quake reported near Kodiak
PALMER - An early morning earthquake Sunday was recorded about 125 miles south of Kodiak, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

No paper Wednesday
In celebration of Independence Day, the Juneau Empire will not publish a paper on Wednesday, and offices will be closed. The Empire will reopen as usual at 8 a.m. Thursday.

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

Sex criminal due freedom
Local prison officials are notifying Juneau schools and law enforcement agencies about a scheduled release Wednesday of Jack Leck II, convicted on six counts of child molestation nearly 20 years ago.

No paper Wednesday
In celebration of Independence Day, the Juneau Empire will not publish a paper on Wednesday, and offices will be closed. The Empire will reopen as usual at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Stevens: Time to run is now
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, on a visit to Juneau during a swing through the state, told reporters this is the time for Alaska's other U.S. senator, Frank Murkowski, to run for governor if he's going to do it.

Dozens of winners at 12th Gold Rush Days
Below are the winners of competitive events at the 12th Annual Gold Rush Days, held last weekend at Dimond Park.

Hundreds pay last respects to trooper killed in crash
ANCHORAGE - More than 900 people, including Alaska State Troopers and National Guardsmen in full dress uniform, gathered Monday at a Fort Richardson hangar to celebrate the life and mourn the death of wildlife trooper James A. Moen.

Gov. Knowles signs off on $7.4 billion in budget bills
Starting Sunday, Alaska began spending more money on education, law enforcement, public health and various other programs and projects.

Dozens of winners at 12th Gold Rush Days
Below are the winners of competitive events at the 12th Annual Gold Rush Days, held last weekend at Dimond Park.

ANS wins $35K to record history of women leaders
Longtime members of Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2 are gearing up to use a $35,000 grant from the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund to document and preserve a slice of local Native history.

Briefly
Garbage ordinance changes approved; Ferry Taku adds Lynn Canal run; 92-year-old rescues two men off Hoonah; Four nominated to replace Pearce

City nixes dredging near wharf
In a tie vote, Juneau's Assembly on Monday turned down a proposal to dredge the North Steamship Wharf area across from Marine Park, but the issue will come back for reconsideration.

Around Town

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

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

City nixes dredging near wharf
In a tie vote, Juneau's Assembly on Monday turned down a proposal to dredge the North Steamship Wharf area across from Marine Park, but the issue will come back for reconsideration.

Correction

Filipino groups prepare for the 4th
Juneau's Filipino Community continues a 60-year history of spirited participation in Fourth of July festivities Wednesday by assembling three floats, rehearsing dancing and drumming groups, and preparing a free lunch.

Cooler weather aids firefighters
Cooler temperatures are helping firefighters contain two wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula.

Sex criminal due freedom
Local prison officials are notifying Juneau schools and law enforcement agencies about a scheduled release Wednesday of Jack Leck II, convicted on six counts of child molestation nearly 20 years ago.

ANS wins $35K to record history of women leaders
Longtime members of Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2 are gearing up to use a $35,000 grant from the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund to document and preserve a slice of local Native history.

Hundreds pay last respects to trooper killed in crash
ANCHORAGE - More than 900 people, including Alaska State Troopers and National Guardsmen in full dress uniform, gathered Monday at a Fort Richardson hangar to celebrate the life and mourn the death of wildlife trooper James A. Moen.

City may tweak new bear rules
The Juneau Assembly considers changes tonight to a new ordinance designed to keep garbage from bears as the work of the Mayor's Ad Hoc Urban Bear Committee draws to a close.

Oil giants scout out pipeline route
FAIRBANKS - The major North Slope oil companies are poised to launch survey vessels from Prudhoe Bay this month to scout a proposed northern natural gas pipeline route, despite the fact that the route is widely condemned in Alaska.

4.3 magnitude quake reported near Kodiak
PALMER - An early morning earthquake Sunday was recorded about 125 miles south of Kodiak, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

Zoo sought for Hoonah cubs
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Zoo has three new residents who may be heading to other homes - triplet grizzly bear cubs captured outside Hoonah. They may join a fourth cub being sent to a park in Mexico.

Sex criminal due freedom
Local prison officials are notifying Juneau schools and law enforcement agencies about a scheduled release Wednesday of Jack Leck II, convicted on six counts of child molestation nearly 20 years ago.

Briefly

Hundreds pay last respects to trooper killed in crash
More than 900 people, including Alaska State Troopers and National Guardsmen in full dress uniform, gathered Monday at a Fort Richardson hangar to celebrate the life and mourn the death of wildlife trooper James A. Moen.

1,000-plus firefighters battling blazes
ANCHORAGE - Temperatures in Alaska's fire zone rose today, but firefighters say they made good progress the last few days controlling major blazes on the Kenai Peninsula, near Tok, and on the Tanana Flats south of Fairbanks.

July 4th festivities not all made in the U.S.A.
This Fourth of July, the beer you drink and the hot dogs you sear are most likely American - but the Stars and Stripes you wave could well be from Taiwan, and the fireworks you explode almost certainly are from China.

City may tweak new bear rules
The Juneau Assembly considers changes tonight to a new ordinance designed to keep garbage from bears as the work of the Mayor's Ad Hoc Urban Bear Committee draws to a close.

Correction

Briefly

Cooler weather aids firefighters
ANCHORAGE - Cooler temperatures are helping firefighters contain two wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula.

Haines debates limits on heliskiing season
Haines officials are figuring out the next step in addressing helicopter access issues, particularly as they relate to helicopter skiing.

City nixes dredging near wharf
In a tie vote, Juneau's Assembly on Monday turned down a proposal to dredge the North Steamship Wharf area across from Marine Park, but the issue will come back for reconsideration.

Oil giants scout out pipeline route
FAIRBANKS - The major North Slope oil companies are poised to launch survey vessels from Prudhoe Bay this month to scout a proposed northern natural gas pipeline route, despite the fact that the route is widely condemned in Alaska.

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

Zoo sought for Hoonah cubs
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Zoo has three new residents who may be heading to other homes - triplet grizzly bear cubs captured outside Hoonah. They may join a fourth cub being sent to a park in Mexico.

Briefly

Briefly

Cooler weather aids firefighters
ANCHORAGE - Cooler temperatures are helping firefighters contain two wildfires on the Kenai Peninsula.

1,000-plus firefighters battling blazes
ANCHORAGE - Temperatures in Alaska's fire zone rose today, but firefighters say they made good progress the last few days controlling major blazes on the Kenai Peninsula, near Tok, and on the Tanana Flats south of Fairbanks.

Correction

Gov. signs tougher DWI limits
Relatives and friends of people who died because of drunken drivers lowered the Alaska flag to half-staff this morning at the Dimond Courthouse, across the street from the Capitol, in the first observance of Drunk Driving Victims Remembrance Day.

Filipino groups prepare for the 4th
Juneau's Filipino Community continues a 60-year history of spirited participation in Fourth of July festivities Wednesday by assembling three floats, rehearsing dancing and drumming groups, and preparing a free lunch.

Dozens of winners at 12th Gold Rush Days
Here are the winners of competitive events at the 12th Annual Gold Rush Days, held last weekend at Dimond Park.

Small-claim miners prepare for rule changes
Small miners working federal claims in Alaska have until September to obtain bonds to cover any potential costs of restoring the land should their mines close. But debate over that rule and other new mining regulations continues.

Title

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Obituary
Julia Hudert

A positive step forward for the state's finances
The following editorial was published June 28 by Alaska Newspapers Inc. Kudos to the state lawmakers who are promoting the Fiscal Policy Caucus.

Government qmeddling is the wrong way
There's a common misconception that a federal energy strategy is either pro-development or pro-conservation. Wrong.

Recycling, bus service successes are real progress
As Juneau grows and changes, it's often the little things that improve our quality of life.

Alaska salmon deserve organic label
What do you think of when you hear the term "organic?" Natural. Safe. Healthy. Of course! That's why it's surprising and disappointing that a federal advisory group wants the U.S. government to declare that wild fish cannot be labeled "organic." To anyone who has ever savored Alaska's wild salmon that just doesn't make sense. What could be more natural, healthier or more safe?

Steps to survival
Years ago, while teaching in rural Alaska, I had the good fortune of learning about survival tactics in unforgiving environments. The first step to survival is recognition: You have to realize you're in trouble before taking positive action. The second is inventory. What resources do you have to help you make it through?

Is Spenser still for hire in today's world?
Robert B. Parker writes mystery books. He uses short, direct sentences. Very short. Very direct. His bread-and-butter hero is a droll, over-muscled, never-rattled private detective from Boston named Spenser.

Don't stall campaign reform again
For years, the public has been getting a legislative runaround on campaign finance reform while big contributors have gained greater and more brazen control over legislation. Now that a minimal measure to outlaw soft money seems on the way to long-overdue enactment, a small die-hard coterie is plotting one last ruse to trip it up.

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. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. It 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. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

A positive step forward for the state's finances
Kudos to the state lawmakers who are promoting the Fiscal Policy Caucus. Motivated by an expected budgetary shortfall of about $1 billion by fiscal year 2005 - and the inability of legislative leaders to find solutions - the bipartisan group is taking the state's financial dilemma to the public.

Tasty alternatives to killer barbecues
Imagine yourself as a visitor from another planet who's been invited to a Fou

My Turn: Alaska salmon deserve organic label
What do you think of when you hear the term "organic?" Natural. Safe. Healthy. Of course! That's why it's surprising and disappointing that a federal advisory group wants the U.S. government to declare that wild fish cannot be labeled "organic."

Drainage problems
Myself and a number of neighbors have water drainage problems in the Mendenhall Valley due to the lack of adequate drainage. There are either non-existent ditches, too small ditches, large culverts leading to small culverts or perched culverts placed too high up to be of any good. There are even covered ditches that drain into people's backyards instead of into ditches that go somewhere.

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.

Dike trail concerns
I worry each day before I take my walk on the dike trail at the airport that the trees on the perimeter will have been cut down and the habitat of many birds and animals destroyed. My fear is based on past incidents of tree cutting without first informing the public. As a Juneau resident for 46 years and a user of the airport trail for almost as many years, I have enjoyed its beauty and its wildlife.

A positive step forward for the state's finances
The following editorial was published June 28 by Alaska Newspapers Inc. Kudos to the state lawmakers who are promoting the Fiscal Policy Caucus.

Government qmeddling is the wrong way
There's a common misconception that a federal energy strategy is either pro-development or pro-conservation. Wrong.

Drainage problems
Myself and a number of neighbors have water drainage problems in the Mendenhall Valley due to the lack of adequate drainage. There are either non-existent ditches, too small ditches, large culverts leading to small culverts or perched culverts placed too high up to be of any good. There are even covered ditches that drain into people's backyards instead of into ditches that go somewhere.

Tasty alternatives to killer barbecues
Imagine yourself as a visitor from another planet who's been invited to a Fou

Steps to survival
Years ago, while teaching in rural Alaska, I had the good fortune of learning about survival tactics in unforgiving environments. The first step to survival is recognition: You have to realize you're in trouble before taking positive action. The second is inventory. What resources do you have to help you make it through?

Don't stall campaign reform again
For years, the public has been getting a legislative runaround on campaign finance reform while big contributors have gained greater and more brazen control over legislation. Now that a minimal measure to outlaw soft money seems on the way to long-overdue enactment, a small die-hard coterie is plotting one last ruse to trip it up.

Dike trail concerns
I worry each day before I take my walk on the dike trail at the airport that the trees on the perimeter will have been cut down and the habitat of many birds and animals destroyed. My fear is based on past incidents of tree cutting without first informing the public. As a Juneau resident for 46 years and a user of the airport trail for almost as many years, I have enjoyed its beauty and its wildlife.

Recycling, bus service successes are real progress
As Juneau grows and changes, it's often the little things that improve our quality of life.

Alaska salmon deserve organic label
What do you think of when you hear the term "organic?" Natural. Safe. Healthy. Of course! That's why it's surprising and disappointing that a federal advisory group wants the U.S. government to declare that wild fish cannot be labeled "organic." To anyone who has ever savored Alaska's wild salmon that just doesn't make sense. What could be more natural, healthier or more safe?

Is Spenser still for hire in today's world?
Robert B. Parker writes mystery books. He uses short, direct sentences. Very short. Very direct. His bread-and-butter hero is a droll, over-muscled, never-rattled private detective from Boston named Spenser.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. It 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. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Sports in Juneau
Tuesday, July 3

It's about time, Juneau finally gets an ice rink
At 6:30 tonight in Savikko Park, ground will be broken on the Treadwell Arena, moving Juneau and Douglas one step closer to joining the rest of the state and the world's northern regions.

Sports in Juneau

It's about time, Juneau finally gets an ice rink
At 6:30 tonight in Savikko Park, ground will be broken on the Treadwell Arena, moving Juneau and Douglas one step closer to joining the rest of the state and the world's northern regions.

Midnight Suns 18-younger claim title in Salem tourney
The Midnight Suns Fastpitch Softball Association 18-younger team won its division in the 80-Team Alaskan Midnight Suns Fourth of July Classic held in Salem, Ore., over the weekend, as the Juneau team came from behind to edge the Boise (Idaho) Diamond Dusters 3-2 in Sunday's championship game.

Sports In Juneau

Sports in Juneau

It's about time, Juneau finally gets an ice rink
At 6:30 tonight in Savikko Park, ground will be broken on the Treadwell Arena, moving Juneau and Douglas one step closer to joining the rest of the state and the world's northern regions.

Sports in Juneau
Tuesday, July 3

Midnight Suns 18-younger claim title in Salem tourney
The Midnight Suns Fastpitch Softball Association 18-younger team won its division in the 80-Team Alaskan Midnight Suns Fourth of July Classic held in Salem, Ore., over the weekend, as the Juneau team came from behind to edge the Boise (Idaho) Diamond Dusters 3-2 in Sunday's championship game.

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