Thursday, July 4, 2002

Dangerous precedent
I would like to thank Assembly Member Jim Powell for standing up for a comprehensive and collaborative public process to solve our flightseeing noise issue. His vote at Monday's Policy and Planning Committee meeting to remove language in the Draft Tourism Plan which calls for a heliport site at Sheep Creek or Dupont helps set a standard for how this issue should be dealt with.

Time for accountability
The June 28 Empire carried more articles about misconduct in accounting by more large companies in the USA. This makes a thinking person wonder if there is more of this going on than has come to light.

Class of '62 converges for reunion
Juneau-Douglas High School was just a few years old in 1962 when an avalanche swept down the mountain, stopping a few hundred feet from the new school."It wiped out some of the houses in the Highland area, just a block or two up, on Behrends," said Lennie Gorsuch, a graduate of the Class of 1962. "I remember sneaking out of school to go check it out and I ran into a bunch of teachers."

Time to celebrate
A piping, silvery tone joined the pulsing beat of drums as the Filipino Community's Ati-Atihan dancers prepared Tuesday night for the Fourth of July parade."We're doing good," said Morris Carrillo, chairman of the Fourth of July festival for the Filipino Community and coordinator for Ati-Atihan. "We added a different instrument to our music - a lyre. It adds different tone. It's going to sound real pretty."

Residents: Plan for Riverside Drive short-sighted
Under a plan for Riverside Drive, the city would improve a busy intersection with Mendenhall Mall Road, install a traffic light at Dimond Park, slow down motorists near houses at the northern end, and connect it to Back Loop Road.But some neighborhood residents say the plan doesn't solve the real problem of how to draw traffic away from Riverside Drive.

Photo: Camp singers
Students from the Juneau School District's Camp WATER program sing the Tlingit national anthem Tuesday night during a recognition ceremony at Ha Kaak Has Ka Hidi, the Vocational Training and Resource Center on Hospital Drive.

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

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

City manager search firm starts working
Chris Hartung of the Dallas, Texas,-based Waters Consulting Group is talking with residents, city staff and Assembly members this week about the qualities they'd like to see in a new city manager.

Pillifant, Sanford to file for Juneau Assembly
Juneau Assembly incumbent Frankie Pillifant and Juneau Planning Commission member Merrill Sanford plan to run for seats on the Assembly this fall, they said today.Both have sent letters of intent to the Alaska Public Offices Commission, allowing them to raise money and campaign. The local election is Oct. 1.

Thank you
... for helping keep kids safe; ... for help with the dinner; ... for your support and help; ...for a great Boogie; ... for supporting after-school programs;

Neighbors Briefs
Humane Society plans Super Dog' Frisbee contest on the 4th; Salmon bake benefit dinner scheduled to be held on Saturday; Local kids get awards for using the library

Hospice/Home Care raises more than $60,000
The foundation for Hospice and Home Care of Juneau Major Gifts Campaign raised more than $60,000 for Hospice and Home Care services in the last two months.

Photo: Class of '82 reunion
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School Class of 1982 gather at the top of Mt. Roberts Tram during their 20-year reunion last weekend. Over the past two decades various members of the class have found success as artists, in the high-tech world of Silicon Valley and in the political arena.

Fial, Schmidt to marry
Heather Lynne Fial and Jack Suson Schmidt will be married at 2 p.m. on July 6, 2002, at Saint Paul's Catholic Church in Juneau. A reception will follow at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center. Friends and family of the couple are invited to attend the wedding and reception.

Pets Of The Week
Dexter is a handsome 2 year old neutered and declawed tuxedo kitty, who has a delightful personality. Evenrude is a black, neutered male kitty who is a former stray.

August 16 marks the 50th anniversary of home mail delivery around Juneau
The 50-year anniversary of the first day the mail was delivered to Juneau residences is Aug. 16.On that date in 1952, during the tenure of Postmaster Crystal Snow Jenne, postal workers at the Capitol Building - the site of the post office at that time - attached tags to mail to commemorate the first day of delivery.

Jokerst, Zepp to wed
Christina Rose Jokerst of Juneau and Gary Franklin Zepp of Juneau will be married at 7 p.m. on July 6, 2002 at Glacier Gardens. A reception will follow at 7:30 at the Baranof. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding and reception.

UAS releases Chancellor's, Dean's Lists
The University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus has announced those students whose academic achievements qualified them for the Chancellor's List and for the Dean's List for the spring 2002 semester.

Budke, Palmer to marry
Tracy Budke of Juneau and Alan Palmer of Juneau will be married in a ceremony planned for 6:30 p.m. July 6, 2002, at Douglas Island Bible Church. A reception will follow at Auke Bay Bible Church. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding and reception.

Gregorys plan 10th anniversary celebration
Donald and Christine Gregory invite friends and family to come celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary on Sunday, July 7, at 5:30 p.m. at Sandy Beach.

My Turn: Support sought for FRANK Committee
In recent days residents of the capital city should have received a letter from the Fairbanks-based FRANK Committee requesting a contribution to help fight Ballot Measure No. 2 on this fall's ballot. If approved, this initiative would move legislative sessions from Juneau to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, or, if suitable facilities are not readily available in the Mat-Su, sessions would move temporarily to Anchorage.

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

Three get aces at Hole-in-One Contest
Three Juneau golfers scored holes-in-one last weekend during the 25th annual Juneau Golf Club Hole-in-One Contest, held at Vintage Park.

State Briefs
Yakutat man fined, jailed for making false distress call; Autographed cyclists' flag to be displayed in Valley; Lord-Jenkins named to head Ombudsman's office; Flags lowered today to honor drunken-driving victims; Coast Guard monitoring grounded Yukon barge;

Democrat withdraws candidacy; endorses Sen. Murkowski
Abandoning his run for lieutenant governor as a Democrat, Scott Heyworth of Anchorage announced Tuesday his endorsement of Republican gubernatorial candidate Frank Murkowski.Heyworth, 52, the sponsor of a ballot initiative to build an all-Alaska natural gas pipeline, said the decision came because of Murkowski's support for getting a gasline built.

Murkowski says he wants attack ads stopped
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski said he wants an Outside group running ads attacking the Knowles-Ulmer administration to end the television spots."I'd like to see them stopped," Murkowski said Tuesday, referring to the issue advertisements by the Virginia-based Americans for Job Security attacking the economic record of Gov. Tony Knowles and Murkowski's leading opponent in the gubernatorial race, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer.

Feds: 13 rural Alaska schools are failing
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Department of Education has found that 13 rural Alaska schools are "failing."The finding announced this week means students at those schools can transfer to other schools within the district, and the district must pay for transportation costs.

Bond package put on ballot
Alaska voters will go to the polls in November to decide the first general obligation bond package the state has had in more than 20 years. Voters will decide the fate of millions to construct eight new schools in Bush Alaska along with funding for other urban school and transportation projects statewide.

What's up with that?
Q: Why does the Mendenhall Valley post office fly the POW/Missing in Action flag?

Sonfest brings Christian rock with an edge
Shadowbox Puppets singer Brian Seewald loves the way a lot of today's popular bands sound. He's just not happy with what they're saying."I hear this great music, but I don't want to listen to somebody's anger issues," he said.

Walking in both worlds
Native American flutist and singer Mary Youngblood recorded her first album in a cave in 1997. This year she opened concerts for B.B. King and Chris Isaak. Inspired by tradition and open to modern influences, Native American musicians such as Youngblood and Joanne Shenandoah are enjoying the best of two worlds.

Best Bets: Hot events for weiner-dog lovers
Fourth of July festivities are a good bet for entertainment Thursday, and this weekend, a month after Celebration 2002, Centennial Hall will again resonate with the sounds of drumming and singing. An art exhibit featuring photographer Joe Sonneman and Paul and James Voelckers opens this week at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery.

Poet and fiddler Ken Waldman to perform
JUNEAU - Ken Waldman, "Alaska's Fiddling Poet," will be featured at a book-signing and a performance Monday, July 8.

What's happening
Concert

Unusual methods unite artists in JAHC show
Through his photography, Joe Sonneman brings the technology of the past and the present together. Using folding cameras from the 1930s and 1950s, Sonneman captures black and white images - then copies them with a digital copy machine.

The Mankillers and a floating pow wow
A floating pow wow aboard the Carnival Spirit is expected to add about 200 Native Americans to the Gathering of the Tribes Pow Wow this weekend."This is going to be a major deal for us," said Juneau pow wow organizer Garfield Katasse. "There will be Native Americans from all over North America."

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