Friday, July 4, 2003

Competent, compassionate care
On Tuesday, our 11-month daughter, Genevieve, suffered a febrile seizure due to a sudden high fever while vacationing and visiting my sister, Tara, and her family here in Juneau. We were on a glacier trek with North Star Trekking when this happened and she was in my sister's care. She was at Our Backyard when she began seizing and became unconscious. The owner, Christy and a patron, Margo, a CNA, acted quickly in calling 911 and assisting my sister in caring for Genevieve. Several EMTs arrived and provided prompt and thorough care before transferring her to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Happy for couple
I was very surprised to see that Kathy Wurth was the lucky lady to finally snag that Bobby Swanson and wanted to be among the first to publicly offer my best wishes to that happy couple.

Road grit
According to a recent poll in the Juneau Empire, 61 percent of the respondents believe the ferry system is a reliable form of transportation. A year ago when asked in a similar poll, "How would you like to see Southeast Alaska transportation addressed?" only 44 percent voted for a road. That is not a majority. This road would spend federal dollars and I do not think $300 million to $500 million of federal money needs to be spent on 65 miles of road. I told a schoolteacher in Georgia the story and she laughed. When I told her that it was her tax dollars she stopped laughing. So you see, Anchorage is not the only place that could find better uses for this money.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Parades: good for walkers, bad for drivers
Juneau residents hoping to drive in downtown Juneau and Douglas on Friday, July 4, can expect delays and detours for most of the day, according to Juneau police. To lessen traffic, free bus service will be provided between Juneau and Douglas for most of the day.

Juneau, Douglas pick their parade grand marshals
Retired Superior Court Judge Tom Stewart has been on the sidelines watching Juneau Fourth of July parades since he was 2 or 3 years old. On Friday, he will make his debut appearance in the march through town, where he will be honored with the title of parade marshal and chauffeured through the streets in the back seat of a convertible.

Beware, you're in goshawk territory
Early Sunday morning, Phoebe Rohrbacher, 17, and Meghan Salveson, 19, were running on the Treadwell Ditch Trail when they heard a goshawk's screech echoing from the spruce trees. Moments later, the raptor swooped down and beaned Salveson's scalp with its talons. She felt blood trickle down her neck.

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

Parades, fireworks and more scheduled events
Juneau and Douglas Fourth of July and related events.

Photo: Practice makes perfect
Guest dance teacher Roger Dillahunty works with Jessica Ballentine, 8, left, Tanya MacKinnon, 11, Riley Goldrich, 7, and Sacha Anderson, 7, right, as they practice at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School for their finale of the Summer Fine Arts Camp held by Juneau Dance Unlimited. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Dance Unlimited studio.

Lois May Spicer
Juneau resident Lois May Spicer, 83, died June 27, 2003, in her home.

My Turn: Independence Day is a good time to recall those who preserve liberty
From time-to-time, vessels painted in the standard "haze gray" of the U.S. Navy travel to Juneau. Juneau has become a welcoming and pleasant liberty port for some of the warships of our nation and our nation's allies. In the last decade, or so, the USS Merrill, USS Bradley, USS O'Callahan, USS George Phillip, USS Camden, USS Thach, USS Alaska and the USS John Young have visited Juneau. This year the USS Stethem and USS McClusky will visit Juneau. Vessels from the Canadian Forces naval contingent are frequent visitors to Juneau.

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.

Chad Bentz earns first Class AA victory
Chad Bentz of Juneau has been having an outstanding season so far for the Harrisburg (Pa.) Senators of the Eastern League, the Class AA team for the Montreal Expos. But it took until Tuesday for Bentz to earn his first victory at the Class AA level.

ASTF funds projects before disbanding
As one of its last acts, the board of the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation decided to use its remaining money to partly fund some projects. The foundation was able to fund a 2003 request from a shellfish hatchery in Seward and partly fund a 2003 commitment to Alaska InvestNet, a Juneau-based nonprofit organization that helps Alaska entrepreneurs link up with venture capital investors.

Murkowski signs tire tax, nuisance-wildlife bills
Gov. Frank Murkowski signed six new bills into law Tuesday, ranging from a tax on tire sales to a measure to regulate nuisance wildlife. The new tax on tires charges $2.50 for regular tires and an additional $5, for a total of $7.50, for studded tires sold in the state.

Young announces his candidacy
U.S. Rep. Don Young said he will seek a 17th term as Alaska's lone member in the U.S. House of Representatives. Young, a Republican first elected in 1973, poses an enormous obstacle to anyone seeking the office. "There will be someone who will replace me someday. The good Lord will reach down someday and pluck me up or the devil will reach up and grab me. I don't know which one it's going to be," he said. "As long as I stay well, I'm going to keep doing it."

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

AlaskaDigest
Mark Begich sworn in as Anchorage mayor; Comment period ends on Greens Creek draft EIS; City rejects hazardous material team grant; Marine Park Plaza celebrates grand opening; False killer whale sighted near Juneau in May.

Wisconsin Slim: He shook 'em on down then done left town
Wisconsin Slim, aka Joel Bergsbaken, moved to Juneau in 1996 with two backpacks and a bicycle. When he moves to Bellingham, Wash., on July 8 with his girlfriend, Nicole Davidson, he will pack three guitars, some sound equipment and a surfboard into his car. "Those are the things that I wouldn't barge if you paid me," Slim said.

When drama knocks, don't answer the door
It all started on Friday the 13th when this black Lab I was dog-sitting had diarrhea in the back of my pickup truck. I was about to take it for a walk and I think I was even whistling when I opened the back hatch. Then, the Lab leapt out and my eyes fell upon the heinous, putrid mess. A half dozen buckets of bleach water later, the mess was gone, but a black cloud had rolled in and parked itself over my head. I felt meanness well up in me like acid reflux.

What's happening
Douglas Beach Dance, 4-8 p.m., Friday, July 4, Savikko Park Field No. 4. Featuring bands Trip Station X, Moses Cain and III. Mr. McFeely and Purple Panda of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 3, at the Marine Park Plaza Grand Opening and Community Celebration. For more information, contact Susan at 586-6472.

Mr. McFeely makes a special delivery to Juneau
Since the first episode of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" aired on Pittsburgh's KQED-TV in 1967, Mr. McFeely, "the speedy delivery man," has provided a quick counter-rhythm to Rogers' deliberate, thoughtful pace. "Fred (Rogers) just thought it was contrapuntal," said David Newell, who's played McFeely from the beginning. "The program is going at a certain pace, and then McFeely rushes in and it's almost like music." Though Rogers died from stomach cancer Feb. 27, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" is still playing on PBS stations. It's the longest-running children's television program on PBS, and the public broadcast network has committed to showing it for years to come. The show airs in Juneau at noon weekdays on KTOO.

Annual Beaded Bag show: Oldest bag in show dates back to 1820
Spirit Beads owner Salty Hanes was surprised to receive 14 chain-mail bags this month when she put out a call in April for submissions to her store's 13th Annual Beaded Bag Show. She was even more surprised to discover two of the chain-mail bags - one each from Juneau residents Donna Mayfield and Judy Sherburne - appear to be "sister bags."

Movies where & when
"Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," (R) plays at 7 and 9:30 nightly at 20th Century Twin, with afternoon matinees at 2 daily. Additional weekend matinee at 4:30 p.m.

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