Thursday, July 5, 2001

Reknowned weaver to teach basket classes
Using a can of milk as a mold, Mary Lou King wove her first basket out of cedar bark in 1984.

Two art openings, one evening
Alan Munro is fascinated by birds. Detlef Buettner finds inspiration in fish. Both local artists explore wildlife and other themes in art shows opening this week. Buettner's work will be on display for the month of July in the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery, while Munro's work can be viewed at Portfolio Arts from Friday to July 27.

The Gathering of the Tribes
Juneau residents can hear the beat of a different drum this weekend.

Calendar

Progressive tax needed in Alaska
One good thing - perhaps the only good thing - about the new federal tax cuts is the growing mass of wealth left at the top of the economic scale that Alaska could direct toward public problem-solving by reinstating our state income tax. By using progressive tax rate schedules, Alaska could at least harvest the recent windfalls to the wealthy, leaving them no worse off than before the federal cuts, without burdening those who have little discretionary income.

New policy on bears is misguided
Having lived in Juneau for some years now, I probably shouldn't be incredulous at the actions of city officials, yet here I am baffled again. Is there any splinter group of people in this small city that we don't pay heed to?

Our thanks to the ferry system
This letter is in reference to the editorial written by the publisher on Sunday and also to give thanks and show our appreciation to the Alaska Marine Highway for being so accommodating to the softball players needing to attend the 2001 Dustball Tournament in Whitehorse next weekend.

Around Town

Crew moves creek so salmon can survive
A dried-up section of Duck Creek is getting a new bed and a new life.

Rain doesn't dampen 4th
Rain was falling as participants in Juneau's Fourth of July parade gathered in the parking lot outside the state Department of Labor building on Wednesday morning. Ozzie Sheakley, commander of the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans, handed a carafe of hot coffee to his brother Roger, who was sitting in the front seat of the group's decorated flatbed truck.

Ruling may impact tours
A recent court decision that gives New York City the power to prohibit flightseeing opens doors to limit flight noise in Juneau, according to a group of local attorneys. But local officials say other factors make the ruling less clear.

Judge tells library to put gay exhibit back up
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge has ordered Anchorage officials to reinstall a gay pride exhibit at the city's main library.

Sex offender relocated to halfway house in Juneau
Convicted child molester Jack Leck II was released from Juneau's state prison Wednesday and is living at Glacier Manor, a halfway house in the Lemon Creek industrial area.

Oil price boosts surplus
ANCHORAGE - High oil prices and booming corporate profits will give the state a larger-than-expected budget surplus, according to the Revenue Department.

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

Briefly

Parade winners
Here are the winners of the Juneau Festival Association's 2001 Fourth of July parade:

Dredging project deserves approval
The Juneau Assembly took a wrong turn Monday evening by failing to approve a simple dredging project in our busy harbor. The North Steamship Wharf project has been on the map for a long time and is a small but important step toward improving the harbor. As an added bonus, the CBJ stands to save money by using the dredged material as in-fill for the Savikko Road improvements at the Douglas Harbor expansion project now underway.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

Cell phone limits make sense
The following editorial appeared in Monday's Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Listening to cell phone lobbyists, you'd think the push to regulate their industry is positively un-American.

Unfair to impose new tonnage tax
As readers of the Empire know, taxes of any type have become the Typhoid Mary of Alaska's political process. Despite the state's current budged deficits, and the looming depletion of the Constitutional Budget Reserve Fund, discussion of passing new taxes has been tepid in the Legislature.

Avalanche Center receives award
The Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center was one of eight organization nationwide selected for an award by the Coalition for Recreational Trails this month. The Center was honored for excellence in the Communication and Education award category for avalanche education programs carried out using grant funding from federal recreational trail safety programs.

OUT AND ABOUT

Pedaling and paddling for salmon
When Darin Fagerstrom wants to catch a fish, he hops on his bike.

Russian River anglers cash in on sockeye run
COOPER LANDING -- The line for admission to the most popular attraction on the Kenai Peninsula in late June stretched out and around the corner of the access road to the Russian River campground.

Did pesticide kill the birds?
Late in May I found three dead red-breasted sapsuckers during a two- week span within close vicinity to my home at the end of Mendenhall Peninsula.

Fish Report

Alaska trip refreshes Woods in time for Western Open
LEMONT, Ill. -- Even Tiger Woods needs some time off once in awhile.

Sports in Juneau

Miller wins Douglas Two-Miler
Shawn Miller thought he was running alone in front of the pack during Wednesday's Douglas Two-Miler when suddenly he heard footsteps behind him.

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