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Friday, July 6, 2001

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.

Calendar

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.

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

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.

How much is enough?
Since my testimony regarding the harbor dredging project was criticized in Thursday's editorial, I would like to clarify my point.

Now a true citizen
Thank you, Don Smith, for your editorial regarding the harbor dredging project that a few woefully misguided assembly members tried to shoot down at Monday's meeting. Without the presence of the two most experienced members (John MacKinnon and Cathy Munoz) at the meeting, newcomers Marc Wheeler and Sally Smith and relative newcomer Frankie Pillifant apparently thought they could wreak a little havoc with the planning process.

Shuttle bus needed
I am a visitor to Juneau from Britain. I was interested to read your story in the Empire, "Growing Ridership," about public transport buses.

Stewards of salmon
The return of the salmon is an amazing treasure. As I heard and read about the sockeye runs of Bristol Bay this week, I thought I should write to say it is the duty of the living generations to respect this treasure and ensure that salmon will keep returning.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Around Town

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

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

Local Briefs

Briefly

Juneau mask carver has more than one dimension
You get the feeling Lonnie Acord's mother must have kept on her toes during his busy childhood.

Weddings

Around Town

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.

Learning to live with one another's burdens
How do we relate to people that are burdened? How do we relate to our own burdens that weigh us down? Society is often unfriendly and blaming toward people who are caught up in burdensome realities. Too often we approach our own and the burdens of others with an attitude of denial. We fail to recognize that a shared burden is a lighter burden. When we practice understanding, compassion and love, it is possible to safely share burdens, learn from them and grow through them.

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.

Assembly OKs $12,000 pay hike for city manager
Juneau City Manager Dave Palmer is getting a $12,000 salary increase, his first since 1999.

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

Obituary

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

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.

Weekend Best Bets
The big event this weekend is the Gathering of the Tribes - Pow Wow 2001. These celebrations have been growing steadily bigger over the five years they've taken place in Juneau. Drum groups from Canada and the Lower 48 will perform this weekend at the National Guard Armory, following a picnic and concert tonight. The picnic takes place at Sandy Beach at 5 p.m.; it's free to the public, but bring a dish to share. The concert, featuring country and western music by Canadian Don Harris, will start at 9 p.m. at the armory. A $5 cover charge can be paid at the door.

Thank you

FYI

Historic planes make SE stops
Two pieces of American history will fly into Juneau this weekend.

Responding to ferry needs with action
Alaskans are eagerly anticipating daily ferry service between communities. The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) will soon deploy new, more efficient ferries. AMHS afloat and ashore staff have achieved minor miracles in their efforts to minim

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.

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.

Condit's unseemly silence
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: When was the last time you heard of a congressman skipping Fourth of July parades in his own district? Ever since Chandra Levy, a 25-year-old Bureau of Prisons intern from Modesto County, disappeared in Washington May 1, Rep. Gary A. Condit, D-Calif., has been underground.

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.

Fresh face at the FBI
This editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: To head the FBI, President Bush has nominated the able Robert Mueller III, who has excellent bipartisan credentials and a history of successful law enforcement experience.

Word of Mouth
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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.

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

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

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.

Fish Report

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Sports in Juneau

Boyle wins Alaska 300-yard prone shoot
Rick Boyle of Juneau claimed top honors last weekend in the Alaska 300-yard Prone Rifle Championship, held Sunday at Juneau's Montana Creek rifle range.

Post 25 hosts two at home
Juneau residents will get their only chances of the year to see the American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns this weekend when the team plays two exhibition games against an alumni squad comprised of former Juneau-Douglas High School and Legion players at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

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.

Local Scoreboard: Douglas Two-Miler
Results from Wednesday's Douglas Two-Miler fun run, held as part of the Douglas Island Fourth of July Celebration.

Local Scoreboard: Empire Cup Standings
Southeast Road Runners-Empire Cup Runners Series standings through June 30.

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

Chains stop gun sales everywhere but Alaska
FAIRBANKS - Handgun sales in Alaska are so profitable that while corporate headquarters of three major chains have either banned the sales of handguns or ammunition for them on a national basis, they've allowed their Alaska stores to sell them.

Briefly
House increases Coast Guard budget

Thirty bills signed into law
Gov. Tony Knowles vetoed a bill Thursday that would have let a private firm build a railroad to the eastern edge of Denali National Park. He also struck down a bill that would have put two legislators on an Anchorage transportation committee.

Briefly
House increases Coast Guard budget

New lodge may spark tourism in remote area
ANCHORAGE - Princess Tours plans to route several thousand people up the Richardson Highway next summer, a place where tourism giants now have virtually no presence.

Nenana boarding home drawing high schoolers across the state
FAIRBANKS - Enrollment applications already are coming in for the new Nenana Student Living Center, even though construction of the 96-person boarding home isn't expected to be completed until early August.

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