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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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.


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Local Briefs

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.

Around Town


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.

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.

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

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

House increases Coast Guard budget

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.

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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