Tuesday, July 9, 2002

Grateful student
Recently there has been some public discussion regarding the continuation of correspondence schools in Alaska. I am a high school senior at Alyeska Central School (ACS), the correspondence school.

Don't treat families as collateral damage
This ongoing tit-for-tat between Empire publisher Don Smith and "alert reader" K.J. Metcalf regarding the Tongass issue is leaving me a little dizzy.

Thane is wrong place
There are a few places near downtown Juneau for runners to get their daily workouts in a safe and pleasant environment. Thane Road is one of them.

Out of touch
As much as I like the Public Safety Employees Association Political Action Committee (PSEA-PAC) members, they are wrong to endorse Fran Ulmer for governor. I am a correctional officer, past board member and legislative liaison.

Keep the parade moving
I swear every year that I will not march in the band for the Fourth of July parade. I spent most of this year's parade composing this letter and I'm damned mad.

Get parade moving
Right on, Ron Maas! There is nothing more annoying to either participants or observers than a parade that doesn't move. Two observations I have heard repeatedly from people since the Fourth: 1) The marching band is their favorite part of the parade; and 2) the parade was too slow.

One possible disadvantage
I enjoyed the Juneau Fourth of July parade, but the wait for its arrival at my Egan Drive location was interminable. Also, several times, long gaps between some units made me think that the parade had ended. To cure timeliness and unit spacing problems in future Juneau parades I offer this suggestion.

Noise plan needed
Although I live 20 miles from Thane I disagree with the proposal to establish a heliport there. Remote heliports are not the solution to the noise problem in Juneau. We need a comprehensive and realistic noise management plan.

Family rescues dog from chute in Glory Hole
After spending more than three days trapped in a rock chute deep in the Glory Hole on Douglas, the Fraser family's dog has come home."Right now she's under my daughter's bed, sleeping," said Richard Fraser, a local contractor, on Monday. "(She's) not feeling real confident, but she'll come around."

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

Tongass National Forest celebrates 100th birthday
Tongass National Forest celebrates 100th birthday

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

Correction
Due to a typographical error, a Sunday Empire article on reimbursement of money taken from the Alaska Folk Festival contained conflicting information.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

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

Stores stung in tobacco compliance operation
Three retail clerks face stiff penalties after police busted them for selling tobacco to minors during a sting operation over the weekend.Clerks from Uncle Artie's Gifts downtown, the Big Dipper ice cream shop and Reymel Oriental Store, both in the Mendenhall Valley, were cited by police Sunday afternoon.

Assembly irons out tour plan wrinkles
The Juneau Assembly resolved several sticky issues Monday in a long-range tourism plan, but the makeup of the entity that would implement the plan remained under review.The plan gives the city direction in marketing tourism, reducing flightseeing noise and managing downtown congestion, among other topics. The city started work on it in spring 2001. Assembly committees have spent the past several weeks ironing out some of the more contentious details, such as the location of heliports.

Martha Mae Hubbard
Longtime Douglas resident Martha Mae Hubbard died July 3, 2002, in Juneau.

Robert M. 'Bob' McCormick
Lifetime Douglas resident Robert M. "Bob" McCormick, 68, died July 4, 2002, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Wash.

Hilda Marie 'Sue' Lea
Former Juneau resident Hilda Marie "Sue" Lea died June 22, 2002, in Port Angeles, Wash.

Hilda Marie 'Sue' Lea
Former Juneau resident Hilda Marie "Sue" Lea died June 22, 2002, in Port Angeles, Wash.

Robert M. 'Bob' McCormick
Lifetime Douglas resident Robert M. "Bob" McCormick, 68, died July 4, 2002, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Wash.

Techwit: Digital dieting is NOFUNS
Right now your coffee maker is talking to your alarm clock wanting to know, "Is it time to start brewing yet?" Your refrigerator is talking to your leftovers to make sure they are cool enough. Depending on your income level, your home security system may be on high alert ready to call the cops, and the CCC (Clothes Coordinator Custodian) built into your full-length mirror may have just sent you a voice message through your radio telling you not to wear the striped shirt with the plaid coat.

Juneau East opens tourney with win
Three times Wrangell took leads against Juneau East in Monday's opening round of the District II Minor (age 9-10) Little League Tournament at Miller Fields.But the Juneau East players weren't worried. They felt the game was still within their grasp.

North Douglas Highway Time Trial
Results from an informal, 10.14-mile time trial along the North Douglas Highway, held Friday night by the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club.

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

Correction
In Sunday's sports story about the Tlingit war canoe races, it was incorrectly reported that the Tribal Renegades won the men's title at June's Celebration 2002 races at Sandy Beach.

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

Empire Cup Running Series Point Standings
Here are the standings through June 30 for the 2002 Empire Cup running series, which is co-sponsored each year by the Southeast Road Runners Club and the Juneau Empire.

Douglas Two-Miler
Results from Thursday's Douglas Two-Miler running race held as part of the Douglas Fourth of July celebration. Due to a clock malfunction, times are not available. Also, youth results were split from the adults so the overall finish order has been lost.

Anchorage man dies in motorcycle crash
An Anchorage man was killed when he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding while going around a curve, police said.

University sets new Internet record
In the world of network engineering, winning the Internet2 Land Speed Record gets you noticed.

Search continues for missing plane
A pilot and his passenger remained missing Sunday after their plane failed to return from a short trip on the July 4 holiday, according to the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center.

North Pole girl dies following shooting mishap
FAIRBANKS - A 16-year-old North Pole girl died after being shot in the head by a 27-year-old man authorities say was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

Kenai Peninsula growing older
As the population of the Kenai Peninsula grows larger, it also is growing older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Two die in small-plane crash near Mount McKinley
ANCHORAGE - A pilot and a friend were killed when their small plane crashed in a pass near Mount McKinley, officials said Monday.

State Briefs
Coast Guard looking into yacht fire; Troopers: Seward party gets out of control; Anchorage man tells police he strangled his girlfriend; Bald eagle shot near Wrangell is recovering; Coroner: Driver who killed Alaska teacher was drunk; Elections division rules in favor of Rep. Vic Kohring;

Elections office says Sen. Ward lives in Nikiski
Incumbent state Sen. Jerry Ward is a resident of Nikiski and the new Alaska Senate District Q and is eligible to run in the Aug. 27 Republican Party primary, according to the director of the Alaska Division of Elections.

Man sentenced in sex abuse case
A North Pole man convicted of attempting to sexually abuse his young daughter has been sentenced to 212 years in prison.

Alaska authorities dispute GAO call for oil cleanup standards
WASHINGTON - Alaska officials say there's little need to worry about potential multibillion-dollar cleanups from oil and gas drilling in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve, since they might not happen for 50 years.The state's optimistic outlook contrasts with the advice of congressional auditors issuing a report today that says the Interior Department should give oil and gas companies specific requirements for cleaning up any damage.

Man charged with girlfriend's murder
An Anchorage man has been charged with first-degree murder in the strangling death of his girlfriend Friday night, police said.

Small-town trial could be among many to come in rural Alaska
It was a little like having a trial in your living room. As defense attorney Bill Satterberg addressed the jury during the recent trial of Larry Wholecheese in Nenana District Court, two jurors in the front row stretched out, their feet resting against the legs of the attorney's table and chair.

Food stamp policies spark lawsuit
Two Togiak women and a Native organization have filed a class action lawsuit claiming the state is illegally denying, terminating or reducing food stamp benefits for families expected to get money from Bristol Bay fishing.

Kuskokwim opens for subsistence
Jimmie Port of Bethel was so excited to hear the entire Kuskokwim River in Western Alaska was reopened to subsistence fishing that he drifted for salmon instead of going to church.

Zoo bears get chance for fishing glory
The 50 rainbow trout darting through the bear pool were supposed to outrun Ahpun and Oreo. But it didn't exactly work out that way.

Special Olympics pays Stevens $715K
Ben Stevens, the son of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, was paid more than $715,000 for three years of work as chief executive of the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games, held last March in Anchorage.

Close to home
A sockeye salmon jumps from the water Friday while trying to navigate the Russian River Falls near Cooper Landing.

DWI laws meant to deter, but are drunken drivers getting the point?
Tough new laws aimed at curbing drinking and driving went into effect last week, with changes ranging from increased fines to vehicle forfeiture.But while the Legislature intended for the new statutes to punish and prevent drinking and driving, many in the legal community say the public is still unaware of such laws passed a year ago.

Knowles signs 27 bills and vetoes two
Gov. Tony Knowles signed into law more than two dozen bills Monday, changing a plethora of rules and regulations affecting topics from commercial salmon fishing to a scooter not yet on the market.But Knowles vetoed a bill to revise future constitutional conventions and another that would have made it more difficult for local governments to consolidate.

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