Police could have been more helpful with the bear necessities
Wednesday I saw a bear wandering around the neighborhood; it wasn't causing problems or getting into anything, just checking out the neighborhood. Being worried about children and what could happen, I called the police to let them know. The policeman I talked to said, "We aren't into tracking bears, thanks Ma'am."

Read more about it
The recent letters from Mr. Crockroft and Ms. Noble impelled me to point out that Empire readers and all Americans have some wonderful opportunities to read many of the papers of our Founding Fathers and draw their own conclusions.

Supports Murkowski in making tough budget decisions
I am writing this letter in rebuttal to the statement made by Assembly member Jim Powell in the July 8 Juneau Empire. The Empire quotes Mr. Powell as saying: "This governor does not support education or local government as past administrations have."

We are conservationists
Mike Chambers' article about the effort to ban hunting of black bears with the use of bait stations was interesting and informative. I don't know why he finds the mix of conservationists and hunters to be odd, though.

Applying best practices
On behalf of the Alaska Travel Industry Association's Juneau Chapter, I would like to note the efforts put toward the Tourism Best Management Practices program.

Spare the wildflowers
We are so angry, a deep breath is needed before we tell about the Department Of Transportation's needless attack on wildflowers.

More toasty weather expected
The last four days have felt hot, but the warm spell isn't that unusual, according to Juneau meteorologist Brian Bezenek of the National Weather Service. "We're fairly close to an average July," Bezenek said. "The last couple days have been nice, but we had some cooler temperatures at the beginning part of the month."

Bear breaks into home
After spending the Fourth of July weekend in Tenakee Springs, Cathy and Juan Muñoz and their daughter, Mercedes, returned Monday to find the back door of their Starr Hill home unhinged. Inside, muddy paw prints streaked the walls, mini-blinds were mangled and a 50-pound bag of dog food lay disemboweled on their living room floor. Alongside the dog food sat a sizable deposit of fresh black bear scat. "It looked like the house had been vandalized," said Cathy Muñoz, co-owner of the Ad Lib shop and a former Juneau Assembly member. "The bear literally ripped the door off its hinges."

This Day in History
In 1934, the permanent town of Anchorage was started on lots sold by the Federal government.

Assembly withholds funds from Eaglecrest
Eaglecrest Ski Area must develop a business plan before the city will grant the funds needed to help it get out of debt, Juneau Assembly members said this week. "We need more information and we need to be convinced that Eaglecrest is doing everything they can to have a strong business plan," said Assembly Finance Committee Chairman Jim Powell. "We believe they are on the cusp of change, but they need that extra incentive."

Due to a reporter's error, Wednesday's Empire article about a private fast ferry incorrectly reported the home towns and committee affiliations of two sources.

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

Youth in the limelight
As Gene Tagaban beats a Tlingit drum, a line of girls dance in a stutter step into the classroom, hands on their hips, followed by a line of boys crouching low. Now dancing in separate rows, the boys go on one knee and the girls sway behind them. "The women are - what are the women?" Tagaban asks his class of 10 youths in the Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous put on by Perseverance Theatre at the University of Alaska Southeast campus.

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Police and Fire
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Births; Courts; Judgements; ndictments.

Photo: Visiting steamship, 1930
This photograph of the S.S. Prince George of the Canadian National Steamship line was taken in 1930. This was one of the steamships that visited Juneau's waterfront and was regularly greeted by the famous Patsy Ann (1929-1942), a deaf bull terrier who has been memorialized with a statue downtown.

Photo: Roving predators
A pod of orcas, also known as killer whales, swim Tuesday in Lynn Canal west of Juneau. Orcas are the largest members of the dolphin family. Adults grow up to 27 to 33 feet long and can weigh 8,000 to 12,000 pounds.

JUMP film festival returns with lessons in grammar, creative uses for a husband
The minute-long movie "Grammar" begins in a field in Lemon Creek. Greg Chaney is wearing a Viking helmet, squatting in a field and chewing grass. He is playing the role of a bull. The bull represents a noun in "Grammar," a digital short about sentence structure. Greg's son Connor, 12, wrote, directed and edited the story, one of 25 short movies playing in the Third Juneau Underground Motion Picture Film Festival. The festival opens at 7 p.m. today. Festival entries will be shown again at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Silverbow's Back Room. Admission is free. Past festivals packed the house quickly.

Photo: Making music in the sunshine
Children practice playing violin Thursday on 10th Street. The young musicians are in Lisa Miles' Homemade Suzuki Camp and will perform at 7 tonight in Friday Concerts in Marine Park. Left to right are Rielly Walsh, 5, Max Blust, 6, Gabrielle DuVernay, 5, Travis DuVernay, 8, Jasper MacNaughton, 6, Quinn White, 6, and Robert Newman, 6.

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Cartwright, Lea to marry
Carrie Lyn Cartwright and Kenneth H. Lea III will be married in a tropical ceremony on July 19, 2003, at Sandy Beach.

A time for wood and for cardboard
There is a memorable saying in chapter three of Ecclesiastes: "To everything there is a season." As a person looks back on 40 or 50 years, it is not only interesting to mark the seasons, but to measure the transition from one way of life to another. In the 1940s, if you wanted to go to Seattle, you took the Alaska Steamship line or one of the Canadian ships. A few years later, you flew with Pan American World Airways.

Ewing, Hoshide to marry
Hannah Ewing of Juneau and Bryan Hoshide of Kauai, Hawaii, will be married on July 12, 2003, at Douglas Island Bible Church.

Mulford, Miramontes wed
Barbara J. Mulford of Haines and Victor Hugo Miramontes of Guadalajara, Mexico, were married in a private ceremony on July 2, 2002, at Inspiration Point in Juneau. Another full wedding ceremony and reception for friends and family will take place in Mexico at a later date.

Hansens to celebrate 50th anniversary
The 50th anniversary celebration for Ken and Florence Hansen will be held at 2 p.m. on July 12, in the Travelodge banquet room, 9200 Glacier Highway.

Reunion to be held at former children's home; Chinook lecture to be held at Sealaska building; Vacation Bible school held next week; July's diabetes support group meeting canceled; Former Juneau resident pins attempted burglar.

Ewing, Dewitt marry
Betty Ewing of Haines and Charles M. Dewitt Sr. of Haines were married in a ceremony on June 28, 2003, at Haines Presbyterian Church. A reception followed at the Haines ANB/ANS Hall.

Photo: Quick hands
In the Sourdough Division, Joel Orelove retained his title as Alaska State Gold Panning champion at the 2003 Gold Rush Days by finding all eight gold nuggets hidden in a 10-inch goldpan in 22.6 seconds.

Newton, Schmid marry
Virginia Newton, former resident of Juneau, and Alvin Schmid of San Antonio, Texas, were married in a ceremony on July 5, at the home of Dixie and Bob Weiss of Juneau.

Anchorage ceremony to honor Korean War veterans
The Capt. James G. Lee Memorial Post 1685 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States invites citizens to join with members of veterans organizations in Alaska in honoring all those who served during the Korean War. The 50th anniversary of the signing of an armistice will be commemorated by a one-hour memorial service at 1 p.m. on July 27, at the Anchorage Veterans Memorial, Ninth Avenue and I Street.

Photo: Kayaking on Twin Lakes
Big Brother Bill Boatman and Little Brother Ray paddle at the Big Brothers and Big Sisters June picnic at Twin Lakes. Kayaks for the event were provided by Big Sister Kerry Kirkpatrick and Alaska Boat and Kayak.

Fred C. Morgan Sr.
Juneau resident Fred C. Morgan Sr., 90, Neechg a Raven from the Takdeintaan Clan, died July 2, 2003, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Lorraine E. Kunz
Juneau resident Lorraine Elizabeth Kunz, 61, died on July 5, 2003, after a prolonged battle with ovarian cancer.

My Turn: Native Claims Settlement Act a road block to American dream
I marvel at the fact we now live in a time when modern technology continues to advance research work, where remarkable inventions improve the world's economic environment; however, it appears for many that technology hardly did anything to help the poor and the oppressed within society, while others enjoy the luxury that comes with it.

Sports in Juneau
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Juneau East, Juneau West advance
The Juneau East and Juneau West all-star teams from the Gastineau Channel Little League both won on Thursday and advanced to today's semifinals in the District 2 Age 9-10 Little League Tournament in Wrangell. The two Juneau teams will play each other at 3 p.m. in one of today's semifinals games, while top-seeded Sitka will play host Wrangell at noon in the other semifinal. The championship game will take place on Saturday.

Midsummer Night 10K and One-Mile Run
Here are the results of the Southeast Road Runners club's Midsummer Night 10-Kilometer and One-Mile Run, held Tuesday night at False Outer Point in North Douglas.

Minus crowd, James not as sharp in second game
ORLANDO, Fla. - It wasn't in front of 15,000 fans and it was a loss, but LeBron James' star continued to shine. Even as the Orlando Pro Summer League returned to its usual home inside the fanless and emotionless Magic practice facility after Tuesday night's charged atmosphere at the T.D. Waterhouse Centre, James delivered more impressive play Wednesday.

Juneau East beats Juneau West 14-4 in district tournament
The Juneau East All-Stars from the Gastineau Channel Little League knocked off their Juneau West GCLL counterparts 14-4 on Wednesday in the District 2 (Southeast) Age 9-10 Little League Tournament in Wrangell. Brendan Daugherty broke a 4-4 tie in the fourth inning with a two-run triple and scored two runs to lead a balanced Juneau East offense. Andy Lawson and Devan Neal both scored three runs for Juneau East.

In a story about the Midsummer Night 10K Race that ran in Wednesday's Juneau Empire sports section the first name of second-place finisher Geoff Williamson was misspelled.

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Princess Tours adds Whittier after tax dropped
ANCHORAGE - Princess Tours has reached an agreement that will bring tens of thousands of cruise ship passengers to Whittier next summer. The move follows the Whittier City Council's decision in April to repeal a cruise-ship head tax and exempt Princess from other fees. The cruise and tour company, based in Santa Clarita, Calif., will reroute four ships to Whittier that stop in Seward. The vessels, carrying about 2,000 passengers each, will make 36 stops in Whittier between May and September.

Democrats try to force special session
Democrat lawmakers have banded together to demand GOP leaders consider a special session to restore the senior citizen Longevity Bonus Program that will end in August. As many as 20 Democrats in the Legislature sent letters to Republican leaders requesting a poll of its members for a special session. Senate Minority Leader Johnny Ellis, an Anchorage Democrat, asked that the session be held prior to the second week in August.

State Briefs
Body found after troller sinks near Sitka; Fairbanks police chief demoted to sergeant; Trial begins for man who doused protesters; Anchorage Assembly rejects panhandling ban; Anchorage man faces counterfeiting charge; Report says Anchorage police need improvement

Republicans consider challenging Sen. Murkowski
With former Gov. Tony Knowles and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski declaring their candidacy for the seat Murkowski holds, the question on political minds becomes "Who else?" Democrats expect Knowles to be their only serious candidate. Republicans, however, are waiting to see whether Fairbanks businessman John Binkley, Anchorage union leader Jerry Hood or former Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin will file for their party's nomination.

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Pioneers' homes are the cheapest choice for vets
A report commissioned by the Legislature says the most economical means of housing Alaska's elderly veterans would be in the state pioneers' and veterans' homes. The option, however, could make it harder for nonveterans to get into the state-run facilities for older Alaskans, most of whom need assisted-living or nursing care.

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

Kake calls on chums to join in festival honoring fisherman Ernie Williams
For most of the summer, Kake Foods is a bustling factory that produces thousands of pounds of value-added seafood products a day. But on Saturday, July 19, it will be party central for Kake citizens and their "chums." The 9th Annual Kake Dog Salmon Festival is a day-long party that includes a five-mile "chum run," a fish-fillet contest, bicycle races and the annual "Challenge of the Chums" canoe race. Kake is a community of about 750 people on Kupreanof Island, about 95 miles southwest of Juneau.

Fate tries to curb telemarketers
Since the launching of a national do-not-call registry June 27, millions of Americans have signed up to avoid phone calls from pesky telemarketers. The federal legislation also has given a shot in the arm to Alaska Rep. Hugh Fate, who is pursuing state legislation to set up a similar system to block telemarketers in Alaska.

Lawmakers divert Bush funds to bigger cities
A Murkowski administration proposal to parcel out $14.7 million in one-time federal funds to local communities was dramatically changed by a legislative committee on Wednesday. The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee voted to take nearly $3 million from Bush communities and give to generally larger communities that stood to lose under a proposed formula. Anchorage will receive $5.2 million, which is $1.3 million more than the administration had proposed. Juneau will get $184,000 more than originally proposed and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough would receive about $211,000 in additional funding.

Southeast bands are rare sight in Anchorage
In the year Cyndi Ramirez has worked at Humpy's, a 250-capacity bar and restaurant in downtown Anchorage, Contra Public has been the lone Southeast band she's booked. "I don't recall having very many inquiries or many promotional packs from bands in Southeast," Ramirez said. She said Contra Public was very persistent.

First Friday mixes fibers, oil, blue clay and dead salmon
Juneau fiber artist Ellen Anderson admits she might be "doomed to detail." She spent 195 hours perfecting her painted silk, stitch and net representation of a winter low tide at Eagle Beach. The piece is one of five new works she plans to show at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery's latest First Friday opening, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, at 206 North Franklin St. She will share the space with Alaska Blue Clay Studio - a ceramics and pottery collaboration involving three Juneau households.

Bridging continents with music
Pushing the myth of the last frontier beyond just rugged living, Juneau's 15-day CrossSound festival tries every summer to explore an untapped realm of contemporary music. Beginning Friday, July 11, CrossSound will present a series of recitals, as well as "SeaBoard Alexander," a traveling program of local and international composers. The first performance features guest artist Martin Zehn, who will perform a solo recital at 7 p.m. at Northern Light United Church.

What's happening
Friday Concerts in Marine Park with Suzuki Violins and Kray Van Kirk, 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 11. Alaska Youth Choir Concert, 7 p.m., Saturday, July 12, at Northern Light United Church. Includes performances by the Tongan Community Dancers. Free. Details: AYC, 780-5262.

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

Seven shows, 2,800 miles, and one (beat-up) van
On the eve of its first tour through Southcentral Alaska and the Interior, Juneau contemporary rock band Contra Public bought ferry tickets to Haines on July 8 and mapped out the smoothest, flattest path it could find through the Yukon and back into Alaska. From Haines, it was a matter of willing its beat-up and leaky 1984 Ford Econoline 18-passenger van 665 miles northwest up the Alaska Highway and into Fairbanks.

Panhandle Crabgrass blew its transmission, but not three tours
Juneau's Panhandle Crabgrass Revival Band has toured three times up and down the Parks Highway between Anchorage and Fairbanks. Their worst mishap on the road? They once blew the transmission of a brand-new rental car as they drove from Anchorage to Fairbanks in the middle of November. When they got to Fairbanks, the car would go only in reverse.

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