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Thursday, July 12, 2001

Greeting canoes, tote races and jumping chums
The residents of Kake like to get to point B at their own pace and in their own way. On July 21, they'll do it in fish totes.

3 writers return to capital city
Juneau has sired and inspired a good many writers, three of whom are due in town this weekend.

Calendar

More Mojo
They were founded in a hot tub - and they use lollipops for PR.

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Maintaining airline access is crucial
The Alaska Committee is a nonprofit organization with an 18-member volunteer board whose mission is to retain the state capital in Juneau. The most significant criticism and challenge we continually face is the issue of access. As a longtime re

Window of opportunity
Two observations regarding the proposed harbor dredging downtown. First, the present cruise ships dwarf the scale of the downtown waterfront, blocking views and the occasional ray of sunshine that blesses our wonderful community. Personally, I would prefer newer, larger cruise ships to anchor out in the channel and lighter into town.

Around Town

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Telling pedestrians where to go
Sometimes a crossing guard needs a gimmick to catch people's attention. For Juneau's LeRoy Davis, the answer is singing. Sometimes, he performs a tongue-in-cheek parody to the tune "On Top of Old Smokey:"

Pet of the week

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

Princess testing electric hookup
Princess Cruises this week is testing a new dockside electrical hookup that will allow ships to turn off their smoke-producing engines most of the time they are in Juneau.

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Rarities in Juneau are common in Tenakee
Living around big trees that overarch houses and cover the front yard with protective shade is an experience few southeastern families experience. Our trees are more upright, soaring vertically without spreading very far. This is a function of both species and age, since even a Sitka Spruce will spread out if given enough time.

NTSB: Engine stall, lack of license cited in plane crash
A pilot who flew his small plane into a hangar at the Juneau Airport last year probably crashed because he stalled the aircraft by mistake on takeoff, according to a final report by federal investigators.

Saying farewell can be a unique time in Alaska
The moment a loved one dies there seems to be a thousand chores that need doing: calling the relatives, the doctor, the mortician, dealing with a kitchen overflowing with donated food, writing an obituary and planning a funeral service. The lens of grief magnifies the challenge of these tasks and can be all-consuming. In the avalanche of events following the moment of death it can be easy to forget to take the time to simply be with the body of our loved one, to say our goodbyes with the peace and space that we really need.

Anniversary

Cordova to battle plan for districts
The city of Cordova will fight a plan by the Alaska Redistricting Board to pair the town with communities in a Southeast House election district.

College grads and awards
The following are some recent local college graduates and honors recipients. Additional listings will be published as space permits.

Around Town

B.C. ferry woes teach Alaska
Alaska Marine Highway System officials say state proposals for fast ferries will avoid problems encountered in British Columbia. The Canadian province's fast ferries have encountered a host of problems and could be sold as scrap.

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

Thank you

Weddings

Ferry repairs almost done?
The shipyard repairing the state ferry Columbia says the work is just days from completion. But state officials say there's still major work to be done on the ferry whose absence has inconvenienced passengers and crews throughout Southeast.

Roy D. Strange

Andres Delfin Julaton

A tragedy that brings to mind a dilemma
It bothered me how much the story of the terrible accident in Anchorage on the morning of July 10 bothered me. I can do callous with the best of them, and I usually evaluate those tearful human tragedies by the standard of how the "victim" would rate in the next Darwin Awards. I generally subscribe to Einstein's notion of the infinity of human stupidity. But, I just could not shake my thoughts of what the parents of those dead teen-agers must be going through.

Testing Tonia: A teacher's call to action
Tonia will not leave. She is here in Juneau with me, her chocolate eyes and smiling face staring back from every page, every computer screen, every thought. This quiet eighth-grader is an English teacher's dream lugging around her spiral-bound journals, writing volumes of poetry, professing her desire to be a writer when she grows up.

Squirming at common sense
The following editorial appeared in the July 5 issue of The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee: It's remarkable how a little frank talk about sex can make a lot of people squirm.

Airport EIS process invites public comment
On June 20, the Federal Aviation Administration sponsored a public meeting at Centennial Hall to discuss a recently initiated Environmental Impact Statement for proposed development activities at the Juneau International Airport. FAA and its project team were pleased with the community response, and wish to thank everyone who attended or has taken the time to prepare comments for us to consider in developing the EIS.

It's 4 a.m., do we know where our kids are?
My son is 13 and I'm pretty confident I can state he doesn't care for me a lot of the time. I am also fairly sure it's not going to get any better as he continues through the teen-age years, both from my own experience and from listening to friends and family of teens.

Word of Mouth
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Two cherished values collide in faith-based initiative
A few months ago, before legislation to implement President Bush's faith-based initiative made it up the street to Congress, the political storm clouds were gathering. There was consternation over whether religious charities receiving federal money would have to abide by local anti-discrimination laws against homosexuals.

Word of Mouth
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City should not encourage pulltabs' sales tax stalling
Deputy Mayor John MacKinnon is right. Neither the law nor politics will allow the Juneau Assembly to forgive about $1 million in unpaid taxes, penalties, interest and attorney's fees owed by three Juneau pulltab operations.

Bush needs to keep a thumb on Congress
The following editorial appeared in Wednesday's Chicago Tribune: Exactly 34 days have passed since President George W. Bush signed that tax cut into law and it is already clear a major tenet supporting it is being blown to smithereens. That would be the president's pledge to ride herd on government spending.

Golf camp gets Girl Scouts swinging
Girl Scouts has always had active programs like hiking and camping, and is branching out recently into still active but more trendy pursuits such as orienteering, rock climbing and golf.

How to see the animals
So, here I was, married to a Game Guide and I had always wanted to see animals in the wild. Earle told me, OK, you want to just see them and not kill any, right? I was horrified at the idea of killing any (I was a city girl!), so I agreed. He warned me we would have to hike where nobody else went, but that I would see all the wild animals I would ever wanted to see.

Helicopter rescues Ohio family stranded on glacier
ANCHORAGE - A family of four was rescued by a National Park Service helicopter Monday after being snowed in on the Nabesna Glacier over the weekend.

Got fish? Add some poles and you've got a kid's party
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- I know parents who drive themselves crazy trying to impress other parents by throwing lavish birthday parties for their kids.

Up the Inside Passage on on skis
The most challenging terrain Vance Culbert and Guy Edwards crossed in their 1,200-mile ski trip from Vancouver to Juneau wasn't on the map. It was in their minds.

Boy's first halibut weighs in at 273 lbs
Talk about beginner's luck. Joardan Savland caught his first halibut last week, a 273-pounder.

Out and About

Fish Report

Treading better on ditch trail
Runners and bikers are about to smooth out the Treadwell Ditch Trail.

Local Scoreboard: Juneau Softball Standings
Final 2001 first-season standings from the Juneau Softball Association.

Two Juneau residents compete in Vineman Tri
Two Juneau women competed in the 2001 Vineman Half-Ironman Triathlon that took place July 8 in Sonoma County, Calif.

Nicholas K's 11 in Post 25 victory
The Juneau American Legion Midnight Suns baseball team got a payback on Wednesday by defeating the Wasilla Road Warriors 4-3 in 12 innings at McManus Field in Wasilla.

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Bicknell enters Yukon Quest
Juneau musher Deborah Bicknell had her shakedown cruise in the 2000 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, when she won the Red Lantern Award as the last finisher in the 1,000-mile-plus race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Little League tourney set to begin today
As the Gastineau Channel Little League Senior (age 15-16) All-Stars and the Ketchikan All-Stars chomped on hamburgers during a pre-tournament picnic Wednesday night, GCLL coach Bill McCauley didn't seem worried that Ketchikan was the defending Southeast District champion.

Juneau team wins Palm Springs tourney
A team comprised of 10 Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball players claimed the title Sunday in the Palm Springs Desert Resorts Summer Basketball Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., beating a team from Highlands, Calif., by three points in the championship game.

Boozer to turn pro
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke center Carlos Boozer, a former Juneau-Douglas High School star, will join All-America teammate Jason Williams and leave school for the pros after next season, according to Blue Devils assistant coach Chris Collins.

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Campaign finance bills draw vetoes
Gov. Tony Knowles vetoed two campaign finance bills Wednesday, both stemming from recent court rulings.

Anchorage police to review policies after fatal car crash
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are conducting an internal review after a Monday crash that killed a police officer and three teen-agers to see if any policies or training methods merit revision.

Double-hulled tankers cut risk of oil spills
ANCHORAGE - The Polar Endeavour, the first double-hulled tanker built for Phillips Alaska, arrived Wednesday at the port of Valdez to take on a load of oil.

Knowles approves VPSO pay hike
Village public safety officers working in rural Alaska are getting a raise.

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EPA chief promises Alaska a receptive ear
ANCHORAGE - Environmental Protection Agency chief Christie Todd Whitman says environmental protection does not mean locking up resources.

Kenai residents OK vote on private prison
ANCHORAGE - Kenai Peninsula residents will get the last word in the private prison debate.

Crewman says USCG ignored safety warning
ANCHORAGE - A former Arctic Rose crewman says he warned the Coast Guard the ship was dangerous about six years ago, but was ignored.

Missile tests may violate treaty
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon plans to begin construction next April for new tests of a missile defense, which could violate a 1972 treaty banning national missile shields, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said today.

Critics question ANWR water use
WASHINGTON - Opponents of oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are trying to throw cold water on the pro-drilling forces.

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