Friday, July 13, 2001

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

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.

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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.

Way beyond the pale
Those who were dismissed as alarmists for warning about the extremist agenda of the Republicans have been vindicated. Dire predictions that the so-called faith-based initiative would prove to be a devil's bargain have turned out to be correct.

Chasing pulltab debts
I would like to clarify a comment I made regarding the pulltab sales tax delinquency that "If we hold firm, we run the risk of getting zip."

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.

Turbulence can mean a lot and, sometimes, not so much
I work in the Juneau Airport Terminal and hear comments about flights by passengers every time I go through the lobby of the airport. Arriving passengers being met by family or friends are frequently asked, "How was your flight?"

Weekend Best Bets
This weekend's a quiet one, but several events stand out as good prospects for entertainment.

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

Anniversaries

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Juneau Color: Saving lives in the family tradition
If you regain consciousness on the shore of the Mendenhall River and Richard Duncan is kneeling at your side, you've probably had a medical emergency.

Around Town

Correction

Weddings

Around Town

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.

Fleet size frozen in national park
A bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday would block a court order reducing the number of cruise ships allowed in Glacier Bay.

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:"

FYI

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

Living and growing
Two great events are going to happen to most of us in the next few months. Both warrant some planning. The first great event is the check most taxpayers will be getting from Washington as part of the massiv

Ludwig comes home
A mountain could not come between a German shepherd named Ludwig and a Juneau man who lost the dog on Mount Roberts last weekend, giving him up for dead.

Fireweed Place tackles fiscal future
Joy Morgan moved into an apartment at Fireweed Place about a year ago. An Alaska resident since 1949, she originally looked for senior housing in Haines, but when none was available she tried Juneau.

Thank you

Florence G. Day

Roy D. Strange

Not a new Mustang
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: President Bush's Rose Garden speech Thursday about Medicare reform had what has become a defining mark of his administration. It was wittily precise in identifying a legitimate problem but vague about how to solve it.

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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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.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

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.

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.

Ignoring public input on Roadless Rule
On Jan. 12, 2001, culminating years of discussion and unprecedented public input, the U.S. Forest Service issued the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, protecting the last 60 million acres of wild roadless areas in our national forests, including 9.3 million acres in the Tongass National Forest, from most logging and road building.

Out and About

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.

Fish Report

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

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.

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.

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.

Sports in Juneau

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.

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.

Juneau claims first game in Senior League tourney
Kyle Lanz finally got his showcase game at home.

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.

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.

Sports in Juneau

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.

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.

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

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Partner describes drowning
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The things that could go wrong did, and that led to the death of a Rapid City, S.D., man in a boating accident Sunday in Wrangell, says the partner of the man who owned the chartered boat.

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.

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

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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.

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