Saturday, July 13, 2002

Parade woes
I also want to register my complaint about the length and pace of the Fourth of July parade. The stopping and starting was grueling. We were there with our 86-year-old father, who finally had to give up and get in the car.

Trash cans for the bike path
As one of the folks who participated in the spring cleanup, I'm dismayed to see how quickly the trash is reappearing along the bike path on the loop road. Rather than simply whining about it, I have a suggestion.

Beyond comprehension
Regarding the $715,000 paid to Ben Stevens, as bad as it sounds, I will never donate money to a really good cause such as this one again. The idea that $715,000 is paid to one person from a charity fund is beyond my comprehension.

Prison politics
Ken Kreitzer's recent letter, "Union out of touch with members, when it backed Ulmer for Governor" is analytically flawed and fails to demonstrate an understanding of the privatization movement. I suggest that he revisit economic theory. He will find that privatization is a right-wing conservative concept.

Gastineau rebuild is a piece of work
A two-year city project to reconstruct one of downtown Juneau's older streets is on schedule with roughly four months of work remaining.Work on Gastineau Avenue started last year and street closures have changed daily life for many residents. Contractor Arete Construction of Juneau has replaced underground water and sewer utilities and added a new storm water drainage system, according to city project manager Joe Castillo. Gastineau will be repaved from Second Street to the end, he said.

Plane flips on channel
A Wings of Alaska floatplane capsized in Gastineau Channel near the mouth of Gold Creek this morning shortly after landing in Juneau Harbor. The plane's only occupant, pilot Jim Williams, who apparently was uninjured, was rescued by Wings employees who rushed to the floatplane in a skiff. Williams had piloted the five-passenger de Havilland Beaver from the floatplane pond at the Juneau Airport to Juneau Harbor, where he planned to taxi to the staging dock behind Merchants Wharf.

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

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the performance time for Dave Hunsaker's play "To Reign in Hell" was listed incorrectly in Thursday's This Week section.

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

$1 million blaze in storage unit looks like arson
Police and fire officials have refocused efforts to determine the cause of the fire that destroyed more than $1 million in property at a self-storage unit near Lemon Creek last month, investigators say.Juneau police officer Kris Sell said investigators began to take another look at the fire last week based on tips from "credible sources" that the fire may have been set intentionally.

Reaching for the culture and the children
Just minutes after Greg Brown's student dancers received a standing ovation at Celebration 2002, he was preparing to take a break. His students were preparing to get back to work."Everybody was giving fives," said Brown, the cultural specialist at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, of his students' reaction during the early-June Native cultural festival in Juneau. "Everybody was so happy. They were asking, before Celebration was over, 'When are we going to practice again?' "

City plans face-lift for Green Acre, Riverwood
The city plans to rebuild roads, add sidewalks and an underground storm drain system, and improve street lights in two Mendenhall Valley subdivisions over the next six years.The Riverwood and Green Acres subdivisions, across Riverside Drive from Dimond Park, were developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s with an inadequate storm drainage system, city officials said. Over time more of the land was built on. There are 268 homes there now.

Former Juneau Orthodox priest honored by state
A priest who served several years at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Juneau is being honored for his work.The Rev. Michael J. Oleksa, who serves as dean of St. Innocent Orthodox Cathedral in Anchorage, will receive an award for distinguished service to state government during the National Governors' Association 94th Annual Meeting in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday.

Princess plugs into electric boiler to rid skies of smoke from its ships
Thanks to a new electric boiler on land, the oil-burning boiler on Princess Cruise Line's Sun class ships can shut down when they come to town, making for cleaner skies in Juneau."It's eliminated the smoke," said Princess superintendent Ken Gillespie, who helped oversee the boiler project. When the ships are in port, "We don't have any engines running."

FYI
Births

Prophetic conference to feature visiting minister
The River of Glory Church will host a prophetic conference at Centennial Hall with Rev. Dick Mills Sunday through Tuesday, with meetings at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. Praise and worship will be led by Dead 2 Self, a visiting band from West Lafayette, Ind. There is no charge for the meetings and everyone is welcome to attend.

Thank You
...for the help; ...for your participation; ...for all your work.

Juneau garden tour scheduled
The Master Gardeners are sponsoring garden tours on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, at more than a dozen locations around Juneau. Tours will be conducted from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. Gardeners will be available at each location to talk with those on the tour. Tickets for the tour will cost $10.

Will the Roman Catholic Church survive the abuse scandal?
The press is openly asking these days whether the Catholic Church can survive the current crisis of child sexual abuse by priests. Others are likely asking if it should survive, given the horror stories that seem to keep coming from everywhere, almost daily. Abuse is not just a Catholic problem, of course, nor is deviant behavior limited to the church. It's a human problem. Some of us seem to have the capacity to be unspeakably cruel, especially to people who are weak and vulnerable.

Panning winners
Joel Orelove took home the first place trophy in the gold panning competition at Juneau Gold Rush Days. Orelove has not entered a gold panning contest since 1998 when he won the state championship.

Bradley raffle generates 18 winners
A raffle for Ray Bradley Jr., a Juneau man on a waiting list for a heart transplant, raised $3,720. Sponsored by the Juneau Youth Football League, the raffle had a total of 18 winners at the drawing June 28.

Three churches hold vacation Bible school in July
JUNEAU - Three local churches will host a vacation Bible school entitled "God's Great Gallery: Exploring God's Wonderful Works" from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday July 19. A family potluck barbecue will be held Friday evening.

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

Ketchikan stays in running for title game
The Ketchikan All-Stars desperately needed a victory when they took the field against the undefeated Gastineau Channel Little League Juneau West All-Stars on Thursday night at Miller Fields.Ketchikan couldn't afford a loss, which would eliminate it from contention for a spot in Saturday's noon championship game of the District II Minor (age 9-10) Little League Tournament. A Ketchikan loss would clinch a spot in the championship game for Juneau West and for idle Juneau East.

State briefs
Work set for Mount Roberts Trail; Construction to begin on fast ferry; Lauded Indian film showing this week; Poll workers get raise

Bear attacks woman in Petersburg
ANCHORAGE - An Oregon woman escaped with bite and claw wounds Wednesday after a mauling by a black bear that stalked her for more than an hour along a trail in Petersburg.Kristy L. Abbott, 27, of Harrisburg, Ore., was treated for scrapes and puncture wounds on the back of her legs at Petersburg Medical Center and was released.

Seven legislative candidates bow out of August primary
Several legislative candidates left the primary this week, but enough will hang around to make a lot of noise before voters go to the polls on Aug. 27.Seven candidates officially notified the state Division of Elections on Wednesday that they would be dropping out of the race this year. The move will streamline some of the cluttered races but won't diffuse some messy primary fights between Democrats and Republicans.

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