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Monday, July 16, 2001

Videos let scientist get up close and personal
During a two-year period, Steve Lewis watched goshawks for 5,800 hours, about 341 days of viewing.

After the elusive goshawk
Tracking Alaska's goshawks isn't easy. In the 10 seasons the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have been pursuing the birds, they've located about 60 nesting areas in the entire Tongass National Forest. By comparison, there are thousands of known eagle nests.

An Egan freeway vote
Stop the freeway? What freeway? Tonight, the Assembly will probably approve the Area Wide Transportation Plan (AWTP), after three years and $250,000 of hard work. The biggest plan item is $86 million to build five "grade-separated interchanges" - freeway overpasses - at the major Egan intersections, converting Egan Drive to a freeway, to accommodate 40 percent more traffic by year 2020, and to make Egan safer.

More pulltab baseball
Deputy Mayor John MacKinnon's letter to the editor (July 13) regarding the pulltab tax delinquency was very interesting. His baseball analogy doesn't make sense to me. But since he's used the baseball analogy, I will use it, too.

We should care
I just read a New York Times article (July 15) on "How Bush Took Florida: Mining the Overseas Absentee Vote," which reports how the Bush campaign bent rules, ignored Florida state laws, threatened canvassing board members with bogus laws and argued out of both sides of their mouths to accept ballots without postmarks (some of which were cast after the election) in Bush-leaning counties, and then argued conversely to uphold Florida state law and reject ballots without postmarks in pro-Gore counties when it would benefit Bush.

About the original Harriman Expedition
"In the afternoon, we anchored off a deserted Indian village north of Cape Fox. There was a row of a dozen houses on the beach of a little bay, with 19 totem poles standing along their fronts. These totem poles were the attraction. There was a rumor that the Indians had nearly all died of smallpox a few years before and that the few survivors had left under a superstitious fear, never to return. It was evident that the village had not been occupied in seven or eight years. Why not, therefore, secure some of these totem poles for the museums of the various colleges represented by members of the expedition?" - John Burroughs, Harriman Alaska Series, Vol. 1

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

City eyes transit for the future
Imagine driving from the Mendenhall Valley to downtown Juneau without stopping. On and off ramps would replace traffic lights. Pedestrians and bicycles would have better access.

Around Town

Sealaska institute offers immersion in Tlingit, Haida
Sealaska Heritage Foundation is offering its Sealaska Kusteeyi Institute for the third summer in a row. Kusteeyi means "culture."

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

Abandoned Anchorage tarantula waits for chance to be reunited with owner
ANCHORAGE - A Mexican red leg tarantula has been in limbo since its owner, on his way to a new job, left the spider at an airline ticket counter.

State's new deterrent is definitely for the birds
The loss of a raven to a downtown Juneau skybridge about a month ago inspired building managers to take action and install deterrents.

Harriman Expedition Retraced ready to sail
Organizers of this summer's Harriman Expedition Retraced face challenges their counterparts 100 years ago would have never considered. For example, how to get boxes of digital cameras, Palm Pilots and laptop computers from Massachusetts to Alaska in one piece.

Test score worries
Juneau elementary and middle school students performed a little better on state tests this year than last year. And they continue to pass the tests at a higher rate than the state average, recently released figures show.

Tlingit history heads home
Travelers retracing a 1899 scientific expedition along Alaska's coast this month will start work where their predecessors left off.

Around Town

Study cites ferry demand
Communities in northern Southeast want more frequent ferry service to Juneau and longer stops here, according to a Juneau consultant hired by the state to study ways to improve the Alaska Marine Highway.

Juneau transportation plan highlights

A man in search of miracles
Sara Kveum didn't seek out Sunday's Fire of God revival in Centennial Hall to be healed of her cerebral palsy.

Patrick Robert West

James Eric Mayer

Frank Gregory Gonzales

Gerald O'Neil Williams

Marsha Lee Kelly

An Egan freeway vote
Stop the freeway? What freeway? Tonight, the Assembly will probably approve the Area Wide Transportation Plan (AWTP), after three years and $250,000 of hard work. The biggest plan item is $86 million to build five "grade-separated interchanges" - freeway overpasses - at the major Egan intersections, converting Egan Drive to a freeway, to accommodate 40 percent more traffic by year 2020, and to make Egan safer.

Juneau's transportation future in the breach
Tomorrow evening our Assembly will consider the final details of an extremely important document, the Area Wide Transportation Plan. The decisions made at this meeting will define the framework for Juneau's transportation projects for the next 20 years and, in a larger sense, greatly impact Juneau's economy and quality of life.

A good dog, other voices and 'toons
Ever owned a dog? A good and faithful dog. (Is that redundant?) A dog that's never pouty. A dog that's happier when you're home than when you're gone. A dog that responds when you call its name or pick up its leash. You know your dog does things to get your attention, but do you sometimes wonder if your dog is trying to earn a pat on the head? Maybe that's a stretch, but if you've ever loved a dog you know you can be loved by a dog.

More pulltab baseball
Deputy Mayor John MacKinnon's letter to the editor (July 13) regarding the pulltab tax delinquency was very interesting. His baseball analogy doesn't make sense to me. But since he's used the baseball analogy, I will use it, too.

We should care
I just read a New York Times article (July 15) on "How Bush Took Florida: Mining the Overseas Absentee Vote," which reports how the Bush campaign bent rules, ignored Florida state laws, threatened canvassing board members with bogus laws and argued out of both sides of their mouths to accept ballots without postmarks (some of which were cast after the election) in Bush-leaning counties, and then argued conversely to uphold Florida state law and reject ballots without postmarks in pro-Gore counties when it would benefit Bush.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

A real vote in the House
The following editorial appeared in Sunday's Washington Post: There was a moment in the House last week when the parties seemed close to agreement, not on campaign finance reform itself, but on the terms for debating it.

Grocery shopping can be so much more than food gathering
Well, call me challenged socially, but don't call me late for dinner. And I will be late if I don't quit loitering in the grocery store. I can't help it. Name one other venue, short of a real vacation, where it's warm, dry, well-lit, you're surrounded by tons of food and you get to drive a little cart with absolutely no rules of the road.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth appears when justified by the number of calls received.

Local Scoreboard: Windfall Lake Trail Challenge Run
Results from the Southeast Road Runners Club's Windfall Lake Trail Challenge Run, a wilderness run of about 14 miles held on Saturday from the Windfall Lake Trailhead to Skaters' Cabin near the West Glacier Trailhead. Runners are listed with their ages and times.

Sports in Juneau

Local Sports Briefs

Scholes, Graves win Nick Frangos Memorial race
The lead pack of the Nick Frangos Memorial Group Ride and Race stayed together until the end of the 24-mile cycling race Sunday along the North Douglas Highway, meaning the race was coming down to a final sprint.

Post 25 wins two of three
Juneau's American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns lost 7-5 to Wasilla on Friday, but bounced back to beat Dimond 7-2 and West Anchorage 7-1 in a double header on Saturday to bring their record to 10-8 on the season.

Local Scoreboard: Nick Frangos memorial
Results from the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club's Nick Frangos Memorial Group Ride and Race, held Sunday over a 24-mile out-and-back course from the Douglas Bridge to False Outer Point and back along the North Douglas Highway. The finishers are listed with the name, age, gender and time. Sunday's race was a make-up event after rain and poor road conditions washed out the original July 7 scheduled date.

Brooks, DeSloover win Challenge Run
The roughly 14-mile Windfall Lake Trail Challenge Run featured a little bit of everything for members of Juneau's Southeast Road Runners Club on Saturday morning.

Juneau wins twice in Junior Little League tournament
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Junior (age 13-14) All-Stars twice needed extra innings to remain undefeated in the District 2 (Southeast) Little League Tournament at Sitka's Moeller Field.

Sports in Juneau

Juneau qualifies for state
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Senior (age 15-16) All-Stars bought an insurance policy when they scored three runs in the final inning of Friday night's District 2-Southeast tournament game against Ketchikan.

Local Scoreboard: Cope Park Mountain Bike Race Results
Results from Saturday's Cope Park Mountain Bike Race, sponsored by the Juneau Freewheelers Bicycle Club. The course featured six short, one-mile laps of a highly technical course. Two riders ended up riding seven laps, but still posted the top overall times.

Murkowski pushes to open ANWR at hearing
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Frank Murkowski pitched development of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee but a fellow senator said the panel should move on.

Briefly

Stevens picked to replace Pearce
Ben Stevens, the son of powerful U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, is Gov. Tony Knowles' pick to replace Drue Pearce in the state Senate.

Air Force to replace nuclear generators
FAIRBANKS - The U.S. Air Force plans to remove 10 nuclear-powered generators from Burnt Mountain, about 200 miles northwest of Fairbanks and 50 miles south of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

High court ruling allows victims of Big Lake fire to sue state
ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska Supreme Court has reversed a lower court's ruling that prevented people who lost homes and property in the 1996 Big Lake fire from suing the state.

Plane crash kills four near Bettles
FAIRBANKS - Four people died Sunday afternoon after their plane crashed south of Bettles, about 180 miles northeast of Fairbanks.

Knowles sounds out compromise on subsistence
Gov. Tony Knowles spent last week talking with Native and legislative leaders, trying to sell a compromise proposal that would affect the appeal of the Katie John subsistence case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Knowles lets new primary law take effect
Alaskans will have to choose just one party's ballot in next year's primary election. Gov. Tony Knowles on Friday let a bill setting up a new primary election system become law without his signature.

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