Thursday, July 19, 2001

Youth ballet performs 'Ferngully'
Fairies do ballet and bats get wacky at tonight's performance by the students of Janice D. Holst's 17th Annual Summer Dance Academy.

UAS readies outdoor theater
The University of Alaska Southeast will soon break ground on an outdoor theater.

Tradition behind a mask
Their love crossed cultures, destroyed kings and ultimately, their own chance for happiness.

Bringing the good time of 'Carmina Burana' to JDHS
Musical musings of defrocked monks will soon fill the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

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New threats to resources
For every step forward we make in protecting our public resources there are new threats of selfish exploitation of corporate gain.

Biologists investigate death of humpback in Glacier Bay
Researchers are studying the carcass of a humpback whale discovered floating in Icy Strait near Ancon Rock off Point Gustavus, 55 miles northwest of Juneau.

Barnes' celebrate 50th
Donald and Anita Barnes are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversay. The family will gather at the Shrine of St. Therese for the occasion.

Doogan, Sheridan to marry
Joy Elizabeth Doogan of Juneau and Richard Alan Sheridan of Eugene, Ore., will be married in a ceremony planned for 6 p.m. July 21 at Glacier Gardens.

Floyd Dryden students get HIV education
"AIDS can't happen to me" is not something that you will be hearing from most seventh grade students at Floyd Dryden Middle School. Earlier this year, the Wolf and Voyager teams, taught by Angela Lunda, Diana Saiz, Mary Capobianco and Sarah Kinneen, invited more than 40 high school students into their classrooms to teach their students about the realities of HIV and about the benefits of abstaining from sexual involvement. The students in these two teams received a month-long HIV education unit, taught by both JDHS peer educators and by middle school teachers.

Columbia back in service Sunday
The state ferry Columbia will return to service Sunday, and by next Tuesday all of the ferries will be back on their published summer schedules, including the Malaspina in North Lynn Canal, state officials said.

Hood gets civil activist award
Juneau therapist Dixie Hood has been named citizen activist of the year by the Alaska Civil Liberties Union Foundation.

Orphaned otter gets round-the-clock attention
An orphaned sea otter pup found abandoned near Hoonah is doing well in a new nursery in Seward.

Icefield tours may change
The number of helicopter tour landings on Juneau Icefield glaciers could range from none to 31,000 annually in five years under a set of alternatives proposed by the U.S. Forest Service.

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Assembly OKs funding for building study

Pet of the week
Samantha is a 3-year-old black, medium-hair, spayed and declawed female. She is described as a very nice cat with her quiet, mellow disposition. Samantha would be an ideal companion in an adult home. To adopt, see this delightful kitty at the Gastineau Humane Society, 7705 Glacier Highway. Phone 789-0260.

Assembly pays off Bronson's legal bill
The Juneau Assembly on Wednesday decided to pick up legal fees for former city wastewater utility superintendent Andrew Bronson, who pleaded guilty last month to violating the federal Clean Water Act.

Peters, Wheaton plan wedding
Jazmine Peters and Kevin Wheaton, both of Juneau, will marry in a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. July 20 at Skaters' Cabin in Juneau.

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July is the time for the beautiful spiraea clan
Midsummer signals are sent and received, preparations are made for the fullness of the summer flowering shrubbery, and the first indicators are the massive flowering of the big spiraea clan. The most numerous locally is the archingly branched, white-crowned Snowmound. Every year this shrub sends people into a tizzy as they scour local nurseries and plant sales, asking each other "What is that big beautiful bush across from Sealaska in the CBJ parking lot?"

Knowles seeks Katie John case delay
Delaying one of the most critical decisions of his political career, Gov. Tony Knowles this morning announced that he will hold a "subsistence leadership summit" in Anchorage next month if the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to an extended deadline for appealing the Katie John case.

Searchers find wreckage of Arctic Rose in Bering Sea
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Coast Guard investigators confirmed Wednesday they have located the wreckage of the fishing vessel Arctic Rose, which sank in the Bering Sea last April with 15 people aboard.

Transportation plan gets OK
The Juneau Assembly approved the city's Area Wide Transportation Plan on Wednesday after strengthening calls for a second crossing over Gastineau Channel, light rail and ways to reduce demand for driver-only car trips.

Election district suits filed
At least three towns and one borough have followed through on threats to challenge a redistricting plan the GOP calls anti-Republican.

Memories of son inspire cyclist's nationwide mission
Ray Brook has embraced a humanitarian mission that will see him bicycling tens of thousands of solitary miles in 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces before the end of 2001. Because he's 60 and plans to ride in a total of 60 states or provinces and visit 60 Rotary Clubs, he's nicknamed his bike trip "60 Cycle."

Bye-bye ball
Dan VanPool of VanPool Painting prepares to remove the Union 76 orange ball that has towered above the downtown gas station on Willoughby Ave. for nearly 30 years.

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

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

Pilot didn't put gas in plane
A private pilot landed his plane on North Douglas Highway and substantially damaged his aircraft because he forgot to put gas in the tank, according to a final report by federal investigators.

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Around Town

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Clayton Gale Fleek
Lifelong Alaskan Clayton Gale Fleek died July 14, 2001, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

Flag issue divides even patriots
We don't need a constitutional amendment to protect our flag. But Congress has yet to get the message. The U.S. House is scheduled to begin debate today on House Joint Resolution 36, the first step in the process of adding a 28th amendment to the Constitution. The goal is to override a 1989 Supreme Court ruling that said flag desecration is political speech protected by the First Amendment.

Real Rx benefits needed
Urging Medicare recipients to use drug-discount cards to save money on prescriptions could buy President George W. Bush some time on the politically volatile issue of high-cost medication. It may even save seniors a little money. What it won't do is eliminate the need for a real - and really costly - Medicare prescription-drug benefit.

Trail hikers should prepare for adversity
Already this summer two hikers have been rescued in Juneau's back yard - one in May near the bottom of the Mount Roberts Trail, the other in the wet weather after the Fourth of July off Powerline Ridge beyond Roberts Peak. On the recent search, about 18 people, several SEADOGS and a helicopter spent two days searching, finally locating the local hiker, Josh Shrader. He had fallen and injured his face and wrist. Happily, his German shepherd Ludwig intelligently retraced his steps down Mount Roberts Trail to the nature center and tram buildings where staff recognized him.

In Zimbabwe, a free press is a luxury
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Geoff Nyarota's newspaper has been bombed twice this year.

Surplus is down because spending is up
Why is the government's surplus not as large as originally forecast?

The legacy of Katharine Graham
Great moments call for great efforts, a lesson that will be one of the longstanding legacies of Katharine Graham.

Be careful, lest you get sanctimonious about Gary Condit
I'm with you. I'm reading every word of it. But I don't think I like it. This Peeping Tom business doesn't bring out the best in people.

Deregulation, road to monopoly; consumers beware
One day last week the business section in my favorite newspaper featured two stories. Together, they form a snapshot of where American business is trending.

Time to play the China card
The following editorial appeared July 17 in the The Times of London: When Stalin and Mao Zedong signed a treaty of friendship half a century ago the two communist giants bestrode the world. Stalin had advanced the Russian Empire to the center of Europe; Mao had just won a bloody and resounding victory in the world's most populous country. The two men made no secret of their unremitting hostility to the capitalist world.

What Cheney fears
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Vice President Dick Cheney is hiding something - and it's not the cost of his electric bills. It's bad enough that the man who told Americans, "If you want to leave all the lights on in your house, you can - but you will pay for it" has gotten the Navy to foot the electric bills for his mansion at the Washington Naval Observatory rather than pay them out of his own official budget. But Cheney's high-profile clumsiness shouldn't disguise a far more significant misstep.

Fly fishing gear
The call came in from a nice person. We want you to do an article on fly fishing. OK. There are a couple of things Ill need, I replied. Fine, said the nice person. Send us a list.

It's raining, it's pouring, but staying inside is boring...
Juneau's "dry season" is coming to an end, but that doesn't mean we're stuck indoors.

Wheelchair hunt is a challenge
FAIRBANKS -- When Dirk Johnson approached Alaska hunting guide Les Cobb at a trade show in Utah two years ago and inquired about a bear hunt, Cobb didn't know what to say.

Rainy day routes

Grizzlies fair game in B.C.
VICTORIA, British Columbia -- A moratorium on grizzly bear hunting will be lifted, probably this fall, a British Columbia provincial cabinet minister says.

Fishing Report

Checking out spawning salmon
Far and away the biggest attraction for many of us when adult salmon return each year centers on catching and eating them.

A layman's guide to the weather: Reading the clouds
Predicting the weather in Southeast is easy: prepare for rain, and eventually it will pay off. But anglers, kayakers and other outdoorsmen wanting to gauge the weather during a trip need to understand a few basic concepts.

Out and About

Summer will probably get wetter
Having sloshed through ski season, Juneau residents were ready for some sunshine. Instead we got nearly 13 inches of rain since April.

Juneau heads to title game in Juniors tourney
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Junior Division All-Stars broke up a no-hit bid in the sixth inning and went on to claim a 2-0 victory over Petersburg in a pitchers' duel Monday at Sitka's Moeller Field.

Midnight Suns split series with Kenai
Juneau's American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns split two games with Kenai, losing 7-6 on Monday and easily winning 9-1 on Tuesday to bring their record to 12-9 overall and 5-2 against Alaska's American Legion teams.

Sports in Juneau

Ketchikan edges Juneau in Junior League tourney
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Junior Division All-Stars loaded the bases with one out in the seventh inning, but couldn't get a run across as they fell 3-2 to Ketchikan Wednesday in what was supposed to be the championship game of the District 2-Southeast Junior Division (age 13-14) Little League Tournament at Moller Park in Sitka.

Sports in Juneau
Today, July 19

One Juneau squad undefeated in Majors tourney
The Juneau East Majors All-Stars knocked off Wrangell 10-0 Tuesday night to improve to 3-0 so far in round-robin pool play at the District II-Southeast Majors Division (age 11-12) Little League Tournament in Petersburg.

Sports in Juneau

Juneau ready to host state Senior Little League tourney
By CHARLES BINGHAM

Pushing for pipeline decision
ANCHORAGE - Phillips Alaska and BP Exploration (Alaska) want some important economic issues concerning the North Slope natural gas pipeline project settled before the next legislative session.

North Slope oil rig catches fire
ANCHORAGE - Two Prudhoe Bay workers escaped serious injury when an oil rig caught fire as it was being moved.

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Bettles crash pilot had a passion for travel
FAIRBANKS - The doctor who piloted a floatplane that crashed about 50 miles south of Bettles on Sunday was known as a safe pilot who would take friends on short sightseeing trips to nearby lakes.

Man dies after being pinned by equipment
FAIRBANKS -- A Fairbanks man died Tuesday afternoon in an accident that occurred while he was working on a landscaping project.

ANWR bill gets through committee; future uncertain
WASHINGTON - A bill that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling cleared its first congressional committee Tuesday, but the measure's future is far from certain.

Anchorage mayor sues redistricting board
ANCHORAGE - Mayor George Wuerch sued the Alaska Redistricting Board on Wednesday on behalf of the municipality of Anchorage, with the help of Republican Party officials and without the agreement of the Anchorage Assembly.

Commission hears testimony on racism
ANCHORAGE -- A governor's commission appointed to learn how racism and prejudice victimize Alaskans heard of homeless Alaska Natives beaten on the streets, children with American Indian blood called "half-breeds" and gay men insulted by co-workers.

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