Empire editorial: Thumbs, paws and fins up for ...

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2002

Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School students Sarah Ginter and Jon Saceda whose proposal that the city lower bus fares for youths was adopted last week. Kids ages 6-18 may buy a one-way ticket for $1 (down from $1.25) and a one-month pass for $10 (down from $18). Kudos, too, to Capital Transit for supporting the proposal and to the Juneau Assembly for approving it unanimously last Monday. It's a great way to encourage kids to use public transportation.

Patty Crandell and Roxanne Dash for adopting an abandoned puppy from the Gastineau Humane Society almost six years ago, training Briz to be a search-and-rescue dog, and nominating the mixed breed canine to be featured in a new line of greeting cards created by Paws in Print of Los Angeles. The cards showcase stories of adopted pets as a means of encouraging more adoptions. Briz was selected from more than 500 submissions to be one of 12 to appear in the "Rescue Stories" card series.

Good Samaritan boater Pat Volmer, who chose to help rather than ignore a humpback whale that was entangled in the ropes from two crab pots near Point Salisbury. Volmer's skiff was dwarfed by the humpback, but he still pulled near and cut loose the longest set of ropes. When he realized he could not maneuver the boat close enough to the whale to cut away the shorter ropes and attached buoy, Volmer drafted a man and two kids from a waterfront campsite. They caught up with the frequently surfacing whale and trimmed away the final entanglement. According to Volmer, the humpback "made a whale noise" and went on its way.

Fisherman Greg O'Claray for rejecting processors' offers of 55 cents per pound for the coho he caught near Yakobi Island. O'Claray posted a sign on Egan Drive hear Aurora Harbor and sold his entire catch for $10 per fish to drive-up customers. The price doubled the processors' offer and still netted a bargain for each of O'Claray's patrons.

Juneau police for sending late-night bike patrols into the Mendenhall Valley to curb thefts attributed to teens who rifle through vehicles because it's easier than earning their spending money the old-fashioned way. Police say burglarizing cars "seems less illegal" to the young thieves than breaking into houses. Pawn shop owners and clerks can do their part in deterring crime by continuing to call the cops when they suspect stolen goods are being fenced and by making a photocopy of the IDs of everyone with something to pawn.

The arts and AARP communities for arranging the July 24-25 visit of Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis to Juneau. Dukakis will attend a private benefit dinner at a local home on the 24th. Attendance is limited to between 12 and 16 people. On Thursday evening she will lecture on "A Life in the Theater" at the 20th Century Twin Theatre downtown. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door, with proceeds benefiting Perseverance Theatre and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. After the lecture, a reception will take place at the Goldbelt Hotel. Audience members can get in free by showing their tickets; others can pay $20 at the hotel door. For these opportunities, we're all entitled to be Moonstruck.

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