Monday, July 23, 2001

Transportation shortcomings
I recently was an independent traveler to Juneau, from the afternoon of June 28 until the night of June 30. By "independent traveler" I mean I was traveling alone and was without transportation. I chose to travel this way in order to see more of the sights and culture of Alaska. I thought it would be more affordable as well.

Dangers of Baranof Island
Contrary to some news stories about the large group that just attempted to cross Baranof Island, there is no trail across the island, only a trail from Medvedje Lake to another lake about four miles in. The sizable glacier on Mount Bassie was left off the USGS topo maps and all other maps. I informed USGS of this and received a letter acknowledging the error and saying it will be corrected if new maps are made. No new maps have been made since the 1960s. That glacier is breaking up and has become more dangerous to cross. People crossing snow-covered, crevassed glaciers should be roped up.

Police arrest suspect after attempt to rob pedestrian
A visitor to Juneau kicked his way out of an attempted robbery Sunday.

Autopsy: Ship killed humpback
A biologist who conducted an autopsy Sunday of the female humpback whale discovered floating off Point Gustavus on July 16 concluded it died from head injuries, probably from a collision with a cruise ship.

Copter plucks 4 from island
Two men and two women were rescued from Herbert River early this morning after their raft overturned and stranded them on an island.

BRIEFLY
Local and state news briefs

Juneau to get its own millennium tree grove
All the other state capitals have one thing in common - a millennium tree grove. Now Juneau will have one, too.

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

IFA readies fleet of ferries
The Inter-Island Ferry Authority is more than halfway finished with work on its first ferry and is close to securing funds to build a second.

Ships in port
Ships scheduled to be docked in Juneau for the week of July 22

Correction

Back in play
Dean Williams returns a shot to Reed Stoops Sr. at the newly upgraded and painted tennis court at Cope Park on Friday. Williams and Stoops, both in their 80s, were the first to play on the improved courts, named the Dean Williams Tennis Courts.

Ketchikan families rescued
A pleasure boat burned to the water and sank near Ketchikan on Sunday morning, but five adults and five children were rescued safely.

Five boaters rescued near Amalga Harbor
Five people who abandoned a swamped 20-foot Bayliner just before it capsized near Gull and Bird islands on Sunday afternoon were rescued by a good Samaritan, the Coast Guard said today.

Ramping up
A Trucano Construction crane on Friday lifts a gangway into place on the fishing dock under construction on Channel Drive, next to DIPAC hatchery. The dock is part of the Channel wayside enhancement project, aimed at offering safer parking and more convenient access to the water for sports fishermen. The Alaska Department of Transportation plans to open the dock to the public by the end of this week.

Around Town

Released sex offender back in jail
Convicted child molester Jack Leck II is in prison again.

Refuge of Riches
A special Juneau Empire report on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Briefly

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

AROUND TOWN
Events for the coming week

Julia Hudert
A Mass in memory of Julia Hudert will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. July 28, 2001, at the Cathedral of the Nativity. Rosary will be said 15 minutes before the Mass and a reception will follow. All friends of the family are welcome to attend.

Patricia Isabelle Parker
Former Juneau resident Patricia Isabelle Parker, 71, died July 17, 2001, in her home in Anchorage.

Behind a special report: Refuge of riches
A column by Empire Managing Editor Steve Reed

Not a normal vote
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: House supporters of campaign finance reform have begun anew the laborious process of pressing for an unobstructed up-or-down vote on their bill.

Empire editorial: Still in search of a subsistence solution
We're hopeful a subsistence summit called by Gov. Tony Knowles for next month will lead to the end of one of Alaska's longest-simmering political and cultural battles.

Word of Mouth

Aug! Time to get ready for Mid-August Stress Syndrome
A column by Juneau resident Nita Nettleton

State Little League tourney postponed
Heavy rains washed out games from the Alaska State Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League Baseball and Softball Tournaments on Sunday, forcing a postponement in both tournaments taking place in Juneau.

Juneau East edges Sitka in Majors tournament
Chris Hinkley struck out 11 batters Sunday afternoon to lead the Juneau East Major Division All-Stars to a 5-4 eight-inning victory over Sitka in the first game of the District 2-Southeast Major Division (age 11-12) Little League Baseball Tournament's best-of-three playoff series at Petersburg's Sandy Beach Park.

Sitka hands Juneau East first loss
Bryn Calhoun threw a one-hitter and struck out nine batters as Sitka handed Juneau East its first loss of the tournament with a 4-0 victory in Saturday's final day of round-robin pool-play at the District 2-Southeast Major Division (age 11-12) Little League Baseball Tournament at Petersburg's Sandy Beach Park.

Quicksilver take second place in USA camp
Dylan Hickey, the outstanding pitcher in last month's state high school baseball tournament, has been declared ineligible to play American Legion baseball for Juneau's Post 25 Midnight Suns.

Hickey declared ineligible to play Legion baseball
Dylan Hickey, the outstanding pitcher in last month's state high school baseball tournament, has been declared ineligible to play American Legion baseball for Juneau's Post 25 Midnight Suns.

Hadfield leads Juneau Jumpers at nationals
Jessica Hadfield of the Juneau Jumpers won national grand champion honors in three events earlier this month as the Juneau Jumpers took 11th place out of 64 teams in the 2001 U.S. National Jump Rope Championships held July 9-10 in Orlando, Fla.

Post 25 splits two games in Anchorage
Juneau's American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns played a doubleheader Saturday, beating Bartlett 6-5 in the early game and losing to Chugiak 4-2 in the nightcap.

Sports in Juneau

Boozer at final Team USA tryout
Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball player Carlos Boozer Jr. is in Dallas this weekend for a second round of tryouts for the USA World Championship for Young Men Team.

Juneau eliminates Fairbanks
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Senior All-Stars survived a few anxious moments in the early part of Saturday's elimination game, then settled down to claim a 6-1 victory over Fairbanks in the Alaska State Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League Baseball Tournament at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Local sports happenings

Knowles meets with Katie John
Katie John's life revolves around a fish wheel that sits along the Copper River.

Cruise lines give $75,000 to GOP after judge lifts donations cap
ANCHORAGE - Corporations are donating more money to state political parties in the wake of a federal judge's ruling that legalized so-called soft money contributions.

Dead orca had high levels of poison
ANCHORAGE - A killer whale that was stranded and died last summer outside Cordova was carrying high levels of industrial poisons in its body, offering yet more evidence that pollutants produced thousands of miles away continue to accumulate at the top of Alaska's marine food chain.

Another view of Arctic Rose sought
ANCHORAGE -- The Coast Guard board investigating the sinking of the Arctic Rose will try again to view the sunken vessel with the aid of a remotely operated video camera sometime next month.

Record number of climbers try McKinley
ANCHORAGE - The 2001 climbing season wrapping up on Mount McKinley is already assured of its place in history.

Chretien asks Bush for single gas pipeline
GENOA, Italy -- Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien told President George Bush on Friday that he would like to focus on one pipeline project in the Pacific Northwest -- and Chretien made it clear he prefers the Mackenzie Valley proposal opposed by Alaska lawmakers.

State's $100,000 grant brings old ferry 'halfway to dry dock'
SEATTLE -- The ravaged art-deco ferry Kalakala has been awarded a $100,000 state history-and-heritage grant.

State Briefs

Tugs help prevent collision
ANCHORAGE -- Tug boats stopped an oil tanker on a collision course with a fishing boat and its outstretched net in Valdez Narrows earlier this month.

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