Acknowledging improvements
Over a decade ago, I was concerned about the lack of parking at Sandy Beach, Savikko Park and the Douglas Boat Harbor. Congestion was prevalent in the area when boaters, softball players, picnic goers and beach walkers vied for parking and access.

Putting Alaska first
The recent letters from the supporters of Fran Ulmer and Wayne Ross that Frank Murkowski would better serve Alaska by remaining in the Senate should be seen for what they are - a sad attempt to deflect the campaign from the issues.

Gustavus vibrant, not distressed
An article in Sunday's Empire about how local communities plan to spend compensation moneys from the commercial fishing phaseout in Glacier Bay National Park implies profound demographic changes for Gustavus as a result of the congressionally mandated phaseout. Foremost, the article cites school enrollment - down from a high of 82 students to half that number now - as an indicator of the impacts of the phaseout on local families.

Nugget stolen, pawned, gone
Interesting article on Juneau's pawn shops. A few years ago we had to deal with one of the pawn shops. We were out of town and when we arrived home we found that our house had been broken into. Later, we discovered our gold nugget was missing.

Difference in tone
Recently I have been looking at Fran Ulmer's Web site and Frank Murkowski's Web site.

Dangling eagles rescued after tumbling into tree
Here's another example of why bald eagles are known for their beauty and not their brains.A pair of the national birds spent time last week hanging upside down in a tree after tangling talons and falling from the sky. Despite human efforts to get them to let go, they remained stuck for at least half a day.

The Associated Press, in a news brief printed in Friday's Empire, erroneously reported the name of the fishing company that owned a Bering Sea trawler on which a man last August was accused of sexually harassing a National Marine Fisheries Service fisheries observer.

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

'Prairie Home' host visits capital city
Chalk up another spotting in Juneau's annual summer celebrity hunt. Garrison Keillor, host of "A Prairie Home Companion," was in town earlier this month. Keillor, whose jovial voice and good-hearted humor are familiar to listeners of the long-running public radio show, dropped by downtown's Observatory bookstore July 13.

Police: Drinking may have led to crash
Police say alcohol may have been a factor in a weekend crash that sent five teen-agers and young adults to the hospital. A parent of one of the teens said they had left a drinking party.Police said a 30-year-old man was driving a 1987 Dodge van, carrying six to nine passengers ages 16 to 20, that left the road and crashed into a tree around 2:44 a.m. Sunday near mile 36.5 Glacier Highway.

Man trapped on Mt. Juneau ledge after fall
Angel Varela was stuck between a sheer drop and a rock face when Juneau Mountain Rescue crews found him clinging to a ledge in a ravine on the side of Mount Juneau early Sunday morning.Varela sustained only minor injuries, including a fractured right leg, when he tumbled about 60 feet down the mountain around 7 p.m. Saturday, according to Capital City Fire and Rescue.

Landslide leads to Dyea flood
A landslide triggered a flood in the tiny gold rush community of Dyea, north of Skagway, early this morning, officials said.No injuries were reported and about 25 people in Dyea were evacuated to Skagway, about 10 miles away. The road from Skagway to Dyea is closed and tours into the area have been canceled until further notice, Skagway City Manager Bob Ward said.

Work on fisheries center road begins this week
A city contractor starts work on a new Lena Point road this week as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to evaluate the best way to build a new fisheries center there.Work on the NOAA fisheries center was to have started this month, but the low bid on the project was $6 million higher than the $36 million construction cost estimate.

Expatriate Alaskans meet in Seattle for small-town reunion
Janis Jorgenson Rountree took a trip to Seattle but ended up on memory lane Sunday at the Juneau-Douglas Picnic.Soon after arriving, the Juneau shopkeeper was reminiscing about kindergarten teachers with a classmate she hadn't seen in a decade. It was a typical moment at the 60th annual picnic, a gathering of past and present Juneau residents held in a Seattle park.

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

A different way to Douglas: DOT pitches bridge plan
The Alaska Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on a new plan to ease congestion on and near the Douglas Bridge.Work to widen the intersection at 10th Street and Egan Drive, reconfigure the bridge surface to add a third lane, and construct a circular roadway on the Douglas side could begin as early as next summer if approved by the city.

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

Local Briefs
Assembly forwards tour plan policies; Police pinch toy-gun-toting teens;

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

Louise Patricia 'Pete' McCue
Former Juneau resident Louise Patricia "Pete" McCue died July 20, 2002, in Charleston, S.C.

Lloyd K. 'Buck' Smith
Lloyd K. "Buck" Smith died July 18, 2002, in Elfin Cove.

Lloyd K. 'Buck' Smith
Lloyd K. "Buck" Smith died July 18, 2002, in Elfin Cove.

My Turn: Promote public input in managing tourism
What will it take for the public in Juneau to pay attention to what is happening in our community and to insist on being heard - and, beyond that, to be responded to?

My Turn: Why don't they understand the concept of 'no more'?
Two judges on the Ninth Circuit of Appeals attracted a loud negative reaction when they ruled that the pledge of allegiance is unconstitutional for school recitation because of the two words in it: "under God." They are rethinking their decision before they get reversed again by the U.S. Supreme Court, standard procedure for the Ninth.

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

Seniors hold on vs. Kenai
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Senior Division (age 15-16) All-Stars are one win away from advancing to the Northwest Division tournament after beating Kenai 17-11 Monday at the state tourney in Petersburg.

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

Juneau flushes away bad inning
It was one of those innings that can decimate a team.Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars had just given up five unearned runs on four errors in the third inning, falling behind by four runs during Monday's second game of their best-of-three series with Knik in the state Junior Division (age 13-14) Little League softball tournament.

Capital City Soccer League Standings
Through July 22

Wet weather scrubs state LL softball tournament
Rain washed out Sunday's second game of the state Junior Division (age 13-14) Little League softball tournament at Melvin Park, preventing Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars from clinching a spot in the Northwest Division tournament this weekend in Idaho.

Hundreds mourn violent death of 13-year-old Anchorage girl
ANCHORAGE - More than 500 mourners packed Anchorage Grace Church on Sunday to remember Delaney Zutz, 13, who was found murdered last week in woods near her South Anchorage home.The slain teen-ager was laid to rest later Sunday in Angelus Memorial Park on Klatt Road.

Slumping dollar helps exporters
ANCHORAGE - The sinking dollar is lifting the fortunes of some Alaska exporters.While the weaker dollar means less buying power for companies that import foreign goods, it is good news for companies in the business of exporting Alaska commodities such as fish, fertilizer and minerals. When foreign currencies strengthen, it means buyers in Tokyo, London, Seoul or Frankfurt can buy more U.S. goods with each yen, pound or euro.

Ross urges Murkowski to debate in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski's leading Republican opponent in the Aug. 27 primary election says Murkowski should return to Alaska, debate his opponents and take stands on major issues facing the state."If you really want to run for governor of Alaska, Frank, then I respectfully suggest that it is time for you to 'come home' and be a candidate for governor," candidate Wayne Anthony Ross said in a letter sent to Murkowski last weekend.

State Briefs
AK unemployment up slightly; Coast Guard helps whale; Pepper spray causes evacuation; Man dies in highway rollover; Wildfire threatens Elliott Highway; Coast Guard rescues boaters; Archive looks to expand; Man pleads innocent to murder

Fran Ulmer highlights her stand against gun control
Running for governor in a state where gun control more often refers to marksmanship than new laws, Fran Ulmer would like to downsize a bit.The Democrat gubernatorial candidate took time while campaigning in Galena last week to shop for a new, smaller handgun.

Shishmaref residents vote to move their village
ANCHORAGE - Residents of the island village of Shishmaref have voted overwhelmingly to move their community to escape the violent storms that have eroded huge chunks of shoreline.Residents of the community about 600 miles northwest of Anchorage voted Friday. The unofficial count released by village officials Saturday was 161-20 in favor of moving.

State Briefs
Boy sues to claim contest prize; Teen reels in 87-pound salmon; Flags lowered for Wes Coyner;

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