Thursday, July 26, 2001

Entertainment Briefs
Theater, youth awarded history grants and California artist kicks off workshop series

On filmmaking and slam poetry
Filmmakers must persevere. That's award-winning filmmaker Paul Devlin's advice to would-be artists. Devlin will visit Juneau next week for a screening of his documentary, "SlamNation," winner of the Grand Jury award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and the Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. His 1995 television pilot, "Slammin,'" will also be shown, and Devlin will teach a introductory class on filmmaking.

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Song and dance at Camp Damp
You never know when dancing is going to happen at Camp Damp. In 1993, the first year of the camp, an impromptu folk dancing session erupted in the kitchen during after dinner cleanup.

Sheldon weaves Juneau experience into new book
Mystery author Sidney Sheldon writes from experience. "I will not write about a meal in a restaurant anywhere in the world unless I've had a meal in that restaurant," said Sheldon, a best-selling author and winner of an Oscar, a Tony and an Edgar Allen Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America. "When I write a book, I do a lot of on-hand research."

Thanks for the dialogue on docks
Last year when a large portion of the new pier at Irakleio, Crete - the portion being used by large passenger ferries - collapsed on a Sunday morning, the construction firm that built the pier Domiki Kritis said that the pier's foundations were laid in a shallow depth of eight meters and were therefore unsuitable for large vessels.

What was she thinking?
Why would any sane being suggest that we have Capital Transit run a bus to the glacier (Letter to the Editor, July 23). Is there some reason why the citizens of Juneau should pay for this person's travel here in town?

A community danger
I am writing to voice my concern for our community and our children. On July 4, Jack Leck II was released into our community. On July 20, he was picked up for violating his parole. After Mr. Leck's release in 1996, he was re-arrested for violation of parole in 1997. There is a pattern occurring, and one that is escalating.

Derogatory term
I am dismayed by the headline to the story that ran yesterday about the murder of a Coast Guard officer on St. Paul Island.

Save the whales, fishermen
I think I have a solution to the emerging Glacier Bay cruise ship crisis. This remedy will better protect whales, air quality and park asthetics while providing economic benefit to the residents of Icy Strait and nearby neighbors.

Reality sinks in
A giant humpback whale, No. 68 by name, and her unborn calf were apparently killed by an industrial cruise ship of bone-shattering enormity.

No place to go
I ask the help of my fellow residents of Juneau in a matter of charity. A growing number of people, in active disease of alcoholism and other forms of drug slavery are within our community, with virtually nowhere to stay, and we have few resources aimed at offering them hope that healing might be a real possibility.

Pet of the week

Power switch cleans up ships
Charlie Ball, president of Princess Tours, looked like a modern-day Thomas Edison as he flipped the switch Tuesday on a cleaner way to run his company's ships.

Climber injured in three-story fall
A man who was climbing a metal storm drain on an exterior wall of the downtown Elks Lodge this morning fell 30 feet onto a concrete sidewalk, suffering severe injuries, police said.

Coastie murdered on St. Paul
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of the commanding officer of the Coast Guard's communications station on St. Paul Island.

Quick search mobilized, but hikers walk out
Hikers overdue from the Eagle River United Methodist Camp on Wednesday afternoon caused the Juneau Rope Rescue Team and other search and rescue personnel to turn out, but the hikers rescued themselves.

Amateur radio operators help save four lives
Just a month after practicing emergency communications skills, members of the Northern Southeast Amateur Radio Emergency Services and Juneau Amateur Radio Club helped rescue a fellow ham operator.

Garden variety
Pictured is Pam and David Bergerson's garden in Juneau in a photo taken earlier this week. The Southeast Master Gardeners are sponsoring garden tours on Aug. 4 and 5 at locations around Juneau.

Rotary district governor spells out plans
Douglas resident Wanda Cooksey was recently appointed Governor of District 5010 of Rotary International for 2001-2002. The district covers Alaska, the Yukon Territory of Canada, and Siberia and the Far East of Russia.

Rose scent is direct line to emotional memory
I love roses; I have always loved them and can right now close my eyes and conjure up the aroma of a rose covered arbor that shielded us from passing eyes. Sweet and slow, soft and subtly strong, the delicate invasive tendrils wend their ways up the nostrils, exciting nerves and stimulating olfactory senses. The message goes directly to the part of the brain dealing with emotional memories bypassing all verbal interpretation.

Police and Fire

Turnaround eases congestion; city plans next phase
Rose Harris has been keeping an eye on traffic in the city's new turnaround in front of the Marine Park Garage.

Correction

Stings show drop in alcohol sales to kids
Liquor vendors in Juneau were less willing to sell alcohol to minors in 2001 during a second year of sting operations to crack down on underage drinking.

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Around Town

Around Town

Police and fire

Harriman 2001 visits Juneau
For a group of travelers retracing the 1899 Harriman Expedition to Alaska, daily life is paralleling 102-year-old history.

Moose Lodge charity carnival scheduled for this weekend
Fans of midways and games of chance, start your engines. The Moose Lodge Charity Carnival is coming to town again, sponsored by the first Moose Lodge in Alaska.

The concept is encouraging
The following editorial appeared in Tuesday's San Jose Mercury News: President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin may have found a way to avoid an imminent head-on collision over the 30-year-old Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Their idea is to tie Bush's plan to test and deploy a missile defense system to Putin's proposal to reduce substantially each side's nuclear missile stockpile.

Word of Mouth

Myths about ANWR development
During my 35 years in Alaska, I have always been considered a "Greenie." However, when it comes to oil development in ANWR, I am an enthusiastic advocate. Aggressive action by environmentalists in the 1970s fostered responsible development on the North Slope. I have visited there many times and seen it first hand.

Outside editorials
Resolve stem-cell ethics; Florida drilling: Not worth the risk; Cameras in police cars

My Turn: Alaskans deserve a subsistence decision
Years ago, any Alaska governor who even hinted that he might not defend Alaska's newly won state rights against federal inroads would have been tarred and feathered and run out of the state.

Come paddle the blue canoe
Sealaska's blue canoe will cross Twin Lakes many times this summer. The South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is giving the community a chance to use the 14-person canoe this summer through a new "Exercising Native Traditions" canoe program.

Hunters prepare for promising season
Rayco Sales is doing steady business in deer tags, as hunters prepare for the season opening August 1.

Slugs and bugs
Is your lettuce lifeless? If so, it could be yet another victim of our mild winter, which produced a bumper crop of bugs, according to our local Extension Agent Jim Douglas.

Out and About
In season: Salt and freshwater king salmon (peaks May-July), halibut and rockfish (peaks June-Sept.), sockeye, pink and chum salmon (runs June to Sept., peaks in July), coho salmon (June-Nov.)

Fish Report
King salmon fishing in the Juneau area continues to slow. Last week it took 68 hours to catch a keeper king salmon.

Juneau Seniors take state
When Juneau pitcher Kyle Lanz severely sprained his right ankle the day before the start of the Alaska State Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League Baseball Tournament, the Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars thought the injury would have a negative impact on their run for the state title.

Midnight Suns send team to nationals
The players on the age 17-18 girls softball team from Juneau's Midnight Suns Fastpitch Softball Association have won several championships over the years. This weekend they will try to add a national title to their collection.

Boozer helps Team USA crush Lithuania, 113-66
Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball star Carlos Boozer Jr. scored five of Team USA's first 17 points, leading Team USA to a 113-66 drubbing of Lithuania's age 22-and-younger squad Wednesday night at Southern Methodist University's Moody Coliseum in Dallas.

Juneau takes district title in extra innings
It took 12 innings, but the Juneau American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns knocked off the Tri-Cities 49ers 4-3 on Wednesday night at Arco Field in Fairbanks to claim the District II regular-season championship.

Sports in Juneau

Juneau Majors beat Sitka to claim District 2 crown
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Majors Division All-Stars waited until the fifth inning to break up a pitchers' duel, but then exploded for six runs as the All-Stars blanked Sitka 6-0 to claim the District 2-Southeast Majors Division (age 11-12) Little League Baseball Tournament championship Tuesday in Petersburg.

Post 25 dips into bag of tricks to beat Fairbanks
Juneau's American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns blew a lead to Service in a 7-6 loss on Sunday in Anchorage, but bounced back to beat Fairbanks 5-4 in 11 innings Tuesday in Fairbanks.

Sports In Juneau

Errors cost Juneau state softball crown
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars almost pulled off an incredible comeback Tuesday night, but came up a few inches short in a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Dimond-West in the series-clinching second game of the Alaska State Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League Softball Tournament at Melvin Park.

Court grants delay in Katie John case
The state attorney general's office was granted a 60-day extension, until Oct. 4, to appeal the Katie John subsistence case to the U.S. Supreme Court, the governor's office said Tuesday.

More details emerge in St. Paul murder
A 25-year-old man accused of fatally shooting the new Coast Guard commander on St. Paul Island believed his estranged wife was romantically involved with the officer, according to charging documents released Wednesday.

Teen charged in arson death of mom
ANCHORAGE - A Soldotna teen-ager has been indicted on charges of setting her home on fire and killing her mother in September 1999.

Crash kills pilot during training
A British military jet crashed on a training mission out of Eielson Air Force Base Wednesday, killing the pilot, officials said.

Briefly

PFDs take hit from Wall Street
For the first time since stocks began to slide 16 months ago, Alaskans will feel the battered market in dividend checks.

Stolen Tlingit artifacts returned to Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan's Native community welcomed lost artifacts home Monday with singing, dancing and the beating of drums.

Number of same-sex and unmarried partners in Alaska climbs in '90s
The number of Alaskans who reported living with a same-sex partner climbed sharply during the past decade, though such partnerships still appear to represent a very small proportion of Alaska households.

State Briefs
Forum to discuss light rail tonight; Man who fell is in serious condition; Virus hits computers

Damage is as old as the sea
Ancient humans started destroying the abundance of the seas by slaughtering whole species of animals, changing a delicate balance that was tipped further by excesses of the modern age, a study finds.

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