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Saturday, July 26, 2003

Honor for elders
How like pigeons our elders have now become. Like pigeons, the needful ones will now have to gather at the feet of the elected to wait for the feeding that is about to begin. Crumbs will be thrown, not because the elected favor pigeons, but because their action will look good long enough to get them beyond this delicate moment in time. Longevity, after all, is about time.

At the bridge?
It does my heart good to read Mr. McIntosh's article of July 16. As a Ketchikan homeowner I can only guess where all the money to build the bridge will come from. I only hope I can sell my home before the Ketchikan Gateway Borough nicks me for more tax money.

City seeks business proposals for Eaglecrest off-season
In an attempt to get Eaglecrest Ski Area out of debt, the city is soliciting proposals from local businesses with ideas to use the facilities during the off-season.

Police & Fire
Reports by Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Open-air theater at UAS opens tonight
Since the late 1980s, former Juneau resident-turned-philanthropist Lily Noyes has been looking for a way to name a building after her late husband, former Alaska commissioner of roads and Alaska National Guard Adjutant Gen. John Noyes.

Photo: Fireweed fly-by
Fireweed comes into bloom.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

FYI
Births; Courts; Judgments; Indictments.

Giving back: Young cancer survivor wants to help others
When Michelle Palmer sat in a Seattle hospital's waiting room for children, none of the other kids had hair and she wondered what she was doing there.

Correction
Due to incorrect information provided to the Empire by the city, Thursday's article on a new collective bargaining agreement reported that city employees' pay would increase by 0.75 percent in the second year of the contracts. The pay will increase by 2 percent starting Jan. 1, 2005.

Photo: Quite a hike
Hikers begin descending the many wooden steps and boardwalks of the Gavan Hill Trail recently with the city of Sitka visible in the distance.

Student recognitions
Four students awarded scholarships; Chapman attends Chapter Chair Institute; Dougherty receives divinity degree; Vick enlists in Army delayed program.

Come see the World
You thought you had it rough. But what if you were sailing on one of these great ships that come into the harbor every day and there were only about thirty other passengers aboard. Even if you could use the swimming pool or the tennis court who would you play with? Who would you say hello to in the morning? It would be mighty lonely. Such a ship arrived Saturday night and departed Sunday at 11 p.m. It is called the World, home-ported at Nassau.

NeighborsDigest
Wright wins bronze in national competition; CAP dinner and reception to be held Saturday; Community invited to celebrate new addition.

Limp and Bricker wed
Sarah Limp of Fair Grove, Mo., and Roger Bricker of Springfield, Mo., were married in a ceremony on May 23, 2003, in Springfield, Mo. A wedding reception followed on June 7 at Washita Baptist Church in Farmington, Mo.

Skinner donates $10,000 to United Way
The United Way of Southeast Alaska is pleased to recognize Capital Chevrolet as its first $10,000-level donor and the first member of the national Alexis de Tocqueville Society in Southeast Alaska.

Thank you
... for prayers and positive thoughts; to Shattuck and Grummett Insurance; to businesses and artists for donations.

Julie Lisa Reel
Juneau resident Julie Lisa Reel, 43, died July 19, 2003, in Anchorage following a lengthy illness.

Richard Henning
Juneau resident Richard "Rick" Vernon Henning, 69, died July 21, 2003, in his Juneau home after a long battle with cancer.

Floridian wins Ultra Challenge
After finishing second twice, Scott McNeice came out on top Thursday, winning the men's handcycle division of the Midnight Sun Ultra Challenge wheelchair and handcycle race.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Mt. Roberts race set for Saturday
The annual Mount Roberts Tram Race will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the lower tram station, 490 S. Franklin St. Check-in will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the station.

Photos: Local athletes do well on the road
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars and United Airlines Open.

Cities to push income tax
Despite repeated statements by Gov. Frank Murkowski that he will not institute a state income tax, Alaska cities are planning to push for it as part of a long-range fiscal plan next year in the Legislature.

Photo: Free Parking
Free parking: A trailer looks for a spot to park Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of the vacant Fairbanks Kmart.

Extraordinary efforts for extraordinary cabbage
Scott Robb gives his giant cabbages all a plant could possibly want: good soil, water, regular fertilizing and, on hot days, air conditioning. That's right. Air conditioning.

Stranded rafter's signal fire burns 1,000 acres
A rafter stranded on the banks of an eastern Interior river lit a signal fire Tuesday that has grown to more than 1,000 acres.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

AlaskaDigest
Cloudy water returns; Coast Guard gives up search for Yakutat man; Legislature lacks votes for special session.

JAHC awards annual scholarships
JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council awarded $8,615 worth of scholarships to Juneau students who applied and auditioned in the spring.

Movies where & when
"League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," (PG-13) plays at 7:15 and 9:40 nightly at 20th Century Twin, with afternoon matinees at 2:15 daily and additional Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:40.

Three stories, three beasts and the women they loved
Last winter, Juneau screenwriter David Hunsaker sat down to read Betsy Hearne's "Beauty and the Beast: Visions and Revisions of an Old Tale," retellings of the classic motif collected from various cultures. He was intrigued by three common themes: the presence of cross-cultural love affairs, the power of love and patience to tame the beast, and the vilification of the unknown. It proved to be fertile ground for a script. Hunsaker's new play, "Three-Way River," combines three myths: Appalachia's "Whitebear Whittington," Russia's "The Glass Mountain" and the Tlingit story of "The Woman Who Married a Bear." All three are merged with the Beauty and Beast motif.

What's happening
William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," directed by The Bare Bones Shakespeare Ensemble and presented by Nancy Buttenheim, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Friday, July 25, Saturday, July 26, and 5 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at McPhetres Hall. Audience members under 13 are asked to bring a cushion and sit on the floor. $5; proceeds go to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau Support Services for Grieving Children.

Punk rock canned food
The four members of Juneau punk band Johnny Football Star collected 300 cans of food when they set up an all-ages concert at The Elks Lodge in January. They brought in 200 more cans at a show in March. They'll give the food drive one more shot at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, when they headline a four-band bill at The Elks Lodge downtown with like-minded punk bands Lifted and Down For The Count, plus What Remains, the solo, alter ego of JFS bassist and singer David Conway.

Camp Damp returns to Methodist camp
JUNEAU - The Juneau contra dance community will host Camp Damp, its annual dance weekend, Friday, July 25, to Sunday, July 27, at Eagle River Methodist Camp.

Stitt returns for summer concert
Juneau's Rory Merritt Stitt is 26, has two albums and finished his first cross-country tour of the United States this spring. Still, he's waiting, or searching, for something. "I feel like I'm having a quarter-life crisis," said Stitt, who now lives in Portland, Ore., and comes back to Juneau on Saturday, July 26, for an 8 p.m. show at Northern Light United Church.

JDU hosting summer dance camp for kids
JUNEAU - Juneau Dance Unlimited is accepting registrations for its dance camp, 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 4, to Friday, Aug. 8.

Alaskan Bar hosts songwriters' challenge
JUNEAU - Write a song about the Alaskan Hotel & Bar and win $100. Or write the best song of the night - about anything - and win $300. It sounds simple, but it's not when you consider the level of talent expected for the South Franklin Street bar's first Original Songwriter's Challenge at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26.

Building the Latin Jazz Project
The first night of the Juneau Latin Jazz Project - July 19 at Mike's Place restaurant in Douglas - came off better than co-organizer Turiya Mareya expected. "We went and made a flier and put them up in just a few days, and the show was packed," said Mareya, who is also the group's pianist, flutist and bass clarinetist. "Everybody had a ball."

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