Friday, July 27, 2001

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."

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.

Entertainment calendar
Movies

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Correction

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.

Weddings

FYI

Police and fire

Bearing up to a grizzly
Jake, a 16-year-old brown bear, attempts to break into a newly designed bear-proof garbage can Thursday at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage. The can was designed by Grizzly Cans of Napa, Calif., as a low-cost container to stop black bears from getting into garbage. The company wanted to see how it would stand up to an Alaska grizzly. Jake gave up after about an hour and was finally fed by zoo attendants.

Virtual spirituality may not be the way to go
There are times when I definitely feel like I am driving a horse and buggy in the slow lane of a freeway while others are whizzing by in supercharged transport modules equipped with anti-gravity pods or something like that. My most recent reminder of how difficult it is to keep up with change and trends came while I was reading an article from an e-newsletter put out by Crosswalk.com. Some of the mega-churches are experimenting with inviting persons to "attend" services via the Internet. My reading faded into reverie.

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

Around Town

Weekend Best Bets
Families, dog lovers and filmmakers all have entertainment options this weekend.

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

Briefly

Around Town

Thank you

USFS apartments slated for valley
The U.S. Forest Service plans to build apartments for 52 seasonal workers on national forest land near Back Loop Road.

Jack-of-all-trades lends hand to Juneau hospice
The offices of Hospice and Home Care of Juneau on Hospital Drive are a bit uprooted this week. Boxes are scattered on the floor, furniture has been pushed around and workers are moving material in and out of the building.

Light rail price: hundreds of millions
Frank Guzzo doesn't plan to get rich selling light rail to Juneau, but he paid a visit this week to share information about the technology, he said.

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.

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.

Light rail for Juneau? No!
Frank Guzzo, a sales specialist with Siemans Transpiration out of Sacramento, was in town this week as the guest of Bill Leighty. Bill is a 30-year resident of Juneau and long-time rail advocate. The duo spent a busy two days discussing the idea of a light rail transit system with a variety of interests around the community.

View from a resident turned cruise tourist
As an eight-year resident of Juneau I had become a little complacent toward the town and its role as a tourist destination. A recent 14-day cruise through Southeast Alaska as an Elderhostel lecturer-group leader provided me with a new perspective on tourism's place in the Juneau economy.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.)

Sports in Juneau

Sports In Juneau

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.

Midnight Suns win opener at nationals
Juneau's Midnight Suns Fastpitch Softball Association 18U team claimed an 8-0 victory over Illusions of Oregon Thursday in its first game of the National Fastpitch Softball Association National Championship tournament in Salem, Ore.

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.

Juneau runners do well in Sitka race
Four Juneau runners finished among the leaders in the seven-mile Alpine Adventure Run held last Saturday in Sitka. Don Eagle, who won the race in 1996, was the top finisher from Juneau, taking third place in 1 hour, 17 minutes, 16 seconds.

Boozer scores 14 as USA beats Yugoslavia
Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball star Carlos Boozer Jr. scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds Thursday as Team USA came from behind to beat Yugoslavia 87-77 in an exhibition game at Southern Methodist University's Moody Coliseum in Dallas.

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.

Crashed Yakutat air taxi found; teams have yet to reach plane
ANCHORAGE - Rescue workers have located the crash site of a Cessna 185 from Gulf Air Taxi of Yakutat that disappeared Thursday but have been unable to reach the plane.

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.

Public tells panel of injustices
Sara Boesser was 16 when she realized she was a lesbian. It wasn't a path she would have chosen knowing the hostilities she would face, she told the governor's Commission on Tolerance at a hearing in Juneau on Thursday.

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

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.

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.

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.

Hoax call hinders rescue
A Coast Guard helicopter and at least three civilian craft scrambled to aid a boat that was sinking off the coast of Yakutat only to find it was a hoax.

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