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.

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 Some of the mega-churches are experimenting with inviting persons to "attend" services via the Internet. My reading faded into reverie.

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

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.

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



Around Town



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sports in Juneau

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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