Sunday, July 28, 2002

In the Stacks
For those with CD players instead of tape players in your cars, here are some of the new books on CD!

Ballot chaos
I am amazed that yet again Alaska may be faced with major changes to its voting system. Ballot Measure 1 proposes instituting preferential voting for state and federal offices. If it passes, then by my count we'll have at least four different methods of electing officials in Alaska.

Overreaching government
I admit that my level of anxiety has soared since Sept. 11. No, I am not traumatized by the prospect of terrorists' activity. I have not been hesitant to fly every time I sense a need or intense desire. I have not bought survival food packets, gas masks, nor added insurance.

The price of being powered up all day
Someone remarked that if I was concerned about air pollution from cruise ships, I shouldn't drive to North Douglas, insinuating the hypocrisy of complaining about blue diesel smog when we all drive polluting cars.

The next logical step
The choice is clear in my mind. Are we going to risk moving a Juneau resident into the Governor's Mansion for the first time, or are we going to risk moving in a resident of Washington, D.C. for the first time?

Correction
The last few words in the last sentence in the article in Friday's Empire about Shannon Cogswell were omitted.

Log cabin demolition
The Davis Log Cabin on Seward Street is demolished by work crews Saturday. The cost of making necessary repairs to the replica cabin, built in the early 1980s, was prohibitive. A pocket park will take its place.

Sealaska receives artifact gift
Sealaska Heritage Institute has received a gift of more than 50 Native artifacts from an Oregon businessman, its largest donation by a private collector to date.

Arts groups deal with loss of JDHS auditorium
With the auditorium at Juneau-Douglas High School out of commission during its renovation until February, the city has offered Centennial Hall at a reduced rate to nonprofit groups affected by the closure.

Court of their Peers
"All rise, the Juneau Youth Court is now in session," bailiff Michael Petershoare intones, and everyone stands as three sober-faced, robed teen-age judges enter the courtroom.

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

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events

Thane waterfall
A waterfall flows over devil's club by the side of Thane Road on Saturday morning.

Better access, better sound
When the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium reopens next year, a better looking room with improved wheelchair access should greet concert- and theater-goers.

Terry Anne Whitbeck
Juneau resident Terry Anne Whitbeck died June 8, 2002, in Tacoma, Wash., after battling cancer.

Kenneth L. Scott
Longtime Juneau resident Kenneth L. Scott died July 22, 2002, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Wash.

Empire editorial: Tragedy narrowly averted
Last Sunday a van driven by a 30-year-old man carrying six to nine passengers under age 20 crashed into a tree out the Glacier Highway in the middle of the night. Five of the passengers went to Bartlett Regional Hospital with injuries sustained in the accident.

My Turn: Proposed land exchange is in the public interest
On April 23, I introduced legislation that provides for a land exchange involving the Forest Service, Sealaska and the Cape Fox Corp. Since that time, public discussion of the proposal has shown that there is a great deal of confusion over what the bill actually does. It is time to set the record straight.

Cartoon by TOE

Salmon Creek Trail: An easy walk, then a steep climb
The Salmon Creek Trail takes hikers into a forested valley not far from downtown that is the site of one of Juneau's older hydroelectric operations.

Taking the cutthroat challenge
Some people fish purely for the challenge of misleading a fish. Some do it solely for food. Although I harvest my share of halibut and salmon annually, the challenges associated with angling are most important to me and getting skunked by a wise, old, aquatic creature only adds to my craving for the sport.

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.), Dolly Varden (June-Aug.), bear viewing at Pack Creek (June-Sept., peaks July and Aug.), freshwater northern pike (peaks July-Aug.), deer (starts Aug. 1, through Dec. 31.)

Canoein' reunion
Every so often history repeats itself to the same people, with the same boat, on the same waterway. This time it took 41 years.

Fish Report
Juneau area marine boat anglers put in an average of 62 hours to land a king salmon during the most recent survey week. This is slightly better than last year when it took 68 hours to land a keeper.

Deer season opens Thursday
While many people wait until snow drives deer down closer to the beach, the hunting season is about to begin.

Big Fish Photos
Photos submitted by readers

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

Boozer making positive impact
It took former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball star Carlos Boozer a little longer than he hoped, but he starting to make a positive impression in his first exhibition games with the Cleveland Cavaliers summer-league team.

Rainy Roberts run
It rained at the start, the finish and everywhere in between during this year's Mt. Roberts Tram Run, but nearly three dozen runners persevered through the wet weather and completed the race up the mountain.

Juneau Little Leaguers keep on winning
Teams from Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League continued a very successful postseason on Friday and Saturday, going 4-1 in tournament games in cities across the Pacific Northwest.

UAF to study glowing clouds
Glance into the Fairbanks sky when conditions are right this August and you'll be treated to a magnificent view of silvery-blue clouds that glow in the dark.

Mother, daughter donate their hair for sick children
Bracing herself in the salon chair, 10-year-old Calista Pruitt shrieked, "Oh my god, my hair!" and in one quick snip 10 inches of her chestnut locks were off.

Three appointed to Board of Fisheries
Gov. Tony Knowles appointed Oliver Holm of Kodiak, Eric Jordan of Sitka and Andrew Szczesny of Soldotna to the Board of Fisheries on Friday.

Man, son, dog rescued from raft
A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a Ketchikan man, his son, and their dog from a life raft after their 32-foot fishing vessel sank Friday morning in the Gulf of Alaska.

New Coast Guard commander emphasizes security, safety
Rear Adm. James Underwood said he hopes to see security improved and ships and services spruced up during his tenure as commander of the Coast Guard in Alaska.

Klawock: Student takes carving skills into community
Emily M. Nelson learned to carve in the Klawock City Schools Culture Program and very much liked the work. Her carving has extended outside school every summer for the last few years, to the work on the totem poles being restored and re-carved in Klawock.

Refuge will move cattle
The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge plans to begin barging cattle off Chirikof Island in a few weeks, refuge manager Greg Siekaniec said.

Ketchikan Schools consider expanded drug tests
The Ketchikan School Board on Wednesday agreed to look into expanding the school district's random drug testing policy to all students involved in extra-curricular school activities.

Sitka: Program prepares youths for jobs
The Sitka Youth Employment Program is signing up Sitkans age 14 to 21 to learn fundamental skills required for any job, or to get job training to start a career.

Haines: Need a giant malamute?
Haines Animal Rescue Kennel workers are scrambling to cope with 20 giant malamutes turned over to them Monday.

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