Four years and counting
A four-year effort to get the city's permission to build an 18-hole golf course in a forest within the Peterson Creek watershed may be nearing its final review.

How long for a permit?
As golf courses have proliferated at a time of increasing concerns about the environment and community growth, it's not unusual for the permitting process to stretch out, experts say.

Alaska wakeup call
Jim Duncan provided statistics at the Governor's Tolerance Commission meeting in Juneau on July 26. The Alaska state minority hire statistics speak for themselves. Of 14,700 employees; only 7 percent are Alaska Native. The statistics are very low; it is time to give the state of Alaska a wake-up call.

Carnival coiffure
Skyler Kim, 8, shows off the stuffed toy snake he won while playing at the Fifth Annual Moose Lodge Charity Carnival on Saturday at Dimond Park. More than 20 local charities benefited from the event, which was the biggest carnival the local Moose lodge has ever hosted.

Original play, grief groups bring hospice national award
Hospice and Home Care of Juneau has received national honors for its work in caring for patients nearing the end of their lives.

Weekend drug bust results in two arrests
Two Juneau residents were charged Saturday with drug crimes after authorities searched a home on Portage Boulevard in the Mendenhall Valley.

Mastering culture one bead and one song at a time
Kymberly Hoyle was obviously enjoying her first time attending Tlingit-Haida Culture Camp.


Hoonah mariner honored for rescue
Hoonah resident Alf Skaflestad, who celebrated his 93rd birthday Saturday, makes little of the fact that he rescued two men off Hoonah early this month.

Copter plans draw reaction
U.S. Forest Service proposals to set the number of helicopter landings on the Juneau Icefield for the next five years have sparked a range of responses from community members with a focus on access, growth and noise.

Sparring over oil pipeline
The head of the company that runs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System told local business leaders Friday that the pipeline is ready for a new lease on life.

GHS to build short-term homeless shelter
The renovation of a triplex by Gastineau Human Services will provide Juneau's homeless with another option for temporary shelter.

Around Town

Concerns spur new golf course design
Developers of a proposed golf course in a West Douglas watershed have redesigned it completely to meet public concerns, said Totem Creek Inc. President John Barnett.

Condition of rescued otter pup improves
A week ago, Elfin, the newborn male sea otter rescued in Gull Cove by fishermen on July 15, was fighting for his life in Seward. However, he seems to have turned the corner over the weekend.

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

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


Around Town

We still haven't solved the bear problem
The better part of a year has passed and after all the politics, behind-the-scene deals, back slapping and personality conflicts, I'm left asking if we really are doing any better dealing with the problem of humans, garbage and bears?

An opportunity to resolve subsistence
In coming weeks, Alaskans have a unique opportunity to take a positive step for Alaska's future by settling the divisive stalemate over subsistence.

Welcome return of artifacts
The following editorial was published July 25 in the Ketchikan Daily News The return of Native artifacts to Saxman is a welcome event on this island as well as throughout Alaska.

Word of Mouth

When you feel the need, take a shot at roadside gun rental
Just when I thought I had heard all the great business ideas, the obvious one, the one I should have thought of, came my way. Imagine you are a retired farmer or car salesman from the Midwest on your vacation trip to Alask

Colin Powell's opportunity
The following editorial appeared in Sunday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The release of two "spy scholars" by Chinese authorities on the eve of Secretary of State Colin Powell's visit to China was a welcome gesture that could help make that visit less tense and more productive.

Bring state government closer to the people
The following editorial appeared in Tuesday's edition of the Frontiersman: We've said it before and we'll say it again: State government needs to get in touch with the people.

Injuries decimate Juneau Legion team in 8-1 loss
The Juneau Post 25 American Legion Midnight Suns baseball team was down to nine healthy bodies after losing an 8-1 decision to the Fairbanks Tri-Cities 49ers on Sunday in the District II tournament at Wasilla's McManus Field.

Alaska's Borgman strikes rowing gold
PENNSAUKEN, N.J. -- The best rower from Homer, Alaska, continued to catch up with the rest of the country Saturday as Stacey Borgman won a pair of gold medals at the U.S. Rowing national championships on Cooper River.

Boozer earns spot on Team USA
Former Juneau-Douglas High School basketball star Carlos Boozer Jr. used the bitter remembrance of a failure to land a spot on Team USA for the 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young Men tournament Aug. 3-12 in Saitama, Japan.

Midnight Suns finish ninth at nationals
The age 17-18 team from Juneau's Midnight Suns Fastpitch Softball Association finished ninth out of 18 teams in the National Fastpitch Softball Association national championship tournament Saturday in Salem, Ore.

Hawaii eliminates Juneau Seniors
Hawaii needed an extra inning to do it, but the team from Maui eliminated Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Senior All-Stars from the Pacific Northwest Division Senior (age 15-16) Little League Baseball Tournament, claiming a 4-3 victory in eight innings Sunday in Vancouver, Wash.

Juneau Juniors win NW softball opener
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars opened the Pacific Northwest Division Junior (age 13-14) Little League Softball Tournament with a 9-2 victory over Oregon on Saturday in Mount Vernon, Wash.

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Strategy leads Bursell to record
John Bursell knew when to relax and he knew when to hammer the field Saturday as he broke his own course record in the Mount Roberts Tram Run.

Juneau Legion team wins slugfest
The Juneau American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns had to outlast the Kenai Twin-City Twins before winning a 14-8 slugfest Saturday night in the District II tournament at McManus Fields in Wasilla.

Court: Alaska must fund some abortions
JUNEAU -- The state Legislature may not require health officials to deny funding for abortions for poor women whose health may be at risk, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled on Friday.

BP admits lag in safety inspections
ANCHORAGE - At least 200 fire detection and suppression systems in the Prudhoe Bay oil field have not been inspected on schedule, and BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. plans to hire 12 additional inspectors to bring its fire systems into compliance.

Strong earthquake rattles Alaska
ANCHORAGE -- No damage or injuries were reported after a strong earthquake hit Alaska.


Stevens: Will find money for Fort Greely
FAIRBANKS - Sen. Ted Stevens says he won't fight Democratic attempts to stop military construction money from being spent on missile defense work at Fort Greely this summer.

Stevens brings back millions
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens hasn't lost his touch.


NASA uses U2 spy plane to track spruce bark beetles
SOLDOTNA - The U2, a high-altitude spy plane made famous when one was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, will conduct reconnaissance over Nikiski late this summer.

Land deal secures Russian R. access
ANCHORAGE - Public access to one of Alaska's most popular fishing holes, the Russian River, was secured last week with a land deal.

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