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Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Candidates stance on appointments?
Gov. Knowles is to be commended for appointing five well-seasoned and reasonable individuals to the seven-member Board of Game.

Police got it right
A few days ago I read an online article about the car crash that occurred one week ago Saturday. What I found in that article led me to be completely disgusted with the investigative reporting, or should I say the lack thereof.

Qualified as governor
The issues facing Alaska voters this year go deeper than how big the dividend will be, where the Legislature will meet, and the alternative voting election system referendum. I hope citizens will think ahead about how the choices we make will impact their grandchildren.

Fishing families know who can help them in election
Upon returning to Cordova following a month's absence for my commercial fishing season in Bristol Bay, I was interested to learn that we have yet another "advocate" for our fishing interests here from outside of our industry and community: Lauren Padawer with Eyak Preservation Council.

Land-swap details
Sen. Frank Murkowski's My Turn column in Sunday's Empire is strong evidence of the need for campaign finance reform in this country - you go John McCain and Russ Feingold!

Eagle's nest ensnared by mix of interests
An eagle's nest perched in a precarious tree along North Douglas Highway is the focus of a tangle of biological interest, government regulations and local concern. In mid-July a mudslide near False Outer Point washed out the hillside supporting a tree that held the nest of seven eaglets. The eaglets were taken to repopulate eagles on an island off the California coast, which ruffled some of the birds' human neighbors. Meanwhile, the partly uprooted nest tree, covered by eagle-habitat protection laws, cannot be removed, creating a potential danger to passing motorists.

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

Relay raises more than $20,000
Walkers and runners braved rain and cold to raise more than $20,000 in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life event this weekend.

City studies changes to setback rules near streams
The Juneau Assembly may change city policy that governs development near streams and lakes.

Woman's arm broken, suspect arrested at Juneau Airport
A man accused of breaking a woman's elbow and leaving her along the side of the road was arrested this morning at the Juneau Airport, police said.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Former car dealer indicted
A former Juneau consignment used-car dealer and his sales manager were indicted Monday by a federal grand jury in Anchorage on multiple charges of defrauding their customers.Curtis McQueen, owner of the defunct McQueen Motors on Glacier Highway, was charged with 14 counts of mail and wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

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

Angle R. Peterson Sr.
Services for longtime Juneau resident Angle Rock Peterson Sr. will be held Wednesday.

Angle R. Peterson Sr.
Longtime Juneau resident Angle Rock Peterson Sr. died July 28, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

It pays to run the traps on candidates
Eyebrows were raised at the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly last week a Ketchikan Daily News reporter revealed that the top applicant for borough manager had once been indicted by a grand jury. The candidate was cleared of any wrong-doing, but the fact that he was involved in a case could reflect adversely on his candidacy.

Sports in Juneau
Information on sports events in Juneau.

Seniors softball wins vs. Oregon
Juneau's Seniors (age 15-16) softball team picked up a win Monday in the Northwest Division tournament in Oak Harbor, Wash., defeating the Oregon state champions, 7-1.The Seniors baseball team fell to Hawaii, 12-2, on Monday at their Northwest Division tourney in Missoula, Mont.

A late early start
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team stayed up late last night to get an early start on the 2002 season.

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

Mixed results for local Little League teams
Juneau Little League teams competing in divisional tournaments had varied success on Sunday.

Murkowski and Kott try for speaker
Rep. Pete Kott of Eagle River and Rep. Lisa Murkowski of Anchorage are battling to be the top lawmaker in the state House of Representatives.

Rustic retreat celebrates its 50th anniversary
Everyone seemed pleased, but tired. About three dozen visitors to this rustic lodge and wilderness center deep in the heart of Denali National Park had finished their supper and been asked to describe their first outings.

Alaska Natives join biologists in fish studies
Natives are joining with biologists to study fish in cooperative agreements extending from Southeast to the Yukon.

State briefs
Police charge two in morning burglary; Senate panel approves money for heliport study; Fuel spills outside old laboratory near Barrow; IRS announces tax relief for Alaska residents; Grand jury indicts doctor and nurse on fraud charges; Quakes shake parts of Alaska; Kmart cuts hours at stores once open 24 hours; Fairbanks woman dies in house fire; Man convicted of having home meth lab; Horse shot, killed two days after purchase

Experts: Arctic Natives should help in research
FAIRBANKS - The world's leading researchers on Inuit and Eskimo societies, gathering in Anchorage this week, will address the notion that Native people of the Arctic should be collaborators in research, not merely subjects.The biennial Inuit Studies Conference runs from Thursday through Saturday at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Weather clears for rescue of stranded climber
A helicopter was able to reach a climber stranded on a mountain near Petersburg on Monday, but recovering the body of his partner appears unlikely.A trooper with the Division of Fish and Wildlife Protection said loose boulders near the body of climber Marc Springer pose too great a risk to attempt a recovery.

Fort Wainwright soldier shot by Fairbanks police
A soldier from Fort Wainwright was shot and killed by a Fairbanks police officer after a high-speed chase through the city.

Disability group sues restaurant
The Disability Law Center has filed a lawsuit against an Anchorage area restaurant on a woman's behalf to mark the 12th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Utah man falls to his death on Devil's Thumb
Rescuers hoped weather would clear today so they could recover the body of a mountain climber who died in a weekend fall on Devil's Thumb, about 120 miles southeast of Juneau.

Baha'is: Primary voids vote
The new voting structure for Alaska primary elections, requiring voters to choose a ballot from one of six political parties, could leave as many as 4,000 followers of the Baha'i faith without a voice in the August election.The Baha'i faith, which stresses equality, unity and an individual search for truth, prohibits involvement in partisan politics. There are about 200 Baha'i members in Juneau and 4,000 in Alaska, representatives of the faith said.

Passenger pleads guilty in June air-rage incident
A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to charges he disrupted a Northwest Airlines flight to Japan in June, forcing pilots to divert the aircraft to Anchorage.

Murkowski, Ulmer lead in fund raising
ANCHORAGE - The two candidates considered the leading contenders to be Alaska's next governor have jumped ahead of the pack in the race to collect and spend campaign donations.In a campaign finance report filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission on Monday, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer says she has raised nearly $900,000 and spent more than half that in her bid to move up to the governor's mansion this fall.

Spending bills would provide $75 million for rural sanitation
Two spending bills recently unveiled in the U.S. Senate would provide rural Alaska with $75 million to improve drinking water and sanitation systems.

Young leads representatives on tour of Alaska
U.S. Rep. Don Young is leading members of the House Transportation Committee and staffers on a tour of Alaska this week. Young chairs the transportation committee.

Ex-Anchorage police officer gets six-month jail sentence
ANCHORAGE - A former Anchorage police officer, convicted of trying to convince his underage girlfriend to lie about sex, has been sentenced to six months in jail.William "Chris" Goldberg also was fined $2,500 and was placed on probation for five years at his sentencing hearing Monday in Anchorage District Court.

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