On The Move
Teacher starts home school program: Joy Shier, formerly a second-grade teacher at the Juneau Christian School, has founded Raven Correspondence, a local branch of Fairbanks' Yukon-Koyukuk School District. The home school program enables parents to be their child's own teacher, Shier said.

Taking their fish directly to the people
As prices from processors drop, some of Juneau's commercial fishermen say they're approaching customers directly.With brightly colored signs on the roadside and loads of fresh fish sold directly to local supermarkets, fishermen hope to recoup what they feel their catch is worth by going straight to the buyer.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town.

Business briefs
Nominations sought for industry awards; DJ named as editor for popular forum; First National among most secure banks; Alaska Pacific Bank to pay cash dividend

Business Profile: Chelsea Martin
Title and firm: Chelsea Martin owns Creative Crochet, a home-based business that can be reached at 789-1286.

Watchable wildlife brings revenue
Our family along with thousands of others in Alaska and all over the United States would hope that the Alaska Board of Game would be able to support measures to ensure the overall management of wildlife that not only considers hunter-trapper concerns but also and more importantly wildlife viewers and the thousands of tourists that bring tremendous revenue into your state.

Only in Alaska
In November I will be in Juneau on my way to Haines to photograph eagles for two weeks. This is an annual vacation for me. I have been planning this for the past year and I have spent thousands of dollars on new equipment. It is hard to explain but I get a great deal of pleasure from photographing the eagles.

Stay the course
I listened to Wednesday morning's radio piece (KTOO-FM) on the Empire's decision to switch to a morning publication - a change that will eliminate job opportunities for youth, but bring us coverage of Assembly meetings and our box scores several hours sooner each day.

Medicare cuts costly
Congress must focus on a key threat to Alaska's 40,000 Medicare beneficiaries access to health care services. Steep cuts in Medicare reimbursement for physician services mean that fewer beneficiaries will be able to access physicians' services when necessary.

Gail's been there
We think Gail Phillips is the best choice for lieutenant governor in this year's race. Her record shows her dedication to Alaska's issues; also her ability to get things done within the sometimes difficult bureaucratic system.

Stabber stuck with year in prison
A man accused of stabbing an acquaintance earlier this year during a drunken brawl was sentenced Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court to a year in prison for disposing of the knife used in the stabbing.

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

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

Skiff rental space fees drop
The cost of mooring a skiff at Juneau's city harbors is sinking.Under a change unanimously approved by the city's Docks and Harbors Board on Thursday, people who keep open skiffs 18 feet and smaller in city harbors will pay $350 a year plus tax, a reduction of more than 25 percent.

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

Lost hiker spends night on mountain
A dot flailing madly in a creek bed among the brush, spotted from the cockpit of a helicopter this morning, turned out to be a hiker who had gone missing on Mount Roberts more than 12 hours earlier.Marcel Theroux, 48, of Ontario, Canada, was found uninjured by local rescue teams near the 1,500-foot mark of Mount Roberts around 7 a.m. today.

Around Town


Perseverance, passion pay off with university job
Janice Jackson hopes her experiences as an impoverished single mother and nontraditional, Native college student will inspire others to continue their education, no matter their age.Jackson, 42, a 2002 University of Alaska Southeast graduate, was hired a month after graduation as an academic advisor and coordinator of the Native and Rural Student Center at UAS.

Coming home on a medium income
Standing in the living room of his family's new home in Douglas, Shane Timothy gestured out the window at the sprawling view of Gastineau Channel."It's really pretty when the cruise ships leave at night with the lights," Timothy said with a smile.

Tobacco retailers balk at penalties for clerks' mistakes
Some local tobacco dealers are questioning the fairness of tobacco violation penalties they face when clerks sell tobacco products to minors.The issue was raised after police conducted a sting operation at 19 randomly chosen stores last weekend and cited six clerks for selling tobacco to a minor, said LeRoy Davis, tobacco coordinator for the state Department of Health and Social Services.

Motorcycle crash kills Juneau woman
Ryan Kitka said when his fiancee, Erica Swiatkowski, smiled, she lit the room and he just knew she was "it" for him.But around 2 p.m. Wednesday a motorcycle accident on Egan Drive took Swiatkowski's life and dimmed the light for Kitka.

Wrong-way driver causes Glacier Hwy. accident
Police said they are investigating whether a man who drove his truck the wrong way on Glacier Highway today, causing a two-vehicle accident, had been drinking.According to police, the 23-year-old man, whose name is not being released pending possible charges, drove a 1980 Toyota truck into oncoming traffic around 1:24 a.m. today near Glacier Highway and Auke Lake.

Hall, Wittig to wed Aug. 10
Sheryl Hall and Michael Wittig will marry at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002. Friends of the couple are invited to the wedding and reception at Glacier Gardens.

Breast milk - the best milk, a special gift
It's long been known that a woman's breast milk is the best milk for her baby.Now there is more compelling evidence that breastfeeding is one of the most important gifts a mother can give her child. An article published in the May 8 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association reported infants breastfed for nine months grew up to be significantly more intelligent than infants breastfed for one month or less.

Academic honors
John W. Piceno, a 1995 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alaska Anchorage on May 5, 2002.

Exxon Valdez oil workers sought; Cashen named local MADD director; Head Start accepting program applications; Arthritis class offered

Abbott, McGee to wed
Katrina Abbott of Juneau and Zachery McGee of Spokane, Wash., will be married in a ceremony Aug. 2, 2002, at 6 p.m. at the Northside Church of Christ in Spokane.

Local Awards
Douglas July 4 children's parade winners; Winners of library youth reading contest

Crowe, Abel to marry Aug. 10
Shelly Crowe of Juneau and Russell Abel of Juneau will be married in a ceremony at 6 p.m. on Aug. 10, 2002, at Lena Beach in Juneau. A reception will follow at 8 p.m. at DIPAC. Friends and relatives are invited to attend the wedding and reception.

Halls to celebrate 50th wedding anniversary
Jim and Betty Hall will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception hosted by their family from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 4, 2002, at Mountainside Estates, 1414 Mary Ellen Way.

Rae, Crepeaux married July 6
Shawna Rae and Darrin Stephen Crepeaux were married in a ceremony July 6, 2002, in Juneau. A Hawaiian open house is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 5100 Glacier Highway.

Terry David Renner
Former Juneau resident Terry David Renner died June 24, 2002, in Tavares, Fla.

Forrest Glenn Stevens
Juneau resident Forrest Glenn Stevens died July 30, 2002, in Juneau.

Letter: An incredible summer run
A great big thank you is in order to the Juneau community. This summer's run by the tournament teams of the Gastineau Channel Little League has been awesome. Your board of directors, volunteer coaches and supportive parents are indeed grateful for the outpouring of support for the 960 youth in softball and baseball divisions of the league.

Magical runs end for Juneau teams
After reaching championship-round play, Juneau's Seniors (age 15-16) softball and baseball teams both ended their seasons on Wednesday as runners-up in their respective Northwest Division tournaments.

One leg up on the field
The names of former Juneau resident Brett Wolfe and his riding partner Kurt Levy weren't at the top of the standings when the grueling Transalp Challenge mountain bike race ended last week.But they weren't last either. Not bad, considering Wolfe only has one leg. That's right, he has one leg.

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

Capital City Soccer League
Final standings as of July 30

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

State Briefs
Gun club sponsors campaign event; Canadian man gets two years for smuggling drugs; Fairbanks man sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter;

State AG set to probe Norwegian Cruise Line
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska attorney general's office said it will investigate whether the Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd. committed any illegal activity in Alaska waters.In its $1.5 million plea agreement Wednesday with federal prosecutors, Norwegian admitted lying to the U.S. Coast Guard about dumping oily waste off the Florida coast and keeping false logbooks to cover it up.

South American penguin found in Alaska waters
KETCHIKAN - A Southeast Alaska fisherman came up with a novel item in his net recently - a Humboldt penguin.Fishing vessel captain Guy Demmert told KRBD radio in Ketchikan that the crew pulled up the penguin with some fish on July 18 about noon near Noyes Island off the coast of Prince of Wales Island.

U.S. Health Secretary Thompson visits Alaska
FAIRBANKS - Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson headed to Fairbanks today, the first stop on a four-day swing through the state.

State Briefs
Boise angler lands 89.25-pound Kenai king salmon; Senate approves Adak land transfer; Trial of teen accused of killing infant delayed until Dec.; Company offers reward for clues in Zutz murder; Barrow to have first sunset in almost three months; Kodiak man faces federal charges

Bush OKs aid package for fishing industry
ANCHORAGE - The Bush administration has agreed to an aid package worth tens of millions of dollars for Alaska fishermen and fishing communities hard hit by low prices and bad runs.The package is patterned after government programs to help displaced Northwest loggers and after long-standing assistance for farmers, said Alaska's two U.S. senators, who negotiated the agreement.

Fairbanks police say shooting of soldier was justified
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks Police Chief James Welch says a preliminary police investigation indicates one of his officers was justified in fatally shooting a Fort Wainwright soldier after a high-speed chase early Saturday.

Defense bill would boost funds for Alaska air war training
FAIRBANKS - Two air war training areas northeast and southwest of Eielson Air Force Base could get a major boost under a Defense Department spending bill.

Killer whales counted in Alaska
KODIAK - Killer whales were counted over three days last month as part of a study to better understand the relationship between orcas and Steller sea lions.The count was conducted from July 19 though July 21, with mariners from the Pribilofs to Dutch Harbor to Sitka participating.

Marrs wins new contract with CIRI
ANCHORAGE - Carl Marrs will continue to manage Anchorage-based Cook Inlet Region Inc., Alaska's most profitable Native corporation.

Virus cancels cruise
SEATTLE - The Holland America Line canceled today's departure of the Ryndam on a seven-day Alaska cruise because of a virus that has sickened more than 400 people over the last two trips.The gastrointestinal ailment, described as a Norwalk-like virus, affected 165 passengers and nine crew members on the July 18 week-long cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Alaska and back.

More counterfeit state checks found
ANCHORAGE - Three more counterfeit state checks have been found, bringing the total cashed this week to eight with a total value of almost $27,000.The state Department of Revenue warned businesses Thursday to be on watch for the phony checks worth as much as $4,500 each.

Ulmer unveils fiscal projects
ANCHORAGE - If elected governor, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer said Wednesday, she would lead Alaska into a new age of prosperity by pushing for a natural gas pipeline, revamping the fishing industry, supporting the state university system and expanding airport businesses.

Movies where & when
"Signs," (PG-13) starts Friday and shows nightly at 6:50 and 9:10 at Glacier Cinemas, with matinees at 1:50 and 4:10 Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

No more Explorations
Explorations, the annual literary journal affiliated with the University of Alaska Southeast, published its final issue this month. The journal featured writing from around the world and has been in circulation for 21 years."It is a very ambitious undertaking that we built from nothing and it would be impossible to hand off to someone as a baton," said Art Petersen, one of Explorations' two founding editors. "It was determined it would be best to retire the magazine and let the next generation of faculty and students build a new magazine to fit their vision and philosophy."

Best Bets: 'Merchant of Venice' opens this weekend
Shakespeare, hot old-time music, original songs and the masked dances of entropy take the stages in Juneau this week."The Merchant of Venice," and "Entropic Discombobulation"open this weekend and promise to be highly entertaining. The two productions are performances by students in Perseverance Theatre's STAR program, dedicated students who are serious about theater.

Entertainment Briefs
City museum receives money for children's exhibits; Tlingit language courses offered; Photography workshop offered;

The state of his heart
It's been 26 years since Michael Maas was speechless, and he wants to be speechless again."Speechless Again" is the title of Maas' new CD, a collection of 13 songs he composed, performed and recorded in Juneau. Maas, 27, is performing a concert of his original music at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the Back Room at the Silverbow Inn. Drummer Tom Meyer and bassist Lincoln Farabee will accompany Maas, and songwriter Jason Messing will also perform a short set of his music.

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What's up with that?
Q: There are two creeks - one on Douglas Island named "Kowee" and the other near the end of the road 30 miles north of downtown named "Cowee." They are obviously two different creeks, but what's up with these two names being so similar?

Toppish featured at Camp Damp
JUNEAU - Scottish and English country dancing, contra and square dancing will be featured at Camp Damp, the Juneau contra dance group's annual weekend dance camp. Camp Damp begins Aug. 2 and will feature the guest dance band Toppish.

Blasting Art
Juneau's newest public art installation was created with imagination, compressed air and 800 pounds of fine sand.Haines artists Donna Catotti and Rob Goldberg sandblasted the windows of the new Alaska Marine Highway building at mile 7 Glacier Highway, etching cavorting orcas, eagles on the wing and a cruising ferry into the glass.

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