Learning the ways of the stage
Andria Budbill can't stop smiling. Literally.


Haines fair back for the 33rd year
Families taking in the Southeast Alaska State Fair in Haines this year will get some special attention.

New music crafted for CrossSound concert
Local flute and piccolo player Kathryn Kurtz greeted visiting Cleveland composer Paul Cox last week with immense gratitude.

Juneau author wins Native writing award
This year Freda Westman's sister, Angie, received an award-winning birthday gift.


Weekend Best Bets
As we head into the month of August, there's plenty of quality entertainment available.

Opportunistic exploitation
I was greatly saddened to hear recent news of LAB's accident. As a resident of the Lower 48, I thought the Internet would be a good way to get current information and looked up the Juneau paper's Web site. To my dismay, I found only a small bit of information along with a picture of the crash. To get the whole story, I would have to subscribe.

In support of wild Alaska salmon
This summer I sent letters to all the newspapers in Alaska to notify citizens that Costco of Anchorage did not have fresh Alaskan salmon on its shelves.

Refuge of riches
I want to compliment Bill McAllister and Michael Penn for their special report, "Refuge of Riches," in the July 22 Empire. It is certainly a report worth reading, forwarding to friends and keeping.

Online appreciation
I wanted to respond to the former LAB pilot's letter of Aug. 2. I am a former Juneauite and very much appreciate the Juneau Empire Online.

Losing a valuable view downtown
The July 27 My turn hit the nail on the head. Juneau resident Scott Petsel toured Southeast with an Elderhostel group. Their experience of Juneau did not impress them; and he saw downtown Juneau with new eyes.

Pilot in air crash loved flying
Chad Beer, the pilot who died in Monday afternoon's crash on Davidson Glacier south of Haines, dreamed of flying from age 3.

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

Rollover injures 2 teens
Two Juneau youths were airlifted out of town last night after the vehicle they were traveling in rolled over near 21 Mile on Glacier Highway.

Around Town

The up side of rain: It's good for clothing sales
An unusually wet July meant increased sales of rain gear for Juneau merchants.

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

Powell to run again
Assembly member Jim Powell and School Board President Mary Becker said they will run for re-election this year.


Thank You
...for the funding support, ...for help with the walk

Bear patrol takes to street
A black bear inspecting city garbage cans on Admiral Way at about 11:15 p.m. Thursday knew exactly what to do. After knocking over one of the cans with a quick push, the animal pulled out a snack and scampered off into the woods.

Weather steered 1 pilot home
The pilot of a trailing LAB Flying Service plane expressed concerns about the weather and altered his route during a flightseeing excursion on Monday, but the pilot of the lead plane "said he was going to proceed" minutes before crashing, a federal accident investigator said today.

Young: Union support turns vote
WASHINGTON - A lobbying push from labor unions helped keep a plan to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in President Bush's energy bill Wednesday, members of Congress said.

Three charged after burglary and Tape describes police chase

House: Yes to ANWR drilling
WASHINGTON - President Bush proclaimed victory today as he savored House passage of major parts of his energy development plan, including oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Trambitases drawing tourists with traffic-stopping garden
Twenty years ago people driving past Edie Trambitas' Auke Lake house would stomp on their brakes and stare in confusion at her garden.

Around Town

Living and Growing
I have a pair of scissors at home. When I first found them they didn't work too well. They were rusty, the blades were dull, one of the points on one of the blades was chipped and the nut and bolt that held them tight were quite loose. Essentially, they were non-functioning.

Mending after a boat mishap
Richard Lyon, a carpenter with Local 2247, works on a damaged finger float on the south end of Aurora Harbor on Wednesday, as Gus Peterson, captain of the Chahunta, watches.

Neighbors Briefs
Reading kids win; Vaccine recommended for Alaska Native kids; College honors




Young credits unions for keeping drilling provisions in energy bill


Chad Wayne Beer
Juneau resident Chad Wayne Beer, 26, died July 30, 2001, near Haines.

A response to Florida
Months after the Florida recount, an expert consensus on how to fix the electoral system is gradually emerging. On Tuesday, a commission headed by ex-presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford presented a blueprint for reform at a Rose Garden ceremony, and today a nonpartisan group called the Constitution Project is releasing similar recommendations.

Arsenic standards vote sends Bush a message
When the Republican-led House of Representatives voted 218-189 last week to uphold a Clinton-era rule on tougher standards to reduce arsenic in drinking water, the message to the White House was simple: Put the public's health first.

Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

The bad, old United Nations reappears
This editorial appeared in today's Los Angeles Times: Karl Marx famously said that history repeats itself - first as tragedy, second as farce. The United Nations is dangerously toying with that notion.

Fish Report

How to avoid getting lost in the wilderness
Most people who get lost around Juneau aren't far from home. They just did something stupid in our big backyard. "Primarily it's local people," said Bruce Bowler, head of Southeast Alaska Dogs for Organized Ground Search (SEADOGS). "The conventional wisdom says it's all those tourists going up there, but if you look at the statistics the greatest majority of search and rescues are locals who get complacent."

Skiers complete icefield crossing
A group of skiers traversing the Coastal Range icefields completed their 1,200-mile journey.

Out and About

Volunteering for a rescue
When hikers get lost in the woods or stuck on a mountain near Juneau, phones ring and beepers beep, alerting volunteers all over town.

Switzer Creek Loop Trail improved
Neighborhood pathways can be as important to community infrastructure as roads because they provide immediate escape into the natural world away from cars and highways.

Even pros can use a guide
Tom barely had his fly tackle inside the front door when I called. "How was your trip to Montana? Tell me all about the fishing. Did you get into the rainbows and brown trout? Were they taking dry flies?" After several more rapid-fire inane questions I calmed down, sat back, and got ready to hear all the juicy stories.

Boozer leads Team USA over Croatia
Duke forward Carlos Boozer led the way with 18 points and five rebounds today as the United States defeated Croatia 88-69 on the opening day of the World Basketball Championship for Young Men.

Coyner wins third straight national title
Wes Coyner didn't start competing in duathlons until late in his life, but the 73-year-old Juneau resident has been making up for lost time.

Midnight Suns split openers in Hawaii tourney
Juneau's Midnight Suns Fastpitch Softball Association's age 17-18 team split its two opening-round pool-play games Thursday at the 23-team Garden Island Classic softball tournament in Kauai, Hawaii.

McCrummen to run Down Under
While most people are still asleep in the morning, Buddy McCrummen is either running along the North Douglas Highway or training at the Downtown Juneau Racquet Club.

Sports in Juneu

Ketchikan votes for random drug testing of student athletes
The Ketchikan School Board has voted in favor of random drug testing of student athletes. The board voted 5-2 Wednesday in favor of random drug testing of middle and high school student athletes in the Ketchikan School District.

Sports in Juneau

Mapping plan includes Southeast kelp beds
FAIRBANKS - A satellite will focus on Southeast Alaska waters this year to assess three species of kelp to help develop a commercial harvest plan.

Gas firms: Keep route plans open
Under pressure to rule out a natural gas pipeline in the Beaufort Sea, a spokesman for the three major North Slope petroleum producers said Thursday that it's too soon to foreclose any options.

Brown bear gives real-life demo of football move to school team
KENAI - Football players had just finished working on a drill called the "bear crawl" at Skyview High School in Soldotna when they got a glimpse of the real thing.

Test shows teen driver in fatal car crash was drunk
ANCHORAGE - Toxicology results released by police Wednesday show the 19-year-old man who crashed head-on into an Anchorage police officer last month had a blood-alcohol content of 0.091.


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