Plenty of non-fiction titles available at library
This week. the Juneau Public Library offers a batch of mid-summer non-fiction for fact aficionados.

More about roads
What good will a freeway do us? We're talking more pollution, road rage and more traffic to get home or to the store. I agree that new traffic lights should be built at every intersection. That problem was solved years ago and recently.

Ideology vs. facts
I enjoyed the July 8 edition. The lead editorial ("The Voice of the Times") indicated the salmon industry was in great shape. On the other hand, a lead story on the front page of the same edition reported state aid to "struggling fishing communities."

Lisle Hebert's analysis of G.W. Bush's continuing popularity was right on - with one exception.

An added hardship
The schools are placing an ad on the local educational channel stating this year all kindergartners will be bused to school, but after-school transportation no longer will be provided and will be the responsibility of the parent.

The road out
It seems the Department of Transportation is conducting research to find out if the citizens of Juneau prefer a west road, an east road, or increased ferry service. ("Increased" ferry service means we get more, at the expense of places like Ketchikan. Sounds like a good formula for annoying your neighbors.)

Burgers, pie, views
Thanks for the article on the visitor's center at Mendenhall Glacier. When I first moved to Juneau in 1969 my parents (Ruth and Roger Allington) took us kids to the visitor's center, and we discovered the small restaurant there.

Seasonal speed limits
Speed limits are typically established by surveying a particular portion of a roadway and determining the speed at which 85 percent of drivers travel on that roadway. Factors such as curves and pedestrian traffic can be used to decrease the 85th percentile speed.

Custody case preceded charges of kidnap, assault
A local man faces charges of sexually assaulting the mother of his child. Harold L. Wheaton Jr., 36, was being held Friday at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in lieu of $50,000 bail on one count of kidnapping and one count of sexual assault.

This Day in History
In 1908, the first automobile in Fairbanks arrived, a Pope-Toledo, for a Mr. David Laite.

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

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

Tall ship sails into Juneau
The sailing ship Concordia, used as a floating classroom by a Canadian school, sailed into Gastineau Channel near downtown at about 8 p.m. Saturday. The ship was scheduled to depart on Monday. Because it will not be able to tie up at a dock, there will be no public tours, a representative said. The Concordia, built in 1992, is a barkentine. The 188-foot-long steel vessel has three masts 115 feet tall. Its 15 sails cover 10,000 square feet, but it also is powered by a 570 horsepower diesel engine. It is crewed by 12 professional sailors.

Carl W. Lanz
Former Juneau resident Carl W. Lanz, 81, died July 30, 2003, of cancer at Elemendorf Air Force Base Hospital in Anchorage.

My Turn: Roads construction benefits whole state
Now, why would the state be building roads out in the middle of nowhere?" is the way one individual phrased his question to me the other day. He was referring to my announcement of a few weeks earlier that the state is looking to provide road access on the Alaska Peninsula that would over time connect communities between King Salmon and Chignik, spanning a distance of more than 250 miles.

Toe Cartoon

Empire editorial: Good progress on noise abatement
Since the use of floatplanes emerged as a major transportation mode in Southeast Alaska more than seven decades ago, the sound of their engines has echoed off the mountainsides of the canyon-like Gastineau Channel.

What do you think?
I believe there is a place in the Valley for skate boarders already. Do you see pedestrians there?

My Turn: Discrimination hurts gay families
Horace Greeley once said a man with too many axes to grind will always have a dull blade. I am going to try and keep his wise words in mind as I write this. The continuing movement to deny homosexuals the basic right to marry is no doubt based on religious doctrine, as marriage is a religious institution. The state and federal government should not even be involved.

Out and About
Aug. 3: Public trap shooting at the Juneau Gun Club on Montana Creek Road, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Details: 789-9844. Aug. 5: Juneau Alpine Club monthly public meeting, 7 p.m., downtown library meeting room. Details: Don Larsen, 789-2036.

High-altitude climb behind downtown Juneau
There isn't an ocean too deep, a mountain so high it can keep, keep me away." It's not the best hiking music, but Little Peggy March's hit from 1963 had somehow found its way into my mental juke box and I resigned myself to walking with March's gushing love song running through my head. As I scrambled over the rocks lining a drainage bed that funnels water to Granite Creek Basin, aiming for the ridge that would eventually lead to Clark Peak, the song continued.

Big Fish Photos

Fishing for the perfect painting subject
I try to get out fishing with my friend Detlef Buettner at least a couple times a year. We have a good time and always seem to catch fish. But we had a special reason for our most recent trip. Detlef is an artist who specializes in life-size fish paintings, and he wanted to catch a halibut to paint. And not just any halibut: It had to be between 30 and 40 pounds so it would fit on the paper he planned to use.

Weird fish in Southeast waters
Fish are alien creatures to most of us. But if we knew more about their lives, many kinds of fish might seem even weirder than we thought. Take, for example, the common Dolly Varden. Some members of that familiar species engage in a practice known as "streaking." It's an attempt by small, precocious males to outsmart larger spawning adults in producing the next generation. At the precise moment that large males and females are busy spawning - mouths agape, bodies quivering, sperm and eggs being extruded - the young males "streak" through, release their own sperm, and dart off.

Fish report
Juneau area marine boat anglers are enjoying a better-than-average year for halibut. In the most recent survey period, the average angler fished for six hours before landing a halibut. The five-year average is 10 hours, while last year it took nine hours to land a halibut. Locally, halibut fishing was most productive around Poundstone Rock, North Pass and Point Retreat.

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

Juneau Thunderstrikers undefeated at Zane Cup
The Juneau Soccer Club Thunderstrikers U-12 boys team allowed just one goal in three games as it went undefeated over the first two days of the Zane Cup youth soccer tournament in Anchorage.

Seniors scythe Wheatland at region tourney
Juneau's Gastineau Channel Little League Senior All-Stars are riding an "any team, anywhere" attitude to continue their successful softball season. Brimming with confidence, the All-Stars thrashed Wheatland, Calif., 6-1, on Saturday in the opener of the Senior Division (Age 15-16) Little League Softball Western Regional tourney in Butte, Mont. Though road-weary and facing an opponent from California - a traditional softball powerhouse - the Juneau players didn't crack under the pressure.

Ketchikan ousted at divisionals
The Ketchikan Junior Division (Age 13-14) Little League baseball team went two-and-out at the Northwest Division tourney last week in Vancouver, Wash.

Frank Maier Marthon and Douglas Island Half-Marathon
The results from the Frank Maier Memorial Marathon and the Douglas Island Half-Marathon races held Saturday. Both races started at Sandy Beach in Douglas and featured out-and-back courses along the Douglas and North Douglas highways.

Juneau's Miller breaks Maier marathon mark by more than 3 minutes in deluge
Shawn Miller wasn't intending to break his course record when he started the Frank Maier Memorial Marathon on Saturday morning. Miller's only intent was to have a long training run as he prepares for the Seattle Marathon on Nov. 30. Once he saw how hard it was raining, Miller, 23, didn't think a record was possible.

Photo: Marathon man
Jose Nebrida, 61, of Chicago, Ill., finishes the Frank Maier Memorial Marathon - his 128th marathon - on Saturday. Nebrida, a school administrator, has run in marathons in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

State Briefs
Waterfront survey to hit mailboxes; Firefighters change unions; Anchorage federal credit union robbed; Koniag buys into aerospace company; Heads up at Anchorage stadium;

Marine highway schedule hangs on fast-ferry decision
Next year's summer state ferry schedule will be released late this year to give the Department of Transportation time to figure out whether to put a new fast ferry in Juneau or Sitka. The schedule should have been out in August, but will not be released until late September, according to DOT Deputy Commissioner Tom Briggs. Briggs said the decision on where to put the ferry will be made after DOT's Marine Transportation Advisory Board meets in Haines on Sept. 15 at the annual Southeast Conference meeting.

Cook Inlet Region shareholders to receive checks
ANCHORAGE - Shareholders of Cook Inlet Region Inc. will again receive hefty checks. Most of the Anchorage-based Native corporation's 15-member board voted Thursday to give the typical shareholder $5,000 each on Aug. 22. The special dividend will cost the company about $31 million, chief executive Carl Marrs said. The board also approved a regular quarterly dividend to be paid on Sept. 30. Average shareholders with 100 shares will receive $700 each, the company said.

Senate energy bill provides for gas-pipeline incentives
WASHINGTON - The Senate abruptly gave up work Thursday on the energy bill it had been crafting and instead passed the same bill it approved last year, which carries incentives for building a natural gas line in Alaska. Last year's bill and newer versions debated in the Senate up through this week contain substantial financial boosts for the gas line proposal, with a few differences in how the incentives would be delivered.

Photo: Aground with a purpose
Hans Hansen, skipper of the 105-foot power scow Deer Harbor II out of Juneau, walks around the boat Friday at a beach near the Sitka National Historical Park in Sitka. Hansen said he purposely let the boat go aground in order to change its zincs.

Greenpeace visit will document clearcuts
Representatives from Greenpeace will stop in Juneau later this month during a six-week Inside Passage media cruise on an overhauled Russian firefighting ship. "It's part of the global forest work that we do," said Greenpeace spokeswoman Nancy Hwa. "The Tongass is considered one of the 'Magnificent Seven,' our seven forest ecosystems which are just culturally and environmentally valuable and which are also threatened from different causes."

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