Saturday, August 4, 2001

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

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.

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.

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.

Weddings

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.

Briefs
Three charged after burglary and Tape describes police chase

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.

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

FYI

Around Town
Today

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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