In the Stacks
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A disservice to God and country
Having let the dust settle on the matter, I think that the Ninth Circuit Court made the right choice in insisting that the phrase "under God" be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance in order for the pledge to pass constitutional muster.

Hypnotizing Juneau
Joe Zawacki eyed about 50 audience members and, like a preacher showing the way to the promised land, raised his hand toward an imagined horizon beyond the walls of Centennial Hall.He was in Juneau, he said Tuesday night, because he wanted to help people stop smoking through hypnosis. "You'll excuse my lack of modesty," Zawacki said as he gave a wink toward the front row. "But I'm really good at it."

Photo: Aiming to thwart legislative move
Clark Gruening, a lobbyist for Juneau, takes aim at a benefit Saturday put on by the Juneau Gun Club on Montana Creek Road.

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

Come for hypnosis, leave with vitamins
During a break after the first hypnosis session at Tuesday night's stop-smoking seminar, many of the attendees came out on the steps of Centennial Hall to light up.David Thomas took a walk around the building. He had thrown away his Drum rolling tobacco before he came that night, he said.

Chamber speaker touts 'Watchable Wildlife'
Additional wildlife tourism could be a valuable boost to Alaska's economy, said James Mallman, president of Watchable Wildlife Inc., at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday."There's an incredible economic opportunity with wildlife in this country," Mallman said. "At the same time, there's an incredible responsibility that the commodities we've come to value aren't destroyed."

Local Briefs
Man charged in airport theft; Woman with special needs seeks lost cat

Photo: Cruising the solar system
The Daughters Of The New Moon belly dancers paint the planet Saturn last week on the Juneau Community Planet Walk at Twin Lakes.

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

Juneau officials pick a fight with invasive weed
What sounds like a gourmet's delight is Juneau's plant enemy No. 1 this summer.Garlic mustard, or Alliaria petiolata, is flourishing on the downtown hillside between Distin Avenue and Village Streets, much to the dismay of state, federal, local and tribal officials. They are launching an effort to eradicate the invasive plant before it takes hold elsewhere in Juneau.

Northern exposures: A 20-year retrospective of Juneau Empire photographer Brian Wallace
Twenty years ago former Juneau Empire managing editor Carl Sampson hired me as a photographer. I'm grateful for the chance he gave me and still think he is one of the best of bosses despite the fact he thinks The Captain and Tennille are the end-all in music. My mentors have been many.

Angle R. Peterson, Sr.
Juneau resident Angle Rock Peterson, Sr., 79, died July 28, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Kadashan: Things don't happen by chance
When I was in college I took this Indian Education course. Our instructor was a Native American and he gave us this imposing lecture about the natural laws. He alleged that long before foreigners came to the Americas our people lived with nature. Because we lived with nature we understood the laws of nature; because we understood the laws of nature we obeyed the natural laws; and because we obeyed these laws the natural world provided us with all we needed to sustain our lives.

Toe Cartoon

Techwit: Hiking the Great Indoors
It was the great comedian and philosopher Howie Mandel who once said, "I used to jog three miles a day until I realized how much easier it would be if I drove."That's what technology is all about: Dispensing with anything resembling real work as quickly and painlessly as possible. Like making toast or traveling a hundred miles with a 50-pound load. You could do those the old-fashioned way, but you don't.

Empire editorial: Party choices may muddy vote on legislative move
Since this will be the first election under Alaska's new primary system in which political parties will restrict who can vote for their candidates, many voters had to make hard choices in registering for the Aug. 27 primary. The deadline for registering was July 28.

Fish report
Halibut and coho salmon harvest rates continue to be better than average this summer.

Big Fish Photos

Making a diver's playground
A group of local divers is cleaning up a derelict 40-foot sailboat they plan to sink off the Auke Village Recreation Area in what they call an "aquatic enhancement project."Avid Juneau scuba diver Larry Musarra filed a permit request with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday as part of what has been a grueling process to try and create an artificial reef that is easily accessible to Juneau divers.

Outdoors Briefs
Sport fish officials seek input; Crane festival held in Fairbanks;

An old idea that will save your life
The ever-expanding technology of the 21st century has given boaters more sense of safety than ever before. Global positioning systems are now inexpensive and readily available. Boats are stronger, better made and sport more reliable engines.But the one thing that will most easily save your life on the water is an old idea - the life jacket or PFD. Now in this case, a PFD is not our annual windfall from the state, but a personal flotation device.

Searching for seabirds in Alaska
Finding birds is not always easy. Some birds, such as ptarmigan, require long hikes into alpine areas to find them. Others, such as owls, may require a lot of skulking around in the woods when everybody else in your family is asleep. With enough dedication and persistence, however, many of the birds that occur in Southeast Alaska can eventually be located.

Out and About
In season: King and Dungeness crab, halibut and rockfish (peaks June-Sept.), king, sockeye, pink and chum salmon (runs June to Sept., peaks in July), coho salmon (June-Nov.), freshwater brook trout (peaks Aug.-Sept.), Dolly Varden (June-Aug.), bear viewing at Pack Creek (June-Sept., peaks July and Aug.), freshwater Northern pike (peaks July-Aug.), deer (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), mountain goat (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May).

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

It's Miller's time
Shawn Miller was within sight of the finish line of Saturday's 11th annual Frank Maier Memorial Marathon when he had to stop and massage a cramp in his left calf.Miller's legs had begun cramping about 17 miles into the 26.2-mile race from Sandy Beach to False Outer Point and back, and now Miller was having a hard time walking, much less running. But Miller was close to the finish of his first marathon, so he gave his calf muscle a quick massage then continued on in the race.

Local Marathon Results
Results from the 11th annual Frank Maier Memorial Marathon, held Saturday in Douglas and sponsored by the Southeast Road Runners club.

Local Sports Briefs
Juneau All-Stars finish 2-1-1 at Fred Meyer Zane Cup; Juneau cyclists do well in Whitehorse; Hughes breaks two state swim records in section meet; Brooks-Salveson claim doubles crown;

Petersburg: Super yacht calls
A child's imagination is easily captured by a sailing ship, but a large sailing ship can bring a whole town to the water's edge. When the super yacht Georgia pulled into Petersburg's south harbor Friday afternoon, July 26, dwarfing the tenders Kupreanof and Kari Marie, tales of Tom Cruise and Ted Turner mingled among the ooh's and ah's of Little Norway's dock patrons.

Retired public safety commissioner killed
ANCHORAGE - Retired Alaska Commissioner of Public Safety Glenn Godfrey was shot and killed inside his Eagle River home early Saturday by a woman who then used the weapon to kill herself.Anchorage police said the killer was a prominent Anchorage woman distraught over a failed relationship with Godfrey after he had reunited with his wife. The woman was identified as Karen Brand, 33, vice president of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and a former staff person with the state Legislature.

Haines: Fisherman searches for new boat
Haines commercial fisherman Marty Smith is scrambling to find a new boat this week after his boat, the Rip Tide, was struck by a tender and sank near Mab Island last week.

State briefs
Denali Park seeks seed collectors; Candidate uninjured in plane crash; Man arrested in niece's death; Teen charged in sexual assault; AIDEA head takes new job

Ketchikan: Canadian sentenced for smuggling try
A Canadian man was sentenced Tuesday in Ketchikan Superior Court to two years in jail for a botched smuggling attempt in February of about 42 pounds of marijuana.

Knowles appoints task force to look at prescription drugs
JUNEAU - Gov. Tony Knowles has created a task force to study the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs in Alaska.The seven-member task force will have until Oct. 1 to make recommendations and provide a cost estimate for a proposed prescription drug cost assistance program in the state. Knowles cited a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation that showed Alaska has the fastest growing prescription drug prices in the nation.

Ketchikan: New Coast Guard commander haled
Ketchikan's Coast Guard base, in a dual ceremony full of pomp and circumstance, welcomed a new commander while saluting its retiring commander.

Ex-church school worker sentenced for molestation
FAIRBANKS - A former church-school worker was sentenced to 32 years in prison for molesting several children in North Pole.Kenneth Rarick, 50, is a repeat sexual offender with a cunning ability to win the trust of both adults and young children, Superior Court Judge Niesje Steinkruger said Thursday.

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