Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Mendenhall plant moves toward future
The swirl of sewage inside the basins at the Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant indicates that the facility is operating better than ever, according to city officials.

Juneau calendar of events

Assembly committee to consider clean air ordinance
A Juneau Assembly committee on Monday will listen to public testimony about a proposed ordinance designed to limit smoking in public places.

City will continue design of valley HS
The city will spend several hundred thousand dollars to continue designing a proposed high school at Dimond Park, city and school officials have decided.

EPA wastewater complaint from 1999 still pending
As the city makes progress in addressing problems at the Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant, it still faces a $60,000 fine by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for alleged violations in 1999.

Tender sinks near Valdez
VALDEZ Five crewmen were rescued Saturday when their fishing tender went down in Prince William Sound after apparently hitting a reef, the Coast Guard reported. It was the second sinking in the area in the last two weeks.

Farmer to run against Powell for Assembly
Frequent Juneau candidate Mark Farmer said Saturday he intends to challenge Assembly member Jim Powell in this fall's municipal election.

Months of tampering alleged
Three years after then Wastewater Utility Superintendent Andy Bronson was videotaped diluting treatment samples and four months after he pleaded guilty to violating the federal Clean Water Act, his actions and motives remain as murky to some people as the sewage the city's Mendenhall River plant was built to treat.

Jensen's furniture store changes malls
Jensen's Home Furnishings is moving to the Nugget Mall from the Mendenhall Mall.

Gardening author comes to town
Marion Owen of Kodiak sees gardening as a metaphor for life, and that is one of the subjects she spoke about Saturday evening at a dinner attended by more than 80 gardeners.

Ships in port August 5-11
Ships in port Aug. 5-11

Time to clear the air when it comes to smoke
Society can be slow to acknowledge its destructive habits, especially those that were accepted unquestioningly for generations. Society gives up such habits even more slowly.

Summer vacations with the family can be hard to take
Ah, mid-summer! Your fiends and co-workers are beginning to trickle in from their summer vacations. Some stride into the office calm, tan and revitalized from adventures in exotic places. Others crawl in, wheezing and wounded, unable to even say their children's names, broken by their family outing.

Midnight Suns tie for fifth place
The age 17-18 team from Juneau's Midnight Suns Fastpitch Softball Association tied for fifth place in the 22-team Garden Island Classic softball tournament that ended Saturday in Kauai, Hawaii.

Sports in Juneau

Brooks wins Maier marathon
Wesley Brooks had never attempted a marathon before Saturday's Frank Maier Memorial Marathon in Douglas, so the 18-year-old runner wasn't prepared when he hit the infamous marathoner's wall about 20 miles into the 26.2-mile course.

Miller edges Bursell in half-marathon
Shawn Miller and John Bursell are making a habit of this.

Some cruises may have to bypass Glacier Bay due to judge's ruling
ANCHORAGE -- Thousands of cruise ship passengers who booked vacations to Glacier Bay National Park this summer may have to bypass the bay or reschedule their trips after a federal judge ordered an immediate rollback in the number of ships visiting the bay.

Energy bill: Alaska drilling jobs will favor unions
WASHINGTON -- The energy bill passed by the House includes a promise that jobs created by new drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge will favor organized labor.

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