Payback time?
As a former Juneau resident and member of the Alaska Committee, I was interested in an Anchorage Daily News story about a recent statewide poll concerning moving legislative sessions out of Juneau.

Smoking 'harms no one but the participant'
Alaska has traditionally been the home of people who are strong individualists. The weather, terrain and geographic isolation make this a difficult country to live in; those who believe in taking care of themselves have always done the best.

More of the same
In the congratulatory haze following the adoption of the new Areawide Transportation Plan, a simple fact fell by the wayside: It's not really a plan. Basically, this AWTP is a 1960's era recipe for more urban sprawl.

Actions have consequences
As a citizen who votes, I will respectfully accept the resignation of all Assembly members including the city manager, who voted or recommended paying for the legal fees of Andy Bronson, a man found guilty for his unacceptable actions by the court of law.

Finding danger spots in flight
Several years ago a commercial jet flying above Juneau hit turbulence so severe it knocked the aircraft on its side. "It was bumped up so the wings were vertical instead of horizontal," said Al Yates, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, or NCAR. "That's pretty darn severe."

Police and Fire
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.

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.

The birth of Dryden pond
A partnership of individuals, businesses and government agencies has transformed a dredge pond at Floyd Dryden Middle School into a new science lab that will be available to students beginning this fall.

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

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.

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.

Around Town

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.


Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Grant to help train Head Start staff
The Tlingit-Haida Central Council has been awarded a grant to provide training for 40 Head Start employees in Southeast Alaska, said the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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.

Juneau calendar of events

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

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.

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.

Local trails could link into state, nat'l network
Everything from yurts to bathrooms to preserving wilderness character and solitude was discussed Friday and Saturday during a conference about the Southeast Alaska Trail System.



My Turn: Senate is next challenge to opening ANWR
Alaskans and the rest of the United States won when the House passed President Bush's energy bill. It allows oil exploration on 2,000 acres of the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain of the 19 million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. The other 99.9998946 percent of ANWR remains untouched for Club Sierra and other wildlife.

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.

Outside editorial: Put the brakes on Microsoft XP
The window of opportunity to rein in Microsoft Corp. is closing fast. The Department of Justice and the 18 states in the antitrust suit against the company must move soon to delay the release of Microsoft's new operating system.

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.

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.

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.

Sports in Juneau

Juneau wins state Legion tourney opener
Will Nicholas returned from an arm injury to throw a two-hitter over 6 1/3 innings as Juneau's Auke Bay American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns opened the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament with a 14-4 victory over Service on Sunday at Anchorage's Mulcahy Stadium.

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

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.

Boozer leads Team USA over Argentina
Duke teammates Carlos Boozer and Chris Duhon led the United States to an 84-71 victory over Argentina on Sunday at the World Basketball Championship for Young Men.

Eagle River residents mull over secession
The idea that Eagle River should secede from Anchorage has reemerged since Anchorage voters in April rejected a bond proposal to pay for a new high school in Eagle River.

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.

Cruise lines await Glacier Bay quota
At least two cruise companies have started revising their Southeast itineraries as they wait for the National Park Service to announce restrictions on entry into Glacier Bay.

State Briefs
Man recovering from shooting; Schools register new students

Russia reintroduces endangered geese
Efforts are under way to reintroduce the once endangered Aleutian Canada goose, already a success story in the United States, to Russia.

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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