SEARHC begins work on $10 million clinic
The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is ready to start work on a $10 million clinic. The consortium broke ground Friday on the 25,000-square-foot building, which sits on 2 1/2 acres that SEARHC owns near Salmon Creek.

A new showcase for artists
A new gallery in the Mendenhall Valley hopes to help local amateur artists gain experience and exposure.

Business Profile: Bill Gillette
Bill Gillette is the co-owner of Fitness Plus Gym.

AHFC reinstates popular program
A popular state program that subsidizes loans for first-time home buyers was reinstated Monday, nearly four months after it was put on hold because of diminishing funds.

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.

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.

Ill-advised initiatives
In the 2002 primary election, an alternative voting initiative will appear on the ballot that really should be called the "Election Mishmash System." The authors of this initiative want to mandate that a candidate surpass a particular percentage, in this case 50 percent, in order to win an election.

Glory Hole a place of value to many
When visitors to Juneau ask, "How do you care for the elderly?" The answer is three senior centers and the Pioneers' Home. "Where do victims of domestic violence get help?" AWARE shelter. "Are there alcohol or drug treatment centers?" Gastineau Human Services and the Juneau Recovery Hospital. They also want to know if we have homeless, street people, poor and mentally ill. Yes, we do.

Repatriation complete
A historic event was celebrated in Ketchikan July 23 with the return of the clan treasures, the at.oow, of the Saanya Kwaan people. It was a time of healing and rejoicing; a time of forgiveness and peace. For me, especially as a member of the Tolerance Commission and the Alaska Historical Commission, it was a time to remember.

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.

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.

Around Town


Son and birth mother reunite after 16 years
David Summerly had nearly given up hope of finding his birth mother. But, on July 29, he made one last stab at searching the Internet and came up with her new name, Patricia John, and residence, Juneau.

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."

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.

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.

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

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

City moves toward smoking ban
A Juneau Assembly committee on Monday unanimously approved an ordinance that would ban smoking in several more public places, including restaurants, offices, stores and hospitals.

Public comment period for airport projects extended
A federal agency has bowed to pressure from locals concerned about proposed projects at the Juneau Airport and extended a public comment period 60 days.

Police charge teen with theft, rifling through Valley vehicles
A Juneau man will be arraigned today on charges stemming from rifling and stealing from several vehicles in the Mendenhall Valley.

Bear-proof cans on their way
Bear-proof garbage containers that will replace city containers downtown should arrive in Juneau late tonight, City Manager Dave Palmer told the Juneau Assembly on Monday.

Valley temporarily loses water pressure; Woman attacked in Denali National Park; Change of venue sought for murder trial; Undercount could cost Alaska $100 million; Toddler dies in shotgun accident

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Obituary: Sharon Belle Longwith Rockholt
Sharon Belle

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.

My Turn: ANWR is more precious than just oil
I see that the Empire has published near back-to-back diatribes by Mr. Williams of Ketchikan panning Alaskans who hesitate at the rush to develop the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil development. Alaska has been very, very good to Mr. Williams, I know. But for Alaskans like him I have to ask, is there anything so precious that he would not sell it for money?

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.

Outside editorial Seek common sense, not partisan advantage
If former Presidents Carter and Ford can remove raw politics from the election reform debate, why then can't their parties do the same?

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.

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.

Bartlett sends Juneau to losers' bracket
Tony Levine's two-run double and solo homer powered Bartlett to a 4-2 win over Juneau's Auke Bay American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns Monday in the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament at Anchorage's Mulcahy Stadium.

Five Juneau teams head to state cup
Five Juneau Soccer Club teams will be in Anchorage this week for the 2001 Alaska State Cup tournament, the state's top youth soccer tourney.

Boozer posts double-double in U.S. victory
Caron Butler of Connecticut and Reggie Evans of Iowa scored 17 points each today, leading the unbeaten United States to a 123-87 victory over Japan at the World Basketball Championship for Young Men.

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.

Sports In Juneau

Sports In Juneau

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.

Murkowski postpones decision on running for governor until fall
Sen. Frank Murkowski said today he is leaning toward running for governor but will put off a decision in order to focus on efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration.

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.

MacKinnon bows to Assembly term limits
Deputy Mayor John MacKinnon said he won't run for re-election to the Juneau Assembly this fall because of the city's term limits law.

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.

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.

Major oil spill threat to sea life
A cleanup is under way today in the largest oil spill in Prince William Sound since the Exxon Valdez more than 12 years ago.

State Briefs
Man recovering from shooting; Schools register new students

GOP OKs Ben Stevens for Pearce's seat
The Republican majority in the state Senate has approved the appointment of Ben Stevens to fill the seat vacated by former Sen. Drue Pearce.

New fish waste rules stir debate
Pat Jirschele's beach-front home often is filled with the putrid smell of dead fish - waste from the five local fish processing plants.

Group wants state to build pipeline
They don't have the money or the gas, but a grass-roots group has begun a drive to build a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez.

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