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Wednesday, August 8, 2001

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

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.

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

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.

Beyond disagreement
Although most Alaskans support opening ANWR, they can and do disagree about the issue. But there are ways to frame the discussion that avoid personal attacks.

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.

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.

Criminal history as 'filler' inappropriate
Throughout the last few months I have been consistently disappointed by the quality and journalistic integrity of some of the articles the Empire has been printing.

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.

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.

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.

Weddings
Fujioka, Hill plan wedding

Police and Fire

Around Town
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Pet Of The Week
Sunny is a 1 1/2-year-old neutered male lab/husky who is playful, energetic, easygoing and intelligent.

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.

Tlingits closer to relief from 80-year ban on egg gathering
Juniors and seniors from Hoonah City Schools took a step this summer toward bringing back the Tlingit tradition of gathering sea gull eggs.

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.

Air Safety: Establishing the minimums that work best for you
Safety of flight - that's what this column is all about. All pilots try to do the best and safest job possible. I don't know of one pilot that I can recall that decides, as do the Klingon on Star Trek, "Today is a good day to die."

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

Neighbors Briefs
Alaska Youth Summit benefit luncheon; Calling all girls; Head Start is now welcoming applicants; Coast Guard Womens invitation

Briefs
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

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

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.

Thank You
...for Princess Tours' help and for support for Catherine

Around Town

Water restored to Valley
Workers repaired a damaged water line near Professional Plaza on Tuesday afternoon that reduced or killed water pressure for many Mendenhall Valley residents.

A primer on do-it-yourself stream repair
Water flows, as it will, taking the easiest path, always going downhill. Obstructions are worked around, or under, slowly washing away bit by bit. People who live near running water always watch to make sure that they are not part of that which is washed away.

Obituary: Sharon Belle Longwith Rockholt
Sharon Belle

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?

Paradise, Texas-style
We were going to snarl at George W. Bush for taking a month's vacation until it sank in that he's going to his ranch. When Ronald Reagan went to his ranch, we understood. It was near Santa Barbara. Enough said.

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?

Strom II: The Sequel
Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina described President Bush's new nominee to be U.S. attorney in his state as "a man of character and integrity" who "will make a fine U.S. attorney." It isn't particularly surprising that the senator would feel warmly toward the young man Mr. Bush has chosen.

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.

Political money flows to Dems
The recent flood of campaign donations to Senate Democrats illustrates, once again, the unsavory connection between money and government favors.

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.

Team USA unbeaten at U-21 Worlds
Caron Butler of Connecticut scored 21 points and keyed a third-quarter run today, leading the United States past Israel 98-74 to earn a quarterfinal berth in the World Basketball Championship for Young Men.

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.

Sports In Juneau

Sports In Juneau

Juneau stays alive in Legion tournament
Juneau's Auke Bay American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth inning to eliminate the Twin City Twins of Kenai 6-3 on Tuesday at the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament at Anchorage's Mulcahy Stadium.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chum run should supply dog food
Sled dogs in Alaska's Interior could be eating better this winter. Subsistence fishermen began harvesting fall chum salmon on a portion of the Yukon River on Tuesday evening.

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.

9 cruises barred from bay
The National Park Service has opted to reduce the number of cruise ship tours into Glacier Bay National Park this month by nine instead of the 32 that would have been the most drastic scenario posed by a recent court ruling.

Fishing boats play key role in oil spill cleanup
The cleanup of up to 35,000 gallons of diesel fuel in Prince William Sound should end today, state officials said.

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.

Wandering brown bear, residents of Anchorage surprise each other
A young grizzly bear has been seen careering around some Anchorage neighborhoods, popping up on streets and city parks.

State Briefs
Fraternal groups plan picnic; Ketchikan eyes new port authority; Patrols added at Denali park

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