Experimental gas-to-liquid plant in Nikiski up and running
An experimental BP plant in Nikiski designed to turn natural gas into a liquid is finally up and running. The $86 million gas-to-liquids, or GTL, plant will test secret technology that could eventually help bring massive global stores of so-called stranded gas, such as that on the North Slope, to market. The estimated 35 trillion cubic feet of North Slope gas is stranded for lack of a long and expensive pipeline to carry it out.

Photo: Relief from the heat
Eric Fagerstrom, 10, takes a plunge Thursday into Auke Lake. Fagerstrom was on a family outing enjoying the warm weather.

Peterson, Smith, Stone seek city slots
The filing period for October's municipal election begins in one week, and so far three candidates have filed paperwork with the Alaska Public Offices Commission indicating they plan to raise campaign funds. Mayor Sally Smith will seek reelection. David Stone, vice president for consumer affairs with Alaska Electric Light & Power, will run for Assembly for District 1 and the seat held by Ken Koelsch. School Board member Daniel Peterson will run for the District 2 seat held by Dale Anderson. Koelsch and Anderson said they are not ready to announce whether they will seek re-election.

Food Network series focuses on Juneau beer and seafood
Staring at her face in the mirror of a small makeup compact while sitting in The Alaskan Hotel and Bar on Wednesday, Sandra Pinckney could have been one of the regulars. Could have been, except for the lights, the video camera panned close on her face and the script proclaiming the merits of Alaskan Smoked Porter sitting on the bar next to her.

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Births; Courts; Judgments.

Police & Fire
Reports by Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Juneau police to be first in Alaska to experiment with Segway scooter patrols
Ten Juneau Police officers soon may inspire some double takes when they hit the streets on Segway Human Transporter vehicles. Assistant Chief Greg Browning said the department will provide a consumer report of sorts for law enforcement agencies. It will be the first in Alaska to experiment with the battery-operated, two-wheel scooters.

Koester and Arenson to wed
Rozlind Melody Koester of Juneau and Nicholas Arthur Arenson of Gig Harbor, Wash., will be married in a ceremony on Aug. 24 in Bellingham, Wash.

Photo: Harbor lights
The cruise ship Norwegian Sun sets Juneau Harbor ablaze with its lights Tuesday before setting sail down Gastineau Channel.

New book delves into world of Hasidic missionaries
There are just 3,000 Jews living in Alaska's 570,374 square miles, but Yossi and Esty Greenberg are there to serve them - leading services, throwing Hanukkah parties, flying deep into the bush to train a young man for his bar mitzvah.

Thank you
... to those who helped out with Woeber wedding

Toner and Branter to marry
Marijo Toner of Juneau and Steve Brantner of Juneau will be married in a ceremony planned for 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at the Juneau Yacht Club. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the wedding and the reception.

Fishing is a deeply rooted part of Alaska's history
On July 23, 1792, Joseph Ingraham, of the vessel Hope, was trading on the Northwest Coast. The most sought-after fur was that of the sea otter. For two decades, from 1790 to 1810, about six to 10 Bosto

Walk honors sobriety; Airport reconstruction; Bible school starts Sunday; MASST seeking recruits; Market vendors needed.

John R. 'Jack' Jewell
Juneau resident John R. "Jack" Jewell, 78, died Aug. 6, 2003, in Seattle, Wash.

Gilbert Demmert
Kake resident Gilbert Demmert, 53, died July 26, 2003, in Pahrump, Nev.

My Turn: Defang the income tax
The Municipal League and many Alaskans seem to favor a tax on income over sales. However, until most voters are convinced an income tax hurts them less than alternative means of bridging the fiscal gap, legislators will not touch the issue with a 20-foot pole (make that 40-foot for the governor). To do otherwise might invite recall.

My Turn: Minor impact to wetlands
Having a fully accessible airport is likely a case of our not being able to have our cake and eat it too. As most of us realize, the possibility of a very small bit of the wetlands surrounding the airport being used to make the facility much more fully functional and accessible has been on the horizon for years. Over a decade ago Alaska politicians were advertising a more accessible capital in the not-too-distant future, and all of us Juneauites were certainly pulling for it, but there always seemed to be a gap between what was expected and what it was going to take to make it happen.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Playing for October
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team will put a new offense and two new quarterbacks on display tonight when the Crimson Bears take the field for their season opener against the Ketchikan Kings.

Juneau Riptide dim Northern Lights SC
Colin Flynn scored four goals and Sam Greely added three to power the Juneau Riptide U-14 boys soccer team to a 7-1 rout of the Northern Lights Soccer Club Dynamo on Thursday at the Alaska State Cup tourney in Palmer.

Local cyclists hit area roads for Tour of Juneau; Treadwell Twosome Traverse runs Saturday.

Photo: Appetite for victory
Donielle Lewis, right, finishes a pie during a pie-eating contest Tuesday evening at the Tanana Valley State Fair in Fairbanks. Kristen Koch, left, also competed in the event. The two 11-year-olds were beat out by contestants with greater appetites.

Knowles declines office space from rival Murkowski
Former Gov. Tony Knowles has rejected an offer by Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski to let him use a spot in her office so he can help convince a dozen Senate Democrats to support oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Saturday block party to shut down street; Bidding lively for ferry; Anchorage airport project should be done next summer; and other headlines.

University looking for berries for health study
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is studying berries - raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, even cloudberries and crowberries - trying to learn how helpful the state's berries are to human health.

Interior officials claim state biased in funding road projects
The state Department of Transportation has ignored Interior Alaska road needs in favor of Southcentral communities, elected officials told the agency this week. Interior legislators and local officials on Wednesday lambasted DOT Commissioner Mike Barton, charging that the Interior continues to get shorted when it comes to receiving federal road money distributed by the state.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation.

Bankrupt foundation puts ferry Kalakala on the auction block
The Kalakala, a piece of maritime history that was part of Puget Sound's colorful ferry fleet from 1935 to 1967, will be auctioned on Sept. 13 by the group that was attempting to restore it.

Police seeking relatives of American man killed in Yukon
Royal Canadian Mounted Police have not been able to locate relatives of a man who was fatally struck by an out-of-control car last month as he sat waiting for a bus.

Land trade triggers protest
About 30 protesters, holding signs and chanting slogans against a deal affecting Berners Bay, pressed Murkowski to hear their concerns. Murkowski is sponsoring a bill to allow the Interior Department to trade land near Berners Bay to Sealaska Native Corp. and Cape Fox Native Corp. in return for land near Ketchikan. Sealaska is the Southeast Alaska regional Native corporation. Cape Fox is a village Native corporation in Saxman.

Murkowski holds economic forum, fund-raiser
Sen. Lisa Murkowski told representatives of the timber, fishing, mining and tourism industries Thursday to work together on infrastructure needs of the region to help improve the state's struggling economy.

Experiments on paper and plywood
Juneau artist and University of Alaska Southeast student Brad Ponack doesn't think he can paint well. But in the past year, he's figured out how to use paint to suit his art. Since taking two silk-screening courses taught by UAS professor Alice Tersteeg, Ponack has been experimenting with line drawing, color theory and transferring his art on to various media.

Dysfunction and despair: Tabor works on kids album
Local songwriter Buddy Tabor has recorded songs about death, pestilence, loneliness and disease since the early 1980s. Releasing an album for children is the next logical step. "Somebody at one of my concerts in March or February said I should have a children's record," Tabor said. "His 10-year-old said, 'I don't think so Daddy. After the first song, all the kids would be crying.' "

State fair starts Aug. 13 in Haines
Juneau bands Contra Public and Peabody's Monster, and Juneau salsa dancer Heather Haugland, will appear on the main stage during the Southeast Alaska State Fair, Aug. 13 to 17, in Haines.

Of mice and men
Genji League is a 30-year-old network administrator in Juneau with a wife, Mia, a son, 4, and a daughter, 6 months. He ran for mayor nine years ago and finished second. He's finishing up his bachelor's degree in liberal arts with a math emphasis at University of Alaska Southeast. When League finds time to play one of his favorite fighting games on his personal computer, he's known as (on7or7!on, or Contortion.

What's happening
"Godspell," directed by Kevin Gilbertson, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9; "We're All Stories," directed by Gene Tagaban, shows at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. All shows at Perseverance Theatre. $8 kids, $12 adults at Hearthside Books.

Movies where & when
"Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life," (PG-13) plays at 7:10 and 9:30 nightly at 20th Century Twin, with afternoon matinees at 2:15 daily and additional Saturday and Sunday matinees at 4:40.

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