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Friday, August 10, 2001

Bringing Broadway to Juneau
Come September, Juneau kids will have a chance to shine with Broadway stars.

Entertainment Briefs
Youth choir holds auditions; Identical twins sought for play; Alaska museums receive grants

Feng: Technical prowess and the Buddhist way
The art of Feng Jialiang reflects both a pilgrimage to Tibet and a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier.

Entertainment Calendar

Ceiling artist returns to Juneau
Intricately patterned ceilings and wall coverings that range from grass cloth to leather have been part of Barney Bogart's craft and workaday life since the late 1970s.

Defending Williams
Mr. Richard Steele should be ashamed of himself for his attack, in a My Turn in the Aug. 7 Empire, on one of the most respected pioneer Alaskans I have ever had the honor to meet and work for.

All of us need to act
Time to secure our trash. This means all of us!

Take a bold step
Here we go again. Juneau "turns around and says good morning to the night" or should we say "full speed to the past." We're getting $86 million from Uncle Ted to improve our transportation system and using it to increase sprawl, congestion, urban decline and sow the seeds of road rage. As usual, Juneau is trying to catch up with a past that has depreciated life down south. While forward thinking cities look toward light rail, Juneau looks to the car culture of the 1950s.

Bears relocated from Switzer
A mother bear and two cubs were safely relocated after they tripped a trap in Switzer Village Mobile Home Park.

Taste of paradise
Romayne Kareen relaxes in her folding chair and soaks up the sun at the cruise ship dock Thursday afternoon. Kareen, retired from a state job last year, says she enjoys the activities in the downtown area. "We live in paradise," Kareen said.

$6.4 million in safety gear heads to villages
Earlier this week, Hoonah had a fire in its ambulance during a training exercise. Thorne Bay blew a rod in the engine of its ambulance en route to a patient.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Cruise lines, Murkowski donate to youth summit
The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation raised more than $100,000 Thursday for the first Alaska 2001 Youth Summit.

FYI
News of public record

Neighbors / Briefly
Happenings around town

Search ends for snagged humpback
A three-day search of Sitka Sound failed to turn up a humpback whale that had reportedly become entangled in a heavy net, marine fisheries officials said.

Ships in port Saturday
Ships at Juneau's cruise ship dock for Saturday, Aug. 11

The life of the mind: Shakespeare puzzle hooks Juneau man
Richard Smiley never took an interest in Shakespeare's plays and sonnets until he wondered who really wrote them. At most, as an undergraduate with an interest in psychology, he wrote a paper about whether Hamlet was really crazy or just faking.

Walks teach Ravens, Eagles paths to fitness
The results are in from the third annual Eagles vs. Ravens Walk Contest, and the winner is the Mixed Tribe team led by Sarah Paddock.

AROUND TOWN
What's going on in Juneau

Weekend Best Bets
Entertainment for the weekend

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

Wanamaker makes bid for Assembly
Randy Wanamaker said today he intends to run for one of three open seats on the Juneau Assembly this fall.

Around Town

Twister, monkeys join other Oz creatures on roof
The quirky Wizard of Oz display that is the specialty of Reliable Sheet Metal is growing rivet by rivet.

City, EPA reach deal
The city will pay a $30,000 fine for alleged violations at Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant in 1999 in an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that is nearly final, said City Manager Dave Palmer.

Senator says labor support is key to developing ANWR
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski of Alaska says the upcoming Senate vote on drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is now a "toss-up," thanks to the support of key labor unions.

Living and Growing
"Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Benjamin Franklin, 1789.

Briefly
UA tuition waived for Guard members

Tribe protests glacier tours
Alaska Natives in Yakutat are protesting a decision by cruise lines to send more ships to the Hubbard Glacier this month, according to the president of Yakutat's tribe.

Wilbur 'Jumbo' Willis James Sr.
Chookanedi Clan Leader Wilbur "Jumbo" Willis James, Sr. died Aug. 9, 2001, in Hoonah. A viewing will be held at 1 p.m., Aug. 11, at the Alaskan Memorial Park in Juneau. A full obituary will run at a later date.

Bill Jenkins
Bill Jenkins

Caving in on ANWR
The energy bill that passed the U.S. House last week represents a miserable example of narrow interest group politics and pork-barrel giveaways. When Congress reconvenes, it will be up to the Senate to present improvements instead of raw politics dressed up as an energy plan for the United States.

Evidence of brutality
That 24 foreign and local aid workers, including two Australians, are facing the death penalty in Afghanistan for 'propagating Christianity' is further evidence of the determination and brutality of the Taliban regime. The Taliban, which is carving out a hardline, isolationist Islamic state, has been shadowing the Christian relief agency Shelter Now International for some time.

Editorials
The following editorial appeared in today's edition of the San Jose Mercury News:

Exploiting tragedy
The Endangered Species Act kills. It killed four firefighters in the Methow Valley July 10. At least, that's the politically loaded conclusion we are being led to make, pushed by partisan politicians in Washington, D.C.

Word of Mouth
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A kayak, a free spirit and decades of discovering The power of one
Wind and driving rain were beating against the Alaska Discovery kayak tour Ken Leghorn was leading on the outer coast when he spotted a lone kayaker ahead.

Riding the swells of leadership
Last summer more than 200 people came to the Juneau Kayak Club play day on Twin Lakes. This summer the biggest kayaking events are group paddles organized through an e-mail list, all that is left of the kayaking club.

Fish report
King salmon fishing in the Juneau area improved a little last week. The majority of the Chinook harvested last week were caught in the waters behind Douglas Island and in Young's Bay. It took 68 hours to land a keeper last week, compared to 84 hours the previous week.

Success and setbacks on the Admiralty Island deer hunt
In 1979, Earle and I came down to Juneau so I could do some sign changes on Bullwinkle's. He was bored. Some men he knew were about to go deer hunting on Admiralty Island, so they invited Earle along. I was relieved - now I could paint in peace! When he got back, Earle shared this story with me.

Out and About

Juneau opens football season against Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team has had 10 months to dwell on last year's near miss on qualifying for the state playoffs.

Sports In Juneau

Boozer scores seven as U.S. beats Slovenia
SAITAMA, Japan -- Duke's Chris Duhon and Iowa's Reggie Evans scored 17 points each today, sending the unbeaten United States past Slovenia 110-83 and into the semifinals of the World Basketball Championship for Young Men.

Soccer
The Juneau Jaguars, a U13 boys team, beat the Fairbanks Flaming Lizards 3-1, but no game details were available from coach Mark Kelley.

Juneau soccer teams go 2-0-1 in State Cup
Two Juneau Soccer Club teams won their openers and another tied its first opponent Wednesday at the 2001 Alaska State Cup in Anchorage. Two other Juneau teams play their first round-robin pool-play tournament games today.

Chile beckons for local skier
Not many people outside of the ski-racing circle know the name, but Sarah Fischer resembles a skier waiting at the starting gates -- ready to burst out onto the spotlight.

Juneau wins four of five at state cup
Four of the five Juneau Soccer Club teams won their games Thursday at the 2001 Alaska State Cup in Anchorage.

Legion title hopes end
Juneau's Auke Bay American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns saw their dreams of an Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament championship come to an end in the semifinals as the Midnight Suns lost an 8-1 decision to Service on Thursday at Anchorage's Mulcahy Stadium.

Post 25 stays alive, eliminates Chugiak
Juneau's Auke Bay American Legion Post 25 Midnight Suns used a balanced offense and a gutsy one-hit pitching performance from Zach Kohan to claim an 11-1 victory over Chugiak on Wednesday, eliminating the Mustangs from the Alaska State American Legion Baseball Tournament at Anchorage Mulcahy Stadium. The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Juneau East Majors fall to Montana in regionals
The Gastineau Channel Little League Juneau East All-Stars continued to struggle with the heat at the Far West Regional Majors Division Little League Tournament in San Bernardino, Calif., but this time Juneau East took Billings, Mont., to extra innings before dropping a 6-3 decision in the seventh inning on Wednesday.

SE support for keeping session has eroded
The public relations battle to keep legislative sessions in the capital city will have to start in Juneau's backyard.

State Briefs
State flags lowered for musher's death; Stevens threatens filibuster over ANWR; Meeting set for off-road vehicle plan

Redistricting prompts candidates to move
Two Republican state lawmakers have moved to other districts to avoid running against like-minded incumbents in the primary under a new redistricting map.

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