Saturday, August 10, 2002

A ridiculous concept
I'm unsure just how many 5-year-old children Ms. Pate has raised or been around, but as the mother of three, and the grandmother of more, I can tell you firsthand no 5-year-old (or 45-year-old) will be satisfied or complacent when their flavor of choice, candy of choice, or shirt of choice is unavailable. Nor should they be.

An open forum
I write to thank readers of the Juneau Empire for taking the time to read the letters and commentary from Bertrand Adams Sr., Ishmael Hope, and the many other contributors, like myself.

Professionals needed
Emily Wescott's June 17 article, "Hall may pose problems for future conventions," should have read "Hall services pose problems for conventions."

Bus route changes put to the public
People who catch a ride on Capital Transit in the future could find shorter trips from the East Mendenhall Valley, more express service between Centennial Hall and the Nugget Mall, and a new route downtown.But they might have to call Care-A-Van for a ride from North Douglas and have a hard time getting a ride from the West Mendenhall Valley.

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

Two indicted for arson
Two men were indicted by a Juneau grand jury Friday on arson charges stemming from a $1 million fire that destroyed a Juneau Self-Storage building on Commercial Blvd. on June 3.

The squatter king
Jason Layton, the caretaker of the Thane Public Campground, knows squat.Not only has he made a life of living wherever his camper lands and calling it home, but he has turned it into an entrepreneurial endeavor and an exercise in humanity. Faced with homelessness more than once since landing in Juneau, Layton said he had to squat- or take up residence on public or private property without the owner's permission - in order to stay in the place he loved.

FYI
Births

Coast Guard rescues 6 boaters on Admiralty
The Coast Guard rescued six stranded boaters and a Labrador retriever named Lucky in good condition from Admiralty Island shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday.A seventh boater, Michael Stitt, 29, of Seattle, who was rescued from the island by a float plane Thursday morning, said no one was injured when two boats carrying him and six others were overtaken by waves Wednesday nigh

SEARHC receives grant to help city's homeless
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has received a federal grant of $440,000 to provide free health care to Juneau's homeless people.The grant, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was awarded last week, said Ken Brewer, SEARHC president and CEO.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Church's Rally of Faith day camp in final week
Faith Lutheran's Rally of Faith Vacation Bible School Day Camp is in its last week, The camp is run by a different volunteer group each week.Beginning in June and ending Aug. 16, the camp is for all children ages 4 through 12. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, children learn Bible stories, participate in activities, crafts and games, and are served snacks and lunch.

Academic Honors
Juneau-Douglas High School graduates Caroline B. Gruening, Tracy Kelton and Michael A. MacKinnon all received degrees from Santa Clara University on June 15, 2002.

Travel group awards scholarships to three Southeast students
The Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) awarded $10,000 in scholarships to three Southeast students, Jacob Sullivan of Hoonah, Kelsey Korpela and Erik Anderson of Juneau. The scholarship program offers assistance to promising students in order to help create a well-prepared tourism work force and perpetuate tourism's high resident-hire rate, currently 78 percent.

Floyd Dryden donation
This spring the Floyd Dryden Middle School Student Council raised funds for two local charities. Through a weekender, Dryden students supported the Juneau Special Olympics Track Team. Through a coin drive, Dryden students supported the M.A.D.D. Youth Program.

Ignells celebrate anniversary
Elmer and Ramona Ignell are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception hosted by their family from 3 to 6 p.m., Aug. 11, at the fellowship hall of Northern Lights United church.

Crabb, Jenkins to marry
Rachel May Crabb, of Fairbanks, and Gary L. Jenkins II, of Juneau, will be married Aug. 24 in Fairbanks. A reception will follow. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to a local potluck reception at Auke Bay Bible Church (11970 Glacier Highway) at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Bausman, Walsh wed
Nyree Bausman of Erie, Ill., and Richard Walsh of Juneau, were married in an outdoor ceremony July 29, 2002, in Pensacola, Fla., at the Japanese Gardens of The Zoo. A reception followed in air-conditioned comfort at the same location.

Thank you
...for your generosity; ...for your kindness; ..for your help.

Enlistments
Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice Edward Bomberger II, son of Diana E. Leatherberry of Juneau and Edward F. Bomberger of Ashland, Ore., recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J.

Kay Wilhelm Davidsen
Former Juneau resident Kay Wilhelm Davidsen, 92, died July 29, 2002.

My Turn: Preferential voting costly, complicated
As if the new closed primary voting system won't be enough to thoroughly complicate Alaska elections, a largely untested voting process that threatens drastic changes to the way we vote will appear on this August's primary election ballot.

Bears begin anew
One year after posting the best record in school history, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team enters the 2002 season with a lot of questions to be answered.The Crimson Bears open their schedule against the Kenai Kardinals on Saturday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park, with the varsity game at 8 p.m. and the junior varsity at 5 p.m. Even though Saturday's varsity game is non-conference, Juneau will be able to use it to answer some of the questions.

Juneau inks AWG proposal deal
The City of Juneau signed a contract with Anchorage marketing firm Mad Dog Graphx to develop materials for Juneau's bid to host the 2006 Arctic Winter Games.The $37,000 contract was signed Wednesday. The contract is to help Juneau prepare its required bid packet in time for the Oct. 15 deadline.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Juneau Riptide now 4-0 at state
The Juneau Soccer Club Riptide U13 boys team stayed undefeated and clinched a spot in Saturday's semifinals after posting two victories on Thursday and winning again this morning in the Alaska State Youth Soccer Association's State Cup tournament in Fairbanks.

Yakutat wants state to plan flood response
Yakutat residents are asking for state help to stave off what could be an economic disaster caused by the advance of the Hubbard Glacier.Last month, the glacier pinched off the entrance to Russell Fiord and turned it into a lake that has risen more than 52 feet.

No drugs, alcohol found in woman who killed Godfrey
ANCHORAGE - Investigators said Karen Brand apparently did not have drugs or alcohol in her body at the time she shot former Public Safety Commissioner, Glenn Godfrey, and his wife, Patti.Toxicology results from Brand's autopsy were released Thursday by Anchorage police.

State Briefs
Cruise ship hit by illness leaves Vancouver; Tour of Juneau bike race on tap this weekend; Auditions set next week for Juneau opera; Corpse set ablaze near Girdwood

Accused pipeline shooter sentenced in unrelated case
FAIRBANKS - The man convicted of shooting a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline has been sentenced for an unrelated conviction stemming from a break-in at a Fairbanks U-Haul business last September.Daniel Lewis was sentenced Thursday in state Superior Court in Fairbanks to 3 1/2 years in prison. Lewis had also been convicted of stealing a safe from the building and driving off with a truck.

Murkowski, Ross exchange 'friendly' barbs at forum
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski and Anchorage attorney Wayne Anthony Ross acted more like old bantering buddies Thursday than serious rivals in the Republican race for governor.The two traded friendly barbs throughout a candidates forum and luncheon sponsored by the Anchorage Republican Women's Club. Murkowski, considered the front-runner in his party, faces Ross in the Aug. 27 primary.

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