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.

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!

$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.

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.

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.

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.

Neighbors / Briefly
Happenings around town

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.

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

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.

What's going on in Juneau

Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

News of public record

Weekend Best Bets
Entertainment for the weekend

UA tuition waived for Guard members

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.

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

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

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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.

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

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.

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.

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