Sunday, August 11, 2002

In the Stacks
Here are just a few of the stellar DVDs that are heading to a library near you!

Knowles: Murkowski's comments an 'outrage'
I've vowed to overlook outrageous political rhetoric this campaign season. But I can't let go unanswered Frank Murkowski's attack on Alaska's law enforcement professionals and eight years of supporting victims, protecting women and children, and punishing criminals.

Keep a prescription diary
You might think that falls and mental confusion are just a part of growing old, but are they? Older Americans use prescription drugs three times as much as other people and frequently use several different medications for different health problems.

Alaskans shouldn't harm fellow Alaskans
As Alaskan Independence Party chairperson, Mr. Chryson's letter in Tuesday's Empire carries a bit more weight than the average card-carrying member. I presume he is speaking for the membership as a whole, independent of any personal bias or self-interest.

Two indicted in $1 million blaze
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.

Around Town
Listings of local nonprofit events.

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

Senate candidates differ on gap, local economy
Candidates for the Juneau state Senate seat differed on issues such as the state fiscal gap and the local economy at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon Friday.

Election provides voters preview of legislative races
No candidate in Juneau's three legislative races faces a primary battle in the Aug. 27 vote. And only two of the four races to represent other Southeast communities give voters a choice of primary candidates.

Vets remember a brother
Most of the six men who laid a wreath at the Archie Van Winkle memorial near the south end of South Franklin Street on Thursday didn't know him, but he's their brother.

Juneau loses power for an hour
Electric power went out in Juneau for about an hour midday Saturday when something temporarily broke the connection from the transmission line from the Snettisham hydroelectric plant, AEL&P officials said.

Jane Stewart
Jane Stewart, a resident of Juneau since 1946, died at the Juneau Pioneers' Home on Aug. 9, 2002.

Out of the Woods: It's August: Don't expect much more than civil
Perhaps you haven't noticed, but everyone around you is tense, edgy and drinking triple-shot coffee drinks at all hours of the day. And it's August. Coincidence?

Cartoon by TOE
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Empire editorial: NOAA project must move forward
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's unexpected decision to cancel the bid process for the Lena Point project has created a good deal of chaos. Despite conflicting information reported in the newspaper this week, construction continues on the access road.

Paragliding can be a high-altitude experience
Exiting from the Mount Roberts Tram car I don my large pack, careful not to slam it into some tourist, and take off for the usual launch area, about a 15-minute hike from the tram. The large pack draws attention and the inevitable questions having to do with a long camping trip.

Finding value in Juneau's Salmon Derby experience
How much is a fish really worth? In answering this question one must consider many factors, for many values can be placed on a single fish.

Protecting the Paths
Four major local trails have been spruced up this summer in a move that may give local outdoors enthusiasts new reasons to revisit old stomping grounds.

Davies Creek: A rough hike to a spectacular view
The way may not be easy, but if you don't mind getting a little wet and you have an extra pint of blood to spare to the mosquitoes, finding the Davies Creek Glacier is well worth the struggle.

Out and About
In season: King and Dungeness crab, halibut and rockfish (peaks June-Sept.), king, sockeye, pink and chum salmon (runs June to Sept., peaks in July), coho salmon (June-Nov.), freshwater brook trout (peaks Aug.-Sept.), Dolly Varden (June-Aug.), bear viewing at Pack Creek (June-Sept., peaks July and Aug.), freshwater Northern pike (peaks July-Aug.), deer (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), mountain goat (Aug.-Dec., depending on area), wolf (Aug.-April), grouse (Aug.-May), ptarmigan (Aug.-May).

Fish Report
Harvest rates for coho salmon continue to be better than average in the Juneau area.

Big Fish Photos
Reader-submitted fish photos

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

Three Juneau Soccer teams reach State Cup finals
The Juneau Soccer Club Xtratuffs U13 girls, Riptide U13 boys and Jaguars U14 boys teams won their semifinal games Saturday and advanced to today's championship games in the Alaska State Youth Soccer Association's State Cup tournament in Fairbanks.

Stevens storms to Tour of Juneau lead
This year's Tour of Juneau three-day stage race cycling event has featured some new twists - a new hill-climb course and format, a slightly longer individual time trial and a first-time entrant from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, who is dominating the field.

Treadwell Twosome Traverse
Results of the Treadwell Twosome Traverse, held Saturday on the Treadwell Mine Trails near Douglas.

Hail Ernie! Juneau wins!
One play erased a wealth of mistakes for the Juneau-Douglas High School football team in its season-opening 8-6 victory over the Kenai Central Kardinals in a non-conference game Saturday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Teens charged with murder of woman
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the homicide of a woman whose burned body was found Thursday near Girdwood.

Ketchikan: Blueberry feted
Hundreds gathered on Main Street in Ketchikan a week ago Saturday in celebration of the blueberry.

Haines: Long-running tiff with municipality ends
A former Haines resident's four-year legal battle with the City of Haines ended with a ruling in the municipality's favor in the Alaska Supreme Court.

Pastor completes unicycle trek for Inuit
The rubber tread on the huge wheel was worn, but the humble unicycle tire took Lutheran pastor Lars Clausen across America in his effort to help the Eskimos to whom he once ministered.

Murkowski: Capital shouldn't be moved
U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, like Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, is opposed to moving the Legislature to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and also wants the capital to remain here.

University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher takes a close look at particles in wildfire smoke
When smoke from wildfires blew into Fairbanks last week, researcher Glenn Shaw couldn't resist. He had to study it.

Metlakatla: Pole-raising caps 'Sobriety Celebration'
Capping a five-day "Sobriety Celebration," the Metlakatla Indian Community raised a 36-foot totem Tuesday before a crowd of about 300 people.

Sitka: Good communication, teamwork save hunters
The rescuers in a mission to aid two hunters stranded near the top of Bear Mountain say they brought more than a couple of grateful people down from the mountainside.

Mayor takes anti-move message on the road
Juneau Mayor Sally Smith took her anti-capital move message on the road in Southeast this week, warning that the entire region will be hurt if the Legislature moves north.

They ate the evidence
Tracing the final hours of the giant king salmon stolen from Seafood Producers Co-Op in Sitka and secretly cut up into fillets, police say they know what happened to the heisted fish: it went to a party.

Navigating via the Web
In a state where vast distances, rugged terrain and sudden changes in weather make flying a constant challenge, Alaska pilots are enthused about a new tool to help them see beyond the horizon.

Most primary races solo
Political consultant David Dittman says Alaska's Aug. 27 primary reminds him a little bit of the old-style Soviet elections.

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