Monday, August 13, 2001

Unfounded claims
In a recent letter to the Chilkat Valley News, Jim Tuttle of Klukwan Inc. attempted to justify the corporation's proposed spraying of the herbicides glyphosate and imazapyr on Long Island. He claimed that these herbicides are "safe," yet offers no scientific information to support his claim.

Article inaccurate
Thursday's Empire article on the latest capital move attempt gives a troubling and inaccurate account of the issues facing Southeast Alaska communities and Juneau's role in the region's economic well being.

Time to pull together
For those people who opposed tourism, you may not have to worry about it much longer.

Article inaccurate
Thursday's Empire article on the latest capital move attempt gives a troubling and inaccurate account of the issues facing Southeast Alaska communities and Juneau's role in the region's economic well being.

Taplin faces civil suit
The family of Harry Carlson, a federal biologist who died from injuries suffered during a hit-and-run accident, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the driver, Joel Taplin.

Man arrested on robbery charges
Police have arrested a man suspected of robbing two teen-agers early Sunday morning on a path near Stephen Richards Memorial Drive.

Help sought for girl's medical bills
Fund-raising efforts are under way to help the family of Ashley Herrin, the 17-year-old girl injured in a rollover accident on Aug. 3 near Mile 21 Glacier Highway.

A new test for shellfish
A new shellfish screening test may be the difference between life and death for clam eaters, geoduck harvesters and laboratory mice.

Getting immunized
Super Shot Saturday attracts hundreds.

Ships in port August 12-18
Ships in Juneau for the next week

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

Apparent suicide leads to tighter Bartlett procedures
Bartlett Regional Hospital has changed the way it checks that mentally ill patients are in their rooms. And it bought a computer program to track requests for maintenance work, all in the wake of an apparent suicide in May.

Munoz opts against running for 3rd term
Juneau Assembly member Cathy Munoz said today she won't seek re-election this fall so that she can focus on preventing a capital move. She said she also wants to give other people a chance to serve.

Seeking help for a flood in Russia
To citizens of Russia's Sakha Republic, relief means 3,200 tons of flour, 120 tons of canned meat and 10,000 pairs of boots.

Taku flood does scant damage
A warning for minor flooding issued for the Taku River south of Juneau on Thursday did not result in catastrophe for recreational users.

Back into the wild
Eagle released by raptor center

Around Town

Whales are labeled hazard to aircraft
If Petersburg pilot Rod Judy had taken off from Keku Islands seconds later than he did on a recent trip, he might have collided in mid-air with a humpback whale.

AROUND TOWN
Happenings in Juneau

Local Briefs
Clear skies reveal meteor shower; Diver's body recovered near Ketchikan; Man indicted on two murder charges

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

Aspen - the Juneau light rail connection is on the wrong track
The consideration of light rail as a mass transit option for Juneau remains in the Area Wide Transportation Plan. The plan calls for future study of mass transit options including light rail, along with examination of other options such as expanded bus service, etc.

Job probation can be a very sticky and scary business
Do you ever wake up screaming at your new desk around 9:30 on a Tuesday morning? Gripped by a panic of impending doom, you fear that at any moment your boss will notice that you're horribly unfit for your job. That happens to me, too. Every time I get a new job, I launch into it with confidence and the encouragement of my co-workers. Then, after the honeymoon is over, at about exactly four months, I come abruptly to the awareness that I am in fact not competent to do the work, failing miserably, and drowning in the surge of poorly done or undone work. It's about as comfortable a feeling as being stuck in a tar pit.

Complexion of Juneau Assembly to change
Key changes in the makeup of the Assembly are on the horizon. Assembly seats held by Jim Powell, Cathy Munoz and John MacKinnon are up for grabs in the fall election. Jim Powell has decided to run for a third term.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

Want to pay for a bridge? See Don
If Ketchikan wants a bridge to its airport, the community has only to decide where. Congressman Don Young, R-Alaska, says he will get the money for it.

Juneau overwhelms Sitka, 47-6
There were many stars in the Juneau-Douglas High School football team's 47-6 season-opening victory over the Sitka Wolves Friday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Sports In Juneau
Friday, Aug. 17

Sitka's Smith climbs into Tour of Juneau top spot
Gary Smith of Sitka hasn't done much cycling this summer, so he was a little bit surprised after winning the first two stages of the Tour of Juneau.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Local sports calendar

Local sports briefs
Hughes wins Western Zones swim title; Juneau East Majors lose final game

Smith wins Tour of Juneau
Gary Smith of Sitka wasn't too worried when Dan Harrington of Haines made a move about 16 miles into Sunday's final stage of the Tour of Juneau, then Tony Jacobsen of Juneau joined Harrington on the breakaway.

Boozer scores record 29 to send USA into title game
SAITAMA, Japan -- Former Juneau-Douglas High School star Carlos Boozer scored a Team USA single-game record 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds Saturday as the United States survived a late scare to advance to the finals of the World Basketball Championship for Young Men with a 95-90 victory over Argentina.

Duhon, Bell lead U.S. to gold
Duke's Chris Duhon and Troy Bell of Boston College combined for 11 3-pointers Sunday to lead the United States to an 89-80 victory over Croatia in the championship game of the World Basketball Championship for Young Men.

Juneau Jaguars claim title in state cup soccer
The Juneau Jaguars, a U13 boys team, became just the second Juneau Soccer Club team to win a title in the Alaska State Cup soccer tournament, beating Northern Lights Soccer Club of Anchorage 3-1 in Sunday's championship games in Anchorage.

Three Juneau teams reach State Cup soccer finals
Three of the five Juneau Soccer Club teams at the 2001 Alaska State Cup tournament advanced into today's championship games in Anchorage.

State Briefs
Former college head wins promise; Neighborhood loses beetle-killed trees; Three injured in Steese Highway rollover

Employment tax nixed in Fairbanks
The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has rejected a proposal to put an employment tax before voters.

Bear killings in Mat-Su area highest in a decade
So far this summer, 18 bears have been killed in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley area in encounters with humans.

Seward businesses face worker shortage
Seward businesses are struggling to fill a worker void, especially as college students head back to school.

Archaeologist unearths rare Native artifact
The Museum of the Aleutians summer archaeological dig took an exciting turn last week when a visiting archaeologist unearthed what is believed to be the first effigy of its kind ever found in the Aleutians.

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