Running in the red
The salmon are having a good season, with fewer nets and lines to dodge on their way to the spawning grounds.The fishermen who bother to go out also are finding it easier to fill their holds, with less competition for the best spots. But with prices low, many fishermen haven't bothered.

Business Briefs
Haines A&P closed, but Juneau OK; College bookstore spruced up at UAS; Ready to gas up; Slimmed-down sub eater to visit Juneau; NOAA employees receive award; Cole named forest management director; State workforce grants available; Bank gives to charity; ABDC renews fisheries contract

Business Profile: Mary McRae Miller
Title and company: Owner, M3 Biographical Information: Miller was born in Haines, then moved to Juneau and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1990. She earned a degree in geography from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and worked three years at the Juneau Economic Development Council, before starting her own business.

In the Tank
A look at gas prices around town

Alaska seafood gains praise from national stores, others
KENAI - A movement to promote the sale of sustainable fish has identified Alaska wild salmon and halibut as among the top choices that fish consumers should be buying.Sustainable fish are those harvested in a way that does not jeopardize the survival of the species or the integrity of the ecosystem.

Salmon branding program helps establish learning curve
KENAI - In its first year, the Cook Inlet Salmon Branding program helped establish a learning curve for program officials."It was a tremendous success in terms of identifying what it's going to take to improve the commercial salmon industry," Kenai Peninsula Borough Business Development Manager Jack Brown said Tuesday.

System aims to make paying multiple medical bills easier
Freda Rogers and Jo Dahl are trying to ease the most painful part of most doctor visits - paying the bills.Over three years the Juneau women developed a system for individuals to track and manage their medical bills and health insurance. Now they're turning it into a business.

Right to bear arms important
With election season rapidly approaching, I am very concerned that Alaskans will elect the same people who are sitting by and allowing our personal freedoms to slip away.

Sarah Palin inspiring
I have worked as a volunteer with Mayor Sarah Palin.She has done an excellent job as our city mayor and been inspiring to me.

Porcupines are innocent victims
It saddens and angers me every time I see a porcupine that's been hit by a car on the North Douglas Highway. It saddens me because the porcupines are such innocent victims.

Juneau residents want NOAA facility
This letter is in support of the construction of the new NOAA research facility at Lena Point. The Juneau business, scientific, educational, and governmental community is in need of this world-class facility, and I believe the vast MAJORITY of Juneau residents will embrace its development in its currently planned location.

Bear or human - which is really the problem?
A real conversation on garbage day:"Yes," replied the man in the work gloves as he picked up garbage strewn on the street and the stairs, "the large bear already got into the garbage cans that were set out earlier today."

Wilderness has value
Incredible. At a time when the federal budget is back in deficit and the government is piling up more debt for our children, the U.S. Forest Service wants to dig the hole deeper in the Tongass National Forest.

Parade difficulties
I have been a member of the Juneau 4th of July committee for a combination of 18 years. I have seen a lot of changes through these years. Some were very good, and others were sheer lousy.

Too confusing
In the Aug. 27 primary election Alaska voters will be asked to vote on Proposition. 1. If it passes, Alaska's voting system will radically be changed.

Bears bounced from downtown
A mother black bear and two cubs that have been munching unsecured trash in downtown Juneau all summer are in for a paid boat cruise out of town today. They were captured by the state Department of Fish and Game on Tuesday afternoon in an alley near the corner of Fourth and Gold streets."I had been kind of keeping track of them and trying to find a place where I would catch them without a bunch of tourists watching," said Neil Barten, wildlife biologist with Fish and Game. "Then I got the call from the police that there were tourists surrounding them downtown."

Capture a local taste of summer with fire weed
On a recent fishing trip to Unalakleet, while in discussion with locals on preparation of egg cures to catch big kings, someone mentioned fireweed jelly. It peaked my interest, since I had never thought to make jelly from this blossom. Alaska natives have been known to use parts of the fireweed plant for curatives, including gastric ailments.

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

Handy defibrillator saves tourist's life
A defibrillator had been at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center one week when it saved someone's life.Without it a man who collapsed suddenly on a Grayline bus tour to the glacier Saturday afternoon might not have made it home to Maryland. The bus driver started cardiac pulmonary resuscitation and called for help.

Steamship Wharf plan wins permit
The Juneau Planning Commission approved conditional use permits for the Steamship Wharf and Marine Park project Tuesday night despite a few objections.In a 5-1 vote, the commission allowed the installation of a deck between the existing dock and the sidewalk along Marine Way downtown.

Eagle Beach park opens
Juneau's newest park opened Wednesday near Eagle River, but it comes at a price.People using the Eagle Beach State Recreation Area will be charged $5 to park. Those leaving their cars and trucks nearby on the side of Glacier Highway and walking in can skip the fee.

Due to incorrect information provided to the Empire, the name of Jonathan Cohrs was misspelled in an article Tuesday about a man injured by a falling tree.

NOAA official: Agency still looking at options for center
An official with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the agency is looking at "a couple of options" in regard to a new fisheries research center in Juneau, although Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski said he's been told the site will be built at Lena Point. Construction of a $51 million NOAA fisheries lab was to have begun this summer. NOAA canceled the bid process last month after construction costs exceeded estimates. The agency decided instead to analyze whether to downsize the Lena Point facility or upgrade the current Auke Bay lab.

Learning horse sense
Next to her horse, 8-year-old Girl Scout Abigail Hemenway looks very small. But when it comes time to mount and ride, she does it with confidence - and a small boost from one of her instructors."I've been on (horses) a couple times, but with somebody leading," Abigail said as she and seven other Girl Scouts walked their horses through a wide, slow loop along a graveled trail last weekend. "This is my first time really riding a horse. It's fun."

Man who kicked uncle to death gets four years
What a defense attorney called a "freakish accident" has put a Haines man in prison for the next three years for kicking his uncle in the liver, causing his death.Robert Skulka, 36, was sentenced Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court to six years in prison with two years suspended and three years of probation for the Sept. 17, 2001, incident in Haines. Skulka has been lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center since the event and will receive credit for time served.

Hunter shoots unusual white deer
Two Hoonah hunters couldn't believe their eyes earlier this week when a white rock in the road turned out to be a Sitka black-tailed deer. Aaron Bitz, 16, shot and killed the rare white deer Monday in a brushy muskeg off a road in the Game Creek Valley about 15 miles out of Hoonah.

Local briefs
NOAA seaman dies in capsizing; Police arrest teens in vandalism spree; USFS hosts meetings on Couverden timber sale; Fourth suspect arrested in school break-ins; Industrial facility gets commission OK

Juneau Assembly audio now available online
JUNEAU - Audio of Juneau Assembly meetings is now available online. KTOO FM, which broadcasts regular Assembly meetings live, is now posting the audio files on its Web site,, said station manager Bill Legere. The city provided funding for the station to stream and archive legislative hearings on the Internet this year and it made sense to extend the service to the Assembly, he said.

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

Buoy-tender roundup tests skills
Six Coast Guard buoy tenders from around Southeast Alaska are in town this week for the annual Buoy Tender Round-Up, an event many described as a week of classes, competition and camaraderie."This is one of the few times that all of us get together," said Lt. Cmdr. John Moriarty. "We can share ideas, rekindle old friendships."

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

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

Updated: Murkowski: Fish center will be built at Lena Point
The U.S. Department of Commerce will proceed with construction of a National Marine Fisheries Service laboratory at Lena Point in Juneau as soon as possible, according to Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski's office.The Empire was not able to confirm the decision with the Department of Commerce by its midday deadline. The center at Lena Point, planned to be 69,000 square feet, was expected to provide room for about 100 NMFS employees in Juneau.

Strawberry fields in Southeast
I recently had the opportunity to enjoy several quarts of strawberries grown in Gustavus. Smaller and paler in color than commercially available strawberries, these beauties were soft and juicy without being at all mushy. Their flavor was wonderfully sweet with just the right touch of acidity. If candy grew on vines in the wild, surely it would look and taste like a strawberry.

Jane Stewart: A life in music and arts in Alaska
When she was a little girl in Tulsa, Okla., in the 1920s and '30s, Jane Stewart put on shows at home and at school, dancing, playing piano and directing her friends.Stewart moved to Juneau in 1945 and brought her passion for the arts and her considerable talents as an organizer. In the decades that followed she created a profound and lasting legacy in the arts in Alaska.

Johnston, Howard married Oct. 6, 2001
Carmen Johnston of Anaheim, Calif., and Don Howard of Juneau were married Oct. 6, 2001, at the Placeutia Round-Table Woman's Club in Placential, Calif. Friends and relatives of the couple were invited to the wedding and a reception.

Howard, Wilson married July 12
Angela Michelle Howard of Juneau and Mark Will Wilson of Lancaster, Texas, were married in a ceremony at 7 p.m. July 12, 2002, at Green Oaks Chapel in Arlington, Texas. A reception followed at the chapel.

Wear, Howard married July 27
Kimberlee Evonne Wear of Juneau and John Candler Howard of Juneau were married in a ceremony at 7 p.m. July 27, 2002, at the Juneau Christian Center. A reception followed at 7:30 p.m. at the center.

Making your home safe and accessible
How can you stay safely in your own home for as long as possible? One of the secrets is doing a "walk through," assessing it for safety and identifying potential hazards. Depending on your situation, you can do an informal review of the home by yourself or your doctor can prescribe a professional "home accessibility assessment."

Earlier this year, Jacob Hakari, the son of Charles and Nancy Hakari, submitted a poem to a contest that was held for young poets. Hakari is in 8th grade at Thunder Mountain Academy.

Native rally Aug. 22
The annual "We the People: Standing Our Ground" march and rally has been scheduled for Aug. 22. The theme of the march this year is "Alaska Tribes: the Next 10,000 Years."

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.

Students from abroad
Thirteen American Field Service exchange students arrive in Juneau for their welcome orientation this past weekend. The students will live with host families and attend high school in Juneau, Sitka, Haines and Ketchikan.

Pets of the week
Squeakers is a beautiful medium-hair, spayed female Tabby who is friendly, easy going and somewhat shy. Maria is a sleek medium-hair black, spayed female who is a former stray and has been at the shelter since June.

Glenn Godfrey Sr.
Lifetime Alaska resident Glenn Godfrey Sr., 53, died Aug. 3, 2002, in his Eagle River residence.

James Stuart Plummer
Former Juneau resident James Stuart Plummer died Aug. 9, 2002, at his home in Skagway.

Blanche Beitz
Longtime Juneau resident Blanche Beitz, 100, died Aug. 13, 2002, at the Shattuck Manor Assisted Living Home in Juneau.

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.

My Turn: Reasons for guarded optimism
We Alaskans have reason for significant but guarded optimism. We can be optimistic based upon our resource economy - oil, gas, minerals, timber, fish, tourism - all of which may provide opportunities for generations to come. We can be optimistic based upon our strong work ethic, our cultural diversity and our collective can-do spirit, intangibles which will ultimately define Alaska and its people.

My Turn: In support of RALLY for the children
It has been my distinct honor and privilege to work for the last two summers with the children and professionals who make the Juneau School District's RALLY such a wonderful program. When it comes to attempting to cause positive change for the future, this activity program experience far surpasses anything I have ever done.

Bear runners find future is now
This year's Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country team is a group that combines a successful past with a very bright future.The Crimson Bears, who open their season Saturday in Anchorage with the Bartlett Relays, return a number of seniors from last year's girls and boys teams, which took third and eighth places at state, respectively.

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

Phelps sets U.S. national meet record in 200 fly
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - World record-holder Michael Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly in a meet-record time of 1 minute, 54.86 seconds Wednesday at the U.S. national swimming championships.Phelps' swim was the third-best time ever in the event. He set the world record of 1:54.58 last year. He is the only swimmer in history to break 1:55 in the event more than once.

Coughlin breaks backstroke record
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Natalie Coughlin became the first woman to break the one-minute barrier as she shattered the 100-meter backstroke world record Tuesday, finishing in 59.58 seconds at the U.S. National Swimming Championships.Coughlin, of Concord, Calif., trimmed more than a half-second off the previous record of 1:00.16 set by Chihong He of China in 1994.

Capital City Soccer League Standings
Standings as of 8/12/02

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

A Tuesday Empire sports article on last week's Western Zone swim meet in Los Angeles left out the name of Southeast swimmer Kassie Beseau of Craig. Beseau, competing in the girls age 11-12 division, finished ninth in the 50-meter butterfly with a time of 31.79 seconds.

Three Juneau players help Shockers win Washington state Connie Mack tourney
Three members of last spring's state champion Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team went south this summer to help the Shockers Baseball Club of Edmonds, Wash., claim the title in Washington's Connie Mack Baseball State Championship tournament.

U.S. Forest Service offers loggers three-year extensions in Southeast
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Forest Service is offering loggers in Southeast Alaska three-year extensions to existing timber contracts to give companies time to ride out one of the worst timber markets in recent times.The federal agency decided after reviewing lumber prices and economic conditions in the Tongass National Forest that several logging companies were likely to default on timber sales unless given more time to cut, said George Doyle, rural community assistance coordinator for the Forest Service in Petersburg.

Glacial dam cracks open
ANCHORAGE - The dam formed by the advancing Hubbard Glacier in southeastern Alaska sprang a giant leak Wednesday, releasing a torrent of water and ice from 70-square-mile Russell Lake.The National Weather Service in Yakutat has issued a special marine warning for Disenchantment Bay near Yakutat until further notice. Mariners should not approach the Disenchantment Bay area, the agency said today.

Lt. governor's contest attracts Alaska activists
Ernie Hall heads groups addressing state budget problems. Diane Benson writes about Native civil rights struggles. Al Anders pushes for legalizing marijuana. Daniel DeNardo alleges fraud in the student loan system.Beyond their activism, what they have in common is their desire to be Alaska's lieutenant governor, who oversees elections and works with the governor.

Ulmer unveils 'Republicans for Ulmer' group
ANCHORAGE - Democratic Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer is looking to the Grand Old Party to muster support for her bid as Alaska's next governor.Ulmer on Tuesday announced "Republicans for Ulmer," a group that will cross party lines to boost her candidacy. Former Lt. Gov. Lowell Thomas Jr. is chairman of "Republicans for Ulmer."

State briefs
Group proposes initiative to protect permanent fund; Man sentenced to 10 years in child's beating death case; Hospital nurses authorize strike; Troopers shoot aggressive bear in Girdwood; University's Alexander named to policy job; Sterling woman charged with animal cruelty

Knowles plans to fight Red Dog mine decision
ANCHORAGE - The state will fight a federal appeals ruling that requires the Red Dog mine to use more expensive anti-pollution technology for its power, Gov. Tony Knowles said Tuesday.

Republican political heavyweights battle for lt. governor spot
The Republican primary battle for lieutenant governor is one of the hottest races in the Aug. 27 primary election.U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski's decision to run for governor last October sent several GOP gubernatorial hopefuls into the lieutenant governor's race.

Photography sought for Alaska Positive show
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Museum is accepting submissions for Alaska Positive, a biennial show of Alaska photography. Entries must be received at the museum by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.

What's Happening

Old-time music, songs of the West
The Fiddlin' Foresters first performance of hand-clappin', foot-stompin' old-time music was at Smokey Bear's 50th anniversary. The band's next performance is in Juneau with Teddy Roosevelt.The old-time quartet is the U.S. Forest Service's musical envoy to the nation. The band is touring Southeast Alaska with Keith McGough, an actor who portrays Roosevelt, the 26th president. The free performance Friday at Chapel by the Lake is part of the Forest Service's celebration of the creation of the Tongass National Forest.

Best Bets: Films and song dominate week's lineup
Movies and music, separate and together, are among the highlights for the coming week.I have enjoyed the CrossSound performances more and more each year. Last year the music, experimental and adventurous as always, was presented with a playful spirit that helped make it accessible.

Movies where & when
"Enigma," (R) ends Aug. 15, last shows at 7 and 9:20 p.m. at Glacier Cinemas.

Singing pictures: The marriage of sight and sound
"The Eternal Return" Music by C. P. First Video by Matt Marello of New York

What's up with that?
Q: Just past Skaters Cabin on the shore of Mendenhall Lake, there is a locked gate to a beach that is used by the raft companies for the Mend

CrossSound 2002: Singing Pictures presented at Centennial Hall
People hear with their eyes, guitarist Les Paul once said.Paul, who invented the electric guitar in the late 1940s, found people were far more receptive to his music when his newfangled guitars looked conventional rather than experimental. Like Paul, the organizers of the annual CrossSound music festival are well aware that live music has a powerful visual component, and this year's event features a 16-foot movie screen as prominently as the performance stage.

The golden years of SE aviation
Juneau author and aviation historian Jim Ruotsala calls the tail end of the Great Depression and World War II the golden years for aviation in Southeast Alaska.Ruotsala has written "Alaskan Wings: Aviation in Southeast Alaska 'The Golden Years' 1935-1946." Hearthside Books is hosting a book-signing with the longtime Juneau resident from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the store in the Nugget Mall.

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