Thursday, August 16, 2001

Music for the dog days of summer
The lazy days of summer and the Arthritis Foundation's coffers will get a musical boost this weekend.

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Young actors to start rehearsals
Juneau's young actors will bring stone soup and Christmas pageants to life this winter.

Entertainment Briefs
Arts awards available for high schoolers and New theater company requests plays

Coaxing the voice from an ancient instrument
To internationally renowned Chinese musician Liu Jing, her instrument speaks with an almost human voice.

Chicken and egg issues
It seems that Empire publisher Don Smith and I have a chicken and the egg disagreement.

Editorials are divisive
In regard to publisher Don Smith's string of editorials lambasting light rail, transportation demand management and other creative ways of dealing with Juneau traffic problems, I suggest Don spend some time in Seattle.

Saving the day
I want to say thank you to the checker at Kmart who assisted me during a diabetic low blood glucose episode Wednesday night. You remained calm when I explained the situation, quickly rang up the cand

Ghost of the Times
After reading the inappropriate Opinion/editorial by Lorene Kappler and Dan Johnson, I must respond.

Mine helps Canada at expense of Alaska
In his recent My Turn, Mr. Lew Williams asserts that we should support blasting roads through productive Alaska watersheds, including a road up the Taku River, to serve Canadian mining companies.

Life is too short
Freedom of speech! I believe Don Smith is entitled to his First Amendment rights, as is everyone else in this country.

Violating the wall
At most newspapers, it's the editor or the editorial page editor that writes the editorials and edits the paper, and the publisher who runs the business side of the newspaper's operations, selling advertising and paying the bills.

15 hours of hiking and no trail in sight
Since his arrival in Juneau in April, Jack Cameron had gone hiking many times. Saturday's hike with two co-workers from a downtown jewelry store seemed like more of the same for this self-described "avid hiker."

Reiger, Ridgeway file for local office
Lemon Creek resident Tony Reiger and School Board member Stan Ridgeway today filed to run for local office.

Assembly backs SE outreach
The Juneau Assembly's Finance Committee on Wednesday recommended the city spend $20,000 to build regional support for keeping the legislative session in Juneau.

Leck returns to jail
A convicted child molester's decision to view pornography on the Internet bought him an extra two years in prison and a one-way ticket out of town.

Accused child molester pleads out to lesser charges
Sexual abuse charges have been dropped as part of the state's plea agreement with twice-convicted sex offender George Miyasato.

Buoy Tender Round-Up
Shannon Seevers, right, a crew member of the U.S. Coast Guard's buoy tender Spar, cheers on his brother, Keith Madle, a crewman on the Sedge, during the tug o' war Wednesday afternoon as part of this week's Buoy Tender Round-Up.

4 more file for city races
Lemon Creek resident Tony Reiger and Juneau Assembly member Jim Powell added their names to the list of candidates filing to run for Assembly on Wednesday as Mary Becker and Stan Ridgeway made their bids for re-election to the Juneau School Board official.

Helipad back in hospital plans
A rooftop helicopter landing pad will be added back into Bartlett Regional Hospital's nearly $42 million expansion project after Juneau Assembly members and hospital representatives agreed Wednesday to pursue creative funding options.

Local rider pedals for an AIDS cure
Packing a brand new bicycle, Coast Guard Lt. Mary Ann Gosling leaves Friday for the Pallotta TeamWorks Alaska AIDS Vaccine Ride in Fairbanks. The ride, 500 miles in six days from Fairbanks to Anchorage, has attracted 1,400 participants.

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

Office offers centralized information to seniors
A new office has been set up to help Juneau residents find agencies providing services for seniors.

City bear committee is back
In response to continuing bear problems in Juneau neighborhoods, the city's Ad Hoc Urban Bear Committee officially will return next week. Mayor Sally Smith plans to put the panel back to work at Monday's Assembly meeting.

Teachers' contract negotiations progress
Juneau schools Superintendent Gary Bader is optimistic after a day of negotiating with the teachers' union.

Heat wave may make weather record toast
The Mendenhall Glacier looked fit for a postcard Tuesday, but tourist Rita Peters was training her camera on something else. The visitor from Florida was snapping photos of a dozen people swimming in Mendenhall Lake, as evidence for folks back home.

Around Town

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

Pet Of The Week
Otis is a year-old neutered male lab mix who is friendly, energetic and obedient. He loves to play, swim and be outdoors.

The sweet aromas of summer are here
This is the season of sweet aromas; wafting about gardens, leaking out of rose-covered fences, sliding across waiting traffic and turning hea

Neighbors Briefs
Salmon bake to benefit young people; Senior housing; Reading kids win

How they do it Outside
Chris Smith straightens the line on his pole as he fishes for white bass and wipers beneath a blistering sun last week at Cedar Bluff Reservoir, an approximately 10-mile-long lake about 40 miles southwest of Hays, Kan.

Thank you
...for helping Girl Scouts

Weddings
Deborah Rakos and Eric Eriksen, both of Juneau, were married in a ceremony on July 7 at Chapel by the Lake. A reception followed at the Baranof Hotel.

City strollers
These black-tailed deer made an appearance last week along Egan Drive near Fred Meyer. Police herded them along a fence until they jumped over it and crossed Old Glacier Highway.

Learning to receive
The November day my partner fell from a roof to his death. It started to snow; just like any November day, just like the bottom hadn't fallen out of the world when he freefell off that roof, crashed to earth and continued through to the other side.

Elsie Glen Osborne
Longtime Juneau resident Elsie Glen Osborne, 78, died peacefully and with her family by her side, on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, at her home.

Academic pork
The bestowers and the gobblers of academic pork sometimes defend the practice on grounds that the goodies amount to very little. Next to the billions that the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation award every year to peer-reviewed research, they ask, what's the harm in a few million, or a few tens of millions, going directly to colleges or universities through the good offices of a friendly appropriations chairman?

Pro-business attitude needed to keep capital
On Thursday, Aug. 9, Dan and Carol Johnson, owners of the Competitive Edge, and Lorene Kappler, co-owner of Kappler Computer Services, met with the Chamber of Commerce Board to share our concerns about the economic future of 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.

Derby 2001 opens tomorrow
We might as well hang a "Gone fishing" sign over the "Welcome to Juneau" during the Golden North Salmon Derby this weekend.

Salmon derby to do list
Buy derby tickets at Alaska Ship Chandlers, Alaskan and Proud Market, Fisherman's Bend, Harri Plumbing and Heating, Outdoor Headquarters, Rayco Sales, Valley Tesoro and Western Auto. Tickets are $35, or $10 for kids 12 and younger.

Too many caribou on Kenai
If hunters don't harvest more caribou in the Killey River area of the Kenai Peninsula, biologists fear the overgrown herd will destroy their range.

The salmon derby that got away
Earle and I moved to Juneau in the fall of 1981. But the fishing was way different than the Kenai. We had a 16' boat and tried the trolling bit a few times, but were so bored, we sold the boat!

Out and About
What's in season, what to do and what else is in the wood with you.

Bordering on sheep country
Just beyond the Southeast rain forest, through the transition zone of the Chilkat Valley and over the Chilkat Pass, lies the colder, drier interior climate of Yukon Territory.

Fish Report
The Golden North Salmon Derby will be the highlight for many Juneau area anglers this weekend. Many fishermen were out honing their salmon fishing skills last week as the number of rod hours spent salmon fishing was nearly double the number of hours spent trying to catch a halibut.

Juneau hosts Bartlett in key conference game
It may seem early to discuss key conference matchups, but the Juneau-Douglas High School football team will feel a bit of playoff intensity this weekend when the Crimson Bears host the Bartlett Golden Bears at 7 p.m. Friday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Bentz sits out with bad foot
Former Juneau-Douglas High School baseball player Chad Bentz, who now plays professionally for the Vermont Expos of the New York-Penn League, has been sidelined by a foot injury and hasn't seen action since July 30.

Treadwell Twosome Traverse Run
Results of the Treadwell Twosome Traverse, held Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running team's Sandy Beach trail.

Sports In Juneau

Sports In Juneau
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State Briefs
Committee evaluates shooting distance; Panel to discuss hospital heliport; Orchestra director files suit

State Briefs
Entangled whale freed; Overdue hunters found; Worker killed in logging accident; Family searches for missing child; Exxon capt. ends community work

Subsistence summit begins
Gov. Tony Knowles' summit on subsistence began this morning with the task of finding a long-term solution to Alaska's lengthy fight over subsistence hunting and fishing rights.v

D.A. calls for jail time for man involved in hate crime
The Anchorage District Attorney's office has recommended a man who videotaped his brother and another boy shooting paint balls at Alaska Natives should receive some jail time and perform 1,500 hours of community service.

Native, urban reps clash at state summit
Offering words given to her by her adoptive Tlingit family, Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer urged a panel seeking a fix to the state's subsistence dilemma to work as a team and row the canoe together.

Slide washes down Ranier
A surge of water, possibly from a melting glacier, washed rocks and trees down the side of Mount Rainier and onto roads and raised the level of the Nisqually River.

Hearings examine issues surrounding gas pipeline
A task force is meeting in Fairbanks to consider issues surrounding the building of a proposed natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

Anchorage leaders want changes to smoking study
Two Anchorage Assembly members want to make changes to a proposed study on the economic impact of a smoking ban that took effect Dec. 31.

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