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


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

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.

Leck's release shows weaknesses in law
Jack Leck II had his parole hearing on Tuesday. The Parole Board revoked his parole. This is good news. And I want to thank everyone here in Juneau who took the time to sign a letter telling the Parole Board to keep him locked up.

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.

Post article unfair
A recent article in the Washington Post about a proposed timber sale on Gravina Island near Ketchikan did not meet the high standards of investigative reporting to which the Post normally aspires.

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

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.

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

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

Local Briefs
Driver hits tree after police chase and More construction planned for Treadwell

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

An article in Thursday's Empire about the release date for convicted child molester Jack Leck II, incarcerated at Juneau's state prison, requires clarification. The

A 55-year fishing tradition
Rudy Pusich left from Auke Bay on a boat owned by his son-in-law, John Rear. Dick Garrison left from Aurora Harbor on a charter boat skippered by Jeff Grant.

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.

Around Town

Panel offers ATV trail list
Amber Laudert welcomes a proposal to open new areas to off-road vehicles in Juneau. With little snow cover in town, she traveled to Haines last winter to use her snowmachine. Her four-wheeler sits dormant except when used as a snowplow in her yard.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Klein: Taking the wide view of life
Whether he's finding rare cameras under toilets or building an authentic steamboat, Ron Klein never stops seeking new experiences.

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.

Rohr, Clauder marry
Frances Clauder of Juneau and Daniel Rohr of Vader, Wash., were married in a ceremony on Aug. 3, at high tide, on Shelter Island.

Photo: Connections
While attending a World Health Organization conference in Geneva recently, longtime Juneau resident Dr. Henry Wilde revealed to colleagues that the 'African statue' just outside WHO headquarters was actually the work of Juneau artist Skip Wallen.

Letter: Smoking ordinance in Anchorage is not working
Our 7-month-old No Smoking Ordinance in Anchorage is alive, but not well!

Jim and Stephanie Arnoldt, congratulations on your commitment of 30 years together.

Thank You
...for library support and for picnic help

Neighbors Briefs
Veggies, flora on display; School lunch program; Preschool open house; Annual dinner, auction

Morr, Kazama marry
Stephanie Morr of Vienna, Va., and Andy Kazama of Juneau were married in a ceremony on June 16 at the Vienna Presbyterian Church in Virginia.

Kindness nourishes the soul
I was in the Seattle airport last month in a hurry to meet a friend. On my way to the south concourse where the TWA flight was to arrive, I was stopped at the top of an escalator. The reason I was stopped was that there was an elderly foreign woman trying to make her way up the "down" escalator.

Mary Abella Egsgaard
Longtime Juneau resident Mary Abella Egsgaard died Aug. 17, 2001.

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.

Japan's bitter symbolism
To Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, a visit to the Yasukuni Shrine may have seemed a simple thing. Leaders should honor their nations' war dead.

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?

My Turn: Keep the capital, stop the creep
Are you happy with the way our elected officials are running this city? Are you concerned that we have lost our Southeast friends? Are you the least bit irritated that we live under the constant threat (40 years) of losing the capital? If you're like me, you're astonished and angry with our leadership and their actions.

My Turn: School funding should not be partisan
Recently, the Department of Education and Early Development released data that show an achievement gap in Alaska between students who are white and students who are minority. The report has prompted a number of comments.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Sports In Juneau
Friday, Aug. 17

JDHS runners open at Bartlett
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams open their season Saturday in Anchorage, competing at the Bartlett Relays against some of the best runners in the state.

Alaska High School Football Standings
Through games of Aug. 11

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.

Sports In Juneau
Today, Aug. 17

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.

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

Whale inquiry focuses on 1 ship
The National Park Service is following up on tips from passengers aboard a cruise ship that could have collided with a humpback whale last month.

Mayors sign petition to move session to Mat-Su
Three Matanuska-Susitna area mayors have signed a petition to move the legislative session from Juneau to their borough north of Anchorage.

Wind chill warmer with new formula
When the icy blasts of winter return to North America, those fearsome wind chill numbers won't sound quite as ominous as before.

Panel calls for a rural preference
Summit seeks ballot measure to solve subsistence quandary

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