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Saturday, August 17, 2002

Alaska's wilderness is unique, important
I wanted to contact you regarding the Alaska Board of Game. As a lover of wildlife, I realize there are also other opinions, but all opinions should be represented on the Board of Game.

MacKinnon is right
John MacKinnon's My Turn in the Aug. 13 Juneau Empire was right on the mark. Our interim city manager rightly argues that the City and Borough of Juneau should continue work on the Lena Point access road for the new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration facility.

Action is with Republican Party
The Alaska Republican primary is where the action is on Aug. 27. Twenty-two of the 31 contested primary races are on the Republican ballot. The other five primary ballots are either nearly blank or at least mostly void of contested races. The Division of Elections has not omitted anyone - no one filed for most offices on the other five ballots.

Closed primary results in confusion
The Alaska State Legislature passed a law requiring all political party primaries be closed. This means that persons registered in one of the six official political parties of Alaska will be required to use only that party's ballot in the upcoming primary election.

Photo: Nugget Falls recreation
David Wink, 11, and his dog, Roscoe, cool off in a pond next to Nugget Falls in front of the Mendenhall Glacier on Thursday afternoon.

FYI
Births

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

Woman helps Venezuela school bloom
For Juneau's Lindsey Bloom, who started a school in rural Venezuela last winter, necessity was truly the mother of invention."We didn't have paper or pencils or crayons," Bloom, 22, said. "All we had to work with was a room and some white chalk, so we had to get creative." She and her students - who numbered about 80 - used the objects they found around them. Cardboard boxes "were a dream down there," Bloom said. In the eager hands of her students, they were cut up and transformed into items from books to Valentines.

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

Lend-lease memorial receives $500,000
The campaign to build the Alaska-Siberia Lend-Lease Memorial recently received a $500,000 boost in the form of an appropriation from the U.S. Congress.The money will allow work to continue on the project, said Alaska-Siberia Research Center Director Alexander Dolitsky of Juneau. A design by Juneau sculptor R.T. Wallen has been selected tentatively for the memorial, which will be placed in Fairbanks to commemorate the efforts of Americans and Russians on the home front during World War II.

Wildes connect Juneau parents to Thai children
After their children were raised and away from home, Henry Wilde and his wife Anita thought their days of starting a family were over - but they had only just begun.Beginning in 1985 they would help start five more families, pairing orphans in Thailand with couples in Juneau. The Wildes have lived off and on for more than three decades in Bangkok, where Henry, 75, has worked as a physician at the U.S. Embassy and now teaches medicine at Chulalongkorn University.

Case's celebrate anniversary
Daren L. Case and Clynda A. (Luloff) Case celebrated their one-year anniversary on Aug. 12, 2002. Their wedding ceremony was held on a beautiful Sunday at Adlersheim Lodge.

Thank you
...for all the help; ...for the contribution; ...for your commitment.

Pass the potatoes, please
Potatoes were baked into cakes and grated over halibut for the Juneau Garden Club potluck on Aug. 8.Fifteen Garden Club members brought an equal number of spud-based dishes to the Potato Potluck. "We just decided that it's one crop that a lot of the Garden Club members grow," said Garden Club President Vivian Meyers.

Blackwell, Boozer marry
Cindy Nicole "CeCe" Blackwell of Durham, N.C., and Carlos Austin Boozer Jr. of Juneau and Raleigh, N.C., were married in a ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Cleggs Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Timberlake, N.C.

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

Patricia 'Patti' June O'Neill
Longtime Juneau resident Patricia 'Patti' June O'Neill died Aug. 14, 2002, in Douglas.

Juneau joins neighbors to support 'no action' alternative
Tomorrow is the deadline for public comment on the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) prepared by the U.S. Forest Service for wilderness recommendations on the Tongass.

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

Alaska All-Time Prep Football Leaders
The single-season Alaska all-time high school football leaders, as compiled by the Anchorage Daily News through the 2001 season. Season totals include playoff games.

Phelps sets world record in 400 IM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Michael Phelps and Erik Vendt shattered the world record in the men's 400-meter individual medley Thursday, but only Phelps would enjoy the victory.Phelps, of Baltimore, edged Vendt by less than two-tenths of a second, finishing in 4 minutes 11.09 seconds at the U.S. national swimming championships. Vendt's time was 4:11.27 seconds, still well-ahead of American Tom Dolan's former world mark of 4:11.76 in the event.

Bears seek revenge
The last time the Juneau-Douglas High School football team played the Dimond Lynx, the Crimson Bears were heavily favored as they'd just won the first Cook Inlet Football Conference regular-season title in school history and carried a 13-game home winning streak into the first round of the state playoffs.But the Lynx, who finished fourth in the CIFC during the regular season, eliminated Juneau from the playoffs as Dimond claimed a 31-0 victory en route to its second straight state championship.

Alaska High School Football Standings
Through games of Aug. 10

Annual farm tour boosts products grown in Alaska
DELTA JUNCTION - Gov. Tony Knowles said he made a phone call that could catapult lettuce from Alaska's fields into stores.Knowles said he called Sam Duncan, president and CEO of Fred Meyer Corp. in Oregon, to ask why the giant retailer was no longer selling Alaska lettuce. Knowles told him that Alaska agriculture needs his support. Knowles said Duncan was willing to help.

State Briefs
Hood, Sanford file for Assembly; Storm floods Chilkoot Trail; State jobless rate up in July

Cruise lines urged to fight viruses by cleaning more
ANCHORAGE - State and federal epidemiologists are urging cruise-ship companies to aggressively sanitize and disinfect their vessels to prevent viruses from spreading among passengers.After a series of viral outbreaks sickened hundreds of cruise passengers this summer, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the Alaska Division of Public Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued new guidelines.

Republicans charge Democrats with spending violations
ANCHORAGE - The chairman of the Republican Party of Alaska filed a formal complaint Thursday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, charging state Democrats with sloppy accounting and improperly sending party money to candidates.The Democrats' response to the allegations by Randy Ruedrich: categorical denial.

Anchorage police took 48 minutes to reach Godfrey home
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have disclosed that it took 48 minutes to find the home of former Public Safety Commissioner Glenn Godfrey the night Godfrey was fatally shot.Anchorage Police Chief Walt Monegan said Thursday the delay was caused by a problem with the department's 911 emergency system.

Poll: Voters still oppose moving the Legislature
Alaskans still want to know the price before they agree to pay for legislative sessions to move away from Juneau.In answer to an opinion poll last week, frequent voters gave a resounding "No" to the legislative move, and a "Yes" to being told the costs before they are asked to vote on it again. Almost as many hadn't read, heard or seen any coverage of the issue.

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