Sunday, August 19, 2001

Children's book features Rock illustrations
"Neeluk" is a children's book that waited six decades to be born. From 1900 to 1902, writer Frances Kittredge lived in the village of Wales, Ak., with her sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and William Lopp. The Lopps knew the Inupiaq language, taught school, and advised on reindeer herding.

In the Stacks
The Juneau Public Library system carries a large number of books on tape, both fiction and non-fiction. You can look for them by author or title, just like a book. Here's a taste of the new tapes hitting the shelves this week.

How Hurlock's Happy Hennery was hatched
Real estate, movies and hen fruit are woven together in the tale of a 1950s Mendenhall Valley chicken farm owned by Roger and Mary Hurlock.

Life down on the farm
Farming is hard work - and you can't skip a day. Hurlock's Happy Hennery began with about 15 acres and 500 Leghorns, but soon grew to a flock of more than 5,000 chickens housed in seven outbuildings. Every month or so, 500 more chicks would arrive.

Appropriate response
Mr. Thoma's response to our "guest editorial" was a very good example of the smoke that a small extreme group of people uses to confuse and misinform our population.

Negativism in capital debate is not OK
How our community deals with local public policy issues is going to influence how the rest of Alaska will vote on the capital move issue slated for the November 2002 ballot question if ballot petitions are signed by more than 23,000 Alaskans over the next 10 to 12 months.

California is still a golden state
As a third generation Californian I am so tired of being accused of ruining the great state of Alaska.

Dealing with bears
Garbage-related bear problems seem like such an ancient issue. While half of the world in bear country has dealt with it 20 years ago, Juneau is just bearly starting.

Stop polarizing
Enough already. It's time for local pro-development interests and the publisher of Juneau's only newspaper to stop dividing the community into "good guy developers" and "bad guy environmentalists."

Let's decide message, spread it far and wide
It's been sad to read Juneau's debate over the capital move in the media recently. It seems to me that the capital move is such a threat to Juneau's livelihood that our response to it should unify us, not divide us. Instead, the capital move has become a wedge in our community, and created a lot of finger-pointing and accusations.

Beason, 12, has Derby lead
Ryan Beason is only 12 years old, but he's already developing quite the fisherman's resume.

Institute immerses adults in Tlingit, Haida languages
Volunteer assistant instructor John Palmes, speaking in Tlingit and sometimes searching for the right word to describe what he was doing, slipped a bead on a string.

Around Town

Farmer opts out of Assembly run
Urban Bear Committee Chairman Mark Farmer said Friday that he won't run for a seat on the Juneau Assembly this fall so he can focus attention on the community's bear issues.

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

Near-record set of dry days ends
Juneau weather returned to normal Friday, when an afternoon shower ended the near-record spell of dry warm weather.

Diana M. Bennett
Diana M. Bennett died Aug. 11, 2001, in her home in Hawaii following a lengthy illness.

Albert H. Wiitala
Former Southeast resident Albert H. Wiitala, 83, died July 19, 2001, in Washington.

Picking a name for the tavern of your dreams is easy
Would you go into a place called Scatter's for a beer and a bowl of chili? How about the Salty Dog or the Birdhouse? Would you leave the highway and set foot in Action Jackson's, the Bore Tide or Halfway Inn? Alaska is full of interesting taverns, each with a unique identity.

Winners and losers
Thumbs up and a couple thumbs down

Are we putting history in a moving van?
If it makes sense to move Alaska's capital from Juneau to Mat-Su and to hold legislative sessions in an abandoned Wal-Mart, let's consider other potential relocations of similar merit:

Defense swings momentum to Juneau's favor
Heading into Friday's game against Bartlett, Juneau's defense knew it would have its hands full with the potent Golden Bears offense.

Nanseth gets wake-up call in Eaglecrest run
Karen Nanseth was running at a moderate pace, enjoying the ideal conditions for Saturday's Eaglecrest Hill Climb when she looked over and realized she was about to lose the lead in the women's race.

Soccer Standings
Capital City Soccer League

Juneau holds on to beat Bartlett
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team has one of the thicker playbooks in Alaska prep football, and Friday night the Crimson Bears used something from about every chapter to beat the favored Bartlett Golden Bears 14-7 at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Sports in Juneau

Hunting of wolves may start this winter
Wolves could be shot and killed as early as this winter in a state-sponsored predator control program to help moose.

Stevens voices concerns about gas line legislation
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens is concerned about federal legislation proposed by the oil industry to streamline permits for a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

DOT resists 2nd IFA ferry
The state Department of Transportation stands accused of breaking faith with a new ferry authority in the southern Panhandle.

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