Responding to need
I wish to acknowledge and thank the administration's commitment to the Senior Assistance Program and the speed with which it has funded all the 11,000-plus applications received. The actual needs proved far greater than anyone could have imagined and the numbers far greater than any would have dared to project. The speed of the response is reassuring, for in this generous act, the administration has shown it, too, agrees that no one in need should ever be left behind. It's a beginning that is welcomed.

Photo: Welcome home
Linda Rusaw rushes to welcome her son, Spc. Will Rusaw, 22, home Wednesday night after his return from 1012 months in Iraq with the 30th Infantry. Rusaw, a 2000 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, is returning to Juneau for the first time in three years. "I'm just going to enjoy my leave and get back and ready to go train," said Rusaw, who will be home for 20 days before returning to Fort Stewart in Georgia.

Greenpeace ship headed to Juneau, denied dock space
Representatives of the environmental advocacy group Greenpeace will stop in Juneau today as part of a public relations campaign against logging in the Tongass and Chugach National Forests.

LIfe events in Juneau.

Revving up for the 57th derby
More than 2,500 people are expected to hit the waters for the 57th Golden North Salmon Derby this weekend, including a teenager who will be trying to bring in the biggest fish for the third straight year. "A lot of people forget that in 2000, I came in third place," Ryan Beason, now 14, said this week after returning from a commercial fishing trip with his father.

Police & Fire
Reports by Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Stray shots from wetlands prompt hunting permits
Waterfowl hunters must be permitted by the state before hunting in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge this year because of complaints about stray gunshots hitting nearby homes in recent years. The permit requirement is an effort by the state Department of Fish and Game to educate hunters about the housing developments near the refuge.

Rules define when, where anglers can fish
If the 57th Golden North Salmon Derby has a golden rule, it involves having a good time and turning in even smaller king and coho for the scholarship fund, Susan Listberger, this year's derby publicity chair, said. But anyone looking to win the derby will have to play by a set of rules.

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Douglas musicians, 1910
This photograph of the Douglas Island Band was taken in 1910, just eight years after the city of Douglas was incorporated with Juneau. In 1881, the town of Douglas was established as a mining community. Before that, Douglas had also been referred to as "Edwardsville," presumably after an early resident and miner, H.H. Edwards.

City library's display policy, location of case stir debate
The July arrival of a $1,700 display case at the downtown library marked the beginning of a new, public display policy for nonprofit groups at the library. But the case, purchased by the Juneau Public Libraries, has sat empty since it was installed in a corner of the adult reading room. That frustrates some community members who have argued against the new policy and the location of the case in the library.

Juneau Co-op Nursery School takes applications.

Cartographers: putting us in our place
We have a cartographer in Juneau. I say that with respect. Since men first traveled beyond the places of their birth to discover new lands and experience strange places, they not only wrote of their encounters but they made maps. When the explorers first came to Alaska, often one of their assignments was to chart the coast. Tsar Peter, when he sent Vitus Bering to determine whether Asia and America were separate continents in 1728, tersely told him to make a landing on the new land, obtain detailed information, draw a chart and bring it back to St. Petersburg.

A marathon thank you
Many thanks to the people and businesses that made the 12th Annual Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half Marathon our best success ever. 135 runners from four Alaskan cities, 15 other states, Canada and Australia completed the race, with many out-of-state runners traveling to Juneau specifically to run here.

Student recognitions
Hudson, Petershoare named to dean's list

Reflections from the story of Jonah and on choosing a vocation
On the first day of my college Hebrew class, the professor, an ancient linguistics Ph.D. with white hair that grew sparsely on his head and abundantly in his ears, gathered us around him and told us the old Hebrew story of Jonah and the whale. Jonah, Professor Hanson said, was a man afraid of what he was supposed to do with his life. News of his vocation frightened him so much that he ran away. And then the whale swallowed him, and Jonah was glad to be able to hide for awhile.

Randolph, Ostman to marry Saturday
Amy Randolph of Juneau and Johnse Ostman of Juneau will marry on Aug. 23, 2003. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the reception, which will follow at 4 p.m. at Eaglecrest Lodge.

Thank you
... for your donations

Peter John Sr.
Peter John Sr., Saaxaa of the Was'hineidi Clan, 76, died on Aug. 17, 2003, in Juneau.

Local Scores

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Bears ready to feast on some Moose
When the Juneau-Douglas High School football team hosts the Palmer Moose tonight, the No. 2 Crimson Bears will have a pretty good idea about what's coming.

Headlines from around the state.

Man discovers explosives under porch of new home
A man clearing out a Fairbanks home he recently purchased found a bag of explosives under the porch, authorities said. A bomb squad from Eielson Air Force Base detonated about 12 pounds of explosives early Wednesday morning.

Photo: Emigrating to Indiana
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Verena Gill gives a comforting scratch to Nerius, a 2-month old walrus, this week at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Nerius is en route from the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward to his new home at the Indianapolis Zoological Society.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

ACS misses deadlines in $92 million state contract for network overhaul
Alaska Communications Systems Inc. has run into snags with its $92 million, five-year contract to overhaul the state's telecommunications network, the company recently told federal regulators. State officials say ACS has missed some deadlines specified in the contract, which became effective in April 2002, but refused to provide specifics.

Movies where & when
"Open Range," (R) plays at 6:50 and 9:40 nightly at 20th Century Twin, with afternoon matinees at 2 daily.

Cosmic bowling
Channel Bowl has new lights, new paint, new approaches and a new sound system. But aside from the cosmic-themed exterior, there's another difference that longtime bowlers are noticing. "The oil holds up a lot better on the synthetic lanes than it used to," said Tim Powers, 19, an employee at the lanes with a high game of 238, a high series of 590 and an average of 170.

When you know the notes to sing...
Charmian Carr, who played Liesl Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music," has seen the audience-interactive "Sing-A-Long Sound of Music" more than a dozen times as a guest emcee. She was flattered the first time she saw someone dressed like her, at her first screening in 1999 at London's Prince Charles Theatre. But the best costume she's seen is a fan in San Francisco covered with black plastic goats, a tribute to Julie Andrews' song "The Lonely Goatherd."

What's happening
Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council Salmon Bake Fund-raiser, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, at Gold Creek Salmon Bake. Singers will be admitted free, although parents who accompany them will be charged $25. All interested in performing, call Girl Scout choir director Kathy Buss, at 586-1710 before Aug. 26.

And the geek shall inherit the Earth
In another time and place I worked in the company of a geek (which is a kind of ersatz typewriter repairman that came into being when evolution de-selected the Selectric) who, having stumbled into a discussion about the Founding Fathers, allowed proudly as how the country was, after all, "invented by dumb guys."

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