More towns plan for tourism
Tourism-related community planning is becoming more common, says Jim Howe, co-author of the book "Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities."

Juneau's tourism plan under way
The people working on Juneau's long-range tourism plan are seeking your opinion.

Planning for tourism
Jackson Hole, Wyo., at the gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, has struggled with tourism issues familiar in Southeast Alaska.

Frankie's in good company
I read Rob Skinner's recent My Turn (Aug. 17 Empire) with a bit of confusion and dismay regarding his attacks on Frankie Pillifant. As

Agreement: Equal citizens as a whole
At the governor's Subsistence Summit, Julie Kitka repeatedly stated that a promise is a promise. Although she and others co

Paperback beckons to a new generation
A review of "Goodbye My Island" by Jean Rogers (Alaska Northwest Books, paper, $9.95, 86 pages).

Smoking ordinance to get review
Juneau Assembly members on Monday will review a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in restaurants, offices, stores and other public places.

Ships in port Aug. 26-Sept. 1
Ships in Juneau's cruise ship harbor Aug. 26-Sept. 1

Events in Juneau

Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Medicare a mess for pharmacists
A bureaucratic battle over filing claims for medical supplies is brewing between Medicare and some local pharmacies, leaving patients in a paper quagmire.

Visitors don't faze Pack Creek bears
Long before Pack Creek visitors see any brown bears, they feel the bruins' presence.

Unusual harvest
Sven Pearson and his daughter Annika pose for a picture with their award-winning artichoke after the judging at the Ninth Annual Harvest Fair at the Community Gardens on Saturday. Pearson's artichoke won first place in the Unusual category and first place in the Largest & Unusual Division.

Pack Creek travel options from frugal to fancy
Guided trips are available to Pack Creek, but almost half the people who visit the bear-viewing area on Admiralty Island save money by arranging transportation and going on their own. The U.S. Forest Service and state Department of Fish and Game keep rangers and technicians at Pack Creek, who give directions and answer questions.

Could more trail signs save lives?
Chop Gully, the steep avalanche chute on Mount Juneau where a young tourist died this week after a fall, has been dangerous for other hikers over the years.

Recent rescues in Juneau
This is a list of some of the rescues and deaths that have occurred on or near hiking trails around Juneau since 1996:

Obituary: Steve Perry
Steve Perry, also known as Michael McKay, died July 26, 2001. His birth name was David Randall Blair.

Obituary: Kenneth G. Shudshift
Kenneth G. Shudshift, 75, died Aug. 21 of a heart attack at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. He wa

My turn column: Sit down together and solve subsistence
Last week, I had the honor of attending the governor's Subsistence Summit in Anchorage. The most important thing I learned is that the divide between Native and non-Native Alaskans is real, bitter and growing worse. The Native community views rural subsistence as a basic test of whether today's Alaska can incorporate and respect their traditional lifestyles and culture. Subsistence is important to many in Alaska, but for Native people in rural communities subsistence literally defines who they are. It is the way they have lived for thousands of years and includes traditions that hold families and cultures together.

Always more vulnerable than invincible
I can imagine the conversation. "Hey, Dad. While you and Mom shop I'm gonna hike up that mountain. I heard there's lots of trails. The sun's gonna stay up forever and it's so gorgeous today." "OK, son, but be careful. You don't know what's up there. It could be dangerous."

Empire editorial: A call to unity
Since members of the Juneau business community have come forth to vocalize their concerns about economic future of Juneau, the town has been engaged in a lively discussion with itself.

Alaska bachelors: Just another renewable resource
When I found out that a California casting company is in Alaska auditioning bachelors for a reality show, I got a little upset. I thought, here we go again, exploiting the myth of the surplus of single Alaskan m

Word of Mouth
In the old days we'd just shoot the problem bears and then there was no problem. We are talking about at most a half-dozen bears that cause all the problems. Why spend all those dollars for this dumb problem? We had a problem bear on North Douglas last year that ravaged for three miles and early this year someone had a lot of sausage made. This year and now, we have no problem. One bear.

Wise words rally Crimson Bears
ANCHORAGE -- It was one of those halftime speeches that completely turns a team around. It was scathing, it was inspirational and the timing was perfect.

Sports activities

Bears blitz Eagles in first JV home game
The shutout was spoiled on the final play of the game, but the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity football team still had a lot to be happy about after claiming a 44-6 victory over the West Anchorage Eagles Friday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Bears sweep Juneau Invite
In its only home meet of the year, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams claimed victory at the Juneau Invitational on Saturday morning at the Treadwell Mine Trail.

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