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Monday, August 27, 2001

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.

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."

My smoke still rises
Well, folks, here we are in the year 2001 and the controversial subsistence issue is still unresolved. Thanks to Katie John to have had the courage to dispute the rules regulating subsistence fishing rights for Alaskan Natives.

Only a little better contract
Friday evening I received my copy of the tentative contract for teachers in the Juneau School District. In light of the August 16 Empire front-page article describing all the raises that city employees have received this year, I was expecting a contract that would compare to those of other CBJ workers.

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

Hard sell ahead
I am curious as to how Juneau is going to win back any support from its Southeast neighbors .

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

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

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.

School starts for teachers long before students arrive
The school year starts Wednesday, but classroom activities have been on the minds of some teachers since June. From beginners to veterans, those who want everything to start off right have been setting up their classrooms since early August.

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

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.

New students, new principals get set
Freshmen filled the stands at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym Friday morning and called out "eee," "aah" and "oh" before they realized they were being induced into singing "Old McDonald Had a Farm."

Jim Scholz withdraws from Assembly race
Candidate Jim Scholz withdrew today from the race for the District 2 seat on the Juneau Assembly and endorsed fellow candidate Randy Wanamaker.

Boat skipper dies at helm
A commercial fishing boat captain became unconscious and died and his crew had to abandon ship late Saturday night in Hawk Inlet 20 miles southwest of Juneau.

Bridge named after Zharoff
Fred Zharoff, former state senator from Kodiak, is being honored by having a bridge named after him. Zharoff died on Feb. 6 at age 57.

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

AROUND TOWN
Events in Juneau

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.

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:

Two power outages hit over weekend
Unrelated power outages around lunch time on Saturday and Sunday inconvenienced Juneau and forced motorists to maneuver through major intersections without the guidance of traffic lights.

Around Town
Today

Police and Fire
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.

June Irene Randall
June Irene Randall, a 28-year local resident, died Aug. 22, 2001, in Juneau.

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

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

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.

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.

White House, Congress must find the center
Early in the Bush administration, speculators suggested that the White House was tacking rightward when appointing conservatives like John Ashcroft and pushing tax cuts as a first issue so the president could turn later to the center. If that was indeed the strategy, then the moment has arrived for the president to define and claim a center-right position.

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."

Celebrate Russia's freedom
A decade ago, the fate of the Soviet Union's reforms - and, therefore, the world - lay in doubt as hard-liners launched the infamous August coup.

My Turn: Venting it's not just for the left anymore
Here is some advice for pro-business crusaders Kappler, Johnson and Skinner, and cheerleader-publisher Smith. It comes from that greatest of anti-Communist crusaders, Richard M. Nixon:

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.

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Sept. 1

Alaska State Football Polls
Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on by high school coaches and compil

'Missing Toenails' claim Nifty Fifty Relay
Sunday's inaugural running of the Nifty Fifty Relay was a comedy of errors for the three-man team known as Missing Toenails. But that didn't keep it from winning the 50-kilometer (31-mile) relay race from Sunshine Cove to Skaters' Cabin.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Sports activities

Juneau slides two spots in state's football polls
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team slipped two places in the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Football Coaches Polls released today, dropping from third last week into a tie for fifth place.

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.

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.

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.

Knowles drops Katie John case
Gov. Tony Knowles announced today that he will not appeal the Katie John subsistence case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which immediately triggered a call for his impeachment.

State Briefs
Second trip to view Arctic Rose yields more clues to accident; Kenai woman sentenced for assisting in rape of girl

Haines voters to face 2 copter issues on ballot
Haines residents should see two helicopter-related measures on the ballot this October, but whether they will help resolve the community's debate about helicopter skiing and tour flights is up in the air.

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