Wednesday, August 29, 2001

How'd they do that?
One of the highlights of the Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures tour is the upside-down trees used as planters.

Business Profile

On the move

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In the Tank

Paradise lost and found
Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures is here by accident and sheer will, said co-owner Steve Bowhay, and it stays open for the same reasons.

A burden lifted
Rep. Scott Ogan's impeachment movement is, by the history of federal subsistence rulings, approaching the subject wrong.

Road will mute critics
My compliments to your mayor, Sally Smith, for urging continued progress for a road between Juneau and Skagway.

Some more equal
The framers of the Alaska Constitution were not fools, but dreamers, believing that all Alaskans are equal, regardless of race. Subsistence is the right of all Alaskans who actually need it. It is a necessary supplement of food stores for many people, urban and rural.

Crossing a line
Ginny Fay's Aug. 26 Letter to the Editor crossed the line of common sense and perhaps state law.

Studying light rail
For years I have thought a monorail or light rail system that ran from downtown, made a loop through the valley and returned downtown via the airport would offer Juneau a unique means of transportation. I would gladly pay a nominal fee to periodically ride such a system.

Equal rights
I applaud Patrick McGonegal for speaking out on Native issues. In the "politically correct" atmosphere of today, Patrick runs the risk of being labeled a racist or anti-Native. This tactic generally works to silence all who might not agree with those Natives who are diligently working to enhance their position in our society.

Discredited Democrat
Democrats in denial just won't admit that their soiled reputation could possibly be linked to any capital move issue. Recently Kim Metcalfe wrote that not more than a hundred people in Juneau would be in favor of a capital move. However, in 1994, more than 800 of her fellow Juneau residents did vote in favor of moving the capital - probably hoping that people like her would move with it.

Knowles' legacy
Since statehood, every Alaska governor has sworn to "support and defend the constitution of the State of Alaska." Only one man, Tony Knowles, has knowingly broken that solemn pledge for plainly political reasons.

Support sought for a Native way of life
I have spent 30 years on this planet and the majority of that in Southeast Alaska. I have experienced many facets of prejudice; many times coming from people who purported to be my friends or from individuals who just didn't care for Alaska Natives.

B-and-B plan riles neighbors
Juneau's Planning Commission has approved a new four-bedroom, 10-person bed-and-breakfast near Auke Lake, but its future neighbors have not.

Around Town

SEARHC begins project to replace Angoon medical clinic
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium began design work this month on a new medical clinic in Angoon. Groundbreaking is planned for spring 2002.

Speed limit cut to save humpbacks
In the wake of the killing of a humpback whale by a large ship, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve has limited the speed of vessels in part of the park.

'Bear-proof' shed traps hungry bruin
Friday was garbage day at the Fagerstrom's Lemon Creek home. It also was the day an uninvited guest decided to visit their supposedly bear-proof garbage shed.

Accused sex offender sentenced to 2 years
An accused sex offender was ordered to serve about two years of prison time Monday, although he maintained he did not commit a sexual assault.

Strong runs in 2001
Most species of salmon are returning to Southeast in force this season, but prices are down and fishermen are disappointed by a low catch of chum salmon, considered a valuable fish by net fleets.

Making the big step to middle school
Larry Gilfillan, a new sixth-grader at Floyd Dryden Middle School, was nervous as he waited for the doors to open at 8:15 on the first day of school.

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

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Around Town
Today

Knowles: No appeal of lawsuit
Gov. Tony Knowles announced Monday that he will not appeal the Katie John subsistence case to the U.S. Supreme Court, immediately prompting one Republican opponent to call for the governor's impeachment.

Fish and Game captures bear, prepares to move it
Officials with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game trapped a young black bear in Lemon Creek this morning that they plan to move by boat to the Taku River area, department wildlife biologist Neil Barten said.

Teachers' contract offers two years of raises
The proposed contract for Juneau's teachers offers pay increases of at least 4.5 percent in the first year, and 4 percent on average in the second year.

3 rescued from sinking vessel
Three fishermen were rescued Monday night from a sinking vessel about 50 miles southeast of Yakutat.

Close encounters with bears
The city's Ad Hoc Urban Bear Committee can go back to work under an order from Juneau Mayor Sally Smith today. The change comes as community members express worries about children chasing bears in the Lemon Creek area.

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

Camp serves and is served by many
With 65 different Juneau organizations availing themselves of the Eagle River United Methodist Camp it may be one of the most-often used facilities of its kind in the state.

Kirkhams to celebrate 25th
Phyllis and Lynn Kirkham were married Feb. 1, 1976, in Salem, Ore.

Neighbors Briefs
Volunteer Web site launched; Students conduct fieldwork; Preschool program offered; Therapeutic music classes; Human rights nominations

Senior Menu
The following meals will be served next week. These meals and Care-a-Van transportation are available to all senior citizens (age 60 and over).

Thank you
...for help with clinic; ...for supporting march

Pet Of The Week
Samantha is a 3-year-old black, medium-hair, spayed and declawed female who has been waiting a lon

Long-lived, related plants make a neighborhood
Looking at a neighborhood is like using old diaries to trace the movements of a lost family member - just faint hints of happenings and traces of appearances. Occasionally a clear clue appears, but the story is so hazy that there could be many branches of the truth.

Curtis Gordon Shattuck
Pioneer Juneau resident Curtis Gordon Shattuck died Aug. 24, 2001, surrounded by his family.

Shirley 'Tina' June DeMayo
Former Juneau resident Shirley June DeMayo died Jan. 18, 2001, in Idabel, Okla.

Ernest Emil Bucich
Ernest Emil Bucich, 63, died Aug. 27, 2001, at his home in Juneau.

Perception of us can make a difference
I remember 30 years ago a Juneau that was smaller, less global and warmer in spirit. Those with opposing political views were nice to each other and folks used to wave at each other. However, one thing that never seems to change is the capital move issue. Anchorage has, in all my life, harbored capital move feelings among a good chunk of their constituency since statehood.

Word of Mouth

Juneau gets religion, again, as threat looms
The following editorial appeared in Voice Of The (Anchorage) Times on Aug. 25: Once again Juneau is getting religion. It does it every time there is a movement afoot to move the capital or relocate the Legislature. This time it's the latter proposal that has the Juneau merchants and local political leaders beating the drums for an old-time revival meeting in a big tent filled with loud music and loud orations. Hallelujah, y'all come.

My Turn: State supports Inter-island Ferry Authority
As a critical part of the comprehensive Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan, the state of Alaska strongly supports the Inter-island Ferry Authority (IFA). We are proud of the success of our cooperative partnership in recent years and are working for its continued growth in the years ahead.

Steps toward healing the urban-rural divide
The decision by Gov. Tony Knowles not to appeal the Katie John case again was a good if less-than-perfect decision on behalf of the people of Alaska.

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.

Monagle, Cumlat named co-MVPs
Two Juneau-Douglas High School senior boys basketball players -- forward-guard Ryan Monagle and guard Julius "Junior" Cumlat -- shared co-Most Valuable Player honors at the Wayne Morgan Basketball Camp held Aug. 13-17 at Long Beach State University in California.

For the 'love' of tennis
Summers are traditionally the time when school-aged kids get to kick back, sleep in and just enjoy the best three months of the year. But for Alejandro Sadighi, this summer meant traveling throughout the Midwest and Pacific Northwest to compete against some of the best tennis players in the country.

Sports in Juneau

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Sept. 1

State fair feels ripple from virus outbreak
PALMER - Visitors to the Alaska State Fair are being kept back from livestock as an extra precaution against an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease similar to the one that occurred in Britain over the past year.

Contractor begins prep work for missiles at Fort Greely
ANCHORAGE - A contractor for the Army began clearing land at Fort Greely on Monday for an anti-ballistic missile site.

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