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Thursday, August 30, 2001

Entertainment Calendar

What's in store for fall
Fine art, found art, foreign films and jazz harp are part of the entertainment line-up this fall in the capital city. Visiting authors will read and talk about their work, dance instructors will teach the Tango and dozens of concerts and art exhibits are in store in the coming months.

Jamming on the harp
Oppermann writes his own music, builds his own instruments and creates an unusually eclectic sound

Let's pull together on subsistence issue
I wonder if my fellow Alaskans know the percentage of fish and game that is taken through the practice of "subsistence." It is about 1 percent of all fish and game taken.

Endless possibilities
There they go again - those wacky Anchorage greenies and other fellow travelers bent on stopping development. This time though, they've gone too far.

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.

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

Governor treasonous; Empire editor naive
How naive of you in your editorial of Aug. 29. The framers of our constitution made it difficult to change the constitution's protections, for majority and minority alike, so current whims and present day political correctness did not deny certain rights to all.

The official word
The "Venting" My Turn from Mark Regan in last Monday's Empire deserves some follow up. Regan asks for proof of "official" community opposition to development in the southeast region.

Subsistence is part of our Native spirit
I am appalled by the shallow-minded viewpoint of some of those who write to the Word of Mouth, but none has angered me more than Patrick McGonegal's letter on Aug. 24. The mentality that exists with a portion of the urban population such as his will continue to bitterly divide the state between the rural and urban populations.

Wanamaker can help with Legislature issue
As the local election approaches, an important consideration will be how candidates for the Assembly might contribute to the coming campaign for retaining the Legislature in Juneau.

A simple message
Affirmative Action is a dormant issue, but still needs debating and deliberation. Affirmative Action may well lead to new insight to help resolve the issues we face today in Alaska.

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.

Internet changing library use
Juneau residents are visiting public libraries more often but aren't using them the same way they did a decade ago, according to librarians.

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.

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.

Looking toward a new library
Richard Cavanaugh, 13, and his brother Chad Guerrero, 12, visit the Mendenhall Valley library about three times a week. They live a couple of blocks away and stopped by Monday afternoon with little brother James, 5, in tow to check out Super Nintendo codes on the Internet.

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.

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.

Bear killed by bow, arrow
Officials today were investigating the death of a black bear killed by an arrow in the Churchill Trailer Park in Lemon Creek.

Vaccines hold up students
Several hundred children in Juneau got a late start on classes the first day of school Wednesday because they didn't have all their vaccinations or proof they had the shots.

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

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

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.

'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.

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

Around Town
Today

Around Town
Today

Man who brandished a gun in church pleads guilty to charges
A man who threatened to shoot himself while holding police at bay at a church on Glacier Highway in April pleaded guilty to a charge of felony assault Wednesday.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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).

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Bush's choice is a worthy break in tradition
In his smart break with tradition, President Bush has chosen well in nominating Air Force Gen. Richard Myers to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, now head of the Miami-based U.S. Southern Command, vice chairman.

Fish report
Last week about 85 percent of sport fishing effort was concentrated on salmon fishing, with most anglers targeting coho. Folks trying to catch a halibut accounted for only 15 percent of the total rod hours.

Hunted by swarms of hunters and mosquitoes
It was the last day of moose season, and Earle and I were still quite a ways from our truck. We were slowly hauling the medium-sized moose across the tundra. It was cut into quarters and we had big pieces in game bags in our packs on our backboards.

Talk who?The river that runs past us
Juneau residents are familiar with Taku the ferry, Taku the winds and Taku the inlet. A few even work their way up the base of the river, where fresh water tumbles across the border from Canada.

Out and About
What's in season, what to do, and what else is the woods.

Taku River draws National Geographic to Juneau
The Taku River is becoming better known outside Alaska. Already major newspapers in the U.S., England and Canada have featured the Taku, including The Washington Times, The Guardian, and The Globe and Mail.

Paddling and politics in the wild
When Ian Kean loads a raft for a trip down the Taku River, he brings gourmet food, wine and a heavy environmental agenda.

Crimson Bears older and wiser
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team is hoping older and wiser means better performance as the Crimson Bears prepare to open their season this weekend at the Sitka Jamboree.

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Sept. 1

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.

JSA softball champs seek donations for National Qualifying Tournament
The Excalibur Drilling & Blasting/Northern Lights Development men's softball team is seeking donations in order to participate in the National Softball World Series Qualifying Tournament held on Sept. 20-23 in Portland, Ore.

Sports In Juneau
Saturday, Sept. 1

Ships cited for labor violations in Seward
The Immigration and Naturalization Service is citing cruise ships for allowing foreign nationals to handle cargo at the port in Seward.

State Briefs
Police check underage tobacco sales; Duck season begins Saturday; Prison term set for importer of nude dancers; Doctor sentenced in sex-for-drugs case

BP exec talks about pipeline
Oil companies evaluating whether a natural gas pipeline should be built from the North Slope to the Lower 48 have not yet found a project that pencils out, a BP Exploration (Alaska) executive said this week.

Seward inmates carve 30-foot totem
Inmates at the Spring Creek Correctional Center have finished carving a totem pole that represents all Natives.

Dangerous ice arches threaten glacier hikers
Kenai Fjords National Park has canceled nature walks at Exit Glacier near Seward to keep visitors away from potentially deadly ice caves and arches.

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