Monday, September 3, 2001

In the Stacks
Not all of these gardening books are brand-new, but they are all hidden gems that Juneau gardeners ought to know about.

A few words on behalf of water
What do copper brake linings have to do with pollution? How can fertilizer sound a death knell for the world's oceans? What is the relationship between the expanding size of container ships and deep-channel dredging? What does the Navy do with its trash from ships at sea? How did the bombing of Pearl Harbor speed up ocean research?

Trail Mix: Growing with Juneau's trail system
Trail Mix, Juneau's multi-agency trail management group, has been clearing, building and maintaining local pathways since 1993. What began as a small group of volunteers brushing trails is now even more of a force to be reckoned with, actively working in the planning and policy aspects of the Juneau trail system.

Trail Mix's latest projects
As Trail Mix has grown, volunteers and others have done repairs and upkeep on the majority of Juneau's trails. In recent years, their efforts have resulted in a number of trail improvements and upgrades.

A lesson from history
Remember the French Revolution? The peasants were starving and Queen Marie Antoinette, when told that the disenfranchised had no bread, supposedly said, "Let them eat cake."

Tout accomplishments
Wow! The Voice of the Times article on Aug. 25, was right on the mark to a point. Yes, some of our fellow Juneauites have, since the last capital move vote, celebrated the closing of the Tongass to logging, killed the opening of the AJ mine, attacked the cruise industry, voted against building a road to Juneau and are after the new NOAA facility. But the editorial from Anchorage paints us, unfairly, with a broad brush.

Floating museum?
All good things come to an end, for ships no less than any other thing or events. Surely and sometime soon the long and distinguished career of the USCG Cutter Storis (WMEC-38), as a commissioned ship will end.

'One of the few who carried the banner'
Had it not been for a cadre of concerned citizens such as Curtis Shattuck, Juneau might lack jet service and the Legislature could be convening in Willow.

Legal woes over lower BAC limit
Alaska's new lower blood-alcohol limit for drivers has some in the legal community worried.

Local Briefs
What's open and closed on Labor Day; Cutter Sweetbrier decommissioned

Photo: A show of support
Women Runners and walkers start the 10th Annual "Beat the Odds" Women's Run Against Breast Cancer on Saturday morning at Mendenhall River Community School.

Construction continues as school year begins
Summer is over but construction work continues - or is yet to start - in some Juneau schools.

Around Town
Today

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

Tougher drinking limit takes effect
If a couple goes to a restaurant and shares a bottle of wine over dinner - do they now have to take a taxi home to avoid arrest under a stricter alcohol law which took effect Saturday?

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

My Turn: D.O.T. means Department of Trouble
When the Southeast Conference holds its annual meeting in Prince Rupert Sept. 18-20, members will ask state Department of Transportation officials what happened to the promises and why the changes in the Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan.

My Turn: Alaska Committee making Juneau a capital city for all Alaskans
Many Juneau citizens are familiar with the Alaska Committee and may have participated in some of our past battles to retain the capital in Juneau. Now we are facing the threat of losing the Legislature if a citizen initiative gains enough signatures and is placed on the ballot in 2002. It may be helpful to place some of these events in context.

Door-to door-fundraising, dark chocolate and life lessons
(Bing, bong . . . ) "Hello, we're raising money for our team to go to the

My Turn:'What must be done?' Find the answers here
This rag is delightful! It has nothing to do with a smart editor or a competent staff. It is the newsworthy stuff that this community generates.

Flightseeing operators deserve support
The deadline for public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement concerning helicopter landings on the Juneau Icefield is drawing near. Last fall a clear majority (70 percent) of local residents voiced their support of this important segment of our tourism industry by defeating a measure that would unduly limit flight activity.

Emotions flow
The runners in Saturday morning's two cancer races wore their hearts on their sleeves, and on their chests and on their bib numbers, too.

Crimson Bears run wild
The Juneau-Douglas High School cross country teams ran away with the Homer Invitational on Friday, sweeping both team and individual victories. Heidi Denton ran her best race of the season in winning the three-kilometer girls race and Jesse Stringer won the 5K boys race for the Crimson Bears.

Juneau stays perfect, defeats Chugiak 31-20
The embarrassment of riches showcased by the fifth-ranked Juneau-Douglas High School football team in its 31-20 victory over No. 2 Chugiak on Saturday afternoon made it hard to pin down the Crimson Bears' most impressive asset.

Sports In Juneau
Sunday, Sept. 2

Juneau volleyball teams dominate Sitka Jamboree
Four Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball teams all finished with winning records at the Sitka Jamboree held Friday and Saturday at Sitka High School.

Girl, 18, airlifted after car accident causes head injuries
A one-car accident in Kake injured four teenagers Thursday night.

Louisiana senator says she will back ANWR drilling
A key member of the Senate committee considering drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has announced she will support pro-development forces.

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