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Surprises on the Salmon Creek Trail

UPDATE: In only a few days, this trail has gone from do-able to downright amazing! It's true. A run up the trail on Friday, May 10 found a pathway almost completely devoid of snow (yeah a little squishy in spots).

With the return of the rain, this outing may be a great choice for those looking to stay off the snow and out of the mud. 


Under the canopy of the Southeast rainforest, the torrential downpour was nothing more than a mist. Through the trees, the rain could be seen falling sideways, as it was battered downward by the wind.

Does this make me a terrible person?

You know those movies in which the whole premise is an underdog sports team overcoming the odds and the challenges to take home a win and everything is so heartfelt and you are supposed to feel inspired and motivated and overjoyed? Least. Favorite. Genre. Inspirational sports films? No thank you.

But it goes further than that. Inspirational dance movies? Nope. Inspirational films about teachers reaching inner-city students? Cringe. There is something about the saccharine and cliches that makes me want to barf. 

My kingdom for a seat on Alaska Airlines

First you take away my peanuts, and now this?
New “slimmer” seats with plug-ins and USB ports and extraterrestrial sensors and insulin portals and, well, OK, you mentioned electrical outlets and ports.
You actually said 110-volt power and USB outlets.
And then, under your breath, “this allows Alaska Airlines to make available more passenger seats.”
Is that “Squeeze more bodies side by side to help fight intolerance among cultures, species and social upbringings?” Or just squeeze more bodies side by side to honor the holy dollar.

Little League opening ceremonies postponed

Due to Juneau's unexpected weather, the Gastineau Channel Little League has postponed its opening day ceremonies until Saturday, May 4th. First pitch festivities and scheduled games will not be played on area fields this weekend due to recent snow. The 2013 Little League season will begin officially on Saturday, May 4th, with Opening Day ceremonies at Adair Kennedy Baseball Field at 10 a.m.

My brief column in today's paper can be folded away neatly and reopened next week. Here it is:

A recipe for disaster in University Building fund

Today we printed a Ketchikan Daily News editorial suggesting Sen. Pete Kelly's SB74, which would establish a University Building fund, like the Alaska Public Building fund, would be a great way to reduce expenses and debt for the State of Alaska. 

"Collecting rent from the departments is an important feature of the fund because the university will encourage better use of space..." Kelly is reported to have said in this editorial.

In my garden...

I think my approach to flower gardening is fairly typical among those who live in northern climes-- once winter’s hold is broken, approach gardening with robust abandon!  Then, as the days get longer and summer rolls along, garden less and less, in direct proportion to whatever minimum effort is needed to keep the weeds at bay.  Don’t get me wrong—I love my garden and, at a minimum, I visit it every day.  But gardening is a lot of work and summer beckons with

Happy Tails--Albert & Eisha

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”  So begins the novel, “A Tale of Two Cities”.  But this is a story about two cats—cats with very different life stories, who are now living in “the best of times,” in spite of uncertain beginnings and ongoing challenges.

A good story is worth it, don't miss your chance

In August of 2012 I spent hours listening to Bill Overstreet tell his life story, from birth in a small Oklahoma town to current projects — the man was 86 and still had current projects! Tonight I answered the phone after hours to the news that he had died this afternoon. 

While you were sleeping...

After 2-5 months of hibernation, bears in the Juneau area will soon be getting up or are out of their dens already. Although hibernating, bears don’t necessarily sleep the entire time.  But, while in hibernation, they don’t need to eat or drink—a good evolutionary survival strategy during winter when food is scarce.  Long periods of inactivity seem normal to us when we think about bears, but what about humans?


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