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Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Posted: August 11, 2014 - 12:01am

Thumbs up to the 68th annual Golden North Salmon Derby! The Empire crew had so much fun on the water Friday, and we know all the fishermen, fisherwomen and volunteers did, too. A big thanks to everyone who makes this special family event happen year after year. After three exciting days, the derby closed Sunday evening. The Territorial Sportsmen board is doing the tallying now, and the official winners of the derby will be announced Tuesday afternoon.

Thumbs down to record amounts of rain. Juneau saw more than 3 inches of rain in the first 10 days of August, about double the norm for the period. This year’s summer weather has been more typical of autumn. Since June 1, more than 18 inches of rain has fallen on Juneau. The norm from June 1 through Aug. 10 is 9.42 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Here’s hoping for a little dry spell before we say goodbye to summer!

Thumbs up to Sophie Nylen, 8, who raised $1,787.24 for a family who lost their Twin Lakes home to a fire in late July. Sophie raised the money by playing her violin for donations in front of Marine View Apartments for one hour every day for six days. Kudos to Sophie and everyone who donated to the family after the fire.

Thumbs down to the Aug. 4 tailings dam failure at Mount Polley Mine in British Columbia. The incident allowed 10 million cubic meters of tailings water and 4.5 million cubic meters of fine toxic tailings into lakes and rivers in the Fraser River watershed. The mine is located about 400 miles from Ketchikan. The same company responsible for Mount Polley Mine is building another mine at the headwaters of the Stikine watershed, one of the largest salmon producers in the Tongass National Forest.

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