Tlingit language survey under way
SITKA - In 2000, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization listed Tlingit as a critically endangered language.

Locals low-key about dangers of swine flu
With Friday's reports of the first two confirmed cases of swine flu in Juneau, residents are getting a chance to react.

Photo: Uncovering an eagle
Joe Young, left, and his brother, TJ, work on a 36-foot eagle totem pole Monday at the University of Alaska Southeast. The brothers, from Hydaburg, have until Sept. 1 to carve and paint the pole before it is erected on campus in 2010. Sealaska Corp. donated the 45-foot red cedar log for the project, which will be managed by Sealaska Heritage Institute.The pole will feature an eagle to represent all Eagle clans plus Shark, Wolf and Thunderbird.

Affordable Housing Commission seeks housing coordinator
The effort to bring more affordable housing to Juneau's market needs a full-time, dedicated person to coordinate it, the city's Affordable Housing Commission has decided.

Photos: Sidewalk in the sky
Justin Johnson, a maintenance mechanic at the Capitol Building, shovels debris Monday after a wall and office doorway were removed to make way for the new skybridge hallway between the Capitol and the Thomas B. Stewart Legislative Office Building, formerly the Scottish Rite Temple.

Photos: Flag Day
Aurora Ward, left, and Lisa Eldridge, both 7, blow into the flag Sunday during Flag Day ceremonies at Marine Park. The event was held by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 420.

Photo: Smoldering pilings at Merchants Wharf
Capital City Fire & Rescue firefighters pulled up planks from Merchants Wharf onMonday morning to put out a smoldering fire on the pilings beneath. "Fortunately, it wasmostly a nonevent. Had it been nighttime, no one around to notice it ... it could have been a different story," said Fire Marshal Dan Jager. A discarded cigarette probably started the fire, he said.

Photo: Letting her garden grow
Sarah Brinkley waters her garden of lettuce and radishes Sunday at the CommunityGardens. "I just love it out here," Brinkley said. "It's so peaceful."

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Terry Lee Bergman
Juneau resident Terry Lee Bergman died from injuries sustained in a car accident on March 20, 2009, in Kona, Hawaii. He was 67.

Elizabeth Lynne Smith
Former longtime Juneau resident Elizabeth Lynne Smith died on June 8, 2009 in Portland, Ore. She was 66.

Outside editorial: Economy shows sparks of life, but more problems could be ahead
The economy has shown sparks of life lately, with hopeful signs in the statistics about consumer spending, the housing market, new unemployment filings and the banking industry. Amid these encouraging readings, though, there are rumblings of bigger problems to come - problems exacerbated by Washington's response to the recession.

Alaska editorial: Looking inward for answers to fishing questions
Every year, thousands of fishing fans flock to Homer to drop their lines in the waters of Kachemak Bay, hoping to land the big one in the self-proclaimed halibut capital of the world.

My Turn: Kake: Have your forest and eat it too?
Whether it's fish, game, serenity or jobs, properly managed forests in Southeast Alaska can provide us what we need on many levels. In communities like Kake, which struggle against high unemployment and a high cost of living, finding ways to use local resources to meet local needs just makes sense. That is exactly what Kake residents and the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council proposed through the Kake Community Alternative to the upcoming Central Kupreanof timer sale.

Palin and Letterman
Did Sarah Palin not notice when late-night comedians were making fun of her daughter's pregnancy last fall, or did she simply get fed up with one-too-many cracks when a now-contrite David Letterman weighed in last week?

Roe decision hasn't met judge's initial intention
As we await the vetting of a new Supreme Court justice and abhor the murder of an abortion doctor, a little-remembered circumstance of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision is worth examining.

It's time we defended freedom of speech
Last month, I reported on a list of people banned from Great Britain compiled by Britain's Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

Online therapy
Living life online might make us more fractious and distracted and sad, but - luckily! - it can also make us feel better.

Ketchikan motorist indicted on four felony counts
KETCHIKAN - A 26-year-old Ketchikan man who led Alaska State Troopers on a high-speed chase has been indicted on four felony counts.

Gas pipeline hearing postponed to later this month
ANCHORAGE - State House committees have postponed an Anchorage hearing on proposed North Slope gas pipeline projects and Exxon Mobil's announcement that it is joining the TransCanada project.

Fishing boat grounded near Wrangell
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard reported a fishing boat with one person aboard grounded near Wrangell.

Point Lay takes first whale in 72 years
ANCHORAGE - A village on the northwest coast of Alaska is preparing to celebrate its first whale kill in 72 years.

Proposed Mat-Su facility aims to feed school kids
ANCHORAGE - Mat-Su officials hope a $12 million agricultural processing facility planned for the Valley will put more nutritious, Alaska-grown products in school lunches, institutional and military dining halls, and on retail grocery shelves.

Alaska city changes fireworks ordinances
WASILLA - The four prominent fireworks stands along the Parks Highway near the city of Houston likely will not see any competition soon.

First chinook pulse in Yukon River expected any time
FAIRBANKS - State Fish and Game Department officials say the first pulse of king salmon heading up the Yukon River is expected any time.

Fuel recovery operations on hold in Alaska inlet
ANCHORAGE - Fuel recovery operations from a sunken boat in Alaska's Cook Inlet are on hold.

Coast Guard's Alaska district command to change
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard's Alaska district is getting a new commander.

Assembly interested in hiring solid waste coordinator
JUNEAU - Anxious to make a decision about what Juneau will do about its trash, elected officials gave an initial go-ahead Monday for the city to hire a solid waste coordinator.

Glacier park's ice fields may be gone by next decade
BILLINGS, Mont. - On the eve of Glacier National Park's 100th birthday, some of its distinctive features - glaciers - are disappearing and may not be around for the park's bicentennial party.

Tides stymie fuel removal from sunken vessel
ANCHORAGE - Divers began removing fuel from a sunken oil field supply ship in Alaska's Cook Inlet Sunday, but the work was soon halted when the inlet's notorious tides stated rocking a vessel being used as a staging area.

Exxon ordered to pay $500M more for 1989 spill
ANCHORAGE - Exxon Mobil Corp. was ordered Monday to pay about $500 million in interest on punitive damages for the Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska, nearly doubling the payout to Alaska Natives, fishermen, business owners and others harmed by the 1989 disaster.

Permanent fund gets new trustee
Gov. Sarah Palin appointed a former Anchorage legislator to a seat on the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation's Board of Trustees on Monday.

Oysters in deep trouble
WILLAPA BAY, Wash. - The collapse began rather unspectacularly. In 2005, when most of the millions of Pacific oysters in this tree-lined estuary failed to reproduce, Washington's shellfish growers largely shruggedit off.

Sick sea critters aided by Marine Mammal Center
FORT CRONKHITE, Calif. - A recent surge in weakened and malnourished sea lions found along the Northern California coast is mystifying scientists and keeping workers hopping at the newly expanded Marine Mammal Center here.

Fairbanks dedicates new virology laboratory
FAIRBANKS - A new $32 million state virology laboratory in Fairbanks is helping health officials track disease in Alaska.

High court strikes down Valdez tax on oil tankers
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down as unconstitutional a tax that the city of Valdez imposed on oil tankers loading crude oil from the southern terminus of the 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline.

Denali draws diverse climbers
DENALI NATIONAL PARK - On any given day, base camp at Mount McKinley is the most diverse place in Alaska. Climbers challenging North America's tallest peak run the gamut from local men exploring their backyard to international post-doctoral students avoiding the real world.

Fairbanks man pursues nuclear power module
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man is trying to bring nuclear-powered electricity to the area.

Alaska company, road focus of History Channel's 13-part TV series
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's Haul Road is the basis for the new season of the History Channel's "Ice Road Truckers." And drivers from Alaska-based Carlile Transportation Inc. are the stars.

Smolt die before release at Homer lagoon
HOMER - An estimated 40,000 late-run silver salmon smolt died in the holding area of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on the Homer spit.

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