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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Will mine supporters and tailings opponents reconcile?
You lost. Let it go. That's the message Juneau's legislators sent Wednesday to the environmentalists who fought mining company Coeur Alaska Inc. to the U.S. Supreme Court. The response?

Photos: Future Edisons
Tommy McCarthy kicks the ball while holding on to his teammates Conrad Kapsner, center, and Jeryn Knapp during a game of human foosball.

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

Around Town
Today, June 26

Halibut charters unlikely to win, D.C. judge says
A Washington, D.C., judge who denied Southeast charter operators' request for an emergency relief from a one-fish daily bag limit said they were unlikely to succeed in their lawsuit to revoke it permanently, based on the evidence she had.

Skagway man pleads guilty to attempted sexual assault
A 38-year-old Skagway man pleaded guilty Monday to attempted sexual assault in the second degree after a plea deal spared him of up to 30 years in prison for rape.

Chokers, chopping and climbing
After a two year hiatus, Juneau's mining and logging competition, the Gold Rush Days, are back in town.

Logging and its lost artisans
Logging technology and loggers live in a delicate balance. As technology improves, the skills and the men who use it become obsolete.

A brief history of mining, logging in the Juneau area
MINING

Mines, mills share common family ties
Jerry Harmon has been a miner for 36 years, since he first moved to Alaska. He's always worked for Alaskan companies but has been "loaned out" and worked all over the world, in Canada, Africa and Brazil. Except for a brief stint at an open pit mine, he's been a hard rock miner underground for all those years. And he wouldn't have it any other way.

Photos: Heated competition
Cal Richert, left, and Ralph "Animal" Austin compete in the men's log rolling event during the 2005 Gold Rush Days at Dimond Park. Austin edged out Richert to win the event.

Photo: Cow and sparrow
A song sparrow takes cover in a patch of cow parsnip Thursday in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge near the airport.

May Cecella Hobson
A Juneau resident for 80 years, May Cecella Hobson died June 23, 2009.

My Turn: Healthcare reform: The time is now
I awoke in the middle of a dreary February night covered in hives and barely able to breathe. Frantically, I stumbled across the hallway in search of help from my roommate who, upon assessing my condition (I have severe allergies), accompanied me to the nearby hospital emergency room. The physicians and hospital staff were attentive and within a few hours I emerged from my Benadryl-induced slumber ready to take on the next day of classes. Upon checking out I was surprised to learn that I owed nothing. How, you might ask, was I able to receive medical care - in an emergency setting, no less - at no cost?

Outside editorial: Keep Iran's protest alive
A s Iran's government shoots protesters in the streets and jails prominent political dissidents, calls are escalating for President Barack Obama to be more aggressive in confronting Tehran. Such an escalation might go a long way toward satisfying an enthralled U.S. audience, but the risks outweigh the benefits in terms of keeping Iran's protest movement alive. Obama is correct to exercise extreme caution.

'The Voice' claims another victim
The first thing that should be acknowledged about South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's admission to an extramarital affair is that it could happen to any of us. That is not an excuse (and no, it has not happened to me, or to my wife). Every married person has heard the voice; the one that says you deserve something "better."

Salinger: Inadvertent PR man for an obscure author
J .D. Salinger, as you may have read over the last few weeks, is inveighing against "phonies" yet again. Fifty-eight years since the publication of "The Catcher in the Rye" - indeed, 44 years since he published anything - the famously reclusive and litigious author, now 90, recovering from hip surgery and totally deaf, has taken legal action to stop the U.S. publication of a Swedish novel called "Sixty Years Later: Coming Through Rye." Subtitled "An Unauthorized Fictional Examination of the Relationship Between J. D. Salinger and His Most Famous Character," the novel depicts a 76-year-old Holden Caulfield, who meets his author and revisits various locations and characters featured in the original book.

Outside editorial: Jackson, a tragic figure
What felt the most shocking, as the first reports of Michael Jackson's death rolled out, was how expected the news was. Maybe not this day exactly, but if ever there were a Greek tragedy that seemed to be forming in the very first years of a man's life, this was it.

Murkowski picked for Senate Republican leadership
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been picked by fellow Republican senators as vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.

Paraglider plunges to ground
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Police say a paraglider who launched off of Mount Badly in Eagle River plunged to the ground after the parachute folded in mid-air.

State reopens trail closed for bear concerns
ANCHORAGE - The state has reopened a stretch of a popular trail closed earlier this month because of concerns of grizzly bear activity.

Committee votes to delay bridge project in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A joint state-city committee has voted unanimously to delay the Knik Arm bridge project by a few years.

Palin visits troops in Kosovo
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin is visiting U.S. troops in Kosovo.

Up on 'The Rock'
One day in early June, the Parks and Recreation hike made its annual pilgrimage to The Rock - the big, rocky peninsula across Mendenhall Lake from the visitor center.

Photo: Little League
Cardinals runner Luke Paden slides safely into second base as Angels shortstop Kenny Fox leaps for the toss during the first inning of Game 4 of the Major League's playoffs Thursday at Miller Field. The Angels beat the Cardinals 8-6 and will advance against the top-ranked Braves at the championship game Saturday, 5 p.m. at Miller Field. The AAA Minors championship game will also be held Saturday at 5 p.m. at Miler Field #2, while the Juniors Championship game will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Adair Kennedy Field. The Cardinals will play the Mariners Saturday for third place.

Southeast Roadrunners race standings
Ben Blackgoat Memorial Run

Sports in Juneau
ANNOUNCEMENTS

New attorney general lays out agenda
Alaska's new attorney general is confident in his ability to lead the Department of Law, and said his recent move to Alaska and little actual experience practicing law shouldn't be obstacles.

Glacier Bay extends vessel speed restriction
ANCHORAGE - It's a good summer for humpback whales cruising the chilly waters of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and park rangers would like to keep it that way.

Paroled murderer sought in Anchorage woman's death
ANCHORAGE - A man convicted of murder 26 years ago is being sought as a "person of interest" in the death of an Anchorage woman.

Pot bust yields more than 600 plants
FAIRBANKS - Two men have been charged with growing and harvesting hundreds of marijuana plants in rural interior Alaska, according to state prosecutors.

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