Saturday, July 3, 2010

Family escapes burning mobile home unharmed
Several adults and a six-year-old girl escaped unharmed from a fire that gutted their mobile home early Thursday morning.

Sealaska revisions fail to sway conservation community
Revisions to the Sealaska Lands Bill released by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski Thursday afternoon failed to soften opposition from conservation groups and disappointed Sealaska executives, who said they would lose economic opportunities with the concessions.

Closed for the holiday
Various businesses and facilities will be closed in observance of the July 4 holiday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Correction
An A6 jump page headline from an A1 story on Bartlett Regional Hospital on Wednesday was incorrect. It should have read "of 89 randomly selected employees, 12 percent personally felt a culture of fear," not "89 employees randomly selected personally felt a culture of fear."

Photo: Fresh fins
Mark Smith, left, and Gary Isturis help unload fresh salmon from the F/V Tenacious at Taku Smokeries Wednesday.

Photo: Positioned for opportunity
Eagles perch atop the Juneau Empire building on 3100 Channel Drive Thursday. The birds often wait for fishers on the docks across the street to catch and clean salmon, then they pick up the scraps.

Dirk Henry Dykstra Sr.
Longtime Nikiski resident Dirk Henry Dykstra Sr. died of natural causes on June 25, 2010 at his home with his wife by his side. He was 81.

June Carol Baker
Longtime Juneau resident June Carol Baker passed away at home in Juneau on June 30, 2010. She was 71.

Surrender is not always cowardly
As we celebrate the signing of our famed Declaration of Independence this week, we might also consider that America wasn't really a free nation until after the Revolutionary War ended. We have to remember that the British fought for six years to keep the 13 colonies under their rule. What if they never surrendered? It's an interesting question because the issues before their Parliament then are quite similar to what our Congress faces today in Afghanistan and in regard to our own global empire.

Soccer is growing slowly, but steadily in U.S.
Every four years, as the global ritual of the World Cup begins, we go through our own national ritual: debating the place of soccer in our culture. More than any other sport, soccer polarizes this country. Many love it, and hope the World Cup will finally persuade others to as well. Others criticize it for being boring, too theatrical, unfair, even un-American.

Soccer is egalitarian extremism run rampant
Maurice Edu broke through a mob of world-class Slovenian wrestlers to punch the ball into the net for an American victory. Koman Coulibaly, the referee, saw the muggers but chose to blame the victim instead. No goal! No replay! No explanation!

Alaska editorial: Serious issues require serious discussion in 2010 campaigns
The following editorial first appeared in the Kenai Peninsula Clarion

Club makes range accessible for all
Members of the Juneau archery community gathered Monday for the Juneau Archery Club's ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the reopening of their outdoor shooting trail and new handicap-accessible range, which was renovated this spring.

Guide books offer clear, concise tips on lichens, insects
Two new ultra-local and outdoor-focused books penned by resident experts have now hit bookstores around Juneau.

Tidewater glaciers on the move
When I first arrived in the fiords in the early nineties, I jealously guarded their secrets, fearful that publicizing the place would lead to overcrowding and lost wildness. But I feel differently today. In fact, I now wish more Juneauites knew about this special place. So, once monthly this summer, I'll share my experiences in Tracy and Endicott Arms in the Empire, hopeful that it inspires you to come have a look.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'Auke'
This whale is named since it's the only whale I'm aware of that ventures into Auke Bay Harbor to feed. She brought her calf into the Auke Bay Harbor with her in 2007. Since, the calf has been named "Tee" after Tee Harbor.

Paddling in Sitka: First installment
The ferry arrived punctually at the Sitka terminal, and a little later we launched our loaded kayaks from the nearby boat ramp. The water was smooth and the weather was fine, but we didn't go very far that first afternoon, on the theory that an early camp would serve as a "shakedown" opportunity - getting all the bits and pieces of gear in the right places. Then we headed into the many channels on the north side of Sitka Sound.

Outdoor Explorers camps in full swing
JUNEAU - Discovery Southeast is currently accepting enrollment for their Outdoor Explorers day camps.

Snagging illegal in saltwater at mouth of Auke Creek
JUNEAU - A small saltwater area in Auke Bay, immediately off the mouth of Auke Creek, is now closed to snagging and attempting to snag fish and remain closed through Tuesday, August 31.

Invasive weed hunt launched for prizes
JUNEAU - The Juneau Cooperative Weed Management team has launched a contest as part of Invasive Weed Awareness Week.

Forest Service asks campers to totally extinguish campfires
KETCHIKAN - With the holiday weekend coming up, lots of folks are bound to head outdoors for camping, hunting and other recreational activities.

Alaska Grown produce now being harvested
JUNEAU - The first commercial harvests of Alaska Grown produce are now occurring.

Museum Explorers Program now accepting enrollment
JUNEAU - Juneau's youth is invited for a week of history, art, environment and culture.

Wild shots
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Tides
Today, July 2

Douglas fire causes minor harm to home
JUNEAU - Juneau firefighters responded to a structure fire Wednesday evening on Douglas Island.

State buys land at Ward Cove
KETCHIKAN - The Alaska Department of Transportation has purchased 30 acres of property at Ward Cove in Ketchikan for use by the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Private pilot rescues man in Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE - A private helicopter pilot rescued a man whose boat sank in Cook Inlet.

Defense lawyers challenge bail law
ANCHORAGE - Alaska criminal defense lawyers are challenging a new state law that would curtail the rights of defendants to be allowed out on bail.

State ferry returns to service
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Marine Highway System officials say the state ferry Chenega is set to return to service.

Cruise association drops lawsuit
JUNEAU - The Alaska Cruise Association has dropped its lawsuit against the state over a cruise ship passenger tax.

University to host oil spill panel discussion
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast will host a panel discussion about the causes of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and how to prevent similar accidents on Thursday, July 8 at 7 p.m. in the Egan library on the university campus.

State Rep Doogan to undergo surgery
JUNEAU - Alaska state Rep. Mike Doogan's office hopes to know as early as Thursday night the outcome of the lawmaker's surgery to remove a brain tumor.

University closes nanotechnology office
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks has closed its nanotechnology office.

Crews remove fallen crane from Chena River
FAIRBANKS - Crews have finished removing a crane that fell into the Chena River and continue to clean up the fuel that spilled into the water.

Identity protection
More than 25,000 anxious public employees and retirees have signed up for credit protection services after a state contractor last year lost personal data on 77,000 current and former state, municipal and school employees, state officials say.

Companies settle with state over grounded tanker
ANCHORAGE - Tesoro Alaska Co. and a tanker corporation have agreed to pay the state nearly $430,000 to settle claims from the grounding of an oil tanker in ice-choked waters of Cook Inlet four years ago.

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