Mendenhall River principal candidates vie for job
Four finalists for the principal position at Mendenhall River Community School are in Juneau this week for a meet-and-greet with the community.

Learning to harness the wind
Mainsail billowing full, the sleek sailing vessel sliced through choppy waters Thursday afternoon, its small jib chattering in the brisk gusts. At the helm, the skipper's hands pulled the main lines hard, pressed her legs against the beam for support, and leaned back over the surging vessel's side-railing.

'Biggest summer ever' for Trail Mix
It's by far the biggest summer for restoration and work to Juneau's trail system in Trail Mix's 17-year history, says Trail Mix Executive Director George Schaaf.

Photo: Salmon identification
Ophelia Guy, 21 months old, points out a salmon swimming in the DIPAC fish hatchery on Thursday afternoon.

Photo: Seal ya later
A harbor seal checks out passing visitors on the Tracy Arm boat tour last week.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Alaska editorial: Registration check
With elections approaching, all the candidate advertising and chatter will stir the political souls of many Alaskans. By Aug. 24, even the most disinterested individual might be motivated to roll down to the local polling place and cast a vote in the primary election.

New Latin leaders should be role models for Obama
WASHINGTON - Imagine that Barack Obama, upon taking office in January 2009, had decided to deliver on his campaign promise "to end business-as-usual in Washington so we can bring about real change."

Difficult to deal with the axis of Hugo
WASHINGTON - When someone sticks his face in yours and shouts you're his biggest enemy, it's a good idea to take them at their word.

Dahlstrom's resignation the right move
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Mount Bona and the ghost of Will Hirst
When I first confided to family and friends my intent to try and climb, ski or hike in each of Alaska's great mountain ranges before my quickly approaching retirement (and possible relocation to warmer and drier climates) the general reaction was best summed up by my oldest daughter when she said: "Dad, would you care for an earring to go with that mid-life crisis?"

BioBlitz scientists tally new species on Douglas Island
It's been nearly two weeks since the first BioBlitz Southeast Alaska event was held in Juneau, but it will be many more weeks until all the data is tallied, the species logged and new findings revealed.

Paddling Sitka: Rain sends 'softies' home
A rainy night at the "bear park" left us with drenched tents to pack, but the next day was sunny. So we made a short day of it, found a lovely sandy beach, and spread everything out to dry. That night's camp area was distinguished by its crab populations. There were purple shore crabs of assorted sizes, scuttling in all directions, tussling with each other, and feeding oh-so-delicately on wee morsels of dead barnacles and mussels. Young Dungeness crabs buried themselves with astonishing rapidity in the soft sand.

Weekly Whale Feature: "Lumpy"
This whale can be distinguished by the "lumpy" appearance along the trailing edge of his tail.

Late reds pushing into the Kenai River
The late-run salmon on the Kenai River are coming in, giving some anglers hope in the otherwise slow, early days of July.

Annual Windfall Lake Challenge to be held
JUNEAU - Back Saturday is the Windfall Lake Challenge, a 13-mile trail race hosted by the Southeast Road Runners.

Two-day 'Relay for Life' this weekend
JUNEAU - The American Cancer society will host the "Relay for Life," a 24-hour, two-day event that will raise money for cancer research.

Saturday Wild heads up Mount Roberts
JUNEAU - The upcoming Saturday Wild hike, hosted by the Juneau Audubon Society, will head up Mount Roberts for a closer look at birds and flowers in the high alpine Saturday.

Widowed Persons group to tour Glacier Gardens
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons group will tour Glacier Gardens at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 16 as part of a special organized event.

Community Garage Sale at Centennial Hall Saturday
JUNEAU - Organizers of this year's Community Garage Sale are inviting local residents to sell unwanted, but gently used items at the event, in its fifteenth year, happening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall.

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Today, July 9

Earthquake shakes southcentral Alaska; no damage
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says a magnitude 5.0 earthquake has shaken Anchorage and other communities in southcentral Alaska but there were no reports of damage.

Airport Dike Trail closure announced
JUNEAU - The Airport Dike Trail will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic beginning Monday morning with an anticipated re-opening on Wednesday morning.

Young agrees to first debate of US House primary
JUNEAU - U.S. Rep. Don Young has agreed to his first debate of the Republican primary. It will be Aug. 10, in Fairbanks.

Man dies at Baranof Warm Springs near Sitka
SITKA - Sitka police are investigating the death of a 39-year-old Washington state man at Baranof Warm Springs.

Missing Fairbanks man found dead
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers say a Fairbanks man reported missing last month has been found dead.

Bear attacks bikers on Resurrection Pass Trail
ANCHORAGE - Three mountain bikers who were knocked down by a brown bear on the Resurrection Pass Trail were able to escape with minor scrapes.

Rapper Snoop Dog coming to Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Snoop Dog is coming to Fairbanks and tickets go on sale Friday.

Sitka to celebrate ninth of July fireworks
SITKA - Sitka is hoping three time's a charm for its Independence Day fireworks display.

Alaska gets new senior Army official
ANCHORAGE - Military officials say a general with a background in special operations is taking over as the top Army officer in Alaska.

Ouzinkie has a new airport
KODIAK - Ouzinkie's new airport is open for business.

Group plans panel discussions on Pebble Mine
JUNEAU - A nonprofit group plans a series of scientific panels to examine the potential impacts of developing a copper and gold prospect north of Lake Iliamna in the Bristol Bay watershed.

Former lawmaker Holm to join redistricting panel
JUNEAU - The five-member board that will redraw Alaska's legislative districts is nearly complete.

Sjoroos takes the helm of JDHS football
Remove the interim tag - it's official.

Ulmer, panel ponder BP's Gulf disaster
University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Fran Ulmer returned to Juneau on Thursday for a panel discussion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, and its future effects on Alaska.

Parnell appoints Bell to oversee economic development
Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Juneau's Susan Bell as the new commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

Dutch Harbor eagles swoop on people close to nests
ANCHORAGE - On a recent weekday, Allana Gustafson was pushing an empty mail cart outside the Dutch Harbor post office when she heard the beating of wings like heavy breathing behind her.

More freedom for Linehan
ANCHORAGE - An Olympia, Wash., woman accused of conspiring to kill a man in Anchorage has been given more freedom on bail while she awaits her second murder trial.

Nushagak River closed to sport king salmon fishing
ANCHORAGE - A world-class river for sport king salmon fishing is closed, leaving outfitters and guides wondering where all the big fish have gone as clients cancel and take their business elsewhere.

Strong chum salmon opening on lower Yukon
EMMONAK - Last week's commercial fishing opener on the lower Yukon River provided a shot in the arm to one of the nation's poorest areas.

Man tries to elude police by jumping into lake
ANCHORAGE - A 29-year-old Anchorage man who fled a traffic stop by jumping into a small lake and taking off his clothes was arrested after authorities fished him out.

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