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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Juneau knows better
Editor's note: this letter is in response to an article titled "US Chamber official warns of overreaction to BP's Gulf spill" that appeared in the Empire on July 21.

Miller parrots talking points to earn endorsements
Joe Miller, fast-talking slick lawyer, memorized the conservative talking points that popular talk show host Mark Levin promotes every night. Miller rattled them off to Levin and convinced Levin to endorse him for the U.S. Senate.

Coast Guard recognition
As the August 4, Coast Guard Day, approaches, I wanted to take a moment and recognize the service of the members of the Coast Guard who live here in our community.

Hospital unit renamed for influential doctor
At a crowded ceremony Thursday evening, Bartlett Regional Hospital's critical care unit was formally titled the Grace T. and Henry I. Akiyama, M.D. Critical Care Unit, after the doctor who helped pioneer many of the advances that formed it.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Photo: Bear crossing
A sow with three cubs of the year cross the Glacier Spur Road at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Thursday. Sockeye salmon have returned to Steep Creek and numerous bears have shown up in the past week.

Senate receives bipartisan blame for botching energy bill
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

The Navy should name a new warship after Rep. John Murtha - Con: Naming a ship after Murtha denigrates the Navy
WASHINGTON - Here's a tip: to get ahead in today's America, denigrate it.

The Navy should name a new warship after Rep. John Murtha - Pro: Murtha deserves the honor
WASHINGTON - The usual cabal of neo-conservatives and "swift-boating" attack hyenas are canting their usual claptrap in chiding the Navy for naming its 10th San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship the USS John P. Murtha.

Blacktails on the rebound
Spring was good to local deer, which may mean good things for hunters this season.

On the hook
Linda Augustine smiles next to a 224-pound halibut she caught on June 8 in the area of Hand Trollers Cove.

Wild shots
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Get off the 'rock'
As I sat on a cracked, plastic bar stool inside the Sourdough Bar in Ketchikan, I couldn't help but feel uncomfortable.

Local barn swallow broods
I like to go up around the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center for lots of natural history reasons, and one of them is to watch the barn swallows that nest in the pavilion, the bus shelter, on the sides of the center itself, and sometimes on the kiosk. The insect-catching adults swoop high and low, sometimes playing 'chicken' with the numerous cars and buses, which typically exceed the posted speed limits. Most of the thousands of tourists are oblivious to these birds, but a few do pay attention.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'Frosty'
Frosty is named for her light-colored tail, which is white like winter frost.

Taking it to the wall
Locals and summer residents took to the hand holds at the Rock Dump last Saturday to compete in the gym's annual Summer Climbing Competition. The scene was decidedly laid back as climbers tried various routes to test their skill. Onlookers cheered and offered support.

Photo: Petite puffball
A small bird is pictured near Auke Bay in June. Do you know the species of this bird?

Sport Fish report
Harvest/Effort Statistics for the Juneau area, July 26

Fly Fishing report
Report for July 27

Mountain goat season to open in Unit 4
JUNEAU - The registration hunt for mountain goats on Baranof Island in Game Management Unit 4 will open Sunday, Aug. 1 with changes to the harvest guideline.

Deer season to open in Unit 4, Unit 1
JUNEAU - Deer season will open in Unit 4 for bucks only on Sunday, Aug. 1.

Sitka Seafood Festival celebrates ocean's wild foods
SITKA - Whether you're out fishing yourself, have friends who generously share their catches or try to buy as much local fish and shellfish as you can, it's hard not to appreciate the bounty of wild seafood at our doorstep.

Sitka Conservation Society hosts snorkle trip, beach cleanup
SITKA - All are invited to explore Sitka's surrounding seas during two events organized by the Sitka Conservation Society.

Peterson Lake Trail under repair
JUNEAU - Significant repairs to the first 1/4 mile of the Peterson Lake Trail will impact Juneau-area hikers starting July 19.

Forest explorers taking a look-'C' this weekend
JUNEAU - Can you see the "C?"

Troopers arrest suspect in high-speed chase
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers say they have arrested a 41-year-old Fairbanks man suspected of evading officers earlier this year in a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph.

Whale discovered on cruise ship is adult, not juvenile humpback
JUNEAU - Tests conducted Thursday on a whale found Wednesday on the bow of a Juneau-bound cruise ship confirm the whale was a humpback, but was an adult instead of a juvenile, according to a release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Revised ethics regs going to public for comment
JUNEAU - Alaskans will get another chance to comment on proposed changes to ethics rules for executive branch officials.

Palin takes shot at Obama for 'View' appearance
JUNEAU - Sarah Palin's criticizing President Barack Obama for appearing on "The View."

Juneau GCLL back in the Little League title hunt
Facing a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-5 championship series versus Nunaka Valley, Juneau started quickly en route to an 11-4 win Thursday in Game 3 of the 2010 Alaska Little League Softball Championship at Melvin Park.

Energy adviser to Gov. Parnell resigning
JUNEAU - A second top adviser to Gov. Sean Parnell has resigned amid questions about the legality of their hires.

Air show to go on despite deadly crash
ANCHORAGE - A popular air show will be held this weekend, days after four people were killed when a military cargo plane crashed at an Anchorage base during a training demonstration for the event, military officials said Thursday.

Police: ATV road rage led to Fort Yukon beating
FAIRBANKS - A man may lose sight in one eye and another man is facing felony assault charges after police say an ATV road rage incident led to a violent beating in an Interior Alaska village.

Gas pipeline dispute continues at debate
Three top contenders for the Republican governor's nomination competed for support among members of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce Thursday, agreeing on several core Republican issues, but disagreeing strongly on natural gas pipeline plans.

DNA leads to charges in rape cases
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man who was acquitted in a sexual assault case last year has been indicted on new charges, according to police.

Bill Allen won't testify in Weyhrauch trial
ANCHORAGE - Bill Allen, the former head of Veco Corp., will not be a government witness in the corruption trial against former state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, according to court papers.

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