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Thursday, August 5, 2010

From the streams to the trees
The heart of the salmon beats strong in Southeast. They're the life blood of an industry, a people, an array of species' and traditions that have flourished in this region for centuries.

Saying goodbye: Kodachrome's last roll
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - What should a photographer shoot when he's entrusted with the very last roll of Kodachrome?

Creative solutions
Rhubarb grows endlessly in our front yard and we are looking for new ways to use it up. Please help! - Run Over By Rhubarb

First Friday openings spotlight local, regional art creators
"Salmon in the Trees" photos by Amy Gulick

Chances it's worth your cash
As much as I love Freddie Prinze Jr., and as proud as I am to be a member of Team Edward, Zac Efron does nothing for me. It is not easy to turn me off with a preview; ask my fiancee, I'm a stickler about getting to movies on time because I love trailers. Yet Efron has not once, but twice, managed to make me dread trailers when one of his train wrecks was looming.

Stroup and the Blame grooved the grooves
They were here. They were there. You may have missed them because you hate live music and/or don't drink and/or only listen to metal and/or only listen to bluegrass. Or maybe you were just busy. But whatever the reason, ladies and gentlemen, a fantastic band from Portland graced the hallowed stages of the Hangar and the Rendezvous without a hoot, a holler, a bang or a whimper, and you were not there.

Community invited to special screenings of 'Taylor White: Aftermath'
The community is invited to two screenings of "Taylor White: Aftermath" this week.

STAR performances begin Friday
Perseverance Theatre's Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous will begin performances of their three plays Friday, Aug. 6, and continue through Saturday, Aug. 14. Watch aspiring young actors in the musical "The Wizard of Oz," the classic story of "The Hobbit," and in a new play, "A Hundred Thousand Drops of Rain." The schedule is as follows:

Juneau Country Music Opry & Dance benefit concert a 'real country music extravaganza'
Heartland Alaska Juneau will hold Juneau Country Music Opry & Dance, a benefit concert for United Way of Southeast Alaska at Centennial Hall on Saturday, Aug. 7. Doors will open at 1 p.m. for a barbecue "Pick-nik." The performance starts at 2:30 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m.

New fiction brings adult readers to fanstastic, exotic destinations
Here's a little taste of some of the new fiction for adult readers on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Assembly committee votes on bridge, school
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee voted to increase utility rates 7 percent in each of the coming two fiscal years Wednesday.

Cruise ship did not kill humpback
Preliminary results of a necropsy have revealed a whale lodged on the bulbous bow of the Sapphire Princess cruise ship last week was likely dead before the impact.

Juneau parties on the block
The Juneau Police Department, Capital City Fire and Rescue, the United States Coast Guard, and even McGruff the Crime Dog responded to an emergency at 17060 Point Lena Tuesday night.

220 years of service
The U.S. Coast Guard celebrated its 220th birthday Wednesday, and the men and women of District 17 Sector Juneau joined in those celebrations.

Photo: 'He's a kayak dog'
Denise Caposey laughs as her miniature pincher, Elly May, walks out on her kayak's deck after returning to the Don Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in Auke Bay on Tuesday. "He's a kayak dog," says Caposey.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Photo: Lemonade and a fan on a sunny day
Jasz Garrett, 9, left, and her friend, Jessie Lemson, 11, fan themselves to cool off while manning their lemonade and ice cream stand along Mendenhall Loop Road on Wednesday. "The ice cream is more like ice cream soup," says Garrett.

Body Bronze offers new tanning alternative
Body Bronze owner Niccole Olsen loves the sun and all it represents for outdoor fun, but when it comes to skin health and care she draws the line on rays and tanning booths.

Photo: On second thought ...
Meghan Morris, 12, runs out of the Eagle River with her dog, Sheba, after discovering the water was colder than she thought on Tuesday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Daniel Thomas Melville
Daniel Thomas Melville died in Juneau on July 23, 2010. He was 18 years old.

Outside editorial: It's time to end 'secret hold' in the US Senate
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Alaska editorial: A work in progress
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Juneau? Ju-YES!
With so many things going on this summer, it's hard to settle on any one topic for this Wednesday's column.

Keeping faith but losing religion
"Today, I quit being a Christian."

A small measure of justice in Cambodia
Last week in a Cambodian courtroom, I watched as the former commandant of the Khmer Rouge's notorious Tuol Sleng prison and torture center was sentenced to 35 years in prison for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Young should engage, not avoid, challengers
Don Young's hold on Alaska's only seat in Congress is as tenacious as the steel traps he used back in his days as a trapper in Alaska's interior. Sheldon Fisher of Anchorage would like to pry his grip loose enough to at least make a respectable showing in the Republican primary election this month. But like most incumbents, Young's campaign strategy is to avoid his challenger. It's a traditional tactic that does a great disservice to we the people and idea of democracy itself.

Problem bear shot in Kodiak area
KODIAK - Alaska State Troopers have shot and killed a bear that repeatedly was raiding a trash bin near a rural residential area just outside Kodiak city limits.

7 men arrested in Anchorage prostitution sting
ANCHORAGE - Seven men were arrested by undercover officers in a prostitution sting in Anchorage.

Anchorage man facing counterfeiting charges
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man who answered an ad on Craigslist seeking customer service help has been indicted on federal counterfeiting charges.

Alaska man charged with robbing woman
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man has been charged with robbery after a woman claimed a man held a gun to her head to collect a $1,000 drug debt.

Man indicted for Seward Highway fatality
ANCHORAGE - An Eagle River man has been indicted for a fatal crash last August on the Seward Highway at Anchorage.

Lawmakers to hear concerns of aging
ANCHORAGE - Lawmakers are meeting this week to discuss the needs of the aging in Alaska.

Dems to debate in gubernatorial forum
ANCHORAGE - The Democrats vying to be Alaska's next governor will debate this week in Anchorage.

Public health initiative visits Alaska villages
ANCHORAGE - More than 70 Coast Guard, Army National Guard, Air National Guard and U.S. Public Health Services personnel are being deployed to Kotzebue.

EPA: 8 Alaska drinking water systems in violation
SEATTLE - Federal regulators say eight Alaska drinking water systems have violated the law and must conduct tests required to protect public health or face potential fines.

State seeks reconsideration on lease decision
JUNEAU - The state of Alaska is seeking reconsideration of a federal court ruling that stopped companies from developing wells in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea.

6.2 quake in Andreanof Islands
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Earthquake Information Center reports a magnitude 6.2 quake occurred at 4:58 a.m. Wednesday in the Andreanof Islands region of the Aleutians.

Judge dismisses Fairbanks priest abuse case
ANCHORAGE - A sexual abuse case against a 75-year-old priest has been dismissed by a federal judge, Catholic diocese officials in Fairbanks said Tuesday.

Alaska's Taylor Highway access to Eagle limited
FAIRBANKS - Access to the town of Eagle at the end of the Taylor Highway will be limited this week as crews work on road repairs.

Witness described Soldotna shotgun slaying
KENAI - A witness says he saw a man shot in the head with a shotgun at a cabin in Soldotna.

Boozer talks Crimson Bears, Bulls
Carlos Boozer's annual basketball camp at his alma mater, Juneau-Douglas High School, hits the midway point today, but the biggest news to come out so far is about the 2011 edition - it's going to be free.

Second annual Aukeman Triathlon on Saturday
The second annual Aukeman Triathlon is back to test the fortitude and endurance of Juneau residents willing to prove their mettle, and the race's popularity has grown significantly since last year's inaugural event.

GCLL Juniors top Idaho, 7-5
The Gastineau Channel Little League Juniors All-Star team continued to pick up steam after a 7-5 win over Post Falls, Idaho, Tuesday in Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Photos: Fogg takes it to the cup, Boozer says goodbye

Ketchikan Seniors drop two
The Ketchikan Little League Seniors All-Star team capped off a rough two-game stretch Wednesday with a 30-1 loss to Northern California in the West Regionals at Jay Littleton Park in Ontario, Calif.

Parnell, French garner most Juneau contributions
Republican campaign contributions in Alaska's capital city went largely to incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell, while Juneau's many Democrats opened their checkbooks to Democrat Hollis French like nowhere else in the state, according to an analysis of records from the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Groups request to weigh in on whale lawsuit
ANCHORAGE - Conservation groups filed a request Wednesday to challenge the state in its lawsuit seeking to overturn the listing of beluga whales off Alaska's largest city as endangered.

Young's office says he's cleared in DOJ probe
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, has been cleared in a federal investigation over connections to an Alaska businessman convicted of bribing state lawmakers.

Bill passed to extend permit moratorium for smaller vessels
A two-year moratorium on permit requirements for certain smaller vessels has been extended for an additional three years.

Unique dipnet fishing tradition thrives
KENAI - Sean Boulay had a grin plastered across his face a couple of hours after donning his waders, wheeling his blue and white cooler onto the sand and sticking a large net into the water.

ACLU sues over same-sex property taxes
ANCHORAGE - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the way property taxes are assessed for households headed by same-sex couples.

Residents tell EPA chief no to Pebble Mine
DILLINGHAM - One by one, representatives of a dozen Southwest Alaska communities stood to tell the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the threat they feel the massive Pebble Mine prospect would pose to their way of life.

Parnell makes cameo in Treadwell ad
JUNEAU - Mead Treadwell is defending Gov. Sean Parnell's cameo in one of his ads for lieutenant governor, saying the appearance is intended in part to counter Parnell's image in an ad by Republican rival Jay Ramras.

North Pole sticks with mayor government
NORTH POLE - The city of North Pole is going to keep its mayor.

Bristol, Levi call it quits, again
ANCHORAGE - Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have called off their second engagement after he told her he may have fathered a baby with another girl.

Man serves 3 of 8 years in child death
FAIRBANKS - A man who pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the 2007 death of a toddler will spend the next 10 years on probation.

Anchorage police: Please don't tase the bears
ANCHORAGE - Just because an off-duty Anchorage police officer used a Taser on a black bear doesn't mean it's a good idea.

Road trip across Denali Highway doesn't disappoint
FAIRBANKS - "Have you driven the Denali Highway yet?"

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