Friday, August 6, 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.

Photo: Operation Arctic Crossroads
United States Coast Guard personnel prepare a cargo net in the Army National Guard hanger at the Juneau airport Monday. The C-130 in the background was picking up USCG members of Operation Arctic Crossroads for transport to Kotzebue. According to a USCG press release, more than 70 Air and Army National Guard, U.S. Public Health Services and USCG personnel have deployed to Kotzebue to begin the 10-day initiative to provide medical, dental, optometry, boating safety awareness and other community services to eight boroughs thoughout northern Alaska. Last year OAC doctors examined 166 patients, optometrists 149, dentists more than 20, and veterinarians treated more than 1,168 animals. The USCG tested four types of small boats and is scheduled to test the 28-foot jet boat Metal Shark this operation.

Hoonah soldier awarded Silver Star
It was just about a year ago that Hoonah's Jarrett Brown, on his third tour in Afghanistan with the Army, was sent on a patrol into Arghandab River Valley, described by the military as a "hotbed of Taliban resistance" at the time.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

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: Hike hydration
David Job takes a well deserved drink of water while hiking Auke Mountain on Thursday. The forecast is for a 100 percent chance of rain on Friday and 60 percent this weekend.

Photo: Isolated showers
Fishing boats and pleasure craft leave Auke Bay as isolated showers start to fall in Lynn Canal on Thursday afternoon. Today's forecast calls for rain.

Goldbelt execs discuss company's activities
Two top Goldbelt executives explained Thursday during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon the diverse activities of their company that many Juneau residents are likely unaware of.

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.

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.

Heather Hosford Obituary
A celebration in honor of Heather Hosford will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug.14, at Skaters Cabin. This is not the celebration of life, which will be held in Dyea (Skagway) on Sept. 11.

Permit avoided: Alaska's commercial boats given reprieve
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

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

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

Should Israel attack Iran's nuclear weapons facilities without waiting for green light from the US? Pro
WASHINGTON - Who said this? "I'll never give a veto to any country over our security."

Should Israel attack Iran's nuclear weapons facilities without waiting for green light from the US? Con
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A unilateral Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities would likely have dire consequences, including a regional war, global economic collapse and a major power clash.

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.

Warning ... it's a good day for golf
Before falling asleep Monday night - the night before my first-ever round of golf in the city of Juneau - I decided to check the weather for Tuesday.

Golden North derby kicks off Aug. 13
With the end of summer approaching, August means it's time for a three-day fishing contest that originated 12 years before Alaska was even named a state.

Ranger reflects on care for wilderness
Note from the writer: When I first arrived in the fiords in the early 1990s, 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.

Douglas in the mist
By the time the Parks and Rec group headed up the new road at Eaglecrest, the rain had diminished to a soaking mist. The ridges were shrouded in cloud and skeins of cloudlets drifted in the valleys.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'Scratchy'
This whale is named for the many scratches and scuff-like markings on her flukes.

SAGA offers Chilkoot Trail trip for youth
JUNEAU - SAGA's Eagle Valley Center is offering a 33-mile backpacking trip on the rugged Chilkoot National Historic Trail for youth ages 13-17. The cost is $465, which covers the cost of food, ferry travel, permits and a train from Bennett, Canada back to Skagway. Passports are required. For more information and to register contact Aaron Benson by e-mail at adventure@servealaska.org or phone at 789-7035.

Saturday Wild hike to examine lichens near Dredge Lakes
JUNEAU - This weekend's Saturday Wild hike will be looking at lichens that grow near the Mendenhall Glacier area and will be led by local expert Chiska Derr.

Sport Fish report
Harvest/Effort Statistics for the region: Aug. 2

Tides
Today, Aug. 6

Wild shots
Submit your wild shots

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 woman gets month in jail after SUV ramming
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska woman has been sentenced to a month in jail for repeatedly ramming her husband's SUV after seeing him dance with another woman.

Teen driving minivan killed in crash
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say a 15-year-old driving a minivan loaded with eight friends lost control on a muddy road at Point MacKenzie on Wednesday and was killed when the vehicle rolled.

Anchorage man drowns in Wasilla
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man who was swimming with friends in a Wasilla lake early Wednesday struggled and drowned before they could help him.

Man charged with killing wife with sledgehammer
ANCHORAGE - A North Pole man is accused of killing his wife with a sledgehammer.

Senators split on federal spending bill
JUNEAU - Alaska's U.S. senators have split on legislation that would extend increased federal support for Medicaid funding.

Forest Service urges care with fire on Tongass
JUNEAU - The recent high temperatures and dry conditions are raising fire concerns on the Tongass National Forest.

Discrimination case decided in disabled teacher's favor
ANCHORAGE - A disabled teacher who claimed the Anchorage School District fired her because students complained about her guide dog has won $45,000.

JDHS primed for South
Juneau-Douglas football begins anew Saturday with South Anchorage visiting town in what Crimson Bears coach Rich Sjoroos called the first step in a difficult four-game stretch to open the 2010 campaign.

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.

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

Quest for SE state bid begins
With a bid to the 3A state playoffs on the line for the first time, the Thunder Mountain High School football team recognizes how important each game on the conference slate is.

GCLL Juniors 2-0 in West
The Gastineau Channel Little League Juniors rallied to defeat the Southern California Little League All-Stars 4-3 Wednesday in the second game of West Region pool play in Laguna, Calif.

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.

Kenai judge blocks 1,000 caribou hunting permits
ANCHORAGE - A judge in Kenai has blocked the state from issuing an extra 1,000 subsistence hunting permits to take caribou in the Nelchina herd north and east of Anchorage.

GOP rival says Young has questions to answer
ANCHORAGE - A Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Don Young said Thursday the veteran congressman should answer questions about a federal corruption investigation, which reportedly has ended with no charges.

Former Sterling man's plane crashes in Denali
KENAI - A former Sterling pilot was among those who died when a cargo aircraft crashed in Denali National Park last weekend.

Recall vote on North Pole mayor is set for October
FAIRBANKS - A recall vote on the mayor of North Pole is set for October after a group gathered more than 120 signatures to get their referendum on the ballot.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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