Saturday, August 7, 2010

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

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.

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.

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:

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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