Don't let energy slip through the drain
As a resident of Southeast Alaska and the chairman of the Ketchikan district for the Alaska State Democratic Party, I am writing this letter to express my interest in the evolving usage of energy in our country and in Alaska.

Bitter Discovery
Kevin MacNeel was not expecting to kill all his research subjects this summer.

Politicians slow to file for city election
Juneau's would-be pols didn't exactly overwhelm the city clerk's office last week filing papers announcing their intent to run for elected office.

Winters lands whopper, derby lead
Sheldon Winters was the leader of the Golden North Salmon Derby as of Saturday afternoon.

Grizzly attacks woman on Admiralty Island
A Juneau woman was attacked by a grizzly bear on Admiralty Island on Thursday morning, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Andy John Hope III
Juneau resident Andrew "Andy" John Hope III died after a brief battle with cancer on Aug. 7, 2008, at the Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, surrounded by family. He was 58.

Elizabeth S. Murphy
Juneau resident Elizabeth S. Murphy died Aug. 7, 2008, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was 79.

Mary Angie Long
Juneau resident Mary Angie Long died Aug. 5, 2008, in Seattle after a brief illness with vascular disease. She was 88.

Alaska editorial: Will indictment jeopardize future?
The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion:

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

My Turn: Energy costs present demographic challenge
Legislators spent most of their 60 days in the special sessions just concluded pondering whether to grant an exclusive gas pipeline license to Calgary-based TransCanada. On day 54 they approved the license, handing Gov. Sarah Palin her third major legislative victory in the 20 months since she took office. But there was a far more profound demographic issue at play.

My turn: Ferry system makes positive changes
This administration inherited an Alaska Marine Highway System spiraling out of financial control and lacking operational stability.

Photo: Sandhill squadron
Sandhill cranes soar over Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks last week as they look for a place to land.

Saturday Wild on Gold Ridge
When I got up that Saturday morning, the rain was pelting down and the wind-whipped trees were losing leaves and twigs.

Photo: Harvesting humpbacks
Pink salmon are unloaded from the hold of a salmon seiner in Petersburg on Thursday. Pink salmon are finally starting to show up in Southeast Alaska waters, but salmon seiners and processors say the season is far below predicted catch numbers. While 44,885,000 pinks were harvested in 2007, the number is just approaching the 1 million mark for 2008. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists say the pinks are deep due to cold water, and hopefully both the south and the north runs will hit in mid-August.

Anchorage completes section of $12 million downtown trail
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage officials recently opened the new 2.6-mile Ship Creek Trail, connecting downtown to the Mountain View neighborhood.

Montana Outdoors wins conservation magazine award
HELENA, Mont. - Montana Outdoors was named the nation's best state conservation magazine at the annual Association for Conservation Information awards ceremony on July 17 in Nashville, Tenn.

Last chance for hunter course
JUNEAU - Hunters will have a last chance before duck season opens to attend a Basic Hunter Education Course, to be offered 6-9 p.m. Aug. 22 and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Juneau Hunter Education Facility, 5670 Montana Creek Road.

Out & About
Today: Different rifle match, 9:30 a.m., Juneau Gun Club. Sign up is 8:30-9:15 a.m. Safety meeting follows with live fire at 9:30 a.m. Details: Mal, 789-9025.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts include:

Man sentenced for DUI murder
ANCHORAGE - A man was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for being intoxicated and behind the wheel when his car collided with another, killing a woman and seriously injuring three others.

Man confesses in hit-and-run accident
ANCHORAGE - Wasilla police said a man has confessed to a hit-and-run accident that severely injured a construction zone worker last week.

Supporters rally behind Kopp in Kenai
KENAI - About 50 friends and family members of Chuck Kopp jammed the Kenai City Council chamber Wednesday night, urging officials to reinstate him as Kenai police chief.

University receives GCI broadband gift
FAIRBANKS - Communications company GCI recently contributed a $30 million broadband gift to the University of Alaska system.

Kodiak voters get only Tagalog pamphlets
KODIAK - The state Division of Elections sent Kodiak residents election pamphlets ahead of the Aug. 26 primary. The problem? They only sent pamphlets printed in Tagalog, a language widely spoken in the Philippines.

Bears overwhelm West Valley
FAIRBANKS - Juneau-Douglas High School started the football season Saturday with a new quarterback in senior Dakota Smith, but the Crimson Bears still resembled the squad that went 11-0 last year and captured the large schools state football title.

Treadwell Twosome Traverse results
Aug. 9, 2008


Biologists escape Aleutian island just before volcano erupts
ANCHORAGE - Two federal biologists were rescued from a volcanic island Thursday just before it erupted, sending a 35-thousand foot ash plume into the air.

Photo: Totem raised in city
Hundreds of people work to raise the Naakee Kooteeyaa totem pole Friday at Halibut Point Recreation Area in Sitka. The totem, carved by Sitkan Tommy Joseph, honors the late Michio Hoshino, a Japanese wildlife photographer who often took photos in the Sitka area. At least 20 visitors from Japan, including Hoshino's widow, attended the ceremony.

Woman mauled in Anchorage park
ANCHORAGE - Another Anchorage resident has been mauled by a grizzly bear in a city park popular with joggers and bicyclists.

Infectious disease cases drop in state
ANCHORAGE - Cases of infectious diseases are dropping in Alaska, with some exceptions, according to a state health report.

Mine contractor fined in deaths
FAIRBANKS - A federal agency fined a contractor Thursday in a deadly accident last year at Rock Creek Mine in Nome.

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