Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Man finds real-life 'glow' stick
It looks like any stick that has spent years in a rain-soaked, mold-ridden ecoclimate. The exterior is decrepit and dingy, its heft like a few handfuls of sand. Its insides smell rich of alder and sour milk. But this seemingly ordinary piece of wood, one that would likely end up in a wood pile rather than a news story, boasts one baffling characteristic: it glows.

Commandant visits Juneau: 'This is a real treat'
Thirty-five years ago, Coast Guard seaman Robert J. Papp Jr. flew to Adak, Alaska to begin his career on the USCG cutter Ironwood. Now the commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Papp stopped in Juneau Monday on a mission to the Arctic.

Jackson family runs for father who got them running
Mike Jackson loved to watch his daughter Karissa, 16, compete on the Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country and track teams. Jackson loved taking photographs with his daughter Kacey, 14, or watching her play basketball and volleyball at Floyd Dryden Middle School, and he loved spending time with his wife Anissa and extended family.

New ferry schedules may boost service to Bellingham
The Alaska Marine Highway System is planning to increase ferry service to its southern terminus in Bellingham, Wash., next summer, after vehicle capacity has been nearly maxed out this summer.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Photo: Sprucing up the Capitol
George Hermann, of In and Out Painting, touches up the gold and blue paint at the entrance of the state Capitol on Monday.

Photo: Busy at the Point
Cruise ship visitors flock to Photo Point at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center on Monday.

Photo: Celebrating with a sticker
Laci, a black lab/boxer mix, wears a sticker on her nose celebrating her 9 weeks of dog walking. According to owner Kimmy McGoey, who was walking Laci with friend Michelle Kirkham, "Laci loves to have a sticker on her nose from my coffee drinks."

Delia 'Del' Pruhs
Delia "Del" Pruhs, 82, died Sunday, July 18, 2010 in Prescott Valley, Ariz.

Outside editorial: Big Oil's politics rule Senate on energy
The following editorial first appeared in The Miami Herald:

Outside editorial: State challenges to healthcare reform law
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

No secret to improving intelligence
News flash: Government bureaucracy is inefficient and impenetrable.

Kalamazoo River 'mess' is a lot more than that
If the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico is causing us to reconsider deep-sea drilling, then the July 26 oil disaster in Michigan should give us pause about constructing new oil pipelines. And taken together, the spills spotlight what's wrong with our nation's energy direction.

My turn: Taku's role as a resource for Southeast depends on Canadian stewardship
As Southeast Alaska's top salmon producer, the transboundary Taku River is a vital economic, cultural and recreational resource. However, since the large majority of the salmon-spawning habitat is in the upper Taku in British Columbia, Alaskan fisheries are dependent on good stewardship from Canadian managers.

The problem with the International Criminal Court
The recent visit to Chad by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir illustrates a fundamental problem confronting the International Criminal Court.

Gay marriages will prevail for economic reasons
From Alaska to Patagonia, supporters of same-sex weddings won important legal victories in recent days. And I would bet that - despite strong Roman Catholic Church opposition - gay marriages will be legal in most countries of the hemisphere sooner than you think.

Sealaska official gets Obama Administration appointment
Juneau - Sealaska Corp.'s chief operating officer, Sam Landol, has been appointed to the Obama administration's new Manufacturing Council.

Alaska GCI customers may face service outages
FAIRBANKS - Communications services may be interrupted to GCI customers in Alaska this week due to what the company called a "wayward satellite."

Alaska Guard troops deploying to Iraq
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON - Hundreds of family members and friends were at a ceremony to see off 76 Alaska Army National Guardsmen being deployed to Iraq.

Visit to home fatal for black bear, 2 cubs
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say they shot and killed a black bear and her two small cubs after the animals broke into a house, then returned and tried again.

Man sentenced in attempted smuggling
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors say a 67-year-old man who tried to smuggle methamphetamine into Alaska by strapping it to his legs has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Yerkes moves into DHMS principal's chair
JUNEAU - Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School will have a new, interim principal when classes begin this fall.

Takeoff halted after eagle engine strike
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Airlines says a flight was aborted after an eagle was sucked into the jet's engine as the aircraft began taking off from a small Southeast Alaska town.

Rain slows Willow Creek wildfire in Alaska
FAIRBANKS - Cool, damp weather sprinkled with some rain has slowed the progress of the Willow Creek Fire southwest of Fairbanks.

Alaska official arrested on DUI charge
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd is accused of driving under the influence.

Brother: Slain aid worker trying to help people
ANCHORAGE - The twin brother of an aid worker killed in Afghanistan says he wasn't trying to spread religious views.

Anchorage judge to rule on Kohring appeal
ANCHORAGE - Federal Judge John Sedwick in Anchorage says he'll rule as soon as he can on a request from former state Rep. Vic Kohring to have corruption charges dismissed because of alleged misconduct by prosecutors.

Young agrees to another debate
JUNEAU - U.S. Rep. Don Young has agreed to at least two debates heading to this month's Republican primary.

Photos: Racing the Aukeman
Fans cheer Zack Bursell up the hill at the University of Alaska Southeast parking lot during the Aukeman Triathlon Saturday. Bursell finished in 1:06:16, the best time of the event. Check B2 for results. More photos on B8.

Another hole in one at Mendenhall
Charles Knowles made a hole in one on the 7th hole at the Mendenhall Golf Course on Saturday with his 5 iron. He was golfing with John Rear, John Etheridge and Jim Williams.

Aukeman Triathlon results in order of overall finish:
2010 Aukeman Triathlon

Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens dies in plane crash
A float plane carrying former Sen. Ted Stevens and ex-NASA chief Sean O'Keefe crashed into a remote mountainside in Alaska, killing the longtime senator and four others, authorities said Tuesday.

Fishermen up in arms against proposed Pebble Mine
DILLINGHAM - It is an unfortunate coincidence of geography that this lush region of wild rivers, grassy tundra and windy sea is home to two competing treasures of almost unimaginable value: the world's largest sockeye salmon run, supporting a fishery worth $440 million a year; and in the hills behind it, a massive deposit of copper, molybdemum and gold worth at least $300 billion.

Alaska Supreme Court upholds predator program
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld the state's predator control programs, ruling they mesh with the state constitution's mandate to manage wildlife for sustained yield.

Fish & Game commissioner pleads not guilty to DUI
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence and reckless endangerment charges Monday in District Court.

Alaska woman tried to leave man before her death
ANCHORAGE - Family and friends of an Alaska woman killed with a sledgehammer say she was trying to escape an abusive relationship with the man charged with murder in the slaying.

Erosion fuels Matanuska River's property assault
ANCHORAGE - Swollen with recent rains, the Matanuska River has launched another erosive assault on properties along its banks. But unlike previous years, when the river attacked properties downstream, this week the Matanuska is eroding property upstream near Sutton.

Pilot: Eagle was on suicide mission
SITKA - An eagle looked like it was on a "suicide mission" as it flew straight toward an Alaska Airlines jet just before it was sucked into the left engine as the aircraft was taking off in Sitka, the pilot said.

Assemblyman charged with assault
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Tim Beck has been charged with domestic assault after his wife complained he yelled at her and unintentionally head-butted her.

Q&A: Oil tax key issue in governor's race
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's oil tax is a key issue in the Democratic primary in the race for governor.

Industry, state still working to count fish crew
ANCHORAGE - No one really knows how many crewmembers work the fishing vessels operating in state waters. And that could be knocking the crews and their communities out of potentially millions of dollars in grants and potential fishing quotas, according to industry leaders.

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