Saturday, August 14, 2010

Photo: Good neighbors
Joann Quigg, left, is helped by her father, Jerry, as they rebuild her back fence along Riverside Drive on Thursday.

Photo: 'The House Far Away from Home'
TJ Young carves a Haida house post along with his brother Joe Young Aug. 5 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage. The carvers have been creating house posts for the clan house at the center's Southeast village site. The large log-and-plank structure, a replica of the clan houses used before contact with Europeans, was deemed incomplete when the center opened in 1999. A $75,000 grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation put the posts within grasp, and the work is now completed. One post was set in position and dedicated each day this week with ceremonies that included songs and dancing. The event culminates today with a naming celebration for the house. Because the clan house is far from the historic territory of Southeast people, the committee has determined that "The House Far Away from Home" will be the name.

Counterfeiters try new techniques to pass bills at local businesses
Local businesses have been hit with increased counterfeiting attempts recently, and the Juneau Police Department is telling businesses to be diligent when taking cash from customers as counterfeiters are getting more creative when trying to pass larger denomination bills.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported:

Police respond to youth suicide
The Juneau Police Department responded to a reported suicide Wednesday afternoon in the 9200 block of Long Run Drive.

Photo: Sitting out the Salmon Derby
Avalon Bourne of Vancouver, Canada, watches chum salmon work their way up the fish ladder at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery Visitor Center on Thursday. The 64th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby starts today and runs through Sunday.

Daniel Franklin Malick
Daniel Franklin Malick died Jan. 20, 2010 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Kathy Ariel
After a two-month battle with a heart attack and other health issues, Kathy Ariel passed away on Aug. 9, 2010. Kathy was born in Juneau on Dec. 12, 1952, the second of three sisters. Despite the hardships of being a middle child and growing up with few resources, Kathy blossomed into a devoted and loving wife, sister, mother, co-worker and friend to many.

Theodore F. Stevens: Senator served Alaska to the end
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Pro: Should Congress eliminate federal subsidies for ethanol?
WASHINGTON - Corn-based ethanol has been America's leading bio-fuel for more than 30 years and has blossomed into a thriving business.

Con: Should Congress eliminate federal subsidies for ethanol?
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The U.S. government supports domestic ethanol development to reduce America's oil dependence. Additionally, ethanol weakens OPEC's control over world oil prices, reduces tailpipe pollutants and supplies extra octane that improves engine operation.

Speak out on current wildlife violations cases
By Tina M. Brown

Refreshing history
Work to remodel the popular John Muir Cabin is moving along right on schedule.

Hiking back in time to Cropley Lake
Ambling up from Eaglecrest to Cropley Lake at the end of July, we passed from summer back into spring. Near the lodge, the tall blueberries were ripe, attracting batteries of pickers with buckets. Just a few hundred feet higher, the low-growing bog blueberries sported their tightly closed pink buds. By the lake, flowers were still blooming while at the lower elevations, the same species had set seed. The tiny white gentian, however, dotted the meadows almost everywhere.

Entanglement ends well for whale, calf
JUNEAU - A female humpback whale and her calf escaped the perils of entanglement in Southeast waters according to a release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'Stumpy'
Name: Stumpy / NOAA No. SEAK 0556.

Sport Fish report
Sport fish report for the week of Aug. 9

Tides
Today, Aug. 13

Wild shots
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Bears face Wolfpack; Falcons meet Mariners
Both of Juneau's prep football teams are heading into Week 2 of the 2010 season on a high note after impressive season-opening performances by Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain.

State defends shellfish poisoning conclusions
State health officials say they still consider two Southeast Alaska residents who died not long after suffering symptoms of paralytic shellfish poisoning to be victims of a recent outbreak, even though their deaths were caused by other factors.

Democrat quits NH House over anti-Palin remark
CONCORD, N.H. - A Democrat who quipped on Facebook about Sarah Palin's death quit the New Hampshire state Legislature on Thursday and apologized for his remarks.

Plane crash investigators shift focus to interviewing survivors
JUNEAU - Federal investigators have finished much of their work at the site of the Alaska plane crash that killed former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and four others, and have shifted focus to interviewing survivors and hoisting the wreckage from a steep mountainside.

Coeur reports strong sales figures
Administrators for Coeur d'Alene Mines have announced strong sales numbers for this year's second quarter, and they anticipate the addition of the Kensington Gold Mine will help keep those numbers up.

Alaska plane crash rate far exceeds national average
JUNEAU - The crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens served as another tragic reminder about the dangers of flying in Alaska, where general aviation accident rates are more than twice the national average.

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