First annual Governor's Picnic is today
It wasn't long before Gov. Sean Parnell took office after former Gov. Sarah Palin's July 26 resignation that he told Juneau he'd be coming to the capital for a Governor's Picnic.

Downtown standoff ends after 20 hours
A police standoff ended peacefully Thursday afternoon with the surrender of a 49-year-old man that barricaded himself in his downtown apartment for more than 20 hours.

Hydropower on Prince of Wales hits red tape
An attempt to bring inexpensive hydroelectric power to two struggling Prince of Wales Island communities has hit a snag, after Alaska Power and Telephone failed to obtain a permit to run a powerline down a Forest Service road on the island.

Salmon derby scholarship proceeds nearly quadruple
This year's Golden North Salmon Derby was a surprising success despite the rough seas and small craft advisories in the area.

Photo: Bunches of berries
Sara Pierce, center, picks blueberries with her children at Eaglecrest Wednesday. From left are Terra, Aiden, 11, Ayanna, 5, and Sabrina, 3. Pierce says they will use some to make jam and save the rest for pancakes.

Around Town
Today, Aug. 21

Angered Americans are saying no to Obamacare
"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." -Mark Twain

Remembering Tim Kelly
I was home suffering from the flu this past Monday, feeling like I'd been run over by a dump truck. My physical ailments, while very unpleasant, dissipated when a friend called with sad news: Tim Kelly, my former boss, had passed away in his sleep Monday afternoon.

My turn: Native land grab an injustice
Thirty-eight years after the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the head of the Alaska Native Brotherhood, B.J. Fluetsch, claims ANCSA wasn't fair.

Alaska editorial: Screaming won't fix health care woes
What's happened to the debate over health care reform? Why are some people so angry? Do they actually believe that health care reform will include "death panels" to refuse care to the elderly and disabled? Do people who rail against "socialized" medicine realize that we already have government-run programs, most notably in the form of Medicare?

NOAA plans $40M survey of coastal seafloors
NORFOLK, Va. - The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration is planning a $40 million effort to survey and chart coastal seafloors.

2 arrested for vandalizing fire crew's equipment
KENAI - Kenai police say they've arrested two men found with one of several vehicles stolen during a looting rampage at a firefighters' compound in the Palmer area.

Man arrested for alleged alcohol manufacturing
ANGOON - A village public safety officer arrested a 55-year-old man Wednesday for violating conditions of release for possessing alcohol in a dry community.

Fairbanks asks public opinion on air pollution
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough scheduled a public hearing Thursday night to ask voters opinion on air pollution.

Palmer fire blamed on meat smoker
PALMER - Investigators say a fire that burned a Palmer home this week was caused by a salmon smoker on the front porch.

Russell Dick named Sealaska VP
JUNEAU - The board of directors of Sealaska Corp. appointed Russell Dick to be vice president of corporate development.

Alaska man convicted of murder due back in SD court
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A convicted killer whose death sentence was overturned by the South Dakota Supreme Court is scheduled to be back in circuit court in Deadwood.

2 Fort Richardson soldiers killed in Afghanistan
FORT RICHARDSON - Two paratroopers from Fort Richardson have been killed in Afghanistan.

Magazine: Anchorage loves fast food
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage residents would definitely like fries with that shake.

St. Paul's to hold Mass for uniformed personnel
JUNEAU - All men and women in uniform - including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, police, Alaska State Troopers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, public health service officers, Transportation Security Administration and customs agents - and their families are invited to attend a Blue Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 9055 Atlin Ave. Please come in uniform.

Blazing the trails
JUNEAU - When it comes to Juneau-Douglas High School cross country, three-time defending state champion Leah Francis is certainly the headliner of the girls' team, but expectations also are high on the boys' side.

Rackets ready
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears tennis teams' main focus in preparing for the upcoming season is performing at a high level when the bright lights come on the big stage - the statechampionships.

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Arctic fisheries plan moves forward
ANCHORAGE - The nation's secretary of commerce has approved a plan that would prohibit an expansion of commercial fishing in the Arctic, at least until more is known about the area.

Murkowski collects Arctic testimony
ANCHORAGE - Speakers invited to a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee said more Arctic research is needed as Alaska adjusts to changing conditions due to global warming.

Alaska tourism experts: Industry on downward slide
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's tourism industry is flat and now on a downward slide that will only get worse next year with 150,000 fewer cruise ship passengers visiting the state.

Stepovich drug trial begins in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The drug trial of former Alaska state Rep. Nick Stepovich has begun in Fairbanks.

State shuts Fairbanks detox center
FAIRBANKS - The state is investigating the Fairbanks Native Association's new detox center after a nurse practitioner quit because of safety concerns.

Coal Village faded, but coal interest still burns
PORT GRAHAM - A field near Port Graham hides the marks of a sizable coal town that was established in the 1850s. All the remnants of the town disappeared - except for the stone outline of a dock. At the height of operation, Coal Village was the third-largest Russian town in Alaska, exceeded only by Kodiak and Sitka.

Anchorage schools send hundreds home on first day
ANCHORAGE - Nearly 700 students who didn't have their chickenpox vaccination missed the first day of school Wednesday, the Anchorage School District said.

Childhood crush leads to musical passion
ANCHORAGE - In sixth grade, Bryson Andres followed a crush as she headed into orchestra class. A few days later he lost interest in her and become smitten with a new passion - the violin.

Seward filmmaker begins shooting documentary of summer season
SEWARD - You've probably seen him, a beardish, burly guy slinking around town. Perhaps he's even followed you along the beach or as you strolled around the harbor.

Photo: Unreserved reservist
Spc. Karlin Swearingen gets reacquainted with girlfriend Cassie Wohlgemuth upon his return from Kuwait and Iraq Tuesday evening at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage. Swearingen was among 11 US Army reservists returning to Alaska following year-long deployments.

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