Northwest Digest

Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Man arrested after two people stabbed

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JUNEAU - Timothy Logue was charged with first-degree assault, third-degree assault and fourth-degree assault after a Christmas Eve fight at a Mendenhall Valley home.

The 28-year-old is being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on no bail.

Police received a 911 call from the house at 7:59 p.m. Sunday. They found a 20-year-old Juneau man with cuts on his back and face, made by a boxcutter or similar weapon; a 15-year-old Juneau girl with cuts on her head; and a pregnant 19-year-old Juneau woman who reported she had been kicked in the abdomen.

All three were transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment.

Police found Logue behind the Glacier Café, across from the Mendenhall Mall.

An investigation into the incident is continuing.

Montana's grizzly bear count tops 545

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - More than 500 "unique individual grizzlies" roam the northwestern Montana backcountry from the Canadian border to Lincoln, with Glacier National Park boasting the largest number, according to DNA studies conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey.

In 2004, the bears left behind identifying hairs at tree rubs and on barbed wire, which were collected by researchers. The strands were DNA calling cards for geneticists, who recently determined that 545 different grizzlies visited the collection sites.

The work is part of what is believed to be the largest DNA-based wildlife population survey conducted in the world.

Ocean temperatures linked to wildfires

GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Using fire scars on nearly 5,000 tree stumps dating back 450 years, scientists have found that extended periods of major wildfires in the West occurred when the North Atlantic Ocean was going through periodic warming.

With the North Atlantic at the start of a recurring warming period that typically lasts 20 to 60 years, the West could be in for an extended period of multiple fires on the scale of those seen in 2002 and 2006, said Thomas W. Swetnam, co-author of the study published in today's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"This study and others have demonstrated that there is an underlying climatic influence on fuels and then on the weather conditions that promote fires," said Dan Cayan, climate researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who did not take part in the study.

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