The halibut fishing industry in Southeast started in 1888 when sailing schooners pushed farther north in search of natural ice to preserve their catches. That year, the Oscar And Hattie sailed north because there was no ice in Puget Sound or British Columbian waters. The vessel continued northward and found the icebergs of Glacier Bay. A couple of spars were broken in the violent winds of the larger fjords, so the ship returned to Sitka for repairs before returning south. The next year in December, the Oscar And Hattie returned to the vicinity of Sitka. These successful trips initiated halibut fishing in Southeast Alaska.
Last year I made a New Year’s resolution to try something new every month. I thought it would be hard to complete, it was so wonderfully fun that I made it my resolution for this year as well. I must say that 2013 was the most fulfilling year I can remember. It is my hope that 2014 will be equally rewarding.
In recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE) has announced its first Arts and Media Scholarship Contest. Juneau teens between the ages of 14 and 19 are invited to create art and media that demonstrates positive and healthy relationships. Three top winners will receive scholarships in the amount of $50, $100, and $150. These scholarships can be used to attend an art class at the University of Alaska Southeast, a workshop at a local studio, a dance lesson or more.
The Juneau chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Alaska Capital Engineers has named Mark Pusich as engineer of the year and the Hyder Causeway reconstruction as the top project of the year.
In a future not so far from now, hog fat is king, and space truckers haul thousands of pounds of the substance across the universe. It's a lonely job, one that leads to the need for friendship in the form of people ... or containers of sour cream. On his way to a far-away space station, space trucker Bruce finds both.
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public input on three projects to improve popular Juneau-area recreation site. The three proposals - Lena Beach Recreation Area renovation, West Glacier Spur Road area enhancements and Treadwell Ditch Trail Bridge - are intended to improve recreation conditions and safety, the Forest Service wrote in an email.
The wolf is no longer stuck to the trail, as it was when the dog musher drove her reluctant team over it. Now covered with snow, the frozen animal is a few steps away, beneath small spruce trees near the South Fork of the Chena River. The only exposed part of its body - a bushy tail - points to the sky.