Sunday, April 4, 2010

Bad policy or good science?: Decline is one of few certainties for Cook Inlet belugas
The proposed critical habitat designation for Cook Inlet beluga whales drew more than 91,000 responses before the comment period closed last month. Alaska political leaders in particular have questioned the science used to support the beluga's endangered listing, like their declining population and genetic distinction.

Happy reunion: Dog limps home after going missing for more than a month
The bond between humans and their pets is strong one, as proven by a locally-known dog named Kenai. Gone missing more than a month, he'd lost a third of his body weight and part of one paw during his lonely attempt to hobble home.

Crunch time in Juneau: With two weeks to go, tensions build in Capitol
With two weeks left before adjournment, legislators are racing the clock in Juneau to get priority bills in position for a last-minute push for passage. State budget bills are moving in an orderly fashion.

Orville K. 'Orvie' McWethy
Longtime Alaskan and Sterling area resident Orville K. "Orvie" McWethy died Thursday, April 1, 2010 at his home near Sterling. He was 79.

Marie Dorothy Strandberg
Alaskan pioneer and longtime Palmer and Wasilla resident Marie Dorothy Strandberg died Saturday, March 27, 2010 at the Palmer Pioneers Home in Palmer. She was 90.

Frank Arthur Notter Jr.
Anchorage resident Frank Arthur Notter Jr. died March 15, 2010, in Arizona after a short battle with colon cancer. He was 50.

Irvin 'Irv' Evenson
Longtime Kasilof resident Irvin "Irv" Evenson died peacefully at home on Sunday, March 28, 2010, surrounded by his family. He was 96.

Scott Misner
Longtime Kasilof resident Scott Misner died Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at home. He was 47.

Legislature should quit stalling on scholarship bill
Quibbling over details seems to be standing in the way of what we considered was a good idea for higher education coming from Gov. Sean Parnell this legislative session.

Around the Peninsula

ANGDA CEO to speak

One last glimpse before summer
Days are getting longer and nights are getting shorter. We're also leaving the freezing cold behind. As we all love winter's benefits, I -- and perhaps many of us -- surely regret that our beloved starry skies will take a back seat soon. Therefore, after this article, see you again in August or September.

Stuck on the drive-in
My wife and I were looking for something really novel to do with an evening in Seattle awhile back when I thought: "Jeez, I haven't been to a drive-in theater in decades."

Community News
Food bank seek items

Ready to run: Area track and field athletes toe start line
As the snow melts and breakup continues, local high school track teams are preparing for the upcoming season. The year's first event, the Big C Relays, will be held Friday and Saturday in Anchorage.

Bears fall in 2-0 playoff hole vs. Wild
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