A box of cocain shipped on Federal Express ran afoul of an ion mobility spectrometer – like an electronic “dog sniffer” without the bark and the tail. In the Alaska Court of Appeals case – Sam McGee versus the State of Alaska – McGee argues that Fairbanks police did not have reasonable suspicion to remove the package from the normal flow of commerce and test it with the spectrometer. Forgive our puns, but we could not resist comparing this Sam McGee to the Robert Service character in “The Cremation of Sam McGee.” Rosemarie Alexander and attorney Julie Willoughby discuss the case, which they call “The Ionization of Sam McGee.” (Thanks to attorney Tom Wagner for his help with our poem.)Related Link: McGee v. State
- A whale-watching tour saw more than just whales Wednesday, after helping save a deer from drowning in the ocean.
- Equatorial Pacific Ocean finally shows signs of cooling, but the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea are still extremely warm. Latest research indicates both phenomenon helped with each other's formation between 2013 and 2015.
- The updated geochemical atlas was an outgrowth of another project. Geologists and surveyors were on a mission to find rare earth elements and minerals that could be strategically important to the country.
- During a brief layover Wednesday in Ketchikan on her way to Sitka, Alaska’s Sen. Lisa Murkowski talked about the state’s Republican primary campaign, and about the presidential election.