David Conrad, professor emeritus of history at Southern Illinois University, first discovered the origins of the Tongass National Forest while going through some materials at the National Archives. He later compiled his research on the creation of the Alexander Archipelago Forest Reserve in an article that appeared in an 1977 issue of Pacific Historical Review.
- Friday is likely to be the first time uniformed Juneau police officers have marched in their sister city's Canada Day parade.
- The Missile Defense Agency announced Thursday a contract with the state-run launch facility that could be worth as much as $80 million over the next six years.
- An ordinance that would have removed the invocation, or prayer, from the start of Kenai Assembly meetings proved to be such a hot topic that it was dropped before even being officially taken up.
- The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sun up until sun down, is drawing to a close.