Photos courtesy Skip Gray, Margo Waring, and Nick Jans (copyright protected).
Nearly one hundred people attended a memorial this weekend for Romeo, the black wolf who spent about seven years in the Mendenhall Valley area, mostly in the mountains and forest around the lake and glacier. It’s believed he was killed in September 2009.
Romeo remained a wild animal but was friend to many people and their dogs who frequent the area. People from all over the world have heard or seen stories of the beloved wolf. Many of those stories were told Saturday (11-20-10)as people gathered on the shore of Mendenhall Lake to pay tribute to the wolf.
- The state has asked the new presidential administration for a waiver to pay more than 80 percent of reinsurance costs.
- The state’s only professional sports franchise, the Alaska Aces, will fold after this season. The decision was announced Thursday, Feb. 23.
- Bans on plastic grocery bags have been cropping up across Alaska’s remote communities. Cordova’s ban went into effect last year. But so far, the larger cities in the state have yet to adopt one.
- Things are not looking good for Haines’ Alaska State Trooper post. Trooper Director Col. James Cockrell intends to reassign Haines’ one trooper position to Bethel. The decision isn’t final yet, but the community conversation about how to handle the loss continued at a Public Safety Commission meeting this week.