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 National Transportation Safety Board is investigating how and why a Juneau-bound helicopter ferrying tourists crashed during a glacier excursion. The pilot and six tourists were treated and released at Juneau's hospital with minor injuries.
- Part way through Wrangell’s salmon derby and just before the start of Petersburg’s derby, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is closing sport fishing around the mouth of the Stikine River because of low returns of king salmon.
- Miss Alaska USA Alyssa London was in Ketchikan this week, visiting Fawn Mountain Elementary School on Wednesday. London is the first Tlingit Miss Alaska USA, and she brought a message of pride to the kids at Fawn Mountain, which has a large population of Alaska Native students.
- The beer-centric celebration is a quarter-century old this year and it’s bigger than ever. Twenty-five breweries will offer samplings to nearly 2,000 attendees.