The young miner killed last week in a Kensington mine accident is described as a guy who loved his job, children and hockey. Thirty-year-old Joe Tagaban of Juneau died on Wednesday. It was the first fatality at the mine, which opened in June of last year.
Though he wasn’t a member of the organization, his parents have asked that memorial donations to to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Juneau, because Joe was a big brother to all kids he met.
His mother, Sandy, shares some memories in this story.
- As a child in Iran, Parisa Elahian was told by school officials she wasn’t equal with other children. "They called us dirty, so they had to separate us from the other kids, so I was in the corner of the class," Elahian said.
- This weekend, crowds showed up in the pouring rain to do their holiday shopping at Juneau’s Public Market, but it wasn’t the only place in town to buy local goods.
- Southeast Alaska biologists had a rare opportunity to watch the hatching of thousands of market squid eggs.
- Diverse commercial markets for the snake-like creature have opened up over the past few years but catching them can be tricky.