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.
- Scientists recently announced they had found an Asian tapeworm species in pink salmon caught off the coast of the Kenai Peninsula. In a recent study, a team of scientists identified a Japanese broad tapeworm larva in pink salmon caught in Resurrection Creek near Hope. The study appears in the February issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
- An overdue snowmachiner, who was traveling to Fairbanks from Shungnak, by way of Huslia, has been found dead near Selawik Hot Springs. Travis Loughridge, 27, left Shungnak about noon Saturday and was expected to arrive in Fairbanks by Monday evening.
- Juneau's state legislative delegation told a half-dozen members of the Juneau Assembly on Thursday morning that the state's budget outlook isn't rosy. Democratic Sen. Dennis Egan said there are real risks to middle-class public sector jobs under threat by budget cuts.
- The Alaska Mental Health Authority's Trust Land Office is no longer pursuing action toward timber sales on Deer Mountain or land in Petersburg.