The figurative start of the summer commercial fishing season in Juneau occurred Saturday during the annual blessing of the fleet and the dedication of names on the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial.
Some of the sounds and voices from Saturday’s wet event included Pastor Sam Dalin of the River of Glory Church, memorial organizer Bruce Weyhrauch, Samantha Kostenko, Governor Sean Parnell, and Reverend Doctor Douglas Dye of Chapel by the Lake, Dylan Davis, and the City of Juneau Pipe Band.
Names of those who devoted their lives to commercial fishing and engraved on the Memorial include Bruce Freitag, Bob Pasquan, and John Pugh, Jr., Bill Razpotnik, and Shea Hunter Walling.
- Marian Call and Laura Zahasky dropped into the arts room recently to record a Red Carpet Concert. Call has a new album out called "Standing Stones."
- One major challenge is simply convincing people that solar works in Alaska -- and that, in fact, Alaska might be ideal solar territory.
- 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.