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.
- French President François Hollande was at the White House trying broaden an international coalition to fight the Islamic State.
- Canadian regulators say the Tulsequah Chief Project, near Juneau, has agreed to reduce pollution leaking into a nearby river. But the mine won’t have to restart a shuttered water-treatment plant.
- On the sidewalks, at the stores, at the bars, people have been talking about a loud sound they heard around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Most have never heard anything like it before.
- A pilot program called Alaska Innovative Medicine in Anchorage is rounding out its first year trying to improve that journey for patients while also spending less on health care.