Barack (aka “Barry”, by Punahou High School friends) Obama, born in Hawaii on this date in 1961, would later be addressed as: Professor, Senator, and Mr. President. Gavin and Wyatt are playing ball, not politics, as they herd the President from the right and left on the south lawn of the White House. You can join the “B-day” Obama birthday celebration by listening to Crosscurrents, 8/4 at 8 a.m.
- About 4,500 acres of heavily-logged forest will return to wilderness under a deal involving the federal government and a Southeast Alaska Native corporation.
- Andy Larson, 79, and Matthew Hanes, 32, hoisted from S/V Rafiki about 170 miles south of Sand Point early Wednesday.
- The company that sent the first big luxury cruise ship through U.S. and Canadian Arctic waters is preparing the Crystal Serenity for a repeat performance in 2017. But one expert believes this year’s historic transit doesn’t mean the Arctic is likely to become a hotspot for global shipping anytime soon.
- Federal fisheries oversight required in some busy Alaska salmon fisheries