Environment

Heavy rains help hydro

Recent heavy rains likely mean Juneau will have plenty of water to produce hydroelectric power this winter. “Our fuel is rain and snow, so even though we all like sunshine and nice weather, we need the rain,” says Alaska Electric Light and Power generation engineer Scott Willis. He watches water levels in the lakes that…

Flood advisory prompted by heavy rains

Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River are now at minor flood stage. The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for both areas. Mendenhall Lake was nearly at 9.7 feet last hour. The river was over 11.8 feet. Hydrometeorological technician Geri Swanson says they expect water levels to continue rising a bit. “Right now with…

Humpback unbound

A humpback whale calf has been disentangled from fishing gear near Juneau. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration spokeswoman Julie Speegle says the calf and its mother were spotted Wednesday morning by a charter fishing boat near Halibut Cove on Shelter Island. The whales appeared to be heading up Lynn Canal at about 5 knots. Other…

Fish & Game relocates downtown bears

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Friday relocated a family of black bears that had been frequenting downtown Juneau this summer. Wildlife biologist Ryan Scott says the department had been looking for the sow and three yearlings for a couple months. He says they finally caught up with them just south on the…

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