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Juneau's bats just too much for West Valley - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
By Danny Martin FAIRBANKS — West Valley discovered on Friday night one reason why Juneau-Douglas is unbeaten this season and owns the last two large schools state softball titles. The Crimson Bears are aggressive with the aluminum....
Turner gets 40 years prison for slayings - Juneau County Star-Times
An impassive David Turner (right) sat flanked by his attorney, Daniel Berkos, through a three-hour sentencing hearing in a Juneau County courtroom Thursday. Turner received a 40-year prison term for the murders of La Crosse resident Joshua Alderman and...
Guttenbergs are Fairbanks dog whisperers - Fort Mills Times
By RENA DELBRIDGE FAIRBANKS, Alaska — One hundred pounds of pure white fluff - times two - greet all comers to David and Marilyn Guttenbergs' temporary Juneau home. A state representative, David is in session with the Legislature for months of each...
Juneau collects bids for transportation center - KTUU
AP - May 14, 2009 12:14 PM ET JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A bid for a Juneau parking garage and transit center was deemed late because it missed an afternoon deadline by less than a minute. McGraw Custom Construction of Sitka submitted a modified bid Tuesday...
Juneau Empire to roll out new subscription, single copy prices - Juneau Empire
The Juneau Empire's single copy price will increase by a quarter starting Sunday and subscription rates also will change beginning in June, the newspaper announced this week. The Sunday edition will increase to $1.50 and the newsstand price for other...
Juneau Calendar - Capital City Weekly
Glacier Valley Rotary Club meeting, noon every Wednesday, Juneau International Airport Aurora Room. Women Infant and Children walk-in clinic, 1-6:30 pm, 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor. Details: 463-4099. Free Salsa/Bachata lessons,...
Juneau police to honor fallen officers - Juneau Empire
By Eric Morrison | JUNEAU EMPIRE The Juneau Police Department will honor four officers killed in the line of duty over the course of the department's history during a ceremony today. The annual Police Officers Memorial Ceremony begins at noon on the...
40-year prison term in Juneau County shooting case - WQOW TV News 18
(AP) - A man accused of shooting two people to death at a drug-related meeting in Juneau County was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison. Thirty-4-year-old David Turner of Tomah pleaded guilty in March to first-degree reckless homicide in the death...
Chrysler plan may not affect Alaska dealerships - Fort Mills Times
JUNEAU, Alaska — Automaker Chrysler has told a quarter of its dealers that it won't renew their contracts, but dealerships in Alaska may not be affected by the bankruptcy plan. Steve Allwine of Mendenhall Auto Center in Juneau says there's been no...
Senators, Juneau mayor urge Palin on energy funds - Juneau Empire
By Pat Forgey | JUNEAU EMPIRE Two Anchorage lawmakers this week sent Gov. Sarah Palin a letter urging her to accept millions in stimulus money for home weatherization and energy efficiency. Palin relented from her early opposition of accepting federal...

USS Juneau (LPD-10)

USS Juneau (LPD-10)

USS Juneau (LPD-10), an Austin-class amphibious transport dock, is the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for the capital of Alaska.

Her keel was laid down by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle, Washington, on 23 January 1965. She was launched on 12 February 1966 (sponsored by Mrs. William A. Egan, wife of William A. Egan, the Governor of Alaska), and commissioned on 12 July 1969.

Throughout the 1970s, Juneau completed five deployments to the western Pacific, including eight trips into Vietnamese waters, earning five battle stars for its efforts in the Vietnam War. Juneau conducted the first AV-8A Harrier landing on a Pacific Fleet LPD in February 1976. On 4 July 1976, Juneau arrived in Juneau, Alaska with a complement of Marines from 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division as part of the United States' Bicentennial celebrations.

During the 1980s Juneau completed seven deployments. In April 1989, Juneau received emergency orders to Prince William Sound in support of the Exxon Valdez oil spill clean up. She was the first naval vessel on station, and assumed the duties of command and control ship for Joint Task Force Alaska. She provided berthing, communications, transportation (both surface and air), food, medical and laundry services for over four hundred civilian cleanup workers.

After the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the initiation of Operation Desert Shield, Juneau sailed with 12 other ships of Amphibious Group Three in December 1990 to participate in Operation Desert Storm. Joining with ships from Amphibious Group Two, Juneau was a member of the largest amphibious task force since the United Nations assault on Inchon, South Korea. On 24 February 1991 Juneau off-loaded her equipment and ammunition in record time and landed her embarked troops at Ras Al Mishab, Saudi Arabia, whence they would assault Iraqi positions in southern Kuwait.

In May 1991, Juneau proceeded to Bangladesh to assist in Operation Sea Angel, providing relief after a disastrous cyclone.

During her 14th deployment, Juneau was diverted to the coast of Somalia in support of Operation Restore Hope. Her embarked Marines ensured the security of shipments of food supplies to the people of Somalia.

Juneau was homeported in San Diego, California until 30 July 1999 when she relieved USS Dubuque (LPD-8) as part of the forward-deployed naval forces. Since that date she has been homeported in Sasebo, Japan.

From June to September 1999 Juneau participated in the first SHIP-SWAP with her sister-ship Dubuque, where each ship's crew remained in their original home ports, allowing Dubuque to return to the homeport of San Diego, California.

During the 2008 Myanmar Cyclone Nargis crisis and the subsequent Operation Caring Response aid mission, the Juneau (as part of the USS Essex's amphibious group, along with the USS Harpers Ferry, and the USS Mustin), she stood by off Burma from May 13 to June 5, waiting for the Myanmar junta government to permit US aid to its citizens. However, in early June, with permission still not forthcoming, it was decided to put the group back on its scheduled operations.

Juneau swapped with her sister ship, the USS Denver (LPD-9) during the third quarter of fiscal year 2008. After the swap, the ship sailed to San Diego for decommissioning. The decommissioning took place October 30, 2008 after which the ship was moved to Hawaii and placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet.

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Joe Juneau (prospector)

Joseph Juneau

Joseph Juneau (1836–1899) was a miner and prospector from Canada who was born in Saint-Paul-l'Hermite, Quebec. He is most famous for co-founding, with Richard Harris, the city of Juneau, Alaska, United States. The first major gold discovery in Juneau or Douglas Island (across from Juneau) was circa 1880. It has been the political capital of Alaska since 1906.

His Native American guide in southeastern Alaska was Chief Kowee. Kowee is credited with discovering much of the Juneau area. Joe and Richard were sent with Kowee by George Pilz, an entrepreneur from Sitka. Joe and Richard traded with the natives much of their grubstake (rations) for hoochinoo (alcoholic brews). Needless to say, the prospectors accomplished nothing. When they returned to Pilz empty-handed, he promptly sent them back to the Juneau area. There, Kowee took them beyond Gold Creek (which today flows beside the city's United States Federal Building) to Silver Bow Basin. Today, a creek on Douglas Island is named Kowee Creek.

After the discovery of gold in Juneau, Joe and Richard loaded approximately 1,000 pounds of gold ore back to Sitka.

The town was originally called Harrisburg or Harrisburgh, and then Rockwell. Miners often called it "'Rockwell' also known as 'Harrisburg'" in their mining records. There was also a proposal to name the town Pilzburg for mining engineer George Pilz. It did not take up its current name until a miners' meeting on December 14, 1881. The name Juneau received 47 of the 72 votes cast while Harrisburg received 21 votes and Rockwell only 4. Joe Juneau reportedly paid townsfolk to name the city in his honor.

Joe Juneau traveled to Dawson City, Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s. He usually spent gold as fast as he got it but at the end of his life he owned a small restaurant in Dawson. Juneau died of pneumonia in March, 1899 in Dawson. His body was brought back to the town that bears his name and was buried in the city's Evergreen Cemetery on August 16, 1903.

His uncle was Solomon Juneau who founded the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Juneau mining district

Juneau mining district is located in Alaska

The Juneau mining district is a gold mining area in the U.S. state of Alaska.

In 1880 a local inhabitant, Chief Kowee, revealed to prospectors Joe Juneau and Richard Harris the presence of gold in what is now named Gold Creek in Silver Bow Basin. The city of Juneau was founded there that year.

The first claims of what was to become the Treadwell complex were staked in 1881. Mining the Treadwell site began by sluicing residual placers over the lode deposits. Underground mining began with a five-stamp mill operating in 1883. In the mid-1910's, with 960 stamps grinding ore and tunnels reaching as far as 2400 feet below the surface and extending under the sea, Treadwell was one of the most technologically advanced mines of its day. Up to 2000 people worked at the mine before a collapse allowed the rising tide to flood the tunnels in 1917. All operations at the Treadwell ceased by 1922.

As the Treadwell mines declined and closed, the AJ mine rose in prominence. After years of losses and labor problems, the mine became profitable in the mid-1920's: with 600 workers it was setting production records. Through the decade, it was the main economic engine of Juneau. In the 1930's, with 1000 workers, it was an important factor in softening the impact upon Juneau of the Great Depression.

Economic pressures of WWII lead to the closure of the AJ in 1944; this was the end of the dominance of mining in the Juneau economy.

Although those two mines are long-since closed, as late as 1980 one of the hydropower plants built to power the AJ was still in use. Fires and time have destroyed most traces of the Treadwell complex; the AJ mine buildings still tower over the Gastineau Channel south of Juneau.

The Juneau mining district; comprising the area between the Canadian border, Lynn Canal, Admiralty Island, and Frederick Sound, has produced over 7 million ounces of lode gold and 80,000 ounces of placer gold.

See main article Treadwell gold mine.

French Canadian prospector Pierre Erussard, known as “French Pete,” found gold on Douglas Island, across Gastineau Channel from Juneau. A consortium led by John Treadwell, a carpenter from California, purchased the claims and adjoining gold-bearing land. The resulting mine/mill complex produced more than 3 million troy ounces (93 tonnes) of gold before closing in 1922.

The underground Kensington hardrock mine is approximately 45 miles north of Juneau. The mine site is within the City and Borough of Juneau and the Tongass National Forest.

Development and ore production occurred at the Kensington mine site from 1897 through 1938. The adjacent, also underground, Jualin mine was discovered in 1895 and operated from 1896 to 1928. Together the mines produced 40,513 ounces of gold from 75,208 tons of ore.

Interest in the dormant mines was renewed during the 1980s and 1990s. The Kensington Project is now in the final stages of permitting. The proposed underground mine will produce approximately 2,000 tons of ore per day and 400 tons per day of development rock over an estimated 10 years. The project now encompasses both the Kensington and Jualin prospects. The proposed mine, access roads, and tailings disposal areas are located on federal land overseen by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), State of Alaska tidelands, and on private patented property. The project will employ approximately 300 to 400 people during the 22 months required for construction of the facilities and 225 full time employees to operate the mine and processing facilities.

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Juneau Icefield

Locational map of major features of the Alaska Panhandle area including the Juneau Icefield in the northern portion

The Juneau Icefield or Juneau Icecap is an ice field located just north of Juneau, Alaska and continues north through the border with British Columbia and the fifth-largest ice field in the Western Hemisphere.

The Juneau Icefield is the fifth largest icefield in North America, extending through an area of 3,900 square kilometers in the Coast Range ranging 140 km north to south and 75 km east to west. The icefield is the source of a myriad of glaciers including the Mendenhall Glacier and the Taku Glacier. The icefield in fact is home to over 40 large valley glaciers and 100 smaller ones. The Icefield serves as a tourist attraction with many travellers flown in by helicopter for quick walks on the 240 to 1,400 meter deep ice and the massive, awe-inspiring crevasses. The icefield, like many of its glaciers, reached its maximum glaciation point around 1700 and has been decreasing in size since. In fact, of the icefield's 19 notable glaciers, the Taku Glacier is the only one presently advancing.

Since 1948, the Juneau Icefield Research Program has monitored glaciers of the Juneau Icefield. On the west side of the icefield, from 1946-2005, the terminus of the Mendenhall Glacier has retreated 580 meters.

Eight kilometers to the north, the Herbert Glacier has retreated 540 meters, while Eagle Glacier retreated 700 meters, Gilkey Glacier 3,500 meters and Llewellyn Glacier 2,800 m. On the south side of the icefield, the Norris Glacier retreated 1,740 meters, the East Twin Glacier 1,100 meters, and the West Twin Glacier 570 meters. Only the Taku Glacier has advanced. Surveys reveal the Taku as one of the deepest glaciers of the sub-temperate icefields surveyed at nearly 1,370 m thick. This glacier was advancing in 1890 when viewed by John Muir and had a large calving front. By 1963 the glacier had advanced 5.6 km. In 1948 the Taku Fjord had been completely filled in with glaical sediment and the glacier no longer calved. From 1948-1986 the glacier had a positive glacier mass balance driving the advance. From 1987-2005 the glacier has had a slightly negative mass balance, not enough to end the advance, but if it continues will soon slow it.

A notable peak in the Juneau Icefield is Devils Paw.

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Source : Wikipedia