When a Greenpeace contingent arrived in Ketchikan on their 237-foot yacht, complete with helicopter and speedboats, their reception was cool except among a few local environmentalists. Greenpeace's representative in Alaska, Melanie Duchin of Anchorage, said: "As an Alaskan and an American, I'm shocked at the way Ketchikan has reacted to our visit. The city's attempts to silence us are not typical of Alaskans, and they will not prevent us from continuing on with this tour or our efforts to protect the nation's endangered forests."
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Gov. Sean Parnell's recent appointee to the Board of Game, Al Barrette, has a conflict of interest that is cause for denial of his confirmation.
Polly Hessing remembers the night a sleepless visitor to Round Island mistook a singing walrus for an acoustic guitarist. "Walrus vocalizations are very beautiful and unique," she said. "They sound like harps. We actually had a camper come by one night who said, 'Somebody is playing guitar and I can't find out where they are,' It was a walrus."
This photo, titled "An Acre of Herring, Douglas, Alaska," shows the once-prominent herring fisheries of Southeast Alaska during the early 20th century.
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