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What's in Bloom: Bighead Knapweed

...Canada, it is listed as a noxious weed. This large perennial grows to almost five feet tall with bright yellow flower heads up to four inches across. It is native to the Caucasus Mountains of Eurasia between the Black and Caspian Seas.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-07-25/whats-bloom-bighead-knapweed
Outdoors
The negatives:

...suicide attacks on the rail station and a trolley bus - have escalated the security alarm. Sochi is located on the edge of the Caucasus region, where insurgents are seeking to create an Islamic state. Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov has urged his fighters...

http://juneauempire.com/sports/2014-01-07/negatives
Sports
Putin visits bomb-hit Volgograd

...Islamic state have largely confined their attacks to the North Caucasus region in recent years. The blasts in Volgograd signaled that...Volgograd is about 300 kilometers (200 miles) north of the Caucasus and about 690 kilometers (430 miles) northeast of Sochi...

http://juneauempire.com/gary-peach/2014-01-02/putin-visits-bomb-hit-volgograd
Sochi opening: Let Putin's games begin

...game and is presenting hundreds of skaters, skiers and other champions in the arenas on Sochi's seashore and in the nearby Caucasus Mountains slopes of Krasnaya Polyana.While the United States, Norway and Germany are seen as leading medal contenders...

http://juneauempire.com/sports/2014-02-07/sochi-opening-let-putins-games-begin
Sports
Caught in the Caucasus

When the Soviet Union collapsed, many ex-bloc countries experienced a cultural awakening. In Kyrgyzstan, the artists fled.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/052506/loc_20060525071.shtml
News
For an attack of ignorance, take this

...politics and prospects of the Balkans, the Middle East and the Caucasus - subjects that seem never to be, though they ought, part...to the Black Sea and along the Anatolian plain, into the Caucasus, onto the shore of the Caspian, and finally into the far...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/021303/thi_ferncolumn.shtml
This WeeK
Around Town

...1705 Anka St. No. 1, next to the Gastineau Human Services campus. Details: 780-6775, 209-5880. "Turkey and Caucasus Region of the Former USSR," reception at 6:30 p.m., talk at 7 p.m., Dimond Court Building. Talk given by Thomas...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/100804/loc_around.shtml
News
Juneau Empire Story Archive

...levels and even national missile defense was secondary to the main issue for Putin: that the Carpathians, the Baltics, the Caucasus and Central Asia be recognized as parts of the Russian sphere of influence. Putin means to stabilize his country's power...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/062201/Ope_Summit.shtml
Summit spinner is also summit winner

...levels and even national missile defense was secondary to the main issue for Putin: that the Carpathians, the Baltics, the Caucasus and Central Asia be recognized as parts of the Russian sphere of influence. Putin means to stabilize his country's power...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/062201/Ope_Summit.html
Opinion
A US-European strategy with Putin's Russia

...done productively with Putin's Russia while helping protect the security of its neighbors.? Corboy is director of the Caucasus Policy Institute at King's College London and a former European Commission ambassador to Georgia and Armenia. Courtney is...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2011-10-09/us-european-strategy-putins-russia
Opinion

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