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Soldier mauled by bear at base in Alaska

Southeast Alaska News - Mon, 2014-07-21 13:04

ANCHORAGE — An Alaska National Guard soldier was mauled by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base, officials said.

The female brown bear was defending her two cubs when it mauled the Alaska Army National Guard soldier Sunday morning at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.

The soldier's name was not immediately released. He was listed in stable condition Sunday afternoon at the base hospital. No other details about his condition were immediately available.

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Limo's 17 occupants uninjured in drive-by shooting

Southeast Alaska News - Mon, 2014-07-21 13:02

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police say there's been no reports of injuries after more than 30 rounds were fired at a limousine bus containing 17 people.

Police say 10 rounds hit the limo during the early Sunday morning shooting in Midtown Anchorage.

All but one of the limo's occupants fled the scene when the bus stopped.

The remaining witness told officers the limo's occupants had spent about two hours earlier in the evening at Al's Alaskan Inn. The witness wasn't aware of any altercations at the nightclub and said she didn't know why anyone would shoot at them.

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Limo's 17 occupants uninjured in drive-by shooting

Southeast Alaska News - Mon, 2014-07-21 13:02

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police say there's been no reports of injuries after more than 30 rounds were fired at a limousine bus containing 17 people.

Police say 10 rounds hit the limo during the early Sunday morning shooting in Midtown Anchorage.

All but one of the limo's occupants fled the scene when the bus stopped.

The remaining witness told officers the limo's occupants had spent about two hours earlier in the evening at Al's Alaskan Inn. The witness wasn't aware of any altercations at the nightclub and said she didn't know why anyone would shoot at them.

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Flight MH17: Black Boxes And Bodies Handed Over; U.N. Calls For Inquiry

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:59

In a late-night exchange, pro-Russian separatists have given what they say are Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17's data recorders to Malaysian officials in eastern Ukraine.

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1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:54

The last time the FCC saw this much public interest was after the Janet Jackson Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction. But research shows comments aren't likely to sway the agency's policy decision.

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For These Vegans, Masculinity Means Protecting The Planet

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:53

A group of men in New York are challenging the stereotype that eating meat signifies manliness. Instead, they say that manhood can be proven by caring for the planet, not dominating it.

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High-Performing Charter Schools May Improve Students' Health

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:43

People who graduate from high school are healthier than people who drop out. To find out why, researchers looked at whether students who got into top charter schools were avoiding health risks.

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Tenuous Progress At Jet's Crash Site, As Clashes Flare Close By

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:23

The first investigators have reached the crash site of the Malaysian airliner in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, fighting flared in Donetsk between separatists and armed groups supporting the government.

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Life Under 'The Islamic State': Order In The Shadow Of Terror

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:17

The Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State is solidifying its hold on the Iraqi city of Mosul. As it does so, the group is building a track record for how it actually governs. NPR's Leila Fadel offers a glimpse of what life is like under the group's rule.

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By Putting Interrogations On Tape, FBI Opens Window Into Questioning

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:17

The FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies will soon begin recording the interrogations they conduct. It's a reversal of decades of policy and, the Obama administration says, a demonstration that agents act appropriately, without coercing suspects. Some big loopholes remain in the policy, though.

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Israel Targets Tunnels, But Hits Elsewhere — Including Gaza Hospital

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:17

As the Israeli military expands its assault in the Gaza Strip, casualty numbers continue to grow. At last count, more than 550 Palestinians — mostly civilians — and 25 Israeli soldiers have died. On Monday, an Israeli strike hit a hospital in central Gaza, killing people in the intensive care unit.

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In Days After Jet's Downing, A Dark Cloud Hangs Over Holland

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:17

Nearly 200 Dutch citizens died in the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine. To learn about the country's response to the tragedy, Audie Cornish speaks with Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times.

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In Days After Jet's Crash, A Dark Cloud Hangs Over Holland

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:17

Nearly 200 Dutch citizens died in the Malaysian airliner crash over Ukraine. To find out more about the country's response to the tragedy, Audie Cornish speaks with Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times.

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Boston Bombing Suspect's Friend Is Convicted On Obstruction Charges

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:17

A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of impeding the investigation into the attack. Azamat Tazhayakov was found guilty Monday of obstruction of justice and conspiracy.

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Obama Signs Order To Protect Against Anti-LGBT Bias

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:17

President Obama has signed an executive order to ban bias against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees among federal contractors.

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GOP Marks Dodd-Frank's 4th Birthday With Calls For Repeal

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:17

It's been four years since Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law. On the anniversary of this sweeping overhaul of financial regulations, Republicans have released a report that argues the law falls short on one of its main tasks.

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Can The Egyptian Regime Still Play Peace Broker In Gaza Strife?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:17

Violence continues to escalate in the Gaza Strip. According to many foreign observers, Egypt must play a key role in any peace agreement between Israel and Hamas. To find out why, Robert Siegel speaks with Michele Dunne, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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No injuries in Sunday drive-by shooting in Midtown Anchorage

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Mon, 2014-07-21 12:15
No injuries in Sunday drive-by shooting in Midtown Anchorage Anchorage police said that a limousine bus with 17 passengers was the target of a drive-by shooting early Sunday morning. The vehicle was hit numerous times with bullets fired from as many as four different guns.July 21, 2014

Petersburg museum’s WWII era photo project needs help with identifications

Southeast Alaska News - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:43

A museum in Petersburg is reaching out to try and identify hundreds of World War Two era photos of people from central Southeast Alaska. The images are being archived at Petersburg’s Clausen Museum and may include photos of people from Wrangell, Kake and other remote communities.
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Volunteers and paid workers have scanned in an estimated 25-hundred images, mostly negatives, of residents and visitors who came though Petersburg in 1942, or used the waterfront.

Kathy Pool is working with the museum on the World War II Coast Guard photo identification project. “These photos were taken by Mary Allen in January and February of 1942 after Pearl Harbor in the previous month,” Pool said. “We were slapped with new regulations limiting who was allowed down along the waterfront in Petersburg and any other coastal town in Alaska.”

One of those requirements was a photo ID card issued by the Coast Guard for anyone coming and going on the waterfront and that’s where these photos come in. “The people had to supply three passport photos to the Coast Guard and be fingerprinted and give a physical description and were issued these cards that they had to have on their person when they went to the cannery to work or had to go to the fuel dock and fuel their boat or fishermen coming over from Kake to sell fish.”

Rasmus Enge (Photo courtesy of the Clausen Museum)


The negatives show faces and torsos of 1508 different people. Pool said some tried out different poses or different outfits on different days. “They were taking advantage of Mary having her equipment set up in a studio and they’d come after work in their work clothes and get their ID photo taken that they needed for their Coast Guard identification card. But they’d go home maybe the next day they’d show back up in instead of work clothes maybe a coat and tie. The women instead of in their head scarves cause they’d been working in the cannery they show up very well coifed in makeup and nice clothes and sit for a nice photograph.”

Allen died just three years later in 1945 and the images were kept in a local building until that was torn down. The negatives were rescued and given to the museum. Local historian Chris Lando identified many of the photos in the 1970s. Still there are images of 603 people that no one’s been able to identify yet. Pool thinks some may be from Kake, Wrangell and possibly Angoon and Hoonah. Some are already up on the Clausen Museum’s facebook page
Pool and several volunteers have been digitizing the images and archiving them. They’ll all ultimately end up online and available for family members. The museum also plans to send flash drives with the unknown images to neighboring communities and ask for help in IDing the photos.

Clausen director Sue McCallum said the project was funded by a collections management grant from the statewide organization Museums Alaska. “It’s the first year that they’ve had these grants and we were awarded six thousand dollars from them. Because of the urgency of this project of people who are able to identify these images are aging very rapidly and some are quite old like in their 80s. And so we’re hoping not to lose those resources, to identify the people.”

Another private donation of one thousand dollars helped buy a new computer to hold the digital images.
Pool said it’s a unique project. “1500 photos of all ages of people, age 15-84, men and women, the diversity of the ethnic backgrounds, this is a real unique slice of life here,” she said. “What a snapshot, what a gift we have.”

Pool hopes to do some public slide shows in Petersburg in August and will make house calls to show the images to anyone who can help identify people. She’ll also visit neighboring communities if needed.

From Photojournalism to Fine Art

Alaska and Yukon Headlines - Mon, 2014-07-21 10:33

15,000 people participated in Anchorage’s first Color Run on June 15, 2013. The run is a 5k race where colored powder is thrown on participants every kilometer.

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Today we’re going on a ride along with a photojournalist. Loren Holmes works for the newly rebranded Alaska Dispatch News.

Both Holmes’ father and grandfather were photographers. In fact the first room his dad built in his childhood house was a dark room. But when Holmes graduated high school he took a different path. He majored in philosophy.

“I think philosophy is sort of a prerequisite to life. It teaches you how to think critically, explore something from different angles,” Holmes says.

But Holmes could only hold out so long before he got the photography bug. Luckily, he was able to apply those philosophical principles to his new career.

“Your life experiences will influence your photography. So the more you can think critically and differently, the more interesting I think your photos will be,” Holmes says.

Holmes originally fell in love the tradition of photojournalism; the planning, the editing, the ethics. But he says the profession is changing, and it’s changing fast.

“Where I work social media is so important. I’m expected to post on Twitter, post on Instagram and Facebook. I’m supposed to post photos that people will like and share,” Holmes says.

Holmes says he likes apps like Instagram, and the seemingly infinite number of great photos you can find on them. But he says there’s a trade off; a drop in what he calls “visual literacy.”

“I think people don’t think about photos they way they used to, I don’t think they think about their meaning, and I don’t think they give them enough mental time as they used to and as they probably should. It just gets lost so quickly now, and that’s a little concerning,” Holmes says.

Today Holmes won’t be posting to Instagram or Facebook. He’s driving out to Palmer for a portrait series he’s working on.

“It’s a project on Alaska’s centenarians: Alaskans that are over 100 years old. So I’m trying to interview as many as I can, make some portraits of them, and just find out about their lives and how they’ve seen Alaska change,” Holmes says.

Holmes isn’t working on a daily deadline for this project. That gives him time to interact with his subjects; something he rarely gets to do.

A portrait of centenarian Margaret Lucas that Holmes captured:

Margaret Lucas, born February 14, 1914 in Denver, Colorado. Photographed in her Palmer, Alaska home on July 16, 2014.

Holmes tells me that in addition to his job with the Dispatch, he sits on the board of the Alaska Photographic Center, a group that deals mostly with fine art photography. He says the contrast between that role, and this one might seem stark.

“Photojournalists don’t stage events. They don’t manipulate the scene. They don’t Photoshop things out of or into the photo. So a lot of those things that are common and expected in the fine art world wouldn’t be accepted in a newspaper,” Holmes says.

Holmes says he is constantly trying to incorporate the “wow” of fine art into his daily pictures.

“The great power of photography is the emotional impact it makes. A photojournalist is recording the facts before them, a moment in time. But it’s not just what’s literally in the photo that makes it a good photo. It’s the emotional impact you get when you see that photo that makes it a great photo,” Holmes says.

For more information on Alaska Photographic Center’s Rarified Light 2014, including the upcoming lecture by Joyce Tenneson, visit: www.akphotocenter.org

More photos from Loren Holmes:

Karan Nixon’s disabled rabbit, Tubby, seen here on May 21, 2012, inherited his wheeled cart from George, who was killed by a black bear last year in Nixon’s yard. Nixon became famous for chasing after the bear in her slippers.

Jake Berkowitz passes by an old truck on his way into Anvik during the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 8, 2013.

A coronal mass ejection from the sun created stunning northern lights on March 16, 2013.

Children play on the sea ice in Diomede, Alaska on March 13, 2013. They can’t stray too far from the village, lest they either meet a polar bear or cross the International Date Line, a mere 1 mile away.

Charles Brower, Jr helps butcher Kaktovik’s first whale of the year, a 44 foot long bowhead on September 6, 2012.

A spectacular early spring sunset over downtown Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city on April 25, 2012.

Iditarod winner Mitch Seavey’s headlamp creates a streak of light as he crosses the sea ice before dawn near Koyuk during the 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 11, 2013.

The Iñupiat Eskimo village of Kivalina, seen on December 11, 2012, sits on a narrow barrier island off Alaska’s Chukchi Sea coast. A new stone seawall has helped curb erosion from winter storms, but it is only a stopgap, at some point in the near future the village will have to move.

From left, Jonas Mackenzie, Eddie Rexford and Karl Brower prepare to butcher a bowhead whale head on the beach in Kaktovik, Alaska on Sept 6, 2012. The predominantly Iñupiat Eskimo village is allotted 3 whale strikes per year as part of their subsistence harvest.

A stump burns on Monday, May 26, 2014 near the Upper Killey River, a tributary of the Kenai River. The Funny River fire burned through the area overnight.

Sam Werner walks a fire line near Browns Lake, looking for hot spots, on Saturday, May 24, 2014. The Funny River fire had burned up to the line three hours before.

An airplane prepares to drop retardant on a fire burning on the edge of Browns Lake in the Funny River neighborhood of Soldotna on Saturday afternoon, May 24, 2014. The Funny River fire burned over 100,000 acres on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.

A musher nears Shaktoolik on March 9, 2014. Norton Sound, behind, is usually frozen this time of year.

Dallas Seavey mushes on the Yukon River between Ruby and Galena on March 7, 2014. Seavey won his second Iditarod race a few days later.

A group of Sandhill Cranes flies in formation above Alaska.

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