Day: May 3, 2016

Study shows mining impacts mountain goat winter habitat

State biologists now have a clearer picture of how mining impacts mountain goats. The first-ever Alaska-based study on mining and mountain goat habitat was published recently. It tracked the movements of goats in the area around Kensington Mine, a gold mine between Haines and Juneau, near Berners Bay. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game study confirmed what biologists already suspected: mining impacts mountain goat habitat selection. The study’s inception coincided with the start of  Kensington mine’s development in 2005. Biologists mapped where mountain goats live in Kakuhan Range. They captured and put GPS radio collars on 75 animals,...

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Incorruptible: Saints, and skeletons, and satire, oh my!

The Lynn Canal Community Players are at it again. On the heels of a moody, period drama set in Spain, comes a darkish comedy in France. After a packed, one-month rehearsal schedule, the troupe is set to hit the stage for the opening weekend of ‘Incorruptible, a Dark Comedy About the Dark Ages.’ Apparently, it’s easier to find human bones, or replicas of human bones, in Haines than it is to find a handful of monks. Who knew? “There are a lot of people with skeletons in their closets,” says Amanda Randles, who was faced with both those challenges...

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Bear mauling victim’s condition improves

The University of Alaska professor who was mauled by a bear near Haines a couple weeks ago is now in fair condition at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. On April 18, 35-year-old Forest Wagner was attacked by a brown bear sow with at least one cub. He was leading nine students and two teaching assistants in a mountaineering course near Mt. Emmerich. No one else was injured. Wagner was medevaced to Anchorage after a student used a satellite phone to call 911. The students were evacuated from the area by helicopter. Fish and Game Biologist Stephanie Sell plans to talk...

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