June 28, 2001
SITKA, ALASKA - The waters off the coast of the old Russian capital suddenly explode with activity, both man-made and wild. Fifty-one boats carrying many of the Northwest's star fishermen maneuver the crowded waterway on this rainy afternoon, jockeying, shoving and bluffing their way into position during the countdown to the 15-minute fishing frenzy. Tenders, skiffs and other vessels carrying net operators, processors, Japanese technicians and Coast Guard and state enforcement officials stand by. "Spotter" planes buzz overhead, directing boat captains by radio to giant schools of herring.
November 11, 1991
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Trappers in Alaska got news last week that many of them had been dreading: The European Community has approved a long-threatened ban on pelts and fur products that come from countries allowing steel leg-hold traps.Such traps are commonly used across Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 states, and many of the fur sold by trappers in Alaska eventually wind up in the European market.The ban, which takes effect Jan. 1, 1995, essentially gives the rest of the world until then to develop more humane ways of trapping and killing fur-bearing animals.
August 3, 2005
Jay Hammond, 83, a bush pilot and hunting guide who served two terms as Alaska's governor and helped create the oil-royalty fund that dispenses annual dividend checks to nearly everyone in the state, died yesterday at his home in Lake Clark. A Republican who was both a conservative and conservationist, Mr. Hammond was governor from 1975 to 1982, the period when oil began flowing through the Alaska pipeline. During his time in office, Alaska's broad-based tourism industry was born, fishery stocks were revived and the Alaska Permanent Fund was created.
December 6, 2006
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore's female polar bear delivered a stillborn cub over the weekend - a disappointment, but an event that raises hope for a successful birth in the future, zoo officials announced yesterday. Alaska's handlers first glimpsed the tiny female cub about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, while watching a computer screen linked to a pair of infrared surveillance cameras monitoring her in the birthing den at the zoo. For the past four months, Alaska had been tucked away in the den in anticipation of a birth.
March 13, 2003
Rose Bezilla, a homemaker and former candy store clerk, died of cancer Saturday at Mercy Medical Center. She was 77. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rose Lewandowski worked during World War II as a telephone switchboard operator after her graduation from high school. She married John Bezilla in 1946, and the couple lived in California and Maine before settling on Fleet Street in Baltimore's Fells Point in the early 1960s. Her husband, a postal worker, died in 1994. After raising 12 children, Mrs. Bezilla worked during the 1980s as a clerk for Sweet Craft, a Harborplace candy shop.
November 27, 2009
Pfc. Christopher Pfeiffer, 20, a Westminster soldier accused of deserting his Army unit, is slowly making his way home after paperwork problems threatened to strand him in Kuwait a second time. Pfeiffer's superiors notified him last week that he might be discharged from the Army. They said he failed to return to his unit after coming home over the summer on authorized leave to take care of his sick wife and newborn daughter. Pfeiffer's family said he did everything he could to contact his chain of command and either further extend his leave or make travel arrangements back to Afghanistan.
November 6, 2006
It's sort of like the guessing game that plays out weekly in the celebrity tabloids. Have they just gained a few pounds, or is Britney, Gwyneth or J.Lo sporting a baby bump? But in this case, the possible mom-to-be doesn't have the trim waist of most starlets or much of a Hollywood following. She's close to 700 pounds and has a thick coat of honey-kissed white hair. And her fans are mostly limited to Charm City. Alaska, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore's only female polar bear, might deliver a pair of cubs in December or January, hopeful zoo officials say. Or she might not. There's no pregnancy test for polar bears.
November 25, 2005
Alaska's Ted Stevens and Don Young don't pressure easily. The perennially gruff Mr. Stevens chairs the powerful Senate Appropriations committee, which writes the details of the federal budget. He wears a Tasmanian devil tie on days when final deals are being hammered out, and remembers when colleagues cross him. Representative Young, a bearded, grizzly bear of a man, leads the House committee that shapes long-term plans for federal transportation spending. He, too, deals with his colleagues in a my-way-or-no-highway manner.
January 6, 1992
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Teresa Jones scored 50 points to lead Longview of Texas, ranked 20th by USA Today, to a 66-57 victory over Western in the fifth-place game of the Great One girls basketball tournament late Saturday night.Freshman Chanel Wright scored 22 to lead the Doves, ranked second locally.Western (8-3) held a 19-16 lead after one quarter and was within 34-33 at halftime, but Longview (17-1) outscored the Doves 15-6 in the third quarter.