While we wait for the high winds to begin, sometime after midnight tonight, the snow line has now crept below the tree line. The general feeling around town is, "Gee, it would be nice if the snow would hold off, but looks like we're going to have some soon." Ya think?
I've mentioned the proposed Pebble Mine, above the headwaters of Bristol Bay, which threatened the largest salmon spawning grounds in the world. A couple of weeks ago, the primary partner pulled out, expressing a desire to work on "less risky" projects. Today, the newspaper reports "Developers of the proposed Pebble gold and copper mine are laying off staff and ending contracts as a result of partner Anglo American pulling out of the project..." I can't say this hurts my feelings. I'll repeat for the record that I'm not opposed to the mine itself, but the proposed location couldn't be worse.
From the Chilkat Valley News: A 61-year-old Haines bow hunter said he decided to emulate a charging bear last week when he found he didn't have time to go for his gun. “I ran at it and waved my arms and shrieked like a woman,” said Don Nash. It worked. The bear stopped about 15 feet away and retreated, much to the relief of the local fisherman.
Lastly, the APD says a telephone scam is making the rounds in the Anchorage area.
Since late August, APD has received a total of 57 reports of the "Jury Duty" scam and in some cases the complainants actually provided funds to the scammers - in one case thousands of dollars, police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said in an emailed statement. Reports indicate the scammers are now using actual officer names.
This time, phony callers are sometimes pretending to be police Chief Mark Mew or Capt. Bill Miller.
Police in August warned the public about a similar scam involving callers pretending to be police officers who told targets they'd missed jury duty but could avoid arrest by buying officers pre-paid debit cards.
Some folks reported that they've already paid thousands of dollars to the scammers. It seems P.T. Barnum was an optimist.