for assault in road rage incident
A Juneau man was cited in a road rage incident from
Police Sergeant Chris Gifford says they received a
report of an assault in the area of Northwood Drive at
He says the caller, a 41 year-old man, reported he had
been confronted in a parking lot regarding his driving.
The man said during the confrontation, the other man
punched him in the face, causing a minor injury.
Police later contacted the suspect in this incident,
identified as 47 year-old Albert Garrison.
Garrison was subsequently arrested for Assault, and also
cited for Driving Without a License.
He was jailed at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center,
and the vehicle he was driving was impounded.
Sergeant Gifford says alcohol was not a factor in this
turkey drippings subject of fire department call
A fire call related to the preparation of a turkey was
reported by Capital City Fire Rescue.
Captain Roy Johnston says the call came in at 1:53 p. m.
in the 8600 block of Maryland Avenue in the Valley.
He says it was determined to be smoke from turkey
drippings. No fire was found upon their arrival, he
among Democrats targeted by Republicans in Black Friday
You may be getting more than a deal when you go bargain
hunting this Black Friday.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee is
launching an online and grassroots ad campaign today
targeting shoppers in states with critical 2014 Senate
Republican volunteers will be putting flyers on cars
outside of shopping centers slamming Democratic
candidates on Obamacare.
One of the flyers targeting Alaska Senator Mark Begich,
looks like a discount ad with the copy reading: "Black
Friday Sell Out!!!"
Replacing Tustumena a
priority for marine board
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The chairman of the Marine
Transportation Advisory Board says replacing the
troubled Tustumena ferry is the board's top priority.
Chairman Robert Venables of Haines said at a recent board
meeting that the Tustumena is important to the
transportation infrastructure of Western Alaska. The
Tustumena was out of commission for nearly a year. It
returned to service last month, six months later than
The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports that the Alaska
Marine Highway System has contracted with a Seattle
marine engineering firm to help with the process of
replacing the vessel.
The system's general manager, Capt. John Falvey, says
the cost will likely be several hundred million dollars.
He says the state's Vessel Replacement Fund has enough
money to complete pre-construction work.
(Alaska Journal of Commerce)
LeConte sailings cancelled,
Taku to take up some of the slack
All sailings of the ferry LeConte have been cancelled
The Marine Highway reports that is due to a mechanical
issue with the vessel's bow thruster.
vessel will go to the shipyard in Ketchikan for repairs.
Jeremy Woodrow of State DOT says the LeConte is
tentatively scheduled to resume sailing Tuesday,
traveling from Juneau to Gustavus and Hoonah and then
back to Juneau again.
The ferry was sidelined temporarily in June after it was
discovered that the bow thruster was not working
To accommodate travelers affected by the canceled
sailings, the Taku will said a revised schedule from
Saturday through Thursday.
Woodrow says the schedule will include additional trips
in Lynn Canal from the Juneau to Haines and Skagway on
Saturday and Sunday.
As a result, he says the Take will be about 12 hours
behind schedule through December 5.
offender picked up on warrant in Craig for failure to
A Prince of Wales Island sex offender was taken into
custody for failure to register.
A dispatch from Alaska State Troopers says 33 year old
Randy A. James of Craig was taken into custody Tuesday
on a $1,000 Craig Police Department warrant.
He was jailed at the Craig jail pending arraignment.
Hoonah hunters sentenced
for illegal deer hunt
Two Hoonah men have been sentenced for using artificial
light to shoot a deer at night.
Alaska State Troopers say 46 year old Patrick Glover and
37 year old Charlie Wright were caught by an Alaska
Wildlife Troopers patrol on November 10.
Both appeared in court Monday and entered guilty pleas,
according to the dispatch issued Thursday.
Wright was fined $2,000 with $1,000 suspended and placed
on one year probation. He was also given the option of
buying back his rifle for $450.
Glover was fined $1,000 with $500 suspended and also
placed on probation for a year.
In addition, neither man can hunt, aid other hunters
or accompany other hunters for one year.
explosive from Southeast site
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — An industrial explosives
company operating on Prince of Wales Island is reporting
the theft of blasting agent.
Alaska State Troopers say the explosive and power tools
belonging to Austin Powder Co. of Ketchikan were stolen
from a remote facility 10 miles outside of Klawock.
Spokeswoman Megan Peters tells the Ketchikan Daily News
by email that the amount was what one person could
She says that amount is potentially quite dangerous.
A reciprocating saw and two electric drills also were
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives also was notified of the theft.
(Ketchikan Daily News)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say two
Grayling men were rescued after they were reported
overdue from a snowmachine trip.
KTUU-TV reports one man was spotted Wednesday near
Anvik. Searchers found the other man about 5 miles
downriver of Grayling.
Troopers say the men were reportedly drunk when they set
off Tuesday evening for the roughly 20-mile trip along
the Yukon River. The trip typically takes less than an
hour, but troopers were contacted when the men failed to
show in Anvik.
Troopers say local residents tried to stop the two as
they were leaving Grayling, and later tried
unsuccessfully to find them.
Volunteer searchers on snowmachines found 31-year-old
Derek Aaron Kruger and took him to Anvik. A state pilot
picked up and flew 31-year-old Jack Charles Nicholi to
Grayling's medical clinic.
Atigun Pass avalanche
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An avalanche spread debris onto
the Dalton Highway at Atigun Pass and a road crew
Thursday was working to clear the roadway.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the avalanche was
reported somewhere between Miles 235 to 254.
Winds that reached 40 p.m. and drifting snow were also
causing problems for drivers on the mostly gravel road
to Prudhoe Bay.
The state Department of Transportation required chains
on tires for travel.
High wind also created difficult driving Thursday on the
Steese Highway. A road crew was working to keep snow
from drifting into the road at Eagle Summit.
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
trapping season opens in Unit 4
The trapping season for marten, river otter, mink and
weasel opens Sunday in Game Management Unit 4 which
consists of Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof Islands.
The beaver season for Unit 4 opened November 10.
The trapping season runs through February 15 for most
species in Unit 4.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says exceptions
are the marten, mink, and weasel season closure on
December 31 in the north Chichagof Island area and the
beaver season which remains open until April 30.
In addition to obtaining a trapping license, the
department says trappers must have marten, river otter,
and beaver hides sealed within 30 days after the close
of the season by Fish and Game staff, Alaska Wildlife
Troopers, or State-appointed fur sealers.
A release from the department reminds trappers that in
Units 1 through 5 traps and snares are required to be
individually marked with a permanent metal tag with the
trapper’s name and address, or the trapper’s permanent
ID number, or traps and snares are set within 50 yards
of a sign that lists this information.
Detailed requirements are located in the 2013-2014
Alaska Trapping Regulations or online.
Trappers are cautioned by the department to use
discretion in the placement of traps and snares near
trails, recreational and residential areas where people
and pets congregate.
It advises avoiding placing sets in high use areas to
minimize conflicts between trappers and other users.
Pet owners are reminded to maintain control over their
pets to reduce encounters with legally set traps and
snares. Leash laws, where applicable, should be
followed. A person may not obstruct, hinder, or disturb
a lawful trapping effort.
reduces fine for mayoral candidate
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Public Offices
Commission has reduced a fine for a former Fairbanks
Vivian Stiver and the corporation that owns the Ranch
Motel were each fined $650 for a campaign-finance
violation before the October election. The Fairbanks
Daily News-Miner reports that the commission's staff had
recommended a larger fine of $1,300 each for Stiver and
the motel company.
The commission ruled Tuesday that the candidate and the
motel violated campaign finance law by devoting motel
office space and staff time to the campaign. Commission
staff estimated the motel spent $31.69 in staff time on
behalf of the Stiver campaign. The candidate was ordered
to repay the motel.
Ranch Motel manager Donna Gilbert says she plans to
request that the fine be reconsidered.
Stiver lost the election to John Eberhart.
Registration for Kenai
flooding relief delayed
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The state disaster office has
pushed back the start date for those affected by the
October Kenai flooding to register for individual grant
The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency
Management said Tuesday they now plan to open disaster
assistance centers, as well and online and telephone
registration during the week of Dec. 8, the Peninsula
Clarion reported. Officials had initially planned to do
so the week of Dec. 2.
Officials say the delay would allow out-of-state
contractors to arrive and be properly trained on
On Nov. 18, Gov. Sean Parnell declared the Oct. 28
flooding on the Kenai Peninsula a disaster.
Kenai Peninsula Borough officials estimated that 120
homes were affected by the flooding and that $2.1
million in damages occurred to private.
kayaks recovered after posted on Facebook
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A 20-year-old Kodiak man is facing
a felony theft charge, after the owner of two stolen
kayaks spotted his nabbed items in a Facebook photo.
The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports Gerardo Rodas was
arraigned last week in Kodiak District Court on one
count of second-degree theft. He is accused of stealing
two kayaks from a yard.
Court documents show the owner of the kayaks reported
the items stolen, and told police he saw another man
post a photo of kayaks on Facebook that included one
similar to his.
Police determined the kayaks pictured were the missing
The man who posted the photo told police he was storing
them for a friend. When contacted by police, Rodas
allegedly admitted to taking the kayaks.
(Kodiak Daily Mirror)
Park: Fewer wolf viewings
in Denali National Park
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Park officials say visitors to
Denali National Park and Reserve are seeing fewer wolves
as the predator's numbers continue to decline.
The National Park Service said Wednesday that
researchers randomly sampled 80 bus trips that travel in
the park this summer and found that bus riders only
spotted wolves on three occasions. That continues a
downward trend in recent years.
The Anchorage Daily News reports the trend seems to
correspond with a steady decrease in the number of
wolves researchers themselves are seeing. They estimated
the park's population at 55 wolves during the spring
count, the fewest since the research began in 1986.
Meanwhile, environmental groups on Wednesday asked state
and federal officials to consider expanding protections
About 400,000 visit the park each year.
(Anchorage Daily News)
Thanksgiving dinner at Hangar
The Salvation Army in Juneau hosted its annual
Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Hangar at the Wharf.
Lt. Lance Walters says it was a success.
He says they served 485 meals, 100 more than last year.
He thanked the 60 volunteers and everyone else who
Army kettles on the street
The Salvation Army Christmas Kettles are out beginning
Lieutenant Dana Walters of the Salvation Army says they
are always looking for volunteers to staff the kettles.
She says it could be individuals or groups.
To make arrangements, call the Salvation Army at
Public Market helps kicks off holiday season and Black
The three day Juneau Public Market kicked off Friday at
Centennial Hall and the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.
Doors opened at Noon and remain open today until 8 p.m.
The hours Saturday and Sunday are 10 to 5 .
Peter Metcalfe organizes the event each year.
He says there will be between 160 to 170 vendors. About
45 will be first time vendors.
Nine vendors are coming from the Lower 49 states, from
Virginia to Hawaii. He says about 32 communities in
Alaska, from Ketchikan to Fairbanks, are represented.
The cost of admission for all three days is seven
Santa Claus will be there Sunday for three hours
beginning at 11 a.m.
For more information visit the website.
out for Anchorage holiday deals
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Annie Luck's Black Friday
started Wednesday and included a mannequin.
The 53-year-old Anchorage woman set up a lawn chair at 4
p.m. Wednesday to stake out first place in line for the
opening of Best Buy at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The Anchorage Daily News reports Luck wore five pairs of
pants and five shirts to stay warm in 16-degree
Luck was shopping for three teenage sons. She figured
she could save $1,100 by getting to the store early for
two laptop computers and three iPods.
She spent part of Wednesday night sleeping in her car. A
dummy in a face mask and construction hat held her
Luck says she wished she could have been home to cook
Thanksgiving dinner but she's "going with the flow now."
( Anchorage Daily News)
Douglas Christmas Tree
lighting & and Santa Skate set for Friday evening
The community of Douglas kicks off the Christmas season
Susanne Williams is the secretary for the Douglas 4th of
July Committee which also organizes events this time of
She says the lights on their Christmas Tree in Pioneer
Plaza at the Pavilion in Savikko Park will be turned on
at 6:30 p.m.
Williams says Mayor Merrill Sanford will do the honors.
The tree was put up Saturday.-
Refreshments will be served at the Treadwell Ice Arena
at 7:15 by the Douglas Community United Methodist
Church. They will set up a box their to collect canned
goods and non-perishable food for the church's pantry
A Santa Skate will Santa and his Merry Elves is planned
from 7:45 to 9. All children 12 and under can skate for
free. Williams says that will include the skates and the
Fire department Pancake
Feed set for Saturday morning
The annual Pancake Feed fundraiser sponsored by the
Capital City Fire Rescue Auxiliary is this Saturday.
The auxiliary's Robin Long says is from 8 to 11 a.m. at
Thunder Mountain High School.
Which will include pancakes, of course, sausage, coffee
and orange juice.
The cost is $10 for all you can eat. Long says the kid's
photos are included in the price of admission.
economy grows in first half of year
Alaska’s average monthly employment grew one-half
percent in the first half of 2013, gaining 1,766 average
State Labor Economist Caroline Schultz says modest
growth in the private sector offset a 1.3 percent
decline in government
employment from the first half of 2012.
Wage growth also increased by a half percent, she says.
Employers paid $8.3 billion in wages in the first half
Private-sector job growth was driven largely by the
education and health services industry and the natural
resources and mining industry, which increased by 939
and 731 jobs respectively. The leisure and hospitality
industry and wholesale trade added close to 400 jobs
Industries that lost jobs included retail trade,
information, transportation and warehousing, and
construction, which lost between 100 and 200 jobs each
in the first half of 2013.
Private-sector declines weren’t as severe as losses in
federal and local government. Federal employment fell by
a monthly average of 840 jobs in the first six months of
2013, and local government decreased by 450 jobs.
count increases by 2 this week to 1,763
HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes
Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and
natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to
The Houston-based company said in its weekly report
Wednesday that 1,391 rigs were exploring for oil and 367
for gas. Five were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago
there were 1,811 rigs.
Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Oklahoma and
Texas each gained three rigs, Kansas and Louisiana
gained two each and North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and
Wyoming one apiece.
West Virginia, meanwhile, lost three rigs, California
lost two and Alaska, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah lost
one apiece. Arkansas' count was unchanged.
The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed
at 488 in 1999.
State suspends Medicaid billing
by home health care provider
Department of Health and Social Services suspended the
Medicaid billing privileges of home-health-care business
Good Faith Services as of Nov. 25, 2013. Good Faith
offers in-home care, transportation and care
coordination services to Medicaid recipients.
The Department is required
to suspend billing if a business that bills Medicaid has
both a credible allegation of fraud against it and it is
being investigated for Medicaid fraud.
In February, 2013, the
Department of Health and Social Services’ Medicaid
Program Integrity section and Division of Senior and
Disabilities Services asked the state Department of
Law’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to investigate
Health and Social Services
alleges that Good Faith billed the state for services
that its employees did not provide.
The state Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is investigating,
and has charged 39 company employees with Medicaid
fraud. The state has not charged the company with fraud.
The Medicaid billing
suspension is temporary; it would become permanent
should there be a conviction of a crime related to these
allegations. The company has appealed the suspension.
“We will continue to
support this ongoing investigation to protect the
integrity of the Medicaid program,” said Senior and
Disabilities Division Director Duane Mayes.
The Department of Health
and Social Services routinely refers cases to the
Department of Law for further investigation.
Southeast non-profits win Rasmuson grants
The Rasmuson Foundation has awarded $9.7 Million in
awards to support non-profit activities and continue
initiatives aimed at strengthening the nonprofit sector
and Alaska communities.
Three awards were made in Southeast Alaska.
Haines Assisted Living, Incorporated, will use a
$400,000 award and a challenge grant up to $99,000 to
construct a new veterans housing complex and centralized
nonprofit center to provide wellness services to
veterans and the broader community there.
The Ketchikan Youth Initiatives will receive two grants
amounting to $98,300 and $20,000 to compete interior
renovations of a community youth center.
The Organized Village of Kasaan will receive a $450,000
grant to restore the last Haida Clan House in Alaska.
$50,000 of the award requires a match.