Library bids opened...Dawson apparent low
The bids are in for Juneau's new library at Dimond Park.
Library Director Robert Barr says they had three qualified bidders.
The apparent low bidder is Dawson Construction at $11 Million.
That's slightly higher than the engineer's estimate of $10.6
Million, but Barr is not concerned.
He says the difference can be made up either through changes in the
project or additional grant funding or donations.
He says a ground breaking won't be scheduled until the Assembly
okays the bid award.
The Assembly Public Works Committee is scheduled to review the bid
The new library is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2015.
Assembly COW to hear updates on flood plain
mapping, economic plan and housing
The Assembly Committee of the Whole will receive an update at Monday
evening's meeting on flood plain mapping by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency that would have had a costly impact to some Juneau
residents as originally drafted.
Mayor Merrill Sanford talked about that on Action Line Friday. He
said progress has been made in Washington, D. C. by the city's
lobbyists and by members of the state's Congressional delegation.
The mayor says they've been working with all Juneau residents who
have property in the flood zone to have it accurately mapped. He
says the Community Development Department has worked with the 265
property owners who saw increases in their insurance coverage or could
not obtain insurance at all.
The committee will be updated on work to date on the Assembly's goal
of crafting a ten year economic development plan.
That process was kicked off recently with a town meeting and the
mayor is pleased with the start that's been made.
Members will review their housing matrix to mark progress that's
been made on the goal to create additional affordable housing in the
In a meeting just prior to the Committee of the Whole, the Lands
Committee will take up the rezoning of Pederson Hill that is aimed
at accommodating the construction of housing.
The Lands Committee convenes at 5 p.m. Monday and the Committee of
the Whole at 6.
Revised sailings for Kennicott
Due to a high volume of traffic, the Kennicott
departed Kodiak Monday approximately 7 hours behind schedule.
The vessel will sail a revised schedule this week.
The ferry will resume its previously published schedule Thursday
departing Ketchikan en route to Bellingham, Wash.
An updated schedule is available at
FerryAlaska.com. AMHS staff
is contacting affected passengers.
Teen arrested for DWI
19 year old Joseph Satron was arrested on Glacier
Hwy Sunday afternoon around 4:30 for DWI.
Satron registered .199% breath alcohol content.
He was transported to and lodged at LCCC.
Explosion on Shell Simmons Drive injurers one
There was an outside gas or vapor combustion
explosion Sunday morning on Shell Simmons Drive.
Capital City Fire Rescue was dispatched just after 6:00 A.M. in
response to the explosion and for emergency medical services. One
patient was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for further
Approximately 2-3 gallons of ethylene glycol had exploded in the
area. The spill was contained and the agency was advised to finish
cleaning the area.
Inmate found dead at Eagle River women's jail
EAGLE RIVER, Alaska (AP) — A 24-year-old inmate
at a women's prison has been found dead in her cell.
The Alaska Bureau of Investigations Major Crimes Unit announced
Monday that the inmate was found dead last Thursday in her cell at
Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River.
Correctional officers found Amanda Kernak of Kokhanok unresponsive
during a routine security check at 1:35 a.m.
A release says lifesaving efforts weren't successful.
Authorities say no foul play is suspected, and the State Medical
Examiner's Office took custody of the body. Her next-of-kin have
A Department of Corrections spokeswoman says Alaska State Troopers
are investigating Kernak's death.
Family seeks answers in Alaska inmate's death
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 20-year-old California parolee found dead
in his Alaska jail cell was being held even though his case had been
dismissed more than a week earlier.
The Alaska fugitive case against Davon Mosley of Bakersfield,
Calif., was dropped March 27 after California authorities declined
Mosley was arrested in Anchorage March 16 on a fugitive warrant from
California. He died April 4.
Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kaci Schroeder declined to
comment, saying the death is under investigation.
His fiance, Vernesia Gordon, said officials kept her from visiting
Mosley after March 23. Gordon also says Mosley, who was
schizophrenic and bipolar, told her he wasn't allowed to take his
Gordon has hired a lawyer to investigate.
Mosley served 14 months in California after attacking family members
with a machete.
Minimum wage bills wins by narrow margin in
The State House approved legislation Sunday evening that would
preempt the minimum wage initiative that is scheduled to appear on
the August Primary Election.
The current minimum wage in Alaska is $7.75.
The initiative would raise that to $8.75 on Jan. 1, 2015, and to
$9.75 a year later.
House Bill 384 would increase the minimum wage to $9.00 initially
and then to $10 a year later.
It would be adjusted annually for inflation after that. If that
amount is less than one dollar above the federal minimum wage, than
it would be one dollar above.
The House bill would take effect six months earlier than the
Critics of the legislation said a similar ballot question was
preempted by the Legislature in 2002, but the minimum wage was
gutted a year later.
The measure was approved on a narrow 22 to 18 vote.
It passed on reconsideration on the
same legislative day 21 to 19 and was sent to the Senate.
Chenault talks to floor to call out actions
of minimum wage lobbyist,
House Speaker Mike Chenault handled over his gavel to Majority
Leader Lance Pruitt after the minimum wage debate to air his
complaints over what he considered the unsavory lobbying by a backer
of the minimum wage initiative.
Former Labor Commissioner Ed Flanagan flashed a sign of a dollar
sign during last week's hearing on the bill by the House Labor and
Chenault told members they voted for they believed was good public
policy and that the House will not be coerced, threatened, or strong
armed into any other decision than the vote they took.
In his opinion Flanagan says the
speaker was overreacting and intentionally so to what he admitted
was a clumsy attempt to get the attention of a committee member to
inquire about a fiscal note.
That was spurred by a $2,000 Department of Labor statement of cost
which Flanagan thought could merit a Finance Committee referral.
He said the speaker confronted him in a capitol building hallway
afterwards. He didn't realize until afterwards that the fiscal note
had been zeroed out.
Flanagan realized that what he did could be misconstrued and he
offered an apology to Chenault.
Flanagan said a Finance referral would have slowed the measure down
which he was interested in doing.
Flanagan says its his opinion that the legislation is aimed at
knocking the initiative off the ballot.
UPDATE: Medicaid funding bill
clears the Legislature
The Alaska House approved legislation Sunday evening that would
further define medically necessary abortions for purposes of
The Senate bill is similar to regulations adopted by the state
health commissioner that are being challenged in court.
The measure was approved on a 23 to 17 vote and sent back to the
Senate which must concur with House changes or send it to a
The House version of SB49 removes
language added in the Senate, calling for expanded family planning
The bill's sponsor, Sen. John Coghill, supported removing that
language, calling it a mandate beyond what the state offers.
Minority Democrats sought unsuccessfully to reinsert that provision,
saying improved access to those services will help reduce unplanned
pregnancies and abortions.
Supporters say the state shouldn't have to pay for elective
abortions. Critics say the bill raises constitutional questions.
The Senate concurred in the House
The bill now goes to the Governor.
Young rival Dunbar raises nearly $17K in
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democratic U.S. House
hopeful Forrest Dunbar has reported raising nearly $17,000 during
the first quarter of this year.
Dunbar reported having about $27,000 on hand as of March 31. He also
reported a $12,000 debt to the state Democratic party for campaign
Dunbar is seeking his party's nomination for the seat that's been
held by Republican Rep. Don Young since 1973.
Young reported bringing in more than $77,000 between January and
March and ending the quarter with nearly $700,000 on hand.
Dr. Walter Soboleff Day bill passes Senate
The State Senate Saturday unanimously approved the House bill that
makes Nov. 14 of each year Dr. Walter Soboleff Day in Alaska.
The Tlingit elder died in 2011 at the age of 102.
His old friend Eagle River Senator Fred Dyson carried the bill on
the floor. He remembered Soboleff as a man who lived with
dignity and had a tremendous impact on others.
Ground was broken last year by the Sealaska Heritage Institute on
the Walter Soboleff Center in downtown Juneau. The center is to be
dedicated, in part, to furthering public understanding of Alaska
The measure now goes to the Governor.
Juneau jury in cold case murder returns
A Juneau Superior Court jury has returned a verdict in the trial of
53 year-old Robert Kowalski of Columbia Falls, Montana, after a four
The jury on Friday found Kowalski guilty of murder in the 2nd degree
for the shooting death of Sandra Perry, of Seattle, Washington,
according to a dispatch from Alaska State Troopers.
The shooting occurred in Yakutat on July 21st 1996. Perry was
38-years old at the time of her death.
The jury found that Kowalski had acted with extreme indifference to
the value of human life in killing Perry.
Kowalski had also been charged with murder first degree for the
incident, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on that charge.
A status hearing will be held in late April to determine if the
state intends to retry Kowalski on the murder in the first degree
charge, after which a sentencing date will be set. Kowalski could
receive a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison.
Over 20 witnesses from four states were called by the state to
Juneau to testify during the month long trial.
Foot chase causes trooper and suspect to
fall through ice
Alaska State Troopers received a 911 call
reporting a male seemed to be impaired at Hamilton's Store in Cooper
Landing Sunday afternoon around 5:45.
The male was seen leaving in a silver sedan, heading northbound
towards Anchorage. The vehicle was stopped at mile 37.5 of the
The male passenger was identified as Jacob McGrew, 36 of Minnesota,
and was confirmed to have an extraditable warrant out of Minnesota.
McGrew refused to cooperate and fled on foot where he ran through a
swamp and fell through the ice. The Trooper also broke through the
The water was about waist deep. The Trooper was able to apprehend
McGrew was transported by Cooper Landing EMS to Central Peninsula
Hospital in Soldotna to be evaluated before being remanded. The
Trooper was not injured and did not need medical attention.
Tire expert testifies in Kodiak murder trial
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tire expert says it's
unlikely that a nail found in the tire of the man charged in a
Kodiak double homicide was picked up on a roadway.
Gary Bolden says the long nail likely was perpendicular to the tread
and probably inserted mechanically.
Bolden testified Monday in the trial of James Wells, who's charged
with murder in the shooting deaths of Richard Belisle (BEL'-eye-ul)
and James Hopkins on April 12, 2012 at a Coast Guard Communication
Station on Kodiak Island.
Wells worked with the victims and claimed he was delayed that
morning because he stopped to change a flat tire.
Prosecutors say he instead drove to the shop at the communications
station, shot his co-workers and returned home to establish an
Investigator testifies on timing of Kodiak
DAN JOLING, Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Coast Guard investigator says James Wells
had time to drive to a Coast Guard communications station, gun down
two co-workers and head for home during a 34-minute period when a
security camera recorded his truck along a Kodiak road.
Joe Sturgis testified Monday in the trial of Wells, who's charged
with murder in the deaths of Richard Belisle (BEL'-eye-ul) and James
Hopkins on April 12, 2012.
Prosecutors are trying to account for Wells' whereabouts that
morning from 6:48 to 7:22 when his truck was recorded passing the
Coast Guard base gate and returning.
Wells claims he stopped to check on a soft tire and drove home to
Sturgis says driving at the speed limit gave Wells time to reach the
communications station and return.
Alaskan Pulitzer Prize winner for
The 2014 Pulitzer Prize
winner for music is John Luther Adams. a onetime executive director
of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.
The Alaska-based composer and author's work has long been inspired
by the natural world he's experienced, and the Pulitzer committee
was attracted to the real-world feel of "Become Ocean," which was
informed by the waters off the coast of Alaska and the Pacific
The committee said the composition is a "haunting orchestral work
that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of melting
polar ice and rising sea levels." The piece was commissioned by the
Seattle Symphony, which debuted the work in June.
The 60-year-old has taught at Harvard University, The Oberlin
Conservatory and the University of Alaska. He has also been a
composer in residence with the Anchorage and Fairbanks symphonies
and Arctic Chamber Orchestra.
Police arrest alleged drunk shooter
A man who police say was drunk and shooting a rifle was arrested in
an area behind Costco Sunday.
Sergeant Chris Gifford says a resident called at about 6 p. m. to
report what sounded like a handgun being fired in the area of
He says officers found a man at the end of Anka Street.
Thirty-six year old Mathew Passmore was arrested for drunk driving
and misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree.
He provided a sample of his breath which revealed a breath alcohol
concentration of .291%. The legal limit is .08%
Passmore was jailed at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center. The
vehicle he was driving was impounded.
respond to oil spill at downtown hotel
An oil spill roused Capital City Fire Rescue at about 12:30 Saturday
Captain Lynn Ridle says they were dispatched to the Prospector Hotel
to meet with officials from the Alaska Department of Environmental
The captain says air readings were taken in the area underneath the
parking. He says results concluded inflammatory readings were within
He says DEC officials deployed absorbent materials.
There was no information on the size of the spill; however, a police
bulletin says sometime near 12:45 A.M. Saturday, an unknown person
drained an unknown amount of heating fuel from a business in the 300
block on Wittier St. The Prospector is at 375 Whittier St.
Pull alarm at airport bumped by back pack
Capital City Fire Rescue responded to the airport at around six
Sunday evening on a fire alarm that turned out to be false.
We'll told someone accidentally hit the pull station with their back
The Alaska Airlines flight from Sitka was delayed in landing as a
Bicyclist hit by car faces charges
An errant bicyclist is facing charges as the result of a collision
with a vehicle at Mendenhall Loop and Stephen Richards Drive
Capital City Fire Rescue Captain Chad Cameron said the patient, a 56
year old man, was found around 5:45 P.M. in the middle of the
street, conscious and complaining of diffused pain. He was
transported to the hospital for evaluation of his injuries.
Preliminary investigation by police
showed that the bicyclist was intoxicated, riding against the lane
of traffic and crossed into the oncoming lane of travel, striking
a 2004 Dodge Durango.
The driver of the Dodge Durango, a 22 year old woman, was
cited for failing to carry and show proof of insurance.
A citation is pending for the bicyclist for causing the collision.
Juneau Police say a 49 year old male reported a theft of a bicycle
from the 3300 Block of Nowell Ave. Saturday morning.
The freestyle bmx type bicycle was taken between the hours of 7:30
A.M. and 10:00 A.M.
It was valued at $300 dollars and was described as flat black in
color, with pegs attached to the front and back.
Tips can be reported at
Man, 49, arrested for breaking into parent's
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A 49-year-old Ketchikan man has been
charged of breaking into his parent's home to steal booze and their
The Ketchikan Daily News reports that Clifford G. Lervick was
arraigned on Friday in Ketchikan District Court on first-degree
burglary and first-degree vehicle theft among other charges.
Charging documents say Lervick broke into his parent's home on March
28 when they were on vacation. Police investigating estimated the
damage to the home at a $1,000. Officers began looking for Lervick
when he was recorded by a security camera at the home.
(Ketchikan Daily News)
Second strong earthquake hits
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Another powerful earthquake has
struck the Solomon Islands, the second strong temblor of the day to
hit the South Pacific country.
The magnitude-7.7 quake struck at 11:36 p.m. local time Sunday, with
an epicenter 328 kilometers (204 miles) southeast of Honiara, the
capital, and a depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles), according to the
U.S. Geological Survey.
On Sunday morning, a magnitude-7.6 quake in the same area triggered
large waves in the Solomon Islands.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from either
Following the first earthquake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
canceled a tsunami warning after issuing an alert for some Pacific
The Solomon Islands was already reeling from flash floods that
struck April 3, killing 23 people and leaving 9,000 homeless.
Vandalism in Valley neighborhood under
The Juneau Police Department responded to a Valley neighborhood
Saturday morning in response to acts of vandalism.
Police say four residences, two vehicles and one boat were spray
painted in the area of Brothers Avenue, Thunder Street and Erin
An investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Juneau Police
Department or log on to Juneau Crime Line to report their tip.
Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward.
JPD Crimeline: Car theft and vandalism
This week's Juneau Police Department "Crime of the Week" focuses on
cart thefts and vandalism.
During the night of March 14th and early morning on March 15th a
2014 green Chevy Blazer was stolen from Riverwood Drive. Stereo
items and sunglasses were also stolen out of other vehicles on
During the early morning hours of March 15th, the suspects in the
stolen vehicle were associated with multiple tire slashings in
Switzer Village. A resident of Pine Street reported the vehicle
abandoned in that area at about 5:41 in the morning.
One witness said she saw three young males in the stolen Blazer when
it was left on Pine Street. Two sweatshirts were found in the stolen
vehicle and may have belonged to the suspects.
The stolen vehicle had been left unlocked with the keys in the
console. Residents are reminded not to leave vehicles unlocked or to
hide keys inside the vehicle.
Anyone with information is encouraged to log on to the Juneau Crime
Line Web site and report their tip.
2 arrested on outstanding AST warrants
Two people were arrested by Juneau Police on outstanding
warrants in front of McDonalds Friday afternoon.
Melani Maus was arrested on two outstanding warrants. Two Juneau
Alaska State Trooper warrants, one for $10,000 and another for
$2,500, relate to contempt of court chartes.
Zachary Ison was arrested on a $1,000 Trooper warrant charging him
with failure to appear on a bail appearance for the original charge
of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the 4th degree.
16 year old arrested for child porn
A juvenile was arrested on Possession of Child
Pornography charges Thursday.
The Alaska Bureau of Investigation's Technical Crimes Unit contacted
the 16 year old near Wasilla during an investigation into the
distribution of child sexual abuse images using mobile devices on
the "MeetMe" and "Kik" social networks.
An Alaska State Troopers report says electronic devices were seized
and evidence was found that corroborated the allegations.
The teen was remanded at Mat-Su Youth Facility.
ConocoPhillips to resume Kenai LNG shipments
NIKISKI, Alaska (AP) — ConocoPhillips says it will resume exports of
liquefied natural gas from a Kenai Peninsula facility.
The company in a Monday release says it has received authorization
from the U.S. Department of Energy to export LNG from the Nikiski
plant to Free Trade Agreement and non-agreement countries for two
ConocoPhillips says it plans to resume exports this spring. The
company had previously said it would consider exporting again from
Cook Inlet if there was enough natural gas for Southcentral Alaska
Last year, the utilities signed agreements securing their supply of
gas through early 2018.
The Nikiski LNG plant was closed two years ago. The orders from the
government will allow it to ship 40 billion cubic feet of LNG over a
Energy Department seeks methane hydrate
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Department of
Energy is looking for research proposals that could advance what's
known about methane hydrates, a potential new source of fossil fuel.
Methane is the main ingredient of natural gas. The department
describes methane hydrate as a lattice of ice that traps methane
molecules but does not bind them chemically. Methane is released
when the material is warmed or depressurized.
Methane hydrate is found on Alaska's North Slope and in sediment on
the outer continental shelf.
The department is offering grant money for research projects in
Alaska that could explore how to economically extract methane. The
department is also seeking researchers to document methane hydrate
deposits in outer continental shelf waters.
The department anticipates federal funding of $20 million over two
years for research projects.
Gov's pension plan gets municipal support
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) —
Municipal leaders on Saturday expressed support for Gov. Sean
Parnell's approach to addressing the state's unfunded pension
They also supported keeping the municipal contribution to the public
employees' retirement system at its current level. Municipal leaders
feared lawmakers would propose raising the local contribution,
though no such proposal has been made.
During a House Finance Committee hearing Saturday afternoon, mayors,
assembly members and borough finance directors praised Parnell's
plan to move $3 billion from savings toward addressing the public
employees' and teachers' retirement systems.
Committee co-chair Rep. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, said if the
municipal share went up, that would help with upfront payments
toward the liability. But he said municipalities weren't stepping
forward and offering to do so. He said this is not just the state's
UPDATE: Alaska Senate passes capital budget
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate has passed a $2.2 billion
state capital budget on a 19-1 vote.
Reconsideration was given Friday, but not taken up on Saturday, so
the measure now moves to the House.
Senate Finance Committee co-chair Kevin Meyer said he thought
members had done a good job of trying to limit spending while also
addressing critical needs.
The bill includes funding to complete the state archives, museum and
library in Juneau and the engineering building at the University of
Capital funding in the package is about $110 million less overall
than that approved by lawmakers last session.
The amount approved was slightly higher than what was reported when
the bill left Senate Finance. Materials provided with the bill at
that time weren't completely reflective of updated totals.
Kelly withdraws proposed shift on Judicial
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Senate sponsor of a proposed
constitutional amendment to change the makeup of the Alaska Judicial
Council has withdrawn the measure.
Sen. Pete Kelly, in a floor speech Saturday, said he probably did
not have the 14 votes needed for SJR21 to pass. But he still laid
out his arguments for why he felt the proposal was important,
including the need for more regional representation on the panel.
Senate Minority Leader Hollis French said the court system works
well. He said supporters of SJR21 had a hard time showing that
change was needed.
SJR21 would have raised from three to six the number of non-attorney
members on the council, leaving at three the number of attorney
members. It also would have made attorney members subject to
Senate passes proposed amendment on student
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate has passed a proposed
constitutional amendment aimed at helping lower the cost of student
The vote was 19-1, with Sen. Bert Stedman voting against.
SJR23, from Sen. Anna Fairclough, proposes a change to the state
constitution to allow for authorization of state general obligation
debt for funding student loans.
The executive officer of the Alaska Student Loan Corp. has said the
proposal would allow the corporation to leverage the state's credit
rating to achieve the lowest possible costs for financing state
education loans and making loans more widely available.
The measure still must be considered by the House.
Constitutional amendments require two-thirds vote of each the House
and Senate before it can qualify for the ballot.
Senate passes bill on sex assault
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate has unanimously passed
legislation aimed at sexual assault awareness and prevention
programs in schools.
SB216 has been called "Erin's Law," after Erin Merryn, a sexual
abuse victim leading an effort to implement such programs
nationwide. A similar bill is pending in the House.
The bill calls on school boards, in consultation with the Council on
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, to implement policies
establishing a training program for employees and students in
kindergarten through 12th grade. It also calls for publications on
sexual abuse and prevention to parents, students and staff.
Information would be age-appropriate, include warnings signs of an
abused child and steps kids can take to prevent and report abuse.
The bill would take effect in 2016.
Medicaid funding bill scheduled for more
House debate Sunday
The Alaska House will continue debating a bill on
Sunday that would further define medically necessary abortions for
purposes of Medicaid funding.
The bill is similar to regulations adopted by the state health
commissioner that are being challenged in court.
The House debated and voted on amendment 4 to SB49 Thursday evening.
It sought to require state Medicaid funding for expanded family
planning services for income-eligible individuals. It failed to pass
the house 22 to 18. Several other proposed changes were
The House will resume debate Sunday on
abortion legislation. House Speaker Mike Chenault said two
representatives were leaving yesterday and picking the matter up on
Sunday would allow for them to be present to vote.
Judge rules on winning parties in
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge has found the
Fairbanks-area plaintiffs who sued over plans to redraw Alaska's
political boundaries are entitled to "full reasonable" legal fees
Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy found George Riley and Ronald
Dearborn to be the prevailing litigants in the lawsuit against the
Alaska Redistricting Board from the filing of the original complaint
in 2011 until July 14, 2013. He found the board to be the prevailing
party on litigation after that date.
It's unclear how much the plaintiffs might be entitled to. McConahy
requested an itemized statement.
A board attorney said the decision was being reviewed.
While the city of Petersburg and Alaska Democratic Party were not
prevailing parties, McConahy determined they were public interest
litigants and no fees or costs can be awarded against them.
Alaska ad proudly ties Dem senator
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have spent months debating how to answer
conservatives' attacks on President Barack Obama's health care law.
Friends of an embattled Democratic senator now are fighting back by
proudly linking him to "Obamacare."
An independent group in Alaska is airing a TV ad that praises
Democratic Sen. Mark Begich. It says he helped people obtain
insurance even if they have "pre-existing conditions" such as
The 30-second ad doesn't mention Obama or his health care law by
But it features an Alaska woman saying Begich helped her obtain
insurance that previously was denied because of her breast cancer.
That's a main feature of the law.
The ad is among the first to unapologetically associate a Senate
Democrat with the health care law in a tightly contested election.
JDHS Site Council looking for new members
The JDHS Site Council is looking for a diverse group of committed
parents and community members to fill 4 seats on the 2014-15 Site
The Site Council is an advisory group
made up of constituents from every part of the JD community --
students, teachers and staff, parents, community members -- and a
school board liaison and the principal. There are two 2-year terms
open for parent members and one 2-year and one 1-year term open for
Parent members must have a son or
daughter enrolled at JD in the 2014-15 school year. Community
members may or may not have a student enrolled at JD.
Interested people should submit a
brief letter of intent to the JDHS main office by 3:45 on Friday,
May 2. Details and a form are available at
Elections will be held at the monthly
May Site Council meeting, Monday, May 5, 5-7 pm in the JDHS library.
Nominees are invited to give a brief statement and participate in
Forums scheduled and online survey available
to provide input on superintendent search
The public is being asked by the Juneau School Board to weigh in on
the search for a new superintendent of schools.
The opening comes with the resignation of Superintendent Glenn
Gelbrich which is effective June 30.
Three forums are planned this week.
A release from the school district says community involvement in the
forums and feedback from an online survey help guide the selection
of a superintendent.
Two of the forums are set for Wednesday evening. They will be held
at the libraries at Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain High Schools
from 6:30 to 7:30.
The other is Thursday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Dzantik'i
Heeni Middle School Library.
The online survey will be available until 8 a.m. on Friday.
UAF injections probe may include ex-students
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A University of Alaska Fairbanks
investigation of its medical assistant program has found that
students may have been practicing injections with an unauthorized
solution as far back as 2010.
An assistant professor has been placed on paid leave as the
university reviews the injecting of about 30 students with a
solution not intended for human use.
The university initially thought the improper injections were
limited to the current academic year. But university spokeswoman
Marmian Grimes tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that officials
now believe the solution may have also been used four years ago.
The university is using an independent lab to determine whether the
solution contains substances that would be harmful to humans.
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
State Supreme Court: Dispute needs local
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court agrees with a
lower court ruling that a village dispute needs to be settled
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the dispute began with a lawsuit
filed against Mount McKinley Bank by one group claiming leadership
of the Healy Lake Village tribe. Another group also claims it is the
In its decision Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed the case filed
by the group led by Robert Fifer, saying the tribe's constitution
dictates the establishment of a tribal court that would resolve the
The court agreed with a November Superior Court ruling at it did not
have the jurisdiction to determine who should govern.
The lawsuit was filed after the bank refused to change the signatory
authority to reflect the alleged leadership change.
(Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner)
Washington state man to lead Sitka tribe
SITKA, Alaska (AP) — A Washington state man is the new general
manager for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska.
KCAW reports Lawrence SpottedBird begins work on Monday.
SpottedBird, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, has more than
three decades experience working with tribes and Native American
entrepreneurs on business and economic development. He currently
owns the consulting business SpottedBird Development, with offices
in Hobart, Okla., Bremerton, Wash., and Anchorage.
From 1999 to 2000, he was general manager of Shaan Seet, the village
Native corporation in Craig, Alaska, on Prince of Wales Island.
He replaces Allen Bell, the tribal attorney, who has been interim
manager since Ted Wright resigned in October.
Man, sons rescued after wife calls
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 39-year-old
Eagle River man and his two sons were rescued after they were
reported overdue from a hike.
Nicholas Janes, 11-year-old John Janes and 15-year-old Austin Janes
were transported by a National Guard helicopter crew to an Anchorage
hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
KTUU says Eagle River resident Kathern Janes call troopers at about
6 p.m. Saturday when her husband and two sons had not returned from
the hike that they started that morning.
The woman told troopers the three were not dressed for winter alpine
conditions and did not have the equipment to camp out overnight.
The father and sons were found by searchers around midnight near
After attack, officials kill 4 bears
LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — Florida wildlife officials have killed four
bears after an attack on a woman in a suburban subdivision.
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers say they shot one
bear and euthanized three others Sunday night.
Forty-five-year-old Terri Frana was attacked by a large bear in her
driveway Saturday. Frana's husband tells WFTV that the bear had his
wife's head in her mouth and dragged her about 4 feet toward a
He says she managed to escape from the bear's jaw, and then ran
inside the house, where she collapsed.
She was treated at a hospital and released.
Officials say the bear that was shot was aggressive and didn't react
to them as a bear normally would.
Experts say this is the time of the year when bears leave their
Grand jury indicts Soldotna man on
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a 59-year-old
Soldotna man suspected of failing to file tax returns for four years
and filing false tax returns for three years.
The Peninsula Clarion reports James Back was arrested last week at
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and freed on $10,000
Federal prosecutors say Back filed false tax returns from 2006 to
2008, claiming his wages of nearly $400,000 as a pipeline technician
for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. were not income. He also claimed
refunds totaling $110,111.
Prosecutors say Back filed no returns from 2009 to 2012 despite
earning up to $500,000 in that period.
He is charged with three counts of filing false returns and four
counts of failing to file returns.
'64 quake focus of Anchorage Museum exhibit
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An exhibit recalling the devastating 1964
Alaska earthquake features the good and the bad of the quake.
KTVA reports the exhibit called "Riskland: Remembering the 1964
Earthquake" opened Friday at the Anchorage Museum. It will run until
The earthquake was the second highest ever recorded at magnitude
9.2. The quake and resulting tsunamis killed 131 people.
But curator Greg Danner says there were positives that came out of
the quake, and the exhibit attempts to highlight them, as well.
Among those are advances that have been made in science in the last
Fairbanks expands its inebriate patrol
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fairbanks has expanded its inebriate
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that two vans now take
inebriated people into protective custody from anywhere within city
limits, not just the downtown core.
The patrol also expanded its hours so it operates seven days per
week from 9 a.m. until 2 a.m.
The patrol operated by the Downtown Association of Fairbanks gets
about half of its $300,000 annual budget from private donors and the
rest from the Fairbanks city and borough governments.
Mayor John Eberhart wanted a larger patrol to keep city police
officers and firefighters from getting tied up with non-emergency
His budget increased the city's contribution from $50,000 to
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
Savoonga carver dies in Nome
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A well-known carver from
Savoonga has died after he was hit while walking in Nome.
The Anchorage Daily News reports that 54-year-old Wagner Wongittilin
was hit by sport-utility vehicle at the intersection of Fifth Avenue
and Bering Street around 1 a.m. Saturday. He was pronounced dead at
a local hospital shortly after.
Authorities say the driver of the SUV had abandoned the vehicle, but
came back to the area a short time later to report the accident to
Police say in a release that charges are pending following a review
by the district attorney's office.
Foster Farms salmonella outbreak continuing
LIVINGSTON, Calif. (AP) — Federal health officials say a salmonella
outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken isn't over and has now
infected 524 people in 25 states and Puerto Rico.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the updated
numbers on Wednesday. The agency reported in January that the
outbreak appeared to be over. It has been going on since March 2013.
The CDC noted an up tick in illnesses in February.
The outbreak led to a public health alert from the U.S. Department
of Agriculture for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms
facilities in California.
Though no one has died, the CDC says the outbreak strains have been
resistant to several commonly prescribed antibiotics.
Foster Farms says it has implemented a salmonella control program
that has reduced the prevalence of salmonella in its products.
Opponents carve anti-pipeline message into
NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — Opponents of a proposed pipeline to carry
Canadian oil south to the Gulf Coast have carved a message of
resistance into a Nebraska field in the project's path.
The 80-acre artwork, which was done last week and reads "Heartland#NoKXL,"
is the latest protest environmentalists and landowners have employed
against TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Critics of the pipeline want President Barack Obama to reject the
project because they fear it could contaminate groundwater and
contribute to pollution.
TransCanada has said the pipeline will have upgraded safety
measures, including remote control shut-off valves and frequent
inspections. It has already built the southern leg of the pipeline
between Oklahoma and Texas.
The section of the project that still needs approval would cross
Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.
Lawmakers look to combat seafood fraud
BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Lawmakers in state capitals and in
Washington are working to see that consumers are getting what they
think they are getting when buying seafood.
More than 90 percent of America's seafood is imported and
mislabeling is rife.
The conservation group Oceana reported last year that 33 percent of
the more than 1,200 seafood samples it purchased and tested
nationwide were mislabeled. Only seven of the 120 samples of fish
purported to be red snapper really were red snapper based on DNA
Lawmakers in states including Maryland and South Carolina have
introduced truth in labeling bills.
And the Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood Act has been
introduced in both chambers of Congress. It would require
information, such as where and when seafood was caught, to follow
seafood through final sale.
Wounded Alaska based soldier to run Boston
Marathon with prosthetic leg
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A member of Fort Wainwright's Stryker Brigade
who lost his leg in combat plans to run in the Boston Marathon next
The Tacoma News-Tribune reports that Edward Lychik plans to run on a
new prosthetic leg with a team honoring the memory of an 8-year-old
boy killed in last year's blast.