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[Thursday September 25th, 2014  12TH  EDITION 4:39  P. M.]

Production companies join two Alaska companies with FAA permission to use drones
It's a first from the FAA: granting permission to movie and TV production companies to legally use drones.

ABC's Alex Stone reporting from Los Angeles says, "With the exception of highly restrictive permits issued to two companies in Alaska, no commercial drones have been flying legally in the US. In a big change the FAA is allowing six movie and production companies to begin flying small unmanned aircraft. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx made the announcement. SOT: Using unmanned aircraft for this purpose does not pose a risk to national airspace users for that reason we have given this permission. The aerial production companies will have to abide by strict rules including keeping the drones within line of sight."

The FAA had only granted permission to Conoco Phillips Oil in Alaska.

State, plaintiffs prepare ballot-lawsuit arguments
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state says a lawsuit challenging the mechanism that allowed two Alaska gubernatorial candidates to merge their campaigns would derail the November election and potentially disenfranchise voters if it succeeds.

The state's position is detailed in court documents filed this week ahead of oral arguments set for Friday in the lawsuit against Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and elections director Gail Fenumiai.

The lawsuit filed last week by an Alaska Republican Party district chair, Steve Strait, challenges an emergency ruling that allowed Democratic gubernatorial nominee Byron Mallott to join campaigns with independent gubernatorial candidate bill Walker and run as Walker's lieutenant governor.

Strait maintains that Treadwell erred in his Sept. 2 decision.

The combined ticket is seen as a stronger challenge to Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell than a three-way race.

Powerful earthquake rattles large swath of Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Alaska Thursday morning.

The Alaska Earthquake Center said the epicenter was about 80 miles northwest of Anchorage, where it was strongly felt. The quake lingered for at least a minute in some areas.

Staffers at the Nesbett Courthouse in downtown Anchorage felt the shaking in their office on the top floor of the six-story building.

They took the stairs outside, where they waited for about 20 minutes before being allowed back in the building.

Alaska emergency officials received scattered reports of things flying off shelves. But there have been no reports of any infrastructure damage.

The Alaska Railroad stopped all trains to check the tracks and bridges for damages, which is a procedure after earthquakes.

Bear killed in Juneau, wouldn't stay out of fridge on porch
Juneau Police and Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded this morning around 6:00 to a report of a black bear that had been shot and killed after it was repeatedly observed getting onto a porch and removing items from a freezer/fridge.

At the home on back Loop Road near Goat Hill, officers found that a young black bear had been killed. Interviews found that the bear had been in and around the area for several weeks and that the home owners had made several attempts to deter the bear, including putting up electric fence around their chicken coop and keeping garbage secured until the day of trash pickup.

Wildlife Troopers were able to locate a charity willing to utilize the meat and the home owner who shot the bear will complete the skinning of the bear and removal of the skull for official sealing with Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Home owners are reminded to make every effort to keep garbage and other attractants secured for the next few months until bears begin hibernating.

Palin busy for GOP
As the November 4th general election draws closer, the GOP is bringing out their heavy hitters to try to win back control of the U.S. Senate.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is urging Kansas Republicans to unify behind U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, alleging his independent opponent is trying to "snooker" voters in what has become a surprisingly close race.

Palin donned an apron and flipped pancakes alongside Roberts. He once was considered a near lock for re-election but now is facing a tough battle from independent businessman Greg Orman after the Democratic candidate withdrew.

Palin will head to Louisiana this weekend to help Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness with his campaign.

The Maness campaign says Palin will visit a Jefferson Parish restaurant on Saturday to eat alligator with Maness. The event is a nod to a Maness TV ad that compares his campaign against two members of Congress to facing down alligators in a Louisiana swamp.

Maness, a tea party favorite and retired Air Force colonel, is running against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and her chief GOP challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Lab results pending for seals oiled off island
NONE, Alaska (AP) — Lab testing done on two recently harvested seals coated with an oily substance off Alaska's Saint Lawrence has not confirmed it was oil.

KNOM reports no petroleum product was found on flippers that were tested.

Gay Sheffield, a marine biologist with the University of Alaska Fairbanks marine advisory program, says she hasn't heard back yet about other samples that were sent in from the jaws and face areas.

Sheffield is a member of a local team trying to determine the source of the oily substance on the seals.

Kawerak subsistence director Brandon Ahmasuk says pinpointing the source of the substance is challenging because a small number of animals have been found in a wide area.

Ahmasuk says it's a cause for concern because such animals are a food source.

Pilot avoids beach crowd, crash-lands in ocean
HONOLULU (AP) — A former Alaska bush pilot safely crash-landed his small airplane in the ocean just off a beach on Oahu's North Shore after running out of fuel.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Greg Harding landed the plane Wednesday.

Harding says he was headed for Dillingham Airport, and "the engine just quit." He considered landing on the beach but then saw about a dozen people on shore.

Ana "Suzy" Gromacki owns North Shore Aircraft Leasing, which owns the plane Harding was flying. She praised Harding's landing and noted that if the aircraft had overturned, he might not have survived.

The plane came down in about 5 feet of water. Harding was not injured.

Harding moved to Honolulu from Kotzebue (KAWT'-zuh-byoo) nine months ago. He has flown planes in Alaska for 40 years.

Army officials urge conservation after line fails
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fort Wainwright officials are asking some on the Army post to turn down the thermostat.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a 300-foot, 15-inch diameter steam heat line has failed and must be replaced. Fort Wainwright leaders ask those on the North Post, including office buildings, barracks and housing north of Ladd Field, to conserve energy until the is replaced.

The request comes as temperatures begin to drop in Interior Alaska. Temperatures have dropped into the 20s at night this week.

A second 12-inch line continues to work as normal, but its capacity is limited.

The larger line is expected to be replaced by no later than Nov. 1.

3 bear cubs orphaned in Interior Alaska need homes
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Three orphaned bear cubs will be euthanized unless Alaska wildlife officials can find homes for them.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the 1-year-old cubs became orphaned when their mother was illegally killed in the Interior community of Galena (GUH-leen-uh).

Fish and Game spokeswoman Cathie Harms says they are looking for homes for three cubs, but it's difficult because there's little demand for black bears at zoos and other licensed facilities. Black bears are not rare, and they breed well in captivity. Harms says if a facility has had black bears in the past, they likely still have them.

Hunters are allowed to take three black bears a year in the Galena area, but sows with first-year cubs are exempt.

Wildlife officials are investigating the illegal kill of the sow.

Anchorage Assembly doesn't back pot measure
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly is giving the thumbs down to legalizing pot.

KSKA reports assembly members representing the state's largest city this week voted 9-2 to oppose Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize marijuana for those 21 and older.

Some Assembly members cited an increase in robberies in Colorado, where the drug is legal under state law. But it's still illegal under federal law, and putting that money in a bank would be considered laundering. That means many businesses have lots of cash on hand

Assembly Chairman Patrick Flynn opposed the vote, saying it wasn't something the assembly shouldn't weigh in on. He says, "Frankly, the voters don't care what we think."

Other assembly members say their constituents asked for the vote because the measure endangers public safety.

Nuremberg stenographer's mementos to be auctioned
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Carbon copies of transcripts and other mementos from the Nuremberg trials following World War II are being auctioned off in Alaska on Saturday.

The documents in the small collection belong to the estate of Maxine Carr, an Anchorage woman who worked as a stenographer at the war-crimes trials.

Carr died at least 10 years ago. The documents being auctioned off by the Anchorage-based Alaska Auction Co. were found in an old trunk in her long-vacant home.

Her Nuremberg items are being sold separately as one lot, with no minimum bidding set.

Several other private collections of mementos from that era also are being auctioned in other lots and include Nazi arm bands, German and Russian medals, Japanese grenades and a tiny Hitler propaganda booklet.

Chefs to compete in Alaska seafood cook-off
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four professional Alaska chefs will be competing in a seafood preparation competition in Anchorage, with the winner to represent the state in November at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas.

The third annual Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off is scheduled to take place Tuesday evening at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown. The event will not be open to the public.

The cook-off is sponsored by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, a nonprofit partnership between the state and the seafood industry.

The chefs selected are Travis Haugen of Southside Bistro in Anchorage, Lionel Uddipa of SALT in Juneau, Shawna McIntyre of the Seward Brewing Company in Seward and Joel Chenet of Millbay Coffee in Kodiak.

Participants will have one hour to prepare and plate a dish at the event.

[Wednesday September 24th, 2014  13th  EDITION  5:06  P. M.]

CGC Alex Haley returns to Kodiak from Bering Sea, Aleutian Island patrol
KODIAK, Alaska — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returned to Kodiak Wednesday following a successful 68-day deployment patrolling more than 12,000 miles throughout the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.

Alex Haley, known as the “Bulldog of the Bering,” departed Kodiak in July and spent the last two months conducting operations in the Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands. During the deployment, Alex Haley’s crew performed more than 40 at sea domestic fisheries enforcement boardings, four search and rescue cases, and one rescue and assistance operation.

The Alex Haley crew participated in several community outreach and volunteer events during their patrol that included hosting tours of the ship, meeting with local leadership and two beach cleanups.

“It was a great patrol and we were able to serve a lot of different communities throughout the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands,” said Cmdr. Stephen White, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley. “The partnerships and relationships we are able to build with people throughout Alaska is what makes working here so rewarding. We look forward to reconnecting with our families and friends in Kodiak before returning to patrol.”

Alex Haley is a 282-foot medium endurance cutter that has been homeported in Kodiak since 1999. Alex Haley routinely conducts operations in the Bering Sea, the Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska. These operations occur under the tactical control of the 17th Coast Guard District in Juneau. The 17th Coast Guard District encompasses the entire state of Alaska, as well as the coastal and offshore waters seaward over several thousands of miles.

Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley patrols the Aleutian Islands near Great Sitkin during its 68-day deployment in August 2014.

The crew performed more than 40 at sea domestic fisheries enforcement boardings, four search and rescue cases, and one rescue and assistance operation.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

Troopers kill black bear near Wasilla home
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A black bear has been killed after trying to break into a Wasilla home.

KTVA reports 32-year-old Greg Kasachev called troopers late Tuesday evening, saying he shot and wounded the bear after it tried to get through multiple doors at his home.

He also said the bear would not leave the area.

Responding troopers tracked the bear and killed the bear. The carcass was given to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Spokesman: NRA won't endorse in Alaska Senate race
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The National Rifle Association doesn't plan to endorse in Alaska's U.S. Senate race.

The NRA's political arm in recent filings disclosed ad buys in several prominent Senate races.

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam (ah-ROO'-luh-nahn-dam) said the organization doesn't disclose where it plans to run ads until it must. But he said NRA won't be making an endorsement in Alaska's race.

He said NRA gave Democratic Sen. Mark Begich an A-minus rating and Begich's Republican challenger Dan Sullivan an A-q. The "q'' means it's qualified, a distinction for candidates without voting records.

Arulanandam said Begich would have gotten a higher grade and NRA's endorsement if not for his votes for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominees. On gun votes, he said Begich has stood with NRA members "100 percent of the time."

UPDATE: Drill sergeant found guilty of sex assaults
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri drill sergeant has been found guilty in the sexual assault and harassment of eight female soldiers.

Army Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez was accused of using his supervisory position with the 14th Military Police Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood to threaten some women he was training.

He was found guilty of four counts of sexual assault and six counts of abusive sexual contact.

His accusers said the incidents took place in the bathroom of the women's barracks as well as an office shared by drill sergeants at Fort Leonard Wood. Other allegations were brought by a medic in Afghanistan and a soldier in Fort Richardson, Alaska.

A military judge found Sanchez guilty Wednesday. Sanchez pleaded guilty to three charges at the outset of the military judicial hearing.

Government agrees to wolf decision deadline
PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — The federal government has agreed to a late 2015 decision on whether a rare species of southeast Alaska wolves warrants protections as threatened or endangered species.

KFSK reports the federal government filed a settlement agreement Monday, saying it will complete a 12-month finding on the Alexander Archipelago wolf by the end of next year.

The filing stems from a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and two other conservation groups earlier this year to force a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on whether the rare wolf should be listed under the Endangered Species Act.

The Alexander Archipelago wolves are a subspecies of gray wolves that live in old-growth forest of southeast Alaska.

Plaintiffs have said the government is long overdue on a listing decision.

Report finds fewer government jobs in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new report shows government jobs in Juneau are decreasing while private sector jobs are on the rise. However, the largest growth area tends to be in lower-paying positions.

The Juneau Economic Development Council's 2014 Economic Indicators and Outlook found the leisure and hospitality field, which includes tourism and restaurants, to be one of the city's growth areas.

Local and tribal government jobs fell by 6 percent over the last decade, in contrast to Juneau's 6-percent increase in population.

Government remains the biggest employer in Juneau.

Researcher Eva Bornstein sees opportunities to attract seasonal workers to become a permanent part of Juneau's workforce. One challenge with that, though, is housing. Juneau has a chronically low vacancy rate.

Juneau man faces forgery count
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A 32-year-old Juneau man faces a forgery charge after police say he used fake bills to buy soda and pay a phone bill.

Michael James Healey was indicted by grand jury on Friday. An arraignment wasn't planned later Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court on the felony charge.

Healey's attorney, Mark Osterman, declined comment when reached by The Associated Press Wednesday morning.

The Empire reports at least five Juneau businesses reported receiving forged bills in the last month, and police believe the cases are connected.

All the bills have the same serial number, which police Lt. Kris Sell says is a pretty good indication the same bill was copied.

Marijuana forum turns contentious
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The debate over whether voters should legalize marijuana turned contentious Tuesday when a state-run hearing on the ballot initiative was held in Anchorage.

KTUU reports the most heated attack came from Charlo Greene, a former KTVA reporter who quit her job on live TV Sunday night with an expletive and announced she's  an advocate to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska.

During the hearing, she aimed her remarks at the group opposing the November ballot measure, Big Marijuana Big Mistake.

She used another expletive in describing the rhetoric used by group members.

Legalization opponent Jeff Jesse says Alaska doesn't need a large scale commercial, industrial industry focused on increasing profits.

Three hearings on the ballot measure remain, including Thursday in Wasilla, Monday in Bethel and Tuesday in Fairbanks.

Residents use various means to put out tundra fire
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents in a village north of the Arctic Circle used about every means possible to stop a tundra fire.

KTUU reports a backhoe, a four-wheeler and even wet sheets were used to stop the fire from reaching the village cemetery in Noatak on Saturday.

Fire department member Eileen Foster said the fire started about a quarter mile north of the cemetery, and grew to a half-mile wide and two-miles long. Wind pushed it to about a mile and a half from the village.

The backhoe was used to stop the fire's advance, and then residents spent about four hours putting it out.

There were no injuries, and the cause of the fire isn't known.

Noatak is an Inupiat community of about 600, located 55 miles north of Kotzebue.

Troopers: VW hits moose, rolls, lands on wheels
DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a Volkswagen that hit a moose near Delta Junction went airborne, rolled and then landed on its wheels.

KTUU-TV reports that the driver, 51-year-old Jon Carpenter of Delta Junction, was northbound Monday night on the Richardson Highway when his vehicle hit the animal. He was taken to a Fairbanks hospital for treatment of injuries that troopers say did not appear life-threatening.

In a report, troopers wrote that their investigation was based in part on damage to nearby treetops. They concluded the car rolled at least once before coming to rest.

Troopers say the crash killed the moose, which was salvaged for meat.

North Pole man killed in truck-maintenance mishap
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 50-year-old North Pole man died when he became trapped under a truck he was working on.

Troopers say they were notified Sunday that Vincent Haugen had been found dead at his home.

According to troopers, Haugen was working on the truck when it ran over him and he became trapped beneath the left front tire.

Troopers say no foul play is suspected in the death.

Denali road to undergo work Friday
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The road into Denali National Park and Preserve will be closed at mile three on Friday for work on water and sewer lines.

Park officials say the road is expected to re-open to private vehicle traffic as far as mile 30 on Saturday morning, weather permitting.

Park officials urge visitors to call ahead for the status of the road.

[Tuesday September 23rd, 2014  13th  EDITION  4:40  P. M.]

Coast Guard assists grounded vessel near Juneau, Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard Cutter Naushon crew and a Coast Guard Station Juneau 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew assisted a tour vessel that ran aground in the vicinity of Lincoln Island near Juneau, Monday.

Crew from the Naushon, a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Ketchikan, safely evacuated 14 passengers from the Voyager and assisted the responding salvage vessel in refloating the grounded vessel.

The Naushon's small boat crew ferried passengers from Little Island, where the Voyager ran aground, to other nearby tour vessels. The RB-S crew rendezvoused with and escorted the tour vessels to shore.

Once refloated, the Naushon crew escorted Voyager safely back to Auke Bay.

Sector Juneau crews have responded to numerous vessel grounding reports this summer. They advise boaters to maintain constant awareness of position and surroundings, which will greatly decrease these groundings, the subsequent vessel damage and risk to the crews and passengers.

National Voter Registration Day Event tonight at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall
Today is National Voter Registration Day. In Juneau, the community is helping you get ready to vote in November.

Tonight you can stop by the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall between 5 and 8pm to register or update your voter registration.

Remember: your vote matters. Think of former Governor Tony Knowles. In 1994, he won the election by one point one votes per precinct—just 536 votes out of over 200,000. Every vote counts.

The deadline to register is October 5. We can help you tonight at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.

Everyone who stops by can enter to win door prizes, including two round trip tickets on Alaska Airlines.

This non-partisan event is sponsored by Central Council, Huna Totem Corporation, Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority, University of Alaska Southeast, and Sealaska.

Drug Take Back Collection Day Saturday
The City and Borough of Juneau will be conducting a Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal program on Saturday, September 27th, from 10am to 2pm at the Nugget Mall on the Sidewalk by the South Entrance.

Bring your unused, unwanted or expired medications to the collection site to deposit in the secure collection box and help protect our community and our water supply!

Items that WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED: Intra-venous solutions, injectable syringes, or medical waste.

For more information, check the CBJ homepage or contact CBJ Solid Waste Coordinator, Jim Penor, at 780-6009.

Murkowski appears in ad supporting Sullivan
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is appearing in a new ad expressing support for Alaska GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan.

In the ad, from Sullivan's campaign, Murkowski says she needs a partner in the Senate, "who will work to advance Alaska's interests, not the Obama agenda." She says Alaska needs Sullivan.

Sullivan is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who earlier in the campaign ran an ad touting the level of cooperation between him and Murkowski. Attorneys for Murkowski called on the campaign to pull the ad, saying it implies Murkowski's support.

The Alaska race could help decide control of the U.S. Senate, and Murkowski stands to benefit if Republicans take over. She is in line to take over leadership of the Senate energy committee.

Trial set for Kenai man charged with soldier scam
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A judge has set a trial date for a Kenai man who is charged with establishing a charity for overseas soldiers and keeping most of the donations for personal use.

The Peninsula Clarion reports Frank Roach is scheduled to begin trial Dec. 15. The trial date was set by Kenai Superior Court Judge Carl Bauman at a status hearing Monday.

Roach was the organizer of the nonprofit Alaska Veterans Outreach Boxes for Heroes. State prosecutors say Roach hired people to solicit donations in front of stores, but that he used much of the money for living expenses.

He is charged with scheming to defraud and eight counts of theft.

Boxes for Heroes had three founding members, but only Roach is charged.

Sullivan's parents donate to Rove-affiliated group
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The parents of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan have given $300,000 to a political committee affiliated with GOP strategist Karl Rove.

Sandra and Thomas Sullivan each gave $150,000 to American Crossroads, which reserved $5.5 million in TV ad time following the primary. The group supports Sullivan against Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

The Center for Public Integrity first reported the donations and found American Crossroads misidentified the source of the funds in a disclosure report. The filing was corrected but originally identified the donor as Glenmede Trust Co. It listed the company's address as a Florida condominium owned by Thomas Sullivan.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports a spokesman for the group said the source of the money was mistakenly listed as the financial institution that issued the family's checks.

Russian Roulette bullying blamed for shooting
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A 20-year-old Fairbanks man who claimed he shot two men because they were pressuring him to play Russian Roulette will serve 13 years for felony assault.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Christian Andrew Williams entered into a plea agreement Monday in the 2012 shooting. Sentencing was scheduled for February.

Williams was arrested in the July 2012 shooting. Both victims, Davante R. Woods and Olajahwon R. Quint, survived.

5 face charges in theft of drugs from Shishmaref
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five males face charges in the theft of morphine and codeine from the clinic in Shishmaref.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports troopers in Nome were called Sept. 12 after more than 100 preparations of the two painkilling drugs were taken from the village clinic in northwest Alaska.

Troopers traveled about 125 miles north to Shishmaref, and determined three 15-year-old boys and an 18-year-old man broke into the clinic using tools stolen from the school. Troopers arrested another 18-year-old man they say is tied to the burglary.

The five face varying charges, including burglary, theft and misconduct involving a controlled substance. Preliminary hearings for the two adults were scheduled Sept. 30.

State files complaint over Medicaid system
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state has filed an administrative complaint alleging unfair or deceptive practices by the vendor it hired to implement a new Medicaid payment system.

The claim against Xerox State Healthcare LLC was filed with Alaska's commissioner of Administration following failed mediation.

It seeks compensatory, punitive and other damages and an order requiring a plan from Xerox by Oct. 15 to resolve problems with the system.

Xerox spokeswoman Jennifer Wasmer says the system is working and where there are concerns, Xerox has been "working diligently with the state to address them."

The system has been plagued by problems since going live last year. The state said the department was aware of problems but believed Xerox assurances that the system was operational and there was a plan to resolve remaining issues.

Corrections: Woman gives birth in Anchorage jail
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Corrections spokeswoman says a 24-year-old Anchorage woman has given birth at the Anchorage jail. The woman reportedly told jail workers she didn't know she was pregnant.

KTUU-TV reports that Corrections spokeswoman Sherrie Daigle says both mother and baby are doing well at a local hospital after the Sunday morning birth.

The woman was arrested for investigation of shoplifting and had been in state custody since Sept. 16. Daigle declined to identify her.

The spokeswoman says the inmate called for a corrections officer to come to her cell and the officer found the baby had been born.

Daigle says expectant inmates typically are housed at a different jail and taken to a hospital to deliver their babies.

As for the baby, she says that in certain cases, Children's Services becomes involved. In other cases, relatives care for the infant.

Fairbanks man gets 10 years on drug conviction
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 24-year-old Fairbanks man will serve 10 years in a federal prison for attempting to deal drugs.

Thony Yang was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage for a conviction involving methamphetamine.

Law enforcement officers found a suspicious package that was to have been delivered to a co-defendant's residence in Anchorage. The U.S. attorney's office says in a release that authorities found 1,400 grams of meth in the package, and replaced it with fake drugs before delivering it.

The co-defendant, Cha Tony Vue, is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 6.

New totem poles set to be raised in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Sealaska Heritage Institute is among sponsors of an upcoming ceremony to raise two totem poles carved for a building in the Indian village of Juneau.

The totems are replacing original poles that had deteriorated and become safety issues. The pole raising ceremony is scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau.

The carvers are brothers Joe and T.J. Young, who began the work last year. They also created a replacement house screen — a painted, decorated panel that sits between the totem poles.

Sealaska Heritage officials say the screen has been installed.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is the nonprofit cultural and educational arm of Juneau-based Sealaska Corp., a regional Native corporation that donated the yellow cedar logs that the poles were carved on.

Grant to address mental health concerns in schools
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state department of education has received $9.1 million in federal grant funds to help address mental health issues in school-age children.

The grant is set to run for five years, with $1.8 million to be distributed annually.

Todd Brocious is an education specialist with the department.

He says the money will go toward district-wide training in Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Kenai, aimed at early intervention. It also will help provide more resources at alternative schools in those districts. Brocious says that includes additional staff to work with students.

Brocious says states were limited to three districts in their applications and there were population size requirements. He says the department also looked at the concentration of alternative schools in deciding what districts it would focus on.

[Monday September 22nd, 2014  16TH  EDITION  6:07  P. M.]

Fishing vessel sinks in rough waves
The commercial fishing boat Kyra Dawn sank Sunday night around 8:45 just off William Henry Bay.

Coast Guard Petty officer Benjamin McCarty says the boat started taking heavy waves and began taking on water.

A nearby Good Samaritan vessel pulled the fisherman out of the water.

UPDATE:  Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The news director at the Anchorage television station where a reporter quit in a four-letter word flourish has apologized for the reporter's actions.

Charlo Greene reported Sunday about the Alaska Cannabis Club. At the end of the report, she disclosed that she was the owner of the club, and vowed to lead the fight to legalize pot in Alaska. Voters will decide whether to decriminalize in the November election.

She then issued the four-letter sign off before walking off the set.

KTVA news director Bert Rudman posted an apology Monday on the station's website. He says Greene had a personal and business stake in the issue she was reporting but didn't disclose that to management. He says that betrayed the basic bedrock of journalism, and that breach is unacceptable and can't be tolerated.

Greene told The Associated Press that she had planned this exit for about a month, and no one at the station knew about it.

State files complaint over Medicaid system
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state has filed an administrative complaint alleging unfair or deceptive practices by the vendor it hired to implement a new Medicaid payment system.

The claim against Xerox State Healthcare LLC was filed with Alaska's commissioner of Administration. It follows an unsuccessful attempt at mediation.

It seeks compensatory, punitive and other damages and an order requiring a plan from Xerox by Oct. 15 to resolve problems with the system.

The state, in its complaint, also reserves the right to go to court.

An after-hours email was sent to a Xerox spokeswoman.

The system has been plagued by problems since going live last year. The state said the department was aware of problems but believed Xerox assurances that the system was operational and there was a plan to resolve remaining issues.

UPDATE: Michaud found alive on Mt. Roberts
Bruce Bowler with Seadogs told "News of the North", a missing hunter, 20 year old Kevin Michaud, was found today on Mt. Roberts.  Bowler says Michaud was "dazed, hypothermic, confused but alive."

The Associated Press reports, Michaud was found after a man reported seeing and talking to someone matching Michaud's description near the Last Chance Mining Museum today.

A scent dog led a rescue team to Michaud. He was taken away by ambulance.

Alaska State Troopers say Michaud and a friend set out to hunt ptarmigan on Mount Roberts on Sunday morning. They got separated and Michaud told his friend he had slid off the trail and was trying to find his way back.

Family members aided in the search before calling authorities.

Study links changing winds to warming in Pacific
A new study has found that warming temperatures in Pacific Ocean waters off North America over the past century closely follow natural changes in the wind, not increases in greenhouse gases related to global warming.

The study was released Monday by the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

It compared ocean surface temperatures from 1900 to 2012 to surface air pressure, a stand-in for wind measurements, and found a close match.

Several mainstream climate scientists questioned how the authors could claim that changes in wind direction and velocity were natural, and unrelated to climate change.

The authors countered that one steep ocean warming period from 1920 to 1940 predates the big increases in greenhouse gases, and an ocean cooling period from 1998 to 2013 came while global average temperatures were at or near all-time highs.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A reporter for an Alaska TV station revealed on the air that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug.

After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night's broadcast, KTVA's Charlo Greene identified herself as the business's owner and said she would be devoting all her energy to fighting for "freedom and fairness."

Greene is the professional name used by Charlene Egbe. She told The Associated Press that she knew about a month ago that she would be leaving the way she did. She said no one else at the station knew anything about it.

She then used an expletive to quit her job, and walked off-camera.

In a statement on KTVA's website, news director Bert Rudman apologized for Greene's "inappropriate language" and said she was terminated.

Alaska voters decide Nov. 4 whether to legalize recreational pot. Measure 2 would be similar to Washington and Colorado's legalization laws.

Southeast Alaska population on slight upswing
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An economic report shows a slight population growth in southeast Alaska in 2013.

The report, called Southeast Alaska by the Numbers, was recently presented at the annual Southeast Conference Membership Meeting in Wrangell.

The region continued an upswing with a growth of 19 people.

The region's population has been rebounding since 2008. Since that year, it has grown by 4,200 people. The economy and population in Southeast had been declining after 1997 because of shrinking timber and fisheries industries.

The economy grew by 19 jobs, but report authors say that is entirely coincidental to the number of people in the population growth.

The report by Rain Coast Data says the largest sector of the region's workforce, government employment, shrank by 163 jobs.

Judge rules in Alaska Native voting rights case
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the state to take additional steps to provide voting materials to Alaska Native voters with limited English.

U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason ordered the state to distribute translated announcements that include information on early voting, races and initiatives on the November ballot.

The state must post on its website Yup'ik translations of election material and provide to outreach workers translations of candidate statements, initiative summaries and pro and con statements on the initiatives. The Division of Elections is to provide translations to the plaintiffs in the case to get their input.

The lawsuit brought by several Native villages alleged that the state has failed to provide accurate, complete translations of voting materials in Native languages. The state said it has taken reasonable steps.

Lost hunter on Mt. Roberts
Sunday night around 11, the Juneau Police Department notified Alaska State Troopers that 20 year -old Kevin Michaud of Juneau was lost on Mount Roberts, after Ptarmigan hunting.

Michaud contacted a family member in Juneau at approximately 8 pm, reporting he had slid off of the trail and was trying to find his way back to the trail.

A small group of Michaud's family and friends went up Mount Roberts to look for him prior to calling for assistance.

Juneau Mountain Rescue has been notified and mobilized search parties with assistance from SEADOGS.

A Juneau Wildlife Trooper is also assisting.

Around 5 AM this morning, , JMR and SEADOG searchers returned off of Mount Roberts without locating Mr. Michaud.

The United States Coast Guard has joined the search with aerial assets.

Absentee voting stations open for CBJ municipal elections
Today marks the beginning of the absentee voting period for the CBJ municipal election that takes place Tuesday, October 7. Absentee votes will be accepted through Monday, October 6, 2014.

Juneau residents wishing to cast an absentee ballot for the Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 Municipal Election may do so at City Hall or at the Mendenhall Mall. Any voter registered to vote in Juneau may cast an absentee ballot for any reason.

Voting Hours at the Mendenhall Mall are weekdays from 10a.m. - 6:30p.m. On Saturday and Sunday the Mendenhall Mall station will be open from Noon - 4pm.

Voting hours at the City Hall Assembly Chambers are Weekdays only, from 8 am - 4:30 pm, through October 6.

Absentee ballots are also available through by-mail or by-fax voting.

For more information on how to vote absentee, or to request special assistance for voting, check the website,
 or contact the Municipal Clerk's office at (907) 586-5278.

Japanese planning their own LNG terminal in Cook Inlet
A Japanese firm is planning its own terminal for liquified natural gas in Cook Inlet, in a race against a north slope gas line to reach the export market.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports that a start-up venture called R-E-I Alaska is working on plans for an L-N-G terminal at Point Mackenzie.

The plant would be about the same size as the Conoco-Phillips facility at Nikiski. which exported Cook Inlet natural gas to Japan for decades. The smaller size means the new plant could be operational years ahead of a new terminal planned at Nikiski --by 2020, compared to 2024 for the larger north slope gas line.

The R-E-I project would export Cook Inlet gas, but would be positioned to tap L-N-G being shipped through the Mat-Su Borough across Cook Inlet to the Nikiski terminal.

Window washer falls from UA Fairbanks building
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A man washing windows on a University of Alaska Fairbanks building survived a fall.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the man fell Friday afternoon from the side of the seven-story Elvey Building.

The Elvey Building houses the UAF Geophysical Institute.

University police and firefighters responded and say the man was conscious when they arrived.

Fire Capt. Forrest Kuiper says there was nothing visible on the side of the building to indicate from where the man had fallen.

He told paramedics he had been cleaning windows on the third story.

Paramedics took him to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Kuiper says the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

The man's name was not released. UAF spokeswoman Marmian Grimes says window washers are contract workers and not employees.

School districts add security cameras
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The number of security cameras in Alaska schools is going up.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports video cameras are being installed in Fairbanks middle and elementary schools and it's part of a statewide trend aimed at making schools safer.

Fairbanks technology director Janet Cobb says a $4 million, multi-year state project is paying for technology and security upgrades.

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District spokeswoman Catherine Esary says local officials want the community to know that school safety is the No. 1 priority for the district in the wake of school shootings elsewhere.

Anchorage School District chief operating officer Mike Abbott says the district is wrapping up a project to install surveillance cameras at all schools.

Power outage; strong winds; Fall weather
Alaska Electric Light and Power Company reported a couple of power outages last night due to high wind gusts knocking down trees.

According to Debbie Driscoll, Director of Consumer Affairs for AEL and P, one of the problems was "out the road" past mile 20; there was a tree on a line affecting Tee Harbor, Randal Road and the Amalga Harbor area.

The other outage was in the Mendenhall Loop area between Cinema Dr. and the Glacier. Service was restored to both areas within a couple of hours.

We talked to Meteorologist, Brian Bezenek with the National Weather Service in Juneau Monday morning.

He reported that a front moved through the panhandle on Sunday. He says there was a strong low level jet stream associated with the front that produced the strong winds. At the Juneau International Airports top gusts were reported at 55 mph.

Really strong winds were recorded in the Lynn Canal area; up to 60 mph and through Cross Sound up to 72 mph.

Bezenek says with Fall beginning this evening, as strong fronts come through the area, it's not unusual to see strong winds associated with those fronts, so we can probably look forward to seeing more of the same through the next season.