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[Thursday, April 17, 2014 15TH EDITION 7:32  P. M.]

 

 
UPDATE: Wreck on Egan
Juneau Police and Capital City Fire Rescue responded to a two vehicle accident on Egan Drive at the Glacier Highway and Channel Drive intersection Thursday afternoon.

Police closed down the outbound lane of Egan and detoured traffic onto Glacier Hwy around Twin Lakes while working the wreck that happened around 4:00 P.M.

The investigation showed that the driver of a white 1998 Toyota Corolla, driven by twenty four year old Marina Ogai, was driving outbound on Egan Drive, and was approaching the hospital intersection on Glacier Highway, when she failed to stop at a steady red light. The Toyota Corolla went through the intersection and struck a black 2001 Jeep, which was entering the intersection from Glacier Highway. The Jeep was being driven by fifty eight year old Rudy Isturis.

No injuries were reported at the scene, but Rudy Isturis later went the Bartlett Regional Hospital for a medical evaluation. Both vehicles sustained significant damages and are believed to be totaled.

The outbound lane of Egan Drive was closed down for about twenty minutes.

Marina Ogai was cited for failing to stop at a steady red light and failing to show proof of insurance.

Assembly Finance requests more information on pool closure
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee heard budget presentations from the Juneau Economic Development Council, Eaglecrest, and the Juneau International Airport at Wednesday night's meeting.

Committee Chair Karen Crane said they also went through the list of proposed expenditure reductions that were proposed by the city manager. Most of those reductions were agreed upon by the assembly.

There were a few items put on the pending list, including the Juneau School District because they don't yet have the information from the legislature on their funding.

The assembly asked the city manager for additional information on Capital Transit. They also asked the city manager to come back next week and give information on what it would take to keep Augustus Brown Pool open and from where the money would come to do that.

The Assembly Finance Committee meets again next Wednesday night.

Assembly requests officials to provide information on hospital CEO compensation
The Assembly is requesting information on the compensation for the new Bartlett Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer.

It was announced this week that Chuck Bill of Durango, Colorado, was hired at an annual salary of $315,000 with the promise of bonuses depending on hospital performance.

He was also given a signing bonus of $31,500 and a like amount for relocation expenses.

Assembly member Randy Wanamaker made a request at Wednesday night's Finance Committee meeting that the hospital board president and treasurer appear before the Assembly to explain the compensation package.

Wanamaker called the question a matter in the public interest since the hospital is an enterprise board created by the local government.

He says he and other members of the Assembly found out about the compensation through the news like everyone else. When the story broke, Wanamaker says he's getting received e-mails from citizens who wondered what the hospital board was doing and pointed out that compensation level was higher than what the city manager and school superintendent receives.

In view of its own financial issues, Wanamaker says they wondered how the city could allow them to set such a rate of compensation.

Wanamaker says its important for the Assembly to understand the hospital's compensation package since the hospital is poised to hire a new chief financial officer soon.

A compensation survey was discussed by the board during its meeting on January 28.

The survey said the maximum salary paid for hospitals of Bartlett's size was $314,000, but that figure did not include benefits or bonuses.
The average salary was pegged at $292,500.

According to the minutes of that meeting, CBJ Human Resources Director Mila Cosgrove was to obtain additional salary information and board member Bob Storer would contact ECG Consulting on the matter.

Gelbrich on Action Line: "I will always watch what is happening in Juneau"
Outgoing Juneau School District Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich provided a swan song of sorts while a guest on Action Line Thursday.

He said he would love to have the community know how much of a privilege it's been to live and work in Juneau.

The friends he met and engaged here are life time friends, he said.

Gelbrich said Juneau is a special place..." that has the potential to get it done, to get it absolutely right, but we've got to come together to do that."

He said that is his hope for Juneau and he said he will always be watching what is happening here.

Gelbrich's resignation is effective June 30th.

The School Board hopes to have his replacement on board by July 1.

Crime Line focused in catching fugitive
A fugitive from justice is the focus of the most recent Juneau Crime Line.

The police department is attempting to locate Nicholas Alexander Detemple.

There's a warrant for the arrest of 26 year old Detemple for violating his parole on an original charge of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third degree.

Detemple is described as five feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.

Detemple has tattoos completely covering the sides and front of his neck up to his chine. His hair is short and dark.

An off duty police officer saw Detemple on April 6 near the airport driving a 1999, green Volkswagon Passat. Police say the suspect recognized the officer and nearly struck him with his car while fleeing.

It's estimated Detemple was traveling at 80 miles per hour on Glacier Highway near Jordan Avenue when he fled the area.

Police say Detemple has a history of having weapons in addition to being associated with drugs.

Citizens are advised to avoid approaching Detemple and to call the police department to report his location.

Tips can also be provided anonymously by logging on the Juneau Crime Line. Citizens providing tips could be eligible for a reward.

Douglas regional Fish and Game office announces temporary move
(Juneau, AK) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Douglas Regional Office is temporarily moving.
The office at 803 3rd Street on Douglas Island is being renovated over the next 18 months. During construction the office will temporarily relocate to the Bill Ray Center at 1008 F Street, directly across the street from the Goldbelt Building.

The move will begin on April 21st and public service counters at the Douglas office will be operating only minimally during the transition. Public service counters will be open for business at the Bill Ray Center starting April 28. All services previously available on that date as well.

Fire Marshal's office outlines rules for burn permits
It's open burning season in Juneau.

The season opened April 1 and continues through October 31.

The Capital City Fire Rescue Fire Marshal's Office talked about the burning season on Action Line this week.

Deputy Fire Marshal Sven Pearson said permits can be applied for online. He suggested googling Juneau Burn Permit to find the application.

He said it only takes a couple of minutes to fill out the permit request.

Residents not in compliance will face fines and could lose their burn privileges for the whole season, according to Fire Marshal Dan Jager.

If they continue without a permit, the fire department can pursue criminal charges that comes with more severe monetary fines and up to a year in jail.

For the most part the fire marshal says most people try to follow the rules the best they can.

Speeding in Egan Drive work zones
Juneau Police Department officers on Tuesday conducted targeted speed enforcement on Egan Drive in the construction work zones. Several motorists were cited for exceeding the posted the speed limit. One motorist was cited for driving 83 miles per hour in the work zone.

JPD reminds motorists that even though the weather is getting nicer the speed limits around town have remained the same.

In addition, the construction work zones on Egan Drive have been designated as double fine areas.

Governor thanks Legislature for unanimous confirmations
(Juneau, Alaska) – Governor Sean Parnell today thanked the Alaska Legislature for confirming all of his appointments to various boards and commissions, as well as the commissioners of the Departments of Administration, Public Safety, Revenue, and Natural Resources.

“I appreciate the unanimous vote of support for our commissioners and the dozens of Alaskans who have stepped forward to serve,” Governor Parnell said. “I applaud these dedicated professionals who give of their time and talent, and are capably serving their fellow Alaskans.”

Legislature confirms Rabinow
The Legislature conducted  a joint session Thursday for the purpose of confirming the Governor's appointments.

It was highlighted by the Governor's desire to appoint Richard Rabinow, a former pipeline company executive from Texas, to be confirmed to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation board of directors.

The appointment was approved on a 43 to 17 vote after extensive debate.

Governor Parnell on Wednesday signed a bill into law that was rushed through the legislative process allowing the appointment of out-of-state residents to the panel.

Objection was sounded to the appointment of Joe Balash to be Natural Resources Commissioner...

In the end Balash was confirmed on a 57 to 2 vote. The two no votes were cast by House Representatives.

Administration Commissioner Curtis Thayer, Public Safety Commissioner Gary Folger, and Revenue Commissioner Angela Rodell were confirmed without opposition.

An objection  was  voiced to the appointment of Bernard Washington to the State Assessment Review Board.

Washington was eventually confirmed on a 45 to 15 vote. 

Washington spent 35 years in the oil industry and worked in areas including pipeline valuation. Critics of his appointment to the board that reviews the tax value  of the trans-Alaska pipeline questioned if he could help ensure a fair valuation for the state and municipalities. No one spoke in support on the floor.

Objection to  the appointments of Ilona Farr to the Physical Therapy and Occupational Safety Board Susan  Jeffrey and John Jensen  to the Board of Fisheries were  withdrawn.

Major pieces in play with session nearing end
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The 90-day legislative session is scheduled to end Sunday. And while legislative leaders have hoped to finish their work early given that Sunday is Easter, a lot of major pieces remain in play.

That includes a bill that sets state participation in a major liquefied natural gas project and the state budgets, along with a bond bill aimed at helping the University of Alaska Fairbanks build a new power plant. The pipeline and bond bank bills are in the House, as is the capital budget.

The operating budget is in a conference committee, comprised of House and Senate negotiators.

There are also bills on education and addressing the state's pension obligation. The Senate is tackling those.

House passes bill calling for study on tax credits
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House has passed legislation aimed at getting a better handle on how certain tax credit programs are working.

HB306, from Rep. Steve Thompson, adds sunset dates for certain tax credit programs, including the state's film tax credit program, which would sunset in 2016.

Thompson says the idea is to get an in-depth analysis of the programs and to gauge their effectiveness. If they're worthy, he says they will be renewed.

The bill passed 38-1, after minority-led efforts to push back the repeal date of a veterans' employment credit and to remove the film credit repeal from the bill failed.

The co-chairs of the House Finance Committee praised the bill; Rep. Alan Austerman said it was probably the best bill the House would pass all year.

Senators weighing education options
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — One of the last major bills to come together in the Senate this session could be the education package.

Senate Finance Committee co-chair Kevin Meyer says members are trying to figure out what they want in their version of HB278. Meyer has charts in his office breaking down elements that have been proposed as part of the bill and issues that could be incorporated, such as a study on the per-pupil funding formula.

One hot-button issue is funding. The House proposed roughly a $300 increase in the base student allocation over three years plus $30 million in one-time funding for districts.

Meyer favors a three-year approach to help districts better plan but says it hasn't been decided whether funding would be in the formula, outside it or a combination.

UPDATE:  Gov handles range of questions in online town hall including education funding
Gov. Sean Parnell says repealing the state's oil tax structure would "kill" oil production.

During an online town hall Wednesday evening, he also said he personally opposes the legalization of marijuana for recreational use and will sign into law a bill further defining medically necessary abortions as a way to be accountable with public funds.

Parnell took a wide range of questions, generally submitted by email or social media, touching on topics like education, a proposed Juneau access road and his favorite type of pizza. It's meat pizza, by the way.

Parnell said he will support "whatever funding it's going to take" for education.

He clarified in a later interview that that should be taken in the context of the current funding debate at the Capitol.

The House has proposed a roughly $300 increase in the per-pupil funding formula known.

On the issue of the oil tax referendum, he said the tax cut passed by lawmakers last year is working.

Lawmakers outline concerns for gas negotiations
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — House Resources Committee members have signed onto a letter, outlining issues they want Gov. Sean Parnell's administration to keep in mind in negotiating gas project contracts.

This assumes passage of SB138, which would set state participation in a liquefied natural gas project. House Finance is now considering that bill.

The issues detailed in the non-binding letter were raised as Resources debated the bill but not considered ripe for inclusion as amendments.

The Resources members, among other things, expressed a desire to ensure oil tax changes or terms are not negotiated or included in project-enabling contracts. They also want to ensure the state can bring in additional partners, if that's in the state's best interest.

All but two committee members signed on; Reps. Dan Saddler and Mike Hawker did not.

UPDATE:  Air ambulance bill  now moves to Governor's desk
The State House approved Senate legislation Tuesday relating to air ambulance service providers, including membership agreements and regulation of air ambulance service providers.

SB 159 will allow the continuation of the Airlift Northwest membership program that was in place for several years.

The State Division of Insurance found the company no longer operated under a business model that met exemptions provided under state law.  Juneau Representative Cathy Munoz said during her floor speech that the company is currently organized as  a non-profit medical provider under the University of Washington.

The bill was approved on a unanimous 35 to 0 vote. It was also approved unanimously by the Senate.

The Senate in turn approved House changes to the bill.  It now goes to the Governor.

Bill related to medical malpractice cases passes
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has passed a bill that would make expressions of apology or compassion inadmissible as evidence in medical malpractice cases.

HB250, from Rep. Kurt Olson, has been labeled the "I'm sorry" bill.

In his sponsor statement, Olson said the bill was intended to clear up a "gray area" that exists between apologies and admissions of negligence. He said a goal was to improve doctor-patient relationships.

HB250 passed the Senate unanimously Wednesday, after clearing the House last week.

Sens. Donny Olson and Cathy Giessel declared conflicts but were required to vote. Donny Olson is a doctor and Giessel a nurse.

Under the bill, if an expression of apology or sympathy were made with an admission of liability or negligence, the admission of liability or negligence could still be admissible.

Legislature passes bill on arming village officers
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has passed a bill that would allow for village public safety officers to carry firearms.

HB199 passed the Senate unanimously Wednesday. It passed the House last month.

The bill would allow for the arming of the officers, who serve as first responders in rural communities that can be located hours or days, depending on the weather, from the nearest state trooper. It was introduced last year, after the shooting death of a village public safety officer in Manokotak.

The officers would have to meet minimum standards and be trained. Regulations adopted by the Department of Public Safety, which took effect in March, speak to the required firearms training.

Bill for veterans passes house unanimously
After a third reading and acceptance of an amendment, Senate Bill 145, Governor Sean Parnell's bill in support of Veterans, passed the House on a unanimous vote of 39 to 0 yesterday.

This bill ensures veterans who served in the 1991 Gulf War and conflicts arising after September 11, 2001 can benefit from hiring and housing preferences granted to veterans of earlier conflicts. Specifically, the bill increases job opportunities for veterans by extending a hiring preference to those who have served since the Vietnam War.
SB 145 also implements the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax (HEART) Act, which ensures military families receive full survivor benefits for fallen soldiers.

The house of Representatives accepted an amendment from House Democratic Leader Chris Tuck to help Alaska’s military families save time, money, and aggravation upon returning from a deployment. The amendment to SB 145 allows military families with special needs children who qualify for Home and Community Based Services under Medicaid to continue to receive those services when they return from a deployment without having to go through a lengthy re-application process.

The bill with the attached amendment now goes to the Alaska state Senate for concurrence.

Miller plans campaign kickoff
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller is holding a campaign kickoff event Monday in Wasilla.

Miller announced his candidacy last year but has kept a relatively low profile until recently.

Miller was thrust into the national spotlight in 2010, when he upset Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the GOP primary last year. Murkowski later mounted a successful write-in campaign to hold onto her seat.

Miller's campaign says other featured speakers at Monday's event will include radio show host Lars Larson and Tim Macy with the Gun Owners of America.

Miller is among the Republicans seeking his party's nomination for the seat currently held by Democrat Mark Begich, who is seeking re-election. Other Republicans include former state Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell.

Sullivan brings in $1.4M in first quarter
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan raised more money during the first quarter than he previously reported.

The summary of his filing with the Federal Election Commission showed he brought in $1.4 million between January and March. That includes about $1.3 million in contributions from individuals and political committees and more than $150,000 in transfers from committees authorized to raise money on his behalf.

The campaign previously announced Sullivan had raised over $1.3 million. He had about $2 million available.

Fillings were not immediately available from the other major Republican candidates, Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller.

The Republicans are vying for the seat currently held by Democrat Mark Begich, who brought in more than $1 million during the last quarter. That was his biggest fundraising haul of the election cycle.

Pot ballot backers pledge funds, with stipulation
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first volley in the fight over the ballot measure to make recreational use in Alaska legal has been served.

The group backing the measure is the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

It said it will donate $9,000 to its opponents if they can prove pot is more dangerous than alcohol.

The group claims some of the people against the measure benefit from the sale of alcohol, and that's hypocrisy.

The opposition group "Big Marijuana, Big Mistake. Vote No On 2" formed this week. One officer is Tim Woolston, a part-owner of an Anchorage restaurant and the focus of the group's hypocrisy claim.

Woolston says they expect personal attacks, which he calls "just a distraction from a serious issue."

Voters will decide the measure in the Aug. 19 primary ballot.

Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 37
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The death toll from the mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso has risen to 37.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Tuesday it has received one more victim. The person's name has not been released.

The sheriff's office says seven other people are still listed as missing.

A search for bodies continues in the debris left when the March 22 landslide raced across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River and buried dozens of homes in the riverfront community about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.

No reports of damage in Alaska quake
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 was felt widely throughout Alaska on Wednesday, but officials had no immediate reports of damage.

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says in a release that the quake happened just before 12:30 p.m. in the central region of Alaska. It was centered about 55 miles southwest of Denali Park, the little tourist town near the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve. The temblor was located at a depth of about 48 miles.

The quake was felt in Anchorage, throughout Southcentral Alaska and farther north, in interior Alaska.

Alaska Seaplanes announces expansion to Sitka.
Alaska Seaplanes will initiate twice-daily scheduled IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) service between Kake and Sitka, with fares starting at $149. Service between Juneau and Kake will also be expanded, with a third mid-day roundtrip offering increased flight options for Kake passengers.

The move intends to meet demand in Kake passenger traffic, which has grown steadily over the last two years as a result of Alaska Seaplanes’ migration to larger Piper Chieftain and Cessna Caravan platforms for a majority of flights in and out of Kake.

Alaska Seaplanes is the only scheduled operator of IFR capable commuter aircraft in the Juneau market.

The expanded flight schedules are set to begin on May 24th.

Widow called to testify in Coast Guard murder case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The wife of a Coast Guardsman shot to death two years ago at a Kodiak communications station says she didn't shoot her husband and his co-worker.

Deborah Hopkins was called as a defense witness Thursday in the trial of James Wells, who's charged with first-degree murder in the death of Petty Officer First Class James Hopkins and civilian employee Richard Belisle (BEL'-eye-ul).

Defense attorneys contend investigators immediately focused in on Wells and ignored other possible suspects.

Defense attorney Peter Offenbecher questioned Deborah Hopkins about an affair her husband had, their finances, her familiarity with the shop were her husband was murdered and guns in their home.

During cross-examination, special assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen Duigan directly asked Deborah Hopkins if she had murdered her husband. Hopkins said she had not.

Kodiak murder case witness testifies on local cars
DAN JOLING, Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A defense witness in the trial of the man charged with killing two co-workers at a Kodiak Coast Guard station says there are plenty of other cars on the island that fit the dimensions of a vehicle recorded near the murder scene.

Federal defender investigator Deatrich Sheffield says 263 blue vehicles registered on the island fit the same dimensions and that doesn't count Coast Guardsmen cars registered elsewhere.

Sheffield testified Thursday in the trial of electronics technician James Wells, who's charged with killing Richard Belisle and James Hopkins shortly after 7 a.m. on April 12, 2012.

Prosecutors say Wells used his wife's blue sport utility vehicle to drive to the scene.

A security camera recorded a blue vehicle driving past the shop at 7:09 a.m. and returning five minutes later.

Former UAA professor arraigned on porn charges
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former astronomy and physics instructor at the University of Alaska Anchorage has pleaded not guilty to 14 child pornography charges.

KTUU reports Curtis Osterhoudt was arraigned Wednesday shortly after surrendering to authorities. Bail was set at $100,000.

Online court records didn't list an attorney for him.

The 37-year-old Osterhoudt was indicated by an Anchorage grand jury on 10 counts of possession child porn and four counts of distribution. Authorities say the counts cover alleged activities at his home and UAA office.

UAA listed him as an assistant professor of physics and astronomy from Aug. 12, 2012 until his resignation on Jan. 9, 2014.

If convicted, he faces a sentencing range on each count of 2-12 years, with a maximum sentence of 99 years.

USDA files complaint against Alaska university
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has accused the University of Alaska Fairbanks of possible Animal Welfare Act violations in the starvation deaths of 12 musk oxen at its large-animal research station.

USDA spokeswoman Tanya Espinosa said Wednesday an administrative judge will decide whether the university will face fines an animal rights group hopes total $10,000 for each animal.

University spokeswoman Marmian Grimes says the school is working on a response to the complaint.

The USDA says the university failed to provide adequate veterinary care, identify that the musk oxen were losing weight or enlist veterinary treatment. The animals died or were euthanized between Aug. 29, 2010, and Feb. 16, 2011.

The complaint filed in late March follows a request by the group Stop Animal Exploitation Now to investigate the school. The group announced the complaint Wednesday.

Parnell release outlines campaign debate schedule
Governor Parnell's reelection campaign has issued a release saying Parnell has confirmed and committed to participate in eight debates.

None are scheduled in Juneau.

There are three prior to the Primary Election. They include two in Anchorage on April 28 and 30 and in Fairbanks on August 12.

The debates prior to the General Election are August 28 in Kodiak; October 1 in Ketchikan; October 8 in Soldotna; October 21 in Fairbanks; and October 28 in Anchorage.

Anchorage psychiatrist charged with fraud
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 39-year-old Anchorage psychiatrist is accused of billing Medicaid more than $300,000 for services never provided.

The Anchorage Daily News says Shubhranjan Ghosh is charged by the state with medical assistance fraud, scheme to defraud and evidence tampering. Ghosh is the founder and sole practitioner at Ghosh Psychiatric Services.

He was arrested Tuesday. His arrest comes after a string of unrelated charges connected to Medicaid in what the state calls a continuing crackdown on billing fraud.

The Alaska Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has charged 77 people with Medicaid fraud, abuse or neglect since October 2012.

Assistant attorney general Andrew Peterson says that compares to about 30 people the decade before.

Charging documents say the Ghosh investigation began in September 2013.

It's unclear if Ghosh has an attorney.
(Anchorage Daily News)

3 more Washington mudslide victims identified
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have identified three more bodies pulled from the debris of the mudslide that swept through the Washington town of Oso last month, leaving four names left on the list of the missing.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Thursday it has now identified all 39 victims it has received.

The latest are 4-year-old Wyatt M. Ruthven of Arlington, 64-year-old Sandra K. Miller of Everett, and 52-year-old Ronald P. Dequilettes of Arlington. All died of multiple blunt force injuries.

The March 22 slide buried dozens of homes in the community 55 miles northeast of Seattle. Steady rain Thursday is complicating the search and recovery effort, and officials worry about rising water from the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River.

Fla. woman doesn't blame bear for her attack
LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who was attacked by a bear last weekend says she doesn't want bears to be killed by wildlife officials for doing what wild animals do.

Terri Frana told Orlando television station WFTV on Wednesday that residents of her Lake Mary neighborhood need to learn to expect the wild bears and understand their danger.

More than a half dozen bears have been killed by wildlife officials since last Saturday's attack. Wildlife officials say the bears pose a danger since they've grown accustomed to eating human food, either from garbage or fed by residents.

Frana says the bear pushed her down, bit her leg and then bit into her skull, trying to drag her into the woods. She escaped and ran inside her house.


Aquaculture association buys Port Graham hatchery
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A lower Cook Inlet fish hatchery idle since 2007 has been sold.

The Peninsula Clarion reports the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association on Monday completed purchase of the Port Graham Hatchery.

The Port Graham Hatchery Corp. closed the hatchery because of low returns of pink salmon and poor prices.

Pink salmon reared by the aquaculture association are expected to return to Port Graham Bay this year and could be harvested for brood stock eggs.

Aquaculture association director Gary Fandrei says the goal is to put 84 million eggs in the hatchery.

He says the group does not expect to fully recover the roughly $1 million a year it will cost to operate the hatchery but hopes to be able to do so by 2016.
(Peninsula Clarion)

Putin: Who needs Alaska?
Russian President Vladimir Putin quashed the possibility that Russia would annex Alaska while on a question-and-answer call-in show Thursday, adding that the former Russian colony is cold, too.

Amid rising Russian nationalism after the president’s annexation of Crimea, Putin responded to an audience member’s suggestion of annexing Alaska during the televised national phone-in, asking, “Faina Ivanovna, my dear, why do you want Alaska?"

Russia is a "northern country" and 70 percent of its territory lies in "Northern and extreme Northern regions," Putin said, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti. "Is Alaska really in the Southern Hemisphere? It’s cold there, too. Let's not get hot-headed,” he added. Russia sold Alaska to the U.S. in 1867 for $7.2 million.

“Who needs Alaska?” Putin added, "Who needs Alaska?"
(Huffington Post)

Bethel woman to compete for Miss Indian World
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A woman from Western Alaska will be competing later this month for the title of Miss Indian World.

Megan Leary, a graduate of Bethel Regional High School, will compete in the Miss Indian World Cultural Pageant April 22-26 at the Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque.

KYUK reports Leary is the former Miss Cama-i and Miss World Eskimo Indian Olympics.

She says she's excited to represent Alaska in the pageant, and is putting the finishing touches by beading and sewing some regalia.

She has a lot of Yup'ik clothing already since she grew up in the Bethel region, but is making a dress and a pair of mukluks to highlight her Athabascan heritage.

As of Thursday, she has raised about half of the $3,000 she needs for trip to New Mexico.

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