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
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
The outbound lane of Egan Drive was closed down for about twenty
Marina Ogai was cited for failing to
stop at a steady red light and failing to show proof of insurance.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The police department is attempting to locate Nicholas Alexander
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
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
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
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
He said it only takes a couple of minutes to fill out the permit
Residents not in compliance will face fines and could lose their
burn privileges for the whole season, according to Fire Marshal Dan
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
(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
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
Major pieces in play with session nearing
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
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
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
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
The issues detailed in the non-binding letter were raised as
Resources debated the bill but not considered ripe for inclusion as
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan
raised more money during the first quarter than he previously
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
Pot ballot backers pledge funds, with
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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?"
Bethel woman to compete for Miss
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
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.
Leary's fundraising site: