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[Thursday September 18th, 2014  13th  EDITION 5:04 P. M.]

Burglar hides in Costco, gets away with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry
Juneau Police say evidence in Wednesday night's Costco burglary suggests the burglar waited inside the store until after closing and then stole over $40,000 worth of jewelry. Juneau Police responded to the alarm sounding at Costco around 10:30 last night.

JPD's Lieutenant David Campbell said, "Officers arrived within minutes and contacted a witness, who reported seeing a man running away from Costco toward Hidden Valley. The man was described as being a white male adult, smaller stature, with short brown hair, and possibly wearing a green Carhart style jacket.

Officers checked the area and there were no signs of forced entry into the business. Costco staff arrived and officers check the inside of the business. A jewelry case had been smashed and over $40,000 in jewelry was missing. Stolen items included watches, rings, and necklaces.

JPD is seeking assistance from anyone in the area that might have witness any suspicious activity, or anyone in the area who has a video surveillance system, to contact JPD or the Juneau Crime Line immediately."

State proposes plan for road from Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state Transportation Department is proposing a $570-million road project that would help connect Juneau to Alaska's main highway system.

It is the department's latest stab at the long-simmering project; a prior plan was knocked down by the courts for not looking at a fuller range of alternatives.

The road would not be a direct link to highways out of Skagway or Haines. Motorists would still have to hop ferries for part of the trip.

State Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp says the goal is to provide more opportunity to travel to the capital city at a lower cost. Juneau is accessible only by air or water.

Critics say the money would be better spent on critical infrastructure upgrades and maintenance throughout the state.

Anchorage police name pedestrian killed on street

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police have released the name of a pedestrian who was struck and killed on a busy street.

Police say 43-year-old Craig McCarty was struck by a Honda Accord Wednesday morning on Muldoon Road in east Anchorage.

McCarty was declared dead at the scene.

Police say their investigation continues. No citations have been issued.

Anchorage police name pedestrian killed on street
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police have released the name of a pedestrian who was struck and killed on a busy street.

Police say 43-year-old Craig McCarty was struck by a Honda Accord Wednesday morning on Muldoon Road in east Anchorage.

McCarty was declared dead at the scene.

Police say their investigation continues. No citations have been issued.

Rescued harbor seal pup released on Kodiak Island
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — An abandoned harbor seal pup that narrowly avoided death by seagull was returned to the wild off a Kodiak Island beach.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the seal was released Wednesday by representatives of the Alaska SeaLife Center.

A kayaker in June spotted the seal on an island in Kalsin Bay. Gulls were pecking at the 4-day-old pup, which still had its umbilical cord attached.

The SeaLife Center's Halley Werner says the pup would not have survived. It was skinny, dehydrated and wounded when it reached the center in Seward.

The seal was treated with antibiotics and fed formula until it could eat fish. In mid-summer, it was placed in pools with other seals to learn how to compete for food.

The seal grew from 25 to 57 pounds.

Fast ruling sought in Alaska ballot lawsuit
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage judge is moving quickly on a lawsuit challenging an emergency order that allowed two Alaska gubernatorial candidates to fuse their campaigns into one ticket for the November general election.

Judge John Suddock has scheduled arguments for Sept. 26.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Steven Strait, a district chair in the Alaska Republican Party, against Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and elections director Gail Fenumiai (feh-NEW'-me-eye).

Strait says Treadwell erred in his Sept. 2 decision permitting candidates affected by the merger to officially withdraw from their respective races.

That order allowed Democratic gubernatorial nominee Byron Mallott to join campaigns with independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker and serve as Walker's running mate.

Assistant Attorney General Margaret Paton-Walsh, representing the defendants, says more than 2,300 overseas ballots were mailed Wednesday.


EPA extends decision-making on mining proposal
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take more time to review comments on a proposal that would restrict large-scale mining near the headwaters of a world-premier salmon fishery.

The decision could have implications for the proposed Pebble Mine. A lawsuit seeking to stop EPA from vetoing the project before permits are obtained is pending.

EPA received more than 155,000 written comments and expects to receive thousands more before the public comment period ends Friday. EPA also heard from hundreds of people in hearings.

Under regulations, EPA's regional administrator is to withdraw the proposal or advance a recommendation to headquarters within 30 days of public hearings ending, but not before the comment period closes. Hearings ended Aug. 15.

EPA is extending the timeline for determining its next step to Feb. 4.


Interior Alaska hay harvest dampened by wet summer
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Hay farmers in Alaska's interior are frustrated that their plentiful crops have been dampened by record-breaking rainfall, providing few opportunities for harvesting.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that it's the second consecutive year that poor weather conditions have put a crimp in the interior hay crop.

Wet hay is susceptible to mold or fire, but farmers have to wait for the right moment to harvest it for storage.

A dry, hot summer last year hurt production, resulting with hay prices climbing for Alaska horse and livestock owners.

Alan Tonne, who manages the University of Alaska Fairbanks experiment farm, says that during normal years, the price of hay ranges from $200- to $300- per ton.

Tonne figures this year's prices per ton could be in the $400 range.

UA to undergo sexual violence complaint review
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) Federal officials will visit four University of Alaska campuses next month to review how the university handles sexual violence complaints.

Representatives of the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Office will make the visits.

The university is one of 79 post-secondary institutions being investigated.

Rules on sexual violence complaints fall under Title IX (nine), the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on gender in education programs that receive federal funding.

An attorney for the University of Alaska, Michael O'Brien, says the university is not being investigated because it did anything wrong.

He says there's no active violation and federal officials are reviewing the university for compliance.

O'Brien says the university since 2011 has had 257 complaints of sexual harassment or sexual assault, mostly in Anchorage or Fairbanks.

Eagle River accidental shooting
An Eagle River man died in an accidental shooting at a remote cabin.

Alaska State Troopers responded Monday afternoon to the incident at Bulchitna Lake, south of Skwentna.

Fifty-nine year-old, Stephen H. Hager, a pilot for Alaska Airlines, had been at the cabin with family.

KTVA-11 reports that troopers found Hager dead outside; witnesses said a firearm inside the cabin had gone off accidentally.

Troopers say foul play is not suspected. The body was taken to the state medical examiner for autopsy.

Multi-state fishing group wants tougher laws
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Regional fishing associations are uniting in an attempt to strengthen the laws that govern fisheries in federal waters.

The groups describe themselves as "small boat commercial fishing groups" from around the country. They sent a letter to Congress this month calling for laws that strengthen requirements to reduce bycatch, require more comprehensive catch information and maintain rebuilding timelines for fish stocks.

The groups in the Fishing Community Coalition include the Alaska Marine Conservation Council; Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association; Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance; the Maine Coast Fishermen's Association; and the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholder's Alliance.

Body of missing man recovered east of Cordova
CORDOVA, Alaska (AP) — The body of a 32-year-old Minnesota man missing east of Cordova, Alaska, has been recovered.

Scott Bell was found Tuesday by searchers.

His hometown was not immediately available.

The Coast Guard on Tuesday asked Alaska State Troopers to assist in an aerial search for Bell, who was reported missing near Controller Bay.

Troopers were told Bell was last seen Monday night and that he may have been using a kayak.

Bell's body was found at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on a sand bar.

The body has been sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy.

Tribal organizations asking for bycatch limits
Two tribal organizations are asking federal fisheries managers for an emergency order to limit the bycatch of salmon by the Bering Sea commercial fleet.

The Alaska Dispatch reports that the Association of Village Council Presidents and Tanana Chiefs Conference filed a petition this week with the Secretary of Commerce and North Pacific Fishery Management Council. They want a lower limit on the number of king salmon accidentally caught by pollock fishermen in the Bering Sea.

The current limit is 60-thousand kings; the petition wants the bycatch limit lowered to 20-thousand, in order to let more salmon return to the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers.

The subsistence fishery for king salmon was closed on both rivers this season due to low returns.

Commercial fish boat explodes in Valdez; 1 injured
VALDEZ, Alaska (AP) — A Coast Guard spokesman says a 30-foot commercial fishing boat exploded and burned Wednesday evening in the small boat harbor in Valdez, Alaska. The lone person on board was able to walk off and was taken to a hospital.

Lt. Ben Bauman says Valdez firefighters and police responded, as did Coast Guard personnel. They found the vessel Fireman afloat, with the majority of its wheelhouse torn apart by the explosion.

The small boat harbor is adjacent to a Best Western Hotel.

Once Valdez firefighters said the area was safe, Bauman says Coast Guard officers were able to board the boat to begin a pollution investigation.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

Senate candidates unite over arming Syrian rebels
WASHINGTON (AP) — Candidates in some of the most contested Senate races have found something to agree on — giving President Barack Obama the authority he's asked for to train and arm Syrian rebels taking on brutal Islamic State militants.

Democratic congressman Bruce Braley and Republican opponent Joni Ernst, battling for a Senate seat from Iowa, are in agreement. So are opponents in Colorado, incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and Republican congressman Cory Gardner.

Opposing the commander in chief on a question of fighting terrorists poses risks for candidates in tough races in November. Yet standing with an unpopular president seeking to broaden a dangerous conflict carries hazards, too.

Some Senate challengers avoid questions on the topic, while at least one endangered Democratic incumbent, Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, plans to vote "no."

Park Service plans Denali transportation meeting
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — National Park Service officials say a public meeting is scheduled to take place next week to discuss the long-range transportation plan for Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve.

The meeting next Wednesday is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the McKinley Village Community Center on the Parks Highway.

Officials say planners will be providing information about the plan and they also will seek public input.

Denali road open to private vehicles at season end
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Visitors can now drive their private vehicles into Denali National Park and Preserve, weather permitting.

The park says the 92-mile road will be open to private vehicle traffic up to mile 30, the Teklanika Rest Area. But park officials urge visitors to call ahead for conditions because weather this time of year can change quickly.

Shuttle buses operate during the busy summer season, providing the primary means by which visitors can see the park. The buses recently stopped running for the year.

The park says vault toilets will be available at the Mountain Vista Trailhead, Savage River parking area and Teklanika but other facilities west of headquarters, including campgrounds, will be closed for the season.

The Bear Loop of the Riley Creek Campground will be open for camping.

[Wednesday September 17th, 2014  13th  EDITION 4:50 P. M.]

Lawsuit: Alaska official erred in campaign action
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A civil lawsuit alleges Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell erred in issuing an emergency order that ultimately allowed two gubernatorial campaigns to merge.

The lawsuit filed in Anchorage Wednesday challenges Treadwell's Sept. 2 emergency order that permitted candidates affected by the merger to officially withdraw from their respective races.

Treadwell's decision came on the day Democratic gubernatorial nominee Byron Mallott and independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker joined tickets, with Mallott now running for lieutenant governor. Treadwell didn't seek re-election as lieutenant governor in favor of an unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate in the Republican primary.

Margaret Paton-Walsh, an assistant attorney general, is representing Treadwell and elections director Gail Fenumiai (feh-NEW'-me-eye), who are named in the lawsuit. Paton-Walsh says the state stands behind Treadwell's decision.

Plaintiff Steve Strait is a district chair in the Alaska Republican Party.

Sullivan ad calls out Begich snowmachine riding
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An X Games snowmachine rider calls out Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich's riding skills in a new campaign ad from Republican Dan Sullivan.

Cory Davis is a four-time X Games medalist. He says he had a "good laugh" watching Begich "pretending" to ride a snowmachine during one of Begich's spots. Davis says he's tired of "phony politicians."

Begich road a snowmachine in the Arctic in an ad touting his efforts to build a bridge across the Colville River to reach oil leases within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Begich spokesman Max Croes says there was no pretending. He says the drilling site is seen over Begich's shoulder.

Begich told Politico he rode for a long time that day and got frostbite on his ear.

Proposal to raise state minimum wage debated
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An economics professor says a ballot initiative that would raise Alaska's minimum wage may sound good to voters but her background convinces her it is not a good thing.

University of Alaska Fairbanks professor Sherri Wall debated a sponsor of the initiative, former state labor commissioner Ed Flanagan, in Fairbanks this week.

The initiative would raise the minimum wage of $7.75 an hour by $2 an hour over two years and adjust it for inflation after that.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Wall called raising the minimum wage "an infringement upon liberty."

Flanagan said an academic approach to pay doesn't recognize the reality that low-income or entry-level workers often don't have much say in what they're paid.

Juneau to participate in PARK(ing) Day 2014
[Juneau, AK] September 16, 2014 — On Friday, September 19th, in cities around the world, artists, local businesses and citizens will temporarily transform public parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called "PARK(ing) Day."

Originally developed in 2005 in San Francisco, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way urban streets are used. PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape through the creation of public parks, art installations and spaces that allow pedestrians to engage with their neighborhoods.

Park(ing) Day in Juneau will be hosted by Corvus Design, an Alaskan based landscape architecture and planning firm. The local Juneau office of Corvus Design is partnering with the Rookery Café and Alaska Robotics to convert two on-street parking stalls into a public space that will include an outdoor patio and seating area within a landscaped pocket park. Local organizer Christopher Mertl of Corvus Design calls the installation, “An opportunity to allow residents and visitors to interact with each other in a pleasant temporary park setting.” Mertl then goes on to say, “While parking is an essential component to a community so is the need for public open spaces and streetscapes that supports local businesses, makes our downtown attractive and provides economic opportunities.”

The one day installation can be found on Front Street adjacent to Seward Street and the public is invited to use the space this Friday. The event is sponsored in part by the Downtown Business Association. Since 2005, the project has blossomed into a worldwide community event. The first event was hosted by Rebar, an internationally recognized art and design studio, in San Francisco. PARK(ing) Day 2011 – the last year statistics were collected -- included 975 “PARK” installations in more than 160 cities in 35 countries on six continents. The project continues to expand to urban centers across the globe. A map of all participating cities and more information can be found at the PARK(ing) Day website, at parkingday.org.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing man near Auke Bay, Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard suspended the search for 52-year-old Paul Keithahn in the vicinity of Coghlan Island near Auke Bay Tuesday.

Crews from Station Juneau, the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty, Air Station Sitka, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Juneau S.E.A.D.O.G.S. and the Alaska State Troopers searched a total of 190-square miles for approximately 32 hours before suspending search efforts.

Watchstanders at Sector Juneau received the initial report Monday from a good Samaritan who reported seeing the Keithahn's vessel, the 32-foot pleasure craft Spellbound, operating unmanned. When contacted by Coast Guard watchstanders, the man's wife said she hadn't heard from her husband since Saturday. A 25-foot response boat crew from Station Juneau investigated the vessel and found it to be unoccupied with the man's cellular phone still aboard. The vessel was towed to Auke Bay and secured in Juneau Police Department's custody while an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Sitka commenced a search for the man. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty joined the search Monday evening.

“The decision to suspend our active search efforts is always difficult,” said Cmdr. Marc Burd, chief of response, Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of Mr. Keithahn.”

Marine Parking Garage closing this weekend for painting project
The Marine Parking Garage will be closed this weekend for a painting project and will be unavailable for parking beginning at
6:00pm on Friday, September 19th and will re-open for use at 6:00am on Sunday, September 21st.

The Parks & Recreation Department will make every effort to contact current permit holders this week; however, it will be necessary to tow any
vehicles that have not been moved once the contractor is ready to begin painting.

Alternate downtown parking will be available on-street and at the Downtown Transportation Center Parking garage, the North Franklin lot
and the Shopper’s lot.

If you have any questions, please contact Parks and Recreation at 586-5226, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Most Alaskans to get nearly $1,900 in oil money
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Most Alaskans will receive nearly $1,900 for this year's share of the state's oil wealth that's distributed annually to residents just for living here.

Gov. Sean Parnell announced the amount of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend on Wednesday. The payout set for Oct. 2 is more than double the amount of last year's $900 checks, but short of the record payout of $2,069 in 2008.

The amount of each person's check is based on a five-year average of the fund's investment earnings, which included the recession years that were more widely felt outside Alaska.

Last year's average included 2009, a recession year that dropped off from the 2014 equation.

Dividends have been distributed since 1982.


Pedestrian struck, killed on Anchorage street
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A pedestrian attempting to cross a busy east Anchorage street was struck and killed.

The man was struck by a compact car at about 7:20 a.m. Wednesday on Muldoon Road near Muldoon Town Center.

An officer who responded tells KTUU-TV the man appeared to be in his 40s.

The man died at the scene.

Man charged with filing fake robbery report, theft
HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A Homer man who claimed he was robbed at gunpoint at his employer's store has been charged with misdemeanor theft and making a false report.

The Homer News reports 19-year-old Tommy Lee Neal was arrested Thursday. He pleaded not guilty at arraignment.

Homer police say Neal on Sept. 4 reported being robbed by a man who bought a piece of licorice and then brandished a gun.

Neal told officers the man wore an Oakland Raiders hooded sweat shirt, took money from the till and drove off with a blonde in a white sedan.

Police say Neal's story fell apart. Twelve minutes passed between the licorice sale and the 911 call and surveillance video showed no white car.

Police say Neal used part of the missing $716 to pay rent.

2014 Permanent Fund Dividend is $1884
Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today announced that the 2014 Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) will be $1,884.00. The first dividends will be paid on October 2, when approximately 510,731 applicants will receive a direct deposit into their bank account, and 88,186 will be mailed a check. Paper checks will enter the U.S. mail system on October 2 from Juneau.

674,538 Alaskans applied for the 2014 dividend this year – an increase of approximately 1,587 applications from 2013.
More than $944.4 million will be directly deposited into Alaskans' bank accounts this year, with a total distribution, including checks, of $1.1 billion. Beginning October 2, and continuing monthly thereafter, applications that become eligible will be paid either by check or direct deposit.

Alaskans wondering about their application status may use the “myPFDinfo” online portal. It is a quick and easy way to review current and prior year application information. To use this feature, applicants should visit pfd.alaska.gov and click on the blue “myPFDinfo” button. To log in, applicants will need an Alaska driver’s license, Alaska ID, or myAlaska credentials.

The Pick.Click.Give. program had 26,850 applicants go online and pledge 44,693 individual charitable contributions, amounting to approximately $2.8 million, the highest totals since the program began six years ago. 511 nonprofit organizations benefited from the voluntary program this year.

The fund has recovered from the losses of 2009. Following the Great Recession, on June 30, 2009, the fund had a balance of $29.9 billion. By June 30, 2014, the corporation had rebuilt and grown the fund to $51.2 billion – a 71% increase.
“I want to congratulate the staff and trustees of the Permanent Fund Corporation on meeting the financial challenges of the last 5 years and for building Alaskans’ fund into a legacy we can all be proud of. I also want to extend my thanks to the Department of Revenue staff who processed the many applications,” Governor Parnell said.

This year marks the 33rd dividend paid to Alaskans. An individual who qualified for all of the Permanent Fund Dividends to date has received $37,027.41. Following the 2014 dividend payment, the total funds disbursed to Alaskans by the division since inception of the dividend program, including the Resource Rebate, will total more than $21.9 billion.

Engine sounds heard before Alaska plane crash
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two witnesses described hearing a high-pitched sound from the engine of a small, for-hire airplane before it crashed last year on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, killing all 10 people aboard.

Another reported seeing a puff of black smoke from the air taxi's engine area.

The witness statements were included in investigative documents released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday.

The documents do not provide any theories or analysis of what investigators believe might have caused the crash in Soldotna. A final report on the July 2013 accident that killed the pilot and two families from South Carolina is pending.

A weight and balance study looked at different scenarios, including one described as closely approximating the weight and balance of the plane during the flight. It calculated the plane as slightly over the maximum gross weight for which it was certificated.

Pro-Hillary Clinton group helping Senate Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) — A pro-Hillary Rodham Clinton super PAC is dispatching staffers to key states before the fall elections and helping Senate candidates with fundraising.

The group, Ready for Hillary, says it would send more than two dozen staffers to 14 states key to Democrats' prospects in the November mid-term elections.

The states include Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, home to competitive Senate campaigns, and the early presidential voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

The moves are aimed at helping a potential Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016.

Teen charged with sexual abuse of 13-year-old
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a Juneau teenager suspected of having sex with a girl more than four years younger than he is.

The grand jury last week indicted 19-year-old Michael Conkle on one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Conviction for the Class B felony can carry a prison sentence of 5 to 15 years.

Prosecutors say Conkle was 18 when he had sex with a 13-year-old Aug. 29 and that he knew her age.

Under Alaska statutes, a crime is committed if a person 17 years old or older has sex with a child age 13, 14, or 15 and the child is at least four years younger than the older person.

Conkle was arrested Sept. 4. He turned 19 Sunday.

Woman injured in Anchorage home invasion
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 63-year-old Anchorage woman is recovering from a severe beating she suffered in a home invasion and robbery.

KTUU-TV reports three men on Monday afternoon forced their way into the woman's east-side home.

Anchorage police say the men beat the woman and stole her television.

They fled in a gold sport utility vehicle.

The suspects are described as black adults.

The woman skull fractures and possible internal injuries. Police say she was cut in multiple locations and her face was swollen.

She was treated at a hospital.

Spruce cones harvested for Alaska reforestation
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Division of Forestry officials say thousands of white spruce cones have been harvested in the Fairbanks area for future timber sale stock.

Officials say the recent harvest will yield seeds to be planted in areas where state timber sales have been held.

The cones are dried and tumbled for the seed extraction, then tested to see if they have a germination rate of at least 70 percent.

The seeds are sent to a nursery specializing in trees from northern climates.

Officials say 500,000 seeds were sent last winter to a nursery in Alberta, Canada. About 44,000 seedlings sent back to Alaska were recently planted on more than 176 acres in the Fairbanks area.

Officials say the Kenai Peninsula received another 60,000 seedlings.

Board of education to consider regulations
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state board of education will consider regulations surrounding how students can test-out of courses they have mastered.

Lawmakers this year passed legislation allowing secondary school students to test-out of and receive credit for courses offered in math, language arts, science, social studies and world languages.

The proposed regulations would require districts to provide testing at least twice a year and develop standards regarding the degree of mastery needed.

In public comments, Ron Fuhrer, president of NEA-Alaska, said the regulations, if implemented properly, would allow students to take more advanced classes.

But he said if the testing requirements are too lax, it won't prepare students for long-term success. He also said he didn't want new testing days added to the school calendar.

The board meets this week in Anchorage.

[Tuesday September 16th, 2014  14th  EDITION 6:30 P. M.]

Douglas apartment fire
Capital City Fire Rescue was dispatched to 1617 Douglas Highway, Geneva Woods Apartment C-2 for an apartment fire on Tuesday at approximately 7:41 AM.

Fire personnel arrived on scene within 5 minutes of the alarm to find a two story apartment full of smoke. The fire was quickly extinguished and a search for occupants was conducted and no occupants were inside at the time of the fire.

The apartment sustained approximately $50,000 in damage. Working smoke alarms alerted neighbors to the fire who called 911. The fire marshal's office has conducted a fire origin and cause investigation and determined the fire to have started in the kitchen area involving the stove.

The tenants did not have any renters insurance. There were no injuries reported. Capital City Fire Rescue reminds everyone to be sure they have working smoke alarms in their home.

Boat found empty going in circles, Juneau man presumed missing
Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a Good Samaritan call about an empty 32-foot recreational vessel doing circles just outside of Auke Bay yesterday just after noon.

Bruce Bowler with the Sea Dogs says they were called yesterday to search the beach areas around Lena between Lena and Bear Creek on Admiralty Island. They are putting out three dog teams today.

The Coast Guard identified the missing Juneau man as Paul Keithahn. Scott Giard, Command Duty Officer, Coast Guard Sector Juneau, said the man was supposed to be on the vessel and is presumed missing at this point. Giard added that they searched yesterday and all last night and are continuing to search today.

The 32-foot pleasure craft Spellbound rests at a dock in Auke Bay, Alaska, Sept. 15, 2014. Coast Guard Sector Juneau released this image as part of a search for the vessel's owner after it was discovered operating unmanned in the vicinity of Coghlan Island near Auke Bay, Sept. 15. U.S. Coast Guard photo provided by Sector Juneau.

The "Supe" is on at Thunder Mountain High, meet the new superintendent
The Juneau School District announces "the Supe is on" at Thunder Mountain High School on Thursday night from 6:00 – 7:00.  Juneau School District Superintendent Mark Miller is hosting an open forum about Juneau’s Schools.

Kristin Bartlett, Juneau Schools Chief of Staff, has says, "Community members can meet the new superintendent and new directors of the district. The team will talk about student achievement, instruction, special education, student services and more. The public is encouraged to drop by to ask questions, get answers, share ideas and be a part of this community conversation."

6th Annual Discover Eaglecrest Day is Saturday, September 20
Juneau, AK - Sept. 15, 2014 – Winter is just around the corner and that  means it is time for the 6th Annual Discover Eaglecrest Day. The community is invited to Eaglecrest Ski Area Saturday, September 20, for a full day of all-ages activities and events, including Season Pass and Snowsports School sales. The day kicks off at 10:30am and finishes up at 3:30pm

“We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the mountain for our annual start of fall and the coming winter” said General Manager Matt Lillard. “Discover Eaglecrest Day is a great way to get excited for winter and check out what is new at Eaglecrest!”

Season Passes and Snowsports School products will be on sale for the 2014-2015 season at the lowest prices of the year. PFD prices are available now through Oct. 5.

The Alpine Barbeque and Beer Garden, presented by the Westmark Baranof, will have food and beverage available for purchase. Porcupine Chairlift will be spinning from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for any guests interested in a free ride to the top of Dolly Varden.

Alaska Zipline Adventures are offering zip tours at $50 per person. See the mountain from a different view! Advance reservations are required and space is limited so make your booking today. To reserve your spot, call Alaska Zipline Adventures at 907-321-0947.

The Eaglecrest Foundation will be selling retired Black Bear chairs for $100 with funds raised going to the Books 2 Boards program. New this year will be a historic silent auction featuring old trail signs and blueberry bubble chairs. “We are excited to be giving Eaglecrest supporters a chance to own a bit of Eaglecrest history!” said Jim Calvin, president of the Eaglecrest Foundation.

Other organizations that will have activities and information include SAIL/ORCA, Wells Fargo Dimond Park Field House, Juneau Ski Club, and Discovery Southeast.

Visit skijuneau.com for a complete list of Discover Eaglecrest Day events.

Located on Douglas Island just 12 miles from downtown, Eaglecrest is Juneau’s community owned ski area offering 4 chairlifts and over 640 acres of skiable terrain. The area includes a professionally staffed Snow Sports School, a full-service Rental and Repair Shop, the Grill at Eaglecrest, and groomed Nordic Trails.

Soldotna man dies after pinned under 4-wheeler
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 63-year-old Soldotna man died after he was pinned under a 4-wheeler on a rough trail in the Ninilchik area.

Troopers say they were notified Monday evening that a deceased man was pinned under the 4-wheeler in the Caribou Hills trail system.

Troopers say Donald Burns Jr. had been riding on the Waterhole Trail and was trying to avoid deep mud by high-marking a muddy hill.

According to troopers, the vehicle slid on top of Burns, who was not wearing a helmet.

The body was transported to the state medical examiner's office.


Questions raised about Bristol Bay initiative
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Questions have been raised about when the Legislature would get involved in approving a large-scale mine in the Bristol Bay region if a ballot initiative passes this November.

The initiative says in addition to permits, a final authorization would be needed from the Legislature for any large-scale metallic sulfide mining operation within the watershed of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve. The measure would have implications for the proposed Pebble Mine.

At a hearing Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell asked when lawmakers would get involved and what would happen if additional permits were needed after the Legislature acted.

Initiative supporter Anders Gustafson, with the Renewable Resources Coalition, said he expected legislative involvement after the major permits were secured. He said the intent was not to go back to the Legislature repeatedly.

Moda: Extending policies creates divided pool
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A spokesman for Moda Health says it doesn't make sense for the company to continue to extend health insurance policies that are not in compliance with the federal health care overhaul.

Jonathan Nicholas says the company will not extend past this year such policies in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. The company offers policies on insurance exchanges in all three states.

President Barack Obama last year announced that insurers could extend through 2014 plans that otherwise would have been canceled, a timeline that was later extended.

The other insurer on Alaska's exchange, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield, plans to extend the older plans through 2016.

Nicholas says allowing for older policies to be extended created a divided risk pool. He says Moda has chosen to focus on one risk pool.

Police seize meth from couple exiting Alaska ferry
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A California man and his fiancée have been charged with trying to smuggle methamphetamine into Ketchikan.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports 52-year-old William Riggs and 55-year-old Lisa Soares were searched and taken into custody Sunday as they got off an Alaska state ferry. Both are from Winton, California.

Prosecutors say they were found with 52.7 grams of methamphetamine, worth $21,000 to $26,000 in the southeast Alaska community.

Soares and Riggs boarded a ferry in Bellingham, Washington. Police in Ketchikan were waiting for them with a search warrant.

Police say they found small plastic bags containing methamphetamine in Soares' purse and bags, along with a digital scale, empty bags and used meth pipes.

Officers found more small bags in Riggs' truck.

They were arraigned Monday with bail set at $50,000.

Man arrested after high-speed highway chase
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — North Pole police say they pursued a man whose speed reached 120 mph before he drove into a ditch and was arrested.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 44-year-old Noel Alan Swanson is charged with driving while intoxicated and felony failure to stop for a peace officer.

Police spotted Swanson just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday speeding and not using his turn signal on Santa Claus Lane. An officer attempted a traffic stop but Swanson fled.

Police say Swanson drove the wrong way on roundabouts and reached the Richardson Highway, where he accelerated to 120 mph.

Swanson called police dispatchers during the chase and said he didn't intend to go to jail.

He drove into a ditch and was arrested in nearby woods. He's being held on $5,000 bail.

State joins timber lawsuit
The state is asking to intervene in lawsuits challenging a timber sale on Prince of Wales Island.

The Big Thorne sale, approved by the U.S. Forest Service last month, is facing two lawsuits, filed by Earthjustice and the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.

The groups had opposed the sale due to the impact on old-growth timber and wolf habitat.

Governor Parnell said Monday the state filed motions to join the lawsuit on the side of the federal government. The state is also asking to join a third lawsuit against the Tongass National Forest Management Plan.

A contract for the Big Thorne sale is scheduled to be awarded this month.

The Forest Service says the sale will include about 98 million board feet of timber, with another 40 million board feet intended for later sales.

Woman charged with stabbing man in south Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 22-year-old woman has been charged with stabbing a man in south Anchorage.

KTUU-TV reports Alison DelaRosa is charged with felony assault.

Anchorage Police Sgt. Jason Allen says the man suffered a stab wound to his chest but that the injury did not appear to be life-threatening. The man was taken to a hospital.

Police took a call on the incident at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Trial begins for dentist charged with sex assault
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A trial has begun in Anchorage for a former Glennallen dentist charged with sexually assaulting a woman incapacitated by alcohol.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports 44-year-old Kevin Brent Shedlock is charged with four felony counts.

Defense attorney Wallace Tetlow says Shedlock for 14 years was the sole dentist at the Wrangell Mountain Dental Clinic operated by the Copper River Native Association.

He says evidence will show Tetlow and the woman engaged in voluntary and consensual sex.

Shedlock and the woman were part of a group that drank heavily on Aug. 25, 2013, before an annual conference of the Copper River Native Association.

Prosecutor Clint Campion says the woman became ill from drinking. Campion says Shedlock escorted her to her room and sexually assaulted her.

Sullivan says he backs state minimum wage measure
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan says he doesn't support raising the federal minimum wage but supports a state initiative to raise Alaska's minimum wage.

Sullivan, in a statement, said he believes Alaskans know best when it comes to strengthening the state's economy and supporting its workers and businesses. Sullivan said he also backs efforts to support Alaska's energy sector and streamline regulations.

His position was reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Voters in November will decide a ballot measure that would raise Alaska's minimum wage of $7.75 an hour by $2 over two years.

During rapid-fire questioning during a primary debate, Sullivan said he didn't support the initiative. Critics on Monday accused him of flip flopping.

A Sullivan spokesman said Sullivan came to his position after hearing from Alaskans.

Bethel church destroyed by fire
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Authorities are investigating an early morning fire that destroyed a church in Bethel.

KYUK says no injuries were reported in the fire that broke out Monday.

Acting Fire Chief Bill Howell says the blaze involved at least 50 percent of the Pentecostal Holiness Church when firefighters arrived in response to a call shortly after 6:15 a.m. Monday.

Howell says he arrived on scene about 10- to- 12 minutes after the first firefighters arrived.

He says flames were coming out of the windows on the east side of the building and the fire had just started to breach the roof. He says authorities don't believe anyone was inside the building at the time of the fire.

Howell believes the church is a total loss.

[Monday September 15th, 2014  11TH  EDITION 6:04 P. M.]

Alaskans receiving unemployment benefits must file work search reports
JUNEAU, Alaska—Under new federal legislation, Alaskans filing for unemployment insurance benefits must report their work search efforts beginning with the week of Sept. 21- 27.

Most UI claimants must make and report two valid employer work search contacts for each week that benefits are claimed, under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. Not conducting and reporting a valid work search may result in a denial of benefits.

Claimants currently filing for UI benefits will be notified of the number of required work search contacts they must make and report each week.

More information about unemployment insurance benefits and work search requirements is available online http://labor.alaska.gov/esd_unemployment_insurance/faq.htm.

Alaskans are urged to contact the nearest Job Center for job search assistance, resume building assistance and other employment services to aid in a transition to sustainable employment. For a list of Alaska Job Centers go online at Jobs.Alaska.Gov or call toll-free 877-724-2539.

Health Insurance open enrollment approaches, free online presentation to help
Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is November 15th – February 15th, so now is the time to start thinking about changing your plan, updating information and considering options. If you haven’t signed up for insurance through the Marketplace, you can set up a new account on www.healthcare.gov in preparation for open enrollment.

Only people that meet specific criteria are eligible to enroll in health insurance for 2014. These include: losing your health insurance, divorce, marriage, having a new baby and other special circumstances. Alaska Native and American Indian people can enroll any month of the year. Those that do not have insurance will face a tax penalty filing next year’s taxes.

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is hosting a free presentation on Tuesday, September 23rd, from noon to 1:00pm at Kettleson Memorial Library in Sitka (temporary location at the Stratton Library, 831 Lincoln St) to help people understand the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace and how to prepare for the upcoming open enrollment. For those unable to attend, this presentation will be offered on the OWL (Online With Library) system and may be viewed after the presentation on the state library website at http://library.alaska.gov/dev/owlArchives.html.

Some individuals may receive an exemption from the tax penalty due to lack of affordability, tribal coverage, and hardship by submitting appropriate forms by the end of the year. SEARHC offers free assistance to all Sitkans to apply for exemptions, create new accounts, sign up for insurance, and answer questions.

“Health insurance is very confusing. The presentation will help people get a better understanding of how to make educated decisions for their healthcare needs.” says Andrea Thomas, Outreach & Enrollment Manager for SEARHC. “There will be lots of time for questions.”

BP Alaska plans layoffs following Hilcorp sale
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — BP Alaska, a major player in the state's oil industry, is planning to lay off 275 employees and contractors early next year.

Spokeswoman Dawn Patience says the business in Alaska will be smaller due to the previously announced sale of interests in four North Slope oil fields to Hilcorp.

Patience says the layoffs, combined with the 200 individuals who have accepted jobs with Hilcorp., represents about 17 percent of the total number of BP employees and contractors in the state.

The company's regional president, in announcing the sale in April, said it would allow for BP to focus on maximizing production from Prudhoe Bay and advancing plans for a major liquefied natural gas project. BP is working on the latter with the state, Exxon Mobil Corp., ConocoPhillips and TransCanada Corp.

Wasilla police involved in fatal shooting
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Wasilla police say they are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a 23-year-old man dead.

Two officers responded to a home after a 911 hang-up call early Monday morning, but authorities are not saying how many officers actually fired weapons.

Police are releasing little information about the shooting at a home on North Jack Nicholas Drive.

Officer Rick Manrique says police have requested that Alaska State Troopers investigate.

Manrique says he cannot discuss specifics, but adds the shooting occurred because officers feared imminent life-threatening injury to themselves or others.

Manrique says one other person was at the scene when the shooting occurred.

He says the officers have been placed on administrative leave for 72 hours, according to department policy. The names of the officers were not immediately released.

Pitkas Point woman dies in ATV crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 21-year-old Pitkas Point woman has died in an all-terrain vehicle crash in western Alaska.

Troopers say Pulcheria Yapanik was the only person on the ATV in the crash, which was reported Sunday. The accident occurred on the Saint Marys airport road.

Troopers say the body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.Pitkas Point woman dies in ATV crash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 21-year-old Pitkas Point woman has died in an all-terrain vehicle crash in western Alaska.

Troopers say Pulcheria Yapanik was the only person on the ATV in the crash, which was reported Sunday. The accident occurred on the Saint Marys airport road.

Troopers say the body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Coast Guard rescues three hunters near Kodiak, Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard rescued three hunters from dangerous weather conditions at Windy Lake near Kodiak Sunday.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak safely transported the men to Air Station Kodiak where they were examined by waiting emergency medical personnel.

Watchstanders at the 17th District command center in Juneau received a request for assistance from Sea Hawk Air and Alaska State Troopers to rescue the hunters when weather conditions became too dangerous for the men to remain at their campsite. The men's tents were blown away by 30-40-mph winds Saturday night, and there were concerns they might become hypothermic. The helicopter crew launched from Kodiak and managed to land near the men, allowing them to board the helicopter and be flown to safety.

"These men did the right thing by planning ahead, maintaining contact with their charter agency and rescuers and, most importantly, not overestimating their ability to endure the elements," said Lt. Cmdr. Doug Watson of the Coast Guard 17th District response management department. "As we get closer to autumn and the weather becomes colder, it becomes more important for hunters to plan for rain, heavy winds and other dangerous conditions."

The Coast Guard reminds hunters to leave a travel plan including campsite locations and estimated trip duration with family or friends before beginning any hunting trip. It is also recommended to bring more than one means of communication when possible and to always carry a signal device such as a mirror or flares for the event of a rescue.

The weather on scene at the time of the rescue was reported to be 45-degrees Fahrenheit with intermittent showers and up to 46-mph winds.

Refinery closure leads to higher asphalt expense
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The closure of the North Pole Refinery is leading to higher road construction costs north of the Alaska Range.

The general manager of Exclusive Paving, Travis Cline, tells the Alaska Journal of Commerce that the price of asphalt oil has increased by about 20 percent, or about $150 per ton.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports that's because asphalt oil now has to be trucked up from the Tesoro refinery in Nikiski (ni-KIS'-kee) for road projects in Fairbanks and sites to the north.

Contracts for summer road projects were awarded last winter or in early spring. Flint Hills Resources Alaska announced it would close the refinery June 1.

Frank Ganley of the Department of Transportation estimates the Northern Region will use 25,000 tons of asphalt oil this year.

Young announces plans for 3 House debates, forums
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Rep. Don Young has agreed to participate in three debates and forums in the lead-up to the November general election.

Young's campaign says he'll participate in a Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce forum on Oct. 28 and an Alaska Public Media debate on Oct. 30. His campaign had previously said he would take part in a debate on fisheries issues in Kodiak on Oct. 1.

Young spokesman Matt Shuckerow says these are debates or forums that Young has traditionally attended.

Young, who has served in Congress since 1973, is facing Democratic political upstart Forrest Dunbar.

Anchorage surveys to look at transportation habits
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage transportation planners are hoping two surveys this month will give them a better idea of transportation habits among commuters.

Alaska Dispatch News reports that one of the surveys asks households that have been randomly selected to record travel diaries, while another starting Wednesday will look at bus commuters.

The survey using commuter diaries is called the Regional Household Travel Survey, and it's the first time the federally funded survey has been conducted since 2002.

Anchorage transportation planning manager Craig Lyon says it's an opportunity for people to share where they go.

For bus commuters, surveyors will be asking questions, such as why and how often the bus is used.

Anchorage transportation director Lance Wilber says the goal is to get a picture of travel habits.

Lake Louise man dies after boat capsizing
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 61-year-old man died and two other men were rescued after their boat capsized in strong winds and large waves at Lake Louise northeast of Anchorage.

Howard W. Jaidinger of Lake Louise was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday after resuscitation efforts failed.

Troopers say they received a report at about 8:40 a.m. Sunday of a personal locator beacon being activated at the lake.

The beacon was registered to 42-year-old Brian Johnson of Anchorage. Searchers found him and 45-year-old Jeffrey Watson of Anchorage floating about a mile offshore.

Troopers say the two men were wearing life vests and were safely rescued. Jaidinger, who also was wearing a life vest, was found floating in the late at about noon.

Ketchikan considers loan to mariculture group
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is deciding whether to loan $600,000 in federal economic development money to a nonprofit group that wants to advance the local mariculture industry.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports the loan would be used to pay operating expenses of Ketchikan-based OceansAlaska.

The marine science center is shifting its focus to production of oyster and geoduck (GOO'-ee-duk) seed.

Geoducks are highly prized, large burrowing clams that can fetch up to $50 a pound in Asian markets.

The city already granted money to the group. Under the latest proposal, that money and another $441,000 would be combined into a 20-year loan.

The proposed loan could come up for a final vote Monday night.

Fairbanks, Delta see record high temperatures
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fairbanks has been known to have snow by September but that's not the case this year.

Temperatures on Saturday and Sunday broke or tied record highs.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the thermometer hit 76 degrees just before 4 p.m. Sunday. That beat the old record for the day of 73, set in 1938.

On Saturday, the temperature reached 74, which tied the record high for Sept. 13 set in 1965.

A new temperature record was also set Sunday in Delta Junction at 70 degrees.

Normal temperatures for the interior Alaska communities range from the mid-30s to the low 50s.

The National Weather Service says the unseasonable warmth should carry into Monday. Temperatures are forecast to cool Tuesday.

Anchorage condominium fire sends 2 to hospital
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two people are recovering from smoke inhalation after a west Anchorage fire.

KTUU-TV reports the fire started just before 11 a.m. in the living room of a condominium off International Airport Road. The home was one of 20 in the condominium complex.

A home oxygen unit caused the fire to grow and fire department Capt. Barry Clark says the fire got big fast.

One unit was destroyed and other had smoke damage.

The two injured people were taken to a hospital.

The fire killed two cats.

The cause has not been determined.

[Sunday September 14th, 2014  5th  EDITION 5:50 P. M.]

Pedestrian hit
Juneau Police issued a bulletin early Sunday stating that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle in the 4500 block of North Douglas Highway.

EMS transported the 33 year old female to Bartlett Regional Hospital for a medical evaluation. Her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Neither the 52 year old male driver, nor his 49 year old female passenger, was injured.

Following an investigation, the driver was placed under arrest for DUI and was later taken to the BHR for an independent test of his level of intoxication. The driver was then released. Charges are pending against the driver for DUI.

According to JPD's Sgt. Krag Campbell, alcohol appeared to be a factor with the driver and the pedestrian.

JPD looking for witnesses to multiple vehicle wreck
Juneau Police responded to a motor vehicle collision involving multiple vehicles at the corner of Mendenhall Loop Road and Egan Drive on Saturday night at 8:54.

A Chevrolet truck, driven a 19 year-old man,collided in the intersection with a GMC Yukon, driven by a 33 year-old woman. The collision caused both vehicles to roll. The GMC then struck a Subaru driven by a 22 year-old man. The Subaru was pushed into a Mazda Protégé, driven by a 24 year-old man.

Several of the involved occupants sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene. A five year-old gil and a two year-old boy who were riding in the GMC were transported to the Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

The Chevrolet, GMC, and the Subaru were all totaled. The Mazda received minor damage. Traffic was shut down on Egan Drive for about an hour during the investigation.

The driver of the Chevrolet was cited for Failure to Maintain Liability Insurance. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact Sergeant Chris Gifford at 907-500-0619.

Health officials warn of Sea-Tac measles exposure
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Public health officials are warning that people may have been exposed to measles at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

In a news release, Public Health-Seattle & King County officials say a passenger who contracted a confirmed case of the disease — likely outside the United States — was contagious when he or she was at the airport. The passenger was at the north satellite terminal, on the inter-terminal train and at baggage claim between 8:10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 6.

The traveler also went to The Bistro, a restaurant at the Courtyard Seattle Federal Way hotel that night.

Officials say most people have been vaccinated for measles or have had measles previously. But if not, and if they may have been exposed at those locations, the most likely time they would become sick is between Sept. 13 and 27.

Possible patients are asked to call a doctor if they develop an illness or fever with unexplained rash. To avoid exposing others they should not go to a clinic or hospital without calling first.

People at highest risk are those who are unvaccinated, pregnant women, infants under 6 months old and those with weakened immune systems.

Police: 6 hurt in shooting outside Alaska bar
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police say six people were injured, one critically, in a shooting outside a bar in Alaska, and the suspects remain at large.

A group of family members and friends was outside the Kodiak Bar and Grill in Anchorage at 4:25 a.m. Sunday when one of the family members and the suspects began arguing. Moments later shots were fired.

Of the six shot, police said only 20-year-old Jonah Silva suffered a life-threatening wound, a gunshot to his abdomen.

The suspects were described as two men in their mid-20s. Detectives spent the morning interviewing victims and witnesses.

Police asked anyone with information about the identity of the suspects to call the department.


3 rescued after plane goes down in Alaska
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Air National Guard says it rescued three people after a small plane went down near Beluga Mountain, northwest of Anchorage.

The plane's emergency locator beacon sent a signal to the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Air National Guard's rescue helicopter headed for the coordinates transmitted from the beacon and found the plane 1.2 miles away.

The three people who had been onboard were taken to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. They were released shortly after 5 p.m. in good condition with no reported injuries.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the plane to go down or whether it sustained damage.

Health centers get money for expanded services
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — More than two dozen health centers in Alaska will receive federal funding to hire additional doctors and expand primary care services.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the $5.3 million in funding through the federal health care law will help the centers reach more than 7,700 new patients.

The department estimates the funding will allow for longer hours and expanded services, including dental, vision or mental and behavioral health services. It also will allow for the hiring of 40 additional staff members.

The funding will go to 27 centers statewide.


Group seeks to restore old Cripple Creek
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Cripple Creek used to wind and snake its way down Chena Ridge near Fairbanks, until a mining company cut a ditch in the 1930s to create a straighter channel it needed to support its operations.

Now a conservation group is seeking to restore the original flow of the old Cripple Creek.

The Interior Alaska Land Trust has been meeting with local, state and federal agencies hoping to dovetail the project with other planned construction to save money and headaches.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the old creek's path is still visible, and parts have standing water. The conservation group hopes revitalizing the creek would improve fish and bird habitat in the area.