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[Wednesday, April 9, 2014  8TH EDITION 5:51 P. M.]

Suspicious church fire under investigation
A suspicious fire set at the pulpit of Chapel by the Lake was discovered early Tuesday morning.

Security guards called Capital City Fire Rescue after smoke was discovered in the sanctuary.

The fire was out by the time the guards encountered the smoke.

Damage was estimated at between $3,000 to $5,000.

The cause is under investigation by the fire marshal.

New principal named for Riverbend, timeline for Superintendent search decided
There was word at last night's School Board meeting of the hiring of a new principal.

As part of the superintendent's report, it was announced that Michelle Byer, the current principal of the Haines High School, will be the new principal at Riverbend Elementary School.

During a works session prior to last night's regular meeting, the School Board announced a time line for its search to find a replacement for Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich.

School District Chief of Staff Kristin Bartlett says the board will begin the process Thursday by soliciting input from community and school district stakeholders.

She says the two month process will end at the beginning of June with interviews of the finalists.

The board has set another meeting for Thursday to discuss financial details such as the advertising budget for the search and a salary for the new superintendent.  The meeting is set for 4:30 p.m. in the District Office Glacier Conference Room.

Gelbrich's resignation is effective June 30.

UPDATE: Troopers name 2 men killed in Alaska plane crash
RACHEL D'ORO, Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say the remains of two pilots have been found in the wreckage of a small commercial plane that crashed during a training flight near a southwest Alaska town.

The pilots who died in the crash Tuesday afternoon near Bethel 42-year-old Derrick Cedars of Bethel and 46-year-old Greggory McGee of Anchorage.

The burned wreckage of the Cessna 208 operated by Hageland Aviation was found near Three Step Mountain. Hageland says there is no way to immediately determine who was at the controls.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

The NTSB also is investigating the crash of another Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 last November. Four people were killed and six injured in the crash of that commuter flight.

Hageland Aviation is part of Ravn Alaska.

Man in pickup crash reports it as airplane mishap
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Kenai man confounded authorities early Tuesday, saying he had been in a plane crash.

Responders couldn't find a downed plane as reported by Denis Straughn.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters tells the Anchorage Daily News that it was only when Straughn was interviewed at an Anchorage hospital did they learn he was actually in a vehicle crash. He also said he was with a "Harley Davidson."

Hours later, troopers were informed of a pickup off the highway near Bird Point. There were two people in the pickup, including the driver, Harley W. Davidson of Anchorage. Peters says it appears Davidson fell asleep while driving Straughn and a woman to Soldotna.

She says there were no serious injuries, and no immediate indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.

Juneau bears starting to stir
The bears are out and about across the city and borough of Juneau.

We talked to two people on the front lines of the seasonal bear watch on Wednesday's edition of Juneau Radio Center's Action Line.

One is Fish and Game Area Management Biologist Ryan Scott who says the number of sightings and calls are starting to build. He says they've had about a half dozen in different locations.

He figures by the middle of this month and into the first of next month the numbers will grow.

Juneau Police Department Community Service Officer Sarah Dolan said they received a report Tuesday of a bear in trash in the Lemon Creek area. They've had previous reports of bears in the Highlands downtown.

As he has over the years, Scott warns people about stowing their garbage properly and the handling of other attractants such as bird feeders and fish scraps. He encourages residents to take down their bird feeders for the season.

Dolan talked about the fine schedule for residents leaving garbage exposed for bears. The first offense is $50. The second offense within a two year period is $100 and a third and subsequent offense within that time period is $300.

But she says their primary focus is education rather than handing out fines.

Additional information is available on the Fish and Game Department web site or by calling 465-4265. Dolan says they are also available to answer questions. That can be done by calling the police department at 586-0600.


Alaska Man pleads guilty to 1993 Utah murder
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A man arrested in the 20-year-old murder of a woman at an Ogden retirement home has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder.

The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports that 42-year-old Stephen Ellenwood was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison.

Ellenwood is accused of raping and beating 92-year-old Grace Mae Odle in 1993, leading to her death six days later.

Ellenwood was arrested in May 2013 at his home in Haines, Alaska after police captured him as he fled into the woods.

Authorities solved the case after they discovered DNA evidence that linked Ellenwood to the sexual assault and beating of Odle.

Ellenwood previously spent time in an Idaho state prison where he served a 2002 aggravated assault conviction.

UAF investigates improper injections by students
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — University of Alaska Fairbanks officials are reviewing procedures after students in a medical assistant program were told to inject each other with a solution not approved for human use.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a clinical procedures instructor in the university's Community and Technical College had students repeatedly inject others with a solution intended to only be used on training pads.

About 30 students in two classes were involved. It's not known how many injections students received, but logs show the average student got about 10 injections each. Officials say those logs may be incomplete.

Students have complained of a burning sensation after the injection. Some also had skin irritation.

The instructor has been placed on paid investigatory leave. UAF also is investigating why complaints weren't escalated to administrators.
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

Senate Finance advances budget bill
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Senate Finance Committee has advanced a $2.1 billion capital budget.

Perhaps the biggest change compared with the draft unveiled earlier this week was $245 million for a new heat and power plant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. That figure includes $157.5 million in anticipated bond revenue. The committee advanced a separate bill increasing the borrowing limit of the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority as part of that overall package.

The committee also amended the capital budget to provide $2.1 million as a match provided that the federal government provides funding for — and the U.S. Interior Secretary reverses her decision on — a road linking King Cove and an all-weather airport at Cold Bay.

No new money was provided for the Susitna dam project, despite administration requests.

House Resources advances gas line bill
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The House Resources Committee has advanced its rewrite of legislation meant to advance a major liquefied natural gas project.

Some members expressed lingering concerns about whether this is the best deal the state could get. But some expressed comfort, too, in the work the committee put into the bill, in understanding the issue and in working to protect the state's interest.

Resources considered dozens of amendments in a process that began last Friday. The bill currently has two additional committees of referral though House Speaker Mike Chenault has indicated the referral to Labor and Commerce could be waived and the bill sent to House Finance.

Letter lays out planned exit from under AGIA
BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Within the next few months, the state and TransCanada could terminate their relationship under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, or AGIA.

Officials with the state and TransCanada signed a letter aimed at clarifying the path forward.

TransCanada won an exclusive license to pursue a pipeline but much has changed in the years since, including the type of project being pursued.

The state and TransCanada have signed a new agreement, spelling out a proposed working relationship on a proposed liquefied natural gas project.

Lawmakers are considering legislation to advance that project.

The letter states within 90 days of legislation passing, the parties would sign a preliminary commitment and agreement indicating how the state could exercise an equity buy-back option with TransCanada. They would then formally agree to abandon the AGIA license.

Budget for Juneau Schools big issue at Assembly Finance Committee Meeting
The Juneau School District budget tops the list of agenda items at tonight's meeting of the Assembly Finance Committee.

Committee Chair Karen Crane says they will also look at capital improvements programs, review the FY 15 capital improvement project list, go over the bonded capital projects, and look at marine passenger fee recommendations.

The meeting starts at 5:30 in Assembly Chambers.

Alaska State Ferries Join Green WATERS Program
(KETCHIKAN, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities was recently granted certification for all eleven Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferries into the Passenger Vessel Association’s Green WATERS Program.

The Green WATERS (We Are Taking Environmental Responsibility/Stewardship) Program exists exclusively for the passenger vessel industry as a voluntary program aimed toward reducing waste and operating in a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable marine environment.

“Minimizing the impact on our natural environment is a responsibility that we take seriously. Participating in the Green WATERS Program is a significant achievement in our commitment to the environment,” said AMHS General Manager Captain John Falvey.

As a part of the certification process AMHS created a new Ship to Shore Environmental Guide to provide the policies and procedures necessary for staff to respond to environmental concerns quickly and efficiently. Other initiatives AMHS has implemented include:

• Fueling with ultra-low sulfur diesel
• The use of environmental acceptable lubricants on vessels
• A new program to streamline hazardous waste and material processing
• Using online reservations, email, and direct deposit to reduce paper waste
• Recycling plastic and paper products

Microbrew industry growing in Alaska, Juneau's brewery ranks high on national stage
Alaska's microbrew industry is seeing rapid growth.

That's the subject of an article in the month's Alaska Economic Trends published by the Research and Analysis Section of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Economist Neil Fried (Freed) is the author.

He says Alaska ranks fourth in the nation for breweries per capita. and fifth in small or craft breweries per capita.

We asked how Alaskan Brewing in Juneau is the state's largest brewery and Fried says it ranks pretty high nationwide.

He says its the 24th largest brewery in the country and the 16th largest craft brewery. So he says the company is also a big player on the national scene.

Fried foresees continued growth. He reports some people are saying five new ones are about to open their doors in Alaska, while others say there are at least 12 in the planning stages.

Fried writes that twenty percent of alcohol consumed in Alaska in 2013 was craft beer, up from 6 percent in 2003.

Fried says as a result beer purchases from major breweries have declined significantly in Alaska.

Brewery jobs in Alaska grew from 61 in 2002 to 290 last year.

The total payroll in 2012 was $7.6 Million.

For brew pubs, total employment last year was a little over 900 with a total payroll in 2012 of nearly $19 Million.

Education bill rewrite leaves some frustrated
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Few legislators seemed completely satisfied with the broad-ranging education that passed the state House after hours of debate Monday.

The bill, HB278, underwent significant changes on the floor. Representatives added $30 million in spending for schools and severed from the bill a plan to address the teachers' retirement system.

The bill included elements related to charter schools, teacher tenure and a call for state recommendations on salary and benefits for districts.

It bore a glancing resemblance to the bill Gov. Sean Parnell originally introduced to bring changes to the state's education system.

Education Commissioner Mike Hanley said he would seek changes in the Senate to address residential school stipends and repealing the high school graduation exam. He said the bill doesn't represent significant reforms but steps in the right direction.

Conference committee on operating budget named
The conference committee on the operating budget for the state's fiscal year 15 budget is ready to go to work.

The State Senate approved the spending plan Monday after turning down 15 minority sponsored amendments.

The full bill was approved 16 to 4 and sent to the House.

The House Monday night refused to concur with Senate changes to its version.

The Senate this morning in turn refused to rescind from its changes on a unanimous 20 to 0 vote.

Senate President Charlie Huggins then named the body's conferees. Senators Pete Kelly and Kevin Meyer co-chair the Finance Committee. Senator Lyman Hoffman is the ranking minority member on the committee.

In anticipation the Senate would not rescind from its changes, the House appointed its conference committee Monday after voting not to concur. They will be Finance Co-Chairs Alan Austerman and Bill Stoltze and Minority member Les Gara.

House passes bill addressing AGDC appointments
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House has passed legislation to allow out-of-state residents to serve on the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., or AGDC.

The vote was 27-12. The bill still must to go to the Senate.

House Speaker Mike Chenault requested House Rules introduce HB383 to address what he has called an oversight in legislation passed last year setting up AGDC. Chenault has said the intent was to ensure the most qualified people serve on the board, regardless of whether they're Alaska residents.

The issue came to the fore with Gov. Sean Parnell's appointment to the board of a Texas man and former pipeline company executive.

Critics of the appointment say Alaskans should be making policy calls affecting Alaskans, and nothing prevents AGDC from hiring out-of-state residents as consultants.

Coghill: Reluctance to move on minimum wage bill
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Senate Majority Leader John Coghill says there's probably reluctance among senators to move forward on a bill to raise Alaska's minimum wage.

Coghill chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and last month held a hearing on two of the initiatives qualified for this year's ballot, including a proposed minimum wage hike.

He told reporters initiative supporters expressed clearly their desire to allow voters to decide the issue. He said that has given the Senate some pause in moving forward with a bill.

A House committee last week introduced a minimum wage bill that tracks closely with the initiative.

The Legislature can pre-empt a ballot initiative by passing substantially similar legislation. That happened in 2002, and a year later, lawmakers gutted the law. Supporters of the initiative fear that could happen again.

State suspends grant for Anchorage tennis facility
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state has suspended a $37 million grant that would fund construction of a new indoor tennis facility that was supported by Mayor Dan Sullivan.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the suspension follows questions raised by state Sen. Lesil McGuire, who is running for lieutenant governor against Sullivan.

Scott Ruby with the Alaska Department of Commerce says the entire grant was suspended, rather than the $4.4 million earmarked for the tennis courts. He says legislators provide the money "in one big pot."

Concerns arose after Ruby's department received a copy of a letter McGuire sent to Gov. Sean Parnell that included a legislative attorney's opinion raising questions about the legality of the tennis project.

Ruby says the grant is suspended until the state Department of Law can review it.

Jury makes Alaska man forfeit house in pot grow
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal jury has forced a Palmer man to turn his home over to the government because he used it for a marijuana grow operation.

The U.S. attorney's office says 48-year-old Loren Kent Dodds was convicted in U.S. District Court in Anchorage of manufacturing marijuana.

Prosecutors in a release said he turned the lower level of his home into a hydroponic grow operation, complete with motorized lights on timers. Authorities say he also stole electricity to power the operation.

He had two prior convictions for growing marijuana at the same location, in 1994 and 2008. He was still on probation for the 2008 case when authorities last year found more than 600 marijuana plants in the house.

Sentencing was scheduled for June 20.

Police: Alaska boy, 3, stabbed; mother arrested
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police have arrested a woman in a stabbing that critically injured her 3-year-old son.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro says 40-year-old Tracia Jordan-Sainte was arrested for investigation of one count of attempted homicide and one count of assault.

Police and medics responded Tuesday afternoon and found the injured child, who was transported to a local hospital.

Castro says the case remains under investigation.

KTUU-TV reports the woman was taken into custody at a residence at an inn that provides transitional housing for homeless individuals and families.

Woman arrested following assault of man in downtown area
Juneau Police arrested a woman early Tuesday morning in a domestic violence case.

Officers found an injured 38 year old man standing on Front Street at 4 a.m.

He told police he had been assaulted by the woman under the Gold Creek Bridge. The man said he had been stuck in the head with a metal pipe and suffered lacerations to his face and ear.

Police say they contacted 39 year old Lorraine Paul who was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault in the third degree which is a class C felony.

Police say alcohol was involved in the incident.

School board in Fairbanks places superintendent on leave
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Fairbanks North Star School Board has placed its superintendent on administrative leave.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Pete Lewis will step aside and that an assistant superintendent, Karen Gaborik (gah-BOR'-ik), will work as acting interim superintendent.

The district announced the move Monday night in a brief press release. No reason was given for the change in the terse announcement put out at 10:37 p.m.

The announcement says the change was not a disciplinary action and did not result from any determination of wrongdoing.

The announcement was issued after the board met in a session closed to the public. The stated reason for the meeting was to discuss a personnel investigation and potential claims against the district.
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

Put on a smile and maybe more, cameraman in public showers in Venetie identified
Patrons of public showers in the village of Venetie may want to put on more than shower shoes when bathing next time.

Members of the Fairbanks Rural Unit, VPSO Plessinger and VPSO Mark received several complaints from the village of Venetie about someone filming community members in the public showers. Those reports came in on March 17 and again on Monday.

The suspect has been identified and the investigation continues.

Domestic violence call gets Togiak man arrested for making moonshine
Dillingham Alaska State Troopers received a call in regards to a physical assault in Togiak early Monday morning just before 7:00. According to a trooper's report, Frederick Antone, 36, of Togiak, had assaulted an adult female and admitted to making moonshine in his residence. A homemade still containing approximately 24 quarts of product was located upstairs in the home.

Antone was arrested for Assault in the 3rd degree domestic violence along with manufacturing distilled spirits in a local option area. A records check showed Antone to have two prior convictions for assault, which makes this assault a felony. There was also a charge for the possession of 10.5 or more liters of distilled spirits in a local option area. Antone was arrested and transported to the Dillingham Correctional Facility and held without bail.

North Slope Borough school official to head up school administrators council
Dr. Lisa Parady is the new executive director of the Alaska Council of School Administrators.

She has been the assistant superintendent of the North Slope Borough in Barrow for the last six years.

Before moving to Alaska, Parady served as chief of staff in the Wyoming Department of Education, as director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, and as senior policy analyst in the Governor's Office.

Begich reports bringing in more than $1M
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has reported bringing in more than $1 million toward his re-election bid during the first quarter of this year.

It's the Democrat's highest fundraising quarter of this election cycle.

The money includes nearly $940,000 in contributions from individuals and political committees, as well as transfers from other authorized committees.

Begich's campaign says more than 1,500 Alaskans contributed to the campaign.

Begich reported having $2.8 million on hand, as of March 31.

Republicans see Begich's seat as key to their efforts to reclaim control of the U.S. Senate.

GOP hopefuls in the race include Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, former state Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan and Joe Miller, the 2010 Republican nominee for Senate.

Alaska earthquake felt in Homer, Anchor Point
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seismologists say a minor earthquake in Alaska was felt in communities in the state's Cook Inlet region.

The Alaska Earthquake Center says the magnitude 3.9 earthquake occurred shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The quake was felt in Homer and Anchor Point. It was located 36 miles northwest of Homer.

There are no immediate reports of damage.

Suspect subdued with help from police dog
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say one of their trained dogs came to the aid of an officer assaulted by a suspect in Wasilla.

The unnamed suspect has not been charged.

The officer Monday night responded to a report of a fight at a home. When he arrived, he saw a man on a porch who looked like he had been in a fight.

As they spoke, the man began to fight the trooper and both fell off the porch. The trooper says he warned the man to stop or he would free the dog.

The fight continued and the officer by remote control released the dog from his patrol car.

The dog, "Blazer," subdued the suspect. The officer and the suspect were treated for injuries at Mat-Su Regional Hospital.

Fishermen suggest moratorium on Yukon king salmon
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Another dismal forecast for returns of Yukon River king salmon has some subsistence fishermen calling for a fishing moratorium.

Orville Huntington says it wouldn't hurt to take a few years off and target other species to give kings a chance to recover.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Huntington spoke Tuesday in Fairbanks during a planning meeting with fisheries managers from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Huntington lives on the Koyukuk (KOY'-yoo-kuk) River, a tributary of the Yukon. He works as director of wildlife and parks for the Tanana Chiefs Conference.

The Yukon River king salmon run last year was the worst since 1982. Biologists estimate 76,000 kings returned and subsistence fishermen saw fishing limitations.

Biologists forecast a run of 64,000 to 121,000 kings this summer.
(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)

More illnesses aboard Princess cruise ship
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials say the number of passengers believed to be sick with the highly contagious norovirus has nearly doubled aboard a cruise ship sailing to ports in California.

Princess Cruises spokeswoman Karen Candy said on Wednesday that 66 passengers and 17 crew members were sick and had to be isolated to their cabins aboard the Crown Princess. That's up from about 37 passengers who reported being sick while the ship was in San Francisco on Monday.

Officials believe norovirus is to blame for the illnesses. It is spread person-to-person and can include nausea and diarrhea.

Candy says the ship's staff has disinfected door handles and other surfaces.

The Crown Princess is on a seven-day cruise that includes stops in San Diego and Santa Barbara. It ends in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Online newspaper buys Anchorage Daily News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An online competitor is buying the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska's largest daily newspaper.

Alaska Dispatch Publishing LLC, the parent company of the Alaska Dispatch, announced the deal Tuesday. The Dispatch is buying the Anchorage Daily News from The McClatchy Co. for $34 million.

Alice Rogoff is the online newspaper's publisher and majority owner. She says in a release that the Dispatch is excited to add the "many talented and accomplished employees of the Anchorage Daily News" to its team.

The purchase includes the newspaper, its website and the newspaper's property and operations in Anchorage. The Dispatch intends to sell the real estate holdings to a local buyer, and the newspaper will continue in its current location in East Anchorage as a tenant.

The sale is expected to close in May.

Woman pulled from mudslide rubble shares her story
SEATTLE (AP) — A young woman pulled from the rubble of the Washington mudslide along with her infant son is starting to recover physically from her ordeal after six surgeries. But she and her doctor acknowledged Wednesday that the emotional healing will take a long time.

Certain sounds bring 25-year-old Amanda Skorjanc right back to March 22, when a river of mud and debris destroyed her Oso neighborhood and killed at least 35 people.

She was sitting with her son that Saturday morning watching videos when the lights in her home started to blink. She looked out the door and saw houses exploding. She held her son tightly and turned away from the door.

Rescuers later found them trapped in a pocket formed by Skorjanc's damaged couch and pieces of her roof.

Skorjanc had two broken legs, a broken arm and other injuries. Her son is being treated at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Oso mudslide death toll at 36, plus 10 missing
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Detectives with the Snohomish County sheriff's office were able to cross another name off the list of missing from the Oso landslide and it's now down to 10 people.

The death toll from the March 22 slide grew to 36 Wednesday, with the Snohomish County medical examiner's office still trying to identify four of those people.

Searchers with dogs continue to probe the debris field as the Army Corps of Engineers builds a berm to reduce flooding.


Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (del-BEN'-ee) says President Barack Obama plans to visit the scene of Washington state's landslide later this month.

The Washington state Democrat says she talked with the president Tuesday about the Federal Emergency Management Agency's continued support as the area copes with the aftermath of last month's devastating slide.

Sea-Tac passengers warned about luggage thefts
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Port of Seattle police are warning passengers to keep an eye on their luggage at Sea-Tac Airport.

Spokesman Perry Cooper says thieves posing as passengers have been grabbing bags off luggage carousels. He says they watch for a bag that has gone around three or four times and take it.

KIRO-TV reports Port of Seattle police have increased patrols with uniformed and undercover officers.

Alaska Geographic Bee winner is Kodiak student
A Kodiak seventh grader will represent Alaska at the National Geographic Bee next month in Washington, D. C.

Thirteen year old Gray Harver won the Alaska Geographic Bee Friday at the Egan Center in Anchorage.

Organizers report nearly 100 fourth through eighth graders competed for the honor.

Harver says he'll continue to study and is looking forward to the national competition.

To qualify for the state bee, students had to take first place in their school and pass qualifying exams.

The geography program at the University of Alaska School of Natural Resources and Extension supports the Alaska Bee.

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