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[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

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 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 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

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 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

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.

[Saturday September 13th, 2014  3rd  EDITION 9:42 P. M.]

Alaska court task force will look at elder abuse
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Court System task force will examine the state's handling of abuse and neglect of the elderly.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the task force will examine the use of guardianship and conservatorship, seeking to improve the justice system's handling of vulnerable adults.

The task force, announced on Wednesday, will be chaired by Supreme Court Justice Daniel Winfree. Ten other members include judges and the directors of the Mental Health Trust Authority and the Office of Public Advocacy.

Court system spokeswoman Mara Rabinowitz says the number of guardianship and conservatorship cases involving the elderly has been on the rise. She says a national courts group encouraged chief justices in every state to examine their practices.

Twin brothers stabbed on Anchorage bike trail
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police say twin brothers were injured — one critically — in a stabbing on an Anchorage bike trail.

The 22-year-old brothers, Joshua and Justin Toliver, were walking along the trail near 88th Avenue and the Old Seward Highway Friday night when they got in an altercation with a group of teenagers.

Justin Toliver was stabbed in his abdomen and upper torso and remains in critical condition. Joshua Toliver was treated and released after suffering cuts to his hand and hip.

One of the brothers told police they knew some of the teens but not the person who did the stabbing.

Police say the teens scattered as officers arrived. They spoke with several witnesses but the suspect remains at large. The case has been turned over to detectives for follow-up.

Sculpture being assembled in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A steel abstract sculpture is going up in Fairbanks as the artistic centerpiece of a street reconstruction project.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Illinois Street sculpture is being erected this weekend near the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks. The first pieces were raised Thursday.

The sculpture, called Polaris, is set to be dedicated at a ceremony next Wednesday.

The design was selected by a committee with the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System out of 99 entries turned in after an international call for art submissions.

The sculpture cost $325,000 to create and install.

British Columbia artists Cheryl Hamilton and Michael Vandermeer constructed the piece during the past year.

The installation is among the final touches to the street reconstruction project.

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Walker concerned with gas line deal
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker says the structure for a major Alaska gas project is "fatally flawed."

Walker said Alaska isn't in the "driver's seat," and is letting companies with projects around the world determine if this one advances.

Walker, who is challenging Republican Gov. Sean Parnell, said he would want to look at what's been done so far and if it makes sense for the state to pull out, it will.

Alaska is pursuing the mega-project with Exxon Mobil Corp., BP, ConocoPhillips, TransCanada Corp. and the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., or AGDC. Parties have the opportunity to get out if they want.

The plan envisions TransCanada owning at least part of Alaska's interest in the pipeline and gas treatment plant and AGDC holding its interest in liquefaction facilities.

Alaska Supreme Court affirms judge suspension
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday agreed with a recommendation to suspend a Palmer District Court judge for 45 days without pay.

The ruling is a response to a recommendation by the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct regarding the suspension of Judge William Estelle.

The commission criticized Estelle for signing affidavits claiming payments for cases that had not been decided in a timely manner.

The Alaska Judicial Council has recommended that voters reject retention of Estelle, who is listed on the ballot for the November general election.

The council has said Estelle did not act in a way that promotes public confidence in the integrity and competence of the judiciary.

In Friday's ruling, Justice Daniel Winfree dissented in part, saying the case warrants a suspension of three or four months.

Alaska adjutant general applicants sought
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Applicants are being sought to fill a vacancy resulting from last week's resignation of Alaska National Guard Adjutant Gen. Maj. Thomas Katkus.

Gov. Sean Parnell forced the resignation following the release of a scathing report detailing allegations of fraud and sexual assaults in the Alaska National Guard.

Parnell's office said Friday that applicants will be vetted through a Parnell-appointed panel whose members include Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire, the adjutant general for Arizona.

Parnell's office says McGuire was recommended by the National Guard Bureau because of his efforts in improving the Arizona National Guard.

The bureau's Office of Complex Investigations led to the Alaska National Guard report.

Parnell spokeswoman Sharon Leighow says there is no hard deadline for applicants, but they are encouraged to apply within 30 days.

Begich outlines campaign finance proposals
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is proposing changes to campaign finance laws, including requiring the top three contributors to candidates or third-party groups be identified in ads.

In laying out his plans to address the issue if re-elected, Begich also proposed that all candidates electronically file and post their federal fundraising reports. He called for contribution limits and said he would continue to support a constitutional amendment, similar to one that failed in the Senate Thursday, that would allow Congress and the states to better regulate election spending.

Begich's GOP rival, Dan Sullivan, has called on Begich to sign an agreement aimed at limiting outside money in their race.

Begich said he's signed a separate agreement striking at the idea of corporate personhood and is proposing legislation in line with that.

Coast Guard medevacs ailing woman off cruise ship near Sumner Strait, Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced a 21-year-old woman suffering from pregnancy complications aboard the 873-foot Bahaman-flagged cruise ship Norwegian Pearl near Sumner Strait, Friday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew safely hoisted the woman and flew her to Sitka Community Hospital.

Bear bites biologist's leg during salmon survey
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A Kodiak brown bear chomped on the leg of a state fisheries biologist last week as he and a partner conducted a salmon stream survey.

James Jackson tells the Kodiak Mirror he missed just one day of work afterward and the experience could have been a lot worse.

Jackson on Sept. 4 was with Kurt Peterson along a stream on Shuyak Island. They walked around a corner and heard a bear huff.

The bear charged and knocked Jackson into the stream before he could use his bear repellant spray.

By the time he fired it, the bear had gashed his leg.

The bear ran off and the men retreated to their boat to call for an airplane. Jackson reached a Kodiak hospital several hours later.

Sullivan to attend fisheries debate
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan has agreed to participate in a debate on fisheries issues after all.

Sullivan was criticized by the campaign of Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and others for a decision to forgo the Oct. 1 event in Kodiak in favor of a campaign swing in rural Alaska.

Spokesman Mike Anderson said Friday that Sullivan recognizes the importance of Alaska's fisheries. He said the campaign made some scheduling changes to ensure that Sullivan could participate in the debate, and he said Sullivan is excited to do so.

The change was reported by KMXT, which is slated to broadcast the event.

Police probe fight at party attended by Palins
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police say they are investigating a fight that broke out among a large crowd at a party attended by family members of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Anchorage police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said Friday that police responded to a report late Saturday of a verbal and physical altercation among about 20 people outside a home in south Anchorage.

Castro says she can't discuss specifics about what Palin relatives were there or what role they might have had in the brawl.

She says at the time of the incident, no one wanted to press charges and no arrests were made.

Castro says the case, however, remains under investigation.

Palin family attorney John Tiemessen was on a hunting trip Friday and unavailable for comment.

Official: Moda won't extend some Alaska policies
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — One of the two health insurers on the federally run online marketplace in Alaska will not extend past this year policies that are out of compliance with President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

Lori Wing-Heier, director of Alaska's Division of Insurance, says her best guess is the decision by Moda Health would affect about 800 policies.

A Moda spokesman did not return messages.

A spokeswoman for the other Alaska provider on the exchange, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield, says that company will extend those policies, affecting about 3,240 members.

Last year, following the rocky rollout of the marketplace, Obama announced plans to allow for insurers to offer into 2014 plans that would otherwise be canceled. The Obama administration later extended that an additional two years.

Walker plans to live in Juneau, if elected
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker says he plans to live in Juneau, if elected.

He says his "strong preference" would be for commissioners to be based there, too.

Republican Gov. Sean Parnell and his wife, Sandy, live in the Governor's Mansion in Juneau. That matters to a number of people in the community, particularly when talk of a possible capital move arises.

Parnell's predecessor, Sarah Palin, took flak for part of her tenure for not being in Juneau enough, or full-time.

Parnell is seeking re-election.

Walker also says he and running mate Byron Mallott will have stand-alone campaign offices. Mallott was the Democratic nominee for governor but gave that up to be Walker's running mate.

Mallott had materials in some offices shared with Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich's campaign.

Juneau landlord wants DNA to solve pipe blockage
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Juneau landlord is considering using DNA to solve a case of clogged sewage pipes at a local trailer park.

The Juneau Empire reports that Wright Services Inc. recently warned tenants at its Waterside trailer park not to flush certain items that tend to cause regular sewage blocks.

A Sept. 4 letter signed by property manager Debbie Stevens says there have been discussions to conduct "DNA testing of female products and charge the person responsible for damage."

Stevens on Friday declined to comment to The Associated Press. She referred questions to company general manager Donna Busick, who did not immediately return a call for comment.

Some Waterside tenants perceive the warning as a threat, but they also doubt it's legal to require them to submit to a DNA test.

Crime of the Week- stolen tools from Thunder Mountain Road
On August 26th, 2014, at about 5:30 in the morning, a Juneau man reported tools valued at $4300 dollars were taken from his shed in the 8400 block of Thunder Mountain Road.

Also taken was a one of a kind gray Carhartt coat with “F/V Brittany” embroidered on the back. The suspect was last seen wearing the coat and riding a bicycle.

Some of the tools were recovered from a field near the victim’s home. The victim is still missing a Senco Pro 455XP nail gun, a Stihl Chainsaw, and a Milwaukee right angle drill. The suspect also took a Johnson laser level, a Fluke electric meter, and Dwalt cordless tool set with multiple attachments including drill, saw, and hammer drill.

Anyone with information is encouraged to logon to the Juneau Crimeline website to report their tip or call JPD at 586-0600.

You may be eligible for a reward.

Search ends for kayaker missing in Cook Inlet
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Federal and state authorities have ended a search for a Kasilof (kuh-SEE'-lauf) man missing on an ocean kayak outing.

The Peninsula Clarion reports 38-year-old Leif Osmar on Tuesday paddled into Cook Inlet from near the Kasilof River.

Family members told Alaska State Troopers they found his truck Tuesday afternoon on the beach near the family's fish camp.

Osmar was reported missing Wednesday by his father, Dean Osmar, the 1984 champion of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Osmar's 13-foot blue kayak was found capsized Wednesday a mile off Clam Gulch. Troopers found a life jacket 300 yards from the kayak.

The Coast Guard suspended its helicopter and cutter search late Thursday afternoon.

Man in standoff charged with felony counts
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A man taken into custody after a high-speed chase and a 10-hour standoff with Fairbanks police has been charged with a handful of felonies.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 36-year-old Michael Bracht of Dot Lake was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday but refused to leave his cell at Fairbanks Correctional Center.

Bracht is charged with felony assault counts, criminal mischief, failure to stop at the direction of a police officer, reckless endangerment and escape.

Police say Bracht last month walked away from minimum security corrections custody.

Officers early Tuesday approached his sport utility vehicle and he rammed patrol cars, drove for 30 minutes and kept police at bay for 10 hours as he holed up in his vehicle and threatened to shoot himself.

Bracht surrendered Tuesday afternoon.

Jeff King enters Yukon Quest sled dog race
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race will get a boost next year from a big-name musher.

Four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King has entered the 2015 race.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Denali Park musher is not a stranger to the race between Whitehorse, Yukon, and Fairbanks.

King was in the first Yukon Quest in 1984 and competed in the first seven. He won the race in 1989.

He says he plans to enter both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod.

Yukon Quest entrants also include 2013 and 2014 winner Allen Moore.

Woman injured in truck-wheelchair crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police are investigating a crash between a pickup and a motorized wheelchair.

KTUU-TV reports a woman in the wheelchair was struck Wednesday afternoon in the Rogers Park neighborhood of east Anchorage.

Police spokeswoman Dani Myren says the call on the crash came in at 12:23 p.m.

She says the woman was "semi-responsive" and taken to a hospital.

She says no citations were immediately issued to the driver.

Refinery pays penalty for hazardous waste fires
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Owners of the North Pole Refinery will pay $80,000 to resolve accusations that they mishandled hazardous waste at the facility last year.

Flint Hills Resources Alaska will pay the penalty as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over groundwater cleanup activity on June 19, 2013.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Flint Hills had processed groundwater to remove an industrial chemical, sulfolane, linked to an old refinery spill.

The EPA says Flint Hills disposed of used filters in an open trash bin and the filters "self-ignited."

The North Pole Fire Department extinguished two fires.

The company as part of the settlement agreed to change its waste disposal practices.

Flint Hills spokesman Jeff Cook says the company self-reported the incident to the EPA.

Ex-Alaskan sentenced for murdering girlfriend
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A 27-year-old former Alaska man convicted of stabbing his girlfriend to death and hiding the body in a closet has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole

Steven M. Wilson, formerly of Anchorage, was sentenced Wednesday in the death of 21-year-old Kendra Elizabeth Lewis.

The Garden Island reports Lewis died from multiple stab wounds.

Her body was discovered April 26, 2013, about two weeks after she died in the bedroom of her condo in Kapaa (cuh-PAH').

Wilson pleaded guilty May 27.

Fifth Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Watanabe says the state Paroling Authority will decide on parole.

Prosecutors say they will urge that Wilson serve the 40-year minimum term before he is eligible for parole.

Ketchikan students to use earthquake sensors
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Ketchikan students will be using earthquake sensors for class work, beginning next year.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports that the Ketchikan School Board on Wednesday unanimously approved a request to spend $31,000 to purchase two of the earthquake sensor platforms.

School district technology coordinator Bill Whicker says the platforms transmit data up to a satellite.

He says Ketchikan students will be "interfacing with NASA engineers" to provide quality control on the data.

Forest Service plans to close 10 low-use cabins
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is closing 10 low-use public recreation cabins within the Tongass National Forest, citing budget constraints.

The agency also plans to convert the Distin Lake Cabin, located in Admiralty Island National Monument, to a three-sided shelter and to continue renting Checats Lake Cabin, provided it remains in serviceable condition and is reserved at least 10 nights a year.

Slated for removal are the Beaver Camp, Big Goat Lake and Red Alders cabins within the Ketchikan Ranger District; Maksoutof Lake and Rezanof Lake cabins on the Sitka Ranger District; DeBoer Lake and Harvey Lake cabins on the Petersburg District; Binkley Slough Cabin on the Wrangell Ranger District; McGilvery Cabin within the Thorne Bay Ranger District; and Square Lake Cabin within the Yakutat Ranger District.

[Thursday September 11th, 2014  13th  EDITION 8:06  P. M.]

Drink Beer for charity in Juneau Saturday

Capital Brewfest is quickly becoming known for three things: a good time, great beer and sellout crowds. This year’s 3rd annual event is expected to be even more fun with more brewers and faster-moving tickets, so buy early.

The Capital Brewfest returns to the Juneau Arts and Cultural Center (JACC) from 1-5 p.m. on Sept. 13. Ten craft breweries from around Alaska have already agreed to participate along with three local distributors, who will serve beers from around the world. There will be more room for attendees to mingle and enjoy their brew, food and tunes from groups such as C. Scott Frye, Susu and the Prophets, and DNR.

Admission is $30 for this 21-and-older event. Tickets can be purchased online at   Attendees are encouraged to plan ahead either by designating a driver or bringing cab fare.

Capital Brewfest is hosted by the Rotary Club of Juneau, in partnership this year United Way of Southeast Alaska. Visit or become a fan of the Facebook page at for more details and updates.

No devices found following courthouse bomb threat
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police say two courthouses have been cleared of any possible threat following a bomb threat early Thursday afternoon.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro says authorities received a report of a bomb threat at the Nesbett Courthouse downtown around 1:15 p.m. The building was evacuated.

She says the Boney (bon-NEE') Courthouse also was evacuated as a precautionary measure. Some streets were closed.

Castro says no devices were found in either building and both were cleared shortly after 3 p.m.

She says the investigation continues into determining who made the threat.

Free fun at Juneau's 5th annual Day of Play
Juneau’s 5th Annual Day of Play is Saturday, September 13th, 9:00am - 5:30pm.

All facilities will be open during the designated times free of charge.  Day of Play this Saturday is a community wide event as a way to say thank you to Juneau.

Play Schedule:

Augustus Brown Pool — 9:00am – 10:30am
One FREE Swim Session
Sponsored by: Reuben Willis
Arrive 1/2 hour before session to receive wristband for entry
Marine Park Pavilion—10:00am– Noon
Sidewalk Chalk, Hopscotch & Coloring!
Sponsored by: Grumpy’s
Zach Gordon Youth Center— 11:00am - 1:00pm
FREE Hot dog lunch, climbing wall, Juneau Jumpers &
The Taku Roller Girls!
Sponsored by: Valley Lumber & Building Supply
Juneau-Douglas City Museum—11:30—1:00pm
FREE Admission for a scavenger hunt & other Museum activities
Floyd Dryden Gym—12:00 –2:00pm
Basketball activities with the JDHS boy’s basketball team!
Treadwell Ice Arena—Two FREE Skate Sessions
1st Session 12:30pm –1:10pm
Sponsored by: Baranof Hotel & Starbucks
2nd Session 1:30pm –2:10pm
Sponsored by: Valley Paint Center
Arrive 1/2 hour before session to receive wristband for entry
Valley Public Library—1:30pm—4:30pm
Story Path, Story Telling, Book Mark Drawing & More!
Trucks N’ Stuff at Dimond Park — 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Come climb on and through various equipment
Sponsored by: NorthStar Trekking
Dimond Park Field House — 4:00pm—5:30pm
open turf and track time
Sponsored by: Tingey Orthodontics
Dimond Park Aquatic Center — 4:00pm—5:30pm
One FREE Swim Session
Sponsored by: Reuben Willis
Arrive 1/2 hour before session to receive wristband

Begich votes to advance campaign finance measure
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at big spending in campaigns has failed in the U.S. Senate.

Democratic Sen. Mark Begich voted to advance the measure Thursday. He also was a co-sponsor.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski did not vote. A spokesman says she was returning from the Conference of Arctic Parliamentarians.

The measure was considered a long-shot, at best, requiring two-thirds majorities of each chamber of Congress and ratification by states.

It would have allowed Congress and the states to set "reasonable limits" on campaign money and bar election spending by corporations.

Begich, who is seeking re-election, balked at a proposal by Republican rival Dan Sullivan to limit outside spending in their race. He says he preferred a long-term solution to campaign spending concerns, such as the amendment that failed Thursday.

Alaska SeaLife Center Announces Name of Steller Sea Lion Pup
Alaska Sea
Life Center's male Steller sea lion pup, Forrest, was born on July 20 and is the first male Steller sea lion to be born in North American collections since the 1980s.

See the photo taken on September 5 at his public debut at the Alaska SeaLife Center on our facebook page.

Military exercise with Russia canceled
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Air Force exercise involving the U.S., Canada and Russia has been canceled due to Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian Federation Air Force had cooperated on the "Vigilant Eagle" exercise since 2007.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the exercises have typically been held in August or September.

NORAD is comprised of U.S. and Canadian forces and is charged with detecting and responding to airborne threats to those countries.

Sgt. Charles Marsh says this year's exercise was suspended by U.S. Defense Department officials and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper "due to the situation in Ukraine."

The spokesman says the exercise was to have included the Japan Self Defense Force for the first time.

Alaska teacher accused of child abuse in Missouri
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 42-year-old teacher in Alaska is accused of sexually abusing one of his seven adopted children in Missouri and has agreed to return to that state to face charges.

Alaska Dispatch News reports Owen Miller appeared at a court hearing Wednesday by phone from the Nome jail, where he's been held on $100,000 bail since his Aug. 29 arrest in the village of Kiana, where he had been teaching since 2013.

KNOM radio recently reported that Miller, his wife and adopted children moved to Alaska in 2010. Miller told KNOM he and his wife divorced and she moved to Wasilla.

A probable cause statement from Andrew County, Missouri, says one of the children last year told a Wasilla police officer Miller had done inappropriate things that included sex acts and alcohol.

Miller denies the allegations.

Man with body of girlfriend surrenders to police
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 28-year-old man has been charged with killing his 19-year-old girlfriend and driving the body to the parking lot of an Eagle River drug store, where he surrendered to police.

Anchorage police say David Joseph Thomas is charged with first- and second-degree murder in the death Wednesday night of Linda Anne Martz Bower.

Police say Thomas' brother called at 10:24 p.m. to report the homicide.

The brother said Thomas told him he had strangled Bower and that her body was in his car.

The brother told Thomas he was going to call police and Thomas drove off.

Police say Thomas called police 15 minutes later from the parking lot of a Walgreen's store. Officers found Bower's body in the back seat of his vehicle.

Thomas is being held without bail.

Alaska's senators cool on Obama Mideast plan
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says he opposes calls by President Barack Obama to arm rebels in Syria.

He says the U.S. needs greater assurances it would not be arming "extremists" who eventually would use the weapons against this country.

On Wednesday, Obama laid out a plan for a new military front in the Middle East, including air strikes inside Syria and expanded strikes in Iraq as part of an effort to root out Islamic State extremists.

Obama announced plans to send more troops to advise and help Iraqi security forces and called on Congress to authorize the training and arming of Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Obama fell short in defining clear objectives, such as what constitutes victory.

Cost overruns at Ft. Greely defense site
The Pentagon's Inspector General says the rush to deploy a missile defense system at Fort Greely in the interior led to cost overruns and technical failures.

A new report from the Defense Department I-G office questions the reliability of the "Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle" -- the non-explosive warhead designed to crash into hostile missiles.

The missile interceptors had seen a series of failed test launches until a successful flight in June.

Thirty interceptors are already in place, with 26 in Alaska and 4 in California, and the Pentagon plans to add 14 more at Fort Greely by 2017.

The total price tag for the missile defense program so far is about 41 billion dollars.

CG murder survivors seek damages
A Kodiak man convicted of killing co-workers at a Coast Guard communication station has been ordered to pay 1-point-4 million dollars in restitution.

The Alaska Dispatch reports that U-S District Judge Ralph Beistline on Wednesday granted the government's request for restitution from James Wells, to be paid to the victims' estates. The amounts equal the expected future earnings of both victims.

Wells was sentenced in July to four consecutive life terms for the shooting deaths in 2012 of Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st class James Hopkins and retired Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle.

The judge noted that the parties will have to determine how to get the 1-point-4 million dollars from Wells.

Statement of Kathy Kolkhorst Ruddy, President of the Whale Project, in response to Wednesday's announcement by the Juneau Community Foundation
The dream of former Mayor Bill Overstreet to place a full-sized humpback whale on the waterfront in Juneau is about to be realized.

The generous gift the Whale committee received today will make it possible to complete the foundry work and infinity pool so that the Whale will be on the waterfront for all to enjoy by the third quarter of 2015.

Because of this incredibly generous donation, we will now turn our attention to complete the final element in Mayor Overstreet’s vision: the waterworks that will create the sensation of the whale in breach. Our board intends to complete all remaining fundraising by December 15.

Many thanks to our anonymous donor and to all our donors. Thank you again Mayor Bill for the inspiration you brought to Juneau on this and many other things over the years. And, thank you Skip Wallen for your creative genius which has converted Bill Overstreet's vision into a world-class sculpture.

For further information about the sculpture, visit

Senator Responds to President Obama’s Remarks on ISIS Threat
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski Wednesday night responded to President Obama's speech explaining his thoughts on dealing with the Islamic State:
“Like all Americans, I am extremely concerned with the rapid growth of the Islamic State and the threat this barbaric group poses to Americans abroad, at home, and our allies around the world.

“President Obama recently inadvertently admitted what many Alaskans already knew: that he did not have a strategy to protect Americans against the spread of violent Islamic extremism like that posed by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Tonight, he attempted to convince us otherwise by introducing a broad strategy and a few near-term actions. Instead, I believe we still need a comprehensive plan for the region and our role including a well-defined mission and clear objectives.

“Action without a defined plan is not effective or sustainable foreign policy – and it makes attracting a coalition of allies more difficult.

“Make no mistake, this is a highly complex situation and there are no easy answers to combat not only the Islamic State, but the plague of violent Islamic extremism across the globe. But President Obama owes Americans more than he offered us tonight: we need to know what constitutes ‘victory’ and what benchmarks we will use to measure accomplishments as the activities are conducted. Before we can attract support from our allies in the international community, we must define terms and goals more concretely.

“President Obama also needs to acknowledge he must sit down with Congress and not simply suggest his plan represents the final say on the matter. He did not spell out precisely what he is seeking from Congress in tonight’s address. Further, we need a plan to involve the key stakeholders in the Gulf region and our allies around the world to ensure a global effort against this face of evil. The neighboring countries and others have just as much at stake in this fight as any nation or culture in the world, and they need to be a core part of the solution and the endgame to create a world environment truly hostile to this movement.

“I watched the speech and heard his four objectives and found myself thinking to some ‘haven’t we already been doing this?’ and to others ‘how will this work?’ America and the international community needs more clarity than tonight’s remarks provided.

“We owe such careful consideration to our brave men and women in uniform before putting them into harm’s way. It’s time to step up our leadership and work together to determine the best strategy for our nation to combat this imminent threat.”

City of Sitka turns recycling over to private firm
SITKA, Alaska (AP) — The city of Sitka has turned over its recycling operations to a private company.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel says the deal with Alaska Pacific Environmental Services is expected to save the city money, create incentives for improving efficiency and reduce liability.

City Public Works director Michael Harmon says there may be opportunities to create other private-public partnerships in the future.

Alaska Pacific Environmental currently collects curbside trash. It also operates the Jarvis Street transfer station.

Under the new agreement, the company also will operate the recycling center on the old incinerator property.

The company also will run the scrapyard at the Gary Paxton Industrial Park.

Harmon says the city is expected to save about $78,000 a year under the new deal.

Sullivan to miss Kodiak debate for campaign swing
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan doesn't plan to participate in a prominent debate on fisheries issues in Kodiak.

Spokesman Mike Anderson said Sullivan is scheduled to be campaigning in rural Alaska. He said Alaskans will have ample opportunity to hear Sullivan debate Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

Begich spokesman Max Croes says Begich plans to participate in the Oct. 1 debate if Libertarian candidate Mark Fish is willing. Croes called it disrespectful to those in the fishing industry and coastal communities to "ignore" a debate considered a tradition.

Sullivan's Marine Corps Reserve training coincided with a fisheries debate during the primary that ultimately was canceled.

Anderson said the fishing industry is critical to Alaska and Sullivan continues to meet with "all user groups to listen to their ideas and concerns."

[Wednesday September 10th, 2014  18th  EDITION 10:53  P. M.]

Busted in the bushes
Two people were busted having sex in the bushes next to the staircase by Fireweed Place in the 400 Block of Willoughby Avenue.

Christy Dugaqua and Derek Totemoff were arrested, cited and released for Open Lewdness on Tuesday afternoon. A Juneau Police Department bulletin says alcohol was a factor.

Pension shortfall projected at $8.7B at year's end
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state is projecting to end the fiscal year with an $8.7 billion pension shortfall.

The unfunded liability for the public employees' and teachers' retirement systems stood at roughly $12 billion when the Legislature earlier this year approved moving $3 billion from savings to further address the shortfall.

Deputy commissioner of Administration Mike Barnhill says the $3 billion will be deposited in three installments over the course of the year.

He said the projection also includes actuarial assumptions, such as an 8 percent investment return. He said there's no guarantee the unfunded liability will be $8.7 billion at the end of the fiscal year but that's the best projection at this time.

School board race has new write-in candidate
Tom Milliron, former Floyd Dryden Middle School Principal, will run along with incumbent board Vice President Sean O'Brien and Juneau Economic Development Director Brian Holst. There are only two seats open on the Juneau School District Board of Education.

The Facebook page "Friends of Tom Milliron" says he represents a strong voice for our kids, community and educators.

Oily Kodiak sheen traced to federal research ship
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A fuel spill in Kodiak Island's Womens Bay has been traced to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research ship.

Jade Gamble with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says the spill is estimated at 1,640 gallons.

KMXT reports an oily sheen in the bay was traced to NOAA research ship Rainier, docked at Nyman Peninsula on the Kodiak Coast Guard base.

NOAA spokesman David Hall says NOAA is working with the Coast Guard to minimize environmental impacts.

Hall says the incident is being investigated.

Gamble says the spill was traced to a rupture in the vessel's bulkhead between a fuel tank and a water tank.

Absorbent boom and a fuel skimmer have been employed at the site.

The spill was reported Monday.

Troopers say human remains found on Shuyak Island
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska state Troopers say human remains have been found on Shuyak Island.

Troopers say they were notified Monday about the discovery on the east side of the island, located about 70 miles north of Kodiak.

Troopers say an identification of the remains could not be made because of their condition.

The remains were recovered and sent to the state medical examiner's office.

Driver dies in crash at Soldotna Airport fence
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A man died after his vehicle rolled and crashed through a fence at the Soldotna Airport.

The Peninsula Clarion reports the crash occurred at about 7 a.m. Tuesday. The driver was not immediately identified because his next-of-kin had not been notified.

Soldotna police say the driver was on a straight stretch of Funny River Road along the airport and lost control of the vehicle.

No one saw the vehicle roll. The driver was the only person inside.

Union reps assail settlement touted by Sullivan
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Union representatives say former Alaska attorney general Dan Sullivan dropped the ball in settling a professional malpractice lawsuit against a former state actuary for $500 million.

Sullivan is the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Begich. Wednesday's news conference with union representatives was promoted by Begich's campaign.

The issue emerged in the campaign when Sullivan ran an ad touting the 2010 settlement.

In 2007, the state sued Mercer Inc. for at least $1.8 billion and potentially $2.8 billion or more, alleging the company had made mistakes that contributed to a shortfall in public employee pension funds. At the time of the settlement, Sullivan was attorney general.

He said the state faced risks in going to trial and hailed the settlement as a "great result."

Donation to help search-and-rescue efforts
NOME, Alaska (AP) — Sixteen rural communities will receive hand-held thermal imaging cameras to aid in search-and-rescue efforts in the Norton Sound region.

The donation comes from the Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. The bi-ocular cameras are to be distributed in the coming weeks.

Dan Harrelson chairs the corporation's board and is a village public safety officer for White Mountain. He told KNOM the cameras should improve search-and-rescue operations significantly.

He said previously, there was one such camera, based in Nome, shared among all 16 communities. Getting it could take hours, even days, and first responders had to learn how to use it.

Harrelson said teams will be able to practice using their own cameras now.

The cameras are water resistant and can operate in temperatures as low as 40 degrees below zero.

Both sides of marijuana issue meet at forum
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Both sides of the marijuana debate met at a Fairbanks forum to present their views on a ballot measure to legalize and regulate recreational pot in Alaska.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation and the opposition group — Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. — met at the Noel Wien Library Tuesday night for the event hosted by the League of Women Voters of Tanana Valley.

Proponents of legalizing marijuana say it would improve the state's judicial and criminal system with fewer arrests of nonviolent offenders and also would prove to be a tax-revenue boost.

Opponents say the commercialization and industrialization of marijuana results in much different products such as edibles and high-concentrate oil.

The initiative, Measure 2, is on the November general election ballot.

UPDATE: Pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police have identified the 36-year-old man who was struck and killed Tuesday night while crossing a busy street on foot.

Anchorage police say Arthur Mike was struck by a sport utility vehicle just after 11:30 p.m. near the Ben Boeke (BOH'-kee) Ice Arena as he attempted to cross Gambell Street south of 15th Avenue.

Gambell Street is a major east-side thoroughfare that becomes the Seward Highway.

Police say the driver, 29-year-old Nita Akpik, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. She has not been cited or charged.

Police shut down southbound traffic on Gambell Street south of 15th Avenue as they investigated the incident.

Juneau Community Foundation Receives Generous Donation
The Juneau Community Foundation has received a generous donation from Bill and Katie Corbus which will be used to establish five endowed funds, a donor-advised fund, and a number of directed grants.

The donation was made through a gift of stock to the Foundation. The Alaska Electric Light and Power Company was founded as a partnership in 1896. John Parker Corbus and Adam William Corbus were two of the founding partners.

After decades of family ownership in AELP and with the completion of the sale of the company, Bill and Katie believe it is fitting to donate a major portion of the proceeds back to the Juneau community. The Foundation estimates the value of the donation to be approximately $48,000,000. A final determination will be available upon disposition of the stock.

Juneau police kill wounded Douglas Island bear
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A black bear shot and wounded in Juneau was killed by a police officer.

A homeowner Monday spotted the injured animal as it dragged itself through a backyard along the Douglas Highway on Douglas Island.

Police department spokeswoman Erann Kalwara says the police officer determined the bear could not use its hind legs and euthanized it.

Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Matt Dobson says the large black bear had been shot in its flank. The bullet may have ricocheted off its spine, paralyzing its legs.

Dobson says the bear could have been legally shot by a hunter or illegally by someone who spotted the bear going through garbage.

Troopers canvassed the neighborhood Tuesday but no one reported hearing shots or seeing a nuisance bear.

Fairbanks fugitive surrenders after armed standoff
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks man sought for leaving minimum security corrections custody was arrested Tuesday after a chase and a 10-hour standoff.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 36-year-old Michael Bracht emerged from a sport utility vehicle west of Fairbanks without serious injury.

Fairbanks police with a warrant approached Bracht at 2:30 a.m. in a grocery store parking lot. He reportedly rammed police cars and drove off, starting a 30-minute chase that ended in the parking lot of a convenience store.

Police Lt. Eric Jewkes says Bracht brandished a gun, threatened to kill himself and wanted police to shoot him.

A woman in the car exited at about 5 a.m.

Police attempted to get Bracht to leave with bean bag rounds, pepper spray and tear gas.

He surrendered at 1 p.m.

Pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man was struck and killed Tuesday night while crossing a busy Anchorage street on foot.

Anchorage police say the pedestrian was struck by a vehicle as he attempted to cross Gambell Street just south of east 15th Avenue.

Police took a call on the accident just after 11:30 p.m.

Gambell Street is a major east-side thoroughfare that becomes the Seward Highway.

Police say the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

Police shut down southbound traffic on Gambell Street south of 15th Avenue as they investigated the incident.

Glacier Valley Rotary to host 9-11 event
The Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary Club will be hosting a ceremony tomorrow commemorating the events of September 11th and honoring Juneau’s first responders at the September 11th Memorial at Riverside Rotary Park.

The ceremony will begin with guests gathering at the Memorial just off the parking lot at 9:40am. The formal part of the ceremony commences shortly after and will conclude by 10:15am.

We encourage people to take time on Thursday, September 11th to share a few moments and memories with each other, as a community out at the Memorial site.

As part of our promise to “Never Forget.”

3.2 magnitude quake 40 miles west of Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U. S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 3.2 earthquake occurred at 2:43 a.m. Wednesday about 40 miles west of Anchorage.

A dispatcher for Alaska State Troopers in Wasilla says there are no reports of damage.

State Defense Force to host conference
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State military officials say the Alaska State Defense Force is set to host the annual conference of its national counterpart.

The conference of the State Guard Association of the United States is scheduled to take place between Thursday and Sunday at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel in Anchorage.

The Alaska force is a volunteer support group for the Alaska National Guard.

Spokeswoman defends insurance rate review process
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell says Alaska's Division of Insurance did not apply for federal grants to review health insurance premium increases because the state has the resources to support an effective review.

Alaska was among several states that didn't apply for a rate-review grant.

A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman has said Alaska could offer more affordable options with a stronger rate review program.

Parnell spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said the state's review process was determined to be "fully adequate" by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The Division of Insurance approved rate increases of up to 40 percent for individuals who bought health insurance plans through the federally run online marketplace.

The state has cited high costs incurred within the relatively small individual market.

[Tuesday September 9th, 2014  14th  EDITION  8:59  P. M.]

Grand opening of veterans home in Haines
he Soboleff-McRae Veterans Village celebrates its grand opening this week in Haines.

The project provides limited rental assistance to low-income veterans and veterans with disabilities. There are four 1-bedroom apartments and seven 2-bedroom apartments, ranging in monthly rates from $750 - $1050, including utilities, snow removal and access to all resident benefits.

The residences are on the top floor of the 2-story, 20,000 sq. ft. building known as the Haines Veterans Village and Wellness Center, located one block off Haines’ Main Street. The ground floor of the building will be a community healthcare center with a separate entrance, opening in 2015.

The Soboleff-McRae Veterans Village and Wellness Center facility is named for Tlingit elder Dr. Walter Soboleff and Howard McRae, a decorated military veteran from Haines. It is designed to provide permanent affordable housing and consolidated supportive health services to veterans, elders and the greater community.

Find more details here.

Parnell campaign announces new manager
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell re-election campaign has a new campaign manager.

Parnell's campaign said Tuesday that Tom Wright is the new manager of the campaign for Parnell and Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.

Wright, who replaces Jerry Gallagher, was previously chief of staff to Republican state House Speaker Mike Chenault of Nikiski.

Wounded bear killed by JPD
Juneau Police shot and killed a previously wounded bear Monday afternoon around 1:30 in the 3000 Block of Douglas Highway.

The investigation was turned over to Alaska State Troopers.

Florida man accused of stalking Bristol Palin
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 25-year-old Florida man is under arrest, accused of stalking Bristol Palin in Alaska.

Peter P.W. Ferrero is charged with felony stalking.

An affidavit filed by Wasilla police officer Brandon Gray says Palin arrived home about 6:15 p.m. Sunday and encountered Ferrero in the driveway of her Wasilla home.

Brandon wrote that Ferrero told Palin his name was Peter Paul. Palin told the officer she recognized the name because Ferrero has sent her about 1,000 Facebook messages since March.

Palin also stated she told Ferrero to back off, but he continued to approach her in the driveway. Palin and her sister, Willow, filed civil protective orders against Ferrero Monday.

Ferrero is represented by the Alaska Public Defender Agency, which had not yet assigned to case to an attorney Tuesday.

Researchers studying Pacific walrus population
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Researchers are trying to get a better handle on the size of the Pacific walrus population ahead of an expected decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on whether the animals need special protections.

A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey estimates the population was cut roughly in half between 1981 and 1999, possibly due to overabundance of walrus and relatively high harvests in the 1980s.

The study's lead author, Rebecca Taylor, says the goal was to provide baseline information, including information on historic population dynamics, reproductive rates and survival rates shown by the population.

New data is being collected and she says the analysis will be brought more up to date.

A decision on whether the population merits Endangered Species Act protection is expected in 2017.

Parnell to announce dividend amount
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaskans will find out the size of their Permanent Fund dividends next week.

Gov. Sean Parnell is set to announce the amount on Sept. 17 in Anchorage.

Dividends are distributed annually to Alaska residents who meet certain requirements, with the amount based on a five-year average of the Alaska Permanent Fund's investment earnings.

Last year, dividend recipients each received $900.

Family of man in Anchorage escalator death sues
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The city of Anchorage is being sued by the family of a 59-year-old man who died nearly two years ago in a fall from an escalator at a downtown convention center.

Alaska Dispatch News reports the lawsuit seeks at least $400,000 in damages on behalf of Theodore Meiners' estate and two adult children. Also named in the lawsuit is the operator of the Dena'ina (deh-NIE'-nah) Center, SMG of Alaska.

The lawsuit filed Aug. 13 accuses center managers of serving the Valdez man alcohol when he was visibly intoxicated. The lawsuit also alleges safety and code problems with the escalator.

Plaintiffs' attorney Phillip Weidner says the Sept. 20, 2012, tragedy could have been avoided if the city had followed applicable codes.

Municipal attorney Dennis Wheeler says surveillance video shows Meiners trying to ride down the escalator on the handrail.

New law requires record of items bought for resale
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new Juneau ordinance will require secondhand stores to document valuable items they purchase for resale.

The ordinance is aimed at reducing sales of stolen items by creating a records trail.

Police on Monday conducted a training session for stores.

The stores will be required to report purchases of precious metals, gems, gold coins, gold bullion, tools, firearms and electronics worth more than $50.

The stores also are required to hang onto the items for 30 days so police can make sure they're not stolen.

The ordinance takes effect Thursday. Police Lt. Kris Sell says it likely affects six to 10 Juneau stores.

Crowd demands expanded death investigation
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Friends and family of a woman found dead in an Anchorage apartment are demanding that police expand their investigation.

KTVA-television reports dozens of people protested Monday outside the Anchorage Police Department, which initially concluded that 22-year-old Michelle Lane committed suicide.

Lane died of a gunshot wound Sept. 2 and protesters say she was murdered.

Lane's aunt, Helen Lane, says Michelle Lane would not have harmed herself.

Helen Lane says her niece was born and raised in Point Hope and attended the University of Alaska Anchorage. She had a 1-year-old daughter and Helen Lane says Michelle Lane had a lot to live for.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro says the case remains open and three detectives continue to work on the case.

State sues Feds over ANWR
The state is asking for summary judgment in its lawsuit over the federal government's refusal to join a study of petroleum resources in Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.

The state filed the motion Monday, nearly six months after bringing the lawsuit in federal court against the Secretary of Interior.

The U-S Fish & Wildlife Service rejected the state's ANWR study plan last fall, arguing that congressional authorization expired in 1987.

The state argues that the authorization is still in effect and that the Interior Department is required to accept a properly submitted study plan.

The Governor last year announced a 7-year program of seismic surveys, environmental studies, and exploratory drilling on the coastal plain of the refuge.

UA Board takes back bonus offer
The University of Alaska Board of Regents are taking back a retention bonus offered to university President Pat Gamble -- at Gamble's request.

The Alaska Dispatch reports that regents voted 9-to-1 at a meeting in Anchorage Monday to rescind the 320-thousand dollar bonus.

Regents in June had approved the bonus --equal to an extra year of Gamble's regular salary -- if he stays on the job through 2016.

Gamble said last week that the timing was wrong, given the university's budget concerns, and he said the controversy had become a distraction.

Whale season
Whaling crews in the village of Kaktovik filled their quota within three days.

The Alaska Dispatch reports that Kaktovik whalers brought in three whales on August 30th, 31st, and on Labor Day September 1st.

That fills the village's allotment for the fall whaling season.

At the eastern end of Alaska's Arctic coast, Kaktovik is typically first to hunt whales each season, with crews in Barrow and points west starting weeks later.

CBJ Assembly meeting
The CBJ Assembly met Monday night and adopted two ordinances unanimously. The first is a an ordinance appropriating $495,000 as additional funding for the Mendenhall Valley Public Library Capitol Improvement Project. The funding was provided by the Rasmuson Foundation.

Second is an ordinance that appropriates $1.57 million as partial funding for the evaluation and construction of joint city, state and federal parking improvements in the Willoughby District. Grant funding provided by Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

Alaska marine highway schedule up for review
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Public comments are being accepted for the proposed 2015 schedule for Alaska's Marine Highway system.

The schedule has been placed on the highway system website.

Public comments are being accepted before Sept. 23.

State responds in voting rights lawsuit
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state is proposing public service announcements explaining language assistance options for Alaska Native voters who speak limited English.

The proposal is one of several made by the state following a federal judge's decision in a voting rights lawsuit last week. U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason ordered the state to better help voters who speak Yup'ik and Gwich'in understand their ballots.

The state was to outline changes it could make ahead of the November elections.

Those include letting voters know an outreach worker is available to help them before the election and that bilingual poll workers are available on election day. They also include preparing different versions of ballot language to tribal councils and outreach workers to reflect different dialects.

The plaintiffs have until Wednesday to respond.

[Monday September 8th, 2014  10TH  EDITION  6:50  P. M.]

Beluga whale dies, found stranded on Alaska rocks
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A National Marine Fisheries Service spokeswoman says an adult male beluga whale has died after it became stranded on the rocks near Mile 104 of Alaska's Seward Highway.

KTVA reports that Barbara Mahoney says it appears the whale got stuck on the shoreline as the fast-moving tide went out Monday morning.

Residents who saw the whale on the beach covered it with sheets and seawater, but it died a short time later.

Biologists plan to take samples from the animal to learn more.

Anchorage labor question on November ballot
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage voters in November will decide whether to retain Mayor Dan Sullivan's labor law that has been unpopular among labor groups.

KTUU reports the city and state reached an agreement to place the matter on the general-election ballot.

The local labor law was championed by Sullivan and passed by the Anchorage Assembly in March 2013 over the protest of labor groups, which moved quickly to collect signatures for a referendum to overturn the measure.

The city challenged the referendum effort and lost in both the Superior and Supreme courts.

The assembly originally voted to set the vote for the April municipal election. Sullivan vetoed that date.

The ordinance would partially replace binding arbitration with Assembly decisions in some labor disputes.

It also would eliminate collective bargaining rights.

Sullivan is the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.

Alaska, Japanese agencies sign agreement
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State and Japanese agencies have agreed to keep the lines of communication open over a proposed mega-liquefied natural gas project.

Alaska is pursuing the project with three major energy companies, TransCanada Corp. and the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. The intended market is Asia, and the nonbinding agreement signed Monday is aimed at strengthening ties with Japan.

The "memorandum of cooperation" was signed by Alaska's Natural Resources commissioner, Joe Balash, and a representative of Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Balash said the agency sets Japan's energy policy and works closely with Japan's utility market.

The gas line project is in a phase of preliminary engineering and design. The companies behind it have said the project, as proposed, would be the largest of its kind ever designed and built.

Division approves health plan rate hikes
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state Division of Insurance has approved rate increases of up to 40 percent for individuals who bought health insurance plans on the federally run online marketplace.

For individuals receiving federal subsidies to help pay their premiums, any increases are expected to be largely offset, according to division director Lori Wing-Heier.

She says about 10,000 of the 16,000 Alaskans with individual policies through the exchange receive subsidies.

She says the increases for next year, which range from 22 percent to 40 percent, are considered justified, saying there wasn't a month in which the insurers did not lose "significant" money. She says the division was working off six months of data.

There are two providers on the exchange, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield and Moda Health.

Alaska Railroad reports revenue growth
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Railroad Corp. is reporting revenue growth in the last fiscal year, despite declines in petroleum and coal shipments.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says railroad revenue rose 4.3 percent between July 2013 and July 2014.

Most of the increase is credited to freight shipments, with the rest coming from passenger and real estate gains.

Most of the boost in freight shipment is attributed to Alaska Rail Marine. Shipments in the weekly barge service rose nearly 30 percent from 2013.

Revenues from passengers rose nearly 11 percent.

The boost in revenue comes at a time of significant decline in transporting Flint Hills Resources petroleum products.

There also has been a slight decrease in coal shipments. Usibelli Coal Mine spokesman Rob Brown blames a difficult export market.

Industry: Southeast timber sale needed for mill
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Southeast Alaska's last mid-sized timber mill is at risk of closing if a sale that would clear-cut 3,700 acres of old-growth forest stalls.

Industry representatives and the U.S. Forest Service said the sale is important for Viking Lumber Co. in Klawock, which was the winning bidder when the Big Thorne sale was announced last year. That sale was later withdrawn amid appeals by critics.

Owen Graham, executive director of the Alaska Forest Association, said the mill estimates it will run out of logs by next spring.

The Forest Service recently announced plans to move ahead with a sale.

Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole says the sale will go out for bid this month, unless an agreement is struck with the organizations suing the agency to delay it.

Health officials confirm Alaska mumps case
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health officials have confirmed the first case of mumps in the state since 1995.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the disease was confirmed in a 50-year-old Alaska woman who apparently contracted mumps in Japan.

The last previous case was reported in 1995. Fewer than 500 people in the nation contract mumps annually.

Mumps is a communicable virus but preventable by vaccine. Complications can cause meningitis, encephalitis and deafness.

The woman on July 11 told doctors she had headache, jaw pain and trismus, a symptom that can mean jaw muscle spasms or locking.

The woman while in Japan stayed in a home where a girl had been diagnosed with mumps.

The Alaska Section of Epidemiology says the woman's symptoms began to subside about a week after she reported them.

Store owner pleads guilty to tobacco fraud
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 52-year-old tobacco store owner will forfeit more than $1.2 million as part of a plea deal with federal authorities on mail fraud and money laundering charges.

U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler (LEF'-lur) in an announcement says Sun Sims conspired to defraud the municipality of Anchorage by evading a cigarette excise tax.

Loeffler says Sims and a partner owned three businesses that sold tobacco, including one in Anchorage, Up in Smoke.

They also owned Golden Eagle Tobacco and Longmere Lake Grocery and Liquor outside the municipality.

Loeffler says Sims legally could buy tobacco in Anchorage and avoid the municipal tax for cigarettes sold at her two stores outside of Anchorage.

Loeffler says Sims broke the law by selling the exempt cigarettes at her Anchorage store and to other Anchorage retail stores.

Alaska State Troopers seek Alaska applicants
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska State Trooper sergeant who works in the recruitment unit says the agency has 20 vacancies and would like to see more Alaskans apply.

Sgt. Luis Nieves tells KTUU-TV that 76 percent of the agency's applicants are from the Lower 48.

He says many young applicants do not appear to be interested in long-term careers or law enforcement in general.

He says the agency is facing a challenge finding officers to work in both urban areas and remote villages.

Nieves says troopers are visiting schools and rural areas to increase the pool of applicants.

Ballot measure hearings set
A series of hearings for three ballot initiatives begins today (Mon).

Kotzebue is hosting a hearing this afternoon (12-2) on Ballot Measure 4, to restrict large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed.

The scene shifts to Nome tomorrow for hearings on initiatives to legalize marijuana and to raise Alaska's minimum wage.

Further hearings are scheduled in Barrow Thursday and Friday. The schedule arranged by the Lieutenant Governor's office has hearings in Anchorage and Wasilla on September 23rd, 24th, and 25th.

The hearings will wrap up in Fairbanks by the end of the month with a final hearing on Ballot Measure 4 in Dillingham, October 2nd.

Federal Appeals to hear same-sex marriage arguments

A Federal Appeals Court hears oral arguments today (mon) in a case that could affect Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage.

The case before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals comes from Nevada and Idaho, with a third appeal from Hawaii, although that state has since legalized same-sex marriage.

Because Alaska is also in the 9th circuit, a ruling affecting those states could affect similar language that was added to the Alaska Constitution in 1998.

Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty joined counterparts from other states filing a brief in the 9th Court of Appeals, arguing that restricting marriage to opposite-sex couples "furthers the public policy" of parenthood.

A separate lawsuit has been filed in U-S District Court directly challenging the marriage clause in the Alaska Constitution.

[Sunday September 7th, 2014 5th  EDITION  7:44  P. M.]

Man reports woman slices thumb in domestic dispute
A 40 year old Lemon Creek man says a woman sliced his thumb with a knife during a domestic dispute Saturday night around 9:30 in the 5900 Block of Sunset St. The man had minor injuries and declined medical treatment.

A Juneau Police Department bulletin shows 42 year old Amanda Ireland was placed under arrest for domestic violence assault and taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Knife assault by mentally unstable man reported on ferry
Alaska State Trooper dispatch received a report of a possible assault with a knife on board the Alaska State Ferry "Fairweather", while traveling from Sitka to Juneau on Thursday.

Wildlife Troopers from the Juneau post responded to the ferry terminal in Juneau upon arrival of the ferry and contacted a 54 year old man. It was quickly determined that the suspect was suffering from mental/ medication issues. He was eventually transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital and placed on a mental hold by hospital staff.

A 19 year old male was interviewed in regards to being assaulted. He declined to pursue charges and reported that the man was obviously suffering from mental instability.

Navy to present environmental analysis in Kodiak
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Navy plans to host an open house in Kodiak Monday to discuss a draft supplemental environmental impact statement on military training in the Gulf of Alaska.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the meeting is set to take place between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday at the Kodiak Elks Lodge.

The Navy is also seeking to get public feedback. Verbal and written comments are being accepted until Oct. 20. on the draft supplemental environmental impact statement and overseas environmental impact statement.

Similar meetings also are planned in Anchorage, Homer, Juneau and Cordova.

The training area being looked at covers a little less than 56,000 square miles, located about 50 miles from Kodiak Island at its closest point.

Ketchikan city council says no to legalizing pot
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The Ketchikan City Council has voted against supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports that council members voted on Thursday to approve a resolution opposing the general election ballot proposition that would legalize marijuana in Alaska. The resolution urged voters to reject Ballot Proposition 2.

The resolution says legalizing recreational marijuana would create public health hazards such as explosions from people making concentrates, or driving under the influence of pot.

The City Council considered the resolution at the request of Rene Schofield, who is involved with the Substance Abuse Task Force and owns Tongass Substance Screening.

$1.4 million granted to northern lights project
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A $1.4 million grant has been given to a project developing educational material on the aurora borealis that showcases the Inupiat language and culture.

The Fairbanks Daily News Miner reports the U.S. Department of Education grant is spread over three years.

The project is led by an outreach team at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute. The group will be tasked with producing a northern lights video, a museum exhibit on Inupiat cultural connections to the earth and sky and instructional kits. The material will provide material to 19 rural communities and more than 1,600 students.

Training for second hand store owners regarding new ordinance
The Juneau Police Department will be hosting training Monday for business owners involved in the resale of second hand goods.

Owners are now required by a new CBJ Ordinance, which goes into effect Thursday the 11th, to report second hand inventory.

In addition to the training, which will take place at the police department on Monday at 5 p.m., JPD also has information on and packets available at JPD to assist second hand dealers with complying with the new ordinance.

Business owners do not need to register for the training, Officers familiar with the reporting program will be there to lead business owners, step by step, through the reporting requirements and answer questions.

Any business owner that has trouble using the registration program, or has questions about the ordinance, can call Lt. Kris Sell in the Criminal Investigations Unit at JPD, 500-0646, and an officer will be assigned to meet with that business owner to assist in the process.

Ketchikan teen falls asleep driving, car upside down on beach
A Ketchikan teen fell asleep at the wheel while southbound on North Tongass Highway Saturday. Alaska State Troopers say a 16 year old male drifted off the roadway, down an approximate 20 foot rock embankment, and came to rest upside down on the beach.

The teen was the sole occupant in the 2003 Ford Focus and was wearing his seatbelt. The airbags deployed and he suffered no injuries.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene. Alcohol was not a factor.


[Saturday September 6th, 2014  9th  EDITION  4:48  P. M.]

Speed a factor in Alaska tour bus crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say speed was a factor in a tour bus crash that killed a woman from Malaysia.

KTUU reports that 25-year-old Brian Lanning was driving the Princess Tours bus with two passengers on board when the bus rolled Friday morning on the Parks Highway about 10 miles north of the Alaska Veterans Memorial.

Troopers say the passengers were Princess employees. The woman who died has not been identified.

Troopers took a call on the crash just after 8 a.m. The crash site is in a rural area 200 road miles south of Fairbanks and 81 miles south of the entrance to Denali National Park.

Proposal would digitize Fairbanks outdated records
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Fairbanks North Star Borough is contemplating a $2.6 million update to its record-keeping system, a move that will force the digitization of a warehouse full of boxes.

Hewlett-Packard reportedly stopped manufacturing hardware for the borough's financial management system in 2008.

One municipal employee joked to borough information technology director Jim Cobb that the government will soon need to go on eBay to get replacement parts.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the current records management system uses three types of software that are not integrated and must be used separately for functions involving paper records, scanned records and electronic records, according to the ordinance.

A proposed ordinance before the borough assembly would pay for new hardware, software, vendor support and eight temporary employees to help while the municipality converts to the new system.

Troopers looking for driver that struck cyclists
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers are looking for the driver of a truck who struck two bicyclists in Fairbanks and then fled the scene.

Troopers said late Friday that one cyclist was seriously injured and remained hospitalized.

A witness told police the silver or grey truck hit the bicyclists on the shoulder of the road.

Troopers are investigating the hit-and-run.

State rep race is on in Southeast
A candidate for State House in southeast Alaska will not have a free pass to her first term. She faces a challenger in November who bypassed the August primary election.

Chere Klein won a three-way Republican Primary for an open seat being vacated by Representative Peggy Wilson of Wrangell. No other parties fielded a candidate, so Klein looked like the newest member of the State House.

But an Independent candidate has qualified for the November ballot.

Dan Ortiz of Ketchikan tells the Alaska Dispatch he was a registered Republican for a long time, then part of the short-lived Republican Moderate Party, then a Democrat for a while before switching to undeclared years ago.

Ortiz has managed to raise more campaign funds than Klein, despite her party support.

Health insurance prices going up
Prices for health insurance purchased through the Federal Exchange are going up in Alaska, much more steeply than in other states.

The Division of Insurance on Thursday announced that it had approved rate increases for the roughly 16-thousand Alaskans who bought the individual plans.

Premera Blue Cross is raising its rates between 35 and 40 percent. Moda Health is raising rates between 22 and 29 percent. The increases especially affect those who do not qualify for federal subsidies.

Division of Insurance Director Lori Wing-Heier tells the Alaska Dispatch that the small risk pool is partly responsible for the increase.

In states with larger populations, insurance rates for next year are expected to go down.

Turmoil in 2 states keeps Senate control unclear
WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor Day week ought to start clarifying the fight for Senate control.

But this year, the picture got muddier and the map got bigger.

Little-noticed Kansas is suddenly abuzz.

An independent candidate drove the Democrat from the race and positioned himself to capitalize on discontent with the incumbent, three-term Republican Pat Roberts.

In Alaska, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich's (BAY'-gich-ihz) reputation for airing smart TV ads collapsed.

Begich scrambled to remove a new ad that accused Republican challenger Dan Sullivan of being soft on crime. Several groups called the ad deceptive and tasteless.

Strategists in both parties say it's too early to predict whether Republicans will gain the six Senate seats they need for the majority.

One GOP consultant says the party's gain could be anywhere from three to 10 seats.

Coast Guard medevacs woman from cruise ship near Glacier Bay, Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced an 84-year-old woman from the Netherlands-flagged cruise ship Oosterdam near Glacier Bay Friday.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka hoisted the woman from the cruise ship and safely transferred her to emergency medical services in Juneau.

Watchstanders at the 17th District command center in Juneau received notification from the crew of the Oosterdam who reported the woman was possibly suffering from a stroke. The duty flight surgeon recommended medevac and the helicopter crew was launched from Air Station Sitka.

“The Coast Guard provides a critical link to lifesaving medical services for mariners with medical emergencies,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Daughtery, a watchstander for the 17th District command center. “The capabilities of our helicopters allow us to retrieve and deliver patients to EMS; reducing the time it takes for patients to receive medical care.”

The weather on scene consisted of 10-mph winds and overcast skies.

JPD Crime of the Week
On Tuesday, August 26, at about 8:40 in the evening, a Juneau woman reported her home in the 4700 block of Thane Road had been burglarized during the prior twenty-four hours. The investigation showed someone likely used a tool to pry open the back door of the residence. Multiple jewelry items were taken, totaling about $25,000 in value.

Some of the jewelry items taken were distinctive, there is a tennis bracelet with diamonds around the entire length with “S” shaped links. There are earrings with an eagle’s head. There is a gold and diamond pendant in the shape of an eye. That necklace also has matching earrings.

Also missing is an eagle design silver bracelet made by artist Norman Jackson. The suspect took an anniversary ring with one large stone in the center and smaller stones set in a ‘braid’ pattern around the ring. A picture of a very similar ring is being released so that citizens can watch for that item.

JPD would like citizens to be aware of anyone they meet who currently has a large amount of jewelry to sell without and adequate explanation. That jewelry could include the pieces noted above and multiple other pieces stolen from the residence.

Alaska National Guard responds to assessment
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations provided a report of findings yesterday to Governor Sean Parnell regarding allegations of misconduct in the Alaska National Guard.

Maj. Gen. Thomas Katkus provided his letter of resignation to the governor effective Sept. 4.

Brig. Gen. Mike Bridges, acting commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and acting adjutant general for the Alaska National Guard, is working with his team to fully digest the findings of the OCI report. The governor has stated that he will appoint a task force to provide guidance in response to the findings, and Alaska National Guard leadership is prepared to be responsive to all recommendations. There is a strong desire to move forward with employing plans that will benefit members of the organization and instill a more trusting working environment.

The Alaska National Guard will be supportive of the governor’s task force and subcommittees who will provide direction in response to the findings of the OCI report. We want to be engaged in the process of implementing solutions to all issues and concerns presented by the governor’s task force.

“This is a time to learn from the past and look forward to the future with a desire to provide the best and most responsive work-place environment possible,” said Bridges. “There are areas for improvement, and we acknowledge that there is a perception of mistrust in our command. There has been a seamless transition in command, and there is no void in leadership of the Alaska National Guard.”

The Alaska National Guard’s citizen-Soldiers and Airmen are an impressive team of professionals who are committed to our state and our nation. They are trained and equipped to be the first military responders in all state emergencies; they have performed more than two-thousand life-saving, state-side rescues in the past two decades; and more than 3,700 have deployed in support of the Global War on Terror since 9/11.

“We must continue to do all that we can to ensure the Alaska National Guard is a positive and safe working environment for this incredible group of people that make up more than 99 percent of our organization,” said Bridges. “We support the governor’s direction as our commander-in-chief, and look forward to implementing any recommendations directed by his task force.”

[Friday September 5th, 2014  13TH  EDITION  5:20  P. M.]

Alaska governor wraps up hard week in politics
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has had far better weeks than this one.

First, Parnell's two main opponents in a three-way gubernatorial race joined campaigns, a move expected to present a more formidable challenge to the Republican governor's re-election bid.

Then, Parnell's campaign inadvertently sent out an election flier to state employees, a campaign violation. Parnell's administration then came under fire Thursday with a scathing report detailing allegations of fraud and sexual assault in the Alaska National Guard.

Parnell forced the resignation of his adjutant general. But that didn't stop criticism against Parnell, who has made reducing violence against women a hallmark of his administration.

Parnell campaign spokesman Luke Miller says, "It was certainly an interesting week." He says Parnell looks forward to getting back to work.

Anchorage police seek man after fatal shooting
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police have released the name of the victim of a fatal shooting in east Anchorage.

Police say the victim was 22-year-old Christopher Fulton Jr.

No one has been arrested in the Thursday afternoon shooting at an apartment off Reka Drive. Police, however, are looking for a man suspected of involvement in a fatal shooting in east Anchorage.

Police say they're trying to find 29-year-old Derrick Lanell Hall.

He was last seen hitchhiking Thursday afternoon on the Glenn Highway near Eklutna, accompanied by a woman.

Police say Hall is black, 6-feet-tall, 160 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. Police say he may have been on his way to Fairbanks or the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Alaska Airlines to pay $500K federal penalty
SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's office in Seattle has announced Alaska Airlines will pay $500,000 to settle FAA claims over a 2010 electrical fire in a jet was parked at a gate in Anchorage, Alaska.

The penalty stems from an improperly positioned metal clamp that attaches an air hose to a panel in the cockpit of the Boeing 737-400. The short circuit fire was caused by chafed wiring that resulted from an improperly positioned clamp.

In a statement issued Friday afternoon, the airline spoke of its commitment to safety and compliance. Spokeswoman Halley Knigge says they work continually with federal authorities on safety and regulations.

She notes that the electrical fire happened during maintenance of the aircraft and no customers were on board.

Following the 2010 fire, the airline inspected all 33 of its 737-400 aircraft to makes sure the clamps were placed correctly and to check for wiring problems.

Mendenhall Lake Campground closing
JUNEAU, Alaska – The Mendenhall Lake Campground main camping loop, sites 1-51, will close starting Monday, September 8, to repair road damage caused by the glacial outburst earlier this year.

These sites may remain closed until the end of the season, September 15.

Showers and restrooms will remain open.

Campsites along the main road and RV loop will remain open through September 15.

Alternative sites will be available for campers who have reservations. The Auk Village Campground remains open through September 30.

Passenger dies in commercial passenger bus crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A passenger on a commercial passenger bus has died in a crash on the Parks Highway.

Alaska State Troopers say the Princess Tours bus carrying a driver and two passengers rolled Friday morning at Mile 173 about 10 miles north of the Alaska Veterans Memorial.

Troopers say the driver reported the two passengers were "significantly injured" and one was declared dead by first responders.

Two troopers from Cantwell responded to the crash site and troopers from Palmer were dispatched to assist.

Troopers in Fairbanks took a call on the crash just after 8 a.m.

Pilot car driver dies in Dalton Highway rollover
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks man driving a pilot truck died Thursday in a crash on the Dalton Highway.

Dale Linse died at the scene near Galbraith Lake north of Atigun Pass.

KTUU-TV reports North Slope Borough police took a report on the crash at about 4:30 p.m.

Linse was driving north on an icy hill and his pickup left the roadway and rolled.

Linse's son, Shane Linse, says his father was driving the rear pilot truck escorting an oversize load to Prudhoe Bay.

He says his 72-year-old father was a retired semi driver who had made many trips north on the Dalton.

He says Linse started the pilot car business about 10 years ago.

An autopsy has been ordered.

S rig count up 11 to 1,925
HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 1,925.

The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,584 rigs were exploring for oil and 340 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,767 active rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained seven rigs, New Mexico and Pennsylvania each gained two and Arkansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming each gained one.

Kansas lost two rigs and Colorado lost one.

Alaska, California, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio, Utah and West Virginia were unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.

Walker: No automatic vetoes abortion restrictions
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Independent candidate for governor Bill Walker is backing away from an earlier promise to veto any legislation that would weaken abortion rights in Alaska if he is elected in November.

Alaska Dispatch News reports that Walker on Thursday said he shouldn't have committed himself to a position on hypothetical bills.

Pro-choice versus pro-life played a big part of discussions when Democratic gubernatorial nominee Byron Mallott and his supporters began meeting with Walker and his team to discuss merging their campaigns.

Walker and Mallott officially united their tickets on Tuesday after Walker agreed to quit the Republican Party in order to receive the endorsement of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Mallott is now running for lieutenant governor.

Walker says he opposes abortions, but would not initiate any effort to restrict them.

Federal budget crunch idles Guard units across US
CINCINNATI (AP) — Training drills for tens of thousands of Army National Guard members from New Hampshire to Hawaii have been called off this weekend because of a federal budget shortfall.

A National Guard spokesman says a $101 million gap in funding for training is being addressed by postponing drills, suspending travel and other steps. Meanwhile, there are efforts underway to get funding reallocated so the drills can be held later this month.

Among other states that have put off National Guard training exercises are Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio and New York. Some, including Alaska, Oregon and Vermont, plan to go ahead as scheduled.

Among reasons for the shortfall are fewer citizen-soldier deployments overseas that are funded separately and higher-than-expected attendance for training paid by the Guard.

NATO committee in Alaska to research Arctic issues
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A group that advises NATO on science and technology is in Alaska to study Arctic issues, including climate warming.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports about 30 members of the Parliamentary Assembly Science and Technology Committee on Thursday were in Fairbanks.

NATO is a 28-member group of military allies in Europe and North America.

The science and technology committee includes lawmakers from NATO countries.

Committee members heard presentations at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on effects of climate change, including the possibility of Arctic shipping routes.

The chairwoman of the committee, Baroness Meta Ramsay of Great Britain, says Alaska was a clear choice to visit for information on Arctic issues.

Mat-Su Borough gets extension on paying back millions
The Mat-Su Borough has a little more time to pay back federal grants used to build a never-used Knik Arm ferry.

KTVA-11 reports that the Federal Transit Administration is giving the borough a 60-day extension to pay back more than 12 million dollars, with the new due date on November 4th.

The Ferry Susitna was intended to carry commuters across Knik Arm but never saw service, and has been costing the borough hundreds of thousands of dollars per month in storage fees.

The borough has been trying to give away or sell the vessel, with an asking price of 6 million dollars. The latest interest comes from the Navy of the Philippines.

Anchorage police seek man after fatal shooting
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police are looking for a man suspected of involvement in a fatal shooting in east Anchorage.

Police say they're trying to find 29-year-old Derrick Lanell Hall.

He was last seen hitchhiking Thursday afternoon on the Glenn Highway near Eklutna near the northern end of the municipality, accompanied by a woman.

Police say Hall is black, 6-feet-tall, 160 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. Police say he may have been on his way to Fairbanks or the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Police say the fatal shooting took place at an apartment Thursday afternoon off Reka Drive.

Maryland looks into Alaska candidate's tax break
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials say they will look into a tax break for Maryland residents received by Alaska's Republican U.S. Senate candidate.

Alaska Public Radio Network reports that Dan Sullivan owns a home in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and the Alaska Democratic Party chairman asked Maryland officials to look into Sullivan's eligibility for the tax break. It requires owners to say the home is their principal residence.

Chairman Mike Wenstrup questioned if Sullivan could receive the exemption while voting in Alaska.

Robert E. Young, director of the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, says he didn't get the letter yet but has a legal obligation to investigate the claim.

The Sullivan campaign declined to comment to the network, but his website says he considered his time outside Alaska a temporary duty assignment.

Harsh ad gives Begich re-election bid a hiccup
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An inflammatory ad is giving Sen. Mark Begich's re-election bid an unexpected hiccup.

The Alaska Democrat has been running one of the most disciplined campaigns of the midterm elections, then his campaign aired an ad so over-the-top that he has been forced to pull it.

Republicans increasingly looked at Alaska as an out-of-reach goal and were considering shifting dollars reserved for Begich's race toward other at-risk incumbents, such as those in North Carolina or New Hampshire.

But after Begich ran an ad using a high-profile crime to cast Republican rival Dan Sullivan as soft on sex offenders, it left the Democrat's allies and advisers worried.

Democrats now are spending money there sooner than they had expected, and Republicans are taking another look at the prospect of ousting Begich.

Free adult protective services fair to be held
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health officials say a free adult protective services resource fair is scheduled to be held in Anchorage on Friday.

Officials say the annual resource fair taking place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. is for vulnerable adults and their families, friends and caretakers.

The event is set to take place at the BP Energy Center.

According to the state Department of Health and Social Services, similar fairs are set to be held in Juneau Sept. 19 and in Fairbanks Sept. 25.

[Thursday September 4th, 2014  14th  EDITION  7:07  P. M.]

Haines man fined, buried brown bear in back yard
A Haines man was fined Thursday after pleading no contest to one count of failing to salvage the hide, skull, and claws of a brown bear that was taken in defense of life and/or property.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers investigation showed that 48 year old Kevin R. Shove had killed a brown bear in the back yard of his residence in defense of his life and/or property. Shove then attempted to hide the bear by burying it in his back yard with a back hoe.

Shove was issued a $2500 flat fine for the offense, and the bear was forfeited to the State of Alaska.

Labor leaders endorse Walker, Mallott
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska labor leaders on Thursday endorsed the newly formed team of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott in the governor's race.

The Alaska AFL-CIO announced the endorsement in a news release ahead of an afternoon news conference in Anchorage. It said affiliate organizations representing 60,000 labor workers in Alaska overwhelmingly voted for the endorsement.

Walker dropped his Alaska Republican Party membership earlier this week and reregistered as undeclared.

It was a move stipulated by the Alaska Democratic Party's central committee when it voted overwhelmingly Monday to endorse Walker as governor and Democrat Mallott as lieutenant governor.

Walker had been running as an independent. Mallott won last month's Democratic primary election for governor.

The combined ticket is expected to provide a stronger challenge to Republican incumbent Sean Parnell.

Report finds lack of trust in Alaska Guard command
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A scathing report into allegations of sexual assault in the Alaska National Guard finds that victims do not trust the system because of a lack of confidence in the command.

The report was requested by Gov. Sean Parnell, who said he was angry that it had taken several years to get to the bottom of concerns.

He told reporters from Anchorage on Thursday that he had requested and received the resignation of Alaska National Guard Adjutant Gen. Thomas Katkus.

He said he had repeatedly been told by the Guard that cases, like those involving alleged sexual assault, were being handed over to law enforcement. But he said the complaints kept surfacing.

The report was conducted by the National Guard Bureau's Office of Complex Investigations.

32 states, including Alaska, ask high court to settle gay marriage
BOSTON (AP) — More than 30 states have filed briefs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage.

Massachusetts and 14 other states where same-sex marriage is legal filed a brief Thursday asking the justices to overturn other states' bans on gay marriage.

Colorado and 16 other states that have banned same-sex marriage filed a separate brief asking the court to rule one way or the other to clear up a "morass" of lawsuits. Their brief doesn't specifically ask the court to uphold their bans.

Massachusetts was joined by California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington.

Colorado was joined by Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Alaska one of six states with increases in obesity rates
Two out of three American Adults are overweight or obese, according to the annual "State of Obesity Report" out today. Rates among adult Blacks and Latinos have gone up by at least 8 points in the past decade, but obesity rates among kids and teens are starting to stabilize.

Ginny Ehrlich, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the group that funds the report, says, "Adult obesity rates went up in six states since last year: Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, New Jersey, Tennessee and Wyoming. No state experienced a decline in rates."

Parnell campaign blames vendor for email flap
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) Republican Gov. Sean Parnell's re-election campaign says a vendor mistake resulted in a political fundraising appeal being sent to state government email addresses.

Spokesman Luke Miller said this happened after the campaign had requested, and been assured, that any governmental email addresses would be suppressed from the mailing list.

Democrats seized on the incident, with the party's executive director, Kay Brown, saying it is wrong for Parnell to use state resources to "promote his campaign."

Last year, the campaign reported that political emails urging recipients to check out Parnell's campaign page on Facebook were inadvertently sent to some governmental, education and legislative addresses. Campaign manager Jerry Gallagher reported that to the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

VA clinic in Wasilla without doctors
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Veterans Affairs clinic in Wasilla is without doctors, after the three physicians working under contract over the summer decided not to renew those.

A nurse practitioner, who transferred from Anchorage last week, now has to carry the 1,000-patient caseload.

The clinic is supposed to have two full-time doctors but has been down one since 2012. KTVA reports the last full-time doctor left in May.

Cynthia Joe, chief of staff for the Alaska VA Health Care System, said the VA is offering what it is allowed to offer for salaries. That level is capped at $195,000. She said there are also incentives and cost-of-living allowances.

There are no applicants.

Troopers arrest man shot, wounded by Bethel police
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man shot last month by a Bethel police officer has been released from a hospital and taken into custody.

KTUU-TV reports 31-year-old Aaron Moses was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Anchorage by Alaska State Troopers. He had been indicted Aug. 28 on assault and criminal mischief charges.

Bethel police say Moses on Aug. 15 went to his brother's home, took a baseball bat outside and broke a window on his brother's vehicle.

Responding officers Joseph Corbett and Sammie Hendrix tried unsuccessfully to subdue Moses with stun guns.

Hendrix told investigators Moses hit him twice with the bat. The officer says he was knocked to the ground and was on his back when he fired his weapon and struck Moses.

Moses was hit in the abdomen.

Modeling issues delay Fairbanks air cleanup plan
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A state plan for cleaning up winter air in Fairbanks is due in December but has been held up as regulators struggle with modeling to determine if the plan will be effective.

Department of Environmental Conservation air quality manager Cindy Heil says modeling has taken longer than anticipated.

She tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the department wants to look at all factors mentioned during a public comment period.

The Fairbanks area in winter months is regularly out of compliance with federal air standards because of particulate. Much of it comes from wood stove smoke.

Public comment on proposed regulations closed nearly nine months ago.

The state faces possible federal sanctions such as a loss of highway funds if a cleanup plan is deemed inadequate.

Groups receive grants to assist homeless vets
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded two grants worth $768,000 to Alaska organizations to help homeless veterans.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports the grants have been awarded to Catholic Social Services and the Fairbanks Rescue Mission Inc.

Anchorage-based Catholic Social Services will receive $536,641 and the Fairbanks Rescue Mission is in line for $231,370.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says in an announcement the federal government has set a goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.

The nonprofit groups will receive the money Oct. 1. It's aimed at supportive services for very low-income veterans and veteran families.

Alaska: high rate of welfare
Alaskans benefit from welfare assistance at a higher rate than any other state.

The Alaska Dispatch reports that new census figures show Alaska has the most users of welfare services per capita, with between 6 and 7 percent of families on public assistance.

The rate is more than double the national average, which has been holding steady in recent years. Alaska is one of 17 states to see slight growth in welfare recipients since 2012.

The figure includes only the temporary assistance for needy families program, not the larger number who receive food stamps.

State officials attribute the high rate to the transient workers in the fishing and tourism industries and to residents of rural villages with few economic opportunities.

Body of Alaska serial killer's victim exhumed
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The remains of a victim of recently deceased Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen were being exhumed from an Anchorage gravesite, 30 years after her killer led authorities to her body near a lake north of the city.

Hansen confessed to killing 17 women in the 1970s and early '80s. Hansen died last month at age 75 while serving a 461-year sentence in Alaska.

The exhumation at Anchorage Memorial Park Wednesday afternoon was for the remains of an unidentified woman believed to be in her late teens whose body was found April 25, 1984, near Horseshoe Lake.

The Alaska state medical examiner's office is among those participating in the exhumation. The work is being paid for by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which hopes to identify the woman.

Changes planned near Denali on Parks Highway
DENALI PARK, Alaska (AP) — A congested area of the Parks Highway a few miles south of Denali National Park and Preserve might get a new look.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the state is proposing a pedestrian bridge over the highway at the Nenana River at Mile 231.

That's more commonly known as the home to several cabin and resort areas and the Denali Education Center.

Other changes include putting in a large parking area and rest stop just north of the proposed bridge and moving the Denali National Park sign further off the road so it's safer for people to stop and get their pictures taken next to it.

The Alaska Department of Transportation is taking public comments on the proposed plan through Sept. 30.

Alaska food group to hold meeting in Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state food resource panel is seeking testimony from the meat processing industry at a meeting scheduled to take place in Fairbanks Thursday.

The Alaska Food Resource Working Group was created to increase the consumption and purchase of local farm products and wild seafood.

Eight state agencies are represented by members of the group, whose meeting is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday.

The group was created to recommend policies and measures. It is led by the state Department of Natural Resources.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the conference room of the Fairbanks Regional Public Health Center.

Denali staff to burn debris piles
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Denali National Park and Preserve is planning to burn two debris piles over the next month and warns smoke may be visible from the 92-mile park road and from aircraft.

Ignition dates are planned between this coming Monday and Oct. 3, weather permitting. The piles, once lit, are expected to burn for up to three days.

Park staff plan to burn the piles at miles 53 and 91.

The debris is comprised of trees and brush removed as part of an effort to remove fire hazards from around buildings and along the road.

[Wednesday September 3rd, 2014  17th  EDITION  9:36  P. M.]

CBJ Election Update
Sunday, September 7 - last day to register or update voter registration for CBJ Election

Voters should register as soon as possible, prior to September 7. If a voter has changed a name, or a residence or a mailing address, an updated voter registration application should be completed. Voters may register to vote at any of the following locations during regular office hours:

State Division of Elections' Office, 240 Main St., Room 601, Monday - Friday;
State Division of Elections - Region I Office, Mendenhall Mall, Monday - Friday
Municipal Building, 155 S. Seward St., Clerk's Office Room 202, Monday - Friday; and
Any CBJ Library - check schedule for hours:

Voter Registration Applications are also available on-line. Access the State of Alaska Web Page at: If you experience any difficulties trying to access this form, please contact the State Division of Elections directly at 465-3021.

A list of certified candidates and candidate profiles can be found on the CBJ Election website at:

Karla Hart withdrew from the race for Assembly District 2 on September 2, 2014. As the date to withdraw from the ballot was passed, and the ballot was already approved for programming and printing, her name will still appear on the ballot. Ms. Hart does not agree to serve if elected.

Democratic group swipes at Sullivan in new ad
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee plans a multimillion-dollar ad campaign against Republican Dan Sullivan in Alaska's U.S. Senate race.

The first of those ads focuses on Social Security and Medicare.

It says Sullivan supports a plan to cut Medicare benefits, pegging that on his support for repealing the federal health care overhaul. It also says he supports raising the age for Social Security.

Sullivan, at a debate, said raising the age should be looked at. But he said he didn't support changing benefits for those receiving or about to receive Social Security. The transcript was attached to the ad information.

Sullivan spokesman Mike Anderson said the ad shows allies of Democratic Sen. Mark Begich are desperate.

Republicans and pro-Sullivan groups also have reserved ad time leading to the November election.

Finger-pointing by campaigns over debates
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — There is finger-pointing between the two major U.S. Senate campaigns in Alaska over debates.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich's campaign on Tuesday said Republican Dan Sullivan refused to participate in a forum hosted by the Alaska Native Brotherhood in Juneau. A Sullivan spokesman said the campaign hadn't committed to the event, which Begich still attended.

On Wednesday, Sullivan's campaign said Begich was avoiding a Chamber of Commerce debate in Juneau. Begich spokesman Max Croes said Begich's campaign worked with the chamber to try to organize something but there were scheduling and logistics issues.

Croes said the event had not been finalized last month when Begich released a list of 13 debates and forums he planned to participate in leading to the November election.

Sullivan still plans to address the chamber.

Judge orders state to help Yup'ik voters
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the state of Alaska to help Yup'ik speakers understand their ballots.

KTUU reports U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason ruled in the Voting Rights Act lawsuit on Wednesday. Alaska Native voters had argued the state's voting materials in Yup'ik and Gwich'in were inaccurately translated and poorly distributed.

One example was a ballot initiative seeking parental support for a minor to receive an abortion. Critics maintained the Yup'ik translation of the initiative asked voters if they approved of parental consent of pregnancy.

Gleason gave the state until Friday to say what changes could be made before the Nov. 4 general election. The Department of Law says in a statement it will work with the Division of Elections on devising a proposal.

Court says coal discharge into bay is illegal
ANCHORAGE , Alaska (AP) — A federal appeals court says an Alaska Railroad permit to discharge storm water into Resurrection Bay at Seward does not cover coal that falls into ocean water from a conveyor belt.

In an opinion filed Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a District Court decision and ruled that coal falling from a loading facility would violate the Clean Water Act.

The lawsuit was filed by the Alaska Community Action on Toxics and the Sierra Club in December 2009.

A spokesman for the railroad did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sierra Club volunteer Russ Maddox in a statement from Seward says he hopes the decision will spur the railroad to install pollution controls to prevent harm to the bay.

Republicans have wind at their back in the senate
A new political forecast out Wednesday shows Republicans have the wind at their back, when it comes to who will control the senate over the next two years.

ABC's Steven Portnoy says, "Polling-guru Nate Silver, of our ESPN partner site fivethirtyeight-dot-com, gives Republicans a 64 percent chance of taking control of the senate. The G-O-P needs a net gain of six to win a majority in the chamber. Democrats are struggling to hold onto seats in Iowa, Colorado, North Carolina, Alaska, Arkansas and Louisiana. At this point, Silver says, Democrats have just a 36 percent chance of keeping senate control."

USDA to buy up to $13M in canned pink salmon
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to buy up to $13 million in canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen.

In July, Gov. Sean Parnell asked the USDA to buy $37 million worth of canned fish under a federal law that allows the government to purchase surplus food from farmers and donate it to food banks or other programs.

Earlier this year, the agency purchased $20 million worth of canned salmon.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced USDA's plans Wednesday. She says she isn't focused on a specific dollar amount but on the government considering using existing funds to take excess salmon off warehouse shelves and provide a nutritious food to Americans in need.

Man who supplied fatal drug to teen changes plea
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man suspected of supplying the drug that killed a 14-year-old Anchorage girl in 2011 has pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin.

KTUU-TV reports Sean Michael Warner entered the plea Tuesday in federal court.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Sayers-Fay says the government will recommend a sentence of 13 to 18 years when Warner is sentenced Feb. 11.

State and federal law enforcement officers investigated the case.

Warner admitted supplying Jena Dolstad with the heroin that ended her life Dec. 29, 2011, nearly a week after she was injected.

Anchorage police said Warner injected drugs into the girl's arm at his home.

Sayers-Fay says the plea saves taxpayers a lot of expense and obtains a good outcome for the case.

Report: Alaska Internet speeds among slowest
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new report finds Alaska's Internet speeds are among the slowest in the country.

Only Arkansas had slower speeds, according to the report from Internet content delivery company Akamai Technologies.

Alaska's Internet speeds are up 33 percent from last year. But they are about half as fast as the three states with the fastest Internet delivery — Virginia, Delaware and Massachusetts.

The rankings are based off content, such as websites and videos, delivered to users from their servers.

The report's author, David Belson, said even in states with slower speeds, the speeds are still fairly good.

The United States ranked 12th worldwide in Internet speeds, while Libya had the slowest Internet speed.

Kohring withdraws to help Sullivan in Senate race
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Vic Kohring, a former state lawmaker who pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge in 2011, has withdrawn his candidacy for U.S. Senate in the interest of getting Republican Dan Sullivan elected.

Kohring won the Alaskan Independence Party nomination in last month's primary. He switched his party affiliation from Republican prior to running.

The director of the Division of Elections confirmed Kohring requested his name be withdrawn and said no replacement candidate was offered in his place by Tuesday's deadline.

The chair of the Alaskan Independence Party said she had just returned to Alaska from a trip and could not immediately comment.

Kohring said he didn't feel bad about stepping aside, saying the people who supported him knew his principles were closely aligned to the Republican party.

Murkowski helps get pink salmon purchased
Just more than a month after Senator Lisa Murkowski urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consider Governor Sean Parnell’s proposal to use existing federal funds to buy extra Alaska canned pink salmon for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has agreed to purchase up to $13 million worth.

This news is welcomed by Alaska’s seafood industry, which has been burdened by a glut of pink salmon from last year’s record harvest, and boosts the nutrition options for low-income Americans facing the lingering recession.

"For countless Alaskans and Americans nationwide, the economy is still not working for them; food banks nationwide are seeing increased numbers of those seeking emergency food assistance,” said Murkowski. “Knowing that Alaska’s seafood warehouses have tons of excess canned pink salmon seemed a great fit to clear their shelves and help feed Americans with one of the most natural and nutritious options out there.”

Another low attendance year for Fairbanks fair
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Tanana Valley State Fair in Fairbanks has again failed to attract more than 100,000 visitors.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports about 92,500 people visited the fair during its nine-day run. That's down about 5,500 visitors from last year, when the fair had a 10-day run.

There were 111,000 visitors to the 2012 fair, which also ran for 10 days.

General Manager Joyce Whitehorn says she's not discouraged by this year's numbers, and says they are on par with other years.

The fair this year replaced both its vendors for carnival rides and alcohol after contract disputes.

Bethel school-based health center proposed
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — The Lower Kuskokwim School District wants to bring a student health center to a Bethel school.

KYUK reports the goal is to offer services provided by the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp. and the state's public health nursing program.

The board of the health corporation has not yet taken action on the proposal.

Schools Superintendent Jacob Jensen says he is hoping a center could be open by the end of October, and initially be open one day a month.

A location has not yet been finalized, but YKHC corporate medical director Joe Klejka says locating the center near students would be crucial.

Klejka says the center may be staffed by a pediatric resident. Public health nursing providers could offer services such as pregnancy testing.

Record rainfall in Fairbanks
After a summer that saw record rainfall in the Fairbanks area, a storm this week has set a new record.

The National Weather Service says the 2-point-24 inches that fell since Monday afternoon, broke the record for most rain in Fairbanks in a 24-hour period.

Three days in, this September is one of the rainiest ever in Fairbanks.

Authorities have issued a flood warning for the upper Chena River.

Robber runs out of gas
A suspected bank robber was arrested in Wasilla after his getaway vehicle ran out of gas.

The F-B-I says 43-year old James D. Surrells was taken into custody three days after the hold-up August 13th at an east Anchorage bank.

An Alaska State Trooper contacted him while Surrells was walking to get gas for a minivan that turned out to be stolen.

The trooper also found heroin in the van, and Surrells was held on an unrelated escape charge.

The same day, a tip to the F-B-I identified Surrells as a suspect in the bank robbery.

A grand jury indicted Surrells on state charges, and he faces further federal bank robbery charges.

Crime-Stoppers tip leads to arrest
A woman wanted on felony sexual assault charges has been arrested thanks to a Crime-Stoppers tip.

Anchorage police said Tuesday that 22-year old Mariya Kalinina was taken into custody after trying to flee.

Officers had been led to her location by a tip to the Crime-Stoppers hotline.

Kalinina is suspected in an assault described as a revenge attack for missing heroin.

She and two other men are accused of beating and raping a man at a Mountain View hotel August 11th.

The victim jumped out of a second-floor window to escape and was found naked and bleeding on the street.

The other two men were arrested earlier.

Anchorage man charged with August bank robbery
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage man has been charged with robbing a bank last month on the east side of the city.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports 43-year-old James Surrells is charged with the Aug. 13 robbery of First National Bank on east Northern Lights Boulevard.

Investigators say the suspect wore a shoulder-length dark wig and had his face smeared with dirt to disguise himself as he displayed a gun to a teller, demanded money and fled.

An Alaska State Troopers three days after the robbery spotted Surrells carrying a gas can and trying to get fuel for a stolen minivan. He was wanted on an escape charge.

Surrells faces additional state charges of vehicle theft, improper use of a license plate and giving false information to a police officer.

North Pole woman pleads not guilty to theft counts
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A 38-year-old North Pole woman has pleaded not guilty to charges she embezzled more than $76,000 from a convenience store.

KTVF reports Theresa Hollens entered her plea Tuesday in Fairbanks Superior Court. She is being held at the Fairbanks Correctional Facility on $20,000 bail.

A grand jury indicted Hollens on charges of scheming to defraud, theft and falsifying business records.

Alaska State Troopers say Hollens was the assistant manager at Riverview Quick Stop. Authorities allege she took money from the store's daily deposits.

Redistricting board ordered to pay more than $310K
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge has ordered the Alaska Redistricting Board to pay more than $310,000 in attorneys' fees and costs to the Fairbanks-area plaintiffs.

Attorneys for George Riley and Ronald Dearborn had requested nearly $440,000, including about $120,000 in appellate fees. But Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy said he was unaware of any authority he had to award fees for work done in a different court.

McConahy subtracted out other requested costs, as well.

He ordered the board pay about $296,000 in attorneys' fees and nearly $17,000 in costs.

[Tuesday September 2nd, 2014  13TH  EDITION  4:33  P. M.]

New bike racks bring art to public spaces in Alaska’s capital city
JUNEAU (August 29, 2014) – Earlier this week, the City & Borough of Juneau Parks and Recreation
Department began installing artistic bike racks throughout the Capital City.

The project began with the Juneau Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, adopted by the Assembly in
2009. That plan identified a lack of bicycle parking as a serious problem in Juneau, especially at parks
and public facilities. In FY11, the Assembly appropriated funding to design and produce artistic bike

City staff worked with Corvus Design, a landscape architecture firm in Juneau, to develop 12 unique
designs that are inspired by life in Juneau and Southeast Alaska. Themes include Native Alaskan
culture, sports, climate, and commercial fishing.

Among the first locations to receive bike racks are City Hall / Marine Park (umbrella and boots), Dimond
Park Aquatic Center (waves), Pipeline Skatepark (skaters), Sandy Beach (tugboat), Treadwell Arena
(hockey sticks), Twin Lakes Park (planets), and Sigoowu Ye Park (raven).

Parks and Recreation is hoping to have all the bike racks installed by the end of October, weather

Fish to be Libertarian US Senate candidate
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Libertarians have a new U.S. Senate candidate.

The Division of Elections director says Mark Fish will be the Alaska Libertarian party candidate after Thom Walker withdrew. Tuesday was the deadline for political parties to swap-out candidates.

Fish received the party's endorsement ahead of last month's primary, but Walker, an unknown recently registered as a Libertarian, won. Party chairman Michael Chambers has said voters might have confused Thom Walker with Bill Walker, an independent candidate running for governor.

At least five candidates are set to appear on November ballot for the Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Begich, who's seeking re-election.

Fish rejects suggestions he could be a spoiler in a tight race between Begich and Republican Dan Sullivan, saying Libertarians have a right to voice their opinions and positions.

Candidates in Alaska governor's race join forces
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The independent and Democratic candidates for Alaska governor say they are merging their campaigns to give them a better shot at unseating Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell.

Independent Bill Walker said Tuesday that he has dropped his membership in the Alaska Republican Party and reregistered as undeclared.

It was a move stipulated by the Alaska Democratic Party's central committee when it voted 89-2 Monday to endorse Walker as governor and Democrat Byron Mallott as lieutenant governor.

Walker has been running as an independent but didn't change his official party affiliation until Tuesday. Mallott won last month's Democratic primary election for governor.

Parnell's lieutenant governor, Mead Treadwell, oversees elections in Alaska. Treadwell says he is reviewing the ballot-change request with the state Attorney's General's office. A ruling was expected later Tuesday.

Gamble asks regents to reconsider bonus
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The president of the University of Alaska system has asked the board of regents to reconsider the $320,000 retention bonus it approved in June.

Pat Gamble said the timing isn't right. He noted budget concerns and enrollment challenges and said the bonus has become a negative distraction when the university community needs to come together.

The board voted to award Gamble the bonus if he remained on the job through 2016. The bonus equals a year of his salary.

Gamble would not be the first president to receive a bonus. But the offer comes amid budgetary concerns and has even spawned an online petition opposing it.

The university system, in a release, said Gamble made his comments to the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

Correction: Alaska Food Group story
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In a story Aug. 29 about the Alaska Food Resource Working Group, The Associated Press reported erroneously the date of the group's meeting. It will be held Thursday in Fairbanks.

An Alaska state panel created to increase the consumption and purchase of local farm products and wild seafood has scheduled a meeting this week in Fairbanks.

The Alaska Food Resource Working Group is seeking testimony from the meat processing industry at the meeting taking place from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday.

Members of the group include representatives of eight state agencies.

The group is led by the state Department of Natural Resources and was created to recommend policies and measures.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the conference room of the Fairbanks Regional Public Health Center.

Coast Guard Cutter Healy crew invites public to open house in Juneau, Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — The crew of the polar icebreaker Coast Guard Cutter Healy is hosting a free open house for the public Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the cruise ship terminal in Juneau.

The tour of the Healy is free to the public. All children must be accompanied by an adult and no pets are allowed aboard the cutter. Crewmembers will be standing by to answer questions about the 420-foot icebreaker and their most recent operations in the Arctic Ocean.

The Healy is scheduled to arrive in Juneau Thursday after completing 123 days of operations in the Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea and Arctic Ocean. During the past four months, Healy crewmembers conducted three primary missions to further scientific knowledge and understanding of the Arctic.

The first mission, the Study of Under-Ice Blooms in the Chukchi Ecosystem, was completed by Stanford University under funding from the National Science Foundation. This mission utilized a variety of tools and equipment to investigate, sample and collect information. Scientists worked with a conductivity, temperature and depth rosette, plankton and zooplankton nets, vanveen grabs, a light-frame onsight key-species investigative (loki) imaging device, a trace metal detection FISH that was towed alongside the ship, a trace metal pump and weather balloons. The compilation of each of these individual components enabled a vast amount of scientific data about the Chukchi Ecosystem to be woven together for education and understanding of ongoing biological, physical, and chemical oceanographic and other related trends in the Arctic. Throughout this phase, the Healy crew completed 230 science stations in which the ship was stopped to conduct operations, with 14 of those being on-ice deployments.

The second scientific mission of the summer was completed by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists who were studying the Pacific Boundary Current and other oceanographic trends in the Arctic. The study of these currents and data collection was captured utilizing sub-surface oceanographic moorings. The moorings remain onsite for one to two years and capture a snapshot of what is occurring in the oceans and seas north of the Arctic Circle. The information collected by the moorings, along with data captured by 156 conductivity, temperature and depth rosette casts, allowed for continuation of research that has been ongoing for 10 years aboard Healy.

The third and final science pursuit of the summer was accomplished with a team from the Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center. Members from CG R&D Center brought technologies and equipment to be utilized for oil spill monitoring in the harsh Arctic environment. Tools used to complete mission objectives and testing evaluation consisted of several remotely operated vehicles, a few small unmanned aerial systems, an autonomous underwater vehicle, an unmanned surface vehicle, surface wave instrument float with tracking, buoys, oil spill tracking buoys and an aerostat balloon. Other smaller materials and projects were evaluated for use by the Coast Guard in the Arctic, and all of these tests together yielded greater understanding of tools to respond to an oil spill should an accident occur in the ice at extreme northern latitudes.

The Healy is scheduled to depart Sunday and return to its homeport in Seattle.

Coast Guard Cutter Healy, delivered in 1999, is the nation’s newest and largest U.S. high latitude icebreaker. The cutter’s primary mission is scientific support and has extensive scientific capabilities. In addition, as a Coast Guard cutter, Healy is capable of other operations such as search and rescue, ship escort, environmental protection, and the enforcement of laws and treaties in the Polar Regions.

For more information about CGC Healy, please visit:

Car driver in fatal bike crash won't be prosecuted

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State prosecutors will not file charges against an Anchorage driver whose vehicle killed a bicyclist in January.

Assistant District Attorney Daniel Shorey in a letter released by police Tuesday says TJ Justice will not be prosecuted despite acknowledging that he smoked marijuana for a medical condition.

Justice's car struck 65-year-old Eldridge Griffith on Jan. 2 on Northern Lights Boulevard near Minnesota Drive as Griffith rode against traffic. Surveillance video from a grocery store captured the crash.

Shorey says the presence of marijuana's active ingredient in a driver's blood does not automatically lead to a conviction for driving under the influence.

He says Justice had not exhibited poor driving behavior before the crash and video evidence indicates he was shielded from seeing the bicyclist by another car.

Spay, neuter campaign targets rural dog numbers
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks nonprofit has teamed up with Bethel-based Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. to send veterinarians to rural villages to spay and neuter stray dogs.

Last year, the health corporation investigated 73 bites in western Alaska. Village police kill countless stray dogs each year.

Alaska Dispatch News reports the Alaska Native Rural Veterinary Inc. covers travel and other costs for the spay and neuter campaign through donations.

Participants include Tim Hunt, a Michigan veterinarian who volunteered for the Kuskokwim River effort.

Hunt normally charges $250 per operation. Over the final week of August, he performed more than 70 free surgeries in four villages.

The effort by the rural veterinary nonprofit group has so far this year included eight villages, where different public buildings serve as makeshift veterinary clinics.

Hart withdraws from Assembly race
Karla Hart has withdrawn from the crowded race for Assembly District 2, leaving four candidates.

Hart said that she and fellow candidate Joshua Warren share many values. “As I learned more about Joshua I came to realize that I was running against someone I would like to support. The current Assembly is well represented by the Boomer generation. Joshua’s Millennial voice, viewpoint and experience on the Assembly can offer fresh perspectives for the challenging decisions facing Juneau.”

Juneau voters throughout the borough vote for candidates for all three Assembly seats, District 1, 2 and area wide, regardless of where the voter lives.

The municipal election is October 7. In person absentee voting begins September 22 at City Hall and the Mendenhall Mall. The last day to register to vote in the municipal election is September 7.

Nome looks to spike church, sales tax exemptions
NOME, Alaska (AP) — The Nome City Council is taking a hard look at taking away sales tax exemptions for churches and other nonprofit organizations to collect more revenue.

KNOM reports the council last week considered charging sales tax for items that are now exempt, like banking, used car sales over $1,500 or medical services.

But some member found those would be difficult sales to track, and it would be easier to remove the exemptions for houses of worship and more than 40 organizations, like the regional nonprofit Kawerak Inc.

Officials estimated stripping these exemptions would bring in about $800,000 for city coffers.

No final decisions are expected for weeks or months as the council looks for ways to increase revenue.

Flood warning issued for upper Chena River
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Authorities have issued a flood warning for the upper Chena River after more than 2 inches of rain have fallen since Monday afternoon.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports flooding is expected at the Granite Tors campground and Stiles Creek shooting range in the Chena River State Recreation Area east of Fairbanks.

The newspaper reports there could be a foot of water over Chena Hot Springs Road at Mile 36.9.

The river is expected to crest Wednesday at Moose Creek Dam.

Parnell to draw double-team from Dems
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The independent and Democratic candidates for Alaska governor will elaborate Tuesday on merging their campaigns.

State Democratic party executive director Kay Brown says the party's central committee voted 89-2 to endorse the ticket of Bill Walker as governor and Byron Mallott as lieutenant governor. However, that is contingent upon Walker changing his party affiliation from a Republican.

Walker has been running as an independent but didn't change his official party affiliation. Mallott won last month's Democratic primary election for governor.

Party affiliation and ballot changes have to be made by the end of the business day Tuesday.

Walker and Mallott are expected during a Tuesday afternoon news conference to discuss their campaign going forward.

A combined ticket is expected to provide a stronger challenge to incumbent Republican Gov. Sean Parnell.

Archaeologists find remains of ancient village
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Archaeologists say they've found artifacts in western Alaska that provide a look into ancient Yup'ik culture that has never been seen.

The artifacts were reported uncovered by archaeologists and students from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

KYUK reports the artifacts include household items, jewelry and weapons. The dig includes the remains of a community at the ancient village site of Arolik.

The oldest of the objects date back as far as 700 years. The items were encased in permafrost, which helped to preserve wood and leather.

Archaeologists also found signs of a conflict, including arrowheads embedded in houses and the remains of people who appeared to have died violently in their homes.

Yup'ik lore tells of a massacre at Arolik.

Scientist seeks funding for Bering wave buoy
NOME, Alaska (AP) — A Canadian scientist is hoping to find funding to keep information flowing from the only wave-height buoy in the Bering Strait.

KNOM-radio reports David Atkinson of the University of Victoria in British Columbia first deployed the buoy in 2011 for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

It was part of a yearlong project but Atkinson obtained funding from Western AK LLC to keep the buoy operating through 2014.

It remains the only buoy from which local users can life-stream wave data.

Funding for the buoy 30 miles west of King Island is due to run out this year.

Atkinson says it can probably be redeployed for about $10,000 per season.

Fairbanks talk show host Dukes to move south
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks radio talk show host who took his politics to the borough assembly is moving south, but not out of the state.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Michael Dukes, host of The Michael Dukes Show, is leaving Fairbanks for KBYR-radio in Anchorage.

The station broadcasts to Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna area.

Dukes hosted his conservative talk show on KFAR for 12 years. He describes himself as a firm Libertarian.

He was elected to the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly in 2010.

Dukes grew up in Fairbanks. He says leaving will be difficult but the move is a chance to reach a larger audience.

He says he will finish his assembly term and begin his new talk show after the November election.

2 die, 2 injured in Parks Highway crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two residents of Fairbanks died Monday in a head-on collision on the Parks Highway and two Anchorage residents suffered serious injuries.

KTUU-TV reports 33-year-old Dontaveon Green and 23-year-old passenger Patricia Williams were killed just before 6 p.m. at Mile 152 about five miles north of the Alaska Veterans Memorial.

Alaska State Troopers say a sport utility vehicle driven by 27-year-old Wilton Florencio Villa crossed the centerline and struck the small sedan driven by Green.

Villa and a passenger were flown by air ambulance to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says troopers are investigating the fatal crash.

[Monday September 1st, 2014  2ND  EDITION  4:46  P. M.]

Series of quakes shake Interior Alaska
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A series of earthquakes shook Interior Alaska during the Labor Day weekend.

The strongest quake hit Saturday night and registered a 5.07 magnitude. It was centered about 45 miles northwest of Fairbanks.

More quakes followed. A 3.49 magnitude quake was reported Sunday at 12:10 a.m. and a 4.19 magnitude followed four hours later. On Sunday afternoon, a 4.08 magnitude quake rattled the area.

State seismologist Michael West tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the Sunday morning quakes were probably aftershocks.

He says more than 200 aftershocks were recorded after the Saturday night quake, but most were too small to be felt.

Heavy rain in the Interior Alaska forecast
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The city of Fairbanks has already endured its rainiest summer on record, and a turn of the calendar to September just means more of the same.

A National Weather Service advisory for Monday says a weather system bearing wind and heavy rain is heading into Interior Alaska from the northwest.

Heavy rain is in the forecast from the Nulato Hills east to the Fairbanks area and along the Alaska Range.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the heaviest rain is expected to fall between Fairbanks and Denali National Park and Preserve.

The Chena, Little Chena and Chatanika rivers are expected to rise sharply on Tuesday. Other streams in the mountains and Denali area are also expected to rise, with flooding possible. Rock and mudslides may occur in steep terrain.

2 challengers to Parnell discuss merging campaigns
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The two challengers to Gov. Sean Parnell are continuing a second day of negotiations to merge campaigns.

Democrat Byron Mallott and independent candidate Bill Walker on Monday are discussing uniting the campaigns into a bipartisan or non-partisan ticket. The Alaska Dispatch News reports discussions would have Walker as the gubernatorial candidate and Mallott as lieutenant governor.

The current lieutenant governor candidates for the campaigns would have to drop out.

Mallott spokeswoman Laury Scandling says in an e-mail to The Associated Press that a formal statement is expected by noon Tuesday, and she plans to leave the campaign at the same time. After that, questions should be referred to Walker's campaign spokeswoman.

Any changes to the ballot have to be made by Tuesday.

Coast Guard medevacs mariner in Port Alexander, Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced an 87-year-old female reportedly suffering from complications associated with a lower back injury aboard the fishing vessel Annie B in Port Alexander, Sunday evening.
An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the injured woman and transported her to awaiting emergency medical services in Sitka.

Watchstanders at the 17th District command center in Juneau received the report from the master of Annie B that a woman had been injured when the fishing vessel took a roll and requested assistance. The duty flight surgeon recommended medevac and the helicopter crew was dispatched to the scene.

Once the rescue crew arrived on scene, the rescue swimmer hoisted the injured women from the anchored fishing vessel and transported her to Sitka.

"The captain made the right call by immediately contacting the Coast Guard after the accident,” said Lt. Greg Isbell, command duty officer, Coast Guard 17th District. “We were able to quickly respond and transport the patient to higher medical care.”

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as 1-foot seas and 11 mph winds.

[Sunday August 31st, 2014  4th  EDITION 9:08 P. M.]

Man driving truck with 7 children faces DUI charge
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 33-year-old Wasilla man was arrested Saturday for driving recklessly while "severely intoxicated" with seven young children — none wearing restraining devices — in his truck.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports troopers said in a statement that a motorist reported a driver they believed to be drunk in Wasilla at 8:43 p.m. Saturday.

The troopers later pulled over a 1999 Ford F-350 truck driven by Kile Thimsen. Troopers say Thimsen's license had been suspended before the incident.

The newspaper says Thimsen was arrested and charged with DUI, reckless driving, driving with license suspended and seven counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child as well as seven counts of reckless endangerment.

The newspaper reports that the ages of the children involved and their relationship to Thimsen were unclear.

Aftershocks follow 5.1 Alaska earthquake
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Aftershocks continue to rattle interior Alaska after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake Saturday night.

The Fairbanks News-Miner reports that aftershocks of 4.08 and 4.19 were felt Sunday throughout the cities of North Pole and Fairbanks.

There have been no reports of damage or injuries after the shaking.

The 5.1 earthquake hit at 7:06 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on Saturday and had a depth of 10 miles. Residents told the newspaper that they felt shaking for about 10 seconds. The aftershocks could also be felt around the region.

Multiple reports of shots fired on Douglas Highway
Reports of shots fired in the area of Fish Creek Road on North Douglas Highway came in early Sunday morning around 2:30. A Juneau Police bulletin says multiple reports came from North Douglas Highway to residences in Lemon Creek.

Officers contacted a group of about eight people who had been shooting off large fireworks in the quarry area off of lower Fish Creek Road, near the cellphone tower. No citations were issued at the time due to pending calls, but a report will be filed with the City Attorney's office.

Alcohol was a factor in this case.

New initiative, felony for lawmakers to vote on bill with conflict of interest
With the repeal of an oil tax cut going down to defeat, the group supporting the referendum is changing focus.

The Alaska Dispatch reports that former state legislator Ray Metcalfe, one of the organizers of the "Yes on 1" campaign, began the process to put a new initiative on the ballot. Metcalfe submitted signatures to begin applying for an initiative to make it a felony for lawmakers to vote on a bill if they have a conflict of interest.

Under current rules, members of the house and senate can declare if legislation will affect their financial interests; for instance, if they work for an oil company and a bill affects the oil industry. Other members usually waive the objection.

Metcalfe had attempted a similar initiative in 2009, but it did not reach the ballot. Metcalfe also reportedly plans to continue the "Yes on 1" organization under a new name, "The bribery stops here."

Cabbage only looks smaller, wins at Alaska State Fair
Looks can be deceiving, and at the Alaska State Fair's giant cabbage weigh-in, the smaller contender prevailed. Smaller-looking, that is.

Steve Hubacek's cabbage, at just under 118 pounds, was a bit more compact than rival grower Scott Robb's more intimidating entry. but Robb's cabbage was more than four pounds lighter, sending Hubacek home the winner. This is Hubacek's fifth giant cabbage victory, after sitting out last year.

APU skiers recognized by U-S Olympic Committee
The world-class skiers at Alaska Pacific University were recognized for their Olympic accomplishments.

At a ceremony Thursday, the U-S Olympic Committee named A-P-U'S Erik Flora "Coach of the Year for 2013."

Siblings Sadie and Erik Bjornsen, who train at A-P-U, were also honored for representing the U-S cross country ski team at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Early in the Cold War, there were fears Russia might invade and occupy Alaska — then a U.S. territory.

So Washington recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military.

That's what newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.

One FBI memo said the U.S. military believed it would be an airborne invasion involving bombing and the dropping of paratroopers.

FBI director J. Edgar Hoover teamed on a classified project — code-named "Washtub" — with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

The plan was to have citizen-agents in Alaska ready to hide from the invaders.

The citizen-agents would find their way to survival caches of food, cold-weather gear, message-coding material and radios.

Moderate earthquake hits region near Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit 43 miles northwest of Fairbanks on Saturday night.

The center says no reports of damage have been received about the earthquake. It adds that the earthquake hit at 7:06 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time and had a depth of 10 miles.

The Fairbanks News-Miner reports that It was widely felt in the Fairbanks and North Pole areas and as far as Healy and Manley Hot Springs. Residents told the newspaper that they felt shaking for about 10 seconds.

The earthquake center says that on Aug. 13 a light earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 struck the state's Cook Inlet region. That quake, recorded at 10:04 p.m. Alaska time, was centered about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage at a depth of about 82 miles.


[Saturday August 30th, 2014  8th  EDITION 7:14 P. M.]

Expert: Labor Day is a dangerous time to drive
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — According to safety experts, Labor Day weekend is one of the most dangerous times to drive in Alaska.

Miles Brookes of the Alaska Fatality Analysis Reporting System says that over the last five years Labor Day weekend proved to be the deadliest driving weekend in the state. Brookes says that between 2009 and 2013, there have been nine driving fatalities over Labor Day weekends.

Brookes told KTUU that Labor Day weekend averaged about four more fatalities than another busy holiday, Christmas.

Brookes says that Labor Day driving may be more dangerous because of the number of people on the road trying to enjoy that last holiday of the summer.

Fairbanks police chief: Down to 2 finalists
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The city of Fairbanks narrowed its search for a new police chief to two finalists.

In an email to city employees, the finalists were identified as Fairbanks Police Lt. Eric Jewkes and Randall Aragon, the police chief in La Marque, Texas, a small city south of Houston.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the last round of job interviews will be a public forum scheduled for Sept. 29.

The city has been looking for a new chief since Laren Zager retired in July.

Jewkes was raised in Fairbanks and North Pole, and returned to Alaska after going to college in Mississippi. He has been with the Fairbanks department for 20 years.

Aragon has worked as a police chief in four states and has 35 years of civilian law enforcement experience.

Temporary brown bear hunting closure opposed
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A proposed temporary closure of brown bear hunting inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is drawing opposition.

Federal officials have proposed closing brown bear hunting this season to give the population a chance to recover. Citing state data, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says 168 brown bears, including 42 adult sows, have been killed in the last three years.

The Peninsula Clarion reports that to date this year, 54 brown bears have been killed, including five adult sows. Fish and Game has set a cap to not exceed 70 bears and that adult sow mortalities not exceed 17.

But locals at a hearing about the closure said Fish and Wildlife Service is overstepping control with a proposed closure on the refuge. State fish and game officials say federal officials are not considering complaints from locals who say encounters with brown bears are increasing.

Philippines Navy takes a look at idled ferry
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The Philippines Navy has expressed some interest in buying an idled ferry owned by Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

KTUU-TV reports that four officials from the Philippines Navy examined the vessel Thursday during a demonstration near Ketchikan.

The borough wants $6 million for the vessel it got from the U.S. Navy.

The borough planned to use it to shuttle people between Port MacKenzie and Anchorage, but the project failed and the Federal Transit Administration wants the borough to pay back millions in grant money used for pre-design work.

The 195-foot catamaran ferry has the space to hold up to 129 passengers and 20 vehicles. It has a main deck that can be lowered to offload equipment and can land on beaches in as little as four feet of water.

Civil Rights and gay marriage
Alaska civil rights groups argue that the state's ban on same-sex marriage goes against the constitutional rights of due process and equal protection.

The Alaska Civil Liberties Union and the Anchorage branch of the N-double-A-C-P filed a "friend of the court" brief Friday in a lawsuit brought by five same-sex couples.

Both groups note that 35 separate courts have ruled last year against similar language defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

The state's brief, filed last month, argues that the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution lets states define marriage, and that courts should defer to voters, who added the marriage clause to the Alaska constitution in 1998.

Oral arguments are scheduled for October 10th in U-S District Court.

Upstart challenges congressional veteran in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's sole congressman, Republican Don Young, has swatted away challengers over the decades.

But Democrats are hoping 29-year-old political upstart Forrest Dunbar will stop the 81-year-old incumbent in November, when voters decide whether to give Young a 22nd term.

Dunbar, an Ivy-League educated Alaskan who spent his early childhood in a house without running water, is crisscrossing the state with an attention-getting, cheeky campaign using the tagline "Run, Forrest, Run" in a nod to the movie "Forrest Gump."

Young made news recently for an ethnic slur and being rebuked for violating House ethics rules. He's apologized for the offensive remark about Hispanic migrant workers and called the ethics violation an "oversight."

The longest-serving House Republican says that after 41 years, he's still the best man for the job.

5 things to watch in Alaska general election
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Legalizing pot, trying to find the Libertarian candidate for Senate and whittling through a growing field for Alaska governor are among the things to watch ahead of the Nov. 4 election:


Residents in both Alaska and Oregon will decide whether to legalize the recreation use of marijuana during separate ballot measures in November. Washington state already has approved the use of pot, as has Colorado.


Alaska's marijuana measure, along with ballot measures on a minimum wage increase and requiring legislative approval for a large-scale metallic sulfide mining operation in the Bristol Bay region, were supposed to have been on the primary ballot. But the state Legislature went into extended session in April. Statutory and constitutional provisions require that at least 120 days pass after the regular session adjourns before the day of the election for purposes of initiative placement, pursing the measures to November.


The Alaska Libertarian Party may wind up with a U.S Senate candidate that doesn't want to be on the ballot. Thom Walker won the primary election without campaigning. He works in the Brooks Range, and party officials say he posted his withdrawal from the race on their Facebook site. The problem is, he's mostly out of contact and only periodically sends messages from a satellite phone. Election officials say posting notice to withdraw on Facebook isn't good enough. Go figure. He'll have to have a signed letter sent to the state by Tuesday to exit the race. If he does, the party will make Mark Fish, a former party chairman, its candidate to battle the race's two high-profile candidates: Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and Republican challenger Dan Sullivan.


This year's general election for governor is expected to be a spirited three-way race between incumbent Republican Gov. Sean Parnell, Democrat Byron Mallott and independent candidate Bill Walker. But there's another candidate in the race. J.R. Myers collected enough signatures to qualify as the candidate for the Constitution Party, which has a platform goal of restoring "American jurisprudence to its Biblical foundations and to limit the federal government to its Constitutional boundaries." Libertarian Carolyn Clift is also running.


If Republican Gov. Sean Parnell wins re-election and serves out his term, he'll be the second longest serving governor in the state's 55-year history. Then the lieutenant governor, Parnell took office in 2009 when Gov. Sarah Palin resigned. He then was elected to his own term in 2010. Democrat William Egan holds the record with three four-year terms, the last in 1970.

Alaska food resource group to meet in Fairbanks
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state panel created to increase the consumption and purchase of local farm products and wild seafood has scheduled a meeting next week in Fairbanks.

The Alaska Food Resource Working Group is seeking testimony from the meat processing industry at the meeting taking place from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

Members of the group include representatives of eight state agencies.

The group is led by the state Department of Natural Resources and was created to recommend policies and measures.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held in the conference room of the Fairbanks Regional Public Health Center.

[Friday August 29th, 2014  13th  EDITION 5:13 P. M.]

Court agrees to review Alaska Roadless Rule case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A full panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will review the decision that allowed the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska to be exempt from federal restrictions on road-building and harvesting of timber.

A brief announcement Friday says a split-decision by a three-judge panel in March will be reviewed.

Environmental groups were cautiously optimistic after the ruling. They say a reversal of the decision would be good for the health of the forest.

The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had legitimate grounds in 2003 to temporarily exempt the Tongass from the Roadless Rule, which contains the restrictions.

The decision reversed a ruling by a lower court judge in that said the exemption was arbitrary.

The state of Alaska appealed that decision.

Attempted Fraud - Phone Scam
The Juneau Police Department has been advised advised by the City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) Finance Department that they received two reports from local residents about attempted telephone scams.

The caller claimed to be a representative of the CBJ, saying a water bill was overdue, and demanded the resident immediately provide a credit card number to get their account caught up.

Fortunately both individuals that were contacted refused to provide their credit card information then notified the CBJ Finance Department.

Erann Kalwara, Juneau Police Department Communications Center Manager, says, "According to Finance staff, the CBJ sends out notices by mail for these bills and does not make phone calls. The Revenue Collections division does not have the ability to take credit card payments directly and uses an accredited 3rd party for credit card payments. The Revenue Collections division advised that they will never ask for payment over the phone.

The Juneau Police Department would like to remind residents that utility services, banks, and other businesses with similar accounts do not operate by cash over the telephone, or make demands of immediate cash or credit card payment.

Representatives from these businesses should know their customer’s physical addresses where they receive the service, their customer’s account numbers, and the amount owed. A customer can always ask for the name of the representative and their call back number. If in doubt, ask the caller to verify this information, use a publicly published phone number to call the representative back or meet with a representative in person."

Grand jury indicts Petersburg man in explosion
PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — A 59-year-old Petersburg man has been indicted by a grand jury after he was injured in an explosion at a rock pit in Petersburg.

KFSK reports the two-count indictment returned this month by the federal grand jury charges Mark Weaver with possession of seven grenades, a single count, and another destructive device.

Authorities say Weaver was arrested this week in Washington state, and a detention hearing is set for Tuesday.

Weaver was injured in the explosion at the rock pit south of Petersburg in July. He drove himself to the clinic.

Federal law enforcement officials investigated, and blew up 50 pounds of a commercially available explosive called Tovex seized from his home, another property he owns and his pickup.

JPD Crime of the Week:  bar fight
On August 23rd, 2014, at about 3:00 in the morning, the Juneau Police Department received a report there was a fight in front of a bar in the 200 block of Front Street.

A caller reported a man was injured and was unconscious and bleeding from the mouth. The caller said bystanders were telling her not to call the police. The victim, a 27 year old man, was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment.

Responding officers talked to about twenty people in the area and all claimed to have not seen the fight. Capital City Fire and Rescue along with bar employees rendered assistance to the victim.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can logon to the Juneau Crimeline website or call JPD at 586-0600.

You may be eligible for a reward.


Gubernatorial candidates talk fish at debate
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The three major Alaska gubernatorial candidates focused on fish at a debate in Kodiak.

KMXT reports that Republican incumbent Sean Parnell, Democrat Byron Mallott and independent candidate bill Walker fielded dozens of questions Thursday night at Kodiak's Gerald C. Wilson auditorium.

The event focused solely on topics related to the seafood industry.

Questions to the candidates were posed by a media panel, audience members and even each other.

Answering a question about the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's declining budgets, Parnell said the state is getting a good return on investment, spending about $200 million on a $6 billion to $10 billion industry.

Mallott said sustainability of fish must be maintained for future generations.

Walker said expanding Medicaid would help self-employed, uninsured fishermen get necessary medical coverage.

Stranded harbor seal pup released in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A harbor seal found stranded in May in Juneau has been returned to the wild after putting on some weight in the last three months.

The seal was released Wednesday from Auke Recreation Area.

The male pup was just days old when it was found in May in Auke Bay.

The seal had contact with people and dogs and was becoming emaciated as it was watched by observers in a federal marine mammal stranding program.

When observers determined the pup was orphaned, it was captured and sent to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

The pup learned to catch fish and grew to more than 60 pounds.

Troopers say man dies after swept downriver
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 74-year-old Anchorage man has died after being swept down the Little Susitna River.

Yong Soo Kim was pronounced dead at 12:35 a.m. Friday at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.

Troopers went to a Palmer address shortly after 10:30 p.m. Thursday in response to a report of a missing person.

Troopers say Kim tried to cross the river with a friend after getting lost in the Hatcher Pass area, but fell in and was swept downriver.

Rescuers arrived at about 10:36 p.m. and quickly found Kim, who was unresponsive. Responders tried to resuscitate Kim, who was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Troopers say the body has been taken to the state medical examiner's office.

Workers pour 'strong floor' for UAF engineering
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Construction workers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have poured the concrete on the state's first "strong floor," which will allow engineering students to test heavy construction supplies such as bridge girders.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the strong floor is within UAF's planned engineering building complex and is part of a $108 million construction project.

It will occupy space between new classrooms and the Duckering Building.

The space measures 120 feet by 25 feet.

UAF senior project manager Cameron Wohlford says the concrete is four feet thick.

Crews poured between 360 and 375 cubic yards of concrete for the floor.

Wohlford says the floor will be able to provide several types of stress tests.

Coast Guard urges boaters to be safe Labor Day weekend in Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard urges Alaska boaters to use extra caution and to ensure they have the safety equipment they need while out on the water this Labor Day weekend.

With an anticipated increase in the number of recreational boating activities, boaters need to take proper safety precautions and remain vigilant using these recommended safety tips:

Wear your life jacket! Statistics show that almost nine out of ten boating fatality victims did not wear their lifejacket, and more than 80 percent of boaters who drowned were not wearing their life jackets. In an emergency there might not be enough time to find a life jacket, so having a proper fitting life jacket in good condition, readily available, or wearing one at all times, may save lives.

Check the local weather prior to departing the dock. Weather can change rapidly, especially in the state of Alaska, so mariners planning on getting underway should keep a watchful eye on the forecast conditions. Forecasts can be checked by visiting the National Weather Service website at

Make sure a friend or relative knows your float plan. A float plan states where you are going, how many people are aboard, vessel description, details of your destination(s) and what time you expect to arrive and return. If you are delayed for some reason, make sure you let someone know. An example of a float plan can be found at

Boaters should have working communication equipment aboard their vessel. A VHF-FM radio is the best method of communication while on the water. Although cell phones are a good backup, they can be unreliable due to gaps in coverage area and the inevitable dead battery.

Inspect your boat to avoid breakdowns that often lead to unexpected casualties or personal tragedies in the water. Schedule a free, no-fault vessel safety check, which can be conducted by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, before heading out on the water. The safety checks are courtesy examinations of your vessel, verifying the presence and condition of safety equipment required by state and federal regulations.

Remaining vigilant and understanding the hazards of boating under the influence of alcohol will also greatly contribute to a safe weekend on the water. Alcohol affects judgment, vision, balance and coordination. In the marine environment – motion, vibration, engine noise, sun, wind and spray – accelerates this impairment.
"Labor Day weekend marks the end of the summer boating season and is when we should prepare ourselves for the unpredictable weather patterns in Alaska,” said Lieutenant Tom Pauser of the 17th Coast Guard District Prevention Division. “Be prepared to spend extra time anchored up or ashore if a storm blows in. File a float plan with friends or family and always carry a means of communication; preferably a marine type VHF radio. Always be sure to wear your lifejacket or keep it readily available and as a reminder, all those 13 years and under on a recreational boat within the State of Alaska must wear a lifejacket at all times when in an open boat or above decks on a cabin boat. Let’s make this a safe and enjoyable weekend for you and your passengers and boat safe!"

For many, the boating season is now gearing down and boaters should utilize the off-season to take a recreational boating safety course by visiting  or  Additional course information is available through the BOAT/ U.S. Foundation at 1-800-336-BOAT.

For additional boating safety information, check online at:

Vessel Safety Checks
Coast Guard Boating Safety page at
National Safe Boating Council

Turbine provides power for new Bethel pool
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Bethel's new pool is getting a little wind power.

KYUK reports a new, 165-foot wind turbine began providing electricity on Thursday for the city's new Aquatic Center, which will open by Nov. 1.

Authorities estimate the North Wind 100 Arctic Turbine will generate about half the pools' electric needs. It has a maximum generating capacity of 100 kilowatts.

Smoked seafood workshop held in Kodiak
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — People wanting to learn the skills for making smoked salmon have wrapped up a three-day seafood workshop in Kodiak.

KMXT reports that salmon smoked to varying degrees with different recipes filled the main foyer of the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center on Wednesday.

The food was the result of the seafood smoking workshop hosted by the center and presented through the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program.

It was the fifth time the course was held in Kodiak.

UAF associate professor Alexandra Oliveira helped teach parts of the workshop, which focused on different aspects of smoking fish.

Oliveira says topics included filleting, curing, sanitation, cold-smoking, hot-smoking and fish sausage processing.

Alaska woman charged in hit-and-run with ATV
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A 22-year-old Mountain Village woman is accused of intentionally running her all-terrain vehicle into a woman who was pushing a toddler in a stroller.

KYUK reports the ATV driver, Georgianne Hanson, was arguing with Jeanette Myre, who was pushing the stroller Wednesday.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says Hanson allegedly informed Myre she was going to hit her with the vehicle. Peters says Hanson drove a way for a bit, turned around and drove into Myre and left the scene without rendering aid.

The woman and child were flown to Bethel for care of non-life-threatening injuries.

Hanson has been charged with assault and leaving the scene of the accident. Attempts to reach attorneys with the public defender's office were not immediately successful after business hours Thursday.

[Thursday August 28th, 2014  10TH  EDITION 7:48 P. M.]

Man escapes from Fairbanks detention center
Alaska State Troopers are seeking help from the public in locating a 24-year-old man who escaped from the North Star Detention Center near Ester Thursday morning.

Vincent Blue-Matheny ran from the lobby at 10:33 a.m. while the paperwork for his transfer from Fairbanks Correctional Center to the halfway house was being processed. Blue-Matheny, 5-foot-6 and around 165 pounds, was last seen wearing a black T-shirt underneath a black hoodie with a gray and black hockey jersey over the hoodie. He was also wearing gray sweatpants and black shoes without laces. He was last seen traveling on foot in an unknown direction. He has a birthmark on his left cheek.

Blue-Matheny was in custody for violating conditions of his release for the original charges of driving under the influence, failure to stop at the direction of a police officer, endangering the welfare of a minor child, driving with a revoked license and fourth-degree domestic violence assault.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Blue-Matheny is asked to call 9-1-1or (907)451-5100.

Parnell vetoes bill to seal some court records
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell vetoed a bill Thursday that would have deemed criminal court records in cases where charges were dropped or the defendant acquitted as confidential documents.

Parnell said Senate Bill 108 "summarily swept all such cases under the cloak of confidentiality in an unnecessarily broad manner."

The governor said he found the law would have needlessly restricted access to criminal court records, and that could adversely affect the ability of Alaskans to defend themselves.

State Sen. Fred Dyson, a Republican from Eagle River, sponsored the bill. He said easily accessible online court records are not fair to people who are ultimately found not guilty.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, which editorialized against the bill, reports Parnell acknowledged those concerns, but said the public's right to know trumped them.

Troopers ID woman found dead in southwest village
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers have released the name of a woman whose body was found outside a clinic in a southwest Alaska village, and say her death is being investigated as a homicide.

KTUU-TV reports the dead woman was found just after 11 a.m. Wednesday by a public safety officer in Chevak (CHEE'-vak). Troopers say the woman was positively identified has 19-year-old Roxanne Smart of Chevak.

Troopers from Bethel responded to the scene and are investigating.

Chevak is a community of just less than 1,000 people about 130 miles northwest of Bethel.

Shell files revised Arctic offshore drilling plan
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Shell is preserving its options to drill for oil in Arctic waters next year by filing a revised exploration plan with federal officials.

A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell PLC filed the revised plan Thursday with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in Anchorage.

Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith says in an email that the plan calls for two drilling vessels to operate in the Chukchi (chuk-CHEE') Sea.

Smith says the filing of the plan is not a final decision to drill in 2015 but it lets Shell keep its options open.

The last time Shell drilled in Arctic waters was in 2012.

Smith says drilling would require a successful resolution to federal supplemental environmental work. That's required after an appeals court concluded that an environmental review preceding the 2008 Chukchi lease sale was flawed.

Man takes off with cash after brandishing weapon at Heritage Coffee stand
A man armed with a pointy weapon is said to have robbed the Lemon Creek Heritage Coffee stand at 5235 Glacier Highway. The 911 call from an employee came in Wednesday afternoon around 5:00. Juneau Police officers arrived on scene within two minutes and began a search for the suspect.

The victim reported that the man walked into the business, displayed a weapon described as a pointed tool, demanded money, then left the business on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The man is described as having a thin build and was wearing a black scarf over his face, blue jeans and a black jacket.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact JPD at 586-0600 or log on to to report a tip.

Register to vote in the October Municipal Election by Sept. 7
Sunday, September 7, is the last day to register or update your registration for the October 7, 2014 Municipal Election!

To be eligible to vote in the City and Borough of Juneau, you must register 30 days prior to the election, at an address within the City and Borough of Juneau.

See a sample ballot, absentee voting information, and more details on the Municipal Election here.

First Japanese flight kicks off aurora season
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The first aurora borealis seekers from Japan have arrived in Alaska's interior to launch the unofficial beginning of the northern lights viewing season.

The first Japan Airlines flight of the season landed in Fairbanks Wednesday with 174 passengers.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the flight from Narita Airport near Tokyo is the first of six Japan Airlines charters scheduled to arrive in Fairbanks through Sept. 18.

The visitor industry designates the eight-month period that begins Aug. 21 as aurora-viewing season, even though many people associate northern lights excursions with winter months.

Early season visits have increased over the past decade, from two flights in 2005 to six.

The Fairbanks market has earned a reputation as one of the best places in the world to view northern lights.

Alaska Libertarian candidate withdraws from race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Libertarian Party nominee in the U.S. Senate race has informally dropped from the running, but party officials say they've been unable to reach him about sending a signed withdrawal letter to the state elections division.

The party has until Tuesday to swap out candidates for the November election, but can't do so unless its outgoing nominee Thom Walker follows the required procedure.

A message purporting to be from Walker announced he was declining the nomination in a posting Wednesday on the party's Facebook page.

Party chairman Michael Chambers says Walker has not returned numerous messages to reach him in past weeks. As a result, the party's executive board voted Tuesday to recognize former party chair Mark Fish as the nominee if Walker should step down.

New freshman dorm opens for UA Southeast students
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Freshmen at the University of Alaska southeast have a new dormitory to call home.

The facility with 110 beds is opening for the fall semester. So far 95 students have signed up to live in the dorm.

The building designed by MRV Architects has suites with two sets of two roommates sharing a bathroom and a kitchen.

The dorm has picture windows that offer views of Auke Lake and surrounding mountains. It also features a common area, closed-off study spaces and a meeting room.

Most of the students signed up for the dorm are from Alaska but about 20 other states are represented.

School Board completes "initiation" probe

Juneau, AK - The Juneau School District has concluded its investigation into allegations that on or about
May 30-31 of this year a group of incoming senior boys hazed/initiated a group of incoming freshmen boys
by paddling them multiple times on and about their buttocks.

These events were first brought to their attention in early June. At that time the district began an initial
investigation, which, due to an active police investigation and summer vacation, was put on hold. When they
were informed that the police had concluded their investigation they resumed our efforts.

In early August the district retained Attorney John Sedor from Anchorage. Mr. Sedor has worked for the
district over the past few years on various issues, most of them personnel related. He is a highly regarded
attorney with years of experience in school related matters.

Mr. Sedor was retained to investigate the allegations of hazing, to determine if any district rules, board policies
or state statutes had been violated, and to advise the district on legal matters pertaining to this issue. Due to
student privacy issues and attorney-client privilege, the details of Mr. Sedor’s work will remain confidential.

The district has identified seven seniors from various high schools who participated, actively or passively, in
this activity. The district has also identified six incoming freshmen, also from multiple schools, who were
paddled. This was not an isolated incident. The investigation revealed that paddling as a form of “initiation”
has been going on for at least ten years. In fact, some type of “initiation” of incoming high school students
can be traced back decades.

Of the seven seniors, four are involved in athletics and three are not. This was not, as previously reported, specifically related to football or any other activity.The school has a legal obligation to keep all students names, as well as any student consequences, confidential.

That being said, they are taking three distinct steps toward addressing this issue. These steps are 1.
Disciplinary 2. Restorative (using a restorative justice approach) and 3. Educational. While student
accountability is important, taking steps to ensure that this type of behavior is never repeated is even more

Over the summer, the school district began conversations with staff, law enforcement and community
members about how to change this culture in our schools. As the school year began coaches, teachers and
principals started talking to students to review rules, outline expectations, eliminate this type of behavior and
move forward in a positive manner. This work will continue throughout the school year in all of the schools.

Union votes to end strike against Enstar
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Employees of Enstar Natural Gas Co. will end their strike.

The attorney for the union representing plumbers and steamfitters told KTVA that dozens of employees voted to stop the strike without getting a new contract. The company would have to accept the offer of employees returning to work on Friday.

More than 100 workers across Southcentral Alaska went on strike Aug. 11. The strike came after union members claim Enstar was attempting to cut health benefits and pension plans.

Union officials say the strike didn't have the effect they wanted, so employees decided to return to the workplace, where they will continue to negotiate for a new contract.

5-year-old struck, injured by all-terrain vehicle
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 5-year-old Ambler boy is recovering from injuries suffered when he was struck by an all-terrain vehicle.

KTUU-TV reports the boy was hit Monday night as he played in a roadway.

He suffered fractured bones in his face and scrapes and bruises.

The boy was flown to Anchorage Tuesday.

Troopers say alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.

Ambler is a village of 264 on the Kobuk River about 138 miles northeast of Kotzebue.

Thieves target automated teller machines
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Law enforcement officials in the Fairbanks area say thieves have targeted automated teller machines in two bars.

Fairbanks police on Saturday said a cash machine was severely damaged at Gold Rush Saloon. Thieves also stole a cash register and severely damaged two others.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports two thieves early Monday morning stole an ATM from a North Pole bar.

Alaska State Troopers say the thieves broke into the bar at about 5 a.m., damaged two doors and hauled off the ATM.

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Coast Guard's first time to take-off and land unmanned aircraft aboard icebreaker
The U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers have successfully landed an unmanned aircraft system on the flight deck of Coast Guard Cutter Healy, marking the first time a UAS has completed a take-off and landing aboard a Coast Guard icebreaker.

Researchers and crew aboard the Healy left Seward, Alaska, Aug. 8 to conduct testing of technologies for use as oil spill tracking tools.

U.S. Coast Guard video provided by Bill Jankowski, Puma AE UAS

Juneau trail rescue , two women lost
The Juneau Mountain Rescue, SEADOGS, and Alaska State Troopers rescued two lost women on a trial in Juneau Saturday night.

Bruce Bowler with the SEADOGS, says the women were escorted back to the West Glacier trail head.

Rachel Aponte and Lisa Stengel, both 25 years of age from Florida, became lost due to nightfall. The search began at approximately 10:30 PM and the women were found about an hour later, cold but not injured.

3 charged with Las Vegas-to-Alaska drug conspiracy
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage federal grand jury has indicted three Las Vegas men on charges of conspiring to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine to Alaska.

Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Daren Cole, 37-year-old Dewane Blue, and 36-year-old Bryan Bledsoe, an airport employee, were indicted last week.

Bledsoe was an employee of McCarran International Airport.

Prosecutors say Bledsoe beginning in 2012 took cocaine provided by Blue through airport security and returned it to Blue in the airport, where it was transferred it to carry-on baggage for shipment to Alaska.

Prosecutors say cash from cocaine sales was shipped back to Blue by mail or parcel services.

Cole was arrested June 1. Prosecutors say he was carrying 10 kilograms of cocaine provided by Blue.

Bledsoe was arrested Tuesday and Blue on Wednesday.

Constitution Party will field governor candidate
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska governor's race has another candidate.

The state Division of Elections has approved Constitution Party candidate J.G. Myers' name appearing on the ballot.

The party has just over 200 members. Because it's so small, it doesn't qualify as a political party under state statute. Both Myers and his running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Maria Rensel, each had to turn in signatures. Each collected more than 4,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Rensel says they have no delusions they will win the race. Their goal is to get 3 percent of the vote, which would quality them as an official party and get them an automatic spot on the ballot during the next election cycle.

Final vote counts on Prop 1
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska voters have rejected a repeal of the state's new petroleum tax system.

A count Tuesday of 17,721 more votes widened the margin by which Alaska voters rejected the repeal.

With 171,857 votes cast, "no" votes led by 8,443 votes.

Alaskans on Aug. 19 voted on the ballot measure, which would have rolled back the tax structure backed by Gov. Sean Parnell.

That revision replaced a system championed by former Gov. Sarah Palin, which contained a progressive surcharge that took a larger tax bite from company profits when oil prices increased.

Parnell said his replacement would encourage investment.

Repeal advocates say the system gives huge tax breaks to profitable oil companies without assurance that they will invest in new drilling.

State signs agreement with Tlingit, Haida group
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state has signed an agreement committing to develop a closer relationship with Tlingit and Haida tribes.

Gov. Sean Parnell on Monday signed the agreement with Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska President Richard Peterson.

The Juneau-based group is a tribal government that represents more than 29,000 Tlingit and Haida Indians in Alaska and elsewhere.

Peterson says it's important for the organization to have access to the governor's office for important decisions.

The state and the council agreed to improve existing relationships in family and social services, public safety and children's services.

The two sides say new partnerships could be created for economic development, education, energy, jobs, public safety, transportation and job training.

Store employee charged with stealing $76,000
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A North Pole woman working as an assistant manager at a convenience store has been charged with embezzling more than $76,000 over 13 months.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a grand jury indicted 38-year-old Theresa Hollens on charges of scheming to defraud, theft and falsifying business records.

She was arrested Monday and is jailed at Fairbanks Correctional Center with bail set at $20,000

Alaska State Troopers say Hollens worked at Riverview Quick Stop.

Investigators say she took money from daily deposits at the store. An investigation began in September.

2 injured in Parks Highway crash near Nenana
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A head-on crash on the Parks Highway near Nenana sent two women to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Alaska State Troopers on Tuesday said the crash the day before injured 32-year-old EdnaMae Stone of Healy and 44-year-old Jennifer Anderson of Anchorage at Mile 299.

Troopers say Stone was heading north in a small sedan and tried to pass a car when she collided with a sport utility vehicle drive by Anderson.

Hospital staff on Wednesday said Stone is not listed as a patient and they could not release information on Anderson's condition.

Soldiers confined after loss of Army handgun
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A missing handgun led to a lock down last week for about 400 soldiers at Fort Wainwright.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports soldiers were confined to the post for two days and a night because of the missing Army-issue 9mm Beretta pistol.

A smaller group was confined for five days.

Army Alaska spokesman Lt. Col. Alan Brown says 34 soldiers on Aug. 20 trained at a small arms complex and the gun went missing afterward.

He says there's an immediate concern for all soldiers when a weapon is missing and as a way of mitigating risk, the unit is isolated.

The 34 soldiers spent five days on lock down through Sunday

The handgun remains missing.

The soldiers are part of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment.

Alaskan couple plead guilty to murder
A former Alaskan and her husband have pleaded guilty to murder charges in New York for stabbing to death a man they met online.

Nineteen year-old Miranda Barbour was facing a trial for the death last November of a 42-year old Pennsylvania man.

She and her husband, Elytte Barbour, contacted the man on craigslist with an offer of sex.

In exchange for pleading guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated assault, the Barbours face life in prison instead of a possible death penalty.

In a jailhouse interview in February, Miranda Barbour claimed to have been a member of a satanic cult in Palmer.

Alaska State Troopers and other agencies found no evidence to support her claims to have killed at least 22 people,
and family members called her a habitual liar.

Subsistence fishermen argue case
Subsistence fishermen arguing for a spiritual right to fish for king salmon took their case before the Alaska Court of Appeals.

The three judges heard oral arguments Tuesday from a lawyer for 13 yup'ik fishermen cited in 2012 for violating a closure on the Kuskokwim River.

They were fined 250 dollars apiece. Last year, a District Judge in Bethel rejected their argument that their religious rights trump the state's need to regulate the fishery.

The Alaska Dispatch reports that Tuesday's argument centered on whether the state managed the fishery properly, since it opened fishing to the commercial fleet while the subsistence fishery was still closed.

Alaskan reaction to seafood ban in Russia
Alaska's congressional delegation is asking the White House to respond to Russia's ban on U-S seafood, which is affecting the state's fishing industry.

The Russian government, reacting to U-S sanctions imposed after the crisis in Ukraine, announced a ban August 7th on U-S food products, including Alaskan pollock and salmon roe.

A joint statement from Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich and Congressman Don Young on Tuesday suggests more intense negotiations. Failing that, they ask for a ban on Russian seafood. They say "inaction should not be an option."

A group of Alaska seafood companies last week sent a letter to the congressional delegation and the U-S trade representative demanding a halt to imports of Russian seafood until Russia lifts its boycott of U-S products.

Pumpkins at Fair
The Alaska State Fair almost saw a new record for heaviest pumpkin -- but not quite.

The biggest of three brought by defending champ Dale Marshall of Anchorage weighed in Tuesday at 1,283 pounds -- just three pounds shy of the official record.

Marshall says he thought it would top out over 13-hundred pounds. He's grown an 18-hundred pound squash before, but it was disqualified.

The same thing happened last year with rival grower J.D. Megchelsen of Nikiski, who nearly set a record but was disqualified in favor of Marshall's smaller pumpkin.

Gunman behind Nugget Mall
Just after midnight this (Wed) morning, the Juneau Police Department received a 911 call reporting a man with a rifle behind the Nugget Mall.

Upon the arrival of officers, a male who was later identified as 43 year-old Gregg Lawrence Kortesma, was found standing behind the Nugget Mall displaying a rifle. Kortesma was detained and found to also be in possession of a loaded and concealed handgun.

An investigation revealed Kortesma confronted a 56 year-old female who was walking past the Nugget Mall and pointed the rifle at her. The woman thought Kortesma wanted to kill her and called the police.

Kortesma was arrested and charged with Assault in the Third Degree, a class C Felony. He was transported to and lodged at LCCC where he was held without bail.

Ex-Marine pleads not guilty to killing lover
JOSHUA TREE, Calif. (AP) — A former Marine has pleaded not guilty to killing the pregnant wife of another Marine.

The Desert Sun of Palm Springs says 24-year-old Christopher Lee entered the plea Tuesday to first-degree murder with a special allegation of lying in wait.

Lee was arrested in Alaska on Aug. 17 after the body of 19-year-old Erin Corwin was found down a 100-foot mine shaft near Joshua Tree in the Mojave Desert. The Tennessee native went missing June 28.

Prosecutors say that Corwin and the married Lee were lovers. Her husband, Cpl. Jonathan Corwin, and Lee were both stationed at the Twentynine Palms Marine base.

Authorities say bullet casings and rebar found near Corwin link Lee to the killing.

Man accidentally shoots self at Alaska State Fair
PALMER, Alaska (AP) — The public safety director in Palmer, Alaska, says a man accidentally shot and wounded himself Tuesday evening at the Alaska State Fair.

KTUU-TV reports that Jon Owen says the man had just arrived at the fair with his wife. The official says the man was trying to remove a gun from his waistband so he could stow it in his car when the weapon fired, hitting him in a thigh.

The unidentified man was flown to an Anchorage hospital.

The extent of his injury was not immediately known.

Largest ferry worker union ratifies contract
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The largest union representing workers on the Alaska Marine Highway System has ratified a three-year contract.

The state Department of Administration on Tuesday announced the ratification by The Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific.

Commissioner Curtis Thayer said the state looked forward to continuing to work toward ratification of new contracts with the other two unions representing ferry workers.

Earlier this month, one of the other unions, the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, announced its members had rejected a tentative agreement that union negotiators reached with the state. Some members weren't happy with the proposed wage increases.

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Stolen items found in field across street from residence
According to a Juneau Police Department bulletin, a 58 year old man reported Tuesday morning that someone broke into his storage shed in the 8400 block of Thunder Mountain Rd.

Miscellaneous items had been taken but were recovered in a field across from the residence. The investigation continues.

NOAA Fisheries, Alaska SeaLife Center to release seal pup rescued from Auke Bay
Julie Speegle, with NOAA Public Affairs, says, "It's ready to go back home."

Marine mammal specialists from NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region and the Alaska SeaLife Center will release on Wednesday at 3:30 P.M. at Auke Rec Beach, a male Pacific harbor seal pup that was rescued from a beach near Fishermans Bend in Auke Bay during the busy Memorial Day weekend last May.

NOAA Fisheries Marine Mammal Stranding Program captured the seal pup May 23, after it was determined the pup had likely been abandoned by its mother. At the time, the pup was a newborn and would not have been able to survive on its own. Following a successful capture, the pup was transported to the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward, where it has been trained to fend for itself. The male pup weighed in at 26.25 kg earlier this month--exceeding the goal weight of 25 kg a seal must reach to be considered for release. At that time, staff at the Alaska SeaLife Center determined he is ready to resume a life in the wild as an independent seal, and began working with NOAA Fisheries to coordinate his release near his original location.

Harbor seals, and all marine mammals, are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. A written warning was issued to one individual who interacted with this harbor seal pup prior to it being captured. Not only is handling a marine mammal against the law, it is also a health hazard to both animals and humans and can be a contributing factor in stranding events. NOAA Fisheries reminds the public not to approach or handle marine mammals, and to keep pets on a leash to prevent disturbance to the animals. Please report any harassment to the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement by calling their 24-hour hotline: 1-800-853-1964.

Committee of the Whole meeting cancelled
Carl Uchytil, Port Director, says in a release that the CBJ Docks and Harbors Committee of the Whole meeting for tonight at 6 pm is cancelled.

Juneau School District shows strong performance and growth
Juneau, AK - The State of Alaska has released its annual report of school ratings. The Alaska School Performance Index, or ASPI, rates public schools on a one to five star scale based on data from the 2013-14 school year.

Results for the Juneau School District show strong performance and growth overall, as well as improved ASPI star ratings at Glacier Valley Elementary School, Riverbend Elementary, Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School and Johnson Youth Center.

All six Juneau elementary schools, the Juneau Community Charter School, and both middle schools achieved
4 star ASPI ratings according to data released by the Department of Education and Early Development.

Attendance last year was up slightly to 92%, compared to 91% the year prior.

The preliminary 4-year on-time graduation rate was up at both comprehensive high schools.

TMHS posted a preliminary graduation rate of 89.74%, up a bit from the 89.47% of the previous year. The graduation rate at JDHS was up to 90.68%, an increase from 88.15% in 2013.

District wide graduation rate had not yet been released by the state, but is expected to exceed the 79% of the
previous year.

Tanana man sues over banishment
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A man accused of promoting violence toward law enforcement wants to return to the village of Tanana after he was exiled.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports William "Bill" Walsh has filed a federal lawsuit attempting to stop the Tanana tribal village government from enforcing its ban. He also calls the tribe's rational for exile as "libelous statements."

Walsh and Arvin Kangas were exiled after Kangas' son, Nathanial, was charged in the shooting deaths of two Alaska State Troopers.

The tribal council exiled Walsh and the elder Kangas for "promoting violence toward law enforcement and other representatives of the state of Alaska."

Arvin Kangas remains in a Fairbanks jail on charges related to the shooting.

Driver crashes impounded van through gate
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A van towed to a fenced yard in south Fairbanks didn't stay impounded long Sunday morning.

Alaska State Troopers are looking for a van that crashed through the gate of Badger Towing about 18 minutes after it was parked.

KTVF-television reports University of Alaska Fairbanks police ordered the van impounded Sunday morning and it was moved inside the storage lot at 3:10 a.m.

At 3:28 a.m., a security video shows the van driving rapidly backward and crashing through the gate.

The van collapsed the fence and struck four other vehicles. The unidentified driver then took off.

Witnesses say the driver likely was hiding under blankets in the van as it was impounded. Badger Towing owner Shawn Ross says tow drivers don't inspect vehicles before they're impounded.

Wasilla delays decision on all-terrain vehicle ban
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The city council in Sarah Palin's hometown has delayed a decision on banning the operation of all-terrain vehicles within city limits.

KTUU-TV reports the Wasilla City Council on Monday night indefinitely postponed a decision on the proposed ATV ban until the issue could be discussed at a work session.

The city already prohibits four-wheelers and other ATVS on sidewalks and city streets. A 10-mph speed limit is supposed to keep speeds down.

Mayor Verne Rupright says people have ignored the rules and there's been a tremendous amount of complaints.

The council's discussion Monday brought out a couple of dozen people and most who spoke wanted to avoid a complete ban.

Barbara Montgomery says safety and property damage can be better addressed through education and enhanced regulations.

Debris cleanup begins at Kodiak rocket complex
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A military safety team will clean up unexploded rocket fuel and other potentially dangerous debris at the Kodiak Launch Complex following an explosion Monday of a rocket carrying an experimental Army strike weapon.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports state officials are waiting for the military safety team to do the cleanup before damage to the launch complex is assessed.

The rocket carrying the Army's Advanced Hypersonic Weapon was blown up four seconds after it lifted off.

Department of Defense spokeswoman Maureen Schumann says an anomaly was detected and flight controllers blew up the rocket for safety reasons.

Debris damaged buildings on the rocket range.

Alaska Aerospace Corp. President Craig Campbell says debris bent or broke sheet metal siding, roofs and doors and blew out windows.

Fairbanks Senate ad invokes Koch brothers
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan is slammed in a new TV ad airing in Fairbanks for support he's drawn from an outside group linked to the industrial Koch brothers.

The Alaska Dispatch News says the ad campaign is backed by $165,000 from a national firefighters union group.

The ad touches on what supporters of Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Begich describe as populist outrage following the closing of a North Pole refinery owned by Flint Hills Resources, a Koch-controlled company.

It's unclear how much the message resonates in the area. Democratic state Rep. Scott Kawasaki says he doesn't think that the general population really knows who the brothers are.

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group David and Charles Koch helped found, has launched a $1 million ad campaign against Begich.

UPDATE: Officials release names of injured in plane crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three passengers seriously injured on a flight-seeing tour that crashed on Alaska's North Slope have been identified as tourists from New Brunswick, Canada.

KTUU-TV reports the Kirst Aviation flight crashed Sunday near the peak of Atigun (AT-i-gun) Pass carrying 66-year-old Darrell Spencer, 65-year-old Daphne McCann and 65-year-old Marcene Nason.

They were visiting Alaska on a Princes Cruises tour.

Piloting the Navion L-17-A was 57-year-old Forest Kirst of Fairbanks. He was reported in fair condition Monday at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Responders from Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. reached the crash first and helped evacuate the injured.

The Canadian visitors were flown to Vancouver, British Columbia.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson says the plane left Fairbanks with stops planned at Bettles, Deadhorse and Barter Island.

Ketchikan museum official hired by state museums
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A Ketchikan museum department official has been hired to work for the state museums system.

The Ketchikan Daily News says Andrew Washburn will begin working as registrar for Alaska State Museums on Sept. 15.

The state museums system includes the Alaska State Museum in Juneau and Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka.

In his new job, Washburn will work with the museums' collections to preserve, document and store items.

Washburn is the senior curator of collections with the museum department of the city of Ketchikan.

CBJ Assembly meeting Monday night
The CBJ Assembly met in a regularly scheduled meeting last night (Mon) in Assembly Chambers. During the Public Hearing segment of the meeting, several ordinances were adopted by unanimous consent:

An ordinance appropriating funding for the purchase of artwork for the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Grant funding is provided by the Rasmuson Foundation Art Acquisition Fund.

An ordinance appropriating just over $2.26 million for four projects; Last Chance Basin well field upgrades, Salmon Creek Water Treatment Facility secondary disinfection, Fire Department mobile date terminals and school district curriculum. Grant funding is provided by Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

An ordinance appropriating funding for the Emergency Management Performance Grant. Grant funding is provided by the State of Alaska, Department of Military and Veteran Affairs.

An ordinance appropriating funding for the Local Emergency Planning Committee. Grant funding is provided by the State of Alaska, Department of Military and Veteran Affairs.

An ordinance appropriating funding for the Juneau International Airport Runway Capital Improvement Project. Grant funding provided by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

The Assembly retired into Executive Session to discuss APARC litigation.

UPDATE: 4 injured in plane crash near Atigun Pass
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Authorities have released a few more details about a small plane crash that injured the pilot and three cruise ship passengers on an excursion.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the small plane, a Navion-A operated by Kirst Aviation, was flying to Bettles when it crashed Sunday afternoon about 400 feet from the summit of the Brooks Range, near Atigun Pass.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson says the pilot, Forest Kirst, was taken to Anchorage for treatment. The three passengers were badly injured, in conditions ranging from serious to critical.

Johnson says two of the passengers were flown to the Lower 48 for treatment and the third to Fairbanks. Investigators will interview the pilot and first responders from the Alyeska Pipeline Co. Pump Station 4.

Begich, Sullivan to debate
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democratic Sen. Mark Begich and Republican Dan Sullivan are set to debate for the first time since Sullivan won his party's nomination.

Begich and Sullivan are confirmed for the United for Liberty debate in Anchorage Wednesday. The Alaska Libertarian party said third-party candidates were invited but none responded.

Libertarians have called the win by their nominee, Thom Walker, an anomaly. Walker is a political unknown who cut virtually no profile during the campaign. The party endorsed Mark Fish, who was in second place.

The party, in a statement Monday, called Walker a "phantom candidate," who switched his affiliation from Republican to Libertarian earlier this year. The party said its leaders have tried unsuccessfully to reach him since May.

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State charges man who was shot by Bethel police
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A 31-year-old Bethel man who was shot by police faces assault and criminal mischief charges after striking an officer with a baseball bat.

KYUK reports Aaron Moses went to his brother's home, and court documents say he was combative. He later took the bat outside and broke the window out of his brother's vehicle.

Responding officers Joseph Corbett and Sammie Hendrix struggled with Moses in the street and tried to subdue him with stun guns. Hendrix told investigators he was hit twice with the bat. He was on his back, on the ground, when he fired, hitting Moses in the chest.

Bail was set at $15,000 and no arraignment date had been set. Moses has been at an Anchorage hospital. Online court records didn't indicate he had an attorney.

Picture of suspect generates so much attention, suspect pays up in gold nugget theft
With so much attention from the surveillance picture being circulated on social media, the suspect in the JPD Crime of the Week has turned himself in

In a press release, Lt. Kris Sell says that the picture of the suspect, which was posted on all Juneau Radio Center Facebook pages, received great attention over the weekend. The picture showed the man that was accused of taking a gold nugget August 10th from a downtown Juneau jewelry store.  The suspect himself called the jewelry store and provided a credit card number to pay for the gold nugget.

Investigators will now work with the prosecutor's office, examine the suspect's criminal record, and do additional research to determine what, if any criminal charges, will be filed.

Tipsters also quoted a Facebook account that put the suspect, a former Juneau resident, in Juneau to fish the annual derby. His name is not being released pending a decision about charges.

Inmate found dead in Palmer jail cell
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 37-year-old inmate was found dead in her cell Monday morning at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports Tisha Rochdi was found unresponsive by correctional officers in her cell at 6:30 a.m.

Resuscitation efforts were started but she was pronounced dead at 7:07 a.m.

The body was sent to the state medical examiner's office in Anchorage for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sherrie Daigle says in a release there were no signs of foul play.

Authorities say Rochdi was being held on a probation violation from a felony charge of driving under the influence.

Dog found shot after complaint of aggressive dogs
Juneau Animal Control and Protection responded to a report of a shooting of a canine Friday afternoon around 5:20.

The caller reported that several dogs were loose on their property in the 5400 block of North Douglas Hwy and were acting aggressively towards people and animals. Upon arrival, officers located one deceased canine with an apparent gunshot wound.

No persons were injured during the incident. All of the canines involved in the incident have been identified and the owners contacted. The investigation into the circumstances leading up to the shooting is ongoing.

Animal Control & Protection would like to remind the public that keeping your pets properly restrained is the only way to ensure the safety of your pets and the general public.

Search for missing woman expands to mine shafts
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The search for a Juneau woman who vanished three months ago has gone underground.

An expert on Juneau mine shafts says hiker Sharon Buis (Bice) may have fallen into an old mine on the side of Mount Roberts.

Brian Weed on Monday led a small team to search abandoned shafts.

Weed says he doesn't want to give anyone false hope, but there are at least two shafts that people could fall down if they were sliding down snow.

Buis has been missing since May 24.

She was scheduled to hike that day with the Juneau Alpine Club. A friend found her car at the Mount Roberts trailhead.

A search by ground and air failed to find the experienced outdoorswoman.

Online petition protests UA president bonus
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A protest over a possible $320,000 bonus for the president of the University of Alaska has collected more than 400 names.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the online petition was launched last week by UA Fairbanks faculty member Sine Anahita (SEE'-nah ahn-a-HEE'-tah).

The associate sociology professor says such a bonus for Pat Gamble isn't appropriate when about 40 positions have been eliminated at UAF.

UA regents offered Gamble the $320,000 bonus if he stays on the job until 2016.

The bonus is equal to a year of Gamble's salary.

Regents Chairwoman Pat Jacobson in a memo says Gamble's salary hasn't increased since 2011 and that his pay is at least 25 percent lower than the salary for system presidents at comparable universities.

Man dies in Dillingham drowning
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say the body of a 43-year-old Dillingham man has been recovered after a drowning.

Troopers say they are investigating the death of Galacia Hiratsuka, whose body was recovered Saturday near the Ekuk dock south of Dillingham.

Troopers were notified Friday night that Hiratsuka had jumped out of a boat. Troopers say Hiratsuka tried to swim to shore, but did not surface.

Local searchers looked for Hiratsuka that night but were unable to find him because of the darkness and outgoing tide.

His body was recovered the next morning. Troopers say Hiratsuka had not been wearing a flotation device.

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

Man arraigned in Fairbanks on federal drug charges
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A 58-year-old man with ties to Washington state has been arraigned in Fairbanks on charges of dealing heroin and laundering money.

A federal grand jury in June indicted Peter Maurin Thornton on two felony drug counts and seven counts of laundering cash between states.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Thornton was arrested last month in Washington state and arraigned Friday.

Prosecutors say Thornton's drug transactions occurred as early as November 2008 and as late as last March. The charges say he conspired to possess a kilogram of heroin in Alaska.

Prosecutors in the indictment say Thornton should forfeit $20,300 and surrender property in Bellingham, Washington.

Rocket with Army weapon explodes after launch
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A rocket with a payload that included an experimental Army strike weapon exploded after taking off from an Alaska launch pad.

Defense Department spokeswoman Maureen Schumann said the system exploded less than four seconds after launch. No one was hurt.

She said this was the second flight test of the system; the first, in November 2011, was launched from Hawaii and was deemed successful.

Witnesses told KMXT-radio they saw the rocket lift off, nose down and explode.

The Kodiak Launch Complex is 25 miles from the city of Kodiak.

The Army's Advanced Hypersonic Weapon, a rocket-launched glider, was in the nose of the rocket.

The Army's environmental statement says the small craft is designed to be lofted to near space before diving into the atmosphere and gliding to its target.

Alaska Air Guardsmen rescue man near Jensen Mine
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska —Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued a 54-year old man near Jensen Mine, 30 miles south of Delta Junction, Sunday morning around 3:00 a.m.

The man suffered injuries from a four-wheeler accident that occurred after he experienced symptoms of a stroke. He is part of a work crew in the area, but was alone at the time of the incident. His supervisor found him and called the Alaska State Troopers.

Due to the nature of the man’s injuries, a night-capable helicopter was required to transport him to a medical facility. Civilian and Alaska State Troopers helicopters were unable to conduct the mission due to the remote location and night-vision goggle requirement.

AST contacted the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, RCC requested support from the Alaska Air Guard's rescue squadrons, and they accepted the mission at 12:30 a.m. The 210th Rescue Squadron launched an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter and the 211th Rescue Squadron launched an HC-130 King aircraft, each with a team of Guardian Angel para-rescuemen from the 212th Rescue Squadron on board.

The crews picked up the injured individual and transported him to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital where he was released at about 5 a.m.

“The helicopter was able to land and the PJs transported the injured individual to the helo on a stokes litter,” said Maj. Jeffrey Meinel, the on-duty search and rescue director of operations.

“They administered medical care en route to keep the man stable until they were able to deliver him to the hospital in Fairbanks,” said Meinel.

Meinel said that it’s important to have a trip plan, and to ensure someone knows where you are going and when you are expected to arrive there or return.

“Have a cell phone if there’s coverage, or a satellite phone or personal locator beacon,” he said.

[Sunday August 24th , 2014 3rd  EDITION 7:47 P. M.]

Base doctor nabbed in AK prostitution ring probe
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A doctor at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson has been arrested following an investigation into an Alaska prostitution ring.

The doctor's booking is the second arrest stemming from an investigation into "Alaska Naughty Maids," a website that marketed women for sex acts throughout Alaska, and a massage parlor.

Last month, a grand jury has indicted 39-year-old Amber L. Batts of Anchorage on seven felonies for allegedly running the ring, which operated between Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai and Juneau.

Authorities say 57-year-old Kelton Oliver was arrested for soliciting prostitution.

4 critically injured in North Slop plane crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say that four people were critically injured in a plane crash Sunday near the summit of Atigun Pass in the northern part of the state.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports that the troopers say Alyeska Pipeline Service Company security guards first reported the crash about 1:45 p.m.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says the plane was reported to have crashed near mile 243.5 of the Dalton Highway.

The four injured are believed to have been the only people onboard.

The Dispatch News reports that it's unclear if the injured passengers had been taken to a hospital Sunday evening. Ipsen says the crash happened in the North Slope Borough.

Clint Johnson, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board's Anchorage office, says the agency is investigating.

Canadian company eyes new mine in Alaska
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A Canadian company is moving forward with plans for a new mine at the end of Kendrick Bay on Prince Wales Island, spending millions drilling to sample rock and study the area.

Ucore officials are working hard this summer to answer questions from investors and government officials.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports government officials have questions about the environmental impact the mine will have in light of the collapse of dam holding toxic mining waste in British Columbia. The breach at the Mt. Polley Mine spilled millions of gallons of waste into pristine forest and waters.

Ucore director of environment Randy MacGillivray says the breach in Canada was a disappointment, but he remains confident about obtaining the permits to mine on the island.

He says Ucore's mining byproduct would be pumped back underground as it was being extracted.

2 fishermen missing for 3 days located
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two fishermen missing for three days have been located.

KTTU reports Sunday that 32-year-old Kao Saelee and 16-year-old Antonion Her were reported missing Thursday after they did not return from fishing in the Talkeetna area near mile 93 of the Parks Highway. Alaska State Troopers were dispatched to the area Saturday, and located Her near Mile 94 just after 3 p.m.

Her told troopers he and Saelee were separated Thursday night. A search effort was begun for Saelee, which included troopers, friends and family of both fishermen. According to a family friend of Saelee, Her was taken to an Anchorage hospital and treated for dehydration.

Hours later, Saelee was spotted from the air. He was transported to Mat-Su Regional Hospital. He too suffered from dehydration.

California governor declares emergency from quake
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for the part of California's wine country hard-hit by a large earthquake.

The governor issued a proclamation directing state agencies to help respond to the 6.0-magnitude quake that struck early Sunday about 6 miles from the city of Napa.

Napa Fire Department Operations Chief John Callanan says the city has exhausted its own resources extinguishing six fires, transporting injured residents, searching homes for anyone who might be trapped and answering calls about gas leaks, water main breaks and downed power lines.

Callanan says three people are reported to be in critical condition, including a young child who was struck by part of a fireplace and airlifted to a specialty hospital for a neurological evaluation.

Inspectors are evaluating damaged buildings, bridges and roads.

Small actions can reduce wildfire risks
SEATTLE (AP) — As wildfires burn hundreds of homes and thousands of square miles across the West, fire experts say simple actions like clearing brush around a home or removing pine needles from decks could make the difference in whether a house survives or burns to the ground.

Fire science research over the last decade has confirmed techniques that can reduce the chance of a home igniting. Fire officials are trying to spread the word in wildfire-prone areas that these little things are hugely important.

Property owners can reduce their risk of wildfire damage by choosing metal roofs over wood shake roofs, for example, as well as maintaining trees and shrubs, keeping flammable materials such as firewood piles away from the home, spacing trees farther apart and by clearing brush from nearby roads.

Coast Guard responds to family on fishing vessel taking on water
KODIAK, Alaska — A family of seven aboard the 29-foot fishing vessel Analise were experiencing rough seas and taking on water near Kodiak Saturday, The Coast Guard responded to their mayday VHF radio call. The family said they were abandoning their boat for an 18-foot skiff they were towing, and were heading towards shore but did not have a radio aboard.

The Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak Hercules airplane crew arrived on scene first and reported that the family was safely on shore. The Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived, landed on the beach, and transported a woman and four children to Togiak. The Hercules crew stayed on scene to provide communications and escort for a good Samaritan to transport the two remaining family members.

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as 5 to 7-foot waves, 27 mph winds and 7 miles visibility.

[Saturday August 23rd , 2014  7th  EDITION 5:53 P. M.]

Sexual assault charges against AK guard dropped
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sexual assault charges filed against an Alaska Regional Hospital security guard have been dropped.

KTUU reports that 56-year-old John Giacalone had been accused of assaulting a 17-year-old girl at the hospital.

Assistant district attorney Jenna Gruenstein announced Friday that "substantial doubt" emerged on what happened that night and that the state won't move forward.

The girl claimed that Giacalone, who also has a full-time job as a forensic scientist at the state crime laboratory, approached her while she was asleep and then lured her to a secluded office where she was assaulted.

So far, southeast Alaska deer season going well
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The population of black-tailed deer in southeast Alaska appears to have rebounded from harsh winters years ago, and the hunting is going well.

Hunters and biologists are seeing a healthy deer population.

Hunter Darrel Wetherall says the population appears to have rebounded from a tough 2006-2007 winter. Snowfall at the Juneau International Airport that year reached a record of 197.8 inches; the following winter also had an above-average snowpack. Doe season closed early in 2007 and 2008 in Unit 4, which covers Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof islands.

State biologists say there are no worries about the deer in Unit 4 this year, saying that a lot of fawns are being seen.

Kenai City Council ordinance bans e-cigarettes
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The Kenai City Council has passed an ordinance for electronic cigarettes to be regulated the same as smoking tobacco.

The Peninsula Clarion reports the ordinance was spurred by concerns over the negative health impacts of e-cigarettes.

Kenai Municipal Code prohibits smoking tobacco in a restaurant, bowling alley or medical facility. Adding e-cigarettes to the code does not ban use in bars or private establishments.

The council brought the ordinance back for reconsideration after it failed at the Aug. 6 meeting. The ordinance was proposed by Kenai Mayor Pat Porter.

Vice Mayor Ryan Marquis, who was the only person to vote against the ordinance, said he was concerned about government telling a business how they should regulate their shop.

Man pleads 'not guilty' in Fairbanks heroin case
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A man charged with dealing heroin and laundering money in Fairbanks has pleaded not guilty.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Peter Maurin Thornton entered the plea Friday during his arraignment.

A federal grand jury in June charged the 58-year-old Thornton with two felony counts related to drug dealing and seven felony counts of laundering cash between states. Thornton was arrested in Washington state in July.

According to the indictment, Thornton and others conspired to possess a kilogram of heroin in Alaska.

Thornton allegedly made a financial transaction with drug money, and then laundered money through six bank deposits in Alaska totaling $11,870.

Prosecutors say the alleged drug dealing occurred in or around Fairbanks.

Thornton's trial is set for October. Thornton's attorney declined to comment.

Canada stands by environmental review
VANCOUVER - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency says the current environmental review process "has been an effective way to identify the potential environmental effects" of a proposed British Columbia mine.

The agency says it has received a letter from the state of Alaska about the K-S-M mine in northwestern B-C.

It's been reviewing a proposed gold-and-copper mine that has already been approved by the province.

But Alaska has asked the federal government for greater involvement in the approval and regulation of the mine owned by Seabridge Gold.

B-C Environment Minister Mary Polak says Alaska has been involved in the process but wouldn't say whether the state would have any formal involvement during subsequent permitting at the provincial level.

Schedule of initiative hearings set
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The schedule of state-run public hearings on this fall's ballot measures has been released.

Hearings on ballot measure two, which would legalize recreational use of marijuana by those 21 and older, begin Sept. 9 in Nome. Hearings are set to run through Sept. 30, with hearings to be held in Barrow, Juneau, Ketchikan, Anchorage, Wasilla, Bethel and Fairbanks.

Hearings on ballot measure three, which would increase the state's minimum wage by $2 an hour over two years, will be held in the same communities.

Ballot measure four would require legislative approval for a large-scale metallic sulfide mining operation, like the Pebble Mine, in the Bristol Bay region. Hearings start Sept. 8 in Kotzebue and will run through Oct. 2, being held in Barrow, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Dillingham.

Fire training to take place at Fairbanks airport
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Department of Transportation officials say firefighters are scheduled to train with a controlled burn Saturday and Monday at Fairbanks International Airport.

The training is set to start at 7 a.m. on each of those days.

The exercise will involve the controlled burning of diesel fuel. Officials say occasional plumes of smoke may be visible at the southern section of the airport.

The exercise is held to meet recurring training sessions as required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

[Friday August 22nd , 2014  8TH  EDITION 6:04 P. M.]

UPDATE:  CBJ back on hydropower
Alec Mesdag, Director of Energy Services says, "As of early this afternoon we had everybody back online after the outage.  People were brought back online with diesel generation and then when we got the
Snettisham line back up, we started moving everybody back to hydro and that's where we are now.  The whole community back on hydropower."

JPD CRIME OF THE WEEK: Gold Nugget Theft
The Juneau Police Department says on August 10th, at about 7:30 in the evening a man who appeared to be in his sixties took a gold nugget worth almost five thousand dollars from a jewelry store in the 200 block of Front Street.

The man took the nugget from a display case, appeared to try and get the clerk’s attention, then put the nugget in his pocket and left the store. An employee of the store says the same man made a purchase the day before providing the name of George Bentsen for that transaction. JPD patrol officers have been unable to locate a George Bentsen in Juneau.

Anyone with information is encouraged to log on to the Juneau Crime Line Web site and report their tip. You may also call JPD at 586-0600. You may be eligible for a reward.

Prince of Wales Island timber sale approved
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A timber sale on Alaska's Prince of Wales Island has received final approval from the U.S. Forest Service following delays because of concerns from environmental groups over old-growth timber and the impact the sale would have on habitat for a population of wolves.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports the Big Thorne sale was approved Wednesday and initially will include about 98 million board feet of timber.

Tongass National Forest supervisor Forrest Cole says another 40 million board feet of timber are intended for later sales.

The sale will be advertised for one month starting Saturday, and Cole says the goal is to award the contract by the end of September.

Earthjustice announced it filed two lawsuits Friday against the Forest Service, one challenging the Big Thorne sale, the other challenging the Tongass land management plan.

UPDATE: SUV hits bicyclist at Anchorage intersection
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police say a bicyclist struck and injured on a busy midtown street remains in critical condition.

Investigators say 30-year-old Willis Clayborn on Thursday afternoon was southbound riding his bike against traffic on A Street.

Police say he tried crossing Benson Boulevard, where eastbound drivers had a green light, and was struck by a sport utility vehicle drive by 65-year-old Judy Ketchum.

Kris Simpson tells the Alaska Dispatch News she saw the cyclist weaving through traffic on Northern Lights Boulevard before the crash.

Police say their investigation continues and no citations or charges have been issued.

Villager shoots muskox chasing tethered dog
NOME, Alaska (AP) — Another muskox has been killed in defense of life or property, this time in the village of Wales.

KNOM-radio reports Randy Oxereok shot the bull after it chased his sister's dog and ignored attempts to scare it off.

Helena Oxereok says she was hauling water Saturday and noticed the bull behind her house. Neighbors and family members tried to shoo the animal away.

The bull ignored the people but got excited when it saw her dog. The bull chased the dog around its doghouse and pushed it with its head.

Randy Oxereok fired several warning shots, and when the bull continued chasing the dog, killed it.

The family reported the kill to Alaska State Troopers and butchered the muskox.

Muskoxen also have been killed this year close to Nome.

Alaska troopers: Girl drowns in bucket of water
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 1-year-old girl has drowned in a bucket of water at her family's home in the western Alaska village of Kotlik.

The girl was pronounced dead at the village clinic shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday after CPR efforts failed.

Troopers say the girl fell into a half-full 5-gallon bucket of water being used to wash hands at the home, which has no running water.

Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says the girl's mother and two siblings were home with the child at the time. Ipsen says the girl spoke with the mother 10 minutes before being found in the bucket by a sibling.

The state medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy.

Ipsen says foul play is not suspected in the death.

The name of the child was not immediately released.

Kotlik is located 165 miles northwest of Bethel.

UPDATE power outage
According to Debbie Driscoll with A E L & P power should be restored across their system at this point. The problem was with a turbine at the Snettisham hydroelectric project.

They are currently working to switch back from diesel power to hydroelectric. This should be done without interrupting service.

Power outage
A E L and P reported a system wide outage this morning around 8:45. The problem appears to be at the Snettisham hydroelectric project.

According to Debbie Driscoll with A E L and P, power should be restored to the entire area within the hour.

Union member rally for higher minimum wage
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Two days after the Alaska primary, advocates for a higher minimum wage rallied Thursday in Fairbanks to support Ballot Measure 3 in the November general election.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports union members and politicians who want their support were in the crowd at Myrtle Thomas Park.

AFL-CIO national President Richard Trumka told participants they did a great job at putting the measure on the ballot and should now work to get it passed.

He says putting more money in people's pockets will mean more spending, more demand and more jobs.

Measure 3 would raise Alaska's minimum wage from $7.75 to $8.75 on Jan. 1, 2015, and to $9.75 in 2016.

Future increases would be based on inflation or be $1 higher than federal minimum wage, whichever is higher.

SUV hits bicyclist at Anchorage intersection
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A bicyclist whom witnesses say was riding erratically was struck and critically injured at a midtown Anchorage intersection.

The man was hit Thursday afternoon by a sport utility vehicle as he as he tried pedaling through moving traffic at busy Benson Boulevard and A Street.

Kris Simpson tells the Alaska Dispatch News she saw the cyclist weaving through traffic on Northern Lights Boulevard.

Police have not released the name of the injured man.

Alaska fire officials urge hunting fire safety
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska fire managers are urging hunters to use caution with campfires and other possible triggers of wildfires, such as motorized equipment.

The message comes after firefighters responded Wednesday to a small blaze northeast of Palmer. Officials say firefighters were working to extinguish the fire on Thursday, but they add it did not pose a threat.

The cause of the nearly 3-acre fire east of Chickaloon is under investigation, but officials say the blaze appears to be hunting-related and human-caused. Officials say the fire was likely left unattended by sheep hunters, based on its location in the mountains.

Officials remind people that the possibility of wildfires still exists, even though the fire danger is low around much of Alaska because of wet conditions this summer.

[Thursday August 21st , 2014  8Th  EDITION 10:33 P. M.]

ALS IceBucket Challenge: Assembly member Jesse Kiehl
It's a charitable event that's sweeping the nation: the ALS IceBucket Challenge.

Assembly member Jesse Kiehl is challenging top local officials: $100 to charity, or a bucket of icewater over your head.

If you don't want to stage your own, you can always join the group of Juneau Rotarians this Saturday morning at 10 in the Elgee Rehfeld Mertz parking lot!

Guide on TV's 'Wild West Alaska' pleads guilty
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A hunting guide who appears on the Animal Planet television show "Wild West Alaska" has pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor hunting or guiding violations.

Jim West, of Anchorage and Copper Center, entered the pleas Wednesday in Glennallen. He was charged with guiding a client who illegally killed a moose in 2009, killing a black bear while guiding in 2011, and failing to remove bear-baiting stations in 2011 and 2012.

He was fined $8,000 and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.

West's attorney says the 60-year-old guide and gun store owner has suffered a tremendous loss to his reputation and business for what amounted to paperwork violations.

Thirteen violations were dismissed.

Defense attorney Brent Cole says claims of trespass were dismissed and never should have been filed.

Capital Transit Bus service disrupted
Due to construction in the Riverside Drive area Capital Transit bus service has been disrupted.

Service will be discontinued to the Mendenhall Mall after 6:00pm each night through Saturday or until construction is complete.

Please wait for the bus either at the James Street or the Atlin Drive bus stops.

Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies at 75
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who hunted down women in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday. He was 75.

Alaska Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sherrie Daigle said Hansen died at Alaska Regional Hospital after being in declining health for the past year.

Hansen was convicted in 1984 after confessing to killing 17 women, mostly dancers and prostitutes, during a 12-year span. He was convicted of four of the murders in a deal that spared him having to go to trial 17 times.

The Anchorage baker also confessed to raping another 30 women in that time.

Hansen was the subject of a 2013 film titled, "The Frozen Ground," which starred Nicolas Cage as an Alaska State Trooper investigating the slayings. Actor John Cusack portrayed Hansen.

Hansen was serving a 461-year sentence in Alaska.

Coast Guard medevacs man from icebreaker

KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter medevaced a crewmember suffering from a head injury from the South Korean research icebreaker Araon 250 miles north of Barrow, Wednesday.

The helicopter crew, forward deployed to Barrow in anticipation of the forward operating location opening on Thursday, safely hoisted the 43-year-old male from the Araon and transported him to emergency medical personnel in Barrow.

Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received the medevac request from the crew of the Araon Tuesday afternoon. The icebreaker crew began heading south to get within range of the Jayhawk helicopters in Barrow. Command center watchstanders also contacted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, who are engaged in science missions in the Arctic, to support communications with helicopter crews for the flight.

Once the Araon closed the distance to land, both Jayhawk helicopter crews at forward operating location Barrow launched to rendezvous with the icebreaker. The aircrews arrived on-scene, safely hoisted the injured man and an accompanying translator, and returned to Barrow.

"Maritime activity in the Arctic has steadily increased during the past several years, and this emergency situation highlights the importance of having a Coast Guard forward operating location in the region," said Capt. Joseph Deer, chief of incident management, Coast Guard 17th District. "Our ability to respond and effectively carry out rescue missions relies heavily on minimizing distances, honing communications capability and strengthening our maritime domain awareness in our northernmost area of responsibility."

The FOL in Barrow is part of the 17th District's Arctic Shield 2014, in concurrence with the Coast Guard Arctic Strategy.

Weather on scene was reported as 35 degrees, 17 mph winds and heavy fog.

Ex-Marine waives extradition from Alaska
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A former Marine charged with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft has waived extradition from Alaska.

The Desert Sun reports Thursday hat 24-year-old Christopher Lee can be immediately returned to California where he faces a first-degree murder charge.

He was arrested in Anchorage on Sunday, a day after 19-year-old Erin Corwin's body was found 140 feet down a mine shaft near Twentynine Palms — where her Marine husband is stationed.

Authorities say Lee admitted conducting Internet searches on human body disposal.

Corwin was in the early stages of pregnancy when she disappeared on June 28.

Her friend told investigators that Corwin and Lee were having an affair and that the unborn child might be Lee's.

Poet, Tlingit historian Richard Dauenhauer dies
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A former Alaska poet laureate has died.

72-year-old Richard Dauenhauer, an expert on Tlingit (tl-ING'-kit) lore and language, died Tuesday of cancer.

Dauenhauer is survived by his wife, Nora Marks Dauenhauer, with whom he collaborated on many of his projects as a translator, scholar and historian.

Dauenhauer was born in 1942 in Syracuse, New York, and moved to Alaska in the late 1960s. He earned degrees in Russian, Slavic and German languages.

Sealaska Heritage Institute executive director Rosita Worl says by email that Dauenhauer's contributions to Tlingit culture are immeasurable and future generations will benefit from the decades of dedicated scholarly work he pursued with wife.

She says they documented and translated words and wisdom of Tlingit ancestors that otherwise might have passed into oblivion.

Ex-UAA worker charged with sending email threats
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 36-year-old man fired five years ago from the University of Alaska Anchorage has been charged with sending threatening communications to UA Fairbanks employees.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Edward DuBois is charged with one count of transmitting threatening communications, a federal felony.

DuBois worked as a student services technician in the Registrar's Office from October 2006 to August 2009.

According to prosecutors, DuBois said he was physically and sexually assaulted by his superiors and that he was fired for "good-faith reporting of malfeasance."

An email prosecutors say he sent Aug. 14 noted that he thought often about revenge and that he wanted to stop certain officials from hurting others by using his own "sharply violent means."

Teen charged as an adult in Delta Junction fires
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A 16-year-old Delta Junction boy suspected of torching a lodge and a home in Delta Junction is being held without bail at Fairbanks Correctional Center.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Vasiliy Bill Malyk has been charged as an adult in the May 15 fire that destroyed Clearwater Lodge.

He's also charged with burglarizing a home June 17 and lighting it on fire.

He is charged with nine felonies, including arson, theft and evidence tampering.

Alaska State Troopers arrested the teenager Monday.

Troopers say he acknowledged being at the lodge the night of the fire and that he had taken part in removing $750 in alcohol.

Mining project concerns
VANCOUVER - A mine tailings spill in B-C is raising concerns in Alaska about other mining projects in the province.

The tailings dam at the Mount Polley mine in central B-C failed more than two weeks ago.

Environmentalists, aboriginals, fishermen and politicians in Alaska have already been raising concerns about a slew of mining projects in B-C that are located near Alaska.

Tim Bristol, the director of Trout Unlimited Alaska's program, says the Mount Polley spill raises questions about whether the B-C or Canadian governments can properly regulate mines.

He says many critics are concerned about the potential impact on salmon bearing rivers that flow from B-C into Alaska.

Among those mines is the K-S-M project, which is being proposed by Seabridge Gold in northwestern B-C.

Company spokesman Brent Murphy says Seabridge has been working with government officials and aboriginal groups in Alaska to assure them the project will meet strict environmental standards.

He also stresses that the tailings facility at K-S-M would be located in a watershed that drains out of B-C, not Alaska.

Troopers announce boosted patrols for state fair
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say patrols will be boosted to focus on traffic enforcement around the Palmer state fair, which kicks off Thursday.

Troopers say the focused patrols will take place on the highways and roadways around the Mat-Su Valley for the duration of the fair, which runs through Sept. 1.

The patrols will be conducted in marked and unmarked law enforcement vehicles.

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Man found dead on beach of Kupreanoff Island
Alaska State Troopers in Juneau responded to a report of a deceased adult male at the southern end of Kupreanoff Island early Tuesday morning.

59 year old Michael Carpenter was found deceased on the beach in front of his remote cabin in the Wrangell Narrows. The cause of death is unknown at this time. The body will be transported to the State Crime Lab in Anchorage for an autopsy. Foul play is not suspected and next of kin has been notified.

Man dies after boat explosion, fall into water
DILLINGHAM, Alaska (AP) — A 55-year-old man died near Dillingham after an explosion on his boat knocked him into the water.

The man's name was not immediately released as Alaska State Troopers attempted to notify next of kin.

Troopers shortly before noon Tuesday took a call about a possible drowning at Ralph Slough.

Troopers say the man was working on the motor of his boat when it exploded.

He was not wearing a life jacket as he fell into the water.

The body was recovered and sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy.

Vandal in truck damages Delta Junction cemetery
DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska (AP) — A vandal in a truck is being blamed for $5,000 in damage at a Delta Junction cemetery.

Alaska State Troopers say a truck between midnight and 6 a.m. Sunday drove through a fence at Rest Haven Cemetery and destroyed a gazebo.

Troopers say the truck was a maroon Ford F-150 or Expedition built between 1993 and 2003. It was equipped with auxiliary lights mounted on the bumper.

The truck drove over three headstones and damaged decorations but not the stones. It departed by crashing through a different part of the fence.

Troopers say the truck likely was damaged on its front bumper or grill and an auxiliary light may be damaged or missing.

The truck also lost eight inches of a black bug deflector on the driver side

Head-on crash seriously injures California man
HEALY, Alaska (AP) — A 26-year-old California man was seriously injured when he was hit by a camper jack that flew through his sedan windshield during a head-on collision.

Alaska State Troopers say Joshua Huerta of El Monte suffered life-threatening injuries Sunday.

He was flown by helicopter to an Anchorage hospital after the crash on the Parks Highway just north of Healy.

Troopers took a call on the crash just after 3 p.m.

Troopers say Huerta was driving north as 66-year-old Glenn Williams of Kentucky was driving south in a pickup carrying a camper.

Williams told troopers Huerta's sedan attempted to pass another vehicle in Williams' lane. Williams said he swerved but struck Huerta's sedan at an angle head-on.

The camper jack flew through the windshield and struck Huerta.

Oil tax opponents vow to monitor industry promises
Opponents of Alaska's new petroleum tax system are vowing to track its future performance, even if they lose at the ballot box.

Alaska held its state primary Tuesday and results so far of an attempted repeal of the tax system show the measure failing by more than 6,000 votes. Absentee votes and a handful of precincts remain to be counted and the election is too close to call.

Ballot Measure No. 1 proposed a repeal of Gov. Sean Parnell's "More Alaska Production Act." Lawmakers approved the tax system last year.

Proponents say the law will mean more jobs for Alaskans and more oil production.

State Sen. Bill Wielechowski (wil-a-COW'-skee) says opponents are collecting promises made by supporters and will closely monitor them to see if they actually occur.

3 candidates in gubernatorial race plan 1st moves
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Candidates in Alaska's three-way gubernatorial race are launching post-primary campaigns expected to intensify in weeks leading to the November general election.

Republican Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell easily won the Republican nomination Tuesday, advancing his re-election bid against Democratic challenger Byron Mallott and independent candidate Bill Walker.

The 51-year-old Parnell plans a press conference for Wednesday afternoon. Campaign spokesman Luke Miller says Parnell's first order of business is to welcome Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan as the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor and merging their campaigns together.

Mallott spokeswoman Laury Roberts Scandling says the 71-year-old Democratic nominee is flying Wednesday from his hometown of Juneau to Anchorage, where his campaign will be run with Democratic lieutenant governor candidate State Sen. Hollis French.

Walker is running with independent lieutenant governor candidate Craig Fleener.

Origins of states' residents
Alaska is one of the only states with a steadily rising proportion of residents born locally.

The New York Times last week produced an online feature that traces the origins of each state's residents.

The "where we came from" chart shows 42 percent of Alaskans are born in Alaska, up from 32 percent at statehood.

Only California and Michigan have seen similar growth in locally-born residents.

Nevada has by far the largest proportion of residents from out of state; 75 percent were born elsewhere.

Louisiana has the largest proportion of native-born residents, with 79 percent, only a slight decline from 85 percent a century ago.

Wilson defeats Isaacson in GOP primary
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson of North Pole has won her primary, defeating a fellow state lawmaker.

Wilson faced North Pole Rep. Doug Isaacson in Tuesday's GOP primary in House District 3. The two were forced to face off following redistricting.

In another legislative race, Republican Rep. Eric Feige of Chickaloon was third in a three-candidate primary in House District 9. The lead was held by Jim Colver of Palmer, who sits on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly.

Sullivan, Begich kick off general election campaign
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Fresh from his victory in Tuesday's Alaska Republican primary, U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan is seeking to link Democratic incumbent Mark Begich to President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

In a statement, Sullivan said he wants to focus on issues that matter most to Alaskans. He says he has a vision for a "better and brighter" Alaska in contrast to what he calls Begich's "inability to move our state forward."

In an interview, Begich said he doesn't want voters to "get caught up in the D.C. trap of Democrats versus Republicans."

Begich says he will soon have 13 field offices in the state, including in communities that his campaign said have never had them before, like Barrow.

Embattled Sen. Begich's secret weapon: Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Alaska Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich will face a GOP nominee who can appeal to key constituents, such as one of Alaska's biggest voting blocs: military personnel.

Newly-nominated GOP challenger Dan Sullivan is a former attorney general and a Marine lieutenant colonel.

But Sullivan has drawbacks: Unlike Begich, he's an Ohioan. And he's spent the last eight months battling it out in a three-way GOP primary. Begich, meanwhile, faced no real Democratic opposition and has spent money and time building his bona fides in a state where relationships and roots are important to voters.

Sullivan has the backing of Washington, D.C., establishment Republicans and raised about four times as much as his nearest GOP rival, Mead Treadwell.

Begich is the first Democratic senator to represent Alaska in nearly three decades.

Primary wrap up
No real surprises in Tuesday's Primary Election in Alaska. In November, the race for Governor will feature the incumbent Republican Sean Parnell against Democrat Byron Mallot, with Independent Bill Walker promising to join the battle.

The US Senate race, as expected, has come down to former Atty.Gen. Dan Sullivan trying to unseat Democrat Mark Begich.

The Lt. Gov. contest will be between Democrat Hollis French and Republican, Anchorage Mayor, Dan Sullivan.

Proposition 1 was as tight as many thought....with the "NO" vote outlasting the "Yes" 52% to just under 48%.

For complete, official results see .

Sullivan wins GOP US Senate primary in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska.

Sullivan had been the presumptive front-runner in a race featuring three prominent candidates. He had scored the backing of Washington, D.C., establishment Republicans and raised about four times as much as his nearest GOP rival, Mead Treadwell.

The race also featured tea party favorite Joe Miller, the 2010 GOP Senate nominee in a race won by Sen. Lisa Murkowski with a write-in campaign.

For months, Sullivan had been the focus of attacks by a super PAC supporting Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, creating an opening for his rivals. But his campaign, run by a professional staff of 14, grew increasingly confident of his chances as the primary neared.

Coast Guard opening seasonal base in Barrow
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The Coast Guard says it's opening its seasonal forward operating location Thursday in Barrow.

Two Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Kodiak have been deployed with communication and ground support teams.

The Coast Guard says the Barrow base will improve response times for search and rescue operations in the Arctic Ocean.

Teen suspected of arson at Delta Junction lodge
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say the investigation of a house fire at Delta Junction led to a suspect in the fire in May that destroyed the Clearwater Lodge.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports troopers suspect the 16-year-old boy set the home on fire Sunday to cover up a break-in.

The investigation revealed he also likely was responsible for the fire that burned the 55-year-old Clearwater Lodge.

The teen is held at the Fairbanks Youth Facility while officials decide whether to charge him as a juvenile or adult.

The Clearwater Lodge owners plan to rebuild next year.

Guilty plea to embezzling union funds in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The financial secretary of the carpenters union in Juneau pleaded guilty to embezzling $40,000.

Jonathan Henry Smith admitted to the felony during a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Juneau. The 42-year-old will be sentenced Dec. 1 and faces up to five years in prison.

A plea deal recommends he pay back the money in full.

Prosecutors say Smith used credit and debit cards and checks from Carpenters Local Union 2247 to take money he spent gambling at casinos in Las Vegas and Washington state.

The union has about 150 members in Juneau.

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Unofficial Election Results    Precincts Reporting-74.4%


Clift, Carolyn F. "C LIB       5693        16.69%
Mallott, Byron I. DEM        22696       66.53%                Declared Winner
Stoddard, Phil G. DEM        5727        16.79%


Parnell, Sean R. REP           45629      75.69%                Declared Winner

Senate R

Miller, Joe REP                     20920     33.04%
Sullivan, Dan REP                 25053     39.57%                Declared Winner
Treadwell, Mead REP          15507     24.49%

Senate D

Begich                                          31379       83.25%            Declared Winner

Proposition 1

YES                65485            48.15%
NO                  70529            51.85%


Mead Treadwell concedes defeat in Senate primary
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell has conceded defeat in the Republican race for U.S. Senate in Alaska.

Treadwell addressed reporters at Election Central with supporters, including his children. His daughter, Natalie, wiped away tears.

Early returns showed Treadwell in third place, behind former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan and tea party favorite Joe Miller. They were vying to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who easily won his primary.

Treadwell said he didn't see the results as a repudiation of his ideas as much as the way a race between two similar candidates — he and Sullivan — broke.

Sullivan wins GOP lieutenant governor nomination
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan has easily won the Republican nomination for Alaska lieutenant governor in Tuesday's primary.

Faced with only token opposition, the 63-year-old Sullivan has been expected to advance to the November general election.

Current Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell was seeking the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Begich.

Earlier this year, Sullivan had been vying for lieutenant governor along with another well-known Republican, state Sen. Lesil McGuire.

In June, however, McGuire withdrew from the race, citing concerns about how the race would interfere with her family life.

McGuire also said she thought she could be more effective in the Senate.

Embattled Sen. Begich's secret weapon: Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich wants Alaskans to know he's one of them and an independent voice against President Barack Obama.

It's a central theme of a campaign that has opened offices in far-flung communities, including Barrow, considered the northernmost city in the country.

And it's a message that puts the freshman senator in a position to benefit from his conservative state's strong nonpartisan streak, despite its overwhelming votes against Obama in 2008 and 2012.

For many voters, going with the person they know and trust matters more than party labels.

Republicans need six seats to reclaim the Senate, and they see Begich as vulnerable. They are casting the race as a referendum on Obama and Senate Democrats, charging that Begich is in lockstep with a liberal agenda.

Lt. Gov nominated
BULLETIN (AP) — Dan A Sullivan, GOP, nominated Lieutenant Governor, Alaska.

Young wins GOP House primary, will face Dunbar
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Rep. Don Young has won the Republican nomination for U.S. House.

Young faced three challengers in Tuesday night's primary, none of whom gained traction or reported much for fundraising. The 81-year-old Young is the longest-serving Republican in the House, having served since 1973.

He will face political upstart Forrest Dunbar, who won the Democratic nomination for U.S. House in Alaska.

Dunbar, a 29-year-old Yale Law School graduate, serves in the Alaska Army National Guard.

While he has not raised nearly as much cash as Young, Dunbar has been traveling around the state and running a cheeky, social media-driven campaign to help get his name out.

Parnell wins Republican nomination for governor
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has handily won the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary, advancing his quest for re-election.

The 51-year-old Parnell is seeking a second full term in office.

If he wins in the November general election, he would be poised to be the second-longest-serving governor in Alaska since statehood.

Parnell was Alaska's lieutenant governor when he stepped in as governor in July 2009 when former Gov. Sarah Palin resigned midway through her term.

The longest-running governor was Democrat William Egan, who served three four-year terms, the first two terms consecutively until the mid-1960s. Egan won a third term in 1970.

Alaska oil tax referendum too close to call
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's revised oil tax system may have a short lifespan, but as of Tuesday night, the matter was too close to call.

Votes in favor of Ballot Measure 1, which would repeal a production tax approved by lawmakers in 2013, were leading by a narrow margin.

Republican lawmakers approved the revised tax system at the urging of Gov. Sean Parnell.

Senate Bill 21 narrowly passed the state Senate with the promise that it would attract investment for new wells and put more oil in the trans-Alaska pipeline.

Critics called the measure a giveaway. The law granted deep tax cuts but extracted no commitment by oil producers to invest.

If the 2013 tax system is repealed, the state reverts to a system championed by Parnell's predecessor, Sarah Palin.

Coffee with a Cop
The Juneau Police Department is pleased to announce participation in a new program called “Coffee with a Cop”. The purpose of the program is to provide a venue for citizens to interact with officers in a relaxed setting to help facilitated a question and answer session. “Coffee with a Cop” is a nationwide program and their motto is “Building partnerships one cup of coffee at a time.”

Lieutenant David Campbell says, "JPD’s first ever 'Coffee with a Cop' event will be held on Wednesday August 27th, from 9:00AM – 10:00 AM, at Heritage Coffee located at 216 2nd Street in Juneau. Coffee is not being provided, but will be available for purchase. Chief Bryce Johnson and Officer Jim Quinto are looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing a cup of coffee."

2 Democrats seek lieutenant governor nomination
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two Democrats running for Alaska lieutenant governor are seeking their party's nomination in Tuesday's primary, with the victor facing presumed Republican winner, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, in the November general election.

Democrats running are state Senate Minority Leader Hollis French of Anchorage and Palmer math teacher Bob Williams. Sullivan faces minimal opposition.

Current Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell is seeking the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Begich.

Independent lieutenant governor candidate Craig Fleener is running in the general with independent gubernatorial hopeful Bill Walker.

In Alaska, the party candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run as a ticket.

French, who lost the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2010, decided to support Byron Mallott for governor this time and instead seek to become Alaska's next lieutenant governor.

Little drama expected in Alaska US House primaries
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Little drama is expected in Alaska's U.S. House race, where Republican Rep. Don Young faces a handful of poorly funded, low-profile candidates in his quest for a 22nd term.

On the Democratic side, the party endorsed political upstart Forrest Dunbar ahead of Tuesday's primary. He faces perennial candidate Frank Vondersaar.

The focus has been on Young and Dunbar. Young enters the race with a huge cash advantage and plenty of name recognition, but Dunbar has been crisscrossing the state, making his pitch for a change in leadership.

Young, who has made recent headlines for gaffes, released an ad in which he described himself as intense and less-than-perfect. But he also said he would never stop fighting for Alaska.

Dunbar has relied heavily on social media for his messaging.

Alaska voters to pick oil company tax system
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska voters will decide Tuesday whether to retain an oil production tax system revised last year in hopes of attracting more wells that will fill the trans-Alaska pipeline.

Critics call it a giveaway that awards tax breaks to already profitable oil companies with no guarantee they will invest in Alaska.

A "yes" on Ballot Measure No. 1 is a vote to repeal a production tax approved in 2013 by Republican lawmakers at the urging of Gov. Sean Parnell. It replaced a measure championed by Parnell's predecessor, Sarah Palin.

Known as "Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share," or ACES, the Palin law gave tax credits for investment but contained a progressive surcharge that companies said ate too deeply into profits, discouraging new investment. The "progressivity" was designed to share profits when oil prices were high, and over its seven years on the books, helped replenish state savings accounts.

Alaska gubernatorial races expected to heat up
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Front-runners in Alaska's gubernatorial race plan to put their campaigns in high gear after Tuesday's primary.

Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell and Democratic challenger Byron Mallott are expected to easily win their respective primaries.

Their victories would set up a three-way battle with independent candidate Bill Walker in the weeks leading to the November general election. Libertarian Carolyn Clift also is running.

So far, gubernatorial campaigns have largely been eclipsed by contentious runs for a U.S. Senate seat and a ballot referendum to repeal the state's new system for taxing oil companies.

Walker finished second behind Parnell in the 2010 Republican gubernatorial race. This time, he is bypassing the primary. Instead, he opted to gather signatures to qualify as unaffiliated candidate rather than make another run for the GOP nomination.

Sheriff: Ex-Marine inquired about body disposal
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a former Marine charged with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft had been looking into how to dispose of a human body.

A San Bernardino County sheriff's investigator says in court paperwork filed Tuesday that 24-year-old Christopher Lee admitted conducting Internet searches on human body disposal.

The investigator also says .22-caliber fired casings and rebar were recovered with the body of 19-year-old Erin Corwin and the head stamp from the casings matched those on casings found in Lee's vehicle and residence.

Lee was arrested Sunday in Anchorage, Alaska, a day after Corwin's body was found.

Corwin, a married woman who used to be Lee's neighbor, went missing in June.

JPD Quarterly Awards Ceremony
Juneau Police Department Tuesday honored a Juneau youth and two officers at their Quarterly Awards Ceremony.

On November 22nd, 2013, 9 year old Juneau resident Peyton Carson was playing with a friend, who fell and hit her head causing an injury. Peyton called 911 and provided the dispatcher with information that led to paramedics responding and treating Peyton’s friend. For her quick response and actions, Peyton Carson is being awarded the Juneau Police Department Citizen’s Certificate of Merit.

On June 7th, 2014, Officer Blain Hatch and Officer Jim Quinto were walking on foot in the downtown area. At approximately 3:29 PM, JPD received a report of an unresponsive male in the bathroom of a bar located on Franklin Street. Within seconds, Officer Hatch and Officer Quinto arrived at the bar. The man had no pulse and was not breathing. Officers opened the man’s airway, called for an ambulance, and began CPR. Within two and a half minutes, paramedics arrived and took over CPR. Paramedics were able to regain the man’s pulse. The man was taken to the Bartlett Regional Hospital and then flown to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. For their quick response and actions, both Officer Blain Hatch and Officer Jim Quinto are being awarded the Juneau Police Department Life Saving Medal.

Alaska has 2 Dan Sullivans on the ballot
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Republican voters might think they're seeing double on Tuesday's ballot with two Dan Sullivans running for higher office.

Dan Sullivan, the former state attorney general and natural resources commissioner, is seeking the Republican party nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Sen. Mark Begich, who is seeking re-election.

The other Dan Sullivan — or the "original" Dan Sullivan, as he has referred to himself because he's older— is the Republican mayor of Anchorage, known for his political battles with labor unions. He is seeking the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor.

Alaska holds referendum on oil company taxes
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska voters will decide if their old system for taxing oil companies is better than the new one.

The referendum on Tuesday's ballot asks voters if they want to reject the 2013 law, championed by Gov. Sean Parnell. It replaced the production tax that was pushed by former Gov. Sarah Palin.

Critics say Palin's plan was an investment killer. It gave tax credits for investment, but contained a progressive surcharge that companies say ate too deeply into profits.

Referendum advocates contend Parnell could have fine-tuned Palin's oil tax measure but instead pushed the new law, which they say gives tax breaks to profitable petroleum companies at the expense of revenue that belongs to the people of Alaska.

US Senate race draws focus in Alaska primary
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's primary election is today as three Republicans wage a contentious campaign to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.

The race is important to Republicans nationally since Begich, a first-term incumbent Democrat, is seen as vulnerable and the GOP needs a net gain of six seats to take control of the Senate.

The Alaska GOP Senate race mirrors national trends, with tea party conservatives trying to knock out mainstream Republicans. The race features former state attorney general and natural resources commissioner Dan Sullivan, current Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and tea party favorite and 2010 GOP primary winner Joe Miller.

Sullivan has the support of national Republican power brokers and groups like Club for Growth. Miller is largely considered a wild card and long-shot, while Treadwell has cast himself as the "electable" conservative.

Primary Election Day 2014
Today is Primary Election Day in Alaska. Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm. If you are not sure where to vote you may call 1-888-383-8683 or visit

The primary will decide the hard-fought, first-round battle for U.S. Senate in Alaska and whether to reinstate an oil tax system that was a legacy of Sarah Palin's short tenure as governor.

Here are five more things to know about the primary:

—BIG MONEY: Alaska's U.S. Senate race is the first major race in the state during the era of super PACs and it comes with high stakes: Republicans see the state as key to their efforts to wrest back control of the chamber. The seat is currently held by a first-term Democratic incumbent, Mark Begich, who is putting up a hard fight.

In the lead-up to the primary, a super PAC backing Begich spent about $4 million against the presumptive GOP front-runner, former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan. About $1.2 million has been spent against Begich, according to the web-based Influence Tracker, with millions more waiting in the wings heading toward the general election.

—SENATE SLATE: Begich's only primary opposition is from a Brooklyn, New York, man who has been a non-factor. The Republican contest is considered a three-man race between Sullivan, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller. The Libertarian and Alaskan Independence parties are fielding candidates, as well. Begich wants all the eventual nominees included in debates he participates in.

—OIL TAX REPEAL: Ballot Measure 1 asks voters whether they want to repeal the oil tax cuts passed by lawmakers in 2013 and revert to the system enacted under Palin in 2007. A "yes" vote favors repeal. According to the Division of Elections, only three referenda have ever appeared on a statewide ballot, two of which passed, one in 2000, one in 1976.

—OTHER RACES: The ballot also features U.S. House and gubernatorial primaries, though no upsets are expected. The attention in both those has largely been focused on the general.

Eleven Candidates file for Assembly, School Board
After a flurry of last-minute filing, when the dust cleared, the following is the list of certified candidates for the three open Assembly positions:

The one Area-wide Assembly position that was open drew 3 candidates: Norton Gregory, Maria Gladziszewski and Tony Yorba. Incumbent Assembly member Carlton Smith is not running for re-election.

For the Assembly District 1 seat, Jessie Kiehl looks to keep his current position without opposition.

For the Assembly District 2 seat, Debbie White, Karla Hart, David Fox, Kory Hunt and Joshua Warren are all running for the seat currently held by Randy Wanamaker, who has decided not to seek another term.

For the two open School Board seats; Sean O'Brien will run un-opposed and Brian Holst was certified as a candidate without any other opposition.

UPDATE: Ex-Marine charged with murder after body found
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a former Marine with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned Southern California mine shaft.

The San Bernardino County Superior Court's web site says prosecutors on Tuesday charged 24-year-old Christopher Brandon Lee with murder.

Lee was arrested Sunday in Anchorage, Alaska, in connection with the death of 19-year-old Erin Corwin.

Authorities say Corwin and Lee were having an "intimate relationship" before she disappeared in Southern California in June. Court papers say Corwin was pregnant at the time.

Authorities searched a vast, remote area some 130 miles east of Los Angeles for Corwin for nearly two months and found her body Saturday in an abandoned mine shaft.

Corwin disappeared June 28 from her home in Twentynine Palms, where her Marine husband was stationed.

Port of Anchorage project need $300M to complete
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan estimates the city needs about $300 million in additional funding to complete the Port of Anchorage construction project.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports Sullivan spoke about the troubled project Monday after a week of meetings with shippers, port administrators and employees of CH2M Hill, the company managing the project.

The city has spent more than $300 million over the past decade on a rail line, roads, utilities, drainage systems, acreage and a new dock. Construction stalled in 2009, after initial cost estimates soared from $211 million to $1 billion.

Sullivan says the city expects to have a new plan by November and construction could resume in 2015.

Princess Cruises tour bus in Alaska collision
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Princess Cruises tour bus was involved in a collision with a truck Monday afternoon on Parks Highway near Cantwell.

KTUU reports the cruise company says the bus was traveling from Mt. McKinley Princess Lodge to Denali when it was rear-ended by a semi-truck with a double tractor trailer.

Alaska State Troopers report the truck driver was flown to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Princess spokesman Bruce Bustamente says there were 44 passengers on the bus and 10 were injured, but the injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. They were taken to a hospital.

Troopers say the bus had stopped at an Alaska Railroad crossing, but the truck did not stop.

Magnitude 4 earthquake in Cook Inlet region
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude 4 earthquake was recorded at 2:11 a.m. Tuesday in the Cook Inlet region of Alaska.

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center in Fairbanks says it was centered near the Iliamna volcano, which is 34 miles southwest of the Redoubt volcano, 137 miles southwest of Anchorage and 60 miles west of Homer.

There are no reports the quake was felt.

Public comment period opens for Denali bridges
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — National Park Service officials say the agency is considering whether to replace two pedestrian bridges at Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve.

The agency is taking public comments through Sept. 17 for an environmental assessment for the possible project, which would take place next summer at Hotel Creek.

Officials say the Healy Overlook and Taiga Trail bridges were built near the water surface and usually capture water flow on top of winter ice.

Officials say this creates ice dams on the bridges that usually don't melt until mid-June, resulting in unsafe conditions.

According to officials, a new bridge would serve both trails.

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Man injured in Bethel police shooting identified
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - The name of the 31-year-old Bethel man wounded in a police-involved shooting has been released.

KYUK says the family of Aaron Moses released his name. Authorities have not confirmed the name.

Alaska State Troopers say the state Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting involving a Bethel police officer who reportedly shot the man during an altercation in a residential neighborhood.

According to the radio station, a family member says Moses was stable Monday in the intensive care unit at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

Troopers say officers encountered a man holding a baseball bat and tried to control him, including using an electronic stun gun. Troopers say a struggle followed and an officer was struck with the bat.

Troopers say an officer shot the man.

Murkowski: Will work to elect Republican senator
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is questioning how Alaskans have benefited from having a Democratic senator in recent years.

Murkowski told reporters she would work hard after Tuesday's primary to help ensure Republicans win the seat held by Democrat Mark Begich, who is seeking re-election.

She said it's been six years of having a Democrat "supposedly working with" a Democratic administration. She said she didn't see how Alaskans had gained from that.

While she has not publicly said who she is voting for, Murkowski said she had two good friends running, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and former state attorney general Dan Sullivan.

She didn't mention tea party favorite Joe Miller, who's also running. Miller beat Murkowski in the 2010 GOP primary but she won the general election with a write-in campaign.

Searchers find missing Cook Inlet hunter
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A hunter missing in Cook Inlet for two days has been found.

KTUU-TV reports 41-year-old George Green was picked up by a Coast Guard helicopter Monday morning.

The agency says he is in good condition.

He was found about 1.5 miles inland east of the Little Susitna River.

Green left the Anchorage at noon Saturday in a 10-foot fiberglass skiff. He had planned to boat to Port MacKenzie and return Saturday night.

The Coast Guard, Anchorage firefighters and Alaska State Troopers searched for Green on Sunday without success.

Fermented fish investigated after village death
LOWER KALSKAG, Alaska (AP) — An autopsy has been ordered for a man from a Kuskokwim River village who complained of health problems after eating fermented fish.

Alaska State Troopers say 59-year-old Allen Nook of Lower Kalskag was found dead Friday in his home.

Nook had reported eating fermented fish two days earlier.

He told others in the village he felt sick and was seeing double.

A community member checked on Nook early Friday afternoon and found him unresponsive. Village medical personnel responded and he was pronounced dead 20 minutes later.

Troopers say no foul play is suspected.

Lower Kalskag is a community of 300 about 89 miles northeast of Bethel and 350 miles west of Anchorage.

UPDATE: Body of Marine's missing wife found in mine shaft
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The body of the missing, pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine has been found deep in an abandoned mine shaft in Southern California, where her husband had been stationed.

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said Monday that the remains of 20-year-old Erin Corwin were found Saturday and were identified by dental records Sunday.

Her alleged lover and former neighbor, 24-year-old Christopher Brandon Lee, was arrested at 9 p.m. Sunday at a traffic stop in Anchorage, Alaska, on an extradition warrant out of California.

Alleged lover of Marine's missing wife arrested
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The alleged lover of the pregnant missing wife of a U.S. Marine based in Southern California has been arrested in Alaska on a homicide charge.

Jennifer Castro, a spokesman for the Anchorage Police Department, said Monday that 24-year-old Christopher Brandon Lee was arrested at 9 p.m. Sunday at a traffic stop on a warrant out of California.

Castro says San Bernardino County officials have charged Lee with homicide.

Court papers show Lee was the lover of 20-year-old Erin Corwin, who disappeared June 28 after leaving her Twentynine Palms home.

Corwin had planned to meet Lee for a hunting trip. Marine Cpl. Jonathan Corwin reported his wife missing the next day.

An affidavit says the investigation focused on Lee and the unborn child may have been his.

Man accused of setting off 'seal bombs' in tunnel
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Ketchikan man has pleaded not guilty to allegations he detonated bombs used for scaring seals from fishing nets inside a tunnel in that southeast community last month.

Joseph Duane Brown was indicted on a felony charge of receipt and possession of explosive materials by a prohibited person. The 39-year-old is a convicted felon, prohibited from possessing explosive materials.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Schmidt said no one was injured in the July 4 incident, though a taxi was driving through a tunnel at the time the bombs went off. He said there also was no damage to the tunnel.

Schmidt said "seal bombs" are legal to own with the proper license and are roughly the size of a firecracker.

US Senate race the focus in Alaska primary
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The tea party is hoping for primary magic again in Alaska, where they hope fellow conservative voters will help Joe Miller win the Senate race like 2010.

Miller is one of the three major Republicans vying for the seat held by Democratic Mark Begich, who is seeking re-election. The others are Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and former attorney general Dan Sullivan, the presumptive front-runner.

Tuesday's ballot also will feature a referendum on the state's new oil production tax. Voters will narrow fields in races for U.S. House, governor and lieutenant governor.

Republicans see Alaska as key to their efforts to regain control of the U.S. Senate. They need to pick up six seats.

The state GOP has vowed to unite behind the eventual nominee in the cause of defeating Begich.

Astronaut Aldrin endorses Treadwell in Senate race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Space pioneer Buzz Aldrin has endorsed Mead Treadwell in Alaska's Republican U.S. Senate primary.

While Aldrin is not from Alaska, he said he has known Treadwell for nearly 30 years. In a statement, he praised Treadwell's work as chairman of the Aerospace States Association and efforts to help make Alaska a testing ground for drones.

Aldrin also helped raise money for a project, in memory of Treadwell's late wife, that helped to bring thousands of students to the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward.

In 1969, Aldrin was one of the first men to walk on the moon.

Treadwell faces two high-profile candidates for the GOP nomination in Tuesday's primary: presumptive front-runner Dan Sullivan and tea party favorite Joe Miller, who also has trotted out celebrity endorsements, including Sarah Palin.

City considers new strategy for Anchorage port
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The municipality of Anchorage is looking at another strategy for revamping the city's port, this time abandoning flawed construction to the north and downsizing the project.

Alaska Dispatch News reports that more than 50 people tied to the beleaguered project are meeting in Anchorage beginning Monday for a weeklong planning session.

Officials expect the session to result in the selection of three possible design plans.

Lindsey Whitt, a spokeswoman for Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, says engineering firm CH2M Hill will present a prepared design by November. The company has taken over management of the project.

The project first got underway in 2003. Construction on the port halted in 2009 when inspections revealed some steel sheets for a dock had bent, jammed and separated, threatening structure's integrity.

Landing gear fails on experimental aircraft
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A 56-year-old Wasilla pilot crash landed over the weekend near Healy when the landing gear failed on his experimental aircraft.

Alaska State Troopers say Randy Tyler was not hurt in the crash.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Tyler on Saturday morning attempted to land at an airstrip at St. George Creek east of Healy.

The Federal Aviation Administration notified troopers of the crash just before noon.

The aircraft was damaged so badly it could not be flown.

A trooper helicopter flew to the site and gave Tyler a ride to Fairbanks.

Troopers say he is making arrangements to recover the damaged aircraft.

CG assists boaters near Ketchikan
JUNEAU, Alaska – A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Ketchikan assisted two boaters after their 15-foot vessel became disabled near Ketchikan, Sunday.

The boatcrew safely transferred the boaters to the Coast Guard vessel and took the disabled vessel in tow before transporting them to Knuduson Cove.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Juneau were notified by the Ketchikan Police Department after they received a call from one of the boaters that their vessel had been swamped by waves and became disabled. Station Ketchikan immediately launched a Response Boat – Small crew to assist.

“The boaters went out without a radio or GPS, but were fortunate enough to make an emergency call to the Ketchikan Police Department with a weak cell phone signal,” said Lt. j.g. Eric Ferree, Sector Juneau command center watchstander. “We can’t stress enough the importance of taking a VHF marine radio when underway, especially since cell phones don't work everywhere in Alaska.”

Weather on scene was reported as 17 mph winds and 3-foot seas.

Sterling woman enters plea in parking lot shooting
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A 28-year-old Sterling woman who fired shots at a car in a Kenai parking lot has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of weapons misconduct.

The Peninsula Clarion reports Ashley Nelund changed her plea last week in Kenai Superior Court and will be sentenced Nov. 25.

She also entered a guilty plea to a felony drug charge not connected to the shooting.

Two counts of felony assault were reduced to misdemeanors as part of the plea deal.

Kenai police say Nelund on Nov. 1 approached a 17-year-old boy and another person driving a car outside the Kenai Walmart and said she was owed money.

Police say the driver took off and Nelund opened fire.

Nelund told police she fired three shots at the car's bumper to scare the occupants.

Flood Advisory cancelled

The National Weather Service says the urban and small stream flood advisory has been cancelled.

Bus crashes as driver loses consciousness, dies
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — A seafood company bus driver died as he drove employees Sunday morning and seven on board were injured when the bus went off the road.

The Peninsula Clarion reports 59-year-old Steven Battershall of Sterling died at the scene.

Twenty people were on board the Snug Harbor Seafoods bus. Troopers say injuries to the seven passengers were not life-threatening.

Battershall lost consciousness and the bus left the roadway after 7:30 a.m. at Mile 90 Sterling Highway.

The bus continued about a quarter mile over a gravel pile near Fellman Machinery, reached a wooded area and hit a tree.

Brad Nelson of Kenai Peninsula Central Emergency Services says the employees were not familiar with the area and it took dispatchers a while to determine the crash location.

[Sunday August 17th, 2014  7th  EDITION 6:07 P. M.]

Flood advisory
The National Weather Service says the urban and small stream flood advisory remains in effect until 6:00 PM Monday for the Taiya River near Skagway and Montana and Jordan Creeks near Juneau.

As of 5:15 PM rainfall rates over the affected area have diminished significantly and are expected to remain light before stopping altogether Monday night.

At 5:00 PM the Taiya River was at 16.8 feet and still rising. The river is expected to crest around 16.9 feet later tonight. Flood stage for the Taiya is 16.5 feet.

Jordan Creek has risen steadily through the day, reaching 9.1 feet but still below bankfull by this afternoon. The creek is expected to remain below a flood stage of 9.7 feet and cresting near 9.3 feet later this evening.

Montana Creek rose very sharply through the late morning and into the afternoon, reaching a stage of 14.7 feet by 5:00 PM.  Water 4 to 6 inches deep has been flowing over the low water crossing on Montana Creek Road for several hours.  The creek is beginning to show signs of cresting and will fall rapidly overnight tonight.

Rain will cause considerable ponding of water in low lying areas, near culverts, and along small creeks and drainages.

If you live near or along the Taiya River near Skagway or Montana Creek in Juneau stay alert and be prepared to take action.

Mudslides remain possible in areas of steep terrain.

Remain cautious when in low-lying areas and report any minor flooding to your law enforcement agency. They will relay your report to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Juneau.

(Muddy water from Gold Creek fills channel Sunday)

Juneau police: death on cruise ship not suspicious
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau Police say an 87-year-old Missouri woman, Corrine Underwood, died of natural causes on a cruise ship in Juneau last week.

Police investigated the death after the woman's body was found on the Holland America Oosterdam while the ship was in port.

Police were required to investigate since the death was not attended.

Don Young introduces fianc? at church event
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Rep. Don Young is engaged.

The 81-year-old introduced Anne Garland Walton as his fianc?, to applause, during "Candidate Sunday" at an Anchorage mega-church on Sunday.

Young spokesman Matt Shuckerow said the congressman attends the church, Anchorage Baptist Temple, when he is in town.

Walton, a flight nurse from Fairbanks, said later that no date had been set. She said the engagement has been unofficial for some time.

Shuckerow said Walton is in her 70s.

Young is a widower; his wife, Lu, died in 2009.

Young is currently the longest serving Republican in the U.S. House. He is seeking his 22nd term.

Miller expresses confidence ahead of primary
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller is expressing confidence in winning Tuesday's primary.

In a recent debate, the tea party favorite said if he did not win, he would support either of his main GOP rivals, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell or former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan. This came after Miller, for months, declined to commit to pledging such support.

Miller's campaign has cast Sullivan and Treadwell as establishment candidates, while touting Miller as a "constitutional conservative" who will stand up against the status quo.

When asked how he could back an "establishment" candidate, Miller said he believes he's going to win. If he doesn't, he said he'll continue to fight the establishment.

Asked how he reconciles his positions, his wife started to pull him away, calling the questioning argumentative.

Parnell: Repeal effort will affect state's future
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell said he's more concerned about Alaska's future than his own political fate if the oil tax referendum passes on Tuesday.

Parnell championed the tax structure the referendum seeks to replace as a way to encourage investment and boost production. Critics say the tax cuts Parnell backed amount to a giveaway to Big Oil.

Neither Parnell nor the major Democratic candidate, Byron Mallott, is expected to have any real problem winning their respective primaries. The general election ballot also will feature Bill Walker, who finished behind Parnell in the 2010 GOP gubernatorial primary but is running this time as an independent.

Both Walker and Mallott support the referendum.

Parnell said if the referendum succeeds, it will be a moment of great uncertainty and risk for the state.

Fort Wainwright on list for potential downsizing
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Army has proposed cutting about 5,800 soldiers and civilian positions from Fort Wainwright as one of many options it is exploring for possible force reductions.

The Daily News-Miner says final decisions haven't been made on where the reductions will be, but such a cut would reduce the workforce at Fort Wainwright to 1,600. It could also potentially hurt the Fairbanks economy, where about 23 percent of the population is military or dependent on the military.

The Army is taking public comment through Aug. 25 on the impacts of possible force reductions over the 2015-2020 timeframe.

Civic leaders in Fairbanks are encouraging residents to write the Army about the proposal and to show up in large numbers at an Army listening session to be held sometime this winter.

New rule on initiatives being tested this election
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Fairbanks Borough Assembly passed a rule last year making it easier for voters to understand ballot initiatives by inviting both sides of an issue to file statements explaining their positions.

But the law also says a statement from one side can't run without a statement from the other side.

So far, elections officials haven't gotten statements from both sides in two initiatives on this fall's ballot.

The Daily News-Miner reports that the borough clerk's office hasn't received a statement in support of a home heating initiative that bans the borough from regulating air quality. It also hasn't gotten an opposing statement for another initiative that would limit property taxes.

That's prompted some to ask for changes in the law.

Coast Guard, agency partners searching for overdue boater near Anchorage, Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers and Anchorage Fire Department personnel are searching for an overdue 41-year-old boater in the Knik Arm near Anchorage, Alaska, Sunday morning.

The search includes a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, Anchorage Fire Department boat crews and Alaska State Troopers searching from shore near Point Mackenzie.

George Green was reported overdue after he did not return from a hunting trip on time Saturday night.
Green departed from the boat ramp in the Port of Anchorage bound for Point Mackenzie on Saturday at noon in a 10-foot, beige fiberglass skiff.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Green should contact the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center at 907-428-4100.

Killer whale throws sea lion 20 feet into the air in Ketchikan
While aboard the fishing vessel Sierra Dawn, Anglers Adventures of Ketchikan filmed a sea lion being tossed twenty feet into the air by a killer whale Friday morning.

In Alaska, a distinct feel to getting out the vote
EAGLE RIVER, Alaska (AP) — The underdogs in Alaska's GOP Senate primary Tuesday are hoping personal connections make the difference against a well-financed front-runner.

Neither Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell nor tea party favorite Joe Miller has raised the money that former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan has. They can't match the size of Sullivan's campaign staff.

Also, Sullivan has been running ads for months and has his own network of local volunteers.

Treadwell is counting on his decades-long ties to the state and promises of support to prevail.

Miller, who fell short in a 2010 Senate race, has retained a loyal following of backers. They're a constant presence on streets corners and wave signs.

The primary winner is expected to face the incumbent, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

No drama expected in Alaska US House primaries
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — No drama is expected in the GOP U.S. House primary, with Rep. Don Young expected to advance over little-known challengers in pursuit of a 22nd term.

On the Democratic side, Ivy League-educated upstart Forrest Dunbar is the favorite, having won the state party's endorsement. He faces perennial candidate Frank Vondersaar.

Young has served in Congress for longer than the 29-year-old Dunbar has been alive and is currently the longest-serving Republican in the House. Though Young has made news recently for gaffes and being rebuked for violating House ethics rules, he insists he's the best man for the job.

Dunbar argues Young is no longer effective.

Dunbar has been crisscrossing the state, running an attention-getting, cheeky campaign using the tagline "Run, Forrest, Run" in a nod to the movie "Forrest Gump."

Researchers study Kuskokwim River smelt
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Researchers are looking at Kuskokwim River smelt this summer as part of a mine environmental impact statement study.

Larry Moulton with Owl Ridge Natural Resources Consultants and a team followed the small fish up the river by helicopter and spotted a large school of smelt just above Kalskag one evening.

The fish were gone the next morning when the team returned. Moulton says the fish had apparently spawned.

KYUK reports researchers collected samples of clumps of eggs from the gravel and sand at the bottom of the river.

Moulton says the fast exit of the smelt after spawning contrasts with other studies. For example, smelt spent a couple weeks in the river around Togiak before moving out.

The research is part of a Donlin Mine environmental study.

August 16th, 2014  5TH  EDITION 6:08 P. M.]

Duck Derby 2014 huge success
It was quite a scene at Twin Lakes Park Saturday afternoon. There were over six thousand rubber ducks dropped from a helicopter; six young ladies from the Glacier Swim Club braved the frigid water as they dove from a One People Canoe Society canoe to swim to a corral that housed the ducks in order to randomly pluck the lucky ducks.

The winners were:

6th place $500 - Rich Berg and Jennifer Nebert
5th place $1000 - Don Meyer
4th place $1500 - Sion Colmus
3rd place $2000 - Kathy Smikrud
2nd place $2500 Deborah Morse

1st place $2500 and 2 airline tickets- Kercia Schroeder

The Glacier Valley Rotary Club sold all 6250 ducks available this year.

Club President Charity MacKinnon thanked all of Juneau for their support.

Authorities try to identify remains near Seward
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers are trying to identify human remains discovered by a sheep hunter near Seward.

Authorities say the hunter was hiking near the Tonsina Creek Trail when he found a partial jawbone at the top of a mountain.

Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen tells KTUU that there are eight people listed as missing in the Seward and Crown Point area since 1993. Three are women and five are men.

The state medical examiner's office is trying to identify the person and the cause of death.

The remains were discovered on Monday.

Eielson housing provider rejects borough tax deal
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A private company that recently took over management of housing on Eielson Air Force Base has rejected a deal that would have reduced its property tax bill.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough had offered a substantial discount off the $1.8 million property tax bill. But Corvias Military Living says the proposed $580,000 payment in lieu of taxes would negatively affect service members and their families.

Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins tells the Daily News-Miner that he believes the deal is fair. The borough has had a similar deal with privatized housing on Fort Wainwright since 2009.

Corvias spokesman Mark Nettles says the company is looking for a solution with the Air Force and others.

Bikes stolen from couple on transcontinental ride
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Police say a couple riding from Alaska to South America had their bicycles stolen in Washington state.

Mount Vernon police say they're asking the public to help them find the bikes, described as a black Trek hybrid with blue trim and a black Apollo Trace 2.0 hybrid. The Trek had two black bags on the back tire with a yellow bag above, as well as gray bags on the front tire. The other bike had two black bags on the back tire and two red bags on the front tire.

Police say the bags had the couple's clothing, sleeping bags, tents and other travel items.

The bikes were taken when the couple stopped to have dinner in downtown Mount Vernon.

Voters to decide fate of Alaska oil production tax
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaskans head to the polls Tuesday to decide if their old system for taxing oil companies is better than the new one.

Ballot Measure No. 1 asks voters if they want to reject the 2013 law that its supporters have dubbed the "More Alaska Production Act."

It replaced the production tax championed by former Gov. Sarah Palin, known as "Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share," or ACES.

Critics say ACES was an investment killer. It gave tax credits for investment but contained a progressive surcharge that companies say ate too deeply into profits, discouraging new investment.

Referendum advocates contend Gov. Sean Parnell could have fine-tuned ACES but instead pushed the new law, which gives huge tax breaks to profitable petroleum companies at the expense of revenue that belongs to the people of Alaska.

[Friday August 15th, 2014  13th  EDITION 6:50 P. M.]

Juneau Radio Center helps stuff the bus
The Juneau Radio Center is helping to host the "Stuff The Bus - K Through 8 - School Supply Drive" at Fred Meyer on Saturday.

We will be in the parking lot with the First Student Bus from 11 to 5. Bring new clothes, gym shoes, boots, backpacks, coats, and school supplies to be distributed throughout the school district and to children in need. Check our Facebook page for more items requested. There will be collection boxes inside the store for donations too.

The TMHS Falcons Basketball Team with be there with the Juneau Radio Center to help collect back to school items to help stuff the bus, Saturday at Fred Meyer.

JPD Crime of the Week: stolen outboard
Juneau Police Department's Lieutenant David Campbell says a mid 1990’s Yamaha 9.9 horsepower outboard motor valued at $800 was stolen from a boat on Friday August 8. The boat had been parked at a residence on Back Loop Road near Auke Lake.

Anyone with information is encouraged to log on to the Juneau Crime Line Web site and report their tip.

Man indicted by federal grand jury for explosive materials
Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced Friday that Joseph Duane Brown, 39, of Juneau, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for receipt and possession of explosive materials by a prohibited person.

Brown was charged in a one-count indictment that on or about July 4, 2013, while having been previously convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly receive and possess, explosive materials, specifically perchlorate explosive mixture and cap sensitive ammonium nitrate explosive mixture.

Trial is currently scheduled for October 7, 2014.

Brown faces a maximum sentence of ten years of imprisonment, $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release for receipt and possession of explosive materials by a prohibited person.

Palin endorses Miller in Senate race
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has endorsed Joe Miller in this state's GOP U.S. Senate primary.

Palin, in a Facebook post, said Miller has the "guts, wisdom, experience, and optimism to fight for what is right — and win."

Palin endorsed Miller, a tea party favorite, during his unsuccessful Senate bid in 2010. He upset Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the GOP primary that year but Murkowski waged an historic write-in campaign to keep her job.

This latest endorsement comes days before Tuesday's contested primary, which also features Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan, whom Palin appointed as her attorney general in 2009 shortly before resigning as governor.

During a debate aired Thursday night, in which the candidates were asked what Alaskans, past or present, inspired them, Miller said Palin.

Troopers probe Bethel officer-involved shooting
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Alaska state authorities have launched an investigation of a shooting involving a Bethel police officer who reportedly a shot 31-year-old man in the abdomen during an altercation.

Alaska State Troopers say the incident reported Friday is being investigated by the state Bureau of Investigation.

KYUK reports the man was stabilized, then transported to Anchorage for further treatment. One officer was treated for injuries.

The radio station says police responded to an ongoing disturbance Friday morning in a residential neighborhood.

Troopers say officers encountered a man holding a baseball bat and tried to control him, including using an electronic stun gun. Troopers say a struggle followed and an officer was struck with the bat.

Troopers say an officer drew his firearm and shot the man.

No names were immediately released. Bethel Police Chief Andre Achee did not immediately return a call Friday afternoon from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Coast Guard Auxiliary rescues mariners near Homer, Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Auxiliarist and Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island crewmembers rescued mariners aboard a disabled vessel 20 miles southwest of Homer Friday morning.

The Auxiliarist and two Roanoke Island crewmembers took the disabled vessel in tow with the Auxiliary vessel Quanah P and safely returned to Homer.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received the report of a disabled 23-foot pleasure craft with two people aboard late Thursday night. The watchstanders issued a marine assistance request broadcast, and contacted the Homer Auxiliary after no one responded.

The rescue crew located and rendezvoused with the disabled vessel and towed them safely back to Homer, arriving in the early morning.

"The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a vital part of our ability to assist mariners in Alaska," said Lt. j. g. Laura Gadziala, a command duty officer at Sector Anchorage. "Our partnership and joint training with the Auxiliary makes us ready to respond during cases."

Weather on scene was reported as 15 mph winds and 2-foot seas.

New UAA arena not just a sports venue
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials at the University of Alaska Anchorage are getting ready to show off their new arena.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports the $110 million, 192,000-square-foot Alaska Airlines Center will officially open next month with a volleyball tournament. But it will also host its first concern when the Southern rock band Alabama Shakes performs Sept. 13.

The arena is most often talked about as a 5,000-seat sports venue. The Great Alaska Shootout will be played there this year instead of Sullivan Arena, and basketball and volleyball teams will call the arena home.

But there also will be 10 to 12 non-sports events, like concerts and speakers. Even the old notion of stadium food will be taken up a notch with a restaurant serving wine, beer and food like artisan pizzas.

Fairbanks airport warns people of screening delays
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fairbanks International Airport officials are urging travelers on departing flights to arrive earlier than usual because of expected screening delays.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports there is a problem with one of the scanners used by Transportation Safety Administration agents to examine passengers' carry-on bags.

Airport spokeswoman Angie Spear says security lines at the airport are longer than normal because the scanner broke Wednesday evening. Flights affected are with Alaska, United, Delta and Frontier airlines.

Spear says the airport issued an alert because many people are comfortable arriving only an hour or an hour and a half before their flights from Fairbanks.

Spear says TSA personnel have ordered the necessary parts to fix the equipment. She says the airport hopes repairs will be made by Monday at the latest.

Cleanup underway at Cold War radio site in Alaska
PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — A federal contractor is removing soil contaminated by fuel and debris at a Cold War mountaintop radio site near Petersburg.

The Kupreanof Island site was a manned U.S. Air Force communications station, one of 18 built in Alaska in the 1950s, and part of an early warning system to relay radio communications to Colorado Springs during the Cold War.

While the Air Force removed over 100 fuel barrels from the site in 2000, fuel drums and other debris remain. KFSK reports the contractor has documented fuel, chemicals and heavy metals in the soil and groundwater.

Air Force project manager Lori Roy said clean soil will refill the excavated sites. The hope is to complete the work by September.

Project costs have been estimated at $3.5 million.

2 Democrats vie for lieutenant governor election
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two Democrats seeking to be Alaska's next lieutenant governor are competing in Tuesday's primary for the chance to face presumed Republican winner, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, in the November general election.

The Democratic candidates are state Senate Minority Leader Hollis French of Anchorage and Palmer math teacher Bob Williams. Sullivan faces token competition.

Alaska's current lieutenant governor, Republican Mead Treadwell, is seeking his party's nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Begich.

Independent lieutenant governor candidate Craig Fleener is running in the general with independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker.

French, who lost the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2010, decided this time to support Byron Mallott for governor and instead run for lieutenant governor.

In Alaska, the party candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run as a ticket.

Alaska gubernatorial races low-key for primary
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Leading into Tuesday's primary, Alaska's gubernatorial campaigns have been largely overshadowed by hard-driving runs for a U.S. Senate seat and a ballot referendum to repeal the current version of the state's oil tax.

Expect the race for governor to fire up for the November general election.

Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell and Democratic challenger Byron Mallott only have token rivals in the primary and thus far have waged low-key campaigns. Each is expected to breeze through the primary, setting up a three-way race when independent candidate Bill Walker joins them on the November ballot.

Political observers say Parnell holds an edge, not just as the incumbent, but because any anti-Parnell vote will be fractured between his competitors.

Mallott's campaign and Walker disagree, saying their campaigns are picking up momentum.

RNC busy in Alaska
With the balance of power of the U S Senate possibly at stake, the Republican National Committee has been busy in Alaska.

Kyle Kohli, RNC Alaska Communications Director in a statement said, “Recognizing the importance of replacing Obama rubber stamp Mark Begich this November, the RNC has made an unprecedented effort in Alaska, putting resources in the state earlier than ever before.

The RNC has been on the ground since last summer with offices and we now have 11 staffers with plans to expand to identify voters and recruit hundreds of precinct captains for our new data-driven, locally-powered get out the vote operation.”

The primary election is Tuesday August 19. The GOP will choose a candidate to battle incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Begich in the general election in November.

Fistfight escalates into beating; bystander shot
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage teenager was beaten and a bystander shot as two dozen people gathered Wednesday night to watch a fistfight.

KTUU-TV reports police afterward arrested three people in a parking lot on Old Seward Highway.

Police say two young men had an ongoing dispute and planned to fight outside a Sports Authority store.

One participant ended up being beaten by three young men. Someone in the crowd fired shots in the air, leading to gunfire by others.

Police say a 16-year-old girl was hit by a bullet and suffered a non-life-threatening injury. She and the injured boy were taken to a hospital.

A 17-year-old boy was charged with assault.

Two adults with outstanding warrants also were arrested and a 22-year-old man was cited for driving with a suspended license.

Parnell signs resolution opposing Beringia park
NOME, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell has signed a state Senate resolution urging the federal government to stop development of Beringia International Park.

KNOM-radio reports the resolution was sponsored by state Sen. Cathy Giessel (GEE'-sel), an Anchorage Republican.

She says the park is a United Nations designation that could affect the use of Alaska natural resources.

National Park Service spokesman John Quinley says work on the Beringia Shared Heritage Program already is halted. He says the United States suspended almost all bilateral engagements with Russia because of the Ukraine situation.

The Park Service in February issued a letter noting what it said were factual errors in Geisel's resolution.

The agency disputes that the state and Congress did not have the opportunity to comment on the memorandum of understanding.

Miller says he'll back Alaska GOP Senate nominee
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller says he will support the eventual GOP nominee if he doesn't win Tuesday's primary.

For months, Miller, a tea party favorite, said he would not commit to supporting either Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell or Dan Sullivan, stoking fears that the party would be divided in a race Republicans see as key to their efforts to win back control of the Senate.

But near the end of a televised debate Thursday night, Miller said he would support Treadwell or Sullivan, if he himself is not successful. He said he would do everything he can to see that incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich is defeated.

Both Treadwell and Sullivan have said they would support the eventual nominee, should they lose.

Seattle cat who fled as owners moved gets plane ride, reunion
SEATTLE - A Seattle cat that ran off as his family prepared to move has been reunited with his people — thanks to a neighbor, a shelter and an airline employee who volunteered to transport him by air.

Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says Itty Bitty Kitty fled as his owners prepared to move to Ohio. Owner Beth Lewis postponed her trip for two weeks but finally had to leave.

By the time a neighbor found the orange and white tabby and took him to a shelter called Kitty Harbor, the 14-pound feline weighed only 5 pounds, had a throat gash and was missing teeth. Lewis was thrilled, but couldn't drive or fly back to Seattle. And Kitty couldn't fly as cargo, due to his health.

The shelter says 10 people who read about the cat's plight on Facebook volunteered to help. Alaska Airlines employee Robin Yong was able to do it quickly. Earlier this month, she took a red-eye flight to Chicago, then drove 2 1/2 hours to Lafayette, Indiana. Beth Lewis drove two hours from Dayton, Ohio, for the transfer.

Lewis says her pet is doing well — and she adds, "I don't even let him see the door!"

[Thursday August 14th, 2014  14th  EDITION 5:01 P.M.]

Juneau fugitive arrested, missing child safe in California
A child reported missing from Juneau in 2013 has been found in California.

Under Operation Pickup, the U.S. Marshals Service in Alaska assisted the Alaska State Troopers and the Juneau Police Department in locating fugitive Jessica Rodriguez (also known as Jessica Barranco.)

Rodriguez/Barranco was arrested Wednesday in Riverside County, California. She fled Juneau in July of 2013 with a child.

The missing child was safely recovered and placed into the custody of Child Protective Services in California until being reunited with the father.

A warrant had been issued in Juneau in June of 2014 for Rodriguez/Barranco concerning Custodial Interference.

Seattle man dies while diving off dredge near Nome
NOME, Alaska (AP) — A 39-year-old Seattle man has died while diving off a gold dredge outside Nome.

KNOM reports the body of Sean Beals was found late Wednesday evening.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says another crew member on the Argo noticed Beals floating in the water about four miles east of Nome and a quarter-mile offshore.

The tender's crew member pulled Beals on deck, where lifesaving measures were attempted. Responders took him to Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome, where he was declared dead.

Peters says foul play isn't suspected, and the cause of death has not yet been confirmed. The body was flown 525 miles southeast to Anchorage, where the State Medical Examiner was to conduct an autopsy.

Swarm of bees invade North Pole Grange Hall
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The buzz around North Pole isn't a happy sound.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a swarm of honeybees have been found living above the front door at the Grange Hall. The bees are prompting officials to cancel events there this weekend while they figure out what to do, including an art show, a jam and jellies contest and a dance. But a giant cabbage weigh-in will go on as scheduled outside.

Grange President John Poirrier says his grandson is allergic to bees, and one tried to attack him this week while mowing.

There are about a hundred bees in the swarm, and commercial spray hasn't deterred them. A consultant tells the Grange that they would likely have to cut into the roof to remove the hive.

Troopers search for escapee in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers are warning people in the Fairbanks area about a potentially dangerous escapee.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 27-year-old Adam Richard Bloom escaped from a van as he was being transferred from one facility to another Thursday.

Troopers say he fled the van when it was stopped to let another passenger out in the Dale Road area.

They say no one should approach Bloom, but call troopers at 907-451-5100 if anyone sees him.

Bloom is in state custody, accused of stealing a $40,000 fiber optics trailer.

Hikers rescued amid 'Into the Wild' bus pilgrimage
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Authorities rescued three hikers making a pilgrimage to an abandoned bus in the Alaska wilderness made famous by the book and film "Into the Wild."

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Thursday that two hikers from Wisconsin and a third with no listed address needed assistance last week after one tripped while holding an ax and suffered minor injuries.

Authorities often are called to help hikers heading to the dilapidated bus on the Stampede Trail near Denali National Park.

The book and movie "Into the Wild" chronicled the life and death of Chris McCandless, who hiked into the Alaska wilderness in April 1992 with little food and equipment and spent the summer living in the bus. McCandless was found dead in the bus almost four months later after starving to death.

Residents press officials on alleged brutality
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Bethel residents are calling for action from city officials over allegations of police brutality against Alaska Natives.

KYUK reports locals gave emotional testimony at the Bethel City Council meeting Tuesday. Among those speaking was Agnes Gregory, the sister of a man whom a witness said was violently arrested by a police officer.

Gregory told the council that people treat their animals better than the treatment her brother received.

According to court documents and a police report, Wassillie Gregory was arrested July 12 by officer Andrew Reid. The witness says the officer used excessive force.

Officials say the incident is being investigated.

City Attorney Patty Burley declined to comment Thursday.

Ferry worker union rejects tentative contract
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A union representing the licensed captains and officers who work on the state ferry system has rejected a tentative contract agreement.

The International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots voted down the proposal by mail-in ballot. Union representative Ron Bressette said he's been with the union since 1992 and has never seen a tentative agreement rejected.

Bressette declined to discuss the final tally. The union represents about 100 workers.

Bressette says many members felt the negotiated wage increases were inadequate. They included no raise the first year, a 1-percent raise in 2015 and a 2-percent raise in 2016.

Next-step options include negotiating a new agreement and arbitration. Bressette said the union hasn't ruled out a strike.

Two other unions also have tentative agreements in place, pending ratification.

Man suffers leg wound in shooting at apartment
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man suffered a leg wound in a late-night shooting at an Anchorage apartment.

Police responded to the gunshot and injury just after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in apartments on Eureka Street in midtown Anchorage.

A witness tells KTUU-TV that a man and woman were in the apartment.

Police say the injured man was taken to a hospital.

Chenega sailings cancelled
Due to mechanical issues with the vessel's fast rescue boat, all FVF Chenega sailings scheduled for Thursday, August 14 are cancelled. Further information will be provided as necessary.

For schedule information, please visit or contact your local terminal by dialing 1-907-465-3941 or toll-free at 1-800-642-0066.

Armed man robs east Anchorage bank
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The FBI says a man brandished a gun and robbed a bank Wednesday in east Anchorage.

The agency says the man at 10:31 a.m. entered the First National Bank on east Northern Lights Boulevard near Boniface Parkway, displayed a gun to a teller and presented a note, which demanded money.

The man fled on foot through the Value Village parking lot.

The FBI describes the man as 5-feet-4-inches to 5-feet-7 inches tall.

He wore a shoulder-length dark wig. He had facial "hair" that the FBI says may have been dirt or cosmetics.

He wore a blue-gray baseball cap with "Portland" on the front and wore multiple layers of clothing. His apparel included a black jacket with a hood, black tennis shoes with white soles and sides.

Family finds wooly mammoth tusks 22 years apart
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A western Alaska man has discovered a wooly mammoth tusk 22 years after his mother found one in the same location.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports Andrew Harrelson, who grew up in White Mountain, found the tusk in a bend of the nearby Fish River.

White Mountain is a village of 200 about 63 miles east of Nome.

Tusks of the extinct wooly mammoth are 12,000 to 400,000 years old.

Harrelson says he has a dim memory of his mother's discovery when he was 3 years old.

Harrelson now works in Nome but was in White Mountain over the weekend. After fishing for salmon, he decided to look for fossils.

He says he spotted the base of the mammoth tusk under a stump.

2 Alaska GOP US Senate candidates debate
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The two more conservative Republicans running for U.S. Senate in Alaska sought to distinguish themselves in a rare, head-to-head debate less than a week before the primary.

Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell found common ground on several issues, including on U.S. military intervention and climate change. Both said the science is inconclusive, though Treadwell said that concerns like ocean acidification cannot be ignored.

The third major candidate in the race, presumptive front-runner Dan Sullivan, did not participate.

He was represented in the Anchorage studio of the Alaska public media debate by an empty chair. His spokesman, Mike Anderson, said earlier in the day that Sullivan planned to spend the evening knocking on doors in the Anchorage and Eagle River areas.

Treadwell made a few references to Sullivan's absence.

Light quake registered in Cook Inlet, Alaska, area
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Earthquake Center says a light earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.4 struck the state's Cook Inlet region late Wednesday night. The center says it has no reports of damage.

The quake recorded at 10:04 p.m. Alaska time was centered about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage at a depth of about 82 miles.

The center says the magnitude may change slightly as additional data are processed.

The tsunami warning center in Palmer, Alaska, says there is no tsunami danger.

IBEW backs repeal of oil tax system
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A union representing about 5,000 members has come out in support of repealing the state's current oil tax system.

KTVA reports the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1547 says the oil tax put into place by the Legislature should be repealed because it doesn't guarantee anything for the state.

Voters in Tuesday's election will decide whether to repeal SB21, which lowered taxes on the oil industry. The intent of the bill championed by Gov. Sean Parnell was to encourage oil companies to invest more into new exploration and production.

Critics have argued it's nothing more than a giveaway to Big Oil, and note there's nothing in the bill that makes the oil companies re-invest any savings from lower taxes in Alaska.

Alaska ice park hosts sand sculpture exhibition
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The organizer of a major Alaska ice sculpture competition is hosting an arctic sand sculpture exhibition in collaboration with artists from China.

The exhibition at Fairbanks-based Ice Alaska began this month and continues in September. Exhibition representatives say financial support comes from the Chinese Fuming Lighting Co. from the Chinese city of Harbin.

Nearly 20 predominantly Chinese artists are participating.

More than 230 dump-truck loads of sand were harvested from the same ponds that generate the ice used for sculptures each winter.

The current exhibition features more than 40 large sand sculptures, a sandbox play area for children and a beach-like setting in Alaska's interior.

Begich to attend Social Security event
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is celebrating the anniversary of Social Security with a member of the 1970s TV variety show Sha Na Na.

Begich is scheduled to appear at an event in Anchorage on Thursday with Jon "Bowzer" Bauman. The two will be marking the 79th anniversary of Social Security.

Begich also will be receiving an award from Social Security Works, a group focused on shoring up Social Security.

[Wednesday August 13th, 2014  15TH  EDITION 6:34 P.M.]

Waters recede, Forest Service reopens most rec areas in Juneau
Flood waters are receding and the Forest Service has reopened all the recreations areas and facilities adjacent to Mendenhall Lake except for Nugget Falls Trail.

The National Weather Service water level gauge at Mendenhall Lake can be monitored here.

Treadwell, Miller to debate without Sullivan
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — With the primary election less than a week away, two of the prominent Republican U.S. Senate candidates will appear in a statewide debate Wednesday night.

The third, the presumptive front-runner Dan Sullivan, plans to be knocking on doors in the Anchorage and Eagle River areas.

Sullivan spokesman Mike Anderson says Sullivan has participated in a dozen debates and forums, the most recent on Monday. Anderson said by email that Sullivan recognizes the importance of reaching out to Alaskans in person.

Republicans Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller are scheduled to participate in the debate, one of the last before Tuesday's primary.

Former Iditarod champ cuts video backing Treadwell
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell has gotten the endorsement of an Iditarod racing legend.

In a video released by the campaign, full of images of tumbling, playing puppies, Martin Buser says he knows how to pick a good lead dog.

Treadwell is one of the three major GOP candidates vying for that party's nomination for the seat held by Democrat Mark Begich, who's seeking re-election.

Republican rival Dan Sullivan has had prominent individuals appear in ads on his behalf, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Joe Miller is also running.

Treadwell, in his pre-primary financial disclosure, reported bringing in about $92,000 from July 1-30, including a roughly $8,000 loan. He ended the period with about $140,000 available and $260,000 in debts, mostly from money he lent the campaign.

Woman survives Alaska bear mauling
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 57-year-old woman drove herself to a hospital after she was mauled by a brown bear.

Troopers were notified Tuesday afternoon that Thea Thomas of Cordova was attacked by the bear while hiking on Heney Ridge Trail in the Cordova area.

Salmon were actively spawning in a nearby stream as Thomas hiked with two dogs. The dogs ran off, then returned shortly with the bear running after them.

Troopers say the bear noticed Thomas and attacked her multiple times. The dogs took off again.

After the attack, Thomas walked 1 ? miles back to her truck. She found one of the dogs while walking back and the other dog was waiting at her vehicle.

Troopers say the trail is now closed for a week.

CBJ to flush water system
Beginning Monday, August 18, 2014, the CBJ Water Utility will begin flushing the water distribution system.

Work is scheduled to begin downtown, heading north to the hospital, crossing over to Douglas, then on to the Lemon Creek area, proceeding to the Valley, and then on out to the Tee Harbor area. Work will occur between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, and will be completed by approximately September 30th.

Customers may encounter water discoloration or minor disruptions in service. To clear the
discoloration, first wait until the work crew leaves the area, then run the cold water tap (preferably in your bathtub) until the water runs clear.

Watch for crews working in the roadway.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, contact CBJ Water Utility Office at 780-6888; for after-hours emergencies, call 586-2165.

Gunshot heard during domestic disturbance in Switzer Village
A report of a gunshot during a domestic disturbance brought Juneau Police to Switzer Village Trailer Park, Tuesday night around 6:15.

Juneau police say 36 year old Samuel StClair of Juneau was having an argument with one of the residents over someone spending the night. StClair made statements of a suicidal nature and armed himself with a rifle. He fired one shot in the air at the ceiling of the trailer. He was in a room alone at the time. No one else in the home was harmed or threatened.

StClair was arrested, taken to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center and held without bail.

Police: Fatal shooting at assisted living home
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man residing in an assisted living home in Anchorage has been arrested after a caretaker was shot and killed.

Anchorage police in a statement say 51-year-old Paul Miller has been arrested on counts of first- and second-degree murder. He was being held without bail in the Tuesday death of 63-year-old Eduardo Escalante, an employee who lived in the home and had been shot several times.

Online court documents say charging documents were pending against Miller Wednesday morning with an arraignment scheduled later in the day. No attorney was listed for Miller.

Police say detectives were continuing to investigate the shooting and a possible motive.

Washington state man killed in Alaska accident
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A logger from Washington state has died after being pinned by an uprooted tree near Ketchikan.

KTVA reports the victim was identified as 51-year-old Kenneth B. Butkovich of Castle Rock, Washington.

Alaska State Troopers say he was struck and pinned by the uprooted tree Tuesday afternoon on Cleveland Peninsula in southeast Alaska.

Troopers don't suspect foul play. His next-of-kin have been notified, and the body was sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Anchorage.

Hundreds turn out for hearing on Pebble proposal
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Hundreds of people turned out in Anchorage to comment on a proposal that would severely restrict development of a massive gold-and-copper mine in the Bristol Bay region.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made the proposal last month. It would effectively bar the type of development that the mine's owner, Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., has previously discussed.

The agency is hosting public meetings in Alaska this week. Written comments can be submitted through Sept. 19.

The Alaska Dispatch News reported that people on both sides testified about their love of salmon.

But opponents of the mine said the project posed too great a threat. Others said the project should be allowed to move through the permitting phase before any action is taken that could curtail development.

Mat-Su officials face deadline on ferry grant
PALMER, Alaska (AP) — Matanuska-Susitna officials have started discussions on how to repay a $12 million dollar debt.

KTUU reports the Federal Transit Administration is demanding the borough repay the grant it got for a ferry that has never been in service.

The borough took delivery of the ferry Susitna in 2012 to be a commuter link between Anchorage and Port MacKenzie. But there's no landing in Anchorage for the ferry, which docked in Ketchikan at the cost of $29,000 a month.

Assembly members say this is the beginning of long discussions, but that may come with a price, too. The federal agency says if the $12 million isn't repaid within 90 days, it will begin assessing an annual late fee of 6 percent. They'd rather have the money repaid within 30 days.

Missing man's body recovered from Chena River
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The body of a man who went missing in the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks has been recovered.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports volunteers found Andrew John's body Tuesday evening.

Sgt. Scott McCumby says the body has been positively identified and next-of-kin notified.

Efforts to find the body of the 35-year-old Arctic Village man have been underway since he was last seen under a bridge on the rain-swollen Chena River on Thursday

Authorities say he and another man, identified by police as Robert Francis, decided to go swimming to escape the heat.

Francis was able to get out of the water, but John was last seen under the Wendell Street bridge.

John's body was found near the Carlson Center.

Filing deadline Monday, Aug. 18
Prospective candidates for the CBJ Assembly or School Board seats are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to file the necessary paperwork in case extra time is needed for follow up on any incomplete paperwork and/or petitions requiring additional signatures.

Nominating Petitions are now available in the Municipal Clerk’s office in City Hall and on line at:

The filing period for the City & Borough of Juneau Assembly and School Board opened Friday, August 8, at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 4:30p.m. on Monday, August 18.

Voters will elect three Assemblymembers and two School Board members at the October 7, 2014 Regular Municipal Election.

Attorney to investigate alleged Juneau hazing
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Juneau School District has hired an Anchorage attorney to help investigate alleged hazing involving high school athletes.

Schools Superintendent Mark Miller announced Tuesday that attorney John Sedor is coming on board for the investigation.

Parents have complained that their high school-age children who are athletes were kidnapped and beaten with paddles on May 31.

The district has been investigating the incident since June.

The police department also looked into the matter, but ended its criminal investigation without any arrests or charges.

Miller says the district is looking into violations of board policy and state statutes, unlike police, who look at possible violations of the penal code.

Miller said at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting that Sedor will be speaking with students and staff.

Dr. Mark Miller will be our guest on Action Line Thursday morning.

Fairweather sailings cancelled
Alaska DOT reports that due to a mechanical issue, the Ferry Fairweather sailings between Sitka and Juneau for Wednesday, August 13 are cancelled. Technicians are currently evaluating the situation. Further information will be provided as necessary.

For schedule information, please visit

Flood threat over for Mendenhall area
he flood warning,due to a glacial lake outburst for the Mendenhall lake and river, was cancelled around 5 this morning.

Meteorologist Tim Steffen with the National Weather Service in Juneau says the Mendenhall Lake level was around 8.8 feet and the Mendenhall River level was 10.7 feet at 5 this morning. Both of these are below minor flood stage.

The water levels are expected to continue to go down during the day.

Fairbanks to interview 4 police chief candidates
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The city of Fairbanks has narrowed its search for a new police chief to four candidates but is not releasing their names.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports some candidates indicated they don't want their current employer to be contacted about their applications.

Two of the four already work in the department.

Five people applied to replace former Chief Laren Zager and four were deemed qualified.

The four will be interviewed by a panel made up of Mayor John Eberhart, Councilmen Chris Anderson and Bernard Gatewood, city chief of staff Jim Williams, Human Resources director Barbara Sunday and Ana Marie Richards, a diversity and inclusion specialist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Zager retired July 1. Deputy Chief Brad Johnson was appointed interim chief.

Polar bear surprises women in tent on Alaska coast
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A polar bear surprised two women in a tent on Alaska's Barter Island but left when one of them yelled at the animal.

Fifty-one-year-old Marie Rexford and her 81-year-old mother, both of nearby Kaktovik (kak-TOH'-vik), had spent the night at a fish camp along Alaska's northern coast and were making coffee Thursday when the polar bear put a paw on the canvas tent.

Marie Rexford's daughter, Flora Rexford, tells the Alaska Dispatch News that her mother called out, grabbed a rifle and bolted out the tent door.

She says the bear by that time was walking toward the Beaufort (BOH'-fort) Sea. It picked up the pace as Rexford continued to yell.

Federal researchers say bear-human encounters likely will increase as climate warming melts more sea ice, where polar bears hunt.

3 JBER Army units to be deactivated
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — Three Army units at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage will be deactivated this week.

KTUU reports this is part of the Army's reorganization plan announced last January. Overall, the Anchorage facility will lose about 800 positions, but Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks will gain about 370.

The soldiers aren't being forced out of the Army, though some may choose to end their careers. Others will stay in Alaska, while others will be transferred out of state.

The three units, from the 6th Engineer Battalion, 2d Engineer Brigade, will stand down in a Thursday ceremony.

Response exercise planned at Fort Wainwright
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Fort Wainwright officials say an installation-wide exercise is scheduled to take place next week at the base.

Officials say the purpose of the exercise set to begin Monday is to assess the ability to implement emergency response plans, procedures and policies for various emergencies.

Officials say people traveling in the area may notice increased activity and loudspeaker notifications.

People also can expect delays at Fort Wainwright access points, as well as detours throughout the week.

Groundbreaking planned on Coast Guard housing
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A groundbreaking ceremony is planned this week for additional Coast Guard housing on base in Kodiak.

The Coast Guard says the new construction will provide 20 additional housing units. More than 1,000 Guard members live and work on base.

The commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Paul Zukunft, and U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski are scheduled to attend the ceremony Thursday.

[Tuesday August 12th, 2014  16th  EDITION  6:40 P.M.]

Flood warning, second release from Suicide Basin
There is now a flood warning due to a glacial lake outburst for the Mendenhall lake and river until noon Wednesday.

Meteorologist Edward Liske with the National Weather Service in Juneau says, "We had a second release from Suicide Basin. All the rain that we had over the weekend has been added onto by the glacier dam release. Mendenhall Lake is at 10.3 feet, which is just above the moderate flood stage level of ten feet. It is still rising. We expect it to crest sometime tomorrow morning at around 6:00 or 7:00 at 11.6 feet and then it will start dropping."

Flood warning issued for Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River in Juneau, following the suspected release of water from a glacially dammed lake.

Last month, a glacial outburst helped push floodwaters over side roads and into some garages and resulted in Mendenhall Lake rising to 11.82 feet, a new record.

Meteorologist Edward Liske says lake levels are expected to reach 11.6 feet by late Tuesday or Wednesday morning. Moderate flood stage is 10 feet.

The agency said water has been reported in some garages along View Drive.

Liske said officials were re-evaluating the river gauges.

He said people at the Mendenhall Glacier visitor center reported seeing ripples on the side of the glacier, indicating another outburst had occurred. The city also received recent soaking rains.

Tustumena cancellation
Due to a mechanical issue, Tustumena sailings have been canceled between Homer and Kodiak Wednesday.

The vessel is expected to resume the previously posted schedule Thursday.

Grounded vessel in Juneau possible pollution threat says Coast Guard
Coast Guard Sector Juneau personnel responded to a report of possible pollution caused by the grounding of the motor vessel Pacific Queen, moored at Harris Harbor in Juneau, Tuesday morning.

Coast Guard pollution responders arrived on scene and observed a small sheen. The hull of Pacific Queen sustained minor damage due to grounding.

The owner of the vessel took actions to regain the stability of their vessel and mitigate any threat of pollution. The Coast Guard will maintain an active role in overseeing the safety of the worksite.

“Even though this is a small spill, Coast Guard members are trained to respond to all sizes of spills of oil or hazardous materials,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffry Crews, Sector Juneau marine science technician. “Any sheen is required to be reported to your local Coast Guard unit or the National Response Center 1-800-424-8802 as soon as possible.”

The owner of Pacific Queen reports the vessel has an estimated 150 gallons of diesel onboard.


Police: Fatal shooting at assisted living home
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police say they're investigating a shooting death at an assisted living home and one man has been taken into custody.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro says dispatchers received a call late Tuesday afternoon reporting that a man had been shot at the residence.

Officers and medics found a man dead inside the home.

State shores up river bank on Sterling Highway
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Crews are piling rock on the bank along a stretch of the Kenai River trying to protect the Sterling Highway from erosion.

The Peninsula Clarion reports this work is being completed just west of Cooper Landing, at Mile 57.

State transportation department spokeswoman Jill Reese says the river has been changing its course lately, causing roadside erosion. Putting down the rock, or riprap, should keep the situation from worsening.

This work should be completed by mid-September, and will cost about $450,000.

The department plans to eventually move the highway along that stretch as a permanent fix, at a cost of about $8 million.

Begich commits to 13 debates, forums
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich announced plans Tuesday to participate in 13 debates and forums leading to the general election — even though the primary hasn't been held yet.

Begich doesn't face much of a primary challenge. But voters will decide the nominees for the Republican, Libertarian and Alaskan Independence parties in the Aug. 19 primary.

Begich spokesman Max Croes said the campaign has urged the organizers of the events to invite the nominees of all those parties, not just the Republican and Democratic candidates.

Begich has been telling supporters he believes the race will be tight. Croes said there's no calculus to asking that all candidates be included other than Begich wanting to ensure Alaskans hear as many voices as possible.

Parnell reports cash reserves in disclosure filing
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell ended the latest reporting period with more than $300,000 on hand for his re-election campaign and a $157,000 media buys.

Parnell's campaign reports expenses of nearly $180,000 between July 19 and Saturday.

The Tuesday filing with the Alaska Public Offices Commission says the campaign raised more than $35,000 during the same time period.

Campaign spokesman Luke Miller says of the advertising money, nearly $59,000 is partial payment for television ads following the Aug. 19 primary. Another $48,000 is for pre-primary radio ads.

Miller says the rest of the advertising money is for print, digital and advertising expenses before and after the primary.

Territorial Sportsmen Certifies 68th Golden North Salmon Derby Results
The Territorial Sportsmen Inc. (TSI) Board of Directors certified results of the 2014 Golden North Salmon Derby on Tuesday and can confirm that Max Mielke has won the derby with a 27.9 pound king salmon.

Max will win $10,000 cash for the first place finish, one round trip ticket on Alaska Airlines, a sterling silver belt buckle, a jacket, a custom vehicle decal and a limo ride to awards night, Thursday night at Centennial Hall in Juneau.

Mark Pusich was in second place with a 23.9 pound king and Gerald Voss was third with a 22.8 pound king. Brian McHenry took 68th place winning $2,322 in cash and prizes with a 16.3 pound coho.

The largest coho weighed 21.0 pounds and was caught by Brad Smathers. The trophy for participants ages 6-12 was won by twelve year old Jaydn Musielak who turned in a 19.5 pound coho, good for 14th place overall.

About 1,200 fishermen participated in the Derby and over three days they caught 15,018 pounds of salmon that were sold by TSI to Alaska Glacier Seafoods. 12,945 pounds of that total was coho salmon, representing a 15,025 pound decrease when compared to 2013. The total king salmon weight was 2,073 pounds, very close to the 2,031 pounds caught in 2013.

All proceeds from sales of fish from the event will be placed in the Territorial Sportsmen Scholarship Fund. Each spring TSI awards college scholarships worth $12,000 each and vocational scholarships worth $2,500 each to graduates of the Juneau School District.

Derby participants should check the Derby website at to see if they won a prize for one of the top 68 salmon or special prizes or scholarship prizes. The winning ticket numbers for the scholarship drawings and the High Five drawing for $50,000 are posted on the web site as well.

Awards will be presented on Thursday evening at Centennial Hall. Winners can pick up their special prizes and scholarship prizes from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Drawing for the High Five contests and awarding of the prizes for the 68 largest salmon will begin at 7:00. Weighed fish winners must have their derby ticket and weigh-in slip to claim the prize, while scholarship award winners will need their derby ticket and scholarship ticket stub.

Dates were also set for the 69th Golden North Salmon Derby at the certification meeting. The event will be held on August 14, 15, and 16 of 2015.

Head on crash on Fritz Cove Road
A head on collision caused by a man cited for reckless driving Monday, sent one person to the hospital.

30 year old, Bryan Ritter Monday around 11:17 AM was cited and released after crossing the centerline on Glacier Highway near Fritz Cove Road.

Ritter’s vehicle struck an oncoming vehicle head on. Ritter was cleared at the scene by Capital City Fire Rescue.

The second driver was transported to BRH for further evaluation.

Miller: No plan for 3rd party run in Alaska Senate
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Republican Joe Miller says he has no plans to run as a third-party candidate for U.S. Senate should he lose in next week's GOP primary.

Alaska and national Republicans fear Miller could become a spoiler should he do so, splitting the conservative vote and effectively handing the election to the Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich.

Miller has a tumultuous history with the Alaska Republican Party.

The tea party favorite beat GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the 2010 primary, only to lose to her write-in candidacy in the general election.

But in an interview with The Associated Press, Miller says he doesn't think a third-party campaign would be successful.

Tribal leaders address alleged police brutality
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Tribal leaders in Bethel are addressing allegations of police brutality against Alaska Natives.

KYUK says the Orutsararmiut (oh-ROOT'-sah-rah-rah-mewt) Native Council wants people to come forward regarding such allegations.

ONC president Gloria Simeon says the council is very disturbed by a recent report of brutality.

A complaint was filed against a police officer by a woman visiting the town who said she saw the officer repeatedly pick up a man and slam to the ground July 12. After the complaint was filed, city officials said they were investigating.

Simeon says ONC hopes to work with the Bethel City Council to improve the relationship of police with the community and ensure basic human rights are not being violated.

Fisherman charged with wasting salmon
NOME, Alaska (AP) — A Kotzebue fisherman faces a charge of wasting fish after the Alaska State Troopers say he left salmon caught in a gill net to rot.

Troopers say 66-year-old Roswell Schaeffer Sr. left behind about 100 salmon. A summons was issued for Schaeffer last week.

Troopers said they were led to the net by an anonymous complaint but did not say where they found it. KNOM reports that Schaeffer was fined earlier this summer for employing an unlicensed crew member.

While the fish had started to rot, the Troopers said they were donated to a local dog musher who used them to feed his team.

Seward seeks sewerage fix as businesses complain
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Tourism businesses along scenic Lowell Point in Seward are raising a stink over the bad odors emanating from the city's sewage lagoon.

Campground and cabin rental owners say odors from the Lowell Point Wastewater Treatment Facility have become pungent in the last couple of years and are hurting their businesses.

KTUU-TV reports the lagoon was built more than 30 years ago and is in need of repair.

State environmental conservation officers in July 2013 found the lagoon had more than double the fecal coli form it is permitted to have.

The city this year sought a company that could make repairs for $3 million. City Manager Jim Hunt says Seward received bids Monday ranging from $3.8 million to $6 million.

State drops charges in car versus pickup case
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — State prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against a Fort Wainwright man suspected of ramming a pickup truck with his sports car.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 29-year-old Luis Jara may still face prosecution in military court.

Fairbanks police say Jara on June 29 deliberately backed his Porsche Boxster into a Ford F-350 near the front gate of Fort Wainwright Army Post.

He was charged with third-degree felony criminal mischief, a count in which a person deliberately causes property damage of $500 or more.

Jara's attorney, Gary Stapp, afterward denied that the crash was a road rage incident and said it was an accident.

Stapp says state prosecutors dropped the charge in state court so the military could take up the case, and that the change is not unusual.

Assembly adopts secondhand store ordinance
In an effort to help JPD recover more stolen property, the CBJ Assembly adopted an ordinance that provides for the regulation of secondhand dealers to mirror that of pawn shops. The vote was 7-2 in favor of adoption.

The stricter regulations will require secondhand dealers to hold certain categories of items for 30 days, before they can sell them. The categories are precious metals, precious gems, firearms, coins, bullion, electronic equipment and tools valued over $50.

The regular meeting was held last night in Assembly Chambers.

Houston/Big Lake boundaries
An effort to upgrade Big Lake into a second-class city is still alive, but it's bumping up against neighboring Houston.

The Alaska Dispatch reports that the state's local boundary commission is combining Big Lake's incorporation bid with Houston's proposed land annexation.

Houston is trying to grow by 2-and-a-half square miles. The land includes property owned by Wasilla-based Knikatnu Village Corporation near a proposed railroad extension to Port Mackenzie.

Knikatnu requested to make the land part of Houston because of "preferred zoning" and lower taxes.

Meanwhile, Big Lake residents continue to organize an effort to bring a low-level city government to the area.
Sponsors submitted 263 signatures to the local boundary commission in January, after their first petition fell a few signatures short in December.

A meeting on the incorporation and annexation bids is scheduled for next month.

UAA streamlining programs
A year-long effort to prioritize the programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage puts a strong emphasis on arts and humanities.

The Alaska Dispatch reports that history, literature, languages, philosophy, theater, and dance rank high. At the bottom of the list are certification programs with little student interest, as well as the bachelor's degree in Chemistry. Those programs could be phased out.

Faculty members got their first look at the prioritization list Monday, in advance of its public release. The ranking is not meant to evaluate the quality of the programs but how well they fit with U-A-A's mission.

The Chancellor's office will review the list and decide which programs will be eliminated.

Primary only a week away
A reminder from the State of Alaska, Division of Elections; the Primary Election is a week away on August 19th. Polls are open 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Voters will be deciding on United States Senator, United States Representative, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State Senator, State Representative and a ballot measure.

When you go vote, bring identification.

If your name is not on the list or you don’t have ID, you may vote a questioned ballot. The questioned ballot updates your voter registration.

If you need language or other assistance while voting, ask the election board or bring somebody to assist you.

APOC approves advisory opinion on ballot measures
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Public Offices Commission has approved an advisory opinion that found that lawmakers can use state resources, like their legislative websites, to make known their positions on referenda and ballot measures.

Guidance on the issue was requested by House Speaker Mike Chenault and Senate President Charlie Huggins.

The advisory opinion referenced a legislative ethics committee decision that found action to support or oppose an initiative was related to lawmakers' duties.

But the advisory opinion said that in the future when lawmakers use state resources to take such positions, the use of state resources should be disclosed on an independent expenditure report and communications expressing an opinion on a ballot measure should include a "paid for" tag.

The commission approved the decision on a 4-1 vote last week.

Spokesman: Sullivan voted, but not in Senate race
UNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A spokesman for Republican U.S. Senate contender Dan Sullivan says Sullivan voted in the 2010 election, just not that year's contested Senate race.

During a yes-or-no lightning round in a debate Sunday night, Sullivan said no when asked if he'd written in Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's name in the 2010 race. Murkowski mounted a general-election write-in campaign to keep her job after losing to tea party favorite Joe Miller in the primary.

Miller is seeking the GOP nomination again this year. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell is also running. Treadwell said he wrote-in Murkowski.

Sullivan spokesman Mike Anderson said Sullivan abstained from voting in the Senate race out of concern his vote would be a conflict of interest with his duties as attorney general, a post Sullivan held during the election.

August 11th, 2014  11TH  EDITION  7:07 P.M.]

Back to school vaccine clinic in Juneau
A Back-to-school vaccine clinic is being held by the Juneau Public Health Center at the Nugget Mall, this Saturday, August 16th from 9 am until 2 pm.

All vaccines will be free of charge for those who qualify. All childhood immunizations will be available, as well as limited adult vaccines like Shingles and Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis vaccines.

Be sure your kids don’t miss the first day of school. Get ready by bringing your child and their most up-to-date vaccine record to the clinic.

Call the Juneau Public Health Center at 907-465-3353 for more information.

Mat-Su man dies after being thrown from packraft
COPPER CENTER, Alaska (AP) ?? The body of a man has been recovered after a rafting accident in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

National Park Service officials in a release identified the victim as Rob Kehrer. His body was recovered Sunday afternoon.

Kehrer was thrown from his packraft on the Tana River inside the park and last seen by his rafting partner Saturday afternoon.

Officials were notified Sunday morning, and ground and aerial searches were conducted.

An Alaska Air National Guard helicopter found the body about 2 1/2 miles downstream from where he was last seen.

Park official say the river is a swift and cold glacial tributary of the Chitina River, and it's known for its difficult rapids.

Kehrer's hometown wasn't immediately known, but the park service said he was from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Human remains found near Tuntaltuliak
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say human remains found in southwest Alaska appear to be those of a man missing since October.

KYUK reports Alaska State Troopers believe the remains are those of Nick Cooke. They were found Friday on the bank of the Kuskokwim River, near the village of Tuntaltuliak (toon-tuh-TOO'-lee-ak).

The remains have been sent to the state Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification. But the family confirmed the identity to the Bethel radio station and said they're planning a burial service in Bethel this week.

Foul play isn't suspected in Cooke's death.

Cooke, who was 37, and 46-year-old Jim Lee Napoka of Tuluksak (tuh-LUK'-sak) left Bethel by boat Oct. 22 for a funeral in Tuntaltuliak, but never arrived. Their sunken boat was found about a week later.

Napoka remains missing.

Pro-Begich group benefits from Senate Majority PAC
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A political action committee founded by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid provided the sole funding for a super PAC supporting Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in July.

Between July 1 and July 30, Put Alaska First reported nearly $670,000 in contributions from the Senate Majority PAC. It ended the period with a negative balance of nearly $40,000.

Senate Majority PAC has been a major funder of Put Alaska First, which for months has run ads against the presumptive GOP front-runner Dan Sullivan and recently turned attention to another Republican in the race, Mead Treadwell.

The primary is Aug. 19.

SEARHC free presentation on Affordable Care Act health insurance
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is hosting two free presentations in Juneau on Tuesday from 5:30-6:30pm at the Downtown Public Library and Thursday from noon to 1:00pm at the Valley Public Library to assist those that have signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace and would like to know more about how their insurance works.

Some people now have insurance for the first time and are not clear about how to use it. Others may find the paperwork confusing. Additionally there are those that have not signed up and are wondering if they are still able to do so, or when the next open enrollment will be. This presentation will address all of those topics, and there will be ample time for those in attendance to ask questions.

Search ends for missing Missouri man in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say the search for a missing Missouri man has been suspended.

Troopers say no clues have been found on the whereabouts of 71-year-old Jerry Warner of Richland, Missouri.

Warner went missing Aug. 3 after he reportedly left a recreational vehicle he and his girlfriend had parked at the Willow Creek Resort, about 50 miles north of Anchorage.

At the time, Warner was heading for a solo fishing trip at Willow Creek. He was carrying a fishing pole and a walking stick, but no cell phone, weapon and little or no food.

Troopers say that any clues arising in the future would be analyzed and appropriate resources would be deployed.

Hunters collect blood samples in research project
NOME, Alaska (AP) — Subsistence hunters in western Alaska will help collect blood specimens from mammals to test for threats to food security.

KNOM reports the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium will distribute dried filter paper to hunters throughout the Bering Strait region.

Hunters will collect blood samples on dried filter paper, and mail those off with notes on what animal it was form, the sex, where it was collected and the date.

The blood samples will be tested for things such as metal agents like mercury, human-made contaminants like PCBs and antibodies to pathogens.

Researchers theorize contaminants are escalating in the Arctic. If these substances are increasing, they could accumulate in the bodies of subsistence animals and threaten feed security for communities in western Alaska.

The project will run for three years.

Basketball camp teaches Tlingit language
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A basketball camp in Juneau is all about revitalizing the Tlingit (CLINK'-it) language.

The Sealaska Heritage Institute sponsors the summer camps to help youngsters learn Tlingit. Linguists say there are fewer than 150 native Tlingit speakers.

On the first day of camp last week, a dozen middle and high school students participated at the University of Alaska Southeast.

As the students stretched, Jessica Chester counted to 10 in Tlingit. Chester has been helping out with the basketball camps since 2006.

Chester says all of the basketball drills incorporate some Tlingit.

Alaska is only the second state behind Hawaii to recognize indigenous languages. Gov. Sean Parnell is expected to sign a bill passed earlier this year that designates 20 Alaska Native languages as official state languages.

Congested UAA campus area sees lane closures
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An already congested area of Anchorage will now see additional lane closures because of a yearlong project.

KTUU reports this is due to the second phase of construction for a new parking garage at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Authorities say work began Friday on the 485-space parking garage behind the engineering building on UAA Drive.

Mallard Lane will be closed for a year because of the construction, and it will be realigned to meet city easement codes.

A multi-use trail north of the Wells Fargo Sports Complex will also be closed for the year during construction.

Crew, controller faulted in 2013 fatal crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal investigators have concluded that two Anchorage commercial pilots failed to maintain minimal clearance while circling the Dillingham airport before they died in a 2013 crash.

A National Transportation Safety Board report Monday also faults the air traffic controller who issued ambiguous instructions and didn't notice the plane's descent to a dangerous altitude.

The Ace Air Cargo crashed March, 8, 2013, about 20 miles northeast of Dillingham in southwest Alaska.

The crash killed 38-year-old pilot Jeff Day and 21-year-old co-pilot Neil Jensen.

They had approached the Dillingham airport and received permission to descend to 2,000 feet but asked to enter a holding pattern while they checked on runway conditions.

The minimum safe altitude southeast of the airport is 5,400 feet and the plane crashed at just below 2,000 feet.

Report: Many Fairbanks homes lack indoor plumbing
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A new report says Fairbanks has a far higher-than-average number of homes lacking complete plumbing.

The report by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development says just more than 6 percent of Fairbanks North Star Borough homes lack complete plumbing.

Across Alaska, 4.7 percent of homes lack complete plumbing. Nationally, the figure is .5 percent.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Fairbanks numbers are boosted by people who choose to live in dry cabins.

Labor Department economist Karinne Wiebold (WE'-bold) says the high cost of energy drives many to live in cabins without running water.

She also says many people choose cabins for the experience.

Wiebold herself grew up in Ester outside Fairbanks and lived for a while in a dry cabin before moving recently to Juneau.

Senate hopeful Treadwell acknowledges smoking pot
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell says he has smoked marijuana.

The yes-or-no lightning round question came during a televised debate featuring the major GOP candidates for the seat held by Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who is seeking re-election: Treadwell, former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan and tea party favorite Joe Miller.

Sullivan and Miller said they hadn't smoked pot.

The candidates also were asked if they'd written-in Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's name in 2010. Miller defeated Murkowski in the GOP primary that year only to see her mount a general election write-in campaign to keep her job.

As Sullivan mulled the question, Miller said, "the truth." Sullivan said no.

Sullivan's campaign said he didn't vote in that race, which happened while he was attorney general. Treadwell said yes.

68th Annual Golden North Salmon Derby Unofficial Results
Territorial Sportsmen Inc. (TSI) is pleased to announce the unofficial winners of the 68th Golden North Salmon Derby. Max Mielke won the derby with a 27.9 pound king salmon which was turned in at the Douglas Weigh Station at 2:44 pm on Friday, August 8th. Second place goes to Mark Pusich with a 23.9 pound king, followed by Gerald Voss with a 22.8 pound king, both of which were also turned in at Douglas.

“We would like to extend our congratulations to Max Mielke and all of the prize winners in this year’s derby,” said Derby Chairman Mike Satre. “We would also like to thank all of the participants who braved a wet and blustery weekend in order to catch and turn in their scholarship fish during the event. These fish, as well as all of the weighed fish, were sold to provide funding of the Territorial Sportsmen Scholarship Fund,” Satre added.

Full results for the event will be available on the derby website,  as soon as they are available. All standings are unofficial until the results have been certified by the TSI Board on Tuesday, August 13th, after which the certified results will be posted to the website.

Awards for the top 68 weighed fish, as well as all special and scholarship prizes, will be handed out on Thursday evening, August 14 at 7:00 pm at Centennial Hall in Juneau. All award winners are reminded to bring their derby ticket and weigh stub to claim their prize.

[Sunday August 10th, 2014  5th  EDITION  7:43 P.M.]

2014 Salmon Derby Awards Ceremony
Salmon Derby Prizes will be awarded Thursday night at 7:00 at Centennial Hall.
• Prize winners or designated representatives must attend the awards ceremony.
• Winners must present their entry and weigh-in ticket stubs at the ceremony in order to claim their prize.
• Winners of the Scholarship Fund Prizes and Special Prizes must show their scholarship ticket to claim their prize from Territorial Sportsmen, Inc. at the awards ceremony.
• Drawing will be done after the derby and prize will be available at Awards night.
• Winners must have their derby ticket with them to collect the prize.

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Unofficial Top 10 68th Golden North Salmon Derby


1. MAX MIELKE - 27.9 - K - DOUGLAS - FRI


3. JERRY VOSS - 22.8 - K - DOUGLAS - SAT




7. BETSY HAYS - 21.9 - K - DOUGLAS - SUN





Mark Puich (left) gets a 23.9 lb King Sunday and almost reels in that top spot, but it looks like Max Mielke (right) and his King reign supreme in this contest.


News of the North's Lori James (3rd from left) reports Sunday from Amalga Harbor with the Hootchie Mamas.

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Pilot killed, passenger injured in Big Lake crash
BIG LAKE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a pilot is dead and his passenger is being treated for life-threatening injuries after a plane crash at the Big Lake Airport north of Anchorage.

The single-engine Piper Comanche took suffered some kind of engine trouble after taking off Sunday just before 2:30 a.m. Investigators say the pilot, 50-year-old Christopher Cyphers, of Anchorage, tried to return to the airport for an emergency landing, but the plane struck a tree.

Cyphers was killed and the passenger was taken to an Anchorage-area hospital.

Man upset over business not cashing check arrested, stolen gun found
An employee of a business called Juneau Police reporting a disturbance inside of the building in the 9100 block of Glacier Highway Friday afternoon around 5:30.

A man’s request to cash a check had been refused by the company, and he was yelling profanities and making obscene gestures at employees and customers. Staff at the business reported the person left but then returned several times.

JPD officers responded and located the man in the area, driving a Nissan Pathfinder. Officers stopped the vehicle, and contacted the driver, 32 year-old Jeffrey T. Tinney, and his passenger, a 24 year-old female. Officers detained Tinney in connection with an active investigation stemming from a residential burglary reported on August 6th, on Amalga Street in the Mendenhall Valley. During the course of the investigation the officers recovered property reported stolen in the burglary, including a firearm.

Tinney was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on one count of Burglary in the 1st Degree (a class B felony), two counts of Theft in the Second Degree ( a class C felony), Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree (class C felony), and Driving Without a Valid License (a class B misdemeanor). He was held without bail.

North Slope Borough leaders getting pay raises
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — North Slope Borough's mayor and at least 10 other leaders are getting big raises.

Alaska Dispatch News reports that Mayor Charlotte Brower will see her salary jump by about $24,000 to more than $222,000. That's roughly $90,000 more than Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan makes.

Other borough leaders are getting raises of up to 19 percent.

Officials say the raises are long overdue. Brower told Borough Assembly members she sought higher pay for department heads in order to attract key employees who could make more money working for other agencies and corporations in the oil-rich North Slope region.

The North Slope Borough serves seven villages and the city of Barrow, with about 9,700 residents spread across an area the size of Minnesota. The communities can only be reached by plane. The Department of Defense ranks Barrow as one of the costliest places to live in Alaska.

Pro-Begich super PAC takes on Treadwell
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A super PAC that supports Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has a new ad that, for the first time, takes on Republican Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell.

Put Alaska First's ad also features Republican Dan Sullivan, the presumptive front-runner in the race who has been a target of the group for months.

Treadwell sees his inclusion as a sign that Put Alaska First sees him as a threat, with the Aug. 19 primary looming. Put Alaska First's treasurer declined to comment on that.

The ad says Treadwell launched a company that "pushed a national ID card," in trying to paint him as supporting more government control.

Treadwell says a company he helped found in the 1990s made technology to validate the authenticity of currency, passports and photo identifications.

Miller ends July with nearly $190K on hand
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller had about $190,000 on hand at the end of July as his campaign headed toward this month's primary.

Miller reported raising about $34,000 between July 1 and July 30. He spent nearly $150,000 during that period, and showed an unpaid credit card balance of about $20,000 as a debt.

Miller is one of the three prominent Republicans vying for that party's nomination for the seat held by Democrat Mark Begich, who is seeking re-election.

Another GOP candidate, Dan Sullivan, brought in about $264,000 and spent about $980,000, leaving him with just under $1 million, as of July 30.

The July pre-primary filing from Republican Mead Treadwell hasn't shown up yet on the Federal Election Commission website.

Feds want ferry grants back from Mat-Su borough
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Federal Transit Administration wants $12.3 million back from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough for the borough's failed Knik Arm ferry plan.

Acting FTA Administrator Therese McMillan sent a letter to Mat-Su Borough Manager John Moosey Aug. 5 demanding repayment of the grant money. The $12.3 million is the portion of approximately $21.2 million in grants approved for the project that the borough has spent.

The letter states that the borough has 30 days to repay the Transportation Department agency before FTA begins collections through administrative offset.

Moosey said in an official statement on the borough's website that he was not surprised by the letter.

"I expected this (ferry crossing) to be done much easier but this was a challenge," he said. "We've been working diligently looking for solutions to this issue for the last 2.5 years. If we had ferry landings, I'm confident we would not be here today."

McMillan wrote that the FTA is required to begin debt collection per the terms of the grants and does not have the legal authority to waive the debt despite the bind the borough is in.

The Mat-Su Borough Assembly has scheduled a special meeting Aug. 12 to address the issue.

The ferry vessel, the M/V Susitna, was built as a half-scale naval prototype landing craft vessel, with an agreement that the borough would take ownership and put it to use as a shuttle between Port MacKenzie and Anchorage when the U.S. Navy was through with it.

The Navy paid for the lion share of the $78 million construction bill.

The borough has been looking to sell or give away the ferry for more than a year since plans to build a terminal dock in Anchorage fell through.

If the Susitna is sold to a private entity the borough would have to pay back much of the FTA grant money. However, if it can be donated to an eligible domestic government, the Mat-Su Borough might be able to seek grant forgiveness, a borough release states.

The borough has approached the Alaska Marine Highway System and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about donating the Susitna, but an agreement couldn't be reached.

Private groups have made offers to purchase the Susitna, but none would have covered the cost to repay the grants.

The Philippine Navy and an oilfield service company are expected to inspect the Susitna, docked at Ward Cove near Ketchikan, later this month.

Dock fees, insurance and general upkeep have cost the borough several hundred thousand dollars per month while the Susitna has gone unused, Mat-Su officials have stated.

The $3.6 million ferry terminal at Port MacKenzie is part of the $12.3 million FTA debt, according to the borough.

Despite being unwanted, the 195-foot Susitna is a vessel with remarkable capabilities. The catamaran ferry has the space to hold up to 129 passengers, 20 vehicles and has a 35-ton overall freight capacity. It has a main deck that can be lowered to offload equipment and can land on beaches in as little as four feet of water.

Red Flag military begin at Eielson
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska's interior has kicked off its third series of Red Flag exercises of the year.

The exercises, taking place at the 65,000-square-mile Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, began Friday.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that air operations will be conducted until Aug. 22 out of Eielson, as well as Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.

The exercises will include drills from U.S. and allied pilots, air crews and support personnel.

The entire Yukon Training Area will be closed through Aug. 23 because of the training events. People with regular access through military lands must use an alternate route to leased or private properties.

[Saturday August 9th, 2014  11th  EDITION  7:19 P.M.]

Salmon Derby booklet has boundary error
The Golden North Salmon Derby web site announces:

Please note, there is an error in the 2014 Derby Booklet and the Derby Fishing Area is mislabeled. The CORRECT map can be found here. The derby boundaries as described in the Derby Rules remain the official boundaries of the event and the map is just for guidance."

Salmon Derby Top 10 for Saturday Afternoon
Here are the Unofficial Top 10 as of 4:30 PM - 8/9/14
1. MAX MIELKE - 27.9 - K - DOUGLAS - FRI

2. JERRY VOSS - 22.8 - K - DOUGLAS - SAT








10. FINN YATES - 19.2 - K - DOUGLAS - 9 YRS OLD - FRI

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Anchorage benefiting from strong convention season
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A busy convention season is expected to pump millions of dollars into the Anchorage economy this year.

KTUU-TV reports the second of three large conventions coming to the city is set to open Sunday.

The National and Western Council of State Governments are combining their annual conventions in Anchorage. Officials say that event that will bring 1,800 lawmakers and their families to Alaska for a week.

They will be flying in from all 50 states, six Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia and three of the U.S. territories.

Council Director David Adkins says the meeting will bring the whole United States and Canada to Anchorage.

Appeals court: Fairbanks officer's search illegal
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A police officer jammed his foot into a Fairbanks apartment during a 2010 drug raid, preventing a resident from shutting the door. The officer then found guns, cash and drugs.

But all of the evidence was tossed on Friday, along with the conviction of the resident, Isaac D. Siedentop.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Alaska Court of Appeals threw out the conviction because the officer's actions constituted an illegal search.

Prosecutors argued that a search warrant was issued — albeit for a different person at the residence.

The appeals court found that argument wanting.

The court's three judges said the warrant was for a man who fled electronic monitoring, and didn't give police justification to enter a home where that man was only rumored to be.

Coast Guard, federal, state agencies locate, rescue overdue boater on Hogan Island
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard and Forest Service located and rescued the missing boater reported overdue on Hogan Island, Friday evening.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew safely hoisted the man for transport to a hospital in Sitka at approximately 7 p.m.

A Forest Service float plane crew spotted the missing boater’s skiff and relayed the location to the Jayhawk helicopter crew. The Forest Service crew landed near the survivor on a rock pinnacle two miles south of his skiff.
Once the Jayhawk crew arrived on scene, a rescue swimmer was lowered and the mariner was hoisted for transport to Sitka.

The boater had reportedly run out of gas and drifted into the north side of Hogan Island. The man was found in good health.

Coast Guard Cutter Maple arrived on scene and recovered the skiff.

“This was a great team effort between the Coast Guard, federal, state and local partners, and good Samaritans who aided us in searching and successfully locating the missing mariner,” said Lt. Jason Condon, Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot. “We appreciate all the assistance we received during this mission and are glad we were able to get the man the help he needed.”

Weather at the time of the rescue was reported as 17 mph winds and 10 miles visibility.

Disturbance at local business ends in arrest
According to a JPD release, on Friday Aug. 8 around 5:30 in the afternoon an employee of a business in the 9100 block of Glacier Highway called Juneau Police reporting a disturbance inside of the building.

A man’s request to cash a check had been refused by the company, and he was yelling profanities and making obscene gestures at employees and customers. Staff at the business reported the person left, but then returned several times. JPD officers responded and located the man in the area, driving a Nissan Pathfinder which the complainant reported seeing the man driving. Officers stopped the vehicle, and contacted the driver, 32 year-old Jeffrey T. Tinney, and his passenger, a 24 year-old female.

Officers detained Tinney in connection with an active investigation stemming from a residential burglary reported on August 6th, on Amalga Street in the Mendenhall Valley. During the course of the investigation, the officers recovered property reported stolen in a burglary, including a firearm.

Tinney was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on one count of Burglary in the 1st Degree (a class B felony), two counts of Theft in the Second Degree ( a class C felony), Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree (class C felony), and Driving Without a Valid License (a class B misdemeanor). He was held without bail. The investigation into this case is continuing.

Driving homicide charge
Three months after a traffic accident that killed a girl on a bicycle, an Anchorage woman has been charged with criminally negligent homicide.

Forty-seven-year-old Yang Thao was arrested Friday after a grand jury handed down the indictment for the crash May 9th at Dimond Estates Mobile Home Park.

Four-year-old Ashley Xiong was riding her bike in the road when Thao rounded a corner in her S-U-V and struck the girl.

Anchorage police say the investigation took several months because toxicology tests had to be conducted by a lab in Washington state.

The results showed Thao was not intoxicated at the time of the crash. However, police say she was talking on a cell phone while driving. Thao told police she hung up before the crash, but police say records show the call continued until after the first 9-1-1 call reported the crash.

Thao was released on bail Friday. A trial has not been scheduled. If convicted of criminally negligent homicide, she faces up to four years in prison.

Public meetings on Pebble project
The EPA will hold public meetings in Alaska next week to hear comments about their proposal to preemptively block the Pebble project.

Anchorage: Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m., Egan Center – Cook and Artegan Rooms
New Stuyahok: Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 5 p.m., Cetuyaraq Community Center
Nondalton: Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 5 p.m., Nondalton Community Center
Kokhanok: Thursday, Aug. 14 at 5 p.m., Location to be announced
Dillingham: Thursday, Aug. 14 at 5 p.m., Middle School Gymnasium
Iliamna: Friday, Aug. 15 at noon, Community Center
Igiugig: Friday, Aug. 15 at noon, Tribal Hall

You can also send an email via

Ferry Chenega sailings cancelled
MV Chenega sailings for Saturday, August 9 have been canceled due to high winds and seas in Prince William Sound.

The vessel is expected to return to regularly scheduled sailings Sunday, August 10, 2014. Travelers may view the most current schedule information online at

AMHS staff is contacting affected passengers; for more information, please call your local terminal by dialing 1-907-465-3941 or toll-free at 1-800-642-0066.

Bethel officer faces police brutality complaint
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A police brutality complaint has been filed against a Bethel officer, and city officials say they are investigating.

KYUK reports Linda Green claims she saw a police officer repeatedly pick up a man and slam him to the ground July 12. She filed a complaint that day.

Green says she went to the media after city officials weren't responsive.

A police report for an incident about the same time says an officer confronted a highly intoxicated "Indian" male, who was verbally abusive. The officer feared the man had a weapon. He arrested the man, and took him to a hospital, where he was cleared.

Court transcripts indicate the man couldn't appear at a hearing the next day because he was hospitalized for his injuries, including possibly a broken collarbone.

[Friday August 8th, 2014  15TH  EDITION  7:13 P.M.]

Woman driven over and dragged in downtown Juneau
Capital City Fire Rescue says they found a female that had been driven over by a car and dragged. She was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital with advanced life support care but was in stable condition.

According to a Juneau Police Department bulletin, the incident happened just before 8:00 AM Friday on Willoughby Ave.

Salmon Derby Update:
As of around 2:30 PM there were about a thousand plus validated fishermen participating in the 68th Golden North Salmon Derby.

The early leader was Larry Hays with a fish weighing in at 21.3 lbs. He caught his King out of Douglas.

The afternoon leader is Max Mielke with a King at 27.9 lbs weighed in at Douglas.

See more Salmon Derby pics on our facebook page

(Max Mielke at Douglas Harbor)

Coast Guard encourages safety during weekend Salmon Derby in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Sector Juneau encourages boaters to make safety a priority during the Golden North Salmon Derby this weekend.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to boat responsibly while on the water and avoid the consumption of alcohol. The use of life jackets, emergency beacons, flares, float plans and appropriate communications devices are advised for anyone operating a watercraft.

"Boaters need to be aware that Alaska is known for rapidly changing weather and frigid waters.” said Lt. Jennifer Ferreira, Sector Juneau public affairs officer. "We want to ensure that anyone going out on the water has planned ahead, checked the weather, filed a float plan and is wearing life jackets."

The Coast Guard recommends that every boater carry the following safety items:
-A 406 Mhz EPIRB (make sure you register it after purchase, or rescuers may be delayed in reaching you! In remote Alaska areas, this may become your ONLY way to call for help.)
-A Coast Guard-approved life jacket (because they float, you don’t…)
-A handheld VHF marine radio with extra batteries
-A Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher
-A first aid kit packed in a watertight container
-A signaling kit (mirror, whistle and day/ night flares)
-Warm and water resistant clothing appropriate for Alaska’s extreme environments
-And for larger boats, a life raft with a survival kit

Search underway for missing man in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A search is being conducted for a man missing in the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a witness saw two men in the water under the Wendell Street bridge about 2:30 p.m., Thursday, but one was able to get out.

Several firefighters in boats are looking for the other man.

There was no immediate information as to how the men wound up in the river.

Fairbanks Battalion Chief Keith Berrian says a person missing in the river is usually found 100 yards of where contact was lost. He said a person can survive the frigid water for about an hour if they don't have protection.

Permanent Fund tops $50B threshold
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Permanent Fund ended the fiscal year with a value of $51.2 billion.

Officials say in a release it's the first time that the fund, which provides the annual oil-wealth checks to the state's residents, has topped the $50 billion mark.

The rise was attributed to a strong year for the fund's $21 billion stock portfolio.

Officials also transferred $1.2 billion of statutory net income to the Permanent Fund Dividend Division for this year's annual PFD payment. KTUU reports that's double what was transferred for last year's check.

Nearly every single resident of the state in 2013 received a check for $900 for their share of the state's oil wealth.

JPD Crime of the Week: Items stolen from tour operator's van
A tour operator reports someone illegally entered his van parked on North Douglas near Outer Point.

Juneau Police Lieutenant, David Campbell, says the report came in Tuesday morning around 11:00 and several items were stolen from the van, including backpacks, electronics, money, and personal identification.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to log on to the Juneau Crime Line Web site and report their tip.

Alaska officials question 'law school' proposal
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State postsecondary school officials are taking action to block a proposed Alaska law school.

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education says the proposed law school has not sought the commission's approval to operate and violates state statute.

The commission has asked the Department of Law to draft a cease and desist order against the outfit calling itself "Alaska Law School, In God We Trust" on the Internet.

The school's website claims the school will open in March 2015. Daun DeVore is listed as founder and dean.

Marygold Melli, a professor emerita at University of Wisconsin Law School, is listed as a member of the Alaska Law School's board but says she has nothing to do with an Alaska law school.

No charges as Juneau police end hazing probe
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau police say they have ended a criminal investigation into a hazing ritual that might have crossed the line into assault.

The case was closed because victims refused to come forward.

Police investigated complaints from parents that their children who took part in high school athletics had been beaten with wooden paddles in an initiation ritual.

Police Chief Bryce Johnson says their investigation revealed who the perpetrators and victims were. But since no one was willing to come forward to be a witness, police weren't able to arrest or bring charges against anyone.

Police, troopers chase down Kodiak theft suspect
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A woman led Kodiak law enforcement officers on an extended chase after jumping into a man's idling truck and driving off.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports 33-year-old Curtis Howell on Wednesday dropped off his daughters at Kodiak Baptist Mission Day Care and left his pickup running.

He says he walked the girls 25 feet into the building in and was signing them in when a blond woman got into his truck, locked the doors and took off.

Howell called 911.

Alaska State Troopers and Kodiak police spotted the truck and pursued it for 19 minutes, eventually flattening its tires with spikes. Officers had to break windows to remove the woman.

Troopers say they anticipate the 29-year-old woman will be charged with vehicle theft, failure to stop and reckless driving.

Central NY airport new site for drone safety tests
ROME, N.Y. (AP) — Federal regulators have approved drone research flights at a central New York airport, one of six sites nationally chosen to assess the safety of the aerial robots in already busy skies.

The other mission at Griffiss International Airport in Rome will be to study how drones can help farmers stay on top of pests, weeds and the conditions of their crops.

The NUAIR Alliance, a consortium of private industry, academic institutions and the military, says flights could begin in a couple of weeks after the Federal Aviation Administration approval Thursday. Future operations will include Massachusetts.

Congress told the FAA in 2012 to develop guidelines for commercial drone operations by the end of 2015.

That process is behind schedule and the FAA is wrestling with increasing unauthorized drone activity.

The other test sites are in Alaska, North Dakota, Nevada, Texas and Virginia.

Grand jury indicts teen in fatal cyclist crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a 17-year-old Anchorage driver on two felony counts in the death of bicyclist in July.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports Alexandra Ellis was indicted on counts of manslaughter and failing to assist an injured person after an accident in the death of 51-year-old Jeffery Dusenbury.

She's also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Police say Dusenbury was struck by a pickup while riding July 19 on a south Anchorage street.

Investigators say Ellis was driving in the same direction as the bicycle but decided she was heading the wrong way.

Police say she stopped, backed up, struck the bicycle and drove off.

Dusenbury was wearing a helmet but died within an hour after the crash.

Man charged with fatally stabbing uncle
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 38-year-old man has been charged with fatally stabbing his uncle at a home in northeast Anchorage.

KTUU-TV reports 38-year-old Ralph Nayokpuk (neye-AHK'-puhk) is charged with first- and second-degree murder in the death Wednesday night of 51-year-old Ronald Mullins.

Police say the men were with other family members and began to argue as Nayokpuk was cutting garlic and onions with a butcher knife.

Police say the argument became intense and Mullins threatened to call police.

Investigators say Nayokpuk stabbed Mullins at least two or three times and afterward expressed remorse to an officer.

Judge Gregory Motyka on Thursday set bail at $500,000.

Coast Guard mulls downsizing Kodiak station
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The Coast Guard is considering a proposal to downsize its Kodiak communications station.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the proposal would cut 20 of the 53 positions.

The communications station is 3 miles from the Coast Guard base.

The station's primary mission is for search and rescue operations. It's where personnel monitor radio traffic from ships and planes.

Lt. Cmdr. Paul Salerno says nothing has been decided yet. If the downsizing is approved, it would begin in summer 2015.

Salerno says positions cut would be commanding and high-ranking positions, including his. All three officer positions at the station and 17 enlisted positions would be cut. Two civilian positions that are currently vacant are being transferred to Virginia.

Salerno is scheduled to be transferred to another unit next year.

Ketchikan to demolish old Smither's  pool
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A pool that had been in use for the last four decades in Ketchikan will be demolished.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports the borough assembly this week approved a $688,000 contract to demolish the Mike Smithers Pool.

The lot near Ketchikan High School will be filled in. Borough officials say no development is currently planned at the site.

The pool has been in use since the 1970s, but it was replaced by the Gateway Aquatic Center in 2012.

EPA plans Alaska meetings on proposed restrictions
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting public meetings in Alaska on proposed restrictions for development of the Pebble Mine.

Meetings are set for Tuesday in Anchorage, Wednesday in New Stuyahok and Nondalton, Thursday in Kokhanok and Dillingham and Friday in Iliamna and Igiugig.

EPA has concluded large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed poses significant risks to salmon. The agency later invoked a rarely-used process through which it could ultimately restrict or prohibit development of the proposed mine to protect the fishery.

EPA recently proposed restrictions that would effectively block the level of development that the Pebble Mine's owners have publicly laid out. That's what the agency is taking comments on.

The Pebble Limited Partnership and state have sued EPA, alleging the agency overstepped its authority.

Coast Guard responds to boater under the influence near Juneau, Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard and local response authorities responded to a boating under the influence call in Auke Bay, Wednesday.

A Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew detained the operator and transferred him to Juneau Police Department upon arriving in Auke Bay.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received an anonymous tip that the operator of Orca Odysea, a whale watching tour boat homeported in Auke Bay, was under the influence of alcohol while operating a tour with 13 passengers aboard. The watchstanders launched the RB-M crew.

Once on scene the Coast Guard crew boarded the Orca Odysea and conducted a field sobriety test with the vessel’s operator. When the operator did not successfully complete the test he was transferred from the Orca Odysea to the RB-M. The Coast Guard crew escorted the Orca Odysea back to Auke Bay and transferred custody of the vessel’s operator to the Juneau Police Department.

“We are currently undergoing an investigation in regards to the situation,” said Cmdr. Mark Burd, Chief of Response, Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “It is our duty as the Coast Guard to make sure that all licensed mariners are following the rules and keeping our waters safe. When mariners are suspected to have broken the laws the Coast Guard will investigate the situation to the fullest and hold those who are proven without doubt to the highest standards.”

All 13 passengers were safely disembarked without incident.

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as winds at 11 to 17 mph, 1-foot waves and 11 miles visibility.

Coast Guard searching for missing mariner near Yakobi Island, Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater in the vicinity of Surge Bay near Yakobi Island, Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a report that the boater, Gus McConnell, was following a larger boat to Hoonah in a 16-foot white and blue skiff when the operator of the larger vessel lost sight of the skiff. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to conduct a search of the surrounding area.

The reporting source informed the Coast Guard that McConnell, 21, is unfamiliar with the territory and was last seen wearing blue jeans, boots and an Oregon sweatshirt.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the missing boater should contact Coast Guard Sector Juneau at (907) 463-2990.

[Thursday August 7th, 2014 12th  EDITION  5:58 P.M.]

GOP Senate candidates debate rural issues
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A debate among the three major Republican candidates for U.S. Senate Thursday was a battle for rural cred.

Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, Joe Miller and former state Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan listed bush communities they'd visited and weighed in on issues related to fisheries, voting rights, even honey buckets and outhouses.

Treadwell sought to distinguish himself from the others, noting such things as his work on Arctic and rural development issues. When Miller said he was unfamiliar with a proposal that would allow Alaska Natives to put land in reservation-like trusts, Treadwell said he should get familiar.

Miller questioned whether Treadwell had done enough to address voting integrity as lieutenant governor. And Sullivan took subtle jabs at Treadwell in trying to cast himself as a man of action.

Federal data outlines spending in Alaska, Hawaii
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Remember the tag lines at the end of restaurant commercials that say the food advertised might be higher in Alaska or Hawaii?

New government data proves it is.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on Thursday released data showing spending by the average in each of the 50 states from 1997 to 2012, including how much we spend on eating out.

Here's five probably not so-surprising trends from the data as it applies to the nation's only two states not connected to the mainland:

1) It costs more to eat out. Last year, Alaska led the nation for per capita spending for food consumed outside the home. Alaskans spent an average of $3,852 per person, or $15,408 for a family of four to eat at restaurants. Hawaii had the third highest per-capita spending at $3,615.

2) When the weather is mostly perfect and you live on an island, things are good for your pocketbook. The analysis shows Hawaii residents spent the least of anyone in the nation when it comes to expenditures on gasoline or energy goods, at $882 per person. Surprisingly, Alaska — considered to be the nation's coldest state — didn't even crack the top four of highest expenditures. North Dakota led the category, followed by Wyoming, South Dakota and Maine.

3) It's expensive to live in Hawaii. The survey says residents of the 50th state spent $10,002 annually on housing and utilities in 2012, putting it only behind the $11,985 spent by residents of the District of Columbia.

4) Alaskans shell out a lot for health care. The data puts Alaska into third place for highest per capital spending in 2012 for health care, at $8,173, putting the Last Frontier only behind the District of Columbia and Massachusetts for out-of-pocket expenses.

5) Slow growth. Hawaii had the second slowest growth in per capita spending between 2011 and 2012. Newly oil-rich North Dakota led the nation at 9.2 percent growth. Wyoming had the lowest at 1.4 percent growth, and Hawaii was right behind. The national average for states was 3.3 percent.

Local Juneau business, Coppa, derails competition on "Pitch-on-a-Train" contest
As the train rolled on down the track, ideas ranging from commercial Bitcoin applications to drone surveillance technology were tossed around, but it was Marc Wheeler of the Juneau cafe Coppa who derailed the four other entrepreneurs and wooed the judges most with his rhubarb sherbet.

Wheeler says of the rhubarb flavor, "I've been making it for about five years and it's a recipe I developed with my daughter. We started out selling it at the farmers market in Juneau then sold it at Food Truck Friday last summer. It's one of our standard flavors and we want to expand our sells of the sherbet to other Alaskan ice creams as we proposed to the panel of judges in Anchorage."

Wheeler’s pitch to the the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation's "Pitch-on-a-Train" competition included the addition of distinctly Alaska-inspired ice cream flavors such as Coppa's Alaska raspberry, Alaska cherry and Alaskan Brewing Co. Smoked Porter brownie and pecan.

Marc's idea also included dramatically expanding his existing business Coppa, an ice cream shop and caf?on 9th and Glacier owned by Wheeler and his wife, Jessica Paris. They plan to add a mobile location that would meet more than 1 million cruise ship passengers at the Juneau dock each summer.

Search underway for missing man in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A search is being conducted for a man missing in the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a witness saw two men in the water under the Wendell Street bridge about 2:30 p.m., Thursday, but one was able to get out.

Several firefighters in boats are looking for the other man.

There was no immediate information as to how the men wound up in the river.

Fairbanks Battalion Chief Keith Berrian says a person missing in the river is usually found 100 yards of where contact was lost. He said a person can survive the frigid water for about an hour if they don't have protection.

North Pole teenager missing again
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A North Pole teenager is again missing after being reunited with his family.

Alaska State Troopers say 14-year-old Richard Wellfort went missing Wednesday night, hours after being returned home. He had been missing for a month before he was located earlier Wednesday in Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the youth initially ran away from home June 29.

Troopers and his family used traditional and social media to ask for information on the teen and he was located Wednesday. His parents reported him missing again about 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Douglas "pushes in" New Fire Engine 21
It's the "Push in" ceremony for the new Pierce 4X4 Fire Engine Monday at Station 2, in the Douglas Fire District.

Come and celebrate with the Douglas Community in this long held fire tradition of pushing in the new truck.

Hot Dogs, Soda and Cake will be served. Everyone is invited to help celebrate the arrival of their New Fire Engine 21 Monday night at 6:30.

Eielson leading candidate to host F-35 squadrons
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Air Force's next generation fighter aircraft could be calling Alaska home.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Eielson (EYE'-el-son) Air Force Base in Fairbanks is the leading candidate to be home to the to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter plane.

Alaska's two U.S. senators, Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Lisa Murkowski, announced Thursday that Eielson is the preferred candidate. Eielson had previously been on a short list of five Pacific bases to house two squadrons.

None of the other four sites was named as an alternative site. A final determination is expected in November 2015.

Murkowski demands Begich ad come down
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Lawyers for Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's campaign are demanding that a commercial from her Democratic counterpart, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, touting their cooperation in Washington be immediately pulled.

But Begich's campaign says they are standing by the ad.

The ad has been airing as part of Begich's re-election this year. The ad titled, "Great Team," notes how many times he and Murkowski have voted the same way even though they're from different parties, suggesting their pairing is the best interest for Alaskans.

In a Thursday letter to Begich's campaign, Murkowski claims the ad makes false and deceptive statements, misuses her image without permission and appears to violate federal law for using an official Senate office photo.

The campaign says they licensed the image from The Associated Press.

Young violinist raises money for fire victims
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An 8-year-old violinist became a street performer to raise money for a family whose home burned in Juneau.

Sophie Nylen raised $1,787.24 in six days and handed it over Saturday to the family of Amber and Lucas Schneider.

Sophie saw the home burning July 25 as she rode home from violin practice. She says she felt bad and wanted to help the family buy a new home.

She played her violin an hour per day for six days in downtown Juneau as her mother, Ildia Nylen, watched.

Ildia Nylen says residents and tourists were generous.

Amber Schneider says she was surprised that such a young girl had raised so much money. She says the family is grateful for the donation.

Judge dismisses charges in Homer sex-assault case
HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A judge has dismissed second-degree sexual assault charges against two Homer brothers accused of assaulting a teenage boy with an object at a local drinking party in September 2012.

Superior Court Judge Carl Bauman dismissed the charges against 22-year-old Anthony Resetarits and 19-year-old Joseph Resetarits on Wednesday. The case had earlier been scheduled for an Aug. 4 trial.

Kenai District Attorney Scot Leaders says he intends to take the case back to a grand jury.

The Homer News reports the brothers were accused of assaulting the boy after he passed out drunk. The boy also had his head and eyebrows shaved, and people wrote on him with markers.

A boy who was 16 at the time also was charged with sexual assault and referred to the juvenile justice system.

Judge rejects bail plan in slain troopers' suspect
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The father of a man accused of shooting and killing two Alaska State Troopers will stay in jail on connected charges.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a Fairbanks judge Wednesday rejected a plan presented at a bail hearing for Arvin Kangas.

He's charged with evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in the May 1 shootings deaths of Sgt. Scott Johnson and trooper Gabe Rich in Tanana. Kangas' son, Nathanial, faces murder charges in the deaths.

Arvin Kangas' attorney sought release for his client on bail to his older brother until trial. His brother owns a business in Fairbanks, so he would have been home alone during the day.

The judge rejected that plan but said he might approve one that includes a third-party custodian who would be with Kangas 24/7.

Begich won't take public position on referendum
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says he won't take a public position on the upcoming oil tax referendum.

Begich says thousands of Alaskans worked to get the referendum on the Aug. 19 ballot. While he has a personal opinion, he said he wants to respect the process of voter-initiated measures qualifying for the ballot.

In the referendum, voters will decide whether to keep the oil tax cut approved by lawmakers last year or to repeal it. Voting "yes" signifies support for the repeal.

Many state Democratic lawmakers support the repeal. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott also does.

Alaska's senior U.S. senator, Republican Lisa Murkowski, has said she will vote no.

Begich said whatever is decided, it's important for the oil and gas industry to have consistent, long-term taxing policies.

US airlines running behind schedule so far in 2014
More U.S. flights arrived late in June than the month before, continuing a string of poor performances by the nation's airlines.

The government says that in the first six months of the year, the rate of late flights was the highest since 2008 and cancellations were the highest since 2000.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that among airlines reporting figures, 71.8 percent of flights arrived on time in June, down from 76.9 percent the month before and 71.9 percent in June 2013.

Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines had the best on-time ratings, with Delta leading the biggest carriers. Regional airlines Envoy and ExpressJet and Southwest Airlines were at the bottom of the rankings.

UPDATE:AP-Troopers locate missing North Pole teenager
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A North Pole teenager reported missing for more than a month has been located in Fairbanks.

Alaska State Troopers say 14-year-old Richard Wellfort was found Wednesday.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the youth ran away from home June 29.

Troopers and his family used traditional and social media to ask for information on the teen and he was located Wednesday night.

Troopers say he is alive and well.

Hunter kills musk ox in subsistence hunt near Nome
NOME, Alaska (AP) — A hunter in Nome has killed the first musk ox eligible for harvesting in a local subsistence hunt.

Department of Fish and Game biologist Tony Gorn says the musk ox was an older bull but not the animal that some Nome residents say has been acting aggressively.

Four other permits for harvesting musk ox have been issued.

Gorn tells KNOM-radio that the hunt may be an opportunity to eliminate an immediate nuisance if "problem bulls" are killed.

He says the bigger challenge is a long-term solution to keeping muskoxen out of Nome.

A Nome dog is recovering from a run-in with a musk ox late last week. Monica Gomez says her dog was gored while on a run with her children on Anvil Mountain and needed 13 stitches.

Man fatally stabbed in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police in Anchorage say a man was fatally stabbed Wednesday night at a residence.

The victim suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police say they have a suspect in custody. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor.

[Wednesday August 6th, 2014  11TH  EDITION  11:00 P.M.

Museum temporary closure, "Critters" Camp coming up
Although the installation at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum of a new and improved heating, ventilation and air conditioning system has been moving along quickly this summer, the Museum will need to close to the public Friday through Sunday.  The Museum reopens at NOON on Monday, August 11th.

Also next week, August 11-15, the Juneau Explorers Camp for children ages 8 to 11 takes place each day from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. This summer’s theme is “Critters”. Children will be learning about a variety of animal species that share our Juneau home such as birds, aquatic insects and bears. Each day involves a field trip in the community including the Gold Rush Sled Dog Tours and the Gastineau Humane Society. Registration is almost full! To guarantee a spot please register by 10 AM on Friday. Visit the Museum’s website,, for more information and registration materials.

Sullivan spends $980K as race enters final stretch
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan brought in more than $260,000 in July but he spent $980,000 as he and his GOP rivals entered the homestretch toward this month's primary.

Sullivan was the first of the major GOP candidates to provide his fundraising totals for July. As of July 30, Sullivan had just under $1 million on hand.

The other prominent Republicans in the race are Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller.

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich reported bringing in about $420,000 in July and spending about $515,000. He had nearly $2.1 million available. Begich faces no real opposition in his party's primary on Aug. 19.

2 people reported injured in Mat-Su carriage crash
Alaska State Troopers say they responded to a report of two people being ejected from a horse-drawn carriage.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports the accident happened near the reindeer farm near Palmer on Wednesday afternoon.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says initial reports indicate two people have been injured and a medical helicopter from Anchorage responded.

Troopers seek help in locating runaway teen
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers are seeking the public's help in their search for a 14-year-old runaway boy who has been missing for more than a month.

Troopers say no one has reported seeing Richard Wellfort since he ran away from his North Pole home June 29.

Efforts by troopers and family to locate the boy have been unsuccessful.

Troopers say the boy also has been known to go by the name of Andrew Cullens.

The boy is 5-feet-6 inches tall, has brown hair and green eyes, and weighs 108 pounds. He was last seen wearing camouflage shorts, a yellow Aeropostale T-shirt and flip-flops.

Juneau police arrest tour boat captain for DUI
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The captain of a tourist boat with 13 passengers onboard has been arrested after failing a sobriety test.

Juneau police say 67-year-old Lawrence O. Dupler later provided breath samples showing a blood-alcohol content level of .115. The legal limit is 0.08.

He's been jailed on $1,500 bail after his arrest about noon Wednesday. Online court records didn't list charges or an attorney.

Juneau Police Sgt. Chris Gifford says the U.S. Coast Guard received a tip from someone onboard the boat.

The Coast Guard detained Dupler outside Auke Bay after making contact. He had been piloting a 52-foot tour boat, which also had two other crew members aboard.

Gifford said police aren't releasing the name of the tour company.

Crimestoppers tip leads Anchorage police to missing 4 month old and his mother
Police say 30 year old Erica Gibbs had a warrant for her arrest.

On july 22nd, officers were called to a residence on the 4000 block of San Roberto Avenue to assist Office of Children's Services employees in taking emergency custody of 4 month old Dominik Gibbs. Erica Gibbs left the residence with the child before officers arrived. Police soon found her, but she was uncooperative and would not provide information on the child's whereabouts.

Tuesday of this week, Crimestoppers received the tip and police located Erica Gibbs and the child in an East Anchorage apartment. Gibbs is charged with second degree custodial interference and endangering the life of a child.

Chugiak man charged with sexual assault of teen
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 33-year-old Chugiak man has been charged with sexually assaulting and strangling a 15-year-old girl.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports Ralph Barenz II is being held at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility without bail.

An arraignment hearing was scheduled in Palmer later Wednesday.

The assault occurred in the Jim Creek area near the Knik River by Butte. The child-abuse investigation unit was called at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday to report the sexual assault. Few other details have been released.

Filing for Assembly and School Board opens Friday
The filing period for the City & Borough of Juneau Assembly and School Board opens Friday,
August 8, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. Voters will elect three Assemblymembers and two School Board
members at the October 7, 2014 Regular Municipal Election. Filing for the seats closes Monday,
August 18, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

Offices to be filled (elected by the voters at-large):

One (1) Area-wide Assemblymember - 3 year term
One (1) District One Assemblymember - 3 year term
One (1) District Two Assemblymember - 3 year term
Two (2) School Board Members - 3 year terms

Candidates for office must be qualified voters of the City and Borough of Juneau:
(1) Qualified to vote in State elections;
(2) A resident of the municipality for at least thirty days immediately preceding the
(3) Registered to vote in state elections at a residence address within the municipality at
least thirty days before the municipal election at which the person seeks to vote; and
(4) Not disqualified under Article V of the Alaska Constitution.
In addition, candidates for Assembly must be a resident of CBJ for at least one year
immediately preceding election to office.
Also, candidates for Assembly District 1 and District 2 seats must reside in the district from
which elected or appointed at the time of the Assemblymember's election or appointment
Anyone needing further information should contact the Clerk’s Office at 586-5278 or via e-mail at

Nominating Petitions are now available in the Municipal Clerk’s office in City Hall and on line at:

Territorial Guard honor wall dedicated in Bethel
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A wall of honor celebrating the Alaska Territorial Guard has been completed at Bethel's Alaska Territorial Guard Memorial Park.

Local organizers and state military leaders formally dedicated the wall Friday at the veterans cemetery.

KYUK says the wall lists the names of 1,435 ATG members who served from 31 Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta villages. The largely Native militia was formed to protect the territory of Alaska during World War II.

ATG Park Committee member Buck Bukowski says the recognition is overdue.

The 6,000-member ATG was formed in 1942 after Japan's attack of Pearl Harbor and points along Alaska's Aleutian Islands. It disbanded with little fanfare in March 1947, almost two years after the war ended.

ATG members were formally recognized 10 years ago by the Army as U.S. as military veterans.

Troopers search for 14-year-old boy
Alaska State Troopers are asking for the public’s help in locating a 14-year-old boy who hasn’t been seen since he ran away from his North Pole home on June 29.

Efforts by family and troopers to find Richard Wellfort since then have been unsuccessful. No one has reportedly seen Wellfort nor had any known communication with him since June 29.

Wellfort is described as 5-feet-6-inches tall, weighing 108 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He was wearing a yellow Aeropostale T-shirt, camouflage shorts and flip flops when he was last seen by family.

He is also known to go by the name Andrew Cullens. Anyone with information about his whereabouts can call Alaska State Troopers at (907)451-5100.

Man accused of shooting gun while driving
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A 38-year-old Fairbanks driver is accused of shooting a gun from his moving truck to relieve stress.

Craig Logan Lant is charged with weapons misconduct, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says Lant was arrested Friday after a driver reported seeing a man in an oncoming lane shoot a gun from the window of a pickup.

The witness told Alaska State Troopers the man with the gun was driving along the middle of the road and shot into some trees. The witness honked and said the truck swerved to the correct side of the roadway.

Troopers say Lant told them he knew shooting wasn't a good idea, but was "just letting out a bit of steam after work."

Polls favor Sullivan
A pair of polls released Tuesday show Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan maintaining a single-digit lead over his closest challenger in the Aug. 19 GOP primary.

A poll released by the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling showed former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sullivan leading Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell 35 percent to 29 percent, with 20 percent supporting Fairbanks attorney Joe Miller and 14 percent of the 337 Republican primary voters surveyed still undecided.

The second poll showed Sullivan leading Treadwell 35 percent to 27 percent, with Miller getting 16 percent. That poll was conducted by the Oregon-based Moore Information, which works for Sullivan’s campaign, but the poll was not commissioned by a candidate or third-party group involved in the U.S. Senate race.

Live-fire exercise set at Fort Wainwright
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska (AP) — A live-fire exercise is planned Thursday at Fort Wainwright.

Officials say soldiers will conduct the exercise during the day at the Small Arms Complex off the Richardson Highway.

Soldiers will train with hand grenades and demolitions.

Authorities say local residents may feel vibrations and hear explosions during the exercise.

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Update: Middle school explosion and vandalism
Juneau Police say they have identified the 5 juveniles who caused a small explosion with aerosol cans behind Dzantiki Heeni Middle School and the vandalism of a vending machine and school window on July 26th.

Parents of the juveniles contacted JPD to report that their children might have been involved with the incident.

The five male juveniles were the following ages: 16, 10, 8, 7, and 6.

Interviews with the children have either occurred, or are pending.

Mammogram Van schedule for August
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death (after lung cancer) among Alaskan women.

The SouthEast Regional Health Consortium’s WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in partnership with the Breast Cancer Detection Center announce that the mobile mammography van visits Klawock today through Friday, August 8th, Hoonah from Tuesday, August 12th through Friday, August 15th, Skagway on Monday, August 18th, and Haines on Wednesday August 20th through Monday, August 25th.

SEARHC Health Promotion Division Director, Martha Pearson said, "Last year, over 500 women received a mammogram in their home community, through the mobile mammography program.” The mobile mammogram van makes regular mammography screening services available to women who live in communities where they are not available year round. The van traveled to Angoon, Haines, and Kake this spring.

Free clinical breast exams, mammograms, Pap tests and cardiovascular screenings are provided for all women ages 40 and older who meet income and insurance guidelines.

For more information contact your local clinic, call the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program in Sitka at 966-8782 (or 1-888-388-8782, toll-free in Alaska), or e-mail, or visit

Juneau vessel capsizes near Valdez
A vessel, homeported in Juneau, capsized near Valdez Monday.

The Auriga was fishing in the vicinity of Eaglek Bay when a storm approached from the southeast, causing a large wave that caused the vessel to capsize.

The mariners climbed aboard the vessel’s skiff and were rescued by nearby good Samaritan fishing vessel Cornelia Marie and taken to Port Valdez.

The Auriga remained partially submerged Tuesday in the vicinity of Unakwik Inlet.

The vessel has a fuel capacity of 200 gallons and was carrying approximately 18,000 pounds of fish.

Lt. Ben Bauman with the Coast Guard says the owner contracted commercial response services for fuel removal and salvage.

The cause is under investigation. No injuries were reported.

UPDATE: Coast Guard locates overdue boaters near Prince William Sound, Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard located three boaters reported overdue near Prince William Sound, Tuesday morning.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed in Cordova located the missing boaters anchored in Lower Passage on the north side of Knight Island. The mariners reported the vessel had engine problems and were unable to return as planned.

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Long Island remained with the vessel to assess the condition of the mariners and vessel. There were no reported injuries.

Anchorage man charged in several rapes
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 35-year-old Anchorage man has been charged in the rapes of several women.

Anchorage police say in a release that Clifford Lee is being held on two bonds totaling $1.25 million and had a court appearance scheduled later Tuesday.

Police say starting in late June and continuing for five weeks, five women reported being sexually assaulted by a man after accepting a ride. Police say the man sometimes used a stun gun.

Authorities say he preyed on women who were drunk and alone in midtown or downtown. Police say he offered rides, took them to South Anchorage and raped them before dropping them off.

One victim was able to identify the residence where she was raped, and police developed leads from there. He faces 10 counts of sexual assault.

Murkowski Announces Public Schedule for August
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski has announced public visits for Valdez, Fairbanks, Sitka, Haines, Ketchikan, Coffman Cove, Anchorage, and Kodiak during August.

In Valdez, Senator Murkowski plans to meet with city officials, tour the Petro Star Refinery and Alyeska Pipeline Services Company, visit the Advocates for Victims of Violence facility, and tour the Valdez Food Bank.
WHAT: Community Reception
WHEN: Monday, August 4, 2014; 12:30-1:45 p.m.
WHERE: Civic Center
110 Clifton Drive

In Fairbanks, Senator Murkowski will meet with women in the mining industry to talk about current issues and will also give remarks at the annual TCC Alaska Tribal Court Conference.
WHAT: Tanana River Crossing Ribbon Cutting
WHEN: Tuesday, August 5, 2014; 12:00-1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Tom Bear Trail Road
Tanana River, AK
WHAT: Tanana Valley Fair
WHEN: Tuesday, August 5, 2014; 3:30-6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Tanana Valley Fairgrounds

Senator Murkowski will give a Washington update to Sitka’s Chamber of Commerce, visit the Blue Lake Dam Project, and tour the Baranof Island Brewing Company.
WHAT: Remarks at Sitka Chamber of Commerce
WHEN: Wednesday, August 6, 2014; 12:00-1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Westmark Sitka Hotel
330 Seward Street

In Haines, Senator Murkowski plans to tour the new Veterans facility, the Harbor Expansion Project, the Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center, and the Haines Brewing Company.
WHAT: Tour of Soboleff-McRae Veterans Village and Wellness Center
WHEN: Thursday, August 7, 2014; 10:00-11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Soboleff-McRae Veterans Village and Wellness Center
Haines, AK
WHAT: Community Meet and Greet Potluck
WHEN: Thursday, August 7, 2014; 11:45-1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Chilkat Center Lobby
1 Theater Drive

In Ketchikan, Senator Murkowski will tour Trident Seafoods as well as meet with Alaska Forest Association leaders and attend the community dinner to help raise funds for breast cancer research. She will also tour the Coast Guard Station Ketchikan on 8-13.
WHEN: Friday, August 8, 2014; 1:30-2:30 p.m.
WHAT: Media Availability
1101 Copper Ridge Lane

In Coffman Cove, Senator Murkowski will tour the Canoe Lagoon Oyster Company before heading out to join in the festivities at the Coffman Cove Arts and Seafood Festival.
WHAT: Coffman Cove Arts and Seafood Festival
WHEN: Saturday, August 9, 2014; 1:00-3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Coffman Cove, AK
WHAT: Coast Guard Foundation Alaska Awards Dinner
WHEN: Wednesday, August 13, 2014; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hotel Captain Cook
939 West 5th Avenue

In Kodiak, Senator Murkowski will meet with United States Coast Guard personnel and tour the North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center.
WHAT: USCG Housing Unit Ribbon Cutting
WHEN: Thursday, August 14, 2014; 1:45-2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Base Kodiak

Kenai borough mayor vetoes bed tax vote
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough has vetoed a measure from going to voters.

Voters were to have decided whether to put a 3 percent tax on motel beds across the borough. But Mayor Mike Navarre vetoed the measure Monday.

The Peninsula Clarion reports Navarre said he doesn't like dedicated taxes. Plus he said he heard complaints from people in Homer that they would be stuck with the tax decided by others in the borough.

He says a better approach would be for the assembly to allow cities to implement a local bed tax by voter approval.

The tax would have brought in $1.6 million to fund tourism marketing.

No injuries after fishing boat grounds near Hoonah
HOONAH, Alaska (AP) — A 43-foot fishing boat ran aground in southeast Alaska early Tuesday morning after it lost its GPS system.

Alaska State Troopers say the Stardust grounded on Sisters Island in Icy Straits, near Hoonah.

Wildlife troopers in Hoonah responded and stayed on-scene until the boat was refloated about 5 a.m. by the incoming tide. The U.S. Coast Guard escorted the Stardust to Juneau.

Troopers say the captain of the Stardust, 38-year-old Kristopher Foster of Sitka, wasn't injured in the grounding.

Search resumes for missing Missouri man in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The search for a 71-year-old Missouri man has entered its third day with dozens of people participating.

KTUU reports the search for Jerry Warner resumed Tuesday morning.

He reportedly left a recreational vehicle he and his girlfriend parked at the Willow Creek Resort, about 50 miles north of Anchorage, on Sunday for a solo fishing trip on Willow Creek.

He was carrying a fishing pole and a walking stick, but no cellphone, weapon and little or no food.

An Alaska State Troopers helicopter provided an aerial search Monday, and eight dog teams were deployed in in the area. About 40 people took part, and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough provided boats for the search.

Begich releases 1st TV ad taking aim at Treadwell
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has released a new ad, seeking to draw a contrast between him and two of his Republican rivals on women's issues.

It is the first TV ad from Begich to include Republican Mead Treadwell, who is vying against Dan Sullivan and Joe Miller for his party's nomination in the Aug. 19 primary. The ad also singles out Sullivan, who has been a favorite target for a pro-Begich super PAC the last few months, but it doesn't mention Miller. Begich spokesman Max Croes said voters are familiar with Miller's views from his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid in 2010.

The ad touches on the candidates' positions on abortion and support for defunding Planned Parenthood.

Begich's campaign, in recent weeks, has stepped up its criticism of Treadwell.

Coast Guard searching for overdue boaters in Prince William Sound, Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard is searching for three missing boaters who were reported overdue in the vicinity of Prince William Sound, Tuesday morning.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received an overdue report from Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna that three boaters on a white 24-foot Bayliner with a gray top had not returned from a two-day fishing trip that started Sunday morning.

The vessel was scheduled to return by midnight Monday evening. Coast Guard Cutter Long Island was launched from Valdez, and a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed in Cordova was diverted from another incident to aid in the search.

The cutter and Jayhawk crew arrived on scene early Tuesday morning and began searching for the three missing people.

A Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat – Medium was also launched to assist in the search.

A family friend informed the Coast Guard that the operator of the Bayliner has flares, a 7-foot orange Zodiac inflatable boat and extra gas onboard.

Missing are 40 year-old John Dimmick  28 year-old Mark Valdez, and 25 year-old Cory Bicchinella, from Anchorage.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the missing boaters should contact Sector Anchorage at (907) 428-4100.

Woman says she killed musk ox to protect dog
NOME, Alaska (AP) — A Nome woman says she killed a musk ox last month to protect her dog.

Diana Adams initially was given a citation for killing a musk ox out of season. But a spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers said that was changed to a written warning after consultation between the wildlife troopers, local district attorney's office and the state Department of Fish and Game.

On July 17, Adams found a musk ox in her backyard.

She told KNOM she yelled and fired a warning shot. She said when she saw one walk to her dog pen, and dip its head in the way she's seen them do in the past before they attack, she shot it.

Adams reported the incident. The meat was donated to a senior center.

Moroccan to swim from Alaska to Russia
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 27-year-old man is headed to the Bering Strait as part of his goal to be the first Moroccan to swim between every continent.

KTVA reports Hassan Baraka plans to swim three miles from Little Diomede Island, Alaska, to Big Diomede Island, Russia, Thursday.

However, he said during a practice swim in Anchorage Monday that the Russian government hadn't yet given permission for him to come ashore.

There is a backup plan if he doesn't get the OK. Instead, he'll swim to Little Diomede from the international dateline.

Previous swims have taken him from Morocco to Spain and the Bosporus Strait, separating Europe from Asia.

The swim is intended to bring awareness to coastal issues, and he wants to show the world that borders don't have to divide people.

Ketchikan proposes increases on airport fees
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Fees could be going up at the Ketchikan airport.

KRBD reports the Ketchikan Gateway Borough on Monday had the first reading of an ordinance to raise airport fees.

Those include raising the price of the ferry ride to the airport by a dollar, to $6.

Other increases include hiking the rate for a floatplane stall from $61 a month to $73, increasing landing fees for airplanes and charging motorcycle and scooters the same rate as passenger cars on the Gravina side.

The Ketchikan Daily News says the airport operates with a year deficit that runs anywhere from $380,000 to $435,000. That's even on top of an annual $400,000 subsidy from the state.

The increases on fees, if approved at a second reading, would drop that deficit to $285,000 or less.

Juneau man faces assault charges with bow, arrow
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A 23-year-old Juneau man faces felony assault charges after allegedly pointing a bow and arrow at an Alaska Native couple.

Wesley J. Bowman is due in court later today (Tuesday).

Police Lt. David Campbell says before Bowman pointed the bow and arrow at the couple, he allegedly said something like: "Stop doing that, Native."

Campbell says it wasn't clear what he wanted the couple to stop doing, or if the Saturday incident was racially motivated. Police do say alcohol was a factor.

During an Alaska Native Celebration in June, a man yelled racial epithets at the crowd. A suspect has been identified, but no charges have been filed in that incident.

Kenai superintendent resigns for new UA position
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has submitted his resignation.

The Peninsula Clarion reports Steve Atwater's resignation is effective Dec. 1.

Atwater will become the associate vice president for K-12 outreach at the University of Alaska, a newly created position.

Atwater, who was Alaska's Superintendent of the Year in 2013, came to Kenai six years ago from the Lake and Peninsula School District in King Salmon.

The board says it has three options to replace Atwater: conduct a national search for a new hire, appoint a superintendent from internal or external candidates or hire an interim superintendent to fill out the rest of the school year after Atwater leaves.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for new bridge
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for the longest bridge in Alaska.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a ceremony and barbecue will accompany the ceremony at noon Tuesday in Salcha ( SAL CHUH).

The 3,300-foot railroad bridge is over the Tanana River, and is part of a plan to eventually provide a rail link between Fairbanks and military ground south of Delta Junction. That will require another 80 miles of rail, which hasn't been approved yet.

Work on the $188 million Salcha project began three years ago this month. The U.S. Department of Defense paid $104 million of the cost with the state picking up the remainder.

Salcha, with a population of just over 1,000 people, is located about 35 miles southeast of Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway.

Treadwell, Miller trade jabs at debate
EAGLE RIVER, Alaska (AP) — It was a scrappier version of Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell who took the stage Monday at a Republican U.S. Senate debate. He went toe-to-toe with Joe Miller at times, other times taking the brunt of Miller's jabs at establishment Republicans along with Dan Sullivan.

For Treadwell, it was his chance to shine before conservative voters at the social issues debate hosted by the Alaska Family Council as he tries to woo voters from the tea party favorite Miller and from Sullivan.

Both Sullivan and Treadwell say they would work to bring the party together if they lose.

But Miller says if the party elects a go-along Republican, they will lose the general election to U.S. Sen. Mark Begich.

EPA asks judge to toss Pebble lawsuit
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking a federal judge to dismiss as premature a lawsuit by the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine.

In a court filing, attorneys for the EPA say the agency has not made a final determination yet on potential restrictions on development on the Pebble deposit.

The Pebble Limited Partnership sued EPA earlier this year, alleging the agency had exceeded its authority by invoking a process through which it could restrict or prohibit development of the Pebble deposit before the project has gone through permitting.

Public comment is currently being taken on restrictions proposed by EPA that would not ban mining of the deposit but would essentially block the type of project the mine's owners have publicly discussed.

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Spokesman: 5 immigrant children sent to Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says five unaccompanied immigrant children have been sent to Alaska.

Kenneth Wolfe said the children were sent to sponsors in Alaska between Jan. 1 and July 7. He did not respond to additional questions sent by email. The voicemail box on his cell phone was full.

This year, the federal government has placed as many as 30,000 minors who have crossed the border illegally with sponsors nationwide.

Sharon Leighow is a spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell. She said a Parnell aide spoke with Susan Johnson, the department's regional director.

Leighow said Johnson would not provide the state with details such as the communities in which the children were living or the relationships between the children and their sponsors.

Gov signs bill on security for court challenges
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell has signed legislation that will require those seeking to stop certain permitted projects to post a security.

The bill's sponsor, Chickaloon Rep. Eric Feige, said the measure is aimed at rooting out frivolous lawsuits.

But the executive director of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, Malena Marvin, said it violates citizens' rights to due process and expects it to be challenged in court.

The security would be in an amount a judge deems proper for costs or damages an industrial operation may incur if it were "wrongfully enjoined or restrained." Industrial operations include construction, timber and oil and gas development activities.

The security requirement would not apply if the activity being challenged was authorized through a program for which the state has assumed primacy from the federal government.

Begich reports raising about $420K in July
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich reported bringing in about $420,000 toward his re-election bid in July.

During that same period, the Democrat spent about $515,000. Begich reported having just under $2.1 million on hand, as of July 30.

The first-term incumbent is in the midst of what is expected to be a hotly contested race. Republicans see Alaska as key to their efforts to win back control of the Senate.

Begich isn't expected to face much of a fight in the Aug. 19 primary. His lone Democratic challenger is William Bryk, who lives in New York.

The major Republican candidates facing off in the GOP primary are Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, Joe Miller and former state Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan.

Draft Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan public meeting in Juneau Wednesday
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will host a series of public meetings during August and September to gather public comment on the Draft Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan (SATP).

DOT spokesman, Jeremy Woodrow says the first meeting will be in Juneau this Wednesday, August 6th, at Centennial Hall, in the Hickel Room. "From 4:30 until 6:30 PM, we'll have an open house where we will present the Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan. From 6:30 - 8:30 PM, we will have a public meeting where we will present the plan in a power point overview and discuss the project's plan for Juneau and the greater area of Southeast Alaska."

Recommended actions in the draft plan include:
-Maintenance and operation of existing ferries
-Retirement of the three original mainline ferries over the next 20 years
-Construction of one or two new mainline ferries
-Initiation of shuttle ferry service in upper Lynn Canal

The plan is available for review online at Feedback may also be submitted online.

Meetings are planned for Wednesday August 13th in Angoon and Petersburg, Wednesday August 20th in Ketchikan and Sitka, Monday August 25th in Kake, Tuesday September 9th in Skagway and Wednesday September 10th in Haines.

Juneau has second wettest July on record, double the rain from last July
It sure was a wet July in Juneau. It rained almost every day last month.

Hydrologist Aaron Jacobs with the National Weather Service in Juneau says July precipitation at the Juneau International Airport came in as the second wettest on record during the 72 years of keeping climatological records.

The total for July was 8.26 inches. The wettest July on record was in 1997 with 10.63 inches of rain.

Jacobs said, "It rained almost every single day except for five days."

One day's rainfall, July 11th, exceeded one inch. Juneau also doubled the amount of precipitation this July compared with July of last year.

Woman in fatal Juneau fire 56-year-old grandmother
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A woman who died in a residential fire in Juneau was a 56-year-old grandmother.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the Lemon Creek Road fire that broke out Friday in a trailer home. Doris Emanoff was found unresponsive in a bedroom and later pronounced dead at Bartlett Hospital.

Authorities also are investigating the cause of Emanoff's death.

A man was arrested for disorderly conduct at the scene of the fire after he reportedly wouldn't immediately leave the burning home, where police had responded to a reported disturbance 45 minutes before the blaze.

Father, daughter inducted into ASAA Hall of Fame
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — This year's Alaska School Activities Association Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a family affair for two members.

KTVA reports former Ninilchik High School girls basketball coach Dan Leman and his daughter, Whitney Leman Schollenberg, were among the 11 inducted Sunday night.

Dan Leman coached the Wolverines for 18 seasons, from 1991 to 2008. A 98-game winning streaking during that time helped him end with a record of 373-36.

He led the team to five consecutive 2A state championships from 2000-2004. His daughter played on the first four of those championship teams, and earned Player of the Year honors three times.

He says he was amazed to see what his daughter did on the basketball court, adding he probably had a better seat than most to watch her accomplishments.

Draft: Lawmakers can tout position on referendum
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A draft advisory opinion finds that lawmakers are allowed to use to state resources, like their legislative websites, to make known their positions on the upcoming oil tax referendum.

The draft opinion from staff for the Alaska Public Offices Commission points to a legislative ethics committee decision that found that action to support or oppose an initiative was related to the duties of lawmakers. The ethics committee noted that lawmakers often are asked to take a stand on public issues.

The draft opinion, however, found that activities that involved state resources should be reported and that communications should include a "paid for" tag.

If the commission adopts the draft opinion, staff recommends the reporting and identifying requirements apply to future activities.

A commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday.

Southeast Alaska village sues over non-rural status
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The southeast Alaska village of Saxman is suing federal officials over the Federal Subsistence Board's 2007 decision to designate the Tlingit community as non-rural.

The lawsuit was filed July 25 against officials of the subsistence board and U.S. Interior and Agriculture departments.

KRBD says the complaint calls the decision and criteria used to reach it "arbitrary and capricious," and seeks to invalidate the subsistence board's decision.

The plaintiffs say Saxman residents have continually engaged in traditional subsistence gathering since the community was first settled in the late 1800s. They say the U.S. government considered the village rural, at least for subsistence purposes, until 2007.

A request for comment from government representatives was not immediately returned Monday.

Saxman is a community of about 410 located 2 miles south of Ketchikan.

Tipster leads police to artwork reported missing
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A tipster has helped lead police to an Alaska Native art piece reported missing from the Juneau International Airport.

Detective Nick Garza said a woman called police Friday after reading about the silkscreen cedar painting. The artwork, representing the Tlingit Eagle clan, was on loan to the airport and reported missing in late July.

Garza said the woman told police a man had shown the piece to her and others in an attempt to determine its worth.

Garza says the man said he found the piece in the trees along a trail near the airport. Garza said he handed it over and said he was not a thief.

The case was sent to the district attorney's office for consideration of possible charges.

Absentee voting begins today
Absentee ballots for the Primary Election are available beginning today (August 4th). You can also get a ballot by mail or electronically.

If you can’t go to the polls due to age, illness or disability, ask a friend to get a special needs ballot for you.

For more information, call Division of Elections or go to

21 musher sign up for 2015 Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — It could be very crowded on the trail when the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race is staged this winter.

The Fairbanks daily News-Miner reports 21 mushers signed up Saturday during the opening day of registration at the Yukon Quest cabin in Fairbanks.

Registrations will be accepted up until Jan. 2, but the number of mushers signed up already has outnumbered the 18 who competed in last year's race.

The 2015 race will start Feb. 7 in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, and end in Fairbanks.

Rob Cooke of Whitehorse was the first musher to sign up Saturday, followed by defending champion Allen Moore.

Brent Sass, who led for most of last year's race before an injury forced him to scratch, is also in the race.

Doctor treats injured hiker on trail
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 21-year-old Anchorage man injured himself with a hatchet while hiking, then happened upon a doctor on the trail who was able to treat him.

Troopers say Connor Michael injured himself on the Crow Pass trail Saturday.

KTUU-TV reports that a doctor who saw the injured hiker was able to offer medical assistance to him.

The doctor, whose name was not released, was carrying a satellite communications device and called for help.

Emergency responders arrived in the area and transported Michael to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Alaska troopers search for missing Missouri man
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers are searching for a 71-year-old Missouri man who went missing after he headed out to go fishing by himself.

KTUU-TV reports the search for Jerry Warner began Sunday in the area of Willow Creek near milepost 70 of the Parks Highway.

Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says Warner and his wife have been visiting Alaska in their RV. Ipsen says Warner is an avid outdoorsman.

Theresa Dean at the Willow Creek Resort says troopers briefly suspended their search overnight but picked it up again Monday.

No hometown for Warner was immediately available.

Sarah Palin to headline political talk in Phoenix
PHOENIX (AP) — Sarah Palin will be the headline speaker at a conservative talk radio station's event in Phoenix next month.

KKNT-AM says the former Alaska governor will give remarks at a discussion about this year's election races and other issues at Grand Canyon University Arena on Sept. 4.

Other speakers scheduled to attend the "United We Stand" event include comedian Paul Rodriguez and author Dinesh D'Souza.

The radio station, also known as 960 The Patriot, says the ticketed event will focus on finding common dialogue between tea party supporters, moderates and libertarians.

Topics that will be addressed include health care, national security and energy independence.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Palin will participate in a VIP meet-and-greet before the event.

[Sunday August 3rd, 2014  5th EDITION  9:20 P.M.]

Man medevaced from fishing vessel near Kodiak
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced an ailing 69-year-old man from the 50-foot fishing vessel Sierra Seas near Village Islands off Kodiak, Sunday.

The 17th District command center in Juneau received the report from Kodiak Police Department that the man was suffering acute stomach pains from pre-existing medical conditions and needed assistance. The duty flight surgeon recommended medevac and the helicopter crew was dispatched to the scene.

An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew landed on a nearby beach where the mariner and his wife were picked up for transport to awaiting emergency medical services in Kodiak.

46th Annual Southeast Alaska State Fair
Mandy Massey, Juneau Radio Center Sales Manager, visited the Haines fair Saturday, "We started the day off with sunny skies and a parade with Senator Dennis Egan as Grand Marshall. There are loads of people out here enjoying activities like the Ferris wheel, two live music bands, and the ax throwing & log rolling competitions. There are over 10 food vendors offering delicious items like burgers, sushi, Indian tacos and ice cream."

Senator Egan is seen smiling in the red car below.

(Pictures by Mandy Massey)

Woman runs into building, causes thousands in damage
A 73 year old female drove her vehicle into a building causing significant damage Friday morning around 10:35.

According to a bulletin from the Juneau Police Department, damage to the building at 1731 Ralphs Way is estimated at approximately $20,000-30,000.00 dollars. The woman's vehicle sustained approximately $1,500.00 in damages.

The website lists the building as being occupied by Alaska Communications. Police are calling the incident an accident.

Couple threatened downtown with bow and arrow, Bowman arrested
Juneau Police say a man with the last name Bowman was arrested Saturday for threatening a couple with a bow and arrow after uttering a racial slur at them.

The report came into JPD Saturday afternoon around 3:38. Officers responded to the area of Willoughby Ave. and Whittier St. and found a man with a compound bow and several arrows in the lot off of Willoughby Avenue, near Village Street.

Two victims were identified and interviewed; a 35 year-old man and a 35 year-old woman. They said a man they did not know approached them and made a negative racial comment directed at them. The suspect, later identified as 23 year-old Wesley J. Bowman, walked away from them to a distance of about ten feet, before turning and raising the bow and drawing back the arrow as he pointed it in their direction.

No one was injured in this incident. Bowman was arrested and lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on two counts of Assault in the Third Degree, a class C felony.

Alcohol was a factor in this incident.

Update: Fatal fire Friday in Lemon Creek
Capital City Fire Rescue responded to 1913 Lemon Creek Road for a residential structure fire with reports of two people trapped inside. Upon arrival Friday afternoon around 5:46 PM, fire personnel found a single story, single family mobile home with heavy smoke visible from the exterior.

Fire personnel quickly gained entry into the home and found heavy smoke at the floor level with intense heat. Crews worked simultaneously extinguishing the fire and searching for victims. There was one victim found, a 56 year old female who was quickly brought out of the home and taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital by ambulance where she was declared deceased. Doris J. Emanoff is listed online as a resident of the mobile home. There was only one victim, all others were accounted for.  

A man at the scene causing a disturbance was arrested by Juneau Police at 6:01 PM Friday, shortly after emergency personnel responded to the fire. 59 year old George Swain failed to leave the scene after being lawfully order to do so by multiple police officers. George Swain was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and lodged on $500.00 bail at Lemon Creek Correctional Center. Reports show alcohol was a factor in his arrest.

The cause of the fire and the cause of the death have not been determined at this time.

Anyone with photos or video of this fire is strongly encouraged to contact the fire marshal's office at 586-0260.

Oral history being recorded from the Upper Kobuk
NOME, Alaska (AP) — For the first time, centuries-old fishing knowledge from the Upper Kobuk River is being recorded.

"The knowledge that is in us, in our brains, has not ever been written," said Virginia Commack, tribe manager for the Native Village of Ambler, "not even the elders, we learned it from, which is like 500 plus years old. I'd say it's a 1,000 or more years knowledge that we've never been able to write down to pass onto our children."

Commack said the transcriptions will contain holistic traditional fishing knowledge: how to harvest and process fish, how to observe fish habitats and populations, and how to safeguard the Upper Kobuk.

"Our people used to be the real stewards of the land and the waters," said Commack. "They used to teach us how to keep everything healthy, from the smallest fish to the largest fish, from the smallest animal to the largest animal. That kind of stuff has never been written."

The documents will also include decades of fish surveys and inventories collected by the Ambler community and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Commack said all the information will be reviewed by the community's elders and then distributed to the youth in the form of CDs.

This initiative is being funded by a $39,942 grant from the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund.

"The National Parks Service distributes these grants to Indian tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian organizations to help them preserve significant tribal places, culture, and tradition," said park service spokesman Mike Litterst.

For Ambler, Commack said, the traditions recorded through the grant will be used to protect fishing hot spots and uphold the wellbeing of the river.

"We need to know the health of the fish," Commack explained, "because it's one of the main diets of our people, besides the caribou, the moose, the bear, and other animals that we eat. It's food on our table. It's survival of our people, physically. "

Commack said fish, especially sheefish and salmon, can compose up to 75 percent of the community's diet when land harvests are poor. And Commack said, in Ambler, where a quart of milk costs $5, maintaining subsistence resources stretches beyond cultural preservation to economic necessity.

"A lot of us cannot afford even a whole month just eating off of the local stores," said Commack. "It's very expensive up here. And not only that, we're used to eating the fish, the meat, the caribou, the seasonal food that we get in our area. We're used to those, and our diet has to continue that way to be physically healthy."

Commack said the goal of the project is to preserve subsistence resources beyond seven future generations.

State buys land for Interior veterans' cemetery
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — After years of searching and one false start, the state has purchased land it says will become the location for the Interior's first veterans' cemetery.

The Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs announced Thursday it has purchased 320 acres of land in Fox. The land is located about two miles down Goldstream Road on the west side of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline on a hilltop looking south, according to the department.

The state purchased the lot from John and Ramona Reeves, paying them $2 million for the land. The Legislature allocated the money for the purchase.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will foot the bill for the cemetery's construction, having promised $9 million to ensure the graveyard meets the standards of the VA's other national cemeteries, according to Kalei Rupp, a spokesperson for Military and Veterans Affairs.

The Fox cemetery will be the third veterans' cemetery in the state and the first in the Interior. The department already operates veterans' cemeteries in Southeast Alaska in Sitka and in Southcentral on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson outside Anchorage.

Rep. David Guttenberg said he's delighted the state finally can begin work on land to give veterans in the Interior a final resting place nearby.

"I think it's a long time coming," the Fairbanks Democrat said. "Even before I started working on it there was a need for it."

Guttenberg brought the idea before the Legislature in 2009, and the state believed it had found a suitable location last year. That location, a 40-acre plot off Gold Mine Trail, was later deemed unfit for the cemetery because of permafrost.

After the first location was rejected, the state put out word that it was willing to purchase about 300 acres of private land for the cemetery and began talks with the Reeves. Guttenberg said he believes the Reeves gave the state a good deal.

"I know the land is worth more," he said, "but John and Ramona's parents are Marines, and I think they recognize the importance of doing this."

Saturday August 2nd  2014  11th  EDITION  4:32 P.M.]

Coast Guard medevacs ailing woman near Juneau
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced an ailing 79-year-old woman from the 951-foot cruise ship Star Princess near Glacier Bay, Saturday.

An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew safely hoisted the woman and transported her to awaiting medical personnel in Juneau.

Watchstanders at the 17th District command center in Juneau received a request for assistance from a paramedic aboard the Bermuda flagged cruise ship. The woman was reportedly suffering from respiratory distress and possible cranial bleeding and needed to be medevaced.

“The cruise ship’s paramedic provided invaluable assistance in caring for the patient as we transported her to Juneau,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Erik Ihle, watchstander at 17th District command center. “We often work with our cruise ship partners to assist the patients so we can focus on safely providing smooth transport.”

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as calm with heavy fog offering 1 mile visibility.

Suspects resist arrest, fight officers now at LCCC
According to JPD reports, two Juneau Police officers contacted a group of people in Marine Park regarding open containers of alcohol around 1:45 (this) Saturday morning , including four males and two females.

During the course of the interaction, one of the males and a female complied with an officer’s request to leave the park. The three other men and woman did not however.

One of the men, 32 year-old Jack Joseph Paine Jr., engaged in a fight with one of the officers. As Paine Jr. began fighting with the officer, a second man, 32 year-old Francois P. Whitman, joined the fight, “head-butting” the other officer.
The female in the group, 23 year-old Charity J. Berkley , grabbed onto an officer’s back as he attempted to arrest Paine Jr. The officer knocked the female to ground, at which point the third man, 30 year-old Corey L. Nashoanak, began to aggressively approach the officers, refused their orders for him not to interfere in the arrests, and was also ultimately arrested by the officers.

Paine Jr. was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on counts of Assault on a Police Officer and Resisting/Interfering with an Officer.

Whitman was lodged at LCCC on counts of Assault on a Police Officer and Resisting/Interfering with an Officer.

Berkley was lodged at LCCC on counts of Resisting/Interfering with an Officer and Disorderly Conduct.

Nashoanak was lodged at LCCC on counts of Resisting/Interfering with an Officer and Disorderly Conduct.

The suspects were evaluated by the Bartlett Regional Hospital for minor injuries prior to lodging at LCCC. The two involved officers also received minor injuries. Alcohol was a factor in this incident.

Juneau Fire fatality
On the afternoon of Friday, August 1, at about 5:47 P.M., Capital City Fire and Rescue personnel and Juneau Police Department officers responded to a report of a house fire in the 1900 block of Lemon Creek Road.

Responders found an unresponsive 56 year old Juneau woman in a bedroom.

She was later pronounced dead at Bartlett Hospital.

Crime lab: DNA test doesn't clear convicted killer
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's state crime lab could not exclude Michael Alexander as the source of DNA evidence found on the clothing of a Fairbanks girl he was convicted of killing more than 25 years ago.

Alexander is serving a life sentence for the 1987 murder of Kathy Stockholm, a 17-year-old student at West Valley High School.

The DNA test was part of a lawsuit to challenge Alexander's conviction. It filed by the nonprofit Alaska Innocence Project.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that District Attorney Scott Mattern announced the crime lab's finding Thursday.

He says the DNA link between Alexander and the victim is sufficient evidence for the lawsuit to be tossed and for work to stop on DNA analysis of other evidence used at the 1988 trial.

College professor, 75, dies in Mt. Whitney fall
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — California authorities say a community college professor from Texas fell to his death while climbing Mount Whitney, which has the highest peak in the U.S. outside of Alaska.

The National Park Service said Friday that search crews recovered the body of 75-year-old Dawson Johnson from the mountain's north slope at an elevation of 13,300 feet on Thursday. Johnson, of Redwater, Texas, had been hiking with his wife in Sequoia National Park on Tuesday when he decided to take a solo hike to Mount Whitney, where other hikers reported seeing him on a trail that approaches the summit.

After Johnson failed to return to his campsite by the next morning, his wife contacted park rangers to report him missing.

Texarkana television station KTAL Johnson was a longtime computer technology instructor at Texarkana College.

Fairbanks endures wet July
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The city of Fairbanks just missed a rainfall record.

The National Weather Service says 5.78 inches of rain fell at the Fairbanks International Airport in July, making it the second-wettest July on record.

The soggy month followed the wettest June since records started being kept 102 years ago.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that this is already the sixth-rainiest summer on record, and August is off to a wet start.

Alaska man charged in wife's March death
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fairbanks police say a man who told authorities his wife committed suicide has now been charged in her death.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that John C. McDonald was arrested Friday and booked into the Fairbanks Correctional Center on a charge of first-degree murder.

City spokeswoman Amber Courtney says the husband has been under investigation since March, when he reported that his 35-year-old wife, Crystal McDonald, fatally shot herself at their home.

GOP not taking sides
A spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee says that group isn't likely to pick sides in the GOP Alaska U.S. Senate primary.

Brad Dayspring said the group tends to get involved if it sees Democratic groups or campaigns "trying to mess with the results" of Republican primaries. He said that doesn't seem to be the case here.

Dayspring was asked to respond to comments by the group's executive director to The Hill that the committee reserved the right to get involved in Alaska's primary.

Three prominent Republicans are vying for the nomination for the seat held by Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who is seeking re-election.

State Republicans have been preaching unity in hopes of avoiding a divisive primary that would hurt the eventual nominee's chances of challenging Begich.

House Roll Call: $694 million bill for immigration
The 223-189 roll call Friday by which the House passed a $694 million bill aimed at addressing the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.

A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the bill.

Voting yes were 1 Democrat and 222 Republicans.

Voting no were 185 Democrats and 4 Republicans.

Alaska Republican Representative Don Young voted "yes".

Troopers change ticket to warning in musk ox death
NOME, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Wildlife Troopers have changed a citation for a Nome woman accused of killing a musk ox out of season to a warning.

KNOM reports Diana Adams was cited last week for killing a musk ox as tensions rise in this Bering Sea community over an influx of musk oxen that has threatened pets and property.

Wildlife trooper Mike Creswell tells the Nome radio station the summons has been changed to a written warning. There was no immediate explanation from troopers why the ticket was changed, but troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says the decision was made after consultation with Fish and Game officials and the district attorney's office.

The citation preceded another incident in which a different musk ox killed a dog in a lot owned by Adams and Mitch Erickson.

Adams' attorney, Erin Lillie, says the change in the ticket status means this is likely the end of the case.

[Friday August 1ST  2014  15TH  EDITION  4:20 P.M.]

Necropsy doesn't pinpoint cause of lion's death
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A necropsy has failed to determine the cause of death of a Steller sea lion found near Ketchikan this week.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports the necropsy was conducted Thursday on the mature male sea lion, which was found near Refuge Cove State Park.

Authorities said there were no physical signs of trauma, broken bones or signs of bullet wounds in the carcass of the sea lion, which weighed more than 1,500 pounds.

The sea lion's heart was abnormally soft and almost unrecognizable. Officials said it could have been caused by disease or tidal action. All other organs appeared normal.

Old age also hasn't been ruled out as the cause of death.

JPD Crime of the Week, small explosion at school
Juneau police are asking the public's help in solving a case of a small explosion that occured last Saturday morning around 8:30 when a group of five or six children, ranging in age from seven to thirteen years old, possibly caused thel explosion behind Dzantiki Heeni Middle School.

The explosion was from a black nylon bag with the brand label of “Trailmaker Equipment”. The cans inside consisted of three cans of Axe body spray and one can of Old Spice spray. The bag had been set on fire which caused the cans to explode.

The same group of children is believed to have been involved in entering the school causing damage to a window that will cost a thousand dollars to repair. The suspects also appear to have pried open a vending machine, taking snacks. Wrappers matching the snacks taken were later found at the athletic fields.

The suspects were recorded by surveillance cameras. Because of the youth of the suspects those pictures are not being released to the public. The Juneau Police Department is instead hoping to identify an adult who is familiar with the children who live in the area of the school. JPD hopes that adult will volunteer to try and help JPD identify the children so that appropriate contact with the parents, the school administrators where the children attend school, and juvenile justice authorities can happen.

JPD would also ask that parents who live in the area of the school ask their own kids about who is responsible for the incident. JPD’s experience is that kids involved in this type of behavior will discuss what happened and will tell other children.

Anyone with information is encouraged to log on to the Juneau Crime Line Web site and report their tip. You may also call JPD at 586-0600. You may be eligible for a reward.

Tlingit raven silkscreen plaque lifted from Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A piece of Alaska Native art on loan to the Juneau International Airport has been stolen.

The silkscreen painting of a bald eagle, representative of the Tlingit Eagle Clan, on a yellow cedar plaque was stolen last week. It had been on display on a wall in the first-floor waiting room in the airport's old wing.

The artwork simply hung from a nail on the wall.

The piece has a value of about $125, but it holds sentimental value for Richard Poor, who loaned the artwork to the airport. He was good friends with the artist, the late Jim Osborne.

A sister piece of a raven, representative of the Tlingit Raven Clan, remains on display at the airport.

GOP group unlikely to get involved in AK primary
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Campaign says that group isn't likely to pick sides in the GOP Alaska U.S. Senate primary.

Brad Dayspring said the group tends to get involved if it sees Democratic groups or campaigns "trying to mess with the results" of Republican primaries. He said that doesn't seem to be the case here.

Dayspring was asked to respond to comments by the group's executive director to The Hill that the committee reserved the right to get involved in Alaska's primary.

Three prominent Republicans are vying for the nomination for the seat held by Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who is seeking re-election.

State Republicans have been preaching unity in hopes of avoiding a divisive primary that would hurt the eventual nominee's chances of challenging Begich.

Palin urges repeal of oil tax structure
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says keeping the current oil tax structure in place would be a "devastating step backwards" in further developing the state.

Palin made the remarks in a nearly 18-minute video posted online, just over two weeks before voters will decide whether to repeal the system.

Palin said she will vote to repeal. She says she considers the tax system put in place when she was governor as more fair. The state would revert to that system if the repeal effort is successful.

If it is repealed, making the switch could be a logistical challenge for the Department of Revenue.

It has estimated it will need to hire additional auditors and that reconfiguring its systems could cost up to $2 million.

Human remains found believed to be missing man
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say human remains found in western Alaska are believed to be those of a missing 21-year-old Brevig Mission man.

Troopers say there are no obvious signs of foul play involving the body believed to be that of Clarence Olanna, who was last seen by his family July 15.

Volunteer searchers found the remains on the shore about 3 miles west of Brevig Mission. Troopers were notified about the discovery Thursday night.

Soon after Olanna disappeared, searchers found his clothing, but no other sign of him.

Troopers say the remains are being sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Guardsmen return home today
A platoon of approximately 30 military policeman with the Alaska Army National Guard’s 297th Military Police Company, 761st Battalion are scheduled to return to Alaska Friday after an eleven-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Among those will be five Alaska Army National Guardsmen flying into the Juneau International Airport, arriving at 3:28 pm today. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend their arrival home.

The Guardsmen deployed last September to Guantanamo Bay in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as part of Joint Task Force-GTMO Joint Detention Group.

Their mission was to conduct safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees, including those convicted by military commission.

For the returning platoon, their primary mission during the deployment was providing area security at the facility.

Authorities investigating whale, ferry collision
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A team of scientists is investigating the death of a humpback whale that was struck by the state ferry Kennicott near Kodiak.

KMXT reports law enforcement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investigating whether the ferry strike killed the animal.

Kate Wynne, a marine mammal specialist for the University of Alaska Sea Grant Program, said the 25-ton whale died of massive trauma.

Frances Gulland, the lead veterinarian for the investigation, said the whale was hit while it was alive. But she said it still wasn't known whether the death was caused by the ship.

A spokesman for the ferry system, Jeremy Woodrow, said the incident happened Saturday. He said it is a rare occurrence. He also said there was no damage to the ferry.

Train operator: Track failure caused derailment
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The operator of a popular Alaska vintage tourist train says a track-switching failure caused a recent derailment that left 23 people with minor injuries.

KTUU reports the White Pass & Yukon Route tourist train went off track July 23 near Skagway after what the operator calls "an isolated singular track component failure."

The company says the failure occurred with the system that switches from one track to another.

Officials say both the system and the track have been repaired.

Two vintage locomotives and four passenger rail cars were involved in the derailment during a run from Skagway to Canada. The train was carrying about 360 passengers and crew.

Railroad president John Finlayson says the company is moving forward with a commitment to the safety of passengers and employees.

Renovation to allow more artwork at Kodiak Museum
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A small renovation job at the Baranov Museum in Kodiak will allow more room to display artwork.

KMXT says additional shelving is being added to one of the museum's collection areas.

The museum received a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation to improve art storage in the historic Erskine House.

Museum director Tiffany Brunson says that will allow the artwork to go into a more appropriate setting.

Brunson says most of the art is hanging on walls in the administrative offices because there is nowhere else to put it.

The work is expected to be completed this week.

Helicopter work downtown Sunday
According to a release from Tourism Best Management...
On Sunday afternoon, August 3rd, there will be approximately 30 minutes of helicopter activity near downtown Juneau.

Coastal Helicopters will be flying technical equipment to be installed on the Zaandam which will be docked at the South Franklin Cruise Dock from 1:00pm until 10:00pm.

They thank you for your understanding as this is the only method by which this technical project can be accomplished.

Corrections issues new policy on inmate deaths
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Corrections has developed a new policy on how prisoner deaths are handled.

The change comes after weeks of increased scrutiny over a string of inmate deaths.

A state legislative hearing was held in July to address five inmate deaths at state correctional institutions between April and June.

KTUU says an 11-page summary of the new policy that's posted on the DOC's website promises greater transparency than the previous version.

The summary says that in the event of a prisoner's death, the department will notify next of kin and promptly provide the public with information about the death that is not confidential.

The statement says the department also will conduct confidential investigations to determine the causes and circumstances of inmate deaths, as well as determine if there are any deficiencies in the DOC system.

Former C-E-O of Mat-Su dairy found guilty of making false statements to cover up fraud
A jury convicted Karen Olson on two felony counts Wednesday at U-S District Court in Anchorage.

The Alaska Dispatch reports that Olson was charged with lying to U-S Department of Agriculture
officials about federally-backed state loans.

Prosecutors say Olson knew that funds were being diverted from the Valley Dairy by its owner, Kyle Beus, who pleaded guilty to fraud charges last year.

Olson took over operations of the dairy from Beus when the fraud was detected, but failed to alert authorities.

The dairy went out of business in 2012.

Olson is scheduled to be sentenced in October.

Bethel council narrows field to 3 for manager
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — City officials in Bethel have narrowed the list of candidates for city manager down to three.

KYUK reports the council conducted interviews with seven candidates this week either by telephone or teleconference.

A second round of interviews will be conducted next week, and the city attorney will conduct background and reference checks.

The names of the three candidates haven't been released.

The city manager position became open when the council fired former manager Lee Foley in May because of improperly awarded contracts, special agreements and violations of nepotism rules.

State agrees to settle alleged waste violations
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's transportation department has agreed to pay nearly $118,000 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to settle alleged hazardous waste violations.

EPA said the department failed to identify as hazardous waste about 250 gallons of highway paint that was placed in a plastic-lined pit and allowed to solidify.

EPA also alleged the department failed to label a used oil tank and 55-gallon drums as containing hazardous waste.

The agreement states that the department, in signing it, neither admits nor denies the claims.

Department spokeswoman Jill Reese said the state agency elected to pay a fine after determining it was in the best interest of the state and EPA to negotiate a settlement "and save the expense of involving the courts."

[Thursday July 31st  2014  14th EDITION  6:03 P.M.]

Ferry parking plans for Haines Fair this weekend
If you plan on ridding on the ferry for the Haines fair for the weekend, please consider arranging a ride to the terminal unless you are taking a vehicle on the ferry.

There will be no additional parking in the lot and it will fill up fast.

Aukeman Triathlon traffic issues
The University of Alaska will be conducting the Aukeman Triathlon Saturday, August 2 from 8:00 AM until 11:00 AM.

Bicyclists will be traveling along the Back Loop Rd and Glacier Spur Rd.

Runners will be traveling along Glacier Hwy between the University and the Auke Lake trail head.

The road will remain open to vehicular traffic, but drivers should use caution when traveling in these areas.

ConocoPhillips Alaska reports $627M 2Q earnings
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — ConocoPhillips Alaska, one of the North Slope's major players, reported adjusted second-quarter earnings of $627 million.

That compares to adjusted earnings of $585 million during the second quarter of 2013, a figure that does not include a one-time, $97 million settlement.

The company reported earnings of $598 million for the first quarter of 2014.

In a release, the company attributed higher prices and, to a lesser degree, the startup of liquefied natural gas exports from its Kenai plant for the higher earnings, relative to the first quarter of the year.

Smoldering heating pads fill home with smoke
CCFR responded to a reported residential fire alarm and smoke inside a home in the 1800 block of Bartlett Ave on Thursday, July 31 at 1:15 AM.

Assistant Chief Ed Quinto says first arriving engine fire crews encounterd a smoke filled 2 story home. Crews made entry into the home. They did not find any fire but found smoldering rolls of carpet heating pads. The pads were rolled up for storage and were smoldering due to the heating elements being wired and turned on. The heating elements had caused the material to heat up and melt.

The damage was confined to the material and the home was not damaged. Estimated cost was $300.

Don Young on EPA
Republican Congressman Don Young of Alaska recently gave quite the impassioned speech in the transportation committee on his concerns over the EPA and the proposed Pebble mine.


New group jumping into Alaska Senate race
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new group is getting involved in Alaska's U.S. Senate race, aimed at curbing spending by outside groups that don't disclose their donors.

CounterPAC wants Democratic Sen. Mark Begich and Republican hopeful Dan Sullivan to disavow any "secret" money spent on their behalves.

If such groups continue spending money, the candidate who benefits would donate money to a charity his opponent chooses.

CounterPAC co-founder Jim Greer said it's less stringent than a Sullivan proposal aimed at limiting radio and TV ads by special interests. While Sullivan is in a contested primary, he and Begich have been the targets of outside groups.

CounterPAC is billed as a nonpartisan group financially backed by technology entrepreneurs. Greer says the group is filing with the Federal Election Commission and will disclose its donors.

Shell, Alaska Natives to share in offshore profits
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native regional corporation and six Native Village corporations have signed an agreement with a Shell Oil subsidiary that aims to share the profits from offshore drilling off Alaska's northern coast.

Shell and the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. announced the formation of a new company Thursday called Arctic Inupiat Offshore LLC. Its participants include the village corporations on the North Slope.

The agreement with the Shell subsidiary, Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc., gives the Alaska Native company the option of acquiring an overriding royalty interest from Shell's drilling on leases in the Chukchi Sea.

Shell would get the benefit of local knowledge for its drilling operations.

Arctic Slope President Rex Rock will also lead the new cooperative. He says the agreement allows the corporations to balance the risks and benefits of offshore drilling.

Sea lion carcass found near Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Authorities hope a necropsy can determine a cause of death for a Steller sea lion found near Ketchikan.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports the sea lion was found dead Wednesday close to Refuge Cove State Park.

Gary Freitag is with the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

He says there was no obvious cause of death for the sea lion, but they weren't able to turn over the 1,000-pound sea lion to check for injuries on the other side.

The carcass was tied to a rock to prevent is from washing out to sea before the necropsy, which could be conducted as soon as Thursday.

UAS eliminates 4 Juneau jobs to meet budget
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Southeast campus in Juneau will eliminate four positions as it deals with a $2 million deficit this year.

State funding for the university system was cut by more than $8 million this year, and more than $1 million of that was at the Juneau campus. On top of that, employee salary and benefits increased about $750,000 this year, and campus officials anticipate $205,000 less in tuition because of declining enrollment.

Of the four positions to be eliminated, two were open and won't be filled. The retirements of 12 others at the end of the academic year also will help, and the university will close a building and a bookstore to help meet the budget.

Chenega sailings cancelled for July 31
FVF Chenega sailings for Thursday, July 31 have been cancelled due to crew limitations.

The issue is being resolved and the vessel will sail the following revised schedule Friday, August 1:

Depart Cordova 7:15 a.m.
Arrive Whittier 10:15 a.m.
Depart Whittier 11:30 a.m.
Arrive Cordova 2:30 p.m.
Depart Cordova 3:30 p.m.
Arrive Valdez 6:00 p.m.
Depart Valdez 7:00 p.m.
Arrive Cordova 9:30 p.m.

AMHS staff is contacting affected passengers; for more information, please call your local terminal by dialing 1-907-465-3941 or toll-free at 1-800-642-0066.

The FVF Chenega operates with a crew size of 10 as required by U.S. Coast Guard for the safety of passengers and the vessel. One crew member became ill in the early morning hours prior to Thursday's sailing. A replacement crew member was not immediately available. AMHS is flying the replacement crew member into Cordova today in order to fill in for Friday's scheduled sailing.

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VPSO firearm training could begin in January
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Firearm training for Alaska village public safety officers could begin as early as January.

A legislative bill recently signed into law by Gov. Sean Parnell will allow VPSOs to carry firearms for the first time.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports it remains to be seen whether regional organizations that employ the officers will choose to arm them.

Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Leonard Wallner says some VPSOs likely will be armed by the end of 2015. Wallner is the statewide coordinator for the rural officer force.

Wallner says the 10 regional organizations that receive state grants to oversee the VPSOs in their member villages generally support arming the officers.

But they want more information on how the process would work, particularly when it comes to liability and public safety.

Price of Anchorage taxi rides increases
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The price of hitching a ride in an Anchorage taxicab is now a little bit higher.

KTUU reports the Anchorage Assembly recently approved an increase in the drop rates of taxi meters, from $2 to $2.75.

The per-mile rates remain at $2.50.

The last taxi meter increase in Anchorage occurred in 2005.

'Lifelong Republican' in Begich ad undeclared
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man who identifies himself as a lifelong Republican in an ad for Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is currently registered as having no party affiliation.

State voting records show Skip Nelson has been registered as undeclared since 2000. Nelson told the Alaska Dispatch News he was previously registered as Republican in Georgia and Virginia.

In the ad, aimed at touting the level of cooperation between Begich and Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Nelson says he voted for Murkowski.

According to state records, Nelson did not vote in 2010, when Murkowski was last re-elected. He did vote in 2004, when she was elected following an appointment to the seat. Nelson said he probably voted for her then.

Begich spokesman Max Croes said the campaign stands behind the ad.

2 inmates overdose at Juneau correctional facility
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say two male inmates have overdosed on controlled substances at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau.

The Alaska Dispatch News says both inmates were hospitalized Tuesday.

Alaska Department of Corrections deputy director Sherrie Daigle says one man was treated and released back to prison.

Daigle says the inmates were being held in separate cells in the segregation unit and she did not know if they overdosed on the same substance.

Daigle says that because of an ongoing investigation, she cannot release details about what the men overdosed on.

State offers free vaccines to Alaskans
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state is offering free vaccines to eligible Alaskans in August.

KTUU reports the vaccines are being offered at public health centers across the state during National Immunization Awareness Month.

The usual $28 administrative fee is being waived for people of all ages who are eligible, including children under the age of 3 and people without health insurance.

Individual vaccine costs are being covered by federal and state grants.

People pay for office visits on a sliding scale based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away if they can't pay.

Linda Worman with the Department of Health and Social Services says appointments can be scheduled through local state public health centers.

PFD could double this year
The Permanent Fund Dividend could double this year compared to last year's 900-dollar payout. Dropping the huge losses of 2009 from the five-year rolling average of earnings used to calculate dividends could lead to a P-F-D worth 15-hundred to 2-thousand dollars apiece.

That would be near the record 2069-dollar dividend of 2008.

The Permanent Fund Corporation CEO Mike Burns tells the Alaska Dispatch that dividends would certainly have been bigger this year, even with flat growth, just by dropping 2009, the only year the Permanent Fund ever posted a net loss.

The exact amount will be announced in September.

Site work will prep Glenn Highway for expansion
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Work will start soon on a project to expand the Glenn Highway to three lanes near Eagle River.

KTVA reports state crews will begin the first phase of the $42 million highway improvement project in August.

It will include constructing a new, three-mile, three-lane highway heading north between Hiland Road and Artillery Road. The highway has about 52,000 cars driving it daily.

Ground preparation will start in August, with the bulk of the construction set for next year.

Plans include building a new bridge over Eagle River. It also includes flattening out the steep grade of the hill leading into the city of Eagle River.

Completion is set for the fall of 2015, and the southbound lanes will be expanded to three lanes once state funding has been approved.

Board approves school superintendent program
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new program for school superintendents has been approved by the State Board of Education and Early Development.

The program will be offered online through the University of Alaska Southeast.

According to a release from the state Department of Education, state regulations do not require district superintendents to have a superintendent endorsement. But it says the program will allow for current and aspiring superintendents to study things like use of technology, finance and program planning and to take part in a leadership internship.

JPD: Misconduct controlled substances
On July 29, at approximately 12:35 PM, the Juneau Police Department’s Metro Drug Unit served a search warrant at a residence located in the 2700 block of Fritz Cove Road. The search warrant was the culmination of drug cases against 21 year old Juneau resident Dustin Ian Fisher. The Investigation against Fisher began in June, 2014.

During the search, officers located and seized approximately five grams of suspected psilocybin mushrooms, 2850 grams of suspected marijuana, two doses of suspected Aderall, five pieces of blotter paper with suspected LSD, and $42,332 in cash.

No one was present at the house when the officers began the search. Fisher arrived at the house approximately 15 minutes later and was arrested for nine counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and three count of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 4th Degree. Fisher was transported to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center and held on no bail.

The Juneau Police Department Metro Drug Unit was assisted by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations and officers from the Southeast Alaska Chiefs Against Drugs Task Force.

The investigation continues.

[Wednesday July 30th  2014  14th EDITION  6:36 P.M.]

Miller outlines plan on illegal immigration
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller says the U.S. should bill the governments of people who enter this country illegally for policing, housing, food and transportation.

Miller's campaign Wednesday released a seven-point plan for addressing illegal immigration.

The proposal also calls for immediate completion of a fence along the southern border of the U.S. and stopping benefits, like health care, for people who are in this country illegally.

Miller called it a commonsense approach to addressing the issue.

Miller is among the candidates seeking the GOP nomination for the Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Begich, who is seeking re-election. Also running are Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and former Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan.

A fourth GOP candidate, John Jaramillo, is also running but has reported no fundraising activity.

APOC opinion sought on referendum activities

Parnell signs bill honoring late Walter Soboleff
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell has signed legislation honoring the late Tlingit elder Walter Soboleff.

HB217 designates Nov. 14 of each year as Dr. Walter Soboleff Day in Alaska. That date was Soboleff's birthday.

The bill signing ceremony was held in a downtown Juneau park, not far from where work is underway on a cultural center bearing Soboleff's name that is being built by the Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Soboleff's children were on hand for Wednesday's bill signing, which also featured Alaska Native dancing.

Soboleff died in 2011 at age 102. He was a respected spiritual leader, remembered by Parnell as a man who loved all Alaskans.

(pictures and video by Lynn Campbell)

APOC opinion sought on referendum activities
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The leaders of the Alaska House and Senate have requested guidance on lawmakers expressing their opinions on ballot measures and the upcoming oil tax referendum.

The Alaska Public Offices Commission is working on a draft advisory opinion in response to the request by House Speaker Mike Chenault and Senate President Charlie Huggins.

The lawmakers do not single anyone out but seek an opinion on what a legislator can permissibly do with respect to the referendum and ballot measures.

They ask if lawmakers can use their state emails or legislative websites to share their views on the referendum. They also ask if there would be any reporting requirements for use of the state email or phone systems for such activities, if allowed.

Voters will decide the referendum Aug. 19.

Yukon Quest purse in 2015 up from 2014
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The winnings in the 2015 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race will be increased by more than $12,000 from the purse in this year's race.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports next year's race will have a purse of at least $127,110.

This year's total purse was $115,000, but $12,110 was not claimed because fewer than 15 teams completed the 1,000-mile race.

The unclaimed money is being added to next year's purse.

The record high purse was $150,000 in 2012. That's before sponsorship and donation problems contributed to the recent dip.

The race alternates starts yearly between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Next year's race starts Feb. 7 in Whitehorse.

Skagway man gets 7 years in accidental shooting
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A 50-year-old Skagway man will serve seven years in jail after accidentally shooting his girlfriend during a suicide attempt.

Carl Timothy Forester was sentenced Tuesday for assault.

Judge Philip Pallenberg also ordered Forester's firearms be surrendered to the state for destruction after the November shooting, which he says was "six inches away" from being a homicide.

Authorities said he was depressed and put the shotgun in his mouth. His girlfriend tried to stop him by hitting him in the head with the butt of another gun, but that caused him to involuntarily squeeze the trigger and shoot her in the upper chest.

The victim, who is permanently disfigured, begged the judge for a more lenient sentence, saying there was no intent to harm her.

Tentative ID of man killed in crash released
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a man killed in a head-on collision on the Old Richardson Highway has been tentatively identified as 59-year-old Ernest Ford of North Pole.

The Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol is investigating the Tuesday morning crash near North Pole. The collision sent 37-year-old Eddie Ahyakak of Fairbanks to the hospital with serious injuries.

According to troopers, Ahyakak was westbound when his pickup truck crossed the center line and struck an SUV driven by the man tentatively identified as Ford.

The SUV became engulfed in flames. Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says the SUV and contents inside were badly burned.

The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ipsen says the state medical examiner's office will conduct an autopsy to determine a positive identity.

Judge tosses Alaska's lawsuit over refuge closures
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed the state's lawsuit over the closure of national wildlife refuges during the partial federal government shutdown last year.

U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason called the case moot.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service restricted access to refuges nationwide during the 16-day shutdown last October.

The state sued as Congress was poised to pass legislation to end the shutdown.

The lawsuit was later amended to add the Alaska Professional Hunters Association as plaintiffs.

The lawsuit claimed the closure violated provisions of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and asked Gleason to block future closures that don't comply with the law.

Gleason said the feds' response to a future shutdown may be different.

A Department of Law spokeswoman said the state was evaluating a possible appeal.

Fairbanks priest in alcohol treatment after arrest
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks priest is in an alcohol treatment program following his arrest earlier this year on a charge of driving under the influence.

The Rev. Sean Patrick Thomson pleaded guilty last month to reckless driving as part of a plea agreement.

Court records show the former University of Alaska priest was sentenced to 10 days in jail, but he will receive credit for that time by undergoing alcohol abuse treatment. He also received two years' probation.

Thomson's attorney, Zane Wilson, called it a "fair resolution."

Ronnie Rosenberg, director of human resources for the Fairbanks diocese, said Thomson's duties, when he returns, will depend in part on the recommendations of his treatment program. She told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Thomson will not return to the university.

Gold miners outraged at critical Nome letter
NOME, Alaska (AP) — Nome gold miners are angry about a city letter citing the "negative social impacts" of their industry.

KNOM reports miners stormed the Nome City Council meeting Monday night to express their outrage about the July 15 letter to the state Department of Natural Resources from city manager Josie Bahnke.

In the letter, Bahnke wrote to DNR Commissioner Joe Balash that there has been some economic benefit from offshore mining, but those benefits are outweighed by negative social impacts.

The letter refers to a 2011 lease sale that opened up the offshore dredging boom that brought millions in revenues for the state, but left Nome without money to accommodate increased activity.

Kenny Hughes with the Alaska Mining Association says miners feel like city officials are "throwing rocks at us."

Southcentral Foundation announces new building
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Southcentral Foundation has announced it will build a new three-story, $28 million building in Anchorage.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports the building will be located in the University-Medical District, and should be open in the winter of 2015-2016.

The 59,000-square-foot building will cost about $28 million. The state and the Rasmuson Foundation will contribute about $2 million each.

Southcentral Foundation plans to house three of its health programs in the new building, including its growing faith-based training initiative.

That program targets domestic violence, abuse and neglect.

The building will also house the Family Wellness Warriors Initiative conferences, held twice a year.

Plea deal reached in Ketchikan standoff
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A 30-year-old Ketchikan man has pleaded guilty in a case alleging he threatened to shoot anyone who walked past his home.

Mathew Martinez pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault and weapons charges in connection with the June 10 incident.

Martinez originally was charged with felony assault, terrorist threatening, weapons misconduct and violating conditions of his release.

KRBD says the charges had stemmed from the incident in June, when Martinez called 911 and allegedly made his shooting threats.

A stretch of Schoenbar Road's was closed before Martinez surrendered. No one was injured.

Youth-only fishing day set for Homer
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A youth-only fishing day is scheduled to take place Saturday at the Homer Spit.

Officials with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game say the sport fishing area for youngsters will be held in a section of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. The rest of the lagoon will be open to people of all ages.

The youth-only area is open to people 15 years old or younger between 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

Fish and Game staff will be on hand between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to help youngsters gear up and fish for silver salmon.

Officials say fishing rods will be available for children to check out.

UA offers in-state tuition if you have family ties
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska will cut tuition rates by more than $13,000 a year to students who have family ties to Alaska and want to study here.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the two-year pilot program will give in-state tuition rates to students with parents or grandparents in Alaska, no matter where the student lives.

The "Come Home to Alaska" program starts this fall, and is intended to counter a demographic dip in Alaska high school graduates, which translates to enrollment declines at UA campuses. For instance, there were about 10,200 students at Alaska Fairbanks last fall, the lowest enrollment in five years.

In-state tuition for students carrying a 30-credit academic year costs about $5,200 a year. Non-resident tuition for the same academic load is about $18,400 a year.

Parnell signs bill designating state gun
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska will now have an official state bolt-action rifle.

Gov. Sean Parnell this week signed legislation giving that distinction to the pre-1964 Winchester Model 70, in a range of calibers.

The bill, sponsored by Senate President Charlie Huggins, refers to the gun as the "rifleman's rifle." The bill says the gun helped Alaskans "establish a firm foothold" in the wilderness between 1930 and 1963.

[Tuesday July 29th  2014  17TH EDITION  8:05 P.M.]

Waste Program changes
The Commercial Household Hazardous Waste Program Drop Off Days will change from Mondays to Thursdays starting this week.

Jim Penor, CBJ Solid Waste Coordinator, said, "It's just better for the operation." According to Penor, it just made sense to move the day for local businesses to Thursday since the general public can dispose of items on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

Penor added that there will be no lines like in the past when they offered service to the public only one day a month in the summer. They also have expanded their e-waste program to include all electronics. "If it plugs in I'll take it", said Penor. He said the old program limited people to only one television or computer monitor. That restriction has been relaxed. Penor says, "If someone comes in with a couple of T.V's we'll take it."

Businesses will still continue to call CBJ Sold Waste for appointments, which will now be made for Thursdays.

Governor Parnell to honor Dr. Walter Soboleff
Governor Sean Parnell will be in Juneau Wednesday to sign legislation establishing November 14 of each year as Dr. Walter Soboleff Day.

A respected Tlingit elder, Soboleff had a distinguished career in Alaska as a businessman, pastor, scholar, storyteller, and statesman.

Soboleff passed away May 22, 2011 at the age of 102.

The governor will sign HB 217 in Juneau Wednesday at 2:30 Marine Park.

Senator Murkowski connects with former USCG Commandant as he begins Arctic mission
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski on Tuesday met with the United States’ first Special Representative to the Arctic, Admiral Robert J. Papp. Papp, who was named to the position less than two weeks ago, sat down with Senator Murkowski in one of his first official visits in his new capacity.

Murkowski and Papp talked about his initial priorities as he begins guiding Arctic policy, as well as next steps as he broadens his knowledge base beyond what he learned during his extensive career in the Coast Guard.

Senator Murkowski shared her thoughts on the importance of having Admiral Papp in the position:
“I want to reinforce the opportunity we have with Admiral Papp as the newly-named Special Representative to the Arctic. Not only does he come to the position with incredible credentials – starting his career in Adak and ascending to the position of Commandant – but using his maritime experience to inform his thought process on how to proceed in an evolving Arctic. It was important that the Secretary name someone that has that appreciation of how Alaska fits and how America fits in the global community in the Arctic. He has respect and credibility here in America and around the globe and I look forward to working with him moving forward.”

Admiral Papp spoke about the challenges of educating Americans that the U.S. is an Arctic Nation:
“Senator Murkowski and I often lament together: How do you get the general American public to understand that we’re an Arctic Nation? As a sailor and a Coast Guardsman, I was frustrated that most Americans don’t even consider us a Maritime Nation – and first and foremost, we’re a maritime nation. We depend on the maritime for all we do. Once you get them to understand we’re a maritime nation, you can get them to understand we’re an Arctic Nation – because the Arctic is a maritime venue. They go together, and it’s a constant education process.”

APD: Crash victim was drunk, driving in wrong lane
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say a woman killed in a head-on collision last spring was drunk and driving in the wrong lane of the Seward Highway.

Anchorage police on Tuesday said charges will not be filed in the March 18 accident that killed 29-year-old Salafai Carol Iosefa of Whittier.

She was driving a passenger car southbound in the northbound lane when it hit a fuel tanker head-on near Potter Marsh. The driver of the tanker, 61-year-old Ronald Guettinger of Fairbanks, attempted to avoid the crash, which was captured by a video system on his truck.

Police say chemical testing showed Guettinger was sober, but Iosefa had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in her system.

According to police, the district attorney's office declined to bring charges against Guettinger.

1 person killed in head-on crash near North Pole
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — One person has been killed in a head-on crash near North Pole.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the crash happened Tuesday morning on the Old Richardson Highway.

Authorities say one person was pronounced dead at the scene and the other transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with possible minor injuries.

The name of the person killed will be released after the identity is confirmed and the next-of-kin notified.

Anchorage volunteers help arrest 103 for DUI
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A citizen task force that helps Anchorage police look for drunken drivers is seeing results.

KTVA reports the citizen DUI task force started last August. Between then and the end of June, it's accounted for 103 arrests of drunken drivers.

Volunteers use their own cars to drive Anchorage streets and call 911 if they suspect the driver is under the influence. Some volunteers have received awards for catching 10 or more drunken drivers.

Anchorage police say volunteers put in more than 3,200 hours in the program's first 10 months, and at least six volunteers were honored for each donating more than 200 hours to the program.

Police say those interested in joining the program can apply for the next Anchorage Police Citizen Academy. The application deadline is Aug. 15.

Suspects identified in Anchorage school arson fire
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities say they've identified suspects in a fire that burned about 15,000-square-feet of the rubberized playground at an Anchorage school

KTUU reports the fire was at Willow Crest Elementary on Saturday about noon. A smaller fire was reported at the school just after 4:30 a.m., Saturday, too.

Investigator Brian Balega says they believe four boys, all about 15 years old, were involved in the later incident.

School district spokeswoman Heidi Embley says playgrounds don't generally set themselves on fire.

She declined to say whether the suspects were Anchorage students, referring questions to the fire department.

A damage estimate wasn't immediately available Tuesday afternoon.

Judge delays his ruling against DC handgun ban
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge who struck down the District of Columbia's ban on carrying handguns outside the home has stopped his ruling from going into effect for about three months so city lawmakers can respond with new legislation.

U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin on Tuesday stayed his ruling from going into effect until Oct. 22.

In a ruling that became public on Saturday, Scullin struck down the city's ban. He wrote that the Second Amendment gives people the right to carry a handgun outside the home for self-defense.

The group that had brought the lawsuit against the city did not oppose a 90-day stay. Lawyers for the city want Scullin to stay the ruling while they appeal, but he will not rule on that request until at least August.

UPDATE: Residential Structure Fire
The Capital City Fire Marshal's Office is still investigating the cause of the fire that occured on Friday at 4390 Glacier Highway.

Fire Marshal DanJager reported that a follow up investigation revealed several key facts regarding the structure. Due to the entire roof being removed for major renovation work, and only being covered by a plastic covering, the fire was allowed to progress quickly. There were several windows missing due to the renovation work, which helped create the natural chimney effect and rapidly consumed the house prior to fire personnel arriving. The interior of the house was all exposed wood, there was no fire resistant drywall in place to have helped confine the fire at all.

The owner stated that the estimated dollar loss of all personal items was approximately $10,000. Most of the families personal and household items were in a storage unit off site. The fire marshal's office is still investigating the actual cause of this fire.

Man rescued from Chena River in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A man had to be rescued after being swept down the Chena River in strong currents.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the unidentified man jumped into the river just before 9 p.m. Monday. Witnesses said he couldn't swim back to shore because of the strong current.

City and university fire departments responded, and found him about 50 minutes into their search. He was found cold and wet in the brush along the north side of the river, about a half mile downstream from where he jumped into the river.

He was put in a raft, taken to the other shore and then transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

UAF has new vice chancellor
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Fairbanks has a new vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Evon Peter started work on Monday.

He was one of two finalists for the position. He replaces Bernice Joseph, who retired last year and died in January.

Peter has previously worked with Native groups and was the coordinator for UAF's Yukon Flats Center. He is a Gwich'in-Koyukon Athabascan from Arctic Village.

River data gathered as safeguard against mining
NOME, Alaska (AP) — The western Alaska village of Elim is working with a conservation organization to collect data from the Tubutulik (Too boo too lik) River as a safeguard against possible future uranium mining.

KNOM reports the Center for Water Advocacy is working with Elim's Tribal Council for the effort that began two years ago about 40 miles upriver from the village.

The goal is to collect five years of data in Elim's goal of attaining jurisdiction from the state over the water flowing into the community's land.

The data collection is underway in response to past interest in a large uranium deposit near Boulder Creek by Triex Minerals Corp., a Canadian mineral exploration company.

During the 2008 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, students and elders rallied at the Elim checkpoint to protest the idea.

River data gathered as safeguard against mining
NOME, Alaska (AP) — The western Alaska village of Elim is working with a conservation organization to collect data from the Tubutulik River as a safeguard against possible future uranium mining.

KNOM reports the Center for Water Advocacy is working with Elim's Tribal Council for the effort that began two years ago about 40 miles upriver from the village.

The goal is to collect five years of data in Elim's goal of attaining jurisdiction from the state over the water flowing into the community's land.

The data collection is underway in response to past interest in a large uranium deposit near Boulder Creek by Triex Minerals Corp., a Canadian mineral exploration company.

During the 2008 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, students and elders rallied at the Elim checkpoint to protest the idea.

Feds sue former Alaska man over liens
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office in Alaska has filed a civil lawsuit against a Danese, West Virginia, man who has filed liens seeking $950 million from federal employees.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Wilson is seeking an injunction to stop Trapper Killsmany from filing the liens against Social Security Administration employees.

Killsmany seeks another $350 million in liens from several family members living at Manley Hot Springs, Alaska, and from an Alaska Native News reporter who once wrote about him.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports filing such liens is popular among those subscribing to the sovereign citizen movement, which holds the federal government doesn't have jurisdiction over them.

No explosives found in Sitka dynamite search
SITKA, Alaska (AP) — An Army ordnance disposal team has found no live explosives after a pair of detonator wires was discovered in Sitka.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports the wires were traced to a hole created in a rock-blasting project 30 years ago.

The Army team led the investigation and would have disposed of explosives if any had been found during the hours-long operation Saturday. The wires were discovered Friday just off Lance Drive.

Sitka police and fire departments, as well as public works crews, assisted in the response.

Assistant Fire Chief Al Stevens says it appears the dynamite connected to the blasting cord had already exploded long ago, fragmenting the rock.

Stevens says another outcome of the project was the removal of an 80-foot hemlock tree endangering power lines.

ConocoPhillips, Doyon announce new drilling rig
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — ConocoPhillips Alaska and oil field contractor Doyon Drilling have announced plans to build a new rotary drilling rig for the Kuparuk (Coo pear ik) River unit on the North Slope.

KTUU says the new rig will be the first to be added to Kuparuk's fleet in 14 years.

The companies announced the new contract Monday for construction of the rig, which will be named Doyon 142.

Drilling is slated to begin in February 2016.

Doyon Drilling is a subsidiary of Doyon Ltd., the Fairbanks-based regional Native corporation.

Children adrift in boat in Alaska rescued
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three children have been rescued after going adrift in their family's small boat in a southeast Alaska harbor.

The Coast Guard says the boys were wearing life jackets and stayed calm after going adrift in the skiff Monday in Saxman Harbor near Ketchikan. Water conditions were calm.

Ketchikan police notified the Coast Guard that the parents of the boys reported the children had gone adrift.

A Coast Guard response boat crew found the children and safely delivered them to their parents, with the skiff in tow.

Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Degnon says the crew was able to arrive at the scene within three minutes.

UA Pres offered bonus to stay
University of Alaska President Pat Gamble is being offered a six-figure bonus for staying on the job for another year.

The Alaska Dispatch reports that the U-A Board of Regents voted in June to offer a contract extension along with a 320-thousand dollar retention bonus.

The amount is equal to one-year's salary, and is the first bonus offered to Gamble since he became U-A president in 2010.

University spokeswoman Kate Ripley says even with the bonus, Gamble's compensation is lower than that of presidents at comparable universities.

Three years ago, when regents increased Gamble's salary by 8-and-a-half percent for his second year on the job, Gamble said he would donate the extra 25-thousand dollars to student scholarships.

Report: More acidic seawater poses risks in Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new report says the release of carbon dioxide into the air from factory smokestacks to the tailpipe on your car could pose a risk to red king crab and other lucrative fisheries in Alaska.

Ocean water becomes more acidic when it absorbs carbon dioxide released by human sources, such as the burning of fossil fuels.

The research, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was to be published Tuesday in the online journal Progress in Oceanography. It is aimed at spurring discussion on how to address the changes.

Researchers said changes in ocean chemistry could affect shellfish and other small creatures from building skeletons or shells in the early stages of development. Red king crab and tanner crab also grow more slowly in more acidic water.

Food Bank seeks donations after spike in users
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Food Bank of Alaska is asking for donations after seeing a spike in users.

The bank purchased nearly 40,000 pound of bulk food, but needs more. The bank provides food to more than 100 partners that serve people in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and 200 partners across the state.

Last year, agencies served up to 100 people on busy days. This year, they are typically seeing 250 people, including seniors, veterans and families.

Officials say the numbers are up after a food stamp reduction and the end of extended unemployment benefits last year. Plus, more children are at home during the summer, meaning they are not getting meals at school.

There also have been fewer donations to the Food Bank this summer.

[Monday July 28th  2014  12th  EDITION  6:16 P.M.]

Recalled carob snacks sold in Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State officials have confirmed that carob snacks that have been recalled for possible salmonella contamination were sold in Alaska.

However, the state Department of Environmental Conservation says in a release that there's no known illness or reactions reported here or elsewhere.

The recall covers various carob snacks from Dancing Star LLC.

Officials say the snacks contain carob power that was part of a supplier's recall because of the possible salmonella contamination.

Fairbanks man get 57 months on cocaine charge
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 41-year-old Fairbanks man will spend 57 months in a federal prison after being convicted on drug charges.

The U.S. attorney's office says Etienne Devoe was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Anchorage on Monday for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Police found the drugs in his duffel bag when they were searching a Fairbanks home.

Devoe will be back in court in February, when he is tried on charges of being a member of a large scale drug conspiracy.

Eagle causes power outages in Ketchikan
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Ketchikan utility officials say power was temporarily knocked out in some areas of town out after a bald eagle struck a power line.

Ketchikan Public Utilities Electric division manager Andy Donato says the eagle carcass was recovered after the incident.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports the bird strike occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday, knocking out power to Bear Valley, Point Higgins and Mountain Point sections of town.

Crews restored power by 8:23 p.m. Sunday.

Donato says the eagle carcass is being entered into a federal chain of custody.

Possessing any part of a bald eagle is illegal without a permit.

Bethel Council interviews 7 for city manager's job
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Members of the Bethel City Council this week are interviewing candidates for the position of city manager.

KYUK reports there are seven people in the running for the job, which became open when the council fired former manager Lee Foley in May because of improperly awarded contracts, special agreements and violations of nepotism rules.

Interviews will be held Monday and Tuesday.

Longtime Kenai fire responder, marshal retires
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Kenai Fire Marshal Eric Wilcox has retired.

Wilcox departs after 25 years with the Kenai Fire Department, the last seven years as fire marshal.

The Peninsula Clarion reports colleagues of Wilcox celebrated his career last week at a retirement party.

The 50-year-old Wilcox says he doesn't have anything out there waiting for him. He says he looks forward to spending more time with his wife and children.

His replacement is Kenai firefighter Tom Carver, a former Kenai police officer and lifelong local resident.

Two LCCC inmates overdose
According Department of Corrections Deputy Director, Sherrie Daigle, two inmates from Lemon Creek Correctional Center were transported to Bartlett Regional Medical Center last Thursday.

The inmates were exhibiting behavior consistent with a drug overdose. One inmate was treated and released the other was medivaced to Anchorage for further treatment.

The inmates apparently secured the drugs while inside of LCCC. The Alaska State Troopers are investigating.

Lt. Gov. hosted NLGA
Anchorage, AK – Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell hosted 10 of the nation’s lieutenant governors in Girdwood last week for the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) annual meeting.

The conference theme was Alaska’s contribution to the U.S. economy and national security, and presentations focused on ways other states could be a part of the large growth expected in Arctic shipping, tourism, and energy development.

Local experts addressing the group included Rear Admiral Daniel Abel, U.S. Coast Guard; Admiral Tom Barrett, Alyeska Pipeline; Lt. Gen. Russell Handy, Alaskan Command; Brig. Gen. Ro Bailey, Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration; Pat Yack, Alaska Public Radio Network; and Dr. Tom Nighswander, Alaska Telehealth Advisory Council.

NLGA provides a forum for the exchange of research and best practices for lieutenant governors of all 50 states, as well as the U.S. territories.

Territorial court records will remain in Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Not all of Alaska's research materials and government records will move to Seattle when the National Archives and Records Administration closes its Anchorage branch.

A deal has been reached to let the territorial court records be housed at the Alaska State Archive in Juneau, instead.

The documents will arrive in the capital on Aug. 4, Aug. 7 and Aug. 8, making the journey on the AlCan Highway and then the last stretch on the ferry from Haines. They will be housed in the state archives' new office building.

The research room at the Anchorage facility closed last month. The building will permanently close in September.

Denali planning for temporary ban on pet goats
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Plans are in the works to temporarily ban certain pets from Denali National Park and Preserve after a local resident was cited for hiking on park trails with his pet goat this summer.

Park Superintendent Don Striker said domestic goats pose a significant risk to Denali's Dall sheep population. He says he is planning to implement a temporary closure barring access to pet goats, and to bring the issue up at an official hearing, likely next year.

He tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner temporary closures can last anywhere from 30 days to a couple of years.

Corey Furrow, the Anderson resident cited for hiking with his pet goat, said he understands the park's need to protect Dall sheep. But he said his animal was on a leash.

Loan approved for Prince of Wales hydro project
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A $20 million loan has been approved for a new hydropower project on Prince of Wales Island.

KRBD reports that the Alaska Energy Authority approved the loan to Haida Energy Inc. for construction of the Reynolds Creek project, about 10 miles east of Hydaburg. The loan was approved in June.

The project could supply power to all of the island's residents, who currently depend on diesel-generated power during some parts of the year.

Haida Energy Inc. is a joint venture of the Haida Corp. and Alaska Power and Telephone Co., which says the project could significantly cut costs.

Energy Authority deputy director Gene Therriault says the island will be able to produce more energy than it currently needs once the project is complete.

Completion is slated for June 2016.

Nome woman cited in musk ox killing
NOME, Alaska (AP) — A 59-year-old Nome woman has been cited by Alaska State Wildlife Troopers in connection with the killing of a musk ox.

KNOM says Diana Adams was cited last week for taking a musk ox out of season in the Icy View subdivision.

Adams told the radio station that she has "been charged with illegal taking of game" and has no comment.

Herds of musk oxen have been loitering close to town and wildlife officials have been looking for a solution.

The Department of Fish and Game is opening a subsistence hunt early for the large shaggy animals, which have attacked pets and damaged property.

But only five animals can be killed beginning Aug. 1 because the population in the entire region is shrinking, and the stock must be conserved.

Eagle freed after rescue from fire
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Volunteers from the Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage have released a young bald eagle that was injured in a fire.

KTUU says the bird called Sparkie went to the bird center earlier this year with burnt feathers after the feathers were singed when the bird tried to catch rodents running from the fire.

The eagle was released Saturday after being returned to Soldotna.

Bird center volunteer Dave Dorsey says that even after months in recovery, Sparkie is still a wild animal.

The eagle is still brown and is estimated to be three or four years old. Bald eagles don't grow their distinctive white feathers until later.

American Legion state tournament Mulcahy Stadium-Anchorage

Sunday’s scores

Dimond 10, Juneau 0

South 4, Kenai 0

Monday’s games

10 a.m. — Chugiak vs. Kenai

1 p.m. — Wasilla vs. Juneau 

Sockeye return to Steep Creek
Spawning sockeye salmon returned to Steep Creek near Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Saturday, July 26. Each year returning salmon attract wild black bears and many bear watchers. To keep bears wild and people safe US Forest Service officials have taken several measures.

The back side of Steep Creek Trail is now closed to provide separation between bears and people as bears enter the creek to forage on salmon. This also improves bear-viewing from the elevated platforms that remain open.

With the closure in place, there is no access to the visitor center area from Moraine Ecology Trail, Glacier Spur Road or Dredge Lakes. Signs announcing the closure have been posted at all trail heads. People can still use these trails since the closure area boundary along Steep Creek has been clearly marked with yellow rope and signs.

The Forest Service recommends the following when on Steep Creek’s elevated platforms: visitors should maintain a calm demeanor and use slow movements. Be courteous and respectful of other visitors. Dogs and bicycles are not permitted. Food and flavored beverages are prohibited outdoors in the visitor center area. Staff and volunteers are on-site most of the time.

Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel
NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Palin is starting her own subscription-based online network.

The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live on Sunday, bills itself as a "direct connection" for the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate with her supporters, bypassing media filters.

Palin says she oversees all content posted to the channel. This will include her own political commentary. Other features for subscribers include the ability to submit questions to Palin and participate with her in online video chats, she says in an online announcement.

Membership is set at $9.95 per month or $99.95 for a year.

Palin remains active elsewhere as a Fox News Channel contributor and reality-TV personality.

The Sarah Palin Channel is part of the TAPP video platform, which launched earlier this year.

[Sunday July 27th  2014  4th  EDITION  5:35 P.M.]

US gas prices fall 9 cents to $3.58
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — A national survey finds the average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has plummeted 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $3.58.

That's the largest drop this year.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday the decrease came despite a rise in crude-oil prices.

Lundberg says U.S. refiners, enjoying plentiful supplies, aggressively cut wholesale prices to chase sales.

Midgrade averages were $3.78, and premium averages were $3.93.

The U.S. average retail diesel price is down 4 cents per gallon, to $3.90.

The lowest average price in the lower 48 states was $3.23 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The highest was $4.03 in San Francisco.

According to Gas Buddy dot com, the average price for regular gas in Alaska on Sunday was $4.12, with the lowest in the state found in Anchorage at $3.92 and he highest in Denali Park at $4.71, while In Juneau the highest price for regular unleaded was $4.35.

Fire at Anchorage playground investigated
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A large plume of black smoke that rose over Anchorage Saturday afternoon was caused by a fire at a playground.

KTUU News reports that the blaze is under investigation. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

The fire covered a 150-foot by 100-foot section of the playground, which was compromised of rubberized material.

Fire Captain Zack Westin says that material is highly flammable.

Westin says the material is nice and soft for running around, but it can catch fire.

No children were believed to be at the playground during the fire, and no injuries have been reported.

Subsistence Alaska village fights mining road
ALLAKAKET, Alaska (AP) — After another year of abysmal king salmon runs, with rain-swollen rivers making it near-impossible to catch chum or silvers and with decades of declining moose and caribou populations, the residents of Allakaket are bristling at the prospect of a 200-mile industrial road running through their hunting and fishing grounds.

The Fairbanks News-Miner reports the village is opposing a multi-million mining road that would have 15 major river crossings, including over the Alatna River, where Allakaket residents fish. The propose road would spanfrom the Dalton Highway to the Ambler Mining District in Northwest Alaska.

The road is being championed by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and the Ambler Mining District by Canada-based NovaCopper, which is eyeing what it estimates to be hundreds of millions of tons of copper, zinc and lead in the area.

Troop 6 Yukon Trip - leaving from the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal early Saturday morning

Judge strikes down DC ban on handguns outside home
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the District of Columbia's ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional.

In a 19-page ruling made public Saturday, U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin concluded that the Second Amendment gives people the right to carry a gun outside their home for self-defense.

The lawsuit challenging the city's ban was filed in 2009 by three District of Columbia residents, a New Hampshire resident and the Washington state-based Second Amendment Foundation.

The group's lawyer, Alan Gura, said he was pleased with the decision. The city has the option to appeal the ruling.


[Saturday July 26th  2014  7th  EDITION 3:50 P.M.]

Yukon River king salmon returns see improvement
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska fisheries managers say it appears they have achieved their goal of getting a sufficient number of Yukon River king salmon to their Canadian spawning grounds.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the number of king salmon counted as of this week by a sonar located near the village of Eagle near the border stood at 49,231.

That surpasses the minimum goal of 42,500 kings called for in the Pacific Salmon Treaty between the United States and Canada.

This marks the first time in three years that the goal has been reached.

The decline in king salmon has led to fishing restrictions for subsistence fishermen who live along the river and depend on the salmon for food.

Kenai hospitals in spat over patient agreements
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The Surgery Center of Kenai recently opened its doors to patients, but not everyone can be treated at the new hospital.

The Peninsula Clarion reports that because Central Peninsula Hospital won't enter a transfer agreement with the center, it cannot perform procedures on Medicare and Medicaid patients.

Outpatient surgery center vice president Harold Gear tells the newspaper that when the center was beginning construction, it requested agreements with Alaska Regional Hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center and Central Peninsula Hospital. He says Central Peninsula ignored the request and later said no.

Central Peninsula Hospital CEO Rick Davis says he doesn't see any benefits for CPH in a transfer agreement with the surgery center. Davis says while Medicaid and Medicare patients are low-payers, CPH is "very happy" to treat them.

Alaska woman indicted in prostitution ring
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A grand jury has indicted an Alaska woman on seven felonies related to a prostitution ring she allegedly operated between Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai and Juneau.

Prosecutors said Friday that 39-year-old Amber L. Batts of Anchorage was charged with three counts of second-degree sex trafficking and four counts of third-degree sex trafficking. She was indicted on Wednesday.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Batts allegedly supervised an online system that marketed women for sex acts throughout Alaska.

Authorities say Butts got a cut of the money exchanged for the sex acts. Batts was arrested on July 9.

Alaska Communications restores service
Heather Cavanaugh Director, Communications and Marketing for Alaska Communications reports that as of 2:15 a.m. Sat., July 26, most all services in Southeast have been restored.

They continue to monitor their network and work to ensure all customers are up and running.

They thank their customers for their understanding and patience and their teams who worked throughout the night to restore service.

American Legion state tournament Mulcahy Stadium, Anchorage

Friday’s results 
Dimond 7, Chugiak 5
Juneau 13, Service 8 
Kenai 9, Eagle River 5
South 11, Wasilla 6

Saturday’s games 
1 p.m. – Chugiak vs. Service 
4 p.m. – Eagle River vs. Wasilla 

Sunday’s games 
1 p.m. – Dimond vs. Juneau 
4 p.m. – Kenai vs. South 

Judge: 60 days' notice of EPA plans not needed
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not have to give the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine 60 days' advance notice of any further action it might take with regard to the project.

The Pebble Limited Partnership has sued EPA, alleging it exceeded its authority by invoking a process through which it could restrict or prohibit development of the Pebble deposit before the project goes through permitting.

Pebble requested the advance notice after EPA proposed restrictions on development.

While U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland declined to require 60 days' notice of the next step EPA plans to take, he said he expects attorneys to keep each other and the court informed on matters likely to affect scheduling in the case.

UPDATE: Alaska Communications service
According to a statement by Heather Cavanaugh, Director Marketing and Corporate Communications;

Alaska Communications is beginning to restore wireless and Internet service in Southeast. Customers should begin seeing their service return at this time. They expect most services will be restored over the weekend and continue to make that their top priority and will provide updates as they make progress.

Alaska Communications customers experienced service interruptions Friday due to the earthquake centered near Elfin Cove.

[Friday July 25th  2014  14th  EDITION 10:20 P.M.]

UPDATE:  House on fire
Capital City Fire Rescue responded with fire trucks and ambulances at 6:20 PM today to a fully engulfed home near Twin Lakes.  According to the fire department's online bulletin, the address is 4309 Glacier Highway.  Smoke could be seen from the Juneau Radio Center. 

Juneau Police say traffic was being blocked Friday evening in the area between Mountainside Drive and Bauer Lane. 

According to scanner reports, there were no injuries and neighboring structures are not affected.

Assistant Fire Chief Brian Long says the first fire units arrived 7 minutes after being dispatched and found the single family home fully engulfed in flames. The fire was under control in 40 minutes. One firefighter sustained minor injuries when a de-energized power line dropped on the scene. Capital City Fire Rescue deployed two engines, one ladder truck, two ambulances, one heavy rescue, and several other support units to bring the situation under control. All of the home's occupants were found safe.

Many details of the fire's origins are still unknown and the fire is still under investigation.


(Pictures above courtesy of KINY's Kelly Peres, Lynn Campbell, Rob Kindred, and Lori James)

(Picture above courtesy of KINY's facebook friend Rinny Beth)

BP reaches settlement on oil-related spills
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — BP Exploration Alaska has agreed to settle a complaint with the state and federal governments over four oil-related spills on Alaska's North Slope from 2007 to 2011.

The complaint and proposed settlement were filed in federal court Friday. The proposed settlement calls for a $450,000 penalty, $180,100 of which would go to the state with the rest to the federal government.

BP Alaska spokeswoman Dawn Patience said BP's share would be about $118,000, reflecting the company's ownership share at Prudhoe Bay. The other owners at Prudhoe are Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips and Chevron.

She said BP is glad to have resolved the matter and is focused on operating the field in a "safe, reliable and compliant manner."

There will be a 30-day public comment on the proposed settlement.

Judge rules feds wrongly protecting bearded seals
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge in Alaska has ruled that a federal agency improperly listed bearded seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Judge Ralph Beistline in Fairbanks says the decision by the National Marine Fisheries Services was "arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion."

The state, the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and the North Slope Borough sued after the agency added bearded seals and ringed seals in the Arctic Ocean to the threatened list in December 2012. Polar bears also are listed because of a loss of sea ice.

Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty says the listing "was based solely on speculative 100-year projections that lacked any credible scientific evidence."

Fisheries officials didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

The state didn't challenge the listing for ringed seals.

UPDATE:  wrecks on Egan
Juneau Police say there were two wrecks this afternoon around 4:30 on Egan near Fred Meyer.

The second wreck was due to traffic congestion caused by the first wreck.   Police reports do not list anyone being transferred to the hospital.

UPDATE: Alaska Communications outage, repair in progress
News of the North spoke with Hannnah Blankenship, Associate Manager of Corporate Communications for Alaska Communications, this morning and again this afternoon.

At 3:22 this afternoon she said, "We were able to confirm since this morning that the earthquake did damage one of our undersea optic cables and our crews are now working to repair that. It's our top priority and we'll give folks an update when we know more."

Earthquakes occur in 4 parts of Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Seismologists in Alaska say earthquakes have jolted four different parts of the state in the last 12 hours.

A magnitude-5.9 quake was among several that occurred around the same location early Friday in southeast Alaska. The U.S. Geological Survey says people in Juneau, about 100 miles east, felt light shaking.

An unrelated magnitude-4.3 earthquake was felt in Kodiak. No one reported feeling smaller, unrelated quakes in the Brooks Range region and in north-central Alaska.

There are no immediate reports of damage.

Alaska Earthquake Center seismologist Natasha Ruppert says it's somewhat unusual to have unrelated quakes strong enough to be felt in two parts of the state.

The magnitude-5.9 quake in southeast Alaska was immediately preceded by a magnitude-5.3 foreshock and several aftershocks.

No tsunami is expected.

Comments sought on possible Beaufort lease sale
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency is testing the waters on a possible new lease sale in the Alaska Arctic.

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management plans to take comments on areas in the Beaufort Sea that have the most promising oil and gas potential. The agency says it also wants to learn more about environmentally sensitive habitats and subsistence activities within the planning area.

Spokesman John Callahan says this is the first step in a long process, and no decision has been made on whether to go ahead with a lease sale.

The executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League says her group does not want to see more drilling in the Beaufort, citing the uncertainty of the arctic climate and lack of scientific information about the Arctic Ocean.

Parents sue company after son's avalanche death
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The parents of a 26-year-old snowboarder who died after an Alaska avalanche have filed a federal lawsuit against a heli-skiing company, alleging it failed to assess the danger in the area.

Nickolay Dobov of Truckee, California, died after the March 2012 Haines-area avalanche hit a group of skiers.

The Takhin Ridge avalanche also killed Rob Liberman of Telluride, Colorado, who was guiding the group for tour provider Alaska Heliskiing, based in Haines.

The Alaska Dispatch News says Natalia and Alex Dodov allege the company also failed to provide more than one guide and adequate radios, among other complaints.

A voicemail message left at a telephone number listed for the company was not immediately returned Friday.

The wrongful-death lawsuit was filed July 16. It seeks an unspecified amount of money

Complaint filed against critic of pot initiative
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Supporters of a ballot measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana have filed a complaint with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

"The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol" says the group "Big Marijuana. Big Mistake" either violated disclosure laws or lied to the public about an advertising firm's role in the opposition effort.

"Big Marijuana. Big Mistake" has used advertising company Northwest Strategies. The company's majority owner and an opposition spokeswoman, Kristina Woolston, has said the ad firm was donating its time and services.

But the complaint says reports filed with the commission show Northwest Strategies being paid.

Woolston clarified that Northwest Strategies was being paid for its work but that the contract does not cover all expenses. She told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner the complaint is a distraction.

ACS service outage
Alaska Communications is reporting various service outages due to the earthquake this morning.

They are working to determine the solution.

Updates can be found at and on Facebook and Twitter.

Here is a link to their outage statement. 

Alaska Supreme Court rules on survivor benefits for same-sex partners
The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that a woman is entitled to survivor benefits from the employer of her same-sex partner.

The Alaska Dispatch reports that the court issued a ruling today (fri) in a lawsuit brought by Deborah Harris.

Her partner, Kerry Fadely, was murdered in 2011 by a disgruntled co-worker at the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage.
Under state law, spouses can receive survivor benefits if a husband or wife dies in a work-related injury, but same-sex couples are not allowed to marry in Alaska.

The state's highest court ruled that excluding same-sex partners violates the right to equal protection and lacks a relationship to the purpose of the workers
compensation statute.

Anchorage trail temporally closed for repairs
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 7-mile stretch of Anchorage's popular coastal trail will be closed eight hours a day for repairs most of next week.

The southern section of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail will be closed between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. starting Tuesday and continuing through Friday.

Officials say the trail will be open during other hours to accommodate bike commuters and others who want to use the entire trail.

The work is set to take place between the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility at Hutson Drive and the Sisson Bridge to the south.

Officials say there will be no available detour route to or from Kincaid Park because of the trail's isolation.

The work is part of the city's trail improvement projects. Last year, some of the coastal trail was resurfaced.

Man shoots, kills bear
An Eagle River man shot & killed a brown bear that mauled him near his home.

The Alaska Dispatch reports that the man was walking dogs near Hiland Road Thursday, when the dogs came running back with a brown bear sow chasing after them.

The man, whose name was not released, sustained unspecified injuries in the attack.

He fired three shots from a 44-magnum pistol. The bear was later found dead in the woods.

It's the second brown bear attack in the Anchorage area within a week, after a National Guard soldier was injured during a training exercise on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

UPDATE:Quakes shake SE Alaska near Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two quakes occurred in the same location early Friday in southeast Alaska, and the U. S. Geological Survey reports weak or light shaking was felt around Juneau, about 100 miles to the east. There are no reports of damage.

The USGS recorded a magnitude 5.9 quake at 2:54 a.m. and a 4.7 quake at 3:19 a.m. about 50 miles west of Gustavus and 90 miles southwest of Haines. Both were about 6 miles deep.

The National Weather Service said no tsunami expected.

Earthquake greets Southeast Friday morning
An earthquake shook Southeast Alaska this morning around 2:54.

The quake measured a magnitude of 6.04 at a depth of 8 miles.

The epicenter was located 30 miles WNW of Elfin Cove or some 96 miles west of Juneau.

We have had several aftershocks including a 4.89 tremblor at 3:19.

EDMONTON - New research suggests a major oil spill in Canada's western Arctic would likely spread quickly and foul oceans around Alaska and possibly as far west as Russia.

The research, funded by the World Wildlife Fund, comes as the National Energy Board prepares to consider blowout prevention plans in two separate proposals for offshore energy drilling.

The authors considered 22 different oil-spill scenarios in the Beaufort Sea, off the northwest coast of the Northwest Territories.

They found that in all cases there would be at least an up to 50 per cent chance that an oily slick would spread into Alaska.

In the case of a blowout, it's almost certain that oil would spread across international boundaries, with an up to a 25 per cent chance of affecting Russia.

Subsurface oil contamination from a blowout would also be highly likely to spread into Alaska.

The energy board is considering proposals from Imperial Oil and Chevron Canada for offshore drilling in the Arctic.

Current rules require them to have a second drill rig nearby to promptly sink a pressure-relieving well in the case of a blowout, which would make capping it much easier.

Both companies are proposing methods they say would be equally effective and much cheaper.

The board has agreed to consider their alternatives.

Gov asks USDA to buy surplus canned pink salmon
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell has asked a federal agency to buy $37 million of canned pink salmon to ease a glut weighing down prices for Alaska fishermen.

Parnell made the request to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

He asked that USDA make the purchase under a federal law that allows for buying surplus foods from farmers and donating them to food banks or other programs. USDA made a similar, smaller purchase of salmon earlier this year.

But Parnell said remaining unsold inventories are driving prices to levels that threaten harvest activity this year and next.

He said the price of canned pink salmon is 23 percent lower than a year ago and the advance price paid to fishermen is down about 33 percent from last year.

[Thursday July 24th  2014  14TH  EDITION 4:00 P.M.]

New rules for headlights in place for Southeast
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Drivers on sections of highway in southeast Alaska will be required to use their headlights, even during the day.

State transportation department spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says it's a safety measure the department has already instituted further north and is now introducing in Southeast.

KRBD reports the new rule will apply to sections of road in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau and Haines, as well as on Prince of Wales Island.

Woodrow says using headlights at all times in these corridors could help reduce crash rates by alerting bicyclists, pedestrians and other motorists to oncoming vehicles.

He says this isn't meant to be a "gotcha campaign." Woodrow says state Troopers have indicated they would generally enforce the rule by reminding drivers of the need to turn on their lights.

Public workshop on Juneau's senior community needs
There's a task force in Juneau concerned with the needs of our Seniors.

They are having a public workshop addressing the housing and support service needs of Juneau’s seniors Tuesday evening, July 29th, from 6 - 9 at Centennial Hall.

Margaret O’Neal, Director of Operations with the Juneau Economic Development Council, says there will be lots of information to share about the ongoing demand study.

Murkowski Urges Relief from FEMA Red Tape for Juneau Development
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski today reminded the Federal Emergency Management Agency of Alaska’s concerns with the “illogical” and “incorrect” methods being used to determine the flood risk of private homes.

During a Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing Wednesday, Murkowski also stressed how one-size-fits-all FEMA regulations are chilling economic development in Juneau, by including protected shoreline in a category meant to apply to at-risk coastal cities.

When Murkowski questioned FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate on the frustrations raised by Alaskans in the Capital City, she told him:

The City and Borough of Juneau claim that they should be permitted to develop in the [endangered] zone because they’re in a very protected position as an island community within the Inside Passage there in the Southeast. The National Flood Insurance Policy regulations put an absolute block in the velocity zone. Juneau has acknowledged that it’s going to stifle their ability to develop at all….Is FEMA willing to work with Juneau on this?

Fugate told Murkowski that FEMA was willing to work with Juneau, because they are always seeking to improve and balance their policies.

Administrator Fugate informed Senator Murkowski that because of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act which was recently signed into law and innovations in technology, the tools that FEMA uses to assess threat risk and insurance rates will be dramatically improved in the near future.

Cutter helps Diomede by taking recyclables
NOME, Alaska (AP) — Residents of a remote Alaska island close to Russia have enlisted the help of the Coast Guard to transport some recyclables.

KNOM radio reports the Coast Guard cutter SPAR got an unusual request from Diomede residents when the crew made a visit as part of a survey of the Chukchi Sea.

They were asked to take some electronic waste from the island for recycling, things like monitors, DVD players, stereos.

Doug Jannusch, the commanding officer, said they couldn't take much, but were glad to help out by taking about 200 pounds of the goods for recycling.

Diomede is located on Little Diomede Island, about 3 miles from Big Diomede Island, Russia, in the Bering Strait. Residents typically ship recyclables to Nome, and they are eventually sent to Seattle.

Snow forecast for northern Alaska
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — It may still officially be summer, but there's snow in the forecast for northern Alaska.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the National Weather Service says several inches of snow could fall on the southeastern Brooks Range Thursday night and Friday.

Snow is predicted above the 2,000 foot elevation and west of the Dalton Highway near Coldfoot, or 250 miles north of Fairbanks.

Weather service meteorologist Cary Freeman says the 1-3 inches predicted is outside the norm for late July.

A lower pressure system north of the Arctic coast is behind the extreme weather that includes heavy rain in the central Alaska Range area, from the Richardson Highway west to Denali National Park and Preserve.

Growing influx of musk oxen prompts Alaska hunt
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A growing influx of musk oxen in the western Alaska town of Nome has prompted wildlife officials to open a subsistence hunt early for the large shaggy animals.

Officials, however, say only five animals can be killed beginning Aug. 1 because the population in the entire region is shrinking significantly yearly, and the stock must be conserved.

That's little consolation to Nome residents, who say the oxen have trampled dogs and created traffic hazards.

State biologist Tony Gorn says he doesn't believe that hunting a few local musk oxen will create a dent among about 150 animals to be loitering locally.

Bears preying on musk oxen likely drove the creatures to the town of 3,600 starting about five years ago. Nome is located 540 miles northwest of Anchorage.

Alaska tourist train halts runs after derailment
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials now say 19 people were seen for minor injuries when a tourist train derailed in southeast Alaska — an increase from the initial report of nine injuries.

The people were seen at a clinic in Skagway after the White Pass and Yukon Route vintage train derailed Wednesday just shy of the Canada-U.S. border, on the American side.

Four cars left the tracks, and two people landed in a lake.

Passenger Joe Gilsinger tells The Skagway News he watched the train car in front of him slowly slide off the tracks. Then his car started to derail.

Train service has been suspended for the investigation.

Man fined after his dog killed smaller dog
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Juneau-area dog owner has been fined for not being able to prevent his mastiff-pit bull mix from killing a smaller dog.

Jody Vick of Douglas was fined $150. Judge Keith Levy (LEE'-vee) found Vick guilty of "objectionable menacing" and other minor offenses for failing to comply with subsequent demands by Animal Control.

The charges are all non-criminal infractions, stemming from an attack last year that left the smaller dog dead.

Vick did not deny his dog attacked, but Vick said the smaller dog, a Shih Tzu-Pomeranian mix, provoked it.

Levy said that wasn't a valid defense.

Animal Control deemed Vick's dog dangerous, a designation that Vick is contesting.

Miller brings in nearly $130K in Senate bid
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller brought in nearly $130,000 during the last fundraising quarter.

Miller spent nearly as much, about $121,000, but still had just over $300,000 on hand. Miller came into the race with money left over from his unsuccessful 2010 U.S. Senate run.

Miller also reported a $17,000 debt.

Miller is one of the three highest profile Republicans seeking the party's nomination next month for the seat held by Democrat Mark Begich, who is seeking re-election.

Republican Dan Sullivan raised nearly $1.2 million and had $1.7 million available as of June 30. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell has not provided fundraising details.

The filing deadline was July 15.

Begich reported bringing in more than $1.26 million and having about $2.2 million available.

UPDATE: Alaska tourist train halts runs after derailment
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A vintage rail company that hauls hundreds of thousands of tourists every year along the route of the historic Klondike Gold Rush has suspended operations while it investigates a derailment that injured nine people.

The derailment occurred during the Wednesday afternoon run of the White Pass & Yukon Route tourist train, which goes from Skagway, Alaska, into Canada.

There were few immediate details of what happened, but railroad President John Finlayson said the train derailed as it reached the White Pass Summit.

The company said the derailment involved two vintage locomotives and four passenger rail cars.

Power was restored to the train, and it brought everyone back to Skagway, about 100 miles northwest of Juneau.

Skagway tourism director Buckwheat Donahue said that most of the injuries were "scratches and bruises."

Fairbanks pollution initiative to appear on ballot
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Enough signatures have been gathered for a ballot initiative seeking to renew a law preventing the Fairbanks North Star Borough from regulating air pollution.

The "Home Heating Protection Initiative" will appear on the October municipal ballot.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says it's the third in a series of initiatives that have barred the borough from imposing regulations on home heating devices since 2010.

The borough cannot alter any voter-approved ballot initiatives for two years. The last initiative passed in 2012.

The efforts have been largely spearheaded by state Rep. Tammie Wilson, a North Pole Republican, and borough Assembly member Michael Dukes.

Wilson says the state should shoulder the responsibility of cleaning up the borough's air through regulation.

Opponents say local control can be more flexible and responsive.

Tok man dies in Alaska Highway crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 55-year-old Tok man has died in a single-vehicle rollover on the Alaska Highway.

Troopers say they responded Tuesday afternoon to the crash of a Ford pickup about 44 miles from Tok.

Troopers say the driver of the truck, Michael Verhoff, died at the scene.

Troopers investigate assault on fishing vessel
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say they are investigating an assault aboard a fishing vessel in Petersburg.

Troopers say they responded Wednesday to a report that the 28-year-old captain of the vessel Favorite grabbed a 31-year-old crew member around the throat.

Troopers say the crew member has left the vessel.

Setnet initiative
Sponsors may begin collecting signatures for a proposed ballot initiative to ban "setnet" fishing in urban parts of Alaska.

A Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance, which had filed a lawsuit challenging the denial of the petition application.

The Lieutenant Governor's office had denied the application in January based on a legal review that treated the ban as a transfer salmon from one user group to another.

Initiative sponsors argued that voters should be able to decide the issue. Sponsors hope to be able to gather signatures over the next year to put the "setnetting" ban on the 2016 ballot.

If approved, it would ban the nets anchored on a beach and stretched perpendicular to the shore in urban, non-subsistence areas, including Anchorage, the Mat-Su, Kenai Peninsula, Valdez, Fairbanks, and Juneau.

Parnell appoints Corey to Anchorage bench
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed a private practice attorney to the Anchorage Superior Court.

Michael Corey will replace Judge Sen Tan, who is retiring.

Parnell said Corey has an extensive background in litigation and has demonstrated his commitment to the community through coaching.

According to biographical information provided by Parnell's office, Corey has practiced law for 28 years, most recently at the firm Jermain, Dunnagan and Owens, P.C.

Corey also is an assistant coach of the Service High School varsity hockey team.

[Wednesday July 23rd  2014  16TH  EDITION 10:01 P.M.]

Minor injuries after Alaska tourist train derails
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A popular tourist train derailed Wednesday in southeast Alaska, injuring up to a dozen passengers.

White Pass and Yukon Railroad President John Finlayson tells The Associated Press that the injured are being treated at a clinic in the tourist town of Skagway, about 100 miles northwest of Juneau.

A state Homeland Security official, David Lee, tells KTUU-TV that the injuries don't appear to be life-threatening.

Finlayson says railroad crews got power to the train, and it was able to return to Skagway with all the passengers. It wasn't immediately clear how many cars derailed.

He says the train is a popular tourist attraction, taking passengers on a three-hour, 40-mile roundtrip tour out of Skagway. It climbs to 2,865 feet at White Pass Summit, where the derailment occurred.

The cause remains under investigation.

SEARHC hosts presentation in Sitka on obtaining and using health insurance
SITKA, July 14, 2014 – SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is hosting a free presentation to assist those that have signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace and would like to know more about how their insurance works.

The free presentation is on Thursday, July 24th, from noon to 1:00pm at UAS, in Room 106.

SEARHC reaches settlement with U.S. Indian Health Service
JUNEAU, July 23, 2014 – SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) has reached an agreement with the U.S. Indian Health Service (IHS) to settle SEARHC’s outstanding claims against the IHS for unpaid contract support costs (CSC). Under the agreement, the IHS has agreed to pay SEARHC $39.5 million plus interest, totaling approximately $53 million, to settle the organization’s CSC claims for the years 1999 through 2013.
SEARHC is a tribal health organization that compacts with the IHS under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) to carry out the federal government's obligation to provide health care services to the Alaska Native and American Indian people of Southeast Alaska. Contract support costs consist of those reasonable program expenses as well as other administrative and overhead costs associated with carrying out the health care services SEARHC provides on behalf of the IHS. These costs are required to be paid in full under the ISDEAA, SEARHC’s compact with the IHS, and recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. SEARHC’s CSC claims arose from the IHS’ failure to pay these costs in full, which required SEARHC to utilize program funds meant to provide direct health care services to SEARHC patients in order to meet the shortfall. This settlement resolves SEARHC’s claims for 15 years of CSC underpayments by the IHS and will now permit SEARHC to devote more resources to providing direct health care services.

“This is a very good settlement and has concluded several years of legal wrangling and political advocacy in Washington, DC. I could not be more pleased to have these issues come to resolution and look forward to focusing our efforts in a more constructive direction,” said SEARHC President and CEO, Charles Clement.

SEARHC would like to recognize the efforts of Alaska Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski, and Congressman Don Young in working to hold IHS accountable for full payment of contract support costs and encouraging timely resolution of tribes’ and tribal organizations’ outstanding CSC claims. SEARHC is also appreciative of the commitment made by President Obama's Administration to honor Tribal contracts in the future.

Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue 11 boaters in Alaska
Good Samaritans, with Coast Guard coordination, rescued 11 people from boating emergencies in four separate cases across Southern Alaska, Tuesday.

Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a mayday from the crew of the vessel Alaska Rose, that their vessel was on fire on the southwest side of Resurrection Bay with three people aboard. Good Samaritans quickly responded and transferred all personnel before the vessel became completely engulfed and sank. On-scene vessels reported a small sheen and very little debris. The boaters were safely transported to Seward.

In a separate case, Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report from boaters on the vessel Poker Dogs, stating that they were taking on water in the vicinity of Port Wells with three people aboard. A good Samaritan nearby responded to the captain’s request for assistance and safely escorted the vessel back to Whittier.

Approximately four hours later, Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report from a person on a 19-foot vessel, explaining that they were taking on water in the vicinity of Blackstone Bay with three people aboard. The operator was able to beach the vessel to prevent it from sinking. A good Samaritan overheard the initial call, responded and assisted in securing the vessel before transporting all three boaters to Whittier.

Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders in Juneau received a call on VHF-FM Channel 16 from boaters on the 26-foot fishing vessel Oracle after it became disabled due to an overheated engine with two people aboard. Sector Juneau issued a Marine Assistance Rescue Broadcast and placed the vessel on a 30-minute communications schedule. Good Samaritans aboard the fishing vessel Crista C responded and towed the Oracle safely to Haines.

Governor's Picnic Pics

KINY's Kendall Weaver interviewing the governor

Governor Sean Parnell being interviewed by News of the North's Lynn Campbell

Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) — A California woman called for more protections for passengers on cruise lines as she recounted before Congress the assault she suffered during a trip aboard a cruise ship.

She told senators during a hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees.

She says that passengers have virtually no rights or protections.

Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia says her experience and other horror stories recounted at the hearing point to a lack of oversight and accountability for passenger safety in the cruise industry.

Rockefeller introduced a bill last year to improve protections for passengers on cruise ships. The hearing Wednesday was the second he has called to raise awareness of the issue.

Juneau cruise ship assault
Alaska State Troopers in Juneau responded to a report of an assault on the Holland America Line's Cruise Ship "Osterdam" Wednesday morning around 9:00.

A 78 year old male passenger from Nevada pushed a 13 year old male passenger from Virginia in a hallway on board the vessel.

This case is still under investigation.

Sullivan campaign reserves post-primary air time
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan has reserved some air time past the Aug. 19 primary.

Records filed with the Federal Communications Commission show Sullivan's campaign reserved time in the fall on at least two TV stations.

Sullivan spokesman Mike Anderson says the campaign is not assuming anything but fully expects Sullivan to be the nominee. He said, as such, the campaign needs to be ready to fight on Aug. 20.

Anderson said by email that it's a smart strategy given the intense competition for post-primary airtime.

Sullivan is one of the three highest-profile candidates vying for the Republican nomination. The others are Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller.

Democratic Sen. Mark Begich is seeking re-election.

Begich: Action needed on veterans bill
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says price shouldn't be the issue in passing legislation to address veterans' health care.

Concerns have been raised at the cost of a Senate proposal to build new clinics, hire new doctors and help veterans who can't get timely appointments to get outside care. Begich sits on the House-Senate conference committee charged with reaching agreement on a bill. He expressed frustration Wednesday that the panel has only met once and some members of Congress are balking at the cost.

He said members of Congress "didn't blink an eye" at spending $2 trillion on sending Americans to war.

He said those who want to "nickel and dime" veterans don't understand what they've done for the country or understand the government's obligation to provide the care they earned.

Relative of historic mining figure visits memorial
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Italian relative of the man whose discovery of gold in Interior Alaska helped spark the Fairbanks gold rush helped rededicate a monument to the discovery.

Adriano Pedroni was one of five Italians from Felice Pedroni's hometown of Fanano, Italy, who were on hand for Sunday's event.

Felice Pedroni is most commonly known in America as Felix Pedro. According to the Alaska Mining Hall of Fame Foundation, Pedro's discovery led to the 1902 Fairbanks gold rush. Pedro is also considered one of Fairbanks' founding fathers.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the stone monument honoring Pedro was installed in 1952. It has been rededicated annually by members of the organization Pioneers of Alaska.

North Pole man faces animal cruelty charges
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A North Pole man faces animal cruelty charges after four severely malnourished horses were found on his property.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports charges were filed Friday against Thomas Patrick Fisher. Alaska State Troopers began investigating after four horses were reported loose July 2 and seized by authorities the next day.

A veterinarian's report says the horses were malnourished and in poor to very poor condition due to abuse and neglect. Troopers say they couldn't find any horse feed on Fisher's property, and one hose had a leg wound so severe it couldn't put any weight on it.

Online court records didn't list an attorney for him and his home phone wasn't operating correctly Wednesday.

Fisher had a business license until 2009 for a venture called "Alaska Horseback Guides."

Arguments set in challenge to gay marriage ban
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Arguments are scheduled for October in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage.

Five same-sex couples, four married outside of Alaska and one unmarried couple, sued to overturn the ban in May. Alaska voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1998 defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

The state, in its response, said Alaska isn't required to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. State attorneys also argue that Alaska, as a sovereign state, has the right to define and regulate marriage.

The case is being heard by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess.

The Oct. 10 arguments are set against the backdrop of judges in other states striking down bans similar to Alaska's as unconstitutional. A number of those decisions are being appealed.

Anchorage man arrested in traffic death
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 30-year-old is accused of providing alcohol to teenagers involved in a February traffic crash in Anchorage that killed one of them.

KTUU says Robert Lee Green III of Anchorage is charged with two felony counts of furnishing or delivering alcoholic beverages to minors. He was arrested Tuesday.

Seventeen-year-old Brandon Muller was pronounced dead at the scene of the Feb. 20 crash of an SUV he was driving. Two teenage passengers were injured.

Court documents say Green's actions directly contributed to the injury and/or death of another person while under the influence of alcohol.

The crash occurred after the SUV veered and hit a snow bank.

Police say the survivors and one other minor were charged with underage drinking.

Sarah Palin cited for speeding in Alaska hometown
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Sarah Palin is facing a $154 ticket for speeding in her hometown of Wasilla.

The former Alaska governor was pulled over July 16 and cited for driving between 10 and 19 mph over the speed limit.

The penalty includes a $144 fine and $10 police training surcharge.

An attorney for Palin said he didn't know details of the case but that Palin would pay the fine. A Wasilla Police Department spokesman did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

In discussing the ticket with TMZ, Palin made an auto racing reference, joking that she wasn't speeding, she was "qualifying."

Grand jury indicts 2 in lodge assault case
UNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A grand jury has returned indictments against two workers at a remote Alaska lodge after they allegedly threatened two guests with firearms.

The jury handed down assault and weapons misconduct charges Friday against 26-year-old Michael G. York of Denver and Devon G. Fernandez of Yakutat.

The two Icy Bay Lodge employees are accused of being intoxicated and brandishing a weapon June 27, when they confronted two people staying at the lodge and connected to a Diablo, California, gold exploration and mining company.

The Yakutat police chief had previously said the employees were upset over mining and its effects on Alaska, but court documents didn't list a reason for the confrontation.

An arraignment hearing was scheduled later Wednesday in Juneau for both men.

JPD's Crime of the Week
On July 17th, 2014, at about 5:50 in the afternoon, a 50 year old Juneau man reported someone had broken into his storage unit in the 1000 block of Salmon Creek Lane.

 Five firearms, four of them shotguns, were taken. The break in could have happened as early as March but likely happened shortly before July 14th, when a private security officer noticed the unit was unsecured and placed a lock on the door.

The victim had put his possessions in a storage unit while working out of town.

One firearm taken was a 20 gauge Benelli over and under with a unique blue foldable gun case that was locked. Another shotgun taken was an Ithaca 12 gauge side by side. There was also a Remington 20 gauge semi-auto shotgun and a Mossberg pump action shotgun taken. The last firearm taken was a very old .22 rifle.

The victim is also missing a bag of hockey gear including skates, pads, and a helmet. The suspect additionally took a black and silver racing bicycle, Tubbs brand snow shoes, and even a double mattress.

Anyone with information is encouraged to log on to the Juneau Crime Line Web site and report their tip. You may also call JPD at 586-0600. You may be eligible for a reward.

If you have information on this or any other crime, log on to

Cleanup of remote Alaska island underway
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Cleanup of marine debris from a remote Alaska island is underway.

KMXT reports the effort on Tugidak Island is the second and final year of Kodiak Island Trails Network's debris removal project on the island.

The island is located southwest of the southern tip of Kodiak Island.

Network director Tom Pogson  says participants have been on the island now for two weeks.

Last year, the network collected 130 super sacks of marine debris from the island.

Pogson says 65 bags have already been collected so far this year in just seven days. Pogson says the crew spent the first week at the location setting up camp.

Man accused of stealing Alaska gold nugget
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A 32-year-old Northern California man is accused of stealing a $1,900 gold nugget from an Alaska mine where he was working.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Shaun Timothy Hull of Pollock Pines, California, is charged with felony theft after a Manley Hot Springs miner reported one of two nuggets discovered Saturday had been stolen.

According to a criminal complaint against Hull filed Monday, Hull's employer fired both workers.

The employer told authorities he asked Hull to turn out his pockets and that a 1.5 ounce nugget was found in his tobacco can. Authorities say Hull also had numerous bottles of gold concentrate in his luggage.

According to the complaint, Hull said he took the gold "because it was cool."

Former Bethel foster parent sentenced to 66 years
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A former Bethel foster parent and day care operator has been sentenced to 66 years in prison in a child sexual abuse case.

KYUK reports that Peter Tony was sentenced Tuesday in Bethel on three consolidated child sexual abuse counts in which he pleaded guilty.

He will have no possibility of parole.

In a plea deal with prosecutors in February, the 70-year-old Tony pleaded guilty to charges of sexually abusing a minor in 2012 involving a 4-year-old girl his wife had in day care. He also pleaded guilty to the 1998 molestation of a 12-year-old girl.

He had faced seven felony counts.

Before running a small day care out of their home, Tony and his late wife Marylin were foster parents for 14 years until 1998.

Nome square closed for seeding project
NOME, Alaska (AP) — A famous green space in Nome has a little more orange to it.

KNOM reports temporary orange fencing has been placed around Anvil City Square. That's the area where the Old St. Joe's Hall and the giant gold pan sits, welcoming visitors to Nome.

New grass seed has been planted in the square and needs time to germinate. The fencing is intended to keep foot traffic and four-wheelers off the lawn this summer and snowmachines off it next winter.

The fencing should come down next year.

The grass seed is one phase of improvements planned at the square. City officials also will nearly double the size of the playground, adding new equipment and putting it on new rubber flooring.

The playground equipment is scheduled to arrive next month.

More fish added to 'unrestricted consumption' list
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state health department has added more fish species to the "unrestricted consumption list."

This follows expanded fish testing data and epidemiological studies.

The updated guidelines are intended to help Alaskans — particularly parents and women of childbearing age — make healthful choices.

The manager of the environmental public health program says the guidelines continue to underscore the health benefits associated with eating fish.

The list already included all five species of Alaska salmon. Added species include halibut up to 40 pounds, lingcod measuring up to 35 inches, Arctic cisco, black rockfish, Dolly Varden and sablefish.

[Tuesday July 22nd  2014  14TH  EDITION 7:48 P.M.]

Governor's Family Picnics in Juneau and Ketchikan
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell and his wife, Sandy, will host the sixth annual Governor's Family Picnic Wednesday in Juneau.

The event will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Sandy Beach.

Free food will be the fare, including 200 pounds of salmon donated by John Moller. He's a commercial fisherman and also the governor's rural affairs adviser.

For those wanting more traditional picnic food, there will also be hot dogs, chips, and cookies.

The Parnells will help serve, as will members of his cabinet. Previous picnics have attracted more than 3,000 people in past years.4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The governor says, "Sandy and I look forward to meeting Alaskans across this amazing state. As we all enjoy the spectacular days of summer, won’t you join us and your fellow Alaskans at one of the Governor's Family Picnics."

Juneau - Wednesday, July 23
Sandy Beach Pavilion
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Ketchikan- Thursday, July 24
Ward Lake
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Parking violations ordinance pulled, action delayed on Ski Board, pool board on ballot
The CBJ Assembly met last night in a regularly scheduled meeting. A resolution re-establishing the Juneau Local Emergency Planning Committee and adding a seat and alternate representing vulnerable populations passed 6-1. Of the ordinances scheduled for public hearing; the Secondhand Dealers ordinance was referred back to the Human Resources Committee and will see a public hearing in the August 11 meeting. The ordinance repealing the civil fine procedure and re-establishing certain parking and other violations as infractions was pulled because of a procedural issue.

The following ordinances were passed unanimously; funding to provide for commercial motor vehicle inspections, partial funding for the Alaska Juneau Gold Mine Power Tower Stabilization Project, partial funding for the Statter Harbor Launch Ramp and additional grant funding for the Alaska Mail Services Program.

The ordinance that garnered the most attention Monday night was an amendment that would grant the Ski Area Board the additional authority to manage and oversee the municipally-owned Treadwell Arena. The Assembly decided to delay action on this ordinance until next March.

There were several citizens who wanted to weigh in on the ordinance that would create an empowered board to operate and manage the municipally- owned aquatics facilities. Patty Ray, President of the Board of Trustees of the Glacier Swim Club, believes the "empowered board" would be a good idea for managing the pools. Lance Stevens, President-elect of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce reminded the board that their vote Monday night was only the first step in a process. The Assembly voted unanimously to pass the the ordinance, which will put it on the October 7 Municipal ballot.

Alaska sets record for number of visitors
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has set a record for the number of tourists visiting the nation's northernmost state.

The State Division of Economic Development in a release says Alaska had 1.96 million visitors between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014.

That beats the previous mark by 5,000 visitors set during the 2007-2008 year.

There were 1.8 million visitors last year.

Commerce Commissioner Susan Bell attributes the increase to increased cruise ship calls in Alaska, and new national and international air service routes. The state also instituted an advertising campaign aimed at winter travelers.

Pebble wants notice of future EPA action
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The group behind the proposed Pebble Mine wants notification of any further action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that would affect the project.

The request is part of a lawsuit by the Pebble Limited Partnership and Alaska Peninsula Corp.

The lawsuit alleges EPA exceeded its authority by invoking a process through which it could restrict or prohibit development of the Pebble deposit before the project goes through permitting.

EPA proposed restrictions that, while not outright banning mining of the Pebble deposit, would essentially block the type of project the mine's owners previously outlined.

The groups' attorneys say EPA received an extension for filing briefs without telling the court it was about to announce the proposed restrictions.

A Pebble spokesman said the proposed restrictions "amount to a de facto veto."

Jury convicts Anchorage man on meth charges
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 55-year-old Anchorage man has been convicted on charges he possessed and trafficked methamphetamine sent to him through the U.S. mail from Anaheim, California.

The U.S. attorney's office says in a release that a federal jury found David Alan Gonzales guilty on Monday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage. Sentencing was set for Oct. 9.

Authorities said 52 grams of pure meth as mailed to him from California and intercepted at a processing center.

A co-defendant, Albert Diaz Gumataotao, was previously sentenced to 12 years in a federal prison.

Eagle River man accused of threatening trooper
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 47-year-old Eagle River man is accused of threatening to shoot an Alaska State Trooper unless the officer left a property the man didn't own.

Lawrence Young is charged with assault, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence and refusing to take a chemical test.

KTUU reports the trooper was driving on the Parks Highway Saturday when he saw Young in a pickup apparently waving him over for assistance, then taking off.

Troopers say the officer found the truck in the driveway of a nearby property, where Young shouted at him to leave the property or he would shoot him.

According to troopers, Young refused to remove his hands from his pockets. Troopers say Young was found to be intoxicated. He was arrested.

It's unclear if Young has an attorney.

Recreational pot qualifies for Oregon ballot
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon voters will be deciding this year whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

State elections officials certified Tuesday that the petitioners submitted enough valid signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

Election workers say there were roughly 88,500 valid signatures — about 1,400 more than required.

The measure would allow adults 21 and older to buy and possess marijuana. It gives the Oregon Liquor Control Commission the job of regulating and taxing marijuana.

Voters rejected a legalization measure two years ago, but little money was spent promoting it. The group backing this year's effort has received contributions from some of the same donors who backed successful marijuana initiatives in Washington and Colorado.

Parnell leads gubernatorial rivals in cash on hand
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott (muh-LOT') brought in nearly $300,000 during the latest fundraising period, more than Republican Gov. Sean Parnell.

But Parnell had $450,000 available as of Friday. Mallott had about $66,000, plus $10,000 in debts.

Bill Walker, who is running as an independent, brought in nearly $260,000, $170,000 of which he personally contributed. He had about $115,000 available.

Mallott's total includes about $50,000 in personal contributions and $55,000 from the Alaska Democratic party.

Parnell raised more than $285,000, including $100,000 from the state GOP, which endorsed him last year. The reporting period spanned from Feb. 2 through July 18.

Russ Millette (muh-LET'), one of Parnell's challengers in the Aug. 19 primary, reported raising $3,500 since announcing his plans to run in May. He had about $1,300 on hand.

Work starts on road to Tanana
TANANA, Alaska (AP) — Work has started on the first Alaska road in two decades to connect a Bush community to the road system.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a kickoff celebration was held Monday for the one-lane gravel road, which will connect Manley Hot Springs to Tanana.

The $11 million road project is scheduled to be completed by December 2015, and is intended to be part of the eventual road to Nome. However, there are no plans in the works to extend the road beyond Tanana.

The road also doesn't quite make it to Tanana. The gravel lane will end on the south bank of the Yukon River, six miles upstream from Tanana. There's no plans now for a bridge, meaning people will have to take a 20-minute boat ride to Tanana.

Juneau-area harbor getting an update
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Work is scheduled to begin in October on an update to a Juneau-area harbor.

Statter Harbor, at Auke Bay, is set to get a sea walk, picnic pavilion and added parking. The idea is to provide a park-like feel once construction is complete.

This fall, plans call for hauling sand and rock to the site to stabilize the foundation on which the structures will rest.

Bidding for the stabilization project should begin next month.

The update of the harbor has been years in the making and is part of a 20-year master plan for Auke Bay.

Phase one, which cost $8 million, finished last year. This next phase is expected to cost $12 million.

Boy reaches plea deal in musk oxen killings
NOME, Alaska (AP) — A 12-year-old Brevig (Bre vick) Mission boy has reached a plea deal with state prosecutors in the 2012 killings of musk oxen.

KNOM reports the boy and another boy have been charged in connection with the deaths of seven musk oxen. Authorities say the boys chased the animals with four-wheelers and shot them with rifles over several days.

The names of the boys have not been released because of their ages.

The boys were charged in January with multiple counts of wanton waste of big game.

In a plea deal reached Friday, the boy agreed to forfeit all equipment used in the killings. He also will have to pay $3,000 in restitution and will remain on probation for one year.

The other boy's case remains open.

Troopers suspend search for missing village man
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say they've suspended their participation in the search for a 21-year-old Brevig Mission man who went missing one week ago.

Searchers found the clothing of Clarence Ray Olanna soon after he disappeared, but no other sign of him.

Olanna was last seen by his family July 15.

According to troopers, Olanna's clothing was found the following day on the shore near the western Alaska village.

The search for Olanna has involved four-wheelers, boats and an Alaska Army National Guard helicopter.

Sen. Murkowski visits US-Mexico border
Senator Lisa Murkowski says her trip to the U-S / Mexico border has shown her that the Federal government should be processing migrant children with greater efficiency.

Murkowski visited McAllen, Texas, with a bipartisan delegation on Friday, as well as Lackland Air Force Base, where many of the children are being housed.

About 57-thousand unaccompanied children, mostly fleeing violence in Central American countries, have crossed the border over the past year at double the previous rate.

In an interview with the Alaska Dispatch, Murkowski said enforcing laws while having a -quote- "humanitarian heart" are not mutually exclusive.

She says the situation may demand a change to a 2008 law that requires a lengthier review process, as opposed to the quicker process for children from Mexico.

Four Businesses Recognized for Beautifying Downtown
Juneau, Alaska (July 22, 2014) – The Twilight Cafe on Willoughby Avenue will receive the first ever Storefront Star Award, taking home the Grand Prize for making improvements to their building and storefront. Improvements include repainting the building, improving access for customers and landscaping with flowers.

The Storefront Star Awards are a part of Juneau Economic Development Council’s Downtown Revitalization efforts to recognize businesses and building owners for their contributions to an attractive, safe and vibrant Downtown Juneau.

Entrants were judged on the extent to which the business made improvements that enhanced general safety and the pedestrian experience, as well as contributed to the improved appearance of the neighborhood.

Says Northwind Architect Evelyn Rousso of the Storefront Star Awards Steering Committee, “We chose the Twilight Cafe for the Grand Prize because the entry embodied the true spirit of the competition. Just think how the overall feeling of the city would be nicer if all downtown business owners improved both access to their entrances and the presentation of their windows.”

Catherine Hill Cristobal, owner with her husband said, “My husband and I were so excited to learn we had been selected! We had no idea when we made the improvements that we would win; we just wanted to do the most we could to improve the look of the building and make it easier for customers to enter the building. We had to be careful with our limited funds and decided that paint and plants and better access were our priorities. We really appreciate this recognition of our efforts to better serve our customers and improve the look of the Willoughby District.”

Awards were also given to Bruce Abel for his exterior redesign of the former Salvation Army building on West Willoughby, new home to the Heritage Roasterie, and to the Goldstein Development Co. for improving the corner of Front and Seward by re-engineering the entry and, especially, by providing canopy lighting. “Lighting and walkability are key to the pedestrian experience”, says Margo Waring, consultant with JEDC supporting Downtown Revitalization efforts, “and this project should encourage others to light their canopies to provide for a safer pedestrian experience.”

Residents used social networks to award a People’s Choice selection.

The 2014 award went to longtime local favorite Annie Kaill’s.

The Storefront Star Awards will be presented on Tuesday, July 22 at 1PM at the Twilight Caf?at 324 Willoughby Avenue, next door to Bullwinkles pizza. The public is welcome to attend.

The Storefront Star Awards are supported by the Juneau Economic Development Council, The Alaska Committee, the Downtown Business Association, Princess Tours, Tourism Best Management Practices, the CBJ Juneau Historic Resources Advisory Committee and the Southeast Alaska Chapter of the American Institutes of Architects.

The vision of the downtown revitalization effort, through collaboration with residents and businesses, is that residents will utilize the downtown area as a year-round hub for living, leisure, government and business.

Juneau businesses should contact JEDC for more information on the upcoming 2015 Awards.

Contact: Brian Holst, JEDC Executive Director, 523-2333. .

Alaska: woman dead, man hurt in Wasilla stabbing
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 19-year-old Wasilla man has been arrested, accused of fatally stabbing a woman at a home where he was living and seriously injuring a man.

KTUU-TV reports that troopers found 66-year-old Wasilla resident Mollie Ragonesi dead when they responded early Monday to a report of a double stabbing at a home. They say a man who was stabbed is reported in stable condition.

Troopers say they think the younger man set fire to his bedroom in the home, then stabbed the woman and man multiple times before another man subdued him.

Troopers said Monday evening that Kenneth Adams was arrested for investigation of second-degree murder, attempted murder and arson. He was held on $500,000 bail.

Alaska Guard members leave for Africa mission
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — About 20 Alaska Air National Guard members are scheduled to deploy Tuesday to the Horn of Africa as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The soldiers are members of the guard's high-risk rescue crew, the 212th Rescue Squadron, or the 176th Operations Group. The guard says in a release that part of the mission is to support partner nation operations in East Africa to defeat extremist organizations.

They will replace about 25 Alaska Guard members who have been conducting missions in Africa since May.

This deployment is for about three months, and guardsmen should be back by early October.

UAF solicits contractors for new power plant
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking proposals from qualified firms interesting in providing for construction management and general contracting services for a heat and power plant project.

State lawmakers earlier this year approved a funding package for a new plant, considered a priority for the university.

The solicitation estimates the total construction cost at $150 million.

Rescue at Gates of the Arctic Park
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska —Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued a man in Gates of the Arctic National Park, July 21.

The man had been rafting down the Kobuk River, northwest of Bettles, when his raft overturned, according to Capt. John Romspert, a controller with the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center.

“He was hiking and rafting using a pack-raft,” said Romspert. “He got himself into some big water and flipped over.”
Despite flipping his raft, the hiker managed to save his gear, Romspert explained. Among the gear the hiker packed was a personal locator beacon, which he used to contact the National Park Service.

“He had all of his gear, and when he looked at the remaining portion of the river he had to go through, he decided that he didn’t have the right equipment to continue down the river,” he said. “He was in a bad spot, and there was no way for him to get out.”

After contacting the National Park Service, the NPS concluded that they would need a helicopter to extricate the man from his location.

“The National Park Service didn’t have a helicopter, so they contacted us asking for assistance,” Romspert said.
The Air Guard accepted the mission and dispatched an HC-130 King aircraft from the 211th Rescue Squadron and an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter from the 210th Rescue Squadron, each with a team of Guardian Angels from the 212th Rescue Squadron.

Guardian Angel teams are highly trained medical personnel made up of a pararescue specialist and a combat rescue officer who specialize in conducting high-risk rescue missions.

The personal locator beacon that the stranded hiker used was a DeLorme satellite messenger—a more recent innovation that enabled him to transmit text messages to NPS personnel, Romspert explained. As well, the beacon sent out a signal, giving rescue assets a location to hone in on.

“The beacon leaves little tick marks wherever the location of the device is, so they flew right out to that location and found him by the river,” he said.

Using the hoist capabilities of the Pave Hawk, the rescue crew pulled the hiker up into the aircraft and flew him back to Bettles. The man was then released to NPS park rangers to get medically reevaluated and released.

“He was okay,” said Romspert. “He wasn’t injured. He was well prepared, and that helped his situation.”

[Monday July 21st  2014  10th  EDITION 5:24 P.M.]

Former president George W Bush donates to Sullivan
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Contributors to Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan's campaign include a former president and first lady.

Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, each contributed $1,250 to Sullivan in April. The donations show up on his latest financial disclosure, which spans from April through June.

Sullivan served as an assistant secretary of state in the Bush White House.

He is vying for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Begich, who is seeking re-election. The other prominent Republican candidates are Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller.

The quarterly filing deadline was last Tuesday. Both Sullivan and Begich have released their full disclosure reports.

Treadwell and Miller have yet to release any details about the past fundraising quarter.

The primary is Aug. 19.

17 billionth barrel flows down Alaska pipeline
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The trans-Alaska pipeline has moved its 17 billionth barrel of oil.

The operator of the 37-year-old pipeline, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., announced the milestone Monday.

It has been nearly five years since the 16 billionth barrel flowed down the line, in October 2009.

The 800-mile pipeline is the economic lifeblood of the state, which relies heavily on oil revenues to run. The pipeline runs from the prodigious North Slope to Valdez, from where tankers are shipped.

Alyeska says the pipeline has generated about $180 billion in state revenue.

Oil flowing through the line has been on a downward trend since reaching a peak of 2.1 million barrels a day in the late 1980s.

Soldier mauled by bear was wearing protective gear
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials say a 26-year-old Alaska Army National Guard soldier was wearing a combat helmet and other protective gear when he was attacked by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base.

Sgt. Lucas Wendeborn of Valdez is being treated for puncture wounds and lacerations after the mauling Sunday at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Base officials say the female brown bear was defending her two cubs.

Guard spokeswoman Candis Olmstead says Wendeborn's injuries are not life-threatening.

Wendeborn was participating in a navigation exercise that involves giving soldiers compasses and maps and timing them as they make their way alone to locations on a course.

It was the second mauling at the base in two months. Jessica Gamboa, a soldier's wife, was badly mauled May 18 as she jogged.

Funeral held for woman who gave birth in coma
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A funeral has been held in Bethel for a local woman who gave birth while in a coma after spending most of her pregnancy as clinically brain-dead.

KYUK says the family of 29-year-old Jessie Ayagalria also is holding an ongoing fundraiser to care for baby Faith. The funeral was held Saturday.

The baby was delivered by cesarean section July 8 at an Anchorage hospital. The family was notified of Ayagalria's death three days later.

Ayagalria's sister, Krissy Medina, plans to begin the process to legally adopt the baby.

Ayagalria's uncle, Henry Combs, says his niece's struggle with alcohol abuse led to her condition.

Ayagalria suffered a cardiac arrest in January.

That's when doctors discovered she was 12 weeks pregnant. The family agreed to put her on life support.

Parnell reports raising more than $285K
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell raised more than $285,000 during the latest reporting period, including $100,000 from the state Republican party.

Parnell reported having close to $450,000 on hand, with about one month to go before the primary. The other Republicans running are Russ Millette and Brad Snowden.

Millette was elected state GOP chairman during a boisterous 2012 election but was ousted by party leaders before taking over.

The report, filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, runs from Feb. 2 through July 18.

While the party generally does not get involved in primaries, late last year it endorsed Parnell for re-election, after the Democrats endorsed Byron Mallott as their pick.

Numerous cars vandalized, burglarized in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Numerous vehicles have been vandalized and burglarized at a south Anchorage apartment complex.

KTUU reports 12 cars were spray-painted over the weekend at the complex, located near Dowling Road's intersection with the New Seward Highway. Cars also had seats slashed and windshield wipers stolen.

The string of burglary and vandalism has been occurring for almost three weeks to cars parked at the complex.

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell says that in any vandalism situation, it's important for people not to touch any evidence left behind so fingerprints can be processed. She says it's also a good idea to file a police report.

Limo's 17 occupants uninjured in drive-by shooting
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police say there's been no reports of injuries after more than 30 rounds were fired at a limousine bus containing 17 people.

Police say 10 rounds hit the limo during the early Sunday morning shooting in Midtown Anchorage.

All but one of the limo's occupants fled the scene when the bus stopped.

The remaining witness told officers the limo's occupants had spent about two hours earlier in the evening at Al's Alaskan Inn. The witness wasn't aware of any altercations at the nightclub and said she didn't know why anyone would shoot at them.

Everyone inside ducked down when the shooting started.

Police collected more than 30 shell casings from four different guns from the shooting scene near 47th Avenue and Arctic Boulevard.

Companies file export application for Alaska LNG
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The companies pursuing a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska have applied for an export license with the U.S. Department of Energy.

The application requests authorization to export up to 20 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas a year for 30 years.

Participants in the project include BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil Corp., TransCanada Corp. and the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., or AGDC.

TransCanada owns the state's interest in the pipeline and gas treatment plant, with the state having an option to buy some of that back as the project progresses. AGDC holds the state's interests in liquefaction facilities.

High water sinks Fairbanks regatta
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — High water forced the cancellation of the Red Green Regatta in Fairbanks over the weekend.

Participants had been warned last week to plan for less clearance under bridges than in the past and to consider adjustments for tall boats. The main concern was with the low hang of the Veterans Memorial Bridge, which only allowed for several feet of clearance in the days leading to Sunday's scheduled regatta.

The event is sponsored by public broadcasting station KUAC. Assistant general manager Gretchen Gordon said organizers went over their options, including possibly changing the route or pushing the regatta back.

In the end, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the event was moved off the water, and into a parking lot, where entries were judged.

Crews work on Bethel harbor project
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Construction crews are working on an environmental protection project at the Bethel small boat harbor.

KYUK reports that crews are sloping the banks of the harbor and adding armor rock to protect it in the future.

Bethel port director Pete Williams says embankments have sloughed off into the harbor, causing it to get rather shallow.

This summer's state-funded, $3.7 million work is among the final steps of a multi-year dredging and harbor improvement project.

The work will involve reinforcement of the entrance channel. Crews also will be working on stabilizing the north and south sides of the harbor, and they will finish with the west side.

The work is slated for completion in mid-September.

Anchorage mulls fence regs to protect moose
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Municipal officials in Alaska's largest city are considering outlawing gothic style metal fences after five moose were gored to death in recent years.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports the Anchorage Assembly will conduct a public hearing Aug. 5 to consider regulating metal palisade fences with spiked pointed tips.

The fences stand between 4- and 6-feet and are usually found around private residences for both security and aesthetic reasons. But state wildlife biologists say moose get caught up, or gored by the tips when they try to jump over them.

The proposal would outlaw such fences shorter than 9 feet unless the tips are removed or the spikes capped.

Soldier mauled by bear at base in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials say a National Guard soldier was mauled by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base in Alaska.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports the female brown bear was defending her cubs when it mauled the Alaska Army National Guard soldier Sunday morning at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

The soldier's name hasn't been released. The soldier was listed in stable condition Sunday afternoon.

Base officials say the soldier was participating in a navigation exercise that involves giving soldiers compasses and maps and timing them as they make their way alone to locations on the course.

Sunday's attack was the second mauling at the base in about two months.

Jessica Gamboa, a soldier's wife, was badly mauled May 18 as she jogged on a trail.

Search underway for Brevig Mission man missing
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say searchers have found the clothing of a Brevig Mission man who has been missing for nearly one week, but no other sign of him has turned up.

KTUU says 21-year-old Clarence Ray Olanna was last seen by his family last Tuesday.

Troopers say Olanna's clothing was found the following day on the shore near the western Alaska village.

The search for Olanna has involved boats, four-wheelers and an Alaska Army National Guard helicopter. Gusty winds prevented boaters from searching the waters on Saturday, and people on all-terrain vehicles searched from the village to Lost River.

The search continued on Sunday.

CBJ Assembly meets tonight
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly meets in a regularly scheduled meeting at 7 tonight in Assembly Chambers. Several ordinances will be considered including new liquor license applications at Juneau International Airport, establishing a Ski Area Board and the creation of an empowered board to operate and manage the city-owned aquatics facilities.

The public hearing on the second-hand dealers ordinance has been postponed until the August 11, 2014 meeting.

[Sunday July 20th 2014  7th  EDITION 4:30 P.M.]

Parking tickets and more at CBJ Assembly Meeting
City manager Kim Kiefer told KINY Friday on Action Line that the "second-hand dealers" proposed ordinance, originally scheduled for public hearing at Monday night's CBJ Assembly meeting, has been postponed until August 11th.

There will be ordinances up concerning parking tickets, as well as changing the charter to have an empowered aquatic board and to have the Eaglecrest Board oversee Treadwell.

Suspect in 20-year-old Yakutat murder sentenced
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A man who long had been the suspect in the murder of a woman in Yakutat nearly 20 years ago has been sentenced to prison.

Robert D. Kowalski was sentenced to serve 40 years in prison on Friday. Kowalski was convicted of killing 39-year-old Sandra Perry in 1996, shooting her with a shot gun during a dispute.

During the sentencing trail, Kowalski continued to say the shooting was an accident.

The 53-year-old was only charged with first-and second-degree murder in connection to Perry's death because another one of his girlfriend's died in a nearly identical fashion, causing the Yakutat case to be re-opened. Kowalski fatally shot 45-year-old Lorraine Kay Morin in Montana in 2008. Kowalski was convicted of homicide via an Alford Plea for Morin's death.

Cyclist killed in Anchorage identified
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A cyclist killed in a collision with a pickup truck in Anchorage has been identified.

The Alaska News Dispatch reports the bicyclist was identified as 51-year-old Jeffery Dusenbury.

Dusenbury died shortly after being struck by a Chevy pickup truck in southeast Anchorage. A 17-year-old girl driving a black Chevy pickup was detained Saturday. Charges are pending. The girl will not be identified because she's a minor.

The driver left the scene of the collision before police tracked down the vehicle a few blocks away.

Kentucky fugitive caught in Ketchikan
The Alaska Bureau of Investigation's Southeast Cities Against Drugs task force, with the assistance of the Alaska State Troopers from the Ketchikan Post, arrested 39 year old Jay Campbell at a residence in Ketchikan after learning that he was a fugitive from justice out of Boone County, Kentucky.

The original offense for Campbell's extraditable arrest warrant was for violating the conditions of his felony probation related to possession of methamphetamine. Campbell was taken to the Ketchikan Correctional Center Sunday morning pending extradition. While undergoing the booking process at the Ketchikan Correctional Center, Campbell was found to have a Suboxone strip hidden in his mouth. Campbell was charged with Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and Promoting Contraband in the First Degree, and was remanded without bail pending arraignment.

Arrest for heroin and meth on ferry from Bellingham
The Alaska Bureau of Investigation's Southeast Cities Against Drugs task force and K-9 Lutri, with the assistance of the Alaska State Troopers from the Ketchikan Post, found 23 year old Brittany Diaz of Washington at the Ketchikan terminal of the Alaska Marine Highway System, after her arrival on a ferry from Bellingham, in possession of heroin and methamphetamine.

Diaz was arrested Sunday morning for two counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree. Diaz was remanded at the Ketchikan Correctional Center without bail pending arraignment.

Voter registration ends today
The State of Alaska, Division of Elections reminds us that the deadline to register or update your voter registration for the 2014 Primary election is Sunday July 20th..

For more information, call 957-3031.

Registration forms are at

Halibut over limit, disfiguring crab charges
Alaska Wildlife Troopers report finding two Juneau men, 56 year old Jonathan Stetson and 32 year old Trevor Shakespeare at Auke Bay after returning from a sport fishing trip on Wednesday The men were in possession of 20 unprocessed halibut, 12 halibut over their legal possession limit. They were also found in possession of four Dungeness crab that were disfigured in a manner that prevented the determination of size.

Both Stetson and Shakespeare were issued summons to appear in court for prohibited conduct general, regarding the over limit of halibut. Stetson was issued a summons for disfiguring crab. Both subjects were given arraignment dates of August 7th in the District Court at Juneau.

Summons issued for fishing just moments after fishery closed
Alaska Wildlife Troopers say as they were patrolling the Amagla Harbor Special Harvest Area seine fishery Thursday, they observed the fishing vessel "Favorite" operating a seine net 1 minute and 45 seconds after the fishery had closed at 3:00 PM.

The permit holder, Waico Hall, age 28 of Ketchikan, was issued a summons to appear in the District Court at Juneau on August 8th for commercial fishing closed period.

Juneau sex offender charges
Alaska State Troopers say a Juneau man was served with an arrest warrant for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in the First Degree.

50 year old Charles Fawcett Jr. was contacted at the Lemon Creek Correction Center on Friday. Bail was set at $10,000.00.

Forum on oil tax referendum set for Wednesday
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A forum on the oil tax referendum is scheduled for this week in Anchorage.

Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski and economist Gregg Erickson will argue in favor of the repeal, or a "yes" vote. Oil and gas policy consultant Brad Keithley and petroleum economist Roger Marks will argue for keeping the current tax structure in place, and a "no" vote.

The referendum will appear on the Aug. 19 ballot.

The forum, one of several held on the topic ahead of the primary, is scheduled for Wednesday at the Loussac Library.

It is being sponsored by Alaska Common Ground. Co-sponsors include the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

[Saturday July 19th 2014  5th  EDITION 8:59 P.M.]

CG Kodiak medivac
JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a mariner from a cargo ship in the Gulf of Alaska 160 miles east of Kodiak Saturday.

The Jayhawk crew rendezvoused with the vessel, Horizon Kodiak, safely hoisted the injured 39-year-old man, who was reportedly suffering from chemical exposure, and brought him to Kodiak for medical attention.

Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received the medevac request from the crew of the Horizon Kodiak Saturday morning and directed the launch of the Jayhawk crew and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew for oversight. The Horizon Kodiak crew, originally 200 miles from Kodiak, began closing distance to expedite the medevac.

Once on scene, the Jayhawk crew conducted the hoist and returned to Kodiak, where emergency medical personnel were waiting.

“Coast Guard crews in Alaska often perform long range medevacs at sea,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Erik Ihle, an operations specialist at the 17th District command center. “To ensure the safety of our own crews, as well as those we are rescuing, we often deploy more than one asset to assist in a response.”

The injured man was listed in stable condition upon transfer to emergency medical personnel in Kodiak.

Weather on scene was reported as 23 mph winds and six-foot seas.

(Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings-Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak and Kodiak Fire Department personnel carry an injured mariner from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to a waiting ambulance in Kodiak, Alaska, July 19, 2014.)

Seward St. closure for Oyster Fest
Seward Street between Front Street and Municipal Way will be closing for Oyster Fest today.

This section of Seward Street will be closed to parking and vehicle traffic Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M.

The Third Annual celebration of Alaska-grown oysters takes place downtown from 2pm to 8pm in the Sealaska Plaza.

Tickets ($12/half-dozen or $20/dozen) can be purchased on-site.

There will be music, outside food this year, contests, a beer garden, and a whole host of sauces to go on the oyster prepared by local restaurants.

Cyclist killed in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police say a cyclist was killed Saturday morning and the vehicle left the scene before police tracked down the driver a few blocks away.

The victim, a 51-year-old man, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. He has not yet been identified.

A 17-year-old girl driving a black Chevy pickup was detained Saturday, but no charges have yet been filed.

Police say the pickup struck the cyclist in southeast Anchorage.

Refinery owner loses water cleanup legal challenge
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A North Pole refinery owner has lost its latest challenge in a long-running attempt to get a petroleum company to pay for groundwater contamination that contributed to the refinery's closure.

Flint Hills Resources Alaska cannot pursue damages against the former owner of its North Pole refinery, Williams Alaska Petroleum, a Superior Court judge has ruled.

In November 2013, Judge Michael P. McConahy determined that the statute of limitations had expired by the time Flint Hills had filed its lawsuit. He made the same ruling this month.

The company wants to pursue damages against Williams for spilling the industrial chemical sulfolane at the site before Flint Hills purchased the refinery in 2004.

Sulfolane has been detected in a 3-mile long groundwater plume near the refinery.


[Friday July 18th 2014  19TH  EDITION 6:02 P.M.]

Mendenhall Glacier ice cave roof collapses
US Forest Service officials announced today that the roof/ceiling of the popular Mendenhall Glacier ice cave has collapsed near the entry.

Guiding company co-owner Becky Janes of Above and Beyond Alaska notified the Forest Service at noon Friday of the collapsed entrance. Above and Beyond Alaska is one of two commercial guiding companies holding permits to escort visitors along the west side of Mendenhall Glacier.

“The ice cave remains unstable and unsafe,” said Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Director John Neary. “The collapse is a sign of structural weakness in the ice that may extend beyond the freshly broken ice.” Neary cautions people to stay away from the ice cave.

{This photo above of the collapsed ice cave entrance was taken by Kevin Crowley.

Because a man’s shoulder is visible, we get some size perspective.}

{Photo credit for ice cave images: Miles Gayton, Above and Beyond Alaska}

Roof of melting Alaska ice cave collapses
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials say a melting ice cave at a southeast Alaska glacier has collapsed.

Mendenhall Glacier naturalist Laurie Craig says there are no reported injuries from the collapse Thursday near the cave's entry.

Officials are cautioning people to stay away.

Craig says the cave is not easily accessible. Getting to it requires a rugged hike and a rock climb. By water, the cave is accessible by kayak, but visitors still must hike to it.

Earlier, officials said an aerial view of the popular cave showed significant deterioration at the entrance and a possibility of collapse.

Summer melting and heavy rainfall are possible sources of the ice cave's condition.

Officials they were notified about the collapse on Friday by a local tour company.

Coast Guard assists vessel taking on water near Ketchikan
JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Station Ketchikan crewmembers assisted the six-person crew of a fishing vessel taking on water near Ketchikan Friday morning.

A Station Ketchikan 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew rendezvoused with the vessel taking on water, deployed a team with dewatering pumps and escorted the 65-foot purse seiner back into port.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders received a request for assistance from the fishing vessel Vernon’s crew, with a report that one foot of water was in the engine room. The watchstanders immediately issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of the two boat crews.

Once on-scene, a Station Ketchikan boarding team began operating four dewatering pumps to control the flooding on the fishing vessel. The dewatering team stayed aboard the vessel as the Motor Life Boat crew escorted them back into Ketchikan.

“Our boat crews train on a variety of equipment so they are ready to assist and rescue mariners during emergency situations,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Kevin Smith, officer-in-charge, Station Ketchikan. “Ensuring that mariners in our area of responsibility are safe is the number one priority for our station.”

The cause of the flooding is under investigation.

Weather on scene was reported as 10 mph winds and 2-foot seas.


PHOTO CREDIT:  Coast Guard Station Ketchikan boarding team members help the crew of the fishing vessel Vernon dewater their engine room near Ketchikan, Alaska, July 18, 2014. The Station Ketchikan crew brought four pumps to manage the flooding aboard the purse seiner. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Ketchikan)

Alaska Supreme Court sides with tribal court
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court sides with a tribal court in a child custody and sovereignty case.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the court on Friday ruled in the Simmonds v. Parks case that started in 2008.

The Minto Tribal Court terminated the parental rights of Edward Parks and Bessie Stearman. The court sent their child to a foster family.

Parks isn't a tribal member and sued to regain custody in state superior court. That court ruled the tribal court erred when it didn't allow Parks' attorney to speak before the child was given up for adoption.

But the Supreme Court reversed that ruling, saying Parks should have appealed the decision in tribal court and not the state court. It ordered the case sent back to superior court for dismissal.

Alaska's largest paper undergoes name change
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's largest newspaper will undergo a name change.

The Anchorage Daily News will officially become Alaska Dispatch News with the Sunday edition. Publisher Alice Rogoff and Editor Tony Hopfinger outlined that and other changes to advertisers during an outdoor luncheon Friday.

Alaska Dispatch Publishing LLC, the parent company of the online newspaper the Alaska Dispatch, purchased the Anchorage Daily News from The McClatchy Co. for $34 million earlier this year. The newspaper's new name fits with the use of the newspaper's established online address,, for the combined website.

The name change also reflects an emphasis on statewide news. Rogoff announced the newspaper will soon have bureaus in major Alaska hub communities. Hopfinger said Bethel will be first, likely followed by Nome and then Barrow.

The Sunday magazine, "We Alaskans," also will return, beginning this weekend.

Hikers stranded overnight rescued near Valdez
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Members of the Alaska Air National Guard have rescued five hikers stranded overnight on a cliff near Valdez.

Sgt. Edward Eagerton says there were no reported injuries.

The hikers became stranded on the steep terrain Wednesday. They contacted the Valdez Fire Department, which sent out four climbers, who couldn't reach the hikers right away because of the terrain and wet conditions.

A civilian helicopter crew tried to help, but couldn't reach the hikers. The crew dropped food and clothing, however.

The Guard went out in a helicopter and another aircraft Thursday morning after Alaska State Troopers contacted the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center.

By the time they arrived, two of the fire department climbers had reached the hikers. The firefighters guided the helicopter crew to a landing spot.

Whale narrowly escapes seaplane
Sea planes skidding across the water are a near everyday occurrence in the remote coastal village of Angoon, Alaska. The only other way to get there is by boat. It's not often, however, that a landing sea plane narrowly avoids a surfacing humpback whale, but that's what happened last week. "All the sudden, the pilot advanced the throttle and I didn't know why. I thought, 'Oh something must be wrong,'" said Thomas Hamm, who happened to be filming the landing.

As seen in the video, that last-second throttle was just enough to bounce the plane up and over the emerging whale, but not before the whale's spout blasted a mist of seawater onto the plane's passing windshield. The pilot said he didn't see the whale but was reacting to the commotion on the shore. Several people, Mann said, were pointing and yelling trying to alert the pilot to the whale's presence. Seconds after the near miss the plane landed safely and the whale coasted along unscathed.

State confirms rabies in bat in southeast Alaska
UNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State officials have confirmed rabies in a bat in southeast Alaska.

The state health department said biologists on Prince of Wales Island last Sunday trapped several Keen's Myotis bats, one of which was acting more aggressively and seemed possibly sick. It was euthanized and tested for rabies. The test came back positive Thursday.

The two prior cases of confirmed rabies in bats in Alaska were in 1993 and 2006, both in Southeast.

Louisa Castrodale, an epidemiologist with the state, says Alaska doesn't have a huge bat population. She says it is assumed there is bat rabies in southeast Alaska but the extent is not known.

She says the department wants to ensure anyone who may have been bitten by a bat doesn't discount their possible risk of exposure.

NASA project to check out summer sea ice
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — NASA is using a high-altitude, converted U2 spy plane to test technology over Arctic sea ice.

KUAC reports the long-winged ER-2 jet is based in Fairbanks for three weeks for testing and developing technology for satellite applications.

The three-week project using airborne laser technology will allow scientists to get a preview of a satellite mission NASA plans to launch in 2017. It's also a follow-up to a 2012 scan in Iceland using the laser technology, known as lidar.

The flights are being conducted at 65,000 feet over Arctic sea ice and Alaska glaciers.

Assistant NASA research scientist Kelly Blunt says the project will be used to develop a computer program to interpret the data collected.

The project operating out of Fairbanks began July 12 and continues until Aug. 1.

Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in Alaska
NOME, Alaska (AP) — A rare blue-colored red king crab was part of a fisherman's catch earlier this month in Nome, Alaska.

KNOM reports Frank McFarland found the blue crab in his pot when fishing on July Fourth off Nome. The blue crab is being kept alive at the Norton Sound Seafood Center until McFarland can have it mounted.

The rare crab has become a rock star of sorts, with people showing up at the center to have their photos taken with it.

Scott Kent, with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Nome, says he has no idea why the red king crab is blue, but suspects it's just a mutation.

Kent says the blue crab "turns up once in a blue moon."

UPDATE: EPA proposal could block huge Alaska mine
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing restrictions that would essentially block development of a planned massive gold-and-copper mine near the headwaters of a world premier salmon fishery in Alaska.

EPA regional administrator Dennis McLerran says mining would cause "irreversible damage" to salmon fisheries in Bristol Bay.

The announcement Friday marked the latest step in a rarely invoked process used to protect water resources.

The EPA is currently being sued by the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine and the state of Alaska for allegedly exceeding its authority.

Pebble Partnership CEO Tom Collier said while his group needs to analyze EPA's proposal, it is outraged that the agency took the step.

Bridge fishing raises concerns in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Ketchikan city leaders have been asked to come up with ideas to address concerns with fishing from the Stedman Street Bridge.

Residents who testified before the Ketchikan City Council on Thursday generally agreed that fishing should continue to be allowed in some way.

But there were concerns raised, too, about congested sidewalks, the potential for a tourist to get snagged with a fishing hook and kayakers getting hassled.

KRBD reports Mayor Lew Williams III suggested the city start enforcing some of its rules.

The discussion ended with the council directing city management to talk with the state and others about options. The state owns the bridge.

Gay marriage legal challenges: Where things stand
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation's highest court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them.

Gay and lesbian couples can now marry in 19 states and the District of Columbia, with Oregon and Pennsylvania being the latest to join the list. The others are: Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Maine, Maryland, Washington, Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Illinois.

Same-sex couples cannot wed in the rest of the states.

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Oklahoma's ban is unconstitutional, but the judges put the ruling on hold so it could be appealed. The decision comes three weeks after the same panel of judges reached the same conclusion on Utah's same-sex marriage ban.

A total of 14 gay marriage cases are pending in state and federal appeals courts, with judges reviewing a wave of pro-gay marriage rulings that have come in the past year. Those rulings all are on hold pending appellate court decisions.

Here's a look at where things stand with other legal challenges across the country:

— ARKANSAS: A state judge in Arkansas' largest county struck down the state's gay marriage ban, saying the state has "no rational reason" for preventing gay couples from marrying. The state Supreme Court brought the marriages to a halt and is weighing state officials' appeal.

— COLORADO: A state judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban on July 9, but put the ruling on hold pending the outcome of the appeal. Despite that order, several county clerks began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. More than 200 gay couples have wed in Boulder, Denver and Pueblo counties. The judge who issued the ruling has refused to stop that action. Colorado's Republican attorney general John Struthers is appealing to the state Supreme Court. He says he knows it's only a matter of time until gay marriage is legal in his state, but that he'll continue to defend his state's ban.

— FLORIDA: A judge ruled this week that gay and lesbian couples can marry in Florida's most gay-friendly county, siding with same-sex couples in the Florida Keys who challenged a voter-approved ban as discriminatory. But an immediate state appeal stopped couples from getting married.

— IDAHO: State officials announced they will appeal a decision from a federal judge overturning the state's same-sex marriage ban. The appeal is with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is scheduled to hear arguments on Sept. 8.

— INDIANA: A federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage June 25 in a ruling that allowed gay couples to wed before it was put on stay. That ruling is on appeal before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. In a separate case, that same federal appeals court recently ordered Indiana to acknowledge the out-of-state marriage of a lesbian couple, one of whom is terminally ill, on an emergency basis. That ruling applies just to one couple — not to others.

— KENTUCKY: A federal judge overturned the state's ban on gay marriage on June 30. The state is appealing to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The same judge previously ordered Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Attorney general Jack Conway said he would not defend the state's law, but the state has hired outside attorneys to handle the case and is appealing that to the same federal appeals court. The 6th Circuit will hear arguments in both cases, along with gay marriage cases in Ohio, Michigan, and Tennessee, on Aug. 6 in a single session.

— MICHIGAN: The 6th Circuit is reviewing Michigan's same-sex marriage ban that was overturned by a federal judge in March following a rare trial that mostly focused on the impact of same-sex parenting on children.

— NEVADA: Eight gay couples are challenging Nevada's voter-approved 2002 ban that was upheld by a federal judge in 2012. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has scheduled arguments for Sept. 8. Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is refusing to defend the ban.

— OHIO: The 6th Circuit appeals court is reviewing two gay marriage cases from Ohio. The first involves recognizing gay marriages on death certificates, and the second involves an order for Ohio to recognize all out-of-state marriages.

— TENNESSEE: A federal judge ordered the state to recognize three same-sex couples' marriages while their lawsuit against the state works through the courts. Tennessee officials are appealing the preliminary injunction to the 6th Circuit.

— TEXAS: A federal judge declared the state's ban unconstitutional, issuing a preliminary injunction. The state is appealing to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court in New Orleans.

— UTAH, OKLAHOMA: The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled on June 25 that Utah must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships. The court made the same ruling on Oklahoma's ban Friday. Utah and Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly passed the bans in 2004.

— WISCONSIN: A federal judge in Madison struck down the state's ban in June, leading to more than 500 same-sex marriages in the state before the judge put her ruling on hold a week later pending an appeal. The Wisconsin attorney general is appealing the ruling to 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, which has not yet set a date for arguments.

— VIRGINIA: The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond heard arguments in May about Virginia's overturned ban and is expected to rule soon. Virginia's attorney general, Mark Herring, is one of seven in the country who has refused to defend a state gay marriage ban. A county clerk who was sued in Virginia is defending the ban.

— ELSEWHERE: Other states with court cases demanding recognition of gay marriage are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming. Most lawsuits challenge same-sex marriage bans or ask states to recognize gay marriages done in other states.

3 people rescued, dog dies, after boat capsizes
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Three people have been rescued after their boat capsized on the Kenai River, but their dog died.

The Peninsula Clarion says nearby boaters pulled the people out of the water after the boat capsized Wednesday night after a wave went over the bow. None of three was injured.

Kenai police Lt. David Ross says the boaters were wearing life jackets.

Ross says that even though boats in the area may have contributed to the waves that caused the boat flip, having boats close by also made for a quick rescue.

A Kenai rescue boat transported two people back to land. The third person got a ride from a fellow boater.

Ross says the capsized boat was recovered.

JPD'S Crime of the Week
On July 5th, 2014, at about 2:30 in the afternoon, a 33 year-old Juneau man reported someone had siphoned or attempted to siphon fuel from his vehicle and a neighbor’s vehicle. The man also said his fuel door received about $150 damage from being pulled open.

A Juneau Police Department officer responded  to the 6200 Block of North Douglas Highway  and found fresh tire and shoe tracks in the area, believed to be from the suspect.

Those tracks were photographed. The shoes are size 11.5 or 12 with a herringbone pattern down each side with a recessed crosshatch pattern down the center. The tire tracks showed small squares and the vehicle was probably a smaller car.

Unemployment rates fell in 22 US states in June
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates dropped in 22 U.S. states last month and stayed the same in 14, as the nation at large posted a fifth straight month of solid hiring.

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in 14 states. Meanwhile, employers added jobs in 33 states and cut back in 17.

The biggest drop in the unemployment rate occurred in Illinois, where it fell to 7.1 percent from 7.5 percent.

Stronger hiring has helped lower unemployment in many parts of the country. Nationwide, employers added 288,000 positions last month, capping the healthiest stretch of job gains in 15 years. The robust increases have helped cut the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest in nearly six years.

The largest job gains, as a percentage of the workforce, occurred in Indiana, North Dakota and Oklahoma. Hiring rose 0.6 percent last month in each state.

The biggest job losses were in Alaska, where employment fell 1.7 percent, and West Virginia, where it dropped 1.2 percent.

Rocks along Kodiak road being removed
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Work is underway to remove a section of a growing rockslide along a Kodiak road.

KMXT reports a company called Golden Alaska Excavating was contracted by the Alaska Department of Transportation to do the work on Rezanof Drive between piers 2 and 3.

Company owner Rick Ryser says rocks have been falling down the Pillar Mountain hillside over the road for several decades. He says the rocks have built up behind a rock wall to the point where it's a safety hazard for drivers.

Ryser says the city of Kodiak also played a role in the excavation decision because the rocks were getting in the way of work at Pier 3.

The work is expected to be completed in early August.

The filing period for Assembly and School Board Seats Opens August 8
Nominating Petitions are now available in the Municipal Clerk's office in City Hall and on line.

The filing period for the City & Borough of Juneau Assembly and School Board opens Friday, August 8, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. Voters will elect three Assemblymembers and two School Board members at the October 7, 2014 Regular Municipal Election. Filing for the seats closes Monday, August 18, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

Offices to be filled (elected by the voters at-large):

One (1) Areawide Assemblymember - 3 year term

One (1) District One Assemblymember - 3 year term

One (1) District Two Assemblymember - 3 year term

Two (2) School Board Members - 3 year terms

Candidates for office must be qualified voters of the City and Borough of Juneau:

(1) Qualified to vote in State elections;
(2) A resident of the municipality for at least thirty days immediately preceding the election;
(3) Registered to vote in state elections at a residence address within the municipality at least thirty days before the municipal election at which the person seeks to vote; and
(4) Not disqualified under Article V of the Alaska Constitution.

In addition, candidates for Assembly must be a resident of CBJ for at least one year immediately preceding election to office.

Also, candidates for Assembly District 1 and District 2 seats must reside in the district from which elected or appointed at the time of the Assembly member's election or appointment.

Alaska unemployment rate hit 6.4 percent in June
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's unemployment rate stood at 6.4 percent in June.

That compares to the revised May rate of 6.3 percent and a seasonally adjusted rate of 6.6 percent in June 2013.

The nation unemployment rate was 6.1 percent last month.

The state labor department says Alaska's unemployment rate returned to levels seen before the recession relatively quickly while the U.S. rate has recovered more slowly and continues to decline.

EPA proposes to block Alaska mine over salmon risk
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing restrictions that would essentially block development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a world-premier salmon fishery in Alaska.

The announcement Friday marked the latest step in a rarely invoked process used to protect water resources. EPA previously determined large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed posed significant risk to salmon.

EPA is currently being sued by the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine and the state of Alaska for allegedly exceeding its authority. They argue that EPA should not be able to veto the project before a mine plan is finalized and the project evaluated through the permitting process.

EPA said as part of its analysis it relied on plans the mine's owner filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2011.

Wasilla campground closed for renovations
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — You won't be able to camp overnight at one campground in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough for the rest of this summer.

State officials say the Finger Lake State Recreation Site campground has been closed.

The closure is for renovations to be completed at the Wasilla campground.

Authorities say in a release that the boat launch and day-use area will remain open.

[Thursday July 17th 2014  17th  EDITION 10:11 P.M.]

Public testimony heard on second hand ordinance
The Human Resources Committee had a special meeting tonight and took public testimony concerning a proposed ordinance that would require second hand stores to report certain bought or donated items.

Jesse Kiehl, CBJ Assembly member, says they have a narrower version of the ordinance. "It really gets to just the things that are most often stolen: precious metals and gems, firearms, jewelry, tools, and electronics." Kiehl explained that there's more work to do on the proposed ordinance and it will be held until the August 11th Assembly meeting.

Ten people spoke, including business owners, charity workers, and victims of theft. Juneau Police Department provided a demonstration of the online reporting system.

CBJ Assembly makes appointments to Eaglecrest Board
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly, at a Special Assembly Meeting tonight, reappointed Wayne Stevens and Bruce Garrison to the Eaglecrest Ski Area Board to terms beginning immediately and expiring June 30, 2017.

The Assembly thanks all those individuals who have been willing to serve and have submitted applications for consideration. CBJ still has a number of vacant seats on a variety of boards and commissions and anyone interested in serving is encouraged to submit an application. Additional information is available online.

Forest Service warns of imminent collapse of ice cave
The US Forest Service officials warn people to stay away from the cave due to potential for collapse.

A recent aerial observation of the popular Mendenhall Glacier ice cave reveals significant deterioration of the cave entrance. The entrance to the ice cave appears to be thinning dramatically and will soon collapse. New holes in the ice are opening and widening. The danger involved in entering this cave has likely increased considerably.

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Director John Neary flew over the ice cave on Wednesday en route to view the condition of Suicide Basin. Heavy rainfall and typical summer melting are the possible source of the deterioration of the ice cave. Ice caves are temporary natural phenomena with limited longevity. “Although ice caves are inherently dangerous because they occur under a melting glacier, this one seems particularly ready to collapse,” said Neary after his inspection flight.

A commercial tour company agrees. Above and Beyond Alaska is one of two companies with Forest Service commercial guiding permits for the west side of Mendenhall Glacier. In a written statement, Above and Beyond Alaska co-owner Becky Janes said, “[our] guides evaluate the condition of the cave on every one of their trips and on July 3, 2014 as a company they decided that the large cave along the glacier’s margin was unsafe to enter with clients.”

A collapse of the ice cave entrance could be fatal or cause serious injuries if falling ice or rock debris drop onto people or pets. A significant number of emergency rescues occur each summer on the glacier and nearby rock peninsula from trips and falls. There is no maintained trail to the ice cave.

On the Forest Service website, officials caution hikers and kayakers to be prepared for rugged conditions if they try to access the ice cave and glacier. The Forest Service advises wearing sturdy hiking boots and good outdoor clothing and quality raingear. Have a communication plan so a friend knows where you are traveling and your anticipated time of return. Carry dry clothing, food and water for survival in case of an unplanned overnight stay.

Additionally, officials ask people to stay at least 250 yards away from nesting birds.

Seward St. closure for Oyster Fest
Seward Street between Front Street and Municipal Way will be closing for Oyster Fest on Saturday.

This section of Seward Street will be closed to parking and vehicle traffic Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M.

The Third Annual celebration of Alaska-grown oysters takes place downtown from 2pm to 8pm in the Sealaska Plaza.

Tickets ($12/half-dozen or $20/dozen) can be purchased on-site.

There will be music, outside food this year, contests, a beer garden, and a whole host of sauces to go on the oyster prepared by local restaurants.

New TV show: Escaping Alaska
TLC’s new series ESCAPING ALASKA will premiere later this month.

The series features five young Alaskan natives who risk everything to leave their villages so they can experience life in sunny San Diego. Although they find it hard to leave their families and they take great pride in their heritage, they yearn to pursue their dreams in the Lower 48.

They will ultimately face the decision of whether to return to Alaska or leave home for good.

ESCAPING ALASKA premieres Sunday, July 27 at 10PM (ET/PT) 9PM (AKDT) on TLC.

State wildlife officials kill Anchorage bear
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State wildlife officials have killed a black bear that was frequently seen in midtown Anchorage.

KTVA reports the bear was killed by Alaska Department of Fish and Game workers Thursday after several trash related incidents.

State wildlife biologist Jessy Coltrane says the incidents happened in heavily populated areas of Anchorage. The latest came Tuesday when police had to fire non-lethal rounds at the bear and her two cubs to move the sow away from trash cans.

Fish and Game officials did not say what the specific incident prompted them to kill the bear or what would become of her cubs.

The bear family had been seen frequently this year in the University of Alaska Anchorage area, including the nearby popular Goose Lake.

Update:  Water back on in Auke Bay area, could be turned off again
Water was back on around noon in the Auke Bay area of Glacier Highway today, from Fritz Cove to the Post Office, after being turned off this morning during ongoing work on the Auke Bay roundabout project.

When service resumes, customers may encounter water discoloration or minor disruptions in service. To clear the discoloration, first wait until the work crew leaves the area, then run the cold water tap (preferably in your bathtub) until the water runs clear.

Call 586-5254 with problems or questions. 

Public Works Director, Kirk Duncan, says service could be turned off again tonight or one night in the near future, but should be done so at 11:00 PM through the overnight hours. 

Alaska-based firefighters head south
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — More than 100 firefighters and other personnel from Alaska are headed south to help battle wildfires in the western United States.

Officials say rains have diminished the threat of wildfires in Alaska this summer, allowing resources to be sent to the Lower 48.

The Gannett Glacier and the White Mountain type two initial attack crews will head to Washington state.

Officials say crew members and support personnel from the state Division of Forestry and the Alaska Fire Service will head to Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Oregon and California to fight wildfires.

A hotshot crew on assignment in Canada's Northwest Territories is expected to return to Alaska next week.

Treadwell joins call to abolish IRS
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell says the IRS should be abolished.

Treadwell, who is also Alaska's lieutenant governor, said the agency has lost the trust of the American people. He said he supports a "fair tax" instead, and would provide a more detailed statement on what that would entail.

Treadwell said the Republican candidates were asked about tax policy at a debate in Homer this week. He said the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status shows a fraudulent use of IRS authority.

Republican rival Joe Miller also has called for abolishing the IRS and changing the tax code.

A spokesman for Republican Dan Sullivan said it's important to put forth viable solutions to changing the tax code, rather than purporting to abolish entire agencies "for political purposes."

Murkowski, Begich have dustup over press release
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office requested that reference to her vote to advance for debate a contraception bill be removed from a press release from Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

Both Alaska senators supported a failed effort to advance legislation aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections.

But Murkowski spokesman Matthew Felling said the Republican's office took issue with a release saying Murkowski voted in favor of the measure when it was a procedural vote.

Reference to Murkowski was removed in an updated release.

Begich spokeswoman Heather Handyside said the language in the original release could have been clearer.

The dustup comes as Begich has been touting the level of cooperation between the two as he campaigns for re-election.

Risk of earthquake increased for about half of US
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the United States and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation.

The U.S. Geologic Survey updated Thursday its national seismic hazard maps for the first time since 2008, taking into account research from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Japanese coast and the surprise 2011 Virginia temblor.

Most of the changes are slight. Project chief Mark Petersen said parts of Washington, Oregon, Utah, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming and Tennessee moved into the top two hazard zones.

Parts of 16 states have the highest risk for earthquakes: Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Kentucky and South Carolina.

Anchorage man dies in motorcycle crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police say a 31-year-old man has died in a motorcycle crash.

Nicholas Byers of Anchorage was pronounced dead early Thursday morning at the scene of the crash off of Upper Huffman Road.

Police say they received a call from a resident who heard the crash.

According to police, Byers was not wearing a helmet. An investigation is ongoing.

Ketchikan chaperones to get background checks
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Volunteer school chaperones in Ketchikan who accompany students on overnight trips will now have to go through background checks.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports the Ketchikan School Board unanimously approved the policy change at its Wednesday meeting.

Schools Superintendent Robert Boyle says between 30 and 40 parents will be affected.

The Ketchikan School District already requires coaches and teachers to go through background checks. The policy change does not affect members of the U.S. Coast Guard and others with security cards.

The district's human resources director, Rick Rafter, says volunteer chaperones will not be fingerprinted, which is a more expensive process.

The background checks for volunteer chaperones are expected to cost between $80 and several hundred dollars apiece. Boyle says the cost will be paid by the district.

Anchorage bus routes arrive on Google Maps
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage bus routes and schedules are now available for smart phone users through the Google Maps application.

Anchorage officials announced Wednesday that the city's People Mover bus system partnered with Google to incorporate public transit data into the technology giant's mapping system.

The Anchorage Daily News says desktop users also can plan trips through the People Mover page on the city's website.

The partnership stems from an effort by Brendan Babb, who was part of a team of programmers who in 2012 won the Anchorage Economic Development Corp.'s Hackathon. The event featured programmers challenged to use government data to create apps and web tools.

Babb's team created a working model of the public transportation app. After the event, he volunteered to work with the municipality to develop the technology.

Research show permafrost can also cool
A researcher at U-A-F has documented a way melting permafrost can cool the climate, not just accelerate warming.
The study published this week in the journal "Nature" describes the climate effects of "thermokarst" lakes, which form when frozen soil thaws and creates water-filled depressions.

While thawing releases methane, a heat-trapping gas, in the short term, lead author Katey Walter Anthony of U-A-F's Institute of Northern Engineering found the lakes contribute to cooling over the long term. Vegetation in the lakes locks up carbon dioxide when the plants are frozen into new permafrost.

The study found "thermokarst" lakes in Alaska and Siberia became net carbon sinks about 5,000 years ago.

 However, the study notes that the carbon is not permanently trapped and will likely be released as a warming climate re-thaws more permafrost.

Lawmaker fined $14K for mismanaging campaign funds
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The minority leader of the Alaska House has agreed to a fine of $14,000 for mismanaging campaign funds.

Democratic Rep. Chris Tuck acknowledged mixing up campaign contributions with personal savings and not making accurate, timely disclosures.

He signed a consent agreement with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

APRN reports the agreement details a tangle of accounting problems, including a 2012 fundraiser Tuck didn't report as a contribution and a commission finding that Tuck managed campaign funds as a section of his personal banking account.

Besides the fine, Tuck must forfeit $6,000 in leftover campaign funds and correct past disclosures. The commission said Tuck took "great efforts" to address the problems once they were raised.

Tuck said the errors weren't intentional and that he wishes he had been more careful.

Fairbanks teen accused of arson to cover murder
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Police say a fire was intentionally set at a Fairbanks apartment building last winter to cover up a murder.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports additional indictments were returned by a grand jury Friday against 18-year-old Conar Lee Groppel.

Detective Peyton Merideth alleges Groppel killed 39-year-old Kristina Pence and then set fire to the 18-unit apartment building in late January. Another person, 50-year-old Jane Connolly, was killed in the fire and about 50 others were displaced.

Merideth declined to provide more details of how Pence was killed, citing the ongoing investigation.

Groppel now faces 16 counts, including arson and varying degrees of murder and manslaughter charges. He's pleaded not guilty.

Sterling home fire kills 11 puppies, 2 cats
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Fire officials say 11 boxer puppies and two cats were killed in a residential fire in Sterling that apparently started while the owners were away.

KTUU says the fire was discovered by neighbors Wednesday morning, about 2 ? hours after the owners had departed.

Firefighters responded in about five minutes and found smoke rising from the home. The fire was extinguished within 30 minutes.

The dead pets were found during a sweep of the building.

Central Emergency Services Brad Nelson says the deaths of the animals, particularly the puppies, hit firefighters hard. He says firefighters unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate one of the puppies.

The fire caused an estimated $60,000 in damages.

Nelson says the homeowners' insurers are planning an investigation after responders said the blaze started in the kitchen.

Strong earthquake rattles section of Alaska, Canada's Yukon Territory
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Seismologists say a strong earthquake rattled a section of Alaska and Canada's Yukon Territory.

The Alaska Earthquake Center says the 6.0 magnitude quake struck at 3:49 a.m. about 62 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Yakutat. There are no immediate reports of damage.

The quake was felt in Yakutat, as well as Whitehorse in the Yukon. Yakutat is a Gulf of Alaska community about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southwest of the Canada border.

Troopers say Valdez man dies in 4-wheeler crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 65-year-old Valdez man has died after he was pinned beneath his four-wheeler on a trail near Eureka.

Troopers say Ben Hopper was found dead on the Dillinger Pass trail. Troopers responded in a helicopter and found Hopper and the overturned vehicle on a remote section of the trail Thursday evening.

Troopers say Hopper had lost control of the four-wheeler while making a steep descent. The vehicle flipped and pinned Hopper beneath it.

The body was being sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Work to start on tribal house in Bartlett Cove
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Site work will begin next month on a traditional tribal house on the shore of Bartlett Cove in southeast Alaska.

The nearly $3 million contract has been awarded to P.K. Builders of Ketchikan to build the traditional Huna Tlingit tribal house in Glacier Bay National Park.

The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2016.

Parnell signs crime, electronic bullying bills
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell has signed legislation that criminalizes cyber-bullying.

SB128, from Sen. Kevin Meyer, classifies as harassment the sending or publishing of electronic communications that insults or intimidate a minor in a way that that person is in fear of physical injury.

It was one of several bills signed by Parnell on Wednesday.

He also signed a bipartisan omnibus crime bill, which is aimed at reducing the number of re-offenders.

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High water levels could impact Fairbanks regatta
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Participants in a weekend regatta in Fairbanks may have to scale-down the height of their ships due to rising water levels on the Chena River.

KUAC is sponsoring the Red Green Regatta, and in a Facebook posting Wednesday warned boat builders to plan for less clearance under bridges than in the past and to consider adjustments for tall boats.

The regatta, scheduled for Sunday, is a local tradition. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports participants build floats from recycled materials and a required minimum of one roll of duct tape.

Fairbanks has been having a particularly rainy summer.

The National Weather Service shows the river at about 5 feet but forecasts it will rise to about 7 feet before falling back to 5 or 6 feet heading into the weekend.

Petersburg man injured in explosion at gravel pit
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Petersburg police chief says a man who was injured in an explosion detonated an explosive mixture in a gravel or rock pit owned by the borough.

Chief Kelly Swihart says there is no evidence that the 59-year-old man was trying to injure others since there's no homes or buildings nearby.

But Swihart says they don't know what he was doing there Sunday.

The injured man was taken to a Seattle hospital, where he was reportedly in serious condition Tuesday. Police have not released the man's name.

About 20 pounds of a commercially-available explosive material in a 5-gallon bucket was found in his vehicle. Authorities also found two other buckets of the material during searches at another location.

The explosives will be detonated.

Police ID woman whose body was found near downtown
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Police have released the identity of a woman whose body was discovered near downtown Anchorage this week.

The state medical examiner identified the body as that of 26-year-old Jessica Lake.

Authorities say Lake was originally from Hooper Bay but has been living in Anchorage for some time. Police say they've had reports she was homeless. Her body was found Tuesday near 13th Avenue and Hyder Street.

The cause of death hasn't been determined, but police continue to investigate. They ask anyone with information about her death to contact dispatch or Anchorage Crime Stoppers.

Lemon Creek Bus Service Restored
Due to the completion of construction in the Lemon Creek area Capital Transit will resume regular service to Davis Avenue and Lemon Creek Road.

Service will be discontinued on Lund Street and Central Avenue.

Hobby Lobby Bill Fails, Murkowski of only 3 republicans to vote in favor
A Democratic effort to reverse the Supreme Court's decision on the Obama administration's birth control requirement failed in the Senate Wednesday, with Alaska's Lisa Murkowski as one of the three only Republicans voting in favor.

The measure needed 60 votes to move forward. It got 56, with three Republicans -- Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine and Mark Kirk of Illinois, voting in favor.

Democrats insist they'll bring the issue up again.

New York senator Chuck Schumer said, "The supreme court got hobby lobby wrong. and with their vote today, senate republicans got it wrong, too. And women across the country aren't going to forget it."
(ABC News)

Alaska senators vote to advance contraception bill
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's U.S. senators voted to advance legislation aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections.

The effort fell four votes short of the 60 needed.

The bill was a response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found requiring private companies to pay for forms of women's contraception to which they object violates the corporations' religious freedom.

Democratic Sen. Mark Begich co-sponsored the bill. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was one of three Republicans who voted in support.

Murkowski said her vote was consistent with her long-held belief regarding women's access to affordable health care, including contraception.

She said that while she wants to see the federal health care overhaul repealed, access to health care services shouldn't be restricted in the meantime.

Nome council rejects 10 percent sin-tax motion
NOME, Alaska (AP) — Nome council members have rejected a proposal to let residents decide whether to increase taxes on alcohol and tobacco products to 10 percent.

KNOM reports voters still will decide on an upcoming ballot whether to raise the tax to 8 percent from its current 5 percent.

Proponents say the 10 percent tax would help pay for the economic burden that drinking and smoking bring to Nome, such as ambulance services and detention costs.

Police Chief John Papasadora also backed the higher tax. He said across the board, arrests are alcohol-related.

But three council members voted down the 10 percent amount. Two of them, Stan Anderson and Louie Green Sr., said it was unfair for responsible drinkers and bar owners pay the tab for mistakes made by a few.

Young spokesman: Capitol incident misunderstanding
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A spokesman for Rep. Don Young says an incident in which Young crossed police tape intended to keep people away from an asbestos accident at the U.S. Capitol was overblown.

Roll Call, citing "multiple sources," said the Alaska Republican cursed at an officer who tried to stop him from entering the building. An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol last week.

Young spokesman Matt Shuckerow said the report made it sound like Young was "bursting through walls."

He said Young volunteered to look for an alternate room for a weekly Bible study group to meet and briefly crossed a sectioned-off area to reach an adjacent part of the Capitol.

He called it a misunderstanding and said Young meant no disrespect.

UPDATE: Woman dies, man hospitalized after rescue at lake
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Wasilla police say a 20-year-old Wasilla woman died after being rescued from Lake Lucile, where she had tried to swim to shore for help while her non-swimming companion clung to their overturned canoe.

KTUU reports Arielle Housmann was submerged in the lake for more than one hour. Her companion, 24-year-old Michael Sexton of Palmer, was taken to a local hospital and expected to recover.

The early Wednesday morning rescue occurred after authorities received reports of screaming coming from the lake.

Police spokesman Rick Manrique says a local resident heard the screams, got on a boat and found Sexton, bringing him to shore.

A search was conducted for Housmann. Rescuers found her submerged in the lake's cold waters. She also was taken to the hospital, but could not be saved.

Kodiak museum prepares for community dig
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The Alutiiq (a-LOO'-tick) Museum in Kodiak is preparing for its 17th annual community archaeology dig.

KMXT says the Community Archaeology Project began in 1997 and allows people older than 14 to participate in real research at an actual excavation site.

The dig is set to begin Monday and continue until Aug. 8 at the Kashevaroff site, among those the museum has excavated in Womens Bay. Museum official Amy Steffian says excavation at the site began last year.

People can participate Mondays through Fridays.

An informational meeting and volunteer orientation is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the museum.

Attendance is not mandatory, but the meeting will be an opportunity to get first pick of dates to participate.

Only 20 people, including museum staff, can work at the dig daily.

Glacier-like mass moves toward Alaska road
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Officials in Alaska are keeping an eye on a giant glacier-like mass of soil and rock that is moving down a mountain toward the only supply highway to the North Slope.

There's added concern since the trans-Alaska pipeline lies just hundreds of feet beyond the Dalton Highway.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the ice mass dubbed Frozen Debris Lobe A is about 142 feet from the highway, at mile marker 219. The highway serves as the supply road for oil companies working at Prudhoe Bay.

Researchers say it could reach and impact the highway in anywhere from three to 10 years. State transportation officials are planning to reroute the road there. The project has an early estimated cost of $68 million, and it is slated to begin in 2017.

UPDATE: Hearing held to address Alaska inmate deaths
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A legislative hearing to address a recent string of Alaska inmate deaths has prompted a call for legislation to establish a third-party independent review of such deaths.

The Anchorage Daily News says officials with the state Department of Corrections attended the hearing to answer for the deaths of five young inmates at state correctional institutions between April and June.

The packed hearing was convened by state Sen. Hollis French, an Anchorage Democrat.

State Rep. Andy Josephson, an Anchorage Democrat who attended the meeting, says he will research the idea for a third-party independent review and consider introducing a bill for the next legislative session.

DOC officials say the recent deaths aren't out of the ordinary. According to officials, 10 to 12 people die in Alaska jails each year.

Nugget Falls trail open again
The Nugget Falls trail at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is now open for hikers.

Although the end of the trail near the falls is still under about 12 inches of water, most of the trail is dry, with only a few sections of two to three inch deep puddles. These should be drying out today. The end of the trail that drops onto the alluvial terrace near the falls may remain submerged through today. Hikers should use caution.

The Forest Service advises not walking through deep water on slippery rocks.

For more information, contact the Juneau Ranger District at 907-586-8800 or the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center at 907-789-0097.

Murkowski responds after Begich touts cooperation
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she and Democratic Sen. Mark Begich agree on many issues specific to Alaska. But the Republican says there's a "real departure" in where the two stand on a number of national issues.

Murkowski was responding to a recent Begich ad highlighting their relationship. Begich, in recent campaign stops and interviews, has said the two vote together more than any other split-party delegation, speaking to the level of cooperation between them.

Murkowski told the Anchorage Daily News the Senate has taken a lot of procedural votes this year and her willingness to call for up-or-down votes on some of the president's nominees has influenced the numbers cited by Begich's campaign.

Begich spokesman Max Croes says the record shows the two work together to represent Alaska.

Human remains found at Kotzebue work site
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A $30 million renovation project at the airport in Kotzebue has been put on hold after human remains were found.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports part of a hip bone was found Sunday as a trench was being dug.

Alaska Department of Transportation Project Engineer Mark Figley says on-site archaeologists said the bone was "pretty old."

He says the find wasn't unexpected, and officials had discussed the possibility of this happening before work started. The shoreline has been inhabited for thousands of years.

No other remains were found, and the archaeologists determined the remains had been disturbed before. The bones will be reburied.

Figley expects work to resume soon on the project to lengthen the runway, reroute a road and move a lagoon..

Work should be done before December.

UAF starts laying off people to meet budget
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Pink slips are being delivered as the University of Alaska Fairbanks attempts to cut $12 million from this year's budget.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports at least 40 positions are being cut this summer.

Pat Pitney is the university's vice chancellor for administration. She says the university has little choice but to cut staff.

The university has suffered from declining state funding and rising fixed costs. UAF officials are implementing across-the-board cuts from between 3 percent to 6 percent for all academic units, which translates to lost jobs.

The university employs about 2,000 people, with most of them in Fairbanks. Officials hope attrition takes up the bulk of the lost positions, but Pitney says the reductions are more targeted in some cases.

Hearing held to address Alaska inmate deaths
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A legislative hearing to address a recent string of Alaska inmate deaths has prompted a call for legislation to establish a third-party independent review of such deaths.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the hearing in Anchorage Tuesday brought Department of Corrections officials together to answer for the deaths of five young inmates at state correctional institutions between April and June.

The packed hearing was convened by state Sen. Hollis French, an Anchorage Republican.

State Rep. Andy Josephson, an Anchorage Democrat who attended the meeting, says he will research the idea for a third-party independent review and consider introducing a bill for the next legislative session.

DOC officials say the recent deaths aren't out of the ordinary. According to officials, 10 to 12 people die in Alaska jails each year.

Man, teenage girl rescued at Mat-Su lake
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers and Wasilla police have helped in the rescue of a man and teenage girl from Lucile Lake.

KTUU reports the early Wednesday morning rescue occurred after authorities responded to reports of screaming coming from the area around the lake.

Police spokesman Rick Manrique says authorities found a submerged canoe and the man, who was taken to a local hospital.

A search was conducted for the girl, and hours later rescuers found her submerged in cold waters. She also was taken to the hospital.

The conditions of the man and girl were not immediately available.

New home sought for Bethel Senior Center
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Operators of the Bethel Senior Center are looking for a home to move into.

KYUK says the Orutsararmiut (oh-ROOT'-sah-rah-rah-mewt) Native Council runs the Eddie Hoffman Senior Center out of a city building, but the operators can't afford to stay there.

Operators are set to move out at the end of September and turn the building over to the city, which plans to mothball it.

Councilman Mark Springer, whose day job is to run the center, discussed options in a brief meeting of the Bethel City Council and ONC.

Springer says operators are confident of being able to find a place.

Possibilities include the Lions Club or the Lulu Herron Center, which provides senior housing.

Alaska State Troopers say officer wounded man
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say one of their officers has seriously wounded a man accused of pulling a gun on the trooper after a chase on the Sterling Highway south of Anchorage.

KTUU-TV reports that troopers say Seward police informed them about a despondent man traveling Tuesday afternoon on the Seward Highway. In a statement, troopers say they tried to stop that driver, who took off at a high rate of speed.

A trooper made contact with the man after he got out of a vehicle on the Sterling Highway.

Troopers say the man pulled a gun from his trunk, refused the officer's commands and was shot. He was taken to an Anchorage hospital for treatment of what were described as serious injuries.

No troopers were hurt.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said she didn't have any additional details.

Alaska abortion-funding law put on hold by judge
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of an Alaska law that further defines what constitutes a medically necessary abortion for the purposes of Medicaid funding.

Superior Court Judge John Suddock says Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest raises "substantial issues" going to the merits of the law and is entitled to a hearing.

Regulations, similar to the law passed this year, were previously stayed pending resolution of the lawsuit brought against the state by Planned Parenthood. The law, however, does not include consideration of psychiatric disorders. The regulations do.

Suddock, in his order Tuesday, said restrictive legislation "enhances the risk of constitutional invalidity."

Planned Parenthood is challenging the law and regulations as unconstitutional. Supporters of the measures have said the state should not be required to pay for elective abortions.

Some GCI customers need new email addresses
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Some GCI customers will have to get new email addresses.

Tose affected have emails that end in the domain "" About 3,000 people will need to change their addresses by the end of the year.

The domain came about years ago through an agreement with the Anchorage Daily News and GCI to cover all things Alaska. But the project never came to fruition, and GCI began issuing email addresses with the domain.

But now that the McClatchy Co. has sold the newspaper, GCI no longer has rights to use the email addresses.

GCI spokesman David Morris encourages people to get new addresses as soon as possible and not wait until Dec. 31.

Fort Knox wants to expands onto federal land
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks operator wants to expand its Fort Knox Gold Mine onto federal land.

Fairbanks Gold Mining Inc., which is owned by Kinross, has submitted the request to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to expand the open-pit gold mine.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that if it's approved, the company could perform soil sampling, geologic mapping and drilling on nearly 2,000 acres now occupied by the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration.

A permit would allow 250 bore holes to be drilled. Each hole would require a 24,00-square-foot drill pad.

NOAA uses the land next to the requested area for a satellite operations facility. It says it doesn't object, as long as the mine abides by certain conditions.

Public comment on the plan will be accepted until Aug. 11.

Pipeline project working to secure Nikiski land
UNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The senior project manager for the Alaska liquefied natural gas project says Nikiski remains the leading contender for the terminal site where gas would be liquefied and shipped to Asia.

Steve Butt says project officials are working with landowners on "fair and durable agreements." He says progress is being made but if for some reason the needed land cannot be secured, there are alternatives.

He declined to be more specific, except to say the alternative sites would be on the tidewater.

The project has moved into a phase of preliminary engineering and design that could last up to 20 months.

Butt says the name "Alaska LNG" has been trademarked for the project, and there are plans to submit an application for an export license soon.

Nome council ends debate on raising sin taxes
NOME, Alaska (AP) — Nome council members have rejected a proposal to let residents decide whether to increase taxes on alcohol and tobacco products.

KNOM reports the proposal would have put the question on an upcoming ballot to raise the tax to 10 percent from its current 8 percent.

Proponents say the added revenue would help pay for the economic burden that drinking and smoking bring to Nome, such as ambulance services and detention costs.

Police Chief John Papasadora also backed the higher taxes. He said across the board, their arrests are alcohol-related.

But three council members voted down the measure. Two of them, Stan Anderson and Louie Green Sr., said it was unfair for responsible drinkers and bar owners pay the tab for mistakes made by a few.

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Man kills bear trying to get into house
STERLING, Alaska (AP) — A Sterling man shot and killed a 9-foot brown bear that attempted to break into his home several times.

The Peninsula Clarion reports Jim Landess shot the 5-year-old male with a pistol July 7.

Landess told the Clarion in an email that the bear was pounding on the outside walls of his home.

He and a son were able to scare the bear off with a couple of shots fired into the air, and they went back to bed. But the bear came back about three hours later.

Landess said he grabbed his .45 pistol and fired about seven rounds at the bear from an upper deck.

Officials say Landess fulfilled his legal requirements by taking the hide and skull to authorities and filling out the proper paperwork.

Anchorage police move bear, cubs away from lake
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police shot sponge rounds to encourage a black bear and her two cubs to leave a popular lake area on Tuesday afternoon.

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell says police fired two less-than-lethal rounds at the bear near Goose Lake, and turned the situation over to the Department of Fish and Game.

KTUU reports bears have been seen throughout the summer on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. University officials sent an email to students telling them to be alert for the bears.

Goose Lake is a popular lake for Anchorage residents to swim, boat and tan.

Feds investigate after Petersburg explosion
PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a Petersburg resident was injured in an explosion.

KFSK reports that police are not releasing the name, gender or condition of the 59-year-old.

However, police say they got a 911 call Sunday afternoon. The caller said there was an injured person outside the hospital emergency room and dynamite might have been involved.

The person was moved inside the hospital, and officers found about 20 pounds of a gelatinized substance in a vehicle the person drove to the hospital. Authorities were consulted before the car was moved away.

FBI and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents arrived Monday to investigate.

Authorities have secured three sites in Petersburg. They say residue from unidentified explosion site and the vehicle tentatively been identified as a commercially available explosive.

5 Alaska wolf cubs arrive at new home in Minnesota
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five wolf pups orphaned by a wildfire in Alaska are at their new home.

KTVA reports the wolves were flown from Anchorage to the Minnesota Zoo on Tuesday.

An official for the zoo near Minneapolis says the wolves will be quarantined for about a month before going on permanent display.

The five pups were taken to the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage on May 27 after being orphaned in the Funny River Fire on the Kenai (KEY'-nigh) Peninsula, near Soldotna.

The Alaska Zoo had the pups on display until Monday.

Governor to sign bill halting sale of ‘Spice’ in Alaska
ANCHORAGE-Governor Sean Parnell is planning to sign Senate Bill 173 on Wednesday in Anchorage. Sponsored by Senator Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage), SB173 aims to stop the sale of illicit synthetic drugs by banning misleading statements on packaging. Currently, the synthetic drugs, which are commonly used as alternatives to marijuana and cocaine, are being sold legally in stores statewide as potpourri, bath salts, plant food, and even iPod cleaner.

“The real truth here is ‘Spice’ is not nice,” said Senator Meyer. “Kids and parents see it sold legally in stores, and they think it is ok, but it’s not. ‘Spice’ is very dangerous and responsible for hundreds of deaths every year in the United States. It is my hope this new approach for keeping it off store shelves will make a big impact.”

Move your vehicles, cleaning on Gastineau Avenue
The City and Borough Streets and Fleet Maintenance Division will be performing clean-up operations along Gastineau Avenue to remove winter chips and other debris from the storm drainage system beginning Wednesday morning at 7:00am and continue until completion which is anticipated to be around 4:00 PM Wednesday.

The affected area will be Gastineau Avenue between 2nd Street and 215 Gastineau Avenue. Notices will be posted in areas that are to be cleaned, with the yellow "NO PARKING" signs prior to beginning. If you see these signs in your area, please remove your vehicle from Gastineau Avenue prior to the commencement of cleaning in order to facilitate a thorough cleaning of the street and storm drain system. Vehicles left in the designated cleaning area will be subject to relocation to facilitate the work.

No evening bus service to Mendenhall Mall during construction
Due to construction in the Riverside Drive area Capital Transit bus service has been disrupted.

Service will be discontinued to the Mendenhall Mall after 6:00pm each night through Thursday, July 17th or until construction is complete.

Please wait for the bus either at the James Street or the Atlin Drive bus stops.

Kenai launches new patrol enforcement boat
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The city of Kenai has obtained a new rescue patrol boat to help with enforcement of a no-wake zone on the Kenai River.

The Peninsula Clarion reports the fire department launched the 22-foot rigid hull inflatable boat with the Kenai River dipnet season.

When the tide reaches 20 ? feet, flashing lights are activated on buoys to tell boaters to slow down to 5 mph.

The no-wake rule was approved by the Kenai City Council in April after residents voiced concerns of bank erosion and property damage created from boat wakes through a mile-long channel.

Kenai Battalion Chief Tony Prior says the target area is patrolled only during high tide.

The $108,000 dollar boat replaces a 30-year-old riverboat. Most of the cost was paid by a state grant.

Capital City Fire Rescue responds to turkey fryer fire and leaking propane tank
Capital City Fire Rescue was dispatched to to a report of a propane leak at the Auke Bay fish boating dock this morning at 9:47. An unsecured 200lb propane tank was found to be leaking from the back of a U-haul van. The crew was able to get to the van and shut off the valve. No one was injured.

Capital City Fire Rescue also responded to a reported structure fire in the 4600 block of Sawa Circle Monday afternoon at 4:15. The homeowner had a turkey fryer on a countertop that had spontaneously ignited. There were active flames under the fire, but the oil itself did not catch on fire. The husband was able to throw the cooking unit and fire outside. There was minimal damage to the countertop. The new fryer was completely damaged. The cause was electrical.

Anchorage police investigate woman's death
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police are investigating the death of a woman who was found outside near the downtown area.

Police received a report just before 5 a.m. Tuesday about the woman, who was discovered near 13th Avenue and Hyder Street.

According to police, the caller making the report said the woman appeared to be unconscious and not breathing.

At the scene, the woman was pronounced dead.

Begich reports his biggest fundraising quarter
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich brought in more than $1.26 million during the last quarter, his biggest haul so far this cycle. But his campaign spent nearly $2 million toward his re-election bid.

As of June 30, the Alaska Democrat had about $2.2 million available.

Spokesman Max Croes says a big expense has been TV and radio buys, but says the campaign is well positioned financially.

Begich edged Republican rival Dan Sullivan in fundraising for the first time since Sullivan entered the race last October. Sullivan reported bringing in nearly $1.2 million, with $1.7 million available at the end of the quarter.

Other prominent Republicans in next month's primary are Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller.

A fourth candidate, John Jaramillo, hasn't reported any fundraising.

Tuesday marked the reporting deadline.

Official sees tie between gas project, referendum
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The senior project manager for a major liquefied natural gas project says the decision made on next month's oil tax referendum could impact the project.

Steve Butt says the state and companies that hold leases have a shared interest in trying to monetize the resource in a way that works for them all. He says if decisions are made that benefit one party at the expense of another, it compromises alignment.

The state's working with the North Slope's major players and TransCanada Corp. in pursuing the mega-project.

Comments similar to Butt's have been raised by others as an argument for keeping the oil tax cut lawmakers passed last year.

But Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski says the argument is being used as a threat so companies can keep the tax breaks.

UAF greenhouse to be dismantled
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Fairbanks will have to find a home for more than 25,000 seedlings.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the university has to dismantle its 2,700-square-foot greenhouse to make way for a new power plant.

The $245 million power plant will also force the university to find a new place for a garden that provides free greens for both food services and student groups.

The greenhouse will be dismantled next month. Some of its pieces will be used in other buildings on campus or sold.

Now the search is on for a new space to grow the seedlings from February to May. The plants are used every spring to decorate campus.

Young holds cash edge in US House race
UNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young holds a huge cash advantage over his rivals as he seeks a 22nd term in the House.

Young brought in about $130,000 between April and June, with about $100,000 in contributions and the rest in the form of things like rebates and dividends. He ended the quarter with nearly $590,000 available.

The only other Republican candidate to file a report with the Federal Election Commission, John R. Cox, reported no contributions though he reported more cash on hand than at the end of the prior quarter, $4,300.

The most prominent Democratic candidate, Forrest Dunbar, brought in $36,500, all in individual contributions. He had about $31,000 available but still owed $6,000 to the state Democratic party.

Frequent candidate Frank Vondersaar, a Democrat, reported $100 on hand.

Anchorage police launch bicycle safety campaign
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police have launched a bicycle safety campaign that involves treats from local businesses to reward children who wear their helmets while bicycling.

Police are partnering with the Alaska Injury Prevention Center and several local businesses for the APD Treat Beat.

In Anchorage, the law requires people 15 years of age and younger to wear helmets while bicycling in public places.

In the summer campaign, police officers will be on the lookout for young bicyclists who are caught wearing their helmets.

Youngsters with helmets could be presented with a "ticket" for such treats as ice cream cones or cookies.

Arbitrator sides with guard in Keyes' suicide case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An arbitrator finds a corrections officer on duty the night Alaska serial killer Israel Keyes committed suicide should not have been fired by the state.

Loren Jacobsen was fired weeks after Keyes was found dead in his Anchorage cell in December 2012. Keyes had slit his wrist with a razor that another guard mistakenly gave him and also strangled himself with a makeshift noose.

The Anchorage Daily News reports from documents it obtained that Jacobsen was fired, even though he had turned over his duties to another officer and was on a sanctioned meal break when Keyes committed suicide. Jacobsen's union, the Alaska Correctional Officers Association, appealed.

An arbitrator said the firing wasn't justified. The union says the state made Jacobsen a scapegoat for its lax practices.

3 hikers get back to Anchorage before high tide
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Rescuers were called to get hikers trapped by the rising tide Monday night, but the three people were able to get back to Anchorage from Fire Island before high tide.

KTVA reports the three had to high-step through water above their knees Monday night to make it back to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail in Anchorage before high tide came in.

The Anchorage Fire Department launched a boat to get the hikers before learning they were safely back on the Anchorage side.

Hazardous material containers cleaned up in Galena
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A state report on the response to the 2013 flooding in Galena says more than 5,000 containers of hazardous material scattered throughout the area during the disaster were collected.

The containers ranged from aerosol cans to 55-gallon drums, with the hazardous debris strewn within a 15-mile radius of the Yukon River village.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports heating oil from three homes spilled during the flood. But the state Department of Environmental Conservation, in its final report on the flooding, said those properties were cleaned up with no ongoing impacts.

An environmental program specialist with the agency estimated the cleanup cost at well over $1 million, costs that will be included as the state seeks reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Fair organizer asks vendors to skip new festival
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Organizers of the Tanana Valley Fair have asked their vendors not to do business with a new festival run by its former ride vendor.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports fair manager Joyce Whitehorn recently sent a message to vendors saying she had heard that Chugiak-based Golden Wheel amusements had asked vendors to ditch the fair.

The fair will overlap with the new Summer Spectacular carnival and music event for three days in early August.

Whitehorn says the fair will not penalize vendors who set up booths at both events, but those vendors will lose "grandfather" rights for future fairs.

Golden Wheel spokesman Chase Eckert disputes Whitehorn's statement that the company asked vendors to skip the fair.

He says Golden Wheel encourages vendors to participate in both events.

Kodiak borough may revisit fireworks law
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — There were fewer complaints after Fourth of July fireworks this year on Kodiak Island, but the ones that did come in may prompt changes in the borough's rules.

Kodiak Island Borough Manager Bud Cassidy says two people complained the borough's fireworks policy is failing. KMXT reports they asked officials to come up with another plan.

Cassidy said an investigation found area fire departments and Alaska State Troopers were extremely busy putting out fires caused by fireworks and addressing citizen concerns, including the litter from spent fireworks.

Assembly members say there's support to revisit the borough's fireworks ordinance before New Year's Eve.

One assembly member says fireworks should be kept out of residential areas. Bayside Fire Chief Bob Himes wants to take it further: an all-out ban.

Hackers gain brief access to Mat-Su website
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Online hackers succeeded in breaching the website for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough last week.

KTUU reports the hacker was able to get into the site Friday afternoon, and redirected users to an anti-Israel website.

Spokesman Stefan Hinman says staff members were able to disable the borough website within five minutes, and a fix was in place within another five minutes.

No sensitive information was ever at risk since the borough doesn't keep any information on line.

Borough staff members worked over the weekend to strengthen the site's security.

Forest Service announces return of salmon cam
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Federal officials say a salmon cam in Juneau is returning for a second year.

The U.S. Forest Service is streaming live from the bottom of Juneau's Stream Creek in the Tongass National Forest.

Officials say the cam operates around the clock. But they say there's insufficient light during some hours, so the best times for viewing are between 4:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. AKDT.

According to officials, viewers could see large salmon, as well as smaller Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout.

Officials say the cam located near the Mendenhall Glacier was viewed more than 28,000 times last year.

Dardenne, seafood board set cook-off for August
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The best seafood chef in the nation will be crowned Saturday, Aug. 2, in New Orleans when the 11th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off is held.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board on Monday announced the competition won last year by Mississippi chef David Crews. It will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Participating chefs represent Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

Judges include Ben Pollinger, executive chef of Oceana in New York; Kris Moon, James Beard Foundation; Barbara Mathias, co-publisher and vice president of Food Arts magazine; Brian West, chef-instructor at CIA-San Antonio and Susie Selby from Selby Winery.

Begich reports his biggest fundraising haul
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich brought in just over $1.25 million during the last quarter, his biggest haul so far this cycle. But his campaign spent nearly $2 million toward his re-election bid.

As of June 30, the Alaska Democrat had about $2.2 million available.

Republicans see the Alaska race as key to their efforts to win back control of the Senate. The three most prominent Republican candidates are Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, Joe Miller and former state Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan.

The reporting deadline is Tuesday.

Begich spokesman Max Croes says 5,000 individual Alaskans have contributed to Begich's campaign so far, more than in 2008. He said one of the big expenses has been TV and radio buys, but he says the campaign continues to be well positioned financially.

Children's book series available in Cup'ik on app
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A new app features a translation of a New Zealand children's book series into the Cup'ik language.

KYUK reports the Cup'ik Milly-Molly storybook app was developed with a language innovation grant from the Association of Alaska School Boards.

The grant was awarded to the school district for Chevak, one of two Bering Sea villages where Cup'ik is still spoken.

The association's Robert Whicker and other AASB members traveled to Chevak to help with the recording of the series in Cup'ik, but decided they could save time and money by sending Cup'ik speakers to a New Zealand recording studio.

Three months after the recording was completed, the Cup'ik versions of the series are now available in the iTunes store.

Whicker says it's a way of helping to preserve Native languages.

Coast Guard rescue
The Coast Guard received phone call last night regarding two separate boats that had launched from Auke Bay and headed to Barlow Cove the night before.

On their return to Auke Bay, they encountered heavy fog and became disoriented. The first boat made it back to Auke Bay.

The Coast Guard launched a 2- 110 foot cutters to help look for the other boat. The mariner was located around 8:30 on Caughlin Island two miles south of Auke Bay in good spirits. He had become disoriented due to the dense fog.

Report from Coast Guard Sector Juneau's Vince Grochowski.

[Monday July 14th 2014  13TH  EDITION 6:17 P.M.]

Palin PAC donations don't include Alaska race
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Sarah Palin's political action committee gave $40,000 to congressional candidates during the last quarter but none from Alaska.

Palin, a former Alaska governor, has not weighed in on the Republican race for U.S. Senate in the state. In 2010, she backed tea party favorite Joe Miller in a race won with a write-in campaign by incumbent Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Palin's SarahPAC reported bringing in about $460,000 from April through June. She ended the period with about $970,000 on hand.

Contributions to candidates included $5,000 to Dave Brat, a donation given the day after he upset then-U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia.

Pro-Begich group raises $3.6M during 2nd quarter
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The super PAC Put Alaska First brought in $3.6 million during the last quarter and spent a huge chunk of it on ads against Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan.

Put Alaska First, which is supporting Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, spent slightly more than it brought in from April to June, leaving it with about $5,100.

The haul was huge compared to the first quarter of 2014, when Put Alaska First brought in about $500,000. The group has typically ended its reporting periods with relatively little cash available.

It has been largely funded by the Senate Majority PAC, which is run by former aides to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. And it's consistently hit at Sullivan, one of the three most prominent GOP contenders heading into next month's primary.

Murkowski thanks Coast Guard and pushes more Arctic Investment
Senator Lisa Murkowski today hammered home the need for more Arctic investment as she thanked the United States Coast Guard and the crew of the cutter Healy for their rescue mission of a stranded mariner attempting to sail through the Arctic region, saying: “While I realize that an icebreaker is a high cost item, America needs to step up its investment in the Arctic as the waters there open up to possible travel, economic and military activity."
She said, “The Altan Girl and its captain were lucky that the Healy icebreaker was nearby conducting a research project and could cut through the ice to rescue him, as helicopters were not an option due to weather."

Crossings of the famed Northwest Passage connecting the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic have become more prevalent in recent years. In 2012, a group of three sailors navigated one of the trickiest portions of the Northwest Passage from east to west, at the same time mariner David Scott Cowper was taking on a solo passage of the crossing. In 2013, French adventurer Charles Hedrich attempted a solo west-east crossing via rowboat, the same year that four Vancouver rowers failed in their own attempt to conquer the waterway.

Celebration incident witness search
The Juneau Police Department is seeking additional witnesses to several incidents at the Celebration Parade in June for the purpose of showing those witnesses a photo lineup to help police identify the suspect.

Multiple people have been interviewed during the month long investigation but many did not get a good look at the face of the suspect or became convinced that a Facebook picture that was being circulated was the suspect. Officers confirmed that the man in the Facebook picture was work at the time of the incident.

If you did see the man who kicked at traffic barricades on Main Street at the parking garage, was later at the Goldbelt Hotel and chanted a racial slur, and ultimately grabbed an American flag from the hands of a native man please call JPD. Some men pursued the suspect and took the flag back but JPD has not identified those men and would like to speak with them.

If you believe you saw the face of the suspect please contact Lt. Kris Sell at 586-0600.

New reindeer corral being built near St. Michael
NOME, Alaska (AP) — Volunteers are in the process of building a new corral for a reindeer herd on St. Michael Island.

KNOM reports the first fence posts went up Thursday at the new site, located about three miles southeast of the community of St. Michael.  The lease expired at the former site, owned by the Stebbins Native Corp., which is using that land for gravel excavation.

The herd is jointly owned by the Native Village of St. Michael, the Stebbins Community Association and the Katcheak family. One of the owners and the lifelong reindeer herder, Theodore Katcheak, said construction should take about two weeks. He says the herd does not make a profit, so they must rely on volunteers.

St. Michael is located about 120 miles southeast of Nome.

Fairbanks co-op gets national industry award
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A cooperative market in Fairbanks has received national recognition.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Co-Op Market Grocery and Deli was named the co-op startup of year in 2013.

General manager Mary Christensen accepted the award at the Consumer Cooperative Management Association conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Fairbanks location opened last year in the former Foodland building.

It's experienced steady growth since opening and exceeded sales projections. The store now has 2,680 members and sales year this are expected to reach nearly $3 million.

Capital City Fire Rescue responds to Mendenhall River, Horse Island
Captain Roy Johnson says Sunday morning they were called to help two people in the Mendenhall River around 10:00.

By the time the water team units arrived, both people had self-evacuated the river. One patient was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for further care.

On Sunday morning around 11:30, Capital City Fire Rescue responded with two personnel by helicopter to an emergency medical incident on Horse Island. The helicopter was grounded shortly after take off due to inclement weather. The patient was brought in by boat. Advanced life support was provided and the patient was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

UPDATE: US Coast Guard cutter rescues trapped sailboat from Arctic sea ice, tows vessel to open water
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The U.S. Coast Guard has freed a Canadian sailboat that became trapped in Arctic ice off the north coast of Alaska.

KTUU-TV reports the 36-foot (11-meter) Altan Girl out of Vancouver was attempting to sail to eastern Canada through the Northwest Passage.

It became trapped in ice northeast of Barrow, the northernmost city in the United States.

The Coast Guard cutter Healy reached the sailboat, and with the Altan Girl in tow, on Saturday cut a 12-mile (19-kilometre) path through ice to open water.

The sailboat's owner says he intends to wait in Barrow for better weather and to restock supplies.

The Healy is on a National Science Foundation funded research mission in the Arctic. The Coast Guard says the cutter is continuing with its research.

Hooper Bay teen dies in apparent drowning
HOOPER BAY, Alaska (AP) — A Hooper Bay teenager has died in an apparent drowning.

Alaska State Troopers say 18-year-old Darin Long was found tangled Sunday in a partially deployed fishing net in a slough near the western Alaska village.

Troopers say Long had been subsistence fishing.

He was last seen by his family at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday and found after midnight.

He was pulled from the water and could not be resuscitated at the Hooper Bay clinic. He was pronounced dead at 3 a.m. Sunday.

Hooper Bay is a community of 1,134 about 500 miles west of Anchorage.

Oil spill response drill planned near Nome
NOME, Alaska (AP) — An oil spill response drill is set to take place at Port Clarence northwest of Nome Wednesday.

KNOM reports that spill response company Alaska Chadux is among those participating in the exercise near Teller and Brevig Mission. Chadux general manager Matt Melton says it's a new area for such a drill.

The goal is to deploy equipment from Nome to Teller on the 72-mile road connecting the two communities.

Melton says participants will put deflection boom on the Port Clarence side to simulate a fuel spill and try to keep the fuel out of Grantley Harbor.

Other participants are the Alaska Department of Conservation and Gay Sheffield, a marine biologist with the University of Alaska Fairbanks marine advisory program.

The exercise comes amid industrial projects proposed for the area.

Voter registration deadline
The State of Alaska, Division of Elections reminds us that the deadline to register or update your voter registration for the 2014 Primary election is July 20th.

Registration forms are available at any Division of Elections office, municipal offices, tribal offices, or online at

Information on prisoner deaths expensive to get
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Department of Corrections official says a state agency is considering declassifying an unpublished regulation on investigating prisoner deaths.

Corrections deputy commissioner Sherrie Daigle told the Anchorage Daily News she only recently became aware of the regulation. But she said it could not be shared with the public now because the information could "threaten the safety and security of institutions." She did not say how.

The newspaper requested copies of the Department of Corrections' internal investigation documents related to inmate deaths from 2000 to 2012. The idea was to look at how the department evaluates its performance in cases of prisoners dying while in state custody.

The paper was told it would cost more than $4,000 and take more than 100 hours to locate and copy the files.

Bull gores Alaska rodeo promoter at his own event
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The co-founder of Rodeo Alaska is recovering after he was gored — but still managed to win a prize — at his own event.

The Anchorage Daily News reports 43-year-old Frank Koloski was competing in the "double mugging" event on Saturday.

In that contest, one cowboy on a horse ropes a steer while another on foot tries to wrestle the animal to the ground.

Koloski says the bull's horn punctured his stomach and went in 4 1/2 inches.

He says he tried to trot out of the arena afterward, but got lightheaded and fell. An ambulance took him to a hospital.

Koloski says he has been gored before, but never at his own rodeo.

He underwent surgery and is recovering.

He won the event, which gave him a $1,000 cash prize and a belt buckle.

Man charged with felony eluding on ATV
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A North Pole man was charged with felony eluding after a chase on an all-terrain vehicle outside the city.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 22-year-old Dylan Longoria was arrested early Sunday.

Alaska State Troopers say they took a call through their Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately program at about 3 a.m. reporting a yellow four-wheeler driving dangerously on roads between North Pole and Fairbanks.

Troopers say an officer tried to stop the driver but he led them on a chase until crashing.

Longoria was also charged with reckless driving, driving under the influence and refusing a DUI test.

He was released on bail Sunday.

UPDATE-Flood advisory cancelled
The National Weather Service has cancelled both of the flood advisories that were in effect until 5 am this morning for the Mendenhall Lake and and until 8 am for the Mendenhall River.

According to the National Weather Service, the water level on Mendenhall Lake peaked between midnight and 1 am this morning at 9.5 feet. Flood stage is 9.0 feet. A frontal boundary stalled over the region resulting in training rainfall
over the basin during Sunday. The water will then begin to subside during Monday as the rain dissipates.

Although both river and lake levels are high they are out of the "impact zone" and are receding.

No flooding has been reported under this new advisory.

New Flood Advisory
The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory until 5 am akdt Monday morning for
the Mendenhall Lake...
a flood advisory until 8 am akdt Monday morning for the
Mendenhall River...

According to the National Weather Service, the water level on Mendenhall Lake peaked between midnight and 1 am this morning at 9.5 feet. Flood stage is 9.0 feet.

A frontal boundary stalled over the region resulting in training rainfall over the basin during Sunday. The water will then begin to subside during Monday as the rain dissipates.

* At a lake gage reading of 9.09 feet...water covers West Glacier
Spur Road between Skaters Cabin and West Glacier trailhead. Campsite
7 could be flooded along with water flowing over the road between
Campsites 8 and 9 in the Mendenhall campground.

No flooding has been reported under this new advisory.

Marketing Alaska
The state is formalizing the role of tourism businesses in marketing Alaska.

Governor Parnell last week signed a bill creating a Tourism Marketing Board within the Department of Commerce.
The board will have 21 members representing experts in the tourism industry, with 18 of the seats recommended by the Alaska Travel Industry Association. The other three seats are designated for members of the state House and Senate and Department of Commerce.

The new board does not change how tourism marketing funds are allocated, but allows the private sector to play a formal role in developing a marketing plan for the whole state.

[Sunday July 13th 2014  4th  EDITION 1:00 P.M.]

Glacial flood waters receding in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Glacial flood waters are receding in Juneau after reach record levels at Mendenhall Lake and near-record levels along the Mendenhall River.

The subglacial lake was rising about three inches every hour since the water in Suicide Basin erupted Wednesday and began flowing under the Mendenhall Glacier and into Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River.

The National Weather Service says the lake rose as high as 11.81 feet Friday, breaking the record of 11.2 feet set in 1995. The Mendenhall River reached 13.52 feet at the Mendenhall Loop Bridge, just shy of the 13.8-foot mark also recorded on Sept. 11, 1995.

The river had dropped to 9.7 feet by 11 a.m. Saturday and the lake to 7.99 feet as of 2:15 p.m.

Rescue from sinking skiff in Ketchikan
Alaska State Troopers and United States Coast Guard responded to a reported skiff sinking in the Ketchikan channel near Pond Reef approximately 100 yards offshore Friday night.

Three wet individuals were found walking on the beach: 44 year old Andrew Shulll of Ketchikan, and his two minor children. Shull reported that he tossed a crab pot into the water and that the rope of the pot became tangled in the propeller. The weight shift on the vessel, while he attempted to cut the line, resulted in water overtaking the skiff.

The two minor children were wearing life jackets and all three swam to shore with no reported injuries. The vessel was partially submerged and recovery efforts will be made by Shull.

Coast Guard rescue sailboat trapped in Arctic ice
Coast Guard Cutter Healy crewmembers made contact with a mariner aboard his 36-foot sailboat trapped in Arctic ice approximately 40 miles northeast of Barrow, Alaska, Saturday.

Coast Guard 17th District watchstanders in Juneau were contacted by North Slope Borough Search and Rescue that a man, sailing his sailboat from Vancouver, Canada, to eastern Canada via the Northwest Passage, needed assistance after his vessel had become trapped in the ice.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Healy)

Public forum on oil tax structure teleconferenced around the state Monday
Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) will join speakers Lisa Weissler, Bill Corbus, and Jim Clark in a public discussion of oil taxation in advance of the statewide vote on Ballot Measure Number 1, a referendum on Senate Bill 21.

The forum, sponsored by "Juneau Votes", a non-partisan community project seeking to improve voter registration, information, and turnout, will be at Mendenhall Mall Monday from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, and via videoteleconference to all Juneau Public Libraries, Loussac Library in Anchorage, Kenai Community Library, and the Craig Public Library.

Proponents of Ballot Measure 1 will be:
? Lisa Weissler, a Juneau attorney specializing in oil, gas, and mining law
? Alaska Representative Les Gara

Opponents of SB 21 repeal are:
? Bill Corbus, former president, Alaska Electric Light & Power, and former Alaska Commissioner of Revenue
? Jim Clark, former Chief-of-Staff to Governor Frank Murkowski

The first hour of the forum will be presented in a structured format with questions prepared in advance and asked by a moderator. The second hour will consist of questions and answers, and is open to the public.

Interested persons may attend in person or watch and listen via the Library’s videoconferencing network.

Individuals at other sites throughout Alaska will receive live video and audio, and will be able to participate fully.

Officials assess damage from flooding in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Officials are assessing the damage after water burst from a glacially dammed lake and caused flooding in Juneau.

The water crept up on homes and closed roads and hiking trails Friday. The water level at Mendenhall Lake reached 11.8 feet, breaking its old 1995 record of 11.18 feet, and the Mendenhall River saw near-record flows.

Laurie Sica (SEE'-kah), clerk for the city and borough of Juneau, said Saturday that the full extent of damage wasn't known, but at least one home suffered flood damage and at least a few others had water in their garages.

National Weather Service meteorologist Geri Swanson said power was restored Saturday to low-lying homes along View Drive and Mendenhall Lake campground.

State archives closing for 6 weeks
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Beginning Monday and lasting through Aug. 25, the Alaska State Archives Research Room will be closed and research services limited to an emergency-only basis.

That is to allow for staff to transfer and process 13,000 boxes from two other facilities to the new state library, archives and museum vault.

The state department of education, in a release, said that staff will fulfill emergency requests for student transcripts and address urgent reference questions on a case-by-case basis.

Deal reached over North Pole water contamination
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska is agreeing to share the preliminary costs to explore a water-system expansion in North Pole, where a refinery spill decades ago continues to contaminate groundwater.

The agreement covers the expense of developing the design, cost estimate and construction schedule for a water-main extension. It would serve 550 properties with water contaminated by sulfolane, an industrial chemical that was detected in groundwater in 2009.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the agreement does not include a commitment to follow up with construction work, however.

The deal was announced Friday by the Attorney General Michael Geraghty's office. It requires the state, refinery owner Flint Hills Resources Alaska
and the refinery's former owner, Williams Alaska Petroleum, to equally share costs for the preliminary work.

Volunteers plan to move 60,000 books in Sitka
SITKA, Alaska (AP) — Volunteers in Sitka are getting ready for a big move.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports volunteers will begin moving 60,000 books and other items from Kettleson Library to make way for a major remodeling project at that city library.

The library will be closed, and volunteers will begin shuffling materials to a temporary home at the shuttered Stratton Library on the former Sheldon Jackson College campus.

Stratton has been closed since the college went out of business in 2007. It's been purchased by the state for an eventual conversion into an extension for the Sheldon Jackson Museum.

The library should reopen in the temporary space no later than Aug. 19.

Kodiak students learn all things Russian at camp
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — It will be a different type of experience for children attending camp in Kodiak this coming week.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports Kodiak students will learn Russian songs and dances at a cultural camp.

During the weeklong camp, students will experience traditional Russian food, clothing, music, folk tales and dances.

The camp is being sponsored by the Baranov Museum, the Kodiak Russian Balalaika players and the Kodiak Arts Council.

Baranov Museum Curator of Education Sarah Harrington says it will give the children background on the diversity that supports the Kodiak community.

[Saturday July 12th 2014 10th EDITION 7:56 P.M.]

UPDATE: Forest Service reopens Mendenhall campground
JUNEAU, AK, July 12, 2014 - Tongass National Forest officials continue to assess and reopen facilities and recreation areas affected by Friday’s glacier outburst flooding.

The following areas are now open to the public:
-The Mendenhall Campground will re-open at 5 p.m. today, July 12.
-Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.
-Skaters Cabin road.
-Photo Point trail.
-Steep Creek trail.
-West Glacier trail.
-Glacier Spur Road.
-Trail of Time.
-East Glacier trail.
-Moraine Ecology trail.
-The lake is now open to all watercraft.

The only area that remains closed is Nugget Falls trail and it will be reopened as soon as the water recedes to about the 7.3-foot lake level and the Forest Service determines the area is safe for public use.

Coast Guard assists injured fisherman near Hinchinbrook Island, Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard responded to a fisherman who suffered an eye injury aboard the 29-foot motor vessel Lanikai approximately seven miles from Cape Hinchinbrook, Saturday.

A nearby Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed in Cordova, rendezvoused with the vessel and lowered a rescue swimmer who stabilized the patient while the vessel returned to Cordova.

Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received a notice via VHF that a crewmember had an eye injury and needed medical treatment. The watchstanders directed a Jayhawk crew training in the area to respond to the injured mariner.

“This case illustrates the training and professionalism of our Coast Guard members,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Lindsey Green, a watchstanders at Sector Anchorage command center. “Our crews are always ready to respond, even during training flights, to ensure safety of life at sea.”

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as 17 mph and 3-foot seas.

Coast Guard, local fire department assists injured mariner near Valdez, Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat – Medium crew with two members of the Valdez Fire Department assisted an injured 25-year-old man reportedly suffering from a head injury aboard a jet boat near Valdez, Saturday.

The Coast Guard crew transported the Valdez Fire Department emergency medical technicians to assess the injured man and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services in Valdez.

Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received a notice from the crew of the jet boat who reported that a crewmember had suffered a head injury while the jet boat had another vessel in tow. The watchstanders then directed the launch of the RB-M to respond to the injured mariner.

“This case illustrates the great relationships we have with our local agencies,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Sheean, a watchstander at Sector Anchorage command center. “Without the assistance of the Valdez Fire Department, we would not have been able to assist the man as quickly as we did to get him to the medical care he needed.”

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as 17 mph winds and 1-foot seas.

Tongass National Forest officials are assessing damage; re-opening some areas
JUNEAU, AK, July 12, 2014 - Tongass National Forest officials are assessing damage to facilities and recreation areas today caused by Friday’s glacier outburst flooding. The following areas are now open to the public:
-Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.
-Skaters Cabin road.
-Photo Point trail.
-Steep Creek trail.
-West Glacier trail.
-Glacier Spur Road. Parking is not allowed on the inbound lane of the spur road between the bus lot and end of road.
-Trail of Time.
-East Glacier trail.
-Moraine Ecology trail.
-The lake is now open to all watercraft.

Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Saturday.

The following areas remain closed as Forest Service personnel assess damage:

-Mendenhall Campground. Campground remains gated and electricity is turned off. A section of road in the campground was damaged.
-The fish cam and beaver cam at the Pavilion have been shut off until further notice.
-Nugget Falls trail will be reopened as water recedes to about the 7.3-foot lake level. The Forest Service will check for any damage to the tread at the end of the trail once water recedes to determine if it’s safe for public use.

Deal reached over North Pole water contamination
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska is agreeing to share the preliminary costs to explore a water-system expansion in North Pole, where a refinery spill decades ago continues to contaminate groundwater.

The agreement covers the expense of developing the design, cost estimate and construction schedule for a water-main extension. It would serve 550 properties with water contaminated by sulfolane, an industrial chemical that was detected in groundwater in 2009.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the agreement does not include a commitment to follow up with construction work, however.

The deal was announced Friday by the Attorney General Michael Geraghty's office. It requires the state, refinery owner Flint Hills Resources Alaska and the refinery's former owner, Williams Alaska Petroleum, to equally share costs for the preliminary work.

EVAR Re-opening
The Juneau International Airport has announced that the Emergency Vehicle Access Road (EVAR), commonly referred to as the Airport Dike Trail, is reopened to vehicle and pedestrian traffic as of Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Flood warning cancelled: water level starts to drop on Mendenhall Lake
The National Weather Service has cancelled the flood warning, the water level on Juneau's Mendenhall Lake has begun to drop after setting a record.

Authorities have been monitoring the lake and Mendenhall River to see when they would crest following the release of water from a glacially dammed lake.

The old record of 11.18 feet on the lake, set in 1995, was broken by Friday afternoon. The lake reached a record level of 11.8 feet, then dropped slightly. The Weather Service says the river level has also dropped slightly.

Floodwaters crept up on homes and closed side roads and popular hiking trails on Friday. Officials tried to keep curious onlookers off a bridge overlooking the churning Mendenhall River.

Coast Guard, State Troopers respond to vessel taking on water near Dillingham
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers responded to four mariners in distress after their 32-foot fishing vessel Just In Time began taking on water near Dillingham, Friday.

Alaska State Troopers provided the crew of Just In Time a dewatering pump and a damage control kit to patch the hole, and stayed with the vessel to escort the mariners back to Dillingham.

Sector Anchorage watchstanders monitored a mayday call from the owner of Just In Time that his vessel was taking on water. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and two Alaska State Trooper patrol vessels responded to provide assistance.

“This case illustrates the indispensable partnership between the Coast Guard and our Alaskan state partners,” said Petty Officer 1st Class James Fangman, a watchstander at Coast Guard 17th District command center. “The quick response to our broadcast by the Alaska State Troopers ensured that the mariners in distress were able to safely get back underway and make it to port.”

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as 15 mph winds and 11-mile visibility.

Cabbie acquitted
An Anchorage jury acquitted a former cab driver accused of raping a passenger.

The jury on Friday found 46-year old Chidibiere "Norman" Nwokorie not guilty
on all four charges of sexual assault.

Nwokorie had given a free ride to a woman in August, 2011. He was accused of
taking her to the cab service yard in the ship creek area and sexually assaulting her.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Gist told the Anchorage Daily News
that jurors apparently could not shake their doubts about what really happened.

Because Nwokorie had been allowed to continue driving while released on bail,
the Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance allowing chauffer licenses to be suspended
if drivers use their vehicles in the commission of a crime.

NBC's 'Today" live broadcast draws 1,500 in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau residents came out in droves this week to see some live television.

About 1,500 residents were on hand Thursday as NBC's "Today" did a live segment from Mendenhall Glacier.

Since the segment was live for East Coast audiences, that meant the show started at 3 a.m. local time in Alaska's capital.

Officials say people started lining up at the visitor center pavilion about 1:30 a.m., and the parking lot opened 30 minutes later.

The travel tourism segment was hosted by the show's Natalie Morales who spent two days in Juneau kayaking on Mendenhall Lake, ice climbing and flying in a helicopter above the glacier.

[Friday July 11th 2014  20th  EDITION 7:18 P.M.]

Forest Service provides update on Mendenhall Lake, trails

JUNEAU, AK, July 11, 2014 - The Tongass National Forest has closed the following areas because of glacier outburst flooding. Flooding continues according to the National Weather Service, but the lake levels have been dropping since 4:30 p.m.

-Nugget Falls trail closed this morning, July 11.
-West Glacier trail closed this morning, July 11 (as part of the closure of Skater’s  Cabin road).
-Photo Point trail closed at 1:15 p.m. today, July 11 (lake level was 11.1 feet). 
-The main path of the Visitor Center will be closed at 7:30 p.m. July 11 coinciding with the Visitor Center closing.

-The fish cam and beaver cam at the Pavilion have also been shut off until further notice.

-Skaters Cabin road is closed until further notice.

-Glacier Spur Road remains open. Traffic is heavy tonight on the Glacier Spur Road and parking will be challenging as people view flooded areas. The bus lot will be available for bus and tour operator parking only (no private vehicles) until 7:30 p.m. It will be opened to private vehicles after 7:30 p.m. Parking is not allowed on the inbound lane of the spur road between the bus lot and end of road.
-Entire Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area closes at midnight (normal hours) and will open at 6 a.m. Saturday, July 12, (normal opening time).

The following areas remain open:
-Steep Creek trail.

-Trail of Time remains open as does East Glacier trail, and the Forest Service does not foresee closing these trails.
-Moraine Ecology trail is open but the public cannot launch watercraft from this area.
-The lake remains closed to all watercraft due to the unusual hazards associated with the flood.

Forest Service officials have not yet witnessed any unusual calving of the glacial terminus yet.

National Weather Service says record lake crest, water levels to subside
The Mendenhall Lake crested at 11.8 ft. and the Mendenhall River crested at about 13.5 ft. Friday afternoon.

The lake itself managed to go past the previous record height of 11.2 feet in 1995, but the Mendenhall River fell just shy of it's record level of 13.8 also in 1995.

Meteorologist Brian Bezenek, with the National Weather Service in Juneau, says it appears the water levels are going to subside overnight and into early tomorrow.

(Aerial photo of flooding Friday)

CBJ:  Mendenhall Flood Update

Reports from the National Weather Service indicate the Mendenhall River has crested and the flood has reached its peak and has begun to subside.

CBJ first responders are still working to ensure public safety.

As of 6:00 PM Friday, View Drive remains closed. The barricades along Riverside Drive from Rivercourt Drive to Killewich Avenue are being removed.

People should stay away from the banks of the Mendenhall River as the banks are unstable and could easily give way.

New water level set on Mendenhall Lake
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A record flood level has been set on Juneau's Mendenhall Lake.

National Weather Service meteorologist Nicole Ferrin says the lake reached 11.56 feet on Friday afternoon. The prior record was 11.18 feet, in 1995.

Authorities were monitoring the lake and Mendenhall River, to see when they would crest following the release of water from a glacially dammed lake. The glacial outburst is expected to be worse than one in 2011, which resulted in the closure of some spur roads and some water getting into garages.

Floodwaters crept up on homes and closed side roads and popular hiking trails Friday. Mendenhall River churned up whitewater, as authorities tried to keep curious onlookers off the bridge overlooking it.

(Photos taken Friday at 1PM near the high school: courtesy of Kelly Tkachenko)

CBJ Flood Update
CBJ staff continues to monitor flooding. The Mendenhall River is still rising and there is no sign of the flood subsiding at this time. CBJ has closed View Drive and all roads leading into Meander Way, from Rivercourt Drive to Killewich Avenue along Riverside Drive. This is a voluntary closure at this time. Non-essential persons should stay out of the area. The roads may become impassible due to flooding from high water on the Mendenhall Lake and River.

Power was shut off to View Drive and the Mendenhall Campground and may be shut off to isolated areas affected by flood water. The Airport Dike Trail and the Kaxdigoowu Heen dei Park Trail, aka “Brotherhood Bridge Trail” are closed, including the pedestrian bridge.

Do not walk or drive through flooded areas. People should stay away from the banks of the Mendenhall River as the banks are unstable and could easily give way. Do not stop or stand on bridges to take photographs. Local agencies are monitoring the situation and will continue to provide updates.

Persons living anywhere along the river corridor should think about personal plans for flooding and be prepared. Everyone in the community, regardless of location, is encouraged to have a personal “go bag” of emergency supplies.

Learn more about preparedness here.
View the National Weather Service hydrographs for Mendenhall Lake here.
View the National Weather Service Mendenhall River hydrograph here.

Power temporarily disconnected in some areas due to rising waters
With the flood warning for Juneau and rising water in Mendenhall Lake, AEL&P has temporarily disconnected electrical service to View Drive and the Mendenhall Lake Campground.

Debbie Driscoll, Spokesperson for AEL&P - Alaska Electric Light & Power, says they watching the water levels closely. "This is temporary until the water recedes a bit and it's a safety precaution." Driscoll says they are keeping their eyes on other areas that are likely to flood.  If the water gets dangerously close to homes or electrical equipment, power to those areas will be disconnected too.  She says they will keep customers updated on their website:

UPDATE: Mendenhall closures
CBJ is restricting access to all roads leading into Meander Way by placing barricades on all roads into the area. Due to high water levels on the Mendenhall River, the area has a high potential for flooding of the streets. Recognize that even if water does not crest the banks it is possible for streets to become flooded through the storm drain system.

This is a voluntary closure at this time.

People should not walk or drive through flooded areas.

The Kaxdigoowu Heen dei Park Trail, aka "Brotherhood Bridge Trail" is closed, including the pedestrian bridge.

People should stay away from the banks of the Mendenhall River as the banks are unstable and could easily give way.

Do not stop or stand on bridges to take photographs.

Local agencies are monitoring the situation and will continue to provide updates.

Persons living anywhere along the river corridor should think about personal plans for flooding and be prepared. Everyone in the community, regardless of location, is encouraged to have a personal "go bag" of emergency supplies. To learn more about preparedness, go to:

To view the National Weather Service hydrographs for Mendenhall Lake go to:

For the National Weather Service Mendenhall River hydrograph go to:

Closures, cautions with impending Mendenhall flooding
JUNEAU, AK, July 10, 2014 — In anticipation of a significant glacier outburst flood affecting Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River, the Tongass National Forest is preparing to close a number of recreation facilities adjacent to the lake and prohibiting the use of watercraft on the lake itself.

The National Weather Service has predicted that Mendenhall Lake will reach a record flood stage on Friday.

The Mendenhall Lake Campground is now closed to new visitors. On Friday, the West Glacier Road and all facilities reached from the road – including the Mendenhall Lake Campground, Skaters Cabin and West Glacier Trail – will be closed and evacuated to protect public safety.

On the lake’s east side, the Nugget Falls Trail will also be closed, and the Photo Point Trail will be monitored for potential closure. In addition, the use of any sort of watercraft on the lake will be prohibited due to the significant risk to boaters posed by strong currents and waves from calving ice. These closures will remain in effect until further notice.

Forest Service officials would like to stress the high risk to anyone who is on or near the glacier during the flood, due to the high likelihood of unpredictable effects. According to scientists at the University of Alaska Southeast, the flood may cause ice caves to collapse, create unexpected movements in the glacier, or result in rock and icefalls from the face of the glacier.

“This flood event is Mother Nature showing its strength and power, and I urge everyone to respect that power by observing from a safe distance,” said Ed Grossman, Juneau Ranger District recreation manager.

The National Weather Service water level gauge at Mendenhall Lake can be monitored on the web at

Flood waters rise following glacial outburst
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Floodwaters have begun creeping up on homes, closing side roads and popular hiking trails, following the release of water from a glacially dammed lake in Juneau.

The National Weather Service is forecasting record-high flood levels on Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River, of about 12 feet and 15 feet, respectively.

The Mendenhall River roared Friday morning, as some residents in the area watched water levels lap up into their yards. Residents along View Drive filled sandbags Thursday, some of which dotted yards Friday morning.

Given the forecast, meteorologist Robert Tschantz said residents along the entire stretch of the river should be vigilant.

Authorities had planned to evacuate the Mendenhall Lake campground Friday morning, but Ed Grossman, with the U.S. Forest Service, said campers were moved out Thursday night.

Special Airport Meeting Monday
The Airport Board will hold a special Airport Board meeting on Monday at 5:00 p.m. in the Alaska Room.

The topics for this meeting will be the Runway Rehabilitation Local Match and State and Federal Funding Request List for the City.

The agenda is available here.

Teenager pleads guilty to felony in fatal crash
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An 18-year-old Anchorage man involved in a fatal 2013 car crash has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Prosecutor Daniel Shorey says Murphy Madison Gross pleaded guilty Thursday to criminally negligent homicide and three counts of misdemeanor assault.

KTUU-TV reports Gross was originally charged with five felonies in the Feb. 6, 2013, crash in midtown Anchorage.

Investigators say Gross ran a red light at Northern Lights Boulevard and A Street and T-boned a Jeep Cherokee.

The crash killed 27-year-old Catherine Cope, a mother of two, and injured three others.

Cope had driven to pick up her husband from his job at Guido's pizza parlor. Ryan Cope got behind the wheel of their SUV and was giving a ride to two co-workers.

Gross is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 13.

Well-known humpback whale killed in boat collision
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A 48-foot female humpback whale that has been seen in the waters of southeast Alaska for nearly 40 years has been found dead.

Officials determined it had been killed in a collision with a boat, and federal law enforcement officers are investigating.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Friday said a necropsy has been performed on the whale known by several names, including Max and No. 539.

The lead veterinarian says the whale's left mandible, or jawbone, was fractured and the right mandible was "traumatically dislocated form the cranium."

Officials said it likely only had been dead a few days when it was found July 1.

Officials said the whale was first seen in 1975 in southeast Alaska. She had at least five calves, and they produced at least three more.

New Troopers Public Service Video targets aggressive driving
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – Yesterday, as a part of our ongoing efforts to curb major injury and fatal collisions on Alaska’s roadways, the Department of Public Safety released a public service announcement in hopes of reducing dangerous driving such as speeding, passing in no passing zones and tailgating.

The PSA provides safety information to the motoring public. It will run on some television and radio stations and on GCI cable July 10th through 24th.

Unfortunately, Alaska has experienced 35 roadway fatalities since the beginning of 2014. DPS encourages all motorists to use extra care and practice safe driving behaviors at all times while traversing Alaska’s roads.

Another poor walrus harvest for St Lawrence Island
NOME, Alaska (AP) — The number of walrus harvested for subsistence is well below normal for the second straight year on St. Lawrence Island.

Jim MacKracken supervises the walrus program for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He says the harvest is about half of what the average take has been over the last decade.

While some hunters are still out, KNOM reports the majority of walrus pods are past the island.

MacKracken says the total take so far is about 345 animals. He says the reason for the poor harvest is the same as last year, based on what he's heard from hunters: weather, and ice conditions.

The state last year declared an economic disaster for the area because of the low harvest.

Juneau Police: car theft
Sometime between Sunday and Wednesday, a 1998 darkgreen Saturn 4-door sedan was stolen while parked in the 400 block of Harris Street.

Tips can be given anonymously online at

3-day tax haul from Washington pot sales: $148,256
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington will haul in nearly $150,000 in excise taxes from the first three days of legal marijuana sales — and that doesn't include state and local sales taxes.

Randy Simmons, the Liquor Control Board's project manager for legal pot, says that's not bad, considering the market is in its infancy, with only a few stores open statewide.

The law voters passed in 2012 to legalize pot for adults specifies that excise taxes of 25 percent are imposed when producers sell their product to licensed retail stores, and another 25 percent is imposed when shops sell to consumers.

All excise taxes due from the first day of sales Tuesday totaled $61,604. The figure dipped to $30,924 on Wednesday, and rose to $55,728 on Thursday, for a total of $148,256.

California man catches 482-pound halibut in Alaska
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California man hooked the catch of a lifetime while on vacation in Alaska.

The Orange County Register reports Friday that 76-year-old Jack McGuire of Santa Ana caught a 482-pound Pacific halibut.

McGuire struggled for 40 minutes before the giant fish was reeled in.

His catch outweighs the 459-pound Pacific halibut caught in Alaska in 1996 that is currently the world record, but it doesn't meet International Game Fish Association regulations.

The halibut was shot, then harpooned before it was brought aboard the boat, disqualifying the catch from being considered for a world record.

McGuire was on a weeklong fishing trip near Glacier Bay with his three children when he caught the 95-inch-long fish. He has been fishing since age 6.

Baby born by C-section from mother in coma
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A baby has been born to an Alaska woman in a coma and listed as clinically brain dead for most of the pregnancy.

KTVA reports that baby Faith was delivered by cesarean section Tuesday.

Her mother, Jessie Ayagalria of Bethel, suffered cardiac arrest in January. Doctors discovered she was 12 weeks pregnant.

She was transferred to an Anchorage hospital, where doctors said she had no brain wave activity. However, a neurologist said it was possible for her to carry the baby.

Ayagalria's mother, Shirley Jerry, says family members agreed to try, and had her daughter put on life support.

Jerry says it was amazing to hold her granddaughter, who was born at 35 weeks. But the birth comes with mixed emotions since Ayagalria has returned to hospice care.

Jerry will care for Faith.

Alaska Native land-claims leader dies
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Native leader Don Wright, who was a force behind the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, has died at age 84.

Doyon Ltd, the Fairbanks-based regional Native corporation, says in a release that Wright died Saturday, July 5.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says Wright was president of the Alaska Federation of Natives in 1971 when then-President Richard Nixon signed into law the claims settlement.

The law compensated Alaska Natives for loss of lands historically used. It led to establishment of regional and village Native corporations with the right to select 44 million acres of land and appropriated $962.5 million to them.

Doyon, one of the regional Native corporations created under the law, says Wright was a champion for Alaska.

Wright's funeral will take place in Nenana July 26.

Sinkhole repair closes Fairbanks bridge
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks bridge over the Chena (CHEE NUH) River is closing Friday to allow workers to repair a nearby sinkhole.

Fairbanks Public Works Director Mike Schmetzer says the Wendell Avenue Bridge is closing.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the sinkhole is about 7 feet deep and the size of a volleyball near the surface.

The sinkhole is one of several that opened up recently after heavy rain.

One sinkhole on a resident's lawn was estimated to be 80 feet deep.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has reported three sinkholes. An employee cutting grass with a riding mower on the east side of campus Thursday was stopped when ground opened beneath the mower's left wheel.

That sinkhole was about 10 feet deep.

Woman cited for photographing while driving
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A woman observed driving erratically between Palmer and Wasilla has been cited for taking pictures of herself while driving.

The Anchorage Daily News reports 59-year-old Susan Fellows was cited Tuesday afternoon.

Alaska State Troopers say they took a call from their "Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately Program" about a car weaving on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway.

An officer stopped Fellows near the Glenn Highway intersection.

Fellows was issued a misdemeanor citation for texting while driving.

State lawmakers banned texting while driving in 2012.

Ribbon seal shows up in Prince William Sound
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Prince William Sound hosted an unusual visitor this week.

APRN reports a federal wildlife technician on Wednesday photographed a ribbon seal on ice.

Marty Reedy was at the wheel of a boat taking part in a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seabird and marine mammal survey.

He has also worked in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas and immediately recognized the animal that is found in those waters.

Seal expert Peter Boveng of the National Marine Mammal Lab in Seattle says ribbon seals spend winters in the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk (oh-KOOTSK').

He says roaming seals have been seen as far south as British Colombia and Washington.

CBJ makes board appointments, others still open
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly, at a Special Assembly Meeting held Thursday, July 10, 2014, made the following appointments to the Airport, and Docks and Harbors Boards.

Airport Board: The Assembly reappointed incumbent Malcolm Menzies and appointed new member Dennis Harris to the Airport Board, each for three year terms beginning July 10, 2014 and expiring June 30, 2017.

Docks and Harbors Board: The Assembly reappointed incumbents E. Budd Simpson and John A. Bush along with new member David Summers to three year terms on the Docks and Harbors Board beginning July 10, 2014 and expiring June 30, 2017.

The Assembly would like to thank outgoing member Ron Swanson for his many years of service on the Airport Board and Docks and Harbors Board member Kevin Jardell for his service on that board.