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7th, 2014 16th EDITION 5:05
Hunter with gunshot
wound rescued by Coast Guard
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60
Jayhawk helicopter crew safely medevaced an injured hunter off Mount
Verstovia, a few miles east of Sitka Friday.
The Jayhawk crew
transported the man to Air Station Sitka where he was transferred to
awaiting emergency medical services for further medical attention.
Coast Guard 17th
District command center watchstanders received a request for assistance from
the Sitka Fire Department who reported a hunter had suffered a
self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg. The duty flight surgeon was
notified and the Jayhawk crew was dispatched to the scene.
“Because of the
great communication between the Sitka Fire Department, the hunter and our
watchstanders in the command center, we were able to locate the hunter and
get him to the medical care he needed,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jamie
Flood, a flight mechanic aboard the helicopter. "The Coast Guard encourages
hunters to have a reliable means of communication in case they need to call
for help in an emergency."
Department is investigating the cause of the incident. Weather on scene was
reported as overcast with 10-mile visibility and 17 mph winds.
SEARHC health care
facilities open Veterans Day
All SouthEast Alaska Regional
Health Consortium (SEARHC) health care facilities will be open during
regular business hours on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11.
patients and employees are veterans, and the organization is proud to honor
the sacrifice of these men and women who helped protect our great nation and
the citizens of Southeast Alaska.
reminds patients who are veterans that have not yet signed up for health
care services through the VA and would like to do so should contact the
SEARHC Rural Veteran Liaison, George Bennett, Sr. at (907) 966-8776 or
Alaska Senate, governor races remain in limbo
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Both U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and
Republican challenger Dan Sullivan remained out of the public eye Friday and
their race remained too close to call.
Sullivan led by than 8,100 votes but thousands of votes have yet to be
counted. The state will start counting absentee ballots on Tuesday.
Begich spokesman Max Croes (CROSS") says they feel every vote should be
He says Begich didn't have any public events scheduled, and is spending time
with his family.
Sullivan left Thursday for Marine Corps reservist training, but is expected
back by Tuesday's count.
His campaign has maintained Sullivan's lead is insurmountable.
It's not the only race that hasn't been called yet. Incumbent Republican
Gov. Sean Parnell trails independent candidate Bill Walker by about 3,000
UPDATE: Edge of
explosive storm arrives at Alaska's Aleutian Islands
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The edge of a rapidly intensifying
storm is pummeling Alaska's western Aleutian Islands, signalling its arrival
with hurricane-force winds.
Sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph) and gusts up to 96 mph (154 kph) were
recorded Friday morning on Shemya Island, where 120 people are waiting out
the storm at the end of the island chain.
What's left of Typhoon Nuri is also expected to bring unseasonably frigid
temperatures to much of the U.S. next week.
Shemya Island is where the U.S. military operates Eareckson Air Station,
which serves mainly as an early warning radar installation. Acting manager
Don Llewellyn says no one is going outside, but people can see light poles
National Weather Service forecaster Bob Oravec says the storm is expected to
surpass the intensity of 2012's Superstorm Sandy. But Nuri's target is a
sparsely populated region where people are accustomed to severe weather.
Typhoon Nuri could bring
100 foot high waves to Alaska
Typhoon Nuri is expected to reach Alaska's western
Aleutian Islands over the weekend. The explosive storm should produce waves
as high as 100 feet, with the chance to develop into the strongest storm on
One of the
'Deadliest Catch' captains Sig Hansen is currently at sea, preparing for the
massive storm, "So I'm playing Russian roulette here and same time we're
worried that this thing is gonna change directions and come at us. And then
what do you do? And so we are fearful because we do want to get in."
Nuri could bring bring unseasonably frigid temperatures across the U-S next
week. ABC's Senior Meteorologist Rob Maricano says, "Typhoon Nuri is one of
the strongest storms on the planet this year. It's going to transform
into a north Pacific storm and then get even stronger. It could become one
of the strongest storms on record here in the Bering Sea, with the rapid
intensification. One thing's for sure. There's big time waves with
this, on average, 50 footers. We could see up to 80, 90, even 100 feet. The
winds and the waves will subside, but not 'till the end of the weekend."
Sullivan still leading
senate race, governor still too close to call
In the Senate race, Republican
challenger Dan Sullivan leads Democratic Sen. Mark Begich by more than 8,100
votes, but the state is still collecting absentee and provisional ballots.
The race for Alaska governor is even closer.
The Alaska Division of Elections says there are at least 41,000 absentee and
provisional ballots to be counted, a number that could grow significantly.
Election workers are scheduled to start counting those votes on Tuesday.
sentenced for assaulting child
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 40-year-old Anchorage woman
convicted of striking a 5-year-old child with a pool cue and a back
scratcher has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Anchorage Deputy District Attorney Clint Campion in an announcement says
Cindy Atofau (at-toh-FAH'-oo) was sentenced Thursday for assaulting the boy
The boy and his family lived with Atofau for several months. Campion says
the child's mother arrived at home and noticed the boy was having trouble
Investigators determined he had injuries to his lower back, buttocks, upper
thighs, hands, ears and face. He also suffered a fractured foot.
Atofau pleaded guilty in July to felony assault.
Atofau on Thursday apologized and told Anchorage Superior Court Judge
Phillip Volland (VOH'-land) her conduct did not represent who she is.
Minimum wage increase in
Alaska, but unlikely nationally
A federal minimum wage is one of the issues a
Republican-held Congress is unlikely to pass. The Obama Administration has
pushed for it, and Labor Secretary Tom Perez says he hopes Congress listens
to voters, "In Alaska, 69 percent of the voters voted to increase the
minimum wage - Arkansas, 65 percent. Nebraska was almost 60 percent. South
Dakota was in the mid or high 50's I believe. That's a pretty important
JPD's Crime of the Week
On October 31st, 2014, at about
6:30 in the evening, the manager of storage units in the 2300 block of
Jordan Avenue called the Juneau Police Department to report a storage unit
appeared to have been burglarized. The manager had been at the property
recently and said the crime had happened in the last 30 minutes.
The renters were interviewed and reported three long guns and two pistols
had been taken. JPD is now looking for a pink children’s .22 caliber rifle
called “My First Rifle”, a .22 caliber Ruger rifle with camo colored stock,
and a Mossberg .22 caliber rifle. The handguns are a Taurus .22 caliber
semi-automatic and a Ruger .45 caliber semi-automatic.
The person or people committing the burglary attempted to pry an electrical
box off the wall which impacted the automatic fire doors but was
unassociated with surveillance. The repair cost is about $500. The subjects
appeared to have tried to use bolt cutters to remove a padlock on the
storage unit but were unable to cut the lock. The subjects then pried the
door off the tracks, doing about $600 in damage.
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.
Crime Line is a non-profit organization composed of a cross-section of the
community and is designed to aid police agencies in their investigations.
Tipsters are guaranteed anonymity and given a number when claiming a reward
of up to $1,000.00. If you have information on this or any other crime, log
on to http://juneaucrimeline.com
US rig count down 4 to
HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes
Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S.
declined by four this week to 1,925.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,568 rigs were
exploring for oil and 356 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year
ago there were 1,754 active rigs.
Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained five rigs, Kansas
increased two and North Dakota and Pennsylvania were up one each.
New Mexico lost four, Louisiana and West Virginia each dropped three and
Alaska, Ohio and Utah declined by one apiece.
Arkansas, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and Wyoming were unchanged.
The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.
State vague on update
for cleaning Fairbanks air
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A state update on plans for
lowering particulate pollution in Fairbanks winter air has left members of
the Fairbanks North Star Borough frustrated.
Assemblyman Karl Kassel (KAS'-el) says a briefing Thursday night lacked
definitive details. He says he's frustrated by the lack of progress.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports state officials laid out an air
cleanup plan that mostly continues programs already in place. Those include
the borough's wood stove exchange program, efforts to bring in
cleaner-burning natural gas and public education on proper wood stove use.
Department of Environmental Conservation Deputy Commissioner Lynn Kent says
Fairbanks' cold winters make finding solutions more difficult because it's
hard to limit any particular heating source.
She says methods selected for Fairbanks may not be the same as those used
Appeals court revives
Alaska suit on roadless rule
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a
lawsuit by the state of Alaska challenging the national roadless rule, which
prohibits road construction and timber harvesting on millions of acres of
forest lands, including vast swaths of national forest in Alaska.
In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
Circuit reversed a federal judge's ruling that Alaska waited too long to
file its complaint.
The appeals court said Alaska's lawsuit, filed in 2011, was within a
six-year time limit.
The U.S. Forest Service argued that the clock on Alaska's suit began running
in 2001 when the roadless rule was issued. The three-judge appeals panel
disagreed, saying the rule was repealed in 2005 by the Forest Service and
reinstated in 2006 by a federal judge.
Ex-teacher charged with
sexual abuse of a minor
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 73-year-old retired teacher
was arraigned Thursday on seven counts of sexual abuse of a minor.
The Alaska Dispatch News reports David Schwantes, a former Alaska Teacher of
the year, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Schwantes taught third and fourth grades at Mt. Spurr Elementary on
Elmendorf Air Force Base from 1968 to 1993.
A former student told police he was abused by Schwantes as a student at the
elementary school and detectives launched an investigation. Schwantes was
The man who says he was abused has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from
Schwantes and the Anchorage School District. He says the abuse occurred from
1988 to 1998.
Schwantes had no criminal history when he was arrested. He remained in
custody Friday at the Anchorage Jail.
Director of Elections on
Action Line yesterday
Director of Elections for the state of Alaska, Gail Fenumiai was our guest
on Action Line Thursday.
Here are some of the questions that we posed to her.
There is a campaign or two that are anxious for some final counts.
Have any campaigns contacted your office?
"They are able to contact the division. They do often times send observers
to watch this absentee and questioned ballot review process."
Where are you currently in the counting process?
"At this point in time, we will not be counting any more ballots until
November 11. What's happening in our regional offices is that they each have
an absentee review board and a questioned review board. These boards are
comprised of Alaska voters of a bi-partisan board of mixed party
They are tasked with reviewing all absentee ballots that were cast in all
manner; by mail, in person, by fax, online and all questioned ballots that
were voted. They ensure that the voter was eligible to have voted the ballot
that they voted."
The regional election offices are in Juneau, Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks
How many potential votes are still yet to be counted?
"Right now as of Wednesday morning, we have 23,609 absentee and early voted
ballots that have been approved for counting that have not been counted yet.
I am waiting today (Thursday) to get a total number of our questioned
ballots that we anticipate to have. Then there is a potential of
13, 800 ballots that are still to comeback from voters that had a ballot
sent to them that we have not received yet.
Based on those numbers and using a 2010 number of questioned ballots, which
was 13,000. We have been telling folks that the potential is up to the
neighborhood of 50,000. That is a very rough number. It does not mean more
than just a guess."
When are the next counts scheduled?
"Our next count
will take place on November 11th and then we will count again on November
14th and then again the 17th through 19th as needed to continue counting the
remaining absentee and questioned ballots."
The election must be certified by November 28 with the Governor's
inauguration scheduled for December 1st.
New Bethel pool closes
after grand opening
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — The opening of the new $24 million
pool in Bethel was short-lived.
KYUK reports the pool was closed shortly after a grand opening ceremony on
Saturday because of a problem with the new building's sprinkler system.
Crews are working to fix the problem.
The state fire marshal's office last Friday found that the pressure to run
the sprinkler system was inadequate. However, the state fire marshal's
office did allow the grand opening to go on as scheduled.
The grand opening was held days after a fire destroyed a $12 million alcohol
treatment center that was under construction in Bethel. There were no
injuries in that fire.
The pool facility is named Kuimarvik (KWEEM'-uh-vik), which is Yup'ik Eskimo
for "place to swim."
UAF announces mining
workforce training program
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — University of Alaska Fairbanks
officials say a new project will focus on workforce training for the mining
Officials say UAF will lead the project, which is funded by an $8.1 million
federal grant from the Labor Department.
Project partners include the University of Alaska Southeast and the
University of Alaska Anchorage Prince William Sound Community College.
Ferry system restricting
travel by minors
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska ferry system is enacting
a new policy that will require that a parent, guardian or other authorized
adult accompany child passengers.
The policy is scheduled to take effect Nov. 20.
It will require that anyone under age 18 be accompanied by a parent, legal
guardian or an adult with notarized authorization from the child's parent or
guardian. Minors who are legally married, emancipated or part of a
chaperoned youth group will be exempted.
State transportation department spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said the change
wasn't prompted by any incidents. He said the ferry system routinely reviews
its policies and the change is aimed at ensuring the safety of all children
Under the outgoing policy, there are different rules for minors, depending
on their age.
First Friday in
November, enjoy artwork and receptions today in Juneau
On the first Friday of each month, Juneau galleries,
shops and museums feature local artwork and host receptions and special
events for featured artists. Receptions generally run from 4:30 to 7:30pm.
Some of the events include:
Annie Kaill’s: Barbara Lavallee will show new originals as well as
personalize her prints, children's books, and calendars. Alice Tersteeg will
show a collection of her latest original artwork.
Baranof Hotel Bubble Room: Meet-and-greet conductor candidate, Troy
Quinn. Enjoy live music and a no-host bar while you get to know Troy off the
Coho’s Bar & Grill: Wine tasting and art work by Frank Mooney
Coppa: 12x12 Quilt Show by the 2014 Alaska Fiber Festival Group
Elise Tomlinson's New Studio Opening at 119 Seward Street, Suite 5 (upstairs
in the Valentine Building):
The show features colorful Alaskan landscapes and figurative oil paintings
in a range of sizes.
GCI Store Downtown: Juneau, Southeast, and Alaska photography by
Michael Phelps from 4 – 6:30 pm.
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council: “Together” by Sarah Isto and Gordon
Harris, works that combine the rhythms of poetry with the visual beauty of
JAHC: "Friends of the Library - Engraved Bricks."
Purchase engraved bricks to be placed on the exterior wall adjacent to the
new Valley library entrance where people will see it for years to come.
Juneau Artists Gallery: Photography by landscape photographer Toby
Red Dog Saloon: "Underland Wonderland” by Brian Weed, a collection of
photographs of underground mines, historic ruins, and relics near the
Juneau-Douglas City Museum: Marianne Manning, TOE-tally, “Downtown
Marianne Manning is the matriarch of a distinguished Juneau art family and
will be showing new oil and pastel works.
Tony Newman, aka TOE, produces satirical, humorous and commemorative
“Downtown Sights” features paintings from the Museum's collection that
capture the colors and shapes of Juneau's architecture.
Kindred Post: It's the "Mealtime Antics" Photo Booth by Ariel Rolfe and
Kelsey Lovig and Live Music by Cats and Kites (Mackenzie Merrill and JD
Bring your friends and family down to the Kindred Post photo booth to set
the table your own way!
The Skate Park: Internationally renown artist, Spencer Keeton
His work is largely satirical, relating to Alaskan politics, climate change,
and local history.
Rainforest Yoga: an hour of yoga, Gold Town Theater in the Emporium Mall,
from 5:15 to 6:15, led by the Rainforest’s own Bev Ingram
“Layers” by Mary VanderJack, a local wedding photographer
Silverbow: Recent Works by Magil Pratt, An assortment of Landscapes, still
life, portrait, and narrative in oil
Gigi Monroe Designs: Grand Opening of Alaska's First Drag Queen Depot
with Custom designed wigs and costumes
for everyone's inner diva, handmade by owner James Hoagland
Vanity: Artwork by Jason Lucas, large-scale abstract mixed medium pieces
that are created by an extensive process using plaster, paint, and hand
tools to create texture.
6th, 2014 14th EDITION 5:48
Juneau man arrested on
child porn charges
Juneau Police have arrested a local man on an outstanding
warrant charging distribution of child pornography and possession of child
A JPD officer arrested 40 year old Juneau resident Scott R. Parker Tuesday
and took him to Lemon Creek Correctional Center.
JPD Public Information Officer Erann Kalwara says the investigation began in
April based on multiple cybertips submitted to the Anchorage Cybercrimes
Unit through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The Anchorage Police Department (APD) is the lead law enforcement agency in
the State of Alaska for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. On
April 21st, an APD Cyber Crimes Detective forwarded the case to a JPD
Detective who is a member of that task force. As the investigation
continued, members of the task force collaborated to process evidence
related to the case.
Parker was indicted by a Juneau grand jury on October 31st. The indictment
charges Parker with 39 counts of possessing child pornography, which are
Class C felonies, and one count of distributing child pornography, which is
a Class B felony.
At this time there is no indication that any of the victims depicted in the
images were from Juneau. The investigation is continuing.
Evening at Egan Friday
night, "Juneau’s Changing Snow Climate"
Snowfall in Juneau has a wide range of impacts on our
lives, from recreational opportunities at Eaglecrest to the health of animal
populations and the stability of the Juneau Icefield.
Tonight experience a presentation examining how Juneau’s snow climate has
changed in recent decades and how it may be altered by climate warming in
UAS spokeswoman, Katie Bausler, tells News of the North, "Evening at Egan
this week should be of interest to wide range of people in Juneau, from
skiers to people who hunt." She says this presentation will examine the
impact of the snow climate on our lives from recreational opportunities at
Eaglecrest to the health of the local animal population and the stability of
the Juneau ice field.
Evening at Egan is free to the public with "Juneau’s Changing Snow Climate"
presented by Dr. Eran Hood, Professor of Environmental Science, at UAS. at 7
P.M., in the Egan Lecture Hall.
Station celebrates 5th annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day
On Saturday, Juneau’s Imagination Station will join hundreds of locally
owned stores across the country to celebrate the fifth annual Neighborhood
Toy Store Day, coordinated by the American Specialty Toy Retailing
Association (ASTRA) to help families discover the joy of shopping at their
local, independently-owned toy store this holiday season and beyond.
"When you shop at
an independent toy store, you are entering a universe of play
possibilities," explains Kathleen McHugh, President of the American
Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA). "Neighborhood Toy Store Day is
about celebrating the role the local store plays in the community. We are
highlighting the expertise your local store has in selecting just the right
innovative, exclusive and engaging toy to help your child grow and learn
As part of the
festivities, Juneau’s Imagination Station will offer kids a chance to try
out arts and crafts such as the Original Spirograph and Klutz Paper
Airplanes. Demonstrations of toys will be available and sales, drawings, and
free balloons are just a few of the other activities going on. Knowledgeable
staff will be standing by to answer questions about toys and to help
families find the right playthings for their children.
owner of Juneau’s Imagination Station explained, “With our expert
understanding of how kids play, we’d like to help people find toys that
deliver the highest value, inviting imaginative discovery and encouraging
And consumers can be confident that more of the dollars spent in local,
independently-owned stores, stay in the community—25% percent more in
contrast with national chains, according to the 3/50 Project. Resident
business owners pour more money and energy back into the community in the
form of everything from tax dollars to charity donations to participating in
local initiatives through civic associations.
shoppers to take this opportunity to be part of a celebration of community
and to get to know their neighborhood toy store on Neighborhood Toy Store
Day. “By shopping locally, consumers will find great toys while supporting
vibrant communities and sustainable economic development. Visit your
neighborhood toy store and you may bring home more than just the perfect
gift, you'll share the spirit of the season.”
Hoffman joins GOP
majority in Alaska Senate
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate's Republican
majority has welcomed its first Democratic member.
The caucus on Thursday announced the addition of Sen. Lyman Hoffman of
Bethel. That brings to 15 the number of majority members in the 20-person
It's not uncommon for rural Democrats to be part of a Republican-led
majority. It's been that way in the House for years. During the last
legislature, Democratic Sens. Dennis Egan of Juneau and Donny Olson of
Golovin were in the Senate majority.
Hoffman said in a statement that he looks forward to focusing on solutions
to high energy prices in rural Alaska.
Hoffman will remain a member of the Senate Finance Committee.
In the lead-up to this year's elections, Hoffman endorsed Republican U.S.
Senate candidate Dan Sullivan over Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.
2 die in traffic crash
northeast of Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska
State Troopers have released the names of two men killed in a crash between
a truck and a small sedan Wednesday northeast of Fairbanks.
Troopers say 33-year-old Shane Yoder of Fairbanks and 73-year-old William
Thurlby of North Pole died in the crash on Nordale Road less than a mile
south of Chena Hot Springs Road.
Thurlby was a passenger in the truck drive by 70-year-old Marvin Carroll of
North Pole, who was seriously injured.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Yoder was driving the sedan and lost
control. The sedan slammed into the truck.
Troopers took a call on the crash at 2:17 p.m.
Carroll was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
Remnant of Typhoon Nuri
headed to Aleutian Islands
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Weather forecasters say an
explosive storm surpassing the intensity of 2012's Superstorm Sandy is
heading north through the Pacific Ocean and is expected to reach Alaska's
western Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea over the weekend.
The remnant of Typhoon Nuri is moving northeast from the Japanese coast and
mixing with cold air and a jet stream that could bring hurricane-force winds
and waves 50 feet high. The National Weather Service says it could arrive
between late Friday and Saturday before weakening.
Weather service forecaster Bob Oravec says the system is expected to push
frigid air into much of the continental U.S. next week.
While Sandy caused destruction along the urban East Coast, Nuri's target in
the north is a sparsely populated region with a few small communities that
are accustomed to severe weather.
and viewing of "Sharing Juneau's Trails"
The Alaska Trappers Association & Alaska Department of
Fish and Game are hosting a community trapping presentation tonight from 7 -
9 PM at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.
Biologist Stephanie Sell tells News of the North, "We're coming up on
trapping season and we just want people to be aware when they are on the
trails, trappers are out there as well."
Tonight is a
chance to meet and talk with local trappers, learn what to look for on
trails with the video "Sharing Juneau’s Trails", learn how to release pets
from traps, and learn more about trapping.
Juneau Chamber of
Commerce CEO announces retirement
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce held their 96th annual membership meeting at
their weekly luncheon today at Juneau International Airport.
Cathie Roemmich, Chamber CEO, used the occasion to make a special
"In my time at the
Chamber, I have worked for approximately 56 board members and 10 different
presidents or direct bosses. Working for this Chamber has been the most
incredible experience in my life. So, it with a great deal of sadness that I
tell you that it is time for me to move on.
I love and respect many of you, more than I can say. I know I will never be
able to duplicate this amazing journey. So many great people have touched my
life. I hope many of you will remain in my life as friends. The Chamber is
ready for new enthusiasm, excitement and energy in this position.
I have no doubt that this Board of Directors will work tirelessly to find
just the right person. Never forget, we are an award winning Chamber.
It's my hope that you will continue to support this wonderful organization
and the work that they do by volunteering, recruiting new members and
Most of all, I just want to say thank you and I will never forget all the
support and encouragement and respect you have all given me in the last 9
last day is scheduled to be December 15.
Boys, girls teams to get
equal time at Sitka field
SITKA, Alaska (AP) — The Sitka School District has
reached a settlement that will give the high school baseball and softball
teams equitable time to practice and play at the city-owned field.
Superintendent Mary Wegner told the school board this week that an agreement
had been signed with the person who filed the complaint under a federal
KCAW reports that the agreement will help the district avoid further
investigation by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.
District officials had worried that such an investigation would put several
programs at risk.
The softball coach said he was excited the teams would get equal time.
Moller Field opened in 2012 following renovations. Baseball, which
historically played there, claimed the new field, though accommodations were
provided for softball games.
Alaska voters awaiting
US Senate results
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — For the third straight Senate
election, Alaska voters are waiting to find out who won due to how the state
Officials begin counting absentee and questioned ballots on a rolling
schedule a week after the election. A questioned ballot is one that a voter
may have cast outside his precinct, or officials question his voting
Under state law, absentee ballots can be received up to 10 days after the
election if postmarked within the U.S. and up to 15 days if postmarked
Democratic Sen. Mark Begich trails Republican Dan Sullivan by about 8,100
votes, with thousands of ballot still to be counted.
Begich's campaign says it respects the timetable of election officials but
Republicans say the lead is insurmountable.
Remains found in Alaska
identified as missing man
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say human
remains found on a remote island are those of a missing French adventurer.
Alaska Dispatch News reports 32-year-old Francois Guenot vanished in May
after embarking on a kayaking trip. His destination was Perryville, a small
community hundreds of miles away on the Alaska Peninsula.
The remains were found in September on Shuyak Island north of Kodiak.
Troopers said Wednesday the state medical examiner's office identified the
remains using dental records.
Guenot, from Maiche, France, began appearing last year in southwest Alaska.
He told people he had walked, canoed and bicycled across Canada and through
Alaska, and planned to reach Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.
After he went missing, a kayak believed to be his was found in the Katmai
National Park and Preserve in June.
injures man on bicycle
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man riding a bicycle was
struck and injured in a hit-and-run crash in Anchorage.
KTUU-TV reports Anchorage police at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday took a call that the
man was down with head injuries at 16th Avenue and Karluk Street.
Medics found the man unresponsive and breathing with difficulty.
The man was taken to a hospital.
UA president warns of
likely budget cuts
University of Alaska President Pat Gamble says campuses
should brace for another round of budget cuts.
Speaking Wednesday to the UA Board of Regents, Gamble says some academic
programs probably will have to be eliminated and employees will have to be
laid off because of an expected reduction in state funding.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports it would be the third straight year
of serious cuts.
Gamble's assessment preceded a regents' vote on the university's annual
funding request from the Alaska Legislature.
Regents will seek $395.8 million, an increase of about $22 million from what
the university received from the Legislature for this current fiscal year.
State revenue projections have dropped as the price of oil has fallen from
more than $110 per barrel to about $80 per barrel.
JPD respond to stabbing
Just after midnight this morning, Juneau Police responded to a report of a
stabbing at a hotel in the 400 block of Third Street downtown.
Responding officers found a 25 year-old man suffering from a laceration to
his arm, which he said was caused by another man cutting him with a knife in
The victim was transported to the Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment
of his injury. The suspect, 57 year-old Henry Phillips Jr., was arrested and
lodged without bail at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on one count of
Assault in the Third Degree.
Alcohol was a factor in this incident.
Car fire on Brandy Lane
early Wednesday morning
According to Fire Captain Roy Johnson, Capital City Fire Rescue was called
to a vehicle fire just before 7 Wednesday morning.
The call took them
to the end of Brandy Lane for what was reported as a single vehicle fire. On
arrival, they found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames. They critically made
extinguishment of the fire. The vehicle appeared to be a total loss.
Estimated value of the vehicle is about $2500.
The fire is under
Judge in Exxon Valdez
case seeks progress
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge is expressing
frustration with the time it's taking to resolve litigation stemming from
the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland says the certificate of service
for a filing last month included an attorney who died in 2010. Another
attorney recently died.
He says the case appears to have progressed little in the last year. He said
in an order filed Monday that work on a restoration plan is proceeding, and
has reached the fourth of sixth stages within about eight years' time.
But he says he doesn't understand why a decision hasn't been made on whether
the state and federal governments would pursue additional damages.
He ordered a status report by March 16, about three months earlier than the
5th, 2014 14th EDITION 9:25 P.
Have coffee with a cop
Juneau Police invite you to join your neighbors and
police officers for coffee and conversation Thursday afternoon 2:00–3:00 PM
at UAS Spike’s Cafe at the Egan Library.
Coffee will be available for purchase. JPD Lt. David Campbell says, "There's
no agenda and there are no speeches. It's a chance for people to ask
questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in the
Also, JPD and UAS have recently signed an
agreement to have a JPD Substation located next to the Egan Library.
The substation is not fully functional, but the substation will be
available for viewing during the Coffee with a Cop event.
Public forum on Treadwell Arena Task Force Thursday
The Treadwell Arena Task Force Public Comment Meeting
will be Thursday at 5:00pm at the Douglas Library Conference Room.
If you are unable to attend, send your
Republicans hold Alaska Senate majority, organize
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Republicans have maintained a
majority in the Alaska state Senate and chosen new leaders for the coming
Anchorage Sen. Kevin Meyer will serve as Senate president, taking over for
Wasilla Sen. Charlie Huggins, who will be the new Senate Rules chairman.
North Pole Sen. John Coghill will remain as majority leader.
Fairbanks Sen. Pete Kelly and Eagle River Sen. Anna Fairclough will serve as
co-chairs of the Senate Finance Committee.
The majority is currently comprised of 14 members, all Republicans, but it
was possible for others to be added. During the last legislature, two
Democrats caucused with the GOP majority.
Meetings were also planned this week to decide organization of the House
NCAA imposes sanctions on 9 UAF teams
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska
Fairbanks has been fined $30,000 and will not be eligible for postseason
play in several sports because of NCAA infractions handed down Wednesday.
The university says in a release the infractions were a result of university
errors and not anything athletes did.
The sanctions cover such things as the university not identifying students
who had not earned the required number of credits or had informally switched
majors without filing the proper paperwork.
UAF officials self-identified the infractions to the NCAA in 2011. The
infractions covered academic years starting in 2007 and ending in 2012.
Infractions covered nine of UAF's 10 sports teams. Besides a postseason ban
for some teams, it also includes the temporary suspension of nine
scholarships in five sports over the next three years.
Begich trailing in Alaska Senate race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark
Begich wasn't conceding anything Wednesday in his race against Republican
challenger Dan Sullivan.
Sullivan held a 3.6 percentage point lead over Begich with all precincts
reporting. Thousands of absentee ballots won't be counted until Nov. 11.
In a statement Wednesday, Begich campaign manager Susanne Fleek-Green said
the campaign wants a final vote count. Republicans said they believe the
margin is insurmountable.
Both sides expressed confidence in the waning days of the campaign, with
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a tea party favorite, and former presidential
candidate Mitt Romney rallying support for Sullivan. Begich, meanwhile,
deployed his "big guns" — his wife and mom — to outlying communities to
support get-out-the-vote efforts as he shook as many hands as possible.
Begich has been in this position before. He trailed Sen. Ted Stevens, a
Republican icon in Alaska, by about 3,000 votes after the 2008 general
election only to win by nearly 4,000 votes when absentee ballots were
counted. Begich is behind Sullivan by just over 8,000 votes.
On Tuesday night, as early results showed him trailing Sullivan, he told
supporters packed into a downtown Anchorage restaurant that he'd like to win
on Election Night for once and urged them to hold firm.
During the campaign, Begich played up his homegrown roots while portraying
Sullivan, whose roots here date to the 1990s, as an outsider with rich
supporters trying to buy a Senate seat. A leader in the Senate Democratic
caucus, Begich cast himself as an independent voice for Alaskans and sought
to distance himself from President Barack Obama.
But Republicans made the race a referendum on Obama and Senate Democratic
leader Harry Reid. Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and
television networks found about 8 in 10 voters who said they were satisfied
with the job Obama was doing voted for Begich, but about 8 in 10 voters who
said they were angry about Obama's time in office supported Sullivan.
An oft-repeated line by Sullivan supporters was that Begich voted with Obama
"97 percent of the time," a figure that included votes, many of them on
confirmations, on which Obama stated a preference in 2013.
Pollster Ivan Moore said that was the single-most memorable message of the
Whichever candidate wins the contest won't affect control of the Senate.
Republicans gained seven seats in Tuesday's elections, more than enough to
grab the majority.
NTSB: Pilot's decisions caused Alaska copter crash
The National Transportation Safety Board says an Alaska
State Trooper helicopter crashed last year, killing three people, because
the pilot decided to fly into bad weather and the agency lacked adequate
The trooper pilot, another trooper and an injured snowmobiler they had just
rescued died in the March 2013 crash near Talkeetna.
The NTSB released its report Wednesday, saying the pilot's motivation to
complete the search-and-rescue mission contributed to the accident. That
factor increased the risk and affected his decisions.
The board also says the Alaska Department of Public Safety had a "punitive
culture" because its internal investigation of a previous accident involving
the pilot focused too narrowly on the pilot instead of addressing underlying
A department statement says it has since examined its aviation practices.
Vehicle fully engulfed a total loss
Capital City Fire Rescue responded to a vehicle fully
engulfed in flames this morning just around 6:45 at the end of Brandy Lane.
Crews quickly extinguished the fire. Captain Roy Johnson said, "The fire is
under investigation. The vehicle appeared to be a total loss. Estimated
value of the vehicle was about $2500."
Hunter kills 2 bears while defending partner
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A Washington state man is being
hailed as a hero after his hunting partner was mauled by a bear on a small
island east of Kodiak.
KMXT reports Michael Snowden of Sitka suffered leg injuries in the brown
bear attack on Tuesday.
Snowden and his hunting partner, Jeff Ostrin of Camas, Washington, were
taking a deer they had shot down to a beach for pickup when they stopped for
lunch. The bears caught wind of the deer.
The sow came through the brush and attacked Snowden. Ostrin stepped back,
took aim with his rifle and killed the sow. One of the two cubs also was
State wildlife official Larry Van Daele (DALE') says Ostrin is a hero for
killing the bears, tending to Snowden's wounds and getting help.
Coast Guard rescue in
Kodiak, hunters attacked by bears
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60
Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an injured 65-year-old man near Kodiak,
The Jayhawk crew safely transported the hunter to Kodiak Municipal Airport
where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services.
Coast Guard 17th District watchstanders received a call from the master of
the fishing vessel Mary J who reported that a group of hunters had been
attacked by a sloth of bears and one hunter needed immediate medical
The duty flight surgeon recommended a medevac and a flight corpsman to
accompany the Jayhawk helicopter crew to the scene.
The master of the fishing vessel reported that he had transported the
hunters to Sally Island and was waiting nearby for the hunters to return
when the attack took place. The bears had come upon the hunters while they
were carrying a deer they shot. No other hunters were injured.
“These hunters were extremely prepared for the environment and circumstances
they found themselves in,” said Lt. j.g. Joseph Schlosser, operational unit
watchstander, Coast Guard 17th District. “The fact that there were five
bears was an abnormality and this serves as a reminder that anything can
happen and we need to be aware of our surroundings.”
traffic shifts to new bridge
The Alaska Department of
Transportation and Public Facilities will shift Egan Drive-Glacier Highway
traffic onto the newly constructed portion of Brotherhood Bridge at 10 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15.
lane markings, electronic signage and concrete barriers will guide motorists
onto the newly constructed portion of the bridge. A separate pedestrian
pathway will also cross the new section of the bridge and a temporary speed
limit of 40 mph will be enforced throughout the work zone.
are available online at 511.alaska.gov or by dialing 5-1-1 from any phone in
Alaska. Additional information and photos of the project may be found online
Mayor Merrill Sanford was a guest on this morning's Action Line. He said,
"It's a 25 million dollar project. In 2015 we should be all completed with
that big job."
UPDATE: No damage, but
quake widely felt in SE Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An earthquake was felt widely in
southeast Alaska on Wednesday morning, but officials say there were no
immediate reports of damage.
The quake was recorded just after 7 a.m., centered about 90 miles northwest
of Juneau. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says the temblor was
located at a depth of 4 miles, and had a preliminary magnitude of 4.6.
The National Tsunami Center in Palmer, Alaska, said there was no tsunami
danger from the quake.
Alaska voters legalize
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska voters have legalized
marijuana, making the state the fourth to approve the drug's recreational
Washington and Colorado already regulate recreational pot, while Oregon
residents voted to legalize the drug Tuesday.
A national pro-pot group, the Marijuana Policy Project, was the major
contributor behind the Alaska initiative, and its spending dwarfed that of
The group behind the initiative argued pot prohibition has been "as
ineffective, wasteful and problematic as alcohol prohibition."
Initiative supporters say legalization will allow law enforcement to focus
on harsher drugs such as heroin. They also say it will bring in new tax
Opponents worried about the impact on children from the mass marketing of
marijuana, especially edible products.
Board of Elections:
latest number of un-counted ballots
According to Director of Elections, Gail Fenumiai here are the latest
numbers of ballots that have not yet been counted:
There were 22,200 early ballots cast, of those 19,549 were counted election
night. That leaves a balance 2,651.
The total count of absentee ballots was 30,259; 10,544 of those were counted
election night. That leaves a balance of 19,715.
There are also 1,243 partial count absentee ballots.
Absentee ballots returned by mail have up to 10 days to be received if
postmarked within the US and up to 15 days to be received if postmarked
outside the US.
Outstanding absentee ballots (by-mail, online and fax): 13,804
We will have a number on questioned ballots tomorrow.
Questioned ballots: There will be no numbers to report until sometime
Man pleads guilty in
Ketchikan drug distribution
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The man authorities say served
as the Ketchikan distributor for an alleged drug importer has pleaded
Joel Kotrc (KO trek) pleaded guilty earlier this week to a conspiracy drug
charge and is scheduled for sentencing in January.
Ketchikan Daily News reports Kotrc worked with police to provide information
that led to the arrest of a brother of a man who allegedly brought
methamphetamine and cocaine into Ketchikan via the Alaska Marine Highway
That man, Viet Nguyen, (Win) is scheduled to go to trial next month. His
brother, Phong Nguyen, was acquitted after a jury trial last month.
Kotrc could be called to testify against Viet Nguyen.
Kotrc faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and a $50,000
Hunter kills 2 bears
while defending partner
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a
hunter killed two bears after one of the animals attacked his friend.
Troopers say the Coast Guard reported the attack Tuesday afternoon. KTUU-TV
reports 68-year-old Sitka resident Michael Snowden had been attacked by a
brown bear while hunting on Sally Island, about 30 miles west of Kodiak in
the east arm of Uganik (YOO gah nick) Bay.
His hunting partner, 38-year-old Jeff Ostrin of Camas, (Kay mus) Washington,
killed the bear during the attack and then killed another bear that appeared
while the two men waited for help.
A Coast Guard helicopter took Snowden to Providence Kodiak Island Medical
Center, where he was treated for leg injuries.
Troopers say an investigation determined it was a sow with two large cubs
that attacked Snowden.
High wind warning this
High wind warning from 3 pm this afternoon to midnight AKST.
locally very windy. near downtown Juneau and Douglas southeast
wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northeast 20 to 40 mph with gusts
increasing to 60 mph by late afternoon. elsewhere...east wind 10 to 15 mph.
.Tonight...locally very windy in the evening. near downtown Juneau and
Douglas northeast wind 30 to 45 mph with gusts to around 65 mph diminishing
around midnight...and becoming northwest 10 to 15 mph. elsewhere... east
wind 10 to 20 mph becoming west 5 to 15 mph late.
Quake wakes Southeast
A 4.8 quake hit southeast Alaska this morning just after 7. The temblor was
located 30 miles West of Haines- 86 miles NW of Juneau at a depth of 9
miles. There is no threat of a tsunami.
BC Energy Minister in
Alaska amid mining concerns
VICTORIA - British Columbia's Energy Minister Bill Bennett is in Alaska
today to soothe concerns about the province's mining industry.
He says some in the state are concerned about B-C's plans to expand its
mining industry, especially since last summer's massive tailings pond
failure at the Mount Polley mine in the central Interior.
Bennett says there's an impression in some parts of Alaska that B-C's
environmental standards, compliance and enforcement efforts are not as
strong as theirs.
Rob Sanderson Junior of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has
said B-C doesn't care about aboriginals and is up for sale to the highest
Bennett is scheduled to speak to a mining convention and address the
government's response to the tailings pond failure at Mount Polley.
He says he will also meet with Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican
who has expressed concerns about the province's mining industry.
Juneau Access Draft SEIS
Comment Period Extended to Nov. 25
(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of
Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF), in consultation with the
Federal Highway Administration, Tuesday announced the extension of the
public comment period for the Juneau Access Improvements Project Draft
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS).
Previously scheduled to end Nov. 10, the public comment period will now
close Nov. 25.
The Draft SEIS may be found online at juneauaccess.alaska.gov or as a
printed copy at the following locations: Juneau Public Library, Douglas
Public Library, Mendenhall Public Library, Haines Borough Public Library and
Skagway Public Library.
In October, ADOT&PF hosted an open house and public hearing in Juneau,
Haines and Skagway to present the Juneau Access Improvements Project Draft
SEIS and record public testimony.
may be submitted via:
Mail: Juneau Access Improvements Project
Attn: Deborah Holman
DOT&PF Southeast Region
P.O. Box 112506
Juneau, AK 99811-2506
Unofficial 2014 General
Election Coverage results with 100% of precincts reporting:
UNITED STATES SENATOR
|Fish, Mark S.
|McDermott, Jim C.
Egan, Kito and Munoz
come out the unofficial winners with 100% of precincts reporting for Senate
District Q and House District 33 and 34:
|SENATE DISTRICT Q
|HOUSE DISTRICT 33
|HOUSE DISTRICT 34
Looks like "Yes" on all
three ballot measures with 100% of precincts reporting
|Ballot Measure 2 - POT
|Ballot Measure 3 - MINIMUM WAGE
|Ballot Measure 4 - PEBBLE MINE
4th, 2014 18th EDITION 11:59
Republican victory in
Iowa gives them at least 52 Senate seats, control first time since 2006@
WASHINGTON - Add Iowa to the Republican column in
their takeover of the Senate for the first time in eight years.
Republican Joni Ernst beat Democrat Bruce Braley, giving Republicans a
gain of seven seats.
They will hold at least 52 seats in the Senate that convenes in January.
Alaska and Virginia remained undecided.
Republican candidates knocked off three incumbent Democratic senators
and won four open seats previously held by Democrats.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, in line to be Senate majority leader, said "voters
are hungry for new leadership."
One contest won't be decided until Dec. 6, when Louisiana Democratic
Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican Bill Cassidy will meet in a runoff
Student at Thunder
Mountain High School taken to hospital
The Juneau Police Department received a report from
Thunder Mountain High school (TMHS) staff regarding needing assistance with
a 14 year old male student this afternoon around 3:42.
JPD officers arrived at TMHS and met with staff and the student. The student
was later transported to the Bartlett Regional Hospital for a precautionary
No crime was committed during this incident and there were no injuries
reported. During this time, TMHS operations were uninterrupted and classes
were in session as normal.
JPD issued a press release after receiving several calls from concerned
citizens inquiring about what had taken place at TMHS.
GOP pick up 5th Senate
seat with win in Colorado
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are closing in on control
of the Senate with the defeat of Democratic incumbent Mark Udall in
Republican Cory Gardner's win gives Republicans five of the six seats they
need for a Senate majority.
Key contests remain undecided in Alaska, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, North
Carolina and Virginia.
And Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is headed to a Dec. 6 runoff
with Republican Bill Cassidy.
Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell won re-election earlier Tuesday. He
would become majority leader if Republicans win the Senate.
Soldier gets life
sentence in death of son
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An
Alaska-based soldier was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted
of premeditated murder in the death of his 3-year-old son.
The U.S. Army says in a release that 24-year-old Sgt. Nathaniel Ulroan was
found guilty during a court-martial Monday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in
He earlier pleaded guilty to the murder count and other charges, including
kidnapping, rape, sexual assault, assault and communicating a threat. Many
of the charges stem from April 3 stabbing death of his son at the family
home on Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks.
Ulroan, originally from Chevak, Alaska, joined the Army in October 2008 and
served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
2 Juneau teens charged,
hunting waterfowl with unplugged shotguns.
Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Juneau Post, contacted Trevor
Pfaff, and Travis Duvernay, both age 19 of Juneau, as they were returning to
the North Douglas Boat Launch after hunting ducks on Sunday.
Both men had taken waterfowl with the use of shotguns that could hold more
than three shells.
Both men were issued $110.00 citations in the District Court at Juneau for
hunting waterfowl with unplugged shotguns.
Stabbing in Ketchikan sends one to
Ketchikan Troopers responded to stabbing Monday at a
residence near the 4000 block of the South Tongass Highway.
Two men, ages 44 and 45, had been consuming alcohol when one stabbed the
other in the abdomen with a knife.
The victim was transported the Ketchikan Peace Health Medical Center.
investigate home invasion
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police are
investigating an apparent home invasion.
Police received reports of a gunshot Tuesday morning in Mountain View. When
police arrived at the apartment, the man living there told police he fired a
warning shot after two men knocked on his door and forced their way inside.
The man told police he was able to get his gun during a physical altercation
with the two men and fired a shot in the apartment.
That's when the men left through a window.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police.
Biden: Democrats lose
seats, hold Senate majority
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden predicts
Democrats will lose seats in the Senate but retain a 52-48 majority.
He says he foresees Democratic victories in closely contested races in
Alaska, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Georgia and a runoff election in
He did not mention Colorado and Iowa, two other neck-and-neck races.
Biden indicated Kansas independent Greg Orman could beat Republican Sen. Pat
Roberts. He says Orman "will be with us," though Orman has not said whether
he would join Republicans or Democrats in the Senate.
Biden spoke Tuesday on the "Chaz and AJ" radio show, airing on
Connecticut stations WPLR, WDRC and WFOX.
Biden was pitching an Election Day get-out-the-vote message on talk
radio in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and in the Quad Cities on the Iowa and
Man, 18, charged with
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers have
arrested a man for using police-style flashing lights to attempt to pull
over motorists in the Fairbanks area.
Jake Taylor Crain of Fort Wainwright is charged with impersonating a
public servant. The 18-year-old was arrested over the weekend after troopers
previously warned him about using flashing red-and -white lights on his
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that according to a criminal
complaint filed in court, Crain was driving at 90 mph with emergency lights
on the Richardson Highway on Saturday. Troopers seized the lights as
According to the Fairbanks Correctional Center, Crain remains held at
the jail Tuesday on $2,500 bail. His public defender couldn't immediately be
reached for comment.
Arrests, seizures in
Alaska-bound drug ring
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal authorities have
arrested eight people in a ring that allegedly sent drugs to Alaska and
laundered profits in Mexico.
The U.S. Attorney's office said Monday nearly 100 pounds of drugs worth
millions were seized.
Prosecutors say heroin was hidden in an Anchorage storage unit and
members of the ring sold heroin and meth to an Alaska undercover agent.
KTUU-TV reports the ring has allegedly operated for at least a year.
Two Texas residents and a California man are charged with conspiring to
transport drug profits to Mexico. The two Texas men also face charges of
conspiring to distribute Alaska-bound drugs.
In California and Arizona, four other people were charged with
conspiring to distribute cocaine and meth headed for Alaska.
An Anchorage man is also charged in the conspiracy.
Escaped barge finding
A barge adrift off Alaska's northeastern shore will have to stay put all
Dispatch reports that the U-S Coast Guard has tracked the 134-foot barge to
about 50 miles northwest of Prudhoe Bay. With temperatures dropping to near
zero, sea ice is forming around the vessel, locking it in place.
Once the ice has
firmed up, possibly by late December, salvage crews can go aboard and remove
the nearly 1-thousand gallons of fuel in the barge's internal tanks.
The barge broke
loose from its tug in Canadian waters during a storm October 21st and
drifted into the Beaufort Sea.
Gulf of Alaska waters
The waters of the Gulf of Alaska have been unusually warm.
Dispatch reports that the Alaska Ocean Observing System found surface
temperatures up to 5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than usual.
professor Russell Hopcroft, who leads the long-term monitoring program,
tells the Alaska Dispatch that September was the warmest the gulf has been
in 17 years. He says the change exceeds the usual fluctuations associated
with "El Nino". Hopcroft says the top 300 feet of ocean appears to be
retaining heat absorbed over the last year.
typhoon is heading for the Bering sea.
Weather Service calls super-typhoon Nuri the biggest storm in a long time
for the Bering Sea region and western Aleutians.
The storm is
currently near Japan, and could reach the tip of the Aleutian chain by
Voters to decide US
Senate race in Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — After months of ads and
calls, voters in Alaska are set to decide the hotly contested U.S. Senate
Democratic Sen. Mark Begich is being challenged by Republican former
state natural resources commissioner Dan Sullivan.
In recent days, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former presidential candidate
Mitt Romney were in Alaska to rally support for Sullivan. Begich, meanwhile,
has been shaking hands with as many people as possible and deployed his wife
and mother to outlying communities.
Both sides feel good about their chances and it's possible the outcome
will not be known until absentee ballots are counted next week.
Voters also will decide the races for governor and U.S. House ballot
measures to legalize recreational use of marijuana, raise the minimum wage
and require legislative approval of the Pebble Mine.
Alaska governor's battle
expected to be tight race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Months of campaigning by
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell and his independent opponent, Bill Walker, has come
to an end as voters determine who will win the increasingly tight race.
The Republican incumbent got a last-minute election boost from former
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who attended a Republican rally in
Anchorage on Monday.
Walker received his own high-profile backing from former Alaska governor
and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who urged voters Monday to
Parnell was initially seen as the favorite in the race, but has been
dogged by criticism that he dithered in handling complaints of sexual abuse
within the Alaska National Guard.
Walker's campaign has picked up momentum since joining forces with Byron
Mallott, who won the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
Minimum wage, mining
question on Alaska ballot
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Marijuana isn't the only
ballot measure before Alaska voters Tuesday. Residents will also consider
raising the minimum wage and restricting mining operations in the Bristol
Ballot Measure Four would require legislative approval for a large-scale
metallic sulfide mining operation near Bristol Bay.
Besides permits, the initiative requires a final authorization from the
Legislature for any large-scale mining operation within the watershed of the
Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve. That would have to be a law finding the
operation wouldn't constitute a danger to the region's world-class salmon
This could have implications for the massive proposed gold-and-copper
project known as the Pebble Mine.
Ballot Measure Three seeks to raise the minimum wage of $7.75 an hour by
$2 an hour over two years and adjust it for inflation after that.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4th IS ELECTION
3rd, 2014 10TH EDITION 4:48 P.
JPD says Halloween busy
night, thanks CHARR and public for no DUI's
Friday may have been a very busy night for the Juneau
Police Department with all the Halloween festivities, but thankfully
officers were not burdened with any DUI's.
Erann Kalwara, JPD's Public Information Officer, says 7 extra officers
participated in directed enforcement between the hours of 2pm and 4am. While
the patrol teams fielded 66 calls for service from the public, the directed
activity teams focused on neighborhood foot patrols and DUI enforcement. In
addition to calls from the public, there were 61 officer initiated calls
with 21 traffic stops. Of particular note is the fact that there were no DUI
arrests that night!
JPD would like to recognize the Juneau chapter of CHARR for their initiative
and support in preventing DUIs during this fun period of lively social
gatherings. The non-profit organization partnered with local taxi companies
to provide 417 sober rides home from participating bars. Their financial
sponsorship is much appreciated.
JPD also thanks citizens for making safe decisions and we hope the trend
will continue throughout the holiday season.
CBJ Seeks Volunteers to
Serve on Boards & Commissions
The City & Borough of Juneau is seeking applications from
citizens interested in serving on a variety of Boards and Commissions. A
complete list of open seats (copy attached), application forms, and board
information in general are available online at
appointed based on their general expertise, experience, and interest related
to the board for which they are applying. The time commitment for boards
varies on the type and scope of work for each board and commission.
We are currently
accepting applications until Monday, December 1 for three seats on the
Planning Commission and three seats on the Bartlett Regional Hospital Board.
These seats are for three year terms beginning January 1, 2015 and expiring
December 31, 2018. Service on these two bodies is subject to term limits
with a maximum of three terms or nine years of service. Planning
Commissioners, once appointed, are also required to submit an Alaska Public
Offices Commission Public Official Financial Disclosure form.
information, please contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 586-5278.
Romney rallies support
for Senate hopeful Sullivan
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former presidential candidate
Mitt Romney says the promises made by President Barack Obama have not helped
the America people. He says that's why you will see change in Washington.
Romney was in Anchorage on Monday to rally support for Republican U.S.
Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan and Gov. Sean Parnell.
But the focus of the event was on Sullivan, who is challenging Democratic
Sen. Mark Begich in a race that could help decide control of the Senate.
Sullivan said he voted for Romney in 2012. He said Begich voted for Obama
and for Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and said he knows why they
haven't shown up.
Republicans have made the Senate race a referendum on Reid, while Begich has
cast himself as an independent, homegrown voice for Alaska.
bid gets boost from Romney
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former Republican presidential
candidate Mitt Romney made a last-minute pitch for Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell,
who is waging an uphill battle against independent candidate Bill Walker.
During a rally in Anchorage Monday, Romney called Parnell a great governor
for the future of Alaska. Earlier, as Parnell took the microphone, a crowd
of about 300 chanted "four more years."
The visit by the high-profile Republican could provide a welcome boost for
Parnell as he defends himself against allegations he didn't do enough
following complaints of sexual abuse within the Alaska National Guard.
Walker's campaign to replace Parnell has picked up momentum since joining
forces with Byron Mallott, who won the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
Walker has criticized Parnell's handling of the Guard scandal. Parnell says
Walker is weak on specific plans.
Juneau, Kalibo sign
sister city documents
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's capital has a new sister
City officials Saturday signed documents to become a sister city with Kalibo
(kah-LEE'-boh) in the Aklan (ah-KLAHN') Province of the Philippines.
Approximately 3,000 Filipinos live in Juneau and about 800 have roots in
The Kalibo delegation visited the Mendenhall Glacier and the Shrine of St.
Therese while in Juneau as well as businesses such as Alaskan Brewing Co.
Members say they hope the sister city bond will encourage the exchange of
services and information.
Kalibo's municipal health officer, Dr. Makarius Dela Cruz, says Juneau
officials could help his government provide improved medicines, equipment
The Philippines' honorary consul to Alaska, Jenny Gomez Strickler, says
direct flights to Manila could increase Alaska's fish exports to the
Man wounded as guests
depart party at hotel room
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police are
investigating an early morning downtown shooting that left a man critically
Police say Hotel Captain Cook staff early Sunday responded to reports of a
loud party in a third-floor room and found 40 people inside.
They were asked to leave, and when the group departed from a back entrance
facing K Street, shots were fired.
Police took a call on the gun fire at 3:45 a.m.
KTUU-TV reports a 20-year-old man was hit but there was no immediate
indication that he was targeted.
He was struck in the upper thigh of both legs.
Police say a ricochet hit a room on the 14th floor of the hotel and other
shots hit the Voyager Hotel across the street and parked cars.
More documents relating
to the Governor's handling of the Guard due out today
Another batch of documents is expected to be released today (Mon)
relating to the Parnell Administration's handling of complaints of abuse
within the Alaska National Guard.
The first batch of
over 500 pages was released Friday by order of a judge in a lawsuit filed by
media organizations, with another 500 pages yet to come. Although many of
the e-mails were partially or totally redacted, the documents reportedly
show coordination by the Governor's Chief of Staff with National Guard
leaders to identify the source of complaints.
Dispatch reports that another e-mail from 2009 shows then-Representative
Nancy Dahlstrom of Eagle River calling a "whistleblower" "reckless" and
"mean-spirited." The Lieutenant Colonel had complained about her superior
officers in a letter to Dahlstrom. Dahlstrom, who later became the
Governor's Special Advisor on military affairs, tells the Alaska Dispatch
that she now wishes she had not been so harsh.
Medicaid reform needs
more public comment
A report is due in the middle of this month from the state's Medicaid
Reform Advisory Group, but the panel would like some extra time to take more
Commissioner Bill Streuer, who chairs the group, says technical problems
prevented some people from testifying on draft recommendations released
October 29th. The meeting was originally scheduled as the last for public
another will be arranged in the coming week.
created the advisory group last year after rejecting federal support for
expanding Medicaid coverage. The group is assigned to come up with ideas for
controlling the rising cost of Medicaid services, in time for the
legislature to consider at the next session beginning in January.
The Arctic Ocean could become ice-free earlier than expected -- by the
end of this decade.
Dispatch reports that Cambridge Math & Physics Professor Peter Wadhams
predicts the Arctic Ocean could be open water during September 2020. The
finding was presented over the weekend at the Arctic Circle Assembly in
Wadhams tells the
Alaska Dispatch that the projection is based on measurements of sea ice
thickness, which shows an accelerating decline in the total mass of arctic
ice cover. The shrinking area of arctic sea ice had led to predictions of an
ice-free ocean by the 2030s.
Wadhams sees a
shorter horizon -- in 2012, he predicted the arctic would be ice-free as
early as September of next year.
Wadhams says the loss of sea ice adds to the warming climate by creating a
darker surface that absorbs sunlight, while melting methane traps more heat
in the atmosphere.
Cruz rallies support for
Sullivan in Alaska
PALMER, Alaska (AP) — Hundreds of people turned out for a rally
headlined by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in support of Republican Alaska U.S. Senate
hopeful Dan Sullivan.
Sullivan is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in a race that could
help decide control of the Senate.
Cruz called Alaska ground zero in the fight to retire Senate Democratic
leader Harry Reid.
Cruz, a tea party favorite and potential 2016 presidential contender,
appeared at three rallies for Sullivan this weekend, including two on
In Palmer, Cruz spoke of the need to defend the Constitution, restore
America's leadership in the world and retire Reid.
Sullivan spoke to themes he's stressed throughout the campaign,
including the need to roll back federal regulations, unleash America's
energy potential and protect veterans and the most vulnerable.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4th IS ELECTION
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DON'T FORGET TO TURN BACK CLOCKS
Juneau bus routes to be
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau's public transportation
office is planning changes to bus routes to compensate for the budget cut in
the city's public works budget.
Cuts will be made to some routes with fewer passengers.
Public Works director Kirk Duncan says several public meetings will be held
next month on the changes ahead.
The new plan is not expected to take effect until late winter or early
Duncan says his department's budget has been reduced by $100,000.
UPDATE: Fire in
bathroom at Bartlett Regional Hospital, suspect arrested
Capital City Fire Rescue and Juneau Police responded to
Bartlett Regional Hospital for a report of a commercial structure fire early
Sunday morning around 1:00.
Juneau Police Sgt. Brian Dallas says the Juneau Police Department’s Public
Safety 911 Center received the 911 call from Bartlett Regional Hospital
reporting smoke, water, and ashes coming from a locked bathroom near the
main lobby of the 2nd floor of the hospital.
On arrival, emergency responders found the sprinkler system had activated in
the bathroom and extinguished the fire. Water was flowing from the bathroom
and flooding much of the lobby, creating about 1-2 inches of standing water.
Water was seeping through the floor into the first floor, which houses the
Emergency Room. Water damages to the Emergency Room appeared to be contained
to Waiting Room and Patient Triage Room. Hospital staff was actively
attempting to keep the flood of water from flowing into patient wings,
electrical rooms, and other key areas of the hospital.
The location of the fire was within 25 feet of the Obstetrics Ward and
directly above the Emergency Room. The cause of the fire is intentional and
a suspect has been arrested.
Just prior to emergency responder’s arrival, Bartlett Regional Hospital
Security and employees were able to unlock the bathroom where the fire had
originated and located a male inside. JPD Officers detained the male, who
was identified as 26 year old Juneau resident Robert Edward Johnson.
Through subsequent investigation, Johnson was placed under arrest for Arson
in the 2nd Degree. He was transported to and lodged at the Lemon Creek
Correctional Center where he was held without bail per the bail schedule.
Arson in the 2nd Degree is a Class B Felony, which is punishable up to 10
years in jail and a $100,000 fine. The charge in this case is merely an
accusation. Johnson is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Damages are estimated to be in the thousands of dollars. Further
investigation and damage assessments are pending.
Long-awaited pool opens
in Bethel after ceremony
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A new $25 million pool is finally a
reality for Bethel residents.
KYUK eports that hundreds of people attended the grand opening of the
long-awaited pool on Saturday. A soft opening was held the previous weekend.
The pool is part of a complex that also has a weight room, hot tub and
The facility is named Kuimarvik (KWEEM'-uh-vik), which is Yup'ik Eskimo for
"place to swim." Locals hope the pool will help reduce the high drowning
rate in the region.
The project was funded largely with state money. The city has added a
half-percent sales tax to pay for operations. A local windmill provides some
of the electricity.
Fairbanks man killed in
crash on Seward Highway
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers are
investigating a three-vehicle crash on the Seward Highway north of Girdwood
that left a 33-year-old Fairbanks man dead.
KTUU reports that Jonathan Boreland was pronounced dead at the scene of the
crash late Friday morning near mile 96 of the highway.
Troopers say 59-year-old Kim Sterling of Sterling was traveling north when
he lost control of his pickup truck and collided with a sedan driven by
According to troopers, Sterling's truck then struck a truck driven by
30-year-old Jason Gerke of Kenai.
Troopers say Gerke, Sterling and two passengers sustained non-life
threatening injuries and were taken to hospitals.
Coast Guard responding
to barge near Kodiak, Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard is responding to a
barge, which grounded near Kodiak, Alaska, Saturday.
The 382-foot barge DBL106 ran aground approximately two miles from Kodiak
with a potential of 2.2 million gallons of fuel products aboard while being
towed by the 124-foot motor vessel Bismarck Sea. The barge was successfully
refloated, but Coast Guard officials have directed the vessel to anchor
until a damage assessment is conducted.
Coast Guard watchstanders at the Sector Anchorage command center received a
report of the grounding from Kirby Offshore Marine, the owners of the
Bismarck Sea, early Saturday morning. Sector Anchorage personnel requested
the launch of a C-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Kodiak to
provide an overflight of the area and diverted the crew of the Coast Guard
Cutter Spar to the scene.
No sign of pollution was reported at the time of the grounding. Once at
anchor, the vessel will be boomed off to prevent any potential pollution
from spreading. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Kodiak will
conduct an overflight of the area at first light and Coast Guard inspection
personnel will deploy to the scene to examine the barge.
"The Coast Guard is deploying resources to the scene and has directed the
vessel's owners to anchor until a thorough damage assessment can be made,"
said Capt. Paul Mehler, Sector Anchorage commander. "Our priority is to
ensure the safety of the public and the environment."
No injuries were reported. The weather on scene is reported to be calm with
11-17 mph winds and 3-4 foot seas.
Coast Guard completes Arctic Shield 2014
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard concluded Arctic Shield
2014 on Friday after a successful season that included deployments of
personnel and assets to the Seward Peninsula, Bering Strait and the Northern
Alaska Continental Shelf to conduct a broad range of Coast Guard statutory
Arctic Shield 2014 included deployments by Coast Guard cutters Stratton,
Healy, SPAR, Alex Haley and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters deployed to a forward
operating location in Barrow, tribal engagements and assistance, and a range
of marine safety activities in many Arctic communities.
Arctic Shield efforts included a first-ever MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter
deployment to the Stratton, a national security cutter, in the Arctic Ocean.
The NSC can be deployed as a command and control platform that can conduct
various missions to include maritime domain awareness, search and rescue,
and law enforcement. The cutter is highly efficient, can be underway for
longer periods of time, and is uniquely equipped to respond to threats and
events in times of crisis.
The Arctic Shield team executed several challenging and high-visibility
search and rescue cases, such as the dynamic rescue of the sailing vessel
master aboard the Altan Girl beset in ice northeast of Barrow, and the
medevac of a crewmember from the Korean polar research vessel Araon.
Operation Gold Nugget prevention and enforcement activities included 54
at-sea boardings and 36 safety inspections. The Coast Guard Research and
Development Center tested pollution response capabilities and successfully
celebrated the first landing of a UAV on a Coast Guard ice breaker. The
Coast Guard National Ice Rescue School provided critical ice rescue training
to the three largest Arctic communities. Prevention activities and outreach
spanned 29 villages, training over 2800 children in Kids Don't Float
programs and three mass rescue exercises.
"As maritime activity continues to increase in the arctic, so does our
responsibility and commitment to protect those on the sea, to protect the
United States from threats delivered by the sea, and to protect the sea
itself," said Rear Adm. Dan Abel, commander, Coast Guard 17th District.
Arctic Shield engagements began in January 2014.
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Bethel alcohol treatment
center fire investigated
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Authorities in Bethel are
investigating what caused a fire that leveled the town's new $12.5 million
alcohol treatment center.
KYUK reports assistant state fire marshal Lloyd Nakano says there were no
reports of fatalities or injuries after Monday's fire. Officials also
thoroughly searched the facility.
The center was being enclosed for the winter.
Nakano wouldn't say what sort of tools, heaters or equipment were present
that might have caused the fire. Investigators haven't ruled out the
possibility of arson, but won't say whether they believe the blaze was
Two investigators from the state fire marshal's office completed their
on-site investigation. Nakano says they may conduct follow-up interviews.
Revised Ferry Schedule
MV Tustumena sailings for Saturday, Nov. 1 have been canceled in order for
the vessel to undergo required inspections.
The vessel will sail the following revised schedule for Sunday, Nov. 2:
5:15pm Dp Kodiak to Ouzinkie
6:45pm Ar Ouzinkie fr Kodiak
7:15pm Dp Ouzinkie to Port Lions
8:15pm Ar Port Lions fr Ouzinkie
The vessel will sail as scheduled Monday, Nov. 3, departing Port Lions at
For updated schedule information please contact your local ferry terminal by
dialing 1-907-465-3941 or toll-free at 1-800-642-0066.
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Alaska Senate candidates
make final push for votes
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The major candidates for U.S.
Senate in Alaska are making one last push to rally supporters and get out
the vote in a race with national implications.
Republicans must pick up six seats to regain control of the Senate. They see
Democratic Sen. Mark Begich as vulnerable, and the fight over the seat has
resulted in a flood of ads that has overwhelmed and annoyed some voters.
Begich planned rallies in the Anchorage area on Saturday, while Republican
Dan Sullivan planned to be in Fairbanks with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Sullivan's closing arguments to volunteers and supporters echo comments he's
been making throughout the campaign, saying it's time to retire Senate
Democratic leader Harry Reid and that means replacing Begich.
Begich has cast himself as an independent voice for Alaska.
The Juneau Chamber
accepting nominations for the 2014 “Juneau Citizen Of The Year” award.
Since 1977, the Juneau Chamber of Commerce has been
honoring Juneauites for their outstanding service to the community with the
“Juneau Citizen of the Year” award. This year, the award will be presented
during the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on Saturday, December 6th at Centennial
If you know anyone that deserves the honor of “Juneau Citizen of the Year” –
here is what you do………
Send a letter, or E-mail to the Chamber Office. In your letter describe the
reasons you feel a specific person deserves this honor. You may also furnish
supporting news articles about the nominee and/or letters of support from
other people that share your views. This information MUST reach the CEO,
Cathie Roemmich prior to close of business Wednesday, November 17th, 2014
The general criteria used for selection of the Citizen of the Year include:
Recipient may be,
but need not be, active in business or the professions;
Recipient has personally contributed, by his or her own efforts, to the
welfare and reputation of the community;
Recipient may be, but need not be, a member of the Juneau Chamber of
Recipient’s contributions to the community include a significant element of
service outside of the source of his or her livelihood.
Emails shed little light
on National Guard case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — E-mails released by the state of
Alaska on Friday shed little new light into how allegations of sexual
assault and misconduct in the Alaska National Guard were handled by state or
A judge ordered the release of nearly 600 pages after the Alaska Dispatch
News and Alaska Public Media sued for the documents. Many emails were
partially or totally redacted and didn't detail how investigations were
Media organizations, including The Associated Press, sought the documents
following the release of a scathing federal report of sexual misconduct and
fraud within the guard.
Gov. Sean Parnell fired his adjutant general, Thomas Katkus, the day the
federal report was released, but Parnell has faced questions of whether he
dithered after being told of such allegations four years ago.
Walker campaign seeks
retraction of tax claim
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The campaign of independent
gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker is labeling as "false and defamatory" a
claim that he supports establishing a state income tax.
Walker said he's never even entertained the thought.
A posting on the Americans for Tax Reform website said "Alaska governor
candidate Bill Walker" backed creation of an income tax. It included a
letter to the editor from a Bill Walker in Anchorage endorsing the idea.
Walker's campaign said that's a different Bill Walker.
Campaign attorney Scott Kendall on Friday demanded the group retract the
claim. He said there are at least 20 individuals named Bill Walker in
Alaska. He says failure to withdraw and correct the article won't be
Alaska mine project
splits major state industries
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaskans are set to vote for the
third time on a mining project that pits two major industries — extractive
mining and salmon fishing — against each other.
This summer, the Environmental Protect Agency dealt the Pebble Mine project
a blow by limiting mining in the salmon-rich area downstream of the mine.
Yet some of the mine's staunchest opponents are no fans of the federal
government — and that includes Bob Gillam, the wealthy conservative who put
the cause on the map.
Gillam owns a vacation home in the remote area that could be affected by the
mine. He's helped bankroll three ballot measures against it.
The latest would require the Legislature's approval of the project. The
mining company says opponents have been alarmist about a job-creating