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[Thursday October 9th, 2014  13th  EDITION 5:00 P. M.]

Rabies shot and microchip clinic not free as advertised
CBJ Docks & Harbors apologies for a misunderstanding. They had advertised a FREE rabies shot and microchip clinic for dogs at the Juneau Yacht Club for Friday from 11am-1pm but this is NOT a free clinic, and dog owners will be responsible for the following fees:

Microchip - $40.00
Rabies - $25.00
License (unaltered) - $35.00
License (altered) - $15.00

If they have not been licensed yet and have been in Juneau there will be a $5.00 late fee.

Coffee & Collections:A Dialogue with the Empty Chair Movers & Shakers
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum’s first Coffee & Collections presentation of the Fall season brings a panel of distinguished guests who are all “movers and shakers” instrumental in making the dream of a memorial honoring Juneau’s Japanese community incarcerated during World War II come true. The program takes place on Saturday, October 11th from 10:30-12 noon at the Museum, located at 4th and Main Streets. This is a free event.

Mary Tanaka Abo, Margie Alstead Shackelford, Karleen Alstead Grummett and other members of the Empty Chair Committee will share the back story of the memorial which is now installed at Capital Park. It is a fascinating and inspiring tale of friendship, determination, discovery and the power of community. The story begins with the long-time friendship between Mary and Margie, who became best friends in 1948 when they were 8 years old, several years after the Tanaka family returned from their internment in Minidoka, Idaho. In an essay about this friendship titled “My Indomitable Friend”, Margie writes, “(Mary) nor either of her parents ever spoke to me about that humiliating time while we were growing up in Juneau. I found out about it quite by accident after we were out of college, but conversations of any depth had to wait for three more decades.”

Join these indomitable folks for conversation and hot coffee, generously supplied by the Coffee & Collections sponsor Heritage Coffee. Also be sure to check out the Empty Chair blog at www.emptychairproject.wordpress.com.

For more information regarding this event or other upcoming exhibits or programs, please visit: www.juneau.org/museum or call 586-3572. The Juneau-Douglas City Museum’s Fall/Winter Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. Admission is free during the month of October thanks to the Pioneers of Alaska Igloo #6.

Winter hours begin at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is now operating on winter hours of 10am to 4pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The US Forest Service center is closed on federal holidays during winter. This schedule will continue through March 29, 2015. There is no charge during winter.

"Attend one of the many great events that occur throughout fall and winter, such as the upcoming Fall Fun Fest: Creatures of the Night”, says Assistant Director Nikki Hinds.

Creatures of the Night will stalk the visitor center on Saturday, October 25 from 10:00am to 3:30pm to help kick off National Bat Week. National Bat Week is a celebration of the value of bats. Fun fact: bats eat over half their body weight in insects each night! Educational and entertaining activities and crafts for families will focus on other nocturnal animals too, such as owls, and Irene Morris with the Juneau Raptor Center will present a live owl at 2pm. Discovery Southeast naturalists will guide groups on 30 minute nature walks at 11am, noon, 2pm and 3pm. Librarians from the Juneau Public Library will tell their favorite stories during Storytime from 10:15-10:45am and 11-11:30am. Of course, there will also be bat videos, crafts, and games. If you are interested in volunteering for the Fall Fun Fest or need more information, please contact Hattie Inman at the visitor center at 789-6639.

The popular winter Fireside Lecture series begins January 9, 2015. Programs will occur twice nightly on Friday evenings during January, February and March at 6:30pm and 8pm. For information call 789-0097.

Cessna from Juneau crashes, two men rescued
A Cessna flying from Juneau to Yakutat crashed near Chilkat Range, between Lynn Canal and Glacier Bay, approximately 23 miles north of Gustavus, Wednesday night. The two men in the plane were rescued by the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received a report from Alaska State Troopers that an emergency distress signal was reported from a Cessna 180. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of the Jayhawk crew to assist the Alaska State Troopers in the search. A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew safely rescued the men and transported them to Juneau International Airport. Both survivors were located and found in good health.

"We were lucky they were safe, and are grateful we could get to them,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Belisle, rescue swimmer aboard the Jayhawk. “The weather was on our side and made the rescue easy and uneventful.”

Juneau man arrested in burglary of Costco jewelry
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A 31-year-old Juneau man has been formally charged with stealing $41,000 in jewelry from the local Costco store.

Joseph John Finn is charged with burglary, felony theft and misdemeanor criminal mischief.

The Juneau District Attorney's office also charged him with a felony drug count.

Police arrested Finn on Wednesday.

Police investigating a burglar alarm Sept. 17 at the store found a jewelry case smashed and jewelry missing.

Police said it was likely a thief hid in the store during customer hours and took the items after closing.

Police: No charges filed in brawl at Alaska party attended by Sarah Palin's family
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Police in Alaska say no charges will be filed in connection with a fight that broke out at a party attended by family members of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Police on Thursday released a report on its investigation into the Sept. 6 brawl in Anchorage. Late that night, police responded to a report of the verbal and physical altercation among about 20 people outside a home.

Palin's oldest daughter, Bristol Palin, was among partygoers who were interviewed in the police investigation.

Sarah Palin was the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee.

Feds review UA response to sexual violence
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal investigators are in Alaska this week to look at how the University of Alaska system responds to sexual violence.

Alaska Dispatch News reports that the UA system is among 64 higher education institutions being investigated or audited by the civil rights office of the U.S. Department of Education.

The federal agency is looking at the schools for compliance with Title IX, which prohibits gender discrimination at institutions that receive federal funding. The agency is putting special emphasis on complaints of sexual violence.

UA attorney Mike O'Brien says UA is not being investigated in response to specific complaints.

Investigators visited the University of Alaska Fairbanks earlier this week and will be at the University of Alaska Anchorage through Thursday.

Visits to campuses in Bethel and Juneau also are planned.

AVCP re-elects Naneng as president
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — The Association of Village Council Presidents has re-elected Myron Naneng as its president.

KYUK-radio reports Naneng narrowly prevailed Wednesday on the association's second round of balloting.

Candidates needed 23 votes to obtain a majority and Naneng on a 23-22 vote defeated Raymond Watson, the outgoing board chairman.

Naneng thanked others who ran and said he will continue working on behalf of all the villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region.

The association is meeting for its annual convention in Bethel.

The first ballot split the vote three ways. Naneng received 21 votes and Watson and Johnny Evan received 12 each. Evan dropped out before the second ballot.

Naneng for all but two years has been president since 1990.

Henry Hunter was elected chairman.

Drug bust at Juneau International Airport
At about 9:00 last night (Wed) evening,) officers of the Juneau Police Department and state and federal drug officers, contacted a Juneau woman flying into the Juneau International Airport.

Following an investigation, 45 year-old Rayda Ardell Tegen (Tay gen) of Juneau was arrested for Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 2nd degree, a Class A felony, and Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, a Class B felony.

Tegen and her bag were searched as part of the execution of a search warrant. She was found to have in her possession approximately 344 grams of methamphetamine and 44 grams of heroin. The street value of the meth in Juneau is about $38,000 and the street value of the heroin is about $30,000.

Tegen was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Arctic Council members take testimony in Nome
NOME, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Native leaders are again urging federal officials to consider local viewpoints when making decisions in the Arctic.

KNOM-radio reports Kawerak Inc. chief executive Melanie Bahnke urged a federal panel meeting Wednesday in Nome to "make space at the table" for Alaska Native voices.

She spoke to three representatives of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental body that includes Canada, Norway, Greenland and Russia.

The three included retired Coast Guard Admiral Robert Papp, Rear Admiral Daniel Abel, and former Alaska Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, the adviser to the secretary of State for Arctic policy and science.

The three are taking public comment to prepare for the United States' turn as chair of the Arctic Council, which starts in April.

Kawerak is a regional nonprofit corporation providing services to Bering Strait residents.

UPDATE: Parnell and National Guard fiasco
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Two local news organizations are suing for the release of documents related to the investigation of sexual abuse within the Alaska National Guard.

Alaska Public Media and the Alaska Dispatch News filed the lawsuit after they and other media organizations were denied emails and other documentation last month.

The lawsuit says the Governor's office is not complying with the state's Public Records Act when it refused to release emails.

Meanwhile, Governor Parnell is reviewing an award given to a National Guard officer facing misconduct allegations.

Colonel Tim Dehaas, a former chief of staff for the Army National Guard, received the Legion of Merit Award from the Governor in 2011 upon his retirement. A group of three guard veterans told reporters Wednesday that federal investigators
had concluded that Dehaas violated ethical standards, and that the Governor knew it before the award was given.

Alaska Public Media reports that Dehaas denied all the allegations.

Don’t let winter catch you by surprise!
Winter has a way of sneaking up on us, and putting off winterizing your boat could have expensive consequences,
such as cracked engine blocks, frozen plumbing, and damage to your batteries.

Remember to avoid spills when winterizing.

The following links are to the clean boating tip sheets on winterization and clean oil changes
.
http://alaskacleanharbors.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Winterization_2012.pdf

http://alaskacleanharbors.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/ACH_TipSheet_OilChanges.pdf

Traffic fatality on Mendenhall Blvd.
The Juneau Police Department (JPD) received a 911 report about a motor vehicle crash on Mendenhall Boulevard near Cedar Court Wednesday night around 9. The report stated a vehicle struck a tree with unknown injuries.

JPD officers and Capital City Fire and Rescue (CCFR) responded to the scene. The vehicle had three occupants. The 33 year old male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. Next of kin has not been notified. A 30 year old female passenger was treated for minor injuries and walked from the scene. A 50 year old male passenger was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital with apparent life threatening injuries.

The preliminary investigation reveals speed and alcohol may have been contributing factors.

Mendenhall Boulevard between Birch Lane and Poplar Avenue was closed for approximately four hours during the investigation.

The investigation is continuing.

Begich seeks federal review of 'Fairbanks 4' case
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is calling on the Department of Justice to review the convictions of four men in jail since 1997 for a murder in Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Begich made the request in a letter to outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder last week. Begich asks for the review, citing allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, coercion and recently uncovered evidence.

The so-called Fairbanks Four were convicted in beating death of 15-year-old John Hartman.

Marvin Roberts, Eugene Vent, Kevin Pease and George Frese were convicted in trials held in Anchorage and are serving lengthy prison sentences. Many Alaska Natives say the men were wrongfully accused because of racial prejudice.

The Alaska Innocence Project also claims a California inmate has confessed he played a role in Hartman's death.

Institute receives grant for frozen tunnel project
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks has won a grant for a four-year permafrost education outreach project that will use an underground permafrost tunnel.

UAF officials say the $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation will go to a project called "Hot Times in Cold Places: The Hidden World of Permafrost."

According to officials, the project will build on decades of previous climate-related education and outreach work at the tunnel, with exhibits and programs upgraded there.

The tunnel is operated in Fox by the Army's Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.

Also, an exhibit will be created and share with museums, beginning in Portland, Oregon, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

Officials say an OSMI employee is a co-investigator in the project.

[Wednesday October 8th, 2014  13th  EDITION 9:35 P. M.]

JPD: Arrest in Costco Burglary
The Juneau Police Department working with officers from other state and federal agencies arrested 31 year old Joseph John Finn of Juneau yesterday for burglarizing Costco on September 17th.

Finn allegedly took $41,000 worth of jewelry. He has now been charged with Burglary in the 2nd degree, a class C felony, and theft in the 1st degree, a class B felony in conjunction with that crime. Finn is also charged with Misconduct Involving Controlled Substances in the 2nd degree, a class A felony, for drugs in his possession at the time of arrest.

29 year old Daricka Clark, also of Juneau, was arrested with Finn. She is charged with Misconduct Involving Controlled Substances in the 2nd degree, a class A felony, again for drugs in her possession when contacted by officers.

Officers have recovered jewelry worth about $32,000 from the Costco burglary. Several pieces, including high end watches, are still missing.

Additional people will likely be charged.


JPD: Arrest for Two Burglaries
The Juneau Police Department arrested 18 year old Keith Joseph Nelson Jr. yesterday morning for two burglaries since Sunday. Nelson has recently lived in both Hoonah and Juneau.

Nelson is believed to have broken into the concession stand at Adair/Kennedy field on Sunday. Two hundred dollars in damage was done and dozens of drinks and snacks were taken.

Nelson appears to have broken into Heritage Coffee on Mall Road yesterday. He entered through the drive through window. The cash registers were empty and nothing was taken.

When Nelson was contacted he gave false information about his identity. It was later discovered he had an outstanding detention order indicating he was to be taken to a juvenile facility if contacted by law enforcement. Due to his age and new charges he was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center. Nelson is charged with two counts of Burglary in the 2nd degree, a class C felony, and Theft in the 3rd degree, a class C felony.


News organizations sue for sex-abuse records
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Two Alaska news organizations filed a lawsuit late Wednesday against Gov. Sean Parnell over his office's refusal to release documents related to the National Guard sexual abuse investigation.

Alaska Public Media and the Alaska Dispatch News filed the lawsuit after they and other media organizations were denied emails and other documentation last month.

The lawsuit says the governor's office is not complying with the state's Public Records Act when it refused to release emails.

The attorney for both media organizations is seeking an expedited trial ahead of the general election next month, when Parnell stands for re-election.

Emails sent to state officials seeking comment weren't immediately returned to The Associated Press after business hours Wednesday.
 

Alaskan Brewing Co. wins bronze at the Great American Beer Festival

Denver, CO - Alaskan Brewing’s Smoked Porter won a record-breaking 21st medal, a bronze, at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition in Denver. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States.

“It is very rewarding to see that a beer that we have been making since 1988 is still recognized as one of the best in the world,” said Plant Manager Curtis Holmes, who was on hand with other members of the Alaskan Brew Crew to collect the award (pictured below). “We feel like it is a one-of-a-kind beer and we couldn’t be happier that the judges at GABF agree.”

Smoked Porter won in the Smoked Beer category of the competition, one of 90 categories of beer judged in Denver during the week. It is the 2013 Smoked Porter that was judged in this competition. The medal winners for the entire competition were selected by an international panel of 222 expert judges from the record number of 5,507 entries. This medal continues Smoked Porter’s run as the most award-winning beer in the history of the GABF. “We love the attention on the Smoked Porter because we are coming out with our 2014 Smoked Porter in November,” said Holmes. “And as a fun treat for our fans, this year we are also putting out a very limited edition of a vintage pack with specialty glasses that will have the award-winning 2013 with a bottle of the 2008. We think people will love being able to buy a vertical tasting for the holidays.”

Holmes said it was also great to see another brewing company in Alaska, Broken Tooth from Anchorage, receive a medal for their Belgian-style ale, Darth Delirium.

For more GABF competition information, including the 2014 winners list and photos, visit GreatAmericanBeerFestival.com. And for a complete list of awards for the smoked porter, go to alaskanbeer.com.

 

Foster son charged in death of radio host
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The 16-year-old foster son of a longtime Anchorage radio host has been charged with his murder.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports that Peter John Henry has been charged as an adult in the shooting death of 64-year-old Marvell Johnson.

Johnson for nearly 40 years was host of "Soul to Soul," a music show on a public radio station.

Police said the boy was angered that Johnson had grounded him for using Spice, a synthetic drug, and had taken the charger to his vapor cigarette.

Police said the youth shot Johnson and staged a robbery by taking cash and leaving an empty wallet in front of the home. They said Henry threatened to kill another youth if he didn't help destroy evidence, police said.

Troopers investigating deaths in Shageluk
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Troopers are on scene in a western Alaska village to investigate reports of the deaths of two people.

KTUU reports residents in the village of Shageluk were holding a suspect until troopers arrived.

Shageluk, a village of 83 people about 315 miles west of Anchorage, has no police or medical personnel presence. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters couldn't immediately confirm the deaths or other details until troopers investigated.

Troopers set up a medevac flight Tuesday after being informed two people had been injured. The flight was later canceled when troopers were told the people died.

Village officials on Wednesday said they were outraged at the slow response of troopers. Peters said troopers form Anvik flew to Shageluk on a chartered flight, and arrived as soon as they could.

Bethel homeless shelter won't open until December
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A winter homeless shelter in Bethel is not scheduled to open until later this year, despite dropping temperatures.

KYUK reports the Bethel Winter House is set to open Dec. 1.

Winter House Board secretary Ross Boring says shelter organizers are overwhelmed by work involved in running a shelter. He also sends it's been hard to find volunteers to work overnight.

Shelter organizers have applied for grants that would allow them to hire someone to run the shelter.

The emergency shelter concept is new in Bethel, where the Winter House made its debut last December, following exposure deaths.

The shelter was relocated from church to church last winter. Organizers would like to eventually find a more permanent location for a shelter.

Organizers started the shelter after forming a Lions Club.

Man sentenced for shooting woman in face
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks man who shot a woman in the face with what he said he thought was a replica lighter was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison with two suspended.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Edward Ginnis in June pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, a felony.

Ginnis on March 17, 2013, shot Teil Diaz between the eyes with a .22-caliber handgun. He told investigators it was an accident.

Diaz suffered serious, lifelong injuries.

Fairbanks District Attorney Michael says the charge was determined by culpable mental status.

He says if the state could prove Ginnis picked up the gun that looked like a lighter and aimed it at Diaz, he would have faced attempted murder charges.

Friends and family of Diaz said a two-year sentence was too short.

Fort Yukon man charged with felony assault
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fort Yukon man has been charged with felony assault in an attack that left a man with a seriously injured eye.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 31-year-old Lloyd James Luke is being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center with bail set at $65,000.

A man told Fort Yukon police Luke broke into his home and began beating him for no reason. A witness backed up his story.

Police say the man was beaten so badly, his eye was swollen shut and its pupil did not react to light.

Luke is also charged with burglary and resisting arrest.

A judge ordered Luke to stay out of Fort Yukon unless a court order is changed.

Fort Yukon is a village of 600 about 145 miles northeast of Fairbanks.

Police identify shooting victim as radio host
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man found dead Tuesday in his east-side Anchorage home has been identified as a longtime radio show host.

Anchorage police say 64-year old Marvell Johnson was found shot to death in a bedroom at his home on Island Drive.

A 16-year-old Anchorage boy was arrested and charged with murder in Johnson's death.

Johnson was host of a show on Anchorage public radio station KSKA. The Alaska Dispatch News reports "Soul to Soul" has aired for nearly four decades.

Johnson's body was found just after 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Voter participation up slightly in Juneau Municipal Election
It's all over but the absentee vote count. Tuesday's Municipal Election in Juneau saw a 23% voter turnout.

Those precincts leading the way were Lynn Canal with 33%; Douglas 28.5%; Juneau #2-Northern Lights United Church 28.2% and North Douglas with 27.2%.

Last year's Municipal Election turnout was only 19%.

Guardsmen to return to Alaska from Africa
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — About 20 Alaska Air National Guard members are coming home from Africa.

U.S. Army Alaska officials say in a release that they are expected to return in two groups Wednesday following a three-month deployment.

The guardsmen were deployed to Djibouti. They are from the 212th Rescue Squadron, 176th Operations Group and 176th Communications Flight.

New Alaska art exhibit to feature autistic artist
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — University of Alaska Fairbanks officials say a new art exhibit opening next week will feature the work of an artist with autism.

The exhibit, called "From Thomas The Tank Engine To The White Pass," is scheduled to open Monday at the UAF art department gallery in the Fine Arts Building.

The exhibit will run through Oct. 25.

Officials say the opening will include a reception and premiere screening of "Basically Me," a 10 minute film about artist and UAF employee Ryan Matthews.

Officials say both Matthews and the maker of the film, Leonard Kamerling, are scheduled to attend the opening and will be available for discussion after the film premiere.

Monday's opening is scheduled to take place between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

[Tuesday October 7th, 2014  11th  EDITION 9:27 P. M.]

Election Results for the CBJ Municipal Election
Voter turnout is slightly up this year to 23%. That percentage should increase once absentee votes are counted. In 2013's CBJ Municipal Election, 19% of registered voters voted.

Here were Tuesday nights unofficial results:

Maria Gladziszewski wins the area-wide assembly seat.

Jessie Kiehl kept his assembly district 1 seat as he was unopposed.

Debbie White had a close race but came out on top in district 2.

Brian Holst is the newest member on the Juneau school board.

Sean O'Brian keeps his seat on the school board.

Proposition One passes to allow the assembly to create an aquatics board.

The election will be officially certified in one week.

Renee and Laurie entering votes

First Returns

Missing vehicle recovered, no word of missing woman
The Juneau Police Department says the missing rental car has been recovered, but there's no official word on the missing Juneau woman.

On September 16th a 31 year old Juneau woman rented a 2014 white Chevrolet Impala from a company at the Juneau International Airport. The car rental was for one day. Tiffany Spaulding is woman who rented it .

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.

ACLU: Alaska should recognize same-sex marriage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The head of the American Civil Liberties Union in Alaska says the state should stop defending its same-sex marriage ban after a federal appeals court ruled gay marriage is legal in Idaho and Nevada.

Tuesday's decision was issued by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction in Alaska and other states with marriage bans. Challenges in those states are pending in lower courts.

In Alaska, a federal judge is hearing arguments Friday in a case filed by gay couples.

ACLU of Alaska executive director Joshua Decker expects the judge to decide Alaska's ban also is unconstitutional.

Decker says there is no way Alaska can argue that it's not covered by the ruling.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Law said they were studying the ruling and wouldn't comment Tuesday.

Trooper hit 'dead end' in Fairbanks hit-and-run
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A month after a hit-and-run driver seriously injured a father and daughter riding mountain bikes outside Fairbanks, Alaska State Troopers say they're not close to finding out who is responsible.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports JP Smith and his 12-year-old daughter Amanda on Sept. 4 were riding on the shoulder of Sheep Creek Road west of Fairbanks when they were struck from behind.

A witness described the vehicle as a silver- or champagne-colored GMC or Chevrolet pickup.

Smith suffered a broken back and a traumatic brain injury. He must wear a back brace for another three months but can walk short distances.

Amanda Smith suffered a concussion. She spent a night in a hospital.

Trooper Edwin Anderson says investigators have hit a "dead end" in the investigation.

Anchorage police investigate suspicious death
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police are investigating a death in which foul play is suspected.

Police say they responded at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday to a home in the 7500 block of Island Drive on the city's east side in response to a report of a death.

They found the body of a man inside.

Police say witnesses were questioned at police headquarters.

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell tells KTUU-TV a suspect is in custody.

Sutton man dies in tractor accident
SUTTON, Alaska (AP) — A 68-year-old Sutton man died Monday when he became pinned beneath his tractor.

Alaska State Troopers say Marvin Baker was working on his property and lost control of his tractor on a hillside.

It flipped and he became trapped underneath the machine.

Troopers took a call on the accident just before 6 p.m.

Troopers say firefighters and emergency medical responders were unable to resuscitate Baker.

Sutton is 11 miles northeast of Palmer along the Glenn Highway.

Juneau considering upping tobacco products taxes
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — It might cost more to light up in Juneau.

A City and Borough of Juneau Assembly committee has forwarded the idea of an increased tax on tobacco products to the finance committee for further consideration.

This came after the committee received a presentation on the benefits of a higher tax.

Kristin Cox, a doctor at Rainforest Naturopathic Medicine, and Matt Felix, the former director of Juneau's National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, advocated for a higher tax before lawmakers.

Cox says a 20 percent increase in costs translates to a 10 percent reduction in the number of users. She says it also translates to a significant drop in youth smoking.

Such an increase would also bring in more than $4 million in city coffers.

Anchorage police investigate suspicious death
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police are investigating a death in which foul play is suspected.

Police say they responded at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday to a home in the 7500 block of Island Drive on the city's east side in response to a report of a death.

They found the body of a man inside.

Police say witnesses were questioned at police headquarters.

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell tells KTUU-TV a suspect is in custody.

Sutton man dies in tractor accident
SUTTON, Alaska (AP) — A 68-year-old Sutton man died Monday when he became pinned beneath his tractor.

Alaska State Troopers say Marvin Baker was working on his property and lost control of his tractor on a hillside.

It flipped and he became trapped underneath the machine.

Troopers took a call on the accident just before 6 p.m.

Troopers say firefighters and emergency medical responders were unable to resuscitate Baker.

Sutton is 11 miles northeast of Palmer along the Glenn Highway.

Translators scramble to meet election deadline
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Translators are scrambling to meet a Friday deadline ordered by a federal judge to provide outreach and poll workers with election materials and voting information that have been translated into Yup'ik or Gwich'in.

KUAC reports that Gwich'in translators Allan Hayton and Marilyn Savage in Fairbanks are finding the work challenging.

Hayton says some of the language in election materials is very technical.

Adding to the challenge, there are no direct Gwich'in translations for some words appearing on the November ballot, such as 'commerce' and 'marijuana.'

University of Alaska Fairbanks linguistics professor Gary Holton says translating election materials is a big undertaking because Gwich'in cannot describe some of the concepts culturally.

The U.S. District Court ruling last month stemmed from a lawsuit alleging the state failed to provide complete translations.

Fairbanks man arrested on homicide charges
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a 25-year-old Fairbanks man has been arrested in connection with a woman's death.

Troopers say Jason Gautam was arrested Monday on charges of first- and second- degree murder in connection with the death of 25-year-old Tamara Santori of Fairbanks.

Troopers say that earlier Monday they responded to a report of an incident at a McGrath Road home, where officers found Santori dead.

Gautam was arrested late afternoon.

Trooper hit 'dead end' in Fairbanks hit-and-run
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A month after a hit-and-run driver seriously injured a father and daughter riding mountain bikes outside Fairbanks, Alaska State Troopers say they're not close to finding out who is responsible.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports JP Smith and his 12-year-old daughter Amanda on Sept. 4 were riding on the shoulder of Sheep Creek Road west of Fairbanks when they were struck from behind.

A witness described the vehicle as a silver- or champagne-colored GMC or Chevrolet pickup.

Smith suffered a broken back and a traumatic brain injury. He must wear a back brace for another three months but can walk short distances.

Amanda Smith suffered a concussion and spent a week in a hospital.

Trooper Edwin Anderson says investigators have hit a "dead end" in the investigation.

Driver changes plea in crash that killed teens
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A driver who struck and killed two teenage girls walking on an Anchorage sidewalk has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

KTUU-TV reports Stacey Graham pleaded guilty Monday to killing Brooke McPheters and Jordyn Durr.

The 15-year-old girls on Aug. 9, 2013, were returning from a back-to-school shopping trip to the Dimond Mall and were walking on the sidewalk along Abbot Road when they were struck.

Graham earlier in the day had attended a golf tournament hosted by his former employer. His pickup left the roadway and struck the girls.

Graham before the crash was seen speeding. Police said his blood-alcohol content was about three times over the legal limit for drivers.

He will be sentenced Feb. 12.

Health officials say Ebola threat low in Alaska
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — State health officials say Alaska is at a lower risk of an Ebola outbreak than the Lower 48 states but they're not taking the threat lightly.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the Division of Epidemiology within the Department of Health and Social Services last week listed steps it has taken to prevent an outbreak.

They include distributing guidelines to health providers for early recognition of patients who may be infected.

The Ebola virus spreads through direct contact with blood or body fluids. It spreads only when a person is showing symptoms. It's not spread through food, water, air or casual contact.

Alaska health officials say the state's remote location, sparse population and few ties to affected countries put Alaska at a lower risk than other states.

Alaska to participate in earthquake drill
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska is taking part in an international earthquake drill.

The Great Alaska Shakeout will take place Oct. 16, at 10:16 a.m., as part of the larger event. At that time, participating Alaskans will practice dropping, covering and holding onto whatever is covering them.

According to the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, more than 100,000 Alaskans participated in a drill in March, to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaskans Earthquake.

[Monday October 6th, 2014  11TH  EDITION 5:41 P. M.]

Parks and Rec meeting cancelled, clean up day planned
With the municipal election and polls open Tuesday 7AM - 8PM, the Parks and Rec Department Advisory Committee meeting for Tuesday night has been cancelled.

Brent Fischer, CBJ Parks and Rec Director, was a guest on "Capital Chat" on Monday, and said "Getting out there and voting is the priority."

He talked about an upcoming clean up day with food and fun, "If you want to get a good laugh come watch me play golf and help me find some of my lost discs." Clean up day will be Saturday October 18th beginning at 10AM at Aant'iyeik Park.

Division reprinting pamphlet to include Walker
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Division of Elections has reprinted voter information pamphlets to include independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker.

Division Director Gail Fenumiai (feh-NEW'-me-eye) said candidates are sent letters informing them of the pamphlet, which includes information provided by the candidates on their families, interests and reasons for running.

But she says Walker wasn't sent the letter. She said it was a "mishap by staff," noting that Walker declared his intention to run last year and slipped through the cracks.

She said it was too late to include Walker in the version of the pamphlet that voters began receiving Monday. She said the division has printed a supplemental pamphlet for the gubernatorial and lieutenant governor candidates that voters should receive this week.

Walker has been included in the online version of the pamphlets.

Agency awards $60 million in tribal housing grants
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal government has awarded nearly $60 million in grants to more than 90 tribal communities across the nation, including 15 in Alaska.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro made the announcement Monday in Anchorage.

Included in the grants is $600,000 for Cook Inlet Tribal Council, which will help pay for a 23-unit senior housing complex in East Anchorage.

Other Indian Community Development Block Grant Program funds will for the first time be used to address mold in lower income housing.

Among the nine tribes receiving such funds is the Havasupai Tribe in Arizona, which will use nearly $400,000 to remove mold from 10 homes in its village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Mold is a problem because of overcrowding and frequent flooding.


Man stabbed in eye outside Anchorage bar
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage Police are looking for a man suspected of stabbing another man in the eye during a confrontation outside a bar.

Police say the injured man was stabbed at about 2:44 a.m. Monday outside the Cabin Tavern on Muldoon Road.

Police say the 24-year-old man was inside the bar with a friend. They started to leave and got into an argument that turned physical with people outside.

Police say the suspect pulled out a knife with a 4-inch blade and stabbed the other man in his left eye.

The suspect departed with others in a vehicle.

The knife was removed at an Anchorage hospital.

The injured man remains at a hospital and police describe him as stable.


Anchorage Wal-Mart nears limit on nuisance calls
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police have warned a Wal-Mart store it could face fines because of excessive nuisance calls.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports police have responded to 80 calls this year, mostly associated with drunken people at the midtown Wal-Mart. Lt. Garry Gilliam says city code limits a commercial property to 100 nuisance calls a year.

If the store goes over the limit, it can be fined $500 per call.

Gilliam says surveillance shows Wal-Mart sells liquor to chronic inebriates, who drink in nearby wooded areas.

The store is not accused of illegally selling alcohol. But Gilliam says they have met with Wal-Mart managers several times this year, encouraging them to analyze selling practices.

A Wal-Mart spokesman says store managers are reinforcing training with employees and are working with the police.

Young defends former rival Parnell on National Guard allegations
U.S. Rep. Don Young defended the governor today against critics who say Parnell ignored a National Guard scandal.

Young told KTUU, "Sean has been very upfront about women's violence and etc. I think he's following the correct steps. He's relieved the commander, to begin with. I understand there's going to be more people who are going to be relieved of their duties. He's doing the correct things. He's doing the right things. Those that are opposing him: Purely political."

Bill Walker responds to latest National Guard news
In response to the firing and rehiring of  two highly ranked officials in the Alaska National Guard over the weekend, Independent candidate for Governor, Bill Walker released the following statement Monday morning:

"The firing and rehiring of these two top ranking officers to avoid the perception of a conflict of interest shows the level of chaos within the administration and the guard on this issue.

Accountability of those involved is paramount to reforming the Guard. I continue to urge the Governor to take the necessary action to appoint a special prosecutor and release all requested records so that justice is served and trust is restored."

Man stabbed in eye outside Anchorage bar
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage Police are looking for a man suspected of stabbing another man in the eye during a confrontation outside a bar.

Police say the injured man was stabbed at about 2:44 a.m. Monday outside the Cabin Tavern on Muldoon Road.

Police say the 24-year-old man was inside the bar with a friend. They started to leave and got into an argument that turned physical with people outside.

Police say the suspect pulled out a knife with a 4-inch blade and stabbed the other man in his left eye.

The suspect departed with others in a vehicle.

The knife was removed at an Anchorage hospital.

The injured man remains at a hospital and police describe him as stable.

Anchorage Wal-Mart nears limit on nuisance calls
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police have warned a Wal-Mart store it could face fines because of excessive nuisance calls.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports police have responded to 80 calls this year, mostly associated with drunken people at the midtown Wal-Mart. Lt. Garry Gilliam says city code limits a commercial property to 100 nuisance calls a year.

If the store goes over the limit, it can be fined $500 per call.

Gilliam says surveillance shows Wal-Mart sells liquor to chronic inebriates, who drink in nearby wooded areas.

The store is not accused of illegally selling alcohol. But Gilliam says they have met with Wal-Mart managers several times this year, encouraging them to analyze selling practices.

A Wal-Mart spokesman says store managers are reinforcing training with employees and are working with the police.

Ketchikan installs tsunami warning sirens
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A pair of sirens has been installed in Ketchikan to warn of tsunamis.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports the city fire department used an $80,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association for the warning system.

Tsunamis became a concern after a 2012 scare.

Fire Department Chief Frank Share says different tones will warn of various disasters.

Sirens will play a "pulse steady" tone if there's a possible tsunami, warning residents to head for high ground.

Alternating pitches will signal a dam failure.

The test tone is a long, steady wail and will be sounded every Saturday at noon.

The federal grant also paid for signs that will direct people to evacuation routes and evacuation centers.

Alaska National Guard officers fired, rehired
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The acting top official of the Alaska National Guard fired two high-ranking officers last week but reversed the action a day later at the direction of Gov. Sean Parnell.

Brigadier Gen. Mike Bridges on Thursday asked for the resignations of Brigadier Gen. Catherine Jorgensen and Col. Edie Grunwald.

Parnell's spokeswoman Sharon Leighow (LAY'-how) tells the Alaska Dispatch News that the officers had applied for the same leadership job that Bridges is seeking.

She says by email that Parnell wanted to avoid any appearance of impropriety on behalf of Bridges and directed him to rescind the terminations.

A federal investigation released Sept. 4 found ethical misconduct in the guard. Parnell fired its adjutant general and the civilian deputy commissioner

On Thursday, Parnell said three others would be fired.

Body of Kasigluk man recovered from Johnson River
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The body of a 20-year-old Kasigluk (kah-SIG'-luk) man has been recovered from the Johnson River.

KTUU-TV reports Walter Nicholas had not been seen since early Tuesday when he left his family's home.

Family member said he was distraught and had been drinking.

Villagers on Wednesday found an unmanned boat on the river near the village 25 miles northwest of Bethel. A search was initiated and the body of Nicholas was recovered Friday.

The body was sent to Anchorage for an autopsy.

It's the second death on the Johnson River in less than a week.

The body of 41-year-old Andrew Pavilla of Atmautluak (at-MOW'-loo-ak) was found 20 from his boat Tuesday. Alaska State Troopers say he may have hit the river bank at high speed near Nunapitchuk (noo-NUH'-pit-chook).

Alaska's Begich battles midterm partisan undertow
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate race turns on this question: Can the Democratic incumbent defy the partisan undertow just by supporting issues that are almost uniquely important to Alaskans?

Alaska has voted Republican in every presidential election since 1968, and the GOP is counting on besting Sen. Mark Begich (BAY'-gich) to help them reach the six seats they need to net to retake control of the Senate.

They also acknowledge that Begich is very adept at the small-town, person-to-person campaigning that voters demand in a state the size of Texas and California combined.

His Republican challenger, former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan, counters by closely tying Begich's name to President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

[Sunday October 5th, 2014  7th  EDITION 5:10 P. M.]

Alaska attorneys: Right to marry is fundamental
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Attorneys for the gay couples challenging Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage say the right to marry is fundamental and due to all individuals.

They take issue with the state saying the U.S. Supreme Court has never held that there is a fundamental constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The plaintiffs' attorneys say the high court has upheld a broad definition of marriage.

They say it's unnecessary to parse out certain classes of individuals for whom marriage should apply.

A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Friday in the case filed by five couples challenging Alaska's ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional.

The state, in a filing last month, said the question of whether to define marriage to include gay couples should be decided by citizens, not the courts.

Juneau looking at changes to tax exemptions
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Juneau Assembly is considering possible changes to its tax exemption rules to help ease the city's budget concerns.

A review committee is looking at six possible changes, including to a program that allows for anyone 65 years or older to apply for an exemption from city sales taxes in Juneau businesses.

City finance director Bob Bartholomew says the city doesn't know how many exemption cards are in circulation because they never expire once issued. He says the program has grown steadily.

The city lost out on $1.3 million in sales tax due to the program in 2006, and $2.8 million in 2013.

The Juneau Commission on Aging has been researching the exemption. It is set to make a recommendation to the Assembly.

Wreck with Transit bus, minor injuries
Capital City Fire Rescue says a Capital City Transit bus was involved in a wreck with a private vehicle.

Four people were transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for further evaluations. Their injuries were non-life-threatening.

Juneau Police say the wreck happened at Glacier and Alaway Saturday night around 10:00.

Power outage
AEL&P's Debbie Driscoll says there was a power outage this morning from the 2nd St. substation, around Centennial Hall up to Basin Rd. out to Thane Rd. Crews have responded.

Today is the deadline to register to vote in the General Election
The deadline to register or update your voter registration for the 2014 General election is Sunday, October 5th.

Registration forms are available at any Division of Elections office, municipal offices, tribal offices, or online at www.elections.alaska.gov.

Municipal Election Tuesday
Polls are open for the Juneau Municipal Election on Tuesday from 7am until 8pm. If you don’t know where to vote, you can call the Polling Place Locator toll free at 1 - 888 - 383 - 8683.

Any registered Juneau voter may cast an absentee ballot for any reason. Absentee Voting Stations are open for voters convenience: at City Hall on Monday from 8am until 4:30pm, and also at Mendenhall Mall Sunday from Noon until 4pm and on Monday from 10am until 6:30pm.

Voters may also request a ballot by Fax/Electronic Transmission: A signed Absentee - By - Fax Application must be submitted to the Municipal Clerk’s office no later than 5pm Alaska Time on Monday.

A qualified voter who is unable to go to the polling place on Election Day due to age, illness, or disability, may appoint a personal representative to obtain a ballot for the voter between now and the close of polls on Election Day.

For more information check the website, http://www.juneau.org/clerk/elections or contact the Municipal Clerk’s office at 586 - 5278.

Anchorage asks court to stop ride-sharing company
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage is taking court action to stop ride-sharing company Uber from operating in the city.

KTUU reports the city requested an injunction and a temporary restraining order against Uber Technologies Inc. in civil superior court on Friday.

Uber provides a smartphone app that allows people to order rides in privately driven cars instead of taxis. The service launched in Anchorage just over two weeks ago.

Uber didn't immediately respond to a request for comment made through its website on Saturday.

The city declined to comment on the municipality's filing. But Alaska Yellow Dispatch CEO Sloane Unwin says the local cab company plans to add its name to the request for an injunction.

Maintenance to end on 2 Alaska highways for season
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska transportation officials say maintenance will soon end for the season on the Taylor and Denali highways.

Officials say the maintenance will end Oct. 15.

Those highways are not maintained during the winter by the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Officials say the Taylor Highway won't be maintained again until early April of next year.

The 135-mile Denali Highway connects Cantwell on the Parks Highway to Paxson on the Richardson Highway. Officials say crews will begin opening that highway next April.

Ketchikan High School fires football coach
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The Ketchikan High School football coach has been fired after an incident between a group of football players and the Kayhi activities director.

Ketchikan High School Principal Sam Nelson fired Les Silva on Friday.

Nelson told the Ketchikan Daily News that some football players confronted activities director Ed Klein about trying to get another game. Nelson says this was inappropriate.

Silva told the players they could make their voices heard if they wanted. But he says he didn't direct the players to do it.

Klein declined to comment on the details of the alleged incident.

Silva had been attempting to find another team to play after the cancellation of Kayhi's final regular season game against Sitka. Saturday was the Alaska School Activities Association-imposed deadline for the scheduling of regular season games.

Nome kicks off healthy lifestyle campaign
NOME, Alaska (AP) — "My choice, my future" was the recurrent phrase at a pep rally at Nome Beltz Jr./Sr. High School.

Though there was plenty of music and dancing last Wednesday, it wasn't an ordinary school gathering. Representatives from Nome Eskimo Community brought the 7th and 8th graders together to launch a multimedia campaign that addresses the growing problem of juvenile alcohol and substance abuse in rural Alaska.

"We want to encourage kids to make positive choices, and we want to celebrate those positive choices with them," said Niaomi Brunette, youth services specialist for Nome Eskimo Community. "This program is really neat in that it empowers the kids_gives them a sense of pride in what they're doing. It gives them ownership over their future, the choices that they make."

Brunette was the emcee for the pep rally. She said the MyChoiceMyFuture program offers one-on-one mentoring and life skills training, in addition to supporting students in living alcohol- and drug-free lives. The multimedia arm of the campaign is funded through a Department of Justice grant, and they've been thinking outside the box to engage students.

The campaign's first PSA features Tyler Eide, a Nome Beltz graduate and state basketball star. His message aired locally Wednesday night.

"My choices affect my future. Making good choices will allow me to do anything I dream of doing," said Eide, in the PSA. "I won't let alcohol get in the way of my dreams. I've seen what it can do to people's lives. There are so many thing I enjoy doing; I'm going to make the most of my future. I want to make my dreams come true. I'm making good choices because it's better for me, it's better for my family and it's better for my community. It's my choice because it's my future."

The PSA was played for the students at the rally, and as you could hear from the cheers in the crowd, Eide's message resonated with his peers.

Brunette said that often, conversations about challenging issues like substance abuse can harp on the negative, but this campaign is an opportunity to empower students_reinforcing positive choices (like going to school or eating breakfast) through social media. Students are asked to take "selfie" photos of themselves making good choices, and share those through social media with the hashtag "#mychoicemyfuture". It's an effective strategy to engage the tech-savvy younger crowd, and Brunette said, it's a lot of fun.

"We wanted to have it fun and enjoyable because eventually these kids are going to make the program," she said. "They're the ones who are going to be uploading their photos, sharing all the positive choices that they're making in their lives so we wanted them to feel ownership over it and that's why we decided to roll it out with a bang and get everyone excited."

Also during the assembly, students gathered in groups to talk about their personal messages and start taking photos to promote them. Nome Eskimo Community is incentivizing student participation: they're starting a competition where the winning photo or video posted to its Facebook page will be aired during previews at the movie theater, and the winner will get two free movie tickets.
 

[Saturday October 4th, 2014  3rd  EDITION 3:34 P. M.]

Alaska Supreme Court: Prisoner's rights violated
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court says the Department of Corrections violated a prisoner's rights when it sentenced him to 20 days of segregation.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the court ruled corrections officials should have granted 43-year-old Richard "Bart" DeRemer's requests during a disciplinary hearing.

DeRemer was accused of having two pills he shouldn't have had. He asked to see the evidence against him and call a witness at a hearing.

But a hearing officer denied the requests. He found DeRemer guilty of "hoarding pills" and sentenced him to 20 days of segregation.

The court said Friday the denial amounted to a violation of the DeRemer's right to due process. The court ordered DeRemer's punishment to be vacated.

DeRemer is serving 134-year sentence for murder, arson, burglary and evidence tampering.

Stabbing in Douglas last night
Just before midnight this (Saturday) morning, the Juneau Police Department (JPD) received a report of a man who was stabbed in the chest at a residence on Great Western Street in Douglas.

JPD officers arrived and located a 54 year-old male with a stab wound to the chest. The knife used in the stabbing was located in the residence.

Another male was located unconscious on the floor of the residence. He was identified as a 52 year-old male, and later identified as the suspect in the stabbing.

EMS and CCFR arrived and transported both males to the Bartlett Regional Hospital (BRH) for a medical evaluation.

The preliminary investigation showed that the 54 yr male and the 52 yr male were involved in an argument. The 52 yr male grabbed a knife and threatened the 54 yr old male, then stabbed him in the chest. A physical altercation ensued and the 52 yr male, who is alleged to have done the stabbing, was knocked to the ground, disarmed of the knife, and kicked in the head.

At BRH, both males received medical attention. All injuries sustained appear to be non-life threatening.

Alcohol appears to be factor in this incident.

Chugiak area residents to hear explosives training
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — It might get noisy for some Anchorage suburban residents this month.

U.S. Army Alaska officials say in a release that soldiers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will be training with explosives near Chugiak, starting Monday.

Soldiers from the 716th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Co. will continue training on week days until Oct. 24. Officials say eight explosive charges will be set off each day.

How widespread the noise will be depends on the cloud cover. It's most likely to be heard in Chugiak, Eagle River and along Knik Arm across from the Demo III range.

Soldiers from the unit primary handle potentially explosive devices found within the state.

[Friday October 3rd, 2014  8th  EDITION 8:45 P. M.]

Voting Opportunities For the City and Borough of Juneau Municipal Election
The Polls will be open on Tuesday, October 7, from 7am until 8pm. If you don’t know where to vote, you can call the Polling Place Locator toll free at 1 - 888 - 383 - 8683.

Any registered Juneau voter may cast an absentee ballot for any reason. Absentee Voting Stations are open for voters convenience: at City Hall on Monday from 8am until 4:30pm, and also at Mendenhall Mall on Saturday and Sunday from Noon until 4pm and on Monday from 10am until 6:30pm.

Voters may also request a ballot by Fax/Electronic Transmission: A signed Absentee - By - Fax Application must be submitted to the Municipal Clerk’s office no later than 5pm Alaska Time on Monday, October 6. The application form is online at http://www.juneau.org/clerk/elections/documents/2014-Fax_Ballot_Application.pdf. When a completed application is received, a ballot will be faxed or e-mailed. Please contact the Clerk’s office at 586-5278 for additional details.

A qualified voter who is unable to go to the polling place on Election Day due to age, illness, or disability, may appoint a personal representative to obtain a ballot for the voter between now and the close of polls on Election Day. Personal Representatives can obtain voting materials from either Absentee Voting Stations or from one of the polling places on Election Day.

For more information check the website, www.juneau.org/clerk/elections or contact the Municipal Clerk’s office at (907) 586 - 5278.


Fire briefly flares up at offshore gas platform
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Coast Guard says a contained fire flared up Friday morning at an offshore natural gas platform in Alaska's Cook Inlet, but it was quickly tamped down by responders.

Civilian spokesman Mike McNeil says no one has yet boarded the structure, called the Baker platform.

The fire broke out Thursday, destroying the crew's living quarters and forcing four workers to evacuate before the blaze was contained. The platform is owned by Hilcorp Alaska LLC.

Hilcorp spokeswoman Lori Nelson says the fire remained contained later Friday.

There were no reports of injuries or a spill.

Aerial assessments took place Friday at the scene 45 miles southwest of Anchorage. Responders will board once it's deemed safe.

Nelson says the cause of the fire is under investigation, but isn't believed to be production-related.

State biologist charged with hunting violation
HOMER, Alaska (AP) — A Homer-based Department of Fish and Game biologist has been placed on administrative leave following charges that he violated moose hunting laws.

The Homer News reports 33-year-old Jason Herreman is charged with using illegal methods to take a moose and unlawful possession of game.

Defense attorney Myron Angstman says Herreman will plead not guilty.

Prosecutors say Herreman hunted Aug. 23 and shot a moose near Anchor Point but lost it. Prosecutors say Herreman shot a moose the next day and had help from an air taxi pilot.

Spotting moose from the air the same day they're shot is illegal.

Herreman told a wildlife investigator he killed the moose wounded the day before.

Angstman says state law allows hunters to use any reasonable means to salvage a wounded animal.

Crash, rollover seriously injures Florida driver
WILLOW, Alaska (AP) — A Florida man was seriously injured in a crash on the Parks Highway.

Alaska State Troopers say Gary A. Taber of Clearwater was injured just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday at Mile 79.5.

Troopers say Taber was driving north in a pickup and his truck left the roadway.

The pickup rolled and Taber was ejected.

He was flown by emergency flight to Anchorage Providence Medical Center, where was reported in serious condition Friday.

Quinhagak residents hope ancient hair tells story
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Residents of the southwest Alaska village of Quinhagak (QUINN'-uh-hawk) are hoping ancient hair found a nearby archaeological dig will yield ancestral information.

KYUK reports the hair and other genetic samples were among items found at the site of an ancient village 5 miles outside the Yup'ik community.

Archaeologist Rick Knecht with the University of Aberdeen in Scotland is in charge of the dig, which is funded by the village Native corporation and a $1.8 million grant from the UK-based Arts and Humanities Research Project.

Knecht says some hair samples were contributed to a study of indigenous Alaskans outlined this summer in the journal Science.

Village corporation president Warren Jones says the corporation wants to see the DNA of ancient people who might be ancestors compared with that of Quinhagak residents.

Crime of the Week involves a missing rental car and driver
On September 16th, 2014, a 31 year old Juneau woman rented a 2014 white Chevrolet Impala from a company at the Juneau International Airport.

The car rental was for one day but the vehicle has not been returned as of October 3rd, 2014. Officers of the Juneau Police Department have not been able to locate the car or the woman who rented it, Tiffany Spaulding.

Multiple associates of Spaulding have been contacted and denied knowing the location of the vehicle or Spaulding. Those associates did not report Spaulding as being missing or endangered but JPD officers would like to confirm that she is safe.

JPD would like the public’s assistance is finding both Spaulding and the car. The license plate on the vehicle is GTC565.
 

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.

www.juneaucrimeline.com

Audit sought for municipal software project
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Members of the Anchorage assembly are again calling for an audit of a software project designed to track city employee payroll and other functions.

The implementation of the project is two years behind schedule and the budget has grown to $31.6 million, more than three times the planned amount.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports Assembly-woman Amy Demboski has requested $200,000 for an outside review of the project and the a timekeeping system that cost $1.2 million and started last year.

Demboski is running for mayor.

She says her request is based on a work session with the municipality's new chief fiscal officer. Kate Giard concluded that after weeks of observation, it wasn't certain how much the system could cost or when it could be implemented.

Body of Napaskiak man found in slough
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Napaskiak (nah-PAS'-kee-ak) man was found dead Wednesday night in the Oscarville Slough and Alaska State Troopers say he may have drowned.

Troopers say the body of 54-year-old Nikita Petluska has been recovered and sent to the state medical examiner to determine cause of death.

Petluska had been checking fishing nets and was reported overdue.

KTUU-TV reports troopers in Bethel received word just before 11 p.m. Wednesday that Petluska's skiff had been found near the slough on the Kuskokwim River.

As troopers investigated, the body was found.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says the skiff may have run aground on a sandbar before it was lifted off by the tide.

Napaskiak is seven miles southeast of Bethel.

Fire at gas platform in Alaska waters prompts evacuation; no injuries or spills reported
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Responders say a fire at an offshore liquefied natural gas platform in Alaska has been fully contained.

The unified command for the incident said in a statement Thursday the Cook Inlet platform will be monitored throughout the night.

The fire destroyed the crew's living quarters and forced four workers to evacuate.

No one was injured and the environmental risk was considered minimal.

The unified command said the fire wasn't related to gas production and no gas was released into Cook Inlet.

Hilcorp Alaska LLC owns the platform and 11 others among the total of 16 platforms in the inlet.

Talkeetna getting new public library in 2015
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Talkeetna is getting a new, larger public library.

Mat-Su Borough officials say the 7,840-square-foot library and resource center is expected to open in summer 2015.

Officials say the groundbreaking for the $5.3 million project was held Aug. 21.

At the groundbreaking, Talkeetna librarian Ann Yadon said that the larger facility means that books will no longer need to be removed to make room for new books.

3 elementary schools recognized for performance
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education has recognized three Alaska schools for their academic excellence.

Haines Elementary School, Crawford Elementary on Eielson Air Force Base and Peterson Elementary in Kodiak were named National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office says the schools were recognized as "exemplary high performing schools."

Murkowski serves on the Senate committee overseeing education and her office says her goal is to visit every Alaska school.

[Thursday October 2nd, 2014  10th  EDITION 4:50 P. M.]

Free museum admission during "First Friday", the first "First Saturday", and during October
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum resumes Frist Fridays for the 2014-2015 season and also begins a new program, First Saturdays on October 4th. October marks the last month to see two exciting exhibits that have been on display at the Museum throughout the summer. Outside My Window features some of Juneau’s fiber artists who have taken that notion and created 27 art quilts capturing the scenes outside their windows. The Empty Chair: The Forced Removal and Resettlement of Juneau’s Japanese Community 1941-1951 tells the stories of the Japanese who were evacuated from Juneau during World War II and those who settled here afterwards. It was mounted in conjunction with the work of the Empty Chair Project Committee who installed a commemorative memorial at Capital Park this summer. Along with this exhibit are collages by Juneau artist Fumi Matsumoto which capture the memory of the internment camps and a repeating video loop of Juneau during 1941-1955 created by filmmaker, Greg Chaney.

New to the constellation of fall programming is First Saturday. Every first Saturday of the month the Museum presents Historytime, a history-themed story time that was piloted this summer but returns in a time slot that makes attendance possible for many parents who work full time outside the home. On October 4th, between 11 am and 12 noon, families are invited to learn a little history and more about our town through books and activities in and around the Museum. Historytime is open to all ages of children (and adults!) capable of sitting for half an hour listening to and discussing stories in the company of their peers.

Also on First Saturday from 10 am to 12 noon, the Museum hosts two members of the Capital City Quilters Guild, Ginger Blaisdell and Sheila Box, who will be demonstrating a variety of modern and traditional quilting techniques as they work on current projects and display some finished ones. They will be available to chat about their passion for this form of creative work and the opportunities in our community and elsewhere to support those who want to pick up a needle and get started on their own projects.

October marks the resumption of free admission at the Museum, thanks to the generous community sponsors who underwrite the cost. October is being hosted by the Pioneers of Alaska Men’s & Women’s Igloo No. 6.

For more information regarding these exhibits, programs or about the Museum, please visit: www.juneau.org/museum or call 586-3572. The Juneau-Douglas City Museum’s Fall/Winter hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-4 pm.


Marjorie Hamburger reading to Historytime participants, 2014

Alaska cities wrongly withholds oil checks
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Almost every Alaska resident on Thursday received a check for nearly $1,900, their share of the state's oil wealth investment fund.

That is, unless they live in the city of Wasilla.

KTUU reports the city which has 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as its most famous resident improperly garnished the Permanent Fund Dividend checks of 130 people.

Government agencies routinely withhold some or all of the yearly checks of people who owe unpaid fines or child support. But a database used by the city incorrectly garnished the wages this year of the 130 people.

The city finance director has apologized. People will soon get their full check in the mail, and the city says there will no record of the garnishment on credit reports.

UA sexual violence review continues with meetings
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Federal Office of Civil Rights officials will visit four University of Alaska campuses next week as part of an investigation into compliance with gender non-discrimination requirements .

The agency within the Department of Education announced in May it planned to review UA compliance with Title IX, which prohibits gender discrimination at institutions that receive federal funding.

The agency in a letter said the process would focus on complaints of sexual violence.

UA officials tell the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the audit is part of a review and not tied to a specific complaint.

The Office of Civil Rights is reviewing 79 schools.

Officials will visit UA Fairbanks and take testimony Monday and Tuesday.

They will visit UA Anchorage on Wednesday and Thursday and Juneau and Bethel campuses on Friday.

Parnell defends response to Guard allegations
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell is defending his administration's response to allegations of sexual assault and problems within the Alaska National Guard.

Parnell tells reporters he thought he was misled on several occasions by former Adjutant Gen. Thomas Katkus.

Parnell asked for and received Katkus' resignation last month following a report into allegations of sexual assault and fraud that found victims lacked confidence in the command and did not trust the system.

Parnell also asked for the resignation of McHugh Pierre, a deputy commissioner of Alaska's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. He says more changes are coming.

Parnell, who has been criticized for not responding quickly enough to concerns, says that to his knowledge, everyone within his office acted in good faith. He says he has complete confidence in his staff.


Fire at offshore gas platform prompts evacuation
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Coast Guard in Alaska says a fire Thursday at an offshore natural gas platform in Alaska's Cook Inlet forced four people to evacuate, but the environmental risk is considered minimal.

The Coast Guard says the fire appeared to be out by 11 a.m., but vessels at the scene were still battling smoke. The platform 8 miles offshore is among 12 platforms in the inlet that are operated by Hilcorp Alaska LLC.

No spill has been reported.

Hilcorp spokeswoman Lori Nelson says the fire broke out at about 7:30 a.m. and was limited to the crew living quarters, which appear to be a total loss. The fire is not believed to be production-related.

Nelson says the crew was safely evacuated by a Hilcorp helicopter crew.

Responders say the cause of the fire at the Baker platform is unknown.

Alaska Supreme Court rules for non-Native adoption
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court decision against Tununak that allowed an Alaska Native infant girl from the western Alaska village to be adopted by non-Native parents.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the higher court agreed in a split decision with an earlier Superior Court ruling that the baby's well-being trumped legal preferences under federal law designed to keep children with Native American communities when possible.

In its Sept. 12 action, the state Supreme Court said the lower court correctly allowed a non-Native Anchorage couple to adopt the girl because an improved member of her biological family did not formally file to adopt her.

Justices Daniel Winfree and Craig Stowers disagreed and said that was not reason enough to override the Native preference.

Timber sale awarded to mill in southeast Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has awarded the contract for a timber sale in southeast Alaska to the region's last mid-size mill, Viking Lumber Co.

A spokesman for the Tongass National Forest, Kent Cummins, said he couldn't comment on the size of the contract or on how many companies bid on the Big Thorne sale until the contract was finalized.

Viking Lumber, in Klawock, initially won the sale contract last year. But the sale was tabled after concerns were raised about the impact it would have on wolf and deer populations on Prince of Wales Island.

The Forest Service reconsidered the sale before upholding it in August.

Conservationists have sued and Cummins said Viking won't do any ground work until the courts decide the case.

Businesses lost sales during road construction
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fairbanks business owners along a summer-long street reconstruction project say they're scrambling to make up for lost profits.

Trish Reagan tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that dinner receipts at her German restaurant on south Cushman Street used to exceed $2,000 on Friday and Saturday nights and now it's lucky to see $300.

She closed during lunch hours many days because few people were showing up.

At Hometown Restaurant, co-owner Meme Kim says her weeklong family vacation was canceled to make up for lost profits.

For most of the summer, only northbound traffic was allowed on south Cushman Street.

Department of Transportation spokeswoman Betsy Hess says it's a complex project that improves underground utilities, drainage, sidewalks, curbs, gutters and the road surface.

Signs, signals and sidewalks remain to be completed.

Jury acquits Glennallen dentist of assault charges
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former Glennallen dentist has been acquitted of charges that he sexually assaulted a woman while on a business trip in Anchorage.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports an Anchorage jury Wednesday found 44-year-old Kevin Brent Shedlock not guilty of four felony sexual assault charges.

The jury deliberated over two days.

Prosecutors contend Shedlock took advantage of a woman who drank too much on Aug. 25, 2013, before an annual conference of the Copper River Native Association.

Defense attorneys Wally Tetlow and James Christie said sex was consensual. Christie says Shedlock should never have been charged.

He says Shedlock will seek the return of his dentistry credential, which he voluntarily relinquished.

He says Shedlock is anxious to return to life as he knew it before charges were filed.

Sullivan grilled during fisheries debate in Alaska
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan was grilled on his positions on fishing issues during a debate with Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in one of the largest ports in the U.S.

Begich entered the debate, centered on fisheries issues, with the endorsement of fishing organizations, including United Fishermen of Alaska. At one point, Begich said he wouldn't mind answering some of the questions directed solely to Sullivan.

Sullivan said he opposes genetically modified fish; that is also Begich's position.

Sullivan said he has never supported the Pebble Mine, a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a world-premier salmon fishery. But he said he supports having a process in place for projects like that to be vetted.

Begich called the project the wrong mine in the wrong place.

Oil wealth dividends distributed to most Alaskans
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Most Alaskans will receive $1,884 checks Thursday as this year's share of the state's oil wealth that's distributed annually just for living here.

The payout from the Alaska Permanent Fund this year is more than double the amount of the $900 dividends distributed in 2013, 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 have included the recession years.

Alaska wasn't hit as hard by the recession as the Lower 48, but the Permanent Fund Corp. has a diversified portfolio that was clobbered when markets plunged worldwide.

The fund has since recovered. It had a balance of $29.9 billion in 2009, compared with $51.2 billion five years later.

North Slope, Beaufort Sea lease sales planned
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources plans to hold its annual oil and gas lease sales for the North Slope, Beaufort Sea and North Slope foothills.

The sales are scheduled for Nov. 19, with the bid opening in Anchorage.

The department, in a release, said the total lease area covers about 14 million acres.

It also says the North Slope and Beaufort Sea sale areas will include terms and conditions aimed at encouraging exploration on adjacent tracts of federal land, including the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management says it will hold a lease sale for the reserve the same day.

The federal lease sale will include 270 tracts covering about 3 million acres.

 

[Wednesday October 1st, 2014  11th  EDITION 9:31 P. M.]

Juneau chef takes second place in Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off
Anchorage, Alaska – Juneau chef, Lionel Uddipa of SALT, took second place at the third annual Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, hosted by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Tuesday in Anchorage.

During the live cook-off, four professional Alaska chefs had an hour to prepare and plate a dish highlighting Alaska seafood.

The chefs were given a basket of secret ingredients that they were required to utilize in their dish: an Alaska seafood protein, salmon, and an Alaska grown produce, celery root.

Uddipa said of his foaming celery root puree, "So with every little bubble that bursts in your mouth, there's this nice taste of celery root." He seared the salmon, skin-on, and basted it in thyme and butter.

The winner, Travis Haugen of Southside Bistro in Anchorage, represents Alaska at the annual World Food Championships in Las Vegas in November.

The other two chefs were Joel Chenet of Millbay Coffee in Kodiak, and Shawna McIntyre of Seward Brewing Company in Seward.

Texan bids for Nuremberg stenographer's mementos
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Dallas woman has bid $9,000 for documents from the Nuremberg trials that were found in an old trunk in Alaska that belonged to a postwar stenographer.

Fran Berg was the highest bidder for the items in an auction of World War II memorabilia Saturday by Anchorage-based Alaska Auction Co.

The collection, which includes carbon copies of trial transcripts, had belonged to the late Maxine Carr, a stenographer at the war-crimes trials following the war.

Berg is a member of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide commission whose late father-in-law helped liberate Nazi victims from a concentration camp in Dachau.

She says she bought the collection as a private citizen and wants to show it to war survivors and museums.

The documents were found stored in Carr's long-vacant Anchorage home.


Trucker convicted, didn't stay at scene of crash
BIG TIMBER, Mont. (AP) — A truck driver has been convicted of failing to report a crash on Interstate 90 in south-central Montana where an 81-year-old Alaska man was killed.

Officials in Sweet Grass County say 45-year-old David Welk was convicted Wednesday. District Judge Katherine Bidegaray ordered a presentence investigation and did not set a sentencing date.

Elgie Bedford of Wasilla, Alaska, died early on Sept. 30, 2013. Investigators believe several vehicles ran over his body before officers discovered it at about 7:30 a.m.

Welk was arrested in Iowa on Jan. 23 after his co-driver reported that the truck hit something in Montana.

Defense attorneys argued investigators couldn't determine how many time Bedford was struck.

A Washington state woman who drove through the area is charged with leaving the scene and tampering with evidence. Her trial is set for November.

FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Course
The City and Borough of Juneau Local Emergency Planning Committee, in partnership with Capital City Fire/Rescue, Bartlett Regional Hospital, and Juneau Emergency Programs are hosting a FREE Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Course this month beginning Tue October 7th.

This training is being offered free of charge to any individual 18 or older in Juneau who would like to become part of the CERT Team or just learn valuable emergency response tools and practices.

YOU MAY REGISTER FOR ANY ONE OR ALL THE SESSIONS:

Session 1 – Tuesday, October 7th 6:00pm-9:00pm (3hr) potential disasters in our local community, individual and family emergency preparedness, and "how to" information on non-structural hazard mitigation

Session 2 – Tuesday, October 14th 6:00pm-9:00pm (3hr) basic fire suppression techniques, best practices, fire extinguisher types and usage - Participants will extinguish a fire and begin developing self-confidence and teamwork

Session 3/4 – Saturday, October 18th 9:00am-1:00pm (4hr) disaster medical operations, triage, transportation, treatment area management, head-to-toe patient evaluation with recognition of and treatment of life threatening and non-life-threatening injuries

Session 5/6 – Tuesday, October 21st 6:00pm-9:00pm (3hr) light search and rescue operations, limitations, safety concerns, techniques, evacuation, mechanical advantage, and basic cribbing

Session 7 – Tuesday, October 28th 6:00pm-9:00pm (3hr) terrorism, our risks, impacts, best responses to a terrorist incident., the emotional environment and psychology of a disaster, the Incident Command System (ICS) teamwork, organization, and planning

Session 8 – Saturday, November 1st 9:00am-1:00pm (4hr) course review, test and simulated disaster exercise - Participants will apply the principles they have learned in a simulated disaster. This exercise will dramatize the multi-functional training approach, as well as promote team reliance.

Location TBD CERT Graduation Ceremony – 5th of November 2014 6pm-8pm at the CBJ Assembly Chambers 155 So. Seward Street.

Training Location - Hagevig Regional Fire Training Center, 2061 Sherwood Lane.

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER to insure we have enough materials available.
To register email: Mike Lopez mlopez@bartletthospital.org
For more information contact Mike Lopez at 796-8989

Alaska refuge proposes killing invasive caribou
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal wildlife officials are considering deadly measures to keep an Alaska big game animal introduced more than 50 years ago to a remote island in the Aleutians from expanding its range.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that caribou swimming from Adak (AY'-dak) Island to Kagalaska (kag-ah-LAS'-kah) Island be killed to prevent a new herd from being established.

Adak Island is 1,300 miles southwest of Anchorage. Caribou were transplanted onto Adak in 1958 to provide sport-hunting for military personnel assigned to a remote naval base formerly located there.

Kagalaska Island is part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and a short swim away from Adak.

Refuge manager Steve Delehanty (del-ah-HAHN'-tee) says Kagalaska is a wilderness area and caribou would change its vegetation and natural diversity.

Neighbors weigh in on Anchorage school stadium
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage School District is still trying to push construction of a state-funded football stadium at a local high school, months after its original proposal was rejected by the local planning and zoning commission.

Alaska Dispatch News reports that almost 250 people filled the commons area at South High School Tuesday to hear the latest on the proposed project.

The proposal has pitted the district against residents of the nearby subdivision who are concerned that a stadium would bring more traffic, bright lights and noise to the neighborhood. Some people support the project.

Dwayne Adams with the landscape architecture firm Earthscape listed possible new features of the project, including an 8-foot fence to provide an additional buffer.

Adams says the proposal is expected to be wrapped up by Monday.

Suspects enter pleas in Juneau park fires
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Juneau man has pleaded guilty to felony criminal mischief for 2012 fires that caused $26,000 in damage at a city park.

26-year-old Ryan Martin changed his plea Tuesday.

A second man, 26-year-old Dillon West, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and was sentenced to 80 hours of community service.

A third defendant, 20-year-old Ashley Rae Johnston, was convicted of felony criminal mischief last year.

Prosecutors say the three were recorded on park video surveillance cameras before the June 19, 2012, park fires.

The fires damaged a tractor and material owned by a company replacing artificial turf at a city football field.

Martin, with no prior felony convictions, faces a presumptive prison sentence of zero to two years. The maximum is five years.

Frontier to end seasonal flights to Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The only low-cost air carrier operating between Fairbanks and the Lower 48 will eliminate the seasonal route next year.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Denver-based Frontier Airlines plans to eliminate its Denver-to-Fairbanks schedule.

Frontier ended seasonal service last month.

It flew three to four no-frills Airbus 319 flights every week from mid-May to mid-September.

A spokeswoman for Fairbanks International Airport says the airline cited the closure of the Flint Hills Resources refinery in North Pole and higher fuel costs as a major factor in the decision. Flint Hills ended production in May.

Angie Spear says the carrier in a letter also has decided to reposition its national fleet.

Frontier will continue flying between Denver and Anchorage.

Hydro-electric studies on Susitna River
Juneau, Alaska (AP) _ A federal fisheries agency has raised concerns about studies conducted for the proposed Susitna River Dam.

Among other things, National Marine Fisheries Service regional administrator James Balsiger questioned the accuracy of the identification of fish species.

A spokes-woman for the Susitna-Watana hydro project says the Alaska Energy Authority has confidence in the information and that concerns can be discussed at an upcoming round of technical meetings.

Meanwhile, another hydro project is being proposed for the Susitna Valley.

The Alaska Dispatch reports that an Idaho-based energy firm is looking at the Talkeetna River as a possible site for a dam, about 20 miles upriver from Talkeetna.

The company filed a preliminary permit application with the federal energy regulatory commission on September 19th for a 75-megawatt hydroelectric project. The application begins a three-year study to examine the effect on salmon
and the region's electricity market.

Iditarod renews TV deal with Sportsman Channel
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Organizers of Alaska's famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have renewed a deal with the Sportsman Channel.

The agreement announced Wednesday continues a national television presence for the nearly 1,000-mile trek across sometimes unforgiving terrain.

The network maintains its status as the official network of the race from Anchorage to the old gold rush town of Nome on Alaska's wind-scoured western coast. The original partnership began before this year's race in March.

As with the 2014 Iditarod, the network won't document the race live in 2015. After next year's event, hours of programming will tell stories of mushers, dogs, race history, the wilderness trail and the intense competition that marks each race.

Sportsman Channel spokesman Tom Caraccioli and race executive director Stan Hooley declined to discuss terms of the deal.

State partners with child nutrition programs
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska officials say the state is participating in "Farm to School" activities across the state in October by partnering with child nutrition programs.

The Alaska Division of Agriculture's Farm to School program also will be promoting local lunch day at schools in October.

Officials say the program aims to improve child nutrition, support local economies and educate children.

According to officials, Farm to School programs have expanded nationwide over the past 10 years.

No confirmed cases of unusual respiratory illness
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The manager of Alaska's infectious disease program says it wouldn't be surprising if an unusual respiratory illness that has affected children in the Lower 48 is detected soon in Alaska.

So far, Dr. Michael Cooper said Alaska has not had any confirmed cases of enterovirus 68.

The virus can cause mild to severe illness, with the worst cases needing life support for breathing difficulties. Kids with asthma have been especially vulnerable.

The state health department says infection occurs through close contact with someone who is infected or by touching one's mouth, eyes or nose after touching a contaminated surface. The department says there are no specific anti-viral medications for the illness.

To guard against respiratory illnesses, the department recommends good hygiene and getting a flu shot in early fall.

[Tuesday September 30th, 2014  12th  EDITION 5:03 P. M.]

Registration Deadline for the General Election
The deadline to register or update your voter registration for the 2014 General election is Sunday, October 5th.

Registration forms are available at any Division of Elections office, municipal offices, tribal offices, or online at www.elections.alaska.gov.

Award-Winning Series “Dropped: Project Alaska 2.0” returns to Sportsman Channel
Chris and Casey Keefer can’t get enough of being dropped in remote places with little food, little direction and only one goal: survive by hunting.
They were first “dropped” in Alaska in 2011 and made television history by floating on a remote river for 28 days. Now, they are dropped again into Alaska’s backcountry in the Sportsman Channel original series – Dropped: Project Alaska 2.0 presented by Buck Knives.

This version has them once again pitting their skills as hunters, woodsmen and anglers against an unforgiving landscape. The original series will premiere exclusively on Sportsman Channel Thursday, October 2 at 7PM.

Catch a sneak peek of the show at
http://www.thesportsmanchannel.com/shows/dropped/

Official: Sullivan didn't receive improper credits
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A tax official says Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan did not receive improper tax credits on a home he owned in Maryland.

The chairman of the Alaska Democratic party requested the investigation and was notified by email of the response from the director of Maryland's Department of Assessments and Taxation.

Sullivan is challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich. His opponents have focused on his residency.

Sullivan, in his declaration of candidacy, says he's been an Alaska resident since 1997, when he and his wife moved here.


Sullivan left in 2002 for a White House fellowship and later military duty. The couple bought the Maryland house in 2006, while Sullivan worked in the U.S. State Department. It was listed as his principal residence. The Sullivans returned to Alaska in 2009.

Man shot near Anchorage restaurant parking lot
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police say they're looking for two men involved in a shooting that left a pedestrian critically injured on an east-side street.

Police just before 9:30 p.m. Monday took a call from a witness in the parking lot of a Taco Bell restaurant who said he'd heard a gunshot.

Police found a man near east Fourth Avenue and Reeve Boulevard who had been shot in the neck. Medics rushed him in critical condition to a hospital.

Police say the suspects were described as two black men in a sport utility vehicle.

A witness told police one man got out of the SUV, approached the pedestrian, demanded money and shot him. The suspects drove off in the SUV.


35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Pacific walrus looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in record numbers on Alaska's northwest coast.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms an estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed Saturday near Point Lay. That's about 700 miles northwest of Anchorage.

The enormous gathering was spotted during NOAA's annual arctic marine mammal aerial survey.

The gathering of walrus on shore is a phenomenon that has accompanied the loss of summer sea ice as the climate has warmed.

Walrus dive from sea ice to feed on snails, clams and worms on the ocean floor.

In recent years, walrus have come ashore as sea ice has receded north beyond shallow water and into parts of the Arctic Ocean where the water can be 2 miles deep.


Federal agency expresses concern with dam studies
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal fisheries agency has raised concerns about the accuracy of some studies being conducted for a massive proposed dam in south-central Alaska.

In a letter to the project manager for the Susitna-Watana dam, the regional administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, James Balsiger, said new study requests can't be developed given the current problems with the data.

Among other things, he questioned the accuracy of the identification of fish species.

Project spokeswoman Emily Ford said overall, the Alaska Energy Authority, which is pursuing the project, is confident in the information it is gathering.

She said the comments raised by agencies and others will be discussed during an upcoming round of technical meetings, at which the authority also will discuss its plans for next year.


Bella Hammond endorses Begich in new ad
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska first lady Bella Hammond likens Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich to her husband in a new campaign ad.

Hammond says her husband, the late Republican Gov. Jay Hammond, was not party-oriented. She says she was impressed by Begich wanting to work across party lines. She says it reminded her of Jay Hammond's attitude, and endorsed Begich.

Jay Hammond was a driving force behind creation of the Alaska Permanent Fund, the nest egg the state built from its oil wealth. He is often remembered as a strong leader and statesman by politicians from both parties.

Begich, who is facing GOP rival Dan Sullivan, has sought to cast himself as an independent voice for Alaska. His critics have tied him to President Barack Obama and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid.

Parnell's office denies National Guard records
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell's office has denied a media request to obtain records showing how the office handled complaints of sexual abuse in the Alaska National Guard.

The Alaska Public Radio Network reports it took 86 working days to deny its request for the records.

Under Alaska regulations, government entities have 10 working days to fulfill a records request. They have another 10 if they need an extension.

APRN says it received a three-page response letter on Friday that was sent by policy director Randy Ruaro, who cites among other reasons the legal rights of privacy for victims.

Ruaro says his office has not had the staff necessary to quickly deal with a rash of requests.

The letter notes a significant amount of information has already been made public.

Petersburg to host large Alaska Native gathering
PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — Petersburg will be hosting one of the largest gatherings of Alaska Natives in southeast Alaska.

The 102nd annual of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp is scheduled for Oct. 8 through 11.

ANB-ANS has grown into a nonprofit that includes 29 volunteer camps in Alaska, Washington and Oregon.

Brenda Louise of Petersburg is ANS 2nd Grand Vice President. She tells KFSK the Grand Camp looks at issues or concerns from different communities. She says individual camps submit resolutions for review that address their concerns.

The Petersburg camp plans to bring resolutions calling for cultural education within the community and a more transparent permitting process for cultural hunts.

Man shot in Anchorage restaurant parking lot
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police are investigating a shooting outside a fast food restaurant that left a man seriously injured.

KTUU-TV reports a man was shot in the neck Monday night in the parking lot of a Taco Bell on east Fifth Avenue.

Police took a call on the shooting just before 9:30 p.m.

Medics rushed the man to a hospital in critical condition.

The man's name has not been released.

State may require more math for diplomas
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The state Board of Education is considering a new requirement for high school graduation that's already in place in most school districts.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a proposed regulation would require students to complete three credits of math.

The requirement now is two credits out of the 21 needed to graduate. Half a credit typically is earned in a class each semester.

The state has 54 school districts and 45 already require students to take at least three credits of math.

Susan McCauley of the state Department of Education says the state board in June learned that 42 states require more math credits than Alaska.

The board asked the department for a proposal making Alaska requirements comparable.

Sen. Murkowski applauds first Alaska crude oil exports in 10 Years
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today welcomed the news that ConocoPhillips has loaded a U.S.-flagged tanker with Alaska crude oil for export to markets in Asia.

“Alaska has long played a vital role in the American energy trade,” Murkowski said. “This is the first North Slope cargo to leave Alaska for overseas markets in a decade. I am encouraged to see Alaska increasing its participation in global oil markets. It’s my hope that Lower 48 oil will soon follow suit.”

Foul play not suspected in Fairbanks man's death
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Officials don't suspect foul play in the death of a man whose body was found in downtown Fairbanks.

Police on Monday identified the man as 46-year-old Clay Wimberly.

Wimberly once listed Fort Smith, Arkansas, as his address but police say he lived in Fairbanks. His family has been notified.

Detective Peyton Meredith tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that Wimberly's body was found Friday by a bench in Golden Heart Plaza, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Meredith says an examination of the body didn't reveal anything that would suggest a homicide, and nothing was found near the body.

The body will be sent to Anchorage for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

University of Alaska Fairbanks to host forest fair
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Fairbanks is hosting the 17th annual Farthest North Forest Sports Festival this coming weekend.

The free event set for Saturday will feature teams and individuals participating in various competitions.

UAF officials say there will be contests in such skills as log rolling, campfire building and ax throwing.

The competition is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm. At about 1 p.m., the event moves over to Ballaine Lake.

Department warns against speeding in new spots
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Public Safety plans to run public service announcements on TV and radio warning against speeding on the roads.

The department says the PSAs will run during the first few weeks of October.

Aircraft documents stranded whales, recovery
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Army unmanned aerial aircraft captured something pretty tragic in the waters of Cook Inlet. Then it captured something joyful.

KTVA reports the aircraft was taking part late last month in an exercise in Knik Arm. The aircraft's operator from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was giving helicopter crews an observational view of their training exercise.

Then the camera captured a large pod of beluga whales stuck in mud near Eagle Bay after the tide went out.

Soldiers believed five of the whales were dead, and federal biologists were called.

Authorities were preparing for a large-scale operation to conduct five necropsies when the aircraft's cameras caught something else.

Aircraft operator Pfc. Raymond Lounsbury says they watched as the tide came back in, and the whales were able to swim off unharmed.

[Monday September 29th, 2014  11th  EDITION 4:55 P. M.]

Parnell, Walker back minimum wage hike
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell says he supports a ballot measure that would raise Alaska's minimum wage by $2 an hour over two years.

The minimum wage is currently $7.75 an hour.

The question was raised during a gubernatorial debate in Juneau on Monday. Parnell's main rival, independent candidate Bill Walker, said he also supports the initiative.

Both Parnell and Walker said they would vote no on a measure that would legalize recreational use of marijuana.

Parnell said people who smoke could be testing themselves out of jobs in workplaces that do drug tests. He also said marijuana takes people's initiative "way down" and can be a gateway to other drugs.

Walker said he shared similar concerns. He also said the only thing he smokes is salmon.

Walker declines to announce Senate support
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker has declined to say who he'll vote for in Alaska's U.S. Senate race.

The question arose during a gubernatorial debate on Monday. The Senate race features Democratic Sen. Mark Begich and GOP challenger Dan Sullivan.

Republican Gov. Sean Parnell said he would vote for Sullivan. Walker answered the question by saying there would be a Walker-Mallott campaign sign in his yard.

Walker changed his party affiliation from Republican to undeclared to run with Democrat Byron Mallott as part of a so-called unity ticket.

Walker later said he was staying in his own lane.

Mallott was a prominent supporter of Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign in 2010. Murkowski said she didn't know if she would endorse in the governor's race.

Department of Public Safety says, "Keep Racing off the Roads"
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – The Department of Public Safety will be airing an anti-speeding Public Service Announcement during the first couple weeks of October, on some television and radio stations and on cable TV.

The message is:  "Competitive rivalries, like racing, can start at a very young age. The stakes can get really high as kids move into adulthood and their modes of transportation go from bikes to cars. Keep the racing off the roads. "

UA regents approve Certificate in Medical Assisting for Southeast Alaska
The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved a new Medical Assistant Certificate program for the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) during its September meeting in Juneau. Health employers in the region—including PeaceHealth (Ketchikan), SEARHC, and Valley Medical Clinic in Juneau—testified in support of the proposal.

UAS expects the program to begin in Fall 2015. Lori Hart, health faculty member at the UAS Sitka Campus, says students should be able to complete the courses in four semesters. The program will be housed administratively at the UAS Sitka Campus but most of the required courses will be available online.

Medical Assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to support the work of physicians and other health professionals. Current earning power can be upwards of $30 - $46K, based on experience and demand.


Parnell, Walker clash on spending, gas line
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Gov. Sean Parnell clashed with his major rival, independent Bill Walker, on state spending and a gas line project during a debate in Juneau on Monday.

Walker said the state is in a fiscal crisis but Parnell said Walker has offered no solid plans for addressing the budget deficit.

Parnell also sniped at Walker teaming up with Byron Mallott, who abandoned his Democratic bid for governor to be Walker's running mate.

Parnell said voters were disenfranchised by the partnership, which followed the August primary. A judge has upheld the pairing.

Walker, who lost the GOP primary to Parnell in 2010, said he wants a nonpartisan administration. He said Mallott would be a senior adviser. Parnell, whose running mate is Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, said there can't be co-governors.

Plaintiff says won't appeal ballot lawsuit ruling
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the merged campaigns of two Alaska gubernatorial candidates says he won't appeal a judge's ruling that an emergency order allowing the ticket was valid.

Plaintiff Steve Strait says state lawmakers should enact a permanent regulation to address a legal "train wreck."

The Sept. 2 order was issued by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, who was named in the lawsuit.

The order paved the way for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Byron Mallott to join campaigns with independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker and run as Walker's lieutenant governor after their lieutenant governor candidates withdrew from their races.

The state maintained Alaska statutes are silent on how to fill vacancies left by the withdrawal of a no-party candidate.

Superior Court Judge John Suddock sided with the state Friday.

Murkowski firmly support Sullivan in Senate race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's senior senator is making no bones about who she is backing in this year's Senate race.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said during a news conference in Anchorage on Monday that Dan Sullivan is the man she wants to see as her partner in the U.S. Senate.

Murkowski is backing her fellow Republican in his race against Democrat Mark Begich, who is seeking re-election.

She cut an ad last week endorsing Sullivan. Shortly after that began running, Begich began running another ad touting his bipartisan cooperation with Murkowski in the Senate.

She's asked Begich to stop running such ads and not to use her imagery in his advertisements.

Murkowski declined to say for whom she's voting for in the governor's race.

Anchorage police seek stabbing suspect
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a man suspected in a weekend Anchorage stabbing.

Police on Monday announced they are asking for the public's help in finding 51-year-old Monte Ferguson Sr.

Police say Ferguson and another man just after 11 p.m. Saturday got into an argument at a home on Jefferson Street in the Spenard neighborhood. The men went outside and started fighting.

Police say Ferguson stabbed the other man and left in a vehicle.

The injured man was driven to a hospital and treated for a knife wound that police say is not life-threatening.

Ferguson is charged with felony assault. He also has two outstanding felony warrants on drug and weapons charges.

Woman boarding plane charged with drug offenses
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 42-year-old Kodiak woman suspected of carrying narcotics was taken into custody in Anchorage as she attempted to board a flight to Kodiak.

Alaska State Troopers say Tamra M. Jones was investigated as part of a long-term narcotics investigation by the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team.

Jones was detained Saturday. After officers obtained a search warrant to conduct a body scan, she was taken to a hospital. Troopers say the scan revealed she was concealing a balloon with smaller items inside her body.

Trooper say Jones voluntarily removed the balloon and it contained 24.3 grams of heroin, valued at $24,000 in Kodiak, and 8.3 grams of methamphetamine, valued at $2,500.

Jones was charged with four counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance. She was jailed with bail set at $25,000.

More than 9 inches of rain floods Ketchikan lakes
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — More than 9 inches of rain fell this weekend in Ketchikan, and a landslide temporarily disrupted the flow of the city's water supply.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports the city received more than 5.7 inches of rain on Saturday, followed by nearly 3.7 inches on Sunday.

The heavy rains sent mud and debris into Granite Basin early Sunday morning, causing turbidity levels to surpass Environmental Protection Agency standards.

The city was on back up water for about eight hours until the turbidity settled. The slide also caused trees to plus the drainage at Granite Basin, causing water to go over the top of the dam. The trees will be cleared once water levels drop.

Flooding was also reported at Silvis, Whitman, Fawn and Ward lakes.

Alaska firefighters wrap up training conference
KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Firefighters from around Alaska wrapped up a training conference with some friendly competition.

The Peninsula Clarion says 250 firefighters attended the 2014 Alaska Fire Conference, which concluded Saturday.

The conference kicked off Sept. 17 at Kenai Central High School.

Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell was among the speakers at the opening ceremony. Treadwell, who lost his father in a fire, urged the firefighters to never quit training.

Saturday's competitive events included a 3.43-K race in honor of the 343 New York City firefighters who died Sept. 11, 2001. Many of the participating competitors ran in full gear.

Other events included racing to extinguish a barrel fire, setting up a ladder and hooking up a hose by relay teams.

Next year's conference is scheduled to be held in Seward.

Students learn about consent when it comes to sex
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Freshmen at the University of Alaska Southeast are learning about what constitutes consent when it comes to sex.

It is part of a renewed focus on cracking down on sexual violence on college campuses nationwide. New guidelines from the federal government require that colleges talk to students about consent.

At a recent orientation, student conduct administrator Lori Klein said no means no. But she said there are also situations where yes does not mean yes, such as when someone is drunk or incapacitated.

Faculty and staff also were required to undergo training to learn to recognize the signs of trauma related to sexual assault.

Wasilla man charged with felony eluding
WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — An 18-year-old Wasilla man has been arrested after a high-speed chase.

Alaska State Troopers say Mackenzie V. Robinson was charged early Monday morning with felony eluding and reckless driving.

Troopers at about 3:15 a.m. spotted a maroon pickup exceeding the speed limit on Palmer-Wasilla Highway.

Troopers say the truck ran a red light, nearly hit another vehicle crossing the highway on Trunk Road and sped away from an officer.

Troopers say the pickup surpassed 90 mph as it ran another vehicle off Bogard Road.

The chase ended after five miles when the pickup crashed into trees at the end of a home driveway.

Troopers say Robinson fled on foot and was arrested a short time later at his home.

He was jailed Mat-Su Pretrial Facility with bail set at $5,000.

Police arrest man disrupting Anchorage traffic
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police say they took a man into custody who wandered through busy east-side traffic and knocked down an officer trying to make him stop.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports the man was eventually shocked with a stun gun and handcuffed.

Drivers just before 4 p.m. Sunday called police to report a man in traffic at Debarr Road near Debarr Circle.

Traffic was rerouted and officers circled the man on a sidewalk.

Police say the man pushed an officer, who hit his head on a truck fender and suffered a bruise.

Other officers used a Taser to shock the man and he was taken into custody in the parking lot of Alaska Regional Hospital. He was not immediately charged.

Judge stops logging projects, pending review
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Four southeast Alaska logging projects are on hold after a judge found the U.S. Forest Service didn't fully comply with a prior court order.

Conservationists who sued to stop the Scott Peak, Overlook, Traitors Creek and Soda Nick projects raised concerns with the model for determining sufficiency of deer habitat.

An appeals court in 2011 ordered an explanation for how the models supported decisions to move ahead with the projects. U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline said Friday that the Forest Service failed to comply with that order.

The management plan for the Tongass National Forest was updated in 2008. Beistline said the agency can provide deer modeling analyses based on the 1997 plan under which the projects were approved or revise the approval decisions to apply the 2008 plan.

Grants to focus on chronic health problems
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium will receive $1.1 million for efforts aimed at preventing heart disease, diabetes and strokes.

The initiative is among those being funded nationwide with nearly $212 million from the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the grant funding is aimed at combating chronic health problems. Goals include reducing the rates of death and disability due to tobacco use, heart disease, stroke or diabetes, as well as reducing obesity.

Other health organizations and communities in Alaska will receive about $540,000 in grants to focus on populations hit hardest by chronic diseases.

 

[Sunday September 28th, 2014  3rd  EDITION 3:30 P. M.]

Snoop Dogg to visit Alaska if voters legalize pot
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Rapper Snoop Dogg says he'll do a concert in Alaska if voters in November approve an initiative legalizing recreational use of marijuana.

Snoop Dogg is well known for his love of pot and said he would do a "wellness retreat concert" in Alaska if Ballot Measure 2 passes.

KTUU reports the rapper made his comments during a webcast in which he interviewed former TV reporter Charlo Greene.

Greene recently quit on-air after announcing she owned the Alaska Cannabis Club.

Black bear disrupts cross country meet
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A black bear disrupted a girls' race at the Region V Cross Country meet in Ketchikan.

Thorne Bay's Taylee Nyquest led the first heat of runners as her mom and coach cheered her on. As Nyquest passed, she yelled, "There's a black bear!"

Thorne Bay Principal Rob O'Neal watched the scene unfold. KRBD reports he and some coaches stopped the rest of the girls before the two-mile mark of the race because of the bear. They had to re-run the course later.

But Nyquest kept running after the bear disappeared into the forest.

She said she was less concerned with the bear than with her time. Top runners at the meet qualify for state.

She was among them though disappointed her time was about a minute slower than usual.

Juneau man faces charge for non-emergency 911 calls
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Juneau man faces a misdemeanor harassment charge after police say he made nine calls to 911 in one evening, with no emergency.

Police say Scott E. Huddleston was warned to stop calling because he didn't have an emergency. They say alcohol was a factor.

During Huddleston's arraignment, City Public Defender Tom Wagner asked that the case be dismissed, arguing the calls were not obscene and did not hurt the ability of dispatchers to handle calls.

But City Attorney Sherri Petticrew said the calls amounted to verbal abuse and a misuse of the 911 system

Huddleston pleaded not guilty, with trial set by a magistrate for December. Huddleston was released without bail on the condition that he not call 911, unless it's an emergency.

Cox given more time to file appellate brief
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Convicted militia leader Schaeffer Cox has been given more time to file an appeal brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Cox was convicted in 2012 of nine federal charges, including conspiracy to kill federal law enforcement officers. He was sentenced in January 2013 to serve nearly 26 years in prison and gave his notice of appeal shortly thereafter.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Cox had a rocky relationship with his initial appellate attorney. He was allowed to get a new attorney in May.

The delay, granted last week, gives Cox and his attorney until Dec. 29 to file their opening briefs. Prosecutors will have until Jan. 28 to respond.

Pro-pot group announces support from some parents
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The group supporting the legalization of recreational use of marijuana has announced what it calls a statewide coalition of moms and dads supporting the initiative.

The list includes Juneau Assembly member Jesse Kiehl.

Kiehl told KTOO the issue, for him, is one of public safety. Kiehl says public safety resources need to be put where they can do the most good. He says that's not focusing on marijuana.

Police chief Bryce Johnson told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce in August that enforcement of driving under the influence laws could be a challenge if the initiative passes. Johnson also expressed concern that marijuana-related DUI cases could increase.

Voters will decide in November whether to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana for those 21 years of age and older.

Commercial fishing continues near Petersburg
PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — Sunday marks the opening for more commercial fishing near Petersburg by some gillnetters.

KFSK reports that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game called for the opening. The fishery continues through Thursday at noon for Districts 6 and 8.

Some restrictions apply to where fishing is allowed.


New Begich ad features Murkowski
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is again running an ad touting his work with Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

It comes after Murkowski earlier in the campaign called on Begich to stop running a similar ad. And it comes days after Murkowski was featured in an ad endorsing Begich's GOP rival, Dan Sullivan.

The Begich ad is narrated by Margie Brown, a former president of Cook Inlet Region, Inc., an Alaska Native regional corporation. Brown says she has voted for Murkowski and will vote for Begich.

Begich has sought to cast himself as an independent voice for Alaska, not beholden to party. His critics have tried to tie Begich to President Barack Obama and to Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid.

A Murkowski spokesman did not have an immediate comment.

[Saturday September 27th, 2014  6TH  EDITION 7:07 P. M.]

Party applies to take Alaska orphaned bear cubs
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Biologists are trying to capture three black bear cubs orphaned when their mother was illegally killed in the Yukon River community of Galena last week.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokeswoman Cathie Harms told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner a party outside Alaska has applied to take the cubs.

She isn't saying who applied because the application hasn't been approved.

Harms says the cubs will be euthanized if a home isn't found for them because they're unlikely to survive the winter on their own.

The mother was killed along a dike separating Galena's old town and new town neighborhoods. It's illegal to kill a sow with first-year cubs if not in defense of life or property. The killing is being investigated.

Juneau Chamber hosting luncheon debate for gubernatorial candidates on Monday
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Gubernatorial Luncheon Debate Monday September 29 at Suite 907.

Governor Sean Parnell, Libertarian candidate, Carolyn Clift and independent candidate, Bill Walker have all agreed to participate.

The Program is from Noon until 1:30 PM; doors open at 11:30 AM. The cost is $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members.

State of Alaska defends gay marriage ban
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska says citizens, not the courts, should decide whether the definition of marriage includes same-sex couples.

The state is defending its ban on gay marriage in a filing in federal court. Five same-sex couples sued earlier this year to overturn the ban, which was approved by voters in 1998.

In a filing Friday, attorneys for the state say that citizens have a fundamental right to decide whether to make changes to important institutions through the democratic process.

The attorneys say there is no fundamental right to same-sex marriage under the U.S. Constitution.

The state says recent court decisions in support of gay marriage don't point to a foregone conclusion in this case but to intervention by some courts into a law-making process that should be reserved for the people.

Magnitude 4.9 quake north of Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Earthquake Center says an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 was widely felt across Southcentral Alaska on Friday night but there have been no reports of damage.

More than 200 people quickly logged on to a national earthquake information website to report feeling it. Many of the responses came from Anchorage. The Alaska center says the quake was felt from Talkeetna to Valdez. It hit at 7:53 p.m.

The National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado, said the quake was centered about 55 miles north of Anchorage.

The Alaska center described the Friday night quake as 64 miles east of and 25 miles shallower than the powerful 6.2 quake that shook a large swath of the state on Thursday morning. State seismologist Mike West tweeted that the latest event was "not a true aftershock, but possibly a readjustment 'nudged' " by the earlier quake.

Thursday's quake knocked things off shelves and caused people to take cover but there were no reports of injuries or major damage.

Judge dismisses case against EPA
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a process that could result in development of the Pebble Mine being restricted or prohibited.

The case was brought by the group behind the mine and the state, who argued that EPA was overstepping its authority. In dismissing the case Friday, U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland said EPA's initiation of the process was not a final agency action.

EPA has said it won't decide before Jan. 2 what the next step in that process might be.

EPA faces another lawsuit from Pebble over an agency study that concluded large-scale mining posed significant risk to salmon in the Bristol Bay region. The study provided the basis for EPA invoking the process under the Clean Water Act.

Ketchikan man faces assault of fed officer charge
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 23-year-old Ketchikan man has been accused of swinging a knife in front of a federal fisheries officer.

The U.S. attorney's office says Dean Wesley Garcia has pleaded not guilty to a single count of assaulting a federal officer. Online court records don't list a lawyer for Garcia, who remains jailed until trial.

Federal prosecutors say a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration special agent visited Garcia in response to a report of illegal halibut sales.

The agent noticed a large filet knife on the counter, and he moved it closer to him.

Court documents allege Garcia asked him, "Are you scared?" He's then accused of grabbing the knife and swinging in the air of front of the agent.

There were no injuries, and authorities say the agent deescalated the situation.

[Friday September 26th, 2014  13th  EDITION 4:41 P. M.]

State of Alaska defends gay marriage ban
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska says citizens, not the courts, should decide whether the definition of marriage includes same-sex couples.

The state is defending its ban on gay marriage in a filing in federal court. Five same-sex couples sued earlier this year to overturn the ban, which was approved by voters in 1998.

In a filing Friday, attorneys for the state say that citizens have a fundamental right to decide whether to make changes to important institutions through the democratic process.

The attorneys say there is no fundamental right to same-sex marriage under the U.S. Constitution.

The state says recent court decisions in support of gay marriage don't point to a foregone conclusion in this case but to intervention by some courts into a law-making process that should be reserved for the people.

Sullivan defends record on Alaska Native issues
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan says he's proud of his record on Alaska Native voting rights.

As state attorney general, he said he pushed to settle a long-running case by tribal governments seeking improved language-assistance for Yup'ik-speaking voters in the Bethel area.

During the 2010 Senate race, in which Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski ran as a write-in candidate, Sullivan said he led the state's efforts to allow voters to see lists of write-in candidates. That effort was opposed in court by the state Democratic and Republican parties.

Alaska Natives are an important and influential constituency. Sullivan opponents have sought to cast him as soft on some issues important to Natives, including subsistence.

In an interview Friday, Sullivan, whose wife is Alaska Native, said he supports the subsistence culture.

Nome fire injures 2, displaces more than 20
NOME, Alaska (AP) — A fire gutted a Nome apartment building, injuring two people and displacing more than 20 people.

KNOM says the fire was reported shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday at the eight-unit building at East 3rd Avenue and Moore Way.

Two people were taken to Norton Sound Regional Hospital for treatment of minor smoke inhalation.

Crews with the Nome Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene within five minutes and it took them almost two hours to bring the fire down enough to enter the L-shaped building and begin eliminating hotspots. An hour earlier, crews tried to enter the building, but were driven out by the fire.

Acting fire chief Jim West Jr. says the building is likely a total loss.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Judge sides with state in Alaska ballot lawsuit
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A judge sided with the state of Alaska Friday against a lawsuit challenging the merged campaigns of two candidates in the governor's race.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge John Suddock ruled an emergency order issued by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell that allowed the merger was valid.

The lawsuit was filed last week by Steve Strait, an Alaska Republican Party district chair.

Strait maintained Treadwell erred in his Sept. 2 order that allowed Democratic gubernatorial nominee Byron Mallott to join campaigns with independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker and run as Walker's lieutenant governor in the November election.

The new ticket is deemed a stronger challenge to Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell.

Alaska Constitution Party Convention!
The Alaska Constitution Party will be holding its first formal statewide convention on Saturday from 8AM to 6PM at the Coast International Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Alaska Constitution Party will endorse candidates, revise it's bylaws and adopt a platform. Also, a new slate of ACP officers will be elected to guide the party until 2016. Three National Committee positions will also be filled.

ACP Chairman J.R.Myers stated, "We are very excited to get together to move the ACP to its next phase of development. As we anticipate our role in the 2016 elections, and our ongoing grassroots efforts to motivate and mobilize the people of Alaska to reclaim their rightful oversight of our government."

U.S. Forest Service:  ensures First Amendment upheld by commercial filming directives
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2014 – The U.S. Forest Service today released information to clarify the agency’s intentions regarding a proposed directive for commercial photography and filmmaking in congressionally designated wilderness areas.

“The US Forest Service remains committed to the First Amendment,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “To be clear, provisions in the draft directive do not apply to news gathering or activities.”

The proposal does not apply to news coverage, gathering information for a news program or documentary. However, if a project falls outside of that scope and the filming is intended to be on wilderness land, additional criteria are applied to protect wilderness values. In that case, a permit must be applied for and granted before any photography is permitted.

The agency issued a Federal Register notice on Sept. 4 seeking public comment on a proposal to formally establish consistent criteria for evaluating requests for commercial filming in wilderness areas as it has on national forests and grasslands. The proposed directive on commercial filming in wilderness has been in place for more than four years and is a good faith effort to ensure the fullest protection of America’s wild places.

“The fact is, the directive pertains to commercial photography and filming only – if you’re there to gather news or take recreational photographs, no permit would be required. We take your First Amendment rights very seriously,” said Tidwell. “We’re looking forward to talking with journalists and concerned citizens to help allay some of the concerns we’ve been hearing and clarify what’s covered by this proposed directive.”

Congressionally designated wilderness areas are protected by the Wilderness Act of 1964 and must remain in their natural condition. This is achieved in part by prohibiting certain commercial enterprises, and the agency is responsible for ensuring its policies adhere to that standard.

The public originally had until Nov. 3, 2014, to comment on the proposal. Based on the high level of interest, the agency will extend the public comment period to Dec. 3, 2014.

The proposal does not change the rules for visitors or recreational photographers. Generally, professional and amateur photographers will not need a permit unless they use models, actors or props; work in areas where the public is generally not allowed; or cause additional administrative costs.

Currently, commercial filming permit fees range around $30 per day for a group up to three people. A large Hollywood production with 70 or more people might be as much as $800. The $1,500 commercial permit fee cited in many publications is erroneous, and refers to a different proposed directive.

The Forest Service has long required permits according to statute for various activities on agency lands, from cutting a Christmas tree to filming a major motion picture, such as the 2013 Johnny Depp movie “The Lone Ranger.” The Disney production obtained a permit to film part of the movie on the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico.

17 soldiers return to duty after CO exposure
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska (AP) — Most of the Alaska-based paratroopers who were hospitalized after being exposed to carbon monoxide have returned to duty.

U.S. Army Alaska says in a release that 17 of the soldiers were treated and released after the Thursday incident at the Yukon Training Area near Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks. They were to be returned to their unit Friday at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.

Four other soldiers were admitted to the Fort Wainwright base hospital. U.S. Army Alaska spokesman John Pennell says they are in good condition, and should be released to their unit at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage on Saturday.

None of the injuries was life-threatening.

Pennell says the cause of the carbon monoxide exposure, which occurred Thursday during a field training exercise, remains under investigation.

Landslide wipes out Sitka restoration projects
SITKA, Alaska (AP) — Heavy rainfall is blamed for a major landslide near Sitka that wiped out hundreds of thousands of dollars in watershed restoration projects.

On Sept. 19, a state biologist noticed Starrigavan Creek had been diverted onto an old logging road. U.S. Forest Service employees went to check on things this past Monday.

Marty Becker is the watershed program coordinator for the Forest Service's Sitka Ranger District. Becker estimated the area of the main slide, one of three slides, at around 100 acres.

The heavy rains also caused damage to a footbridge and trails.

Becker told KCAW the ranger district hasn't seen a cluster of slides like this since the mid-1990s.

Sitka didn't receive an unusual amount of rainfall for this time of year, but the rains came hard and fast.

Defense wants polygraph admitted in toddler death
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The attorney for a Fairbanks woman charged with killing her 18-month-old son in November is urging the court to admit polygraph evidence that he says could prove she's innocent.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Amberlynn Swanson took polygraph tests administered by the state and by an expert she hired, David Raskin.

Defense attorney Bill Satterberg wants the test administered by Raskin admitted, plus Raskin's testimony about flaws in the test administered by Alaska State Troopers.

Swanson is charged with murder in the death of Julian Swanson-Byrd.

Satterberg says Raskin's test showed Swanson was truthful when she said she didn't inflict the injuries that killed her son.

Raskin claims the Alaska State Troopers test was inaccurate or interpreted incorrectly.

The Fairbanks District Attorney could not be reached immediately for comment.

JPD's crime of the week involves the theft of a storage unit
Between Wednesday and Thursday evening this week, on or about September 25th, 2014, someone broke into a storage unit in the 8600 block of Airport Boulevard.

The items stolen include a Heritage .22 pistol and checkbooks. The suspect also took a ‘Bear’ compound bow and a ‘Parker’ compound bow. Also missing is a survival suit with the initials (KM) written inside.

The suspect also took several Coleman sleeping bags, a Cabela’s brand black down coat, a set of Helly Hanson commercial grade rain gear, and two military style Gerber knives.

Anyone with information is encouraged to logon to www.JuneauCrimeline.com or call JPD at 586-0600.

You may be eligible for a reward.

Fairbanks approves fees for pipeline assessment
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has appropriated another $1 million for legal fees in its ongoing dispute with owners of the trans-Alaska pipeline on the pipeline's value.

Owner companies since 1986 have disputed the value of the pipeline as assessed by the borough and other municipalities.

The assessed value determines how much municipal tax pipeline owners will pay.

Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins says the legal fees are high but the borough has recovered far more in arguing for a higher assessed value.

A State Assessment Review Board decision earlier this year set the value of the pipeline system at $10.2 billion.

Oil companies contend the system should be valued at $2.7 billion.

21 Alaska soldiers exposed to carbon monoxide
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Army officials say 21 soldiers are being evaluated after being exposed to carbon monoxide during a field training exercise Thursday near Fairbanks.

The Army says in a release that the paratroopers were at the Yukon Training Area near Eielson Air Force Base when they began to show symptoms of exposure.

It wasn't immediately clear how the soldiers were exposed or what the exercise was. An Army official didn't immediately return a call to The Associated Press.

The soldiers were taken to Bassett Army Community Hospital. Four were admitted; one was sent to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, and seven have been released. The remaining soldiers are being evaluated.

The Army says it's investigating the incident.

The soldiers were from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

South Dakota fair manager to leave for Alaska
HURON, S.D. (AP) — The fairgrounds manager of the South Dakota State Fair is headed to Alaska to oversee its fair.

KOKK-AM reports the Alaska State Fair announced South Dakota's Jerome Hertel will become general manager in Palmer, Alaska, in December. Hertel has overseen the South Dakota fair for almost seven years and helped it reach over 200,000 attendees this past year. He will replace the Alaska fair's manager of seven years, Ray Ritari.

The station's requests for comment from the South Dakota State Fair were not returned Thursday. The Alaska fair's board chairman was unavailable for comment.

To win Senate, groups book $80M of final TV ads
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a summer chasing voters with millions of dollars in television ads, some of the biggest spenders in politics have settled on eight races for Senate for a final flurry before Election Day.

The groups have booked more than $80 million in television ads between now and Election Day.

The final rush of spending on television ads will come on top of the tens of millions of dollars the candidates themselves and their allies have banked for the final month of the campaign.

For the moment, the spending seems to favor Democrats, who are fighting to keep control of the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's term.

Democrats' fortunes are tied to races in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina and New Hampshire.

Oral arguments to be presented in ballot lawsuit
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Oral arguments are scheduled to be presented Friday in a lawsuit challenging a decision that allowed two competing campaigns in the governor's race to merge.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge John Suddock has said a decision is likely by the end of Friday. Regardless of the outcome, the case is expected to be appealed to the Alaska Supreme Court.

The lawsuit was filed last week by Steve Strait, an Alaska Republican Party district chair.

Strait says Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell erred in a Sept. 2 emergency ruling that allowed Democratic gubernatorial nominee Byron Mallott to join campaigns with independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker and run as Walker's lieutenant governor.

The new ticket is deemed a stronger challenge to Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell.

The state stands behind Treadwell's decision.

[Thursday September 25th, 2014  12TH  EDITION 4:39  P. M.]

Production companies join two Alaska companies with FAA permission to use drones
It's a first from the FAA: granting permission to movie and TV production companies to legally use drones.

ABC's Alex Stone reporting from Los Angeles says, "With the exception of highly restrictive permits issued to two companies in Alaska, no commercial drones have been flying legally in the US. In a big change the FAA is allowing six movie and production companies to begin flying small unmanned aircraft. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx made the announcement. SOT: Using unmanned aircraft for this purpose does not pose a risk to national airspace users for that reason we have given this permission. The aerial production companies will have to abide by strict rules including keeping the drones within line of sight."

The FAA had only granted permission to Conoco Phillips Oil in Alaska.

State, plaintiffs prepare ballot-lawsuit arguments
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state says a lawsuit challenging the mechanism that allowed two Alaska gubernatorial candidates to merge their campaigns would derail the November election and potentially disenfranchise voters if it succeeds.

The state's position is detailed in court documents filed this week ahead of oral arguments set for Friday in the lawsuit against Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and elections director Gail Fenumiai.

The lawsuit filed last week by an Alaska Republican Party district chair, Steve Strait, challenges an emergency ruling that allowed Democratic gubernatorial nominee Byron Mallott to join campaigns with independent gubernatorial candidate bill Walker and run as Walker's lieutenant governor.

Strait maintains that Treadwell erred in his Sept. 2 decision.

The combined ticket is seen as a stronger challenge to Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell than a three-way race.

Powerful earthquake rattles large swath of Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Alaska Thursday morning.

The Alaska Earthquake Center said the epicenter was about 80 miles northwest of Anchorage, where it was strongly felt. The quake lingered for at least a minute in some areas.

Staffers at the Nesbett Courthouse in downtown Anchorage felt the shaking in their office on the top floor of the six-story building.

They took the stairs outside, where they waited for about 20 minutes before being allowed back in the building.

Alaska emergency officials received scattered reports of things flying off shelves. But there have been no reports of any infrastructure damage.

The Alaska Railroad stopped all trains to check the tracks and bridges for damages, which is a procedure after earthquakes.

Bear killed in Juneau, wouldn't stay out of fridge on porch
Juneau Police and Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded this morning around 6:00 to a report of a black bear that had been shot and killed after it was repeatedly observed getting onto a porch and removing items from a freezer/fridge.

At the home on back Loop Road near Goat Hill, officers found that a young black bear had been killed. Interviews found that the bear had been in and around the area for several weeks and that the home owners had made several attempts to deter the bear, including putting up electric fence around their chicken coop and keeping garbage secured until the day of trash pickup.

Wildlife Troopers were able to locate a charity willing to utilize the meat and the home owner who shot the bear will complete the skinning of the bear and removal of the skull for official sealing with Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Home owners are reminded to make every effort to keep garbage and other attractants secured for the next few months until bears begin hibernating.


Palin busy for GOP
As the November 4th general election draws closer, the GOP is bringing out their heavy hitters to try to win back control of the U.S. Senate.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is urging Kansas Republicans to unify behind U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, alleging his independent opponent is trying to "snooker" voters in what has become a surprisingly close race.

Palin donned an apron and flipped pancakes alongside Roberts. He once was considered a near lock for re-election but now is facing a tough battle from independent businessman Greg Orman after the Democratic candidate withdrew.

Palin will head to Louisiana this weekend to help Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness with his campaign.

The Maness campaign says Palin will visit a Jefferson Parish restaurant on Saturday to eat alligator with Maness. The event is a nod to a Maness TV ad that compares his campaign against two members of Congress to facing down alligators in a Louisiana swamp.

Maness, a tea party favorite and retired Air Force colonel, is running against Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu and her chief GOP challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Lab results pending for seals oiled off island
NONE, Alaska (AP) — Lab testing done on two recently harvested seals coated with an oily substance off Alaska's Saint Lawrence has not confirmed it was oil.

KNOM reports no petroleum product was found on flippers that were tested.

Gay Sheffield, a marine biologist with the University of Alaska Fairbanks marine advisory program, says she hasn't heard back yet about other samples that were sent in from the jaws and face areas.

Sheffield is a member of a local team trying to determine the source of the oily substance on the seals.

Kawerak subsistence director Brandon Ahmasuk says pinpointing the source of the substance is challenging because a small number of animals have been found in a wide area.

Ahmasuk says it's a cause for concern because such animals are a food source.

Pilot avoids beach crowd, crash-lands in ocean
HONOLULU (AP) — A former Alaska bush pilot safely crash-landed his small airplane in the ocean just off a beach on Oahu's North Shore after running out of fuel.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Greg Harding landed the plane Wednesday.

Harding says he was headed for Dillingham Airport, and "the engine just quit." He considered landing on the beach but then saw about a dozen people on shore.

Ana "Suzy" Gromacki owns North Shore Aircraft Leasing, which owns the plane Harding was flying. She praised Harding's landing and noted that if the aircraft had overturned, he might not have survived.

The plane came down in about 5 feet of water. Harding was not injured.

Harding moved to Honolulu from Kotzebue (KAWT'-zuh-byoo) nine months ago. He has flown planes in Alaska for 40 years.

Army officials urge conservation after line fails
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fort Wainwright officials are asking some on the Army post to turn down the thermostat.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a 300-foot, 15-inch diameter steam heat line has failed and must be replaced. Fort Wainwright leaders ask those on the North Post, including office buildings, barracks and housing north of Ladd Field, to conserve energy until the is replaced.

The request comes as temperatures begin to drop in Interior Alaska. Temperatures have dropped into the 20s at night this week.

A second 12-inch line continues to work as normal, but its capacity is limited.

The larger line is expected to be replaced by no later than Nov. 1.

3 bear cubs orphaned in Interior Alaska need homes
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Three orphaned bear cubs will be euthanized unless Alaska wildlife officials can find homes for them.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the 1-year-old cubs became orphaned when their mother was illegally killed in the Interior community of Galena (GUH-leen-uh).

Fish and Game spokeswoman Cathie Harms says they are looking for homes for three cubs, but it's difficult because there's little demand for black bears at zoos and other licensed facilities. Black bears are not rare, and they breed well in captivity. Harms says if a facility has had black bears in the past, they likely still have them.

Hunters are allowed to take three black bears a year in the Galena area, but sows with first-year cubs are exempt.

Wildlife officials are investigating the illegal kill of the sow.

Anchorage Assembly doesn't back pot measure
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly is giving the thumbs down to legalizing pot.

KSKA reports assembly members representing the state's largest city this week voted 9-2 to oppose Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize marijuana for those 21 and older.

Some Assembly members cited an increase in robberies in Colorado, where the drug is legal under state law. But it's still illegal under federal law, and putting that money in a bank would be considered laundering. That means many businesses have lots of cash on hand

Assembly Chairman Patrick Flynn opposed the vote, saying it wasn't something the assembly shouldn't weigh in on. He says, "Frankly, the voters don't care what we think."

Other assembly members say their constituents asked for the vote because the measure endangers public safety.

Nuremberg stenographer's mementos to be auctioned
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Carbon copies of transcripts and other mementos from the Nuremberg trials following World War II are being auctioned off in Alaska on Saturday.

The documents in the small collection belong to the estate of Maxine Carr, an Anchorage woman who worked as a stenographer at the war-crimes trials.

Carr died at least 10 years ago. The documents being auctioned off by the Anchorage-based Alaska Auction Co. were found in an old trunk in her long-vacant home.

Her Nuremberg items are being sold separately as one lot, with no minimum bidding set.

Several other private collections of mementos from that era also are being auctioned in other lots and include Nazi arm bands, German and Russian medals, Japanese grenades and a tiny Hitler propaganda booklet.

Chefs to compete in Alaska seafood cook-off
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four professional Alaska chefs will be competing in a seafood preparation competition in Anchorage, with the winner to represent the state in November at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas.

The third annual Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off is scheduled to take place Tuesday evening at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown. The event will not be open to the public.

The cook-off is sponsored by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, a nonprofit partnership between the state and the seafood industry.

The chefs selected are Travis Haugen of Southside Bistro in Anchorage, Lionel Uddipa of SALT in Juneau, Shawna McIntyre of the Seward Brewing Company in Seward and Joel Chenet of Millbay Coffee in Kodiak.

Participants will have one hour to prepare and plate a dish at the event.

[Wednesday September 24th, 2014  13th  EDITION  5:06  P. M.]

CGC Alex Haley returns to Kodiak from Bering Sea, Aleutian Island patrol
KODIAK, Alaska — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returned to Kodiak Wednesday following a successful 68-day deployment patrolling more than 12,000 miles throughout the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.

Alex Haley, known as the “Bulldog of the Bering,” departed Kodiak in July and spent the last two months conducting operations in the Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands. During the deployment, Alex Haley’s crew performed more than 40 at sea domestic fisheries enforcement boardings, four search and rescue cases, and one rescue and assistance operation.

The Alex Haley crew participated in several community outreach and volunteer events during their patrol that included hosting tours of the ship, meeting with local leadership and two beach cleanups.

“It was a great patrol and we were able to serve a lot of different communities throughout the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands,” said Cmdr. Stephen White, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley. “The partnerships and relationships we are able to build with people throughout Alaska is what makes working here so rewarding. We look forward to reconnecting with our families and friends in Kodiak before returning to patrol.”

Alex Haley is a 282-foot medium endurance cutter that has been homeported in Kodiak since 1999. Alex Haley routinely conducts operations in the Bering Sea, the Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska. These operations occur under the tactical control of the 17th Coast Guard District in Juneau. The 17th Coast Guard District encompasses the entire state of Alaska, as well as the coastal and offshore waters seaward over several thousands of miles.

Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley patrols the Aleutian Islands near Great Sitkin during its 68-day deployment in August 2014.

The crew performed more than 40 at sea domestic fisheries enforcement boardings, four search and rescue cases, and one rescue and assistance operation.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

Report finds fewer government jobs in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new report shows government jobs in Juneau are decreasing while private sector jobs are on the rise. However, the largest growth area tends to be in lower-paying positions.

The Juneau Economic Development Council's 2014 Economic Indicators and Outlook found the leisure and hospitality field, which includes tourism and restaurants, to be one of the city's growth areas.

Local and tribal government jobs fell by 6 percent over the last decade, in contrast to Juneau's 6-percent increase in population.

Government remains the biggest employer in Juneau.

Researcher Eva Bornstein sees opportunities to attract seasonal workers to become a permanent part of Juneau's workforce. One challenge with that, though, is housing. Juneau has a chronically low vacancy rate.

Juneau man faces forgery count
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A 32-year-old Juneau man faces a forgery charge after police say he used fake bills to buy soda and pay a phone bill.

Michael James Healey was indicted by grand jury on Friday. An arraignment wasn't planned later Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court on the felony charge.

Healey's attorney, Mark Osterman, declined comment when reached by The Associated Press Wednesday morning.

The Empire reports at least five Juneau businesses reported receiving forged bills in the last month, and police believe the cases are connected.

All the bills have the same serial number, which police Lt. Kris Sell says is a pretty good indication the same bill was copied.

New totem poles set to be raised in Juneau
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Sealaska Heritage Institute is among sponsors of an upcoming ceremony to raise two totem poles carved for a building in the Indian village of Juneau.

The totems are replacing original poles that had deteriorated and become safety issues. The pole raising ceremony is scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau.

The carvers are brothers Joe and T.J. Young, who began the work last year. They also created a replacement house screen — a painted, decorated panel that sits between the totem poles.

Sealaska Heritage officials say the screen has been installed.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is the nonprofit cultural and educational arm of Juneau-based Sealaska Corp., a regional Native corporation that donated the yellow cedar logs that the poles were carved on.