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Juneau Empire
Central Council abruptly reduces employment training, support services

Due to a $650,000 cut in federal funding, Southeast’s largest tribal organization is discontinuing employment training and other services impacting more than 230 tribal citizens throughout the region.

Juneau resident Elizabeth Lindoff, 44, is one of them.

“I was just told this morning that next Wednesday is my last day when I was supposed to be working until end of December,” she said on Monday.

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Tribal house to mark Huna Tlingit connection to Glacier Bay

ANCHORAGE — A tribal house years in the making will be dedicated on the shores of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve on Thursday, a physical acknowledgment that the area known for its rugged beauty is also the homeland of the Huna Tlingit.

Ceremonies will be held at the Huna Tribal House at Barlett Cove, with officials planning to also livestream the festivities. Traditional ceremonies, closed to the public, are planned for Friday, with an open house scheduled for Saturday.

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Police and fire calls for Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Assault

• At 2:49 p.m. Sunday, the Juneau Police Department investigated a report of an assault in the 3300 block of Douglas Highway. The case was categorized by JPD as “911 call/hang-up.”

Burglary

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Around Town

Today, Aug. 24

Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:15 a.m., St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Parish Hall. A safe, fun environment to learn public speaking skills. Details: Jim, 789-3074.

Women, Infants and Children walk-in clinic, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., SEARHC Juneau WIC Clinic, 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor. Free nutrition services for income-eligible women who are pregnant, breast-feeding or just had a baby, and for infants and children up to age 5. Details: 463-4099.

Rotary Club of Juneau meeting, noon, Baranof Hotel.

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Assembly passes equal rights ordinance

Discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, sex, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or national origin has no place in Juneau, according to the Assembly, which passed the city’s first anti-discrimination ordinance Monday night.

“This ordinance is well past due,” Assembly member Kate Troll said shortly before she and seven of her peers voted to add a new title on equal rights to city code. 

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Video: Sculptor Skip Wallen talks about his whale's journey to Juneau

Sculpture artist R.T. "Skip" Wallen talks about his whale's journey in an interview with Empire photographer Michael Penn on Sunday. The six-and-a-half ton bronze whale sculpture was installed at Bridge Park on Sunday.

JPD busts burglar in the act

On Sunday morning, Juneau Police Department officers arrested a man they caught burglarizing a business in the 5100 block of Glacier highway, according to JPD.

Initially, after officers responded to an intrusion alarm at about 11:30 a.m., everything looked to be in order at the business, which was not named in a JPD release. The business was closed, the doors were locked. But upon further inspection, the responding officers noticed that there was somebody inside the business.

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Around Town

Women, Infants and Children walk-in clinic, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., SEARHC Juneau WIC Clinic, 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor. Free nutrition services for income-eligible women who are pregnant, breast-feeding or just had a baby, and for infants and children up to age 5. Details: 463-4099.

Senior ceramics, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Senior Center. Details: Diane, 463-6176.

Toddlertime, 10 a.m., Juneau Public Library; 11 a.m., Mendenhall Valley Public Library. Details: 586-5267.

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Police and fire dispatches for Aug. 22, 2016

This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Ambulance calls

• On Wednesday, Capital City Fire Rescue responded to four medical transport cases, four cases that required a patient to be transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital, two cases where a patient refused care and transport to the hospital, and one case where a child was stuck in an object and needed to be freed.

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This Day in Juneau History: Aug. 22, 1986

On Aug. 22, 1986, incumbent Gov. Bill Sheffield defended himself against three other gubernatorial candidates including Fairbanks attorney Steve Cowper during the Democratic party’s debate. Alaskan Senate candidates did the same in a televised showing.

Meanwhile, because of budget cuts, Juneau school unions were encouraged to defer their annual pay raise despite the rising cost of living. Without the pay raise, the City and Borough of Juneau Board of Education would be able to satisfy part of its deficit. A decision from the unions was to be announced in early September.

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Sharing Juneau's food with visitors, one belly at a time

Midgi Moore loves food, and she loves Juneau. Less than two years ago, she started a business that allowed her to focus on both — Juneau Food Tours. She gave her first tour in May 2015.

Moore, a food columnist for the Capital City Weekly, used to work at the Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“So I took the knowledge I learned in the visitor industry and my passion for food and writing, and combined it into the tour,” Moore said in a recent interview.

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Photos: Whale of a welding job

Welder Craig Starmer, left, passes his cellphone to sculptor R.T. “Skip” Wallen for a quick photo as Starmer welds the fins on the towering sculpture of a humpback whale that will soon be mounted on Juneau’s waterfront. Starmer was joined by crane operator Buck Churchill and assistant Bart Latta for welding work that started Thursday and continued at 7 a.m. Friday.

OK to grow, OK to go: Rainforest Farms puts pot in pots at Juneau's first cannabis farm

Each plant is only a few inches high, but the 262 sprigs of green in one Lemon Creek building are a sign that something big is coming. This is Juneau’s first legal commercial cannabis farm, which on Friday was certified and given permission to start full-scale production.

“It’s cool to think that someone’s going to purchase the cannabis that comes off of these. I know that’s pretty straightforward, but it’s exciting to me,” said James Barrett, one of two brothers behind Rainforest Farms, which has been leading the development of a commercial cannabis industry in Juneau.

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Juneau nonprofit works to build a $25 million assisted living community for seniors

Within the next 16 years, Juneau’s population of senior citizens is projected to double. A local nonprofit is working to make sure this quickly growing segment of the city’s population has access to assisted living.

For the past three years, Juneau resident Sioux Douglas has been leading an effort to build RiverView Senior Community, an assisted living community of nearly 90 units near Safeway in the Mendenhall Valley.

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Photo: Juneau's harvest

Juneau residents line up for fresh carrots and other produce at the Juneau Community Gardens harvest fair on Saturday.

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Anchorage Daily
School District proposes reinstating 86 classroom positions

There's going to be 57 fewer classroom teachers in the Anchorage School District if the school board moves forward with budget adjustments announced Friday by Superintendent Ed Graff.

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Kicking off Native Youth Olympics

2014 Native Youth Olympics gallery: Hunter Wilson, left, and Wyatt Knowles of Valdez play hackeysack outdoors while awaiting the Grand Entry of Teams at the 2014 Native Youth Olympics on…

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Spring cleanup is dirty work

Workers kick up a cloud of dust, illuminated by the setting sun, while cleaning a parking lot south of 15th Avenue. The weather is moving into a cloudier pattern, but…

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Conference committee set to resolve education bill versions

The Senate finally passed the education bill Monday afternoon, little changed from the version on its agenda since last week.

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Photos: Seahawks Super Bowl MVP visits College Gate school

Seattle Seahawk linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith does warmup exercises with sixth-graders at College Gate Elementary School on Friday.

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Wayne and Wanda

Unlucky in love? Wayne and Wanda offer their advice in matters of the heart.

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US soldier buried with Germans at end of WWII may finally be coming home

Mistaken for a German soldier and buried with the enemy at the end of World War II, a U.S. soldier may finally be coming home thanks in large part to…

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Alaska National Guard members face accusations of sexual misconduct

A dozen members of the Alaska National Guard face charges of sexual misconduct in what members of the guard call a severe problem in the ranks.

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Conway Seavey nabs another Junior Iditarod crown

Following in his family's paw prints, Conway Seavey of Sterling claimed his second Junior Iditarod championship Sunday, outdueling Ben Harper for a two-minute victory in the 132-mile sled dog race.

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Reynolds repeats as Fur Rondy sled dog race victor

Accepting his trophy with his lead dog, Guts, Arleigh Reynolds told the crowd that this would be his last Rondy race.

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Blues Central owner looks back at shift in Anchorage nightlife

As he prepares for Blues Central's last jam session, this weekend, Frank Dahl reflects on a career in restaurants and bars across Alaska, and how the nightlife scene has changed…

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Health insurer that refused federal HIV/AIDS payments sued by advocates

An advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force insurance companies in Louisiana to take payments from a federal program that helps HIV and AIDS patients.

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Lawmaker warns of legalized marijuana's social costs

House majority members on Thursday were asked about the potential tax revenues for the state should voters approve an initiative this summer legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

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Feds: No more false starts on Alaska gas pipeline

Federal agencies are ready to work on an Alaska liquefied natural gas project but don't want another false start, state lawmakers were told Wednesday.

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Buccaneer seeks state rebates after Homer gas well comes up dry

Buccaneer Alaska LLC plans to plug and abandon a closely watched natural gas exploration well near Homer that came up dry despite a $9 million drilling program. Now Buccaneer wants…

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What Alaska's top state officials were paid in 2013

Top executives in state government made very good money in 2013, and University of Alaska officials were among those at the top of the list, according to a newly released…

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Market Fresh: Ninilchik smoked salmon takes top prizes in seafood contest

Tilgner's ruby red smoked sockeye, a new product from Ninilchik, took the grand prize, people's choice award and first place in the smoked seafood category at last week's Alaska Symphony…

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Minimum wage initiative makes August ballot

An initiative letting voters decide whether to raise the minimum wage in Alaska has met the minimum signatory requirements to be on the Aug. 19 ballot.

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Student debt may hurt housing recovery by hampering first-time buyers

The growing student loan burden carried by millions of Americans threatens to undermine the housing recovery's momentum by discouraging, or even blocking, a generation of potential buyers from purchasing their…

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Lawmaker challenges Parnell administration on commitment to renewable energy

In 2010, the state adopted an energy policy that, among other things, set a goal of having 50 percent Alaska's electric generation come from renewable and alternative energy sources by…

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