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On March 15, the City and Borough of Juneau will hold a special mayoral election to determine who will fill the rest of former Mayor Greg Fisk’s term, which ends in 2018. Karen Crane and Ken Koelsch are the two candidates in the running, and they’ve already begun campaigning, as evidenced by signs advertising their names across town.

Both candidates recently sat down with the Empire to give their take on the issues facing the Assembly, the role of the mayor and why they should win. Here’s what they had to say.

Karen Crane

Age: 68

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Anchorage LIO proposal offers savings, settlement to lawsuit

A proposal by the building owners to keep the Legislature in the Anchorage Legislative Information Office building could save the state millions of dollars and get the legislators out of a political bind.

However, Pam Varni, executive director of the Legislative Affairs Agency, which handles business for the Legislative Council, disputed the figures in a Feb. 5 memo to Council Chairman Sen. Gary Stevens.

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More support for more moms

“How’s his eating been?” asked Madi Nolan-Grimes, the clinical director of The Juneau Family Health and Birth Center.

“He’s a snacker, he doesn’t eat for very long,” replied new mom Lynn Burnett. Her husband Chad chimed in, “He’s definitely a five- to ten-minuter and then he goes to sleep, and we wake him up or he is just done. Is that normal?”

It’s common for new parents to ask questions like this, especially after birthing their first baby. Lynn and Chad brought baby Johannes Ulyess Burnett into the world on Jan. 16 weighing seven pounds.

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Around Town

Intermediate Microsoft Excel, 9-11 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Learn to use Excel spreadsheets and other intermediate level skills. Free. Details: 586-5718.

Writing Skills Class, 9:15-10:45 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Improves skills for work, school or testing. Free. Details: 586-5718.

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

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

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Police & Fire for Monday, Feb. 8, 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.


• At 10:05 p.m. Thursday, a 46-year-old man was arrested for domestic violence assault, and he was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center where he was held without bail.


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Photos: Parachutes away

Auke Bay Elementary School fifth-graders Alex Filkov, right, and Kean Buss take turns releasing their parachutes during an class engineering project on Friday. The students learned the effects of canopy size, materials and suspension line length in making the best parachutes.

Analysis: Fewer Juneau homes built in 2015

Just off of Mendenhall Loop Road — nestled between the Juneau School District Parking bus storage lot, Auke Bay Elementary School and the Squires Rest parking lot — sits an empty dirt lot. It’s easy to drive past the barren piece of land without even noticing it. This won’t be the case for long.

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Juneau Skating Club 11th annual Basic Skills Competition, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Treadwell Ice Arena. Figure skaters and skaters will compete in a variety of ice skating disciplines, including elements, freestyle, interpretive and other events. Skaters will have the opportunity to demonstrate both skating skill and artistic expression. There will also be an exhibition by higher-level skaters. Admission is free.

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Photo: Falling Lights

Steve Davis, center, volunteers with Bing Carrillo, left, and Joe Carlson on Thursday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center to build creative lighting for the Wearable Art Extravaganza to be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-14. Saturday's show is sold out and as of Thursday 130 tickets remain for Sunday's show. According to Nancy DeCherney, executive director for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, volunteers are still needed.

Finalists named in city manager search

In mid August, City Manager Kim Kiefer announced that she planned to retire, sending city officials into an urgent search to find her replacement. Almost six months and 56 applicants later, it’s down to two candidates.

During the past few weeks, the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly, which will ultimately decide who will replace Kiefer, narrowed the applicant pool down several times to arrive at the final two candidates: Rorie Watt and Fred Parady.

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Bystanders come to woman's aid during assault

Two people early Thursday morning near Telephone Hill Park heard a loud argument and then found a man on top of a woman, striking her and refusing to let her go, according to a report by the Juneau Police Department.

Shortly after, the two stepped in to help.

JPD officers arrested Robert Paul Jr., 36, around 12:30 a.m. for suspicion of assault in the second and fourth degree, and later took him to Lemon Creek Correctional Center where he was held without bail, according to police.

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Moving forward with the arts

Government, education and art leaders in the community came together Thursday to answer one question about arts in the schools: What’s next for Juneau?

Alaska’s capital is the only city in the state that’s part of Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child, a program out of the Kennedy Center that focuses on expanding arts education in schools in an equitable manner. It requires a community-wide effort, and because of changing roles in the community these past few years from mayor to superintendent, it was time for a realignment.

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Police & Fire for Friday, Feb. 5, 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.


• At 8:12 a.m. Thursday, the Juneau Police Department assisted the Juneau School District with a disciplinary issue in the 9000 block of Mendenhall Loop Road.

Domestic dispute

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A Wednesday story on the plan to raise the tugboat Challenger incorrectly stated that SouthEast Alaska Lightering removed oil from the boat when it sank. SEAL placed a oil containment boom around the wreck but did not remove oil from the boat; removal was done by Global Diving and Salvage.

Around Town

GED orientation class, 9 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. GED orientation is designed to improve the success rate of those taking the tests. Details: www.serrc.org/tlc.

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

Storytime, 11 a.m., Mendenhall Valley Library. Details: 586-5267.

Organ concert, noon, State Office Building. T.J. Duffy to play variety of music.

Senior Lunch, noon, Juneau Senior Center. Details: 463-6175.

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