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Photo: Ukulele orchestra comes to Juneau

Alex Gold of the The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra "moon walks" across the stage as Peter Baynes, left, Sarah Dale, Alan Dowson and Stuart Crout, right, play a Michael Jackson song during their concert for Juneau School District students at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium on Thursday. The concert was an event of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

Mayor Sullivan supports Juneau as capital, won't relocate if elected lt. gov.

Anchorage mayor and candidate for lieutenant governor Dan Sullivan does not plan to relocate to Juneau if elected, he said at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce debate between himself and Democratic candidate Byron Mallott.

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Reviving city as the 'People's Capital'

The final town meeting for public feedback on the Juneau Economic Plan highlighted the city’s primary concern: Retaining jobs and preventing further flight of government positions, which account for one-third of the local workforce.

Over nine months, eight initiatives for the plan were drafted, aimed at building a happy capital city in which the next generation of workers will want to raise their families and Juneau’s growing senior population can comfortably retire.

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Verizon's HopeLine helps Alaska DV victims

Along with another option for cellular service, Verizon Wireless has brought its commitment to aid victims of domestic violence to Alaska.

Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies announced it was awarded a $3,000 grant from the telecommunications company’s HopeLine.

“Of course we’re delighted,” AWARE Executive Director Saralyn Tabachnick said of receiving the grant. “Our particular focus for this money is working with women whose former or current partners are participating in the Juneau Choice and Accountability Program.”

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Alaska adopts 'Silver Alerts' for missing adults

The Alaska Department of Public Safety is implementing a new alert system to help notify the public when a vulnerable or at-risk adult is missing.

A “Silver Alert” will go out if a vulnerable adult in Alaska is missing and believed to be in serious danger, effective Thursday, said DPS spokeswoman Megan Peters. Peters said the “Alaska Silver Alert” system is similar to the Amber Alert system, which notifies the public of certain child abduction and kidnapping cases.

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Police & Fire for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

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.

Assault

• At 10:24 p.m. Wednesday, the Juneau Police Department investigated an assault at the Bergmann Hotel in the 400 block of Third Street.

Conditions violation

• At 2:29 p.m. Wednesday, a Skagway resident called JPD to report a possible conditions violation in Juneau. Domestic.

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Around Town for Friday, Oct. 31

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

Organ concert, noon, State Office Building.

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

Adult Children of Alcoholic or Dysfunctional Families and Codependents Anonymous meeting, noon-1 p.m. every Friday, Northern Light United Church, 400 11th St. Details: 789-0965.

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Photo: Happy Halloween

A lone Halloween decoration hangs from a branch at Marine Park earlier this month.

Beautiful arrangements carries couple

Russell George remembers the moment he realized that his wife Heather wasn’t well. It was the morning of July 26, 2013 and she couldn’t remember her husband’s name.

“She had been sick for about a week,” he said. “I thought it was her chronic back problems.”

His wife, Heather, had been plagued with back pain since an early childhood injury, but this was something different.

She was dioriented and frantic.

That was the first day he called an ambulance for his partner of 10 years.

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Budding entrepreneurs

For about a year now, business partners and brothers James and Giono have been planning and preparing, but the product they hope to provide to Alaskans isn’t legal yet.

Meet two of Alaska’s hopeful “ganjapreneurs.”

Originally from Minnesota, James started spending summers in Southeast Alaska about 10 years ago. After a few summers, he started a family and moved to Juneau permanently, inviting family members to come check the place out.

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A new chapter

Carolee Ryan was only able to read the chapter written about herself and her son, Thomas McRae, in a soon-to-be-released book called “Unbreakable Bonds: The Mighty Moms and Wounded Warriors of Walter Reed,” which shares the stories of mothers who left their lives behind to care for their injured sons and daughters at the military hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Death on the Hill

On the First Friday in October, walking through downtown Juneau where Calhoun Avenue meets West 4th Street, a friend tells me again of a rumor I’ve heard many times before.

“You know they used to hang people from a tree around here,” he said.

I look around, then make a face at him.

“I don’t believe you. What tree?”

“It was torn down long ago,” he said.

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Police & Fire for Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

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.

Driving without a valid license

• At 3:17 p.m. Tuesday, Wylie Guy, 28, was cited for driving without a valid license in the 800 block of 12th Street. His vehicle was impounded.

• At 4:28 p.m. Tuesday, Tuiomanu Isaako, 26, was cited for driving without a valid license in the 4200 block of Riverside Drive. His vehicle was impounded.

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Around Town for Thursday, Oct. 30

Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club meeting, 7 a.m. every Thursday, The Prospector Hotel.

Women, Infants, and Children walk-in clinic, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 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.

Storytime, 11 a.m., Douglas library. Details: 586-5267.

Senior Center lunch, noon, Douglas Methodist Church. Free. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Details: 463-6175.

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Chocopalooza event is 'Halloween for grown-ups'

University of Alaska Southeast alumni officials are urging parents not to grab store-bought chocolate bars out of their children’s Trick-or-Treat bags on Halloween. Wait one more day and have the gourmet stuff instead.

UAS Alumni & Friends is hosting the first ever “Chocopalooza” the day after Halloween, Saturday, Nov. 1.

The event — which features a tasting room, a new chocolate cocktail every hour, and a dessert competition — is basically “Halloween for grown-ups,” says UAS Alumni Relations and Annual Fund Manager Heather Mitchell.

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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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