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New city manager stresses open government

Juneau’s new city manager is excited about climate change, and he plans to do everything he can to speed it along. He wasn’t talking about the kind that’s melting the Mendenhall Glacier.

“The climate that I want to change is the way you think about your city government,” Rorie Watt told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at its weekly luncheon Thursday afternoon.

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Anchorage detox center to resume admitting opiate patients

After a one-week pause, Anchorage’s inpatient detox center will begin admitting opiate patients today.

“Friday is our day to get those protocols in place,” said Rebecca Ling, Director of Recovery Services at Cook Inlet Tribal Council, which runs the Ernie Turner Center.

The 14-bed facility had to temporarily suspend admitting patients for opiate detox starting last week due to a federal guideline related to the use of Tramadol.

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Police & fire for Friday, May 6, 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 11:48 a.m. Wednesday, the Juneau Police Department assisted another agency in the 1000 block of Salmon Creek Lane.

• At 11:12 p.m. Wednesday, JPD assisted another agency in remanding a 37-year-old man in the 5500 block of Aisek Street.

Conditions violation

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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.

Organ concert, noon, State Office Building. J. Allan MacKinnon to play a variety of music.

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

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

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Slain Alaska officers remembered this month

The Capital City Chapter of Alaska Peace Officers will host a service to remember Alaska law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.

The service will begin at 1 p.m. on May 13 at Centennial Hall. Light refreshments will follow and the event will conclude with a wreath laying at the Evergreen Cemetery.

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New York Times bestselling author makes stop in Juneau

New York Times bestselling author Jamie Ford will be coming to Juneau to speak on his award-winning novel “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.” It’s about Henry, a Chinese-American boy and his relationship with Keiko, a Japanese-American girl who is interred in Minidoka during World War Two.

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Update: Pilot of crashed helicopter medevaced in critical condition

A helicopter pilot who was injured in a crash on Norris Glacier on Thursday afternoon was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to a Bartlett Regional Hospital spokesman.

Bartlett's Jim Strader told the Empire the male pilot arrived at Bartlett around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and then was transported to Harborview at 7:20 p.m. The pilot, who has not been named but was flying for Era Helicopters, is listed as being in critical condition, Strader said.

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Juneau midwives talk about what their job is really like, and the rising popularity of their craft in Alaska

For this year’s International Day of the Midwife, three of Juneau’s own practitioners sat down with the Empire to talk myths of childbirth — and the growing popularity of their profession.

Are midwives actually trained to deliver a baby inside a home? What happens if something goes wrong quickly?

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Sealaska's 2015 annual report shows net income of $12 million

Stability in motion — that’s the message Sealaska President and CEO Anthony Mallott wants to get across to its nearly 22,000 shareholders in its 2015 annual report that came out this morning.

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Police & fire for Thursday, May 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.

Editor’s Note: A Daily Bulletin Report from the Juneau Police Department was not available by press time.

Fire and medical

• On Tuesday, Capital City Fire/Rescue responded to five EMS calls, two transport calls and one call to assist someone with mobility.

Around Town

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

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.

English as a Second Language, 9-10:15 a.m., Gruening Park Learning Connection, 1800 Northwood Dr. Free eight week class.

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Photo: Slow day for tours

Nick Millonzi, a tour broker for M&M Tours, shows his work ethic by manning his sales booth downtown on a rainy start to the cruise ship season Monday. Millonzi is in his eighth season selling tours.

Chamber takes to the channel for weekly luncheon May 12

The Juneau Chamber of Commerce will be taking its food to go at its May 12 weekly Luncheon.

Chamber members and other attendees will be eating on a catamaran cruise of the downtown and Douglas harbors to see where the city stands on various maritime construction projects, such as the 16B cruise ship dock and Whale Park.

Port Director Carl Uchytil will narrate the harbor tour with City Manager Rorie Watt. The tour will depart from the Marine Park Lightering Dock at noon, and it will finish at the same place an hour later.

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Trailer at Thunder Mountain Mobile Park total loss after Wednesday fire

Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighters worked Wednesday morning to extinguish a mobile home fire in the Mendenhall Valley.

The Juneau Police Department dispatch received a call at 10:16 a.m. Wednesday about a structure fire in the 8400 block of Thunder Mountain Road. By 11 a.m., firefighters were still tearing off parts of the roof to access flames still growing inside.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze inside the trailer approximately 45 minutes after arriving on scene. The home is considered a total loss, CCFR Fire Marshal Daniel Jager said.

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District announces activities to be merged

The Juneau School District has decided which activities at its two traditional high schools will be merged starting next school year. Participants in wrestling, tennis, drama debate and forensics, and possibly dance will be housed under one roof next fall, at either Juneau-Douglas High School and Thunder Mountain High School.

Wrestling and DDF programs at JDHS will be cut and students will be invited to try out for TMHS’ programs. Tennis players from TMHS will be invited to try out for JDHS’ team (TMHS currently doesn’t have a tennis program).

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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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