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Hands-on help for STEM education

You can open a book or you can open the nozzle on a firefighter’s attack hose to learn about water pressure — which is more likely to get kids excited about science, technology, math and engineering?

Floyd Dryden Middle School teacher Alan Degener saw that the school’s technology program could use an upgrade, so he designed the STEM course that seventh- and eighth-grade students are now taking. STEM, Degener explained, stands for science, technology, engineering and math, and his class is meant to teach students skills that can help them in skilled trades and STEM careers.

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Juneau man facing felony sex abuse charge

A 19-year-old Juneau man is facing a felony sex offense charge for having sex with a 13-year-old girl last month.

Michael Conkle was indicted by a grand jury Friday on one count of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree for having sex with the underage girl on Aug. 29 despite knowing her age. That’s a class “B” felony that can carry 5 to 15 years in prison for first time offenders.

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No sign of missing Auke Bay boater

After a day and a half of searching there’s still no sign of a missing boater whose unmanned pleasure craft was found spinning in circles near Coghland Island close to Auke Bay on Monday afternoon.

The search for 52-year-old Juneau resident Paul Keithahn continued Tuesday evening and will pick up again at first light today, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Shawn Eggert of District 17’s Public Affairs Office.

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UAF to recieve $1M gift

In memory of Juneau hatchery founder Ladd E. Macaulay, Douglas Island Pink and Chum is giving an endowment of more than $1 million to the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The endowment earnings will fund a fellowship for fisheries graduate students at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Juneau Center.

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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.


• At 4:32 a.m. Sunday, Stephen Sabadin, 22, was arrested for assault in the 900 block of 10th Street, and he was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center. Alcohol was involved.


• At 1:48 p.m. Monday, the Juneau Police Department assisted the Coast Guard in the 11400 block of Auke Bay Harbor Road.

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Photo: Out of thin air

The Holland America Cruis Ship Oosterdam appears out of the mist in Juneau’s downtown harbor on Tuesday. The final cruise ships of the season will visit a week from today.

Around Town for Wednesday

Parks and Recreation Wednesday hike, 9:30 a.m., call for location. Details: 586-0428.

Day of quilting, sewing and good fellowship, 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church. Quilts donated to Lutheran World Relief. Details: 586-2380.

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

“Write For Your Life” group, 10-11 a.m. every Wednesday, Mendenhall Valley library. Share a journal, memoir, a letter or poetry. Details: Dixie, 789-2068.

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Boater reported missing near Coghlan Island

The U.S. Coast Guard in Juneau is searching for a man whose boat was found unoccupied in the water near Coghlan Island in Auke Bay.

Authorities began looking for 52-year-old Paul Keithahn on Monday after a good Samaritan called in the unmanned 32-foot pleasure craft “Spellbound,” according to a Coast Guard news release.

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Photo: Panel installation

Marvin Willard, left, and Tim Lott, of the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority, install a new panel on the side of the Gajaa Hít building in Juneau’s Indian Village on Friday. The panel replaces an older worn out one along with two totems poles recently finished by brothers TJ and Joe Young. The Gajaa Hit project has been a collaboration between Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority. A pole raising ceremony has been scheduled for noon on Monday, September 29.

Photo: Growing season

With still some growing season left, Mike Todd waters his potato plants at the Juneau Community Garden on Monday.

School board gives itself good grade

The Juneau School District Board of Education gave itself high marks in its most recent self-evaluation.

The board has completed a self-assessment survey provided by Ray and Associates Inc., the company the district used for its most recent superintendent search. The board tries to evaluate itself annually but couldn’t find the time to do one last year, Board President Sally Saddler said in a previous Empire report.

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Pedestrian struck by suspected drunk driver

A 33-year-old woman was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital on Sunday morning after being struck by a suspected drunk driver in the 4500 block of North Douglas Highway.

At 2:05 a.m. on Sunday, while walking along North Douglas Highway, the woman was struck by a vehicle driven by 52-year-old Charles Kreusel. The pedestrian sustained non-life- threatening injuries and was taken by Emergency Medical Services to Bartlett Regional Hospital for evaluation. Neither Kreusel nor his passenger, a 49-year-old woman, were injured.

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Multi-car collision closed busy intersection Saturday

Four cars were involved in a collision at the intersection of Mendenhall Loop Road and Egan Drive on Saturday night.

A 1998 Chevrolet truck, driven by a 19-year-old man, collided with a 2006 GMC Yukon, driven by a 33-year-old woman, in the busy intersection, causing both vehicles to roll. The GMC Yukon struck a 1992 Subaru, driven by a 22-year-old man, which was then pushed into a 2001 Mazda Protege, driven by a 24-year-old man. The Juneau Police Department and other first responders made it to the scene at 8:54 p.m.

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Discover Eaglecrest on Saturday

Eaglecrest Ski Area will hold its sixth annual Discover Eaglecrest Day on Saturday, inviting Juneau residents of all ages for a day of activities.

Eaglecrest will welcome guests between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for the event, with the Porcupine chairlift takings guests for a spin between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to the top of Dolly Varden.

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Marine Parking Garage closed this weekend

Parking will be temporarily unavailable at the Marine Parking Garage starting at 6 p.m. Friday evening through Sunday morning due scheduled painting.

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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

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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

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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

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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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