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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.

Writing Skills Class, 9:15-10:45 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Free foundational writing class that can help you prepare for the GED Test or increase your writing skills for college or a training program.

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City to help with mobile home down payments

When Margaret O’Neal, chair of the city’s Affordable Housing Commission, first moved to Juneau in the early ‘70s she found that many people who owned houses had first lived in mobile homes.

“It was a very Alaskan kind of experience,” she told the Empire. “That was how people built equity, but you have to have financing first.”

Now, more than 40 years later, a program she helped launch has the potential to set Juneau residents on that “very Alaskan” road to equity.

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'Road' connects Juneau and Haines with 28,800 lanes

HAINES — On a cloudy Friday morning, in a tent on a windblown beach near the ferry terminal here, Rick Chislett delicately fed a glass fiber the thickness of a human hair into a piece of electronic equipment.

“The first one’s OK,” he said after a minute. “We can see Juneau.”

For northern Lynn Canal, those little words mean a great deal.

After spending nearly $11 million and years in development, Alaska Power and Telephone has completed a fiber-optic cable from Haines and Skagway to Juneau.

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Voices of recovery in Juneau

A story that so many people will tell about their battle with substance abuse is how at one point, they couldn’t bear to tell their stories at all.

“The hardest part is saying those first words, when you tell a room full of people that you’re an addict and that you need help.”

Those are the words of one Juneau woman in recovery whose story is now part of a web series highlighting Southeast Alaskans’ battles with different substances. In the videos, only a pair of eyes are in focus, and names aren’t used as each person’s story is told by an actor.

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This Day in Juneau History: Sept. 25, 1986

On Sept. 25, 1986, the search for a Juneau teen who went missing after a party by the Mendenhall River continued. The massive search came up without evidence for the 17-year-old high schooler.

The Alaska Permanent Fund was scheduled to be sent out on Oct. 6 at $550 a person.

Nationally, the U.S. Congress was struggling with a federal budget, similar to Alaska’s Legislature. The U.S. House of Representatives approved a tax cut for its citizens and a tax hike for its businesses.

Police & fire for Sunday, Sept. 25, 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 3:49 p.m. Wednesday, the Juneau Police Department received a report of an adult who left a halfway house without permission in the Juneau area.
• At 10:42 a.m. Thursday, JPD assisted probations with remanding Philip Walsh to Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Disorderly conduct

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Around Town

Open trap shooting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Gun Club, 5680 Montana Creek Road. The Juneau Gun Club is open to members and public trap shooting year-round. Rental shotguns are available. Details: 789-9844.

Adult Children of Alcoholic or Dysfunctional Families and Codependents Anonymous meeting, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Assembly Chambers, across from Marine Park.

Weekly ukulele jam, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Prospector Hotel, TK McGuire’s Lounge. All ages and abilities welcome. Details: www.juneaujambusters.com.

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Sitka boys claim small schools Region V crown

Sitka High School’s pack of state champion Wolves took the team title on the boys side for Southeast’s small schools. Seniors David Wilcox and Colin Bacaccio, who finished first and second respectively, have been pushing one another at Region V meets for years.

Saturday was no different, with Wilcox outkicking Bacaccio 0at the finish for a 16:47.30 to Bacaccio’s 16:49.90.

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Clawing up a legacy

SITKA — Having won every Region V team title since 1990, Juneau-Douglas High School’s cross country boys have a lot to live up to. For sophomore Arne Ellefson-Carnes, who finished first overall at Saturday’s Region V cross country championship meet in Sitka, the Crimson Bears’ legacy serves as both motivation and pressure.

“Knowing that we come from a long line of winning teams and trying to continue that legacy, it really helps,” Ellefson-Carnes said. “We don’t want to be that team that doesn’t win Regions.”

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Police respond to morning shooting in Auke Bay

A seemingly intentional shooting Saturday morning left a trailer on Glacier Highway with damaged front window, according to the Juneau Police Department.

Shortly after 8 a.m., police responded to reports of “shots fired” in the 13000 block of Glacier Highway. After searching the scene, JPD officers and an Alaska State Trooper found that somebody had fired through the front window of a mobile home near the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal.

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Bear hunter gets mauled by brown bear on Admiralty Island

A Kentucky man was mauled by a brown bear Thursday night at the end of a day of bear hunting on Admiralty Island, according to Alaska State Troopers.

“The guide and his client were departing where they were hunting from, heading back down to the beach where their skiff was at,” Alaska Wildlife Trooper Sgt. Aaron Frenzel said on the phone Friday afternoon.

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Nothing but support for ballot measure to make voter registration easier in Alaska

Two people testified Friday morning in support of a citizen’s ballot initiative that ties voter registration to the Permanent Fund Dividend application.

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott opened the public hearing on Ballot Measure No. 1, the Permanent Fund Voter Registration Initiative, in Juneau. Three other public hearings in Fairbanks, Seward and Nome were also going on concurrently. The measure will be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

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Iconic rock spire behind Mendenhall Glacier falls

At 30-by-30 feet and 150 feet tall, the Rabbit Ears, a pair of rock spires behind the Mendenhall Glacier, have piqued the interest of local mountaineers since climbers John Svenson and George Fisher first ascended the formation in 1974.

But sometime this week, Mother Nature proved that what goes up must come down as the northwest tower of the Rabbit Ears collapsed, sending many tons of rock crashing hundreds of feet into a glacial valley and leaving in the lurch local climbers who hadn’t yet checked the route off their bucket lists.

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Around Town

Southeast Alaska SHRM Chapter Meeting with JEDC, 7:30 a.m., Prospector Hotel.

New student orientation, 9-10 a.m., The Learning Connection, 210 Ferry Way. Interested in improving your skills for college, training programs or for taking the GED Test? Learn how to get started with TLC classes, tutoring or online learning options.

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

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

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This Day in Juneau History: Sept. 23, 1986

On Sept. 23, 1986, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II, announced his plan to visit Juneau as a part of his tour of continental U.S. in September of 1987. Though the tour was not yet set in stone, the planned visit excited Roman Catholics in Alaska. Juneau Mayor Ernie Polley stated that a lot of planning will be put into the visit and that the importance of the Pope’s visit transcends religion.

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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

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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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