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REACH promotes success in Southeast

The local chapter of REACH, an outreach center for the developmentally disabled, has laid a foundation for clients based on employment, education and art therapy.

Executive Director Millie Ryan explained on Thursday that State Rep. Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, who sponsored the movement at the last legislative session, introduced the nationwide Employment First Initiative to Southeast Alaska’s REACH program.

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School Board audit clean

The Juneau Board of Education met at Thunder Mountain High School Tuesday night to discuss proposals to balance the district’s budget, and unlike past years it will be going through the process alone.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, parent Josh Keaton and teacher Mike Heiman spoke against the board dissolving its citizen advisory committee, a group that in years past offered budgeting recommendations to the board.

“I highly encourage the board to please re-examine the need for a budget committee,” Heiman said.

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Local students vet state office candidates

Floyd Dryden Middle School held a forum for approximately 130 students from four classes Tuesday to grill candidates running for state offices.

As part of a “Your Voice Counts” program initiated by teacher Jamie Marks, which serves to teach youth “why voting is a big deal,” five students were chosen to ask pre-arranged questions, followed by an open inquiry portion.

House candidates Republican Peter Dukowitz and Democrat Rep. Sam Kito III were present, along with Republican incumbent Rep. Cathy Muñoz and incumbent Democratic Sen. Dennis Egan.

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Photo: Campaign trail

Deb Bonito, the wife of Sen. Mark Begich, left, joins high school students and other supporters to wave signs on Egan Drive on Tuesday. Bonito spent the day campaigning in Juneau for her husband to keep his U.S. Senate seat.

Today in history

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2014. There are 70 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Oct. 22, 1934, bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd was shot to death by federal agents and local police at a farm near East Liverpool, Ohio.

On this date:

In 1746, Princeton University was first chartered as the College of New Jersey.

In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin (gahr-nayr-AN’) made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet over Paris.

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Around town for Wednesday, Oct. 22

Joint Meeting - Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, American Water Resources Association, Southeast Alaska Fish Habitat Partnership, all day at the Centennial Hall in Juneau. For more information and to register, visit the meeting website >> .

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

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Juneau students dropped from RALLY program

The RALLY program at Gastineau Elementary School informed parents on Thursday that due to staffing issues some students would be dropped from the after-school program.

The students booted from the program are drop-ins, defined as those participating in the program part time, or less than 11 days per month.

This change occurred because the recommended number of staff members to meet childcare compliance regulations was not met, according to several parents.

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Assembly celebrates new members

Mayor Merrill Sanford bid farewell to outgoing Assembly members Carlton Smith and Randy Wanamaker on Monday, and then swore in two newly-elected members to great applause.

The meeting began with a farewell to former Areawide representative Carlton Smith and District 2 Assembly member Randy Wanamaker. Filling their seats are Maria Gladziszewski and Debbie White. Assembly member Jesse Kiehl won his unopposed race for the District 1 seat as well.

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Wrangell doctor appears in court for child porn

A Wrangell doctor arrested last week on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography made his first public court appearance in Juneau on Monday.

U.S. Marshals escorted Greg Alan Salard into the federal courtroom at the Juneau Federal Building, where Salard was restrained by handcuffs and foot shackles and wore an orange jumpsuit. He is facing two felonies: one for allegedly possessing the illegal material and the other for distributing it.

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Police chase results in hit-and-run

A police pursuit of a man with warrants out for his arrest ended after his car collided with an 82-year-old driver outside of Juneau-Douglas High School.

Jose Angel Munoz, 42, a man with a $10,000 warrant on a prior charge of felony driving under the influence and misconduct involving drugs in the fourth degree for possessing methamphetamine on July 2, was spotted by a police officer Monday morning. The warrant had been out since Sept. 26, but officers had been unable to find Munoz since then, according to a Juneau Police Department news release.

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Expensive carvings stolen from church thrift store

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church officials can’t help but feel a little frustrated that someone stole three beautiful, and expensive, carvings from their church’s nonprofit thrift store.

The church, located downtown on Gold Street, reported the theft to the Juneau Police Department on Saturday after they realized a pair of ivory elephant tusks and a decorative whale bone were missing from The Mustard Seed Resale Shop.

“It’s really disappointing,” Church Administrator Alison Talley said Monday. “Someone donated them, and then someone stole them.”

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Police & Fire for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 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.

Criminal mischief

• At 7:51 p.m. Saturday, the Juneau Police Department investigated a report of domestic violence related criminal mischief in the downtown area.

Disorderly conduct

At 10:03 p.m. Saturday, JPD investigated a report of disorderly conduct in the 400 block of Willoughby Avenue.

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Around town for Tuesday, Oct. 21

Valley Toastmasters meeting, 6:15 a.m. every Tuesday, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Parish Hall. Public invited. Details: Jim, 789-3074.

Rotary Club of Juneau meeting, noon every Tuesday, Baranof Hotel.

Senior Center lunch, noon, Douglas Methodist Church. $5/10. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Details: 463-6175.

“Tuesday Noon Serenity” Al-Anon family group, 12:05-12:55 p.m. every Tuesday, Resurrection Lutheran Church library, 740 W. 10th St. Details: Barbra, 790-1029.

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Community encouraged to attend economic development workshops

Two town hall meetings will be held this month to gather community input on the Juneau Economic Plan for the next 10 years.

The first will be held at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Willoughby Avenue today from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The public is encouraged to attend the workshop-style forum, which will allow small groups to brainstorm ideas on current initiatives for the city’s development.

McDowell Group, Inc. and Sheinberg Associates, following their previous study that illustrated Juneau’s primary strengths and opportunities, will lead the session.

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Photo: Sunshine strummer

Dylan Miller strums his guitar in fair weather overlooking Sunshine Cove on Friday.

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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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