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Smiling in the snow: No significant problems reported

The town of Pelican calls itself “closest to the Fish,” but today it’s also closest to the snow.

A yardstick will just about disappear in the drifts of the Chichagof Island town, which received 31.7 inches of snowfall from a storm that draped northern Southeast with a blanket of white on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“I don’t think we’ve ever received this much steady snowfall,” said Pelican City Clerk Kelly Chapman, who on Thursday morning was looking from her windows at an expanse of unbroken snow.

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Police & Fire for Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

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.

Child enticement

• At 4:08 p.m. Tuesday, the Juneau Police Department investigated a report of child enticement.

Conditions violation

• At 10 a.m. Wednesday, JPD investigated a report of a violation of a protective order in the Juneau area.

Criminal mischief

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Around town for Thursday, Dec. 8

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.

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This Day in Juneau History: Dec. 8, 2016

On Dec. 8, 1986, the University of Alaska Board of Regents approved a controversial plan proposed by UA President Donald O’Dowd to restructure the campuses, cognizant of impending budget cuts. The plan would merge Alaska community colleges and universities, centralizing the schools to three main campuses in Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage. Under one of its most contested plans, the University of Alaska-Juneau (now known as the University of Alaska Southeast) would be restructured as a basic four-year liberal arts school without a graduate program.

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Photo: Snow life

A pedestrian crosses Glacier Avenue as a city vehicle moves snow on Wednesday.

Photo: Dressed for success

Charlie Gallant, right, empties garbage containers with Brian Felipe for Pacific Waste on South Franklin Street on Wednesday. Gallant said, “Last week I saw a man walking with a coat and tie talking on his phone and I told my buddy I wish I had a job where I could wear a coat and tie. So why not? I decided I would wear a coat and tie all week. When I look good, I feel good.” Gallant has worked for Pacific Waste for a year and a half.

Tracy's King Crab Shack gets new spot on S. Franklin

Tracy’s King Crab Shack has a new location — about 100 feet down South Franklin Street from where it used to be located.

The crab shack will be located in the People’s Wharf building, near the bus staging lot by the Mount Roberts Tram. It will serve the same crab and bisque that it’s know for, but the vibe will be slightly different, according to the business’ owner and namesake Tracy LaBarge.

“It’s going to be the Crab Shack Express,” she told the Empire over the phone Wednesday afternoon. “It’s kind of different from what I normally do. We’re opening it up café style.”

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Rallying around the grill: Nano's Grill helps family keep late son's spirit alive

When Kerry and Richard Tucker’s son Michael passed away in April, like many grieving parents they were despondent: Richard found it hard taking direction at work; Kerry would spend most of the day “just waiting for him to walk back through the door.”

Eventually, finding it hard to focus, they both quit their jobs. The details of the workday paled in comparison to their loss.

“It took the legs from underneath the both of us,” Richard said. “Michael kept the whole family going. He was the life of the party everywhere he went.”

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Photo: A harmonica harmony

John d’Armand, right, listens to Cary Shilts play a 12-hole Hohner Marine Band harmonica at the entrance of Foodland IGA on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. d’Armand listened to Shilts play the day before and offered to met him on Wednesday. d’Armand brought Shilts the Hohner as a gift. Shilts says he is currently homeless and recently finished a recovery program for methamphetamine addiction. Shilts said he has been playing the harmonica for 41 years. d’Armand, 81, said he has been playing for 70 years. To see a short video of Shilts and d’Armand playing, visit juneauempire.com.

Rasmuson Foundation awards $525K to Southeast

The Rasmuson Foundation awarded $525,000 to select Southeast Alaska community organizations, nonprofits and municipalities during the Board of Directors’ biannual meeting in November.

The City and Borough of Juneau will receive $125,000 to redevelop the old Treadwell Office building on Douglas Island into a picnic shelter.

The Sitka Historical Society will receive $250,000 to construct exhibit galleries, collections, storage and purchase furnishings at the Sitka History Museum.

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Renowned Chilkat weaver Clarissa Rizal dies of cancer

Renowned Chilkat and Ravenstail weaver Clarissa Rizal, a Raven of the T’akdeintaan, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer.

Rizal apprenticed with Jennie Thlunaut, a weaver from Klukwan. She began her apprenticeship when Thlunaut was 95 years old. After Thlunaut’s death, Rizal was so grieved she was unable to weave; she began again when she was asked to teach Thlunaut’s granddaughters.

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JPD shooting victim released on bail; faces Washington court date

A man shot by a JPD officer will be released from jail in Washington state once he pays $10,000 bail, court records reveal. It was not immediately clear whether he had already done so.

Jeremie Shaun Tinney suffered a gunshot wound from police on Dec. 3 and was flown to a hospital in Seattle for treatment. Tinney, who has a lengthy criminal history, was wanted in Washington state on an outstanding warrant related to a 1997 felony conviction for abusing his 2-year-old son.

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CCFR extinguishes Riverside duplex fire

A fire at a duplex in the Mendenhall Valley had Capital City Fire/Rescue working late into the night on Tuesday to put out the blaze. The duplex’s four occupants and pets all escaped the fire without injury.

According to a news release, CCFR personnel responded to a residential structure fire on Riverside Drive at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival, fire personnel found a two-story, attached home with smoke visible from the roof eaves and windows with fire on both the first and second floors.

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For phone scammers, 'tis the season

When local grandmother Marjorie Haffner recently received a call from one of her grandkids, she knew something was up.

She had dealt with this before.

“The voice didn’t sound like one of our grandsons,” Haffner said. “He said, ‘Grandma, write this down,’ and I asked him, ‘Who is this?’ He said, ‘Who else would be calling you grandma?’”

What the caller didn’t know is Haffner has 16 grandchildren.

“I told him I wouldn’t write anything down until he identified himself,” Haffner said.

That’s when he hung up.

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Brandi Renee Pratt

Brandi Renee Pratt died Sept. 27, 2016. She was 27 years old.

A celebration of life ceremony will take place Saturday, Dec. 10, starting at 3 p.m., at the Moose Lodge.

The funeral will take place July 15, 2017, at Juneau Mortuary. The time will be announced closer to that date.

Please take any and all leftover food home.

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