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Sloshed row boater rescued from channel

A sloshed boater was plucked from his sinking vessel in the Gastineau Channel early Friday morning after he found a free plywood boat and tried to row it from downtown Juneau to Auke Bay, police say.

Police said they began receiving 911 calls from people who heard the man’s cries for help from the channel at about 1 a.m. Friday. The Coast Guard rescued the 43-year-old near the DIPAC salmon hatchery by 1:50 a.m. and took him to waiting police officers at Aurora Harbor, according to a statement from Coast Guard Sector Juneau.

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Father-son pickup project comes unhinged

A father and son’s project — fixing up an old pickup truck — quickly came unhinged one recent evening when someone snatched the driver’s side door right off the truck, police say.

Juneau police are searching for suspect(s) who stole the door off the 2007 Dodge, which had been parked on private property at the corner of Industrial Avenue and Crazy Horse Drive in the valley.

“The motivation was likely that someone needed all or part of that type of door for a similar/compatible truck,” JPD Lt. Kris Sell told the Empire by email Friday.

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Police & Fire for Friday, Oct. 24, 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.

Burglary

• At about 7:20 p.m. Monday, a 53-year-old woman reported that an unknown person entered her residence in the 3000 block of Fritz Cove Road without permission. Investigation continues.

• At about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Juneau Police Department investigated a possible burglary at a storage unit on Jordan Avenue.

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Around town for Friday, Oct. 24

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 >> .

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

Organ concert, noon, State Office Building.

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Correction

In an article on page C1 of Thursday’s Empire, “Juneau restaurant scene is getting hip,” chef Lionel Uddipa’s name was misspelled.

Most seniors support equal taxes

The Juneau Assembly Chamber was packed with senior citizens Thursday to weigh in on potential changes the city’s senior sales tax exemption. The proposed changes, which would narrow exemptions, included prohibiting non-borough residents from exemptions, restricting to “needs based” essentials and basing eligibility on income level.

City Finance Director Bob Bartholomew began by clarifying that the meeting wasn’t meant to discriminate against the senior community and that “everybody truly recognizes their contributions.”

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Dennis Egan a 'big proponent' of 'The Road'

A long-time supporter of “The Road,” State Sen. Dennis Egan says he is in favor of the new Alaska Department of Transportation-backed plan for the contentious state project that proposes building a road out of isolated Juneau.

Egan, a Democrat running for re-election, told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce Thursday that he favors DOT Alternative 2B for what’s officially called the Juneau Access project.

“I personally am a big proponent of The Road, and I agree with Alternative 2B,” he said during the chamber’s weekly luncheon as its guest speaker.

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JWAC forum on U.S.-Mexican relations continues tonight

The Juneau World Affairs Council will be highlighting U.S.-Mexican relations for its fall forum, which began this week and continues tonight and this weekend.

Topics included in today's lectures, happening in the Egan Lecture Hall at the University of Alaska Southeast, include border, water and migration. Saturday features two separate sessions about NAFTA and community bonds.

Understaffing the culprit in RALLY enrollment drop

Both full and part-time students were dropped from Gastineau Elementary’s RALLY program late last week as a result of understaffing, Site manager Brittany Howell said Wednesday.

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Photo: Bears going for a stroll

A black bear sow and her cub walk along the Trail of Time at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Wednesday. The pair had just finished eating a freshly caught coho salmon from Steep Creek and moved into the forest in search of ground cones.

Two Coast Guard members cited for wasting game

Two U.S. Coast Guard officers were cited Friday for failing to salvage game meat after they illegally dumped a deer and four whole ducks on Montana Creek Road earlier this month.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers said an anonymous tipster led them to cite 26-year-old James Schmidt and 27-year-old Chris Hyde for the criminal misdemeanor offense, which is now also being investigated by the Coast Guard, an agency spokesman confirmed.

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Wrangell doctor indicted for child porn

A federal grand jury in Anchorage indicted a Wrangell family doctor Wednesday for possessing and distributing child pornography on his personal computer.

Greg Alan Salard, 53, is facing two felonies for the federal offenses and is scheduled to be arraigned in Juneau U.S. District Court on Oct. 28.

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Photo: Hidden canoe

A canoe lies hidden between the wildflowers next to the Alaska State Ferry parking lot on Friday in Auke Bay.

Photo: Ready for winter?

Pedestrians stroll past a display for winter gear at Foggy Mountain Shop Friday, in downtown Juneau.

Correction

The names of Mike Heiman and Andi Story were misspelled in a Wednesday article about a Juneau Board of Education meeting. The name of Mayor Merrill Sanford was also spelled incorrectly in Tuesday City and Borough of Juneau Assembly article.

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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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