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Tauni Duncan, a 40-year-old stay at home mom, was more than a little surprised when her 12-year-old daughter came home from school on Tuesday knowledgeable about how to cook and smoke methamphetamine.

“She was naming off Sudafed and all these other things and going into detail about how to extract the chemicals from these other products and stuff,” Duncan said, “and she was very knowledge on what went into crystal meth.”

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CCS facing budget crisis

Juneau is in danger of seeing social services cut as Catholic Community Services struggles with stagnant funding and increasing costs.

The service organization has been around for decades — it was registered as a nonprofit corporation in 1973 — but as needs and costs have risen sharply over the years, CCS’ revenue has not kept up.

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State budget director to retire

Once he’s sworn in Dec. 1, Governor-elect Bill Walker will have two weeks to submit his proposed state budget to the public and the Legislature. He may have to develop it without the help of Office of Management and Budget Director Karen Rehfeld. Rehfeld is retiring, a member of the office’s staff confirmed.

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City officials launch daycare reform

Local politicians are banding together to start the process for change in city code so Israa Kako-Gehring, and other Juneau daycare providers can operate at a cost-effective capacity.

Kako-Gehring met with Sen. Dennis Egan, Assemblyman Jesse Kiehl, Deputy Mayor Mary Becker and Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, on Tuesday to brainstorm revisions to the limit on the number of children allowed in daycare.

“I think that we have such a need for childcare ... we need a significant change in what we allow,” Kiehl said.

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JPD welcomes new officers

The Juneau Police Department is welcoming some new police officers to the force as it tries to fill 12 vacancies.

JPD hired two new officers in July and a third in October. The department plans on finalizing two more hires on Dec. 1 and another on Jan. 12, said JPD spokesman Lt. David Campbell.

“That brings us up to six,” he said.

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In Thursday’s article “Healthy habits or burning freedoms?”, the implementation date for the tobacco ban at the University of Alaska Southeast will be Dec. 1, 2015. The year was not originally specified.

Around Town for Sunday, Nov. 23

Juneau Gun Club, open trap shooting, 10 a.m.- 2p.m., Juneau trap club, located at 1 mile, Montana Creek Rd. Open to the public. Details: 789-9844.

Duplicate bridge, 1-4 p.m., Juneau Senior Center. Details: 463-6174.

Theater at Latitude 58 presents: “Calamity Jane,” 2 p.m., Thunder Mountain High School Auditorium. Directed by Karen Allen

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Police & Fire for Sunday, Nov. 23, 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.


• At 9:02 p.m. Wednesday, the Juneau Police Department responded to an assault and robbery in the 9100 block of Mendenhall Road. For more, please see the Empire article published Friday, titled “Two nabbed for Valley mugging.”

Disorderly conduct/trespass

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Photos: Entangled in protest
Police seek burglary suspect caught on camera

Police are asking the public to help identify an unknown man suspected of burglarizing an auto dealership last Monday and who was apparently caught on the store’s security camera.

Juneau Police Department Lt. Kris Sell said the suspect broke into the Honda Hut on Teal Street at 7 p.m. Nov. 10, pried open a cash register and stole $150 cash.

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Around town for Friday, Nov. 21

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

Organ concert, noon, State Office Building.

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

Adult Children of Alcoholic or Dysfunctional Families and Codependents Anonymous meeting, noon-1 p.m. every Friday, Northern Light United Church, 400 11th St. Details: 789-0965.

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An article published online Wednesday, Nov. 20, titled “Fugitive found sleeping at Juneau airport” described Taylor James Pass a convicted murderer. He was convicted via guilty plea of second-degree attempted murder, as the article stated.

Police & Fire for Friday, Nov. 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.

Fire and medical

• At 1:35 a.m. Wednesday, basic life support care was given to a man on Glacier Highway, and he was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

• At 5:06 a.m. Wednesday, basic life support care was given to a woman on Franklin Street, and she was taken to BRH.

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Celebration of life to be held for lost hiker Sharon Buis

The family of lost hiker Sharon Buis is holding a celebration of life ceremony next week.

The Buis family, of Aylmer, Ontario, invites everyone in the community who cared for Sharon or who were involved in the search effort to join them at the Goldbelt Hotel from 7 to 10 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24.

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Montessori makeover?

A vote of the Juneau Board of Education will decide if Montessori Borealis will become an independent, alternative school. The proposal is being backed by school district administrators.

Montessori Borealis, now in its 20th year as an optional program with the Juneau School District, is in the Marie Drake building, nestled between Harborview Elementary School and Juneau-Douglas High School. It shares the Marie Drake building, and its principal, with Yakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School.

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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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