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Photo: Building Point Bridget

Dan Hess, left, Dallas Anderson, center, and Aidan Ling work to move a log into place as they upgrade a section of the Point Bridget State Park trail on Thursday. 

Photo: Parting is such sweet sorrow

A cruise ship leaves Juneau, as seen from Sandy Beach on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Douglas, Alaska.

Police & Fire for Friday, July 28, 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.

Assault

• At 1:18 p.m. Friday, a fight was reported in the 300 block of Whittier Street. Christopher Williams was arrested for assault and lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center with $1,000 bail per the bail schedule. Alcohol was involved.

Domestic dispute

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Around Town for Monday, July 28

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

Toddlertime, 10 a.m., downtown library; 11 a.m., Mendenhall Valley library. Details: 586-5267.

Life Ring meeting, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Northern Light United Church. A weekly gathering for women. All are welcome. Details: 364-2131.

Toddler play group, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Northern Lights Church. Playtime for toddlers and support group for parents. No need to register. Details: 796-8975.

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Territorial court records to stay in Alaska

When it was announced that the National Archives in Anchorage would be closing, many Alaskans panicked, worrying the state would be saying goodbye to a lot of its history. Fortunately, a compromise was reached between the National Archives and Alaska State Archives — a deal sealed Friday during a noon ceremony at the Alaska State Library.

In March the National Archives announced the closure of its Anchorage facility, along with two others. The research room closed in June and the facility will close permanently in
September.

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Legal pot would pose challenge for city

If Alaska’s voters say “yes” to the legalization of marijuana on Nov. 4, communities would still have the right to ban pot shops. But, like the state’s administration decided last week, the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly won’t plan how to react to the initiative until it passes — if it passes, Mayor Merrill Sanford said.

Through the initiative, cities would not be able to ban the use of marijuana, but they could ban marijuana dispensaries.

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Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up to Juneau’s Gastineau Channel Little League Juniors All-Stars, who are heading to Vancouver, Wash., to take on the region’s best little league teams. The Juniors All-Stars won the state championship Saturday against Dimond West 5-2. Congratulations and good luck in Vancouver. No matter the outcome of regionals, you’ve already done Juneau proud.

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CCFR responds to house fire

Capital City Fire Rescue firefighters respond to a home fire near Twin Lakes at the intersection of Glacier Highway and Bauer Lane Friday evening.

Photos: Exploring Pack Creek

A mother brown bear and cub feed on grasses at Pack Creek on Admiralty Island.

Charges still not filed in Stanford rape case

Criminal charges still haven’t been brought in the rape case involving a Stanford student from Juneau who says she was raped by a fellow college and high school classmate while in Juneau over Christmas break.

Juneau District Attorney James Scott told the Empire he is waiting for documents from the recently concluded Stanford investigation before making a charging decision. He expects to make that decision in the coming weeks.

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Around Town for Sunday, July 27

Today, July 25

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

Organ concert, noon, State Office Building.

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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Today in History

In 1214, France prevailed in the Battle of Bouvines over the forces of the Holy Roman Empire and England.

In 1789, President George Washington signed a measure establishing the Department of Foreign Affairs, forerunner of the Department of State.

In 1861, Union Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan took command of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.

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Photo: Catch of the Day

A local fisherman holds up his catch of the day Friday afternoon, two king salmon caught from the public dock adjacent DIPAC Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

ACS restores service to Southeast customers

Cell phone and internet service was restored to Alaska Communications customers in Southeast Alaska early Saturday. Service was interrupted for about 24 hours as a result of a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that shook many Southeast communities early Friday morning.

“We immediately made this our highest priority and worked to restore service as quickly as possible,” ACS communications director Heather Cavanaugh said Saturday morning.

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Quakes shake SE Alaska near Juneau

JUNEAU — Two quakes occurred in the same location early Friday in southeast Alaska, and the U. S. Geological Survey reports weak or light shaking was felt around Juneau, about 100 miles to the east. There are no reports of damage.

The USGS recorded a magnitude 5.9 quake at 2:54 a.m. and a 4.7 quake at 3:19 a.m. about 50 miles west of Gustavus and 90 miles southwest of Haines. Both were about 6 miles deep.

The National Weather Service said no tsunami expected.

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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

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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

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Alaska National Guard members face accusations of sexual misconduct

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Conway Seavey nabs another Junior Iditarod crown

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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

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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

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Market Fresh: Ninilchik smoked salmon takes top prizes in seafood contest

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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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