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Home burglar nabs $18K of jewelry, gold

A burglar nabbed about $18,000 worth of jewelry and gold from a Juneau home last week, and police are soliciting tips from the public to solve the case.

The Juneau Police Department and Juneau Crime Line highlighted the burglary as their crime of the week Thursday. The burglary took place during the day Saturday, Jan. 17, at a home in the 17000 block of Glacier Highway, police said.

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Around town for Sunday, Jan. 25

Open trap shooting, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Juneau Trap Club, 1 Mile Montana Creek Road. The Juneau Trap Club is open to members and public trap shooting year-round on Wednesdays and Sundays. Loaner shotguns are available. Details: 789-9844.

Adult Children of Alcoholic or Dysfunctional Families and Codependents Anonymous meeting, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. every Sunday, Assembly Chambers, across from Marine Park. Details: 789-0965.

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Photo: Ghosts of bonfires past

Charred piles of wood from past bonfires are strewn about a parking lot Friday at False Outer Point. Leftover wood in the background soaks up the latest rainfall.

Tongass planning meeting closes with hope

A diverse group of Tongass Forest stakeholders closed a four-day meeting Friday afternoon with a feeling that surprised many: optimism.

“I’m guardedly optimistic,” offered Les Cronk, a timber industry representative from Ketchikan, as the Tongass Advisory Committee reflected on its progress.

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Shocked: VPSO accused of using Taser on 11-year-old

Terrie Ward, a mother of three in Kake, was stunned Wednesday when she learned that a Village Public Safety Officer had shocked her 11-year-old son and another boy with either a Taser or a stun gun after the curious children asked the officer to “Tase” them.

Equally as concerning, Ward said, is that she was not informed about the incident by authorities. She found out about a month later through a concerned friend.

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Juneau pools won't change hands just yet

The will of the public and the fate of Juneau’s public swimming pools is hanging in limbo nearly three months after voters approved a ballot measure allowing the Juneau Assembly to create an empowered pool management board. The new Parks and Recreation director, Kirk Duncan, said on Friday that the issue of who controls Juneau’s pools will come down to an Assembly vote. If the Assembly decides yes, Augustus Brown Pool and Dimond Park Aquatic Facility will be managed by a board similar to the one at Eaglecrest Ski Area. If no, Parks and Recreation will continue to have direct control.

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Prosecutors dismiss case against woman who freed eagle from trap

Prosecutors on Thursday dismissed the case against a Juneau woman who freed a bald eagle ensnared in a trap, commending her efforts as laudable.

Juneau District Attorney James Scott said his office would have “screened out” the case against 39-year-old Kathleen Adair, but he learned the Alaska Wildlife Troopers already cited her for “hindering lawful trapping.” He relied on court rules pertaining to prosecutorial discretion to dismiss the misdemeanor criminal case.

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Photo: Legislative reception

Craig Dahl, middle, recently named president and CEO of Juneau Chamber of Commerce, talks with Lt. Governor Byron Mallott Thursday during the 2015 legislative reception at Centennial Hall in Juneau.

Police & Fire for Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

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 abuse

• At 11:59 a.m. Thursday, confidential investigation into a report of child abuse in the Juneau area.

Criminal trespass

• At 12:17 p.m. Wednesday, Levi Newman was arrested for criminal trespass in the 2500 block of Meadow Lane, and he was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $500 bail.

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Photos: Pro life rally

Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, shares her support during a rally held by Alaskans for Life, Inc. Thursday on the steps of the Capitol Building.

Around town for Friday, Jan. 23

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

League of Women Voters Board of Directors meeting, at KTOO Conference Room, 10 a.m. Details: mariannemills@msn.com

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

Organ concert, noon, State Office Building. Concerts on the Kimball Theatre Organ at the State Office Building take place most Fridays during the noon hour.

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Memorial notice: Michael Angelo

The memorial service for Michael A. Angelo has changed. His family will host a bonfire potluck from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the large picnic shelter at Sandy Beach. Please bring a dish to share, your favorite story about Mike and any pictures or memorabilia you wish to bring.

Photo: Swollen Mendenhall

Light reflecting off the Mendenhall Glacier glows through the fog behind trees along the Mendenhall River on Wednesday afternoon.

Two accused of supplying drugs to Ketchikan

Two people with ties to Las Vegas are suspected of supplying methamphetamine to a drug trafficking ring in Southeast Alaska and are now facing federal drug conspiracy charges, according to court records and federal prosecutors.

Alexander Barcena Singson and Marigie Adams were indicted by a federal grand jury in October for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in Alaska from October 2011 through September 2012, and for distributing methamphetamine on two occasions in fall 2012.

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Juneau Assembly considers diverting tobacco tax revenue to social services

On Wednesday, members of the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Finance Committee agreed that funds from an increase in Juneau’s tobacco tax should be used for community services if possible, but members differ on whether that money should be earmarked for a specific project or left open for flexible spending.

The committee has already voted to send the tobacco tax increase proposal to a vote of the full assembly at 7 p.m. Feb. 2. The committee did not take an official vote Wednesday on a destination for the new tax revenue.

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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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