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Report shows heroin use up among Alaskans

...Alaskans.KTUU says the 2014 report was released by the state Bureau of Investigation's statewide drug enforcement unit.Commander Jeff Laughlin with the unit says the trend is expected to continue. Laughlin says he believes it could become an epidemic...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-03/report-shows-heroin-use-among-alaskans
State
JPD drug take nears Anchorage levels

...heroin.Statewide, the troopers' drug unit seized 22 pounds of heroin, a figure down from 2013. Lt. Rex Leath, deputy commander of the troopers' drug unit, told Alaska Dispatch News that troopers focused on smaller dealers in 2014. Heroin arrests...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-03-02/jpd-drug-take-nears-anchorage-levels
Local
Woman says Guard ignored rape complaints

...the Alaska Army National Guard, but her complaints to guard commanders went nowhere."It was all just ignored," said Melissa...hindsight, she said, today she would have stood up more to commanders and would reach out to law enforcement. But then she was...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-12/woman-says-guard-ignored-rape-complaint
State
Pilot program to arm Village Public Safety officers advances

...of intensive psychological testing before they advance to training. Captain Andrew Merrill is the Alaska State Troopers' Commander of the VPSO program."This pilot project will help us design and review the training process we use, to look at the selection...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-09/pilot-program-arm-village-public-safety
State
Ex-acting adjutant general to retire from National Guard

...that he applied for the position and considered himself to be a useful soldier and public servant. But he said Walker is commander in chief of the state's military forces and has selected his new leadership team.Bridges said it's time for him to move...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-06/ex-acting-adjutant-general-retire-natio
State
For new Coast Guard head, mission still the same

The commander of Alaska's Coast Guard may be new to town - he took over for outgoing Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo in June - but the mission of...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-12-07/new-coast-guard-head-mission-still-same
Local
Empire Editorial: Defend the Coast Guard

...maintenance, and programs to replace the Coast Guard's fleet have been repeatedly reduced to levels below what Coast Guard commanders have said they need.Juneau is home to the headquarters of Coast Guard District 17, which means we have been granted a front-row...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-12-16/empire-editorial-defend-coast-guard
Opinion
International search and rescue

...search and rescue mission.Rear Admiral Daniel Abel, the commander of Coast Guard District 17 which covers all of Alaska, said...flooded the boat's storage chambers with sea water, the commander said.The seas were as high as 20 feet at the time, said...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-12-11/international-search-and-rescue
Local
South Korean vessel heads to Bering Sea where 27 died

...search efforts from U.S. Coast Guard officials in Juneau and later spoke with reporters along with Rear Adm. Dan Abel, commander of the Coast Guard in Alaska.The Coast Guard has been involved in the search effort since Dec. 1, after receiving word...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-12-12/south-korean-vessel-heads-bering-sea-wh
State
Alaska Editorial: UA system will need strong leadership, support from the state

...president and CEO of the Alaska Railroad and a distinguished Air Force career from which he retired as four-star general and commander of all U.S. air forces in the Pacific region.One of the principal achievements of his tenure atop the UA system is the...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-12-23/alaska-editorial-ua-system-will-need-
Opinion

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