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City officials launch daycare reform

...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 Munoz, R-Juneau, on Tuesday to brainstorm revisions to the limit on the number of children...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-11-23/city-officials-launch-daycare-reform
Local
Empire Editorial: Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down for Nov. 17, 2014

...refused to concede despite trailing by a wider margin than the governor's race.Thumbs down to the flu. Dr. Michael Cooper, deputy state epidemiologist, announced last week that flu season is off to a sneezing start. So far this month, the state has confirmed...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-11-17/empire-editorial-thumbs-thumbs-down-n
Opinion
Local cost of smoking may float higher

...percent since the last tax hike in 2009. Juneau's annual tobacco revenue has decreased by 4 percent during the same time. Deputy Mayor Mary Becker inquired about other Alaskan communities that have raised tobacco sales taxes recently. Cox responded that...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-11-13/local-cost-smoking-may-float-higher
Local
City seeks applicants for council positions

...Directors and the Planning Commission are due by Dec. 1, and all others are on a rolling deadline. For more information, contact Deputy Clerk Beth McEwen at (907) 586-0203 or at Beth.McEwen@juneau.org.For a complete list of open positions and application...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-11-07/city-seeks-applicants-council-positions
Local
WhaleFest explores gizmos, gadgets of cetacean science

...WhaleFest usually deals with what happens under the waves, some of the technology at this year's show is up in the air. As deputy director of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration at UAF's Geophysical Institute, Ro Bailey specializes...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-11-12/whalefest-explores-gizmos-gadgets-cetac
Local
State vague on update for cleaning Fairbanks air

...lung function and premature death in people with heart or lung disease. The young and the elderly are most vulnerable.DEC Deputy Commissioner Lynn Kent said frigid winters in Fairbanks, where temperatures get colder than 40 below zero, makes it difficult...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-11-09/state-vague-update-cleaning-fairbanks-a
State
Tall Timbers granted right to appeal

...appeal made by Tall Timbers, which ultimately was approved by the Assembly. "Do you think this is something we should do?" Deputy Mayor Mary Becker asked Mead. Mead said she didn't see any reason to reject the appeal process.Assemblyman Jerry Nankervis...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-11-11/tall-timbers-granted-right-appeal
Local
Juneau gains a sister city in the Philippines

...Municipal Clerk Laurie Sica, expressed a desire to pick up and move to the sister city's paradise. Mayor Sanford joked that Deputy Mayor Mary Becker was secretly planning an exchange with Kalibo Vice-Mayor Madeline A. Regalado."I know you don't have...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-11-04/juneau-gains-sister-city-philippines
Local
Emails shed little light on National Guard case

...redacted.Another redacted email circulated May 21 between Nizich, Katkus and McHugh Pierre, the military department's former deputy commissioner, had the subject line: "DA's Declination for Sexual Assault Prosecution" with an attachment, also redacted...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-11-02/emails-shed-little-light-national-guard
State
Letter: Being Native should not be the qualifier for appointment

...Parnell's administration has appointed Native commissioners, deputy commissioners and top advisers over the years. To name a few...cabinet for four years). And, of course, Craig Fleener was the deputy commissioner of Fish and Game before he quit to be Walker's...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2014-10-20/letter-being-native-should-not-be-qua
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