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Juneau's drug-sniffing dog won't be trained on pot

Hi, readers! Long time, no blog. In a recent story I wrote about the state's drug-sniffing dogs needing replacement in the light of marijuana legalization in the state (it's one of my favorites; read it here:, I failed to mention Juneau's own drug-detecting canine.
Assembly pitches 1-year delay in opening pot shops

Pot shops wanting to open in Juneau may have to wait. The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly is proposing a one-year delay in accepting applications for pot dispensaries, effective immediately, so that state guidelines can be established first.
Report on tribal youth and violence urges action

ANCHORAGE - American Indian and Alaska Native children are exposed to violence at rates higher than any other social group in the nation, according to a new report that urges creation of a new Native American affairs office, additional federal funding and other measures to combat the problem.The report released Tuesday by a U.S. Department of Justice advisory committee reflects information gathered at public hearings across the country in 2013 and 2014.
Firearm theft, illegal shooting case

Man indicted for firearm theft A Juneau grand jury on Friday indicted a 21-year-old man for allegedly stealing a handgun. Junior T. Rios was charged with second-degree theft for the June 2 offense in Yakutat.
Trial opens in Native language voting lawsuit

ANCHORAGE - A federal trial began this week in a voting rights lawsuit filed by several Alaska villages, alleging the state has failed to provide accurate, complete translations of voting materials into Native languages.
Add medicine cabinet to spring cleaning list with drug take-back day

...officers will be collecting unwanted medication from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The collection effort is part of the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency's National Take-Back initiative. It promotes the proper disposal of medication...
The struggle to find jobs after jail

Brock McCourt got lucky when it came to finding a job after being locked up on felony drug, weapon and burglary convictions.
Thin Blue Line: JPD struggles to recruit

The Juneau Police Department is struggling to fill nine vacant officer positions, including five airport security slots.
Attorney: Officer's widow trying to 'double dip'

A Hoonah city attorney is accusing the widow of a slain police officer of trying to "double dip" into compensation benefits, and says her wrongful death suit against the city should be dismissed. The city's attorney, Frank S.
Legislative News in Brief

Bill package supports military families Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, introduced the final piece in a package of legislation Friday aimed at helping military families in Alaska.
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