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Budget cuts cut vulnerable populations the deepest

Budget cuts!

It's hard to say if hearing the phrase one more time or hearing the consequences of said budget cuts is more likely to make a reader rage-cry these days. 

I've been in Alaska for nearly eight years now. It's a land of plenty! We weathered the Great Recession! But now with low oil prices, oil tax scenarios that require an advanced degree and a graphing calculator and limited production of the Alaska economy's lifeblood, there seems to be only one thing on the minds of our legislators: Budget cuts!

What that $1.5M for Choose Respect actually paid for

Sometimes when you're working on deadline, you end up receiving the perfect bit of information... a day after you really needed it. That's what happens when doing your job is contingent upon asking other people for stuff! People actually have other things to do than to get me facts and figures at all hours of the day and night, whether I want to believe it or not.

March indictments

The Juneau District Attorney’s Office presents cases to a grand jury just about every Friday. Copies of the indictments are usually available to the Empire the following Monday. Here’s the a list of all who were indicted as of late, from grand juries that were convened March 13 and March 20:

Cyber-watchful parent stops Facebook hook-up

Here’s another reason why parents of young children and teens should be monitoring their activities online.

State prosecutors in Juneau have charged a 19-year-old man with a crime for trying to an arrange a hook-up with an underage girl over the Internet.

Defendant Stephen B. Hadlock is accused of trying to set up an in-person meeting with the girl, who is under 16 years old, on Facebook. The plan was thwarted, though, when the girl’s mother found out and alerted authorities, prosecutors said.

Three Good Things Thursday

It’s a sick, sad world out there, Juneau. Here’s three things to cheer you up.

1) ICYMI: Free ice cream at Coppa on Saturday

Coppa is giving out a free scoop or cone of ice cream on Saturday as a thank you to Juneau for its support during the Path to Prosperity competition. The artisan ice cream shop won the People’s Choice Award.

Southeast man wanted online, but not in real life

About two weeks ago, a flier from the U.S. Marshal Service District of Alaska — complete with the agency’s official seal — began popping up on Juneau Facebook groups with pictures of James Arthur Mavromatis on it.

In one picture, Mavromatis is wearing a black turtleneck and smiling. The other picture is a mugshot, and he’s wearing an orange jumpsuit and decidedly not smiling.

Bicyclists still wanted for Be Safe, Be Seen project

Juneau police said Tuesday that 48 bicyclists have signed up so far to participate in a new bike safety project called Be Safe, Be Seen. That means they are still looking for 52 more volunteers.

The project's organizers want 100 local bicyclists, who are regularly cruising on the roads, to sign up to bike around with lights on their handlebars and tires for the next three months. The volunteers will then be asked for feedback about whether it made them feel more visible to motorists on the roadways. Motorists will also be interviewed.

Rainy Day Reads: Ignoring my reading list

I have an ongoing list of which books I’m going to read next. It exists only in my head and it’s not very trustworthy. It looks like this:

1.) Currently reading: “Far from the Madding Crowd” by Thomas Hardy

2.) Next Up: Something for my year of reading foreign, probably “In Praise of Hatred” by Khaled Khalifa

3.) The next book in Emile Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series

Rainy Day Reads: Making us wait

 The internet tells me there won’t be a “Game of Thrones” book in 2015. This makes it officially four years of waiting for the sixth book, “Winds of Winter.”

Reading Foreign: Portugal/Pessoa

I don’t know about you, but I often forget about Portugal.


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