Parent objects to showing of drug documentaryMonday, November 24, 2014 4:45am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Juneau mother says her 12-year-old daughter came home from a school health class with a little too much insight into how to cook and smoke methamphetamine. The Juneau Empire reports Tauni Duncan objected after her daughter watched a documentary, the National Geographic Channel's "World's Most Dangerous Drug," as part of a drug awareness curriculum. The documentary contains scenes with a police officer demonstrating how the drug can be made with household supplies. He leaves out key ingredients. Duncan says the school at a minimum should have sent a letter informing parents that the documentary was going to be shown. Juneau School District chief of staff Kristin Bartlett says health teachers have shown the film for years and believe it's an effective way of communicating the dangers of drugs.
Fairbanks foreclosures increase; heating a factorMonday, November 24, 2014 4:30am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The rate of foreclosures in Fairbanks is creeping up and the high cost of keeping homes warm may be a factor. Fairbanks Neighborhood Housing Services executive director Laura Burke tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that homeowners are struggling to keep up. The Fairbanks North Star Borough counted 150 foreclosures occurred through September in the Fairbanks Recording District. That's up from 137 for the same time period last year and 102 in 2011. Elsewhere in the state, foreclosures are down. Audrey Foldoe, a real estate professional in Fairbanks for more than 30 years, says some people bought homes a decade ago when prices were high and can't sell them for what they owe. She agrees that fuel is a big factor in keeping up with monthly payments.
Anchorage police respond to spate of callsMonday, November 24, 2014 4:15am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage police responded to separate incidents involving shots fired early Sunday, plus a report of blood and shell casings in an alley. Police around 2:30 a.m. came across an "unsanctioned" street party they say became unruly when officers ordered the owner of the vehicle blaring music to turn it off. Two people were charged with failing to disburse and disorderly conduct. Two homes in another area were hit by gunfire but there were no reported injuries. In another call, police made two arrests at a house party and gave citations for underage drinking. Those believed to have fired shots prompting that call fled. Police say a man with a reported nail gun injury to his hand turned up at a hospital but officers believe his wound is from a gunshot.