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first_imgCBJ Assembly Meetings | Community | Government | Juneau | Local GovernmentUCLA report examines sexual orientation and gender discrimination in AlaskaJuly 29, 2015 by Lakeidra Chavis, KTOO Share:An Alaska Pride flag. The image is based on a double-faced eagle design from Alaska before Russian contact. (Creative Commons photo by Mel Green)Last Wednesday, the University of California, Los Angeles, published a report on employment discrimination in Alaska based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Alaska is home to more than 19,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults, according to a Gallup poll.                                                                              The report, published by UCLA’s Williams Institute found that 17 out of Alaska’s 25 largest employers have corporate policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. At least 11 of them list gender identity as a protected class. Some of these employers include Providence Health and Services, Wal-Mart, Fred Meyer and the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation.Christy Mallory co-authored the report, and says it took about a month to compile.The report predicts that if non-discrimination laws were expanded, approximately six complaints of sexual orientation or gender identity employment discrimination would be filed annually in Alaska.“So, six complaints is pretty low,” Mallory said, “that’s mostly because there’s a smaller population in Alaska than many other states.”The report also cites a 2012 web survey on LGBT discrimination in Anchorage.According to the Anchorage survey, 44 percent of the respondents had experienced harassment and nearly a fifth had been turned down for a job or promotion. The survey found that transgender people are more at risk for housing and employment discrimination.The report found that straight male workers’ income was 30 percent higher than gay male workers.Mallory says their reports focus on the 28 states that don’t offer LGBT legal protection in the workplace.In a 2011 poll, nearly 80 percent of Alaskans said Congress should pass a law to prohibit LGBT employment discrimination.In 2002, Gov. Tony Knowles issued an administrative order protecting state employees from employment discrimination and harassment. There are no restrictions on the private sector.Neither the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights or the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission processes discrimination claims based on sexual orientation or gender identity. But the Williams Institute says that this discrimination does take place, citing legislative testimony.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgJuneau | Local GovernmentAssembly candidates lay out approaches to money, capital projectsSeptember 25, 2015 by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO Share:Mayor Merrill Sanford responds to a question at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce candidate forum Thursday. From left to right: moderator Eric Eriksen, Merrill Sanford, Greg Fisk, Jerry Nankervis and Dixie Hood. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Juneau Assembly candidates offered differing approaches on city budget matters and the bundling of capital projects at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce’s forum Thursday.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Incumbent Mayor Merrill Sanford said he’s not opposed to looking at sales and property taxes.“But I’m very proud of the fact that we haven’t raised property tax in over 10 years. So we, the assembly, has not raised those property taxes, millage rates, in 10 years,” he said.Mayoral candidate Greg Fisk said he wants to institutionalize an attitude that’s been building in city government,“To constantly look at incremental efficiencies. I don’t think there’s any big, low-hanging fruit that we can cut at this point in time,” he said.He said he’d prefer focusing on building the economy to expand the tax base.Incumbent Assemblyman Jerry Nankervis says he’s unsuccessfully suggested cutting staff in the manager’s office and shutting down a city copy shop that competes with the private sector.“I’m just one of nine. So I can offer some proposals, but they have to be acceptable to at least four other people on the assembly to do that,” he said.Dixie Hood, who’s running against Nankervis, said she thinks enough cuts have been made. She said she wants to focus on finding grant money but is willing to consider taxes.“Exploring tax options is really necessary. Nobody is happy about taxes, but I think that is what needs to be looked at, and not an increase in the sales tax,” she said.An audience member asked if the candidates would support measures to prevent the bundling of capital projects in ballot questions. The city often bundles many separate capital projects under a single yes/no question that asks voters to approve major debt and extend temporary municipal sales taxes to repay it.Nankervis said bundling has led to the approval of projects with less than majority support.“A project should be voted up or down on its merits, not bundled,” he said.But, he had reservations about how unbundling could complicate debt and debt repayment.Hood said she definitely supports a charter amendment that would enable single issue voting on these matters.“I was really bummed out by the bundling that happened. And things that I absolutely was not supportive of, just getting swept along. I think it’s an important thing to pursue,” she said.Sanford agreed with Nankervis. He said a charter amendment is unnecessary since the assembly has oversight of those ballot questions.“It’s a little bit of responsibility on you as a voter to get the right person in that will adjust to your thinking a little bit,” he said.Fisk didn’t line up with the other candidates. He said bundling is often necessary for the greater good.“Bundling may not always be comfortable, but it’s part of the political process that we go through in the community to reach a consensus on how to move things forward in a broader sense. So, I mean, it sounds good at first blush to just say, ‘Oh, well, we’ll have everything voted up simply on its own merits,’ but it’s part of the political process to balance these things out,” he said.Candidates Loren Jones and Jason Puckett were out of town and could not attend. The candidates have another debate scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at UAS. Election day is Oct. 6.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgPolitics | State GovernmentState Republican organization pulls support from dissidentsDecember 12, 2016 by Jay Barrett, KMXT-Kodiak Share:The Alaska Republican Party pulled support over the weekend for three of its members who have joined with Democrats and independents to form a state house majority coalition.They are Kodiak Representative Louise Stutes, Homer Rep. Paul Seaton and Anchorage Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, who was once Kodiak’s representative.And while the three were not formally censured, the 56-4 vote did promise to remove all financial and re-election support.Stutes said she informed the party bosses from the get-go of her intentions.“It was no surprise to them,” she said. “I made it very clear that my first priority is to my constituency, my second priority is to the people of the state of Alaska, and third and fourth, are the party and caucus and that I intended to caucus with whomever was willing to move this state forward in helping form a sustainable budget.”Stutes said her decision was made easier by what she saw as obstructionism coming from others.“When I hear some of the legislators, the Republican legislators in the House, making comments such as, ‘I’m not doing anything until we have a Republican governor,’ that’s my first clue that they’re not interested in working in a sustainable budget,” Stutes said.Bob Brodie is the chairman of the District 32 Republicans.He phoned into the Republican Central Committee meeting and informed them that Stutes has the support of her constituency.“As I told the state central committee yesterday, Louise was elected over here, and since her organization with the Democrats, exactly zero people have called me to complain about it,” Brodie said. “I think people in Kodiak respect Louise for her hard work on behalf of Kodiak and that she would organize to accomplish things in the best interest of the Kodiak community.”Brodie also pointed out that most of the Democrats in the new House Majority caucused with the Republicans last year and in prior years.The Alaska Legislature convenes Jan. 17.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgFisheries | Food | Southeast | SubsistenceTribe’s Herring Committee drafts proposals to protect subsistenceFebruary 28, 2017 by Emily Russell, KCAW-Sitka Share:Herring caught during the 2014 Sitka Sound sac roe fishery. A recent study suggests that managers should take a longer view when managing fisheries like this one. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)The Sitka Tribe of Alaska wants to see more protection for subsistence harvesters when herring season begins next month.The Tribe’s Herring Committee is recommending a pair of proposals to reserve more areas for subsistence and to cut the commercial harvest by half. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Share this story:center_img Just a few weeks from now Sitka Sound will flood with commercial seiners and subsistence users all in search of one small fish – herring.Commercial seiners harvest herring whole and strip the valuable sac roe from the females.At the same time, subsistence users submerge hemlock branches in the water, which become coated with eggs as the fish spawn.But Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Director of Resource Protection Jeff Feldpausch said success rates for subsistence users are down.“We’re seeing a change in the herring– how they spawn, where they spawn– and it’s making it much more difficult for subsistence harvesters to meet the ANS, or the amount necessary for subsistence,” Feldpausch said.Feldpausch was speaking at the tribe’s most recent Herring Committee meeting.He said subsistence needs have only been met half the time in recent years, with 2016 considered one of the poorest subsistence harvests in memory.From what he’s heard, Feldpausch said it wasn’t always this hard to fill your freezer.“Back in the ’80s, or earlier in the fishery, there wasn’t really an issue getting your eggs,” Feldpausch said.  “As this biomass as grown you would think it would be even easier, but it’s becoming more and more difficult.”The biomass, or how much herring are in the water, has fluctuated a lot since the 1980s.Estimates from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game show spawning biomass ranging between 18,000 tons and 103,000 tons in the last couple of decades.Fish and Game forecasts a total biomass of 73,000 tons for 2017.Tribal citizen Tom Gamble said Fish and Game’s forecast model is outdated, that they’re just guessing.“The 2017 biomass that has been forecast has no scientific proof,” Gamble said.Gamble told members of the Herring Committee that he’s worried that if the spawn biomass is overestimated, subsistence users will lose out.But Eric Coonradt, a Fish and Game area management biologist for Sitka, is confident in the forecast model.“There are going to be skeptics out there, but the data is solid. The methods are solid,” Coonradt said.The fishery is managed based on a detailed model that accounts for the distribution, size, and age of the herring — and on the success of the annual spawn.Calculations on the size of the 2017 biomass began last year.Daily aerial surveys get the length of the spawn and dive surveys get the depth of the spawn.“We have a total area of spawn,” Coonradt said. “From that, we can calculate how many females would have been able to lay those eggs and you double that to account for males.”But subsistence users don’t find this data reassuring when they’re pulling up empty hemlock branches.So, the Tribe’s Herring Committee is drafting two proposals to the Board of Fish.The first would close off certain areas to commercial fishing, including Katlian Bay, Aleutkina Bay and Nakwasina Sound.Jeff Feldpausch said the board accepted a similar proposal in the past.“In 2012 the Board of Fish did grant us a commercial closure zone, or the subsistence zone as we call it,” Feldpausch said. “We got about half of what we asked for. This is basically going in and asking for the whole thing we asked for originally.”The second proposal asks the Board of Fish to reduce the guideline harvest level – or how much commercial seiners are allowed to catch – to 10 percent of the total spawning biomass, compared to the typical 20 percent.The Tribe’s Herring Committee plans to review these draft proposals at its next meeting March 6.last_img read more

first_imgJuneau | Local GovernmentJuneau Assembly candidate files on Monday, drops out on WednesdayAugust 16, 2017 by Jacob Resneck, KTOO Share:Carole Triem chats with Deputy City Clerk Beth McEwen as she files her candidacy paperwork for a seat on the Juneau Assembly on Monday. Two days later, she says she’s dropping out. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)It’s still early days in the municipal campaign season, but one candidate has already quit the race.Political newcomer Carole Triem wrote to her supporters Wednesday to say she won’t be running for a seat on the Juneau Assembly after all:“After more thought and consideration I am ending my candidacy for the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly for the October 3, 2017 election. I am extraordinarily grateful to the many family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances that offered their many levels of support for my candidacy. I am especially thankful to my fellow millennials who had faith in me to represent their interests, priorities, and approach to our community, its challenges and sustainable future. I will continue to look for opportunities to be engaged in our community.”Triem had filed papers Monday to run for an area-wide seat against incumbent Assemblywoman Maria Gladziszewski.Maria GladziszewskiGladziszewski will now run unopposed in the Oct. 3 election.Triem didn’t offer a reason in her email for her change of heart. Nor did she elaborate when contacted by KTOO. But she did indicate she’d have her name removed from the ballot before the Friday deadline.The two other seats in District 1 and 2 remain contested with both incumbents Jesse Kiehl and Debbie White facing re-election.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgFederal Government | Fisheries | Food | Oceans | SouthwestKodiak fishermen find extra work through halibut research amid stock concernJanuary 9, 2018 by Kayla Desroches, KMXT-Kodiak Share:Fishing vessel Kema Sue under commission to the International Pacific Halibut Commission for research. (Photo by Kayla Desroches/KMXT)The Pacific halibut fishery may see a drop in stock over the next few years and the International Pacific Halibut Commission, which regulates the fishery, uses surveys in Kodiak waters to collect data.The surveys also give local fishermen another job to tackle during the winter season, especially with the recent announcement of the 80 percent cut to Pacific cod quota in 2018.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Dock workers throw frozen fish through the hatch and into a large bin, and deckhands help transfer the headed and gutted bait into containers.Fisherman Terry Haines next to a container of bait. (Photo by Kayla Desroches/KMXT)Longtime Kodiak fisherman Terry Haines and his son are deckhands on the trip. They set gear and bring in the fish so scientists on board can focus on the research.“They can see how we harvest the resource and then we can see how they assess the stock and it’s kinda great to have that interaction between, I think, the harvester and the scientist,” Haines said.It’s also a good way to make some extra cash.“With the cod stock the way it is, this is a pretty good job right now this winter, and it’s not during the regular longline season when I would  be doing regular halibut and black cod,” Haines said.This particular research trip focuses on the halibut reproductive cycle.“We’re going out there and gathering both males and females, and they take all kinds of different samples, and they use those for their science,” he said. “They take that back to the lab and they get it all figured out, and their scientists make an assessment based on this data that they’ve gathered from the field here.”They need 30 males and 30 females, and they’ll head back to town whenever they catch the required amount.Part-owner of the longliner Kema Sue, Jorg Schmeisser said the crew’s pay is the same no matter what. $350 a day for five days.Walk away after the first day or the fifth, it’s still the same amount.And he said, for him and his vessel, participating in the research has been essential.“It’s become a viable chunk of the program here. Without it, I don’t know. I don’t know (if) we would have the boat even,” Schmeisser said. “It’s gotten pretty skinny on the catcher end of the longline year for us without a cod season now, and so this definitely helps.”He says he does abundance surveys with the halibut commission in the summer and the rare survey in the winter, like this one. They fish halibut and black cod in the spring and fall, and used to fish Pacific cod in the winter time.The reproductive study is one of a few projects the commission is doing in Kodiak.The commission’s biological and ecosystem science program manager, Josep Planas said they collect halibut samples at the beginning of each month.“To basically understand reproductive progression and maturity in both males and females of Pacific halibut throughout their entire reproductive annual cycle and how maturity advances and progresses throughout the year,” Planas said.The project started a few months ago and is set to wrap up in August or September.Planas mentions two other projects.One, which they completed in November, studied hook release techniques in the longline fishery to better understand the injury to fish and the effect on their survival rate.The other study looks at halibut size.“Those fish are getting smaller every year in certain areas, and we’re trying to understand whether growth plays a role in this decrease in size-at-age.”According to a commission end of year assessment for 2017, Pacific halibut stock saw a steady decline between the late 1990s and about 2010 because of shrinking size-at-age and weaker recruitment strengths.A report from the committee’s November meeting in Seattle, Washington, shows a high risk for stock decline over the next couple of years.International Pacific Halibut Commission will discuss the decline and next steps at its upcoming meeting in Portland, Oregon later this month.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgFederal Government | Nation & World | NPR News2nd federal court blocks Trump from rescinding DACAFebruary 14, 2018 by Richard Gonzales, NPR Share:A federal judge in New York has ruled that the Trump administration cannot end the Obama-era program designed to protect from deportation young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.The ruling by U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn is the second court ruling blocking the administration’s September order rescinding the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. That program granted the right to work and stay in the U.S. without fear of deportation to about 700,000 young immigrants. The judge’s decision follows a similar ruling by a federal court in San Francisco last month.As NPR’s Joel Rose reports, “Garaufis said the administration can rescind DACA. But the judge said the reasoning behind its decision was flawed. The Justice Department argues that DACA was an illegal overreach by the Obama White House, and was likely to be overturned in court.”Garaufis, however, said the government was “erroneous” in its conclusion that DACA was unconstitutional and that it violated the Administrative Procedures and Immigration and Nationality acts. He said President Trump’s termination of DACA was “arbitrary and capricious.”Under the judge’s order, the government is required to continue processing DACA renewal requests for people who already are enrolled in the program and those whose enrollment lapsed before Sept. 5, 2017. The ruling has no impact on young immigrants who never enrolled in DACA or those who had been rejected.“Today’s court ruling out of the district court in Brooklyn shows that courts from coast to coast have sent a single clear message to President Trump: The way that he terminated DACA was not just immoral, it was unlawful,” said Karen Tumlin, legal director at the National Immigration Law Center.A spokesman for the Justice Department, Devin O’Malley, said the administration will hold to its argument that DACA as implemented by the Obama administration was an “unlawful circumvention of Congress.” He said that the courts will vindicate the administration’s position that it acted properly in ending the program.Tuesday’s ruling comes as the fate of the DACA recipients is being debated in the Senate. If Congress doesn’t come up with an agreement to preserve the program, the administration has said, it doesn’t expect to extend the March 5 deadline for DACA protections to expire.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit this story:last_img read more

first_imgAlcohol & Substance Abuse | Nation & World | Pew Charitable TrustsOverdose deaths fall in 14 states — including AlaskaFebruary 22, 2018 by Christine Vestal, Stateline Share:A woman is loaded into an ambulance in Huntington, West Virginia, following an opioid overdose rescue. Experts say a decline in overdose deaths in 14 states is due in part to increased use of the overdose antidote naloxone. (Photo by Pew Charitable Trusts)New provisional data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that drug overdose deaths declined in 14 states during the 12-month period that ended July 2017, a potentially hopeful sign that policies aimed at curbing the death toll may be working.In an opioid epidemic that began in the late 1990s, drug deaths have been climbing steadily every year, in nearly every state. A break in that trend, even if limited to just 14 states, has prompted cautious optimism among some public health experts.“It could be welcome news,” said Caleb Alexander, an epidemiologist and co-director of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness.“If we’re truly at a plateau or inflection point, it would be the best news all year,” he said. “But we’re still seeing rates of overdose that are leaps and bounds higher than what we were seeing a decade ago and far beyond any other country in the world.”The reported drop in overdose deaths occurred in Wyoming, Utah, Washington, Alaska, Montana, Mississippi, Kansas, Rhode Island, Oregon, California, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Arizona and Hawaii. That compares with declines in only three states — Nebraska, Washington and Wyoming — reported for an earlier 12-month period that ended in January 2017.But even as more states saw a drop in deaths, several saw death spikes of more than 30 percent, most likely due to the increasing presence of the deadly synthetic drug fentanyl in the illicit drug supply, drug experts say. Those are Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania, along with the District of Columbia.Published monthly since August, the new CDC statistics are a compilation of death certificate data from all 50 states for a rolling 12-month period ending seven months prior to release of each report. The seven-month delay is roughly the amount of time it takes for states to complete death investigations and report causes of death, and for the CDC to compile the data.Previously, the CDC only made death data available once a year and it was 12 to 14 months behind. In a fast-moving opioid scourge, epidemiologists say the increased frequency of overdose death reporting is a welcome improvement.Farida Ahmad, a public health expert with the CDC, cautioned that the monthly provisional death numbers are subject to change because as many as 2 percent of death certificates for the time period have not been reported. A final death count for 2017 will not be available until November, she said.Increased VolatilityIn Alaska, where deaths declined more than 11 percent between the 12-month period ending July 2016 and the 12-month period ending July 2017, the state’s public health chief, Jay Butler, said the trend has been cause for some optimism.The greatest portion of that decline was in prescription opioids, drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, Butler said.“And we may be seeing a plateauing, if not a decline, in overdose deaths from heroin,” he added. “The bad news is that we’re seeing more deaths from fentanyl.”Indeed, fentanyl-related deaths spiked more than 70 percent nationwide in the 12-month period ending July 2017, according to the report.“Using illicit drugs has always been a game of roulette,” Butler said. “There’s just more bullets in the chamber now.“When the epidemic was driven primarily by prescription opioids, we saw a smoldering and chronically escalating problem,” he said. “Now we’re seeing outbreaks and clusters of death resulting from bad batches of heroin or counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl.”Still RisingThe recent drop in opioid deaths in some states might be significant, experts say, but they caution it should be seen in the context of the worst drug death epidemic in U.S. history.In 2016, the annual overdose death count reached nearly 64,000, more than three times as many as in 1999. It surpassed the number of fatalities from automobile crashes and homicides, becoming the No. 1 cause of death among Americans 50 and younger.Aside from the 14 states seeing declines, there are few signs of relief ahead.Nationwide, the death toll is still rising, although possibly at a lower rate than in the past two years. According to the CDC’s current provisional report, the total number of overdose deaths increased 14 percent in the 12-month period ending in July 2017, compared to a 21 percent increase in the 12- month period that ended in January 2017.One reason could be a decline in the availability of prescription painkillers. Even as overdose deaths spiraled over the last five years, the rate of prescribed opioid consumption began to decline.That could mean lower rates of heroin use, addiction and overdose deaths in the future, Alexander said. A vast majority — 86 percent — of young, urban injection drug users started misusing prescription opioids before turning to heroin, according to surveys by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.Another likely reason for a tapering in death counts is the widespread use of the overdose antidote naloxone, public health experts say.“It’s hard to imagine how high the death toll would be without naloxone,” said Michael Kilkenny, the Cabell-Huntington public health director in West Virginia.“It’s a little too soon to tell,” he said, “but we may be seeing the beginning of a decline in the number of deaths in Huntington,” a small city that has the highest overdose death rate in West Virginia, the state with the highest overdose death rate in the country.Share this story:last_img read more

first_img The Presbyterian Church had Utqiaġvik in its name before the vote, but the side of the building still has the location as Barrow, Alaska. (Photo by Ravenna Koeniq/Alaska’s Energy Desk/KTOO) Looking north out onto the sea ice from close to shore. (Photo by Ravenna Koeniq/Alaska’s Energy Desk/KTOO) Arctic Field School students taking measurements on Elson lagoon as part of field school. Some of their time was spent getting instruction from professors, and some was spent working on answering research questions they formulated out in the field. (Photo by Ravenna Koeniq/Alaska’s Energy Desk/KTOO) Milepost by the Will Rogers and Wiley Post memorial. One of many visible ways that “Barrow” still has a presence in Utqiaġvik. (Photo by Ravenna Koeniq/Alaska’s Energy Desk/KTOO) City Hall was one of a few places where Utqiaġvik has been incorporated into the official insignia. (Photo by Ravenna Koeniq/Alaska’s Energy Desk/KTOO) Alaska’s Energy Desk | Arctic | Climate Change | Environment | Government | Local Government | North SlopeReporter returns to Utqiaġvik, finds 24/7 sun and pronunciation variationsJune 19, 2018 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:Ravenna Koenig of Alaska’s Energy Desk/KTOO stands on the leading edge of the sea ice while recording sound for a story about Arctic Field School. (Photo courtesy of Lindsay Cameron)Ravenna Koenig of Alaska’s Energy Desk has traveled to Utqiaġvik three times so far this year to report on events and issues on the North Slope.She shares her impressions of flying into town over miles and miles of expansive white tundra and watching birds, people, and kids out and about in the sun until late at night.She also talks about reporting on the fairly contentious vote to change the name of Barrow to Utqiaġvik, and how that has developed in daily conversation and signage around town over the last year. Listen to Ravenna Koenig talk about her trips to Utqiaġvik trips and hear the variations in residents’ pronunciation:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgJuneau | Public SafetyEmergency personnel rescue person who fell into water at Marine ParkJuly 13, 2018 by Tripp J Crouse, KTOO Share:Emergency personnel rescued someone who fell into Gastineau Channel near Marine Park early Friday morning.Capital City Fire/Rescue received a call about 2 a.m. that a 49-year-old man had fallen into the water, hit his head on a large pipe and was unconscious, Assistant Fire Chief Ed Quinto said.“Two of his friends had attempted to go into the water to save him and another bystander went into the water. The three other people were told to come out of the water since it was unsafe.”Quinto said two Fire/Rescue crew members went into the water wearing dry suits and life jackets — and brought the man to shore.He was taken by ambulance to Bartlett Regional Hospital, where he was reportedly conscious. His two friends also were treated for hypothermia.Alcohol was a factor.Share this story:last_img read more