Posted: Thursday, January 06, 2000

Trial date set in salmon-dumping case

JUNEAU - A Southeast salmon-dumping case will go to trial in May, court officials decided Wednesday.

Wards Cove Packing Co. of Seattle and one of its Southeast plant managers were charged by prosecutors in November with 19 misdemeanor counts of intentional salmon waste.

A complaint filed by prosecutors in District Court in Juneau charged that Wards Cove and Gary F. Moore, manager of the company's Excursion Inlet processing plant, violated state law by having a company-owned vessel, the Marmot, haul mostly chum salmon to a dumping spot in Icy Strait. In all, almost 3.2 million pounds were dumped in 19 days, the complaint says.

The trial date was set for May 2 at Wednesday's hearing. Wards Cove pleaded not guilty to the charges in December.

New substance abuse director named

JUNEAU - Gov. Tony Knowles announced Wednesday that Ernest Turner will be the new director of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

The division falls within the Department of Health and Human Services and is responsible for running state programs addressing Alaska's alcoholism and substance abuse problems.

Turner, 68, has become a vocal advocate for better substance abuse programs for years stemming from his first-hand experience. He entered treatment for alcoholism in 1970, according to a Knowles press release.

Turner, born in the western Alaska town of Shageluk, has 25 years of experience as a substance abuse counselor and a manager of substance abuse programs. His most recent job was as a consultant and trainer at the Lakeside Milam Recovery Centers in Seattle. He said he decided to retire after that job.

``I had the experience of being a chronic alcoholic,'' Turner said from Seattle. ``I had the experience of recovery. I had the experience of counseling. . . .''

Turner Loren Jones, whostepped down in October after 10 years in the post to oversee the state's Community Mental Health project.

``I think he brings a different perspective because of his life history, (because of) what he's experienced,'' said Russ Webb, Health and Human Services deputy commissioner. ``He has some personal life history that gives him a real personal insight to substance abuse problems.''

Turner will start his new job Jan. 17. His annual salary will be $75,036.

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