Alaska Digest

Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Man indicted on assault charge

JUNEAU - The grand jury has indicted a 25-year-old Juneau man on a charge of first-degree sexual assault.

Carl A. Bogren was summoned to appear before Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks on Jan. 27 for his initial appearance on the charge. The indictment, handed down Friday, alleges Bogren had sex with a woman without her consent on July 5 in the Juneau area.

Civil court records show a 25-year-old woman went to police and the Bartlett Regional Hospital emergency room on July 5, alleging she had been assaulted by Bogren at his residence.

The woman said during court proceedings that she had been friends with Bogren but did not have a sexual relationship with him.

A first-degree sexual assault conviction, as a first felony conviction, would carry a sentence of eight years in prison.

City OKs funding for water line

JUNEAU - On Monday, the Juneau Assembly appropriated partial funding of $490,800 for the construction of a new water line to North Tee Harbor. Phase II of the project is short about $300,000. Funding is provided by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The Assembly also amended the traffic code ordinance and fine schedule regarding speeding in a school zone. Persons may not operate a vehicle in excess of 20 miles per hour when passing a marked public or private school or playground crosswalk that is posted with an official school crossing or speed control sign. The speed zone at the crosswalk extends 300 feet in either direction from the marked crosswalk.

The Assembly also appropriated $10,400 to purchase items for the city museum's collection. The funds were provided by a grant from the Museums Alaska, Inc. Art Acquisition Initiative Program.

Medicare meeting on Thursday

JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is scheduled to hold a hearing on Medicare from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Juneau Senior Center, 895 West 12th St.

Murkowski will speak about a Medicare reform bill, including a prescription drug benefit, that was passed late last year.

At noon Thursday, Murkowski is scheduled to address the Juneau Chamber of Commerce at the Hangar Ballroom.

Snow crab price set

KODIAK - Bering Sea snow crab fishermen will drop pots as scheduled at noon Thursday after voting to accept $2.05 per pound, the second-highest price in the fishery's history.

"In '95 we got $2.25 but then the yen was stronger. The $2.05 price is excellent - everybody's very happy," said Jake Jacobson of the Alaska Marketing Association said. The price last year ended at $1.85.

Another bright spot for fishermen is the position of sea ice. Like last year, the ice pack remains about 50 miles east of St. Matthew Island, well out of the way of productive fishing areas.

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