Juneau Digest

Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Governor's jet goes to Round 4 on eBay

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JUNEAU - The state's controversial jet is slated to be posted back on Internet auction site eBay late Monday, said Dan Spencer, director of administrative services for the state's Department of Public Safety.

It's the fourth attempt to unload the Westwind II, which has sat virtually unused since former Gov. Frank Murkowski left office last month.

The third attempt ended Friday evening with the highest bid at slightly more than $1.7 million, well below the state's asking price of about $2.5 million.

The offers are getting worse. The second round of bidding ended in early January at a little more than $2.

The 23-year-old jet cost the state about $2.7 million.

Murkowski bought it against the wishes of many political leaders, and it became a high-profile campaign issue during his bid for a second term. It was intended to be shared by the governor's office and the Department of Public Safety.

New Gov. Sarah Palin, who trounced Murkowski in the primary, has made good on her vow never to use the jet.

Assembly to consider Lynn Canal highway

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly voted 5-4 Monday night to consider a resolution supporting a Lynn Canal highway during its Feb. 12 Assembly meeting.

The motion was made by Assembly member Merrill Sanford, who asked the city's law department to review and fine-tune the resolution.

There will be a public hearing on Feb. 12.

The four members of the Assembly who opposed the resolution said they thought it would promote divisiveness in the community. This is the first time the Assembly has voted to support the state project since the fall elections.

Council holds building opportunities seminar

JUNEAU - The Alaska Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is hosting a seminar on "green" building opportunities for the development community from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Centennial Hall.

The speaker will be Jerry Yudelson, a professional engineer with 25 years of expertise in marketing renewable energy systems, environmental remediation products and services, and green building design and consulting services.

The number of environmentally friendly building projects is expected to increase by more than 30 percent per year over the next five years, making green development one of the major market trends in the construction industry, according to a press release on the event.

During the half-day seminar, Yudelson will outline the market for green developments, provide a tour of sustainably designed private projects, and describe how developers are responding to a fast-growing market.

The seminar is sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard.

For more information or to register, call 463-2403 or fax 463-2404. For more information about the council, visit www.usgbc.org. For Alaska Chapter information and registration, visit www.chapters.usgbc.org/alaska.

SEARHC celebrates National Heart Month

SITKA - The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is planning events throughout the region to mark February as National Hearth Month.

Lobby displays will be set up at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, the Juneau Medical Center, the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock and the Haines Health Center.

SEARHC's Kake and Angoon clinics also are organizing National Wear Red Day celebrations for Friday.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in Alaska and the United States, but it's also one of the easiest diseases to prevent. The consortium said in a press release that the February activities were being planned to inspire women this year to take better care of their hearts.

For details of specific activities call (888) 388-8782 (toll-free in Alaska).

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