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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2002

Subport area meeting Tuesday

JUNEAU - The public will get a chance to comment on plans for Juneau's subport and the surrounding area Tuesday.

The subport plan encompasses an area from Gold Creek to the Seadrome Building and Goldbelt Hotel. Tuesday's meeting kicks off the public involvement phase of the project, according to community planner Barbara Sheinberg.

The meeting will include a short presentation about the project and roundtable discussions about open space, public facilities, development opportunities, pedestrian amenities and moorage and dock alternatives, Sheinberg said.

Planners hope to wrap up work on the project by July, she said.

"The goal is to have a public involvement process that culminates in having it adopted as an element of the comprehensive plan," Sheinberg said.

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office, the city and area landholders are cooperating in the project. The meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m. at Centennial Hall ballroom 2.

School board to hear 'early leavers' report

JUNEAU - A special report on the district's "early leavers" - students who fail to complete high school is among the items on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the Juneau School Board.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the district office on Glacier Avenue. Juneau-Douglas High School Principal Deb Morse is scheduled to give the report. The board also will hear a special presentation from the district's school counselors.

Other agenda items include a final reading of next year's school calendar, as well as a proposed revision to district policy that would "require school personnel who, in the course of their employment, witness students committing crimes to report the crime to the school administrator as well as to the appropriate law enforcement agency."

Pocket Park on committee agenda

JUNEAU - Representatives from the Juneau Police Department are scheduled to discuss Gunakadeit Park, also known as Pocket Park, at a meeting of Juneau's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Tuesday. Last month, the committee voted not to oppose plans to put a public rest room in the park at the corner of South Franklin and Front streets downtown.

No action is scheduled, although public comment will be accepted. The meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Assembly chambers.

Mental Health Trust authority to meet

JUNEAU - The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees will hold its first meeting of the year in Juneau on Thursday and Friday.

The meeting will open with a special session scheduled specifically for public comment from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in Centennial Hall, 101 Egan Drive. The Trustees will reconvene Friday to discuss regular business from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the conference of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., 801 W. 10th St., Suite 302.

The Alaska Legislature established the Alaska Mental Health Trust in 1994 with $200 million in cash and ownership of nearly 1 million acres of land. The Trust's earnings on its investments are spent on programs and projects designed to improve the lives of Alaskans who experience mental illness, mental retardation and similar disabilities, chronic alcoholism with psychosis, and Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. During the current fiscal year, the Trust spent more than $15 million in trust income to help fund statewide mental health services. For details, contact Betty Sorensen at (907) 269-7960.

Murkowski calls meeting on gas line

FAIRBANKS - Players in the debate over where and when to build a natural gas line from Alaska's North Slope were to gather today for a closed-door meeting called by Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski in the nation's capital.

The session comes as the Senate prepares to resume debate on an energy policy bill. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat, has promised to bring up the legislation early in this session. From Alaska, Natural Resources Commissioner Pat Pourchot and state Sen. John Torgerson, a Kasilof Republican, were to attend. Anna Kerttula, from Gov. Tony Knowles' Washington office, also was to participate.

Alaskans from Exxon Mobil, BP and Phillips Petroleum will attend. So will employees from a consortium of pipeline companies hoping to build a line from Prudhoe Bay south through Alaska to the Lower 48.

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