Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2007

BLM seeks advisory council nominees

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JUNEAU - The Bureau of Land Management is calling for nominations to its statewide 15-member advisory council. Two positions are open for people with experience in energy and minerals, and one position is available in each of the following fields of expertise: conservation/environment, dispersed recreation and Alaska Natives.

The Alaska Resource Advisory Council provides advice and recommendations to the BLM on land management issues for 83.5 acres of public lands in Alaska. Members serve three-year terms and may be reappointed for consecutive terms. Council members serve without salary but are reimbursed travel expenses.

People may nominate themselves or others. Nominees should be Alaska residents and have the appropriate background and experience to give informed, objective advice on a broad array of public lands issues.

Call the BLM at (907) 271-3335 to request a nomination packet or visit (select Resources, then Resource Advisory Councils). Nominations will be accepted until April 2. Appointments become effective Oct. 1.

Museum hires new curator of exhibits

JUNEAU - Bob Banghart of Juneau has been named curator of exhibits for the Alaska State Museum. Banghart, who earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, brings to the museum more than 30 years of expertise in the museum field.

At Banghart and Associates, he worked with cultural resource managers throughout Alaska developing, improving and promoting their exhibit programs and cultural facilities.

He was awarded the prestigious Museums Alaska Award for Excellence in October 2006 for his years of service and contributions to museums across Alaska.

Also known statewide as a musician, Banghart was one of the original co-founders of Juneau's annual Folk Festival. He has played in all 32 festivals.

"We are extremely pleased to have Bob on board at the Alaska State Museum," said Bruce Kato, the museum's chief curator.

"He is a wonderful addition to our staff in making a significant contribution to the more than 80 museums and historical societies in the state."

State Museum closing for carpet installation

JUNEAU - The Alaska State Museum will be closed starting Monday, Feb. 19 for the installation of new carpeting in the galleries. It will reopen Feb. 28 on its regular winter schedule, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

The store at the Alaska State Museum will also be closed, but the Museum Store at 124 Seward St. will remain open.

Mother: daughter became ill after eating peanut butter

KODIAK - A 5-year-old Kodiak girl has recovered from an illness after she ate peanut butter last fall, her mother said of the only apparent case in Alaska of a salmonella outbreak linked to the spread.

Nearly 300 people in 39 states have fallen ill since August, and federal health investigators said they strongly suspect Peter Pan peanut butter and certain batches of Wal-Mart's Great Value house brand - both manufactured by ConAgra Foods Inc.

Alaska officials on Thursday said they were aware of one case in the state, a 5-year-old girl from Alaska's Gulf Coast region who developed lower abdominal pain in mid-December. The girl tested positive for salmonella bacteria.

The child had eaten Great Value peanut butter before getting sick, health officials said in a prepared statement. The girl was not hospitalized and recovered.

Citizen's arrest made on car burglar

JUNEAU - A 26-year-old man was placed under citizen's arrest at 5 a.m. Saturday after the owner of a vehicle found him inside it near the Federal Building.

A witness told police the man was seen entering at least four vehicles near B Street and 11th Street.

The man was charged with criminal trespassing, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $10,000 fine. He was lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

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