State Briefs

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2002

Three appointed to Game Board

JUNEAU - Gov. Tony Knowles has named Bruce Baker of Juneau, Caleb Pungowiyi of Kotzebue and Michelle Sparck of Bethel to three-year terms on the state Game Board.

They fill the expired terms of Michael Fleagle of McGrath, Greg Roczicka of Bethel and Greg Streveler of Gustavus.

Baker is a former deputy director of the Department of Fish and Game's Habitat Division who now works as an independent natural resource consultant.

Pungowiyi is a special adviser for Alaska Native affairs to the Marine Mammal Commission. He previously served as president of Kawerak Inc., a regional nonprofit organization serving the Bering Straits region.

Sparck has worked as a legislative liaison for the Association of Village Council Presidents for the past five years.

The new members will be able to vote at next Game Board meeting, March 8-18 in Fairbanks. But the appointments must be confirmed by the Legislature.

Two jailed for giving teens alcohol

ANCHORAGE - Two Anchorage men were sentenced Wednesday for supplying alcohol to teen-agers involved in a fatal car crash with an Anchorage police officer last year.

Ronald Frank, 31, and Michael Hunter, 32, supplied alcohol to teens at a party before their fatal car crash with an Anchorage police officer last year.

Frank, who pleaded no contest last year to two misdemeanor counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor, was sentenced to the maximum penalty of two years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

Hunter, 32, who pleaded no contest to one count of supplying alcohol to a minor, was given a sentence of one year in jail with 120 days suspended, 80 hours of community work service and a 10-year probation.

Robert Esper, 19, drove the wrong way on the Glenn Highway between Anchorage and Eagle River and crashed head-on into officer Justin Wollam's cruiser. Esper, two of his three passengers and Wollam died at the scene.

Ex-legislator injured in accident

ANCHORAGE - Former legislator Mike Szymanski broke his leg Monday afternoon when the snowmachine collided with a car on an unmaintained road leading to the Call of the Wild bar on Big Lake.

Szymanski, 55, was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Szymanski and a friend were riding on the road when a station wagon driven by Debra Metro, 39, of Big Lake, came around the corner. Szymanski slid into the car and his left leg took the brunt of the hit, said trooper Robert French.

Szymanski served as a state legislator in the 1980s.

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