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City schedules school bond election
JUNEAU - Juneau voters will go to the polls June 3 to decide whether to issue $12.6 million in bonds for a Mendenhall Valley high school.
Voters approved $48.2 million in bonds for the $60.8 million school project in 1999 and 2001. The $12.6 million in general obligation bonds would qualify for a minimum 60 percent reimbursement from the state and mature over 15 years, according to the city. The new school would be at Dimond Park.
The city and school district also are working to put additional funding for Juneau-Douglas High School downtown on the June ballot, Interim City Manager John MacKinnon said.
The Juneau Assembly approved an ordinance scheduling the bond election in an 8-1 vote on Monday, with Ken Koelsch voting no.
Man charged with threatening phone company
JUNEAU - A Juneau man was charged with felony terroristic threatening Monday after allegedly telling Alaska Communications System staff he planned to blow up the ACS Juneau office.
Police said Darrell David Chandler, 42, was upset because his phone service was cut off.
"Chandler threatened to bomb the Juneau ACS office and kill staff if they did not turn the telephone back on," police Sgt. Ben Coronell said in a press release.
The alleged threat was made to the Anchorage ACS office about 1:30 p.m. Monday, police said. Chandler was interviewed and arrested about two hours later. He was taken to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center and was being held without bail, police said.
Power outage hits Douglas
JUNEAU - Electrical power went out shortly after 9 a.m. today in West Juneau and Douglas.
Alaska Electric Light and Power spokesman David Stone said the problem appeared to be in an area where power goes underground.
By 10 a.m., all areas but Nowell Avenue, in West Juneau, had power restored. North Douglas was not affected, Stone said.
California man accused of sex abuse of Fairbanks girl
ANCHORAGE - A San Francisco man has been arrested on charges of wooing an underage Fairbanks girl over the Internet, then traveling to Alaska to have sex with her, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.
Aaron DeGlanville, 30, pleaded innocent to federal charges of child sex abuse on Monday, according to federal prosecutors. He was arrested in San Francisco on Friday after an indictment was handed down by an Anchorage grand jury.
According to the indictment, DeGlanville began a relationship with the Fairbanks girl last June through e-mail contacts and telephone calls. In December, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Anchorage, he flew to Fairbanks and rented a hotel room. There, prosecutors say, he had sexual relations with the girl.
DeGlanville also is accused of buying a plane ticket early this month to try to bring the girl to San Francisco. Prosecutors aren't saying how old the girl is.
DeGlanville faces five federal charges involving interstate commerce or travel to engage in sexual activity with a juvenile. Each charge carries a prison term of up to 15 years, plus a $250,000 fine. DeGlanville is in custody. His bail hearing was set for Thursday.
Northern Edge military exercises begin next week
ANCHORAGE - An annual joint military training exercise will begin next week.
Northern Edge 2003 starts Monday and continues through March 14.
The exercise will be smaller than in some previous years because of various military operations worldwide.
About 1,600 active duty, reserve and guard airmen, soldiers, sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate. The activities will be at military bases, ranges and the port of Valdez.
The military will test its ability to secure and defend a port.
However, because of the reduced scale, there will be no fighter aircraft operations at Elmendorf or Eielson Air Force bases and only limited ground operations outside of Valdez.
The exercise will focus on military peace enforcement operations. It will include live-fire exercises, combat search and rescue, harbor defense and maritime operations.
Kenai teachers press for contract
ANCHORAGE - With a deadline looming for arbitration in salary talks, Kenai Peninsula teachers are taking a "work to rules" action this week, cutting out unpaid work hours to put pressure on the local school district.
But even as the job action got underway Monday, both sides in the talks said they were encouraged by recent informal talks. A formal meeting of the negotiating teams may take place Thursday, both sides said.
Kenai Peninsula teachers and district officials haven't met officially since November, when they joined in an unsuccessful effort at mediation, said Hans Bilben, president of the Kenai Peninsula Education Association, which represents the region's 700 teachers.
If the talks fail, nonbinding arbitration is scheduled for March 12-14. Teachers have said they could call a strike after arbitration concludes.
District support staffers are also in contract talks.
This week, normal education activities shouldn't be disrupted by teachers who choose to join the job action, said Todd Syverson, assistant superintendent for administrative services for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
But Bilben said teachers will have to reorganize their lesson plans to allow for grading assignments in class. Teachers won't stay after school to work on papers or take stacks of homework home for grading, he said.
Under the work to rules action, teachers would work only the hours called for in their old contracts - arriving half an hour before students and leaving half an hour after students are dismissed.
"We felt we needed to bring attention to the fact that we're working a lot of extra time and we deserve a fair contract," he said.