State Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Ketchikan men face child-porn charges

KETCHIKAN Two Ketchikan utility workers are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on child pornography charges.

Lonnie Dunkin Jr., 47, and Patrick Durkin, 43, were charged last week after an investigation that lasted more than a year.

Dunkin is charged with 33 felony counts, including 21 of distribution, 11 of possession and one of evidence-tampering, said police Chief Grant Sirevog. Durkin is charged with eight counts of possession.

Sirevog said the investigation began in November 2000, when police were tipped off that pornography had been seen on a computer at the Ketchikan Public Utilities power plant. The two men are KPU employees and work at the plant.

Police said they found images of child pornography on the KPU computer and eventually served search warrants at the two men's homes.

Business seminar focuses on financing

JUNEAU - Alaska InvestNet will present a half-day overview titled "Smart Money: Financing Your Business with Debt and Equity" from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday.

The overview will be presented by Jim Lund and Roy Kyle of Wells Fargo and Deborah Marshall of Alaska InvestNet.

Lund has spent 23 years with Wells Fargo and is community bank president for branch and lending operations as well as business development in Interior Alaska. Kyle, with nearly 20 years at National Bank of Alaska and Wells Fargo, is vice president and Juneau branch manager responsible for branch and lending operations in Southeast Alaska.

Marshall directs Alaska InvestNet after more than 20 years as the owner and manager of the Fiddlehead Restaurant and Bakery.

The seminar takes place in the Cedar Room of the Goldbelt Hotel. Seating is limited. Registration is $75 per person or $50 per registrant for two or more employees of one firm. The fee is $35 for Alaska InvestNet members, or $10 per student. Register on the Web site at www.alaskainvestnet.org.

Foreigners warned of job scams

JUNEAU - The state Department of Labor is warning foreign workers that they are being misled about job opportunities in Alaska and the United States.

"Alaska's Job Centers and private sector employment offices are being inundated with phone calls, letters and e-mail primarily from people in South Africa," said Labor Commissioner Ed Flanagan.

"Calls are also coming in from various countries such as Namibia, India, Israel and Eastern Europe. Unless they are a United States citizen or have a legal right to work here, contacting us is a waste of their time and money," he said.

Pam Webb, Department of Labor employee in charge of foreign labor certification, said foreign job seekers are being charged for a book of names, addresses and phone numbers of people supposedly hiring for the fishing season, and told that jobs are guaranteed.

"It's all public information that wouldn't necessarily get them a job even if they were residents," said Flanagan.

The state does not assist foreign nationals in obtaining work in the United States, the agency said.

Deadline looms for McNeil permits

ANCHORAGE - People have until Friday to sign up for a chance to get a bear-watching permit for the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary.

McNeil River, about 250 air miles southwest of Anchorage, is one of the premier bear-viewing areas in Alaska. Bear-watching permits at the sanctuary are awarded each year by lottery. Applications for the permits must be postmarked no later than Friday.

Applications can be obtained at any state Department of Fish and Game office or from www.state.ak.us/adfg/wildlife/region2/refuge2/mr-home.htm.



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