Alaska Digest

Posted: Thursday, March 01, 2007

Garage closed for maintenance, repair

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JUNEAU - Due to the maintenance and repair work being done at the Marine Park Parking Garage, the hourly and permit parking areas are closed until further notice.

The Juneau Public Library will be open and parking will be available at alternate parking sites: the Marine Park Plaza, the subport parking area, the Willoughby lot and the shopper's lot located at the corner of Main Street and Egan Drive.

If you have any questions, call Parks and Recreation at 586-5226 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Talis Colberg defends opinion on regent

JUNEAU - State senators on Wednesday grilled Gov. Sarah Palin's prospective attorney general on a legal opinion that many clearly did not agree with: an opinion stating that the governor could not remove a university regent under federal indictment.

Palmer attorney Talis Colberg defended his opinion and answered a variety of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Department of Law and other state issues.

Colberg also will face questions from the committee's counterparts in the House, and both State Affairs Committees, before a joint Legislature convenes to vote on the governor's appointments.

Discussion centered on Colberg's controversial opinion regarding Jim Hayes, the University of Alaska regent recently indicted on federal charges of fraud and money laundering.

Colberg's opinion said the governor was unable to remove a regent from the university without cause. His stance differed from that of Legislative Legal Services, which said the governor may have that authority.

"Innocent until proven guilty is the premise of the system and an indictment is not a finding," Colberg said.

BP hopes to open Northstar field

ANCHORAGE - An offshore oil field in the Arctic Ocean could be back up and running in about 10 days, a spokesman for BP said Wednesday.

"We're looking at the end of next week for the restart of Northstar," said Daren Beaudo.

The Northstar oil field was shut down almost two weeks ago when a pinhole-size leak was discovered during a routine inspection of wells and processing facilities. The shutdown cut BP's daily North Slope production by about one-eighth, or 40,000 barrels a day.

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