State Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Charges pending in Monday crash

JUNEAU - Charges are expected today against a 25-year-old man accused of causing an accident that sent another man to the hospital and left about $20,000 of damage in its wake.

The 25-year-old was driving a 2003 Ford pickup towing a 19-foot Bayliner boat around 11:50 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Egan Drive and Riverside Drive.

According to a police press release, a 2000 GMC Yukon, driven by a 36-year-old man, made a left turn onto Riverside. Police said the man had a green signal arrow allowing him to turn. At the same time, the Ford driver allegedly drove through a red light at the Riverside intersection. The pickup struck the Yukon head on, according to Capital City Fire and Rescue.

The man driving the Yukon was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital where he was treated for neck strain and released around 2 p.m. in good condition, said hospital spokeswoman Marijo Toner. The Ford driver was uninjured, CCFR said.

The police said the Yukon sustained about $10,000 in damage, the pickup sustained $9,000 in damage and the boat had $250 in damage.

Police said the crash is still under investigation.

Meet the candidates for school principal

JUNEAU - The Juneau School District will hold receptions and public interviews this week for candidates for the principal's job at Gastineau Elementary School and Mendenhall River Community School.

A reception for the Gastineau candidates is at 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the school library. The interviews are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the library.

A reception for the Mendenhall River candidates is at 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the school library. The interviews are at 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday in the library.

City sidewalk ordinance moves forward

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly will consider a new ordinance later this month that would ban items that block city sidewalks.

At a work session Monday, the Assembly agreed to forward the sidewalk ordinance for introduction next week. Under the proposal, people would be cited with an infraction if they place an obstruction in or over the sidewalk. In earlier discussions, Assembly members said the ordinance was meant to address safety and congestion issues in the downtown corridor.

Assembly member Jim Powell said it was important to establish sidewalk standards as the number of cruise ship passengers who visit downtown continues to grow. But Assembly member Stan Ridgeway said the ordinance is overly strict.

The proposal would allow people to apply for a city permit to block the sidewalk in certain cases. It also would limit deliveries that impede the sidewalk to no more than 15 minutes daily between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

In one change, Assembly member Marc Wheeler asked City Attorney John Corso to come up with language that would allow artistic performances at city-designated spots downtown.

Assembly reviews emergency plan

JUNEAU - Juneau's response to an avalanche, earthquake, landslide, dam failure, major fire or act of terrorism is covered in a new city emergency operations plan.

Juneau Assembly members Monday reviewed a draft emergency plan that updates a 1993 plan. Some city departments - such as the Juneau Police Department and Capital City Fire and Rescue - have additional disaster procedures, according to city disaster plan manager Cheryl Easterwood.

The new plan sets up three response levels and includes homeland security alerts that correspond with the federal government's color-coded system. The plan allows normal city operations to be suspended and redirected in the event of an emergency. It also outlines a chain of command.

"It allows the city to call on all employees if necessary," Easterwood said. "People may be called on to do something outside of their job classification."

Once the plan is complete, training exercises are the next step, Easterwood said. The city also plans to develop a separate document for emergency communications and is working on an avalanche response plan and a hazardous materials plan, she said.

House approves warnings for explicit e-mail

JUNEAU - Some e-mails containing sexually explicit materials more easily could be blocked or deleted under a measure approved in the House on Monday.

House Bill 82 requires some unsolicited commercial e-mails containing explicit materials to include the letters "ADV:ADLT" as the first eight characters in the subject line.

The bill would make it easier for people to filter out unsolicited e-mails containing sexually explicit material or links to pornography sites, said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Kevin Meyer, an Anchorage Republican.

The bill goes after unsolicited commercial e-mails sent from computers in Alaska or sent to someone that the sender knows is a resident of the state. A violation of the proposed law could create a civil action against the sender.

At least nine other states require similar notification. House Bill 82 was approved in the House 31-0 and goes to the Senate for consideration.

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