Alaska Digest

Staff and Wire reports

Posted: Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Coach's service to be held Sunday at JDHS

JUNEAU - A memorial service will be held Sunday afternoon in memory of Juneau-Douglas High School head football coach Reilly Richey, who died Monday.

The service will take place at the school's gym.

Superintendent Peggy Cowan said the gym will be a fitting location because the coach "meant so much to the school and the school meant so much to him as well."

The service starts at 2 p.m., and doors will open at 1 p.m. Mourners can bring flowers or have them delivered to the high school. Cowan said those who want to attend the service should wear red and black, the colors of the Crimson Bear.

Cowan said Richey's wife, Kathi Yanamura, wanted the event to be a celebration of Richey's life. Richey died at 51 after losing a battle with cancer and hepatitis.

A memorial fund has been set up in his name at Alaska Pacific Bank, 2094 Jordan Ave.

The football team will hold a fund-raiser for the coach's family April 8 at 6 p.m. at the high school's commons. The team is looking for people who will donate desserts and set up and serve at the event. Volunteers can visit for more information.

Alaska centennial license plate is history

ANCHORAGE - Alaska's Gold Rush Centennial license plate is history.

The Division of Motor Vehicles late last year stopped making the blue, white and yellow plates depicting prospector hordes who came to Alaska in the 1890s. The plates began appearing on vehicles in 1998.

Any car, truck or RV still wearing the Gold Rush plate is good to go. But motorists getting new plates will have to settle for the standard blue-on-yellow version with the state flag.

The Automobile License Plate Collectors Association loved the Gold Rush plate. Many of the club's more than 3,000 members around the world voted it the best new issue of 1998, according to Eric Gustafson, coordinator of the association's annual best-plate competition.

Company says deposit holds more minerals

KENAI - The Pebble deposit north of Lake Iliamna holds more minerals than previously predicted, according to the company that wants to build a mine there.

Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. said an independent mineral resource estimate of the porphyry gold-copper-molybdenum deposit indicates higher amounts of gold, copper and molybdenum than predicted earlier.

Roscoe Postle Associates Inc., a geological and mining consulting firm, estimated a "measured and indicated" resource of 3 billion tons containing some 31.3 million ounces of gold, 18.8 billion pounds of copper and 993 million pounds of molybdenum.

The new estimate is based on drill core assay results from Northern Dynasty drilling in 2003 and 2004 and test holes completed by Teck Cominco American Inc. through 1997.

Northern Dynasty has acquired nearly all of Teck Cominco's interest in the mine.

Bruce Jenkins, Northern Dynasty chief operating officer, said the new numbers amount to confirmation.

"The bottom line is that we were right, there is a mine here," he said.

The numbers justify the company doing a full feasibility study and financial modeling, he said.

Arctic Slope Regional expects loss for 2004

ANCHORAGE - Arctic Slope Regional Corp. expects to post a loss of more than $17 million for last year, according to its chief financial officer.

The loss for the Barrow-based firm stems from an administrative law judge's August ruling in a case regarding trans-Alaska oil pipeline payments. Had it not been for that, ASRC would have turned a profit of $18 million, said Kristin Mellinger.

Despite the loss, ASRC is in good financial shape, Mellinger said. It generated some $1.3 billion in revenue and had "some of its best cash-flow performances in decades," she said.

"Our performance from operations was at an all-time high," Mellinger said.

Geoduck fishery halted on mariculture sites

KETCHIKAN - A judge has blocked Department of Fish and Game plans for a commercial fishery for wild geoduck clams on leased mariculture sites in Southeast Alaska.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Peter A. Michalski said the proposed fishery was illegal for failing to meet administrative code requirements.

A geoduck clam farm leaseholder sought the court order last week. Jim Redfield, one of six partners in Etolin Enterprises, told the Ketchikan Daily News his company is evaluating the ruling. The company believes it has the latitude to start seeding its two farm sites within the next several weeks.

"We anticipate implementing our business plan as soon as possible," Redfield said.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game also is analyzing the judge's order and reviewing its options, said special assistant Sarah Gilbertson.

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