Northwest Digest

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Juneau man named Kootznoowoo trustee

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JUNEAU - Marshall Lind of Juneau, a longtime leader in Alaska education, has been appointed to the Kootznoowoo Permanent Fund Settlement Trust's board of trustees, Jodi Mitchell, chairman of the organization, announced Tuesday.

"It is a good group, and the size of the fund is something you can understand, get your arms around. The trust is very important to the people of Angoon, and I'm happy to volunteer my time to such worthy causes," Lind said. He replaces Peter Naoroz, who stepped down from the five-member board.

The trust was created by the Angoon corporation in 1991 and endowed with $9.5 million in 1994. Since its inception, the trust has distributed more than $11 million to the approximately 1,000 shareholders of Kootznoowoo Inc. The fund is valued at $13.75 million.

Lind began his 40-year educational career as a Bureau of Indian Affairs teacher in Yupik villages of the lower Yukon and Kuskokwim deltas. He later served as Alaska commissioner of education from 1971 until 1983 and again from 1986 to 1987. He was chancellor of University of Alaska from 1987 until 1999. He retired in 2004 from his position as University of Alaska Fairbanks' chancellor and was awarded the title of chancellor emeritus.

Coast Guard officer killed by propeller

SEATTLE - A Coast Guardsman who fell off a 25-foot fast response boat in Puget Sound near Vashon Island died of injuries suffered when the boat's propeller hit his head, the King County medical examiner's office said Monday.

The Coast Guard identified the victim as Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Gill, 26, based in Anchorage.

Gill, assigned to the Coast Guard's Maritime Safety and Security Team in Anchorage, was among those deployed to Seattle for maritime homeland security operations during March. He died Sunday, the last scheduled day of those operations, the Coast Guard said.

The vessel was one of two such boats involved in a training exercise. Gill was declared dead at Harborview Medical Center.

The propeller caused skull fractures, cerebral lacerations and cerebral contusions, the medical examiner's office said.

Gill, a reservist on active duty who had served in the Coast Guard since October 2003, was a native of Cranston, R.I. He is survived by his wife, his parents and a brother.

Coast Guard fast response boats have been escorting Washington state ferries in Puget Sound since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Petty Officer Shawn Eggert said Monday the Coast Guard continued to investigate the death.

UAF drops free parking for visitors

FAIRBANKS - The days of free parking for day visitors at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are over.

Beginning next month, campus visitors will have to buy parking passes on weekdays.

Free visitors' parking has been available in two small lots on the outskirts of campus. Or visitors could buy $3 day passes and use the same lots as students and staff.

"We don't really feel that it's fair for faculty and staff and students to pay for parking but not visitors," said Martin Klein, the university's associate director of parking services.

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