Natives to be surveyed on education
JUNEAU - First Alaskans Foundation has commissioned the McDowell Group, a Juneau-based research firm, to conduct a telephone survey of 1,000 Natives about their attitudes toward education.
The foundation, created by the Alaska Federation of Natives in 1989, said it will use the information in its grant-making program.
Rally closes part of 4th Street on Wednesday
JUNEAU - Fourth Street at the Capitol will be closed from about 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday for the National Association for the Education of Young Children rally, "Stand for Children."
If weather conditions are poor, the rally will be at the State Office Building. For questions, contact the rally chairman, Joy Lyon, at 789-1235.
Registration offered for kindergartners
JUNEAU - The Juneau School District is holding a Kindergarten Open House and Registration on Wednesday, April 18, for students new to the district.
Kindergarten classrooms will be open for visiting during the first two hours of the event. Registration will continue for two hours thereafter. Principals and nurses will be available to talk to parents.
Hours are 1:15-3 p.m. at Juneau Community Charter School, 430 Fourth Street, 586-2526.
Hours are 2-6 p.m. at Auke Bay Elementary, 11869 Glacier Highway, 463-1775; Gastineau Elementary, 1507 Third Street, Douglas, 463-1999; and Harborview Elementary, 1255 Glacier Avenue, 463-1875.
Hours are 1-5 p.m. at Glacier Valley Elementary, 3400 Tongass Boulevard, 463-1801; and Mendenhall River Community School, 9001 Mendenhall Loop Road, 463-1799.
Hours are 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Riverbend Elementary, 2901 Riverside Drive, 463-1819.
To register their child, parents or guardians should bring each child's birth certificate, immunization records and social security number.
For more information, call 463-1700, Ext. 218.
Man pleads no contest to murder
ANCHORAGE - The man who twice shot a Wendy's restaurant manager in the head last year has pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in Anchorage Superior Court.
Under a plea agreement, Omelette M. "Fillo" Muasau, 19, agreed to the maximum first-degree murder penalty of 99 years in prison but will have no restriction on parole.
Monday's hearing came 14 months after Muasau and friend Jeremy Palmer, both former employees, forced their way into the midtown restaurant.
The two ordered store manager Dianne Rostron to unlock a restaurant safe. Muasau then shot Rostron in the back of her head with a .22-caliber revolver, Anchorage police said. The bullet didn't penetrate her skull and she dropped to her knees with her hands pressed together as if she were praying, police said.
Muasau used a larger gun to shoot Rostron again, killing her, police said. The crime was captured by the store's surveillance camera.
Snowmachiner missing near Kuskokwim
TULUKSAK - A Tuluksak man whose snowmachine was found in the Kuskokwim River is missing, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.
More than two dozen volunteers searched for Golga Napoka, 57, on Saturday. They found his brown cap and his Polaris snowmachine near an area of open water on the river. Troopers said recovery efforts will continue.
House passes energy task force measure
JUNEAU - The House on Monday approved a measure that would set up a 15-member energy plan task force.
The group's charge would be to come up with a plan to address the state's short-term and long-term energy needs. Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz, an Anchorage Democrat, said he sponsored the bill because the state needs an inventory of its needs and its resources to make sure it's using them efficiently.
The resolution passed 33-2, with Republican Reps. Pete Kott of Eagle River and John Coghill of North Pole voting against it. Kott gave notice he may bring the measure up for reconsideration today.