State Briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2003

'Bowling for Columbine' to stay 4 more nights

JUNEAU - "Bowling for Colum-bine," the Academy Award-winning documentary by Michael Moore, will be shown for four additional nights, today through Sunday, at the Gold Town Nickelodeon Theater.

The film plays at 7 tonight and at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday. It will be shown at 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets are available at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council office, 206 N. Franklin Street, or at the Nickelodeon box office during the movie's presentation.

Most shows will sell out. The theater is in the Emporium Mall down the hall from Heritage Coffee.

Finance Committee OKs raise in car registration

JUNEAU - A bill boosting car license fees cleared the House Finance Committee on Tuesday.

House Bill 170 would boost car and truck registration fees to $50 a year, up from $34 for cars and $39 for pickups. Fees for motorcycles, taxis and other vehicles also would rise under the measure, which would raise about $12 million a year.

The bill is part of a $113 million package of taxes and fee Gov. Frank Murkowski introduced this year aimed at narrowing the gap between spending and revenue.

The measure next goes to the Rules Committee, which schedules bills for floor votes.

Bill would make credit reports free

JUNEAU - Consumers could get free credit reports under a bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Hollis French, an Anchorage Democrat, said if consumers can easily keep tabs on their credit reports, they may catch identity theft early.

Senate Bill 64 would require credit reporting agencies to provide one free report a year to consumers. French said it cost him about $30 to check his own credit report with three national reporting agencies.

The measure passed the Senate unanimously and is headed to the House, where a similar bill is in the House Rules Committee.

Fishing interests top donors to Sen. Murkowski

FAIRBANKS - In the first three months of the year, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski raised $155,000 for her bid to win a full term in office, according to a filing released by the secretary of the Senate this week.

Much of the money came from executives in the Seattle-based commercial fishing industry. Various lobbyists and other individuals with Alaska interests also contributed.

About $43,000 came from political action committees in the energy, chemical, transportation, mining, construction and finance industries, according to the filing released Tuesday.

Sen. Ted Stevens' political action committee, the Northern Lights PAC, gave Murkowski's committee $10,000, the maximum allowed by the new federal campaign finance law. Stevens' personal campaign organization also gave Murkowski's campaign $1,000.

The Murkowski campaign spent about $35,000 during the same time period to cover reception costs and other expenses, leaving about $121,000 at the end of March.

Murkowski will be up for election in 2004 because she was appointed to serve the remainder of her father's term, which would have ended that year.

Anchorage man attacked after sharing his faith

ANCHORAGE - A 19-year-old Anchorage man was hit and shot by two strangers when he tried to tell them about his Christian faith.

James Cunning was shot in the arm and punched in the face early Tuesday on a city bike trail.

Cunning said he went for a walk about midnight to reflect on a church revival he attended Monday evening. Just before 1 a.m., he ran into two men about his age and began telling them about Jesus.

Cunning said the men seemed interested at first, then one of them punched him in the face and knocked him to the ground. Cunning said he didn't fight back.

He said the other man pulled a gun and asked, "Where's your God now?" then shot him in the arm.

Cunning was treated at Providence Alaska Medical Center and released. No arrests were made.

Board removes physician assistant's license

ANCHORAGE - A physician assistant who had worked at the Anchorage jail has lost his license after pleading no contest to attempted sexual assault of an imprisoned patient.

The Alaska State Medical Board unanimously removed Clarence Bullock's license at an emergency meeting Friday.

Last week, a District Court judge sentenced Bullock to 365 days in jail with 275 suspended, placed him on probation and told him to surrender his physician assistant's license.

The medical board voted to accept Bullock surrendering his license.

Bullock, 50, was accused of having sexual contact with a female inmate twice during July 2002. Bullock has been licensed in Alaska since 1996.

Don Stolworthy, deputy commissioner for the Department of Corrections, said Bullock left his job last fall.

Soldotna police chief receives award

SOLDOTNA - Police Chief Shirley A. Gifford is being honored for her pioneering work as a woman in law enforcement.

Gifford has been given a "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" award from the National Center for Women and Policing. The award was presented in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

"I'm very honored to be getting this award," said Gifford, founding president of the Women Police of Alaska.

Gifford, who has been in law enforcement for 27 years, was honored as "one of the few women in the United States who has attained a high-ranking position in a law enforcement agency," according to the letter informing her of the award.

Before being appointed chief of the Soldotna department, Gifford served in the Anchorage Police Department for 20 years. She was its first woman sergeant, first woman lieutenant and first woman captain.



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