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Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2000

Attack wolf was used to people

JUNEAU - A wolf that attacked a boy in Icy Bay had behavior indicating it was habituated to human food and had lost its fear of people, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

That familiarity with humans likely contributed to the attack, according to the department.

A necropsy on the wolf carcass indicated no other physical reasons that would explain the animal's behavior, but also found no evidence it was eating human food.

According to the department, a fish and game biologist documented a wolf-feeding incident from the Icy Bay logging camp a year before the attack there. The following day, in April 1999, the wolf involved in the attack was seen at the feeding site and showed no fear of people. An investigation by the Alaska State Troopers also related that people from the camp had seen the wolf occasionally and noted its lack of fear.

John Stenglein was attacked April 26 and suffered bites on his back, buttocks and legs.

Knowles signs more bills into law

JUNEAU - Gov. Tony Knowles signed a variety of bills into law last week dealing with topics from drugs to habitat.

Knowles signed House Bill 315, eliminating the Alaska Administrative Journal, which had dwindled from 125 subscribers to the current 12. The bill requires the state to publish public notice requirements on the Internet.

Among the other bills signed:

HB 25 allows municipalities to extend property tax credits for river habitat protection.

HB 180 makes it a crime to bring children anywhere illegal drugs are used.

HB 236 gives part-time teachers equity in the Teacher's Retirement System.

HB 99 bans sexual contact between state corrections officers and inmates.

HB 105 sets up licensing of speech-language pathologists.

HB 392 requires judges to inform parents or guardians that they can ask for a delay at Child in Need of Aid hearings, which are required within 48 hours after children are seized by the state because of suspected abuse or neglect.

HB 428 requires the Child Support Enforcement Division to pay 6 percent interest on overpayments if they were a direct result of a mistake made by agency employees.

Senate Bill 268 requires a mandatory 99-year prison sentence for people convicted of committing first-degree murder during a robbery. Exceptions could be made only if a judge decided such a sentence would be manifestly unjust.

Remains found near Hoonah identified

ANCHORAGE - The State Medical Examiner's office has confirmed the identity of the remains discovered a week ago in woods near Whitestone Harbor as those of Robert Williams, 21, of Hoonah.

Members of the original hunting party who were with Williams when he disappeared Dec. 15 discovered the body. Two Alaska State Troopers responded to the scene Sunday.

The remains consisted only of bones, a skull and remnants of clothing, troopers said. A wallet containing Williams' ID card was found in a fanny pack nearby.

Although the remains showed no signs of foul play, the exact cause of death could not be determined, the medical examiner's office said.

Troll openings announced

JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced openings for the commercial spring troll fishery for terminal hatcheries.

The department listed four areas that are open for the remainder of the spring season, barring emergency orders: Neets Bay, Frederick Sound, Hidden Falls and Inner Silver Bay.

Chatham Strait and Point Sophia are now open through Friday. Kingsmill Point and Tebenkof Bay are now open through Wednesday. South Sumner Strait, North Sumner Strait and Homeshore are now open through Tuesday.

The following areas will be open from Monday to Friday: Ship Island Shore, Steamer Point, Babbler Point, Snow Pass, Baht Harbor, Ernest Sound and Mountain Point. The following areas are open Monday and Tuesday: Little Port Walter, Middle Island, Eastern Channel, Salisbury Sound and South Passage.

Department officials are asking fishermen to segregate fish caught by statistical area, to assist the agency's dockside sampling program.

Bench damage downtown not overly bad

JUNEAU - Some Juneau citizens have recently complained about the destruction of new benches at Marine Park by skateboarders, but the city's harbormaster says the news isn't that bad.

``Nothing was destroyed,'' said Harbormaster Joe Graham. ``They are scuffed up and they are chipped, like everything else down there. I can see that people who are upset about the issue of skateboarding might consider damage to be destruction. It's frustrating to see damage done.''

The four new benches in question were temporarily installed on the wharf near Marine Park because the city didn't have room to store them. Soon they'll be moved to their final positions in the ferry dock area, Graham said.

Glaser awaiting trial in Kenai

JUNEAU -Alleged drunken driver Michael Glaser of Crown Point is now awaiting trial at Wildwood Correctional Complex in Kenai.

Glaser, 43, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.258 percent about two hours after an April 19 motor vehicle accident which he apparently caused. He was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Martin Richard and Ladd Macaulay of Juneau. He was also charged with one count of first-degree assault for injuries caused to Steven McGee of Juneau in a head-on collision on Seward Highway south of Anchorage the same day.

He was arrested May 1 following his release from Alaska Regional Hospital and transferred to Wildwood several days later, according to the Kenai District Attorney's office. An omnibus hearing is scheduled for Glaser on July 6 and his trial is scheduled for August 14.

Coast Guard seizes fishing vessel

JUNEAU -The Coast Guard seized the 177-foot fishing vessel Arctic Wind on Friday morning, following a 12-day law enforcement operation south of Adak.

The Arctic Wind is a Honduran-registered, Korean-owned, Russian-crewed vessel that uses drift nets. The Coast Guard waited until it received permission from the Honduran government's Ministry of Foreign Affairs before the seizure.

The cutter Sherman will escort the Arctic Wind to Adak where the crew will be turned over to the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the vessel will be turned over to the National Marine Fisheries Service. The vessels were expected to arrive Saturday.

A Coast Guard aircraft conducting a high seas patrol first spotted the ship and its drift net May 1 about 600 miles southwest of Adak. The Sherman suspected illegal high seas drift net fishing and chased the Arctic Wind for 27 hours. The Arctic Wind would not answer radio messages in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese or Korean, and made several course changes and radical maneuvers to evade the Sherman and prevent a boarding.

Boarding finally took place May 8.

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