Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2007

Absentee voting to open Tuesday

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JUNEAU - Absentees may begin voting Tuesday in the June 12 special election on funding for Thunder Mountain High School.

The city announced Friday that absentee voting stations would open May 29 at 8 a.m. at City Hall and at 10 a.m. in the Mendenhall Mall. Absentee ballots may be cast in person or may be requested from election officials in writing. The application requires the voter's signature.

Voters are being asked to decide on three separate bond issues worth a total of about $17.1 million. The money will be used to: complete an auditorium; finish a track and artificial turf field; and procure new desks and computers.

Applications for mail ballots must be received by the city no later than June 5. There's no need to fill out a form, according to the city clerk's office.

Applicants, however, must submit a written request including name, address where the ballot is to be mailed, and verification of registration: either a voter number, the last four digits of a Social Security number or date and year of birth.

Absentee voters should also include a phone number, the announcement said.

For more information, call 586-5278; fax 586-4550, e-mail, or visit the Internet at 2007/2007_Absentee_Voting.php.

Marine Park Parking Garage to open June 1

JUNEAU - The Marine Park Parking Garage be open to the public for hourly and permit parking starting June 1. June permits may be purchased at the Parks and Recreation Office.

For more information, call 586-5226.

Hospital announces tobacco-free grounds

JUNEAU - Starting June 1, the use of tobacco products on the Bartlett Regional Hospital campus will be prohibited indoors and outside.

On April 23, the city of Juneau passed an ordinance extending a city smoking ban to include the hospital, Bartlett House, Juneau Medical Center and Wildflower Court.

Smokeless tobacco products are also off-limit.

For more information, call Michelle Casey, community relations director, at 796-8463.

Department assists in gravesite visitation

JUNEAU - The city Parks and Recreation department will have staff available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday at the Evergreen Cemetery to assist in locating gravesites on Memorial Day.

Vehicle access will also be available through Monday on Irwin Street, which runs through the middle of the cemetery.

The department suggests caution in parking beside Irwin Street because of soft shoulders. The landscape staff also discourages artificial flowers. For more information, call 586-5226.

Petition to limit jewelry stores OK'd

KETCHIKAN - A Ketchikan citizens' group can begin collecting signatures for a proposed initiative seeking to limit jewelry stores in town.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Clerk has approved an initiative petition application submitted by the group, called Citizens for Ketchikan's Future. Initiative sponsors must collect more than 500 signatures from registered voters to get it on the October ballot.

Sponsors have 90 days to collect the signatures.

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