Posted: Sunday, June 04, 2000

Dogs threaten nesting birds

JUNEAU - The state Department of Fish and Game has received a number of complaints about loose dogs harassing birds on the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.

Uncontrolled dogs have been chasing birds from songbirds to wild geese.

With the nesting season underway, it is important to prevent disturbances to nesting and breeding birdlife. Area biologists are reminding dog owners to keep their pets leashed or under voice control and in close range at all times while hiking the refuge or using other areas where birds congregate.

For details call Neil Barten, area management biologist, at 465-4267.

Dana Fabe to serve as chief justice

ANCHORAGE - Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe has been elected by her fellow justices to lead Alaska's highest court for the next three years. The vote was unanimous.

Fabe was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1996 by Gov. Tony Knowles. She is the first woman to serve on the court and now she is set to become the first woman to serve as chief justice.

The chief justice has duties that go beyond the court itself. Fabe will pick presiding judges for Alaska's judicial districts, serve as chief administrator for the judicial branch, and set policy for all courts in Alaska.

She succeeds current Chief Justice Warren Matthews. His term expires at the end of this month.

Chief justices cannot serve two consecutive terms in the office.

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