State Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, June 05, 2002

City port director to step down

JUNEAU - City Port Director Joe Graham plans to resign next May to pursue other career goals, he said.

Graham, who has worked for the city for 15 years as harbormaster and port director, submitted his resignation to the city's Docks and Harbors Board on Monday. It takes effect May 1, 2003.

"I've been pondering this move for the last six or seven months," he said. "I've been putting off personal and professional goals for a long, long time."

Graham said he is interested in pursuing a job in graphics technology and would like to spend more time with his family. He hopes to conclude work on some unresolved city policies and projects before he leaves, however.

His department is working on a feasibility study to extend the downtown wharf, an Auke Bay commercial loading facility and the Douglas Harbor float system, he said.

Ketchikan votes to keep school boat afloat

KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has voted to approve an agreement between the borough, the volunteer Ketchikan Maritime Education Committee and the school district to provide for maintenance and operation of the school vessel Jack Cotant.

Borough officials in March considered selling the vessel, used in the district's maritime education program, because it was in poor condition and had not sailed since the 1999-2000 school year.

But several residents, including Carrol Fader, one of the original founders of Ketchikan High School's maritime education program, volunteered to take responsibility for restoring the vessel.

The high school's maritime education program gives students the chance to work on engines and navigation equipment and learn skills related to maritime careers.

The 45-foot Jack Cotant was built in 1982.

Delta Junction man sentenced for assaults

FAIRBANKS - A Delta Junction man convicted of assaulting seven boys was sentenced Tuesday to 21 years, nine months in prison.

Matthew Pease-Madore, 20, was convicted of 19 counts in March.

The charges included multiple counts of sexual assault, sexual abuse of a minor, solicitation for sexual abuse of a minor, and attempted sexual abuse of a minor, all felonies, plus indecent exposure.

One 10-year-old Fairbanks victim encountered Pease-Madore at a church camp at Harding Lake, 45 miles south of Fairbanks.

Man gets 25 years for rape

KETCHIKAN - A man convicted of rape was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.

Frank W. Mooney, 46, in January was convicted of assaulting a woman Sept. 10.

During sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Dan Schally requested the maximum sentence of 30 years. He said Mooney's prior record indicated he couldn't be rehabilitated.

Mooney's attorney, Lauren Stanton, said his client was a good candidate for rehabilitation. Following his first rape conviction and six years in jail, Stanton said, Mooney spent about 14 years without a criminal conviction.

Compiled from staff and wire service reports.

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