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Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2002

More kings available near town

JUNEAU - Anglers can catch more king salmon in some local waters beginning this weekend.

What's called the terminal fishery opens Saturday, allowing fishermen to catch up to four kings a day of any size. The fishery targets surplus hatchery fish. Extra fish can be caught only in salt water from the Douglas Bridge to a line from False Outer Point to Indian Point, including parts of Gastineau Channel, Auke Bay and Fritz Cove.

Kings caught by nonresidents in the area do not count toward the annual limit of three kings.

The fishery is expected to remain open through Aug. 31, although it could be closed earlier. For more information, call the state Department of Fish and Game at 465-4320 or 465-4270.

Man pleads guilty in robbery

JUNEAU - A Petersburg man accused of robbing a Douglas couple at gunpoint after breaking into their home pleaded guilty in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday.

Cameron O'Neil, also known as "K," 22, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree robbery, a felony, stemming from an incident on Dec. 16.

A Juneau grand jury in March indicted him on two counts of first-degree felony robbery and two counts of first-degree felony burglary stemming from two alleged incidents on Sixth Street and Creek Street, both in Douglas.

Charges associated with the Sixth Street robbery were dropped along with the burglary charges.

O'Neil was one of three mask-clad men armed with a semi-automatic handgun and a shotgun who forcibly entered a home on Creek Street demanding money from the homeowners.

His accomplices, Rorie Miller, 22, and Joshua Coon, 20, were arrested shortly after the robbery, convicted earlier this year, and are serving 7-year sentences at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

O'Neil was arrested in April after eluding the police for several months.

Assistant District Attorney Douglas Gardner recommended to Judge Larry Weeks a sentence of five years in prison with two years suspended, plus 80 days of suspended time from a prior misdemeanor conviction.

Sentencing for O'Neil is scheduled for Aug. 28. If the sentence recommendation is rejected, O'Neil could get up to 20 years in prison.

Flags lowered for J. Hurley

ANCHORAGE - State flags will be at half staff today in honor of James Hurley, a delegate to the constitutional convention who died May 30 at his home in Hilo, Hawaii. He was 87.

Born in Oakland, Calif., Hurley first came to Alaska in 1933 to work at a Bristol Bay salmon cannery. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and in 1948 was assigned as district conservationist for Alaska, headquartered in Palmer. In 1955, Hurley was elected as a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention. He was elected to the first state Legislature in 1958.

Board OKs teachers contract

FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board on Tuesday night unanimously approved a new three-year contract with its teachers union.

The current contract expires at the end of this month.

The new contract includes 2 percent increases to the pay scale for each year of the contract and allows teachers to move up on the scale each year.

Under the new contract, the district will increase the cap on the amount it pays for employee health insurance by $20 per year.

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