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Posted: Wednesday, June 07, 2000

Riverbend elementary principal leaving

JUNEAU - Jerry Schoenberger, principal at Riverbend Elementary, has retired.

He will be replaced during a year's interim appointment by Carmen Katasse, the assistant principal at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, schools Superintendent Gary Bader said.

Bader said he will meet with the Riverbend site council about what attributes they want in a principal.

Barb Mecum, an English teacher at Juneau-Douglas High School who has an administrator's certificate, will become assistant principal at Dzantik'i Heeni, Bader said.

Knowles signs ship spill bill

JUNEAU - Cruise ships, at-sea fish processors and other large vessels must show they're prepared to pay damages from a fuel spill under a bill signed by Gov. Tony Knowles on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 273 requires large ships not already covered by state law to show, through insurance policies or other means, that they have the financial ability to pay for potential spill damages.

The new law will apply to ships of 400 gross tons or larger. That includes large cruise ships, at-sea fish processors and trawlers and ships that haul minerals and other products to markets in other parts of the world. It also applies to the Alaska Railroad.

Tankers that carry fuel as cargo are already required to meet standards for spill prevention and cleanup. The new law deals with ships that carry large amounts of fuel to power their own operations.

The bill was sponsored by Senate President Drue Pearce, an Anchorage Republican, who voted against the final version of the measure because she said it had been gutted.

The final version of the bill removed a requirement that companies have state-approved contingency plans for cleaning up a fuel spill.

Instead, a task force will be set up to work out details of how ships are to comply with the spill response standards in SB 273. That task force is to propose legislation that would have to be approved by the next Legislature before companies would have to comply with the spill response requirements.

Salmon restriction hearing moved

JUNEAU - A court hearing set for Tuesday afternoon in Ketchikan on a lawsuit by a sport fishing industry group over king salmon regulations was rescheduled to noon today in Juneau.

The Alaska Sportfish Council has asked a state Superior Court judge to block the state Department of Fish and Game from implementing certain restrictions on king salmon sport fishing by nonresidents and any guided anglers. Among other issues, the group contends the rules, imposed earlier this month, didn't have the proper public notice.

Ketchikan mayor returns after surgery

KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor Jack Shay is back home after undergoing heart surgery in Seattle.

Shay was released Friday from the Swedish Heart Institute after undergoing surgery a week ago to relieve chest pains suffered over the Memorial Day weekend. A stainless steel mesh cylinder was installed in an artery to allow blood to flow more freely to Shay's heart.

Shay, who had heart surgery about 12 years ago, began feeling chest pains May 25. When they did not go away, he was admitted to Ketchikan General Hospital's intensive care unit, then flown to Seattle for surgery.

Shay said he was thankful to all his friends and encouraged well-wishers to contribute to the American Heart Association or another heart disease charity.

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