Sewage equipment not working on ship
JUNEAU Sewage treatment equipment on the Yorktown Clipper cruise ship was not working Saturday morning, according to the Coast Guard.
The problem was discovered while the Coast Guard was investigating a complaint that the cruise ship was illegally dumping garbage and wastewater into Gastineau Channel near the old ferry terminal. The Coast Guard and Juneau Police Department determined there was no illegal dumping, only the legal discharge of graywater, which is permitted within 3 miles of shore.
However, the Coast Guard also determined the sewage treatment equipment on the ship was not functional. The Coast Guard is investigating further.
Regents approve new education program
JUNEAU The University of Alaska Board of Regents on Friday approved a new four-year elementary education undergraduate degree program.
The program, which will begin this fall at the university's Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks campuses, emphasizes academic subjects and experience in public school classrooms.
University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh and other supporters said the bachelor of arts degree program will get more teachers into the classroom quickly and better prepared them to teach to new academic standards.
The regents also approved a new certificate program in outdoor leadership targeting potential tour guides and others working in the outdoors. That program will also begin this fall at UAS, Pugh said.
Murkowski's suicide grant bill passed
ANCHORAGE The U.S. Senate passed legislation Thursday by Alaska Sen. Frank Murkowski to release $175 million in grants to fight teen suicide. The legislation is an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education bill. The bill must still go before the Senate and the House for a final vote.
The grants would go to elementary and secondary schools to develop and implement suicide prevention programs.
They also would be used to train school workers to better recognize the warning signs of suicide and develop action plans for at-risk youngsters.
Air Guard commander retires
ANCHORAGE The Alaska Air National Guard bid farewell to its commander Thursday in a retirement ceremony at Kulis Air National Guard Base and a dinner celebration at the Sheraton hotel.
Gen. George Cannelos ends his 32-year military career this month. He joined the Navy in 1969, flew more than 70 missions during the Vietnam War and started at the Guard in 1978. He assumed command in February 1999.
Cannelos steps down June 30. Oates said he is reviewing candidates and plans to make a recommendation to Gov. Tony Knowles by August.
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