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Assembly approves park purchase
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Monday agreed to purchase 0.68 acres of land at the tip of the North Tee Harbor peninsula to expand a public park. It will cost $215,000.
The property could be used for a viewing platform, picnic area, hiking trail, and fishing and beach access, according to the city's Lands and Resources Office.
Neighbor Terry Quinn said he was willing to donate his Permanent Fund dividend to the city to purchase the parcel, he said.
"The whole area of shoreline is very valuable and will be very valuable in the future," he said.
Deputy Mayor John MacKinnon said he would reluctantly support the acquisition, but voiced concerns about placing private land into public ownership. Since the early 1990s, the city has purchased $9.7 million worth of land and disposed of $6 million worth, he said.
"Every time we buy land we take it off the tax rolls," he said. "We need to look at land suitable for sale and maintain a level of private property in the borough."
Assembly limits use of barbed wire
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Monday approved an ordinance that would prohibit barbed wire in Juneau's residential areas, while making exceptions for electric fences.
Assembly members deleted references to electric fences after testimony from local horse owners. Tom Chapin said electric fences are a humane way to protect horses.
"What we're using electric fences for in Juneau is to enclose small areas and contain large animals. This a very, very useful tool," he said, holding up a piece of electrical fence as an example.
Fritz Cove Road resident Greg Brock said he didn't have a problem with electric fences, but barbed wire is a problem in his neighborhood. He said he is concerned about children and pets.
"I don't care if it's on top of a tree, barbed wire doesn't belong in a residential neighborhood," he said.
Barbed wire installed before January 1, 1990, would be exempt from the new ordinance, but would need to be removed before 2010. The ordinance also makes exceptions for livestock, government facilities and security fences with barbed wire six feet above the ground.
Clerks charged with selling alcohol to youths
ANCHORAGE - The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and Alaska State Troopers have charged three store clerks with selling alcohol to underage buyers.
Troopers in Klawock used a volunteer under the age of 21 in a sting operation Friday on Prince of Wales Island.
The volunteer attempted to buy alcohol at six liquor stores in Klawock, Coffman Cove and Craig, and was successful once.
Troopers said a clerk at Young's Liquor Store in Craig, 26-year-old Hope Latimer, was charged with furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a person under the age of 21.
On Friday and Saturday, statewide drug enforcement investigators conducted age compliance checks at 21 businesses in Fairbanks and Delta Junction. Clerks at two were charged with furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a person under the age of 21.
Troopers said Hans Fischer, a clerk at an Oaken Keg Liquor Store in Fairbanks, and Linda K. Smith, 55, of Salcha River Lodge, were charged.