Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Public meeting tonight on airport

JUNEAU - The Federal Aviation Administration is holding a public meeting tonight on a study to examine proposed projects at the Juneau Airport.

The airport wants to extend the runway 1,000 feet at either end, build a structure for snow-removal equipment, install a runway approach lighting system and construct a new area for aircraft parking. The projects would require crews to fill portions of nearby wetlands, and some residents have questioned the proposal's effect on wildlife and habitat.

The airport released an environmental assessment last year, but the FAA ruled the projects would require an environmental impact statement, a more extensive study. The meeting tonight is to hear from residents on what issues the agency should address in its draft EIS.

The meeting is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Centennial Hall. The FAA will hold an open house from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., then do a presentation.

Fetal alcohol summit seeks proposals

JUNEAU - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Summit 2001, to be held in Anchorage on Nov. 15-16, is seeking workshops and presentations for a variety of areas including innovative projects, support to families, developments in the media, public education and others.

The FAS Summit is an annual gathering of caregivers, health, education and social service providers and others who work with families in Alaska.

Suggested presentation topics include creative interventions for affected individuals, subsidized adoption of special needs kids, psychological testing, parent and treatment-team partnering, and disability law. Presenters must get their proposals in before July 31.

The summit also is seeking nominations for individuals to honor for their work in the area of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and alcohol-related birth defects. Nominations must be submitted by Aug. 31.

For forms and details, call the Department of Health and Social Services Office of FAS in Juneau, 465-3033, or e-mail

Fairbanks city clerk dies suddenly

FAIRBANKS - City Clerk Nancy DeLeon, who served the city for nearly three decades, died Tuesday morning at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital from a stroke. She was 56.

News of DeLeon's death came as a shock to co-workers, some of whom spoke to her just hours before the regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.

After Monday's council meeting, several city officials, including Mayor Jim Hayes, rushed to DeLeon's bedside at the hospital.

DeLeon was a lifelong Fairbanksan and reigned as Miss Alaska in 1966. She hired on with the city's building department in 1974 and worked there for 22 years before being named city clerk by Hayes and the council in 1996. She was well known in the community for her singing and frequently performed "Alaska's Flag" at community events.

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