Alaska Digest

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Administrators settle with school district

The Juneau School Administrative Association and Juneau School District bargaining teams tentatively agreed on a contract Monday.

The two-year agreement, ending June 30, 2006, includes salary adjustments, changes in the contribution to health insurance, modifications in the health plan, and some changes in contract language, the parties said in a joint statement.

The administrators' union includes principals, assistant principals and some districtwide administrators.

More details will be available when the tentative agreement is ratified by the Juneau School Board. The School Board will meet to vote on this agreement and the Juneau Education Support Staff agreement at noon on Friday.

Bartlett hospital offers talk on pre-diabetes

Bartlett Regional Hospital will host a free seminar about pre-diabetes between 7 and 9 p.m. today in Room 204 of its administrative building.

Pre-diabetes means a person's blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

There are 41 million people in the United States, ages 40 to 74, who have pre-diabetes, Bartlett said. Recent research has shown that some long-term damage to the body, especially the heart and circulatory system, may already be occurring during pre-diabetes.

Pre-diabetes is a precursor for Type 2 diabetes, which 17 million Americans suffer from, Bartlett said.

Diabetes nurse educator Denise Heiman and dietitian Linda Wild will talk about the symptoms of pre-diabetes and ways to battle the disease.

For more information, call Heiman at 796-8649.

Police seize weapons at Suedla Island party

Police said Monday they seized five weapons from a party of 12 youths Saturday night on Suedla Island, near Fritz Cove.

At about 10:18 p.m. Saturday the police received a report of multiple gunshots heard from Suedla Island.

With the Coast Guard's assistance, three police officers went to the island to investigate. They found that 12 Juneau residents, who camped at the tree line of a cove on the east side of the island, possessed five firearms, including two .22-caliber rifles, two 12-gauge shotguns and a .480-caliber handgun.

The police also cited seven people under 21 for underage drinking. Cited were Garret Paul, 18; Catherin Frederick, 18; Christopher Montez, 19; Lucas Cleek, 19; Alexander Frederick, 19; Danielle Grunow, 19; and Sheena Burkett, 20. A citation is pending for a 19-year-old man.

Officers took the five firearms to the police department for safekeeping and allowed the 12 people to finish their camping trip.

Four missing or drowned in Alaska waters

Two Kotlik boys last seen heading for the Kotlik Slough are missing and presumed drowned.

Alaska State Troopers said that they are also looking for a Kasilof man missing near King Salmon and that the body of a second Kasilof man was pulled from the Kenai River on Sunday after his drift boat capsized.

Kotlik is a southwest Alaska community of about 600. It's 165 miles northwest of Bethel.

According to troopers, Steven Andrews, 13, and Hermes Aparezuk, 12, were last seen leaving the community and heading toward the slough at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. They were carrying a life jacket.

Search teams began looking for the boys at 8 p.m. Friday.

"At this point, the two boys are still missing and are presumed drowned," trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said Monday.

Also missing is a Kasilof man, 27-year-old Lukas F. Spruill, who was commercial fishing at the Egegik River near King Salmon, a community of 385 on the Naknek River on the Alaska Peninsula.

Spruill and a 17-year-old boy were in a set net skiff Saturday when a running line and the tide caused the skiff to swamp and turn over.

Spruill was able to help the teenager from the water.

A second Kasilof man drowned Sunday in the Kenai River.

Richard Blakeslee Sr., 64, and Jane Blakeslee, 52, were fishing downstream of the Russian River Bridge when their drift boat capsized.

Richard Blakeslee was pulled out of the water by a nearby fisherman, troopers said. Rescuers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation but were unable to revive him.

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