Alaska Digest

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Seafood jobs open

JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is pleading for 601 workers to fill seafood processing jobs throughout the state.

In Southeast Alaska communities, 210 workers are needed to fill jobs in Hoonah, Juneau, Ketchikan, Petersburg and Sitka. Ketchikan offers the bulk of those, with 120.

The majority of the jobs involve filleting, canning, freezing and value-added preparation of fresh seafood. Typical starting pay is $7.15 per hour plus overtime at $10.72 per hour.

For more information, call 1-800-473-0688. Information is also available at by clicking on "Seafood Jobs," then "Current Openings."

Son of former lieutenant governor dies

ANCHORAGE - The son of former Lt. Gov. Steve McAlpine died Friday in a head-on collision on the Parks Highway, police said.

Sean McAlpine, 19, was driving north near mile 62 of the highway when his car traveled over the center line and collided with an oncoming commercial tractor, according to Alaska State Troopers.

McAlpine died at the scene, police said.

The driver of the tractor, 24-year-old Dennis Armstrong, was uninjured.

Steve McAlpine, an Anchorage attorney, was lieutenant governor from 1982-1990 under Democrat Govs. Bill Sheffield and Steve Cowper.

Northern winds could stir wildfires

VENETIE - About 140 firefighters were flown to Venetie on Tuesday as weather forecasts called for wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour, threatening to push wildfires closer to the village, fire officials said.

The Pingo fire is two miles north of Venetie, a village of about 200 people about 160 miles north of Fairbanks, said fire information spokesman Tom Kempton.

A fire line has been built around the village, and pumps and hoses have been placed in the nearby Chandalar River. Fire crews are as prepared as they can be if the fire draws closer, Kempton said.

"That's been our goal all along - to protect the tribal land and protect the village itself," he said.

The Pingo and Winter Trail fires were the only staffed blazes in the Solstice complex in northeast Alaska. As of Tuesday, the Pingo fire had burned 126,060 acres and the Winter Trail fire 108,541 acres.

There were 57 active fires in Alaska on Tuesday, 13 of which were staffed.

North of Tok, the Taylor Highway was closed for a few hours Tuesday afternoon between miles 9 and 14 when winds kicked up at the 80,000-acre Porcupine fire, bringing heavy smoke and ash.

King crab season to open

JUNEAU - The summer personal use red and blue king crab season in the Juneau area opens July 1 and will continue through Sept. 30 or until the allocation is harvested. The daily bag and possession limits are two legal male red or blue crabs per person. The seasonal household bag limit is 20 red or blue crabs.

Fishermen must obtain a sport-fishing license prior to harvesting king crab. These can be downloaded from, picked up at 802 3rd Street in Douglas or by calling 465-4250. The permits must be returned by Oct. 15.

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