Alaska Digest

Posted: Thursday, July 01, 2004

Teen bitten by pitbulls

JUNEAU - A teenage boy was bitten when he intervened in a fight between three pitbulls on the 8600 block of Dudley Street in Mendenhall Valley at 2:55 p.m. Wednesday, the Juneau Police Department reported.

The boy, believed to be 14 or 15, was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital by Capital City Fire & Rescue. At that time, he was "alert and conscious,'' said fire Capt. Lynn Ridle.

The boy's name, age, address and medical condition were not released by fire or police authorities on Wednesday.

Schedule set for high school review

JUNEAU - The Juneau School Board has set a schedule for deciding on a design for seating future high school students.

Members are considering the renovation and expansion of the Marie Drake building as part of Juneau-Douglas High School, or building a school in the Mendenhall Valley smaller than the one rejected by voters on May 25.

A focus group of citizens and officials recommended those options on June 11.

The city and school district are conducting a feasibility study that would include construction costs, operating expenses and a review of program for the two options.

The remaining schedule of meetings on the two options is as follows:

• School Board Facilities Committee at 1:30 p.m. July 6 in the school district board room at 12th Street and Glacier Avenue.

• Juneau Assembly and School Board project team at noon July 7 at the downtown fire hall.

• School Board Facilities Committee at 5 p.m. July 14 at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

• School Board Facilities Committee at 1:30 p.m. July 19 in the school district board room.

• School Board special session at 6 p.m. July 20 in the school district board room.

• Assembly meeting at 7 p.m. July 26 in the Assembly chambers.

All meetings are open to the public.

The July 14 meeting is specifically for public input on the options presented. On July 19, the School Board Facilities Committee will choose a recommendation to take to the School Board on July 20. The School Board will decide on a recommendation on a bond proposition to take to the Assembly. The Assembly will decide what bonds will be on the October election ballot.

For Juneau to receive reimbursement from the state for part of the construction costs, the community must vote in favor of a bond measure by the end of December 2004.

More JDHS reunions scheduled for this week

JUNEAU - The group organizing the all-class reunion of Juneau-Douglas High School alumni for July 2-3 has supplied corrected information about one reunion and provided new information about other reunions coming up.

• The classes of 1930-1939 will meet at 6:30 p.m. July 3 at the Goldbelt Hotel. This is corrected information from that published in Friday's edition. Contact: 586-1220.

• The classes of 1940 through 1943 will meet at 6 p.m. July 1 at Fireweed Place at 415 Willoughby Ave. for a salad potluck. Contact: 586-3637.

• The Class of 1954 will meet at 5-8 p.m. July 1 at the Parkshore clubhouse. Contact: 586-2274.

• The Class of 1956 will meet at 5 p.m. July 1 at the home of Alan Gould at 3044 Nowell Ave. Contact: 463-1546.

• The Class of 1960 will meet at 5 p.m. July 1 at the home of Joe Heueisen at 3311 Meander Way. Contact: 789-3232.

• The Class of 1965 will meet at 6 p.m. July 1 for a buffet dinner at the Thane Ore House. Contact: 586-6986.

LeConte out until early October, officials say

JUNEAU - The state ferry LeConte is scheduled to be back in service in early October, the general manager of the Alaska Marine Highway System said.

"The Taku will keep going," Capt. John Falvey said.

The Taku recently took over most of the route that would have been served by the LeConte, which ran aground May 10 on Cozian Reef north of Sitka. Two ports that can't handle the larger Taku, Angoon and Pelican, have alternate service provided by Alaska Catamaran.

Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nona Wilson said work to repair the hull of the LeConte is running on schedule. After being repaired, the vessel will undergo sea trials before it returns to service.

In addition to repairs to the bow, the LeConte will get an improved solid waste system and bow thrusters, she said.

Repairs, estimated to cost about $3 million, will be covered by insurance, Wilson said.

Parts of Valley lose power on Tuesday

JUNEAU - Electricity was out Tuesday night for about 1,600 Alaska Electric Light & Power customers in the Mendenhall Valley in an incident that is believed unrelated to citywide outages Sunday and Monday.

AEL&P office manager Gayle Wood said the fault was with an underground line serving View Drive, off Mendenhall Loop Road, in an area bordered on three sides by the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. She said 21 customers were affected at 8:45 p.m.

She said problems in underground lines are more difficult to address. In re-engergizing the line, a breaker opened at the area's substation, causing an outage roughly between Stephen Richards Memorial Drive and the glacier, extending to the Mendenhall River.

The larger outage lasted from 10:23 to 11:04 p.m., Wood said. Power was restored in the View Drive area at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Early Sunday, a lighting strike triggered a citywide power outage. Monday morning, a battery drained from the Sunday outage led to automated communication problems that triggered another citywide outage, Wood said.

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