Garbage ordinance changes approved
JUNEAU - Juneau's Assembly on Monday approved changes to a new ordinance that tightens garbage restrictions to protect bears.
The changes clarify the difference between an infraction, similar to a parking ticket, and a more serious misdemeanor violation.
A person can be charged with a misdemeanor by having a "bear attraction nuisance," or what City Attorney John Corso described as "a big mess." Under the code, a nuisance is more than 5 gallons of garbage not in any structure or container, or organic material that has attracted a bear to the property in the past. The code gives a property owner 48 hours to clean up a garbage problem before a misdemeanor charge is issued.
Additionally, the Juneau Police Department will be able to hang violation notices on doorknobs to avoid waking people up in the middle of the night. People would not be responsible for natural bear attractants such as berry bushes or salmon streams.
The Assembly approved the changes 6-1, with Assembly Member Don Etheridge voting no.
Under the ordinance originally approved May 21, trash cans need to be labeled with the owner's address and can only be outside after 4 a.m. on the day of pickup, unless they are in a bear-resistant container.
In other action, the Assembly appropriated a $200,000 loan to Gastineau Human Services as partial funding to build a crisis respite center. The loan would be combined with a $198,000 federal block grant for the project.
Ferry Taku adds Lynn Canal run
JUNEAU - Due to delays in repair work on the state ferry Columbia, the Taku will provide service to Lynn Canal on July 10.
The schedule change is aimed toward providing relief for the backlog of traffic between Juneau and Haines. Under the plan, the Taku will leave Hoonah at 11:15 p.m. July 9, as printed in the schedule. It will stop in Juneau at 2:15 a.m. July 10, leave at 3:15 a.m. and arrive in Haines at 7:45 a.m. The ferry departs Haines at 8:45 a.m., and will arrive and depart two to nine hours late from its scheduled stops on July 11 and July 12.
Additionally, the Taku will bypass Wrangell on these dates. Southbound travelers may ride the Malaspina and northbound, the Matanuska. Further details regarding scheduling changes can be found at www.alaska.gov/ferry, or call 1-800-642-0066 or 465-3941.
92-year-old rescues two men off Hoonah
JUNEAU - Alf Skaflestad turns 93 later this month, but that didn't prevent him from rescuing two fellow Hoonah residents Sunday.
Hoonah Harbormaster Paul Dybdahl, who talked to the survivors, said the two men were towing a skiff with a four-wheeler near Burnt Point when they swamped.
The men reportedly had no personal floatation devices aboard and were ready to give up hope.
"It was fortunate Alf was in the neighborhood," Dybdahl said. "He's a tough old bird."
Four nominated to replace Pearce
ANCHORAGE - The state Republican Party has nominated four candidates for the state Senate seat vacated by Drue Pearce.
Party members from Pearce's south Anchorage district formulated the list Monday. Gov. Tony Knowles will make the final decision.
Reps. Andrew Halcro and Norm Rokeberg both made the list. Also named were Nancy Bear Usera, an executive with Alaska USA Federal Credit Union; and Ben Stevens, head of the 2001 Special Olympics World Winter Games-Alaska.
Pearce resigned to take a job as Interior Secretary Gale Norton's senior adviser for Alaska affairs.
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