Northwest Digest

Posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Parking lot opens up downtown

JUNEAU - The city has opened a free parking lot between Foodland Center and the Alaska State Museum downtown.

It is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The state, which owns the land, agreed to let the city use it until it is needed for the museum's expansion, city officials said.

The lot's entrance and exit is on Willoughby Avenue. A pedestrian pathway links the lot to the museum's lot, leading to points downtown.

Sealaska seeks teen Native leaders

JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute is recruiting Alaska Native high school juniors and seniors to participate in its Latseen Summer Camp.

Students will earn college credit while learning leadership by building physical and spiritual strength, an institute statement said.

The camp will be held Aug. 3-13 at the University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus. The institute will award scholarships for 20 students for tuition, meals and lodging.

For more information, call 586-9264 or see

Native corporation votes out leader

ANCHORAGE - Arctic Slope Regional Corp. shareholders have removed executive Oliver Leavitt from his long-held seat on the firm's board of directors.

Shareholders of the Barrow-based regional Native corporation instead chose Eugene Brower, North Slope Borough Fire Department chief and head of the Barrow Whaling Captains Association, to replace Leavitt.

"I would like to thank the people for their vote of confidence in me," Brower said Monday. "I was surprised, very much surprised."

Brower is a former North Slope Borough mayor who pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges resulting from a 1980s public works corruption scandal that shook the North Slope and sent some businessmen to prison. He testified as a government witness in exchange for a lighter sentence.

Leavitt, 61, who remains vice president of government affairs for the regional corporation, could not be reached Tuesday.

It's the first time since 1972 that Leavitt has not been a director of ASRC, a billion-dollar company with thousands of employees, according to proxy materials. But it's just the most recent setback for the whaling captain, high-powered executive and political heavyweight who chaired Gov. Frank Murkowski's 2002 gubernatorial campaign and was considered as a candidate for Murkowski's then-vacant U.S. Senate seat.

Court orders silence over Potter book

COQUITLAM, British Columbia - A handful of people in Canada got a sneak peak of the latest Harry Potter book, but a British Columbia Supreme Court judge ordered them to keep it a secret.

The book was sold to 14 people who snagged a copy of J.K. Rowlings' much anticipated "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," when it landed on shelves last Thursday at a local grocery store.

The book, officially set for release this coming Saturday, has been shrouded in secrecy and its debut has been highly orchestrated to enable everyone - readers, reviewers, even publishers - to crack it open all at once. It's the sixth in Rowling's seven-book fantasy series on the young wizard.

But the store slipped up and sold 14 copies before realizing its mistake.

"It was an inadvertent error on behalf of one of our staff," said Geoff Wilson, a spokesman for the Real Canadian Superstore. He said the books were quickly removed.

Justice Kristi Gill last Saturday ordered customers not to talk about the book, copy it, sell it or even read it before it is officially released at 12:01 a.m. July 16.

Body could be that of missing sailor

GRANITE FALLS, Wash. - A body was found in a pond near here and investigators are trying to determine whether it's that of an Everett sailor who disappeared earlier this month.

The body was recovered Sunday night near where a sailor from the USS Abraham Lincoln was last seen July 3.

Myron Grant Tucker Jr., 27, joined the Lincoln in March. He'd been in the Navy since 1996 and was enlisted to serve through 2007.

Tucker was last seen July 3 at a party with shipmates, Lt. Cmdr. John Filostrat said Monday. He was reported missing last Wednesday.

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