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Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Body found in Port of Anchorage

ANCHORAGE - A body was found in the Port of Anchorage but was so badly decomposed that authorities were having a hard time determining a positive identity, police said Tuesday.

A dredging crew found the body in some mud Friday night near the small-boat harbor, Sgt. Ross Plummer said.

Franc Fallico, acting chief medical examiner, said the gender of the body had not been determined. He said his office will try to lift fingerprints from the body, and if that fails, seek dental records of possible individuals.

Possibilities include two men last seen in the vicinity, Plummer said.

In May, a 29-year-old man walked into Cook Inlet near the small-boat harbor. Boaters watched Christopher Galuska disappear under the water, but searchers found no sign of him. Galuska was presumed drowned.

In November, a Philippine sailor vanished and authorities feared that he fell off a broken ladder while trying to reboard his cargo ship in the port. Searchers were unable to find 37-year-old Wilfredo Bosas.

Alaska to receive funds to help offenders

ANCHORAGE - Alaska will receive $2 million of federal money to help rehabilitate prisoners.

Alaska's awards were among 68 grants totaling $100 million to help offenders return to their communities, said Attorney General John Ashcroft.

The initiative will focus on juveniles and adults. The re-entry programs will begin before offenders are released and continue after. Services offered will include employment training and substance-abuse and mental-health treatment.

The Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs awarded the grants as part of the Serious and Violent Offender Re-entry Initiative. Many federal departments are working together on the initiative.

About $1.4 million of the Alaska money will go to the state Department of Corrections to improve existing programs. The state Department of Health and Social Services will receive the remaining funds for improving juvenile programs.

New airport plan spares park

ANCHORAGE - The latest, scaled-down plans for a $2.2 billion expansion at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport feature a new north-south runway but no controversial incursion into Kincaid Park.

If built, the new runway will force the realignment of a section of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail at Point Woronzof, Point Woronzof Road, the Anchorage sewage treatment plant and the Woronzof parking lot, airport officials said.

A small stretch of the trail around Point Woronzof, along with the road, will need to be moved if the new runway is built, airport officials said.

The first phase of planned improvements include runway and taxiway improvements to handle a new fleet of Airbus A-380 double-decker passenger planes, new international cargo facilities, and general aviation expansion.

UAA receives $110,000 from Commerce Department

ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the University of Alaska Anchorage a $100,000 grant.

The money will support the university's economic development technical assistance program.

The program provides local governments and nonprofit groups with the resources to analyze the needs of Alaska communities.

The grant was funded by the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration.

Compiled from wire service reports.

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