Alaska Digest

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2006

Dog Salmon Festival returns to Kake

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KAKE - The 12th annual Kake Dog Salmon Festival is Saturday, and a special catamaran sailing will deliver people from Juneau for the event.

The festival includes the Challenge of the Chums Tlingit canoe race, kayak and fish tote races, a fish toss and a salmon fillet contest. There is also a community barbecue picnic featuring Dungeness crab.

A Four Seasons catamaran will leave at 6 a.m. Saturday from Don Statter Small Boat Harbor in Auke Bay. It will return at 10:30 the same night. Round-trip tickets are $115.

The Kake Legends Association hosts the festival to raise money for school athletics.

Ground broken for Fairbanks terminal

FAIRBANKS - Ground was broken Wednesday on the new Fairbanks International Airport terminal.

The $90 million project will retrofit a portion of the existing terminal, and replace the oldest and outmoded sections, airport and state officials said.

The project will extend the southern end of the airport terminal, connecting with a portion of the existing structure built in 1985.

"We are making sure Fairbanks International Airport has the facilities to serve our community for the long-term future," manager Jesse VanderZanden said in a release. "The expanded and renovated passenger terminal will strengthen Alaska's role in both domestic and international aviation."

Portions of the building built before 1985 are already being demolished as part of the project.

"Early demolition has jump-started this project," said Andrew Niemiec, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Northern Region Director. "We expect to have an active new terminal addition in the spring of 2008 to welcome our summer visitors."

Ketchikan trial postponed until Nov.

KETCHIKAN - The trial for a Ketchikan man accused of killing his estranged wife has been moved back from August to November.

Earl Pickering is accused of shooting Carolyn Pickering in the head with a .44-caliber rifle Nov. 30, the same day he was released from jail.

Authorities said that jail time was for earlier assaulting the 50-year-old Carolyn Pickering.

Public defender Marvin Hamilton, the attorney for the 60-year-old Earl Pickering, asked for the delay Tuesday to obtain defense experts.

Hamilton told Superior Court Judge Michael Thompson that he had recently discussed the case with investigators in Anchorage and had developed a possible defense theory, which he needs to discuss with experts.

"We need a forensic pathologist, we need a blood spatter person and we need a (crime scene reconstruction expert)," Hamilton said.

Assistant District Attorney James Scott agreed to the delay.

Thompson asked Pickering whether he also agreed and if he understood the proceedings.

"I let my lawyer make those decisions," Pickering said. "You know, what he feels is best. I know nothing about the law and he's the one who knows it."

The trial is now scheduled to start Nov. 7.



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