Alaska Digest

Posted: Thursday, August 05, 2004

Schools announce registration dates

JUNEAU - New elementary and middle school students in the Juneau School District must register from 1 to 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at the school.

To enter kindergarten, your child must be 5 years old by Sept. 1.

All students must have a record of immunization shots and a birth certificate to show the school when registering.

New students at Juneau-Douglas High School must register from 8 to 10:30 a.m. or noon to 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 13; 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 16; or 8-10:30 a.m. Aug. 17.

Returning high school students must register at time periods linked to the first letter in their last name. Registration is in the commons. The letters and times are as follows:

U-Z, noon-2:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

R-T, 8-10:30 a.m. Aug. 18.

E-H, noon-2:30 p.m. Aug. 18.

A-B, 8-10:30 a.m. Aug. 19.

C-D, noon-2:30 p.m. Aug. 19.

I-L, 8-10:30 a.m. Aug. 20.

M-Q, noon-2:30 p.m. Aug. 20.

Mandatory freshman orientation will be held 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 16.

Wednesday, Aug. 25, is the first day of school for grades one to 12. Kindergartners begin Monday, Aug. 30.

Nader campaign turns in ballot signatures

ANCHORAGE - The independent presidential campaign of Ralph Nader and Peter Camejo planned to turn in signatures to appear on the Alaska ballot

Nader supporters in Alaska needed to collect 2,878 valid signatures by Wednesday to get official recognition for what's called a "limited" party. Once created, the party could then nominate the consumer advocate for president, putting his name on the ballot, according to the state Division of Elections.

The Nader Camejo Campaign said it was submitting more than enough signatures to be included on the ballot as a representative of the Populist Party.

The campaign said it has filed signatures to be on the ballot independently in 14 states and has the potential to be in seven more with the Reform Party.

Fourth dead bear found in Katmai National Park

ANCHORAGE - A fourth brown bear has been found dead near a bear-watching stream in Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Rangers investigating the illegal shootings of three other bears in the area flew to the site south of Iliamna Lake on Tuesday to look at the cub carcass.

A necropsy performed by biologists at the scene determined the bear died of natural causes. It had bite marks, indicating the cub might have been attacked by another bear, said Jane Tranel, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service.

The front claws were cut from at least two of the other animals, including a mature female that was actively nursing, said Homer pilot and bear-viewing guide Ken Day, who discovered and reported the first three carcasses to the National Park Service last week.

Railroad says extension to Greely top priority

FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Railroad is giving top priority to a planned extension to Fort Greely over a plan to realign the railroad in Fairbanks, a top railroad official said this week.

The realignment could be delayed until as late as 2011, said Alaska Railroad Corp. president Pat Gamble.

The railroad will first focus on extending the rail, first to Moose Creek then to Fort Greely, Gamble said Tuesday at a meeting with the Greater Fairbanks Area Chamber of Commerce.

The line to Fort Greely could take as long as six years to complete if the process starts next year, Gamble said.

The project could take up to two years for the environmental impact process, one year for engineering and three summers of construction, he said.

The Fort Greely extension picked up steam when the Legislature passed a bill last session allowing the corporation to sell up to $500 million in tax-free revenue bonds to finance the project.

Some murder charges cut to manslaughter

KENAI - An amended indictment was filed Wednesday reducing to manslaughter two of the four murder charges against a man accused of watching a DVD while driving, resulting in a fatal collision that killed an Anchorage couple.

Erwin J. "Jamie" Petterson, 29, is accused of killing Robert Weiser, 60, and his wife Donna Weiser, 56, while on a three-hour drive between Kenai and Anchorage. In his truck was the equivalent of a home entertainment system - a DVD player, speakers and a Sony PlayStation 2.

Trial began July 23 in Kenai Superior Court.

Petterson denies using the DVD player as he drove north in his pickup truck on the Seward Highway on Oct. 12, 2002.

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