State Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 09, 2001

State flags lowered for musher's death

ANCHORAGE - Gov. Tony Knowles ordered state flags lowered today in memory of musher Jerry Louden, a state worker who was killed on the Richardson Highway last week.

Louden, 50, had run the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race five times and one Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

The Two Rivers resident was working for the Department of Transportation last Friday when the flatbed truck he was driving swerved to avoid a truck coming toward him, ran off the highway and rolled, troopers said. Louden died at the scene.

Stevens threatens filibuster over ANWR

ANCHORAGE - Opponents of development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge say they will filibuster a Senate energy bill if it contains a provision to allow oil exploration on the refuge. Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens said Wednesday two can play the filibuster game.

"I intend to go back and see if we can organize a group that will say we'll filibuster the bill if it's not in there," Stevens said of the drilling provision.

"Those people who need this bill - and there's a lot of areas in the country that need the bill - are going to have to decide whether they're against energy reform or for those of us who want to try to solve some of the problems of energy and open this area now to exploration."

Massachusetts Democrats John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, plus Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut Democrat, have vowed to filibuster the energy bill if it contains the ANWR provision.

A filibuster, an indefinitely long speech, can be ended only by a vote of 60 senators. A filibuster stops all other action on the Senate floor and can go on as long as the speaker desires.

Meeting set for off-road vehicle plan

JUNEAU - A public meeting about an off-road vehicle plan for the Juneau area will be held at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16.

A multi-agency committee has completed preliminary recommendations for the planning process. Maps and photographs of areas being considered for off-road vehicles will be available at the meeting. Descriptions also are available on the Internet at www.fs.fed.us/r10/tongass/planning/junoorv.

Written comments will be accepted through Sept. 4 by Marc Scholten at Juneau Ranger District, 8465 Old Dairy Road, Juneau, AK., 99801, or mcholten@fs.fed.us.



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