State Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Anchorage man killed in motorcycle crash

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man was killed Monday afternoon when he was thrown from his motorcycle and then run over by a truck, according to Anchorage police.

The 23-year-old man was trying to make a left turn from Tudor Road, a major Anchorage artery, at about 2:15 p.m., according to police. As he entered the center turn lane, the bike hit the back of a van also making a left turn.

The rider was thrown off the motorcycle and into the oncoming traffic lane. He was then hit by a truck hauling a portable building, killing him instantly, police reported.

The driver of the truck, Ivan Jensen, 59, wasn't hurt Neither was Benjamin Hughes, 52, who was driving the van.

Police didn't release the name of the victim immediately because relatives hadn't been notified.

Chenega Corp. gets $300 million contract

ANCHORAGE - Chenega Corp. has won a $300 million federal contract to help run the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Monmouth, N.J., for the next eight years.

It is the latest in a string of giant federal contracts Alaska Native companies are winning to handle federal work.

Chenega is the Native village corporation for the village of Chenega in Prince William Sound. It has 110 shareholders.

The company will maintain more than 700 buildings as well as roads and grounds for the garrison in Fort Monmouth, N.J., said Jeff Hueners, the company's chief operating officer.

The company also may provide other services, he said. The work will be performed for six months, with nine one-year options. The contract ends in September 2010.

Earlier this summer, Anchorage-based Calista Corp. signed a $1.1 billion contract with the government to provide aerospace engineering and prototype manufacture to the military.

Last year, Chenega, in partnership with Barrow-based Arctic Slope Regional Corp., won a $2 billion sole-source contract to provide defense mapping to the government, the largest federal contract ever awarded to an Alaska Native company.

Many of the contracts are being won through a U.S. Small Business Administration program that sets aside a slice of government work for socially and economically disadvantaged firms, usually owned by blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Chenega Technology Services Corp., a subsidiary of the parent company, will employ about 230 people on the New Jersey contract, Hueners said.

Most Native shareholders don't actually do the government contracting because most of it takes place in the Lower 48 and entails specialized work, Hueners said. But the corporations try to provide internships to shareholders to introduce them to the work.

Wasilla boy killed in gun-cleaning accident

WASILLA - A 6-year-old boy was killed Friday in a gun-cleaning accident.

Jarrod Walling was shot while his stepfather was cleaning a .22-caliber rifle, according to Wasilla police. The man didn't realize the weapon contained a live round, according to police.

Police said their investigation determined the child reached for the rifle and it went off. The bullet struck the boy in the chest.

Jarrod Walling was rushed to Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The incident followed a Trapper Creek incident that killed a 13-year-old girl on Aug. 16. Kimberly Olson was in a loft when she was struck by a bullet from a .41-caliber revolver being cleaned by a 17-year-old.

Compiled from wire service reports.

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