Changes to concealed gun law kick in
JUNEAU - Alaska's new handgun law took effect Tuesday.
The changes to the state's concealed handgun permit program were the result of Senate Bill 294, which was signed into law by Gov. Tony Knowles in May.
Perhaps the biggest change allows permit holders to renew their permits through the mail, rather than in person.
The revised statute still requires that first-time applicants successfully complete a handgun safety course. But the permit holder no longer will be limited to carrying only the weapon type used during that course.
The new concealed handgun permit does not specify a type of action or caliber, and permit holders will be able to carry any revolver or semiautomatic handgun that is not a banned weapon.
Meeting planned for new school's neighbors
JUNEAU - The city will hold a neighborhood meeting about the planned high school at Dimond Park at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Riverbend Elementary School's library.
The main topic is expected to be pedestrian and vehicle traffic, both on-site and along nearby rights of way. The city's design consultants will attend. For more information, call City Architect Catherine Fritz at 586-5230 or e-mail her at Catherine_Fritz@ci.juneau.ak.us.
Charter school still has openings
JUNEAU - There are still two openings for students at Juneau Community Charter School.
The openings are in Lorrie Heagy's combined class of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. When the class is full, it will have 20 students.
Applications are available at the school, located at Fourth and Harris streets downtown. The application deadline is 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7. For more information, call the school at 586-2526.
The charter school is a public school and charges no tuition. It serves 60 students in all.
Injured educator's condition improves
Juneau - Retired principal Marsha Buck of Juneau, injured in an automobile accident Thursday in Texas, is now breathing under her own power.
Buck, 57, remains in the surgical intensive care ward at Wilson N. Jones Memorial Hospital in Sherman, Texas. However, she is making improvement in her condition, said her friend Willie Anderson, who arrived at her bedside Saturday.
"They have taken her off life support, so she is breathing on her own," Anderson said shortly before 11 a.m. today.
Since Saturday, Buck has received three transfusions to replace blood lost. Doctors believe they can treat her neck injury without surgery, but surgery is still an option for a pelvic fracture, Anderson said.
An account to pay for Buck's hospital bills has been established at Alaska Pacific Bank by the Juneau Pride Chorus.
Orphaned seal released near glacier
KENAI - An orphaned harbor seal pup found on Easter Day is headed to a new home in Resurrection Bay after being rehabilitated at Alaska SeaLife Center.
Kali, named because she was found on the beach near Kalifornsky Beach Road, was to be released near Aialik Glacier today. That is where we have released other harbor seal pups in the past, said Jillian Simpson, marketing and development associate for the center.
Two other seal pups, Rainbow and Bristol, also will be released along with Kali. It will increase their chances in survival, strength in numbers, Simpson said. Danielle Goodrode, rehabilitation coordinator, said Kali had a good weaning period and took to fish quickly. She was a very good pup to rehabilitate, she said.
The seal pups will wear radio transmitters in the wild that will help the center monitor their survival and help the center learn more about migration. The transmitters will stay on until the pups molt, a length of about 11 months.
Eco-Challenge to hold qualifier in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - The Eco-Challenge, billed by organizers as the worlds most grueling wilderness race, will hold the first Armed Forces Eco-Challenge next summer in Alaska.
Teams representing all branches of the armed forces will compete in the race, which will be an around-the-clock expedition race beginning at midnight on the summer solstice. The winning team will earn a slot in the Eco-Challenge 2001 race.
The Eco-Challenge is a race in which teams of four men and women race 300 miles non-stop, 24 hours a day.
to a finish line, via a series of checkpoints. The racers use only nonmotorized transportation, such as kayaks, mountain bikes and climbing ropes. The race is broadcast on the Discovery Channel.
The Alaska competition will will benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. TAPS is a nonprofit group that provides services to those who have lost loved ones serving in the Armed Forces.