Posted: Friday, September 01, 2000

Boy injured in collision

JUNEAU - An 8-year-old Juneau boy was seriously injured when he was hit by a vehicle Thursday evening.

Emergency medical technicians and police responded to the report of an accident about 7:30 p.m. Thursday on Long Run Drive in the Mendenhall Valley. A male driver, 47, struck the boy, who was riding his bicycle, emerging from his driveway onto the road, said Juneau Police Officer Sgt. Tom Wehnes.

"I have no idea whose fault it was because I have not been able to talk to the officers on duty; the incident is still under investigation," Wehnes said.

The child suffered multiple fractures, said Marijo Toner of Bartlett Regional Hospital. After his condition was stabilized at Bartlett, the child was medevaced to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. "Trauma was sufficient to require their expertise," Toner said.

As of this morning, the boy was in satisfactory condition with a fractured pelvis, left femur and wrist, said Kristin Foley of Harborview. His name was not released.

Judge dismisses tax cap suit

ANCHORAGE - Opponents of the property tax initiative have lost their bid to have the measure stripped from the November general election ballot. A judge in Nome ruled Thursday that they brought their case too late.

The initiative, Ballot Proposition No. 4, will be on the ballot unless the plaintiffs mount an effective appeal.

Superior Court Judge Ben Esch steered clear of arguments that the initiative would violate multiple provisions of the state constitution. Instead, Esch ruled that state law clearly established a 30-day deadline for challenging ballot decisions by the lieutenant governor, the state's chief election official. Esch said the clock would have started running on Jan. 26.

The judge also rejected an assertion by the plaintiffs that Ulmer's official summary of the initiative is inadequate and incomplete.

Anchorage attorney Joe Josephson, who brought the lawsuit, said tax cap opponents may still get a hearing on the merits of their case rather than their timing.

The initiative, modeled on California's 1978 Proposition 13, would cap property taxes in Alaska. The limits would vary depending upon the jurisdiction.

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