Posted: Sunday, September 03, 2000

Dividend announcement delayed for a day

JUNEAU -- The amount of this year's Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend will be announced on Sept. 21 in Fairbanks. The announcement was scheduled for Sept. 20 during the Permanent Fund Corporation's annual meeting in Fairbanks. However, Commissioner Wilson Condon, who is to make the announcement, will be attending the natural gas summit in Columbus, Ohio, on that date.

The announcement will be made at 10:45 a.m. at a news conference. For details, contact Deputy Commissioner Larry Persily at 465-5469.

Driver not charged in car-bike accident

JUNEAU -- Police have declined to charge the driver involved in the accident which injured a Juneau boy on Thursday evening.

A press release issued Friday afternoon by the Juneau Police Department said that the 8-year-old, on his bicycle, darted into Long Run Drive from a residential drive. A fence and shrubs blocked the driver's view of the child prior to the collision.

Investigation produced no evidence of excessive speed. Alcohol was not involved. Therefore, no charges against the driver, a man, 47, are anticipated, police said.

The boy was medevaced to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center. His condition was upgraded from critical and stable on Friday to satisfactory and stable on Saturday, the hospital nursing supervisor said.

Condition of ex-principal improves

JUNEAU -- Retired Juneau principal Marsha Buck has seen improvement in her condition this week, since being hospitalized following an Aug. 24 automobile collision in Texas.

Buck, 57, is still undergoing treatment at Wilson N. Jones Memorial in Sherman, Texas. But she is doing much better, said her friend, Willie Anderson of Juneau.

"They moved her out of intensive care Friday," Anderson said Saturday. "She was able to sit up on the side of her bed today for the first time."

The general prognosis for Buck's recovery from multiple fractures is positive, Anderson said. But, since she still has not walked, it is not known when she may be released from the hospital.

Labor Day closures in Juneau

JUNEAU -- State and federal offices and banks will be closed Monday in honor of Labor Day, as will most businesses.

However, both locations of the Breeze-In grocery will be open 24 hours. Carrs Quality Center will be open regular hours, although the pharmacy will be closed. Foodland Super Drug will be closed. Alaskan & Proud market will observe its regular hours, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Armadillo Tex-Mex Cafe will be open regular hours, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Don Abel Building Supply will be open during shortened hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Capital Transit will not be providing bus service on Monday.

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