State Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Business center to host business plan seminar

JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center will present a seminar on writing a business plan from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15.

The seminar will guide participants through the process of writing a formal business plan for a loan proposal for a new business or for strategizing for an already established business.

The seminar will take place in the third floor conference room of the Juneau Empire building, and will cost $25. Pre-registration is suggested. For more information or to register for the seminar, call 463-3789.

Wilson vying for state Senate seat

KETCHIKAN - Rep. Peggy Wilson is seeking the state senate seat vacated by fellow Wrangell Republican Sen. Robin Taylor.

Taylor is leaving the senate to become a transportation special assistant with the Murkowski administration Sept. 15.

Wilson has served two terms in the House. So far, several other Ketchikan government officials have also expressed interest in the seat.

Gov. Frank Murkowski will appoint someone to replace Taylor from a list of nominees made by the two House Republican committees within his district.

The appointment must be approved by a majority of the Senate GOP caucus.

Fairbanks Council asks for recount of tax measure

FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks City Council ordered a recount of petition signatures to put a city sales tax measure on the Oct. 7 municipal ballot.

Councilman Bob Boko said several booklets containing the 1,615 signatures were turned in after an Aug. 22 deadline. The council voted 3-2 on Monday to order the recount of petitions needed to put the initiative on the ballot.

The initiative calls for a 3 percent tax on retail sales and services while drastically reducing city property taxes.

Support for the measure within the city council has been split. Mayor Steve Thompson said the tax is needed to help close a $1.5 million deficit. Councilwoman Donna Gilbert filed a lawsuit in Fairbanks Superior Court to keep the measure off the ballot.

The lawsuit is expected to be ruled on later this month.

Girl hit by car on Douglas Highway

JUNEAU - Capital City Fire and Rescue took a 13-year-old girl to Bartlett Regional Hospital after she was hit by a car shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday at Douglas Highway and Crow Hill Drive.

Juneau police reported that the girl was riding a bicycle on Douglas Highway approaching Crow Hill Drive, when she collided with a car driven by a 42-year-old man. The driver had been stopped at Crow Hill Drive and was turning right.

The girl sustained a leg injury, police reported. The car sustained an estimated $300 in damage.

Police reported that a citation against the driver was pending Tuesday night.

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