Northwest Digest

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2006

UAF sees slight drop in student enrollment

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FAIRBANKS - Fewer students are enrolled this year at the University of Alaska, officials said.

But enrollment is up at the Tanana Valley campus, the community college arm of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Preliminary numbers show 27,257 students enrolled at campuses across the state. During the same period last year, 27,945 students were enrolled.

The decrease continues a downward trend since enrollment at the statewide university peaked in 2003.

"It's almost inevitable in Alaska just because of the finite population we're working with who are looking for (higher education)," said Saichi Oba, director of enrollment services for the university.

The Tanana Valley campus, however, had an almost 10 percent increase in students.

"We're excited," said campus director Rick Caulfield. "I think that the community is looking to TVC as a one-stop shop for work force development training and lifelong learning."

The early numbers put the campus head count at 3,197 - a 9.6 hike over last year. Caulfield credited community partnerships for the increase.

Yukon officers net mountain goat in yard

WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory - Department of Environment workers have captured and relocated a terrified wild mountain goat that took refuge in a woman's back yard in a residential area.

Jennifer Moorlag discovered the animal Wednesday.

"I certainly wasn't expecting that when I got up this morning," she said.

When Moorlag let her dog outside she heard a low growl. The goat was less than two feet away.

"It was terrified," she said.

Moorlag took her barking dog to a neighbor, then contacted a friend who had recently worked with the Department of Environment. The friend contacted a conservation officer and at around 7:30 a.m. officials descended on Morlag's house. The goat continued to stand still for close to 1 1/2 hours as seven environment staffers launched a net from the roof of Moorlag's house.

Mountain goats weigh up to 300 pounds.

After the goat was taken down in the net, he was placed in a crate and relocated.

Moorlag said she heard coyotes the previous night and suspects they were chasing the goat.

The animal managed to get up on her garbage can, denting the top, and jumped over her fence.

"How he got here is anybody's guess," said Dennis Senger, a spokesman for the Department of Environment.

Several residents reported seeing the goat Tuesday.

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