Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2007

Truck rolls over after crash on Egan Drive

Sound off on the important issues at

JUNEAU - A truck and a car crashed on Egan Drive near Glacier Highway at about 8 p.m. Saturday, causing the truck to roll over.

Identities were not available Saturday evening, and the extent of possible injuries was not reported. The driver of the truck appeared to be seriously injured and lost consciousness, according to a witness.

The truck was blocking the northbound lanes of Egan Drive when Juneau police and rescue workers arrived on scene.

Juneau police could not be reached for comment.

State issues disaster declaration for Beaver

JUNEAU - Governor Sarah Palin has issued a disaster declaration for the village of Beaver following a July fire at the power plant.

The declaration paves the way for use of state disaster assistance funds for the Alaska Energy Authority to restore the power plant.

A welding spark ignited a fire that destroyed the plant during installation of a new generator on July 29th.

The building and all of its contents, including the new generator and two backup generators, were completely destroyed.

Beaver, with a population of about 70, is 110 miles north of Fairbanks.

New York Timesreporter to speak

JUNEAU - New York Times Environment Writer Andrew C. Revkin is speaking at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Library.

Revkin's lecture addresses the science and significance of global warming. He has been reporting on the environment for The Times since 1995, a job that has taken him to the Arctic three times in three years. In 2003, he became the first Times reporter to file stories and photos from the sea ice around the pole, according to information from UAS.

Revkin will present "On the Front Lines of Climate Change: From the North Pole to the White House." His lecture draws on almost 20 years of covering climate research and politics in magazines, two books, and more than 300 climate stories for The Times.

He also will discuss his trip to the North Pole with a hardy climate-research team and sign copies of "The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World," his award-winning new book on the once and future Arctic, which is written for the whole family.

Missing teen found safe in Juneau

JUNEAU - State police say a missing 17-year-old girl was found safe in the streets of downtown Juneau on Friday evening.

Authorities said the girl was from Ketchikan and walked away from a Juneau Youth Services treatment program Thursday. She had been seen last near Twin Lakes at 8 p.m. that same day, police said.

Troopers and five members of the SEADOGS search and rescue team combed Twin Lakes and downtown before finding her and returning her to the program.

Juror dismissed from Kott trial

ANCHORAGE - A juror was dismissed Friday in the federal corruption trial of former House Speaker Pete Kott.

Defense attorneys presented Judge John Sedwick with a letter juror Lisa Polito of Kodiak wrote to the Kodiak Daily Mirror nearly a year ago, just before the general election.

In the letter, Polito criticized Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Kodiak, for not returning VECO campaign contributions but instead donating them to charity.

The FBI in late August 2006 had raided the offices of VECO and a half-dozen Alaska legislators.

"This is very worrisome to me," Sedwick said after reading the letter.

He noted that Polito's letter said LeDoux "should have recognized the inappropriateness of the VECO situation from the outset."

"It looks to me like she made up her mind, and not only made up her mind, failed to tell us about it," Sedwick said.

Sedwick had Polito brought into the courtroom without other jurors. Polito reminded Sedwick that she had mentioned writing letters to the editor. Sedwick said that she had done nothing wrong but that she was excused from duty.

"The jury here has to be fair and impartial," he said.

Polito on Thursday had sent Sedwick a note stating that she had failed to disclose that her husband was a claimant in a civil lawsuit stemming from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. VECO was a major contractor on the spill and a political ally of ExxonMobil in 2006, when Kott was accused of taking bribes.

Polito said she had not lived in Alaska or known her husband in 1989 and rarely thought of the pending civil lawsuit against ExxonMobil. After Sedwick was assured she could make an impartial decision in Kott's case, he let her remain on the jury.

Evacuees returning to Arctic village

ANCHORAGE - Flood evacuees from the Inupiat Eskimo village of Kivalina, on Alaska's storm-besieged western coast, began returning on Friday and were relieved to find their property undamaged, officials said.

A storm surge and pounding waves on Thursday sheared off large segments of Kivalina's multi-million dollar sea wall, but did not reach the weathered homes and other buildings on the slender strip of fine sand, where decades of coastal erosion have brought the sea to some people's doorsteps.

"I was worried because two of my sons stayed to work on the sea wall and a couple of my daughters were working in the city office," said Joe Swan, a 72-year-old elder and hunter. "But we're here, we're home - back to a normal life again."

A flood warning by the National Weather Service had prompted a mass nighttime exodus on Wednesday that left the tiny Arctic community of more than 300 people nearly deserted for the first time since it was settled a century ago.

About 100 residents, mostly elders and children, left on small planes for the regional hub city of Kotzebue, 80 miles to the south. Another 130 made a grueling 70-mile journey by boat, all-terrain vehicle and bus to the mountain headquarters of the Red Dog zinc mine. Eighteen others maneuvered their boats up the nearby river to take refuge at hunting and fishing camps.



CONTACT US

  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-3028
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING