State Briefs

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2001

More events respond to attacks

JUNEAU - United Way of Southeast Alaska will hold an event called Juneau Cares with Cards beginning at 4 p.m. today in the Nugget Mall. There will be counselors and stress information materials on hand and cards to be sent to the rescue workers in New York and Washington, D.C.

Donations will also be accepted as well as cards and notes of encouragement from the community.

Also, students at Juneau-Douglas High School began a Spirit Week celebration today by dressing in patriotic colors. Other Spirit Week theme days will include collections and events. Tuesday, Tropical Day, will include patriotic ribbon-making. On Wednesday, Pajama Day, students will make a paper peace quilt to post at school. Thursday, Blast From The Past Day, will include a clothing drive and Friday, School Colors Day, will have a canned food drive.

Panel OKs library land acquisition

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly's Lands Committee last week unanimously approved a $430,000 appropriation for 2.6 acres of property near Faith Lutheran Church for a new Mendenhall Valley library.

The purchase would include 2.3 acres owned by Faith Lutheran Church bordering the intersection of Egan Drive and Riverside Drive along with a 0.36-acre lot owned by Don and Robert Peterson for access. Funding would come from the city's land fund. The church congregation also needs to consider the sale, according to City Lands Manager Steve Gilbertson.

The city also was negotiating with Vintage Business Park about three parcels in the area, but the price ranged from $1.3 million to $1.5 million, Gilbertson said.

City Library Director Carol McCabe said the library prefers the Faith Lutheran site because it is visible and there is room for expansion. Funding is not in place for a new library building and staff members are looking for a intermediate solution, she said. The current valley library in the Mendenhall Center is too small to meet needs, according to librarians.

The Juneau Assembly introduced the appropriating ordinance last Monday. A public hearing on the purchase is scheduled Oct. 1.

Absentee voting starts

JUNEAU - Even though Juneau's ballots temporarily were grounded in Seattle on Friday, absentee voting for next month's municipal election started this morning as scheduled.

Juneau's numbered ballots arrived on Saturday. They were stuck in Seattle at Federal Express after last week's terrorist attacks halted flights nationwide, City Clerk Laurie Sica said.

Juneau residents can vote absentee in person weekdays through Oct. 1. Juneau residents can vote in Assembly chambers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and across from Bullwinkle's in the Mendenhall Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m., according to the clerk's office. Absentee voting in person also will be available Saturday, Sept. 29.

"The mall graciously donated a space for two weeks," Sica said.

Voters who would like a ballot mailed or faxed to them need to complete a written request or application available at the clerk's office or the city's Web site at Mail ballots need to be postmarked by election day to be counted, Sica said. The city election is Oct. 2.

Flights, mail nearing normalcy

JUNEAU - Alaska Airlines said its operations were nearer normal this morning at the Juneau Airport, and the U.S. Postal Service said mail traffic and delivery are up-to-date.

We are current, said Ruth Vincent, manager of consumer services for the Mendenhall Post Office. Every item has gone out that we had, and we are working everything that comes in. We did not have very much (piled up to leave Juneau). People did not come in to mail things because they seemed to know nothing was going out.

As far as Alaska Airlines flights into and out of Juneau, We are over the hump in terms of the events of last week, said Jack Evans, manager of corporate communications from his Seattle office this morning.

I think we are pretty much back on track in the state of Alaska. The type of cancellations we are taking now are the regular things - weather-related or mechanical-related, Evans said. Alaska Airlines will operate a normal complement of flights in and out of Juneau today. That meant three flights north to Anchorage, one of which will stop in Yakutat; and four fights south to Seattle, one of which will stop en route in Ketchikan, one in Petersburg and two in Sitka.

Venetie mans body found

FAIRBANKS - The body of a Venetie man missing for more than a week was found Sunday near a Christian River hunting camp 50 miles east of Venetie, Alaska State Troopers said today.

A searcher from Fort Yukon found the body of Jeremiah Peter, 27. He had been hunting the previous weekend with Lance Whitwell, 35, also of Venetie. Whitwell said he woke up to find Peter was gone. Whitwell searched for his companion but couldnt find him.

The body was to be taken to Anchorage for an autopsy.

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