Alaska Digest

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2007

Voters league to host candidate forum

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JUNEAU - Candidates for city office will respond to voters' questions tonight at a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters in the Juneau Assembly Chambers at City Hall.

An informal reception will start at 6:30 p.m. Audience members will have the chance during the reception to submit questions to be asked of the candidates. The forum will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Three seats on the Juneau Assembly and two seats on the Juneau School Board will be decided in the Oct. 2 election.

KTOO-FM will be airing the forum live.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan group that promotes informed participation in government.

For more information on the forum contact 586-1256.

UAS hosts climate change presentation

JUNEAU - University of Alaska Southeast assistant professor of economics Britteny Cioni will present "Economics of Climate Change," a review of the latest research concerning the economic costs and benefits of climate change, market failures and policy options, as part of the Evening at Egan series at 7 p.m. Friday in the UAS Egan Lecture Hall.

Cioni holds a Master of Science in natural resource economics from the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville. She is a doctoral candidate at Colorado State University, with specializations in environmental economics, gender economics and economic development.

Evening at Egan lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call Cioni at 796-6009 or Kevin Myers, UAS director of public relations and marketing, at 796-6530.

Search launchedfor missing boaters

WRANGELL - Alaska State Troopers are reporting that they've found the body of one of the three boaters who are missing near Wrangell.

Troopers say Ted Miller, Jeremy Miller and Danielle Miller, all of Wrangell, were reported missing Tuesday.

They're not releasing the identity of the person whose body was found.

Troopers say the three, who are all family members in their 30s, were in a 14-foot aluminum boat on the Stikine River.

Authorities say the Millers were headed to Chief Shakes Hot Springs on a camping trip.

Searchers plan to continue scouring the area in aircraft and boats after sunrise.

They found the boat near Woronkofski Island, just west of Wrangell.

Alaska inmate dies in Arizona prison

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man in prison for killing a cab driver 19 years ago was found dead in his cell at the Red Rock Correctional Center in Arizona.

It is not yet known how Rusty Hightower, 36, died, said Capt. Shane Blakeman of the Eloy Police Dept., the agency investigating the death.

According to authorities, Hightower's cell mate found the body Monday evening after returning to the cell from dinner. Efforts to revive him failed, police spokeswoman Amanda Villescaz said Wednesday.

"There was no sign of a struggle or anything," Blakeman said. "We're waiting for the autopsy report to tell us what exactly he died from."

Villescaz said an autopsy was expected to be completed today.

Hightower was convicted of murder for shooting 23-year-old Dale Baurick and robbing him on April 1, 1988, according to the Alaska Department of Corrections.

He was 17 years old at the time, but a judge decided to try him as an adult on charges of first- and second-degree murder along with four other felonies.

Alaska State Troopers determined that Hightower and another boy broke into a chiropractor's office, where they stole the murder weapon. The two then flagged down the cab driver. At one point, Hightower began shooting in the cab.

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