Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2000

Noise study results to be released

JUNEAU - Flightseeing noise measurements conducted in Juneau in August will get their first public airing beginning at 7 tonight at Centennial Hall.

The city commissioned California acoustical engineering company BridgeNet International earlier this year to gather data on the level, location and effects of flightseeing noise on residents. Tonight's report will be a preliminary analysis of study results, according to Juneau tourism coordinator Caryl McConkie.

"One of our main objectives for the study was to document what the noise levels are, so that when we investigate our mitigation options, we will be able to measure the potential improvements to our current situation," McConkie said.

The model derived from the study will also allow the city to predict noise levels where no monitors were placed, she said.

Tonight's meeting will include a presentation by BridgeNet and a group discussion on the preliminary technical data. Personnel involved in the study will use citizen input to identify potential mitigation measures, said BridgeNet director Paul Dunholter. They will also explain how those measures could materially address the impacts of flightseeing noise.

A draft report of study results is to be released Sept. 27.

Illegal moose hunt leads to charges

JUNEAU -Two Gustavus men have been charged with taking a cow moose, according to state game officials.

Morgan DeBoer, owner of the Mt. Fairweather golf course, and his father, Charles, were charged following a hunt last Friday morning, said Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trooper Greg Garcia. Father and son were hunting in different areas of the same Gustavus field, Crane Hill Flats, Garcia said.

Morgan shot at a bull and hit a cow. Charles shot four times at a bull. One bullet went through the bull's neck and killed a cow in the line of fire 13 paces beyond. Another bullet grazed the bull and killed a second cow, 43 paces beyond. The final shot took the bull down, Garcia said.

"It was all unintentional; it happens," Garcia said. "They turned themselves in immediately, and we salvaged all the meat and donated it to charity."

Both men were charged with taking a cow moose, which is illegal. Hunters with the proper permits are allowed one bull each per year.

Escaped tiger caught in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE - Al, one of three Siberian tigers at the Alaska Zoo, wandered the grounds for a brief time early this morning after vandals broke into the zoo and used bolt cutters to break the locks on about 10 animal cages.

Handlers found Al lounging by a fence and darted him with a tranquilizer gun before returning him to his cage, said zoo spokeswoman Sammye Seawell. "He didn't give anybody any problem," Seawell said.

A deer was also returned to its cage, but a lynx and fox remained missing this morning, she said.

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