State Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Snettisham power still down

JUNEAU - Workers for Alaska Electric Light and Power were still waiting for clearer weather this morning so they could fly to damaged power lines at Limestone Inlet about 25 miles south of Juneau, company officials said.

A landslide Saturday morning snapped anchoring guy lines for one tower and bent part of another tower that carries electric lines from the Snettisham hydroelectric plant 35 miles south of Juneau.

Workers were able to fix the guy lines Sunday, said spokesman David Stone. But fog and rain have kept crews from being flown by helicopter to the site to cut off crumpled pieces of the other tower and replace them.

AEL&P has been supplying power to Juneau since Saturday morning by using diesel-fueled generators, which are expensive to run and will add to customers' electric bills.

Assembly introduces school bond campaign measure

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Monday unanimously introduced an ordinance that would put $25,000 toward ads supporting a statewide bond package on the November ballot.

Assembly member Marc Wheeler said the ballot measure is important for Juneau because it contains state funding for a new high school planned for the Mendenhall Valley and a University of Alaska Fairbanks fisheries center proposed for Lena Point. The Juneau School Board asked the Assembly to approve the funding last week.

The money will go to a statewide group called Education First that is campaigning for the bond measure.

The ordinance is scheduled for public hearing at the Assembly's Oct. 7 meeting. The funding would come from the city's sales tax budget reserve, which is sometimes called the "rainy day" account.

Body recovered from British Columbia crash site

ATLIN, British Columbia - The body of the fourth man who died in a helicopter crash while shooting a commercial in northern British Columbia, northeast of Juneau, has been recovered.

Three wardens from Kluane National Park and one from the Chilkoot Trail were flown to the site about 22 miles south of town recently to assist with the recovery of the body of Mikael Glattes, 37, of Los Angeles, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Len Sutherland said.

The pilot and all three passengers died when the Bell 206 Jet Ranger plunged into a crevasse on Llewellyn Glacier during the shooting of a Nissan commercial on June 22, 2000.

Other victims were pilot Chris Guichon, 42, of Whitehorse; Paul Giraud, 47, of Los Angeles; and Ivan Weber, 28, of France.

Initially, rescue officials decided it was too dangerous to reach the bodies and wreckage. Three of the bodies and most of the wreckage were recovered by Kluane climbing and glacier experts last year.

Maynard Miller, director of the Juneau Icefield Research Program, said the glacier has probably moved 500 feet to 1,000 feet downward since the crash, carrying the wreckage into a flatter area with few if any crevasses.

Compiled from staff and wire service reports.

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