State Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Zaandam sailing extends cruise ship season

JUNEAU - This year's cruise ship season is a few days longer than earlier expected with the arrival of the Holland America ship Zaandam on Monday.

The season was to have ended today with the Celebrity Cruises' Mercury, according to the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau's printed schedule. But the Zaandam added sailings on Sept. 23 and 30 after the schedule was printed, according to JCVB President Lorene Kappler. The Zaandam will be in Juneau from 12:30 to 11 p.m. Monday, she said.

Final statistics on this year's cruise ship passengers should be available by mid-October, Kappler said. A record 718,000 passengers were expected this year.

Bear-resistant trash barrels on sale

JUNEAU - A new method of keeping trash from bears will be available this weekend.

The city, Waste Management, Fish and Game and the Juneau Police Department have been researching new ways to keep bears out of trash. One solution - a 55-gallon metal barrel with a locking lid - will be available for sale to the public Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 5436 Commercial Boulevard in Lemon Creek. Cost is $45.

Trash stored in the containers still will need to be transferred to a regular can on pick-up day, according to the city.

GOP alleges Democrats made improper loan

JUNEAU - The state GOP claims that Democrats illegally loaned $1,200 to nonpartisan candidate for state House Jim Crary, a claim Democrats immediately denied.

In a complaint filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, state Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich said Democrats failed to disclose the campaign loan. Republicans filed the complaint Monday.

The complaint alleged Crary received a loan he listed as "coordinated campaign participation" in disclosure statements filed with APOC.

State Democratic Party Chairman Scott Sterling said he has not seen the complaint but said the "coordinated campaign" program is a service candidates purchase.

Candidates pay a fee to the party and receive voter identification records, telephone lists and other information useful in a campaign, Sterling said.

It is available to Democrat candidates and candidates that generally agree to adhere to Democratic principals, Sterling said. "All parties do this. It's not unique to Democrats," Sterling said.

A spokeswoman for the Alaska Democratic Party said Crary was not loaned any money. Crary, a nonpartisan candidate running against Republican Bob Lynn for House District 31 in Anchorage, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Penney resigns post on federal fishery council

JUNEAU - Anchorage developer Bob Penney is resigning his post on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council because of a business commitment out of state.

Gov. Tony Knowles received the resignation on Tuesday and plans to nominate a replacement, a spokesman said.

In his resignation letter to Commerce Secretary Donald Evans, Penney said a construction project in San Diego will require he step down effective Oct. 9. Penney is building a new office building for an insurance company and the project must be complete before its lease expires July 1, 2003, the letter said. His term on the council ran through August 2003.

Knowles is considering nominating former Board of Fisheries chairman Dan Coffey to fill the remainder of Penney's term, said press spokesman Bob King. Ben Ellis, former director of the Kenai Sportfishing Association, and Sitka charter guide William Foster are being considered as alternates, King said.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council oversees federal fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea.

Teacher of the Year finalists named

ANCHORAGE - State Education Commissioner Shirley Holloway has named four finalists for 2003 Alaska Teacher of the Year.

The honorees are Dimond High School teacher Art Ayala, Bartlett High teacher Kathryn Berkowitz, Anna Angaiak Bond from the Paul T. Albert Memorial School in Tununak in the Lower Kuskokwim District, and Alicia Lewis, a music teacher at Hunter Elementary in Fairbanks.

A team of legislators and elected heads of major parent and education associations will name the winner in November.

Compiled from staff and wire service reports.

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