Alaska Digest

Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Decision on Auke Lake ordinance delayed

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JUNEAU - A controversial ordinance meant to outline motorized vessel use on Auke Lake was discussed Monday by the Juneau Assembly Lands Committee, but no decisions were made, said the committee's acting chairman, Assembly member Johan Dybdahl.

"It is still a work in progress," he said. He said committee members are discussing ordinance particulars, such as exactly what kind of vessels could be excluded.

The committee is comprised of four Assembly members, Jeff Bush, Johan Dybdahl, Bob Doll and David Stone; and three liaisons, Greg Fisk from the Docks and Harbors Board, Linda Snow from the Planning Commission and Jeff Wilson from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

Once details of the ordinance are hammered out, the Assembly must approve it. No date has been scheduled for discussing the proposed ordinance. For more information about the ordinance or the Juneau Assembly Lands Committee, visit

Medical exam shows woman died quickly

ANCHORAGE - Injuries from a traffic accident quickly killed a Homer woman, the state medical examiner has concluded.

It took two days for searchers to find Shari Henkelman after her car left the Seward Highway on Friday but the 49-year-old woman died quickly of blunt force impact injuries, said Dr. Franc Fallico.

"Even if it happened next to the hospital, she probably would have died," he said.

The car traveled through thick alders that popped back up afterward, obscuring the wreck from the highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

Henkelman visited her parents and left Anchorage on Friday afternoon. She told her husband she would be home by dinner time but did not show up. Sunday night, searchers found her dead in the wreck south of the Hope cutoff.

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the crash, Sgt. Rex Leath said, but found no skid marks or other indications that showed Henkelman braked or accelerated. Weather in the area did not seem dangerous, he said.

Toxicology tests will be conducted to see if Henkelman had anything in her system that would have impaired her, Leath said. The tests are standard in fatal accidents.

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