Alaska Digest

Posted: Wednesday, October 01, 2003

DOT unveils Glacier Highway plans

JUNEAU - The state Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting Thursday to present its preferred alternative for upgrades to Glacier Highway between Fritz Cove Road and the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal.

The meeting will be in Smith Hall at Chapel by the Lake at 11024 Auke Lake Way from 6 to 9 p.m.

DOT and its consultant, USKH Inc., have developed long-term and short-term goals for improving Glacier Highway.

Short-term plans include construction of roundabouts, widening roads, adding sidewalks and correcting safety hazards. Long-term plans include a complete bypass of the Auke Bay community, a seawalk and additional sidewalks and roundabouts.

For more information visit or call DOT Project Manager Michael Lukshin at 465-4493.

Nominations accepted for citizen of the year

JUNEAU - The Juneau Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2003 Juneau Citizen Of The Year award.

Since 1977, the chamber has honored Juneau residents for outstanding community service with the award. This year's award will be presented during the chamber's annual dinner on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Centennial Hall.

To nominate someone, send a letter to 3100 Channel Drive, Suite 300, Juneau AK 99801; a fax to 463-3489; or an e-mail to

Describe the reasons the person deserves the honor. You also may furnish supporting news articles about the nominee and letters of support from others who share your views. This information must reach the chamber office prior to close of business on Friday, Oct. 17.

The recipient need not be active in business or the professions, or be a chamber member. For further information call the chamber at 463-3488.

Applications due Friday for business competition

JUNEAU - Alaska entrepreneurs seeking growth for their businesses can enter the Fourth Annual Alaska Business Plan Competition, jointly sponsored by Anchorage-based universities and businesses.

Applications are due by close of business on Oct. 3. Business plans are due by Nov. 14.

Finalists will present in front of judges, investors and other entrepreneurs on Dec. 3 in the BP Energy Center in Anchorage. The competition stimulates the real-world process of learning, continuous improvement, and raising private capital that are needed for a business' growth, sponsors said.

For more information, call Rick Wolk at Alaska Pacific University at (907) 564-8365; or call Bogdan Hoanca at the University of Alaska Anchorage at (907) 786-4140.

Coast Guard finds missing goat hunters

JUNEAU - A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka found four missing goat hunters near Haines on Monday morning. They were in good condition.

The hunters, not identified by the Coast Guard, were a man, 47, two boys, 9, and an 11-year-old boy. They had left Haines before 6 a.m. Sunday morning and were due back before sunset. When they failed to return home, the Alaska State Troopers formed a search party and asked the Coast Guard to help.

At around 9 a.m. Monday, the crew located the missing hunters about seven miles northwest of Haines. Apparently the hunters had over-extended themselves and then built a shelter for the night, the agency said. The Coast Guard flew them to Haines.

Chamber of Commerce to host candidate forum

JUNEAU - The Juneau Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon forum for mayoral and Juneau Assembly candidates Friday at the Aspen Hotel near Juneau Airport.

Candidates Bruce Botelho, Dick Knapp, Dale Anderson, Dan Peterson and David Stone were invited. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. Cost is $14.

Remains identified as Anchorage woman

ANCHORAGE - The partial remains of a woman found on the shore of Turnagain Arm have been identified as those of a 32-year-old Anchorage woman, police said Tuesday.

The torso of Michelle T. Rothe was identified by fingerprints, police said.

No one had reported her missing.

The cause of death is still undetermined, and when she was last seen is under investigation, said police spokesman Ron McGee.

Rothe's remains were found Sept. 6 by duck hunters. The torso had arms, but the legs were missing, as was the woman's head.

The gruesome discovery was similar to one in June near Beluga Point, where a headless body with no legs was found.

It's too early to say if the two cases are connected, McGee said.

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