Posted: Tuesday, October 03, 2000

Officer shoots two Hoonah bears

JUNEAU - Two brown bears were killed Monday in Hoonah.

Fish and Wildlife Protection Trooper Greg Garcia reported he killed brown bears at 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Both were killed in defense of life and property.

The Hoonah area has only brown bears. A total of three bears have been killed there in the past three weeks. Matt St. Clair, 19, was mauled by a bear while hunting off the road system Sept. 12. St. Clair shot the bear in self-defense.

Garcia was on patrol today and could not be reached for additional comment.

Asphalt plant before commission

JUNEAU - The Juneau Planning Commission will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Juneau Assembly chambers to review the application of a conditional use permit to operate a portable asphalt plant in the lower West Mendenhall Valley.

The proposed location of the plant is in the Sherwood Estates Subdivision on Curtis Avenue, near the end of Crazy Horse Drive.

The issue was to be discussed at the commission's regular meeting on Sept. 26, but because of a lengthy agenda, discussion of the conditional use permit - applied for by Montana Creek Development - was postponed.

"We just ran out of time to hear that," said Commissioner Mike Bavard. "We decided for the people who want to testify and for the applicant, to do this as expediently as we can. We picked a date that could work for everybody."

Representatives from Montana Creek Development could not be reached for comment this morning.

Some people in nearby areas have strongly opposed the plant. Tom File and Elizabeth Koggie File sent a letter to Johan Dybdahl, chairman of the planning commission, stating the emissions and traffic caused by such a development will "turn the Mendenhall Valley into another Lemon Creek area filled with asphalt smog."

William D. Field, in a letter addressed to the city Community Development Department, indicated that problems with traffic, fuel storage, spill containment, noise and vapor discharges lead to "so many serious flaws and unanswered questions that it is not ready for consideration by the planning commission."

Sealaska invests in California casino

JUNEAU - Sealaska Corp. plans to wrap up negotiations to invest in a gaming operation on land near Escondido, Calif., belonging to the San Pasqual band of Indians.

The plan calls for First Nation Gaming to build a 40,000-square-foot temporary gaming facility followed by a 67,000-square-foot casino resort.

"This is an important milestone in our initiatives to diversify and broaden our revenue sources," Sealaska chief executive Robert Loescher said in a prepared statement.

First Nation is owned by the Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and R&R Gaming of America. Sealaska is the Juneau-based regional Native corporation for Southeast Alaska.

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