Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, October 05, 2003

Hikers thwart apparent suicide attempt

JUNEAU - A hiker cut down a man who apparently was trying to hang himself Thursday evening near Auke Village Recreation Area, police said.

Two hikers called police about the man, 40, at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Auke Rec area. One of the callers cut the rope from which the man was hanging and lowered him to the ground, police reported.

Crews from the police, Capital City Fire and Rescue, U.S. Forest Service law enforcement and the Alaska State Troopers assisted in treating the man.

He was taken to the Bartlett Regional Hospital emergency room, and later flown to an unidentified Seattle hospital for treatment, police reported. His condition was unavailable.

The preliminary investigation determined the man was attempting suicide, police reported.

Juneau pair jailed on meth charges

JUNEAU - Postal inspectors intercepted two Juneau-bound packages containing methamphetamine, leading to the arrest of local residents Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Randy Nutt, 49, and Kathie Nutt, 50, were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

According to a Southeast Alaska Narcotics Enforcement Team report, U.S. Postal Service inspectors found 186 grams of methamphetamine in the packages.

Working with SEANET and investigators from Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the post office conducted a controlled delivery at the Nutts' Lemon Creek area residence, authorities said.

No information was available concerning the source of the packages.

SEANET said the investigation is continuing. The multiagency drug-enforcement task force is made up of Alaska State Troopers and local police.

Walking to school every day encouraged

JUNEAU - Juneau SAFE KIDS Coalition, a group of volunteers and organizations, is sponsoring the local Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

International Walk to School Day promotes physical activity through walking to school every day, but the event also stresses pedestrian safety.

The Juneau SAFE KIDS Coalition will host a "walking school bus" at Gastineau, Glacier Valley, Harborview, and Riverbend elementary schools.

Gastineau students and parents will meet at Sandy Beach at 8:30 a.m. Glacier Valley participants will meet at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park at 7:30 a.m. Harborview folks will meet at Cope Park at 8:15 a.m. And Riverbend participants will meet at Rotary Park at 8 a.m.

Students will be given a reflector for their backpack or coat, and juice and a breakfast bar. Adult volunteers will walk with them to school while discussing pedestrian safety and the importance of daily physical activity.

The event will take place rain or shine.

Volunteers needed for school play

JUNEAU - Glacier Valley Elementary School is seeking volunteers to help its students put on a production of "Prospero and the Killerwhale."

Juneau playwright Dave Hunsaker is writing a children's version of his play for the year-long school project.

Volunteers are needed to help children create the stage backdrops and performers' masks, and to learn how to act, sing and dance.

The first volunteer training is scheduled for 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Room 137 at the school.

For more information, call 463-1802.

Goat season closes early

JUNEAU - The mountain goat-hunting season in part of Game Management Unit 1(D) near the Haines Highway has closed early, the state Department of Fish and Game said.

The area that closed at the end of Thursday, Oct. 2, was north and east of the Chilkat River, south of the Canadian border, and west of the Chilkoot River and lake, and west of Assignation Creek, the state said.

Four nannies and five billies had been reported killed by Oct. 1.

For more information, call 465-4265.

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