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Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Juneau election results certified

JUNEAU - Official voter turnout in the Oct. 2 city election in Juneau was 28.2 percent, according to results certified Tuesday.

Voter turnout by precinct ranged from a low of 12 percent at Switzer Creek to a high of 32 percent at Holy Trinity Church downtown. With 6,733 ballots cast, turnout was the lowest in a decade, according to city records.

The certified totals showed incumbent Assembly member Jim Powell re-elected to the areawide Assembly seat with 3,358 votes. Areawide challenger Chuck Collins had 3,005 votes.

In the race for the District 1 Assembly seat, Jeannie Johnson was elected with 3,672 votes while Tony Reiger had 2,274. In the District 2 race, Randy Wanamaker was elected with 2,878 votes. District 2 candidates Clancy DeSmet had 1,970 and Dixie Hood had 1,572.

Unopposed School Board incumbents Stan Ridgeway and Mary Becker were re-elected, and voters approved a ballot measure that will split funding authorization for a new high school and Juneau-Douglas High School renovations.

Bear injured near Sunny Point

JUNEAU - A black bear was reported hit by two vehicles about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday on Egan Drive near Sunny Point.

Neil Barten, area management biologist with the state department of Fish and Game, said the bear was limping but not dragging a leg and did not appear to have broken bones.

He has no plans to trap the bear or take other action.

Launch ramp meeting set for Thursday

JUNEAU - The city Harbors Department will host a meeting Thursday about launch ramps in Juneau.

The meeting will include an update about ongoing projects at Amalga Harbor and North Douglas, according to Port Director Joe Graham. The meeting will include a discussion about future projects and operational concerns, he added.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Hall.

Explosive device parts found in truck

FAIRBANKS - Police evacuated as many as 40 people after a disassembled explosive device was found inside a Carlile Enterprises truck being returned to the company lot.

In Tuesday's incident, police blocked off nearby roads after a small electrical box, primers and material suspected to be plumber's clay fell out of a bag in the truck cab. The bag was accidentally knocked over when the truck was returned to Fairbanks from Valdez by a substitute driver Tuesday, according to Fairbanks Police Lt. Dusty Johnson.

"It looked pretty authentic," Johnson told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. "Everything was there except for the actual explosive material."

The driver who usually has that tractor was in Anchorage and the reason the items were in the truck is unknown. Johnson said police and the FBI will try to contact the driver today.

Eielson Air Force Base explosives experts were brought in to analyze the suspicious materials. Johnson said some of the devices were disassembled to ensure nothing would detonate.

Police received the call from the trucking company at 2:30 p.m. and a half hour later began blocking off roads and evacuating all area businesses as well as an apartment complex within 500 feet of the truck.

City public works and the state Department of Transportation put up barricades on nearby streets until 7 p.m.

Wind causes limited power outage

JUNEAU - A tree felled by gusting winds caused a power outage Tuesday morning in the Lemon Creek area. The tree tripped a feeder at the Lemon Creek substation, depriving about 500 customers of power, said Alaska Electric Light and Power Company.

The outage happened about 9:30 a.m., and continued for about 20 minutes. Crews searching for the cause spotted an uprooted tree in a field off Glacier Highway, across from Construction Machinery.

Commission holds off on store ordinance

JUNEAU - The Juneau Planning Commission has put off a decision, pending a final draft, on a proposed ordinance to expand the size of convenience stores in residential areas.

But the Planning Commission at Tuesday night's meeting did unanimously approve a conditional use permit allowing the Duck Creek Market in the Mendenhall Valley to install gas tanks on its property.

The convenience store ordinance, if passed by the Juneau Assembly, allows stores in residential areas to expand to a maximum of 5,000 square feet in exchange for improvements. It also would continue to allow gas pumps at the stores.

Acting Community Development Director Oscar Graham said only a few residents came to the meeting to express opposition to the proposed ordinance, which affects residents near the Breeze-In Grocery in West Juneau, the Duck Creek Market in the valley, an area near Auke Lake and an area north of the Douglas Bridge.

Graham said the final draft of the ordinance may be ready by the Oct. 23 Planning Commission meeting.

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