Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, October 10, 2004

Vandals break GOP office windows

FAIRBANKS - Authorities in Fairbanks are investigating two incidents of vandalism at the Interior Republican campaign headquarters used by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, President Bush and some state candidates.

Four windows were broken at the Cornerstone Mall site Wednesday night and another last weekend, said Angelina Burney, Murkowski's Fairbanks area campaign manager.

Another political office in the same mall wasn't hit.

Burney said the windows appear to have been broken by a slingshot. A ball bearing, commonly used as slingshot ammunition, was found in the office Friday morning.

Fairbanks police are handling the case but the FBI also is involved because it's a Bush campaign office, Burney said.

Murkowski campaign signs also have been stolen in Fairbanks, sometimes many at the same time in a single area, Burney said.

The Fairbanks office of Murkowski's opponent, Democrat Tony Knowles, has not been vandalized.

But Knowles signs have been stolen, said spokesman Matt McKenna.

Service sector expected to dominate job market

KENAI - Alaska's employment opportunities likely will be dominated by service sector jobs through at least 2012, a new state labor report says.

Mining, construction, manufacturing and logging are expected to hold steady despite declines over the past decade, according to the study by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

In an article published in the October issue of Alaska Economic Trends, economists Paul Olson and Brynn Keith provided an occupational forecast for the period between 2002 and 2012.

An estimated 43,000 jobs may be created between those dates, pushing the state's work force to more than 356,000, the economists said. Their study looked at 700 wage, salary and self-employed occupations and divided the economy into service-providing and goods-producing jobs.

The service sector, which includes health care, food services, transportation and trade, experienced rapid growth in the past decade, according to the authors. By 2002, service sector jobs accounted for 87 percent of employment within the state.

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