High school planning meeting Wednesday
JUNEAU - Conceptual designs for the proposed high school at Dimond Park will be the topic of an open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Riverbend Elementary School commons. The city is seeking comments on the early phase of the design and site plan.
Voters in October 1999 approved $50 million in bonds to build and furnish a new high school and $13 million in bonds to renovate Juneau-Douglas High School. Voters approved the release of some design funds, but construction is contingent on getting partial reimbursement from the state. Winning that approval from the Legislature will be a major focus of the city's lobbying efforts in the upcoming legislative session.
Russians meet with Coast Guard
JUNEAU - The U.S. Coast Guard is hosting a Russian delegation in three Alaska cities this week, following an invitation from 17th Coast Guard District Commander Rear Adm. Thomas J. Barrett.
The delegation, comprised of senior military officers from the Russian Federal Border Service, arrived Sunday in Kodiak and met with Barrett's American delegation.
The delegation is touring various units in Kodiak today including the cutters Alex Haley and Firebush. Rear Adm. Barrett and Russian Lt. Gen. Nikolai Lisinsky, chief of the Northeast Region Directorate, also will fly aboard a C-130 aircraft to conduct a patrol along the U.S.-Russian maritime boundary.
Later today, the delegations will board a C-130 and travel to Juneau for headquarters briefings and discussions, tours of Coast Guard facilities and the 378-foot cutter Chase, which is tied up at the subport dock downtown.
On Thursday morning, the delegations will fly to Anchorage, where they will meet with Air Force, Coast Guard and Army officials, tour various military facilities and sign documents designed to continue to improve on operational enforcement cooperation.
Major marijuana bust near Ketchikan
JUNEAU - Six outdoor marijuana growing sites were eradicated Monday northwest of Ketchikan.
The U.S. Forest Service, the Alaska State Troopers and police in Craig, Wrangell and Petersburg were all involved in the raid of the site, which was on Forest Service land just north of Thorne Bay. A logging area for the past 40 years, Thorne Bay is on the east coast of Prince of Wales Island.
The sites contained a 279 marijuana plants, said trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson. The investigation is ongoing.
State literacy conference held in Juneau
JUNEAU - The community is invited to attend a state literacy conference Thursday through Saturday at Juneau-Douglas High School.
The focus is on brain development and literacy, and the conference features local and nationally known speakers. Numerous educators from Alaska also will offer presentations on reading curriculum, instruction and assessment. In addition, 26 authors are expected at a luncheon 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Baranof Hotel to autograph their books and answer questions.
Parents may obtain a $5 day pass from their school Parent Teacher Organization. The conference is sponsored by the Alaska State Literacy Association, the Juneau Reading Council and the Juneau School District. For more information, call Brenda Weaver at 463-1799 or Patty George at 463-1801.