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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2001

Bschor named regional forester

JUNEAU - U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth today named Dennis Bschor as Alaska's new regional forester. He will oversee the Tongass and Chugach national forests.

Bschor is currently stationed in Washington, D.C., as the director the agency's recreation, heritage and wilderness resources program. He was the forest supervisor of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington, among other assignments.

Bschor will join the Alaska regional office in Juneau this winter, taking over for acting regional forester Steve Brink, the agency said.

In another change, Jim Caplan, the deputy regional forester for natural resources in Alaska, will move from Juneau to the Umpqua National Forest in Oregon, where he has been named forest supervisor.

High winds predicted

JUNEAU - The National Weather Service is predicting winds up to 80 mph for parts of Southeast Alaska.

"They were gusting up to 80 mph in Ketchikan this morning, but we expect it to diminish," meteorologist Paul Shannon said this morning.

Juneau will not experience such dramatic wind speeds, he said today. "We had wind last night with gusts to 56 knots (64 mph) on the Federal Building. We expect 40 to 50 mph this morning and decreasing to 25 mph this afternoon."

Atmospheric conditions prevailing in late fall and winter make Juneau prone to Taku winds, which can reach 100 mph. The Taku wind gets its name because it blows to Juneau from the Taku River, picking up speed as specific weather conditions compress it on the side of Heintzleman Ridge that faces Canada.

Eaglecrest gets snow

JUNEAU - Juneau's recreational skiers were squinting skyward this morning, hoping for big flakes.

At the lodge at Eaglecrest Ski Area, there were 3 to 6 inches of snow on the ground, said Brian Davies, ski patrol director. But he said it's too early to say 2001 will have lots of the white stuff. "Traditionally we have our first snow (at Eaglecrest) around Halloween," Davies said.

Two people who hiked to the top and skied down this morning told Davies 1 1/2 to 2 feet of snow were on top. The National Weather Service has predicted that 1 to 2 inches of light snow will fall by Saturday morning.

The planned opening at Eaglecrest this season is Dec. 6, Davies said.

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