State Briefs

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2002

Even the Times opposes move

JUNEAU - A longtime advocate for moving the capital out of Juneau has added its voice to the chorus of opposition to Ballot Measure 2.

The measure on Tuesday's statewide ballot calls for legislative sessions to move from Juneau to Anchorage or the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

The Voice of the Times, an editorial half-page added to the Anchorage Daily News after The Anchorage Times closed in 1992, came out today against the legislative move.

"While moving the Legislature or the capital to somewhere in Southcentral Alaska is an eventual certainty, the state at this time has larger fish to fry," the Times wrote.

The Anchorage Times, under earlier ownership, was one of the most powerful backers of efforts to move the capital out of Juneau in the 1970s and '80s.

Subsistence input due Friday

JUNEAU - Friday is the deadline to comment on changes to federal regulations that allow for cash sales of subsistence-caught fish.

The Federal Subsistence Board is scheduled to consider a new regulation governing cash sales, or customary trade, on Jan. 14. Current regulations allow limited cash sales of subsistence-harvested fish, their parts, or eggs to support personal and family needs as long as they do not constitute a "significant commercial enterprise." The proposal doesn't involve bartering, or exchanges that don't involve cash.

Written comments can be faxed to (907) 786-3898 or e-mailed to pete_probasco@fws.gov. For more information on the proposal, visit www.r7.fws.gov/asm/news02/r061702.html or www.subsistmgtinfo.org.

Man found guilty of murder

KETCHIKAN - A Ketchikan man was found guilty of second-degree murder in the beating death of his former friend.

A jury of two women and 10 men delivered the verdict Tuesday against Carl W. Abuhl, 30, who had been charged with first-degree murder in the May 2001 death of Steven Bowen.

The defense did not argue Abuhl was innocent of killing Bowen, but asked the jury to find Abuhl guilty of manslaughter rather than murder.

Sentencing was set for Dec. 18.

Man sentenced in sex abuse case

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in prison on a charge stemming from allegations he molested an 11-year-old girl three times last year.

Judge Charles Pengilly sentenced Peter Edwin, 35, to 10 years in prison on a charge of attempted sexual abuse of a minor and three years in prison for a probation violation from a 1995 Fairbanks case in which Edwin had been convicted of attempted sexual abuse of a minor.

A grand jury indicted Edwin in February on one count of first-degree and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor based on allegations he molested the girl between May and August 2001. Edwin agreed to plead no contest to one count of first-degree attempted sexual abuse of a minor in exchange for the state dismissing the other charges.

Compiled from staff and wire service reports.



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