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Assembly OK's $10 million in school bonds
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly authorized $10 million in general obligation school bonds to pay for school improvements at its Monday night meeting.
Voters approved $7.7 million of school bond debt in the Oct. 3 election and another $3 million the previous October.
About $5.4 million is slated for fixing up Floyd Dryden Middle School, built in 1972. The upgrades will add another 25 years of useful life to the school's interior and exterior, according to school officials.
Bond proceeds will also pay to replace the roof at Auke Bay Elementary, the Marie Drake building and over the Harborview Elementary gym. And the city plans to replace the floor of the Juneau-Douglas High School auxiliary gym and improve the ventilation system in the JDHS vocational education area.
The state has agreed to reimburse the city for 70 percent of the bonds' principal and interest. Those state payments would have to be appropriated by the Legislature annually.
Pool closed for repairs Nov. 20
JUNEAU - The Augustus Brown Swimming Pool will be closed all day Monday, Nov. 20, for maintenance repairs to its hot water system.
The pool will reopen on a regular schedule Nov. 21.
"This was not a planned repair," said pool manager Dave Lewis. "This is something just kind of occurred, and we can't operate without hot water for our showers and pool. We have all the parts and pieces in now to take care of it, and decided to shut down to do the repairs. Hopefully we can repair it in one day."
The pool is scheduled to reopen for 6 a.m. "early bird" lap swim Nov. 21.
Lewis can be reached at 586-0472.
Disruptive airline passenger gets four months
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage woman whose disruptive behavior caused a Seattle-bound plane to return here in July has been given a four-month prison sentence. Passenger Norma Linda Lozano pleaded guilty in September to a federal felony count of interfering with a flight crew.
Lozano has been jailed since July, when the Continental Airlines plane on which she was traveling touched down in Anchorage and FBI agents took her into custody. "I just want to say that I'm sorry," Lozano, 39, said Monday, addressing U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick before he handed down her sentence.
Seated in the gallery was the flight's first officer, who Lozano punched in the face and bit on the forearm. The on-board turmoil began about an hour into the flight, when Lozano, an Anchorage housekeeper, got into a loud argument with her boyfriend, the FBI said.
Along with assaulting the first officer, Lozano also yelled profanities and threw a full can of beer at a flight attendant, hitting her in the chest and splashing beer on nearby passengers. Passengers eventually restrained her with trouser belts.