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Shooting victim remains stable
JUNEAU - The victim of a shooting at the Nugget Mall parking lot last week is in stable condition today, according to nurses at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Police also reported on Sunday that Tuyet Hagerup, 44, had improved slightly over the weekend.
Hagerup, owner of the Big Dipper Ice Cream at the mall, was shot in the head Thursday afternoon as she was getting into her vehicle in the mall parking lot.
Police said the investigation is continuing and are asking anyone with information to call 586-0600.
25th smokeout set for Thursday
JUNEAU - On Thursday, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and Teens Against Tobacco Use will join forces to promote the 25th Annual Great American Smokeout.
The one-day event asks smokers to go cold turkey from cigarettes, with the idea that they might quit for life. The event is also a way to remind the public to take an active role in protecting health by staying away from tobacco and secondhand smoke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States, said Katie Day, SEARHC health promotions employee and TATU coordinator.
TATU members from Juneau-Douglas High will post fliers about the Smokeout, create public service announcements and visit local businesses and restaurants to ask permission to display information. The Smokeout is an annual program of the American Cancer Society.
Call 463-5846 for a free Quit Kit and more information.
Coast Guard seizes Korean trawler
ANCHORAGE - A Korean trawler was heading for Dutch Harbor today after authorities seized it for illegal fishing in U.S. waters. The Coast Guard said it first spotted the fishing boat Saturday afternoon about 360 miles northwest of Saint Paul Island.
Officers from the Coast Guard cutter Sherman boarded the 225-foot trawler Number Seven Man Jeok on Sunday. The Coast Guard is directing the Man Jeok and its 61 crew members to Dutch Harbor, where it is expected to arrive Wednesday.
Coast Guard officials said they believe the vessel had 1,300 tons of pollock aboard. Evidence in the case will be turned over to federal prosecutors in Anchorage. The Coast Guard said the trawler's master and crew are cooperating with authorities.
The Coast Guard routinely patrols the U.S.-Russian marine border in the Bering Sea to look for foreign vessels fishing in American waters.
Anchorage police seek Bush applicants
ANCHORAGE - Faced with a dwindling staff, the Anchorage Police Department is intensifying its recruitment efforts, including visits to the Bush in search of Alaska Native applicants.
The department has 23 vacant officer positions and the possibility of a fifth of its force retiring by July.
Before, the department would wait for people to come to it, said Capt. Tom Nelson, who oversees staff services. But Police Chief Walt Monegan, who took over in February, has pushed an aggressive recruiting effort to identify qualified candidates.
The department is working with the Alaska National Guard to identify Natives in the Bush who would make good police officers or soldiers. The chief, himself part Yup'ik, sees a lack of diversity on his force. He wants more Natives in the department and asked his 24-member recruiting team to come up with ways to target them. Visiting villages with the Guard was among the ideas generated.
Sgt. Mike Livingston, supervisor of recruiting and background investigations, said the police force has only eight Native officers including him and Monegan. That's 2.5 percent of the force compared with the 7.3 percent the 2000 census counted in the Anchorage population.
Redistricting fight costs considered
FAIRBANKS - Members of the state's redistricting board are worried the panel will run short of money to defend the plan.
Challenges to the plan are scheduled to go to trial Jan. 14 in Anchorage. Last week, the board met and voted 3-2 to commit $300,000 to extend a contract providing legal services to the panel.
Should the state-funded board run short on funds, it would have to ask the Legislature for more money. But Republican leaders in the GOP-controlled Legislature are among those who oppose the plan. A legislative panel recently voted to spend $250,000 on legal costs to aid the court challenge against the new map of the state's election districts.
The plan faces legal challenges by communities such as Delta Junction that contend redistricting would hurt them financially or reduce their political power. Republicans also claim the final redistricting map is a partisan attempt to dilute GOP clout in the Legislature by putting 20 Republican incumbents against one another in the 2002 election.
The board's mission was to redraw Alaska's election districts for the next 10 years, using the new U.S. Census Bureau data. In June the board voted 3-2 to approve the final map - with Republican appointees to the board strongly opposed to the plan.