State Briefs

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2001

Seattle area hit with heavy rain

SEATTLE - Heavy rains triggered at least three mudslides and snarled traffic in much of the Seattle metropolitan area Wednesday.

Flood warnings were issued for several rivers but as of early today no substantial damage from overflows was reported or expected. Numerous roads in Western Washington were closed by high water.

Twenty-four hour rainfall totals late Wednesday afternoon were nearly 5 inches in Olympia.

A mudslide damaged a waterfront house in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood, and a mudslide Wednesday afternoon temporarily closed Washington 522 in southern Snohomish County.

Security breached at Sea-Tac

SEATTLE - Two security managers have been suspended following a breach that shut down Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for two hours on Tuesday, a Northwest Airlines spokeswoman said.

Planes at the gate and all passenger concourses were evacuated Tuesday after a food service worker apparently misunderstood security personnel and went through a checkpoint after being asked to stop.

About 7,000 passengers on 50 flights were delayed after the woman scooted onto a train from the main terminal to the south satellite terminal. She was stopped shortly afterward and nothing illegal was found.

The checkpoint is operated by Huntleigh USA Corp., which Northwest pays to provide security. A Huntleigh duty manager and supervisor at the checkpoint have been suspended pending further investigation, the company said. The Federal Aviation Administration also is investigating.

Some SAT scores delayed

NEW YORK - With thousands of unscored SAT exams apparently stuck in New Jersey post offices because of the anthrax scare, the College Board said it was offering high school students a chance to retake the college entrance test or get a refund.

Juneau-Douglas High School counselor Frank Coenraad said JDHS sends its completed SAT tests by Federal Express - not the Postal Service - so they should not be affected by the post office closures.

But Barrow High School Principal Scott Iverson said he knew something was wrong when students there began complaining they hadn't received their scores.

The New York-based College Board owns the test, but it is scored by the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J. The Trenton mail processing center and the Princeton post office were closed because of anthrax contamination last month.

State gets $67 million for schools

ANCHORAGE - Alaska has received more than $67 million in federal funds for school programs, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday.

The money is part of more than $16 billion in grants awarded to states and school districts nationwide.

Some of the money in Alaska will go toward improving literacy rates, providing drug and alcohol treatment for youths, and helping students with disabilities. Funds also will be used for community technology centers and vocational education programs. Some of the funds will go toward supporting charter schools.

Stickney named to DMVA post

ANCHORAGE - Michele Stickney was named deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs on Wednesday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Stickney is a captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve and serves as commander of the Alaska Naval Militia and the Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for Alaska.

She replaces Jim Chase, who will focus on issues related to homeland security as director of Technologies and Special Projects.

Stickney will work with the Division of Emergency Services and the Alaska National Guard Youth Corps among other duties. She will earn $76,536 annually.

She recently retired from the Anchorage School District after 14 years as a school principal.

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