Alaska Digest

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2007

City creating maps to improve emergency response system

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JUNEAU - The city is moving to the next phase of its plan to improve emergency service response in Juneau. As part of the "Enhanced 9-1-1" system, the city has begun gathering mapping information to verify streets, addresses and fire hydrant locations, Juneau Police Department spokeswoman Cindee Brown-Mills said.

Once completed, emergency personnel will be able to locate on a map a caller who is using land-line phone service.

"This will just be an aid, especially when we move to mobile computing, when we put computers in the car," Brown-Mills said.

City employees will be gathering information over the next four months to verify streets, addresses and locations of fire hydrants throughout the community, she said. They will be working intermittently between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. seven days a week in vehicles marked "Mapping and Data Collection" and the city's logo.

Afghan ambassador to the U.S. to speak Tuesday in Juneau

JUNEAU - Said Jawad, Afghan ambassador to the United States, will present "Beyond the Headlines: Afghanistan's Stability and Global Security" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the University of Alaska Southeast's Egan Library.

A question-and-answer session will follow after the presentation. The presentation is sponsored by the Juneau World Affairs Council in cooperation with UAS.

Prior to his appointment as ambassador, Jawad served as the president's press secretary and chief of staff, as well as the director of the Office of International Relations at the presidential palace. Jawad worked closely with President Hamid Karzai in formulating strategies, implementing policies, building national institutions and prioritizing reforms in Afghanistan. He also worked with the United States and Afghan military experts to help reform the Ministry of Defense and rebuild the Afghan National Army.

Among his many accomplishments, Jawad was instrumental in drafting Afghanistan's foreign investment laws and also served as President Karzai's principal liaison with the constitutional commission during the the drafting process of Afghanistan's new constitution.

For more information, contact David Moe at or Dave Sturdevant at 209-1597.

Palin announcesclosure of regional office in Wasilla

WASILLA - The governor's regional office in Wasilla is closing.

Gov. Sarah Palin says it wasn't used enough to justify keeping it open. There's been an average of less than 12 visitors weekly to the office.

Palin says the nearby Anchorage office will serve the Wasilla area.

The governor's office says local mayors and community leaders were consulted before the change was announced.

Fire causes about $150,000 in damage to Anchorage condo

ANCHORAGE - Fire caused about $150,000 damage to an eight-unit condo in East Anchorage.

The Anchorage Fire Department says no one was injured in the early Wednesday fire in the Tudor-Baxter area of the city.

Department officials say the fire was contained to one condo, but smoke filtered into others.

One resident was displaced, and is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Anchorage man pleads guilty infatal auto rampage

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has pleaded guilty to criminal charges, including second-degree murder, in connection with a crash in a stolen truck that killed a father of three.

Kristopher Felber killed 35-year-old Stephen Strain fleeing police in January 2006.

Felber, 23, pleaded guilty Tuesday to almost two dozen criminal charges, according to the district attorney's office.

The cross-town rampage left numerous people injured and cars smashed as Felber tried to elude police even after they opened fire on him.

"This is outrageous conduct, quite frankly," Chief Assistant District Attorney John Novak told the Anchorage Daily News. "This is as bad as it gets."

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