Northwest Digest

Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2004

Overdue hunter found safe

ADMIRALTY ISLAND - A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter on Wednesday morning located a 49-year-old Juneau man who was reported overdue Tuesday night from a hunting trip with his son.

Michael Grieser became separated from his son, Patrick Grieser, 22, in the northwest part of Admiralty Island, Alaska State Troopers reported.

After receiving the report at 5:47 p.m. Tuesday, troopers coordinated a search that involved the Coast Guard, Alaska Army National Guard, Southeast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search, Juneau Mountain Rescue and state parks personnel.

A searcher aboard a helicopter reported at 11:05 a.m. that the older Grieser was located near the eastern edge of Glass Peninsula. Troopers reported him to be in good condition.

Police seek reports of suspicious activity

JUNEAU - Damage from a string of acts of vandalism last weekend could exceed $10,000, according to Juneau police.

There were numerous reports of personal property being vandalized Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights around town. Some complained of slashed tires on parked vehicles. Others reported rocks thrown through vehicle and business windows. In most cases, damage wasn't discovered until the next morning.

Police are asking residents to report suspicious activity and to park their cars in secure areas that are well-lit or well-traveled.

Vehicle rifling - people going through unattended vehicles for items to steal - remains a big problem, police reported. Winter will only increase the problem. Many people, police noted, leave their vehicle doors unlocked on cold nights out of fear the door will freeze in the locked position.

At the same time, unlocked cars create an environment in which car riflers can easily take personal belongings. With the holiday season approaching, they may be on the lookout for Christmas gifts.

Police encourage motorists to apply vehicle-approved graphite-based lubricant to vehicle door locks and weather stripping.

Police also remind motorists that it is illegal to leave a running car unattended. Such cars have been reported stolen.

ACS could buy Ketchikan utility

KETCHIKAN - Alaska Communications Systems is considering buying Ketchikan's telecommunications division.

In a letter from ACS Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development David Eisenberg, the company said it is evaluating whether to make an offer for the utility division, a process that should take about three months.

"ACS is prepared to execute (an) agreement with the city to gain access to information regarding the city's communication assets, the condition of the plant, the services provided, the revenues attributable to communications services, etc.," Eisenberg's letter said. "Based on the information obtained, ACS will evaluate the value of the addition of the Ketchikan assets to its existing asset mix."

The Ketchikan City Council discussed the letter at a special budget meeting on Tuesday. The council will likely take up the matter again at its Dec. 2 meeting.

The telecommunications division has been the only profitable segment of Ketchikan's public utilities for several years. Its revenue has been used to subsidize the electric and water divisions.

A voter referendum would be required to sell the division.

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