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Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, November 26, 2006

Board of Game proposals due soon

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has set a Dec. 8 deadline for submitting proposals to be considered at upcoming Board of Game and Joint Board of Fisheries and Game meetings.

The Board of Game next meets in March 2007; the Joint Board of Game and Fisheries meets in October 2007.

The Board of Game will consider proposals affecting regulations pertaining to hunting, trapping, and the use of game in the Southcentral and Southwestern Regions. The meeting is scheduled for March 2-12 and will be held at the Coast International Inn in Anchorage.

The Joint Board will consider proposals for improving the state's local fish and game advisory committee system and for identifying the state's "nonsubsistence" areas. Meeting dates and location information have not been determined.

Proposal forms and information on how to submit proposals is available at www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/bbs/forms/propform.php. The Juneau Board Support office can be reached at 465-4110.

All proposals must contain an original signature, contact telephone number, and address. A fax is acceptable and considered an original. The proposals must be received by 5 p.m. Dec. 8. A postmark is not sufficient.

Printed proposal books will be made available to interested persons by January and will be posted on the board's Web site at www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us.

Coast Guard collecting donations

The U.S. Coast Guard, in partnership with local merchants, will collect donations from now until Dec. 8 of blankets, coats and toys for delivery to the Southeast communities of Kake, Pelican, Hoonah and Angoon.

Donations may be dropped off at Super Bear, Nugget Mall, Safeway, Alaskan and Proud market or the Federal Building. The Coast Guard Cutter Liberty will be delivering the donations in early December.

For more information, call U.S. Coast Guard public affairs at (907) 463-2065.

Alaska eyed for second Stryker unit

FAIRBANKS - Lawyers engaged in a legal battle between the Army and groups in Hawaii concerned over the training of a Stryker brigade are looking into whether Alaska possibly could host a second Stryker unit.

Three Hawaii and environment groups sued the Army in 2004. They contend that the Army did not comply with federal environmental laws when it decided to transform the Hawaii-based 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division into a Stryker brigade.

The plaintiffs argue the presence of a Stryker brigade in Hawaii, with its 19-ton, eight-wheeled armored vehicles, will destroy endangered species and native ecosystems.

The Stryker unit would have 3,900 soldiers and 328 vehicles.

In October, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Army violated national environmental laws by not considering other locations outside Hawaii for the Stryker unit.

The court responded with a temporary injunction, which halted construction and training projects for the brigade until the Army conducts a new environmental impact statement. The evaluation could take up to two years.

The Army asked U.S. District Judge David Ezra to lift the temporary injunction so the brigade could continue to train in anticipation of the brigade's deployment to Iraq in fall of 2007. It says that the injunction is impairing the ability of the 2nd Brigade to accomplish its mission "with a minimum of American combat-related casualties, a paramount national interest."

Ezra on Monday deferred until December a decision about whether to lift the injunction for training purposes.

Plaintiffs' attorney David Henkin with Earthjustice is using the time to shore up his suggestion that the Army could train the Stryker unit elsewhere. In court documents, Henkin has said Washington state and Alaska are possibilities.

Henkin said this week that he is mainly interested in researching the feasibility of training the Hawaii Stryker brigade at Fort Lewis, Wash.

Henkin said he also will research if Alaska has the infrastructure to host another Stryker brigade for training.

Second charged in car accident involving boy

KODIAK - A Kodiak man has been indicted on assault charges in connection with a traffic accident in which a pickup truck hit an 8-year-old boy.

Larry Goss is in custody along with Cynthia R. Rossiter, also of Kodiak, on charges stemming from the Oct. 21 accident on Rezanof Drive West. The case was complicated by questions over who was driving the truck at the time.

Goss, 39, and Rossiter, 40, could also be charged with hindering prosecution, said Kodiak District Attorney Michael Gray.

Rossiter was arrested at the scene and charged with driving under the influence, according to authorities. Her blood alcohol content just after the accident was .028, less than half the legal limit.

Goss later turned himself, saying he was actually driving the truck. He was indicted Nov. 16 on felony assault charges.

The boy sustained "severe head trauma," according to a police report following the accident. The boy was taken to a local hospital then flown to an Anchorage hospital later than day. He was released three days later and was well enough to return to school within two weeks, according to the boy's mother, Emily Capjohn.



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